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​Gran Canaria Senegalese Community Celebrates

Gran Canaria Senegalese Community Celebrates

Currently in the Canary Islands there are around five thousand Senegalese migrants who live here, and most say they want to return to their home country.

The Senegalese community met at Casa Africa in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to celebrate the 59thanniversary of the country’s independence.

The day began with a conference, and then gave way to activities for children and opportunities to taste typical dishes from Senegal. There were also samples of music and dance from the country, as well as theatre and fashion shows. Entrance was free.

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​Canary Islands Banana Fibre Could Reduce Plastic Waste

Canary Islands Banana Fibre Could Reduce Plastic WasteFibras Naturales Canarias has been given an award by the Government of Gran Canaria for its project to obtain an ecological fibre from the waste of the banana plant that is widely grown across the Canary Islands.

This is the third year of the ‘Enorte’ contest to identify innovative ideas across the Canary Islands and this year there were fifteen proposals, including guided routes to agricultural plantations, crop control, fumigation by drone, mobile applications of services and a web site for fruit and vegetable growers.

Nestor Santiago, promoter of Enorte explained that his project could convert over 2.5 million banana trees into pulp and ecological fibre. This process is already in use, and the processed banana trees are placed into bags and used to cover pineapple plants, used for biodegradable containers and for fish feed. The idea of using natural fibres has been developed with financing from the European Union Life Baqua programme.

Nestor Santiago also said “This material is biodegradable and reduces the use of plastic bags used for crops, which uses 130 tons of plastic in Gran Canaria, but then this disintegrates, and pollutes the soil. The greatest achievement would be to reduce the pollution suffered by the Canary Islands and establish a new model of a recycling economy to deal with the waste from banana plants.”

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​Single Taxi Fare Back Again in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Single Taxi Fare Back Again in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) has annulled the order of 15 January that suspended the application of the single fare for taxi journeys approved in October 2018.

The TSJC recognises that the City Council should have been heard in this process to hear their opinions as an involved party, which had not been done.

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​More Workers Needed to Repair Oil Rigs in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

More Workers Needed to Repair Oil Rigs in Gran Canaria and TenerifeSince 2016, Gran Canaria and Tenerife have hosted and repaired oil rig platforms that have become an important economic benefit to the Canary Islands.

Today, workers are busy carrying out maintenance and repairs, and more work will be possible when the planned new dry dock is installed later this year.

Just one of the oil rig repair companies has just posted new job vacancies for 2019, and plan to hire one thousand workers for their next project.

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​Massive Carnival Parade in Gran Canaria Tourist Centre

Massive Carnival Parade in Gran Canaria Tourist Centre

The Carnival Parade in Maspalomas in Gran Canaria attracted over three hundred thousand residents and tourists to watch the amazing costumes and floats, and after the late afternoon parade, the Carnival atmosphere continued with a huge party that lasted into the early hours of the next day.

The floats that carried many of those involved in this year’s Carnival in Maspalomas were also judged, and awards presented for those that displayed the most imagination and design. Over 114 floats participated in the parade, so all those watching had plenty to see as everyone passed by.

Of course, many of those joining the Carnival Parade chose to walk, and helped to create an endless snake of seven kilometres of colourful costumes that were mostly related to the Moon, and the title for this year’s Carnival Parade had been ‘Maspamoon’.

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​MetroGuagua in Gran Canaria to Become Icon of Las Palmas

MetroGuagua in Gran Canaria to Become Icon of Las Palmas

The planned MetroGuagua interchange at Hoya de la Plata, which will improve mobility in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is planned to become an iconic centre in the southern region of the city, as well as for the whole capital city.

A recent presentation meeting for this project included the participation of Mobility Councillor, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, the Architect, Carlos Diez, and the General Director of Municipal Buses, Miguel Angel Rodriquez.

Ramirez said “We are talking about an area of 7,900 square metres that will have not only spaces necessary for the operation of the MetroGuagua for workshops, offices and a control centre, but also for commercial and public spaces with new parks and green areas.”

This presentation explained that the new MetroGuagua interchange station will be tendered in the next three or four months for an amount of around 10 million euros, and this project will take around two years to complete. It was emphasised that this interchange for the MetroGuagua was a whole would be ‘revolutionary’ for the mobility of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, since it will change the culture of the movement of citizens with this ‘transformative’ initiative within an urban context.

This interchange will eventually become the garage for the MetroGuagua vehicles, the origin and destination of the routes, and where the vehicles will ‘sleep’ when not needed, as well as space for taxi stops and bike parking.

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Gran Canaria Celebrates the Fiesta of Almond Blossom

Gran Canaria Celebrates the Fiesta of Almond BlossomThe Fiestas del Almendro en Flor celebrated its eighth edition in Tunte in Gran Canaria, and coincided with the regular Farmers’ Fair.

Throughout the main streets of Tunte, visitors could explore a wide range of crafts on display, and taste the fruits from local producers, as well as taste traditional foods created in Gran Canaria.

Some of these delicacies included honey and wine from the local area, and two wineries within the municipality presented their latest vintages.

The good weather, the folklore of the island and colours of the almond blossom attracted many people to share in this special fiesta of the spring season.

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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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