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”Out of Plastic” hits Formentera

cartel-outofplastic1At 6.00pm this Monday, November 26, La Casa del Poble in La Mola will screen the documentary Out of Plastic.

The documentary explores the wide-ranging impact of plastics in the Mediterranean.

Shot in the Balearics, the film is a vehicle for reflection on the preponderance of plastics in our everyday lives and natural environment. Visually stunning, Out of Plastic shows spectacular landscapes and the mystic depths of the ocean —the meeting point of man and nature— and seeks to show how our excessive reliance on single-use plastics has tipped the scales against nature and, ultimately, our own kind.

The winning conceit of the documentary is to let nature speak for itself, elegantly marshalling timeless and arresting landscape shots, panoramic vistas and images of marine life. 

Formentera takes signature gastronomy on road to Netherlands

foto-gastro-2018-3The Formentera Council bureau of tourism reports that today through Sunday, visitors dropping in at Flavourites, a travel expo in Amsterdam, won't just get an eyeful of Formentera—they'll get its gastronomy, too.

CiF tourism secretary Alejandra Ferrer described the trade fair—“an opportunity to meet end users face to face in the street”, she said—as mainly about new experiences, and particularly those of the gastronomical variety. “The Netherlands are a growing market for the island”, pointed out Ferrer. In the last twelve months connections with Eivissa are up 2.4% and tourism officials cite upticks in recent years in the number of Dutch tourists opting to spend their holidays on Formentera.

Formentera's stand is decked out in photos of the sea and nature scenes, and Dutch-language promotional material features everything from general interest information to the island's catalogue of hometown gastronomy. A four-piece set of posters has also been teed up for the occasion so visitors can put up shots of Formentera around the house.

The goal, says Ferrer, is to reach thousands and spread the word about Formentera among travellers keen on nature, gastronomy and once in a lifetime experiences.

Formentera has also brought in BALTRUS Communication for promotional assistance at Flavourites, where the company's representatives will be able to give first-hand information about the island in Dutch.

Formentera unveils 2018 participatory spending

foto pressupostos participatius 018 1The Formentera Council held a town hall-style gathering Wednesday evening for the presentation and review of participatory budgeting for 2018.

Chaired by two CiF secretaries—Sònia Cardona, of citizen participation, and Rafael González, of the infrastructure and mobility departments— the session got started with a progress report on participatory budgeting projects from last year.

Of the 2017 initiatives, the planned children's park in Sant Ferran is on track for completion in summer of next year, while plans to equip the town with a fitness circuit are facing delays due to multiple land transfers required to move forward. Work will continue on both projects, which will be rolled over into the 2019 budget.

The ensuing presentation featured a round-up of the 26 initiatives from last spring, most of which fell into the categories of sport (30%), youth and social services (30%) and environment (21%).

The various projects, brought last year by roughly a dozen local groups, included road improvements in Es Caló and on the stretch of road connecting Sant Ferran and Es Pujols; a skate park in Sant Francesc; water fountains in public schools; a climbing wall in the Marc Ferrer high school's sports structure; a children's park in La Mola; wastebins equipped for recycling; crosswalks with enhanced safety features; and a unification —by installing metal gates to block vehicle traffic—of the distinct buildings of Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school.

Projects considered viable (approximately half of all those presented) will be passed along to the Consell d'Entitats, or Council of Entities, for review and ranking. Member groups have until December 10 to vote on projects and decide which make the final cut.

Poliesportiu hosts 'family fitness day'

foto-sincro1As part of local observance of Universal Children's Day, the sports department of the Formentera Council announces on that Saturday November 24 the Antoni Blanc sports centre and swimming pool is hosting the Jornada Esportiva Familiar, a special day of activities for the whole family.

“It's a day to get the island's youngest excited about active living”, said CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal. “We want islanders to see that sport can be a family activity,” he said, “and young islanders to see their parents as role models for just that”.

Swimming pool programming
From 10.00am to 1.30pm, there will be a special “aquatic circuit for kids”, plus chances for families to try scuba-diving (participants must sign up beforehand, and be 8 or older and accompanied by an adult).

From 12.30pm to 1.15pm, visitors will get to watch the winter 2018 third-place junior Balearic champions, a duet, perform a demonstration of artistic swimming.

Sports centre programming
From 10.00am to 1.30pm, the floor of Antoni Blanc fitness facility will be the site of a “psychomotricity circuit for tots”. Additional sports games and a round of dodgeball are on the programme as well.

Artistic swimming demo
At 5.30pm there will be a demonstration by Club Natació Formentera in the Antoni Blanc swimming pool.

Formentera poised to take reigns on equality, action against gender violence and LGTBI policy

foto consell premsaFrom January 1, 2019 the social welfare department of the Formentera Council will assume responsibility for matters related to equality, gender violence and LGTBI policy.

For months the department has nurtured cooperation with the Balearic first minister's office to see the hand-off of authority in functions and services is properly funded. Those same negotiations are now singled out as having been crucial to the €125,844.55 in appropriations that Formentera is set to receive from Palma (the figure used to be €20,000).

Social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada pointed out that an existing agreement meant the financial burden of victim care and violence prevention were split two ways—“though, to do the right thing, the Council has historically made up the difference when funds came up short”. Parellada heralded the new era of Council control in the three spheres, saying it would create the possibility of “more community-oriented action and fairer funding”.

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