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​Renovation of Pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Renovation of Pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Julio Navarro swimming pool in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week begins remodelling work this summer to offer better services and more public spaces.

This project is linked to the restoration works of the Hotel Santa Catalina, and plans to transfer the current changing rooms of the semi-Olympic pool Roque Diaz to the upper part of the site, construct new changing rooms for children and remodel the current changing rooms for adults.

In addition, the headquarters of the Swimming Club of Las Palmas will have a service building that will have offices, shop and cafeteria, as well as a solarium and multi-purpose rooms.

The current Roque Diaz pool can be used during the development of this project in the rest of the sports complex, and when they have finished, the space occupied by it will be converted into a new garden area for public use.

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Vacations in Peace Supports Children From North Africa

Vacations in Peace Supports Children From North Africa

‘Vacations in Peace’ returns again to the Canary Islands, which is a programme launched by the Canarian Association of Friendship with families in North African countries that involves public institutions and families that welcome dozens of children during the summer months.

During the 2018 programme, over 200 children from the Tindouf refugee camps in southwestern Algeria will be placed with families across the Canary Islands.

These children will live with their Canarian host families during their holiday, receive medical treatment and learn Spanish.

The Government of Gran Canaria, which has been participating in this programme for many years, has also announced this week that it is preparing a shipment of 1,200 tons of gofio for these refugee camps.

In total, around 5,000 children from North African countries under the age of thirteen will spend the summer season in Spain, and will be spread throughout the autonomous regions.

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​No More Overtime By Policia Local Officers in Gran Canaria

No More Overtime By Policia Local Officers in Gran Canaria

The Union of Police Officers and Fire Fighting Officers of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week warned that a significant number of their agents will not carry out overtime duties, until those of the last few months have been paid.

Officers of Policia Local report that they have an agreement with the City Council, and that this is not being fulfilled. They also report that if these services are suspended, some summer events could be cancelled.

The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, said “I accept the pressure of the union for the non-payment of the extra hours worked by Policia Local officers, but this demonstrates the difficult task for the human resources department of the Council.”

The Mayor explained that these extraordinary payments are complicated for human resource personnel, because these relate to multiple incidents of firefighting and other emergencies, and that no celebration event or firefighting incident will be affected by the lack of security personnel.

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​Responsible Animal Adoption Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Responsible Animal Adoption Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This week saw the first fair dedicated to pet animals in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and called Animundo.

The Canary Islands Exhibition Centre, Infecar, hosted 20 stands dedicated to the care of pet animals.

This was an initiative born with a very clear message with two objectives. One is to encourage adoption of pet animals, and the other is responsible and respectful care of pet animals.

The biggest attraction was a ‘catwalk’ where 40 dogs brought from Alberque Insular, dog sanctuary, walked with their human companions, which were all available for adoption.

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​Protest Against the Metro Guagua Project by Taxi Drivers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Protest Against the Metro Guagua Project by Taxi Drivers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Taxi drivers took their protest against the proposed Metro Guagua project for Las Palmas to Calle Mesa y Lopez in the city to raise their concerns about this new means of transport.

Several taxi associations were represented in the demonstration, as they believe that they have not been sufficiently consulted in the planning of this major infrastructure investment. Antonio Leon, a member of one taxi association, said that they are not against the project, although they believe that they have not been consulted. “We are seeing so much street pedestrianisation, and taxis have to use the same roads as cars.”

The Councillor of Mobility of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, offered to explain the project and wants to make a reasonable response to this protest of taxi drivers. “Our efforts are to try to convince all residents of the benefits of the Metro Guagua, and how this will improve the life of the city in general when the Metro Guagua is finally operating to transport people quickly and cheaply from one part of the city to another.”

The Metro Guagua, which could become operational in 2021, will bring pedestrianisation of more streets in the capital city, and also include more cycle lanes.

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​Elderly Patient in Gran Canaria Hospital Dies From Stab Wounds

Elderly Patient in Gran Canaria Hospital Dies From Stab Wounds

Agents of the Policia Nacional were called this week to the Doctor Negrin Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to investigate the death of a patient who was found dead with evident signs of violence in his room.

The body was on the ground with stab wounds in his thorax and a razor was also found on the floor of the room.

The victim was a 90-year-old man who suffered multiple wounds. The police do not rule out any hypothesis at this time.

The deceased had also torn hospital probes connected to his body, and a knife was found next to the body.

There was another patient in his room, but he did not know what had happened. The body was found by health care personnel who performed nightly rounds, and it is estimated that it would have taken not more than around two hours for the victim to have died.

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Prosecutors Office in Gran Canaria Investigating iDental Dental Clinics

Prosecutors Office in Gran Canaria Investigating iDental Dental Clinics

The Prosecutor’s Office in Gran Canaria, which has a department responsible for children, is this week joining the investigation into the practices of iDental dental clinics across the Canary Islands and Spain.

It is reported that around 15,000 people have been affected across all Spanish regions for alleged fraud and malpractice in these dental clinics, but over 1000 complaints have been filed in the Canary Islands, and some of these include children reported to be victims. The Prosecutor’s Office in Gran Canaria is focusing upon the actions and closure of this dental clinic that have affected children and young people.

The complainants must pay an expert for legal opinions, and this evidence is used in possible trials. Some financial companies offer alternative treatment in other franchise dental practices. However, the Prosecutor’s Office recommends caution for victims of iDental as high legal costs and alternative offers of treatment are described as “a precarious service.”

The complainants demand assistance from local institutions to guide the victims, who in most cases have few financial resources, and the Prosecutor’s Office is hoping to support the victims of iDental dental clinics across the Canary Islands.

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Construction of New Covered Growing Centres in Gran Canaria Causes Dust Storm Nightmare

Construction of New Covered Growing Centres in Gran Canaria Causes Dust Storm Nightmare

The construction of two covered plant growing centres in Las Rosas in the Municipality of Aguimes in Gran Canaria this week was described by residents as their worst nightmare for the last six months.

This construction has required the 100 square metre area to be prepared with large specialist vehicles, and for drainage channels to be dug, but this has created huge wind storms of soil and dust across Las Rosas, and residents are reporting serious health problems.

Josefa Garcia, resident of Las Rosas, said “During the day I have to wear a face mask, because soil is falling on my home, and this affecting my bronchitis.”

Other neighbours of Josefa have had to seal their doors and windows, so that this soil and dust do not enter their homes, but due the strong summer winds in Gran Canaria, nothing can stop the soil and dust storms invading local homes and affecting their health.

Nikolas Hunson, another resident of Las Rosas, said “It’s affecting our health, and my home that was the house of my dreams has become the nightmare of my life.”

The company in charge of this construction work reports that there have been delays in carrying out this construction of the plant growing centres, but that it is spraying water on the land when its vehicles are working that should reduce the soil and dust storms due to the very strong winds.

Mayor Oscar Hernandez acknowledges the problems faced by residents of Las Rosas and said “this situation is unbearable, insane and unproductive, and unless the company improves its working practices, the Municipality of Aguimes will take over the construction work.”

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​Street Theatre Music and Dance Come to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Street Theatre Music and Dance Come to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The 22ndTemudas Theatre, Music and Dance Festival begins this week in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which includes street theatre by Xarxa Teatro and La Tal.

‘The Incredible Box’, a work by Catalan street theatre group La Tal, was performed in Plaza del Pilar Nuevo in the Vegueta District.

This street theatre show aimed to entertain all member of the family, and director, Jordi Magdaleno said “this is a comic and visual creation with a very international language, since it has been represented in almost all countries of Europe and even in Japan.”

Also, this week, there were pyrotechnics and music of Fahrenheit Ara Pacis from Xarxa Teatro from the Peninsular that provided ‘earth shaking’ experiences for audiences in Santa Ana Square. This work pays homage to the artists who in ancient time performed plays about absurd wars, and so became a plea for peace, joy and tolerance.

Both of these street theatre companies have participated in previous editions of the Temudas Festival, and this year again both companies won the recognition and applause of audiences.

However, the Temudas Festival continues with more theatre, music and dance across Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Police Arrest People Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into Gran Canaria Prison

Police Arrest People Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into Gran Canaria Prison

Policia Nacional report this week that over the last four months, officers have arrested seven women and one man attempting to smuggle drugs into the new prison located in Juan Grande in Gran Canaria. Four of these alleged drugs smugglers are reported to have previous police records for various criminal activities.

These arrests represent the success of the police operation called ‘Vis’ that have successfully identified those visiting prisoners at the prison known as Las Palmas II. Police report that the detainees had intended to pass these drugs to their imprisoned relatives and friends by taking advantage of prison visits.

The agents of Policia Nacional had remained hidden in parts of this prison to identify those who could be smuggling drugs for prisoners, and in security searchers, they found a total of 600 grams of hashish, 45 grams of heroin and 110 doses of anxiolytics or psychoactive compounds.

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Solutions Needed for Gran Canaria Motorway Traffic Jams

Solutions Needed for Gran Canaria Motorway Traffic Jams

Politicians in the Government of Gran Canaria this week have been raising their concerns about the GC1 Motorway that has daily traffic use of around 200,000 vehicles, which tend to cause huge traffic delays in certain sections each day, such as La Estrella, La Garita and Melenara.

These politicians are demanding the Government of Gran Canaria find solutions to the huge number of vehicles that use this route on a daily basis. They demand immediate solutions to this issue.

It is reported that the population of Gran Canaria has decreased by almost 1% since 2014, according to ISTAC data, but the number of vehicles has increased by seven points, which is 745 cars per 1000 inhabitants in 2017.

These traffic jams are reported by news media daily and these affect traffic in both directions, and many politicians are calling for more public transport solutions.

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​Massive Investment in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Massive Investment in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This week it was announced that the investment that the Government of Gran Canaria allocates to the city of Las Palmas, already underway or planned for the remainder of the financial year, amounts to around 200 million euros, and this is claimed to represent the harmony between the Government of Gran Canaria and the city of Las Palmas.

The Mayor of Las Palmas met with Antonio Morales, President of Gran Canaria and issued a joint statement to explain that the island government makes the largest investments in the city, because it has the largest population, or because many of its infrastructures have an impact on the whole of the island.

These investment projects are mostly destined for basic needs of the neighbourhoods of Las Palmas, such as improved street lighting and sewerage, pavements and resurfaced roads and the major development of Ballena Park with a significant investment of 4 million euros in successive stages to make it the largest urban commercial centre, and also to improve the Guiniguada Ravine.

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​Maspalomas in Gran Canaria Insulted by Loro Parque Water Park Company

Maspalomas in Gran Canaria Insulted by Loro Parque Water Park Company

The Municipality of Maspalomas or San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria has described statements made by Loro Parque to complain about the delay in processing the licences of the future Maspalomas Siam Park as “serious” and “injurious”.

The Kiessling family who owns Siam Park warned that the viability of the project was “in danger” for the time it is taking for the Municipality to provide permits to begin construction, and that it could take up to three years before the Maspalomas Siam Park is open to the public.

Loro Parque argues that it has already submitted all the necessary documentation for permits for urbanisation, re-parcelling and other issues, but the Municipality says the company now plans to include a road infrastructure.

The Municipality of Maspalomas claims that Loro Parque “lacks the truth” by “calling into question the political and administrative rigour” with which it claims to have “acted in at all times.”

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​Greater Capability for Fighting Fires in Gran Canaria

Greater Capability for Fighting Fires in Gran Canaria

This week the Government of Gran Canaria announced that it has increased its capacity to fight fires this summer with more vehicles and more personnel than last year, which totals 235 individuals.

The island now has six new vehicles and an extension of the reinforcement contract from four to six months until 15 November.

Current staff include 89 workers located at six points of fire surveillance with 30 guards, as well as the reinforcement for fire brigades, three pilots, two mechanics, two analysts and two Civil Protection technicians.

The rest of the functions of firefighting are assumed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Gran Canaria. There are also two helicopters based at Artenara with the first available for six months from May to November and the second from June to October.

Regarding terrestrial means, there are five new vehicles of light transport with devices for pumping water, which are added to the other twelve pumps.

There are also 800 military troops available if needed to meet firefighting actions.

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​Atrocity of Civil War Remembered in Gran Canaria

Atrocity of Civil War Remembered in Gran Canaria

In 1939, ten men were tied into sacks with heavy stones, and then thrown into the sea off the coast of Gran Canaria, as reprisals for having ideas contrary to the Franco regime of this time of Fascism in Spain.

Almost 80 years have passed, but now, at the point where they were deliberately killed by drowning, a sculpture has been placed, so that the memory of these ten men and the atrocities that took place during the Spanish Civil War are not lost.

Relatives and representatives of several associations of victims of the Franco regime reported they were grateful for this sculpture, as a token of remembrance for those who lost their lives, because they questioned the political actions of the Government of Franco.

This was an emotional experience for all those who attended this event, and an opportunity to remember loved ones, who died so long ago.

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