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Perdi in seventh heaven

10 hours 3 min ago

Accion del Sol news

TWO weeks ago, my friend decided that she was in a position to adopt a dog, so off to the refuge we went. There are so many gorgeous dogs there, and she knew exactly what she was looking for; a small dog that was a bit older.

As we walked around, one dog stood out from the rest, and snuggled up to her hand through the wire cage. She was a medium-sized pointer who was very thin, and had recently had puppies. This was  exactly what she wasn’t looking for.

She had been dumped on the streets like a piece of rubbish. It was love at first sight, and Perdi, as she is now known, has settled into her new home and is thriving. She has already proved her worth by warning her owner that there was a stranger wandering around the complex, and barking to scare him off.

Perdi has certainly proved her value, showing love, companionship and protection towards her new owner. A match made in heaven, for one very lucky dog.

Assistance required

Please do call the refuge on 6643 21219, between 8am-5pm, if you can help in any way. We always need tinned dog-food for our older animals, plus blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, collars and leads. You can call into the Accion refuge on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 2-5pm, and Saturdays between 1-4pm.

Find us here

Accion del Sol is situated directly under the Ecological Park (exit 52) on the north-bound TF-1. Head for the giant windmills, and you’ll find us in the buildings on the right-hand side. E-mail the refuge at or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol




Nobody feeling Blue at this charity event!

10 hours 3 min ago

IN true Costa del Silencio style, people pulled together for the Blue Day event, held at The Cosy Corner on Sunday 26th August, to raise awareness of men’s cancers.

The day proved to be full of laughter and happy tears for organisers Jacqui and David Ritson. The auction attracted some fierce bidding, and there were raffle prizes aplenty.

Everyone was entertained by some fine singers, who gave up their time for free. The cake stand was a roaring success, the bear was named, the tombola stand was popular, and the children had their faces painted.

The grand total raised was a fantastic 3,253 euros, which was divided between cancer charities AECC Tenerife and Prostate UK.  Jacqui and David would like to thank everyone who helped and gave their time in the run up to the event, as well as on the day. There are too many names to mention!

Thanks, also, to everyone who kindly donated the prizes that helped to make it the success it was. Everyone was so generous. This will be a yearly event, with proceeds going to go to AECC

Little boy needs a home!

10 hours 4 min ago

Cats Welfare news

This gorgeous, eight-week-old boy is looking for a loving family. He is very friendly, and will have his first injections soon. If you would like to meet him, please contact Elena at Don Perro vets, Las Chafiras, on 922 735824.

Our shop

We are on San Blas, Golf del Sur (behind Hiperdino), and open every day of the year, from 10am-6pm. Apart from our spectacular range of designer clothes, we can supply just about anything for anyone.

This includes jewellery, quality golf clubs, electrical goods, hundreds of books by popular authors, and beautiful children’s clothes and toys, all donated by our generous customers, who always have our cats’ welfare in mind!

We always need good quality clothes and books, as well as other items in excellent condition. We also welcome food, litter, sheets, towels, bedding etc. for the cats and kittens in our care.

If you don’t have transport, or have large, bulky items such as furniture and household effects to donate, please ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he will arrange collection from you.


If you adopt a second kitten, it will be neutered and microchipped, free of charge. Also, it will be wormed and deflead, and be given its first kitten injections. This applies to ALL black kittens, not just the second.

We also have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, loving homes! As well as kittens, we have several adult cats available, male and female, ranging from 18 months to seven years. All adults are leukaemia negative, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook, or ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. All cats and kittens are adopted on a week’s trial, in your home.


We rely on the generosity of our supporters, and all donations are gratefully received. For further details, please check our website


We are in urgent need of people, in their own homes, to bottle-feed kittens. No experience is needed, and we will supply all the milk – and support! Please message us on Facebook, if you think you can help.

Calendar launch!

10 hours 6 min ago

K9 animal news

WE have announced the launch of our 2019 calendar, and have decided to pay homage to the lovely animals adopted from K9 over the years, who now live happy lives in loving homes.

In order to pick which beautiful animals should be featured, we asked our supporters to send in their favourite pictures of their ex-K9 pets. We received loads of submissions, and it was amazing for us to be reminded of how many furry friends we have helped!

We selected a judge to choose 12 lovely animals to be featured in the 12 months of the year, but we couldn’t just include those few. So we have made a collage of most of the entries we received, because they all deserve to be showcased! If you would like to purchase our 2019 calendar for only five euros, please contact us on 6676 38468.

Christmas dinner

Tickets are now available for our annual pre-Christmas dinner and show! The event will be held at the Music Hall Tavern on the 8th December, and includes a three-course meal, drinks, a live show and much more! For more information, contact Lyn on 626344799 or

Meet our dogs!

We have many dogs, in all shapes and sizes, waiting patiently for their loving, safe-and-secure, forever homes. You can see them all, their stories and pictures, on our website at Go to “K9 dogs/Dogs waiting for homes”.

Why not visit us at K9 Refuge on Calle Chimbesque between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas any day of the week between 10-2pm? Alternatively, you can get in touch by telephoning us on 667 638 468, or emailing

You will also find stories of our dogs, their antics and heart-warming rehomings on Facebook by following Diary of a K9 Tenerife Dogwalker, K9 Tenerife and, not forgetting, K9 Tenerife Cats.

Also, to see daily photos of the walks that take place at K9, like the facebook page Voluntarios del Refugio K9.

Ways you can help

If you wish to support K9 animal refuge, and contribute towards the safe rescue and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, we would be very appreciative.

You can buy our merchandise (T-shirts, vests, key rings, wristbands and more) at K9, sponsor one of our dogs via our website, and donate money via our website, or cash at our refuge. We also welcome donations of food and other items.

Also, you can become a volunteer dog walker by calling us, or simply popping by, during our opening hours. Remember to keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for any fund-raising events which you may like to attend.



Adeje tourist project proves so intelligent

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:12

THE Adeje DTI (Destino Turistico Inteligente/Intelligent Tourism Destination) project has been given top marks by the Spanish Government and the European Union.

It has beaten 37 other projects from local Spanish administrations, and it means the borough will receive a substantial investment from European Regional Development funding, and also from the national department of finance, from a fund of six million euros.

The presentation dealt with tourist development and innovation in Costa Adeje, which will now glean direct benefits for the whole borough, with a planned expansion of municipal services, through innovative technology.

This will improve social harmony and shared used of public spaces by residents, as well as the thousands of visiting tourists.

Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who was the principal mover behind the project, through the Innovation and Tourism Department, says this positive stance is valued by all local administrations.

“In Adeje, we have underlined the values generated through tourism, and, thanks to that, we have seen a related improvement in the quality of life for our residents, with job creation, improvements in services, better infrastructures, and more through this project in the coming years.”

Local Tourism Councillor Ermitas Moreira said they would be developing an “intelligent platform”, which would “reorganise the municipal services structure in a more integrated manner, using a way of digitally-monitoring public spaces, and, thus, assessing needs for better services, such as public lighting, waste collection, public green space upkeep, parking, beaches, etc.”

Adeje Council has been working on the project for a number of months, as have other Canarian destinations, such as San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Puerto de la Cruz.

In addition, Rodríguez Fraga, as President of the Association of Tourism Boroughs, recently outlined to the national Industry Minister, the importance of advancing the Canarian digital agenda.

“We will be among the first to use 5G technology, which will distinguish us from other tourism destinations in the rest of the world, competing for similar markets,” he said.

“And that will clearly mark a “before and after” in the technological development of our destinations, creating jobs for hundreds of businesses in the sector.”

Adeje DTI proposes, among other things, “smart beaches”, which will use an integrated information technology, recording numbers of beach-users; the real-time state of services; cost of water in the showers, along with other data, which can contribute to the improvement of proper quality-control of the destination, as well as the resources needed.

The project will also see “sensorisation” of Adeje public buildings, to monitor and control C02 emissions.

“The reduction of our carbon footprint is also a pledge we have made for Adeje in the coming years,” said the Mayor. “This is a priority for us. As a tourism borough we want to reduce our emissions, and optimise the resources we use, which is why we are working to create ways of combatting the effects of climate change, too.”

Among the project’s final objectives, Adeje is also committed to transparency, saying the politics of open data will work to encourage the Adeje public’s participation in taking decisions, and evaluating local public services.







Armed trio rob bank

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:11

THREE armed men robbed a bank in a Costa del Sol town on Monday morning, escaping with around 200,000 euros.

Police confirmed that the break-in took place just after 8am at the Bankinter branch on Ricardo Soriano, in the centre of Marbella.

The trio are believed to have grabbed the cash by making a hole in the manager’s office. Workers say the men were armed, but no one was hurt during the heist.



Police nab traders, selling false goods worth millions

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:10

NATIONAL Police, who launched Operation Bazar, have arrested 26 traders in Adeje for selling fake merchandise.

While the operation was in full swing, officers dismantled no fewer than 28 establishments, all selling “moody” goods.

Those detained comprised people of various nationalities, including Spanish, Chinese, Indian and Moroccans. And, after 32 inspections and interventions, 21,406 items of merchandise were confiscated.

The investigation began in August, when the National Police became aware of several places in the South of Tenerife selling fake merchandise, which included leather, clothes and watches, as well as electrical items.

Traders were selling these articles as original designer items, when in fact, they were all fakes. But on Sunday, 11th September, 55 police officials finally identified the cheats, along with their establishments.

Police have confiscated the fake products, worth up to several million euros, from the goods retrieved by the officials.

The majority of items were made from leather, but there were also many fake items labelled with designer names, such as Michael Kors, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralf, Lauren, Nike, Levis, adidas, Gucci, Prada and Swatch.

Several arrests have been made over the last few days, and those arrested have all been charged with crimes against the public.

Officers are, currently, putting the case together, and it will will be presented before a judge at Arona Court.



Knee-cap victim is butchered by gang

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:10

THE British victim of an alleged gang attack, which happened last Thursday on the Costa del Sol, has been named as Craig Moran by two UK national newspapers.

He suffered from shots, knife cuts and punches after, reportedly, being tricked into a meeting. But no arrests have yet been made.

Police confirmed that Morgan was “knee-capped”, suffered broken bones in his lower body, and was cut from the corners of his mouth up to his ears, known as the “Glasgow” or “Chelsea” smile.

The victim was found after being dumped in a ditch, and

reports in the Spanish media claim that the specialist group, Unit against Drugs and Organised Crime (UDYCO), has taken over an investigation into the incident.

Members are said to be searching for a group of three or four Brits, and they believe the attack could have been related to “a settling of scores”.

One British national newspaper has claimed that Craig Moran was sentenced to 12 years for a Nottingham jewel heist that resulted in the death of a 64-year-old woman in 2003, but this has not been confirmed officially.




Young mum admits she gave away her new baby

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:09

THREE people in San Cristobal de La Laguna, arrested by National Police officers, have been charged with being involved in the illegal adoption of a new-born baby.

The trio comprised a married Spanish couple, along with a 22-year-old Columbian woman, who was the baby’s mother.

The husband, aged 34, and his 37-year-old wife, were detained by officers for attempting to adopt the baby. The mother of the new-born was also held, for trying, falsely, to register the baby.

An investigation began on 11th September after the young mum had approached the National Police, and confessed to being involved in the attempted scam.

She began by telling the officers that, while in Columbia, she realised she was five months pregnant. The woman also admitted that she didn’t want the baby at first. But she was aware that abortions were illegal in her country.

Consequently, she searched for a solution on the internet, and told the police that she found a Spanish couple from Tenerife, willing to adopt her child.

They offered to pay for her flight from Columbia, in addition to the birth costs, and a fee to attend university,

Apparently, they offered the fees because the young mum didn’t want to “sell” the baby. But, by the same token, she did want to have it adopted.

The 22-year-old agreed to go ahead with an adoption, but only because the couple had portrayed themselves as being responsible, as well as financially secure.

As a result, they arranged for her to fly from Columbia to have her baby in Tenerife.

The new mum told the police that on arrival at the couple’s Tenerife home, she was told she couldn’t leave the building.

Suddenly, it dawned on her that the couple had lied to her, not only about their financial situation but also because they already had two boys.

At that moment, she had a sudden change of heart; she didn’t want to go ahead with the adoption, and she wanted to keep her baby girl, which is why she approached the police.

The young woman gave birth on 7th September at the University hospital in Santa Cruz. And, when the police detained the married couple, they found the baby to be perfectly healthy.

The tot is now in the hands of the Social Services, whose officials are working on a solution with the Columbian consulate.

The three people involved are awaiting a hearing at the San Cristobal de La Laguna courts.



Spain’s Personal Data laws are becoming a nightmare

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:09

RECENT changes to the Spanish Data Protection Act (Ley de Protección de Datos or “LOPD”) and the ancillary Royal Decree’s security measures, have added more complexity to an already-intricate law.

Data protection legislation has been around for many years, and its main aim has been to ensure that personal data is processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.

Individuals have, under these new laws, many rights: the rights of access to data; to have their data deleted; to be forgotten, or the right to withdraw consent. And these are just a few.

Anyone with a company will confirm that it’s an absolute minefield. As a result, companies offering advisory services on implementation and supervision of procedures have flourished.

Here’s a glimpse of how these fines have been imposed on some companies:

*4,000-euro fine imposed on car-rental company Europcar for issuing a contract with incorrect client details

*15,000 fine issued to a company for revealing excessive data of employees, while negotiating work conditions with unions

*20,000 fine issued to an IT company for sending communications to a mailing list, revealing the addresses listed (using cc instead of bcc)

*60,000 fine imposed on an advertising company, which sent commercial offers to customers, whose personal details had been received without authorisation and consequently, in breach of data protection laws

*1,2m-euro fine given to Facebook for obtaining personal information from their members about creed, gender and ideology, as well as browsing data, without clearly informing them of its purpose or use

Larger companies have been getting away with this for years because, in practical terms, it does not terribly affect them financially (although reputation may be eroded). It is however the shop owner, and the office above it, that could be crippled by these new laws.


Council says miniature pods ‘unfit for humans’

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:08

A SPANISH company has been facing outrage after revealing plans to rent out tiny pods, like honeycombs, to low-income workers, for as little as 200 euros a month.

The Barcelona firm believes its Haibu (beehive in Japanese) project is a solution to the Catalan capital’s soaring rent prices.

But it probably won’t see the light of day, because Barcelona Council has refused to issue a building licence, because, it says, the miniature accommodation is “unfit for humans”.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, a former housing and anti-eviction activist, said: “Fortunately, piling up people is prohibited. The law does not allow this type of dwelling.”

But the defiant Haibu 4.0 company has already started building the first eight pods, despite lacking the go-ahead, and it expects them to be finished by the end of the month, at an empty business premises.

Each 2.4sq/m pod comes complete with a bed, TV, storage space and power plugs, and the skin-tight accommodation, has become a popular option for Japan’s tourists.

The project will include a communal area with a kitchen, lounge and bathrooms, and the monthly rent would include utility bills and wifi.

Haibu housing is restricted to those aged 25-45, who have a minimum salary of 450 euros, monthly. And the company claims 500 people have already expressed an interest.

“We are basing it on the idea that a group of people, who can’t have access to housing, can band together and move ahead,” said Victoria Cerdan, one of the entrepreneurs behind Haibu 4.0.

“Obviously, it is not adequate housing. No one would want it for himself or herself. But no one wants a monthly salary of 500 euros, and, unfortunately, they exist. Instead of living on the street, we offer this.”

Inigo Errejon, a prominent law-maker with political party Podemos, criticised the idea, tweeting: “There are similar houses in cemeteries. They are called coffins.”

Barcelona has seen the average rent for a flat soar 28.7% between 2014 and 2017 to 903.4 euros.

The Haibu idea is but not for full-time living: They are a cheap option for tourists and business travellers, who want to stay for just one or two nights in the same city. They merely want a roof over their heads.




Siam Mall school windfall for Adeje families in need

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:07

ISABEL Fernández González, Adeje’s Social Welfare Councillor, has collected a donation of school materials from Siam Mall manager Hugo Gil for her area’s families in need.

Earlier this month, the centre also hosted a school-book exchange programme, as well as giving out materials, such as note-books, pencils and pens, etc.

“The day was a huge success”, said Mr Gil. “This was our first time at hosting an event of this kind, and we were delighted with the outcome.”

“As part of Siam Mall’s ‘corporative, social responsibility, this is an important theme, and more so when we have the chance to talk to children involved.”

The centre’s officials are already planning to repeat the exchange next year, and, hopefully, get more people involved.

Councillor González said: “It is so important that society is involved in these kind of solidarity initiatives. We are fortunate that many of our local institutions, as well as individuals, do contribute and work with our department to help those in the borough who are in need.

“When Siam Mall got in touch with us to ask how they could help, we came up with the book-exchange idea. That’s because this is a huge cost for families, particularly at the start of the school year.

“This was our first year, and we look forward to many more similar initiatives, because they really do benefit so many families here.”


Expats are warned: Make sure you are registered in Spain

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:06

SIMON. Manley, Britain’s Spanish Ambassador, has issued a Brexit letter for all expats living in Spain, urging them to make sure they are registered fully before the UK divorce from the EU.

Although his letter expresses optimism for a deal, it stresses that we must prepare for all eventualities, including a potentially-devastating “no-deal” finale.

“Please ensure you are correctly registered here in Spain,” he says, and he also includes a link, detailing how to prepare for that scenario.

It comes after “no-deal” guidelines from the British government on Monday revealed that UK driving licences could become obsolete, post-Brexit, on the continent.

The full open letter reads:

‘As many of you are no doubt aware, this autumn will be an important period in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, leading up to the European Council meeting on 18th October.

Ahead of that, you might have seen that the Government has published a series of technical notices on a range of areas, to help businesses and citizens prepare in the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit.

Firstly, let me reassure you that the Government does not want, nor does it expect, a no-deal outcome in the negotiations.

As a result of the significant progress made in negotiations, I remain confident that the UK will agree a positive and ambitious deal with the EU – an outcome that is in the interests of both the UK and the EU, and in the interest of both British and EU citizens.

And of course, we continue to discuss the implementation of the deal agreed last December with the Spanish authorities, on the rights of UK citizens currently living in the EU, and EU citizens living in the UK.

But, as a responsible government, we must prepare for all eventualities, however unlikely. Hence, these technical notices on driving licences, and travelling between the UK and the EU, among other subjects.

I appreciate that this is a period of uncertainty, and that many of you have questions and want more advice for UK nationals living in Spain.

We want to help you prepare for all scenarios, and further relevant information will continue to be made available on over the coming weeks.

And both the Embassy and Consulates will continue with the outreach events we have planned throughout Spain, with some 20 of these planned between now and the end of the year. And we will ensure that your questions and concerns are shared with the relevant UK government departments.

In the meantime, please ensure you are correctly registered here in Spain, and stay up-to-date with the latest news, by signing up for email alerts and visiting the Living in Spain guide on, and continue to follow our “Brits in Spain” social media channels, including on facebook.

Both I and our UK in Spain consular teams will continue to share with you what we know, and when we know it, to provide you with as much clarity as possible.’


Spanish space project boosting the industry

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:05

PEDRO DUQUE (pictured centre), the Government’s Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities, has presided over the presentation of a framework contract, signed by Spanish technology firm GMV with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Commission.

The contract relates to the maintenance and evolution of the Galileo Ground Control Segment, as well as the European global navigation satellite system and the EU’s genuine flagship of the growing activity in space.

The contract, worth up to 250m euros, includes a definitive Work Order for the sum of around 150m euros.

The GMV leads an industrial team, comprising various European companies, in which the Spanish industry plays an essential role.

It is not known generally, but Spanish companies in the space sector have been increasing their technological capabilities for the last 20 years.

They have doubled their global turnover in the last decade (851m euros in 2017), climbing to fifth place in the European ranking, based on turnover. And the sector now employs more than 3,500 highly-qualified people.

The presentation was attended by María José Rallo, Secretary-General for Transport from the Ministry of Public Works, who represents Spain on the EU Committee on Satellite Navigation Programmes; Paul Verhoef, ESA Director of Navigation; Javier Ponce, the European Commission adviser on navigation activities; Augusto González, CEO of the Centre for Industrial and Technological Development (CDTI), and also GMV chief Jesús B. Serrano.

The contract signed by GMV puts the company in charge of monitoring the EU’s Galileo satellite constellation, as well as all the necessary equipment: the control centre, the orbital dynamic system, mission planning, operations support, the simulation tools, key management, network security, the monitoring stations, telemetry, tracking, as well as the connecting network between them all.

Galileo is the EU programme for the development of navigation services, based on a constellation of 30 satellites, and their associated surface control and operation installations.

The ESA, under instruction from the EU, is responsible for contracting the main elements of the Galileo system.

This growth by the Spanish space sector has been strongly linked to the country’s involvement in the ESA.

Spain is providing 202m euros of the 3.78bn euro budget for the international body this year, which enables its companies to bid on high-added-value, industrial contracts.

In the last 20 years, they have produced an average industrial return, which has exceeded the contribution made by the country.

Spain currently holds the ministerial presidency of the ESA Council, allowing its relevant companies to play a central role in the European space strategy. And it will contribute more than 1.5bn euros during the 2016-2024 period.

The CDTI, a body managed by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, represents Spain at the ESA, as well as on various, space-related EU committees.

This centre is playing an active role in supporting Spanish technology companies, especially with its encouragement for their international growth.



Hopes for a clean-break Brexit boost GBP/EUR exchange rates

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:50

THE pound has been strongly influenced by Brexit over the past two weeks, making tentative gains against the euro, but having a harder time against the US dollar.

The GBP/EUR rate has improved over the last fortnight, opening at 1.10 euros, and hitting 1.12 last week; the pairing has, most recently, fallen back to 1.11. On the other side, the EUR/GBP exchange rate has fallen from £0.90 to £0.89, over the same period.

Elsewhere, the GBP/USD exchange rate opened at $1.28, and rose to $1.30 over the past two weeks; sterling has since fallen to $1.29 in the pairing. The EUR/USD rate has fallen from $1.16 to $1.15, over the two-week period.

The last fortnight has seen the pound fluctuate on Brexit speculation, with only limited domestic data being released, to give traders something to go on. The main support for sterling has been the assumption that a no-deal Brexit could be avoided, following remarks from EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.

Mr Barnier did not specifically rule out a no-deal Brexit, but raised hopes for imminent progress in negotiations that could lead to a good deal being struck, between the UK and the EU.

Euro traders drew the short straw, with Eurozone data showing falling economic confidence, and a reduction in the overall Eurozone inflation rate.

US dollar movement was dominated by trading news; the US currency rose when it was reported that the US and Mexico had agreed to a provisionally-revised trade deal. Less supportive were concerns about the next round of US-Chinese trade tariffs, which experts believe could cause economic pain for manufacturers in both nations.

A key Bank of England (BoE) meeting was held yesterday (Thursday), during which BoE officials discussed whether to adjust interest rates.    Policymakers aren’t expected to change the rate from 0.75%, but could still trigger GBP/EUR and GBP/USD exchange-rate gains, if they hint at a 2019 rate hike.

Another major piece of UK data will be 19th September’s inflation-rate readings for August. If inflation picks up, then sterling could also appreciate, due to greater pressure on the BoE to consider raising interest rates.

The euro could be moved by yesterday’s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, if, like the BoE officials, ECB policymakers hint at higher interest rates in the future.

Yesterday was also a key meeting for US dollar movement, when key inflation rate figures for August are due out. If the readings show a slowdown, then the US dollar could fall in value, as slower inflation reduces the likelihood of a near-term, Fed interest-rate hike.

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Alex and Lana

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:50

Accion del Sol news

WE have more than 200 dogs at the refuge, looking and patiently waiting for a new, loving home.

The love from dogs is unconditional, until the day they die. They are very therapeutic in helping us during times of sadness or joy; real partners for life.

The daily cruelty cases that we see are heart-rending, when dogs arrive in terrible conditions. But, with veterinary care and our dedicated team of staff, after the legal, 21-day waiting period, the dogs soon forget their horrendous pasts, and still trust us humans to love and care for them.

One such dog is Alex, who arrived at the refuge five years ago with a terrible skin problem caused by fleas. So many people passed him by, because he looked terrible, but Lana Bellamy fell in love with him instantly, and they have had five very happy years together.

Please do come and visit us if you are interested in adopting a dog. We do not charge, but donations are very welcome towards the vast running costs of the refuge.

Assistance required

Please do call the refuge on 6643 21219, between 8am-5pm, if you can help in any way. We always need tinned dog-food for our older animals, plus blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, collars and leads. You can call into the Accion refuge on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 2-5pm, and Saturdays between 1-4pm.

Find us here

Accion del Sol is situated directly under the Ecological Park (exit 52) on the north-bound TF-1. Head for the giant windmills, and you’ll find us in the buildings on the right-hand side. E-mail the refuge at or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol




Amy and Minka

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:49

Cats Welfare news

THESE two beautiful girls are looking for loving homes. They are about 14 weeks old, and have had both sets of injections. Amy would do better as an only cat, as she tends to chase the others. If you would like to meet them, please send us a private message on Facebook.


If you adopt a second kitten, it will be neutered and microchipped, free of charge. Also, it will be wormed and deflead, and be given its first kitten injections. This applies to ALL black kittens, not just the second.

Don Perro Vets, Las Chafiras, 922 735824, and Yaiza Vet, Los Cristianos, 922 169381, have a variety of Cats Welfare kittens available to view. Just pop along, during their opening hours.

We also have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, loving homes! As well as kittens, we have several adult cats available, male and female, ranging from 18 months to seven years. All adults are leukaemia negative, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook, or ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. All cats and kittens are adopted on a week’s trial, in your home.


We rely on the generosity of our supporters, and all donations are gratefully received. For further details, please check our website

Our shop

We are open every day of the year, from 10am-6pm. We always need good quality clothes and books, as well as other items in excellent condition. We also welcome food, litter, sheets, towels, bedding etc. for the cats and kittens in our care.

If you don’t have transport, or have large, bulky items such as furniture and household effects to donate, please ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he will arrange collection from you.











It’s sweet music to Cats Welfare ears!

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:48

LAST Saturday saw the Cats Welfare charity holding a unique event at Harvey’s Bar in Los Cristianos, based on TV’s popular Stars In Their Eyes.

Keith (Louis Armstrong), Janet (Amy Winehouse), Steiner (Bon Jovi), Dave (Frank Sinatra), Paul K (Neil Sedaka), Muriel (Blondie), Clive (Bruno Mars) and Paul R (David Bowie) battled it out to be voted best act of the evening, all performing impressive renditions of their chosen artistes.

A couple of holiday-makers formed the judging panel, with residents and visitors getting caught up in the lively atmosphere. Bon Jovi won the proceedings, with Amy Winehouse being placed second, and Louis Armstrong third. Well done to all those who competed.

A fantastic total of over 1200 euros was raised, and special thanks must go to those who donated such superb raffle prizes, as well as the huge container holding over 800 sweets! Host Mark executed his compering duties magnificently, expertly sealing a brilliant evening, and entertaining the crowd with a song himself.

Sharon and her sister Wendi started the charity almost 10 years ago, and have seen it growing by the year. From humble beginnings, when the proceeds from selling second-hand books on their market stall paid for one or two cats to be sterilised each week, the charity is now responsible for the neutering of up to 1,000 cats every year.

It also rehomes abandoned cats and kittens, and those whose owners are no longer able to care for them. And it undertakes much more besides!

A dedicated team of volunteers, from foster carers and administrators, to those who work in the charity’s shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur, (and all those in between), help to keep the wheels in motion.

Many thanks to all who supported this event. To raise this sum of money would not have been possible without you, and it has made a massive difference to the charity’s funds.




Someone special for Enzo

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:47

Live Arico news

WE are still seeking a foster home for Enzo. He is undergoing medical treatment for his cancer, but he cannot have his operation (even if it’s possible) until we find a nice, clean environment for him to recover.

He is a small, nervous dog, and only needs a little place to call his own. Please, if you can help him, get in touch. Live Arico would be responsible for all vet costs; all he requires is a quiet corner in someone’s home. Please contact Marc on 6522 97853, if you can help him.

Next year’s calendar

If you would you like to advertise your business through Live Arico, we are looking for sponsors to have their logo on our calendar’s monthly pages. We’ll also post your full advertisement on our Facebook page, as well as on the two shop pages. Please contact Derrick on 6287 99892.

Dog-walking club
The dog-walking club has been suspended until 29th September because of the very warm weather, which takes its toll on both dogs and walkers. The club will resume at the end of the month: every Saturday from 9am-1pm. If you have any questions, WhatsApp Oceana on 0033 659 242 572 for further details.

Live Arico shops

Come and bag a bargain at our shops:

San Eugenio – opposite Hotel La Nina, at Las Carabelas, near Amanda’s Bar. Open weekdays 10-4pm, Saturday 10-2pm and now Sundays 11-3pm.

Los Cristianos – Calle Revron, near Thistle and Dragon Bar and play-park. Open Monday-Friday (10-4pm) and Saturday 10-2pm

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Alejandro is new Mr Los Abrigos!

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:46

ON Thursday 6th September, Jason Slater, head of Los Abrigos Properties, handed over his title of Mr Los Abrigos to the new winner, Alejandro Gonzalez.

As always, the competition was held in the village square, at the entrance to the harbour. Jason, now 21, went on to compete in the Mr Tenerife competition held, recently, in La Oratava. He was placed among the last ten finalists, out of a total of over twenty contestants who were chosen, after the elimations, to compete.

Whilst he didn’t win, he was more than pleased with his achievement, and is the first Brit to get that far! He has dedicated himself to keeping fit, and has entered many calisthenics (a form of gymnastics) competitions.

He was asked by the Council to go to La Gomera, expenses paid, to teach calisthenics to the under-privileged children on the island. It’s a sport which is inexpensive to learn, and motivates youths to concentrate on fitness, as opposed to drugs.

In the meantime, Jason dedicates his working day to promoting sales and rentals, in and around the Los Abrigos area. A fine inspiration to young and old!