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This news is translated from the Spanish Press unless otherwise indicated.

The end of overhead cables?

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura and Telefónica are working on an agreement to eliminate telegraph poles and overhead lines. From now on all new lines must be buried underground, and the old ones buried over a period of time. Thus generating a more beatutiful and environmental Island.

Pajara targets tourists from the peninsular

The City Council of Pájara (Fuerteventura) has decided to attract more visitors to the Canary Islands and has signed a collaboration agreement with a Group of Independent Travel Agents in Andorra, Spain and Portugal (GEA). In this regard, the councilman of Pájara Tourism, Blas Acosta, stressed at the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) the importance of the agreement with GEA, which includes about 2,000 retailers. Acosta emphasized the need for more emphasis on Fuerteventura as a destination for tourists from Spain, Andorra and Portugal.

Missing woman found drowned

The body of the woman who went missing whilst "swimming" off Lanzarote was found 5 miles from Toston Point, in Fuerteventura. Apparently the woman, of Chinese descent, was washed into the sea by a high wave whilst out celebrating the Chinese New Year with her husband and son. The family live in Yaiza, Playa Blanca.

Kiss Flights start Fuerteventura routes

Kiss flights will start flying to Fuerteventura from 1/4/09. No, this is not an April fool! There will be two routes, one from Gatwick and another from Manchester. The times of the Gatwick flights are not the most convenient, with the outbound leaving at 6am and the return arriving at 2am, but the Manchester times are much more amenable. Looking at their website, prices at off peak times will be around 180 pounds return soaring to around 300 pounds during holiday periods. This at least gives people another choice in getting too and from the island. Take a look at their website for more information.

Lifeguards provided with new life saving equipment

Thirty four defibrillators have been strategically placed around the Canaries after a new initiative for rapid response in hot spots.

One of the seventeen in the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which encompasses the islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, has already been used in a life saving operation in Playa del Ingles. The devices were installed in October and as 2009 begins, a Dutch man is grateful that the Ministry of Health and the Canarian Emergency Service made the decision to place one at the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) station near anexo II.

Life saving
A fifty four year old man was found to be unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He was not responding to the health professionals so the ambulance crew requested the semi automatic defibrillator be brought to them. After he regained consciousness, he was transferred to the new hospital, San Roque Meloneras, in a critical condition, where he was stabilised. The installation of defibrillators is part of a Europe-wide program which is developing technologies for emergency medicine. The device which was used to successfully save the life of this man is small and light, making it portable. The incident was the first time that it has been operational; one of the two hundred qualified practitioners in the Canary Islands performed the electric shocks twice to save his life.

The emergency number in the Canaries is 112
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Local Estate Agent dies

The owner of Sunway Estate Agents, Mr Barry MacDonald passed away on the 15th January. With well-established offices in Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Barry was one of the most respected businessmen in the Canarian property market, having successfully run his company for over 25 years. Barry’s daughter Sarah has now taken over the company and the future can only be described as exciting, as she carries on this legacy of success for many years to come.

Holidaymaker missing, believed drowned

The search continues for the body of a woman who disappeared while swimming with her husband in Lanzarote. Rescuers say the search has been extended to include the northern coastline of Fuerteventura. The woman disappeared on Monday, at 6.30pm, while her husband was being rescued by the emergency services. Her husband explained that he was standing next to his wife when a huge surge dragged her out to sea. He dived in after her but had to be rescued himself after getting into difficulties.

The PSC plea for ecnomic control

The Canary Socialist Party (PSC) has asked the Town hall of Fuerteventura to try and control the island economy. By helping to support families and business activity, as both being high-priority objectives for 2009. The Town hall must contribute to help against the economic crisis, by committing itself with the creation of business and the protection of the most affected and vulnerable people on the Island.

Electricity prices controlled by anti discrimination law

The Government guarantees nondiscrimination of the Canary Islands in electricity prices.
They agree that it will not be necessary to adopt any additional measures in relation to the electricity prices to the Canaries where the electrical production is more expensive. The legislation says that when the costs overrun the electricity supplies of the mainland they will be integrated as costs.

Hotel Construction licenses revoked

The Town hall of Fuerteventura declared it has revoked the licenses for the construction of 55,000 rooms in new hotels on the island. The original licenses were granted in 2005, but the new government has decided the hotels are not complementary to the environment or compatible with the tourist market. The Town hall is trying to prevent the classification of more of land for tourist buildings, because it considers that at the moment there is enough accommodation to supply the tourist market with quality conditions.

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