Recent news in brief covering the island of Mallorca

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Work has started on the playgrounds
Work has started on the playgrounds Credit: Soller Council

Playgrounds

SOLLER Council has earmarked €15,000 to allow for renovations and upgrading to meet current hygiene standards in its children’s playgrounds throughout the municipality. Following the rehabilitation of the Sa Filadora playground, Council workers are now targeting the Camp de s’Oca playground to ensure that it is safe for the children to visit.

First hotel

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POSSIBLY truly fitting the phrase ‘boutique hotel’, the Hotel Unic with seven rooms capable of housing 16 people in Avenida Juan Carlos 1 has been sympathetically converted by local craftsmen and architects and will take pride of place as the first hotel to open in Andratx.

Holiday plans

THERE was another blow to Mallorcan tourism with Jet2holidays announced that it was postponing packages until the last week of June, but according to Travel Weekly, both Tui and easyJet have indicated that their schedules will remain unchanged, so there is a bright light on the tourism horizon.


Prince accused

ALTHOUGH not charged by the public prosecutor, German Prince Jurgen zu Hohenlohe and his wife are appearing in a Palma Court to answer charges of defrauding local investors of almost €8 million. Due to his poor health, the Prince left the court in an ambulance.

Glass ceiling


THE Balearic Government is concerned about the low level of representation of women in the management and hierarchy of sports on the islands and wants to take action in order to break what it calls the ‘glass ceiling’ so that women become decision makers.

Happy Anniversary

IT was in 1995 that the Natural Park of Sa Dragonera was constituted and although the anniversary celebration was late due to the pandemic, the Consell de Mallorca hosted the premiere of a new documentary film Correnties de sa Dragonera at the Teatre Principal in Palma on April 13.

New nursery

A DECISION has been made by the Manacor Council that it urgently needs to build a new nursery for children up to the age of three and it will therefore purchase land in Porto Cristo at an anticipated cost of €504,000.

Easter news

YESTERDAY, April 14, Javier Arranz, spokesman for the regional infectious diseases committee, announced that despite the increase in mobility on and to the Balearic Islands the incidence of new cases of infection through Covid-19 remained generally stable. Mallorca reported more infections than Ibiza or Menorca with those aged between 16 and 29 more vulnerable than the over 65s.

King of Palma

AFTER advertising for as many as 2,500 extras to take part in the German TV series King of Palma, filming has now started in Can Picafort with areas being adapted in order to ensure that they reflect the style of the late 1990s in which the programme is set. Filming is due to be completed by the end of July.

Cultural aid

THE President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, accompanied by the Minister of European Funds, University and Culture, Miquel Company, and the Director General of Culture, Catalina Solivellas, held a formal meeting with representatives of the cultural sector of the Balearic Islands to discuss how best to give aid professionals involved in promotion of cinema, concerts and theatre.

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