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Migrant manThe boat was spotted yesterday off the coast of Punta de Rasca around mid-day with another 116 migrants on board. It was intercepted by the Guardia Civil patrol vessel, Rio Gallo, which escorted it into harbour.

It arrived a few hours later in Los Cristianos where the occupants were taken off to be looked after by the emergency services. Up to eight of the migrants are believed to be young boys.

The adults will be transferred to the holding centre at Hoya Fría outside Santa Cruz to await deportation back to their countries of origin.

Another boat carrying 56 sub-Saharan Africans arrived yesterday morning in El Hierro, bringing the total for the last 72 hours in the Canaries to over 200.

Wind generator El HierroThe smallest is set to be self sufficient in renewable energy by 2010. El Hierro aims to be the first to be self-sufficient in clean energy.
A new wind power centre will be in operation by the year 2010 and will be capable of coping with the entire power needs of the island’s 10,500 inhabitants.
The Island is set to be the most advanced in environmental considerations with all its energy coming from wind and tidal sources.
It was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2000, and the costs for the new developments are being met 60% by the local Cabildo government, 30% by the power company Endesa and 10% by the Canaries Technological Institute, together with 35 million Euro state funding from Madrid. Total cost of the project is 54 million.