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Formentera to host discussion of children, health and sport

Foto Xavi CanellasFrom 9.00am on Saturday, April 28, Xavier Cañellas will lead an informational session and training programme focussed on children, health and fitness in the local cinema (Sala de Cultura).

Cañellas, a psychoneuroimmunologist, speaker and instructor whose experience spans numerous master's and courses, is also the co-author of the book “Nens sans, adults sans”.

In modern society we are often unaware of the broad changes we have made to our habits and surrounding environment. Unhealthy eating habits, long hours at work and lack of physical exercise are just some of the factors that make for an artificial environment which can wreak havoc on our health. The resulting list of ailments, allergies, intolerances and mental disorders is a long one.

During the Saturday session, Cañellas, who encourages actively engaging in our processes of healing, will guide us in our attempt to uncover the root causes of these ailments, rather than simply attacking their symtoms. He stresses changes in nutrition and lifestyle as measures to restore health, solve emotional conflicts and improve our quality of life. The following subjects will be discussed: Fact and fiction about food; Intestinal microbiotics; Fitness—a need, though not an obligation; and Children, health and sport.

Formentera welcomes island's new police chief

foto policia constitucioCiF president Jaume Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, secretary of the presidential cabinet, welcomed the man who will lead the island's local police force from today.

Félix Ramos fills a position left vacant on December 31 by Joan Mayans, the force's former chief, when he took on an administrative charge. In recent months the position has been covered by second-in-command Pep Yern.

President Ferrer praised Mr Yern's work on the force and wished his replacement the best of luck as commander of the local police. “We want local law enforcement to have the structure they need to be able to provide effective service to islanders and Formentera's summertime visitors”, he said. Ferrer also noted that registration is currently open for individuals interested in applying to fill any of the force's six available spaces.

Mr Ramos joins the Formentera local police after 26 years on the force in Sant Antoni de Portmany, where he occupied a senior post from 2008. One of his tasks will be to implement a new, bilateral command structure, which he described as “a personal challenge”.  After his years in public safety, Ramos says he felt drawn to the prospect of professional growth and the task of developing a better service together with the existing force.

The new headquarters of the local police department is described as a “specialised centre for management and organisation”. Authority within the structure will be split, a setup which is intended to strengthen overall directive functioning. Police chief Ramos will oversee these operations and coordinate the heads of different branches of the force.

Council partners with island tennis club

Foto conveni tennisPresident Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Jorge Jiménez, chair of the island's local tennis club, to make official a new partnership between the two entities. As part of the deal the Council pledges ten thousand euros in support for Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera in 2018.

The Council will let the club use municipal tennis and paddle tennis courts and put it on the hook for maintenance operations.

President Ferrer highlighted the island's “firm commitment” to tennis and paddle tennis. “That we're here today extending that engagement, as we have since 2013, is further proof”, he said.

Mr Jiménez welcomed the Council's support wholeheartedly, saying it allowed the club a certain degree of “peace of mind”. “Knowing we can count on this help on an annual basis makes moving forward that much easier”, he confided. The club offers training to 50 players, young and old.

Consell and Ràdio Illa extend partnership

rsz foto equip de radio illaConsell de Formentera president Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Álvaro Raúl Méndoza, chairman of the island's cultural and audiovisual association (ACAF), to renew a pledge to work together producing content for the local public radio station, Ràdio Illa.

President Ferrer, saying he was “thrilled to once again renew our shared commitment”, explained that the €50,000 in assistance the Consell will give ACAF in 2018 will be for content production. According to the administration's chief, the task at hand for ACAF is about “both quality and quantity”. He highlighted the station's many years of service and the wealth of praise received during that time. So far this year those qualities have already earned Ràdio Illa two honours—recognition from Onda Cero Eivissa for excellence in communication and the 2018 Premi d'Honor for the station's work at the local level.

The ACAF chairman offered the Consell special thanks for its support, but extended those sentiments to listeners as well, and to the personnel who make the service possible. To hear Méndoza tell it, Ràdio Illa has earned its place as local listeners' go-to radio station, but the work isn't finished. “If we want to keep that trust”, he confided, “we've got to continue keeping islanders in the know”.

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