Latest Gran Canaria News, Views & Sunshine
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 Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 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
May, 2023 |
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
May, 2023 |
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.
British man injured in Taurito
A 25 year old British man was injured last night on a public highway near a hotel in the tourist resort valley of Playa de Taurito, in the southern Gran Canaria municipality of Mogán, according to reports from the 112 Coordinating Centre for Emergencies and Security (CECOES 1-1-2) .
The event took place at 03.01 this Wednesday morning, September 19.
The victim needed the assistance of medical teams from the Canarian Emergency Service (SUC) after suffering severe multiple traumas, who, after stabilizing him, transfer the injured man directly to the Insular University Hospital in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Local Police collaborated with the rest of the emergency resources. The Civil Guard instructed the corresponding proceedings.
Brit critically injured in Playa del Inglés after suspected drunken fall
Jan, 2018 | Las Palmas, News, Playa del Inglés, Police, SUC
A young British man of nationality was critically injured in the early hours of Sunday morning after a fall from six meters high in Playa del Inglés, in the southern Gran Canaria municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana .
The main 112 Emergency and Security Coordination Centre received an alert no long after midnight. It was reported that 21 year old had fallen from a height of about six meters on the Costa Canaria promenade, near the Don Palomón hotel complex, and that he was lying on the grounds of the bungalows Santa Ana.
The local police, together with the staff of the SUC Canarian Emergency Services, attended the scene where the young man was found to have a serious head injury.
The primary diagnosis, made at the scene, was that the patient was in critical condition, so he was urgently transferred to the main Insular Hospital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria due to the severity of the injuries.
Police sources have said that the injured man is of English nationality, and a resident on the island with part of his family. Family members were also at the scene and travelled to the hospital in the capital of Gran Canaria.
Sources at the scene ruled out that the incident was related to a case of “balconing” (balcony jumping) since the young man appears to have fallen from the promenade above, overlooking the Anexo II area of the Playa del Inglés main beach area; they added that it could have been related to excessive consumption of alcohol.
Suspected drowning at Amadores beach after woman pulled from the water
A woman died shortly after one o’clock this Wednesday afternoon at Amadores beach on the south coast of Gran Canaria, according to reports from the main 112 Emergency Coordination Centre. A group of bathers retrieved the woman from the water, who was unconscious with presumed signs of drowning.
After warning the 112 emergency services, the woman, who has not yet been identified, received attention from rescuers stationed at the aforementioned beach, who attempted to perform resuscitation maneuvers. The woman was found to be suffering from cardio-respiratory arrest. In spite of their best efforts, it was not possible to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Amadores is one of the most popular beaches on the Costa Mogán, not far from the resort town of Puerto Rico. It is an artificially constructed bay, specifically designed for gentle bathing, and so accidents of this sort are extremely rare. It is primarily used by tourists.