Arona’s 2010 Carnaval will take place in Los Cristianos between 5-14 March, and this year has a Mexican theme. Events start on 5 March with the presentation of the candidates for Carnaval Queen who will be chosen in the Gran Gala on Friday 12  March. There will be a musical parade through the streets of the town to the beach on Saturday, 13 March, with a dance afterwards, and the finale and Gran Coso Apoteósico will be on Sunday 14th, also ending with a dance in the fairground. For a full list of events, see Arona Online(1) & Arona Online(2), TinerGuíaREAD MORE

A 37-year-old British woman died around 11am this morning in a cycling accident on the TF-436, the Buenavista to Santiago del Teide road. The accident happened around 1km from Masca village heading towards Santiago del Teide. Emergency services were initially called to the accident, but due to the road being impassible after the recent storms, rescue efforts were significantly hampered, and mountain rescue helicopters were called in. She was airlifted to Adeje Bomberos helipad even while resuscitation efforts were continuing, but it was to no avail, and on arrival at Adeje, ambulance medics could do no more than confirm her death. C7READ MORE

The State of Emergency was lifted last evening, having been in place for almost exactly 24 hours. The Ministry of the Interior has said that help will be made available for those who have suffered personal or material damage through the effects of the storm. As of today, Ayuntamientos will be able to apply for resources to be directed to affected families or complexes of apartments where damage has been suffered in communal areas. Applications will be accepted for up to a month counting from the day after the end of the emergency situation. The Protección Civil Unit of the Government Subdelegation in Santa CruzREAD MORE

Adeje has already got its own plans for a refuge in the Barranco de las Torres area in hand. This is where Lidl, Mercadona, etc are. There is a budget of more than €191.000 for the works, with the planned refuge covering 362 square metres and having a capacity for around 70 abandoned and stray animals, as well as administrative and veterinary areas.  El Dia Original post 19 January: Madrid has set in motion a new law which will greatly increase animal protection in Spain, and bring the Canaries into line with the legislation in several other autonomous regions. Animal Defence organization El Refugio hasREAD MORE

Spain will increase retirement age for workers from 65 to 67, the second VP of the Government, Elena Salgado, announced today, with the changes coming into force gradually from 2013, so that by 2025 all workers will retire at 67. The plan for the reform of the pensions system will now be presented to a parliamentary commission for translation into law, and will also include an increase in social security contributions, though at present the actual amount of the rise is yet to be established. Further proposals include rationalizing access to pensions, and including those working in the agrarian sector and household employees. Not theREAD MORE