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Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Improving Toilets

Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Improving ToiletsThe President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, and the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Maria Oliver, signed a collaboration agreement this week to invest one million euros in three projects in the Municipality of Puerto de la Cruz, whose completion is scheduled for 2020.

These works will improve the Agatha Christie Promenade (373,820 euros), after being considered an historical heritage site, and will improve the changing rooms and toilets of Playa Jardin (345,000 euros), which present evident deterioration, as well as the urban environment (281,179 euros) for other toilets.

In a press conference at the Government, Alonso thanked the “effort of the State to provide resources for the second year in a row in the municipality in the north of Tenerife for a total investment of two million euros from last year.”

Isabel Maria Oliver said “Despite the fact that the tourism sector always makes an emphasis in visitor spaces, the reforms are also important for residents and will allow the municipality to remain a point of tourist excellence.”

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​New Technology to Predict Strong Waves in Tenerife

New Technology to Predict Strong Waves in TenerifeTechnicians from the public company, Grafcan, and the University of Cantabria have developed a predictive system for potential strong waves off the coast of Garachico in the north of Tenerife, and this week explained that the work will involve the installation at sea of a buoy with a reverse profiler.

As indicated in a communique from the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security, this system will allow data to be obtained that will be used in predictive models, which will then be used to forecast in the medium term strong wave episodes.

Once the buoy is installed, the study will consist of numerically reproducing the historical events of flooding that have occurred in the area in the last 40 years, calibrate the numerical models used and define a methodology to predict the coastal flood events in the area in advance.

Based on these models, a system will be generated that will alert the relevant authorities when flood events are foreseen, so that they can be managed with the greatest possible efficiency for the safety of residents and vehicles in flood-prone areas.

The implementation of this prediction system is based on previous studies carried out by the Ministry’s staff together with Plocan since May 2017, in meetings with the research development group responsible for the Hidralerta system and the Garachico City Council to collect the necessary information for the calibration and validation of the system.

The Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Canary Islands Government, Blanca Perez, said “This project will respond to the needs of the Municipality of Garachico to anticipate the periodic invasions of the sea on the Avenida Maritima and on the TF-42 highway, by allowing preventive measures that will minimise the impact of storm waves.”

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Tenerife South Airport is Obsolete, Has Structural Problems and Needs a New Terminal

Tenerife South Airport is Obsolete, Has Structural Problems and Needs a New TerminalThe Government of Tenerife is going to request Aena to suspend the open bidding process to expand the current terminal of Tenerife South Airport in order to open a negotiation process that culminates with the construction of a new one.

Carlos Alonso, President of the Government of Tenerife, told journalists that he had secured agreement between representatives of the business and tourist sectors, trade unions and tourist board officials that aims for the project to have the greatest political and social consensus.

The Tenerife President pointed out that the island has a firm and close position to defend the future of the airport, which is more than forty years old, is obsolete and presents structural deficits, which cannot be fixed with “a fix.”

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​No More Holiday Rentals in Tenerife for New Properties

No More Holiday Rentals in Tenerife for New Properties

Tenerife is considering prohibiting holiday rentals in homes that are less than 10 years old. The draft of the ordinance that will regulate the urban use of holiday homes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and proposes the zoning of the municipality into two areas, while setting the conditions that must be met by the buildings in each of them.

In general, properties cannot be used for tourism if they are less than 10 years old, unless they are the result of a refurbishment.

Jose Manuel Bermudez, Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, began the process of public consultation on the future regulations with a meeting with the administrators of farms. The meeting was also attended by the Councillor for Economic Promotion, Alfonso Cabello and the Town Planning Councillor, Carlos Tarife.

Bermudez explained that the City Council has decided to start the process of the ordinance, with whose approval Santa Cruz will become the first municipality in the Canary Islands to have specific regulations for this type of tourism.

According to the Mayor, “The vacation rental is now a reality at a global level, and is a good opportunity for the economy of Santa Cruz, provided that an effective regulation is established that reconciles the tourist use with the residential one.”

He added, “That is the objective of the ordinance, whose draft we have presented today to the administrators of farms in order to hear their opinion, as we will do in the coming weeks with other entities and organisations of the municipality.”

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​Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) this week issued a public report that has discouraged the construction of a regasification plant in Granadilla in Tenerife one year after ruling on the unfeasibility of the facility.

Last year the National Commission of Markets and Competition said the project of a regasification plant in Granadilla was not viable for the gas system, because it would generate more costs than revenue. It also criticised Enagas, the company that had been proposing this new gas plant, and told it to explain its forecasts of gas demand in the island and the revenues obtained from tolls.

The new report analyses the changes introduced by the General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines, as the use of gas on the island would reduce the costs of generating electricity thanks to the replacement of diesel fuel, the most expensive fuel currently used.

At present, the Spanish gas system has a deficit or more than 1,000 million euros, which national consumers pay through taxes and tolls on their monthly bills.

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​Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) this week issued a public report that has discouraged the construction of a regasification plant in Granadilla in Tenerife one year after ruling on the unfeasibility of the facility.

Last year the National Commission of Markets and Competition said the project of a regasification plant in Granadilla was not viable for the gas system, because it would generate more costs than revenue. It also criticised Enagas, the company that had been proposing this new gas plant, and told it to explain its forecasts of gas demand in the island and the revenues obtained from tolls.

The new report analyses the changes introduced by the General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines, as the use of gas on the island would reduce the costs of generating electricity thanks to the replacement of diesel fuel, the most expensive fuel currently used.

At present, the Spanish gas system has a deficit or more than 1,000 million euros, which national consumers pay through taxes and tolls on their monthly bills.

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Sustainable Mobility Plan in La Gomera

Sustainable Mobility Plan in La GomeraThe Government of La Gomera this week approved its Sustainable Mobility Plan.

This project has been prepared over several months, and has much participation from local residents, which is described as very important.

The document released this week seeks strategies to reduce environmental impacts with a more sustainable transport system.

This project has been completed with the involvement of local municipalities and business representatives of the transport sector, and has investigated the difficulties of creating bike lanes due to dispersed population settlements, and the geography of the island. Despite these difficulties, there are plans to create the first bike lane in La Gomera in Alajero.

This plan also focuses on implementing clean energy in public buildings, and to encourage the use of public transport and electric vehicles.

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Solutions Needed in La Palma to Address Flooding After Heavy Rain Storms

Solutions Needed in La Palma to Address Flooding After Heavy Rain StormsThis week’s heavy rain storms in La Palma once again highlighted the problems faced in the streets of Santa Cruz de La Palma.

During severe storms, seawater often causes damage to local shops, but also heavy rainstorms create serious flooding in the city. One example was shown this week when the rain collected many items of litter, including hygienic wipes, which clogged the drains and increased the problems of flooding.

The City Council of Santa Cruz de La Palma has asked the local water company to find solutions that avoid the regular flooding during torrential rain storms, which ends up affecting businesses and homes in the area.

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​Disappointment in La Palma as Planned Giant Telescope will be Constructed in Hawaii

Disappointment in La Palma as Planned Giant Telescope will be Constructed in HawaiiIt was announced this week that the Supreme Court of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean issued a permit to construct the Thirty-Metre Telescope (TMT) at the Mauna Kea site on the island.

This decision coincides with the approval this week of the declaration of the environmental impact for the installation of the telescope in La Palma, which also hoped to host this giant telescope.

This news is a setback for La Palma, but it is reported that all the doors are not yet closed. Citizen opposition in the Pacific Islands is very high, and is one of the main obstacles to the development of the project.

The international consortium that governs the TMT has requested that the works licence granted by the City Council of Puntagorda in La Palma, the last bureaucratic procedure, be still carried out.

Henry Yang, Chairman of the Board of Governors of TMT International Observatory, issued the following statement in response to the news.

“On behalf of the TMT International Observatory, we are grateful for the decision of the Hawaii State Supreme Court that will allow TMT to be built on Mauna Kea. We thank all the members of the community who contributed their reflections throughout this process. We remain committed to being good stewards on the mountain and inclusive of the Hawaiian community. We honour the culture of the islands and their people, and will do our part to contribute to their future through our continued support of education and the young people of the Hawaiian Islands. We are excited to move forward in Hawaii and will continue to respect and follow state and county regulations as we determine our next steps. We are deeply grateful to our many friends and supporters for their tremendous support of the years.”

Work on the telescope at Mauna Kea stopped in 2015 when the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the Conservation District Use Permit for procedural reasons. That permit had been issued by the Land and Natural Resources Board (BLNR) to the University of Hawaii Hilo to build TMT at Mauna Kea, which has spiritual and cultural significance to the local community.

The Supreme Court returned the case to the Hawaii Circuit Court and ordered a new contested case hearing to be held. This contested case began in October 2016.

The residents of La Palma now have to wait to hear the response from the protesters in Hawaii to learn where this important large telescope will be built.

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Raising Awareness of Students in Tenerife of Importance of Tourism

Raising Awareness of Students in Tenerife of Importance of TourismThis week the Government of Tenerife presented a new campaign to raise awareness of students for the importance of tourism.

This campaign includes training for primary and secondary students on the importance of the tourism sector, and 500 ambassadors have been appointed to promote the destination.

The motto of this campaign is ‘I Am Tenerife’ and a song has been composed by a local group ‘Nada en los Bolsillos’ (Nothing in the Pockets), as well as a promotional video of the landscape of the island.

The initiative is completed with the signing of a manifesto, so that whoever wishes can be part of the campaign.

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​New Termite is Damaging Historic Buildings in Tenerife

New Name for Lanzarote AirportScientists in Tenerife have detected the presence of a termite species, native to the centre and south of the United States, capable of causing serious structural damage to buildings, crops, trees and street furniture.

This termite is reported to reproduced with great ease and it is feared that it will affect the historic centres of the island, and its architectural and cultural heritage.

It has not yet been eradicated due to the complexity of this foreign species.

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New Centre for Radio Ecca in La Palma

New Centre for Radio Ecca in La PalmaRadio Ecca has new headquarters on the island of La Palma. The new centre in Santa Cruz de La Palma is more accessible and has modern facilities that will allow this organisation to continue providing its services since it was first launched 54 years ago.

Radio Ecca is an organisation that has three main objectives, which are combating unemployment, caring for the environment, and helping migrants who arrive on the island and give them training so that they can integrate into society more easily.

Radio Ecca is well known for providing courses and training programmes in the Canary Islands, and it reports it supports around 3,000 students each year.

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Encouraging Creativity in La Gomera

Encouraging Creativity in La GomeraThe Red Cross of La Gomera has launched a painting workshop for women this week.

The motivation for this initiative is to help women escape from their daily routines that can often lead to depression.

This painting workshop helps these women to learn basic techniques of art, but also encourages their creativity and to share moments away from their daily routine.

Help for vulnerable women by thinking ‘outside the box’.

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​Caught Speeding in La Palma by Radar

Caught Speeding in La Palma by Radar

A radar device was installed this week in the Tunel Viejo de la Cumbre in La Palma to help stop excessive speeds of vehicles in this tunnel.

This measure, carried out by the Traffic detachment of the Municipality of Santa Cruz de La Palma, was requested by the Government of La Palma to guarantee the safety of the workers operating currently within this tunnel.

Drivers in La Palma are advised that the maximum speed when driving through the Tunel Viejo de la Cumbre is 20 kilometres per hour, because this ensures those currently working on repairs to this tunnel remain safe. Any driver caught speeding and endangering lives in this tunnel can expect significant fines from radar evidence.

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​British Resident Arrested for Robbery in Tenerife

British Resident Arrested for Robbery in TenerifePolicia Nacional has arrested a British resident, aged 43 years with a police record in the south of Tenerife, as an alleged perpetrator of three robberies with force in commercial properties, where he is alleged to have broken exterior shop windows and took objects worth 29,000 euros.

The detainee, who acted at night in the Municipalities of Arona and Adeje, selected commercial establishments selling fashion, accessories and perfumery. He then used strong objects to break the exterior glass, and then accessed these properties through the broken window and took sunglasses, perfumes, jewellery and watches.

Once the police report was completed, the detainee was remanded to the Guardia Instructional Court, where the arrest and investigation were carried out by officers of the Policia Nacional and the Local Comisaria del Sur de Tenerife.

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