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

Parachutists meorial held in Tefia

Tefía held a memorial for the 13 legionary parachutists who died in April 1972. The Airborne battalion, Roger de Flor were on training exercises when they were dragged about 300 meters by an irregular gust of wind and ended up hitting the cliffs and rocky crags in the adjacent zone, killing 13 of its members and hurting a number of soldiers.

Visit the Canarian Rock Festival this weekend

A total of 19 canarian rock and roll groups will participate this weekend in the Lebrancho Rock event in Puerto del Rosario. The event will take place on the 17th & 18th April in the Plaza of La Paz of the majorera capital, and will feature 12 bands from Fuerteventura, 2 from Lanzarote, 2 from Gran Canaria and 3 from Tenerife, as well as of several Dj's to play while the bands change over.

Steve Griffith's Recovery Begins

Steve Griffiths, who damaged his back here, is now back in the UK. Although he left here paralysed from the neck down, it has been reported that he has partial feeling in one of his hands. Lets hope this recovery continues to other parts of his body.

Brian and Tina's murderer sentenced

Juan Carmelo Santana who murdered a Brian and Tina Johnson with a hammer has been jailed for 39 years by a court in the Canary Islands.The couple were beaten to death with a hammer by Mr Santana when they tried to collect overdue rent from him in July 2006. He was sentenced to 17 years for Mrs Johnson's murder and 22 for the more "brutal" killing of her husband and ordered to pay their son, Sam, £270,000 in a private prosecution. Santana will also have to meet all legal costs of the private prosecution brought by Sam Johnson. The jury unanimously rejected Santana's defence that he was high on drink and drugs and not responsible for his actions. Judge Pilar Parejo said the longer jail term for killing Mr Johnson reflected the "particularly brutal nature" of the attack, which involved at least ten blows with the hammer. The sentence was slightly less than the 41 years sought by the state, but higher than the minimum 35-year tariff. Judge Parejo said Santana had disposed of the couples bodies in such a way that they remained undiscovered on scrubland for several days, causing additional distress to their son. Despite the sentence, Santana will serve only 27 years, as under Spanish law the maximum prison term is 30 years and Santana has already spent three years on remand.

Camping Ban Protest

The Campers of Fuerteventura yesterday wonder why the Coastal Act allows for the construction of hotels, apartments, bungalows, beach bars and sun beds on public land and camping is not permitted. More than fifty campers took to the streets to protest about the ban on camping in traditional areas of El Cotillo, in the municipality of La Oliva.

Work commences on prison

Preliminary work to build a prison in Fuerteventura has begun. The Society of Correctional Facilities and Infrastructure (SIEP), a subsidiary of the General Directorate of Prisons, has started work required to build the prison. The City Council of Puerto del Rosario authorized SIEP temporary occupation of a municipal plot of 105,000 square meters, a few kilometers from the capital, to conduct geotechnical studies of the area. This study is an analysis of the ground to be built on, and must be done prior to the designing of the prison, as it is essential to know the characteristics of the land for the construction. The future prison in Fuerteventura will have 216 cells and has a budget of 20 million euros.

Pedestrian injured in Puerto del Rosario

A young person of 25 was knocked over on Calle Leon y Castillo in Puerto del Rosario, although he was transferred to hospital he was not seriously injured.

Uniqueness of local goats recognised

The Agriculture Council is attempting to get recognition for the goats on the coast of Ajuy, in the municipality of Pájara, as their own breed. A group of investigators from the Independent University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the ICIA, has demonstrated that all the goats have a common link in spite of the evolutional differences. These investigations, done by DNA samples suggest all the present goats descend from the same flock. The goats of Ajuy have remarkable differences compared with the goats of other canarian breeds. In view of these results, the Government of the Canary Islands has decided to complete the studies that will allow the registration of the breed.

Biography of Local doctor released

Ariarides Hernandez Moran arrived at the pier of Puerto Cabras in 1953 to serve his military service in the Infantry Battalion of Fuerteventura. 56 years later he continues to live here. Aristides, when finishing his national service became a doctor for the poor.
Now a book has been written about his many experiences as a doctor. He travelled around the island on a small motorcycle visiting the sick in the most remote parts of the island. He was one of the initiators of the creation of Red Cross here. Aristides Hernandez has become a real hero for his selfless work and his commitment to the needy. This work has been widely recognized with awards and prizes, and calling streets after him in Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario. 

Weird News

Americas reality show Someone's Gotta Go, about employees of a real small company decide which one of them actually gets laid off.
For a $9 an hour entertainment charge at one of 39 Tokyo "cat cafes", trendy and lonely people get to pet kitties while they sip tea.
Marckenly Estima, an enterprising rapper, wanted police cars in the background of his new video, so he and his cameraman were chatting up officers in the parking lot of the police station when the cops ran his name through the computer and found a warrant for skipping out on a trial.
A slightly intoxicated motorcyclist crashed into wild pigs and messed himself up badly, but a jury decided that it was California's fault for not putinng up Wild Pigs signs on the highway.
A 19 year old student required emergency assistance after spending all evening badgering fellow partygoers to hit him in the face. At 2am someone complied, resulting in a broken nose and massive bleeding.
A motorist survived a crash though his car fell down a 200 ft cliff. After he climbed back to the highway and sought help, he was accidently hit and killed by another driver.
A 60 year old, celebrating his retirement, was killed when 3 co-workers tossed him playfully into the air and then apparently miscommunicated as to who would catch him.

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