Adeje’s official Christmas programme has been unveiled, with some of the most eagerly-awaited events as follows. The full programme, in pdf format, is HERE. 4 December: 5 pm, inauguration of the municipal Belén (Nativity scene). Adeje Cultural Centre exhibition hall. 8.30 pm, IV International Gospel Festival, with Gospel group Aba Taano. Adeje Cultural Centre Auditorium. 15 December: 8 pm, Christmas Carol concert with Adeje’s folklore groups. Adeje Cultural Centre Auditorium. 16 December: 7.30 pm, Open air Christmas carol concert with the “Amigos of Adeje”. Adeje town centre. 19 December: 7 pm, Christmas Concert with the Banda de la Asociación Patronato Musical de la Histórica VillaREAD MORE

The University Hospital (HUC) in Santa Cruz has been designated one of the best six hospitals in Spain in the list of the Top Twenty Centres of Excellence out of 155 evaluated. The ranking, assessed by independent auditors, was based on results achieved in 2008 in hospitals ranging across the whole of Spain, with HUC in the category of medical centres with over 574 beds and with three or more specialities, e.g. cardiac and neurosurgery, and kidney transplants. For the director of the hospital, Ignacio López Puech, having been among the nominees has given HUC a recognition for the good work developed by all theREAD MORE

A new law comes into force in Spain today to entitle users to know which texts will be charged at premium rates. The Code of Conduct will require providers of such services to comply with a series of rules to guarantee the rights of users of downloaded content such as games, videos, and tones, and those who send texts to competitions, draws, and radio and TV programmes. Calls to five digit numbers beginning with 25, 27, 29 and 280, assigned to charitable campaigns, will cost no more than 1.2 Euros. Five digit numbers beginning with 35, 37 and 39 will cost between 1.2 and 6READ MORE

Update: After making firm assurances at the time that a tape was in place cordoning off the area at risk on the beach, Mayor Gorrín has now given evidence to the Guardia Civil inquiry, and says that he doesn’t know whether there was such a barrier or not, and that his assurances were based on finding out after the disaster on the day from the lifeguard on duty. The mayor also suggested that his hands had been tied in respect of closing the beach prior to the tragedy since municipal technicians had not recommended such a course of action.  El Dia Other whispers coming outREAD MORE

Arona Municipality’s official Christmas programme has been unveiled, with some of the most eagerly-awaited events as follows. The full programme, in pdf format, is HERE. 3 December: 7.30 pm, performance of “Un regalo lleno de Navidad” (A present full of Christmas) by Platoon Show performed through the streets of Los Cristianos. 8.30 pm, the great switch-on of Los Cristianos’ Christmas lights. Church square. 9.15pm, inauguration of the municipal Belén (Nativity scene), with a performance by the Arona Folklore School. Los Cristianos Cultural Centre. 10 December: 5 pm, “Scandinavian night”. Opening of the Scandinavian Exhibition, with stands from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, in the mainREAD MORE

I’ve been looking for a silver lining to this cloud, but it’s very difficult to see one. The Canarian economy, although falling more slowly in the third quarter of this year, has now entered into technical deflation at a rate of -2.2%, and the Chamber of Commerce in Santa Cruz warned that it could start to fall again between now and the end of the year. Unemployment too, though stable at the moment, could rise again to reach around 28%. The stark assessment was given by the General Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Santa Cruz, Vicente Dorta, who pointed out that the CanariesREAD MORE