Two smugglers are under arrest after the Guardia Civil interrupted their attempt to introduce one and a half tons of hash into Tenerife. The bust was made around 2am on Bonito beach, between Porís de Abona and Las Eras in Arico, after a patrol boat noticed suspicious movement ashore, where a van was parked on the beach. Back-up was requested and patrols were dispatched from Playa de las Américas and Güímar. Inside the van was found a consignment of 47 bales, each containing 240 pieces weighing 125 grams, the total amounting to 1,410 kilograms. One of the pair arrested is 51-year-old T.L.J.A.F., a Belgian nationalREAD MORE

The Met Office, AEMet, has issued a yellow alert for the weekend in Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera for locally torrential rains and winds gusting very strongly to around 75 kph in Tenerife in particular, especially at altitude. The forecast is also for cloudy weather and light to moderate showers in the rest of the Canaries.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

A second cayuco has reached Tenerife in as many days. Yesterday a cayuco arrived after calling emergency services while 27 miles away from land (original post immediately below), and today another craft carrying 22 immigrants was spotted by a fishing vessel 37 miles to the south of Tenerife. Lifeboats were alerted, and the cayuco’s occupants were brought to Los Cristianos harbour around 10.30 last evening. Original Post 15 September: A cayuco found itself adrift 27 miles off south Tenerife and one of the 65 on board rang 112 for emergency assistance. A lifeboat was despatched and brought the craft and its occupants safely to shoreREAD MORE

Despite monthly ups and downs in the touristic figures for the Canaries, and the fact that August’s figures weren’t quite as bad as feared, there is still no disguising the bald truth. It has been the worst August for visitor numbers for 16 years. Foreign holidaymaker numbers for the month show 594,000 visitors, 18% down from August 2008, and in the first 8 months of 2009, the islands have lost nearly 1,000,000 tourists compared with last year, specifically 942,500. It was 1993 when peak holiday season figures were so bad. The EU confirmed yesterday that Spain’s recovery will take longer than its European neighbours, andREAD MORE

Police sources say that the woman killed by her husband in Los Abrigos (original post immediately below), was strangled after being hit. The exact cause of death needs to be confirmed by the autopsy that was carried out yesterday, but police discounted the possibility that she was stabbed, as has been widely suggested over the last few days. It also now appears that the husband, who subsequently killed himself, was a naturalized American, and that the children are currently wards of the Canarian Government Children’s Dept, and in the care of their parents’ best friends. They have still not been informed of the details ofREAD MORE

A new garden centre, Garden IKA, has opened in Las Nieves, and has been visited by the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga. The new centre covers 5,700 square metres, and has thousands upon thousands of plants for sale at “interesting” prices. The garden centre, in Calle Jardín Botánico, is situated in the new urban park El Pulmón de Adeje, which is itself almost ready to open. It will offer Adeje residents a highly desirable urban garden space for a range of leisure and cultural activities. Grupo IKA, the business behind the whole enterprise, say that the park should be open in the veryREAD MORE