A 30-year-old man died just before midday today after falling down a small barranco in Puerto Santiago in the municipality of Santiago del Teide. The tragedy happened at 11-20am in C/. La Hondura. Bomberos were called out because of the difficulty of access, but upon reaching the man it was clear that he was not responding to any attempts to resuscitate him. He was transferred by a fire brigade zodiac to Los Gigantes port, where medical staff could sadly do no more than confirm his death. RTVCREAD MORE

Whatever one thinks of the Dept of Costas and the way it seems at times to ride roughshod over local decisions and traditions, sometimes it gets it right. For the second time in four years, the Department has demanded that the Community of Owners at Marazul in Callao Salvaje removes the obstacles the community has placed to the public beach in front of the complex. For years now the complex has actively sought to impede public access to the coastline, effectively making the beach a private asset. The last legal action against the community was in 2006, and now on this occasion, barriers are inREAD MORE

Update 3 July: The Guardia Civil says that its ‘Mar del Sur’ operation, which it has been carrying out since the end of last year in Tenerife, Melilla, Málaga and Almería, has broken up an organization bringing drugs of “great purity” into Europe from Colombia. The yacht Lulú which was intercepted yesterday was sailing under the Spanish flag and had set sail from Tenerife on 20 June to rendezvous with a “mother ship” from South America 500 miles off El Hierro. The Guardia Civil said that this is the largest consignment of cocaine which the smugglers had tried to introduce through this route, and oneREAD MORE

Two 18-year-old women have been caught red handed by police in C/. Méndez Núñez, Santa Cruz, while they were trying to force a tourist to hand over money for the Asociación Regional para Discapacitados Sordomudos y Niños Pobres (Regional Association for the Disabled Deaf-Mute and Poor Children). Police say that the organization does not exist. The arrested women are said to be foreigners who who passed themselves off as deaf-mute, using a certificate of the non-existent “association” fraudulently incorporating the Tenerife Cabildo’s logo. The police were tipped off by a call from a concerned passer-by, and observed the two young women grabbing a tourist’s armREAD MORE

Update 5pm: The Cabildo has announced that the TF1 has been opened again to traffic at km 38, Porís de Abona, now that roads services teams have finished cleaning up the mess made by the overturned concrete lorry. Original post: A concrete lorry which overturned on the TF1 northbound at Poris de Abona late this morning has resulted in 3 injured and a closed northbound carriageway. Tecnicos suggest it might be open later this afternoon, but for the moment the entire northbound TF1 remains closed, and there is just a small cordoned off lane of the southbound carriageway allowing northbound traffic to filter through slowly.READ MORE

Binter’s latest promotion has inter-island flights on offer for residents for €18 in August and September. A return pair of tickets must be bought between 28 June and 4 July. The offer is subject to availability. Airport taxes etc are included. Further information can be obtained from all the usual points of sale, travel agents, airports, and from Binter itself on 902 391 392, and via the website www.bintercanarias.comREAD MORE