DigameXtra No. 2135 Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 2021

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Flamingo Christmas with Maria Gomez “La Canastera” and Niño Carmelo: Friday 17Dec. Teatro Casa de la Cultura, Almunecar
Ticket: Advance Ticket: 10€. Box Office: €12  FB link 


Stand-Up Comedy in English: Fri., 17Dec 8:30pm
El Elefante Bonanza, Benalmadena. Performers- Donal Vaughan (Ireland), Victor Pãtrãscan (Romania), Ollie Horn, Lucy Amans (UK)
Avenida de la Telefónica, 29630 Benalmádena
Info & Tickets- €16.22 at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stand-up-comedy-in-english-benalmadena-tickets-201871492067 


Contemporary Art Center of Vélez-Málaga (CAC) Francisco Hernandez welcomes new exhibition: {Translation}
‘Tibetan Buddhist Art’, a collection belonging to the Buddhist Center Karma Guen, made up of 84 pieces, some of them unique as sculptures of the I, VI, VIII, and IX, tibetan paintings, a piece of the Ming Dynasty, and sculpture housed in the dome of the Stupa. In addition, activities will be related to the shows and will be open until the 6th of February. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/cultura/cac-velez-malaga-acoge-muestra-arte-tibetano-centro-budista-karma-guen/20211213125911045254.html


Invitations for the Christmas tea ‘Tribute to our Elders’ in Nerja available from this Tuesday: {Translation}
-The Nerja Councillor for the Elderly, Elena Gálvez, has announced that from tomorrow, Tuesday, until next Friday, invitations can be collected for the Christmas afternoon snack ‘Tribute to our elders’, organised by the Town Hall, which will be held on Monday 20 December at 17:00 hours in the Cueva de Nerja Restaurant, and will be enlivened by the performance of Plácido.
-“Seniors who wish to attend this snack can pick up their invitations at the Municipal Office of Attention to the Elderly from 10 to 14 hours,” explained the councillor, who explained that “you must be equipped with the Municipal Card of the Elderly of Nerja and ID card or Residence Card at the time of collecting the invitation”.
-The councillor also informed that the Town Hall will provide three buses for the elderly to take them to the restaurant. The departure time will be at 16.30 hours, with stops at the Hotel Riu Monica in Avda del Mediterraneo, Hotel Toboso Chaparil in Chaparil street and at the bus stop in Avda Ciudad de Pescia. After the snack, the return journey will take place from 20:00 hours onwards. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/comienza-este-martes-la-entrega-de-invitaciones-para-la-merienda-navidena-homenaje-a-nuestros-mayores-en-nerja/


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Great Deals From the Nerja Household Centre:
-Auguste Rodin cambodian dancers print framed 127 x 98cms Price 35€
-Mexican style coffee table been sanded back to natural and restained with studded leg detail. Measurements 58 x 58 x 53cms Price 35€
-Chest of drawers Measurements 93 x 41.50 x 83.50cms Bedside units 46.50 x 32.50 x 63cms. Price 135€ (the set)
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For Sale, 2 items:
-Apple iPad Air 2. 16gb. Rose gold finish. Magnetic case. Unmarked. Updated to iPadOS 15. €200
-Apple Watch 4 GPS 40mm silver aluminium case. in original box with unused Apple Sport Loop grey wrist band. €220
Glen 652471289 La Herradura. 


For Sale, 3 items:
-three pine wardrobes for sale, good condition 40€ each ono.
-Aspes Washing machine old but in working order used only in holiday home 30€
-Bed settee sun faded metal mechanism not foam fold out 40€
Contact Amanda, Torrox, WhatsApp 636866715 


For Sale: Cobra men’s left-handed golf club set with bag and trolley.
Good quality clubs and in good condition. 65€. Buyer collects in Nerja. Tel: 669094359 Anders 


Christmas minimarket: Pippa’s Pawprints Spanish Dog Rescue is holding Christmas Minimarket in our support shop “relo”, Calle Almirante Carranza No 28, Nerja on Wed 16th December 6-9pm .
We have beautiful things at a steal – books, decorations, doggy/pussy cats’ gifts and treats, unusual stocking fillets, Children’s lucky dip, win a Barbie, guess the weight of the cake, Katrina’s fudge and much more. Complimentary glass cava, look no further. You can even have a stall, places limited.


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalucía adds 3,110 Covid infections in 48 hours, the highest figure since August:
-The region’s 14-day cumulative incidence rate has risen to 174.3.
-The region has also recorded one Covid-19 death, in Malaga, three fewer than the number added on Saturday.
-However, the councillor highlighted that the region’s average coronavirus incidence rate is around half of the 323 registered at the national level.
-Seville is the province with the most new infections with 763 cases, followed by Malaga with 638, Cadiz (389), Granada (374), Huelva (262), Almeria (233), Jaén (228) and Cordoba with 223. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-adds-3110-20211213123200-nt.html 


Covid Axarquia- Axarquia registers 125 cases of the coronavirus after the end of the week, half of them in Vélez-Málaga: {Translation} 13Dec21
-The Ministry of Health and Families of the Andalusian Regional Government has reported this Monday, December 13, 125 new cases of coronavirus infection in Axarquia since the last update of data from the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), last Friday, December 10. This is the weekend with the highest number of infections since the 9th of August (159).
-The good news is that no deaths have been reported and the region now has 34 days without any deaths from the disease (since 9 November). In addition, another 14 people have been confirmed recovered from COVID-19 over the weekend.
-With regard to the new positives, 58 have been registered in Vélez-Málaga; 20 in Rincón de la Victoria; 10 in Torrox; 7 in Alcaucín; 6 in La Viñuela; 5 in Algarrobo and Colmenar; 4 in Nerja and Benamargosa; 3 in Periana; 2 in Cómpeta; and 1 in Riogordo.
-As for the people who have overcome the disease, 8 have been reported in Rincón de la Victoria; 2 in Vélez-Málaga; and 1 each in Nerja, Torrox, Alcaucín and La Viñuela.
-The incidence in the Axarquia Health District (which includes Casabermeja) is 218.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 51.2 points more than last Friday (166.9). Meanwhile, in the Malaga Health District (which includes Rincón de la Victoria, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo and Totalán, as well as Malaga city and Almogía) the incidence is 211.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 18.5 points more than on Friday (193).
-In total, since the beginning of the pandemic in the Axarquia region, 15,487 positive cases have been registered to date, of which 14,601 have been officially cured and 215 have died. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/la-axarquia-registra-125-casos-de-coronavirus-tras-el-fin-de-semana-la-mitad-de-ellos-en-velez-malaga/


Spain recorded 38 cases of Omicron, 19 not linked to travel: {Translation, summary}
-Spain has so far recorded 38 cases of coronavirus of the Omicron variant, of which 19 are not linked to travel, according to the latest report on the epidemiological situation published Monday by the Ministry of Health.
-This document shows that, at present, the Delta variant represents almost 100% of those detected. In the last four weeks, the other variants do not reach 1% of the total.
-In Spain, 38 cases have been confirmed by sequencing, 17 of them corresponding to travelers from South Africa or their close contacts and 19 not linked to travel, as of December 13. Source, Spanish: https://www.laprovincia.es/espana/2021/12/13/espana-registra-38-casos-omicron-60632778.html


Vaccination of children between the ages of eleven and five years starts in Andalusia: {Translation, summary}
-The vaccination of children between the ages of eleven and five years starts in Andalusia, with the possibility to request an appointment from this Monday the 13th of December, a process that starts from Wednesday, the 15th, with a first group of age of eleven to nine years (both inclusive), while the lower age will have to wait until January.
-However, those children between the ages of nine and five years with pathologies included in the Group 7 of the Strategy of the Ministry of Health also will be vaccinated, as they are people with conditions of very high risk.
-The vaccination will be in the afternoon on weekdays and during the weekends, in a way that facilitates the process to the parents, who will have to go as chaperones.
-This will be done in health centers and points of vaccination, although there is the possibility that in rural areas are carried out in schools. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1014713/salud-abre-las-citas-de-vacunacion-a-ninos-de-hasta-nueve-anos/


Alert for Listeria in these snacks pork sold in Andalusia: {Translation, summary}
-The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) warns of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in snacks of pork ‘Urechi Snacks’ brand Marcel expiration date 02-01-2022. The Spanish agency has received notice by the health authorities of Romania, origin of the product.
-The product has been distributed in several countries of the European Union, including Spain, where it has been found for sale in the autonomous communities of Madrid, Valencia, Andalusia and Aragon.
-Aesan recommended to persons who have in their home products are affected by this alert, refrain from eating them, and return to the point of purchase.
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/sociedad/Alerta-Listeria-snacks-vendidos-Andalucia_0_1637837927.html 


Andalucia Politics- Conservatives Outraged Socialist Backed Budget Includes 1 Billion Euros of EU Covid Recovery Funds As An Income Source: {Translation, summary}
Vox spokesperson in the Andalusian Parliament, Manuel Gavira, said of the rejection of his party to the approval of the draft budget for 2022 that “in that budget there are things that we do not like”, aspects among which he has included “those 1,000 million euros that are put as income from the Covid fund” arguing that “it is money that is not going to arrive”, as well as explaining about the rejection, “when they bring you a socialist budget, obviously… we and the PSOE have nothing to do with it”.
(This raised some interesting questions. Keep in mind that in 2020 Andalucia only paid €34,240,699 in expenditures and ran a €300,000 deficit, see graphic below. The current Andalucian gov’t’s proposed 2022 budget is balanced by injecting an extra income of 1 BILLION Euros in EU grant money? Almost 30 times what they spent in 2020, pouring into the 2022 budget from EU funds alone? Paid directly to Andalucia in immediately available funds for 2022 spending? To be co-mingled with funds spent on typical mundane expenditures they would have to pay for in any case, when the EU money is supposed to be for Covid damage “recovery and economic stimulus”? Sounds like wishful thinking, and smells of book cooking, to me. And don’t get me started on what happened the last time the EU dumped a load of money in Andalucia- highway ramps to nowhere and half built airports ring a bell? Yes, we could use the money, but a special committee, transparent and accountable, needs to manage it this time. -Ed.)
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-manuel-gavira-afirma-canal-si-tuviera-68-diputados-cerraria-202112132008_noticia.html ; Budget Info and graphic credit: https://datosmacro.expansion.com/estado/presupuestos/espana-comunidades-autonomas/andalucia


Lukashenko says there will be “no other option” but to cut off gas supplies to Europe if the EU imposes new sanctions:
{Translation, summary} 13/12/2021 14:56
– Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that he would resort to cutting off gas supplies to Europe if he were to find himself in an “emergency” situation because of possible new sanctions imposed by the European Union against the country.
-In an interview with the Turkish television channel TRT, he said that “if the sanctions put Belarus in danger, there will be no other option but to respond with such measures” and thus block the passage of gas through Belarusian territory.
-The Belarusian leader had already threatened in November to leave the EU without gas from Russia if Brussels applied a new set of sanctions in the midst of the migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
-Subsequently, Lukashenko has assured that he will not hesitate to implement this measure if Poland proceeds to close the common border. However, on 2 December, the EU announced new sanctions against Minsk, targeting 17 individuals and more than a dozen organisations.
-Brussels continues to hold Minsk responsible for the thousands of refugees currently at the border waiting to enter the EU to seek asylum. However, Belarus has blamed the migration crisis on European mafias operating from Germany, Poland and other EU countries that charge refugees to bring them to Europe. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-lukashenko-asegura-no-habra-otra-opcion-cortar-gas-europa-si-ue-impone-nuevas-sanciones-20211213145633.html


Do-Over! Matches of the final round of the Champions League after UEFA redoes draw:
-Paris Saint-Germain will play Real Madrid while Liverpool take on Inter Milan in two of the standout ties in the last 16 of the Champions League after an embarrassed UEFA was forced to redo Monday’s draw following a “technical problem”.
-PSG had initially been paired together with Manchester United but the reworked draw sees them play Real while the Old Trafford side will face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
-UEFA had earlier blamed a “material error” due to a “technical problem with the software of an external service provider” as it announced that the draw for the first knockout round of its flagship competition would have to be redone. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/sport/20211213-man-utd-and-psg-to-meet-again-in-champions-league-last-16


Eye Drops That Could Replace Reading Glasses For Millions Approved By FDA: In October 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly approved VUITY eye drops to treat presbyopia, an age-related condition that results in progressively blurry vision when focusing on near objects, according to the biopharmaceutical company AbbVie. On December 9, the drug-maker announced that the treatment is now available via prescription at pharmacies across the US.
VUITY is a first-of-its-kind once-daily eye drop that provides sharp close-range vision within 15 minutes for a duration of up to 6 hours, without impacting distance vision. Its active ingredient, a medication called pilocarpine, works by causing the pupil of the eye to shrink which helps with seeing things up close. Full article: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/eye-drops-that-could-replace-reading-glasses-for-millions-approved-by-fda/


Two-dose vaccines induce lower antibodies against Omicron, study finds: Two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimens do not induce enough neutralising antibodies against the Omicron coronavirus variant, British scientists found, indicating that increased infections in those previously infected or vaccinated may be likely. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/two-dose-vaccines-induce-lower-antibodies-against-omicron-study-finds-2021-12-13/


Stunning- Facebook Court Filing Admits ‘Fact Checks’ Are Just A Matter Of ‘Protected’ Opinion: In a court filing responding to a lawsuit filed by John Stossel claiming that he was defamed by a “fact check” Facebook used to label a video by him as “misleading,” (Facebook’s parent company) Meta’s attorneys assert that the “fact check” was an “opinion,” not an actual check of facts and declaration of facts. Under libel law, opinions are protected from liability for libel.
This is a public relations disaster, revealing that their “fact checks” are not factual at all and should be labeled as “our opinion” or some such language avoiding the word “fact.”
As an amateur, it seems to me that if Facebook inserts its opinions into posts or blocks them because of its opinion, then that does make it a publisher with legal responsibility for what appears on its website. Full article: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/12/stunning_facebook_court_filing_emadmitsem_fact_checks_are_just_a_matter_of_opinion.html


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