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​Unique Chance to View Rembrandt Etchings in Casa de Colon

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Although Rembrandt, the Dutch 17th Century artist is well known as a painter, his international reputation was based on his etchings, so that he was more well known for his etchings created with copper and he cut into this with a steel rod called a burin that was diagonally sharpened. When the etching was completed, the excess metal was scraped away, the plate was inked and prints were produced and hung on a washing line to dry.

Residents and tourists in Gran Canaria now have a unique opportunity to view 14 of these Rembrandt print etchings on display at the Casa de Colon in Vegueta, Las Palmas until 28 February. These etchings have been stored for around 10 years, as these paper copies need long periods of rest following exhibitions, and date from 400 years ago.

These 14 exhibits include etchings of The Resurrection of Lazarus (1633), The Crucifixion (1635), and Bible scenes, such as Adam and Eve (1638) and The Beheading of John the Baptist (1640). Other exhibits include self-portraits of this Dutch artist (1633 and 1642) and human figures, such as The Card Player (1641).

It seems that throughout his life, Rembrandt made around 315 copper etchings, and from each of these he printed about 50 paper copies, so that there is an estimated 15,000 copies of his talented etchings. Established rules in museums for paper preservation means that these exhibits can only be on display for one month, and in conditions of controlled lighting. There are also etching prints from the 18th and 19th Centuries that were inspired by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition is expected to be very popular in the Casa de Colon, and a rare chance to view the talent of this 17th Century artist or etcher.

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​Gran Canaria Unlicensed Airport Transfers

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Taxi drivers provide good value, safe and efficient transfers for tourists between the airport and hotel accommodation, but recently in Gran Canaria there has been increased use of minibuses for these transfers, when these are only licensed for transporting cabin crew or for transporting tourists to mountain regions that have narrow roads. Therefore, taxi drivers from across Gran Canaria held a protest this week to demand the Island Government stop this unlicensed use of minibuses, as this practice is affecting the income of taxi drivers.

The taxi association spokesperson explained that some operators of minibuses have been offering hotels and local tourist guides commissions for arranging airport transfers that are unlicensed, and this prevents taxi drivers from earning their legal income. This spokesperson also claimed that minibus companies are insufficiently inspected or monitored by the Island Government’s Transport Department, which has contributed to this increased use of unlicensed minibuses.

These claims have been refuted by Juan Francisco Trujillo, representative of the Transport Department. He explained that his department works closely with the local police departments across the island to check that vehicles are correctly licensed, and especially for the transfer of tourists to the airport. In addition, the Guardia Civil regularly organises road checkpoints to ensure that tourists are transferred only by licensed vehicles.

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​Gran Canaria Fishermen Arrested for Illegal Activities

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Many Gran Canaria restaurants specialise in seafood meals and use locally caught fish, so there is a high demand by these restaurants for fish. However, this has encouraged some fishermen to carry out fishing that is illegal under Spanish and Canarian Law.

This week, Environmental Protection Officers inspected two fishing boats in Arinaga, Gran Canaria, and discovered that the fish that had been caught were below the legal size for entering the food market, because the fishermen had used fishing net sizes that were too small. The environmental protection officers discovered over 1000 kilos of fish that had been caught illegally by these fishermen.

The fish that had been caught was impounded by this government department, and the fishermen will now be subject to legal investigations and possible fines. However, the fish has been given to a charity to distribute to local food banks.

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​Cheap Mortgage Rates Contribute to Increased Property Sales in the Canary Islands

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The average monthly mortgage payment in the Canary Islands is under 500 euros a month, and current comparison mortgage rates across Spain, indicate that Canary Islanders who want their own property have some of the best deals.

The Government Report on sales of properties across the Canary Islands shows a 13% increase compared to last year, where the value of properties has risen overall, and the number of properties sold also increased. It sounds like this is a good time to check out local real estate companies, and see what they have to offer, as well as mortgage offers from local banks. Residents of the Canary Islands are likely to get the best mortgage rates, and foreigners who buy properties for occasional use will probably pay higher rates, but it is worth checking out.

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​Customer Defrauded by Local Shop

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The Guardia Civil are investigating a complaint of bank card fraud in the Mogan municipality, Gran Canaria. A local electronics shop appears to have tricked a Norwegian customer into paying over 10,000 euros illegally. The Guardia Civil reports that after the customer had purchased a computer from this shop in November, the owner of the shop persuaded the customer to purchase an antivirus service for a monthly payment.

Although the customer had agreed to this monthly payment, the owner of the shop then allegedly took a payment of five thousand euros to prove that the customer was not bankrupt, which would then be refunded immediately. However, the customer was told that the card swipe had not worked and the card was passed through the card machine a second time. When the customer later checked his bank account, these two payments plus other charges amounting to over 11,500 euros were shown to have been taken. Although, complaining to the shop owner, this money was not refunded, and he reported this bank card fraud to the Guardia Civil earlier this month.

The name of the shop and the name of the owner who committed this alleged fraud have not been released, but tourists and residents should be aware of this type of scam, and especially when shops want to swipe payment cards more than once. This issue is another example of card fraud covered in a previous edition of News from the Canary Islands.

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Canary Islands Represented at Madrid ​Tourist Fair

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Tourism is vitally important for the economy of Spain and specifically the regions of Spain that attract the most tourists. The Canary Islands have moved from a winter destination holiday to an all year-round destination that now attracts tourists seeking good weather, and a diversity of interests that include golf, cycling, wind surfing and hiking, as well as beach holidays.

The Canary Islands’ Government, as well as private tourist companies, are attending the Madrid Tourist Fair held this week and hope to promote the islands’ holiday centres, as well as to highlight the special attractions of each of the seven islands. These attractions include a chance for visitors to the Tourist Fair to taste Canarian wine and local food products, as well as audio visual displays that highlight local attractions and facilities for each of the islands.

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Carnival in the Canary Islands

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Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Day are all over at last, as is Blue Monday (16 January), which is the most depressing day of the year, according to a happy band of media reporters. It is now time to shake away those Winter blues, search out a fabulous costume and get ready for Carnival – Canaries style!

Carnivals in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Tenerife are often billed as “Second Only to Rio”, so if you really would like to take part in a huge, crazy, frivolous spectacle of colour and vitality, make sure you don’t miss it! You can find out more information on The Canary Islander website: http://www.thecanaryislander.com/carnival.html

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

10 February to 5 March 2017

Parade: 4 March (starts at 17.00)

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

3 to 12 March 2017

Parade: 11 March (starts at 17.00)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

1 February to 3 March 2017

Parade: 25 February

Arrecife de Lanzarote

18 February to 1 March 2017

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Parade 11 March 2017

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

2 to 5 March 2017

Corralejo, Fuerteventura

9 to 18 March 2017

Parade: 17 March (starts at 18.00)

Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

Parade: 4 March 2017

Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

24 to 26 February 2017

Antigua, Fuerteventura

16 to 20 February 2017

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Los Indianos

27 February 2017 (starts at 11.00)

San Sebastian de La Gomera

16 February to 5 March 2017

Parade: 4 March (starts at 14.00)

Valverde de El Hierro

16 to 25 February 2017

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​Police arrest man in Gran Canaria on terrorism charges

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A man has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Gran Canaria on suspicion of inciting terrorism.

Police officers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital, have arrested a Moroccan man for trying to recruit people for ISIL/DAISH.

Since 2015, the total number of people arrested by the security services on suspicion of terrorism totals 182.

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​Risk Hazard from Abandoned Fish Farm

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Once again, abandoned fish farms appear to be causing problems for sailors exploring the coastlines of the Canary Islands.

This week, two children and a woman were rescued from a catamaran by Marine Rescue following an emergency situation when the vessel ran aground at an abandoned fish farm off the coast of the village of Castillo del Romeral, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.

The owner of the vessel stayed on board.

The American registered vessel was on its way from the Canary Islands to Barbados, and requested assistance from Marine Rescue when it got into difficulties.

Reports indicate that the fish farm was abandoned, with no illumination or lighting to warn approaching vessels of its presence. Two propellors and two rudders were damaged during the incident when the vessel was trapped within the fish farm. Later, the boat was towed to Arguineguin for repair.

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​La Gomera and El Hierro Storms Declared as a Natural Disaster

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A natural disaster has been declared by the Canarian Government following storms on the Canary Islands of La Gomera and El Hierro over the last few weeks.

High winds and heavy rains have badly affected the islands, resulting in damage to over 40% of arable land.

Following the declaration, emergency funding can now be released to repair the damage. In addition, new initiatives will be implemented to prevent or alleviate damage from storms in the future.

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