Policía Local arrested a 53-year-old Briton, identified as J.M., around 3am Friday morning for attempted murder in Santiago del Teide, after the man attacked another tourist with a large knife in the La Hondura tourist complex, apparently for talking to his girlfriend. It seems that all three were staying at the same complex, and that J.M. became jealous and drew a 30cm knife on his imagined rival, trying to stab him. Police say that the attempted murder was foiled thanks to the rapid intervention of a security patrol. After being taken to the local police Comisaría, he was transferred to the Guardia Civil in GuíaREAD MORE

The Environment Councillor of Arona, Antonio Sosa, has announced that El Camison beach has been reopened after further test analysis showed no contamination in the water. The water is now said to be in good condition.  Diario de Avisos Original Post 5 November: Arona Ayuntamiento has closed El Camisón beach because permitted limits of Enterococcus bacteria in the water have been exceeded. The Environment Councillor, Antonio Sosa, closed access to the beach after receiving the results of routine analysis from Sanidad. While the beach is closed, technicians from the water company Canaragua will conduct further tests to check the water regularly. The first results areREAD MORE

Anyone who likes tall-sail yachts should put Santa Cruz in their diary for the weekend of 20-23 November, because that’s when the 2009 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup race is setting off from Tenerife. The event is organized by the International Maxi Association in collaboration with the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife among others, and the yachts are expected to arrive at the St. Maarten Yacht Club in the Dutch Antilles at the beginning of December. At present, six yachts are registered to set sail, and all are said to be spectacularly beautiful. They are the Aime Sea (35.05m/Cayman Islands), Alexia (30m, Argentina), Beau Geste (24.33m),READ MORE

Given the unprecedented response to the inquiry, the Guardia Civil has made available an email address and dedicated phoneline for anyone who was on the beach in Los Gigantes on Sunday and who has anything to contribute to the inquiry. They are colaboratenerife@guardiacivil.org and 062.  La Opinion Original Post 5 November: Santa Cruz has said that there has been an unprecedented response to the Guardia Civil inquiry into the Los Gigantes tragedy (post 1.11.09). The investigation concerns whether any offence might be purely administrative, or actively criminal, and never before, it seems, have so many people voluntarily offered to give evidence to a police investigation,READ MORE

In the first Yellow Alert of the winter, the Met Office, AEMet, has warned about strong winds and rain in Tenerife on Saturday 7 November, particularly in the north of the island. The eastern Canarian islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, are on Yellow Alert for tomorrow as well, but the bad weather is expected to head westwards over the next 48 hours.  AEMet, Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

In the wake of the Los Gigantes landslide tragedy (post 1.11.09), the mayors of the northern Tenerife municipalities have admitted that it is difficult to control rockfalls in any of their areas apart from that of Puerto de la Cruz, which is not backed by sheer cliffs. The problem is so acute, indeed, that in some cases there is not just a lack of security, but the beaches are positively considered dangerous, mainly due to the north Tenerife landscape which is much steeper than the gradual slopes of south Tenerife, and of course, with the sheer cliff backdrops that cause the principal danger. One ofREAD MORE