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Dingo Dogs evicted

Posted by dolly diver on July 30, 2009
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A horrendous situation unfolded this week when 65 dogs under the care of Phil Nelson and his charity Dingo Dogs were evicted from a plot of land near Guia de Isora.

A court order was obtained by the owner of the land, and the Judge then instructed the Ayuntamiento of Guia de Isora to remove the dogs. By law, animals must be transported safely and kept in an clean area, with fresh water, food and access to medicines if needed. These dogs however were taken to a small place intended for goats, some 10 x 12 metres, with little shade, and no water or food. One dog died within 30 minutes (pictured).

Live Arico´s Eugenio was called to assist and found the situation to be horrific. A finca has now been arranged as a temporary measure but they can only stay there for 21 days.

Through FECAPAP (Federación Canaria de Asociaciones Protectores de Animales y Plantas) a denuncia has been made against the Ayuntamiento of Guia de Isora citing the many breaches made in regard to the welfare of these poor creatures, including the fact that no vet or qualified person was present in their transportation.

It is expected that this story will make the Spanish news, and Eugenio hopes that, although this situation is diabolical, it will force the animal welfare issue further into the public eye and the powers that be will finally concede that land is urgently needed for an official rescue centre. After all, Live Arico, K9, Dingo´s, and all the other animal rescues in the south exist because the town halls have done nothing about the problem of abandoned animals. A rescue centre has finally been acquired for the North, in El Sauzal, but nothing for the South, and that needs to change, and change quickly given that in a matter of days, these 65 dogs will be homeless yet again.

Article by Sue Havenhand

Update

“There was a meeting, this afternoon Thursday 30th July with FECAPAP and Guia de Isora Ayuntamiento. Most of the dogs are going to be taken to the Cabildo´s own refuge in El Sauzal, and the rest divided between the refuges affiliated to FECAPAP, eg Live Arico. €15,000 is to be made available to deflea, worm and vaccinate them and any money left over will be divided amongst the refuges who have taken the animals. Live Arico have taken 3 already. The dogs should be gone from the finca by the weekend.
There will be a meeting another meeting tomorrow Fri 31st July, with FECAPAP to discuss the possible purchase of the land in Fasnia, on which to contrust a rescue centre for the south of the island.

Fire ban

Posted by dolly diver on July 28, 2009
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 	picnic-area-tenerifeThe Tenerife Cabildo have placed a temporary ban on barbeques at the recreational bbq/picnic areas in the forested areas, due to the high risk of fire.

The ban also extends to the lighting of fireworks and burning of agricultural waste. Temperatures are soaring above 30C. The measures will stay in place until further notice.

Teams of workers have been dispatched to seal the public barbecue areas in and around the forests, which ring the island’s Mt.Teide, in particular in the Anaga and Teno national parks.

The Cabildo have also requested that people should, when driving, avoid travelling to the mountains, stay on main roads that are tarred, and avoid forest tracks, and in general take extra care in wooded areas.

The blue flag continues to wave in Playa Arena

Posted by dolly diver on July 28, 2009
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 	momento-izada-de-la-bandera-azul-2009-playa-de-la-arenaA ceremony was held on Thursday July 23rd with the Mayor, Juan Damián Gorrín Ramos, councilman of Tourism, Germán Jiménez and various hotel and staff from the beach, to officially raise the coveted Blue Flag awarded by the European Union to Playa Arena beach.

The beach has become the most awarded beach in Tenerife since 1987 as it has been awarded the blue flag each year for the past 22 years.

The Blue Flag is a recognized symbol to stringent health and environmental levels, the presence of adequate sanitation and waste, as well as rescue services, first aid and lifeguard.

Walker airlifted after fall in Masca Barranco

Posted by dolly diver on July 26, 2009
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A man who fell while hiking down the notorious Masca Barranco had to be airlifted to safety earlier this week.
A helicopter managed to land in a safe area among the steep slopes of the barranco near the man. He was then evacuated by stretcher and flown to the helipad in Adeje, where an ambulance was on standby to take him to a local hospital.
His condition was described as non-serious by hospital staff.

Sweet Lucy appeal

Posted by dolly diver on July 26, 2009
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Refurb for mini golf in Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on July 23, 2009
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 	tipsy-terraceThe mini golf at Tipsy Terrace / Los Gigantes Sports & Gardens is being refurbished and will be closed for approx. 10 days as from today.

They are relaying new turf and adding some new fun obstacles.

Their web site http://www.tipsy-terrace.com will be updated on a regular basis with photographs of the progress.

Fun for all the family

Posted by dolly diver on July 19, 2009
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Families visiting the beaches and marine walks of the boroughs of Arona, Adeje, Santiago del Teide and Puerto de la Cruz, will be able to enjoy various workshops about Tenerife and the art of the Guanches (the first island dwellers) and even take part in Canarian traditional sports such as stick fighting and Canarian wrestling. Families will also be able to enjoy music and entertainment by jugglers, mime artists and puppeteers. The entertainment will be in English as well as Spanish.

The activity plan for 2009-2010 is focussed around the school vacations of the island’s main customers, Britain, Germany, Spain and the Scandinavian countries. Tenerife’s tourism councillor, José Manuel Bermudez pointed out that, “15 per cent of the tourists who travel to Tenerife are accompanied by at least one under 15 year-old, which make the Island a potential family holiday destination”. Families with minors aged 7-15 tend to be more active than the average visitor and particularly enjoy the theme parks and the whale and dolphin watching trips.

XII anniversary of the Realejos – Santiago del Teide walk

Posted by dolly diver on July 14, 2009
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llegada-de-los-peregrinos-de-la-ruta-jacobea-a-santiago-del-teideThis year’s traditional Ruta Jacobea Tinerfeña from Los Realejos to the Hermitage of Santiago del Teide in El Valle de Arriba is set to take place this weekend on 18th and 19th July.

The walk starts on Saturday, July 18th, at 08:00 in the morning from the parish of Santiago Apóstol de Los Realejos where nine Menceyes Guanches were baptised, and follows the route of symbolic places such as el Mirador de La Corona, las coladas del Volcán de Garachico, Los Campeches, la Fuente del Bardo and los Partidos de Franki, finally arriving at la Ermita de El Valle de Arriba at 10.00 on Sunday, July 19th where pilgrims will be received by a fanfare leading them to the Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol in El Valle casco to take part in the mass.

Each pilgrim will carry their own backpack and a support team will accompany them with water and first aid.

mary-thomson-and-richard-dobinsonSantiago Del Teide Lions Club held their President’s Night Celebrations on July 4th, at El Marques, Los Gigantes.

In her address, retiring President Mary Thompson, thanked the Club Members for all their hard work, over the last twelve months, and the general public for all their support. Of the organisations that have received assistance from the Club over the last year, she highlighted the Bomberos, the Orabal special needs and family centre, and the completion of the ‘Computer Project’, which is to place, in 19 of the local junior schools, a new computer suite. This was funded by Jens Fulda a local businessman.

She gave special thanks to Secretary Jon Thornley and Treasurer Steve Gilbert. The Club’s internal award, by popular vote as ‘Lion of the Year’ went to Lizzie Herrick.

As Mary was about to hand-over her status as President, the next surprise was for her. Recognising her 14 years of fund raising work, capped by two consecutive years as President, she was awarded the prestigious Lion award, a Melvin Jones Fellowship. (Melvin Jones was the Founder of Lions Clubs International)

Incoming President Richard Dobinson thanked all present for supporting the evening, and promised a continuation of the Lions’ work in the future.

After an excellent buffet prepared by the El Marques staff, the evening continued with entertainment from ‘Extreme’ Carla and Michell’s Speciality Show. The icing on the cake for the whole night was supplied by another super performance from ‘Glam Slam’ the top 70’s rock tribute band.

Thanks go to Rick Porter for his support role, and to Maggie Porter and Denise Bell of Viana Shows for organising the evening’s entertainment.

Written by Ken Ward

Painting and Photo competition – Puerto de Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on July 12, 2009
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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, over the age of 16yrs.
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 €612
Second prize €306
Third prize €153

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, framed and clearly marked with the photographer’s name.
Prizes for the Photographic competition are:

First prize €306
Second prize €245
Third prize €184
Fourth prize €123
Fifth prize €62

Competitors are limited to one prize. Entries need to be handed in by 2pm on 3rd August 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 9th August an the Canarian Crafts show in Arguayo.

At 5pm the winning entries will be announced.