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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

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

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.

The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 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.

Fun Fact:
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

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.


Nowhere near Covid-19 “herd immunity” in Spain or Canary Islands

According to preliminary data from a seroprevalence study, measuring the level of the novel corona virus covid-19 pathogen in the population, as measured in blood serum, undertaken by the Ministry of Health and the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), only 1.4% of the province of Las Palmas and 2.1% of Santa Cruz de Tenerife residents, in the Canary Islands, have developed antibodies to the coronavirus since the pandemic began, which extrapolates to an average of just 1.8% of those living in the archipelago who have developed the tell-tale signs of having had the virus up until now.
According to the results from this first wave of the seroprevalence study, having tested a sample of 2,324 people in the Canary Islands, 1,077 men and 1,247 women, 2% of the men tested have had the disease, compared to 1.5% of the women.
These first exploratory results reveal that probably 5% of the people in Spain as a whole have been in contact with the virus causing Covid-19, with no appreciable differences between age or sex, but several clear geographical differences: tested infection rates reached as high as 14.2% in Soria, 13.5% in Cuenca, 12.6% in Ávila, 11.6% in Albacete and 11.3% in Madrid.
Spanish provinces, such as Las Palmas, to have seen a projected infection rate of less then 2% also include Murcia, also with 1.4%; Huelva, 1.5%; Tarragona 1.6%; Cadiz 1.7%; Almería 1.8%; La Coruña 1.8% and Asturias 1.8%, data to which are added those of Ceuta, 1.1% and Melilla, 1.9%.
These are the initial results revealed from the first macro-study of its type in Spain, which began on April 27 with tests in more than 36,000 homes to start to measure the level of immunity of the people in Spain, against the virus which was today presented by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and Science Minister, Pedro Duque, along with the directors of the study.
The Minister of Health explained that there is nothing like “herd immunity” in Spain – which requires around 60% of the population to have the antibodies – according to these preliminary data, saying also that the de-escalation plan was developed based on this hypothesis, and so Illa has confirmed that the Spanish Government currently has no reasons to make changes to the de-escalation plan underway because it was designed around the very same idea, that in Spain there is no herd immunity. That is why the de-escalation of confinement is being carried out asymmetrically from province to province.
“Therefore, in principle, due to these results, there is no need to vary the planned work scheme”, he stressed, although he admitted that “there is always flexibility” and each phase can be adapted to how the epidemic is expressed in the different territories of Spain.

The Canary News