British man under arrest after being Tasered twice by police to subdue him after brawling in the Veronicas area

Police representatives say that an Arona Policía Local officer was beaten up by a British man after midnight last night outside Rags disco in the Starco centre in the Veronicas area of Playa de las Américas. Police were called out for a disturbance by the bouncer at the nightclub, and the officer needed hospital treatment for facial and leg injuries after the attack, which occurred as he and colleagues tried to break…

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A full programme of entertainment on offer this weekend in Tenerife

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. This is a busy weekend for entertainment, so wherever you are there is likely to be something going on. Just as a reminder, today there’s the Fish Fair in Los Cristianos and an Arts & Crafts Fair in Vilaflor. Tomorrow, Sunday, the Los Cristianos Virgen del Carmen fiesta has a Romería Barquera (boatmen romería) between midday and 6pm, with a procession from Church Square to the harbour, followed there in the Plaza de la Pescadora…

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Summer 2016 heatwaves and fires forecasts and alerts

Photo: Tenerife Cabildo Updated 26 August: It looks as though we have another few hot days in store, with a calima expected to arrive from tomorrow and lasting until Wednesday or so. We are to expect heat and dusty air, it seems, with cloud in the medianías and at altitude, and the possibility of some dirty raindrops. Temperatures could get back up to near 40º again. Updated 16 August: The Canarian Government yesterday lifted…

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Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. Over the next few days, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece of a competition between El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo in Tejina, a quaint little town in La Laguna municipality. Los corazones…

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New Housing Benefit limits for claimants going abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth office has announced that people living in Great Britain can now only receive Housing Benefit for 4 weeks if they are out of the country. Previously, housing benefit claimants could continue having their rent paid for up to 13 weeks. The new rules, which came into force on 28 July, prevent claimants from taking long drawn-out trips outside Great Britain while receiving taxpayer help with their…

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TF1 extension saga – continued

Updated 26 August: Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín and the Canarian Government’s Road Infrastructure director José Luis Delgado say that works have started on the roundabout to connect the Fonsalia spur motorway with the coast road. The roundabout is just after Fonsalia, before the entrance to Alcalá. Martín and Delgado say that the spur will allow people heading to Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes to use the TF1 to the Vera…

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Police and health authorities step up awareness campaign with domestic violence killing of British woman in Gran Canaria

Photo: MSSSI. National and regional health and police authorities are united this morning in condemnation of the domestic violence whose latest victim is a 58-year-old British mother of four who lived in Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria. Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad says that it works alongside police to assist victims, but that we all need to unite over the issue. The National Police say that we just have to call…

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Tenerife’s Virgen del Carmen summer fiesta season 2016

Photo: Tenerife Turismo Updated 25 August: Another very popular celebration of the summer Virgen del Carmen fiestas is in Los Cristianos, and this will be taking place between tomorrow, 26 August, and Monday, 5 September. From Friday 2nd, there will be music and dancing each of the last four nights in the fairground, with the main day of the fiesta being Sunday 4th, with the procession from Church Square, and the embarkation of…

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National show jumping championship in Centro Hípico del Sur, Buzanada

Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento. The Centro Hípico del Sur equestrian centre in Buzanada will be home this weekend to a national show jumping championship that will bring international-level riders from all over the country to the Canaries, including the current Spanish “young equestrian” champion. The competition has been held here for 16 years, but this year will be the first at 2-star level, with some serious prizes to be awarded amounting to over…

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