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​Craft and Food Products Presented in Gran Canaria

Craft and Food Products Presented in Gran Canaria

Vecindario in the Municipality of Santa Lucia de Tirajana in Gran Canaria this week held the 15thSoutheast Fair of Gran Canaria.

This event effectively promoted the best products available within this south-east corner of the island. It was estimated to have attracted over one hundred thousand people who came to Vecindario to learn more about local foods and crafts in the area.

The very long Avenida de Canaria in the middle of Vecindario had over 150 craft and food stalls. Many of these had cooking workshops and helped to teach those watching how to enhance the flavours of local foods, and also displayed some of the best local craft products.

This event also included many activities for children, and this year’s Southeast Fair was an occasion for all the family.

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Unlimited Bus Travel for Residents of Gran Canaria

Unlimited Bus Travel for Residents of Gran CanariaFrom 5 November, residents of Gran Canaria will be able to apply for the Bono Transporte Residente Canario, which gives unlimited bus travel for a cost of 40 euros per month that can be used with Global buses and the yellow Municipal Buses of Las Palmas.

Applications can be submitted through the websites of both bus companies – www.guaguasglobal.comand www.guaguas.com

There are various cards and discount systems offered by both bus companies in Gran Canaria, but from this month, there is now another good value scheme for residents who regularly use buses, and it is hoped that now more residents will use buses, rather than their cars to make journeys across the island. So, for 40 euros per month, residents of Gran Canaria can now have unlimited bus travel with the two main bus companies on the island.

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​Police in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Now Hover Through the Streets

Police in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Now Hover Through the Streets

The City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is currently investing in renewing the material resources used by its Policia Local officers, but has also come up with a novel idea. Policia Local officers are not actually going to be using hover boards like those in ‘Back to the Future’ films, but will be currently seen using two Segways for patrolling the streets of the capital city.

After having rented these devices for a year to check out their usefulness to Policia Local officers, the City of Las Palmas has decided to buy two for 15,700 euros.

It’s not just that Segways can move faster than criminals running away from crimes, the City of Las Palmas tells us that police officers are more visible than if they are just walking, but now have greater mobility in pedestrian areas, and so can also travel greater distances in less time.

During the Christmas season in the Triana neighbourhood, residents and tourists could spot up to five police officers using Segways to maintain a security presence, and give reassurance to shoppers that the police are never far away and watching out for trouble. These ‘hover boarding’ police officers will also patrol the neighbourhoods of Canteras Beach and the Port area near to Santa Catalina Park.

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Norwegian Woman Seriously Ill after Near Drowning in Gran Canaria

Norwegian Woman Seriously Ill after Near Drowning in Gran CanariaA Norwegian woman was reported to be in a serious condition after near drowning off the beach of Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria in the Municipality of Mogan.

This drowning incident took place during the middle of the afternoon just off the beach of Puerto Rico.

The 65-year-old Norwegian woman was rescued from the sea and transported by ambulance to the Insular Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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​More Aboriginal Astronomy Discovered in Gran Canaria

More Aboriginal Astronomy Discovered in Gran Canaria

The Cave of Risco Caido in Artenara in Gran Canaria has been widely reported as a unique site of aboriginal astronomy from pre-Hispanic times. However, it seems that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is replicated in another cave discovered in Telde in Gran Canaria.

This week, the Government of Gran Canaria held a meeting to provide findings of the archaeological investigations that have been taking place in the Cave of Tara in Telde. It is reported that this is an artificially created cavern in volcanic rock that was used for a long time as a stable for cows, but also that some evidence points to this also being the ancient hermitage of the statue of the Virgin of Candelaria.

Just like in the Cave of Risco Caido in Artenara in the centre of Gran Canaria, the rays of the dawn sun shine through an open skylight within the cave, and projects figures on its walls throughout the year in the Cave of Tara. Its most spectacular effects can be seen during the equinoxes of 20 or 21 March and 22 or 23 September each year. During these days, a sunbeam crosses the gallery of the cave a few metres above the ground, and illuminates the interior of the cave completely.

The Cave of Tara shares many characteristics with the Cave of Risco Caido, but archaeologists now believe that it is older than Risco Caido. These conclusions are based on the fact that the light produced in the interior of the Cave of Tara is not so sophisticated as that seen in the Cave of Risco Caido in Artenara, and suggests that pre-Hispanic society had a strong knowledge of astronomy and calendars, which they used to refine and improve on the discoveries they made at the Cave of Tara.

Julio Cuenca, the archaeologist who discovered both of the secrets of these two caves said, “This Cave of Tara is the missing piece to be able to interpret well what happens in the astronomical images of Risco Caido, which belonged to the pre-Hispanic people of Galdar. It was logical that in the other kingdom in which the island was divided, Telde, there would have been a religious temple and a system of astronomy and a calendar to match the size and importance of that at Risco Caido.”

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Live Music for Patients and Staff at Gran Canaria Hospital

Live Music for Patients and Staff at Gran Canaria HospitalThanks to donations made by the Mapfre Guanarteme Foundation, Enrique Rapisarda Arencibia and the Maspalomas-Tafira Rotary Club, the hall of the Maternity Unit of the Insular Hospital in Gran Canaria has a grand piano to be used for musical recitals, and this initiative is part of the Humanisation Plan of the University Hospital Complex Maternity Unit.

The purchase of this piano is intended to encourage local artists to participate in a concert schedule to celebrate music in this central space on a regular basis.

International pianist and singer, Anna Maria Jopek, was the first to perform with this new piano, and allowed patients, families and staff of the hospital to enjoy live music, and she was also performing at the Cuyas Theatre in Las Palmas.

Anna Maria Jopek said, “Music is important, because to be healthy, to celebrate creation, and to enjoy music are very important.”

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Gran Canaria Fire Close to Fuel Storage

Gran Canaria Fire Close to Fuel StorageThis week, firefighters in Gran Canaria reported that they had extinguished a fire that occurred during the early hours of the morning in a scrap yard in the Salinetas Industrial Estate in the Municipality of Telde.

It is reported that the fire only affected materials in the waste material stored in a warehouse that was next to pipes belonging to Disa Petrol Company, where a large number of different types of fuels are stored.

Disa workers were the first to act to fight the fire that started in the scrap yard, and were soon joined by firefighters from Arinaga and Telde, and together these teams managed to control and then extinguish the fire after three hours.

The column of black smoke was visible throughout the morning from several points across the southeast of the island.

However, this is the second fire incident with the same characteristics that occurred in this industrial estate in March last year. Also, on 8 September this year, a similar incident occurred in a metal recovery plant in the Arinaga Industrial Estate. The firefighting teams are now investigating the causes of this week’s fire.

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Elderly Woman Falls in Gran Canaria Cemetery

Elderly Woman Falls in Gran Canaria CemeteryA 70-year-old women was reported to be in a critical condition after falling from a folding ladder in the San Lazaro Cemetery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Emergency Services Centre 112 said that the woman suffered severe head trauma, and after receiving first aid treatment, she was transferred by ambulance to the Doctor Negrin Hospital in Gran Canaria.

Policia Local and Policia Nacional officers took charge of this incident and are currently investigating the cause of this fall.

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​Major Road Closes Completely in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Major Road Closes Completely in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Avenida Mesa y Lopez in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has now been closed for the paving and installation works of the MetroGuagua infrastructure in the section between Plaza de España and the Naval Base.

These works will address new paving and exclusive lanes for the new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, in addition to the renovation of street furniture to improve accessibility in the area. With the completion of the project, Avenida Mesa y Lopez will become a boulevard with less noise and more pedestrian space.

It is also reported that during this phase of the work, access to private garages will not be affected and the circulation of taxis will be maintained. The stop of line 17 for the Municipal Buses will be moved temporarily to Calle Nestor de la Torre.

The opening of this current work will happen before the important commercial event known as ‘Black Friday’ on 23 November, and during the Christmas season, heavy machinery will not be used that could generate excessive noise in the open commercial area.

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Gran Canaria Attracts French Animation Company

Gran Canaria Attracts French Animation CompanyThe French production company Amuse, through its subsidiary Birland, is setting up in Gran Canaria, and will hire around 50 digital animation professionals, and the President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, said “This news is transcendental!”

The Amuse Company, created in 2015, produces children’s and young people’s content on new digital video platforms, such as YouTube and Amazon, among others, and currently presents almost one hundred channels, which have more than 400 million visits per month.

For its part, Birland in now intending to hire a maximum of 50 people, including 2D and 3D animators, designers, screenwriters, sound artists, translators, singers and dubbing actors.

Arthur Lener, President of Amuse Group said “I am fully convinced of the success of the facility in Gran Canaria for Birland, which was born with the clear objective of becoming a benchmark in the animation industry.”

Morales said “Today is an important day for Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands.”

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​Frustration for Drivers in the South of Gran Canaria

Frustration for Drivers in the South of Gran Canaria

Local residents of Arguineguin and Pasito Blanco have complained that it now takes over two hours to travel 10 kilometres along the GC-500, which has to be used by drivers while the GC-1 is closed for resurfacing work.

In normal times, traffic flows smoothly along the GC-1 that connects towns along the south of Gran Canaria for residents and tourists while either the north bound section of the motorway is closed or the south bound section is closed for these road repairs. The only route available for traffic in this area is the GC-500.

Residents say that to attempt to travel from the south of the island at midday is almost impossible, and that the resurfacing work on the local section of the GC-1 that is being carried out is a disservice to all drivers.

However, this image of traffic chaos will be repeated throughout the week, as the GC-1 will continue to close from 09.00 until 19.00 until this section has been fully resurfaced.

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​Firefighters in Gran Canaria Report Success in Forest Fire Controls

Firefighters in Gran Canaria Report Success in Forest Fire Controls

The Forestry Services of the Government of Gran Canaria register only one forest fire when five acres were burned during this year’s campaign, which represents the best results in fire fighting for the last 20 years.

This one fire affected 6.5 hectares and is compared with 75 hectares of forest destroyed in 2015, 18 hectares destroyed in 2016 and 1.944 hectares destroyed in 2017, when the great fire of the summit of the island was registered.

The President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, said “In recent years a great effort has been made to professionalise the firefighting operational unit, so that it could maintain and empower staff and officials without outsourcing to private companies.”

This has meant that the operation to extinguish forest fires in Gran Canaria is composed almost entirely of its own personnel.

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Body of Man Discovered in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Body of Man Discovered in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaThe lifeless body of a man was found this week floating in the water off Santa Catalina Pier in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The man is reported to be about 33 years of age and who died from drowning, but the causes of this are still unknown.

Maritime Rescue personnel recovered the victim from the water, and once on land, staff from the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) attended the victim, but could only confirm his death. Other personnel involved in this incident included agents of the Policia Nacional, Port Authority and Guardia Civil.

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Protecting Cobblestones in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Protecting Cobblestones in Las Palmas de Gran CanariaThe Special Plan for the Calle Perojo Project designed by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is intended to protect 20,000 square metres of this part of the city.

This project aims to preserve the historical and architectural heritage of 46 buildings and other historic elements of the area, such as cobblestones that date from the late Nineteenth Century, so that these streets will not be paved.

In addition, the original colour of the facades of the buildings will be maintained.

According to the City Council, some of these buildings of great architectural value have been lost due to a lack of protection. At present, it is reported there are 129 houses of significant cultural interest in this part of the city, and now another 46 will be covered by preservation orders.

This is still a plan and aspiration, as there is still some way to go before achieving success, and there are hopes this could be approved in a plenary session in March or April of next year.

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​Gran Canaria Sports Centre Café Closes and Workers Lose Jobs

Gran Canaria Sports Centre Café Closes and Workers Lose Jobs

The livelihoods of 12 workers in Arucas in the north of Gran Canaria this week hangs by a thread, and hearing the devastating news that the cafeteria where they work will close at the end of October. The sports centre building belongs to the Municipality of Arucas, which does not intend to renew the current contract.

The owner of the cafeteria at the sports centre had been trying to extend the concession over the last seven years, they have not received an answer until this week, and the Town Hall of Arucas is making preparations to evict the current owner of the café.

The Town Council has repeated its intention to regain control of this property, and Mayor Juan Jose Facundo said “The resolution is clear, we will proceed to close the business, and they have fifteen days to leave. After that period, we will proceed with a new tender to operate the cafeteria, and the current operators can also participate.”

The current operator has appealed to the local court, but meanwhile the sports centre café in Arucas will close its doors by the end of October.

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