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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.




Canary Islands Hurricane? No. Some rain and wind (maybe) as gathering Atlantic storm passes to the northwest of the islands

The United States’ National Hurricane Center (NHC) have been monitoring the formation of a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic, possibly a gathering Atlantic storm which some commentators fear could affect the Archipelago . If the wet weather currently travelling southwest of the Azores does continue to organise then either a tropical or sub-tropical storm is expected to form, which would be officially named Theta. The Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AMET) has also said that the cyclonic wet weather system could affect the west of the Spanish peninsula by the end of the week, with some suggesting that The Canary Islands may well see some wind and rain as a result.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 AM EST Mon Nov 9 2020
Showers and thunderstorms associated with a non-tropical low pressure system located several hundred miles southwest of the Azores continue to get gradually better organised. Further development is expected, and a tropical or subtropical storm will likely form during the next few days while the system moves eastward or east-northeastward over the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent.
The NHC raised their forecast likelihood of the storm becoming a tropical or subtropical cyclone to 70% over the next five days. Although at the moment its exact trajectory cannot be known, NOAA and AEMET both project the wet weather will pass northwest of the Canary Islands, although it would not directly impact the archipelago.
AEMET’s current prediction for The Canary Islands forecasts cloudy skies, which will spread from west to east across the archipelago. Occasional rainfall is possible. Minimum temperatures rising slightly and maximum temperatures will see few changes. Moderate easterly winds that will turn to the south in the western islands.  There is currently only a 15-20% probability of rain on Gran Canaria by Friday.
Should the gathering Atlantic storm continue to form as expected, Theta would become the 29th tropical cyclone of the 2020 hurricane season, a new annual record, and could possibly send strong gusts of wind and rain towards the archipelago if it continues on its projected trajectory.

Expectación ante la posibilidad de que en la 2ª mitad de la semana se forme en el Atlántico el ciclón tropical #Theta, que sería el 29 esta temporada (nuevo récord anual) y además podría alcanzar el entorno de la Península.
Mapas de “strike probability” del @ECMWF pic.twitter.com/5gr5GqO3T2
— SINOBAS (@AEMET_SINOBAS) November 9, 2020


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Gran Canaria Weather: A cloudy start, with African dust expected from Tuesday afternoon

More rain is expected this Tuesday, particularly on the north of the island, with cloud to start the first half of the day and the potential for showers, that could persist into the afternoon, when rainfall will become less likely, weaker and more occasional, according to Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET.

High altitude Saharan dust blown in from the African mainland, known locally as Calima, is expected to descend across the islands by the end of the day, with temperatures seeing little change, perhaps rising slightly.

Northwest winds with strong intervals are expected on northeast and southwest slopes, as well as inland where strong gusts have not been ruled out. The south coast can expect fairly breezy weather by comparison.

A high altitude depression, known in Spanish as a DANA (Depresión aislada en niveles altos) is moving northeast and is expected to flow towards the islands from the north, moving much of the Calima haze from the mid-altitude atmosphere, sending some of the dust from Africa, that has travelled to us via the Peninsula, to the south after its arrival on the Islands this Tuesday afternoon.
Temperatures in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, are expected to range between a night time minimum of 15-16ºC and a day time maximum of 21ºC in the shade, according to AEMET, with strong northwesterly winds bringing potentially strong, hot gusts, which could reach up to 80 kilometres per hour in some areas.
In the southern lee of the island, most will be shielded from the worst of the winds, though there is a strong probability of light showers, diminishing as the day wears on, with top temperatures in the shade of between 24º & 25ºC, with a little more sunshine expected to return tomorrow.
At sea, north winds are expected of around force 4 to 5, swell or strong swell with northwest waves of ​​around 2 meters.

Gran Canaria Weather: Cloud, some rain and even the possibility of some snow…maybe

The north and northeast slopes of the island have started with cloudy skies this Sunday morning, with weak rainfall expected to continue into the afternoon, especially in the northeastern regions, but beginning to lessen as the day wears on. Cloudy intervals elsewhere may produce a low probability of weak and scattered showers. Lows of 13ºC in the south and in coastal areas, with highs of around 20ºC, struggling to get above 14ºC at higher altitudes inland. Northeast wind, with strong intervals are expected in high areas and on southeast and northwest facing slopes . Breezes along the southwest coasts with scattered cloud and occasional sunny spells.
More of the same on Monday with cloudy intervals tending toward overcast skies, and a probability of weak rains in the north and inland that could even form snow at altitudes above 1700 meters by the end of the day. On the southern slopes rain will be weak if any, and likely to clear by the end.  Winds of about 25km/h from the north may bring intervals of strong gusts, turning to a strong northeasterly winds by the afternoon with a low probability of very strong gusts inland and in higher areas and on slopes facing northwest and east.
By Tuesday cloud across the archipelago, predominantly on northern slopes. A chance of occasional showers with a potential to be locally quite strong in places. Elsewhere less likely and dispersed. Forecasters are not ruling out an isolated storm here or there. Temperatures will see few changes. Northeasterly winds with locally strong gusts probable in higher altitude areas and on both the northwest and southeast slopes tending to decrease in the afternoon. Gusts at some summits of the islands could exceed 100 km/h.
By midweek the inclement weather should ease off for a little while, with some generally cloudy intervals in general, predominantly on northern slopes. Still a chance of occasional and scattered showers to the north of the islands. Temperatures rising slightly. Strong northeast winds reducing throughout the day on Wednesday, with still a low probability of locally very strong gusts in higher altitude areas and on northwest and southeast slopes in the early hours of the day.  However the end of the week is increasingly looking like it will bring more wet weather before the weekend.

Weather: Wet week ahead with Yellow Advisory as tail of Storm Ana brings rain and wind to Canary Islands

Storm ‘Ana‘ hit Spain on Sunday leading to alerts for heavy wind and rain across the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with winds predicted to reach up to 140 kilometres an hour, strong seas and abundant rainfall are expected, in some areas, to deposit up to 100 litres per square metre, according to Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET. Though the storm did not directly affect the Canary Islands over the weekend the cold front being pushed away from it did and, the tail end of storm Ana, is expected to reach the Islands over the next 24-48 hours.
Nearly fifty provinces across Spain remain on alert for wind, waves and snow. Meanwhile here on the islands a yellow advisory has been issued due to strong gusts of cold wind expected from the west and then the north from today. Rain is also expected to hit the north of the island, with a strong possibility of showers even in the south today and tomorrow (Tuesday).
AEMET has warned the weather conditions are caused by a deep storm, with a “very active” front that will bring “strong” winds from the west that may exceed 90-100 kilometres per hour in many places, some places in the north of Spain may even experience 130-140 kilometres per hour in mountainous areas.  Here on Gran Canaria the west winds will turn to blow cold air down from the north Atlantic for the next few days
Rainfall could be quite strong or persistent though is expected to be weaker in the Canary Islands than elsewhere. Snowfall is expected in the north of Spain above 600 meters, though nothing of that nature yet expected this far south, though several flights have been disrupted as snow hits the UK, Holland, Germany and Austria.
There could well be some rough seas ahead this week, as temperatures decline slightly to between 13º or 14º C at night and 20º-21ºC day time.
According to AEMETs Yellow Advisory, rains and the wind will start to affect the archipelago from aroun 5:00 pm on Monday, December 11 and will have mostly passed by midday on Tuesday, though more lighter rain is predicted for later in the week.
In addition, Aemet forecasts strong gusts of cold wind especially to north of the islands. Gusts will be especially intense in high and mid-altitude areas, particularly on the east and west sides of the island.
The rainy season continues to make itself felt throughout this week, though more occasionally after Tuesday.