DigameXtra No. 2210 Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

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Yfke’s Bar- Torrox Costa: Due to a management change the bar is now closed. We plan to reopen on Saturday, 14May.
Big things are in the works! We’ll have a new menu including some vegetarian specialty dishes from our new chef.
Re-opening announcement will be posted here.
Thank you for your patronage. Yfke’s Bar.


The Anchor, Nerja: St. Patrick Day March 17th, from 2pm.
Come enjoy some Bacon&Eggs with some I-Diddly-Dee music.
Calle Ruperto Anduez 5, 29780 Nerja  FB 


Legends Bar, Torre del Mar: Thursday 17 March, 8-10pm is St. Patrick’s Day celebration with special menu ‘Guinness Irish Stew’, loads of Guinness beers & live Irish music by Alberto. For table booking/event food please pre-book to avoid disappointment.  FB 


Chiringuito Tropy: Live music with Liquid Lunch Band.
Sat., 19Mar from 2pm
C/ Real, 29750, Caleta de Velez. Res. 653629841 


Proper original UK punk rock from The Wasps:
Live at ZZ Pub, Malaga Sat., Apr 9th
From the early days of punk to today. Songs from Punkyronics album, Live at the Vortex album, and the new album Punk Prayer. Catch The Wasps before their headline tours in UK and Portugal at Malaga’s coolest intimate rock venue, ZZ Pub
C/ Tejón y Rodríguez, 6, 29008 Málaga  FB 


Rob Sas & David Gil Live show: Blasting out some Rock classics at O’Callaghans in Sabinillas this Saturday March 19. Come and join us for our first gig there in over two years – Starts at 21:00.
Calle Duquesa de arcos 29692 Manilva,  FB 


The Fabulous Howlin’ Ramblers: Live at ZZ Pub
2 Nights only Fri Mar18 & Sat 19 Mar, 11pm
C/ Tejón y Rodríguez, 6, 29008 Málaga  FB 


Mediterranean Youth Orchestra: The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (Joven Orquesta Mediterránea) will be giving a “Spring” concert at 7pm on March 27 at the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñécar. The programme includes two widely performed romantic compositions, Chopin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring”. The orchestra will be conducted, as usual, by Michael Thomas, a great violinist, conductor and composer.
The orchestra will be accompanied by the pianist Susana Gómez Vázquez, who was born in Madrid and is considered to be one of Spain’s most brilliant young pianists.
Tickets cost 18 euros and can be purchased online at http://www.bravoentradas.es, at the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñécar and at Viajes Eroski (Calle Mariana Pineda, 14) in Almuñécar. Full article:


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-Wooden gangway for a dog.
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Costa Animal Society (CAS):
Are you passionate about animal welfare?
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If you do then we’d love to hear from you.
Costa Animal Society (CAS) are looking for a President and a Secretary, due to their retirement, after many years of helping to run this small, successful animal charity. These posts are voluntary but extremely rewarding.
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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalusia registers 3,087 infections and 26 deaths in 72 hours and its rate drops six points: {Translation, summary} 14/03/2022 13:14
-On Monday 14 March, Andalusia registered a total of 3,087 positive results for Covid-19 in 72 hours, 351 more than those recorded on Friday, while 26 people died, two more than on Friday and one less than a week ago.
-According to the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), the rate in the region stands at 263.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 6.3 points less than on Friday.
-The 3,087 infections on Monday (72 hours) follow 2,736 on Friday, 2,821 on Thursday, 2,649 on Wednesday, 1,512 on Tuesday and 5,278 on Monday.
-By provinces, Malaga is the one with the most infections with 877, followed by Cadiz with 531, Seville with 358, Cordoba with 327, Almeria with 303, Granada with 259, Huelva with 244 and Jaen with 188.
-Of the 26 deaths, 15 occurred in the province of Seville, six in Malaga, two in Cadiz and Cordoba, respectively, and one in Almeria.
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/andalucia-hospitalizados-coronavirus-granada/


Omicron variant BA.2 already accounts for up to 75% of new infections in Spain: {Translation}14Mar22 17:08
-The BA.2 lineage of the omicron variant is becoming a major concern for health authorities. The cause of the new wave of infections that is gripping the countries of central Europe, Asia and Australia, known as ‘stealth’ omicron is also spreading rapidly in Spain and now accounts for between 19% and 75% of new infections, depending on the autonomous communities, according to the latest update of the report of variants, made public on Monday by the Centre for Coordination of Alerts and Health Emergencies (CCAES).
-Last week it accounted for between 2% and 49% of cases, which speaks of its speed of transmission, so that “the probability that BA.2 is imposed on the rest of the circulating lineages at this time is considered very high,” according to the technicians of the Ministry of Health.
-The alert for the consequences of the spread of this lineage is spreading throughout the world. BA.2 is more dangerous than the other omicron lineages because it is more contagious than BA.1 and because people who have already had omicron can, in some cases, become re-infected, as the immunity provided by previous infection with BA.1 or other omicron lineages is not complete.
-In principle, BA.2 has similar rates of hospitalisation and severe disease to BA.1, but the fact that it is more contagious may put the most vulnerable population at risk, say health officials in Spain.
-National governments are taking action against this new upsurge in covid-19. In the UK, Boris Johnson’s government has approved a new booster dose for the over-75s to curb the new lineage, as in Australia, where pandemic infection records are now being set. The outbreaks that have led to the closure of cities in China are also partly due to this lineage, which in South Africa has accounted for another spike in infections in recent weeks.
-In Germany, the health ministry warns that the situation is “critical”, while the cumulative incidence in Austria has reached 4,600 cases per 100,000 population, figures not seen at any time during the pandemic. “BA.2 could prolong the omicron wave,” Paul Elliott, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, warned on Thursday.
Source, Spanish: https://www.canarias7.es/sociedad/salud/supone-nuevos-contagios-20220314180710-ntrc.html


Government limits tax cuts to energy prices for the time being:{Translation, summary}
-The Government spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, has announced that the tax cut will be applied for now only to the price of energy, although the Executive is studying how the economic consequences of inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have affected all sectors.
-In an interview on RNE (Spanish National Radio) reported by Europa Press, Rodríguez said on Monday that the government of Pedro Sánchez is going to analyse whether to apply the tax cut only to the energy sector or whether to extend the measure to “all affected sectors”.
-“What this government does want is for the measures to be adopted at European level”, emphasised the government spokesperson, who praised Sánchez’s role both at European Union level and at national level to “lead the change in regulations”.
Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/nacional/noticia-gobierno-limita-momento-bajada-impuestos-precio-energia-20220314105123.html


Transport strike has no impact in Andalusia, says Fatrans: {Translation, summary} The road haulage strike to protest the sudden and constant increases in the price of diesel has not affected the activity of hauliers in Andalusia, apart from some information pickets in industrial estates and without any incidents having been recorded. According to the general secretary of the Andalusian transport federation Fatrans, Francisco Fernández, activity on Monday has been like any other Monday in the road haulage sector in Andalusia. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1035705/la-huelga-transportistas-no-tiene-incidencia-en-andalucia-segun-fatrans/


Marbella to host international job fair for English speakers: Marbella is to hold its first ever International Recruitment and Job Fair on 1 April, at which both foreign and local companies looking for English-speaking employees will be able to participate. Full article:


Gibraltar will not require Covid tests or passenger locator forms from travellers from 18 March: People arriving in Gibraltar by air and sea will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test from Friday 18 March, and from the same date passengers landing at the airport will no longer have to submit a passenger locator form. This is part of the government’s Exit Strategy plan, announced last week, whereby existing restrictions will gradually be phased out.
The latest information and travel advice are available at www.visitgibraltar.gi/covid-19
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/gibraltar-will-require-20220308163516-nt.html


WikiLeaks’ Assange denied permission to appeal extradition:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied permission to appeal at Britain’s Supreme Court against a decision to extradite him to the United States, the court said on Monday. While Assange’s extradition must still be approved by the government, Monday’s decision deals a serious blow to Assange’s effort to fight his deportation from Britain in the courts. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/wikileaks-assange-denied-permission-appeal-extradite-decision-supreme-court-2022-03-14/


Homes for Ukraine- How to apply to host Ukrainian refugees as UK government website goes live: The Homes for Ukraine website was struggling under the strain just minutes after launching on Monday as Britons rushed to register their interest. Hosts, who can register their interest through homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk, will receive £350 a month from the Government in order to house Ukrainian refugees for a minimum of six months.
At present, people are eligible to be hosts if they can provide rent-free “residential rooms or unoccupied self-contained residential units” for Ukrainians to live in for a minimum of six months. Full article: https://inews.co.uk/news/homes-for-ukraine-how-apply-host-ukraianian-refugees-government-website-1515556


In Germany the COVID situation is ‘critical,’ Lauterbach says:
-German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the impact of COVID-19 in the country had reached a “critical” level after the number of infections rose to a record high this week.
-“We are in a situation that I would like to describe as critical,” Lauterbach said at the weekly coronavirus press briefing in Berlin on Friday. “We have strongly rising case figures again. […] I keep reading that the omicron variant is a milder variant but that’s only true to a limited extent.”
-Despite planning to further relax COVID-19 rules, Germany logged a record high number of coronavirus infections in 24 hours on Thursday, and a figure almost as high, 252,836 cases, on Friday.
-“The situation is objectively worse than the public mood,” the health minister said. He said that some people’s belief in Germany, including politicians, that the pandemic was now over, was an “error of judgement.” “We can not be satisfied with a situation in which 250 people are dying every day and the prospect is that in a few weeks more people will die,” he said. Full article: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-digest-germanys-situation-critical-lauterbach-says/a-61094888


EU considers its forecasts obsolete and assumes that “it is impossible to know the impact of the Russian invasion on Ukraine”: The European Union knows that its economic growth forecasts for 2022 are no longer valid. But they also assume that “it is impossible to know the impact of the Russian invasion on Ukraine.” This was expressed by the Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, at the exit of the Eurogroup, this Monday in Brussels.
Isn’t that reassuring? Photo:elDiario.es
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-eu-considers-its-forecasts-obsolete-and-assumes-that-it-is-impossible-to-know-the-impact-of-the-russian-invasion-on-ukraine/ 


Golf News- Cameron Smith wins 2022 Players Championship with Monday finish at TPC Sawgrass: An early ace, rules drama, another rain shower and compelling golf all made the Monday finish at the 2022 Players Championship well worth the wait.
A field of the PGA Tour’s best finally put to bed a wild, weather-filled week at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where Cameron Smith claimed the Tour’s flagship event at 13-under.
After finishing his third round in the morning, the 28-year-old shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to hold off Paul Casey and 54-hole leader Anirban Lahiri, Kevin Kisner and Keegan Bradley. For his efforts, Smith will take home the $20 million event’s top-prize of $3.6 million. Photo:USAToday. Full article: https://sports.yahoo.com/cameron-smith-wins-2022-players-222548183.html 


Tennis News- Nadal is now 17-0, No. 1 Medvedev crashes out at Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal is still perfect in 2022. The Spaniard defeated 27th-seeded Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-3 Monday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, improving his record to 17-0 this year in pursuit of an ATP Tour-leading fourth title. Nadal tied Roger Federer (2018) and Pete Sampras (1997) for the third-best overall start to a season in the Open era that began in 1968.
-Daniil Medvedev’s rise to No. 1 in the world came crashing down in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to Gael Monfils. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-daniil-medvedev-novak-djokovic-rafael-nadal-sports-1f4c01f0628c1c6219c9e56e59cadf20


Rain stops play – European Cricket League’s Championship Week in Malaga postponed until Wednesday: The matches that were due to be played on the first two days of the tournament’s final stage have been postponed until 16 March due to bad weather.


“I don’t feel that I have earned that right”- Dolly Parton withdraws from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame consideration:
-The “9 to 5” singer announced via social media that she has removed her name from the voting ballot as she doesn’t feel like she’s earned the right to be considered for induction.
-“Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she wrote. “I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy.”
-The 76-year-old added that her nomination has inspired her to venture into the rock genre, something her husband Carl Dean has urged her to do.
-“This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one. I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Rock on!” the country music icon concluded.
-This year’s nominees also include Eminem, Beck, Carly Simon, Kate Bush, Duran Duran, A Tribe Called Quest, and Lionel Richie, among others. The class of 2022 inductees will be revealed in May.
Source: https://www.music-news.com/news/UK/147181/Dolly-Parton-withdraws-from-Rock-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-consideration


China COVID lockdowns halt Apple, Toyota and VW production, may boost inflation: New coronavirus lockdowns in China are snarling production for everything from Apple iPhones to Toyota SUVs — and threatening to make already red-hot global inflation even worse. Key Apple suppliers including Foxconn have been forced to shut down factories in Shenzhen, where iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are produced, after the regional government placed the city into lockdown on Sunday. A ban on non-essential work in Shenzhen — which is known as China’s Silicon Valley and is home to major tech firms like Tencent and Huawei — is set to last for at least one week. Full article: https://nypost.com/2022/03/14/china-lockdowns-apple-toyota-and-volkswagen-close-factories/


American astronaut will return to Earth on Russian spacecraft despite Ukraine invasion, NASA says:
-Geopolitical tensions won’t keep an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts from returning to Earth together as planned this month.
-NASA’s Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov have long been scheduled to come home from the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on March 30. And that remains the plan, despite the strain that Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has placed on Russia’s many space partnerships.
-“I can tell you for sure: Mark is coming home on that Soyuz,” Joel Montalbano, the manager of NASA’s International Space Station program, said during a news conference today (March 14). “We are in communication with our Russian colleagues; there’s no fuzz on that.” Photo:FANDOM. Source: https://www.space.com/russian-invasion-ukraine-nasa-astronaut-earth-return 

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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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