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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 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
May, 2023 |
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
May, 2023 |
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.
“????? ?? ?? ?????́?” Agaete’s Cordial Spa Hotel Roca Negra pioneers live music events where dancing is allowed by performing to the balconies as the sun sets
Mar, 2021 | #Tourism0, Business, Events & Leisure, Tourism, Weekend Tips
An innovative event was held for the second time this weekend at a hotel on Gran Canaria’s rugged north coast. The Cordial Roca Negra Hotel & Spa in Agaete held a large live weekend ????? ?? ?? ?????́? music concert, with multiple performing artists, which enabled concert goers to reserve a hotel room, from which to watch and dance on their balconies, to the delight of attendees. This tranquil spa hotel transformed into a concert theatre for a few hours to host the event. This pioneering initiative on the islands held their first eventback in December. Attendees were able to not only enjoy a three hour concert but could also have a boogie in a perfectly socially distanced environment. Guests check in to the “hotel theatre”, and are directly immersed in an experience with live music from the moment they arrive. This unique evening, was joined by some of the best known local performers from the Canary Islands facilitating larger scale live performances than would usually be possible and a safe environment in which to enjoy the show.
The idea of allowing people to continue enjoying an outdoor music concert in a responsible manner during the pandemic has a lot of potential while restrictions are still necessary to prevent COVID19 infections on the islands, and while the vaccine roll-out continues. The ????? ?? ?? ?????́? stage for the event was located in the solarium and pool area and allowed for a spectacular sunset backdrop, while watched from the balconies of the 140 rooms as some of the best loved contemporary Canarian music artists played live and loud for their audience, undoubtedly the largest audience any of them had seen for a year or more. The weekend event began on the Friday, in a more intimate and relaxed manner, with Cuban and flamenco music from the artists The Son Flamenco and Toto Noriega and then on Saturday, March 13, two overwhelming performances from the television star Cristina Ramos followed by the band Los 600.
“It is a fact that” ????? ?? ?? ?????́? “was a great success and we cannot be more proud of it. All the workers of the Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra, from management to restaurants and apartments, were fully involved in this beautiful initiative so that all our guests could enjoy good music, complying with all measures of social distance” said the general director of the Gran Canaria hotel chain, Nicolás Villalobos.
With the second edition of Teatrotel: “Dance on your balcony”, the Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra say they have shown their commitment, once again, to reinventing uses and spaces to allow thier guests to enjoy those experiences that so many miss, always respecting strict compliance with all social distance measures. The event, in order to respect the distances and capacity allowed, was exclusively limited to guests staying at the hotel, so places were limited. It is likely to be an experience not only repeated in the future, but copied by others looking to restart our ailing hotel industry in the post-covid era
The Canary News