INJURED WALKERS RESCUED l THE Guardia Civil mountain rescue team and various Fire Brigades on Majorca rescued two injured walkers on Sunday, in two separate incidents in Escorca and Soller, both in the Sierra de Tramuntana.

According to sources from the 112 emergency service, at 12.30pm they had a call alerting them that a 30-year-old woman had been injured during a walk through Sa Fosca, an underground stretch of the Gorg Blau torrente, in the Escorca area. The Majorcan Fire Brigade rescue team went to the scene and found the woman, who suffered a fracture of the fibula in one of her legs. They brought her to a place where she could be evacuated by the Guardia Civil's helicopter and taken to Son Llatzer hospital.

Later, at 5.05pm, there was another call to 112, this time from the Soller valley, where a middle aged man, also a walker, had suffered an open fracture in one of his legs. The sources said that this rescue took a long time as by the time he had been found it was dark and the helicopter would not have been able to find him, so they got him to a point where he could be taken to Son Llatzer hospital by road.

NEW BUS ROUTE IN PALMA l THE EMT (municipal transport company) has introduced a new line, the number 46, which will link Genova, La Bonanova and Sant Agusti with the centre of Palma. It will run every 12 minutes. A council spokesman said it will replace the number 4 bus (Genova) and the number 6 (El Terreno-Sant Agusti-La Bonanova) “and will provide a better service.” Six vehicles will cover the route which will start and end in the Puerta de San Antonio, going through Plaza España, Ramblas, Jaime III, Son Armadams, El Terreno, La Bonanova, Cala Mayor and Genova. For access to Genova, the EMT offers two options: half of the buses will go via El Terreno and the other half via Son Dureta. The routes will diverge at the Plaza del Puente.

COUNCIL PROMOTES CONVENTION CENTRE l THE city council will promote Palma as the ideal place for conventions, congresses and incentive trips at the Bedouk fair in Paris on January 24 and 25. According to a spokesman for the Municipal Tourism Institute, the council will be working in collaboration with the Spanish Tourism Office in Paris.

MAJORCA AT WORLD SOCIAL FORUM l MAJORCA will be represented at the World Social Forum in Nairobi next week by Josep Noguera and Claudio Reccia of the Human Rights Association of Majorca. The Forum's objectives include building a world of peace, justice and ethics, respect for religions, freeing the world of the domination of multinational capitals and building a sustainable economy centred on people. The two Majorcans will present a paper on immigration.

NUMBER OF BLOOD DONORS FALLS l PEOPLE in the Balearics donated 39'475 units of blood last year, a 3.4 per cent reduction compared to 2005. It was the first time that the number of donations has dropped in five years. A spokesman for the Blood and Tissue Bank said that donations in Majorca dropped by five per cent, and 20 per cent in Minorca, but rose by 20 per cent in Ibiza. The month with most donations was November, followed by June. He added that although 50 per cent of the population of Majorca lives in Palma, city donors accounted for only 30 per cent of the blood donated.

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