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

The Canarian Government has awarded Granadilla the title of “historic town” for the part it played in the Canarian resistance to the Spanish conquest, as well as for providing a harbour for the fleet of Fernando de Magallanes in 1519 when the explorer was preparing for his first voyage around the world. The distinction was given the go-ahead after a favourable report in January this year by the “Comisión de Heráldica de la Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias”, which confirmed that the town had sufficient merit to warrant the award. The report also stressed the town’s leadership within south Tenerife for several centuries, its commercial importance,READ MORE

The Director of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional en Canarias, María José Blanco, has said that Tenerife has reached a phase of “seismic equilibrium” after the intense activity measured in 2004. The Canarian National Geographic Institute has an extremely good ability to localize any seismic movements, assured Sra Blanco, who added that in fact out of 83 minor quakes last year, only 4 were strong enough to be felt. Sra Blanco explained that seismic activity in the Canaries had a range of origins, some being tectonic, associated with the movement of faults, particularly a northeast-southwest fault which, in 1989, produced the largest earthquake registered here, ofREAD MORE