Canary Islands news selection from the last seven days and items including new flights, strikes, a tragic accident, shoe designer award and a fantastic charity fundraiser. Published on Wednesdays.
Canary Islands news
Extra flights from Brussels from October
From the end of October 2015, Brussels Airlines offer two flights per week from Brussels Airport to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the two favourite winter sun destinations among Belgians. Tickets became available last night, April 14.
The Canary Islands are one of the most appreciated winter sun destinations on the Belgian market. Annually, approximately 640,000 Belgians visit the Canary Islands and several thousand of them own a second home there.
The airline will begin flights on October 25. Tenerife South and Las Palmas are the two airports to benefit from the twice weekly flights.
“We continuously invest into an ever improving travel experience for both business travellers and vacationers,” said Lars Redeligx, Chief Commercial Officer at Brussels Airlines. “Next to offering new services such as b.family and soon the introduction of a new loyalty program that is also rewarding for the not-so-frequent-traveller, we continue to add new destinations to our network. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are number 20 and 21 in the list of new destinations for Brussels Airlines since we launched our new commercial strategy last year. The Canary Islands are very popular with Belgian holiday makers and a great addition to our growing sun and beach offer.”
Banana workers strike threat
A Canary Islands union has threatened a strike from banana workers if the local grower association does not sit with them soon to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement.
In a joint statement, General Workers Union (UGT) Canarias general secretary Gustavo Santana and UGT National agriculture secretary Miguel Rodríguez criticized the delays that so far have reached five months.
The quote said: “You have to speak to them in the language that hurts them most.”
UGP alleges the Association of Banana Producers of the Canaries (Asproccan) and the Regional Group of Canary Banana Growers Cooperatives (Coplaca) had a “strategy” to claim a union contract was invalid upon expiration, so they could switch to a model based on the Workers Statute.
UGT alleges that the motive was so that growers could fire employees and hire new staff with lower wages and poorer working conditions.
Manolo Blahnik honoured
Many of us have heard of the shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, but not many of us know that he was born and raised in the Canary Islands.
Blahnik is to be honoured in September 2015 with the Couture Council for Artistry of Fashion Award from the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Manolo Blahnik, now in his seventies, will receive one of the few international awards arbitrated by a panel of editors, retailers, and journalists.
Past recipients include Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld and the late Oscar de la Renta. Blahnik will be the first footwear designer to be honored.
Fire Drill in Gran Canaria Arena
El Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas was the scene today, Wednesday April 15, for an exercise in fire drill in which the building’s staff participated, together with representatives from the Ministry of Sports of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, and 30 members of the bodies of Fire, National Police and Cruz Roja.
The initiative began at 9am and lasted until noon
The fire drill was accompanied by smoke, so the building’s staff and nearby businesses were warned beforehand via press releases and online sources.
Poles come to Fuerteventura
40 Polish travel agents from Itaka have visited “Oasis Papagayo” in Corralejo, to enjoy the facilities with a view to including the establishment in its promotional catalogue of sports destinations for the summer of 2015.
The tour operators are enjoying a comprehensive sports program of road cycling, mountain biking, swimming, zumba, spinning and cross-fit.
The Department of Tourism has highlighted the “growing importance” of the sports segment in the tourist offerings of the town and the lure to those who: “move to the municipality for fitness or to combine sport with their holiday on the island.”
This promotion action will make Corralejo, through the Oasis Papagayo, a major player in Poland as a destination that specialises in professional sports and sports holiday.
The Councillor for Tourism, Marcelino Umpiérrez, praised the efforts of the Oasis Papagayo and the work that is taking place to place and the area of La Oliva, Fuerteventura, “as an international reference for practising different sports.”
Doggie beach in Corralejo
With this beach, spaces that exist in the town of Corralejo for dogs after the inauguration in January 2014 widens the dog area. This park, located in Calle Jasmine, next to Avenida Grandes Playas and the shopping center El Campanario, has 5,000 square meters, divided into different areas.
The area on the coastline comprises an area of approximately one hundred meters long on the Playa de Bristol. La Oliva council has erected two signs that specify the standards that must be met, including “keep on leads any dogs that need to be controlled, do not disturb bathers and ensure that any droppings are collected.” Because dogs can’t read human, their owners are encouraged to take note so the dogs get to keep their own beach, in turn allowing them to take their owners for walks.
Cats are encouraged to steer clear for the time being.
Gran Canaria news
Announcement from the Policia Local in Las Palmas
The Policia Local in Las Palmas are warning businesses of a scam currently occurring in which scammers are attempting to sell advertising in a magazine by them police.
The Policia Local do not have a magazine and have warned people to be on their guard. They have received numerous calls alerting them to the scam and advise people to report any incidences of the scam to them by telephoning 092 or popping into the local station.
The scam is reported to be coming into local businesses by telephone promoting a number of advertising opportunities for various costs depending on the type and size of the ad placement.
Russian trawler sinks off Gran Canaria coast
A Russian fishing trawler full of fuel sunk 15 nautical miles off the coast of Gran Canaria late on Tuesday April 14.
The Oleg Naidenov, with 72 crew members on board, caught fire on Saturday April 11 in the port of Las Palmas, according to a statement from the port authority. The crew members were all rescued and no injuries were reported. The trawler was tugged out to sea on the Sunday to keep the fire under control and was on its way back when it sank.
The trawler had 1,500 tonnes of fuel on board and sank to a depth of about 2,400 metres, south of Maspalomas beach. Spain’s Public Works and Transport ministry, said in a statement: “The Marine Rescue Service has mobilized anti-pollution resources to check whether there has been any (fuel) spillage and to act if necessary.”
Firefighters successfully removed a ring from the swollen finger of an 8-year-old girl in Moga after the girl’s family had tried at her home and attempts were also made at the local health centre and her school.
Two firefighters used Vaseline, and special pliers before cutting the ring and saving the little girl’s finger.
Cat shooting in Tías
Pet owners in the Calle San Pedro area of Tias are being urged to keep an eye on their pets after the shooting of a pet cat on Tuesday April 14.
Carlos, pictured, had to be put to sleep this afternoon. His owner, Jenny Graham, said: “When I got in this morning there were splodges of blood on the floor and I found him in his bed having difficulty breathing, I took him to the vet (just around the corner) but x rays showed he had been shot with a pellet gun, It punctured his lung and by mid afternoon, after a series of convulsions the vet advised me that he would not survive and it was better put him out of his misery. I had him less than 12 months a shy feral cat who only recently came out of his shell and showed me affection. Helped by my other cat Pablo. How anyone can deliberately shoot a beautiful, innocent animal is beyond my comprehension. Miss you already Carlos.”
Carlo’s owner thanked the staff at the vets on calle Fraternidad in Tías. The staff there explained to Ms Graham that this was not the first incident of animals being shot by pellet guns in the area.
Ed: Sorry for your loss Jenny.
Car rolled in Puerto del Carmen
A 35-year-old British man was injured at approximately 8am this morning after rolling his car at a roundabout in Puerto del Carmen,
The driver was taken to hospital where he was treated and questioned by local police.
Artillery shell exploded in Yaiza
Specialists have carried out a controlled explosion of an artillery shell in Yaiza.
The shell, located at Montaña Bermeja, was 105 millmetres in length and is estimated to be approximately five years old.
Tragic drowning in Costa Teguise
A popular Birmingham schoolboy has tragically died after drowning in a swimming pool in Costa Teguise.
13-year-old Logan Kehoe drowned during a family holiday in Lanzarote on Saturday April 11.
Residents and the media suggested the accident happened at El Trebol, although the details of the actual event are still not fully clear.
A keen footballer, the young lad attended Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Kings Heath.
Birmingham City fans paid tribute to Logan Kehoe with a minute’s applause during the 13th minute of Tuesday April 14th’s match against Blackburn Rovers. Logan was a centre half for the club’s Junior Blues.
The Club said, on their website: “We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Logan.”
Lanzarote has become the first global destination to receive certification as a Biosphere of Responsible Tourism, a unique award recognized by the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council), an international organization affiliated to the World Tourism Organization. GSTC provides a global system of recognition, approval and Accreditation certification programs for Sustainable Tourism.
Lanzarote, passed the pilot programme which helped establish global standards for sustainable tourism, and obtains the most recognized international distinction that supports the work undertaken by the island. Aspects include social responsibility, economic development, respect for the environment, cultural protection and involvement of the tourists. “It is a gesture of appreciation to the work of those governments me have preceded the Biosphere Reserve, and the whole of society and operators of this island for years, we have laid the groundwork for this has been possible, Despite some mistakes along the way,” said the council chairman, Pedro San Gines.
The Cabildo added: “This award is not an end in itself but a way to improve sustainable tourism every day, an objective Lanzarote has systematically sought in its tourism development.”
The presidents of GSTC, Luigi Cabrini, and ITR (Institute for Responsible Tourism), Tomás Azcárate, are expected to visit Lanzarote to present the ward to the Cabildo on April 23.
Workmen rescue woman from pit
A 68-year-old woman was stuck in a 10 metre deep pit for a day in La Caleta, Guimar.
Candelaria Déniz Gonzalez suffered a fractured ankle as well as shock and hypothermia.
According to local police, Candelaria Déniz Gonzalez went out to feed a cat at approximately 10pm on Monday April 13. She stepped on a board that covered a hole but the wood gave way and she fell inside the cavity. She began screaming, desperately seeking help, but as she lived alone nobody heard.
As the hours passed her voice was fading due to hypothermia, the broken ankle she suffered and the limited space where she was stuck. Candelaria noted that on one side of the wall had a small recess, so she was able to crawl in and spend the night.
Now and again Candelaria shouted, hoping that someone would hear her cries. As luck would have it, Candelaria’s gentleman friend entered the house and was surprised she was not there. he soon heard her cries for help and ran to some nearby workmen for help and laerted the local police.
The workmen performed an excellent job and by the time the police arrived, Candelaria was sat in a chair receiving some attention. She was taken to a medical centre afterwards for treatment.
Charity hike with Helping Hands Tenerife
It’s a little way off yet because it takes place on Saturday June 6, but this looks to be such a corking event and the extra time will enable you to get involved and also raise some money for a great cause too!
The walk covers eight kilometres but will take most of the day with regular stops and so much going on. The theme covers the seven main Canary Islands.
- Meet up at 10am in Los Gigantes Port and collect a t-shirt. A bus will then take everyone to Santiago del Teide.
- The hike starts – an eight kilometre descent to Los Gigantes with regular rest stops. This won’t feel like a walk – more of a tapas trail.
- Stop one at 1km – El Hierro. Enjoy tasty El Hierro cheese with a glass of red
- Stop two at 2km – La Gomera. Another cheeky red plus local goats’ cheese and “Cumbres de Garajonay”
2nd stop at 2km
- Stop three at 3km – La Palma. Local honey, tasty bananas, smoked cheese and a wine from the Teneguia region
- Stop four at 4km – Lanzarote. A glass of Malvasia, papas arrugadas con mojo and rabbit.
- Stop five at 5km – Fuertventura. Taste the world famous Majorero cheese and gofio and white wine from the Lagar vineyards
- Stop six at 6km – Gran Canaria. Tasty chorizo, roast duck and a glass of Listan wine (are you spotting a wine theme yet?)
- Stop seven at 7km – Tenerife. Here you will enjoy a white wine from Valle de Guimar, a red from Tacoronte… to wash down goat meat, chickpea stew and a sweet Bienmesabe dessert.
- Arrival at Los Gigantes port (8km). Here participants will enjoy more refreshments and traditional food.
But that’s not all – there will then be a paragliding exhibition, live music and dance, a raffle, lucky draw and much much more!
The cost to get involved is just €40 per person which includes the bus from Los Gigantes up to the walk start point, all food and drink during the walk and free parking. Plus of course you will be helping two super charities. All monies raised will be split equally between Helping Hands and Fundacion del Pie
To get involved, contact Helping Hands via their website at www.helpinghandstenerife.com or on their Facebook page