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The Kellys of Lanzarote Called Another Strike

The Kellys of Lanzarote Called Another StrikeChambermaids working in Lanzarote who are also known as ‘Kellys’ called another strike this week, and their spokesperson said “We are fed up with the infernal workloads given to our hotel workers and institutional posturing.”

It appears that this recent strike by chambermaids relates mostly to the employees of the hotel chain Be Live, as this hotel company decided to transfer their workers to the service company Genser, which had subcontracted the cleaning of flats, which led to the workload of these hard-working cleaners to be increased to “unaffordable levels of health.”

The representative for the Kellys said “After placing these workers under the orders of Genser, they manage to make up to 26 rooms per day with 5 client outputs, which amounts to 45 minutes each of work, and for that they have only 6 hours of the day, since they are also forced to clean common areas and glass surfaces. This means that they have to work up to 10 hours a day to carry out their work orders, even without eating, and many need medication to finish these marathon days.”

It is reported that the Kellys have now protested against working conditions in 27 locations, and are demanding that Genser raise the salaries for these extra work demands. One worker reported that she was paid around 500 euros less than the agreed rate for working in a 4 star hotel, and had an increase in tasks to complete for less money.

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​Student Needs Elevator Access at Lanzarote School of Art

Student Needs Elevator Access at Lanzarote School of Art

Seventeen years ago, Ariadna Artiles was diagnosed with a rare disease. This disease attacks the muscles in her body, and Ariadna’s mother said this week “Climbing any kind of steps or stairs is a real problem for her and aggravates her illness.”

Ariadna attends the Pancho Lasso School of Art, and there is a ramp access but no handrails to support her.

Vanessa, Ariadna’s mother, said “My daughter is unstable when walking, and when she walks up this ramp, she ends up falling easily, and over the last year, Ariadna has suffered six falls and needed six hospital admissions.”

In May of last year, the school asked the Ministry of Education to expedite the procedures to adapt the centre for students with reduced mobility. At that time, the school managed to assign an educational assistant to provide support.

According to Mario Perez, Director of Education of the Government of Lanzarote, “There is now a person who accompanies her and helps her to move better.” However, Vanessa said “My daughter needs an elevator, because we are talking about six subjects per day and six times going up and down stairs.”

The Education Department issued a report that indicates it is seeking relevant municipal licences to carry out the work to install an elevator.

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​Woman Threatens to Kill Neighbour in Fuerteventura

Woman Threatens to Kill Neighbour in FuerteventuraThis week Policia Nacional reported that a woman had been arrested in Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura accused of threatening to kill a neighbour as a result of a disagreement between them.

This arrest was triggered after another resident called the police to report an altercation between these two individuals.

It is reported that the police officers who went to the location and met with a man, who told them that his 32-year-old female neighbour with numerous police records, had threatened to kill him.

Subsequently, these police officers saw this woman leaning out of a window of her home, and began to threaten to kill her neighbour. She also insulted the police officers, and threw a TV remote control at them.

It is then reported that she left her home and moved towards her neighbour in an aggressive manner and again threatened to kill him, and tried to jump on top of him, without paying any attention to the police officers who had demanded she calm down. She was then arrested and accused of crimes of serious threats and disobedience.

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​Fuerteventura Guarantees Free Bus Transport for Students

Fuerteventura Guarantees Free Bus Transport for Students

This week the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura announced that it will provide free municipal transport for students of post-compulsory education after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Finance, and favourable reports from the Government of the Canary Islands.

It was reported that young residents of La Oliva who enrol this year 2018 – 2019 in non-compulsory education, such as baccalaureate, vocational training or university education, within or outside the Municipality, can request the service of free school transport from this week.

Councillors of Economy, Juan Jose Rodriguez and for Education, Omaira Saavedra, have now obtained the necessary reports to be able to continue with this service, which had been in danger of ending due to questions as to whether the local authority could provide this school transport service, and if it had the funds to pay for it.

The Mayor of La Oliva, Isai Blanco, said this week “We must congratulate those responsible for this transport service, because thanks to their work, the students of La Oliva can continue to enjoy a free public transport service that this local authority has historically provided.”

There is a problem for students of La Oliva, who want to continue studying after completing compulsory general education, due to the poor frequency of regular public transport, which makes it very difficult or impossible for them to be on time for classes, especially when they are taught in other municipalities.

The Councillor for Education, Omaira Saavedra, said this week “The young people of La Oliva have the same rights as any other to continue studying when they finish compulsory education, and that if you want to ensure everyone has equal citizenship rights, we have to facilitate access to education to all ages to help students travel to their classes if other administrations cannot do this.”

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​The Bells Return to the Church of Guadalupe in Lanzarote

The Bells Return to the Church of Guadalupe in Lanzarote

This week the residents of the town of Teguise in Lanzarote were able to hear the 8 bells of the Church of Guadalupe again after over 100 years.

Most of the bells of this church were destroyed after a fire in 1909, and over recent years, the local community has been working hard to rehang all 8 bells again.

Two of its bells were hung in 2017, and over the past few days the missing bells have been added to the tower of the church to form the full set of 8 bells.

It is reported that five of these bells are especially unique as they are tuned bells with musical pitch.

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Preventing Accidents Around the Coast of Fuerteventura

Preventing Accidents Around the Coast of Fuerteventura

Currently, the Canary Islands holds the dubious record of the highest number of deaths by drowning in Spain, and Fuerteventura is regarded as the coastal accident black spot of the archipelago. The beach of Costa Calma in Pajara is one of the worst black spots in terms of death at sea in the Canary Islands.

Therefore, this week the Government of Fuerteventura launched its safety and prevention campaign called ‘Canarias, 1,500 km of Coast’. This project aims to make the Canary Islands a destination of full excellence by implementing techniques to prevent drownings in beach resorts.

‘Canarias, 1,5000 km of Coastline’ is a video made up of 15 one minute presentations to highlight common risk situations and to share tips for safely swimming, which are recorded in six languages.

In this safety campaign, the Government of Fuerteventura takes another step of security and prevention of drowning that will be shown in various centres across the island, and wants to turn Fuerteventura into the first ‘Protected Water’ of the European Union.

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​New Museum for the History of Fuerteventura Announced

New Museum for the History of Fuerteventura Announced

The Government of the Canary Islands announced this week that La Casa de los Coroneles or House of the Colonels will be transformed into the Museum of the History of Fuerteventura.

The General Directorate of Historical Heritage of the Canary Islands Government completed agreements with the Government of Fuerteventura that will see this project become a reality in 2020.

La Casa de los Coroneles was built in the 18thCentury, and the majestic building was an official residence of the colonels who exercised military rule on the island, which explains its name. Currently, its interior has been converted into a cultural space with permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The Government of the Canary Islands, together with the Government of Fuerteventura, is in charge of financing this transformation of this historic building, and reconstruction work could begin in early 2019.

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​Decrease in Drink Driving in Fuerteventura

Decrease in Drink Driving in Fuerteventura

During the summer months, the Guardia Civil implements greater checks on drivers to discourage drivers from taking alcohol and drugs in Fuerteventura, which has been seen to increase during summer festivals.

This week it was reported that the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championships held in Fuerteventura, interventions by Guardia Civil officers with drivers attending this event revealed thirty positive tests for alcohol and for drugs.

During this campaign, which lasted all night and part of the following morning, officers of the Guardia Civil stopped practically all vehicles that passed La Lajita. The main objective was to perform alcohol and drug testing.

The final result showed many more negative than positive, and this average also shows a decrease in drink driving, and a change in the behaviour of drivers.

Therefore, during this drink and drug driving campaign, over 400 tests were carried out, but only thirty tests were shown to be positive for alcohol or drugs. These figures are reported to show that there has been a change of attitude towards drinking and driving in Fuerteventura. However, the Guardia Civil want to see no drivers of vehicles testing positive for alcohol or for drugs.

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Tourists in Lanzarote Find Dead Woman on Beach

Tourists in Lanzarote Find Dead Woman on Beach

A 62-year-old Spanish woman was found this week on Matagorda Beach by a group of tourists, who discovered the body lying face down on the beach.

An ambulance from the 112 Emergency Service quickly arrived at the scene of this discovery.

Health professionals spent almost an hour performing resuscitation procedures, but were not able to save the life of this woman.

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Tourism Students Graduate at Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

Tourism Students Graduate at Jameos del Agua in LanzaroteThe University School of Tourism of Lanzarote, attached to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this week hosted the 2018 graduation of 34 students at Jameos del Agua.

The event was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Isaac Castellano, who highlighted the importance of training to maintain leadership in positions in the tourism sector.

Isaac Castellano said “We are in luck, because the degree of tourism at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has positioned itself as one of the best educational options in the world.”

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​Prison Sentence for British Expat in Lanzarote for Sexual Abuse of Partner’s Daughter

Prison Sentence for British Expat in Lanzarote for Sexual Abuse of Partner’s DaughterThe Provincial Court of Las Palmas this week sentenced a British citizen to five years in prison and six years of probation when released from prison, who was found guilty of sexually abusing his partner’s daughter in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote.

The Court judged that the guilty party had had a relationship with the child’s mother between December 2012 and May 2014, but during that period he had on five occasions committed acts of sexual abuse on the child.

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​New Traffic Signals for La Graciosa Agreed by Government of Lanzarote

New Traffic Signals for La Graciosa Agreed by Government of Lanzarote

The installation of new traffic lights in La Graciosa that has no tarmac roads has generated significant controversy.

Some local residents think that this measure will benefit the safety of pedestrians, but other residents believe that the installation of these traffic lights breaks the essence of an island without asphalt.

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​Jewellery Theft From Shop in Lanzarote

Jewellery Theft From Shop in Lanzarote

This week officers of the Guardia Civil arrested six people for their involvement in the theft from a jewellery store in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote last June.

The investigators do not rule out further arrests and their alleged involvement with other robberies on other islands and on the peninsular.

The detainees allegedly stole jewellery valued at just over three and a half million euros.

According to police sources, the search of the premises after the robbery revealed evidence of screwdrivers and a kickstand that they allegedly could have used to force open the doors.

The security cameras recorded all details of the robbery that was perpetrated within a few minutes, and the robbers were described as very skilled in their actions.

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​Lanzarote Ferries to Isla de Lobos Breaking the Law

Lanzarote Ferries to Isla de Lobos Breaking the LawThe Maritime Service of the Guardia Civil this week accused three recreational boat companies of several irregularities while they were anchored together in the islet of Los Lobos, while organising a party.

The three boats were a catamaran, a sailing boat and a semi-rigid boat moored at the harbour of Los Lobos.

A patrol boat of the Guardia Civil verified the existence of several irregularities for these boats, such as the lack of documentation, the lack of a title of two of the owners and the excess of passengers on board.

In total, there were 12 administrative complaints, such as lack of proof of liability insurance and the lack of clearance necessary for a recreational boat to carry out lucrative activities.

In addition, the skipper of one of the boats was not enrolled in his crew, and the other two skippers of the other two boats lacked qualifications for this function.

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​Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura Faces Controversy Over Road

Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura Faces Controversy Over Road

There has been divided opinion this week reported from the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura regarding the road that goes from El Cotillo to Piedra Playa, and raised serious arguments at the last plenary session of the City Hall.

The Municipality had planned to change the dirt road by giving approval to a specialist company with an innovative project based on technical and legal reports that would improve this rural road without causing environmental or landscape damage.

Some residents and environmental groups protested at the Town Hall debate to show their rejection of the planned works, and claim there has been a lack of information for local people and demanded other solutions.

In total, 800 metres of dirt road that currently connects El Cotillo with one of the most frequented beaches by tourists and residents, known as Piedra Playa.

However, the proposal went ahead with a majority vote, but with political parties Grupo Mixto and Votemos La Oliva voting against the motion.

It is reported that the Councillor for Highways will now take responsibility for the land occupied by this dirt road and will be in charge of executing this project.

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