San Miguel municipality will be transformed over the next two days into a disaster area, at least on paper, as a rehearsal will practise reactions to an imagined 7.2 grade earthquake. The drill will involve Bomberos sin Fronteras, with the collaboration of Tenerife’s Consorcio de Bomberos, Guardia Civil, Red Cross, San Miguel Policía Local and Protección Civil. The principal objective is to get these specialist teams together to consider multi-disciplinary responses, co-ordinating sanitary, security, social and rescue elements.  Approximately 300 people will be involved in the mock emergency operation over Friday and Saturday. Diario de AvisosREAD MORE

With thanks to a reader for bringing this to my attention, the Daily Mail is reporting hundreds of British holidaymakers struck down by a vomiting bug in the 4-star Barcelo Santiago hotel in Puerto Santiago, with claims of the food at the hotel restaurant being like school dinners and with a smell of sewage in the rooms. I have to say that I’ve not seen anything in the local press about this, nor have I heard of any bad reports of this hotel at any point, but this is being reported as a large outbreak. What strikes me, however, is that I have heard manyREAD MORE

A pack of abandoned dogs killed a flock of around 50 sheep in a finca in the area of Lomo del Balo, Guía de Isora over the weekend, in what is said to be one of an increasing series of such attacks on livestock in Tenerife. Farmers of the area have expressed serious concern about the numerous attacks in the region which are hitting their principal livelihood, and residents generally expressed concern after a very large dog killed a smaller one in Playa San Juan just over a week ago. Police are trying to locate the owners of the large dog, as well as toREAD MORE

Binter’s latest offer is for inter-island flights between 7 April and 31 May at €15 each way for Canarian residents buying a return journey. Tickets can be bought between 22 and 28 March. Further information is available from ticket sales desks at airports and travel agencies, via the website, or by telephone 902 391 392. The offer is subject to availability.READ MORE

Arona has held a Spring Music programme for  a few years now, and this year’s programme has now been announced. All are welcome, residents and visitors alike, to this series of concerts of classical music which will be held at weekends between 21 March and 2 May 2010. MARCH. Sunday 21, 8pm, Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos. Duet of guitar and violin, with Héctor González Gómez (guitar), Chaxyraxy González Llarenas (violin) and Daniel Ríos Sánchez (piano). Chamber music with Javier Díaz de La Rosa (guitar), Todor Konstantinov (violin) and Helena Lima (cello). Saturday 27, 8pm, Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos. Woodwind Quintet with members ofREAD MORE

Update 19 March: The latest forecast from Aemet is for the calima to begin to clear throughout this afternoon and the rest of the day, with temperatures remaining stable or rising slightly. Wind will lessen in Tenerife, though increase slightly in the eastern islands. The yellow alert remains in place, however, until midday tomorrow, Saturday, since the level of dust in the atmosphere will remain extremely high until at least midnight tonight.  C24H, C7 Update 18 March: The health department Sanidad has issued medical advice for the duration of the calima, particularly for those most vulnerable, the very young, elderly, and those with chronic respiratoryREAD MORE