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Property tax relief

Posted by dolly diver on April 15, 2010
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A new scheme is being introduced by Santiago del Teide Council to assist pensioners and people who have been unemployed for more than one year, with a rebate on their 2009 IBI (rates)

Eligible homeowners have until May 14th to make their claim. The rebate can be up to a maximum of 85 per cent of the amount paid on their primary property, depending on circumstances.

If you think you may be eligible, you can get more information either at the council offices in Santiago del Teide, or at the council sub-office in Playa de la Arena.

Replacement of street lighting in Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on March 12, 2010
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acantilado-de-los-gigantesWork has begun replacing the street lights in the Avenida José González Fortes, Calle Hibisco and Flor de Pascua in Los Gigantes.

The work has a budget of around Euros 202,000

Heart attack on Shogun

Posted by dolly diver on March 8, 2010
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Tourist boat Shogun, which operates for Puerto Colon, had to detour and make an unscheduled stop in Los Gigantes yesterday when a passenger on board suffered a heart attack.

The incident occurred around 3pm. The man, who name has not yet been disclosed, was in his early 40’s. He complained of chest pains then lost consciousness. A nurse on board was unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead when the emergency services arrived.

Sponsored Walk – Sunday 7th March

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2010
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Los Gigantes hit by blackout again

Posted by dolly diver on March 1, 2010
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A second blackout in just over a week, hit not just Los Gigantes but the whole of Tenerife for several hours early this morning.

The problem occurred at 1am at a sub-station in Las Caletillas. 50% of power was restored by around 5am to Santa Cruz and the south of the islands. Full power should be resumed during the course of today.

The emergency services had few serious incidents to deal with because the blackout occurred during the night, but a few people had to be rescued from lifts.

Sudden death of Tony Fordham

Posted by dolly diver on February 26, 2010
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TonyFordhamMany residents of Los Gigantes are in shock today at the tragic news of the death of popular Tony Fordham.

43 year old Tony suffered a massive heart attack early yesterday morning in his car at Tejita beach car park in El Medano. Ambulance crews were unable to resuscitate him.

Funeral arrangements
Tuesday March 2nd at 11am – Los Gigantes church followed by a reception at Tipsy Terrace.

No flowers by request, instead contributions towards the cost of the funeral will be welcome. Donations will be accepted by Kelly and staff at Offshore 44 or Jo and staff at the Green Corner.

Condolences to Tony’s family from team. He will be sorely missed in Los Gigantes.

Asociación San Francisco de los Animales – Annual Report

Posted by dolly diver on February 20, 2010
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Asociación San Francisco de los Animales

Annual Report
01.11.08 -31.12.09

Due to the fact that we have brought the branch’s year end into line with that of the main association it should be noted that this report covers a fourteen month period.

2009 has been a year of ups and downs. Most fundraising events, with the exception of the dinner in December, have been approximately one third down on income compared with the previous year. Fortunately donations increased which has helped to compensate.

Fundraising is vital for our work with the abandoned animals. We receive no government or municipal funding, thus having to rely solely on our own fundraising activities and donations from the public. Without fundraising we might just as well ‘shut up shop’. Without income we could not afford our veterinary bills, which accounts for a very large proportion of our income. Read more

Storm damage report

Posted by dolly diver on February 18, 2010
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 	stormy-seas-playa-arenaStormy seas, high winds and heavy thunderstorms continue to cause chaos to the whole of the Caranry Islands.

In our local area yesterday heavy metal manhole covers were lifted out of their places by the sheer volume of water causing the closure of the main road in Playa Arena. Today the clean up begins as dozens of council workers clear mud and rocks from the roads.

The new beach and car park in San Juan has been badly damaged due to a river of flood water which was too much for the drains. (See pics below) At the time of flooding 2 cars were washed down from the car park on to the beach.

Waves of between 4.5 and 5.5 metres have been recorded. A yacht ran aground on the coast of Puerto del Carmen in Gran Canaria yesterday while the Fred Olsen ferry was forced to return to Tenerife after attempting to enter the port of Agaete in Gran Canaria. Further crossings were cancelled.

In Las Calletillas, wind ripped off a gas station roof, which resulted in some people being evacuated from their homes.

Schools and universities are closed until further notice and several roads to Mt. Teide remain closed due to heavy snow, rain or rock falls. Carnival events in Santa Cruz were cancelled yesterday and again today.

Many places were without power yesterday, and today from around mid day until 4pm the whole of Tenerife was without electricity.

Several flights have been cancelled or delayed but all ports, airports and bus services are now operating normally.

It’s not over. There are more storms lurking in the Atlantic, due to hit us over the weekend, so don’t put out your garden furniture yet, but it looks like we may have a bit of a reprieve for tomorrow.

Click on pic for larger view

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Battered by bad weather again

Posted by dolly diver on February 17, 2010
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Once again Los Gigantes is being battered by bad weather. Heavy rain, thunder storms, high winds and rough seas are causing chaos for locals and tourists. This week no boats are leaving or entering the marina. As I write this you can’t see the cliffs from the marina because the rain is so heavy.

Until Friday a severe weather warning has been issued by the met office.

Local authorities and the Fire Brigade are once again inundated with calls for help and in the area of Las Chafiras, they are stretched to their limit having to pump water from flooded homes and roofs have been blown off in the high winds. Trees have been blown down, but luckily there have been no reports of injuries.

Yet again the road to Teide is closed.

Update 3pm Wed 17th

After the torrential rain this morning, with rivers running down every road, residents in Los Gigantes are once again mopping up.  The beach road drains were soon blocked with mud and stones causing flooding yet again to the shops and restaurant and this time the flooding of Poblado garages.

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Councillor Stephen McKenna acquitted of all charges

Posted by dolly diver on February 16, 2010
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Stephen McKenna, councillor for Santiago del Teide who appeared in court in Arona last Thursday was acquitted of all charges against him.

The complainant made no accusation, and withdrew criminal proceedings. There are no further appeals against the ruling.

Councillor McKenna was accused and charged for propositioning a minor for sex in an incident on July 21st last year.

The truth coming out in court came as a great relief for the councillor. The incident had made front page news as well as a topic for local gossip, which no doubt affected his business, but the tremendous support and good wishes from locals and swallows helped him through the very difficult past 6 months.