Weather 5th July 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

I have decided to post later, as the past couple of days I have said how overcast it has been. Once published, it was sod’s law that by 10.30-11.00 the sun was blazing and not a cloud in the sky.  Hence I am not even going to start to write until after breakfast and perhaps then, the weather will have made up its mind as to what it will be like for the whole day.

So here goes …..  This Sunday morning I am looking at a blue sunny sky, the odd fluffy cloud and not even the hint of a breeze and the horizon is hazy I think that’s the heat.  At 8.30 it was 21°C, a little over an hour later it is heading for 24°C.

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Yesterday turned into another beautiful day. The sun’s powerful rays flooded the garden lighting every leaf.  A dragonfly paid a fleeting visit, the light flashed against it’s iridescent body but it didn’t stay long enough for a photo-shoot.  At 5.00pm it was still 30°C and most of the day had been around 25°C.

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The forecast for next week is good. As you can see a sunny week both north and south of the island, plenty of sunshine and little cloud – just what you would expect for July.

Adeje / Arona

Adeje / Arona

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Aemet have issued a warning for the Peninsula and Balearic Islands starting from today to at least Sunday, July 12th when temperatures may exceed 40°C but whilst it is hot here in Tenerife, at the moment we are not on warnings until Tuesday and Wednesday, then only in the south and west of the island when temperatures are predicted to reach 34°C.

The following images for both Las Vistas and Puerto de la Cruz are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00 these times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Overlooking Adeje

Puerto de la Cruz

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Bathing and other activities in the sea

With the hot weather at the moment, the Canaries Government have issued the following advice.  Screenshot

The Canaries have many beaches in which to enjoy the sea and its scenery. In order to enjoy the seaside, we should bear in mind the following recommendations:

  • We must choose well the type of beach we visit, depending on whether we can swim, on our age and whether we are going to the seaside with children, who must be supervised constantly.
  • If we are not competent swimmers, or if we are visiting the seaside as a family, we should choose a calm, accessible beach that has a lifeguard.
  • We should remember to check if any weather warnings are in force, via the @112canarias twitter feed, the media or by asking at your hotel.
  • If any warnings are in force, it is advisable to postpone going to the seaside for another day.
  • Never dive into shallow water.
  • Do not bathe after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.
  • On windy days or in areas with strong currents, never use inflatable lilos or flotation rings, which may drift away from the shore.
  • If you see a bather in difficulty, do not attempt to rescue him/her, but call immediately the emergency services on 1-1-2 and, if possible, throw towards the bather anything that might act as a buoyancy aid.

On beaches that are not signposted and do not have a lifeguard:

  • Do not bathe alone; go to the beach accompanied.
  • Ask the locals or any surfers which parts of the beach are dangerous.
  • Enter the water slowly, keeping a check on the depth; swim parallel to the shore at a depth you can stand in, especially if there are seaward currents.

On beaches that have a lifeguard:

  • It is important to be aware of any designated watersports areas.
  • Remember: a green flag means that we can bathe; a yellow flag means we can do so, but with care; and a red flag means that we must not enter the sea.
  • It is important to remain alert to any advice issued by the lifeguard, and to heed all warnings.
  • If you are in difficulty or feel unwell, try to leave the water; if you are unable to, wave your arms to draw the attention of others, and remain calm.

Through this advice, we hope that you will be able to enjoy with peace of mind your leisure time by the sea in the Canary Islands.

The Canaries Government provides more information on its website, the @112canarias twitter feed and, during alerts, via the 012 telephone number. Please note: dial 112 for emergencies only.

 

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Weather 4th July 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

It is another overcast morning, but there is a tiny break of blue in the sky so presumably as the day goes on it will get bigger.  Well that is the theory and it worked yesterday.  It is warm at 24C so it probably will also get warmer.

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After a cloudy start yesterday turned into another beautiful day.  Not the heatwave predicted but hot.  I was chillin’ so didn’t take any pictures but picked the following weather maps at two points during the day, when  I thought it felt particularly warm.

The following images for both Las Vistas and Puerto de la Cruz are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00 these times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Overlooking Adeje

Puerto de la Cruz

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Five things Spain’s ‛gag law’ will stop you doing

Protesting in front of Congress and other “risky” actions carry fines of up to €600,000

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A Greenpeace activist gags one one the stone lions presiding the Spanish Congress to protest the Citizen Safety Law. / PEDRO ARMESTRE (EFE)

The countdown has ended. The government’s new Citizen Safety Law went into effect on Wednesday despite widespread rejection from opposition parties and many sections of society.

“Demonstrations will be freer because they will be protected from violent elements,” claims the ruling Popular Party (PP). But the opposition accuses the government of creating “a police state” because law enforcement officers will have the power to hand out administrative sanctions that were, until now, the sole preserve of judges.

The following are five things that will be limited by the new “gag law,” as its critics call it.

Demonstrating near Congress and the Senate

The law considers an offense any “serious perturbation of citizen security” in front of Congress, the Senate or regional assemblies, even if the legislature is not in session at the time. “But what constitutes perturbing citizen security?” wonders Greenpeace, denouncing that this decision will now be in the “arbitrary” hands of the police. This measure was introduced at the time when social protest movements such as Surround Congress arose in Spain.

Taking photographs of police officers

Video cameras have become commonplace at protests in recent years. And social networks are being used to disseminate recordings that have captured police abuse on more than one occasion, and have later been used as evidence against officers. This will be harder starting on July 1, as the Citizen Safety Law imposes penalties on “the unauthorized use of images or personal or professional information” about police officers “that could endanger their personal safety or that of their families, of protected facilities or endanger the success of a police operation.” Amnesty International has complained about this, noting that journalists and other individuals’ private recordings have occasionally helped report the use of excessive force by the police.

Stopping a home eviction

“In the name of citizen security, the new legislation bans and criminalizes such common practices as stopping a home eviction,” says PAH, a support association for home loan borrowers in trouble. The PP once went so far as to suggest ties between PAH and the Basque terrorist group ETA. The new law will make PAH’s actions harder, as the police will be able to sanction individuals who “obstruct any authority, public employee or official corporation in the exercise of administrative or judicial agreements or resolutions.”

Protesting from above

As per the new legislation, police officers may slap fines on anyone found “climbing buildings or monuments without authorization when there is a clear risk of damage to persons or goods.” This article seems tailor-made to stop the kind of public campaigns staged by Greenpeace, this organization notes. “In this case, the offense is committed without the need for disturbing the peace or harming citizen security,” notes a Greenpeace release. It will be enough for the police to consider that “a risk” exists.

Peaceful resistance and sit-ins

The new law means the end of peaceful resistance, say non-profit groups. The police will be able to fine anyone who refuses to break up gatherings and demonstrations in public places after “the relevant authority” has ordered it.

Under the new law, minor offenses will carry fines of €100 to €600, while serious offenses are sanctioned with penalties of €601 to €30,000 and very serious offenses between €30,001 and €600,000.   Source: el pais

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Citizens may choose the theme of Carnival through Internet

The Autonomous Body of Festivals and Recreation (OAFAR) will agree the decision for the theme of the Carnival by Internet election. Proposals to consider are ‘The 80′, ‘The Caribbean’ and ‘The disco’.  It will be the chicharrero people who determine the subject of the festivities.

The vote will take place next week, between Monday and Thursday through the official Carnival web platform ( www.carnavaltenerife.com ), where citizens may choose the theme that they like and participate in the vote.

Once the deadline closes, the OAFAR will announce the result and begin work on the program.   For more info. check source: Carnival de Tenerife

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Weather 3rd July 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

The morning is bright, at the moment there is some sun around, but not much and quite a few clouds, although that could change.  It is currently 21°C and if memories serves well this is cooler than it has been at this time day for the past week.  I am also including an image from this mornings webcam – you can see a fair amount of cloud down on the coast.
Our Walk

Screenshot (1)Yesterday was nice I guess for the most part it averaged around 25°C  although from mid-afternoon there were a few clouds and at one point a chill breeze.  I wondered ‘is it just me‘ but talking to friends last night they agreed it hadn’t been the warmest of days, in fact where they live, out past the airport, they had a few drops of rain.  I therefore find it strange to be reading that we are heading for a second heatwave starting today.  I have seen mention in the Spanish news that this is the case on the mainland, and the Balearics but not for any of the Canary Islands.  As you can see from the alerts there is a band of yellow/orange through the centre of Spain but we are ‘normal’.  Unless being the little cousins we have been forgotten. ;-)  I wonder where some information comes from but we will never know as no links are given only statements made. :-(

The following images for both Las Vistas and Puerto de la Cruz are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00 these times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

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Round up of the News

Adeje is nominated as the best tourist destination in Spain

The town of Adeje has been selected by the Spanish HOTEL.INFO portal to participate in the “Top Cities 2015″ in Spain.

The objective is to promote tourism in smaller cities. HOTEL INFO is “looking for the most charming city and has selected municipalities with up to 60,000 inhabitants, major attractions, and are important historic and cultural centers, and extensive tourism”. This project was created with the aim of making a major impact, not only nationally, but also internationally and the winning city will be a boost in tourism and promotional terms.

To participate you can vote for Adeje by clicking THIS LINK  The voting period will be open until 14 July 2015. 

Operating theatres on hold

PLANS for opening six new operating theatres at the Candelaria hospital have been dealt another setback. It has been confirmed that the theatres will not be functioning until the end of August or the start of September. Last December, Canary Islands Health Service director Juana Maria Reyes said they would be ready “between April or May”. But new delays mean it will not actually be ready until the end of summer – four years after they should have been open. Full Story  Canarian Weekly

Santa Cruz Port expansion

Local 18A THIRD cruise terminal is planned for the Santa Cruz Port by September 2016, in time to host the Seatrade Cruise Med event. It will feature a huge luggage area, plus a check-in section with 50 desks, several waiting places, a security area, an aerial gangway plus a taxi lane and bus-parking site.

The new building, adjoining the two existing cruise terminals, will offer easy access to the city centre.This will enable Tenerife to continue handling ships from Thomson Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Although cruise traffic dropped slightly in 2013, Tenerife welcomed 298 calls and 544,839 passengers. This year, the city has enjoyed calls from some of the newest large cruise ships including P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas. TUI Cruises’ new-build Mein Schiff 4 will call in November and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic will visit in December.
Cruise numbers are expected to be boosted this September, when guests will be able to take direct flights from Newark, in New York, to Tenerife. Tenerife Tourism Board Office hopes the new flight route will enable cruise companies to expand the number of itineraries they offer in the Canary Islands and surrounding areas.  Source: Canarian Weekly

Starmus returns, with host of Nobel winners

Tenerife’s Starmus Festival next year, from 27th June to 2nd July under the slogan “Beyond the Horizon: tribute to Stephen Hawking”, will bring together a dozen Nobel prize winners in the physics and medicine categories. The Festival will also feature astronomers, astrophysicists and renowned scientists, among them astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria, Garrett Reisman, Chris Hadfield and Russell Schweickart; cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Sergey Volkov.  Source: Canarian Weekly Facebook account.

EU commissioner to ‘ban roaming fees by 2017′

“From the second quarter of 2017, roaming fees in the EU will probably fall away,” said European Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger.  Oettinger’s announcement comes just over a month after the European Commission dropped plans to abolish roaming charges from 2016 after objections from telecoms companies in smaller member states. But a new agreement will need to be struck amid pressure from consumers’ organizations and the EP itself. “If the end of roaming comes in 2017, companies will have a year longer compared with the old plans to conform to the new rules,” Oettinger said.

Oettinger believes that the EU must consolidate its telecoms market – pointing to the 280 telecoms companies across Europe compared with just four in the US. “To become more competitive and consolidate their networks, many more companies will merge in the coming years,” he predicted.”That should lead to the European telecoms industry playing a bigger role on the global stage. But competition has to be assured.”

Spain’s FACUA consumer lobby group had been outspoken in its criticism over the dropped plans.”The reasons were totally absurd, and they just tried to protect the telecom companies’ interest at the expense of the common good,” a spokesman told The Local. “Since 2007 the FACUA has been criticizing the high cost of addition fees which bring billionaire benfits for operators,” the spokesman added. “They cannot be abolished soon enough.” The Local (news@thelocal.es)

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