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Road Infrastructure in Tenerife Described as in Crisis

Road Infrastructure in Tenerife Described as in CrisisThe Provincial Federation of Construction Entities in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, FEPECO, this week called for the support of all political parties to make sure the new road agreement can be signed as soon as possible.

Fepeco emphasised that reactivating the road infrastructure project would create more jobs and the island would be able to recover employment figures before the crisis.

Fepeco also said that Tenerife is a “collapsed and disjointed island despite the fact that its policy makers charge very good salaries to solve their mobility problems, and have taken detours like the Bus Vao lane project instead of carrying out the road infrastructure that was planned for 12 years.”

Oscar Izquierdo, President of Fepeco, has affirmed that the signing of the road agreement between the State and Canarian administrations is ‘key’ because the lack of corresponding investments prevents stable economic growth. He also said, “There is no reasonable excuse that the central government can argue for not signing the agreement, and clearly the state government does not understand the Canary Islands and ‘pamper’ the peninsular and ignore the islands.”

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​Pensioner in Tenerife Arrested for Stealing from Vehicles

Pensioner in Tenerife Arrested for Stealing from Vehicles

The Guardia Civil reported that a 70-year-old man has been arrested as the alleged perpetrator of 18 robberies over the last two years from cars in the northern area of Tenerife.

The arrested man is alleged to have stolen various items, such as tools, clothing and sporting goods from the interior of vehicles. The investigation began after detecting an increase in robberies in the area of La Fariña in the Municipality of La Orotava.

The Guardia Civil also reports that it has recovered many of the stolen items, and these have been returned to their owners.

The detainee has been placed at the disposal of the Court of La Orotava.

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New Bicycle Lane will Connect La Laguna and Tacoronte in Tenerife

New Bike Lane will Connect La Laguna and Tacoronte in TenerifeIt was announced this week that a six-kilometre bicycle lane will link La Laguna and Tacoronte parallel to the main road to the north of Tenerife, and a route that will also increase the size of the pavements, so that people can walk from La Laguna to El Sauzal, and a journey that encompasses a total of 11.3 kilometres.

The Director of the project, Andres Gutierrez, explained at a press conference that the goal is a road that link homes and shops that will accessible to all users, and safe and functional for pedestrians and cyclists between San Benito and the Institute of Los Naranjeros.

The Government of Tenerife has budgeted 29.3 million euros, and this project will be carried out over the next three years, and be completed in phases. The first phase will begin with the construction of the pavement between La Laguna and Los Naranjeros in Tacoronte.

The bike lane, which will be between two and three metres wide, will run through an area with very low average slopes, and as it passes through Tacoronte, it will separate from the road and enter a forest area, but no trees will be cut down.

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First Cruise Ship in Season for Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera

First Cruise Ship in Season for Valle Gran Rey in La GomeraThis week the port of Vueltas de Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera received the first cruise ship of the new season, and the Island Sky cruise ship arrived with 98 passengers and 63 crew members.

This is the first stopover of the season for this town, and begins a planned calendar of cruise ships berthing in this port infrastructure, which joins the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera as another stopover point on the island.

For this first cruise ship arrival, the Government of La Gomera presented gifts with promotional material from the island, so that cruise ship passengers would receive information about the town and the island, which should encourage them to return in the future. In addition, the scale of this type of cruise ship should encourage these passengers to spend money in the local community, as the purchasing power of passengers of smaller cruise ships tends to be high, as they would have paid over 4,000 euros for their trip.

By the end of December 2018, La Gomera will have welcomed over 62,000 cruise ship passengers, and 13% more than last year. These forecasts indicate an increase in tourist activity and spending, reaching an average of 29 euros per passenger, with an overall income for the island of 1.7 million euros.

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Sports Club in El Hierro Given Award by Government of the Canary Islands

Sports Club in El Hierro Given Award by Government of the Canary IslandsThe sports club Corpore Sano in El Hierro has just received the Young Canary Award 2018 from the Government of the Canary Islands. This award recognises its efforts to promote sports, to provide examples of healthy living and to implement initiatives of solidarity with the community.

Corpore Sano was established as a sports club 8 years ago, but after 3 years in operation it began to also implement social actions, such as helping people with disabilities or reduced mobility to become involved in sports activities with help from members of the sports club.

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​Optimistic Water Levels for Farmers in La Palma

Optimistic Water Levels for Farmers in La PalmaLa Palma starts the autumn season with its reservoirs at 47% capacity.

This is good news for the agricultural sector, as there is already a good capacity of water supply before the rainy season for the island starts.

However, the Insular Council of Water has made an appeal to farmers to continue to make prudent use of water when irrigating their crops. It also explains that there is capacity in reservoirs to receive more rainfall soon, but it is not known when these rain storms will arrive accurately, so it is necessary to optimise the existing water supply.

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​La Gomera Avoids Plastic Waste at Fiesta Celebrations

La Gomera Avoids Plastic Waste at Fiesta CelebrationsLa Gomera has adopted a policy to reduce the use of plastic materials during its fiesta celebrations with a focus on reusable, recyclable and returnable glasses.

These glasses have been dispensed with the first drink at an additional price of one euro, which was returned when the glass was brought back to the bar.

The objective of this plan was to encourage the collection of glasses to prevent the use of throwaway plastic containers, and if glasses were not returned, the customer would not get back his one euro.

The money raised in this money-back system of selling drinks in glasses will be used to carry out various environmental and sustainability activities across the island of La Gomera, as this is a Biosphere Reserve.

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​Road Repairs in El Hierro Could be Illegal

Road Repairs in El Hierro Could be IllegalThe refurbishment work of an historic road in San Salvador in El Hierro could now be judged illegal.

These are works to prepare an agricultural track that goes from Las Toscas to Malnombre, and this project has already been awarded an investment of 158,000 euros.

Members of the Ossinisa ecological group have been demanding the Government of El Hierro publish all necessary documentation, as these protesters claim to have evidence that crimes have been incurred against Territorial Planning and Historical Heritage laws.

Some time ago, Ossinisa announced a complaint against the Government of El Hierro before the Transparency Commissioner, but were unable to consult the project documentation.

The Government of El Hierro has now decided to stop this road project work until all the appropriate reports have been completed and published for public access.

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​Illegal Wooden Building in La Palma Advertised as Holiday Rental Property

Illegal Wooden Building in La Palma Advertised as Holiday Rental PropertyTwo people in La Palma are currently being investigated for not only advertising a holiday rental property in a rural, protected area of the Municipality of Garafia in La Palma, but also of constructing the house, or the rectangular wooden building described by officers of the Guardia Civil.

The Guardia Civil officers who are part of the Detachment of Protection of Nature of La Caldera de Taburiente (DEPRONA) of Santa Cruz de La Palma are now interviewing a 33-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman as alleged perpetrators of a crime against violating this area of protected status.

Those investigated, as promoters and builders, are accused of the construction of a rectangular wooden building of 40 square metres, with an annex as a covered porch for a kitchen, as well as an outdoor bathroom in the back of this construction, which is located near the Cueva de Agua, which is protected by the Municipality of Garafia.

The Municipality of Garafia has issued a report on the legality of this wooden construction advertised as a holiday rental property, which confirms that it lacks all required authorisations, and being sited in a rural landscape would not have been authorised. Therefore, proceedings are being taken against the accused as alleged perpetrators of an offence against the ordination of the territory in the Court of Los Llanos de Aridane.

The Guardia Civil also reports that it has evidence that the building has been used as a tourist rental property.

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Tenerife Man in Prison for Crime He Did Not Commit

Tenerife Man in Prison for Crime He Did Not Commit

Roberto Luis has just been released from prison after remaining there for 23 months, and was alleged to be the perpetrator of the death of a woman, who jumped out of a window in a property in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in October 2016.

The defence lawyer for Roberto Luis, Maria Luz Vera said that from the first moment she met her client, she believed in his innocence, and is now asking the court for compensation for her client for wrongful imprisonment. Roberto was summoned to court to hear the conclusions of the retrial of his supposed crime, and the jury declared him innocent.

An independent lawyer, Manuel Garcia de Mesa, said after this announcement that it is unlikely that Roberto will receive any compensation for the two years he has spent in prison, but he will not have a criminal record after being acquitted.

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Prison for Tenerife Mother Who Drove Off a Pier with her Daughter

Prison for Tenerife Mother Who Drove Off a Pier with her DaughterThe chief prosecutor has requested five years in prison and six years disqualification to exercise parental authority as a mother, for the woman who in June last year drove her car with her daughter inside off the pier in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Both mother and daughter were rescued, but the mother will be tried in November for attempted murder.

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Investigation into Sewage Discharge in Tenerife

Investigation into Sewage Discharge in TenerifeThe City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has formally opened an investigation to gather more information from the Emmasa Company relating to the technical problems over the treatment of purified water that caused a spill in the area of La Hondura.

The fourth Deputy Mayor and Public Services Councillor, Damaso Arteaga, said that Emmasa has already been requested to provide information in writing in order to learn more about the nature and scope of this incident, as well as the exact duration of the spill, the estimated flow and the possible effects.

Damaso Arteaga issued a statement that said he believed the solution to this problem involves the execution of the expansion work of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Buenos Aires, which has recently been awarded by the Government of the Canary Islands, but scheduled works have not yet begun.

Damaso Arteaga also says that this is not an exclusive problem for Santa Cruz, since the water treatment plant comes from two other municipalities, and there was insufficient capacity when it was first built. He says that this work must now be carried out urgently, and within the deadlines of the contract.

It is reported by the City Council that the waters discharged in La Hondura, pending the start of the expansion works of the wastewater treatment plant of Buenos Aires, are pre-treated and have the control and authorisation of the Ministry of Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands, in order to guarantee compliance with the parameters required by law through exhaustive measures and controls.

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​Young Men Arrested for Robbing Churches in Tenerife

Young Men Arrested for Robbing Churches in Tenerife

The Policia Nacional has arrested three young men with numerous police records for six robberies with force from churches in Tenerife.

Five of the churches are located in the Anaga area of the Municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and one in Punta de Hidalgo de La Laguna.

Those arrested had been posing as tourists to observe these churches before the robberies. They are also charged with a robbery in San Miguel de Abona.

Several jewels belonging to the different churches were recovered, and a vehicle used in the robberies has been seized.

One of the robberies was on 11 August in the church of Punta de Hidalgo, and occurred while the pastor was staying overnight in the interior of the church. When he heard loud blows at one of the entrances to the church he telephoned the police. When police officers arrived at this church, they found a broken window, but the robbers had left the area.

The rest of the robberies occurred during the first months of the year, and the Policia Nacional report that their investigations were greatly helped by information passed to them by local residents living near these churches. After analysing all the information collected from the victims and witnesses, the police managed to identify those responsible for the robberies, and four young people between the ages of 20 and 25 years have now been arrested.

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Underwater Mountains in El Hierro Coastline Covered with Ferromanganese

Underwater Mountains in El Hierro Coastline Covered with Ferromanganese

The Geological and Mining Institute and the University of Madrid have just completed a study that shows the richness of strategic metals that cover the seamounts or underwater mountains off the south west of El Hierro.

This report is based on several oceanographic investigations over recent years, and concludes that these seamounts are covered by extensive crusts of ferromanganese up to 10 centimetres thick.

These types of underwater deposits that are very rich in metals can take millions of years to form. In the case of this discovery off the coast of El Hierro, it is estimated that these extensive crusts of ferromanganese are aged between 32 and 50 million years in age.

Manganese is the twelfth most abundant metal found on the Earth’s crust and the name is taken from Manges, a Latin word meaning magnet. It was first used in the steel industry in Ancient Greece, where the presence of manganese in the iron ore is most likely to explain why the weapons made by the Spartans were better than their enemies. In 1771, Scheele a Swedish chemist first isolated and recognised manganese as an element. Later in 1860, Sir Henry Bessemer invented ferromanganese as a way to add manganese during steel making with the advantage that combining iron and manganese oxide produces a lower melting point for the alloy ferromanganese compare with pure manganese oxide.

So, El Hierro underwater coastline demonstrates a slower, but natural process of producing ferromanganese, and has been confirmed by this important geological investigation.

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More Giant Lizards Reported in El Hierro

More Giant Lizards Reported in El Hierro

The Government of El Hierro reports that so far this month, 105 giant lizards have been born, which is an important achievement, as the Giant Lizard of El Hierro is an endangered species.

These births have taken place in the Recovery Centre of the Giant Lizard of El Hierro in El Golfo Valley, and is described as an excellent figure by Hector Hernandez, Environment Minister of the Government of El Hierro.

It is reported that these 105 births are the product of fourteen giant lizards laying eggs from a total of sixteen females reared in captivity.

Therefore, each female has produced between six and fifteen eggs in this current project (126 eggs in total, which has resulted in 105 new giant lizards, and close to the record of 107 hatches in previous years.

These new giant lizards will be destined for the future reinforcement of the population of natural habitats, which is subject to a new census study that should allow scientists to determine the success of this recovery plan.

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