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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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