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

Spaced Out Tenerife
Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi gave us one of the most stunning photos you’re ever likely to see of Tenerife when he snapped an ‘out of this world shot” of the Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with the International Space Station directly above the island.
Hmmm, looks like clear skies over the east and west as usual.

Changing the face of El Médano
The future of the Hotel El Médano hit the headlines again when Tenerife’s Ministerio de Medio Ambiente declared that the hotel’s terraces over the sea were to be pulled down because they don’t comply with coastal laws. El Médano’s seafront is one of the most picturesque in the south of Tenerife, partly due to the Art Deco styled hotel jutting out over the sea, but the law is the law isn’t it?
Not if you’re the planned Port of Granadilla where this week a species of previously ‘endangered’ underwater grass was conveniently reclassified by the government as being merely ‘of general interest” and by doing so allowed work on the controversial port to go ahead.
Apparently what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander.

Tenerife – Centre of World Communications
Once the centre of the world for explorers seeking their fortunes in the Americas, it seems appropriate that Tenerife will once again be at the centre of things with thousands of miles of undersea telecommunications cables routing through the island, connecting Tenerife with Europe, Africa and America. It’s predicted that in two years, internet access on Tenerife could be amongst the quickest and cheapest in the world.
Great news, now all that has to be done is for someone to explain to businesses on Tenerife what the internet actually is.

Santa Cruz Tuned in to WI-FI
The capital took a great leap forward this week by launching free WI-Fi in ten points in the city including Parque García Sanabria and Plaza de España. Technology Promotion Councilman Jose Alberto Diaz-Estébanez warned that there might be ‘bugs” in the initial stages ““ I don’t suppose he meant the ants crawling over my notebook as I lounged on the grass in Parque García Sanabria.

Plans for a North and South Tenerife Train are Derailed
Spain’s austerity measures could keep the Tenerife train in the proverbial sidings until at least 2012. The freeze on funding for railways and roads means that it’s unlikely the Tenerife government is going to receive the subsidies from the state for the project that they were hoping for. La Opinion reported that the Tenerife Government were considering looking for private investors instead, so if you’ve got a spare 1,800 million euros lying around that you don’t know what to do with…

Simply Red in Concert in Adeje

The ginger mopped one and his band added two new venues to their ‘Farewell’ tour ““ Venice and Tenerife ““ YAY. The band will be performing at Golf Costa Adeje on July 20.
Ginger hair? Pale skin? Tenerife in July? I hope Mick brings plenty of sun cream otherwise it might end up being more Simply Lobster Coloured in concert.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to…
The Auditorio de Tenerife who only a couple of weeks ago told one of the Tenerife Magazine team that they couldn’t take photos of the iconic auditorium and this week announced a competition…for the best photograph of the auditorium. The words messages and mixed come to mind.