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

The Pretenders will perform their new album, Break Up the Concrete, on Monday 6 July in the Tenerife Auditorium in Santa Cruz. The concert will start at 9pm in the Sala Sinfónica. Apart from Chrissie Hynde, who formed the group in 1979, there is a completely new lineup with Jim Keltner, James Walbourne, Eric Heywood and Nick Wilkinson. Tickets are priced at €30 and €35, and are available by phone on 902 317 327 between 10am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, book online from the Auditorium, or buy direct from the box office between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or between 10am andREAD MORE

Tenerife has its first cases of the A/H1N1 virus (swine flu as it was incorrectly known at first). Sanidad has confirmed the results of two sets of tests carried out at the Microbiology Unit at HUC (Hospital Universitario de Canarias) on a couple who recently returned from the USA. Neither appears to have a severe case of the flu, and the couple has not been admitted to hospital. The tests have been sent for reconfirmation to the National Microbiology Centre. Diario de AvisosREAD MORE

There is frustratingly little detail on this story, but if you have been the victim of a timeshare scam, you could do worse than get your lawyer to check if this is related to your case. South Tenerife National Police have arrested seven individuals from a group dedicated to timeshare fraud. The operation began in February when investigations started into how 50 or so victims were defrauded of around €30,000 each after being contacted by a company claiming to have buyers interested in taking over their timeshare rights. Once the “administration, fiscal, and legal costs” for the so-called purchases were handed over, however, both supposedREAD MORE

Thanks to Winter rains which have continued late into the Spring in some areas, Tenerife’s 23 public reservoirs are 95% full. Just a couple of months ago, the authorities were saying that they were averaging an 86% capacity, and the picture has continued to improve since then. It is now clear that there will not be any water restrictions this coming summer, and that there will be sufficient to fight any forest fires that may break out. A far cry from the situation this time last year after a very dry Winter and Spring.   La OpinionREAD MORE

The property market in the Canaries is virtually paralyzed, with a 90.6% drop in the year-on-year figures compared to 2008. So says the National Statistics Office (Instituto Nacional de Estadística – INE), which reports a 109% drop in new property sales and a 70.1% fall in resale property transactions, calculated on a monthly basis. There are two silver linings to this heavy cloud hanging over the islands. First, the fall in the resale property market is clearly slowing down, particularly in the rural sector, and secondly, private sellers and even developers are more prepared than ever to negotiate and offer some real bargains to thoseREAD MORE