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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.
Hillside Fire Near Pueblo de Mogán, Man Arrested
Jul, 2020 | Cabildo, Fire, investigation, Mogán, Police
A little shock tonight for the south west of Gran Canaria after a raging fire broke out on a hillside, just after 21:30, on Tuesday night, above the main GC200 highway connecting the popular town of Pueblo de Mogán and the village of Veneguera. Arriving to the blaze Policia Local immediately arrested a resident of La Aldea, in his mid 30s, on suspicion of having allegedly started the fire. Local residents had made sure that the man could not leave until the authorities arrived and took charge, according to sources at the scene.
The frightening events occurred very quickly, with reports that a fire had started in the municipality of Mogán. First to respond were a crew from the main Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria fire station, in Motor Grande, along with volunteer members of the Protection Civil, who were joined by fire crews from Arinaga and a Cabildo de Gran Canaria Environment Department team.
Three active fronts presented a serious challenge to firefighters who, after assessing the situation, decided to tackle the left flank, moving in the direction of Veneguera village, under control first, lowering its intensity and controlling the flames until the other crews arrived. Due to their quick response, the most dangerous section of burning scrubland was brought under their control within an hour and a half, affecting more than 500 square meters of hillside.
By 11pm crews felt confident that the situation was stable and were able to disengage by around midnight leaving volunteers from the Protection Civil and the Environment Department, to monitor the scene to prevent the possibility of any reactivation of the flames, due to the wind and heat in the area.
Mogán’s Local Police, based nearby, and agents of the Guardia Civil attended also, to support the management of the scene following the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of the fire. Sources at the scene suggested that the man is suspected to have perpetrated similar crimes in the past, which is why when they found him there, and seeing that a fire had started, the wanted to make sure that the police would be able to question him.
Last night’s events occurred just a few kilometers from the site of the Tasarte fire, last February, which entered the Inagua Natural Reserve and burned 1,063 hectares. There is no known link between the two events.
Fire in Mogán, Man ArrestedA raging fire broke out on a hillside, just after 21:30, on Tuesday night, above the main GC200 highway connecting the popular town of Pueblo de Mogán and the village of Veneguera.
Arriving to the blaze Policia Local immediately arrested a man from La Aldea, in his mid 30s, on suspicion of having allegedly started the fire. Local residents had made sure that the man could not leave until the authorities arrived and took charge, according to sources at the scene.
Read More: https://thecanarynews.com/2020/07/15/hillside-fire-near-pueblo-de-mogan-man-arrested/
Posted by TheCanary.TV on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Gran Canaria Fires: Canary Islands Government praise firefighters and resolve to beat the fire
Aug, 2019 | Uncategorized
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, began his most recent briefing by highlighting all the work carried out throughout the night along the right flank of the fire, which is designated from the tail of the fire, as if standing at the point of origin. The right flank crosses the municipalities of Valleseco, Moya, Santa María de Guía and Agaete, and the work there has been effective, preventing the flames from reaching populated areas, a priority objective since yesterday in the work of extinguishing the blaze. However, work continues intensively in that area to prevent the fire from advancing and this flank must be stopped before it reaches Agaete.
However, the head of the fire, that last night tragically reached the pine forests of Tamadaba, continues to progress and at this moment it is not a safe area for for firefighters to work in, although several are performing follow-up tasks in that zone.
At this time, the total land area affected by the fire stretches to more than 6,000 hectares, 60km2, within a perimeter stretching 60 kilometres in length and in places less than a km wide. Most of this increase since yesterday has been caused by the head of the fire entering the area of Tamadaba uncontrolled, while ground crews, firefighters and air support try to contain the perimeters.
Over the next few hours, Torres points out that by about 7:00 pm weather conditions should start to improve, as temperatures drop and relative humidity rises, which will all help to increase the effectiveness of the work to extinguish the active fronts.
The evolution of the fire through the night and the early hours of Monday morning lead to an increase in the number of evacuees, numbers based on the official population census, which rose to 9,000 people, 546 of whom have spent the night in the various shelters set up for this purpose. The current situation means that these people are not expected to return to their homes today.
Both the president of the Canary Islands and the Minister for Agriculture have stressed that we are facing one of the most important air and land deployments that have ever been carried out in the Canary Islands and one of the most important in recent years in Spain.Throughout the day, more than 1,000 people have worked tirelessly to fight the flames in shifts supported by 16 aircraft, of which 14 are discharging water over affected areas and the remaining two carry out aerial coordination work. According to Luis Planas, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, two more double rotared Kamov helicopters and two “air tractor” aeroplanes are being sent from the Junta de Castilla – La Mancha, to join this deployment, along with aircraft specialised in aerial coordination and a drone for night tracking.
Ángel Víctor Torres insisted that all the actions being carried out have aimed primarily at preserving the safety of people, hence the numerous evacuations that have been declared, which has meant that up until today not one injury has been reported.
Finally, the Canary Islands president expressed his absolute conviction that “we will overcome this very serious and harmful fire for the island of Gran Canaria”. In this sense he showed his admiration and thanks to all the men and women who are intervening in fighting the fire as well as the many signs of solidarity coming from civil society, institutions and companies.
Despite the magnitude of the blaze, its impact on tourism activity has been very low, purely because it is the coastal areas and the south of the island that primarily cater to tourists, and the fires are no where near those primary zones. In addition, the airport is operating normally, as are all usual air and sea connections. He emphasised unequivocally “The Canary Islands, and Gran Canaria, in particular, are safe tourist destinations.” The very low number of foreign visitors evacuated from rural villages have relocated been to other establishments and planned activities in affected areas have been suspended.
Source: Canary Islands Government
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