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Lidl is finally open

Posted by dolly diver on February 22, 2010
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lidlThe German supermarket chain Lidl, who’s aim is to offer clients maximum quality at the best possible price, has now opened in the canary Islands. On their respective opening mornings large queues were waiting and gifts of flowers, balloons and parasols were given out to the happy shoppers.

12 Lidl stores have opened in the Canary Islands. In Tenerife they are located in Puerto de la Cruz, Granadilla, La Laguna, Adeje, Santa Úrsula, Las Chafiras. In Gran Canaria they will open in Telde and Agüimes on February 25th and in Ingenio and Vecindario on March 4th and in Arrecife (Lanzarote) on March 11th and Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura) on March 18th.

Yellow alert, heavy rain expected

Posted by dolly diver on December 11, 2009
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The Canary Islands Met Office has issued a yellow alert warning of the possibility of heavy rains.

Weathermen are warning that some areas could see a return to last months conditions with up to 60L per square meter of rain falling in the next twelve hours

The affected areas are expected to include the south and west of Tenerife, anticipated rainfall is expected from around 6pm today.

Umbrellas to the ready!

Changes in existing regulations will see a uniform application of (fixed) fines, regardless of which authority is imposing the sanction, and a 50 per cent reduction (as opposed to 30 per cent) in the event of prompt payment of said fines. Guardia Civil traffic officers will also carry a technology allowing drivers to pay on the spot fines by credit card if they so wish
From the beginning of 2010 the Spanish department of traffic will introduce new fixed distance speed traps, which are to be placed in traffic black spots throughout the country..
The new system works with two radars in place between two fixed points. The time it takes to travel from one spot to another is pre-determined, so any vehicle that does the distance in a shorter time, having exceeded the speed limit at some point in the journey, will be automatically sanctioned. The length of road will be between three and five kilometres and the special radar cameras will be able to record car registrations and the exact time of the incident with a high level of precision

The government have also just approved new points reductions (see chart on this page) as well as introducing higher fines for certain crimes – for instance possession of radar detection equipment which previously carried a fine of €150 could now see you €6,000 worse off.

Hang up
Mobiles as dangerous as drink driving

There will be a series of TV and radio ads as well as increased vigilance by police on roads throughout Spain designed to alert people to the dangers of talking on the phone while behind the wheel of a car.

According to the depart¬ment inappropriate use of your phone while driving increases by four the risk of an accident – similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. There is also, say the experts, a false perception that use of the hands free apparatus means there is no distraction – evidence shows that a driver involved in a conversation of over a minute and a half will have reduced levels of concentration. Studies show this could lead to a 40 per cent reduction in attention to road signs, speed drops by up to 12 per cent, the heart rate accelerates rapidly during the phone call and reaction times are slower, “behavioural traits that combined could lead to an accident”

New points reduction chart
The following are the new points reductions as passed recently by the Spanish government.

6 points
• Driving under the influence of alcohol: 50mg/l private drivers, +25mg/l professionals and drivers with less than two years experience
• Driving under the influence of drugs
• Refusing to take drink/drug test
• Driving carelessly, in the wrong direction, taking part in illegal road races/competitions
• Using or carrying instruments that would inhibit traffic officers, such as radar inhibitors
• Exceeding commercial transport driving time by over 50 per cent/resting for less than 50 per cent of established time
• Manipulation/participation in the manipulation of a tachograph

4 points
• Driving under the influence of alcohol: 25mg/l – 50mg/l private drivers, 15mg/l – 30mg/l professionals and drivers with less than two years experience
• Driving with a licence inappropriate for the vehicle
• Throwing onto the road objects with could ignite a fire, cause traffic accidents, impede free circulation of traffic
• Ignore give way or stop signs or traffic light signals
• Ignore norms regarding overtaking on roads thus placing other drivers in danger, overtaking where there is reduced visibility
• Endangering/hindering cyclists during overtaking
• Reversing on a motorway
• Ignoring a traffic officer’s instructions/signals
• Failure to leave appropriate braking distance between you and the vehicle in front
• Driving on motorways in vehicles that are not licenced for these roads
• Driving a car exceeding by more than 50 per cent the allowed number of passengers, except for buses in urban/inter-urban areas

3 points
• Wearing headgear/headphone while driving or using a hand held mobile phone, navigator or other medium of communication. (This list may be updated in line with technological advances)
• Failure to wear seatbelt, use child seats or other protective apparatus where appropriate
• Making illegal u-turns; Failure to comply with mandatory traffic signs at junctions/u-turn points
• Driving a vehicle that is not licenced to be on the road/that you are not permitted to drive

2 points
• Stopping or parking on bends, in tunnels, intersections or other dangerous areas which would cause a risk to the flow of traffic and pedestrians
• Stopping or parking in zones designated for public transport
• Driving without lights when it is obligatory or failure to use lights in accordance with regulations
• Driving a motorbike/scooter with passengers under 12 years of age (some exceptions apply)
• Driving in a negligent manner, creating risks for other road users
• Speeding. The amount of points to be deducted depends on the speed limits exceeded and by how much

Dog theft in the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on February 24, 2009
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Valle Colino dog refuge in Santa Cruz would like to notify all pet owners that there are numerous dog thefts being committed on a constant basis throughout the Canary Islands.
All types of dogs are being targeted for theft, depending on the purpose of the animal sought by the criminals. They steal dogs of any breed, age or size to use as bait while training their fighting dogs. Above all they are stealing many pedigree dogs (regardless of age) to breed them and sell their puppies via the internet or through a newspaper. There have been instances where dogs have been stolen right out of their owner’s property.
To avoid this happening to your dog:

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG TIED UP OUSTIDE ANY SHOP
WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK IN THE PARK, OR ANY OPEN AREA KEEP THEM UNDER CONTROL.
Once your pedigree dog has been ear-marked by the perpetrator, they may use any amount of diverse methods to steal the dog; taking advantage of an oblivious owner, especially looking for females in heat, or males that have not yet been castrated etc… Normally they will have a getaway vehicle waiting.

ALWAYS WALK YOUR DOG ON A LEAD IN THE STREET

NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN A CAR, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PARKED IN AN UNDERGROUND CAR PARK.

NEVER LET YOUR DOG WALK HIMSELF. It is very common for owners to just let their dogs out to do their business unsupervised, but even though your dog may not stray very far from home you don’t expect anything untoward to happen, but one day your dog may not return home. It is better to spend five minutes walking your dog so that he can do his business under supervision rather than letting him go by himself and possibly never return.

There is mafia all over the island, around every corner and in the most unexpected places. Please take this advice and help diminish the amount of dog thefts, and keep your pets safe and under control so they do not suffer the consequences.
Source: Tenerife News

Tourism minister Rita Martín and tourist Board bosses from each of the Canary Islands are in England this week to meet with leading UK tour operators, including Tui and Thomas Cook.

The main aims of the meetings are to discuss the demands from tour operators pressurising hotels to lower their prices and the “what ifs” of a repercussion of a charter airline collapse .

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.

 	surfing-punta-blanca

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.

World Travel Market

Posted by dolly diver on November 10, 2008
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 	excel-centreThe annual World Travel Market opens its doors at the Excel Centre in London today. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.

 	world-travel-marketAlmost 200 countries are represented at the show making it one of the biggest holiday events in the world and it is estimated that in the regions of 50,000 visitors will pass through the doors over the 4 days of the event.

The new Canaries stand, which takes up 680 square metres of the hall, was opened this morning by Rita Martín, the minister of tourism in the Canaries.

Whale song

Posted by dolly diver on October 13, 2008
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Keep an eye out for the Song of the Whale as it carries out research on the beaked whales who live around the Canary Islands.Beaked Whale

The boat is the research vessel for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
There are at least 20 species of beaked whales but they are so difficult to observe that only a few have been studied in detail and some species have never been seen alive. Eleven species have been discovered since 1908, the latest being Perrin’s beaked whale in 2002 and it is highly possible that there are species of beaked whales yet to be discovered. Read more

Visitors to the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on September 10, 2008
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According to the latest figures released the number of tourists who visited in the Canaries during the first half of this year was up almost five per cent compared to the same period last year.

From the 26.6 million visitors to Spain, 4.7 million came to the Canaries, putting our region in second place behind Catalonia in the league table. The Canary Islands attracted 600,000 more tourists than our rival the Balearics, where the number of visiting tourists was up by just 2.3 per cent.

Oil hike repercussions ‘inevitable’

Posted by dolly diver on June 13, 2008
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Binter Airlines and Armas ferry companies in the Canary Islands say that due to soaring oil prices they may have no choice but to put fares up again.

They were initially reluctant to increase their costs, and they have now reached a point where they cannot sustain the extra costs without endangering viability.

The price of a barrel of oil broke the $130 barrier recently, over double the price at the start of the year, and inter-island journeys are heavy users of fuel.

Binter, the region’s biggest airline (over three million passengers a year) says it does not rule out seeking government authorisation to add a surcharge to tickets of one or two euros in order to offset the oil price increase.

Ferry operator Armas has promised to do its best not to pass on the increase but is ‘monitoring developments closely’.