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​Stop Stealing Our Popcorn Beach in Fuerteventura

Stop Stealing Our Popcorn Beach in Fuerteventura

The City of La Oliva has launched a campaign ‘Pasa sin huella por La Oliva’ or Leave without damaging La Oliva, and is promoted by the Department of Tourism with the collaboration of the Telesforo Bravo Foundation, to warn of rhodolith theft that occurs on the beaches on the north of the island.

Some may not know about rhodoliths, which are often colourful, unattached, branching marine red algae that resemble coral, and create a biogenic habitat for many communities.

The appearance of this type of calcareous algae, similar to thread, has popularised these beaches through the hashtag #PopCornBeach, which has encouraged the pillage of this type of fossil of great heritage value.

The Mayor of La Oliva, Isai Blanco, explained “Many times, without realising it, we are damaging the environment with mounds of stone, or damaging the natural and cultural heritage with inscriptions in areas of geological and paleontological value, which is impossible to recover.”

This threat looms over the beaches on the north coast of Fuerteventura after becoming famous on Instagram, because these are made up of rhodoliths that look like popcorn. Fuerteventura has dozens of kilometres of white sand beaches that make it a much sought-after destination for thousands of tourists every year. However, the local community want tourists and residents to stop removing rhodoliths from the beaches of La Oliva. Just visit, enjoy it, and leave without damaging the environment.

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False Passport Arrests in Lanzarote

False Passport Arrests in LanzaroteAgents of the Policia Nacional have arrested two men aged 40 and 45 years, a child aged 17 years and a woman aged 20 years at Cesar Manrique de Lanzarote Airport who tried to take a flight to London by identifying themselves with false French passports.

Airport police were alerted when the passports presented lacked the correct security measures and indicated they were all falsely claiming to be of French nationality. The adults of legal age were arrested, detained and presented to court authorities, and the child classed as a minor was taken to the Children’s Section of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Las Palmas.

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​Stinging Jellyfish Close Beaches of La Graciosa

Stinging Jellyfish Close Beaches of La Graciosa

The beaches of Salao, La Cocina and La Francesa in La Graciosa have been closed for public use due to the massive presence of stinging Portuguese Man o’ War and other stinging jellyfish.

Technicians are now waiting for the state of the sea to change, so that the currents will drag these away and clean the beaches.

Meanwhile, it is recommended that residents and tourists take extreme precautions and not bathe from these beaches. Several swimmers have already needed medical attention after they were bitten.

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​Archaeologists Return to Fuerteventura Volcanic Tube

Archaeologists Return to Fuerteventura Volcanic TubeThe Cave of Villaverde in the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura is a volcanic tube with important evidence about the prehistorical periods of the island that was discovered in 1979, but was closed again in 1988.

This team of archaeologists first entered the cave in 2018, and used new technologies to disseminate their findings, and the next visit this month will be a new phase of intervention.

After forty years, this project aims to learn more about the artefacts hidden inside this cave with funding from the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the Island Government of Fuerteventura and the City of Lo Oliva.

This team of archaeologists will focus their research on geology and topography, which is a priority to define the limits of the site, expand the excavation area, specify the state of conservation and plan future explorations.

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​The Journeys of Turtles Released from Fuerteventura

The Journeys of Turtles Released from Fuerteventura

One year ago this month, five loggerhead turtles bred in captivity were released from the beach of Cofete in Fuerteventura, and had GPS transmitters attached to them. This data on their migratory routes has just been published and provides fascinating information about these Canary Islands sea creatures.

These loggerhead turtles were bred in captivity for eight years within a programme of reintroduction of the species in the islands. The tracking transmitters were monitored by satellites, and their migratory routes have been disparate, where some travelled to the African coast and others to the coast of America, which surprised the experts because of the difficulties involved in such a route.

The desire now of the scientists is that they return to nest on the coasts of Fuerteventura, where in addition to these five turtles, there have been around 1000 other turtles released to the coastal waters of the island.

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​Lanzarote Woman Arrested for Selling Drugs to Children

Lanzarote Woman Arrested for Selling Drugs to ChildrenThe owner of a cannabis club in Arrecife in Lanzarote that is based close to several schools has been arrested, and accused of selling drugs to anyone, including children, in an operation that involved many kilos of marijuana.

Agents of the Policia Nacional collaborated closely with the Policia Local in Arrecife, and report that 3,130 grams and 18 marijuana plats, 45 grams of hashish and 2,155 euros were seized.

Anonymous information about what had been taking place at the cannabis club was passed to the police, which led to their investigations into the activities. Police report that the property was visited by numerous adults and children to buy and consume narcotic substances.

After a search order was granted, the police entered the property, and after seizing the drugs and cash, they arrested a 33-year-old woman with no criminal record, who is accused of a crime against public health.

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​Increased Agricultural Production in Fuerteventura

Increased Agricultural Production in FuerteventuraThe agricultural production of Fuerteventura grew 13.5% last year reported by the cooperative Agricola del Tomate de Gran Tarajal, when primary sector representatives in Fuerteventura held talks to meet the advances and challenges that the sector is facing.

This meeting was attended by the President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, who reflected on the vagaries of European politics, and said that uncertainty in Europe should not affect the progress made in the primary sector, and that it is important to maintain and fight for everything included in the REF (Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands) regarding the agricultural sector.

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​New Fire Station for South Lanzarote

New Fire Station for South Lanzarote

Lanzarote now has a new fire station in the south of the island. The new infrastructure will serve three municipalities and in this way, it covers a need that for a long time, residents and firefighters have been demanding.

In recent years, with the demographic growth experienced by the island, the needs for firefighting resources were multiplying.

The new fire station is located in the old Casa del Medico de Uga, which has been restored. In the upper part are the bedrooms, the kitchen, the services and the gym, and the lower floor is intended for offices.

In the annex to this fire station, a garage has been built to house the firefighting truck with a capacity of 3,000 m3 of water, a 4x4 and a jet ski. This fire station will have a permanent crew of 3 firefighters.

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Lanzarote Airport Now Renamed

Lanzarote Airport Now RenamedThe airport of Lanzarote is now called Airport Cesar Manrique Lanzarote at the request of the Ministry of Development. This change of name also coincides with the change of the official name of Barcelona El Prat Airport that now becomes the Josep Tarradellas Airport Barcelona El Prat to honour the memory of the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in recognition and respect for his historical role and as a reminder of his legacy this year that marks the 30thanniversary of his death.

The Cesar Manrique Lanzarote Airport pays tribute to the memory and legacy of the Canarian artist, coinciding with the centenary of his birth on 24 April, to give his name to the airport of the island where he was born.

Cesar Manrique has been widely linked to all the Canary Islands, as his work as a painter, sculptor and artist is intimately linked to the defence of ecology and the environment, and he wanted to achieve the perfect interaction between artistic expression and nature and to the image and projection of the Canary Islands for visitors. It is also well known that it was his work to maintain landscape values of the island of Lanzarote that has contributed to its sustainable development for tourism.

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Final Section of Fuerteventura Road Now in Operation

Final Section of Fuerteventura Road Now in OperationThe commissioning of the final section of the La Caldereta to Corralejo road, a fundamental infrastructure on the north-south axis of Fuerteventura, of 6 kilometres between the Lajares junction and the Corralejo roundabout, was attended by Pablo Rodriquez, Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport reported that the commissioning of this section concludes a project that has been key to Fuerteventura, because, in addition to being able to have a convenient and safe route, the island is now has better communication.

This road project, which cost around 65.94 million euros, is described by the Vice President as one of the most important infrastructures for the economic and social development of Fuerteventura by connecting Corralejo with the capital and the airport with a high capacity way.

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​Olympic Size Swimming Pool for Lanzarote

Olympic Size Swimming Pool for Lanzarote

The first Olympic size swimming will soon be open to the public in Arrecife in Lanzarote.

This infrastructure project is included in the remodelling of the Sports City of Lanzarote, and will involve an investment of about 6 million euros.

This unique swimming pool for the island of Lanzarote will be heated with renewable energy sources, and will make the most of ventilation and natural light. This Olympic size swimming pool will be available for the practice of top-level swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.

The new swimming pool building will also house the Island Youth Information Centre.

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​Internet Scams Discovered in Fuerteventura

Internet Scams Discovered in Fuerteventura

Officers of the Guardia Civil, with the framework of Operation Pillory, have dismantled a criminal group accused of 33 scams for a total of 40,000 euros, committed through the Internet in 17 Spanish provinces, including Fuerteventura, in addition to another reported by police in Germany.

The case that related to a victim of Internet scam in Tuineje in Fuerteventura was actually reported in Vecindario in Gran Canaria, where Guardia Civil agents were told of this scam that occurred on 24 and 24 May 2018. This scam amounted to 2,000 euros when four different charges of 500 euros were taken.

The alleged perpetrators have been charged with a crime of continued fraud, misappropriation of civil status and membership of an organised criminal group. Another victim in Peralta in Navarra claimed that eight unauthorised transactions each amounting to 500 euros each were taken, and losing a total of 4,000 euros.

The Guardia Civil said that to access this money, the method of ‘phishing’ was used, which consists of sending an email to the victim, pretending to be their bank, and requesting username and password.

Once these were obtained, the perpetrators of the scam accessed the victims’ current accounts, and took money through a mobile payment application, with which several banking entities work, with amounts that varied between 100 euros and 4,000 euros.

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​Giant Jigsaw Puzzle in Lanzarote

Giant Jigsaw Puzzle in Lanzarote

Challenge Canario 2019 has just been held in Lanzarote, which required the completion of a jigsaw puzzle composed of 91 photographs of Lanzarote made up of 45,500 pieces that had to be finished within a time limit.

Seventy-five people joined this jigsaw puzzle challenge, and gained a world record for completing this giant jigsaw puzzle, and the clock was stopped 10 hours before the time limit was up. The next problem for the organisers of this event is to find a place to exhibit the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the world.

This event was organised by the Government of Lanzarote, the Mercedes Medina Diaz Association, the Isaac Newton Society and Mathematics and Aepuzz teachers. The maximum time set was less than 42 hours. This matched the challenge achieved in La Palma with a puzzle of the same material and number of pieces.

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DNA Analysis in Lanzarote Confirms Missing Girl

DNA Analysis in Lanzarote Confirms Missing GirlThe Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has just confirmed that DNA analysis of a piece of human lung found on the coast of Lanzarote a few weeks ago belongs to Romina Celeste Nuñez, the Paraguayan girl who disappeared on New Year’s Eve.

Forensic scientists had provisional results that suggested that these remains could belong to Romina, obtained by comparing them with the genetic trace of some personal belongings of the young woman, but the definitive proof has now been provided by comparing the DNA of her mother who arrived in Lanzarote ten days ago.

The young woman’s husband, Raul DC, has been in provisional detention since January on charges of murder and habitual mistreatment, although so far, he has denied killing her, but that he found her dead on returning home. He is reported to have said that on New Year’s Eve, he got scared and got rid of the body by leaving parts of her body in different areas of the Lanzarote coastline.

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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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