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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.




Maspalomas roundabout fail leaves car abandoned beneath GC500 roundabout

This crashed car abandoned beneath GC500, the old national road that connects Vecindario on the southeast of Gran Canaria to Puerto de Mogán on the southwest, was reportedly  found “parked” this morning under the roundabout between the Parque Sur Maspalomas and the Holiday World theme park.  First reports say the occupants simply stepped out of the vehicle and left the scene, with no evidence of any emergency services having been called.  Questions are now being asked as to whether the vehicle was stolen, or indeed rolled down the hill by its owner, who presumably will be speaking to the authorities today.



Further information is being sought as to what exactly led to the Seat Altea having left the highway and falling into the central subway passage that crosses beneath the old national road.  The GC500 itself is a dual carriageway, where the speed limit is 40km an hour approaching this roundabout, however it seems likely that who ever was driving was not paying attention. It is well known that many drivers exceed the speed limit along this section of road, and if it were not for the high speed warning bumps, large signs and big red flashing signals, it would be quite easy to misjudge the appropriate velocity.  From the photographs it is not obvious which direction they had been travelling from.
We’ll update this as and when we get more information.  Local officials are currently trying to track down the occupants of the vehicle, presumably to ask them some pertinent questions about their evening last night, the state of the driver and the speed at which the vehicle was travelling, when they manage to leave the road altogether, and roll the car down a hill before blocking the pedestrian walkway, then leaving the car abandoned beneath the GC500.
Runners, dog walkers and other pedestrians no doubt will have had fun this morning photographing the unusual incident, which by the looks of things will require a heavy crane to remedy. we expect to see a few more images posted to social networks.
Had they only managed to carry on 100m more they would have found themselves at one of the most spacious car parks in all of Maspalomas, underneath the Holiday World family theme park, who offer a much more thrilling, and less expensive, experience for kids of all ages.
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