Voting on May 26th for European residents

As an EU resident, if you are on the census, you can vote in both the local and European elections

On May 26th five different elections are taking place here in Spain – European citizens, who are over 18, on their local ‘padrón’ and have indicated their wish to be on the census, are entitled to vote in two of those – local and European. For British citizens the right to vote was confirmed by a bi-lateral agreement signed by the Spanish and British governments early this year – at the time it was an issue as the UK was due to leave the European Union prior to the European elections.
If you have never voted in Spain before, the voting system and seat allocation is quite different to the ‘first past the post’ system in the UK. Here in Spain a list system is used in all local, regional, national and European elections. This means each party who is taking part in the election has a list of candidates that has been chosen by their individual parties and confirmed officially and registered about a month before the election (so the list isn’t open to change or additions as the date nears). Usually a party will have more candidates on the list than seats on the local council – so there are substitutes in the case of death or resignation during the life of the council.
After the election date is announced, candidates will campaign until just before the election. Campaigning is prohibited during the two-day reflection period just prior to an election, as well as on election day, which is on Sunday May 26th, polling is from 9am to 8pm.
You should have received a polling card through the post telling you where your polling station is – however if you have not received such a card you are still able to vote as long as you are on the census. On Election Day, take identification and any voting papers to the polls. In the polling booth, lists of the parties running for election will be available. The name of the party will be at the top of each list. And given that there are five different elections on Sunday, there are colours for each ballot – white for local election lists, blue for European election lists.
Choose the list of candidates that you want to vote for, place it into one of the envelopes provided and seal the envelope. You may already have the vote prepared as many of the parties will have either posted you their lists already in envelopes or gone door to door on the canvas. Bringing the list sealed is perfectly legal and often preferred by voters as it saves time. Obviously writing on the list will be considered a spoilt vote. Stuffing the envelope with more than one list will also, quite likely, see your vote discounted. Hand your sealed votes to the returning officer who will place it in the ballot box.
British citizens who are resident in Spain are entitled to vote as an overseas voter, but they may only vote in European Union elections in one country.
Once polls close the doors of each voting centre are shut and the returning officer begins to count the votes. Each party can and usually does have official representation in the polling stations who have the right to stay and oversee the count. When the count is complete the results are sealed and sent to a central count centre, and first official results are usually known within hours of the last vote being cast with local and national television stations running live elections specials.

Pablo Pineda will give the Summer University inaugural address

The first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree his talk will be (translated) ‘Diversity in the first person’

Pablo Pineda Ferrer is a teacher, writer and actor, and well-known as the first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree, and he will give the inaugural address, in Spanish, at this year’s opening ceremony of the Adeje Summer University. The talk will take place on July 19th at 11am in the Adeje Convent (beside the Town Hall), and will be attended by the newly elected Adeje council (elections are this Sunday) and the new University of La Laguna council.

Pablo Pineda is certainly one of the most influential persons with functional diversity in Spain and Latin America, with a keen mind, and will offer a transformative discourse. As a conference speaker he has addressed bodies such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation on behalf of 100s of millions of persons with functional diversity.


Pineda holds a diploma in Teaching and a BA in Educational psychology and his profile grew when he won the Silver Shell award at the 2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance in the film ‘Yo, Tambien de Antonio’. In the film he plays the role of a university graduate with Down syndrome, which is quite similar to his real life.

Pablo Pineda was born in 1974 and since 2010 has been working with the Adecco Foundation in Spain, giving presentations at conferences on the labour-integration plan that the foundation is carrying out with him. He works in developing work projects in dialogue, sensitivity and training for businesses in general, the objective being the elimination of work barriers to those with functional diversity. He works and campaigns extensively to defend the ‘normality’ of those with alternative needs and to see people with Down syndrome forming part of today’s society in a normalised manner.

He has published a number of books, ‘El reto de aprender’ (the challenge of learning) and ‘Niños con capacidades especialies: manual para padres’ (Children with special needs : parents’ manuel). This teacher and author has also filmed a television programme with actor and rap artist Juan Manuel Montilla – ‘El Langui’.

The inaugural address is a public event, open to everyone.

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CEIP Tijoco Bajo wins the recycling competition

The three Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse

During the current academic year all of the borough’s public primary schools have been taking part in an educational environmental project, “Adeje Limpio y Circular”, with the main objective being to encourage a culture of recycling in the school population. The project also encouraged the children to think of ways to contribute to the improvement of their local surrounds and environment.

The schools and the students took the project very seriously and competition was quite fierce among the different centres, all working hard to offer the best possible solutions to save and care for the local environment. With all the results in, the winners were CEIP Tijoco Bajo, followed by CEIP Barranco de Las Torres, and CEIP Los Olivos. Special mentions were awarded to the Armeñime, Fañabe and Adeje Casco primary schools, as, said the judges, the points difference between the schools was very small indeed.

The project was made possible thanks to the Adeje Council with the co-operation of the Fundación Canarias Recicla Ecoembes, the schools, and UTE ASCAN TORRABONAR. Attending the prize giving were representatives of the different schools as well as the participating companies and the Adeje council.

The Adeje council recognised the work and effort of the schools community on the project, which began in earnest after the Christmas holidays. Students worked and learnt through a series of didactic activities which allowed them learn and appreciate the difficulty rubbish disposal poses, and the importance of reduction and proper management.

The schools were judged through a series of Eco-Challenges, which were to be used in ‘real life’. These were to highlight the campaign itself through social media and other school media adding to the community awareness of the issues at hand. The pupils also had to concentrate on presenting a creative and studied solution to the problems in their local environment, taking diversity and the inclusion of people with special needs into account.

The campaign works to raise awareness of the importance of the correct separation of waste for the yellow, blue and green containers as well as encouraging people to use them. The direct and indirect problems rubbish can cause for the environment and the importance of the 3Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse – were also key elements in the campaign. The judges were favourable impressed too by personal initiatives among each student group that contribute to a change in attitudes towards a care for the environment, getting to know the UTE ASCAN TORRABONAF installation, the company that manages waste disposal and recycling in the borough. The need to understand the social, economic and cultural impact that waste can have on our environment was another part of the learning curve.

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Rainbow flag to fly again

The Adeje Equality Council will re-hoist the Rainbow flag in the Plaza Pedro Zerolo

The flag has disappeared twice since the plaza was inaugurated


The Adeje Equality Council will re-hoist the Rainbow flag this week, a decision approved unanimously by the council at their monthly meeting. The flag normally flies over the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, but was stolen. “This is the second time this symbol in an Adeje public space has been stolen, for personal use or perhaps for homophobic reasons, either way it is an act of vandalism. The flag is an important symbol, representing the fight for equality and respect for the LGBTI community” remarked the Equality Council spokesperson Yésica Galdón Rodríguez.

The flag will fly again, from this Friday, May 17th, which is also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and many different local social and cultural associations have been invited to take part among them the LGTBI Algarabía group. As well as hoisting the flag, which takes place at 7pm, a manifesto will be read, among other participatory events.
“We in the Adeje Equality council are fighting against demonstrations of hate which do not belong in a modern society, a society which respects diversity, a society like Adeje. We understand that this was an isolated incident but we won’t let that stop the on-going campaign for visibility and respect for everyone regardless of sexual orientation” commented Galdón Rodriguez, a member of the council.

The flag and the plaza, memorials to Pedro Zerolo
The rainbow flag was first flown in this Adeje plaza on April 26th 2016, during a Town Hall event celebrating memorial to Pedro Zerolo, as a posthumous celebration of the life and work of this politicians and defender of human rights and equality.

Since the 1970s the rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, gay, lesbian and trans pride, with the different colours representing the diversity in the LGTBI community.














Fun without frontiers

Students from Adeje’s diversity centre visit the new ‘park for all’

Students from the Adeje centre for individuals with functionality diversity paid a visit to the new ‘park for all’, the inclusive playground opened last month in Las Torres. This is now the biggest park of its kind in the borough.

The playground has been furnished with equipment that can be used by every child, regardless of mobility needs or diversity, with no physical barriers to enjoy the park’s installations. All the equipment is at ground level so children in wheelchairs are able to use them too.

Among the new equipment are a basket swing, an active wall, a truck passage, a train, a multi-coloured little house, and a swing adapted for wheelchair users, exclusively for children with mobility challenges. The park is designed to encourage healthy play, safety, and group socialisation as well as sensory stimulation, improve motor skills and sharpen auditory sensitivity for those with hearing difficulties.

Alongside the playground there is a picnic area for families to relax and have a snack, and sit together and enjoy the area as a community space. The tables are close to trees and with a perfect view of the playground which has fences and soft-fall surface material.

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Clazz music in Adeje this June


Latin jazz will be top of the musical agenda in Adeje from June 18th to 22nd, as the borough hosts the first international Latin Jazz festival, Clazz -Continental Latin Jazz. Details were announced yesterday by promoters Cargo Music Entertainment and Actual Events, with the collaboration of the Adeje council through their tourism promotion unit under the Happy Streets banner. Happy Streets promotes and energises the cultural and entertainment side of Adeje in public spaces throughout the borough.

Tickets for concerts will be available soon through Tomaticket. The festival will be in two parts, with three days of jazz in the Papagayo Beach Club and two major open-air concerts in Golf Costa Adeje.

Clazz Club is Europe’s biggest jazz organisation in Europe and this will be their first series of concerts here in the Canary Islands, in Costa Adeje and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The festival brings together big names in the jazz world as well as encouraging new local talent.

Oscar Gómez, the creator and producer of the festival, and member of the Latin Grammy committee, said yesterday at the press conference here, “fusion isn’t just about music, it’s about human beings, it’s the future of humanity. For us it’s a huge honour and this is an amazing platform to promote the Clazz brand that is travelling around the world”. Luis Medina Enciso of Actual Events thanked the Adeje council and the department of tourism, “without them this would not be happening”.

On Tuesday June 18th, Roberto Martínez performs with La Yuka Fund, in Papagayo Beach Club, offering Latin American and Canarian music. On Wednesday June 19th the Claudio Constantini Tango Jazz Ensemble will offer music from Buenos Aires with touches of New Orleans. And on Thursday June 20th Yuvisney Aguilar & the Afrocuban Jazz Quartet will be on stage.

The last two days of the festival will bring jazz to the Golf Costa Adeje with the Nella Rojas and Paquito D’Rivera Caribbean Tour on Friday June 21st. And the festival comes to a conclusion on Saturday June 22nd with Yuka Funk and their Billie Holiday tribute.


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Adeje’s top ten students are going to Cork

Ten of Adeje’s top secondary school students will spend two weeks in Ireland this summer

The winners of Adeje ‘Young Talent’ competition have been announced – the students have all been recognised for their excellent grades and other contributions to the town during the academic year. The students have been chosen from the borough’s public schools.

This year, as well as recognising the effort the students have put into exams and class subjects, contributions to other areas of life, social work, helping others, etc, have also been taken into account.

The ten lucky students, who will be spending two weeks in Cork, in Ireland this summer, are María Magdalena Rodríguez Linares, Amaya González Sola, Kitana Desvignes, Jing Li Li, Alba Rey Merino, Ayoub Bachaou Mohamed, Laura Michelle Ziegler, Atenea Gloria Rodríguez Mendoza, Ainoha González López and Víctor José Arzola Murillo. They were told details of the award this week in the Adeje youth centre, by the councillor for youth Zebenzui Chinea Linares.

The two-week stay in Cork will see the ten winners, accompanied by members of the Adeje youth team, enjoy leisure time, with residents, families and students from Cork, as well as improving their English with an intensive language course.


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The ‘Virgen de la Encarnación’ Rogation is on Sunday


This Sunday, May 5th, the traditional rogation with the Adeje patron, the Virgin de la Encarnación, takes place, fulfilling a promise made by the people of Adeje over 300 years ago, when, according to the religious history of the borough, she saved the people from a plague of locusts.

The tradition of the rogation has been in place in Adeje since the 16th Century, under the Marquis of Adeje, Pedro de Ponte, who brought the statue of the Virgin to the Santa Ursula church to protect her from pirates and brigands attacking the coastal areas of the island. Local people were not too happy with the decision, so a promise was made to bring her back to La Caleta every year, specifically to La Enramada where she was first ‘discovered’.

The procession will begin at 9am from the Santa Ursula church in Adeje town, and people should wear walking shoes, bring water, fruit, sun hats and bring sun cream.

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