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Formentera condemns attack on Kabul

Minut silenci kabulAt 12 noon today, before the entrance of the Casa Consistorial, Council officials observed one minute of silence in memory of last Friday’s attack on the Spanish embassy in Kabul, which left two police officers dead. Local police, employees of the Council and a handful of island residents all came together to express their condemnation of the suicide bombing. Flags flew at half mast as a show of collective condolence.

'100% renewable'—new documentary on Eivissa and Formentera to hit cinema next Tuesday

renovablesA documentary called Ibiza y Formentera 100% renovables (or, rendered in English, “Eivissa and Formentera, 100% renewable”) will be screened at the local cinema on Tuesday December 15 at 8.00pm. Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera thanked Miguel Ángel Villagrasa, Ulises Petinto and Fani Alonso, who are not only the founders of the nonprofit Camarógrafos por el cambio (“Photographers for change”—TN), but also the film's creators, for bringing it to the island.

Ensuing discussion

The Formentera Council is contributing €800 to a production whose creators want audiences to ask the following question: “Is it possible to make Eivissa and Formentera 100% renewable?” After the screening participants of a roundtable discussion— including CiF environment secretary Daisee Aguilera, Fons de Preservació d'Eivissa's Sandra Benbeniste, Amics de la Terra's Jordi Salewski and members of the audience—will attempt an answer.

 

First conference organised around promoting positive values in sport

valors esports premsaLearning communication skills to transmit values is the name of the conference to set take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. under the guidance psychologists Paco Pérez and Pere Serra in the culture department's hall of ceremonies. It is the very first in a series of talks grouped together under the banner Esport és més (Sport is more), an initiative to promote the values inherent in sport. The initiative is being promoted by the CiF's office of sport and between the Council and the Govern Balear will receive 15,000€ in public funding, explained Councillor Jordi Vidal.

From now until June, Formentera-based sports specialists will give conferences on topics tailored to suit different local audiences.

The conferences – intended for all audiences – will be held in the department of culture's hall of ceremonies (la sala d'Actes). Two other talks are also on tomorrow's line-up: Conflict resolution resources for sports professionals by Carlos Murillo and Michael Romero and Solidarity with the Third World by Javier Colomo. Finally, a third event – a seminar entitled Working with values in sport, from start to finish – will round out the agenda for the first round of talks.

Another three talks will be given at Formentera schools. The first – another by Javier Colomo – is titled Helping the Third World through sport. The second is called Sacrifice, the top brass and motivation, the Olympic dream and will be given by Asier Fernández and Mateo Sanz. The last of the three talks, led by Indra Roig, is titled Oral and dental hygiene and why they're important in sport.

On-going encounters will be held on a monthly basis in an effort to provide counsel and resources to sports clubs and team trainers, monitors, directors and athletes themselves. Some of the topics include Coaching and social acceptance at the team and individual level and Conflict resolution resources for sports professionals. These talks will be led by Pere Serra and Michael Romero.

Furthermore, conference organisers will distribute informational material in the form of brochures and bookmarks to students and other attendants and use footage from the events to create a promotional video. The goal, underscored Vidal, is to promote the values like teamwork, respect and effort that are essential in sport. «The same thing that makes Formentera so unique also makes strong values – like those that underpin sport – crucial to the healthy development of each one of us», said the councillor.

Awards for island’s first sport photography competition

Guanyadors concurs foto premsaEarlier today, Jordi Vidal, department head of the Formentera Council’s office of sport, handed out cheques to winners of the island’s first sport photography competition, el Concurs de Fotografia Esportiva. First prize was snagged by José Antonio Arribas, second by Kevin Cabezuelo and third, Beni Marull. The three Formentera natives walked away with awards in the amount of 300, 200 and 100 euros respectively.

A total of 26 submissions from ten participants were received for this first year of the contest. The prints currently adorn the hallways of the Antoni Blanc fitness centre. Councillor Vidal highlighted the broad range of sports represented – entries included everything from motocross to water sports – and encouraged local photographers to «start thinking about next year’s contest».

The jury for the event was composed of painter Robert P. Hawkins; photographer Juan Pica; Obra Cultural Balear rep Marià Castelló; Carmelo Convalia, reporter for local newspaper Diario de Ibiza and Councillor Vidal. The group met last Wednesday, 2 December, to deliberate and choose the winners. The winning photos will be kept on permanent display at the fitness centre. Councillor Vidal also thanked JJ Fotògrafs for contributing six prints used in the decoration for the event.

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