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​La Palma Launches Social Inclusion Programme: ‘Training in Green’

La Palma Launches Programme of Social Inclusion ‘Training in Green’

The northwest region of La Palma has launched a social inclusion program called 'Training in Green’. This initiative aims to encourage the development of green tourism activities in these municipalities.

It is a project launched jointly by the municipalities of San Andrés y Sauces, Puntallana and Barlovento. Its objective is to use the rural environment of these three municipalities, and their tourist attractions, and turn them into generators of economy and employment.

For this purpose, 30 students will be trained in the development of green tourism activities in order to have qualified personnel that offer a a range of services according to the existing demand. It will be completed through a variety of training activities that will be carried out until the end of the year, concluding with the preparation of a final project.

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​New Medical Ambulance for La Gomera

New Medical Ambulance for La Gomera

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has incorporated a medicalised ambulance into the care resources network of La Gomera, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This advanced life support ambulance will be based in the old health centre of San Sebastian de La Gomera and will provide medical care en route to patients in emergency situations.

These improvements are part of the Canary Islands Health Emergency Plan (PLUSCAN) for outpatient care, and all the islands now have medical ambulances. The new ambulance will provide advanced 24-hour life support for citizens of La Gomera.

Staffing of the new ambulance will include a doctor, a nurse and two health emergency technicians, one of them being the driver.

The vehicle has specific equipment for serious trauma care and electro-medicine equipment, monitor-defibrillator to attend to patients suffering cardiac arrest or cardiac pathology, perfusion pumps to supply medication and a respirator to provide assisted ventilation to patients with respiratory problems.

The medicalised ambulance also has an oxygen therapy system, as well as consumables and medication necessary to guarantee advanced care similar to that of any hospital intensive care unit. The incorporation of this ambulance provide better assistance to critically ill patients by a qualified team specialising in advanced life support.

La Gomera also has five basic life support ambulances, based in San Sebastián, Vallehermoso, Hermigua, Alajeró and Valle Gran Rey.

Last year the 112 Emergency Services responded to 3,822 incidents in La Gomera, 0.7% more than in 2015. More than 91% of these interventions were related to cases of illness, whilst accidents were around 9%.

The Emergency Services (SUC) assisted 3,811 people, which represents an increase of 1.79% over the previous year in the number of citizens who received some kind of attention from that service.

The greatest increase in activity in La Gomera was concentrated in the out-of-hospital health emergencies, with 1,084 and 23% more than the previous year.

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​Drought Reduces the Harvest of Potatoes and Oranges in Gran Canaria

Drought Reduces the Harvest of Potatoes and Oranges in Gran Canaria

Farmers in the south of the island are facing the shortage of rain with the implementation of new irrigation systems. The current situation is worrying.

The drought that affects all the islands has caused serious consequences in Gran Canaria. The dams are almost empty and farmers have had to settle for harvests that are severely reduced by the weather conditions of recent months.

Farmers have had to adapt the way that they irrigate their crops, and have noticed the consequences of the drought in the quantity and quality of their crops.

The Ayagaures dam, in the south of the island, is at one per cent of its total capacity, with other dams on the island facing similar problems. The Soria dam, one of the largest in Gran Canaria, is at only 0.25% of capacity.

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​The Unforgettable Magic of Garbos in Gran Canaria

The Unforgettable Magic of Garbos in Gran Canaria

Many tourists visit Gran Canaria for a magical holiday on an island often described as Paradise with white sandy beaches, remote mountain villages, perfect weather, and opportunities to escape to the sun from the madness of modern day life. These magical holidays then tend to remain with these tourists who return home with unforgettable experiences, and then book their next holiday to do it all over again.

However, all-inclusive holidays in top quality hotels in Gran Canaria often tempt tourists to stay close to their hotel, and many often miss other very special experiences available on the island. Holidays should be magical and unforgettable, and all visitors should book at least one night at Garbos Dinner Show in Bahia Feliz. This Dinner Show has been offering perfect evening entertainment for over 20 years, and this venue has also had another ‘make-over’ for this year’s season.

Guests who arrive at Garbos are greeted by waiters who guide them to their tables inside this theatre experience, and when everyone has arrived, these waiters explain that they are also the entertainment for the evening with musical productions of pop and rock music from previous decades, including the music of Queen and Abba.

These talented dancers and singers perform with spectacular lighting effects to produce an evening full of humour, spectacular costumes, as well as aerial silk performances that give dramatic and spectacular entertainment with the talented performer giving aerial acrobatics performances whilst hanging from fabric.

These Dinner Shows include a three course meal with vegetarian options, and even the serving of the dessert becomes a spectacular event. Wine, beer and soft drinks all included in the ticket price. Audiences applaud and cheer, and these professional singers and dancers ensure that by the end of the evening everyone leaves with feelings of unforgettable magic, and plan to return again soon. Garbos – Simply Unforgettable.

To find out more about Garbos, check out their website at www.garbos.es or call 0034 928 157 060 to book your tickets, or ask your hotel to make the booking for you.

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​Very High Occupation Rate for La Restinga, El Hierro

Very High Occupation Rate for La Restinga, El Hierro

El Mar de las Calmas continues to benefit from world wide popularity for diving in La Restinga, which has become the base port for the activity.

Recent data shows that La Restinga is 90% occupied, with the majority of the diving centres remaining open for most of the year. Although the summer is over, the occupancy rate remains practically the same as in the month of August.

It is common to see groups of divers walking through the streets while they wait to perform their next dive. It is not surprising that this beautiful and fascinating seascape is the meeting place for enthusiasts of underwater at photographic events, such as the Fotosub.

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​More Travel Discounts for Canary Islands’ Residents

More Travel Discounts for Canary Islands’ Residents

Many residents of the Canary Islands are currently enjoying the benefits of a 75 per cent discount on travel between all the islands, yet there is only a 50 per cent discount for travel to the Spanish Peninsular.

Government representatives from the Canary Islands are joining colleagues from the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla to request an increase in the residents’ travel discount to the Peninsular from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

Government representatives are meeting in Palma de Mallorca to address the transport problems that islands face, due to their distance from the Peninsula.This Transport Summit of Extra-Peninsular Territories, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla will be the first to be held. It will take place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Territory, Energy and Mobility.

Councillors responsible for transport within the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and the representatives of shipping companies and major airlines will be in attendance, together with representatives from business organisations involved in air and maritime transport, the Association of Spanish Air Transport Companies (ACETA); the Spanish Association of Airlines (AECA), and the Association of Airlines (ALA).

Possible extension of the current subsidy in air and maritime transport between the islands and the Peninsula will be discussed, with an aim to increase the subsidy for residents from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

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​Benefits Scam in Gran Canaria

Benefits Scam in Gran Canaria

32 people have been arrested for defrauding social security funds of more than €1,000,000 euros in Gran Canaria. Those arrested are accused of forging documents, as well as illegally taking money from public funds.

It is alleged that the accused took advantage of unemployment funds, whilst working for companies that did not require their services.

It is reported that the companies involved employed more workers than they needed in order to claim employment subsidies. The companies also allegedly failed to pay into the Spanish Social Security system for workers that they claimed had been hired.

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​European Space Agency Tests Lanzarote for Mars Experience

European Space Agency Tests Lanzarote for Mars Experience

The European Space Agency reports this week that it is satisfied that Lanzarote offers an excellent testing ground for missions to other planets, and is currently considering establishing a base on the island to test the effects of isolation on their astronauts, who would be subject to an 18 month trip to Mars without the possibility of external help.

This concept is not new, as NASA has been using Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii as a remote space for teams of astronauts to simulate experiences of being on Mars, and only connecting with Earth by a virtual radio with a 20 minute delay for answers.

Loredana Bessone, ESA astronaut instructor has been considering recreating a Mars space base in La Corona or another volcanic tube in Lanzarote, as this represents a six kilometre tube formed by an eruption 21,000 years ago.

Some might question why Lanzarote would make a good Mars experience, as millions of tourists visit the island each year for beach holidays, but may not know that that ESA and NASA have already used the Lanzarote landscape for testing their robotic vehicles used on recent missions to Mars, because there is no other similar landscape identified on Earth.

An article in Time Magazine in 2016 written by Francesco Sauro, an Italian geologist reported that astronauts that land on Mars would be protected from radiation if they found refuge in a volcanic tube on the planet, so it seems that using the volcanic tubes on the island of Lanzarote would be very useful experience. The first astronaut to travel to Mars could be soon after 2030, and the round trip could last between 500 days and 1000 days, with no possible help from Earth, and the trip can only be made every two years when the orbit of Mars is closest to Earth. So, expect to see trainee astronauts coming to Lanzarote in the next few years to learn what a Mars space trip could feel like.

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​Technology Lending Service for Schools in Fuerteventura

Technology Lending Service for Schools in Fuerteventura

The Fuerteventura Government has just launched TecnoteKa, which is technology lending scheme for educational centres on the island. This scheme is a part of the Aula 3i Project or Intelligent Innovation Child Classroom promoted by the Ministry of Innovation and the Fuerteventura Technology Park, and was announced at the IES Corralejo Library in La Oliva.

Marcial Morales, President of Fuerteventura said “this encourages children to discover new ways of learning that awakens creativity and teamwork, and girls and boys are active protagonists in technological innovation.”

TecnoteKa is reported to promote methodological innovation and project work, in addition to facilitating access to technology, allows students to test material in practical ways in the classroom, and helps assessment for better decision making in the future provision of material.

The Mayor of La Oliva, Isai Blanco said “this loan service to schools will help children learn in a more didactic and fun way using new technologies.” Alicia Maestegui, Director of the IES Corralejo said “this service is fundamental for schools, and one of the objectives for this year of the Ministry of Education is to focus on enhancing the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and especially for girls.”

This project provides Fuerteventura school children with access to various electronic materials, such as Arduino or robot kits, raspberry pi control boards or lipaipads, 3D printers and Mbots programmable robots. Wow, exciting times for school children in Fuerteventura!

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Boat with African Migrants Rescued of Coast of Gran Canaria

Boat with African Migrants Rescued of Coast of Gran Canaria

117 people were rescued this week by two lifeboat services from an African boat observed 216 kilometres from the south coast of Gran Canaria spotted by an Air Force plane. This pilot sent location details to the maritime rescue service, which quickly despatched boats to rescue these people.

This boat was much larger than the pateras often used by African migrants, and is similar to that used by 95 African migrants that was intercepted on the way to Gran Canaria on 17 October this year, and represents a return to a pattern of these migrant boats that had more or less ceased over recent years.

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​Young Residents of La Gomera Now Have Unlimited Travel in Tenerife

Young Residents of La Gomera Now Have Unlimited Travel in Tenerife

Many young people from La Gomera continue their studies on the island of Tenerife, but have been faced with the added expense of transport costs when travelling by bus and tram. However, now young people under the age of 30 years will have access to unlimited travel by bus and tram for one month, and the cost for each young person of 40 euros will be paid by the La Gomera Government.

This student transport card will be of great benefit for around 400 La Gomera students studying in education centres in Tenerife, and was announced at a meeting of the President of Tenerife Government, Carlos Alonso and the President of La Gomera, Casimiero Curbelo.

This means that students from La Gomera can now join an existing scheme that benefits 15,000 students, and La Gomera students no longer have to bear the costs of bus and tram travel, and their families will also be greatly relieved for these much-discounted travel costs when travelling in Tenerife.

This young passenger travel card is new, as it represents a significant reduction of costs from existing offers of discounts for travellers of buses and trams, and targets young people in the same way that elderly people benefit from discounted fares. This youth travel card can be used for one month for La Gomera residents on the tram and all urban, interurban and metropolitan bus lines in Tenerife.

This youth travel card is personalised with the student’s name, and allows access to other discounts, balances can be checked and recharged, and if lost can be renewed.

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​Largest Shopping Centre in the Canary Islands Just Opened in Gran Canaria

Largest Shopping Centre in the Canary Islands Just Opened in Gran Canaria

Los Alisios Shopping Centre in Tamaraceite in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has just opened its doors, and is now the largest shopping centre in the whole of the Canary Islands. This amazing project was completed with an investment of 180 million euros, and has created around 1500 new jobs.

This commercial space has an area of 80,000 square metres with 112 shops and 28 restaurants, as well as a cinema with 10 screens, and for the first time in the Canary Islands this cinema includes an exclusive screen for children.

Parking is no problem at Los Alisios Shopping Centre, as there is parking for 2500 cars, and for those readers who already have electric cars, there are convenient charging points to boost your car for the return journey. This centre also offers free WiFi for customers and the shopping centre has a mobile app to provide more information about its facilities and special offers.

Looks like Christmas shopping just got more exciting and bigger too!

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​Tenerife Invests in Improved Purification of Waste Water

Tenerife Invests in Improved Purification of Waste Water

The waste water treatment plant of Valle de Guerra in Tenerife has gained approval for improved hydraulic works with an investment of 12 million euros from the Government of the Canary Islands. This was announced at a ceremony attended by the President of the Canary Islands, the President of Tenerife Government, and the Mayor of La Laguna.

This improvement work involves modernising the current waste water treatment system in this region, and should benefit around 400 local farms, and should ensure that the European Commission removes this area from a list of breaches of the European Water Framework Directive. This should meet the current and future needs of the local population, as well as the agricultural sector of this region including the areas of La Laguna, Tacoronte and Tegueste.

The capacity of the current installation has been exceeded and the salinity of the resulting purified water has prevented its reuse in agriculture for livestock, but these improved purification systems will meet European standards in terms of structure, treatment, water quality and energy efficiency. Eventually, this treatment plant will be able to treat up to 9300 cubic litres of waste water each day with a new desalination station, tanks, pumps and irrigation network.

For those interested in the detail of this new purification process, this will involve a process of sludge activated in prolonged oxidation with ultrafiltration membranes followed by a compact pre-treatment. Then the purified water will be passed through a reversible electro dialysis facility to reduce its salinity.

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​Many Injured in Tenerife Nightclub as Floor Disappears

Many Injured in Tenerife Nightclub as Floor Disappears

Forty people dancing in the early hours of Sunday morning in Butterfly Nightclub in the Salytien Commercial Centre in Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife experienced a shocking end to their Saturday night enjoyment. At around 2.30 during Sunday morning part of the floor of this nightclub sank into the basement below, and took with it 40 people who were dancing at the time.

Two of the injured suffered serious injuries, and others were reported to have fractures of the leg and ankle. The 112 Emergency Services responded very quickly to provide first aid treatment for 22 victims, and to arrange for those with more serious injuries to be taken to local hospitals for treatment. The emergency services reported that the injured included those of different ages and nationalities, and injuries included fractures of the femur, fractures of the ankle, back pain, trauma and mild and moderate contusions. Although emergency services dealt with 22 victims of this disaster, 18 made their own way to local hospitals.

Two victims are reported to have serious femur fracture injuries, six suffered broken bones and other moderate types of injuries and 14 had minor injuries. These party revellers fell from a height equivalent to one floor from the disco to the basement after a four square metre section of the dance floor sank downwards.

The emergency services included firefighters and ambulance services with medical staff, and they remained at the scene of this terrible accident until 6.00 on Sunday morning. The municipality of Adeje is responsible for this area, and has asked firefighters and local engineers to prop up this collapsed flooring to avoid any further damage to the building.

The Butterfly Disco Pub is in a commercial centre in Playa de Las Americas, is a clubbing hotspot in the south of the island, and is very popular with tourists, who included this weekend tourists from Spain, France, the UK, Belgium and Romania.

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​Chinese Company Considers the Canary Islands as Platform Between Asia and Africa

Chinese Company Considers the Canary Islands as Platform Between Asia and Africa

The representative of a Chinese business group has expressed interest in using Gran Canaria, and more specifically Arinaga, to establish a commercial link between China and North Africa.

A delegation of six Chinese companies, led by representatives of the Juerui Group, met with the President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, to study the conditions within the Arinaga Special Zone to use it into a distribution platform for West Africa.

The representative of the business group, Jin Lin, expressed interest in Arinaga to establish a base for commercial operations. This would be a centre of logistical and technological trade to represent several market sectors, such as textiles, technology and construction materials.

Group members wanted to travel from Shanghai to Gran Canaria to analyse the possibilities and tax advantages of establishing their economic activity to West Africa from Gran Canaria. This is a project that they see as increasingly important, because of the improvements in the conditions for the project offered by the Arinaga Special Zone.

The decision will be made in the next few months, with the business group seriously studying the benefits of using Gran Canaria as a base for their activities. The business group is oriented to towards banking and investment in the technological sector, as well as exports linked to other industrial activity.

Although the representative did not wish at this early stage to suggest investment and job creation possibilities on the island, he commented that each company aims to create employment for at least five employees, which would be dependent upon economic and financial conditions.

The preliminary is the creation of central storage for distribution of products from China to Africa, but the second stage could also include the manufacture of products.

The President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, stressed the unique possibilities within the island, including the Canary Islands Special Zone, Proexca, the Free Trade Zone, the Economic Promotion Society of Gran Canaria, which are tools that create good economic conditions for businesses based on the island.

He also stressed that Gran Canaria has tax advantages, customs, and a strategic communication position as an enclave between Latin America, Africa and Europe. He also went on to refer to the close relationship with the Chinese people through logistics, fishing and cultural relations through San Mao and the Confucius Institute, which is a meeting place for dialogue between the cultures of China and Gran Canaria.

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