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​Stop Stealing Our Popcorn Beach in Fuerteventura

Stop Stealing Our Popcorn Beach in Fuerteventura

The City of La Oliva has launched a campaign ‘Pasa sin huella por La Oliva’ or Leave without damaging La Oliva, and is promoted by the Department of Tourism with the collaboration of the Telesforo Bravo Foundation, to warn of rhodolith theft that occurs on the beaches on the north of the island.

Some may not know about rhodoliths, which are often colourful, unattached, branching marine red algae that resemble coral, and create a biogenic habitat for many communities.

The appearance of this type of calcareous algae, similar to thread, has popularised these beaches through the hashtag #PopCornBeach, which has encouraged the pillage of this type of fossil of great heritage value.

The Mayor of La Oliva, Isai Blanco, explained “Many times, without realising it, we are damaging the environment with mounds of stone, or damaging the natural and cultural heritage with inscriptions in areas of geological and paleontological value, which is impossible to recover.”

This threat looms over the beaches on the north coast of Fuerteventura after becoming famous on Instagram, because these are made up of rhodoliths that look like popcorn. Fuerteventura has dozens of kilometres of white sand beaches that make it a much sought-after destination for thousands of tourists every year. However, the local community want tourists and residents to stop removing rhodoliths from the beaches of La Oliva. Just visit, enjoy it, and leave without damaging the environment.

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​Gran Canaria Senegalese Community Celebrates

Gran Canaria Senegalese Community Celebrates

Currently in the Canary Islands there are around five thousand Senegalese migrants who live here, and most say they want to return to their home country.

The Senegalese community met at Casa Africa in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to celebrate the 59thanniversary of the country’s independence.

The day began with a conference, and then gave way to activities for children and opportunities to taste typical dishes from Senegal. There were also samples of music and dance from the country, as well as theatre and fashion shows. Entrance was free.

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Arrests in Tenerife for Theft of Avocados

Arrests in Tenerife for Theft of AvocadosThe Guardia Civil has arrested and investigated five people as alleged perpetrators of a continuous crime of theft with force on farms in the north of Tenerife, and are reported to have taken around one thousand kilos of avocados.

This investigation was called “Calibre Norte” and the Guardia Civil had focused on thefts from agricultural facilities in order to intensify preventative controls in areas susceptible to theft.

The five people allegedly involved in these robberies had common ties and acted in a segregated and independent manner, and they knew the area where the thefts took place very well.

Apparently, the robberies were committed in broad daylight in the afternoon, and the defendants had understanding of the transit schedule of the owners and workers at these farms, as well as easy access to them. The avocados were stolen in 50 kilo bags and transported in vans, but at other times they hid the sacks in the undergrowth to collect later.

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False Passport Arrests in Lanzarote

False Passport Arrests in LanzaroteAgents of the Policia Nacional have arrested two men aged 40 and 45 years, a child aged 17 years and a woman aged 20 years at Cesar Manrique de Lanzarote Airport who tried to take a flight to London by identifying themselves with false French passports.

Airport police were alerted when the passports presented lacked the correct security measures and indicated they were all falsely claiming to be of French nationality. The adults of legal age were arrested, detained and presented to court authorities, and the child classed as a minor was taken to the Children’s Section of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Las Palmas.

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​Direct Descendants of the King of Spain Still Live in La Palma

Direct Descendants of the King of Spain Still Live in La Palma

Who do you think you are? Well around 60% of the indigenous residents of Las Breñas in La Palma now know they are directly descended from the Kings of Castile and Portugal, according to a new study funded by the Government of La Palma. This study has been investigating the descendants of Pedro I of Castile “El Cruel” (1334 – 1369).

The researchers, Francisco Javier Martin, Angel Luis Perez and Pedro Javier Castañeda say they can scientifically demonstrate a direct blood line with the Kings of Castile and Portugal in several regions of Las Breñas.

Primitivo Jeronimo, Councillor of Culture and Historical Heritage said that this study has been undertaken by two university professors and the pastor of Breña Baja, and traces links back to the period of the Conquest. He said “Thanks to the work of these three authors, today we can better understand the genealogical origin of many Las Breñas families”.

The pastor of Breña Baja, Angel Luis Perez, indicated that his contribution to this study was focused on investigating the census data of 1907 and 1920 to identify the genealogy of the families selected for this sample.

Francisco Javier Martin explained that the sample chosen for the investigation included 266 families, and 79 turned out to be direct descendants of the King of Castile. The census of 1603 provided data for Breña Alta, Breña Baja and a small part of Villa de Mazo, and known collectively as Las Breñas.

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​Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera

Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera

The Municipality of Valle Gran Rey has hosted the 15thSustainable Tourism Forum for La Gomera. Once again, administrations, groups and companies committed to sustainable tourism came together to plan for the future.

This year the Forum focused on the relationship between agriculture and tourism. The objective of this is to promote the primary sector as the backbone of the rural landscape and generator of economic activity, but by also respecting the natural environment and promoting coexistence in the countryside.

The main objective this year was to protect and promote the agricultural heritage of the island by promoting this to the local population, but, above all, for the thousands of tourists that La Gomera receives every year.

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​Stinging Jellyfish Close Beaches of La Graciosa

Stinging Jellyfish Close Beaches of La Graciosa

The beaches of Salao, La Cocina and La Francesa in La Graciosa have been closed for public use due to the massive presence of stinging Portuguese Man o’ War and other stinging jellyfish.

Technicians are now waiting for the state of the sea to change, so that the currents will drag these away and clean the beaches.

Meanwhile, it is recommended that residents and tourists take extreme precautions and not bathe from these beaches. Several swimmers have already needed medical attention after they were bitten.

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​Canary Islands Banana Fibre Could Reduce Plastic Waste

Canary Islands Banana Fibre Could Reduce Plastic WasteFibras Naturales Canarias has been given an award by the Government of Gran Canaria for its project to obtain an ecological fibre from the waste of the banana plant that is widely grown across the Canary Islands.

This is the third year of the ‘Enorte’ contest to identify innovative ideas across the Canary Islands and this year there were fifteen proposals, including guided routes to agricultural plantations, crop control, fumigation by drone, mobile applications of services and a web site for fruit and vegetable growers.

Nestor Santiago, promoter of Enorte explained that his project could convert over 2.5 million banana trees into pulp and ecological fibre. This process is already in use, and the processed banana trees are placed into bags and used to cover pineapple plants, used for biodegradable containers and for fish feed. The idea of using natural fibres has been developed with financing from the European Union Life Baqua programme.

Nestor Santiago also said “This material is biodegradable and reduces the use of plastic bags used for crops, which uses 130 tons of plastic in Gran Canaria, but then this disintegrates, and pollutes the soil. The greatest achievement would be to reduce the pollution suffered by the Canary Islands and establish a new model of a recycling economy to deal with the waste from banana plants.”

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​Archaeologists Return to Fuerteventura Volcanic Tube

Archaeologists Return to Fuerteventura Volcanic TubeThe Cave of Villaverde in the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura is a volcanic tube with important evidence about the prehistorical periods of the island that was discovered in 1979, but was closed again in 1988.

This team of archaeologists first entered the cave in 2018, and used new technologies to disseminate their findings, and the next visit this month will be a new phase of intervention.

After forty years, this project aims to learn more about the artefacts hidden inside this cave with funding from the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the Island Government of Fuerteventura and the City of Lo Oliva.

This team of archaeologists will focus their research on geology and topography, which is a priority to define the limits of the site, expand the excavation area, specify the state of conservation and plan future explorations.

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​Guardia Civil Arrests Drug Gang in Tenerife

Guardia Civil Arrests Drug Gang in Tenerife

The Guardia Civil has arrested four people in the south of Tenerife and seized 400 grams of cocaine and 1,740 grams of hashish in an operation to stop a criminal group that controlled the sale of drugs in the town of El Medano.

The detainees are three men and one woman, of Spanish, Colombian and Uruguayan nationality, who lived in the town of El Medano, in the Municipality of Granadilla, and operated three points of sale of drugs.

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​Chaotic Situations at Tenerife Airport

Chaotic Situations at Tenerife Airport

The workers’ committee has warned Tenerife South Airport that insufficient staff is generating an unbearable work overload and unnecessary stress that often requires the elimination of important tasks.

In a statement, Tenerife South Airport warned that there are chaotic and overflowing situations, which will increase once the second terminal is built, because there is no intention of the management to hire staff to meet the new needs of the airport.

Workers insist that “the current staff level is insufficient to face the huge increase in recent years, and criticise the management who they claim only seem to care about work absenteeism, have no claims and generate profits at all costs.”

The committee also reports that staff include six doctors and a nurse to cover 14 shifts of 12 hours per week, which does not cover possible eventualities and assistance to passengers. There is also criticism of the lack of an activation protocol for 112 and demand training of personnel in first aid and the use of defibrillators.

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​The Journeys of Turtles Released from Fuerteventura

The Journeys of Turtles Released from Fuerteventura

One year ago this month, five loggerhead turtles bred in captivity were released from the beach of Cofete in Fuerteventura, and had GPS transmitters attached to them. This data on their migratory routes has just been published and provides fascinating information about these Canary Islands sea creatures.

These loggerhead turtles were bred in captivity for eight years within a programme of reintroduction of the species in the islands. The tracking transmitters were monitored by satellites, and their migratory routes have been disparate, where some travelled to the African coast and others to the coast of America, which surprised the experts because of the difficulties involved in such a route.

The desire now of the scientists is that they return to nest on the coasts of Fuerteventura, where in addition to these five turtles, there have been around 1000 other turtles released to the coastal waters of the island.

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​Single Taxi Fare Back Again in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Single Taxi Fare Back Again in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) has annulled the order of 15 January that suspended the application of the single fare for taxi journeys approved in October 2018.

The TSJC recognises that the City Council should have been heard in this process to hear their opinions as an involved party, which had not been done.

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​New Museum of History in Tenerife

New Museum of History in Tenerife

The Governing Body of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife have met to confirm the project to create the first Museum of History for the City with a budget of around 700,000 euros, and will be based as the star attraction within the Palacio de Carta.

This new museum will display a journey through history, where the most relevant events that took place since the foundation of the city in 1494 will be shown.

Mayor, Jose Manuel Bermudez, said “We want it to be a museum of the modern history of Santa Cruz, and this has been achieved from the support and influence of the project from many heritage associations, including the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 Julio”.

The proposed display spaces in the new museum will present an interactive room on the ground floor, where different videos and applications will introduce visitors to different aspects and characteristics of the history and symbols of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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​More Workers Needed to Repair Oil Rigs in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

More Workers Needed to Repair Oil Rigs in Gran Canaria and TenerifeSince 2016, Gran Canaria and Tenerife have hosted and repaired oil rig platforms that have become an important economic benefit to the Canary Islands.

Today, workers are busy carrying out maintenance and repairs, and more work will be possible when the planned new dry dock is installed later this year.

Just one of the oil rig repair companies has just posted new job vacancies for 2019, and plan to hire one thousand workers for their next project.

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