Puerto de la Cruz is playing host to the International Agatha Christie Festival

Puerto de la Cruz is hosting the Agatha Christie Festival between 5 and 14 June. The crime writer stayed in Puerto’s Hotel Taoro in the 1920s, and wrote The Man from the Sea there, set in the town’s La Paz area. Her own only grandson will be present at the Festival over the next ten days, and the planned events will include films and plays, as well as visits to…

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Clash of the Titans remake filmed in Tenerife

Warner Bros has just finished filming the remake of Clash of the Titans in Tenerife. Over the past three weeks there has been frantic activity in the National Park area as Gemma Arterton (playing Io) and Sam Worthington (Perseus) filmed their scenes against the magnificent backdrop of Teide itself, now a World Heritage Site. Filming also took place on the west and north coasts at Icod, Buenavista and Guía de…

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British man in hospital after falling off walkway in TFS Reina Sofia

A 34-year-old British man is critically ill in a south Tenerife hospital after falling 5 metres from a walkway in the car park in Reina Sofia airport (TFS). The accident happened around 8pm on the evening of Friday, 22 May 2009. The Consulate is liaising with his family, who have flown to Tenerife to be by his side. El Dia

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Spain to have Missing Child Hotline

Spain will shortly have a Missing Child Hotline. The new “High Risk Early Alert” system will mean immediate co-ordination in police and publicity responses, a system that has been demonstrated to work in helping to locate missing or kidnapped children. The Hotline will work across national boundaries where it is thought that a child has been removed from Spain. The number will be the same as already applies in several…

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Santa Cruz under State of Emergency due to economic crisis

The mayor of Santa Cruz, Miguel Zerolo, declared a State of Emergency in his municipality on 13 May 2009 due to the economic crisis. Sr Zerolo said that the law allows for a State of Emergency to be declared for “catastrophes” or “grave situations”, and that the economic situation in the Tenerife capital area was the worst in the last fifty years and clearly qualified as a social emergency. Under…

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Morning after pill to be available without prescription

The Spanish Health Minister, Trinidad Jiménez, announced today that the Morning After Pill is to be made available in pharmacies without prescription to all women regardless of age. The measure is intended to reduce Spain’s unwanted pregnancy and abortion figures, given that it has achieved significant reductions in countries where it is freely available, like France, Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Luxembourg, and the USA. The pill should cost around €20,…

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Drinking water warning for Guía de Isora, Aripe and Alcalá

The Health Department, Sanidad, has lifted the warning that was put in place recently (2 May post, immediately below) for fluoride in the drinking water in Guía de Isora town centre, as well as Aripe and Alcalá. The fluoride level is now again under the permitted maximum. Diario de Avisos Original Post 2 May: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has issued a drinking water warning for children under 8 not to…

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Tenerife resident successfully sues bank for putting her name on debtor list

BBVA has lost an appeal against a court judgement which found the bank guilty of defaming the character of a Tenerife resident who found a sum of money had been deducted from her card without her knowledge. Upon refusing to pay for the transaction, a bill for a trip to France, the Bank gave her personal details to a debtors register. The initial court judgement was that BBVA’s action had…

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Canarian Government changes text of law covering coastal properties under threat from Dept of Costas

The Canarian Government has voted to change the text of the laws relating to the demolition of coastal properties. The vote was carried thanks to a Coalición Canaria (Nationalists) and Partido Popular (Conservatives) majority, with the PSOE (Socialists) voting against because they believe it will cause problems with the national Government. None the less, for the moment, the law will be changed to reclassify some coastal properties in danger of…

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