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Gran Canaria Wildfire spreads through five municipalities, over 2000 hectares, along a 20km front, causing evacuations

The wildfire first reported on Wednesday afternoon at about ten to two has continued into the night, with fire crews working furiously to try and bring the blaze under control.  Efforts have been hampered by high winds and plenty of dry foliage after a long hot summer in the mountains …

Gran Canaria World First in Wind Power installations The ELISA – ELICAN PROJECT

The Ministry of the Environment last month resolved that the latest prototype of a marine wind tower that is almost ready for installation beside the groundbreaking Canary Islands Oceanic Research Platform, known as PLOCAN in the Jinamar Bay, will not need to produce an environmental impact assessment, which, however, they …

Bob Geldof comes to Las Palmas on December 3 as part of the Arrecife de las Músicas Festival

The Arrecife de las Músicas Festival (Reef of Musics) at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, in Las Palmas, this year celebrates fifteen years of travelling through the sounds of world music, presented by D&D productions who also produce the Maspalomas Soul Festival. This year´s poster includes Bob Geldof, Iberian & Klavier Piano Duo, and Raúl …

Gran Canaria President claims 99% of waste water treated, demands microalgae answers

The president of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales (NC), has expressed his “concern” today regarding waste water discharges in to the sea emphasising that unlike Tenerife this island “purifies 99% of the waters that it discharges” and offered guarantees that the treatment is carried out in “optimum conditions “. By contrast, Morales …

New Arguineguín paid parking project gets green lights along with new community facilities

The car park building project in Arguineguín, announced earlier this year, continues to advance with various procedures recently having been approved, in the extraordinary plenary session of 29 August. The project seeks to solve mobility and parking problems in one of the busiest areas of Arguineguín. The work will include new spaces and public …

Canarian airports registered more than 3.8 Million passenger journeys in July

Canary Islands airports serviced 3,842,552 passenger journeys during July, representing an increase of 9.4% over the same period of 2016, according to data released by Spanish airport authority AENA. Of the total number of commercial passenger journeys (3,810,354), 2,373,577 were international travelers, reflecting a 7.3% rise and 1,436,777 flew from or to …

Property owners in tourist zones urged to confirm their rights to residential use or risk losing it

This summer the Government of The Canary Islands passed into law their latest legislation surrounding tourist properties and tourism land.  Property owners in tourism areas remember well the chaos that ensued on the south of Gran Canaria a couple of years ago when San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the town hall …

Supreme Court ruling continues to tempt thousands of timeshare clients to file lawsuits for fraud

Two and a half years ago we brought you the exclusive story of the Ground Breaking Supreme Court ruling in favour of a Norwegian client, Tove Grimsbo, represented by Arguineguín based lawyer Miguel Rodriguez Ceballos (left) working with the English speaking Canarian Legal Alliance (CLA).   Today it seems Spanish language daily La …

High Temperatures Forecast: Health Department warns of risks from heat

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health have issued warnings of potential risk to health from a heatwave in coming days with high temperatures expected to trigger the regional government’s Plan for Prevention of the Effects of High Temperatures on People’s Health that is in force every year from June 1. …

Spanish Unions call for 25 days of AENA airport strikes from September 15

Trade unions representing airport workers, the CCOO , UGT and USO, have announced they are preparing to make effective their threat to convene a 25-day strike affecting the main Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, starting from 15 September. The strike call went out to 8,200 employees of the primary public-private airport management company in Spain. Unions say …

Scientist categorically states “there is a relationship between the outcropping of tropical cyanobacteria colonies and the discharges”

Last week was an interesting week on Tenerife.  It began, as so many crises in tourism do, with sensationalist reports in the British tabloid press, this time claiming beach closures due to harmful “microalgae”.  Some publications even published stories of “flesh eating sea fleas” attacking a swimmer in Australia, alongside the …

Government Subdelegate to Santa Cruz de Tenerife “There is a link between microalgae and discharges”

“There is no doubt,” says the Spanish Government’s sub-delegate to the Canary Islands, for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Guillermo Díaz Guerra, who was himself a health inspector, “There is no doubt that there is a link between the appearance of microalgae and discharges of untreated water” in statements being reported today “due to pollution, microalgae is …

Canary Islands Government claims microalgae blooms in Canarian waters are due to “several natural factors and to climate change”

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security have released a statement saying that the blooms of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria (microalgae), also known as Sea Sawdust, being widely reported, often erroneously, in the British press, are due to a series “natural conditions” that have facilitated “a massive proliferation” of …

Morocco challenges maritime frontiers of The Canary Islands, attempting to control the Western Sahara sea

On 6 July, the Moroccan Government approved a bill and a decree to delimit the maritime frontier of the Canary Islands and to bring under its control the waters off ​​the Western Sahara coast, a determination that a Moroccan government spokesman called “a sovereign decision of political character and with …