The Spanish Parliament has approved legislation today reforming traffic offences measures. Under the new law, the system of notifications will be simplified and streamlined, losses of points reduced, and prompt payment discounts increased to 50%. From now on, motoring offenders will only receive one notification in place of the current three, and in the case of legal entities, this will be sent by email only. The amounts of fines for non-speeding offences will be simplified: 100€ for minor infractions, 200€ for serious, and €500 for the most grave, though these can be increased by a further 30% in cases considered especially dangerous. Speeding fines willREAD MORE

North Tenerife is on Yellow Alert for strong winds. The Spanish Meteorological Office (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología – Aemet) says that gusts could reach 80 kilometres an hour above 2,000 metres, especially in the Vilaflor and La Orotava areas. The alert runs from 11am today until 6pm tomorrow, Friday 19 June.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

The former mayor of San Miguel Ayuntamiento, Arturo González, was arrested by the Guardia Civil this morning on charges of urbanistic corruption while in office. A further four arrests have been made in connection with the allegations, which relate to works and invoices carried out by the previous governing Coalición Canaria (CC) group. The detainees include the former auditor of the Ayuntamiento and one of the surveyors from the Technical Department. Further details are at present sub-judice, but the arrests follow on from Santa Cruz anti-corruption prosecutors sending police into San Miguel officials’ offices just under a fortnight ago to investigate claims of corruption againstREAD MORE

Tenerife football fans are celebrating Club Deportivo (CD) Tenerife’s promotion back to Spain’s Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Catalonian side Girona. Tenerife were already top of the Second Division, and needed just one point with two games to go to confirm their rise. They are now in a league that will see them play against the likes of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The Plaza de España in Santa Cruz was filled with blue and white Tenerife flags for the event as fans watched the away game on giant screens, and after the victory, cars tore around every town and village with hornsREAD MORE

The popular Canarian programme Tenderete will be recorded in the plaza at Guaza, Arona, on Friday 12 June between 9 and 10pm. Tenderete is now a classic, having been offering traditional folk dancing and music on Canarian TV screens for the last 30 years. The recording is open to anyone who would like the chance to see the programme being made, enjoy the spectacle, and even appear on Spanish TV themselves, but the capacity is limited, and the organizers advise getting there in advance of 8.30pm, when the pre-recording organization starts and the public will be admitted.  TinerguíaREAD MORE

Just three months after Taylor’s Lounge in Los Cristianos was robbed of €1,600 by three hooded thieves who attacked a worker in the process, the bar has been burgled again. Thankfully on this occasion no-one seems to have been in the premises, with the thieves breaking down the door to gain access. They made off with an as yet unknown amount of money.  El DiaREAD MORE