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The Original, and still the best

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:08

IN the heart of Torviscas is the famous The Original Wigan Pier. It was taken over by its current owners, this year, who also own next door’s La Flaca, and has been revamped and redesigned, with fun and entertainment in mind.

There are many big screens, showing all live football games and other sports. Two live shows, every evening, feature the best acts on the island, after which karaoke, fun and games continue into the early hours.

A brilliant selection of food is served, everyday, from 9am, breakfast to evening meals, all the way through to 2am. The bar is

located just below the pavement on the corner of Mareverde, just down the road from Playa Olid, and opposite the Guayarmina Princess.

So what’s happening now?

There is a new menu for you to try, which still includes their favourites, and very popular Sunday lunches. If you fancy a drink during the day, come and see the daily special offers.

English pub grub is served until 10pm, after which Italian pizzas and pasta are served until 2am. They also offer a takeaway pizza service.

This month, until the 23rd December, you can buy one cocktail and get one free! During the day, it’s only €1.50 for a large beer.

Now, as you all know, the festive season is not far away, so why not let them look after you on Christmas Day? Bookings are now being taken, requiring a 50% deposit to reserve seats. There are a few spaces left.

Live music starts at 4pm with The Michael Bible Christmas Show, followed by Marnie and the Sax man, Natalie with Jingle All The Way, and finishing with the Superb Pink. And all this for only €39.95 (adults) and €22.95 (children).

New Year’s Eve is going to be the party to start the year! Entry is free to all, and the entertainment will be packed for the evening, through to the early hours, to help you celebrate in “The Original Wigan Pier way”.

Cher will be followed by Godfather of Swing, with Midnight Riders finishing the evening. Plus, there will be all the other festivities that come with a fantastic New Year’s Eve party.

So, come on. Let’s celebrate Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve with the gang, and get down to The Original Wigan Pier in Torviscas, and party party party!

Pop in and see the staff, or ring 6194 84024 for any information, or to book places for Christmas Day. And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook.

Accion del Sol news

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:08

Thank you!

THE staff at the refuge are our very own angels, who work tirelessly to ensure that the dogs in our care are fed, and given the best life possible before being adopted.

We would like to say a special thank-you for all their hard work and dedication.

Presents for the doggies!

With Christmas around the corner, we have again started a campaign after the success of last year, asking our friends and supporters of Accion Del Sol to donate a shoebox of goodies for the dogs.

These can include tinned dog food for our older dogs and puppies, puppy milk, dog toys, dog collars and leads. Marion and her team do such an amazing job at the refuge, so I thought it would be great to bring some Christmas cheer to the 200+ dogs. You can deliver your box personally to the refuge by the 20th December, during our opening hours.

Alternatively, call 6879 05511, to arrange for your donations to be collected. Please 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.

*The refuge will closed from 22nd December to the 2nd January, inclusive, for the Christmas period.

Adoptions

The island’s refuges are full of abandoned dogs, so please adopt and don’t buy. Please spread the word, amongst your Spanish friends, about the dire situation, here in Tenerife.

We have 200 gorgeous dogs here, all desperately seeking loving homes. We need to find adopters for the dogs in our care. We do not charge for adoptions, but donations are very welcome towards the vast running costs of the refuge.

Every dog is microchipped and fully vaccinated, and is heartworm and flea-free. They each have a passport, and have been  sterilised, so you can be sure your new dog has the best start to its new life. Please adopt a dog, and don’t buy, and please never let your dog breed. If we all help the dogs in the full refuges, we can make a difference!

Assistance required

We are always looking for people to walk the dogs in the refuge during opening hours.

Please do call the refuge on 6643 21219 or 602463242, 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

With Christmas only around the corner we have again started a campaign after the success of last year to ask our friends and supporters of Accion Del Sol to donate a shoe box of goodies for the dogs such as tinned dog food for our older dogs and puppies  , puppy milk,  dog toys , dog collars and leads. Marion and her team do such an amazing job at the refuge so I thought it would be great to bring some Christmas cheer to the 200 plus dog’s at the refuge. You can deliver your box personally to the refuge by the 20th of December during the below opening hours Or call 687905511 to arrange for your donations  to be collected. Please do write your  name on the box  so that we know who kindly donated to the dogs. Please do  call  the  refuge  on 664321219 between the hours of 8am -17.00 if you can help in any  way, we are always in need of tinned dog food for our older dogs, puppy milk, blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, collars and leads, if you have any of the above to spare they would be very much appreciated at the refuge,  or visit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  afternoons from 14.00-17.00pm and Saturdays 13.00- 16.00. The dog’s especially enjoy a gentle walk down to the beach for a cooling paddle in the sea. So please do come and walk the dogs if you have some time to spare. We are situated directly under the Eolica Parque exit 52 on the TF1 north bound which is after the after the El Medano junction . Head for the giant windmills on the coast and we are the buildings on the  right hand  side or email the refuge at teneriffa@aktiontier.org or visit  our  Facebook  page.

 

 

K9 animal news

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:07

Meet Sani

IT is never easy when couples break up and go their separate ways. Hearts are broken, and there is a lot of stress and uneasiness.

Unfortunately, if there is a pet in the house, they usually suffer also, through no fault of their own. The couple do try to make it work for their pet, but, sometimes, this is not always possible either. Nearly two years ago, in February 2018, this beautiful boy was brought to K9, for this reason.

Five-year-old Sani is a Boxer/Presa mix. He is a large dog. He also has heartworm, which is being treated on an on-going basis at K9. Sani has a lot of love to give, but has not been given the chance to show it.

Why? Sani, like a lot of our dogs at K9, can be fearful of new people, especially men. When some new volunteers come to our kennels to exercise the dogs, they like to walk through and see the dogs we have, and slowly fall in love with them all.

Sani, who lives in the end kennel, is the last to be seen, and people  automatically gravitate towards him. I am not surprised, for he is a truly handsome boy. If Sani does not know you, he will bark out of fear, but most people mistake this for aggression, which can, understandably, put people off.

Do you want to get to know Sani, to discover how truly wonderful this boy is? Please come up and meet him in K9. Have patience with him, and let him get to know you. You will be so full of love for this boy.

Once he knows you, he is a great dog. He is very obedient, and always comes when you call him. He is a joy to walk, on and off the lead, and, when invited, he gives very good cuddles! When our volunteers take Sani for a walk, and put his lead on first in the kennel, he will take the lead in his mouth and almost bring you out of the kennels, as if to say: “Come on, lets go for a walk”.

It is a very funny sight to witness, and this is one of the many qualities we love about Sani. He needs a second chance. He needs to be shown that there are kind, loving people out there, who want to give him a good home.

He can be OK with some dogs, but not others, but he doesn’t really react to other dogs, unless provoked. If you are interested in getting to know Sani, and welcoming him into your home, please call up to K9, any day, between 9.30am-1.30pm. We are on Calle Chimbesque, between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas. We look forward to seeing you!

KittyCatz news

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:07

Not just for Christmas!

THINKING about a furry addition to the family for Christmas?  Kittens make terrible Christmas presents, as do puppies.

Christmas is not the time to gift your loved one something which could live for twenty years, and comes with great responsibility.  Children will be delighted on Christmas morning when they discover they have a fluffy pleasure to look after, but, by the New Year, the refuges will be overflowing with unwanted pets, dumped in boxes.

There are many reasons why this happens: the landlord does not allow pets, the neighbours have complained anout a barking puppy,  your youngest is allergic, the exuberant new pet has scratched them in play, or your Christmas gift is nervous, and hiding under the sofa.

There is an alternative. Sangha San Miguel Educational Farm, with whom KittyCatz are proud to be affiliated, offer a “Pen Friends” sponsorship scheme. You can choose from a selection of animals, including celebrity Rayo the Mule with the deformed hoof, and the sheep who thinks he’s a dog!

Through the scheme, you will have a gift certificate and regular updates on the animals looked after in your pen. Everything can be done through the website, including arranging a visit to the farm.  www.sanghasanmiguel.com

KittyCatz help the most sick, disabled and vulnerable cats and kittens in Tenerife, but, to do so, we need to raise money to pay for their treatment.

If you own/manage a bar, shop or other outlet, and would like one of our collection tins, or be prepared to run one of our very popular “Name the Teddy” competions, please let us know via our website or Facebook page. Every little helps. www.kittycatz.net

 

 

Live Paws news

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:06

Cloe needs a kind heart

CLOE was rescued last week, and, to our surprise, she turned out to be pregnant. She shares a cage with four other young dogs, and it is difficult for her to live with her companions, in her condition.

She is three weeks away from giving birth, and needs a quiet, short-term home, in which to have her pups. Can you offer Cloe a place to have her babies? Please contact Mark on 652 229 853. All expenses will be paid.

Dog-walking club

Join our dog-walking club on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. Our dogs absolutely love it, and you can keep fit and find a furry friend at the same time.  Please come and meet the dogs. They have a fabulous time with the walkers, and look forward to going out for a wander. Please feel free to pop along, even for a chat. If you have any questions, send a WhatsApp to Mark on 6522 97853, for further details.

Live Paws shops

Come and bag a bargain at our shops. Donations are always very much appreciated.

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

Los Cristianos – Calle Revron, near Thistle and Dragon Bar and play-park. Open Monday-Friday (10am-4pm), Saturday 10am-2pm. The shop is now open on Sundays from 11am-3pm.

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

twitter.com/live_arico

www.livearico.com

 

Brit trio detained after drug nearly kills child

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:05

POLICE have arrested a British couple, whose 17-month-old daughter nearly died after swallowing cannabis at their Marbella family home.

The irresponsible pair allowed the tot access to their drug stash, at the upmarket property, and the sick child is believed to have consumed cannabis resin.

National Police officers searching the house found 250gms of cannabis, 25gms of hashish, syringes, a weed grinder and other drug paraphernalia.

The young girl’s uncle was also detained, and it is not clear whether the family have yet appeared in court.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers have arrested two men aged 25 and 35, in Marbella, and a woman aged 34, all from the UK, on suspicion of a crime against public health and a crime of child abandonment.

“The three suspects, the parents and uncle of the child, were in the property with the 17-month-old, and, in a moment of carelessness by them, she ingested cannabis they had in the house.”

 

Over 200 migrants rescued at weekend

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:04

MORE stringent policing in northern Morocco is pushing would-be migrants to attempt the journey to the Spanish archipelago.

Some 207 people have been rescued from three boats in waters near Spain during the past weekend.

A vessel carrying 37 migrants, including 10 women and four minors, arrived at 8.10pm on Saturday in Fuerteventura, at Tuineje’s Gran Tarajal pier, according to the Canaries’ Red Cross Operations Centre.

Another 80 individuals were assisted by Spanish sea rescue services last Sunday morning, when they were discovered in the Strait of Gibraltar, aboard a wooden boat.

And at around 6.30pm the same day, 90 migrants were rescued from a vessel near Alborán island and taken to the Granada port of Motril, some 45 nautical miles away. There were at least five minors in this group.

The spike in migrant arrivals to the Canary Islands has stretched resources thin at regional shelters.

A lack of beds has forced authorities to book several rooms at a hotel in Las Palmas for migrant women, who are pregnant or caring for small children. There are also 200 beds at temporary migrant shelters in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

 

Banksy’s tribute to homeless, at this time of year

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:03

BANKSY’S new creation, a stunning artwork, depicts a poignant message about homelessness this Christmas.

The painted mural appeared yesterday (Thursday) on a brick wall in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

And a video the fabled artist posted on his Instagram page tells an emotional story of a homeless man called Ryan.

As Birmingham live reports, Ryan has a drink in the footage and settles down on the bench by the wall.

The camera pans outwards and show a pair of reindeers, appearing to spirit him away into the star-filled sky.

It is believed that Banksy disguised himself as a workman to complete the installation.

Martin Clarke, a jeweller at nearby Vault 88, said: “I saw a small tent with a couple lads in high-vis vests early in the morning last Friday. I thought they were from the council and were just doing a bit of upkeep.

“About half-six, I looked out the window and the tent had gone, as had the lads. Then I saw it. I thought it was great. We weren’t sure what it was at first, or who did it, but we had a good idea.”

And a message on the fabled artist’s instagram said: “God bless Birmingham. In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench, passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter, without him ever asking for anything. #Banksy.”

Other business owners and twitter-users shared their joy. Phil Simpkin, manager of the Stone Room, said: “It’s fantastic for the area, and a big boost. Hopefully, more people will come to the Jewellery Quarter to see the mural.”

Stand Agency tweeted: “Drawing attention to homelessness this #Christmas in Birmingham in his trademark hard-hitting fashion.

“It’s also heart-warming to hear about the kindness and generosity of people walking past, as this was being filmed.”

Another account said: “God Bless #Birmingham #Banksy highlights #homelessness.”

Banksy is an anonymous, England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director, active since the 1990s.

 

 

 

 

 

Biker dies after car crash

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:02

A MOTORBIKE rider died after collision with car on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, on the TF-620 road in Fasnia, in the Santa Cruz province.

The Canarian Government’s Emergency and Security Co-ordination Centre (CECOES) received an alert at 3.15pm, regarding the crash, saying the biker was unconscious and needed healthcare.

But on arrival, medics confirmed that the 33-year-old man had died because of his injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise ship’s Mayday,  after its engine failure

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:02

DURING her 12-day cruise out of Southampton, via Tenerife, the P&O Ventura ship suffered engine failure, and the skipper was forced to issue a Mayday.

On Sunday evening, after the large vessel departed from her scheduled port visit in Santa Cruz, the ship began drifting towards the north-east of the island. But its guests, never in any danger, were all kept updated.

They were told that two tugboats were on their way to tow the ship back to Santa Cruz overnight.

The Ventura, supported by the tugs, returned to Santa Cruz Port on Sunday night, where it stayed, while the cause of its immobility was investigated. All services aboard were running as normal, and guests were updated, regularly, of the situation.

According to the ship’s captain, the issue was down to condensation, which had seeped into the electrics, and, in turn, caused the main propulsion systems to be knocked out. However, the ship did still have the “bow thrusters” available. These are smaller propellers, which help with the ship’s manoeuvrability.

The incident occurred as the vessel began sailing from Santa Cruz towards its next port of call, Lanzarote’s Arrecife.

But with the ship berthed back in Santa Cruz, Sunday’s call to Arrecife was cancelled, and it remained in port after arriving at around 8.15am on Monday. Investigations are set to continue along with repairs.

Guests said the ship was expected to depart at around 9pm that day, heading for Lisbon. It was scheduled to call at the Portuguese port on Tuesday, before returning to her Southampton home port today (Friday).

The P&O Ventura has a guest capacity of over 3,100 at double occupancy. She was delivered to the British-based cruise line in 2008, so it is fairly new, compared with most major fleets.

 

LORO Parque Fundación has recently

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:59

LORO Parque Fundación has recently presented a sculpture, made from recycled objects, that shows the serious problem plastic generates in the environment.

The inauguration, which took place in the University of La Laguna’s Auditorium (ULL), was attended by more than 500 people.

Loro Parque Fundación and the Universidad de La Laguna have now joined forces in their battle against the use of plastic, to lessen the effects of climate change.

The two institutions, fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Objectives, have taken part in the presentation of the project “BYE BYE PLASTIC”, an initiative designed to raise awareness among the entire population, for the damage caused by non-biodegradable waste in nature.

In addition to other authorities and collaborating associations there, the event was also attended by Rosa María Aguilar, the ULL rector; Professor Victoria Martín Osorio; Enrique Arriaga, first Vice-President of Tenerife Cabildo; Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, Mayor of San Cristóbal de La Laguna; María Candelaria González Morales, General Director of Educational Centres, Infrastructure and Promotion of the Canarian Government; Wolfgang Kiessling, President of the Loro Parque Company, and Christoph Kiessling, Vice-President of the Loro Parque Company and President of Loro Parque Fundación.

For her part, Rosa Aguilar, Rector of the host centre, pointed out that in 2017, the two convening entities signed a general catalogue of measures, from which some research projects arose.

One of those was in the area of industrial engineering, to discover how noise pollution affects cetaceans, led by Professor Fernando Rosa. Another was in the field of zoology on marine mammals, led by Professor Alberto Brito.

This artistic representation of the Foundation is part of the actions against single-use plastic, carried out in all the facilities of the Loro Parque Company.

In this way, thanks to the strategy’s implementation, more than 30 tons of this harmful material have been eliminated since the beginning of 2018, stresses the Loro Parque Fundación President.

And for the manufacture of this consciousness-building piece of art, sculpture creator Paolo Bonano was inspired by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria artist Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre. For this purpose, he has, mostly, used cans, bottles and plastic lids.

Through these actions, the intention is to reinforce the commitment to promote the search for solutions to keeping our planet cleaner, and to raise awareness of the problem faced by the oceans and the different species inhabiting them, with particular emphasis on the effects of marine litter.

With all this, Loro Parque Fundación again highlights that the accumulation of plastics in the oceans affects marine biodiversity in a terrible way.

According to figures from the United Nations, presented at the session by Foundation President, Christoph Kiessling, 13 million tons of plastic seep into the ocean each year, which causes, among other damages, the death of 100,000 marine species.

In addition, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. “All of this makes the role of wildlife conservation centres essential in protecting species for future generations,” added Kiessling.

 

Adeje’s Christmas programme

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:01

(The full programme in Spanish is available online www.adeje.es)

Today (Friday), 6th Dec, 11am-8pm:

Asociacion San Juan Christmas Market

In the association’s centre, in Adeje town.

Saturday, 7th December, 5pm-1am:

Christmas Market, Calle Grande

General Christmas market with stalls, activities, games, theatre and workshops, bouncy castles, and lots, lots more.

Friday, 13th December, 8.30pm:

The Latonius Gospel Choir

Experience the amazing talent of the Latonius Gospel Choir, in the Adeje Cultural Centre auditorium. Tickets, €5
Saturday, 14th December, 8pm:

Concert with Canarian military bands

Plaza de España. Free.

Sunday, 15th December, from 11am:

Walk for Life/Carrera por la Vida

This Breast Cancer Awareness event now attracts thousands of walkers, dressed in pink, many in costume, as they travel on foot from Siam Mall to the Golden Mile in Los Cristianos.

Thursday, 19th December, 8pm:

Christmas Concert

With the Adeje Patron band, plus musicians and singers from the Adeje Municipal school of music. The concert is in the Plaza de España, and is free.

Monday, 23rd December, 7pm:

International Carol Concert

Callao Salvaje, the Mirador de La Gomera plaza. Children’s’ toy collection will take place during the event.
26th December-4th Jan, 7am-8pm:

Christmas play area for children

El Galeón sports ground, with bouncy castles, sporting zone and lots more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (Closed 31st Dec and 1st Jan)

31st December, from 11pm:

New Year’s Eve party

In Plaza de España, with music from Toque Latino, Sensación Gomera and the Maquinaria Band.

January 5th, from 5pm:

3 Kings arrival and parade

The royal trio will arrive by helicopter at Adeje Football ground at 5pm, and they’ll be met by the Mayor and handed the magic key to the homes of all the children. After a rest, the trio will headline the parade up the Calle Grande, which begins at 7pm.

 

 

South Hospital to expand  with 300 more beds, and many operating theatres

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:35

TENERIFE’S South Hospital, formerly El Mojon, will next year feature 300 new beds and several operating theatres.

And the Ministry of Health will also begin its administrative breakaway from the Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in 2020.

Teresa Cruz, the Canarian Government’s Health Minister, who visited the facilities on Tuesday, announced the news of new beds and operating rooms for the complex, courtesy of the Cabildo.

Ms Cruz was accompanied by Cabildo President Pedro Martín and Natacha Sujanani, who manages the Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.

During the visit, she also met mayors and representatives of municipalities in the southern part of the island.

The Canarian Health Minister highlighted the agreement reached with the Cabildo, which will make space for beds and operating rooms, while the Ministry of Health will do the same, guaranteeing 250 residential places for patients dependent on them.

The project will involve co-ordination between the Cabildo and the Ministry for the drafting and execution of the projects, as well as the budget.

In addition, the South Hospital’s split from the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, will be carried out during 2020, which means it will have its own budget allocation.

Regarding an improvement to its current facilities, Ms Cruz highlighted the investment in technical equipment in its day hospital; the strengthening of the Rehabilitation Area; an improvement in the Emergency Department’s Human Resources; the additional specialists, confirming that in 2020 there will be paediatrics and nephrology, the branch of medicine dealing with physiology and diseases of the kidneys…

The Health Minister said: “We want to enable this hospital to respond to the demands of the population in the south of the island, taking in a figure of around 500,000 people, including residents and others.”

Ms Cruz stressed: “Without the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo, it would be impossible to have such a hospital here.”

Cabildo chief Pedro Martín said: “We must make the improvements to hospital services, sought by the Ministry. This joint work we have embarked on will pay off from next year.”

He also said: “I’ve been talking about the South Hospital for more than 30 years, but the population has been growing and, in the past, we’ve not been able to provide the services it requires.”

But he showed his satisfaction with the current agreement, saying: “It will enable Southern Tenerife to have the health care it requires.”

The Ministry also announced that next year’s budget for the South Hospital will be raised to €1m through a parliamentary amendment, to start the planned actions.

 

TITSA card machines a bonus for customers

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:32

TITSA, the Tenerife Cabildo’s bus company, has installed machines for the sale and recharge of the Ten + card in the Costa Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz bus stations, as well as in

the Santa Cruz and La Laguna exchangers,

With these machines, customers can manage their Ten + card autonomously, avoiding queues. The new machines are a complement to the services offered through the web and traditional outlets.

In total, the company will install eight points of purchase, recharge and balance inquiry across the island, because, in the coming months, more machines will be placed at Los Cristianos and San Isidro, as well as at the two airports.

 

National Park’s icy closure 

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:14

ACCESS to Teide National Park has been closed on the TF-21, between El Portillo Alto (PK33) and Boca Tauce (PK 53), through ice on the road. Temperatures on the summit were also falling yesterday afternoon.

Battling Tenerife lose out to classy Almería

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:11
CD Tenerife 1 UD Almería 3 AFTER a good away win against Sporting, Tenerife had their first home game under temporary coach Sesé Rivero, who made a couple of changes to the starting XI against Almeria last Saturday. He brought in Alberto and Dani Gómez, in place of Javi Alonso and Malbasic who were on the bench. The match began with great intensity, and referee Iglesias Villanueva won the antipathy of the home fans quickly, by not giving a couple of free-kicks for terrible challenges by Almería in the opening minutes. But he also ignored a challenge by Nahuel on Darwin Nuñez, which should also have been punished. But the fans’ anger mounted when the next play saw warnings for Nahuel himself and Ortolá for protesting. But the subsequent free-kick ended without consequences. The game settled down after this scrappy start, with both teams enjoying possession, seeking a way through each other’s defence, with Almeria taking first blood after 28 minutes. Lazo broke forward into the Tenerife box and attempted a one-two, only for the ball to bounce off defender Alberto straight into his path, giving him the easiest of finishes as he passed the ball into the goal, avoiding an outstretched Ortolá, who was helpless. CDT tried to react quickly, and Dani Gómez crashed a shot against the post, but he was deemed offside anyway. Immediately, Lazo was on target again at the other end when Juan Muñoz laid off an excellent ball, placing a right-footed shot from outside the area past Ortolá to make it 2-0 after 32 minutes. This was devastating for Tenerife, who didn’t deserve to concede two goals in just four minutes. Six minutes later, though, they were back in the game. Suso hit a fantastic cross from the right-hand side, into the danger area, and Borja Lasso, running in to the box, connected with a brilliant header, giving Almeria goalkeeper Fernando no chance. After checking for offside with VAR, the referee gave the goal. Tenerife tried to level before half-time and had a couple of half-chances, but they went into the dressing room 2-1 down. The second half started as lively as the first, with Sesé Rivero having to make an unexpected change for Nahuel, who had picked up an injury. The stand-in manager surprised everyone by bringing on Elliot instead of Malbasic, who was surely expected to play. Tenerife’s first big scare came almost immediately from a Darwin shot, only six yards out and in front of Ortolá, who got a foot to it to prevent a goal. The Tenerife keeper came to the rescue again a few minutes later when Juan Muñoz was played in by a clever chip from Gaspar, leaving him one-on-one with Ortolá, who this time got a hand to Muñoz’s shot and pushed it wide for a corner. On the hour mark, Muñoz had another chance when Almeria were awarded a free-kick, 25 yards out in front of goal. Muñoz stepped up and curled the ball around the wall, crashing it into the right-hand post and saving Tenerife on this occasion. The blanquiazul needed a change to get back into the game, and Rivero replaced Alberto with Malbasic for a more attacking formation. The next chances fell to CDT when the other Muñoz, Alex, headed just wide from an in-swinging corner, and Dani Gomez shot over the bar with only Fernando to beat. But Tenerife had at least shaken off Almeria’s dominance. The partnership of Dani and Malbasic was starting to gel as they created chances, while heading for the final whistle. But the Serbian couldn’t convert them, putting one wide and another over the bar. Towards the end, Dani ran out of batteries and Sesé substituted him for Jorge, giving another debut to a player under his charge. The final minutes of the match were tense, as Tenerife tried everything to tie a game that had escaped them. They even ended with Carlos Ruiz playing up front, trying to make something happen. Unfortunately, defeat was inevitable and Almeria marked it with a third goal in stoppage time, as Tenerife left themselves exposed at the back. Aguza scored with a counter-attack, shooting past a deflated Ortolá to rub salt in the wound in the 96th minute. An unhappy crowd, who had seen their team battle to the end, and the scoreline flattering second-place Almeria, left the ground with shouts of “Conception out”, referring to the club’s chairman, with their team now 17th in the league. On Monday the CD Tenerife board announced the appointment of a new coach, signifying the end of Rivero’s short reign in charge. They have brought in Rubén Baraja, who had previously managed in this league at Elche, Rayo Vallecano and Sporting de Gijón. At a press conference, he assured fans that when he has managed teams, they have performed “very good things”. He also said he knew how to play football, and that he would try to give continuity. Above all, he wants solidity in defence, and for CDT to be a hard-to-beat team. Baraja does have a bit of time with his new squad, because their next match isn’t until next Friday (13th Dec), away to Malaga, who have their own problems. They are  languishing in 19th position, and in the relegation zone. Will it be a happy Christmas for Tenerife fans? Let’s wait and see!

Messi canes the rest with six of the best!

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:10

LIONEL MESSI, Barcelona’s talismanic striker, has beaten Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the Ballon d’Or for a record sixth time.

The 32-year-old Argentine bagged football’s top prize, having scored 54 times for club and country during the 2018-2019 season.

“Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or,” he said. “It’s a completely different moment, lived with my family and my children.

“As my wife said, you must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I am very lucky… I am blessed.”

Messi finished ahead of Dutch defender van Dijk, who helped his club Liverpool overcome Tottenham to win the Champions League in Madrid this summer.

In third place was former Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who completed a big-money move to Juventus last year.

Meanwhile, in women’s football, American striker Megan Rapinoe, who led the US national team to a second consecutive World Cup this year, won the Golden Ball award, with England’s Lucy Bronze second.

Top 10 order of merit

  1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
  2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands)
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
  4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal)
  5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt)
  6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France)
  7. Alisson (Liverpool and Brazil)
  8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland)
  9. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City and Portugal)
  10. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City and Algeria)

 

Noah’s Ark receives grand Christmas tip for homeless

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:32

CHILDREN’S Charity Helping Hands has donated €1,000 to Noah’s Ark, a group which supports over 200 homeless people in South Tenerife.

The money will fund an excellent meal for all the friends of Noah’s Ark to enjoy over the Christmas period. And if you would like to donate any food parcels, the centre will be more than happy to accept them.

Liz Montague, who runs Helping Hands, said: “Thank you to all those who care, and who are making a difference. You never know what battles people face in life.”

Noah’s Ark has now moved to new premises, in Puerto Colon, but the charity can still be contacted directly on the following link, if you wish to offer a small donation to help a homeless person at this special time of the year.

https://www.facebook.com/noahsarktenerifesur/

 

A look of despair!

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:31

Accion del Sol news

THIS gorgeous Canarian Podenco arrived, recently, at the refuge, via Protection Civil. He was found wandering around the streets in Arona. His owner had not complied with legislation and had him microchipped, so we don’t know if he is just lost, or been abandoned.

He is so sad, and his eyes speak volumes. Please do contact us if you are his owner, and ensure that your dog’s microchip information is correct. In the event of losing your pet, they can be found and reunited with you to ensure that they don’t have to suffer the confusion and sadness of ending up, needlessly, in a refuge.

The refuge will closed from 22nd December to the 2nd January, inclusive, for the Christmas period.

Presents for the doggies!

With Christmas around the corner, we have again started a campaign after the success of last year, asking our friends and supporters of Accion Del Sol to donate a shoebox of goodies for the dogs.

These can include tinned dog food for our older dogs and puppies, puppy milk, dog toys, dog collars and leads. Marion and her team do such an amazing job at the refuge, so I thought it would be great to bring some Christmas cheer to the 200+ dogs. You can deliver your box personally to the refuge by the 20th December, during our opening hours.

Alternatively, call 6879 05511, to arrange for your donations to be collected. Please 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.

Adoptions

The island’s refuges are full of abandoned dogs, so please adopt and don’t buy. Please spread the word, amongst your Spanish friends, about the dire situation, here in Tenerife.

We have 200 gorgeous dogs here, all desperately seeking loving homes. We need to find adopters for the dogs in our care. We do not charge for adoptions, but donations are very welcome towards the vast running costs of the refuge.

Every dog is microchipped and fully vaccinated, and is heartworm and flea-free. They each have a passport, and have been  sterilised, so you can be sure your new dog has the best start to its new life. Please adopt a dog, and don’t buy, and please never let your dog breed. If we all help the dogs in the full refuges, we can make a difference!

Assistance required

We are always looking for people to walk the dogs in the refuge during opening hours.

Please do call the refuge on 6643 21219 or 602463242, 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only a week to go!

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:31

K9 animal news

K9 would like to invite you all to their Christmas Dinner and Cabaret.

It is taking place next Saturday (14th December) in St Eugene’s in San Eugenio. The cost for tickets is €20, which includes dinner and an amazing cabaret show. There are a couple of food choices, as well as a vegetarian option.

Drinks include €8 for a bottle of wine, €1 for water or refreshments, and €1.50 for a jug of beer, until 11.30pm. We are inviting everyone to meet at the bar at 7pm, and the meal will be served at 8pm. The Cabaret includes Frankie Mack Rat Pack Show and Gary Nelson.

Tickets can sell out quite quckly for this event, so make sure you get your tickets early, to avoid disappointment. We do have various locations where you can buy the tickets, which are shown on the poster. We have a Facebook page, should you wish to make contact this way.

Our Christmas party is always a lot of fun, so don’t miss out this year, and get your tickets today. We are asking people to bring along some treats for our furry friends – our cats and dogs. We always get so many wonderful donations throughout the year for them, so we want to continue this wonderful tradition, and make our fur-babies’ Christmas special for them.

They don’t yet have their forever families to share this happy occasion with, so we do our very best to make sure they are spoilt. We are open all year round, including Christmas Day, because our dogs and cats need to be walked, cleaned, fed and looked after, every single day.

If you are looking for a lovely way to spend your Christmas morning, please do call up and see us, and maybe walk a dog or two. You can visit any day between 9.30am-1.30pm. We are on Calle Chimbesque, between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas. We look forward to seeing you!

We have had many adoptions over the last few months, but for every dog that leaves, one or two are found, surrendered or abandoned.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support every year, and would like to wish you all a very successful, fur-baby-filled 2020. If you interested in donating, or holding your own fundraiser for K9, please contact us on 6676 38468.kji

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