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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.


The Saint: Las Palmas v Girona

Courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
4 mins in, Girona break down the right wing, good ball in the middle and Stuani plants an easy header passed the keeper. 0-1
LP win a penalty in the 12th minute after a cross from the left, a Girona defender pushes Halilovic and the ref takes action. Calleri scores!!! 1-1
A good chance follows for Girona, whose forward goes around our keeper and lays it back, but Chichizola produces a great save. Then straight up to the other end and Halilovic cuts in from the right but his shot is easily saved.
33 mins and a good build up of play by the home side, sets Momo up, but his shot is just too high.
4 minutes before half time, some poor defending by LP, wastes a chance to clear the ball, it is badly controlled in the box and  falls to Stuani who turns quick and puts his shot in the bottom corner for his 2nd of the game. 1-2.
HT Verdict of The Saint – good open game with both sides attacking. Poor defending from LP has gifted Girona the 2nd goal. This game has the feeling of a pre-season friendly with both sides having nothing to play for. Lets hope LP can give this small supporter crowd of remaining die-hards something to cheer about in the 2nd half.
Courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
First chance in the 2nd half for the home side. Halilovic sees his shot from the edge of the box pushed away for a corner.
67 mins and Girona break away but a great tackle from Garcia saves what would have been a certain goal.
Las Palmas keep getting into good positions but the final ball is letting them down.
No more decent chances for either side and the game ends.
Las Palmas 1 Girona 2
The Final Verdict – well this game sums up the season for Las Palmas.
They played ok, had plenty of the ball but not good enough in the final 3rd to produce enough winning chances. Then poor defensive errors and a lack of concentration lets the opposition in.
All season they tried to play from the back, but they are just not good enough and put themselves under unnecessary pressure, which causes more mistakes.
Hopefully there will be big changes over the summer, plenty of new signings and a new manager to change the style of play. It was a sad day once again, stadium empty and no atmosphere.
The 3 year return to La Liga is over for now, the new season sees them return to the 2nd Division.

LP v Girona

The Saint: Las Palmas V Levante

19/11/17 – Images courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es

Las Palmas entertain mid-table Levante. LP must start winning and break this losing streak which is now 8 games in a row. This is a good chance to pick up the much needed 3pts.

10 minutes gone no real chances for either side. Then in the 12th minute, the first chance of the match falls to the away side but it was wasted at the far post.
3 minutes later and the best chance so far to Levante but Raul, in the home goal, makes a good save.
First yellow card to Levante’s Campana who pulls Vicente back to slow down a quick break from LP.
Good work by Raul in the home goal cutting out a cross after a quick break by the visitors
25th minute sees Las Palmas first real chance of the match so far,  good move down the left, nice ball by Viera sets up Calleri who slots home in the bottom corner, but unluckily the goal is disallowed for offside. Loyal UDLP fans in the UK report in with The Saint straight away, one message from Michael Wheatley, watching from his sofa in Burton,  says “it was a good goal!”  So really unlucky there!! 
Another good move from home team but this time it’s Vitolo who breaks left, crosses to the centre but no one is there. I think he should have taken it on his own and made the shot himself there. 
Another good move by home time but nobody wants to shoot, nice one-touch play but in the end no-one is taking responsibility to take a shot and the away keeper makes an easy save. 
The home team on top now. They need to take one of these chances.
33 minutes in and a good save by home keeper Raul after a good shot on the edge of the box from Levante.
Poor play by LP, they keep giving the ball away in dangerous areas, needlessly putting themselves under pressure. 
Good play follows, Calleri twice has half chances but again wastes them. 

Half-time – Las Palmas 0  Levante 0
The Opinion of The Saint  –  Quite an open game, both sides have half chances but Las Palmas need to make the most of the pressure they are putting on the visitors. They were unlucky with the disallowed goal but they must try to be more direct in the final 3rd.

Straight from kick-off the visitors get a great chance but well saved by Raul.  
Tonight’s crowd of 26,212, a great improvement but mostly made up of local schoolboy teams, given free tickets. Great for the future, but not a true reflection on the attendance, with many fans staying away due to very poor performances over recent weeks.
Jonathan Viera is brought down on edge of the box, gifting a good chance with the free kick. But Viera himself fires it straight into the wall, another wasted opportunity. 
A nice break by the home team, sees Viera set Tana up but his shot is easily saved.
On 65minutes the best chance of the game for the home team, strong shot by Calleri but Oier in the away goal pulls off an excellent save. 
A dangerous free kick from the visitors flies just over the top
On 70 minutes Levante break down the left wing, cross the ball and Doukoure who plants his header in the left corner, leaving Raul with no chances. 1-0 to visitors.  This was against the run of play but you could see it happening, it was predictable. 
More good play from the visitors,Levante’s Jason cuts in from the left hand side and sees his shot go straight in the top corner 2-0. 
Las Palmas huff and puff in the last 10mins but to no avail, no joy and no real chances as Levante see out the game.

The Verdict of The Saint – LP didn’t take their chances in 1st half, but after conceding you could see the confidence drain from the team.
After the 2nd goal went in, Levante just kept men behind the ball and sadly LP couldn’t break them down.
In the final minutes, the crowd again turned their frustration toward the owner and manager whose record now is played 8 lost 8!!!! 
My last game for a while and I hope on my return in the spring they will be in a better state but on performance so far this season I’m afraid to say we might be already be in danger of going down. I think the manager needs to go and get someone in who will keep us up!!

Next  home match see’s the return of Quique Setien when we take on 8th place Real Betis on Sunday 3rd December – 20.45 KO.

PIO PIO  – keep the faith

The Saint: Las Palmas V Celta Vigo

16/10/17 – Images courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
After the last home match against Leganes, Las Palmas coach Manolo Marquez has become the third La Liga manager to leave his job this season, calling a surprise news conference on Tuesday 26th September to announce his resignation after losing four of the first six games of the campaign.
Las Palmas were 15th in the League with six points. Marquez had never coached a top-flight side before landing the job in July after leading the club’s reserve team to promotion.
Now the new coach is Pako Ayestaran,the man sacked last year after a disastrous run with Valencia. He spent 11 years as assistant to Rafa Benitez, at Liverpool and Valencia, before becoming the boss. There’s been a very mixed reaction from the fans over his appointment.
Las Palmas get off to a lively start and Viera breaks down the right and wins a corner.
On 6mins, Bigas dismantles the 1st Vigo attack and plays a quick ball to continue his run forward. Mono finds him in the box but fails to control the ball and his shot goes wide.
Then on 12mins, more good play by Viera, who takes a shot from the edge of the box, going just wide.
On 16mins Vigo have their first real attack, a good ball finds Emre Mor, who slots it home in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Vigo. That was hard on the home side and totally against the run of play. Then 4mins later, some great work by the impressive Sisto sets up Spanish international Aspas, who somehow scores from an impossibly tight angle at the near post. 2-0 Vigo. Keeper Chichzola will be disappointed to have been beaten from that angle.
Las Palmas start to get back into the game and win a few corners and Garcia goes close with a header. Then somehow Viera hits the post when he should have scored, after he was left unmarked at the far post but his header was parried onto the post and cleared away.
Calleri too misses a good chance after being set up by Viera. More chances for the home side come and go with Mono and Herman getting close within mins of each other.
The dangerous Sisto hits a great shot from the edge of the box which goes just wide.
Half Time – Las Palmas 0 Celta Vigo 2
The Sain’s opinion – With 61% of the play and 7 corners against only 2 , this shows how much LP have been in control of the first half but still find themselves 2-0 down. They had loads of ½ chances but they need to start taking them to get back into this match. The introduction of Remy might be the key if the new manager wants to change things.
The home side start slow even with the introduction of Remy, and a cracking ball by Sisto down the line finds Vigo winger Sanchez who plays across the box to find Aspas who fires home to make it 3-0. Not the start the home side was looking for!
On 52mins, LP play a ball over the top and the Vigo keeper comes rushing out and takes Calleri out when running through on goal. Straight red card for the away keeper. Could this be the moment the home side gets back into the match?
On 62mins Calleri again blasts over when he should have done better. The home side are really struggling to break down the 10 men and things get even worse on 71mins, when a quick break again by the away side down the left, plays the ball across to Hernandez who slots it home to make it 4-0.
“Unbelieveable Geoff how we are 4-0 down against 10 men!!!!”
More poor play by sub Lemos, loses the ball and Aspas makes no mistakes finishing off in the bottom corner to make it 5!!!
At this point, over half of the very disappointing crowd of just 15,799 are already heading for the exit.
They miss a mini come back, 2 goals in injury time, first from sub Vitolo and then the lively looking Remy makes a too little too late final score for the home side.
Final score – Las Palmas 2 Celta Vigo 5
The Verdict of The Saint – Where do I start, not the best beginnings for the new boss in his first home game! LP started well and played some good game in the first half but again poor finishing let them down, then conceding straight after half time when they should have been on the front foot really knocked them.

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After Vigo went down to 10 men, things got even worse and the home defence went missing in action as they conceded some poor goals.
The crowd let the players and the manager know how they were feeling with ½ of them leaving early, not attending the game or booing at the final whistle. Las Palmas I’m afraid to say have a battle this season to stay up. We look very weak up front, wide open at the back and we are not taking our chances. We could be in for a very long season.
Next home game is on Monday night the 30th October, which won’t please the fans, against Deportivo La Coruna . KO 20.00. PIO PIO.