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.

K9 News

November 12, 2014

Visitors to Open DayNovember started well after the disappointment of having to cancel the K9 Open Day in October due to bad weather.  It was re-scheduled for Sunday 2nd and raised a whopping €480.00 – not bad for a couple of hours in glorious sunshine. The icing on the cake, however, was that another dog found her forever home.

Many of those who came took the opportunity to check out the refurbishment at the refuge. The tiling of the old kennels is coming along nicely and the new kennels are a sight to behold thanks to think.pet solutions.

November 24th in Alcala Plaza a social afternoon, hosted by Stevie D and Christine, has been organised to start at 2.00pm there will be plenty going on for people to enjoy so do will pop along and anything raised will of course boost K9’s coffers. continued »

Mixed Bag For Wine Producers

November 11, 2014

It’s been a mixed bag for Tenerife’s wine producers this year with the grape harvest down by as much as 20 per cent.

Of the island’s five wine growing regions – (Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Guimaras, La Orotava Abona and Tacoronte Acentejo), only one, Abona, has reported an increase in the harvest, up a massive 50 per cent on last year and the best crop since 1995.

Growers say the weather played a large part in this year’s poor harvest, with summer beginning later than usual leading to an increase in vine disease in some areas.

However, in total, the five regions gathered in more than 4.7 million kilos of grapes which, growers say, are of a very high quality.

As for the quality of the wines, all that remains is to wait patiently until the end of the month when the wineries begin to present their new wines.

Hospital Helicopter At Long Last

November 11, 2014

Candelaria Hospital bosses have confirmed that the long-awaited emergency helicopter service could start as early as December this year.

The service has been dogged by bureaucratic delays since 2010, despite spending more than two million euros on facilities.

The new service will serve the south and west of Tenerife, as well as La Gomera and El Hierro.

A spokesman said staff were already receiving special training to operate on the new helipad and trial flights would be taking place in the coming weeks.

Although there has been an emergency helicopter service covering Tenerife and the other islands it has, until now, had to land  at Tenerife’s north airport, leading to inevitable delays in emergency treatment.

The hospital was keen to assure local residents that  the service will only cover medical emergencies and organ donor flights, saying that noise and disruption would be kept to a minimum.

Big Drugs Haul Aboard Yacht

November 10, 2014

Four crew members were detained after police discovered a large quantity of illegal drugs aboard a Czech-registered yacht.

Police say they boarded the craft, which had arrived from South America last Friday, in waters south of the Canaries and discovered 369kgs of cocaine.

Four crew members, all citizens of the Czech Republic, were arrested and their boat towed to harbour in Gran Canaria.

All four crew members are due to appear in court in Las Palmas today for a preliminary hearing.

Serious Crash In Guia de Isora

November 10, 2014

A head-on collision on Sunday night left three young people, aged 18-19, injured.

The accident, which happened on the TF-465 in Guia de Isora, left one youngster with severe head injuries and he was transferred to the Candelaria Hospital in Santa Cruz where his condition is, as yet, unknown.

The other two victims sustained less serious injuries, mild concussion and cuts and bruises, and were treated at Costa Adeje Hospital.

Live Arico Pets Animal Welfare Supporters (PAWS)

November 5, 2014

Dog of the Week – Torrito

We are on a mission to get Torrito into a forever home by Xmas. At 7 years old, he has been with us for far too many years and deserves better. He is now in a foster family and they say he is delightful – quiet, low maintenance, well behaved – the perfect companion.

Can you be his best Xmas present ever? If so call Sue on 629 388102 for more information. Adopt don’t shop, always the best option. continued »

Avenida de Los Pueblos: Roadworks For 8 Months

November 4, 2014

roadworksImprovement works to the Avenida de Los Pueblos, which is part of the Adeje’s Open Commercial Zone, have now begun and could last up to 8 months.

The cost of the project  will be in the region of eight hundred thousand euros, financed jointly by the regional government, the Cabildo and the Adeje council.

The main objective will be the redirection of traffic along the avenue, which in turn should improve the image of the zone as well as reducing the danger of black spots,, caused  in the past by speeding drivers.

The local council is also suggesting that the different units, shops, etc. along the public thoroughfare, should work to upgrade their façades.

The council would like all the businesses in the zone to be part of the project as they believe with public money being invested for locals’ benefit,  some private investment should be forthcoming too.

The changes will include the widening of the pavement on the coastal side of the road, and changes to the pedestrian zone as well as the creation of a large pedestrian/commercial axis, bringing together Avenidas Rafael Puig, Los Pueblos and Calle Ernesto Sarti,  joining the commercial spaces in Costa Adeje and Las Américas (Arona).

The design includes expansion of the pedestrian area in front of the CC San Eugenio as well as along the link to Calle Rafael Puig where there are many shops, bars and restaurants.

Coach and taxi set down areas and regular bus stops will also be changed.

There will abe a small taxi-rank (3-4 cars) located in front of the CC San Eugenio with the rest of the taxis waiting in a nearby parking zone.

The plan also allows for the replanting of a lot of the green zones and vegetation to increase shade for pedestrians and at thesame time the drainage and public lighting in the area will also be improved.

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