A windsurfer disappeared around 4pm yesterday afternoon while surfing in El Médano, the emergency co-ordination services have announced. At present, lifeboats, Policía Local, Protección Civil and a helicopter are trying to locate the missing individual. Nothing more is known at present.  Canarias24Horas Update 9.43pm: Canarian TV news has just reported that the man feared lost is safe and well, having got out of the water by his own means. All emergency search facilities have now thankfully been called off.READ MORE

Back in November last year, the Department of Costas told Güímar Ayuntamiento that many dwellings on the municipality’s Agache coast contravened coastal limits regulations and would have to be demolished. The Ayuntamiento disputed this at the time, and following legal action in May, the High Court found in the Council’s favour and ruled that all coastal settlements of Agache were urban. Although the mayor of Güímar, Rafael Yanes, asked Costas not to appeal the decision, an appeal was nonetheless launched, but the TSJC, the Canarian Supreme Court, has now supported the previous Court’s decision. The argument had centred on whether the areas were designated asREAD MORE

Tenerife has been selling itself as a significant investment opportunity for some serious Chinese money in talks held in China over the last few days. The President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior, headed a delegation to Beijing which met leaders of the China International Capital Corporation (CICC), one of the country”s most important foreign investment banks. Sr Melchior presented Tenerife as a pivotal logistical platform between America, Europe and Africa, and expressed himself very satisfied with the outcome of the talks, not least because the delegation has been able to arrange a Chinese investment visit to take place within the next few months. ThisREAD MORE

Police are seeking two individuals who carried out a robbery yesterday morning in Los Cristianos harbour. The thieves got away with €6,000 after holding up a Trasmediterránea employee who was heading to the bank with the company’s takings. The man was assaulted and threatened with a knife as he approached his vehicle in the harbour grounds, but once in possession of the money, the robbers thankfully caused him no harm and fled in a Citroën C2 which was found a few hours later by Arona Policía Local behind the Antonio Domínguez Alfonso stadium in Playa de las Américas.  El DiaREAD MORE

The effect of the crisis on immigrants to the Canaries has become very apparent in the figures released by the Department of Education for the next academic year’s school intake. Five thousand fewer pupils are expected to pass through the Canaries’ classrooms in 2009/2010 than in 2008/2009, due in the largest part to families returning to South America, the Spanish mainland, and other parts of Europe. The areas where the drop is most noticeable, according to Deputy Head of Education, Gonzalo Marrero, are South Tenerife, Arrecife in Lanzarote, and Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura. Sr Marrero said that the main reason is that young familiesREAD MORE

The Met Office (AEMet) has put Tenerife on yellow alert for strong winds throughout the entire island (and indeed the whole archipelago), reaching gale force at sea. The alert is for winds with gusts of up to 80km per hour on land, and gale force 7 at sea, and lasts from 8am this morning until midnight tomorrow (Saturday) night. Although the whole of Tenerife will experience these gales, it will be the north-east and south-east coasts that will be worst affected.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE