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

The Summer Sales start today and will run until 31 August. Retailers fear that due to the economic crisis, August will be a very slow month, and that most consumers will do their sales shopping in July. Big reductions can therefore be anticipated in the second half of the period. Consumer advice organizations stress that shoppers should be very aware of their rights: items offered for sale must be the same as normally available, with the only difference being the lower price: price tickets must show the previous cost of the item as well as the sale amount; sale goods must also be in theREAD MORE

As of Wednesday, 1 July, the electricity market in Tenerife, as throughout the whole of Spain, will be thrown open to competition. Unelco has sent out letters to all consumers explaining that according to Real Decreto 485/2009 dated 3 April, the old tariffs will disappear and consumers will be free to chose new operators to supply their electricity. The options are listed as an appendix to Unelco’s letter. The Canarian Government says that it is committed to the liberalization of the electricity market to improve competition between state-authorized commercial suppliers. The Director General of Energía, Adrián Mendoza, has urged consumers to “get used to beingREAD MORE

It’s a bargain and an incredible and rare discount! In a Summer Sale campaign, renowned Canarian constructor Gomasper is offering 30% off the sale price of 8 apartments in the beautiful Mirador del Atlantico complex in Chayofa. As can be expected with this builder, all apartments are ready to sign and fully legal, with Certificate of Completion, First Occupation Licence and Habitación all in place. Have a look HERE at the development. If you are thinking of an apartment in this exclusive and very pretty area, perfectly placed for access to airport, motorway, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, then don’t pass this up. You canREAD MORE