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​Cyclist in Tenerife Rescued After Dangerous Descent Attempt

Cyclist in Tenerife Rescued After Dangerous Descent AttemptEmergency teams from Santa Cruz de Tenerife rescued a cyclist who had been lost for many hours in the Barranco del Cercado in Anaga. He was found in the early hours of the morning after emergency services worked through the night to rescue him.

The cyclist had travelled through Anaga, but had attempted a prohibited activity of descent by bike along the paths of Anaga, and ended up trapped in a very treacherous area, and showed symptoms of hypothermia.

Police reported that his physical condition was good, and confirmed he was 23 year of age. Friends of the cyclist also helped in the rescue attempt.

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​Threatened Plant Species in La Palma Saved

Threatened Plant Species in La Palma Saved

The Environment Department of the Government of La Palma has reported that it has managed to produce the first natural regeneration of two endemic and threatened botanical plant species that were threatened.

The Pico de Fuego had been detected in the town of Lomo de al Monja in Santa Cruz de La Palma, and two new specimens had been detected of Pico Cernicalo in Roque de la Viña in Garafia.

Juan Manuel Gonzalez, the area councillor said “This fact is a fundamental milestone, the result of the work and effort made over nine years with these species, whose scarce populations were in a very precarious state of conservation. A great deal of work has been done in order to give them the opportunity to fend for themselves, the ultimate goal that is to be achieved in any recovery plan for an endangered species.”

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Remains of Body Found near Lanzarote Beach

Remains of Body Found near Lanzarote BeachThe Guardia Civil have been investigating the remains of a body found near a beach in Lanzarote by a local resident in the east of Lanzarote. The Guardia Civil have been trying to confirm or discard the premise that the body part is that of Romina Celeste Nuñez, a girl from Paraguay who disappeared on New Year’s Eve.

Since the disappearance of Romina, police have been investigating Raul DC, husband of the disappeared person, and currently accuse him of possible crimes of homicide or murder and habitual domestic abuse.

The remains of the human body are described as an organic fragment that was found by a local resident in a solid waste container near the beach. However, this man did not report his discovery for 10 days, after the photograph of the missing woman was released.

The waste container was then removed for forensic investigation.

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​Protests in Fuerteventura Against Restricted Visits to Isla Lobos

Protests in Fuerteventura Against Restricted Visits to Isla LobosBusinesses, residents and tourists have joined together in Corralejo in Fuerteventura to protest against the introduction of a master plan that limits the numbers of visitors able to take the ferry to the island of Lobos from the port.

The slogan read ‘Todos con Lobos y Lobos para Todos’ or Everyone for Lobos and Lobos for Everyone.

The implementation of this master plan that was approved in 2006 now limits the numbers of visitors to the island of Lobos to two shifts, and requires tourists, residents and workers to request a daily permit and also prohibits overnight stays on the island.

It is reported that after a week of application, visits have fallen to around half those expected at this time of the year, and residents of Corralejo continue to feel uncertainty about the future of their traditional homes on Isla Lobos.

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​Police Find Hashish Inside a Baguette in Lanzarote

Police Find Hashish Inside a Baguette in LanzarotePolicia Local in Yaiza in Lanzarote have just found that a baguette in a kiosk at Playa Blanca had 400 grams of hashish inside.

Police were alerted to the possible existence of ‘retail’ drugs from this kiosk, and motivated the investigation when police officers came to the premises and identified the owner as a man of 44 years of age and of foreign nationality who was in this kiosk.

The police then continued their investigation along the shelves of the kiosk, and located several bags of bread and bread rolls, where they found a baguette prepared with two tablets of hashish that weighed around 400 grams, wrapped in transparent plastic.

This led to the arrest of the man for the crime against public health, but it is also reported that this man had been arrested at the end of 2018 for similar activities, when Policia Local of Yaiza discovered around 2.5 kilos of hashish.

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​More Tourists This Winter for Gran Canaria

More Tourists This Winter for Gran Canaria

The Government of Gran Canaria expects to increase by around 10%, the arrival of tourists from the peninsula during the current winter season, which ends in March, compared to the same period last year.

This increase is based on predictions of a new market for tourists from new destinations across Spain, which had already had a record number of tourists from the peninsula in 2018, when it added another 600,000 visitors, and 5 % more than in 2017.

Antonio Morales, President of Gran Canaria said “Gran Canaria is connected with 14 Spanish cities, which will increase to 17 when other cities are added for the coming summer season.”

Morales was speaking at the opening day of the Fitur International Tourism Fair in Madrid, and he emphasised the determining factor in the increased tourism for Gran Canaria was the island’s efforts to boost the arrival of more Spanish tourists. He also said “One of the keys to this good result has been our work of ‘deseasonalising’ tourism.”

The Government of Gran Canaria reported that this was achieved with the support of six airlines, ten conventional tour operators, seven digital operators and three specialised media outlets.”

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La Graciosa Has Investment for Improving Sanitation

La Graciosa Has Investment for Improving SanitationThe Government of the Canary Islands will invest another two million euros to connect a total of 250 homes in Caleta de Sebo to the La Graciosa’s sanitation network, following a visit by Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands Government.

Clavijo said that the Executive had already invested five million euros in the creation of this sanitation network, and the new investment funds will be transferred to the Government of Lanzarote to carry out this further extension, and the eighth project completed on the island of La Graciosa.

This improvement in infrastructure is of great importance for the residents of La Graciosa, an island where more than 700 residents are registered, and where more than 2,000 tourists visit each day.

Fernando Clavijo was on an official visit to La Graciosa, which is hosting for the first time a meeting of the Governing Council of the autonomous community since the new Statute officially recognised it as the 8thisland of the archipelago.

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Almond Blossom Time in Tenerife


Almond Blossom Time in Tenerife

Santiago del Teide is showing almond trees to be very advanced for their flowering this year, and this could be linked to the high temperatures that were recorded in December last year.

This good weather has also encouraged early flowering of several other plant species.

The early flowering of almond trees has surprised the residents of the Municipality of Santiago del Teide in Tenerife, which is part of a walking route that makes a wonderful spectacle for tourists and residents at this time of the year, but normally later in February.

Local residents say that this is not a new event, and that it started a few years ago. They point to climate change as being directly responsible for this disorder of nature.

Exploring the roads of the Municipality of Santiago del Teide is considered to be a luxury that should not be missed, because the almond blossoms are the prelude to spring. This also plays a very important role in the hiking routes that cover different parts of Tenerife, and is one of the biggest natural attractions of the island.

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​Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

A 46-year-old man of foreign nationality died when diving off the coast of Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria.

The emergency services were alerted during the late morning that a diver was discovered unconscious in the sea and needed medical assistance, and teams were despatched to respond to this incident.

Two ambulances were despatched, as well as a doctor and primary care nurse from the Mogan Health Centre, members of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local.

The victim was transferred to Puerto de Mogan by the boat that had organised the diving activity, and when he arrived on shore, the Red Cross staff confirmed that he was in cardiorespiratory arrest, and they began to carry out resuscitation procedures.

The doctor and nurse also assisted the victim, but they could only confirm his death.

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Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran Canaria

Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran CanariaAn off-duty Policia Nacional officer detained a 41-year-old man on the promenade of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when he witnessed him hitting his ex-partner in the face. It is reported that the accused has a history of domestic violence and had been placed under a restraining order.

The police officer observed the man holding the woman by the neck and then hitting her with strong blows to her face. This woman turned out to be his ex-partner, and the man tried to run away from the incident, and even asked other pedestrian for help.

Immediately, the Policia Nacional officer identified himself, and arrested the aggressor on the promenade for crimes of mistreatment of his family and breaching his restraining order.

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Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran Canaria

Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran CanariaWhen a woman in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria opened a refuse container in the city to drop off her rubbish, she noticed that inside was a small dog inside a backpack.

She immediately rescued the small dog and reported the incident to the Policia Local, and explained to news media that she found this abandonded dog in Calle Francisco Gourie.

The police issued a statement that said “Situations like this are difficult to understand, when a resident could place a small dog inside a backpack in a rubbish container, we find ourselves speechless.”

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​Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

The Government of El Hierro and the Insular Council of Water have started to clean the ravines across the island to avoid flooding in the event of possible rains during the winter season.

The Government has reported that weeds are being eliminated in all water channels that could pose a danger to the local population and infrastructures.

The cleaning of the ravines has started in several localities across the island, and specifically in the ravine of El Puente, the ravine of Santiago and the gorge of Marrero in Valverde.

An external company has been hired to carry out this work, along with nine local workers from the Employment and Local Development Plan to improve the hydraulic resources in this area.

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La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

The Ministry of Environment of the Government of La Palma has closed the PR LP 6 hiking path of Marcos y Cordero, while specialised technicians evaluate a possible risk of large rocks becoming detached along this route.

According to a local councillor, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, the decision to close this hiking route has been made after the head of the department of the Environment Department said that there was danger in a section of this busy island pathway. He said “The Government staff work at the field level and their knowledge is very important, but first of all, we want to preserve the safety of those who walk our paths, subject to users’ own precautions and external factors determined by the meteorology or geomorphology of the terrain, and in this case, it is unpredictable.”

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​Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Policia Nacional arrested a man employed in a store in Puerto de Mogan, who is accused of being the second most important member of the Italian Mafia gang, Camorra. This is a 40-year-old man with numerous police records who faces international judicial crimes in his own country.

Agents of the Policia Nacional identified the man working in the tourist centre of Puerto de Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, where he worked as an employee of a shop.

Police report that he was arrested due to the dangerousness of his police records and his relationship with the Italian Camorra Mafia. He is wanted by Italian police for crimes against people, against public order and state security.

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​Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

A 63-year-old man was seriously injured after falling with his vehicle into a ravine in the south of Tenerife, and was trapped inside his vehicle. He notified emergency services from inside his vehicle, but could not report his exact location.

The operational room of the 112 emergency services in Tenerife managed to identify the location of the injured man from the conversation with him and data from his mobile phone, which turned out to be a ravine in the neighbourhood of Ricasa in Adeje.

After sending emergency services to the location of the accident, firefighters secured the vehicle, freed the driver and move him to a place where an ambulance transferred him to a medicalised helicopter, which then flew him to the University Hospital of Our Lady of the Candelaria.

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