After two days stuck on a narrow ledge in a gorge in Mount Talavera, Los Silos, a 64-year-old man is home safe and sound tonight after being rescued by Guardia Civil Mountain Rescue. The man, who has been identified as C.C.V., tried but failed to regain safe ground, and ended up having to keep himself pinned to the wall of the barranco to stop himself falling into the abyss. Given his state of fatigue, the hiker had to be secured with security ropes to be lifted by helicopter, before being taken to Los Silos health centre. There, he was diagnosed with tachycardia, only to beREAD MORE

Bodega Cumbres de Abona in Arico carried out its second pressing of 2009 yesterday with a view to starting commercial production of olive oil next year. The oil is being called “Arico Pure Gold”, and for good reason! It has been analyzed by a specialist centre in Seville as “exceptional”, and equivalent to the very best that comes out of Andalucia. The bodega’s olive oil project began in 2005, and in 2009 so far the co-operative has collected some 3 tons of olives, and that figure is expected to reach 5 tons by year end. I actually don’t know whether other bodegas or co-operatives produceREAD MORE

The much heralded switch-on of the new public lighting in Calle Diana, Costa del Silencio, was thwarted by the theft of more than 500 metres of essential wiring hours before the event was due to take place. The opposition party Centro de Arona (CAN-CCN) has heavily criticized the governing group for not taking much greater care of security, especially after a range of meetings had been held to discuss this very topic, involving everyone from the Councillor for Security to the mayor himself.  El DiaREAD MORE

As part of an ongoing cultural programme, the Tenerife Cabildo is staging three theatre and dance events on Friday 16 October. The first, “La primavera es un cuento” (Spring is a story), will be a musical spectacular uniting songs, theatre and puppets, and will take place at 5pm in the Cultural Centre at Llano del Camello de San Miguel de Abona. The second event, “Cuenteando hasta Pinocho” will be held at 6pm in Casa de los Cáceres, en Icod de los Vinos, and the third, “Orfeo no está” at the Guía de Isora Teatro-Cine-Auditorio at 9pm. Performances are designed for family entertainment and should lastREAD MORE

A 16-year-old youth died in a firearm accident in La Matanza de Acentejo in north Tenerife last evening. Emergency services received a call that a lad had been injured, but when medical help arrived, they could do no more than confirm his death at the scene. It transpires that the lad was with his father and brother, amongst others it seems, and had wandered into firing range as another huntsman aimed at a rabbit. He died instantly, and his 35-year-old unwitting killer was arrested at the scene by the Guardia Civil. He has now been charged with murder through grave carelessness.  Diario de Avisos,  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

The Canarian Government has approved a new Commercial Licence Law which in practice paves the way for the big stores like Lidl to operate in the Canaries. The only restriction to granting their licences will be on environmental grounds but these cannot, in any case, be definitive, with businesses able to gain a licence by carrying out required works. The new law overturns the previous restrictive practice of rejecting licence applications on the grounds of negative economic impact on small business or on demographic grounds. The new law will now pass through the usual Parliamentary processes. The liberalization of the Canarian commercial sector was essentiallyREAD MORE