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​Hiker Injured in Fuerteventura

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A 70-year-old hiker suffered a serious head injury in Fuerteventura, and was airlifted to safety at the weekend.

The German tourist was hiking through the Barranco del Buen Paso and fell over 20 metres after losing his footing.

The hiker was airlifted to Fuerteventura Hospital for emergency treatment.

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​Tragedy at Sea in Tenerife

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Two people have been swept out to sea in Tenerife, and two others who were with them have been confirmed as dead.

Four people were swept out to sea whilst they were bathing in rock pools in Las Bajas, in front of the Barceló hotel in Puerto Santiago.

Police helicopters and paramedics were involved in the attempted rescue. Sadly, a 35-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman died.

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"One of our top priorities for the negotiations is our citizens..."


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“One of our top priorities for the negotiations is our citizens, and there will be no immediate changes to expat rights here in Spain in the interim” saysBritish Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley

“Today the Prime Minister wrote to the European Council to trigger Article 50 and begin the process for the UK to leave the EU. From the meetings that our teams across Spain have had in recent months, we know that many British residents in Spain have questions about the future, ranging from residency rights to healthcare and pensions.

One of our top priorities for the negotiations is our citizens. As the Prime Minister said in her letter to European Council President, we should always put our citizens first, and we want an early agreement about their rights. We are ready to reach such an agreement right now if other countries agree. We want to give citizens as much certainty as possible, as early as possible.

In the interim, there will be no immediate changes to expat rights here in Spain. Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights British Nationals enjoy in Spain remain in force.

You can continue to live and work in Spain. You can continue to access Spanish healthcare, access your UK pension and your children can continue to attend Spanish schools. We encourage all British citizens residing in Spain to register on their local padron, so that you can fully exercise your rights to access local services in Spain and so that we have the most complete possible picture of all the British citizens are living here. If you encounter any problems exercising your rights, get in touch with your nearest British consulate. Our teams across Spain and I will continue to keep you updated on the negotiations. Please follow GOV.UK for the most up to date and accurate information.”

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​La Gomera is Mysterious and Mystical

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The island of La Gomera attracts many tourists to visit this beautiful place and enjoy the many attractions that can be found here, but one of these of special interest are the water jets of the village of Epina. If you walk a few hundred metres from the village of Epina, you will discover the jets of Epina that are formed as seven wooden pipes, and many local people believe that the water from these pipes has healing properties.

However, like all good legends and myths, gaining benefit from these water jets to gain its healing powers is a bit complicated. First of all, everyone trying to gain these healing properties must drink from the jets from left to right. The next part requires men to only drink the odd jets – 1, 3, 5, 7, and women to only drink the even jets – 2, 4, 6.

Now, like all traditions, myths and legends, there are variations, and another tradition says that the first two water jets relate to good health, the next two relate to love, and the next two relate to fortune. Jet number 7 is the one that witches drink. So, with this you need to decide what you are looking for – health, love or fortune. Maybe, you want them all, but best to avoid jet number 7, as people could talk!

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​Roman Pottery Stolen from the Island of Los Lobos, Lanzarote

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The Guardia Civil Nature Protection Service in Lanzarote has investigated pieces of Roman pottery identified in a shop in the municipality of Tias on the island, which are believed to be over 1,800 years old, and thought to have been stolen from the Island of Los Lobos. This protection service known as Seprona attempts to stop illegal traffic of archaeological items, and investigated the display of ceramic pieces of Roman origin that were being exhibited.

Seprona reports that these archaeological artefacts lacked any documentation to prove legal possession, no information had been given for the origin of these pieces of pottery, and these had not been reported to the authorities, so the pottery was seized and taken to the Lanzarote Archaeological Government Department for evaluation and study.

Fines for stealing or damaging archaeological and historic objects are given that can range up to 600,000 euros, but cases such as this could see fines from 3,000 euros to 150,000 euros according to the Law of Historic Heritage. Individuals implicated in trafficking archaeological items could also face prison sentences from 6 months to 3 years.

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​Possible Government Corruption in Turning Tauro Beach Sandy

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After Anfi Timeshare Company was given permission to turn the naturally stony beach of Tauro into one of white sand taken from the Western Sahara, a legal investigation has now started into Jose Maria Hernandez de Leon, who was head of the Beach and Coast Authority. Jose was sacked from his job, because the permissions that he issued for this environment change to the Tauro beach has since revealed irregularities. Evidence also suggests that official documents had been falsified, and this individual is accused of not telling the truth and being unclear in his responses to investigations.

However, the conditions to allow Anfi to change the beach into one with white sand appear to have been breached in many cases, such as certification of ownership of the land, and reported by a technician last year. However, Jose Maria Hernandez then gave a verbal authorisation to proceed with this project, and Anfi, owned by Santana Cazorla Group and Lopesan Hotels, transported 70,000 tons of white sand from the Western Sahara, a disputed area of Morocco to Tauro.

There are also environmental concerns about transporting this sand that could have contained animal and marine life not established in the Canary Islands, as well as the legality of taking this sand from the people living in the Western Sahara. Sudden environment change can lead to catastrophic consequences if not carefully planned and checked.

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Pink Pathers’ Heist in Meloneras, Gran Canaria

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Two men were arrested this week after one man at Gran Canaria Airport was attempting to board a flight with items stolen in an audacious heist from Saphir Jewellery Store in Meloneras, Gran Canaria, and other robber was arrested in a town in the south of the island. These two Serb robbers are thought to be part of the Pink Panthers, an international jewellery theft gang.

The robbery in Meloneras was filmed by some tourists on their smartphones, as the robbers stabbed the security guard and after smashing the display cases, stole luxury watches and jewellery. This marks the second time the National Police Corps and Guardia Civil have made arrests linked to the Pink Panther Gang. In November 2015, two other Pink Panther gang members were arrested in Gran Canaria after stealing luxury watches worth over a million euros from a jewellery shop in Morro Jable in Fuerteventura.

Criminal gangs, such as the Pink Panthers, are closely monitored by the Spanish police authorities and work with police from other countries to stop this organised crime.

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​New 3D Spectrometer Coming to La Palma to Study Distant Stars

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The Roque de los Muchachos Observatory is home to the large telescope, El Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), and will soon have a new 3D spectroscopy instrument called Megara. Megara was designed and built in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and will soon start its journey to La Palma.

This multi-spectrograph has been designed and constructed by a consortium of private companies and government departments, along with the participation of the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute (Astrofisica de Canarias) IAC.

Megara will enable scientists to study individual stars beyond our galaxy, as well as to carry out analysis of how gas and stars moved over a billion years ago when galaxies were thought to have been formed.

It seems that the Canary Islands are continuing to extend boundaries of science and knowledge of our solar system and beyond with highly advanced technology.

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Gran Canaria Tourists Targeted for Credit Card Fraud

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Twelve members of a criminal gang working in the tourist areas of the south of Gran Canaria were arrested this week as part of an investigation by local police into credit card fraud. These twelve criminals are reported to have worked in shops selling electronic goods, and usually targeted elderly tourists about to return to their home country with offers of unbelievably cheap electronic items.

The pattern of this credit card fraud was that when these tourists entered one of these shops to collect a relatively low priced item, the shop workers passed the customers’ credit cards through the card reader several times, so that they actually overcharged the customers. Sometimes, customers were taken back to their hotels, so that these shop workers could check that they were about to travel to the airport and leave Spain, as the police report that they believed that victims would probably not attempt to make claims for fraud when they had returned home.

Apparently, some customers caught in this credit card fraud realised that they had been overcharged for the goods, and their money was refunded with apologies for the error. However, the police believe that this criminal gang had attempted to collect almost 900,000 euros illegally from customers, and was successful in stealing over 400,000 euros.

Tourists are warned to avoid purchasing electronic items from shops in tourists areas that appear to be well below the market price, and to make sure they watch shop workers when they swipe their credit card only once. Most tourist shops are honest businesses, and most staff work hard to look after their customers, but incidents such as this are serious, and it is best to avoid offers that look too good to be true.

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​El Hierro: An Island, a Museum

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The Canary Islands Government has established an initiative that intends to recover historical roads, symbols of collective memories, elements of culture and factors of the development, memory and identity of the island of El Hierro.

Aurelio Gonzalez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Canary Islands’ Government and Belen Allende, President of El Hierro Government gave a presentation this week to turn El Hierro into the first island museum in the region. This 90,000 euro project funded by the Regional Ministry of Culture aims to use these resources to give value to this island’s natural and cultural heritage.

Over the next two years, this initiative will introduce smart beacons, mobile applications, videos and 3D representations of the culture and history of El Hierro.

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