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A nod to basketball’s local proponents

homenatge-ba--squet--3-2In celebration of Emilio Martínez and Toni Terrasa —two men considered the original pioneers of local basketball in the eighties— Formentera’s department of sport has announced that two new basketball hoops have been put up in children’s parks in La Savina and next to Marc Ferrer high school in Sant Francesc.

‘Hoops in the street’ is the name of an initiative backed by the Balearic Islands Federation of Basketball (FEBIB) and their foundation, FEBIB 1935, with support from Trasmapi Formentera basketball club and the Formentera government. The hoops were donated by Hotels Sirenis and feature a plaque commemorating the two players.

Sports councillor Paula Ferrer remarked on the two men’s “crucial work in the 1980s, when the resources to practice the sport were a long way from what we’re used to today”. Ferrer hailed the efforts of FEBIB 1935 as critical, adding: “I hope the whole island enjoys these two basketball hoops”.

 The spearhead of another project known as ‘Hoops from the past’, FEBIB 1935 chair Jacinto Real says ‘Hoops in the street’ “is about reclaiming our story and tying it to the present, so we can protect the future of basketball in the islands”. First vice-president Ana Juan and citizen participation councillor Vanessa Parellada were also at the event, along with families and friends of Martínez and Terrasa.

League play and summer camp
Three decades ago, Martínez and Terrasa’s support of the sport took the form of summer camps and a local league—two wildly successful initiatives among local athletes (the league eventually grew to encompass more than ten men’s and women’s teams).

The two men were honoured by FEBIB 1935 at last year’s closing ceremonies for the island’s first-ever basketball summer camp. FEBIB 1935 has also put out a short film that traces the history of Formentera basketball through the accounts of some of its pioneers. FEBIB 1935 joined forces with the Miraprim production team and put out similar films across the archipelago.

24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Vehicle testing centre slashes wait time, hires new mechanic, expands hours in 2020

itvjj-1-Formentera’s Department of Inspection Services reports the addition of a new mechanic to the staff of the island’s roadworthiness testing site, or ITV. In recent months, the time drivers wait for a vehicle to be inspected has also shrunk; motorists who request an appointment today are given options in the first week of February.

Inspection services councillor Antonio J Sanz said the expanded staff and a reorganisation of work were both driving improved experiences among motorists on visits to the ITV. According to Sanz, meetings to establish a calendar of inspections and build increased coordination are in the works between the  administration, the local small- and medium-sized business association and car hire companies. The inspections will begin in March, but the councillor insisted they would have no impact on how appointments are scheduled with drivers.

The latest hire brings the total number of personnel at the ITV to three mechanics and two administrative assistants. Business hours —normally Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 2.00pm— have been expanded this year to include Thursday service until 8.30pm.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 971 32 31 30 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Close-up on bees kicks off 2020 series of UOM Formentera

Formentera’s office for the elderly reports that 31 January will mark the start of the new round of a local lecture series geared towards islanders over fifty and hosted by the island’s “Open University for Seniors” (Universitat Oberta per a Majors, or UOM). The UOM stages the talks across the island in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola in an effort to attract the maximum number of attendees.

The series starts 31 January with a ceremony scheduled to include administration chief Alejandra Ferrer; first vice-president and councillor for the aged Ana Juan; and UOM director Antoni Gamundí.

Consellera Juan encouraged the over-50 set to check the series out, describing subject matter as “a fascinating hodgepodge” and holding up “high-profile speakers” scheduled to lead the talks.

[31 January in Sant Francesc] Earth-smart agriculture: managing pests and promoting bees, with Dr Mar Leza, professor of the biology department at UIB.

[21 February in Sant Ferran] Formentera: emigration and exile (19th-20th c.), with Dr Santiago Colomar, teacher at Marc Ferrer secondary school.

[13 March in Sant Francesc] Formentera history: 550 AD to 1750 AD, with Dr Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, historian and researcher.

[3 April in Sant Ferran] Unlocking the secret code of sicknesses, with Dr Cassandra Riera, high school teacher.

[24 April in La Mola] La Mola: notes from the modern and contemporary age, with Felip Cerir, director of the Eivissa-Formentera encyclopaedia.

[8 May in Sant Francesc] ‘Estampes’—imprints from another age and time, with Antoni “Rota” Marí, retired teacher.

[22 May in Sant Ferran] Uncovering the roots of local family names, with Joan Albert Ribas, philologist.
End of series.

The 5.00pm lectures are held at the Sant Francesc pensioners’ and retirees’ club, Sant Ferran’s social centre for the aged and Casa del Poble in La Mola.

23 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

At Fitur, Formentera casts island as ‘laboratory for sustainability’

presentacio---fitur-2jEarlier today, Formentera’s president and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer led a talk before crowds at Madrid’s International Tourism Trade Fair, or Fitur, titled “Formentera: Laboratory for Sustainability”. In Ferrer’s words: “Maybe it’s for cultural programming and sporting events. Maybe it’s outdoors and tranquility. But whatever your reason is for coming, possibilities on our admittedly small island abound”.

Ferrer also highlighted the qualities that make the island unique, and encouraged low-season visitors to discover programming like the Half-Marathon, Formentera Jazz Festival, Gastronomic Weekends and Formentera Zen.

“The trick is to find the sweet spot between tourism, quality of life for those living here and care for the environment”, said Ferrer, “particularly because our natural beauty, wildlife and tranquility are our biggest selling points”.

“For over a decade we’ve worked hard to strike that balance—whether it’s the stand we’re taking on sustainable mobility, the Save Posidonia Project and our new scheme, launched this summer, to count and cap the total vehicles brought onto the island”, said Ferrer. “The idea isn’t to create new roadblocks, it’s to make sure that visitors and islanders alike will be able to enjoy Formentera just as it is now for years to come”.

The island’s uniqueness means it’s also the perfect laboratory for sustainability, said Ferrer, “putting us in a position to export sustainable initiatives to other tourist destinations”. “This is proof that it’s possible to find a happy medium between what’s best for the environment and what’s best for residents and visitors”.

Representatives of national and international media poured into the Balearic Islands’ shared stand to hear the talk—part of a day dedicated exclusively to islands. The Fitur travel expo comes to an end Sunday 26 January.

23 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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