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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Tenerife reservoirs almost full thanks to winter rains

The recent weather has had at least one benefit. After a worrying spell late last year, Tenerife’s reservoirs are now at an average of 86% capacity and it’s almost certain that there will be no water restrictions this coming summer. Tenerife has 23 public reservoirs, 16 in the north and 7 in the south, and at present 10 of them are 100% full. The 23 are: Montaña de Taco, El…

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Three new baby King Penguins for Loro Parque

Loro Parque has announced the birth of three King Penguins, one of which is the daughter of Geisha, rescued in 2003 from a Japanese fishing vessel’s nets. She was at first taken to the Recuperation Centre in Gran canaria before finding a home at Loro Parque. Geisha’s chick is her first after two previous attempts where eggs were infertile, so the Parque is delighted about this success. The King Penguin…

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New Series of Fred Olsen tariff discounts of up to 60%

Fred Olsen Express has presented a new system of tariffs comprising five options with different prices, services and conditions. They’re called Gold Class, Basic, Reduced, Mini, and Supermini. The Supermini offers discounts of up to 60%. It seems that the more flexible one can be, the more notice one can give of travel, and the more restrictive conditions one is prepared to accept, the greater the discounts available. The example…

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Tenerife to receive 67 million Euros from central Government to prepare for economic recovery

Central government is investing 67 million Euros in Tenerife between now and the expected recovery in 2013 to prepare the island for what it hopes to be a resurgence of tourism. The areas to benefit are the municipalities of Adeje, Santiago del Teide, Arona and Puerto de La Cruz. The monies will go towards renovations and new works, and will focus on beaches, walkways, gardens, motorway junctions to main tourist…

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