Monthly Archives: May 2012
Two youngsters on a school trip to the Masca barranco had to be rescued just before 5 this afternoon. Both were 17-year-old boys, and although one had suffered no worse than a sprained ankle, the other was suffering from an undefined problem, aparently a seriously raised pulse. The lad with a sprained ankle was transferred by helicopter to Adeje Consorcio helipad, from which he was transferred by ambulance to Hospitén Sur. The other boy is said to have been seriously affected by the walk but was stabilized at the scene before Bomberos took him by sea to Los Gigantes harbour – he was apparently very close to the coast when he was overcome – and from there he was taken by ambulance to Hospitén Sur.
IGN has announced a tremor of 2.2 on the Richter Scale in the Teide national park. The tremor, small in real terms, was registered just after 6.30 this morning. What makes it worth real mention is that it was very close to the surface, at a depth of just 2 km.
Adeje Ayuntamiento has committed to stamping out illegal massages on the municipality’s beaches and promenades. Information posters will be set up and leaflets distributed to beach users advising of the dangers the activity can represent.
Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, health councillor Rafael Dolado García, and the general secretary of the Colegio de Fisioterapeutas de Canarias Manuel Betencor Pérez gave a press conference today in which they launched their campaign: they said the intention was not just to preserve the health of the public but of Adeje itself, and to commit to its good touristic image. They stressed that the only person who is accredited to carry out massage is a professional physiotherapist.
Update 31 May 2012: Well, I don’t imagine it’s gone away in the last year and half since I last posted about this problem, but prostitution has again become a huge issue in Playa de las Américas. Once again, it’s concentrated in Calles de Llanos de Troya and Arquitecto Gómez Cuesta, say residents of the area, according to whom sex is being offered … and practised … in the open from around 9pm to 7am.
Residents say, too, that there are even more girls on the streets than previously, something they put down to the economic crisis because there are also men there now selling their bodies.
Google is updating its images of Tenerife for Google Street View, Google Maps and Google Earth. The company’s distinctive cars will be seen in many roads and streets throughout the island over the next several days obtaining high resolution images to improve the island’s online visibility. I will be interested to hear of anyone who sees one: unlike the previous nondescript version, these cars are not only distinguished by the camera mounted on the top but are brightly painted with a google map and with green doors with “Google maps Street View” written on them.
Update 30 May: The Canarian Government has now approved the law of “medidas Administrativas y Fiscales” with which they aim to lessen the shortfall in funding from Madrid, and which includes the rise of IGIC. The Government says that despite representations from, particularly Ashotel, there will be no changes in the provisions for the tourist sector. The measures will be put before the Canarian Parliament tomorrow to initiate the proceedings; these are expected to come into force on 1 July.
Update 30 May: The lone yachtsman has been identified as Russian journalist Andrei Novoselov. He is to be denounced to the public prosecutor for “civil disobedience”, specifically setting sail from Tenerife despite a ports authority prohibition. The capitán marítimo provincial, Antonio Padrón, said that he will inform the Fiscalia tomorrow and that if the public ministry agree, legal action will follow. The sailor will also be required to pay for the costs of his rescue, which involved emergency services in a 48-hour mission including seven search and rescue helicopter flights. Sr Padrón refused to speculate on how much this would all amount to, but independent consultants reckon that the helicopter fuel alone would be in the region of €12,000.
Update 29 May: Here is the list of events from the Government for tomorrow’s Día de Canarias:
EXHIBICIÓN DE SSIRUM
Demostración de este deporte a cargo de la selección de Corea del Sur.
Terrero Municipal de Santa Ursula
Día 27 de mayo, a las 21.00 horas
III TORNEO DE MINIBASKET MASCULINO Y FEMENINO
Real Club Náutico de Tenerife
Días 29, 30, 31 de mayo y 1 de junio. A partir de las 9.00 horas
Final de la liga I Categoría del Gobierno de Canarias.
A 37-year-old woman is critically ill in Candelaria hospital after being knocked down by her own car in San Eugenio. The incident happened just before midnight last night in Calle Gran Bretaña, and emergency services were called out with reports that a parked vehicle had been left without brakes and had rolled to run over its driver. The woman was initially taken to Hospiten Sur, but her injuries were so severe that she was stabilized there and then transferred to Candelaria Hospital. Calle Gran Bretaña is the road that runs from the Hotel Jardin Tropical up to the Molina Blanca restaurant near the Aquapark.
The traditional Baile de Magos, Country Ball, organized by the Adeje Folklore School, will take place tomorrow, 29 May from 9pm in Plaza de España in Adeje. Although Magos means “magician”, these dances are so called because in the Canaries, it has a particular meaning of campesino – country person, peasant, someone living in a particular locality. The Bailes de Magos are held all over these islands, and are both extremely popular and a good chance to see real local culture, with performances, competitions and food, in action. The Plaza de España in Adeje is the new square between the town hall and the church at the top of Calle Grande, as I posted HERE.