Police are gearing up to the official Christmas traffic campaigns, and are already reminding drivers, especially ones who are visiting Tenerife for a winter break, of the general maximum – and minimum – speed limits on roads, as well as the fines and points system applicable for speeding offences. Below is a graphic from Arona Policía Local of the general speed limits for different types of vehicles on different types of roads. When it comes to sanctions, Tráfico publishes HERE the Tabla de sanciones de velocidad / multas y puntos, the table of points and monetary fines that speeding attracts. In the graphic below, speed limits areREAD MORE

Tenerife Family Church are hosting a “Free Christmas Extravaganza”, a gift to the community, on Friday 21 December at the church in Coral Mar Square. There will be a Santa’s Grotto with gifts for all between 5 and 7pm, then 7 to 8.30pm a Christmas Quiz with festive prizes followed by a party time with Karaoke, talent spots and much much more until 10pm! Everyone will have a complementary cup of mulled wine and free refreshments will be served throughout. There’ll also be a free prize draw! The Christmas Extravaganza will be followed on Sunday 23 December by a Christmas Carol Service at 11am inREAD MORE

Emergency Services say that the Search and Rescue helicopter made the grim discovery of a woman’s body in the sea off Puerto de la Cruz this morning. The body was recovered by one of the boats taking part in the search and transferred to the harbour. For the moment I am posting this as an independent item but tragically it appears very likely that the body is that of Amy Gerard who went missing in that very area on Thursday (see HERE). Obviously confirmation will come in due course one way or the other, and an autopsy will be carried out to confirm both identificationREAD MORE

Santiago del Teide will be home this weekend to the borough’s first ever Rally Sprint. The rally will be held on Friday and Saturday, 7 and 8 December, and will leave from Tamaimo, already known for the famous Subida a Tamaimo rally. The council says that it hopes the new rally will become a firm fixture in Tenerife’s motoring calendar.  The new race has a dedicated website HERE.READ MORE

Updated 4 December:  Juan Carlos Gámez, the fugitive who failed to return to prison when let out on a pass, has now handed himself in, police say. Updated 30 November: The escaped prisoner remains on the run and Government representative Elena Máñez has asked the public to help get him back in custody. “As always in these cases, we are asking for public assistance, and so if anyone sees him or has any information, please contact the police”, she said, adding that an active search is ongoing to find him as soon as possible. The fugitive, Juan Carlos Gámez, was sentenced to 17 years in prisonREAD MORE

Updated 4 December: 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. Updated 2 October: The latest unemployment figures released today for September by the DepartmentREAD MORE