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New Mental Health Department for Tenerife Hospital

New Mental Health Department for Tenerife HospitalThe new Unit of Active Rehabilitation of Mental Health of the University Hospital of the Canary Islands (HUC) has just been opened. The new building has two hundred and twenty-five square metres for therapeutic workshops and multi-purpose rooms for the care of patients and family members. Another sixty square metres are for storage facilities.

This project has cost 531,934 euros and has also allowed improvements to adjoining areas of the building. A new containment wall has been erected and spaces have been created to develop outdoor therapeutic and leisure activities.

80% of patients admitted to the Mental Health Area will benefit from activities, such as the urban garden, gymnastics and psychomotricity, sensory stimulation and art therapy.

Until now, workshops were carried out in prefabricated modules that partially met the needs of patients and staff.

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​New Fire Station for South Lanzarote

New Fire Station for South Lanzarote

Lanzarote now has a new fire station in the south of the island. The new infrastructure will serve three municipalities and in this way, it covers a need that for a long time, residents and firefighters have been demanding.

In recent years, with the demographic growth experienced by the island, the needs for firefighting resources were multiplying.

The new fire station is located in the old Casa del Medico de Uga, which has been restored. In the upper part are the bedrooms, the kitchen, the services and the gym, and the lower floor is intended for offices.

In the annex to this fire station, a garage has been built to house the firefighting truck with a capacity of 3,000 m3 of water, a 4x4 and a jet ski. This fire station will have a permanent crew of 3 firefighters.

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​MetroGuagua in Gran Canaria to Become Icon of Las Palmas

MetroGuagua in Gran Canaria to Become Icon of Las Palmas

The planned MetroGuagua interchange at Hoya de la Plata, which will improve mobility in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is planned to become an iconic centre in the southern region of the city, as well as for the whole capital city.

A recent presentation meeting for this project included the participation of Mobility Councillor, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, the Architect, Carlos Diez, and the General Director of Municipal Buses, Miguel Angel Rodriquez.

Ramirez said “We are talking about an area of 7,900 square metres that will have not only spaces necessary for the operation of the MetroGuagua for workshops, offices and a control centre, but also for commercial and public spaces with new parks and green areas.”

This presentation explained that the new MetroGuagua interchange station will be tendered in the next three or four months for an amount of around 10 million euros, and this project will take around two years to complete. It was emphasised that this interchange for the MetroGuagua was a whole would be ‘revolutionary’ for the mobility of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, since it will change the culture of the movement of citizens with this ‘transformative’ initiative within an urban context.

This interchange will eventually become the garage for the MetroGuagua vehicles, the origin and destination of the routes, and where the vehicles will ‘sleep’ when not needed, as well as space for taxi stops and bike parking.

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Lanzarote Airport Now Renamed

Lanzarote Airport Now RenamedThe airport of Lanzarote is now called Airport Cesar Manrique Lanzarote at the request of the Ministry of Development. This change of name also coincides with the change of the official name of Barcelona El Prat Airport that now becomes the Josep Tarradellas Airport Barcelona El Prat to honour the memory of the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in recognition and respect for his historical role and as a reminder of his legacy this year that marks the 30thanniversary of his death.

The Cesar Manrique Lanzarote Airport pays tribute to the memory and legacy of the Canarian artist, coinciding with the centenary of his birth on 24 April, to give his name to the airport of the island where he was born.

Cesar Manrique has been widely linked to all the Canary Islands, as his work as a painter, sculptor and artist is intimately linked to the defence of ecology and the environment, and he wanted to achieve the perfect interaction between artistic expression and nature and to the image and projection of the Canary Islands for visitors. It is also well known that it was his work to maintain landscape values of the island of Lanzarote that has contributed to its sustainable development for tourism.

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​La Gomera Reservoir is Almost Full

La Gomera Reservoir is Almost Full

La Encantadora, the reservoir that is located in the Vallehermoso region of La Gomera, is reported to be holding around 750,000 cubic litres of storage water, and is the third reservoir with the largest capacity on the island.

Twenty-four years ago, it was completely empty, and last year reached almost capacity levels for the first time, as reported by the Water Regulatory Board. It currently has a capacity of over 700,000 cubic metres, which covers the urban and agricultural supply, and supports a community of over 200 irrigators.

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Final Section of Fuerteventura Road Now in Operation

Final Section of Fuerteventura Road Now in OperationThe commissioning of the final section of the La Caldereta to Corralejo road, a fundamental infrastructure on the north-south axis of Fuerteventura, of 6 kilometres between the Lajares junction and the Corralejo roundabout, was attended by Pablo Rodriquez, Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport reported that the commissioning of this section concludes a project that has been key to Fuerteventura, because, in addition to being able to have a convenient and safe route, the island is now has better communication.

This road project, which cost around 65.94 million euros, is described by the Vice President as one of the most important infrastructures for the economic and social development of Fuerteventura by connecting Corralejo with the capital and the airport with a high capacity way.

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Electric Cars for Children in Tenerife Hospital


Electric Cars for Children in Tenerife HospitalChildren in the University Hospital of the Canary Islands in Tenerife will travel to the operating theatre or to go for various tests on board electric cars.

This initiative, which has already been launched at the Mother and Child Hospital of Gran Canaria and other hospitals in the peninsula, is operated by the Red Cross and the Obra Social La Caixa.

The purpose for using electric cars with young children in this hospital is reported to be all about reducing the stress caused by admission, improving awakening after operations, as well as to facilitate the post-operative period.

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​Son Arrested for Alleged Murder of Mother in Tenerife

Son Arrested for Alleged Murder of Mother in Tenerife

Guardia Civil officers have arrested the son of the woman found dead at their home in the Municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane.

The Guardia Civil also confirm that the man arrested lived with his mother of 68 years. Her body was found in a bed in the house with signs of violence, and police suspect that the death could have occurred due to unnatural causes.

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​Olympic Size Swimming Pool for Lanzarote

Olympic Size Swimming Pool for Lanzarote

The first Olympic size swimming will soon be open to the public in Arrecife in Lanzarote.

This infrastructure project is included in the remodelling of the Sports City of Lanzarote, and will involve an investment of about 6 million euros.

This unique swimming pool for the island of Lanzarote will be heated with renewable energy sources, and will make the most of ventilation and natural light. This Olympic size swimming pool will be available for the practice of top-level swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.

The new swimming pool building will also house the Island Youth Information Centre.

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​Internet Scams Discovered in Fuerteventura

Internet Scams Discovered in Fuerteventura

Officers of the Guardia Civil, with the framework of Operation Pillory, have dismantled a criminal group accused of 33 scams for a total of 40,000 euros, committed through the Internet in 17 Spanish provinces, including Fuerteventura, in addition to another reported by police in Germany.

The case that related to a victim of Internet scam in Tuineje in Fuerteventura was actually reported in Vecindario in Gran Canaria, where Guardia Civil agents were told of this scam that occurred on 24 and 24 May 2018. This scam amounted to 2,000 euros when four different charges of 500 euros were taken.

The alleged perpetrators have been charged with a crime of continued fraud, misappropriation of civil status and membership of an organised criminal group. Another victim in Peralta in Navarra claimed that eight unauthorised transactions each amounting to 500 euros each were taken, and losing a total of 4,000 euros.

The Guardia Civil said that to access this money, the method of ‘phishing’ was used, which consists of sending an email to the victim, pretending to be their bank, and requesting username and password.

Once these were obtained, the perpetrators of the scam accessed the victims’ current accounts, and took money through a mobile payment application, with which several banking entities work, with amounts that varied between 100 euros and 4,000 euros.

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Gran Canaria Celebrates the Fiesta of Almond Blossom

Gran Canaria Celebrates the Fiesta of Almond BlossomThe Fiestas del Almendro en Flor celebrated its eighth edition in Tunte in Gran Canaria, and coincided with the regular Farmers’ Fair.

Throughout the main streets of Tunte, visitors could explore a wide range of crafts on display, and taste the fruits from local producers, as well as taste traditional foods created in Gran Canaria.

Some of these delicacies included honey and wine from the local area, and two wineries within the municipality presented their latest vintages.

The good weather, the folklore of the island and colours of the almond blossom attracted many people to share in this special fiesta of the spring season.

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​Giant Jigsaw Puzzle in Lanzarote

Giant Jigsaw Puzzle in Lanzarote

Challenge Canario 2019 has just been held in Lanzarote, which required the completion of a jigsaw puzzle composed of 91 photographs of Lanzarote made up of 45,500 pieces that had to be finished within a time limit.

Seventy-five people joined this jigsaw puzzle challenge, and gained a world record for completing this giant jigsaw puzzle, and the clock was stopped 10 hours before the time limit was up. The next problem for the organisers of this event is to find a place to exhibit the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the world.

This event was organised by the Government of Lanzarote, the Mercedes Medina Diaz Association, the Isaac Newton Society and Mathematics and Aepuzz teachers. The maximum time set was less than 42 hours. This matched the challenge achieved in La Palma with a puzzle of the same material and number of pieces.

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​European Union Chooses La Palma for a Clean Energy Project

European Union Chooses La Palma for a Clean Energy Project

La Palma has been selected by the European Commission as one of six territories for a clean energy pilot project.

The objective is to serve as an example of energy transition and to achieve self-sufficiency, prosperity and sustainability.

In the case of La Palma, it will develop and publish its clean energy transition agenda during the summer of 2019. The European Union has studied these six territories, and believes that by 2020, the list will be extended to over 20 islands across the EU, which will become examples to follow and to demonstrate the direction to follow to achieve energy transition.

This clean energy pilot project will include solar, wind and geothermal energy sources that could overcome the use of costly fossil fuels that are expensive and environmentally damaging to the world.

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DNA Analysis in Lanzarote Confirms Missing Girl

DNA Analysis in Lanzarote Confirms Missing GirlThe Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has just confirmed that DNA analysis of a piece of human lung found on the coast of Lanzarote a few weeks ago belongs to Romina Celeste Nuñez, the Paraguayan girl who disappeared on New Year’s Eve.

Forensic scientists had provisional results that suggested that these remains could belong to Romina, obtained by comparing them with the genetic trace of some personal belongings of the young woman, but the definitive proof has now been provided by comparing the DNA of her mother who arrived in Lanzarote ten days ago.

The young woman’s husband, Raul DC, has been in provisional detention since January on charges of murder and habitual mistreatment, although so far, he has denied killing her, but that he found her dead on returning home. He is reported to have said that on New Year’s Eve, he got scared and got rid of the body by leaving parts of her body in different areas of the Lanzarote coastline.

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Celebrating the Work of Volunteers in Tenerife

Celebrating the Work of Volunteers in TenerifeTegueste has just celebrated the first Insular Day of Environmental Volunteering, to make visible the work that thousands of people on the island do often in an unseen way.

More than 200 volunteers came together, who regularly participate in the exchange of ideas, experiences and projects related to the care for the island, volunteering for civil protection and fire protection, as well as work carried out at the coastline.

This day will lay the foundations for future meetings that will make society reflect on the work done by more than 8,000 volunteers across Tenerife who collaborate with the Government of Tenerife.

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