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​Judge Orders Reinstatement of Air Traffic Controllers in Fuerteventura

Judge Orders Reinstatement of Air Traffic Controllers in Fuerteventura

A judge has ruled that the Directors of Spanish airports have lost the status of public authority attributed to them by law after the transformation of Aena into a company, and cannot impose their instructions on staff at the control tower at Fuerteventura Airport beyond what the procedures set out.

This relates to an incident when two air traffic controllers at Fuerteventura Airport were dismissed for refusing to prolong the operation of the airport after 23.00 the usual closing time to allow a plane to take off. This plane had been delayed by a few minutes, because one of the passengers felt ill and had to be removed from the plane.

The company for which they worked, Aeronatutical Services, Control and Navigation or Saerco understood that the two dismissed had acted in bad faith, had falsified data, broken their confidence and had been insubordinate. The charge was based on the fact that the director of the airport told them at 22.56 that he had authorised prolonging the closure of the airport for a few minutes due to force majeure to prevent the plan and its 176 passengers having to stay on land until the next day, because of the sick passenger.

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Footprints of Ignorance Sculpture Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

Footprints of Ignorance Sculpture Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

This week saw the opening of the Footprints of Ignorance sculpture exhibition by artist Jose Goñi at Lanzarote Airport, which will remain open for viewing until 20 June.

These sculptures that form the exhibition were made from waste collected in natural spaces of Lanzarote, through the geolocation app ‘Papacria’, which was developed exclusively for this project.

The exhibition consists of 28 pieces made mainly of rubble, metal and recycled plastic extracted from garbage or waste generated by humans and abandoned in the wild, which is increasingly present in the local environment.

In addition, the sculptures are accompanied by photographs, posters and a map of the island with all the points and natural spaces where the collection of the waste had been made.

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River of Sewage in Lanzarote

River of Sewage in Lanzarote

This week a culvert overflowed on the road to Los Marmoles at the entrance to Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife, which caused a large tide of sewage to cover the road. Firefighters and agents of the water authority had to quickly intervene to clear the road.

According to first reports, this overflow was thought to be caused by the overflow of a well, as a result of uncontrolled dumping that could have caused this river of sewage.

The water authority has now opened an investigation to clarify what was the reason for causing this event.

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​Vocational Training for Students in Tenerife

Vocational Training for Students in Tenerife

The Government of Tenerife this week announced that it is offering around 300 places for vocational training for students to practice their next courses in island institutions and with related companies, such as TITSA, ITER, Metropolitano de Tenerife, Consorcio de Bomberos, TEA or the Auditorium.

The Minister of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands, Soledad Monzon, signed a collaboration agreement with the President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, to provide practical training for students to receive vocational training on the island.

Carlos Alonso explained that currently there are over 100 students receiving vocational training experiences, but the intention is to duplicate or triple this number, so that the objective is that local young people will have more opportunities in the future.

Soledad Monzon confirmed that 63 centres in Tenerife will be involved in this project for vocational training, including sports education and art education.

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​Lanzarote Fashion Weekend at Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

Lanzarote Fashion Weekend at Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

The fashion designer, Custo Barcelona, presented his new collection ‘Capsula’ at the Jameos del Agua Centre this weekend for the celebration of the Lanzarote Fashion Weekend.

The designer provided the 500 guests with 80 items, including exclusive looks inspired by the colours and shapes of the island. The event was attended by models, such as Helen Lindes and Elizabeth Reyes.

Lanzarote Fashion Weekend event was promoted by the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism and the Foreign Promotion Society of Lanzarote, which aims to strengthen the position of Lanzarote abroad through fashion by also showing the rich qualities of the landscape and uniqueness of the island.

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​Green Sheep Operation Leads to Arrest of Four for Drug Trafficking in Lanzarote

Green Sheep Operation Leads to Arrest of Four for Drug Trafficking in Lanzarote

This week four people were arrested at a cannabis club in Arrecife for alleged drug trafficking and after testifying before a judge, they were released without bail, but charged with committing an offence against public health linked to the alleged sale of hashish and marijuana.

The police operation called La Oveja Verde was carried out this week at the cannabis club in Arrecife and part of an ongoing anti-drug operation. In recent months, this cannabis club was located on Peñas del Chache street and had been the subject of neighbourhood complaints about the unbearable smell of marijuana, when some residents had to leave their properties.

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​Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Hotels Say Holiday Rentals are a Serious Problem

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Hotels Say Holiday Rentals are a Serious Problem

The employers of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura hotels, Asolan and Asofuer, have demanded this week that the Canary Islands Government urgently address the serious problem of holiday rentals, as this is distorting the market of tourism and housing.

In a statement, Antonio Hormiga, President of Asofuer and Susana Perez, President of Asolan clarify their desire to alert not only the social problems generated by the lack of housing for residents, but also of the imbalance that is occurring in the market and its negative impact on the tourism sector.

This demand claims that local homes are placed on the holiday market illegally, whose number amounts to 31,675 homes, 131,032 beds for these islands, and accounts for 22% of the supply of beds.

It is claimed that the existence of this uncontrolled offer of holiday rental properties is causing a change of direction that affects the economic prospects generated by the segment of illegal tourist rentals on the islands, and reflected in hotel occupancy since the end of last year.

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​Fuerteventura Celebrates International Day Against LGBTI Phobia

Fuerteventura Celebrates International Day Against LGBTI Phobia

This week saw Fuerteventura hold an act of commemoration for the International Day Against LGBTI Phobia, and included many local groups from across the Canary Islands, such as Altihay Fuerteventura, Lanzate Lanzarote, Algarabia Tenerife, Goma Gran Canaria, Apertura, TransBoys Tenerife, Aranda LGBTI Gran Canaria, La Palma Violets, Canary Islands Chrysalis, Dredgers Gran Canaria and Equal Gran Canaria.

During this event held every year on 17 May, the groups read a manifesto for the International Day Against LGBTI Phobia.

This year celebrated ten years since the Government of the Canary Islands first commemorated this important international event across the islands, and to show support for local LGBTI groups and their fight for equality, respect and visibility in society.

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​Water Supply Breaks Down in Fuerteventura

Water Supply Breaks Down in Fuerteventura

Residents of the Villaverde area in the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura found that they were without water for several days this week due to a breakdown in the water supply system.

Residents report that they have been without access to tap water for four days, but that this situation is a common problem for towns like Villaverde on a monthly basis.

These angry Villaverde residents claim that after a hundred hours without water, their water deposit reserves have been exhausted, and the Water Supply Consortium has not corrected the water supply problems.

The company confirms the problems of the water supply are due to a breakdown that has affected the supply of water across the Municipality of La Oliva, and has led to cuts in water supply in several locations. However, it also confirmed that breakdowns have been located and repaired, and that water supply customers should normally be reconnected within a matter of hours.

To avoid cuts in water supply in the future, the water company plans to improve the overall infrastructure of the whole island.

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​Enhanced Twinning Agreement for Lanzarote, Chinijo Archipelago and Azores

Enhanced Twinning Agreement for Lanzarote, Chinijo Archipelago and Azores

Agreement has been reached between Lanzarote, the Chinijo Archipelago and the Azores to strengthen their ties through a twinning agreement within the framework of collaboration between these separate territories.

This new alliance should facilitate the possibility of sending or receiving participants for internships, scholarship programmes and international and European exchanges.

It is hoped that this twinning agreement will specifically benefit young people within these territories by sharing knowledge, facilities and experiences.

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​Salt Museum Reopens in Fuerteventura

Salt Museum Reopens in Fuerteventura

The Salt Museum in Fuerteventura reopened its doors this week after a period of closure needed for renovation. The museum is located in the Salinas del Carmen in Antigua, and now has a new commercial area and more content in the museum.

Through informative panels, videos and typical artefacts, visitors are shown how salt was treated and collected, the history of this area, and the typical activities of salt workers. Although many tourists have visited this Salt Museum, many also want to also visit the salt lakes.

This Salt Museum is operated by a company that also runs other tourist attractions across the island, such as the Interpretation Centre of Los Molinos in Tiscamanita, and the Cheese Museum in Antigua.

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​Migrants Arrive in Boat on Lanzarote Beach

Migrants Arrive in Boat on Lanzarote Beach

A group of 11 immigrants arrived in Lanzarote this week, and were quickly detected by officers of the Guardia Civil and health personnel, who found that none had any serious health problems.

This boat is reported to have arrived in the early of the morning at Jabillo Beach in the Municipality of Teguise.

Humanitarian assistance was provided by the staff of the Canary Islands Emergency Service and the Red Cross, and they report that it was not necessary to transfer any of these immigrants to health centres.

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​Drug Trafficking Gang in Fuerteventura includes Guardia Civil Officers

Drug Trafficking Gang in Fuerteventura includes Guardia Civil Officers

Operation Botavara this week resulted in 13 people being tried for membership of a gang dedicated to drug trafficking in Fuerteventura, which includes five Guardia Civil officers. The Prosecution has asked the court to consider a total of 190 years in prison for those accused of drug trafficking within this gang.

This trial relates to an incident in February 2013, when two members of the drug trafficking gang were surprised by Guardia Civil officers when collecting drugs from a boat that had run aground on El Cotillo Beach. This boat had been one ton of hashish on board that was divided into 29 bales.

The investigation called Operation Botavara then identified the private homes of the gang members and other locations related to this drug trafficking operation across Fuerteventura. The investigators were shocked to reveal five Guardia Civil officers who had become involved in this drug trafficking gang.

These defendants now face sentences of between 8 and 25 years in prison for crimes of drug trafficking, membership of a criminal organisation, falsehood, threats and torture. This trial is due to conclude in June.

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​Grey Pilot Whales Sanctuary off Fuerteventura Coast

Grey Pilot Whales Sanctuary off Fuerteventura Coast

A marine biologist, Alberto Sarabia, is conducting a research project studying grey pilot whales, and reports that he has detected around 200 of these whales off the north coast of Fuerteventura. This research now continues across all the coastline of Fuerteventura to create a detailed record of grey pilot whales in the coastal waters of this island to identify this particular sanctuary.

Many tourists who visit Fuerteventura take boat trips to witness whales and dolphins in these coastal waters, and this research confirms the importance of grey pilot whales that pass through this part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Alberto is currently investigating the population and characteristics of these whales for his research project, but is also gathering information to understand more about these creatures that are an important part of the marine environment of Fuerteventura.

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​Illegal Sculpture in Arrecife in Lanzarote Called Arrecife

Illegal Sculpture in Arrecife in Lanzarote Called Arrecife

This week an unusual sculpture created with large letters spelling Arrecife was placed in front of Castillo de San Gabriel and El Puente de las Bolas. However, this has unleashed a huge row between the Heritage Department of the Government of Lanzarote and the City Council of Arrecife.

Currently, the Heritage Department is investigating the legality of this sculpture, but the City Council is defending its installation.

Arrecife accepts that it installed this striking and unusual sculpture without the endorsement of the Heritage Department, and had requested the permit 15 days ago, but still defends its installation. The City Council claims that if they are forced to remove this giant sign or art sculpture, which aims to promote the city, it will appeal the decision. Art or marketing?

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