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Busy Liz takes time off for special party

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:25

LIZ Montague, who runs children’s charity Helping Hands, takes great pleasure in helping under-privileged kids and their parents.

“When you have the privilege of meeting so many kind, generous people; it really is something else,” she said.

But last Saturday, she experienced the other side of the coin. “I was invited to meet Grahame and some of his friends at a special birthday party,” she said.

“They were there, at the Templete Restaurant, in El Medano, for his 70th birthday. More than 70 of his friends were there to help him celebrate, and what a night it was!

“The restaurant prepared a scrumptious meal and a grand raffle, arranged by Grahame, who donated the proceeds of what was raised to our charity.

“I was absolutely blown away by his generous act, especially as the huge sum of 1,656.43 euros was raised. How amazing was that?”

Liz added: “Grahame’s intention was to give something for his birthday to less-fortunate children here in Tenerife, and he certainly achieved his goal.

“My thanks to him, and all his lovely El Medano friends.”

 

 

Love a Podenco!

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:25

Accion del Sol news

THE beautiful Canarian Podencos make lovely pets. They are widely-used on the island for hunting or breeding, and are often subjected to awful lives.

They are kept on chains or in squalid conditions, and many are underfed, in the belief that they hunt better. We have nearly 90 of these gorgeous dogs at the refuge, many of whom arrived, emaciated, with horrendous injuries, and full of fleas. We painstakingly restore them to full health, and socialise them ready for rehoming.

Do come and visit us if you are thinking of adopting a dog. We have over 200 dogs at the refuge, all looking for someone to love them, and give them the life they deserve.

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 teneriffa@aktiontier.org or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol.

 

 

 

 

Another sad situation

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:24

Cats Welfare news

RECENTLY, about 20 cats were thrown onto the street in Granadilla, after their deceased owner’s property was sold. It’s on a busy road, and many have already been run over and killed.

We now have six in our care. We are aware of at least another four, which we will catch next week. These cats are very tame and in excellent condition, but they are scared and traumatised.

If you could open your heart and adopt one of them, that would be much appreciated. Otherwise, if you donate towards neutering, food etc., that would be gratefully received. The cats have been tested, and, so far, are leukaemia negative. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Please send donations via PayPal – info@cats-welfare-tenerife.com

On a brighter note …

Meet these gorgeous babies – one female and two males. They are about 8-10 weeks old, and have been wormed and deflead. They have also had their first injections. They are a little shy, but are improving every day. If you would like to meet them, please send us a private Facebook message.

All kittens go for a week’s trial, in your home.

Adoptions

We have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, forever homes!

As well as an abundance of kittens, we have several adult cats who would love to be snuggled up on someone’s sofa today. There are males and females, 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. Alternatively, ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. As previously mentioned, all cats go for a week’s trial, in your home.

Wanted!

We urgemtly require good-quality ladies’ clothes for our shop in San Blas, Golf del Sur (behind Hiperdino). Please drop them in, or ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he will collect them from you. We are open seven days a week, from 10am-6pm.

For the fuller figure!

Somebody has kindly donated lots of plus-size clothes, 22- 28, in excellent condition. The brands included are Debenhams, Simply B, Yours, Asos and Ann Harvey, plus many more. We know it’s difficult to find nice, larger clothes, here in Tenerife, so please come along to the shop, and grab a bargain.

Our shop

We always need cat food, litter, sheets, towels, bedding etc. for the cats and kittens in our care, and also good quality/condition items for sale in our shop.

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.

 

 

 

My name is Zarco!

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:24

Live Arico news

I AM a Labrador-mix, and only five years old. I was abandoned by my owners, because they didn’t want me anymore. I am a very friendly, gentle and well-trained dog.

I feel very sad living in a kennel, and wish I could have a warm, loving home, soon. Give me a chance to meet you, and I will give you all my love, forever.

Dog-walking club
Every Saturday, the dogs have a fabulous time with the walkers, and are looking forward to going out for a wander again tomorrow, from 9am-1pm. Please feel free to pop along, even if it’s just for a chat. 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

Join us on Facebook – Live Arico P.A.W.S Tenerife

twitter.com/live_arico

www.livearico.com

 

 

Meet happy Sally!

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:23

Molly’s animal-care news

THIS lovely girl is Sally. She is an American Staffie, and is approximately eight years old. She was found abandoned in a finca in the North of the island, where she was tied up and malnourished, and covered in bites and cuts.

Despite this, she’s an adorable bundle of fun, with a beautiful temperament. She loves people, children, other dogs and cats. She adores wáter, and swimming in the sea.

She would make a wonderful pet as she is so full of love. Can you help by fostering or adopting her? Please contact Paula 66762 1875 (English), or Elaine 66762 1727 (Spanish), to arrange a meeting.

 

We could be Spanish, says British Airways

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:22

IT is hard to believe, but it is understood that British Airways wants to be considered a Spanish company after Brexit, to maintain its status as a European carrier.

International Airlines Group (IAG) has been seeking the support of the Spanish Government and the European Commission for over a month to prevent Britain’s exit from impacting the business negatively, reported Spanish daily El Pais.

The airline group, which also owns Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, has registered offices in Madrid. But its operational headquarters are based in London, which means that a no-deal Brexit could be detrimental to the airline.

The EU rules now state that more than 50% of an airline firm must be owned and controlled by member states, for it to be considered a European carrier, which is something IAG might struggle to meet after Brexit.

Ahead of Britain’s exit in March, the IAG company, believed to be worth almost 23bn euros, hopes it will continue be considered an EU-based company, and, therefore, covered by the same rules.

According to three government sources, and one from the EU, reported El Pais, Brussels would have to ratify the group’s nationality.

Following the news of IAG consulting the Spanish Government, Tom Watson, the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Tweeted: “Spanish Airways”.

IAG was founded in 2011 and is the sixth-largest airline company in the world.

 

 

Barcelona basilica never had building permission

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:22

THE iconic Sagrada Familia basilica, in Barcelona, has agreed to pay 36m euros to authorities, having been under construction for more than 130 years without a building permit!

Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s famous building has actually been in the process of being built for 136 years. But it has had no official oversight or permit, from the local council or regional government.

Also, the cathedral is not listed in the property registry, and, since 1995, has been marked only as an empty plot, belonging to the diocese of Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

In 2015, the construction board and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau began negotiating to regulate the building and licence payments.

Over the next decade, the basilica’s money will fund improvements to public transport and access to the monument, as well as assisting the local neighbourhood.

The Mayor said that by next year, its status should become regularised. “Today, the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona City Council signed an agreement to begin the procedures to obtain the works licence of the Antoni Gaudi project,” the basilica’s Twitter account posted.

El Pais reports that the lack of oversight has seen some building anomalies, including the eight columns, which were found to have been built up to 50cm across the pavement in 2007.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is scheduled to be completed in 2026, exactly 100 years after the death of its architect. It attracts 4.5 million annual visitors, which is an average of 12,000 people daily.

 

Speed limits to drop on secondary roads

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:21

SPEED limits on Spain’s secondary roads, including the Canaries, will drop from 100km/h to 90 from January to help reduce crash deaths, which have been rising over the past four years.

Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), part of the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure, says that around two in 10 fatal accidents happen on motorways, with the rest being on back roads, in built-up areas and on secondary highways or non-motorway trunk roads.

The vast majority are on B-roads, where speed limits vary, but, where otherwise unstated, sit at 100km/h.

There will be a stay of grace on New Year’s Day, but from 2nd January, cars and motorbikes will have to stick to 90km/h or less, on B-roads, with vans, lorries, buses and coaches restricted to 80km/h.

At the moment, the limits are 100km/h for cars and motorbikes, 90 for buses and vans, 80 for lorries on roads with hard shoulders of at least 1.5 metres (4ft 11in) or dual carriageways, and then 90, 80 and 70, respectively, on smaller, narrower roads.

The DGT is confident that a 10km/h drop will translate to a 10% reduction in road deaths.

Fatalities on Spain’s roads have risen gradually since 2013, when 1,680 drivers and passengers were killed, to 1,830 in 2017.

Tougher penalties for using a mobile phone at the wheel will also be introduced from 2nd January, and drivers caught will be penalised six licence points, not three as at present.

It makes this dangerous offence comparable with drink, or drug-driving, reckless driving, refusing to be breathalysed, having speed-camera detectors in the car, or driving at more than 50% above the speed limit.

Failure to use a seatbelt, a proper child-restraint system or booster seat, or a helmet on a motorcycle, will cost four licence points rather than three.

And beware, if you believe you’ll continue to get away with using mobiles while driving, because unmarked vans will patrol the highways, keeping a sharp eye out!

 

 

 

Jail for the man who terrorised his family

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:20

AN abusive, 39-year-old man, from the Gran Canaria town of Teror, has been imprisoned for eight months, with a restraining order to keep away from his wife for two years, and from his son for one year.

Local Police arrested the man in the town of Los Giles, on the grounds of domestic violence, after reports that he was abusing his wife, and his 13-year-old son.

The incidents happened on 6th November, when the police received a call from a young teenager at around 1pm, asking for help. He said his father had just attacked him aggressively, and that he had escaped from the family home with his mother.

Local Police, as well as UPAL (family protection unit) attended the family home, where they found the youngster with his mother. The young boy had marks across his neck and arms, showing that he had been abused, physically.

When the police questioned the mother, she explained that the marks on her son were caused by her partner, the boy’s father.

He had returned home in a drunken state and decided to finish what had been a small discussion with his son, by battering him.

The mother had to drag the boy away from the father, who threatened to kill them, and they both ran off.

The 36-year-old mum told police that her partner had attacked their son several times, and that she had reported him on various occasions, and not only for his physical abuse on the boy.

She also claimed she had also suffered sexual abuse by her long-term partner. But she told the officers she had retracted the reports.

 

 

Floor-clause claims overloading courts

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:19

SPAIN’S judicial system simply cannot cope with the hundreds of thousands of Clausula Suelo (floor clause) cases being brought before the courts.

Despite 54 specialised courts being set up across Spain, with at least one in every province, the sheer onslaught of cases is proving overwhelming.

Some 260,000 cases have been filed so far, but only just under 52,000 have been concluded, which is a mere 20%.

Many victims claim they have waited up to a year for their banks to admit they have a case. And the situation isn’t helped by the banks themselves, which appear to be challenging every ruling, despite losing 97% of cases.

Lenders are creating a second bottleneck of appeal cases which is “unjustifiably hobbling the system with an artificial litigiousness, that could easily be avoided, and which is consuming huge amounts of public resources,” according to Miguel Pasqual de Riquelme, head of Murcia’s High Court.

As thousands of families continue to seek justice, it is important to remember how they found themselves locked into dodgy mortgage contracts.

Floor clauses, which were often written in secretly, imposed a minimum-interest rate on floating-rate mortgages, by setting a limit on how far they could fall, in tandem with the benchmark rate.

In practice, this meant that Spanish mortgage-buyers did not profit fully, from the record-low interest rates enjoyed by Spain for several years.

The clauses were ruled illegal by the Spanish high court in 2013. But it has taken some families up to 10 years to get their money back, or even get their case admitted to court.

But if you want to avoid such situations, the answer is simple: hire a mortgage broker!

The Finance Bureau, which has established links with the biggest lenders, acts as a go-between for the client and the bank. But, crucially, the broker, who is not connected to the bank, works to find the buyer the best deal available.

Brokers also highlight any hidden fees, or compulsory add-ons, tucked away in the small print, because it is important to know exactly what is attached to your mortgage.

When it comes to selecting a mortgage, you have one shot to get it right, literally. But hiring a broker, when necessary, is a small price to pay for peace of mind, and a fair contract, which is totally legal.

 

Jailed for four years, girl who glassed friend’s face

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:19

A DUTCH girl, who smashed a glass into her friend’s face on a night out in Veronicas in September 2015, has finally been sentenced, to four years in prison.

The girl, who was also ordered to pay 34,000 euros in compensation, disfigured her pal’s face after a fight broke out between the holiday-makers, who were out partying in Las Americas.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including stab wounds to her face, back and arms, as well as broken teeth, and psychological stress, which she is still battling.

She spent 32 days in a critical condition in hospital, and, in total, 180 days to heal, physically. But she is still carrying visible, facial scars.
The court dates were suspended on three occasions, but the hearing finally went ahead with both girls giving her statements from Holland, where they live.

But the assailant, three years on, still denied that she had the fight with her best friend. However, the Court accepted the victim’s story, which, they believed, was credible.

Her account remained unchanged throughout the judicial process, although the accused said the friend was very drunk, and was out of her mind on that particular night, back in 2015.

At the time of the incident, there were no witnesses in the area and no operational CCTV cameras.

Woman sold daughter’s nude photos to strangers

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:12

A PROVINCIAL court in Spain jailed a 44-year-old mother for 5½ years, for corrupting a minor, along with child abandonment, after selling nude photos of her teenage daughter to strangers.

The Provincial Court of Sevilla heard that the mother, from Arboleas, Almeria, originally, took pictures of her youngest daughter, now aged 15, in short skirts, heels, make-up, bathing suits and completely nude.

She was posed, provocatively, each time, and the indecent snaps were uploaded by the mother to a dating portal, accessible only by payment.

But the court acquitted a 52-year-old man of corruption of a minor, after he had been accused of buying the photographic materials of the young girl.

The court also heard that the youngster was exposed to video conferencing in 2014 and 2015, during which she interacted with clients and, occasionally, undressed.

In 2015, the acquitted buyer, reportedly, met face to face with the young girl, to hand over to her between “100-1,000 euros.

He was said to have told her he was in love with the young girl, proposing that she return to Madrid with him.

The court judged that there was “no doubt” the accused mother, said to be extremely poor, had committed the crime of abandonment.

It also maintained that she had neglected her parental duties and declared the case to be “a real situation of abandonment, disregarding her daughter, and doing an absolute abandonment of her functions as a mother”.

The defence has since claimed it will appeal against the judgement, citing that the court failed to take into account her “painful situation of economic indigence”.

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Pound/euro exchange rate climbs to three-week high

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:38

ALTHOUGH the Bank of England (BoE) did not raise interest rates at its November policy meeting, the mood towards the pound picked up, nevertheless, in the wake of the announcement.

While the latest US payrolls data pointed towards a continued tightening of the labour market, this was not enough to prevent GBP/USD exchange rate pushing higher.

The GBP/EUR exchange rate, meanwhile, climbed to a three-week high of 1.14 euros, as speculation over Brexit continued to pick up.

Even though signs still point towards the BoE leaving interest rates on hold for some months to come, thanks to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, this was not enough to discourage investors.

As policymakers continue to signal that interest rates are likely to rise further, over the coming years. this has given GBP exchange rates a boost.  Rumours that the UK and EU are nearing a breakthrough, on the future of financial services, also encouraged demand for the pound, in spite of the still-outstanding issue of the Irish border.

While October’s UK manufacturing and services PMIs proved disappointing, this was not enough to weigh down GBP exchange rates.

Meanwhile, demand for the euro failed to pick up in the wake of an acceleration in the Eurozone consumer price index,

While the inflation rate remained in excess of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) 2% target, investors still see little chance of interest rates rising, in the near future.

As the US trade deficit widened further than forecast, in September, this limited the appeal of the US dollar, in spite of the latest, positive, US jobs data. Anticipation, ahead of the mid-term elections, and lingering concerns over the impact of the Trump administration’s push for protectionism, also weighed on USD exchange rates.

Confidence in the pound could deteriorate if the third-quarter, UK, gross domestic product fails to show an improvement. Unless the UK economy demonstrates resilience in the face of Brexit anxiety, support for GBP exchange rates looks set to diminish.

An uptick in growth, on the other hand, could help the pound rise to fresh, multi-week highs, against its rivals. Stronger German trade data may offer the euro a rallying point, meanwhile, as investors look for an incentive to buy back into the single currency.

The issue of the controversial Italian budget could keep the euro under pressure, though, as the government shows no signs of budging from its budget-deficit target.

As long as the Federal Reserve maintains a hawkish outlook at its November policy meeting, paving the way for a December, interest-rate hike, this should keep the US dollar on a stronger footing.

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Kittens need homes!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:37

Cats Welfare news

CURLY is a really gorgeous girl, and is about two months old. She has been wormed and deflead, and is looking for a loving home. If you would like to meet her, please send us a private message on Facebook. All kittens go for a week’s trial in your home.

Adoptions

We have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, forever homes!

As well as an abundance of kittens, we have several adult cats who would love to be snuggled up on someone’s sofa today. There are males and females, 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. Alternatively, ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006.

Our calendar

We are putting together our 2019 calendar, and are looking for businesses who would like to advertise on one of the pages. The cost is 30 euros. Please contact Sharon on 6625 24006 for more details.

For the fuller figure!

Somebody has kindly donated lots of plus-size clothes, 22- 28, in excellent condition. The brands included are Debenhams, Simply B, Yours, Asos and Ann Harvey, plus many more.

We know it’s difficult to find nice, larger clothes, here in Tenerife, so please come along to our shop in San Blas, Golf del Sur (behind Hiperdino), and grab a bargain. We are open seven days a week, from 10am-6pm.

Shop volunteers needed

We need more volunteers to join our friendly team. The sessions are 10am-2pm and 2-6pm, and two people are on a shift at all times. There are drinks available, and goodies in the fridge!

If you have some free time and would like to help our cause, please send us a private message via Facebook (Cats Welfare Tenerife), or pop into the shop.

Los Silos black cats

Cats Welfare, along with several other charities, has been involved with the rescue, and subsequent care, of approximately 55 cats. We have an ongoing appeal in place, so that we can continue helping them. Even the smallest amount will mean a lot. Please send donations to our PayPal account info@cats-welfare-tenerife.com, or take cash donations, in an envelope marked “Los Silos cats”, to the Cats Welfare shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur. We’re open seven days a week, 10am-6pm.

We are also appealing for food to be dropped off at Don Perro vets in Las Chafiras, or our shop. Please mark the food “Los Silos cats”.

Our shop

We always need cat food, litter, sheets, towels, bedding etc. for the cats and kittens in our care, and also good quality/condition items for sale in our shop.

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.

 

 

 

A show of shows!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:37

LA Camella’s horse and pony riding stables, last Sunday hosted their second successful show, and a great day was had by all.

All the riders showed off their abilities to the judges, who were brought over especially, from the UK.

The show provided children and adults with an opportunity to display the skills they had been learning, either through lessons, or with the pony club, which runs on the weekends.

 

Shoe-box donations!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:36

Accion del Sol news

WITH Christmas only around the corner, we have started a campaign, asking our friends and supporters to donate a shoe box full of goodies for the dogs.

These can include dog treats, tinned dog food for our older dogs, puppy milk, dog toys and chews. Marion and her team do such an amazing job, so it would be great to bring some Christmas cheer to the 230 dogs at the refuge.

You can deliver your box to the refuge on the 20th December, between 2-5pm. Or call 6879 05511, to arrange for it to be collected. Please do write your name on the box, so that we know who kindly donated. We would like to thank you, in advance, for your help and support.

This is one of the many dogs in our care who is patiently waiting to be the chosen one to start a new life. Please adopt, and don’t buy! You will be helping to ease the ongoing crisis, here in Tenerife.

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 teneriffa@aktiontier.org or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol

 

 

Dog of the week – Lost!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:35

Live Arico news

LOST is a beautiful labrador-mix, and is around five years old. He is sharing his kennel with other, younger dogs, and is so well behaved and patient with them.

He loves to be surrounded by humans, being petted, and is such a sweet, friendly and lovely dog, He has never adapted to the dog shelter, and  being there is difficlut for him.

He was found in Los Abrigos, a year ago, and urgently needs a home. Please help us to find someone who deserves him, and who he deserves to live with, for the rest of his life.

Dog-walking club
Every Saturday, the dogs have a fabulous time with the walkers, and are looking forward to going out for a wander again tomorrow, from 9am-1pm. Please feel free to pop along, even if it’s just for a chat. 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

Join us on Facebook – Live Arico P.A.W.S Tenerife

twitter.com/live_arico

www.livearico.com

 

 

Meet Titan!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:34

Molly’s animal-care news

TITAN is a lovely, three-year-old labrador. He is really playful and loving, but can be very boisterous.

He’s used to being in a family environment, so he’s very sad to be in kennels. He would make a lovely family dog. If you would like to meet Titan, please call us on 667621875 or 667621727.

 

 

Baby is sheer magic for ‘gay’ penguins!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:32

PENGUINS Sphen and Magic, both male, are happy to announce the arrival of their chick, whom they hatched, and are sharing the job of looking after it.

The ‘gay’ couple are said to be “doting” on their tiny offspring, Sphengic, who was born on 19th October, weighing just over 3ozs, at Australia’s Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Sphen and Magic caught the attention of aquarium workers when they were seen waddling around, constantly, and going for swims together.

They then began building a collective nest of pebbles, prompting the aquarium to provide a dummy egg for them to look after. And, when they proved up to the task, they were given a real egg.

“The pair have bonded,” said penguin supervisor Tish Hannan. “They recognise each other’s signature calls and songs, and only bonded penguins will be able to find their partner, successfully, using their calls when they are separated.”

Unlike many mammal species, male and female penguins take on the same parenting roles, and share parental duties equally. “There is no real difference between males and females when it comes to breeding behaviours,” said Hannan. “So it is common to have male-male or female-female, showing courtship and breeding behaviour.”

In the wild, however, these courtships are unlikely to result in a chick, so their relationships are normally short-lived, with the penguins becoming unsatisfied and looking for another partner.

“But because we have given Sphen and Magic the opportunity to have a potentially-successful breeding season, it is very likely that they will return to each other again next year,” said Hannan.

This is not the first time same-sex penguin couples have adopted eggs in captivity, because a handful of zoos, worldwide, have reported similar incidents.

 

 

 

 

Walk for life funds pouring in already

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:32

THIS year’s Walk for Life, in aid of breast cancer, will be held on 16th December, and fund-raising is already taking place all over the island.

The Carrera por la Vida/Walk for Life Foundation was set up by Brigitte Gypen, who is always grateful when people go out of their way to promote the event and collect donations.

Brigitte, a tireless worker for the cause said: “We are particularly delighted to be able to announce that, in recent weeks, the Fundación CLC World has donated over 10,000 euros to our cause.”

She added: “The money was raised by staff and guests taking part in special activities at three CLC World tourist resorts here in South Tenerife. And the staff at these resorts are the kind of people who are willing, and more than happy, to push the boat out in a good cause.

“They held bingo games, lucky-dips, face-painting, cake sales, and a fancy-dress race, with the workers all in pink, so they were also raising awareness about breast cancer, which is an integral part of our work, all year around.

There was also a bouncy castle for youngsters at the resorts, and a sangria demo for the older ones!

Lots of companies donated prizes for raffles, and CLC World offered a seven-night accommodation prize in Tenerife, Malaga or Turkey.

Overall, the day raised 5,200 euros and the Foundation had agreed to match the sum, euro for euro, up to 5,000 euros, so the final sum was 10,200 euros.

Thanks to the companies who donated prizes: Freebird, Showtime Live, Submarine Safari, Volcano Teide, Pyramids of Arona, Aquaplaned and Jungle Park, Aquatic Termal, Ombu, Elegant Excursions, Karting Tenerife, British branded, Travelsub, Watersports Tenerife, Loro Parque, Siam Park, Los Naranjos, Steve Costa @ bootcamp, Juan Stop car shop, Suncare Central, The Palms Chippy, Paddy O’Kellys, Venture Restaurants, Royal Palm, Yates, Sun Inn, Ritmania Fame Academy, Lucky 7’s Burger Joint, English Rose, Toby Jug, Canarias Bedding sl and Coca Cola.

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