The 14th Las Galletas half marathon will take place on Sunday, 11 April 2010 at 9am. There will be two new categories in this year’s race, namely M65 (for men over 65), and M55 (for women over 55). Again this year, the course has been approved by the Real Federación Española de Atletismo, and will run from Las Galletas through El Fraile, the Palm Mar and Guargacho junctions, back down to La Estrella and finally again to Las Galletas. Inscription costs €10, and can be made via fax or email. Simply complete the application form HERE and either fax to 922 750 943 or emailREAD MORE

Update 29 March 2010: Analog television will be completely switched off after the end of the final phase of the transfer to TDT on Friday this week sees the shutdown of the last transmitters. Through the course of this week more than 20 million viewers throughout Spain will receive the last analog transmissions, the largest shutdown since the process of transition to TDT began. The Government brought forward its  intended final switch off of 3 April in order to give viewers a final chance to acquire decoders before Easter. Izaña in Tenerife will be among the final areas to lose the analog signal on Friday.READ MORE

Opposition groups in Adeje have denounced the El Duque commercial centre, which is apparently far in excess of the size authorized for its construction. The allowed size was 2,956 square metres, but it is currently over 11,546, according to Alfredo Goñi, Coalicion Canaria spokesman. Not only is it 8,590 square metres too large, it is also seemingly constructed in areas that should be green zones. “I am not going to participate in this apparent illegality, which as far as my group is concerned is a racket”, stressed Sr Goñi in a full council session on Friday. The CC was joined in condemning the building byREAD MORE

Update 26 March: Tragically, the bones found in the Jinámar well are almost certainly not human, police sources confirm. The size and characteristics of the bones cannot belong to either of the two children who disappeared. The works have now finished at the site, though the bones have been submitted for analysis to be certain.  C7 Update 25 March 9pm: This is not going to be a speedy operation, with the latest from the site being that the pump withdrawing water from the well has broken. Government sources are now saying it is not possible to calculate how long the operation, which is still continuing,READ MORE

San Miguel municipality will be transformed over the next two days into a disaster area, at least on paper, as a rehearsal will practise reactions to an imagined 7.2 grade earthquake. The drill will involve Bomberos sin Fronteras, with the collaboration of Tenerife’s Consorcio de Bomberos, Guardia Civil, Red Cross, San Miguel Policía Local and Protección Civil. The principal objective is to get these specialist teams together to consider multi-disciplinary responses, co-ordinating sanitary, security, social and rescue elements.  Approximately 300 people will be involved in the mock emergency operation over Friday and Saturday. Diario de AvisosREAD MORE

With thanks to a reader for bringing this to my attention, the Daily Mail is reporting hundreds of British holidaymakers struck down by a vomiting bug in the 4-star Barcelo Santiago hotel in Puerto Santiago, with claims of the food at the hotel restaurant being like school dinners and with a smell of sewage in the rooms. I have to say that I’ve not seen anything in the local press about this, nor have I heard of any bad reports of this hotel at any point, but this is being reported as a large outbreak. What strikes me, however, is that I have heard manyREAD MORE