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

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