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Ice rink for Santa cruz

Posted by dolly diver on December 17, 2010
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An ice rink, measuring 20m X 30m near the Plaza de España in Santa cruz has recently opened its doors to the public.

It is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Ticket prices are adults Euros 5, children Euros 4 and Euros 3.50 per person in groups of 12 or more.

The ticket price is for 1 hour of skating and includes skate hire. There is also a locker room.

The rink is inside a 7.5m tent and will hold 120 people at a time. Monitors and medical staff are employed full time.

Government to clamp down on illegal holiday lets

Posted by dolly diver on December 17, 2010
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A campaign has been announced by The Canary Islands Government to rid the islands of the estimated 400,000 illegal, unregistered tourist accommodation.

Jorge Rodriguez, Canary Minister for Property and the Economy, stated earlier this week that for the whole of 2011 17 inspectors would be employed full-time to stamp out all illegal accommodation.

“Bitter and Twisted”

Posted by dolly diver on December 10, 2010
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Lions Club International had a great start to their Christmas programme on November 18th 2010 when some 80 members and guests went to Puerto de la Cruz for an afternoon of shopping at the La Villa shopping centre followed by a Christmas buffet and entertainment at the “The Majestic”, the new home of “Bitter and Twisted.

The meal was superb and the glamour and slick changes of the fabulous act had everyone laughing until their sides ached.

So it’s a big vote of thanks to Lions member Mary for arranging it all, and to “Bitter and Twisted for all their hard work which resulted in a profit of Euros 1,300 for Lions charities.

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.

Holidaymaker drowns in Tamaimo Tropical pool

Posted by dolly diver on November 10, 2010
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A 38-year-old British holidaymaker Andrew Nicol, 38, from Clevedon, North Somerset, drowned in a swimming pool whilst on holiday in Puerto Santiago.

Mr Nicol, who ran a car transport service, was staying at the Hotel Tamaimo Tropical with his wife and 10 year old daughter.

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to his family. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Police believe Mr Nicol died of natural causes and are not treating his death as suspicious.

Calima warning

Posted by dolly diver on October 27, 2010
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A calima is predicted over the Canary Islands during the next few days

It is expected that Fuerteventura and Lanzarote will be the worst affected, and temperatures could rise to over 30C

Warmer water attracts tropical corals

Posted by dolly diver on August 5, 2010
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Marine biologists from Universities of La Laguna in Tenerife and La Palma in Gran Canaria have discovered a species of Millepora Hydrocoral growing around the coast of Tenerife.

The coral which normally grows in shallow, tropical or subtropical reefs in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Red Sea (see pic right) has never before been found North of the Cape Verde Islands.

The marine biologists say the coral’s migration is a direct result of increasing temperatures in the Canaries.

This year’s Playa Arena to Puerto Santiago swimming competition, which was the 15th organised by the local council, attracted over 300 competitors.

First place in the men’s race was claimed by Francisco Javier Perez with a finishing time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place went to Jose Carlos Baez Gonzalez with a time of 12 minutes and 54 seconds and third place went to Ciro Ascanio Gutierrez with a time of 13 minutes and 59 seconds.

In the women’s race first over the finish line was Design Escatllar with a time of 15 minutes 28 seconds, second place was Usoa Gala Arocena with a time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds while third place went to Carmen Elsa Dominguez with a time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds.

There was also prizes for locals who entered. In the men’s category first place went to José Juan Casañas with a time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds, second place went to Thomas Jonay Glez Garcia with a time of 18 minutes and 13 seconds and third place went to Javier Diaz Linares with a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.

Local women’s category was as follows: first Dácil Hernandez finished, using a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds, second place went to Vanessa Sanchez with a time of 23 minutes and 52 seconds, while the Third place went to Ana Belén Socas with a time of 27 minutes and 9 seconds.

Heat wave to hit Tenerife this weekend

Posted by dolly diver on July 9, 2010
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I’ve spent the past few days planning a family and friends BBQ for tomorrow in one of the BBQ/picknic parks up Teide. The dive centre is closed for the day (wow a day off). I have 15kg of chicken legs thawing in my fridge! Plus there’s a good supply of beer in several friends fridge!

I was rather horrified this morning when the cabildo announced that they were banning fires and bonfires in the woods and hills due to the heat wave expected this weekend and the ban will not be lifted until the weather cools down. Panic what do I do with 15kg of thawed out chicken legs???

From tomorrow, July 10th and until further notice certain parts of the middle and higher ground on the island of Tenerife will be on orange alert due to a heat wave following the weather forecast issued yesterday by the Spanish Met Office.

The temperature is expected to hit 37 degrees centigrade this weekend, and has prompted an official ban on lighting of fires of any kind in recreation and BBQ areas. The Cabildo has confirmed that the ban will not be officially lifted until the weather cools down and the risk of forest and wild fires is reduced.
Some parts of Tenerife will be on orange alert tomorrow, which means significant risk. The affected areas will be the mountains and the lower hills in the south, east and west of Tenerife from 11.00 until 21.00 tomorrow, Saturday 10 July 2010, mainly those which are south and west facing because they received less draught from the cooler north westerly winds.

All visitors and residents on the island are strongly urged NOT to go up into the hills and woods over the next few days until the situation improves. The Island Corporation kindly request that drivers use only the tarmacked roads and avoid forest tracks whenever possible. Holidaymakers and residents are strongly recommended to take extra precautions when visiting the mountains.
In an emergency please call 112.

Our BBQ has been saved, thanks to Fred and Glynis, we are moving our venue to lower down the mountain where it will be a bit cooler at Tajinaste restaurant. We will just have to plan the mountain BBQ for another day.

Noche de San Juan in Puerto de Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on June 21, 2010
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fiesta-san-juanThis year all events will be taking place in the area of the Plaza de Puerto de Santiago on the evening of Wednesday June 23, Midsummer.

The entertainment and activities will begin at 21:00 pm.

There will be giant paella for all attendees and the lighting of bonfires. To top off the night there will be dancing to “Malagua” until well into the night.