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​Tenerife Ring Road Improvements Out for Tender by End of Year

Tenerife Ring Road Improvements Out for Tender by End of YearPablo Rodriguez, Vice President and Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Government of the Canary Islands said this week that the closure of the island’s ring road project could be tendered before the end of the year.

Rodriguez said “This is one of the most important works in Tenerife, and has a budget of 300 million euros.

The Ministry has already completed the execution project and the declaration of environmental impact, and Rodriguez said “When this project is completed, it will become an essential link between the north and south of Tenerife, but it is important that the State signs the highway agreement as soon as possible to guarantee the necessary funds.”

It is reported in the press release that the new highway, 11.3 kilometres long, will close the island ring road with a high-performance infrastructure that supports the long-distance traffic of the island by the west, and at the same time, improves the global circulation of the island’s road network, which should represent a great advance for traffic mobility across Tenerife.

The tunnel of Erjos, more than five kilometres long, will be the most unique element of the island ring road of Tenerife, as this underground work, which will run under the mountain of Teno, will be one of the longest road tunnels in Spain.

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Tenerife Residents Protest Against Mobile Phone Antenna

Tenerife Residents Protest Against Mobile Phone AntennaThe installation of a mobile phone antenna in La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife has infuriated local residents, who say they fear they will suffer health problems in the future.

The most recent protect action this week saw residents trying to stop technicians of the company in charge of installation gaining access to the property where the antenna must be placed.

A spokesperson for the mobile phone company explained that according to the State Telecommunications Plan 2014, all necessary permits have been granted by the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda.

These residents have collected signatures of support and hope to present these to the Town Hall to express their anger. The Municipality has refused to make any statements about this protest and planned mobile phone antenna.

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​​Hikers Rescued by Helicopter in Tenerife

Hikers Rescued by Helicopter in TenerifeThe Firefighter Service of Tenerife based in La Orotava Park was asked this week to intervene in the rescue of two hikers who had become lost in the area of Los Organos in La Caldera.

It is reported that these two hikers had become isolated on a steep slope after leaving the trail.

Rescuers had moved to the location of these trapped hikers, and found them from the coordinates sent by WhatsApp. However, these hikers were in an area of very difficult access, so it was decided to proceed with an evacuation by air through the GES helicopter of the firefighting service.

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Sexual Abuse of Boys at Children’s Camp in La Palma

Sexual Abuse of Boys at Children’s Camp in La PalmaThis week the Guardia Civil reported that it is investigating the alleged sexual abuse of children who had joined a summer camp in La Palma by a monitor employed at the site.

This alleged sexual abuse took place at the El Riachuelo Camp, organised by the Government of La Palma, which has now sacked the monitor, and contacted all the families involved to explain the investigation by the Guardia Civil.

At the time of publication, this case is reported to be under summary secrecy, and the case is investigating if there have been sexual abuse and situations of sexual harassment of boys between the ages of 13 years and 15 years.

Three children told a coordinator of the camp about this sexual abuse they had experienced, and this information was immediately communicated to the Government of La Palma, and the monitor who allegedly committed the sexual abuse was then expelled.

This summer camp has been established for 30 years, run by the Government of La Palma, and for the last 20 years it has been based in El Riachuelo in the Caldera de Taburiente.

The Councillor for Education responsible for youth summer camps said this week “The selection of personnel for summer camps is always decided between people with experience in the education sector and young people who are finishing their education, leisure or environment studies.”

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La Palma Bank Robbery Arrest

La Palma Bank Robbery ArrestThe Guardia Civil of Los Llanos de Aridane in La Palma reported this week that an alleged robber entered a bank in Breña Alta with a simulated pistol and managed to steal 8,000 euros.

The robbery is reported to have occurred during the morning, and the bank branch is located at Calle 30 de Mayo in the neighbourhood of San Pedro in Breña Alta.

At the time of this robbery, there were two customers in the bank and two employees. One of the two customers who witnessed this robbery said “Everything happened very quickly. The robber was dressed in black and was hooded.”

Officers of the Guardia Civil of Los Llanos de Aridane responded quickly to this incident, and following their investigations, the alleged perpetrator of this robbery was arrested 8 hours later on the same day.

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​Street Lighting in La Palma Causes Controversy

Street Lighting in La Palma Causes ControversyThis week the municipality of Fuencaliente in the south of La Palma reported that there has been discord between local officials, astro-photography enthusiasts and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands regarding street lighting around the area of Fuencaliente Lighthouse.

It appears that the Office of Protection of the Quality of the Sky has recently issued a report that demands that these street lights should be changed. The Municipality of Fuencaliente says that it had taken advantage of the Rural Development Programme funds to pay for this new area of street lighting around the lighthouse, but those objecting to this development claim that these lights create an excessive level of illumination.

The Mayor of Fuencaliente, Nieves Maria Rodriguez, said this week that the Municipality is in the process of ensuring street lighting meets legal standards.

Astro-photography enthusiasts and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands are keen to regain access to the characteristic images of the night skies above this part of La Palma, which are highly appreciated by local residents and many tourists, who want to take high quality photographs of the night sky.

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La Gomera Reopens the Pools of Vallehermoso

La Gomera Reopens the Pools of VallehermosoThe pools of the Maritime Park of Vallehermoso in La Gomera are now open to the public, as the final stages of cleaning the facilities at this popular centre were completed.

The public areas of the pools and solarium of the Maritime Park of Vallehermoso are open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 until 19.00.

This site was built in 1999 and has 4,500 square metres with two swimming pools, recreation areas and changing rooms, and a popular centre for residents and tourists who come to the north coast of this Municipality.

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​Greenpeace Visits Tenerife with At All Costs Campaign

Greenpeace Visits Tenerife with At All Costs CampaignThis week saw the arrival of the largest ship of Greenpeace, the ‘Hope’, at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The reasons for this visit was part of the Greenpeace campaign ‘At All Costs’ to highlight the degradation of the coastline by massive construction.

Many residents and tourists were able to visit this ship to learn more about the work of this environmental organisation.

The ‘Hope’ was first purchased by Greenpeace in 2002, and since then has fought illegal fishing in Sierra Leone, whaling in Japan and participated in many campaigns to protect the oceans.

According to a recent Greenpeace report, 80% of the environmental resources of the Spanish coast is degraded, and almost 12% of the coastal areas of the Canary Islands.

This Greenpeace campaign officially ended with the visit to Tenerife, and the next mission for the ‘Hope’ will be to denounce oil prospecting off the coast of Brazil.

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The Problems of Calle Miraflores in Tenerife

The Problems of Calle Miraflores in Tenerife

This week the Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, First Deputy Mayor, Zaida Gonzalez, Eighth Deputy Mayor, Juan Jose Martinez and Town Planning Councillor, Carlos Tarife met with owners of properties in Calle Miraflores and surrounding areas. The purpose of this meeting was to find solutions for Calle Miraflores that combines conservation and the much-needed urban regeneration of this central area of Santa Cruz.

It has been widely reported that the properties on Calle Miraflores and Calle Carmen Monteverde have been the focus of controversy between the Municipality and Government Departments, and are criticised for not protecting the historical importance and heritage of this area, and should work harder to meet objective values worthy of conservation.

This meeting formally recognised the rights of the owners of these properties to request licences to carry out renovations, and to then carry these out, but Jose Manuel Bermudez suggested that they should start a channel of dialogue with the owners as a formula to jointly analyse the possible alternatives and investigate different positions.

Carlos Tarife, Councillor for Urbanism suggested studying the development of an action programme on the urban environment (PAMU), which would accommodate the recovery of facades of properties, as long as the owners agree to this with shared costs.

The parties at the meeting finally decided to meet again in September to specify different alternative strategies for overcoming the problems of Calle Miraflores and Calle Carmen Monteverde.

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​Playa Chica in Tenerife Stays Closed for the Moment

Playa Chica in Tenerife Stays Closed for the Moment

The Municipality of Santiago del Teide this week announced it was keeping Playa Chica closed pending the results of analyses that could confirm that the sea water is suitable for bathing.

This beach had been closed due to a discharge of sewage cause by the breakage of one of the engines of a local treatment plant.

It is reported that this breakdown was caused by an accumulation of sanitary materials in the sewerage network, but this problem has now been solved.

Sadly, the beach has been flying a red flag, showing that it is not currently safe to swim until tests show that the discharged sewage has now dispersed.

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​Most Energy Consumed in El Hierro in July was Renewable

Most Energy Consumed in El Hierro in July was Renewable

The Government of El Hierro reported this week that its commitment to clean energy is paying off, as in July it broke previous records and for 18 consecutive days, 100% of its energy needs were produced by the hydroelectric power station of Gorona del Viento.

Therefore, the average energy consumption of July saw 95.9% contribution of renewable energy, and sets a new record for the island.

This report also states that between January and July 2018, renewable energy production increased by over 17%, compared to the same period last year.

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​El Hierro Sees Decline in Tourist Numbers Due to Residents’ Discounted Fares

El Hierro Sees Decline in Tourist Numbers Due to Residents’ Discounted Fares

The Centre for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT) of El Hierro this week warned of the decline of tourist reservations, which it claims is a result of the new 75% residents’ discount that now applies to flights from the Canary Islands to the Peninsular.

The CIT explained that this new discount encourages Canary Islands residents to travel to the Peninsular more, as costs are now cheaper, and has resulted in reduced numbers of reservations for those visiting El Hierro.

It is also claimed that tour operators and travel agencies are encouraging local residents to choose Peninsular destinations instead of the other islands.

Therefore, the CIT of El Hierro is demanding this week that the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands reactivates the promotional campaigns aimed at strengthening holiday destinations in the Canary Islands, as loss of tourist revenue from local residents will significantly affect these islands.

The CIT claims that El Hierro and La Gomera are the main islands that have suffered economic harm since the introduction of the 75% residents’ discount to the Peninsular, as these had previously been very popular with residents from other islands, but who now find it is cheaper to take holidays in Peninsular.

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Concerns in Tenerife for Population of Street Cats

Concerns in Tenerife for Population of Street CatsThis week the Government of Tenerife raised its concerns about the growing numbers of street cats, which is believed to be around 18,000. However, this estimate only corresponds to those cats that are registered, so the number of these cats could be much higher.

The Government of Tenerife this week requested local municipalities to be more involved in the control of these cats, but at present Tenerife only has one exclusive refuge for cats in Puerto de la Cruz that has capacity for 350 cats.

The local Animalia Group, which works hard for animal welfare and protection, said that it is proposing greater efforts are now made to capture, sterilise and release these cats, so that the population does not increase further.

The Government of Tenerife announced this week that it has earmarked 18,000 euros to carry out this programme with the help of local animal welfare groups. This is intended to solve the problem of this increasing population of street cats, but also gives a bad image to local communities, risks the spread of disease from cats not correctly vaccinated and poses a danger to local wildlife.

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​Slot Machine Collection Stolen in Tenerife

Slot Machine Collection Stolen in Tenerife

This week, police reported a robbery in La Abejera Market in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Garcia Escamez.

Robbers entered the market by forcing a side door with a car jack during the early hours of the morning, and they are reported to have gone directly for a slot machine in one of the cafeterias, which had 2,000 euros inside.

The market remained closed until all police forensic experts had completed their investigations.

Following this incident, local residents were reported to be feeling insecure in their homes, and demanded greater police presence in the neighbourhood.

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​Old Houses in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be Demolished

Old Houses in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be Demolished

The City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife announced this week it will grant licences to demolish three old houses in the downtown area of Miraflores, and reported by the Municipal Management of Urbanism.

Generally, the Government of Tenerife supports the restoration of old buildings and opposes demolition of buildings of historical interest, but the Municipal Management of Urbanism said that heritage reports confirm that these three properties lack any heritage value.

The local Heritage Association is demanding that efforts are made to take into account how new constructions will be integrated into the redevelopment project of this area.

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