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A painting competition with a nautical theme is being organised by the Fisherman’s museum in Puerto Santiago.

Only 1 entry per artist is allowed and the theme of the sea, fishing and its arts and crafts and the customs of fishermen are to be shown.

Entries are to be handed in from July 7th to July 21st at the Museo de Pescador, in Avenida Quinco Centenario, Puerto de Santiago.

The judges will select 40 works of art from those handed in and they will be on display at the museum between the August 4th and 31st.

The best 3 will be awarded prizes at a presentation on the final day of the exhibition.

1st prize is a trip to La Gomera for 2 people, staying in the Hotel Tecina. 2nd prize is a stay in the Hotel Playa de La Arena, and the 3rd prize is a weekend in Los Gigantes.

For more information, email or telephone 671329500.

During the past two weeks new radar traps in Santa Cruz have monitored a total of 6,926 vehicles. From those 327 vehicles have been recorded breaking the speed limit in the following places:-Avenida de Anaga (82); Carretera general del Sur – TF-28, (74); the motorway between Santa Cruz and La Laguna via Calle Panamá (60); Avenida de La Constitución (53); the Carretera general del Sur in El Chorrillo (30) and Avenida Hespérides (13).

The penalty for exceeding the 60km limit in build up areas, or 80km on inter-city roads, can be a jail sentence of up to six months, or a fine plus up to 90 days community service and a driving ban of up to 4 years. These strict new laws were passed last December.

Winter flight deals from Jet2

Posted by dolly diver on May 22, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife  | Tagged With: , , ,  has launched a sale on winter flights to the Canary Islands.
The low-cost carrier is offering reduced one-way fares to Tenerife from £49.99.
Flights are available now and include taxes and charges.
Those looking to escape the typically gloomy British winter can make bookings “right the way through until March 2009″.
Travellers can make their way from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Blackpool airports.
In an announcement on its official website, the carrier said: “If you like planning ahead and are looking to catch some winter sun then why not head to the Canaries with”

Cocaine discovered in false bottom suitcase

Posted by dolly diver on May 20, 2008
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Tighter drug detection controls at Tenerife South Airport have led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Romanian woman.

The woman was a passenger on a scheduled flight from Madrid. She was questioned by customs officials as she was leaving the arrivals hall and her responses made officers suspicious.

Nothing was found in the initial search of her luggage, but after a more thorough check with scanning equipment, a false bottom was discovered in her case containing over one kilo of high-grade cocaine for distribution in Tenerife.

The Lions Club International, Santiago del Teide branch, held their annual quiz at Bar Amozonia on the San Francisco urbanisation, just outside Los Gigantes, on Saturday evening. The bar, with its tropical feel, together with the sun going down was a perfect venue.



The quiz master, Lion Ken Ward (right), put all the teams to the test. A total of eleven teams of 4 contestants entered the battle for the sponsored event.

The evening and questions were punctuated by food, so after three rounds the food was duly served, if you like ribs with BBQ sauce you would have loved this spread, the next half hour being spent munching then the following half hour with the tooth picks.

The final round was about to be delivered. The points were being tallied by Lion Steve Gilbert and his assistant Jamie Gilbert who had spent most of the night collecting and delivering question and answer papers to and from the assembled protagonists.

The battle continued and in the end only 1 point separated the winners from the runners up.






          Winners “Just the Facts”                                     Runners up “The Good Four”

The presentations were made by Lion Sheila Widdrington, better known to users as Dolly Diver, and Lion Paul Marley publisher of

The Sponsors wish to thank all who took part for making the night a success and Ken Ward for his work preparing the quiz as well as Steve Gilbert for his adjudication and Jamie Gilbert for his help.

A total of €230 was raised for Lions causes.

Fire in Puerto Santiago shopping mall

Posted by dolly diver on May 19, 2008
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The Local Police and volunteer Firefighters of Santiago del Teide yesterday had to act in an emergency situation when a fire broke out in the shopping mall Tenir in Puerto Santiago.

The fire started at 6.30 pm in the power distribution room in the basement of the building. Fortunately there were no injuries.

                                                                                       Photo: Gerald Zenou

Press release from Tenerife tourist board – Featuring a new set of proposals designed to maintain the island’s status as a leading holiday destination.

Tenerife has a well defined tourism strategy to be applied over the next eight years. Featuring an ample range of directives and actions, it aims to reactivate tourism on the island and combat the complex situation the holiday sector is currently facing as evidenced in last year’s figures. The new proposals focus on renovation in all aspects (resort areas, services on offer, means used for promotion and marketing and even management).

The Strategy was announced in public on 16th April at Tenerife’s Auditorium by the island’s councillor for Tourism and first junior chairman of the Tenerife Cabildo, José Manuel Bermúdez.
  Tenerife’s Tourism Strategy 2008-15, devised by the Cabildo through Turismo de Tenerife and with a significant level of participation by the sector, features 12 essential objectives. Of primary importance is the regeneration of resort areas with a view to guaranteeing their competitive edge, quality and sustainability. Secondly, there is a directive which focuses on specialisation, diversification and enriching the available services and holiday products, which is linked closely to the development of new products and upgrading existing ones.

The third main objective is to reach a balance between the investment made into attracting consolidated markets and the diversification of activities aimed at new outbound markets. The fourth goal refers specifically to highlighting differentiation and efficiency in promotions.

Other important aims outlined in the strategy include improving market accessibility to the Tenerife holiday product, boosting online promotion and marketing plus better management of the relationship between the client and the destination resulting in higher levels of satisfaction and, therefore, customer loyalty.

Tenerife’s remaining strategic objectives are to encourage levels of knowledge, information and research into the holiday industry, innovation at all levels of management and promotion and a renewed bid for cooperation and coordination. Finally Turismo de Tenerife has incorporated into its objectives the goal of strengthening social implication and links with the tourism sector and its activities as well as raising professional standards, qualification and training in the industry as a whole.

A complex, participatory professional procedure

In order to draw up the strategy designed by Turismo de Tenerife for the Cabildo, all the internal and external statistical information has been taken into account as well as any available studies. A working method was applied to this information involving an unprecedented level of social participation which incorporated trends deriving from a complex consultation process to include virtually the entire holiday industry plus a large group of professionals from a wide range of fields.



By Matt Walker



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The Canarian High Court has backed the local authorities in their plan to pull down dozens of houses built too near the coast in Candelaria .

Objections to the demolition of 23 homes in the Cho Vito coastal district of the town have been dismissed by the Court, which says the Spanish government is acting legally in enforcing orders to recuperate the coastline.

The residents, some of whom have lived in their houses for over 60 years, say they have yet to receive formal notification of the ruling and will take further steps to fight the plans.

Giant cruise ship docks in Santa Cruz

Posted by dolly diver on May 12, 2008
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The world’s biggest 14-storey cruise liner, The Independence of the Seas, which was recently-christened jewel in the crown of the Royal Caribbean fleet, made its first ever stop in Tenerife and docked in Santa Cruz on Saturday with 3600 passengers on board and a crew of just over 1000 from 75 different companies.

A special reception was held in Santa Cruz to mark the ship’s maiden visit. The Captain said that the Canaries will feature prominently in the liner’s cruises for at least the next two years.

The liner then called into Las Palmas on Sunday before heading across to Lanzarote and up to Portugal.