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Budget cut for Santa Cruz carnival

Posted by dolly diver on November 28, 2008
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santa-cruz-carnivalThe budget for next year’s Carnival in Santa Cruz has been cut by 50%. This cost reduction will result in fewer entertainers and celebrities, and the firework display will be nowhere near as spectacular as it has been in the past.

Deputy Mayor of Santa Cruz, Ángel Llanos, said that due to the worldwide economic situation they were faced with no alternative.

The decision has caused a public outcry as many believe that cost cutting is false economy, as the world-famous carnival brings many thousands of visitors to Tenerife and a much needed income to Santa Cruz.

Wanted man arrested in Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on November 28, 2008
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On 26th November local police in Puerto Santiago became suspicious of a man acting with aggressive behaviour. Upon questioning, the 39 year old man with initials A.R.B, he became agitated and nervous, further investigation led to his arrest as a warrant for his arrest had been issued by the courts in Santa Cruz. The man was detained at the Guardia Civil station in San Juan.

Rod Stewart concert in Adeje

Posted by dolly diver on November 27, 2008
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rod-stewartSometimes it is not all doom and gloom, and this morning my day was suddenly enlightened when I heard that my teenage heart throb Rod Stewart is to perform in Adeje, next May.

It brings back memories of being a teenager in trouble with parents for sticking his posters all over my newly papered bedroom wall. I did win this argument because removing them would have ruined the wallpaper, I remember being grounded for a weekend for the offence, but it was well worth it.

The concert date is set for 16th May 2009 and is being organising by “Sun Live Canarias”, the same company who organised the Elton John concert last January.

A press conference is being held in the next few days to confirm the venue and ticket arrangements and a spokesman from the company says further superstar concerts are in the pipeline for Adeje.

Watch this space for more info – but I’m first in the queue for a ticket!

Gang of jewellery shop thieves caught

Posted by dolly diver on November 21, 2008
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Eleven members of an organised crime gang, all Romanian and living in the south of Tenerife, have been arrested by the National Police and charged with robberies of several jewellery shops. One of the shops raided was believed to be in Los Gigantes on November 8th , when the thieves evaded capture and got away with a large number of cigarettes.

The investigation, “Operation Brasov”, which commenced in October led to several house raids and the arrests.

During the raids the gang had tried to dispose of their haul by throwing it out of the window. It was picked up by police and around 1,800 items of jewellery were confiscated, at an estimated value of 155,000 Euros. According to a police spokesperson the goods amounted to a virtual Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods, there was 8,200g of precious stones, perfumes, tobacco, and clothes.

The daring thieves even robbed the same Las Americas jewellery shop twice, escaping with 70,000 Euros worth of goods the first time and 85,000 Euros the second time.

Jacknifed lorry causes motorway delays

Posted by dolly diver on November 21, 2008
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Traffic on the motorway near Las Chafiras was at stand still last night caused by a lorry which had overturned.

The accident, an articulated truck which had jacknifed, blocked both northbound carriageways causing long tailbacks and delays on a stretch of motorway which is one of the busiest on Tenerife.

No one was injured but several families missed their flights due to the delays.

Burglar falls into police hands

Posted by dolly diver on November 18, 2008
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While out on a routine patrol, Civil Guard officers in Playa San Juan came across a man climbing balconies, looking in windows and checking if doors were open.

When the man realised he was being watched he panicked and ran . In his haste he fell and was instantly arrested by the officers.

Body found at Punta Blanca has been identified.

Posted by dolly diver on November 14, 2008
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 	police-and-guardia-civil-at-punta-blancaAn inquest will open today into the death of a Nottingham man, who drowned on holiday in Tenerife.

The body discovered at Punta Blanca on 31st October has been identified as Alan Baker, 53, of Station Lane, Farnsfield, Nottingham.

Mr. Baker, a company director, had been on a family holiday staying at the Costa Los Gigantes Hotel, in Playa Arena.

Police were called after Mr. Baker failed to return from an early morning walk. His body has been flown back to Britain.

 	driver-using-mobile-phoneThe Spanish traffic authorities are launching a campaign to crackdown on drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel.

The D.G.T. plan to stop and check 500,000 drivers in Spain and the Canaries. The clamp down started yesterday and will continue until November 25th.

Earlier in the year the number of road deaths decreased but recently numbers have risen again.
Lack of concentration and distraction, due to smoking, changing CD’s and use of mobile phones while at the wheel, was responsible 38% of road accidents.

Last year, over 100,000 people were fined for using a mobile phone while driving.

The campaign is mainly directed at mobile phone users, as the risk of an accident is 4 times greater whilst using a mobile. Radio and television adverts are being produced with the slogan “At the wheel, only the wheel. Do not become distracted” and “There are histories that end with a phone call”

Electric bills now issued monthly

Posted by dolly diver on November 12, 2008
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electricity-pilonAs from this month Unelco will be deducting your electricity bills from your bank accounts monthly, rather than the bi-monthly system used at present.

The new system will bring them into line with other utility providers and it is hoped the changes will improve their billing system. You will receive an estimated bill one month and a meter read bill the next.

 	scrabble-night-at-the-chicken-shack-puerto-santiago“I’ve tickets here for the fun scrabble night on Nov 10th, you two will want tickets – won’t you”? It was John Broadhurst from The Asociacíon San Francisco de los Animales. Well, neither of us stood a chance of winning. We’d never played scrabble in years and without Microsoft Word and spell check there was no hope for us.

However, it was for a good cause as all the proceeds would be used for the benefit of stray and abandoned animals. As I am currently looking after a Mum and 5 kittens which were abandoned near me several weeks ago, and they all need to be neutered, we happily bought the tickets and joined in the fun.

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