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​Transgrancanaria Running Race Now Fully Registered

Transgrancanaria Running Race Now Fully Registered

With less than one month before one of the world’s leading trail running races, the 19th Transgrancanaria closed its registration this week, and the organisers confirm that around 4000 runners will take part in this year’s race, and is the highest number of entrants in its history.

Especially striking is the increase in foreign runners who now choose Gran Canaria as the favourite destination to start the 2018 running season. In total, there will be 3979 runners who will meet for six different departures of the Transgrancanaria.

This race covers 125 kilometres and has changed its structure and now ends at Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This race also offers shorter distances, and around 900 runners have chosen to attempt the 64 kilometre route, which is 29% more than in 2017.

Starting points include El Garañon in Tejeda, Tunte in San Bartolome de Tirajana and Ayagaures in San Bartolome de Tirajana. At the moment, the route of the 360º run remains a secret.

This running race will be held from 21 to 25 February and is sponsored by Sport HG, Gran Canaria Government, Gran Canaria Tourist Board, Gran Canaria European Sports Island, the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Maspalomas Costa Canaria, as well as Amisport, Lopesan, Perpetuo Socorro Hospitals and RS Sonocom. Too late to join this famous running race, but make time to watch the runners and celebrate their efforts in February.

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​Tourist Bus Overturns in La Gomera

Tourist Bus Overturns in La Gomera

On Saturday, 15 UK tourists were travelling in a tourist bus in the Municipality of Alajero in La Gomera when the bus rolled over. Three of the injured tourists remain in La Gomera, but another has been transferred to Tenerife Hospital.

The injured tourists were admitted to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Hospital in La Gomera including one who is still under observation, and two tourists were admitted with serious injuries. The tourist transferred to La Candelaria Hospital in Tenerife has trauma in the upper limb, but this is not serious.

The local Ministry of Health released a report that says that the first intervention after the accident was by the 112 Emergency Service and professionals from the health centre at Playa de Santiago, which was the closest to the site of the accident, and 10 tourists were taken to La Gomera Hospital. Later that day, five of these tourists were discharged from hospital.

This incident involved a bus with UK tourists in the area of Arguayoda in the Municipality of Alajero Gomero, but no reason why this bus overturned has been given by local authorities. Thankfully, the injuries appear to have been minor, and emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene of the accident.

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The Scandal of Bankrupt Builders in the Canary Islands

Tenerife Construction Companies Bankruptcy Affected Thousands

The Canary Islands is the third Spanish region that has the most failed housing developments, where houses have been built and sold to owners, but they could not then live in them. In some cases, construction companies have collected money for properties, but never built or completed.

Granadilla in Tenerife is one example of the failed housing projects, and Fernando Alvarez is one of thousands of people who have been affected by bankruptcy of construction companies across the archipelago. Buildings stand with finished windows and fitted kitchens, but nobody lives in them. Fernando says that he was robbed by the company, as they gook all the interior fittings from the Granadilla housing development in trucks months after the company declared bankruptcy.

Fernando says that he signed the purchase contract in 2007, and that he know that the promoter knew that things were not correct, so after taking the money from purchasers, the company declared insolvency. The process to recover money lost in these transactions takes nearly two years in the first instance, but purchasers are often the last to be paid the money they are owed. Fernando wants “the law of this country to be changed”.

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​Prison Sentence in Fuerteventura for Murder of Young Man

Prison Sentence in Fuerteventura for Murder of Young Man

The Central Court of Fuerteventura has ordered unconditional imprisonment for a 64-year-old local man for the murder of a young 25-year-old man who he stabbed and attacked last week on the island.

The defendant identified as JML is a resident of Costa Calma de Pajara Municipality where the incident took place, and has now been transferred to Tahiche prison in Lanzarote.

The alleged murderer is accused of killing the 25-year-old Gran Canaria young man with stab wounds and other injuries after engaging in an argument, because he lived in a property he owned as a squat.

The defendant has numerous criminal records and was arrested shortly after this murder by officers of the Guardia Civil. Several local residents witnessed how the victim and aggressor fought in a street in the municipality of Pajara, one with a stick and the other with a glass bottle, and the youngest ended up fleeing the scene and was pursued by the older man. This incident ended with the young man falling to the ground and he received six stab wounds from the older man, and later died.

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​Petition to Demand a Geriatric Hospital in Fuerteventura

Petition to Demand a Geriatric Hospital in Fuerteventura

An action group has been created in Fuerteventura to collect signatures from the public to demand the construction of a geriatric hospital on the island. The first of these signature collection points was held this week in Puerto del Rosario, and this will then be repeated in Corralejo and other locations across the island.

So far, this action movement to create a geriatric hospital in Fuerteventura has over a thousand signatures. This group also has a Facebook page to report on the activities they are currently carrying out, and to keep local people informed about this important project.

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​Many Properties in Tenerife Coastal Region to be Removed

Many Properties in Tenerife Coastal Region to be Removed

In the Tenerife municipality of Granadilla in the coast region known as El Medano, a start has been made to recover the demarcation of the coastal region, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment has already contacted the owners of 92 properties that have been built illegally in this coastal region.

Among the properties affect by this recovery of the coastal region include a hotel, several neighbourhood communities and City Hall properties. This project will set a new maritime land demarcation that states that buildings must not be built closer than 3000 metres of the coastline.

This the second time that these property owners have been contacted about their illegal occupation of coastal land, as they received the first letter in 1998. The owners of these illegal properties now have one month to respond to these demands from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment.

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​Largest Frigate in the Spanish Navy Arrives in Gran Canaria

Largest Frigate in the Spanish Navy Arrives in Gran Canaria

This week the largest frigate in the Spanish Navy has berthed in the Naval Base of the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and is one of the most modern ships of the Navy. This is Fragata Alvaro de Bazan and is normally based in the port of Galicia.

This ship has been carrying out manoeuvres along the south coast of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and has welcomed visitors who wish to see the frigate a little closer.

Fragata Alvaro de Bazan is 146 metres long, has advanced technology, cutting edge radar scanning and well equipped armaments, and is considered to the one the most important ships of the Spanish Navy.

This frigate began its work in 2003 and has undertaking missions for NATO. The frigate has a crew of over 200 personnel, and three of these are residents of Gran Canaria. One of the Gran Canaria seamen is Sergeant Diego Rivera, and he embarked on this frigate less than 6 months ago.

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​Happy Birthday Teguise First Capital of the Canary Islands

Happy Birthday Teguise First Capital of the Canary Islands

The City Council of Teguise in Lanzarote has organised an extensive programme of activities to celebrate 600 years of history as the first capital of the Canary Islands. Teguise Municipality extends in a strip from the east coast to the west coast of Lanzarote, and was a strategic location for shelter from the many attacks by pirates that threatened the local population.

Located on the mountain of Guanapay, stands the fortress of Santa Barbara that served as a watchtower for surveillance, as this has good views across the entire coast.

Teguise grew from the mid-Sixteenth Century to become important as the main institutions of the island were based here, as well as religious centres.

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​Gran Canaria Bank Employee Accused of Gruesome Murder of Elderly Couple

Gran Canaria Bank Employee Accused of Gruesome Murder of Elderly Couple

Ana Maria Artiles and Antonio Quesada disappeared from their home in Guanarteme in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012, and have not been seen since that time. Their bodies were discovered near Aguimes on 20 August 2017 and reported by News from the Canary Islands at that time. A former employee of a bank branch in Telde has now been arrested and is accused of their abduction and their subsequent death in a remote ravine on a slope between Temisas and Aguimes many kilometres from their home.

The accused is a middle-aged man, and it appears that he formerly worked as a bank employee in a branch where Ana Maria Artiles and Amntonio Quesada had an account, so this gruesome crime now indicates a motive of money.

The suspect lives in Telde, but now remains in police custody while officers of Policia Nacional continue to investigate this case. The family of the elderly couple have chosen not to make any statements to the media and wait to hear official reports from the police in due course. However, the family have always maintained that they and the couple’s neighbours thought that the perpetrator of the crime would be a close friend and someone whom Ana Maria and Antonio would have had confidence in.

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​Ferry Connections between La Graciosa and Lanzarote Suspended

Ferry Connections between La Graciosa and Lanzarote Suspended

Storm winds and massive waves have forced the Canary Islands Government to declare an alert for coastal phenomena for all the islands, which has resulted in two shipping companies that operate between Lanzarote and La Graciosa cancelling all scheduled ferry trips.

There are normally 8 daily connections to connect the island of La Graciosa to Lanzarote, but the company hopes to resume these important ferry connections as soon as the weather conditions improve.

The Government Meteorological Agency issued warnings this week about waves reaching 5 and 6 meters in height in the north of Lanzarote, and maximum gusts of wind of around 80 kilometres per hour, particularly in high areas and southeast slopes.

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​El Hierro Residents Can Now Reach Santa Cruz de Tenerife

El Hierro Residents Can Now Reach Santa Cruz de Tenerife

El Hierro residents travelling by ferry to Tenerife have often been inconvenienced by waiting for a connecting bus to transport them to hospitals or government offices, or for shopping in Santa Cruz de Tenerife that is some distance away. However, this week the bus service between Los Cristianos where the El Hierro ferry docks and Santa Cruz de Tenerife has changed its bus schedule to match the arrival and departure times of the Naviera Armas ferry following agreement between the ferry company and El Hierro Government.

Previously, this bus service was only available on Fridays and Sundays, but now this bus service to connect with the capital city of Tenerife is extended to all days, except Saturdays that link with the El Hierro ferry arriving at Los Cristianos port.

Passengers can also reserve a place on the bus when buying the ticket. This now meets a demand from users, and especially those who use the ferry without a vehicle, and this bus has advertising with features of El Hierro as a tourist destination.

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Drugs Gang in North Gran Canaria Arrested

Drugs Gang in North Gran Canaria Arrested

In an antidrug operation undertaken by the National Police on Gran Canaria, 20 people were arrested in Galdar for the alleged distribution of hashish across the north west coastal region of the island.

The accused were taken to Las Palmas Court this week in four police vans, and officially charged with being part of an organisation to introduce hashish on the island and across the coastal region of Galdar.

Later the accused were removed from the Court in police vehicles and still await a ruling by the judge about the next action to be taken against them.

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​Concerns About the North Breakwater of Santa Cruz de La Palma

Concerns About the North Breakwater of Santa Cruz de La Palma

There is mounting concern about the safety of the north breakwater of Santa Cruz de La Palma that protects the city’s waterfront. This was originally built to ensure that the impact of the sea does not affect the coastline, but it has suffered significant damage over recent times.

The City Council is requesting an inspection by the Demarcation of Coasts to confirm what possible weaknesses there are in this breakwater. The recent rough sea conditions have prevented any investigation, but it is hoped that these problems will be assessed soon.

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Canary Islands Experiencing Rain, Snow, Ice, Water Spout and Sunshine

Canary Islands Experiencing Rain, Snow, Ice, Water Spout and Sunshine

The Canary Islands are noted as a popular holiday destination throughout the year with beautiful weather and warm temperatures. However, this week all the Canary Islands have experience unusual weather phenomena.

Gran Canaria Government has closed roads in the centre of the island to Cazadores, Pozo de las Nieves and Pico de las Nieves due to weather forecasts of snow, hail and rain that can be locally very strong. The rain has also been turning to ice and makes other roads very dangerous, so all roads in this central region are banned from traffic until normal weather returns. The Government has issued recommendations that people do not travel to the highest parts of the centre of Gran Canaria due to very dangerous conditions.

There is also a yellow weather warning for snowfall at the summits of Gran Canaria and La Palma, and in all points of Tenerife above 1600 metres altitude. Unusually, the coast of San Andres y Sauce off the island of La Palma this week created a giant water spout or a marine hose, when a tornado created an air column that extended from the base of a storm cloud to the sea, and presented a unique meteorological phenomenon.

Of course, these weather conditions have also created unusually low temperatures for these normally sunny islands, and the summits of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma especially have experienced freezing temperatures. This week Tenerife recorded -5.8º in Izaña and -3.9º in Las Cañadas del Teide, and in San Mateo in Gran Canaria the thermometer fell just below zero to -0.3º.

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were also on alert for storm force winds and rain, and residents of Corralejo in Fuerteventura discovered flooded roads in their communities.

Strong winds have been recorded at La Palma airport of 87 km/h, at Alto Igualero in La Gomera of 75 km/h, at Municipality of San Andres y Sauces in La Palma of 72 km/h, and at Las Tirajanas on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria of 70 km/h.

Most rainfall fell in Candelaria in Tenerife with 22 litres per square metre followed by Tejeda in Gran Canaria with 18.4 l/m2. Then La Oliva in Fuerteventura with 16.2 l/m2 and Izaña in Tenerife and Corralejo in Fuerteventura both with 13.6 l/m2.

One thing that we can be sure of in the Canary Islands, the sunshine and warmth will be back again very soon!

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​Buy Your Next Holiday in the Canary Islands with Bitcoins

Buy Your Next Holiday in the Canary Islands with Bitcoins

The first Bitcoin Forum has just been held in Tenerife organised by the Association of Cryptocurrency Users to analyse the use of Bitcoin currency for the tourist sector of the Canary Islands. There are apparently already businesses in the Canary Islands that allow you to pay with Bitcoin currency, but this this forum suggests that digital currency offers opportunities to tourists.

At present, digital currencies move around 900 billion dollars around the world, and the Association of Users of Cryptocurrencies in the Canary Islands is calling for Bitcoin to become the currency of the future in the tourist sector.

Trading analysts explain that the purchase of Bitcoins involves the buying and selling of one currency for another, and at present there are around 1800 different digital coins. The association is also claiming that Bitcoin is one of the best long-term investments.

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