The Canaries heads the table for the greatest reduction in road traffic accident deaths in the whole of Europe, with a fall of 57% since 2003. Spain as whole saw a reduction in fatalities of 43% in the same period. The figures were given by the new regional head of Tráfico, Eva María Canitrot, and the Director General of Tráfico, Pere Navarro, who congratulated all drivers in the Canaries for their splendid achievement in reducing accidents and deaths on the islands’ roads. Sr Navarro recalled how the EU had set the challenge in 2001 of reducing road traffic accident deaths by half, and said thatREAD MORE

UPDATE 12 August: It seems that the man drowned. He had no papers on him, and has not yet been identified.  Diario de Avisos The body of a 50-year-old man has been found among some rocks on the beach at El Médano. Emergency services were alerted around 7am this morning and medical staff and police attended the scene, but could do no more than confirm the death of the man at the scene. The Guardia Civil has started an investigation. More information will be added when it becomes available.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

The Guardia Civil has arrested two Italian residents of Adeje for aggravated robbery in a Playa Paraiso supermarket on 4 August. The men, 43 and 46 years old, carried out their raid on the store around 9pm as it was about to close. Having tied up two employees and making them lie on the floor while threatening them with a knife, the thieves, wearing balaclavas, forced a third employee to open the safe, and made their getaway with €2,000 in cash. A customer who happened upon the crime was also tied up by the robbers. Thanks to the prompt and effective action of the GuardiaREAD MORE

The Spanish Interior Ministry, equivalent to the UK’s Home Office, has reminded all users of Pay As You Go mobile phones that they must register them within three months. It seems that several million PAYG users have not taken seriously the Government’s requirement to register their phones before 9 November, and users have now been reminded that if they fail to do so they will lose their telephone lines and numbers. The Ministry stressed that under Government legislation mobile phone operating companies will have no choice but to deactivate any SIM cards that have not been identified by 9 November. Registration is simple, and justREAD MORE

Puerto de la Cruz has shown itself to be an innovator yet again with the launch of a touristic and cultural TV via internet service. The digital channel,, is the first of this type in the Canaries, and one of the first in Spain as a whole. The service will be able to screen live broadcasts, as well as offer a range of videos of events and activities. It aims to reach the greatest number possible with information about the town, and it is hoped that the Channel will also be a great PR aid. It will be available in four languages, though whatREAD MORE

A further scandal has broken out as part of the Guardia Civil investigation into the Caso Arona, but this time it has nothing to do with possibly illegal classifications of land or illegal granting of licences. Rather, it involves a phone call made, and recorded by the police, by the President of the Canarian Government, Paulino Rivero, to the Mayor of Arona, José Alberto González Reverón, to request help in the President’s niece’s 2008 entrance examination for the Policía Local. Since the news emerged this week, neither President nor Mayor has been available to comment on the conversation, which recorded the President saying “one ofREAD MORE