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Judge is investigating why apartment block collapsed

SOFIA Elena Valdivia, a judge from Arona Magistrate Courts, has opened an investigation into why a Los Cristianos  apartment block collapsed in April 2016, killing seven residents. She gave Bank Santander 10 days to present the documents relating to the renovation, carried out by the Banesto bank back in 2000, when Santander owned the premises. […]

Popular Party’s ‘corruption’

A FORMER senior official at Madrid’s regional government claims that its current premier, Cristina Cifuentes, and a predecessor, are involved in a corruption case affecting the governing Popular Party (PP). Francisco Granados, once Secretary-General of the PP’s Madrid branch, said that both Cifuentes and Esperanza Aguirre, a veteran PP politician who headed the regional government […]

Big concern for frontline home-owners of Medano

THE Costas department, which protects the coastlines across Spain, has begun procedures to regain 3,208 linear metres of El Medano’s coastline in Granadilla. A 19-page report has been published, and 92 properties in the area, including communities and a hotel, which stretches from the pier to La Pelada beach, will be affected. The owners of […]

El Mojón hospital gets official seal of approval this year 

SOUTH Tenerife’s new hospital, El Mojón, will be up and running, fully, before the end of the year, after nearly two decades of speculation and concern. And that’s official! It has overcome so many obstacles since its inception, with stop-start building work, year by year, as well as a protest strike by the current construction […]

Spain on the brink of foreign-tourist record

WHEN Spain’s tourism chiefs receive the 2017 visiting figures, they are sure to be celebrating a brand-new high, with the Canary Islands weighing in heavily. They greeted 4.4 million foreign tourists in November, which was 7.4% up on last year. And though December figures are not yet available, the 2016 record of 75.3 million was […]

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Canaries happy with giant-sized challenge

A RISE of 2% in British tourists visiting the Canary Islands, despite airline connections dropping by 9.3% for low season, spurred officials to try to maintain or improve on this success. And part of their strategy meant hosting a stand at the World Travel Market, in the multi-purpose ExCel Event Halls, in East London’s Royal […]

Nothing new about these old fairy tales

IT’S the same old trio of national newspapers and the same old song: Mount Teide is about erupt, for the umpteenth time, apparently. British dailies the Sun, Mirror and Mail are definitely singing from the same sheet. Happily, for residents and holiday-makers in Tenerife, they are completely out of tune! Yes, we’ve experienced several, minor […]

An 855m-euro fraud, and nobody’s guilty!

AN investigation into the ERE scandal, Spain’s biggest public-money fraud in history, is now into its fifth year. But the authorities have yet to prosecute a single person, or even recover any funds! Judges have heard how a staggering 855 million euros from the EU was siphoned away, illegally, to a string of individuals and […]

EU groups lose Brexit trust in Home Office

CAMPAIGN groups, representing EU citizens anxious to protect their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, have warned they will reject any deal that gives the Home Office any say in their future. Grassroots campaign groups across the UK and Europe wrote to EU negotiators on Monday to say the Home Office “cannot be […]

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