National Police from the Playa de las Américas Comisaría are seeking several British citizens who gave a Costa Adeje bar doorman such a brutal beating just a few days ago that he has been admitted to hospital. The establishment has not been named at the moment, but it is said to be an Irish bar, and a well-known nightlife landmark in Avenida de Los Pueblos in San Eugenio. This is where O’Reilly’s is, the bar that was in the news a couple of years ago for the death of a young Spanish holidaymaker at the hands of a doorman. It is not confirmed, however, ifREAD MORE

CajaCanarias is to merge with Caja Navarra (CAN), Caja de Burgos and Sa Nostra. The new group created by the merger will be called Banca Cívica. Each bank will retain its individual legal identity, brands and social activities, but the new corporate entity will become the sixth largest Spanish bank in terms of banking activity, and the fourth largest in terms of solvency, with funds of 3.8 billion Euros. The proposal has been submitted to the Bank of Spain, and a detailed plan of integration will be presented in the second half of January when the initial documents have been examined. Government confirmation should thenREAD MORE

The first phase of the new junction of the TF1 extension at Armeñime will open to traffic at 8am on Monday, 21 December. The opening of this part of the works will mean that traffic coming down the Guía de Isora road will no longer have to go around the roundabout to join the motorway. The road markings are already in place, and traffic wishing to join the TF1 will have a new slip road onto the motorway around 200 metres before the roundabout. Motorway traffic approaching Adeje from the Playa de las Américas direction will still have to use the roundabout for access toREAD MORE

Political party Izquierda Unida Canaria (Canarian United Left) has defined the increase in unemployment in the south of Tenerife as “alarming”, saying that between January and November of this year, it has risen from 19,198 to 23,747, a percentage increase of 23.70%. The southern group of the IUC says the problem is the clear result of a speculative and get-rich-quick economic model without the local governments putting in place joined-up measures necessary for sustainable growth and employment. The Canarian Government also came under attack, with the group accusing it of favouring large and unprofitable infrastructure projects which devour natural resources. Unemployment cannot continue to growREAD MORE

Playa del Socorro has been closed indefinitely because of rockfalls. The beach, in the Los Realejos municipality, has been causing concern for some time (as posted HERE), and the Department of Costas and Los Realejo Ayuntamiento have opted for zero risk and have now sealed off all access. A considerable amount of blue and white marking tape is now clearly in evidence across the access pathway, but with the beach being one of the most popular on the entire north Tenerife coastline, around a dozen individuals could be seen using the beach yesterday. El DiaREAD MORE

Unions have postponed until next year the general public workers’ strike which was due to take place on Friday. The health sector workers will still be on strike as planned.  Canarias24Horas Posted 26 November: Public workers who were calling for a general strike on 16 December, as posted below, have now rescheduled their industrial action to 18 December, in order to coincide with the health workers’ strike on the same day, as posted HERE. Some 150,000 public service sector workers are likely to be involved, with many of the main services likely to be brought to a standstill. Canarias24Horas Original post 10 November: Canarian TradesREAD MORE