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Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in Lanzarote

Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in LanzaroteFernando Olmeda is 82 years of age, originally comes from Madrid, but now lives in Lanzarote. However, Fernando is also the longest-serving Red Cross volunteer on the island.

For the last 20 years, he had been working for the Red Cross, and most of his work has involved helping migrants that have arrived by boat from Africa.

Fernando has also travelled throughout the Canary Islands for the Red Cross, which awarded him a bronze medal to thank him for all his unconditional work. In response to this award, Fernando said “My work with the Red Cross has given me many positive experiences in my life, but also some experiences that have been very hard for me.”

Fernando has also been committed to helping those in most need, and has previously worked for the Red Cross along the Camino de Santiago in the north of Spain and in Colombia.

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Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from Questioning

Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from QuestioningThe magistrate of the Court of Instruction of Arrecife in Lanzarote has been investigating the parents of a baby of four months, and has decreed that the parents can be released from police questioning, but the baby must remain in a child care centre, where he was placed on suspicions of abuse.

The magistrate has not taken any precautionary measure against this couple, who are both under the age of 22 years, and said that he understood their explanations were coherent.

However, while investigations continue regarding the alleged crime of abuse against the baby, the court waits for a statement from the doctors who have been treating the child.

The medical team of the public hospital of Doctor Jose Molina Orosa in Arrecife filed a complaint with the Court on 14 November, which activated the protocol of ill treatment due to the baby presenting a skull fracture when admitted, but had also attended the hospital a few weeks previously presenting a broken femur.

The judicial authority agreed to refer the guardianship of the child to the Government of the Canary Islands, and after his medical discharge, to allow him to enter a public juvenile centre. The parents were summoned to give a statement about these injuries, but at no time have they been detained or deprived of their liberty.

In a statement, the mother of the baby explained that the case of the first injury arose when the baby was 19 days old. She said that due to the obvious discomfort of the child, she took him to the hospital, where they explained that either the child had broken the bone when putting his leg between the bars of the crib, or had been born with a bubble of air in the leg that had created such a fracture. The couple have implored the judicial authority to return their child to them.

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​Lanzarote Car Accident Results in Severe Injuries

A woman has been seriously injured as a result of a collision of two vehicles that occurred in the early hours along the LZ-10 road in Lanzarote as it passes the Municipality of Teguise. A man also suffered moderate injuries.

Firefighters went to the scene of the incident to free the two victims, as they had both been trapped in their cars.

Staff of the Emergency Services took charge to provide first aid to the victims, and then to transport both victims to the hospital.

This accident that occurred just before 07.00 in the morning caused traffic congestion, and Guardia Civil officers had to take charge of regulating the traffic flow, and to follow the normal procedures following a vehicle accident.

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Workers at Residential Homes in Fuerteventura Protesting

Workers at Residential Homes in Fuerteventura ProtestingWorkers employed at the Casillas del Angel Residential Home in Fuerteventura have been demonstrating all week with placards and blowing whistles in the plaza of the church of Puerto del Rosario.

These workers have been demanding certain agreements be fulfilled, such as when working during holiday periods.

The residents of the centre are not affected, because the workers are not taking strike action, but it is hoped that this dispute will soon be resolved.

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Prison Sentences in Fuerteventura for Drug Trafficking Guardia Civil Officers

Prison Sentences in Fuerteventura for Drug Trafficking Guardia Civil OfficersThe Second Section of the Provincial Court of Las Palmas has sentenced ten people for drug trafficking on the island of Fuerteventura, including four Guardia Civil officers, and two others for being accomplices in the case known as Botavara.

This trial was held in June, which judged the drug trafficking gang was led by five Guardia Civil officers.

One of the defendants who attended the trial – the fifth Guardia Civil officer – was acquitted of drug trafficking, but convicted of a crime of violent behaviour.

The sentence establishes penalties of between four and nine years in prison for six of the accused, as well as absolute disqualification for a total of 11 years and a fine of 3.4 million euros for the four agents for drug trafficking, violent aggression and obstruction of justice.

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​New Budget for Fuerteventura will Increase Expenditure Next Year

New Budget for Fuerteventura will Increase Expenditure Next Year

The 2019 Budget for Fuerteventura will mean an increase of over 6 million euros, and the Government wants to invest this additional money in several sectors.

This increase in funding means that the Government of Fuerteventura can ensure investments in health and roads are consolidated, such as the continuation of the north-south axis road and educational priorities. Construction works are also proposed, such as the extension of the Corralejo wharf.

The Government of Fuerteventura said “This new increased budget will help us to continue to solve the problems and challenges that we have faced, and turn these into benefits for both the population of Fuerteventura, and the thousands of visitors that choose this island for their holidays every year.”

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​Lanzarote Hospital Reports Baby with Head Trauma

Lanzarote Hospital Reports Baby with Head Trauma

A four-month-old baby was this week transferred to a public juvenile centre after a judicial enquiry was opened after his admission was registered as a cephalic trauma of the brain at the Molina Orosa Hospital in Lanzarote, which activated the mistreatment protocol.

The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has been investigating this report of suspected child abuse since 20 November.

The judicial body has confirmed that at the current procedural stage, there is no person being investigated and no statement has yet been made by members of the family of the baby.

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Fuerteventura Promoting Food Products to British and German Experts

Fuerteventura Promoting Food Products to British and German ExpertsThis week, ten ‘influencers’ from the United Kingdom and Germany, who are experts in the promotion of agricultural and food products, visited Fuerteventura.

This visit of experts was arranged by Proexca, the Canarian outdoor promotion society, to promote more widely the unique and exceptional foods of local gastronomy.

The Councillor for Tourism of the Municipality of Pajara, Fares Sosa, and the Manager of the Insular Tourism Board, Moises Jorge, welcomed and presented these expert ‘influencers’ with cheese from the La Pastora Chees Factory, La Pared, which is recognised with the Silver Medal of Cheese Awards.

Fares Sosa said “This initiative is important, because the products of our land will become more widely known, and many of these are of high quality, but still unknown.”

The Mayor of Pajara said “We are grateful for the help of the Fuerteventura Tourist Board in organising this event, and the expert ‘influencers’ have been given promotional material for the island with the purpose of advertising their holiday offers and promoting native products to customers in the UK and Germany. These are the two countries that form most of the tourist industry for Fuerteventura.”

This promotional food product event involved the cooperation of the City Council of Pajara, R2 Hotels, Maxorata Cheese, the Mill of Tiscamanita, belonging to the Network of Museums of the Government of Fuerteventura, and the aloe vera company Avisa of Tiscamanita.

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​Criminal Gang Stealing Perfumes Arrested in Fuerteventura

The Guardia Civil of Corralejo in Fuerteventura reported this week that they had stopped three men, who had formed an itinerant gang, and in the dock of the town were found with a suitcase containing 67 boxes of perfume of alleged illegal origin.

This incident took place during the early evening as passengers were disembarking from the ferry linking Lanzarote. Guardia Civil officers stopped a suspicious rental vehicle with three men travelling inside.

This suitcase had boxes of perfume, which had signs indicating a possible illegal origin, such as broken or torn safety labels, or with wrappings or boxes in a poor condition.

When questioned, the Guardia Civil recognised this activity as being related to similar crimes in other parts of Spain, and the three male occupants of the vehicle could not provide any clear explanation as to why they were carrying these perfumes, or why they were carrying 2,185 euros in cash.

The Guardia Civil contacted their colleagues in Lanzarote and learned of several thefts of perfumes from different businesses between 11 and 20 November, which could be linked to the contents of the suitcase and cash.

During the investigation by the Guardia Civil, it was discovered that these men had tried to post a package from a Costa Teguise post office of the same day, which contained perfumes and sport shoes, which was intervened at the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and researchers are now trying to determine the origin of the merchandise.

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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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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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Fuerteventura Plans to Export Camel Milk to Europe

Fuerteventura Plans to Export Camel Milk to EuropeOasis Park in Fuerteventura has been studying the feasibility of exporting camel milk to Europe with the help of three universities, which is easier to digest than cow milk, and possesses other properties, such as apparent benefits for those with diabetes.

A research and production project of camel milk was presented this week to the 5thConference of the International Society of Camels and Science Researchers, which brought together more than 350 scientists from around the world in Morocco.

The presentation was made by the Dromemilk team created by Oasis Park Fuerteventura, whose staff have worked on this plan in collaboration with researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the King Saud University of Saudi Arabia.

Soraya Cabrera, Director of the Conservation and Research Department of Oasis Park said “On the one hand, an investigation of the bioactive molecules of camel milk and the evaluation of its functional properties is being developed to help control glucose levels in people living with diabetes, and on the other hand this advances the commercialisation of camel milk in the Canary Islands and in Europe.”

It was reported that camel milk has nutritional values that are superior in many aspects to those of milk from other animals, with a high content of vitamins and low levels of fat, and these interesting applications mean that there is a real demand in the market, due to its therapeutic properties. Camel milk is more easily digested than cow milk, because of the type of proteins it has, and because of the size of the fat globules, and is also much richer in vitamin C and iron than milk from other animals.

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Black Sand Festival in Fuerteventura

Black Sand Festival in FuerteventuraAccording to the organisers of the Black Sand Festival, the first day of this event this week managed to attract over 12,000 people on the beach of Gran Tarajal. This was the first edition of the Black Sand Festival, and it is hoped that this will be repeated in future years.

According to the press release from the festival organisers, “From the first minute, the artists connected with the public, who just began to jump on the black sand of Gran Tarajal.

Antonio Flores performed ‘No Doubt’ and Nino Bravo performed ‘A kiss and a flower’ and the huge audience sang along with the artists as they gathered close to the stage area.

The high point of the night was described as the performance of the Muñoz brothers, and it was estimated that around 12.30 at night, between 10,000 and 12,000 people congregated on the beach and its avenue.

A great night for Fuerteventura and a great night for Gran Tarajal.

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