The former mayor of San Miguel Ayuntamiento, Arturo González, was arrested by the Guardia Civil this morning on charges of urbanistic corruption while in office. A further four arrests have been made in connection with the allegations, which relate to works and invoices carried out by the previous governing Coalición Canaria (CC) group. The detainees include the former auditor of the Ayuntamiento and one of the surveyors from the Technical Department. Further details are at present sub-judice, but the arrests follow on from Santa Cruz anti-corruption prosecutors sending police into San Miguel officials’ offices just under a fortnight ago to investigate claims of corruption againstREAD MORE

Tenerife football fans are celebrating Club Deportivo (CD) Tenerife’s promotion back to Spain’s Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Catalonian side Girona. Tenerife were already top of the Second Division, and needed just one point with two games to go to confirm their rise. They are now in a league that will see them play against the likes of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The Plaza de España in Santa Cruz was filled with blue and white Tenerife flags for the event as fans watched the away game on giant screens, and after the victory, cars tore around every town and village with hornsREAD MORE

The popular Canarian programme Tenderete will be recorded in the plaza at Guaza, Arona, on Friday 12 June between 9 and 10pm. Tenderete is now a classic, having been offering traditional folk dancing and music on Canarian TV screens for the last 30 years. The recording is open to anyone who would like the chance to see the programme being made, enjoy the spectacle, and even appear on Spanish TV themselves, but the capacity is limited, and the organizers advise getting there in advance of 8.30pm, when the pre-recording organization starts and the public will be admitted.  TinerguíaREAD MORE

Just three months after Taylor’s Lounge in Los Cristianos was robbed of €1,600 by three hooded thieves who attacked a worker in the process, the bar has been burgled again. Thankfully on this occasion no-one seems to have been in the premises, with the thieves breaking down the door to gain access. They made off with an as yet unknown amount of money.  El DiaREAD MORE

Two holidaymakers, a Norwegian man of 61 and a Polish woman of 56, are in police custody after being arrested while in the Teide National Park. Having left the pathways to enter a roped off area, they refused to leave when confronted by Environmental Protection agents, and resisted arrest when the agents called in the support of the Guardia Civil. They have been charged with assault and resisting authority. It is important to remember that the Environmental Agency staff in the National Park have always had significant powers because the area is a National Park, but these powers have been augmented since Teide was designatedREAD MORE

The internationally recognized blue flag symbol of quality has been awarded to 11 Tenerife beaches. They are Leocadio Machado and La Tejita (El Médano), Las Vistas (Los Cristianos), Troya I-II (Playa de las Américas), Fañabe, El Socorro (Los Realejos), Playa Jardín and San Telmo (Puerto de la Cruz), Mesa del Mar (Tacoronte), and finally, the doyenne of them all, Playa la Arena, which has won the prestigious bandera azul for the 22nd consecutive year. The blue flag symbol is given for beaches which comply with extremely high sanitary and environmental requirements, and which provide toilet facilities, life guards, first aid, information and environmental education, securityREAD MORE