Daily Archives: 20 February 2013
Update 20 February: It’s beyond any particular Ayuntamiento now. The Tenerife Cabildo, the island council itself, has requested the Consorcio de Bomberos not to participate in any bank evictions. The fire brigade are often the first called in order to break down doors of those who are resisting being forced out of their homes. Some bomberos on the mainland have already said they will not do so. Now, in Tenerife, they’re under official instructions to refuse to help the banks.
The Guardia Civil has issued an advisory note because of an almost universal scam where someone turns up at a property to carry out a “gas maintenance inspection”. At present, it appears that it has spread like wildfire through the mainland, and it might well arrive here in due course. The so-called “inspectors” are insistent, say the GC, and are even uniformed to look like household name businesses, like Repsol or Cepsa. They charge for unnecessary inspections and always find “urgent problems or alterations” to create a formal-looking bill of hundreds of Euros, and cannot be accused of fraud because they get householders to sign an order for the work.
A 35-year-old woman died shortly after 7am this morning in the Los Gladiolos area of Santa Cruz. Social worker Guacimara Rodríguez becomes the first victim of domestic violence in the Canaries this year. Witnesses say that despite there being no history of an abusive relationship, her 42-year-old killer and former partner murdered her with a knife, stabbingn her at least six times in front of their two children in the lift to her apartment. He has already been detained by the Policía Nacional.
Update 20 February: I’ve mentioned before about closed roads that maintenance teams were “working to clear” them, and I thought it would be interesting to show what this actually means in terms of Teide access roads since the Cabildo has released the above picture of work yesterday morning on the TF21 and 24.
Update 3pm: And now the TF24 La Esperanza road is opened too. All roads clear and open.
Update 1.20pm: The TF21 La Orotava-Teide road has now been reopened, though the TF24 through La Esperanza remains closed for the time being.