Giving something back!

Earlier this week the Irish community in Tenerife handed over a cheque for €1,285 to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan.  The money was raised during the annual Gala St Patrick’s dinner . Councillor for institutional relations Zebenzui Chinea Linares  said “this is more than a gesture, it is a symbol too of how our many cultures and communities live and work together in respect and mutual harmony.  The Irish community wanted to give something back to the Adeje community and the Asociación San Juan, a non-government group working with special needs individuals, were delighted to be the recipient”.

In the photo: Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, Noelle Corridan, Irish Community, Fidel Ortega and Ana Onieda,  Asociacion San Juan

Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s weekend

 

Photo: Phil Crean

 

As March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, approaches, Adeje is preparing to join in the celebrations as it has done in recent years. The Irish consul and the Adeje council are organising a number of events to mark this special day for the wider Irish community.

This Saturday, March 10th, there will be gala dinner in Golf Costa Adeje, and this year a portion of the ticket money will be going to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan. A visiting group of traditional Irish musicians will also be performing in the San Juan centre during the week. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact the Irish consulate
(C/Villalba Hervás 9, Office 2 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922.245.671).

This year, once again, the award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje will also be part of the global ‘greening’, a movement that has seen public buildings and spaces around the world turn green in celebration of this most international of national celebrations. The plaza will be lit up from 7.30pm on Friday March 16th until Sunday March 18th.

The official mass is on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day at 12 noon in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church (calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona) and will be in English.

The Adeje councillor for social harmony Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “Adeje is a multicultural borough, with people from over 120 countries living side by side, and we celebrate a host of different cultural events, such as Holi, the Hindu celebration of colours, the Chinese New Year, traditional Tibetan, Muslim, Orthodox and of course Canarian events. We really do believe that respect, cultural interchange and social harmony are the keys to eradicate potential tension and emphasise the things that unite us”.

 

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Walk, learn, enjoy…

 

 

Registration for a series of walk, organised by the Adeje council department of citizen participation, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, is now open to the public. The walks, under a social harmony umbrella, work to help participants get to know the worth of our local mountains and forests, the need to care for them, and the enjoyment gained for walking in groups and getting to know new people.

“We are working to create a fun leisure activity, and the routes we have chosen have some importance from an environmental point of view as well as encouraging social harmony between individuals and different groups” said the councillor.

The first walk, on March 3rd, which will take people into the Agua García wood, is now fully subscribed, but there are still places on the walk to Ifonche-Taucho on March 24th. Future walks will take you to different corners of Tenerife, La Gomera and possibly the Spanish peninsula. They will include trips to: Los Órganos de La Orotava, Costa del Sol – Caminito del Rey, Rambleta-Pico Viejo- Roques de García, Forestal Park, Kayak and walk, Teno, Chamorga-Roque Bermejo, and Los Silos.

The scheduled walks will be subject to cancellation if weather conditions are particularly bad, but alternative routes or days will be found. All the walks will have a cover charge to pay for group security and medical attention if required.

If you are interested in taking part you should fill in a registration form, available from the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the school of safety and social harmony), in Las Nieves, by email escuela@adeje.es, or by phone, 922 775109, from 1pm – 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 11 thousand visitors to the Adeje Youth Centre

 

 

The councillor for youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, published the figures for the municipal youth centre in 2017, noting over 11 thousand visits to the centre, “a clear indication that the borough’s young people see the place as their centre and somewhere they can use for services and activities”, he said.

Of the 11,000, 40% of the users were girls and young women, 60% were boys and young men, with the 14-16 year olds representing the largest age group using the centre.

There are a range of programmes and activities on offer, designed to engage and encourage the borough’s younger residents, from those that are directed at secondary school students and their studies to programmes for after-school hobbies –music, literature, cinema, games, gastronomy walks, excursions, and lots more.

There is a specific range of activities for the 12-15 year olds with workshops and chats designed to improve social harmony, educational opportunities and personal development.

Working within European initiatives the centre also offers a “Garantia Juvenil” which works with a programme aimed at easing access into the labour market offering young people courses and training to improve their employment opportunities when they have finished formal schooling or are currently unemployed.

In parallel, the Adeje department of youth works with private entities offering a series of activities such as, in 2017, a robotics workshop, bodyboarding, youth exchanges, etc.

 

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Students, gender and stereo-typing

 

The Adeje councillors for equality and youth, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and Zebenzui Chinea Linares, organised an event yesterday (Thursday) for over 400 3rd and 4th year secondary school students from the borough, as part of events leading up to International Day Against Violence Against Women on November 25th. This was a video-forum where the students had the opportunity to debate relevant concepts already discussed in class, resolve doubts and suggest ways in which things could be improved in the area of gender equality.

Using audio-visual supports in the Adeje cultural centre, the students were able to explore issues of gender violence in its many forms and how to identify it and deal with it. They also discussed myths and stereotypes associated with gender violence and gender identification as well as romantic relationships.

 

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What to do in an emergency?

 

Adeje is inviting members of the public to suggest additional measures in emergency planning

The Adeje council and the Cruz Roja are organising a series of days to elaborate a programme to deal with security, emergencies and catastrophes, and they are inviting members of the public to add to the plan. The final date for suggestions is December 15th and people are invited to send their proposals to escuela@adeje.es. The final version of the plan will be discussed during March 2018.

According to councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “we want to make sure these working days have a participative element, to encourage and include ideas from local residents”.

The programme has three pillars already established. In the first place the response of the co-ordinated emergency team is in place, dealing with emergencies at local, national or international levels where relevant, with a panel of experienced personnel. The second point refers to analysis of the situation and the development of technologies in the field of emergency response and the third pillar examines the strengths and weaknesses of both public and private safety bodies and measures.

From these bases the programme is being developed and expanded and the councillor is making a special appeal to experts in the sector to help in the development and deployment of the plan to allow it meet properly the needs of any real emergency.

The ideas sent will be evaluated by the technical team responsible, and during January and February the final programme proposals will be evaluated.

 

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Citizen participation workshops

 

Adeje’s Muslim community offer social harmony events

Adeje’s Muslim community, through the offices of the Canarian Islamic Federation and with the collaboration of the Adeje council and other bodies, are organising a series of social harmony events in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, who is in charge of the borough’s school for security and social harmony, announced details of these “days for the promotion of citizen participation”. He commented that “the school of security and social harmony is a training centre and a meeting place where we work to encourage active citizen participation through forums and debates, all designed to enrich peaceful co-existence and a fruitful exchange of ideas, contributing to the better evolution of our local society”.

The working days will be presented by expert psychologist Abdelkader Masfene, who will deal with issues under a number of themes, such as educational values, emotional challenges to social harmony, and respect and discipline. His presentations will be on November 8th, 9th and 10th at 5.30pm in the security school centre in Los Olivos.

There will be a round table discussion on citizen participation on Friday November 10th, with María Victoria Contreras Ortega, Eva Luz Cabrera García, Abdelkadre Masfene and Housein El Ouriachi, and the moderator will be Sergio Pau Hernández.

In parallel and from November 8th to 12th, a number of mosques in El Fraile, Los Cristianos, Vecindario and Maspalomas will be hosting workshops on education, co-existence, respect and citizenship.
 

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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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Autumn courses in Adeje

 

The Adeje School of Security and Social Harmony, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has just published information on a number of Autumn courses open to the public. Courses start at the end of October.

Those wishing for a pool lifeguard qualification can take part in a course running from October 23rd to 27th, with a swimming test to prove competence on October 19th. There is also a course on use of a defibrillator (November 24th) , and training in self-defence (November 14th 16th). There are also courses on offer on basic auxiliary care.

More information on courses and registration on www.adeje.es/escuelaseguridad.

 

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Waiting for the La Caleta wave

 

The bodyboarding championships is taking place this weekend

Tomorrow, September 9th, the El Cabezo La Caleta de Adeje bodyboarding championships are taking place. The competition is part of the Canarian circuit and seen as one of the most important dates in the sport’s calendar.

This week Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares and the Canarian Surf Federation (FCS) president Ángel Lobo Rodrigo, spoke to press about the event, explaining that the four separate competitions taking place on the day are all wave and weather dependent. The categories are the Open Bodyboard, Bodyboard under 18, Dropknee Open and Bodyboard Local Open. All participants must be registered with the federation and the competition will be designed to accommodate the numbers registered to compete and the sea conditions.

The El Coqueluche association are the local event organisers with a number of money prizes on offer, as well as sporting grants. Bodyboarders should have ideal conditions tomorrow, with La Caleta considered one of the best spots for waves coming from both directions, offering perfect clean tubes for top class manoeuvres on the boards.

Ángel Lobo Rodrigo said the organsiers would be doing a 7.30am check and the competition is open from 8am until 8pm. According to Lobo Rodríguez “the La Caleta wave is very special, mythical. It is produced, above all during the summer months, with the waves of the force of the south, waves formed between South Africa and Argentina which travel up the coast of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Cabo Verde until they reach the southern part of the Canarian archipelago, and La Caleta, bringing us some of the best waves in Europe” for this kind of sport.

Even if you are not taking part this is also an excellent spectator sport and a chance to relax in one of Adeje’s excellent coastal spots.
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