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Tenerife Man in Prison for Crime He Did Not Commit

Tenerife Man in Prison for Crime He Did Not Commit

Roberto Luis has just been released from prison after remaining there for 23 months, and was alleged to be the perpetrator of the death of a woman, who jumped out of a window in a property in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in October 2016.

The defence lawyer for Roberto Luis, Maria Luz Vera said that from the first moment she met her client, she believed in his innocence, and is now asking the court for compensation for her client for wrongful imprisonment. Roberto was summoned to court to hear the conclusions of the retrial of his supposed crime, and the jury declared him innocent.

An independent lawyer, Manuel Garcia de Mesa, said after this announcement that it is unlikely that Roberto will receive any compensation for the two years he has spent in prison, but he will not have a criminal record after being acquitted.

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Prison for Tenerife Mother Who Drove Off a Pier with her Daughter

Prison for Tenerife Mother Who Drove Off a Pier with her DaughterThe chief prosecutor has requested five years in prison and six years disqualification to exercise parental authority as a mother, for the woman who in June last year drove her car with her daughter inside off the pier in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Both mother and daughter were rescued, but the mother will be tried in November for attempted murder.

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Investigation into Sewage Discharge in Tenerife

Investigation into Sewage Discharge in TenerifeThe City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has formally opened an investigation to gather more information from the Emmasa Company relating to the technical problems over the treatment of purified water that caused a spill in the area of La Hondura.

The fourth Deputy Mayor and Public Services Councillor, Damaso Arteaga, said that Emmasa has already been requested to provide information in writing in order to learn more about the nature and scope of this incident, as well as the exact duration of the spill, the estimated flow and the possible effects.

Damaso Arteaga issued a statement that said he believed the solution to this problem involves the execution of the expansion work of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Buenos Aires, which has recently been awarded by the Government of the Canary Islands, but scheduled works have not yet begun.

Damaso Arteaga also says that this is not an exclusive problem for Santa Cruz, since the water treatment plant comes from two other municipalities, and there was insufficient capacity when it was first built. He says that this work must now be carried out urgently, and within the deadlines of the contract.

It is reported by the City Council that the waters discharged in La Hondura, pending the start of the expansion works of the wastewater treatment plant of Buenos Aires, are pre-treated and have the control and authorisation of the Ministry of Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands, in order to guarantee compliance with the parameters required by law through exhaustive measures and controls.

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​Young Men Arrested for Robbing Churches in Tenerife

Young Men Arrested for Robbing Churches in Tenerife

The Policia Nacional has arrested three young men with numerous police records for six robberies with force from churches in Tenerife.

Five of the churches are located in the Anaga area of the Municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and one in Punta de Hidalgo de La Laguna.

Those arrested had been posing as tourists to observe these churches before the robberies. They are also charged with a robbery in San Miguel de Abona.

Several jewels belonging to the different churches were recovered, and a vehicle used in the robberies has been seized.

One of the robberies was on 11 August in the church of Punta de Hidalgo, and occurred while the pastor was staying overnight in the interior of the church. When he heard loud blows at one of the entrances to the church he telephoned the police. When police officers arrived at this church, they found a broken window, but the robbers had left the area.

The rest of the robberies occurred during the first months of the year, and the Policia Nacional report that their investigations were greatly helped by information passed to them by local residents living near these churches. After analysing all the information collected from the victims and witnesses, the police managed to identify those responsible for the robberies, and four young people between the ages of 20 and 25 years have now been arrested.

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Legal Recognition of La Graciosa as an Island

Legal Recognition of La Graciosa as an IslandLa Graciosa is about to be, legally, the eighth island of the Canary Islands. It has taken five and a half years for the residents of La Graciosa to begin the initiative of legally recognising their home to be an island.

Residents began the process of achieving their dream on the esplanade of Caleta del Sebo, where thousands of people disembark each year to visit the beautiful La Graciosa, and thought they were visiting another island for the day or for an extended holiday period. These residents caught the attention of the media, as well as tourists, by using a human chain that formed the number 8, as a stage for their dream and for their longing.

Five and a half years later, the Congress of Deputies has now given the green light to the modification of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. This new Statute grants a new status to the island of La Graciosa: it recognises it as an inhabited island without its own administration. This means there will be legal recognition of La Graciosa as an island, but the administration of island will continue to be handled by the Government of Lanzarote, and so instead of there being 7 Canary Islands, there will soon legally be 8 Canary Islands!

This new status must now be validated in the Senate in Madrid.

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Lanzarote Ambulance Technician Stole Credit Cards from Dead Woman

Lanzarote Ambulance Technician Stole Credit Cards from Dead WomanA 29-year-old woman working as an ambulance emergency technician has been detained by National Police officers in Arrecife, as the alleged perpetrator of the crimes of theft and fraud.

The ambulance technician stole the bank cards from a woman while carrying out an emergency response, but the woman died and she then used these cards to make purchases through the Internet worth 1,453 euros. She also tried to make other charges for a total amount of 2,087 euros that were denied by the bank.

National Police report that two ambulances attended the scene of the incident, and despite resuscitation procedures performed by the ambulance staff, the woman died.

After this woman’s death, her husband reported to the police that numerous charges had been made on their joint current account, where charges of 1,453 euros were taken from his bank account, but other payments were taken and then rejected by the bank.

These charges to the joint account were made with two bank cards, which the woman had been carrying with her belongings at the time of her death. The charges to the joint bank account were carried out through the Internet from different shops and through hotel reservation websites.

The police investigation into this crime eventually concluded that the cards had been used by the ambulance technician who had attended the woman at the site of the incident, and had assisted her before she died.

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Underwater Mountains in El Hierro Coastline Covered with Ferromanganese

Underwater Mountains in El Hierro Coastline Covered with Ferromanganese

The Geological and Mining Institute and the University of Madrid have just completed a study that shows the richness of strategic metals that cover the seamounts or underwater mountains off the south west of El Hierro.

This report is based on several oceanographic investigations over recent years, and concludes that these seamounts are covered by extensive crusts of ferromanganese up to 10 centimetres thick.

These types of underwater deposits that are very rich in metals can take millions of years to form. In the case of this discovery off the coast of El Hierro, it is estimated that these extensive crusts of ferromanganese are aged between 32 and 50 million years in age.

Manganese is the twelfth most abundant metal found on the Earth’s crust and the name is taken from Manges, a Latin word meaning magnet. It was first used in the steel industry in Ancient Greece, where the presence of manganese in the iron ore is most likely to explain why the weapons made by the Spartans were better than their enemies. In 1771, Scheele a Swedish chemist first isolated and recognised manganese as an element. Later in 1860, Sir Henry Bessemer invented ferromanganese as a way to add manganese during steel making with the advantage that combining iron and manganese oxide produces a lower melting point for the alloy ferromanganese compare with pure manganese oxide.

So, El Hierro underwater coastline demonstrates a slower, but natural process of producing ferromanganese, and has been confirmed by this important geological investigation.

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​So Much Compost in Gran Canaria and No Way of Clearing It

So Much Compost in Gran Canaria and No Way of Clearing It

The Ecopark Gran Canaria Sur has been busy converting thousands of tons of vegetable waste and organic matter into compost. The intention of the Government of Gran Canaria is to distribute this compost free of charge to farmers and town halls across the island.

This seems to be good news! However, there is a problem, as the Government of Gran Canaria has now been waiting for nine months for a signature from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands, so that it can be distributed!

So, until this bureaucratic process is resolved with an important signature, and probably several rubber stamps, this huge pile of compost cannot be distributed. There are already several municipalities and farmers across the island who have expressed interest in acquiring some of this neglected pile of composted vegetable waste and organic matter.

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​Road Improvements for Teror in Gran Canaria

Road Improvements for Teror in Gran Canaria

The historic road to Teror in Gran Canaria, the GC-21, will begin to be improved from next week to make it wider where it does not reach the minimum required, reduce the accident rate and improve its environment, but these improvements will affect local drivers for at least one year.

This road project has a budget of 4.2 million euros, and almost two million euros below the initial estimated cost, reported by Angel Victor Torres, Vice President and Minister of Public Works of the Government of Gran Canaria.

Angel Victor Torres made this announcement at a meeting between the Government of Gran Canaria and the Municipalities of Teror and Las Palmas, the two municipalities most affected by the changes and where drivers will be most inconvenienced. Other sectors affected by this road improvement, such as road safety agents of the Guardia Civil and other bodies also attended this meeting with the purpose of coordinating actions to try to minimise the problems for drivers over the next 12 months.

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​New Ring Road to Connect Morro Jable and Corralejo in Fuerteventura

New Ring Road to Connect Morro Jable and Corralejo in Fuerteventura

The Minister of Public Works, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced that the Corralejo and Morro Jable ring roads in Fuerteventura have been incorporated into the new highway agreement that is pending signatures.

Although initially these ring roads were not foreseen in the planning of the new road infrastructure, Pablo Rodriguez indicated that a study of alternatives has been commissioned for both these two circuits to connect the two ports without the need to cross population centres.

Mario Cabrera, councillor of Fuerteventura Government, also drew attention to the original framework of roads on the island that identified road sections of Caldereta to the Airport, and the Airport to Pozo Negro, but these have to avoid natural areas that are protected, which means that the new highway to the airport would been to be moved to the mountains, duplicating routes and occupying more ground.

With regard to the Caldereta to Airport section, Pablo Rodriguez explained that, after a year and a half of negotiations, he finally has an environmental impact statement, so the Ministry now faces the supervision of the construction project.

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New Investigation of Cave in Fuerteventura

New Investigation of Cave in Fuerteventura

La Cueva de Villaverde, an archaeological site discovered 40 years ago in Fuerteventura, is once again the subject of a new investigation after many years of neglect.

Thanks to a project promoted by the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands, a multidisciplinary team will now work to study this important site of archaeological interest and report of its findings.

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More Giant Lizards Reported in El Hierro

More Giant Lizards Reported in El Hierro

The Government of El Hierro reports that so far this month, 105 giant lizards have been born, which is an important achievement, as the Giant Lizard of El Hierro is an endangered species.

These births have taken place in the Recovery Centre of the Giant Lizard of El Hierro in El Golfo Valley, and is described as an excellent figure by Hector Hernandez, Environment Minister of the Government of El Hierro.

It is reported that these 105 births are the product of fourteen giant lizards laying eggs from a total of sixteen females reared in captivity.

Therefore, each female has produced between six and fifteen eggs in this current project (126 eggs in total, which has resulted in 105 new giant lizards, and close to the record of 107 hatches in previous years.

These new giant lizards will be destined for the future reinforcement of the population of natural habitats, which is subject to a new census study that should allow scientists to determine the success of this recovery plan.

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The Canary Islands Has the Largest Budget Surplus in Spain

The Canary Islands Has the Largest Budget Surplus in Spain

By the end of July, the Canary Islands reported a surplus of 567 million euros, equivalent to 1.23% of gross domestic product (GDP), and for this autonomous community, it is the largest surplus in the whole of Spain in absolute figures and in comparative terms.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Finance, the Canary Islands has multiplied by four, the surplus with which it had in July of last year, when its income exceeded by 137 million euros to its expenses (0.31% of GDP).

The deficit of all public administrations in Spain closed June at 22,083 million euros, a figure that is equivalent to 1.82% of GDP, and represents a decrease of 13.2% over the same period in 2017.

The official target for the whole year is a public deficit of 2.2% of GDP, although the Spanish Government has already informed Brussels that this will be around 2.7% of GDP.

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Tenerife Tourists Stranded by Ryanair Strike

Tenerife Tourists Stranded by Ryanair Strike

Tenerife South Airport faced serious problems this week when four Ryanair flights were cancelled due to strike action by cabin crew of this airline.

This one day strike involved cabin crew in six European countries, which led to the airline cancelling 158 flights (79 round-trip connections), 64 of these in Spain, and of these, four that affected Tenerife South Airport.

Lucia Gajdova, member of USO in Ryanair Tenerife, indicated that the flights cancelled at Tenerife South Airport included those destined for Treviso and Bergamo in Italy, Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Knock in Ireland, and also said that each plane would normally carry around 180 passengers.

Tourists affected by the cancellation of these four flights in Tenerife South Airport were left waiting for more information about their situation at the Ryanair office.

Lucia Gajdova explained “In Tenerife, there are about a hundred cabin crew and around 50 pilots, and the reason for the strike is that they claim their right to have a working contract with the standards of the country in which they work.”

This Ryanair strike has also affected flights from Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Tenerife Training Hotel Gets Major Renovation

Tenerife Training Hotel Gets Major RenovationWork has now started on renovating around a third of the Hotel Escuela de Tenerife, a government-owned property used for training hotel workers, and relates to the first floor of this hotel.

This renovation project has been based on opinions of hotel guests, which have informed this major project.

Over the coming months, the Hotel Escuela de Tenerife will continue these structural improvements.

The hotel was opened to the public over 20 years ago, and a change has been necessary to make its rooms more functional.

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