DigameXtra No. 2143 Thursday, Dec. 23rd, 2021

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Christmas Bar Crawl- La Cala: Join us all Thursday 23rd Dec for the La Cala Christmas bar crawl. Starts 7pm. FB link 


The Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja will host a thirty shows:
-The international presence in the programme begins with the famous Swedish saxophonist Johan Sengard, a member of the legendary group ABBA. In January, the French violinist Thomas Potiron also visits us. In February, the famous jazz group Ytre Soluen returns with the American singer Tricia Boutté. In March, the Finnish clarinettist Antti Sarpilla returns as guest star of the jazz group The Farataos.
-Theatre has an important presence. In January we will have the company Caramala with the Nerjeña Noemí Ruiz. In February, the company Albadulake will bring its theatre-circus version of La Casa de Bernarda Alba. In March, Women’s Day is celebrated with the premiere of Inés, by the company Jóvenes Clásicos, and also International Theatre Day, with Dolores, by Teatro a la plancha.
-Jazz and blues begins in January with the mythical group of the 80s, the Vargas Blues Band. In February, La insostenible Big Band and the Ramírez brothers, members of another legendary group from the 80s, Tabletom. In March, Jazz Ways Group. Flamenco dance opens the February programme with the show Quejido y promesa, and in March we will have the new show by Pilar Soto, Resistiré. Tango also returns with the company La Porteña and its show Alma de Bohemio.
-Classical music concerts begin in January with the Jean-Pierre Rampal Duo, in February with Pablo Alcázar’s guitar and in March with Javier García Moreno’s guitar. We will also have the show Un canto a la poesía, with tenor and piano, and the Promúsica orchestra with a programme of soundtracks. We will end the term with the traditional spring galas of the Municipal School of Music and Dance.
-See the official website for more info https://cultura.nerja.es/category/programacion/
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/cultura/centro-cultural-villa-nerja-acogera-treintena-espectaculos-enero/20211222084438045486.html 

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For Sale, 2 items:
-Antique Sewing Machine, €60
-Electric Fireplace, €75
Buyers collects in El Morche
Piet / Petra, Torrox Costa. Whattsapp: 666332932 


For Sale: Quality tv cabinet, quarter plate shelves, casters, size: 37”wide x 21” deep, 28” high. Price: €79 o.n.o. Can deliver!
Contact: Derek. Nerja.
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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

Editor’s Note: I encountered an amazing amount of fake news and contradictory articles while collecting todays news articles. One case of particular interest to us in Spain is that some normally dependable Spanish news sources are mis-representing (outright lying) what actually took place in todays emergency meeting of regional presidents regarding new Covid restrictions, and masking in particular. While these sources are claiming a majority of support for PM’s the new proposed restriction, few, such as sevilla.abc.es and elmundo.es, revealed accurately that this was in fact not the case, “Only seven of 17 autonomies had requested this measure, there was no majority although Sánchez spoke of “very broad consensus.” There was strong opposition from both sides, pro restrictions and anti restrictions, to this moderate approach proposed by the PM.  We should  find out tonight what new rules we will have for the holidays. (Quote translated from  https://sevilla.abc.es/sociedad/abci-gobierno-establecera-obligatoriedad-mascarillas-exteriores-202112221747_noticia.html)


Covid Axarquia- Velez, Corner, Alcaucín, Apiary and Viñuela, the five municipalities of la Axarquía who are at very high risk:
{Translation, summary} 22Dec21
-Axarquia has five municipalities with ” very high risk” coronavirus incidence rates of 500+ . They are Alcaucín (1,404.1), Colmenar (1,114.7), La Viñuela (1,021.9), Vélez-Málaga (598.6) and Rincón de la Victoria (520.8).
-The municipalities at high risk (300 to 500 cases) are Nerja (458.8), Benamocarra (426.8), Frigiliana (424.6), Cómpeta (378.1), Algarrobo (335.6), Benamargosa (325.7), El Borge (325.4) and Torrox (317.7).
-The localities at medium risk (100 to 300 cases) are Periana (291.4), Riogordo (257.1), Moclinejo (239.8), Comares (225.6), Macharaviaya (194.9), Canillas de Aceituno (178.6), Almáchar (165.1), Cútar (162.3) and Totalán (135.7),
-Alfarnate (93.9) is at low risk (50 to 100 cases).
-Only 8 localities in Axarquia have not registered any cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks. These are Alfarnatejo, Árchez, Arenas, Canillas de Albaida, Iznate, Salares, Sayalonga and Sedella.
-The incidence in the Axarquia Health District (which includes Casabermeja) is at 513.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 66.4 points higher than on Tuesday (446.7) and 264.5 points higher than a week ago (248.6). This figure means a very high risk.
-In the Malaga Health District (which includes Rincon de la Victoria, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo and Totalan, in addition to Malaga city and Almogia) the incidence is 641 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 56.6 points more than Tuesday (584.4) and 346.3 points above a week ago (294.7).
-A new death has occurred in the region in the municipality of Alcaucín.
-With regard to the new positives in the last 24 hours, the following have been reported: 78 in Vélez-Málaga; 20 in Rincón de la Victoria; 11 in Nerja; 8 in Torrox; 6 in Colmenar; 5 in Alcaucín; 4 in Frigiliana; 3 in Benamocarra and La Viñuela; 2 in Algarrobo and Cómpeta; and 1 in Canillas de Aceituno, Comares, El Borge, Periana and Moclinejo.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/velez-rincon-alcaucin-colmenar-y-la-vinuela-los-cinco-municipios-de-la-axarquia-que-estan-en-riesgo-muy-alto/


PM Pedro Sánchez says the move to restore outdoor masking will be approved on Thursday: Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez has announced to an emergency meeting of regional presidents that on Thursday (23 December) an Extraordinary Cabinet meeting will approve a decree law to make the use of face masks compulsory outdoors, again.
Although there will be exceptions, such as for the practice of sports, in principle, the Government’s plan is to make the use of the coronavirus protection measure mandatory in most circumstances and regardless of whether or not the 1.5 metres safe social distance can be maintained. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/sanchez-makes-masks-20211222174306-nt.html


Britain exceeds 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time: Britain reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since widespread testing was introduced, with 106,122 on Wednesday compared with 90,629 on Tuesday.
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has driven a surge in cases in the last seven days, with the total rising by 643,219, or 59%, according to government data. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/britain-reports-record-106122-new-covid-19-cases-2021-12-22/


Fourth COVID-19 shot needed, says German health minister: BERLIN, Dec 22 (Reuters) Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Wednesday that a fourth vaccination will be necessary in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic due to the more contagious Omicron variant.
He said that Germany has ordered 80 million doses of a vaccine made by Biontech specifically targeting Omicron and should arrive in April or May.
Germany has also ordered four million doses of the newly approved vaccine Novavax (info at https://www.novavax.com/covid-19-coronavirus-vaccine-candidate-updates)- seen as more acceptable to vaccine sceptics – and 11 million doses of the new Valneva shot, which is waiting for marketing authorisation, Lauterbach said. Full article: http://news.trust.org/item/20211222130815-29zh3


Gordo prize in Spain’s national Christmas lottery: The number 86148 has been drawn as the Gordo – the top prize in Spain’s Christmas Lottery Draw. Holders of the lucky number will get 400,000 euros for each décimo they hold.
Spain’s national Christmas lottery draw rained down big prizes on the Costa del Sol. As well as the major 10-million-euro windfall in San Pedro Alcantara several ‘decimos’ for some of the other main prizes were sold in Benalmádena, Torre del Mar and Malaga city.
The 42833, the first of the two Fourth Prizes, with a prize of 200,000 euros to the series, has been widely distributed and, among other places throughout Spain, a tenth was also sold in the administration located in Calle del Mar, 62 L-1A, in Torre del Mar.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/national-christmas-lottery-20211222140841-nt.html 


Bonoloto: The result of the Bonoloto de this Wednesday, December 22nd is: 10, 19, 20, 37, 45 and 46, being the complementary number the fifteen and the refund on 7. Source: https://spainsnews.com/bonoloto-draw-for-wednesday-december-22-2021/


USA cricketers defeat Ireland by 26 runs in T20 contest: The United States scored a famous and deserved T20 cricket triumph over Ireland on Wednesday to get the most important series in their history off to the best possible start.
A brilliant 65 from Gajanand Singh helped the hosts reach a competitive 188 for 6 in their 20 overs and some disciplined bowling from Saurabh Netravalkar and Ali Khan helped keep the Irish at bay to secure an opening victory in the five-game set, the first USA home series ever against a Test playing nation.
Ireland had never lost to an American side coming into the clash, thrashing them four times in T20 World Cup qualifier tournaments from 2010 to 2015. But the visitors were distinctly second best in Florida as the US notched their best-ever win against a Test playing nation in the Twenty20 format. Photo:ADHIKARI AFP. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211222-usa-cricketers-defeat-ireland-by-26-runs-in-t20-contest


Copy Videos From YouTube? The major record labels believe that YouTube rippers are the most significant piracy threat on the Internet: These sites, which can be used for a variety of purposes, are used by some to convert free YouTube videos into MP3/MP4 files for downloading onto their devices. That is stealing files you have no right to copy. The RIAA and several of its members have taken legal action to curb this threat. They previously sued YouTube-MP3, the world’s largest ripping site at the time, which resulted in the site shutting down in 2017.
The RIAA listed 1,618 copyrights and argued that $50,000 per copyright infringement is appropriate. In addition, it asked for $1,250 per DMCA violation, bringing the total to $82,922,500.
Judge Buchanan concludes that these amounts are appropriate, given the music companies’ lost profits and advertising revenue, as well as the finding that the YouTube rippers willfully and repeatedly facilitated copyright infringement. Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/judge-recommends-83-million-piracy-damages-award-against-youtube-rippers-211220/


TikTok unseats Google and Facebook as the most visited website in 2021: In somewhat surprising news, TikTok.com took over as the most visited website, over Google.com. This all comes from Cloudflare, which ranks traffic for sites worldwide each year. Typically, the top five websites are Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Netflix. Sometimes Netflix and Amazon flip-flop, but other than that, the order is generally the same. This year, however, TikTok took over. After being number seven last year. Full article: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/in-2021-tiktok-dethroned-google-as-the-most-visited-website.html 


US Covid Relief Programs A Disaster- $100Billion Stolen: Nearly $100 billion at minimum has been stolen from COVID-19 relief programs set up to help businesses and people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, the U.S. Secret Service said Tuesday.
Most of that figure comes from unemployment fraud. The Labor Department reported about $87 billion in unemployment benefits could have been paid improperly, with a significant portion attributable to fraud. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-pandemics-us-secret-service-9d5c43814ef2c1ffb45c2a6f4e13faa9


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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

Local Police
Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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