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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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La Gomera Renews its European Charter for Sustainable Tourism

La Gomera Renews its European Charter for Sustainable Tourism The Deputy Minister of Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blanca Perez, this week travelled to Brussels to collect the diploma that accredits the renewal of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS) to the Garajonay National Park until 2022.


The Evaluation Committee congratulated the Park for the excellent re-evaluation request it submitted to guarantee the continuity of the Charter.

The Committee said “We value very positively the presentation of a strong, clear and sustainable tourism strategy and action plan and for the professional and enthusiastic implementation of the Charter by the personnel involved.”

The island extends this title, as a natural space that develops tourism in a sustainable manner, taking into account the needs of the environment, local residents and visitors.

Blanca Perez said “This recognition is an important boost to the work that is being done in La Gomera, and locates us on the European map as an example to follow.”

During the event, Conchi Fagundo, technician of the CETS in the National Park talked briefly about the work of the Park, and Francisco Correa talked about the Gomera whistle language as a World Heritage identity and gave a demonstration to those attending the ceremony.

The objectives planned for the next five years include improving waste management practices, strengthening relations with the Government of La Gomera and the Biosphere Reserve, and establishing a payment plan, so that visitors pay a daily amount to visit Garajonay National Park.

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La Palma Remembers American Pilot from Second World War

La Palma Remembers American Pilot from Second World WarAround seventy years ago during the Second World War, an American pilot crashed his plane off the island of La Palma. Local fishermen went to his rescue and pulled him from the sea and took him back to their town of Tijarafe in the north west of the island.

This week, the pilot’s family travelled to La Palma to thank the descendants of the fishermen of Tijarafe who rescued him from the coastal waters.

The family of John Carr explained that he had spent two days in the sea after his plane had crashed when it ran out of fuel. Two fishermen from Tijarafe helped him and took him to their village.

John Carr received friendly treatment from the islanders, but the local authorities took him prisoner. Eventually, he ended up at an American base in Gibraltar.

Now this important act of kindness to the American pilot has been recognised and shared with people who knew nothing of this incident. This meeting with the family of John Carr was partly arranged by a resident of Tijarafe, Raul Aguiar, and the Government of La Palma.

Sadly, John Carr died earlier this year, but one of his last wishes was that his life jacket would remain on the island. This amazing symbol of a rescue during the Second World War is now on display at the Naval Museum of Santa Cruz de la Palma.

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El Hierro Starts Planning Carnival 2019

El Hierro Starts Planning Carnival 2019The residents of El Pinar in El Hierro have been asked to propose the themes for the 2019 Carnival, who can make their suggestions by social media networks.

These proposals need to be submitted before 7 December through the Facebook page of the City Council of El Pinar.

The most popular and recurring themes will be taken into account, as well as ideas that have not been valued in previous years.

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Replica of Columbus Ship Comes to La Gomera

Replica of Columbus Ship Comes to La GomeraThe port of San Sebastian de La Gomera this week welcomed a replica of the Santa Maria ship, which was one of three ships that accompanied Christopher Columbus on his voyage of discovery.

This exact replica ship weighs 200 tons, is 29 metres long and 8 metres wide, and is a floating historical museum that tells the story of Christopher Columbus five centuries ago.

During its stay in La Gomera, the crew will finalise its preparations to embark on their great journey to cross the Atlantic Ocean. School children and the general public are welcome to visit this replica ship, and to learn about the history, what life would have been like on board this ship, and learn how all this links to the history of La Gomera.

The City Council of San Sebastian is currently studying the construction project of a similar replica to convert this into a tourist museum in the capital.

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La Palma Looks Back at Highest Rainfall in Canary Islands

La Palma Looks Back at Highest Rainfall in Canary IslandsLast week saw periods of intense torrential rains that mostly affected the north coasts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but the Government of La Palma reported the greatest amount of rainfall with around 100 litres per square metre, and caused a state of alert for the local population and tourists staying on the island.

The exact measurement taken by the State Meteorological Agency recorded 95.2 litres per square metre in San Andres y Sauces.

By comparison with other regions of the Canary Islands these downpours were much higher than Hermigua in La Gomera with 44 litres, Plaza de la Feria in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 39.7 litres, La Victoria de Acentejo in Tenerife with 36.4 litres, and Teror and Tafira in Gran Canaria with 31.4 litres.

The weather warning alert for was deactivated after the torrential rain storms had passed over. No significant damage and no injuries were reported.

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La Gomera Adopts European Road Safety Charter

La Gomera Adopts European Road Safety CharterThe Government of La Gomera this week ratified its commitment to the European Road Safety Charter, made up of more than 2,300 entities and associations, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of road standards and culture.

This is the second Canary Island to join this initiative promoted by the General Directorate of Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.

This commitment of membership includes five areas of action that are included in a plan for safety and sustainable mobility for elderly people, tourism, transport, sports and young people.

Under this framework, activities, such as road safety workshops, training courses for professionals in the transport sector and conferences with entities and groups, will be carried out.

Special attention is paid to school children for whom theoretical and practical training is planned by explaining regulations for the use of bikes, emergency situations and first aid workshops.

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​International Day of Transsexual Memory Celebrated in Tenerife

International Day of Transsexual Memory Celebrated in TenerifeThis week Tenerife celebrated International Day of Transsexual Memory, which originally was established to honour the memory of Rita Hester, an African American trans woman who was murdered in 1998 in the United States. This event moved the compassion of people across the world, and opened people’s eyes to transphobia.

This past year, 370 transgendered people have been murdered through hate crimes, and most of these were trans women.

The Government of Tenerife celebrated the importance of acts for social justice by raising the trans flag on its buildings.

Various groups came together outside the Government offices, and read a manifesto to influence the need for institutions to promote standards that guarantee the safety of all transsexual members of the community.

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​First Dog Park in La Gomera

First Dog Park in La Gomera

This week, the Government of La Gomera opened its first dog park in the Parque de La Torre del Conde in San Sebastian de la Gomera.

Residents from in La Gomera can now bring their dogs to this dog park, so that they can play without a lead.

This new dog park offers local dogs a chance to play with different activities to climb and jump, as well as a water dispenser and a bin for accompanying humans to collect dog poo. Collected, Bagged and Binned, as well as very happy local dogs.

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