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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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​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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​Argumentative Fiesta in Arguineguin, Gran Canaria

Fiesta in Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, stopped by Guardia Civil

La Virgen del Carmen Fiesta is celebrated in Arguineguin each year by local fishermen in honour of their patron saint, and the tradition that is followed involves the statue of the Virgin Mary being taken from the local church in a procession. This procession then takes the statue to the harbour of Arguineguin and a flotilla of decorated boats takes the statue to Puerto Mogan.

This religious custom has continued for at least 70 years, but this Sunday, officers of the Guardia Civil stopped this maritime procession, as they decided that four boats had too many people on board and exceeded safety regulations. This intervention led to arguments amongst the local fishermen and others joining in this Virgen del Carmen Fiesta traditional custom.

As four boats were overloaded and banned from leaving the port of Arguineguin, the rest of the fishermen pilgrims decided to suspend the procession in solidarity with those planning to travel on the four boats stopped by the Guardia Civil. So, for the first time in 70 years, the statue of La Virgen del Carmen did not leave the port of Arguineguin for its destination of Puerto Mogan.

What was the solution for this problem? In Spain and the Canary Islands, a solution can always be found. The priest continued to celebrate the Eucharist at the port for all those who had followed the procession from the church, but everyone still wanted to keep the tradition of taking the statue to Puerto Mogan in decorated fishing boats. The Municipality of Mogan now plans to re-run this procession on 30 July with added security checks to ensure that none of the fishing boats involved in this traditional maritime procession carries more than the safety limit for passengers – including La Virgen del Carmen.

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​Nights of Pinchos in Arinaga, Gran Canaria

Nights of Pinchos in Arinaga, Gran Canaria

Arinaga is ready to attract many people to visit this small seaside town on Thursday evenings during July and August from 20.00. This location is often missed by tourists, but offers many attractions of a small harbour, beach and a promenade that provides stunning sea views of the rocky shore. Why Thursday evenings in July and August?

Well, 30 local establishments have worked together with the Gran Canaria Government to offer Noches de Pinchos por Arinaga that will include live music, Latin dance performances and typical tapas or pinchos food and wine and beer, which should provide a lively atmosphere in the streets of the town, as people move between these 30 places of entertainment, food and wine.

This is the 6th year that the Gran Canaria Government has organised this event, which has proven to be very popular with local people. One of the reasons for this popularity is that it is good value for those who come along to join in the party. A pinchos or small portion of traditional Canarian food and a drink only costs 2 euros. Although these traditional pinchos are prepared with fresh fish, seafood and local meat products, the food choices also include a selection of vegan and vegetarian pinchos at these bars and restaurants.

This event promotes the brand – Aguimes Gastronomy, Culture and Tourism - and the Banda Isleña group will launch the first of these Thursday evenings from 20.00, and hope to attract many local residents and tourists who want to explore local culture. Various music groups and Latin dance groups will also be passing through the streets of Arinaga during these evenings, and with good value pinchos, wine, beer or soft drinks, visitors will enjoy traditional entertainment, refreshments and explore this beautiful town.

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​Another Drowning in Gran Canaria

Another Drowning in Gran Canaria

A 66-year-old man drowned whilst bathing off the coast of Gran Canaria on Sunday evening.

Emergency services were called to Playa del Cura after a body had been pulled from the water. The swimmer had suffered cardiac arrest.

Despite the actions of a doctor and emergency services, the man was declared dead.

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​Elton John Performs in Gran Canaria Arena

Elton John Performs in Gran Canaria Arena

On Tuesday 18 July at 21.00 Elton John performs at Gran Canaria Arena, and this marks his first show in Spain this year.

This is one of the first shows to be performed by Elton John in his ‘Wonderful Crazy Night Tour’ shows. Around 8500 people are expected to pack the Gran Canaria Arena, and are looking forward to an unforgettable experience.

Tickets for this event are priced between 63 euros to 300 euros, and provide different levels of categories. VIP tickets at a cost of 300 euros enable ticket holders to have a parking space at the Pavilion of Siete Palmas, a reception before the performance with food and a free bar included, as well as being able to watch the Wonderful Crazy Night Tour performance right at the front of the stage.

For those unwilling to buy the VIP tickets, other tickets offer standing space in the track area in different spaces at 120 euros and 140 euros, and in the stands of the Gran Canaria Area there are tickets at 80 euros, 70 euros and 63 euros.

So those lucky enough to have bought tickets should have an unforgettable experience at the Elton John Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. Hopefully, he will return next year!

Elton John’s Wonderful Crazy Night Tour continues on Thursday in Marbella, Spain, and then travels to the USA, Canada and several European locations before finally returning to Spain on 3 December for a concert in Barcelona.

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