From The Editors Desk
27th March 2015
Don’t forget to put the clocks forward at 2am on Sunday. Summer time begins. This year on October 25, the clocks go back one hour for the winter period.
Did you know?
Benjamin Franklin, George Vernon Hudson and businessman, William Willet, tried at different times to introduce daylight saving for extending and optimising sunlight to the day, but failed with their proposals. Germany, Austria and Hungary implemented the idea first on April 30, 1916. Many countries started to use it at various points since, particularly in 1975 following the energy crisis of the 1970s which prompted many countries to take advantage of the natural light better and thereby save energy. Since 1994 all EU member states have applied the rule. (I’m great for useless information.)
An interesting article on food shopping below. Other people’s thoughts and additions would be welcome.
All Catholic Easter service times are advertised in local hotels.
The Anglican Church of St James is holding a 6.30pm short service in the church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Corralejo and a family service on Easter Sunday also at 6.30pm.
Emergency services say they were called to the busy beach at around 2pm Sunday to deal with an incident after being alerted by phone that a surfer had pulled the unconscious swimmer from the water. Efforts to revive the unnamed man, who is aged around 70, proved unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards. The drowning is the third beach fatality in the Canaries in March and also the third so far this year in Fuerteventura.Read More
Within minutes of the first details of the morning crash involving an Airbus 320 aircraft owned by Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary Germanwings and which disappeared from radar screens on its way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, various digital papers began publishing articles with controversial headlines such as "Are low-cost airlines safe?Read More
Canary Islands - 23.03.2015 - The latest Operation Capture campaign by Crimestoppers and the authorities in both countries saw pictures and details of ten most wanted criminals distributed widely through the media. One of the ten, Shane Walford was tracked down to the Canary Islands by Spanish police on Saturday morning.Read More
In labour fraud, Fuerteventura is at the head of the Canary Islands during 2014. 80% of the 2.1 billion euros raised by the Territorial Directorate of the Inspectorate of Labour and Social Security corresponds to this island; this is 1.7 million euros in fines for irregular social security contracts.Read More
The City of La Oliva has completed the demolition of the old water treatment plant El Cotillo and retrieves a plot of 2,700 square meters located on the beach of the fishing village. The Department of Works and Services, in collaboration with the Cabildo, leave clean this coastal strip in the middle of El Cotillo, whose neighbours have suffered for years, especially in summer when the odours and mosquitoes increased.Read More
€365,000 has been spent on improving road services in the La Oliva region. Corralejo has major works continuing, causing traffic chaos. Restaurants are suffering as the high street becomes a major road works. With the carnival this weekend there needs to be rapid completion.Read More
The Technology Park hosts the International Meeting of Telecentres, 24th and 25th March, under the slogan “Fuerteventura Meeting Point” with the organization of the Community Telecentre Network Association and the Canary Agency for Research.Read More
It is expected to draw about 200 people from different countries to discuss the possibilities of opening new lines of collaboration between the community Telecentre Spain and the African and Latin American continents
Hacienda, the country's Inland Revenue, said yesterday that a new Fiscal Control Plan, based largely on Internet information gathering, is being implemented to bring billions of euros in undeclared revenue out into the open as part of the ongoing crackdown on the black economy, which is estimated to account for 20% of Spain's GDP.Read More
Paradoxical as it may seem given the considerable improvement in the weather over the past week throughout the Canaries, flu infections are showing a steady increase although the culprit this time is not the Type A virus responsible for the peak suffered in February but its Type B counterpart.Read More
The Astronomical Observatory of Temisas (OAT) was one of the stages of the sighting of a fireball in fall with large green trail and bigger than the usual media that was seen throughout the grancanario east including the airport, Teror, or capital, and even from other islands.Read More
This Monday was the first rotation of 117 soldiers. Seven days later a second plane with 108 more soldiers will be chartered, to complete the 225 that make up the 37th Spanish mission in Afghanistan, under Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry Juan Angel Peace Boat.Read More
Provisional measure to help British passport holders abroad ends as turnaround times improve.
British citizens living abroad will need to apply to renew their passports in the standard way, as one of the contingency measures brought in to cope with the exceptional demand last year comes to an end.
The Home Secretary announced the introduction of the 12 month extension stamp for overseas customers in June last year. More than 20,000 customers benefited from the contingency measure, which was brought in to prevent the disruption of travel plans.
If you going on holiday to Fuerteventura over Easter, planning a visit to look at potential properties to buy, or are already living on the island as an expatriate, it’s always worth taking some time out to experience some of the fiestas, celebrations and parades that take place at this time of year. These celebrations give a real flavour of life on the island, provide a taste of Spanish cultures and traditions, and there is always plenty to see and do for all the family.
Tindaya was meant to be the final masterpiece of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida: a sculptural intervention inside a majestic mountain in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, which involved digging a 50 cubic meters cavity in the mountain. But Chillida, who died in 2002, never saw his dream project realized
Having lived on the island for many years felt it would be good to tell folk where all the food bargains are! Mercadona has taken over in Corralejo from the smaller chains, however I have found that many supermarkets offer different cuisine.
Have you ever wondered why?
Here is our Fuerte X-Word No 201. A little more difficult this week but you know you can do it.
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.
In the ever popular Caleta de Fuste
Spectacular 2 bedroom property with private swimming pool and excellent views towards the town and surrounding area of Caleta de Fuste. An amazing property at an amazing price! Not to be missed.
Are you thinking of buying a plot and building your own dream home on the island of Fuerteventura? What a wonderful project to undertake in the New Year and one that will no doubt bring a lot of happiness to your life! As long as you are aware of the regulations in place and use reputable property professionals, all should go well. To assist you, here are a few things that you will need to bear in mind to ensure a smooth and successful completion.