Monthly Archives: February 2012
Update 29 February: Police say they have now arrested a driver who fled the scene of the tragedy in which the Belgian Silencio resident died. The detainee is thought to have caused the accident by overtaking dangerously.
Update 9.30 pm: Locals have identified the poor victim as a Belgian resident of Costa del Silencio.
Update 5pm: Very sadly, this poor man has now died in hospital from the injuries he sustained in this crash.
The Telegraph has chosen its top 8 small museums in Spain and Tenerife’s TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) in Santa Cruz is in the list. The Telegraph says that it’s a dynamic centre with a permanent collection focused on Oscar Domínguez, a contemporary of Dalí and Picasso, and himself regarded as one of Spain’s leading Surrealist artists. The gallery also holds temporary exhibitions – there are 5 this summer – as well as film screenings and other cultural events. TEA’s website is HERE.
Update 27 February 2012: The president of the Canarian Municipalities Federation (Federación Canaria de Municipios: Fecam), Ramón Plasencia, has warned in a press conference that ayuntamientos will have problems in supplying even the most basic of services if the state toughens its economic conditions.
Given the new Spanish PM’s recent comments about the country still not having reached the bottom of its economic slide, and that the situation will get much worse yet, it seems almost inevitable that the situation in the Canaries will worsen too.
Update 11.50pm: Others injured in this accident have thankfully not been seriously harmed.
A 31-year-old man received slight face and chest injuries and was taken to Candelaria hospital.
A man of unknown age was taken to University Hospital with non-serious head injuries.
And a British woman of unknown age was taken to University Hospital with non-serious back injuries. A 5-year-old British child was attended by paramedics, but is said to be uninjured.
A 36-year-old man received serious arm injuries while wind-surfing in El Médano just after 11.30 this morning. Emergency services were called with reports of the injury and attended the scene in ambulances and a medical helicopter. The man was initially attended by paramedics at the scene, and after being stabilized, was transferred by helicopter to TFN Los Rodeos, where he was collected and taken to Candelaria hospital by ambulance.
Seprona, the Guardia Civil’s Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza, has intervened in the case of an animal refuge in south Tenerife in which unauthorized castrations of cats and dogs have allegedly been taking place.
The Guardia Civil said that the refuge, which has not been named, was carrying out these operations in deficient hygenic conditions in a rustic finca with the collaboration of vets and auxiliaries from EU countries.
The police say that they have immobilized medications like antibiotics, anaesthetics and saline solutions, an electric sterilizer, a refrigerator, carrying crates, trapping cages, operation stretchers and surgical materials.
Update 24 February: The Guardia Civil say that the autopsy on this poor woman shows that she died from natural causes. Her family have now identified her body, which is said to have lain undiscovered in her home for a month. The police investigation is now closed because of the result of the autopsy, and the absence of any signs of violence.
Loro Parque is thrilled to announce that Sanibel, one of their dolphins, recently gave birth to a little female calf who has been named Ilse. The new baby weighs some 40 kilos and, being monitored by Loro Parque’s team of vets and trainers, is developing well in what is now her second month. Loro Parque says that she was born in the nursing pool and came to the surface to take her first breath minutes after Sanibel, who is 31, had given birth after being in labour for six hours. Ilse has since been swimming constantly, always at her mother’s side.
The new conservative government in Spain unveiled employment reforms on 10 February, and although some will say that they are long overdue, others are saying that they will destroy jobs rather than create them. The measures cut severance pay and give employers more flexibility over firing staff: there will now be a payment of 33 days’ salary for each year worked, compared with the previous 45 days.
Many people have asked me whether the economic crisis here has at last turned the corner, or whether we still have to reach the bottom. In particular, they’re interested in property prices, but are generally concerned about how la crisis is affecting the islands. Now, the new Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy, has been explicit: he had hoped to be able to say that the economy had reached the bottom, but the problems Spain faces are extremely serious, he said, and he cannot.