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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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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 High Court TSJC annuls modernisation plan that authorised Siam Park Gran Canaria Water Park Maspalomas
Jan, 2021 | Business, Economy, employment, Environment, Maspalomas, Tourism
The long running and much beleaguered Loro Parque group project to build a Siam Park Gran Canaria Water Park has been dealt a serious blow, many months after the company had warned that the investment project could no longer be maintained without movement forward, particularly in the face of the global pandemic. The Canary Islands Superior Court of Justice, our regional high court, (TSJC) have ruled to annul the Plan for Modernisation, Improvement and Increase of Competitiveness in the area of El Veril, where for 7 years the project has tried to move forward, and which had been approved by the Government of the Canary Islands to authorise construction of the new water park in the southern tourism heartland of Maspalomas.
The TSJC considers that the plan could not be approved without a report on the availability of water resources to ensure that these existed in “sufficient” quantity to meet the new demands derived from the contested plan, which includes construction of a hotel, a restaurant and cafes.
Grupo Loro Parque have yet to respond to the judgement, but will no doubt be incredulous at this latest obstacle to their €100m plan originating more than 15 years ago, and supposed to have got the go ahead as far back as 2013/14 with the support of the Gran Canaria Water Board, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands Regional Government and a slew of other institutions on the premise of it being a tourism development project of significant interest, not only in terms of tourism offering, but also urban development, economic benefit, employment and a range of other positives, which now, once more, have all been called into question.
We will report more as responses are made public. Will this be the end of Siam Park Gran Canaria? They’ve proven most tenacious thus far, perhaps this is not yet the end of the road… only time will tell. No one would blame them if they decided to pack up the project and go elsewhere, even after having spent millions of euros in developing the land, fighting, sometimes spurious, legal challenges and promoting what most seem to agree to be a very worthy project on what is otherwise a wasteland separating Playa del Ingles from the main GC1 motorway.
Regional High Court rules in favour of new Water Park development in Playa del Inglés
Jun, 2018 | Maspalomas, News, Playa del Inglés, Tourism
The Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) have endorsed authorisations granted for the construction of the new Siam Park Gran Canaria water park in the El Veril basin, between the GC1 motorway and Playa del Inglés, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
The TSJC announced that the Chamber confirms the order of Court number 4 on October 23, 2017 that rejected a request from the collective Turcon-Ecologists in Action to suspend the municipal resolution authorising the initial €2million worth of works carried out by the Tenerife based company Loro Parque.
The channelling of the existing gully in the area over the last six months is now near completion, in order to divert the rainwaters that may run through it,and will allow for the €70 million construction project for what has been billed as the largest water park in Europe to go ahead.
The main sliproad from the GC1 into Playa del Inglés has been closed to facilitate further preparatory works around the old stone cottage, known as The Weed, and reconditioning works along the stretch of GC500 that will also act as an access point to the new water park.
All that remains now is for the final approval for the construction project from the local town hall, but there seems little doubt now that the project will move forward unfettered by objections and claims against it… we will tell you more once we know the final word…