Alotca was speaking to Doris Borrego Reyes yesterday, the founder of what used to be the Plataforma por la Regulación del Alquiler Vacacional (pressure group for the regulation of holiday rental), but which is now a formal Spanish association, ASCAV – the Asociación Canaria del Alquiler Vacacional (Canarian association of holiday rental). As I’ve said before, we have different ideas, but a very similar aim and some time ago agreed mutual support. As such, I’m pleased to say that Doris has a meeting with Canarian President Paulino Rivero this lunchtime to hand over the petition she has been collecting signatures for: she has nearly 20,000, together with nearly 150 “manifestos”READ MORE

Update 13 May: There is still no news on this missing British man whom I can now identify as John Green. Hopefully the following photos will help him be identified if anyone should see him. Please do copy, share, distribute, whatever, to help find John, whose family and friends are desperate for news. Original post 11 April: Emergency services say that a search is underway at present for a 74-year-old British man said to be missing in the Garachico-Los Silos area. The search started after relatives informed emergency services that he had not returned to his hotel in Puerto de la Cruz, and involves the national police, GuardiaREAD MORE

Update 13 May: The May edition of the FCO newsletter is HERE, and contains information about important changes to be aware of when applying for a passport from overseas, advice on how to trace a lost pension and useful contact information for help and support. Update 5 February 2014:  This quarter’s edition includes information on how Facebook can keep you up to date with important issues affecting Brits living in Spain or how you can become a volunteer in Spain and help others. Next edition in May but for this one, click HERE. Update 4 October 2013: Please click HERE for the FCO’s October newsletter. Update 11 July: July’s newsletterREAD MORE

A motorcyclist died shortly before 5pm this afternoon after his bike was involved in a collision with a car on the TF5 in the San Juan de la Rambla area. The 60-year-old rider was treated at the scene but the injuries he had sustained in the accident were too severe for paramedics to be able to do anything for him. He was confirmed dead at the scene.READ MORE

A 77-year-old Los Realejos man has been arrested by the Guardia Civil after being denounced for beating to death his heavily pregnant dog. A neighbour denounced the man and Garachico Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza (Seprona) officers investigated, and found the Podenco bitch buried: she was no more than a few days away from giving birth and had been killed by blows to the head.READ MORE

Aemet has issued a forecast for the first real heatwave of 2014. From Sunday, a calima bringing temperatures of up to 37º could last for the whole week. Please do read my page HERE on staying safe in heatwaves in Tenerife.  READ MORE