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King of Spain Visits Gran Canaria to Encourage Talented Young People

King of Spain Visits Gran Canaria to Encourage Talented Young PeopleLas Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the setting chosen by King Felipe VI for the proclamation of the Princess of Girona Award in its business form.

This recognition seeks to encourage talent among young people in different modalities, in fact some 200 young Canarian people with higher qualifications have participated in the Foundation’s employability plan.

The 2019 Princess of Girona Foundation Award in the form of business was awarded to neurologist Ignacio Hernandez Medrano for ‘Savana’, a technological project that is described as managing to democratise the access to scientific medical information for millions of patients.

This award ceremony was attended by King Felipe VI, Isabel Celaa, Minister of Education, Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria, and Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas.

Bachelor of Clinical Medicine from the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, and trained as a neurologist at the Ramon y Cajal Hospital, Dr Hernandez Medrano received this award aimed at young talented people in the country for this role as co-founder of the company Savana, which is focused on applying artificial intelligence to electronic medical records.

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​More Tourists This Winter for Gran Canaria

More Tourists This Winter for Gran Canaria

The Government of Gran Canaria expects to increase by around 10%, the arrival of tourists from the peninsula during the current winter season, which ends in March, compared to the same period last year.

This increase is based on predictions of a new market for tourists from new destinations across Spain, which had already had a record number of tourists from the peninsula in 2018, when it added another 600,000 visitors, and 5 % more than in 2017.

Antonio Morales, President of Gran Canaria said “Gran Canaria is connected with 14 Spanish cities, which will increase to 17 when other cities are added for the coming summer season.”

Morales was speaking at the opening day of the Fitur International Tourism Fair in Madrid, and he emphasised the determining factor in the increased tourism for Gran Canaria was the island’s efforts to boost the arrival of more Spanish tourists. He also said “One of the keys to this good result has been our work of ‘deseasonalising’ tourism.”

The Government of Gran Canaria reported that this was achieved with the support of six airlines, ten conventional tour operators, seven digital operators and three specialised media outlets.”

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​Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

Foreigner Dies When Diving off Gran Canaria Coast

A 46-year-old man of foreign nationality died when diving off the coast of Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria.

The emergency services were alerted during the late morning that a diver was discovered unconscious in the sea and needed medical assistance, and teams were despatched to respond to this incident.

Two ambulances were despatched, as well as a doctor and primary care nurse from the Mogan Health Centre, members of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local.

The victim was transferred to Puerto de Mogan by the boat that had organised the diving activity, and when he arrived on shore, the Red Cross staff confirmed that he was in cardiorespiratory arrest, and they began to carry out resuscitation procedures.

The doctor and nurse also assisted the victim, but they could only confirm his death.

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Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran Canaria

Domestic Violence Leads to Arrest in Gran CanariaAn off-duty Policia Nacional officer detained a 41-year-old man on the promenade of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when he witnessed him hitting his ex-partner in the face. It is reported that the accused has a history of domestic violence and had been placed under a restraining order.

The police officer observed the man holding the woman by the neck and then hitting her with strong blows to her face. This woman turned out to be his ex-partner, and the man tried to run away from the incident, and even asked other pedestrian for help.

Immediately, the Policia Nacional officer identified himself, and arrested the aggressor on the promenade for crimes of mistreatment of his family and breaching his restraining order.

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Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran Canaria

Dog Abandoned inside Refuse Container in Gran CanariaWhen a woman in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria opened a refuse container in the city to drop off her rubbish, she noticed that inside was a small dog inside a backpack.

She immediately rescued the small dog and reported the incident to the Policia Local, and explained to news media that she found this abandonded dog in Calle Francisco Gourie.

The police issued a statement that said “Situations like this are difficult to understand, when a resident could place a small dog inside a backpack in a rubbish container, we find ourselves speechless.”

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​Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Italian Mafia Chief Arrested in Gran Canaria

Policia Nacional arrested a man employed in a store in Puerto de Mogan, who is accused of being the second most important member of the Italian Mafia gang, Camorra. This is a 40-year-old man with numerous police records who faces international judicial crimes in his own country.

Agents of the Policia Nacional identified the man working in the tourist centre of Puerto de Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, where he worked as an employee of a shop.

Police report that he was arrested due to the dangerousness of his police records and his relationship with the Italian Camorra Mafia. He is wanted by Italian police for crimes against people, against public order and state security.

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Canary Islands Link South Korea with African Markets

Canary Islands Link South Korea with African MarketsThe Nautical Association of the Canary Islands (Asnautica) has announced that it has arranged several working meetings with companies from South Korea with the intention of seeking alliances and to jointly address the African market.

Carmen Fernandez, Vice President of Asnautica said in a statement, “We value this commercial mission, and we want to combine the latest technology that is offered by a country like South Korea and with the knowledge that Canarian business people have of the African markets that are so close to the Canary Islands.”

Fernandez explained, “For Koreans, West Africa remains a distant and less interesting destination compared to more priority destinations, such as America and Europe. Therefore, collaboration with the Canary Islands would be profitable for both parties.”

Also, the tax advantages offered by the Canary Islands and the improvement of air and sea transport with African countries provide added value to these meetings.

Following the meetings in the Canary Islands, the mission will also travel to the capital of South Korea, Seoul, as well as to one of the first manufacturing centres of the country, Incheon.

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​New Employment Offered by City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

New Employment Offered by City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has just announced that there will be 39 new job vacancies related to public service work, and with 24 vacancies for more Policia Local officers, as well as several new jobs for municipal technicians.

These 24 new jobs vacancies will be advertised soon, once the replacement rate is approved as a result of the early retirement agreement by the municipal security body.

This proposal indicates that in the next few months, processes will begin to advertise details of jobs, and reserve lists will be created for the temporary hiring of workers in different departments.

The 24 new officers of the Policia Local of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will join the 90 that have already been appointed in previous processes developed over recent months, which will incorporate a total of 114 agents.

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​Mogan in Gran Canaria is Centre for Cocaine Smuggling

Mogan in Gran Canaria is Centre for Cocaine Smuggling

The Policia Nacional and the Tax Agency captured a shipment of 2,875 kilos of cocaine in the south of Gran Canaria, in an operation in which 17 people have been arrested.

Ana Botella, Secretary of State for Security said “This shipment of cocaine brings the amount of cocaine in Spain seized so far in 2018 to 30 tons, and a year in which 100 tons of hashish have also been seized.”

Although news of this cocaine shipment seizure was released this week, the cocaine smuggling was carried out on 13 November by two inflatable boats that transported the drugs to the beach of Medio Almud in the Municipality of Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, from a ‘mother ship’ located two miles from the coast, which reported to be a fishing boat from South America.

Policia Nacional officers had been monitoring this arrival of drugs for over a year, and police report that in July 2017 it was known that a person in Fuerteventura had acquired a large amount of items needed to apply to the drug before distribution and sale.

On 11 November, the drug smugglers carried out a mock drug landing, but did not know that they were already being monitored by the police, and then on the night of 13 November, they carried out the unloading of the cocaine on the beach.

Thirteen of the 17 detainees were arrested on the beach of Medio Almud at the time of the landing of the cocaine, which was distributed in 125 bales.

Jose Antonio Ayuso, Head of the Unit of Drugs and Organised Crime of Las Palmas said “These almost three tons of cocaine make up one of the largest seizures of the trans-shipment of drugs from the sea in recent years. These 2,875 kilos of cocaine were of the highest quality, and could have reached a value of 100 million euros on the black market.”

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​Giant Lizard Rescued in Gran Canaria

Giant Lizard Rescued in Gran Canaria

Policia Local of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria were tasked with an unusual task when they were called to Tamaraceite by local residents who found a giant lizard walking along through their shopping centre.

It is reported that his giant lizard was not too difficult to find and capture, as he tended to move rather slowly. The police officers carefully transported this giant lizard to the Wildlife Recovery Centre of the Government of Gran Canaria, and their experts said that the lizard weighed around 700 grams.

this type of lizard is very common in the Tamaraceite area. Prior to the construction of the Tamaraceite shopping centre, a campaign was launched to collect the lizard community by experts from the Wildlife Recovery Centre, and relocate these lizards to another less busy centre. Obviously, this lizard got missed in the previous collection of giant lizards, but hopefully he will soon find a new and safer home.

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Craft Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Craft Fair in Las Palmas de Gran CanariaThe 24thRegional Craft Fair was held in Santa Catalina Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that displayed the traditional crafts of the Canary Islands. The organisers explained that although original crafts mainly used raw materials that were easily available, such as clay and wool, current exhibitors now include more modern materials and designs, but continue the heritage of traditional crafts that have continued for many years.

This year’s craft fair brought together 140 craft exhibitors from all the Canary Islands, including La Graciosa.

This craft fair was promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands, and the venue alternates between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife from year to year. Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria said “This is an important opportunity to gather together all the best of the crafts of the eight islands in Gran Canaria, so that we have knowledge of local crafts, and can value what these exhibitors are trying to achieve. We are talking about traditions, but we’re also talking about creation, design and innovation from new proposals that younger artisans have incorporated.”

These exhibitors included cigar makers, weavers and potters, alongside toy makers, fashion designers and other diverse professionals. Some displayed exact replicas of utensils from the past history of the archipelago, such as garments or artefacts, as well as some from the industrial age.

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Arrests Linked to Sale of Fake Products in Gran Canaria

Arrests Linked to Sale of Fake Products in Gran CanariaPolicia Nacional officers seized fake brand clothing and accessories valued at 1,267,700 euros that were being sold in three shops in a popular shopping centre in Playa del Ingles in the south of Gran Canaria, when eight people were arrested.

Police report that they carry out periodic inspections in various shops in tourist centre and those susceptible to selling counterfeit goods. When they identified shops that were selling these fake brand goods, police worked closely with a judicial expert in the field of counterfeit goods, and confirmed a crime was being committed by these shops.

The Police Headquarters of the Canary Islands issued a statement that said this investigation also led to the arrest of five men and one woman, identified as owners or employees of registered businesses, as alleged perpetrators of a crime against industrial property.

These investigations also led to the arrest of two other men, both with criminal records for acts of a similar nature, and are accused of forging clothing and accessories of top brands to distribute them later in the shops referred to.

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​Another Emergency Landing at Gran Canaria Airport

Another Emergency Landing at Gran Canaria AirportAn Iberia Express plane had to land at Gran Canaria airport due to technical problems. The aircraft, which left Fuerteventura Airport early had been scheduled to land at Madrid Airport at 11.00.

After landing safely at Gran Canaria Airport, passengers had to wait for several hours to board another plane for them to continue their journey to Madrid.

This is the fourth plane from this low-cost Spanish company that has had to return to its origin or make an unscheduled stop due to technical problems.

Gran Canaria Airport reported that technicians believe there was a hydraulic failure that forced the aircraft that left Fuerteventura to land at Gran Canaria at around 08.00 for safety reasons.

These passengers eventually took off for Madrid at 13.00 later that day after being booked onto another flight.

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​Largest Ever Budget for Gran Canaria

Largest Ever Budget for Gran CanariaThe Government of Gran Canaria will present its budget project for 2019 at a plenary session on 17 December with an investment of 913 million euros, the largest in its history, and with 54 million euros more than the 2018 budget.

If these accounts are approved, the Government of Gran Canaria will achieve budgets 54% higher than those managed in 2015 (592 million euros).

At the press conference, Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria said “This is the highest budget in the history of the Government of Gran Canaria without any doubt, and a proposal planned for 2019 that has never been seen before in social and economic development. Half of the global amount of the new budget with focus on the two basic precepts of the government. These are to fight unemployment and poverty, and generate a productive economy and economic development with eco-development.”

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Gran Canaria Flight to Denmark Had Cabin Pressure Problems

Gran Canaria Flight to Denmark Had Cabin Pressure ProblemsThis week a flight that left Gran Canaria Airport with a destination of Billund in Denmark was forced to return within a few minutes of take-off. The pilot advised the control tower at the airport that there were indications of possible problems with the cabin pressurisation system.

It was reported that the plane was instructed to burn off a large amount of its fuel to reduce its weight before attempting to land. The pilot of the Denmark bound plane then flew to the south of Gran Canaria on circular routes for around 75 minutes.

The Twitter account of Gran Canaria Air Traffic Controllers issued a statement that said the plane landed without incident.

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