AS part of the initiative to improve all the ports in the Balearic Islands, the Ministry for Public Works, Housing and Transport yesterday finished some much needed improvements in the Port of Andratx. Instead of the usual smelly and ugly green waste containers that dented the view of the port from some of the restuarant and apartment terraces, there is now a modern underground waste system. Sleek shiny silver recycling and general waste containers are all that remains on view. Residents can simply lift the lid and deposit their separated rubbish, which gets rid of the bad smells and unsightly view that used to plague the port, especially during the summer months. When it comes to rubbish collection, a truck pulls up and connects a wire which automatically lifts the surface below the bins. The lorry is then able to crane the waste out of the underground hole. The Andratx town council has said that this new service will improve the image of the port. Furthermore to aid recycling in the area, all the bins have labels indicated their usage, for example; organic, paper and cardboard, glass and plastics.
T HE Youth Services at the Calvia town hall have organised a book chain event for today and tomorrow, Saturday 23 April, as part of the International Book Day celebrations. This activity, called Lost book, will hopefully push the younger residents in the area to start reading more and more books. The idea is for all the younger residents to leave one of their already read books in a public area, in this way creating a free book chain, said a spokesperson from the Calvia town council. During the last week the Youth Services Department has received 220 books. All these books will be placed in different places all over the region. Once placed, residents can then go on the hunt and find the book of their choice. A spreadsheet that details the title of all these lost books has been put together by the Youth Services department and will be available to view on their internet website. In this way, people can keep on track on their chosen book to see if it has been found or not. To make it easier for the hunters, a bus service will be up and running throughout the whole of the afternoon today, starting from the library in Cas Catala-Illetes, then to Bendinat, Portals Nous, Palmanova, Magalluf, Son Ferrer, El Toro, Santa Ponsa, Galatzo, Peguera, Es Capdella and Calvia.
FOURTEEN towns in Majorca have joined together in the Books Day project that the environmental group, GOB, has set-up, in order to ask for the train services to be extending to the eastern area of the island. Fourteen towns will present the story The train that passes by the sea at the Book Fairs held today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. With this tale they are asking that the Government considers the need to extend the train services to the east of the island.
Sant Jordi Fair
AFTER seven years of absence the traditional carnival figures with the enormous heads will be back on show for the Sant Jordi fair. This year all the figures will be of people featured in Majorcan folk tales. These four new figures, constructed by the artist from Palma, Pep Fluxa (pictured), will be dancing for the crowds on Sunday at the Sant Jordi fair. The figures will make their entrance at midday, accompanied by other figures and pipers. This is all part of an initiative run by the Festivals, Culture and Youth Department in the municipal areas, who will form an association, which will be responsible for deciding which carnival figures are presented throughout the year at the different celebrations.
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