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El Medano – underground rubbish

Granadilla town council has announced plans to install 30 underground rubbish bins in the seaside town of El Medano during the month of April.

The local councillor for Public Services explained that the needs of what used to be a small fishing village have grown over the years due to the dramatic growth in the local population adding that the existing rubbish disposal points are often overflowing with black rubbish bags unable to cope with the amount of refuse generated by those who live in the town.

The councillor commented that the new containers will hold three times as much rubbish as the existing ones adding that although some of the bins have already been installed the council is waiting for a special crane to raise and lower the bins before they can be used.

In fact there will be six groups of five bins located at easily accessible points of the village where they will not cause problems with the traffic and pedestrians in the area and the MBE SOTKON company is in charge of the installation of the bins while the town council will be responsible for the maintenance of the bins which have cost around 180,000 euros.

The councillor explained that although the intention of the council is to install the underground bins all through the borough, the town of El Medano will be the first to benefit as it is the most popular place with tourists in the summer which together with the growing local population places the existing system under great stress.

Furthermore the effectiveness of the system will be evaluated before going ahead with the installation of similar bins in other parts of the borough.

San Miguel web site popular

San Miguel town council is delighted with the response to the borough’s new look web site over the last twelve months.

In fact the number of daily visits to in 2006 amounted to 9.016 bringing the total number of users to 3,290.862 and the average time for each consultation was six minutes.

The mayor of San Miguel Arturo Gonzalez Hernandez pointed out that the web site had been launched two years ago with the aim of providing an alternative way for the residents of the borough to communicate with the town hall adding that the interest shown by the users confirms the importance of the venture.

Although slightly behind the other main boroughs in the south of the island San Miguel de Abona town council’s site has improved dramatically over the last year and a half. From  offering a difficult to use site that really did not provide any useful information the site now provides information on everything going on in the borough with photographs and includes special sections dedicated to Women and Social Affairs, sporting events, local exhibitions, the latest copy of the borough’s magazine “La Tajea” to download and the latest information on housing for young people etc as well as the innovative San Miguel movil scheme which advises all those who wish to form part of the scheme of events and activities taking place in the borough by using the SMS system.

Gonzalez commented that the movil service was free of charge and that anyone interested in receiving the information should log onto the web page for more details.


Canarian volcano experts help out in Fogo

In response to an official request by the Cape Verde authorities the Department of the Regional Government which works towards improving relations between the Canary Islands and Africa has arranged for group of scientists from the ITER Institute for Renewable Energies to travel to the Portuguese archipelago off the West coast of Africa to carry out an investigation into the volcanic activity on the island of Fogo.

The Archipelago of Cape Verde, which covers a total area of 4,033m2 and is situated off the coast of Senegal in West Africa, was formed in a similar way to the Canarian archipelago and although the volcanic activity began tens of millions of years ago, over the last 11,000 years the majority of the eruptions have taken place on the islands of San Vicente, Santo Antao, Brava and Fogo.

The island of Fogo, which has been chosen for the study, has in fact been subjected to 25 eruptions over the last five hundred years the most recent having taken place in 1995 when the evacuation of those living in the area was necessary.

The study will consist mainly in measuring the amount of CO2 given off by the 2,829m high volcano both from its crater and from the 1995 eruption site in order to compare the results with those taken in 1999 to evaluate any changes.

The Canarian volcanic specialists will be working alongside experts from Cabo Verde to obtain an accurate picture of the volcanic activity on Fogo in order to try and reduce the risk of eruptions in the future.


Granadilla Passion Play set to go

For the second year running the streets of Granadilla will from the backdrop for the  passion play produced by the local youth group to celebrate “Semana Santa “ or Holy Week.

The play will take place on Sunday April 8th and with only just over a week to go the last minute preparations are under way. The scenery is being finished off and the seamstresses are working non stop to complete the costumes.

Around a hundred youngsters will take part in the play which unlike other passion plays is not concentrated on one stage but takes place in various squares, streets and churches of the town and the voices of the amateur actors will be live and not recorded for play back.

The group is at present distributing posters advertising the play around the borough to encourage the general public to support the event.

Although there is nothing on the scale of the mainland Spanish celebrations many towns on the island do have religious processions to mark Holy Week in particular La Laguna,, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos, Arona and Adeje.


Los Cristianos Park

The mayor of Arona Jose Alberto Gonzalez Reveron was pleased to announce that work on the new urban park in Los Cristianos is now under way.

The mayor explained that the main reason for creating the 8,000m2 park, which is situated alongside the avenida Juan Carlos is to provide a pleasant “green” area for both local residents and visitors to the town to enjoy adding that not only is this part of the local authority plans to make the borough as green as possible but it also forms part of the Cabildo’s Paisaten Plan which is gradually converting spare land into green areas by creating parks and recreational areas .

Gonzalez commented that the park will be funded jointly by the local council which will provide 66,000 euros and  the cabildo which will provide 200,000 euros adding that as well as the footpaths and the children’s play areas the park will boast a wide range of Canarian trees and plants including jacarandas, Canarian palm trees and flamboyanes.

According to the mayor the work should be completed in six months time.

Other areas in Los Cristianos which will benefit from the Paisaten project will be the calle Paris and the Barranco Alquilino.


Time off for new dads

Saturday 24th March was the turning point as far as the length of time allowed off work for all “new fathers” was concerned.

In other words the fathers of all babies born after midnight on Friday 23rd March were entitled to fifteen days paid leave from their jobs according to the new Equality Law passed by the Spanish government last week.

It was a shame for the fathers of all the babies born the night before the law came into force but a huge advantage for all those whose offspring timed it right and arrived on March 25th even though it was only fifty five minutes after midnight as was the case with Francsico Javier Diaz whose son was born at 00.55 in Madrid or baby Sandra who was born five days early but still got it right as far as being with her father for the first fifteen days of her life was concerned.

The new law, which imposes many new regulations on employers to make sure that women don’t get a raw deal as far as maternity benefits and working hours are concerned as well as making sure women are not limited to the lower ranks of companies etc, came into force last Saturday and affects the whole of Spain including the Canary Islands. All foreign dads who are legally employed here in the Archipelago will also be entitled to their fifteen days when the new baby comes along.


Pi 3.14 Expansion

Canarian sports clothing company Pi tres catorce (Pi 3.14) has negotiated a second franchise on the Spanish mainland following the recent opening of a shop in Madrid.

A sports shop operating under the PI tres catorce franchise company has opened in Seville in the 43,000 m2 Los Arcos shopping centre which is one of the most popular shopping areas of the city and is only minutes for the AVE train station.

After only a few days and before the official opening ceremony which will be a star studded occasion at the end of November, PI tres catorce is delighted with the way the shop has been received by the people of Seville.

The granting of this second franchise has confirmed the efficiency of the companies promotions department which has also negotiated the opening of  three shops over the last eight months.

The first of the shops in Madrid, which was opened with the aim of launching Canarian sports wear on the national market and attracting the attention of people interested in purchasing permission to open a Pi tres catorce shop under franchise, has therefore served its purpose and has furthermore been a success in its own right selling vast quantities of sports clothing to the residents of Madrid.

As far as the future is concerned company director Thomas Schumann assured that the company is at present negotiating a further two possible franchises adding that the company continues to supply its good to general sports shops which sell more them one make of clothing both in the Canary Islands and on the mainland.

Furthermore Pi tres catorce will have its own stand of 36m2 at the Expofranquicia which will be held in Madrid on April 26th. As well as providing information for anyone interested in purchasing the Pi tres catorce franchise the company’s latest collection will be presented to the general public.


A sad state of affairs

Representative of the socialist section of the island government Marilena Dominguez has classed the state of the TF1 motorway between Arico and Adeje as being “urgently in need of repair”.

Critical of the attitude of the governing party the councillor explained that the recent resurfacing  job carried out by the Cabildo should not have ended at the Arico turn off especially considering the amount of traffic which uses the motorway between Arico and Adeje every day.

It is obvious, explained Dominguez, that the maintenance of such a busy stretch cannot be neglected adding that the state of the motorway in the south of the island leaves a lot to be desired. The permanent “baches” make the ride between San Isidro and Los Cristianos a very bumpy one unless you travel in the fast lane, commented the councillor, due to the combination of the large number of heavy goods vehicles using the stretch and the affect of the high temperatures on the tarmac.

Furthermore Dominguez pointed out that the already deplorable state of the road surface deteriorates every time there is heavy rain posing a serious danger to road users quoting the airport intersection as a particularly good example of lack of maintenance in an area which is used by thousands of vehicles on a daily basis.

It just isn’t good enough emphasized Dominguez that the first impression people visiting the island get is of a bumpy pothole ridden motorway which does not correspond in any way to the modern resorts that are being created in the south of the island.


Stop, look and listen in Santiago del Teide

Santiago del Teide town council has announced the launch of a road safety programme for the younger children of the borough.

The programme which is aimed at four to eight year olds will be taking place in the months of April, May and June as a continuation of similar programmes carried out in previous years.

The local councillor for safety explained that the main aim of the programme was to increase the awareness of the children as far as basic road safety is concerned ; the ability to recognise simple traffic signs and to take basic precautions when crossing the roads etc.

However the informal talks which will be given in each of the boroughs infant and primary school will explain the importance of using baby car seats and elevator seats and seat belts as well as teaching the children the correct way to use pavements, how to get in and out of the school bus safely and how to use zebra crossings.

After listening to the talk the children will be taken out into the playground to practice what they have learnt.

The councillor underlined the importance of carrying out the programme with very young children in the hope that in the future they will become responsible adult pedestrians and drivers.


Spain shows special interest in FRONTEX

Occupying, together with the USA, the number one position in the world as far as the number of immigrants living in its territory Spain is determined to bring the situation under control.

The amazing figure of 700,000 immigrants setting up home on Spanish territory every five years, arriving both legally via the airport and illegally on board “Cayucos” wooden fishing boats has been enough to convince the Spanish government of the necessity to take some form of action.

When by the end of 2005 the gradual influx of African immigrants began to turn into a flood of desperate people crossing the dangerous waters between African and the Canary Islands to look for a brighter future on European soil the EU decided to form the FRONTEX frontier patrol agency with the aim of keeping the influx of illegal immigrants from Africa under control. Two years on and after much debate over the effectiveness of the force the EU has opened the FRONTEX headquarters in a skyscraper in Warsaw.

The important role played by the force, which operates under the slogan of “libertas, securitas, justitia” was reflected in the large number of top politicians who attended the opening ceremony last week including Spanish secretary of state for European Affairs Alberto Navarra, who announced that Spain was willing to continue supporting the organisation and would provide seven of the thirty three professionals needed to boost the force this year.

The increased importance of the FRONTEX is reflected in the amount of money set aside for its functioning since the 2005 budget of five million euros has been increased to 34 million euros for 2008.

FRONTEX is at present made up of 78 experts from various different EU countries all of whom work under the control of Spaniard Gil Arias who works as joint director of the association.  The force , which patrols the waters off the coasts of Africa in search of “cayucos, pateras y barcos chatarra” wooden fishing boats and old trawlers used by the Africans to reach the shores of the Canary Islands, is made up of a dozen boats and three planes provided by different EU and African countries.

The force, which also carries out investigations within the African countries to discover any plans to embark on the dangerous journey before they become a reality, has recently discovered that there are around 5,000 Pakistanis and 1,000 Chinese waiting in Guinea Conakry for a chance to cross the waters.


Calle General Franco Open
One of the main roads in Los Cristianos has reopened to traffic.

Traffic congestion has been eased in the resort by the reopening of one of the main streets after major road works.

Calle General Franco is back to normal again after the lengthy work to lay new drains and sewage pipes. Footpaths and the road itself have been widened and a loading/unloading lane added as part of the general improvements to several streets in recent months. The local council says that the next section of the work will begin in Calle Amalia Alay�n, this will be closed to traffic after Easter. 


Miss Tenerife

21 year old architecture student Adriana Reveron who had travelled to the Marina D’Or resort in mainland Spain last week to represent the island in the Miss España competition just missed being declared the most beautiful girl in Spain.

After various different stages of the competition Adriana sailed through to the final where she along with five fellow Misses received the votes of the jury members. However although a large number of the jury members gave their maximum of six votes to the island beauty she was overtaken by Miss Guipuzcoa, Natalia Zabala at the last minute and finished as first runner up.

Adriana however was more than contented with her achievement having stated from the beginning that her main aim was merely to finish among the last twelve contestants.

It must be mentioned that Adriana became Miss Tenerife by chance when the real winner of the title, Marta Dominguez, stepped down to take up a career as a singer in the well known group Ol�Ol�.

Adriana along with the third place winner Miss Vizcaya Nerea Arce will be representing Spain at the Miss World and Miss Universe contests later in the year.

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