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Arguayo Fiesta 13th – 16th May

Posted by dolly diver on May 10, 2011
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Arguayo Fiesta 13, 14, 15 and 16 May, in honour of San Isidro Labrador

Friday 13 May

18:00 hours, Nino Radio

20:30 pm Gala Election of the Queen followed by “Gomeray Group.”
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Saturday 14 May

10:00 am bouncy castles in the square

Throughout the day contest will be held on decorated homes and balconies.

19:00 various entertainers followed at 23:00 hours by a large festival orchestras
“Arguayo Band” and “Wamampy
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Sunday 15 May, celebrates the pilgrimage in honor of San Isidro Labrador, from 12.30 pm Holy Mass in honor of San Isidro Labrador priest officiated by Pastor José Luis García and sung by the “Roots” of Santiago del Teide . Followed by the traditional pilgrimage to the park Arguayo with entertainment from;-

- Folk Dance Group Tegueste.
- Grouping Arguayo breezes.
- Grouping of Tamaimo Taym.
- Roots of Santiago del Teide.
- Municipal School of Folklore.
- The Arguayo revelers.

Followed by by a large festival orchestras Wamampy and Group Gomeray. ”
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Annual coastal clean up.

Posted by dolly diver on May 10, 2011
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“Hey Sheila, are you joining us for the clean up on Saturday morning”. It was the voice of Councillor Steve Gerrald.

“Sorry, can’t this year I’m looking after the “Gremlins” for the day, (my Grandchildren David, 4yrs and Lily almost 3 yrs).

“Well bring them along too, it’s something different for them” was the reply. “and there’s a huge paella being served after the clean up for all the volunteers”.

So Saturday morning arrived, no need to set the alarm, the kids were up before me, oh dear could I have ever been that cheerful and full of so much energy that early in the morning!

“Is it time to go yet” they were asking. (Not before my 2 cups of coffee to wake me up, I was thinking).
How about playing with the lego until it is time to go, I suggested to them. They agreed.

The starting point of the clean up was the beach and harbour in Puerto Santiago. We arrived there to meet up with at least 50 volunteers all armed with rubber gloves, bin bags, brushes and dust pans.
Councillor Gerald soon had everything organized. There would be 3 groups. The divers would clear the harbour. One group would clear the coastline towards Puerto Santiago plaza and the other group would cover the walkway towards the Barcello Santigo and the rock pool – I chose this route as it would be easier for David and Lily.

Very soon we had dozens of large bin bags full of plastic bags, bottles and cans which were cluttering the rocks below the walkway. After a well earned coffee break (and ice cream too) we then cleared the rock pool area. Then it was back to base to see the amazing looks on the faces of bystanders by the the amount of junk which was being pulled out of the harbour itself by local divers.

It was a good morning out, something different to do, and the area does look so much better, what an achievement.. The kids were happy, David had found a toy car – and to finish we all tucked into that huge paella.

A big thank you from the organizers to all who took part.

There is rather a lot of activity this week in the Los Gigantes Marina when it was revealed that the Clash of the Titans crew and cast had returned to film scenes for Clash of the Titans part two: “Wrath of the Titans”.

Once again Teide National Park, with pine forests and lava fields, Garachico, Guía de Isora and Icod de los Vinos will stand in for Ancient Greece, but it is our famous cliffs of Los Gigantes that will be the backdrop for many of the scenes, with a replica of an ancient Greek ship already berthed in the Marina (pic right).

Local Whale and Dolphin trip boats Nashira Uno and Gladiator have once again been hired for the camera crew but a much larger boat will be needed to carry the 200 local people employed as extras. Filming will take place along the cliffs from Barranco Seco to Punta de Teno.

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton reprise their roles whilst Jonathan Liebesman replaces Louis Letterier as director. This time it is being filmed in 3D and is scheduled to be in cinemas around spring 2012.

Casting for extras caused havoc around Tenerife last month with over 5,000 aspiring extras queuing up in La Laguna, some dressed in Ancient Greek styled robes in order to improve their chances of being selected. Whilst in El Medano many camped out overnight for a better chance of being chosen. Apparently there were a lot of mysterious illnesses affecting schools and businesses on casting days

The storyline of Wrath of the Titans is about hell being unleashed on earth.
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth… Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

This second part of Clash of the Titans will be a follow-on to the original which was one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, earning nearly $500million worldwide.

Fit Friends, what a result!

Posted by dolly diver on May 4, 2011
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It started on the 1st of January, a sponsored slim to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness, by the end of the allotted time they had lost 94lbs between them and raised the fantastic sum of 436 Euros.

Fit friends was started a few years ago By Sally who now runs Tipsy Terrace. Chrissie took over from Sally when she took on Tipsy Terrace, and now runs the group which meets every Tuesday morning at Tipsy’s here in Los Gigantes

The numbers vary through the year but they have a core of about twelve residents both women and men. So why not pop in and see them and get fit with a friend.

For More information why not give Chrissie a ring on 922 861012 or 666 513969

Answers from the Council

Posted by dolly diver on May 2, 2011
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We recently had an exclusive interview with Councillor Steve McKenna, to put to him many of the points which had been raised in the recent string on Los Gigantes.com about Norovirus

We asked him, had there been any new cases of the virus, which now must be notified to the authorities.
Councillor McKenna said to his knowledge no new cases had been reported this year.  The public health authority, from Santa Cruz, had been requested by the hotel to help and visited the hotel a number of times during the last year to advise on additional hygiene precautions that should be used to help control the original outbreak and help with the sterilisation of the dining room, although no trace of the virus has to date ever been found in the dining area. The Health authority believed it had not started in the hotel, but was brought in by a client/s from a cruise ship. The authorities and the hotel continue to monitor the situation.

One comment we have heard at losgigantes.com frequently is:- There is a common feeling from many of the staff and the tour operators that many of the reported cases of stomach upsets (commonly labelled as Norovirus, but are not) this year are just a means to getting compensation. They feel that the hotel has been unfairly singled out, especially when if you do a web search for Norovirus, you will find that it is prevalent across the UK in hospitals and hotels etc. Councillor McKenna had heard this to but felt it would be inappropriate to comment on it.

I then asked about the outfalls in the area.  Steve answered that all of our outfalls comply with the current EU standards, and that the water quality was checked every two weeks by the environmental health organisation, which is why Playa de la Arena is able to keep it’s blue flag. Steve said that whilst it was not his particular remit he understood that the final connections to the new centralised waste water management scheme for the south and west of the island were due at any time. Additionally the new motorway was being used to provide a waste water route for the upper villages of the area.
At the moment the los Gigantes beach looks as though it will become a blue flag beach in the next few weeks.

The Counicls priorties for the the coming year is the regeneration of Los Gigantes, with the extending of the beach, the opening of a passageway beteen the beach and the marina, and not least the building of a new 400 place car park and community centre, the funds for these projects have already been approved by the parties (Party Popular) hierarchy.

Written by:  Paul Marley

Tourist figures rising

Posted by dolly diver on April 30, 2011
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Tourist figures for the first three months of this year show an increase to more than 1.258 million visitors, which is 8.8 per cent up on the same three months of 2010 year.

Figures for April are expected to show an even bigger increase due to the Easter holidays.

President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior stated that the rise in figures was mainly due to the crisis in North Africa and the Middle East, but estimated that without the problems figures would still be up to around 5 per cent

Luxury hotels for Playa San Juan

Posted by dolly diver on March 31, 2011
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Guia de Isora’s drive to attract upmarket tourism continues to gain force with the early stages of planning approval for 2 new luxury hotels in Playa San Juan.

Town Mayor Pedro Martin said that that a new zoning plan has been agreed by the council after lengthy negotiations with other levels of administration and with the companies behind the project, which will see a total of 1,100 new hotel beds added to the area, along with an upmarket thalassotherapy centre. “We are adamant we only want a few hotels and the ones we do allow must be 5 star” explained the major.

The council will also go ahead with public works which will improve parts of San Juan, particularly those close to the locations of the new hotels.

According to the mayor there will be a new connecting path created between Calle Artes de Mar (the road that goes down to the beach) and a new urban zone which will also boast one of two new public parking areas for the town, the other to be constructed near the Agua Dulce neighbourhood and the TF47 and the new hotel sites.

According to Martin the council’s planning is three-fold. “One, to acquire and develop more public spaces which will happen within the plan: Two, to see two new luxury hotels built with the intention of turning Guia de Isora into a reference point of the world of tourism, and last but not least to inject some economic life into the zone”.

Regarding the latter, the mayor said that the economic benefit of having 5 star hotels in the area were two way, “just as the hotels will benefit from having a beach nearby, the beach wins too by having such hotels in the proximity with people coming and going, commercial activity and an increase in the leisure activity”, all leading, it is hoped, to economic benefits for the area.

Council approval has now been sent to the regional government as well as the Cabildo and the Costas department and once all the approvals have been received work can begin.

Source: Tenerife News

Junior Carnival Queen

Posted by dolly diver on March 18, 2011
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Three gorgeous young girls are all hoping to be this year’s junior Carnival Queen.  The gala for the election of the queen, as well as many entertainers will take place tonight Friday, March 18, from 18:00 pm in the Plaza Los Gigantes.

Candidates are:

1. Gina Contini Martina Cruz with a costume “Tasty in a Latin Carnival”

2.  Évora Adriana Jimenez with a costume “100×100 sugar”

3.  Mayerlin Dorta Ravelo with a costume “Tourism in Africa”

Carnival Queen candidates

Posted by dolly diver on March 17, 2011
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A total of 3 candidates hope to be crowned “Queen of the Adult Carnival 2011″, which this year has the theme “Latino.”

The gala for the election of the queen as well as the appearance of many entertainers, will take place this evening Thursday 17 March, from 21:00 pm in the Plaza Los Gigantes.

The candidates this year are:
1. Veronica Cairns Martin, who will wear the fantasy, entitled “Night of Fantasy”.

2. Tamara Pérez Gorrín will wear the fantasy “Madam 1909″.

3 Tatiana Pérez Hernández with the fantasy “The Guardian of Dreams”.

Speed limit reduced

Posted by dolly diver on March 7, 2011
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The new speed limit of 110 kmh on motorways and dual carriageways came into force early today.

Plans to cut down on the national bill for crude oil, was formally passed by Parliament last week in response to soaring oil prices caused by the continued unrest in Libya, which supplies around 13 per cent of Spain’s oil.

Traffic authorities say the switch-over, which meant that signs had to be changed on almost 10,000 km of road during the night, by teams of workers on the TF-1 and TF-5, has gone smoothly and motorists are observing the new limit, 110k per hour.

Speed traps throughout the country have been adjusted to take into account the new figure, which will remain in force for four months and then be reviewed.