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New Shopping Centre for Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria

New Shopping Centre for Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria

The Municipality of Mogan in Gran Canaria this week granted a building licence for the construction of a new shopping centre in the town of Puerto Rico.

This new shopping centre involves an investment of 35 million euros, as well as the creation of companies, numerous jobs and disbursement of over one million euros from municipal funds related to capital gains.

The council said “Puerto Rico will be transformed in a short time and will be renewed to reflect this popular tourist centre.”

It is reported that work will be carried out at the site of the old Atlantida water park, and should be completed within four years.

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​Overcharging for Aquarium Water in Gran Canaria

Overcharging for Aquarium Water in Gran Canaria

Officers of the Guardia Civil this week arrested three people accused of a crime of fraud committed by inflating the invoices for supplying water to the new Poema del Mar aquarium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and are alleged to have charged for around 20 million litres of water more than that delivered for several months.

The Poema del Mar Aquarium adopted security measures to discover the fraudulent practices of the accused, who planned to extend their scam even after the aquarium planned to be self-sufficient with its own desalination plant. The three accused of this crime of fraud are also alleged to have manipulated this desalination plant, so that it would not work properly, and they could then continue to supply water and overcharge the company.

Security officers at the aquarium installed surveillance cameras to monitor what was happening to the desalination plant, and recorded one of the accused, the manager of the water supply company, closing off the desalination plant. The other accused include a man employed by the same company, and a woman employed by another linked company transporting water supplies, who were finally arrested and accused of collaborating with the first accused.

These three are accused of falsifying the delivery notes of different trucks or water tanks carried, increasing both the quantity of water supplied and the number of trips, which reached up to 34 in a single day on one occasion in order to overcharge the aquarium.

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​Tenerife Meeting Discusses Inequalities of Outermost Regions of the EU

Tenerife Meeting Discusses Inequalities of Outermost Regions of the EU

Petr Osvald, President of the Commission for the Territorial Policy of the European Union Committee of Regions led a meeting in Tenerife this week to demand cohesion for the outermost regions of the EU that is equal to other regions, and to advocate to help European Citizens to understand that the EU is an added value for their lives.

This meeting discussed the future of the nine outermost territories of the European Union, and highlighted the problems and difficulties of understanding the needs of these areas.

The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, said that the outermost regions of the EU face specific disadvantages compared to other regions of Europe, but also emphasised that there is much tourism in the Canary Islands, and that projects work well within these islands, such as the El Hierro hydroelectric plant.

The other outermost regions discussed their problems, and included representatives of French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion and San Martin, and the Portuguese Azores and Madeira, as well as the Canary Islands.

Brexit was also recognised as a problem by this group, and speakers commented that citizens tend to lose faith in politics, so that it is necessary to show EU citizens what is being done to benefit them in their regions.

There was finally a unanimous adoption of the opinion – “Towards a complete application of the renewed European strategy for the outermost regions.”

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​Recycling Success in Southeast of Gran Canaria

Recycling Success in Southeast of Gran Canaria

The municipalities of Aguimes, Ingenio and Santa Lucia de Tirajana in Gran Canaria are holding a joint celebration this week after their hard work to encourage residents to recycle more waste products has resulted in a reduction of 29 million kilos of waste per year compared with 2001.

The mayors of the three municipalities highlighted at a special meeting that they have successfully reduced their waste by almost 37 per cent after many years of extending the times of collection, cleaning around the containers and implementing different campaigns of awareness.

Over the next week, 232 new containers will be installed across the three municipalities as part of a special cooperation plan of Government of Gran Canaria, which has awarded a investment of 425,000 euros.

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​Objections to Proposed Leisure Project in Gran Canaria

Objections to Proposed Leisure Project in Gran Canaria

The environmental group Turcon has expressed its opposition this week to a project that promotes occupying the main river bed area of the Guayadeque ravine in the municipality of Aguimes in Gran Canaria, very close to its mouth, to create lagoons or large pools for sports and leisure facilities.

Turcon issued a statement that said it had requested more information about the Island Council Responsible for Water of Gran Canaria after learning about an application for concessions to occupy between 45,000 and 60,000 square metres of the ravine that was published in the Official Gazette of the Aguimes Municipality.

Turcon has opposed this project because it has ignored the provisions of the hydrological plan and lacks a compatibility report. This indicates that this is a privatisation of public resources and for channelling of the ravine. This environmental group claims that this project could be created on privately owned land, as this project is not of general interest, and there may be other places to develop this without occupying a public domain.

Other objections include the issues that this is an area of flooding and surface runoff, creates security risks and goes against the procedures of the Gran Canaria Hydrological Plan.

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Cyclist Collides with Car in Gran Canaria

Cyclist Collides with Car in Gran Canaria

A 52-year-old cyclist received moderate injuries as a result of a collision with a car on the southbound motorway of Gran Canaria the GC-1 passing through the municipality of Telde during a morning this week.

Emergency Services sent two ambulances to the scene of the accident, and provided first aid procedures before transferring the cyclist to the Insular Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who was admitted with a diagnosis of moderate polyontusions. There is no further information about the health of the cyclist.

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Direct Connections Between Mallorca and the Canary Islands

Direct Connections Between Mallorca and the Canary Islands

This week at a special presentation by the Canary Islands airline company it was announced that from 2 May, Binter Airlines start their very first regular direct national route to Palma de Mallorca.

This presentation to celebrate this new direct connection with the Balearic Islands was attended by the President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol and President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo. Both presidents talked about the importance of improving the connections between these two archipelagos, and also closer collaboration between the two autonomous communities to achieve the increased discount of 75% for residents for flight tickets.

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​Peninsula Ferry Connection for Lanzarote, La Palma and Fuerteventura

Peninsula Ferry Connection for Lanzarote, La Palma and Fuerteventura

The Ministry of Public Works announced this week that the Trasmediterranea ferry company will now make stopovers on its connection between Cadiz in the Peninsula and Lanzarote and Fuerteventura until 2020.

Now the Trasmediterranea ferry company has been awarded the maritime line contract that connects Cadiz with the Canary Islands for the next two years. This contract also requires the shipping company to provide a weekly connection on the Cadiz-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Santa Cruz de Tenerife-Cadiz shipping line.

However, there will now also be stopovers in La Palma, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to improve the access for vehicles and passengers. The eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura had not been previously included in the specifications produced by the Ministry of Public Works.

This issue had been challenged by the Governments of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, who claimed that the economy and the life of many small companies in these islands depended on this ferry connection with the peninsula. The two island governments also said “It shows once again that working in the same direction and, in this case, from the eastern axis of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, the results are always achieved and this is another step, and steps must continue to activate our economies.”

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​Canary Islands Initiative Could Revolutionise the Textile Industry

Canary Islands Initiative Could Revolutionise the Textile Industry

The Life Seacolours Project of the Banco Español de Algas (BEA) based at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria competes to be the best of the best of Life Projects of the European Union, and could achieve this, because it has managed to create an ecological colouring that could revolutionise the textile industry.

The synthetic pigments and stains used today are pollutants and produce non-degradable residues. The scientific director of BEA said this week “We have to look for alternatives. Our role has been to select strains of microalgae that accumulate a large amount of pigments that we can manage and maintain under crop conditions, producing biomass and pigments with the aim of extracting them for later applications.”

The algae offer a wide range of colours, from the green ones obtained from chlorophyll to the orange and yellow ones of the carotenoids, through the blue and red pigments from the phycobiliproteins.

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Passenger Arrested for Carrying Hashish within his Body in Gran Canaria

Passenger Arrested for Carrying Hashish within his Body in Gran Canaria

It was announced this week that officers of the Guardia Civil arrested a 41-year-old passenger who arrived at Gran Canaria Airport from Madrid, but appeared to hiding 97 capsules of hashish inside his body.

The passenger aroused suspicion from police officers when he arrived at Gran Canaria Airport as a possible carrier of narcotic substances, but the passenger denied carrying any drugs. He was then taken to the Insular Hospital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for various radiological tests.

After spending five days in the hospital, he ‘expelled’ 97 capsules of hashish also known as acorns with a total weight of 984 grams. He was then brought before a court in Telde.

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Financial Aid for Those Affected by Fires in Gran Canaria


Financial Aid for Those Affected by Fires in Gran Canaria

The Government of Gran Canaria this week began the distribution of financial aid to those affected by the fire in September 2017.

In total, there are 828,000 euros that will go mainly for damage to agricultural infrastructures. The Government plans to invest 10 million euros to repair the damage caused by the fire over the next two years.

Representatives of the Government of Gran Canaria and the Municipalities of San Mateo and Tejeda visited some of the affected areas to announce the beginning of the distribution of funds to meet the needs of local residents.

It has taken the Government five months to process these claims for damages to agricultural infrastructure, and for damage to houses and for the loss of animals.

These municipalities suffered the most from the fire last September, and say they value the collaboration between administrations.

The Mayor of San Mateo, Antonio Ortega, used this occasion to ask to cut the trees that still stand after being burned. The Government’s experts have analysed the damage of soil erosion, and will shortly present a plan to reforest the affected areas.

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​Transsexual Worker in Gran Canaria Claims Harassment

Transsexual Worker in Gran Canaria Claims Harassment

A transsexual worker in the cleaning service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has made a complaint about hate crimes experienced when working, which was reported in a local newspaper.

Maria Jose Aleman claims that she suffered harassment and insults at work due to her change of sex and that when she complained, she was only moved from the Port area, her usual place of work, to the area of Vegueta.

Las Palmas Council announced that it will investigate all these allegations, so that an information file will be opened, and if harassment and insults are proven, then disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible for these.

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​Learn About Stars in the Elder Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Learn About Stars in the Elder Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

New technology has been installed in the Elder Museum in Parque Santa Catalina close to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to create a planetarium with a projector that offers new and cutting-edge technology.

This new attraction at this remarkable museum brings visitors closer to the universe with new images during a 20-minute presentation.

This new planetarium projector is reported to be the best projector in the country, and the planetarium presentation brings visitors better understanding of the earth, tides and seismic movements, as well as the constellations of stars that fill our night skies.

Now the stars and the universe can be seen as even more real!

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​Huge Investment to Fight Child Poverty in the Canary Islands

Huge Investment to Fight Child Poverty in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands Government this week authorised the investment of three million euros distributed to municipalities for the Fight Against Child Poverty Programme.

The Ministry of Employment, Social Policies and Housing and the Canarian Federation of Municipalities have signed a General Protocol of Action to give continuity to carry out a series of programmes in Canary Islands Municipalities in the field of primary care social services.

The Ministry of Employment, Social Policies and Housing is also signing another action protocol with Fecam for the distribution of credits between the municipalities to reduce the poverty level of children from birth to 17 years, which relates to 17,754 vulnerable children.

Other initiatives announced this week include further investment for the Government of Fuerteventura to develop water storage infrastructures across the island involving four water storage facilities at a cost of 1.45 million euros. These funds with be used to improve the treatment of desalination plants of Corralejo and Gran Tarajal through the remineralisation of calcite beds of the desalinated water plants, costing 177,079 euros for each project.

The final announcement of new investment from the Canary Islands Government is the extension of contracts for cleaning services of the University Hospital and Doctor Negrin Hospital of Gran Canaria, and the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Hospital in Tenerife, and the General Hospital in Fuerteventura for a total amount of 30 million euros.

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​Hotel Restaurant in Gran Canaria Scammed by Customers

Hotel Restaurant in Gran Canaria Scammed by Customers

Officers of the Policia Nacional this week arrested a 34-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman in San Bartolome de Tirajana or Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, who are alleged to be perpetrators of a scam crime after refusing to pay for a dinner at a hotel restaurant when they consumed two bottles of wine priced at 1950 euros each.

The restaurant manager of the hotel registered the complaint against this couple with the police, and is reported to have said that a couple, after having dinner at the restaurant, had refused to pay the bill that amounted to 4000 euros.

The police officers went to the restaurant and met with employees of the restaurant, who confirmed that the couple had requested two high priced bottles of wine, whose price amounted to 3900 euros.

At the time of paying the bill, both the man and the woman refused to pay for the wine, and claimed that the wine bottles were not the ones they had ordered.

The police investigation verified that the wine served corresponded with the wine selected by the diners, so they proceeded to arrest them as alleged perpetrators of a crime of fraud.

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