Il Divo tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be the concert of the year in Adeje. This week DN7, the promotors of the Il Divo concert in Golf Costa Adeje on June 15th, announced that you can now buy tickets from www.mastaquilla.com or the online El Corte Inglés page.

At the announcement was DN7’s David Navarro alongside Spanish singer Carlon Marín, one of the quartet, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the director of the Baobab Suites, Olivier Doche.

Carlos Marín said they were delighted to be coming to sing in Tenerife and showcase the Timeless 15th Anniversary work.  “We are really looking forward to performing for the first time on the island, to enjoy the climate, the people, and are so grateful to Adeje for opening their doors to us”.  He said they were preparing a very special concert, “with a lot of contact with the public and a terrific production…this will be a mix of some of our big hits as well as songs that we will be performing for the first time”.

Adeje’s mayor said he was really looking forward to seeing the quartet live.  “We are delighted to have Il Divo performing in our borough”, adding that the concert was also very much a part of the cultural element of Adeje’s tourism offer. He added that cultural tourism also offered benefits to the borough’s residents as of course the concert was open to all.

Finding the job you really want!

Adeje hosting Open Space event in employment push

The Adeje council, in partnership with a number of the borough’s private companies, in initiating an employment project ‘AUGE’ (the management of employment and entrepreneurship for higher education graduates). The project is aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 35 who have completed a third level course or professional training course but are either unemployed or in a job that is not right, given the education and training they have undertaken.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “we need to increase the number of young people in our productive network, without young people there is no future; we do have an important group of young educated graduates and now we need to help them find work that is appropriate, work that will guarantee them the kind of professional values they seek, that offers them professional emancipation”.

The Global Jobs Pact is a set of balanced and realistic policy measures that countries, with the support of regional and multilateral institutions, can adopt to ease the impact of the crisis and accelerate recovery in employment. Adopted in June 2009 by the International Labour Organization, it calls on its member States to put decent work opportunities at the core of their crisis responses. It addresses the social impact of the global crisis on employment and proposes job-centred policies for countries to adapt according to their national needs.

The pact states, “The damage to employment created by the financial and economic crisis has caused hardship to many working women and men, families and communities, and worsened poverty. It has threatened the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, weakened middle classes, heightened risks to social cohesion and eroded the confidence of decision-makers. Recovery will not be sustainable unless jobs are created and maintained. With 45 million young people are entering the workforce annually, 300 million new jobs need to be created …just to keep up with the growth in the labour force.”

AUGE is designed to meet the needs of our qualified young people who are finding it difficult to find work that they have studied or trained for. There is a lack of possibilities open to them to develop their capabilities, leading to many taking the decision to emigrate.

 

The I Open Space event will bring together graduates, qualified young people and potential employers. Taking place in the Hotel Victoria in Costa Adeje this Friday (May 3rd) at 5pm, the opening address will be given by Juan Verde, president of the Fundación Advanced Leadership and ex-undersecretary of state to President Obama. There will be a seres of round-table discussions led by various persons in the business, training and employment field, including Xiomara Méndez, creator of the job seeking Canarian webpage, www.enbuscade.org, and Ana Gallardo, professor and mentor in the MentorDay company.

During the evening attendees will also have a chance to present themselves to company representatives in attendance, include people from Dekbera, the Spring Hotel group, Crea Solutions, and Ikea among others. They will be there to chat and accept CVs from anyone interested in working with them.

The event is free, but you should register. More information and registration online, http://www.adeje.es/adejeimpulsa/agenda/9083-open-space-encuentro-de-personas-con-formacion-superior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have wings, will fly

The Adeje council has awarded companies who have partnered the council in a scheme to help those with special needs to find work

Recently the CDTCA hosted an event during which the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, recognised a number of private companies who have partnered the council in helping individuals with special needs find work. The scheme is called ALAS (Acompañamiento Labarol para el Avance Social/work partnering for social advancement), and the word ‘alas’ also means wings.

The Mare Nostrum Resort, Limpiezas Domínguez, Hotel Suites Villa María, H10 Costa Adeje Palace and the Hard Rock Café Tenerife were awarded for their participation in the scheme, with recognitions for others, companies and individuals, who have worked to make a real difference. Also present were representatives of nine new teams who are about to embark on a work programme adapted to the needs of individuals with special needs!

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “there is a lot of inequality in our society, and we have to redress the balance where were can, to give those with special needs the help they require. This is something we have to continue to work to improve upon and change”. This is why the ALAS programme was born, he said, “because we know that unless we work together as a society we don’t advance as a society, what we are doing is vindicating a right.

“I am hoping for and would encourage companies and families to work together to move this project forward; we certainly won’t want to move backwards in the fight for equality of all persons”.

The ALAS programme is based on a “work with assistance” principle, and was introduced to the borough by the department for diversity in 2013. It’s main aim is to offer individuals with special needs the opportunity to improve their quality of life through seeking employment in the best possible conditions for their inclusion in the world of work. Engaged in the project are a team of professionals who accompany the new employees when and where needed, offering those individuals the right to seek ‘ordinary’ work, and more independence.

The new employees will have their ‘wing’ assistants with them until they can fly solo. And thanks to the implication of private companies in the scheme and their confidence in its operation and end-goal, it is working for both individuals and their families, who are finding a new world of opportunities opening up for them.

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Il Divo, the Adeje Rally and lots more at Fitur, day 2

Costa Adeje is working to attract tourists that appreciate environmental values, sustainability and cultural heritage as part of a holiday offer

 

Il Divo’s Carlos Marín and Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Adeje, and Costa Adeje, the borough’s tourism ‘label’ had a busy day at Fitur, the Spanish tourism trade fair taking place in Madrid this week. The mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said they were engaged in the work needed to give the world’s travel professionals the information and incentive to sell the destination so that “we can advance and generate opportunities for all our residents in Adeje, thanks to the sector that sustains us and our initiatives as a borough and an economy”.
Adeje, among three of Spain’s destinations with the highest overnight stays, is quite clear, and has stated this in the recent past, that the objective isn’t to bring more tourists but instead give those already visiting us a better quality experience during their stay. “Better value for money with the same number of visitors”, he explained. So, one of the key tools is to make agencies aware of the different and less well-known things on offer in Adeje. Sun and sea are indispensable for any tourist visiting Costa Adeje and the Canarias, “our great strengths” he says, but there needs to be added value on offer, factors that make the difference.
“This is why this year we are emphasising cultural promotions, the celebration of our festivals, and our heritage, all part of the richness of Adeje and its people” Rodríguez Fraga commented. Accompanied by the borough’s tourism and cultural and sport councillors, Ermitas Moreira and Adolfo Alonso respectively, he said the idea was to both underline how culture adds value to the tourism offer but also to show how the economic motor that is tourism “funds our culture offer, protects our heritage, and reinforces the work we do throughout the year for our residents and visitors alike.”
The councillors indicated that there were already 40 important activities planned for 2019, sporting and cultural, including the Adeje motor rally, and the Il Divo concert (June 15th) and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra concerts, the latter with tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. The councillors also mentioned events planned in the Hard Rock Hotel, the Easter Good Friday Passion and Costa Adeje Fashion Beach. “These are just a few examples of the offer that includes folklore, jazz, gospel, our traditional riches, crafts, fashion, beaches and beach clubs”, said Moreira.
The councillor for culture added that it was also important to stress that activities in Adeje were not just for tourists but for residents, the people who are behind the ongoing success of the destination.


Il Divo, June 15th
Carlos Marín, the only Spanish member of Il Divo, was at the top table today with the Adeje mayor to announce details of their Adeje concert. Promotor David Navarro told press that tickets are already on sale and were “selling well”, but can still be bought online, www.mastaquilla.com and in El Corte Inglés. The concert, managed by DN7 Events in collaboration with the Adeje council, will be in Golf Costa Adeje.
Il Divo offer a mix of opera and songs from different musical genres, and are considered an iconic ‘crossover’ musical quartet. The four are Spaniard, Carlos Marín, Swiss Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard from France and David Miller from the USA. They have sold millions of record since they were formed in 2003. Thier Adeje concert is titled, ‘Timeless 15 th Anniversary’, bringing together songs of love and romance over the ages.

 

Dedicated Callao Salvaje couple get special Mayoral ‘thank you’

 

The Callao Salvaje Carol Concert is now a firm fixture in the Adeje Christmas calendar

Every year hundreds of residents and visitors, from all nationalities, come together in Callao Salvaje on December 23rd, for a multilingual multicultural carol concert. This event, now a firm favourite in the Adeje Christmas calendar, is courtesy of the work of local Scottish residents Ken and Caroline Cumming, and this year, marking the 10th anniversary of the event, the couple received a special plaque for the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, in recognition of their work in this regard.

Also present at the presentation of the plaque was Amada Trujillo Bencomo, councillor for Callao Salvaje. The couple also work closely with the department for citizen participation under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, in the organisation of the annual event.

The mayor thanked the couple stating, “We are so grateful to you for the work you do, for the interest you show and for the collaboration you give in a selfless way, for the benefit of all. I firmly believe that is the right path to follow, that our residents are involved in activities that help everyone and work towards the building of a better world where respect, solidarity, help and support for everyone is the keystone of our advancement”.

Ken and Caroline arrived to Tenerife almost 15 years ago, initially running a language school. Just over ten years ago they moved to Callao Salvaje to open up the Callao Salvaje Community Church. Ken says, “We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, that it would be good to have an outdoor carol service. We approached Adeje for permission and this was granted, along with some practical support.” The first year there were about 150 people in attendance, and it has grown over the years, “with the invaluable support from Adeje Council, the Alcalde, various councillors, including our local councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the culture department and now the citizen participation department.” The Adeje school of music has also been a very active participant and we can boast that Agoney sang for us before he became famous.”

As part of the event, they also collect toys for Adeje social services and non-perishable foods for the food bank. Ken commented, “We seek to help and support every resident both physically and spiritually in our small area in Adeje, and by doing so, we want to demonstrate how much God loves all of us”.

 

 

 

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You walked, you danced, you will save lives…

Over €35,000 raised on this year’s Walk for Life with over 5,000 people walking

A pink wave took over South Tenerife shortly after 10am this morning as over 5,000 people began to gather for the annual Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer. The 4 kilometre walk was from the Golden Mile in Arona to Plaza Salytien in Adeje and participants had performances and a flash-mob dance to keep them entertained as well as a steel drum band and bagpipes leading the way. The walk also has a new mascot, a Butterfly, who is still looking for a name, to be decided on after submissions online.

This year’s walk saw over €35,000 raised, and the money will be used for various cancer-related support and investigation projects. Among the 5.000+ walkers were the Foundation president Brigitte Gypen and various members of the the Arona and Adeje Town Halls, including both mayors, José Julián Mena (Arona) and, José Miguel R. Fraga (Adeje). Both mayors, in addressing the crowd before they set off, stressed the importance of having a fully functional oncology unit in the as-yet uncompleted public hospital for South Teneirfe. “My wish for next year’s walk is that we will finally have a public hospital here”, said the Arona mayor José Julian Mena. The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, took up the theme, “we continue to press for a quality public health service for everyone and are doing everything we can to make that a reality.”

José Julián Mena, also said it was a day to remember and celebrate those who couldn’t be here for many different reasons, and that it was a source of pride for him, “to be here in Arona today and see the south of Tenerife united as one, dressed in pink, the colour of awareness and sensitivity”. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga added that “for another year running the south of Tenerife have demonstrated their high level of solidarity with those most in need, today that is those with cancer, in particular those with breast cancer, and their families”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje honours Kurt Konrad Mayer

Kurt Konrad, one of the borough’s economic giants, is honoured in Adeje
The new Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer is in El Madroñal


Yesterday morning the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga unveiled the plaque on the Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer (previously the Avenida El Madroñal), in recognition of the work and years of investment given to Adeje by this Chilean businessman. Present at the event were his family and close friends.
The mayor said, “We are here to remember and recognise something important in our recent history, also something that reflects our change from an agricultural society to a top class tourism destination. Among those who contributed to that change was Kurt Konrad who, in life, was a man very committed to the development and completion of programmes in both infrastructures and the evolution of our society. He was a pioneer, a visionary as a businessman, but someone who never forgot the most important thing – people, his workers, who today have recognised his memorable contributions.”
Roberto Konrad, one of his sons and the director of Tenerfe Top Training, spoke of his father as “a man who never stopped working and who saw possibilities where others only saw problems. My father taught us a lot about work and effort and always said that our greatest wealth was the people who worked with us”.


Kurt Konrad Mayer
Kurt Konrad Mayer , a Chilean-born architect, arrived to Tenerife in the middle of the 20th century, and began an intensive period of professional activity as an architect, builder, developer and tourism promoter, initially with the RKF company, working on projects such as the Aparthotel Ponderosa, the Dollar nightclub and Titos pizzeria.
Konrad Mayer then began working on the construction and promotion of complexes such as Los Geranios, Las Carabelas, Panorama, Club Atlantis, Paraíso del Sur, Oasis Paraíso, Hotel Santiago, Hotel La Pinta, H.A. Altamira, H.A. Santa María, Puerto Colón and Club Náutico. He also was part of the creation of the German school, the ‘Colegio Alemán Alexander Von Humboldt’, which was recently renamed and is today the ‘Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje’, with financial and legal backing in the establishment of the school.
He was the one who pushed for the creation of a tourism promotion group that today has been integrated into the CIT Sur , president of the Rotary Club Tenerife, participated in the establishment of SPET, (for the external promotion of Tenerife), Turismo de Tenerife and was the founder of the Adeje volunteer fire brigade.
His involvement also extended to participation in the development of Golf Costa Adeje, the Los Olivos, Barranco de Torres, El Beril and La Caleta planning projects, and that of El Madroñal, very much part of the expansion of both Costa Adeje and the urbanisation of Adeje town.
During recent years, before his death in 2011, Kurt Konrad Mayer played a part in the creation of Tenerife Top Training, an infrastructure that today is recognised as one of the best sports complexes of its type in the world.

 

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Are you ready to Walk for Life?

 

At a press conference to announce details the mayors of Adeje and Arona also called for an oncology unit in the public hospital being built in South Tenerife

 

The Walk for Life is on December 16th this year and will probably see over 5,000 people taking part, according to the organisers and the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, who held a joint press conference this morning. Foundation president Brigitte Gypen was at the top table alongside singer and this year’s honorary walk Grand Marshall, Agoney, who said this “was very important for him. It’s not the first time I have taken part – in previous years I sang too”.

4,500 walkers turned out for last year’s event and raised over €20,000. This year walkers will gather at the ‘Golden Mile’ in Arona and walk four kilometres to Plaza Salytien. And there will be a lot of fun activities before and afterwards, with many local singers and groups on hand to entertain the participants.

During the press conference the mayor of Arona also took time to stress the need for “an oncology unit in South Tenerife which needs to be based in the public hospital”, a demand seconded by the mayor of Adeje who added the need to address the issue of mobility, “under the current system cancer patients had to be brought to the north for their treatments, so adding to the treatments and illnesses they had to face long journeys, often prolonged by traffic jams”. Mena added that the Walk for Life was a “day full of hope but awareness has to be something permanent. It’s not just about one day but about 365 days”.

Adeje mayor Rodríguez Fraga renewed the borough’s commitment to the Walk for Life, “which reflects the solidarity of the south with those, mostly women, who are suffering from this illness. The Walk for Life gives them visibility, helps, and also highlights the need for early detection and the gaps that still exist in the treatments available”:

Brigitte Gypen thanked all those who participate and the businesses and sponsors, those helping with printing, merchandising, transport, halls, etc. She had special mention for the volunteers who work all year round to make the walk what it is. She told press that with increasing awareness of environmental impacts, this year there would be no balloons, instead streamers and flags. There will also be a flash mob – and people are already practising using the videos online on the Walk for Life and council social networks.

Detailing the use of funds raised last year, Gypen said that money was spent on the BRA project, ensuring that every woman on the island who has undergone a mastectomy has access to a special bra, designed for her needs, an essential tool in aiding recovery. Another project that has benefited from funding is the development of liquid biopsies and in the oncological physiotherapy service. These, as well as the on-going activities that happen in the Pink Room, and the donations to cancer associations such as the AECC and AMATE. Funding is also used to assist in the Kilómetro Solidario Project which provides transport for oncology patients in South Tenerife.

 

A surprise visitor to the press conference was the new mascot for the Walk for Life, a butterfly – a mascot that is, as yet, unnamed – but the public will be asked to help find a name through social media. The press were also shown the new promotional video, with local Spanish and British journalists urging people to take part in the Walk for Life on December 16th. And if you want to contribute but can’t take part on December 16th you can always buy the 2019 Voices for Life calendar or other promotional items.

The mayors of both boroughs also outlined other ways in which they are working to assist residents who are suffering from cancer today, “even though it might not be officially our responsibility, that is no way to evade the issue…we will continue to invest but also continue to demand quality public health services particularly in the south”, said the Adeje mayor.

 

The mayor of Arona informed the press that they have given the AECC association a headquarters in a municipal installation and are developing aquatic activities for patients who need them. The council also recently announced the availability of free transport for those who need to travel to Santa Cruz/La Laguna for oncological treatments.

Adeje too contributes annually, with the Pink Room in the borough’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia and are working on a lymphedema prevention programme, offering therapy, transport and working with the AECC. Both mayors said they would be taking part on December 16th, “walking for life, reinforcing these action plans, because they meet the needs of our people, together”.
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Improving security in Adeje

Permanent co-ordination group of security bodies agreed

During the week Adeje, with the Government delegate Elena Máñez Rodriguez, hosted a meeting of the different security bodies. Also present were the general head of the Guardia Civil in the Canaries, Juan Miguel Arribas, and the Tenerife south national police commissioner, Eloy Román Rodríguez, as well as representatives of the local police in Adeje.

The session dealt with a number of on-going and current issues, and talked in detail about the need for co-ordination and better security in Adeje as the main challenges to be faced. There was also mention of the creation, in the future, of a service or an office dedicated to the needs of foreign visitors. The meeting heard that in recent months there had been a drop in crimes reported across the board, something welcomed by both the government delegate and the Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, “although we are never happy when any crime is committed”, he clarified. He added, “The better figures are a result of the work by the men and women of the security forces in the borough”. He also said that the work of the local and national police and the civil guard was to promote social harmony too among all residents and visitors, something vital for the good of the tourist industry. “No tourist chooses Adeje because we offer top security, but they won’t return if it is lacking”, he added.

Other matters discussed included the number of vacant homes and premises in tourist zones currently occupied by squatters, the intrusion caused by PRs on the streets, and the need for more police in both the national police and civil guard teams in Adeje and South Tenerife – the mayor said there was currently a need for at least 120 more agents to meet daily demands.

There was agreement across the board on the important issues, and on the use of co-ordination tools to improve the overall security in the region. The creation of a permanent co-ordinating body was approved by all with representation from all three of the operational security forces, to meet once a week. The mayor commented that “up to now the co-ordination that has existed has worked well, with good fluid communications between all the security forces, but we have decided to create this permanent body which will serve to improve security overall in terms of services and attention to the public”.

 

 

 

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Smart Data and new tourism

 

Smart Data was the central theme at the XIX International Tourism Forum this week, held in Benidorm, with the participation of a number Spanish mayors including Adeje’s Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga. Also present were mayors from Lloret de Mar, Salou, Torremolinos, Benidorm, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Calviá, and the Arona councillor for tourism.

The Adeje mayor highlighted what is now being called the fourth industrial revolution, in other words new technologies in communication and information which are affecting and changing the tourism sector. This was also in the context of Adeje’s recent awarding of top points for the Adeje, Intelligent Tourism Destination project at a national level.

The project sees the practical application of new technologies in improving the efficiency of tourism services, and services to residents, improving environmental care and generating an interchange of data to improve the borough in general for everyone. The project deals with everything from rubbish collection to parking, beach occupancy, and water in public showers, etc., in general “the efficiency of public services”, the mayor told the forum. “We are also committed to the reduction of contaminated emissions”, he added.

Following the public session the mayor and Adeje councillor for tourism Ermitas Moreira, took part in a meeting with the national alliance of ‘sun and beach’ boroughs. One of the current priorities of this group is to continue to press for different central funding from Madrid given the extra use of local resources when local populations double or treble with visiting tourists. “Tourists come to Costa Adeje, and to other destinations, in search of a quality time, to be well treated, and we have to be able to offer them top services, but we must be able to offer the same to our residents”. The mayor reminded the administration that the tourism boroughs were “sustaining the principal industry of the country”.

 

 

 

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