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​Woman in Lanzarote Investigated for Online Stalking

Woman in Lanzarote Investigated for Online Stalking

The Guardia Civil this week released a statement that explained that it is investigating a woman in the Municipality of Tias in Lanzarote who is alleged to have committed the crime of coercion, commonly called stalking, on another person through the Internet and social networks.

The Guardia Civil explained that this investigation began a month ago, when the victim of this stalking contacted the police to complain that his image had been damaged, he had been harassed by numerous telephone calls from a hidden number and with a huge number of WhatsApp messages.

In addition, pretending to the victim, the alleged stalker stole photos and data from the victim’s profile and created new ones by hiding her identity and adding friends and acquaintances to damage the victim’s image and honour. She was distributing intimate photos of when they had been a couple. This also included making humiliating comments and insults to family and friends of the victim.

This report explains that the Penal Code 2015, Article 172, defines harassment or continuous stalking as a crime and defines this as persistent harassment of one person over another, so that it seriously alters the development of his life every day. This can include spying, following in the street, constantly calling, sending gifts, sending letters or messages, writing the victim’s name in public places, and committing violent acts against the victim or family and friends of the victim.

Stalking can lead to prison terms of three months and up to two years, and fines.

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Telephone of Hope in Tenerife Opens New Headquarters

Telephone of Hope in Tenerife Opens New Headquarters

The Telephone of Hope, a non-government organisation that has operated since 2010 in Tenerife, has this week inaugurated new headquarters in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

This Telephone of Hope annually receives an average of 4700 calls related to all types of situations from anxiety and loneliness to abuse. Its mission is to address the emotional health of local residents, and especially of people in situations of individual, family or psycho-social crisis.

This telephone support service is available 24 hours a day and is attended mostly by volunteers. In addition, being aware of the importance of prevention, the organisation holds courses, workshops, training and self-help groups, seminars and conferences to promote health care.

In addition, the Telephone of Hope offers specific training to those people who have a strong motivation to lend a hand to others in situations of emotional crisis and who wish to develop their own qualities and skills for helping others.

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Statue of the Virgin Stolen from Guia de Isora in Tenerife

Statue of the Virgin Stolen from Guia de Isora in Tenerife

The residents of the neighbourhood of El Llanito in Guia de Isora in Tenerife were shocked this week to discover the statue of the Virgen del Carmen had been stolen from the church on the road that runs from the Guia de Isora to the fishing centre of Playa de San Juan.

Guardia Civil agents are currently investigating this theft, and report that this is just one of several thefts from churches in recent days, and these could be linked.

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Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote to be Improved

Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote to be Improved

This week the President of the Port of Las Palmas, Juan Jose Cardona, met with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of Lanzarote to provide guarantees that the plans of the Port Authority to improve the operability of the Port of Arrecife will continue to move forward.

This meeting also confirmed that the construction of the harbour breakwater is now waiting for a final report.

The President wanted further dialogue and investments to prevent the debate on the autonomy of the Port of Arrecife from being discussed again.

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​Latest Trends in Renewable Energy in Lanzarote Exhibition

Latest Trends in Renewable Energy in Lanzarote Exhibition

This week Lanzarote looked to the future with the Expo Energia Exhibition, which showed trends in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

This exhibition attempted to explain self-consumption systems, photovoltaic energy, geothermal energy, solar thermal energy, wind energy and offshore energy with a broad programmed of informative talks on different types of renewable energy systems. Visitors to the exhibition learned about saving money by using these energies in their homes and company buildings.

The greatest attraction of this event was Ecocasa, a house of the future, powered by photovoltaic solar energy for light, thermosolar for hot water and aerothermal for radiant heat from the wind. The architects for this creation were the students of the Electricity and Renewable Energies of the Integrated Vocational Training Centre, where the event took place.

Ecocasa also has a charger for electric vehicles at the door, and parked by the side of this house of the future was the Tesla X, which represents a 100% electric vehicle, and is priced at a healthy 150,000 euros.

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​Last Spanish Survivor of Nazi Concentration Camps Lives in the Canary Islands

Last Spanish Survivor of Nazi Concentration Camps Lives in the Canary Islands

Jose Manuel Garcia Peruyera has been living in the Canary Islands for the last 60 years, but celebrated his 90thbirthday this week by giving a talk to explain that he was kept prisoner for 8 years in Nazi concentration camps, first in France and then in Germany, and wanted to keep alive the memory of the horrors that he experienced.

Jose explained that he believes that he is the last Spanish survivor of the World War 2 concentration camps, and never tires of repeating his story, and he said “It is very important to know what happened and above all to make known what my mind has stored, because my eyes saw horrible crimes that Nazism committed.”

Jose has already travelled to schools, colleges and universities in France and Spain to give talks about his experiences, but he explained that when sharing his hidden story, he aims not to damage the sensitivity of this audiences, especially when talking with young audiences.

In the room where Jose gave his recent talk in the Civic Centre for Adults in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the students who came to listen to him sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, and learned from him that he lost his entire family when he was 8 years old in Oviedo in Asturias in Northern Spain, due to the German siege by sea and land.

He told his audience that he was first taken to a concentration camp in France, where everyone slept under the stars until the barracks were built, and then he was taken to Germany to Buchenwald camp and later to Mauthausen, from where he was eventually rescued unconscious.

He explained that the children of the war were those left in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, and were taken to Nazi concentration camps. The final days of the Second World War meant severe hunger for those in concentration camps, and Jose said that it was a miracle that he survived the final camp that was used by Nazi doctors to experiment on children.

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​International Fair for Tourism in Tenerife

International Fair for Tourism in Tenerife

Futurismo 2019, the international fair for tourism professionals and entrepreneurs, took place this week in Arona in Tenerife.

Over 60 experts analysed the position of the Canary Islands as an international tourist destination for three days. On the first day, the tourism sector debated and expressed concern about holiday rentals.

Participants also exchanged experiences and opinions on the challenges and opportunities in the tourist areas of the Canary Islands, which included representatives from the tourist municipalities of Pajara, Mogan, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Adeje, Arona and Guia de Isora.

The final day focused on innovation and technological advances presented by six entrepreneurs from Tenerife to improve and innovate in this sector.

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​Illegal Fishing Gear Discovered in the Port of Arinaga in Gran Canaria

Illegal Fishing Gear Discovered in the Port of Arinaga in Gran Canaria

Specialists of the Special Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) and the Provincial Maritime Service (SMP) of Las Palmas this week reported that they had discovered 46 fishing trap items, where 43 were fish pots of the illegal dimensions, lacked identification plates or a buoy and made with anti-regulation mesh.

These were found after these agents carried out a series of underwater inspections on the seabed in the vicinity of the port of Arinaga. This operation lasted for 25 days to locate all these illegal fishing gear items. These illegal items have now been removed for destruction.

When this investigation finds the owners of these illegal fishing pots, they will be subject to fines of up to 60,000 euros.

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​Demolition of Ugly Electrical Installation in La Palma

Demolition of Ugly Electrical Installation in La Palma

The electrical installation along the Avenida Maritima in the City of Santa Cruz de La Palma built in early 2017, and known locally as Mamotreto, is going to be demolished.

It seems that this electrical installation was located in a space declared as an Asset of Cultural Interest since the 1970s, and this unit is four metres long and two metres high, and is part of the equipment needed for the electric supply for the beach area.

There have been continuous complaints from various political opposition parties and neighbourhood groups, until the Historical Patrimony of the Government of La Palma finally took responsibility to resolve this matter, as it is a protected environment.

The technical systems that it contained have already been transferred to the National Parador Hotel that houses the island offices.

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Africa Day in Tenerife

Africa Day in Tenerife

This week the Government of Tenerife celebrated its annual Africa Day on 25 May with a day of culture, fashion and gastronomy with free activities in the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA).

This day was organised with an objective to promote intercultural dialogue as a way to strengthen the economic, social and cultural relations of Tenerife with those of other countries.

Delia Herrera, Minister for Foreign Action accompanied by an African representation explained that this day is important was it commemorates the establishment of the African Union (AU), which is an engine of development of a series of regional organisations that reflect Africa’s desire to consolidate its values of lasting peace, respect for human rights, good administration of public affairs and sustainable development.

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​Bus Lanes to Overcome Traffic Congestion in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

Bus Lanes to Overcome Traffic Congestion in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

The Canary Islands Government announced this week that it is considering the possibility of implementing preferred lanes for buses and high-occupancy vehicles in at least three high density motorways. These would be the GC1 and GC3 in Gran Canaria and the TF5 in Tenerife.

The projects are in the study phase for Gran Canaria, but in the case of the motorway in the north of Tenerife, there are already completed layout project plans, as this is identified as a priority project that will be financed by the new highway agreement.

Pablo Rodriguez, Vice President of the Government and Minister of Public Works and Transport said during this technical conference that with the new bus and high-occupancy vehicle lane in Tenerife, it is planned to create one more lane on the TF5 to create this.

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​Single Taxi Fare for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Peripheral Areas

Single Taxi Fare for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Peripheral Areas

The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week announced approval for a single taxi fare that should benefit around 31,000 residents who live in the peripheral areas of the city, who will now be able to travel from these outermost neighbourhoods to the city centre with one urban rate.

This new single rate for the municipality will come into force this summer and will benefit around 10% of the population, so that they will pay the same rate as the rest of the residents to use urban transport.

Miguel Almeida, representative of the Federation of Neighbourhood Associations Las Medianias, said “This decision has also been supported by neighbourhood residents who will directly benefit from this new single taxi fare.”

The costs to cover this subsidised single taxi fare for those living in the peripheral areas of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be covered by a general increase in tariffs by 13%, but the original study into this initiative had recommended an increase of 28%.

The City Council stressed that from the neighbourhood point of view, the single tariff ends decades of discrimination for the 31,000 residents who have considered themselves to be second-class neighbours to those living in the lower part of the city, and have felt punished by more expensive transportation and less frequent public services. It is argued that now more people will use taxi services and the lower urban rates benefit all residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Pensioners in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Protest

Pensioners in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Protest

The coordinator of the group known as Defence of Pensions this week arranged for 100 Spanish cities to hold protests and demonstrations to raise the plight of pensioners in society. In the Canary Islands, hundreds of people took to the streets in La Laguna in Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to ask for support from local residents in their struggle to preserve the public pension system.

Their requests for support were intended to remind Canarian society that the pensioners’ demands are everyone’s business. In commenting on current political news about the central Government of Spain, these protestors say that a motion of censure of Rajoy is not enough for this group of people. These protestors were calling for early national elections.

Placards highlighted the problems faced by pensioners in Spain, such as loss of purchasing power that leaves them helpless. They also ask for the repeal of reforms in the labour market, which they claim have led to unstable employment opportunities for young people.

This group has been raising concerns in Gran Canaria for the last 15 months on proposals to promote private pension funds, which is described as privatisation of the public pension system. These demonstrations and protests will be repeated in these 100 Spanish cities in June.

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​New Species of Fungus Covers the Underwater Volcano of El Hierro

New Species of Fungus Covers the Underwater Volcano of El Hierro

The bacterium Thiolava veneris, which is currently covering the material that was deposited on the seabed off the island of El Hierro when the Tagoro Volcano erupted several years ago, is among the Top 10 species selected from the 18,000 new species discovered in 2017.

Along with the bacteria located in the Canary Islands, this year’s selection includes an immense 40 metre tree, the Dinizia jueirana-facao; a small unicellular organism, Acforacysta twista; two beetles, the orangutan Pongo tapanuliensis and the plant Sciaphila, which are already in critical danger of extinction, as well as the already extinct marsupial that lived 23 million years ago, Wakaleo shouteni.

Also, in the oceans, the abyssal fish Pseudoliparis swirei and the crustacean Epimeria Quasimodo have been discovered.

This list of species has been prepared by the committee led by Dr Quentin D Wheeler of the International Institute of Species Exploration IISE and coordinated by the researchers of the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Antonio Valdecasas. The objective of this list is to remember the importance of knowing and classifying biodiversity, while calling attention to the number of species that disappear each year, and estimated at around 20,000.

This report explained that when the Tagoro underwater volcano erupted off the coast of El Hierro in 2011, the water temperature rose sharply, oxygen decreased and massive amounts of carbon dioxide and sulphur were released. Hydrogen eliminated a large part of the marine ecosystem.

Three years later, the first settlers on the deposits left by the volcanic eruption were discovered. They are called Venus hair, and it is a bacterium that produces long, hair-like structures that, like carpet, cover an area of about 2000 square metres around the newly formed top of the Tagoro Volcano, which is about 130 metres high. It seems that this new species has unique metabolic characteristics that are suited to this environment.

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​More Control over Advertising Billboards in Fuerteventura

More Control over Advertising Billboards in Fuerteventura

The City Council of La Oliva in Fuerteventura announced this week that it has begun to draft an ordinance to control and regulate the installation of large-format advertising structures.

Most of these billboards are located at the entrances and exits of the local towns, on facades or next to roads. The Council reports that the number of these has increased massively and that this is due to the lack of specific regulations.

Isai Blanco, Mayor of La Oliva, said “We are carrying out these procedures to move the ordinance forward and to avoid more posters every day that give a bad image for residents and tourists. The new regulations will identify where they can be placed, what size they should be and what kind of posters can be placed.”

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