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​Renovation of Pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Renovation of Pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Julio Navarro swimming pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week begins remodelling work this summer to offer better services and more public spaces.

This project is linked to the restoration works of the Hotel Santa Catalina, and plans to transfer the current changing rooms of the semi-Olympic pool Roque Diaz to the upper part of the site, construct new changing rooms for children and remodel the current changing rooms for adults.

In addition, the headquarters of the Swimming Club of Las Palmas will have a service building that will have offices, shop and cafeteria, as well as a solarium and multi-purpose rooms.

The current Roque Diaz pool can be used during the development of this project in the rest of the sports complex, and when they have finished, the space occupied by it will be converted into a new garden area for public use.

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Vacations in Peace Supports Children From North Africa

Vacations in Peace Supports Children From North Africa

‘Vacations in Peace’ returns again to the Canary Islands, which is a programme launched by the Canarian Association of Friendship with families in North African countries that involves public institutions and families that welcome dozens of children during the summer months.

During the 2018 programme, over 200 children from the Tindouf refugee camps in southwestern Algeria will be placed with families across the Canary Islands.

These children will live with their Canarian host families during their holiday, receive medical treatment and learn Spanish.

The Government of Gran Canaria, which has been participating in this programme for many years, has also announced this week that it is preparing a shipment of 1,200 tons of gofio for these refugee camps.

In total, around 5,000 children from North African countries under the age of thirteen will spend the summer season in Spain, and will be spread throughout the autonomous regions.

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​No More Overtime By Policia Local Officers in Gran Canaria

No More Overtime By Policia Local Officers in Gran Canaria

The Union of Police Officers and Fire Fighting Officers of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week warned that a significant number of their agents will not carry out overtime duties, until those of the last few months have been paid.

Officers of Policia Local report that they have an agreement with the City Council, and that this is not being fulfilled. They also report that if these services are suspended, some summer events could be cancelled.

The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, said “I accept the pressure of the union for the non-payment of the extra hours worked by Policia Local officers, but this demonstrates the difficult task for the human resources department of the Council.”

The Mayor explained that these extraordinary payments are complicated for human resource personnel, because these relate to multiple incidents of firefighting and other emergencies, and that no celebration event or firefighting incident will be affected by the lack of security personnel.

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Moon Landing Robbery in Tenerife

Moon Landing Robbery in Tenerife

The residents of Las Mercedes in La Laguna in Tenerife this week raised their concerns about the proliferation of robberies from restaurants and bars in the area.

In the most recent of these robberies this week, the robbers used the ‘moon landing’ approach to steal slot machines and cash register, as well as other items from a local bar.

The thieves entered the establishment by destroying the front door with an off-road vehicle as a ramming device. The owners of the bar estimate there was around one hundred euros in the slot machine.

The vehicle was later located only a few kilometres away in the area of Mesa Mota.

Due to the speed of the theft, police believe the robbers knew the location of the bar with potential for money from the cash register and slot machines.

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Drivers in Tenerife Trapped by Huge Fire in San Roque Mountain

Drivers in Tenerife Trapped by Huge Fire in San Roque Mountain

This week emergency services received calls for help to respond to a fire on San Roque Mountain in Tenerife.

The flames and smoke quickly cut access to La Via de Ronda road, leaving dozens of drivers trapped, and who had to wait for at least two hours until the fire was controlled.

In total, the fire affected around 9000 square metres of bush land. Fortunately, there were no injuries or material damage despite the fact that it started very close to a nursing home and a private house.

Officers of the Policia Nacional have opened an investigation into the cause of this fire, and report there are indications that this could have been started deliberately.

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​Police in Tenerife Use Social Media to Track Drug Dealer

Police in Tenerife Use Social Media to Track Drug Dealer

It is widely known that social media networks of institutions and public offices often use specific techniques to attract attention to matters that would not otherwise be of interest. This is what happened when Policia Local of Santa Cruz de Tenerife decided to ask local residents to help them find the owner of a ‘curious pillbox’ on their Twitter account.

This request generated over 15,000 views, and related to a metal can filled with bags of cocaine, and probably used by a drug dealer to sell cocaine.

Police spokesperson, Benito Fortes, said the idea of putting humour in the task of finding bags in the street with drugs was the technique used to capture the attention of young people on a very serious matter.

This is not the first time that the press department of the Policia Local in Tenerife has used humour to highlight serious events. A few months ago, the fine of a driver displaying an unusual ITV sticker also served to multiply its significance through Twitter.

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​Elderly Man Drowns in Tenerife

Elderly Man Drowns in Tenerife

A 73-year-old man this week died after suffering drowning when be bathed off the coast of the Municipality of El Rosario in Tenerife reported by the 112 Emergency and Security Coordinating Centre.

The incident occurred in the area of Bocacangrejo, where emergency services went after receiving phone calls from other swimmers who had rescued the man, who showed symptoms of drowning, and who also performed resuscitation procedures.

The staff of the Canary Emergency Service, which moved two ambulances to the site of this incident, continued with the basic resuscitation procedures, but these were unsuccessful, and later confirmed the death of the victim.

Officers of the Guardia Civil also took charge of the corresponding proceedings.

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​Tenerife Ban on Fire in Mountain Recreational Areas Lifted

Tenerife Ban on Fire in Mountain Recreational Areas Lifted

The earlier prohibition to start outdoor fires in the mountains of Tenerife issued by the Government was lifted this week, but residents were recommended to take extreme precautions when outdoor activities are carried out in forest and mountain areas.

The Government of Tenerife reported that as the weather conditions improved, it has now moved to a pre-alert situation. This now permits fire in authorised areas of recreational centres, as well as to carry out other activities related to fire.

However, the Government of Tenerife recommends extreme caution when burning agricultural or forestry residues, working with machinery or tools, and using equipment that could generate sparks in agricultural or forestry spaces, such as brush cutters and welding equipment.

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New Canary Island La Graciosa Demands ITV Centre

New Canary Island La Graciosa Demands ITV Centre

The Municipality of Teguise that is responsible for La Graciosa this week demanded that the Government of the Canary Islands provides a vehicle inspection centre or ITV centre on this eighth Canary Island.

Although the city council of Teguise limits and restricts vehicle traffic on La Graciosa, it is estimated that there are around 300 cars on the island, and this relates to almost one vehicle for every two inhabitants.

It is also reported that currently only 50 cars have completed the regular ITV vehicle inspection checks.

The City Council of Teguise has instructed Alicia Paez, Minister responsible for La Graciosa, to demand that the Government of the Canary Islands open an ITV centre in Caleta de Sebo on this island to “respond to the growing need of many vehicle owners to pass the inspection on their own island.”

The Mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort said “This is unfair treatment given to the residents of our eighth island, which does not have the legal status of challenge, but the residents are subject to fines for not having an ITV certificate.”

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Construction Work in Capital of Lanzarote Must End Promptly

Construction Work in Capital of Lanzarote Must End Promptly

The Government of Lanzarote this week reported that the current works being carried out in the streets of Arrecife had seen 13 days of fast paced work. It appears that the construction company has four months to modernise and beautify the central street of Arrecife, and transform it into an open commercial zone. To achieve this, a unique platform will be created with design materials, and eliminating architectural barriers.

In addition, the connections between the commercial zone and between the buildings of the parking zones will be improved. In the same way, overhead power cables will be removed, and urban furniture and lighting will be renewed.

The local business community of Arrecife have welcomed this intervention, which is intended to boost sales and trade.

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​New Road Safety Barriers for La Gomera

New Road Safety Barriers for La Gomera

This week work began to replace the road safety barriers along the GM-1 road network in the north of the island. The section of this road involved in renewing barriers is along 14 kilometres between the Municipalities of Agulo and Hermigua. This project will improve safety on one of the most dangerous roads in La Gomera.

With a budget of 1,400,000 euros, engineers are currently replacing the existing road safety barriers, and some surfaces of this road section will also be repaired.

This section of the GM-1 is one of the oldest routes in La Gomera, but has also become an accident black spot for traffic, so this project will make this road safer.

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​Tax Rebates for Tenerife Residents

Tax Rebates for Tenerife Residents

In the middle of the campaign to collect municipal taxes, the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has announced new tax rebates for 2019.

The measures will affect the road tax that goes down to the legal minimum. Also, these newly announced tax reforms will save, in some cases, up to more than one thousand euros of municipal tax for an average of five square metres of properties.

It is reported that large families with five or more children will save up to 90% of the IBI. In the case of families with 3 or 4 children, the reduction is fixed at around 70%.

The Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, announced that the tax cuts could reach a value of two million euros in 2019. These tax rebates also reported to be made “without neglecting the reorganisation of the municipal treasury, which will have zero debt in 2019, and will not stop increasing investment in public services.”

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​Responsible Animal Adoption Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Responsible Animal Adoption Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This week saw the first fair dedicated to pet animals in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and called Animundo.

The Canary Islands Exhibition Centre, Infecar, hosted 20 stands dedicated to the care of pet animals.

This was an initiative born with a very clear message with two objectives. One is to encourage adoption of pet animals, and the other is responsible and respectful care of pet animals.

The biggest attraction was a ‘catwalk’ where 40 dogs brought from Alberque Insular, dog sanctuary, walked with their human companions, which were all available for adoption.

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​Protest Against the Metro Guagua Project by Taxi Drivers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Protest Against the Metro Guagua Project by Taxi Drivers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Taxi drivers took their protest against the proposed Metro Guagua project for Las Palmas to Calle Mesa y Lopez in the city to raise their concerns about this new means of transport.

Several taxi associations were represented in the demonstration, as they believe that they have not been sufficiently consulted in the planning of this major infrastructure investment. Antonio Leon, a member of one taxi association, said that they are not against the project, although they believe that they have not been consulted. “We are seeing so much street pedestrianisation, and taxis have to use the same roads as cars.”

The Councillor of Mobility of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, offered to explain the project and wants to make a reasonable response to this protest of taxi drivers. “Our efforts are to try to convince all residents of the benefits of the Metro Guagua, and how this will improve the life of the city in general when the Metro Guagua is finally operating to transport people quickly and cheaply from one part of the city to another.”

The Metro Guagua, which could become operational in 2021, will bring pedestrianisation of more streets in the capital city, and also include more cycle lanes.

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Performing Arts Market of South Atlantic in Tenerife

Performing Arts Market of South Atlantic in Tenerife

Around thirty artistic and musical groups from fifteen African countries were represented in the second Mapas or performing arts market of the south Atlantic in Tenerife this week, which is a cultural space in which the invited groups offer dozens of free shows in different neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Senegal is the country that sends most artists to Mapas, with a total of seven reported by the Government of Tenerife. Other artistic and musical groups came from Equatorial Guinea and Morocco with four groups, Ethiopia with three groups, Tunisia and Benin with two groups, and Burkino Faso, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Niger, The Gambia, Mozambique and Cape Verde with one group from each country.

Almost 20% of the 164 artists that participated in Mapas came from the African continent, and 15 programmers and cultural managers represented 11 African countries.

In total, 143 programmers from 40 countries around the world collaborated with the 164 artists from Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe, which created an international meeting that exceeded the participation numbers of last year.

In addition to the African countries, there were representatives from the USA, Iceland, South Korea, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Romania, Norway, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia.

The Tunisian National Theatre was just one of the amazing theatre performances enjoyed with a play called Violence, which addressed the Tunisian revolution and the constant struggle of young people in search of a free world.

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