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​Carnival in the Canary Islands - "Second Only to Rio!"

Carnival in the Canary Islands - Second Only to Rio!

Carnival is celebrated in most main towns across all the Canary Islands, but the main celebrations in 2018 are held in capital cities. Carnival evolved from the Catholic practice of giving up meat during the 40 days of lent that follows Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. So, Carnival in Latin means goodbye to flesh, and time for a wild party.

The largest and most spectacular Carnival events are held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with singing competitions called Murgas, and costume contests for children and adults. Stages for these competitions are now nearly complete, and apart from the best Murgas singing group and song, there are contests for Carnival Queen (ladies), Child Queen (girls) and Drag Queen (guess).

The main parade gives a chance for everyone to join in by wearing a costume, and hopefully matching the theme of this year’s Carnival that is explained on the poster. However, many residents just wear the same costume each year, as women become Disney characters and men become women. This year most residents of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas will dress up in fabulous costumes, follow the parade and party for hours until the early morning. Of course, all those watching dress up too with costumes and make up, and tourists can join in as there are many shops that sell simple costumes.

Santa Cruz de La Palma holds a uniquely different Carnival called Los Indianos or Festival of the Indians to celebrate those who were sent from the island to Cuba in the Caribbean and South American countries to populate the Spanish colonies. Those islanders who were successful often returned to the Canary Islands wearing white suits and other white clothes to show their financial success, but others returned as poor servants. So, everyone this year in Santa Cruz de La Palma will dress in white clothes and throw talcum powder over each other. Strange, but very popular.

There is much more information about Carnival on all the Canary Islands on the Tourist Information section of The Canary Islander website: Go to: http://thecanaryislander.com

Carnival 2018

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

21 January to 18 February 2018

Parade: Saturday 17 February

(starts at 17.00)

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

2 to 11 March 2018

Parade: 10 March

(starts at 17.00)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

7 to 18 February 2018

Parade: Santa Cruz 13 February

Parade: Puerto de la Cruz 17 February

Arrecife de Lanzarote

2 to 14 February 2018

Parade: 13 February

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

15 to 18 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Teguise, Lanzarote

Parade: 2 March 2018

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Parade: 3 March 2018

La Graciosa

Parade: 10 March 2018

Corralejo, Fuerteventura

23 February to 4 March 2018

Parade: 3 March

Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

13 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

1 to 11 February 2018

Parade: 10 February

Morro Jable, Fuerteventura

23 February to 3 March 2018

Parade: Costa Calma 15 February

Parade: La Lajita 16 February

Parade: Pajara 17 February

Antigua, Fuerteventura

1 to 11 February 2018

Parade: 10 February

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Los Indianos

12 February 2018

San Sebastian de La Gomera

1 to 18 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Valverde de El Hierro

16 to 18 February 2018

​Peripheral EU Regions Funding Defended by Spain, France and Portugal

Peripheral EU Regions Funding Defended by Spain, France and Portugal

This week Ministers of Agriculture of Spain, France and Portugal held a meeting in Tenerife to agree support for the agricultural sectors in the outermost regions of these countries for financial support in the next European Union Budget period and the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Canary Islands and other peripheral regions of Spain, France and Portugal could be negatively affected by the departure of the UK from the European Union, which will affect the budget periods from 2020 to 2027. The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, speaking at a press conference with Luis Capoulas Santos from Portugal and Stephane Travert from France in Tenerife, she said, “It will not be easy, the scenario is complicated when the UK leaves the European Union, but we will fight to give priority to peripheral regions in these negotiations.

Spain, France and Portugal are the only countries of the EU that have outermost regions, and currently receive around 650 million euros per year for the Community Programme of Support for Agricultural Production, and 260 million euros of this budget is given to the Canary Islands.

Capoulas Santos explained that the three governments agree that community support for outermost regions will be negotiated separately from the CAP, and they aim to make the financial statement at least equivalent to the current budget. Garcia Tejerina agreed that this negotiation will be difficult as a result of the UK stopping its contribution to EU budgets when it leaves, but that this should not have an impact of these peripheral regions of the EU.

There is significant concern about the banana sector in the Canary Islands and that imports from other countries could reduce prices and the income of produces if external tariffs are reduced, so that new markets need to be found to give more value to European production. Eco-friendly banana crops and low use of harmful pesticides could be one direction to ensure the stability of the Canary Islands’ banana production.

You can find this and other news stories from the Canary Islands and Spain in the free, online 'News from the Canary Islands':

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​Road Reopens in Gran Canaria After Rock Falls

Road Reopens in Gran Canaria After Rock Falls

This week large rocks fell onto the road to Las Niñas Dam in Gran Canaria on the section between Barranca de Andres and the junction with the road to La Aldea on the GC-220, and Gran Canaria Government workers have now removed these large rocks and repaired the damage caused to this road section.

This road has now reopened, because specialists have found no significant damage caused to the road surfaces or to the hillsides that surround it, but that the closure was required to assess the damage and to clear the rocks. Angel Victor Torres, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, said “The main thing has been to ensure the safety of drivers and cyclists, and this repair work needed specialist machines to remove the rocks, and time for technicians to evaluate the solution for the repair of the asphalt as quickly as possible, since it was damaged and had sunk by the impact of these rocks. The slopes around this road have now exposed cracks, and workers will now clean away smaller rocks on the hillside and deal with the exposed cracks.”

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​New Archaeological Sites Discovered in Gran Canaria

New Archaeological Sites Discovered in Gran Canaria

The Gran Canaria Government has announced that it has incorporated new archaeological sites in its records to bring the total to 1053 sites, which are scattered across different municipalities and spread over a significant historical period that spans from the 4th Century to the present day.

Antonio Morales, President of Gran Canaria Government presented this week an updated map of archaeological sites, which had not been updated for 14 years. This has also been completed in digital format, so that town councils can use this information on their local maps and for their local land management planning.

Morales argues that this information is of significant interest, as it can be used in the administrative work of local municipalities, but also to value the island’s historical legacy that connects residents of the island with their early heritage.

This means that 21 city council can integrate this information into their land use planning and management, so that they are clear about where in their municipality there are archaeological remains and to avoid surprises when undertaking infrastructure works or granting local planning permits.

The 900 hectares of archaeological sites are now better known and better defined, so that local residents are now more aware of the value of historical heritage, especially as many new archaeological finds have the result of individuals, who have notified local authorities.

The most outstanding recent case of archaeological sites that have been discovered was at Sardina del Norte in Galdar Municipality a few months ago when a landslide revealed a coastal cave with pre-Hispanic remains, which are thought to be over 1200 years old.

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​Closer Links between Canary Islands and Cape Verde

Closer Links between Canary Islands and Cape Verde

The President of the Canary Islands’ Government, Fernando Clavijo and the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva held a meeting this week in Gran Canaria and announced their intention to continue to deepen their business, technical, technological and academic cooperation.

Fernando Clavijo said “We have strengthened the shared will to deepen a strategic alliance that encompasses important areas, such as economic development, cooperation in education and culture, as well as renewable energy, water, sanitation, the blue economy, environment, territorial planning, university education, tourism and agriculture to strengthen economic and business cooperation.”

Currently, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde collaborate on 42 projects for European integration with the MAC Programme or Madeira-Azores-Canaries Territorial Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, and both have valued excellent results achieved so far.

This meeting also decided to form a technical commission where members from the two administrations would monitor the current agreements and prepare for the second phase of the MAC Programme, which will begin during the first four months of 2018 with a budget of around 50 million euros.

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