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Four baggage handlers arrested in Tenerife Sur

Posted by dolly diver on July 4, 2008
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tenerife_south_airportFour men, aged 32, 40, 43 and 55, employed as baggage handlers at the Tenerife Sur airport, were caught on security cameras and have been arrested in connection with the theft of items from luggage.

The police, after receiving several complaints from members of the public, have opened an investigation.

Monkey Business in holiday apartments

Posted by dolly diver on July 4, 2008
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Campbell's monkeyGuardia Civil officers had a rather unusual call yesterday in Las Americas when a hotel employee reported a monkey was on the beach.

They quickly swung into action and followed the monkey to an apartment complex where it was finally captured by their Nature Protection Unit. It was then transported to a local animal park where it will stay while investigations are carried out to locate its owner.

The African monkey, which is in very good health is a Cercophitecus Campbelli, or Campbell’s Monkey and it does not have the mandatory microchip which zoos are obliged to fit to their animals.

Spanish Customs have been alerted in case the monkey has been imported illegally.

Sales start 7 July

Posted by dolly diver on July 4, 2008
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summer-salesThe Canarian government, bowing to pressure from trade associations, have brought forward the start date for the annual summer sales.

Initially scheduled for 12th July, the Sales now begin next Monday (7th July) on most islands.
The decision had to be taken because many shops wanted to go their own way and start their sales from late June in a bid to attract custom and mitigate the effects of the current economic downturn.

The leading retail associations and chambers of commerce asked the authorities to amend the initial date to create a united position and prevent a split between the early birds and other shops who were willing to respect the original plans.

Painting competition – Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on July 3, 2008
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The Museum of the Fisherman in Puerto Santiago have organised a painting competition, open to all artists. The theme is the sea, fishing and its arts, fishermen, customs etc.

Entries are restricted to 1 painting per artist and can be handed in to the musuem between the 7th and 21st July.

Judges will be appointed by the musuem. 40 works will be selected and will be exhibited in the museum between 4th and 31st August. The winners will be announced and prizes given on 31st Aug at 20.30

First prize – A trip to Gomera staying at the Tecina Hotel for 2 people.

Secons Prize – A stay in Playa Arena Hotel for 2 people.

Third Prize – A weekend in Los Gigantes.

Al l prize winners will obtain diplomas and trophies.

For more info tel: 671 329 500 or email museo@museodelpescador.com

Once again it is the time of year for the Santiago del Teide “Nooks and Crannies of Santiago” painting and photographic competition.

The competition is open to non-professional artists or photographers, there is no age limit.

The theme is Rincones de Santiago, or Nooks and Crannies of Santiago, and entries should reflect the picturesque nature and/or local culture of the municipality.

Artists are limited to three entries per person, and each painting must be a minimum of 40 x 30 cm and correctly marked with the artist’s name.

Prizes for the painting competition are:

First Prize €601

Second prize €301

Third prize €150

Photographic entries are limited to 3 per person. They can be in colour or black and white and each must be a minimum of 30 x 40 cm and clearly marked with the photographer’s name.

Prizes for the Photographic competition are:

First Prize €301

Second prize €240

Third prize €180

Fourth prize €120

Fifth prize €60

Competitors are limited to one prize. Entries need to be handed in by 2pm on 24th July to the Department of Culture at the Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento, with the following words clearly marked on the outside, “Para el concurso Rincones de Santiago”.

All entries will be on show on 27th July in the Guaninfa cultural centre in Tamaimo, to coincide with the Artesanía Popular Canaria – the local Arts and Crafts Fayre.
At 5pm the winning entries will be announced.

The second five star hotel (after Abama) in the borough of Guía de Isora open its 1st phase to guests today. Several months of work are still needed to complete all the building work before the hotel can be fully open to the public.

artists impression - New Hotel AlcalaBeing heralded as the new luxury flagship of the Sol Meliá group, The Gran Meliá Palace de Isora in Alcalá was designed by Spanish architect Álvaro Sans. (Artists impression – right)

To serve different client needs the hotel will offer a number of different zones. In the best part of the complex there are 53 bedrooms, an independent entrance and reception area as well as a number of unique services. There are also several Garden Villas each with its own pool, hydro-massage bath and garden.

In the general zone there are 114 Demi Suites with garden view, 296 Demi Suites with ocean views, 49 Demi Suites with private gardens, a number of master suites with whirlpools, family suites and 53 Demi Suites and six Garden Villas labelled as ‘exclusively for adults’.

new hotel AlcalaSpecial attractions include the Infinity Pool, a salt water pool 265 metres long placed next to one of the biggest artificial beaches in Europe.

There are five superb restaurants each of them offering individual specialities, and a central 2,800 m2 plaza.

Families are well catered for as there is an enormous children’s zone with a terrific range of activities for all.

The hotel caters for business as well as pleasure, offering a fully functional business centre with four conference halls (with provision for up to 11 more within the complex).

The hotel also boasts up to 500 underground parking places so in theory that should take the parking pressures off Alcala!

Once again the Canary Islands host one of the most amazing events in the annual music calendar, the Canarias Jazz y Mas festival, sponsored by Heineken. Apart from the concerts at the Auditorio, the shows are free, so jot them down in your diary!
Tenerife:
4 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, Kike Perdomo, Ac&Funk
5 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – Lizz Wright, Nguyên Lê Quartet
6 July 21.00 La Laguna, Salón de Actos del I.E.S. La Laboral – “The Music of Ivan Lins”, featuring Ivan Lins with special guest Nnenna Freelon and guests Leonardo Amuedo, Marcelo Martins, Teo Lima, Marco Brito, and Nema Antunes
7 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Kyle Eastwood, Esperanza Spalding
8 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Spyro Gyra, Yul Ballesteros
9 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Toto Bona Lokua, Gerald Toto, Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza, and the Ramón Díaz Group
10 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – New York Voices, Polo Ortí Group
11 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife – Sala Sinfónica The Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Sample, Nils Landgren and the Funk Unit. Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
12 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife Sala Sinfónica – Madeleine Peyroux.
Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
Tickets can be purchased for Auditorio events direct from the box office, or through CajaCanarias ticket sales at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre.

Titsa Bus Company management criticised

Posted by dolly diver on July 1, 2008
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After the island’s Cabildo had to bail out Titsa Bus Company to the tune of €23 million last year, there are calls for a massive rethink.
Another €13 million was added to that figure from the regional government and Madrid, the total amount of public money used to keep the company operating has amounted to €36 million.

Critics say the company is over staffed and current routes are poorly-planned. TITSA was taken over by the Cabildo last year in a bid to streamline public transport provision in Tenerife following the entry into service of the tram link between the capital and La Laguna. The funding revelations call for changes at senior management levels in TITSA.