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​Tenerife Ring Road Improvements Out for Tender by End of Year

Tenerife Ring Road Improvements Out for Tender by End of YearPablo Rodriguez, Vice President and Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Government of the Canary Islands said this week that the closure of the island’s ring road project could be tendered before the end of the year.

Rodriguez said “This is one of the most important works in Tenerife, and has a budget of 300 million euros.

The Ministry has already completed the execution project and the declaration of environmental impact, and Rodriguez said “When this project is completed, it will become an essential link between the north and south of Tenerife, but it is important that the State signs the highway agreement as soon as possible to guarantee the necessary funds.”

It is reported in the press release that the new highway, 11.3 kilometres long, will close the island ring road with a high-performance infrastructure that supports the long-distance traffic of the island by the west, and at the same time, improves the global circulation of the island’s road network, which should represent a great advance for traffic mobility across Tenerife.

The tunnel of Erjos, more than five kilometres long, will be the most unique element of the island ring road of Tenerife, as this underground work, which will run under the mountain of Teno, will be one of the longest road tunnels in Spain.

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Tenerife Residents Protest Against Mobile Phone Antenna

Tenerife Residents Protest Against Mobile Phone AntennaThe installation of a mobile phone antenna in La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife has infuriated local residents, who say they fear they will suffer health problems in the future.

The most recent protect action this week saw residents trying to stop technicians of the company in charge of installation gaining access to the property where the antenna must be placed.

A spokesperson for the mobile phone company explained that according to the State Telecommunications Plan 2014, all necessary permits have been granted by the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda.

These residents have collected signatures of support and hope to present these to the Town Hall to express their anger. The Municipality has refused to make any statements about this protest and planned mobile phone antenna.

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​​Hikers Rescued by Helicopter in Tenerife

Hikers Rescued by Helicopter in TenerifeThe Firefighter Service of Tenerife based in La Orotava Park was asked this week to intervene in the rescue of two hikers who had become lost in the area of Los Organos in La Caldera.

It is reported that these two hikers had become isolated on a steep slope after leaving the trail.

Rescuers had moved to the location of these trapped hikers, and found them from the coordinates sent by WhatsApp. However, these hikers were in an area of very difficult access, so it was decided to proceed with an evacuation by air through the GES helicopter of the firefighting service.

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The Kellys of Lanzarote Called Another Strike

The Kellys of Lanzarote Called Another StrikeChambermaids working in Lanzarote who are also known as ‘Kellys’ called another strike this week, and their spokesperson said “We are fed up with the infernal workloads given to our hotel workers and institutional posturing.”

It appears that this recent strike by chambermaids relates mostly to the employees of the hotel chain Be Live, as this hotel company decided to transfer their workers to the service company Genser, which had subcontracted the cleaning of flats, which led to the workload of these hard-working cleaners to be increased to “unaffordable levels of health.”

The representative for the Kellys said “After placing these workers under the orders of Genser, they manage to make up to 26 rooms per day with 5 client outputs, which amounts to 45 minutes each of work, and for that they have only 6 hours of the day, since they are also forced to clean common areas and glass surfaces. This means that they have to work up to 10 hours a day to carry out their work orders, even without eating, and many need medication to finish these marathon days.”

It is reported that the Kellys have now protested against working conditions in 27 locations, and are demanding that Genser raise the salaries for these extra work demands. One worker reported that she was paid around 500 euros less than the agreed rate for working in a 4 star hotel, and had an increase in tasks to complete for less money.

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​Student Needs Elevator Access at Lanzarote School of Art

Student Needs Elevator Access at Lanzarote School of Art

Seventeen years ago, Ariadna Artiles was diagnosed with a rare disease. This disease attacks the muscles in her body, and Ariadna’s mother said this week “Climbing any kind of steps or stairs is a real problem for her and aggravates her illness.”

Ariadna attends the Pancho Lasso School of Art, and there is a ramp access but no handrails to support her.

Vanessa, Ariadna’s mother, said “My daughter is unstable when walking, and when she walks up this ramp, she ends up falling easily, and over the last year, Ariadna has suffered six falls and needed six hospital admissions.”

In May of last year, the school asked the Ministry of Education to expedite the procedures to adapt the centre for students with reduced mobility. At that time, the school managed to assign an educational assistant to provide support.

According to Mario Perez, Director of Education of the Government of Lanzarote, “There is now a person who accompanies her and helps her to move better.” However, Vanessa said “My daughter needs an elevator, because we are talking about six subjects per day and six times going up and down stairs.”

The Education Department issued a report that indicates it is seeking relevant municipal licences to carry out the work to install an elevator.

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Sexual Abuse of Boys at Children’s Camp in La Palma

Sexual Abuse of Boys at Children’s Camp in La PalmaThis week the Guardia Civil reported that it is investigating the alleged sexual abuse of children who had joined a summer camp in La Palma by a monitor employed at the site.

This alleged sexual abuse took place at the El Riachuelo Camp, organised by the Government of La Palma, which has now sacked the monitor, and contacted all the families involved to explain the investigation by the Guardia Civil.

At the time of publication, this case is reported to be under summary secrecy, and the case is investigating if there have been sexual abuse and situations of sexual harassment of boys between the ages of 13 years and 15 years.

Three children told a coordinator of the camp about this sexual abuse they had experienced, and this information was immediately communicated to the Government of La Palma, and the monitor who allegedly committed the sexual abuse was then expelled.

This summer camp has been established for 30 years, run by the Government of La Palma, and for the last 20 years it has been based in El Riachuelo in the Caldera de Taburiente.

The Councillor for Education responsible for youth summer camps said this week “The selection of personnel for summer camps is always decided between people with experience in the education sector and young people who are finishing their education, leisure or environment studies.”

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La Palma Bank Robbery Arrest

La Palma Bank Robbery ArrestThe Guardia Civil of Los Llanos de Aridane in La Palma reported this week that an alleged robber entered a bank in Breña Alta with a simulated pistol and managed to steal 8,000 euros.

The robbery is reported to have occurred during the morning, and the bank branch is located at Calle 30 de Mayo in the neighbourhood of San Pedro in Breña Alta.

At the time of this robbery, there were two customers in the bank and two employees. One of the two customers who witnessed this robbery said “Everything happened very quickly. The robber was dressed in black and was hooded.”

Officers of the Guardia Civil of Los Llanos de Aridane responded quickly to this incident, and following their investigations, the alleged perpetrator of this robbery was arrested 8 hours later on the same day.

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​Woman Threatens to Kill Neighbour in Fuerteventura

Woman Threatens to Kill Neighbour in FuerteventuraThis week Policia Nacional reported that a woman had been arrested in Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura accused of threatening to kill a neighbour as a result of a disagreement between them.

This arrest was triggered after another resident called the police to report an altercation between these two individuals.

It is reported that the police officers who went to the location and met with a man, who told them that his 32-year-old female neighbour with numerous police records, had threatened to kill him.

Subsequently, these police officers saw this woman leaning out of a window of her home, and began to threaten to kill her neighbour. She also insulted the police officers, and threw a TV remote control at them.

It is then reported that she left her home and moved towards her neighbour in an aggressive manner and again threatened to kill him, and tried to jump on top of him, without paying any attention to the police officers who had demanded she calm down. She was then arrested and accused of crimes of serious threats and disobedience.

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​Street Lighting in La Palma Causes Controversy

Street Lighting in La Palma Causes ControversyThis week the municipality of Fuencaliente in the south of La Palma reported that there has been discord between local officials, astro-photography enthusiasts and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands regarding street lighting around the area of Fuencaliente Lighthouse.

It appears that the Office of Protection of the Quality of the Sky has recently issued a report that demands that these street lights should be changed. The Municipality of Fuencaliente says that it had taken advantage of the Rural Development Programme funds to pay for this new area of street lighting around the lighthouse, but those objecting to this development claim that these lights create an excessive level of illumination.

The Mayor of Fuencaliente, Nieves Maria Rodriguez, said this week that the Municipality is in the process of ensuring street lighting meets legal standards.

Astro-photography enthusiasts and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands are keen to regain access to the characteristic images of the night skies above this part of La Palma, which are highly appreciated by local residents and many tourists, who want to take high quality photographs of the night sky.

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Ryanair Cancels Flights in the Canary Islands

Ryanair Cancels Flights in the Canary IslandsThis week saw the cancellation of four flights in the Canary Islands related to the strike of its pilots in Germany, which also affected Ryanair staff from Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.

Up to publication, the Canary Islands has seen the cancellation of flights linking Gran Canaria with Frankfurt in Germany, and from South Tenerife Airport with Brussels.

However, this strike action is expected to affect almost 400 flights throughout Spain.

This strike can also bring delays resulting from operations with other flights. AENA recommends that passengers consult their flight information in advance if planning to fly with Ryanair over the next few weeks. It also reports that European Union passengers whose flight has been cancelled could be entitled to up to 600 euros in compensation.

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​Marbles and Art Come Together in Gran Canaria

Marbles and Art Come Together in Gran CanariaThis summer sees an artistic project developed by Australian Shaun Gladwell to encourage the general public, art lovers and marbles enthusiasts to enter the universe of bowling with marbles. Shaun says “These glass spheres are part of our collective memory, and of many spaces and cultures.”

This artistic project is called Boliches – Marbles and is open until the end of August at the CAAM, and this includes two medium and small format exhibitions related to these well-known glass spheres.

The first exhibition brings together a selection of works by Ethiopian photographer Tedos Terrera, while the collective exhibition includes works about marbles by six contemporary artists living in Gran Canaria including Analia Beltran I Janes, Pedro Deniz, Gregorio Gonzalez, Cris Noda, Paco Rossique and Luisa Urrejola.

Along with these two art exhibitions, the project is accompanied by bowling spaces and portable tables that will make it easier for people, who for whatever reason, cannot play marbles at ground level.

So, those interested in marbles or those who want to find out more about these glass spheres as work of art, should come to El Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria before 26 August. As well witnessing modern art in the theme of marbles, visitors could also watch the 2018 Marbles Championship GUA or Campeonato de Boliches.

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​Many Homes in the Canary Islands Registered as Unoccupied

Many Homes in the Canary Islands Registered as Unoccupied

In a recent study of unoccupied properties across Spain published this week, it was reported that in the Canary Islands there are 138,262 registered empty homes.

This study estimates that in the whole of Spain there could be more than 25 million empty homes, which means around 13% of homes are empty, and only 2% corresponds to new homes that continue to be sold.

This report suggests that not enough home owners consider renting their empty properties, which could create an average income of 9,732 euros per year, and 15% more than last year when the average income of 8460 euros.

Property owners of empty properties who would benefit the most from renting these properties would include those in Madrid with 16,740 euros per year, Pais Vasco with 13,512 euros, Balearics with 13,308 euros, Cataluña with 11,784 euros and Valencia with 11,052 euros. These areas represent high demand for rented properties and continuous increases in rents.

The Canary Islands are reported in this study to be one of the regions of Spain with more vacant properties.

According to the author of the study of unoccupied properties, Ferran Font said “The rental market faces an especially complicated period in some regions, where it would be advisable to increase the supply of rented housing. Not only would the current shortage be alleviated and the demand for tenants would be reduced, but also the profitability obtained would help improve the finances of many families currently owning an empty home.”

It is also reported that the prices paid for renting properties have increased significantly since 2017 for some regions, where in the Canary Islands rents have increased by around 25%, in Cataluña by 24%, Cantabria by 22%, Madrid by 20% and in Valencia by 20%.

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La Gomera Reopens the Pools of Vallehermoso

La Gomera Reopens the Pools of VallehermosoThe pools of the Maritime Park of Vallehermoso in La Gomera are now open to the public, as the final stages of cleaning the facilities at this popular centre were completed.

The public areas of the pools and solarium of the Maritime Park of Vallehermoso are open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 until 19.00.

This site was built in 1999 and has 4,500 square metres with two swimming pools, recreation areas and changing rooms, and a popular centre for residents and tourists who come to the north coast of this Municipality.

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​Greenpeace Visits Tenerife with At All Costs Campaign

Greenpeace Visits Tenerife with At All Costs CampaignThis week saw the arrival of the largest ship of Greenpeace, the ‘Hope’, at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The reasons for this visit was part of the Greenpeace campaign ‘At All Costs’ to highlight the degradation of the coastline by massive construction.

Many residents and tourists were able to visit this ship to learn more about the work of this environmental organisation.

The ‘Hope’ was first purchased by Greenpeace in 2002, and since then has fought illegal fishing in Sierra Leone, whaling in Japan and participated in many campaigns to protect the oceans.

According to a recent Greenpeace report, 80% of the environmental resources of the Spanish coast is degraded, and almost 12% of the coastal areas of the Canary Islands.

This Greenpeace campaign officially ended with the visit to Tenerife, and the next mission for the ‘Hope’ will be to denounce oil prospecting off the coast of Brazil.

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​Fuerteventura Guarantees Free Bus Transport for Students

Fuerteventura Guarantees Free Bus Transport for Students

This week the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura announced that it will provide free municipal transport for students of post-compulsory education after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Finance, and favourable reports from the Government of the Canary Islands.

It was reported that young residents of La Oliva who enrol this year 2018 – 2019 in non-compulsory education, such as baccalaureate, vocational training or university education, within or outside the Municipality, can request the service of free school transport from this week.

Councillors of Economy, Juan Jose Rodriguez and for Education, Omaira Saavedra, have now obtained the necessary reports to be able to continue with this service, which had been in danger of ending due to questions as to whether the local authority could provide this school transport service, and if it had the funds to pay for it.

The Mayor of La Oliva, Isai Blanco, said this week “We must congratulate those responsible for this transport service, because thanks to their work, the students of La Oliva can continue to enjoy a free public transport service that this local authority has historically provided.”

There is a problem for students of La Oliva, who want to continue studying after completing compulsory general education, due to the poor frequency of regular public transport, which makes it very difficult or impossible for them to be on time for classes, especially when they are taught in other municipalities.

The Councillor for Education, Omaira Saavedra, said this week “The young people of La Oliva have the same rights as any other to continue studying when they finish compulsory education, and that if you want to ensure everyone has equal citizenship rights, we have to facilitate access to education to all ages to help students travel to their classes if other administrations cannot do this.”

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