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

A 19-year-old British man has fallen to his death from the fourth floor of his holiday accommodation in the Caribe aparthotel in Playa de las Américas. The tragedy occurred at 5.45 this morning, on the very day he was due to return home to the UK. Emergency services were called out, but were sadly unable to do more than confirm his death at the scene.  He has been identified only by his initials ADM (as is usual with the Spanish press), and he was apparently on holiday with a group of friends.  Diario de AvisosREAD MORE

A cayuco carrying 41 adult males was spotted four miles to the south of Tenerife off Montaña Roja in Granadilla municipality at 7.30 this morning. It was intercepted by Lifeboats and Guardia Civil and towed to Los Cristianos. Two of the occupants have been taken to El Mojón hospital, the new public hospital in the south just up the hill from Los Cristianos. Numbers of these craft arriving in 2009 are halved from last year, and none came to any of the Canaries in all of April and May. The Government argues that this is because of the new advance alert system, Sistema de VigilanciaREAD MORE

Emergency services in Tenerife dealt with 70 calls related to bonfires celebrating San Juan’s Eve (original post yesterday, immediately below). The vast majority of calls were for bonfires that were burning out of control. There were also a fair number of burns to be dealt with, especially those who had used petrol to light their fires.  Canarias24Horas Original Post 23 June: Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the Eve of the annual midsummer fiesta of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires and fireworks, and many visitors often think that a summerREAD MORE