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Weekend of sport for Children's Month

The Formentera Office of Sports, with collaboration from sports clubs on the island, has put together a Sports Day (Diada Esportiva) with activities at Antoni Blanc fitness centre, IES Marc Ferrer gymnasium and the municipal swimming pool, football pitch and tennis courts. The Diada is part of the local programme of activities to celebrate Children's Month.

See the programme below:
Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc
10.30am | Demonstration of taekwondo, Formentera Taekwondo Club
11.00am | Demonstration of judo, Formentera Dojo Club
11.00am to 12 noon | Tennis: training at the tennis courts and open doors, Municipal Tennis School
5.00pm to 7.30pm | Women's futsal lesson for beginners and match (Cosmitos B children's team), Formentera Cosmitos Football Club
Municipal football pitch
10.30am | Open day activities, games, circuits and demo match, SD Formentera
Poliesportiu IES Marc Ferrer
10.00am to 10.30am | Archery demonstration and open day from 10.30am to 12 noon, Municipal Archery School
6.00pm to 7.00pm | Demonstration of figure skating, Formentera Skating Club

Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc
10.30am | League game and school demonstration, Formentera Basketball Club
Municipal swimming pool
12 noon | Demonstration of artistic swimming, Formentera Swim Club

22 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Remembrance of Francisco Solano and all victims of Franco's regime at La Savina penitentiary

foto 2022xi cementiriThis Monday, Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government, visited the Sant Francesc Cemetery, where excavations and exhumations by Aranzadi Science Society as part of the regional administration's third Mass Graves Plan (2021-2022), have made it possible to identify Francisco Solano Vera, the first person to perish at La Savina penal colony during the Franco regime. Also on hand for the visit were Alejandra Ferrer, vice president, and cabinet councillors of the Consell de Formentera; Jesús Jurado, director general of democratic memory in the Balearics, and Antonio J. Sanz, the provincial councillor for Formentera. Historian Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza also participated in the explanations.

President Juan remarked, "Eighty years have passed since Francisco Solano died in inhuman conditions at the Formentera prison; it is time for his remains to be buried in his home in Cartagena". Juan described the moment as one of reparation for memory and democratic justice, and praised the Govern balear, Consell de Formentera, researchers and associations that "fight and work to put to rights the memory of the victims of Franco's regime".

Last Thursday, the regional government identified remains recovered in April at the Sant Francesc Cemetery as those of Francisco Solano after having compared samples obtained in the exhumation with the DNA given by two of the deceased's daughters.

Solano is not only the first victim of Franco's repression to be identified on Formentera, but also the first victim identified in the Balearic Islands from outside the archipelago.

The identification of the Cartagena native also confirms that the bodies recovered in April during phase one of excavations and exhumations at Sant Francesc Cemetery, which presented characteristics compatible with six victims of the prison, belong to the other people who died in captivity in Franco's military camp.

As approved by the administration's mass graves and missing persons committee, the Balearic Government will commission a second intervention at Sant Francesc Cemetery as part of the fourth Mass Graves Plan (2022-2023) spearheaded by the Balearic Secretariat of Democratic Memory.

The goal is to pinpoint the remains of as many victims as possible. In a study conducted by Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza as part of the second Mass Graves Plan, the Ibizan historian concluded that as many as 58 individuals —most from Extremadura and Murcia, but also Madrid, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Valencia and the Balearic Islands— perished at La Savina penitentiary due to food shortages and unsanitary conditions between 1940 and 1942.

Crews will focus on the back area of the cemetery esplanade –down row 6, where Solano's remains were found– because signs indicate it was there that the prison's dead were interred. Plots near the entrance were apparently reserved for ordinary burials.

21 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

First steps to develop third strategic plan for Formentera children and youth

foto 2022xi pla joventutThe Formentera Office of Youth Affairs reports that work has begun to develop the third strategic plan for Formentera children and young people. This Plan will benefit from the participation of local youth, organisations and social actors from a wide array of spheres related to children and youth.

Today, managers in departments of the local administration which deal with youth met with representatives of the Pere Tarrés Foundation, a non-profit focused on leisure and social action. A later meeting included representatives of the island's associations. In the days ahead additional meetings will be held with other entities, while still other encounters will be organised exclusively for young people.

In the words of Vanessa Parellada, "these meetings will give us an up-to-date read of the situation of local children and youth, which will allow us to determine which needs are best covered, outcomes of the second Plan for Children and Youth and the direction and scope of the third plan".

The second Plan was adopted in September 2018 and related proposals were to be developed between 2018 and 2022.

21 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera's new haemodialysis service launches today

foto 2022xi dialisi BWork on new emergency response base to conclude in one year

Today Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government, together with Patricia Gómez, regional minister of health and consumer affairs, visited Formentera's newly launched haemodialysis service. Alejandra Ferrer, vice president, was on hand as well, along with local cabinet councillors and Formentera's provincial councillor Antonio J. Sanz.

This new service occupies 50 square meters in the Formentera Hospital, where four dialysis stations and a new water plant have been installed. The regional government has invested roughly €600,000 in the service roll-out, with two-thirds of the sum going to purchase technical equipment and the rest covering recruitment of equipment operators.

To activate the service, the district health authority (Àrea de Salut) of Eivissa and Formentera hired an expert nephrologist, which brought the total number of nephrologist department specialists to five, then dispatched one of them to Formentera to oversee haemodialysis there. The service roll-out will mean Formentera's three current dialysis patients need no longer travel to Can Misses Hospital for treatment, saving the Formentera residents approximately one thousand trips per year.

Ana Juan: "Delivering on long-standing demands"
President Juan said the hemodialysis service and new 061 base made good on "two historical local demands": "This demonstrates that we continue to meet objectives and commitments". Juan described the two services as "essential" and said they "strengthen public health on the island and, in the case of haemodialysis, will save Formentera residents from having to travel to Eivissa for treatment".

€2.8-million emergency response base
The officials also sat for a presentation of Formentera's new operational base of the Emergency Medical Service (SAMU061). The SAMU061 launch came after the Governing Council approved the works contract for an estimated €2,771,290.89 and once the Technical Supervision Office of the district health authority OK'd the project.

The Balearic government has started work on the base in parallel with the unprecedented local roll-out of permanent haemodialysis service. Until last year, Formentera had an advanced life support ambulance in summer and a basic life support ambulance year round. Since September, 061 reinforcements, including the advanced life support ambulance, have been maintained to meet the needs of the local population.

Construction began in early November, with the new base, which will be located next to Formentera Hospital, expected to be operational by late 2023.

Plans for the project were designed by a team including David Bravo and Toni Abril in the architectural office of the district health authority. Bravo and Abril used a model to present the project to visitors.

During the visit, attendees commemorated the start of works by burying a time capsule containing mementos of significant events at Formentera Hospital.

The newly created 890-m2 base will be divided into two internally connected floors. The ground floor will occupy 605 m2, while the first floor (285 m2) will be flanked by a four-vehicle capacity parking area for ambulances.

The new facility will have three on-site resources:

Basic Life Support Unit
Advanced Life Support Unit
Non-emergency Medical Transport Unit

Human resources challenges dictate that the five on-site professionals will be in transit, with possibility of staff expansion.

21 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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