DigameXtra No. 2318 Friday, July 22nd, 2022 – Next Issue On Monday, July 25th

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The Royal British Legion- Nerja: The RBL is a charitable organization that helps local charities along with the Personnel Recovery Centre and the Poppy Appeal. All are welcome to our events, and military service or association is not required.
Chairman Eddie Bowe + 34 711 052 499
Upcoming Events:
In keeping with our usual practice, we will suspend RBL events through the summer months. However, we would like to make you aware of the events that are scheduled for the upcoming months. Please contact Kim Bowe at Kim_bowe1@hotmail.com if you need information on the Royal British Legion.
– Tuesday 13th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox Costa.
– Thursday 22nd. Lunch at Al Andalus.
– Friday 7th. Lunch at La Herradura
– Tuesday 11th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox Costa.
– Sunday 16th. Poppy walk followed by a Social at Chapel bar Nerja.
– Thursday 20th. AGM followed by Trafalgar lunch with up spirits. (free rum)
– Friday 4th. Lunch at La Herradura
– Friday 11th. Poppy Ball
– Sunday 13th. Remembrance, followed by lunch at Al Andalus
– Tuesday 22nd. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox Costa.
– Friday 2nd. Christmas Lunch at La Herradura.
– Tuesday 6th. Quiz night at Lews’s Restaurant Torrox Costa.
– Thursday 15th. Christmas lunch at Al Andalus.
Events coordinator Kim + 34 711 077 576
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or visit our website at: https://rblnerja.com/ 


Summer Festival in Torre de Benagalbón, from 28 to 31 July:
– Thursday 28th July. A lunch in honour of the 3rd anniversary. Performances by Natalia Moralo and Tijeritas are scheduled for 23:00. This day will be dedicated to Children’s Day with special prices on the rides.
– Friday’s festivities will begin with the opening speech at 22:00 hours by the president of the Amanecer de la Torre Women’s Association, Eduardina Rando. The night will continue with music, the election of the mises, the orchestra ‘Grupo El Tumbao’ and the concert by Tamara Jerez at 00:00 hours.
– On Saturday there will be sports activities and dance groups from the Torresol Association. The night will be dedicated to Andalusian rock with the group ‘Noche Andaluza’.
– On the last day of the fair there will be the typical paella tasting at 15.00 hours and the traditional ‘rociera’ mass at 20.30 hours, followed by a tribute performance to Estopa with the group ‘Destrangis’.
– All the performances are free of charge and take place on the esplanade of the old Torre de Benagalbón railway station. 


Nerja Caves 61 Festival: July 22 – 30
Pablo Alborán: 21 July at 22:30 h.
Israel Fernández: 22 July at 22:30 h.
Victor Manuel: 23 July at 22:30 h.
Ana Mena: July 28, 22:30 h.
Rosario Flores: July 30th, 22:30 h.
Tix & Info: https://www.malagaentradas.com/?entradas=cueva-de-nerja-61-festival&eid=2216 & VIDEO LINK


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar August & September coming events & excursions:
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. August opening hours mornings only Wednesday and Friday 10.00 till 13.00. For further information Tel. 952 543 334 ; E-mail: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org
-We continue our regular activities: Spanish practice groups (limited numbers per group, Art group on Wednesdays and coffee morning every Friday.
-Our shop will be open Wednesday and Fridays. Time 11.00 to 13.00.
-Wednesday – Craft Group is very important so do you have a hobby that you can bring along and share, Crochet or Knitting. Macramé, Lace Making, Card Making, Scrap booking, Cross Stitch there are so many crafts out there. Lux Mundi is a multilingual group of ladies (or Gents). Hopefully some friends will come and demonstrate their special craft so we are calling out to them to contact us and arrange a date to come a visit the group. Refreshments are available from the kitchen and donations towards opening costs will be gratefully received. We hope to see you there.
-Thursday 22nd September – Excursion to the Castille de la Duquesa and Estepona. Please come and join us to visit this amazing well preserved fortress. It is situated next to La Duquesa beach, alongside the coastal town of Sabinillas. It was built in the 18th century by Francisco Paulino during the reign of Carlos 3rd, with the aim of defending the area against raids by pirates and corsairs. The castle housed cavalry and infantry detachments, as well as a straw loft, kitchen and chapel. There will be a stop for coffee on route, before arriving at the castle at approx. 11.00, where there will be free time to look around, leaving at 12.00 for the short drive to Estepona, where there will be free time to have lunch, to look around the old town or maybe visit the Orchid House. Ticket available at the Centre price 23 Euros and with a Friend of Lux Mundi card 20 Euros. Departure times: Algarrobo (Lidl) 08.00, Caleta (Vets) 08.10, Torre del Mar (Bus station) 08.15.


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The Greek House– Greek Casita Restaurant & Bar, Torrox Costa:  
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. For dessert, HOMEMADE BAKLAVA! We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! Hours: 7pm to close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. For reservations call telephone number 642585049. https://la-casita-griega.business.site/


English Nurse Care Team are looking for carers:
Have you previous experience, or are interested in becoming a carer?
We have clients requiring care from 2 hours to 24 hours, particularly around Nerja,Torrox and Vinuela areas. Other areas possible – please ask.
You must have excellent English, other languages are a bonus. An up-to-date date police check will be required.
The English Nurse Care Team is led by an English Nurse registered in Spain and provides a wide range of services and support from domestic assistance and companionship, to 24-hour care.
Contact Liz Brown – 692 419 548


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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre
– Beko fridge freezer A star Measurements 54 x 54 x 158.50cms Price 110€
– Lovely bamboo / wicker 2 seater sofa with 2 matching chairs Price 145€
– Bamboo wicker chair 25€
Contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale: Lounge furniture €200 ono. Solid wood Ercol furniture in three sections each which splis into 2 for easy transport buyer collects. John. Periana.
Email: jokamac at aol .co.uk 


For Sale: Two Pikolin single beds. 190cm X 80cm. Metal frame with wood fibre struts. Good condition, except one bed has a split strut, though this has no effect when sleeping. Price. 50€ the two. Buyer to collect. Robert, Frigiliana
Telephone or WhatsApp 692235162
Email: webbrobertd28@gmail com 


For Sale: Summer Toy, Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
Roof complete new renovated, moves like new. ITV until March 2023, Drives great. 206250km, 03/97, 4 Cyl., Gasolina 95,
Alu MB front 205/55/16, rear 225/50/16, good condition
Special time Price: 4000€, call Svend 606423869, Torrox 

Recommendations & Requests


Not Cool For Cats: The Torrox Costa Ayuntamiento has posted new, bright red “Forbidden To Feed The Cats” signs (in 3 languages- Spanish, German and English) in several spots around the solar panel installation where the cats tend to gather for feeding, on the south side of EDF 78. 


News & Articles

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Spain reaches 3,000 monkeypox cases:
{Translation} 21 July 2022, 13:41
– Spain remains the country with the highest number of monkeypox cases in the world. The Ministry of Health has notified the European health administrations of 2,835 infections, ahead of 2,115 in the United Kingdom and 2,033 in Germany, according to the latest weekly report of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published on Thursday. Moreover, the number of cases reported in Spain will continue to grow, as the statistics already managed by Carolina Darias’ department, with the new updates as of 19 July, bring the figure to 3,125.
– According to ECDC data, there are already 10,604 cases in the European Union, the continent most affected by the disease. Worldwide, the World Health Organisation has detected 14,000 cases, with Europe accounting for three out of four cases.
– According to the ECDC, most patients are male (99.5%) and aged between 31 and 40 years (42%). Among the most common symptoms of the disease were rash (94.5%) and fever, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, chills, sore throat or headache (65%). Eight per cent of the patients were hospitalised and one of them required intensive care. So far, no deaths have been reported. In addition, 31 infections have occurred in health care workers.
– In its new report, the Ministry of Health warns that, although most of the infections have occurred “in the context of high-risk sexual relations” between men, there is a possibility that transmission “could shift to other population groups”, which could lead to “serious cases in vulnerable populations”. In this regard, the Community of Madrid confirmed on Wednesday a case of monkeypox in a seven-month-old baby whose parents were infected. All three members of the family have been vaccinated and are in good health, although the baby is being kept in isolation at home. The Madrid Ministry of Health stressed that this is a one-off case due to the coincidence of the infection in the baby’s parents and that the transmission occurred during their care.
Source, Spanish: https://www.canarias7.es/sociedad/salud/espana-llega-3000-20220721121213-ntrc.html 


Price of gas falls sharply after the reopening of the Russian Nord Stream: The Russian gas company Gazprom has restored this Thursday the gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline after being stopped for ten days for maintenance work, as reported by an infrastructure spokesman to the German agency DPA. The energy market breathes a sigh of relief, at least temporarily, and prices relax by more than 5% after Moscow’s decision. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-price-of-gas-falls-sharply-after-the-reopening-of-the-russian-nord-stream/ 


Get those old people out of their big empty houses – OECD calls for housing taxes to keep pace with prices, higher taxes on 2nd homes & non-occupied properties: {Translation}
– The price of housing has been rising steadily in recent years, but taxes on this asset have remained more or less stable, resulting in an “unfair and inefficient” system, according to a report by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). “Revenues from housing taxes have not kept pace with price increases,” the document published on Thursday reveals.
– The organisation, which brings together 38 countries, including Spain, believes that housing taxation should be revalued in line with market prices so that it does not fall behind, causing prices to escalate and making it more difficult for young people and the poorer classes to afford housing.
– The report ‘Housing taxes in OECD countries’ reveals that when the tax bases of these property taxes are not updated to prices, “distortions” are generated with taxpayers who are suffering the price rises because they are starting to access the market.
– As a result, older households have no incentive to move into smaller, less valuable homes and free up space in larger homes for younger families, the organisation explains. Low tax burdens arising from obsolete values “reduce incentives to use the housing stock efficiently”, as owners of undervalued homes are pushed to remain in them.
– This is not just a Spanish problem. The OECD points out that there are some countries that do reassess their housing taxes on a regular basis, such as Norway, New Zealand and Lithuania. However, the majority of European partners do not do so: Austria has not reviewed this taxation since 1973, Belgium since 1975, France since 1970 and Germany since 1964. One of the European powers – although already outside the EU – that most recently reviewed this system was the United Kingdom, in 1991.
– In the case of Spain – whose property tax is the IBI, Impuesto de Bienes Inmuebles – it is in the OECD average in terms of property taxation, the report confirms.
– The OECD sets out a series of recommendations to improve the fairness of the tax, but also the extra revenue that countries would obtain thanks to the revaluation of these taxes. “Collecting taxes on outdated values reduces horizontal equity because households of similar value may not have similar tax liabilities, and also vertical equity because more valuable households may not pay more tax” as the years go by, the organisation says.
– In addition, they recommend higher taxes on second homes and non-owner-occupied dwellings. Source, Spanish: https://www.canarias7.es/economia/fiscalidad/ocde-impuestos-vivienda-20220721114846-ntrc.html


How to request the €400 Youth Cultural Bonus for young people:
Young people born in 2004 (those who turn 18 this year, around 500,000) will be able to request their 400-euro bonus to spend on culture from July 25 and only until October 15. This aid, of 210 million euros, created by the Ministry of Culture, has the dual function of encouraging both cultural consumption by people who still do not have purchasing power and supporting cultural industries. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/how-you-can-request-and-what-to-use-the-400-euros-of-the-cultural-bonus-for-young-people-that-will-be-available-from-july-25/


Mario Draghi resigns, plunging Italy into political turmoil: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi quit on Thursday after his national unity government fell apart, setting the country on course for an early election and shaking financial markets. Photo: Remo Casilli. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italian-pm-draghi-meets-president-expected-resign-2022-07-21/ 


Ryanair strikes deals with French and Spanish pilot unions: Ryanair has struck five-year pay deals with French and Spanish pilot unions, the Irish carrier confirmed on Thursday. The airline said members of Spanish pilots’ union, SEPLA, backed a deal on accelerated post-Covid pay restoration in a vote this week.
SEPLA’s ballot follows French representative body, SNPL’s vote to accept a similar deal. Full article: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/2022/07/21/ryanair-strikes-deals-with-french-and-spanish-pilot-unions/


European Central Bank Raises Interest Rates For The First Time In 11 Years As Global Inflation Surges:
– In a statement on Thursday, the ECB said it would raise rates by 50 basis points as a “key step to make sure inflation returns to its 2% target over the medium term”, coming in at the higher end of expectations calling for an increase of at least 25 basis points.
– Officials also signaled additional hikes to come, saying “further normalization” of interest rates will be appropriate, though they suggested the larger hike on Thursday will allow them to move more slowly with future increases, adding: “The frontloading today…allows the Governing Council to make a transition to a meeting-by-meeting approach to interest rate decisions.” The decision comes after data showing inflation in the United Kingdom skyrocketed 9.4% in June, hitting a new 40-year high and surpassing similarly high inflation of 9.1% in the United States.
Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2022/07/21/european-central-bank-raises-interest-rates-for-the-first-time-in-11-years-as-global-inflation-surges/

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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 


Nerja and Almuñécar Anglican Church:
We are part of the Church of England in Spain.
Everyone is welcome to our Sunday services in English which begin at 12:00 noon in San Miguel, Plaza Andalucia, Nerja. Please note, this not the large white church near the Balcon de Europa, El Salvador. It is situated some 10 minutes walk away, just off the main road that runs through the town.
We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community, open to all people seeking faith and friendship.
Please contact Father Nigel to enquire about baptisms, marriage blessings and funerals.
If you can’t get to church on Sunday, we gather on Zoom for a communion service at 09:30 CET on Wednesday mornings and a Compline service at 18:00 CET on Thursdays.
To receive details of how you can join our online services or to contact Father Nigel, please refer to our website. You can also find us on Facebook.
We look forward to welcoming you and being of service.
Website: https://www.nerjaalmunecaranglicanchurch.co.uk/


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services:
– Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Catholic Mass in English.  Will re-start on  Saturday 3rd September 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
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National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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

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