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​Judge Orders Reinstatement of Air Traffic Controllers in Fuerteventura

Judge Orders Reinstatement of Air Traffic Controllers in Fuerteventura

A judge has ruled that the Directors of Spanish airports have lost the status of public authority attributed to them by law after the transformation of Aena into a company, and cannot impose their instructions on staff at the control tower at Fuerteventura Airport beyond what the procedures set out.

This relates to an incident when two air traffic controllers at Fuerteventura Airport were dismissed for refusing to prolong the operation of the airport after 23.00 the usual closing time to allow a plane to take off. This plane had been delayed by a few minutes, because one of the passengers felt ill and had to be removed from the plane.

The company for which they worked, Aeronatutical Services, Control and Navigation or Saerco understood that the two dismissed had acted in bad faith, had falsified data, broken their confidence and had been insubordinate. The charge was based on the fact that the director of the airport told them at 22.56 that he had authorised prolonging the closure of the airport for a few minutes due to force majeure to prevent the plan and its 176 passengers having to stay on land until the next day, because of the sick passenger.

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​Insufficient State Protection for Pineapple Growers in El Hierro

Insufficient State Protection for Pineapple Growers in El Hierro

The President of the Government of El Hierro, Belen Allende, this week blamed the State for irreparable damage to pineapple growers in the Canary Islands due to the illegal introduction of pineapples from other countries through the ports of the archipelago.

El Hierro is the largest producer of pineapples in the Canary Islands with 140 cultivated hectares, and is also one of the main crops on the island. For this reason, the President of the Government said that the lack of control at the borders means that pineapple production is devalued in the market, and that environmental and protection policies towards consumers and users are not met.

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Footprints of Ignorance Sculpture Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

Footprints of Ignorance Sculpture Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

This week saw the opening of the Footprints of Ignorance sculpture exhibition by artist Jose Goñi at Lanzarote Airport, which will remain open for viewing until 20 June.

These sculptures that form the exhibition were made from waste collected in natural spaces of Lanzarote, through the geolocation app ‘Papacria’, which was developed exclusively for this project.

The exhibition consists of 28 pieces made mainly of rubble, metal and recycled plastic extracted from garbage or waste generated by humans and abandoned in the wild, which is increasingly present in the local environment.

In addition, the sculptures are accompanied by photographs, posters and a map of the island with all the points and natural spaces where the collection of the waste had been made.

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​International Family Day Celebrated in Tenerife

International Family Day Celebrated in Tenerife

This week, the Autonomous Sports Organisation of the Municipality of La Laguna organised the third Family Race and a sport day with more than ten conventional and alternative sports to celebrate International Family Day.

Hundreds of families arrived at the Plaza de la Catedral in the morning of Saturday 19 May for a programmed of fun for girls and boys to participate in hockey, basketball, badminton or sumo wrestling activities.

Alternative sports were also offered, such an agility circuit and a mini gym, as well as Zumba classes, which were very popular.

Over 70 people representing 20 families joined the third annual Family Race that started at the San Benito Sports Complex. In the 1 kilometre test, families that participated had to leave and reach their goal while holding hands.

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​Latest Video Games and New Technologies in Tenerife

Latest Video Games and New Technologies in Tenerife

This week the Tenerife Lan Party Weekend was a popular event held at the Jesus Dominguez Grillo Pavilion in Los Cristianos in Arona in Tenerife, which welcomed young people and families who wanted to learn more about the latest trends in video games and new technologies.

This event was promoted by the Government of Tenerife to educate the local people in an entertaining way the technological sector of the future, which included eSports competitions and the K-Pop Contest.

The introductory workshop on robotic programming was the starting point to explore the world of robots thanks to initiation robots COJI, CODERMIP and SPHERO SPRK+ that are used in classrooms, and helped visitors to this Lan Party Weekend to become more familiar with these devices.

Visitors learned about sensors and actuators, and the importance and role of these for the operations of robots, and the execution of programs developed through specific applications for tablets.

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​Warnings About Victims Being Drugged for Robbery in Gran Canaria

Warnings About Victims Being Drugged for Robbery in Gran Canaria

The Clinical Toxicology Service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week announced it has become increasingly concerned about the use of burundanga that can be used to drug a victim before robbing them. Burundanga or escolopamine is a hallucinogenic substance whose toxicity depends on the state of the original plant used to create this.

Alcohol also maximises its effects on victims and causes dilation of the pupil, so the victim’s vision is blurred. The Canary Islands was the first autonomous region in Spain in which a death was recorded by burundanga in 2015, and since that time, the Clinical Toxicology Service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have been analysing samples of escolopamine. This specialist centre reports that there are few cases of this drug being used for robbery, but warn of the danger of this substance.

A Belgian businessman died after being drugged to rob him in a nightclub in Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria in 2015. In the laboratory of the specialist centre in Gran Canaria, samples have been analysed since the beginning of this year. Contrary to what is generally believed, it is still detectable days later.

The Government of Gran Canaria is considering distributing straws to bars that change colour when drugs are introduced into an alcohol drink.

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​Tenerife Invests in Analysis of DNA Data to Create Personalised Medicine

Tenerife Invests in Analysis of DNA Data to Create Personalised Medicine

The Government of Tenerife this week announced it has approved in investment of 2.7 million euros for the Technological and Renewable Energy Institute during the period 2018 to 2021 for the development of a mass genomic data service. This initiative aims to contribute to the promotion of research projects in the field of personalised medicine, which aims to improve the effectiveness of treatments for each patient and to eliminate or reduce the side effects of other more general therapies.

Carlos Alonso, President of the Government of Tenerife said “we are not only going to equip this service with specialist equipment infrastructures, but also to have financial support that allows funds to be attracted from other programmes in the field of research, so that this becomes research that can be transferred for developing activities that create personalised medicine, generate qualified employment and economic activity.”

With this investment, Tenerife plans to be at the centre of mapping infrastructures for the massive sequencing of DNA, the biomolecule that stores the genetic information of living organisms, and to integrate these findings within personalised precision medicine in the National Health Service.

This means that personalised genomic medicine will administer a drug or set of drugs that are more suitable and in more appropriate doses for each specific patient based on their chemical and genetic individuality. This relies both on the knowledge of the molecular nature of the disease, but also on the chemical individuality that each patient possesses.

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​Creating Quality Employment in Tenerife

Creating Quality Employment in Tenerife

This week, Tenerife has hosted the 20thForum of Cities for Employment, when 21 municipalities from across Spain with more than one hundred thousand inhabitants met together.

These municipalities shared their experiences of active employment policies and training, and also exchanged good practices with the aim of improving the fight against unemployment.

This Forum met for the first time in Tenerife, because the Canary Islands is the only autonomous region in Spain that has increased employment in the last five years. The objective of these administrations is reported to be not only to achieve job creation, but to create quality jobs.

This Forum was also attended by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, the Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, the Deputy President of the Government, Aurelio Abreu, and the head of support unit for the General Directorate of the State Employment Public Service, Virginia Barranco.

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River of Sewage in Lanzarote

River of Sewage in Lanzarote

This week a culvert overflowed on the road to Los Marmoles at the entrance to Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife, which caused a large tide of sewage to cover the road. Firefighters and agents of the water authority had to quickly intervene to clear the road.

According to first reports, this overflow was thought to be caused by the overflow of a well, as a result of uncontrolled dumping that could have caused this river of sewage.

The water authority has now opened an investigation to clarify what was the reason for causing this event.

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​Vocational Training for Students in Tenerife

Vocational Training for Students in Tenerife

The Government of Tenerife this week announced that it is offering around 300 places for vocational training for students to practice their next courses in island institutions and with related companies, such as TITSA, ITER, Metropolitano de Tenerife, Consorcio de Bomberos, TEA or the Auditorium.

The Minister of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands, Soledad Monzon, signed a collaboration agreement with the President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, to provide practical training for students to receive vocational training on the island.

Carlos Alonso explained that currently there are over 100 students receiving vocational training experiences, but the intention is to duplicate or triple this number, so that the objective is that local young people will have more opportunities in the future.

Soledad Monzon confirmed that 63 centres in Tenerife will be involved in this project for vocational training, including sports education and art education.

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​Lanzarote Fashion Weekend at Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

Lanzarote Fashion Weekend at Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

The fashion designer, Custo Barcelona, presented his new collection ‘Capsula’ at the Jameos del Agua Centre this weekend for the celebration of the Lanzarote Fashion Weekend.

The designer provided the 500 guests with 80 items, including exclusive looks inspired by the colours and shapes of the island. The event was attended by models, such as Helen Lindes and Elizabeth Reyes.

Lanzarote Fashion Weekend event was promoted by the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism and the Foreign Promotion Society of Lanzarote, which aims to strengthen the position of Lanzarote abroad through fashion by also showing the rich qualities of the landscape and uniqueness of the island.

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La Palma Government Receives Anonymous Gift of Archaeological Remains

La Palma Government Receives Anonymous Gift of Archaeological Remains

More than one hundred archaeological pieces of pre-Hispanic history relating to the early inhabitants of La Palma, who are often referred to as Benahoaritas, were left anonymously at the entrance of the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Government of La Palma this week.

Altogether, the 113 archaeological pieces were left in a box outside the Government building, and have been dated at 8 historical periods, and could represent a collection of great interest for investigating and learning about the pre-Hispanic history of La Palma.

Primitivo Jeronimo, a counsellor for the city thanked the gesture of those who left this gift of archaeological pieces, and emphasised the importance of having those who find or keep pre-Hispanic artefacts to deliver them to the Government department or to the Benahoarita Archaeological Museum for further study, custody and conservation.

This counsellor insisted that it is necessary that there is awareness in society that these historical artefacts should be given to the relevant administration, and to provide the greatest amount of information about these to help researchers.

This new gift included 112 ceramic fragments and an ancient utensil, and could date from between 650 AD and 1050 AD. A specialist in aboriginal pottery, Domingo Acosta Felipe, provides support for the museum, and suggested that this collection of artefacts could have been found in an open-air field, because all the samples have an earthy colour from being in contact with mud for many years.

There have also been calls from the museum for the person who delivered this gift to contact them or the Government, as the site of these artefacts could be a site that had been occupied during practically the entire cultural period of the Benahoaritas from the 2ndCentury BC to the arrival of the Spanish at the end of the 15thCentury.

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​Human Remains Discovered in Firgas in Gran Canaria

Human Remains Discovered in Firgas in Gran Canaria

Several skeletal remains were found this week in a ravine in the municipality of Firgas in Gran Canaria. It is reported by the Guardia Civil that these remains could belong to a man from Arucas who disappeared two years ago.

These human remains were discovered when agents of the Policia Nacional searched the area to find evidence of the 50-year-old man who disappeared on 20 August 2016.

The police report no sign of violent death, so it is believed that the person died from an accident.

These human remains were found in a ditch in an area of the Rosales Ravine that is difficult to access, next to the El Cortijo Dam, a few metres from the town of Buen Lugar and next to the GC300 road.

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​Green Sheep Operation Leads to Arrest of Four for Drug Trafficking in Lanzarote

Green Sheep Operation Leads to Arrest of Four for Drug Trafficking in Lanzarote

This week four people were arrested at a cannabis club in Arrecife for alleged drug trafficking and after testifying before a judge, they were released without bail, but charged with committing an offence against public health linked to the alleged sale of hashish and marijuana.

The police operation called La Oveja Verde was carried out this week at the cannabis club in Arrecife and part of an ongoing anti-drug operation. In recent months, this cannabis club was located on Peñas del Chache street and had been the subject of neighbourhood complaints about the unbearable smell of marijuana, when some residents had to leave their properties.

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​Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Hotels Say Holiday Rentals are a Serious Problem

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Hotels Say Holiday Rentals are a Serious Problem

The employers of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura hotels, Asolan and Asofuer, have demanded this week that the Canary Islands Government urgently address the serious problem of holiday rentals, as this is distorting the market of tourism and housing.

In a statement, Antonio Hormiga, President of Asofuer and Susana Perez, President of Asolan clarify their desire to alert not only the social problems generated by the lack of housing for residents, but also of the imbalance that is occurring in the market and its negative impact on the tourism sector.

This demand claims that local homes are placed on the holiday market illegally, whose number amounts to 31,675 homes, 131,032 beds for these islands, and accounts for 22% of the supply of beds.

It is claimed that the existence of this uncontrolled offer of holiday rental properties is causing a change of direction that affects the economic prospects generated by the segment of illegal tourist rentals on the islands, and reflected in hotel occupancy since the end of last year.

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