A pack of abandoned hunting dogs caused chaos on the TF1 near Siam Park at around 9am this morning, resulting in several accidents involving numerous vehicles, though thankfully no-one was injured in any of the collisions. National and Local Police found themselves running around the motorway trying to catch the dogs, which were treating the central reservation barrier as a hurdle as they jumped and raced over both carriageways. Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

A 43-year-old British tourist, identified (as usual in the Spanish press) only by the initials JGC, was discovered dead yesterday morning on a walking trail in La Gomera. Accounts at present are slightly confused, some saying he was found in the La Meriquita area of the Argaga barranco in Vallehermoso, others in the Risco area of Valle Gran Rey. The man had disappeared on Monday, and the grim discovery was made by a Dutch walker around 10.40am. Mountain Rescue services from Tenerife retrieved the body, which has been taken to the Gomeran capital San Sebastián, where an autopsy will be carried out.  Diario de Avisos,READ MORE

The Cabildo has prohibited any fire-making activities in the forest areas of Tenerife due to continuing forecasted temperatures in excess of 30º. No burning of agricultural rubble will be allowed, nor fireworks, nor BBQs in the recreational areas, which are now being sealed off in the forest corona, Anaga and Teno. The Cabildo says that the measures will remain in place until weather conditions improve from the point of view of fire risk. It stressed its request to everyone to do all in their power to minimise the chances of starting a fire accidentally, and to avoid going up into the mountains unnecessarily during thisREAD MORE

The Canaries have been put on Yellow Alert for high temperatures. The system of summer alerts was set in place a few weeks ago (original post 1 June immediately below), and this is the first time it has been put into practice. The Yellow Alert is active for one or two days of temperatures in excess of 33º, and 34º is anticipated, which is what it has been for the last 24 hours. The alert is expected to last throughout Monday.  Canarias24Horas Original Post 1 June:  Now that temperatures are expected to reach 30º or so on a daily basis, the Canarian Health Dept, Sanidad,READ MORE

La Orotava Ayuntamiento has followed Santa Cruz in removing symbols of the dictatorship of General Franco, by changing several street names to eradicate the public memory of the regime. Santa Cruz Ayuntamiento has also removed Franco’s designation as Favourite Son of the city, as well as its Gold Medal, both distinctions bestowed in 1939. The moves are in accordance with the Historical Memory Law, passed by Zapatero’s socialist Government in Madrid in October 2007. The law is intended to condemn Franco’s regime and to recognize and provide aid to the victims of violence during it; to prohibit political events at Franco’s burial place; to removeREAD MORE

The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce has said that it finally sees indications of the beginning of the end of the recession, but that everything points to a very slow recovery, which will not begin to be generally visible until well into 2010. The Vice President of the Chamber, Ángeles Palmero, was speaking alongside the organization’s Studies Officer, Dolores Pérez, and the Strategic Director of CajaCanarias, Óscar González, as they presented their yearly economic analysis for 2008 and forecasts for 2009. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the degree of intensity of the crisis over the next twelve months or so will depend on theREAD MORE