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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.




Gran Canaria launches ten new air routes to reinforce the winter season

The latest report issued by the Spanish airport authority AENA & Gran Canaria Airport has highlighted ten new air routes to reinforce this winter season, following recent additions over the last two weeks.
EasyJet started operating a flight to Berlin-Schönefeld, in Germany, from October 30 with a weekly frequency, while Laudamotion, has added two weekly flights to Vienna.
On November 1, JetTime launched a route to the Swedish city of Malmö with a weekly flight and on November 2, followed on November 5 and 6 with new routes to Boa Vista and Isla de Sal, in Cape Verde and TUIfly Netherlands have launched a route to Groningen, in the Netherlands, with two weekly links, and TUIfly’s latest route was presented on the 7th with the inauguration of the Paderborn German city route, which will fly twice weekly.
SAS, Scandinavian Airlines, now connect Gran Canaria with Gothenburg, in Sweden, and Eurowings have debuted a new flight to the Austrian airport of Salzburg, both of which fly once a week.
As well as these SunExpress Deutschland have begun operating a new connection with Dusseldorf, in Germany.

Ryanair’s new route to Gran Canaria from Treviso in northern Italy

Gran Canaria and Ryanair have a new route that will connect the island and Sant’Angelo Treviso in northern Italy with one flight a week. Treviso is a strategic point for Gran Canaria, since it is located 40 kilometers from the city of Venice, in the Veneto region, one of the richest areas of Italy. This new route will allow Italian tourists of high purchasing power to fly to the island directly.
Gran Canaria is now connected to seven Italian cities: Milan, Bergamo, Verona, Bologna, Pisa, Rome and the latest addition, Sant’Angelo Treviso. The excellent geographical position of this airport will allow travellers from southern Austria and Slovenia to also fly to Gran Canaria, which will help further consolidate these emerging markets.
The Italian market grew on Gran Canaria by 19.2% in 2017 to a total of 110,000 tourists. These figures highlight Italy as one of our main emerging markets that have grown the most in recent seasons.

Ryanair has become the second most important air carrier on Gran Canaria after the multinational TUI and have established a new passenger record on Gran Canaria with more than 744,000 tourists carried in 2017, representing a growth of 14.7% in relation to the previous year.
Currently, Ryanair connects the island with 37 airports in 12 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Norway.