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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 22-24 September 2023

 

Autumn is here, and it is the start of the apple harvest, as the fall equinox arrives this weekend. The weather predictions are promising some cloud cover and possibly even a little rain, mostly in the evenings/nightime at the summits and to the north, but best just to wait and see as Gran Canaria weather is usually fantastic particularly on the south of the island. There is so much going on this weekend, there is little bit of something for everyone.

Booyaka CLA gets asked “How Much?” live in Puerto Rico Shopping Centre

A rather infamous and, you might even say, outspoken Tiktoker landed in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria for a holiday last week.  With her outlandish catchphrase “Roots darling, roots!” and a bombastic attitude on full display, Chelsea Lee Arts is not, shall we say, everybody’s cup of tea; though she can boast more than 4m likes on the video sharing platform.  She is certainly a larger than life personality in many ways who, according to some reports, struggles with bipolar issues, and say some, her mental health.  But hey, doesn’t everyone, at least sometimes?¿.

 

 
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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 15-17 September 2023

 

A busy September weekend ahead! There are traditional patron saints’ festivities just getting started and some just finishing up. Guía are celebrating their very traditional Las Marías festivities, there is a Romería pilgrimage offering in the mountain town of Tejeda, a Wine and Tapas Night to enjoy in Playa de Mogán, as well as various ‘End of Summer’ celebrations in few different locations. Autumn is just round the corner.

#GranCanariaWeather: Some wet weather on the way this Sunday, particularly to the north

Over the next few days Gran Canaria weather is expected to be influenced by a front associated with a low-pressure system formed in northern Portugal. According to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), this will bring rain to the islands over the weekend. The northern areas of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote are expected to be most affected.

 

 

 

 

Microalgae can be good for the environment, say scientists who have developed early warning systems

This summer some Gran Canaria’s beaches, particularly Las Canteras in the capital and the coast of Mogán on the southwest of the island, have been affected by significant algal blooms. A team of experts from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Icmat), CSIC, and Digital Earth Solutions (DES) report that they have determined these blooms are likely to become more common over the years to come, due to the warming of the Atlantic Ocean in the Macaronesia region, a result of global warming.

 

 

 

 

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Mogán Town Hall ask people not to try to remove or eat the potentially deadly pufferfish washing up on the beaches

The Mogán Town Council has finally made a statement regarding the masses of dead fish, first reported by The Canary News,  that have been washing up on the southwestern shores of Gran Canaria over recent days and weeks, saying that “Since the situation was detected, the Council has maintained direct and constant contact with the General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of the Canary Islands.”

 

 

 

 

#GranCanariaWeather: Dead puffer fish, rains from the north & warm seas to the south

The weather outlook for the coming days on Gran Canaria suggests a predominance of cloud cover to the north, with light showers likely in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  The touristed beaches of south of the island will likely escape any wet weather, though there is always a chance at this time of year. The coastal waters around The Canary Islands have been unusually warm this year, which seems to have led to a few surprises for swimmers…

 

 
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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 8-10 September 2023

 

There is always a grand set of events across the island at this time of the year, with two of the most popular traditional annual celebrations on Gran Canaria happening back to back this weekend. The festive days began on Thursday in pretty little merchant town of Teror with the main harvest Romería pilgramage for the island, an offering in honour of the patron saint of Gran Canaria, Our Lady of the Pine with 22 carts carrying summer produce, representing all the municipalities on the island and the main Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

Mogán auditor investigates the legalities of town hall contracts from 2019-2022

The financial controller or “Interventor” of Gran Canaria’s south western municipality of Mogán, an auditor who is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the legality and proper financial management of public funds in a governmental or municipal context, is now closely examining all minor contracts entered into by the town hall during the last mandate, between 2019 and 2022. The municipal official has initiated a supervisory action to investigate, among other things, the volume of direct awards and the “degree of compliance with legal requirements.”

 

 

 

 

Older drivers: Renewing Your License in Spain and the Canary Islands

Concerns about renewing your driving license are common among older individuals, writes Spanish language daily La Provincia. Many believe that once they reach a certain age, they can no longer drive a motor vehicle. However, the Spanish General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has provided clear information regarding the conditions for renewing a driving license if you are among the older population, aiming to eliminate any confusion.

 

 

 

 

Is there a potato shortage in The Canary Islands? Gran Canaria president says certainly no!

Gran Canaria Island President, Antonio Morales, has made clear this Tuesday that there is no potato shortage on the island. He believes that the rising prices, in some places up 60% in just the last week, are simply due to what he has called a “made-up controversy” and an unnecessary panic. He has insisted that there is no real problem with the potato supply.

 

 

 

 

Tenerife Declared ‘Catastrophic Zone’ by Spanish Government After Wildfires and Floods

The Spanish government Council of Ministers, this Tuesday, has officially declared Tenerife, along with other areas affected by wildfires and floods up until August, as a “catastrophic zone.” This decision comes after devastating wildfires have raged across the island, causing extensive damage estimated at €80.4 million, according to the Tenerife Island Council, the Cabildo de Tenerife.

 

 

 

 

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