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Photographic competition

Posted by dolly diver on March 6, 2008
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photo competition
Santiago Del Teide town hall are organising a photographic competition titled “Almond trees in bloom”. Open to all non- professional photographers of any age or nationality.

Each exhibitor can enter a maximum of 3 photos. They can be colour or black and white, with minimum size of 25 by 20.

The closing date is the 14th of March.

The judges will be qualified photographers and members of the town council. They will announce their decision on the 24th of March in the town hall. The prizes are as follows:

1st prize……………… 300 euros.
2nd prize………………200 euros.
3rd prize……………… 150 euros.

After the competition the photos will be on display, for a month, in the central patio of the town hall. (Through the main door entrance).

For more information please contact the Departamento de Cultura del Ayuntamiento, telephone number 922-86-31-27 extension 234 or 235.

Translated by John Punton

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Wind generator El HierroThe smallest is set to be self sufficient in renewable energy by 2010. El Hierro aims to be the first to be self-sufficient in clean energy.
A new wind power centre will be in operation by the year 2010 and will be capable of coping with the entire power needs of the island’s 10,500 inhabitants.
The Island is set to be the most advanced in environmental considerations with all its energy coming from wind and tidal sources.
It was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2000, and the costs for the new developments are being met 60% by the local Cabildo government, 30% by the power company Endesa and 10% by the Canaries Technological Institute, together with 35 million Euro state funding from Madrid. Total cost of the project is 54 million.

Tourist coach hit by giant boulder

Posted by dolly diver on March 6, 2008
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Tourists on a day trip to Mt Teide National Park had a lucky escape yesterday when their coach was hit by a giant boulder.

Approximately twelve tourists were on the coach at around noon in the car park of the cable car that takes visitors to the summit of the volcano.

The boulder, which weighed at least a ton, became dislodged further up the mountain and rolled down the side, crashing through a barrier in the car park before rolling into the bus.

The bus was partially destroyed and the driver had to be treated for minor head injuries and shock. The tourists were unhurt.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

Hotel MedanoAfter months of talks between central government, the Tenerife Cabildo and Granadilla council, the plans of the Department of Coasts to demolish the Hotel Medano have been ditched. Politicians and local people are breathing a sigh of relief.

The hotel building, a popular landmark in the town, will be left standing. However there are plans to demolish the sun deck which was added long after the hotel was built. It stands on stilts and extends into the sea.

Montaña Roja campsite

A 2-year-old boy attacked by a Rottweiler dog at the Montaña Roja campsite last Sunday is improving rapidly in hospital.

The boy, who lives with his parents in Las Chafiras is believed to be British. He was playing in a children’s play area at the site in El Médano when the dog jumped out of its owner’s car and attacked him, inflicting multiple facial injuries.

Surgeons at the Candelaria Hospital in La Laguna operated yesterday. The child is now recovering rapidly.

The owner of the dog faces prosecution over the incident. Local media reports say he left the window of the car wide open, which allowed the dog to jump out of the vehicle. The Rottweiler is being held in kennels until its fate is decided.

Attempted bank raid in Playa Paraíso

Posted by dolly diver on March 6, 2008
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A 27 year old Italian who tried to rob a bank at knifepoint in Playa Paraíso was arrested by an off-duty policeman.

The attempted raid took place at just before noon in the Banca March branch. The raider threatened the cashier with the knife but was restrained by an off duty policeman, who happened to be in the bank at the time.

In an attempt to avoid arrest the robber stabbed himself with his own knife causing a superficial wound. He was treated on the scene by emergency services before being marched off by the police.

It is not known yet whether the Italian is behind the recent spate of bank hold-ups at knifepoint in the south of the island.

A Multicultural Musical Mix!

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2008
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a world of musicWhatever your musical tastes, “A World of Music” is a must-see show. The concert, taking place at the Auditorium in Santa Cruz on 29th March, fuses music styles from all over the globe.

“The language of music needs no words” – this is the notion behind the concert, which will explore the universal language of music by blending diverse musical influences – each bringing their own unique qualities to the mix. During the 20th Century, cultures have merged to astonishing effect. As with mixing colours, when different styles of ethnic music interweave, the result is a multitude of tones – a delight for the ear!
The event will feature artists from various international locations including Los Angeles, Cádiz, Singapore, Senegal, Norway, Germany, and the Canary Islands.

For more information and to buy your ticket now, visit

Atlantic rowersWe came through two huge storms, had a flooded cabin and had to be towed in against wind and tide for the last two miles but the effort was truly worthwhile.”

Atlantic rowers Peter Raab and Tim Wilks, aboard the Tenerife boat Martha Dos, arrived in Antigua, in the Caribbean, at 3.30pm last Tuesday after a 59-day journey across the ocean.

They left Puerto Colon, where Peter runs a boat sales and chandlery, on December 8, clipping two days off the boat’s previous fastest time, set by Tenerife residents, lawyer Pedro Ripol and commercial pilot Francisco Korff in 2001.

And they overtook half the pack of 20 boats that left La Gomera six days before them in an organised race across the Atlantic.

Peter and Tim, rowing independently in aid of the Tenerife charities Asociacion Orobal and San Lazaro expect to have raised several thousand euros with their achievement.
For Peter it was “my last bit of wild life” before he and his wife, Claudine, settle down to family life with a Chinese baby they have been planning to adopt.

cigarette smuggling

Teenager, Rebecca Berry, 18, of Downs Lane, Hetton, was arrested and charged by HM Customs and Revenue officers for trying to smuggle 16,600 cigarettes through East Midlands Airport from a flight from Tenerife.

She pleaded guilty to smuggling the cigarettes and evading duty of £2,678 when she arrived at the airport on February 11 from Tenerife.

Loughborough Magistrates’ Court ordered Berry a six month curfew which requires her to stay at her home address between 8pm and 8am, enforced by tagging. The court was also awarded £250 costs.

She was detected at Newcastle Airport in January this year with 16,600 cigarettes and at Heathrow Airport in May 2007 trying to smuggle 17,000 cigarettes into the UK.

On both occasions, the goods were seized and a verbal warning was given, as well as warning letters.

Speaking after Berry’s court appearance, John Macmillan, detection manager for HM Revenue and Customs at East Midlands Airport, said: “We hope this sends a clear message to those involved in cigarette smuggling that we will take action to seize the goods and also to bring criminal proceedings.

“We hope the reality that individuals will receive a criminal record and the courts can impose a range of sentences, including prison, will act as a firm deterrent.”

He added: “We have active and robust teams operating at East Midlands airport and will not hesitate to take action against those dealing in this form of criminality.

“The illicit cigarette trade breeds contempt for the law by encouraging otherwise honest people to trade with criminals and undermines genuine, honest retailers.”

Anyone with information about people importing or dealing in smuggled cigarettes is asked to contact the Customs Confidential Hotline, tel. 0800 59 5000.

Alcampo hypermarket may face huge fine

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2008
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Alcampo entrance
The hypermarket chain Alcampo may be facing a €600,000 fine if the ruling of the High court of Justice of the Canaries (TSJC) is confirmed.

The ruling declared that a local authority licence which was obtained by the French multinational company to extend their Los Majuelos site in Santa Cruz , is null and void.

The court ruled Alcampo hypermarket made application and obtained planning permission from La Laguna local council, but failed to make the application public and opened the extension without an opening licence.

It is not known whether Alcampo plan to appeal.