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Fewer immigrants arriving

Posted by dolly diver on August 15, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

boat with illegal immigrantsImmigrant boats arriving in the Canary Islands continues, but during the last seven months numbers have fallen to about half compared to the same period last year.   This good news suggests that the thousands of young Africans who attempt the sea crossing every year now seem to understand the serious risks involved.  

No doubt the Interior Ministry is right in asserting that the fall in numbers is due mainly to stricter patrols in the Atlantic, and to the cooperation of countries such as Morocco and Senegal, the starting point for the majority of immigrant boats.

The drop in attempts at illegal entry into Spain—and by extension Europe — by way of the perilous sea crossing, does not mean that the problems of illegal immigration are solved.

Although this year’s maritime-immigration figure has halved, it still amounts to more than 7,000 people, many of them minors.

The sea crossing in small boats is the most dramatic part of the immigration phenomenon, it is not the most significant from an arithmetical standpoint.   In fact, the 17,000 people who arrived in the Canary Islands and on the Mediterranean coastline in 2006 represent only a small percentage of the vast pool of irregular labour which exists in Spain and the Canary Islands, in which hundreds of thousands of undocumented foreigners find employment.

The positive results in maritime border control will now allow more breathing space for a serious approach to the other side of the problem: the control of illegal employment within Spain and the Canaries. From this point of view, there is a  need to adopt measures to bring to the surface the “submerged” economy that demands a labour force in conditions of semi slavery, a demand satisfied by workers who have entered Spain illegally.

Not only do these illegal immigrants lack the normal labour rights possessed by any legal worker, they are actually non-existent as legal subjects, and invisible as individuals.

Pay on the spot fines with a credit card!

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Traffic patrolman of the Guardia Civil will soon no longer need to write citation forms to motorists. Pens and paper are to be phased out in favour of a personal digital assistant (PDA), connected to a database by a cell phone signal, allowing the fine to be processed in real time.

By 2008, the sanction will be payable by credit card without the motorist even  needing to get out of the car — with a discount of course!

Sunday September 16th Car Boot Sale

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in Local Events and Entertainment 

Santiago Del Teide Lions Club
Car boot sale
San Juan Market
Sunday 16th September

Lions Fiesta Poster

Sunday 19th August Rock Bank “Underground

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in Local Events and Entertainment 

Live Music

with Rock Band “Underground” and other guest artists

Sunday 19th August

From 4pm

  The Tajinaste restaurant is near the small village of La Caldera on the Tamaimo road.How to get there:- From Los Gigantes Police/Fire station follow up the hill on the Tamaimo road for aprox 1km. Turn right into the village of La Caldera (there is no sign post) go past the laundry and turn left after the little church. Follow the very narrow road until you come to a fork in the road (aprox 1km). Fork right. Here you will see a small car park and the restaurant.

Friday 17th August Folk Night

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in Local Events and Entertainment 

Folk Group

Folk Night

Music for Folk

No backing tracks, no microphones or amplifiers

Tajinaste restaurant

Friday 17th August

9.30pm

The Tajinaste restaurant is near the small village of La Caldera on the Tamaimo road.

How to get there:- From Los Gigantes Police/Fire station follow up the hill on the Tamaimo road for aprox 1km. Turn right into the village of La Caldera (there is no sign post) go past the laundry and turn left after the little church. Follow the very narrow road until you come to a fork in the road (aprox 1km). Fork right. Here you will see a small car park and the restaurant.

Wednesday August 15th Alcala Fireworks

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in Local Events and Entertainment 

fireworks

Alcala Fireworks

Wed 15th August

Best place to view fireworks is from one of the boats departing Los Gigantes Marina aprox 10pm

Tickets on sale from boat companies on Marina

These trips are usually fully booked. Don’t leave it too late to get your tickets.

Man arrested over Los Abrigos car collision

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A 42-year-old man has been arrested by police in Los Abrigos in connection with the horrific week-end car crash which left one person badly injured and two people dead.

The two dead were a Mexican man and a German woman. They were killed instantly when their Citroen Saxo was hit by a Ford Focus travelling at speed. Another passenger sustained multiple injuries, but not serious.

When arrested the driver of the Focus was said by police to be ‘in a state consistent with the effects of a banned substance’, probably drugs, although this has yet to be confirmed by tests. Local residents reported seeing the Focus speeding in other areas of the town before the collision.

Another tragic domestic violence case

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A man from Santa Ursula in the north of the island is still in a serious condition in hospital after trying to kill himself seconds after he shot his wife to death with a legally-held shotgun.

The murder, which has shocked the community in the town, prompted dozens of women to take to the streets in front of the local town hall to protest at the incident.

Since the new domestic violence law was passed in Spain, six women have died at the hands of their husbands or partners and a further five in Gran Canaria.

Beach clean up

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

The latest campaign organized by Tenerife Cabildo to clean up the coasts of the island be named “La Mar de limpia” . Rubbish dumping on the coasts of Tenerife causes problems for the resident plants and wildlife as well as being an eyesore for all those whose visit the beaches of Tenerife.

Despite education to encourage people to take a more responsible attitude towards their surroundings it is still necessary to carry out full scale clean ups from time to time and “La Mar de limpia” aims to take in as many locations as possible over the next two months. The campaign aims to make both visitors to the island and local residents aware of the need to take care of the flora and fauna of the local beaches and not to contaminate the waters with rubbish and household waste. The coastline will be cleared of the typical old fridges, washing machines, rubble etc left by irresponsible people who do not want to make the effort to keep the island tidy unaware perhaps of the negative affect their action has on the environment.

The village of Abades in the borough of Arico has already been cleared of no less than 1,500 kilos of rubbish.  Car batteries, old barbecues, plastic bags, tins , cans and glass bottles were the most common items to be rescued from the beach by the 150 volunteers who turned up to lend a hand.

The calendar for the rest of the campaign will be ; Mesa del Mar 11th August, Costa de Teno 18th August, El Medano 25th August, Los Roques-La Fajana 1st September, the coast of Arona 15th September, and El Socorro-La Viuda 22nd September.

                                               plastic in stomachDead Pilot Whale

People do not realise the damage that is caused to wildlife alone by the casual discarding of rubbish. This whale was washed up on a beach, its stomach contents contained a plastic bag.

Everyone is welcome to join in the activity and can participate by simply attending the event or by contacting the Volunteers department of the Cabildo on 902 151 261.