Help the Adeje volunteer bomberos in their latest fundraiser

Help the Adeje volunteer bomberos in their latest fundraiser

Since the terrible fires in Gran Canaria, many people have been asking how they can help support the bomberos. The fire brigades in each island are part of an official association – the Consorcio – and in Tenerife that comprises the five professional and the nine volunteer stations, known as Parques. All are overseen by the island Cabildos and Canarian Government, and are coordinated by 112 Emergency Services.

Clearly the volunteer brigades rely on donations from the public and in this respect many hold charity events to raise funds. The latest one is by Adeje, and it’s on Saturday 5 October between 12 noon and 11pm at the Parque de Bomberos de Adeje which is near the Karting in Fañabe, virtually straight across the motorway from the Hiperdino.

 

Source: Janet Anscombe

RFB Ballet de Moscú’s Swan Lake in Los Cristianos

RFB Ballet de Moscú’s Swan Lake in Los Cristianos

The Ballet de Moscú is returning to Tenerife to present its production of Swan Lake next Tuesday 16 July in what is its 30th anniversary year. The video below will give a taste of this magical performance, which will be staged at 9pm in the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in...

Jadel in concert in El Médano this Friday

Jadel in concert in El Médano this Friday

Tenerife’s own Jadel (Javier Luis Delgado) is one of the best-known Canarian artists, a brilliant singer and superb performer who started out in a Take That tribute act in Benidorm before his group became known internationally, and then went on to win Antena 3’s...

Annual Swim for Life at T3

Annual Swim for Life at T3

The annual Swim for Life event will be held on Sunday 22 September at Tenerife Top Training. The event is part of the overall ‘Walk for Life’ movement which has grown every year and now sees thousands taking part in a range of activities designed to raise awareness of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 20 June: A varied weekend this, starting today with the last couple of days of the International Festival of Latin Jazz and Ritmos del Mundo, both in Golf Costa Adeje  as part of the Summer Sounds of Adeje. Also already underway and continuing until Sunday is...

Summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids Friday 21 June

Summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids Friday 21 June

photos: Pirámides de Güímar.The Güímar pyramids ethnographic park will again play host to summer solstice celebrations this Friday 21 June. Doors will open at 6.30pm to allow the public access to the pyramids themselves. There, weather conditions hopefully permitting,...

Summer sounds in Adeje

Summer sounds in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced a series of summer concerts with classical, contemporary and jazz just some of the sounds that will fill the air this summer.All of these concerts are taking place in the open air, in Golf Costa Adeje. As already advertised, Il Divo...

Natura Salud 2019

Natura Salud 2019

Natura Salud is the largest health and wellbeing fair in the Canaries, and the 11th edition will be held in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz between 20 and 22 September. Apart from being a benchmark for professionals, it is a great opportunity for the public too to...

Alcalá Feria de Artesanía 30 May

Alcalá Feria de Artesanía 30 May

The traditional annual Alcalá arts and crafts fair will take place on Thursday 30 May, as usual on the Día de Canarias, Canarian Day. It will be held in the main square, the Plaza del Llano, where some twenty artisans and crafters will have stalls, and is always a...

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Embarkation of Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta in the harbour this Sunday with fireworks afterwards

Embarkation of Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta in the harbour this Sunday with fireworks afterwards

The very popular Virgen del Carmen fiesta in Los Cristianos is 28 August-2 September, with the flotilla of boats leaving the harbour carrying an icon of the Virgen’s statue after the 7pm Mass this Sunday 1 September.  Although the procesión marítima with its floral offerings should start around 9pm, be at the harbour early because the crowds are significant! There’ll be fireworks after the procession. For more information about the Virgen del Carmen and the summer season of fiestas, please see HERE.

 

Source; Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

Canarian Government lifts maximum forest fire risk alert

Canarian Government lifts maximum forest fire risk alert

Updated 27 August: Following the significant cooling down of the weather and its lifting of the maximum temperature alert on Sunday, the Canarian Government last night also lifted the maximum forest fire risk alert that has been in place since the heatwave from the weekend before last. The authorities call on the public to maintain vigilance and exercise extreme caution to avoid infernos such as Gran Canaria has recently suffered, but for the moment, the humidity is back up, the temperature is down, summer is wonderful!

Updated 25 August: After what seems an age, and a horribly muggy weekend, the Canarian Government has lifted its maximum temperatures alert from midnight tonight as the heat passes – very gradually and slowly, but it’s cooling. I doubt it will be the last this summer, but for the moment, we can expect slightly cooler weather tomorrow. Please note, however, that the forest fire risk alert remains in place, as does the Cabildo ban on fire risk activities in the mountains.

Updated 23 August: A fire that broke out around midnight last night in the Vista La Huerta area of La Esperanza was extinguished by bomberos and Brifor; it was followed by a second outbreak in the same area at 3.30am, also quickly extinguished. Some 2,500m2 were affected in all. The authorities remind the public that there is currently a Met Office yellow alert for heatwave which will send temperatures this weekend up to well over 30º in most places and over 40º in some parts, and send humidity down below 30%: the maximum risk for fires exists when the three thirties are in place – temperatures over 30º, humidity under 30%, and winds of 30 km/h. At least two of these are in place this weekend and so there is a Canarian Government Maximum Forest Fire Risk Alert in place in addition to a Cabildo ban on all activities in the mountains including hunting and vehicles on mountain tracks. Let’s all hope we can get through the weekend without a major blaze, and please do see HERE for official advice on staying safe in heatwaves.

Updated 9.30pm: As expected, the Cabildo has once again issued a ban on all mountain activities that could pose a fire risk. Until further notice all recreation areas are closed for BBQs, fireworks and electric tools are prohibited, as are controlled rubble burning or bonfires in fincas. In addition, vehicles are banned from forest tracks as is hunting, among other activities.

Updated 22 August: The last time, my word they were right about the risk given what happened in Gran Canaria, and this weekend again there is a Canarian Government’ forest fire alert from 8am tomorrow. The alert again calls on the public to exercise maximum care not to be the cause of any risk whatsoever while temperatures will rise up to 42º, especially in the eastern islands. The real risk is the humidity, again under 30%: if the winds blow even at 30km/h the three main factors for major fire risk are in place. At the moment, the alert is open-ended, but temperatures are expected to reduce somewhat on Monday.

Gran Canaria’s Artenara fire was an inferno, and it hadn’t even been extinguished when the monstrous Valleseco fire started. That is not yet under control, and these conditions are returning this weekend. Let’s just hope nothing worse happens to Gran Canaria, and here in Tenerife, let’s use maximum caution to keep things safe. And if staying cool proves impossible, at least stay safe: have a look HERE for official advice on staying safe in heatwaves, never a positive word in climates that are generally warm in any case.

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

A word of warning to parents of children who will be going to school with a mobile phone

A word of warning to parents of children who will be going to school with a mobile phone

I have become aware of a recent incident of a teenager in a public secondary school in south Tenerife who took a photo of the board on which an exercise was written down. The idea was that the child could take home the exercise, have it printed out, and do it as homework. Unfortunately the teacher was in the photo … and the end result is that the child was suspended from school for the maximum ten days and told it was fortunate that the teacher was not taking legal action.

This is a genuine incident, and involves a child whose mother is a fully-integrated and fluent Spanish speaker who communicated a detailed account and explanation in writing to the school as part of the appeal procedure; moreover, the teacher in the photo was half-facing the board, so identification was hardly possible. The teacher personally did not seem to mind, and actually disagreed with what appears simply to have been an extreme over-reaction by the school. It was, however, within rules concerning data and personal protection that are governed by law, and the parent is aware that technically phones are not allowed; nonetheless, the parent is given to understand that disciplinary decisions are taken by teachers not known to the child and without input from the child’s tutor, and that although what happened is an infraction, suspension should really only become the penalty on the fourth offence, and then only for three days.

If you have a child who will be taking a phone to school, please tell them that if they must take photos, these absolutely must not contain images of other individuals. In this case, another teacher saw the working out on the printout, and it was clear that the printout was of a photo taken by the child. The school seems clearly to have gone over the top in this respect, but given that schools apparently only have suspension as a possible punishment, as opposed to UK schools where a range of sanctions such as lines or detention can be employed, it is a stress that is simply not worth it if it can be avoided. For your children’s own sake, please ensure that they understand they absolutely must not include teachers in any photos they might take.

Source: Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

Mary Poppins musical Supercalifragilistic in Los Cristianos next month

Mary Poppins musical Supercalifragilistic in Los Cristianos next month

The Mary Poppins musical Supercalifragilistic will be in Los Cristianos next month. The musical, in Spanish, will be performed in the Infanta Leonor Auditorium on Friday 20 September at 6pm. Tickets costing €12 are now available from TomaTicket HERE.

 

Source; Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of Communications in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

On his arrival, Hugh Elliott said: “With a wealth of cultural, commercial, and people-to-people links, the relationship between the UK and Spain is like no other, and I am proud and honoured to represent my Queen and country here in Spain.”

For the Ambassador, this strong connection with Spain has been an important part of his life for decades. “I met my wife Toñi while working as an English teacher at the University of Salamanca, Spain was my first diplomatic posting in the nineties and my two children were born in Madrid. I can understand why so many UK nationals have chosen to make Spain their home,” he said.

He added that “We are approaching an important milestone as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on 31 October”. His message was one of reassurance to UK nationals currently living in Spain that “We’ve given EU citizens living in the UK the legal certainty of their right to live and remain in the United Kingdom. And I’m very pleased that the Spanish Government has put in place, through the Royal Decree, the same guarantees for British citizens in Spain.”

Mr Elliott acknowledged that people have questions and concerns, and undertook that he and his team would be working hard to answer them. He also urged people to sign up to the Living in Guide (gov.uk/living-in-spain) where they will find the latest, accurate information on Brexit.

Two key actions that UK nationals should do now is to ensure that they are correctly registered as a resident and registered for healthcare as a resident.

There is a video message from Hugh Elliott to UK nationals HERE, and he can also be followed on twitter HERE, where he has just posted “Sincere thanks to @112canarias & all teams battling in extreme conditions to fight fires in Gran Canaria. Relieved to hear they’re finally receding. About 5m Brits visit Canaries each year, which are important part of the British-Spanish relationship”.

Original post 15 October 2018: The Foreign Office has announced that Hugh Elliott will become the UK’s new ambassador to Spain next summer replacing the current ambassador Simon Manley. At present, the new ambassador is Director of Communication and Stakeholders in DExEU, the Department for Exiting the EU, but he has an extensive and international background over 30 years in the FCO. “I’m honoured to be the United Kingdom’s new ambassador to Spain from next summer”, Mr Elliott said, expressing his “great delight at returning to the country where I held my first diplomatic post, and at the prospect of working towards a bilateral relationship that is deep, rich and vital for both our countries”.

Source: Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

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