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Drawing to determine polling station attendants for 1 November

ple-16-octubre1A special full-house assembly was called today to determine the list of individuals who will assist voters as they cast their ballots in the general elections scheduled for 10 November 2019.

In a process conducted with the help of a computer application, 81 residents of Formentera were flagged as candidates for the island’s nine voting stations, where each “electoral table” must have a chairperson, two spokespeople and two alternates listed. There will be five stations at CP Mestre Lluís Andreu in Sant Francesc, three at CP Sant Ferran and one at La Mola’s primary school. A total of 7,568 islanders will have a chance to cast their ballots in the election: 7,283 are included on the Spanish registry of voters living in Spain (CER) and the other 285 are on the Spanish registry of overseas voters (CERA).

The day’s assembly also came with the announcement that Sa Unió councillor Anna Negre will step down from her position as councillor.

16 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to back educational push for road safety

The offices of the interior and mobility of the Consell de Formentera report that this winter they will steer a campaign to encourage freight drivers, tourists and islanders at large to respect rules of the road and highway safety. Interior chief Josep Marí placed serious accidents on local roads at the centre of the decision—an effort he described as seeking to “stem further mishaps and improve safety on our roads”.

The plan’s architects say the idea is simple: that motorists should respect movement and traffic regulations like speed limits when they get behind the wheel. Another aim is to boost compliance with safety measures—which might mean using a helmet and seatbelt, or avoiding operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs, or while texting. Another reminder will include the importance of completing the required vehicle inspection (ITV) and keeping insurance current.

Message for island youth

Organisers will even take to social media as they send a message to young people about the dangers of forgoing safety regulations when driving motorbikes and motor-scooters. The island’s school liaison officer will also be on hand to reinforce the message as part of local law enforcement’s annual road safety campaign (Educació Vial).

Greater police presence

Councillor Marí said Formentera Local Police and Guardia Civil would increase stops on highways to see if drivers “are taking the campaign’s message to heart as they get on the road”.


16 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera dedicates October to trans* depathologisation

diatrans 2019 v6 imprimir-1-The equality and LGTBI arm of the Consell de Formentera announced its activities calendar for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, which falls on the third weekend in October. Department chief Vanessa Parellada said the programme is “about normalising a multiplicity of gender identities, making them more visible and upending the connotations of pathology that can cling to them”.

Tuesday 22 October at 8.00pm in the Marià Villangómez library a discussion/colloquium on Antoni Roig Roselló’s Todos los parques no son un paraíso with the author. Roig’s 1977 novel is based on first-person narration from Antoni, a man trapped between two loves: his religious calling and his sexual orientation. After publication, the novel became a finalist for the Planeta Award, and Roig himself was kicked out of the order of the Unshod Carmelites. The event will be moderated by Toni Martí (Sa clau de s’armari) and Miquel Costa (Espai_F).

Cinefòrum
Tuesday 29 October at 7.00pm, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema will screen Me llamo Violeta. At the core of the 76-minute documentary film is a declaration made by Ignacio, the six-year-old child of Nacho Vidal and Franceska Jaimes: “I’m a girl; my name’s Violeta”.

The moving exploration of gender diversity captivated crowds at the Málaga Film Festival, where it won Audience Pick, not to mention DocsBarcelona’s Amnesty International Prize. A discussion forum after the film with members of the group Transitam will also feature the first-hand experiences of the mother of a trans* youth and a person in transition.

Activities at the high school
A host of activities and workshops at IES Marc Ferrer this month are geared towards helping high school students learn about gender diversity and deconstruct stereotypes and the myth of romantic love. The idea, said Councillor Parellada, is to empower teens through education. “Adolescence is such a delicate time in life”, she said: “It’s when we’re constructing our identity”.

The activities programme is put together in partnership with other local government departments too, not least the Department of Culture, which has gone out of its way to create a space for LGTBIQ+ themes in the island’s panoply of cultural programming. “We need to be making sure sexual and gender diversity are the norm throughout society”, said Parellada. “That means all the time; not just the special occasions”.

16 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Applications accepted for vending huts at Christmas Market

mercat-nadal-132The trade office of the Consell de Formentera announces it will begin accepting applications today from would-be vendors at the 2019-2020 Christmas Market (Mercat Nadalenc). Applicants have until 31 October to file their request; in person at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC virtual platform.

Put on by the Consell de Formentera in an effort to bring to life the holiday season by mobilising the local businesses that stay open in winter, the Christmas Market settles into the centre of Sant Francesc, Plaça de la Constitució, on 29 November, and remains open through 6 January 2020.

The Consell de Formentera will assign no more than eight stands: four will go to local businesses and artisans and the other four for food and beverages.

Up to three permits will be assigned to other businesses, food and drinks vendors or artisans who own a stand of the same size and characteristics as the Consell-owned vending huts. Beyond this number, more permits may be assigned, but grantees will be determined in strict observance of the order in which applications are received.

In a tent provided by the Consell de Formentera, a rotating suite of interested schools, church parishes and non-profits will be able to sell concessions as well. Reasoning that the Christmas Market has become an established feature of the holiday landscape in the four years since it launched, vendors will no longer be exempt from paying a levy for occupying public thoroughfares. Pursuant to the ordinance published 16 April 2013 in issue 51 of the Balearic gazette (BOIB), the levy applies to vendors who obtain economic benefit occupying public-use land with tables, chairs or huts; offering performances or attractions; exercising street or itinerant trades; or filming. Food and beverage concessionaires will be charged a €576 tax, while other vendors must pay €216.

For applications submitted on time and in tune with conditions, two drawings will be overseen by the municipal clerk—for food/beverage businesses and for regular vending—to determine the distribution of permits.

See the terms of the provisional regulation on Christmas Market applicants here.

15 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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