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Formentera signs fitness deal with Govern

Foto conveni esports ferrer tur premsaIn a bid to foster fitness activities in 2017, the Formentera Council has struck a deal with the regional government's department of culture, participation and sport by which a fitness foundation within the department, Fundació per a l'Esport Balear, will hand over €23,000 for sport-related activities.

The agreement, signed by Govern minister Fanny Tur and Council president Jaume Ferrer, focuses on a series of fitness activities that seek to promote high performance sport as well as Formentera's image as a place for sport. As part of the deal, the Council pledges to:

-Back high-level sportspeople with noted national and international wins, such as medals at championships in Spain and participation in European and international fixtures or the Olympic Games.

-Partner with sport meets (competitions, seminars, training, etc.) that promote Formentera's image as a place for sport.

-Purchase sports equipment for the training and pre-technical programmes coordinated by the Council.

-Provide Fundació per a l'Esport Balear with proof of payment for all related expenditures as well as a brief summary of related activity to December 15, 2017.

A special commission has been created to oversee the agreement, assess (and address any issues posed by) its application and reconcile any related differences. It will be formed by two individuals: one representative of the Council and another from the Fundació. Fundació per a l'Esport Balear has also pledged to enlist a technically-trained staff to coordinate the agreement and provide necessary technical support.

Formentera firefighters put out three blazes

Incendi garatgeA vehicle fire on a stretch of private road in Punta Prima was put out by Formentera's fire brigade. Notice of the incident was received at 10.50pm and firefighters reported flames under control by 12.30am. A three-person team of firemen, pick-up and water truck in tow, was joined by members of civil defence and Guardia Civil forces. The latter is currently heading up the accompanying investigation.

Early in the morning on Saturday, Formentera's fire crew brought another fire under control, this time in an Es Cap de Barbaria garage. The alarm was sounded at 12.36am and the flames were reported contained at 3.15am. In addition to smoke- and heat-fuelled damage to the structure's interior, a van parked inside was completely destroyed. A three-person team of firemen, pick-up and water truck in tow, was joined by members of civil defence and Guardia Civil forces. The latter is currently heading up the accompanying investigation.

Lastly, the fire crew was alerted at 2.15pm when a single-family home in Punta Prima caught fire last Thursday. Firefighters declared the scene under control at 4.45pm.. The entire house sustained smoke damage and one room was damaged by flames. A three-person team of firemen, pick-up and water truck in tow, was joined by members of civil defence and Guardia Civil forces. The latter is currently heading up the accompanying investigation. No one was injured in the three fires.

Civil protection volunteers of Eivissa and Formentera meet

Foto grup proteccio civil premsaYesterday Formentera welcomed 250 civil protection volunteers from across the Pityuses for a day of festivities. The day-long celebration, or “Diada,” brought together civil defence groups from Eivissa, Sant Josep, Sant Antoni, Sant Joan, Santa Eulària, Vila, Formentera and the day's special guests from Marratxí, Mallorca.

Following a tour of Can Marroig, participants headed to IES Marc Ferrer gymnasium, where, after a look at some the arsenal of Formentera's civil protection forces and fire brigade, volunteers watched a demo of Formentera Local Police's canine unit before sitting down for lunch.

Also on hand at the Diada were Council president Jaume Ferrer, Govern minister Fanny Tur and other officials.

Formentera welcomes visiting economic and social council

Reunio ces formenteraThe Formentera Council has received an official visit from representatives of the Balearic Islands' council on economic and social affairs, or CES (Consell Econòmic i Social). Today at 12.30pm, Jaume Ferrer and the administration's senior councillors sat down with CES spokespeople in the Council's hall of ceremonies. After the meeting, CiF vice-president Bartomeu Escandell and CES chair Carles Manera gave a press conference before members of the media.

Escandell thanked the CES reps for their visit and applauded the group's reactivation. In the vice-president's words, CES “can count on our administration's full cooperation providing information pertinent to their analytical work”. He also highlighted the Formentera Council's insistence since its creation that data be broken down, or “disaggregated,” between the individual islands, rather than bundled together for Eivissa and Formentera.

According to Carles Manera, the CES's reactivation in July 2017 after shuttering in 2012 signals “an exciting new era” for the group. One project already in development involves a yearly publication on economic, social, cultural and environmental data with two new features: disaggregated data between the islands and a systematisation of a database on current business trends employing commercial registry data.

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