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Man arrested for impinging on public health, traffic safety

Formentera local police have charged a 29-year-old Dominican man with infringing public health and traffic safety laws. The events, which took place yesterday at 6.10pm on the la Savina road avinguda Mediterrània, saw officers stop the accused as he rode a motorscooter. He was found to be carrying 55 grams of cocaine and without a driving licence. He appeared before a judge today.

Breastfeeding pics donated to Formentera hospital

Foto donacio fotografies lactanciaThe Formentera Council has donated a selection of photographs that were on display from March 1 to 10 at the municipal exhibition hall as part of a photo contest on Eivissa and Formentera's nursing mothers. Council chair Jaume Ferrer was joined by the managing director of the Pityusic Islands' health office, Yago Gómez, in signing off on the donation.

The gift follows last September's maiden run in the Pityuses of an initiative to encourage photography of nursing mothers, part of World Breastfeeding Week. Aimed at bringing to the fore issues faced by breastfeeding mothers, the challenge also sought to normalise nursing and use photography as a lever to raise awareness about its artfulness.

The Formentera Council staged a photo exhibition in the gallery of the former town hall, Ajuntament Vell, and has now opted to donate the prints. The bid is part of an effort to promote policies related to gender, women and job-family balance.

Formentera fashion show turns ten, spotlights 'essences of a decade'

Foto presentacio x passarella de modaToday saw the release of the events programme for the tenth annual Formentera Fashion, set to descend upon Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa on July 1 at 10.00pm. Tourism and trade councillor Alejandra Ferrer, together with the event's coordinator Amalia Mora and a staffer, met on the town's seaside promenade with some of the fashion show's 14 contributing designers.

Councillor Ferrer called attention to the importance of this year's passarel·la, or runway show: the event turns ten this year, just like the Council. The special occasion will be marked by particular emphasis on the Save Posidonia Project, which, according to organisers, reflects an attempt to broaden the green initiative's reach to include the attendees of Formentera Fashion.

In addition to playing host to designs from 14 local creators (12 of whom produce clothing; the remaining two are jewellers), a section for children's fashion returns after meeting with success last year. Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa was once again chosen as the backdrop while distinguished local TV presenter Nuria Arias will be back to host.

Amalia Mora said the tagline—“Essències d'una Dècada” (Essences of a Decade)—reflects the look back this year's designers will take at the event's ten years of history. The fashion gala was first hatched to as a vehicle to promote the work of local garment vendors and designers. Participants will include Te Doy la Luna (children), Eva Cardona Niños, Macramé, Ishvara, Eva Cardona, B-7& Acho, Kavra Formentera, Alena Vedere, Elena Hurtado (OBI)& Lorenzo Pepe, Jane Ibiza&Pilar Mena, Ur-Joies (jewellery), Majoral (jewellery) and—the 2017 show's special guest designer—Michele Crocitto.

Fourteen professional models from Deva Models d'Eivissa will walk the catwalk, including two top models, Veronica Blume and Almudena Fernandez. They will sport jewellery, wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, high-level avant-guard creations inspired in nature, the sea and the colours of Formentera. According to Mora, the through-line will be “collections that take both tourists' and islanders' breath away”.

As always, the Formentera Council wishes to thank the administration's staff for its dedication throughout the hosting of Formentera Fashion. It also would like to thank Carbonicas Tur, Proauto rent-a-car, Hotel Blanco, Por ti Formentera by Laura hair salon and Àfrica.

'Proud to Fight for Equality'

Presentacio cartell orgullCouncilwoman Vanessa Parellada and staffer Azuzena Carrasco spoke today on the run of activities lined up by the Formentera Council in celebration of this June 28's LGTBI Pride Day. The chief of social welfare described Pride Day festivities as an outgrowth of the Stonewall riots that gripped New York in 1969 and deemed the day “a clarion call in the struggle for universal values like equality, respect, diversity, liberty and non-discrimination.”

Under the banner “Proud to Fight for Equality,” this year's Pride starts Monday, June 26 with a roundtable looking back at the first twelve months of Spain's most recent LGTBI law. Lena Castells, head of coordination and support for sexual and gender diversity in the Govern balear, will lead the 7.30pm discussion in the CiF Office of Culture's lecture hall (sala d'actes).

An outdoor film screening of Matthew Warchus's Pride is in the works at Sant Francesc's Jardí de ses Eres for Wednesday, June 28 at 10.00pm. Stephen Beresford's script looks at how two distinct  communities—a crew of gays and lesbians and an association for miners' families—found a common cause in the struggle for equal rights.

The programme culminates Friday at 8.30pm with a show at the door of the Sant Ferran church. “Alerta Raspall de dents” (Mites lèsbics i altres deliris) is a playful excoriation of stereotypes by Gypsy Nel·lo and Leo Alburquerque.

In Balears, Parellada hailed a piece of landmark legislation, adopted last year on May 30, which guarantees equality for LGTBI individuals and takes aim at sexual identity- and gender-based phobias. “As a progressive administration,” Parellada said, “grasping the baton and securing visibility for LGTBI islanders isn't just a good opportunity for us, it's our duty.”

Parellada and Carrasco invited everyone on the island to come out for the events, pledging that June 28, “to fight for equality with pride.”

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