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Arrests in Tenerife for Theft of Avocados

Arrests in Tenerife for Theft of AvocadosThe Guardia Civil has arrested and investigated five people as alleged perpetrators of a continuous crime of theft with force on farms in the north of Tenerife, and are reported to have taken around one thousand kilos of avocados.

This investigation was called “Calibre Norte” and the Guardia Civil had focused on thefts from agricultural facilities in order to intensify preventative controls in areas susceptible to theft.

The five people allegedly involved in these robberies had common ties and acted in a segregated and independent manner, and they knew the area where the thefts took place very well.

Apparently, the robberies were committed in broad daylight in the afternoon, and the defendants had understanding of the transit schedule of the owners and workers at these farms, as well as easy access to them. The avocados were stolen in 50 kilo bags and transported in vans, but at other times they hid the sacks in the undergrowth to collect later.

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​Direct Descendants of the King of Spain Still Live in La Palma

Direct Descendants of the King of Spain Still Live in La Palma

Who do you think you are? Well around 60% of the indigenous residents of Las Breñas in La Palma now know they are directly descended from the Kings of Castile and Portugal, according to a new study funded by the Government of La Palma. This study has been investigating the descendants of Pedro I of Castile “El Cruel” (1334 – 1369).

The researchers, Francisco Javier Martin, Angel Luis Perez and Pedro Javier Castañeda say they can scientifically demonstrate a direct blood line with the Kings of Castile and Portugal in several regions of Las Breñas.

Primitivo Jeronimo, Councillor of Culture and Historical Heritage said that this study has been undertaken by two university professors and the pastor of Breña Baja, and traces links back to the period of the Conquest. He said “Thanks to the work of these three authors, today we can better understand the genealogical origin of many Las Breñas families”.

The pastor of Breña Baja, Angel Luis Perez, indicated that his contribution to this study was focused on investigating the census data of 1907 and 1920 to identify the genealogy of the families selected for this sample.

Francisco Javier Martin explained that the sample chosen for the investigation included 266 families, and 79 turned out to be direct descendants of the King of Castile. The census of 1603 provided data for Breña Alta, Breña Baja and a small part of Villa de Mazo, and known collectively as Las Breñas.

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​Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera

Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera

The Municipality of Valle Gran Rey has hosted the 15thSustainable Tourism Forum for La Gomera. Once again, administrations, groups and companies committed to sustainable tourism came together to plan for the future.

This year the Forum focused on the relationship between agriculture and tourism. The objective of this is to promote the primary sector as the backbone of the rural landscape and generator of economic activity, but by also respecting the natural environment and promoting coexistence in the countryside.

The main objective this year was to protect and promote the agricultural heritage of the island by promoting this to the local population, but, above all, for the thousands of tourists that La Gomera receives every year.

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​Guardia Civil Arrests Drug Gang in Tenerife

Guardia Civil Arrests Drug Gang in Tenerife

The Guardia Civil has arrested four people in the south of Tenerife and seized 400 grams of cocaine and 1,740 grams of hashish in an operation to stop a criminal group that controlled the sale of drugs in the town of El Medano.

The detainees are three men and one woman, of Spanish, Colombian and Uruguayan nationality, who lived in the town of El Medano, in the Municipality of Granadilla, and operated three points of sale of drugs.

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​Chaotic Situations at Tenerife Airport

Chaotic Situations at Tenerife Airport

The workers’ committee has warned Tenerife South Airport that insufficient staff is generating an unbearable work overload and unnecessary stress that often requires the elimination of important tasks.

In a statement, Tenerife South Airport warned that there are chaotic and overflowing situations, which will increase once the second terminal is built, because there is no intention of the management to hire staff to meet the new needs of the airport.

Workers insist that “the current staff level is insufficient to face the huge increase in recent years, and criticise the management who they claim only seem to care about work absenteeism, have no claims and generate profits at all costs.”

The committee also reports that staff include six doctors and a nurse to cover 14 shifts of 12 hours per week, which does not cover possible eventualities and assistance to passengers. There is also criticism of the lack of an activation protocol for 112 and demand training of personnel in first aid and the use of defibrillators.

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​New Museum of History in Tenerife

New Museum of History in Tenerife

The Governing Body of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife have met to confirm the project to create the first Museum of History for the City with a budget of around 700,000 euros, and will be based as the star attraction within the Palacio de Carta.

This new museum will display a journey through history, where the most relevant events that took place since the foundation of the city in 1494 will be shown.

Mayor, Jose Manuel Bermudez, said “We want it to be a museum of the modern history of Santa Cruz, and this has been achieved from the support and influence of the project from many heritage associations, including the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 Julio”.

The proposed display spaces in the new museum will present an interactive room on the ground floor, where different videos and applications will introduce visitors to different aspects and characteristics of the history and symbols of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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New Mental Health Department for Tenerife Hospital

New Mental Health Department for Tenerife HospitalThe new Unit of Active Rehabilitation of Mental Health of the University Hospital of the Canary Islands (HUC) has just been opened. The new building has two hundred and twenty-five square metres for therapeutic workshops and multi-purpose rooms for the care of patients and family members. Another sixty square metres are for storage facilities.

This project has cost 531,934 euros and has also allowed improvements to adjoining areas of the building. A new containment wall has been erected and spaces have been created to develop outdoor therapeutic and leisure activities.

80% of patients admitted to the Mental Health Area will benefit from activities, such as the urban garden, gymnastics and psychomotricity, sensory stimulation and art therapy.

Until now, workshops were carried out in prefabricated modules that partially met the needs of patients and staff.

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​La Gomera Reservoir is Almost Full

La Gomera Reservoir is Almost Full

La Encantadora, the reservoir that is located in the Vallehermoso region of La Gomera, is reported to be holding around 750,000 cubic litres of storage water, and is the third reservoir with the largest capacity on the island.

Twenty-four years ago, it was completely empty, and last year reached almost capacity levels for the first time, as reported by the Water Regulatory Board. It currently has a capacity of over 700,000 cubic metres, which covers the urban and agricultural supply, and supports a community of over 200 irrigators.

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Electric Cars for Children in Tenerife Hospital


Electric Cars for Children in Tenerife HospitalChildren in the University Hospital of the Canary Islands in Tenerife will travel to the operating theatre or to go for various tests on board electric cars.

This initiative, which has already been launched at the Mother and Child Hospital of Gran Canaria and other hospitals in the peninsula, is operated by the Red Cross and the Obra Social La Caixa.

The purpose for using electric cars with young children in this hospital is reported to be all about reducing the stress caused by admission, improving awakening after operations, as well as to facilitate the post-operative period.

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​Son Arrested for Alleged Murder of Mother in Tenerife

Son Arrested for Alleged Murder of Mother in Tenerife

Guardia Civil officers have arrested the son of the woman found dead at their home in the Municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane.

The Guardia Civil also confirm that the man arrested lived with his mother of 68 years. Her body was found in a bed in the house with signs of violence, and police suspect that the death could have occurred due to unnatural causes.

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​European Union Chooses La Palma for a Clean Energy Project

European Union Chooses La Palma for a Clean Energy Project

La Palma has been selected by the European Commission as one of six territories for a clean energy pilot project.

The objective is to serve as an example of energy transition and to achieve self-sufficiency, prosperity and sustainability.

In the case of La Palma, it will develop and publish its clean energy transition agenda during the summer of 2019. The European Union has studied these six territories, and believes that by 2020, the list will be extended to over 20 islands across the EU, which will become examples to follow and to demonstrate the direction to follow to achieve energy transition.

This clean energy pilot project will include solar, wind and geothermal energy sources that could overcome the use of costly fossil fuels that are expensive and environmentally damaging to the world.

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Celebrating the Work of Volunteers in Tenerife

Celebrating the Work of Volunteers in TenerifeTegueste has just celebrated the first Insular Day of Environmental Volunteering, to make visible the work that thousands of people on the island do often in an unseen way.

More than 200 volunteers came together, who regularly participate in the exchange of ideas, experiences and projects related to the care for the island, volunteering for civil protection and fire protection, as well as work carried out at the coastline.

This day will lay the foundations for future meetings that will make society reflect on the work done by more than 8,000 volunteers across Tenerife who collaborate with the Government of Tenerife.

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Arrests for Robberies with Violence in Tenerife

Arrests for Robberies with Violence in TenerifeNational Police officers have arrested five people, aged between 28 and 39 years, as alleged perpetrators of a crime of belonging to a criminal group specialising in carrying out robberies with violence in shopping centres in Tenerife.

These arrests follow an investigation by the police into several criminal acts that reflected characteristics that were similar during October last year, and suspicions developed that these were linked to an organised criminal gang.

The pattern of these violent attacks focused on a preparation phase when an establishment was selected based on criteria of its location, activity and opening hours to the public to ensure ease of execution and subsequent escape.

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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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