A 76-year-old man died this morning when his car collided with a van in Calle Vía Cornisa in the La Salud area of Santa Cruz. Emergency services say they were called out at 10am with reports of the accident, and units despatched found that his car had crashed into another vehicle, causing that to fall onto a house’s terrace. Thankfully the second vehicle was parked and empty, but even so ambulance crew were unable to help the elderly driver who was declared dead at the scene.READ MORE

Updated 11pm: Emergency services say that the 62 on board the two pateras were 39 men, 17 women, and 6 children. All are in good health, and only one woman among all of them had to be taken to hospital for non-serious treatment. Original post 29 March: The Coastguard and the Air Force have today rescued the occupants of three pateras to the south of the Canaries. Some 70 are thought to be on board in total, including children. The search and rescue boat Talía is bringing 62 of them, the occupants of two of the pateras, into Los Cristianos while the lifeboat Menkalinan takes 8READ MORE

Police are investigating the death of an 82-year-old woman whose body was found in her apartment in Edf Eden in Los Cristianos earlier today. Her husband of 86 was found seriously injured in the property, both showing signs of violence. The investigation is being conducted by the Policía Nacional and no hypotheses are being discounted at present though domestic violence is not thought likely.READ MORE

It might make little actual difference but it might lighten our spirits a bit in these dark times, literally too, when the evenings start drawing out, as they will from tonight when we turn the clocks forward an hour. In my case, Spring Forward means chaos for a couple of days while I work out which have also adjusted themselves automatically … so there is a woolly two-hour gap in some parts of my house! But tonight, at 2am, we turn forward any of the clocks that don’t do it by themselves, and tomorrow evening it will still be light until around 8.30pm.   Today tooREAD MORE

The Spanish Government has banned “objective dismissals” during the covid19 crisis. Sacking staff is prohibited with immedate though not retroactive effect. Minister for Work and Social Economy Yolanda Diaz said that “no-one can use this health crisis for their own gain, or use Covid 19 as an excuse to sack staff”. The ban applies to dismissals for “fuerza mayor” or on economic, technical, organizational or production grounds that employers might claim are justified by the covid19 crisis. READ MORE

Shoppers at Iceland supermarkets in Tenerife might find it harder to flout the rules about shopping in pairs from now on. Despite the State of Emergency being in place, and despite it being made crystal clear by all authorities that only one may go out at a time and only one may shop at a time (with very limited exceptions), some still feel able to flout the rules wth complete disregard for their own, and more importantly everyone else’s, safety. One shopper today has reported confronting two couples in an Iceland store in south Tenerife. The first clearly knew they were breaking the rules butREAD MORE