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Seven-year-old Critically ill After Lanzarote Swimming Pool Incident

Seven-year-old Critically ill After Lanzarote Swimming Pool Incident

A young British boy had been playing in the H10 Lanzarote Gardens Hotel in Costa Teguise yesterday, but experienced problems and needed help. After a call to the 112 Emergency Coordination Service, ambulance personnel arrived and used a defibrillator to restart his heart, and then the boy needed CPR for around 30 minutes at the poolside.

The name of the boy has not yet been released, but it is reported that he was later transferred to the hospital in Arrecife. However, doctors in the Arrecife hospital decided that the boy should be airlifted and flown to the main hospital in Gran Canaria for more specialist treatment. The Guardia Civil is currently investigating this swimming pool incident to discover what circumstances had led to this serious accident.

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​Police in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Target Graffiti Artists

Police in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Target Graffiti Artists

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is trying to stop the widespread graffiti sprayed on walls of buildings in the city, and the local council has contracted a specialist graphic team to create detailed technical reports that can identify the specific style of graffiti to be able to name and identify the individual concerned. Graffiti normally has signatures or tags that are used when individuals spray walls across Santa Cruz.

Photographic reports of graffiti have identified graffiti artists as Tonk, Ask, Sok, Foundation, Dasco, Saker, Riok and Difa. This information is being collated to confirm the individuals involved in graffiti attacks. Zaida Gonzalez, Deputy Mayor of Santa Cruz, says that there is high cost for cleaning or repainting spaces with graffiti for the local municipality and for home and business owners, and the municipality is determined to stop this type of vandalism that spoils the image of the city.

Graphic experts and the Protection for the Urban Environment known as Proteu have been congratulated by the municipality for their efforts in prosecuting 8 individuals, and also for prosecuting a seventeen year old for creating over 200 graffiti attacks across the city, and who uses the signature or tag of Riok.

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​New Island Ferry Connections for La Gomera in July

New Island Ferry Connections for La Gomera in July

A new ferry for La Gomera has been announced by the Transport Department of the Canary Islands that will operate to connect ports across the island, which had previously been suspended. So from July, the ports of San Sebastian de La Gomera, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey will again been connected by sea journeys.

Island residents will have a 75% discount to enable them to travel by ferry between these ports, and Canary Islands residents will have a 50% discount for using this new ferry service. The Director of Transport of the Canary Islands says that the Government is trying to improve the frequency of sea routes and air routes to give the island of La Gomera better connectivity. So local residents and tourists will have an alternative to using buses, hire cars and taxis on the roads of La Gomera, and can take a ferry trip to visit other parts of the island.

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​New Agricultural Investment for La Palma

New Agricultural Investment for La Palma

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands and the President of La Palma Government have agreed an additional investment programme of over 600,000 euros over the next two years. The main aim is to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural soil to improve plant growth and to reduce the amount of animal feed that is imported to the island, which is expensive.

Most of this investment will be spent on buying new farm machinery and the remaining 25% will be spent on research and training. The aim is to grow more fodder for animal feed, which should improve the productivity of local farms if their high costs for importing animal feed is reduced or removed. The quality of soils will also be improved on land owned by the island government, as well as turning uncultivated land into growing more fodder. This forms part of the Canarian Island Plan for Rural Development that covers from 2014 to 2020.

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​Illegal Fishermen Caught in Gran Canaria

Illegal Fishermen Caught in Gran Canaria

Guardia Civil authorities in Gran Canaria checked a fishing boat after it was stopped by the Rio Tambre patrol boat, and found a huge catch of fish estimated to be around 20,000 euros in value. The Guardia Civil reports that this size of catch is against the law, and was not recorded in the fishing boat’s electronic fishing logbook, but also the registration of the fishing boat had been falsified.

Normally, a fishing catch of 30 kilos is the maximum permitted without declaring the level of the catch of fish. The crew of the fishing boat have also been accused of planning to avoid weighing the fish at the first point of sale when they landed. This investigation of illegal fishing continues, but the fishing catch has been confiscated.

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​New Star Wars Epic Soon Filming in Fuerteventura

New Star Wars Epic Soon Filming in Fuerteventura

A flight from London on an Anotonov An-12 plane landed in Fuerteventura this week with materials to be used for filming the new feature film dedicated to Hans Solo in the forthcoming Star Wars film. This plane is part of a series of flights transporting goods and technical equipment to Fuerteventura for this Star Wars film.

At a slower pace, a ship from the UK arrived at the dock of Puerto del Rosario with large containers and caravans this week, which were later transferred to Cañada de la Barca in the area of Jandia. Over the last three months, a base camp has been created here with security controls, which include a ban on drones with cameras trying to take photos of the Star Wars filming production.

There has been little information provided by Disney and the Canary Islands film company Sur Film about this new film project, but over 200 local residents have been hired as extras, and although most are adults, there are also thirty children under the age of 12 years. Employment has improved too on the island, as 160 local residents have been employed to work on this film production, and another 250 other individuals are soon joining them to work as technicians, actors and directors. Other parts of this film will be completed in Pinewood Studios. So Fuerteventura is expanding its role as a popular destination for location filming, and helping to develop the Canary Islands film industry.

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​First Bus to Support Passengers with Sight and Hearing Problems

First Bus to Support Passengers with Sight and Hearing Problems

A pioneering system has been added to buses in Lanzarote to respond to the needs of passengers with sight and hearing disabilities, and this marks the first buses to adopt this in the Canary Islands, and the third in Spain. This new technology is able to transcribe oral messages from the public address system with automatic speech recognition.

This new technology has been achieved with investment from the local government of Lanzarote at a cost of around 178,000 euros. Jose Juan Cruz, vice president of the Government, says that the island is trying to become more sensitive to the needs of all passengers, and especially those with sight and hearing problems when travelling, and that this pioneering system has improved access for all users. However, he also said that the government had commissioned a study to monitor this system to identify any weaknesses and to recommend any improved measures that could be needed.

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​Canary Islands’ Hotels Fight Fraudulent Claims from UK Tourists

Canary Islands’ Hotels Fight Fraudulent Claims from UK Tourists

There have been a large number of recent cases of British tourists visiting the Canary Islands returning home and using UK lawyers to make fraudulent claims against local hotels and tour operators, alleging food poisoning during their holidays, and demanding compensation. Hotels and tour operators in the Canary Islands have seen a rapid increase in claims from tourists for food poisoning, when they had not complained during their holiday or showed any evidence that they were ill. If tourists become ill during their holiday, they need to inform their hotel or tour operator, and can use local private hospitals covered by their holiday travel insurance. Hoteliers are now fighting back.

There are various UK legal companies that advertise for clients to make claims for food poisoning during foreign holidays, and encourage these clients to make false claims, such as buying medication from a chemist on holiday and keeping the receipt, as evidence of their food poisoning. This results in claims for compensation and big profits for the legal companies. The hotels become liable for the claim, the tour operators pay the legal claim and pass this on to the hotel.

In 2016, 10,000 claims were made that represented a 700% increase, and has cost hotel operators around 60 million euros across Spain. So far this year, it is estimated that so far this year Gran Canaria hotels face around 4.6 million euros in claims and Tenerife hotels face around 7 million euros in claims from UK tourists. One hotel chain in Gran Canaria is facing compensation claims of 700,000 euros from around 60 claims from UK tourists, and is negotiating with UK legal firms to ask for these claims to be withdrawn, because the hotels have clear evidence that these tourists were not ill during their holiday. Another Gran Canaria hotel reports that one British family is claiming 60,000 pounds for five members of his family that experienced food poisoning, but did not report this during their holiday or showed any signs that they were ill.

Hotels are being illegally sued for food poisoning, and normally pay the claims, because the cost of legal action against false claims costs more. Many Canary Island hotels are now closely monitoring UK tourists, especially those who take all-inclusive holidays, and are keeping records of their consumption of food and alcohol as evidence that would challenge claims that they were ill for the duration of their holiday. It appears that it is only British tourists who are making these fraudulent claims with the help of unscrupulous lawyers in the UK, and many hotel chains are now demanding that claims for compensation are made in Spanish courts. This could also lead to increased costs for all tourists who will have to pay for these fraudulent claims.

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Bus Station in La Orotava will be Renovated

Bus Station in La Orotava will be Renovated

Following a meeting between the Tenerife Government and the Mayor of La Orotava to discuss urgently needed infrastructure work, agreement was made to install new street furniture, removing architectural barriers, and improving roads and payments in the municipality.

Improvements will cost around 65,000 euros and should be completed by the end of 2017, and it is hoped that this will improve the image of La Orotava for the many tourists that visit the region each year. Road improvements should also help to improve traffic safety and circulation.

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​112 Canary Islands’ Emergency Coordination Centre Helps Millions

112 Canary Islands’ Emergency Coordination Centre Helps Millions

Since it was first established nineteen years ago, the Canary Islands’ Emergency Coordination Centre has provided rapid response help to around 16.2 million people that have called this number. This means that around 1300 victims on average have been given emergency support each day over this period.

Often, calls to the 112 number for help can be resolved by the operators without the need to send emergency services, which represents around 65% of all calls. The operators at the 112 Emergency Coordination Centre speak various languages, and are highly trained professionals who are ready to respond to a wide range of emergency calls from the public.

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