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​Immediate Future Linked to Renewable Energy with Tagoro Risco Blanco Wind Farm in Tenerife

Immediate Future Linked to Renewable Energy with Tagoro Risco Blanco Wind Farm in Tenerife

Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of the Canary Islands this week visited the new Tagoro Risco Blanco Wind Farm in Arico, Tenerife and affirmed that the islands are taking all necessary steps to link their immediate futures to renewable energies.

This new wind farm was built by ECOSOS Canarias Company and produces 16.5 megawatts of wind power at an investment of 25.2 million euros, and has created 32 jobs.

This is the second wind farm to enter into operation in Tenerife since December 2015, and has the capacity to supply 14,500 households and represents a reduction of over 37,000 tons of CO2.

The president also explained that this was the second of nine wind farms planned in Tenerife, and others are now out to tender. Also, by the end of 2018, the use of renewable energies will increase from 10% to 20% to improve the use of clean energy in the Canary Islands. There are currently 8 wind farms operating in Tenerife with 1 in Buenavista, 3 in Granadilla and 4 in Arico, where 2 parks of Tagoro Risco Blanco and La Morra are newly built.

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​Body of German Hiker Found in La Laguna in Tenerife

Body of German Hiker Found in La Laguna in Tenerife

The GES emergency helicopter was despatched to rescue a 77-year-old German hiker who was hiking in Punta del Hidalgo in the Municipality of La Laguna this week. However, they found that this man had died before being able to resuscitate him.

Alarm was raised when the victim did not return to his hotel where he had been staying, and a group of local people had reported that a hiker had been seen walking on the path to Roque Dos Hermanos.

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Canaries Face Maximum Alert for Wind, Rain and Stormy Seas

UPDATE Canaries Face Maximum Alert for Wind, Rain and Stormy Seas

The Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands has closed all schools in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro due to storm force winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour and torrential rain storms. This means the category of maximum alert remains in force until the storm passes.

This new weather front has been the third in recent days, but this current maximum alert does not apply to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The strong gusts of wind have affected the central areas, summits and eastern slopes of the islands most at risk, although with less impact in the capitals of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Sea conditions are also treacherous with warnings that waves could reach as high as five metres. This means that ferry crossing could be cancelled or delayed due to storm conditions, and the Naviera Armas ferry that links Tenerife and El Hierro had already been cancelled due to this storm.

Currently seven flights between Tenerife North and La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera have been cancelled due to strong winds at the destination airports, and some flights that had attempted to fly to La Palma and El Hierro both had to return to Tenerife Airport, as it was too dangerous to land.

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Technology Addiction and Children - Conference in Lanzarote

Technology Addiction for Children Addressed in Lanzarote

A conference was held this week in Lanzarote to raise awareness of children who can become addicted to new technologies. This is intended to help families and teachers to identity and help to avoid children’s addiction to social networks, such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

It is reported that one in five children in Lanzarote are currently addicted to new technology. Parents and teachers were told that indicators of this problem could be not being able to stand in places without mobile coverage, sacrificing activities, such as going out with friends or not controlling the hours that are spent on the Internet or with mobile devices.

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​Shotguns Stolen in Arico in Tenerife

Shotguns Stolen in Arico in Tenerife

The Guardia Civil are currently investigating the alleged theft of six hunting rifles from a farmhouse in Arico in the south of Tenerife.

The thieves are believed to have crossed the farm before arriving at the house where they forced open the door to steal the weapons that are registered in the name of the owner of the farmhouse.

The Guardia Civil are cooperating with officers of the Policia Nacional, as this investigation of the robbery has caused worries about what use these stolen guns could be used for.

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Wheelchair User in Lanzarote No Longer Trapped in His Home

Wheelchair User in Lanzarote No Longer Trapped in His Home

Tanausu Hernandez lives in the second floor apartment in Arrecife in Lanzarote, but for the last 8 years he has been unable to leave his home as he can only move with his wheelchair, so he could not go down to the ground floor of the building, as the stairs were impossible for him.

Tanausu is a young man and this week he said “I just won the Gordo”. The Gordo is the Chrismas lottery that most Canarians and Spanish buy tickets for in the hope of winning a lot of money. However, Tanausu did not win any lottery, but several local institutions in Lanzarote have raised money to install an elevator, so that he can now leave his second-floor apartment and access the street, and more importantly attend rehabilitation sessions.

His mother, Irene Dominguez, said “He spent every day locked in a bed, in a chair, unable to go out to get some air and sun, and this elevator is his salvation”.

Tanausu suffered an accident in the sea when he was swimming on a beach in Costa Teguise 8 years ago, which left him unable to walk. He said “I can start doing rehabilitation, which helps me improve a little bit more each day. Eight years after that fateful day, he now feels that life has given him another chance. Thanks also to those institutions in Lanzarote for providing this much needed help.

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​Half Buried Body in Amarilla Golf in Tenerife is Named

Half Buried Body in Amarilla Golf in Tenerife is Named

Although the half buried body discovered at Amarilla Golf in the Municipality of San Miguel de Abona was discovered on Sunday, the body could only be lifted on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers of the Guardia Civil now confirm that the half buried body found at a construction site in Amarilla Golf in the south of Tenerife corresponds to Victor Alexis Morales Garcia, a man of 35 years who had disappeared on 8 February in Tenerife.

Victor is reported to have been a resident of the municipality of Granadilla in San Isidro, and was well known in the area by many local people for many years.

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​Demolition of Property in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Demolition of Property in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This week the demolition of a ruined property in the Miraflores area of Santa Cruz de Tenerife began at number 23 Calle Juan Padron, and should soon be completed. The street had to be closed for safety reasons.

The Tenerife Government has reported that this house is not included in the Historical Heritage Catalogue. Officials are now waiting for reports on the rest of the ruined properties in this street to identify if they have historical value, and if not then they will also be demolished.

Some local buildings in this area have architectural protection, but no more houses will be demolished until agreement is reached between Tenerife Government and the City Council of Santa Cruz.

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​Volunteer Civil Protection in El Hierro

Volunteer Civil Protection in El Hierro

Last year during the fiesta of the Bajada de la Virgen, which occurs only every four years, a local civil protection group was formed. Since that time, this group committed to responding to any emergency situation and has added resources to support this response. There is now another base of operations in La Frontera.

The Civil Protection of El Hierro now has 42 volunteers who provide support to other team in situations of prevention and emergency situations across the island. This project of local residents also has some of the youngest volunteers on the island ready to respond to any emergency.

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​Stop Buying Stolen Avocados in Tenerife

Stop Buying Stolen Avocados in Tenerife

Los Realejos in Tenerife has just launched a campaign to stop the sale of stolen avocados to fight against the growing theft of avocados from local farms in the municipality. It seems that nowadays, thieves are less interested in diamonds and more interested in avocados, as they are easier to sell to local residents.

Officers of the Guardia Civil in Tenerife are investigating thefts of over 5000 kilos of avocados in this municipality and places of sale for this product. Potential purchasers of these stolen avocados are also warned that they may pose a health risk if eaten, as chemical treatments applied during the growing season may not be completed, and these substances could prove to be harmful to public health.

Also, in recent months there have been thefts of around 30,000 kilos of this fruit in La Palma and Tenerife.

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​South of Fuerteventura to have new Dialysis Centre

South of Fuerteventura to have new Dialysis Centre

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has agreed this week to establish an agreement with Fresenius Medical Care Company to provide dialysis services in Jandia in the south of Fuerteventura for patients with chronic kidney disease in this area.

The Ministry reports that this is responding to demands from patients in the south of the island who currently have to travel daily to Puerto del Rosario to be treated in the General Hospital.

This is part of a new programme called Conserjeria de Sanidad Movernos where care, treatments, tests and interventions are being brought to where the patients are, rather than asking all patients to travel to receive this health support.

It appears that all patients that will be treated in this new centre in the south of the island, but will continue to be monitored by specialists in the General Hospital of Fuerteventura, so that treatments and disease evolution will continue to be monitored.

Fresenius Medical Care Company offers dialysis treatments using online haemodiafiltration techniques with a duration of four hours for all susceptible patients with dialyser with high permeability and high flow, and guarantees this service provision.

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​Man Sentenced to Prison for Stabbing Victim in Tafira in Gran Canaria

Man Sentenced to Prison for Stabbing Victim in Tafira in Gran Canaria

The Provincial Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week sentenced a Moroccan citizen Yassin Othman, aged 30 years to 20 years, six months and one day in prison as the perpetrator of the murder and robbery of Jose Manuel TM, a 38-year-old from Gran Canaria in February 2017 in Tafira.

The court reports that the accused was at a place near the residence of Jose Manuel TM, the El Lentiscal Restaurant on the old Tafira Road, and when he saw that he was leaving from his house and went to the bus stop, he approached him ‘wielding a knife of remarkable dimensions that he had brought from his home, and suddenly and without Jose Manuel seeing him coming, he attacked him with the purpose of ending his life to the head and the right arm’.

As a result of the attack, Jose Manuel fell to his knees, but the attacker continued to stab the knife into his face, eyes and neck, and finally stabbed him at least three times in the thorax.

The victim received 43 stab wounds and died shortly after the attack by bleeding from his wounds where his lung was pierced. The Othman seized the backpack that Jose Manuel was carrying, which contained his personal effect and 550 euros that was his salary for the month.

The defendant had been a friend of the victim, and the attack is believed to be caused by the victim testifying against the attacker in an open judicial investigation following the complaint of another resident of Tafira who had accused Othman of theft and threats.

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​Old School Building in La Gomera to be Converted into Social Housing

Old School Building in La Gomera to be Converted into Social Housing

The city of Hermigua in La Gomera has begun the construction of four homes that will be offered with social rent to local families who are faced with a bleak economic situation. This new social housing programme involving converting an old school building that later became the municipal nursery, and the budget for this comes from FdCAN development funds.

This conversion should be completed by the start of summer with a budget of around 230,000 euros, and will provide low cost housing solutions for local families.

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​La Palma Records Underwater Earthquake

La Palma Records Underwater Earthquake to North

A seismic movement of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale was recorded this week to the north of La Palma at around 05.00 reported by the National Geographic Institute (IGM) website.

The epicentre of this seismic movement was located on the seabed to the north of La Palma at latitude 29 degrees and 38 minutes north and longitude of 17 degrees and 48 minutes west at a depth of 19 kilometres.

The Institute also reports that this seismic movement was not noticed or reported by the population of La Palma.

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​Final Demand for Electric Bill for City Council of Arrecife in Lanzarote

Final Demand for Electric Bill for City Council of Arrecife in Lanzarote

Many residents of the Canary Islands will know the stress of receiving a final demand for their electricity bill, and normally make sure they have enough money to pay for this critically important utility. However, it seems that recently the City Council of Arrecife in Lanzarote have not paid their outstanding electric bill, and it was facing its electric supply being cut by the power company.

It appears that some political parties of the City Council voted against paying this electricity bill, including Coalicion Canaria, Partido Popular and an independent councillor, but at an urgent session of the council, these councillors voted to pay the outstanding electric bill.

This now means that local sports and municipal facilities will not lose their lighting and electric supply. Hopefully, the council will pay their next bill on time, like most of the residents of Lanzarote.

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