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German woman injured on Masca Walk

Posted by dolly diver on July 29, 2010
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Emergency services were alerted on Tues 27thJuly when a 48 year old German woman was seriously injured when she fell while taking part in the famous Masca walk.

She was airlifted to safety by helicopter and flown to Tenerife North Airport where an ambulance took her to hospital.

The City Council is undertaking a project to reform and improvement the public lighting in Arguayo, Tamaimo and Puerto de Santiago.

The work has a budget of € 140,754.00.

The existing lighting and wiring, which is in poor condition, will all be replace by watertight fluorescent lighting with 36w lamps.

Blue Flag award yet again for Playa arena.

Posted by dolly diver on July 28, 2010
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playa-arena-beachBlue Flag status is awarded to beaches in more than 30 countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag requires compliance with water quality standards, safety, general services and standards of environmental management.

The Blue Flag is a badge awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education to the beaches and marinas that meet a range of environmental conditions and facilities.

This year the awards went to the beaches of La Arena in Santiago del Teide (for the 24th consecutive year),El Médano, Leocadio Machado and La Tejita in Granadilla de Abona, Las Vistas and El Camisón in Arona, Troya I-II (Americas I-II) in Adeje,  El Socorro Los Realejos, Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz and La Arena (Mesa del Mar) in Tacoronte.

Many of these awarded beaches have a wide range of services such as showers, bars, restaurants, telephones, surveillance, police, Red Cross, toilets, sun-beds and umbrellas for rent, rental of sports equipment and access for disabled. Others have alternative services such as parking, camping or nudist area. Each has got its own personality and charm. Golden sands and white or black sand, wind and waves for water sports or quiet relaxation and serenity, different beaches to suit all needs.

Due to the number of Blue Flags beaches Tenerife is now  high on the list of best venues in the world.

Source: Tenerife News

Gala Queen – Puerto Santiago Fiesta

Posted by dolly diver on July 27, 2010
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Gema Montesdeoca, age 16 who represented Puerto de Santiago was crowned this year’s Gala Queen of Puerto Santiago fiesta which took place on July 22nd 2010.

Candidates were: Martin Yaridé Guanche, Tamaimo, Beatriz Linares Díaz The Molledo, Marquis Coraima Hernandez La Caldera, Gema Montesdeoca Puerto de Santiago, Lucía Martín Guerra Santiago del Teide, Álvarez Delgado Arguayo.

The gala was presented by Rebecca and Alexis Rojas Paniagua. Entertainers were MM Ballet Dance act, singer Priscilla Estévez, comedian Jesus Farray and Fog starring Irinea and Pepe Benavente.

Hover cursor over pic for names – click on pic to enlarge

This year’s Playa Arena to Puerto Santiago swimming competition, which was the 15th organised by the local council, attracted over 300 competitors.

First place in the men’s race was claimed by Francisco Javier Perez with a finishing time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place went to Jose Carlos Baez Gonzalez with a time of 12 minutes and 54 seconds and third place went to Ciro Ascanio Gutierrez with a time of 13 minutes and 59 seconds.

In the women’s race first over the finish line was Design Escatllar with a time of 15 minutes 28 seconds, second place was Usoa Gala Arocena with a time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds while third place went to Carmen Elsa Dominguez with a time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds.

There was also prizes for locals who entered. In the men’s category first place went to José Juan Casañas with a time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds, second place went to Thomas Jonay Glez Garcia with a time of 18 minutes and 13 seconds and third place went to Javier Diaz Linares with a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.

Local women’s category was as follows: first Dácil Hernandez finished, using a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds, second place went to Vanessa Sanchez with a time of 23 minutes and 52 seconds, while the Third place went to Ana Belén Socas with a time of 27 minutes and 9 seconds.

Heat wave to hit Tenerife this weekend

Posted by dolly diver on July 9, 2010
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I’ve spent the past few days planning a family and friends BBQ for tomorrow in one of the BBQ/picknic parks up Teide. The dive centre is closed for the day (wow a day off). I have 15kg of chicken legs thawing in my fridge! Plus there’s a good supply of beer in several friends fridge!

I was rather horrified this morning when the cabildo announced that they were banning fires and bonfires in the woods and hills due to the heat wave expected this weekend and the ban will not be lifted until the weather cools down. Panic what do I do with 15kg of thawed out chicken legs???

From tomorrow, July 10th and until further notice certain parts of the middle and higher ground on the island of Tenerife will be on orange alert due to a heat wave following the weather forecast issued yesterday by the Spanish Met Office.

The temperature is expected to hit 37 degrees centigrade this weekend, and has prompted an official ban on lighting of fires of any kind in recreation and BBQ areas. The Cabildo has confirmed that the ban will not be officially lifted until the weather cools down and the risk of forest and wild fires is reduced.
Some parts of Tenerife will be on orange alert tomorrow, which means significant risk. The affected areas will be the mountains and the lower hills in the south, east and west of Tenerife from 11.00 until 21.00 tomorrow, Saturday 10 July 2010, mainly those which are south and west facing because they received less draught from the cooler north westerly winds.

All visitors and residents on the island are strongly urged NOT to go up into the hills and woods over the next few days until the situation improves. The Island Corporation kindly request that drivers use only the tarmacked roads and avoid forest tracks whenever possible. Holidaymakers and residents are strongly recommended to take extra precautions when visiting the mountains.
In an emergency please call 112.

Our BBQ has been saved, thanks to Fred and Glynis, we are moving our venue to lower down the mountain where it will be a bit cooler at Tajinaste restaurant. We will just have to plan the mountain BBQ for another day.