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​Palmitos Park Appeals Supreme Court Decision on Illegal Dolphin Pool

Palmitos Park Appeals Supreme Court on Illegal Dolphin Pool

Since the Supreme Court ruling that the dolphin pool constructed in Palmitos Park was illegal and reported in News from the Canary Islands, the owners of the park, Aspro Park, has announced it will appeal this decision. This dolphin pool had been constructed without the correct permissions from the San Bartolome de Tirajana Municipality and from the Gran Canaria Government, but five years after beginning and completing this project subsequently asked that the construction be legalised. Although this was initially achieved, both the Gran Canaria Government and San Bartolome de Tirajana Municipality had objected, which led to the directive issued by the Supreme Court.

It appears unusual to challenge the decision of the Supreme Court, and Aspro Park claim that it respects the judgement of this court, but it claims that the Gran Canaria Government had made arbitrary decisions and that the definition of the land of Palmitos Park had been misrepresented. The TSJC Supreme Court reports that applications for the construction of this project on land that is protected from further development cannot be accepted unless Aspro Park had clearly explained why the interest of the general public would be served better by this project, which was not included in this application.

Aspro Park has submitted an appeal on this judgement, but also added in its letter that it would continue to invest and create jobs in the Canary Islands, and offer quality tourist attractions, which it has been doing for over 30 years.

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​Public Health Report Confirms Ban on Swimming Across Mogan Coast

Public Health Report Confirms Ban on Swimming Across Mogan Coast

Following the previously reported article in News from the Canary Islands that the Municipality of Mogan had banned swimming from beaches in Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Arguineguin and other coastal area, but was waiting for the results of the Public Health Department tests. Today, the Public Health report on the presence of micro algae in coastal waters in the Mogan Municipality has been published.

This report by La Direccion General de Salud Publica del Goberirno de Canarias gives clear warning that no one should swim or enter seawater when massive amounts of micro algae are present, but also to avoid any contact with this micro algae if it is washed onto the sand beaches.

This report states that over recent weeks large amounts of micro algae have been seen in coastal waters of the Municipality of Mogan. This is a natural phenomenon that is produced by biological, environmental and climate factors, and this causes the seawater to change colour. Apparently, micro algae are harmless, but some produce toxins that produce negative health effects when swimmers make physical contact by touching these, or ingesting these through the mouth or nose or inhaling aerosols of micro algae caused by the waves.

The Public Health Department report recommends that no one should swim in these coastal areas or touch any micro algae that is washed onto beaches, and these can be identified by abnormal colouration of the water with intense spots, variable colours and lack of transparency. Sometimes, evidence of micro algae takes the form of foam in the sea that has an oily appearance or viscous appearance.

Planned beach events during this summer should have alternative venues as a solution to this massive micro algae problem recommended in this technical report. The Public Health Department also recommends that the Municipality install signs and warnings for beach users to give information about the dangers of coming into contact with these micro algae formations. Local police and beach rescue staff are also encouraged to inform beach users about avoiding contact or ingesting these micro algae in Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Arguineguin and other coastal areas in this Municipality.

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​La Gomera Celebrates Five Years of Being a Biosphere Reserve

La Gomera Celebrates Five Years of Being a Biosphere Reserve

This week, the La Gomera Government reported that the island is celebrating five years since being awarded the prestigious title of biosphere reserve by UNESCO in Paris. This award status has recognised the island’s natural and cultural values, and the responsibility of local people to protect these values.

It is also reported that the biosphere reserve project has been successful due to the efforts of the local community, the Programa Hombre y Biosfera (MaB), la Asociacion Insular de Desarrollo Rural (AIDER), la Universidad de La Laguna and the Canary Islands Government.

This biosphere reserve award has also involved reaching out to educational centres, social groups and researchers, and courses have been organised for the study of local forests and the flora of the island. This has also included a focus on sustainable development and job creation on the island, and the island is now planning a new visual identity of the reserve that will be published in the near future, as well as projects to promote conservation and better education for local residents.

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​The Smell of Cannabis in El Hierro

The Smell of Cannabis in El Hierro

Last Saturday, two Guardia Civil officers based in Valverde in El Hierro were on patrol in Frontera, and both noticed a strong smell of cannabis. They stopped their vehicle and approached the property nearby, and looked more closely at plants they believed to be marijuana growing on land by the side of the property.

These Guardia Civil officers interviewed the person living at this Frontera property and confirmed him to be the thirty-year-old owner of the land living. He was subsequently arrested for possession of 40 plants of different sizes, which are estimated to be able to produce 105 kilos of cannabis without roots, and these plants have now been removed to Guardia Civil offices.

Court Number One at Valverde is investigating this alleged crime of growing cannabis, and the accused is currently on bail pending the result of this investigation.

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Lanzarote Shows Biggest Increase in Low Cost Flights in Spain

Lanzarote Shows Biggest Increase in Low Cost Flights in Spain

Low cost flight passengers in Lanzarote in June increased by 25.3%, and in the first six months has seen an increase of 23.8% overall and 3 million visitors according to data released from el Ministerio de Energia, Turismo y Agenda Digital. Across the whole of Spain, there has been a 15.6% increase in passengers travelling on low cost airline flights between January and June compared with the previous year. Traditional flight companies recorded a 5.2% growth in passengers travelling across Spain.

This report show that most passengers to Spain came from the UK and account for 36.5% of the total. Second and third are German visitors 2.39 million and Italian visitors 2.37 million. The most significant increase in passengers relates to visitors from the Netherlands with 20.9% more travelling to Spanish destinations.

Most low cost air flight passengers pass through El Prat Airport in Barcelona, which leads as the most popular airport, and 32.6% of low cost flight passengers in Spain in June used Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling.

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La Palma Reservoirs Are Filling Nicely

Some La Palma Reservoirs Are Now More Than 60% Full

Spring rains in La Palma have successfully raised the levels of reservoirs in La Laguna de Barlovento and Bediesta, as well as other island reservoirs. In the north of the island, the Laguna de Barlovento reservoir is now 67% full and the Bediesta reservoir is now more than 70% full.

In the south in Fuencaliente, the La Caldereta reservoir is 66% full, and has given local farmers greater optimism for this important agricultural zone.

However, there are some reservoirs that remain of concern, as their levels are too low, which are Cuatro Caminos at 50%, Dos Pinos at 39% and Montaña del Arco at 36%.

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​Search for Bodies of 90 English Pirates who died in 1740 in Fuerteventura

Search for Bodies of 90 English Pirates who died in 1740 in Fuerteventura

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is undertaking an archaeological study in Tuineje, Fuerteventura to locate the remains of an estimated 90 English pirates who died during a battle in the Eighteenth Century between Fuerteventura residents and attacking pirates from England. This research project is coordinated between the University, the Municipality of Tuineje, representative of the Canary Islands Government and the Asociacion Cultural Mas Ruines que Cain.

There is specific interest within the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to investigate the historical, archaeological and patrimonial interest in this incident, and would also validate those that live in the Tuineje area who have commemorated the Battle of Tamasite for the last 277 years. It is hoped that this study could reveal more evidence to explain more about this battle.

Going back 277 years, it appears the ‘War of Jenkins’ was a conflict that lasted from 1739 to 1748 between Spain and England, which refers to ear of an English pirate captain that was cut off. In 1740, English pirates made two attacks on Tamasite from the port of Gran Tarajal with a month between them. The Fuerteventura militia were successful in both of these English pirate attacks, but highlights the discord between England and Spain at this time.

The first attack involved 50 English pirates who landed at Gran Tarajal and marched inland to loot the village of Tuineje, but did not realise that the island militia had already been placed in defensive positions. Towers at Toston and Caleta de Fuste had been built to watch out for English pirates who often attacked this island. Thirty English were killed and 20 were taken prisoner, and during this time local islanders attacked the English invaders with clubs and stones, and hid behind a wall of camels when they fired muskets at them. The prisoners were taken to Tenerife.

The second English pirate attack took place one month later, but the number of pirates is disputed, as some reports of this second attack notes between 200 and 300 pirates that attacked, but another reports that fifty English pirates were killed. However, the second attack was put down with less pity and more brutality, when no prisoners were taken and all English pirates were killed. The Fuerteventura islanders showed no leniency after this second audacious attack in such a short time.

Miguel Angel Clavijo, Director General of Cultural Heritage of the Canary Islands Government explains that this research will last for several years, and will focus on this conflict, and also to search for the remains of the English pirates who died in the Battles of Tamasite and Chuchillete, and reveal more details of the cultural heritage of this municipality in the Eighteenth Century.

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​Opening Offers at Tram Stops in Tenerife

Opening Offers at Tram Stops in Tenerife

The Government of Tenerife is launching an initiative that offers passengers discounts at each stop of the Tram Commercial Zone until September. The ZCT or Zona Comercial Tranvia is trying to encourage more people to use the tram network and to shop in this commercial area with attractive discounts during the summer.

A press release from the Island Government explains that it aims to generate greater economic activity in the Tram Commercial Zone. More information about what these discounts are and where to use these is shown on adverts on these trams, on billboards, TV adverts and social networks.

So ‘ofertas de estreno en cada parada’ or opening offers at each stop will continue until September.

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​Seventy-three-year-old Master Robber Arrested in Tenerife

Seventy-three-year-old Master Robber Arrested in Tenerife

This week Guardia Civil officers arrested a seventy-three-year-old Italian man in Arona, Tenerife, who is accused of several extremely violent jewellery robberies and bank robberies across many European countries. He had been living in Arona for some time in a motor caravan, where he had hidden this jewellery and money. The Guardia Civil reports that the accused is also alleged to have committed murder and several sexual assaults in Zurich, Switzerland in 1977.

Swiss police authorities had contacted police in the Canary Islands to alert them that at the end of 2016, the accused is alleged to have kidnapped the owner of a jewellery shop in Zurich, and his wife and daughter who were also sedated. He apparently then stole jewellery and other items from the shop and from the family home. The kidnapped victims were attached to rucksacks that contained explosives, so that they would not try to escape. However, whilst the family were held captive at their home, the accused also sexually abused the daughter when she was sedated. After this heist, the accused left the family at a railway station and escaped to Tenerife.

The Swiss Federal Police, the Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Office and High Court worked closely with the Guardia Civil Unidad Central Operativa (UCO).

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​Mogan Municipality Bans Swimming at its Beaches

Mogan Municipality Bans Swimming at its Beaches

Tourists hoping to swim off the beaches of Puerto Rico, Arguineguin and Puerto Mogan will be upset to learn that the Municipality of Mogan that is responsible for safety in all these coastal areas has recommended that no one should swim in the sea. It has reported that seawater around this coastal area has been contaminated with micro algae in the water across a massive area.

This micro algae are identified by abnormal spots floating in the sea that has a similar colour to white sand, but people should avoid any contact with this massive amount of micro algae. The Canary Islands Director General of Public Health has carried out extensive analysis tests of these micro algae, and when the Mogan Municipality receives this report based on these tests, it plans to issue another public statement.

Until this second report is issued, it is recommended that no one should swim in the coastal waters in this area.

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