Cabildo advises public to take care for their pets in the upper La Orotava area after a suspected poisoning resulted in nine dead cats being found

Cabildo advises public to take care for their pets in the upper La Orotava area after a suspected poisoning resulted in nine dead cats being found

Anyone with pets in the upper La Orotava area please be careful because Cabildo Environment Department agents have found nine cats dead from what appears to be poisoning. The Cabildo says that they were found, all together, on the verge of the TF326 – Camino de Chasna –  yesterday.  The agents did a visual check in the area for poisoned bait and are presently carrying out analysis on the poor creatures’ bodies. Please be careful if you have animals in that area.

Source; Janet Anscombe

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

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Forestry agents and helicopters fight fire in Teide National Park

Forestry agents and helicopters fight fire in Teide National Park

Updated 8.30: Within the last half hour the Military Emergencies Unit has been called in to assist firefighting efforts, as have the La Orotava authorities at the request of the Cabildo.

Original post 15 May: Brifor teams along with two helicopters are battling a fire in the National Park where an area of gorse and bushes is on fire. The photo above is taken from the observatory while the video below shows the conditions. The fire started around 6pm and is in the area between La Fortaleza in the Los Realejos heights and Montaña Blanca, an area much frequented by hikers, and near a forested area. Current indications are that it will quickly be brought under control unless weather conditions change drastically.

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Source: Janet Anscombe

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

If you live in Tenerife and have a postal vote in the EU elections, check the envelope you’re returning them in to be sure they’ll count

If you live in Tenerife and have a postal vote in the EU elections, check the envelope you’re returning them in to be sure they’ll count

I’ve received the following from a British national reader who’s resident in Tenerife, and I think it’s worth reproducing in case anyone falls foul of this:

My wife and I received our postal votes today for the european elections. Hers comes from Scotland and mine from Northumberland. I noticed that hers had an airmail sign on it and was addressed properly (ie it Had Scotland UK on it). Mine wasn’t so I put it on myself. I then took them both to the Post Office. Something mad me hand them in rather than posting them. I’m glad I did as I was told that mine needed to be paid for. It had the equivalent of a first class stamp on it that was no good for sending from here. I rang my constituent up and was told it was an error. Being cynical it has made me suspicious as had I posted the letter I’m not sure it would have arrived in time or at all and my vote would be lost.

The reader says that he would like everyone with postal votes to check what they’ve been given to make sure their vote counts.

Source: Janet Anscombe

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

The Brexit post: British Consulate information meeting in Puerto Santiago 24 May

The Brexit post: British Consulate information meeting in Puerto Santiago 24 May

Updated 14 May: The British Consulate in Tenerife is holding a public information meeting at 2pm on 24 May in Santiago’s Diner in Puerto Santiago.  

Updated 7 May: It has been confirmed this afternoon by David Lidington, essentially the deputy PM, that the UK will indeed be taking part in the EU Parliamentary elections on 23 May. Anyone wanting to vote and still not registered … you have until midnight. Tonight. There is more information from the Government HERE.

Updated 30 April: The British Government has issued the following statement with regard to voting in the UK’s possible participation in the European Parliamentary elections next month.

Information for UK nationals on voting in the European Parliament elections

The UK Government wants to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement on our departure from the EU in the next few weeks. This would mean we would not participate in the European Parliament elections.

However, there is a possibility that the UK will have to participate in the elections. In this scenario, if you wish to vote, you should ensure that you are registered either with your local electoral authorities here in Spain or in the UK.

The European Parliament elections in Spain will be held on 26 May. If the UK remains in the EU at the time of the election, voting will take place in the UK on 23 May.

The deadline for registering to vote in the local and European Parliament elections in Spain was 30 January 2019. If you are not already registered to vote in Spain, you could instead choose to vote in the UK, as long as you have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years. The deadline for registering to vote in EP elections in the UK is midnight on Tuesday 7 May. The process can be done online and you can register to vote either by post or by proxy. It is important to be aware that you cannot vote in both countries.

Find out more about voting in the European Parliament elections:

//europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/elections-abroad/european-elections/index_en.htm

For details on how to register as an overseas voter with the UK Electoral Commission:

//www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/overseas

For the latest information on issues affecting UK nationals in Spain, sign up for email alerts at gov.uk/living-in-spain and follow us on social media at facebook.com/britsinspain.

Updated 12 April: The FCO has released the following open letter from HMA Simon Manley to British citizens living in Spain.

I’m sure you have been following recent developments in the Brexit negotiations very closely, so I wanted to give you a quick update about what all of this means for British people living here in Spain.

The European Council has agreed what is being called a “flexible extension” to the process of our departure from the European Union, until 31 October. Flexible, because if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by both the UK and the European Parliaments before then, we will leave on the first day of the month after that approval.

So for example, if we pass a deal in the first three weeks of May, the UK will leave the European Union on the first of June. That would also mean we won’t take part in elections to the European Parliament. If, however, a deal is not passed by that point, European Parliamentary elections will take place in the UK. And if you are registered to vote in European elections here in Spain, then you should be able to do so.

I understand all of this is unsettling and frustrating for many of you. You want to know on what terms we are going to leave the European Union and what that may mean for you as a UK national living in Spain. During this extension period, the UK remains a full member of the EU and consequently your existing rights will not change. So, for example, your rights to healthcare, to residency and to travel throughout the EU, remain exactly as they are today.

Nonetheless, during this extension period, as we prepare to leave the European Union, it remains really important to ensure that you are correctly registered. I understand, however, that many of you are finding it difficult to get appointments. Let me assure you that we are talking with the Spanish authorities about this. Meanwhile, the Spanish Government has advised that if you can’t get an appointment now, you should make sure that you’ve got proof that you were living here before we leave the European Union, whether that be a padrón certificate or utility bills. The Spanish Government also advises on their Moncloa website on Brexit contingency measures, to keep checking for new appointments to become available. Should we leave the EU with a deal, as we very much hope, you will have until the end of the Implementation Period, currently set at 31 December 2020, to register, if you have not done so already. Should we, however, leave without a deal, as could still happen, the Spanish Government has said you will have a 21-month grace period from the date of our departure to register.

You can also prepare by signing up for email alerts for our Living in Spain guide on gov.uk or by joining our Brits in Spain Facebook community, where you can also find some videos on what you need to do to prepare for Brexit on issues such as registration, driving licences, healthcare and travel.

I wish you and your families a very happy Easter.

Source: Janet Anscombe 

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

Underpass to the TF1 solution for Los Cristianos’ ongoing traffic congestion

Underpass to the TF1 solution for Los Cristianos’ ongoing traffic congestion

Finally it seems there is a solution at hand for the appalling and increasing problems of connecting Los Cristianos and the TF1. The usual caveats apply, that this is election time when solutions are easier to find with the pressure of imminent polling, but everyone knows this is a problem that has to be resolved and it does appear that this will be the final remedy … however “eventually” that might be in reality.

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that an agreement has been signed to reroute Chayofita Avenue traffic underground with a direct exit to the motorway. Mayor José Julián Mena and the Tenerife Cabildo’s Territorial Policy councillor Miguel Ángel Pérez have signed an agreement for the complete remodelling of the avenue from the municipal swimming pool to provide direct subterranean access for vehicles heading to Santa Cruz. This will take vehicles away from Avenida Juan Carlos I, and alleviate the horrendous traffic jams that plague the town on a daily basis. The plans will also create a large boulevard with a pedestrian walkway on which a new bus station and large municipal public park will be located.

The plans are expected to be approved by the final full Cabildo meeting before the elections on the 26th of this month. Mayor Mena himself said that “the rearrangement of the entire area will be a huge boost for Los Cristianos, not only for its image but also to provide a solution to its traffic problems, especially taking into account the increased traffic that will be created when the El Mojòn developments between the town and the motorway come into play.”

The mayor explained that “Los Cristianos will thus have a large underpass for traffic coming from the port and will also gain an important modern space to facilitate vehicular and pedestrian movement through the town. These are works that will complement the garden areas about to be completed in the Plan Partial El Mojón and the reform of the Paseo de Las Vistas.”

Source: Janet Anscombe

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

A couple of weeks still to go but Thursday 30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day, a Canaries-wide public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the first official Parliamentary session of the islands on 30 May 1983, some 10 months after the Canaries became an autonomous region of Spain in August 1982. Apart from the formal and official events that are always held, with many shops and offices closed, the day is celebrated throughout the islands with a wide range of cultural events and festivities, not just on the 30th itself but several days either side, particularly over the nearest weekend. And the celebrations in most towns, moreover, will include a Baile de Magos.

The Baile de Magos is a traditional costume dance which is a celebration of all that is Canarian, and Clio O’Flynn gives a good overview of the cultural importance of the day in a previous year’s Adeje English Time blog HERE. Adeje’s councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt says that in a multi-cultural town such as Adeje “it’s also important to remember our roots and traditions and on dates such as the ones we’re celebrating this week we can emphasise the Canarian part of our heritage and show that side of our culture to those who have recently arrived to live here, so that they too may know some of our traditions but also, importantly become involved in the cultural life of Adeje and share the fiestas with us”.

Bethencourt makes an important point because with its traditional costumes and family groups clustered together, the Baile de Magos could seem to be “reserved” in some way for Canarians. But these events do anything but exclude, and “foreigners” are welcomed with open arms since our participation demonstrates a desire to integrate. The dance is free, but those taking part must wear traditional Canarian costumes as in the photo above. Tables can be reserved for the dinner part of the dance, but attendees are expected to take their own food.

The Día de Canarias is the last island-wide bank holiday now until Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption on 15 August, though there will be some mid-summer municipal bank holidays throughout the summer; there’s a link to them all – municipal, insular and regional – HERE.

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Loro Parque shows how they replicate animals’ natural feeding environments and keep them healthy and interested in their diets as major reports show species in the wild are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate

Some of the Loro Parque lemurs which appear in the video and which have been included in the reports as critically endangered in the wild. Photo: Loro Parque.It’s wonderful how they recreate the natural environment as far as they possibly can for these animals, some...

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to...

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