DigameXtra No. 2189 Friday, Feb. 18th, 2022

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Bar Atila: Afternoon Gig with Liquid Lunch + Meal Deals
Saturday 19th February at 2pm
Contact Frank at Bar Atila to reserve a table & preorder meals
atilabarpuente@gmail.com ; 630 393 290 (WhatsApp)
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The Cazbah Live Lounge: Mama Paula & The Blues Band
Friday 18Feb. Doors open 9pm. Free!
For booking WhatsApp us 602535710
Avenida de Rota, Mijas 


Great Anticupid Party at Feroche Beach Bar- Torrox Costa
Saturday, February 19 from 8:30 p.m.
We’re back with the singles with Evelyn Ríos!
Special combo €10 Come enjoy with us!
@feroche_beach_torrox ; Reserves 658 145 950


Ladies Lunch & Fashion Show in the elegant La Scala Marbella:
Wed. 23Feb from 1pm La Scala Marbella have a Fashion Show by Mapuchi Moda whilst enjoying a 3 course menu with unlimited Prosecco & one cocktail from only €35 while enjoying live music with Johnny G. Tel 951 569 362 Make sure to reserve your table because these ladies lunches are very popular! See you there ladies! Menu at www.lascalamarbella.com 


Indian Music & Food: Sai Indian Restaurant
Every Friday enjoy our best curry at costa de sol with live indian music. We were the first Indian restaurant to make our music known on the Costa del Sol. That is why we are very grateful that every Friday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm you continue to accompany us as more than 5 years ago in our Live Music nights. Book a your table now
To book, you can call us at 951254401 / 600098369
Calle Torremolinos #3, la Cala de Mijas 29649 Mijas
Website: http://www.saiindianrestaurant.es/ 

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Greek House– Greek Casita Restaurant, Torrox Costa: Hours, 6pm to close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialities. You can choose meat specialties (Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! For reservations call telephone number 642585049. https://la-casita-griega.business.site/



Malagalingo Spanish School:
Who said MEN don’t like learning languages?!
Celebrating our first “boys only” group in Malagalingo Spanish School
Come to try your First Trial Lesson without obligation.
Malagalingo Spanish School
malagalingo@gmail.com ; + (34) 650 479 493
Facebook: malagalingo ; www.malagalingo.com 


Workshops in February and Mar:
Sat 26/02: Macramé Wallhanging Workshop in Vélez Málaga
Sun 27/02: Full day Retreat in Frigliana
Sat 05/03: Mosaic workshop in Vélez Málaga
Sun 06/03: Crochet & Macramé  workshop in La Viñuela
Contact: 608 966 663 ; Email: donnacarney49@hotmail.com 


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Bamboo wicker chair Price 35€
-Ikea Ekedalen chair vgc Price 20€
-Solid wooden sideboard with tiled drawers & door fronts Natural & yute Measurements 163.50 x 40 x 80cms Price 220€
contact Jackie /nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale: Builders Lightweight Tower. 1.5metres square.
11 pieces total, each measuring 1.5 cms X 75cms
Price 60€ can be seen in Caleta de Velez.
Jennifer / Derek / El Morche tel: 655629821 or WhatsApp 


For Sale, 2 items:
-Becken Mini Oven, 20€, BMO 4135, 1500 W
-Becken Standing Heater, 15 €, BCTH. 3344, 2000 W
Contact Flora, Torre Del Mar. 642933087 


For Sale: Ikea Varruta cotton quilted bedspreads. Excellent condition and spotless. Reversible patchwork/striped design. Machine washable.
Double 260cm x 250cm, 25 euros. Singles 240cm x 160cm, 15 euros each. Mike or Linda/Competa. Tel or whatsapp +34 711003229 or email: mblong@hotmail.com 


Recommendations & Requests

Car Hire: Hi, does anyone have contact details for a car hire company that will insure a 20year old. Thanks, John/Iznate
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News & Articles

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Covid Spain- Spain’s Ministry of Health reports 360 coronavirus deaths in latest 24-hour period: The Ministry of Health in Spain has this Thursday, 17 February, notified 34,213 new coronavirus infections. The country’s 14-day cumulative incidence rate continues to decrease, standing at 984.33 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the 1,060.46 reported on Wednesday by the department led by Caroline Darias. Another 360 coronavirus deaths were added, making the official Covid death toll in Spain rise to 97,710.
-There are currently 10,251 Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals throughout Spain and 1,351 in an intensive care unit, although in the last 24 hours there have been 907 admissions and 1,557 patients discharged. The occupancy rate of hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients stands at 8.25 per cent on the wards and 14.48 per cent in ICUs. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/spains-ministry-health-20220217200248-nt.html


There are Autonomous Regions with 20% of Covid death reports being false- Health admits the chaos of the count: {Translation} 16/02/2022 11:32
-Every day the media insist on reporting on the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, when the reality is that we know neither the exact number nor the date to which they correspond. The lack of a single criterion for counting deaths caused by covid-19 has led at least eight autonomous communities to admit that they inflate their death figures to include those who died from another cause but with a positive diagnostic test. This situation has led to some Autonomous Communities with up to 20% of false deaths due to covid in their statistics, as Vozpópuli has been able to confirm through regional sources.
-The chaos is such that the Centro de Coordinación de Alertas y Emergencias Sanitarias (Ccaes) was unaware of the existence of this disparity of criteria. “We have always understood that the ACs only counted deaths due to covid, not covid and deaths due to other causes,” says a source close to the centre headed by Fernando Simón.
-These differences have led the Autonomous Regions to complain to the CCAES, which has recognised the existence of at least two problems in the count: the difference in criteria on what constitutes a covid death and the delay in sharing the data so that the Ministry can include it in the report. The ACs that do not distinguish between covid and covid deaths inflate their total number of deaths by up to 20%, although in some cases the gap is as much as 10%.
-The Ccaes considers that only deaths due to coronavirus, and no other cause, should be recorded in the Ministry of Health’s daily list. But both Carolina Darias and Fernando Simón’s department wash their hands of the matter and rule out imposing a common criterion for the whole of Spain. “There is not going to be a single criterion because detecting the cause of death is very complicated,” they say at the Ccaes.
-The issue that has most inflamed the communities, however, has been the delay with which some of them are notifying the deaths caused by coronavirus in their territories. For weeks now, Health has been offering in its report data on deaths in the last 7 days that do not correspond to reality because of the territories that report their data late.
-This error favours those that do badly in the media and harms those that do well. Every day, the media echo the figures of deaths without distinguishing this factor, which leads citizens to misjudge the situation in each territory. Moreover, it may even seem that in some regions people die more from coronavirus because they have worse care systems, when the reality is that they are quicker and more efficient at reporting data.
-The delays in the Autonomous Regions are not included in the specific seven-day data, but in the total, thus camouflaging the real situation. Last week, in fact, Catalonia updated its situation with the sum of 400 deaths due to coronavirus. When are these deaths from? The sixth wave? October? Previous?
-“The system penalises those who do their work on a daily basis,” say regional sources. The response of the Ccaes has not been long in coming and this week, in an attempt to please the Autonomous Regions, they have modified the daily report of Health with three asterisks in the “deaths in the last 7 days” where it is specified: “Due to delays in the notification of the deceased cases in some Autonomous Regions, these data are not comparable with each other”.
-As this newspaper published last week, the delay in the notification of deaths means that the Autonomous Regions have left 690 deaths in limbo between 31 January and 7 February. These are people who have been added to the total death toll without the date of death being specified. This makes it impossible to know how lethal covid is in each territory. Two years of pandemic, and there is still no single path for everyone, even if only to count the souls that have been left behind. Source, Spanish: https://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/muertos-covid-sanidad-recuento.html


Following Belgiums lead, Spain to offer aid to companies that promote the 4-day weekly shift before July: The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism will launch before the end of the first half of the year the program for aid to companies that promote the four-day working day (32 hours a week) within the framework of the pilot project. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/industry-will-launch-aid-to-companies-that-promote-the-4-day-weekly-shift-before-july/


EU proposes second Brexit referendum to double check ‘final decision’: The proposition was made by the European Parliament in a report on the assessment of Article 50, the mechanism that allows member states to depart from the bloc. In the report, commissioned by the EU Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs, MEPs claimed Britons lacked all the necessary information ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Full article: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1567432/Brexit-news-second-referendum-eu-parliament-report-article-50


UK braces for Storm Eunice with some people urged to stay indoors:
A rare red weather warning – the highest alert, meaning a high impact is very likely – has been issued by the Met Office due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge.
There is a risk of “flying debris resulting in danger to life” and “damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down” along the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset as well as the south coast of Wales from Friday morning. Full article: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/met-office-army-boris-johnson-somerset-north-cornwall-b983202.html


Amazon UK reaches agreement with VISA: Last year, the multinational retailer announced it would ban Visa credit cards as a form of payment on its platform in the UK due to “high costs”. On Thursday, the e-commerce giant said it would not be turning off Visa credit cards from Amazon.co.uk, … following a new agreement with the global payment provider.: Full article: https://www.theretailbulletin.com/general-merchandise/amazon-reaches-agreement-with-visa-17-02-2022/


Ukraine shelling renews invasion fears as Russia expels U.S. diplomat:
Shelling in Ukraine on Thursday renewed Western fears of an imminent Russian invasion as U.S. President Joe Biden said Moscow is preparing a pretext to justify a possible attack and the Kremlin expelled an American diplomat.
Early morning exchanges of fire between Kyiv’s forces and pro-Russian separatists – who have been at war for years and where a ceasefire is periodically violated – caused alarm as Western countries have said an incursion could come at any time.
-While Russia accuses the West of hysteria, saying some its troops have returned to bases and that it has no plans to invade, many Western countries are adamant that the military build-up is continuing ahead of a possible assault.
About the photo: An interior view shows a kindergarten, which according to Ukraine’s military officials was damaged by shelling, in Stanytsia Luhanska in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released February 17, 2022.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/shelling-breaks-out-east-ukraine-west-moscow-dispute-troop-moves-2022-02-17/ 


French Left in disarray- Right & Far Right dominate presidential campaign polls: Six months ahead of France’s April 2022 presidential elections, all three major left-wing candidates are performing badly in the polls as they struggle to gain traction outside big cities amid a shift to the right among the French electorate. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/france/20211026-french-left-faces-presidential-election-drubbing-as-right-far-right-make-all-the-running


Netherlands Removes Some Restrictions But Makes Proof of Vaccination/Recovery/Testing Mandatory for Entry to NL: The Netherlands has abolished a large share of COVID-19 measures in the country, including travel restrictions. Yet, the country has decided to impose the obligation of presenting proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus, or negative COVID-19 test results for everyone entering the country, starting from February’s last Friday. The Dutch government reminds travellers to check the validity of their vaccination certificates as the same are now valid for only 270 days. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/netherlands-removes-some-restrictions-but-makes-proof-of-vaccination-recovery-testing-mandatory-for-entry/


Bonolotto: The result of the Bonoloto this Thursday, February 17, 2022 is: 05, 18, 23, 25, 33 and 40 being the complementary number the 43 and the refund 8. Source: https://spainsnews.com/the-bonoloto-leaves-a-prize-of-171000-euros-in-the-canary-islands/ 


Olympic Medal Table, Sun., Feb 13th 2022: Click/tap the pic to enlarge. See Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 info site, has full schedules & scores: https://olympics.com/en/


Metals Report- Gold tops $1,900/oz for first time since June as Ukraine tensions grow, other metals up:
Gold prices on Thursday rose above $1,900 for the first time since June as investors flocked to the safety of bullion after U.S. President Joe Biden said there was every indication Russia was planning to invade Ukraine.
Spot gold jumped 1.7% to $1,899.84 per ounce by 02:22 p.m. ET (1922 GMT), after hitting its highest since June 11 at $1,900.99 earlier.
U.S. gold futures settled 1.6% higher at $1,902.
Auto-catalyst metal palladium jumped 3.4% to $2,358.19, after hitting a two-week high earlier in the session.
Silver gained 1.4% to $23.87 and platinum climbed 2.3% to $1,085.83, after hitting a three-month high earlier. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/gold-prices-near-8-month-high-dovish-fed-minutes-weigh-dollar-yields-2022-02-17/


A Creepy, Exceptionally Rare ‘Ghost Shark’ Chimaera Has Been Found in The Pacific: Researchers have discovered an exceptionally rare, newly hatched “ghost shark” near New Zealand’s South Island, according to the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
Translucent, gelatinous and crowned with a pair of giant black eyes on its pointed head, the alien-like baby likely belongs to one of the more than 50 known species of ghost sharks, also known as chimaeras, which live in deep water around the world.
Though not exactly sharks, chimaeras are closely related to both sharks and rays, all of which are fish with skeletons made of cartilage instead of bone, according to NIWA. Full article: https://www.sciencealert.com/rare-baby-alien-like-ghost-shark-found-near-new-zealand 

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Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

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COVID-19 VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency.

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Churches & Worship

New Life Church
Whether you live in Nerja or are visiting our area, we would be delighted to welcome you to New Life Church. Our meetings are characterised by uplifting songs, relevant sermons and a modern but reverent service.
During this time of uncertainty, God’s word reminds us that the Gospel shines brightest in times of darkness. We are a Bible based Church community continuing to help people find their way to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me“
Sunday Service 11.00am
Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja ; Directions: Click Here 
Email: info@nlcnerja.com
Website: https://www.nlcnerja.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nlcnerja 


El Puente Christian Fellowship – Sunday Service
El Puente Christian Fellowship is a loving, multi-national, Bible believing community of Christ, who meet each Sunday at 11 am to worship The Lord. We enjoy a time of worship with contemporary songs and traditional hymns, and a message brought to us by one of the Elders or a visiting speaker.
The church meeting hall is situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria Puente Don Manuel, Cruce de Periana – 29713.
Full directions and further information can be found on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/El-Puente-Christian-Fellowship-105285888299225/or please contact us by email on elpuentechristianfellowship@gmail.com. For those who cannot join us in person, we aim to stream Sunday services via the Facebook page (subject to a good internet connection!). 


St George’s Church Málaga: We are part of the Church of England in Spain covering the area from Torremolinos in the west to the outskirts of Nerja in the east and to the northern edge of Malaga province. 
We have three worship centres, in Velez-Málaga, Málaga city and Salinas. Everyone is welcome to our Sunday services in English, and you can also contact us to enquire about baptisms, marriage blessings, funerals, and house blessings. 
Father Louis, our Chaplain, is available for counsel and support, regardless of anyone’s beliefs or background. We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community, open to all people seeking faith and friendship. 
If you can’t get to church, we live-stream our Sunday services on Facebook, and also gather on Zoom for an informal service on Wednesday mornings. 
Sign up for our newsletter by emailing Father Louis at malagachaplain@gmail.com to receive login details, and news of other future events. We look forward to welcoming you and being of service.
Website: www.stgeorgemalaga.org & Facebook 


The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar:
The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar holds a midday (12 noon) Eucharist service at San Miguel church in Nerja every Sunday. San Miguel is to be found in Plaza Andalucia. See on Google Maps Note: while the building work on the main church roof is undertaken, please use the door on Calle San Francisco – at the back of the church buildings – to access our Sunday services.
Iglesia de San Miguel (St Michael’s Church) is within easy walking distance of Nerja Bus Station. Free parking on the streets is available close to Plaza Andalucia or off street in the Dustbowl car park.
A midweek Eucharist service is held by Zoom each Wednesday at 9.30 am and a simple service of Compline also takes place by Zoom on Thursdays at 6pm.
Residents and visitors are welcome at our services.
For more information and to register for the link to the Zoom services please refer to our website. https://www.nerjaalmunecaranglicanchurch.co.uk/ & FB link


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services: 
-Catholic Mass in English at Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar. Every Saturday at 17.00. Tel: 952 543 334.
-St Barnabas IERE (Anglican) Torre del Mar, Morning prayer 1st Sunday, Holy Communion 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 11am. Tel: 657286284
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Tel: 952 543 334 

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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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EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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