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​Photo Competition in El Hierro includes Hiking and Nature

Photo Competition in El Hierro includes Hiking and Nature

The Municipality of La Frontera in El Hierro has just organised the third Fototrek Competition with 67 enrolled this year, which has been arranged with the collaboration of the El Hierro Government and various companies representing the island and from other places.

The entrants include professional and amateur photographers in the photo contest that combines hiking and nature photography. This competition also links with Smartphone Fototrek and with Instagram.

This event begins on October 7, and participants will be hiking across El Hierro from 11 to 15 October to capture their best photo images of what they witness. Fototrek El Hierro 2017 will announce the trails planned in the days prior to the competition, so that no participant will be able to prepare for the event, and that all have an equal chance of winning, and to generate a sense of expectation of the proposed trails.

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Residents of Valsequillo in Gran Canaria Terrorised by the Cursed Dog

Residents of Valsequillo in Gran Canaria Terrorised by the Cursed Dog

Residents of Valsequillo in Gran Canaria normally sleep soundly throughout most of the year, but this week marked the annual return of the terrifying atmosphere that impregnates all parts of this beautiful place for one night each year. The Cursed Dog returned this week for the 31st time, and thousands of people could not stop themselves from wanting to watch this show.

This is not a morning show, or an afternoon show, or even an evening show. This Cursed Dog of Valsequillo show starts after midnight, when the lights actually go out, and the devil appears in the form of a dog. However, each year over the last 30 years this appearance has been different, so that those watching will not feel comfortable or safe. Those lucky or unlucky enough to be in Valsequillo for the Cursed Dog appearance this year saw that the Cursed Dog appeared on stilts, and was surrounded by witches, demons and other unworldly creatures.

For the first time and with no previous history of this terrorising festival, Liberdad, a local resident of Valsequillo took the role of the devil, and as this is the most popular character of all the fiestas in his locality, Liberdad is proud. He says he is proud, “because all residents of Valsequillo love this terror party, and the best thing is to be the damn dog”, he says.

Around 100 actors took part in this popular terror fest, and mostly from Valsequillo residents. These included older residents and younger residents, who did their best and quite successfully to provoke and frighten everyone else.

Liberdad explains that his role is to provoke and criticise everyone in the municipality, and even society itself. Thousand came to the Valsequillo Cursed Dog show this year, and although many were too frightened to speak, some said that this was a very “showy show, where you do not know whether to enjoy the moment or to run away.”

The midnight show with the devil appearing as the Cursed Dog ended with fireworks, which honoured the local patron saint, San Miguel. Many of those watching this frightening event probably drank a lot of beer to steady their nerves, which could also have been San Miguel. However, tourists may now return to Valsequillo with safety, and enjoy the delights of this town and region, at least for another year.

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​Lanzarote Robbery Leads to Arrest of Accused with Bleeding Finger

Lanzarote Robbery Leads to Arrest of Accused with Bleeding Finger

Police in Lanzarote used the clue of a bleeding finger to pinpoint the person accused of attempting to steal from commercial centre. It seems that the accused man, who has now been arrested has 38 previous criminal records, and attempted to break the glass door of this building in Arrecife in Lanzarote.

Police had been patrolling the city area and noticed that the glass door to commercial property had broken glass with human blood left on the shards on the ground, and suspected that the robbers had cut themselves.

These police officers then search the nearby areas of the city, and found the alleged robber with a bleeding finger, and concluded that this had occurred when attempting to break into the commercial property.

The accused was first taken to a nearby health centre for first aid for his finger injury, and then taken to police cells and now waits for a court appearance for his 39th criminal record.

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​Lanzarote Commemorates Cesar Manrique Anniversary

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Cesar Manrique in Lanzarote, who is regarded as the island’s most universal artist. It is 25 years since Cesar Manrique lost his life in a traffic accident, and tributes have been paid by tourist centre workers, friends, relatives and local authorities.

This commemoration took place at the cemetery of Haria in the north of Lanzarote, where his body is buried, and celebrated how Cesar Manrique’s art work and paintings helped to protect the island of Lanzarote from excessive exploitation of the tourist industry, and to create landscape features that remind those visiting the island today of this man’s amazing skills.

Children from Haria School also attended this celebration of his life and contributions to art, and his efforts to defend of the beauty of Lanzarote. Flowers were brought to the cemetery to reflect that even after 25 years, Cesar Manrique’s message continues.

Cesar Manrique’s legacy is also shown at Los Jameos del Agua, El Mirador del Rio, Las Montañas del Fuego, El Jardin de Cactus, El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and El Museu de Arte Contemporaneo, El Monumento al Campesino, and his two homes that have been converted into museums in Taro de Tahiche and Haria, where thousands of tourists and residents visit each year.

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​Las Palmas Children Learn to Save Resources and Avoid Waste

Las Palmas Children Learn to Save Resources and Avoid Waste

The city council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has organised an exhibition for students at the Formacion Profesional de Cruz de Piedra College to explain how the city deals with street cleaning and disposal of waste.

Las Palmas employs around 700 workers to keep the city clean, but this exhibition shows students that much of the waste that these workers collect each week could be avoided.

The message of this exhibition from the city council is that there could be greater saving of resources, which would prevent discarded waste items, and a solution that would not leave so much waste in the city’s streets.

This Cruz de Piedra College community has responded to this challenge, and has created a mural to demonstrate better efficiency in the collection of waste items.

It seems that many households in Las Palmas ignore recycling bins, and it is estimated that only 8% of the waste generated in the city is separated in recycling bins, which leaves 92% of household waste that is just dumped. In contrast, the separated waste bins are regularly taken to the eco park of the city to be treated and then recycled.

So hopefully, students at Cruz de Piedra College will be persuading local citizens to be more environmentally friendly with their mural, and help local city workers to keep Las Palmas clean by avoiding the waste of resources.

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Geothermal Energy Coming Soon to La Palma

Geothermal Energy Coming Soon to La Palma

The Instituto Volcanologico de Canarias (IVOLCAN) and the Government of La Palma have signed an agreement to evaluate the geothermal potential of this island. This research will begin in the southern region of the island, and the hope is that this initiative could result in 100% autonomous energy, and reduction of carbon energy production.

The first stage will be to identify locations where geothermal potential is the greatest, and this research centre explains that it estimates at a depth of around 5 km, the temperature reaches around 1500º and this type of energy supply is capable of producing electricity.

This agreement has already been included in the Government’s budget planning to eventually achieve 100% self-sufficiency for energy needs. The research centre suggests that the geothermal energy produced could be used in public buildings, such as the General Hospital of La Palma, in hotels, blocks of apartments and homes in rural areas.

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​Valverde School in El Hierro Argue ‘New or Old’

Valverde School in El Hierro Argue ‘New or Old’

This week the Canary Islands Education Infrastructure Directorate and the community of Valverde School in El Hierro met together in a meeting to discuss the alternatives of making improvements to the existing building, or to consider the construction of a new building for this school.

This has been an ongoing argument, and repairs cannot take place on the existing school building until there is general agreement about renovating the school building, or build a new school for the children of Valverde. However, if no decision can be made, both the school community and the Education Infrastructure Directorate are planning to continue discussion of the options available.

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​Counterfeit Goods Sold in Fuerteventura

Counterfeit Goods Sold in Fuerteventura

Officers of the Guardia Civil report this week that three foreign nationals aged between 37 years and 47 years have been arrested for manufacturing and selling clothing with counterfeit brand name marks in Caleta de Fuste. The market value of these clothing items if sold to customers would reach a value of around 217,000 euros.

It appears that one of the accused used an automatic embroidery machine in their property in Caleta de Fuste to add well known brand names to clothing items, which were then sold to several shops in this locality. Several shops were found by Guardia Civil officers to be selling fake clothing items, as well as high end brand watches, and the embroidery machine used as evidence of this fraud was also discovered in one of these shops.

The Guardia Civil reports that this investigation involved the Anti-Piracy Commission of the Ministry of Culture and the Fiscal Patrol and Frontiers of Puerto del Rosario. Police agents seized 34 fake high-end brand watches, 29 fake high quality brand bags, and 1056 items of fake designer clothing and other high value fake items.

The embroidery machine memory showed these agents all the different brand name marks and logos, which were used to falsify the clothing and other items created for sale in local shops. The three accused have now been released from police custody pending their trial.

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​Amadeus Airport Computer System Crashes and Causes Chaos

Amadeus Airport Computer System Crashes and Causes Chaos

Aena reported that on Thursday morning the Amadeus computer system that regulates the billing of certain airlines at airports in the Canary Islands, Spain and airports across the world crashed for thirty minutes, which affected the ability of passengers to check in for their flights.

This computer program crash led to delaying the operations of several airlines worldwide, as well as in the Canary Islands and Spain, which generated long queues and delays. Aena also reports that in the Canary Islands the invoicing continued manually, and during this 30 minute period there had not been too many planned flights, and the delays were recovered quickly.

This was not the case for airports at Gatwick, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Reagan Airport in Washington, Singapore, Johannesburg, Zurich and Melbourne, which were most affected. Heathrow Airport reported slightly longer delays for checking in for flights.

A spokesperson for the company that operates Amadeus computer systems said that it is working closely with airports to resolve the issue, and apologised to passengers for the inconvenience caused.

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​Ryanair Cancels Flights from Glasgow to Gran Canaria

Ryanair Cancels Flights from Glasgow to Gran Canaria

Ryanair has now announced more cancellations of flights this winter that will affect 400,000 passengers. These flights will be cancelled for the winter season with scheduled flights being stopped from November.

These cancellations will affect 34 winter Ryanair scheduled flights with two that affect passengers flying to Spanish airports. One cancelled flight links Gran Canaria with Glasgow, and the other links Castellon with Sofia in Bulgaria. The Glasgow flight to Gran Canaria was previously scheduled for weekly flights, and the flight between the Bulgarian capital city and Castellon in Spain was scheduled for twice weekly flights.

Between 17 November and 18 March 2018, 25 of Ryanair’s 400 aircraft will remain grounded, which will affect 18,000 flights. In addition, Ryanair says that from April 2018 it will stop operating 10 of its planes, which will mean further cancellations and modifications to its planned schedule of flights for summer 2018.

The Spanish State Air Safety Agency (AESA) has reminded passengers that Ryanair is required by EU law to book passengers on alterative flights with another airline, and that the company cannot charge passengers management fees if they accept being transferred to another airline. All passengers can claim reimbursement of their tickets at no cost or alternative transport to their destination. If Ryanair does not give 14 days notice, then passengers are entitled to be compensated financially for flight cancellations, which could depend on the distance of the flight and would be between 250 euros and 400 euros.

Companies are exempt from compensation claims if cancellation is due to extraordinary circumstances, such as weather or a strike; when the company reports between 2 weeks and 7 days in advance but offers alternative transport that does not imply a delay of more than 2 hours at departure and 4 hours at arrival; and when reporting less than 7 days in advance but the alternative flight does no imply a delay of more than one hour at departure and two hours at arrival.

AESA advised any passengers affected by cancelled flights to keep their tickets and other documents to make claims against the company.

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​Tourists Stranded in Tenerife

Tourists Stranded in Tenerife

Over 300 Russian tourists are stranded in Tenerife after Russian VIM Airlines cancelled all its flights, including one scheduled to leave tomorrow from Tenerife for Moscow, which has been confirmed by Russian tour operator Tez Tour.

While these Russian tourists remain stranded in Tenerife, neither the tour operators who organised the flight and holiday or the Russian authorities have been able to find a solution to their situation.

The Russian civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia confirms that regular flights of VIM Airlines are not covered by its emergency programme that covers flights with other airlines, and that this company has declared bankruptcy this week and has suspended all activity as it cannot meet it financial commitments.

The tour operators looking after these tourists in Tenerife explain that no other airline currently has an available plane to make a one-way flight to collect these tourists and then return to Tenerife with others stranded in Moscow.

The Russian national airline, Aeroflot, can fly direct flights or indirect flights, but would charge these stranded tourists between 300 euros and 950 euros. The Russian Federation of Tour Operators warns that operators have already paid VIM Airlines for the transfer of their customers, so they will not be able to return so many tourists without putting their own operational capacity at risk.

VIM Airlines last year carried around 2 million Russian passengers to resorts such as Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife.

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​Warmest Summer for Canary Islands

Warmest Summer for Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have had their warmest summer for 30 years with an average rise of 1.5º, which follows the trend of Peninsular Spain that has also recorded its warmest summer season since 1965.

This hotter summer across the Canary Islands on land surfaces has also seen a rise in sea temperatures too, which have been the highest for the last 15 years.

On 8 August, the temperature reached 41.3º at Lanzarote Airport. This was closely followed on 22 August in Tasarte in La Aldea de San Nicolas Municipality in Gran Canaria with a temperature of 41.2º.

Tenerife reported a significant drop in rainfall this summer season by around 40%.

The forecast for autumn in the Canary Islands is for normal weather conditions, but slightly warmer than previous years, and with less rainfall except in the month of November.

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​Little La Gomera Island Welcomes Giant Monarch Cruise Ship

Little La Gomera Island Welcomes Giant Monarch Cruise Ship

La Gomera is a popular port for cruise ships and many stop here for cruise passengers to explore this beautiful, small island. However, this week the Monarch cruise ship arrived at San Sebastian de La Gomera, and was the biggest cruise ship that has ever berthed at this island.

This giant cruise ship arrived with a full capacity of 2600 passengers and 1200 crew members, and is also the largest cruise ship of the company it belongs to, and was built in 1991 in France.

This marks the second cruise ship that has arrived at La Gomera for the new cruise ship season, and 58 more cruise ships are expected over this season. This is likely to mean around 95,000 cruise ship passengers will soon be arriving in La Gomera. Hopefully, they won’t all arrive on the same day.

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​Lanzarote Improves its Volcano Centre

Lanzarote Improves its Volcano Centre

Over half a million euros is being invested in improving the volcano interpretation centre at Cueva de las Palomas, which should be completed in five months time.

New additions will include interpretive elements, audio visual installations, lighting equipment, projection room and furniture. The intention is to provide visitors with a visually clear image with models and soundscapes.

One innovative idea is the Glass Cave for visitors to sea different volcanic cavities more closely. There will the three levels with a cafeteria, large glazed veranda and exhibition room, and a projection room for up to 70 people. The upper floor has a viewpoint terrace with views of the surrounding area of Las Manchas and the entire Valle de Aridane.

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​Improvements to Care Centres for Elderly in El Hierro

Improvements to Care Centres for Elderly in El Hierro

An agreement has been signed between the Government of El Hierro and the Canary Islands Government that seals an agreement of one million euros to be spent on improving provision for elderly residents on the island.

El Hierro has three centres for elderly people, and this new investment will be used to extend the current provision for residential care for elderly residents, improving day care centres and improving the quality of life for elderly people still living in their homes.

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