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CBAS – A proud reputation, spanning over four decades

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:16


CANARIES and British Aluminium Systems (CBAS) was founded in the early 1990s and was originally known as Cristaleria y Aluminio Santiago. What started out as a small business selling glass and mirrors, gradually developed and moved into the aluminium market.

The fabrication of patio doors and windows soon followed and by 1998 the company, needing more space, moved into larger building in the town of Puerto Santiago.

In 2001 the business changed ownership and with this change came rapid expansion. This growth meant that the company needed to find more suitable premises so by 2003 it had relocated to a brand new 600m² factory on the Las Chafiras industrial estate.

At this time a decision was made to change the company name to Canaries & British Aluminium Systems S.L. and significant investment was made to acquire new machinery, tools, workstations and a fleet of vehicles to ensure continued success and development.

By 2012 the business owner was approaching retirement and began a search to find a suitable person to take over the reins.  After several months the ideal candidate – Mark Fidgeon – was found.

Mark arrived in Tenerife in 2003 and had already set up his own successful construction company by the time he became involved with CBAS. With over 30 years’ experience in the building industry under his belt – working as a Construction Director for such companies as Taylor Woodrow and Barratt Homes – Mark was ready to take on an exciting new challenge.

Mark merged his own construction company with CBAS and was able to offer the public a multitude of innovative products and services on a much grander scale than before. The company continues to thrive and expand and enjoys an unrivalled reputation within the building industry. CBAS is now one of the biggest and most successful aluminium and construction companies on the island of Tenerife.

CBAS is a “one-stop-solution” for construction, aluminium, parts and repair work. This complete service means that the customer can have total confidence in what they are purchasing – from a bath tap, window or door to a full refurbishment or new build – no job is too big or too small.

The team at CBAS provides free, no obligation quotes and consultations for whatever job is required and they offer an unrivalled personal service from start to finish and beyond. All work is carried out in a professional manner, including application for planning permission and licences – processes that can be quite a minefield here in Tenerife and certainly not something to fall foul of.

Visit their website at or look them up on Facebook and Instagram where you will find more information and photographs regarding the products and services they provide and, of course, recommendations from many of their satisfied customers.







Pound slumps to fresh lows, after UK leaves EU

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:14

Latest currency news

THE pound has been on a downtrend, for the last couple of weeks, with markets focused on trade negotiations between the UK and the  European Union, following the UK’s exit, on 31st January.

This has seen GBP/EUR plummet from 1.19 to 1.17, and EUR/GBP edge to 0.85. Meanwhile, GBP/USD fell from 1.32 to 1.28, and EUR/USD slipped from 1.10 to 1.09.

What’s been happening?

Before the end of January, the pound briefly rallied against the euro and US dollar, after the Bank of England (BoE) left interest rates on hold. However, sterling has since given up these gains, with the pound sliding to a two-and-a-half month low against the US dollar, thanks to growing fears that the UK and EU will be unable to reach a trade deal, before the end of the transition period.

PM Boris Johnson has, so far, adopted a hard-line stance in trade discussions, and appears committed to the transition period ending in December 2020.

GBP/EUR losses have not been as severe as those of GBP/USD, however, with the euro weakened after recent data suggested the German manufacturing slump may have continued, after a temporary pick-up in November.

The US dollar was able to gain some support from rising safe-haven demand, as worries surrounding the economic impact of the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus plagued traders.

What do you need to look out for?

The spotlight will remain on UK-EU trade negotiations, as the two sides head back to the negotiating table. EUR investors will be looking closely at upcoming data from the bloc’s largest economy, as weak German flash GDP could signal the worst is not over.

Over the next few weeks, the dollar may edge higher, if upbeat retail-sales data shows the American consumer remains optimistic, and PMI measures continue to impress in February.

At Currencies Direct, we’re here to talk currency whenever you need us, so get in touch if you want to know more about the latest news, or how it could impact your currency transfers.

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Race to help cats

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:13

KittyCatz news

IT’S posh hats and Pimms on Cheltenham Ladies Race Day, for the KittyCatz first event of the year, on 11th March.

The Waterfall on Golf Del Sur is our venue for this charity event, and you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Pimms, in time for the Queen’s arrival at the races.

The afternoon starts from 12.30pm, where you can view the fabulous display of prizes to be won, during the day. All the races, starting from 13.30, will be shown on large television screens, so you do not miss out on any of the excitement.

KittyCatz are offering a free race ticket to anyone who brings a copy of any Canarian Weekly. Our star prize of an overnight stay, with breakfast, has been donated by Samantha and Simon, the owners of Ziggy’s Bed and Breakfast, in Vilaflor.

This wonderful star prize will be drawn after the last race. In true race-day tradition, there is a prize for the best-dressed, which includes a designer Ted Baker bag, and other goodies.

The fun isn’t over when the last race is run. Tenerife Entertainment Awards’ winner, Lucas Alexander, has agreed to do a one-off charity performance for us. He’s just come back from a tour of the US, and we are very lucky and grateful to accept his offer of support.

If you haven’t heard him sing, you are in for a treat! There are more prizes to be won, by joining in with Name the Teddy, straw draws and pledge envelopes, for our mystery prizes. All funds raised will help us pay our vet bills.

Although we are a small team, we can incur large vet charges. Each year, we take in a lot of sick cats and kittens, including many that need expensive operations. Last year, we helped cats and kittens with all sorts of conditions, from leg amputations to eye removals, and the usual viruses related to abandoned kittens.

So, grab a fascinator, put on your lucky pants, and join us in the winner’s enclosure. Follow our work on Facebook, and our website:

The kids had fun!

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:12

Accion del Sol news

LAST week saw the children from La Mantanza school, in the north of the island, visiting our refuge, to take part in our educational programme. The children were from 3 years old.

At the end of their visit, a little boy came up to us and said that only people with no hearts leave dogs on the streets. Not a truer word could be spoken. No dog deserves that.

Please be responsible owners and sterilise your pets, and don’t let them breed. The refuge is full of over 200 dogs, all looking for loving new homes. Please do come and visit us, if you are interested in adopting a dog.

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, 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, which is just after the El Medano junction. 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




Terk needs a home!

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:11

K9 animal news

ABOUT  six months ago, this beautiful young girl was brought to us at K9. We gave her the name Terk. When she arrived, she was about seven months old, which was still very young.

Terk didn’t have a great start in her short life, and was left at the police station in Granadilla. A gentleman named David saw her and brought her to K9. We did learn that she had been abused, so we knew that she would need a lot of love and attention.

We didn’t know a huge amount of what exactly happened, just that some damage had already been done to her. Terk is a very energetic, playful dog, and sometimes this can be a bit much for other dogs and people.

It isn’t her fault that she can be a bit overwhelming, so we are looking for a calm and patient new owner, for her to show her love, train with her on a one-to-one basis, and help her to learn and focus on you.

She does enjoy playing with other dogs, who also want to play, but, sometimes, she can be a little rough for them. One of our volunteers likes to take her to the local dog park, where she can run around and play with other dogs.

She is currently sharing with two, large, male dogs, and we have noticed that she can be territorial over her food, something she may have developed as a really-young puppy, and was never trained not to be.

Her new owner must be willing to train her and spend time with her. If you enjoy long walks, or even running, she would love to tag along with you, and it would also help her burn up some of the energy she has. She is still very young, so does need to be shown things, step by step.

Being in the kennels is a very stressful place for Terk, and she can get easily frustrated, which can lead to unwanted behaviour. We put her in the large kennel across the road from the main kennels, to give her space to run.

This does help, so, ideally, someone who has the space for her to be able to run a lot, would be perfect. As we said, she likes to play with other dogs, so another dog in the house could work, and they could become the best of friends, thus helping Terk to learn more and more about dog behaviour.

She really does need a second chance because she was neglected and abandoned, through no fault of her own, and has missed out of the important first few months of positive socialisation, as a puppy. It will take some time and training, but she is a very sweet girl, who is really misunderstood.

Can you help her? Can you show this beautiful girl that she can be loved? Please come and meet her at K9, any day, between 9.30am-1.30pm, on Calle Chimbesque between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas. Call us on 667 638 468, or email


Sad little Bambino

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:09

Live Paws news

BAMBINO is a small, mixed-breed dog, and is approximately three years old. He was found abandoned, with no microchip. He’s  really sweet, and loves to play.

He’s very loving towards people, and good with other dogs. We soon realised he had been a house dog, because he really didn’t want to make a mess in his kennel. He’s good on the lead, and loves to go for a walk.

He has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, and is waiting for his new, forever home. Please contact us to ask questions, or to meet him.

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

Aren’t they lovely?

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:09

Molly’s animal news

THESE gorgeous puppies are ready for foster homes, or, even better, loving forever homes. They are nearly eight weeks old, and still with their mother.

They have big stunning eyes, are amazingly cute and curious, and ready to see more of the world. They will grow up to be medium-sized, around 20kg, with flat coats.

Contact Molly’s Animal Care and Adoption Centre to arrange viewings. Tel: 667 62 18 75, or check out our Facebook page, for more pictures.



No fires, but bomberos rescued two pensioners

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:08

FIRE-FIGHTERS from Santa Cruz had to attend two weekend call-outs, of a similar nature, in the Tenerife capital.

On both occasions, they were asked to rescue elderly people, after both were discovered by family members on the floor of their home, having fallen.

The first call, received by the Canarian emergency service on Friday evening, was made by a family member, who wanted help in opening the front door to get into his aunt’s home, Fortunately, she was unharmed.

The second call was made on Sunday afternoon, via the Local Police, who asked for help after it was reported that an elderly man had fallen on the kitchen floor.

The only way the authorities could gain entry was via the balcony, but to reach it they had to climb on the roof. And that’s where the fire officers were needed.

Fortunately, the elderly man was rescued and taken to an ambulance, waiting close by to take him to a nearby medical centre for observation.





Butter-fingered worker  stumbled across drugs

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:07

A CLUMSY worker, who dropped a box of A4 paper that actually contained cocaine, led police to uncover nearly 1.5 tonnes of the drug.

The unsuspecting office clerk called in police when the narcotics spilled out! Catalan police searched the Barcelona company’s storeroom to find that 800 boxes, supposedly containing A4 paper, actually held cocaine, totalling 1,413kg, which had been sent, originally, from Brazil.

Two people were arrested in Spain, and the investigation revealed that 10 people had been smuggling drugs from Brazil as part of a criminal organisation.

To launder the money gained from their drug-trafficking, the suspects created an entire business structure with various companies, including real-estate investments and Barcelona fashion stores.

Another way to launder the money was to use people (mulas), who, periodically, made small cash deposits at several bank branches.

The initial discovery was made in 2018, but the probe was completed at the start of this month.

Regional Catalan police carried out 13 simultaneous, house-and-company searches to dismantle the smuggling gang, and, together with the Policia Nacional, carried out one house search on the Balearic Island of Mahon.

The Central Narcotics Unit and the Central Money Laundering Unit of the regional Catalan police (Mossos D’esquadra), assisted by Europol, arrested 14 people, with 10 remanded in custody.

They are suspected of trafficking cocaine and money-laundering, as well as membership of a criminal organisation.


Deaf Liverpool man fights trial as he can only lip-read Scouse

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:06

A DEAF British man, wanted in Spain, claims he will not get a fair trial because, he says: “I can only lip-read Scouse.”

Harry Meadows, 39, is set to stand trial for his part in a UK gang’s crime spree, blowing up cash machines on the Costa del Sol.

The father is fighting attempts to haul him before a Spanish judge, according to the Liverpool Echo.

A report by the Merseyside paper claims Spanish officials have expressed concerns that Meadows could be exaggerating his condition “deliberately”.

Meadows is wanted for his role in a British gang, who netted €350,000 from blowing up cash machines with hand-made explosives, between Marbella and Malaga.

The Liverpool man and his cronies are alleged to have targeted ATMs at 14 banks, between 2013 and 2014.

Spanish prosecutors are keen to extradite Meadows to Spain, alongside five other suspects, who, reports the Echo, “are in UK prisons”.

Meadows, who denies the allegations against him, had already served three months in a Spanish prison, before returning to the UK.

Despite a judge approving an extradition order at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in 2018, there is still an ongoing legal battle.

At the High Court in 2019, Meadows’ lawyer argued that he “required a specialist lip-speaker who could pronounce words, and shape lips, to produce a Liverpool accent, which is a specialism rare in England, and rarer still in Spain”.

His defence rests on the fact that he never learned sign language and is, therefore, “unfit” to stand trial in Spain, because he can’t lip-read Spanish.

Meadows is wanted for his role in a British gang, who netted €350,000, from blowing up cash machines with hand-made explosives, between Marbella and Malaga.

The Liverpool man and his cronies allegedly targeted 14 ATMs at banks between 2013 and 2014.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking to extradite Meadows to Spain, alongside five other suspects, who, the Echo reports, are in UK prisons.

Meadows, who denies the allegations against him, has already served three months in a Spanish prison, before returning to the UK.

Despite a judge approving an extradition order at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in 2018, there is still an ongoing legal battle.

At the High Court last year, the lawyer representing Meadows argued: “He required a specialist lip-speaker who could pronounce words, and shape lips, to produce a Liverpool accent… a specialism rare in England, and rarer still in Spain”.

Meadows’ defence is based on the fact that he never learned sign language and is, therefore, “unfit” to stand trial in Spain because he can’t lip-read Spanish.



Latvian carried drugs inside four sealed cans

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:05

A 36-YEAR-OLD Latvian man was arrested by National Police at Tenerife South Airport, after discovering he was carrying heroin and ecstasy pills.

Officers confiscated 1.8kg of heroin (around 15,000 doses) and 0.6kg of MDMA, recognised mainly as ecstasy.

The man arrived in Tenerife on a flight from his country, after flying via another Schengen area, and he was stopped and searched by officers after setting foot outside the airport building.

The drugs were found hidden inside four sealed cans, disguised as food, and the Latvian was escorted back to the building, to be identified.

His luggage was also searched, and officers found four cans of food, hidden among his belongings. They became suspicious and opened the cans to see what was inside.

They came across packages inside the cans, and, once tested, they proved to be heroin and MDMA.

The successful arrest came via information obtained by the airport’s National Police, as well as from other important, detecting devices around the building.

The arrested man, together with the drugs, and a police report, are waiting to be presented to the judicial authorities.



Tough Las Vegas charity walk, to aid mental health

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:04

THE Feel Good Association charity joined forces with children’s charity Helping Hands recently to stage a fun walk in Tenerife’s own Las Vegas, guided expertly by Andy Walker, of top-rated Tenerife Guided Walks.

The charities were delighted with the 50-plus turn-out, including a big group of young children, who came along to support the cause.

Despite the sweltering calima, they completed the 7km hike, through stunning mountain landscape… some of them even running back down the mountain!

This cultural hike takes you by cave houses, “tajeas” (water channels), and a watermill, as well as lightning-struck pine trees. The group were also fortunate to see some almond blossom.

The walk also featured a team quiz to test everyone’s local knowledge of the area, and the participants were greeted with “no bull” vegan burgers, cold drinks and Las Vegas-themed music in the recreational area.

A big thanks to Kris Richard for sorting out the Elvis tracks!

There was even a hand-made photo booth with an Elvis costume, to ensure some fun memories of the day.

And another thank-you to Gabriella Young and Leslie ‘Elvis’ Moore for making this possible.

The event was followed up with a brilliant afternoon at The Garage, with a raffle and live music from the fabulous Alabama Band from Oklahoma, who were absolutely fantastic!

A joint statement from The Feel Good Association and Helping Hands said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part, donated, sponsored, gave up their free time to help out. Thank you so much to all our friends that came along to show their support.

“Big thanks to Tracey and Val, for entertaining the children, and their organisation of such a super day at The Garage… what a fabulous venue!

Thanks to our helpers, Ann, Margaret, Linda, who raised €440 by selling raffle tickets, and the wonderful youngsters who sold T-shirts, bags and books… Luca, Gabby, Charlin, Sarah, Joe & Francis.

A special thank-you certificate was presented to young Kimberley Wall for raising more than €210, all by herself on the sponsored walk.

Also, thanks to the amazing, always full of beans and smiles, unwaveringly-generous Elizabeth Montague, truly a force to be reckoned with, whose Helping Hands charity made a kind donation of €2,500.

Altogether, the grand total from the Charity Hike, the Helping Hands donation and proceeds from the post-event, added up to a staggering €3,972.16 for the Feel Good Association’s first fund-raiser.

This is a Tenerife mental health charity, which supports people suffering from mental health problems. as well as striving to reduce the stigma surrounding them.

They have a “building dreams” project, which aims to improve the lives of people with mental health issues by providing them with a paid internship, where they learn useful new skills, and also feel part of something.

To understand more about the association. you can watch their crowd-funding video The Feel Good Revolution on

Watch this space for more events coming up soon from these local Tenerife charities. Follow them here, so you don’t miss a trick: and



Hospitals crowded with hundreds of flu victims

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:04

AN increase of respiratory problems across the Canary Islands is causing concern, and hospitals’ emergency departments are virually overflowing.

That has occurred over the last few weeks, particularly, because of the regular bouts of flu and the calimas.

Professionals working at Candelaria Hospital’s emergency department are seeing more than 250 patients a day, yet on an average day no more than 220 walk through the doors.

According to a spokesperson from the hospital, it is normal for this time of year to have an increase of patients passing through the emergency doors… but not only in the Canary Islands, but also throughout Spain.

The volume of patients means the hospital has had to increase the number of beds in the emergency department by 12, It now has 104 beds for admissions and 32 for hospital transits.

However. there hasn’t just been an increase with beds because there are also more nursing staff to meet the patients’ demands.

More staff are also working at the department of microbiology, to speed up the diagnosing process.

Last week, the archipelago endured yet another calima, with three days of intense heat, which is when a rise in flu incidents were reported.

Some 240 individuals per 100,000 inhabitants were diagnosed, and already this year, there have been 13 deaths across the archipelago from influenza: eight were male and five female.

From the tragic death total, nine were over 65, and the other four were aged between 15 and 64 years.