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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.




Maspalomas Costa Canaria Christmas Market

The second Maspalomas Costa Canaria Christmas Market, emphasising solidarity and family,  will be held from 18:00 on Thursday December 7, until 19:00 on Sunday, in the Parque Urbano del Sur.
The event is part of a municipal campaign entitled ‘Un poco de ti, es mucho’ (“a little from you, is a lot”), which the town hall is promoting out throughout the municipality to collect non-perishable food items, especially for children, and personal hygiene products for children and adults in impoverished families.
The lighting of the Christmas tree this Thursday at 18.15, will take place as part of “a magical Christmas story designed especially for the enjoyment of the little ones”.
The fair offers various workshops, musical concerts, a play space with inflatables and other attractions, along with food and shopping areas. It will also feature the new Christmas House of Coca Cola, which from Thursday to Sunday, from 18:00 to 22:00, will offer visitors the multinational’s interpretation of the ‘Legend of Christmas in Maspalomas’, becoming one of the main points of attraction for the event.
The fair, which will focus around solidarity for the delivery of donations and a contribution from the profits earned on tickets for attractions, will offer musical concerts and music sessions with DJs, workshops on recycling and Christmas floral decoration, letters for Papa and Mama Noel, storytelling shows and Christmas musicals among other surprises.
Market open from Thursday to Saturday 18:00-00:00 and on Sunday 12:00-19:00
All the programmed activities are free of charge, thanks to the collaboration of the attendees with the municipal campaign to collect food, hygiene products for children and toys.so just bring along some items to donate.
The challenge is to beat last year’s donation record of 11,000 kilos of food and 1,200 toys that were collected during the first edition of this Christmas Market, held last year in the ball courts attached to the Maspalomas Sports Pavilion, which were delivered to various organisations throughout the municipality.