The 2010 Santa Cruz Carnaval begins today with the first competitions in the children’s murgas. The murgas, combining satire and music with outlandish costume and group singing, are phenomenally popular. Tickets for the adult murgas competition sold out in under two hours when they went on sale online recently. Some of the main events of the Carnaval are: 31 January: Election of the Children’s Carnaval Queen 5 February: Final of the Adult Murgas 10 February: Election of the Carnaval Queen 12 February: Advertisers parade 15 February: Fiesta “Dance Carnaval”. 16 February: Main Carnaval parade 17 February: Burial of the Sardine For further information on thisREAD MORE

National Police are seeking the perpetrator of a violent attack in the centre of Los Cristianos on Friday. The incident occurred in Calle General Franco, near Church Square, when the employee of a local business was assaulted by an individual with a knife as he was heading for the bank to pay in some money.  One hypothesis that the police are working on is that the victim had been watched by his attacker and was followed when he was known to be carrying money. The police were called immediately, but the attacker had already fled with his haul. Needless to say, the attack has causedREAD MORE

A 62-year-old man died around 9.30 this morning while playing golf at the Adeje Golf course. Although a doctor who was in the immediate vicinity tried to resuscitate the victim, and emergency services took up the effort when they arrived, their efforts were all to no avail. The poor victim has not yet been named. Diario de AvisosREAD MORE

A 65-year-old swimmer drowned at around 2pm yesterday afternoon at Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz. Emergency services and Red Cross beach attendants attempted to resuscitate him, but nothing could be done to save the life of the poor man, who has been identified by the initials I.B.V.  La OpinionREAD MORE

Well they’re here! After 7 years of bureaucracy, they are currently painting the lines in the car park of the Adeje store, and the Lidl sign is already up. The store is just off the motorway to the left of the mini roundabout on the way to Mercadona. The other Tenerife stores will be in Las Chafiras, San Isidro, La Laguna (beside the Makro there), Puerto de la Cruz, and Santa Úrsula. They will start to open from 4 February, though the logistics depot at Güímar has now already been inaugurated at a ceremony attended by the Tenerife President, Ricardo Melchior, among other notables.  LaREAD MORE

You just never know who’s on the road, and sometimes it’s no surprise that Canarian drivers have the reputation they have! La Orotava policía local thought they’d seen it all recently when, during a routine checkpoint, they discovered that they had stopped a one-armed man who was not only drunk, but who was also smoking and changing gear with his right hand, and who had no MOT for the car, no insurance, no log book, nor in fact any other documentation for the vehicle. The driver was a 62-year-old Aguamansa man, identified as J.M.A.H., who had something of a record with previous convictions for robbery,READ MORE