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Brothels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Need to be Spread Further Apart

Brothels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Need to be Spread Further ApartThe City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wants to limit the activities of brothels by changing the regulations that provide for these establishments to be located at least 150 metres away from each other, and at least 300 metres away from schools.

It is reported that state and regional laws oblige municipalities to regulate brothels, and since 2012, the activities of brothels are considered to be a commercial activity.

However, this is an issue that goes beyond municipal and state legislation, because this generates heated debate of sexual exploitation.

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Spanish National Lottery Commemorates Teguise in Lanzarote

Spanish National Lottery Commemorates Teguise in LanzaroteIt was announced this week that the Plaza de Los Leones de Teguise in Lanzarote will be the scene for the Special Draw of the Spanish National Lottery 2019.

This action commemorates the 600thanniversary of the town of Teguise, and Loterias del Estado predicts that on this occasion it will draw 84 million euros in lottery prizes.

It was also announced that the image of the town of Teguise will appear on the printed lottery tickets that will be sold all across Spain from 3 November.

An inspiring way to celebrate the 600thbirthday of Teguise in Lanzarote.

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Road Infrastructure in Tenerife Described as in Crisis

Road Infrastructure in Tenerife Described as in CrisisThe Provincial Federation of Construction Entities in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, FEPECO, this week called for the support of all political parties to make sure the new road agreement can be signed as soon as possible.

Fepeco emphasised that reactivating the road infrastructure project would create more jobs and the island would be able to recover employment figures before the crisis.

Fepeco also said that Tenerife is a “collapsed and disjointed island despite the fact that its policy makers charge very good salaries to solve their mobility problems, and have taken detours like the Bus Vao lane project instead of carrying out the road infrastructure that was planned for 12 years.”

Oscar Izquierdo, President of Fepeco, has affirmed that the signing of the road agreement between the State and Canarian administrations is ‘key’ because the lack of corresponding investments prevents stable economic growth. He also said, “There is no reasonable excuse that the central government can argue for not signing the agreement, and clearly the state government does not understand the Canary Islands and ‘pamper’ the peninsular and ignore the islands.”

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​Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

The President of the Red Cross in Lanzarote, Maria del Mar Romero, this week highlighted the ‘fatigue’ that was now showing by the Red Cross volunteers who serve as the team of immediate response to the increasing arrival of migrant boats on the island.

Romero has asked for ‘a little more help’ given that the Red Cross in Lanzarote currently provides this service with 23 local people, which is now insufficient for the number of boats that are arriving.

The Government of Lanzarote has now issued a Humanitarian Emergency Situation due to the overflow of available resources for the reception and accommodation of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children who have recently arrived on the island.

The President of Lanzarote Government, Pedro San Gines said that central government had not complied with the request of the Lanzarote Government and the Government of the Canary Islands to accommodate these children in the Marques de Herrera Military Barracks in Arrecife.

Therefore, all unaccompanied children are distributed in tents in a provisional emergency camp installed in the town of Yaiza, in some homes supervised by the Social Welfare Ministry and in the Nature Classroom of Maguez.

However, an agreement has been reached with El Alberque de La Santa, which has capacity for about 120 people and was used between 2004 and 2006 during the previous migration crisis, where unaccompanied migrant children could be accommodated, once the current users of this property are evicted.

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​Pensioner in Tenerife Arrested for Stealing from Vehicles

Pensioner in Tenerife Arrested for Stealing from Vehicles

The Guardia Civil reported that a 70-year-old man has been arrested as the alleged perpetrator of 18 robberies over the last two years from cars in the northern area of Tenerife.

The arrested man is alleged to have stolen various items, such as tools, clothing and sporting goods from the interior of vehicles. The investigation began after detecting an increase in robberies in the area of La Fariña in the Municipality of La Orotava.

The Guardia Civil also reports that it has recovered many of the stolen items, and these have been returned to their owners.

The detainee has been placed at the disposal of the Court of La Orotava.

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New Bicycle Lane will Connect La Laguna and Tacoronte in Tenerife

New Bike Lane will Connect La Laguna and Tacoronte in TenerifeIt was announced this week that a six-kilometre bicycle lane will link La Laguna and Tacoronte parallel to the main road to the north of Tenerife, and a route that will also increase the size of the pavements, so that people can walk from La Laguna to El Sauzal, and a journey that encompasses a total of 11.3 kilometres.

The Director of the project, Andres Gutierrez, explained at a press conference that the goal is a road that link homes and shops that will accessible to all users, and safe and functional for pedestrians and cyclists between San Benito and the Institute of Los Naranjeros.

The Government of Tenerife has budgeted 29.3 million euros, and this project will be carried out over the next three years, and be completed in phases. The first phase will begin with the construction of the pavement between La Laguna and Los Naranjeros in Tacoronte.

The bike lane, which will be between two and three metres wide, will run through an area with very low average slopes, and as it passes through Tacoronte, it will separate from the road and enter a forest area, but no trees will be cut down.

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First Cruise Ship in Season for Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera

First Cruise Ship in Season for Valle Gran Rey in La GomeraThis week the port of Vueltas de Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera received the first cruise ship of the new season, and the Island Sky cruise ship arrived with 98 passengers and 63 crew members.

This is the first stopover of the season for this town, and begins a planned calendar of cruise ships berthing in this port infrastructure, which joins the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera as another stopover point on the island.

For this first cruise ship arrival, the Government of La Gomera presented gifts with promotional material from the island, so that cruise ship passengers would receive information about the town and the island, which should encourage them to return in the future. In addition, the scale of this type of cruise ship should encourage these passengers to spend money in the local community, as the purchasing power of passengers of smaller cruise ships tends to be high, as they would have paid over 4,000 euros for their trip.

By the end of December 2018, La Gomera will have welcomed over 62,000 cruise ship passengers, and 13% more than last year. These forecasts indicate an increase in tourist activity and spending, reaching an average of 29 euros per passenger, with an overall income for the island of 1.7 million euros.

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Sports Club in El Hierro Given Award by Government of the Canary Islands

Sports Club in El Hierro Given Award by Government of the Canary IslandsThe sports club Corpore Sano in El Hierro has just received the Young Canary Award 2018 from the Government of the Canary Islands. This award recognises its efforts to promote sports, to provide examples of healthy living and to implement initiatives of solidarity with the community.

Corpore Sano was established as a sports club 8 years ago, but after 3 years in operation it began to also implement social actions, such as helping people with disabilities or reduced mobility to become involved in sports activities with help from members of the sports club.

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Police Make Arrests in Gran Canaria for Selling Counterfeit Products

Police Make Arrests in Gran Canaria for Selling Counterfeit ProductsThirty-four people, 27 men and 7 women, have been detained by Policia Nacional officers in San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria as alleged perpetrators of crimes against industrial property rights.

Those arrested, aged between 20 and 63 years, many of them with police records for similar fraudulent activities, sold counterfeit goods of top commercial brands to foreign tourists.

A total of 17 investigations have been carried out in commercial premises in the south of Gran Canaria, where counterfeit goods have been seized worth a total of 3,360,384 euros.

These inspections mostly involved 17 commercial stores in a shopping centre in Playa del Ingles, when police were assisted by an expert from the Antipiracy Commission of the Ministry of Culture.

The seized good included a large number of sports shirts, sunglasses, bags and other items pretending to be top brand-named goods.

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Oktober Fest Comes to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Oktober Fest Comes to Las Palmas de Gran CanariaVegueta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has again hosted the 2018 Oktober Fest that has turned most of its bars and restaurants into authentic German taverns to welcome German residents and tourists.

Altogether, 22 premises of this historical centre of Las Palmas have worked together to turn their centres into authentic taverns of Bavaria, as all waiters were dressed in typical costumes of Bavaria.

Food menus for this Oktober Fest included all traditional German favourites, such as German beers and German sausages. This year, German beer was imported in traditional barrels to maintain its properties and flavour.

Over 15,000 people were estimated to have joined the Oktober Fest party in Vegueta, which has become an annual favourite fiesta for Gran Canaria for Germans and for those who love German beer and German culture!

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Noise at Gran Canaria Airport Can Now Be Monitored

Noise at Gran Canaria Airport Can Now Be MonitoredAena has just launched the app ‘WebTrak’ that is already available for other airports, such as Barajas in Madrid. This smartphone app allows you to monitor the level of noise and the trajectories of aircraft that pass through the airport of Gran Canaria.

It is reported that WebTrak allows you to track the route of planes that take off or land at Gando Airport, provide the information of the aircraft, such as flight number, type of aircraft and its altitude, and associated data with the level of noise generated by each plane. This means that users can check whether noise levels are within legal margins established in the municipality and for neighbouring populations.

Another feature of this system is to be able to follow up in real time, or through the history of your database up to 60 days, or the trajectory of the aircraft, to verify that they comply with the programmed flight path, as well as established procedures.

The monitoring of noise emissions is not only carried out in overflow areas, but also on land and especially at night, on the parking platforms of aircraft near town bordering the airport, through a system of microphones and video cameras called SCVA or Visual and Acoustic Control System.

This initiative will soon be available at Tenerife North and Tenerife South Airports.

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​The Best Barber in Spain is in Gran Canaria

The Best Barber in Spain is in Gran Canaria

In a contest organised by a web specialist in barbershops, Ayoze Medina has been chosen as the best barber in Spain.

Ayoze works in his barber shop in a neighbourhood of Santa Maria de Guia in the north of Gran Canaria, and has been a finalist in this competition for several years.

So, congratulations go to Ayoze Medina as the best barber in Spain for 2018, and now joins the 12 best barbers in the world.

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Tejeda in Gran Canaria Celebrates its Most Beautiful Town Award

Tejeda in Gran Canaria Celebrates its Most Beautiful Town AwardThe national commemoration of the Day of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain was held this week, and the residents of Tejeda in Gran Canaria commemorated this day with the raising of a flag on the façade of the City Council.

Since 2015, Tejeda in the centre of the island has been one of 68 towns in Spain that has received this recognition.

At this event, a manifesto was also read out that demanded increased local financing of local institutions and to improve services and transport.

In addition, a series of measures have been requested to prevent further depopulation in this area of the island.

Since 2015, Tejeda has used this recognition of one of the most beautiful town in Spain to improve its tourist image, its economic activity and has placed Tejeda on the tourist map, as a must-visit centre.

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​Retirement from the Police Force of Gran Canaria After Drug Busting Career

Retirement from the Police Force of Gran Canaria After Drug Busting Career

Although some might think that eight years of working for the Policia Nacional in Gran Canaria might be a little early for retirement, but Pol is now looking forward to taking life a little easier.

Pol is a Belgian Shepherd, and was part of the canine unit of the Policia Nacional based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This unique member of the police team is reported to have detected numerous kilos of drugs, but like in most professions there are always younger and more energetic police puppy recruits eager to take your job.

So, Pol was given his P45 and put up for adoption, and there was no shortage of willing families to welcome him into their homes. Pol has now met his new family after the Nacional Policia used social media to explain that he was about to retire and needed a loving home, and received a flood of responses.

After careful consideration, a family from Tenerife was chosen as the new family for Pol’s retirement. Well done Pol!

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​Optimistic Water Levels for Farmers in La Palma

Optimistic Water Levels for Farmers in La PalmaLa Palma starts the autumn season with its reservoirs at 47% capacity.

This is good news for the agricultural sector, as there is already a good capacity of water supply before the rainy season for the island starts.

However, the Insular Council of Water has made an appeal to farmers to continue to make prudent use of water when irrigating their crops. It also explains that there is capacity in reservoirs to receive more rainfall soon, but it is not known when these rain storms will arrive accurately, so it is necessary to optimise the existing water supply.

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