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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.


GC1 motorway closures coming later this month (between the 15th and 26th October)

The GC-1 main southern highway is set to see closures as of October 15 between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until completion of the rehabilitation works between Arguineguín and Pasito Blanco.


➡️ Southbound toward Mogán from the Pasito Blanco link road to Arguineguín.


· Diversion: via  Pasito Blanco link to the GC-500, exiting by Arguineguín.


· Estimated duration 5 days: from October 15 to 19 inclusive


➡️ Northbound toward Las Palmas from the Arguineguín link road to the Pasito Blanco link.


· Diversion: from the Arguineguín link to the GC-500, exiting by Pasito Blanco.


· Estimated duration 5 days: from October 22 to 26

Crazy car crash in front of shopping center Puerto Rico: Caught on Camera!

A car rolled over on the main roundabout in the centre of popular Mogán tourist resort Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, this afternoon.  It is not yet clear if anyone was hurt.
This exclusive picture sent to us just after 3pm on Friday afternoon shows a “Puerto Rico” branded vehicle having suffered an accident leaving the car on its side and facing the wrong way on the roundabout in front of the big screen at the Shopping Center Puerto Rico.
Though emergency services were yet to arrive, no injuries have yet been reported.
Bemused onlookers commented that the driver must have been in a hurry, possibly having seen a vacant parking space in the car park, or trying to finish work early before the weekend.
Amazingly the crash itself was caught on camera…

Canaries airports busy, serving nearly 13,000 flights over Easter, including emergency landings

by Timon .:. | April 8, 2023 | News, Tourism, Transport | 0 CommentsIt's been a busy week at Gran Canaria airport (LPA), which started last Saturday with the FlightRadar24.com website publishing a picture on twitter of "Europe going on vacation to The Canary Islands" showing multiple inbound flights headed for our subtropical...
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Mogán town council assumes direct management of services on Playa de Mogán

by Sanna | January 29, 2023 | Local Council, Mogán, Tourism | 0 CommentsThe Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas,...
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Regular resident bus travel to be FREE – 100% subsidised – in the Canary Islands from Jan 1

by Timon .:. | November 15, 2022 | News, politics, Transport, Transport | 0 CommentsSpain's central government in Madrid, it was announced this Monday, has accepted 100% free resident travel on Canary Islands urban and interurban buses from January 1. The regionalist CC party have been negotiating with and socialist PSOE government since October...
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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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Price of bus passes discounted 50% for all Canary Islands’ residents

by Sanna | September 2, 2022 | Cabildo, Community, Government, News, Transport | 0 Comments  The Gran Canaria Single Transport Authority (AUTGC) have been able to lower the prices of public transport cards (bonos) on the Island, thanks to a 50% subsidy from the Government of Spain for bus transport on Gran Canaria. The state contribution was raised...
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Head-on collision in Arguineguín leaves two injured and major traffic problems

by Timon .:. | August 13, 2022 | Mogán | 0 CommentsThis Saturday morning, August 13, at around 9am a head on collision on the entry road to Arguineguín, on the south west of Gran Canaria, left a Mapfre tow truck (grua) and a Mercedes very badly damaged. The impact caused significant...
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Town hall silent this Friday as Playa de Mogán beach again closed due to suspected fecal contamination

by Timon .:. | August 12, 2022 | Mogán, News | 0 CommentsMogán town hall has once again chosen to remain silent this Friday in regard to the closure of Playa de Mogán due to suspected sewage having been detected in the waters of one of the islands favourite tourist-cum-fishing towns, choosing instead to talk about how much...
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Mogán’s deputy mayor will be put on trial accused of awarding 16 contracts ‘by finger’ to his own law firm

by Timon .:. | August 6, 2022 | Mogán, News | 0 CommentsSince 2018 the courts have been investigating an alleged crime of continued prevarication (deception) in Mogán Town Council's having awarded up to 16 contracts to one particular law firm. Mogán's deputy mayor, and councillor for Urban Planning, Mencey Navarro (CIUCA),...
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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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Mogán’s CIUCA town council approve doubling taxi fares and prohibiting unattended towels on the beaches or boats within 200m of the shore

by Timon .:. | August 4, 2022 | Local Council, Mogán, News, Transport | 0 CommentsA rather unwelcome set of new measures has been announced by those fun folks still running Mogán Town Council this week, making clear that they will not allow parasols, umbrellas, tables or towels to be used to reserve space on the beaches, for long periods in the...
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GC-500 road between Arguineguín and Patalavaca open again

Mogán Council have announced the opening, “one week ahead of schedule” of the GC-500 road between Arguineguín and Patalavaca. Use by pedestrian remains closed, while they await final reinforcement and renovation of the pedestrian promenade attached to the coastal to be  completed, however vehicles can now travel in both directions at a speed limited to 30 kilometers per hour and taking into account the signalling that remains in place until the road is finished.
Councilor for Works for Mogán, Ernesto Hernandez, stressed that “it has been possible to advance the opening by a week; thanks to good management and the efforts of both municipal workers and those of the construction company, who have stepped up work for that section so that it could be opened as soon as possible, mainly because we were aware of the inconvenience posed by the closure of this road“.
The counselor reports that the global bus company are aware of the reopening of the road and will enable their services via the GC-500 as normal from the afternoon of Friday, December 29″.
Hernandez emphasised that “they have had to overcome great difficulties in this work, such as the total closure of the road, since a Labour Inspection required safety conditions superior to those established in the safety plan.”
The work of the pedestrian promenade attached to the GC-500 is a project “of great difficulty, since part of the work complicating the project is the reinforcement of several sections of the walkway structure, which is 25 meters above sea level and which were badly damaged, even buttressed in some sections” Hernandez stated
Both the construction and municipal technicians will ensure that the work continues to run within the established deadlines, estimating the end of it to be in March 2018.
Well done Mogán and municipal workers.

Denounced for overtaking school bus dangerously on a La Aldea road

The Guardia Civil have denounced a 23 year old resident of the west coast village of La Aldea de San Nicolás, for overtaking a school bus full of students on a series of curves on the road that connects with Agaete. This type of reckless driving can carry fines of up to €500 and a 6 month ban from driving.
Agents from the Group for Investigation and Analysis of Traffic (GIAT) discovered the facts last Tuesday when they saw a recorded video, from another driver, that was spreading on the social media networks. In it you can clearly see how a Peugeot 106 tries to overtake the 25-seat minibus on a tight right-hand corner.
At the next turn, to the left, with no visibility for checking to see if another car was coming from the opposite direction, the bus driver is compelled to stop due to the insistence of the car trying to overtake, allowing the young driver to pass with hazard indicators activated, suggesting an emergency.
The GIAT team got  the license plate of the vehicle and managed to identify the driver, who acknowledged that he was  responsible for the infraction, according to a statement released yesterday by the Las Palmas Guardia Civil Command, highlighting that at the time the minibus was transporting 25 high school students from Gáldar to La Aldea.
The Guardia Civil highlighted the conduct of the driver who recorded and published the images on his Facebook profile, “thanks to which this imprudence has been detected and denounced,” added the statement.
The statement concluded by emphasising that this infraction carries with it a fine of up to €500 and six points off the drivers licence. If the judicial authorities were to decide that this dangerous conduct fit with a crime against Road Safety, as described in article 381 of the Penal Code, the penalties could range from between one to two years in prison,  and ban from driving motor vehicles and mopeds for between one to six years.

Dangerous Driving on the road to La Aldea
A 23 year old dangerous driver has been caught by Guardia Civil after a video surfaced on Facebook of him overtaking a bus full of school children on a blind curve while speeding along the coastal road between Agaete and La Aldea de San Nicolas
Posted by TheCanary.TV on Saturday, November 18, 2017