The TF134 San Andres to Taganana road is out of action after an almighty rockfall yesterday morning in which several vehicles escaped by the skin of their teeth. The whole Taganana, Almáciga and Benijo area was completely cut off yesterday for nearly 10 hours, and even now the road is still being cleared. Authorities say it will be several days before access is returned to normal. The Anaga area is a very popular as a tourist route, and visitors are requested to steer clear of the area over the next few days.  El DiaREAD MORE

Details are rather confused at present, but a little boy of 7 is in Candelaria hospital with multiple serious injuries after being knocked down around 4.30 yesterday afternoon in C/. de Los Muros in Charco del Pino, Granadilla. A 30-year-old woman is also in Hospiten Sur after she too was injured, though less seriously, in the accident in which a parked car was set in motion when its sole occupant, a child, somehow released the handbrake. Granadilla Policía Local are investigating the incident.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

A 65-year-old swimmer died in the sea at Mesa del Mar, in the Tacoronte municipality of Tenerife, around 6pm today. Several fellow swimmers telephoned 112 to call emergency services, but despite the man being pulled out of the water and the attendance of emergency medical teams who attempted resuscitation, nothing could be done to help him. He was pronounced dead at the scene from cardiac arrest. Earlier, around lunchtime, another swimmer, of 55 years of age, drowned in San Agustín, in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana municipality of Gran Canaria. Again, basic cardiopulmonary resuscutation was attempted, but nothing could be done to save the man’sREAD MORE

The Hacienda has estimated that the recent rise in taxes announced by the national Government will result in Canarians paying an extra €494 a year on average. As an autonomous region, the Canaries will be contributing an additional 206 million Euros to the state, but this will not mean as much to an individual Canarian taxpayer as the extra €10 or so a week by which s/he will be directly worse off in 2010. The recent abolition of the €400 tax deduction, moreover, is expected to affect 96.3% of Canarians earning between 9,000 and 60,000 per annum. The Hacienda calculates that the removal of thisREAD MORE

The Tourist Space Regeneration Committee has agreed to commission the drawing up of a project to install a network of cycle lanes to run through the entire Adeje-Arona tourist area. The network, which will utilise existing roads and incorporate a 1.5m dedicated bicycle lane, will run to 45 kms in total length, and will offer direct connection for cyclists between Los Cristianos and La Caleta. It is also projected that there will be a system of bicycle rental along the route, marketed particularly at tourists and visitors. The Vice President and Cabildo Tourism Councillor, José Manuel Bermúdez, said that “projects like this show a commitmentREAD MORE

An horrific incident on the TF1 resulted in the death of five hunting dogs at around 7.43am yesterday morning. The accident occurred on the northbound carriageway between TFS Reina Sofia and San Isidro when a Mini crashed into an ATV’s trailer containing the dogs. The Mini was set alight in the crash, and it seems that the animals burnt to death. A 70-year-old man received medical assistance at Hospiten Sur after being injured in the accident, but his condition is not serious. Firefighters attended the scene to extinguish the flames and clear the carriageway.  El DiaREAD MORE