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Postal Workers call strike

Posted by dolly diver on December 21, 2007
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Hundreds of postal workers in the Canaries have joined the national strike called by trade unions in protest at wages. The 3-day action, beginning early on Wednesday, will hit all aspects of post office work including collection, sorting and deliveries.  A union spokesman said that Correos had earned 177 million euros in profit last year but had failed to keep promises to improve conditions for thousands of staff who earn less than 1000 euros per month. The strike action is due to end at midnight on Friday.

January Sales

Posted by dolly diver on December 21, 2007
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It has been announced that the January Sales will begin on all the Canary Islands on 8th January. The single date breaks with tradition, given that in the past some of the islands have chosen different starting days for their annual sales, in some cases leaving several days between the end of Reyes (6th January) and the beginning of the Sales to force shoppers to exchange unwanted goods at higher prices.

The Sales will last until 7th March. The Department of Trade and Industry has also set the dates for the Summer Sales, which run this year from 12th July until 11th September.

Siam Park on course to give Tenerife an oriental boost

Posted by dolly diver on December 18, 2007
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The countdown continues … after a deadline delay. Siam Park is now scheduled to open after unforeseen problems intervened, in the spring. But the wait will be worth it. The odds are that Costa Adeje and the great entrance-paying public won’t know what’s hit them when it does.
Touted as Europe’s largest aquatic theme park, it’s hardly a surprise that the complexities of its installations have caused a rescheduling of that original inauguration deadline.
But the hardest part, the actual installing of the machinery needed to drive the attractions, will be concluded by December or January by the latest, say Siam Park sources. After that it will be a matter of cleaning up and putting the artistic and botanical finishing touches to what promises to become Tenerife’s top tourist attraction after Mount Teide. And for not a few, possibly before it!
So if you’re still thinking Butlins-style water chutes, you’d better think again. Siam Park will be raising the bar on all that’s gone before when it comes to water parks, and that goes for the world, never mind just Europe.
Take, for instance, the Wave Palace where surfers will be able to do their thing, negotiating three metre high waves; then there are the tranquil charms of a lazy float down the tropical River Sawasdee; the more daring will be able to hurtle at speed through something called the Jungle Snake … then there’s the thrill of exploring a water-logged lost city, not to mention the scary allure of water chutes with names to strike terror into the timid: the Volcano, the Naga Racer, the Kamikaze, the Double Bowl and the Gigante.
Anyone who has ever been tempted to try their hand at white water rafting now has the chance to do so – on the Mekong Rapids – battered about in a five-seater boat.
As far as theme parks go, Tenerife’s latest will be a succession of superlatives. It will have the longest artificial slow flowing river in the world boasting the highest elevation in the world – up to 8 metres in parts. It will have the biggest artificial waves in the world; it will have the largest variety of chutes in the world and it will house the largest number of Thai buildings outside Asia in the world.
If the opening has been delayed, no matter. The timing, as far as island tourism is concerned, couldn’t be better. An attraction of this quality, on this scale and in this island represents a lifeline for Tenerife’s flagging tourism sector.
The vision, dedication and sheer hard graft behind the park is an inspiration. One can only hope that those in positions of power whose own vision and imagination seem sadly lacking by comparison take the message of Siam Park on board and that a bit of the inspirational magic rubs off on them.
For everyone’s sake.
Source: Tenerife News
New thrill -Vulcano
Momentum is so much cooler than gravity. Riders drop into a dramatic 60-foot bowl and swoop from side to side, half-pipe style, flying as high as 35 feet above the bottom of the funnel and getting vertical.

Bank robbery in Alcala

Posted by dolly diver on December 18, 2007
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A branch of the CajaCanarias bank in Alcalá was robbed last Tuesday lunchtime. A man armed with a pistol made off with 7,000 euros.

Bank security cameras are being analysed to try to identify the robber who was wearing jeans, sunglasses and a white cap. Witnesses said he spoke Spanish with a foreign accent, and is thought to be from eastern Europe. To celebrate his haul, he paused in a nearby bar for a drink before running away from the scene.

Santa Cruz Plaza – work delayed yet again!

Posted by dolly diver on December 5, 2007
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Work on the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz will not be finished in time for Carnival, the  Cabildo has admitted. After a series of problems, the new-look square designed by internationally-renowned architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron should have reopened early in January, in time for Carnival. However, the corporation now says that the Carnival celebrations in the area as of mid-January make it impossible to complete the huge lake which has been built in the middle of the square. Work on the lake will be postponed until after Carnival in order to avoid mishaps, and the completion date is now expected to be to mid-February.

Elton John concert – Jan 24th 2008 – tickets on sale

Posted by dolly diver on December 5, 2007
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Tickets for the Elton John concert in Costa Adeje have gone on sale. The event, which takes place on Thursday 24 January at the local Golf Course, is certain to be a sell-out, judging by the advance bookings taken by the call centre which has been open this past week.
Fans wanting the best view on the night will have to pay €120 for a Gold Seat in front of the stage or €90 to stand near the stage. The cheapest tickets available are €35. Outlets include the Corte Inglés department store, Halcon Viajes travel agents, Parah Beach Wear shops in the south of Tenerife and the Costa Adeje Golf Course office.
The organisers say the call centre (902 056 492) will continue to operate but only to give information on the concert, not to sell tickets.