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, and will not be covered by Social Security prescription subsidy. El DiaREAD MORE

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 drink the tap water in Guía casco (town centre), Aripe, and Alcalá because of an excess of fluoride detected in the water supplies. The Guía de Isora mayor, Pedro Martín Domínguez, stressed that there wasREAD MORE

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 injured her dignity, defamed her character, and attacked her self-esteem. BBVA appealed, of course, but now the Appeal Court has agreed with that earlier judgement. As such, this is now a legal standard for everyone:READ MORE

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 demolition from the category of rural, to urban. To qualify, properties will need to demonstrate an ethnographic, architectural or picturesque value, and be located in the coastal areas covered by the Dept of Costas, whoseREAD MORE

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 Palmar, Teno Alto, Ravelo, Los Partidos, Buen Paso, La Florida, La Tabona, Llanos de Mesa, La Cruz Santa, Aguamansa, Barranco de Benijos, San Antonio, Valle Molina, El Boquerón, Presas Ocampo, San Isidro, El Saltadero, SanREAD MORE

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 is the second largest in the world, exceeded only by the Emperor Penguin, and can reach 1m in height, and weigh between 9 and 15 kilos. Canarias7READ MORE