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Work begins on Los Gigantes beach

Posted by dolly diver on February 10, 2011
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Work began today on improving the infrastructure of the beach in Los Gigantes

The work is being carried out by company Dragados SA which have an estimated budget of 500,000 euros.

Anchors of between four and nine feet high are being set in the slope of the cliff which will support a special mesh which will be covered with cement.

Work is expected to take around 10 weeks which will see the beach open by Easter.

Lions Charter Night Feb 2011

Posted by dolly diver on February 10, 2011
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lions-charter-night-jan-2011On Saturday February 5th 2011 just over 100 members and guests attended Lion’s Club Santiago del Teide Charter Night at El Marques, Puerto de Santiago. One special visitor was Ray Dobson, a founder member of this branch of the “Lions”.

The compare for the evening was Fred Dudman whose first job was to have all the members and guests sitting down for the hot and cold buffet. As with other events at this location the guests had a very good selection to choose from. The food was well appreciated and a big vote of thanks goes out to the staff for their hard work.

Once the meal was finished it was cabaret time and the first act was George Peña. The New Yorker kept everyone entertained for just over one hour. His comedy bridged the gap between American and British humour plus some very powerful singing. At the end of his act he was called back for more by a very happy audience.

Then Steve Gilbert, President of the Lions Club Santiago del Teide, gave a very short speech and drew attention to a new scheme to help some 50 families who are having a very hard time here in Santiago del Teide. Some of the money raised over Christmas has been placed in a voucher scheme for the purchase of food and is controlled by the local council. The President then proposed a toast to all guests. This toast was responded by Frank Pope who proposed Lions Club Santiago del Teide.

Then followed a currency note draw, name written on a note and placed in the pot. The winning note was Chris Goode who received a large basket of wines and spirits. All money raised from this draw will go to the new voucher scheme.

The evening was rounded off by music from Tuxedo Knights and Glam Slam which very quickly had everyone on the dance floor. This completed a very successful evening.

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Anyone wishing further information on “LIONS” should contact Jon Thornley (Hon. Sec. Lions Santiago del Teide) Tel: 627386648

Stormy weather hits the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on January 26, 2011
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 	stormy-seas-playa-arenaHaving enjoying the past couple of weeks of beautiful sunshine and calmer seas another bout of stormy weather has hit the Canary Islands.

The gusty conditions follow the heavy rain that fell for several hours early on Tuesday which caused severe flooding to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The Emergency Services in Lanzarote had one of their busiest days in recent times with 240 call-outs. Trials at the island’s main courthouse had to be called off when the building was flooded and Arrecife port was closed for several hours due to the sea conditions.

Meanwhile parts of La Gomera were also badly hit, with roads blocked by mudslides and debris. The bad weather forced the authorities in Tenerife to close the roads up to Mt Teide due to the snow and ice, although they were later reopened.

The sea conditions off Los Gigantes are rough but we got off lightly with only a few showers and not too much wind. The Met Office has warned of another storm front gathering in the Atlantic off the Canaries which is expected to enter from the west at the week-end.

Looks like I’m in for another few days holiday.DD

New community Centre for Puerto de Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2011
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Building work has started on the new community centre in Puerto de Santiago. The centre has a budget of three hundred and thirty-six thousand euros (€ 336,000.00).

Facilities in the area are inadequate for the rapidly growing population. The new multi function hall, plus two other rooms will cover 351 square metres and provide a meeting place for training, recreational, cultural, as well as a play area for children.

Two men charged with homicide

Posted by dolly diver on December 23, 2010
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The 2 men involved in last Sunday’s hit-and-run accident in Santiago del Teide have been named as 47 year old Jose Antonio G.J. and his brother in law, 50 year old Miguel L.J.,

The woman who was killed when getting into her car is 51 year old Maria Antonia Double Luis,

The owner and driver of the Toyota pick-up truck, Jose Antonio G.J., had been banned from driving for two earlier offences.

The two men were remanded without bail by the Arona court yesterday and charged with homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

The driver of the vehicle was also charged for driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving without a licence.

Work to start on Los Gigantes beach in January

Posted by dolly diver on December 22, 2010
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 	los-gigantes-beach-and-marina-new-years-day-2009Los Gigantes beach, where two women were killed over a year ago by falling rocks, is due to reopen in the spring once work to make it safe is completed.

Santiago del Teide council has awarded the tender for the work, which is expected to start in early January and last two and a half months, at a cost of 600,000 euros.

The bulk of the project involves shoring up the rock face by injecting concrete and giant nails and then covering the face with steel netting to prevent dislodgements.

Improvements will me also made to the lighting and the nearby toilets.

Woman killed in hit and run accident in Santiago del Teide

Posted by dolly diver on December 20, 2010
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A 51 year old woman was killed in a hit and run accident in Santiago del Teide last night at around 7pm.

Statements to the police by several witnesses say she was hit by a blue or grey Toyota pick-up, which failed to stop. The woman was getting into her car on the main road in Santiago del Teide after visiting her mother when the incident occurred.

Emergency services were unable to revive the victim and she was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, and the police are appealing for more witnesses.

The victim, originally from El Tanque, identified only by her initials, M.A., was a very well known local woman. The incident has left locals in a state of shock.

She leaves a 14 year old daughter and a 20 year old son.

Update 21.12.10 Someone has now been arrested in connection with the incident.

Every year before Christmas it has become a tradition here in Los Gigantes to illuminate the “Tree of Light” to raise money to assist people less fortunate than ourselves.

In the last few years, through the generosity of the residents and visitors to this community, we have been able to sponsor hundreds of cataract operations in the Third World.

This year, with the Economic Crisis that has had such a devastating effect on so many people in this corner of Tenerife, the Lions Club of Santiago del Teide is concentrating on raising funds simply to buy food to supplement the meals that many local parents are struggling to provide for their families. Many of them are trying to survive on as little as Euros 100 per month!

Most of us have lost someone dear to us and it is at this time of year that they are uppermost in our thoughts.

The Lions Club of Sanitago del Teide would like to invite you all to sponsor a bulb on their “Tree of Light” and dedicate it to the memory of that special person. It will remain illuminated (weather permitting), every night until the end of the festive season.

Each bulb costs only Euros 5. All money raised will go directly to purchasing those much needed groceries.

PLEASE TAKE YOUR DONATION TO ANY OF THESE COLLECTING POINTS:-

The Green Corner bar – Los Gigantes
Restaurant Asturias – Los Gigantes
Simple Simons – Los Gigantes
Paul Ruane – Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes Diving Centre – Marina, Los Gigantes
Megatone – El Varadero
MDI – Alcala
Las Rosas Resort – Puerto Santiago

Or send by post to :-
Santiago del Teide Lions Club, Apartado de Correos 198, 38683 Puerto de Santiago, S/C Tenerife

More heavy rain forecast.

Posted by dolly diver on December 8, 2010
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The spells of heavy rain continue and the Met Office has issued yet another yellow alert for the Canary Islands today, Wednesday 8th Dec up to midnight.

Areas expected to be worst hit are the south and west of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro and the east, south and west of Tenerife.

Check out prediction for Puerto de Santiago for the next few days. http://www.eltiempo.es/puerto-de-santiago.html Looks like rain brollies can be exchanged for sun brollies at the weekend.

Los Gigantes has escapes major storm damage

Posted by dolly diver on December 1, 2010
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The electrical storms and rough seas prevented diving or dolphin watching boats from leaving the safety of the harbour but Los Gigantes has escaped major damage during the storms of the past few days.

Winds of up to 190 kph struck Izaña and 140 kph in Puerto de la Cruz, trees uprooted, cranes blown over, roves damaged as well as flooding.

No-one was killed but one person is still in hospital with serious head injuries after an iron door fell on him and four people were slightly injured by falling glass.

Reports indicated that yet again the agricultural sector will pay dearly, with banana, and avocado farmers reporting high levels of damage.

Many flights were cancelled. 23.000 people were left without electricity, particularly in Los Realejos, Icod de los Vinos, Arico, Arona and San Miguel, and 13 schools were unable to reopen yesterday (Tuesday) due to storm damage.

………..and it’s not over yet. More rain is forecast for the weekend and early next week. Weather experts are monitoring the situation but no alerts have been issued yet.