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​Insufficient State Protection for Pineapple Growers in El Hierro

Insufficient State Protection for Pineapple Growers in El Hierro

The President of the Government of El Hierro, Belen Allende, this week blamed the State for irreparable damage to pineapple growers in the Canary Islands due to the illegal introduction of pineapples from other countries through the ports of the archipelago.

El Hierro is the largest producer of pineapples in the Canary Islands with 140 cultivated hectares, and is also one of the main crops on the island. For this reason, the President of the Government said that the lack of control at the borders means that pineapple production is devalued in the market, and that environmental and protection policies towards consumers and users are not met.

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​International Family Day Celebrated in Tenerife

International Family Day Celebrated in Tenerife

This week, the Autonomous Sports Organisation of the Municipality of La Laguna organised the third Family Race and a sport day with more than ten conventional and alternative sports to celebrate International Family Day.

Hundreds of families arrived at the Plaza de la Catedral in the morning of Saturday 19 May for a programmed of fun for girls and boys to participate in hockey, basketball, badminton or sumo wrestling activities.

Alternative sports were also offered, such an agility circuit and a mini gym, as well as Zumba classes, which were very popular.

Over 70 people representing 20 families joined the third annual Family Race that started at the San Benito Sports Complex. In the 1 kilometre test, families that participated had to leave and reach their goal while holding hands.

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​Latest Video Games and New Technologies in Tenerife

Latest Video Games and New Technologies in Tenerife

This week the Tenerife Lan Party Weekend was a popular event held at the Jesus Dominguez Grillo Pavilion in Los Cristianos in Arona in Tenerife, which welcomed young people and families who wanted to learn more about the latest trends in video games and new technologies.

This event was promoted by the Government of Tenerife to educate the local people in an entertaining way the technological sector of the future, which included eSports competitions and the K-Pop Contest.

The introductory workshop on robotic programming was the starting point to explore the world of robots thanks to initiation robots COJI, CODERMIP and SPHERO SPRK+ that are used in classrooms, and helped visitors to this Lan Party Weekend to become more familiar with these devices.

Visitors learned about sensors and actuators, and the importance and role of these for the operations of robots, and the execution of programs developed through specific applications for tablets.

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​Tenerife Invests in Analysis of DNA Data to Create Personalised Medicine

Tenerife Invests in Analysis of DNA Data to Create Personalised Medicine

The Government of Tenerife this week announced it has approved in investment of 2.7 million euros for the Technological and Renewable Energy Institute during the period 2018 to 2021 for the development of a mass genomic data service. This initiative aims to contribute to the promotion of research projects in the field of personalised medicine, which aims to improve the effectiveness of treatments for each patient and to eliminate or reduce the side effects of other more general therapies.

Carlos Alonso, President of the Government of Tenerife said “we are not only going to equip this service with specialist equipment infrastructures, but also to have financial support that allows funds to be attracted from other programmes in the field of research, so that this becomes research that can be transferred for developing activities that create personalised medicine, generate qualified employment and economic activity.”

With this investment, Tenerife plans to be at the centre of mapping infrastructures for the massive sequencing of DNA, the biomolecule that stores the genetic information of living organisms, and to integrate these findings within personalised precision medicine in the National Health Service.

This means that personalised genomic medicine will administer a drug or set of drugs that are more suitable and in more appropriate doses for each specific patient based on their chemical and genetic individuality. This relies both on the knowledge of the molecular nature of the disease, but also on the chemical individuality that each patient possesses.

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​Creating Quality Employment in Tenerife

Creating Quality Employment in Tenerife

This week, Tenerife has hosted the 20thForum of Cities for Employment, when 21 municipalities from across Spain with more than one hundred thousand inhabitants met together.

These municipalities shared their experiences of active employment policies and training, and also exchanged good practices with the aim of improving the fight against unemployment.

This Forum met for the first time in Tenerife, because the Canary Islands is the only autonomous region in Spain that has increased employment in the last five years. The objective of these administrations is reported to be not only to achieve job creation, but to create quality jobs.

This Forum was also attended by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, the Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, the Deputy President of the Government, Aurelio Abreu, and the head of support unit for the General Directorate of the State Employment Public Service, Virginia Barranco.

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La Palma Government Receives Anonymous Gift of Archaeological Remains

La Palma Government Receives Anonymous Gift of Archaeological Remains

More than one hundred archaeological pieces of pre-Hispanic history relating to the early inhabitants of La Palma, who are often referred to as Benahoaritas, were left anonymously at the entrance of the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Government of La Palma this week.

Altogether, the 113 archaeological pieces were left in a box outside the Government building, and have been dated at 8 historical periods, and could represent a collection of great interest for investigating and learning about the pre-Hispanic history of La Palma.

Primitivo Jeronimo, a counsellor for the city thanked the gesture of those who left this gift of archaeological pieces, and emphasised the importance of having those who find or keep pre-Hispanic artefacts to deliver them to the Government department or to the Benahoarita Archaeological Museum for further study, custody and conservation.

This counsellor insisted that it is necessary that there is awareness in society that these historical artefacts should be given to the relevant administration, and to provide the greatest amount of information about these to help researchers.

This new gift included 112 ceramic fragments and an ancient utensil, and could date from between 650 AD and 1050 AD. A specialist in aboriginal pottery, Domingo Acosta Felipe, provides support for the museum, and suggested that this collection of artefacts could have been found in an open-air field, because all the samples have an earthy colour from being in contact with mud for many years.

There have also been calls from the museum for the person who delivered this gift to contact them or the Government, as the site of these artefacts could be a site that had been occupied during practically the entire cultural period of the Benahoaritas from the 2ndCentury BC to the arrival of the Spanish at the end of the 15thCentury.

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​Better Home Help for Elderly in La Gomera

Better Home Help for Elderly in La Gomera

The City Council of Agulo in La Gomera this week announced improved home help services for elderly residents and dependents by using educators, animators and physiotherapists.

In the case of physiotherapy support services, each elderly person is assessed to decide if they are able to attend the group activity, or if not then to plan individualised support in their home.

Those elderly residents who have already experienced this enhanced service have given good responses to this additional help for themselves and also for their relatives who support them.

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​Adeje in Tenerife will get New Parking Spaces

Adeje in Tenerife will get New Parking Spaces

Adeje in Tenerife has faced many problems from the growth of the municipality, but particularly the lack of parking spaces. However, this week it was announced that Adeje will soon have over a thousand new car parking spaces.

This is one of the projects presented to improve the mobility of this tourist town. It is a strategic plan for sustainable investments that includes the construction of four new car parks. One of these will be next to the Casa Fuerte, and provide the municipality with 200 new spaces.

The other two actions contemplated in this investment plan are the improvement of access from Costa Adeje to Fañabe through a bridge that will pass over the highway for pedestrians and bikes, and a new stretch of bike lane from the road of La Caleta until the entrance roundabout to Adeje. These initiatives are expected to cost around 17 million euros.

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Geolodia Arrives in El Hierro

Geolodia Arrives in El Hierro

This week El Hierro Geopark joined the celebration of Geolodia, the annual geology dissemination event.

This is an initiative born with the spirit of putting citizens in direct contact with nature. This year, more than 50 trips have been scheduled nationwide, all free and of which four are going to be based in different areas of the Canary Islands.

In El Hierro, the route has been made in the Geopark, with a route from Tiñor to the Port of La Estaca to show the geology of a volcanic island and the traces of previous landslides.

For a few hours, the project allows citizens to enter the usual laboratory of geologists, which is nature, and to sensitise the population to the importance of preserving the local geological heritage.

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​Habitat Project for Homeless People in Tenerife

Habitat Project for Homeless People in Tenerife

After living in a cave in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for around 20 years, Manuel this week became the first beneficiary of the Habitat project for homeless people on the island. His new home, located in Santa Maria del Mar, is one of ten homes that will be delivered to people at risk of social exclusion in the capital of Tenerife.

Director of Provivienda Canarias, Fernando Rodriguez said “It is always done with the ultimate goal of improving life for homeless people in terms of health, employment, neighbourhood coexistence and in relationships with families.

Habitat is an initiative that only Arona and Santa Cruz de Tenerife have adopted in the Canary Islands. The City Councils and the Ministry of Housing are in charge of finding a house, renting it and providing it with everything necessary, so that it can be delivered fully equipped to the beneficiary.

Zaida Gonzalez, first deputy Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, says that the tenant must meet three requirements: have been living on the street for 3 years, have some type of disability and suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction.

The homes are delivered for a period of 4 years, but this can be extended. Currently in Santa Cruz de Tenerife there are over 100 homeless people.

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First Stones Laid of Science and Technology Park of Tenerife

First Stones Laid of Science and Technology Park of Tenerife

The works of the future building of the Science and Technology Park of Tenerife (INTech Tenerife), which will be located in the Cuevas Blancas area of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, have begun with the laying of the first stone of the headquarters.

This event this week was attended by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, the Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez, and the sub delegate of the Government in the province, Guillermo Diaz Guerra.

The construction of the headquarters of the Park, which has been awarded funding of 5.8 million euros to Acciona, has a deadline of 18 months and is funded by 85% by the European Regional Development Fund and 15% by the Government of Tenerife through the INTech.

This Science and Technology Park is intended to house technology companies from the Canary Islands and from beyond the Canary Islands through entrepreneurial processes.

It is believed that thanks to coordination between all administrations this will help to change the development model for the Canary Islands, so that the islands do not depend so much on tourism, and that young people are given better opportunities in their own region without having to leave to find work.

The Government of Tenerife also reports that the INTech building will create a stimulus for the technological and scientific sector, which does not currently have much presence on the island, and that 30 million euros has already been dedicated to infrastructures related to the Park, such as the Urban Scientific and Technological Park of La Laguna, in Hogar Gomero and in the urbanisation of Cuevas Blanca.

The Spanish Government sub-delegate, Guillermo Diaz Guerra, highlighted the 120 million euro interest free loan provided by the Government of Spain for the development of Canary Islands technology parks, which should serve to attract investments and an opportunity for synergy between companies.

The new building will provide spaces for the lodging and incubation of technology-based companies and business incubators, with complementary services, such as training rooms, videoconferencing rooms, laboratories, auditorium, library, parking, cafeteria and restaurant facilities and a kindergarten.

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Anti-Terrorist Operation in Tenerife

Anti-Terrorist Operation in Tenerife

Three people have been detained by the Policia Nacional in San Isidro in Tenerife for allegedly having committed crimes of recruitment, cover up and financing of Islamist terrorism.

These defendants still have to testify before the judge of the National Court, and normally within a period of 72 hours from the date of their arrest, however the court has requested that this period be extended to five days.

According to police sources, there is no obligation to declare in person in Madrid for these detainees, so they could be subjected to questioning by video conferencing facilities.

However, the jihadist who was going to fight in Syria remains missing in Tenerife, and police are still searching for him.

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​Street in Tenerife Evacuated After Explosives Discovered in House

Street in Tenerife Evacuated After Explosives Discovered in House

Officers of the Policia Nacional and the Policia Local quickly arranged the evacuation of residents living in Calle Doctor Jose Naveiras in Santa Cruz de Tenerife this week when military devices, including a revolver and mortar ammunition, were discovered in a local house next to Parque Garcia Sanabria.

Specialists studied these military devices to determine if they still had charged ammunition. After a complex process to remove the ammunition discovered, this was transferred to a safe site, and the road was then opened for traffic and pedestrians again.

The police report that this emergency situation was initiated after a person called the emergency services, as she had been employed to clean this house, but this led to her discovering these old explosive devices.

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​Underwater Seismic Activity Recorded off Coast of El Hierro

Underwater Seismic Activity Recorded off Coast of El Hierro

El Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) or the National Geographic Institute this week registered an underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 to the north of El Hierro.

This seismic activity during the afternoon at a depth of 26 kilometres, but was the fifth underwater earthquake recorded within the space of three days, and the largest magnitude. The previous seismic activity recorded much lower magnitudes.

All this series of underwater earthquakes were located in the sea to the north and northwest of the Municipality of La Frontera.

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​New Homes to be Built in La Gomera

New Homes to be Built in La Gomera

The City Council of Alajero in La Gomera this week tendered for the construction of 13 social housing units that will located on land already owned by the Council.

The construction of these new homes should be finished in 18 months, and have an investment of over 1.7 million euros.

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