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​Oxygen Bottles Not Cause of Tenerife Hospital Fire

Oxygen Bottles Not Cause of Tenerife Hospital Fire

This week, firefighters have continued to investigate the cause of the fire that occurred in the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (UNSC) just over a week ago, and have released new research data that rules out the hypothesis that oxygen bottles were the origin of the fire.

These new findings concluded that the alleged arsonist now arrested by police used bed linen in the paediatric emergency department to start the fire, but point out that the presence of oxygen stored in this hospital unit could have encouraged the fire to spread so rapidly.

The repair work of the affected areas of the hospital will cost around one million euros. Some work has already begun and the Canary Islands Health Service has declared this incident as an emergency.

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​Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Attracts Many People

Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Attracts Many People

This week the Municipality of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife is celebrating Bavaria Week and Oktoberfest 2018.

From now until 2 September, German gastronomy, music and craft beers will fill the Plaza de Europa, where many tourist events are taking place. This year’s Oktoberfest plans to promote German customs, but also, and as a novelty, will also give special highlights to hotel gastronomy.

This new edition of Oktoberfest hopes to reach all parts of Puerto de la Cruz and attract tourists and residents, and especially Germans, to enjoy good music and gastronomy for the whole family.

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​More Migrant Boats Arrive in Lanzarote in Different Zones

More Migrant Boats Arrive in Lanzarote in Different ZonesTwo migrant boats, often called pateras, arrived this week in different zones of the island of Lanzarote, and the Guardia Civil report that they have intercepted 32 people from these boats.

The first of these boats arrived on the beach of Las Malvas in the Municipality of Tinajo, and when the Guardia Civil located the boat, they reported it was five metres in length, and discovered six migrants.

As for the second boat, about 5 metres long by 2.5 metres wide, it had reached the beach of Las Pachonas in the Municipality of Teguise following a call from a local resident.

Police now use location devices that are activated to warn them of likely migrant boats, and so far, 32 migrants have been intercepted, including six from the first boat in Las Malvas.

In the case of the second boat found at the beach of Las Pachonas, there were 16 people eventually found, all men and two described as children of North African origin.

The two described as children were located on the LZ-1 road in the area of Mala in Haria, and these were treated by medical staff and taken by ambulance to the General Hospital of Arrecife. Afterwards, 11 other migrants were intercepted, all adults, and all presented good health.

Policia Local of Teguise also located three other adult migrants, apparently in good health, in the town of Tahiche in Teguise.

Therefore, over just two days, four migrant boats are reported to have landed on the coast of Lanzarote, despite the fact that this area has the Integrated System of External Surveillance (SIVE) system.

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Long-Spined Sea Urchin Disappearing in Lanzarote

Long-Spined Sea Urchin Disappearing in LanzaroteEl erizo diadema or long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), that is characterised by its black colour and long barbs, is reported this week to have practically disappeared from the coastal waters of Lanzarote.

Recent studies have suggested that this has been caused by an undetermined disease that has caused the seabed to change abruptly in less than five months.

The disappearance of these macroinvertebrates is suggested to be responsible for blanquizales or a serious loss of biodiversity and a balance of algae communities typical of the Canary Islands, but these have increased in recent months.

Studies conducted in other years by the Government of the Canary Islands indicate that this is caused by a bacterium, and in this case, one that is very aggressive.

The reason for this aggressiveness or the cause is not known, but naturalist Rafael Mesa highlights the unusual temperature of the seawater. “Until two weeks ago, the water temperature did not rise above 20ºC.”

These striking changes are not good for marine ecosystems in a seabed where algae flourishes, but not long-spined sea urchins.

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​Pizza Heist with Violence in Gran Canaria

Pizza Heist with Violence in Gran Canaria

This week Policia Nacional arrested a man who allegedly entered a pizzeria in Tamaraceite in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with a knife to carry out a robbery.

The accused now faces a criminal charge of robbery with violence by entering the pizzeria and threatening three employees to hand over money in the cash register.

It is also reported that the accused allegedly wounded these three employees with the knife.

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New Grant for Garajonay National Park in La Gomera

New Grant for Garajonay National Park in La GomeraThe Garajonay National Park in La Gomera is one of the most important spaces for sustainable tourism and has earned a European distinction.

For this reason, the Ministry of Territorial Policy of the Government of the Canary Islands has decided to give it a grant to continue developing actions framed in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.

More than 129,000 euros will be allocated by the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands through the General Directorate for the Protection of Nature to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan and Strategy of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS) in the Garajonay National Park of La Gomera and its area of socioeconomic influence.

This project will be carried out between November this year and end in October 2020, and aims to support the revitalisation and monitoring of the Plan, as well as other elements necessary for the management of the Park, particularly the maintenance of the bases of biodiversity data and cartographic information.

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Man Arrested in Gran Canaria for Abusing Children on Public Transport

Man Arrested in Gran Canaria for Abusing Children on Public TransportThe Guardia Civil reported this week that a 75-year-old man living in Lanzarote is accused of sexual abuse of children after approaching them on public transport in Gran Canaria, but this type of abuse could have taken place on other islands.

A complaint made last June in the Municipality of Arucas in Gran Canaria led to an investigation and arrest of the man identified as J.A.C.B. confirmed by the Guardia Civil. This statement explained that this elderly man used public transport to target victims, preferably young or underage males who travelled alone, sitting by the side or waiting to them to arrive at his destination to subject them to touching.

It is reported that after analysis of police records of the accused, it was shown that in 2014 he was arrested for similar criminal acts carried out on the island of Fuerteventura. It is also said that he made innumerable trips between different Canary Islands, except Fuerteventura, and made most trips by public transport.

Therefore, the Guardia Civil is keeping open this investigation with the purpose of locating other victims of the accused, and encourages residents to collaborate with this investigation to bring to their attention any similar abuse that has not yet been reported.

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​Serious Injuries for Truck Driver in Fuerteventura Accident

Serious Injuries for Truck Driver in Fuerteventura AccidentA 60-year-old truck driver was seriously injured this week when he was thrown from his vehicle when it overturned on the FV-30 road, in the direction of Pajara and in the Municipality of Betancuria in Fuerteventura.

The helicopter of the Emergency and Salvage Team (GES) was present at the site of the accident, and worked in collaboration with other emergency teams to rescue the injured driver.

It is reported by the Canary Emergency Service (SUC) that the injured driver was given medical aid, but as he presented severe trauma, he was then taken by helicopter to the General Hospital Fuerteventura Virgen de La Peña.

There is no further information about the health of this person.

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​More Wreckage from Sunken Boats in Gran Tarajal in Fuerteventura Removed

More Wreckage from Sunken Boats in Gran Tarajal in Fuerteventura Removed

This week Puertos Canarios carried out the third transfer by sea and on pontoons of the wreckage caused by Storm Emma in the port of Gran Tarajal in Tuineje in Fuerteventura earlier this year to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Manuel Ortega, Director Manager of Puertos Canarios said that this new operation used a tugboat to tow a barge containing around 620 tons of steel from the Taehung FB1 and Taehung M6 barges, which were rescued from the bottom of the sea that are now laminated and decontaminated. He also noted that the deadlines set by Fernando Clavijo President of the Government of the Canary Islands when he visited the port of Gran Tarajal on 3 August have now been met.

Manuel Ortega said “The work has not stopped and, although it is true that bad sea conditions have prevented the transfer of the tugboat with the loaded pontoon before, we are within the calculated margins.”

Ortega also added that when this current operation is completed, the cutting of the last vessel left in the water, the Taehung 2, will begin. However, these rescue tasks continue to be carried out with extraordinary measures of protection to avoid any accident that may cause personal or environmental damage.

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​Fire Damages Many Cars in Jinamar in Gran Canaria

Fire Damages Many Cars in Jinamar in Gran CanariaPolicia Nacional has begun an investigation into the causes of a fire that damaged 26 vehicles parked on public roads in Jinamar in the Municipality of Telde in Gran Canaria this week.

It is reported that two people had mild health problems and several residents in nearby homes were affected by the large amount of smoke generated by this fire during the night.

Calls to the emergency services saw a rapid response from the Gran Canaria Emergency Consortium, the Fire and Rescue Service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canary Emergency Service and Policia Local and Policia Nacional.

Firefights extinguished the flames and then ventilated the buildings affected by the smoke, and medical teams attended to the two people with health problems, a woman with respiratory difficulty and a man with a slight wound on his arm, but neither needed transfer to a health centre.

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El Hierro Begins Activities for Ruta 7

El Hierro Begins Activities for Ruta 7This week, Ruta 7 involves various activities across El Hierro, such as hiking, and different sports associations have also participated.

A total of 45 university students from Ruta 7, together with technicians and members of In Corpore Sano, arrived early at the Plaza de Los Llanillos to make a nine-kilometre hike along the coast until they reached La Maceta Pool.

These students will also be involved in an environmental collaborative project and visit the Gorona del Viento.

Ruta 7 is an annual event that involves university students from all across the Canary Islands, and is intended to establish greater cooperation between all municipalities. These 45 students were the lucky ones to be chosen from many who had applied for this event that visits all the islands and ends with El Hierro.

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​El Cotillo Water Fiesta in Fuerteventura Celebrates Another Successful Year

El Cotillo Water Fiesta in Fuerteventura Celebrates Another Successful Year

The fishing town of El Cotillo in Fuerteventura has held another successful and enjoyable Water Fiesta this week with many different events enjoyed by those watching and those taking part.

Children were involved in various events, and whole families came together for fun and laughter. However, an important and serious part of this fiesta was the honour given to the Virgen del Buen Viaje.

The Municipality of La Oliva carried out special monitoring of the activities and movements of people in response to previous complaints of destruction in public spaces.

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Tenerife Mothers Send Food and Medicine to Venezuelan Hospital

Tenerife Mothers Send Food and Medicine to Venezuelan HospitalA group of mothers from Tenerife this week announced that they are organising a project to send essential products to hospitals and schools in Venezuela.

These Tenerife mothers explained that they are concerned about the difficult economic and social situation that the people of Venezuela are currently experiencing, and they want to help the children that are affected in the country.

Their plan is to send essential products to paediatric units of hospitals and to several rural schools in Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Foundation ‘Comparte por una vida’ or ‘Share for a life’ will be in charge of receiving the food and medicine help that will soon arrive from the Canary Islands.

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Urgent Action to Repair Road in La Palma

Urgent Action to Repair Road in La PalmaThe Government of La Palma this week reported that the road to El Banco, on the coast of Fuencaliente, needs urgent repairs.

An agreement between the Government of La Palma and the Municipality of Fuencaliente now means that work will start to repair the damage caused on this road that puts at risk the safety of users.

This road has been the object of complaints from local residents, and it seems the problems of road safety are posed by local farmers who use this road, as well as the numerous tourists who come to this part of the coast in the southern municipality.

This report also noted that at the beginning of this year, large stones fell down the hills in this area, and caused a blockage around a banana plantation.

The investment needed to carry out these repairs exceeds 700,000 euros, and the local municipality was not able to fund this amount. This is why the Government of La Palma has agreed to jointly finance the urgent action needed to repair this important road.

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​Lanzarote Artist Creates Replicas of Important Local Buildings

Lanzarote Artist Creates Replicas of Important Local Buildings

The craft artist, Ricardo Caraballo, creates replicas of the most emblematic buildings on the island of Lanzarote.

Ricardo is an expert cabinet maker, and from a very young age he became skilled in the trade of carpentry.

Sadly, 12 years ago, he had an accident that left him with one arm that he could not move.

Undaunted by this tragic accident, Ricardo began to use his carpentry skills to create replicas of buildings in Lanzarote by using all kinds of recycled materials, mud, glass and wood.

His replica artistic works include El Puente de Las Bolas or Bridge of the Balls that includes actual water, the Church of Guadalupe with its bells and lights, and the Castle of San Gabriel with moving floodgates.

Ricardo’s work is currently exhibited in Arrecife.

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