Canarian Government expresses utter repugnance at latest domestic violence killing in Tenerife

Canarian Government expresses utter repugnance at latest domestic violence killing in Tenerife

A man has been arrested for murdering his wife in the Ofra area of Santa Cruz. The victim, 60 years old, denounced her husband for domestic violence in 2014, after which he was subjected to a Court-issued restraining order, and only last year again received medical treatment after she was assaulted. Tragically, at lunchtime yesterday, her body was found in the couple’s apartment and it showed clear signs of violence.

The Canarian Government has today issued a statement conveying its revulsion at the latest domestic violence killing in Tenerife. President Fernando Clavijo said that he just didn’t have words to express his feelings, and sent his deepest sympathies to the victim’s family. Along with regional Justice minister José Miguel Barragán the president said that the Government rejected and condemned in the most absolute terms the despicable action that saw a woman’s life brought to an end by her own husband.

“Everyone can help to stamp it out by being involved and emphatically rejecting this type of domestic violence,” said Barragán, who called on the public “to denounce and increase pressure on aggressors who carry out this behaviour to hundreds of women and children each and every day”. He also encouraged women in any situation where they felt at risk to seek help instantly from family, friends and public administrations.

I’ve posted many times before now about domestic violence. Anyone who feels in any sort of threat, or feels they’re being bullied, or humiliated – domestic violence legally isn’t just physical – should seek help. And there is lots of help available. Please just see HERE if you feel at all unsure of whether you need help or not – and if you think you might, the chances are you do. If you are British, the Consulate also has resources: please see HERE. The help exists. Please use it.

Woman dies while climbing in Arico barranco

A 30-year-old German woman died this afternoon while practising climbing in the Barranco de Tamadaya in the Arico area. Emergency services say that they were called out just after 5pm with reports that the woman had fallen, and that bomberos resuced her from where she...

One killed and six injured in head-on collision on TF13 Tejina to La Laguna

One killed and six injured in head-on collision on TF13 Tejina to La Laguna

A man was killed and six others were injured in a horrific head-on collision on the TF13 between Tejina and La Laguna around a quarter to eight last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out with reports that the two cars had crashed and that some occupants were trapped inside the wreckage of one of them. Several bomberos units were dispatched along with ambulance crew, but sadly all could only confirm the death at the scene of one of the victims whose injuries were too severe for them to assist him.

The others injured were a 62-year-old man and woman with leg and hip injuries respectively, a couple of 20-year-old men with leg and hip injuries, and two men with stomach, leg and head injuries: the six were transferred as appropriate to the Hospital San Juan de Dios, HUC, and Candelaria Hospital where their conditions are said not to be serious.

Woman dies while climbing in Arico barranco

A 30-year-old German woman died this afternoon while practising climbing in the Barranco de Tamadaya in the Arico area. Emergency services say that they were called out just after 5pm with reports that the woman had fallen, and that bomberos resuced her from where she...

Unemployment figures: figures up again after Christmas blip but it’s still better than this time last year

Unemployment figures: figures up again after Christmas blip but it’s still better than this time last year

Updated 4 February: Today’s unemployment figures for January show that the Christmas fall was a blip because they are up again. Compared with December there are 2,404 more people out of work in the islands, a rise of 1.16%, though the numbers are down 6,282 from last January, an interannual fall of 2.91%. There are now 209,419 unemployed in the Canaries.

Updated 3 January 2019: After a couple of months with numbers rising, December’s figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show a fall of 2,960 in those out of work, a drop of 1.41%. The New Year therefore saw 207,015 Canarians saying goodbye to 2018 without a job, according to today’s figures for December released by the Ministerio de Empleo, a fall in the numbers out of work throughout the year of 9,072, down 4.20%. Of those, around half are long-term unemployed who are without any resources whatsoever.

Updated 4 December 2018: Last month’s unemployment figures released today by the Department of Employment show a further rise of 1,874, up 0.90%. Interannually, however, the figures are still below last November’s, down by 9,723 (-4.43%). There are now 209,975 people out of work in the Canary Islands.

Updated 5 November: Unemployment in the Canaries rose in October by 2,671, a rise of 1.3%, today’s figures released by the Employment Ministry show, though compared with October 2017 numbers out of work fell by 13,693, a drop of 6.17%. There are now 208,101 unemployed in these islands.

Woman dies while climbing in Arico barranco

A 30-year-old German woman died this afternoon while practising climbing in the Barranco de Tamadaya in the Arico area. Emergency services say that they were called out just after 5pm with reports that the woman had fallen, and that bomberos resuced her from where she...

The Brexit post: British nationals who have exchanged their licences will be able to drive in UK after Brexit on EU licences with no restrictions

The Brexit post: British nationals who have exchanged their licences will be able to drive in UK after Brexit on EU licences with no restrictions

Updated 2pm: One aspect of the concerns about driving after Brexit relates to those British nationals who are resident in the EU and who have exchanged their UK licences for Spanish ones. I’ve had several enquiries now from people who are worried about their rights to drive in the UK on a Spanish licence after Brexit, especially should there be no deal. There is no need to worry at all, however, because the UK itself has said:

From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, arrangements for EU licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.

Visitors with EU driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK.

EU licence holders can drive in the UK on their EU licence:

  • until it expires or until they turn 70 – which ever comes first.
  • for up to 3 years when coming to live in the UK

For EU licence holders who passed their test in the EU or EEA, the UK will continue to exchange their licence.

EU licence holders who passed their test outside the EU or EEA have restrictions on licence exchange. As such, they may need to take a test to obtain a UK licence.

The official information from the British Government on all aspects of driving throughout Europe after Brexit is HERE.

Woman dies while climbing in Arico barranco

A 30-year-old German woman died this afternoon while practising climbing in the Barranco de Tamadaya in the Arico area. Emergency services say that they were called out just after 5pm with reports that the woman had fallen, and that bomberos resuced her from where she...

Winter 2018-19 weather: Government issues specific alert for costeros in Garachico

Winter 2018-19 weather: Government issues specific alert for costeros in Garachico

Updated 1 February: The Canarian Government has issued an alert for costeros (wild and rough seas) throughout the Garachico municipality where the coastline, especially in the town itself, regularly gets inundated in such conditions. The alert is in place from 6am tomorrow morning, Saturday 2 February, and currently doesn’t have an end point. Locals have been warned not to park their cars in streets around the front, and the Government has reminded the public of safety advice for costeros and other bad weather, which I’ve put in English HERE.

Updated 31 January: The first month of 2019 is going out with a bang, with rain forecast for tomorrow and a yellow alert for costeros. This applies mainly to north Tenerife but already today we’re seeing skies clouding over throughout the island. The alert for costeros (“coastal phenomena” – wild and rough seas) is for Saturday and applies mainly in the metropolitan area and along the north coast. Next week itself should see the wind coming from the east again bringing back some calima with high gusts and higher temperatures than of late.

Updated 17 January 2019: Aemet is forecasting that we could see the first snows on 2019 on Teide in the next 24 or so hours as the calm African system we’ve had now for weeks finally gives way to the alisios from the north bringing cooler moister weather. This should mean rain, especially in the north, though at present this is not thought to be heavy. We all know how quickly these forecasts can develop, though. For the moment, therefore, the thing most of us are most likely to see is a white Teide!

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