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​Alleged Perpetrator of Sexual Assault Released in Tenerife

Alleged Perpetrator of Sexual Assault Released in Tenerife

The detainee was an alleged perpetrator of a sexual assault against a 26-year-old woman in the Las Veronicas leisure zone in Adeje, but has now been released on charges and with a restraining order.

The incident occurred at the closure of the leisure facilities, and witnesses called the police. Citizen collaboration has been fundamental to clarify the facts of this alleged sexual assault, and to identity the alleged perpetrator.

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Canary Islands Link South Korea with African Markets

Canary Islands Link South Korea with African MarketsThe Nautical Association of the Canary Islands (Asnautica) has announced that it has arranged several working meetings with companies from South Korea with the intention of seeking alliances and to jointly address the African market.

Carmen Fernandez, Vice President of Asnautica said in a statement, “We value this commercial mission, and we want to combine the latest technology that is offered by a country like South Korea and with the knowledge that Canarian business people have of the African markets that are so close to the Canary Islands.”

Fernandez explained, “For Koreans, West Africa remains a distant and less interesting destination compared to more priority destinations, such as America and Europe. Therefore, collaboration with the Canary Islands would be profitable for both parties.”

Also, the tax advantages offered by the Canary Islands and the improvement of air and sea transport with African countries provide added value to these meetings.

Following the meetings in the Canary Islands, the mission will also travel to the capital of South Korea, Seoul, as well as to one of the first manufacturing centres of the country, Incheon.

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​New Employment Offered by City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

New Employment Offered by City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has just announced that there will be 39 new job vacancies related to public service work, and with 24 vacancies for more Policia Local officers, as well as several new jobs for municipal technicians.

These 24 new jobs vacancies will be advertised soon, once the replacement rate is approved as a result of the early retirement agreement by the municipal security body.

This proposal indicates that in the next few months, processes will begin to advertise details of jobs, and reserve lists will be created for the temporary hiring of workers in different departments.

The 24 new officers of the Policia Local of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will join the 90 that have already been appointed in previous processes developed over recent months, which will incorporate a total of 114 agents.

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​Mogan in Gran Canaria is Centre for Cocaine Smuggling

Mogan in Gran Canaria is Centre for Cocaine Smuggling

The Policia Nacional and the Tax Agency captured a shipment of 2,875 kilos of cocaine in the south of Gran Canaria, in an operation in which 17 people have been arrested.

Ana Botella, Secretary of State for Security said “This shipment of cocaine brings the amount of cocaine in Spain seized so far in 2018 to 30 tons, and a year in which 100 tons of hashish have also been seized.”

Although news of this cocaine shipment seizure was released this week, the cocaine smuggling was carried out on 13 November by two inflatable boats that transported the drugs to the beach of Medio Almud in the Municipality of Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, from a ‘mother ship’ located two miles from the coast, which reported to be a fishing boat from South America.

Policia Nacional officers had been monitoring this arrival of drugs for over a year, and police report that in July 2017 it was known that a person in Fuerteventura had acquired a large amount of items needed to apply to the drug before distribution and sale.

On 11 November, the drug smugglers carried out a mock drug landing, but did not know that they were already being monitored by the police, and then on the night of 13 November, they carried out the unloading of the cocaine on the beach.

Thirteen of the 17 detainees were arrested on the beach of Medio Almud at the time of the landing of the cocaine, which was distributed in 125 bales.

Jose Antonio Ayuso, Head of the Unit of Drugs and Organised Crime of Las Palmas said “These almost three tons of cocaine make up one of the largest seizures of the trans-shipment of drugs from the sea in recent years. These 2,875 kilos of cocaine were of the highest quality, and could have reached a value of 100 million euros on the black market.”

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​Giant Lizard Rescued in Gran Canaria

Giant Lizard Rescued in Gran Canaria

Policia Local of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria were tasked with an unusual task when they were called to Tamaraceite by local residents who found a giant lizard walking along through their shopping centre.

It is reported that his giant lizard was not too difficult to find and capture, as he tended to move rather slowly. The police officers carefully transported this giant lizard to the Wildlife Recovery Centre of the Government of Gran Canaria, and their experts said that the lizard weighed around 700 grams.

this type of lizard is very common in the Tamaraceite area. Prior to the construction of the Tamaraceite shopping centre, a campaign was launched to collect the lizard community by experts from the Wildlife Recovery Centre, and relocate these lizards to another less busy centre. Obviously, this lizard got missed in the previous collection of giant lizards, but hopefully he will soon find a new and safer home.

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Craft Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Craft Fair in Las Palmas de Gran CanariaThe 24thRegional Craft Fair was held in Santa Catalina Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that displayed the traditional crafts of the Canary Islands. The organisers explained that although original crafts mainly used raw materials that were easily available, such as clay and wool, current exhibitors now include more modern materials and designs, but continue the heritage of traditional crafts that have continued for many years.

This year’s craft fair brought together 140 craft exhibitors from all the Canary Islands, including La Graciosa.

This craft fair was promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands, and the venue alternates between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife from year to year. Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria said “This is an important opportunity to gather together all the best of the crafts of the eight islands in Gran Canaria, so that we have knowledge of local crafts, and can value what these exhibitors are trying to achieve. We are talking about traditions, but we’re also talking about creation, design and innovation from new proposals that younger artisans have incorporated.”

These exhibitors included cigar makers, weavers and potters, alongside toy makers, fashion designers and other diverse professionals. Some displayed exact replicas of utensils from the past history of the archipelago, such as garments or artefacts, as well as some from the industrial age.

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Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in Lanzarote

Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in LanzaroteFernando Olmeda is 82 years of age, originally comes from Madrid, but now lives in Lanzarote. However, Fernando is also the longest-serving Red Cross volunteer on the island.

For the last 20 years, he had been working for the Red Cross, and most of his work has involved helping migrants that have arrived by boat from Africa.

Fernando has also travelled throughout the Canary Islands for the Red Cross, which awarded him a bronze medal to thank him for all his unconditional work. In response to this award, Fernando said “My work with the Red Cross has given me many positive experiences in my life, but also some experiences that have been very hard for me.”

Fernando has also been committed to helping those in most need, and has previously worked for the Red Cross along the Camino de Santiago in the north of Spain and in Colombia.

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Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from Questioning

Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from QuestioningThe magistrate of the Court of Instruction of Arrecife in Lanzarote has been investigating the parents of a baby of four months, and has decreed that the parents can be released from police questioning, but the baby must remain in a child care centre, where he was placed on suspicions of abuse.

The magistrate has not taken any precautionary measure against this couple, who are both under the age of 22 years, and said that he understood their explanations were coherent.

However, while investigations continue regarding the alleged crime of abuse against the baby, the court waits for a statement from the doctors who have been treating the child.

The medical team of the public hospital of Doctor Jose Molina Orosa in Arrecife filed a complaint with the Court on 14 November, which activated the protocol of ill treatment due to the baby presenting a skull fracture when admitted, but had also attended the hospital a few weeks previously presenting a broken femur.

The judicial authority agreed to refer the guardianship of the child to the Government of the Canary Islands, and after his medical discharge, to allow him to enter a public juvenile centre. The parents were summoned to give a statement about these injuries, but at no time have they been detained or deprived of their liberty.

In a statement, the mother of the baby explained that the case of the first injury arose when the baby was 19 days old. She said that due to the obvious discomfort of the child, she took him to the hospital, where they explained that either the child had broken the bone when putting his leg between the bars of the crib, or had been born with a bubble of air in the leg that had created such a fracture. The couple have implored the judicial authority to return their child to them.

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​Lanzarote Car Accident Results in Severe Injuries

A woman has been seriously injured as a result of a collision of two vehicles that occurred in the early hours along the LZ-10 road in Lanzarote as it passes the Municipality of Teguise. A man also suffered moderate injuries.

Firefighters went to the scene of the incident to free the two victims, as they had both been trapped in their cars.

Staff of the Emergency Services took charge to provide first aid to the victims, and then to transport both victims to the hospital.

This accident that occurred just before 07.00 in the morning caused traffic congestion, and Guardia Civil officers had to take charge of regulating the traffic flow, and to follow the normal procedures following a vehicle accident.

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​La Palma Waits for a New Telescope

La Palma Waits for a New Telescope

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) announced that within a few years the Roque de Los Muchachos in La Palma will house the ‘Liverpool 2’ telescope.

This initiative has been led by the John Moores University of Liverpool, which will install the Liverpool Telescope 2 (LT2) in La Palma.

This new telescope for La Palma will optimise the times of observation for the University and will be used for various areas of study.

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​La Gomera National Park Road Closed

La Gomera National Park Road Closed

The road between La Laguna Grande and the visitor centre of the Garajonay National Park has been closed for a few weeks to enable asphalting works to be completed.

This is a secondary road, although the busiest on the island, and will remain closed from 08.00 in the morning until 18.00 in the evening.

This planned road closure had been previously communicated to the six municipalities, the Garajonay National Park and also to travel agencies and tourism companies.

This road not only provides access to the Garajonay National Park, but also access to El Centro de Visitantes Juego de Bolas and the Mirador de Abrante, which are two important tourist centres of La Gomera.

It is hope to minimise the inconvenience to residents and tourists by carrying out the asphalting work intensively.

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Hotel in La Palma Accused of Light Pollution

Hotel in La Palma Accused of Light PollutionThe Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) has just made a complaint against a hotel for violating the Law of Light Pollution with the placement of some additional outdoor lighting.

The hotel installation, located in the area of Los Cancajos, installed exterior lighting in its recent renovations that do not comply with current regulations.

The Agency for the Protection of the Sky insists the hotel was offered free advice, which it did not use.

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Arrests Linked to Sale of Fake Products in Gran Canaria

Arrests Linked to Sale of Fake Products in Gran CanariaPolicia Nacional officers seized fake brand clothing and accessories valued at 1,267,700 euros that were being sold in three shops in a popular shopping centre in Playa del Ingles in the south of Gran Canaria, when eight people were arrested.

Police report that they carry out periodic inspections in various shops in tourist centre and those susceptible to selling counterfeit goods. When they identified shops that were selling these fake brand goods, police worked closely with a judicial expert in the field of counterfeit goods, and confirmed a crime was being committed by these shops.

The Police Headquarters of the Canary Islands issued a statement that said this investigation also led to the arrest of five men and one woman, identified as owners or employees of registered businesses, as alleged perpetrators of a crime against industrial property.

These investigations also led to the arrest of two other men, both with criminal records for acts of a similar nature, and are accused of forging clothing and accessories of top brands to distribute them later in the shops referred to.

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​Another Emergency Landing at Gran Canaria Airport

Another Emergency Landing at Gran Canaria AirportAn Iberia Express plane had to land at Gran Canaria airport due to technical problems. The aircraft, which left Fuerteventura Airport early had been scheduled to land at Madrid Airport at 11.00.

After landing safely at Gran Canaria Airport, passengers had to wait for several hours to board another plane for them to continue their journey to Madrid.

This is the fourth plane from this low-cost Spanish company that has had to return to its origin or make an unscheduled stop due to technical problems.

Gran Canaria Airport reported that technicians believe there was a hydraulic failure that forced the aircraft that left Fuerteventura to land at Gran Canaria at around 08.00 for safety reasons.

These passengers eventually took off for Madrid at 13.00 later that day after being booked onto another flight.

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​Decomposed Body Discovered in La Palma

Decomposed Body Discovered in La Palma

The Guardia Civil reported that officers had found the decomposing body of a person of German nationality in the north of La Palma.

This man had created a cave in which he had lived on the road to las Mimbreras. Guardia Civil officers report that from the state of his remains, he is believed to have died several months ago.

Firefighters had to perform a complex task to recover the body.

The location of the cave was identified by a family member, who had not known about his movements for several years.

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