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Formentera beats drum about island's first Yoga Day

Presentacio Yoga DayThe CiF councillor of sport, Jordi Vidal, met today with local Yoga Day organiser Flor Mauger to unveil the activities programme on a week-long event that kicks off tomorrow, Friday June 17, and doesn't finish until International Yoga Day, next Tuesday. Mauger is joined by five of the island's resident yoga instructors —Suzanne Laier, Claudio Valdiserri, Irina Zadek, Olga Dargel and Eva Oller— in organising a programme packed with free, open-to-the-public activities for kids and adults.

Marking the start of the programme, tomorrow at 8.30pm, will be a photo exhibit by Guillermo Ferrer Torres titled Viu feliç al teu ecosistema (Living happily in your ecosystem). The exhibit will be displayed at Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” and will conclude with a video screening. Back at Gabrielet on Saturday and Monday, June 18 and 20, the crew of yoga instructors will be on hand through early afternoon until two and then again in the evening with information about the manifold variants of yoga that exist. The evening programme on these days also includes video screenings.

Yoga Day
Tuesday, June 21, is finally the big day. From nine in the morning till ten at night, activities for both children and adults will be hosted in Jardí de Ses Eres (behind the Sant Francesc church) and at Centre Gabrielet. During the day events range from practice-based classes to yoga-themed talks, with, in between, snack times stacked with naturally-prepared treats and musical performances. All the activities are free, but all donations received will go to assisting the people of Nepal.

Yoga Day has also had the support of the Formentera Council, which provided logistical assistance in addition to help designing brochures and posters and paying for T-shirts given to Yoga Day participants. The total cost was roughly 3,500 euros.

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.

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