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Formentera could become destination spot for Japan's elderly, reports consul

Foto visita consol japoCiF president Jaume Ferrer has met today with Japan's consul general in the Balearics, Catalunya and València, Hiroyuki Makiuchi. Ferrer welcomed the visit, which provided an opportunity for the two men to discuss “Formentera's prospects as a travel destination for the Japanese”. The president referred to “steps we can be taking to open Formentera's doors to Japanese visitors”, particularly, he said, during the island's traditional low season.

For his part, Makiuchi described Formentera as “the ideal island destination for senior Japanese tourists”, who he said would be receptive to proposals of active tourism like walking and cycling. According to Makiuchi, one in four Japanese is elderly and has got the time, money and get-up-and-go to visit “exotic” destinations like Formentera. Eager to make headway on the issue, President Ferrer and Consul Makiuchi said future meetings —as well as organised outings with travel agencies— would soon follow.

Formentera hands out eight grants for higher ed

Atencio OACThe Formentera Council's office of education will give eight grants to students of higher education programmes in 2015-2016. Education councillor Susana Labrador announced the Council's plan to distribute 10,000 euros in 1,250-euro grants to students of higher learning programmes (universities, fine arts, technical studies, plastic arts, design and sports studies) provided applicants are also residents of Formentera.

To be valid, an applicant's course of study must be officially recognised in all of Spain. Grants will be given to students in classroom-based (not online or distance-learning) programmes. Studies must also take place at state schools, unless a candidate's course of study is only offered in a private school.

As the councillor pointed out, 2015-2016 grant-giving by the CiF is up compared to last year, “when only seven were awarded”. She also reminded potential applicants that the terms of application and information about all required documentation (which must be submitted at the Citizens Information Office [OAC]) is available online: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=351&Itemid=437&lang=ca. The deadline for applications is 25 April.

Formentera condemns Brussels attacks

Foto  minut silenci BrusellesToday at noon, CiF president Jaume Ferrer and councillors of both the governing and opposition parties were joined by Council employees and island residents for a minute of silence to express their grief following the attacks on Brussels yesterday, 22 March.

Speaking on behalf of the administration, Ferrer condemned the attacks, offered his condolences to the families of the victims and wished all the survivors a speedy recovery.

Waste drop-off point to stay open during Easter holiday

Porta deixalleriaThe Formentera deixalleria (waste drop-off point) will remain open Easter holiday week except Good Friday. The site serves as a collection and separation point for rubbish that is unsuitable for home pickup. It will open Maundy Thursday, Saturday and Monday for its morning hours of operation — nine in the morning to half past one. As environment councillor Daisee Aguilera reported, “We're aware that many on the island use the Easter holiday either to open shop or get ready for the season ahead. Hence the Council has asked the site's operator, Ferrovial, to remain open the coming days”.

The collection centre is located at the industrial park, between La Savina and Sant Francesc on the Sant Francesc-La Mola road, and has been in operation since May 2015. It is there that Formentera residents are requested to take any rubbish not fit for streetside bins. Normally, the centre is open mornings, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and afternoons, Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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