The Spanish equivalent to the British Conservative Party, the Partido Popular (PP), has won the majority of votes in the European elections held throughout Spain, including the Canaries. Unlike the UK, however, the equivalent to the Labour Party, the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE), came a close second, winning 21 seats to the PP’s 23. In the Canaries, almost 8 out of every 10 votes cast was for one of these two parties. Indeed, with socialist parties performing badly everywhere in the elections, the PSOE in the Canaries was the best performing socialist party in Europe. The nationalist party, Coalición Canaria (CC), which is integratedREAD MORE

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 Isora, and will be continued in London, west Wales, Ethiopia and Iceland. A full 20% of the finished film will have been shot in Tenerife, and it is expected to premier in March 2010. TenerifeREAD MORE

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 DiaREAD MORE

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 European countries: 116000. El DiaREAD MORE

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 a State of Emergency, extra funds can be made available for emergency subsistence resources, and private schools and colleges can be co-opted as refuges for the homeless if needed. Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

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