DigameXtra No. 2438 Wednesday Dec. 21st, 2022

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Today is 21 December, so it is Winter Solstice 2022: Details in the News Section

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Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar December & January coming events & excursion Press Release:
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours mornings only Wednesday and Friday 10.00 till 13.00 For further information please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel. 952 543 334 E-mail: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org
– Friday 30th December – Lucky Grapes. We invite you to join us to welcome in the New Year. We will eat our “Lucky Grapes” and raise a toast with cava for a Happy 2023 for all. Time 12.00 midday. Please purchase your tickets in advance at the Centre to help us with the catering arrangements. Ticket price 3 Euros. Proceeds for fundraising.
– Please note the Centre will be closed on Friday 6th for a National Holiday.
– Thursday 12 January – Excursion to Gibraltar for the Sales.  It is a chance to visit the various tourist attractions e.g. St Michaels Cave, cable car and tunnels. It is also an opportunity to purchase Duty Free Items and typical English items of food, etc. from the Morrisons Supermarket, please be aware that you might NOT be able to bring certain items back into Spain, so we suggest you check with the authorities. Masks will need to be worn at all times on the bus. We look forward to seeing you all. Ticket price 20 Euros, or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 18 Euros. Proceeds for fundraising. Departure times Puente don Manuel (Bar Mis Tapitas) 6.45, Algarrobo (Lidl) 7.15, Caleta (Vets) 7.20 and Torre Del Mar (Bus Station) 7.30. Depart Gibraltar15.30 approximately. PASSPORTS/ European ID Card required.
– Wednesday 18th to Wednesday 25th January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All are welcome to join in Prayers in various churches on the Costa del Sol. Please contact the Centre for information about the various venues.

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– Chocolate brown 2 seater sofa with matching chair, very comfy, 175 x 90cms 117 x 90cms. 175€. Contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
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For Sale: Professional Fast & Powerful Tower Computer
Dell XPS 8900 – Top of the line with massive storage 
-Win 10 Pro fresh install, with genuine activation
-Only 6yrs old, DoctorLaptop refurbished & upgraded
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-4x USB 2.0 + 6x USB 3.0; ethernet; wifi 2.4/5
Includes: MS Office, new Logitech UK keyboard & new HP Mouse
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New, with these upgrades, well over €2000, now €600 cash. Buyer collects. 
Contact Naythan, Torrox Costa (Note: I have refurbed 2 of these, keeping one for myself, the most powerful PC I ever owned!)
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Old cat looking for new home: Humbug is apparently 19 years old but is agile and sprightly. She is deaf though, so will need a secure and safe outside space. She’s been living in a small flat with a sunny terrace and loves to find a patch of sunshine to sleep in. She is very sweet natured and loves to sit on your lap but she does not like other cats. For this reason she would be better as the only cat.
Her owner passed away at the weekend and we are desperate to re-home her. We did care for her for a few weeks at our home, but she was not happy with our cats and our land in the Campo is unsuitable for her. She does walk very well on her lead, but she needs somewhere where she’s free to go outside which she loves doing.
If there’s a kind soul that could take her please get in touch.
Barbara, Torrox (Humbug is in Torrox Costa)
Email: wickseyb at hotmail dot com 

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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

SPAIN

Spain’s Constitutional Court cancels PM’s judicial reform:
– Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended judicial reform amendments pushed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s government, prompting outrage from the administration over the rare intervention.
– The penal code changes would have paved the way for renewing the mandates of four of the 12 judges on the Constitutional Court. The government says the changes are necessary to end a four-year partisan stalemate that has paralysed judicial appointments and increasingly hamstrung the court system.
– But the right-wing opposition Popular Party (PP) and its allies have accused the government of trying to stack the courts with leftist allies whose appointments it has sought to block.
– Late on Monday, the court said it had “decided to admit the appeal by PP lawmakers” against the proposed reforms to the penal code.
– Cabinet minister Felix Bolaños called the court’s intervention “extremely serious”. “The Constitutional Court has suspended the legislative action of the legitimate representatives of the Spanish people, which has never happened in 44 years” since the adoption of the Spanish Constitution in 1978, he said.
– But PP leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo (pic) welcomed the decision. “Today, our democracy is strengthened,” he wrote on Twitter, promising “to defend Spain and its institutions without fear or concessions”. Photo: Ondacero. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20221220/spains-constitutional-court-cancels-pms-judicial-reform/

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Abascal announces a lawsuit against President Pedro Sánchez for a “great criminal conspiracy” to commit a “real coup”: {Translation, summary} 20/12/22
– The president of conservative party Vox, Santiago Abascal (pic), announced today that next Friday they will present a complaint before the Supreme Court against the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, for “conspiracy to commit a crime” with the “separatist coup plotters” for the repeal of the crime of sedition and the reduction of embezzlement.
– Abascal has advanced the intention of his party to present this complaint in a press conference in Congress, after the decision of the Constitutional Court (TC) that paralyses the parliamentary processing in the Senate of the judicial reform promoted by the parties of the Government within the reform of the Penal Code approved last week in Congress.
– “What is happening is that Pedro Sánchez is agreeing with convicted criminals or fugitives to impunity for their crimes”, denounced Abascal, who, however, has welcomed the fact that the TC stops his “trampling” on the rights of deputies by the procedure used to push forward the reform of the Penal Code.
– The leader of Vox has insisted on the “extremely serious threat that this Government poses to coexistence, the rule of law, the Constitution and to Spain”, which is why he has stressed that attention should not be diverted from the “real coup” of Sánchez and his entire Government in what he has considered a “real conspiracy to commit a crime”.
– Abascal has not revealed the details of the complaint that they will present to the Supreme Court, only that they will register it on Friday against the President of the Government “and all those who have been involved in this great criminal conspiracy”.
– He did point out that, in addition to going to the Supreme Court, they will continue to work “tirelessly” to raise the announced motion of censure and alluded to the “millions of socialists who have been left without representation in Spain by the betrayal and lies of Mr. Sánchez”. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1151400/abascal-anuncia-una-querella-contra-pedro-sanchez-por-conspiracion-para-delinquir/

ANDALUCIA

Andalusian reservoirs reach 27.5 % of their total capacity: {Translation, summary}
– Thanks to the latest rains recorded this December, Andalusian reservoirs have reached 3,294 hm, which means that they are at 27.5% of the region’s total storage capacity.
– The report on the drought situation in Andalusia shows an increase of 615 hm3 (5 %) in the water stored thanks to the rainfall recorded between 5 and 16 December. This rainfall was recorded mainly in the provinces of Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga and Granada.
– The Sierra de Grazalema (Cádiz) was the place with the highest amount of rainfall, reaching 570.6 l/m3.
– The volume of water stored in reservoirs remains, however, below previous records for this time of year, at 50 % of the average for the last decade.
– The Guadalquivir has increased its reserves by 328.6 hm3 (+4%) to 1,859 hm3, 23% of its capacity. The Sierra Boyera reservoir has not recorded any inflows and stores 1.78 hm3 (4.5 %); Puente Nuevo has increased by 2 hm3 and is at 14.6 %; and Negratín has received 2.37 hm3 (+0.4 %) with the rains and gathers 108.6 hm3 (19 %).
– In the Andalusian Mediterranean basins, the rainfall has led to an increase of 38.34 hm3 (+3.3%) to 428.8 hm3 (37% of its total capacity).
– The distribution of rainfall has been very irregular and the reservoirs that have benefited most have been La Concepción (8.5 hm3), in Málaga; Rules (8.17 hm3), in Granada; and Guadarranque (7.3 hm3), in Cádiz.
– La Viñuela (Malaga) has added 2.4 hm3 and stands at 10.6 % of its capacity, while the reservoirs of El Limonero and Guadalteba (Malaga) and Cuevas del Almanzora (Almeria) have not increased their volume.
– In the case of Guadalete-Barbate, reserves have increased by 99.7 hm3 (+6%) and the basin has a volume of 447.1 hm3 of water in storage (27%).
– The increases recorded in Los Hurones (33 hm3) and Bornos (24.2 hm3) are particularly noteworthy, while the Tinto-Odiel-Piedras-Chanza basin increased its volume by 148.2 hm3 (+13%) to 558.6 hm3, i.e. 50%.
– The rains have brought 64.8 hm3 to the Chanza reservoir and 42.5 hm3 to the Andévalo.
Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1151314/los-embalses-andaluces-alcanzan-el-275-de-su-capacidad-total/

EUROPE

Europe gripped by worst ever bird flu outbreak: Europe has been gripped by its “most devastating” ever outbreak of bird flu in the past year, European health authorities said on Tuesday as experts study the feasibility of vaccinations. Between October 2021 and September 2022, around 2,500 outbreaks of bird flu were detected on farms in 37 European countries, the European Food Safety Authority, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU said. In that time “some 50 million birds were slaughtered” on affected farms, the EFSA reported.
– The EFSA said that “for the first time” there had been no marked separation between two epidemic waves, as the virus was not brought under control in the summer. This autumn, the epidemic was more virulent than last year at the same time, with the number of infected farms 35 percent higher. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221220-europe-gripped-by-worst-ever-bird-flu-outbreak-eu

OTHER

Winter Solstice 2022 – Everything you need to know about the shortest day of the year:
– The winter solstice is on Wednesday 21 December 2022. It marks the first day of astronomical winter, and the precise time of the solstice will be at 9:47pm GMT. This differs from meteorological winter, which always begins on 1 December, every year.
– There are two solstices every year, one in December and one in June.
– What is the winter solstice? The winter solstice is when the Sun reaches its lowest point in the sky, and here in the northern hemisphere, that results in the shortest day of the year. It’s not something that you can see, like a meteor shower or planet in opposition, but rather an event that occurs.
– The solstices (and the equinoxes) are the result of the interplay between Earth’s tilt and its orbit around the Sun. Full article: https://www.sciencefocus.com/planet-earth/winter-solstice-shortest-day-year/

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Martin Duffy, Primal Scream keyboardist dies aged 55: Martin Duffy, who played keyboards for Primal Scream and Felt, has died aged 55. The cause of death was a brain injury due to a fall at his home in Brighton, his bandmate Bobby Gillespie said. Duffy was born in Birmingham on 18 May 1967 and grew up in Rednal. Photo: Ollie Millington. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/dec/20/martin-duffy-primal-scream-and-felt-keyboardist-dies-aged-55 & Video Link


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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:
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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

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Torrox: 952 531 030
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Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
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Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

Local Police
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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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