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​Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

A 46-year-old man of foreign nationality died when diving off the coast of Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria.

The emergency services were alerted during the late morning that a diver was discovered unconscious in the sea and needed medical assistance, and teams were despatched to respond to this incident.

Two ambulances were despatched, as well as a doctor and primary care nurse from the Mogan Health Centre, members of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local.

The victim was transferred to Puerto de Mogan by the boat that had organised the diving activity, and when he arrived on shore, the Red Cross staff confirmed that he was in cardiorespiratory arrest, and they began to carry out resuscitation procedures.

The doctor and nurse also assisted the victim, but they could only confirm his death.

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Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran Canaria

Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran CanariaAn off-duty Policia Nacional officer detained a 41-year-old man on the promenade of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when he witnessed him hitting his ex-partner in the face. It is reported that the accused has a history of domestic violence and had been placed under a restraining order.

The police officer observed the man holding the woman by the neck and then hitting her with strong blows to her face. This woman turned out to be his ex-partner, and the man tried to run away from the incident, and even asked other pedestrian for help.

Immediately, the Policia Nacional officer identified himself, and arrested the aggressor on the promenade for crimes of mistreatment of his family and breaching his restraining order.

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Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran Canaria

Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran CanariaWhen a woman in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria opened a refuse container in the city to drop off her rubbish, she noticed that inside was a small dog inside a backpack.

She immediately rescued the small dog and reported the incident to the Policia Local, and explained to news media that she found this abandonded dog in Calle Francisco Gourie.

The police issued a statement that said “Situations like this are difficult to understand, when a resident could place a small dog inside a backpack in a rubbish container, we find ourselves speechless.”

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​Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

The Government of El Hierro and the Insular Council of Water have started to clean the ravines across the island to avoid flooding in the event of possible rains during the winter season.

The Government has reported that weeds are being eliminated in all water channels that could pose a danger to the local population and infrastructures.

The cleaning of the ravines has started in several localities across the island, and specifically in the ravine of El Puente, the ravine of Santiago and the gorge of Marrero in Valverde.

An external company has been hired to carry out this work, along with nine local workers from the Employment and Local Development Plan to improve the hydraulic resources in this area.

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La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

The Ministry of Environment of the Government of La Palma has closed the PR LP 6 hiking path of Marcos y Cordero, while specialised technicians evaluate a possible risk of large rocks becoming detached along this route.

According to a local councillor, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, the decision to close this hiking route has been made after the head of the department of the Environment Department said that there was danger in a section of this busy island pathway. He said “The Government staff work at the field level and their knowledge is very important, but first of all, we want to preserve the safety of those who walk our paths, subject to users’ own precautions and external factors determined by the meteorology or geomorphology of the terrain, and in this case, it is unpredictable.”

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​Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Policia Nacional arrested a man employed in a store in Puerto de Mogan, who is accused of being the second most important member of the Italian Mafia gang, Camorra. This is a 40-year-old man with numerous police records who faces international judicial crimes in his own country.

Agents of the Policia Nacional identified the man working in the tourist centre of Puerto de Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, where he worked as an employee of a shop.

Police report that he was arrested due to the dangerousness of his police records and his relationship with the Italian Camorra Mafia. He is wanted by Italian police for crimes against people, against public order and state security.

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​Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

A 63-year-old man was seriously injured after falling with his vehicle into a ravine in the south of Tenerife, and was trapped inside his vehicle. He notified emergency services from inside his vehicle, but could not report his exact location.

The operational room of the 112 emergency services in Tenerife managed to identify the location of the injured man from the conversation with him and data from his mobile phone, which turned out to be a ravine in the neighbourhood of Ricasa in Adeje.

After sending emergency services to the location of the accident, firefighters secured the vehicle, freed the driver and move him to a place where an ambulance transferred him to a medicalised helicopter, which then flew him to the University Hospital of Our Lady of the Candelaria.

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​European Union Representative Visits Migrant Children in Lanzarote

European Union Representative Visits Migrant Children in LanzaroteMarina Albiol, Member of the European Parliament visited a number of centres in Europe to observe the reality of life for unaccompanied migrant children, and this week came to the shelter of La Santa in Lanzarote.

Albiol stressed that the current migratory problems suffered by the Canary Islands are a reflection of what is happening across southern Europe.

Albiol stated that the European Union is taking the appropriate policies to deal with this issue as effectively as possible.

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​Adopt a Pet in Fuerteventura

Adopt a Pet in FuerteventuraFuerteventura has launched a website for residents to report any pet they have lost and for those who want to adopt a pet animal.

From now on, all lost or abandoned dogs in Antigua, Pajara, Betancuria and Tuineje that arrive at the kennel at La Pared will be included in real time on the municipal website. This website has been operating in Puerto del Rosario for the last few weeks.

The objective is that local residents can use the website to search for animals for adoption, share cases of lost animals or find their own missing pets.

This initiative has been driven by the website platform loales.org that operates with the Government of Fuerteventura, and lists all homeless animals on its website.

The goal is to guarantee animal welfare and responsible ownership. This is a very useful venture, especially when more dogs are lost as a result of firework displays, and when many are bought as Christmas gifts that are later abandoned in Fuerteventura.

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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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