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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The Indian government to donate Gandhi statue to Adeje

 


 

 

 

 

The Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, met with Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and visited the Peace Park where the statue will be located.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, hosted a visit from the Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, in the Town Hall. Also present were a number of local representatives of the large Hindu community who live in Adeje and other parts of south Tenerife.
Ambassador Varma, who made particular reference to the work Adeje has and continues to do to assist the integration of the Hindu community and all those who come to live here, announced that the Indian government would be donating a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi to the borough. “For us it is an immense honour that one of our most important icons, a man who was a standard bearer for human values and the fight for peace, will have a place in Adeje”, said the Ambassador, adding that all that was left was to confirm technical details for the transport of the statue to the island.

Rodríguez Fraga invited the Ambassador to visit the site where the Peace Park is to be located, in El Madroñal, and where the statue will stand. For the mayor, it was “a great honour to host this visit of the Ambassador”, adding that the local Hindu community were marked by their levels of participation and integration in all of the social and cultural life of the borough, “and they have helped us promote our objective of creating a town where social harmony, peace and co-existence are the pillars of our identity”. Adeje is home to over 700 people of Indian birth, with over 3,000 Indians living in South Tenerife, and, said the mayor, “they take part in activities to do with their own culture as well as becoming a part of our local culture”.


The Ambassador signed the official visitors’ book and also expressed his sadness at the attacks in Catalonia during the week, also signing the book of condolences outside the Town Hall. He said he was speaking on behalf of the Indian government in passing on those condolences.

Present at the official reception were members of different Hindu associations, Adeje councillors for the presidency, institutional relations, and patrimony, Carmen Rosa González, Zebenzui Chinea and Desiderio Afonso. During the welcome the mayor and the Ambassador exchanged gifts and afterwards visited emblematic parts of the town.


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Adeje’s got talent!

 


Aarón Germán Martín Durán, Manuel Gregorio (Bachillerato IES Adeje), Ling Li li, María Magdalena Rodríguez Linares (ESO IES Adeje), Oliver Ferrin Günther, Cristian Bettin y Raya Koleva Zdravkova (ESO IES El Galeón), have all been given a “Jóvenes con Talento” (Youth Talent) award for their excellent grades during the 2016-2017 academic year. Each student received €500 as well a plaque recognising their achievement.

These awards are part of an initiative recognising the effort and work of the students in different second level disciplines in Adeje’s public education centres, and the seven winners are fine examples of the kind of young people the borough are helping. During the meeting with the award winners, Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares encouraged all of the students to continue their top class work and studies. In the majority of cases the awards were received for studies in the science and biology sectors.

“With these awards we are working to encourage all our students in their class work. The initiative has been very well received and will be something we plan to continue with in the coming years”, said councillor Chinea Linares.

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Car theft counter-measures

 

The Adeje School of security and social harmony, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, recently hosted a course for police and other local and national security forces on the latest gang methodology in robbery and sale of cars. 36 people took part and the course was given by members of the Interdocpol organisation.

Interdocpol is an international non-profit organisation, based in different countries and its headquarters in Spain. The organisation consists of partners from different countries and its members are members of the security forces, members of the judiciary, experts and people related to vehicle traffic and documentary and expedition staff with a legitimate interest in combating crime. The objective of the organisation is offering training and information on the current and on-going smuggling of vehicles and forgery through training courses (classroom or online), and exchange of information among its associated members.

Three members of the Interdocpol from Catalonia were in Adeje to direct the course and the high level of participation was indicative of the interest shown by the different security bodies in the information on offer and the quality of the training this organisation offers. As well as agents from Adeje, members of security bodies from Arona, Vizcaya, San Miguel, Granadilla, Guía de Isora, Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Granollers and Santa Cruz de Tenerife were present.

​Growing with diversity


The Adeje council, in partnership with the Aldeas Infantiles SOS España children’s organisation, are spearheading an interesting campaign which has already seen the borough’s younger residents talk and share their belief on what is important in their lives, their borough and how they and their families can be happy and live well.

“What we are hoping for from this initiative is a partnership to build a future fuelled by hope for the children of Adeje, as they are the future”, says the social harmony councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares. “In recent months the young people here have been bringing us their ideas and suggestions, through school meetings, and we are hoping to organsie a larger event for and about children in Adeje”, he added.

The first phase of the project saw the team visiting the borough’s schools to listen to the children and now they will have feedback from some adults also involved in the project to see how best to proceed and realise many of their ideas.

To develop this phase there will be a series of meetings and the creation of a club in the next school year to allow students meet and exchange ideas for Adeje is being mooted, encouraging them to talk and listen to each other and tease out their suggestions.

The organisers say that it’s important to seek out the children’s talents and reinforce them. Ideas already received include “allowing pets in school, learning how to play, meditation workshops, interactive classes, diversification in after school activities, free WiFi for students, more books in the school libraries, more excursions, celebrate International Day of Families by bringing a family member to school, etc”.

Concentrating on increasing social harmony, students would also have to learn to generate space and time for the exchange of ideas and experiences, create spaces where new friendships can be formed, teach each other new languages, introduce more workshops on recycling and our relationship with nature, and learn to resolve problems through dialogue and help others who are having a bad time.

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Fañabe students on message!

 

The students from 6th class in Fañabe primary school recently completed a month-long course in radio organised by the Adeje council. During the course they learnt about how this medium of communication works, how to understand the messages transmitted and how to create, write and record messages for radio. The students also had a practical day visiting the Radio Sur 107.9FM studios in the Adeje cultural centre and the press centre.

The initiative was jointly run by the departments of communication and education under councillors Zebenzui Chinea Linares and Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, who agreed on the “need to improve the community skills of the students at this stage in their education and before they enter secondary school”, adding that the students were learning about the importance of constructing and designing a message for communication.

The course was run in two sections; theoretic and practical, with the students, on the final day, preparing a series of radio announcements and publicity spots and recording them in the radio station. During the course the importance of reading as a tool in improving word use and adaption was also emphasised. They also examined how news stories and adverts for radio are constructed.

The 26 students who took part in the course, and the professors from the Fañabe school, were extremely pleased with the results of what was, in essence, a pilot project, with all seeing benefits from the experience. The councillors said “with this course the council is continuing to allow students experience work practises and allow them see the workings of the local administration too”.

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Safely to school!

 

The department of resident participation in Adeje, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has proposed the borough’s education centres come together to work on a strategy to promote a ‘Camino Escolar Seguro’, a safe way to get to school. The project will work to improve safety for students as they travel to school from home.

The first phase of the project will see parents asked to take part in a poll/fill in a questionnaire so that planners will be able to analyse the different ways students are travelling to school from home – car, bus, on foot, etc – and thus be able to see where they need to plan or make changes. The second phase will see a number of plans activated that should make everyone aware of the need to improve student safety and seek their participation in doing so.

“On a daily basis we are seeing traffic jams and tailbacks near schools at certain times of the day, which in turn affects people on their way to work. With the new plan we are hope to improve that situation, decrease traffic congestion and guarantee better student safety”, commented the councillor.

The plan was presented to the heads of the various public schools in the borough at last week’s meeting with the council. Eduardo Polo, the provincial head of the Traffic Department was also present, as his department will be taking part in the evolution of the plan.

 

Life post-Brexit!

Brexit: “Stick to the facts and you’ll know what’s going on”

Up to 100 Britons attended an information seminar organised by Blevins Franks at the Adeje Cultural Centre this week, invited by the Adeje international residents group Focus, with the support of the council. They heard from the financial advice company that in their professional opinion that it was in the interests of the Spanish government to make sure that British residents in Spain were looked after, and that good working relations with the British government continued to flourish.

Adeje councillor for institutional relations and youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Lineras, welcomed the attendees and said that Adeje was very aware of its commitment to all residents of the over 120 countries living in the borough. He said they would be interested in all the suggestions and ideas that came out of the conference and hoped the questions many people had would be addressed.

“Rajoy and Theresa May are thick as thieves”, Wayne Sheridan told the conference, saying that Theresa May was on the plane to Spain to speak to Rajoy within 24 hours of his confirmation as leader of the country following the most recent election here. “Rajoy has too much to lose”, Sheridan said, pointing to the €30 billion that he would forfeit, “if he gets it wrong”. He said that personally he hadn’t been a fan of Brexit but that to date Theresa May hadn’t put a foot wrong in her negotiations with the EU and he firmly believed that both the rights of EU citizens in Britain and those of British residents here in Spain were not under threat.

Paul Montague, the other speaker from Blevins Franks, dealt with the exchange of information between governments regarding taxes, and the need for full declaration of assets in both countries. He also stressed the huge importance of legitimising your situation here, something that echoed the earlier contribution of Clio O’Flynn, who spoke about the importance of registering on the ‘Padrón’, and the multitude of benefits for the resident as well as local government.