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Minute of silence to condemn gender violence

Minut silenci dona CalviàThe Formentera Council took heed of the Govern Balear's call for a minute of silence to condemn the death of a woman in Calvià. Evidence available at present indicates the woman was killed by her partner, making her death the first of 2016 in the Balearic Islands to be caused by domestic violence.

The Council had extended a call to the entire population of Formentera, urging anyone who could to convene at the Sant Francesc town square at 12 noon. In a show of solidarity before the apparent act of gender violence were President Jaume Ferrer as well as workers and the other councillors of the local administration.

La Mola seniors' club to oversee activities at Casa del Poble

Signatura conveni la MolaThe Formentera Council and the seniors' club of la Mola (Associació de Majors del Pilar de la Mola) will form a partnership to oversee programming at la Casa del Poble, the town's social centre. According to the terms of the agreement, signed earlier today by CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Associació president Jaume Escandell, the Council will grant the seniors' club use of the centre for the planning of cultural and social events. The club will also receive a yearly sum of €6,000 to cover a portion of the cultural centre's operating costs.

Until now the seniors' club has been in charge of a part of la Casa del Poble programming, but under the new partnership agreement, the Associació de Majors will oversee all of the activities at the centre except the computer lab and office space the Council uses to manage island initiatives. According to Ferrer, the new partnership is a direct response to requests made by residents of the area. Escandell expressed his gratitude for what he sees as a vote of confidence from the Council and promised the local social centre will soon see more programming, not just for la Mola residents, but for the island at large. Councillor of social services Vanessa Parellada was also present at the signing. She stressed that strong local associations like the Associació de Majors are an important to the island and crucial to ensuring a vibrant local community in la Mola.

Dates set for Formentera's 'Flower' fests

Flower Power 2015 premsaThe festivities department of the Formentera Council unveiled details today behind this summer's round of open-air, sixties- and seventies-themed dance parties known as “Flowers”. After the Saturday, June 18 kick-off in la Mola, the party picks up again on July 9 in Es Pujols and concludes with one of the series' most eagerly-awaited: the Flower accompanying Sant Francesc's Festes de Sant Jaume, on Saturday, July 23.

Pupils of island learn value of aid

Conferencia Solidaritat premsaEarlier today, the 515 pupils of Formentera’s three primary schools all attended a talk entitled Aid and solidarity in the Third World by Javier Colomo, president of the NGO Amigos Solidarios. The talk was given three times at the Sant Francesc cinema. Councillor of sport Jordi Vidal explained, «the children were able to get an in-depth look at what aid and solidarity are all about, and learn how they can get involved and help out the less fortunate».

Tomorrow’s talk open to all audiences

Tomorrow, Friday 22 January, the same conference will be given to students of the IES Marc Ferrer secondary school. Later on, another version of the same talk – this time open to the public – is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Casal d’Entitats. The CiF office of sports has organised the Solidarity and aid conference as part of Esport és més (Sport is more), a campaign to promote the positive values of sport sponsored by the Council and Govern Balear. The goal of the initiative is to «encourage participation in sports as a way for young people to stay healthy, develop character and grow socially».

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