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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.


Maspalomas beach beds and umbrellas to return from February 7

On the south of Gran Canaria the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Council, this Monday, through Samuel Henríquez Quintana’s Department of Cleaning and Attention to Coastal Maintenance, requested that sun beds and umbrellas services in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas be restarted once more, having been suspended since March 14, 2020 as a result of the global COViD-19 pandemic.



The town councillor informed the company responsible that they are required to restart activities as soon as possible, with the sole objective of continuing with the services that should be available to the general public. Henríquez Quintana emphasised “the importance for our municipality and our inhabitants that the service is reestablished, we have been working hard with the aim of restarting it with legal and stable guarantees, without losing the commitment so that it continues to be good for the municipal coffers”.
For her part, Mayor “Conchi” Narváez, said that “this is a very important service for our beaches, for our tourists, who are the primary users of umbrellas and sun beds.” In addition, Narváez wanted to emphasise “the importance of removing the 41 workers from ERTE, who had been working in the service”

The councillor said that currently there are 1,500 sun beds and 750 umbrellas in good condition, able to provide optimal service, figures that will increase as demand also grows.
It is reported that a Telde company is being paid €90,000 for the recycling and deep cleaning of the beach furniture,
There have been a number of difficulties regarding the company tasked with the job as they have been working without a proper contract since 2013, meaning there has been a process of regularisation to be gone through while this government group tries to square the circle of contractors under previous administrations.

The town hall have also announced this Tuesday that the San Fernando Agricultural Market with resume once again, next Sunday February 6


Shopping centre fire brought under control at a motorcycle rental store in Playa del Inglés

Firefighters in Playa del Inglés were deployed this Saturday afternoon to put out a shopping centre fire in a motorcycle rental store at the CC Plaza, on the south of Gran Canaria, according to reports from the 112 Canary Islands Centre Emergency and Security Coordination team (CECOES 112).


The alarm was raised at around 4:50 pm, reporting a shopping centre fire, at which point firefighters and police officers were activated and deployed, as well as an ambulance sent from the SUC Canary Islands Emergency Service.
At least two individuals are known to have been “mildly affected” in the incident, according to 112. A column of smoke several meters high was visible from various points around the tourist southern tourist zone.  It is not yet clear what caused the blaze.

#SUC asiste a dos afectados leves tras un incendio declarado en local de centro comercial en Playa del Inglés #GRANCANARIA. Bomberos San Bartolomé de Tirajana continúan interviniendo en el lugar junto a recursos policiales.
— 1-1-2 Canarias (@112canarias) January 30, 2021


22-year-old migrant found dead at hotel in Playa del Inglés on the south of Gran Canaria

The body of a 22-year-old migrant found dead at a hotel, in Playa del Inglés on the south of Gran Canaria, appears to show no signs of criminality. In a statement, the Spanish Government Delegation to the Canary Islands clarified that “Until the autopsy is carried out, the cause of death cannot be determined”. Judicial law enforcement sources have said that the autopsy result will not be known today, adding that “everything indicates that it was a heart attack.” explaining that samples have also been sent to hospital for a PCR test to be carried out.


The young Maghrebi migrant found dead, of Moroccan nationality, was discovered on Monday night, after those who knew him had not seen him all day, according to reports from Spanish news service Cadena SER. He was one of about 6,000 migrants being temporarily accommodated in empty tourist complexes on the south of the island, left vacant due to pandemic restrictions reducing tourism by more than 90%, which were enabled as short-term reception spaces to alleviate the build up that had occurred over three months in a temporary red cross camp that had been set up in Arguineguín fishing port.  The camp was dismantled a couple of weeks ago, as migrants started to be moved to facilities provided by the Spanish military.  Steadily, migrants accommodated in hotels are also being transferred to these alternative camps, as well as other reception facilities elsewhere, with the winter weather having now made migrant crossings much more difficult, and so significantly slowing the flow of new arrivals to these shores.
All irregular migrants are confined upon arrival, and given PCR tests to verify their COVID-19 status. They can only legally be held for up to 72 hours, unless there is evidence of any criminality, however the Spanish State is obliged to ensure they are properly identified and processed under existing international law, before deciding whether or not they can legally stay, or indeed can continue on their journeys towards mainland Europe.  All migrants cooperating with state security forces are treated with the same dignity afforded to any other citizen, and they are not in any way detained against their will, unless necessary for security or health reasons, they are all free to come and go as they wish.  The Red Cross, who have been the primary carers of most arrivals since the start of the summer, and, following disturbances in Arguineguín last Saturday, have recommended that any migrants temporarily accommodated in the south try to stay at their accommodation for the next 48 hours or so to help minimise tensions, a request that is supported by the security forces, due to the potential “risk of attacks”.


Six men detained for selling fashion counterfeits in Playa del Inglés

Policia Nacional have detained six men in the touristed southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana between the ages of 20 and 68, three Spanish and another three Moroccan, several of them with previous police records, for alleged crimes against intellectual industrial property. The arrested men were found to be selling leading brand name counterfeit articles, mainly to foreign tourists. Six searches were carried out in commercial premises across the south of Gran Canaria, where counterfeit products were seized with a supposed value of €491,815.
The police investigation was initiated after officers learned of the alleged sale of counterfeit goods in several stores in southern Gran Canaria, primarily aimed at tourists.
The agents carried out inspections in six commercial premises in Playa del Inglés, where they had the help of an expert from the Antipiracy Commission of the Ministry of Culture. A large number of items were found to be counterfeit and whose supposed market value would nearly half a million euros. Among the counterfeit items confiscated by agents there were a large number of clothing items, footwear, accessories all with logos from well recognised trademarks.

The police investigation culminated in the arrest of a total of six men, including owners and employees of commercial establishments. They were identified by agents as being those responsible for the storage, marketing and sale of the aforementioned products, for which reason they were detained as alleged perpetrators of a crime against industrial property.
When the corresponding police report was issued, it was sent to the competent Judicial Authority.
The police intervention was carried out by agents of the Local Brigade of the Judicial Police of the Maspalomas Police Station.

Illegal Trafficking: President of Gran Canaria “Animal Welfare” Association Investigated for Falsifying Export Certificates and Suspected Mistreatment of Animals

by Sanna | March 20, 2023 | Animals, News, Police | 2 CommentsA rogue individual, living on Gran Canaria and operating an unlicensed and unregistered facility supposedly dedicated to animal welfare, has been referred by the Guardia Civil to the Canarian justice system for illegal trafficking and documentary falsification of...
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Mass message alert “reverse 112” system tested on the Canary Islands

by Sanna | November 10, 2022 | Alerts, Cabildo, Police | 0 CommentsThis Thursday, November 10, at midday, 12:00, the Canary Islands participated in a test of a new public alert system, using mobile phone networks, called ES-Alert, organised by the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies (DGPCE) and the Regional...
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La Alcaldesa, the mayoress of Mogán, investigations continue before the courts, after trying to block Guardia Civil from looking at municipal files

by Timon .:. | November 5, 2022 | Crime, investigation, Local Council, Mogán, News | 0 CommentsLa Alcaldesa, O. Bueno, was called on Thursday, before the judge, to defend why she ordered her IT manager to stop Guardia Civil access to town hall computers after her arrest, not for the first time, back in September 2020.  The case is just one of the several...
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Blood & Gold: The ‘Discoverer’ and the brutality of conquest

by Timon .:. | October 11, 2022 | Crime, History, Immigrants, Military | 0 CommentsMany in Spain celebrate the national day, October 12, as a day for all Spaniards to revel in Spanishness, and remember an empire, replete with displays of military might, with marches and the waving of flags coloured blood and gold. For many, it is not a day of...
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Young man alleges that he was attacked and robbed by Yumbo centre security guards

by Timon .:. | August 16, 2022 | investigation | 0 CommentsA 26-year-old resident of Mogán has accused two security guards of brutally beating him last Friday at the Yumbo Shopping Centre, in Playa del Inglés, in an unprovoked attack that he has reported in a denuncia complaint to the Guardia Civil. [fb_plugin...
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Something smelly in the waters of Mogán: Police close Playa de Mogán beach again, for the third time this summer

by Timon .:. | August 5, 2022 | investigation, Local Council, Mogán | 0 CommentsPlaya de Mogán beach was closed yet again this week and bathing was prohibited, on Wednesday, when fecal contamination was detected in its waters. Independent Spanish-language news portal for the south of Gran Canaria, El Sur Digital Gran Canaria, reported...
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Police investigate dead body found in the Los Frailes ravine, between Tauro and Taurito, in municipality of Mogán

by Timon .:. | July 24, 2022 | investigation, Mogán, News | 0 CommentsGuardia Civil Judicial Police are investigating the death of one Juan José VJ; a 53 year old resident of Santa Lucía de Tirajana, originally from Ingenio, who was found dead on Friday afternoon in a waterway channel, in the Los Frailes ravine, in the municipality of...
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Police seek possible victims of Patalavaca masseur accused of sexual abuse and videoing his clients

by Timon .:. | July 14, 2022 | investigation, Mogán, News | 0 CommentsThe Guardia Civil's Judicial Police Team in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria (Mogán), as part of Operation Kurnia, has investigated a 59-year-old German for seven crimes of sexual abuse and intimacy. The man, who runs a massage parlour located in Patalavaca, on the south...
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Canary Islands Migration: Ukraine war exasperating food shortages, poverty and unrest in the West African Sahel

by Timon .:. | June 25, 2022 | #TheCanaryMigrantCrisis, Editor's Thoughts, investigation, Migrants Gran Canaria, News | 0 CommentsSpecial ReportTimon .:. Without being overly sensationalist, it would be fair to say that, a perfect storm has been brewing for some time in Western Africa.  The Canary Islands is a region on the frontier, and needs to avoid allowing fear to drive decision making. The...
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Newsbrief: 30 kg of hashish found floating by the beach in Arguineguín

by Sanna | June 24, 2022 | Crime, investigation, Mogán, Police | 0 CommentsAgents of the Mogán Local Police seized a 30-kilo bundle of hashish last week, on the night of June 19, that appeared floating near the Costa Alegre beach, in Arguineguín, Mogán.            After being...
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7 year old girl electrocuted on arcade ride in Playa del Inglés

A minor has been evacuated to the Maternal and Children’s Hospital with second degree burns on one arm and one leg.  The 7-year-old German girl received serious injuries this afternoon after suffering electrocution from a gaming attraction in the Annex II Shopping Centre in Playa del Inglés . The child was rusheed to Hospital in the capital of Gran Canaria via ambulance with second degree burns on her arm and leg.
The incident occurred at 3:50 pm on Tuesday afternoon when the little girl, who is on vacation with her family, was playing on a horrse ride machine at the Alaska Recreational Centre. According to some sources, she may have made it wet, while others, on the other hand, say that the girl was in normal street clothes and not beach clothing. After the electrical discharge, her grandfather and her mother transported her unconscious to the Red Cross post on the beachfront, whose staff were the first to care for the child who was already regaining consciousness.
Given the seriousness of the injuries, the assistance service decided to mobilise a medical team in an ambulance from the SUC Canary Emergency Service, who transfer the minor to the child to hospital in a stable state though with severe burns, according to a report from the 112 Coordinating Centre for Emergencies and Security ( Cecoes ) .
Local Police then took charge of the proceedings and closed the attraction. The technician who originally certificated the electrical installation for the business has been requested to clarify the facts.

3 alleged thieves arrested quickly after stealing from a tourist in Playa del Inglés

Even holiday destinations as safe as Gran Canaria are occasionally targeted by criminals attempting to take advantage of our visiting tourists, but the police can also be very quick to react to calls for help.
Policia Nacional agents in the south Gran Canaria municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana have arrested two men aged 34 and 42 and a 41-year-old woman, all of them with previous police records, suspected of being the alleged perpetrators of a robbery with violence at a shopping centre in Playa del Inglés. The trio are thought to have beaten a British tourist, so as to steal a ‘bum bag’ containing money and personal effects. The physical description provided by the victim, helped the police officers to locate and detain the alleged perpetrators in the same vicinity as the theft.
The British tourist requested help from officers who patrol in the area, telling them how two men and a woman had approached him and after several blows to the face they stole his ‘fanny pack’ containing €100 and various personal effects.
The physical characteristics described by the victim led police officers in the vicinity to detain the two men and the woman, who were arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crime of robbery with violence. The personal effects were returned to their rightful owner.
The police intervention was carried out by agents of the Local Citizen Security Brigade of the Maspalomas National Police Station.
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