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New Canary Island La Graciosa Demands ITV Centre

New Canary Island La Graciosa Demands ITV Centre

The Municipality of Teguise that is responsible for La Graciosa this week demanded that the Government of the Canary Islands provides a vehicle inspection centre or ITV centre on this eighth Canary Island.

Although the city council of Teguise limits and restricts vehicle traffic on La Graciosa, it is estimated that there are around 300 cars on the island, and this relates to almost one vehicle for every two inhabitants.

It is also reported that currently only 50 cars have completed the regular ITV vehicle inspection checks.

The City Council of Teguise has instructed Alicia Paez, Minister responsible for La Graciosa, to demand that the Government of the Canary Islands open an ITV centre in Caleta de Sebo on this island to “respond to the growing need of many vehicle owners to pass the inspection on their own island.”

The Mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort said “This is unfair treatment given to the residents of our eighth island, which does not have the legal status of challenge, but the residents are subject to fines for not having an ITV certificate.”

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Construction Work in Capital of Lanzarote Must End Promptly

Construction Work in Capital of Lanzarote Must End Promptly

The Government of Lanzarote this week reported that the current works being carried out in the streets of Arrecife had seen 13 days of fast paced work. It appears that the construction company has four months to modernise and beautify the central street of Arrecife, and transform it into an open commercial zone. To achieve this, a unique platform will be created with design materials, and eliminating architectural barriers.

In addition, the connections between the commercial zone and between the buildings of the parking zones will be improved. In the same way, overhead power cables will be removed, and urban furniture and lighting will be renewed.

The local business community of Arrecife have welcomed this intervention, which is intended to boost sales and trade.

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​Squatters in Lanzarote Occupying Property of Alzheimer’s Support Group

Squatters in Lanzarote Occupying Property of Alzheimer’s Support Group

After almost five years of being illegally occupied, the new owners of Senator Apartments in Lanzarote have now evicted all these squatters. However, these now homeless people have moved to occupy another property in Tahiche, but this is the property of the Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s Disease of Lanzarote.

Within this property of the Alzheimer’s Support Group, three families with nine children have now claimed squatters’ rights to live there. It is reported that these families broke into the building and moved in all their belongings.

It is also reported that this week that the house is being controlled by the Policia Local, so that the Association can make the necessary procedures to evict them.

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​Casa del Cura in Lanzarote Becomes a Public Centre

Casa del Cura in Lanzarote Becomes a Public Centre

After ten years of negotiations, the Government of Lanzarote and the City Council of Haria have purchased the historic home known as Casa del Cura.

The Government paid 600,000 euros for this historic house, and will transfer ownership to the Municipality of Haria. The building will soon host an information centre for the municipality and an area of multi-purpose rooms.

Through an agreement, signed in November 2016 by the Canon of the Tourist Centres to Haria, it was regulated and given legal security after fifty years, and the new relationship between the two institutions now ends previous institutional conflict.

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Sexual Harassment Case in Fuerteventura

Sexual Harassment Case in Fuerteventura

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Canary Islands this week ruled against a court decision last year against a bar manager of a hotel in Fuerteventura for touching a female worker on the hip and told her how good she looked, which led to his dismissal. The Supreme Court revoked the sentence that had ruled inadmissible the dismissal of a bar manager of a hotel in Fuerteventura, and forced the company to reinstate him or pay him compensation of 22,170 euros, plus legal costs.

The Social Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice reported that the only thing that was proven in the lawsuit was that the worker was touched on one occasion on the hip and was told “how good you are”, and this alone constitutes a violation of the Statute of Workers Law for Effective Equality of Men and Women 2007, and the recommendations of the European Union that justifies the dismissal.

“As affable and affectionate as a person is, or as much as he likes to tease colleagues at work to create a good atmosphere, there are certain behaviours that are inappropriate and require the consent of the person if acceptable” reported by the Chamber.

This report also said that a work environment would not facilitate collaboration between colleagues when male workers tell female colleagues that besides being beautiful are good, that these expressions are accompanied by physical contact, which is alien to socially accepted behaviours among people, because it is not proper for any work environment that a man can touch a woman on the hip.

This judgement said that such demonstrations are not a sign of camaraderie because, in addition to being unnecessary, they demand express acceptance without reproach by the victim, and in this case, was not accredited.

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​Reconstruction of Casa Galicia in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Reconstruction of Casa Galicia in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This week at a meeting with the President of the Casa de Galicia, Albino Aneiros and members of the Casa Galicia, the Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, announced the reconstruction of Casa Galicia with an investment of 90,000 euros.

This historic regional house was badly damaged by fire in 2014 and since that time has remained closed.

This Casa de Galicia, located on Calle Salvador Cuyas del Puerto, is well known for organising with the Consistory, the procession of the Three Kings on 5 January each year known as Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Las Palmas, but for the last four years has had to use another centre located in Calle Juan Rejon.

The Mayor explained “in addition to the extraordinary contribution to the reconstruction of Casa Galicia, the city of Las Palmas subsidises each year 6000 euros for the social work carried out by this group of people, because the important thing is the impressive work done by Casa de Galicia, especially in social matters, and they have not stopped supporting the most vulnerable families in the city and across the island, especially at specific times, such as Christmas.”

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​Police Officers in Fuerteventura Accused of Falsifying Evidence

Police Officers in Fuerteventura Accused of Falsifying Evidence

This week the Provincial Court of Las Palmas is holding a trial in Puerto del Rosario against two agents of the Policia Nacional for crimes committed 14 years ago.

The two agents of the Policia Nacional, Antonio Cabrera Marichal and Jose Alvaro Novegil Dopazo, are being tried as alleged perpetrators of falsehood in public documents, false accusations and illegal detention.

These events date back to the end of January 2004, when the police officers, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, decided to launch a plan with the purpose of simulating the commission of an alleged crime against public health on the part of alleged drug traffickers by arresting four people, for which they decided to mount a police operation around them. It was later shown that the seized substances had allegedly been placed by the accused police officers.

The trial of these police officers was held in 2008, but years later the Supreme Court suspended their sentences. The criminal activity by these police officers now returns to the courts of Puerto del Rosario, where the two defendants, four witnesses and other police agents who formed part of this original plot to falsify evidence to charge and detain people for trafficking drugs will be questioned in court.

The prosecution is asking for 14 years in prison, but it is not ruled out that this request could increase.

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Marijuana Plantation Discovered in Fuerteventura

Marijuana Plantation Discovered in Fuerteventura

A cultivation of 420 marijuana plants was destroyed this week in the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura in a joint operation of the Tax Agency, Guardia Civil and Canarian Police in which two people were arrested.

The Tax Agency reported that the events were triggered after police agents identified a club where marijuana was smoked, and had no authorisation to allow this activity.

Both the club and a villa were used to prepare the cultivation of marijuana, and it is reported that 420 plants in different phases of growth, a cutting device and money in cash were seized.

The two suspects who were arrested are presumed responsible for the plantation and now wait to be summoned to court.

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Annual Awards by the Government of Fuerteventura

Annual Awards by the Government of Fuerteventura

This week saw the annual award ceremony organised by the Government of Fuerteventura to present honours and awards that recognise the role of local people and groups whose actions or work add value to life across the island.

These Fuerteventura awards recognised the involvement of personalities, such as Maria Victoria Cabrera, who was named adoptive daughter posthumously, for her role in rural tourism in the island.

The title of Favourite Son of Fuerteventura was given to Antonio Ortega for his work in health care.

Another award went to Jose Padilla with a gold medal for the promotion of the agricultural sector.

The artistic Merit Award went to Antonio Patallo, and the Colectivo LGBTI Alihay received the Social Merit Award.

Silver medals were present to the Fishing Club Faro de la Entallada, The Casino de Antigua, the Murga Las Ignorantes of the Elderly Centre of Morro Jable and the Cultural Leisure Association Mas Ruines que Cain.

The Sporting Merit was awarded to the Club Deportivo Caima Fuerteventura de Villaverde, and the Cultural Merit was awarded to La Charca Neighbourhood Association.

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​New Airport for Lanzarote

New Airport for Lanzarote

The Government of Lanzarote announced this week that it will commission a study to explore possible locations to build a new airport. The objective is that the new airport infrastructure should not be limited by the physical geography of the island, and should not inconvenience residents of the island.

The Government of Lanzarote reported that the transfer of the airport to another location on the island would recover an important space of land from the existing airport for the construction of educational, health and sports centres.

This study will also explore the environmental impacts of locating the new airport further inland or closer to the coastline.

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​Improvements to Ports in Lanzarote

Improvements to Ports in Lanzarote

One of the busiest ports in the Canary Islands is located in the north of Lanzarote and La Graciosa. It is the corridor between the ports of Orzola in Lanzarote and Caleta del Sebo in La Graciosa. The Canary Islands Government is carrying out improvements in both port facilities.

The Vice President and Minister of Public Works of the Government, Pablo Rodriguez, this week visited these works, which include the building of four pontoons with capacity for 70 fishing vessels.

Also, the launching ramp will be changed to improve the operability of the transfer of merchandise between Orzola and La Graciosa, now the 8thCanary Island.

Rodriguez also checked the progress of work in Caleta de Sebo in La Graciosa, and faced demands for improvements to the pavement of the dock esplanade, where last year 400,000 people landed.

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​Artistic and Visual Project in Lanzarote

Artistic and Visual Project in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is currently hosting the ninth Arte Lanzarote Biennial Encounter, which is intended to reveal the singularities of the island.

This year the Dutch writer, Arnon Grungerg will live for 10 days in a ruined building in Risco de Famara with the aim of reflecting on the human footprint on the planet.

To carry out this artistic project, an old house has been rehabilitated, where a solar panel has been built to provide shade and to provide electricity for the building.

This building also has an unusual bed and a shower that pumps cold water.

Other artists involved in this project are visual artist Marieke Schoonderbeek and artistic researcher Eva Pel.

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​Another Tourist Scam in Lanzarote

Another Tourist Scam in Lanzarote

A 43-year-old foreigner was arrested this week by Guardia Civil officers in Yaiza in Lanzarote for the alleged crime of fraud called the ‘scam of the tablet’.

Two elderly French tourists reported to the police that they were victims of this fraud when they purchased two tablets at an electronics store after paying 60 euros, but were told by the alleged criminal that he could not give them the devices as they needed to be charged and updated, and they should return later that evening, but without giving them any proof of purchase.

When they returned, the shop owner asked for their credit cards to finish installing the operating system and asked for their PIN numbers. Afterwards, the French couple found their current accounts had been charged with 1438 euros and 1679 euros.

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​Lifeless Foetus Found in Bus Station Toilets of Lanzarote

Lifeless Foetus Found in Bus Station Toilets of Lanzarote

This week, a spokesperson for the Policia Nacional reported that cleaners of the toilets of the bus station in Arrecife in Lanzarote found a lifeless foetus in these facilities.

A police team is now working in the area to investigate the circumstances in which the discovery occurred and to retrieve any evidence to find out how the foetus came to be there.

The police team reports that it will be necessary to wait for the autopsy report to be made by forensic doctors to determine if the foetus was born dead or died after delivery, and if it was in these public toilets, or had been moved there.

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​New Technology Will Be Developed in Fuerteventura Through Innovation Programme

New Technology Will Be Developed in Fuerteventura Through Innovation Programme

This week the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, visited Fuerteventura to attend the presentation of the Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030, and explained that one of his objectives was to support technological industries throughout Spain, because local and regional initiatives can help solve the problems for the whole of Spain, and increase the market of our industries.

In one of his first speeches as head of the Science portfolio, Duque described the Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030 as an initiative that must be seen as an opportunity for the rest of the country.

Pedro Duque said “I’ve been only few days, or rather hours, in this exciting new challenge, but today I wanted to be here to have a first contact with an initiative involved with technology that aims to generate value and provide better services for citizens. I wish you all the luck of the world for this programme, because your initiatives and your technological developments can help solve the problems of others, and increase the market of these industries that are going to develop.”

The President of the Government of the Canary Island, Fernando Clavijo, thanked the Minister for supporting this initiative and said “We want to attract and retain talent, generate added value and seek solutions to problems using technology and public universities.” He continued to explain that the fragmentation of the territory and the distance of the Canary Islands from the Peninsular make it very difficult for the private sector to have a real impact in generating research, development and innovation, which is why the public sector and universities must make up for these deficiencies.”

The Canary Islands Geo Innovation Programme 2030 will be developed in the Technology Park of Fuerteventura and has a budget of 40 million euros, where 25 million has been funded by the Island Government. The initiative aims to find solutions applied to the intelligent management of the Canary Islands through observation of the land, air and maritime environment.

This programme aims to attract private investment to create unique technological products and to create high quality jobs, and look for solutions to local problems that could be extrapolated to other places, such as controlling maritime discharges, monitoring microalgae pests, monitoring the health of the sea, improving emergency services and assistance on beaches and island trails, or find solutions that promote mobility on the islands in a sustainable manner.

The deadline for the collection of ideas will be 17 July and in the autumn the first tenders will be awarded.

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