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Moon Landing Robbery in Tenerife

Moon Landing Robbery in Tenerife

The residents of Las Mercedes in La Laguna in Tenerife this week raised their concerns about the proliferation of robberies from restaurants and bars in the area.

In the most recent of these robberies this week, the robbers used the ‘moon landing’ approach to steal slot machines and cash register, as well as other items from a local bar.

The thieves entered the establishment by destroying the front door with an off-road vehicle as a ramming device. The owners of the bar estimate there was around one hundred euros in the slot machine.

The vehicle was later located only a few kilometres away in the area of Mesa Mota.

Due to the speed of the theft, police believe the robbers knew the location of the bar with potential for money from the cash register and slot machines.

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Drivers in Tenerife Trapped by Huge Fire in San Roque Mountain

Drivers in Tenerife Trapped by Huge Fire in San Roque Mountain

This week emergency services received calls for help to respond to a fire on San Roque Mountain in Tenerife.

The flames and smoke quickly cut access to La Via de Ronda road, leaving dozens of drivers trapped, and who had to wait for at least two hours until the fire was controlled.

In total, the fire affected around 9000 square metres of bush land. Fortunately, there were no injuries or material damage despite the fact that it started very close to a nursing home and a private house.

Officers of the Policia Nacional have opened an investigation into the cause of this fire, and report there are indications that this could have been started deliberately.

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​Police in Tenerife Use Social Media to Track Drug Dealer

Police in Tenerife Use Social Media to Track Drug Dealer

It is widely known that social media networks of institutions and public offices often use specific techniques to attract attention to matters that would not otherwise be of interest. This is what happened when Policia Local of Santa Cruz de Tenerife decided to ask local residents to help them find the owner of a ‘curious pillbox’ on their Twitter account.

This request generated over 15,000 views, and related to a metal can filled with bags of cocaine, and probably used by a drug dealer to sell cocaine.

Police spokesperson, Benito Fortes, said the idea of putting humour in the task of finding bags in the street with drugs was the technique used to capture the attention of young people on a very serious matter.

This is not the first time that the press department of the Policia Local in Tenerife has used humour to highlight serious events. A few months ago, the fine of a driver displaying an unusual ITV sticker also served to multiply its significance through Twitter.

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​Elderly Man Drowns in Tenerife

Elderly Man Drowns in Tenerife

A 73-year-old man this week died after suffering drowning when be bathed off the coast of the Municipality of El Rosario in Tenerife reported by the 112 Emergency and Security Coordinating Centre.

The incident occurred in the area of Bocacangrejo, where emergency services went after receiving phone calls from other swimmers who had rescued the man, who showed symptoms of drowning, and who also performed resuscitation procedures.

The staff of the Canary Emergency Service, which moved two ambulances to the site of this incident, continued with the basic resuscitation procedures, but these were unsuccessful, and later confirmed the death of the victim.

Officers of the Guardia Civil also took charge of the corresponding proceedings.

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​Tenerife Ban on Fire in Mountain Recreational Areas Lifted

Tenerife Ban on Fire in Mountain Recreational Areas Lifted

The earlier prohibition to start outdoor fires in the mountains of Tenerife issued by the Government was lifted this week, but residents were recommended to take extreme precautions when outdoor activities are carried out in forest and mountain areas.

The Government of Tenerife reported that as the weather conditions improved, it has now moved to a pre-alert situation. This now permits fire in authorised areas of recreational centres, as well as to carry out other activities related to fire.

However, the Government of Tenerife recommends extreme caution when burning agricultural or forestry residues, working with machinery or tools, and using equipment that could generate sparks in agricultural or forestry spaces, such as brush cutters and welding equipment.

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​New Road Safety Barriers for La Gomera

New Road Safety Barriers for La Gomera

This week work began to replace the road safety barriers along the GM-1 road network in the north of the island. The section of this road involved in renewing barriers is along 14 kilometres between the Municipalities of Agulo and Hermigua. This project will improve safety on one of the most dangerous roads in La Gomera.

With a budget of 1,400,000 euros, engineers are currently replacing the existing road safety barriers, and some surfaces of this road section will also be repaired.

This section of the GM-1 is one of the oldest routes in La Gomera, but has also become an accident black spot for traffic, so this project will make this road safer.

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​Tax Rebates for Tenerife Residents

Tax Rebates for Tenerife Residents

In the middle of the campaign to collect municipal taxes, the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has announced new tax rebates for 2019.

The measures will affect the road tax that goes down to the legal minimum. Also, these newly announced tax reforms will save, in some cases, up to more than one thousand euros of municipal tax for an average of five square metres of properties.

It is reported that large families with five or more children will save up to 90% of the IBI. In the case of families with 3 or 4 children, the reduction is fixed at around 70%.

The Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, announced that the tax cuts could reach a value of two million euros in 2019. These tax rebates also reported to be made “without neglecting the reorganisation of the municipal treasury, which will have zero debt in 2019, and will not stop increasing investment in public services.”

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Performing Arts Market of South Atlantic in Tenerife

Performing Arts Market of South Atlantic in Tenerife

Around thirty artistic and musical groups from fifteen African countries were represented in the second Mapas or performing arts market of the south Atlantic in Tenerife this week, which is a cultural space in which the invited groups offer dozens of free shows in different neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Senegal is the country that sends most artists to Mapas, with a total of seven reported by the Government of Tenerife. Other artistic and musical groups came from Equatorial Guinea and Morocco with four groups, Ethiopia with three groups, Tunisia and Benin with two groups, and Burkino Faso, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Niger, The Gambia, Mozambique and Cape Verde with one group from each country.

Almost 20% of the 164 artists that participated in Mapas came from the African continent, and 15 programmers and cultural managers represented 11 African countries.

In total, 143 programmers from 40 countries around the world collaborated with the 164 artists from Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe, which created an international meeting that exceeded the participation numbers of last year.

In addition to the African countries, there were representatives from the USA, Iceland, South Korea, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Romania, Norway, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia.

The Tunisian National Theatre was just one of the amazing theatre performances enjoyed with a play called Violence, which addressed the Tunisian revolution and the constant struggle of young people in search of a free world.

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New Speed Limit on Tenerife Motorway

New Speed Limit on Tenerife Motorway

The Directorate General of Traffic this week lowered the speed limit along the TF-2 motorway, which is the connection between the northern and southern motorways of Tenerife in the north section.

This limit now changes from 90 km per hour to 70 km per hour. Both the General Traffic Management and the Government of Tenerife, which are in charge of maintaining this road have agreed to apply this reduced speed limit due to the high number of vehicle accidents along this road.

The Association of Driving Schools of the Canary Islands also issued a message of caution this week that warned drivers that the DGT will soon install radar speed traps along this road, so that they must drive at a maximum of 70 km per hour, and hopefully reduce this very high level of accidents.

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​Cocaine Seized From Sailing Boat Off the Coast of Tenerife

Cocaine Seized From Sailing Boat Off the Coast of Tenerife

Tax Agency officials and agents of the Policia Nacional this week seized 371 kilos of cocaine from a sailing boat, and have arrested the two crew members, two men aged 34 years and 36 years, and one with a police record, as alleged perpetrators of a crime of drug trafficking.

The boat, sailing with a British flag, sailed into Spanish territorial waters near the island of Tenerife, and had been monitored since May when it left a Caribbean island, reported in a report by the police.

The patrol boat ‘Charran’ boarded the sailing boat, and transferred it to the port of Los Cristianos in Tenerife, and with a mandatory court order, the sailing boat was searched. This search revealed 371 kilos of cocaine that were placed in different compartments of the boat.

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Burnt Body Discovered in South of Tenerife

Burnt Body Discovered in South of Tenerife

This week the burnt body of a man was found in an open field located in Las Eras in the Municipality of Arico in the south of Tenerife.

A report by the Guardia Civil indicated that in principle it appears that it is an accidental death and not the result of a violent act.

The remains have now been transferred to the Anatomical Forensic Institute where the autopsy will be carried out, which should determine the causes of death.

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​Trying to Solve the Traffic Problems of Tenerife

Trying to Solve the Traffic Problems of Tenerife

The Government of Tenerife this week announced it is seeking alternatives to solving the serious traffic problems that affect thousands of residents every day.

The current traffic congestion on both the northern and southern motorways causes serious travel problems.

The President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, this week held a meeting with the Confederation of Companies to discuss possible solutions.

Alonso presented a new travel plan for the island, which includes new infrastructures aimed to promote greater use of public transports, such as the bus-vao lanes, implementation of a southern train and extension of the existing tram system. Also, he wants to encourage the use of public transport, such as improving the current bus network, and with more vehicles and lower fares.

The goal is that getting on a bus or tram should be more convenient and cheaper. Alonso said that he believes the Government needs more measures that seek to reverse the current use of private vehicles, which would substantially improve current traffic congestion. At the moment, he informed the meeting, “three out of four trips in Tenerife are made by private vehicles.”

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​Shelter for Homeless People in Tenerife Opens

This week ‘La Buena Estrella’ or Good Star shelter for homeless people opened in the south of the island thanks to the NGO Asociacion Comedor Social, which normally focuses on meals for those in social need.

Thanks to this Buena Estrella centre, homeless people in the south of Tenerife can spend the night under shelter, and has quickly become a place of welcome that covers the basic needs of those who have less than others on the island.

For people like Andres, 65 years old and unemployed, and previously only received help from food banks, but has been in a vulnerable situation with nowhere to live each night, and trapped in poverty.

Another homeless person who now uses this shelter is Musa, who originally came from Senegal, and has been living in Tenerife for over 20 years, but suffers from an eye disease that has left him with only 10% vision.

People without resources and in situations of helplessness can now look to Buena Estrella shelter to have a space in which they can share their experiences and receive the help they need to cope with day-to-day challenges.

This overnight centre has become the only place of welcome for people in extreme need in the south of Tenerife.

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​Increased Luxury Tourism for Tenerife

Increased Luxury Tourism for Tenerife

This week, the Hotel Corales Suite opened its doors for the first time with its Royal Hideaway Suites with a differentiated tourist target, which is for tourists seeking luxury holidays, and is reported to be on the rise.

This new luxury holiday offer is provided by the Barceló hotel chain, which has been operating across the Canary Islands for over 40 years.

The Corales Suite in Adeje has been planned since February this year and is intended to become a benchmark of luxury in Costa Adeje thanks to the commitment of a Belgian development company.

Located 300 metres from La Enramada Beach, Royal Hideaway Corales Suites offer air-conditioned rooms with sea views, and guests have access to an outdoor pool.

This centre offers separate segments so that guests can select family accommodation or select adults only accommodation, and with an aim to encourage guests to sample Canarian gastronomy.

Barcelo also reports that it hopes to add its luxury brand Hideaway in 2019 to the Santa Catalina Hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, once its restoration of this historic hotel is completed.

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​Tenerife Residents Asked to Help Search for Missing Mexican

Tenerife Residents Asked to Help Search for Missing Mexican

The parents of Hermes Gonzalez Lopez, a man of Mexican nationality disappeared months ago in Tenerife, and are continuing to search the island looking for their son.

This family came with their son from Mexico, and now are asking for help to locate him.

They think that he might be disoriented due to his illness, as he suffers from bipolar disorder. The family also explained to local residents that this is not the first time that Hermes has disappeared.

Hermes is 36 years old, is six feet tall, and has a thin framed body. He travelled to Tenerife in 2017 to fulfil his dream of studying at Escuela de Actores or Acting School.

His family says that he is a man who likes the beach and was seen on the day of his disappearance in Las Teresitas, so it is not ruled out that he could have walked into the Anaga mountain range.

Others have claimed to have seen him between the municipalities of Tacoronte and Santa Ursula.

Anyone who believes that they have seen Hermes should inform the police.

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