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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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​Deep Water Buoy Replaced off Gran Canaria Coast

Deep Water Buoy Replaced off Gran Canaria Coast

A team from Puertos del Estado this week sailed to Agaete to replace one of the two deep water buoys it has in these coastal waters, which obtain information from the ocean. The replacement buoy is fixed at a depth of 7 metres underwater, which emits data through sensors relating to currents, salinity and water temperature.

These buoys form a complex monitoring and forecasting system for the marine environment that provides useful, real-time information for port authorities and for anyone who wants it, since it is information freely available to all citizens through the Puertos del Estado website.

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Prison for Gran Canaria Resident for House Extended Illegally

Prison for Gran Canaria Resident for House Extended IllegallyA man in Gran Canaria was imprisoned this week to serve a two-year sentence for refusing to demolish part of his home for an offence against the ordination of the territory, or not complying with building regulations and permissions.

The family and friends of the man living in El Salobre in San Bartolome de Tirajana said that he had expanded his home illegally by 40 square metres according to a ruling that the land was classified as rural. He then claimed that he could not afford the cost of the demolition, which amounted to around 24,000 euros.

His family also said that the General Plan for San Bartolome de Tirajana provides the classification of this home as urban, and not rural.

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​Success of New Wind Turbine Energy Site in Gran Canaria

Success of New Wind Turbine Energy Site in Gran Canaria

The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, this week inaugurated the wind farm clean energy site in the southeast of Gran Canaria constructed by Naturgy. This new wind farm is a complex made up of 16 wind turbines that produce 41 megawatts of power, from an investment of 63 million euros.

The Naturgy wind farm in the municipality of Aguimes is formally distributed in eight parks: Balcon de Balos, Doramas, La Vaqueria, Montaña Perros, Piletas 1, Triquivijate, Vientos del Roque and Haria, which started operating in April.

The energy company says that these 16 wind turbines will produce about 127 Gwh of electricity per year, and is equivalent to the consumption of around 50,000 homes.

This new wind turbine energy site will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 95,000 tons per year, and provide energy that will not be necessary to generate in conventional fuel oil or diesel power plants on the island.

Ana Peris, Generation Director of Naturgy said “With the development of these projects, Naturgy reinforces its commitment to the Canary Islands, and demonstrates the strong commitment of the company to increased renewable generation of power identified in our Strategic Plan 2018-2022.”

Fernando Clavijo said “This Aguimes wind farm represents a very important step in Gran Canaria, and for the whole archipelago, towards the decarbonisation of the islands’ energy system.”

The event was also attended by the President of the Government of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, who said “These parks represent an important step for the penetration of renewable energy on the island. We have been very slow and we still do not have what our natural conditions can provide. Now it is time for efforts to expand the renewable energy mix of Gran Canaria and open the participation to investments, such as the one carried out by Naturgy to facilitate actions, such as these parks.”

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Jealousy Leads to Serious Assault and Arrest in Gran Canaria

Jealously Leads to Serious Assault and Arrest in Gran CanariaThe Guardia Civil this week arrested a man in Vecindario, who is accused of running over the new partner of his ex-girlfriend, and hitting him with an iron bar. The victim was then transferred to the local health centre. The ex-girlfriend witnessed the incident, but was not injured.

The events took place in the early evening in Vecindario, when a 25-year-old man saw the new partner of his ex-girlfriend walking together, and without any warning, he accelerated his car and tried to run over the other man.

The victim was not seriously injured by the car incident, but the accused got out of his car with an iron bar, and went straight for the victim, and hit him at least once with the iron bar, and fractured his arm.

The accused then got back into his car and left the scene of this serious assault. Police who came to the scene then had to chase the accused, who managed to cause significant damage to several other cars that were parked in the area, when trying to escape from the police car.

The alleged assailant was finally arrested by officers of the Guardia Civil.

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​Abandoned Ship in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Abandoned Ship in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

It has been 18 months since a ship flying the flag of Congo arrived at the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and was loaded with rice husks.

Subsequently, the ship was reported to have been abandoned.

This week the ship was seized by the Port Authority, and it reports it is going to start to transfer all the containers of rice husks from the ship, which have been rotting inside the holds of the vessel.

There is no information about what will now happen to the ship with the Congolese flag.

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​Spanish Naval Ships Carrying Out Exercises Close to Gran Canaria Coast

Spanish Naval Ships Carrying Out Exercises Close to Gran Canaria Coast

This week, the Spanish Navy, within the framework of the GRUFLEX-18 exercise, performed aeronautical demonstrations in front of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Spanish Naval ships ‘Juan Carlos I’ and ‘Alvaro de Bazan’ sailed close to the shore, and local residents and tourists could see take offs of Harrier AV8 fighter planes, as well as SH3D helicopters, manoeuvres of special operations equipment using Fast Rope from helicopters onto the Alvaro de Bazan ship, as well as the fly past of fighter jets and helicopters from the ships. There were also flight formations over the beach, as well as stationary manoeuvres of helicopters and Harrier jets hovering above the sea in front of the beach.

This exercise is part of the GRUFLEX-18 operations currently taking place across the coastal areas of the Canary Islands, and in the Military Fields of La Isleta and the Pajara Shooting Range in Fuerteventura in a first phase, and then in the second phase will move to the Gulf of Cadiz and the Training Field of the Sierra del Retin in Cadiz.

The Navy issued a press release that explained that these amphibious exercises help its units to train for operations in order to maintain the protection of land spaces from the sea, humanitarian aid operations and to respond more effectively to situations of crisis.

These operations involved units of the Amphibious Group and Projection of the Navy Groups, the ships ‘Juan Carlos I’, ‘Galicia’ and eight boats used for amphibious landing of Naval groups on the beaches. It also had the participation of three escorts, the frigates ‘Alvaro de Bazan’, ‘Almirante Juan de Borbon’ and ‘Santa Maria’.

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