DigameXtra No. 2216 Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

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Exhibition: An Exhibition of framed colour photographs of the streets of Canillas de Albaida by Mitch France at Bar Cerezo, Canillas de Albaida from today until the end of April. Email: mitchbanjo AT hotmail D0T com


Art Show: ELDEVENIR Art Gallery of Torrox hosts Luis Acosta’s Convergent Poetics. On view from 5 March to 7 May 2022. In the exhibition is a selection of more than thirty works made by the artist between the years 2017 and 2022. The work of Luis Acosta, born in Avila and resident in Toledo, has been shown in numerous exhibitions both international and national prestigious galleries and institutions. His work is present in private and public collections. Recently, one of his works, The Cathedral of Toledo, has become part of the collection of the Vatican Museums.
Info & photo credit: https://www.eldevenirartgallery.com/ 


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar, March & April events:
-We continue our regular activities: Spanish practice groups (limited numbers per group) Monday to Thursday, Craft group on Mondays, Art group on Wednesdays and coffee morning every Friday
-Our shop will be open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Time 11.00 to 13.00.
-Wednesday 30th March – Quiz Night. Tickets available at the Centre 7€ or with a Friend of Lux Mundi card 6€. Proceeds for fundraising. Doors open at 6.00pm and the fun starts at 6.30pm.
-Thursday 7th April – Special Excursion to Gibraltar with an option to visit the Top of the Rock. Price is 37€ per person which must be booked and paid for at the same time as paying for the excursion. Ticket price 17 Euros, or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 15 Euros. Proceeds for fundraising. Departure times Puente don Manuel (Bar Mis Tapitas) 7.00, Algarrobo (Lidl) 7.30, Caleta (Vets) 7.35 and Torre Del Mar (Bus Station) 7.45. Depart Gibraltar15.30 approximately. Passports/ European ID Card required.
-Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April – The Centre will be closed for the Easter Holidays. Only Religious services will be held on those dates.
-Thursday 21st April – Excursion to Priego de Cordoba. One of the most majestically beautiful towns in Andalusia in part of the Sierra Subbetica Natural Park. Two things stand out in the town: water, which is abundant, and baroque architecture. There will be a stop for breakfast. Free time to visit the many tourist attractions and have lunch. Returning to Torre del Mar with a stop for tea/coffee. Ticket price 23€ or with a Friends of Lux Mundi card 20€, available at the Centre. (Proceeds for fundraising). Departure Times: Algarrobo (Lidl) 7.25, Caleta (Vets) 7.30, Torre del Mar (Bus Station) 7.40, La Viñuela (Football Pitch) 08.00.
-Friday 29th April – Taize Prayer. At the Parish Church of San Andrés, Torre del Mar. Time 19.45.
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Open mornings only Monday to Friday 10.00 till 13. For further information please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel. 952 543 334 E-mail: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org


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-Preloved wine unit Natural & yute Great compact unit 16 bottle wine holder with glass hanging area & drawer Measurements 52 x 27 x 100cms Price 95€
-Wooden towel rail yute & natural Price 30€.
-Absolutely stunning bar/ reception desk Natural & yute craved detail in the wood beautiful knots and 2 wooden high stools Measurements 130 x 63 x 99cms. Can be viewed in Nerja. Price 360€
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For Sale: Babolat Team Double Tennis Racket Bag, black with silver trim, as new – 25 euros. Christina, Nerja – Tel 687602057 


For Sale: Ikea shelves. “Billy” 80x28x106 cm, 3 pieces to be sold together. Good conditions, but they were screwed together as a unit therefore the insides have drill holes ( see picture ). Price 40€ ( for the 3 ). To be picked up in Torrox Campo area.
Contact Anne/ Torrox : 685247505 


For Sale: Advocados. €2.50 / kg. Due to the on-going truckers strike, we have been unable to get our advocadoes to market.
And so we have approx. 100 kg of Hass advocados to sell. If you are interested please contact Garry / Competa, on 682672400.


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News & Articles

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Covid Malaga- The week begins with a rebound in infections and one deceased: {Translation} 21Mar22 15:40
-The Ministry of Health and Families of the Andalusian Regional Government has reported a rise in the number of new cases of coronavirus in Malaga on Monday, to over a thousand, as well as one more death, bringing the total number of deaths in the pandemic to 2,330.
-However, the pressure in hospitals has decreased, with 140 people currently hospitalised (154 last Saturday), of which 14 are in the Intensive Care Units (ICU). In the last 24 hours there have been 26 new inpatients, bringing the total over the last two years to 13,289, 1,121 of them in the ICU.
-This Monday, 1,132 official positives have been reported by PDIA (PCR and antigen test), an increase compared to days ago; which brings the total in the pandemic to 267,607; while the number of recovered patients has risen to 257,099 after adding 735.
-With regard to the vaccination process in Malaga, the Andalusian Government has reported that 3,428,346 doses have been administered to date. Thus, 1,435,476 citizens have received at least one dose and 1,392,995 have received the full schedule. With the third booster dose, 749,990 have been inoculated.
Incidence rate rises
-The cumulative incidence of Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants has increased in the province of Malaga, from 375.3 to 382 and in the capital, standing at 488.6 (472.3 previously).
-In the case of the health districts, it falls in two: Serrania, with 607.7 (616.8 on Friday) and La Vega, which has gone from 333.5 to 308.1.
-It increases in the rest of the districts: Costa del Sol, which now stands at 277.9 (274.3 on Friday); Axarquia, 402.2 (388.2); Malaga, 474.9 (462.5 before) and Valle del Guadalhorce, which goes from 318.1 to 333.1. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/coronavirus-Malaga-repunte-contagios-fallecido_0_1667234490.html


Changes to the Spain’s Traffic Law have come into force today- here’s what you should know: Changes to Spain’s Traffic Law have come into effect today, Monday 21 March, and all road users should be aware of them. These are the main differences to look out for.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/changes-traffic-have-20220321112022-nt.html


No Solutions, No Answers- Spain will not take the measure to limit the price of electricity to 180 euros per MWh to Brussels- Minister claims “working intensively” on other responses:
{Translation, summary} 21/03/2022 15:10
-Electricity prices continue to soar without the government coming forward with an emergency plan to curb them as soon as possible. In the meantime, the betting continues on the recommendations that will be sent to Brussels to agree on proposals at the European level. The only thing that has transpired in this regard is that the government will not finally take to the European Council the measure to set a limit of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) on the price of electricity in the wholesale market.
-Sources from the Ministry for Ecological Transition confirmed to ABC that the third vice-president, Teresa Ribera, is working “intensively” on other responses to prevent the price of gas from being transferred to the price of electricity. However, the same sources refused to give more details on what specific proposals will finally be transferred to the European Council to be held on 24 and 25 March. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/economia/abci-espana-no-llevara-finalmente-bruselas-medida-limitar-180-euros-precio-202203211300_noticia.html


Welcome to the Great “Digital Transformation”- Vodafone to provide 5G service to 18 municipalities in Malaga this year: {Translation}
-The multinational telecommunications company Vodafone announced on Monday that it will provide 5G service to 18 municipalities in the province of Malaga over the course of this year, in addition to the service it already offers in the capital.
-These towns are Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Vélez-Málaga, Casares, Estepona, Manilva, Marbella, Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria, Torremolinos, Torrox, Cortes de la Frontera, Ronda, Benahavís, Coín and Alhaurín de la Torre.
-Thanks to the 5G network, the company explains, “the inhabitants of these municipalities will have connectivity to download content at five times faster than with 4G
-“One of the great accelerators of digitalisation is 5G and, therefore, in 2019, we decided to market this service for our customers in the region,” says Rafael Alcaide, territorial director of Vodafone in Andalusia, who adds that “Vodafone’s 5G network was already available in Seville and Malaga and we will end the year with total presence in 100 Andalusian municipalities, as well as in Ceuta and Melilla, with the aim that no one is left behind to accelerate the recovery and take advantage of the digital transformation”. (Why digitize everything? Everyone knows analogue vinyl records sound better than digital CDs. Life is waveforms, not digital samples. But big tech wants you to give up your analogue reality, and spend all your time and money in the Metaverse, where they control everything. To get that done they need 5G, and soon 6G. -Ed.) Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/vodafone-5g-municipios-malaga_0_1667233891.html


Hospital Delays Increasingly Push Patients Over the Edge- Woman smashes computer in the emergency room so that she can be seen when it is not her turn:
-There has been a huge increase of assaults on healthcare staff as resources stretched to the breaking point.
-The College of Doctors of Malaga has denounced the violent situation experienced by a second year genecology resident on Saturday 19 March at 8 p.m. when a patient slipped into her emergency room at the Maternity Hospital demanding to be seen. Faced with the refusal of the doctor, who told her that she had to wait her turn, the woman reacted aggressively and violently and smashed the computer in the consulting room, causing material damage.
-We are witnessing a worrying increase in the number of assaults in doctors’ surgeries. Although in this case it was not a physical or verbal aggression, we are dealing with coercion. These situations cannot be allowed. We are here to help, to cure our patients.
-“We are witnessing a worrying escalation of aggression in consultations. Although in this case it was not a physical or verbal aggression, we are facing coercion. These situations cannot be allowed. We are here to help, to cure our patients. It is unacceptable and we will continue to raise our voices until violence in surgeries is stopped,” said the president of the Malaga College of Doctors, Pedro Navarro. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1037366/destroza-el-ordenador-de-la-consulta-de-urgencias-para-que-la-atiendan-sin-ser-su-turno/


Tennis News:
-Taylor Fritz ends Rafael Nadal’s 20-match win streak with win at Indian Wells: Fritz upset Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (5) Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open and snap the 21-time major champion’s 20-match winning streak this year.
-Iga Swiatek wins Indian Wells title. Iga Swiatek defeated Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-1 Sunday in an error-filled final to win the BNP Paribas Open. Swiatek will rise from fourth to a career-best No. 2 in the world in Monday’s WTA Tour rankings, trailing top-ranked Ash Barty, who skipped Indian Wells. Full article: https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/33559901/taylor-fritz-ends-rafael-nadal-20-match-win-streak-win-indian-wells 


Apple Services Suffers Worldwide Outages: Starting from 12:50 p.m. eastern on Monday, AppleInsider staff encountered problems with various Apple services, 19 of them. This included iCloud going down, which is a key element that impacts other services and apps with online components. This included Mail, which became unreliable in fetching messages for multiple staff. Some found Apple News wasn’t loading stories, while Apple Music on Mac fails to bring up any pages at all. A few minutes after initial publication, AppleInsider staff encountered further problems with iMessage, as well as Apple Maps. However, the outages appear to affect users in different ways, with some experiencing normal access for some apps, but not others.
The Apple System Status page said most of the services “may be slow or unavailable” with users “unable to sign in” for some of them.
Full article: https://forums.appleinsider.com/discussion/226747 


Arctic, Antarctica temperature surge stuns scientists, who call it ‘unthinkable’: An alarming heatwave is taking place simultaneously in the Arctic and Antarctic – a development described as “unthinkable” by scientists.
Records have been shattered in parts of Antarctica, with the temperature more than 40C warmer than average. Meanwhile in parts of the Arctic, the mercury shot up more than 30C higher than normal.
On March 19 the Concordia weather station in Antarctica was at -12.2C, about 40C above average, climatologist Maximiliano Herrera reported.
The heatwave has stunned scientists. “They are opposite seasons. You don’t see the north and the south (poles) both melting at the same time,” National Snow and Ice Data Centre scientist Walt Meier told NBC News. “It is pretty stunning.”
The freakish heat is believed to be a random weather event. It has not been linked to climate change, according to meteorologist Matthew Lazzara and Dr Meier. But if the event is repeated, it would be a major concern and could be an indicator of climate change. Full article: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/arctic-antarctica-temperature-surge-stuns-scientists-who-call-it-unthinkable/QV7XMOPZMBTEVTT4FIPZTHEZWE/
Photo reference with interactive climate maps: https://climatereanalyzer.org/reanalysis/daily_maps/ 

COVID Info References

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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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Petrol Prices – Updated daily: These are the fuel stations in Malaga province with the lowest prices. The price data for 95 and 98-octane petrol and diesel fuel is updated every day. See it here:

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/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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