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Santa Cruz council has wheel initiative

Posted by dolly diver on July 14, 2008
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bikes for hire in Santa Cruz

To encourage people to explore the capital on wheels Santa Cruz council has launched a new bike hire service.

The scheme was unveiled at the García Sanabria Park by Mayor Miguel Zerolo and his deputy Ángel Llanos where the pool of 16 bicycles and four tandems will be based for the next 12 months.

The bikes can be hired for just one euro an hour and must be returned back to the Park. The hire service runs on Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The council hopes the service, which is being sponsored to the tune of 25,000 euros by a well known food company, will enable visitors to see a different side of the city, not just the pedestrian shopping streets and main buildings, and keep the tourists fit in the process.

After living in Tenerife for seven years Birmingham couple Gayle and Mick Curtis headed back home. Due to rigorous quarantine procedure their two beloved dogs, 8 year old Ebony, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and 13 year old Libby, a White West Island terrier had to be left behind for a while, and they knew they would have to wait a few months before they could see them again.

After the wait was over the couple looked forward to welcoming their faithful hounds back at their Marston Green home. When they arrived at Manchester airport to collect the dogs they were left devastated when officials told them they had lost their pets on the flight from Tenerife to Manchester.
Instead of being unloaded, bungling baggage handlers forgot to take them off the aircraft and the poor dogs were left on board for an hour before being sent all the way back to Tenerife – a round trip of nearly 4,000 miles and nine hours.

Beside themselves with worry they were told the dogs would be walked, given water and food when they landed back in Tenerife.

Ebony and Libby finally arrived back in Birmingham at 9.30am on Saturday morning, nearly 24 hours after they left Tenerife. They had been on the aeroplane for around 12 hours.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said: “The welfare of the animals transported on Thomas Cook Airlines is always a priority. We would like to apologise to Mr Curtis for any upset and inconvenience caused.”

A spokesman for baggage handlers, Menzies Aviation, said: “As soon as the error was realised staff took immediate action to ensure the animals were met by a vet in Tenerife and were examined before being allowed to travel back to the UK. Menzies Aviation is undertaking an investigation into this incident and will take disciplinary action where appropriate.”

Defibrillator for busy resorts

Posted by dolly diver on July 11, 2008
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A defibrillator is to be install in one of the south’s busiest tourist areas to help speed up responses to medical emergencies.

A special unit is to be set up in Playa Fañabé by Adeje Council. It will be manned by civil protection volunteers and equipped with a state of the art portable defibrillator for use in heart attacks.

In the coming months the equipment will also be installed at other beaches in the area.

The corporation adopted the decision unanimously yesterday after an in depth debate on insurance cover for personnel who are called on to intervene with the defibrillator.

The newly refurbished beach promenade in Los Cristianos was officially opened by the Arona council on Friday 27th June.

The project took 15 months to complete and cost the council over three million euros. The work consisted of, “improvements to the 20 year-old promenade which involved repaving, replacing the furniture, creating accesses to the beach, public lighting and services such as the provision of toilets, showers and security. Read more

Marijuana seizure

Posted by dolly diver on July 10, 2008
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A large haul of marijuana was intercepted shortly after it arrived by boat in the coastal town of El Médano. The haul is believed to have come from Morocco.
During searches of a number of properties in the area police uncovered 3000 euros in cash, night vision binoculars, GPS equipment and 20 mobile phones, all of which are thought to have been used in smuggling operations over the past year.

The identities of three men of different nationalities who have been detained have not been released. All three were remanded to Tenerife II prison.

One licence, two bars!

Posted by dolly diver on July 10, 2008
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During a routine inspection Santiago del Teide police discovered that two bars, one in Playa Arena and the other in Centro Comercial Tenir in Puerto Santiago, were operating under the same opening licence.

The bar owners are identified only by their initials, O.G.M. and D.G.M. and are brother and sister. The original licence applies to the bar in Playa de la Arena.

The two licences have been forwarded to the judicial authorities, as there was no clerical error in the municipal records.

Lions presidents night is the night when we celebrate the start of a new lion year and traditionally the president officially hands over power to a new president who has been elected by the club in a democratic (no arm twisting, vote rigging or opposition killing allowed) election.

This year was no exception, the main difference being that our current president was unanimously voted back for a second year in office.

Lion of the year jon-thornleyMary Thompson is now going into her second year as Lion President and her speech was short and to the point. Mary also, as is traditional, handed out a number of awards. The Lion of the Year award this year went to Club Secretary Jon Thornley. (pic right) and appreciation awards went to Ken Ward, Sheila Widdrington and Richard Dobinson.

Then night was held at El Marques in Puerto Santiago and what a fantastic night, the food was a sumptuous buffet, the staff were helpful and polite, José the head waiter was only too happy to help with last minute seating plan changes.

steve-delseyThe entertainment was superb, Rick Porter had one of the hardest jobs of the night providing the pre-dinner and background music for the evening, he was followed by Steve Delsey (left) a very funny man who had the audience laughing with some very quick humor, and then just to show his talent more he finished his show with an operatic song Nessun Dorma, which had the audience on there feet in appreciation.


Next Rick was back with some dance songs to get the dinner worked down, then a special surprise Tuxedo Nights(right), a close harmony singing trio, Tom Bell, Eddie Hastings and guess who, yep the one and only Rick Porter, had every one up and dancing, and brought the night to a fantastic close.

For more information on the Lions Clubs International Santiago del Teide branch and what they do visit their web site

Photos of the evening are posted in our picture galleries

Siam Park – Press release

Posted by dolly diver on July 8, 2008
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Jungle Snake, adventure in the Siam Park jungle.

Siam Park is getting ready to open in 2008 and currently we are working on the final phases of decoration and technical trials. The park offers brand new and innovative attractions as well as the classical water rides that all have a special Siam touch.

Siam Park jungle-snakesThe Jungle Snake is one of the rides that’s ready for everyone to enjoy. This attraction twists and turns in a jungle setting and can be enjoyed by the whole family. It can be ridden in individual or double tubes and as you plunge down on a thin film of water you slide through an amazing adventure. Each of the slides inside the Jungle Snake offers a different ride through open air sections with great views and other sections that are enclosed and in total darkness. The slide is designed to look like entwined snakes that are hidden amongst the lush greenery so that riders are not sure where the journey will take them and this really adds to the sense of mystery and adventure they will experience.

A key part of the design is to make sure that the attraction harmonizes with the setting and so the slides are set on a slope covered with plants, bushes and trees that camouflage the structure underneath. The height requirement is 1.25m and will be loved by all ages. It will without doubt be an experience they won’t forget. Siam Park is currently updating it’s website to include the latest news about the park

Body discovery At Sea

Posted by dolly diver on July 8, 2008
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The naked body of a man, thought to be aged between 30 and 35, was found floating in the sea off Diego Hernandez beach in Adeje on Sunday morning. People on board a private boat made the initial discovery. The body was recovered by Guardia Civil officers in their patrol boat Rio Gallo.

The man, who has not yet been named has long hair, a beard, a tattoo on one arm with the words Maria Ines inside a heart, as well as other tattoos.

Blaze scare for La Esperanza

Posted by dolly diver on July 7, 2008
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Forest fire units in Tenerife sped into naction for the first time this summer to deal with a blaze near La Esperanza.

The fire broke out around 4pm yesterday near the road which is used by many tourists to drive to and from Mt Teide.

The flames, initially confined to the right hand side of the road soon crossed over, triggering alarm among locals with houses nearby.

Four helicopters were quickly on the scene and began ferrying giant buckets of water, which were emptied from the air to dampen the surrounding area and prevent the fire from spreading further. The blaze was put out shortly afterwards and a fire brigade team stood by for the rest of the evening to make sure it was not rekindled by the strong winds.