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​Victims of Los Cristianos in Tenerife Collapsed Building Remembered

Victims of Los Cristianos in Tenerife Collapsed Building Remembered

Members of the City Council of Arona in Tenerife held a minute of silence this week in memory of the victims of the Julian Jose de Los Cristianos building that collapsed two years ago, in which seven people died.

This gathering together of city council officials, family members and friends of those affected by this building collapse wanted to show a sign of respect for everyone involved, and to make sure that they are not forgotten.

This was the most serious tragedy that has been experienced in this municipality.

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​Tenerife Student Sexually Assaulted by University Tutor

Tenerife Student Sexually Assaulted by University Tutor

This week a student at the University of La Laguna (ULL) reported publicly that she had been the victim of sexual harassment by a teacher at the university, and these allegations have been reported to the Prosecutor’s Office.

This first occurred in February 2018, and the university activated its protocol for the prevention of sexual harassment, and identified that a student had identified a teacher at the university who had committed this crime.

This protocol included an expert’s report and a final report, and then opened a disciplinary file against the teacher, and transferred all details of the alleged sexual harassment of the student to the Officer of the Prosecutor.

It is also reported that this is not the only complain of sexual harassment at the university, as nine others have reported complaints of sexual harassment at the ULL, and each of these have activated the protocol.

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New Shopping Centre for Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria

New Shopping Centre for Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria

The Municipality of Mogan in Gran Canaria this week granted a building licence for the construction of a new shopping centre in the town of Puerto Rico.

This new shopping centre involves an investment of 35 million euros, as well as the creation of companies, numerous jobs and disbursement of over one million euros from municipal funds related to capital gains.

The council said “Puerto Rico will be transformed in a short time and will be renewed to reflect this popular tourist centre.”

It is reported that work will be carried out at the site of the old Atlantida water park, and should be completed within four years.

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​Paperwork Completed for Fuerteventura Blind Golf Association

Paperwork Completed for Fuerteventura Blind Golf Association

Following on from a previous news article that explained the importance of the Blind Golf Association established in Fuerteventura, and the encouragement given to blind people to participate in playing golf with guides, the association this week reports some good news.

After a long period of completing the required paperwork for the Canary Islands Government, the Association has now gained formal registration. They report to us that all is now signed and stamped.

The next stage of becoming formally recognised is to apply for funding from the local government of Fuerteventura, so that members can participate in various golf tournaments, such as the World Championships in Italy.

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​Tenerife Fire Now Extinguished

Tenerife Fire Now Extinguished

Over 350 hectares of pine and bush areas at the summits of the municipalities of Granadilla and Vilaflor in Tenerife were damaged by the recent fire, but this is now extinguished or controlled.

The origin of the fire seems to be human, but agents of the Guardia Civil have not reported any name or suspect involved in this arson.

This fire took place in an area of difficult access with slopes of up to 40 per cent, so it was not possible for firefighters to use water from the ground, so it was necessary to use mechanical means, ditches and firebreaks.

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​Overcharging for Aquarium Water in Gran Canaria

Overcharging for Aquarium Water in Gran Canaria

Officers of the Guardia Civil this week arrested three people accused of a crime of fraud committed by inflating the invoices for supplying water to the new Poema del Mar aquarium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and are alleged to have charged for around 20 million litres of water more than that delivered for several months.

The Poema del Mar Aquarium adopted security measures to discover the fraudulent practices of the accused, who planned to extend their scam even after the aquarium planned to be self-sufficient with its own desalination plant. The three accused of this crime of fraud are also alleged to have manipulated this desalination plant, so that it would not work properly, and they could then continue to supply water and overcharge the company.

Security officers at the aquarium installed surveillance cameras to monitor what was happening to the desalination plant, and recorded one of the accused, the manager of the water supply company, closing off the desalination plant. The other accused include a man employed by the same company, and a woman employed by another linked company transporting water supplies, who were finally arrested and accused of collaborating with the first accused.

These three are accused of falsifying the delivery notes of different trucks or water tanks carried, increasing both the quantity of water supplied and the number of trips, which reached up to 34 in a single day on one occasion in order to overcharge the aquarium.

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​La Gomera Advertised Through European Airlines

La Gomera Advertised Through European Airlines

The Minister of Tourism of La Gomera Government, Maria Isabel Mendez stated this week that the island reaches three million passengers through the magazines of the main European airlines.

It is reported that passengers travelling by Iberia, Air Europa and Norwegian airlines have on board magazines during flights that include advertisement features about holidays in La Gomera.

These feature articles reflect the natural and cultural wealth of La Gomera, review the network of hiking trails, the Garajonay National Park, and other nature activities available.

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​Help for Homeless People in Lanzarote

Help for Homeless People in Lanzarote

La Fundacion Canaria Flora Acoge in Lanzarote this week reported on its work to support homeless people in Lanzarote with a programme of social inclusion.

This organisation stated that during 2017, this NGO provided welcoming services to 195 homeless people, and 57 people received periods of shelter.

Apart from these services, Flora Acoge has also offered psychological care, occupational workshops, as well as showers and breakfasts.

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Famous Pine Tree in La Palma has Improved Conditions

Famous Pine Tree in La Palma has Improved Conditions

El Pino de la Virgen en El Paso, or the Pine of the Virgin in El Paso in La Palma is recognised as one of the unique trees of the Canary Islands.

Land reclamation works are currently being carried out in the vicinity of this pine tree after some recent activities in the area almost caused its death. Ten years ago, a plaza was built around it that cut water filtration and root respiration.

This tree is over 800 years old, although some claim that it is around 1000 years old, and to revitalise this pine tree, the Government of La Palma is working on the renaturation of the area.

720 square metres of land is to be released, so that the tree has direct access to its natural nutrients and could recover its original vitality.

Once this part of the work is finished, other actions will be taken in different parts of the tree area to guarantee its survival.

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​Tenerife Meeting Discusses Inequalities of Outermost Regions of the EU

Tenerife Meeting Discusses Inequalities of Outermost Regions of the EU

Petr Osvald, President of the Commission for the Territorial Policy of the European Union Committee of Regions led a meeting in Tenerife this week to demand cohesion for the outermost regions of the EU that is equal to other regions, and to advocate to help European Citizens to understand that the EU is an added value for their lives.

This meeting discussed the future of the nine outermost territories of the European Union, and highlighted the problems and difficulties of understanding the needs of these areas.

The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, said that the outermost regions of the EU face specific disadvantages compared to other regions of Europe, but also emphasised that there is much tourism in the Canary Islands, and that projects work well within these islands, such as the El Hierro hydroelectric plant.

The other outermost regions discussed their problems, and included representatives of French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion and San Martin, and the Portuguese Azores and Madeira, as well as the Canary Islands.

Brexit was also recognised as a problem by this group, and speakers commented that citizens tend to lose faith in politics, so that it is necessary to show EU citizens what is being done to benefit them in their regions.

There was finally a unanimous adoption of the opinion – “Towards a complete application of the renewed European strategy for the outermost regions.”

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​Recycling Success in Southeast of Gran Canaria

Recycling Success in Southeast of Gran Canaria

The municipalities of Aguimes, Ingenio and Santa Lucia de Tirajana in Gran Canaria are holding a joint celebration this week after their hard work to encourage residents to recycle more waste products has resulted in a reduction of 29 million kilos of waste per year compared with 2001.

The mayors of the three municipalities highlighted at a special meeting that they have successfully reduced their waste by almost 37 per cent after many years of extending the times of collection, cleaning around the containers and implementing different campaigns of awareness.

Over the next week, 232 new containers will be installed across the three municipalities as part of a special cooperation plan of Government of Gran Canaria, which has awarded a investment of 425,000 euros.

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​Objections to Proposed Leisure Project in Gran Canaria

Objections to Proposed Leisure Project in Gran Canaria

The environmental group Turcon has expressed its opposition this week to a project that promotes occupying the main river bed area of the Guayadeque ravine in the municipality of Aguimes in Gran Canaria, very close to its mouth, to create lagoons or large pools for sports and leisure facilities.

Turcon issued a statement that said it had requested more information about the Island Council Responsible for Water of Gran Canaria after learning about an application for concessions to occupy between 45,000 and 60,000 square metres of the ravine that was published in the Official Gazette of the Aguimes Municipality.

Turcon has opposed this project because it has ignored the provisions of the hydrological plan and lacks a compatibility report. This indicates that this is a privatisation of public resources and for channelling of the ravine. This environmental group claims that this project could be created on privately owned land, as this project is not of general interest, and there may be other places to develop this without occupying a public domain.

Other objections include the issues that this is an area of flooding and surface runoff, creates security risks and goes against the procedures of the Gran Canaria Hydrological Plan.

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​New School for El Hierro

New School for El Hierro

This week the City Council of Valverde in El Hierro agreed to construct a new primary school for children of the city.

This new school will cover a 10,000 square metre plot of land purchased in July 2011.

This vote came after an intense debate to defend the position of the regional government, which wanted to build the new school at the current location of the Garoe Institute.

This would involve the demolition of the institute and the transfer of students to the educational facilities of the ESO in San Juan, and free the land needed for the construction of the new Valverde CEIP school, where a vocational training centre will also be built.

The suitability of the land of the current Garoe Institute with 580 square metres, the questionable skills in decisions on the location of the educational centre and the rejection of the parents and the educational community of the plan proposed by the Government were the focus of the debate.

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Cyclist Collides with Car in Gran Canaria

Cyclist Collides with Car in Gran Canaria

A 52-year-old cyclist received moderate injuries as a result of a collision with a car on the southbound motorway of Gran Canaria the GC-1 passing through the municipality of Telde during a morning this week.

Emergency Services sent two ambulances to the scene of the accident, and provided first aid procedures before transferring the cyclist to the Insular Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who was admitted with a diagnosis of moderate polyontusions. There is no further information about the health of the cyclist.

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​Beach in Fuerteventura Closed for Poor State of Water

Beach in Fuerteventura Closed for Poor State of Water

This week it was announced that the beach of Muelle Chico in Corralejo in Fuerteventura has been closed for swimming due to the poor state of the water. There have been analyses, investigations and improvement works over previous days.

It appears that although the results of these tests and analyses consider the seawater at this beach to be suitable for swimmers to use and enjoy, there is a bureaucratic problem.

In addition, improvements are being made in the old town of Corralejo that focus on sealing different contaminated wells and connecting the drains of old houses to the municipal sanitation network.

At this time, there is no known date for the completion of the works or lifting the ban on swimming.

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