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​Victims of Los Cristianos in Tenerife Collapsed Building Remembered

Victims of Los Cristianos in Tenerife Collapsed Building Remembered

Members of the City Council of Arona in Tenerife held a minute of silence this week in memory of the victims of the Julian Jose de Los Cristianos building that collapsed two years ago, in which seven people died.

This gathering together of city council officials, family members and friends of those affected by this building collapse wanted to show a sign of respect for everyone involved, and to make sure that they are not forgotten.

This was the most serious tragedy that has been experienced in this municipality.

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​Tenerife Student Sexually Assaulted by University Tutor

Tenerife Student Sexually Assaulted by University Tutor

This week a student at the University of La Laguna (ULL) reported publicly that she had been the victim of sexual harassment by a teacher at the university, and these allegations have been reported to the Prosecutor’s Office.

This first occurred in February 2018, and the university activated its protocol for the prevention of sexual harassment, and identified that a student had identified a teacher at the university who had committed this crime.

This protocol included an expert’s report and a final report, and then opened a disciplinary file against the teacher, and transferred all details of the alleged sexual harassment of the student to the Officer of the Prosecutor.

It is also reported that this is not the only complain of sexual harassment at the university, as nine others have reported complaints of sexual harassment at the ULL, and each of these have activated the protocol.

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​Tenerife Fire Now Extinguished

Tenerife Fire Now Extinguished

Over 350 hectares of pine and bush areas at the summits of the municipalities of Granadilla and Vilaflor in Tenerife were damaged by the recent fire, but this is now extinguished or controlled.

The origin of the fire seems to be human, but agents of the Guardia Civil have not reported any name or suspect involved in this arson.

This fire took place in an area of difficult access with slopes of up to 40 per cent, so it was not possible for firefighters to use water from the ground, so it was necessary to use mechanical means, ditches and firebreaks.

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​La Gomera Advertised Through European Airlines

La Gomera Advertised Through European Airlines

The Minister of Tourism of La Gomera Government, Maria Isabel Mendez stated this week that the island reaches three million passengers through the magazines of the main European airlines.

It is reported that passengers travelling by Iberia, Air Europa and Norwegian airlines have on board magazines during flights that include advertisement features about holidays in La Gomera.

These feature articles reflect the natural and cultural wealth of La Gomera, review the network of hiking trails, the Garajonay National Park, and other nature activities available.

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Famous Pine Tree in La Palma has Improved Conditions

Famous Pine Tree in La Palma has Improved Conditions

El Pino de la Virgen en El Paso, or the Pine of the Virgin in El Paso in La Palma is recognised as one of the unique trees of the Canary Islands.

Land reclamation works are currently being carried out in the vicinity of this pine tree after some recent activities in the area almost caused its death. Ten years ago, a plaza was built around it that cut water filtration and root respiration.

This tree is over 800 years old, although some claim that it is around 1000 years old, and to revitalise this pine tree, the Government of La Palma is working on the renaturation of the area.

720 square metres of land is to be released, so that the tree has direct access to its natural nutrients and could recover its original vitality.

Once this part of the work is finished, other actions will be taken in different parts of the tree area to guarantee its survival.

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​New School for El Hierro

New School for El Hierro

This week the City Council of Valverde in El Hierro agreed to construct a new primary school for children of the city.

This new school will cover a 10,000 square metre plot of land purchased in July 2011.

This vote came after an intense debate to defend the position of the regional government, which wanted to build the new school at the current location of the Garoe Institute.

This would involve the demolition of the institute and the transfer of students to the educational facilities of the ESO in San Juan, and free the land needed for the construction of the new Valverde CEIP school, where a vocational training centre will also be built.

The suitability of the land of the current Garoe Institute with 580 square metres, the questionable skills in decisions on the location of the educational centre and the rejection of the parents and the educational community of the plan proposed by the Government were the focus of the debate.

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Forest Fire in Tenerife Still Out of Control

Forest Fire in Tenerife Still Out of Control

The forest fire across the municipalities of Granadilla and Vilaflor in Tenerife has burned over 250 hectares of pine forest and scrub with a perimeter of 7.8 kilometres, and the eastern flank of the fire continues to be active heading in the direction of the summit of the municipality of Arico. The western flank is now under control.

During the night, helicopters that had been used to extinguish the fire during daylight hours had to stop, and fire fighting had to be continued by troops of the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

The Tenerife Government also mobilised 120 people to fight the spread of the fire. Three helicopters have been used and two hydroplanes are also ready to the used. Eleven fire fighters trained for forest fires from Gran Canaria Government departments were also deployed to help this serious fire situation.

The initial hypothesis about the origin of the fire is reported to suggest it was started intentionally.

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Tenerife Photographer Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Fined

Tenerife Photographer Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Fined

The photographer accused of allegedly abusing children in La Orotava in Tenerife was told this week he had to pay a bond of 21,000 euros to ensure his economic responsibilities for his alleged crimes.

The suspect is being prosecuted for 16 sexual offences, and several of these relate to children. Judge Sergio Oliva said there are indications that he carried out acts of sexual abuse with thirteen children between the ages of 11 and 17 from 2015 until he was arrested on 24 November 2017.

It appears that he communicated with these young children through social media networks, and in many cases because they themselves were interested in having a photo session or a ‘book’ (a slang word used in the fashion industry) for an album of promotional images of a model.

According to the accusations, this photographer presented the image of a fashion photographer, and enticed his victims through social media networks with promises of free promotion.

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​Suspended Sentence for Elderly Tenerife Resident for Killing Burglar

Suspended Sentence for Elderly Tenerife Resident for Killing Burglar

The jury has now considered the defendant, the elderly Tenerife resident, Jacinto S.M. guilty of the death of one of the two young men who broke into his house in Tenerife in 2015, but proposes that his sentence be suspended or he be pardoned, due to his advanced age and for having acted in defence of his life and that of his family.

Jancinto S.M., currently aged 83 years, was tried this week for the death of Jonas C.R., one of two men who attempted burglary in his house in Arafo, when the defendant was with his wife and his sister.

The jury based their decision on the proven facts of what was said by the accused, his wife, his sister – who only heard the screams of the altercation having locked herself in the bathroom – and the assailant who survived, Christian, who was underage at the time.

The jury accepted that the defendant fired the shot that caused the death of Jonas C.R. in self-defence and that of his wife, and that the old man was in a situation of anguish and fear provoked by the young men, who were masked.

The two young men, Jonas and Christian had planned to steal money they could find in the house, and had used a simulated gun to threaten the elderly family, and caused them various injuries.

The Public Prosecutor said that she will not oppose the suspension of the sentence, and has agreed to the request to investigate Christian, the underage youth, for illegal possession of weapons, but not related to homicide.

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​New Flood Prevention Scheme for Tenerife

New Flood Prevention Scheme for Tenerife

Carlos Alonso, President of the Government of Tenerife, and Manuel Dominguez, Mayor of Los Realejos this week visited the works that being undertaken in Avenida Islas Canarias de Los Realejos that should resolve the risk of flooding in the main urban artery of this town.

These works are financed 90% by the Government through the Island Council of Aguas de Tenerife (CIATF) and the rest by the City Council of Los Realejos as a collaborative agreement signed last year.

The first two phases of the project will divert the waters of the Barranco de Palo Blanco before entering the urban area to el Barranco de Godinez. This action is funded 100% by the Government with an investment of 2.7 million euros. However, the bidding for this project had been delayed as a bidder had to be replaced when requesting a change in the classification needed for bidding documents.

The Mayor of Los Realejos said “We have made a joint effort to solve and ensure citizen’s security, and we will work as quickly as possible, and the deadline for the completion of these works is 10 months.”

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​Car Falls Down a Ravine in Tenerife

Car Falls Down a Ravine in Tenerife

A man and a woman were seriously injured this week after the car they were travelling in left the road and fell down the side of a mountain in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

This tragic event took place during the afternoon on the Los Campitos road in the Tenerife capital, when the 112 Emergency Services attended after receiving the alert, as well as firefighters.

The Emergency Services had first to secure the car safely where it had fallen on the mountain side, and then cut open the roof of the car to release the passengers, so that they could be given medical care. A rescue helicopter had to descend to the scene of the accident. The wounded occupants of the car were then prepared before hoisting them up to the helicopter. The helicopter then transferred the injured people to port area of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Once the helicopter landed at the dock, medical staff found that the man had severe injuries to his upper limbs, while the woman had severe head injuries and other injuries, and were then transferred by ambulance to the University Hospital of Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria.

The rescue of this accident also involved Policia Local officers, members of the Civil Protection and technicians at the port of Tenerife.

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​Mud Removed from the Meriga Dam in La Gomera

Mud Removed from the Meriga Dam in La Gomera

The Meriga Dam in the Municipality of Agulo has now recovered its best image following work to removed tons of mud from its channel.

This dam is located within the Garajonay National Park, and after the recent rains of the winter, it has restarted its flow of water.

Tons of earth were removed from the riverbed, but nothing has changed in essence, as trunks of trees remain in place, and covered again by the water.

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​Racing with Bikes and Dogs in Tenerife

Racing with Bikes and Dogs in Tenerife

This week saw keen cyclists with their dogs gathering at La Esperanza in Tenerife for the first Bikejoring race held in the Canary Islands.

Bikejoring is a sport that encourages cyclists to enjoy their sporting passion with their dogs, so that they can enjoy racing together.

This charitable race was organised to raise money for the Association for the Protection of Animals in Tenerife, Apanot, and their animal refuge in the northeast of Tenerife at Icod de los Vinos.

Many local people turned out to support this cause and to give a great reception to the cyclists and dogs who turned up to race. Those who witnessed this first Bikejoring race had to chance to meet with Igor Tracz, the multi-champion of this race of the world and Europe.

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​Transsexual Visibility Day in Tenerife

Transsexual Visibility Day in Tenerife

This week the Government of Tenerife raised the flag with colours that symbolise the discrimination of transsexuals across the world, and during the night the Government building was illuminated with these colours.

This action was inspired by Transsexual Visibility Day and the local TransBoys Association in Tenerife worked with the local Government to raise awareness of sexual diversity on the island. This was the first time this initiative was carried out in a public building in Tenerife.

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​Tenerife Tram Crashes into Car

Tenerife Tram Crashes into Car

Another collision took place this week between a car and a tram in Santa Cruz de Tenerife during the afternoon period.

Police reports indicate that the car tried to drive over a tram line crossing when a stop signal was showing on the Avenida Principes de España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the car became embedded in the bodywork of the tram, which was also knocked off its tracks.

Officers of the Policia Local and Policia Nacional quickly arrived at the scene of this accident, along with a crew of firefighters and several ambulances.

It is reported that the driver of the car was slightly injured, and there is no other information about injuries of tram passengers or tram driver.

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