Weather 23rd March 2018 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

It is a beautiful morning, overflowing with generous sunshine and warmth, all sweetness and brilliant unfettered golden rays. This is the stuff we expect at this time of year. Not overly hot just perfect temperatures for a nice stroll with the dogs while enjoying the greenery brought by the recent rains.

Yesterday continued as it started, lovely and warm and lots of sunshine. As evening came and we moved indoors the room was hot where the sun had been streaming in through the windows all day.

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Today’s News from around the Island

The XXXI Cabildo Games

The XXXI Cabildo de Tenerife Games, a competition organized by the Island Corporation with the collaboration of the DISA Foundation, face on Saturday [24th] intense activity with a dozen sports in which some 2,200 athletes will take part. The teams for volleyball, handball, futsal, basketball and Canarian wrestling will involve about 1,700 young people, while the rest of the athletes will be involved in judo, badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, taekwondo and Canarian ball. Information on times and locations can be found HERE

The GF Victoria Hotel will receive its first customer tomorrow

This is the only hotel in the Islands that has obtained, before its opening, the highest rating in the Canary Islands, the Triple A certificate for sustainable buildings. 90% of the energy consumption in this ecological hotel will come from renewable sources thanks to the efficiency of its design.

The jewel in the crown of the Canarian business group is located in a privileged area of Costa Adeje, in the triangle formed by the El Duque Shopping Centre, the Bahía del Duque and Gran Tacande hotels. It has seven swimming pools (one of them exclusively for nudists and one for surfing), a convention centre for 1,000 people, vertical gardens (it has the largest vegetation cover of the Islands), attractions such as the recreational park with trees joined by zip lines, slides seven meters high, simulation area with a full scale Formula One track, nursery, spa for families, Japanese garden overlooking La Gomera, fountains and restaurants for all tastes. However, the icing on the cake is the vertigo pool seven floors high with walls and glass bottom, visible from the street, which will produce in the bathers the sensation of swimming suspended in the air. The new hotel has 242 luxury suites with outdoor terraces and a staff of 350 employees.

French Air Traffic Control Strike

THE LARGEST European airline association has claimed that more than 800 flights will be cancelled and the travel plans of 100,000 passengers will be affected across Europe as French air traffic controllers strike again today. Airlines for Europe (A4E) says that since 2010 Air Traffic Control strikes in the EU have cost the economy €12 billion and passengers have faced almost an entire year’s worth of ATC strikes since 2005. Shockingly, they claim that of the total 357 strikes the French ATC are responsible for 249 of them, leading to a staggering 230,660 cancellations.

Water Prices in Spanish Airports

Travellers say they cannot take water on the plane, because a maximum of 100 millilitres of liquid per container is not permitted through the security gates – but once on the other side, vending machines sell bottled water at inflated prices. In response to complaints from passengers to the public ombudsman, airport governing body AENA has promised that bottled water from machines will not cost any more than €1.60, although it has not confirmed the bottle size. Drinking fountains are also expected to be set up in all Spain’s airports.

Work on the Plaza de Las Galletas

With an expected execution time of five months, work to improve and refurbish the park and install two different children’s play areas has begun in Las Galletas.

At present, the park, shows significant deterioration in both the grounds and facilities. It is anticipated that work will include creating separate games areas for minors differentiated by ages, one for children between zero and six years and another between six and twelve. These would contain game linked to the sea. In addition the area will receive benches, wooden chairs and a stage as a place for the celebration of events.

Tenerife Opera presents 6th training academy for young singers

Tenerife Opera presents the sixth edition of Opera (e)Studio, a comprehensive training academy for young singers. The deadline for registration is 25th April and those selected will be engaged for Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri, between September and October 2018.

Demolition of the dangerous ‘Mamotreto’ of Añaza

The City Council of Santa Cruz has started the procedure to demolish the abandoned hotel on the coast of Añaza. The construction of this hotel began in the tourist boom of the late 60’s and early 70’s, when the authorities of Tenerife wanted to take advantage and attract foreign investment to the Island, although this would have meant re-qualifying the land located on the coast. In 1998, the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands failed to allow the hotel to invade the area and decided it should not be completed. The cost of the demolition has been calculated at around 1.8 million euros.

The judge gives 10 days for bank to provide paperwork on building where seven people died

The judge of the Court of Instruction Number 3 of Arona, Sofia Elena Valdivia, which investigates the causes and possible responsibilities that caused the collapse of the Julián José building, in Los Cristianos, in which seven people died on April 14, 2016, has given a period of 10 days to Banco Santander, the entity that absorbed Banesto (a company that undertook work in the lower part of the housing block), to provide reports that are in its files regarding the work that was carried out from the year 2000 while Banesto owned the premises. Once the information has been gathered this could be the last step to complete the process, whose closure they predict before the end of the year.

Robs store to spend booty in a nearby brothel

A man was arrested by the National Police last Sunday, after he committed a robbery in a shop in La Laguna, before going to a nearby brothel to spend the money he stole. When the Police detained the man inside the brothel, he still had on him the money from the robbery, some €450 and the knife with which he intimidated the employee of the store. The events occurred in the well-known area of El Cuadrilátero.


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