Police raid illegal poker game

Police have cracked down on illegal gambling in Spain with a raid on a Texas holdem poker game in Granada.

They said seven people were playing, including a minor, and chips worth nearly half a million euros were seized.

Officers carried out surveillance for a number of days before raiding premises in the north of the city.

The poker was described as “an illegal activity [...]

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“Supermarket of art” showcases

If you like art and perhaps would like to buy a painting for yourself or as a Christmas present, the Museum of History and Anthropology in La Laguna has the answer.

Tenerife Cabildo is very keen to promote art amongst the young and is staging the eleventh edition of Merkarte Supermercado del Arte. This opened on November 27th and continues until January 5th.

This “supermarket of art” [...]

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Sprucing up Guimar

A pledge has been made to improve the appearance of many areas in Guimar, including park areas and around the popular ethnographic park with its fascinating pyramids.

The local council is installing 100 new rubbish containers which have an increased capacity of 20 per cent over the original ones. The cost is just over 30,000 euros.

The aim is to site them in areas of the most [...]

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The risks of food poisoning and what to do

Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Most people get better without the need for treatment.

In most cases, food that causes food poisoning is contaminated by bacteria, such as salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli), or a virus, such as the norovirus.

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Hospital doubts

Neither the north or south of Tenerife will have a proper hospital in 2015, it has been claimed.

Members of the Popular Party say the complexes will not be finished because not enough money has been allocated by the Canary Government, despite hopes to the contrary by Tenerife Cabildo.

The PP has dismissed claims that the hospitals will be up and running next year and says local [...]

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Nostalgia as Los Gigantes loses plaza lanterns

There is something very curious in the human psyche as to why we don’t actually miss something we take for granted … until it disappears.

For years, the ornate, imposing, chandelier-like street lamps have been a feature of the plaza in the centre of Los Gigantes.

Only a few months ago, their proud columns, highlighted in a twisting weave of silvered fishes, were refurbished.

But [...]

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You may be at risk if your home is uninsured

Having home insurance cover in Spain is not compulsory by law. However, at Linea Directa we highly recommend that you cover your buildings and their contents. Without insurance you will be fully responsible for footing the bill to any damages resulting from fire and water, a neighbour’s property, and you’ll be left unprotected against theft or damage from a wide range of potential mishaps.

Your property [...]

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Arona forms new tourism forum

Arona has a new “round table” forum in order to co-ordinate efforts to further develop tourism initiatives in the municipality.

Meetings are to be held every month and will involve representatives of numerous sectors, including members of the local government, tourism entrepreneurs, tourist industry associations and public administration entities.

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The usual causes of headache

Optical defects (myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism) and presbyopia, when insufficiently or inadequately corrected by spectacles, contact lenses or refractive surgery, are the most frequent causes of headache.

Insufficient coordination between the eyes is equally a frequent cause of headache.

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The fright of sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak when you are waking up or, less commonly, falling asleep.

Although you are awake, your body is briefly paralysed, after which you can move and speak as normal. The paralysis can last from a few seconds to several minutes.

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