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Elizabeth Butler the missing Alzheimer tourist found

Posted by dolly diver on April 9, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Mrs Butler
Missing holidaymaker Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Butler has been found safe in Tenerife almost three days after she disappeared. The 68-year-old from Kilkenny was located late last night in Roque del Conde after she was recognised from posters.

Mrs Butler, an Alzheimer sufferer and diabetic, disappeared just one hour after arriving in Tenerife from Dublin on Sunday morning for a one-week family holiday.

She vanished as she waited for members of her family to check-in at the Esmeralda Playa Hotel. Her niece Olivia and several local Irish ex-pats spent the three days combing the area and putting up posters asking for information on her whereabouts.

Mrs Butler was admitted to hospital in Playa de Las Américas last night and treated for dehydration after her ordeal.

Migrant manThe boat was spotted yesterday off the coast of Punta de Rasca around mid-day with another 116 migrants on board. It was intercepted by the Guardia Civil patrol vessel, Rio Gallo, which escorted it into harbour.

It arrived a few hours later in Los Cristianos where the occupants were taken off to be looked after by the emergency services. Up to eight of the migrants are believed to be young boys.

The adults will be transferred to the holding centre at Hoya Fría outside Santa Cruz to await deportation back to their countries of origin.

Another boat carrying 56 sub-Saharan Africans arrived yesterday morning in El Hierro, bringing the total for the last 72 hours in the Canaries to over 200.

Alert for Elizabeth Butler

Posted by dolly diver on April 8, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Irish woman Elizabeth Butler, known as Lizzie, 68 years old, walked out of her hotel the Esmeralda Playa, Costa Adeje, where she is staying with her family, on Sunday morning and has not been seen since.

According to her niece Olivia Doyle, Lizzie -who suffers from a mild form of Alzheimer’s- disappeared while the family were waiting to be checked in at the hotel, just an hour after flying in from Dublin.

Olivia and her sister Mary have spent two days searching the area around the Hotel, calling Lizzie’s name out.

Posters with a recent photo of Mrs Butler and contact details in several languages have been put up in the area and taxi companies, local hospitals and Tenerife Airport have been alerted to be on the lookout for her.

She is 5 ft 1 (1 metre 54) with black/grey hair. She was wearing black trousers and a light blue top, white trainers and took a black sports bag with her.

The family is receiving consular assistance and police are appealing to the public for information.

If you can help contact the local police or Lizzie’s family at the Esmeralda Playa 922 714 606.

6 Canarians arrested in child porn investigation

Posted by dolly diver on April 8, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

41 men, including 6 from the Canaries are being questioned by police over child pornography images exchanged in Internet and other serious offences.

The arrests were made over the week-end in a number of regions in Spain after an anonymous tip-off was sent to the police’s special Internet Crime Unit.

Dozens of computers, DVD’s and external hard drives were seized in the coordinated arrests, which were carried out by over one hundred officers.

It is believed that the six Canarians being held will be charged with ‘grooming’ of youngsters via chat rooms on the Internet.

Adeje Mayor denounced for the removal of garbage.

Posted by dolly diver on April 4, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

rubbish in AdejeBinmen and cleaners in Adeje have filed a complaint against the local government for ordering the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, to call in the bulldozers to clear the town of rubbish that had accumulated over their two weeks strike.

The workers feel that their rights have been violated, by the rubbish being collected by a third party. The strike is now entering its third week and areas within the municipality are looking unsightly as the rubbish continues to build.

The refuse workers state that they “have not received a call from the company to resume negotiations”, reiterating the reason for striking is that they are seeking a wage increase of 6 percent plus 1.7 percent as stipulated in the previous collective agreement -the new agreement has a maximum duration of three years”.

On the other hand, workers’ representatives held a meeting earlier in the week with the Mayor of Adeje where they attempted to explain the reasons for the dispute.

Surprise was shown by “Rodriguez Fraga’s when he found out their demands were not unreasonable and offered to mediate.

Workers will continue to carry out demonstrations every Wednesday and Friday in an attempt to gain further support for their demands.

Update: –
It has been announced by Gonzalo Delgado, head of the Adeje council’s services department that the striking dustmen and their employers have finally reached an agreement to give all workers an extra €90 a month in their pay packets, before tax. The strike ended at midday today, Friday April 4.

You can now carry out official transactions on the Internet, filing your tax return, dealing with traffic fines, Social Security, land registry, etc by using a new Electronic certificate.

The Electronic certificate is an online proof of identity and can be obtained from the town hall. Signing digitally carries the same validity as an original signature in ink, although you will need a good command of Spanish to use the system.

You don’t even need a computer to use the service as there is free public Internet access using the new Telecentre Network with access points in Puerto de Santiago, Santiago del Teide, Valle Arriba, Tamaimo, El Molledo, Las Manchas and Arguayo.

For more information and registration contact the town hall.

A new computer programme Siapol, (Integrated Police Action Service), which will provide information as well as assist with training in local police forces throughout the Canary islands, has been introduced by the Canarian Government.

Canarian Minister for security, Jose Miguel Ruano said the new programme will give local police the tools they need to fight crime in today’s world.

Siapol allows access to more than four hundred sources of criminal law, new developments, changes to the law and legal news which will assist officers dealing with the majority of cases.

You Tube leads to dangerous driver’s downfall

Posted by dolly diver on April 3, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

A youth who posted his road racing exploits on You Tube faces jail for his reckless driving.

A policeman from Güímar accidentally came across a clip of the races. The recognisable footage had been filmed with the driver’s mobile phone and posted on the popular website.

Speeds of almost 100 kmh in a built-up area had taken place so he began to investigate to see if he could track down the culprit.

The registration number of other vehicles in the footage belonging to friends of the driver and eventually led to his arrest earlier this week.

The youth has been charged with a string of motoring offences, including recklessness, speeding and failing to observe Stop signs.

Government website below standard

Posted by dolly diver on April 3, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

In a nationwide survey the Canarian government’s website is one of a small number in Spain to have been singled out as being below standard.

The study by a technology consultancy firm looked at the sites of all 17 of Spain’s regions and assessed them in terms of their usability and performance in providing information to the general public.

The Canarian government’s website was identified as requiring major improvement to bring it up to the standard of sites in the Balearics, Catalonia and Navarre.

Romanians posing as police officers are arrested.

Posted by dolly diver on April 3, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

The modus operandi of the men consisted of an elaborate hoax in which the ‘policemen’ questioned tourists about a drug dealer who had stopped them shortly before to ask directions.

The tourists had to hand over their purses or wallets so the ‘officers’ could check on drug possession. During the confusion the Romanians stole cash and credit cards.

Several dozen tourists were caught out in this scam in various parts of the island