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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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Another Dead Whale Found in Fuerteventura

Another Dead Whale Found in FuerteventuraAnother beaked whale has been found on the beach of Tierra Dorada in Fuerteventura. This is the third whale that has been found dead on the coastline of the island in 2019.

A team of five veterinarians have been studying the body of this whale, and samples taken will then be analysed at a laboratory to reach a conclusion to explain the reasons for this death, which should take around one month.

Although this is an individual incident of a stranded whale, there is currently a systematic study of beaked whales that die, not only in Fuerteventura, but across all the Canary Islands.

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Remains of Body Found near Lanzarote Beach

Remains of Body Found near Lanzarote BeachThe Guardia Civil have been investigating the remains of a body found near a beach in Lanzarote by a local resident in the east of Lanzarote. The Guardia Civil have been trying to confirm or discard the premise that the body part is that of Romina Celeste Nuñez, a girl from Paraguay who disappeared on New Year’s Eve.

Since the disappearance of Romina, police have been investigating Raul DC, husband of the disappeared person, and currently accuse him of possible crimes of homicide or murder and habitual domestic abuse.

The remains of the human body are described as an organic fragment that was found by a local resident in a solid waste container near the beach. However, this man did not report his discovery for 10 days, after the photograph of the missing woman was released.

The waste container was then removed for forensic investigation.

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​Protests in Fuerteventura Against Restricted Visits to Isla Lobos

Protests in Fuerteventura Against Restricted Visits to Isla LobosBusinesses, residents and tourists have joined together in Corralejo in Fuerteventura to protest against the introduction of a master plan that limits the numbers of visitors able to take the ferry to the island of Lobos from the port.

The slogan read ‘Todos con Lobos y Lobos para Todos’ or Everyone for Lobos and Lobos for Everyone.

The implementation of this master plan that was approved in 2006 now limits the numbers of visitors to the island of Lobos to two shifts, and requires tourists, residents and workers to request a daily permit and also prohibits overnight stays on the island.

It is reported that after a week of application, visits have fallen to around half those expected at this time of the year, and residents of Corralejo continue to feel uncertainty about the future of their traditional homes on Isla Lobos.

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​Police Find Hashish Inside a Baguette in Lanzarote

Police Find Hashish Inside a Baguette in LanzarotePolicia Local in Yaiza in Lanzarote have just found that a baguette in a kiosk at Playa Blanca had 400 grams of hashish inside.

Police were alerted to the possible existence of ‘retail’ drugs from this kiosk, and motivated the investigation when police officers came to the premises and identified the owner as a man of 44 years of age and of foreign nationality who was in this kiosk.

The police then continued their investigation along the shelves of the kiosk, and located several bags of bread and bread rolls, where they found a baguette prepared with two tablets of hashish that weighed around 400 grams, wrapped in transparent plastic.

This led to the arrest of the man for the crime against public health, but it is also reported that this man had been arrested at the end of 2018 for similar activities, when Policia Local of Yaiza discovered around 2.5 kilos of hashish.

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La Graciosa Has Investment for Improving Sanitation

La Graciosa Has Investment for Improving SanitationThe Government of the Canary Islands will invest another two million euros to connect a total of 250 homes in Caleta de Sebo to the La Graciosa’s sanitation network, following a visit by Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands Government.

Clavijo said that the Executive had already invested five million euros in the creation of this sanitation network, and the new investment funds will be transferred to the Government of Lanzarote to carry out this further extension, and the eighth project completed on the island of La Graciosa.

This improvement in infrastructure is of great importance for the residents of La Graciosa, an island where more than 700 residents are registered, and where more than 2,000 tourists visit each day.

Fernando Clavijo was on an official visit to La Graciosa, which is hosting for the first time a meeting of the Governing Council of the autonomous community since the new Statute officially recognised it as the 8thisland of the archipelago.

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​European Union Representative Visits Migrant Children in Lanzarote

European Union Representative Visits Migrant Children in LanzaroteMarina Albiol, Member of the European Parliament visited a number of centres in Europe to observe the reality of life for unaccompanied migrant children, and this week came to the shelter of La Santa in Lanzarote.

Albiol stressed that the current migratory problems suffered by the Canary Islands are a reflection of what is happening across southern Europe.

Albiol stated that the European Union is taking the appropriate policies to deal with this issue as effectively as possible.

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​Adopt a Pet in Fuerteventura

Adopt a Pet in FuerteventuraFuerteventura has launched a website for residents to report any pet they have lost and for those who want to adopt a pet animal.

From now on, all lost or abandoned dogs in Antigua, Pajara, Betancuria and Tuineje that arrive at the kennel at La Pared will be included in real time on the municipal website. This website has been operating in Puerto del Rosario for the last few weeks.

The objective is that local residents can use the website to search for animals for adoption, share cases of lost animals or find their own missing pets.

This initiative has been driven by the website platform loales.org that operates with the Government of Fuerteventura, and lists all homeless animals on its website.

The goal is to guarantee animal welfare and responsible ownership. This is a very useful venture, especially when more dogs are lost as a result of firework displays, and when many are bought as Christmas gifts that are later abandoned in Fuerteventura.

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Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in Lanzarote

Long-Serving Red Cross Volunteer in LanzaroteFernando Olmeda is 82 years of age, originally comes from Madrid, but now lives in Lanzarote. However, Fernando is also the longest-serving Red Cross volunteer on the island.

For the last 20 years, he had been working for the Red Cross, and most of his work has involved helping migrants that have arrived by boat from Africa.

Fernando has also travelled throughout the Canary Islands for the Red Cross, which awarded him a bronze medal to thank him for all his unconditional work. In response to this award, Fernando said “My work with the Red Cross has given me many positive experiences in my life, but also some experiences that have been very hard for me.”

Fernando has also been committed to helping those in most need, and has previously worked for the Red Cross along the Camino de Santiago in the north of Spain and in Colombia.

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Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from Questioning

Lanzarote Parents Suspected of Child Abuse Released from QuestioningThe magistrate of the Court of Instruction of Arrecife in Lanzarote has been investigating the parents of a baby of four months, and has decreed that the parents can be released from police questioning, but the baby must remain in a child care centre, where he was placed on suspicions of abuse.

The magistrate has not taken any precautionary measure against this couple, who are both under the age of 22 years, and said that he understood their explanations were coherent.

However, while investigations continue regarding the alleged crime of abuse against the baby, the court waits for a statement from the doctors who have been treating the child.

The medical team of the public hospital of Doctor Jose Molina Orosa in Arrecife filed a complaint with the Court on 14 November, which activated the protocol of ill treatment due to the baby presenting a skull fracture when admitted, but had also attended the hospital a few weeks previously presenting a broken femur.

The judicial authority agreed to refer the guardianship of the child to the Government of the Canary Islands, and after his medical discharge, to allow him to enter a public juvenile centre. The parents were summoned to give a statement about these injuries, but at no time have they been detained or deprived of their liberty.

In a statement, the mother of the baby explained that the case of the first injury arose when the baby was 19 days old. She said that due to the obvious discomfort of the child, she took him to the hospital, where they explained that either the child had broken the bone when putting his leg between the bars of the crib, or had been born with a bubble of air in the leg that had created such a fracture. The couple have implored the judicial authority to return their child to them.

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​Lanzarote Car Accident Results in Severe Injuries

A woman has been seriously injured as a result of a collision of two vehicles that occurred in the early hours along the LZ-10 road in Lanzarote as it passes the Municipality of Teguise. A man also suffered moderate injuries.

Firefighters went to the scene of the incident to free the two victims, as they had both been trapped in their cars.

Staff of the Emergency Services took charge to provide first aid to the victims, and then to transport both victims to the hospital.

This accident that occurred just before 07.00 in the morning caused traffic congestion, and Guardia Civil officers had to take charge of regulating the traffic flow, and to follow the normal procedures following a vehicle accident.

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Workers at Residential Homes in Fuerteventura Protesting

Workers at Residential Homes in Fuerteventura ProtestingWorkers employed at the Casillas del Angel Residential Home in Fuerteventura have been demonstrating all week with placards and blowing whistles in the plaza of the church of Puerto del Rosario.

These workers have been demanding certain agreements be fulfilled, such as when working during holiday periods.

The residents of the centre are not affected, because the workers are not taking strike action, but it is hoped that this dispute will soon be resolved.

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Prison Sentences in Fuerteventura for Drug Trafficking Guardia Civil Officers

Prison Sentences in Fuerteventura for Drug Trafficking Guardia Civil OfficersThe Second Section of the Provincial Court of Las Palmas has sentenced ten people for drug trafficking on the island of Fuerteventura, including four Guardia Civil officers, and two others for being accomplices in the case known as Botavara.

This trial was held in June, which judged the drug trafficking gang was led by five Guardia Civil officers.

One of the defendants who attended the trial – the fifth Guardia Civil officer – was acquitted of drug trafficking, but convicted of a crime of violent behaviour.

The sentence establishes penalties of between four and nine years in prison for six of the accused, as well as absolute disqualification for a total of 11 years and a fine of 3.4 million euros for the four agents for drug trafficking, violent aggression and obstruction of justice.

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​New Budget for Fuerteventura will Increase Expenditure Next Year

New Budget for Fuerteventura will Increase Expenditure Next Year

The 2019 Budget for Fuerteventura will mean an increase of over 6 million euros, and the Government wants to invest this additional money in several sectors.

This increase in funding means that the Government of Fuerteventura can ensure investments in health and roads are consolidated, such as the continuation of the north-south axis road and educational priorities. Construction works are also proposed, such as the extension of the Corralejo wharf.

The Government of Fuerteventura said “This new increased budget will help us to continue to solve the problems and challenges that we have faced, and turn these into benefits for both the population of Fuerteventura, and the thousands of visitors that choose this island for their holidays every year.”

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​Lanzarote Hospital Reports Baby with Head Trauma

Lanzarote Hospital Reports Baby with Head Trauma

A four-month-old baby was this week transferred to a public juvenile centre after a judicial enquiry was opened after his admission was registered as a cephalic trauma of the brain at the Molina Orosa Hospital in Lanzarote, which activated the mistreatment protocol.

The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has been investigating this report of suspected child abuse since 20 November.

The judicial body has confirmed that at the current procedural stage, there is no person being investigated and no statement has yet been made by members of the family of the baby.

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