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

New tourism deals signed for Fuertventura

The president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Mario Cabrera, and the counsellor of the Islands Tourism Agueda Montelongo, signed three cooperation agreements with tour operators Responsitravel, Travelplan and Schauinsland at the tourist fair in Madrid. The Tourist Board of Fuerteventura continues a busy schedule of meetings for the promotion of the island and strengthening relationships with representatives of major agencies, tour operators and airlines operating on the island. The embassy also met with representatives from the Spanish Office of Irish Tourism, the Irish national carrier Aer Lingus and representatives of travel agencies. Councillor of Tourism, Agueda Montelongo, valued these meetings as "very positive because it allows us to learn first hand the situation of the various companies, which handle customers for the future, and find out their intentions in this difficult year."

Eco conference held in Costa Calma

Experts will participate, on the 10th and 11th of March in the fight against pollution and protection of the world, at the international seminar on Starlight Reserves and World Heritage. Members from UNESCO and the WHC along with representatives of Slovenia, Algeria, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and United Kingdom, among others will attend the meeting in Costa Calma. The Minister of the Environment welcomed holding this event on Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura to Las Palmas ferry cancelled for a month

The advisor of Transport and Communication of Fuerteventura, Pedro González, has had telephone conversations with people in charge of the Armas, after the company cancelled the ship between Las Palmas on Gran Canaria to Puerto del Rosario. This route brought merchandise to numerous companies on the island daily. The reason for the cancellation, according to the company, comes because of the obligation that the ship remain dry docked for a month for its routine technical inspection.

Pajara receives record tourist numbers

The municipality of Pájara has come fourth for the amount of tourists visiting during the month of January. Only Madrid, Barcelona and Benidorm achieved higher figures according to official data. Pájara surpassed destinations like Palma de Mallorca, Torremolinos, Seville, Granada, and Valencia.

Woman hurt in car accident

A woman of 40 years old was injured when rolling the vehicle in which she travelled in the south of Fuerteventura. The woman, was taken by ambulance to the General Hospital of Fuerteventura but was not seriously injured just traumatised. The accident happened at 06.30am on the FV-2, going towards Morro Jable, in the municipality of Pájara.

Child assaulted in local park

A nine year old in Puerto Rosario was sexually assaulted in a children's park that she walked through every day to get home. She was then offered 5 Euros which she refused. Other children have also been approached. The Policia Local increased patrols around the park which is one of most central and popular parks in the capital of Fuerteventura. They are looking for a man of about 70 years, of white race and brown skin, with short grey hair. 

Profile of a goat farmer

The goat dealer Maria de Pino Hernandez has been milking every day, for the last 14 years. She is one of the 95 women in Fuerteventura work on a goat farm. She started this way of life, to make goats cheese, as the best way to take care of her son at home and still make money. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, who relocated to Gran Canaria, when hard times hit Tuineje 50 years ago. Maria returned in the 1980's where she worked in the hotel trade and city council until falling pregnant. Four months after her son was born she decided to become a goat farmer and cheese maker. She settled in the same region that her mother was born. Maria has to get up at six every morning to milk 74 goats. In her corral, are about 150 more animals, ewes and kids, that do not need milking. When she has finished milking, she returns home to start making cheese for approximately two hours.

Man hurt in motorbike accident

A 42 year old man was taken to hospital after falling off his motorbike between Villaverde and Correlejo. Doctors said his condition was not considered serious but he was suffering from concussion.

Local bar will hold fund raising event

Rogues Gallery are holding a fund raising event for Steven Griffiths on Sunday 15th March from noon til 6pm. Steve has been in hospital on Gran Canaria for 3 months after a fall here on Fuerteventura, and breaking his back. He is not able to move any part of his body, and needs an air ambulance to transport him home. Unfortunately, although his insurance covers the medical bills, it does not cover transprort back to England. Bars are donating prizes for a raffle and an Elvis impersonator will be performing, with the possibility of a guest performance by Derek Mac.

Protest over Internet prices in Spain

An association has been set up to try to lower internet prices in Spain. The Web site, “ADSLmasbarato.com” has the support of ADSLZone.net, Association of Intenautas, ADLSnet.es, Coveralia.com, Elotrolado.net and Tuexperto.com. It invites other associations and individual internet users to add themselves to the initiative. The website explains that Spain has for several years been occupying the last place of Europe for broadband services and that in spite of the promises of the Government, broadband in Spain is “slow and expensive” and the dominant operator (Telefonica) is the most expensive of Europe. Alternative operators to Telefonica have not transferred to end users the wholesale price that was approved by the Commission of the Market of the Telecommunications that enforced a reduction in the fees they pay to Telefonica.

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