A 62-year-old man, said to be a foreigner, died just after 2pm this afternoon at Puerto Colón. He is thought to have drowned. The Red Cross raised the alarm to emergency services that they had pulled a man from the water, and that the victim was not responding to stimuli despite attempts at resuscitation. SUC medics continued attempts upon their arrival at the scene but were sadly unable to bring the poor man back to life.  C7READ MORE

Pensioners and the long-term unemployed (more than one year) in the municipality of Santiago del Teide are to receive a discount of up to 85% on their IBIs (rates) from the Ayuntamiento. Those who wish to apply should do so at the municipal Registry of Santiago del Teide or the Alcaldía in Playa la Arena before 14 May. The maximum amount allowed will be 85% of the amount paid in 2009. The measure is contained in the council’s budget, and forms part of the administration’s policies aimed at alleviating financial pressures in the current economic climate. The one significant criterion seems to be that thisREAD MORE

La Laguna National Police have arrested a 57-year-old man identified by the initials A.J.H, for smuggling more than 4 kilos of cocaine into Tenerife. The arrest was made off a Venezuela flight at Los Rodeos airport arrivals, where police were alerted by the man’s suspicious behaviour. Having searched him, they found four packages strapped to his legs containing a total of 4,200 grams of cocaine and €1,400 in cash. The man was transferred to the Comisaría Local de La Laguna, where he is being processed by Policía Judicial.  DAREAD MORE

Three men have been arrested for the theft of copper lighting cable worth €14,000 from the Adeje Golf urbanization. The men, aged 32, 34, and 51, are residents of the area, and are also accused of forced entry to gain access to the cabling. The same trio is also accused of the theft of further cabling from El Puertito valued at €12,000. The arrest was triggered when an Adeje patrol saw smoke which, it turned out, was coming from the burning off of the plastic covering of the cable, which was intended for public lighting. Investigations are continuing into the sales carried out by theREAD MORE

Update 14 April: Tenerife will remain on orange alert throughout tomorrow for high winds at altitude, Aemet has announced. The highest winds are still expected in La Orotava and Villaflor, while mid-altitude will be on yellow alert with gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour. Rain is also expected, with some heavy downpours. Teide could well be snow covered again, with snow above 2,000 metres forecast. C7 Original Post 12 April: Aemet has established a yellow increasing to orange alert for high south-easterly winds on Tuesday in La Orotava and Vilaflor. The yellow alert has been set in place from midnight tonight (Monday) for gustsREAD MORE

Update 13 April: The teachers’ Union STEC- Intesindical Canaria has called a strike of all public school teachers for Thursday 15 April to coincide with a strike called in Santa Cruz by supply and substitute teachers. C7 Original Post 26 March: The Unions CCOO Canarias, Insucan, FETE-UGT, Anpe, USPL and SEPCA have announced an indefinite teachers’ strike from 5 April to 30 June. The strike, involving all non-university teaching staff, is being called in response to a decree regulating supply and temporary teacher lists. C7READ MORE