Adeje council department of economic development and employment and of the environment, in partnership with the social services ministry, have initiated a new plan for rural employment – PER, which will see improvements to many rural zones in the borough. “The scehme will also see more people employed, working to recover ethnographic values and improve the midlands of Adeje”, commented the councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and María Esther Rivero Vargas.
“This project allows us to meet a number needs. One one hand we can offer employment to persons between 35 – 60 years who are currently without work, and at the same time improve rural parts of our borough, areas that are visited by the public and have an ethnographic value”.
Those who can take part in the scheme will be offered work for three months, and will receive training and information regarding the zones in which they will be working, which will probably include La Quinta, Ifonche, Taucho, La Concepción and Tijoco Alto. “We hope the work will contribute to raise general awareness of the value of our environment and the need to care for it among other things”,the councillors added.
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Spanish minister visits South Tenerife
Spain’s tourism minister was in South Tenerife today and met with the mayors of the Canarian Tourism Boroughs Association (AMTC) who impressed on her the need to improve funding to aid in upgrading many aspects of the sector.
Reyes Maroto met with the mayors who are part of the AMTC who outlined the realities of the sector to her during her working visit, as well as the challenges and objectives for the top line Canarian destinations in the coming years to ensure they remain competitive.
José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, president of the AMTC; and José Julián Mena, Arona mayor, welcomed the minister to the Arona Gran Hotel on behalf of the association. Also present were Marco Aurelio Pérez, mayor of San Bartolomé, Onalia Bueno, mayor of Mogán, and Pedro Martín, mayor of Guía de Isora. The minister was accompanied by regional government representative Elena Máñez and the director general of Turespaña, Héctor Gómez. During the morning the minister visited different parts of the zone.
Commenting on the visit, Rodríguez Fraga said, “it would seem that, at last, Madrid is realising the value of tourism in the Canarias and what we, the main tourism boroughs, contribute to the Spanish economy and society”. There was reference to the national budget allocation to the region- 1% – regardless of the fact that these tourism boroughs contribute 30% of the Canarian GDP and 6% at national level. The association continues to press for the national government to change the manner of costing and finance to reflect the contribution made by the member boroughs. This is in light of the fact that funding is allocated from central government based on the numbers of residents registered even though in many of the tourism boroughs the actual numbers of people living and staying there and using municipal services is far in excess of the resident register numbers. This inconsistency can affect important bodies too like regional police and other security details.
There was a question as to whether the PITCAN, a Canarian tourism infrastructure plan involving regional and national administrations, should be reactivated,
Other matters discussed included the need for tourism boroughs to be at the vanguard of digitial innovations – “5G is the future and we need to improve our digital connectivity” – said the mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. “If we want to remain competitive and ahead of our rivals, the digital agenda has to be addressed”.
Pedro Martín and Onalia Bueno outlined to the minister the importance of a transversal axis of administrations and other bodies. “Tourism is more than promotion. It brings a series of needs and realities together that need to be managed, issues of quality and good service, caring for those who live here as well as those who visit and use the local services and infrastructure”.
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The festival is organised by the Adeje council in collaboration with the Cabildo and Tenerife Artes Escénicas. According to the councillor for culture for Adeje, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera “this festival of comedy theatre is a reflection of the importance we place on theatre in the borough, and our doors are always open to professional and amateur companies and actors”.
There will be a different show on every Friday of the month, from 8.30pm, in the Cultural Centre, tickets on sale throught the week or on the night of each performance.
Friday Sept 7th: Acelera Producciones present “El cielo según San Juan”,
Friday Sept 14th: Multitrack present “Aarón y Kike”
Friday Sept 21st: Doble M present “Mi vida como un zombie”
Friday Sept 28th: El Supositorio,
Adeje Summer University students happy with courses
On the last day of the 2018 Adeje Summer University, as is the norm, participants were asked to fill in a short questionnaire on the courses they attended and evaluate their experience – and yet again the University scored top marks!
According to Adeje education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the University of La Laguna (ULL) vice-rector Francisco García, the overall satisfaction rating was higher than last year and students also gave a high approval rating to changes in the modular format on offer this year. One of highest rated courses was that on sign language, with courses in art, literature and the environment also popular.
Interesting data was also available on the profile of students (over 700) who attended the university this year, with over 60% saying they signed up to improve their general knowledge and 23% to improve their CV. 96% of those matriculating were from Tenerife, 34% from Adeje itself, something very important to the local education department as it reflects a positive reception by the people of the borough. More women than men took courses; nearly 40% are employed, 22% looking for work and 23% in full time education.
Tuesday 31 July
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Local artists’ exhibition
6.30pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Dessert competition,
9pm, Evening performance
Wednesday 1 August
12 noon, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s games
7pm, Fiesta parade
9pm, Evening performance
Thursday 2 August
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, ‘Parchís’ card competition
6.30pm, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s activities
11pm, Evening performance
Hugo Bustillo Onandia, lecturer on sports during the Adeje Summer University, told students that, “Sport is a very potent tool with which we can change many things in society and if used well, the winning or losing will be circunstancial, but the values we learn through sport – respect, treatment of others, team work, training, healthy life-style habits – are what will stay with us.”
The title of the course “El Deportes desde otra perspectiva” (sports from another perspective) was also a forum for debate among sporting professionals, including members of the Adeje sports department, looking at sport as more than just a series of competitions. “It’s about the vision of who is training, refereeing or taking part in sporting activities”.
During the three day course particiapnts looked at adapted sports, asking how they can improve the area of special needs sports for all. Diet was also discussed as was the issue of doping in sport, with discussions on both the latest methods for detection drug use in top professionals as well as looking at the reasons athletes turn to banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Adeje workshop on the characteristics of Canarian wines
The world of wine returned to the Adeje Summer University this year with two workshops presenting and examining the particular characteristics of wines from the region, and why Canarian wines are becoming well known and liked outside the islands. Surprisingly, there is a still a notable percentage of the local population who reject their own wines, something workshops like these seeks to change.
The Thursday workshop was led by Juan García Socas, president of the main Gran Canarian Wine group and a professional taster, and Ricardo Aguasca Colomo, university professor from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. People were shown the background to professional tastings and were able to try various wines from all of the islands.
As García Socas explained, wine production is something very rooted in the local agriculture, gastronomy and economy. Canarian wines owe their special characteristics to the earth, the volcanic ground and the trade winds, making the wines unique. Add to the mix the grapes used here in the Canary Islands, and that it is a territory that has been free of the phylloxera plague that attacked European vines in the 19th century.
The experts also argued that they were not asking people to say Canarian wines are “better or worse” than others, simply to acknowledge that they are different, and with an ever-increasing number of fans here and beyond, wine drinkers in search of new flavours and aromas, who also appreciate wines made under quality controls.
The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities
One of the free complementary courses during Adeje Summer University is for young people aged between 14 – 30 who live in the borough, and who are interested in become community volunteers in combatting gender violence, particularly among their peers.
The course has been run in the Adeje youth centre and is the second time the council have organised this form of training, with a high satisfaction rating among the participants. Previously 13 young people took part and the training is given by members of the ‘Federacion de Asociaciones de Mujers Arena y Laurisilva’, who have been working in the area of equality and gender violence prevention for over 20 years.
The reasoning behind the course, according to the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, is “to continue with the basic training when the school term starts, developing a series of awareness-raising workshops in the borough’s secondary schools. We believe it is fundamental that our young people are involved in training and awareness regarding this subject matter”.
The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities and share values of equality and the benefits of relationships based on social equality, and help any woman who needs to escape from a situation where she is suffering gender violence. Students are also learning about the laws that apply to gender violence, the myths that society may perpetuate, etc.