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Migrant Boat Found Adrift Off Coast of Lanzarote

Migrant Boat Found Adrift Off Coast of LanzaroteA rubber boat with five migrants was noticed off the coast of Lanzarote and the Guardia Civil organised a rescue of these migrants and their boat, and towed it to Las Cucharas beach during the middle of the morning. The rubber boat had five adult males from North Africa and all were in good health.

It is reported that different units of the Guardia Civil held coordinated action, so that a Maritime Rescue boat went to rescue the drifting rubber boat and brought the occupants and boat back to the coast, where other Guardia Civil officers met them and also provided them with medical checks. These migrants were then transferred to Arrecife National Police Station.

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​Tenerife Students to Work in African Countries

Tenerife Students to Work in African Countries

Over the next five months, 41 young people from Tenerife will take work placements in Senegal, Cape Verde or Morocco and have already set off on their journeys.

The objective is to improve the training of these young people who have studied tourism, culture, engineering or food.

These work placements will be carried out in companies, public administrations and non-governmental organisations.

They will each receive aid of 500 euros per month from the Africa Scholarship Programme, which has already allowed 104 young graduates to expand their knowledge outside the Canary Islands.

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King of Spain Visits Gran Canaria to Encourage Talented Young People

King of Spain Visits Gran Canaria to Encourage Talented Young PeopleLas Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the setting chosen by King Felipe VI for the proclamation of the Princess of Girona Award in its business form.

This recognition seeks to encourage talent among young people in different modalities, in fact some 200 young Canarian people with higher qualifications have participated in the Foundation’s employability plan.

The 2019 Princess of Girona Foundation Award in the form of business was awarded to neurologist Ignacio Hernandez Medrano for ‘Savana’, a technological project that is described as managing to democratise the access to scientific medical information for millions of patients.

This award ceremony was attended by King Felipe VI, Isabel Celaa, Minister of Education, Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria, and Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas.

Bachelor of Clinical Medicine from the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, and trained as a neurologist at the Ramon y Cajal Hospital, Dr Hernandez Medrano received this award aimed at young talented people in the country for this role as co-founder of the company Savana, which is focused on applying artificial intelligence to electronic medical records.

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Another Dead Whale Found in Fuerteventura

Another Dead Whale Found in FuerteventuraAnother beaked whale has been found on the beach of Tierra Dorada in Fuerteventura. This is the third whale that has been found dead on the coastline of the island in 2019.

A team of five veterinarians have been studying the body of this whale, and samples taken will then be analysed at a laboratory to reach a conclusion to explain the reasons for this death, which should take around one month.

Although this is an individual incident of a stranded whale, there is currently a systematic study of beaked whales that die, not only in Fuerteventura, but across all the Canary Islands.

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African Sculpture in Tenerife

African Sculpture in TenerifeThe Caja Canarias Foundation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been hosting an exhibition of African sculptures called Africa – Babel, the Art of a Continent. This exhibition included over 350 works of art including grand sculptures of dramatic expressions from the most important private collections of African art, and have been exhibited for the first time in the Canary Islands.

Guillermo Martinez, owner of the sculptures and curator of the exhibition, said that this traditional African art focuses on the peoples of the equatorial and tropical belt from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. He also said “It has taken me 35 years to collect these pieces of art, and I have travelled through 11 African countries, including Cameroon, Nigeria and the Congo. It is these three countries that form most of the art works on display and I consider these to be most powerful artistically and aesthetically rich.”

One of the works of sculpture art that stands out is a colossal sarcophagus Nkunu Nkundu of the Ngata ethnic group, as the Nkudu had traditionally worked the human form in sarcophagi that left a deep impression in the artistic avant-garde of the early 20thCentury.

The bronze statue of Queen Barmoun is another of the jewels in the collection and represents Queen Mother Madouth, also known as Mother of Mankind.

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