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Daily news from the Canaries and the islands
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17.07.2019 - Next Saturday, the Fundación Telesforo Bravo - Juan Cuello Foundation is calling for volunteers to meet behind the Castillo de San Felipe in Puerto de la Cruz to dismantle stone towers together. For some it may be an interesting photo shoot and for others it may be a ritual to turn the stones on the beach into towers. But for the foundation activists, who fight for nature to be preserved in its original state without people leaving their traces of having been there, it is first and foremost a thorn in the side. Therefore, many helping hands are asked to put the stones back in an appropriate place according to instructions. Because what many do not notice is that they offer insects and other living beings habitat and protection, which is omitted by removing the stones. The restoration of the coastal strip directly behind the Castillo San Felipe was also authorised by the Island and Town Councils and coastal authorities. If you would like to participate, you can register by sending an e-mail to infopasasinhuella@gmail.com . The meeting time is on July 20 at 10am. The foundation not only fights against this fad, but also for other bad habits with which visitors leave their traces in nature. To counteract this, it is working with the Fred Olsen shipping company, which is showing educational videos on its voyages between Tenerife and La Gomera and between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. more...
Attempted robbery with threat to kill
Daily News17.07.2019 - National Police officers from the Southern Tenerife Commissariat have arrested two men aged 37 and 33 years who had previously attacked and threatened the staff in a recreation centre. The Italian and Croatian entered the bar on the pretext of using the toilet. But then they demanded the day's takings. When the staff refused, one ordered the other to fetch a gun and kill one of the employees, to be able to take the money. While one of the accomplices left the restaurant to presumably actually get a gun, the other wasn't paying attention all the time. One of the employees used this moment to call 091 and alert the police. When the robber noticed this, he took flight. Due to the good description given by the witnesses, the two suspects were arrested a little later in the area. more...
Daily News16.07.2019 - Yesterday at 2pm, the Spanish meteorological office Aemet triggered a yellow alert which warns of gusts of wind and violent waves. The island of La Gomera, the south of Tenerife, and the entire coast of Gran Canaria, with the exception of the northern coast, are likely to be particularly affected. The wind and waves could reach up to force seven. The warning also applies to today. Swimmers are asked to observe the warning flags on the beaches. more...
Daily News16.07.2019 - Last Friday at the Orca Ocean in Loro Parque, the 23 candidates who want to win the Miss Norte title this year were introduced. "It is much more than a traditional beauty contest. We have been proving this for many years. Our dynamism when it comes to organising the event, with its many activities, clearly distinguishes it from other competitions. Everyone knows Miss Norte. It is a brand that has been firmly positioned since the end of the 1990s," said Sandro Pérgola, director of the Miss Norte contest.
The gala will be celebrated this year at 9.30pm on August 1 at Plaza San Agustín in Los Realejos. The audience capacity is limited. Invitations can only be purchased by shopping in the shops in the heart of Los Realejos. In Los Realejos there are five open shopping centres (La Cruz Santa, Icod el Alto, Realejo Alto, San Agustín and Toscal Longuera) "and this is a formula that in the days before the Miss Norte Gala guarantees sales valued at over €5,000 in our shops. If you want to get one of the maximum 500 coveted seats, you can only do so by shopping in the borough," explained Mayor Manuel Domínguez.
Candidates 2019: María Díaz, Felisa Correa, Estefanía García, Nayarí Álvarez, Victoria Guzmán, Alexandra Chandiramani, Elizabeth Jorge, Carolina Siverio, Nadia Suárez, Norely Pérez, Nira Domínguez, Sandra Pérez, Esther Hernández, Gara García, Gisela Aguiar, Ainara Rivero, Tamara Martín, Lucía Díaz, Marta Fariña, Fátima González, Daniela Sánchez, Ana Isabel de Luis and María Vera.
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Dead cow found on the coast of Lanzarote
Daily News16.07.2019 - On Monday morning, the heavily decomposed carcass of a cow appeared on the coast of Caletón Blanco in Órzola in the borough of Haría. Mayor Alfredo Villalba was personally present when the smelly corpse was recovered. "Although the site was difficult to access, we tried to recover the body as quickly as possible. What is particularly annoying is that in one month it will already be the second carcass to be salvaged by the community." Most of the animals come from cargo ships passing the islands that are carrying live cattle on board. more...
Daily News15.07.2019 - For the tenth time activists from the Free Morgan Foundation (FMF) have fought against the CITES permit, which allowed the female orca Morgan to be moved from Holland to Loro Parque in Tenerife. Ten attempts have already been made by various courts, administrative authorities and the European Parliament to deal with the case, and for the tenth time the activists were rejected.
Morgan had been found almost dead off the Dutch coast. She has since been found to be deaf and therefore unable to survive in the wild. Since 2011 she has lived at Loro Parque, where a special form of communication has been created with hand signals and light stimuli, with which the trainers can communicate with the animal. She has been fully integrated into the group and even became a mother last year.
For Loro Parque, "it is very important that both the judicial and administrative bodies competent in this matter recognise and highlight the excellent conditions in our park, as this confirmation comes from bodies and authorities which are absolutely impartial and independent, and this is despite the continuous and disqualifying campaigns carried out by radical groups to defame us and discredit us with lies and false statements that distort the truth. They also take a clear negative stance towards the courts if they do not allow their complaints".
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Daily News15.07.2019 - Eleven injured, that was the balance for Sunday, when there were three serious accidents. The worst of these occurred on the access road to Mount Teide, on the TF-21, near El Portillo, when a motorcyclist collided with a car at about 2pm. A 51-year-old suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to the HUC University Hospital in La Laguna. Five other people, three men and two women, were slightly injured in the accident and taken to the Bellevue Hospital in Puerto de la Cruz and HUC University Hospital.
There were also two other accidents on Sunday. In San Miguel de Abona, a car with three passengers left the road and caught fire. A 31-year-old man suffered moderate cervical spine injuries and abdominal bruising. The other two, aged 26 and 27 years, were slightly injured. The injured were taken to two clinics in the south of the island. The fire brigade extinguished the burning vehicle and took care of cleaning the road. The third accident happened in the area of Puerto de la Madera in Tacoronte, where a car overturned. The driver and passenger, two young men aged 20 and 21 years, were taken to the HUC University Hospital in La Laguna with moderate injuries.
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Daily News14.07.2019 - For those who don't have any plans today and do not feel like cooking either, the Plaza de San Agustín in Los Realejos is to be recommended. From 12.30pm onwards, a giant paella made in accordance with a traditional recipe will be created there, under the direction of the Lions Club of Los Realejos. There will be a tombola with exciting prizes, musical entertainment and portions of freshly made paella available at a price of five euros per person. The proceeds from the paella feast will be used for social purposes in the town. more...
Taxi driver attacked in Puerto de la Cruz
Daily News14.07.2019 - Last week, National Police officers from Puerto de la Cruz arrested two people who had attacked a taxi driver in the district of El Toscal/La Longuera in Los Realejos at about 5.15am on Monday morning. The taxi driver had picked up three young people at the bus station of Puerto de la Cruz. First they wanted to be driven to a discotheque. But on the way there one of the passengers decided to make a change and asked to be taken to La Vera. There he got out of the car and paid five euros. The other two wanted to be taken to El Toscal. At the finish one of them suddenly pulled the handbrake on while the other choked the driver from behind. He was also threatened with a knife. The taxi driver asked to be allowed to leave the car and told them to take what they wanted. They took the taxi's cash register and the driver's private wallet with them. They stole a total of €80. The taxi driver reported the incident to the National Police. At the police station he was shown photos of criminals known to the police, in which he recognised one of the perpetrators. Shortly afterwards, he and his accomplice were arrested. more...
Daily News13.07.2019 - Yesterday a group of children, aged between 6 and 14 years, spent an exciting night at the Museum of History and Anthropology in the Casa de Carta in Valle Guerra. This was an experience that not only quenched their thirst for adventure, but at the same time reminded them of the traditions, customs and hard work of bygone times. All this was combined with an overnight stay in the museum. They took their sleeping bags, dinner and clothes to keep them warm. The first enthusiastic children left the museum this morning. The next night in the museum takes place on August 2 and a maximum of 40 children can participate. Anyone who would like to register can do so by calling 922 546 308 or via the web page www.museosdetenerife.org. more...
Burglar gang caught in Santa Cruz
Daily News13.07.2019 - The National Police in Santa Cruz have arrested two men and two women, aged 18 and 20 years, who are accused of the violent burglary of an apartment. One person was already known to the police. The installed alarm system and the attention of a neighbour alerted the police after several people were seen in an apartment. The gang fled as soon as they became aware of the police presence. However, thanks to the statements of the witnesses regarding the appearance and clothing of the suspects and a timely search in the immediate vicinity, the four suspects were arrested shortly afterwards. An eyewitness had seen one of the perpetrators throwing something away on the run. It turned out to be a crowbar wrapped in a piece of clothing. The apartment owner confirmed to the police that a wooden roller shutter and a sliding door in the back of her house had been broken open. more...
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