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Bad for Business & Top Hotels in Tenerife News of the Week


Carnaval Queen Contestant

Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

A taste of rain at last
After months and months of drought, a decent amount of rain finally fell on Tenerife soil. The rain on Thursday affected mainly the northern side of Tenerife where it was welcomed like mana from heaven with some people cheering and others signalling their thanks to the heavens. In La Laguna up to 15 litres of water per square metre fell in ten minutes.
Whilst residents in the north of Tenerife danced in the rain, the south remained sunny; although strong winds in southern parts restricted sea going excursions.
The weather front was short-lived, leaving the islands by the end of Thursday. Relief was brief but it did breathe a bit of life back into the thirsty soil.

Top Tenerife hotels
Congratulations to the seven Tenerife hotels that featured in tour operator TUI’s top 100 hotels of the world at TUI’s Holly awards in Valencia. The seven hotels loved by TUI clients are the Gran Hotel Roca Nivaria, Hotel Atlantis Park, Hotel Botánico, Hotel Colón Guanahani, Hotel Jardines de Nivaria, Hotel Rui Garoé and the Hotel Tigaiga.
The popular Hotel Tigaiga in Puerto de la Cruz was also picked out for a special award for its ongoing commitment to implementing innovative environmental awareness projects that are quite a bit more advanced than signs saying ‘if you hang up your towel neatly, we won’t replace it and you’ll be helping to save the planet. Leave it in a heap on the floor and we’ll change it for a fresh one even though it shows you’re environmentally unaware and a messy devil”.

Pigeons close a school
One of the oddest stories of the week was about the boycott by students of a college in a suburb of Puerto de la Cruz because there were too many pigeons about. Around 300 people turned up at the college to protest about the plague of palomas which parents claimed represented a health risk. The college’s director seemed unsure as to how he was going resolve the situation and get rid of the feathered pests; you could say he came across as being coo-less.

Nul points at Carnaval 2013
There will be a change of voting procedures at next year’s carnival queen contest in Santa Cruz. In comes a Eurovision Song Contest style where each of the judges will award points to each candidate after they’ve swished their huge, flamboyant outfit around the stage.
This style of voting was tried before in 2009, but immediately dumped after being criticised by designers who said that the members of the jury didn’t quite understand how the voting worked. Now they’ve had 3 years to get to grips with the concept, everybody seems happy to try it again… that is until the first time a juror utters those words that no-one wants to hear “nul points”.
The election for the Carnaval Queen for 2013 takes place on February 6th.

And finally the TIT (This is Tenerife) of the week award goes to… The curse of Tenerife; bad business practices
Latest culprits on the long, long list of not paying their employees, according to the Spanish newspaper El Dia, is Gestión de Restauración de Canarias SL; the company responsible for staffing the wonderful Mirador de Humboldt in La Orotava. Staff who are owed months of unpaid wages are holding a one day strike on the 30th September in a bid to try to jolt the company into paying them what they are owed.
Every week there are reports on Tenerife of workers not being paid by employers; it’s an endemic disease that stretches all the way up to the top.
There are some in the Canary Islands who complain about being viewed as being backward. Guess what? Continuing to indulge in abhorrent, outdated and unacceptable businesses practices, such as not paying workers timeously, only serves to prove to the more developed parts of Europe’s business community that backward is exactly what the islands are when it comes to business practices.

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2013 Carnival Poster & Give us a Job in Tenerife News of the Week


Santa Cruz carnival poster 2013

Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

Missing the Point
The Canarian Government has announced that the EU has authorised the public sector in the Canary Islands to favour employing or contracting only with Canarian residents. Javier González Ortiz, the Canarian Government’s Minister for Economy, Taxes and Security said this was a positive move that would help improve the prospects of Canarian residents whom he felt were victims of not only a lack of jobs but of foreign workers taking up positions in the islands.
Apart from the fact that it goes completely against EU directives, the idea of favouring job hunters and contractors because of their place of birth is ridiculous and discriminatory.
People don’t take jobs, they earn them because they have the suitable qualities, qualifications and experience for the job.
If someone doesn’t have the qualifications or the necessary qualities, here’s the not-so-secret formula ““ they need to work harder and get them. To think otherwise is to miss the point. The Canarian Government should concentrate on tackling issues such as better education and training instead of flaunting this red herring. Interestingly the authorisation (if it can be called that) is related to ‘Canarian residents” not ‘Canarios”, a point that seems to have eluded some newspapers as well as some Canarian politicians.

Possibly this official statement might help remind them what it means to be part of the EU – ‘Free movement of persons is one of the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Community law. It is perhaps the most important right under Community law for individuals, and an essential element of European citizenship.

Thankfully opposition politicians seem to have a better understanding of EU legislation and have ridiculed what they say is a deliberate twisting of what was a communication between Brussels and the Canary Island Government.

Carnaval Poster for 2013
Although the sound of those carnival drums is a long seven months away, the biggest fiesta in Tenerife is never far from people’s minds. This week saw the unveiling of the carnival poster design for 2013 by artist Waldemar Lemanczyk from Güímar. The poster, titled Rhythm and Colour, was chosen from a field of 27 entries. There’s no mistaking the Bollywood theme for next year’s carnival with the fish adding that essential Chicharrero (the nickname for people from Santa Cruz) element. That alluring Indian look will no doubt give some people an idea for a carnival costume… especially the men.

Honey Shortage
Apparently one of the things affected by the drought on Tenerife is the production of honey. The spring/summer honey haul is only 50% of what it should be and bee-keepers fear that as much as 90% of average annual honey production will be lost by the end of the year, particularly honeys made with tajinaste and retama de Teide. Apart from being disastrous for bee-keepers it means that honey prices are likely to soar.

The Music Scene on Tenerife is Different
Whereas Sting struggled to sell 6,000 tickets on Tenerife, Latino singer Juan Luis Guerra pulled in 10,000 fans in Los Cristianos on Friday night. If you’re a fan of Latino and Spanish music, you’ll regularly get to see the biggest names from those music scenes on Tenerife. However, if it’s top British and American musicians you want to see in Tenerife a ‘sound-alike’ in Playa de las Américas is probably the closest you’ll get.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Coalición Canaria
Following last week’s TIT of the week award to Arona’s Mayor who was disqualified from holding public office for four and a half years, this week’s award goes to his political party, Coalición Canaria (CC). Despite the judicial ruling, the CC have backed the Mayor to stay on in his position. The party stated that whilst they respected judicial decisions, this particular one just wasn’t logical. Maybe they only respect the judicial decisions they like.
What sort of an example is that to set? The message seems to be ‘If you think any aspect of the law is illogical, simply ignore it and do your own thing’ under the ‘if it’s good enough for the goose, it’s good enough for the gander’ philosophy. Or is it more a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’?

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Fireworks & Bollywood in Tenerife News of the Week


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

An Explosive Community Spirit
Those fortunate enough to have seen the wonderful annual firework display in Los Realejos on the evening of May 3 witnessed something a lot more impressive than a mind blowing pyrotechnic extravaganza; they witnessed a display of harmony (despite the fact the display has its roots in neighbourhood rivalries) and pride amongst the people of Los Realejos that deserves to be acknowledged and applauded. The whole display and the beautiful decorations on 300 of the municipality’s crosses is funded totally by residents, not a centimo comes from public funds. As soon as the display is over the fund-raising begins again to ensure the tradition continues. So if anyone passes Los Realejos way during a fundraising event try to take the opportunity to donate, it’s a wonderful and very special tradition whose publicity benefits all of Tenerife.

Bollywood Comes to Tenerife
It’s official, the theme for Santa Cruz ‘Carnaval’ 2013 will be Bollywood ““ the choice of the people. For the first time chicharreros were able to pick the theme of their carnival by voting on social media channels such as Facebook and 42% opted for what should be a perfect choice for a lively and vibrantly coloured carnival.
Santa Cruz Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez voiced his approval for the people’s choice by saying it was particularly ‘special’ because of the sizeable Indian community in Santa Cruz who have been an important part of commerce in the city for generations. We’re with José, Bollywood is perfect for carnival and gives us an excuse to dig out Slumdog Millionaire again to check out some of those dance moves.

It’s Good to Talk
This week a small ceremony in Santa Cruz celebrated an event that changed Tenerife and the Canary Islands forever 129 years ago ““ the arrival of a telegraph cable that linked Tenerife with Cádiz providing a link with the outside world for the first time that meant news wasn’t weeks or even months old by the time it got to the islands. And where did this liberating cable come ashore? It was at Los Silos where there’s still an anonymous little hut marking the spot.

Third World or Modern Day Europe?
It seems incredible in this day and age but 2,500 residents of Puerto de la Cruz have been without drinking water for 12 days and no-one is able to say when their tap water will be given the all clear. There seem to be some inconsistencies about the cause of the contamination relating to a reservoir cover collapsing and falling into the town’s water supply. An “It’s complicated” statement from the water authorities didn’t really help clear up the mystery. The areas still affected are San Antonio, Las Aronas, Taoro and Las Dehesas. Officials say there isn’t a serious health issue otherwise the supply would have been cut off completely. But come on guys; 12 days without drinking water in Europe in 2012? It’s time to wipe out this buffoonery.

CD Tenerife on the Up?
Good news for CD Tenerife fans at last. This week the team secured a play-off spot so fingers crossed they can actually give their loyal fans something to cheer about at the end of a tumultuous season.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Loggers in the Anagas
You’ve got one of the last remaining ancient luarisilva forests on the planet so what do you do? You chop some of it down. Well you do if you’re a complete no-brainer with no love or respect for your island and its natural beauty. Thankfully forestry agents rumbled the unofficial logging operation around the El Bufadero area of the beautiful Anaga Mountains and have put a stop to it but not before an area of 2,000 square metres was affected.

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Carnaval 2013 & Fast Food is Depressing in Tenerife News of the Week


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

Choose the Theme for Carnaval 2013
We know it seems like only yesterday when grizzled blokes with beards were checking that their stocking seams were straight but plans for Carnaval 2013 are already taking shape and this year you could be part of them. For the the first time Santa Cruz city council are asking the public to choose the carnaval theme. On Monday six potential themes were decided and these have been posted on the official Santa Cruz carnaval website and the corresponding Facebook page. The choices are Bollywood, cartoons (los dibujos animados), Africa, the sea, carnavals of the world and the Olympics. All you’ve got to do is make your choice and start working on your costume hoping that everyone else is thinking along the same lines. The site is in Spanish but it isn’t difficult to cast your vote even if your grasp of Spanish only runs to ‘gracias” and ‘dos cervezas por favor’. At the moment ‘cartoons” is out in front with 30% of the vote. There are enough Mickey Mouse operations on Tenerife as there is, so maybe a change would be novel. The poll closes on May 6, so get your vote in now.

Best Resort in Spain
Congratulations are in order to the Hotel Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, or at least we think they are. According to newspaper reports, the luxury hotel at Alcalá was voted ‘best resort in Spain” by readers of the prestigious travel magazine Condé Naste Traveler. We wanted to include a link to the awards in the magazine but were unable to find any mention of the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in the Gold List 2012 for Spain currently shown on the magazine’s website, so if anyone has a link to the page with the awards that include the Hotel Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora we’d really appreciate knowing where to find it.

Eating Fast Foot is Depressing – Official
At least it is according to a six year study carried out by Las Palmas University. Out of a test group of 10,000 initially healthy people, the study discovered that those who had a daily dose of fast food were more likely to experience depression. This was attributed to the presence of hydrogenated fatty acids in junk food. These fatty acids are used to enhance texture and flavour in mass produced commercial fast foods and are associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease which, according to the study, increases the likelihood of depression. It’s not really the result you expect when you place that order for a ‘happy meal’.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Gran Sur Cinemas
A group of Brits arrive at a location in good spirits and with high expectations to discover what awaits them doesn’t exactly match the promise of what had been ‘sold’ to them online. This might have been the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which was advertised as the English language movie at Gran Sur Cinemas in Costa Adeje… but it also applied to those who turned up to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Despite initially being advertised on Gran Sur’s website (mysteriously disappearing later), staff at Gran Sur told disappointed movie-goers that there wasn’t an English language movie and that there had never been plans to screen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in English. Must have been a mass hallucination then. There’s a lesson to be learned here by Gran Sur; if something doesn’t pan out as planned, let people know, they will accept it. Do not try to pretend it didn’t happen ““ there’s this little thing called the internet you see…

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