Update 23 February 10pm: Investigations are still continuing into this find. Initially, and before the skeleton was removed, the authorities investigated the possibility that the individual was pre-Hispanic, and therefore of historical value. When that theory was discounted, the remains were removed to the Forensic Medicine Institute for DNA tests. The disfigurement of the skull, together with a hole that pierced it, has given rise to the preliminary hypothesis that the person was a victim of the Civil War in the 1930s. El Dia, RTVC Original post 23 February: A Puerto de la Cruz Guardia Civil unit is investigating the discovery of what appear toREAD MORE

The Government has ordered an enquiry into the causes of yesterday’s blackout, the Councillor of Empleo, Industria y Comercio, Jorge Rodríguez, has announced today. Sr Rodríguez insisted that if there was any evidence that Endesa had not complied with its duties, it would be on the receiving ends of the maximum possible sanctions. Sr Rodríguez acknowledged, however, that the storm was bound to affect the infrastructure, but stressed that this itself was Endesa’s responsibility, and that they must do whatever might be necessary to reinforce the security of the power supply, because there will evidently be further storms in the future.  C24H Original post 18READ MORE

The mayor of Santiago del Teide, Juan Damián Gorrín Ramos, currently embroiled in accusations of culpability for the Los Gigantes beach rockfall tragedy and adjudged to have a case to answer, has announced that he will not stand again in the next local elections in 2011. Mayor Gorrín stressed that his decision to step down was for “personal reasons”, having “served his time” for seven years at the head of both the Ayuntamiento and his party, the Coalición Canaria. He expressed himself “satisfied” with his group’s performance in the role, saying that he will be officially informing the party’s local committee of his “difficult andREAD MORE

The body of a 35-40-year-old man was found in the early hours of yesterday morning in the los Pocitos area of the Añaza coast near Santa Cruz. Police confirmed the discovery after receiving a call from a member of the public, and it seems they believe the man could have been dead since the early hours of Saturday. Tragically, the body was found at the bottom of a 7 metre drop, in a lane full of rubble and detritus carried along by the recent rains. At the top of the hill overlooking the scene, they found a note. It seems that it was a suicideREAD MORE

And it’s happened again, and in Playa de las Américas once more. This time it was on the Paseo de Las Américas near the Commercial Centres, at around 3.30 this afternoon. A male foreigner of 50 was taken to Hospiten Sur with serious multiple injuries. Clearly, with the high winds, any such falls are more likely. C24H Originally posted 16 December 2009: Only two months after a tourist died from being struck by a falling palm tree (as posted HERE), another two trees fell over the weekend in the same area of Playa de las Américas. Arona Policía Local has now commissioned an exhaustive reportREAD MORE

Update 12 February 2010: It transpires that the police were able to make such a rapid arrest because the two boys had a police record, and their fingerprints were already archived. It was a straightforward task for the fingerprints left at the scene of the crime to be identified as their own. They had previously been arrested for robberies both in houses and vehicles, though the 16-year-old Uruguayan had only one antecedent. The younger boy, however, is said to be a “troubled” individual, and the more dangerous of the pair. He has been detained on five previous occasions, and he had been due to appearREAD MORE