New Priority On TF1 At TF2 Access Link Road

September 17, 2014

tf1-2The deceleration/exit lane leaving the TF-1 near Santa Cruz, for access to the TF-2, Añaza and Santa María del Mar, has been doubled in size in order to help avoid the infamous traffic tailbacks in the area.

The work done overnight on Monday/Tuesday means there are new signage and lane restrictions,  creating two lanes with vehicles accessing the link to Las Chumberas in the left-hand-lane while those going in the Añaza and Santa Maria del Mar directions are on the right – so don’t get caught in the wrong lane if you are going to the Carrefour out of town Shopping complex.

The change in priority should help heavy congestion which normally tails back onto the TF1 northbound at peak times.

Reorganisation for the opposite direction, is more complicated, but the Cabildo say they are “working on the problem to find a satisfactory solution for drivers.”

These works are part of the plan to improve the roads of the island recently launched by the Tenerife Cabildo, which is expected to invest over 8.5 million to rehabilitate 67 roads.

Stephen Hawking Arrives In Tenerife

September 15, 2014

hawkingStephen Hawking arrived in Tenerife on Saturday aboard the luxury cruise liner  Oceana and will stay on the island for nearly a month as a guest of honour at the Starmus Festival.

Mr Hawking  will deliver the opening speech of the conference during this second edition of the Starmus Festival, which has the theme “Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos”.

The event will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife from the 22 to 27 September 2014 .

Hawking will be accompanied by a variety of internationally renowned speakers, including astronauts, cosmonauts, astronomers, cosmologists, chemists, biologists and Nobel Prize winners. The theoretical physicist will also join the round table discussion to be held in the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), at the Observatory of the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma. More details here

Play Paraiso Supermarket Robber Detained

September 13, 2014

azulGuardia Civil  officers working out of Adeje have detained a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old young woman in connection with an aggravated robbery, which took place around 7pm on Thursday evening at a small supermarket in Playa Paraiso.

The older of the pair entered the supermarket, located in Residencial Gran Azul, and threatened the shop assistant with a small knife, making off on a motorbike with 400 euros from the till.

According to local residents the young man was known to the shop assistant who had gone to school with him.

Once the accused had been identified officers caught up with the young couple and  were able to recover 170 euros of the stolen money that the robber had given to his girlfriend.

The young woman is accused of receiving stolen property, so both she and her boyfriend who was the actual perpetrator of the crime, are now at the disposition of Magistrate number 4 in Arona.

Legal Net Immigration Figures Down

September 12, 2014

With over 266,000 unemployed in the Canary Islands right now, losing your job in the Canary Islands has become an all too common story, but the disaster is even greater in the case of working age immigrants, who depend on an employment contract to be considered legal in Spain.

Last year 25,996 non-EU foreigners lost their registration certificate or residence card in the Islands, most of them Latin Americans and Africans.

According to statistics just published which cover up to December 31st 2013, of the 100,707 non-EU residence permits in force in 2012, 74,711 have been revoked, more than a 30 per cent decline.

The situation has not affected EU nationals in the same way, as at December 31, 2013 there were 254,707 properly registered foreigners in the Canary Islands, of which 179,996 were from EU countries.

 

It seems easier for EU citizens of working age without a job to become self employed or prove private means of support and provide their own health care if they do not have access to state health care.

The figures show the number of EU foreigners with residence permits has grown in the Canaries  by more than 2,700 people in just 12 months,  Tenerife (90,499) Las Palmas (89,497), with most of them in the South.

The number of foreign students enrolled in schools in the Archipelago  has also decreased dropping by 4.5% in the last year over the previous year, representing a loss of more than 1,500 students.

According to the Ministry of Education during the 2013-14 school year in the Canary Islands  31,697 students from abroad studied here compared with the 33,213 who did the previous year.

Santiago Del Teide Unemployment Figures Rise

September 11, 2014

According to a study by Observatorio Canario de Empleo, Santiago del Teide is the only municipality in Tenerife with more unemployed this summer than there were last year.

The data shows that between the months of April and August unemployment rose by 42 people more than the figure recorded in the previous year.

In the remaining 30 municipalities on the island unemployment figures are lower than last year.

Coalición Canaria local party leader Jonathan Martin Fumero believes the statistics are significant in that they are a true reflection of the situation afflicting the area because of mismanagement of public resources by municipal officials in the Partido Popular led local council.

Fumero points out on his Facebook page that the council are still working with a budget extended since 2012, resulting in a complete lack of municipal investment which would generate employment in the municipality.

There has been investment by other sections of government, the Tenerife Cabildo and the work to improve the  La Hondura Mirador in Puerto de Santiago, or the Canary Islands Government and the remodelling of the Bouganvilla plaza in Los Gigantes, but Fumero says this is not enough and in any case these projects will both come to an end within a couple of months.

Municipal officials have countered the accusations by citing the opening of the Lidl supermarket in the area as creating local jobs, but Fumero argues the actual data would appear to counter that statement.

The nationalist spokesman says “While the data indicates that the rest of the island is slowly reacting to an economic upturn, Santiago del Teide has not gone forward but has in fact lost ground in terms of employment.

“I think we’re wasting precious time…..  this neglect and abandonment of a tourist town, with over 8,000 bed capacity, does not help the need for many residents of the municipality to find a job here, the area could be infinitely better cared for, maintained and managed than it is right now. “

Ring Road Getting Closer

September 11, 2014

ringroadThe Canary Islands Government has finally accepted the quid-pro-quo proposal from the  Tenerife Cabildo to finance part of the work on the southern section of the island ring road.

The agreement between the two authorities will allow the section between between Santiago del Teide and Tejina de Guia to be in service for January 2015 rather than being delayed until mid-2015, as is the case for the rest of works.

The council will transfer four million euros in order to complete works such as the last layer of road surface, improving road embankments and the access to central Guía de Isora town.

Unlike the offer made to the regional government by the Gran Canaria Cabildo for their road system, Tenerife’s contribution is a loan that must be returned and it has been agreed that the Department of Public Works will invest a  similar amount in another project here, when they have the budget is available.

The Cabildo have also asked for improvements to the existing road between Santiago del Teide and El Tanque, to be able to withstand the increased traffic caused by the opening of the two sections (north and south) of the island ring and the Erjos tunnel when it comes into service after the completion of the  installation of the Erques viaduct.

The viaduct is ordered from mainland and is estimated to reach Tenerife later this year, after which about six months must be added to complete that part of the project.

Back To School In Tenerife

September 3, 2014

Canarian Junior and Infants children are back to school next Monday, September 8, except in Gran Canaria, where  they get an extra day’s holiday because of the fiesta of the Virgen del Pino.

Secondary school and vocational training students start back on September 10.

Official holiday breaks during the 2014-2015 school year are; Christmas, December 22, 2014 to January 7, 2015, inclusive; and Easter, March 30 to April 5, 2015.
Bank Holidays fall on November 1 (All Saints Day) and December 6 (Day of the Spanish Constitution) and December 8 (Immaculate Conception), also in Tenerife, February 2 (Virgen de la Candelaria).

In addition to the normal holidays, the 9 December 2014, the day of the teacher and student is also a day off school.

The 2014-2015 school year will end on June 19, except for the 2nd year of secondary , which will end on 22 May and the 2nd year of  Vocational Training, which ends June 9.

Tenerife Masonic Temple Open To Visitors

September 3, 2014

masonicThe Santa Cruz Masonic Temple  is to give guided tours for the four Fridays of  September.

This is a unique opportunity to visit a building of great historical and cultural value, one of the few remaining vestiges of the great influence of Masonic lodges in the Canary Islands until 1936.

The visits also includes an exhibition and lectures on Freemasonry in the Exhibition Hall of the Mutual Accident Canarias (MAC) in Casa Elder.

The tours will be limited to groups of 10 people for 15 minutes, and will only give access to the main rooms of the building, such as the Façade, the Hall of Lost Steps, the Chamber of Reflection and the Sala de Tenidas.

More information on the website http://templomasonicotenerife.es/

Police Working In Same Office All Become Cancer Sufferers

September 2, 2014

PoliceStationSix National Police Officers have become cancer sufferers after working together in adjacent offices in the station at the corner of Perez de Ayala in Santa Cruz.

Three officers have already succumbed to the disease and now the  Spanish Confederation of Police (CEP) has made a written complaint requesting an investigation into the high incidence of cancer among these officers, after 3 more have contracted cancer this year.

Three of those affected  were  serving  together in a room on the first floor of the police station, where the Statistical Service of the provincial Immigration and Border Brigade is located, and the other three on duty in an adjoining room.

In the letter the provincial general secretary of the union, José Luis Gallardo, explains that this situation is obviously of concern to the rest of the squad.

Gallardo goes on “Recently, two police officers have moved or are moving their offices from the area where those affected worked, and the room where most were affected is permanently closed.”

Mobile communications antennae could be the cause, since the station has one on the roof and there is another not far away, but there is no scientific data  to support a correlation between the electromagnetic radiation emitted and the incidence of cancer.

At the time the original officers  became ill last year, members of the Platform of People Affected by Mobile Antennas in the Canaries (Planmocan) were invited by the CEP to perform measurements at the site.

Their study yielded data showing evidence of electromagnetic radiation ten times higher than recommended. However, representatives of Planmocan never pretended their measurements were scientifically proven, and other tests conducted at the same time, both by the Provincial police  and another union gave opposite results.

The antennas do not emit the same levels of radiation at any given time, so the CEP wants an electromagnetic radiation study undertaken by an independent body, furthermore that the time of the study not be communicated to officials in advance.

The authorities are taking the matter very seriously. “Nobody cares more about the health of staff  than I do,” said Provincial Police Commissioner, José Antonio Rodríguez Chico  “radiation measurements were taken at the police station at the time of the original complaint, to which the various police unions’ representatives were invited.   The result of these tests could not be more eloquent: seventy times below the allowable limit”.

Despite the fact that the radiation is recorded as being below the limit permissible, the CEP argues that pursuing their complaint will determine if the origin of the disease is caused by environmental factors or not.

Further Reading: http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs296/en/

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