Dairy product firm Danone has released the heartwarming story of a Granadilla man, Fernando Moreno, who is to use his €5,000 winnings from the company’s prize draw to send his 9-year-old daughter to Madrid for an operation. The little girl suffers from the very rare Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious but curable auto-immune condition considered to be one of the leading causes of non-trauma-based paralysis. The child was diagnosed with the illness at 3 years of age, and has progressively become weaker with paralysis in her legs. The family will leave for Madrid around the end of this year, and Sr Moreno said that the moneyREAD MORE

The Spanish tax office, the Agencia Tributaria (AEAT), has warned of an email fraud which advises tax payers of a non-existent refund. AEAT said that the email came from impuestos@aeat.es, and therefore looked official, and sent recipients to a website where they were required to input personal bank details. AEAT confirmed that access to the server which sent the email had been closed, but advised that it never requested confidential information, account numbers, nor card details via email.  La OpinionREAD MORE

They’re calling it the Canarian Madoff, after a financial advisor was arrested for a fraud involving €3,000,000 of investment monies. According to a denuncia made by Bankinter, Liberto M. R. offered fictitious financial packages to over 40 victims through his business Tax Finanzas y Mercados SL. Sums taken fraudulently range from €50,000 to €300,000, with one exceptional supposed investment of €600,000, all based on promises of 11% profit returns on a portfolio managed by Bankinter. At present, frauds have only been detected in Gran Canaria, but this firm has five offices throughout the Canaries, so further revelations might well follow.  La OpinionREAD MORE

Jet2.com is to put on an extra flight to Tenerife from East Midlands airport in May 2010. The new connection will add to its current routes from Belfast, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, and will offer improved connections for anyone in or near Nottinghan, Derby, Sheffield and Leicester. Flights are expected to cost around €67 one way, taxes included, and they can be reserved as from now. The vice president of the Tenerife Cabildo and tourism councillor, José Manuel Bermúdez, applauded the excellent news, not just for representing an improvement for tourism, but also specifically for being a British operator offering improved routes for Tenerife’sREAD MORE

The Canarian Health Minister, Mercedes Roldós, has announced that Sanidad is to bring forward its vaccination campaign for seasonal flu to 15 September so that it doesn’t coincide with the campaign for AH1N1 (swine) flu, commonly known here as Gripe A, which is expected to begin in November. Although the jabs will be available from the 15th, appointments can be made now in surgeries throughout Tenerife, so anyone who thinks they might need the vaccination would be well advised not to wait until the campaign has officially started. The Minister stressed that the Gripe A situation in Spain is stable, with 41 cases per 100,000READ MORE

Tourist figures for height of the season August weren’t as bad as expected, it has emerged today, up 6% from early forecasts based on firm bookings. In specific terms, Canarian hotels were running at 75% occupancy, with rural tourism managing a creditable 58%. The Spanish mainland performed considerably better, admittedly, with occupancy rates above 80%, reaching 85/86% in some of the traditional holiday costas, but hopes and expectations were rock bottom given actual figures for the first seven months of 2009, so August’s results are a welcome positive stroke for a depressed industry.  Canarias7READ MORE