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Illegal Trafficking: President of Gran Canaria “Animal Welfare” Association Investigated for Falsifying Export Certificates and Suspected Mistreatment of Animals

A rogue individual, living on Gran Canaria and operating an unlicensed and unregistered facility supposedly dedicated to animal welfare, has been referred by the Guardia Civil to the Canarian justice system for illegal trafficking and documentary falsification of certificates required for the safe transport of animals into the UK. The operation, she has run for nearly a decade, is suspected of collecting around a quarter of a million euros for this activity in just one 18 month period, keeping large numbers of unregistered animals in inadequate conditions, and illegally transporting animals from the island, without proper zoosanitary checks, across Europe by air, sea and land, destined for recipients in the United Kingdom.

 Between January 2021 and October 2022, the investigated Association irregularly exported 482 dogs to the United Kingdom
 The president of the Association falsified export certificates and presented them to the UK authorities.

Leaked documents raise further concerns about welfare in proposed Las Palmas octopus farm that would be first of its kind in the world

The proposal by Spanish multinational Nueva Pescanova to create the world’s first commercial octopus farm on Gran Canaria has generated a great deal of controversy. The company aims to produce one million octopuses a year for consumption worldwide, three times the number currently caught in the wild by Spanish fisheries. However, the project has been condemned by many scientists who regard the proposed method of killing the octopuses as “cruel”. Confidential documents obtained by the BBC reveal that the creatures would be killed using water as cold as -3°C, which many experts believe would result in a slow and stressful death.
 

Three Men Detained, without bail, for An Alleged Gang Rape, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hotel

Three men were arrested and charged with sexual assault after having allegedly gang-raped a young woman in a hotel, in the Santa Catalina area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The woman, who is 21 years old, reported the incident at the hotel’s reception, claiming that she had been raped by the men and could not remember anything after accepting a drink from them.

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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 22-24 April 2022

A wonderfully interesting April weekend ahead. 
Weather predictions are showing some sunshine, clouds, and a big possibility of some rain on Gran Canaria this weekend (April, eh?). With masks coming off across Spain (psst… it’s still ok to wear one if you want to…) there will be many, many events this weekend, definitely worth visiting, like the Cheese Festival taking place in Santa Maria de Guía. There are also Carnival celebrations happening in Agaete and some traditional neighbourhood patron saints’ festivities and fiestas in El Pajar and Cruce de Arinaga. And of course, there are always weekly markets on Gran Canaria, every day, and especially on weekends.
Check out the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website.

VOTE NOW! Click here to see the winners’ shortlist and have your say
There is a significant buzz in the air, as The Canary Awards winners’ shortlist has been announced this week, and thousands of people are heading to the polls to vote for their favourite individuals and organisations here on Gran Canaria who go the extra mile and do things with a smile.  Who will you vote for, ahead of the May 1st Winners’ Dinner show, in the heart of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria?
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Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecast a weekend of unstable skies around the island. Light breezes with some cloud cover, and the possibility of some rain, with a mix of sunshine in the southern municipalities like Mogán (Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria) and San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Maspalomas). The weather is usually always better by the coast, than it is inland, in the main tourist municipalities, and sometimes just 10km can distance makes a big difference between sunshine and rain or cloud. Of course temperatures change too with altitude, and depending on which side of the island the winds are blowing from.
The weekend is looking a bit cloudy around the island with a high probability of some rain.  All in all, average daytime temperatures should stay a comfortable, perhaps even a touch chilly (for some) at 22ºC in the shade, though certainly a chillier up in the summits, with the longer-range forecasts even predicting snow levels dropping to below 1700m by middle of next week, if any rain finds us at the same time, we may be looking at a lovely less than seasonal frosting up top.  We’ll wait and see…
It is good to remember that the weather at this time of year can be quite changeable, and hard to predict, even just a short distance inland from the usually much sunnier coastal weather on the south.

*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***

Saint Georges Day Saturday April 23
Lot’s of people of English descent celebrate this day, as do Russians, Ethiopians, Catalans and Aragonese in Spain, among many others, but, who was Saint George really?
Not much is known about the real Saint George, except that he was not in the slightest English (it may surprise some of you to hear).  Also known as George of Lydda, he was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origin, born in what is now modern-day Turkey, and member of the elite Praetorian Guard, for the Roman emperor Diocletian. Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family, and who, according to tradition, was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalomartyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades.
In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. His memorial, Saint George’s Day, is traditionally celebrated on 23 April.
Historically, the countries of England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Catalonia and Aragon in Spain, and Moscow in Russia have claimed George as their patron saint, as have several other regions, cities, universities, professions and organisations. The bones of Saint George are buried in the Church of Saint George, Lod, adjacent to Lod’s El-Khidr Mosque (dedicated to Muslim prophet Al-Khidr, often associated with Saint George) in what was Palestine, now part of the modern-day Israeli state.

Sunday 24 April, Santa Maria de GuíaFiesta del Queso de Guía
The ancient town of Santa Maria de Guía celebrates the 45th anniversary of their Cheese Festival.  Traditionally “Fiesta del Queso de Guía” celebrated on the last Sunday of April.
This year, the Traditional Gastronomy and Artisanal Fair is celebrated at the Plaza Grande on Sunday, 24 April with some traditional music and dancing to enjoy as well. The fair starts at 10:00 am. Music performances from 10:30, 12:30, and 13:30.
The Festival of the Cheese of Guía counts every year with two editions. Traditionally, the first one is celebrated in the town on the last Sunday of April and the second takes place in the district of Montaña Alta every first Sunday of May. This year on the 1st of May.

21-24 April, El PajarFiestas Santa Águeda
The little coastal population just next to Arguineguin, El Pajar, are celebrating their main patron saint fiestas 21-24 April 2022. On Thursday, “Viejas Glorias” drive at around 18:30 in the sports ground and later, the opening of the festivities at 20:30, followed by Pregón, the opening speech at 21:00 and at 21:30 music (tribute to Rocio Jurado)
On Friday, there is a children’s party at 17:00 and at 21:00 concert by “La Quinta marcha’80” and “Ginsonics”. After party starts at 00:00
On Saturday,  the popular Romeria, (the first since the Pandemic began) is a religious pilgrimage procession with the image of Santa Águeda (who is also patron saint of Breast Cancer Suffers) starts at 18:00, leaving from the crossing to El Pajar on the GC-500- Later at 22:30 “DJ Fano Sanchez” . After party with “Armonia Show” and Grupo Acuarela”.  At midnight fireworks. 
On Sunday, the last day of Festivities,  Mass and a religious procession at 10:00 from their unique little cave church, Ermita de Santa Águeda. Sun Party with “Yeray Socorro” and “Ritmo Sureño” at 14:00
 

22-24 April, Cruce de ArinagaFiestas San José Obrero
The festive celebrations for Cruce de Arinaga return to the streets. From Friday, 22 April and until Saturday, 7  May 2022 enjoy the festivities of San José Obrero Cruce de Arinaga in the municipality of Agüimes. You can see the full program HERE!This weekend: On Friday Verbena, party at 22:30 at Plaza Primero de Mayo with Star Music and Grupo Arena.On Saturday, IV Eco Rally Isla de Gran Canaria at 11:00 parque urbano. Pudo Parque Infantil, a playa area for children at 11:00 Plaza Primero de Mayo.On Sunday Lucha del Garrote, a folk sport stick fighting at 10:00 at Plaza Primero de Mayo. Children’s play area with workshops and traditional games. At 11:00 IX Romeria Ofrenda San José Obrero, the pilgrimage offering from the parking lot of Doramas school via streets Doamas, Bentejui, Beletén, Avenida de Ansite and surroundings of Plaza Primero de Mayo.

21-23 April, AgaeteCarnival Agaete 2022
Villa de Agaete in the north west of the Island celebrates their Carnival 2022 between 21-23 April with the theme Carnaval del Mundo, Carnival of the World.
On Friday at 20:30 the inauguration of the A.D.I.C Carnival Exhibition  (Association of Designers of the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) in Centro Cultural de la Villa.at 21:15, the Body painting Show by the Personal Image Cycle of IES Agaete Pepe Dámaso, Performance by Los Chismosos Murga and dancing with Anyelia & Yoriell at Plaza de la Constitución.
On Saturday at 21:00 fashion catwalk of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival Designers Association, Comparsa Aragüime, Silvia Barrera Ballet and dancing with the La Clave Group.
and finally on Sunday at 11:30, there will be a children’s Carnival with Magic, Humour, Music and Children’s Carnival Dance at Plaza de la Constitución.
 

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SPORTING EVENTS 
 
Saturday, 23 April, MoganChallenge Mogán Gran Canaria
The Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria competition brings together, this Saturday, more than fifty different nationalities among its 350 entries, who have achieved the participation record required between its two modalities for this edition.
Triathletes from the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Belgium, are just some examples of the internationality of this event, chosen two years running as the world’s best destination in the world triathlon.
From all corners of the globe (!), the star event will not only be the epicentre for sports this weekend, and a call for triathlon lovers from around the world to come to Gran Canaria, but it will also be broadcast live via open streaming to the world. The broadcast will feature commentators in several languages. You can watch it at live.challenge-family.com

 
“Remember that when there is a sporting event happening it also means road closures during the race. This time GC-500 all the way from Anfi to Taurito”Check all the information about the GC-500 road closure HERE!!

 

MARKETS ON THE SOUTH OF GRAN CANARIA 
Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.
On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán; El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
On Saturday in Arguineguín, a second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be found and discovered.
On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.
This Sunday, the biweekly Farmers and Handicraft Fair of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria is on again. The market is held in the urban park of Puerto Rico, just in front of the entrance to Angry Birds Activity park from 08:30. This is a small little market and offers something extra to see and do, every other Sunday. 

 

Saturday 23 April, VecindarioMercado Agrícola de Vecindario

The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market in Vecindario still takes place on the main street at the Plaza de Los Algodoneros (next to the Hotel Avenida de Canarias ) 🍉🌼🥔🥑🍌  Get the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers and much more, straight from local farmers and producers.
From 08:30 – 13:30 Plaza de Los Algodoneros
 
“It is also the perfect opportunity to explore the local shops on this kilometres-long main street of this bustling neighbourhood, Avenida de Canarias.”

LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND!
 
Saturday 23 April, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria#Musicando” series 
Musicando, is a yearly series of free concerts and is open for all to enjoy at Parque Doramas ( auditorium ) in Las Palmas, always at 21:00. Its free entry until seat capacity is full.
This Saturday, group Ordinarius, a vocal and percussive septet. The musical proposal with which the Ordinarius group will premiere on the stage.
Ordinarius will offer, starting at 21:00 at the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium, a journey through the history of Brazilian popular music, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, with reinterpretations of songs such as Dunas by Rosa Passos; Baila Conmigo by Rita Lee or Feminine by Joyce. Under the title of “Paralelas”, this musical work also includes songs by Chiquinha, Gonzaga, Dolores Duran, Anastácia, Maysa and Marisa Monte.
 

JAZ ALICE MUSIC

Jaz Alice is our most talented and versatile young singer, born in England, she has become a local star performer here on Gran Canaria.
 
Friday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00 and later in Papi’s Grill in Playa de Inglés at 20:30 – 23:00
Saturday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00
On Sunday at Silhoutte Bar in Yumbo Cetre, Playa del Ingles at 22:00 ( Lady Gaga Tribute )

 
 
 
 

KELLY MARLOW

The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria,playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.
Friday at Nirvana Bar in Arguineguín, Ancora Centre at 21:00Saturday at Rockabella – Playa del Inglés 18:00-21:00 and later at the Shamrock at 22:30Sunday at The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30

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The Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria triathlon and road closures on Saturday 23 April on GC-500 Mogán

The Mogán town council, on the popular southwest of Gran Canaria, has issued several maps to indicate restricted access to various locations, as well as road closures, this Saturday, April 23 between 06:00-14:00.
Likewise, the town hall have made their apologies for any inconvenience these measures may cause. This year, the Mogan Gran Canaria Challenge has been divided into two sporting events, the first of which took place on 2 April, when the GC-500 old national road was closed for a morning between Anfi and Amadores. This Saturday, the Challenge hosts a half distance and relay, again closing GC-500 to traffic between Anfi and Taurito.

 

Vehicle access to Anfi del Mar and Los Caideros will be completely closed off, as this is the transition area for ​​the cycling tests, with only restricted access, controlled by the police, to be allowed.

In this area, for safety reasons, pedestrians must move only through marked areas. A temporary stop for public passenger transport will be installed in this area.

 

Balito area, access to the Marina Elite Balito complex is to be closed from 06:00 to 14:00 with exceptions for urgent and pressing need

❇ The accesses and departure points for workers and tourist transfers to the airport  will be carried out under the supervision of the Local Police, up until 7:30 a.m.

 

Access to the Agua la Perra area will be restricted, with use only permitted for well justified reasons, such as by public transport services,  Policia Local Agents will be in charge of regulating traffic in the area. Drivers must anticipate that access to this area through the GC-500 roundabout, confluence with calle Juan Díaz Rodríguez, can only be crossed when authorised by Local Police agents.

 

 

 

 

In the lower area of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, for which the GC-500 must be crossed, access will be restricted. It can only be done by vehicle in cases that are strictly necessary or deemed essential, following the instructions of the agents who are regulating traffic. It is recommended that, as far as possible, the public to park on Avenida Tomás Roca Bosch and nearby, then cross to the lower area near the beach on foot, making use of the underground subway passage that is in the area, to avoid crossing at the same level as the place where this major sporting event takes precedence over pedestrian access for the safety of both.
 
❇ Access and departures for workers and tourist transfers to the airport will be carried out will be until 8:00 a.m. under the supervision of the Local Police.
 

Restrictions in AmadoresFor its part, access to the Amadores area will be through the interior of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria using Avenida de la Cornisa to Calle Timanfaya, Calle Tenerife and Calle San Borondón, going down Calle Ministra Anna Lindh to the parking area that exists in the upper part of Amadores. To get out, you will have to drive along Calle Montaña Clara Street to Avenida Cornisa and join the GC-1 from Puerto Rico.

 

Restrictions will be in place from 06:00 to 14:00 for access to Tauro, El Platero and Playa del Cura. Access can only be allowed in cases of emergency or high priority need, during the sports event, so residents must anticipate that, on April 23, and schedule their day according to the road closures of the route, which will be from 06:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

❇ Access and departure of workers and tourist transfers to the airport will be allowed until 7:30 a.m. under the supervision of the Local Police.

PROVISIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STOPS (TAXIS AND GLOBAL) WILL BE LOCATED IN THE PLAZOLETA DE TAURO, THE LITTLE SQUARE IN TAURO.

Vehicle access to Los Frailes, Medio Almud and Tiritaña beaches will be closed between 06:00 and 14:00 on Saturday, April 21.

Access to Taurito by the GC-500 will be closed. The main GC-1 highway should be used as an alternative route, remembering that in order to move to the Puerto de Mogán and Mogán valley area, you must go back towards Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, in the Las Palmas direction, and then change direction back toward Mogán. Access to the lower area of ​​Taurito will be open as usual.

 

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Fore! Huge success for the European Tour at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open helped with a header from our man Gilliam…

Golf’s prestigious European Tour returned to the Canary Islands this April, for the first time in nearly 20 years with The Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, staged on the south coast, at the visually outstanding Meloneras Golf. The European Tour has form in the Archipelago, having visited Campo de Golf de Maspalomas in both 1995 and 1997, as well as El Cortijo Club de Campo in 2002, but this was the first time the international event has been held at Lopesan’s flagship course, on an island that is the undisputed and authentic home of Spanish golf.

Gran Canaria’s rich golfing history started with the founding of Spain’s very first Real Club de Golf, by British merchants who brought the sport, and the cucumber sandwiches, to Gran Canaria in 1891, on a dusty hillside known as the ‘Lomo del Polvo’ overlooking the, then newly built, Puerto de La Luz de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It would be 14 years, in 1904, before Spain’s second-ever club for golfers was founded, at the Madrid Polo.  Gran Canaria’s burgeoning British Colony club originated with several members, who had a tiny block-built club house constructed, with a rough corrugated iron roof, held down against the wind with rocks. The site, with commanding views over the Ciudad Jardin, is now occupied by the architecturally remarkable Altavista building, owned by the Korean church. The Real Club de Golf relocated to Bandama, in the mid 50s, where it remains, overlooking the famous volcanic crater, from the heights of Llanos de la Atalaya, near the up market bodega wineries of the historic municipality of Santa Brígida.
The Bandama course was designed by none other than legendary Scottish golfing architect Philip Mackenzie Ross, and officially opened in 1957 where it has stayed, inspiring 9 other courses to emerge on just this one little island.  Those who have played Bandama with frequency and regularity, represent a literal who’s who of 20th century royalty, prime ministers, diplomats and dignitaries as well as some of the highest level, elite sportsmen of their day, including a long roster of Grand Slam and Ryder Cup winners, though for this tournament all local eyes were on native islander Rafa Cabrera Bello, who returned as an honorary host to the European Tour 2021.
Meloneras Golf, in Maspalomas, opened in 2006, and was designed by Rob Kirby. With a picturesque, yet wild, coastal layout, the course is lined by palm trees and offers unparalleled horizons, out to sea, and a stunning backdrop of mountain views. Quite short, it plays to just 5,946 metres and at par-70, so scoring was expected to be relatively low.
The Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres came to visit the course to inaugurate the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open event, joined by several local VIPs including Bello, and Francisco López Sánchez, Lopesan Hotel Group’s CEO, who pledged further support for these events, alongside Manuel López Santana, General Director of Sports and Teresa Berástegui, Deputy Minister for Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands and Florencio de la Rosa Camejo, director of Corporate Strategy and Diversification for DISA, the provider of energy services that supported the events across The Canary Islands.
Ángel Víctor Torres said how pleased we was with the various sponsors and that “we have first-rate tourist and sports infrastructures [able] to host competitions such as the European Golf Tour. Having 150 of the best golfers in the world on Gran Canaria and Tenerife is great luck.”
Francisco López, Managing Director of Lopesan Hotel Group, echoed these sentiments saying “The golf industry is one of the fundamental pillars on which the tourist recovery of Gran Canaria, as a global destination, must be based.”
With major sponsorship at stake, from the likes of Rolex, BMW and the airline Emirates, these major internationals are always tightly controlled, but perhaps never more so than in the time of Covid, with super-strict rules in place, for weeks ahead of time, to help ensure that this top level event went off without a hitch.  All Gran Canaria Lopesan Open players, caddies and course staff were required to maintain a sports “bubble” as were visiting journalists, staying at the luxurious Villa Del Conde, in the otherwise empty Meloneras area of Maspalomas, not 5 minutes from the course.
Head of Press for the hosts, Lopesan’s Rodrigo Perez Cano, confided that this had meant many local press outlets had been disappointed at not being able to directly share in such an historic moment for the island’s golfing classes, nevertheless the European Tour team were well prepared, with trademark efficiency and a most studious care to detail, so as to ensure that all those who wished to gain access could do so, through Vanessa O’Brien’s elite comms team, making everyone feel welcome, as well as offering a specially set up virtual media hub, allowing journalists from across the world direct access via video press conferences and onsite reportage.  It’s great to see such a professional circus come to town.

Few editors, of course, except perhaps but from the most well-to-do and specialised of media and publishing partners, are willing to stump up the exorbitant expenses necessary to cover journalists and photographers on such a tour, especially having to leave them isolated for 5 whole days at a time, with a free bar at one of the islands top hotels; no matter how alluring that might have sounded to the golf reporting men and women of the press themselves. Consequently the European Tour’s Media Hub were left to step-up to the tee, which they did with great panache, to provide comprehensive daily coverage, images, video and direct quotes for a wide array of dry-throated golf scribes across the world, as well us we local hacks here on the islands, who were left perhaps a touch disappointed at not being able to witness this international, local event first hand.
Even the many local residents, who proudly feel most intimate with this course, arguably the very best on the island, were all relegated to watching the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open on Sky Sports, as per.  Nevertheless; never one to let us down, our man, Paul Gilliam, reporting exclusively for The Canary News was of course, at course side, throughout, and able to catch more than just a glimpse of the proceedings, the golfing elites playing his home course and perhaps a touch more of the action than he had anticipated.

Paul Gilliam’s heads up, for The Canary News, European Tour, Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, 2021 
Held at sub-tropical Gran Canaria’s luxuriant Meloneras Golf, Lopesan sponsored this major international event kicking off the 2021 Race to Dubai, with an initial prize fund of €1.5Million.
Hosting the tournament was home favourite, and three-time European Tour winner, Rafa Cabrera Bello. Rafa grew up next to the Maspalomas Golf course, and so when he turned professional, you would always see him practising at the Meloneras course. Local Hotel Group, Lopesan, were his first major sponsors.
Cabrera Bello, even established the Youth Circuit, that takes his name, in 2019, for young golfers from around the archipelago, and at the inauguration of this event said: “I am passionate about developing golf in the Canary Islands, and it is a great honour for me to return home, to play and host the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open. I would like to thank the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria for their support, as well as the private sponsors who have helped make these events a reality”.
The course played fairly easy for the participants as during the first two days, of the four day competition, there was hardly any wind above the cliffs of Maspalomas, on this sunny south facing course looking out to sea. Some great scores were being produced and on day three, China’s Ashun Wu claimed a course record of 61.   The wind did pick up on the fourth day, but nothing could stop the young South African, Garrick Higgo, conjuring an excellent final round of 63 to win the tournament at 25 below par, and with a 3 shot lead, to claim his second European Tour win.    Rafa finished a rather disappointing joint 56th carding -9 for his 4 rounds.
Due to Covid restrictions, unfortunately, no spectator’s  were allowed to attend. But those of us who were very lucky, had managed to get picked for some of the highly prized volunteer spots, to help out with the European Tour TV productions team.  I had one job.  My role was simply to report back to the producer on the progress of each shot, from each player, in the group I was following.  This should have been an easy task, not to mention an amazing experience, getting to be really up close to the players, with full access to go where ever I wanted, and report back.  But then, somehow,  I managed to get unexpectedly involved in the action, just a touch more than I would have liked.
On the first hole, there was I, ready to spot, about 300 yards down the fairway, among the palm trees, watching my group tee off. The first 2 players both found the centre of the fairway, then trouble loomed from out of a clear blue sky.  I didn’t spot it until it was too late, after Italian golfer, Guido Migliozzi hit a powerful tee shot, with a lot of right draw on the ball, next thing I knew the ball had found me, knocking me right on the head!  I hit the deck, suffering a big gash to my skull, claret all over my sheet full of notes, suddenly, all attention was on me, with a swift acting medical team causing a stir, before whisking me off to an ambulance, literally having to be carried off the field, and on my way all the way up to the capital, Las Palmas, to get my flesh wound, and cracked nut, stapled back together along with a precautionary head scan.  5 hours later I was discharged and luckily all was ok.  Funny thing was, I actually did the young Italian a favour, as his ball bounced back onto the fairway, rather than getting stuck among the trees, but the price was having to get my head examined, and ending up looking like Mister Bump.
Nevertheless, I managed to make it back to the course for day two, with producers and crew all being really kind and making a fuss of me, and to see the rest of the tournament, incident free. Though it certainly hurt, I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing experience of getting up close and personal in one of the worlds great golfing tournaments, right here on the island I love most.

On the final day, Migliozzi actually took the time to come and find me, to apologise for trying to kill me with his rogue ball. He even gave me a few little gifts, and a personnel hand written letter, which really meant a lot to me.
There is talk of the European Tour returning again next year.  The coverage the TV gave was of course excellent promotion for the golf course, and the local area as well as our beautiful Island, with a steady stream of complimentary commentaries from the TV presenters, being broadcast across the world to an audience in its millions.   Lets hope they ask me again to volunteer next year, but this time I might just wear a tin helmet.Following the great success on Gran Canaria’s most famous sunny southern coast, the European Tours production headed off to a markedly cloudier week on the Costa Adeje to take on the next two events back-to-back: the Tenerife Open and the Tenerife Championship, added to the calendar at the last minute following the postponement of the Open de France.

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Arguineguín footballer David Silva tests positive for COVID19 after negative result in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Arguineguín-born footballer David Silva, staunch supporter of The Food Project in the small but popular Gran Canaria fishing-cum-tourist town where he was raised, recently joined Spanish La Liga team Real Sociedad, and was presented to the press this Monday in San Sebastián after taking a second PCR test in 72 hours, news arrived this afternoon however that he has in fact tested positive for Covid-19 and will now be obliged to quarantine, according to a report from the San Sebastian club.
The Canarian footballer, who recently transferred from Manchester City FC in the UK, had a PCR test this Monday morning at a hospital in the capital of the northern Basque-Spanish municipality of Gipuzkoa that confirmed the presence of coronavirus disease, after Silva had passed a previous test last Friday in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria showing negative results.
Image: Real Sociedad
Silva is asymptomatic and, according to the club, “isolated”, while the player’s positive results have been communicated “to the relevant health authorities”.
The club have reported that David Silva arrived in Bilbao yesterday, spent the night in San Sebastián and it was his second test, required by protocol, this Monday morning in the capital Donostia – San Sabastián, in which he was diagnosed as carrying Covid-19.
Silva had not yet gone to play with his new squad, nor had he gone to Real Sociedad’s Zubieta training ground, where the plan had been for him to start work from this Tuesday once he had been officially presented. He will now have to wait until he gives two negatives in a row to be able to join his new team mates, which could be a matter of days or even weeks.

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€100 Fines for failure to comply with masks rules

The Canary Islands Government will activate increased controls this weekend to guarantee the use of masks as one of the most fundamental measures of protection against COVID 19. Special vigilance is to be carried out at recreational and festive gatherings such as bars, nightspots, Private parties, and celebrations in open spaces.
Members of the Policia Canaria, Local Police and State Security Forces, including the Guardia Civil, will be deployed in a visible show of enforcement. Failure to use masks as instructed will carry a penalty fine of up to €100.
The Government pointed out that on the Canary Islands the use of masks is already mandatory in indoor public spaces and also in open spaces, provided that the minimum interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 meters cannot be kept, as clearly stated in the prevention recommendations established within the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020. In spaces such as shopping centers, masks are mandatory, since it is not always possible to guarantee the minimum safe distance.
This obligation must be combined with hygiene and hand-washing measures necessary to reinforce actions aimed at limiting, and with luck even preventing, the transmission of the virus on the islands, in sincere hope of preventing new outbreaks of COVID-19.
This important physical protection measure against COVID-19 is obligatory for everyone over six years of age, with the exception of situations stipulated by Royal Decree Law 21/2020, such as some types of respiratory disease, disability or dependency, which must be demonstrated by clear documentation or certification from a qualified medical professional, such as your doctor. Some types of exercise and individual outdoor sports, among other activities, may also be exempt.
The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health have made direct appeals to the wider population to take responsibility and protect themselves against Covid-19 and, therefore, protect the most vulnerable members of the population, avoiding close contact even between family members. 40% of all new outbreaks in Spain have been caused by family gatherings at which security measures have not been respected.
The Canary Islands Government have not ruled out having to adopt other more restrictive measures, if these steps prove insufficient in preventing a resurgence of the pandemic in the Canary Islands.
Everyone is reminded of how to try and avoid Covid-19 infection
– At all times, maintain an  interpersonal safety distance of at least 1.5 meters, minimum. This must be complied with, on public roads and in closed spaces and in any outdoors environment.
– It is recommended that everyone avoid indoor, or crowded places and remove themselves from close proximity to other people.
– Continuous and correct hand hygiene must be carried out to avoid contact with Covid-19 coronavirus and its spread. #NowWashYourHands
– The use of hygienic, preferably reusable, masks is highly recommended. For a mask to be used correctly, it must cover the mouth and nose completely at all times, fitting properly to the nose and chin so as to prevent the expulsion of respiratory secretions into the environment. #DoNotTouchYourFace

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Phase II: Canary Islands beaches to reopen for recreational use from Monday

On Monday, May 25, beaches on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma will open once more for people to be able to sunbathe and swim recreationally, however showers, foot-baths and designated recreational areas will stay closed to avoid possible infections from Covid-19.

These remaining five will join the other Canary Islands, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa already in phase two of the Spanish state de-escalation plan, which were among the first places in Spain to advance to that stage last Monday. This will mean greater levels of freedom throughout the Canary Islands, including leisure use of beaches, although the state regulations have once again generated uncertainties.
A technical meeting of the Canary Islands Federation of Municipalities (FECAM) and the regional government was convened yesterday to establish a framework protocol for the measures to be taken by the various municipalities in allowing access to their beaches. They recognised the differences between a small cove and beaches that stretch for kilometers, with the intention of clarifying some of the issues likely to be encountered.

At this time, the priority is security “on the ground,” said Tomás Pérez, Mayor of La Aldea and leader of the Fecam security commission, so lifeguard teams from the Red Cross will join the Local Police to control compliance with the rules of social distancing and protection measures.
All across Spain there are still many unknowns. Although Fecam is clear that, as a general rule, showers and recreation areas will be closed and that the separation between beach users will be monitored, there are still multiple issues that need to be defined.

In Andalusia, for instance, there are proposed measures to limit the capacity of people on the beaches. There they are recommending showering before going to the beach and then again upon arrival, with people being asked to not stay on the beach for more than four hours to avoid crowds. Other areas, such as Galicia, are asking people to make a prior appointment to avoid overcrowding. FECAM do not plan to go to these extremes in the Canary Islands. Pérez refered to the first day that we were allowed to exercise, in phase zero, or to go to bar and restaurant terraces, in phase one. Though there were crowds at first, the numbers have lessened, which he believes demonstrates that it is a matter of individual responsibility, which can be extrapolated to the general opening of the beaches, which can already be used for sports training. He stressed that we cannot yet relax our efforts to mitigate the effects of a virus that has claimed 155 lives on the islands and more than 27,700 in Spain.

The ministerial order for the penultimate phase two of de-escalation indicates that visits to the beaches will be allowed, always maintaining a minimum safety distance of at least two meters, or, failing that, using alternative measures of physical protection, including consistent hand hygiene and a mask, mandatory in public spaces. Groups can be a maximum of 15 people.

Shopping centres, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, weddings and funerals

Shopping centers will also be allowed to reopen under phase two rules, however, with quite a few limitations, as common areas and recreational areas will still be out of bounds, and capacity will be limited to 40% with a preferential service schedule established for people over 65 years of age.

Restaurants will be able to allow customers to enter inside, once more, although food and drink cannot be consumed at the bar and seating will be limited to one third of capacity, so that there is sufficient separation between customers. Nightclubs will not open yet.

Cultural spaces such as libraries and museums will be joined by cinemas, theaters and auditoriums, which will open to the public with previously assigned seating and limited to a third of capacity. Shows must host audiences of less than 50 people indoors and less than 400 outdoors.

In addition, from phase two, weddings can be held in all types of facilities, at up to 50% venue capacity and without exceeding 100 guests in outdoor spaces or 50 in closed spaces.

Funeral wakes will also have a limit of 25 people in open spaces or 15 in closed spaces. And among other relaxation measures in phase two of de-escalation, places of worship will now be limited to half normal capacity.

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The beaches of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés will reopen this Wednesday, along with all others in San Bartolomé de Tirajana

The southern beaches of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, which include Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés, will reopen for all residents this Wednesday, May 6, for the exercise, federated sportspeople and other uses which have been allowed under the new State of Emergency rules decreed on May 1, say the local town hall.
The council has decided, after a meeting this Monday, with members of the municipality’s local security institutions.
The Town Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana originally said they would keep the beaches closed “to see how the population reacted to this first ministerial de-escalation decree and in order to guarantee the safety of all our residents” according to councillor for Beaches and Coasts, Samuel Henríquez.
Henríquez says he hopes that the population will respond as they have before “in a responsible way, keeping their distance and sticking exclusively to what the [law] decree allows.”
The use of the beaches is to be allowed from Wednesday for [federated] sports people who practice various water sports; for runners; and walkers who live within a kilometre of the coast, always within the structured time schedules established by the Ministry of Health. Leisure activities such as bathing and sunbathing are still totally prohibited.
It is also repeated that no motorised vehicle or public transport may be used to travel to spaces for public use to practice the physical activity provided for in this order.

Mayor Conchi Narvaez released the announcement directly through her facebook profile saying:
“The beaches of San Bartolomé de Tirajana will reopen next Wednesday.
The council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has decided today after a meeting with the government group, and the members of security to reopen all the beaches of the municipality next Wednesday, May 6, for the uses permitted in the decree of the state of alarm.
Currently, taking advantage of the confinement, coastal maintenance and improvements have been carried out, necessary to be able to comply with the regulations and improve the spaces.
Once the work is completed, access to the beaches will be allowed exclusively for the permitted uses.”

The beaches of San Bartolomé de Tirajana will reopen next Wednesday.
The municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has decided today after a meeting with the government group, and the members of the municipality’s security to reopen all the beaches of the municipality next Wednesday, May 6, for the uses permitted in the decree of the state of alarm.
Currently, taking advantage of the confinement, coastal maintenance and improvements have been carried out, necessary to be able to comply with the regulations and improve the spaces.
Once the work is completed, access to the beaches will be allowed exclusively for the permitted uses.

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The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 15-17 November 2019

Mid November with an Autumnal chill already in the night time air. AEMET, the Spanish state meteorological agency are predicting a weekend a touch cooler than we have enjoyed over the last few.  The south will see some cloudy skies, with highs of around 22ºC in the shade with a small possibility of rain, a touch more cloud to the north, particularly at the summits, with plenty some more rain coming in set to turn the island ever more verdant. There is even a snow level prediction for the weekend at 1800 meters so let’s see if we finally get that first frosting of the winter up on the highest peaks.
The largest regional fair in the south is happening in the south-eastern town of Ingenio this weekend, offering a wide range of local produce direct from farmers, artisans, craftspeople and various other stall holders. It’s the last weekend of the Fiestas de San Gregorio in Gran Canaria’s second city Telde, an animal fair at Santa Catalina’s Miller Building in the capital and many other events and happening to go and see over the coming weekend.
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15-17 NOVEMBER, INGENIO
16ª FERIA DE LA MANCOMUNIDAD DEL SURESTE
The Tri-Municipal commonwealth of the Southeast are celebrating their 16th Agriculture, Craft, Livestock and Tourism Fair bringing together producers and crafts people from across Ingenio, Agüimes & Santa Lucia for the largest event of its kind showing off primary sector produce and livestock in a Three Counties Fair styled event that emphasises sustainability and renewables, and brings together this innovative alliance of communities in the run up to the peak winter season.
The Agriculture, Handicrafts, Livestock and Tourism fair, are this year to be held along Avenida Carlos V in Carrizal in the municipality of Ingenio. The region’s most important event, in which farmers, producers and artisans from across the region offer their best produce directly to the public. Around 150 stalls will showcase artisans and the agrifood sector of this important “Comarca” and will turn Avenida Carlos V into a buzzing experience of vibrant colours, sounds and flavours.
The Southeast Fair, the most important of its kind in the Canary Islands, was founded sixteen years ago to support the “primary sector” of the area. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend throughout the course of the weekend.
Not just any fair, this event is an outstanding symbol of unity between the three townhalls of Ingenio, Agüimes and Santa Lucía, who 29 years ago joined forces to form the South East Commonwealth and to fight against their common challenges in a land ravaged by drought, that until quite recently was known as the “triangle of poverty” on the island.  Today these efforts and alliances represent an astounding success story, with continued growth across all three populations, having innovated far ahead of the rest of Gran Canaria to become the first to produce all of their municipal electricity, and meet all of their desalinated municipal water needs, using wind power.  Even if you didn’t know their story, you will have seen their long standing wind farms on the south east of the island which have been producing clean energy and water for them for many, many years and which has become a model for future development among coastal communities across the world, and in particular all the way down the west coast of Africa.
On Friday and Saturday 10:00-22:00 and on Sunday 10:00-15:00 

15-17 NOVEMBER, TELDE 
FIESTAS DE SAN GREGORIO 
The festivities in honour of San Gregorio are coming to an end this weekend in Telde
On Friday, a night of Wine and Tapas will enliven Plaza de San Gregorio starting at 21:00 with live music.
On Saturday an artisans exhibition on Plaza de San Gregorio starts from 10:00. In the evening at 20:00 the 8th Song festival. Along Ramblas de Pedro Lezcano Montalvo there is a 4×4 exhibition from 10:00, from 17:00 a Circus show, and at 22:00 a Verbena, a street party with music and at midnight a firework show.
On Sunday the artisanal exhibition continues on Plaza de San Gregorio from 10:00. At 13:00 Canarian folk music groups perform followed at 14:00 by tastings of Potaje Canario, the traditional Canarian rustic stew. Later at 19:00 a Eucharist mass and religious procession.
Along Ramblas de Pedro Lezcano Montalvo there will be a cattle exhibition at 10:00

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER, LAS PALMAS
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A Saturday in the capital filled with workshops, dog shows, exhibitions, master classes, conferences and much more in the iconic Miller building, just beside the Elder museum in Parque Santa Catalina. See the full program below.
In the Miller building:

12:30 and 17:00 -Adoption catwalk of the dogs rescued by the Albergue de Bañaderos Gran Canaria’s Insular Animal Shelter
14:30 – Competition for the most elegant senior dog
11:30 – Exhibition of service, assistance dog
10:30-18:30 – Children’s workshops
10:30-18:30 – Take a funky photo with you and your dog
18:00 – Competition of the most beautiful mix breed dog

and throughout the day there will be a range of educational talks in Spanish language.
Outside the Miller building there are exhibitions all day from police dog agility to French Ring starting from 10:30.
French Ring Sport is a dog sport involving jumping, obedience (breaking in exercises), and bite work. Obedience is emphasised in all three sections when competing in Ring; the dog has no collar or leash on at any time except during the heel on leash.

ONGOING MARKETS :
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER, PLAYA DE MOGÁN
MERCADO
Every Friday the usually sleepy, picturesque resort-cum-fishing port town of Playa and Puerto de Mogán get busy with their huge weekly street market.
It becomes a bustling place to visit any Friday and a good opportunity to enjoy a relaxed but a busy market that sprawls down leafy avenues between the port & beach and stretches up the entry to the Mogán valley.  There is a great atmosphere as well with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants in the area and often live music too. Friday is market day in Playa de Mogán!

16-17 NOVEMBER, SANTA BRÍGIDA
EL MERCADILLO AGRÍCOLA Y ARTESANAL 
The big Weekend Market of Santa Brigida, in the northeastern inland area of the island, celebrated its 33rd anniversary this summer. This upscale village market in the centre of the town, is where local people and visitors get local produce: varieties of cheese, country bread, jams and marmalades, naturally produced honey and a variety of confectionery.
This beautiful old town was where British aristocrats and merchants of the 18th and 19th century first came to visit on health holidays, making it one of the first tourism destinations on Gran Canaria. It is still home for many aristocratic families and their gorgeous country houses.
This Sunday, as part of the “Santa Brigida con vino” program, there is a special local redwine monograph, or specialist exhibition, starts at 11:00 as well as live music at 11:30 
Very much worth visiting this lovely old famous town in the hills overlooking the captial, which is also home to the Casa del Vino wine museum where you can discover more about Gran Canaria wines and production.
Opening hours : Saturdays 8:00-20:00 and Sundays 8:00-14:00 

SPORT EVENTS :
SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER, LAS PALMAS
BINTER NIGHT RUN

The 7th Binter NightRun on Saturday in the capital will bring together 4500 runners in different categories.
At 19:00 a 1 km solidarity run and the Trophy for Athletes with Disabilities and an hour later the Individual Half Marathon (21,097 meters), and the Half Marathon with teams of three runners where each one faces a seven kilometer stretch, and the massive 10K run.
The start and finishing point is on Calle Venegas (near the Fuente Luminoso) and will undoubtly be buzzing. There is also to be a concert at the fountain by “Ginsonics” 19:45-21:45.
WHEN THERE IS A SPORTING EVENT HAPPENING IT ALSO MEANS SOME ROAD CLOSURES IN THE AREA.

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