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​DNA Tests Challenge the Person Accused of Murder in Tenerife

DNA Tests Challenge the Person Accused of Murder in Tenerife

In 2001, Urbana Ramos was brutally murdered in the south of Tenerife, but new DNA analysis does not match the main suspect, the victim’s husband. However, there are also claims that this DNA test could have been contaminated, and hairs found on the neck of the victim were never sent to the laboratory, and a shirt was only partly analysed.

A spokesperson for the family claims that Guardia Civil officers could have contaminated the DNA evidence. The victim was stabbed 15 times, and suggests a passionate motive for murder, but the family have been left confused and upset and want to know who killed Urbana so many years ago if it was not her husband.

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​New Landslides in La Palma

New Landslides in La Palma

Engineers have been taken by surprise by new landslides and rock slides on the LP3 road due to an unstable slope that caused this fall of stones.

During the intervention by local engineers on several occasions these technicians had to quickly leave the area to avoid being hit by falling stones.

The new tunnel in this area has served to redirect traffic so that this could continue to circulate in both directions, but La Palma Government urged motorists to take extreme caution until repair work can be completed.

The Government reports that the first priority is to strengthen the surrounding land to avoid further landslides.

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​Talking About Mental Health in La Palma

Talking About Mental Health in La Palma

Many people do not talk about their mental health, or about the mental health of their family and friends, but this is changing in La Palma, where local residents are having a debate about mental health in Los Llanos de Aridane.

Around 22% of the population of La Palma have been identified by doctors with mental health issues, or have been affected by mental health problems. However, this data is now seven years out of date, but indicates the level of this problem on the island. This week saw the first Meeting for Mental Health in Los Llanos de Aridane.

The meeting reported that prevention and detection at early stages are some of the actions that they analysed at this meeting, as well as the feelings of stigmatisation experienced by those with mental health problems.

Raising awareness of mental health in La Palma, and now residents talking about the issues faced by those with mental health issues should become easier, and more common subjects of conversation.

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​La Gomera Road Improvements

La Gomera Road Improvements

Road improvements between Epina and Arure in La Gomera are continuing, and the Ministry of Public Works of the Canary Islands Government report that the total budget is around one million four hundred thousand euros, and should be fully completed by March 2018.

Current road improvements to complete this project include the construction of two retaining walls on this section of the road, and this improves the GM1, which is the oldest road on the island of La Gomera.

The first wall between the Mirador de Piedra Hincada and the town of Arure is 80 metres long and with an average height of three metres. The second wall will also be built between Piedra Hincada and Arure that will be 170 metres long and will be four metres high.

These road improvement works are intended to improve traffic flows in the tourist district of Valle Gran Rey and boost the economic development of La Gomera, as this is very important road used by many tourists each year.

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​Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Tenerife Violet Fair

Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Tenerife Violet Fair

The Parque Garcia Sanabria in Santa Cruz de Tenerife this week hosted the first equality fair called Feria de la Igualdad Tenerife Violeta that attempted to raise awareness of the issues related to equal opportunities between women and men.

This Violet Fair was intended to reduce gender discrimination with a programme of varied activities, such as self-defence workshops, graffiti workshops and dramatized events of the lives of historically important women.

This Violet Fair also created the planting of a tree of desires, and those attending this Fair could post their opinions on this tree to achieve a more just and supportive society.

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