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​La Gomera Gives Greater Protection for Garajonay National Park

La Gomera Gives Greater Protection for Garajonay National Park

This week, specialist forest workers of the Government of La Gomera carried out preventive measures to combat future forest fires in the Los Noruegos area adjacent to the Garajonay National Park.

This work involves clearing, pruning, removal of branches and bushes, and adding chipping and removing wood that could help fire to spread.

So far, almost four thousand cubic metres of material have been chipped and then spread across the ground to protect the earth, and also serves as an excellent organic fertiliser.

The Garajonay National Park suffered damage from the fires of 2012, so the recovery of this area is essential.

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La Frontera in El Hierro Opens Municipal Library

La Frontera in El Hierro Opens Municipal Library

The Day of the Book was celebrated earlier this week in El Hierro, which was intended to raise awareness of the importance of reading in education, but the most important event to celebrate opportunities to read books was the opening of the La Frontera Municipal Library.

Although many people in the UK report sadness at the closure of many local authority libraries and the services they had offered, the reverse is happening in El Hierro.

The new library will be a welcome resource for all local residents, but especially for the youngest residents, as a new space has been created to serve as a study room.

This new library has also been supported by the Cultural Association El Hoyo, whose members have collaborated closely with the Municipality of La Frontera.

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​Jewellery Heist from Home in Tenerife

Jewellery Heist from Home in Tenerife

Officers of the Policia Nacional this week arrested two people in Santa Cruz de Tenerife who are alleged to have committed a robbery at a private home involving jewellery worth more than 82,245 euros.

The two detained for further questioning are identified as D.R.G. a man of 25 years of age and Spanish nationality with previous police records, and a woman identified as H.G.R. aged 28 years and also Spanish.

The two people arrested are alleged to have entered the private home where they are believed to have committed the robbery after jumping a wall and forcing open a sliding door, but when trying to access another nearby home, they were confronted by its residents who called the police after they ran away.

In the search made of the home of one of the detainees, police found the stolen jewellery and 1,600 euros in cash, as well as tools that were hidden behind a piece of furniture.

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​Investment and Business Capital Opportunities in Gran Canaria Promoted in Brussels

Investment and Business Capital Opportunities in Gran Canaria Promoted in Brussels

Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is currently in Brussels in Belgium to promote the city as a platform for business expansion between Europe, Africa and America at meetings with business leaders and politicians.

Brussels is one of the centres of the European Union, and also an important business and investment centre for European Union countries.

The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is hoping to attract significant interest from business leaders, investors and politicians due to the attractive facilities offered by the city, such as first-class infrastructures, a strong business fabric, optimal connectivity and a high quality of life for workers.

These meetings and exhibitions in Brussels hope to create interest to focus business expansion and investment from important European companies.

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Important Anniversary for La Palma will Miss Spanish Royal Family

Important Anniversary for La Palma will Miss Spanish Royal Family

This week, the Royal House of Spain confirmed that King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will not be able to attend the 525thanniversary of Santa Cruz de La Palma on 3 May.

Santa Cruz de La Palma has prepared a broad but simple programme of events on the occasion of the anniversary of its founding on 3 May 1493.

The Mayor’s office had issued a number of formal invitations for this important anniversary event, and reports disappointment that the King and Queen of Spain will not be able to be present due to calendar problems.

Twenty-five years ago, the previous King and Queen attended the 500thanniversary celebrations, and it was hoped that the present King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia would have been able to join in these 2018 celebrations.

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Immigrants and Drugs Arrive at Teguise in Lanzarote

Immigrants and Drugs Arrive at Teguise in Lanzarote

Shortly after landing their boat at Playa de Famar in Lanzarote, 13 Maghrebi immigrants were met by officers of the Guardia Civil. One of the immigrants had to be transferred to the Molina Orosa Hospital in Arrecife, as he had a fractured arm.

The Guardia Civil officers suspected that this boat was carrying a supply of hashish to the island, and after checking the health of the other immigrants, four large bales were discovered, along with a fifth divided into small packages in a vehicle that had picked up five of the immigrants. The weight of the seized drug was reported to be 100 to 125 kilos.

Maghrebis are native people of northwest Africa, and known for hundreds of years as Moors, and the land of Moors described by the Romans are now known as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Following court appearances for these 13 Maghrebi immigrants, six of these were sent to prison for the crime of attempting to import and sell illegal drugs. The rest of these immigrants were released by police with charges. Among those also charged in this investigation included the supposed owner of the boat and two other men allegedly picking up the immigrants and drugs.

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​Gran Canaria Strawberry Fair

Gran Canaria Strawberry Fair

This week celebrated the sixth Strawberry Fair in the Municipality of Valsequillo in Gran Canaria, when 1500 kilos of strawberries were distributed to the thousands of people who came to sample the fruit from the centre of strawberry growing in the Canary Islands.

Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria and Francisco Atta, Mayor of Valsequillo attended this popular annual event, which attracted visitors from all across the island.

Visitors to this event were also be able to taste specially prepared desserts using locally grown and freshly picked strawberries.

Over recent years, the cultivation of strawberries in the Municipality of Valsequillo has grown by 25%. This municipality is also important as 90% of all strawberry production in the Canary Islands in concentrated in Valsequillo, which are grown in over 36 hectares, and are responsible for a total of 200 directly involved local jobs.

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​Gran Canaria and Tenerife lead Airbnb Holiday Rentals

Gran Canaria and Tenerife lead Airbnb Holiday Rentals

Demand for holiday rentals continues to rise in the Canary Islands, and in 2017 it stood at around 9% of the total number of tourists choosing these islands for their holidays.

Over 130,000 people used the services of the Airbnb Internet sit last year to stay in holiday homes in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (70,000) and Arona in Tenerife (60,000) according to the data released this week by the company in the USA.

Airbnb reports that last year over 8.1 million travellers from 150 countries used its services to book rental homes in Spain.

For the Canary Islands, this data reflects two different scenarios with the most populated city of these islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and one on the most important tourist destinations in the south of Tenerife, Arona.

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​Giraffes Arrive in Fuerteventura

Giraffes Arrive in Fuerteventura

The Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura welcomed eight new giraffes this week, which followed an eight-month training period for 40 people, including caregivers, veterinarians and agents of the Guardia Civil Seprona animal division, to help in this complex transfer.

From now on, these giraffes will live in a space designed with the most modern technologies to guarantee their well-being. The renovated facilities for giraffes now doubles their living area to occupy a space of over 3,900 square metres.

Oasis Park Zoo reports that visitors will be able to observe and interact with the giraffes in a very natural way, almost without barriers, as well as different observation points in height to allow closer approaches.

This project is part of the strategic plan of Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura 2018-2019, which includes among its objectives to develop its section for the African Savanna with a space where species that represent this habitat can be observed together, such as elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

This new giraffe living space is covered with several types of aggregates, among which white sand stands out, so that the giraffes can lie down comfortably, along with the typical red sand of Africa that recreates a natural environment for these giraffes.

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Diocese of Canary Islands to Decide Future for Former School in Gran Canaria

Diocese of Canary Islands to Decide Future for Former School in Gran Canaria

The Diocese of the Canary Islands reported this week that it will make the final decision on the future use of the old school of Los Salesianos in Santa Maria de Guia in the north of Gran Canaria.

This former school has been left semi-abandoned for many years, but local residents of Santa Maria de Guia want to turn it into a nursing home, but this aspiration depends on the Diocese to be able to carry through these plans.

It is reported by the Diocese that Doña Eusebia de Armas Almeida had the school built in 1955. At her death, and without a child of her own, she gave her entire fortune to the Church, including this centre, on the condition that the beneficiaries were the poorest children in the area.

Until 1971, it was used as a boarding school for orphans and children without any family support, and was also developed into a school for arts and crafts.

However, for the last 47 years this school building has been left abandoned, as well as the adjoining church that has also been left abandoned, which still contains the crypt of Doña Eusebia. Maybe, 63 years after this lady’s benevolent bequest to her local community, this former school can be converted into a residential home for elderly people, and a subsidy of seven million euros has already been granted by the Government of Gran Canaria for this purpose. Everyone now waits for the Diocese of the Canary Islands to make a decision.

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​Demands in Canary Islands for New Cystic Fibrosis Drug

Demands in Canary Islands for New Cystic Fibrosis Drug

This week marked National Day of Cystic Fibrosis in the Canary Islands, and patients and health specialists have been demanding the sale of a medically approved drug by the European Medicines Agency that has been available for over two years.

It is claimed that this new drug for cystic fibrosis could improve the quality of life and life expectancy for those suffering with this disease. Cystic fibrosis is reported to be one of the most frequent serious genetic diseases, whose incidence is around 1 in 5,000 births.

In the Canary Islands, there are more than 175 people affected by this disease, and one of these individuals is Alvaro Suarez Rodriguez, who was diagnosed with this disease at the age of four weeks.

Since his diagnosis, Alvaro has had to fight this disease with a healthy diet, physiotherapy and physical exercise. Alvaro and his parents have learned to live with a disease that at the moment has no cure. They are now asking that the new drug approved by the European Medicines Agency and already available in many European countries, now be marketed and sold in Spain, so that Alvaro can be given greater hope.

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​Court of Justice in Tenerife Annuls Wage Agreement for Gender Discrimination

Court of Justice in Tenerife Annuls Wage Agreement for Gender Discrimination

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) this week has annulled for the third time a wages deal signed between the management of a hotel in the south of Tenerife and the works council for gender discrimination relating to chambermaids.

It was reported this week “the differences in amount between categories of the same group are not justified given that the amounts offered for chambermaids of apartments (100% women) are much lower than those of categories of cook (21% women), waiter (35% women), kitchen assistant (66% women) or assistant waiter (53% women).”

According to the union, “it is symptomatic that in the category of wages, there is a lower salary level for productivity bonuses for kitchen assistants, and this infers there is an underestimation of women’s work. Also, chambermaids are regarded as low productivity, but this has nothing to do with productivity, and hotel management cannot justify why a particular group has been assigned a low productivity bonus.”

It is also important to note that this is just one of 40 current cases of salary discrimination due to gender that has been highlighted in hotels in the south of Tenerife, and the union reiterates its commitment to fight to end the gender gap in wages.

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​Compulsory Purchase of Holy Spring Spa by Government of La Palma

Compulsory Purchase of Holy Spring Spa by Government of La Palma

The planned construction of a spa at la Fuente Santa or Holy Spring in La Palma has been delayed due to the impossibility of reaching an agreement with the 90 owners, who share ownership of the land where the resort of the Holy Spring Spa will be built. However, the Government of Canary Islands needs to approve the revision of the Regulations of Conservation of Natural Monuments of Teneguia.

The Government of La Palma reported this week that compulsory purchase of this land was the only method to carry out this important project.

This initiative will be funded by Development Fund of the Canary Islands to begin construction of the spa next year, which aims to become a tourist attraction for La Palma, and could be tendered by the end of the year.

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​Coastal Waters of Southern Lanzarote have Good Chemical Status

Coastal Waters of Southern Lanzarote have Good Chemical Status

A report published this week and commissioned by the Government of the Canary Islands confirms that the coastal marine waters of the south of Lanzarote are in a good state of health.

One of the conclusions of the study, which is part of the second cycle of the Insular Hydrological Plan, is that it identifies the detectable presence of substances, such as tributyltin, which is part of some compounds used in the nautical sector.

The identification and diagnosis of the quality of coastal water focused on tributyltin and its derivatives, as this is a substance classified as a priority hazard, but widely used in the nautical sector for its biocidal properties, especially in the production of antifouling paints that prevent or slow down the growth of barnacles, algae and marine organisms that adhere to the hull of a ship, pontoon and docks.

Some of these compounds derived from this chemical component can be toxic for the environment and fauna, especially for fish and molluscs and organisms, as high concentrations can be detected due to bioaccumulation and biomagnification, which increases concentrations as the trophic level advances in the food chain.

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