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New generators to reduce noise and emissions at power plant

Visita central electricaToday in the administration's plenary hall, Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and environment councillor Daisee Aguilera met with the Govern Balear's minister of land, energy and transport, Marc Pons, and the regional government's director general of energy, Joan Groizard. The officials then met with Es Ca Marí residents with homes near the power station in that area, and concluded the gathering with a trip to the facilities, where the Endesa company's chair, Ernesto Bonín, spoke about recent improvements at the site.

The CiF president characterised the administration's calls to reduce noise and air pollution at the power plant as “a 17 year long struggle”. He also hailed the recent installation of eight generators capable of supplying 12 megawatts. Between the new equipment and additional electricity provided by two underwater cables that extend from Eivissa to Formentera, it is hoped local energy needs can be met. Last summer saw energy demand hit highs of 20 megawatts.

Among the changes that Bonín highlighted, a single smokestack was constructed and noise-reducing screens were placed around generators. An associated turbine will only be activated in cases of emergency. The Govern's energy minister celebrated what he called “a triple win”: increased electrical potential, reduced noise pollution and less emissions winding up in the atmosphere. He said the changes would make Formentera “a better, more competitive destination spot and one with a better quality of life”.

To President Ferrer, the improvements are still just a first step. He referred to long-term plans to add two underwater supply cables connecting the island to Eivissa as well as an adjacent substation. The generators will be kept running till October 15. After that time, the existing cables are expected to suffice for Formentera's lower, off-season electricity demands.

Moment of silence for victims in Orlando

Foto minut silenci OrlandoThe Formentera Council has joined a motion launched by Federació de Municipis i Províncies, a network of cities and provinces, to observe a minute of silence in condemnation of the horrific acts that recently took place in Orlando. The Council also wishes to extend its support to the victims and their families.

The general public was invited to take part in the moment of silence today at 12 noon on the front steps of the Council. CiF president Jaume Ferrer, as well as CiF councillors and other administration staff, all took part in expressing their profound sadness for the lives lost.

Pre-registration for summer school runs June 13-21

Foto escola destiuThe Formentera Council's youth services department has announced that enrolment for the island's 2016 summer school programme, l'Escola d'Estiu, will run Monday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 21. Parents interested in registering their children should visit the Citizen's Information Office, or OAC, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 2.00pm. Signups can also be done online through the OVAC, www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat. The order in which families register does not indicate priority.

To be eligible for one of the 200 spots available, children must be aged three to twelve or have been born between 2004 and 2012. For families living on the island and included on the municipal padró, monthly tuition is €140 for single-child households  and €220 for those with two children. Weekdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm and all July and August long, the summer programme is built around promoting educational leisure activities. In 2001, the local administration (then an ajuntament rather than a consell insular) assumed the mandate of running Formentera's summer school.

First island athletics day for schoolchildren

foto atletismeNext Saturday, June 11, the Formentera Council's Office of Sport will put on the island's very first athletics day for school-age children. As CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal reported, three municipal athletics clubs –Sant Joan, Sant Josep and Formentera– will gather in the Antoni Blanc sports centre for the event.

Vidal said there would be activities to develop cooperation, equality and camaraderie – “all crucial in sports,” he maintained. “Not only are these values that sports and athletics help cement, but they are ones the Council works to enstill in our local athletes.” As proof, Vidal pointed to a document drafted by the Council earlier this year on values in sports. Saturday's activities begin at 11.00am and go till 4.30pm. There will be a lunch break taken in two turns. A total of 75 children aged five to ten and from both Eivissa and Formentera are scheduled to participate. Entry is free and open to the public.  

 

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