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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

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.


Weather: Rain and strong winds to end the week on Gran Canaria as Atlantic storm passes to the north

Yellow (risk) advisories are in place this Wednesday and Thursday, in the Canary Islands, due to heavy rain and strong winds forecast by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). An Atlantic storm to the north of us is expected to pass, over the next couple of days, bringing strong winds and rough seas to Gran Canaria and the archipelago, followed by a bigger storm likely to visit the island of Madeira at the weekend on its way to mainland Spain, bringing more wet weather to the islands as we head into next week.


Wednesday, November 25: To the north, cloudy intervals tending to get cloudier with weak rain that will increase in intensity and become persistent during the afternoon, there could be strong showers locally inland. Elsewhere, slightly cloudy skies becoming increasingly cloudy with a low probability of weak and scattered showers in the afternoon. Falling temperatures, will become locally notable inland around the summits and on north facing slopes. Variable winds from the northwest, with strong gusts, rain and strong winds expected in exposed areas during the afternoon.

Thursday, November 26: Mostly cloudy skies with persistent rain on north facing slopes accompanied by occasional heavy scattered showers, especially inland. Falling temperatures, more noticeable inland and at altitude. Northwesterly winds, with strong intervals and very strong gusts expected on the southwest and northeast peaks and slopes during the second half of the day.

Friday, November 27: Northern slopes will see showers, occasionally strong rain and strong winds producing stormy weather. Elsewhere a low probability of light rains in general. Temperatures will see few changes, with frost and even a potential for snow expected on the highest summits above 1900 meters. Strong northwesterly winds locally inland and at the summits with very strong gusts possible.

Over the weekend the rains will continue across the islands. The prediction for Saturday, November 28, indicates probable rain,  particularly to the north, however less intense than over previous days. Temperatures should start to rise in the Canary Islands.
For Sunday, November 29, several scenarios are contemplated, according to AEMET, as a new storm approaches mainland Spain,  rainfall expected in the Canary Islands likely.
The Canary Islands Government have declared and advisory alert for rough coastal seas

El Gobierno de Canarias, a través de la Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias, declara:
? Alerta por Fenómenos Costeros en #Canarias
➡️ Inicio: 21:00 horas del 26/11/2020
? Los detalles, vía @112canarias ⤵️ https://t.co/i58sENGLO3
— Presidencia GobCan (@PresiCan) November 25, 2020

Tiempo previsto en Canarias desde 24-11-2020 hasta 30-11-2020. Info siempre actualizada en https://t.co/pAtP17oqOG pic.twitter.com/ylVr8t7B31
— AEMET_Canarias (@AEMET_Canarias) November 24, 2020


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Weather: Canary Islands enjoying temperatures of 30ºC+ this week

The head of the Spanish Meteorological Agency, AEMET, in the Canary Islands, Jesús Agüera, says that the storm “Theta” that passed north of the Canary Islands last weekend has produced easterly winds, bringing warm weather temperatures well above normal to the archipelago, “an anomalous meteorological phenomenon” expected to last until at least Thursday, when the warm weather will likely be replaced by the sudden arrival of cold air from the north.
Since the weekend many areas around the Canary Islands have reached maximum temperatures of more than 30ºC in the shade, such as the town of Tasarte, near the west coast of Gran Canaria, which this Monday topped 33ºC.  By Thursday, “the arrival of the trade winds” will see daytime temperatures dropping back down to seasonal norms of between 20º & 23ºC in the shade.  Of course it is always 5º – 10º or so warmer than that in direct sunlight.
Tropical storm Theta passed north of us last weekend producing strong winds in some higher altitude areas of the western isles, and this has pulled much warmer air from the Sahara and the African continent. Agüera points out that “the passage of Theta disturbed the atmosphere, agitating air masses”, which has “induced African winds, which though very weak are quite warm”.
He predicts that temperatures will drop from Thursday when an “anticyclone sets in, which, conversely, will induce more humid weather and cooler northerly winds.” However, looking toward the end of the week, “it is still too early to confirm” he says.
Gran Canaria Outlook for the next few days:

Tuesday has seen some intervals of high cloud and light calima in the air. Temperatures remaining warm, many south and west facing zones likely to exceed 30ºC, in the shade . On the coasts, weak warm winds from the east, breezy on the north and west coasts. Inland and higher altitude areas will get the winds from the southeast, tending to decrease through the afternoon.

Clear skies on Wednesday with some intervals of high cloud. Warm temperatures continuing with few changes, though a slight decrease on the north facing slopes and inland areas.  30ºC likely to be exceeded inland on the south and west of the island. On the coasts, light winds from the east during the first half of the day, turning northerly from the afternoon. Inland and higher zones, light to moderate southeast winds, somewhat more intense in the peaks during the early hours. Breezy in the east and west.

On Thursday intervals of low cloud to the north, clearing after noon. Falling temperatures, especially inland at higher altitudes. Moderate north winds, more intense on the east-southeast and west coasts, turning to blow from the northeast from the afternoon. Breezes on the south and southwest coasts. Inland  variable winds in the east and southeast summits.

By Friday more cloud is likely to the north of the island, with a tendency toward clear intervals in the afternoon. Elsewhere slight cloud or clear skies. Some weak calima possible. Temperatures changing little. Moderate northeast winds becoming less intense from noon. Easterly winds inland and at the summits.


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Weather: Wet week ahead with Yellow Advisory as tail of Storm Ana brings rain and wind to Canary Islands

Storm ‘Ana‘ hit Spain on Sunday leading to alerts for heavy wind and rain across the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with winds predicted to reach up to 140 kilometres an hour, strong seas and abundant rainfall are expected, in some areas, to deposit up to 100 litres per square metre, according to Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET. Though the storm did not directly affect the Canary Islands over the weekend the cold front being pushed away from it did and, the tail end of storm Ana, is expected to reach the Islands over the next 24-48 hours.
Nearly fifty provinces across Spain remain on alert for wind, waves and snow. Meanwhile here on the islands a yellow advisory has been issued due to strong gusts of cold wind expected from the west and then the north from today. Rain is also expected to hit the north of the island, with a strong possibility of showers even in the south today and tomorrow (Tuesday).
AEMET has warned the weather conditions are caused by a deep storm, with a “very active” front that will bring “strong” winds from the west that may exceed 90-100 kilometres per hour in many places, some places in the north of Spain may even experience 130-140 kilometres per hour in mountainous areas.  Here on Gran Canaria the west winds will turn to blow cold air down from the north Atlantic for the next few days
Rainfall could be quite strong or persistent though is expected to be weaker in the Canary Islands than elsewhere. Snowfall is expected in the north of Spain above 600 meters, though nothing of that nature yet expected this far south, though several flights have been disrupted as snow hits the UK, Holland, Germany and Austria.
There could well be some rough seas ahead this week, as temperatures decline slightly to between 13º or 14º C at night and 20º-21ºC day time.
According to AEMETs Yellow Advisory, rains and the wind will start to affect the archipelago from aroun 5:00 pm on Monday, December 11 and will have mostly passed by midday on Tuesday, though more lighter rain is predicted for later in the week.
In addition, Aemet forecasts strong gusts of cold wind especially to north of the islands. Gusts will be especially intense in high and mid-altitude areas, particularly on the east and west sides of the island.
The rainy season continues to make itself felt throughout this week, though more occasionally after Tuesday.