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​ So What is Ray Doing in Gran Canaria?

​ So What is Ray Doing in Gran Canaria? | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

This week, lifeguards in Gran Canaria at the beach of Salinetas near Telde were faced with a new challenge... continued:


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Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife: Dark side of the sun | Lufthansa magazin

Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife: Dark side of the sun | Lufthansa magazin | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

Astronomers around the world are looking forward with excitement to the “eclipse of the century” on August 21. On Mount Teide scientists have the best view of the stars


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21 August 2017 - Teide, Tenerife for "The Eclipse of the Century"
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​Canary Islands Government Denounces Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona

​Canary Islands Government Denounces Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

Canary Islands Government Denounces Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona 


 Following the terrorist attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and in Cambrils, 75 miles southwest of Barcelona on Friday, the Canary Islands Government has issued a statement that calls for unity of Canary Islands residents to stand with the residents of Barcelona and Cambrils to ‘defend freedom and life as pillars of society’. This statement rejects all forms of violence, and says that the Canary Islands stands with ‘strong solidarity and closeness’ with those who lost their lives, those who were injured and the families and friends of all those involved the two attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. These attacks were described as ‘an attack against Spanish people, but also against all nations of Europe, and against democracy, which is the basis of civilisation’. The death toll has now risen to 14 people, and it is reported that some British people were injured in the attacks. The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has announced three days of national mourning, and minute silence was held at noon on Friday across Spain. 


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​The Story of Nelson, a Lost Arm and the Smelly Cheese

​The Story of Nelson, a Lost Arm and the Smelly Cheese | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

The Story of Nelson, a Lost Arm and the Smelly Cheese 


Many will have read stories and been taught about one of the UK’s national heroes, Horatio Nelson; that brave son of Norfolk who taught the Spanish a thing or two during his famous battles, his “mesmerising personality”, complicated love scandal and heroic death. The stories surrounding Nelson are, of course, based upon the British point of view. Are they true? How about looking at Nelson from the Spanish and Canarian perspective?

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Many might think that Tenerife residents would hate Admiral Nelson as he had planned to rob them and destroy their homes, but actually he became admired as he stuck to his word and the British Navy never returned to attack the Canary Islands.
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13 Dead In Central Barcelona After Van Smashes Into Crowd In Islamic State Terrorist Attack

13 Dead In Central Barcelona After Van Smashes Into Crowd In Islamic State Terrorist Attack | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

Catalan police confirm they are treating the incident as a terror attack. Two men have been arrested...continued:


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​Twenty-four People Rescued from Burning Ship Near Gran Canaria

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Twenty-four People Rescued from Burning Ship Near Gran Canaria Salvamento Maritimo responded to an emergency call from the captain of a merchant ship around 60 miles to the south of Gran Canaria. It is reported that the ship was transporting fertilizer, and emergency responders believe that the intense smoke originated from this ship’s stores of fertiliser... continued:


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Lack of Sewage Treatment in the Canary Islands Threatens Tourism

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Lack of Sewage Treatment in the Canary Islands Threatens Tourism Canary Islands local governments are divided over the current problem of floating coloured micro algae in some coastal resorts. Although some government departments have issued reports saying that this coloured floating micro algae seen in coastal waters of some Canary Islands are not harmful, but advises that people should not swim in these areas, and beach signs and warning flags have been erected. It has been suggested that this is a natural phenomenon, but Guillermo Diaz Guerra, a representative of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, admitted that the discharge of untreated sewage into the coastal waters of Tenerife was related to the appearance of this floating colour micro algae. This expert said that micro algae are created by the factors of heat, light and calm seas, but is encouraged by the nitrogen and phosphorus created by untreated sewage pumped into coastal waters... continued:


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Brexit: UK retirees rushing to settle in Europe, say financial advisers

Brexit: UK retirees rushing to settle in Europe, say financial advisers | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

One company says monthly inquiries to its website have doubled in a year amid fears moving to Europe will become more difficult... continued:


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​Tenerife Government Admits Untreated Sewage Creating Micro Algae in Sea

​Tenerife Government Admits Untreated Sewage Creating Micro Algae in Sea | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

A Tenerife government representative has said that currently around 70% of untreated wastewater is dumped into the sea. In response to this problem, Tenerife Government is planning to invest 32 million euros to improve the sewage treatment plant in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which should eventually help reduce this problem continued:


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Tenerife Tourists Trapped in Cable Car

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Tourists in Tenerife Trapped in Cable Car Yesterday, 35 tourists travelling by cable car to visit Mount Teide Volcano in Tenerife found themselves suspended in mid air when the electric supply operating the cable car failed. These tourists remained trapped inside the cable car, while technicians attempted to diagnose the problem. Later, the cable car operator connected a diesel electric generator often used for emergency situations such as this, and the cable car was lowered to the base station. The 35 tourists were then released from being trapped in the cable car, and the operator reported that no one suffered any ill health effects, but several had become anxious during this incident. The cable car remained closed for the rest of Wednesday, while engineers checked the condition of the electric supply, cable car and machinery to understand why the power supply had failed. No information is available as to why this incident occurred, but the cable car system for transporting visitors to the top of Mount Teide volcano opened again on Thursday. 


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​Canary Islands Have Fastest House Sale Growth in Spain

​Canary Islands Have Fastest House Sale Growth in Spain | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

Canary Islands Have Fastest House Sale Growth in Spain Across all Spanish regions, 15 autonomous communities have reported increased purchases and sales of homes in June, but the Canary Islands report the greatest increase in house sales at 23.7%. The average house sales are reported by the Statistics of Property Rights Transmittals (ETDP) produced by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) to have increased by 19.3% in June. The greatest growth of house sales after the Canary Islands at 23.7%, were La Rioja at 22.7%, Navarra at 22%, Galicia at 21.8%, Extremadura at 21.1%, Murcia, Balearics and Madrid all at 14.7%, Castilla y Leon at 11.7%, and Castilla La Mancha at 10.7%, which were all above the national average of 9.7%. Although below the national average, other regions also showed increased sales during June with Andalusia at 8.3%, Asturias at 7.2%, Communidad Valencia at 6.6%, Catalonia at 5.4% and Basque Country at 9% 


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A Foodie's Guide to Gran Canaria | MyBag Blog

A Foodie's Guide to Gran Canaria | MyBag Blog | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

In this week’s guest post, blogger Dor.othy from She Goes Wear gives us her guide to the best restaurants on Gran Canaria


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Heritage Site in Gran Canaria Vandalised

Heritage Site in Gran Canaria Vandalised | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

In Tejeda Municipality in Gran Canaria there are many fascinating archaeological remains that that identify the culture of this region, and one of these is El Almogaren del Bentayga. However, on 12 July 2017, Alexandra and Antonio used a sharp tool to carve their names at this archaeological site within the shape of a heart pierced by an arrow. Officers of the Guardia Civil are currently investigating this act of vandalism and are attempting to identify those responsible for damaging this important historical and religious site... continued


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High Temperatures - Red Alert Warning in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

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Tourists arriving in Gran Canaria and Tenerife this week are being warned of the dangers to health from unusually high temperatures of above 32ºC in the shade, and much higher in full sunshine... Continued:


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​White Grape Harvest in Fuerteventura Celebrated

​White Grape Harvest in Fuerteventura Celebrated | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

The first harvest of white grapes grown on Fuerteventura has just been collected and marks the first white grape with a denomination of origin, which include volcanic Malvasia and white Listan. The first thousand kilos of white grapes marks a significant first for the Los Lajares area in Correlejo collected from various local farms... Continued:


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This is a historical milestone in the wine sector of the Canary Islands, because this is the first white grape harvest with a denomination of origin in Fuerteventura. 
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Avoid Currency Exchange Rips Offs

Avoid Currency Exchange Rips Offs | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

I know that many British expats living in Europe are feeling very anxious about the pound-euro exchange rate at the present time. Although not unexpected, Brexit has started a period of considerable financial uncertainty for expats, which will take some time to resolve. Many expats rely upon an income from the UK, be it a salary or a company or state pension, and even a small difference in the exchange rate will make a considerable difference to their standard of living. Gone are those heady days when one pound would buy 1.50 euro; even at that time many of us realised that the pound was grossly overvalued, and that a day of reckoning would happen in the future. Even so, it was nice whilst it lasted...


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If living in Europe, I recommend that British expats seriously consider opening an account with Revolut or Monese. If maintaining an address in the UK, go for Starling Bank or Monzo for the best currency exchange rates. Another app based bank, N62, which I also use, is based in Germany and offers full banking protection. Although currently only offering a euro-based account, it is planning to offer a sterling account, as well as a euro account in the near future, and is certainly well worth keeping an eye on. All of these accounts can be opened through your iPhone or Android device. They have certainly made my financial life overseas easier to manage, and I am no longer ripped off by the large currency exchange services. For further information about these services, please go to the Expat Survival website: http://expat.barriemahoney.com
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Terror Attack in Catalonia

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Further Terror Attack in Catalonia 

Catalan police have confirmed that a new terrorist attack has taken place in the coastal town of Cambrils, which is 100 kilometres south of Barcelona, in the early hours of Friday morning. Seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into a group. Spanish media report that the attackers’ vehicle overturned when the men got out, and the men were quickly shot by police... continued: 


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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling set to 'bounce back to former glory'

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling set to 'bounce back to former glory' | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

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​Tenerife Cable Car Operators on Strike

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Tenerife Cable Car Operators on Strike Following the incident last week when the cable car taking tourists to the top of Mount Teide stalled and trapped 35 people until they were later rescued, there is more trouble at the cable car company. Today, workers operating the cable car are taking strike action and are picketing tourist buses when they arrive at the base station. Five strike days are currently planned by the workers, so there is likely to be more disruption to the cable car operation. Cable car operators claim that during the negotiation of a new collective agreement for working practices, two workers were dismissed. The representative of the union responsible for these workers says that the cable car company operator’s actions have been reprehensible and intolerable in their attitudes during the negotiation process. In addition, the union claims that the Teide cable car company has attempted to question and control the use of negotiation processes, and that there is an absence of good faith. Until this issue is resolved, the cable car workers will picket the entrance to the cable car base station from 09.00 until 14.00. The company has issued no comment on this current workers’ dispute. 


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Man Killed on Gran Canaria Motorway

Man Killed on Gran Canaria Motorway | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

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​Increased Heroin Usage Across Canary Islands

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Increased Heroin Usage Across Canary Islands 


The Drugs and Crime Unit (Unidad de Droga y Crimen Organizado) of the National Police in the Canary Islands report that in the main cities of these islands it is easy to see that heroin usage has increased for those with drug addictions. This crime unit claims that it has continued to fight against the increase of drug usage, but there is currently a rebound of usage of this drug...continued:


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Deadly heroin danger in the Canaries

Deadly heroin danger in the Canaries | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

Police in the Canary Islands say they have discovered a worrying new trend where people are being introduced to heroin for the first time and are smoking it rather than injecting. They say the consumers are trying drugs for the first time in their lives and are going straight on to heroin rather than the usual path which sees users experimenting with other substances before going on to harder drugs. The increase in heroin consumption within the Canaries has been detected by the National Poilice who say the average consumer is over 40 years old, has not been on drugs before and falls directly into heroin. "The difference with the epidemic lived in the 80s of the last century is that now, mainly, they smoke the drug and do not inject it," said a police spokesman. Police are also stressing the additional danger in that in most cases, only ten per cent of the drugs being smoked at heroin. The rest is made up of other substances which can pose a real threat.  


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​First Quarter Retail Sales in Canary Islands Higher Than Average

​First Quarter Retail Sales in Canary Islands Higher Than Average | News from the Canary Islands | Scoop.it

First Quarter Retail Sales in Canary Islands Higher Than Average During the first quarter of 2017, retail sales in the Canary Islands increased by 4.1% compared to the national average of 1.9%. The best month was May with an increase of 5.6% for retail sales. This indicates an increase of more than 2% above the national average, and experts suggest that factors for this economic recovery could be increased confidence of business owners and increased confidence of consumers... continued


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When is a Pirate Not a Pirate?

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When is a Pirate not a Pirate?- Letters from the Atlantic 

Do you remember any of your school history lessons? I certainly remember exciting historical events that I was taught as a pupil at school, as well as the content of lessons that I taught as a teacher. Was Cromwell a revolutionary hero, or was he a genocidal war criminal? I guess much of the answer will depend upon whether or not you hold an Irish passport. What about Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, whilst not forgetting Admiral Nelson’s attack on Tenerife? Were they simply well meaning explorers and adventurers seeking to enhance the common good, or profiteers, warmongers and unpleasant pirates? We often like to label people from the past as saints or sinners, but much depends upon what you have been taught to believe, as well as which country you have been taught in. For me, the definition of a pirate has certainly changed since I moved to Spain and the Canary Islands...continued:


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Lanzarote holiday from hell: Mosquitoes coming up the toilet but reader threatened with police

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Pricewatch reader query: Rude and obnoxious staff made Lanzarote even worse


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