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Lions Computer project finished at last.

Posted by dolly diver on August 26, 2009
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The Lions club of Santiago Del Teide, early in 2003, noticed that the junior schools in this area lacked computer classes. Lion Steve Gilbert headed a team that approached a local wealthy businessman, Jens Fulda. Jens was a German Real-Estate developer, and a long time resident of Los Gigantes. He had already set about funding computers for the older children in local schools.

Nineteen schools were nominated, but the project was to take over five years. Liaising with the local Town halls, some of the schools had security problems. The Authorities had to attend to the vulnerability of the premises before the computers could be installed. Some just had insufficient space, and had to undergo structural improvements before the suites could be introduced. Other schools had to have their electrical supplies enhanced to facilitate the suites.

Lions members Steve Gilbert, Jon Thornley (Joiner) and Paul Marley (Custom Built Computers), funded by Jens Fulda took on the task. The Municipalities of Guia De Isora and Santiago Del Teide were the two areas in this Lions Clubs zone of responsibility.

Steve being a fluent Spanish speaker did most of the organising, with Jon and Paul, the supplying and fitting.

The first school to be completed was the Tamaimo Junior School (pic).
An opening ceremony in the October 2003, was attended by the Lions team, President Ken Ward, Jens Fulda, and on behalf of the local authority, Maria Candelaria who was the Deputy Alcalde (Mayor) and in charge of Social Services. This took place at the schools new computer suite.

The first school in the Guia De Isora Municipality to be completed was the Aqua Dulce junior school. The opening, in November 2003, was attended by the Alcalde, Sñr Pedro Martin, with some of the schools teachers and pupils parents, accompanied by the Lions team.

Over the following years, problems such as security and power being made available, were overcome, so the remaining schools in the two Municipalities were completed. Now all the designated schools are furnished with computer suites.

The whole cost of the project was about 300,000 euros.
At last, the younger children can ‘cut their teeth’ on the most modern educational skills, and enhance them as they get through their tuition years with a fuller education.

The Lions Club awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship to Jens Fulda for his philanthropy, as an example of how local businessmen can support and enrich the community.

Tipsy Terrace crazy golf opens again

Posted by dolly diver on August 12, 2009
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re-opening-of-crazy-golfToday saw the re opening of Tipsy Terrace Sports and garden crazy golf. The all new synthetic grass surfaces gives it a great new feel.

Sally and Sarah have been working feverishly with paint brushes in hand to give the course a makeover. Not without its setbacks, when the supplier of the new grass discovered that the shipment had gone astray. However, many frantic phone calls and overnight delivery ensured that it was open on time by councillor for tourism Germán Jiménez and Councillor Stephen Gerald.

crazy-golfIt’s not just crazy golf that Tipsy Terrace Sports and Garden centre have to offer, their tennis courts, pool, bar and restaurant are open 7 days a week.

Check out their special evenings and events on our “what’s on locally” page (make a note of Mon Aug 17th “A dash of ABBA”) or check out TipsyTerrace web site for more news and information about their facilities.

Holiday lottery rules ‘not clear’

Posted by dolly diver on August 9, 2009
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lotteryNational Lottery operator Camelot has been criticised for allowing people to buy tickets online while abroad despite them being unable to win any money.
In countries including Spain and the US it is illegal for Britons to play the UK lottery, making their tickets void.
But Camelot’s website does not stop them buying tickets and consumer body Which? said the rules were not clear.
Camelot said it does warn people who buy online, but cannot provide a list of countries where playing is banned.
The National Lottery website can be accessed from anywhere in the world, but in much of Europe, for example, local laws bar people from taking part in foreign lottery draws while on holiday there.
Tickets void
One Briton, Chris Jones, from Tyne and Wear, told the website that he lost out on more than £5,000 in prize money after buying a National Lottery ticket online while in Majorca.
“What annoys me is that they still accepted my money,” he said.
Stephen McGlade, from Which? said Camelot must do more to prevent such situations occurring. Read more

Fit Friends Club – Tipsy Terrace – every Tues

Posted by dolly diver on August 6, 2009
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 	tipsy-terraceFit Friends Club was started some years ago by Sally and Val Knibbs and members used to meet every Sunday morning. The club continues today but is now held every Tuesday morning at 10.30 at Tipsy Terrace under the Pergola.

Fit Friends Club is not only for people wishing to loose weight but is also for people who want to maintain their weight. It is all about healthy living but still being able to enjoying eating and drinking out.

Each member pays 1 euro each week and gets weighed, this is recorded on a card. They have a coffee and a general chat and there are numerous leaflets with very helpful tips about healthy eating. Some wonderful recipes are also available.

Due to the ideal location of Tipsy Terrace, with their pool and gardens, members are planning to re establish water aerobics.

During the summer Fit Friends members are very few but when the swallows return to Los Gigantes in Sept/Oct the numbers increase.

For more information contact Chrissie Swift on 922 861012 or 666513969.

Face lift for La Vigilia in Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on August 6, 2009
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 	la-consejera-junto-al-primer-teniente-de-alcalde-en-la-zona-de-la-vigiliaThe popular square and children’s play area of La Vigilia in Puerto Santiago is to get a facelift.

Counsellor in Landscape and Urban Environment, Coromoto Yanes, accompanied by First Deputy Mayor Oscar Tomás Pérez Rodriguez, recently visited the area to assess the work need which will include and new play area for the children

The council wants to continue improving the infrastructure in every corner of the municipality and improve the areas that house large families who enjoy this type of facility.

Defibrillator for Playa Arena beach

Posted by dolly diver on August 4, 2009
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momento_de_entrega_del_desfibriladorPlaya de la Arena beach which has recently been awarded, once again, the Blue Flag of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, now has a semiautomatic external defibrillator.

The ceremony for the defibrillator device was made by Councillor for Tourism, Germán Jiménez, to one of the managers and lifeguards of the beach, Adolfo Garcia.

A semi-automatic defibrillators is a small, lightweight device which allows the trained lifeguard to apply an electric shock to the casualty in a cardiac arrest situation. The device could save a person’s life while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

The oldest person in the municipality celebrates 99 years

Posted by dolly diver on August 3, 2009
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 	dona-jaimina-sentada-junto-al-alcalde-y-familiaresIn village of Tamaimo, Donna Jaimina González Jiménez, born on 26th July, 1910 has celebrated her 99th birthday with family and friends.

Jaimina is the oldest person in Santiago Del Teide, and her birthday celebrations were attended by the Mayor, Juan Damián Gorrín Ramos, the councillor of Social Services, Beatriz Gonz lez-Navarro, who is also the granddaughter of the grandmother of the municipality, the councillor for Culture, Maria Candelaria Perez and councillor of the People, María Pérez González.

The Mayor, on behalf of the council, gave her a bouquet of flowers and a painting commemorating this significant event.

Jaimina González Jiménez has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and continues to surprise her family and friends with her amazing mental and physical abilities.

How to cool off in this heat wave

Posted by dolly diver on August 1, 2009
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I’m considering myself very fortunate at the moment. Whilst Los Gigantes sizzles in this heat wave I’m lucky enough to be able to cool off twice a day in a very pleasant 23° diving beneath the waves off the coast of Los Gigantes.

Temperatures in the shade are reaching a staggering 39° in Los Gigantes and we’re the lucky ones, residents of towns and villages higher up are baking in temperatures over 40°. A staggering 45° was recorded at Guia de Isora making it impossible for those without air conditioning to sleep at nights.

So when will it end? Well it depends which news source you listen to. One source says it will cool down as from today, another predicts record breaking high temperatures tomorrow (Sunday).

Well I’m now off for another dive too cool off again, this time with the amazing stingrays of Los Gigantes.

To dive with these amazing creatures you need to hold the minimum qualification of PADI Open Water (or similar).
For more info visit

If diving isn’t for you then view the video of these amazing creatures (scroll down to No.6 – Hand feeding stingrays)