Monthly Archives: January 2012
As of yesterday, Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso have been adopted by Adeje after a wait of 40 years in the case of Callao Salvaje and 20 in that of Playa Paraiso. From now, the two towns will enjoy all Adeje’s services alongside the rest of the municipal area, whether rubbish collection or water supply, as well as street cleaning and garden work.
The only part of the entire area that is not fully adopted yet is a plot of some 10,000 square metres in Callao Salvaje destined for a green area, where there remains a legal case outstanding against the promoter. Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, however, that the matter was more a formality than substantive.
Spanair ceased trading as of last night, and the company website is showing the following text HERE for any travellers affected:
As of today, 27 January 2012, Spanair has ceased its operations and therefore, given these exceptional circumstances, all our flights from today are cancelled.
If you have a ticket for the next few days or weeks, you have varios alternatives:
Update 26 January 2012: The President of the Canaries, Paulino Rivero, has visited the new Garachico port and expressed his satisfaction at the way the works have progressed. The port will have two docks, one for fishing and another for sports with the capacity to moor 40 boats. It will also have facilities for commercial maritime lines. The works are currently being finished, with the port expected to be in operation from June.
Above is a superb video of the entire works since August 2009 to date. It looks lovely now, and shows how much work has gone into it over the last two and a bit years. The storm damage I posted about below can be seen at around 3 minutes.
Arona has opened a new Citizen Attention Office (OAC) in Los Cristianos for people who can’t speak Spanish. The office is multi-lingual, and allows municipal business to be conducted as in any other OAC. The office is open from 8am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8am to 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is located in the La Montañeta area of the town, in local 7a bajo, Edf Verodal, Calle Roque de Jama. This isn’t easy to describe, but is near the Unelco office and the Ritmania Dance School. If you click HERE, hopefully it will bring up the street map with Calle Roque de Jama marked.
Bomberos rescued a five-month pregnant woman yesterday afternoon after her car left the road and ended up in the Barranco del Infierno in Adeje. The woman was trapped in her car and needed to be freed, after which she was transferred to Hospitén Sur. Mother and unborn baby are both said to be fine.
Update 23 January: This is just an update to say that the silence from official quarters on the subject of this proposed meeting is deafening! I have not heard anything more about it, and needless to say, if I knew, I would hardly keep the information to myself, so please don’t expend any effort in contacting me to see if I have any news. I will post the information here the minute I have anything to say.
The Guardian has picked the five best places to live … and Santa Cruz is one of the five!
A 60-year-old woman is in hospital tonight after falling into the sea from a ferry in Los Cristianos harbour at 8pm this evening. The woman was travelling on the Volcán de Taburiente ferry when, for reasons which are still unexplained, she fell overboard. She was rescued within minutes by a lifeboat and brought to the jetty where paramedics were already waiting for her. She was treated and stabilized at the scene and then transferred to Hospitén Sur where she is said to be suffering from the effects of her near drowning, and to have received various cuts, but is, otherwise, mercifully not in a serious condition.
Loro Parque has two rather special new inhabitants – white Bengal tiger cubs. The cubs, a male and female called Yangyu and Linmao, are just a year old and have come from the Guangzhou Panyu Xiangjiang Safari Park in China. They can already be seen by the public in their specially designed enclosure, surrounded by vegetation, and a waterfall and lake for their exclusive use.
The cubs are settling in gradually, and are said to be extremely curious about their surroundings, exploring it all minutely, and taking long siestas. There is a series of photos of the pair of gorgeous cubs HERE. More information from Loro Parque HERE (there’s an English option top right), and thanks to them for the above photo.
A man and two women have received knife injuries after a fight in a bar in Calle Italia, in the San Eugenio Alto area. This is the road between the aquapark and Malibu Park apartments. Emergency services were called shortly after 10.30 last night with reports that someone had gone into the bar with a knife and was threatening people inside.
One of the women, 47, was cut on the neck, while the other, 43, received arm wounds. The man, 47, had facial cuts. All are said to be foreigners in Spain. None of the three is said to be seriously wounded, but paramedics stabilized and transferred them to Hospiten Sur for treatment.