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Spanish National Lottery Commemorates Teguise in Lanzarote

Spanish National Lottery Commemorates Teguise in LanzaroteIt was announced this week that the Plaza de Los Leones de Teguise in Lanzarote will be the scene for the Special Draw of the Spanish National Lottery 2019.

This action commemorates the 600thanniversary of the town of Teguise, and Loterias del Estado predicts that on this occasion it will draw 84 million euros in lottery prizes.

It was also announced that the image of the town of Teguise will appear on the printed lottery tickets that will be sold all across Spain from 3 November.

An inspiring way to celebrate the 600thbirthday of Teguise in Lanzarote.

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​Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

The President of the Red Cross in Lanzarote, Maria del Mar Romero, this week highlighted the ‘fatigue’ that was now showing by the Red Cross volunteers who serve as the team of immediate response to the increasing arrival of migrant boats on the island.

Romero has asked for ‘a little more help’ given that the Red Cross in Lanzarote currently provides this service with 23 local people, which is now insufficient for the number of boats that are arriving.

The Government of Lanzarote has now issued a Humanitarian Emergency Situation due to the overflow of available resources for the reception and accommodation of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children who have recently arrived on the island.

The President of Lanzarote Government, Pedro San Gines said that central government had not complied with the request of the Lanzarote Government and the Government of the Canary Islands to accommodate these children in the Marques de Herrera Military Barracks in Arrecife.

Therefore, all unaccompanied children are distributed in tents in a provisional emergency camp installed in the town of Yaiza, in some homes supervised by the Social Welfare Ministry and in the Nature Classroom of Maguez.

However, an agreement has been reached with El Alberque de La Santa, which has capacity for about 120 people and was used between 2004 and 2006 during the previous migration crisis, where unaccompanied migrant children could be accommodated, once the current users of this property are evicted.

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Lanzarote Residents Clean Park After Municipal Services Fail to Keep Up Standards

Lanzarote Residents Clean Park After Municipal Services Fail to Keep Up StandardsThe residents of the Titerroy neighbourhood of Arrecife in Lanzarote have decided this week to do what they claim municipal services are not doing in the Parque de los Pinos, which is to clean it.

After these residents came together to clean the Parque de los Pinos, they reported they had used many brushes, brooms, rakes and garbage bags, as well as many cleaning products.

Although, angry that the City Council had not maintained this park at higher standards of cleanliness, they were also pleased with their efforts of cleaning up, but also said they also needed to clean all the dirt off themselves afterwards, and needed some long showers too!

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​Road Improvements for Antigua in Fuerteventura

Road Improvements for Antigua in Fuerteventura

The City of Antigua in Fuerteventura is carrying out the complete remodelling of Calle Orchilla with two million euros funded by FdCAN.

These improvements will improve lighting and make the area more attractive, as well as promote sustainable mobility for users.

The project also includes the incorporation of a bike path and the construction of a playground.

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Fuerteventura Taxi Driver Attacked by British Tourist

Fuerteventura Taxi Driver Attacked by British TouristThe Guardia Civil has detained a 33-year-old man of British nationality as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of injury to a taxi driver reported to be 57 years old.

It is reported that the events occurred when a taxi driver picked up a British family at the airport to take them to Caleta de Fuste. During the journey, the taxi driver decided to stop driving due to the aggressive attitude of one of the occupants, who was described to be a state of intoxication.

Outside the taxi, the 33-year-old tourist hit the taxi driver with a glass bottle on his head.

The taxi driver was taken to hospital with a 10-centimetre head wound. The accused was taken to court as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of injury.

The taxi driver’s professional organisation has confirmed that this was an isolated incident, and the first that has occurred in this part of the island.

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Fuerteventura Music Culture Festival Announced

Fuerteventura Music Culture Festival AnnouncedThe Arena Negra Musical Culture Festival to be held on 9 and 10 November at Gran Tarajal beach in Fuerteventura will be headlining the Cuban group, Orishas.

The President of the Government of Fuerteventura, Marcial Morales, said “The Arena Negra Festival brings a magnificent experience and good music within a privileged environment of Gran Tarajal Beach, and the goal is to consolidate a brand that is recognisable by different audiences.”

The Mayor of Tuineje, Sergio Lloret, said “The characteristics of Gran Tarajal form the perfect venue for cultural events with a magnificent beach, a promenade and an open shopping area and public parks.”

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Legal Recognition of La Graciosa as an Island

Legal Recognition of La Graciosa as an IslandLa Graciosa is about to be, legally, the eighth island of the Canary Islands. It has taken five and a half years for the residents of La Graciosa to begin the initiative of legally recognising their home to be an island.

Residents began the process of achieving their dream on the esplanade of Caleta del Sebo, where thousands of people disembark each year to visit the beautiful La Graciosa, and thought they were visiting another island for the day or for an extended holiday period. These residents caught the attention of the media, as well as tourists, by using a human chain that formed the number 8, as a stage for their dream and for their longing.

Five and a half years later, the Congress of Deputies has now given the green light to the modification of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. This new Statute grants a new status to the island of La Graciosa: it recognises it as an inhabited island without its own administration. This means there will be legal recognition of La Graciosa as an island, but the administration of island will continue to be handled by the Government of Lanzarote, and so instead of there being 7 Canary Islands, there will soon legally be 8 Canary Islands!

This new status must now be validated in the Senate in Madrid.

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Lanzarote Ambulance Technician Stole Credit Cards from Dead Woman

Lanzarote Ambulance Technician Stole Credit Cards from Dead WomanA 29-year-old woman working as an ambulance emergency technician has been detained by National Police officers in Arrecife, as the alleged perpetrator of the crimes of theft and fraud.

The ambulance technician stole the bank cards from a woman while carrying out an emergency response, but the woman died and she then used these cards to make purchases through the Internet worth 1,453 euros. She also tried to make other charges for a total amount of 2,087 euros that were denied by the bank.

National Police report that two ambulances attended the scene of the incident, and despite resuscitation procedures performed by the ambulance staff, the woman died.

After this woman’s death, her husband reported to the police that numerous charges had been made on their joint current account, where charges of 1,453 euros were taken from his bank account, but other payments were taken and then rejected by the bank.

These charges to the joint account were made with two bank cards, which the woman had been carrying with her belongings at the time of her death. The charges to the joint bank account were carried out through the Internet from different shops and through hotel reservation websites.

The police investigation into this crime eventually concluded that the cards had been used by the ambulance technician who had attended the woman at the site of the incident, and had assisted her before she died.

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​New Ring Road to Connect Morro Jable and Corralejo in Fuerteventura

New Ring Road to Connect Morro Jable and Corralejo in Fuerteventura

The Minister of Public Works, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced that the Corralejo and Morro Jable ring roads in Fuerteventura have been incorporated into the new highway agreement that is pending signatures.

Although initially these ring roads were not foreseen in the planning of the new road infrastructure, Pablo Rodriguez indicated that a study of alternatives has been commissioned for both these two circuits to connect the two ports without the need to cross population centres.

Mario Cabrera, councillor of Fuerteventura Government, also drew attention to the original framework of roads on the island that identified road sections of Caldereta to the Airport, and the Airport to Pozo Negro, but these have to avoid natural areas that are protected, which means that the new highway to the airport would been to be moved to the mountains, duplicating routes and occupying more ground.

With regard to the Caldereta to Airport section, Pablo Rodriguez explained that, after a year and a half of negotiations, he finally has an environmental impact statement, so the Ministry now faces the supervision of the construction project.

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New Investigation of Cave in Fuerteventura

New Investigation of Cave in Fuerteventura

La Cueva de Villaverde, an archaeological site discovered 40 years ago in Fuerteventura, is once again the subject of a new investigation after many years of neglect.

Thanks to a project promoted by the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands, a multidisciplinary team will now work to study this important site of archaeological interest and report of its findings.

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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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