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​Tenerife Taxi Driver Discovers Woman Hiding Her Dead Baby in Blanket

Tenerife Taxi Driver Discovers Woman Hiding Her Dead Baby in Blanket

This week a taxi driver in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife discovered a woman hiding her deceased baby in a blanket.

The 27-year-old woman of Spanish nationality entered a taxi with a 4-year-old boy and was carrying a blanket, which raised the suspicions of the driver, who thought that the young woman was trying to hide something.

The taxi driver notified the Policia Nacional, and it was discovered that the woman was hiding the body of a baby, and emergency services transferred the body of the baby to the Hospital of Puerto de la Cruz.

The 4-year-old child who was with the woman was transferred to the charge of social services, and police are now investigating the causes of the death of the baby.

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Support for Unemployed People in Tenerife

Support for Unemployed People in Tenerife

This week, the Forum ‘Tenerife en Accion’ highlighted ‘motivation, enlightenment and stimulation for employment’ as the three pillars as an initiative that aims to guide people who are currently unemployed at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Exhibition Centre.

This has involved motivation workshops, active job search and personal branding, and aspects such as the preparation of a CV in a practical and efficient manner and the preparation for job interviews in a dynamic way by applying different learning techniques.

The Employment Forum ‘Tenerife en Accion’ is organised by the Employment Ministry of the Government of Tenerife with the support of the Tenerife Foundation for Training, Employment and Business Development (Fifede), as well as the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan). This is also part of the Strategic Framework for Island Development (MEDI) of the Government of Tenerife.

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Programme to Encourage Greater Employment Opportunities for Lanzarote Students

Programme to Encourage Greater Employment Opportunities for Lanzarote Students

The Government of Lanzarote this week launched the Lanzarote Employment Promotion Programme, whose objective is to promote the employment opportunities of university graduates and vocational training.

One of the lines of action will be to grant participating companies 5,000 euros for a six-month contract for students and 10,000 euros for a one-year contract for students.

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​Lifeless Foetus Found in Bus Station Toilets of Lanzarote

Lifeless Foetus Found in Bus Station Toilets of Lanzarote

This week, a spokesperson for the Policia Nacional reported that cleaners of the toilets of the bus station in Arrecife in Lanzarote found a lifeless foetus in these facilities.

A police team is now working in the area to investigate the circumstances in which the discovery occurred and to retrieve any evidence to find out how the foetus came to be there.

The police team reports that it will be necessary to wait for the autopsy report to be made by forensic doctors to determine if the foetus was born dead or died after delivery, and if it was in these public toilets, or had been moved there.

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Kramer Parrot Now Eradicated from La Palma

Kramer Parrot Now Eradicated from La Palma

After two and a half years of work, the Kramer Parrot, an invasive species spread throughout the Canary Islands, has been eliminated from the natural environment of La Palma. This week, this was corroborated by two months of observations, since the beginning of April, in which no trace of these parrots was found.

In two specific point of Breña Alta, up to 70 pairs of this species had been counted, which prompted the need to act for their control and eradication since December 2015, as a result of complaints by farmers on the island for the damage caused to crops by these parrots.

In this campaign, the insular services of Environment and Emergencies and of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing had participated, along with the coordination of a world expert in the control and eradication of exotic birds.

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​Gran Canaria Hospital Pioneers Laser Eye Surgery

Gran Canaria Hospital Pioneers Laser Eye Surgery

This week the Insular Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria became the 8thmedical centre is all of Spain to offer femtosecond laser eye surgery, which is used for patients with cataracts or malformation of the cornea.

Therefore, patients who live in the south of Gran Canaria and those who live in Fuerteventura will be the first to benefit from this new laser eye surgery technique.

The femtosecond laser guarantees more precise results, making the work of the ophthalmologist and the health care system more productive.

The femtosecond laser is a device capable of emitting pulses of ultrashort laser light, which are counted in femtoseconds. These pulses are emitted at a wavelength of 1053nm which makes it possible to traverse the transparent tissues of the eye.

When they impact, they produce the so-called photodisruption and photoionisation effect, creating a plasma point of 1 to 3 microns in diameter and an acoustic shock that forms a micro-bubble of cavitation that separates the tissue. When thousands of impacts are placed in succession and together at high speed, a transparent fabric can be cut.

It is currently used in ophthalmology in corneal surgery and cataract surgery. In the cornea, it is used in transplants and in refractive surgery.

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​New Technology Will Be Developed in Fuerteventura Through Innovation Programme

New Technology Will Be Developed in Fuerteventura Through Innovation Programme

This week the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, visited Fuerteventura to attend the presentation of the Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030, and explained that one of his objectives was to support technological industries throughout Spain, because local and regional initiatives can help solve the problems for the whole of Spain, and increase the market of our industries.

In one of his first speeches as head of the Science portfolio, Duque described the Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030 as an initiative that must be seen as an opportunity for the rest of the country.

Pedro Duque said “I’ve been only few days, or rather hours, in this exciting new challenge, but today I wanted to be here to have a first contact with an initiative involved with technology that aims to generate value and provide better services for citizens. I wish you all the luck of the world for this programme, because your initiatives and your technological developments can help solve the problems of others, and increase the market of these industries that are going to develop.”

The President of the Government of the Canary Island, Fernando Clavijo, thanked the Minister for supporting this initiative and said “We want to attract and retain talent, generate added value and seek solutions to problems using technology and public universities.” He continued to explain that the fragmentation of the territory and the distance of the Canary Islands from the Peninsular make it very difficult for the private sector to have a real impact in generating research, development and innovation, which is why the public sector and universities must make up for these deficiencies.”

The Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030 will be developed in the Technology Park of Fuerteventura and has a budget of 40 million euros, where 25 million has been funded by the Island Government. The initiative aims to find solutions applied to the intelligent management of the Canary Islands through observation of the land, air and maritime environment.

This programme aims to attract private investment to create unique technological products and to create high quality jobs, and look for solutions to local problems that could be extrapolated to other places, such as controlling maritime discharges, monitoring microalgae pests, monitoring the health of the sea, improving emergency services and assistance on beaches and island trails, or find solutions that promote mobility on the islands in a sustainable manner.

The deadline for the collection of ideas will be 17 July and in the autumn the first tenders will be awarded.

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​Gran Canaria Orchestra Performs in Local Hospitals

Gran Canaria Orchestra Performs in Local Hospitals

The Strings Sections of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria (OFGC) this week gave a performance at the Dr Negrin Hospital in Las Palmas. This concert was part of a regular pattern of musical performances presented at local hospitals in association with the Youth Choir of the OFGC, and represents its high degree of commitment to local residents.

This concert also raised awareness of the 2018 Hemodynamic Days and the work undertaken by local hospitals to treat patients with health problems related to their blood flow. The concert was arranged in collaboration with the Canary Islands Institute of Hemodynamics and Hemotherapy attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, which focuses on treating disease by the use of blood or blood products from blood donations to offer blood transfusions.

In addition to the patients currently admitted to this ward who enjoyed this string concert from this outstanding local orchestra, they were also joined by their families and friends who were visiting, and doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.

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​School Dinners in La Gomera Include Organic Fruit and Vegetables

School Dinners in La Gomera Include Organic Fruit and Vegetables

The school dinners served at CEO Mario Lhermet School in Hermigua in La Gomera use over 100 kilos of organic fruit and vegetables every week for school children and teachers.

This eco-dining room project encourages health living habits, while encouraging the activity of local farmers.

The staff who work each day in the kitchen ensure that the difference between organic products lies in the taste, the colour of the dishes and the durability of the produce.

With a well-developed solidarity tradition, this school centre attempts to give more cohesion to these activities by integrating them into a solidarity project that is integrated into the Canary Islands Network of Solidarity Schools (RCES).

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​Petrol Prices Reduced in El Hierro and La Gomera

Petrol Prices Reduced in El Hierro and La Gomera

This week an agreement has been reached between DISA petrol company, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Governments of El Hierro and La Gomera to reduce the currently high price for petrol.

According to the Government of the Canary Islands, in terms of retail price, this means a reduction of 31 euros per cubic metre of petrol directly applicable at service stations managed by the DISA company on both islands.

The Government of El Hierro, Belen Allende, said “this is a first gesture that should be maintained and strengthened in the future, and we search for alternatives that can guarantee that the DISA company can distribute its extra costs across the other Canary Islands, so that they offer similar prices, which happens for companies in the food sector.”

The Government of El Hierro reports that it understands the extra costs involved in supplying petrol for the islands of El Hierro and La Gomera and the fewer car owners and car users on these two islands.

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​Cirque de Soleil Will Be Based in Gran Canaria

Cirque de Soleil Will Be Based in Gran Canaria

This Montreal-based entertainment company that describes itself as the largest theatre producer in the world announced this week that it is making Gran Canaria its European headquarters for future Cirque de Soleil productions.

The parent company issued a press release to explain that Cirque du Soleil would be based in the south of Gran Canaria as a result of a new association between the company and Expo Meloneras, which has been planned for over a year, and supported by the Municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana, the Government of Gran Canaria and the Government of the Canary Islands.

Finn Taylor, Senior Vice President of Cirque du Soleil circus shows said “Meloneras in Gran Canaria is a first class tourist destination, and for our company is the perfect location for our shows due to its good climate, connectivity and excellent hotels.”

This amazing circus project will first arrive at Meloneras in 2019, although the plans for next year’s tours, the details of the shows that will premiere in Gran Canaria and the dates of productions are not yet confirmed, but should be announced in the coming months.

Zoilo Aleman, Director of Expo Meloneras this week described this new association with Cirque de Soleil as a ‘dream come true’ after many long discussions and fact-finding visits, and now looks forward to very exciting times as Gran Canaria becomes the European headquarters for this world-class circus entertainment, but without animals.

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​EU Residents Can Claim Compensation for Delayed Flights Outside Europe

EU Residents Can Claim Compensation for Delayed Flights Outside Europe

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice announced this week that a German passenger delayed on a connecting flight in Morocco should qualify for a 400 euro compensation payment.

This ruling is based on the complaint made by Claudia Wegener, who was due to fly from Berlin with Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca to Agadir. She was delayed at Casablanca and arrived four hours late.

Air passengers in the European Union have rights that stipulate compensation of between 250 euros and 600 euros, depending on distance, if a flight is over three hours late arriving at the destination.

In this case, the airline rejected Ms Wegener’s claim for compensation, and said that the change in aircraft for the connecting flight represented a separate journey, and as it began outside the EU and was on a non-European airline, no compensation would be paid.

Airlines have claimed that this is another blow and feel the rules are unfairly slanted in favour of passengers, because this new ruling opens up retrospective claims for flights up to six years ago.

This decision is legally binding throughout Europe and sets a new precedent. The European Court of Justice has enhanced the rights of air passengers to cover those on connecting flights, who will now have the same high level of protection as passengers flying direct to their destination.

For UK air passengers, this ruling could cover flights via Gulf hubs, such as Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai, and connections in North America. However, this only covers EU citizens and would not apply to UK residents after Brexit.

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​Canary Islands President Visits Cuba and America

Canary Islands President Visits Cuba and America

The President of the Canary Islands Government, Fernando Clavijo, this week visited Cuba to strengthen relations between the islands. His meeting with Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Cuban Economy, Ricardo Cabrisas and with the Minister of Economy, Rodrigo Malmierca in Havana provided opportunities to enhance the friendship and economic relations between the Canary Islands and Cuba, because these two island territories share close historical ties.

At these meetings, Fernando Clavijo said that he wanted to open discussions on the economy in sectors related to renewable energy, industry and tourism, so that we can learn from each other to intensify economic exchanges.

This official visit to Havana by the President of the Canary Islands marks 8 years since the previous visit, and Fernando Clavijo invited representatives of the Cuban Government to make an official visit to the Canary Islands in the near future.

The President of the Canary Islands also used this visit to meet with representatives of the Canarian community living in Cuba, and are the largest group of Spanish people who travelled to Cuba many years ago for work. The President also said “It makes my hair stand on end at this meeting to realise that we could all have a relative, grandfather or great grandfather who travelled to Cuba.”

Following this meeting in Cuba, the President of the Canary Islands flew to the USA to accompany the King and Queen of Spain for their first visit to various cities in the States of Louisiana and Texas, and will also be accompanied by Josep Borrell, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the European Union Parliament.

Fernando Clavijo joined the reception given to the King and Queen in New Orleans, and visited San Bernardo, which was founded by early Canary Islands settlers, as well as one of the cities that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Finally, the President of the Canary Islands travelled with the King and Queen to San Antonio in Texas, which this year celebrates the 300thanniversary of its founding, and will meet the Association of Descendants of the Canary Islands. This sounds a wonderful opportunity to remember the close historical links between the Canary Islands and Cuba and the southern states of the USA, and to strengthen the relationship with distant communities whose families had travelled from the Canary Islands so many years ago.

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​Abandoned Vehicle in Lanzarote Catches Fire

Abandoned Vehicle in Lanzarote Catches Fire

Smoke and flames alerted the residents of El Charco de San Gines in Arrecife to potential danger, and firefighters quickly responded to emergency calls and arrived at the scene of the fire.

The fire appears to have started in an abandoned vehicle in a rough parking area, where two other cars parked on both sides were also damaged.

When the fire had been extinguished, local police carried out investigations of the fire incident, which is currently believed to have been intentional.

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​World Oceans Day Celebrated in Canary Islands

World Oceans Day Celebrated in Canary Islands

On the occasion of World Oceans Day celebrated on 8 June, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands introduced a new video that celebrates the beauty and natural richness of the water that surrounds these islands, as well as including the sounds created by various underwater species.

This new video is an audio visual piece in a specific format for social networks that is 30 seconds in length, and invites users to activate the audio of their smartphone to listen to the song of whales, conversations between dolphins and the sound of the bubbles of dozens of fish.

Through Facebook, it is expected to exceed half a million views for a video that will be subtitled in 9 different languages, and targets audiences in Peninsula Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Holland and Poland.

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