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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.


3.6 earthquake felt across Gran Canaria on Wednesday morning

This Wednesday morning a fairly small earthquake has been reported from various places across Gran Canaria.  Tremors were felt from Agaete to Vecindario.  INVOLCAN, The Canary Islands Volcanic Institute (Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias), have reported that at 08:19 (Canary Islands time) The Canarian Seismic Network operated by INVOLCAN registered a quake with a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale, to the north east of Gran Canaria, not far from Telde and the capital Las Palmas, at a preliminary depth of between 10 & 20km below the island.
In the early hours of this morning they registered a seismic swarm made up of more than 60 small-magnitude earthquakes, in the surroundings of Vilaflor, Tenerife, at depths of 7-10 km. The first event was recorded at 02:46 (Canary time). Updates are expected to follow throughout the day.
The Canary Islands are volcanic and earth movements of this sort are quite common, with no evidence yet suggesting that this is anything more than a normal event among the thousands of minor tremors measured across the archipelago every year.

**Update with new information
Local Spanish language daily, La Provincia, has subsequently reported that eight smaller tremors of some significance were detected in the early hours of this morning before the sun rose, the first of these little quakes was recorded at 03:00 hours at a depth of 9 kilometers, magnitude 2.4 and with the epicentre below the South Tenerife municipality of Adeje, and saying that the last one was detected at 07.18 hours off the coast of Telde, Gran Canaria, at about 18 kilometres deep at a magnitude of 3.6 .
The main 112 emergency service has reported that about twenty calls were received reporting this movement, which was felt by many among the population, but that no damage has been reported.
Other seismic movements of note occurred, at 03.01 hours, at a magnitude of 1.5 and at a depth of 7 km, located in Guía de Isora, in Tenerife, where at 03.15 another was detected, with a magnitude of 2, at a depth of 8 km. More were detected in the area of magnitude 2.9 at 10 km deep, a magnitude 2 at 8 km, and at 4.54 hours at a depth of 7 km and magnitude 1.7, with one that followed at 05.16 hours at a depth of 10 kilometres again in Adeje and of magnitude 1.7.


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