A 38-year-old African man was arrested overnight after police were called to a severe beating in Playa de Las Américas. The assault took place around 3am near Torres de Yomeli, in the heart of the tourist area. It appears that the victim, a Nigerian prostitute, had agreed to have sex with the man, who is said to originate from Chad, but when she insisted that he used a condom, he started to attack her in a particularly brutal fashion. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention, and the man is in police custody in the Las Américas Comisaría. Residents of theREAD MORE

The heatwave has claimed its first victim, Sanidad confirmed yesterday, as a 74-year-old man died in Gran Canaria. Two others are also in hospital in Gran Canaria suffering with the effects of the heat that is battering the islands. On Wednesday, a young construction worker in Tenerife was admitted to hospital after working outside in full sun, but hospital sources say that his condition is stable. The high temperatures have also been wreaking havoc for agriculturalists, especially at mid-altitude. Damage is said to be considerable, with heavy crop losses, though these are still being evaluated. Vines, bananas, and potatoes are expected to be badly affected.READ MORE

Temperatures in the Canaries will start to fall from tomorrow (Saturday), though the heat will continue, according to the director of the Meteorological Centre in Santa Cruz, Víctor Quintero. Sr Quintero said that today will be even hotter than the last few days, but that after that, there will be a slow and almost imperceptible daily reduction of temperature over the next few weeks, rather than a sudden drop back to normality, and it is likely that there will continue to be areas placed on Orange Alert. It seems that the cause of this heatwave is an area of high pressure in the Azores, veryREAD MORE

Thanks to the airport taxes discount recently agreed by the Canarian President, Paulino Rivero, and Spanish PM Zapatero, Ryanair has announced that it is to double its flights to Tenerife from 8 to 16. It will also offer 16 new routes to Gran Canaria and 15 to Lanzarote. The increase in flights is expected to generate two million new passengers, 2,000 new jobs, and a touristic income of around 336 million Euros, according to the company press release. Michael Cawley, Vice President of Ryanair, said that the continuation of these routes beyond 31 March 2010 will depend on the extension of the airport tax discounts.READ MORE

News programmes were interrupted around 10pm last night to advise that a forest fire had broken out in the Anaga Mountains just above San Andres. I’ll post updates as and when they’re available, but as of now, just after midnight, fire crews are battling the blaze. UPDATE midday: The fire has been under control since 9am after a sleepless night for many firemen and helicopter teams, and work is now continuing to extinguish it completely.  Canarias24Horas.  Thanks to Alex too for the comment confirming this.READ MORE

A horrendous situation unfolded this week when 65 dogs under the care of Phil Nelson and his charity Dingo Dogs were evicted from a plot of land near Guia de Isora. A court order was obtained by the owner of the land, and the Judge then instructed the Ayuntamiento of Guia de Isora to remove the dogs. By law, animals must be transported safely and kept in an clean area, with fresh water, food and access to medicines if needed. These dogs however were taken to a small place intended for goats, some 10 x 12 metres, with little shade, and no water or food.READ MORE