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Menas Case: Foundation Siglo XXI directors allegedly filed false invoices, unrealistic expenses and repeatedly drew funds from ATMs, meant for the care of migrant children, even charging botox facial treatments and posh restaurant bills to foundation debit cards

A comprehensive analysis conducted by Group I of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the National Police yielded scandalous results, writes Spanish language daily Canarias7, regarding the alleged irregular use of the public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied minors, by the suspected to have been perpetrated by centres managed by the Foundation Social Response Siglo XXI on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In this case, driven by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, investigators discovered that the director of the Guiniguada centre charged the NGO responsible for €1,500 worth of beauty treatments and €1,113 for bills at top restaurants including Vinófilos, El Vasco de Vegueta, and Triciclo.



Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor

The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the  mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.



Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria

A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.



Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria

A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain.  Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days.  It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.



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.




Almost €300,000 for electric vehicle recharging points in 17 Gran Canaria municipalities

The Cabildo of Gran Canaria has awarded almost €300,000 for the first phase of their new electric vehicle recharging network that will place charge points in strategic locations in 17 municipalities at a maximum distance of 42 kilometers from each other.
The company Etecnic has won the tender with a term of three months to carry out the necessary works that went for €445,000, to support the current needs of electric mobility and the increase in demand expected over the coming years. Modification to the energy policy model is aimed at, ideally, half of the island’s vehicles, some 200,000, using this system by 2034.
Once the installation work is completed, Puerto de Las Nieves de Agaete will have an ultra-fast recharge space for two vehicles, which will allow half of the battery to be charged in just 10 minutes, while fast-loading points will take 15 minutes in the rest of the municipalities.
Agüimes will have a point in Playa de Arinaga, while the Arucas point will be located on Calle Alcalde Suárez Franchy and the Firgas one at the roundabout a few meters from the Church of San Roque.
Gáldar’s will be on the Bajada de Las Guayarminas highway, in Guia on Calle Lomo Guillén, Ingenio on Avenida Carlos V in Carrizal, the La Aldea one on the beach and the Moya in Pico Lomito.
The network is to be completed with charging points by the Parador de Tejeda, Avenida Tomás Roca Bosch in Puerto Rico, Mogán, calle Tenderete in Santa Brígida, the Santa Lucía town center next to the church, La Mareta in Telde, one on Calle Pérez Villanueva in Teror, a charge station will be next to the ecological market in Valleseco and there will be one on Avenida Juan Carlos I in Valsequillo.
Each municipality will have an information pole visible so that users know that they can recharge there and locate it easily. After the works, the Cabildo through the Insular Council of Energy will put out a tender for the management of these stations.
Gran Canaria’s first recharging network is set to contribute to a change to the energy model of the island combat reluctance to use these types of vehicles, as the autonomy of travel throughout the island territory will now be guaranteed.
The second phase of the project aims to reach the other municipalities, namely Artenara, San Mateo and San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in addition to expanding the existing offer in the capital of Gran Canaria.
After this the next objective will be to install points at Gran Canaria Airport. Once all the phases have been completed, each municipality will have at least one recharging station capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously.