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​Hotel Industry Workers Receive Their Diplomas

Hotel Industry Workers Receive Their Diplomas

Over 40 professionals of the hotel industry have received their accreditations of professional skills at the IES Faro de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. These credentials will give them clear qualifications in the hotel and tourist sector.

This diploma award ceremony was attended by the Vice President and Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government, Cristobal de la Rosa, and the Infrastructure Director of the Regional Executive, Hector Suarez.

This initiative is intended to increase the level of education for hotel workers, and to link education, employment and tourism. This programme was launched by Hecansa and has enabled hospitality employees to have a professional certification after many years of working in the hotel sector, and now recognises their skills with a diploma.

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​Free Snow Buses in Tenerife

Free Snow Buses in Tenerife

The Tenerife Government has activated Operation Nevadas, which involves the provision of 25 buses that guarantee safe access for visitors to the Teide National Park to view the snowfall registered in recent weeks.

Access to the park has been possible through two routes from La Orotava on the TF21 with 10 buses and La Esperanza on the TF24 with 15 buses, which offer free bus trips to where the snow is located.

The TF24 route has its bus stop located in the area surrounding the City Hall of El Rosario, which leaves at 09.30 from La Esperanza and the last leaves at 14.00, and the last bus down from Izaña leaves at 16.30.

For the La Orotava route, people can use private vehicles to reach Aguamansa, where 10 buses operate free of charge and transfer passengers seeking a snow scene to Portillo Bajo and Portillo Alto.

Snow in the Canary Islands! It seems like magic, and its free!

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​Hackers Target Companies in the Canary Islands

Hackers Target Companies in the Canary Islands

Several companies in the Canary Islands have been swindled in amounts that in some cases exceed one million euros by hackers who have managed to access the email accounts of senior managers to order transfers of large sums of money to remote bank accounts.

The Policia Nacional has launched a warning this week to companies operating in the Canary Islands about the so-called CEO Scam and also known as the Business Email Compromise Scam, following complaints from several companies that have lost large sums of money.

This scam is reported to be perpetrated by international criminal organisations that hack email accounts of top managers of companies to cause fund movements by deceiving other employees who have access to bank accounts. Usually, an employee receives an email from one of their bosses or even the director of the company, and they are asked to collaborate to carry out a confidential and urgent financial operation.

If victims do not realise that the message comes from a scammer, they are deceived into revealing confidential information of the company, such as the balance of bank accounts, and this is followed by requests to urgently transfer funds to another bank account.

The police report that these scammers appear to know there could be an ongoing acquisition or merger operation that affects the company, and take advantage of these times of change to change the identity of a supplier, contact the financial department and inform the company of a new bank account where payments should be directed.

This scam is also completed successfully when the boss they are impersonating is not accessible, because they are on a trip or busy with internal meetings or professional conferences.

The report from the Policia Nacional advises companies to avoid this type of deception by establishing new protocols of action regarding money transfers and introduce a double verification system before executing sensitive orders. Other recommendations include security measures for communications, such as caution when opening any email from strangers, valuing the business information that is published on the networks, keeping software of the equipment used by the CEO updates and paying special attention to connections through open Wi-Fi networks.

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​Job Satisfaction in the Canary Islands is Lowest in Spain

Canary Islands Least Attractive Community to Work

El Monitor Adecco produces quarterly measures of potential satisfaction of work opportunities across Spanish regions, and reports this week that Cantabria, Navarra and the Balearic Islands are the best communities to work in, while the Canary Islands take the last place in the survey.

Cantabria takes first position with 6.4 points, and this autonomous region has increased its attraction for work opportunities with a 14% increase from last year.

The Balearic Islands have grown by 1.1% and takes third place with 6.2 points and displaced the Community of Valencia, which now ranks fourth place with 6.1 points.

These findings produced by Barcelo y Asociados researchers takes into account consideration of five fundamental areas of work environment for people, such are remuneration, job security, employment opportunities, professional development and work/life balance based on data from the National Institute of Statistics.

Workers in the Canary Islands remain in the last place for job satisfaction in Spain, but these islands have increased its score by 4.3%, and has 4.6 points. Also, the Canary Islands is shown to have the second lowest average salary in Spain, but this situation has improved in recent years.

Last year, average wages rose on the Canary Islands by 1.4% to reach record highs of 1422 euros per month, but allowing for variations in inflation, the purchasing power of this average salary has fallen by 0.1%.

However, the Canary Islands is the second region that has most reduced long-term unemployment with a 40% improvement, and cut the average time an unemployed person expects to return to work by 2.2 months, and now is 16.1 months and the shortest period in the last six years.

Last year in the Canary Islands, the number of people employed in highly qualified jobs (1000 new jobs) has increased by 0.5% and the average or low employment jobs by 44% (44,500 new jobs).

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​Old School in Gran Canaria to become New Multifunctional Health Centre

Old School in Gran Canaria to become New Multifunctional Health Centre

The old school of Los Salesianos de Guia in Gran Canaria will become a multifunctional health centre, and with the expansion of the Tarazona Health Centre, will cover the current demand for health needs of the northern region of the island.

This project will have an investment of over 30 million euros, and is reported to be the largest budget the island government has ever allocated to this municipality.

Following the agreement with the Bishopric to transfer the school grounds to the Island Government, it expects to tender the works this year to convert the former school of Los Salesianos into a residence and day centre in response to local demands that had collected over 16,000 signatures.

This new health centre and social care centre means that 150 places will be created for elderly residents in north of the island. However, there is also investment planned for economic development, such as work to create 70 new parking spaces and enhance the Open Commercial Zone of Guia and the agricultural market.

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​New Footbridge for Las Palmas to Connect Port with Las Canteras

New Footbridge for Las Palmas to Connect Port with Las Canteras

The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has just awarded the contract to construct a footbridge to enable tourists from the port area to access Las Canteras Beach called the Atlantic Wave Port to Tecyr Construcciones y Reparaciones Company for an investment of 2.3 million euros.

Javier Doreste representing the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria said that this is an important project that should be completed during the summer of 2018 and will improve connections and accessibility between the port and the city, and will specifically help to facilitate access for cruise ship passengers who arrive in the port, but often do not enter the city.

This new footbridge will bring these tourists to the great attractions of the capital city, such as Las Canteras Beach, the district of La Isleta and the Mercado del Puerto. Architects Javier Haddad and Ramon Checa are responsible for the design chosen by public contest, and this will create a pedestrian walkway of a curved outline of 283 metres in length, and will connect the Plaza Mayor Manolo Garcia, located next to the Mercado del Puerto with the northern end of the Sanapu Pier in an aerial route over the GC-1.

This footbridge will be built with a metallic structure, covered by steel sheet with concrete slabs that will serve as the basis for the foundations for the structure. This footbridge will be around 6 metres wide and will normally have a height of around 3 metres, but reach over 5 metres when crossing the GC-1.

The City Council will install 100 square metres of solar panels that will generate the necessary electricity from low consumption LED lights that will be placed along the footbridge. The surface of the footbridge where people and bikes can circulate will have a slope of around 6% and will respect accessibility guidelines. The Canary Islands Development Fund will finance this project.

The designers of the project opted for an idea inspired by the naval industry, discarding screws in the structure and using steel as the main material, since that guarantees 15 years of good health of the footbridge without problems of conservation or maintenance.

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​South Tenerife Faces Drought Despite Snow and Rain Across North Regions

South Tenerife Faces Drought Despite Snow and Rain Across North Regions

The rain, wind and snow storms that have closed roads and caused so many problems for local residents of Tenerife over recent weeks have not affected the south of the island, but the farmers in the south of the island have been badly affected by a lack of rain for potato crops and for growing grapes to make into local wine.

This is now described as a drought by farmers in Tenerife that is affecting agricultural production, and the island government and Asaga, the employer’s association of the farmers have met this week to investigate possible irrigation methods to ensure that potatoes and grapes do not suffer or fail.

There are over 200 farmers based in the south of Tenerife, including Arico, the highlands of Adeje, Granadilla and Vilaflora, who are all affected by this drought. Vilaflor has had no rain for two years.

Possible solutions being considered include the use of desalination plants, and especially at Guia de Isora, but farmers are crossing their fingers that rain will still fall in the south of Tenerife before the end of winter on 20 March.

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​Tenerife Construction Companies Bankruptcy Affected Thousands

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 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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​La Graciosa Battery for Interconecta Project Finally Arrives

La Graciosa Battery for Interconecta Project Finally Arrives

The small island of La Graciosa off the coast of Lanzarote has now installed a hybrid battery to complete the operating system of the smart micro-grid system for the integration of renewable energies in the island, and this hybrid battery has just completed its journey from Seville.

The electric company and the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC) have been working since 2015 on this project to create a stable self-supply of clean energy on La Graciosa. This battery has been manufactured by the Andalusian company CEN Solutions and is a hybrid energy storage equipment and a critical element of this project, which aims to improve the energy management of the intelligent micro-network. This should allow testing of its effectiveness in the injection or absorption of energy at all times.

This model hybridises two different storage technologies to increase capacity in power and energy density, using ultra capacitors to provide high power density and saline batteries to provide high energy density. This system can provide maximum power of 200 kVA (kilo volts times amperes), but the system has been electronically limited to 100 kVA to comply with current regulations in low voltage networks.

The Graciosa Project has had an investment of around 2.4 million euros to install photovoltaic installations in private homes and the education centre on the island with an electric micro-grid where different technologies have been incorporated with this new battery. The system should enable the electric company to extract data of interest to move towards more sustainable solutions of clean energy supply, and lead to energy self-sufficiency of La Graciosa systems.

This Interconecta 2015 project has been supported by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, and Structural Funding from the European Union. Other support has been provided by the Andalusian Industrial Research and Cooperation Association, the Research Foundation of the University of Seville, the University Pontificia de Comillas, the University of La Laguna, and the Foundation for Research, Development in Information Technology Information in Andalusia, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Government Knowledge.

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​More New Buses for Gran Canaria Passengers

More New Buses for Gran Canaria Passengers

The Global bus company announced this week at a meeting in Ingenio that it is purchasing 15 new buses at a total cost of 3.5 million euros. These buses will come equipped with the latest technologies to increase safety for passengers, such as automatic emergency braking.

Since 2016, 96 vehicles have been added by Global to replace its oldest vehicles, and this renovation has been financed by Gran Canaria Government.

During his speech, the General Director of Global, Victor Quintana said this was needed to promote messages and strategies that spread the values and benefits of public transport, such as energy efficiency and sustainable development.

This meeting was attended by the Mayor of Ingenio, Juan Diaz, the Minister of Transport and Mobility of Gran Canaria Government, Juan Francisco Trujillo Marrero, the Managing Director of the Single Transport Authority of Gran Canaria AUTGC, Miguel Angel Perez del Pino and Councillor for Transport and First Lieutenant of the Mayor of Ingenio, Juan Rafael Caballero.

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​Greater Controls of Mosquitoes in Fuerteventura

Greater Controls of Mosquitoes in Fuerteventura

The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands reported this week that it intends to intensify surveillance and controls of the mosquito transmitter of diseases known as Aedes aegypti in Fuerteventura, where it was detected last year, as these specimens are regarded as an invasive species.

This initiative means that there will be a greater number of mosquito traps, and this work involves the collaboration of workers from local municipalities and town halls. Two biologists have been hired to deal with these tasks, and will be permanently located in Fuerteventura, and who will supervise, coordinate and execute the efforts to detect, control and eradicate Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The press release explained that different measures will be adopted, such as placing different types of traps, door-or-door surveys and the application of specific biocides in homes, common areas and the environment where specimens have been detected.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed that since the previous treatments with biocides were carried out, no more stings have been reported by this invasive mosquito, nor have larvae or pupae eggs been detected.

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​Canary Islands Exploring Potential of Underground Geothermal Energy

Canary Islands Exploring Potential of Underground Geothermal Energy

The Tenerife Government is proposing that the Spanish Government undertakes drilling exploration to identify the potential of geothermal energy in the Canary Islands, and the only region in Spain where this could possibly exist, but requires around 20 million euros to explore the subsoil.

This motion is presented with the support of all political groups represented in the Tenerife Government, but similar initiatives are being simultaneously presented in Gran Canaria and La Palma, because these three islands specifically have previously made joint efforts to evaluate the geothermal potential of the Canary Islands with direct involvement, but with little success in support from the Spanish Government.

It is suggested that three drilling sites should be sufficient for Tenerife geothermal energy exploration with a third of these costs covered by the island government, one third covered by a private initiative that has an interest, and the need for state aid to cover the final third of costs.

Nemesio Perez, scientific coordinator of Involcan, explained this week that the Division de Vulcanismo y Medio Ambiente del Instituto Tecnologico y de Enbergias Renovables (ITER) or the Division of Volcanism and Environment of Technological and Renewable Energy Institute, and the Volcanic Energy Centre have carried out previous projects to search for geothermal resources of high temperatures of more than 150º C or enthalpy in Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Iceland, Kenya, Morocco, New Zealand and Rwanda.

The special case of the Canary Islands is remarkable as this impact of renewable energy source could produce virtually emission-free and continuous production at all hours every day, as well as allowing improvements in the security and stability of the existing electric power supply.

In Tenerife, there are five mining areas or domains of over 100 square kilometres for geothermal exploration including Guia de Isora, Santiago del Teide, Garachico, Icod de los Vinos, Arona, Adeje, Vilaflor, San Miguel de Abona, Granadilla de Abona, Arico, Fasnia, Guimar, Candelaria and Arafo.

IGME or the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain has widely studied the Canary Islands for its great geothermal potential due to active underground volcanic activity between 1970 and 1980 with favourable results, and was considered the only region of Spain with high enthalpy geothermal resources was the Canary Islands. However, over the last 20 years no progress has been made in geothermal research in these islands.

This demand by the Tenerife Government on behalf of all the Canary Islands said that there is already necessary and sufficient support from public and private entities that is needed for geothermal energy to contribute to strengthening the energy mix of the Canary Islands, and the geothermal research techniques and methods, and efficiency of these plants have evolved remarkably over recent years, and now allow the exploitation of previously unviable deposits, which has renewed interest on a global scale for generating electrical energy with this system.

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​Criminal Gang Arrested in Lanzarote

Criminal Gang Arrested in Lanzarote

Police in Lanzarote have arrested four Romanian nationals who are accused of being part of an itinerant group of thieves with criminal records in the main tourist areas of Spain following a complaint from a Romanian woman.

Those arrested are two men and two women aged from 30 and 33 years, and are now charged with illegal detention, coercion, threats and robbery. Police were alerted to this criminal gang by a Romanian woman who had been hired to travel from Romania to Lanzarote to care for the children of this gang.

This woman has reported that since arriving in Lanzarote, she has suffered constant threats and coercion and had been held for several days against her will in a house in Arrecife, but she managed to escape and contacted the police.

In the operation, two homes had been registered to these gang members in Arrecife and Orzola, and agents removed numerous perfumes, bags, wallets, high-end mobile phones and computer tablets. The police say that the four detainees have an extensive itinerant criminal career in Spain, which began in 2004 in Palma de Mallorca and included many other tourist areas from the Costa Brava to the Canary Islands.

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​Red Cross Provides First Aid Care for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

Red Cross Provides First Aid Care for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

The Red Cross has organised a team of 300 first aid responders to be ready for any incidents during Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week. These will also be supported by 1300 Policia Local officers and over 100 local street cleaners to make sure everyone is safe, healthy and that streets are cleaned up afterwards.

This team has already been working to provide the support needed for such a big Carnival event and will continue until these events come to an end. There is a medical post set up close to Santa Catalina Park in Calle Eduardo Benot, which will have 15 professional health workers, such as doctors, nurses, health personnel, a psychosocial team and a rapid intervention team, as well as 90 volunteers who will observe the area to determine if any intervention is needed from ambulance teams with advanced life support equipment.

In the main Carnival parade on Saturday 17 February and at the burial of the sardine on Sunday 18 February the number of first aid responders will reach 150 people with human, mechanical and nautical resources to guarantee everyone’s safety – except for the sardine who will be buried.

The police are also planning to create a space within this medical centre to support people who are victims of gender violence and for people who consume too much alcohol during the night parties of Carnival. Of course, many people in Las Palmas will be dressed in many different costumes this week, and there could be many doctors and nurses who may just be there for the party!

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​Police Arrest Youth in Fuerteventura for Threatening a Pupil and Teachers

Police Arrest Youth in Fuerteventura for Threatening a Pupil and Teachers

Officers of Policia Nacional this week arrested a 15-year-old boy in Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura after he tried to attack another child at a training centre, and also threatened teaching staff.

A police statement confirms that the child victim who had been attacked by the accused had locked himself inside one of the classrooms at the training centre, and that the alleged attacker had carried a large knife hidden inside his clothing.

Teaching staff at this centre called for police assistance and informed officers that this youth had accessed the interior of the classroom and threatened several teachers, as well as the child who had locked himself inside the classroom.

Police apprehended the accused attacker knocking on the door of the classroom where the student had taken refuge, and who claimed the attacked had threatened him.

The 15-year-old boy was then arrested by police as the alleged perpetrator of the crime of making serious threats and transferred to police headquarters, and the Juvenile Section of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Las Palmas was the informed. This boy was later released under the custody of this mother.

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