Nervous anticipation ahead of Kings’ arrival

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A helicopter will bring the Kings to the Adeje municipal football ground at 5pm tomorrow where they will receive the key to the town from mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

The borough of Adeje has everything in place for the arrival tomorrow evening of Their Majesties, The Three Kings of the Orient, who will travel by helicoptor to the Adeje Municipal football ground, landing at 5pm. They will be accompanied by members of their court and will be met by hundreds if not thousands of Adeje children and the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Nervous anticipation is the mood among the borough’s children as they await the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. During recent weeks they have been leaving their letters to the Kings in special post boxes, and when the mayor hands over the magic key, which allows the regal trio enter all the homes of Adeje, they hope that at least one of their presents might be left for them. Tickets for the event in the football grounds have been on sale in recent days in the town and can also be bought on the day, (January 5th), from 4pm at the grounds entrance.

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The Adeje councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt, added that this year the parade that follows the arrival will leave from the zone adjacent to the Adeje health centre, “so that no-one will be this terrific event”, she said. “This Monday will be the most magical afternoon of the year in Adeje…our parade has become a meeting point not just for the borough’s young people, but for children from all over the South of Tenerife who look forward to the Adeje parade, to meeting all the participants, and of course enjoying some of the thousands of sweets that will be given out along the way”.

Many different local groups are also taking part in the parade, as well as a Nativity scene with Joseph, Our Lady and the baby Jesus. There will be steel drum bands, and music from the Adeje school of music, the Adeje volunteer firefighters, a special post-office brigade with those letters, Teatro KDO, Ballet Beanky, Dixie Band and the Tenerife Tigers Cheerleaders. Also taking part will be Shrek and Fiona, Spiderman, Garfield, Pocoyó and friends, clowns, Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Silvestre and Tweetie Pie, Snow White and the seven dwarves, Cruella Deville, Sponge Bob, Patrick and Squidward, Mickie and Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig and many more guests from the world of film and storybooks. There will also be a surprise visit from some of the characters of Frozen in the football ground before the Kings land.

Once Their Majesties arrive to the Plaza de España they will meet and chat to children who might want to whisper a wish or two into a royal ear before it’s time for bed.

Security measures
As is the norm, the Adeje council would like to remind people that during all events, for the protection of themselves and their families, the importance of following the instructions of the police and local security personnel.

During the parade:
Keep an eye on your children at all times
Follow the instructions of their organisers, the Policia Local and members of the Civil Protection body
There will be a space between the pavement and the street to avoid any risks or dangers, particularly when vehicles taking part in the parade are driving by – please do not invade that space and respect the security measures in place.

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10 years of ‘blue pixies’!

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The Adeje municipal crèche, “Duendecillo Azul” (blue pixie) is ten years old and has cared for over 900 children in that time

The Adeje municipal crèche, the Duendecillo Azul (blue pixie) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since opening its doors in 2004 this counci-operated creche has cared for 900 children from the borough. The councillor for education Andrés Pérez Ramos remarked, “in recent years crèches have become one of important resources for mothers and fathers working to build a family life”.

Congratulating the team from the Duendecillo Azul he said, “we are very pleased with the work that has been carried over the last ten years. During this time we have seen the social relevance that this school has in Adeje as a help to families. The council fully understand that to build a more equal future a number of basic pillars of society have to be in place, such as education, training and care for our young people”. He added that there have been many political initiatives which have underlined the importance of infants schools from the point of view of services and attention to young people, all of which have contributed to enhance the participation of women in the workplace.

“As well as assisting families, infant centres have also”, the councillor remarked”, played an increasingly important part in education. Today they are seen as much more than a helping hand for families and are now recognised as an active tool in promoting social equality. “ He said that many studies today emphasise the importance of access to pre-school care centres both for the development of the children as well as for the benefits those children will have when they enter the school system proper. • “Data shows that early schooling can improve academic performance. The principal determining factors continue to be social origins and the educational background the parents of each pupil. Taking into account the importance of this educative period, it would seem to be necessary to continue promoting the use of pre-schooling for all as a way of promoting and encouraging the entry of women into the workplace and the reduction of the existence of social distinctions”.

The idea to create a municipal crèche was first tabled in 1999 when the department of social services carried out a study on the need for a pre-school centre and a class was opened in Las Nieves (Los Olivos) to meet a growing demand from families. The council took the matter seriously and the next step was to open a full pre-school centre in the borough. The objective was to care for children between the ages of 0-3 months old and teach them. Since then the Duendecillo Azul has seen hundreds of local children pass through its doors.

The councillor praised the individuals who work in the centre. “From the beginning the people who work here have dedicated themselves to each and every child and it is a pleasure to see how they help and teach each individual. They are professionals and deserving of every respect for all they do”.

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“No more abuse, no more cries for help”

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No more abuse, no more cries for help”

Adeje hosted an institutional act to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, joined school students in the town’s Plaza España today to reiterate his and the council’s total rejection of gender violence and to pledge help for anyone who requests it.

“We continue along the path of working to create an awareness of equality, of peaceful co-existence and respect, the pillars upon which we can build a harmonious society that is rich in human values, and is happy. We are in this fight and we will move ahead and must also fight to make sure there are no cuts in services in this area.”

The mayor was speaking during an institutional act to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with members of the council and students and staff of the borough’s schools as well as members of the public. Two students from one of Adeje’s secondary schools read a manifesto rejecting violence. “We have to change this society; we cannot stand idly by when there are human beings suffering at the hands of others because of their gender. We cannot justify such actions by simply saying, ‘it’s always been that way’”. They spoke directly to women who have been abused saying, “we want to send you our support, our strength, no one has the right to hurt you, you don’t deserve this, you are fighters and own your own destiny. No more abuse, no more cries for help”.

Shaken or Stirred?

David Arrebola preparing his Mattoni Fresh cocktail

David Arrebola preparing his Mattoni Fresh cocktail

Fresh(!) from Adeje

Whether you like your cocktails shaken or stirred, David Arrebola is Adeje’s man.
The barman who works in the Palacio de Isora, came third in the Spanish National Barman championships in November of last year, and therefore is off to Prague this weekend to represent Costa Adeje, and Spain in the 4th IBA World Championship in non-alcoholic drinks.

At the press conference in advance of his departure, David mixed a sample of what he hopes will be his winning cocktail for the Adeje mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for Sport Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the president of the Tenerife Barman Association, Jose Antonio Mesa Mendoza.

For competitions at this level there are very specific rules about amounts and types of ingredients with a number of obligatory additions. As this is sponsored by Mattoni, the drink must include at least 10cc of the original Grand Mattoni mineral sparkling or light sparkling water in the recipe. David’s drink, Mattoni Fresh! also includes puree of apple and passion fruit and apple and lime juice. Judging is based on a number of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste and innovation.

Over 70 countries have been invited to take part in the opening round on June 21st , and the best six will be invited to take part in the final on June 22. David said he is going to Prague “hoping to win, to win for Adeje and for Tenerife and Spain”. He added that while he might be a little bit nervous he is no stranger to competition and has won four national and one international title during his years as a professional and member of the Tenerife Barman Association.

The Association president Mesa Mendoza expressed his gratitude to the Adeje council and mayor for their continuing support and help in this regard – in 2011 Costa Adeje hosted the Pan American World Championships – adding that this level of backing was very important for the profession.

Mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga wished David Arrebola luck, and praised him and the association for “the level of professionalism. It is a reflection of work well done, and also of the quality of service that is fundamental for a tourist destination such as ours.” He said the work of the Tenerife Barman Association was also vital in promoting the dignity of the profession. The other hugely important aspect of this competition, the Mayor added, was the promotional side of the trip, “this is about letting people know about the destination. David is taking the name of Costa Adeje with him, and of Tenerife, the Canary Islands, and bringing to Prague the level of professionalism that is a part of this tourist destination, and I have no doubt that he will do all of that very well”.

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