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​Tenerife Students to Work in African Countries

Tenerife Students to Work in African Countries

Over the next five months, 41 young people from Tenerife will take work placements in Senegal, Cape Verde or Morocco and have already set off on their journeys.

The objective is to improve the training of these young people who have studied tourism, culture, engineering or food.

These work placements will be carried out in companies, public administrations and non-governmental organisations.

They will each receive aid of 500 euros per month from the Africa Scholarship Programme, which has already allowed 104 young graduates to expand their knowledge outside the Canary Islands.

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African Sculpture in Tenerife

African Sculpture in TenerifeThe Caja Canarias Foundation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been hosting an exhibition of African sculptures called Africa – Babel, the Art of a Continent. This exhibition included over 350 works of art including grand sculptures of dramatic expressions from the most important private collections of African art, and have been exhibited for the first time in the Canary Islands.

Guillermo Martinez, owner of the sculptures and curator of the exhibition, said that this traditional African art focuses on the peoples of the equatorial and tropical belt from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. He also said “It has taken me 35 years to collect these pieces of art, and I have travelled through 11 African countries, including Cameroon, Nigeria and the Congo. It is these three countries that form most of the art works on display and I consider these to be most powerful artistically and aesthetically rich.”

One of the works of sculpture art that stands out is a colossal sarcophagus Nkunu Nkundu of the Ngata ethnic group, as the Nkudu had traditionally worked the human form in sarcophagi that left a deep impression in the artistic avant-garde of the early 20thCentury.

The bronze statue of Queen Barmoun is another of the jewels in the collection and represents Queen Mother Madouth, also known as Mother of Mankind.

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​Cyclist in Tenerife Rescued After Dangerous Descent Attempt

Cyclist in Tenerife Rescued After Dangerous Descent AttemptEmergency teams from Santa Cruz de Tenerife rescued a cyclist who had been lost for many hours in the Barranco del Cercado in Anaga. He was found in the early hours of the morning after emergency services worked through the night to rescue him.

The cyclist had travelled through Anaga, but had attempted a prohibited activity of descent by bike along the paths of Anaga, and ended up trapped in a very treacherous area, and showed symptoms of hypothermia.

Police reported that his physical condition was good, and confirmed he was 23 year of age. Friends of the cyclist also helped in the rescue attempt.

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​Threatened Plant Species in La Palma Saved

Threatened Plant Species in La Palma Saved

The Environment Department of the Government of La Palma has reported that it has managed to produce the first natural regeneration of two endemic and threatened botanical plant species that were threatened.

The Pico de Fuego had been detected in the town of Lomo de al Monja in Santa Cruz de La Palma, and two new specimens had been detected of Pico Cernicalo in Roque de la Viña in Garafia.

Juan Manuel Gonzalez, the area councillor said “This fact is a fundamental milestone, the result of the work and effort made over nine years with these species, whose scarce populations were in a very precarious state of conservation. A great deal of work has been done in order to give them the opportunity to fend for themselves, the ultimate goal that is to be achieved in any recovery plan for an endangered species.”

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Almond Blossom Time in Tenerife


Almond Blossom Time in Tenerife

Santiago del Teide is showing almond trees to be very advanced for their flowering this year, and this could be linked to the high temperatures that were recorded in December last year.

This good weather has also encouraged early flowering of several other plant species.

The early flowering of almond trees has surprised the residents of the Municipality of Santiago del Teide in Tenerife, which is part of a walking route that makes a wonderful spectacle for tourists and residents at this time of the year, but normally later in February.

Local residents say that this is not a new event, and that it started a few years ago. They point to climate change as being directly responsible for this disorder of nature.

Exploring the roads of the Municipality of Santiago del Teide is considered to be a luxury that should not be missed, because the almond blossoms are the prelude to spring. This also plays a very important role in the hiking routes that cover different parts of Tenerife, and is one of the biggest natural attractions of the island.

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​Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

Ravines in El Hierro to be Cleaned

The Government of El Hierro and the Insular Council of Water have started to clean the ravines across the island to avoid flooding in the event of possible rains during the winter season.

The Government has reported that weeds are being eliminated in all water channels that could pose a danger to the local population and infrastructures.

The cleaning of the ravines has started in several localities across the island, and specifically in the ravine of El Puente, the ravine of Santiago and the gorge of Marrero in Valverde.

An external company has been hired to carry out this work, along with nine local workers from the Employment and Local Development Plan to improve the hydraulic resources in this area.

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La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

La Palma Hiking Path Closed Due to Possible Landslides

The Ministry of Environment of the Government of La Palma has closed the PR LP 6 hiking path of Marcos y Cordero, while specialised technicians evaluate a possible risk of large rocks becoming detached along this route.

According to a local councillor, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, the decision to close this hiking route has been made after the head of the department of the Environment Department said that there was danger in a section of this busy island pathway. He said “The Government staff work at the field level and their knowledge is very important, but first of all, we want to preserve the safety of those who walk our paths, subject to users’ own precautions and external factors determined by the meteorology or geomorphology of the terrain, and in this case, it is unpredictable.”

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​Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

Helicopter Rescues Driver Trapped in Car in Tenerife

A 63-year-old man was seriously injured after falling with his vehicle into a ravine in the south of Tenerife, and was trapped inside his vehicle. He notified emergency services from inside his vehicle, but could not report his exact location.

The operational room of the 112 emergency services in Tenerife managed to identify the location of the injured man from the conversation with him and data from his mobile phone, which turned out to be a ravine in the neighbourhood of Ricasa in Adeje.

After sending emergency services to the location of the accident, firefighters secured the vehicle, freed the driver and move him to a place where an ambulance transferred him to a medicalised helicopter, which then flew him to the University Hospital of Our Lady of the Candelaria.

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​Alleged Perpetrator of Sexual Assault Released in Tenerife

Alleged Perpetrator of Sexual Assault Released in Tenerife

The detainee was an alleged perpetrator of a sexual assault against a 26-year-old woman in the Las Veronicas leisure zone in Adeje, but has now been released on charges and with a restraining order.

The incident occurred at the closure of the leisure facilities, and witnesses called the police. Citizen collaboration has been fundamental to clarify the facts of this alleged sexual assault, and to identity the alleged perpetrator.

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​La Palma Waits for a New Telescope

La Palma Waits for a New Telescope

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) announced that within a few years the Roque de Los Muchachos in La Palma will house the ‘Liverpool 2’ telescope.

This initiative has been led by the John Moores University of Liverpool, which will install the Liverpool Telescope 2 (LT2) in La Palma.

This new telescope for La Palma will optimise the times of observation for the University and will be used for various areas of study.

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​La Gomera National Park Road Closed

La Gomera National Park Road Closed

The road between La Laguna Grande and the visitor centre of the Garajonay National Park has been closed for a few weeks to enable asphalting works to be completed.

This is a secondary road, although the busiest on the island, and will remain closed from 08.00 in the morning until 18.00 in the evening.

This planned road closure had been previously communicated to the six municipalities, the Garajonay National Park and also to travel agencies and tourism companies.

This road not only provides access to the Garajonay National Park, but also access to El Centro de Visitantes Juego de Bolas and the Mirador de Abrante, which are two important tourist centres of La Gomera.

It is hope to minimise the inconvenience to residents and tourists by carrying out the asphalting work intensively.

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Hotel in La Palma Accused of Light Pollution

Hotel in La Palma Accused of Light PollutionThe Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) has just made a complaint against a hotel for violating the Law of Light Pollution with the placement of some additional outdoor lighting.

The hotel installation, located in the area of Los Cancajos, installed exterior lighting in its recent renovations that do not comply with current regulations.

The Agency for the Protection of the Sky insists the hotel was offered free advice, which it did not use.

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​Decomposed Body Discovered in La Palma

Decomposed Body Discovered in La Palma

The Guardia Civil reported that officers had found the decomposing body of a person of German nationality in the north of La Palma.

This man had created a cave in which he had lived on the road to las Mimbreras. Guardia Civil officers report that from the state of his remains, he is believed to have died several months ago.

Firefighters had to perform a complex task to recover the body.

The location of the cave was identified by a family member, who had not known about his movements for several years.

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​Cruise Ship Passenger Falls into Sea on Journey to La Palma

Cruise Ship Passenger Falls into Sea on Journey to La Palma

A 73-year-old cruise ship passenger who was travelling on the Aida Cara cruise ship fell into the sea this week. The Italian registered cruise ship was sailing from Cape Verde to La Palma and had planned to stop at several more ports.

The cruise ship arrived at La Palma five hours later than the scheduled time after conducting an initial search in the area where the disappearance was first reported. Maritime Rescue also sent a ship, a plane and a helicopter, but without success of finding the victim of this incident.

Judicial investigations are now taking place in Italy.

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More Money for Municipalities in La Gomera

More Money for Municipalities in La GomeraThe Government of La Gomera has begun to sign agreements with municipalities on the island in order to transfer money from the Canary Islands Development Funds.

These funds amount to over 9 million euros for research and development, optimisation of public spaces and projects that generate employment.

To these nine million euros for 2018 are 12 million that were transferred in 2017, and declares a forecast of 9 million euros for 2019.

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