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Bins and urban areas cleaned and disinfected

foto 2020 neteja 1In recent days the Consell de Formentera cleaning brigade has led an emergency plan to thoroughly clean and disinfect rubbish containers in towns and high traffic spots like parks, pharmacy entrances, banks, benches and other street furniture. Furthermore, the Formentera Department of Environment reminds islanders that refuse must be disposed of in the appropriate bin (unwanted items can also be taken to the Deixalleria [household waste recycling centre]). The Deixalleria is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.30pm and Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

27 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera salutes essential service workers of island

foto 2020 Diada 3In official celebrations today for the Diada de Formentera (Formentera Day), the island honoured the efforts of workers who assured essential services during the state of emergency. The celebration, which historically sees the distribution of Medalla d’Or (Gold Medal) and Sant Jaume awards, was specially adapted for this most unique of years in light of the crisis stemming from covid-19.

The gathering took shape at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució under the watch of Andreu Ferrer, who gave an overview of events since the start of the coronavirus crisis. A short video reminded the audience of confinement, a time when nearly all Formentera stayed home.

In an address to the crowd, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer applauded the work of the island’s essential workers. “Today we pay public, official tribute to those who didn’t give up the fight — whether because they couldn’t, or simply because they chose not to. We pay tribute to those who kept us healthy and safe. Those who are still, lest we forget, fighting the fight against covid-19 each passing day”, said the President.

Ferrer underscored the sense of responsibility displayed by islanders, and pleaded with them to keep it up: “We can’t let our guard down. We mustn’t live in fear, but we’ve got to be respectful and responsible: the wellbeing of the individual bears upon the wellbeing of the collective”.

“This crisis has forced us to appreciate what we have, and it’s brought into focus our strengths. But let’s be honest, it also shed light on our blindspots and failings, revealed our increasingly fragile social harmony and laid bare the importance of diversification if we want stability and opportunities for all”. She pledged continued efforts from within government to reduce the toll of successive public health and economic crises on Formentera residents, and promised the Consell’s assistance to all those affected.

“This summer is going to be difficult and for many families winter might be even worse”, Ferrer conceded, “But we’re convinced that islanders will once again show their penchant for organisation and teamwork. That each one of us will continue doing their part for an island and a society that we believe in, where sustainability is key. A richer island, and one with more opportunities. An example of economic growth and universal protection for people. An example of an island where people watch out for each other and no one is left behind”.

Minute of silence
After speaking the President led a moment of silence in memory of all the victims claimed by the pandemic. Pianist and composer José Jaime Hidalgo led the celebration’s crowning moment, performing three pieces that evoked the purifying elements of wind, water and fire: Isaac Albéniz’s Granada, Ariel Ramírez’s Alfonsina y el mar and Manuel de Falla’s Danza Ritual.

Also in attendance were Balearic premiere Francina Armengol, presidential minister Pilar Costa, Formentera consellers and other figures of authority, not to mention representatives of essential service workers who were active during the pandemic. Public health standards required the event be kept to a limited capacity. The ceremony was broadcast live on the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel and is available here.

24 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

With abstract pieces, Moni Formentera makes début at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 moni formenteraFrom tomorrow, Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ welcomes Renéixer, a display of abstract pieces crafted by artist Moni Formentera by means of “pouring” — a method where acrylics are mixed in a particular medium to produce a liquid paint. With the technique, colours create shapes and flow in manners based on how they are poured and how the tableaux are handled.

The exhibition is the artist’s first at Centre ‘Gabrielet’. Self-taught, Moni Formentera holds accreditation as a local artisan and has worked with a variety of methods in recent years. She has also collaborated at the Centre de Dia and local primary schools.

The exhibition will run from 25 July to 3 August and is open from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

24 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Guidance for Escola d’Estiu counsellors

foto Assessorament Escola EstiuThe Formentera youth office reports it is offering an advisory service to workers at the Escola d’Estiu summer camp programme.

The service aims to promote teamwork strategies and offer counsellors tools to identify their emotions and camp participants’ as well as improve communication with participants and their families. Expertise in both areas has taken on added significance in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

“Professional support is a key part of helping Escola d’Estiu staff and directors tackle the challenge they face in 2020”, said youth consellera Vanessa Parellada, “not to mention guidance so they can work through doubts stemming from the current situation”.

“Children get their first idea of what to expect in school from Escola d’Estiu counsellors”, Parellada continued, “so these workers need support dealing with the anxiety that current unusual circumstances can trigger. It is crucial that counsellors’ interactions with children be rooted in cool-headedness and naturalness”.

The service is offered by CEPCA director Belén Alvite. Two face-to-face sessions have already taken place, with more to follow, including an online option, in the weeks ahead.

24 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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