From the sea to the sink! Adeje’s desalination plants

Adeje council and Entemanser teach students about the importance of water in the Canaries

After a talk in the classroom the students visited the desalination plant in La Caleta
Tuesday 18 December 2018

The Adeje councillor for Works and Services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and the councillor for municipal services, Esther Rivero Vargas, along with the director of Aqualia Canarias, Emilio Fernández and Pedro Gómez de Ayala from Entemanser took part in a workshop yesterday with 47 children from 6th class in Tijoco Bajo primary school. The visit was part of a project to learn about the hugely important cyclical role water plays in our lives and how it is treated by the participating water companies here.

This project began last week with a talk in the classroom given by Entemanser and Aqualia representative, Pedro Gómez. The talk was in two blocks, preservation and information about the culture of water in the Canarias, and the integrated cycle of water supply in urban areas. The children, having absorbed the theory, were given practical demonstrations on Monday. Ernesto Iglesias, an Adeje engineer, and the head of water desalination for Aqualia, Francisco Urquijo, explained the detailed process of desalination in the borough and how the installation works. The visit was done with small groups to allow these future ‘guardians of Adeje’s water supply’ better understand the detailed workings of the plant, and to ensure a safer visit for all the children.

The participants were given information tools to help them better understand the need for responsible use of water and respect for the sources, both in terms of consumption and the return of water to the environment for its future purification.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera commented, “these social-educative initiatives by Entemanser are very important to ensure that our students are aware of the need for proper water treatment, from its extraction from the sea to its arrival into our sinks from the tap at home These young people will carry that message to their families, insisting on the need for responsible use of water.

“Together with Entemanser, we in the council have invested in the construction and working of this desalination plant which processes over 10 million litres of water a day”

Entemanser was founded in 1987 and acquired by Aqualia in 2005, and is the company charged with the management of water supply in a number of boroughs in Tenerife.

 

You walked, you danced, you will save lives…

Over €35,000 raised on this year’s Walk for Life with over 5,000 people walking

A pink wave took over South Tenerife shortly after 10am this morning as over 5,000 people began to gather for the annual Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer. The 4 kilometre walk was from the Golden Mile in Arona to Plaza Salytien in Adeje and participants had performances and a flash-mob dance to keep them entertained as well as a steel drum band and bagpipes leading the way. The walk also has a new mascot, a Butterfly, who is still looking for a name, to be decided on after submissions online.

This year’s walk saw over €35,000 raised, and the money will be used for various cancer-related support and investigation projects. Among the 5.000+ walkers were the Foundation president Brigitte Gypen and various members of the the Arona and Adeje Town Halls, including both mayors, José Julián Mena (Arona) and, José Miguel R. Fraga (Adeje). Both mayors, in addressing the crowd before they set off, stressed the importance of having a fully functional oncology unit in the as-yet uncompleted public hospital for South Teneirfe. “My wish for next year’s walk is that we will finally have a public hospital here”, said the Arona mayor José Julian Mena. The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, took up the theme, “we continue to press for a quality public health service for everyone and are doing everything we can to make that a reality.”

José Julián Mena, also said it was a day to remember and celebrate those who couldn’t be here for many different reasons, and that it was a source of pride for him, “to be here in Arona today and see the south of Tenerife united as one, dressed in pink, the colour of awareness and sensitivity”. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga added that “for another year running the south of Tenerife have demonstrated their high level of solidarity with those most in need, today that is those with cancer, in particular those with breast cancer, and their families”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking after those in need

 

In recent days the Adeje council signed a contract for the provision of non-perishable foods and essential products to assist families in need or/and at risk of social exclusion in the borough.

The new agreement is designed to offer immediate help. “With this new initiative we are offering an emergency assistance service dealing, above all, with those needing food and personal hygiene products” commented the Adeje social welfare councillor, Isabel Fernández González, adding that the service will also be working to address the reasons behind the emergency situation people find themselves in and that place them at the risk of social exclusion.

Items that will be provided will include rice, cereals, flour, and food stuffs in jars/tins such as jams, beans, and hygienic products such as soap, nappies, shower gel, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. According to the councillor with this new agreement the have a two-year stock of products for those in need of urgent and immediate attention.

 

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From the farm to your table

10 years of excellence, Adeje Farmers Market

The Adeje department of the environment, presided over by Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, is organising a series of activities this Sunday, December 9th, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Adeje Farmers Market, which, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, brings the best, “from the farm to your table”.

“Since the Farmers Market has been in operation the public has been able to enjoy quality local fresh produce, grown by people who live in or near the borough and we have seen how the Farmers Market has also become a tool for social and economic growth in the rural areas of Adeje, which is something to be proud of as the produce also meets all of the EU standards for quality and healthy eating”, said the councillor.

She continued, “Freshness, quality and an excellent choice along with accessible prices have been the standards set by this market over its ten years and all of our stall holders have played an important part in the evolution of the market. Today a lot of hotels and restaurants opt for local produce because they know it offers excellence in taste, texture and quality in preparing their menus”.

The produce on sale every week incudes fruit and vegetables, flowers, crafts, cakes and biscuits, honeys, cheeses, meats, and wines. And this Sunday the Adeje council is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating this special day. From 11am there will be show cooking with Pablo Pastor using produce from the market, followed by a tasting with live background music provided by Grupo Chabor. All of the stall holders will be receiving a small gift in appreciation of their work over the years, and there will be a photo-call opportunity for all those who drop in to shop during the morning. The market is open from 8am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje honours Kurt Konrad Mayer

Kurt Konrad, one of the borough’s economic giants, is honoured in Adeje
The new Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer is in El Madroñal


Yesterday morning the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga unveiled the plaque on the Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer (previously the Avenida El Madroñal), in recognition of the work and years of investment given to Adeje by this Chilean businessman. Present at the event were his family and close friends.
The mayor said, “We are here to remember and recognise something important in our recent history, also something that reflects our change from an agricultural society to a top class tourism destination. Among those who contributed to that change was Kurt Konrad who, in life, was a man very committed to the development and completion of programmes in both infrastructures and the evolution of our society. He was a pioneer, a visionary as a businessman, but someone who never forgot the most important thing – people, his workers, who today have recognised his memorable contributions.”
Roberto Konrad, one of his sons and the director of Tenerfe Top Training, spoke of his father as “a man who never stopped working and who saw possibilities where others only saw problems. My father taught us a lot about work and effort and always said that our greatest wealth was the people who worked with us”.


Kurt Konrad Mayer
Kurt Konrad Mayer , a Chilean-born architect, arrived to Tenerife in the middle of the 20th century, and began an intensive period of professional activity as an architect, builder, developer and tourism promoter, initially with the RKF company, working on projects such as the Aparthotel Ponderosa, the Dollar nightclub and Titos pizzeria.
Konrad Mayer then began working on the construction and promotion of complexes such as Los Geranios, Las Carabelas, Panorama, Club Atlantis, Paraíso del Sur, Oasis Paraíso, Hotel Santiago, Hotel La Pinta, H.A. Altamira, H.A. Santa María, Puerto Colón and Club Náutico. He also was part of the creation of the German school, the ‘Colegio Alemán Alexander Von Humboldt’, which was recently renamed and is today the ‘Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje’, with financial and legal backing in the establishment of the school.
He was the one who pushed for the creation of a tourism promotion group that today has been integrated into the CIT Sur , president of the Rotary Club Tenerife, participated in the establishment of SPET, (for the external promotion of Tenerife), Turismo de Tenerife and was the founder of the Adeje volunteer fire brigade.
His involvement also extended to participation in the development of Golf Costa Adeje, the Los Olivos, Barranco de Torres, El Beril and La Caleta planning projects, and that of El Madroñal, very much part of the expansion of both Costa Adeje and the urbanisation of Adeje town.
During recent years, before his death in 2011, Kurt Konrad Mayer played a part in the creation of Tenerife Top Training, an infrastructure that today is recognised as one of the best sports complexes of its type in the world.

 

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Are you ready to Walk for Life?

 

At a press conference to announce details the mayors of Adeje and Arona also called for an oncology unit in the public hospital being built in South Tenerife

 

The Walk for Life is on December 16th this year and will probably see over 5,000 people taking part, according to the organisers and the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, who held a joint press conference this morning. Foundation president Brigitte Gypen was at the top table alongside singer and this year’s honorary walk Grand Marshall, Agoney, who said this “was very important for him. It’s not the first time I have taken part – in previous years I sang too”.

4,500 walkers turned out for last year’s event and raised over €20,000. This year walkers will gather at the ‘Golden Mile’ in Arona and walk four kilometres to Plaza Salytien. And there will be a lot of fun activities before and afterwards, with many local singers and groups on hand to entertain the participants.

During the press conference the mayor of Arona also took time to stress the need for “an oncology unit in South Tenerife which needs to be based in the public hospital”, a demand seconded by the mayor of Adeje who added the need to address the issue of mobility, “under the current system cancer patients had to be brought to the north for their treatments, so adding to the treatments and illnesses they had to face long journeys, often prolonged by traffic jams”. Mena added that the Walk for Life was a “day full of hope but awareness has to be something permanent. It’s not just about one day but about 365 days”.

Adeje mayor Rodríguez Fraga renewed the borough’s commitment to the Walk for Life, “which reflects the solidarity of the south with those, mostly women, who are suffering from this illness. The Walk for Life gives them visibility, helps, and also highlights the need for early detection and the gaps that still exist in the treatments available”:

Brigitte Gypen thanked all those who participate and the businesses and sponsors, those helping with printing, merchandising, transport, halls, etc. She had special mention for the volunteers who work all year round to make the walk what it is. She told press that with increasing awareness of environmental impacts, this year there would be no balloons, instead streamers and flags. There will also be a flash mob – and people are already practising using the videos online on the Walk for Life and council social networks.

Detailing the use of funds raised last year, Gypen said that money was spent on the BRA project, ensuring that every woman on the island who has undergone a mastectomy has access to a special bra, designed for her needs, an essential tool in aiding recovery. Another project that has benefited from funding is the development of liquid biopsies and in the oncological physiotherapy service. These, as well as the on-going activities that happen in the Pink Room, and the donations to cancer associations such as the AECC and AMATE. Funding is also used to assist in the Kilómetro Solidario Project which provides transport for oncology patients in South Tenerife.

 

A surprise visitor to the press conference was the new mascot for the Walk for Life, a butterfly – a mascot that is, as yet, unnamed – but the public will be asked to help find a name through social media. The press were also shown the new promotional video, with local Spanish and British journalists urging people to take part in the Walk for Life on December 16th. And if you want to contribute but can’t take part on December 16th you can always buy the 2019 Voices for Life calendar or other promotional items.

The mayors of both boroughs also outlined other ways in which they are working to assist residents who are suffering from cancer today, “even though it might not be officially our responsibility, that is no way to evade the issue…we will continue to invest but also continue to demand quality public health services particularly in the south”, said the Adeje mayor.

 

The mayor of Arona informed the press that they have given the AECC association a headquarters in a municipal installation and are developing aquatic activities for patients who need them. The council also recently announced the availability of free transport for those who need to travel to Santa Cruz/La Laguna for oncological treatments.

Adeje too contributes annually, with the Pink Room in the borough’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia and are working on a lymphedema prevention programme, offering therapy, transport and working with the AECC. Both mayors said they would be taking part on December 16th, “walking for life, reinforcing these action plans, because they meet the needs of our people, together”.
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Music as a life learning tool

Adeje council’s music therapy project for special needs persons

The Adeje Council has presented a music therapy project, ‘Timba’, for special needs individuals. With the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity, under councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez respectively, the programme will b open to anyone in Adeje who is special needs, with the main aim being to bring music to the whole population. “This is a programme to use music as physical, psychological and social tool in improving the lives of individuals”, said Carmen Rosa González.

“Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power”, said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods that are properly applied”.

Those interested in signing up for classes can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs and the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness, explained Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in the Los Olivos centre with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers. “Now we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project”, said the councillor.

Carmen Rosa González added that “attention to those with special needs if part of the protocol of the School of Music. Currently we have a dozen students who have some form of disability and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people in particular to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. The school is 100% behind the project”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Adeje

Full programme of events published

Adeje is in full Christmas swing, with the switching on of the lights last Saturday and a full programme of events planned between now and the arrival of Their Majesties, the Magi. The programme is planned to appeal to families and friends throughout the borough,

Among the many events planned is ‘Adeje, Vive la Navidad’ on December 8th, from 5pm, with multiple activities planned, from bouncy castles, puppets, workshops, music, theatre, toy and food collections for families in need as well as a concert for young residents and visitors. Another notable date in the programme is the Unity Concert on December 20th, bringing together performers from the municipal patronal bank, the Adeje School of music and Ballet Beanky.

The New Year’s Eve concert goers can enjoy live performances from Toque Latino, Sensación Gomera and Maquinaria in the Plaza de España, and of course for all of the borough’s children, the arrival of the Three Kings into Adeje on the evening of January 5th followed by a parade up the Calle Grande before the big day, King’s Day on January 6th, is something to look forward to.

The programme of events is attached, and the public can keep up to date with any changes by checking online, www.adeje.es

Christmas Programme 2018

From 3 December

Chocolate solidarity Nativity SceneFrom

December 3 to January 4,

4pm – 8pm.CDTCAMake a donation and take part in making this chocolate creation: More information:www.adeje.es
Tuesday 4 December

5pm: Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity SceneSenior Citizens centre, Adeje cultural centre

Thursday 6 December

10am – 10pm: Asociación San Juan Christmas Market, Asociación San Juan

Saturday 8 December

12 noon: FIMANTE International Festival of Antique Music of Tenerife. Concert in honour of ‘La Virgen’ – Johann Sebastian Bach or The triumph the inventionSanta Úrsula Chuch

5pm: Celebration of the Immaculate ConceptionLa Concepción

5pm – 1am: ‘Spending Christmas in Adeje’, bouncy castles, story- telling, workshops, music, theatre, etc. (Drop off point for donated toys and non-perishable foods).Calle Grande, Adeje9.30pm, Concert, Young Singer perform Disney at Christmas 3.0

Wednesday 12 December

5pm: Make up and stories workshop.  Places limitedLa Postura cultural centre8pm: Carol singing with Boleros de Armeñime, Los Olivos8.30pm: Carol singing with the Piedra Redonda Folklore Group, La Postura

Thursday 13 December

8pm: Christmas Parade, Adeje cultural centre

9pm: Carol singing with the Imoque Cultural AssociationStreets of La Postura

Friday 14 December

5pm: Solidarity Christmas get-together and gift donationsArmeñime cultural centre5pm: Make up and stories workshop.  Places limitedArmeñime cultural centre

6pm: Christmas Gala: Rhythmic Gymnastics, El Galeón Pavilion

7pm: Blessing of the Armeñime Nativity Scene

8pm: The Latonius Gospel Choir and Band, Adeje cultural centre theatre. Price: €5

8.30pm: Carol singing with the Santa Úrsula choir Calle Grande.Craft Fair, Ave Rafael Puig

Saturday 15 December

8pm: Christmas concert with the Canarian military Band and the Nº2 Army band of the ‘Canarias’ XVI Brigade, Plaza de España

Sunday 16 December

11am: Walk for Life.  Leaving from the ‘Golden Mile’ by Compostela Beach, Avenida de Las Americas, Playa de Las Américas, Arona.  Arriving at Plaza Salytien (CC Salytien), Av. Rafael Puig Lluvina,Costa Adeje.

Monday 17 December

5pm: Make up and stories workshop.  Places limited. Fañabe cultural centre

8pm: Carol singing with Boleros de Armeñime, Streets of Armeñime

Tuesday 18 December

5pm: Make up and stories workshop.  Places limited. Las Nieves cultural centre 6pm:

8pm: Celebrating La Esperanza and the Blessing of the Nativity Scene in the La Viña hermitage, La Viña

8pm: IV Christmas Concert with the Cardón group, Calle Grande

10.30pm: Carol singing with the Adeje School of Folklore,Los Olivos

Wednesday 19 December

5pm: Make up and stories workshop.  Places limited. La Hoya cultural centre

6.30pm Blessing of the Las Nieves Nativity Scene, Las Nieves Hermitage

Thursday 20 December

8pm: Christmas Unity Concert, Participants: Adeje School of Music and Dance, borough folklore groups, Adeje Municipal Band, Ballet Beanky.Plaza de España

Saturday 22 December

6pm: Children’s Theatre: ‘Oh solo mío’; Entry: A new toy, Adeje cultural centre theatre

8pm: Carol singing with the Adeje Patron band,Calle Grande

8.30pm: Live Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association,Plaza de La Hoya

Sunday 23 December

7pm: Carol Concert, Callao Salvaje

5pm – 7pm: Children’s workshops making Christmas crafts, bouncy castles, a visit from Santa Claus,Plaza César Manrique

Monday 24 December

Midnight: Carol singing with the Santa Úrsula choir, Calle Grande

Wednesday 26 December

7pm: Christmas cinema ‘El hijo de  Bigfoot”, Plaza de España

8pm: Bel Canto Christmas Concert, Adeje cultural centre theatre, Ticket: €5

Thursday 27 December

5pm – 9pm, Opening PINA, Children’s park, running until January 4th (closed Jan 1st), El Galeón Pavilion

7pm: Christmas Cinema ‘Cavernícola’, Plaza de España

Friday 28  December

8.30pm ‘Casas del Luz’, Storytelling for grown-ups with Laura Escuela with music from Silvia Díaz on the cello, Canarian Library, Calle Grande

Saturday 29 December

8pm: Solidarity concert, San José Church, Los Olivos

Sunday 30 December

7pm: Christmas concert with music for soprano, flute and organ, San Sebastián church

Monday 31 December

11pm: NEW YEAR’S EVE with Toque Latino, Maquinaria and Sensación Gomera orchestras .Plaza de España

Thursday 3 January

5pm – 7pm: Children’s workshops, bouncy castles and delivery of letters to Their Majesties, the Three Kings, Fañabe and Armeñime plazas

Friday 4 January

5pm – 7pm: Children’s workshops, bouncy castles and delivery of letters to Their Majesties, the Three Kings, Los Olivos and La Hoya plazas

5pm: The breaking of the Chocolate solidarity Nativity Scene to be followed by a chocolate party. CDTCA

Saturday 5 January

5pm: Arrival by helicopter of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient and their official welcome.Municipal Football Stadium, El Galeón.

19:00. Three Kings Parade with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.  Calle Grande, Adeje

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer training programme for Adeje women

 

This is a work opportunity for women who have children, dependents or have to juggle work with family/personal commitments 

The Adeje council’s department of economic development and job creation, led by councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martin, is offering a work-based virtual training programme, in conjunction with the Cruz Roja, for 15 women in the borough under the title “Adeje Diversificia y Emplea” (Adeje, diversify and employ).

“This training programme for women on the Adeje pardon is offering a new kind of job opportunity for women with young children or dependents under their care, and/or those over 45 years of age who need to balance their work with their family commitments, so it’s training to allow them to work from home as virtual assistants”, explained the councillor.

The programme will offer different areas of learning that are required today by businesses in the digital sector. This includes training in digital channels, financial managements and administration and classes in social networks, reporting, design and management. They will also receive training in the web, email marketing, basic video editing and orientation in the digital labour market.

On offer is 220 hours of training divided into 100 hours of actual training and 120 hours of practical training with businesses in the digital sector, work that the students can do from home. When they have completed the course the women will be placed on the AITED listing from which they may receive job offers.