Conservation winner

THE Royal Spanish Hunting Association have given the Nature Conservation Prize to the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF), whose headquarters are in Campanet. The prize presentation will be held in Madrid on 23 April. This prize has been awarded to the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation because of its efforts in nature conservation, which include positive actions against the use of poison and for bringing together ecological conservation with hunting protection rights. BVCF started up an poison awarness campaign, where hunting groups can ring a special hotline number (900 713 182) for any poison matters. This hotline number was introduced in 1997 thanks to joint effort by the Ministry for the Environment and the European Union. Now this hotline number is used all over Spain. When a poison report is made at the hotline at the Campanet Foundation, the details are sent immediately to the nearest officials from the Ministry for the Environment, who then deal with the report. Since the hotline started, it has collected approximately 1'350 endangered animals, removed 925 poison traps, received more than 1'300 calls and started up 380 new cases for the Environmental agents.

New pharmacies

THE Ministry for Health and Consumer Affairs, has authorised the opening of two new pharmacies in Galatzó and s'Arracó. According to a recent communique from the Balearic Government, residents in these two towns will soon be able to use the new pharmacies.

Fire drill

MEMBERS of the Civil Protection Department and the Local Police yesterday took part in a gas leek drill at the Puig de Sa Morisca School in Santa Ponsa. As part of the drill, the gas leek happened in the building's kitchen and the whole school was evacuated in only three minutes. The pupils and teachers were allowed back into the school after half an hour. Four representatives from the Civil Protection Department took part in simulating the gas leek, and seven local police officers were in charge of controlling school exits.

Family help

T HE Calvia town council have started a programme called “Growing Together”, which is aimed at those families which have adolescent children with learning difficulties. The aim of this project is to give the parents of those children with learning difficulties, a space where they can go to receive information on the difficulties that they face on a daily basis. The parents also have the opportunity to talk to other people who are going through the same experience at the centre. The programme started yesterday afternoon and will continue throughout April to June, and then again from October to December. The opening hours of the centre at the Santa Ponsa Institute are from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Popular puppets

AROUND 500 pupils from schools in Llucmajor have been to the see the new puppet show that has been organised by the Head Office of the Balearic Traffic Department. These puppet shows have had the help from the Local Police also, and hope to teach children on the island about road safety. The students that have so far seen the educative show have come from Son Veru, S'Algar and San Vicente de Paul schools in S'Arenal, and Sant Bonaventura, Jaume II and Sagrats Cor schools in Llucmajor. These puppet shows are being held at the S'Arenal municipal sports centre and in the Youth Centre in this area.


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