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Ryanair Cancels Flights in the Canary Islands

Ryanair Cancels Flights in the Canary IslandsThis week saw the cancellation of four flights in the Canary Islands related to the strike of its pilots in Germany, which also affected Ryanair staff from Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.

Up to publication, the Canary Islands has seen the cancellation of flights linking Gran Canaria with Frankfurt in Germany, and from South Tenerife Airport with Brussels.

However, this strike action is expected to affect almost 400 flights throughout Spain.

This strike can also bring delays resulting from operations with other flights. AENA recommends that passengers consult their flight information in advance if planning to fly with Ryanair over the next few weeks. It also reports that European Union passengers whose flight has been cancelled could be entitled to up to 600 euros in compensation.

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​Marbles and Art Come Together in Gran Canaria

Marbles and Art Come Together in Gran CanariaThis summer sees an artistic project developed by Australian Shaun Gladwell to encourage the general public, art lovers and marbles enthusiasts to enter the universe of bowling with marbles. Shaun says “These glass spheres are part of our collective memory, and of many spaces and cultures.”

This artistic project is called Boliches – Marbles and is open until the end of August at the CAAM, and this includes two medium and small format exhibitions related to these well-known glass spheres.

The first exhibition brings together a selection of works by Ethiopian photographer Tedos Terrera, while the collective exhibition includes works about marbles by six contemporary artists living in Gran Canaria including Analia Beltran I Janes, Pedro Deniz, Gregorio Gonzalez, Cris Noda, Paco Rossique and Luisa Urrejola.

Along with these two art exhibitions, the project is accompanied by bowling spaces and portable tables that will make it easier for people, who for whatever reason, cannot play marbles at ground level.

So, those interested in marbles or those who want to find out more about these glass spheres as work of art, should come to El Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria before 26 August. As well witnessing modern art in the theme of marbles, visitors could also watch the 2018 Marbles Championship GUA or Campeonato de Boliches.

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​Many Homes in the Canary Islands Registered as Unoccupied

Many Homes in the Canary Islands Registered as Unoccupied

In a recent study of unoccupied properties across Spain published this week, it was reported that in the Canary Islands there are 138,262 registered empty homes.

This study estimates that in the whole of Spain there could be more than 25 million empty homes, which means around 13% of homes are empty, and only 2% corresponds to new homes that continue to be sold.

This report suggests that not enough home owners consider renting their empty properties, which could create an average income of 9,732 euros per year, and 15% more than last year when the average income of 8460 euros.

Property owners of empty properties who would benefit the most from renting these properties would include those in Madrid with 16,740 euros per year, Pais Vasco with 13,512 euros, Balearics with 13,308 euros, Cataluña with 11,784 euros and Valencia with 11,052 euros. These areas represent high demand for rented properties and continuous increases in rents.

The Canary Islands are reported in this study to be one of the regions of Spain with more vacant properties.

According to the author of the study of unoccupied properties, Ferran Font said “The rental market faces an especially complicated period in some regions, where it would be advisable to increase the supply of rented housing. Not only would the current shortage be alleviated and the demand for tenants would be reduced, but also the profitability obtained would help improve the finances of many families currently owning an empty home.”

It is also reported that the prices paid for renting properties have increased significantly since 2017 for some regions, where in the Canary Islands rents have increased by around 25%, in Cataluña by 24%, Cantabria by 22%, Madrid by 20% and in Valencia by 20%.

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Airline Connecting Canary Islands Cuts Flights

Airline Connecting Canary Islands Cuts Flights

This week the Greek airline, Olympus Airways, which was a specialist charter flight company, announced it had cancelled hundreds of flights for September, which has forced several tour operators to relocate passengers who had planned to travel to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife.

In the case of Fuerteventura, the company currently operates a total of 11 weekly flights with four German cities. The Canary Islands Tourist Board warned this week that passengers could experience complications due to the cancellation of these connections.

Olympus Airways is reported to have registered many operational problems in recent weeks, which has resulted in many complaints from passengers.

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​Ryanair Refuses to Apply the New Canary Islands Resident Discount

Ryanair Refuses to Apply the New Canary Islands Resident Discount

It is reported this week that Ryanair has withdrawn the 75% discount that is applied for all residents of the Canary Islands to travel to the Peninsular, which does not comply with the current regulations adopted by the Government of Spain.

When the Council of Ministers approved the application of 75% discount on air tickets for residents of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Ryanair was ordered to put this into practice on 16 July. Although other airlines offering flights from Canary Islands’ airports to the Peninsular applied this discount, Ryanair said that is was going to delay its application.

The Association of Consumers and Users of the Balearic Islands (Consubal) this week denounced Ryanair, as the 75% discount cannot be applied on its website for travel to the Peninsular. The Association said “This new irregularity of the airline is the last straw and the authorities must act forcefully against the company that continuously mocks its customers and ignores the law.”

At the time of publishing Ryanair has made no response to this complaint. Residents of the Canary Islands are advised to carefully check the Ryanair website before booking, and to consider using other airlines that are already offering the 75% discount until this irregularity is solved.

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Youth Bus Travel Scheme in Gran Canaria

Youth Bus Travel Scheme in Gran CanariaFrancisco Trujillo, Minister for Transportation of the Government of Gran Canaria this week announced that young people under the age of 28 years will be able to access unlimited travel across the island for a flat rate of 28 euros per month for use on Global buses and Guaguas Municipales buses.

The new ‘Gran Canaria Joven’ scheme is personal and non-transferable, and replaced the previous student transport voucher scheme, so that all young residents can benefit from the travel scheme, and not just those who study, and begins in September.

This discount bus transport for young people in Gran Canaria is currently only available on Global and Guaguas Municipales buses, but it is hoped to extend this to other bus companies on the island, such as Telbus and Guzman.

The objective of this initiative is to encourage young people to use public transport more, gain cheaper access to educational centres and travel for extracurricular activities, such as educational studies, sports and cultural activities.

The Government of Gran Canaria subsidises around 1,500,000 bus journeys per year with the current student voucher scheme, so that up to 25,000 young people will be able to use this new card.

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Relief for Workers at Douglas Perfume Stores in Gran Canaria

Relief for Workers at Douglas Perfume Stores in Gran Canaria

Grupo Douglas chain of perfume stores this week announced that it is closing 53 stores, and 226 of its staff will be made redundant, but the company said that it would not close its stores in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

It is reported that the company blames economic and production factors that have led to these store closures in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y Leon, La Rioja, Basque Country, Cantabria, Extremadura, Galicia and Navarra, and includes the shops of Douglas, Juteco and Bodybell, as well as the If brands.

Last year, Bodybell was sold by German Group Douglas to HIG Capital Fund as a mergers and acquisitions process to restructure the company.

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​Cargo Ship from Peninsular Finally Arrives in Canary Islands After Serious Fire

Cargo Ship from Peninsular Finally Arrives in Canary Islands After Serious Fire

The Volcan de Teneguia finally arrived this week at the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when its journey from Cadiz in southern Spain to Tenerife was interrupted by a serious fire that spread through the engine room, when it had been around 150 kilometres from Gran Canaria.

The ship’s crew finally managed to put out the fire, which resulted in no health and safety dangers to the crew and in no material damage to the ship. However, the Volcan de Teneguia was unable to continue its journey to Tenerife.

Eventually, the ship was towed by the Miguel de Cervantes tug boat to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for unloading its cargo and for repair work to be undertaken to its engine room. When it arrived at the port, two pilots directed it towards the Virgen del Pino dock to complete its journey.

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​August Opening for the Spa of La Cicer in Gran Canaria

August Opening for the Spa of La Cicer in Gran CanariaAugust sees the opening of the spa at La Cicer on the beach of Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This renovation of the La Cicer spa is now completed, which has been demanded by local residents for many years, will soon join the inauguration of the Red Cross Centre and the Library in the city.

The renovations to the La Cicer spa have cost over 300,000 euros, and contributes to the improvement of this area of the beach that began with the demolition of the parking area and the creation of a new pedestrian area.

The new facilities of the spa, of 156 square metres, will be available to around 50 people, and consists of a reception area, office, toilets and a warehouse.

Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, said “The Cicer will have a spa in perfect condition and will be magnificent, in a space that had become a run-down area of Las Canteras, and today is one of the jewels of the city and a wonderful place to walk.”

Pablo Rodriguez, Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands said “This area has changed radically and today boasts of a high-quality space that has earned its citizenship.”

La Cicer spa is open from 8.00 until 20.00 each day.

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Bypass Road for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Almost Completed

Bypass Road for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Almost CompletedIt was announced this week that Phase 4 of the bypass road for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has reached 90% execution thanks to the injection of 25 million euros from the Government of the Canary Islands over the last two years.

Pablo Rodriguez, Director of Public Works, visited the works this week and explained to the press that the completion of Phase 4 will connect the GC-3 with the GC-2, which will facilitate the connectivity of the municipalities of the north of Gran Canaria with the city of Las Palmas.

Currently, junction 3 at Arucas, at the intersection with the GC-20 road, is in operation through a provisional roundabout.

The final planned action consists of the execution of a link to provide this intersection with a greater capacity, so there will be a notable improvement in its operation given the significant traffic load that it supports on a daily basis.

Over the next six months, six phases of traffic deviations necessary for the construction of the final improvements are scheduled.

To do this, it will be necessary to change the configuration of this road junction, in order to keep traffic flowing smoothly while the final work is being carried out.

Pablo Rodriguez said “At this moment we are working on the completion of the upper connection network in the neighbourhood of Trasmontaña with the GC-20 road, which is practically finished with final works consisting of the construction of some walls that surround a slope that will form support walls, as well as the installation of vehicle containment systems, expansion joints and other finishing works.

Regarding the trunk of the two kilometres of highway between link 3 and link 5 the connection with the GC-2, the placement of the intermediate layer of asphalt has already been completed, and the placement of the layer of rolling, the installation of the signalling and the final works of drainage and gutters.

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​Residents of Tejeda in Gran Canaria Protest Against Transplanting Trees

Residents of Tejeda in Gran Canaria Protest Against Transplanting Trees

The transplant of eleven trees by the Municipality of Tejeda in Gran Canaria has generated divided opinions in the town this week.

The AVETE Association, a specialist organisation for tree culture, together with other groups opposed to the transplant of these trees, this week brought an expert engineer to the island to assess and report on the causes and consequences of this action.

Susana Dominguez, the engineer, reported that “the transplanting had been done without sufficient care and the trees will probably not survive.” Veronica Hernandez, representative of Mesa del Arbol de La Orotava, described this tree transplanting project as brutal, and said “To see them there abandoned and to know that they are not going to live seems a disregard to nature.”

The Municipality reports “The trees are in good condition and the proof of this are the new leaves that have sprung up.”

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​Gran Canaria Cheese Makers Promote Their Produce to Local Catering Companies

Gran Canaria Cheese Makers Promote Their Produce to Local Catering Companies

This week around 30 traditional cheese producing companies in Gran Canaria met with 50 catering companies and restaurant owners to promote better knowledge of local cheeses, and to encourage their greater use in restaurant kitchens.

This meeting was held at Infecar in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and was organised by the Government of Gran Canaria, and was the first time this has been arranged. Restaurant owners had the chance to speak directly with cheese makers and to learn how the cheese is made, who does it, what milk is used, where is comes from and what possibilities it has in the kitchen.

Cheesemakers in Gran Canaria produce a thousand tons of traditional cheese each year, and much of this goes to local restaurants and hotels, and are anxious that the tradition of cheese making is not lost.

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​Tenerife Organises an Active Summer for Elderly People

Tenerife Organises an Active Summer for Elderly People

This week saw the launch of the Ansina Programme supported by the Government of Tenerife that will encourage over 300 elderly residents to take part in a range of activities.

These programmed activities aim to revitalise and exercise the elderly, and help them enjoy events supervised by professionals to promote active aging. This also offers the chance to meet new people and enjoy the company of others, but something that for many elderly residents of Tenerife, they can only enjoy for a few hours each day.

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​Historic Hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Become Luxury Tourist Hotel

Historic Hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Become Luxury Tourist Hotel

The ongoing renovations of the Hotel Santa Catalina in Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria released an update this week, and confirmed that when it finally reopens it will become a new luxury five-star hotel, but will not lose its historic ‘soul’.

The remodelling of the hotel will include many aspects, such as the opening of the rear façade to new gardens that will be created, as well as opening existing courtyards, explained Pilar Parejo, Director of Expansion of the Barceló hotel group.

In addition, an underground corridor will be built to link the different kitchens of the hotel building, a new access for the spa and gym, as well as a new a la carte restaurant and a more informal restaurant.

However, the hotel will retain its original 204 rooms and its original construction, from original carpentry and decorations to the authentic furniture, although this will be adapted as much as possible to meet the current needs, demands and expectations of luxury hotel guests.

The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo this week said “This hotel is an icon that has degraded over time and did not represent the city, but the renovated hotel will become a luxury hotel of international excellence.”

Pedro Quevedo, Councillor for Tourism, said “The objective is to integrate the city in the hotel and the hotel in the city, and the original architect of the building, Miguel Martin-Fernandez de la Torre would not be offended by the remodelling that is taking place.”

The Barcelo hotel chain representative explained that before launching this renovation of the Hotel Santa Catalina, there were two concepts, which would be that the hotel looks to be surrounded by Doramas Park, and that it would be transformed into a 21stCentury luxury hotel without losing its soul.

This renovation work of the Hotel Santa Catalina began around 20 days ago, has a budget of 24 million euros, and should be completed in eleven months. So, the first guests will be treated to exceptional standards at this new luxury hotel with a rich history that has defined the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Weapons Trafficking in Gran Canaria

Weapons Trafficking in Gran CanariaThis week it was reported that five people in Gran Canaria were arrested, and are accused of purchasing detonating pistols, and then manipulating these so that they could be used fire live ammunition, which were then distributed to buyers across the Canary Islands.

Police Headquarters issued a press release that explained those arrested include four men aged 27, 38, 42 and 48 years of age and a woman aged 42 years, who are residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and of El Tablero in the south of the island, and all these accused have been previously arrested for various criminal activities.

It seems that the security forces discovered that this criminal group had bought detonating pistols from different shops in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and then adapted these to fire live ammunition before distributing them to buyers across the Canary Islands. Four of these pistols were seized during this operation.

Police reports indicate that these 9mm detonator weapons became fully functional to use live ammunition, and this group used third parties to buy these detonating pistols from various sources to hide their identity.

The supply of these illegal weapons has now been seized and the distribution channels used have been stopped, and the accused remain in prison until their court case is heard.

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