A 21-year-old man died around 3.30 this morning at km80 on the TF1 in Adeje after crashing his Ford Fiesta while driving the wrong way on the motorway. The car collided head-on with a Toyota Hilux, whose 44-year-old driver and four passengers, children between 10 and 15 years of age, were all injured in the accident. The occupants of the Hilux were transferred to Hospitén Sur, the driver with an ankle injury, and the children with neck and abdominal injuries. Thankfully none is in a serious condition. The Fiesta driver was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out by bomberos. The ambulanceREAD MORE

The Yellow Alert for hot weather which was announced for yesterday has been extended to cover the whole weekend. Moreover, as a result of the heat and the present low humidity, BBQs and any other fire-based activities are once again banned in mountain areas. The ban will last for at least the next few days. Forest firefighting teams are on alert, and the public is asked to take extreme caution, not to visit mountain areas unless their journey is unavoidable, and in any case to stick to main roads and avoid tracks. Temperatures are expected to reach 35º, particularly at mid-altitude and altitude.  La OpinionREAD MORE

North Tenerife’s hoteliers are in despair at the region’s worst touristic performance in recent years. July’s figures are devastating, with occupancy at 53.63%, a drop of 9.62% from July 2008. Ashotel’s north Tenerife Vice President, Juan Antonio Rosado, raised the alarm, expressing a worry that has now become the norm in the hotel sector. “The situation is not good, and we are extremely concerned with the tendency seen in July in places like Puerto de la Cruz”, said Sr Rosado. It is precisely this premier resort in the Canaries where the worst occupancy figures are being seen. Apartment occupation is also down 16.61%, which suggestsREAD MORE

A 77-year-old man has been pulled unconscious from the water after drowning at Los Cristianos beach. Emergency services were called out just after midday, and the Red Cross tried to resuscitate him there and then on the sand. Only when ambulance teams arrived, however, was it established that he was in cardiac arrest, and their advanced resuscitation processes were able to bring him around. He has been transferred to Hospitén Sur in critical condition.  Canarias7 The tragedy comes hot on the heels of two others at El Camisón beach over the weekend as posted HERE. On Saturday, a 26-year-old man nearly drowned and was foundREAD MORE

The San Miguel rubbish strike originally called for last Monday has been postponed until Friday. Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur are expected to be particularly affected. Originally posted 15 August: A strike by refuse collectors in the San Miguel municipality has been called for Monday. Around 20,000 householders are thought likely to be affected. The strike comes after failure between management and workers to reach agreement, though the initial grievance of late wage payments has now been replaced by complaints over bonuses. The management company is Clusa, the same company involved in previous disputes in Arona. At the height of the tourist season, withREAD MORE

A little boy of 11 has become the third victim of AH1N1 flu in the Canaries. As with the previous two deaths in the islands, this one occurred in Gran Canaria, and again, there was an underlying chronic condition. This latest victim, who died in the Hospital Materno Infantil de Gran Canaria, brings to 12 the number of flu fatalities in Spain, a number which now sadly counts the first child victim. The Canarian Health Minister, Mercedes Roldós, made a press statement on this latest tragedy at 11am this morning. The Minister confirmed that the child had a serious underlying chronic condition, but that detailsREAD MORE