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Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands
May, 2023 |
The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.
La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán
May, 2023 |
Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.
UD Las Palmas Celebrate Return to La Liga First Division in Grand Style after Gran Canaria Stadium Goalless Draw with Alavés
May, 2023 |
UD Las Palmas made a glorious comeback to the First Division in a thrilling encounter against Deportivo Alavés that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. In front of a raucous near-capacity-crowd of 31,790, Las Palmas sealed their return ticket to the top flight with a hard-fought goalless draw in the season’s photo finish.
The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 May 2023
May, 2023 |
What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.
Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market
Six weeks since the unexplained disappearance of Anna-Karin on Gran Canaria
May, 2023 |
The authorities on Gran Canaria have been engaged in a rigorous search for Swedish tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson, who went missing in the south of Gran Canaria around April 9. Her unexplained disappearance has caused her family much distress, with no clues to her whereabouts having emerged in the six weeks since they first realised her phone was no longer functioning.
“????? ?? ?? ?????́?” Agaete’s Cordial Spa Hotel Roca Negra pioneers live music events where dancing is allowed by performing to the balconies as the sun sets
Mar, 2021 | #Tourism0, Business, Events & Leisure, Tourism, Weekend Tips
An innovative event was held for the second time this weekend at a hotel on Gran Canaria’s rugged north coast. The Cordial Roca Negra Hotel & Spa in Agaete held a large live weekend ????? ?? ?? ?????́? music concert, with multiple performing artists, which enabled concert goers to reserve a hotel room, from which to watch and dance on their balconies, to the delight of attendees. This tranquil spa hotel transformed into a concert theatre for a few hours to host the event. This pioneering initiative on the islands held their first eventback in December. Attendees were able to not only enjoy a three hour concert but could also have a boogie in a perfectly socially distanced environment. Guests check in to the “hotel theatre”, and are directly immersed in an experience with live music from the moment they arrive. This unique evening, was joined by some of the best known local performers from the Canary Islands facilitating larger scale live performances than would usually be possible and a safe environment in which to enjoy the show.
The idea of allowing people to continue enjoying an outdoor music concert in a responsible manner during the pandemic has a lot of potential while restrictions are still necessary to prevent COVID19 infections on the islands, and while the vaccine roll-out continues. The ????? ?? ?? ?????́? stage for the event was located in the solarium and pool area and allowed for a spectacular sunset backdrop, while watched from the balconies of the 140 rooms as some of the best loved contemporary Canarian music artists played live and loud for their audience, undoubtedly the largest audience any of them had seen for a year or more. The weekend event began on the Friday, in a more intimate and relaxed manner, with Cuban and flamenco music from the artists The Son Flamenco and Toto Noriega and then on Saturday, March 13, two overwhelming performances from the television star Cristina Ramos followed by the band Los 600.
“It is a fact that” ????? ?? ?? ?????́? “was a great success and we cannot be more proud of it. All the workers of the Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra, from management to restaurants and apartments, were fully involved in this beautiful initiative so that all our guests could enjoy good music, complying with all measures of social distance” said the general director of the Gran Canaria hotel chain, Nicolás Villalobos.
With the second edition of Teatrotel: “Dance on your balcony”, the Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra say they have shown their commitment, once again, to reinventing uses and spaces to allow thier guests to enjoy those experiences that so many miss, always respecting strict compliance with all social distance measures. The event, in order to respect the distances and capacity allowed, was exclusively limited to guests staying at the hotel, so places were limited. It is likely to be an experience not only repeated in the future, but copied by others looking to restart our ailing hotel industry in the post-covid era
The Canary News
All crew and passengers safe after night aboard ferry that ran aground in the Gran Canaria port of Agaete
Jan, 2021 | investigation, SUC, Transport, Transport
All crew and passengers have been declared safe and well, after spending the night aboard a Fred Olsen ferry which ran aground, at around 9pm on Thursday, after the vessel had struggled with high winds and rough seas in Gran Canaria’s Northwest port of Agaete. For several hours this Friday morning, two tugboats tried to move the stranded passenger ship into the port of Agaete, they were later joined by two more tugboats. All attempts made to release the vessel have been so far unsuccessful.
Emergency services from across the island had raced to the scene last night to assist in ensuring the safety the 59 passengers and 16 crew members on board, and following several unsuccessful attempts to free the craft, it was finally decided to evacuate the crew and passengers, who had spent all night on board the vessel, using a Salvamento Maritimo (maritime rescue) vessel, the Salvamar Nunki, to relay them to shore in collaboration with firefighters and emergency personnel from various services assisting the ship’s crew.
By 2:00 p.m. on Friday all the people on board had been brought to safety and accounted for leading to the majority of emergency personnel present being deactivated.
El pasaje y y la tripulacion del Fred Olsen ya han sido evacuados#FMA #Filomena pic.twitter.com/qenTI0cLLV
— Cabildo Gran Canaria (@GranCanariaCab) January 8, 2021
A broad range of emergency services were present at the scene including Police, Civil Guard, Red Cross, CECOES, SUC, Civil Protection, Maritime Captaincy, Maritime Rescue, and Fred Olsen crew who have been applauded for showing great professionalism, local fishermen, political leaders, security personnel and port workers all paying homage to the calm shown by passengers who were said to have acted in an exemplary manner despite having been exposed to a tense situation for more than 14 hours.
The Bentago Express, ran aground on Thursday night in Agaete while trying to dock at the Puerto de Las Nieves. No injuries have been reported. The fast catamaran, which covers the route between Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Gran Canaria, suffered damage to one of the engines.
The incident occurred a few minutes before ten o’clock at night. While Storm Filomena continued to produce strong winds and rough seas in the area. According to witnesses, the ship had tried to enter the dock and could not, and then on its second attempt suffered an engine failure.
The Canary News