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Another Migrant Boat Arrives in Lanzarote

The number of migrants arriving by boat in Lanzarote raised to 15, after others were later found that added to the 11 discovered in the boat.

Police organised a search for those missing from the wooden boat about six metres long, and first sighted during the afternoon between the beach of Papagayo and Punta Gorda, which was thought to have transported up to 20 people.

Members of Yaiza Policia Local, Maritime Rescue and Lanzarote Firefighters worked together to search and identify these migrants, and to provide them with health checks. One migrant was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia and was transferred to a local health centre.

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​Special Award for Neighbourhood Association in Fuerteventura

Special Award for Neighbourhood Association in FuerteventuraThis week it was announced that the Neighbourhood Association Montaña del Cuervo of the Panchito Ramos de Tuineje region in Fuerteventura has been awarded the Fuerteventura Embellishment Award in the Biosphere Villages and Neighbourhoods category for their work to improve Lajares Mill.

The Government of Fuerteventura created and launched this contest last year with the aim of rewarding and encouraging local residents’ commitment to the care and improvement of the landscape environment of the island.

The Lajares Mill was a proposal of the Municipality of La Oliva, as this protected heritage had faced abandonment and oblivion, the ravages of time and the negligence of its owners.

Marisol Martin, widow of Jose Luis Fernandez, began in 2017 to restore the Lajares Mill with her own funds.

Andres Fernandez Franquiz, father of Jose Luis Fernandez, bought it in 1951 in Tiscamanita for 5,000 pesetas, and moved it to Lajares, where he used it to ground gofio from local farmers and smallholders until the 1970s.

The neighbourhood association says that it has been recognised for promoting and implementing the Cleaning and Beautification Plan of the neighbourhood, a project that has been carried out since 2012.

Among its objectives are to inculcate values to raise awareness from an early age of the importance of living in a pleasant and appropriate environment, and to involve families, through activities of participating in cleaning and enhancing the environment, so that they become educating agents and transmitters of these values.

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The Smallest Library in the Canary Islands is in Fuerteventura

The Smallest Library in the Canary Islands is in FuerteventuraThe Government of Fuerteventura this week announced that it has opened the smallest library in the Canary Islands. This is a small wooden house that has been installed on the seafront of the beach of Gran Tarajal.

This library has a simple system of operation of take one book and leave another, and this simplicity is helping to encourage adults and children to read more books when they visit the beach.

This house-shaped library, which does not go unnoticed, is located in Gran Tarajal and the initiative has been very well received by local residents.

It is reported that this is one way to encourage reading, but not just for local residents, as tourists are welcomed to visit this smallest library in the Canary Islands, as they will find books in various languages.

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New Army Manoeuvres in Fuerteventura Cause Protests

New Army Manoeuvres in Fuerteventura Cause ProtestsPoliticians in Fuerteventura this week denounced the Ministry of Defence for preparing to carry out new large scale manoeuvres by military personnel on the coast of the Municipality of Pajara on the beach of Matas Blancas after 16 years.

In 2002, after the NEOTAPON manoeuvres, which took place in this area, caused a massacre of whales and dolphins, and protests by local residents at that time forced the Ministry of Defence to stop carrying out military exercises on the coast of Fuerteventura. This agreement has been maintained for the last 16 years, although the Government of Spain has always refused to officially sign an agreement about this.

According to local sources in Pajara, beach users have reported the presence of military personnel who have been making beacons in the area on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, which points to an area that could be used to land soldiers and materials on the coast. Other leaked sources suggest that military exercises could take place in October and November.

Over the past week, swimmers and others exercising on the beach have been forcibly removed, and told that there was restricted use of this coastal area.

Local activists are now claiming that they have sufficient social and scientific evidence that demonstrate the damage that would be caused by restarting military exercises on the coastline of Fuerteventura. Local residents now wait to learn what will happen next.

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Lanzarote Skate Park Opens

Lanzarote Skate Park OpensThis week a new skate park opened in San Bartolome in Lanzarote, which has had an investment of over 45,000 euros.

This new skate park is open every day from 10.00 until 21.00.

The Municipality of San Bartolome reported that the opening of these new facilities is repaying a debt to the young people of the area, and to show that the council is also investing to meet the needs of younger residents.

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​Higher Demand for Rental Homes in Lanzarote than Supply of Properties

Higher Demand for Rental Homes in Lanzarote than Supply of Properties

It was reported by the Government of Lanzarote this week that the cost of rental homes across the island is still a problem for local residents looking for their own home. The main problems are highlighted as high rental costs and poor supply of rental properties.

The problem, in the opinion of some real estate experts, is that it is not possible to build new properties on many areas of Lanzarote, so that the supply of rental homes is practically the same, but demand from local residents for new homes has grown over recent years, which has contributed to very high rental costs.

Clearly, solutions need to be found to meeting the needs of local residents for fair costs of rental homes in Lanzarote in the near future.

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​Elderly Swimmer Seriously Ill in Lanzarote Hospital

Elderly Swimmer Seriously Ill in Lanzarote Hospital

The 112 Emergency Service this week reported that a 73-year-old swimmer had been hospitalised in a serious health condition after suffering drowning during the afternoon in the sea at El Cura Beach in the Municipality of San Bartolome in Lanzarote.

It is reported that lifeguards on the beach rescued the man from the sea and found that he was in cardiorespiratory arrest, and with the help of a local resident who was in the area and identified himself as a nurse, they performed resuscitation procedures that managed to stop his heart arrest.

Later an ambulance arrived at El Cura Beach to transfer the man to Lanzarote Hospital.

Policia Local and Guardia Civil officers also attended the scene of this drowning and rescue and prepared the appropriate reports on the incident.

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​Protest Signs Erected on Sand Dunes of Corralejo in Fuerteventura

Protest Signs Erected on Sand Dunes of Corralejo in Fuerteventura

This week the Government of Fuerteventura asked the Guardia Civil to remove unauthorised signs that have been erected in the Dunes of Corralejo Natural Park.

It appears that these signs or posters indicate in several languages that the dunes of Corralejo are private property, and the comments on these signs have also been repeated by users of various social networks, who have been unhappy that public access to the dunes of Corralejo has been closed for the filming of the new movie, Wonder Woman.

Filming for Wonder Woman is already taking place across different locations within the sand dunes, and Edilia Perez, Head of the Fuerteventura Film Commission said that neither the Commission nor the film production company have placed these posters.

It is reported that the Guardia Civil has now removed all protest signs in the sand dune area.

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​Young Child Died After Drowning in a Pool in Fuerteventura

Young Child Died After Drowning in a Pool in Fuerteventura

A five-year-old boy has died as a result of drowning in a pool in Corralejo in the Municipality of La Oliva. The child was rescued from the pool in a complex of private residences in a serious health condition with symptoms of drowning.

The 112 Emergency Response sent the necessary emergency resources, and the Guardia Civil collected a medical team from the local health centre and took them to scene of the incident.

The medical team reported that when they arrived at the site, the child was still in cardiorespiratory arrest, so then continued with advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures to save his life.

Then the medical team prepared an urgent transfer by the GES helicopter that was moved to the location, and prepared a medical ambulance with specialist equipment to transfer the child to the main hospital in Fuerteventura.

The surrounding area was cleared by firefighters to secure the safe landing of the helicopter, but although the boy was transported by helicopter to the hospital on the island, nothing could be done to save his life.

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Pajara in Fuerteventura is Top for Overnight Stays in Spain

Pajara in Fuerteventura is Top for Overnight Stays in SpainAccording to the National Institute of Statistics, the number of overnight stays in hotels has fallen by 2.2% across Spain. This decline has also affected hotels in the Canary Islands, but despite this trend, the Municipality of Pajara in Fuerteventura is shown to the top destination for national overnight stays.

The hotels in this municipality were renovated in July last year to increase the capacity for hotel guests, and now it is leader for all of Spain in overnight stays.

Pajara is followed by San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria, or more often known as Maspalomas, and Adeje in Tenerife.

It is reported that the recovery of tourist markets in Turkey, Tunisia and Greece has been mainly responsible for overall decline of 2.2% of overnight stays in Spain. However, occupancy rates for hotels in the Canary Islands are still over 80%.

The Tourist Board of the Canary Islands says that it is confident that these figures will be maintained for the winter season, when a 9.1% growth is forecast in the regular air flight capacity across the islands.

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​Festival of Art, Theatre, Music, Dance and Photography in Fuerteventura

Festival of Art, Theatre, Music, Dance and Photography in Fuerteventura

This week over 40 artists from all across the Canary Islands have gathered for the second Manestival Festival held at the Casa Mane Art Centre in La Oliva in Fuerteventura.

This year’s Manestival Festival will involve exhibitions of plastic art, theatre, music, dance and photography.

This event aims to consolidate and confirm Fuerteventura as a meeting point for art and culture, and is part of the Programme of the Multidisciplinary Itinerant Festival.

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​More Migrant Boats Arrive in Lanzarote in Different Zones

More Migrant Boats Arrive in Lanzarote in Different ZonesTwo migrant boats, often called pateras, arrived this week in different zones of the island of Lanzarote, and the Guardia Civil report that they have intercepted 32 people from these boats.

The first of these boats arrived on the beach of Las Malvas in the Municipality of Tinajo, and when the Guardia Civil located the boat, they reported it was five metres in length, and discovered six migrants.

As for the second boat, about 5 metres long by 2.5 metres wide, it had reached the beach of Las Pachonas in the Municipality of Teguise following a call from a local resident.

Police now use location devices that are activated to warn them of likely migrant boats, and so far, 32 migrants have been intercepted, including six from the first boat in Las Malvas.

In the case of the second boat found at the beach of Las Pachonas, there were 16 people eventually found, all men and two described as children of North African origin.

The two described as children were located on the LZ-1 road in the area of Mala in Haria, and these were treated by medical staff and taken by ambulance to the General Hospital of Arrecife. Afterwards, 11 other migrants were intercepted, all adults, and all presented good health.

Policia Local of Teguise also located three other adult migrants, apparently in good health, in the town of Tahiche in Teguise.

Therefore, over just two days, four migrant boats are reported to have landed on the coast of Lanzarote, despite the fact that this area has the Integrated System of External Surveillance (SIVE) system.

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Long-Spined Sea Urchin Disappearing in Lanzarote

Long-Spined Sea Urchin Disappearing in LanzaroteEl erizo diadema or long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), that is characterised by its black colour and long barbs, is reported this week to have practically disappeared from the coastal waters of Lanzarote.

Recent studies have suggested that this has been caused by an undetermined disease that has caused the seabed to change abruptly in less than five months.

The disappearance of these macroinvertebrates is suggested to be responsible for blanquizales or a serious loss of biodiversity and a balance of algae communities typical of the Canary Islands, but these have increased in recent months.

Studies conducted in other years by the Government of the Canary Islands indicate that this is caused by a bacterium, and in this case, one that is very aggressive.

The reason for this aggressiveness or the cause is not known, but naturalist Rafael Mesa highlights the unusual temperature of the seawater. “Until two weeks ago, the water temperature did not rise above 20ºC.”

These striking changes are not good for marine ecosystems in a seabed where algae flourishes, but not long-spined sea urchins.

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​Serious Injuries for Truck Driver in Fuerteventura Accident

Serious Injuries for Truck Driver in Fuerteventura AccidentA 60-year-old truck driver was seriously injured this week when he was thrown from his vehicle when it overturned on the FV-30 road, in the direction of Pajara and in the Municipality of Betancuria in Fuerteventura.

The helicopter of the Emergency and Salvage Team (GES) was present at the site of the accident, and worked in collaboration with other emergency teams to rescue the injured driver.

It is reported by the Canary Emergency Service (SUC) that the injured driver was given medical aid, but as he presented severe trauma, he was then taken by helicopter to the General Hospital Fuerteventura Virgen de La Peña.

There is no further information about the health of this person.

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​More Wreckage from Sunken Boats in Gran Tarajal in Fuerteventura Removed

More Wreckage from Sunken Boats in Gran Tarajal in Fuerteventura Removed

This week Puertos Canarios carried out the third transfer by sea and on pontoons of the wreckage caused by Storm Emma in the port of Gran Tarajal in Tuineje in Fuerteventura earlier this year to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Manuel Ortega, Director Manager of Puertos Canarios said that this new operation used a tugboat to tow a barge containing around 620 tons of steel from the Taehung FB1 and Taehung M6 barges, which were rescued from the bottom of the sea that are now laminated and decontaminated. He also noted that the deadlines set by Fernando Clavijo President of the Government of the Canary Islands when he visited the port of Gran Tarajal on 3 August have now been met.

Manuel Ortega said “The work has not stopped and, although it is true that bad sea conditions have prevented the transfer of the tugboat with the loaded pontoon before, we are within the calculated margins.”

Ortega also added that when this current operation is completed, the cutting of the last vessel left in the water, the Taehung 2, will begin. However, these rescue tasks continue to be carried out with extraordinary measures of protection to avoid any accident that may cause personal or environmental damage.

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