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​New Coastal Areas for Tourists in Tenerife

New Coastal Areas for Tourists in Tenerife

Several coastal areas of Tenerife have experienced a resurgence of tourism in recent years. One secret holiday destination, well until recently, is Puertito de Guimar in Tenerife where local residents describe the qualities as good weather, the sea, tranquillity and good food, and although this used to a holiday place for local families, it is now welcoming visitors from peninsular Spain and from other European countries.

The Tenerife Government says that this success is due to the planning of entrepreneurs and the conservation of the local environment, but also by more holiday rental properties let by Airbnb and other companies, which has quadrupled in the last two years.

So, Puertito de Guimar in Tenerife has changed from a residential environment to one with multiple attractions for tourists of all ages and nationalities.

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​Man Arrested in Tenerife with Drugs in his Car

Man Arrested in Tenerife with Drugs in his Car

Officers of the Guardia Civil arrested a man in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 59 kilos of cocaine hidden in his car this week. The 48-year-old man, who is a resident of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is alleged to be involved in drug trafficking crimes.

This crime occurred on 11 February when officers of the Guardia Civil were verifying the documents of a commercial vehicle disembarking with other vehicles and people at the port after arriving from Gran Canaria. A police dog alerted the officers to this commercial vehicle, and led the point of concealment of the drugs.

The police found a double bottom of the floor with four bags of black colour with various packages with silver wraps, which when opened gave off a strong smell that confirmed cocaine.

This operation was carried out by officers of the Guardia Civil in collaboration with the Tax Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife port and the combined unit of Customs Surveillance of Tenerife.

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Minor Injuries From Car Accident in La Gomera


Two people travelling in a car between San Sebastian de La Gomera and Hermigua were relatively lucky after their car left the road, as they only sustained slight injuries. Although they climbed out of the car, the vehicle had left the road and was likely to fall into a neighbouring property, but the stumps of the fence prevented the car falling down this slope and potentially causing more serious injuries.

Police were quickly alerted to the scene of the accident, and the injured passengers were given medical support.

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Indianos Carnival of La Palma Ends with Huge Crowds

Indianos Carnival of La Palma Ends with Huge Crowds

Santa Cruz de La Palma is starting to return to normal little by little after the massive White Party of Los Indianos that forms the main part of Carnival celebrations on the island. The Island Government estimates that between 60,000 and 65,000 people attended the White Party this year and filled the city with huge quantities of talcum powder.

All those joining local residents of La Palma from other Canary Islands by ferry and plan wore white clothes as is the custom of this White Party. There were many who feared that the 90% chance of rain forecast could spoil the White Party, ruin their new white costumes and make the roads slippery with all the talcum powder being thrown around, but it did not rain and the party continued with total normality. Although some might think it is not normal to throw talcum powder over other strangers in the middle of the city, but this is a symbolic Carnival celebration that remembers many Canary Islanders that left their homes many years ago to work in the Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, South America and Central and North America.

Some might also wonder about the mess caused by this White Party, but the local town hall had a planned operation of clean up with over 100 council workers cleaning through the night when everyone had eventually gone to bed, and it is reported that they collected 40 tons of garbage.

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​Corpse Found in Tenerife

Corpse Found on Golf Course in Tenerife

Employees at Amarilla Golf Course in the south of Tenerife found the body of man, which was then reported to the police. Police officers of the Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil confirm the finding of a corpse in the area of Amarilla Golf of San Miguel de Abona in the south of Tenerife.

The body was found in the afternoon of Sunday, and it is suggested the body is a man aged between 354 years and 40 years.

The police report a man of a similar age disappeared a few weeks ago in the south of the island, but cannot yet confirm the identity of this body on the golf course.

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​Water in El Hierro is Not Affected by Seismic Activity

Water in El Hierro is Not Affected by Seismic Activity

A study by the Canary Islands Government published this week says that the water of the island of El Hierro has not been affected by the seismic activity registered since 2011.

This report commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands states that the water in underground resources across the island of El Hierro is mostly of very good quality. The report rules out any effect by seismic activity that was first registered in 2011 when the underwater volcano appeared off the coast of La Restinga.

Narvay Quintero, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water said “The results of this report assure the quality of water from wells and galleries across the island, but that this water should be managed with criteria based on respect for the environment, so that extracting ground water should be compatible with the production of unconventional resources, so that renewable energies should be favoured to extract this water”.

This document is called Hydro Chemical and Isotopic Environmental Characterisation of Ground Water of El Hierro and was developed during 2016 and 2017, and had the objective of determining the state and conditions of sustainability of reserves of ground water to optimise the management of these water resources to inform hydrological planning.

This report concludes that ground water is fed by natural recharge from rainfall in high mountain areas of Valverde, Tiñor, Nisdafe, Malpaso, Binto and Cres, and provides a mineralisation water flow to the system from low to medium.

In the case of Pozo de los Padrones in Valle del Golfo, this water is judged to be of very good quality, while in the south of the island the historical presence of CO2 causes some natural mineralisation that has traditionally limited opportunities for extraction of water. The report also confirms findings that the continuous seismic volcanic activity located mainly in the south and southwest of the island does not have a verifiable direct influence on the quality of existing ground water.

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​Free Snow Buses in Tenerife

Free Snow Buses in Tenerife

The Tenerife Government has activated Operation Nevadas, which involves the provision of 25 buses that guarantee safe access for visitors to the Teide National Park to view the snowfall registered in recent weeks.

Access to the park has been possible through two routes from La Orotava on the TF21 with 10 buses and La Esperanza on the TF24 with 15 buses, which offer free bus trips to where the snow is located.

The TF24 route has its bus stop located in the area surrounding the City Hall of El Rosario, which leaves at 09.30 from La Esperanza and the last leaves at 14.00, and the last bus down from Izaña leaves at 16.30.

For the La Orotava route, people can use private vehicles to reach Aguamansa, where 10 buses operate free of charge and transfer passengers seeking a snow scene to Portillo Bajo and Portillo Alto.

Snow in the Canary Islands! It seems like magic, and its free!

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​South Tenerife Faces Drought Despite Snow and Rain Across North Regions

South Tenerife Faces Drought Despite Snow and Rain Across North Regions

The rain, wind and snow storms that have closed roads and caused so many problems for local residents of Tenerife over recent weeks have not affected the south of the island, but the farmers in the south of the island have been badly affected by a lack of rain for potato crops and for growing grapes to make into local wine.

This is now described as a drought by farmers in Tenerife that is affecting agricultural production, and the island government and Asaga, the employer’s association of the farmers have met this week to investigate possible irrigation methods to ensure that potatoes and grapes do not suffer or fail.

There are over 200 farmers based in the south of Tenerife, including Arico, the highlands of Adeje, Granadilla and Vilaflora, who are all affected by this drought. Vilaflor has had no rain for two years.

Possible solutions being considered include the use of desalination plants, and especially at Guia de Isora, but farmers are crossing their fingers that rain will still fall in the south of Tenerife before the end of winter on 20 March.

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​Tenerife Construction Companies Bankruptcy Affected Thousands

Tenerife Construction Companies Bankruptcy Affected Thousands

The Canary Islands is the third Spanish region that has the most failed housing developments, where houses have been built and sold to owners, but they could not then live in them. In some cases, construction companies have collected money for properties, but never built or completed.

Granadilla in Tenerife is one example of the failed housing projects, and Fernando Alvarez is one of thousands of people who have been affected by bankruptcy of construction companies across the archipelago. Buildings stand with finished windows and fitted kitchens, but nobody lives in them. Fernando says that he was robbed by the company, as they gook all the interior fittings from the Granadilla housing development in trucks months after the company declared bankruptcy.

Fernando says that he signed the purchase contract in 2007, and that the promoter knew that things were not correct, so after taking the money from purchasers, the company declared insolvency. The process to recover money lost in these transactions takes nearly two years in the first instance, but purchasers are often the last to be paid the money they are owed. Fernando wants “the law of this country to be changed”.

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​La Graciosa Battery for Interconecta Project Finally Arrives

La Graciosa Battery for Interconecta Project Finally Arrives

The small island of La Graciosa off the coast of Lanzarote has now installed a hybrid battery to complete the operating system of the smart micro-grid system for the integration of renewable energies in the island, and this hybrid battery has just completed its journey from Seville.

The electric company and the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC) have been working since 2015 on this project to create a stable self-supply of clean energy on La Graciosa. This battery has been manufactured by the Andalusian company CEN Solutions and is a hybrid energy storage equipment and a critical element of this project, which aims to improve the energy management of the intelligent micro-network. This should allow testing of its effectiveness in the injection or absorption of energy at all times.

This model hybridises two different storage technologies to increase capacity in power and energy density, using ultra capacitors to provide high power density and saline batteries to provide high energy density. This system can provide maximum power of 200 kVA (kilo volts times amperes), but the system has been electronically limited to 100 kVA to comply with current regulations in low voltage networks.

The Graciosa Project has had an investment of around 2.4 million euros to install photovoltaic installations in private homes and the education centre on the island with an electric micro-grid where different technologies have been incorporated with this new battery. The system should enable the electric company to extract data of interest to move towards more sustainable solutions of clean energy supply, and lead to energy self-sufficiency of La Graciosa systems.

This Interconecta 2015 project has been supported by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, and Structural Funding from the European Union. Other support has been provided by the Andalusian Industrial Research and Cooperation Association, the Research Foundation of the University of Seville, the University Pontificia de Comillas, the University of La Laguna, and the Foundation for Research, Development in Information Technology Information in Andalusia, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Government Knowledge.

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​El Hierro Has Highest Rate of Caesarean Births in the Canary Islands

El Hierro Has Highest Rate of Caesarean Births in the Canary Islands

The El Hierro Hospital registered the highest rate of caesarean births in the Canary Islands in 2016, and in 2017, 26 caesarean births were recorded, which account for more than half the total 42 births during the year.

Hospitals in the Canary Islands during 2016 recorded an average of 24.6% caesarean births, but in El Hierro this exceeded 40% of births.

El Hospital Insular Nuestra Señora de Los Reyes responded this week to this high rate of caesarean births in 2016, and maintained that these figures are anecdotal, and do not constitute a tendency or policy for the hospital, but in 2017 the hospital admits that of a total of 42 birth deliveries, 26 or over half were completed with caesarean sections.

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Council Tax in La Gomera Reduced

Council Tax in La Gomera Reduced

The City Council of San Sebastian de La Gomera announced this week that the IBI or Impuesto de Bienes Inmuebles based on catastral property values, which UK residents would describe as a Council Tax, will be reduced by 4% on average.

This welcome reduction of IBI has been welcomed by the residents of La Gomera, and has been the result of updating the taxable values or catastral of local properties that the island government asked for.

This measure also adds to the subsidies that are granted to families with scarce economic resources within the municipality.

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​Cosmology in La Palma in the Canary Islands

Cosmology in La Palma in the Canary Islands

The Government of the Canary Islands is promoting urgent action to recover the documents and historical artefact collection of the Cosmological Society of Santa Cruz de La Palma. It seems that this Society holds an extensive and varied collection of books and materials that is important for the heritage of the Canary Islands, and dates from its founding date in the Sixteenth Century to the Twentieth Century.

Some might ask – What is cosmology and why is it important in La Palma and the Canary Islands? The definition of cosmology is that it is a form of astronomy that involves the origin and evolution of the universe from its first big bang to the future of the universe. NASA describes this as a scientific study of large scale properties of the universe as a whole, and clearly the island of La Palma has been a focus of this research for hundreds of years.

The Directorate of General and Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports has been working on action to recover archives and documents in La Palma and other Canary Islands, as well as other scattered documents beyond these islands. This investigation is being carried out in collaboration with other Canarian entities interested in this field of knowledge, and especially with those with an outstanding historical and cultural background.

Therefore, this initiative intends to establish a general framework and methodology that will create initiatives of mutual interest to achieve protection, recovery, conservation, enhancement, research, dissemination and promotion of this valuable documentary collection established for so long on the island of La Palma, so that future generations will be able to access these documents and artefacts.

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​Arona in Tenerife Welcomes Different Religious Communities

Arona in Tenerife Welcomes Different Religious Communities

The municipality of Arona in Tenerife hosted its sixth annual meeting for different religious communities. This municipality includes residents that represent 130 nationalities, and these annual meetings aim to seek peace in the world by meeting together with prayers reflect a mix of religions, and set an example of cohabitation and union.

From the Hindu Association to the Baha’i, all religious communities of Arona came together this week to participate in joint prayers for respect, peace and understanding.

The intercultural programme of the European Union Council has been interested in this initiative, and during April, representatives will travel to Tenerife to learn more about this initiative.

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​The Culture of Terrace Farming in La Gomera

The Culture of Terrace Farming in La Gomera

The International Alliance of Landscapes and Terraces (ITLA) is holding its World Congress on the island of La Gomera this week, and is also supported by the Observatorio Canario del Paisages or the Canary Islands Landscape Observatory and UNISCAPE.

Workshops are taking place during this week that focus on the approach of creative ideas for the “re-enchantment” of terraces on La Gomera and other Canary Islands. This involves sharing experiences and identifying local representatives that intend to rediscover the history of terraces of La Gomera by listening to the experiences of local farmers and terrace builders.

The first phase workshops will cover four days in total and will be based on participatory action research that is the methodology of ITLA, to create a practical landscape manual and to exchange methodological experiences that are currently carried out.

The second phase will take place in September this year, and the proposals for action and initiatives will be presented in the fourth congress in March 2019.

The president of La Gomera Government, Casimiro Curbelo, explained that the island government has initiated a project to recover the terraces of La Gomera, which cover 38% of the island’s landscape with an investment of around 3 million euros. This World Congress to explore landscapes and terraces is organised by the International Alliance of Landscapes and Terraces (ITLA), La Gomera Government, the Canary Islands Landscape Observatory, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna in Tenerife.

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