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The sun shines today, there’s not a cloud in the sky and it is hoped that the more rain and strong winds forecasted for the Islands holds off for the New Year celebrations tonight.

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Sea conditions continue to be rough, dashing the hopes of dive centre owners and whale and dolphin operators of a boost in business to help them through the current crisis but the high swell is delighting surfing enthusiasts at Punta Blanca.

The day will be spent for many mopping up flooded terraces and cleaning out mud filled swimming pools. An elderly couple who live near Santa Cruz needed medical treatment after a rockslide damaged their home.

La Gomera was worse hit with 300 children evacuated from their playschools and many roads were closed due to flooding. La Palma’s airport was closed for most of the day.

 	air-europaA spokesman from the Cabildo now confirms that the new direct Air Europa flight between Tenerife and Miami will commence at the end of April or the beginning of May, not at the beginning of the year as was first planned.

The weekly flight will operate from the North Airport, not from the South as was first suggested.

Three walkers lost in the Pine Forest

Posted by dolly diver on December 31, 2008
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 	fog-on-teideA young Italian tourist lost his way when he strayed off the main pathway while walking through the pine forests near Pico Viejo.

The emergency services came to his aid when he contacted Parque Nacional del Teide requesting assistance. Bad weather complicated the search but he was finally found at 3am suffering from mild hypothermia.

The next day a couple from La Orotava who were walking in the Los Organos forest, La Caldera above La Orotava, lost their way and were unable to find their car.

The couple, wearing only light clothing, were able to contact the emergency services and were found safe and well within the hour.

 	ricardomelchior“Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends of Tenerife, as we enter a new period with the coming of the New Year, I would like to send you a message of hope for the future.

It is a time for looking back at what we have achieved during 2008; if our wishes have come true and if we have attained the goals we set ourselves with such enthusiasm at the start of the year.

This applies to all of us and for our society – the citizens of Tenerife, who are constantly striving to make the island a better place. We are all committed to this pledge.

Unfortunately, we face a period of growing problems due to an economic situation which affects our country and the world in general. But history tells us that in the past we overcame difficult circumstances thanks to the tenacity of the Tenerife people and we can do it again.

That is my message of hope and confidence in the future, which I am sure will be favourable.

I wish you and your family a HAPPY NEW YEAR”.

Ricardo Melchior Navarro
President Tenerife Island Government

 	lion-president-mary-thomson-the-mayor-lion-member-sheila-widdringtonLions Christmas fund raising took off with a good start last Saturday night in the plaza Los Gigantes. The tree of lights was switched on by the Mayor, Damian Gorrín Juan Ramos, pictured right with Lions President Mary Thomson and lion member Sheila Widdrington.

Each light on tree of lights can be sponsored in memory of a loved one and the funds raised, together with the funds raised from the Grand Christmas raffle, is going toward funding a mini bus for the Santiago del Teide handicapped centres.

A very enjoyable evening of entertainment was provided by:-
Asociación Cultural y Folklórica Tayme.
Asociación Cultural y Folklórica Brisas de Arguayo.
Asociación Cultural y Folklórica El Bajío.
Escuela Municipal de Folklore de Santiago del Teide.
La Banda Municipal de Música de Santiago del Teide.

Mary Thomson, Lions President, would like to thank all the entertainers and organisers of the evening and to the many generous people who donated to the cause.

The annual Lions carol singing walkabout last night ended in the Los Gigantes Plaza with mulled wine for singers and the drawing of the Grand Christmas raffle

1st prize of €500 was won by Dorothy of MDI 07855
2nd prize of €300 was won by Sylvia of Sunflower restaurant 1168
3rd prize of €200 was won by Mrs Brown 8081 (now in the UK. She has been contacted and her winnings will be transferred to her)

Total funds raised – TBA

A change Duty free allowance

Posted by dolly diver on December 23, 2008
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duty-freeWith effect from 1st December 2008 duty free allowance, on returning to the UK and Ireland, changed as follows:-

Table wine 4 lts
Beer 16 lts

Other goods £300 (€430 for Irish) including perfume and souvenirs.

From 1st Jan 09 this figure will increase to £340 for UK residents because of the pound/euro exchange rate.

The Hollywood Motor Show

Posted by dolly diver on December 19, 2008
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If you live in the area then can’t have missed the publicity. The Hollywood Motor Show starts today in Puerto Santiago.

The show has been a huge success in Santa Cruz, San Isidro and Granadilla and will be in Los Cristianos from 25th Dec to 6th Jan

David Stey, representative of the show, confirmed that the show comes with more than 400 tons of material on wheels and 15 trucks for assembly. There will be 90 minutes filled with tension and risk with stunt drivers deliberately rolling their cars. There are also motorcycles, quads, tractors and an authentic American Monster truck which will flatten anything in its way.

The show takes place at Calle Lajial, near the new Costa Los Gigantes Hotel. The road will be closed to through traffic.

Show times are:-
Friday 19th 20:00
Sat 20th 12:30 & 18:00
Sun 21st 12:30 & 18:00
Adults €15 Children under 14 €10

According to comments on local news blogs the show is well worth a visit.
We went to the motor show tonight and was very impressed. As the missus thought the stunts etc were brilliant for all the family boys and girls alike. Well worth the money when you consider how much it would cost to put on this sort of thing”.

 	rod-stewartThe organisers of the Rod Stewart concert which is scheduled for May 16th 2009 at the Adeje Golf Course have announced that tickets are now on sale.

More information about the concert, purchase of tickets, flight and hotel packages can be obtained from web site www.canaryfestival.com Ticket prices range from €50 if you don’t mind standing, up to €175 for a front row seat.

After the successful Sir Elton John concert , and the confirmation of Rod Stewart, Canaries Sun Live Festival are working on the production of shows from three other great artists for 2009, a project that has already been submitted to different governmental authorities.

Physiotherapy treatment at the Pancracio sports centre

Posted by dolly diver on December 18, 2008
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servicio_de_fisioterapiaAnyone needing a physiotherapy service can now have treatment at the Pancracio sports centre, behind the Playa Arena Hotel

The prices for the 30 minutes session vary depending on age: Resident adults 18 – 60 years €15, non residents €20. Anyone over 60 or under 18 €6

To make an appointment call the sports complex on 922 868041.

Direct flights Tenerife to Miami

Posted by dolly diver on December 18, 2008
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air-europaAfter many month of planning the new Air Europa flight between Tenerife and Miami will commence in the New Year.

A spokesman from the Cabildo confirms that plans are going ahead, despite recent rising fuel costs, but a commencement date and which days of the week the service will run have still to be agreed.

The plan is to start the service weekly using the Airbus 330 which can take 300 passengers and 18 tons of cargo with a flight time of eight and a half hours using Reina Sofia (South) airport for arrivals and departures.