A 28-year-old man died this morning after his vehicle left the San Miguel to Los Abrigos road (TF65). Emergency services were advised around 10am that a car had fallen 50 metres into a barranco, but the ambulance crews attending were unable to do any more than confirm the driver’s death at the scene.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

The Canarian Government is to increase tobacco taxes to raise money for its “plan E”. Paulino Rivero announced yesterday that the scheme is intended to help the unemployed whose benefit has expired and who are not entitled to the supplementary monthly payment of €420 which has only recently been introduced. It is expected that “Plan E” will assist between 5,000 and 10,000 individuals. The tax increase is the only rise which will be approved in 2010, and its tailored help for the unemployed is closely linked with initiatives to beautify and improve the environment and touristic infrastructure, in which the unemployed will be given work.READ MORE

Gorillas, chimpanzees, whales, tigers, sea lions and jaguars are among the animals in Loro Parque which are enjoying summer treats of ice lollies. In an effort to enrich the experience of the captive animals, as well as keep them cool during the hottest months of the year, vets and keepers are feeding their charges lollipops made from fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. And they are going down a bomb! Vegetable lollies for the mammals are made from celery, broccoli, carrots, and red and green peppers, whereas carnivores like the tigers and jaguars tuck into popsicles of meat and ice. Whales and sea lions, meanwhile, haveREAD MORE

Everyone in south Tenerife can sleep more safely from today after Arona Policía Local arrested a dangerous Lithuanian in the early hours of yesterday morning. The 29-year-old man had a violent history of robbery and sexual assault in Spain, and had been extradited to Lithuania in 2006 by High Court judge Baltazar Garzón after an international warrant was issued for his arrest. The man was apprehended after being stopped by a routine traffic alcohol checkpoint in Playa de Las Américas in which he was found to be three times over the limit. When police were processing the paperwork, they discovered his history and the factREAD MORE

A 30-year-old man died last night when his car left the road in Granadilla municipality. The tragedy happened around 10.30pm on the road which joins the TF1 and Chimiche. The driver was attended at the scene by emergency personnel but died as a result of his injuries.  Canarias7 Meanwhile, in San Miguel municipality, two women were injured in a traffic accident on the TF647 (Charco del Pino-Las Socas) shortly after midday yesterday. One of them was transferred by vital support ambulance to Candelaria Hospital in La Laguna with serious chest injuries. The other was taken to Hospitén Sur with less severe general injuries.   Canarias7READ MORE

The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce has accused ecological group Ben Magec of boycotting development and employment in its latest campaign, which has seen the green group come out strongly against the “southern train” project. The Chamber of Commerce president, Ignacio González, said that businesses will mobilize and will come out onto the street to defend the plan in the face of minority and irresponsible interests which are committed to blocking development and jobs in Tenerife. Businesses are fed up, said Sr González, with those who campaign under the flag of ecological fundamentalism, but who really specialize in blocking progress and mortgaging the future ofREAD MORE