The council programme underlines the importance of health, family, art, literature and education
The recognition of the role of women in many aspects of daily life marks the series of events designed by the Adeje council in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, and in fact throughout the month of March. The department of equality has designed a programme which will also look at the issues of health, art, the family, education and literature and the role women play in all these fields.
“Our objective is that this year March 8th is not celebrated in isolation or is simply a single day’s commemoration of women in society, so we have, in recent years, organised a series of events that are focussed on the re-evaluation and recognition of the value of the part women play in all walks of life, today and in the past. Our hope is that as many men as women will participate in many of the acts planned throughout the month as all can benefit from the search for equality”, commented equality councillor Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro,
The health-related activities are free and should be booked in advance and include a workshop on breathing by psychologist Berta Perez Gomez on March 3rd at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and a Spa visit on March 4th at 7pm.
On March 8th, the International Women’s Day celebrations will be marked by the inauguration of an art exhibition, Mujeres Adeje-Creativa (Adeje Women- Creativity) at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and this will be followed up with a talk by art historian Elisa Falcón Lisón looking at portraits as mirrors of women in art. That’s on March 10th, at 6pm, and is also free.
On Friday March 11th the Adeje council will present their annual Abinque prize, given to a woman or collective that have contributed to the advancement of women in Adeje, personally and/professionally. This will be followed by a dinner in the CDTCA, and tickets can be obtained in the Equality Departoment which is in the council office building next to the Post Office.
Families and in particular children will be the subject of a series of activities in the second half of the month and on March 16th Patricia Ojeda will give a workshop on motivating your children to improve learning skills and study efficiently. That’s at 6pm in the Cultural Centre and will be followed at 8pm by a theatre performance by the Tamaska company using the works of some of Spain’s most recognised authors to challenge the position of women in society and perceived social norms and order.
On March 20th in the Adeje Youth Centre there will be a homage to Canarian author Digna Palou and the month will conclude with a workshop on men and paternity given by Argelio González, the president of the Canarian Association of Men for Equality, on March 31st at 6pm in the Cultural Centre in Adeje. The series of events will end on April 2nd with a visit to Puerto de la Cruz .
All of the information and more is available on the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es or via App Adeje on Google Play or App store.
This Sunday, February 21st, in the Adeje Cultural Centre the “Amigos de Alexander”,or Friends of Alexander are holding a benefit gala day from 11am to 3pm to help this five month old baby who suffers from hemimegalencephaly , a condition which means his brain grows asymmetrically leading to severe epilepsy.
Tickets for the event are €5 with the money going to fund an operation in Barcelona to help the child. The council are working together with a group of artists to produce what should be a great day’s entertainment with a host of local singers and dancers, Roxy (who represented Adeje in La Voz) and the Cobbler Band.
There will also be performances by acrobats, laughs with the Oscar Silver Show, a Latin Fever dance spectacular, jugglers, and much more.
The gala is open to the general public, under 12s are free, and during the afternoon there will also be face painting, balloon modelling, and much more on offer to entertain younger family members.
If you can’t attend but would like to help you can donate directly to La Caixa ES32 2100 2461 2301 0038 5672 or visit the webpage and donate, https://www.gofundme.com/n7mzfw4s .
Adeje council´s department of economic development, under councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, will spend over one and a half million euros on job creation schemes during 2016, in particular among groups in the social exclusion risk category. “Here in Adeje our unemployment rate is low, currently at 7%, but we are continuing to work to reduce it even further. We know there are problems, but where there are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves outside the system and who, for instance, need training or education to help them enter the labour market, we want to help”, he explained.
Those looking for information on the programmes can contact the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CTDCA), Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2pm, and in some cases an appointment is recommended, which can be booked by phoning 922 050 150.
During the year a number of different projects will be developed, some co-funded with the Canarian Employment Service, some funded solely by the council. Included is a youth scheme for up to 15 young people between the ages of 16 -25 years of age who hold no qualification and who will be trained to professional certificate level in basic restaurant and bar operations. They will also receive training to help them integrate into the labour market and increase their employment potential and some will also be helped achieve their secondary school certificate.
Another project, L-Urban, is designed for those over 40 years of age who have no educational or professional qualifications, which will offer training and some on-the-job experience with the Adeje borough cleaning company, Ascan-Torrabonaf. The +Bell Imagen y Belleza experimental programme which is already up and running has also helped 60 individuals train, and 15 of them are about to earn their professional beauty training certificates.
Other courses are being designed to prioritise those currently unemployed by offering them training in a range of job areas, with job-placement training included. The council is also offering a professional orientation programme for those planning to be self-employed, which will help up to 400 persons.
Finally the council is also working with socially funded projects in conjunction with NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) such as the Red Cross and Mcapaz to help up to 120 individuals identified as at risk of social exclusion, including young people who have never worked, over 45’s, and those who have been out of work for many years.
A ‘familia númerosa’ is generally considered one with two parents and three children
Families with five or more members will now be able to avail of reduced property taxes of between 40 – 90%. Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said the measure had been approved at council level and would go towards helping families. “Our borough is constantly advancing and we are working in different areas to improve the lives for the betterment of society”.
Those who wish to apply for the reductions have until February 29th to do so in the local tax (Hacienda office) or the Citizens Advice office in the front office of the Town Hall. The reductions will be applicable on homes that are used for residential purposed by the family (the family home in other words) and the owner and parent of the family is the taxable person, and she/he is on the Adeje residents’ register as are the rest of the family. All local taxes on the home must be up-to-date as well.
The percentage of the reduction to be granted will depend on the rateable valuation (‘valor catastral’ in your property papers) in 2016. “Zones that are valued higher than €120,000 won’t be included in this rate reduction, (this does not mean the value of your house but the rateable valuation) but overall there has been a 23% reduction all valuations so more people will be able to benefit from these reductions”, added the councillor responsible for local taxes, Epifanio Díaz Hernández.
The person in whose name the application for the reduction in made must not have more than two houses in the borough in his/her name. The rateable valuations must be individual and rates should be paid by through bank transfers.
Residences with a rateable valuation of up to 50.000 euros, will be in line for a 80% (90% if there are ‘special category) reduction, those valued between 50.001 and 80.000 euros will be able to apply for a 60% reduction (70% if there are ‘special category) and homes with a rateable valuation of between 80.001 and 120.000 euros will be 40 and 50%, respectively.
(There are different groups of ‘familias numerosas’ – for instance a single parent with two children should also qualify – so check with the local tax office.)
The joint Cabildo/Council commission with representatives from the department of the environment have told the company charged with care and control and visitor management of the Barranco del Infierno that they may proceed with the reopening of this popular walk once work on cleaning, drainage and path clearance has taken place.
Both sides were in agreement at the need to maintain the strict security measures in place and extend them if necessary, a normal precaution in zones such as these. This will include an obligatory review of the paths following any weather alerts, unexpected weather changes, or other circumstances that could alter the condition of the paths and the rock-faces along this natural reserve.
The decision to reopen was taken following a full review of the value of the zone, the huge demand from visitors to visit the Barranco all year round, and given the fact that even though the Barranco was not open to the public in recent months many people have been walking there with parallel risks as there has been no proper controls in place during the closure.
The Cabildo and Council have therefore said the company may reopen under the strict conditions laid down, including full control of the numbers in the area at any given time with visitors, under the direction of trained guides, made fully aware of restrictions and security measures required to minimise any risk.
The company are expected to announce the actual date of reopening soon, possibly as early as February 15th.
This non-governmental organisation provides humanitarian aid and promotes world peace and understanding
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, received a delegation from the Lions International organisation earlier this month headed up by the local district head of the Spanish Lions club Cristóbal Herrero García, and the president and zone chief of the Tenerife South Lions Club, Norman Goodall and Prakash Udhawani respectively. The reason for the meeting was to strengthen the relationship between the organisation and the council.
As well as discussing joint initiatives the group went to Costa Adeje to unveil a commemorative plaque which is a visual commitment by both to the work the Lions are so well known for around the world. The mayor said “with this symbolic act we highlight our commitment to people, to solidarity, to understanding. We understand that if we want to advance in the construction of world peace we need help, dialogue, empathy, values that are fundamental to the improvement of the quality of life for all”.
Lions International will celebrate their centenary in 2017, and during those one hundred years they have helped countless individuals in so many ways – in education, help for disabled, improvement of installations, community aid, sending money and people to assist at times of natural disasters, environmental protection programmes, attention to youth development, and a large etc.
The Lions are leaders at European level in fund raising for many worth causes, and in Adeje they have co-funded the Las Nieves children’s home with an almost complete overhaul and refurnishing of the house for children from non-functioning families. They have also helped extensively with the Asociación San Juan on many occasions.
Today one of their projects is the development and financing of grants for university students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to continue their education. “These are life-changing opportunities which don’t simply benefit an individual or their families but society in general,” said Cristóbal Herrero García and Norman Goodall.
The Lions International Club
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organisational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. Since then, they’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. They are a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
Today the Lions Clubs International network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas. The local South Tenerife branch can be contacted via their webpage, http://tenerifesurlions.org/
The Adeje council are working together with local businesses to make sure this Valentine’s Day sees you shop locally to prove your love.
The council’s area for local development, under councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, have begun the campaign in advance of February 14th, and while it’s always nice to say ‘I love you’, on that day it’s nice to do something a bit special.
“The main aim of the campaign is to remind Adeje residents how important it is to shop locally – it’s close, quick, easy and the personal attention from staff is excellent”, the councillor said.
The council have also planned a number of promotional activities with ads, posters and use of social networks, and between February 10th and 14th the Grupo Chabor will be singing their most romantic songs in different commercial zones in Adeje for the public. You can catch them from 6pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday, February 10th in Armeñime, Miraverde and Fañabe, on Thursday February 11th in Adeje town and El Galeón and on Friday 12th they will be in the commercial zone in La Postura and Los Olivos. On Saturday it’s the turn of Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso and finally on February 14th they will be in action along Costa Adeje.