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Mogán town council assumes direct management of services on Playa de Mogán

The Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas, Costa Alegre, Taurito, El Cura, Aquamarina and Patalavaca. Since last summer they have also been in control of direct exploitation of  Puerto Rico and El Perchel beaches.  The majority of these coastal tourism enclaves were managed by private companies who held the concessions, some of which had been in place for decades. 

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 27-29 January 2023

Tenteniguada Almond Blossom Festival
It’s the last weekend of January and exactly two weeks to go until the 2023 Carnival season starts on Gran Canaria. This weekend will most probably be enjoyed with a drop of wet weather, Sunday being forecast as the rainiest. The southern tourist enclaves look to also see a bit of cloud cover and even a small chance of seeing a few drops of rain. However you look at it, it may be handy to have umbrellas and raincoats around during the days to come. There is even the possibility of some snow on the mountains as we head into next week.

More than half of all Canary Islands properties sold last year were bought by foreigners, more than half of those non-residents

While we still await final figures for the last quarter of 2022, the latest official data from The Canary Islands has shown foreigners are buying more homes in the Canary Islands than ever before. The number of real estate acquisitions by non-residents in the Canary Islands has risen 52% compared to the same period in 2021, and is already 16% higher than the highest ever record set in 2017.

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Maspalomas got Soul, if it didn’t they wouldn’t be here – Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2022 – Exclusive images

The south of Gran Canaria was treated to an extraordinary show, on Friday night, by a line up of world class musicians, with the happiest faces, occasionally casting furtive sidelong glances towards the rolling waves of the incoming tide on San Agustín Beach, as they performed for the more than 5,000-strong crowd who’d come to join them for the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2022.

All the “New Normality” rules you need to follow when in The Canary Islands (new updates this week)

The Canary Islands government have produced a handy guide to understanding social distancing rules in Spain under the so-called “New Normal“, to help avoid spreading infection. Whether you like it or not this is what everyone is expected to do to stay safe.
These New Normality rules are not always crystal clear, they are still new, and subject to changes, and everyone has an opinion, but for everyone’s safety and well-being we are all being asked to try to follow the instructions.
You can be fined from between €100 up to €30,000 if you fail to follow the rules. Particularly if not wearing a mask where you ought to. Here is our most recent interpretation:

*some of these rules have been updated today, July 10, and will be again from time to time, ie: gatherings outside can now be up to 1300 people and inside up to 500 people. We will update the graphics accordingly and post here this weekend.

You always need to wear a mask if the 1.5m minimum distance cannot be maintained.

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Vote in The Canary Awards

Voting is Now Closed.Every shortlisted nominee was a winner.
The public favourites were announced at a glittering red carpet rooftop event in the heart of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria on Sunday April 21st 2019 and will feature in the next edition of The Canary Guide due out this coming week all across the island and online.
Thank you to everyone who participated and attended.
You are all stars.

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Canary Islands law to prohibit cockfights, circuses with animals, and to better manage animal welfare

COCK FIGHT CC By SA 3.0 Amshudhagar
There have been a number of very progressive actions over the last year when it comes to animal protection, rescue and legislation.  The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has been particularly active in assessing and spearheading actions to reduce the numbers of animals being abandoned and destroyed as well as developing policies and guidelines to ensure animal protection associations are well run and regulated.  On Monday more great news was announced from the Autonomous Regional Government, aiming to further protect animals from cruelty and set standards around which future generations can be educated and better informed.
The Canarian Government has declared a new law draft on Animal Protection and Pet Ownership throughout the autonomous community that will at last fully prohibit cockfighting as well as outlawing animal shows in circuses.
The Canary Islands have clearly stated their intention to prohibit cockfights and shows with animals in circuses by law. The regional government yesterday began the process to modify the Canary Islands law on protection and possession of companion animals aiming to resolve a situation that was left pending 26 years ago, when Parliament approved regulations that prohibited bullfighting on the Islands. At that time cockfighting was allowed to be maintained, with certain restrictions, because of the traditions associated with it that existed on some islands but now the objective of the Autonomous Community is to definitively prohibit the activity.
Sunday Cock fight in Madrid, 1890
Presidency Counselor for Justice and Equality, José Miguel Barragán, acknowledged yesterday that suppressing cockfighting will generate “controversy” on some islands – La Palma, Lanzarote or Tenerife – and within municipalities that have a long tradition of allowing associations that are dedicated to it. Barragán pointed out that the situation now is not the same as it was back in 1991 because society is now much more sensitive to the mistreatment of animals. The Executive will have dialogue with the representatives of the ‘gallistas’ to accommodate the new law in case a moratorium has to be established so that the existing leagues and championships that are in progress may end, although the intention of the Executive with this law is to abolish the activity.
The Executive also proposes the elimination of any spectacle with animals brought by circuses, advancing in this way the institutional declarations that have already been made by several town councils throughout the archipelago.
This legislative amendment addresses several issues to adapt the normative framework to the current reality. For example, a maximum quota of animals that can be kept within a single household will be established for the compatibility of the welfare of the animals. This aspect will be developed by regulation.
A principle that will be proposed in the standard is the zero-sacrifice of animals, an end to the long standing policy of destroying thousands upon thousands of abandoned animals, in order to promote social responsibility in this area. Barragán warned that this aspect is also expected to generate controversy and that there will be “many difficulties” in applying it but that it is a trend that will go hand in hand with the non-governmental organisations who work with animals.
The new guidelines changes include other novelties such as the preferential identification of animals with a modern and safe system such as the microchip; fines used to finance actions in favor of animals or the sterilization of pets that are going to be adopted.
The new law will also increase the powers of the councils in this matter and transfer responsibility for animal registers to the veterinary professional associations to give more reliability to the data.
A phase of applications now begins, to review various internal reports, institutions, other administrations, entities and bodies, as well as the start of a public information phase, after which the Treasury must decide on this initiative.
After consulting the law from the various sectors, the Government of the Canary Islands will request approval for the bill and refer to the Parliament of the Canary Islands, expected next quarter, for its final approval as law after the parliamentary process.
The text will replace the current Law 8/1991, of April 30, on the protection of animals to cover specific issues such as their possession.
 

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Invest in your health

SPONSORED POST:
Some people are mainly focused on the price when they look for a health insurance and they decide to contract the cheapest one, but… Watch Out!
Inexpensive health insurances are available on the market at the time of contracting the policy, but as the person gets older the price of the policies drastically increases considering the change to a higher age bracket.
ASSSA does not increase the price due to age, which means that the premium will remain the same age bracket that you contracted at the beginning. In the end you will pay a lower amount and your insurance will result cheaper.
A further point to consider is the written contractual guarantee of no cancellation. If there is no guarantee and the Insurance Company cancels the policy, it may occur that contracting another insurance becomes complicated due to age or the development of some diseases.
ASSSA guarantees under contract that your policy will not be cancelled, therefore you can have the peace of mind of being provided with a lifetime coverage.
Health is the best investment we can ever make and as such should be treated, not as the purchase of the cheapest choice by the time of contracting. Other factors to consider are the solvency and experience of the Company, the customer service, easy access to medical assistance, medical network and coverage offered.
ASSSA puts at your disposal its solvency and more than 80 years of experience to provide you with the best personalised attention in your own language and the best health care any time you need it.
Don’t wait any longer. Invest in your health with ASSSA.
Visit us during our OPEN WEEK (16th – 20th of October), take out an insurance and get the FIRST MONTH FREE. CATERING PROVIDED on the 20th of October. Consult promotion details.

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