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​Illegal Television Crackdown in the Canary Islands

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It has been the curse of the television industry for years, and expats are usually oblivious of its links with the mafia and other criminal organisations, operating particularly in Peninsular Spain as well as the Canary Islands. We are, of course, talking about television for expats, who are desperate to watch British television.

A criminal gang has been selling unlocked satellite decoders across Valencia and the Canary Islands, which has led to four people being arrested, with another four under investigation for the illegal distribution of television channels. Bars and restaurants were targeted by the gangs, with many expats now expected to lose their TV signal, as well as their money.

Investigators believe that these illegal activities have cost television companies over a million euros in lost revenue. The Spanish Professional Football League, television and film producers, as well as copyright authorities have lodged complaints over the theft of their intellectual property rights.

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​HMS Portland Visits Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

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Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland will visit Las Palmas on Tuesday 28 February for a short visit to give her Ship’s Company some well earned down time to recover from a busy deployment.

Portland, which last visited Las Palmas in 2010, is coming to the end of a nine-month deployment having departed the UK in June last year. Since then she has travelled over 40,000 miles through the North and South Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Her tasking has been varied but always revolved around the theme of maritime security.

Whilst in the Mediterranean Portland supported Operation Active Endeavour, a maritime operation commanded by NATO that was formed in October 2001 following the September 11 attacks on the USA. The primary aim is to defend, deter and protect against terrorism. Portland contributed a visible presence for NATO as well providing intelligence to assist counter terrorist activity. On leaving the Mediterranean Portland joined Operation KIPION. This long standing naval commitment, which dates back to the 1980’s (although then was under the name Operation Armilla), aims to promote security and stability in the Gulf and Indian Ocean, including deterring piracy off the Horn of Africa.

Arrival in the Red Sea also marked the start of operations in support of Combined Maritime Forces, a 31-nation (including Spain and the UK) American-led coalition focussed on improving maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation for merchant shipping in the Red Sea, western Indian Ocean and the Gulf. Over 40 percent of the world’s merchant traffic, by volume and value, passes through three strategic choke points in the Middle East; the Suez Canal, the Bab El-Mandeb Strait and the Strait of Hormuz. The UK enjoys deputy command of all coalition forces, and also periodically provides the staff to command one of the three subordinate Task Forces operating in the area. These Task Forces focus on counter-terrorism, counter-trafficking (of narcotics, people, fuel, weapons or charcoal), counter-piracy and also seek to promote security and stability.

More recently operations have focused on Counter Narcotics trafficking off the west coast of Africa. Portland teamed up with the United States Coast Guard and a multi-agency Cape Verde Law Enforcement Detachment to patrol the waters around Cape Verde.

The Ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Paul Stroude (43), said: “We are very much looking forward to visiting Las Palmas. This has been a busy deployment and my Ship’s Company certainly deserve some time to rest and recuperate. We return to the UK in a few weeks and I am very grateful to the people of Gran Canaria for allowing us to explore your beautiful island and get some final sunshine.”


Romanian Crime Gang Arrested in Tenerife

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A group of Romanians have been arrested by police in Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, who are suspected of being members of a crime gang involved in a number of local burglaries.

One of the suspects failed to stop at a police checkpoint, which led to a car chase on the TF-1 motorway. The driver of the vehicle, as well as the passengers, were all known to the police, with one being the subject of an international arrest warrant.

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​Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Soon to Have a New Transport System

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MetroGuagua is a new transport system that is planned to be introduced to improve better and faster access to various parts of the city. This will be a high capacity transport system that can carry up to 200 passengers, will travel on the surface like the current bus service, but will operate more like a tram or metro. This system will have exclusive lanes, run every five minutes, access from various stops and will have priority at traffic light junctions.

This MetroGuagua will have 20 stops across a distance of nearly 12 kilometres that will run from Hoya de la Plata to La Plaza de Manuel Becerra, and stops will also link to the current stops for Guaguas Municipales or city yellow buses. There will be an investment of 17 vehicles, and with 15 in permanent use. It is estimated that around 4,500 passengers could be using this new service hourly during busy periods.

This new innovative transport project will begin in 2017 and should take around four years to complete, with an estimated first journey in 2021. The European Investment Bank is funding this project, with further funds from the Canary Islands Government and the Canary Islands Development Fund, which is estimated to cost a total of just over 100 million euros, and bidding for tenders should soon begin.

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​Lanzarote Green Bus Not Used Enough

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Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, recently introduced a green shuttle bus to reduce the levels of traffic across the city, and to encourage local residents to leave their cars at home, so traffic jams are reduced and carbon emissions are reduced in the city. However, few people are using this new form of transport.

Although this new green shuttle bus runs from the fairground to the Insular Hospital, there are often few people taking advantage of this innovative project. This week only two passengers were seen using the bus during the morning. However, many local people claim that they do not know about this new green shuttle bus.

Therefore, the city council is planning a campaign to encourage more local people to use this new transport service, because tickets only cost 90 centimos and residents with disabilities can travel free.

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​La Gomera Has New Audioguide

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Tourists, who plan to visit the island of La Gomera, as well as its residents, now have a new audio guide for Los Telares in La Gomera. This popular tourist centre in the north of the island is only 30 minutes from the capital San Sebastian, where the ferry from Tenerife arrives.

This new audio guide gives a short tour to explain about the many fascinating traditions, crops and historical events in this region. When walking through trees and plants that are often unique to the Canary Islands, and some unique to La Gomera, the guide also explains about local handicrafts and traditions, which provide a clear image of life on this beautiful island.

This guide describes the lifestyle and economy of La Gomera 30 years ago, when local people relied on farming and fishing, so it is possible to learn about how people lived, survived and worked, as well as exploring the Hermigua early settlement, a restored gofio mill and an ancient convent.

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​La Palma Gives Away Free Talcum Powder

La Palma is preparing for one of the most important days of this year’s Carnival celebrations planned for 27 February – Los Indianos – or better known on the island as the White Party for reasons that will now be explained. Five thousand pots of talcum powder are being given away free by the Town Hall of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Anyone who would like this free gift will need to stand outside the post office building in the Plaza de la Constitucion at five in the afternoon.

This talcum powder has been donated by the airline Binter that operates regular flights between all the Canary Islands, and the company was thanked this week by a councillor of the town hall, who explained that talcum powder is a distinctive symbol of the White Party’s uniqueness. To ensure all Canarian residents and tourists who want to visit La Palma for the Carnival celebrations and to join in Los Indianos White Party on 27 February, Binter is offering 66 additional flights with around 11,000 extra seats on its flights to the island.

You can find out more about the history of Los Indianos and the White Party, and why everyone dresses up in white clothes, and throws talcum powder over everyone else, on the Canary Islander Website www.thecanaryislander.com

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​El Hierro Restaurant with Best Viewpoint Reopens

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El Mirador de La Peña Restaurant and spectacular viewpoint was designed by the Canarian artist Cesar Manrique and was first opened in 1989. The innovative design and its position with amazing views contributed to this building being recognised as a significantly important monument on the island, and is now classified as Bien de Interes Cultural or a cultural monument of significant interest.

Over recent months, El Mirador de La Peña restaurant has been closed for renovation, but this week, Belen Allende, President of the Government of El Hierro paid an official visit to formally reopen this important place. So if you are visiting El Hierro soon or are already a resident, make sure you experience a visit to this amazing restaurant and share this wonderful viewpoint.

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​Canary Islands’ Hotels Reach Full Capacity from Mediterranean Terror Threat

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Terrorist attacks on popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean region over recent years has forced many airlines to switch their routes to destinations that are safer for tourists, such as the Canary Islands. This winter most hotels in the Canary Islands were completely full for many weeks due to this increased number of tourists spending the Christmas and New Year periods in the sun.

Easyjet reported this week that they plan to increase their capacity for flights to the Canary Islands that will continue throughout the summer as well, and although traditionally the Canary Islands had been considered to be a popular winter destination, it seems that these islands will now become a year round destination.

However, Easyjet recognises that these islands are reaching capacity and is talking with the Canarian Government to speed up the building of new hotels and apartments that are already planned. Easyjet is also extending its routes for UK tourists, and will soon include La Palma that is normally popular with German tourists, and the north of Tenerife normally popular with tourists from Peninsular Spain. Flights for next winter with Easyjet will be available in March.

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​Better Protection for Gran Canaria’s Dogs and Cats

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The current rate of abandoned dogs and cats in Gran Canaria is twice that of many large cities in Spain, and the Government of Gran Canaria is determined to heavily fine owners who mistreat or abandon their pets, as well as improve the facilities for pet boarding across the island in municipal shelters and private kennels.

This new Government Pet Plan includes fines of up to 15,000 euros that will be given to individuals who mistreat their pets, but will also begin ensuring resources are available to care for abandoned pets and help others to adopt them, enforce current legislation for animal protection by applying fines and sanctions, as well as awareness campaigns for the general public. This campaign is supported by the research study carried out by the University of Edinburgh International Centre for Education and Animal Welfare.

All prohibited activities that affect animals will include severe fines for any physical abuse, stress, degradation or suffering when animals are used in festivals or shows, as well as pigeon shooting and dog fights. The Government of Gran Canaria encourages any resident who witnesses animal cruelty to inform the local police, who then pass this information to specialists in the Guardia Civil to investigate further.

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