DigameXtra No. 2146 Tuesday, Dec. 28th, 2021

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COVID ALERT- CANCELLATIONS: Covid incidence rates are rising rapidly. Events are being cancelled in many cases.
-I strongly suggest you verify events to avoid the disappointment of arriving at a cancelled event.
-Supposedly, “…the Andalusian Government will decide any restrictions after hearing from the territorial committees, which will meet on Monday (3 January), and the ‘Committee of Experts’ (4 January).” {Quote from article posted in News Section}.
-However, an earlier “emergency” meeting may be deemed necessary.
-Among possible new restrictions are: capacity reductions, early closing hours of non-essentials, and the dreaded municipal travel restrictions. Curfews are unlikely and home confinements have been ruled unconstitutional, twice.
-If there are new restrictions announced I will post it asap. -Ed.


CANCELLED in Torrox: We inform you of the cancellation of the Belén Viviente planned for Tuesday 28Dec.
Ayuntamiento de Torrox FB link 


POSTPONED in Nerja: Taking into account the health situation in the municipality, the Department of Popular Traditions has postponed this week’s Christmas program until next Thursday, December 30. It also informs that these activities may once again be modified depending on the evolution of the pandemic. The councilor, Elena Gálvez, apologizes for the inconvenience that may be caused, waiting for the understanding of neighbors and visitors.
Ayuntamiento de Nerja  FB link


SUSPENDED in Velez Malaga: The following Christmas activities scheduled for December 29, 30 and 31. In view of the increase in the number of infections, we have decided to suspend some of the activities in which it is more difficult to maintain a safe distance and control capacity. We will promptly report on all scheduled activities. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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POSTPONED- Ara Malikian’s concert at the Maestranza in Sevilla to be postponed until 23 January due to Covid’s positive reaction: {Translation}
The musician Ara Malikian, who was due to give a concert this Monday 23 Dec., at the Teatro de la Maestranza as part of his World Tour, has been forced to postpone it until 23 January because one of the members of his team has tested positive for Covid-19. Along with the recital he was to give in Seville, he had planned to give two others in Burgos and Madrid, which will be moved to 21 January and 28 December 2022, respectively. Photo:Eduardo de San Bernardo. Source Spanish


MORE SUSPENDED EVENTS- Malaga Area: {Translation}
-Torremolinos and Malaga have decided to suspend traditional festivities of New Year’s Eve
-Estepona has been informed of the suspension of the traditional new year’s Eve party that is held in La Plaza del Reloj
-Málaga City also reported the cancellation of the traditional new year’s Eve party in the plaza of the Constitution,
-Likewise, other Malaga municipalities such as Coín, Alhaurín de la Torre or Fuengirola, among others, did the same. Source, Spanish


Argentine Tango in Nerja Caves Restaurant 30 Dec: A wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in watching or taking part in a Milonga on Thursday 30 Dec.
At the Caves Restaurant from 1600-1800 for €5.
Bus times from Nerja and back obtained from Nerja Station are,
Outward 1420 hrs. Return 1845 hrs.
I shall be there for a lunch as well, all information supplied in good faith. Tony Pulle, Nerja, WApp +49 174 526 8474 ; sjc2714@gmail.com 


Freemasonry in Nerja: Did you know that there is an English language Freemasons’ lodge in Nerja? If you are a Freemason and would like to visit or if you are interested in becoming a Freemason please contact the lodge secretary at secretaryef52@aol.com ; Kind regards, Phil


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Sold – Karin Slaughter books, thanks Naythan 


For Sale, 2 items:
-Jacques Vert lace evening coat, cream colour.
-Double layer evening top, french navy.
Both size 18, on the smaller side. Worn once, both gorgeous.
Paid over £100 each, €35 each.
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Recommendations & Requests


Covid Certificates in Torrox: Message from Ayuntamiento de Torrox.
-We installed 2 municipal points to facilitate the Covid Certificate among citizens.
-It can be obtained from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Las Moreras Tourist Office in Torrox (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, starting tomorrow, December 28) and at the Mayor’s Office of El Morche (Thursday and Friday).
-As the mayor has reported, “it is a very important agreement that will facilitate access to this document to our neighbors who do not have the means to obtain it or do not know how to do it, in addition to decongesting the Health Centers of Torrox and El Morche.”
-Those interested should go with their ID, the Social Security Card and have all the updated data in the registry of the Andalusian Health Service. (Orig: DNI, la Tarjeta de la Seguridad Social y disponer de todos los datos actualizados en el registro del Servicio Andaluz de Salud.) FB link 


News & Articles

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These are the 17 municipalities in Malaga province that exceed a coronavirus incidence rate of 1,000: 27 Dec. 2021, 13:36
-In addition to the Malaga city (1,026.7), there are 16 other towns or villages that have an incidence rate of more than 1,000: Alcaucín (1,535.8); Casabermeja (1,350.2), Colmenar (1,437.4); Velez-Malaga (1,058.7), Cañete La Real (1,347.2); Algatocin (2,088.5); Arriate (1,004.4); Benadalid (2,145.9); Benarrabá (1,793.7); Cuevas del Becerro (2,567.3); Jubrique (1,147.2); Casarabonela (1,392.2); Montecorto (1,365.2); Serrato (1,037.3); Alhaurín de la Torre (1,046.9) and Coín (1,199.7).
-As for the province, the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants has increased by 234.8 points, from 616.8 on Thursday, 23 December, to 851.6 on Monday, 27 December.
-By health districts, Malaga is the one with the highest incidence rate, with 1,013.9; followed by La Axarquía, with 897.5; Serranía de Ronda (865.5); Guadalhorce Valley (800.4); Costa del Sol (708.6) and, lastly and with the lowest incidence rate, La Vega, with 633.5.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/these-municipalities-malaga-20211227133333-nt.html 


Covid Andalucia: {Translation} 27/12/2021 17:14
-On Monday 27 December, Andalusia recorded a total of 19,853 cases of coronavirus infection in 72 hours (data had not been updated since 24 December), which is the highest number of cases in the entire pandemic, ahead of the previous record of 10,328 on Friday 24 December, although that figure was recorded in 24 hours. -In addition, the region has recorded 12 new deaths, a lower figure than last Thursday (14 in 24 hours). The 12 deaths were recorded in Malaga (five), Cordoba (five), Cadiz (one), Seville (one), Huelva (one), Jaen (one). It is worth noting in this sixth wave that on the day on which a new record of 14 deaths were recorded, while on the day of the record of the third wave (30 January this year) the number of deaths was 69.
-According to data consulted by Europa Press at the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), the incidence in 14 days rises 170 points to 841.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 450.7 points more than a week ago.
-The 19,853 cases of this Monday (72 hours) are registered after the 10,328 cases of Friday, the 7,210 cases of Thursday, the 6,237 cases of Wednesday, and the 5,111 cases of Tuesday.
-By provinces, Seville has 4,261 cases, followed by Malaga with 4,069, Cadiz with 3,185, Cordoba with 2,398, Cadiz with 2,293, Almeria with 1,287, Jaen with 1,236 and Huelva with 1,124.
Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1018098/la-tasa-se-dispara-en-andalucia-hasta-8417-el-fin-de-semana-de-navidad/


Covid Axarquia: {Translation} 27Dec21
-Rincón de la Victoria has notified this Monday 27 December 2 new deaths due to coronavirus in its municipality.
-The data also confirms 898 new infections in Axarquia since last Thursday 23rd December.
-The new covid-19 cases confirmed in the region have taken place in Vélez-Málaga (418). Rincón de la Victoria (190). Torrox (83). Nerja (77). Algarrobo (36). Colmenar (15). Benamocarra and Frigiliana (11). Benamargosa (10). Alcaucín (9). Competa (7). El Borge and Periana (6). La Viñuela (4). Almáchar and Moclinejo (3). Sedella (2) and Alfarnatejo, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Iznate, Riogordo, Salares and Totalán (1). Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/axarquia-comarca/axarquia-comienza-ultima-semana-ano-nuevas-muertes-coronavirus/20211227124049045544.html


Spain receives 10,000 million in the first leg of the recovery fund of the EU- and the strings attached to it: {Translation, summary}
– The European Union has disbursed the first tranche of the €10 billion recovery fund to Spain on Monday.
-The European Commission has also confirmed the disbursement to Spain of “10 billion euros in grants to support reforms and the transition to a green and digital future”.
-Once the transaction has been completed, this 10 billion tranche will join the 9 billion advance that the EU executive advanced in mid-August, which was not subject to conditions.
-Spain was the first EU country to submit a formal request to receive the first disbursement and was able to do so after signing with the EU executive the technical document that stipulates how the fulfilment of each commitment is to be verified.
-The 10 billion tranche of Spain’s recovery plan hinged on 52 milestones and targets that the government had already met, which allowed the European Commission to conclude its preliminary analysis in just three weeks, without using up the two-month deadline available to it.
-This first tranche hinged on reforms included in almost all components of the government’s recovery plan. Eight of these form part of the chapter on the modernisation of the administration, among them the regulation to reduce temporary employment in the public sector.
-Also important in this disbursement was the component on tax reform, with measures such as the introduction of the digital tax, the tax on financial transactions or short-term changes in corporate and indirect taxation.
-This first disbursement also includes measures from the labour reform chapter, such as the law regulating teleworking, the regulation to reduce the gender pay gap and the entry into force of the action plan to tackle youth unemployment.
-With regard to pension reform, the disbursement of this 10 billion was conditional on the separation of the sources of Social Security funding, the review of individual pension plan bonuses and the modification of the maternity pension supplement.
-Other milestones and objectives included among the requirements for accessing this tranche of direct aid are the approval of the climate law, the decarbonisation strategy until 2050, the hydrogen roadmap, the Spanish circular economy strategy, the SME digitalisation plan and the national artificial intelligence strategy. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/macroeconomia-00338/noticia-espana-recibe-10000-millones-primer-tramo-fondo-recuperacion-ue-20211227131113.html


Ryanair to suspend more than 80 routes in January: The low-cost Irish airline Ryanair has announced that it will temporarily suspend more than 80 routes in Spain during January, due to the situation caused by the omicron variant and the new measures put in place by countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy or the Netherlands.
Ryanair’s decision will affect both routes within Spain and international routes at practically all of the national airports where it operates. Those airports affected are listed in source article. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/12/27/ryanair-to-suspend-more-than-80-routes-in-january/


Junta’s ‘committee of experts’ to meet next week to consider new Covid control restrictions: {27 December 2021, 17:01}
-The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced this Monday, 27 December, that the Andalusian Government will decide any restrictions after hearing from the territorial committees, which will meet on Monday (3 January), and the ‘Committee of Experts’ (4 January). But he said that the Junta’s wish is that the measures will “affect the economic and productive activity in the region as little as possible.”
“The coronavirus incidence rate of Andalucía is not so bad”, he argued and said that “we are at the bottom of the ranking”, a reference to the fact that the Covid rate in the region – with 841 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – is the lowest in Spain, together with Castilla La Mancha. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/juntas-committee-experts-20211227170022-nt.html


The Territorial Committees will meet to discuss Covid Alert Levels & restriction recommendations before the Junta Meetings next week:
{Translation, last 2 paragraphs only} 27/12/2021 17:59
-Before next week’s meetings arrive (see previous article), this Tuesday is the  scheduled meeting of the territorial committees. At this meeting it is expected that alert levels will be raised for several Andalusian territories the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre explained in a press briefing.
-However, no region of the community is expected to pass beyond Covid alert level 2, where there are no restrictions. Those measures, Aguirre recalled, are taken from level 3, but it is not expected that this stage will be reached in any area of  Andalusia until next week.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-comite-expertos-reune-proxima-semana-para-analizar-restricciones-andalucia-covid-202112271348_noticia.html


Mijas dog owners could face fines of 50 to 750 euros if they don’t dilute dog pee: First it was Ronda, Torremolinos and Benalmádena, but now the war against dog pee has reached Mijas, the fourth major town in the province that is going to force dog owners to clean up after their pets. The mayor of Mijas, Josele González, and the councillor with a responsibility for public highways, Nicolás Cruz, have confirmed to SUR that a measure to make owners dilute the urine of their pets on the street will be tabled at a council meeting on 29 December, and if it gets the go-ahead, the measure could take effect within weeks. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/mijas-fuengirola/mijas-owners-could-20211227113913-nt.html 


Malaga’s Christmas lights are captured in a stunning time-lapse video: Juan Carlos Cortina has extensive experience in the world of time-lapse photography. Full article


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope just launched, and why this is such a monumental event for the entire field of astronomy: The Webb Telescope is set to travel 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth over the next six months and then begin orbiting the sun at the vital-for-the-mission location known as the second Lagrange point. Once that happens, it will begin sending back images of the universe. But these won’t be mere intergalactic photos. The Webb will offer us a new story of the cosmos, completely unfiltered. This will be a giant step forward from the Hubble telescope, which launched along with the Discovery space shuttle in 1990. Full article: https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-just-launched-whats-next/ 

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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
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Nerja: 952 521 545
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Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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