Arona has held a Spring Music programme for  a few years now, and this year’s programme has now been announced. All are welcome, residents and visitors alike, to this series of concerts of classical music which will be held at weekends between 21 March and 2 May 2010. MARCH. Sunday 21, 8pm, Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos. Duet of guitar and violin, with Héctor González Gómez (guitar), Chaxyraxy González Llarenas (violin) and Daniel Ríos Sánchez (piano). Chamber music with Javier Díaz de La Rosa (guitar), Todor Konstantinov (violin) and Helena Lima (cello). Saturday 27, 8pm, Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos. Woodwind Quintet with members ofREAD MORE

Update 19 March: The latest forecast from Aemet is for the calima to begin to clear throughout this afternoon and the rest of the day, with temperatures remaining stable or rising slightly. Wind will lessen in Tenerife, though increase slightly in the eastern islands. The yellow alert remains in place, however, until midday tomorrow, Saturday, since the level of dust in the atmosphere will remain extremely high until at least midnight tonight.  C24H, C7 Update 18 March: The health department Sanidad has issued medical advice for the duration of the calima, particularly for those most vulnerable, the very young, elderly, and those with chronic respiratoryREAD MORE

The Canarian Government has imposed a fine of six million Euros on the electrical distributor Endesa for the total blackout which Tenerife suffered for 7 hours 40 minutes on 4 March. Regional Executive spokesman Martín Marrero said that the Government judged Endesa to be guilty of very serious failurea in its network protection system. Endesa has the right to appeal the judgement.  C7READ MORE

A 36-year-old Russian woman was stabbed to death in her home in Avenida Príncipes de España in El Médano today by her partner, a 74-year-old Peruvian. He then attempted to cut his wrists and was taken to Hospitén Sur before being transferred to Candelaria Hospital. The Guardia Civil received a call at 14.48 pm from the neighbours of the dead woman, whom they had heard shouting for help from the balcony of her home, where her partner was throwing her against the windows. Neighbours then threw bottles and other objects at the man to try to stop his attack, but he quickly forced the poorREAD MORE

The entire work force of the Puerto de la Cruz rubbish collection co-operative Tarajal has started an indefinite strike as of 9am this morning. The strike is an emphatic continuation of previous partial stoppages in protest at the breakdown of negotiations, and at two months without wages, and a debt of 1.3 million Euros it is claimed that the Ayuntamiento owes in unpaid invoices. The Dirección General de Trabajo del Gobierno de Canarias has set up a 20% minimum service while the mayor, Marcos Brito, has guaranteed that public buildings will be cleaned. The Socialist Group spokeswoman, Lola Padrón, however, has supported the refuse workers,READ MORE

National Police from the Playa de las Américas Comisaría together with the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit in Santa Cruz have arrested 17 cocaine and hash dealers in various locations in south Tenerife and the metropolitan area in the north. The operation, which began three months ago, has ended with police breaking up three groups who were able to be identified because of their supply connections. The first of these was taken down with the arrest last November of 7 in San Isidro, and a further 3 were subsequently arrested in Santa Cruz. This last group was broken up in the coastal area of PlayaREAD MORE