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Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:12

Accion del Sol news

A DATE for your diary, our next event at the refuge, is 8th June at 2pm. It will be an afternoon for all the family, including the very popular foam party for the children.

This is a chance for you to come and visit us, if you haven’t been to the refuge before, to see our 220 gorgeous dogs, desperately seeking loving, new homes.

Our staff and resident vet will be there to answer any questions you may have, regarding adopting a dog. Please do come and join in the fun. It’s a great day, especially for the dogs who love the extra attention.

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 or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol





Hoedown happiness for such a display, in support of the needy

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:12

OVER 100 people gathered at La Camella’s Camel Park last Saturday, to join in the Hoedown fun at the first-ever charity event, organised by Happy2Help, which aids the homeless throughout Tenerife.

An amazing team, headed by Stephanie Tudge, organised a delicious BBQ, with live entertainment and a raffle, raising a superb sum of 2,327 euros, on the day.

Steve Fawkes proved to be a superb MC for the afternoon, supported by many local entertainers, organised by Ginny Garcia and Angela Mowberry, who gave their time, free of charge. Needless to say, Julie Moss, Michaela Bridges, Stacey Tippett, Michelle and Brenda Minty were all in top form, getting everyone up dancing.

The children enjoyed free camel rides, as well as face-painting and an extremely-entertaining magician, both supplied, generously, by Keddy’s Entertainment.

The Venezuelan cooking team, comprising Jenny, Orsman, Ara and Luis, served up quality hamburgers, hotdogs and pork chops, supplied by Jean Pierre, of the Meat Boutique, at a special rate, with various salads. And the team worked extremely hard to keep everyone fed!

The bar, organised by Manhattan’s Bar’s Julie Moss, in conjunction with One Stop, proved a roaring success, and, as the afternoon went on, more supplies were required… and were supplied!

To top the day off, the Arona Las Galletas Costa del Silencio Lions Club also presented the charity with a cheque for a further 3,000 euros, making a grand total for the day of 5,327 euros.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the community coming together and digging deep, so a big thank-you to everyone who came along, and also to the most-generous local businesses, who donated prizes for the raffle.

Happy2Help, now in its third year throughout Tenerife, has been helping people to help themselves by collecting and distributing much-needed clothes, bedding, household items, furniture, medicines and much more, for those who are without.

The charity works directly with families and couples, to help get them back on their feet by issuing food parcels, school books and trainers for the children, plus bus fares to help the adults get to work, and much more.

Happy2Help is also supporting and working closely with the centre for the homeless in Santa Ursula, in the North.

If you missed the event and would like to make a donation, here are the bank account details: ES28 0049 4441 6927 1001 5941.

If you have any items of clothing, bedding, furniture etc., which we can distribute, please call Steph on 658 086 453, who, with the help of her amazing team, will be happy to arrange collection.

A note for your diary: the next Happy2Help charity event will be staged on Saturday 26th October, again at the Camel Park, for another Hoedown. See you all there.

Please join our Facebook group to find out more.





Archie needs our help!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:10

Cats Welfare news

THIS poor old boy had been living in misery on a hotel complex for some time. But a tourist alerted us to him, and he was finally caught and taken to the vet.

Thankfully, he tested negative for leukaemia, but he has a terrible infection in his mouth which is preventing him from eating. As a result, his antibodies are not fighting the infection too well. He needs cortisone injections every 15 days, and then will require tablets and a special diet. He also has a kidney problem, which is related to his age.

Fortunately, Archie has been in the care of our new Cats Welfare vet, Gustavo, at Centro Veterinario Sur in Armeñime: 6467 29210 or 922 125590. Gustavo has a very good reputation, and we know that Archie is in very capable hands.

He says that once Archie has recovered, he can lead a decent life, although he will always need medication. Please help Archie get better soon, by donating towards his treatment.

You can send money by PayPal at, via our online fundraising page or pop along to the shop in San Blas, and leave money in an envelope with Archie’s name on it.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated money for him. We really appreciate your kindness.


We have several beautiful kittens available for adoption. We ask for a minimum donation of €20 per kitten, to cover costs.

If you would like to meet them, please send us a private Facebook message, or ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. *All kittens go for a week’s trial, in your home *

We need you!

Fostering kittens is very rewarding, watching them growing and playing, feeding them and realising how dependent they are on you. It’s perfect for people who don’t want a full-time cat of their own.

We are looking for foster carers, to look after bottle-feeders and weaners, as well as big kittens. You would need to be able to drive, and have somewhere safe for them. All food and litter, bedding, litter trays etc. will be supplied, and any vet bills will be paid by us.

Please help us to help the kittens in need. Cats Welfare arrange the adoptions, once the kittens are ready. Please send us a Facebook private message, if you are interested.

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 the shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur (behind Hiperdino). It is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm.

We stock good-quality clothes of all sizes, at sensible, low prices. Pop along and take a look. Our customers come from all over the island, and we see many holidaymakers return, time and again, eager to snap up a bargain.

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.







Hi. I’m Rudolph!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:09

Live Arico news

URGENTLY looking for a home, having been found at the harbour in Los Cristianos, this is Rudolf. He is a mixed-breed, and is about eight months old. He is microchipped, vaccinated and castrated. Could you be the one to offer him a chance of a forever home?

Come and walk the doggies!

Join the Live Arico 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. Send a WhatsApp to Oceana on 659 242 572 for further details, or just pop in and meet the dogs.

Live Arico 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 and Sunday 11am-3pm.

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


Paris mystery of missing student, who is back now

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:07

NATALIA Sánchez Uribe, a Spanish Erasmus student who went missing last week in Paris, has been found alive, says Spain’s Foreign Ministry.

The 22-year-old had not been heard from since 1st May, when she was found, slightly disoriented, and taken to hospital.

Guardia Civil officers, working closely with French police, said the woman had been at the Henri Ey Hospital, near the university, for several days.

The European Foundation for Missing Persons has spoken with the woman’s family, who do not want to share any more details about the case. The family have also asked for privacy.

Her mother, Inma Uribe, has sent out a message through the foundation’s Twitter account, saying: “Hello, I am Natalia’s mother and I would like to inform you that Natalia is all right. So I ask everyone to respect our need for peace and quiet.”

Natalia, an economics and business student at Barcelona’s Autonomous University, has been studying at the Sorbonne Economics School, on the Erasmus European exchange programme, since last September, and her course ends in a week.

Her rucksack, holding her laptop and mobile phone, was found on Tuesday in a park close to the university, said her pals.

On the morning of her disappearance, she was moving out of her apartment to live with a friend, even though she had just two weeks left before graduating.

After leaving two suitcases with the friend, Natalia said she would return with a third, but she never came back.

Her landlord said she never showed up to return the keys on 2nd May, as agreed.

Her pals said Natalia had told them she was feeling “watched and followed”, while her parents, who live in Mallorca but were originally from Granada, have travelled to Paris to keep up to date with the investigation.


Tenerife North airport hits the top-10 best list

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:06

AIRHELP, a website which helps people get compensation for their cancelled or delayed flights, has released a list of 72 airlines and 132 airports, ranking them from best to worst. And Tenerife North came ninth

The company relied on 40,000 passenger surveys in over 40 countries conducted in 2018, as well as data from commercial vendors to rank the airports and the airlines.

The report ranked airports on three parameters: time performance, which weighed 60% of the final score, while the other two factors, service quality, and food & shopping options, accounted for 20% of each final score.

Hamad International Airport of Qatar clinched the first position in the list of the best airports of 2019. It was followed by Japan’s Tokyo International Airport and Greece’s Athens International Airport on the second and the third place respectively.

The best 2019 airports

  1. Hamad International Airport (Qatar)
    2. Tokyo International Airport (Japan)
    3. Athens International Airport (Greece)
    4. Afonso Pena International Airport (Brazil)
    5. Gdansk Lech Wałęsa Airport (Poland)
    6. Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russia)
    7. Changi Airport Singapore (Singapore)
    8. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (India)
    9. Tenerife North Airport (Spain)
    10. Viracopos/Campinas International Airport (Brazil)

The worst 2019 airports

  1. Gatwick Airport (UK)
  2. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Canada)
    8. Porto Airport (Portugal)
    7. Paris Orly Airport (France)
    6. Manchester Airport (UK)
  3. Malta International Airport (Malta)
    4. Henri Coanda International Airport (Romania)
    3. Eindhoven Airport (Netherlands)
    2. Kuwait International Airport (Kuwait)
    1. Lisbon Portela Airport (Portugal)


Brit soldier and football coach was a drug-dealer

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:53

A BRITISH soldier and football coach has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and intent to supply in Gibraltar.

Garry Lowe, 34, a former Corporal in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was handcuffed with 56 grams of the class-A drug, with a street value of £3,000.

He is known for managing several football teams in Gibraltar, and helped found Premier Division side Gibraltar Phoenix. He later took up coaching responsibilities at Red Imps and Bruno’s Magpies.

After his initial arrest in February, outside a “military establishment”, police also used specialised sniffer dogs to search two locations.

Lowe was discharged from the regiment at his own request, before his court appearance last Thursday.

He has been remanded in custody and the case will be moved to the Supreme Court on 30th May.








Motorway crashes cause chaos on a Sunday night

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:52

FIVE people were injured during two traffic incidents on the TF-1 motorway last Sunday evening, in which four vehicles, all heading in the north direction, were involved.

Chaos occurred because one incident followed another, immediately, in the Adeje municipality on Sunday evening, with, two vehicles turning over completely, causing a long

hold-up for traffic.

The emergency services received several calls at around 8.46pm, requesting the fire brigade, as well as medical assistance.

The first accident happened, coming off the Torviscas exit, alongside the TF-1, while the second one followed, moments later, on the motorway itself.

The Guardia Civil, fire-fighters and two ambulances were dispatched to the scene, and all five people, from the two cars, suffered injuries and were taken to Hospiten Sur and El Mojon hospital for further treatment.



I’ll kill you all, threatens Ryanair plane passenger

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:51

PASSENGERS on a Ryanair flight rescued a flight attendant as a man who, allegedly, threatened to “kill every single passenger”, grabbed a fire extinguisher, apparently to hit her with.

Mobile-phone footage shows travellers on the Manchester-Gran Canaria flight struggling to restrain the man, who had flown into a fury.

He is believed to attempted opening the exterior door several times, and he also ripped the top of a female passenger during the incident, as well as taking her mobile phone.

Passengers then had to keep him pinned to the floor for about 45 minutes, while in the video, he can be heard shouting: “I will kill every single one of you.”

He adds: “I will literally burn your house down. I’ve grown up in Little Level, Bolton, and I will defend for myself.

“I will literally fight every one of you and kill you, and don’t think I’m joking. I will kill every one of you!”

The man was arrested on arrival in Gran Canaria, after Ryanair called for police assistance

The trouble-maker, who has been banned, permanently, from all Ryanair flights, will be dealt with by Spanish police.



Horror blaze claims life, in building for squatters

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:51

ONE person has died, three men were seriously injured and around 80 people were evacuated after fire swept through a squatters’ building in Ibiza.

Firefighters made the grim discovery of a corpse, which was so badly burned that they were unable to tell the victim’s sex.

The alarm was raised at about 1pm last Monday, when one of the squatters heard a woman’s screams and alerted the emergency services.

An Ibanat (forestry firefighters) helicopter had to be scrambled to rescue two people, who became trapped in an attic in the apartment block, on Calle Jacinto Aquenza.

Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles as the fierce fire blazed, but it was finally brought under control at around 4.30pm.

Initially, two fire appliances, plus ground-based Ibanat personnel, were called in, as well as five ambulances, whose crews treated 10 people, all taken to hospital.

Three Moroccan men were in a critical condition as a result of the fire, one of them falling around 20 feet, reported the Health Area of Ibiza and Formentera.

He was trying, desperately, to escape the flames, and is in intensive care, suffering from burns, smoke inhalation and injuries from the fall.

Another one of the trio, who suffered serious burns, has been transferred to the Burns Unit of Valencia’s Hospital La Fe, while the third man is also nursing bad burns.

Firefighters have also found the bodies of two dogs in the charred remains of the building.


THE prestigious Blue Flag, which

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:52

THE prestigious Blue Flag, which certifies the quality, standards and services of Spain’s beaches, will be flying on 43 of them in the Canary Islands this summer, with six ports also rewarded.
There will also be big smiles all round again in mainland Spain, which has retained its world-record with 669 flags.
Last year, the flag occupied 50 beaches across the Canary Islands. But seven beaches were deemed to have dropped their standards this year, while Adeje withdrew from this campaign because the Council’s improvement scheme would not have been completed in time, as explained below.
But four Fuerteventura bea-ches will not be flying the flag, either, this year. Some 56 beaches across the archipelago were offered as Blue Flag candidates, a total of nine fewer than last year. And on top of that decline, 13 applicants were denied.
Gran Canaria boasts 10 Blue Flags, the Canaries’ highest total, despite the loss of one.
Tenerife’s flags will be displayed on the beaches of La Arena; the beach and coves of La Jaquita; El Camisón and Las Vistas; the Pools of Bajamar; the Arena-Mesa del Mar; the Playa Jardín and San Telmo complex, and, finally, El Socorro.
Meanwhile, the provinces of Málaga and Huelva have lost eight Blue Flags apiece, including the former’s famous Cabo Pino, in Marbella. The province of Cádiz has also lost the quality indicator for its well-known Zahara de los Atunes, and Almería has also lost one.
Some town halls, however, opted not to apply for Blue Flags, conscious that they were not up to scratch through, among other reasons, failure to comply with the Ley de Costas (Coastal Law), poor waste management, or inferior bathing-water quality.
But with a total of 669 Blue Flags, of which 566 are for beaches, 98 for yachting marinas and five for ports for sustainable craft, Spain still wins hands-down, worldwide.
The Government’s Tourism Secretary, Isabel Oliver, claimed the smaller number of Blue Flags on Spanish beaches, from next month, “was not a drama”.
She added: “The requirements are very demanding, and show concern for the preservation and care of these beaches.
“The objective is for Spain to be recognised as a great destination for responsible tourism, by both visitors and residents.”
The Blue Flag award requires beaches to meet extremely stringent and exacting standards covering cleanliness, water quality, safety, waste management, superior facilities and environmental management, all of which come at a great financial cost and involve considerable work, but which is a worthwhile investment because of the tourism income a successful blue flag bid generates.