Five hospitalised following Puerto Colón boat fire

 

The Adeje Policía Local  activated their emergency team this morning following an explosion on a boat in Puerto Colón, which caused a fire to break out. Five people were injured as a result and were hospitalised.

The Ceoces – 113 emergency services body immediately instigated their protocol plans for incidents of this nature once they were informed by the police of the explosion and fire. Rescue and safety teams were at the scene as was a helicopter from the regional government rescue division, alongside local and national police, the Canarian health emergency services and the maritime rescue teams.

The five injured were brought to the port by local boats and attended to by health service teams at the scene, and none are reported to be suffering from serious injuries.

Water cuts: Playa Paraíso

 

Due to works to improve the drinking water network in the Playa Paraíso zone, there will be a temporary cut in the tap water supply on Tuesday, February 6th, from 8.30am until 3pm.

The affected zones:

PLAYA PARAISO:

  • C/ LA ERA
  • AVDA. ADEJE 300
  • C/ EL ALJIBE
  • AVDA. LAS GALGAS
  • C/ EL HORNO

Water company Entemanser say they will work to reconnect the supply as quickly as possible and also have a client information phone number 902 23 60 23

 

“Unacceptable” decision at Tenerife South airport

The mayors of Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora held an urgent meeting to discuss the planned airport night closure situation

“The island will be without night time flight connections for three months, an unacceptable situa-tion” they commented
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The mayors of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Arona, José Julián Mena, and Guía de Isora, Pedro Martín, held an urgent meeting today to discuss the planned night time closure of the Tenerife South airport for three months

The three mayors expressed their “total rejection of the position which will mean the island is without flight connections at night. The north airport isn’t open during the night time hours and now the south airport is also going to close for three months at night time. The island will be isolated and the consequences for the residents and for the tourism sector will be terrible. This is unacceptable”:

Rodríguez Fraga, Mena and Martín are asking the regional government and the Tenerife Ca-bildo to explain the gravity of the situation to the relevant national department for develop-ment, a situation which will leave the people of Tenerife in “a complicated situation”:

The mayors have outlined the importance of the airport as a fundamental infrastructure for the south of the island, fundamental for the residents and for the main economic motor of Tenerife, tourism. “This is the third most profitable airport in Spain, with 11.2 million passengers and more than €70 million in income annually. We cannot be treated in this way, the decision has been taken with no regard for the importance of this time of the year.”

The three mayors also pointed out how this decision only served to vindicate their support for a second runway, and also added this decision regarding the airport to the list of examples of how the south of the island was badly treated by the regional government, “motorways, the public hospital” etc.

 

 

Canarian top five destinations share Fitur stand

The Association of Canarian Tourist Municipalities, the AMTC, say they defend unity, not uniformity

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga: “We are not trying to breach unity, but people have to understand that unity is not the same as uniformity and as destinations we have our own identity”.

The AMTC, the Association of Canarian Tourist Municipalities, outlined their strategy for Fitur, the Spanish Tourism Trade Fair, at a press conference this Friday, where, for the first time, the association will have its own stand and a series of activities geared towards working with professionals and sector representatives at the fair in Madrid next week.

Attending the press conference were Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga; Arona mayor José Julián Mena, Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín and the tourism councillors for Turismo de San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Ramón Suárez and for Mogán, Mencey Navarro. The five AMTC representatives have bee working together for many months to prepare the stand which will reflect the work of the five boroughs in what is the most important economic sector in the Canaries, tourism. A space that will reflect modernity, using the latest technological innovations, touch screen presentations, video presentations, meeting zones for each borough, a space reserved for visiting press and sector agents as well as work space for representatives from each borough.

As president of the association, Rodríguez Fraga said they were in preparation for “one of the most important tourism fairs in the world” and the presence of the association was the result of reflection over time and something indicated in the constitution of the association since 2016.

In 2017 Adeje and Arona shared the ‘Tenerife Sur’ stand at the fair, notching up 10 thousand direct visits, 40 thousand indirect contacts with 150 concrete actions with professionals. The figures give an idea of the volume of work which can be generated by this year’s stand shared by 5 boroughs. This in turn can “improve competitivity, something that is vital for the development of our tourism strategy in the Canaries where we must be as aware of quality as we are of quantity”, commented the mayor of Arona. “If our boroughs benefit, so does Tenerife, the Canary Islands and Spain.”

The mayors and councillors said the association would have three official events in Fitur, a general presentation of their strategy, a general meeting and a meeting with other Canarian representatives who wished to attend. Each of the five boroughs would also be engaged in individual activities, meeting with sector professionals, press, travel agencies, etc. “We are not going to Fitur just to hand out leaflets or gifts, our presence here with this stand and our activities are designed to create new contacts, meet professionals and those who have influence in our destinations, because as well as our identification as Canarian resorts we also have our individual identities” said the Guía de Isora mayor.

“We are not interested in breaching unity, but people have to understand that unity isn’t the same as uniformity” explained the Adeje mayor, adding that each destination has a duty to explain and outline their individual offer and particular attractions. The Mogán councillor added that a debate about unified representation had been opened up and created a high level of expectation “because we have an important part to play and something to say within the tourism industry, and this is a way of measuring the potential of the five boroughs that we are representing here”.

All the representatives made it clear that they are not seeking confrontation with the bodies that represent tourism at insular and regional levels. “This is not about political allegiances”, the San Bartolomé councillor explained, “we all have one goal, to improve our destination and the Canary Islands and that is the same goal as the Spanish Association of Tourism Municipalities and has caused no problems at national level”.

The five member boroughs represent 6% of the tourist trade nationally, with a combined total of 57 million overnight stays per year, 53% of the Canarian tourism spend and 6.8 million tourists.

The XIII Walk for Life raises more than €20,000

 

A pink wave united the boroughs of Adeje and Arona to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer, and the event raised over €20,000 euros which will go towards research and to organisations working with patients and families directly affected by breast cancer

A pink wave formed by over 4,000 walkers united Adeje and Arona this Sunday. The Walk for Life, now in its 13th year, works to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer.

Organised by the Foundation Carrera por la Vida/Walk for Life and both councils, with the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo as well as private sponsors, the event also raises funds for research into cancer treatment and cures and for cancer suffers and their families. This year over €20,000was raised according to the organisers, with funds certified by an appointed notary.

This year’s honorary Grand Marshall was para-athlete Gema Hassen-Bey.  Taking part were Brigitte Gypen, the mayors of both boroughs, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, and thousands of other walkers.

The walk began at 11am at Siam Mall in Adeje, walking along the V Centenario Avenue, along Rafael Puig LLuvian Avenue and to Las Americas Avenue in Arona, with a bus travelling in parallel for those mobility challenges and difficulties in completing the 4 kilometre walk…

Brigitte Gypen said that now “we have twenty thousand reasons to meet again next year and bring even more people along”. Arona mayor José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of the event in raising awareness about breast cancer with many families in South Tenerife suffering as a result of the disease. “We want them to know that they can depend upon us”, he said, as well as calling for the proper provision of health services in the south of the island. He also underlined the importance of early detection in the fight against the disease.

Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said that this was a special “international” day every year for everyone taking part. “It has become an event that promotes social harmony” as well as calling for better treatment for cancer sufferers and stressing the importance of early detection.

 

 

The year in Focus

The Adeje-based Focus group, representing foreign residents in the borough, has had a busy year with some new projects scheduled for 2018.

The Focus Group is an informal advisory group established to reflect the concerns and needs of the non-Spanish speaking international community living in Adeje, and to liaise with the council on matters of mutual interest and concern.  It has evolved over the last two years with a working group of members from different nationalities coming together once a month to see how we can advance the integration of foreign national groups into the day to day life of Adeje and meets once a month.

The group’s working language is English, but it is not just for English people – instead it is for residents who have English as their primary language, or in the case of some, as their second language after their mother tongue.  There are members from the UK, from Ireland, from the Ukraine, and are working to invite members from other countries.

During the year Focus organised or co-operated on a number of projects of interest to foreign residents in Adeje, including the first in a series of guided tours of historic parts of the borough of Adeje.  Given the large number of British people in the borough there were also a number of Brexit-related events and public meetings.

At the end of 2017 the group moved the base for the meetings to the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the Adeje school for security and social harmony, based in Los Olivos), which is the council’s centre for many international cultural and social groups.  And with cooperation from the school there are a number of new projects scheduled for 2018.

In 2018 the group hope to help in the plans for an international day for foreign residents.  They are also inviting other cultural and social organisations to meet with them to discuss shared challenges and interests and examine the possibility of establishing an information centre for different nationalities based in Adeje working through different languages.

 

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