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XII anniversary of the Realejos – Santiago del Teide walk

Posted by dolly diver on July 14, 2009
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llegada-de-los-peregrinos-de-la-ruta-jacobea-a-santiago-del-teideThis year’s traditional Ruta Jacobea Tinerfeña from Los Realejos to the Hermitage of Santiago del Teide in El Valle de Arriba is set to take place this weekend on 18th and 19th July.

The walk starts on Saturday, July 18th, at 08:00 in the morning from the parish of Santiago Apóstol de Los Realejos where nine Menceyes Guanches were baptised, and follows the route of symbolic places such as el Mirador de La Corona, las coladas del Volcán de Garachico, Los Campeches, la Fuente del Bardo and los Partidos de Franki, finally arriving at la Ermita de El Valle de Arriba at 10.00 on Sunday, July 19th where pilgrims will be received by a fanfare leading them to the Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol in El Valle casco to take part in the mass.

Each pilgrim will carry their own backpack and a support team will accompany them with water and first aid.

An 88 year old man braves the “Tower of Power”

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2009
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On the 11th of June, Eduar Pommer from Cologne, Germany beat the record as the eldest person to ride the terrifying Tower of Power.

Eduard Pommer, an 88 year old man went down the incredible 28m high and 76m long slide. Riders can reach up to 50 km/h down the Tower of power giving you a 0 gravity sensation before you pass through the giant aquarium with tropical fishes and piranhas, ending in the reception pool within seconds.

Whoever dares to beat this record or is just after an adrenaline rush, the Tower of Power is this summer´s choice.

canarian-day-posterA dinner dance is being organised by the Los Gigantes Carnival Commission to celebrate “Dia de Canarias”
in the Plaza Los Gigantes, Friday 29th May 9pm – 2am

Canarian 3 course meal with local wine

Canarian folk music followed by dancing to live band

Tickets €20 adults €12 children

Tickets on sale at bar Segria (next to green Corner). losgigantes.com office and Offshore 44 on the marina and Megatone in El Varadero.

Tickets will also be on sale in the plaza on the evening.

Pur..fect plans turn cat..astrophic – Part 2

Posted by dolly diver on May 20, 2009
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tillyThe very sad news item regarding the escape of Tilly, the cat belonging to Sandy and Jimmy Quigley, in the cargo depot at Tenerife’s southern airport should be a lesson to everyone. Cat travelling boxes, with twist plastic locking devices for the gate are NOT secure. Believe it or not, many cats can push the door out of this type of box, particularly when they are in a panic and have a rush of adrenalin. It is worth spending the extra money buying a box which does not have the plastic twist fasteners for any part of the box.

 	travelling-box 	travelling-box-2As an association we regularly send our rescue animals to permanent, caring homes abroad. Cat boxes always have a spring loaded gate and cable ties or screws are used in conjunction with the fasteners used to join the top and bottom of the box. Once the cat has been checked in cable ties are threaded through the air vents and the spring loaded gate and pulled tight.

One UK company, Ladyhaye, who handles the importation of dogs and cats, state quite clearly that they will only accept cats in boxes which have a spring loaded gate. Furthermore they insist that cable ties are used as an added precaution.

I want to start this story with an apology, due to the office move for Los Gigantes.com we have been completely run off our feet, and this great news for our area has been delayed. So I hope it’s better late than never.

 	improvements-in-calle-tamaraRecently the staff of losgigantes.com had the chance to meet with the councilor for tourism Germán Jiménez who explained to us the latest plans for the area. It is important to understand that two years of single handed dedication on the part of Germán have resulted in our area, (Santago del Teide) being accepted to a very prestigious group of three other councils, Puerto de la Cruz, Arona and Adeje, who are entitled to special funding for tourism, many other areas would love to have this help.

It means that during the next 4 years (at present) funding to the tune of 6.6 million Euros has been approved for a number of projects to raise the standard in this area, some of which has already started such as the new pavements, pedestrian crossings, water pipes, drainage, cables, curbs etc in a number of streets in Los Gigantes.

 	new-tourist-office-in-los-gigantesPlans approved include a complete re-paving of the roads for el Marques Las Rosas all around the loop to the hotel Barcelo de Santiago including new sewers, pavements road surface and the planting of over 125 new trees. Other plans include a complete overhaul of Playa de la Arena, which is truly spectacular.

The new Los Gigantes tourist office, opening soon, has just been built on the small plaza by Tamara, as part of the on-going commitment to tourism in the area, other projects worthy of a mention include a complete revamp of the plaza in Los Gigantes and the one in Puerto de Santiago, re-surfacing of a number of roads throughout the area, new street lighting in the area.

The level of investment that this new status will bring to this area over the next few years I believe will truly help to transform the area to one of the most sort after destinations in Tenerife.

Author – The PM

An important message from the Red Cross

Posted by dolly diver on May 7, 2009
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The majority of us carry mobile phones, but in the case of road accidents or arriving at en emergency medical centre unconscious, ambulance men or medical staff have no way of knowing who to contact amongst the long list of telephone numbers in our mobiles.

A new idea had been launched that everyone should list a contact number under the name AA Emercencia, so they know who to call should the worst occur.

This is simple and quick to do, costs nothing and can be of great help to everyone concerned.

If you think this is a good idea, don’t forget to do it and pass the information on to everyone you know.

Southern rail link will create 1000 jobs

Posted by dolly diver on April 28, 2009
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 	navegaciontrenThe proposed southern railway that will link Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Playa de Las Americas, known as ‘Tren del Sur’, will create 1000 additional jobs until its completion in 2017, according to forecasts provided by the Council of Tenerife and Metropolitano de Tenerife in the project they recently presented.

The works are set to commence once the project has received final approval. The Council has already committed €3.3 million to the first phase of the project, which adds to the National Government’s contribution of €5 million. However, construction of this new infrastructure project can only go head if the project receives the €1,803 in funds necessary for its completion.

The building of island’s future rail network will also include a northern link to complement the southern link. Work will be carried out simultaneously, however the estimated completion date for the northern line has been set for 2020, given the difficulties posed by the fact that the planned line runs in close proximity to the TF-5 highway.

These two rail links will not only provide residents with a fast and quality alternative for travel and transportation of goods, but will also help reduce road congestion. Furthermore, the service will improve access to and for businesses located in more remote towns and stimulate the local economy.

The southern rail link will cover 80km in approximately 42 minutes, reaching speeds of 220 km per hour and will run every 15 minutes during peak hours. The train will stop at seven stations and 25% of the journey will be underground. It will take 6 minutes to reach Añaza, the first stop, 14mins to Candelaria, 29mins to San Isidro, 32mins to Tenerife Sur Reina Sofía Airport, 38mins to Los Cristianos and 42mins to Las Américas, where it terminates.

Drafting of the project and approval of the environmental impact declaration will take place in 2009 and 2010, whilst compulsory purchases will be finalised in 2011. Construction work is set to commence in 2010 for completion in 2017, according to the schedule presented by the Council.

The northern and southern lines will be linked by a Y-shaped design, so that trains running directly from La Laguna to Añaza are also directly linked to Santa Cruz. The stops initially proposed for the northern link are Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Aeropuerto Los Rodeos Tenerife Norte, Tacoronte, La Victoria-La Matanza, Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos.

Siam Park is extending its opening hours.

Posted by dolly diver on April 27, 2009
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 	mai-thai-river-tubeAs from the 30th of March Siam Park will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. With the arrival of spring you can now enjoy an extra hour of sunshine and therefore Siam Park is offering all their customers more time to have fun in the best water attractions in the World or relax on the white sandy beach. This way the company continues to offer its best service to all its visitors.

Siam Park has reached its sixth month of being open. During this time the park has received many visitors and journalist from all over the world that have helped to promote Tenerife as the number one leisure destination in Europe offering world class attractions with Loro Parque, Teide and the newly opened Siam Park. The company is immersed in the summer activity program that will bring oriental magic, emotions, adrenaline and love for nature to all.

More information at Siam Park

‘We’re closing in’ on benefit thieves in Spain

Posted by dolly diver on April 26, 2009
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The Department for Work and Pensions has extended its successful benefit cheats hotline to the Costa del Sol and Canary Islands following its launch in Alicante in September 2008.

Residents in these popular ex-pat areas can report suspected British benefit thieves to a local number and their concerns will be passed on by the operator of the hotline to a team of investigators in the UK.

Employment and Welfare Reform Minister Tony McNulty said:
“We are absolutely determined to stop benefit thieves stealing from the British taxpayer. Our commitment extends beyond the borders of the UK. Even in sunny Spain, we’re closing in on benefit fraud.”

A publicity campaign, ‘We’re closing in’, in the local ex-pat media is raising awareness of the hotline as well as a dedicated web site where suspected British benefit thieves living abroad can be reported on-line.

The total cost of benefit fraud committed by UK benefit recipients living in or travelling to countries abroad is an estimated £63 million a year. It involves a range of scams such as people on means-tested benefits going abroad but failing to declare their absence, and individuals working while claiming sickness benefits.

This initiative is part of a growing relationship between Spain and the UK on social security issues that already includes agreements to data-match and share death notifications.

The Spanish benefit fraud hotline number is 900 554 440. It is free and confidential and operates from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The hotline is run and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The dedicated web site address is www.dwp.gov.uk/benefit-thieves-spain and provides more detail on what constitutes benefit fraud along with an on line reporting form.

New Medical Centre for Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on April 25, 2009
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 	fisher-womans-roundabout-puerto-santiagoAs well as a new three storey Tourist and Cultural centre with a large urban park next to it, see news report 29.1.90, Santiago del Teide council have approved plans for a new medical centre which will be built in the same area, near the fisher lady roundabout in Puerto Santiago.

There are also plans for sport facilities, extra parking and eventually more housing will be built for locals, 25% of the housing will be subsidised for the less well off families.

There is no date set for the commencement of the work.