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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.



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.




Man who died in horrific road accident on Friday named

Who could have failed to be shocked on hearing of the young man who died last Friday afternoon when his vehicle collided with a tourist excursion bus travelling along the GC500 near Balito. An outpouring of grief soon followed as the victim was named as a resident of Arguineguín named Jacob, aged just 29, active in local politics, and sports having played for two local football teams, he worked in one of the Spar supermarkets in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, and had become a father only seven months earlier.
The accident occurred at 15.14 and Friday afternoon.  The 112 Canary Islands Emergency and Security Coordinating Centre (Cecoes) received an alert reporting that a car and a service bus had collided head-on on the GC-500, at kilometer 35 located by the Barranco de Balito, in the southern municipality of Mogán. Firefighters from Puerto Rico were immediately deployed along with Local Police, Traffic Civil Guard and two ambulances from the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), one medicalised and  the other carrying basic life support, according to the report from 112.
A doctor who happened to be travelling on the excursion passenger transport vehicle identified himself and almost immediately attended to the driver of the car who he found was in cardio-respiratory arrest, so he was the first to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers, which were then continued by the staff of the SUC ambulance, both basic and advanced. However, Jacobs death was eventually confirmed at the scene.
Agents from the Guardia Civil Traffic units initiated an investigation to determine the causes of the accident. According to the initial hypothesis, the driver of the car appears to have invaded the oncoming lane for reasons that are still being investigated. It is well known that many drivers travel far too quickly around this long corner, and so speed could well have been a factor.  What seems clear from the initial images is that the impact was very sudden, and according to witnesses the bus driver simply had no time to react.  Civil Protection and Policia Local from Puerto Rico also collaborated with emergency resources.
Jacob now becomes the sixth fatality from major traffic accidents on the southern roads of Gran Canaria in recent weeks, following the awful crash between motorcycles near Veneguera and a collision near Pasito Blanco.


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Fourth fatality announced after Sunday’s shocking motorcycle collision near Mogán

The violent motorcycle accident which occurred on Sunday in the Los Azulejos area, near the Veneguera intersection, between Mogán and La Aldea on the GC-200, has resulted in a fourth tragic fatality.
3 were left dead at the scene, including a couple from Tamaraceite and a bricklayer from Arucas, whose 14 year old son rode as his passenger and who it has now been reported died this Wednesday morning, three days after the accident, at the main Insular Hospital where he was being treated in a critical condition, having been unable to overcome the various blood transfusions and interventions administered in an attempt to save his young life.
The teenager had been the only survivor of the shocking head-on collision between a high-powered BMW and a Honda 70 on Sunday near Veneguera, on the road between La Aldea and Mogán. The boy’s father, Carmelo Lorenzo, was driving the Honda 70 and was buried yesterday in Arucas. The couple who were on the BMW have been named as Jesús Carmelo Delgado and Angharad Rodríguez, of Tamaraceite who were also buried yesterday in San Lázaro.
The Guardia Civil are investigating the incident to try and discern if speeding was the cause of the couple riding the powerful BMW motorcycle having collided with father and son on the much less powerful Honda 70 Monkey Bike.
The father was passionate about motorcycles and mechanics, and of a very calm character, according to various people who knew him.
The Dax Monkey Team collective, of which he was a member almost from their beginnings a little more than two years ago, have remembered him as a person who always had a smile. “Good friend and good father,” they point out  and they emphasise that he was very reserved.
The group had left around nine thirty on Sunday morning from the shopping center La Ballena, in the capital, which was their usual meeting point. From there they headed northwest to reach La Aldea, with two brief stops. They ate next to the Charco de La Aldea at 12.30. “No alcohol,” they insist, because they never drink on these trips. An hour and a quarter later they climbed back on their minibikes and left heading in the direction of Mogán, where they had planned to take a break in Arguineguín for a coffee, before returning to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
But tragedy was to cut short this Sunday bike tour. At around 1430 the accident occurred, ending the life of Carmelo Lorenzo, leaving his son fatally injured.
Jesús Carmelo Delgado rode the other motorcycle involved, accompanied by his partner Angharad Rodríguez, also both great lovers of two wheels, travelling from Mogán to La Aldea aboard his powerful 1,000 CC BMW.
The two bikes collided head on while travelling around curves and bends with little or no visibility. The couple resided in Tamaraceite, and were also well known among motorcycle enthusiasts, as they ran a automotive business, Valery Motor, so were closely linked to the biking community.
The Guardia Civil have noted that the section at which the accident took place is speed limited to a maximum of 50 kilometres per hour, and that technicians will take several weeks to write their final report. The case has been sent to court number 2 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana , while accident investigation experts of the Traffic Corps make their technical report which it is alleged will likely determine whether or not the BMW invaded the opposite carriageway, as another Honda 70 was also almost involved.
Some witnesses say that they could not even have had time to brake, with no skid marks on the asphalt after the accident, indicating that the tragic outcome was very abrupt.
This is the sixth fatal motorcycle crash in the archipelago this year so far, all in the last month.