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Authorities ask for help in forest fire investigation

Posted by dolly diver on August 29, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A plea to the public has been issued by the Guardia Civil asking them to come forward with information about who started the forest fires that destroyed parts of Tenerife at the end of last month.

Initially the authorities said they ‘knew’ who the culprits were and it was just a matter of time before they ‘made a mistake and were caught’, it now seems that more information is needed.

A confidential telephone hot-line has been set up to take calls from anyone who might have information on the fire-setters.

The blazes lasted several days and forced the evacuation of thousands of people from rural areas of the island. 

Spanish woman stabs her German husband to death

Posted by dolly diver on August 29, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A 40 year old Spanish woman, named only with the initials M.P.M.R. has been arrested in Tenerife in connection with the murder of her 62 year old German partner. She was found yesterday thrown to the ground and crying in a commercial centre in the Playa de Las Américas. She confessed to the crime, four days after carrying it out.

The body of the man, which had multiple stab wounds, was found in a house at Urbanisation Coralmar. The Guardia Civil say he had been dead for some days. It’s seems a simple domestic argument led to the fight. She is now being given a psychiatric evaluation.

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Lions fund raising night, a roaring success Sat 25th August saw the culmination of weeks of preparation followed by a few final days of sheer panic come to fruition.

It was the idea of Lions President, Mary Thompson to hold a music concert in the plaza of Los Gigantes to raise funds for the local Fire Brigade and for the Orobal Centre for disabled children.

So to the day. The stage was set up and all preparations made whilst waiting for the equipment to arrive.

At 3.30pm the Public Address system and lighting, courtesy of Viana Shows, along with their technicians, on their day off, arrived and during the course of the next 4 hours various artists and even more equipment arrives. Mayhem ensured on stage where the multitude of cables began to resemble a demented spider’s web. The plaza was transformed from its usual vista by the arrival of the caterers and their tables into a large dining room.Rock ‘n’ Roar Los Gigantes

As the guests arrived and were seated, various Lions were still running around putting the last touches together.  So, all ready to go (and only half an hour late).

Compere for the evening, Lion Paul Marley introduced Helen Dixon-Pride who opened the evening with a fantastic set of swing and jazz, much to the audience’s approval. Helen Dickson-Pride

As Helen was completing her set, frantic phone calls were in progress to find out where the Flamenco show was, as they had not arrived.  Denise Bell, of Viana Shows who had donated the show, discovered they had been involved in an accident on route, no one was hurt but they would not be able to make it.

 Whilst Denise tried to sort out a replacement Paul introduced Pedro and Peter two ocean rowers who are going to row the Atlantic in a Ocean rowing Boat23ft ocean rowing boat to raise funds for the Orobal centre, and Lion Steve Gilbert explained that this was one of the few great challenges, 3000 miles of open ocean from La Gomera to Antigua. During which time a few phone calls from Denise had the problem sorted out. A Brazilian Carnival Dance troop arrived and Brazillian Carnival Dancersthrilled the audience with their acrobatic and dance skills.

The raffle ticket sales for the €1000 first prize were going well and people were getting used to the idea of being approached and “mugged” by a tall red-headed punk in the form of Lion, Sheila Widdrington. 

It seemed like a punk take over for the evening, the former evening suited compere had suddenly been replaced by a purple headed punk, who then introduced Paul Lee with his Meat Loaf tribute show.Paul Lee - Meat Loaf His enthusiastic and powerful delivery soon had people on their feet dancing.

The night was really hotting up. Lion president Mary introduced one of the young children from the Orobal centre to remind us all why we were there.

Bob & Gill - Old Dogs New TricksNext up was Old Dogs New Tricks, one of the finest cabaret duos on the island. They were enthusiastically received by the audience and the dancing was now in full swing. 

Schedule, only running half an hour late, so on with the show.  Tom, Eddie & Rick - GlamslamGlamslam, a 70’s glam rock trio wooed the audience and brought a nostalgic sigh to many of the audience who grew up in a period of T Rex and Sweet. 

Lion president Mary came on stage and the raffle was drawn by Pedro, one of the rowers.
 

Raffle WinnersRaffle winner John Vallance

1st Prize Ticket No. 5401 €1000.
Won by Mr John Vallance from Kent, on holiday in El Marquez with his family.

2nd prize €200 Won by Mr J.P. Thomas El Marquez Palace
3rd Prize Bellisima Voucher, Won by Mr Foster
4th Prize Klusters Voucher Won by Mr Tutin

Finally Roy England, who had been assisting introduced the 5 piece Underground (It’s Immaterial)rock group Underground (It’s Immaterial) who were enthusiastically received by the waiting audience. The band rocked the night away with renditions of such classics as Cocaine, Road to Hell and Comfortable Numb as well as their own totally original music written by Kevin Allen and arranged by the group with not a backing track in sight.

At the end of the night all agreed that the night had been a “Roaring” success. The night would not have been possible without the kind assistance of all of the artists, the sponsors and the many other people who donated their time and energy.  Lions President, Mary Thompson wishes to thank the following people and a special thanks to the other Lions, and helpers, who have not been mentioned by name but none the less were there, supporting the president.

Sponsors                                                             

Val Childs                                                            
Keith Childs                                                         
Luisa Jayne Childs                                             
Jay Alexander Childs                                       
Zoe Anne Childs
CK’s Bistro
Delphin Home Centre
Wine Bar
1976 Bar & Grill
Bellissima
Klusters
Delmar
Bar Punta Azul (Alcala)

Artists
Helen Dixon-Pride
Paul Lee – Meat Loaf
Bob & Gill – Old Dags New Tricks
Kevin, Paul, Ray, Steve & Carlos – Underground (It’s Immaterial
Tom, Eddie & Rick – Glamslam
Brizilian Carnival Dancers
Aids
Viana Shows
Maggie Porter
Denise Bell
Roy England

Private letters of thanks have been sent to the Ayuntaniento and to the Police thanking them for their assistance.

Funds raised were in the region of €2500. Account still to be finalised

Woman stabbed to death in Los Christianos

Posted by dolly diver on August 27, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A 47-year-old British man, whose name has not been released by the Police, walked into a bar at the Paloma Beach Apartments, Los Christianos, declaring he could not remember where he lived.

Bar staff pointed him in the direction of his apartment but noticing that he was covered in blood so they contacted the local police.

When the police officers arrived at his apartment they discovered the body of his wife lying in a pool of blood. It is believed she died from multiple stab wounds to the upper body and neck.

Spanish Interior Ministry say that the man may be suffering serious psychiatric problems. The couple are thought to have moved to
Tenerife eight months ago.

Masca Village to be fully restored

Posted by dolly diver on August 25, 2007
Posted in Local News 

mascaI was near to tears filming in Masca the day after the forest fires. The once beautiful barrancos were scorched beyond belief, palm trees black and sad and several properties destroyed.

However, there is now good news on the horizon. Masca is to be fully restored to its former glory. The operation is to be co-ordinated by the Tenerife Cabildo, the Canary Islands Government and Buenavista Council. A special commission is to be set up to oversee the operation, meeting once a fortnight to check on progress. 

During the fires the wooden bridge on the very popular Masca walk was damaged, so for safety reasons the walk has been closed until repairs are completed. 

British Consulate, experimental service in the South

Posted by dolly diver on August 25, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

You’re on holiday in the south of Tenerife and a few days before you are due to fly home, your passport is either lost or stolen. Panic sets in, or even worse you have been mugged, involved in an accident or have been robbed of your credit cards and all your money.

A friendly face is desperately needed along with expert advice and a guiding hand to help you through the trauma, without the hassle of a long journey by bus or car to the British Consulate at Santa Cruz.

The British Consulate now has an experimental “outreach” service, to deal with emergencies in the south, on Mondays and Thursdays, usually from 9.30am to 1.30pm, a member of the British Consulate staff from Santa Cruz is available at San Eugenio to deal with emergencies.

English and Spanish lawyers, De Cotta McKenna y Santafé kindly offered to provide a room at their first floor premises at Avenida Colón for an initial three months. Their offices are up the white flight of stairs just opposite the Scotch Corner restaurant, with plenty of parking nearby at the San Eugenio commercial centre and only a ten minute walk from the Playa de las Américas bus station.

Where possible, you do need to make an appointment first so you must ring 922 286 863 to discuss the nature of your problem. For a lost or stolen passport your first step is to ring the police on 902 102 112 which will be answered by an English-speaking person.

 Although it may be possible to travel back to Britain on the subsequent police report, the British Consulate says there is no guarantee because of increased airport security and individual airline policies.  One couple who tried to travel on a police report got to the airport and were turned away. They lost their flight and had to rebook for the next day.

The Monday and Thursday sessions will continue until the end of September after which there will be a full review as to how,  when or if the service is to continue.

Find out more at  www.ukinspain.com

Tenerife – European Capital of Yoga 2007

Posted by dolly diver on August 25, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

yogaTenerife, during the months of September and October, is set to become the European Capital of Yoga for the year 2007. A special programme of events will be taking place at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia in Costa Adeje.

Yoga for health, healing and personal transformation is a four-week event presented by a well-known Indian family of teachers called the Mohan’s – Sri. A.G. Mohan, his wife Indra, and son Ganesh.

A G Mohan was one of the few people to study with the legendary yoga master Sri T Krishnamacharya, for 18 years.  Indra Mohan, received a diploma from Krishnamacharya and is an accomplished yoga therapist.  Ganesh Mohan is a doctor, formally trained in modern medicine and ayurveda.

The Mohans represent the living history of modern yoga and the link between the oldest traditions and the new expressions of yoga in the West. It is a privilege to have the presence of such valuable yoga teachers here. As part of the event, they will be offering yoga students from all over Europe the opportunity to study for the Diploma in Teaching the Science and Art of Yoga.

A series of weekend workshops on yoga and ayurveda will take place between 16 September and 14 October, along with wellness yoga retreat weeks, and a big yoga exhibition – all open to the public.

The exhibition “Yoga, The Inner Sound” will open each day during the four weeks, between 9.30am and 8pm. It will be formally opened by the Mohans and consists of a self-explanatory exhibition in both graphic and multimedia formats, the content of which has never been seen before in Spain.

The exhibition aims to bring answers to key questions about yoga and ayurveda, commonly asked by those interested in this ancient universal tradition for body and mind.During the exhibition visitors will receive complementary mini-massages applied by the Thai therapist team of Thai Zen Space, and will be able to sample a range of aromatic teas and light Asian snacks with ayurvedic inspiration.

At the end of the four weeks, a yoga master class is planned for the public, to take place on the beach. The Cabildo in Tenerife, Iberostar and Thai Zen Place spa are supporting these events.

For more information or to register for a course, visit
www.yogatenerife.com  or contact Louise Housley 0034 639 232 534.

Lago Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on August 24, 2007
Posted in Local News 

The long-running debate over the legality of the building project in Puerto Santiago, the Lago Santiago, may finally be coming to a conclusion.

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  • Titsa bus drivers threaten all-out strike

    Posted by dolly diver on August 24, 2007
    Posted in News about Tenerife 

    A solution to resolve the dispute with bus company TITSA appears no nearer to success after the latest meeting between the drivers and the Tenerife Cabildo.

    The problem lies with the success of the new tram service which looks certain to lead to a review of current routes in Santa Cruz and La Laguna, with reduced frequencies and a small number of withdrawals.

    Drivers have threatened an all-out strike as of 1 September unless their jobs are guaranteed and they want the bus service to be enhanced by bus lanes throughout Santa Cruz so they can compete with the tram.

    In an effort to settle the conflict more talks are scheduled later this week. 

    Bank raid in Las Chafiras

    Posted by dolly diver on August 24, 2007
    Posted in News about Tenerife 

    Staff of the Caja Rural Bank, Las Chafiras branch opened yesterday morning to discover that raiders had stolen 160,000 euros from their safe.

    In the early hours of the morning the raiders disconnected the electricity supply to the bank which prevented the alarm from ringing.They then broke into the building next door and cut a large hole in the adjoining wall to break into the branch.

    Several hours must have been spent on the job as they also had to break open the safe to access the contents. The branch was temporarily closed on Thursday morning so police could investigate. This raid is the latest in a series of robberies on banks in south Tenerife, but it is the first involving cutting through a wall.