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Lifeguard drill

simulacre-socorrisme--1-1Consell de Formentera lifeguards took part in a simulated rescue on Ses Illetes beach today. The simulation involved the rescue of two individuals aboard a boat on fire at sea; one of the pair required CPR. The head of the lifeguard and rescue service of the Consell de Formentera, Marco Lage, described the exercise, customary when the work flow slows at season’s end, as a fantastic addition to lifeguards’ training.


18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Book club encouraging islanders to ‘read and enjoy’ takes off at Villangómez library

llibres-club-de-lectura1The cultural wing of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Tuesday 19 November at 8.00pm, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host the first gathering of the library’s book club, «Llegeix i gaudeix» (Read and enjoy), with librarian Lorena Francisco Garcia.

The idea for the club took root among a set of local booklovers. Participants read a book at home and reconnoiter at the library on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss what they’ve read.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador described initiatives like the book club as “a way to promote reading among islanders, and, at the same time, create a group connection around a pastime that’s educational, key for developing critical thought and a great source of entertainment, too, plus you can do it anywhere, at any age”.

First book: El sopar
Organisers of the first session have suggested Dutch author Herman Koch’s The Dinner (El sopar in Catalan), a stinging, provocative work that takes on the satisfied and complacent social classes in the Netherlands and, by extension, across Europe.

Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc has 10 copies available for checkout. All interested readers have to do is register (by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), then stop by the library, pick up a copy of the book and read it before 19 November, when participants meet and share their thoughts.


18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera government and trade unions sit down at negotiating table for first gathering of term

mesa-negociadorablancFormentera’s Departments of Human Resources and Management report that local government staff and career civil servants sat down with the heads of the respective departments, Paula Ferrer and Rafa Ramírez, plus the island’s councillor of the interior, Josep Marí, and General Workers' Union (UGT) and Workers' Commissions (CC.OO) union representatives, for the first gathering at the Special General Negotiating Table (Mesa extraordinària General Negociadora).

The inaugural meeting served to work towards a roadmap for the Governing Team’s efforts this legislative term. Attendees came away with orders to update the review panel so that a list of job posts known as the “staff establishment plan” (relació de llocs de treball) could be completed. They also agreed to phase in the system dubbed “horizontal professional careers” that won cross-party support last legislative term. The setup rests on three fundamental pillars: seniority, professional development and job performance. Attendees also agreed to update their collective agreement during the current legislative term.

Lastly, the gathering also brought approval for improvements to the professional development programme available to government employees, and the Consell de Formentera pledged to develop an offering of courses.

Management chief Rafa Ramírez said much had come of the introductory talk, pointing to agreements around the Governing Team’s human resources strategy moving forward. Councillor Ramírez highlighted the importance of concluding work on the establishment plan, enacting the system of horizontal professional careers, coming up with a new collective agreement and developing suitable staff training—in Ramírez’s words, “all part of improving the way we engage with islanders”.


17 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

UOM

uom-1-1Formentera’s councillor of housing, seniors and entrepreneurship Ana Juan met today with Antoni Gamundí, head of the Open University for the Aged (Universitat Oberta per a Majors, UOM) and the two discussed using support for Formentera’s UOM programme to increase engagement with elderly islanders in the coming academic year. Councillor Juan described Formentera as “ready and willing to develop the multi-location, seven-part lecture series”.

 

 

 


17 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Ràdio Illa begins broadcasting from new studios

equip-de-ra--dio-illa-als-nous1Formentera’s Department of Infrastructure reports that, with construction recently completed, Ràdio Illa began broadcasting this week from the municipal radio station’s new studios. Both the old and new facilities are housed in Es Molí Social Centre, which shares a building with the Casal de Joves.

Work was valued at €44,054 and involved equipping the 50-square-metre space—located on the western side of the building’s first floor (the old studio is on the eastern side)—for professional broadcasting. Furniture was installed at a cost of €9,183, and the station received €17,495 in new radio equipment.

33 years on the airwaves
This 3 December, running parallel to Sant Francesc’s yearly festivities and Ràdio Illa’s 33rd year on the air, the municipal radio station will open its doors so islanders can see the new station. Ràdio Illa—plus technician Enrique García, Joan Garau and Carmelo Convalia, the station’s founding members—first took to the airwaves on 3 December 1986 with broadcasting equipment set up on the first storey of the old town council. A team of professionals has kept listeners abreast of local news since 2006, briefly stopping this week so the studio change could take place.

Ràdio Illa is Formentera’s public radio station. The station is owned by the Consell de Formentera and operated by the Cultural Audiovisual Association of Formentera (ACAF). A host of collaborators and contributors keep Ràdio Illa going, including coordinator Josep “Pepo” Rubio, technical chief León Convalia, producer and presenter Bernat Masferrer and writer David Setbetes.

17 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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