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THOMSON & FIRST CHOICE GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR CHARITY

TREKKING 20KM TO RAISE MORE THAN 4,000€ FOR LOCAL BREAST CANCER ASSOCIATION

An extraordinary team of local heroes have distinguished themselves by completing a challenge few thought that they were up to, and fewer still among them would have believed possible, even just a few short months ago, when they arrived to work the summer season with TUI UK’s top British travel brands Thomson and First Choice Holidays. When Gran Canaria resort manager for the group, Paul Gilliam, first suggested that he, and perhaps some members of his team, might like to contribute half of the proceeds from

a TUI charity raffle to our annual ACCM Breast Cancer Awareness drive, even his most positive visions could not have fortold the massive commitment and determination that would be shown by his entire resort team, based on the south of the island. Feeling, however, that he should lead by example, Paul agreed to join a small group of adventurers planning to walk coast to coast, across the summit of Gran Canaria, from Maspalomas to the capital, Las Palmas, in solidarity with those suffering from such serious illness.

Paul, whose mother had battled with Lukemia, worked to prepare himself mentally and physically for the arduous task ahead, which was to take place over four days of rough terrain mountain hiking, in the knowledge that not everyone has a choice about which mountains they must climb. His partner, Sharon, was concerned knowing that he had not done anything like this before, but that once he set his mind to it, he wouldn’t stop until it was either done or he fell down trying.

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The Aquarium in Las Palmas aspires to be a world leader Oct-Nov 2013

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The vice president of Loro Parque, Christoph Kiessling, told press earlier this month that his company will work to make the new aquarium of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a global benchmark. “We can assure you that we will not shirk our duty and dedication to get the aquarium of Las Palmas de Gran DREAM PROJECT AND PROJECT REALITY Canaria to a global benchmark, just like Loro Parque and Siam Park (Tener- Meanwhile, the chairman of the Port ife),” said Christoph. Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ibarra, He said the company has spent almost said the aquarium has been “a dream” for a long time now and that the proja year negotiating with the Port Authority and the City capital to carry out ect will soon become a reality. ”We the initiative, adding that the company are all committed to continue working for the good of the port, the city and has contacted experts and organizafor the good of all,” he said. tions in various countries to search for marine species that are adapted Ibarra pointed to the great potential to the future Gran Canaria aquarium. for the capital’s port as a stop for “We are looking into the possibility cruise ships and said that between of having the necessary facilities for now and the end of the year 104 ships breeding and reproduction of marine will pass through the Port of La Luz. species, an essential activity to ensure “Every Sunday we get cruise ships here the conservation of marine biodiverand this is a reality.” He continued saysity and contribute to their protecing that Las Palmas must begin to work tion,” he said. in the knowledge that we have a city GENERAL INTEREST The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Juan Jose Cardona, particularly stressed that the project is “very important” for the City, as well as being a tourist attraction for cruise passengers arriving to the capital and to canaries, it will create jobs. He described the project as an “‘engine’ that will enable the city and its port to transform and develop, by generating economic activity, tourism and employment. Therefore, the city and port welcome this project with open arms, considering the public interest. ” Cardona stated that, henceforth, the City will undertake the work of infrastructure and equipment necessary to facilitate the initiative with the right environment to not only be successful, but enable the transformation and development of the Isthmus of Santa Catalina.

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STILL INTEREST IN A WATER PARK IN SOUTH GRAN CANARIA Finally, the president of Loro Parque, Wolfgang Kiessling, said that in addition to the project in the capital of Gran Canaria, the company has “every interest” in a water park on the south of the island, like their other facility in Tenerife – Siam Park. He gave an overview of the origins of the company and how it has managed to grow to the point where their parks are now placed among the best in the world. Kiessling, a culture connoisseur, explained that he chose the name “Poem of The Sea’ in honour of Néstor Martín-Fernández de La Torre” one of the best known, if not the greatest painter that the islands have ever produced.

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Her Majesty´s Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley Simon Manley CMG, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1990, succeeds Giles Paxman as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra On his arrival, Simon Manley, the new Ambassador, said: “I am delighted to be here in Spain and look forward to strengthening our broad and deep bilateral relationship. Spain is a key ally within the European Union and NATO and is one of our most important trading partners. “Creating sustainable growth is a priority for both the UK and Spain. I’m delighted that some 400 Spanish companies are registered in the UK and investors such as Santander, Telefónica, Iberdrola and Ferrovial have made Spain our sixth largest inward investor, totalling 40 billion pounds of Foreign Direct Investment stock at the end of 2011**. “Meanwhile, British companies exported 8.27 billion pounds (9.7 billion euros) of goods and service to Spain, making it the UK’s eighth largest export market.” Mr Manley said he was looking forward to meeting and working with companies in both Spain and the UK, whether established investors or new entrants keen to secure a foothold in their respective markets. “I am excited by the prospects for cooperation and growth in sectors like energy, car manufacturing and life sciences that are so important for future growth. “Liberalising trade both within the European Union and beyond it is a vital enabler to create jobs and growth. As two open economies with strong Atlantic ties, the UK and Spain share a common commitment to secure an ambitious trade agreement between the EU and the US and to ensure that the EU is at the forefront of moves to free up world trade.” Mr Manley also highlighted the importance of British citizens in Spain.

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& Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2011 to 2013, where he was responsible for policy towards the EU, the UK’s bilateral relations with its European partners, and the FCO’s network of 57 European posts and more than 2000 staff. He served previously as the FCO’s Director Defence and Strategic Threats (2008-2011), leading the Government’s international counter-terrorist, counter-proliferation and counter-narcotics efforts, as head of Counter-Terrorism Policy (2006-2008) and as head of the EU Economic, Central Europe and Ireland department (2002-2006). He has been posted to the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York (1993-1998), where he worked on Yugoslavia and UN reform, and has twice been seconded to the European Union: to the European Commission (2003), working on State Aids policy, and to the Council of the EU (1998-2002), working on Russia and Ukraine and then East Asia. Mr Manley was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and a Commander of the Polish Order of Merit in 2004. Mr Manley read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford and International Relations at Yale University Graduate School. He is married to Maria Isabel Fernandez Utges Manley, an intellectual property, competition and regulatory lawyer. They have three daughters aged 13, 12 and 5.

“More than 13 million Britons visit Spain every year, generating 1 per cent of Spain’s GDP. Some 800,000 have made Spain their home permanently or for part of the year, and the UK remains the largest foreign investor in Spain’s property market. I’m impressed by how the British Consulates across Spain work with Spanish partners to do an excellent job of assisting British nationals.”

Watch and find out more about the new Ambassador in the video attached to this article on our website to find out more about him and his views.

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pality of Mogán who document their need by means of unemployment papers, debts (mortgage, rent) and identify family members under their charge, etc.

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Currently we have over 550 persons on our list, amongst them are all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and each family is different in their needs. Some are retired with insufficient pensions, others are un- or underemployed, ill, single mothers with no benefits or support, unable to work for lack of proper immigrant papers, etc.; some are homeless, addicts, ex-convicts…. Approximately 20% are non-Spanish citizens.

Canaria. Established in 1993, the Neighbours’ Association of Las Lomas de Arguineguín works on finding viable solutions to different issues involving social problems, the environment, consumers’ rights, public health…… We coordinate with several other organizations such as  the Norwegian Community of Mogán(made up of several wonderfully generous and caring groups and clubs) , The Food Bank of Las Palmas (European Federation of Food Banks), the http://redsolidariamogan.blogspot.com/Irish Catholic Community of Puerto Rico, the Red Cross, the CAIPSHO Homeless Shelter of What kind of help is needed San Fernando, the Association non-perishable food - volunteers for the Unemployed “Bregando to collect things that people Esperanzas”, etc…. donate to us - space to store WHAT DO WE DO: furniture that is donated until it can go to the new home We have been distributing basic foods and other items to the needy families who approach us We take food, clothing, housefor help since 2008. We collect hold items, furniture, building and distribute food and financial materials, nappies, baby items, donations, clothing, furniture, toys, decoration (curtains, etc.) household items of all types that school material, office material, are still in usable condition. anything that is still in useable condition.   We also have a team of volunteers giving language lessons free Contact details:   675 831 822 of charge to anyone interested, and on our Facebook Proyecto in an effort to improve their Vecinal de Alimentos, in Spanish possibilities for finding a job. and English.  Currently we offer Spanish for Foreigners, English, German and Distribution points for needy Norwegian lessons. families in the municipality of Mogán, run entirely by volunWHERE DO WE DO IT: teers and funded by private and Our operations are centred in corporate donations in food and Arguineguín where we share a funds. public building belonging to the WHO ARE WE: Town Council of Mogán. It is located next to the Kindergarten A group of concerned persons on Miguel Marrero street numwho actively participate in imber 69, near the Tuesday Market. proving the quality of life for our fellow citizens in the Municipality WHO DO WE DO IT FOR: of Mogán, southwest of Gran Persons residing in the munici-

WHEN DO WE DO IT: Every Tuesday afternoon between 5 pm and 8 pm we open our doors and sign up the families present and divide the food in stock amongst them. You are welcome to visit us to see our facilities and operations.

HOW DO WE DO IT: With patience, persistence, caring, faith and kindness, we try to help anyone approaching us to regain hope and stay healthy. Our goal is for the families to return to independence as soon as possible.

WHO HELPS US: We receive donations from many different groups and companies, in the form of both funds and food items. We accept everything edible within sell-by date, if packaged (except fruit and vegetables which we can take, if still edible). We cannot accept prepared food unless in some kind of package or container. We are not permitted to distribute left-overs, unpackaged (except for produce) or expired foods.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP: We need volunteers to raise funds, gather food items, deliver donations to us, collect items such as bread from bakeries at the end of the day and freeze it to be distributed frozen on Tuesdays, to inform us of any available food that we could distribute, to help the needy recover their independence by means of worthwhile occupation, if you are looking for a cleaningwoman, a babysitter, a caretaker for the elderly, even part time or now and again, this can help someone to make some money that will help them feel productive and reduce their debts. We have a programme called “Adopt a Family” – individuals may commit to covering certain basic expenses for a family (any one or a specific one) such as their utilities, etc., for any amount you choose, or help by covering the expenses for schoolbooks for children, outfits for school, dental expenses, etc. A group of retired ladies (the Hattedamene) are sponsoring baby and children’s food for the over 100 children between newborn and age 12, when there are available funds we purchase nappies for children under age 3. We have a bank account: Any amount is welcome! if you wish to make a donation earmarked for a special need (dental costs for a child, nappies, rent, eggs, potatoes, baby food, a specific family, transportation, etc.), please state it when making your deposit or transfer. We are deeply grateful for your support!

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Asociación Vecinos Las Lomas de Arguineguín On Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30th, a GRAN OPERATION KILO will be held in several large supermarkets on Gran Canaria. We need volunteers for shifts between 10am and 2pm, 2pm and 6 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm in the Arguineguin, Patalavaca and Puerto Rico SPAR shops and the Arguineguin HIPERDINO.

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EN CAJA: THE TOTAL SPACE SOLUTION Oct-Nov 2013

Here’s a new service we’ve just discovered, that is likely to be of great interest to many different people across the island and throughout the archipelago; introducing En Caja, the Gran Canaria specialists in “Space” rental. Whatever the size of your requirements from MINI WAREHOUSING FACILITIES to AFFORDABLE STORE ROOMS, to SELF-STORAGE (Accessible 24hrs), to MOVING HOUSE, both nationally and internationally, seasonal storage and down to SIMPLE DOCUMENT BOXES and FILE STORES, En Caja have a ready-made solution for you.

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Their specialist team provide and manage the space you need to store, manipulate and manage all kinds of goods, records and documents, personal belongings or anything else that requires professional management for your company or business.

En Caja, offers some of the best, most modern and well equipped, rental spaces on the island through their collection of Mini-WarehousFor Your Moving and Storage needs they provide Access 24 hours a day es , Storage rooms and a range of additional services tailored to providing you with space for anything you might need to ‘put in a box’ and , 365 days a year. secure, move or store, in the short, medium or long term. Their custom built facilities allow customers to vary the volume of They particularly specialise in removals whether that be moving house, space they used as per the temporal needs of each job and for however much time it is needed, meaning that you only pay for the space an office move or any reason you might have to get things done and you use , whether in the form of Mini Storage or Full Warehousing. stowed away properly and professionally, offering a wide range of easy-to-order solutions, which are practical, secure and affordable. With so many people on these islands requiring this type of service On a daily basis their expert team provides solutions for everyone from and with an intriguing range of discounts available for various combinations of Time and Spade; En Caja is a business that is set to grow and large companies, Small-to-Medium-sized Enterprises, self-employed diversify beyond its already highly innovative range of solutions. Havworkers and private individuals, who for one reason or another lack ing valued highly this type of service in northern Europe it is wonderful the space they need to store or move the items most important to them; creating tailor-made solutions to ensure the job gets done right to see scalable storage facilities of this type finally reach Gran Canaria. We’ll be following their progress with great interest. first time and every time. With over 2,200 m² available in a variety of individual spaces, sizes and specific features to suit the varied needs of each client, all you have to do to find the space you need is give them a call. With a dedicated multilingual team, rigorously trained in national and international logistics, En Caja ensure customer satisfaction is their very top priority and focus on giving you the space you need. Their mini storage facilities will suit your needs, large or small. For Your House Move they have the very best business consultants, qualified in packing , disassembly/assembly and transport of goods and equipment , providing “turnkey “ solutions to their customers with proper and detail traceability guarantees and quality of service throughout the process .

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THE MO RESEARCH GAP

Research has beaten many diseases in recent history, and in time, we believe that research will beat prostate and testicular cancer. But we need to accelerate this reality and that’s why at Movember, we are changing the culture of science by breaking down barriers, by funding innovative research that builds powerful, collaborative, global teams. It is through this pioneering new model that we will achieve our goal of improved clinical tests and treatments for men with prostate and testicular cancer.

specific research projects. At a local level this means the funds raised are allocated to GAP researchers in Spain. Take a look at the video on our website (TheCanaryNews.com/MOVEMBER) for a brief overview of GAP and details of the first funded project.

MOVEMBER’S GLOBAL ACTION PLAN

As a result of working with prostate and testicular cancer partners from around the world, Movember identified an opportunity to accelerate research outcomes by providing researchers across the world the opportunity to work together on specific projects.

At a global level the Movember Foundation funds the Global Action Plan (GAP), an international research collaboration initiative that is accelerating outcomes by providing researchers from around the world the opportunity to work together on

By bringing together international researchers, GAP facilitates a new and unprecedented level of global research collaboration, not previously seen within the cancer community. Over time, researchers coming together to share details of what worked

Today there are five GAP projects underway, which have brought together more than 250 of the world’s top prostate and testicular cancer researchers, all of them committed to working together on research and sharing their knowledge in the area.

HOW GAP WORKS An independent GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (GSC) identifies one priority project for GAP each year – this is the piece of research that would best benefit from global collaboration. The GSC is comprised of internationally renowned prostate cancer experts from around the world, and chaired by Dr. Colleen Nelson. Once the priority area is endorsed by Movember’s BOARD, the best prostate or testicular cancer researchers in the world are brought together and funded to collaborate and answer a pre-determined issue or question. Once the researchers are recruited, they collaborate through a number of platforms, including regular conference calls, annual face-to-face meetings and participation on Movember’s online collaboration platform called Promoveo. Promoveo is a Latin phrase which means to push forward, move ahead, advance and that is exactly the aim of the online platform which Movember has custom built for the prostate and testicular cancer research community. At a very simple level, it’s a bit like LinkedIn with discussion and collaboration forums, in short it: - Connects the global prostate and testicular cancer communities - Showcases the research program and its participants - Allows researchers to collaborate by sharing knowledge - Allows researchers to search for and shares resources - Provides a project tracking and management tool “Our vision is to have an everlasting impact on the state of men’s health and it’s to this end that we’ve established the Movember Global Action Plan. We believe that getting the best researchers from around the world to work together on key challenges will accelerate breakthroughs that will ultimately benefit men with prostate cancer. Further, we believe that team-based research, performed across borders with a strong collaborative mindset, can deliver innovation and knowledge sharing that leads to an acceleration of results that benefit men diagnosed and living with prostate cancer today.” - Head of Programs at Movember, Paul Villanti

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS IN SPAIN Recent grants include € 115,000 to Dr JuanManuel Falcón-Perez and his colleagues Drs Arkaitz Carracedo, Robert Kypta, Roberto Bilbao and Miguel Unda from CIC bioGUNE (Vizcaya), and € 31,000 over two years to Dr Andreas Doll from BiomedicalResearch Unit, Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron. Movember has funded Spanish initiatives to the tune of more than 4million€ already, we’d like to help them increase that amount. If you’d like to view a complete list of all the research being funded by Movember please review their RESEARCH REPORT CARDS by going to

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AWARENESS & EDUCATION

On average men live five to six years less than women and more than five men die prematurely each hour from potentially preventable illnesses. These are hard hitting facts, especially when you consider there’s no biological disadvantage putting men at greater risk and, according to research, up to half of male cancer cases could be prevented by healthier diet and lifestyle choices. The reasons for the current state of men’s health are numerous and complex but undoubtedly a big issue is the way men think about their health. Preventative health is something many men just don’t consider. It’s this issue that Movember’s Awareness & Education programme is working hard to change. Awareness and education alters behaviour and mind-sets. It gradually breaks down barriers, removes stigmas and brings about real change. Movember wants men to take responsibility for their health, prevent illness by leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the symptoms and signs in both themselves and others so they can appreciate when and how to seek help if needed. MOVEMBER’S AWARENESS & EDUCATION PROGRAMME The appearance of a moustache on a usually clean shaven man prompts questions and, throughout Movember, men are constantly asked, “why the moustache?”. Justification and an explanation follow, and the result is a highly effective and authentic word-of-mouth campaign for men’s health. In this way, each member of the Movember community is helping to bring about change through their moustache and the conversations it generates. What has happened so far?

• 67 % of Movember participants recommended others to go see a doctor • 20 % of Movember participants went to see their doctor • 70 % talked about men’s health issues • 43 % became more aware and educated about the health risks they face The research shows that participation in Movember does encourage men to proactively engage in the management of their health. However, findings also highlighted that some men had ignored an issue rather than taking action, seeking support or going to a doctor. This is proof that there is still work to be done and Movember has a responsibility to keep raising awareness, thereby motivating and engaging men around the world to change the face of men’s health. Movember’s Awareness & Education programme is delivered through a number of different mechanics, including our ambassador programme, media relations, events, educational materials, website and campaign creative. Going forward, Movember will continue to invest, develop and grow its Education and Awareness programme, with a view to changing attitudes of towards men’s health around the world.

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the second quarter. With our traders handling a record number of New figures from foreign exforeign transactions in July, the stage looks set for further strong GDP change experts Moneycorp growth in Q3.” show that the numbers of small businesses making foreign paymentshas reached a five year David Riches, Commercial Director at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Increased international payments are welcome evihigh. dence that SMEs are internationalising, exporting and breaking into The data, based on the trading patterns of over 1,200 small businessnew markets. Small businesses are in determined and confident es, suggests that the international ambitions of Britain’s SMEs are a mood but also need help and advice to maximise margins in their key part of the economic recovery. foreign forays.That’s why we offer the Chamber FX service to our On average the number of international payments per small business members to give them access to preferential rates and free foreign customer handled by Moneycorp in Q2 2013 registered a 22.1 per exchange health checks.” cent increase on Q1. Moreover the month of July saw the number of Stephen Walton, Director at Games Centre Ltd, Scotland’s biggest small business foreign transactions handled by Moneycorp surpass independent console and video game retailer who export across EU 3,000 for the first time. countries said:“As an exporter of products into Poland we receive Andrew Woolley, Director, CFXat Moneycorp, said: “Today’s figures Zloty from our customers. It is imperative that we convert the Zloty are evidence that British businesses are going global as part of our into Pound Sterling at the right time and the most competitive rate economic recovery. It’s no coincidence that a sharp increase in small possible. business international payments accompanied the jump in GDP for “For the months we have been using Chamber Foreign Exchange provided by Moneycorp, we have been impressed by the communication we have had from our dealer and the competitive rates of exchange in addition to the speed our zloty arrives back in our account as sterling.” Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK’s economic recovery and their increased foreign activity is testament to their increasing confidence and growth plans. Today’s figures offer encouragement to small businesses looking to grow that the conditions are ripe for going global. ” Moneycorp has outlined a series of tips for businesses taking their first foray into overseas payments: •

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Ever wondered where is a good place to eat in Gran Canaria? What the food tastes like at the local hot spots, ice cream bars, and beach front cafes? Here you will find honest and independent reviews of the various places to eat around the island.... by Clive Williams

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Gran Canaria as an event destination

Gran Canaria enjoys great infrastructure, excellent airport, hotels, resturants, transportation. There are flexible flights to and from most locations in Europe. Prices are fairly low, much lower than comparable prices in London or Paris. Several excellent conference centers have been built. All this makes Gran Canaria a great location for all kinds of events. Especially any event that has participants from multiple locations in Europe. Being a sunshine location Gran Canaria also offers you the opportunity to bring your spouse or family, place them in the hotel while you go off to attend the event. It is the perfect combination, especially in the wintertime. We believe Gran Canaria can be developed into an event destination similar to what Las Vegas has become in the USA. A natural spot to convene.

What needs to be done; Facilitate for less formal events. Our beloved hosts here in Spain are rather conservative, rather formal, when they gather they like to dress up in their best clothes to look their best. This is reflected in the conference venues that have been built, huge glass structures where people attend indoors in aircondition, fully dressed suit and tie. Even the lunch area of the conference centers are indoors, sometimes even without windows. While this fits into the formal conference type we all know, this is not the future. The future is less formal events, taken “down”, dress down, “smart casual”. People who come to Gran Canaria from Northern Europe during winter want to enjoy the weather. Our suggestion is this: do the presentations outdoors, have lunch in the sun. Long pauses outside between lectures. Dress smart casual. Allow new innovative concepts, meetings, conferences to be launched, nurture things starting small, and help them grow. Not all event concepts can fill the Expo Meloneras with 3000 people the very first year. The largest anualy recurring event in Gran Canaria is the Gaypride festival in May, it has grown entirely organically and voluntarily over the years to what it is now with 70 000+ visitors - what an amazing job. Similar new interesting concepts can be developed around topics like health, spirituality, hobbies, sports and much more. I am an event producer myself in Gran Canaria, me and my team can help you get going with your event, conference, seminars etc, contact me to discuss. Hans Lysglimt Johansen Producer: Gran Canaria Business Week www.gcbusinessweek.com Hans has been coming to Gran Canaria regularly for 13 years. He is the producer of the annual business conference Gran Canaria Business Week during the first week of January every year. At GCBW we discuss in detail opportunities for doing business in the sun, and much much more. This article can be freely republished with these credentials intact.


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Qué Rico, Puerto Rico literally translates as ‘port of riches’. It has 2 beaches, 2 ports, 2 main shopping centres and far too many steps! Amadores Beach (which comes from “Los Enamorados” or The Lovers) is a beautiful purpose-built beach with Blue Flag status. Puerto Rico Beach is a sheltered, crescent shaped bay making the waves calmer so is ideal for children with a gentle gradient and natural sand. If you are feeling energetic there is a coastal path linking the two. Puerto Base (often referred to as the New Port) has a beautiful Marina and a selection of bars and restaurants where you can relax and watch harbour life. If you walk to the end of Puerto Escala you’ll get a fantastic panoramic view of Puerto Rico and beyond. Both ports operate a ferry service to Arguineguin and Puerto de Mogán. Why Not Try Something New? The Very Best of Puerto Rico! All of the businesses listed here are committed to providing the very Best of Puerto Rico, from top food to great prices on drinks, whether you're visiting on holiday or have just moved to the island, there really is so much to see. Mention The Canary News in any of these top establishments and you are sure to get a warm welcome, special treatment and if you're nice enough, they may even offer you special deals and promotions you just cannot get any other way. Our readers get the best deals for the best prices. Fact. A local taxi costs no more than about 4€ to travel between any of the different centres and businesses of interest marked here, so there is no reason not to go take a look at any of the music venues, eateries, pubs and bars in this bustling little town, as well as some of the best beaches in Europe, there are a variety of fun actvities to try. With a regular Farmers Market every second Sunday, and nightly arts and crafts stalls, as well as some of the very best live music of every kind and some of the hottest nightlife to be had anywhere on the island in the form of little bars and clubs, there really is no good reason not to discover all the richness Puerto Rico has to offer the discerning visitor or resident. Practically everyone speaks English too, so you're not likely to get lost. In fact you will find people here from every corner of the globe. Puerto Rico was built to entertain you. A little Spanish doesn´t hurt though so why not try a little “Gracias Guapa” with your waitress or with your waiter “Tu eres perfecto Hombre”

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The Best Kept Secret in Paradise: Our Little Norway

The Snowbirds are flocking back to Paradise. You can feel it in the autumn air and see it in the smiling faces of the locals. The beloved Scandinavians are flying down from their cold weather homeland in their annual migration to our kinder, gentler climes. The south coast of Gran Canaria benefits the most from this important economic boost. No place prospers more than Arguineguin, or, as it has come to be known, Little Norway.

along the hotel fronts. Then onward to the plush, white Caribbean sands of the Anfi Centre, the beaches are marvelous – each and every one. Amazingly, most of the parking around the beaches is free. The access easy, and the bars, cafes, restaurants and shops lining the beaches, varied and plentiful.

At least equal to beach combing, the Norwegians are famed for their passion for roaming hillsides – on foot. Fitness aside, walkA best kept secret about Arguineguin, discovered by Norwegians ing represents the best way to explore the hidden wonders of years ago, is the beaches. The village harbours and some of the Arguineguin and encounter many spectacular sea and barranco most enchanting, uncrowded coastal beaches in Paradise. From views along our southern littoral. It is said that one can stroll evthe Cement Factory beach and its charming fresh catch fish cafes. ery day of the year and always discover a new breathtaking view. To the welcoming broad beach with its new children’s playground What a hearty, healthy, happy way to appreciate Paradise. on the out skirts of the Old Town Shopping Centre. Through to the sheltered beaches in the lovely little fishing and ferry ma- So emulate the Snowbirds. Come to Arguineguin and find out rina, to the welcoming sand and rocky beauty of the beaches why it is lovingly called Little Norway. Cárdenas Real Estate 3 Locations in Gran Canaria

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This is the SHAVE DOWN evidence of what happens on a Friday night in Gran Canaria when you mix facial hair, cut throat razors, alcohol and a charity launch for prostate and testicular cancer campaign Movember. The dual launch night involved much in the way high jinks, various impressions of mustachioed men, and women, two extraordinary hair stylists turned butchers-cum-barbers for the night; and a broad range of readers, not least of all from KISS Lounge and the aMOzing crew from Tiffany´s Bar in Puerto Rico, who have formed their own Movember team and will be fundraising throuhout Movember, as well holding the final closing event at their bar on Movember 30th. They are up against the famed Team Playa GC, who came first in The Canaries last year raising enough money to be placed 2nd highest fundraisers in the hole of Spain! Though there is friendly rivallry between the two sides, The Canary News has joined both teams in to The Canary network of Mo Growers, in a bid to ensure that Gran Canaria manages to bring home the coveted title of No.1 charity MOney makers in Spain this year so as to help change the face of Men´s health, one MO at a time and help fund the vital work carried out by Movember every year. Let´s MO! Fund a Bro, to

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Barrie Mahoney was a teacher, head teacher and school inspector in the UK, as well as a reporter in Spain, before moving to the Canary Islands as a newspaper editor. He enjoys life in the sun as a writer and author. If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s websites: www.barriemahoney.com and www.thecanaryislander.com or read his latest book, ‘Escape to the Sun’ (ISBN: 9780957544444). Available as paperback, Kindle and iBooks. iPhone/iPad and Android Apps: ExpatInfo, CanaryIsle and CanaryGay now available. © Barrie Mahoney

Thoughts & feelings about my life in the Canary Islands Barrie Mahoney I have recently been putting the finishing touches to my latest book for expats. Whilst reading it through for one last time before it is sent to the publishers, I realised that it was not written in quite the same buoyant tones as my earlier publications. It was written during a year of relative turmoil in the Canary Islands and Spain, as well as across the world. Increased concerns about unemployment levels of around one third of the working population in the islands for much of the year, the increasing impact of the banking crisis upon ordinary people, bankruptcies and home repossessions have all led to increasing uncertainty for both the local and expat population of the islands and much of Europe. The political situation has not been good either, with political uncertainties, scandals and ‘in-fighting’ within the ruling Partido Popular (Conservative) party, affecting the popularity and possible tenure of the Spanish Prime Minister. Even the once highly popular Spanish Royal family has come in for considerable criticism for unwise financial dealings from the usually acquiescent and respectful Spanish media. As I write this, the old chestnut surrounding the status of Gibraltar has raised its ugly head once again. Most observers agree that this is a regular ploy by both the Spanish and UK Governments during periods of internal discontent and unrest to focus the attention of the media and general population upon issues other than the economy, unemployment and unpopularity of the government. However, such issues are unsettling for both businesses and expats alike, and can cause needless concern and anxiety for all. Building sites that were once identified as areas for smart new development for expat homes, shopping centres and offices remain silent, sale boards of both completed, as well as incomplete, properties abound. Many Spanish people have left the country for work elsewhere in Europe and beyond. In most towns and cities, there is an abundance of empty shops, bars, offices and homes, and the once bustling Costas are no longer the bustling areas that they once were. Looking back, it should not have come as such a surprise. Spain's economy, as well as that in many other countries, grew far too quickly to sustain, and the people behind the system grew both greedy and complacent. The bubble had to burst eventually, together with its disastrous consequences. The unpopular truth for political and economic commentators is that, despite support from the European Union, Spain is nowhere near a lost

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31st October saw the great and the good attend the opening of the new Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria , located at the entrance of Puerto Rico’s main strip near to the bus station . The 5,500 m2 leisure facility for the south of the island has been heralded as a highly innovative and much needed tourist attraction for the town, the municipality of Mogán and Gran Canaria as a whole. Representatives of the various companies involved in the project were there to welcome press, members of the tourism industry and 550 school children who had been especially invited from across the south of the island, to bring the park to life. Officially to the general public from November 1st, entrance has been set at 15€, though residents (with residencia) who read our paper can get in for just €12.50 which also includes a 5€ voucher to spend in the Bar & Restaurant. For more information contact the park directly. Their details are on page 33 of this edition. Calvin Lucock, CEO of the company Holiday Club Canarias, Dan Mitchell, Director of Location Based Entertainment company (Rovio), Johanna Ikäheimo – Chairman of the Board for Lappset, all beamed with pride at having reached their goal just 3 months after the initial announcement was made, thanks to the help of collaborating institutions of great importance in the construction, development and projection of the park and an investment of more than €4 million. President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, José Miguel Bravo de Laguna, spoke eloquently in English about the importance of the development not just for Puerto Rico but for the island as a whole and paid homage to the Finnish private investors responsible for bringing this worldwide brand to The Canaries. He thanked them for their confidence in Gran Canaria and was grateful that so esteemed a group were so willing to extend their global offering to the island, its tourists and its residents. The Finnish consul was also present. Francisco Gonzalez, Mayor of Mogán, spoke of his pride at being able to take part in such an important project that has not only brought jobs and a world class attraction to what he described as the number 1 municipality for tourism in the canary islands, but also has created a first in spain with the arrival of an activity park which will set the standard for family tourism. He was one of the first to give it a go (pic below). In addition, Vesa Tengman, CEO of Holiday Club Resorts, Thomas Lorenzo, Councillor for Tourism of Mogán, and various other dignitaries were in attendance from across the south of the island, to inaugurate this theme park based on characters known worldwide from the “Angry Birds” game, which still tops global download charts. Tom Smulders of the IFA hotel association was overjoyed at the prospect of such a shining example of cross cultural investment and most importantly being able to offer an attraction oriented specifically towards children and families which, he said, is a keystone to responsible tourism development. The project has been co-financed by the Sabadell bank and has meant hiring several local companies to carry out all preliminary construction work, employing eastern european workmen as well as locals to complete the first construction of its type in Spain in record time, creating what the tourist boards called the largest Angry Birds park in Europe. An agreement between the municipality of Mogán and resorts chain Holiday Club, has been announced, enhancing the recruitment of staff needed in the new theme park.


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Regular readers of this newspaper will be aware that an intrepid group of adventurers raised money this year by taking a little walk across the island, travelling from Maspalomas to Fátaga on foot with a group of committed tour reps who decided to challenge themselves to do something painful in order that they could show solidarity with cancer sufferers. In their effort and to support their team leaders they managed to raise 4000€ which was awarded to local Breast Cancer Association the ACCM in Las Palmas. Their managers continIn particular we would like to thank Paul Gilliam and his partner Sharon. Niel ued on for 3 more days crossing Hayhoe and Andy Joyce, and all of their team from TUI UKs Thomson and First the summit and down the other Choice Holidays, along with Jane Rasmussen of TUI España and our fellow Long side to Las Palmas. Walkers, Emma, Richard, Santi, Brett and Tony. Thank you for joining us on our You can find more images from their epic journey. Thanks too are due to Sanna who acted as our support through- epic walkby going to our website on out and Gier, Hazel, Muriel and Brian for co ordinating imagery and supporting TheCanaryNews.com/TheLongWalk our work. Thank you all! Most of all thank you everyone who donated

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Welcome to our mad world! We’re farming by experiment and laughing along the way. Come for the eggs, stay for the life lessons! Who would have ever thought farming could be such hard work?!

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Chicken Jumpers I have a small dog and have often been tempted to buy him a little jumper to wear, however, every time I pick one up my husband pulls a face that indicates that if I purchase one he will pack his bags. Therefore, the doggy clothes remain on the shelves, but I have found a really cool website that sells jumpers and hats for chickens. Now you may be questioning why, you would need a jumper for a chicken, however, if you see the condition of the batteries you would understand why. There are many charities all over the world that rescue battery hens from the poor conditions of the factories. However, many of these chickens have no feathers, and this leaves them exposed to the elements. Therefore, knitted goods are required to ensure that the chickens remain warm, which is not as silly as it may seem.

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With further research I discovered that there are dedicated websites to chicken clothing, and you will be amazed at what people dress their chickens in and how much time they spend on this process. Now I think the whole thing is slightly silly, however, there is something tempting about dressing all of the chickens in little Santa suits at Christmas, or as Leprechauns on St Patricks Day. Therefore, watch this space, as I go in search of a vast quantity of Santa suits for the Christmas photo shoot.

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Language - Spanish Lesson 81

REPORTING A CRIME Theresa Coe

If something is stolen, you may need to go to the police station to make a denuncia (deh-NOON-sia) or formal report for your insurance company. Although the details can be taken by phone in your own language, you still need to attend the Comisaría (police station) to obtain necessary paperwork.

LA SALA DE ESPERA

When you arrive at la sala de espera (the waiting room), you can say to the duty officer (el policía): ‘necesito hacer una denuncia sobre un robo’ (nehseh-SEE-toh a-SAIR oona deh-NOON-sia soh-breh oon roh-boh) – I need to make a report about a robbery. Although interpreters should be provided, you need to find out if they are on duty when you get there: ‘¿hay intérprete disponible ahora?’ (eye in-TAIR-preh-teh deespoh-NEE-bleh a-ora) – is there an interpreter available now? If the reply is negative, ask ‘when is there an interpreter here?’ ¿Cuándo hay intérprete aquí? (kwan-doh eye interpreteh akee). You might hear: ‘por la mañana’ or ‘por la tarde’ (in the morning, or in the afternoon) or a timetable: ‘desde las cuatro de la tarde hasta las ocho’ (from 4 in the afternoon until 8pm).

LA DENUNCIA

Explain that you need an official report for the insurance: ‘necesito un informe para el seguro’ (necesito oon in-FOR-meh para el seh-GOO-roh). You need to take your passport (pasaporte) and give your address (la dirección) and your surname (apellido, pronounced a-peh-YEE-doh). They might ask where the robbery happened: ¿dónde pasó/ ocurrió el robo? And you could say ‘en mi hotel/ en la piscina/en la playa/en la calle’ (KAH-yeh) – in my hotel, at the pool, on the beach or in the street. Or maybe it happened en un bar, en un restaurante o en una discoteca. They need to know ‘when’: ¿cuándo? And at what time ¿a qué hora? To which you might reply: ayer, a las séis de la tarde (yesterday, at 6 in the afternoon) or: anoche, pero no sé a qué hora (last night, but I don´t know at what time).

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LA DESCRIPCIÓN Of course you also need to describe exactly what was stolen: Me robaron (they stole)… la cartera/el bolso/el móvil/la cámera – my wallet, bag, mobile or camera (lit: me they stole the wallet etc). You´ll need to describe the item stolen: mi cartera es roja, de cuero, con dos tarjetas de crédito y cien euros en efectivo (my wallet/purse is red, of leather, with two credit cards and 100e in cash). Or: mi cámera es negra, y la marca es Sony (my camera is black, and the brand is Sony). Colours include:

Chat with Spanish people oneto-one or in a group, in English, Spanish or any language you like. Along with special events such as rambling, countryside lunches and cinema trips, regular meetings include: Playa del Inglés: Sundays 7pm at Amigos Coffee, Av de Italia 15 www.amigoscoffee.com

Arguineguin: Thursdays, 6pm in Bar Forum, Av de Lajilla, 13. Facebook search: ‘language Negro, blanco, rojo, azúl, verde, amarillo, naranja, exchange Arguineguin’ marrón, morado, gris, color crema, y color rosa Las Palmas: Wednesday, Friday, (black, White, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, Saturday and Sundays 11am in brown, purple, grey, cream and pink). bar ‘100 Montaditos’, Centro Comercial El Muelle -

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Tuesdays 6pm in Bar El Gallinero, C/Fernando Guanarteme 130, Thursdays 6pm in bar Canarios Note that there are two words for ‘crime’ in Span- Expresso, Leon y Castillo 253 ish. If it´s a theft etc, it´s un delito, while un crimen Arucas: Tuesdays 7.30pm at bar El is reserved for more serious stuff like rape (la vioParque (behind the church in San lación) or murder (asesinato). Juan square)

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Puerto Rico mourns Gisela The Community of Puerto Rico are in mourning over the loss of Gisela Crispin, a much loved, highly esteemed and long-time colleague and co-worker in the town, who died peacefully last saturday morning surrounded by those she loved. Tributes have been flooding in all week for a lady in the prime of her life and who seemed to have touched the hearts of many in the town over career spanning more than 22 years. Heartfelt condolences have been shared in particular with her brother and mother, as the whole community move through this unexpected ordeal that came as such a shock to everyone. It seems that this by all accounts wonderful lady, still vital and vibrant, was informed by a doctor only last week of her terminal cancer, after having simply gone to check up on a pain in her back. At the age of just 45 she was given only days to live. The community as a whole have been left numb at losing her with many thankful, at the very least, for the chance, no matter how brief, to say their goodbyes to their dear friend. Gisela at Chez Funnyboy, Puerto Rico As posted by one of her colleagues, on social network Facebook in one of the many public outpourings of sentiments shared throughout the south of the island, “Dear Gisela, we do not say goodbye. Always, always you will be in our hearts. Now only left for you is to rest in peace. Goodbye my love, Funny Boy Fidel and your coworkers.” Another, on the discovery of her diagnosis poignantly wrote “live, love, laugh….it’s far too short for anything else.” Many have taken this shocking event as a warning and stark reminder that prevention is always better than cure, and regular screening and visits to the doctor can be vital in the fight against disease of this nature. This devastating loss will weigh heavily on a community already so focused on helping to support the fight against cancer, but with luck it will also act as an inspiration to all, to really look after each other, and as a continual reminder that worry is no remedy, and that ignoring even the smallest signs of ill health can end in tragedy. With luck and love, and each other’s support, the Puerto Rico community will undoubtedly emerge stronger than ever from this saddest of news and in celebration of their departed friend and her life well lived; they will tell her important story in years to come as a way to conserve her memory and inspire others to longer life and better health. As one commentator put it, she taught us that “happiness only exists when shared.” Thank you Gisela, with love and laughter, rest in peace.


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We found this rather charming page on the Face Book. After a little chit chat they agreed to let us publish their work. We wonder if our readers here might be able to come up with some more. You can email your ideas directly to us on

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“N L C John” (En el sillón) In the armchair “Brown Kitties” (Bronquitis) Bronchitis “A compromise” (a compro maíz) To buy corn “Ray One Car Loss day rock´n´roll” (Rey Juan Carlos de Rock´n´Roll) The King of Rock´n´Roll Karaoke (Creo que) I believe you (a Bolivia)

Heart-shaped Sophistication If you’re looking for a modern and sophisticated wedding destination, look no further than Maroa Club de Mar, at Anfi, the luxury beach-side resort situated in the south of Gran Canaria. Maroa Club de Mar is located on Anfi’s heart-shaped island, surrounded by swaying palm trees, vibrant bougainvillea and the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Also, adjacent to the island is Anfi’s white-sand beach, where you and your partner can walk barefoot along the sand, whilst wedding photographer captures beautiful images for you to cherish. The Anfi island also boasts an elegant purpose-built stone carved alter, where you and your loved one can exchange your vows before heading into Maroa itself to continue your wedding celebration. You and your guests can begin by sipping cocktails in the stylish chillout area, where sprawling white sofas and elegant canopied day beds are nestled on a bed of white Caribbean sand. The sophisticated dining area has a tantalising selection of menus and the services of personal cocktail waiters. There is also a wide selection of champagne – the classic tipple with which to toast your special day, as the Ocean laps gently around you. If you dream of a sleek, contemporary wedding, in an exclusive 5-star venue, with stunning photography opportunities and a service to match, Maroa Club de Mar certainly has everything you need. For more information, including images of previous weddings held at Maroa Club de Mar please contact me on info@perfectweddingcompany.com or call me on (0034) 653 642 208. Bernadette Garside Founder of The Perfect Wedding Company Gran Canarias Wedding Specialist www.perfectweddingcompany.com


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Goldie is a little sweetie who has been through a tough time in her short life. Goldie is now just under a year old, and can be shy when she first meets you, but if you take things slowly she loves to play. Goldie weighs just past 10 kg and is a medium size female dog. She is chipped, vaccinated and ready for her new start in life. Goldie is good with other dogs, and loves to play with sticks and balls, and loves one on one attention she is just learning commands, and is very playful, loving young lady. Can you offer Goldie her forever home?

THOR- LOOKING FOR A HOME- This poodle mix boy was abandoned by his owners and now wants to find a home to call his own. Thor is approx 18 months, and is a friendly, playful small dog. He can be nervous when you first meet him, but once he knows you he will be your best friend forever. Do you want to meet Thor?

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Angel was found in Sonnenland, hungry, cold, and alone but had a collar on, so there was hope she was simply lost. Unfortunately, Angels owners simply never came forward. She is female approx 11months, and has been neutered. Angel is a beautiful adult cat with mesmerizing light green eyes and silky soft fur. She adores humans, preferring to sleep at the foot of their bed and hang around with them indoors.

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Sascha is a lovely, friendly, female dog, who needs a home to call her own. She is approx 2 years old and 19KG. She is good with other dogs, playful, excellent in the car and just needs some light training to improve her manners on the lead. If you can help to give her a home please get in touch

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URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP- Boss is searching for a new home as his owners are incredibly unwell. Although it breaks their hearts, they know Boss would be better in a new home. This adorable collie is approx 8 years old, is castrated and about 24KG. He is vaccinated, chipped and loved a huge amount by everyone. Boss is excellent with children, other dogs, and cats which makes him ideal for everyone.

TITCH is an adorable, almost 8 kg , playful, five year old long legged terrier who just wants a home to call his own. He is good with dogs and children and loves to play. Titch has been castrated, has a chip and is vaccinated, can you give this boy a home?

ers (human and canine) together for the big event. We walked on 4 October The TARA dogs and dog walkers had a from the sand dunes of Maspalomas to the doors to the foot of the mountain meeting about helping ACCM by raisenroute to lovely Fataga. The humans ing public consciousness. We were concerned about the need to Connect/ sans dogs walked on - four of them Communicate/Conquer Female Breast hiked to Las Palmas, light years away! and Gynelogical Cancer in Women. The first photo is of the TARA Short

The second photo is of the humans sans dogs at the end of the first day in Fataga at the breathtaking Finca Molino de Aqua! Lovely people!

The fourth photo shows the five intrepid spirits that made it all the way to Las Palmas at the end of the fourth day of The Long Walk II! Please note that Tony Blanden is again featured. He left me, his beloved Best Friend Forever, Cynthia, at the end of the TARA Short Dog Walk I! Then he marched on, and on, and on. And there is my boy - Big Tony - TARA t-shirt worn every step of the way. So while our four-legged charity gang only walked the first day, one of our two-legged charity gang made it all the way! Yea, Tony! Yea, ACCM!

The third photo shoes Tony Blanden communicating, “WOW! WHAT A WALK!!!” from the top of the Mole Hill at Pico de Nieves at the end of the second day!

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Humans had decided to walk to to bring attention to the problem! They always support our causes - dog causes - you know, RESCUE, REÜNITE, REHABILITATE, REHOME abandoned and abused dogs. We decided to extend a helping paw and campaign for this important human cause! And so it was! The TARA Short Dog Walk I was created by TARA volunteer Louise Baker. She brought TARA Walk-

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The day to day operations in this successful venture were coordinated under the skilled guidance of Sra. Andrea Hansen, a long time animal advocate who has dedicated decades of care, concern and hard work to addressing the problems of dog and cat overpopulation on Gran Canaria.

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Firsts can be a lovely thing. So let the trumpets blare and the chorus sing! For the first time in our island history, the government has financially sponsored a project to neuter homeless dogs and cats! No, not the Spanish government, nor the island government, nor the county governments, nor the city governments. We owe a great debt of gratitude to none other than the European government. That’s right: Asocíacion Protectora de Animales Europea (European Animal Protection Association) funded 100% of this wonderful project on Gran Canaria.

The island dog and cat pound in Bañaderos served as operating and holding facilities under the auspices and assistance of the director, Sra. Maria Rosa Gonzalez Moreno, and facility veterinarian, Dr. Syra Roiz Martin. The entire project was approved by the Colegio de Veterinarios President Manolo Morales.

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An astounding 527 abandoned pets and feral felines (337 cats and 190 dogs) were neutered, sprayed for parasites, treated with antibiotics, and observed through the recovery process. Two dedicated veterinarian brothers from Bulgaria, Dr. Konstantin Antov and Dr. Vladislav Antov, were provided and all the materials and pharmaceuticals required supplied. The project lasted for 12 days and the pre-operative, surgeons, and postoperative teams worked from 0900 till at least 1600 hours every day.

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Entrance was advertised as €10! WRONG!!! Elvis and Priscilla (Paul and Sarah) said, “No way, José!” FREEEEEEE Entrance! FREEEEEEE Parking! FREEEEEEE Fun in the Sun, Honeybun! Let’s throw open the doors and rock and roll and gutchy good for the animals! Pool party - Big Pool and Little Pool! Tons of fun games for tons of great prizes!

Perhaps the most special aspect of this big first in Gran Canaria was the effort to include dogs and cats under the protection of several registered animal welfare associations and many private citizens throughout the island who give so much to the cause of rescuing and rehoming of abandoned and abused pets and caretaking feral feline colonies. In fact, knock on wood, this first effort was so successful that the rumblings are positive to support such a project annually. So let it be written. So let it be done. And a big BRAVA to all those determined animal lovers who helped to make it possible.

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surgery. The two vets operated for hours. The biggest danger was the ruptured urethra, with the urine pouring into the body cavity and organs.

At 2300 hours on the 7th of October 2013, Monday, the Mogan police put a call out for Dr. Jesus Melo. A dog had been run over by a car between Puerto Mogan and Pueblo Mogan. It was hit and run and the dog was dead or close to it. Dr. Melo owns the Veterinarian Clinic in Pueblo Mogan. He roused himself from a comfortable sleep and drove to the scene of the accident.

The doctors managed to save Canela’s life. Dr. Melo keeps her in his clinic, providing antibiotics, keeping her free of worms and parasites (mostly fleas this time of year), monitoring her progress, providing exercise and companionship to heal the damaged leg, gives her quality food and water to pack some weight back on her, and mostly gives hours and hours of love. Such is the way of Dr. Grande Corazón (Dr. Big Heart).

There Dr. Melo found the Podenco Canario who would become Canela (Cinnamon in case someone forgets her colour). She had obviously been left behind on the previous day’s hunting excursion as these swift dogs that roam the mountains in search of rabbits often are. In her desperation to find her hunter, she had darted in front of a passing car and been struck down. Dr. Melo quickly surmised that she was bleeding internally, struggling to breathe, and dying. He rushed her to his clinic and further determined that the dog’s urethra had been ruptured and her hip broken. He didn’t have much time. He contacted his veterinarian buddy, Dr. Ayose Torrent Pérez, and asked for assistance in emergency

Jesus contacted TARA Animal Respect Association and brought our attention to Canela’s needs. He wants her with what TARA calls a Forever Home - a family of her own. Canela is walking, her limp already diminishing. Her wounds are healing, Her urethra has responded well and will probably function for the rest of her life without fail. She has put on a few pounds already. But most important, Canela has become a healthy, happy, hearty dog of about 18 months. Her fear of humans and her general timidity - a common trait of Podencos subjected to the life of typical hunting dogs, is on the mend. TARA visited Dr. Jesus and Canela at the clinic and found the pair in great spirits. Canela has been resurrected from a virtual death. When she rose back to life, she found herself in Paradise on Earth. Now all she needs to make the dream come true is you - a human of her own to love. Canela is available for introductions at the Veterinarian Clinic Pueblo Mogan or with a TARA. Call and say, “I want to meet beautiful Canela, please!” Remarkably Canela is good around dogs, cats, little people, and even adult humans. She can be your new Best Friend Forever. And she needs you just as much.

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surviving twin Alice was just 4 years old ,the legend that was Pavarotti died aged 72 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

CLIMB EVERY MONTAIN... (or somewhere over the rainbow?) “Once upon a time” stories ...after the hero has climbed every mountain, slain the dragon and survived the wicked witch ...do they always end “and they all lived happily ever after?” We probably reply in answer to that question “Of course not – only in fairy tales.” But there are some real life exceptions. Just recently I have been looking at a couple of people who are or have been coping with seemingly insurmountable odds; yet they press on, determined to do all in their power (sometimes feeling the need to call on a Higher Power) in their utter distress and heartache, to help them believe in that elusive “somewhere over the rainbow”... As a family we have two dear young friends – a guy called Owen and his fiancée of just a few short months-Joanne, who are going through an horrendous time as 28 year old Owen fights for his life following what should have been routine surgery. Complications arose and he is now climbing his very own mountain as he battles his way out of a coma and off a life support machine. Overnight the beautiful world of these two folk turned topsy-turvy. The road ahead looks as though it may be long and hard, BUT - if courage and faith in the face of this particular ‘adversity mountain’ have anything to do with the outcome then their rainbow awaits. Our prayers are with you dear friends. Last week I read the inspiring story of a shy 23 year student, Nicoletta Mantovani, who with her straight mousey locks and geeky glasses accidentally barged into the office of an imposing 58 year old ultra famous giant of a man. She was a temp in his admin team, and he the world renowned tenor who brought opera to the masses, becoming a household name through his 1990 World Cup rendering of Nessun Dorma – Luciano Pavarotti . They fell in love. The couple enjoyed all that money could buy in terms of a lifestyle of fame, and luxury. But wealth alone could not “buy off” the massive mountains they came to face. They married amidst much controversy, but in the belief that “love conquers all” they were a couple who always chose to see the glass half full.

Did this heartbroken young widow hide away to grieve and mourn for what might have been? “No” she declares. “Luciano would never have wanted me to live in the past”. So she fought her MS through rather unconventional methods refusing to contemplate a wheel chair, she decided to concentrate on making a great life for their daughter, which helped her cope, and little by little opened her heart to a new love. In the epic movie “The Sound of Music” the decision to stay or leave the convent becomes agonising for novice nun Maria. She is given some advice when she faces this crossroads in her life as the Mother Superior sings the well known refrain “Climb every mountain” All of us will have to learn to face our own personal mountains in life....large or small. What can we learn from these rather extreme examples of ‘climbers’...one an ordinary but very special young man and dear friend with his whole life before him as with courage and determination he bravely fights to overcome his illness and realise his dream come true .. to marry his darling fiancee. We are supporting you in prayer and rooting for you Owen...all the way to the top. And then, worlds away in totally different circumstances another ‘mountaineer’ - widow of a world famous man, who has been given another chance...having climbed massive mountains to arrive at a place where, in her own words, Nicoletta Luciano is able to say; “Life is really how you deal with it - you are the one to decide. I could say ‘Oh my God, I am sick with MS, I lost my husband, I lost my child, I am so miserable. Or I can choose to say - I have MS but I have been given the opportunity to feel better. I lost my husband but God gave me another love. I lost my son, but I still have a fantastic daughter.” On a less metaphorical and much more physical mountain-top, congrats to Ed the Intrepid (Editor) who this year climbed (literally) his own mountain as he and the team scaled up over the top and down the other side of our very own island. He forged a personal best in terms of stickability and goal reaching. You will see elsewhere in this edition comprehensive details of the trek and all walkers’ stories. So much fun and camaraderie; so many targets reached; so much money raised for a great cause, so many survivors who have climbed their personal breast cancer mountain, so much more awareness of the need for cancer research, as together we strive to take the old nun’s advice...

Mountains came in the shape of sickness, loss and bereavement. Sadly, soon into their relationship, Nicoletta was diagnosed with Multiple Schlerosis with life in a wheel chair predicted. Devastated when she lost one of the couple’s boy/girl twins at birth, then, when the

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