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​Port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote will be Extended at Last

Port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote will be Extended at Last

Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands said this week that local residents have had to wait for the expansion of the port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote for over 20 years, but the budget granted in December 2017 of 39.33 million euros from the European Union Regional Development Fund will be released to complete the work within two years.

The president explained that there had been many obstacles but thanks to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport this project is shown to be of great importance for the socioeconomic development of the south of Lanzarote.

This work will involve the installation of construction and management offices, perimeter fences of the construction site and road signs, demolition of parts of the existing shoulder to generate better access to the area of construction, and removal of part of the dam breakwater.

The expansion of the port of Playa Blanca will double its surface area from 91,470 square metres to 205,569 square metres with new concourses to offer more boarding and parking areas. The dock will be used for fishing, recreation and sports boats and increase its current capacity from 162 berths to 210 berths.

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​New Museum for Fuerteventura

New Museum for Fuerteventura

The City Council of Pajara in Fuerteventura plans to build an Interpretation Centre and Museum of Modern Art in the historic centre of this town, and the Gran Canarian artist, Pepe Damso, this week laid the first stone of the museum.

It is expected that this interpretation centre and museum of modern art will be opened in the first few months of 2019 with an investment of around 1.6 million euros provided by the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan).

This construction will consist of the rehabilitation of the building known as ‘Casa del Cura’, which is an example of traditional Canarian architecture, the elements of this building will be respected.

Pepe Damso said “I am very excited by the start of this work and culture and tourism can go together, which is an example of the teachings of Cesar Manrique in Lanzarote.” Pepe also buried under the first stone of the museum day-to-day artefacts of the occasion that included coins, plans of the project and drawings of his responsibilities that were a symbolic act.

Marcial Morales, President of Fuerteventura Government said “It is very important to have this space that will carry a large part of the work of Pepe Damaso.” Blas Acosta, Minister of Tourism said “The importance of diversifying the tourist attractions of Fuerteventura is needed to promote the cultural axis of this type of project.”

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​Immigrants from Africa Die Attempting to Reach Lanzarote

Immigrants from Africa Die Attempting to Reach Lanzarote

This week a lifeguard called the 112 Emergency Services when a large inflatable boat as discovered on Playa Bastian in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote. Seven immigrants from Sub Sahara Africa were found to have died with symptoms of drowning and hypothermia. Rescue workers rescued two other men from the sea with symptoms of drowning. One died during resuscitation procedures, but another recovered from cardiorespiratory arrest and was taken to Arrecife Hospital for further treatment.

The boat had travelled to the coast of Lanzarote with 27 men on board. Some had jumped into the sea, and the Guardia Civil have now located 18 survivors who are reported to be in good physical health, as well as the victim currently receiving medical help in the local hospital.

This is the first tragedy with immigrant fatalities attempting to reach Spanish coasts this year. A year ago on 14 January, a boat with 8 immigrants arrived in Ceuta, which included the body of a woman who had died of hypothermia.

On 17 June 2017 a boat arrived in Cartagena with 5 dead bodies in an advanced state of decomposition of sub-Saharan origin, which had been sighted by a passing boat.

On 15 December 2017, a boat arrived with one sub-Saharan immigrant at Cadiz who had died, but four other people travelling on this boat had jumped into the sea and we located on land later.

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​Road Improvements for Fuerteventura Roads Completed

Road Improvements for Fuerteventura Roads Completed

The Fuerteventura Government has now completed the repair work for the road surfaces of the FV-20 between Casillas del Angel and Ampuyenta and El Time road (FV-219), as part of an overall improvement of the road networks of the island.

A press release explains that these road repair works began last October and have been undertaken by the company Crispal Islas. These road repairs have been funded by an investment of 393,963 euros for the road section from the intersection of the petrol station of Casillas to the roundabout of Ampuyenta, and with an investment of 196,350 euros for the repairs for the El Time road.

These repairs have included paving with an extension of the layer of asphalt mix, cleaning and conditioning the margins of these roads, and improved signalling and beaconing. Edilia Perez, Minister of Roads, said “with these actions we have improved the conditions of adherence to road surfaces, which means better efficiency, safety and comfort for drivers.”

This recent road repair project is part of an overall investment of over 2 million euros to repair around 23 kilometres of road networks.

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Fuerteventura Technology Park Innovation Project

Fuerteventura Technology Park Innovation Project

The Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Canary Islands Government and the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society have allocated a budget of 100,000 euros to the Fuerteventura Technology Park for an innovation project.

This project involves observation of air, land and sea activity with the use of combined types of data sources, such as satellite platforms, Air, UAV and terrestrial sensors and other data sources to design solutions for the intelligent management of data in the Canary Islands.

This initiative also aims to generate innovation that places the archipelago as a benchmark in technological innovation for observing and managing environmental data, to attract investment and to facilitate the installation of large companies in this sector for research and development. This also plans to involve local companies and should eventually create significant qualified and stable employment opportunities for the Fuerteventura.

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