Category Archives: Health

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…

The battle for Tauro beach, security guards just watch as bathers enjoy uninterrupted

“If an Anfi watchman can not guarantee the safety of Tauro beach and prevent access, they must hire more. Even if they have to put fifteen,” these were the words of Mogán Councilman Mencey Navarro yesterday as he repeated requests for the beach concessionaire for this cove to report to…

UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims

British Ambassador to Spain sets out UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims  British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley recently wrote to key stakeholders in the Spanish tourism industry informing them of the steps taken by the UK government to tackle fraudulent sickness claims, an issue which has had a…

Maspalomas launches innovative project to regulate feral cat colonies in the municipality

This Monday, Local Councilor for Sanitation and Public Health, José Francisco Pérez López, met with cat colony carers in San Bartolomé de Tirajana to begin an official sterilisation and counseling project following the recently approved Control of cat colonies resolution in the southern municipality This meeting informed volunteers, feeders and…

High temperatures all week on Gran Canaria, Yellow advisory for Thursday

With top temperatures already hitting 29º & 30ºC in the shade all this week, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has issued a yellow advisory for high temperatures expected particularly this Thursday, July 27 on Gran Canaria with temperatures expected to exceed 34º at the summit, as well as the…

“Anomalous spots” of micro algae in much of Mogán’s coastal waters

The town hall of Mogan have today, Tuesday 18 July, announced that “anomalous spots” of discoloration have been found along much of the coast of the southern municipality. These spots are a massive outcrop of microalgae in the water, with which contact is not recommended. Bathing on the beaches has…

Maritime procession of the Virgen del Carmen cut short

Arguineguín’s annual highlight event, the traditional maritime procession of the Virgin del Carmen, was unexpectedly cut short this Sunday, returning to the Port of Arguineguín, without ever having arrived in Puerto de Mogán, after the Guardia Civil warned four fishing boats that they faced fines if they set out to…

Calima: Heatwave expected to last well into next week, alerts issued

The first proper heat wave of summer 2017 has arrived on Gran Canaria, and is being felt throughout The Canary Islands.  The high temperatures are expected to last well into next week. Calima winds from the east have brought with them a large amount of Saharan dust in the air,…

Mogán closes small beach next to the Sunwing Hotel due to diesel spill

Policia Local in Mogán have cordoned off a small beach next to the Sunwing hotel, in the southern fishing town of Arguineguín, due to a diesel spill. The Mogán town hall reports that the cove will be closed to the bathers until further notice. Technicians from the Consistorio Moganero (Mogán…

Raising awareness about good animal ownership

The City Council Plenary meeting hall of the Las Palmas town hall has this week welcomed a presentation about ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’. The program seeks to sensitise the general population about the responsibilities and rights attached to caring for domestic pets in an attempt to reduce impacts on society generated by animals, through…

British announce plans to tackle tourist fake food poisoning claims

The British government are considering steps to try and stop the flood of bogus food poisoning compensation claims by British tourists visiting Spain who have already reportedly cost hoteliers more than €50 million and in the case of the Canary Islands claims are said to have increased by 1400% in…

Newsbrief : Pasito Blanco party boat DJ detained with drugs.

Policia Nacional detained two 40 year old men a couple of weeks back for allegedly planning to distribute narcotic substances onboard a recreational boat intended for parties out at sea and one of them is said to have been the DJ responsible for playing the music.  Identified with initials S.G.M. and…

Canarian Government plan sugar & pastry tax

The Canary Islands government are to create a tax that will tax sugary drinks

The Canary Awards – May 6th, Puerto Rico

60 Businesses, Community Organisations and Individuals were shortlisted by English speakers

Valsequillo Strawberry Fair, Gran Canaria

It’s that time of the year again when you can almost taste summer, and what better way

Newsbrief : Tough flu season in the Canaries, as recorded flu deaths double

The winter flu season 2016-2017 has seen 140 hospitalised cases of confirmed influenza, of which 95,7% were virus A and the rest, virus B. Twenty-four deaths have also been reported, all due to virus A, with the exception of one case of virus B. Last flu season ended with 190…

Hospitales San Roque judged island’s best

San Roque Hospital Las Palmas has been judged as the tenth best private hospital

More people have drowned than in 2015

A total of 63 people have already drowned in the Canary Islands from January

San Roque Hospitals and Las Palmas events

The City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Grupo Hospitales San Roque have signed

Drownings increase in The Canary Islands

37 people have already drowned within the first six month of 2016 in the Canary Islands.

Mock major incident emergency simulation

A major incident simulation has been scheduled today by AENA, the Spanish State Airport Authority

Government dispute air quality claims

The Canary Islands have extraordinarily high air quality, particularly in the mountains.