Adeje hosting Brexit event

The event is open to the public, residents and visitors


Are you a British resident here in Adeje, in South Tenerife? Are you confused by Brexit? Have you some key questions you want answered?

Next Wednesday, October 18th, Tim Hemmings, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, will host a public meeting at 12 noon, in the Adeje Cultural Centre. The event is open to all members of the public, residents and visitors.

The consul for the Canary Islands Charmaine Arbouin and the Tenerife vice-consul and permanent representative Helen Keating will also be in attendance. Adeje councillor for institutional relations Zebenzui Chinea Linares will inaugurate the meeting.

Stability of pensions, availability of health care, retirement rights, job and residential security are just some of the concerns that are voiced on a regular basis by residents.

The event is being held in the Aula Magna, second floor, Adeje Cultural Centre, and Mr Hemmings and the team will work to address the questions of British residents and visitors, many of whom own property here or live here for up to six months of the year and want to see how their rights may be affected.

No registration is needed to attend the event, but seating will be limited.


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All that jazz!

Adeje music lovers have a wealth of choice this weekend, and if jazz is your preferred choice, pop along to the plaza by the Salytien CC where you can hear Brazilian pianist Ivan Lins on Friday July 14th as well as Ella at 100 and on Saturday US singer Becca Stevens and the Ximo Tebar ‘Soleo’ Band. Both concerts are part of the Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken and start at 9pm.
Ivan Lins
One of the greatest Brazilian musicians around today, he developed and extended his musical career influenced by the genres with which he grew up, namely, jazz and its links with bossa nova & soul. A well-known pianist and great composer, he has written songs that have been adapted by other great contemporary musicians. Themes like O amor é o meu país and Madalena, recorded by Elis Regina, were some of his early successes.

His best known composition internationally is Love Dance (Lembrança), which has been performed by Sarah Vaughan, George Benson, Diane Schuur, Nancy Wilson & Kenny Burrell. He has also worked with other greats including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, New York Voices, Sting, Diana Krall and Barbara Streisand.

In 2005 he recorded Cantando Historias, a CD & DVD, a compilation of many of the hit numbers during his career, but with new arrangements and the participation of various guest artists. He won two Latin Grammy Awards; one for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Best Brazilean Music), one of the very best of the Academy. Also in 1981, the song Dinorah, Dinorahwon a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental, and in 1982 the song Velas, recorded by Quincy Jones, received the same award. In the year 2004 he recorded with Sting and won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal with She Walks This Earth. Then in 2009 he won the Latin Grammy Award for his album Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra.
In 2015 Ivan celebrated his 70th birthday and 45 years of his musical career; he released an album titled América Brasil, in which he re-recorded old melodies which hadn’t been quite that prominent or had been recorded by other musicians.

Becca Stevens
Brooklyn (New York) based singer-composer, multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens, built her career drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz and traditional Appalachian folk music. Hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band and for other artists, like the legendary David Crosby, singer José James and classical pianist Timo Andrés; she has toured the world with her band and collaborated with artists, such as Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Childs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jacob Collier, Vijay Iyer and many others.

During her short career she has received numerous accolades and excellent reviews by critics, being described as “the best kept secret” of popular contemporary music. In April 2015, her third album, Perfect Animal, produced by engineer Scott Solter and released by Universal Music Classics, consolidated her place as one of the great current jazz artists.

Becca’s new album, Regina, released in March 2017, features creative and performance collaborations with prominent & promising young artists, like Laura Mvula & Jacob Collier, and the legendary David Crosby. It was produced by Troy Miller (who has also collaborated with artists of the calibre of Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and co-produced by Michael League of Snarky Puppy.
Regina is a tribute to strong women in literature, music, science and history.
Becca Stevens says of the album, “it’s the story of my life. I grew up in a house filled with opera and banjo tunes, majored in classical guitar in high school, studied composition in college in a jazz school, and in New York City I am surrounded by every musical sound you could possibly imagine. I love and am inspired by good music, no matter the genre or where it came from.”

Ella at 100
“Ella At 100”, The Latin Side of Ella Fitzgerald is a tribute to her voice & music, marking the centennial of the singer’s birth. The work is done in a Latin tone and key for a sextet formation with original arrangements by Rayko León, a Canarian pianist, composer & arranger who has been a member of and collaborated with a number of groups & artists, like Mestisay, Gran Canaria Big Band, Canaribe and the late timple player José Antonio Ramos.
This tribute is a completely novel project, not only in the Canary Islands but worldwide; the fact being that there isn’t a group in existence that boasts a complete repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald with Latin versions.
Ximo Tebar ‘Soleo’ Band
Ximo Tebar was born in Valencia in 1963, and began playing the guitar at the age of seven. At seventeen he decided to turn professional and since then has performed in concerts and recordings in Spain, Europe and America, leading his own group or accompanying prestigious soloists like Johnny Griffinn, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Tete Montoliu, Anthony Jackson, Lou Bennett, Lou Donaldson, Louie Bellson, Joey DeFrancesco, Jan Ackerman, etc.
He has participated in most of the most important jazz festivals in the world and is the Spanish musician who has won the most awards in recent years, the most outstanding among them being four consecutive ones – Best National Jazz Soloist & Best Group, given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and RTVE, and then the Jazz Award New York in 2007.

In medicine “family plays a fundamental part”

“what continues to be of the greatest relevance is personalised medical attention”

Last weekend the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel hosted an important meeting of the Canarian Paediatric Association. Heading up the event were the presidents of the SCP (Society of Canarian Paediatricians) in Santa Cruz, Luis Ortigosa del Castillo, and in Las Palmas, Gonzalo Cabrera Roca, the regional government’s director general of human resources, Antonia María Pérez Pérez and the Adeje health councillor (and previously leading public health paediatrician for the borough) Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

The inaugural address to professionals in the field of paediatric medicine, dealt with the relevance of the sector in the Canary Islands, which is one of the regions in Spain with the lowest number of paediatric professionals despite have the largest percentage of patients in this category.

Luis Ortigosa del Castillo spoke of the vital importance of this branch of medicine for the infant population and affirmed that “there is a need for more paediatricians in public centres, as you cannot deal with a child in the same way as you do an adult patient, and it is vital that public health decision makers realise this, but unfortunately we are currently seeing the opposite”.

The aim of the meeting was to debate the professional challenges for paediatricians in the 21st century and this was reflected in the address given by the head of the paediatrics department and former rector of the University of La Laguna, Eduardo Domenech. He told the audience of professionals that “over the years great discoveries have been made in paediatric pharmacology, and we are increasing our knowledge of genetics, but what continues to be of the greatest relevance is personalised medical attention, that is where we have to make our advances. To oppose the dehumanisation we are seeing we have to champion medicine that brings us closer, a kind of medical practise in which the family plays a fundamental part”.

He underlined the fact that “one of the huge advances, without doubt, has been the evolution of vaccinations, which we much continue to perfect, as pathogens evolve too and become stronger, and for that reason investigation is the cornerstone of our battle to eliminate illnesses from our daily lives, to ensure that they do not return”.
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San Juan – bonfires and safety

Playa Fañabé is getting ready for the shortest night of the year!

Adeje Council is reminding people that they need permission from Costas or the Council to celebrate with bonfires
Playa Fañabé is getting ready to celebrate the shortest night of the year – June 23rd – when San Juan is celebrated, welcoming in the summer time with bonfires and traditions.

The Adeje department, under the direction of councillor, Ermitas Moreira García, and in partnership with Urb. Playa Fañabé S.A., the company who run this beach, is preparing the traditional bonfire and will burn a 5 metre sculpture created by Italian artist Luigi Stinga. The celebrations begin at 7.30pm and will include performances and live music and the bonfire will be lit after 10pm.

As well as this bonfire, and with the correct authorisation (which is from the Coastal department for beach bonfires), members of the public can also build their own bonfires. If the fires are not on beaches, permission must be sought from the Adeje council. The form you need to fill in can be downloaded online from the council page, and presented at the citizens’ advice office. There is no cost for this service, and you must include where the fire is to be built, and include a copy of your personal documentation.

The procedure is to guarantee the public’s safety and the council urges people to respect this rule and take all the appropriate security measures to ensure that the evening is one that is enjoyed by all.

The hardest decisions, perceptions of immigration!

Adeje is taking part in the Cruz Roja campaign on immigration perception

The Adeje council is taking part in a Cruz Roja campaign, “La maleta que más pesa” (the heaviest suitcase). The aim is to make people more aware of migratory movements and develop a more open and empathetic attitude towards people who have migrated by getting to know their stories. The main event will take place on Saturday May 6th in the El Galeón Outlet centre, with a game, The Real Pursuit, which might ask you, hypothetically, to take decisions you never want to have to take!

According to the Red Cross, “by using this game we are working to increase awareness among residents, through listening and learning about personal experiences, real-life stories. This is part of a long-term global learning strategy which examines all the dimensions of humanity. What we call learning with ‘body, mind, and soul’. It is aimed primarily at over 18s with the emphasis on inviting people to take part in the ‘game’ to build a better and more just future”.

Zebenzui Chinea Linares, councillor for resident participation, said, “Adeje has always been known as a borough where solidarity is of primary importance, where everyone who has chosen to make this place their home is one of us. Today there are people from more than 120 nationalities living in social harmony in Adeje, with no major conflicts or problems. This positive side of our identity doesn’t, however, mean that we can ignore what is going on elsewhere. Our sensitivity to immigration issues is practically part of our DNA, as much for those who, in the past, left here in search of a better future as for those who in recent times have come to Adeje looking for work and a better quality of life”.

The councillor explained that “every day we are hearing and reading of dramatic stories concerning migration as a result of wars and conflicts, but there are other migratory stories, perhaps with less coverage, silent stories that are none the less dramatic – people fleeing personal violence, poverty or those simply in search of new opportunities.” He called on the people of the borough to “make just a bit more effort to raise our awareness a bit more, be active in this regard and be capable of rearing our children to be aware of those less well-off and suffering in other parts of the world…Only by creating solid connections between human beings can we meet head on the challenges of the future with a guarantee that it is people that are, first and foremost, important, and must be of primary concern for governments, businesses, and society in general.

This initiative is being supported by the Adeje department of resident participation and security. More information is available online on the Adeje webpage, and the official campaign page,

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A ‘smashing’ time in Adeje

Adeje hosts national badminton championship April 29 – May 1

The Las Torres pavilion in Adeje will host the Spanish Senior Badminton Championship from April 29th – May 1st with over 200 athletes from 26 clubs expected to take part. The age-range for seniors is from 30 – 75 years of age. Entry to the matches will be free.

At a press conference to announce details of the event the Adeje sports councillor, Adolfo Alonso, alongside the president of the Canarian Badminton Federation, Pedro Alonso Hernández, said “This is the first time that the Canary Islands are hosting a championship at this level in the sport”, with 10 top names in the sport already confirming their presence at the event.

“Adeje’s commitment to sport and sports men and women is a fundamental part of our annual scheduling”, said the councillor, adding that the council didn’t simply work with local athletes but also worked to bring national and international tournaments and sporting individuals to the borough, to encourage those from Adeje in their chosen sports.

The president of the Canarian Federation thanked the council for their support. He said that Adeje had been chosen due to the high standard of the installations, the excellent hotel offer near to the sports grounds, and the climate, among other reasons.

Also present were the federation secretary, Angel Castillo, and a representative from the Tenerife association of parents of children with autism, (Apanate), who will benefit from a series of solidarity activities during the tournament, such as the sale of commemorative t-shirts.

Up and coming sports events in Adeje include the Asphalt Spanish Rally championship circuit, the ‘final four’ in the European basketball wheelchair league and the European championships in this discipline as well.
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Adeje organising a collection of feminine hygiene products


During the most recent meeting of the Adeje Equality Council, with the Adeje councillor for equality politics Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, the issue of the importance of being able to establish a bank of feminine hygiene products as a basic necessity was discussed. These products are not ‘luxury items’, but are generally overlooked when compiling a list of the needs of women who are suffering economically.

“The idea was inspired by a similar initiative in the University of La Laguna where the ‘Invisibles’ collective is based. They carried out a collection of these items and made them available to homeless women. We are aware of the existence of many inequalities with regard to women in our society, and in many cases these products carry a high price and in fact many women simply cannot afford them. So, we want to contribute through the ‘Help Bank’, and make these products available. Even though they might not be included in the donated family shopping basket, they are indeed a basic need”, said the councillor.

Rodríguez del Toro added, “Facua (the consumers association) carried out a public study in 2015 which found out that these items are taxed at a very high rate, 7% in the Canary Islands. The association compared prices of over 100 different packets of sanitary towels, and 70 boxes of tampons in six supermarket chains, and the comparison revealed that as well as huge price differences between brands, women were paying ‘luxury’ prices for basic need items. Since then there has been a claim in with central government for a tax reduction on these items, to 4%”.

Items donated will be stored in the Adeje council’s Help Bank from where they can be distributed to those women who need them. Among the products will be sanitary towels, tampons, menstrual cups, wet wipes and special soaps.

During the month of April there will be a number of different collection points, including the public libraries in Adeje town and Armeñime, the Los Olivos Occupational centre, the offices of the department of equality politics (in the modern building beside the main post office) the borough’s cultural centres and the Pink Room, in the School of Security and Social Harmony (Seguridad y Convivencia). The Tenerife Hotel Housekeepers association is also taking part in the campaign with collection tables in different hotels throughout the south of the island.
If you would like to help contact the department on 922 756244.

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Pioneering service for cancer sufferers

As a result of the on-going partnership between the Spanish Cancer Association – the AECC – and the Adeje department of health protection and quality of life, presided over by councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, residents of the borough who are suffering from cancer can soon access a free service offering physical, psychological and social assistance for them and their families. The goal of this pioneering service, as outlined by AECC president in Tenerife Juan Julio Fernández, is to meet the needs of the more vulnerable members of our society who are suffering as a result of this illness.

At the launch of the new service, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “This is a resource that we are putting at the disposal of our people, to provide a service designed for those suffering from any cancer. With this programme in place we can extend the assistance on offer and improve the quality of life for those affected. However we will also continue to stress the importance of education, prevention and early detection as vital tools in maintaining good health”.

Juan Julio Fernández explained that the association has been working for a long time to put this service in place. “Medicine isn’t the only thing we can give to patients, we are also looking at other treatments and help”. He pointed out that, according to current statistics, one in three men and one in four women will present with some form of cancer, which is why early detection is very important as well as making sure there are sufficient resources available to fund research and cure investigations. “In the last 20 years, thanks to studies and scientific advances, the survival index of cancer patients has risen by 40%”.

The AECC and the Adeje council have both committed to allocating resources to the new service to allow for the engagement of professionals to offer a personalised service to affected individuals. The SAO – the Oncology Attention Service – is a resource that will offer a series of therapies such as physiotherapy, oncology services, psychological expertise and social advice and assistance.

The physiotherapies offered will be oncology-based, including pelvic floor treatments, treatment for lymphedema, FMI patients, problems with the central nervous system, breathing, bones and soft tissue. The programme will also offer water-based therapeutic activities using the heated pool in the Los Olivos centre which is adapted for people with particular needs.

According to Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the services will be available through the offices of the health department who are also offering a range of materials and therapy tools to improve the treatment range available.

Psychological services will give offer individual therapy sessions to those suffering from commonly seen cancer-related issues such as depression and stress and anxiety.

The social programme looks at the quality of life of those who have been afflicted by cancer and will offer assistance in many areas, both professional and personal, including help in re-entering the labour market and resuming their social activities. There is also an offer or an assessment of the social welfare situation of the individual patient, the issuing of relevant disability certificates where necessary, offer of prosthetics, economic assistance, food vouchers, loans of orthopaedic materials where needed, occupational workshops and home help where appropriate, among other things.

The Adeje council has a commitment to offer a dedicated space for the use of AECC professionals to offer the above services as well as appropriate storage space for materials and resources.

Canarian director for Emergencies and Security in Adeje visit

The Canarian government’s director for Emergencies and Security, Nazaret Díaz Santos, paid a visit to the Adeje School for security and social harmony recently to confirm a number of covenants with the Adeje Council as well as getting to know this borough installation which plays a key role in local security.

During the meeting with the councillor for institutional relations and youth,
Zebenzui Chinea Linares, the resources Adeje has were outlined as well as a number of projects that are on-going during 2017.

The visit also served to reinforce the working relationship between the two administrations in an area of direct concern and benefit for residents and visitors.