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A delightful second weekend of June ahead with all kinds of events to get involved with on Gran Canaria. The Harvest Fair arrives on the south, in El Tablero, patron saints’ fiestas in honour of San Antonio of Padua and San Pedro are happening around the island, Corpus Christi salt carpets and processions are held this Sunday, markets and music festivals as well as sporting events. Hopefully the weather will sustain all these wonderful festivities and happenings in the glorious outdoors, on which so much depends on this little island.

Menas Case: Foundation Siglo XXI directors allegedly filed false invoices, unrealistic expenses and repeatedly drew funds from ATMs, meant for the care of migrant children, even charging botox facial treatments and posh restaurant bills to foundation debit cards

A comprehensive analysis conducted by Group I of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the National Police yielded scandalous results, writes Spanish language daily Canarias7, regarding the alleged irregular use of the public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied minors, by the suspected to have been perpetrated by centres managed by the Foundation Social Response Siglo XXI on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In this case, driven by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, investigators discovered that the director of the Guiniguada centre charged the NGO responsible for €1,500 worth of beauty treatments and €1,113 for bills at top restaurants including Vinófilos, El Vasco de Vegueta, and Triciclo.



Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor

The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the  mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.



Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria

A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.



Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria

A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain.  Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days.  It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.




Ash from the volcano erupting in the Caribbean could arrive over Spain from Wednesday with the expected storm

A storm, expected to arrive over mainland Spain on Wednesday, is thought to be carrying some part of the emissions, including ash from the volcano, La Soufrière, erupting on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, according to a prediction by Meteored. AEMET, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency, has clarified today that the storm is not expected to have any great effects on the Canary Islands, as it will arrive already “broken” and at most will bring some rain to the westernmost islands, and perhaps Gran Canaria.



Concern over sulphur dioxide emissions from the volcano were first raised on Sunday when it became clear that westerly airflows were driving a large plume of the gas across the Atlantic Ocean.  However experts have made clear that SO2 usually travels in the atmosphere at at an altitude of between 3km and 5km above the surface, and so is unlikely to pose any risk to The Canary Islands.  Added to that the North Atlantic convection currents over recent days which have helped ensure that the main gas plume has remained far south of the archipelago, though now it is expected to curl north, over the Sahara, towards the Mediterranean and mainland Europe.
In peninsular Spain, however, the wind flows are expected to move a storm from west to east across the Atlantic and could well also be carrying part of the ash and SO2 (sulphur dioxide) emitted from the volcano. AEMET has announced through social networks that it is monitoring the sulphur cloud expelled by the Caribbean volcano from the Canary Islands. The trajectory of the polar jet, that is described as acting like a conveyor belt for North Atlantic squalls, looks set to remain “very wavy”, so has the potential to cause new storms from which these “extremely unusual” particles could potentially fall, though most likely along the Galcian coasts.
An expert over at eltiempo.com, Samuel Biener, has said that these storm episodes are normal at this time of the year but said he was “surprised how they are interacting with subtropical air masses to increase the temperatures and the intensity of the rains”.

Sulphur Dioxide plume trajectory and forecast from Caribbean heading across the AtlanticSulphur Dioxide plume trajectory and forecast from Caribbean Island of #StVincent #LaSoufriere #volcanic #eruption heading across the Atlantic towards #Africa and #CanaryIslands
Posted by TheCanary.TV on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

By Wednesday, a cold air mass is expected to arrive from the Atlantic ocean, causing a drop in temperatures and intense, irregular showers on the western and southern half of the Peninsula. This storm will likely also reach the Canary Islands, where particularly intense storms are expected on Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria.

Meteorologist Francisco Martín predicts that SO2 and ash from the volcano, La Soufrière, on the Caribbean island, San Vicente, will arrive with this storm, following the eruption on April 9, and at least 3 subsequent eruptions, a large amount of ash and SO2 has been injected into the troposphere and is already crossing the Atlantic.
Martín points out that over the next few hours, if they have not already done so, these emissions could reach the skies over Canary Islands and then the south of the peninsula, although they will be travelling at altitudes of a few thousand metres, so, in principle, they should not represent any danger to the population.
On Thursday the storm looks set to meet with a new storm over North Africa that will be located over the Straits, with the potential for intense rainfall over southern Spain, especially to the extreme southeast. This storm is expected to be accompanied by a strong east wind on the Mediterranean side.

St. Vincent’s La Soufrière Volcano earlier today from GOES East#LaSoufrière #StVincent #GOESEast
Posted by TheCanary.TV on Sunday, April 11, 2021


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