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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.


The source of the fire in Fataga under investigation

Agents from the National Police Forensic Police Unit on Monday inspected the area damaged by the fire that started around 3 pm on Saturday in the palm grove next to the Molino de Agua Hotel and Restaurant just outside Fataga, which according to the Environment Department, devastated between 30 and 35 hectares of the grove and brushwood area. Firefighters extinguished the last flames in the area about 12 hours after it started, using water and foam, as well as the controlled burning of stubble and palm leaves in the zone around the blaze using a tractor to clear a perimeter and eliminate any risk of the fire spreading further.
The Environment Department of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria have discounted that the fire occurred by natural causes and so the National Police must now investigate what the source of the blaze could have been. Agents have inspected the hotel premises destroyed by the flames, in addition to vehicles burned in an event described as “horrible and scary” by some of those present. Six macaws, unable to fly away, appear to have been the only casualties to the rapid violence of the fire. While the horses, a donkey, a pony, a dog and four goats managed to avoid harm.

Eduardo, who looked after the gardens and maintenance at the rural hotel and and Antonio who operated the business, told local Spanish daily, La Provincia, of the fright and terror when between 15 and 20 people enjoying food, as well as some tourists in the apartments, realised they were all in sudden danger. “The flames were terrible, some 50 meters high, and there was a lot of fear, so we helped the clients out… to get away from the fire and then we [went for] the animals, as the fire, propelled by the heat and wind, was headed towards people, but fortunately except for several people needing assistance due to anxiety, there were no personal injuries,” said Eduardo, adding “I am still in a state of shock”.

Three cars, two trucks and a motorcycle, as well as two apartments, a wellness cabin and the grill restaurant next to the pool, were totally destroyed, and it will be down to the insurers and the police investigation to clarify the causes and the cost of the damages suffered.

An English couple who specialise in Spiritual Wellness and Massage at the hotel have started a fund raising effort to try to ensure the animals at the farm are properly looked after and inviting people to contribute to replacing their place of work, Gran Canaria Holistic Centre, which was destroyed by the fire.



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