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Olive Nock – better known as Lady Olive has died.

Posted by dolly diver on April 17, 2008
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One of the most loved memorable residents of Los Gigantes, Olive Nock died on 5th April in London, aged 93.

Most of us remember her as “Lady Olive” always beautifully dressed, never a hair out of place and with her boundless energy was always the life and soul of the party.

So respected was she in the local community that the now closed Dickens bar in Los Gigantes always reserved her a seat beneath a plaque with her name on it.

Another of her favourite haunts was the Green Corner. They will be closed between 1 and 2pm today, as a mark of respect as she is cremated in West London.

Olive left Tenerife 2 years ago to live nearer her son and grandchildren and has been sorely missed by all her good friends.

The family will be coming to Tenerife at the end of this month to hold a memorial service at the Church in Los Gigantes.

Condolences to her family from the team

Repeat burglars arrested

Posted by dolly diver on April 17, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Two men were caught red handed and arrested yesterday as they tried to burgle a shop near the Barranco del Infierno.

The pair, thought to be brothers who live locally, were detained after a neighbour reported hearing noise in the shop in the early hours of the morning.

The shop had been broken into on several previous occasions. Police are questioning the two men in connection with a number break-ins that have been reported recently in hotels, homes and business premises in the area.

Woman hit by a taxi on zebra crossing dies.

Posted by dolly diver on April 17, 2008
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Elizabeth WarrenEx Mayoress, Elizabeth Warren, aged 66yrs, from Shropshire died after being hit by a taxi while on holiday in Las Americas with her husband.

Today her husband, former Machynlleth councillor and mayor Ivan Warren, from Shrewsbury, praised hospital staff for trying to save his wife, describing the care she received as “absolutely superb”.

Mr Warren, 68 said: “We were on holiday in Tenerife and “We were due to meet up for a meal but Elizabeth was struck by a taxi on a pedestrian crossing at about 5.45pm on April 6. She died from head injuries on April 11.”

Titsa aero busAngry protests from local taxi drivers has resulted in the Cabildo denying permission for the majority of the 48 bus stops planned for the new Aero bus service.

The taxi drivers were up in arms as the loss of business would seriously threaten the livelihood of the 300 families who depended on the income from airport transfers.

The new service, which commenced last Saturday, operates between the Reina Sofia airport through Los Cristianos, Las Americas ending at La Caleta. The cost is only €5 per person. The idea had hoped to boost tourism by significantly cutting holiday costs for tourists.

The Aero bus is now only allowed 7 stops, the entrance of La Caletta, C.C. El Duque, Costa Adeje, Avenida Chayofita, Av. Gómez Cuesta and the main bus terminal in Las Americas before heading directly to Los Cristianos and the main bus stop outside the Apollo Centre.

Some declare the service is now as much use as a chocolate fire guard and it’s ludicrous to turn down an opportunity to cut holiday costs when there is so much competition in the tourist industry.

The “Acantilado de Los Gigantes”, fourth annual underwater photographic competition dates are scheduled for June 28 to July 6 2008.

The amazing volcanic rock formations, caves, tunnels and arches plus the amazing diversity of marine live in the Los Gigantes area make it an ideal location for the competition.

The competition organiser is Antonio from the Los Gigantes Marina Diving Centre together with the Balfin association, assisted by Neville’s facilities from the English centre Los Gigantes Diving Centre.

The competition is sponsored by the local council, with the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo, with a view to promoting the area’s beautiful natural environment.

During the week long competition the underwater photographers will put together a portfolio of their best 10 photographs from 5 dives.

There is €10,000 in prize money, plus a special award, sponsored by El Corte Inglés for the best photo collection, which carries a prize of €600 worth of vouchers to spend in their store in Santa Cruz.

The entry fee is €200 including the 5 dives.
For more information contact:-

Antonio – Los Gigantes Marina Diving Centre (SPANISH) Tel 922 868002
Nev or Andy – Los Gigantes Diving Centre (ENGLISH) Tel 922 860431

Photographer with stingrayPhotographer with stingray – Los Gigantes

Photo from video footage by Dolly Diver

A memorial service was held over the weekend for a PADI – BSAC dive centre owner, Philippe Kloos and his dive buddy and customer José Luis Santamaría Ría, a Guardia Civil Sergeant who disappeared and are presumed dead after a tragic scuba diving accident on March 20th off Palm Mar near Punta Rasca.

Phillippe KloosPhillippe Kloos,(picture) a Belgian national living in Arona, is a BSAC dive leader and PADI staff instructor who owned and managed Coral Sub Dive Centre, a PADI 5-Star Gold Palm IDC resort and BSAC Dive Centre.

The buddy pair went missing at about 10am on March 20 while scuba diving with eight other divers on a Coral Sub boat diving trip from the port of Las Galletas.

The other divers called for help and authorities immediately launched a massive air and sea search, but there is no trace of the buddy pair.

‘Sick’ head teacher on trip to Tenerife is sacked

Posted by dolly diver on April 15, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Lesley TidyA head teacher has been sacked. She was seen flying to Tenerife after calling in sick and has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Lesley Tidy missed a training day at Thackley Primary School, Bradford, on Friday, February 17, 2006.

Staff were “up in arms” after the teacher from Leeds said she was ill but was seen by a colleague at the airport, a General Teaching Council conduct committee sitting in Birmingham heard.

Judy Moorhouse, Chairwoman said: “Ms Tidy, in her role as leader of the school community, should have led by example at all times. Since she was fit enough to travel to Tenerife she was certainly fit enough to attend school”.

Ms Tidy was given a conditional registration order, which requires her to successfully complete a leadership course before being a head teacher again.

Taxi drivers furious over new Titsa bus airport service

Posted by dolly diver on April 14, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Titsa busFurious Taxi drivers have made official complaints to the councils in Arona and Granadilla over a new Titsa bus service, which transports passengers from the south airport to their hotels. However, it is the Tenerife Cabildo who is responsible for approving the new service.

The new Aerobús service 488 runs every 45 mins, or more often during peak times, and operates through Los Cristianos and Las Americas, and ends at La Caleta for only €5 per person – one way.

Leaflets showing a map of the route and stopping points will be handed out in the airport. On board the busses will be tourist information about other routes to Los Gigantes, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, Teide National Park and Masca, and several other places of interest.

Refund of Capital Gains Tax for non residents

Posted by dolly diver on April 14, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

According to a firm of Spanish lawyers many thousands of Brits who sold a Spanish property, before last year, could be entitled to a large Capital Gains Tax refund.

Property owners who were non resident were charged a much higher rate of Capital Gains Tax than Spanish nationals.

The higher tax band contravened EU law, according to The European Commission ruling. Spain has been forced to back down and amend the tax laws so that everyone is treated equally.

Sellers of property before the law was amended paid 35% Capital Gains rather than the normal 15%.

HiFX, currency specialists, estimate that those affected would be entitled to an average of £8,300. However, with interest added, from when the tax was paid, that sum could be in the region of £11,000.

Las Americas bar closed after drug raid

Posted by dolly diver on April 14, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A Playa de Las Americas bar has been closed down and the owner arrested after a raid by police investigating drug dealing in the resort.

The Italian owner had been reported by local residents on several occasions for allegedly allowing the popular bar to be used for dealing.

Plain-clothed officers carried out a surveillance operation in the bar and outside the premises to gather enough evidence against the owner.

During the raids a small amount of cocaine and 5000 euros were seized.

Several other men detained also were in possession of cocaine. A police spokesman said the arrests and closure were part of a wide plan to remove drugs from night spots in the resort.