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A second cayuco in 48 hours escapes detection

Posted by dolly diver on March 18, 2008
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immigrants arriving at Los AbrigosA second Cayuco in 48 hours has escaped detection by the authorities, arriving in the tiny harbour at Los Abrigos, San Miguel at 3am this morning, carrying 62 immigrants, of whom three are thought to be children.

Three of the immigrants were taken to hospital for treatment, one with a foot injury and the others with hypothermia.

Strike action by refuse collectors in Adeje

Posted by dolly diver on March 18, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

The strike by a local refuse firm in Adeje began yesterday and the council has asked residents and visitors to cooperate by keeping their rubbish to a minimum.

Road sweepers and bin men who work for the company, which holds the tender for the services in the town, walked out after pay negotiations broke down again.

A number of temporary sites have been set up for people to take their rubbish to instead of leaving it on the streets every night.

Businesses and householders have been requested not to take bulky items out for collection during the coming days.

A council spokesman admitted the situation was of grave concern as the busy Easter week-end approaches and hotels fill up. The strike could last for weeks due to the irreconcilable positions of the two sides.

The blacklist again for Gibraltar?

Posted by dolly diver on March 17, 2008
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GibraltaSpain is to ask that Gibraltar be placed back on the black list of financial havens, with the Spanish tax authority, Hacienda, considering that the Rock is not cooperating in the fight against money laundering.
Spain is to ask the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, to list Gibraltar as ‘uncooperative’, with a Hacienda spokesman saying that no advances have been made in collaboration over fiscal and tax matters, and that Gibraltar remains opaque, inaccessible and impenetrable.

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Immigrant boat escapes detection and reaches Los Cristianos

Posted by dolly diver on March 17, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

immigrant receiving medical treatment at Los CristianosA boat carrying 56 undocumented illegal migrants has reached Los Cristianos undetected by the radar posts on the coast.Local residents contacted the 112 emergency to report their arrival at around 1am. Among the occupants are believed to be 11 juveniles, and it’s understood that one of the passengers was transferred to the health centre in Mojón for treatment of non-serious injuries. In a report, the Human Rights Association of Andalusia (APDH-A) have estimated that 3,500 people have died in the perilous journey over the Sahara or lost at sea trying to reach Spain and the Canaries.

Bargains Galore

Posted by dolly diver on March 15, 2008
Posted in Local News 

The Ayuntamiento Santiago del Teide have given the go ahead for another full day local trade fair and market to be held once again at the Plaza in Puerto Santiago on Sunday 6th April.

Businesses sell their produce at sale prices; to make way for the spring and summer seasons stocks. Visitors can benefit from these discounts.

There will be bouncy castles to keep the kids occupied while Mum and Dad go bargain hunting.

Traders who require a stall need to contact the Town Hall Offices in the Jardines del Mar complex near Images Bar just past the Drago Hotel in Puerto Santiago.

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Puerto Santiago couple arrested

Posted by dolly diver on March 15, 2008
Posted in Local News 

A Romanian couple, living in Puerto Santiago, were arrested by local police just as they were about to leave for the airport.

A 23yr old man and a 19 year old girl are thought to be members of an organised crime ring who have been operating in the Santiago Del Teide and Arona districts.

Local business owners have been called in to identify the couple and help police with their investigation.

New Beach at San Juan opens today – At long last

Posted by dolly diver on March 14, 2008
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San Juan New Beach

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After an 18 month wait, and much irritation to locals, the new beach at San Juan is opening today just in time for the Easter break.

The Ministry of the Environment and the Department of Coasts started the planning back in 1998, construction started in November 2006.

 

San Juan New Beach41,000m3 of sand dredged from the bay has been placed on the new 285m long beach and a new construction of a 150m breakwater to protect the bay has cost a staggering €4.8 million euros.

To add the final touch Guia de Isora council has applied for permits to operate a sun bed and umbrella hire service, as well as concessions for kiosks and beach bars.

Hotels almost full for Easter

Posted by dolly diver on March 14, 2008
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Los Gigantes Marina
Canarian hotels are expected to be almost full as the Easter holidays get under way.

Spain’s biggest hoteliers’ association has commented that average occupancy levels across the islands are predicted to be around 85%.

Lanzarote could top 90%, Gran Canaria 95% and Tenerife a good 85% with the busiest days anticipated by the middle of next week until Easter Sunday on 23 March.

Miss Spain 2008, born in Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on March 14, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Miss Spain 2008

A couple of weeks ago she was crowned ‘Miss España 2008’, at just 17. Four days later, she turned 18, and now Patricia Yurena Rodríguez, who hails from the village of Charco del Pino, in Tenerife, is trying to get used to her new status, and being apart from her family and friends.

Has it sunk in yet that you have been named Miss Spain 2008?
Yes, it has. I didn’t think I’d be able to cope with being away from my village and my family as well as I have, but I speak to them every day so I don’t feel as if they’re far away. The Miss Spain organisation is treating me very well too. Read more

Las Chafiras traffic chaos – a solution is urgent

Posted by dolly diver on March 13, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Tenerife representatives from the Cabildo and the Council in San Miguel de Abona are having discussions to try to find a solution to the current traffic chaos in the Las Chafiras area.

Planners are working on a solution to alleviate the congestion, which is caused by around 30,000 vehicles travelling into the area every day, particularly Monday to Friday. With just one main entrance from the motorway, the bottleneck is becoming a matter of grave concern.

Several companies that are operating in the Las Chafiras area – one of the fastest-growing commercial districts in the south – are considering moving elsewhere if the problem continues.