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Raising Awareness of Students in Tenerife of Importance of Tourism

Raising Awareness of Students in Tenerife of Importance of TourismThis week the Government of Tenerife presented a new campaign to raise awareness of students for the importance of tourism.

This campaign includes training for primary and secondary students on the importance of the tourism sector, and 500 ambassadors have been appointed to promote the destination.

The motto of this campaign is ‘I Am Tenerife’ and a song has been composed by a local group ‘Nada en los Bolsillos’ (Nothing in the Pockets), as well as a promotional video of the landscape of the island.

The initiative is completed with the signing of a manifesto, so that whoever wishes can be part of the campaign.

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​New Termite is Damaging Historic Buildings in Tenerife

New Name for Lanzarote AirportScientists in Tenerife have detected the presence of a termite species, native to the centre and south of the United States, capable of causing serious structural damage to buildings, crops, trees and street furniture.

This termite is reported to reproduced with great ease and it is feared that it will affect the historic centres of the island, and its architectural and cultural heritage.

It has not yet been eradicated due to the complexity of this foreign species.

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​New Name for Lanzarote Airport

New Name for Lanzarote AirportThe airport of Lanzarote will soon change its name and will be called Cesar Manrique, which has been demanded by residents for some time. The news was announced by the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, and the President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo.

Angel Victor Torres, leader of PSOE, said “This is great news that Pedro Sanchez has passed to Fernando Clavijo at their meeting in Madrid this week.

At present, there is no confirmation about when the name of Lanzarote Airport will change, as Torres told the press that this was announced in a telephone call after the meeting with the Pedro Sanchez and Clavijo.

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New Centre for Radio Ecca in La Palma

New Centre for Radio Ecca in La PalmaRadio Ecca has new headquarters on the island of La Palma. The new centre in Santa Cruz de La Palma is more accessible and has modern facilities that will allow this organisation to continue providing its services since it was first launched 54 years ago.

Radio Ecca is an organisation that has three main objectives, which are combating unemployment, caring for the environment, and helping migrants who arrive on the island and give them training so that they can integrate into society more easily.

Radio Ecca is well known for providing courses and training programmes in the Canary Islands, and it reports it supports around 3,000 students each year.

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Migrants with Hypothermia Discovered in Lanzarote

Migrants with Hypothermia Discovered in LanzaroteIn the early morning this week, a fisherman from the north of Lanzarote reported the sighting of a migrant boat drifting near to the port of La Santa in Tinajo.

Agents of the Guardia Civil of San Bartolome and Costa Teguise worked with the Fiscal and Border Patrol (PAFIF), Policia Local of Tinajo and Emergency Services of the Red Cross who then arrived at Tinajo where the boat had been towed.

This blue wooden boat had carried 25 men and 2 women, including 23 children, and most were in good health, but one was transferred to the General Hospital of Arrecife with symptoms of hypothermia.

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Migrants Rescued Off the Coast of Lanzarote

Migrants Rescued Off the Coast of LanzaroteA boat with 33 migrants on board, including 18 children, was intercepted and rescued about 12 nautical miles north of the island of Lanzarote.

During the late morning, a fishing vessel contacted the Salvamento Maritimo or lifeboat service to report the location of the migrant boat near to Haria.

Then, a Salvamento Maritimo rescue boat and a patrol boat of the Fishing Reserve of the island of La Graciosa were sent to the location of this migrant boat, where all those on board were rescued, and reported to be initially in good health.

These migrants were then transferred to the Port of Naos in Arrecife during the late afternoon. The supporting services also included the Red Cross, Arrecife Policia Nacional, Policia Local, Guardia Civil Patrol and Border Agents of Costa Teguise.

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Encouraging Creativity in La Gomera

Encouraging Creativity in La GomeraThe Red Cross of La Gomera has launched a painting workshop for women this week.

The motivation for this initiative is to help women escape from their daily routines that can often lead to depression.

This painting workshop helps these women to learn basic techniques of art, but also encourages their creativity and to share moments away from their daily routine.

Help for vulnerable women by thinking ‘outside the box’.

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Elderly Hiker in Lanzarote Rescued by Helicopter

Elderly Hiker in Lanzarote Rescued by HelicopterA 78-year-old woman of German nationality was rescued this week after she was injured when hiking in an area of Haria that is steep and difficult to access.

The Emergency Response team took charge of this situation by transferring the wounded hiker by helicopter to the airport on the island, where an ambulance was waiting to take her to the Doctor Jose Molina Hospital in the capital. She was later diagnosed with trauma to her leg.

This accident occurred on the descent to the beach of Risco de Haria, and the emergency response team included members of the Consortium for Security, Emergency, Salvage, Fire Prevention and Extinction of Lanzarote, Policia Local, Guardia Civil and Civil Protection agents.

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​Caught Speeding in La Palma by Radar

Caught Speeding in La Palma by Radar

A radar device was installed this week in the Tunel Viejo de la Cumbre in La Palma to help stop excessive speeds of vehicles in this tunnel.

This measure, carried out by the Traffic detachment of the Municipality of Santa Cruz de La Palma, was requested by the Government of La Palma to guarantee the safety of the workers operating currently within this tunnel.

Drivers in La Palma are advised that the maximum speed when driving through the Tunel Viejo de la Cumbre is 20 kilometres per hour, because this ensures those currently working on repairs to this tunnel remain safe. Any driver caught speeding and endangering lives in this tunnel can expect significant fines from radar evidence.

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​British Resident Arrested for Robbery in Tenerife

British Resident Arrested for Robbery in TenerifePolicia Nacional has arrested a British resident, aged 43 years with a police record in the south of Tenerife, as an alleged perpetrator of three robberies with force in commercial properties, where he is alleged to have broken exterior shop windows and took objects worth 29,000 euros.

The detainee, who acted at night in the Municipalities of Arona and Adeje, selected commercial establishments selling fashion, accessories and perfumery. He then used strong objects to break the exterior glass, and then accessed these properties through the broken window and took sunglasses, perfumes, jewellery and watches.

Once the police report was completed, the detainee was remanded to the Guardia Instructional Court, where the arrest and investigation were carried out by officers of the Policia Nacional and the Local Comisaria del Sur de Tenerife.

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Arrests for Stealing Avocados in Tenerife

Arrests for Stealing Avocados in TenerifeTwo men were arrested this week with 225 kilos of avocados that were being transported in a vehicle, which had been stolen from a farm in Tacoronte in Tenerife.

The destination of the stolen avocados was street vendors in municipalities in the north of Tenerife, and the market value of these avocados was estimated to be 1,300 euros.

The detainees have been identified with the initials J.M.G., 35 years and A.A.P., 29 years, both with police records, and were stopped by police with avocados in sacks in the vehicle they were travelling in.

The fruit was ‘recognised’ by the owner of the farm from which it had been stolen, and from which the perimeter fence had been broken to access the farm.

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​Anniversary of Tenerife Library

Anniversary of Tenerife Library

The Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is celebrating its 130thanniversary of its foundation, and this week opens its exhibition ‘130 Years With You, 1888-2018’.

This exhibition is presenting to the public some of the oldest volumes preserved in this library. The oldest document of the Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a document of land transfer signed in October 1493 from the seller, Beatriz de Bobadilla to the purchaser, Alonso de Campo in Hermigua in La Gomera.

This ancient land transfer document shares display space in one of the six showcases that make up the ‘130 Years With You, 1888-2018’ exhibition with an early book, known as a post incunable, dated 1505, printed in Venice that contains the sermons of San Agustin, and other manuscripts in Gothic script written a friar.

Experts explain that an incunable, or sometimes called incunabulum, is a book, pamphlet or broadside printed in Europe before the year 1501, and those called post incunable like the one displayed in the Municipal Library, were printed after this date.

Therefore, this post incunable is an example of early books, and this one on display is a unique copy in the world, according to an investigation of the University of La Laguna (ULL), which makes it a ‘jewel’ that is believed to come from the convent of San Pedro Alcantara, where the library was first located.

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​Major Road Closes Completely in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Major Road Closes Completely in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Avenida Mesa y Lopez in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has now been closed for the paving and installation works of the MetroGuagua infrastructure in the section between Plaza de España and the Naval Base.

These works will address new paving and exclusive lanes for the new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, in addition to the renovation of street furniture to improve accessibility in the area. With the completion of the project, Avenida Mesa y Lopez will become a boulevard with less noise and more pedestrian space.

It is also reported that during this phase of the work, access to private garages will not be affected and the circulation of taxis will be maintained. The stop of line 17 for the Municipal Buses will be moved temporarily to Calle Nestor de la Torre.

The opening of this current work will happen before the important commercial event known as ‘Black Friday’ on 23 November, and during the Christmas season, heavy machinery will not be used that could generate excessive noise in the open commercial area.

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Gran Canaria Attracts French Animation Company

Gran Canaria Attracts French Animation CompanyThe French production company Amuse, through its subsidiary Birland, is setting up in Gran Canaria, and will hire around 50 digital animation professionals, and the President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, said “This news is transcendental!”

The Amuse Company, created in 2015, produces children’s and young people’s content on new digital video platforms, such as YouTube and Amazon, among others, and currently presents almost one hundred channels, which have more than 400 million visits per month.

For its part, Birland in now intending to hire a maximum of 50 people, including 2D and 3D animators, designers, screenwriters, sound artists, translators, singers and dubbing actors.

Arthur Lener, President of Amuse Group said “I am fully convinced of the success of the facility in Gran Canaria for Birland, which was born with the clear objective of becoming a benchmark in the animation industry.”

Morales said “Today is an important day for Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands.”

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​Frustration for Drivers in the South of Gran Canaria

Frustration for Drivers in the South of Gran Canaria

Local residents of Arguineguin and Pasito Blanco have complained that it now takes over two hours to travel 10 kilometres along the GC-500, which has to be used by drivers while the GC-1 is closed for resurfacing work.

In normal times, traffic flows smoothly along the GC-1 that connects towns along the south of Gran Canaria for residents and tourists while either the north bound section of the motorway is closed or the south bound section is closed for these road repairs. The only route available for traffic in this area is the GC-500.

Residents say that to attempt to travel from the south of the island at midday is almost impossible, and that the resurfacing work on the local section of the GC-1 that is being carried out is a disservice to all drivers.

However, this image of traffic chaos will be repeated throughout the week, as the GC-1 will continue to close from 09.00 until 19.00 until this section has been fully resurfaced.

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