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Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:12

Woman’s car left hanging

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:11
A WOMAN aged 45 was seriously injured after her car shot straight across the TF-28 (km-87), inside the Arona municipality, approaching Valle San Lorenzo, from the San Miguel direction, and came to a halt on a steep slope. The emergency services were notified swiftly, and were told of the driver’s dilemma. Surprisingly, though, she was able to get out of her car unaided. But fire-fighters, at the scene by then, helped her reach the medical team, who were waiting to assess her injuries. They soon discovered that the victim had broken bones, as well as suffering a serious abdominal injury. She was taken to Candelaria Hospital immediately. Guardia Civil officers and the Local Police were at the scene to assist with clearing the congested traffic, as well as removing the woman’s vehicle from the precarious area.

Retiring? Spain is the finest place in Europe

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10
SPAIN has beautiful surroundings, towns, cities, and, of course, lots of sunshine, which makes it a perfect setting for those approaching their final years And, says a new report, Spain is the best country to retire to in Europe. In fact, Blacktower Financial Management has revealed the best and worst European countries for retirees, based on cost of living, crime rates, life expectancy, property prices, average population age and weather. The country scored highly for each of these sections, without topping another country outright, but its average paved the way, overall, for it land the top spot. Spain has beautiful surroundings, towns, cities, and, of course, lots of sunshine, which makes it a perfect setting for those approaching their final years. Second in the rankings is Finland, the chilled Scandinavian atmosphere and gorgeous magic of the northern lights is also an excellent choice for retirees. Third was Italy, known for its wines, olive oils and pasta, which is a winning combination for when you’re past the point of no return, and have no problems in packing on some extra pounds. The UK featured in 17th place, and, despite the perception of grey skies and constant rain, the rolling hills of the north are a joy to see, whatever the weather. And the south-west has a gorgeous coastline, and an opportunity to grab a surfboard and make for the waves, especially if reaching retirement has given some people a new lease of life.

New parties can’t add spice to a new election for our patient voters

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10
WHAT is set to be one of Spain’s shortest-ever General Election campaigns has begun, officially, and, as usual, once the clock struck midnight on the last day of October, political parties were ready to go with their poster-sticking. They are not allowed by law to do so, until the campaign period begins, and, since the last election campaign at the end of 2011, genuine contenders for the leadership have been mounting up. The right-wing PP and current, reigning, left-leaning PSOE (socialists) had stopped competing  against each other, by the 2015 vote, because centre-right Ciudadanos and left-wing independents Podemos, in coalition with United Left as Unidos Podemos, had burst on to the scene, the latter coming from nowhere to net five European Parliament seats in 2014. The far right, in the shape of Vox, which had been in the background for a long time but never achieved Parliamentary representation, appeared as a genuine source of competition in the April elections. Pedro Sánchez, the PSOE leader, had called the election to seek a mandate for governing after just 10 months in power, following a no-confidence vote against the reigning PP, because of widespread corruption charges against high-ranking members. Now, the five has grown to six, with Podemos breakaway group Más País! (‘More Country’), led by former member Íñigo Errejón, expected to win at least a handful of seats with his pro-social policies. These include a 32-hour working week instead of the current 40 hours, as well as a minimum wage and State monthly pension of €1,200. The party’s leader, styling themselves as more moderate left than Podemos, but further left than the PSOE, was in Cádiz earlier this week for his first-ever political rally as a presidential candidate. Albert Rivera, of Ciudadanos, based his own discourse in Cádiz largely on the relatively non-existent threat of Catalunya severing ties with Spain and going it alone. His party’s manifesto includes higher wages, lower taxes, an end to widespread job insecurity, greater help for families and for would-be or actual parents, and a drive to make housing more affordable, for renters and buyers. Vox leader Santiago Abascal sought to drum up fear of a “national emergency” and to convince his audience that the party was not “far right” but “representative of everyone in Spain”. Yet surveys earlier in the year showed that around 755 people in the country did not agree. Pablo Casado, the PP leader, claimed that Sánchez had made it into the presidential hot-seat through a no-confidence vote, based upon “lies”, despite court cases that had already found PP members guilty of the corruption which forced the vote. He also said that a vote for the PSOE would be a vote for Catalunya’s independence, on the grounds that the pro-secession parties in the region had backed Sánchez’s motion against the PP, and that Sánchez has always been set against allowing a legal referendum on independence in Catalunya. Casado and Sánchez were at separate rallies in Sevilla, while Abascal was in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona province). United Left leader Alberto Garzón was in Madrid, along with Irene Montero, deputy leader and spokeswoman for Podemos and wife of its head, Pablo Iglesias. Pablo, rather than being at a rally, was on the humorous, chaotic chat show, El Hormiguero (The Ant’s Nest), hosted by comedian Pablo Motos. Iglesias referred to his failed attempts, and those of Sánchez, to reach a coalition deal after the April elections, which has led to their repeat, set for Sunday (10th Nov). He also referred to Errejón’s split from Podemos to form his own party. “When you separate, things are often much better,” said Iglesias of Errejón, showing that he has no hard feelings. “When you each have some space from each other, you have an easier relationship with each other. Our cardinal sin was to be too intense.” In fact, Iglesias had previously admitted that Errejón was the political brains behind Podemos much of the time, and was “gifted”, with “high-IQ”, meaning that he was “inevitably frustrated” and would one day feel he had outgrown the party. As for Sánchez, Iglesias does not seem to regard the PSOE as a direct rival, and he believes it is still possible that they could form a coalition. His wife Irene called for her audience at the Madrid rally to “persevere” in their Podemos votes, so that, “after four general elections in as many years, the changes the country needs can finally happen”, while warning the “old two-party system” that Podemos was “not giving up”.  Sánchez urged his listeners in Sevilla to “vote usefully”, to turn to the PSOE if they were undecided or were left-leaning, to avoid fragmented results that would end in yet another hung Parliament, which could hinder a stable government from forming. But with the 2015 elections having to be repeated, through inconclusive results, most of the opposition agreeing only to the PP’s investiture to avoid a third vote, and April’s also having led to a hung Parliament, it appears that the end of the two-party system has also brought an end to any chance of the polls giving any one group an outright majority. As a result, whichever party gains the most seats will have to work with at least one or even two or three others, to form a government. But signs of Spaniards suffering “electoral fatigue” are already showing, however, and participation looks set to be at its lowest ever on Sunday!

Spoiled turtle given free journey home

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:09

AN endangered turtle, carried all the way from the Canary Islands to the Irish beaches of Galway’s Connemara by Atlantic storms, has been flown to its Gran Canaria home by Ryanair.

The Irish Examiner reported that the Loggerhead turtle, known affectionately as Mara, was found in severe distress on Dolan’s Beach, in Roundstone, by local woman Linda Hederman.

She took the female reptile to Clifden’s Western Veterinary, where she was treated for hypothermia overnight, before being taken to Dingle Oceanworld to recuperate.

After a seven-week recovery, the hard-shelled turtle was flown home on the airline’s

early-morning flight, from Cork airport to Gran Canaria.

During the four-hour flight, Mara was coated in Vaseline to keep her hydrated, wrote the Examiner, and kept in an aerated box. The turtle was accompanied by two staff from Dingle Oceanworld, as well as vet Shónagh O’Sullivan, who volunteered to make the trip to ensure her good health.

The Loggerhead sea turtle is the world’s largest hard-shelled species. Fully-grown adults average about 350kg in weight, and some specimens have reached up to 450kg.

They are found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean, and need warm water to survive, which is what made Mara’s predicament so precarious.

The Loggerhead is considered an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, with the greatest threat to their survival being loss of nesting habitats to coastal development.

Mara, in poor health when found, put on about a kilo in weight under the care of Dingle Oceanworld, and she now weighs a healthy 3kg.

Before boarding her flight, she needed a health certificate and her own specially-issued passport to travel. Upon arriving in the Canaries, she was taken to the Gran Canaria Turtle Hospital for a check-up, before being released back into the water.


School monitors catch a pervert

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:08
A 58-YEAR-OLD man, caught masturbating in public, was arrested by National Police yesterday (Thursday) morning after being caught in the act. He was playing with himself while observing two minors, aged four and 17, through a glass window, as they practised a sporting activity. The incident took place in the Pancho Camurria municipal sports centre, in Santa Cruz, and the school’s sport monitors noticed the pervert because he was behaving suspiciously. The monitors went outside to check what was going on, and, as they drew closer to him, they realised that he was pressing himself against a window, while fiddling with himself. At the same time, he was studying the two boys inside the sports centre. The authorities were notified immediately, and, after interviewing the monitors, they arrested the man, charging him with exhibitionism.  He is now is awaiting an appointment before a judge.

Leeds-Bradford flight forced to circle ocean

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:08

A JET2 flight, about to head home to Leeds Bradford Airport from Tenerife, was forced to fly in a circle for two hours above the sea, amid fears of a “fault” with the plane.

The ordeal was branded a “nightmare” by one passenger, who described tense scenes, including people sweating and children being sick. Flight LS224 was scheduled to arrive back at the Yeadon airport in the early hours of Monday. But it barely made it away from South Tenerife Airport before trouble hit.

The flight, scheduled to take off at 7.55pm on Sunday, was delayed at first, and one source, believed to be on the flight, said: “Flight delayed due to pressurisation problem with plane. Got on and took off to find problem was back.”

It eventually set off at around 8.51pm, nearly an hour after it was supposed to, and the plane climbed to around 7,000 feet as the pilot manoeuvred the aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean.

But after just 20 minutes of flight-time, the pilot was forced to circle near South Tenerife Airport, dropping his speed to fluctuate between 170 and 210 knots per hour.

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: “Flight LS224 from Tenerife to Leeds Bradford returned to Tenerife shortly after take-off, when the pilot reported a minor fault indication. The plane circled in one spot for close to two hours.”

One passenger described a small patch of panic on the aircraft, saying: “Everyone sweating, kids being sick… what a nightmare!”

The pilot made one last circle at 10.26pm, before swinging out wide, further towards the ocean, and then descending. It landed back at South Tenerife Airport at about 10.48pm.

A Jet2 spokesperson for Jet2 said: “Customers were provided hotel accommodation, and we will be flying them back to Leeds Bradford today.”


Just go Loco at Coco Loco

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:07

by Paul Waller

IN the heart of Amarilla Golf, there is a bar that used to be called the Rockin Horse. In the last few months, it has been reinvented, revamped and repainted.

The main sign on the front has been replaced with a different one, for a new bar called Coco Loco, and the two people creating all of this are Chris and Katie. Both have years of experience in other establishments on the island, so moving to their own premises seemed to be the next step, before they get married, next year.

So what’s happening now at Coco Loco? Well. First there is a new menu for you to try which still includes “Chippy Friday”. Large tasty cod, battered sausage, and all your other Chippy favourites,  served on paper for that authentic taste. These are served between 6-10pm.

Sunday-roast dinners are available for €9.50 or €10.50, with a glass of wine or beer, between 2-7pm. Breakfasts are served everyday from 9am til midday. Lunch, snacks, sandwiches and rolls are available all day. The dinner menu is served from 6pm.

There is an all-new, extended Coco Loco Happy Hour, from 3- 8pm! A proper happy hour! Enjoy live entertainment every night, hosted by Coco Loco’s very own owner/compere, Chris “The Flash”.

Other new changes include all tradesmen/workers being welcome in the bar, and Chris and Katie will be putting on free Tradesmen Tapas from 2pm on a Friday afternoon, to start your weekend off properly, to go with a few beers.

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 7-9pm, the little ones are going to be entertained with a disco. For the budding little singers out there, there will also be karaoke!

For golfers and residents, they have now developed a loyalty card. Ask the staff for details. Anything is good for cheaper drinks! And, if you are on holiday, you haven’t been missed out. There is a loyalty card for you, also.

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 for the two sittings, 1pm and 5pm. The cost is €25 for adults, and €12.50 for under-11s.

New Year’s Eve is going to be the party of all parties, to start the year! It will be free entry to all, and, for only €10, there will be an all-you-can-eat-buffet avaiable. Book your places now!

Finally, everyone is welcome to the official relaunch party on Saturday 16th November, from 7pm till late, with live music and entertainment. Chris will start it off at 9pm, followed by The Blues Brothers at 10pm, Willy Ray – Prince of Soul  at 11pm, and The Tenor Ladies from midnight.

So put Saturday16th November in your diary, because this is a night not to be missed! There is also a invitation-only, pre-launch, VIP party from 6-7pm, hosted by Slap and Tickle.

So, come on. Let’s get behind these two, and make their  new venture start with a bang. Get down to Coco Loco in Amarilla Golf, and party party party.

Pop in, or check them out on Facebook, Coco Loco Karaoke Sports Bar, for the latest news and events.

UK general election uncertainty really weighs heavily on sterling

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:06

STAYING on top of the latest currency news can help you time your transfers more effectively, so find out what you should be looking out for, over the next couple of weeks.

Over the last fortnight, the pound-to-euro exchange rate has been fluctuating between €1.15 and €1.16, because of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and December’s UK general election.

Meanwhile, the EUR/GBP exchange rate remained steady at around £0.86, while GBP/USD fluctuated between $1.28 and $1.30.

Sterling experienced a lot of volatility last week, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that the Labour Party would back a general election, which provided the necessary support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for a pre-Christmas poll, to make it through Parliament.

UK markets remained cautious, however, as Brexit developments have been put on pause, for what is expected to be one of the most divisive general elections in a generation.

However, the euro has also been under pressure, with Germany’s flash Markit Manufacturing PMI coming in below forecasts at 41.9, and further fuelling fears that the Eurozone’s powerhouse economy could be facing a recession, in the near term.

The euro was also feeling added pressure, as the Eurozone’s economic woes intensified, last week, with several sub-par data releases adding to concerns that the region is experiencing a prolonged slowdown.

The US dollar weakened, in response to the Federal Reserve’s latest interest-rate announcement. While a rate cut had been long expected, the central bank was more dovish than forecast.

Tuesday will see the release of the UK’s Markit Services PMI for October, which is expected to remain mired in contraction territory at 49.7. However, any surprise improvement could buoy sterling, because growth in the UK’s largest sector would provide some confidence in the economic outlook.

llMeanwhile, US-dollar investors will be looking ahead to Wednesday’s release of the preliminary nonfarm productivity figure for the third quarter, which is expected to come in at 0.9%.

This week will also see the Bank of England (BoE) announce its latest interest-rate decision. No change in interest rates is forecast, but any dovish commentary from Governor Mark Carney could apply downward pressure on the GBP/EUR exchange rate.   British political developments will also remain in focus, with the pound potentially climbing, if the Conservatives remain ahead in the polls.

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. Since 1996, we’ve helped more than 250,000 customers with their currency transfers. Just pop into your local Currencies Direct branch, or give us a call to find out more.

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Tuesday Crafters really help charity

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:05

THE Tuesday Crafters are holding their annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 16th November 2019, from 11am-3pm, in the El Paso Bar, Castle Harbour, in Los Cristianos.

Once again, they will be donating all the proceeds from the tombola, raffle and table hire to FACT (Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife). All items are hand made.

Although it rained heavily last year, there was still an amazing turnout.