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Summer hours at Formentera libraries

foto bib maria villangomez The Formentera culture and education departments are announcing updated opening hours at several of the island's library facilities. From June 15 to September 15, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, the adjacent computer lab (el Telecentre) and Sant Ferran's public library will all observe summertime hours.

Hours of operation are as follows:

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez:
Monday to Friday:
MORNINGS: 10.00am to 1.00pm
EVENINGS: 5.00pm to 8.00pm

MORNINGS: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10.00am to 1.00pm
EVENINGS: Monday to Friday: 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Biblioteca Sant Ferran:
Monday to Friday de 5.00pm to 7.00pm

New hours will also be observed at AISF, Formentera's image and sound archive, where summertime visits will be by appointment only. Visitors are asked to phone the CiF office of culture or send an email to AISF.

The schedule change is determined by the academic calendar, and coincides with a shift in the typical profile of visitors to the libraries in summer. The shuffle makes it possible for staff to carry out certain seasonal activities as well, like cleaning, revising the full catalogue, decluttering storage space and reorganising files.

Firefighters contain small fire

Foto incendi petit 2018Agents of Formentera's fire brigade and Ibanat, the Balearic forest service, put out a nascent wildfire at kilometre marker 11 of the highway linking la Savina with la Mola.

Notice of the roadside fire, apparently the result of a cigarette end which was tossed aside while still alight, came through at 5.07pm. Luckily, two factors —the fast-acting individual who called in the tip and the swift response of emergency services— converged to ensure the blaze was limited to one square metre of brush on the highway shoulder.

Two firefighters and another pair of Ibanat agents arrived on the scene with two rapid-response vehicles and brought the flames under control by 5.28pm.

Taking the opportunity to remind islanders of the risk that improperly extinguished cigarettes can pose, the fire brigade urged smokers and motorists alike to be especially vigilant. Sprawling vegetation this spring is the result of an especially wet winter. Today, with brush left dissecated by succeeding bouts of hot weather, the risk of wildfires is especially high.

Used oil collection sites multiply across island

Foto recollida oli 1The Formentera Council's environment office announces the addition of three household oil collection bins to the local landscape. With two already installed in la Savina near es Trituradors tower and on a roadside in es Pujols (carrer Punta Prima), a third is in the works in es Caló.

The three units join a stable of seven already installed at sites across the island—the sports pitches of es Cap, the la Mola primary school, carrer Joan Castelló in Sant Ferran, Illes Pitiüses park (la Savina), carrer Espalmador (es Pujols) and at sa Senieta car park and the public-housing building (Sant Francesc). Used oil can also be taken to the island's rubbish drop-off site, la Deixalleria.

The containers are at the core of a compact between the Council and waste management firm Ca na Negreta in which the local administration foots a yearly €9,504 bill to maintain the 600- to 900-litre bins, equipped for drop-off of recipients of up to five litres.

As part of the deal, Ca na Negreta must oversee emptying of filled containers at least once a month. The company will also perform checks (bi-weekly in summer and monthly in winter) to clean the containers and remove any nearby articles which are improperly disposed of.

Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera highlighted the importance of responsible recycling practices, especially when in comes to used oil. “Just one litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water”, Aguilera pointed out, calling the prospect of unduly binned houshold oils “a serious problem for our sanitation and sewerage infrastructure.”

Collecting used oil at businesses
Companies whose outputs include used vegetable or industrial oils (mechanics or rental car agencies, for example) must turn the waste over to outside organisms which are specially accredited to oversee disposal. Such entities perform on-site pickups since drooff at public collection sites is prohibited for businesses.

Used oil pickup is typically free. Authorised oil-disposal firms must issue a receipt of services rendered, which may be requested in future checks by the arm of government which directs hazardous waste collection, the Govern balear.

Local audiences get sneak peek at 'Formentera Lady'

Foto Formentera Lady cartellThe departments of culture and tourism of the Formentera Council announce that next Tuesday, June 5, the island's cinema will host an early screening of Formentera Lady with director Pau Durà and leading actor José Sacristán.

Proceeds from the special sneak preview, which was programmed for Tuesday to accommodate the demanding schedules of Durà and Sacristán, will benefit Save Posidonia Project.

For the administration and for the island at large, Durà's gesture hasn't gone unnoticed. During shooting the filmmaker pledged local audiences would be among the first to get a chance to see Formentera Lady.

Formentera Lady was shot between late March and mid April, 2017. Director/screenwriter Pau Durà's first film, the project took shape over two weeks at an array of local sites. Migjorn beach, legendary watering hole Fonda Pepe, la Mola lighthouse and the la Savina marina are among them, though portions of the story play out in Denia and Barcelona as well.

José Sacristán as the film's lead, Samuel, is joined by a cast including Jordi Sánchez, Nora Navas and fresh face Sandro Ballesteros, who makes his big-screen début as Samuel's grandson Marc. Supporting roles are played by Ferran Rañé, Mireia Ros, Pepa Juan and more than a hundred formenterencs as extras.

The story
Samuel landed on the island smack dab in the seventies and never managed to leave. Living in a shack near the sea with no electricity, he spends his time playing banjo in a local bar, until one day he receives a visit from his daughter Anna and grandson Marc. When Anna is offered employment in France, she decides to take it, even if it means leaving her son with Samuel.

After an initial rebuff from the ageing hippy, Anna insists, imploring her father to help her, if only just this once. Samuel, who is both fragile and excentric, resolves to rise to the occasion, and builds a relationship with his grandson that will stir more than a few ghosts from Samuel's past. In this twilight journey of discovery brimming with hope, not only the island itself, but its people and surroundings, too, are on full display.

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