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Open Days today and tomorrow at the Teide Observatory

  The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is holding open days at the Teide Observatory today and tomorrow, the tours to include the new facilities opened by King Felipe the other day (link). These are always popular events, and allow the public not only to see the telescopes, but to use them, as well as learning about the work the observatory does. The observatory will be open to the public between 10am…

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Summer’s second, “much more significant”, heatwave forecast from this weekend

The first summer heatwave is only just receding (link) as forecasters now say we can expect a second, much more significant, one next week. Again it is the mainland that will get the worst of it, with temperatures expected easily to reach if not exceed 40º, whereas again the Canaries will thankfully be on the margin of it. None the less, we are to anticipate temperatures well into the 30ºs, and unlike the short ola…

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Unemployment figures 2015

Update 2 July: June’s unemployment figures released by the Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social show a further fall, with 3,718 fewer out of work in the Canaries, a drop of 1.48%. Interannually, there are 21,836 fewer registered unemployed, down 8.09% compared with June 2014. There are now 248,223 unemployed in the Canaries. Nationally, Spain’s unemployment fell by 94.727, down 2.25% on May, leaving 4,120,304 out of work throughout the country as a whole. Update 2 June: May’s…

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Forest fire above Candelaria

photo: Canarias Emergencias Update 2 July: The Tenerife Cabildo announced at 10am that at last the fire is under control, though still not extinguished. They say that it was a very difficult blaze to fight because it started in an extremely steep and inaccessible area, and that together with the Guardia Civil’s Seprona unit they are investigating whether arson was responsible, as is sadly all too often the case with these forest fires. Thanks…

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Cabildo lifts mountain fires and BBQs ban as heatwave recedes

Update 1 July: The Cabildo has lifted its ban on agricultural fires, use of tools and BBQs in mountain areas as the heatwave recedes. None the less, the authorities request the utmost caution in areas where an outbreak of a forest fire could be caused. #Update 28 June: Just a reminder … Original post 26 June: With meteorologists forecasting a sudden heatwave starting tomorrow and building up to temperatures which could reach 40º or so in the medianías…

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Tom Jones in Tenerife 28 August

Update 30 June: The concert is now on Tom Jones’ own website, and tickets can also be bought through it HERE. Original post 28 April: Jones the voice, as he was called in Wales when I was much younger! … the legend from The Voice … in Tenerife on 28 August. The concert will be performed in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz at 10.30pm, and tickets are on sale online HERE and…

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Another drowning in Tenerife waters

Just three days ago there were two drownings in north Tenerife waters (link), and now sadly today there is another. A woman’s body was recovered by GES search and rescue helicopter from the water off the coast of Punta de la Tablada in Buenavista del Norte just before 1pm. The woman was already dead by the time rescue services were called out with reports that a body was floating in the…

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Agencia Tributaria Canaria statement on tax situation for private rentals under new Vivienda Vacacional Decree

The Canarian tax authorities have issued the following statement in response to numerous inquiries about Decree 113/2015 of 22 May, establishing the Regulation of Viviendas Vacacionales (vacation dwellings) in the Canary Islands, published in the BOC No. 101 of 05.28.2015: Operating a Vivienda Vacacional, defined as temporary housing ceded to a third party in exchange for payment, and which has been marketed as holiday accommodation, is a fiscally regulated activity which…

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Spanish air traffic controllers’ announce four more stoppage days for July

Update 30 June: Following last month’s strike action, which had really very little effect thanks to minimal cover requirements imposed by the Government, ATC union USCCA has announced increased stoppages in July. Strike action will take place on 11 & 12, and 25 & 26 July, between 10am and 1pm on the 11th and 25th, and between 5pm and 8pm on the 12th and 26th. Update 4 June: The Tenerife Cabildo has…

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