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​Casa de Cultura in Mogan in Gran Canaria to be Reopened

Casa de Cultura in Mogan in Gran Canaria to be Reopened

After 16 years of closure, the Casa de Cultura in Mogan in Gran Canaria will reopen in 2020, after agreement was signed between the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Municipality of Mogan.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands will allocate 1,806,887 euros to complete the construction of this Casa de Cultura, which is an infrastructure that has been paralysed since 2002.

The Mayor of Mogan, Onalia Bueno, thanked the Government of the Canary Islands and said, “This is an agreement that will make it possible for us to have in the centre of the historic centre an infrastructure that is going to be a beacon of culture that will give an added value to the Municipality.

The objective of this project is to house a theatrical space as the main theme, as well as for teaching and development of different disciplines.

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​New Viewpoint Overlooking the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

New Viewpoint Overlooking the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria visited the construction work of the new viewpoint overlooking the port of Las Palmas to check on the progress of these improvements and to make sure that the project will meet the deadline for completion before the end of the year.

These improvements include the renovation to the entrance to the city from the sea, so that it will serve as an interurban connection for cruise ship passengers, and residents of Santa Catalina Park, Las Canteras Beach, Mesa y Lopez Avenue and the Port.

This project, which has a budget of 3.6 million euros, is based in a space of over 5,000 square metres between the Naval Base and Santa Catalina Pier. It will be built at three heights and will have a linear walkway, which will function as a viewpoint over the sea.

Two canopies will also be installed to provide shade, and for its triangular geometric shape, it will pay homage to the tradition sailing ships of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Mayor said “These works will provide the capital with views of water in the centre of the city that provides a different perspective of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the port, and with a new area of recreation within an environment which is in deep transformation.”

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​Innovative Projects Launched in Gran Canaria

Innovative Projects Launched in Gran Canaria

The University Foundation of Las Palmas has just announced the prize winners for projects that demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurship. After a first pre-selection of 45 projects, 12 were selected to reach the final phase, which consisted of a presentation to a jury that made the final decisions to award four of these projects with a prize of 5,375 euros each.

Therefore, 4 Canarian entrepreneurs will now be able to launch their projects.

David Macias created Mofuvideo, a program to create videos in record time, and sharing your screen, webcam and microphone.

Francisco Bora Garnica created ACACE, a software program to reduce the costs for Canarian e-commerce shipments, reduce the tariffs of parcel suppliers and enable users to create a company headquarters at the planned destination.

Fayna Mendoza created Yonogluten.es, an online store dedicated to the sale of gluten-free food.

Gerardo Morales created Wimmic, a program to create videos for satellite communications in moving vehicles.

These projects will now receive their grant to start up their business ideas, with initiatives that incorporate relevant aspects of the digital field, to create employment in the Canary Islands and help boost the talent of local residents.

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​Charity Event with Local Barbers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Charity Event with Local Barbers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This September hosts the third Barberos Solidarios charity event on the beach of Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when Canarian barbers will be offering to cut hair, trim beards and give relaxing massages for a very economic price, and the money raised will support local charities.

The Councillor for Employment and Tourism, Pedro Quevedo, and Councillor for Mobility, Economic Promotion and City of the Sea, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, announced that for the third time, the Barberos Solidarios will take place on 15 and 16 September in the Plaza de Saulo Toron.

La Asociaction Pequeño Valiente and Social Dining Rooms operated by San Pedro de La Isleta and Life4Pitbull Canarias will be recipients of the money raised.

All those who want to collaborate are asked for a donation of 4 euros for haircuts or massage, and these will be offered by 40 barbers representing all the Canary Islands.

Jose Eduardo Ramirez said, “This initiative was launched by the Barberos Solidarios Platform in 2016, and does not hesitate to contribute time and knowledge of dozens of professionals from across the Canary Islands in order to show, in a very original way, what is possible with very little, and to collaborate in the daily development of activities that help many people who need it.”

In addition to the haircuts, beard grooming and massages, the organisers have prepared a charity race that will run along the beach of Las Canteras, and those who wish to participate just have to pay 1 euro, which will be added to the funds raised for charity.

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​Body Discovered in Gran Canaria Relates to Missing Man Reported Earlier

Body Discovered in Gran Canaria Relates to Missing Man Reported Earlier

Police report that the body discovered in the ravine in the neighbourhood of Zarate in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria corresponds to Manuel Delgado Medina, who disappeared on 31 August.

The body was discovered by local resident of Zarate, who was walking with his dog, and the found the corpse of a man in an advanced state of decomposition.

It seems that the body remained outdoors in the Barranco de Osorio, between the neighbourhood of Zarate and San Juan de Dios, in Las Palma de Gran Canaria, and in an area of difficult access.

The first hypothesis indicated that this body was that of Manuel Delgado Medina, 83 years of age, and who had been reported missing on 31 August. However, the clothing of Manuel Delgado at the time of his disappearance did not match the description of the clothing on the body of the victim.

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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Engraved Rock in Gran Canaria

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Engraved Rock in Gran CanariaArchaeologists who had been exploring the ancient Guanche temple of La Fortaleza in the Municipality of Santa Lucia de Tirajana have found an important archaeological item in a defined space called structure 7.

This finding is a block of basalt with engravings of linear markings that are dated to the pre-Hispanic era, and these engraving by Canarian aborigines or Guanche provide new evidence of early culture and society in the Canary Islands.

This finding is unique as it is a stone that was part of a mural, and later reused as construction material for an aboriginal house. This basalt block measures 52 cm in length with engravings made with rock, and not with metallic materials.

The researchers now believe that these line drawings were used to calculate time or displayed an emblem.

This finding is reported to be a milestone, because it highlights that there could be many similar engravings, which were believed to be engraved with metallic materials and dated after the Spanish Conquest, but were actually engraved with rock and belong to the pre-Hispanic era of Gran Canaria.

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​Prices of Homes in the Canary Islands Rise

Prices of Homes in the Canary Islands Rise

The National Institute of Statistics (INE) this week reported that the price of new homes and second hand homes continues to rise throughout the Canary Islands, but also throughout all regions of Spain.

Across the Canary Islands, there was a 2.8% increase in the price of homes in the first six months of 2018, compared to the previous year in the same period.

In Spain as a whole, prices rose by 6.8% in the second quarter of the year, and in the Canary Islands home prices rose by almost 6%. Specifically, in the Canary Islands, in the second quarter of the year home prices increased by 5.9% compared to the same period last year.

Also, if comparisons are made for the first three months of this year in the Canary Islands, prices of homes increased by 1.9%. However, these price increases related more to second-hand homes, where rates increased by around 3%.

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No Date Yet for New Road Improvements in Canary Islands

No Date Yet for New Road Improvements in Canary IslandsThe Government of the Canary Islands this week issued a statement that said it was “highly concerned” that there has been no date set for signing an agreement with the Ministry of Development for new road improvements, which would mean an investment of around 2,000 million euros over 8 years, and massive numbers of jobs in public works for all the islands.

In statements to the media at the end of the meeting with the Ministry of Development, Pablo Rodriguez, vice president of the Canary Islands Government said, “There have been good words, but despite the apparent goodwill, the Canary Islands still has no date to sign an agreement that would respond to the needs of all the islands.”

Jose Luis Abalos, Minister of Development is now urged by the vice president to place the Canary Islands among his priorities, and reminded the Minister that he had already committed to give a date for signing the agreement.

The Ministry has explained “The Government has just arrived in office, and some matter have been priorities and others will be done soon. It is guaranteed that the agreement will be signed before the end of the year.”

Pablo Rodriguez responded by saying “The agreement should be signed before the end of the year and if possible this September.”

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​The Canarian Black Bee to Make a Come Back in Gran Canaria

The Canarian Black Bee to Make a Come Back in Gran Canaria

The Government of Gran Canaria wants to preserve the purity of the Canarian black bee. The queen black bee is unique in her species throughout the world, and a group of beekeepers has been selected to ensure that the black bee will reign again.

The Canarian black bee is the ideal variety for the production of honey on these islands, and this new programme promoted by the Government of Gran Canaria aims to preserve the black bee, and to ensure that in a few years it will become the predominant species.

This native bee of the Canary Islands has very specific characteristics that make it highly productive, and so gentle that it is unlikely to attack others.

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​Unemployed People in Gran Canaria Trained in Forestry Skills

Unemployed People in Gran Canaria Trained in Forestry Skills

This week the Government of Gran Canaria announced that it will employ 50 unemployed people to work full time for six months in reforestation tasks.

This programme is aimed at women who are victims of gender violence, immigrants and those over the age of 45 years, so that they can learn a trade in a sector in which there is a real demand for professionals with appropriate skills.

This specific group of unemployed people will soon learn how to fell trees, climb trees, provide trees with sufficient water and to use specific machinery for forestation tasks.

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Students in Gran Canaria Helping People with Reduced Mobility

Students in Gran Canaria Helping People with Reduced MobilityThis week it was reported that the Government of the Canary Islands is supporting a project for ESO and University students from Gran Canaria, as well as from Tenerife who have been selected from around 300 who are involved in the SIMO Education Technology Education Initiative.

Through this initiative, people with reduced mobility in Gran Canaria transmit to students what their day is like, and after listening to them, the students are tasked to make tools or find solutions to make their lives easier.

This project was first proposed by Coordicanarias, who wanted technology developers to work closely with those who would eventually use the tools or solutions to make this initiative successful.

The next objective is to launch this project across all the Canary Islands.

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Peculiar Museums in the Canary Islands

Peculiar Museums in the Canary IslandsAlthough many tourists visit all the Canary Islands, it is likely that they may not know the wide range of interesting, weird, strange and peculiar museums that are currently open to the public. All the Canary Islands have centres of art or interpretation that give different perspectives on history, architecture and sculpture.

In La Palma, works of art are accessible to residents and tourists 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

Gran Canaria has the Museo Canaria in the historic neighbourhood of Las Palmas that displays the life of those who inhabited the island from the earliest times of history, and some exhibition rooms are intended to attract the youngest visitors to explore history with fun.

In La Gomera, the oldest and most symbolic building on the island, the Torre del Conde, is a central draw for many visitors, while Fuerteventura proudly hosts a cheese museum.

In Tenerife, many people are drawn to discover more about the gardens and Las Piramides de Guimar, or the pyramids of Guimar.

All the Canary Islands are volcanic in origin, and many tourists in El Hierro want to discover more about the current seismic activity of the island, and the Volcano Interpretation Centre is a very popular attraction.

However, for those who want to visit a really peculiar museum when visiting the Canary Islands, they should head to Lanzarote to uncover their passion for art and the sea, as this is the location of the first Underwater Museum in Europe viewed by scuba divers or from glass bottom boats.

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​Occupational Illnesses of Hotel Cleaners in Canary Islands Recognised by State

Occupational Illnesses of Hotel Cleaners in Canary Islands Recognised by State

This week it was reported that the Spanish Government has accepted the proposal of the Canary Islands Government and the Balearic Islands Government to recognise the various occupational illnesses that affect hotel cleaners, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or pathologies caused by repetitive movements in cleaning work in a specific way.

The Deputy Minister of Employment for the Government of the Canary Islands, Emilio Atienzar, who attended the meeting in Madrid, said “The fruit of social dialogue with health, social and economic experts, and the efforts of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, has achieved recognition for the illnesses that affect many hotel cleaners when carrying out their work, and now provides them with dignity.”

According to this proposal, specific occupational diseases will now be recognised, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or those cause by repetitive movements, or caused by vibrations transmitted to the hand that can cause degenerative muscle problems when handling vacuum cleaners, polishers or floor scrubbers.

This also means there will be more precise monitoring of these occupational diseases and work accidents for hotel cleaners.

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​Fewer Mortgages to Buy Homes Granted in June in the Canary Islands

Fewer Mortgages to Buy Homes Granted in June in the Canary Islands

This week the National Institute of Statistics (INE) reported that the signing of new mortgages for the purchase of homes in the Canary Islands decreased by 31.8% in June compared to the same month last year with 1,060 mortgages agreed, but in Peninsular Spain this rate increased by 3.9%.

According to this data, this decline in the Canary Islands increased to 46.6% when compared with the previous month, May.

Therefore, in inter-annual terms, the Canary Islands was the autonomous community in which there was the largest decrease in mortgages for the purchase of homes, and ahead of the Balearic Islands (-18.4%), Asturias (-13.2%) and the Basque Country (-9.3%).

In the whole of Spain, the signing of new mortgages for the purchase of a home rose by 3.9% in June with 30,600 mortgages agreed, and 39.2% set with a fixed interest rate.

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​Pizza Heist with Violence in Gran Canaria

Pizza Heist with Violence in Gran Canaria

This week Policia Nacional arrested a man who allegedly entered a pizzeria in Tamaraceite in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with a knife to carry out a robbery.

The accused now faces a criminal charge of robbery with violence by entering the pizzeria and threatening three employees to hand over money in the cash register.

It is also reported that the accused allegedly wounded these three employees with the knife.

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