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​Show in Gran Canaria Supported People with Intellectual Disabilities

Show in Gran Canaria Supported People with Intellectual Disabilities

Circus Rhapsody was the name of the show performed this week, and organised by the Mojo de Caña Association to support the work of APADIS, which helps local people with intellectual disabilities.

The theme of Circus Rhapsody was inspired by the well-known Bohemian Rhapsody performed by the rock group Queen many years ago.

The cast of this show also included those who are supported by APADIS in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and was performed with great success at the CICCA centre in the city.

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​Rural School Teachers Recognised for their Work in Gran Canaria

Rural School Teachers Recognised for their Work in Gran CanariaThis week as part of International Rural Women’s Day, the Government of Gran Canaria organised an event that brought together many rural school teachers across the island to recognise their professional work.

This event was intended to recognise the educational work of those teachers who currently work in many remote and rural locations, so that children can develop their education close to their homes, and in every corner of Gran Canaria.

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​Fire in Arucas in Gran Canaria was Arson

Fire in Arucas in Gran Canaria was ArsonThis week a young resident of Arucas in the north of Gran Canaria was arrested by officers of the Guardia Civil, as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of fire with danger to people in the Parque de las Flores in the town.

During the investigation, the Guardia Civil officers obtained evidence that showed the fire originated when setting fire to some dry straw that was under a palm tree, which then spread to several other trees in this park.

Several fire brigades, as well as a helicopter, worked to put out the fire. In total, around sixty thousand litres of water were needed to put out the fire, which occurred around 15 metres from nearby properties in the town.

Although there were people in the park at the time of the fire incident, they did not need medical attention.

The police investigation was helped by eyewitness accounts that indicated the accused had caused the fire by setting fire to a handkerchief that he threw towards the palm tree.

The detainee and the proceedings of this case have now been transferred to the Children’s Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas.

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Brothels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Need to be Spread Further Apart

Brothels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Need to be Spread Further ApartThe City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wants to limit the activities of brothels by changing the regulations that provide for these establishments to be located at least 150 metres away from each other, and at least 300 metres away from schools.

It is reported that state and regional laws oblige municipalities to regulate brothels, and since 2012, the activities of brothels are considered to be a commercial activity.

However, this is an issue that goes beyond municipal and state legislation, because this generates heated debate of sexual exploitation.

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Police Make Arrests in Gran Canaria for Selling Counterfeit Products

Police Make Arrests in Gran Canaria for Selling Counterfeit ProductsThirty-four people, 27 men and 7 women, have been detained by Policia Nacional officers in San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria as alleged perpetrators of crimes against industrial property rights.

Those arrested, aged between 20 and 63 years, many of them with police records for similar fraudulent activities, sold counterfeit goods of top commercial brands to foreign tourists.

A total of 17 investigations have been carried out in commercial premises in the south of Gran Canaria, where counterfeit goods have been seized worth a total of 3,360,384 euros.

These inspections mostly involved 17 commercial stores in a shopping centre in Playa del Ingles, when police were assisted by an expert from the Antipiracy Commission of the Ministry of Culture.

The seized good included a large number of sports shirts, sunglasses, bags and other items pretending to be top brand-named goods.

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Oktober Fest Comes to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Oktober Fest Comes to Las Palmas de Gran CanariaVegueta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has again hosted the 2018 Oktober Fest that has turned most of its bars and restaurants into authentic German taverns to welcome German residents and tourists.

Altogether, 22 premises of this historical centre of Las Palmas have worked together to turn their centres into authentic taverns of Bavaria, as all waiters were dressed in typical costumes of Bavaria.

Food menus for this Oktober Fest included all traditional German favourites, such as German beers and German sausages. This year, German beer was imported in traditional barrels to maintain its properties and flavour.

Over 15,000 people were estimated to have joined the Oktober Fest party in Vegueta, which has become an annual favourite fiesta for Gran Canaria for Germans and for those who love German beer and German culture!

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Noise at Gran Canaria Airport Can Now Be Monitored

Noise at Gran Canaria Airport Can Now Be MonitoredAena has just launched the app ‘WebTrak’ that is already available for other airports, such as Barajas in Madrid. This smartphone app allows you to monitor the level of noise and the trajectories of aircraft that pass through the airport of Gran Canaria.

It is reported that WebTrak allows you to track the route of planes that take off or land at Gando Airport, provide the information of the aircraft, such as flight number, type of aircraft and its altitude, and associated data with the level of noise generated by each plane. This means that users can check whether noise levels are within legal margins established in the municipality and for neighbouring populations.

Another feature of this system is to be able to follow up in real time, or through the history of your database up to 60 days, or the trajectory of the aircraft, to verify that they comply with the programmed flight path, as well as established procedures.

The monitoring of noise emissions is not only carried out in overflow areas, but also on land and especially at night, on the parking platforms of aircraft near town bordering the airport, through a system of microphones and video cameras called SCVA or Visual and Acoustic Control System.

This initiative will soon be available at Tenerife North and Tenerife South Airports.

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​The Best Barber in Spain is in Gran Canaria

The Best Barber in Spain is in Gran Canaria

In a contest organised by a web specialist in barbershops, Ayoze Medina has been chosen as the best barber in Spain.

Ayoze works in his barber shop in a neighbourhood of Santa Maria de Guia in the north of Gran Canaria, and has been a finalist in this competition for several years.

So, congratulations go to Ayoze Medina as the best barber in Spain for 2018, and now joins the 12 best barbers in the world.

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Tejeda in Gran Canaria Celebrates its Most Beautiful Town Award

Tejeda in Gran Canaria Celebrates its Most Beautiful Town AwardThe national commemoration of the Day of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain was held this week, and the residents of Tejeda in Gran Canaria commemorated this day with the raising of a flag on the façade of the City Council.

Since 2015, Tejeda in the centre of the island has been one of 68 towns in Spain that has received this recognition.

At this event, a manifesto was also read out that demanded increased local financing of local institutions and to improve services and transport.

In addition, a series of measures have been requested to prevent further depopulation in this area of the island.

Since 2015, Tejeda has used this recognition of one of the most beautiful town in Spain to improve its tourist image, its economic activity and has placed Tejeda on the tourist map, as a must-visit centre.

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​Retirement from the Police Force of Gran Canaria After Drug Busting Career

Retirement from the Police Force of Gran Canaria After Drug Busting Career

Although some might think that eight years of working for the Policia Nacional in Gran Canaria might be a little early for retirement, but Pol is now looking forward to taking life a little easier.

Pol is a Belgian Shepherd, and was part of the canine unit of the Policia Nacional based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This unique member of the police team is reported to have detected numerous kilos of drugs, but like in most professions there are always younger and more energetic police puppy recruits eager to take your job.

So, Pol was given his P45 and put up for adoption, and there was no shortage of willing families to welcome him into their homes. Pol has now met his new family after the Nacional Policia used social media to explain that he was about to retire and needed a loving home, and received a flood of responses.

After careful consideration, a family from Tenerife was chosen as the new family for Pol’s retirement. Well done Pol!

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​New Day Centre for Homeless People in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opening Soon

New Day Centre for Homeless People in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opening Soon

The City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has awarded the company Proyectos y Montajes Ingemont S.A. the contract to create the first day centre for homeless people in the city with an investment of 688,692 euros from the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan).

The building will be accessible for all as it will have an elevator, stairs and bathrooms adapted for people with reduced mobility. This project of refurbishment of the building began in 2017 with the first phase that consisted of the demolition of the interior partitioning, false ceilings and screens, as well as the removal of doors and furniture.

It is expected that this new social facility will open in February 2019, and will be the first day centre for homeless people in the city of Las Palmas and the first in the Canary Islands. The day centre will have a ground floor of 300 square metres that will house a waiting room, a medical office, an administrative office, training rooms, a hairdressing salon, male and female toilets, and bathrooms adapted for people with reduced mobility, as well as an outdoor area at the rear of the building with 200 square metres that will be used as an outdoor rest area.

The first floor will occupy an area of 300 square metres with a kitchen, a dining room with capacity for 60 people, luggage storage, restrooms and showers for residents, a locker room for staff, offices, a warehouse and a cleaning room.

The project of the third floor, which is currently under construction, will see the creation of 34 residential spaces, so that homeless people can spend the night in the new centre.

A heart-warming project for the increasing numbers of homeless people in Gran Canaria.

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​Illegal Airport Transfers in Gran Canaria Monitored by Police

Illegal Airport Transfers in Gran Canaria Monitored by PolicePolice and airport security officers have been monitoring the activities of taxis and other vehicles transporting passengers to the airport of Gran Canaria. This follows claims by the Municipalities of Telde and Ingenio that there are many people operating illegal and unlicensed taxi services to transport air travellers from tourist centres to the airport, which is damaging the incomes of licenced taxi drivers operating in Gran Canaria.

Juan Martel, Councillor for Safety and Transport for Telde said, “After a series of meetings to specify aspects of coordination and collaboration of local police forces and police from other sectors, we aim to monitor the activities of vehicles that appear to be transporting passengers illegally to and from the airport.”

Juan Martel also took this opportunity to meet with representatives of the taxi sector based at the airport, who have supported the involvement of police officers to inspect and regulate the transport of people, and he also said, “This will guarantee the improvement of the taxi service that collects new arrivals at the airport and when passengers need to be taken to the airport when they leave the island.”

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​So Much Compost in Gran Canaria and No Way of Clearing It

So Much Compost in Gran Canaria and No Way of Clearing It

The Ecopark Gran Canaria Sur has been busy converting thousands of tons of vegetable waste and organic matter into compost. The intention of the Government of Gran Canaria is to distribute this compost free of charge to farmers and town halls across the island.

This seems to be good news! However, there is a problem, as the Government of Gran Canaria has now been waiting for nine months for a signature from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands, so that it can be distributed!

So, until this bureaucratic process is resolved with an important signature, and probably several rubber stamps, this huge pile of compost cannot be distributed. There are already several municipalities and farmers across the island who have expressed interest in acquiring some of this neglected pile of composted vegetable waste and organic matter.

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​Road Improvements for Teror in Gran Canaria

Road Improvements for Teror in Gran Canaria

The historic road to Teror in Gran Canaria, the GC-21, will begin to be improved from next week to make it wider where it does not reach the minimum required, reduce the accident rate and improve its environment, but these improvements will affect local drivers for at least one year.

This road project has a budget of 4.2 million euros, and almost two million euros below the initial estimated cost, reported by Angel Victor Torres, Vice President and Minister of Public Works of the Government of Gran Canaria.

Angel Victor Torres made this announcement at a meeting between the Government of Gran Canaria and the Municipalities of Teror and Las Palmas, the two municipalities most affected by the changes and where drivers will be most inconvenienced. Other sectors affected by this road improvement, such as road safety agents of the Guardia Civil and other bodies also attended this meeting with the purpose of coordinating actions to try to minimise the problems for drivers over the next 12 months.

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The Canary Islands Has the Largest Budget Surplus in Spain

The Canary Islands Has the Largest Budget Surplus in Spain

By the end of July, the Canary Islands reported a surplus of 567 million euros, equivalent to 1.23% of gross domestic product (GDP), and for this autonomous community, it is the largest surplus in the whole of Spain in absolute figures and in comparative terms.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Finance, the Canary Islands has multiplied by four, the surplus with which it had in July of last year, when its income exceeded by 137 million euros to its expenses (0.31% of GDP).

The deficit of all public administrations in Spain closed June at 22,083 million euros, a figure that is equivalent to 1.82% of GDP, and represents a decrease of 13.2% over the same period in 2017.

The official target for the whole year is a public deficit of 2.2% of GDP, although the Spanish Government has already informed Brussels that this will be around 2.7% of GDP.

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