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Traffic Accidents in Lanzarote Result in Deaths

Traffic Accidents in Lanzarote Result in DeathsA 29-year-old man died this week when his car overturned close to midnight in the Municipality of Tias in Lanzarote, and followed a similar tragic accident within a 24-hour period when another young man died in a road traffic accident.

Firefighters quickly attended the overturned car, and the 29-year-old victim was found to be trapped under the vehicle. These firefighters worked to release his body, but ambulance teams could only certify his death, which were due to the seriousness of the wounds that he had experienced in the car accident.

The traffic accident involving the death of a 26-year-old man at a similar time the previous night also involved an overturned car in San Bartolome. Medical teams that arrived at the scene of this accident could only confirm his death.

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Replica of Columbus Ship Comes to La Gomera

Replica of Columbus Ship Comes to La GomeraThe port of San Sebastian de La Gomera this week welcomed a replica of the Santa Maria ship, which was one of three ships that accompanied Christopher Columbus on his voyage of discovery.

This exact replica ship weighs 200 tons, is 29 metres long and 8 metres wide, and is a floating historical museum that tells the story of Christopher Columbus five centuries ago.

During its stay in La Gomera, the crew will finalise its preparations to embark on their great journey to cross the Atlantic Ocean. School children and the general public are welcome to visit this replica ship, and to learn about the history, what life would have been like on board this ship, and learn how all this links to the history of La Gomera.

The City Council of San Sebastian is currently studying the construction project of a similar replica to convert this into a tourist museum in the capital.

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More Coordinated Response to Arrival of Boats with Migrants

More Coordinated Response to Arrival of Boats with MigrantsThe President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, this week attended a meeting held in Lanzarote with the Secretary of State for Social Services and said, “We give assurances that the Canary Islands is offering a joint and coordinated response to the increased number of migrant boats arriving.”

This meeting is the result of agreements reached between the President of the Canary Islands and Pedro Sanchez at their meeting in the Palace of Moncloa held in October.

After meeting the 54 children, which Lanzarote is currently hosting in the shelter of La Santa, the Secretary of State confirmed that the state executive had already distributed 38 million euros to support the needs of migrant children, and that at the moment, work is being done to improve the response, and also to improve coordination between different administrations.

It was reported that the Canary Islands have the capacity to accommodate 400 unaccompanied children, and Fernando Clavijo said “The community is giving a joint and coordinated response to the serious issue of immigration.”

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Lanzarote Linked to NASA Mars Landing

Lanzarote Linked to NASA Mars LandingAlthough the NASA Mars has now landed safely on this distant planet, the European Space Agency has been using the island of Lanzarote for its future missions to Mars, because of the similarity of its volcanic landscape that replicates the environment of other planets like Mars.

Around fifty scientists and astronauts have been carrying out tests and geological studies at the Pangea X lunar base.

In these centres, different studies are carried out, from geological studies, when they analyse samples of the soil to compare with those of other planets, and the handling of robots and the evaluation of space technology that was used in the previous Apollo missions.

These studies in Lanzarote involve the European Space Agency testing the latest technologies in instrumentation, remote navigation and 3D image processing. For this purpose, it uses apparatus that allowed the creation of maps in three dimensions with the help of a drone.

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Lanzarote Introducing Bus Discount for Residents from December

Lanzarote Introducing Bus Discount for Residents from December

The Government of Lanzarote plans to introduce the Canarian Residents’ discount for bus travel across the island from 1 December with a cost of 20 euros per month for unlimited use of buses across the whole island, including bus transport in Arrecife.

Pedro San Gines, President of the Government of Lanzarote, said “This discount is an extraordinary reduction in the price of bus tickets, as never before in public transport. This will benefit mainly workers and people who use the bus service every day to move around the island, and residents could make significant savings, and we estimate in some cases this could be more than 120 euros per month.”

One example given was a user travelling daily from Arrecife to Haria or Playa Blanca to work, who would currently pay between 126 euros and 144 euros per month, but from 1 December with the new bus discount for residents, they will only need to pay 20 euros per month for the same routes and unlimited travel.

The Government of Lanzarote has signed an agreement with the City Council of Arrecife, so that users of municipal buses can also benefit from the same cheap bus travel.

Residents of Lanzarote can request their discount card from 1 December at the bus office in Arrecife, the new Information Office at the Interchange of Guaguas, which is located in the vicinity of the Government offices, or via the website of www.arrecifebus.com

Those interested in applying for this residents’ bus discount card must submit their DNI or NIE, a copy of the certificate that confirms residence in the Canary Islands and known as a Padron or Empadronamiento available from the town hall offices, which costs around 2 euros.

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La Palma Looks Back at Highest Rainfall in Canary Islands

La Palma Looks Back at Highest Rainfall in Canary IslandsLast week saw periods of intense torrential rains that mostly affected the north coasts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but the Government of La Palma reported the greatest amount of rainfall with around 100 litres per square metre, and caused a state of alert for the local population and tourists staying on the island.

The exact measurement taken by the State Meteorological Agency recorded 95.2 litres per square metre in San Andres y Sauces.

By comparison with other regions of the Canary Islands these downpours were much higher than Hermigua in La Gomera with 44 litres, Plaza de la Feria in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 39.7 litres, La Victoria de Acentejo in Tenerife with 36.4 litres, and Teror and Tafira in Gran Canaria with 31.4 litres.

The weather warning alert for was deactivated after the torrential rain storms had passed over. No significant damage and no injuries were reported.

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La Gomera Adopts European Road Safety Charter

La Gomera Adopts European Road Safety CharterThe Government of La Gomera this week ratified its commitment to the European Road Safety Charter, made up of more than 2,300 entities and associations, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of road standards and culture.

This is the second Canary Island to join this initiative promoted by the General Directorate of Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.

This commitment of membership includes five areas of action that are included in a plan for safety and sustainable mobility for elderly people, tourism, transport, sports and young people.

Under this framework, activities, such as road safety workshops, training courses for professionals in the transport sector and conferences with entities and groups, will be carried out.

Special attention is paid to school children for whom theoretical and practical training is planned by explaining regulations for the use of bikes, emergency situations and first aid workshops.

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​International Day of Transsexual Memory Celebrated in Tenerife

International Day of Transsexual Memory Celebrated in TenerifeThis week Tenerife celebrated International Day of Transsexual Memory, which originally was established to honour the memory of Rita Hester, an African American trans woman who was murdered in 1998 in the United States. This event moved the compassion of people across the world, and opened people’s eyes to transphobia.

This past year, 370 transgendered people have been murdered through hate crimes, and most of these were trans women.

The Government of Tenerife celebrated the importance of acts for social justice by raising the trans flag on its buildings.

Various groups came together outside the Government offices, and read a manifesto to influence the need for institutions to promote standards that guarantee the safety of all transsexual members of the community.

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​Success of New Wind Turbine Energy Site in Gran Canaria

Success of New Wind Turbine Energy Site in Gran Canaria

The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, this week inaugurated the wind farm clean energy site in the southeast of Gran Canaria constructed by Naturgy. This new wind farm is a complex made up of 16 wind turbines that produce 41 megawatts of power, from an investment of 63 million euros.

The Naturgy wind farm in the municipality of Aguimes is formally distributed in eight parks: Balcon de Balos, Doramas, La Vaqueria, Montaña Perros, Piletas 1, Triquivijate, Vientos del Roque and Haria, which started operating in April.

The energy company says that these 16 wind turbines will produce about 127 Gwh of electricity per year, and is equivalent to the consumption of around 50,000 homes.

This new wind turbine energy site will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 95,000 tons per year, and provide energy that will not be necessary to generate in conventional fuel oil or diesel power plants on the island.

Ana Peris, Generation Director of Naturgy said “With the development of these projects, Naturgy reinforces its commitment to the Canary Islands, and demonstrates the strong commitment of the company to increased renewable generation of power identified in our Strategic Plan 2018-2022.”

Fernando Clavijo said “This Aguimes wind farm represents a very important step in Gran Canaria, and for the whole archipelago, towards the decarbonisation of the islands’ energy system.”

The event was also attended by the President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, who said “These parks represent an important step for the penetration of renewable energy on the island. We have been very slow and we still do not have what our natural conditions can provide. Now it is time for efforts to expand the renewable energy mix of Gran Canaria and open the participation to investments, such as the one carried out by Naturgy to facilitate actions, such as these parks.”

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Jealousy Leads to Serious Assault and Arrest in Gran Canaria

Jealously Leads to Serious Assault and Arrest in Gran CanariaThe Guardia Civil this week arrested a man in Vecindario, who is accused of running over the new partner of his ex-girlfriend, and hitting him with an iron bar. The victim was then transferred to the local health centre. The ex-girlfriend witnessed the incident, but was not injured.

The events took place in the early evening in Vecindario, when a 25-year-old man saw the new partner of his ex-girlfriend walking together, and without any warning, he accelerated his car and tried to run over the other man.

The victim was not seriously injured by the car incident, but the accused got out of his car with an iron bar, and went straight for the victim, and hit him at least once with the iron bar, and fractured his arm.

The accused then got back into his car and left the scene of this serious assault. Police who came to the scene then had to chase the accused, who managed to cause significant damage to several other cars that were parked in the area, when trying to escape from the police car.

The alleged assailant was finally arrested by officers of the Guardia Civil.

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​First Dog Park in La Gomera

First Dog Park in La Gomera

This week, the Government of La Gomera opened its first dog park in the Parque de La Torre del Conde in San Sebastian de la Gomera.

Residents from in La Gomera can now bring their dogs to this dog park, so that they can play without a lead.

This new dog park offers local dogs a chance to play with different activities to climb and jump, as well as a water dispenser and a bin for accompanying humans to collect dog poo. Collected, Bagged and Binned, as well as very happy local dogs.

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Chestnut Farmers in La Palma Being Robbed

Chestnut Farmers in La Palma Being RobbedThe residents of La Palma are facing a dilemma this autumn that mixes ancient traditions and headaches for chestnut farmers.

Every autumn many residents of La Palma follow the tradition of going to the mountains to pick chestnuts. However, the chestnut farmers are claiming that this tradition for local people is an important economic loss for them.

This week chestnut farmers in La Palma complained that during the autumn, the high season of the harvest for chestnuts, they suffer a wave of thefts of the crops.

It is reported that they lose up to 50 kilos of chestnuts a day, which amounts to a loss of between 100 euros and 300 euros per day.

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​Abandoned Ship in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Abandoned Ship in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

It has been 18 months since a ship flying the flag of Congo arrived at the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and was loaded with rice husks.

Subsequently, the ship was reported to have been abandoned.

This week the ship was seized by the Port Authority, and it reports it is going to start to transfer all the containers of rice husks from the ship, which have been rotting inside the holds of the vessel.

There is no information about what will now happen to the ship with the Congolese flag.

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​Spanish Naval Ships Carrying Out Exercises Close to Gran Canaria Coast

Spanish Naval Ships Carrying Out Exercises Close to Gran Canaria Coast

This week, the Spanish Navy, within the framework of the GRUFLEX-18 exercise, performed aeronautical demonstrations in front of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Spanish Naval ships ‘Juan Carlos I’ and ‘Alvaro de Bazan’ sailed close to the shore, and local residents and tourists could see take offs of Harrier AV8 fighter planes, as well as SH3D helicopters, manoeuvres of special operations equipment using Fast Rope from helicopters onto the Alvaro de Bazan ship, as well as the fly past of fighter jets and helicopters from the ships. There were also flight formations over the beach, as well as stationary manoeuvres of helicopters and Harrier jets hovering above the sea in front of the beach.

This exercise is part of the GRUFLEX-18 operations currently taking place across the coastal areas of the Canary Islands, and in the Military Fields of La Isleta and the Pajara Shooting Range in Fuerteventura in a first phase, and then in the second phase will move to the Gulf of Cadiz and the Training Field of the Sierra del Retin in Cadiz.

The Navy issued a press release that explained that these amphibious exercises help its units to train for operations in order to maintain the protection of land spaces from the sea, humanitarian aid operations and to respond more effectively to situations of crisis.

These operations involved units of the Amphibious Group and Projection of the Navy Groups, the ships ‘Juan Carlos I’, ‘Galicia’ and eight boats used for amphibious landing of Naval groups on the beaches. It also had the participation of three escorts, the frigates ‘Alvaro de Bazan’, ‘Almirante Juan de Borbon’ and ‘Santa Maria’.

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​Russian Sailor Dies on Ship Moored in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Russian Sailor Dies on Ship Moored in Las Palmas de Gran CanariaDuring the late morning this week, emergency services were called to the Russian ship ‘Galilea’ moored in Puerto de la Luz in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The emergency services reported that a 60-year-old sailor had fallen by accident when working on maintenance duties at a high level on the ship.

The emergency services could only certify his death.

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