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​Unemployment in the Canary Islands

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Once again, the Canary Islands feature as one of the worst hit areas for unemployment in Spain, with 26.1% of the working population unemployed.

The latest Eurostat data shows that the economic recovery in Spain still has a long way to go. Whilst unemployment fell in 2016 from 22.1% to 19.6% (currently 18.75%), is still more than twice the EU average of 8.6%.

Several of Spain’s regions, which includes the Canary Islands, are among the EU’s worst unemployment black spots. Five of the 10 worst-affected areas in Europe are in Spain.

The unemployment rate in Spain’s North African exclave of Melilla is 30.8%; Andalusia it is 28.9%; Extremadura it is 27.5%; the Canary Islands 26.1%; Ceuta is 24.9%.

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​Drowning in Fuerteventura

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Emergency services were called to Playa de Cofete, Pájara, Fuerteventura yesterday following reports of a body floating in the sea.

A coastguard helicopter recovered the man from the sea, but despite the actions of emergency services, the man was declared dead.

Further details have not been released.

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​An MBE for Tenerife Vice Consul

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Helen Diaz de Arcaya Keating, the British Vice Consul in Tenerife, received her medal as honorary Member of the British Empire from the hands of the British Ambassador Simon Manley on Tuesday in recognition of more than 35 years helping British citizens on the island.

Ms Keating, who is a Spanish national, was bestowed with her MBE at a ceremony held in the Real Casino de Tenerife.

“I am delighted to present this award to Helen as recognition of her many years of hard work, often out of hours and in the most distressing of circumstances, that have brought help to many hundreds of Britons,” HMA Simon Manley said.

“Throughout these 35 years, she has shown an exemplary leadership and has maintained a fantastic level of energy, enthusiasm and compassion,” the Ambassador said.

Ms Keating started her career at the Tenerife Consulate as an administrative officer in the early 80s, and worked her way up to become not only Vice Consul but also Deputy Head of the post.

“I am incredibly proud to receive this honour,” Ms Keating, who was appointed as an honorary Member of the (Most Excellent Order of the) British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen in2016, said.

“This is a fabulous day for me, and indeed, I have the honour of working with wonderful people,” she added, pointing to the great relationships with partner associations, volunteers and local authorities.

The Consulate in Tenerife is located in the capital of the island in Santa Cruz de Tenerife covering the consular district of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Over 2.2 million visitors from the UK travelled to Tenerife in 2016, and around 15,000 British citizens are registered as living on the island.

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​The King and Queen of Spain Make First Visit to Gran Canaria

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This first royal visit by Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, the King and Queen of Spain began today, and this royal couple are reported to have been keen to learn more about Gran Canaria and its residents, as well as the unique cultural and scientific initiatives that have developed over recent years, and specific projects of social and economic importance for the Canary Islands.

The day began with a royal visit to the home of Christopher Columbus, Casa de Colon, in Las Palmas, which has much historical importance for Spain and the royal family, but of further interest now as the President of the Canary Islands’ Government announced today that the Casa de Colon is hoped to be recognised by UNESCO as a site of world heritage. Following this visit the royal couple visited the Technological Marine Science Park in Telde, where they were given more information about the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands from this unique technical scientific infrastructure.

During the afternoon, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia visited the port area of Las Palmas to learn more about the work of the World Food Programme, the Spanish Red Cross and the Centre for Cooperation with Africa to gain better understanding of the work of these organisations. The final part of this busy schedule was a visit to meet with 200 students involved in the social project Barrios Orquestados, which is an educational and social initiative that has been pioneered in the Canary Islands.

This innovative concept of Barrios Orquestados or Orchestra Neighbourhood aims to create opportunities for learning and playing string instruments, such as violins, violas, cellos and double basses for young people that have missed opportunities for cultural activities or who have social needs, and will eventually be available in all the neighbourhoods of each capital of the seven Canary Islands. This project will monitor the groups learning to play musical instruments, and students are given free lessons. This project began in 2011 in Tamaraceite near Las Palmas with generous funding from many sponsors, which means that students from families that cannot afford music lessons or who have not experienced stringed instruments join with groups of others to give them a new focus, make friends and learn respect. So, the royal couple will learn a great deal about the value that Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands offer to its residents, Spain and initiatives that provide an example to other countries.

The royal couple will travel to Tenerife tomorrow to continue their visit to the Canary Islands.

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​Canarians and the Cuban War

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In Tuineje Municipality in Fuerteventura lives a local resident who is fascinated by military history associated with the Canary Islands. Manuel Cabrera has a specific interest in the Cuban War at the end of the Nineteenth Century, because in one book that he has collected he found the name of his great grandfather, Manuel Hernandez.

This discovery motivated Manuel to investigate the Cuban War in greater detail, and as his interest increased, so did his collection of photographs, books and objects linked to this war. Cuba had been a colony of the Spanish Empire for many years, but towards the end of the Nineteenth Century, the Cuban people wanted to become an independent country. This uprising led the Spanish government to recruit many young men from the Canary Islands, as well as those from Peninsular Spain, to maintain control of the island of Cuba, and Manuel’s grandfather was one of these new recruits despatched to fight in this war in 1895.

The records show that many Canarian and Spanish soldiers died in this war, but Manuel’s great grandfather survived the fighting, and after Spain finally lost this Cuban colony, he returned to his home in Fuerteventura. These remaining soldiers returned home on steamboats, and they were then known as the ‘last of Cuba’. What had begun as a project to revive memories of his great grandfather and learn more about his family has now become a passionate hobby to learn more about this forgotten Cuban War that involved many Canarians and their history.

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​New Infrastructure Investment in El Hierro

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El Hierro will benefit from increased investment in much needed infrastructure to enhance the capacity for wine growers, better irrigation for remote communities and typical items produced across the island, as well as a livestock and agricultural laboratory.

This billion-euro budget investment comes from the Canary Islands Development Fund to focus on one of the pillars of the economy for El Hierro. Juan Pedro Sanchez, Minister of Rural Environment of the El Hierro Government announced this week that there will be three new buildings with one in El Pinar, and the other two in the area of El Hoyo and El Matoral in La Frontera Municipality.

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Dumping Cars in ​Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

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The local municipality that serves the population of Puerto de la Cruz has a responsibility to collect household and trade waste in the area, but it has had to face increasing levels of abandoned cars. Pedro Angel Gonzalez Delgado, representing Institutional Relations and Public Safety in this area, is calling for local residents to give better respect to the environment, so that the Municipality can work to improve the cleanliness and order of Puerto de la Cruz.

It seems that cars have been abandoned by local residents, because they were considered to have no value, but the local police demand that owners of cars remove the cars they have abandoned by specific dates. Some cars have been abandoned near to the municipality’s compound and others have just been left in public streets of the town. Eighty-six cars are reported to have been abandoned in Puerto de la Cruz in 2016, although some of these cars were linked to disputes with owners from 2015.

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​Tenerife Fire Fighters Discover Body of Woman in La Laguna

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The Tenerife Fire Fighting Service responded to an emergency 112 call this weekend, and the fire service spokesperson reports that they found the smell of burning plastic and thick black smoke coming from an abandoned house in La Laguna.

After the fire was extinguished, the fire fighters found the body of a woman inside the burnt out house. Although an investigation into the cause of this woman’s death will now take place, it is thought that cause of death was due to a fire from a room in the house that appeared to be full of rubbish, and was the centre of the blaze.

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​Emergency Responders Rescue Hiker in Tenerife

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The Canarian Emergency Service responded to a 112 call, and medical staff and fire fighters gave help to a sixty-two year old woman in Garachico Municipality in the Quinta Roja area. Fortunately, this turned out to be an injury to her leg that was not serious, but the patient needed hospital treatment.

This hiker was later transferred by stretcher to a hospital in Tenerife for further checks and treatment for her leg injuries.

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​Some Beaches in Gran Canaria Close Due to Oil Spill after Ferry Crash

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After the Tenerife ferry crashed into the docks of Las Palmas late on Friday evening and fractured a diesel fuel pipe, a huge oil slick developed of around 3 kilometres just off the coast of Las Palmas. At first on Saturday morning, the Gran Canaria Government issued a statement informing residents and tourists that the nature of the diesel oil that polluted the seawater in front of Las Palmas would evaporate within hours and there was no cause for alarm.

However, on Sunday the Government decided to close all beaches between San Cristobal and Gando (the area around Gran Canaria Airport). The Government claims that this measure is needed as a precaution, and to protect swimmers and those enjoying the beaches across this area. At this time, this beach closure only applies to Sunday.

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