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Cocaine ring smashed

Posted by dolly diver on August 14, 2008
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According to the Tenerife authorities, the latest cocaine ring which has recently been smashed on the island was the biggest drug-distribution network in the Canaries.

11 Colombian men, and one Tenerife woman were arrested in swoops on homes in various parts of the north of the island earlier this week. The operation originally kicked off last May after two people were arrested as they flew into La Palma with one kilo of cocaine.

There were more arrests at the end of July and a total of 40 kilos have now been seized, along with 15 luxury cars and €370,000 in cash.

The “Roar Roar” girls get going

Posted by dolly diver on August 13, 2008
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roar-roar-girlsThe “Roar Roar” (ra-ra) girls of the Lions Clubs International – Santiago Del Teide Branch Sheila, Mary, Lizzi, and sometimes Elaine, when she can get a night off work, have been twisting arms and bending thumbs to help lions causes in the form of selling raffle tickets for the Lions Summer Draw, which has the great first prize of €500 cash. Second prize €300 cash, and third prize €200 cash.

The Lions are organising a disco for the occasion at the Green Corner Pub on Friday August 29th and the draw will take place at 10.30 (ish).

If you hold the winning ticket and you are not here for the draw the money will be transferred to your UK bank account.

You will see these ladies around the area so get out your wallets and purses ready. This year the proceeds are going to the local handicapped children’s home.

Winning ticket will be announced on this site.

Janice and VeraVera is now 90yrs old, and in recent months she has suffered a stroke as well as a ruptured ulcer, but has miraculously recovered sufficiently to be allowed home and is now in the care of her daughter Janice, who has given up her job to look after her.

Janice and Vera were living in Tamaimo in a top floor apartment with 40 steps. Vera, needs 24/7 care, she is unable to walk unaided, and can’t be left on her own. Janice cannot help her Mum up and down the steps on her own. The ladies were virtual prisoners in their own home.

Janice was desperately looking for an apartment on the coast, it had to be ground floor with wheelchair access, and she must be able to park close to the entrance to get her Mum in and out of the car.

Then I had the answer for them. My ground floor apartment in Florencia, Los Gigantes would soon be available and would be ideal for them. Janice was delighted, there is wheelchair access, she would be able to take her Mum across to the square for a coffee and to see the shops, she could park at the door to get her Mum in and out of her car and it would be much warmer than Tamaimo in the winter for them.
There was one slight drawback, the apartment needs to be fully refurbished and that could take several weeks, but there was an answer. They could move into my apartment on the next floor up until the work was done, there was a lift so the problem was solved – or so we thought!

A few years ago several of the owners decided they wanted a lift in the building and I was approached and asked if I wanted a share. Being only 1 floor up I really didn’t need use of the lift so I didn’t go in as a shareholder, but I said I had no objections to them going ahead.

About 3 weeks ago I approached the community president, the administrators and 3 of the shareholders and asked if the ladies could pay for temporary use of the lift (the lift can only be used with a key). A genuine reasonable request, I didn’t see a problem.

The reaction I received was unbelievable. The answer was clearly no – you are not a shareholder. “But it’s not for me it’s for a 90 year old lady who is in a wheelchair and they are offering to pay” For the next two weeks I was run around in circles and could get no clear answers of how to get a key. The administrators of Florencia said it was not up to them. The community president was unhappy to say the least that the administrator had given me her telephone number and the fact that it was for a 90 year old in a wheelchair she declared it was not her problem. I can’t put into words how I felt.

Now in a dreadful dilemma I was left with no choice but to get legal advice. The lawyer’s jaw dropped in disbelief when I explained the predicament. I gave him a list of all the information, “leave it with me and I will see what I can do”. The lawyer was given the exact same run around as me!

Now frantic, the night before the ladies moved I had one last idea. I spoke to three of the shareholders, all well known business men in the village, and asked each one if they could possibly help the ladies and let them have a key at least for the move as they had all their own furniture. They all told me “NO” and one of them told me to carry the ladies and all their furniture up the steps myself! I really can’t repeat my reply.

On the morning of the move my lawyer made one last attempt on behalf of the ladies. He spoke with the President and the Administrator, as well as three of the other key holders and, guess what???

Vera and all her furniture were carried up the stairs and due to community politics she is once again a prisoner in an apartment.

S. Widdrington
Florencia – Los Gigantes

Santa Cruz Carnaval – hope for World Heritage treasure

Posted by dolly diver on August 10, 2008
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santa-cruz-carnivalSanta Cruz de Tenerife has launched a bid to have the annual Carnaval designated a World Heritage treasure by Unesco.

The city council plans have been in the pipeline for the past six months, and they hope to earn the designation within two years. An initial budget of €400,000 has been earmarked for the campaign to lobby the appropriate bodies to support the application.

Only five carnivals in the world, of which just one is in Europe, have been awarded heritage status, although surprisingly nei¬ther Rio de Janeiro nor Notting Hill figures on the list.

Deputy mayor Ángel Llanos says inclusion on the list would give the Santa Cruz Carnaval mas¬sive publicity throughout the world. To help the bid, work on the city’s €3,000,000 carnival museum is to be speeded up. Santa Cruz is not the first city in Spain to seek the Unesco nomina¬tion. Cádiz announced a month ago it had com-menced work on a similar project, although it has set a deadline of 2012 for the designation.

Fred Olsen cuts services to adjust to crisis

Posted by dolly diver on August 10, 2008
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The Canaries’ biggest ferry company, Fred Olsen, has announced it is to cut some services and reduce staff in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the current economic crisis.

Soaring fuel costs have driven prices on inter-island routes up through recent surcharges but the increases have been insufficient to meet the full cost of the crisis.

The company says that cutbacks are necessary help make considerable savings on fuel and maintenance, and they are in talks with employees to temporarily suspend some positions until the situation improves. Schedules will be adjusted on almost all routes.

Lloyds TSB, a British bank in Adeje

Posted by dolly diver on August 7, 2008
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lloyds-tsbLloyds TSB has opened its new English speaking branch in Adeje. The new branch is located in the Avenida de Bruselas, Centro Comercial Terrazas del Duque, local 3, of the Adeje Coast, Tenerife, and offers local residents the opportunity to open a UK style bank account with added benefits.

This new branch compliments otheir existing branches in the area and forms part of the Bank’s ongoing strategy to support the expatriate community. Lloyds TSB offers a wide range of competitive products and services and includes additional benefits such as free international transfers to and from accounts with Lloyds TSB in the UK and Spain.

All the services are conducted in plain English, with English speaking staff, English language online banking and Customer Service Centre – just like in the UK.

Commenting on the new branch opening, Gary Millar, Lloyds TSB Regional Director, Coast and Islands, says “This new branch is perfectly positioned to support the local expatriate community in the area and is one of four new offices planned to be opened by Lloyds TSB Spain this year”.

Clamp down on “Cowboy” taxi drivers

Posted by dolly diver on August 2, 2008
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Santiago del Teide’s campaign to clamp down on cowboy taxis was stepped up yesterday with the handing over of official ID cards to local licensed taxis.

The drivers also received a new rule book compiled by the local council and a revised street map. A small number of new permits were issued to new taxis. The council says that the cards will help identify bona fide drivers on the spot and should deter the cowboys.