Safety at sea saves lifes

15 young Adeje students have just completed a couse in life-saving

15 young Adeje people have just completed a training programme under the PFAE programme (training in alternate skills) funded by the European Social Fund “Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro”, which, following an 11 month training period, has seen them take home their certificate as qualified lifeguards in pools and open waters.

This is a new programme directed by the Adeje council with the European funding and in conjunction with the Canarian employment service. It is designed specifically to meet a demand in the sector (young people between 16 and 30 years of age), and the training was primarily in life-saving skills and safety in coastal areas.

“We actually have three active programme in alternative employment training, Prodintur – with a focus on tourism, Limpur Adeje – cleaning and maintenance services, and Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro (Blue Adeje, Safe Adeje), and the programmes are aimed at groups of people who might not have found work, for different reasons, without this additional training. We have had an excellent success rate in the past and therefore believe these kind of initiatives do meet a number of needs, rapidly and effectively”, said employment policies councillor, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín.

During the Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro course the participants learnt life-saving techniques, how to use a defibrillator, basic boat navigation and an English language course adapted to the job of a lifeguard in different situations.

Another training course, a Blue Flag lifeguard course, trains individuals who may be working with special needs bathers. The young people also took part in workshops to improve their self-empowerment and self-sufficiency skills to assist them in entering the labour market.

The course saw participants not just learning the skills directly related to the job in question, but also in related areas, and they trained on the borough’s beaches as well as with the local volunteer fire brigade. The skill set is based primarily on prevention, vigilance, rescue and first aid.

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Say cheese!

Focus visit to Montesdeoca dairy

Over 30 people took part in a guided visit in English to the Montesdeoca cheese makers, based in the midlands of Adeje, and winners of countless regional, national and international prizes for their dairy products

The tour was given by Alberto Montesdeoca, who explained the origins of this fantastic food jewel in the Adeje gastronomy crown. Started by his grandfather when some of the family moved from La Palma to Tenerife, the business is still very much a family firm, making cheeses, butters and yogurts by hand from the 1,000+ goat herd on site.

The tour was organised by Focus, the Adeje group for international residents, who work to help international residents integrate, learn more about the borough, and discover they many pluses of living in this part of South Tenerife. Over 30 people of different nationalities signed up for the tour, which lasted over an hour.

Alberto first took us to see the goats and kids, explaining the milking process, how the goats are fed and kept, the breed used etc. We also met the newer kids who have their little ‘creche’ area.

The group were then brought indoors and we saw the cheese being mixed, moulded and stored. Alberto explained that they currently produce almost 20 different types of cheese, how the cheese is pasteurised, with different curing processes, some hard, some semi-hard, some matured and flavoured. The group then moved to the tasting room where four different cheeses were on offer giving the visitors some delicious examples of the products made by Montesdeoca.

The tour ended in the on-site shop, but people can also buy these fantastic cheeses at the Adeje farmers market ever Saturday and Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

(For more information about the farm and to arrange small group visits, the webpage for Montesdeoca is http://www.quesosmontesdeoca.com/)

What’s in a name?

Luther King project aims to change street names in Adeje

A delegation of students from Luther King College paid a visit to the Adeje council offices recently to ask for something a bit different- they want to council to change a few street names.

The students from Luther King recently carried out a study of street names in Adeje, Arona, Granadilla, San Miguel and Vilaflor, and with the results they are following the lead set in Malaga under the hashtag, #merezcounaacalle (she deserves a street), the aim being to give more leading women the recognition they deserve by naming more streets after them.

The results of their study in Adeje shows that in the borough there are 38 streets named after men, and only 8 named after women. The students, who met with councillors Ermitas Moreira García, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez and Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, presented a petition asking that the council consider naming an Adeje street after Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a British astronomer who discovered pulsars, the cosmic sources of peculiar radio pulses. The students have also said they will forward a list of other possible candidates for street, plaza or avenue names.

The councillors who met with the students, currently in the second year of high school, and some of whom are from Adeje, were impressed with the work done. “Adeje is a borough in growth and given the results of the study you have carried out we can now take this into consideration and look at naming places after women who have contributed in some way to Adeje society, women who have been recognised and awarded the town’s Abinque prize”, they said. The Abinque prize has been awarded every year, for the last 15 years, to a woman or group of women, who have contributed to Adeje’s growth as an equal opportunities borough.

The students expressed interest in the ways in which Adeje is contributing to the evolution of real equality as the local councillor for equality outlined the work of the council in this regard, the in-house training and education, the treatment of diversity issues and working to insist on inclusive language in official communications and relations with the public.

The students also heard details of the work with the borough’ s schools as well as across all the council departments, the workshops to empower women and stamp out inequality and break down borders and obstacles to effective and real advancement, and the move ahead to ensure the integration of women in all aspects of society.
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Sports for all in Adeje

There is a full sporting agenda in place for the coming months. “From May to August sports is a major part of the local offer, offering fun, leisure and healthy options,” says sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, adding, “we have always supported sport as a tool for social involvements and to that end we also invest a lot of resources in improving our sports base and the youth teams that we have in Adeje, and the results are already very positive and of direct benefit to Adeje and our sports women and men. We have an ample range of sporting installations and will continue to work to offer our sports’ fans the best and encourage Adeje sports to travel far and wide”.

Among the headline events is the Adeje Rally taking place this week, an event that is also a classification event for the Spanish championships, and this year the rally is also listed as a pre-inspection event for inclusion in the future in the European trophy competition. The event takes place around the borough on May 11th and 12th.

This month there is also a number of important basketball events in the Tijoco and Las Torres sports pavilions, and over the last weekend in May the borough hosts both the II Martial Arts Adeje Open and the Canarian Youth Volleyball championships.

In June the Tenerife Blue Trail comes to Adeje for the first time, leaving from the Playa Fañabe taking the maritime trail to La Caleta, up to the town along the Calle Grande, and over through the Boca del Paso, la Quinta, Ifonche to Vilaflor, arriving to Puerto de la Cruz. More information on www.tenerifebluetrail.com.

And the month of June closes with the family day celebrating the end of the sporting term on June 20th and International Yoga Day on June 24th in El Galeon.

July will see a series of summer camps in Adeje, in basketball, goalkeeping, football, and the Adeje Youth Football tournament on August.

 

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Radio Sur reaching new audiences

 

The municipal station launches two new programmes

The Adeje municipal radio station, Radio Sur Adeje 107.9fm, has recently added two new home-produced programmes to its line-up.  “With the addition of these two new programmes we are giving the listening public new alternatives made here in Adeje”, said the councillor responsible for the department of communication, Zebenzui Chinea Lineras.

Singer Daniel O’Donnell after his interview on English Time with Clio O’Flynn

Tieffe Italia Sur, presented by Enmanuele Turbanti, is an information programme for the Italian community with news of relevance, a cultural agenda, and interviews, and goes out every Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm. After Work calls itself, “el programa de los juernes”, juernes being a play on the Spanish words for Thursday and Friday (jueves and viernes), and is presented by Ainhoa Aguilar and David Urbano, and brings a touch of humour and irony to the end of the week.

With these two new programmes Radio Sur Adeje is now broadcasting 8 home-produced programmes weekly. The flagship programme, Viva la Vida, is a two-hour morning edition, from 11am to 1pm, presented by Nacho Palacio, with Yolanda Hernandez, Lala Soto and with Gonzalo López and Juan Expósito making up the team.  Viva la Vida has been on air for 20 years and can be heard from 11am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

English Time, the Thursday lunchtime magazine programme in English presented by Clio O’Flynn with regular contributors including Janet Anscombe, is now in its 6th year on air.  It brings listeners a combination of local, national and international news, interviews, features, discussion and debate. The programme also serves to inform the English-speaking population about local matters that may affect their day- to-day lives as residents of the borough.

 

Stand by Me is presented by Nitu Jethwani and goes out every Wednesday from 1 to 2.  This is a music show with a very human touch as Nitu likes to tell listeners, in Spanish and English, a little bit about the songs they are listening too and the history of the artists performing.

Dani Ramos presents two programmes, Adeje en Juego, (Monday and Friday, 1 to 1.30pm) with sports news from the borough, and Sport Music, from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday, playing music to work to.  The station also broadcasts regular and updated news bulletins throughout the day, Monday to Friday.

Apart from regular programming, Radio Sur Adeje broadcasts live from many of the borough’s important events, such as the Good Friday Passion play, Christmas and New Year events and also uses its outside broadcast capacity to cover locally-based matters and happenings of general interest.

 

 

 

 

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