From The Editors Desk
14th June 2013
There were many flight disruption this week due to the strike by the French air traffic controllers. Some cancellations and many flight times to the island increased by as much as 90 mins. Hopefully all is back to normal by this weekend. This is always an unexpected sad start to a holiday, to say nothing of a crowded Fuerteventura airport with long delays for the return trips.
June is a lovely month here on the island. Don’t be surprised to see bonfires being stacked high as we progress through the week in preparation for next weekend’s San Juan celebrations. More about that in next week’s edition.
Until then, have a great week.
The problem of poverty, or at risk of it, already affects half the population of the Canary Islands, according to estimates by Caritas, which calls on the government to change its policies to address the situation because it is felt that they “are not rising to the occasion".
British Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott was in the Canary Islands this week scouting for locations for his new Hollywood blockbuster Exodus. Scott, 75, visited the coastal towns of El Cotillo and Corralejo on the island of Fuerteventura on Tuesday in the hope of finding suitable locations for his new biblical blockbuster about the life of Moses.
The larger of the two 'quakes measured 3.7 on the Richter Scale and was felt in several parts of Lanzarote. It was followed five hours later by a second one measuring 2.4.
The third generation of giraffes Fuerteventura Oasis Park is here. The creature came into the world on Friday morning in perfect health. Since then, in addition to his mother, he shares a block with Gofio, the other macho giraffe that was born two weeks ago. The giraffe is to be called Dreamer.
The Council of the Tourist Board has proposed the Playitas Resort as a candidate for the Medal of Excellence in Tourism of the Canary Islands. This was agreed here this week involving, in addition to the council, representatives of the municipalities, the business sector and other agencies.
Without asking permission, much less giving information, the military announced that from 4 to 6 in June it will carry out manoeuvres on the Isla de Lobos with two helicopters and 30 soldiers.A natural protected area since 1987, the small island located 4.5 kilometres north of Fuerteventura has the category of Natural Park a Master Plan for Use and Management, explicitly banning military manoeuvresRead More
The island authorities tried to block the authorisation given by Spain for exploratory work to detect oil fields on the grounds that the legislation granting the permits was in breach of EU environment regulations. However, judges say Spain acted within the law in giving the go-ahead to the offshore drilling and there was no reason to grant the injunction. A similar application by the Canarian government also failed recently.Read More
It is believed that George Osborne may start the process of selling off the Government’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group. The stake is worth about £17bn at current market prices, although it is not clear that all the shares would be sold at once.
“It is likely that any share sale would be offered to the public at a discounted rate to the price available to institutional investors - and that an additional incentive would be put into place to hold on to the shares for several years. The Mansion House speech in mid-June will likely be the Chancellor’s opportunity to announce any scheme and set the wheels in motion.
Have ever wanted to know what is happening, around town, this week? Well this section is for you!
We plan to list events, entertainment and shopping specials that are on this coming week.
You can also check our what’s on calendar for upcoming events. In this way it can help you plan your days, & evenings, out.