Net Migration Up In Canaries

December 11, 2014

Over 4,000 Spanish Nationals, 2,528  of whom were born in the Canary Islands, left to make a new life abroad in 2013.

Migration figures published yesterday by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) reveal that emigration increased last year and point to further growth this year, as provisional data referring to the first half of 2014  indicates that 2,398 Spanish, 1495 of them born in the archipelago have gone to other countries.

The migration from the Canaries of Spanish nationals  increased by 43% in 2013, while the total volume of people-of any nationality-who left the region to settle abroad was even higher from 9,722 to 16,606 a 70 per cent increase on the previous year.

The exodus of Spanish nationals may be even higher than the figures reflected by the INE , since nationals who end up living in another country do not always register at consulates abroad, among other reasons because this process involves the instantaneous removal from their municipal register and thus, the loss of certain rights and advantages in their municipality of origin.

This surge of emigration has been accompanied by a further decline in permanent arrivals from outside.

In 2013  21,156 people from other countries settled in the Canary islands, nearly a thousand less than the year before.

This number includes 3,098 Spanish citizens from other areas, of which 1,221 were born in Spain.

In the first half of 2014 there were 11,335 immigrants, of which 1,501 are Spanish (573 of whom were born in Spain).

The Canary Islands is, in the first half of 2014, one of only three Spanish regions where the number of immigrants exceeds that of emigrants, with a difference of 4.275.

In the country as a whole, the emigration of the Spanish population increased by 15.5% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the previous 6 months.

Nearly 43,000 nationals left the country.

The population of the islands increased by 0.27 per cent, 5,690 more people,during the first six months of 2014, according to provisional data, released yesterday.

Although population growth is not nearly as pronounced as it was during the early years of the last decade, The Canary Islands are one of the few regions that has a net increase.

Illegal Marijuana Crop Seized from 58-Year-Old British Woman

December 11, 2014

A 58-year-old British national has been indicted by Guardia Civil officers working out of Playa de las Americas for growing marijuana illegally.

The woman was caught on Wednesday selling 800 grams of the drug and  both the marijuana and a precision scale have been seized as evidence.

The sale and seizure took place in Valle de San Lorenzo, also the location where the illegal crop was being cultivated.

Three Youths Arrested For Sexual Assault In Adeje.

December 11, 2014

National Police officers have arrested three youths of between 18 and 25-years-old  accused of sexually  assaulting a young woman in an open space near a popular Adeje nightclub.

The investigation started following a complaint lodged by the victim about the attack on her by the three youths, which took place during the early hours of November 23.

Apparently the girl met the boys that night inside the club, but once outside two of them held her down, whilst the third forced himslef on her.

None of the three have previous convictions.

Google News Spain To Close

December 11, 2014

Google News Spain is to close on December 16 and Spanish publications will no longer be included in the search engine, due to the new Spanish Copyright Act which comes into force in January.

The director of Google News, Richard Gingras, said that the law which would allow Spanish publishers to charge Google “for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications” was not sustainable. Google News creates “real value” to the media forwarding people to their respective pages and helps them to generate advertising revenue.

“Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site),” he said.

“It’s a service that hundreds of millions of people like and trust, including many in Spain. It is free and includes everything from major newspapers around the world to small publications and bloggers.

Jobless Left High And Dry

December 2, 2014

empleoMore than half of those who are registered as unemployed in the Canary Islands, 50.6%, are now left without any kind of benefit.

According to data released today, Tuesday, by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, unemployment figures for the month of October show that of the 265,791 unemployed in the islands, only 131 316 are entitled to any kind of unemployment benefit.

Contributary benefits are received  by 46,483 people, non contributory allowances cover 62,853 and 21,980 are part of the active insertion income scheme.

Of the 134,475 jobless without any kind of income at all, 72,558 are located in the province of Las Palmas, while in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, October ended with a figure of 125,002 unemployed, of which 63,085 receive some kind of benefit, while 61,917 are left highand dry.

According to the latest available data, the average contributory benefit in the Canary Islands remains the second lowest in Spain, at 742 euros a month (64.1 euros less than the Spanish average of 806.1 euros per month).

K9 News

November 30, 2014

SavannaAs we move from autumn into winter, I would like to thank everyone, from the volunteers who help daily, to the people who stop by the shelter and find a new family member. It does make all the difference as we can see from the letter we received from Savanna who joined us in June and is now enjoying her forever home.

Dear K9, I’m writing to thank you for the wonderful care you gave to me while I was at the refuge. I was frightened I would never find a forever home, then last month at the K9 Open Day, it finally happened. I chose my new mum. She thought she chose me but it was really the other way round. Although it took a few days training, she learned quickly and in return, I let her know I recognise my name and come immediately I am called. I enjoy my walks and adore my food, so much that I have put on weight and needed a new collar. I was house-trained in a very short time, which is great as I progressed from the laundry room to the living room to my favourite place sitting on Mum’s lap… She is putty in my paws but then I am quite a looker!

Well, I’d better close as it’s time for me to sleep with mammy on her bed, she takes up a lot of room but I put up with it as I think it’s a security issue for her. Speaking of which she keeps looking at me and saying something I don’t understand. “Heaven on Earth.” Let me know if you can figure that one out. Please tell my friends back at camp that I said, “Hello” and try to find them great homes too. Thank you again, you really helped to make my new Mum so happy. She needed me. Savanna xx

So one happy customer but still many that need a place to call home and until they do, you can help support our cause by visiting the K9 Shop in Alcala Plaza, open each day from 10am until 2pm, except Sunday. If anyone wants to donate something for the shop and it needs collecting, please contact either 611352881 or 646561035 to arrange collection.

We have a clothing stall at Alcala market each Monday and a second hand bookstall each Thursday at Fañabe Market. Both are mornings only, all monies raised go towards the care of the many dogs and cats at the K9 refuge.

‘Swallows’ can contact Jim on 600314712 and arrange to meet – he will bring a car full of books €1 each or 3 for €2 he also has DVDs at €1 a disc to help while away your winter months on the island.

Finally, K9 want to extend a giant heartfelt thank to our wonderful donors and volunteers, please know that we do appreciate your generous and selfless contribution. The support we receive from our community does not have to be financial, we appreciate your time in exercising the dogs or giving a bag of dog or cat food which can make a huge difference to the animals in our care.

This message is just a simple reminder that without YOU K9 Animal Refuge would not be possible. We always strive to do our best and see that every animal no matter how big or small will be loved and cared for both physically and emotionally until their forever home is found. If you would like to visit or have the time to walk a dog, the kennels are open EVERY day from 11am until 2pm. The number is 667638468.

Bridging The Gap

November 24, 2014

Work is due to begin this week on the long-awaited path that will link Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso, via a bridge which  is to be built over the barranco which divides the two villages.

The project was announced at a meeting in the Callao Salvaje cultural centre where Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga joined local councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and councillor for works Gonzalo Delgado Diaz to explain the plans, as well as outline other projects in the pipeline for both neighbourhoods.

There was a translator present at the meeting to keep the many non-Spanish born residents who attended in the loop.

The project will improve the pathway that already exists along the cliff top in Callao Salvaje, with signposting and bins and  improvements to the existing maritime paths along the Playa Paraíso side ending along the Calle El Horno are also planned.

To link the two villages an iron and wood bridge is to be constructed with a base of  reinforced cement

The plans will be available in the Adeje Cultural Centre within two weeks for those who wish to see them.

Local Dairy Wins Prizes At London’s World Cheese Awards

November 21, 2014

cheesesThe local Adeje based  Montesdeoca dairy was awarded two bronze medals for their smoked goats cheese and cheese aged in wine at this year’s World Cheese Awards held recently in London.

There were over 2,600 entries from 33 countries many from Mainland Spain, but Montesdeoca was the only Tenerife dairy to win an award.

Montesdeocaproducess various kinds of cheeses including white fresh, smoked, semi cured white, pepper and gofio, cured and the wine aged.

Anyone interested in buying these cheeses can visit the dairy in Tijoco Bajo, just by the road to Llano de las Flores, 50 metres from the petrol station.

You can also buy from the stand in the Adeje farmers market open every Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 2pm.

Make Sure You’re On The Electoral Register!

November 17, 2014

voteAll EU residents  in Spain aged over 18  and who have registered on their local padrón (citizen register) have the right to vote in the 2015 local elections, but to excercise that right not only must they be on the padrón, but have also actively indicated their wish to vote.

If you have never voted in the past in Spain but are on the padrón, you are likely to have received a formal letter (in Spanish) from the ‘Oficina del Censo Electoral’.  This letter is informing you of your right to vote and allows you to be included in the voting register.

It gives you three ways to register: fill in and sign the form enclosed in the letter and post it in the pre-paid envelope , register online, or call into the council offices in your borough and register there.

In the case of Adeje that office is the main citizen’s advice centre in the Town Hall on the Calle Grande, and you should bring your passport and your residency certificate with you.

European citizens have until December 30th to register if they want to ensure they are included on the census for the local elections.

The offices in Adeje are open to the public from Monday to Friday, 8am-2pm.

Currently Britons represent the largest number of registered EU nationals on the Adeje padrón with over 6,200 followed by Italy, Germany and France.

For details on arrangements in other areas enquire at your own town hall.

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