DigameXtra No. 2469 Monday Feb. 6th, 2023

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Phoenix Club: Our social club is fully open so do pop in for a coffee and a chat, or browse our books at 4 for €1. We also have a selection of DVDs/CDs and Jigsaws at various prices
***Trips***
February
– 17th – A trip to Finca de la Torre, Bobadilla for a tour of their Olive Farm. Price is 55€pp and includes a tour of the Vineyard, olive oil tastings, 3 course lunch, coach and drivers gratuity.
March
– 03rd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 24th – Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, with a visit over the road to the Buddhist Stupa and then lunch at the Marina – price includes entry to the park TBC
April
– 6th – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 28th – El Chorro by train and then lunch at the Lakes TBC
May
– 10th – 14th. 5 day trip to Jerez with a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a Horse Fair, Sherry Bodega, possibly Tio Pepe or Sandeman’s and a guided tour of the old town. It will be on a ½ Board basis in a 4* Hotel. If interested, send me an email and I will contact you.
– For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page 

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Bio Beach Restaurant- El Morche: Lecture Series & Events
– On Wednesday Feb. 8th, 11am: The Spanish Civil War: 87 years later. Join us for a heartfelt discussion on what started in Spain in July 1936. If you remember last year, I presented La Desbandada, to commemorate the carnage on A340 in our area. This year, The Deadly Dry Run for WW2, a 22mn video will feature background comments (in English) to help our verbal momentum. David Baird and Jose Manuel Cabezas Cabello, will facilitate the discussion, post viewing the video. This promises to be an educational and sobering session with two men who have extensive knowledge of the topic.
– On  Wednesday Feb. 15th: Great 20th Century Crooners features 17 different artists and 29 tracks from these singers. The presentation traces the evolution and development of the musical style of crooning from the 1940’s onwards.
– Art Gallery: Exhibition of Paintings and Objects. Local artist Coby Bloemsma is exhibiting her latest work (pic) in the restaurant of Bio Beach Club. Semi-abstract in style, Coby’s paintings often have the human figure as subject. She uses acrylics and mixed-media. Her objects and sculptures are made from recycled materials. The exhibition is on until April 2023 and open during the opening hours of the restaurant. Closed on Tuesdays. Website: www.cobybloemsma.com
Bio Beach, publicity contact: norma2kk@aol.com

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Winter at Potters Bar- Nerja: JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ!!!
– The Jazz Lunch is back! The very talented Spike, Diego & Jonny as the COASTLINE DIXIELANDERS will be providing us with fantastic afternoons of class entertainment. Sundays at 2.00pm. Availability is limited so reserve your table now. €15/person including a great roast Lunch. Phone Cathy on 685435767.
– And Potters Friday nights are not to be missed! Great live entertainment from 8pm, fabulous fish n’ chips and plenty of other options and a great night out guaranteed. Bookings advisable!
– The Potters Pub Quiz! Every Tuesday 8pm. Make a night of It! Good company, good good and great fun and all for just €3/person. Bookings advisable.
If you have never visited Potters Bar we look forward to meeting you! Our contact details can be found in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue.

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The H&T hotel trade show in Malaga 6-8 Feb:
– H&T, Salón de Innovación en Hostelería, which is being held at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (Fycma) begins this Monday with a wide range of content, activities and the largest exhibition offer to date – 25,000 square metres – with more than 380 companies represented. In addition, a total of 28 chefs will be taking part, including Alberto Chicote on Monday.
– Throughout the three days, H&T presents a programme with lectures, workshops and activities involving more than 70 leading professionals who will present the main culinary techniques, but also to show the latest trends in innovation, digitisation and business strategies.
– Among the participants are 28 prestigious chefs and Michelin stars, as well as 14 sommeliers, oenologists and professionals from the world of wine. This Monday, the renowned chef Alberto Chicote will open the programme in the new Main Stage space to talk about how to apply sustainability in restaurants through resources available to professionals and thus achieve excellence. Along with this space, the Aula Makro will provide training sessions with workshops and courses by leading chefs on the national scene, such as Diego Gallegos, chef of the Sollo restaurant with a green star and a Michelin star; the pastry chef from Moulin Chocolat, Puy Velez; or José Ángel del Castillo, chef of the SONDERus restaurant, among others.
– Monday 6 and Tuesday 7: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Wednesday 8: from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More info: https://hyt.fycma.com/#
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/salon-hosteleria-Malaga-novedades-Chicote-empresas_0_1763524325.html 

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Candlelight concerts in Seville & Malaga- music and candles in different stages of the city: {Translation, summary}
– These are recitals of contemporary classical and baroque music, as well as universal hymns brought to the instrumental. Strangely enough, and this is synesthesia, they enter through the eye rather than through the ear. A meeting of chords and curious people who assume, as a starting point, that they have not lost the ability to discover nor, of course, the ability to be moved. Music and candles. The warmth, the light, the sound of the bow touching the string…
***Las Setas***
– When can we enjoy these concerts in Seville? Over the next few weeks, the Plaza de la Encarnación, the aquarium and the palatial Casa de Salinas will be the venues for the events. The first of these venues, La Setas, will open with the songs of the Beatles: ‘Yesterday’, ‘Help’, ‘Hey Jude’… On 12 February there will be a concert at 19:00 and another at 21:00. On 5 March, in the run-up to Women’s Day, it will be the turn of ‘Women in music’, which reviews emblematic works by icons such as Beyoncé, Madonna and the young Billie Eilish at 7 pm.
– Finally, the popular soundtracks of Hans Zimmer will be the protagonists on 19 March. The exact location: Metropol Eventos, Setas de Sevilla, Puerta Este. The time: 19:00 and 21:00. And the duration: 60 minutes.
***Seville Aquarium***
– To the dim candlelight we must add another attraction: the enveloping Global Omnium Auditorium of the Aquarium of Seville, at the foot of the Guadalquivir. On 19 February, Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ will be performed acoustically at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. From 26 February to 16 March, a string quintet together with other guests, including a dancer, will perform excerpts from musicals and ballets such as ‘The Nutcracker’, also in two performances.
***Casa de Salinas***
– The third of the venues is the Casa de Salinas, a 16th century palace in the heart of the historic quarter: 39 Mateos Gago Street. There, Queen will be the backdrop for the tribute. Their music. Another prism to approach the British and, after all, world legend: ‘We will rock you’, ‘Bohemian rhapsody’? This is it: from purely instrumental music.
Tickets are available at https://feverup.com/es/sevilla/candlelight from 15 euros.
***Malaga***
Visit this website to see all the CANDLELIGHT concerts scheduled in various intriging venues across Malaga, including a tribute to ABBA, The Nutcracker, Queen & Coldplay tributes, etc.
https://feverup.com/es/malaga
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/queplan/sevilla/conciertos/candlelight-musica-velas-invierno-sevillano-20230204174121-nts.html 

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Have You Experienced The Rice With Lobster at Chiringuito Casa Miguel?:
Unique beach bar right on the seafront promenade of Torre del Mar. For breakfast we offer a wide variety of bread, juices, coffees and teas. For lunch & dinner, you can taste a wide variety of fresh fish that you will enjoy next to the sea with an unbeatable service and attention. Ask us for any of our fish on skewers.
Order our famous Rice with Lobster in advance for weekend meals.
Paseo Marítimo de Poniente, Torre del Mar. Tel. 600678305 FB 

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Upcoming Concerts:
– The Stranglers. 3Mar Valencia, 4Mar Madrid
– Marc Almond- Chaos & The Hits 2023. 28Mar Valencia, 31Mar Madrid
Info & tix: https://eclipsegroup.es/ 

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– Farmhouse style kitchen table with natural solid waxed wooden top with ocean blue chalk paint base
4 matching ocean blue chairs with new fabric seat covers Measurements 130 x 80 x 78cms Price 345€
– Verde Olivio chest of drawers with solid wooden top waxed Matching Mirror with drawers 87.50 x 90cms
Chest of drawers 110 x 56 x 80cms Bedside unit 55 x 31.50 x 61.50cms 280€ ( the set ) Extra mirror 49 x 43cms 25€
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For Sale: Domyos exercise bike. Heart rate, distance, calories, speed indicators etc. 50 euros. Peter, Torrox Costa 636122319. 

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Free Seedlings: I have pots of seedlings of lemon Bergamot (Annual). Hummingbird Mint. Horse Mint. Mountain Mint. Lovely names. All from Chiltern Seeds. Then Bergamot, Penstemon,Helenium and Aster. I have taken all I need but there are so many healthy seedlings left perhaps some keen gardeners would like them. All these seedlings are great for pollinators.
I can meet at Cepsa Garage next to the Frigiliana/Nerja exit of the motorway.
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Information wanted, fabric dye: Where, on the coast between Nerja and Malaga, can I buy some fabric dye? Any information would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance. Keith / Velez phone/what’sapp: 693107206
Email: keithrocksue AT gmail DOT com

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News & Articles

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SPAIN

Electricity shoots up 76% this Monday and will stand at 132 euros/MWh:
{Translation, summary} 5/2/23
– The average price of electricity for regulated rate customers linked to the wholesale market will rise this Monday to 132.07 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), which is 76.68% more than the 74.75 euros/MWh of this Sunday.
In the auction, the average price of electricity in the wholesale market – the so-called ‘pool’ – will stand this Monday at 134.98 euros/MWh. The minimum price, of 87.9 euros/MWh, will be given between 03:00 and 04:00, while the maximum price will be recorded between 20:00 and 21:00, when it will be 186.21 euros/MWh. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-precio-luz-dispara-76-lunes-situara-132-euros-mwh-20230205144225.html

ANDALUCIA

Reminder- The mask will no longer be mandatory on public transport on February 7: {Translation, summary}
– The mask will no longer be mandatory on public transport as of February 7, although it will have to be used in health centers, pharmacies, opticians, clinics and social health centers such as residences. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1180756/la-mascarilla-dejara-de-ser-obligatoria-en-transporte-publico-el-7-de-febrero/

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Will polar cold return this week?: {Translation, summary}
Sunday, February 5, 2023, 12:47
– The temperatures during the weekend have shown a slight increase, alleviating somewhat the polar cold of the last week. Although the night frosts have remained in a good part of the country, during the day the values have been relatively pleasant for this time. But, according to the weather forecast from the State Meteorological Agency, the situation is going to change for next week.
– Specifically in Malaga, Aemet already foresees a high possibility of rain from Tuesday, but mainly on Wednesday, the day of the week in which the percentage is between 90 and 100% in practically the entire province, although with less intensity in the Axarquia. The precipitations could be maintained during Thursday and decrease towards the weekend, although everything will depend on the evolution of the dana.
– Regarding temperatures, in the capital, Axarquía and Valle del Guadalorce, Meteorology forecasts maximums that will oscillate between 15 and 18ºC; on the Costa del Sol, between 17 and 19ºC, and in the Serranía de Ronda, between 9 and 14ºC. Only in some inland municipalities are the maximum temperatures expected to drop below 10ºC. Source, Spanish: https://www.diariosur.es/malaga/prediccion-tiempo-proxima-semana-frio-polar-lluvias-20230205121124-nt.html

AXARQUIA

Bodies of man and woman found in roadside ditch after hit-and-run on the old N-340 in Almayate:
– Locals in the centre of Almayate, which sits in the western part of the Vélez-Málaga municipality, woke up on Saturday morning with the grim news of the discovery of two bodies found lying in a ditch on the old N-340 as it passes through this Axarquía town. According to SUR sources, they were a 73-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, both residents of Malaga city. Although the investigation is still open, everything indicates that both were run over in the early hours of the morning, and that the driver fled the scene.
– SUR has learned that the police investigation has already located the vehicle involved in the accident. Apparently, the owner of the vehicle has said that he was not the driver involved, and claimed that his car had been stolen.
– The identity of the victims is still unknown, beyond the fact that both are residents of Malaga city. The incident happened on a section of the old N-340 highway where it is not uncommon to see people crossing it or walking along its hard shoulder, due to the presence of nearby houses, beach bars and restaurants.
Full article & photo: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/axarquia/hit-run-almayate-two-dead-20230205073432-nt.html 
UPDATE:
They arrest the alleged perpetrator of the fatal attack in Almayate: {Translation} The author of the hit-and-run fled and the bodies of the victims remained on the side of the road all morning until some pedestrians discovered them on Saturday morning. According to Europa Press from sources close to the case, the person arrested would be the owner of the vehicle that caused the alleged fatal accident. Source, Spanish: https://www.diariosur.es/sucesos/detienen-presunto-autor-atropello-mortal-almayate-20230205122502-nt.html

COSTA DEL SOL

Catching the bus between Costa towns and inland is set to become easier and cheaper:
– A transport consortium is expanding to include buses within an area which stretches to Marbella, Antequera and Vélez-Málaga. The scheme is run by the Malaga Consorcio de Transporte del Área Metropolitano, a transport consortium initially formed by towns close to the city to improve mobility, especially for commuters.
– Take the example of someone living in the inland town of Antequera who works or studies on the coast: they will soon be able to catch a local bus to the station, then another to Malaga and, once there, change to another bus or the city’s Metro using the same travel card and save at least 30 per cent of the fare on each stage of the journey. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/catching-between-costa-20230203104713-ntvo.html

MALAGA

Dozens of dogs rescued as two illegal breeders closed down in Malaga:
– Guardia Civil officers have rescued 48 dogs after closing down two illegal dog breeders in Alhaurín el Grande. Two people, both belonging to the same family, are under investigation for animal abuse as the dogs were found with numerous injuries and hernias and their tails had been amputated for aesthetic purposes and without veterinary supervision.
– The dogs are all popular breeds including pinschers, dachshunds, French bulldogs, pugs and chihuahuas. After a number of enquiries, investigators found that the suspects were allegedly selling the animals via internet sales portals and identified several advertisements for the sale of animals that are believed to be related to these breeders. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/guadalhorce-valley/dozens-dogs-rescued-20230203125221-nt.html

GRANADA

Maracena dedicates a space to the patron saint of cyclists: {Translation, summary}
– The Virgen de Dorleta is the patron saint of cyclists and, from this Sunday, all those passionate about this sport have a meeting point in the town of Maracenza in the Parque Víctimas del Terrorismo. On the first Sunday in February, cyclists make their first official ride of the season and go to their patron saint to make a floral offering and pray for the safety of cyclists on the road.
– Until now, the Maraceneros had to travel to Suspiro del Moro or Armilla to make this floral offering, which is why the different clubs have received the news with joy. “We have always gone to another place to make the offering, so having the Virgen de Dorleta in Maracena is a source of pride,” said Marcelo Mochón of Velo Club Maracena. Source & photo, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/maracena-dedica-espacio-patrona-ciclistas/ 

ENERGY CRISIS

How will EU ban and West’s price cap on Russian diesel work?:
– Europe’s ban takes effect Sunday (5/2) following its embargo on coal and most oil from Russia. The move is meant to further slash reliance on Russian energy and payments into the Kremlin’s war chest as the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine nears.
– The newest energy sanctions have risks: Diesel prices have already jumped since the war started on Feb. 24, and there’s uncertainty about how the EU embargo and price cap by the Group of Seven major democracies will affect the market for a fuel crucial to the global economy. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/russian-diesel-fuel-embargo-explainer-28b9043593c7cb92e032aa451c837b39

TECH

Microsoft Products Going Obsolete In 2023:
The following list is of Microsoft products retiring or reaching the end of support in 2023. Upon retirement or end of support, there will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. These products may continue to work after they pass their retirement date, but may lose access to cloud based tools and storage functions, and will be vulnerable to security threats from infected files, macros, etc.
January 10, 2023
– Windows 8.1
April 11, 2023
– Excel 2013
– Microsoft Office 2013
– Microsoft OneNote 2013
– Outlook 2013
– PowerPoint 2013
– Project 2013
– Publisher 2013
– Word 2013
October 10, 2023
– Excel 2019 for Mac
– Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac
– Outlook 2019 for Mac
– PowerPoint 2019 for Mac
– Word 2019 for Mac
Source: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/end-of-support/end-of-support-2023

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Apple adjusts trade-in values- used Mac values go up, iPhone values go down:
– Apple says: It’s easy to trade in your eligible device for credit toward your next purchase, or get an Apple Gift Card you can use anytime. If your device isn’t eligible for credit, we’ll recycle it for free. No matter the model or condition, we can turn it into something good for you and good for the planet.
– To check the value of your Apple device as a trade-in, visit the official Spanish Apple Trade-in website: https://www.apple.com/es/trade-in/ 

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Public EV Charging Stations Can Be Hacked To Steal Your Credit Card Info:
– Two new security weaknesses discovered in several electric vehicle (EV) charging systems could be exploited to remotely shut down charging stations and even expose them to data and energy theft. Two new security weaknesses discovered in several electric vehicle (EV) charging systems could be exploited to remotely shut down charging stations and even expose users to data and energy theft. The findings, which come from Israel-based SaiFlow, once again demonstrate the potential risks facing the EV charging infrastructure.
– A cyber attacker could spoof a connection from a valid charger to its CSMS provider when it’s already connected, effectively leading to either of the two scenarios:
1. A denial-of-service (DoS) condition that arises when the CSMS provider closes the original WebSocket connection when a new connection is established
2. Information theft that stems from keeping the two connections alive but returning responses to the “new” rogue connection, permitting the adversary to access the driver’s personal data, credit card details, and CSMS credentials.
(Also beware of rogue QR codes. If you pay by scanning a QR code with your mobile, closely inspect the QR code posted on the charging station, gas pump, parking meter, etc. Make sure the symbol is printed onto the surface, and that a rouge QR code sticker has not been placed on top the original. Rouge QR stickers can steal your payments. If it is a sticker, alert the attendant. -Ed.) Full article & image: https://thehackernews.com/2023/02/is-your-ev-charging-station-safe-new.html 

PETS

30-year-old Bobi crowned world’s oldest dog ever by Guinness World Records:
– Guinness World Records has announced that the record for the world’s oldest dog has officially been broken just weeks after another pooch was crowned.
– Bobi the dog was born in the village of Conqueiros in Portugal on May 11, 1992 and is aged 30 years and 268 days-old as of Friday. He has been crowned the world’s oldest dog just two weeks after a 23-year-old chihuahua called Spike, from Ohio in the US, was awarded the title. But Bobi is not just the oldest living dog – he’s also officially the oldest dog on the planet ever.
– This new title means Bobi has beaten the record of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey – who had lived 29 years and five months before his death in 1939. Bobi is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo (He doesn’t look anything like the photos of Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs I looked up. -Ed) , which is a breed of livestock guardian dog with an average life expectancy of around 12 to 14 years. Full article: https://www.itv.com/news/2023-02-03/30-year-old-bobi-crowned-worlds-oldest-dog-ever-by-guinness-world-records
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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:
https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/updated-daily-these-20220314114157-nt.html

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

Taxi
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
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DigameXtra No. 2468 WEEKEND EDITION Friday Feb. 3rd, 2023

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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
Events Coordinator: + 34 711 077 576, Kim_bowe1@hotmail.com. Please call or email Kim if you plan to attend our events.
Upcoming Events:
Feb
– TBC Lunch at La Herradura
– Tuesday 14th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox
– Thursday 23rd. Valentine’s lunch at Al Andalus Maro
Mar
– Friday 3rd. Lunch at La Herradura
– Tuesday 14th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox
– Thursday 23rd. Lunch at Al Andalus Maro
Apr
– Saturday 22nd. Spring Masquerade Ball at the Caves Restaurant, Torrox
All events must be booked through our Events coordinator Kim + 34 711 077 576
Please visit us on our Facebook page at Facebook Link
or visit our website at: https://rblnerja.com/

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Trapiche Market: We are open this Tuesday and every Tuesday.
09:30 hrs to 13:30 hrs
It is hosted at the beautiful Jardines del Trapiche venue.
Carretera Benamargosa, 0.5 Km, 29718 Velez-Malaga, follow the directions to Trapiche airport.
It’s a great place to find unique and personal gifts as well as your every day essentials.
Lots of stalls to discover, you will find old favourites, and new ones too! NOW also good quality second hand stalls.
There are stalls with vintage clothing; hand turned olive wood bowls & other items; fresh fruit & veg, pot plants, large selection of fiction and non-fiction books; handmade jewellery and more. We’re spoilt for choice! You can also support Axarquía Animal Rescue with their tombola and meet some of the animals available for adoption.
View houses in your area and discuss selling your house with BluCee Real Estate.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please view our Facebook page, it is updated weekly with photos, contact details of stall holders and items for sale and services on offer.
Facebook for Trapiche Market.
For more information about having a stall at the market contact Anita at TrapicheMarketSpain @gmail.com / +34 627 877 164
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Festival of the Matanza de Ardales 2023: Sunday 5 Feb.
Ardales celebrates its traditional Fiesta de la Matanza (hog slaughter). A gastronomic-cultural day featuring sausages and pork meat, in addition to oil, pastries, olives, sweet wine and bread.
– 12:00 pm: Opening of the Fair, where the products derived from the slaughter of the pig are distributed in thousands of sandwiches free of charge among all visitors and locals. The town square is filled with stalls where you can buy freshly made typical sausages, that are prepared by the neighbors
– 5:00 p.m.: Musical performances. Nyno Vargas in concert. 

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CORRECTION– Updated Menu: Dukes Sunday Lunch- Torrox Costa:
Sunday Lunch Menu for the 5th February 2023.
Booking required, service starts from 1pm
Menu Choices required upon booking.
Please contact us on +34 603 721 258 or message us on Facebook.
Avenida Garcia Peñalver EDF 79 (East side), Torrox-Costa, 297793. 

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-Solar Electric (PV) (Self-Consumption)
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Tony Roam Transport & Removals:
Spain To UK To Spain Fortnightly Runs Spain to UK and Up to 4 weeks free Storage. Spain or UK
16 Years Removals To & Fro Spain / UK Spain
Scheduled and also unscheduled all year every month.
We also offer a door to door at dates and times you choose.
Transportation, Removals & light haulage company that have guaranteed scheduled trips all year from UK to Torrox and back at the same time every month.
Also additional unscheduled to suit your needs.
Full or part loads undertaken.
Dedicated Delivery Personal Service Full or Part loads up to 20 cubic meters up to 2.5 tonne.
Up to £25,000.00 insurance with British Insurance Company.
Evidence of insurance can be supplied by email on request. Hard Copies always carried on the vans.
We live just behind Torrox Pueblo in Spain and in South Wales UK and have vans going back and forth UK to Spain to UK by way of Santander or Bilbao / Portsmouth or Plymouth Ferry.
For more information and prices for all to see please visit our website http://www.tonyroamremovals.com
email: tonyroam@btconnect.com
Tel Spain 0034636393542 – UK 00447973362003.
Facebook: Tony Roam – WhatsApp Either Number. Our contact details are shown every day in the Sponsor’s Section.

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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! Winter Hours: 6:30pm to close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. For reservations call telephone number 642585049. https://la-casita-griega.business.site/ We are DigameXtra sponsors, so our contact info can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section. 

 

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COWORKING Torrox Costa: Need a well equipped office for a few hours or a few days? Need to host a meeting in a convenient location with easy parking? We offer an affordable solution!
Located in Torrox Costa, just 30m from Iberostar Hotel.
3 meeting rooms with up to 12 persons capacity in one of them.
– Wifi
– projector
– printer
– coffee
– whiteboards
– office materials available: stapler, paperclips, paper, etc.
For meetings, presentations, teaching lessons, workshops….
Contact information: maincontact01@gmail.com ; +34 679094740
A new service offered by MalagaLingo.

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Assisted Living Services in the Axarquia Region:
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* Dressing, bathing and daily hygiene
* Assisted Mobility. 
* 24 hour live in care.
* Meal preparation, shopping & routine house keeping
* Correspondence and Communication 
* Medication Collection and Dispensing Systems
* Provision of Medical Equipment
TEL 951 55 05 81 OR 692419548 
Contact Liz ( On WhatsApp). Colegio de Enfermería de Málaga reg. 17425
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Are you still dealing with scammers on Fakebook Marketplace?
Sell your items here, to locals, for cash, without the shenanigans.

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Protect your body and hand from low humidity caused by cold wind, air and indoor heaters. Say good-bye to dry, irritated skin. Sign up Moonette’s NEWSLETTER on our website to receive a 10% discount code (applied for all items).
MOONETTE – Organic Skincare for Mature Skin

We are a Torrox-based company specialising in the creation of formulae which help prevent premature skin ageing. We are committed to making effective products at affordable prices.
Your skin health matters to us. How you feed your skin is as important as how you feed your body. Why settle for anything less than natural and organic?
As our skin is the first layer of our defence against microbial infections, ultraviolet radiation and environmental contamination it plays a vital role in our health. As we grow older, however, our skin becomes thinner, wrinkled, and more sensitive; hence it requires the use of treatments containing specific ingredients to the care of treating mature skin.
Recognising this need we have created a range of formulae which help
-slow down ageing process by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
-improve facial complexion and eliminate blemishes.
At Moonette, we are passionate about health, beauty and plants. Your skin will benefit from the properties of botanic essential oils combined with a selection of nutrients for deep hydration, cell revitalization and antioxidant effect, all sourced from the finest natural ingredients with gorgeous fragrances.
Naturally, we care about our planet and feel the need to help reduce the sheer volumes of plastics waste that are generated daily around the globe. Presently, we are minimizing the usage of plastic materials in our production while seeking alternative forms of packaging. To help reduce pollution we are asking all local customers to recycle or reuse their Moonette skincare containers, and offering a small discount on future purchases to customers recycling containers.
**Free small testers are available on request** Please contact us to find out more or to order:
Email: margaret@moonette.es ; Homepage: www.moonette.es
Tel /WhatsApp: +34 650 044 102
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– Chest of drawers solid natural wooden top done in a verde Olivia 110 x 56 x 80cms Price 170€
– Verde Olivia painted mirror 49 x 43cms Price 25€
– Beige castillan mirror 67 x 50cms Price 45€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 

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For Sale, 2 items:
– Digital Satellite Receiver, Metronic Touchbox 8. Good working condition, include remote and instructions. Asking 29€.
– Smartphone. Huawei P Smart 2019 in perfect condition. Always with cover and protecting glass. 3 GB Ram and 64GB memory. Reset to factory settings, with its box and charger. Alu cover for free included. Asking 99€.
Frank/ Torrox Costa phone 677398114 buyer collects 

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For Sale: Aprox 60 music cds. A mixture. Elvis to Pink Floyd, Ian Dury to Alanis Morissette. Including some Spanish artists,Guitar etc. 25 Euro
Ken / Nerja. Email: kenseal AT gmail D0T com 

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For Sale, 2 items:
– Brand new single (90cm bed) bedspread, lightly padded. No longer required, bought a week ago in Eroski. Paid €26 will accept €20.
– Modern wooden legs for sofa or table etc. Slightly sloping. Came with my new sofa but had to replace them because they were too low for me. They are 14cm high and were only used for a month or so. Complete with screws and fixings. €20.
Carole, El Morche; carolemhart@yahoo.com 

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For Sale: Ellipitical cross trainer, never used due to illness, 195 euros
Mary Anne or Patricia (alcaucin)
Email: maryannewaring@gmail.com 

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For Sale: 4x Antique/Vintage Spanish Olive Jars
They are all very similar but not identical. The dimensions are 66cm high and 50cm diameter. They are in very good condition but have a few aged related chips and marks. I will sell individually for 90€ each or all 4 for 300€
David, Frigiliana. Call/Whatapp +44 7767666453 or
email: davemac174@yahoo.co.uk 

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For Sale: Jeep Commander. 2007 automatic 160,000 km
3.0 CRD Engine. Full equip, RHD, leather and heated seats, 4LWD.
New tires, gray color. Price: €4,000. Sam, Algarrobo
Phone and Whatsapp answered 605288422

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For Sale: Credit note. Save over 100 euro!
Are you looking for some new furniture: beds, wardrobes, sofas, etc? I have for sale reduced to only 220 euro, a credit note with the value of 343.97 euro. This is to spend at SL Rapimueble Mini Torre del Mar 1, Av. De Andalucia, Torre del Mar. This credit note is certified by the manager, Miguel Fernandez Garcia, who has agreed to the transfer of the credit note to a third party. I can/will accompany anyone interested to the store in Torre, in order to confirm the transfer and validate said credit note into your name.
I have bought several items from this store in the past and now find that I do not need any more furniture and so have no further use for the credit. Hence the sale/transfer at 220 euro. A saving of over 100 euro!
If you are interested please contact me via:
Mobile/What’s App 693 107 206 or
email: keithrocksue AT gmail DOT com
Thank you, Keith / Velez.

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DoctorLaptop’s Weekend Computer Sales

For Sale: New Mini PC Computer
Move Up To Windows 11 for under €200 !!!
Brand New Mini PC + accessories, only €180
BMAX B2S MiniPC – Windows 11 Pro, UK
Intel Celeron N4020C, 2 Cores, 1.10GHz – 2.80GHz
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4k HD, supports dual displays
RAM: 6GB DDR4
Drives: 128GB eMMC (SSD, system) + 128GB Flash drive (data)
Wifi 2.4GHz/5GHz; Built-in BT4.2; Ethernet, Stereo Headset Jack, USB 3.0 x 4; HDMI; VGA, Card Reader
Set up, fully updated and ready to use. Size: 12.5×11.2×4.4cm
Includes new high quality USB wired UK Keyboard (Logitech) & Mouse (HP). Buyer provides display monitor (VGA and/or HDMI) & speakers
Note: If using an HDMI display with built-in speakers, the audio will come from those speakers when you change the Sound setting on the Mini PC to HDMI output.
Contact Naythan, Torrox Costa. Buyer collects. Cash only. 
Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com ; Image: BMAX 

For Sale: Brand new Acer Extensa 15. Need a new laptop, but not ready for Windows 11? 
System is Windows 10 in English, keyboard is Spanish. 
15.6″ Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Intel N4020, up to 2.8GHz 
8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics
Ethernet, Wifi 2.4/5, HDMI (No VGA, No DVD)
2x USB2, 1x USB3.1
Large Touchpad, Webcam, headphone port.
Heavy Duty Hinges. Light weight 1.9Kg, 6 hour battery.
Fully setup, updated, ready to use. Factory warranty. This model can be upgraded to Windows 11 when you are ready for it. Photo credit.
€380, buyer collects. Naythan, Torrox Costa
Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com 

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Recommendations & Requests

When making a recommendation always include the phone number or website of the biz, service, etc., so readers can reach them.
Note: I can’t post third party email addresses.

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Physiotherapist: Recommendations gratefully received for a physiotherapist who could do home visits to an 80 year old man with the aim of improving his mobility. Torrox Costa/El Faro area. Christine, Torrox Costa
chris dot fitzwater47 at gmail.com

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News & Articles

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SPAIN

Spanish Social Security overcharge thousands of self-employed:
– Thousands of self-employed people in Spain (autónomos) had a nasty surprise to start 2023. Checking their bank balances this week, many will have realised that Spain’s Social Security accidentally overcharged them, along with thousands of other people.
– Spain’s Ministerio de Inclusión, Seguridad Social y Migraciones, which charges self-employed people every month, mistakenly charged the normal minimum fee to the newly self-employed, who are offered a special €80 flat rate. The error, which has been described as an “incident in the system” in the Spanish press, affected self-employed people who had registered between January 1st and 9th.
– According to the Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos (ATA), newly-registered self-employed people were charged the normal minimum monthly fee, which is €299, instead of the reduced €80 flat rate those who are self-employed start out by paying. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20230202/spanish-social-security-overcharge-thousands-of-self-employed/

MALAGA

Caminito del Rey suspended gorge walk returns to its usual route after rockfall repairs: Work to restore a 113-metre damaged section of the famous El Chorro tourist attraction has been completed, following a landslide in the area last December. The walkway above a gorge will return to its usual route on Friday, 3 February. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/guadalhorce-valley/caminito-del-rey-gorge-walk-20230202122816-nt.html 

MARBELLA

Junta de Andalucía hammers the Eco Reserve over minor issues- Ojén’s Eco Reserve forced to close permanently by regional government:
– The Junta de Andalucía has issued a report which will lead to the permanent closure of the Ojén Eco Reserve, near Marbella. The report considers that the irregularities detected in the inspection that caused its closure to the public in February last year have not been resolved.
– Despite being closed for a year, the Eco Reserve has managed to keep going with donations from organisations and individuals and Calvo’s dedication. For a time he had the help a number of volunteers, after the 10 members of staff that had worked there while the place had permit had to be let go. However, the Junta de Andalucía prohibited the access of volunteers after the summer for security reasons. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/marbella-san-pedro/ojen-eco-reserve-20230131122019-nt.html 

GRANADA

The Sierra Nevada highway will reopen from 9:00 p.m. this Thursday(2/2): {Translation, summary}
– The access road to Sierra Nevada will reopen at 9:00 p.m. this Thursday, as announced by the Ministry of Development, Articulation of the Territory and Housing of the Junta de Andalucía. With the latest work carried out, it has been possible to stabilize all the material moved by the landslide that occurred on Sunday the 16th. As it has not yet been completed, there will be roadblocks in the coming weeks to continue with the tasks. It will be from next Monday, where there will be intermittent cuts. To this end, the following windows will be established for vehicle traffic in both directions on the A-395.
– The windows for the passage of vehicles from Monday to Thursday will be until 8:00 a.m., in slots from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. From 5:30 p.m. it will open until the next day at 8:00 a.m. Therefore, on Monday at 8:00 a.m. it is cut off again and the station is accessed with light vehicles along the established routes, up the Purche, down through Hazallanas. This Thursday the work continued, where ditches continued, installing pipes and concreting part of the pipeline that housed the DGT fiber optics and which broke with the landslide.
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/carretera-sierra-nevada-reabrira-partir-21-horas-jueves/ 

UK

Bank of England raises borrowing costs to 4%, hints interest rates near peak:
– The Bank of England raised interest rates for the 10th straight time on Thursday and signalled the tide was turning in Britain’s battle against high inflation, forcing investors to dial down bets on a more aggressive tightening of policy. Softening their forecasts of recession this year, the BoE’s nine interest rate-setters voted 7-2 to increase Bank Rate to 4.0% – its highest since 2008 – from 3.5%. The move had been expected by most investors and economists.
– The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve slowed the pace of its rate hikes with a smaller quarter-point move, but said it expected further increases would be needed. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/markets/rates-bonds/bank-england-raises-borrowing-costs-4-hints-interest-rates-near-peak-2023-02-02/

EUROPE

Germany Officially Drops Mask Requirement on Long-Distance Trains & Buses: Germany has today, on February 2, officially dropped the mask requirement on long-distance trains as well as on buses. The requirement to wear a face mask on Germany’s long-distance trains and on local public transport has been mandatory for almost two years. However, after taking into account the improvement of the COVID-19 situation, the German authorities decided to no longer apply such a measure. Full article:
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/germany-officially-drops-mask-requirement-on-long-distance-trains-buses/

USA

Groundhog Day 2023- Did Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?:
– On February 2, 2023, it was revealed that Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow on the morning of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
– During the ceremony, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club gathered on a stage to deliver the news to the audience, who were very lively despite the early hours. The festivities had begun at 6 a.m. ET and the crowds were entertained with music and dancing before Punxsutawney Phil appeared at around 7.25 a.m. ET.
– The audience could be heard cheering and chanting Phil’s name as he emerged from his den. Phil made his prediction by choosing a scroll and speaking, in secret, in a language known as “groundhogese” to the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle. The scroll was then read to the crowds, with the speaker saying: “Hear ye, hear ye. Now on this February 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the seer of seers, was awakened from his wintry nap at dawn on Gobbler’s Knob. “Phil looked to the skies and then, speaking in groundhogese, directed this president uncle to the proper scroll which reads, ‘I see the morning has brought the finest people, I see their bravery and spirit. The time has come, I can feel it. The excitement, I can hear it.'”
– He continued: “I see the folks with gray in their hair, and I see the kids all young and scrawny. Their eyes and cheeks a glow from the cold clean air of sweet Punxsutawney. I see that everyone knows their part, and I am merely the sage, but above all else I see a shadow on my stage. So, no matter how you measure, it’s six more weeks of winter weather.”
Full article: https://www.newsweek.com/groundhog-day-did-phil-see-his-shadow-punxsutawney-2023-winter-early-spring-1778433

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ENERGY CRISIS

Shell profits branded ‘sickening’ as energy giant rakes in £68 billion in single year:
– The UK Government has been called on to impose a fresh windfall tax on energy giants after Shell recorded the largest profit in its 115-year history. SNP, Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems have all urged the Conservative Government to expand its windfall tax after the energy company announced that its 2022 profits had rocketed to £68.1billion.
– Shell have benefitted from increased energy costs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bumper profits by producers in 2022 prompted the Government to launch a windfall tax, called the Energy Profits Levy.
– Shell said it paid £1.5 billion in windfall tax charges to the UK and EU.
– The Scottish Greens energy and environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell called the profits “obscene” and said that investment in renewables was key to bringing down energy bills. Ruskell said: “Many will be sickened and angry by the obscene level of profits reported by Shell and the other oil and gas giants, who have enriched themselves at the cost of our planet.
“There can be no justification for a system that allows this kind of profiteering, especially when so many are suffering. It is a sign of how broken things add and why they need to change. “It underlines exactly why we need to break the link between fossil fuel prices and bills, and support the many households and families who have been plunged into fuel poverty over the last 12 months.”
Full article: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/shell-profits-branded-sickening-energy-29113726

HEALTH

Merck Covid Drug Linked to New Virus Mutations, Study Says:
– Merck & Co.’s Covid-19 pill is giving rise to new mutations of the virus in some patients, according to a study that underscores the risk of trying to intentionally alter the pathogen’s genetic code. Some researchers worry the drug may create more contagious or health-threatening variations of Covid, which has killed more than 6.8 million people globally over the past three years.
– Mutations linked to the use of Merck’s pill, Lagevrio, have been identified in viral samples taken from dozens of patients, according to a preprint study from researchers in the US and at the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College London and other UK institutions. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/merck-covid-drug-linked-to-new-virus-mutations-study-says/ar-AA170cuh

TECH

Netflix will block shared accounts: A new system of blocking shared accounts will start working at the end of March. Users must connect within 31 days on the same Wifi or network of the Netflix owner account or the system will block them. This will make it impossible to share accounts with people who live outside our home on a regular basis, so they will be pushed to create a new personal account. Full article: https://androidpctv.com/netflix-block-shared-accounts/ 

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Top Russian Official Thanks Pirates For Enabling Access to ‘Enemy’ Content:
– Former Russian President Dimitry Medvedev used Telegram yesterday to thank pirates who developed programs to enable access to “expensive intellectual products” owned by Russia’s enemies. In future, everything from movies to industrial software will be pirated, Medvedev said.
– “All that remains is to adopt the rules on the use of their intellectual property. Without any licenses and payment of royalties. This, among other things, will be our retaliatory sanctions on their property rights,” said the close Putin ally. The current proposal deals with film content, but for Medvedev, that doesn’t go far enough. He says the use of unlicensed content should cover “everything” from movies to industrial software – nothing will be off-limits.
Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/top-russian-official-thanks-pirates-for-enabling-access-to-enemy-content-230202/

ARTIFICIAL INTELLEGENCE (AI)

Editor’s Note: This huge AI push we are now seeing all across the mainstream media reminds me of the Covid vax push. The new ChatGPT (AI Chatbot), and related AI services, have the potential to do monumental damage to society and the planet. Even the ChatGPT developers themselves admit they do not fully understand how it works (AI can analyse such huge quantities of data, it can find patterns and associations hidden from human understanding). This is another example of insufficiently tested tech being pushed on the public, as big-tech generates huge new profits with no concern for the consequences. References:
https://www.makeuseof.com/openai-chatgpt-biggest-probelms/
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/chatgpt-everything-know-openais-free-150407004.html

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ChatGPT Plus is here and it’s $20 a month:
– OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and DALL-E 2, has announced ChatGPT Plus, a premium subscription plan for its conversational AI. The paid subscription service costs $20 per month and will give customers priority access, faster performance, and “priority access to new features and improvements.”
– OpenAI seems to be grabbing onto the hype that ChatGPT created with both hands with all of these new products and services, and for a good reason. With a potential integration into Microsoft Bing and the creator of Gmail saying that ChatGPT could destroy Google in two years, the company has enormous upside right now. Full article: https://bgr.com/tech/chatgpt-plus-is-here-and-its-20-a-month/

SCIENCE

Army of scientists battles bacteria that has annihilated millions of olive trees:
– Xylella, which originated in the Americas, measures little more than one thousandth of a millimeter. The bacterium multiplies in the sap-conducting vessels of a tree and can clog them, suffocating the branches. Insects of the Cicadellidae family, known as leafhoppers, are responsible for transporting the microbe from one plant to another. The main hypothesis is that the microorganism arrived in southern Italy in 2008, transported on ornamental coffee plants from Costa Rica. By the time it was detected in 2013, it was already too late.
– Within a few years, the bacterium had wiped out more than six million trees. Landa recalls scenes of elderly farmers weeping, hugging their diseased centuries-old olive trees. The main strategy against the bacterium is to uproot the infected tree, and all others within 50 meters of it.
– In Spain, the microbe was first detected in October 2016, in three cherry trees at a garden center in Mallorca, but Landa believes that the pathogen had entered the Balearic Islands much earlier, around 1994, in almond trees introduced from California. The regional government of the Balearics ordered thousands of trees to be uprooted in 2016, before surrendering to the evidence that it was already impossible to eradicate the bacterium in the Mediterranean archipelago. The other major focal point is in the province of Alicante, on Spain’s eastern coast, where an out-of-control epidemic is ravaging agriculture despite the uprooting of almost 190,000 almond trees since 2017. Olive growers on the peninsula are fearful: There are more than 300 million olive trees in Spain, which produce around half of the world’s olive oil.
– So far the microbe is winning the war. “You have to learn to live with the bacteria and minimize the damage. What growers would like – to throw a pesticide at it and for the problem to simply disappear – will never happen,” says Landa, who was recently appointed president of the Spanish Society of Phytopathology. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2023-02-01/army-of-scientists-battles-apocalyptic-bacteria-that-has-annihilated-millions-of-olive-trees.html

OTHER

Some poisons decay without leaving a trace given enough time- Is this why the body of the antivirus creator John McAfee has been lying in a morgue in Barcelona for over a year and a half, waiting for a judge to authorize a second autopsy?:
– John McAfee, the famous creator of the antivirus software named after him, who had publicly announced on social media that he would never commit suicide, and even had a tattoo “WHACKD” confirming this attitude, died inside a prison in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia on June 23, 2021 aged 75, after being informed that a Spanish court had approved his extradition to the United States where he was wanted for tax crimes. Forensic experts concluded that he committed suicide, without providing the autopsy results. Since then, his body has been kept at -18ºC at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Catalonia, waiting for a judge to decide whether to accept new proceedings or definitively shelve the case. In a recent interview held in Costa del Sol, where she is staying with friends, his partner Janice McAfee, 40, said that too much time has elapsed: “It’s difficult to not feel that this is intentionally cruel and intentionally inhumane, because so much time has passed.” Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spain/2023-02-01/janice-mcafee-i-came-to-spain-with-john-and-i-dont-want-to-leave-without-him.html
Additional reference: “Did John McAfee Hint at His Death 2 Years Back? ‘Whackd’ Tattoo on Arm Sparks Conspiracy Theory”, https://www.ibtimes.sg/did-john-mcafee-hint-his-death-2-years-back-whackd-tattoo-hand-sparks-conspiracy-theory-58370 

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‘I feel my eyes burn’- Thailand says stay indoors as air pollution spikes:
– Air pollution in Bangkok and neighbouring Thai provinces spiked past safe levels on Thursday, prompting authorities to urge people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. The concentration of small and hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 in the capital was at 14 times the level recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), making it the sixth-worst in the world, according to IQAir, a Swiss air quality tracking platform. Full article & Photo credit: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/i-feel-my-eyes-burn-thailand-says-stay-indoors-air-pollution-spikes-2023-02-02/ 

PETS

Cat Needs Home: We are still looking for a safe and warm permanent home for our sweet foster boy Campanilo. Campanilo was seriously ill when he was brought to the ‘Refugio de Leo’ as a kitten. He has been to the vet many times.
The trauma caused permanent neurological damage (Ataxie) He remains quite small and is somewhat shaky and unstable when walking. He sometimes falls over while jumping or playing. Fortunately his ailment is not too serious and he can walk, run and play well. We have been taking care of him for six weeks and we we have experienced that, once Campanilo gets used to you, he is an incredibly sweet, grateful, affectionate and playful pet who loves your company.
He really needs a loving home where he can stay for good since we will be leaving Spain erelong. Campanilo is less than a year old. Apart from his limps he is healthy, has had all tests and shots and has been neutered. He can easily live in an apartment and does not have to go outside, also because he will probably not be able to defend himself against other animals.
Who wants to take good care of this very sweet black and white cat or knows someone who would?
Please contact Bob and Jolanda (Torrox Costa) 0031-622911037
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New Life Church: Whether you live in Nerja or are visiting our area, you are very welcome to come and join us at our Sunday gathering. Join us for a time of Holy Spirit led worship and experience the presence of our God. Our teaching is Bible based as we honour God and obey His Word. During this time of uncertainty, God’s Word reminds us that the Gospel shines brightest in times of darkness. Our service lasts for about 1 hour and 30 mins. With Tea and Coffee afterwards.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6
Sunday Service 11.00am / Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja , 29780. Directions: Click Here 
Email: info@nlcnerja.com ; Website: www.nlcnerja.com ; Facebook

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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, 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!). 

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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: https://www.stgeorgeschurchmalaga.org

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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/
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Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services:
-Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Catholic Mass in English. 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
– Danish Church Services. On February 11th and 25th.
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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Informal Christian fellowship group in Torrox Pueblo:
Meeting on occasional Wednesday evenings.
For more information contact Kevin and Julie.
Email: Juliestares@hotmail.co.uk ; WhatsApp 44 7531856465

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DigameXtra No. 2467 Thursday Feb. 2nd, 2023

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Car Boot/ Market: Sunday 5th February. 
At El Pantano restaurant, Lake Vinuela
This popular monthly Car Boot/ Market is on Sunday 5th February at El Pantano Restaurant car park overlooking Lake Vinuela. Time 9.30 am to 1pm.
Location is easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right-hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore- old and new.
– Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
– Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
– Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
– Home-made preserves.
– Greetings cards.
– Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing at this well-established monthly market, which attracts visitors from far and near. A super location. The restaurant has shaded terraces overlooking the lake and many customers sit and enjoy a coffee or a tapa and a drink and catch up with friends and acquaintances for a chat. Many even stay and choose lunch from the varied menu available.
Bar is open from 9.30am serving coffee/drinks/food.
Please note: If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday.
New stall holders are always very welcome to join us. For further information please contact Sandy (Vinuela) by telephone, on the new mobile number of 633878471.

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The Wasps + Rob Sas & David Rock Duo: UK Punk Fri 10 Feb 11pm
Louie Louie Live, Estepona. Tel. 661692605
Av. Luis Braille. Edificio Puertosol. Puerto Deportivo, Estepona
The Wasps was born in London in 1976, It is one of the first Power Pop Punk bands from London. In their concerts they perform their hits from 1976-1979 and new songs from their new album “Punk Prayer”. On this occasion they will be joined by our friends Rob Sas & David, Rock Duo
Advance tickets at woutick.es  €15 (plus management fees), or at the box office €20, with Black Card €15  FB 

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Art Exhibition at La Casa Hotel: Local artist, Margaret Riordan, has an exhibition of some of her work at La Casa Hotel, Calle Baja, Torrox Pueblo until end April 2023. For more information email mariordan@aol.com or Tel: 662039741 

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The Blue Stompers Jump Review: Sun, 5 Feb 5pm
This Sunday live at JC’S Club, Montemare, (next to the carvery),
Calle Saltillo, 16, Torremolinos, from 5pm.
What a great way to come finish the Rockabilly weekend that happens every year in Torremolinos, why not pop in for some great drinks and a great afternoon of Jiving West Coast Boogie and R&B. tel.602495075 FB 

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Restaurante FIRMVM: Valentines Day Menu 14 Feb
Traditional gastronomy of the Costa Tropical
Plaza Damasco 2, Almuñécar. Tel. 958633565 ;  https://restaurantefirmvm.com/es

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SPAIN

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announces plans to raise minimum wage by 8 percent in move called politicking by unions:
– The announcement by Prime Minister Sánchez comes just months before municipal polls in various regions and a general election which is due by the year’s end. “We’re going to approve a new 8.0 percent increase in the minimum wage to reach €1,080” gross across 14 months, Sánchez told the Senate upper house of parliament.
– Spain traditionally makes salary payments in 14 monthly payments per year, with the extra paychecks typically paid in July and December. “We are respecting our commitment” to raise the minimum wage “to 60 percent of the average Spanish salary,” he said. Split across 12 months, that would equate to a gross payment of €1,260. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20230201/spain-to-raise-minimum-wage-by-8-percent/

MALAGA

No trace of the winner of 66 million in Malaga in the Euromillions draw: {Translation, summary}
– At lottery administration number 60 in the capital of Malaga, located at number 70 Calle Martínez Maldonado, numerous customers came this Wednesday to congratulate the lotteries on this prize, but none was the lucky winner.
The early risers said that they were going to check the numbers of the receipt at home in case they had the ticket graced with this prize, the second highest value awarded in Malaga city, after the one of almost 78 million hit in July 2021 in the center commercial Rosaleda, also of the Euromillions. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/ganador-millones-Malaga-sorteo-Euromillones_0_1762324349.html 

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Torremolinos gets ready to rock during four-day retro music festival:
– The Rockin’ Race Jamboree, which takes place from Thursday 2nd until Sunday 5 February, will present more than 40 rockabilly, blues, surf, and boogie-woogie bands from Europe, the UK and America, staged at different venues in the town, including the Principe de Asturias auditorium, the Hotel Barracuda and Plaza del Remo. Official statement: A very limited number of tickets will go on sale at the festival box office. Reservations are not accepted. Remember that the capacity of the Auditorium/festival is limited and it may be the case that the tickets are sold out the same day the box office opens!! ( Source: https://rockinrace.com/ )
– As well as the concerts, the event will include The Dash, a parade of vintage American cars that will take place along the seafront in La Carihuela on Saturday afternoon. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/benalmadena-torremolinos/rockin-race-jubilee-20230131160004-nt.html

LA HERRADURA

La Herradura is preparing to celebrate the carnivals, which will take place from February 17 to 19: {Translation}
– Deputy Mayor, Daniel Barbero, has announced the program of events and activities that will take place over the three days, including parades, costume contests, workshops, parties and performances.
– The calendar kicks off on Friday 17th with the Children’s Carnival. The parade will start at 16:30 hours and will start at the football pitch ‘Las Tejas’ until it reaches the Civic Centre square, where there will be a fancy dress competition, workshops and a children’s party. The party will include a bar organised by the AMPA Bahía de La Herradura.
– On Saturday, the 18th, the Adult Carnival will take place with a similar programme. The Adult Parade will start at 21:00, from the football pitch to the Civic Centre. The Fancy Dress Competition will be entertained by DJ Moisés Franco.
– The carnival calendar will conclude on Sunday with a great performance, in the ‘Diego Martínez’ auditorium of the Civic Centre with the chirigota from Cádiz ‘Los ya son Five de Cai’, which will take place at 19:00. Admission will be two euros for the benefit of Cáritas.
– The fancy dress competitions include three sections: individual, short group and long group, with a total of more than 1,000 euros. For the individual there is a first prize of 150 euros and a second prize of 100 euros. In the short group section, there is a first prize of 200 euros and a second prize of 150 euros. In the long group, the first prize will be 300 euros and the second prize 150 euros. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/la-herradura-prepara-celebrar-carnavales-2023-del-17-19-febrero/ 

GRANADA

Ski Update- Sierra Nevada opens the Laguna de las Yeguas and prepares El Águila and the Fuente del Tesoro: {Translation}
– Sierra Nevada has opened the Laguna de las Yeguas area with the start-up of the Laguna chairlift and the complete conditioning of its main slopes, Trucha and Olímpica, which means that the Granada winter resort now has more than 60 skiable kilometres. Until now, these slopes were open partially and with reduced opening hours in order to preserve the lower areas – with a shortage of snow – which have now been consolidated.
– With the opening of the Laguna, the preferred area for expert skiers, Sierra Nevada puts into service its entire skiable slope, the 1,200 metres that separate the vicinity of the Veleta peak and the Pradollano development.
– For the incorporation of the Laguna to the skiing offer, the intense work of the resort’s ski instructors has been decisive, with important snow movements in the lower part of this area, and the snow production in the final section of the Trucha. Nevertheless, the Sierra Nevada slopes department has warned that skiing in the Laguna de las Yeguas must be carried out with special caution, always within the marked pistes and restricted to expert skiers.
– Now, the efforts are concentrated on the El Águila piste, the longest in Sierra Nevada, and on the Fuente del Tesoro piste, one of the most iconic black slopes of the resort together with Neveros, which is already operational. The reinforcement of the snowmaking system at these points has been decisive in favour of its imminent opening.
– With this new situation, the Granadan winter resort will now have all its areas open, all the slopes and the long runs to reach a total of 70 skiable kilometres.
– Likewise, in the Loma de Dílar area, sectors 1 and 3 of the snowpark are already open, with rails only, and the Estrella de las Nieves mini-park with modules only. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/granada-provincia-sierra-nevada-abre-laguna-yeguas-prepara-aguila-fuente-tesoro/

TECH

Windows 10 Computers Eligible For The Windows 11 Upgrade Getting Notification Screens Designed To Trick You Into Upgrading- How To Keep Windows 10:
– Windows 10 users who want to stay on Windows 10 need to locate and click the “keep Windows 10” link when the prompt is displayed on their devices. Full article: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/02/01/windows-10-now-unlocked-windows-11-upgrade-screen-is-a-deceptive-design-pattern/

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Windows 11 Rumours- Some 2017 models to be added to the Win 11 compatibility list: Techie websites are saying that Microsoft has mentioned in it’s user forums that Windows 11, currently restricted to devices with 8th Gen Intel or 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen (2018 or newer) processors, will be made available to devices with 7th Gen Intel or 2rd Gen AMD Ryzen (2017 or newer) processors. Computers with older processors, before 2017, may be able to update to Windows 11, using a modified install media and a change in the BIOS “TPM settings”, but Microsoft discourages this and will offer no support, and may not provide updates, to those devices. Windows 10 is scheduled to be retired mid-Oct 2025. Windows 12 may be released as early as mid 2024. Reference: https://inf.news/en/digital/9d4ac775ba2f77daf3f0ad255bb233f5.html

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Google testing potential ChatGPT rivals including a homegrown AI chatbot called ‘Apprentice Bard’: This is just weeks after the tech giant’s management reportedly issued a “code red” over the rise of ChatGPT, which has been making waves recently as it’s able to generate written human-like text. Apprentice Bard appears to work in a way that’s similar to ChatGPT, as users can ask a question in a dialog box and get an answer in response. Users can also give feedback on the bot’s response. Other than the Apprentice Bard, Google is also testing other AI-powered products, including a search page. Google did not comment specifically on the projects but told Insider it has “long been focused on developing and deploying AI to improve people’s lives.” (Read: increase profits) Full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/chatgpt-google-ai-chatbot-apprentice-bard-artificial-intelligence-2023-2

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Cheaters beware- ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool:
– The maker of ChatGPT is trying to curb its reputation as a freewheeling cheating machine with a new tool that can help teachers detect if a student or artificial intelligence wrote that homework.
– The new AI Text Classifier launched Tuesday by OpenAI follows a weeks-long discussion at schools and colleges over fears that ChatGPT’s ability to write just about anything on command could fuel academic dishonesty and hinder learning. OpenAI cautions that its new tool – like others already available – is not foolproof. The method for detecting AI-written text “is imperfect and it will be wrong sometimes,” said Jan Leike, head of OpenAI’s alignment team tasked to make its systems safer.
“Because of that, it shouldn’t be solely relied upon when making decisions,” Leike said.
– The Seattle Public Schools district has adopted a concerning approach. The district initially blocked ChatGPT on all school devices in December but then opened access to educators who want to use it as a teaching tool, said Tim Robinson, the district spokesman. “We can’t afford to ignore it,” Robinson said. The district is also discussing possibly expanding the use of ChatGPT into classrooms to let teachers use it to train students to be better critical thinkers and to let students use the application as a “personal tutor” or to help generate new ideas when working on an assignment, Robinson said. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2023-01-31/cheaters-beware-chatgpt-maker-releases-ai-detection-tool.html

OTHER

Ozzy Osbourne announces retirement from touring and cancels all remaining shows: The metal icon shared the news on Twitter today (February 1), writing that it was “probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans”. The musician said that his team is “currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”. Full article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/ozzy-osbourne-announces-retirement-from-touring-and-cancels-all-remaining-shows-3390301 

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Canadian province tries decriminalizing drugs to fight overdose crisis: The western Canadian province of British Columbia on Tuesday began a three-year pilot program to stop prosecuting people for carrying small amounts of heroin, meth, ecstasy, or crack cocaine, as part of an effort to fight a drug overdose crisis. The exemption from arrest is only for possession of up to 2.5 grams for personal use. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadian-province-tries-decriminalizing-drugs-fight-overdose-crisis-2023-01-31/

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DigameXtra No. 2466 Wednesday Feb. 1st, 2023

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Cueva del Tesoro Music Festival 2023 in Rincón de la Victoria: 10 to 28 Feb. Rincón de la Victoria presents the Cueva del Tesoro Music Four exclusive concerts offering a capacity for 80 spectators inside the cave. Great classics of female voices, tango, film music about Almodóvar, and Andalusian rock will be the protagonists: Enrique Ramil `Señoras de la canción’ (Friday 10), the company Rea Danza with the show `La Revuelta’ (Friday 17), Adriana Rogan `Todo sobre Almodóvar’ (Friday 24), and Pepe Roca vocal of one of the most emblematic bands `Alameda’ with `Homenaje al rock andaluz’ (Tuesday 28).
Each concert offers 80 seats available, complying with all the security and conservation protocols of the Cueva del Tesoro. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Cueva del Tesoro box office at the price of 10 euros during opening hours. For more information, please call 952406162. Video Link

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Johny Chiu at Chiringuito Mambo- Torrox Costa:
Thursday February 2 at 7.00 pm
Although the cold started, at the Mambo we have the warmest atmosphere and the best music with the “Latin hits” from Johny Chiu’s latest album, “When the sun heats up”, we are waiting for you with the warmest music to listen, dance and enjoy. Make your reservations in time. 604 28 72 38
Paseo Maritimo, Torrox Costa 

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Topanga Canyon in Canillas de Albaida: Sat, 4th Feb.
Live music with brand new band Topanga Canyon at Oscars Taberna in Canillas de Albaida. The funs starts at 8.00pm and there will be Tex Mex food on the specials board. Pop, Country, Latin, Americana and Rock, female lead singer with keyboards, electric, acoustic and Dobro guitars, mandolin, banjos, cajon, bass and saxophone. To reserve your table call 601 60 53 97. 

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Kjell Käpp Eriksson Winter Session with Buffet: Sat 4 Feb
At Carisma Bar, Torrox. With Kjell Käpp Eriksson, performing a selection of his own and not-his-own songs. Starts at 2 pm. Free entrance. Buffet at 4 pm, cost 18€ per person. Everyone welcome! Buffet booking: +34620501026. Outdoor event (Indoor in case of cold weather). FB

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Clarence Jazz Club: This weekend Feb 2nd – 5th
– Thursday 10:00 pm Jazz Jam Session
– Friday 10:00 pm Beiztegui & The Hammond Lovers (Blues) {pic}
– Saturday 10:00 pm T Big Band (Jazz Big Band)
– Sunday 6:00 pm Piano Jazz Session «Especiales…» (Piano)
Information and tickets on our website www.clarencejazzclub.com or in the club.
Calle Danza Invisible 8, CP 29620 Torremolinos (Málaga)

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Estepona to host Carnival Street Market: Friday thru Sunday, February 17, 18 and 19, coinciding with the celebration of Carnival 2023. There will be craft stalls, gastronomy, comedians, breakdancing, circus acts, dazzling fire displays, workshops, and the first Drag Queen Estepona 2023 gala.
See the schedule of events here: https://newsinspain.es/costadelsol-uk/2023/01/31/estepona-to-host-carnival-street-market/

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Casa Montes Negros Cookery Workshops: Casa Montes Negros is looking forward to welcoming you back to the farm for our first cookery workshops for 2023
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– Thursday 9th February: Spanish winter food workshop
Focusing on local winter plants and ingredients to create a delicious menu of dishes from all over Spain. Starts at 10.30 and finishes at 15.30. A hands on experience so expect to get involved. Includes a folder with all your recipes and lunch in beautiful surroundings. Price 35 euros
– Wednesday 22nd February: Spicy Cookery Workshop
This workshop focuses on Asian and Indian dishes. How to use and balance fresh spices in dishes from North and South India as well as preparing authentic Thai dishes. Starts at 10.30 and finishes at 15.30. Includes a folder with all your recipes and lunch in beautiful surroundings. All you need to bring is an apron and an appetite! Price 35 euros
Send us an email at casamontesnegros AT gmail DOT com ( no spaces) or ring/Whatsapp us on 0034 655987105 to book your place. Please include your name, mobile number and tell us about any dietary requirements you may have at the time of booking.
The meeting place for the Cookery Workshops is El Cruce restaurant carpark in Trapiche at 10.00am. Map Link . From there you will be guided up to the farm. If you prefer not to drive on mountain roads, we offer the option of being taken up to the farm and back to the meeting point for 5 euros per person.
We also accept private bookings for Cookery Workshops and Residential Cookery weekends.
Minimum 4 people for 1 day cookery workshops, contact us for prices. You can also book a workshop in your own place of choice. If you would like a taxi service to pick your group up and return them, contact us for a quote.
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Tango Lessons: Wednesday
18.30 Intermediate & advanced
20.00 beginners
The Circles, Calle Chaparil 5, Nerja
For all levels. You can attend single or couple.
Milonga to dance on Sunday afternoon (from 5 pm), next meet February 5th
Teacher Miguel Ojos Negros(Find me on Facebook)
Info & wasap Tel. 659 26 26 16 

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– Besta ikea tv unit 120 x 40 x 39cms Price 20€
– Chest of drawers with matching mirror done in natural top and painted yute & waxed Measurements 91 x 41 x 198cms Price 170€
– Solid wooden table resanded and stained 130 x 80 x 78cms Price 95€
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For Sale: Patterson Savannah slatted bath seat (27”). Adjustable to width of bath. Used only twice, as new (boxed). Price €20. Can deliver locally. Located in Caleta de Velez. Contact Annie/ Adrian on 608811828 phone/WhatsApp or email: lamplighters1152 at outlook dot com 

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For Sale: Large sack of white stones surplus to requirement €50 buyer collects. Tel. Kath, Torrox 646027621 

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Data Conversion: Hello Friends, I’m looking for someone to 1) do some transcription (I believe he means “transfers”?  -Ed.) of files off cassettes (DAT and Video8) to a thumb drive and possibly 2) digitise some old analogue reel-to-reel tapes.
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COVID

Andalucia registers 38 deaths in a week from coronavirus: {Translation}
– Andalucia has recorded 38 deaths in the last week due to coronavirus, down from the previous week, and currently has 177 hospitalised patients with covid-19 (42 less), of which sixteen are in ICU.
– Health has confirmed 610 new positives and the hospitalisation of 174 people in the last seven days, including five in the ICU.
– The cumulative incidence rate in the over-60s stands at 35.45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks, according to data provided by the Junta in a statement. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1184489/andalucia-registra-38-muertos-en-una-semana-por-coronavirus/

SPAIN

Spain falls for the second consecutive year in the fight against corruption: {Translation}
– Spain has not advanced in the last year in the fight against corruption according to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2022, published today by Transparency International, which shows that it has dropped again one point compared to 2021 and three in relation to to 2020 and stands at a score of 60 out of one hundred. The study reflects that 95 percent of the countries have made little or no progress since 2017.
– Thus, Spain occupies position 35/180 in the global CPI ranking, along with Botswana, Cape Verde and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. If the comparison is made in relation to the countries of the European Union, Spain ranks 14 out of 27, two points below Portugal and Lithuania (62/100) and one point above Latvia (59/100).
– Spain obtained “a worse score” in the category of “irregular payments in public services, exports and imports and judicial decisions in cases of corruption”. To this, they add other causes such as: the fact that Spain “still does not meet the standards set by the Council of Europe on the general councils of the judiciary”, in reference to the election of the General Council of the Judiciary; it continues to be behind in the adequate regulation of interest groups, incompatibilities and prevention of conflicts of interest of personnel at the service of the public sector, as well as a notable delay in relation to the adoption of a new regulatory framework for transparency, access to public information and good government.
– Finally, they add that, despite the provisions of the Code of Conduct of the Cortes Generales, “more than half of parliamentarians do not publish their institutional agendas” and those that are published contain inconsistant information, as well as the lack of transparency. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/nacional/noticia-espana-baja-segundo-ano-consecutivo-lucha-contra-corrupciony-95-paises-avanzado-poco-nada-20230131120420.html

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We can now take ‘tupperware’ to the supermarket: {Translation, summary}
– From 1 January, large food retail outlets selling fresh produce must accept reusable containers carried by consumers, bags or reusable containers. Of course, the standard is not mandatory for consumers, only for those who want it voluntarily. Also, some stores, usually butchers, will not comply, claiming allowing foreign objects into their workspace risks contamination and that they are aware of the new law, but say their managers are “reviewing” the situation.
– “Can you put it in my container instead of in paper wrapper and a plastic bag?” The butcher is not surprised by the request. “Sure,” he looks at the container, and proceeds. He weighs it so that the scale, which has a tare function to zero out the weight with the empty container on the scale, only counts the amount of product, without the container weight. Source, Spanish: https://www.eldiario.es/ballenablanca/365_dias/tupper-super-comprobar-nuevas-normas-antiplastico_1_9891182.html 

ANDALUCIA

Andalusia’s reservoirs lose some water after eight weeks of recovery: {Translation}
– Andalusia’s reservoirs have lost some water, after eight consecutive weeks of recovery thanks to the rainfall, and now stand at 28.23 percent of their capacity with 3,153 cubic hectometres (hm3), which is two cubic hectometres less in the last seven days. However, this 28.23 percent of water reserve is a percentage 1.7 points lower compared to the previous year, when with 3,343 cubic hectometres the reservoirs were at 29.93 percent.
– In the last week the water stored in the reservoirs of the Guadalquivir basin has risen eleven points to 25.3 percent with a total of 2,032 cubic hectometres, while those of the Andalusian Mediterranean Basin are down to 37.7 percent with a total of 443 cubic hectometres, one less than seven days ago. These are the two main reservoir systems in Andalusia. The others are the Tinto, Odiel and Piedras in Huelva, and the Guadalete-Barbate in Cádiz. The reservoirs in Huelva are down to 178 hm3, with their reserve at 77.7 percent of their capacity, and those in Cádiz are down one to 500, 30.3 percent.
– At the national level, meanwhile, the water reserve has increased again this week, with 242 cubic hectometres of water collected, representing 0.4 percent of the total, according to data from the Ministry, which reports that this week the reservoirs are at 51.3 percent of their total capacity, with 28,775 hm3 of water. Despite weeks of increase, the reservoirs hold 11.23 percent less water than the average for the decade and 14.50 percent more than at the same time a year ago. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1184733/los-embalses-de-andalucia-pierden-algo-de-agua-tras-ocho-semanas-de-recuperacion/

MALAGA

Dates and location of the craft markets in Malaga: {Translation}
– Mercado Artesanal del Mar (Craft Market of the Sea). This market, located on the Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas {pic}, on the Misericordia beach, is held on the third Sunday of every month and is open from 11:00 to 19:00 hours non-stop. As it is very close to the sea, it can be postponed depending on the month. Here you can find all kinds of products, although they are always handmade, due to their creative and elaboration process, but there is also room for food and typical products of Malaga’s gastronomy and agriculture.
– Mercado Urbano del Soho (Soho Urban Market). In the Soho neighbourhood, which has been booming for some years now due to its new look, with many murals on walls, this street market is held on the fourth Sunday of every month and is also open from 11:00 to 19:00 hours non-stop, although there may be special opening dates. It is located along Tomás Heredia street and you can find artisans, creators, crafters, designers and local producers of all kinds, offering quality and unique products, outside the gear of the productions in the market.
– Mercado Plaza de la Merced. The Lamerced & Co Market, artisans in the square. This is another flea market that fills the central Plaza de la Merced with stalls of all kinds of things for eight hours, from 11:00 to 19:00, every first Sunday of the month. The organiser is CATs Markets, which has already announced that there may be other dates in addition to this first Sunday of the month. They have a large number of proposals from the best Andalusian exhibitors, including fashion and designer accessories, illustration, ceramics, textile crafts, among others, which come from the hands of local artisans, all handmade, and, best of all, with a lot of love.
Source article with maps: https://www.malagahoy.es/la-farola/fechas-ubicacion-Mercados-artesanales-Malaga_0_1759324588.html 

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Traffic on A-7 grinds to a halt as 50 euro notes rain down onto the coast’s main road:
– Drivers in Marbella stepped on the brakes and jumped out of their cars on Monday morning to try to catch 50 euro notes that flew out of a vehicle following an accident. The unusual scene took place on 30 January, shortly before half past eleven in the morning when two cars were involved in an accident on the A-7 motorway.
– According to statements given to the National Police, in one car two foreign men were carrying some 20,000 euros in a bag of cash which burst open due to the impact of the accident and 50 euro notes flew out and filled the road in the direction of Cadiz of the dual carriageway at kilometre 181; the La Cañada shopping centre exit. What could be seen next, in videos circulating on social networks, were several people getting out of their cars and walking along the road to pick up the banknotes that had scattered on the ground, causing a hold-up. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/marbella-san-pedro/video-cash-rains-down-marbella-20230131103724-nt.html

FINANCIAL

The Euribor has no brakes- it soars to 3.33% and makes variable mortgages almost 200 euros more expensive: {Translation, summary}
– Bad news for mortgage holders. The one-year Euribor has closed January at its highest value since 2008, climbing to a monthly average of 3.337%, pending confirmation of the data by the Bank of Spain on Wednesday. The benchmark for most variable mortgages in Spain has accelerated its rise in the first month of 2023, so that those whose installments are reviewed in the coming days will see one of the steepest rises in recent years.
– The benchmark has rebounded on Tuesday to 3.413%, the highest daily rate since 15 December 2008. This data closes the month of January, in which the Euribor has maintained its upward trend. The average for the first month of the year is almost 32 basis points higher than the 3.018% recorded in December, when the 3% barrier was crossed for the first time after the housing bubble. With this rise, the Euribor has now risen for thirteen consecutive months. Source, Spanish: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/5097017/0/el-euribor-continua-su-tendencia-al-alza-la-media-de-enero-se-situa-en-el-3-337-y-eleva-la-cuota-de-las-hipotecas-variables-casi-300-euros/ 

ENERGY CRISIS

Someone Remind Me Why Fuel Prices Are So High- Exxon smashes Western oil majors’ earnings record with $56 billion profit for 2022:
– Exxon Mobil Corp posted a $56 billion profit for 2022, the company said on Tuesday, taking home about $6.3 million per hour last year, and setting not only a company record but a historic high for the Western oil industry.
– Oil majors are expected to break their own annual records on high prices and soaring demand, pushing their combined take to near $200 billion. The scale has renewed criticism of the oil industry and sparked calls for more countries to levy windfall profit taxes on the companies.
– Exxon’s results far exceeded the then-record $45.2 billion net profit it reported in 2008, when oil hit $142 per barrel, 30% above last year’s average price. Deep cost cuts during the pandemic helped supercharge last year’s earnings.
“Overall earnings and cashflow were up pretty significantly year on year,” Exxon Chief Financial Officer Kathryn Mikells told Reuters. “So that came really from a combination of strong markets, strong throughput, strong production, and really good cost control.”
– Exxon said it incurred a $1.3 billion hit to its fourth-quarter earnings from a European Union windfall tax that began in the final quarter and from asset impairments. The company is suing the EU, arguing that the levy exceeds its legal authority.
– Excluding charges, profit for the full year was $59.1 billion. Production was up by about 100,000 barrels of oil and gas per day over a year ago to 3.8 million bpd. Adjusted per share profit of $3.40 beat consensus of $3.29 per share, according to Refinitiv data. Full article: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/exxon-smashes-western-oil-majors-113239797.html

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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

Taxi
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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DigameXtra No. 2465 Tuesday Jan. 31st, 2023

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Content in this newsletter blog site comes from its subscribers, followers & Editor. Submissions are subject to editing and posting at the Editor’s discretion. Content from other sources is credited. The Editor is Naythan, aka DoctorLaptop.

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II Ruta de la Tapa- Torrox: 10 Feb – 5 Mar 2023

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Competa Carnaval 2023: Sat, 25 Feb 

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Dukes Sunday Lunch- Torrox Costa:
Sunday Lunch Menu for the 5th February 2023.
Booking required, service starts from 1pm
Menu Choices required upon booking.
Please contact us on +34 603 721 258 or message us on Facebook.
Avenida Garcia Peñalver EDF 79 (East side), Torrox-Costa, 297793. Near the bus station, around the corner from the laundry. 

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We are part of the ADH storage and Transportation company and as such have storage available in Competa and Peunte Don Manuel. Very reasonable rates.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
Our services include:
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Replacement kitchens and bathrooms, Tiling and terraces. Plumbing, electrics and plastering, painting.
Architect service, building licence applications.
Handyman service now available for those smaller jobs.
NEW- Water Deposit Installations: Due to the ongoing drought and current water restrictions SPW Construction are currently offering the following service.
– Supply and installation of new above or below ground water deposits. 1000 litres up to 25000 litres. Delivered and installed, all relevant plumbing. All work warrantied.
– We can also advise you or help to organise water deliveries from local suppliers. For free consultation and estimate contact us on 622 938 440
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For Sale: Lovely 2-seater couch, mahogany (we think) or similar. Recently re-upholstered in yellow-gold. Elegant piece of furniture for a hallway, bedroom, dining-room or living-room. Excellent condition. Price €80. Torrox Pueblo. Contact Margaret on 650 044 102 or at huiching99@gmail.com

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For Sale: Brand new grey IKEA 2 seater sofa, never been sat on, assembled to take photo. 50 Euros. Delivery possible with charge for fuel.
Debbie, Benamargosa. 633 762 426 or
e.mail: crafty.sew.n.sew@hotmail.co.uk 

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For Sale: DAHON Folding bicycle. Very good condition. Complete with original user’s manual. €70. Can be viewed near Calle Las Yucas area in Torre del Mar. Rozanne / Torre del Mar
E mail – rozannesmith@live.com
Phone or WhatsApp 00353 86 8581889 

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For Sale: Brand new Acer Extensa 15. Need a new laptop, but not ready for Windows 11? 
System is Windows 10 in English, keyboard is Spanish. 
15.6″ Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Intel N4020, up to 2.8GHz 
8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics
Ethernet, Wifi 2.4/5, HDMI (No VGA, No DVD)
2x USB2, 1x USB3.1
Large Touchpad, Webcam, headphone port.
Heavy Duty Hinges. Light weight 1.9Kg, 6 hour battery.
Fully setup, updated, ready to use. Factory warranty. This model can be upgraded to Windows 11 when you are ready for it. Photo credit.
€380, buyer collects. Naythan, Torrox Costa
Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com 

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Recommendations & Requests

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Note: I can’t post third party email addresses.

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Paddle Players: We are looking for two older paddle players, beginners, as we are also beginners. We are 72 and 73 we like to play in Cómpeta.
We like this sport very much. Annemarie and Etienne, Cómpeta. Tel. 643342587
E-mail: foxsmolders @ gmail.com

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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

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AXARQUIA

The Malaga Provincial Council will repair and modernize the Axarquía water treatment plants: {Translation, summary}
– The Malaga Provincial Council has works and projects underway involving an investment of 10.6 million euros for the repair and modernisation of 24 wastewater treatment plants in the province, serving 35,000 inhabitants.
– The plants are located in the following municipalities: Alameda, Alcaucín, Frigiliana, Cuevas de San Marcos, Sayalonga, Sedella, Archidona, Comares, Totalán, Villanueva del Trabuco, Cañete la Real, Cútar, Colmenar, Casabermeja, Villanueva de Tapia, El Burgo, Ardales, Teba, Serrato, Cuevas del Becerro, Parauta, Gaucín and Montecorto. In addition, in El Chorro 171,000 euros will be invested in the drafting of a sewerage project. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/la-diputacion-de-malaga-reparara-y-modernizara-las-depuradoras-de-agua-de-la-axarquia/

NERJA

The alleged perpetrator of numerous burglaries of rural houses in Nerja arrested: {Translation}
– Alarm has been caused among neighbours in the area of the River de la Miel, located to the east of the municipality of Nerja, by a series of burglaries on rural properties. A dozen houses have been broken into while their owners were away. The Guardia Civil has arrested a suspected perpetrator of the robberies.
– The burglaries began in December and continued into January. The suspect appeared to use the same ‘modus operandis’, first checking for the absence of people in the homes before gaining access to them in the early hours of the morning, forcing locks and climbing fences.
– The owners, uneasy, reported the facts on social networks and to the Guardia Civil. The investigation was taken over by the agents of the Armed Institute of the Axarquia municipality and resulted in the arrest of a 40 year old neighbour with a criminal record for similar acts in other rural dwellings in Nerja and Frigiliana. During a search of his rural home, the police found objects reported stolen. The rest was allegedly sold on the black market. The value of the looted items, including agricultural machinery and technology, as well as cash, is estimated at 15,000 euros, including the damage caused to the properties. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/detenido-el-presunto-autor-de-numerosos-robos-en-casas-rurales-de-nerja/

EUROPE

The European Commission in Brussels detects that about 40 percent of online stores use manipulative sales practices: {Translation, summary}
– Nearly 40 percent of online retail shops use manipulative practices to push consumers into making purchasing decisions, a report by the European Commission and consumer protection authorities in 23 member states said on Monday.
In total, the analysis covered 399 online shops in a range of sectors, from clothing to electronics, of which 148 used some form of practice to influence customer behaviour to make decisions that may not always be in their best interests, known as ‘dark patterns’.
– In this regard, 42 sites used a fake countdown with a deadline time to make a purchase of specific products, while another 54 shops directed consumers to certain choices, such as subscriptions or more expensive products, through their web design. The report found that 70 other sites hid or withheld information relevant to customers, such as shipping costs, product composition or the possibility of a cheaper price. Another 23 hid information with the aim of getting consumers to subscribe to some kind of service.
– “This behaviour is clearly wrong and contrary to consumer protection. Today we already have binding tools to help tackle these problems and I call on the national authorities to use their enforcement powers to take appropriate action to combat these practices,” said Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders on the report. He said Brussels is reviewing all consumer protection legislation to make sure it is fit for the digital age, “including to assess whether dark patterns are adequately covered”. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/eseuropa/noticia-bruselas-bruselas-detecta-cerca-40-ciento-tiendas-online-usa-practicas-manipuladoras-20230130170516.html

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Dutch PM- Schengen May Not Survive If Dublin Regulations Are Not Renewed:
– The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has said that Schengen will not survive if the Dublin regulations are not renewed. His comments came following the current migration situation while demanding the renewal of the registration of migrants at the EU’s external borders, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
– Rutte’s comments came after a conversation with the Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer while stressing that the Dublin system permits migrants to be returned to the first country of entry into the European Union. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands called on the European Union to help protect the EU’s external borders by helping Bulgaria with border security. In addition, he stressed that the border controls currently in place between Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary as well as Slovenia show that Schengen is failing. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/dutch-pm-schengen-may-not-survive-if-dublin-regulations-are-not-renewed/

SPORTS

Football News- Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona and Osasuna vs Athletic, these are the Copa del Rey semifinals: {Translation, summary}
– The draw held on Monday at the Ciudad del Fútbol in Las Rozas (Madrid) has decided that the semi-finals of the 2022-2023 edition of the Copa del Rey will be between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and between CA Osasuna and Athletic Club.
– Thus, there will be a Clasico between Madrid and FC Barcelona, very important for both teams as one of the two will be left without the chance to win another title this season, while a door opens for the ‘rojillos’ and the ‘lions’ to reach a cup final in an always attractive match of northern rivalry.
– The format of this penultimate round of the ‘k.o’ competition is a two-legged affair, with the Santiago Bernabéu and El Sadar hosting the first legs, and the Spotify Camp Nou and San Mamés the second legs. Due to Real Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup, the first matches will not be played as scheduled next week but will be played on 28 February, 1 or 2 March, when the second legs were scheduled, which will now be moved to April on 4, 5 or 6. The final will be on 6 May at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/deportes/futbol-00162/noticia-real-madrid-fc-barcelona-osasuna-athletic-semifinales-copa-rey-futbol-20230130133317.html

TECH

Top French University Bans ChatGPT Use to Prevent Plagiarism Amongst Students:
– Universities around Europe, in addition to those in the United States, have started banning ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot that can create quite coherent writing content based on the users’ demand. The latest university to ban the use of ChatGPT has been the French university of Science Po, which cited fraud and plagiarism as the main reasons for taking this measure.
– However, the university hasn’t specified how it would track usage of the tool, but several universities, especially those in the United States have intentions to assign more hand-written essays and oral exams instead of take-home assessments. Several public schools in New York City and Seattle have introduced a ban on this tool for all their students, while Sciences Po, whose main campus is in Paris, pointed out there will be a punishment for using the software, such as expelling from the university or even from French higher education entirely. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/top-french-university-bans-chatgpt-use-to-prevent-plagiarism-amongst-students/

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Cinesur El Ingenio Films schedule: You can find the film schedule at this link. Films tagged as (VOSE) are in the original language with Spanish subtitles. 
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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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:
https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/updated-daily-these-20220314114157-nt.html

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

Taxi
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
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
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DigameXtra No. 2464 Monday Jan. 30th, 2023

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Phoenix Club: Our social club is fully open so do pop in for a coffee and a chat, or browse our books at 4 for €1. We also have a selection of DVDs/CDs and Jigsaws at various prices
***Trips***
February
– 03rd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 17th – A trip to Finca de la Torre, Bobadilla for a tour of their Olive Farm. Price is 55€pp and includes a tour of the Vineyard, olive oil tastings, 3 course lunch, coach and drivers gratuity.
March
– 03rd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 24th – Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, with a visit over the road to the Buddhist Stupa and then lunch at the Marina – price includes entry to the park TBC
April
– 6th – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 28th – El Chorro by train and then lunch at the Lakes TBC
May
– 10th – 14th. 5 day trip to Jerez with a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a Horse Fair, Sherry Bodega, possibly Tio Pepe or Sandeman’s and a guided tour of the old town. It will be on a ½ Board basis in a 4* Hotel. If interested, send me an email and I will contact you.
– For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page 

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Bio Beach Restaurant- El Morche: Lecture Series & Events
– On Wednesday Feb. 8th, 11am: The Spanish Civil War: 87 years later. Join us for a heartfelt discussion on what started in Spain in July 1936. If you remember last year, I presented La Desbandada, to commemorate the carnage on A340 in our area. This year, The Deadly Dry Run for WW2, a 22mn video will feature background comments (in English) to help our verbal momentum. David Baird and Jose Manuel Cabezas Cabello, will facilitate the discussion, post viewing the video. This promises to be an educational and sobering session with two men who have extensive knowledge of the topic.
– On  Wednesday Feb. 15th: Great 20th Century Crooners features 17 different artists and 29 tracks from these singers. The presentation traces the evolution and development of the musical style of crooning from the 1940’s onwards.
– Art Gallery: Exhibition of Paintings and Objects. Local artist Coby Bloemsma is exhibiting her latest work (pic) in the restaurant of Bio Beach Club. Semi-abstract in style, Coby’s paintings often have the human figure as subject. She uses acrylics and mixed-media. Her objects and sculptures are made from recycled materials. The exhibition is on until April 2023 and open during the opening hours of the restaurant. Closed on Tuesdays. Website: www.cobybloemsma.com
Bio Beach, publicity contact: norma2kk@aol.com

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Winter at Potters Bar- Nerja: JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ!!!
– The Jazz Lunch is back! The very talented Spike, Diego & Jonny as the COASTLINE DIXIELANDERS will be providing us with fantastic afternoons of class entertainment. Sundays at 2.00pm. Availability is limited so reserve your table now. €15/person including a great roast Lunch. Phone Cathy on 685435767.
– And Potters Friday nights are not to be missed! Great live entertainment from 8pm, fabulous fish n’ chips and plenty of other options and a great night out guaranteed. Bookings advisable!
– The Potters Pub Quiz! Every Tuesday 8pm. Make a night of It! Good company, good good and great fun and all for just €3/person. Bookings advisable.
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Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes:
– Installations and Refurbs
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– Electrical works
– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
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Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens, cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos, all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue. Here are “before” and “after” pics from my latest job.

 

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Restaurante El Caserío de Las Monjas: In the historic centre of Vélez-Málaga. Traditional, Mediterranean and Basque cuisine. Meat, fish, casseroles, desserts.
Seasonal cuisine with the freshest products.
Speciality in meats: presa, secreto, pluma, chuletones, chivo.
Exquisite fish: tuna, cod, hake.
Two dining rooms, interior patio and outside bar. Reservations on 952557363
C/ Federico Téllez Macías, 4 (next to Tribuna de Los Pobres) Vélez-Málaga 

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For Sale: New toilet seat-chair. Never used. Asking price €70, have original receipt for €110. Can meet at the Mercadona Chilches.
Brigitte / Chilches Costa
benfkampers AT gmail D0Tcom ; Tel 0033647994196 

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For Sale: Motorbike. 2008 Yamaha DT125RE. Can be ridden with car licence. Very good condition and has been well maintained on a regular basis. ITV until January 2025. €2,250 including transfer.
Paul, Torrox campo. 618234367
fellows 186 @ hotmail.com 

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For Sale: Gents’ Golf Clubs comprising a full set of Wilson DI5 irons, 2 Drivers and other woods, Odyssey 2 ball putter in a Mizuno carry bag complete with balls (20+), tees, umbrella, scoop and all you need to play. €50.
Martin, Nerja +447742835308 or hutch4@btinternet.com 

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Wanted: Watch collector looking for all types of watches. Vintage, Swiss, or any other brands. Cash paid. Ring Ernie, Iznate. 616812765 or WhatsApp with photos or
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Wanted: BMW cross-spoke wheels, 15X7J, PART No 1179774. Tyres not needed, and wheels must be un-damaged.
Mike, Velez Malaga. Phone; 661234095
Email, mikehood1943@gmail.com

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Wanted: Spanish lessons on CDs. Does anyone have any CDs to learn Spanish because even after trying for a little while I need some variety with different teaching methods. Discs only please not recommendations for courses or tutors.
I can collect around 20 minute drive of Riogordo.
Martin, Colmenar: Whatsapp message: 666328610
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COVID

Lab leak WAS the ‘most likely’ cause of Covid-19, UN experts claim as they accuse top British and American scientists of helping China to suppress debate on the issue:
– The authors of two United Nations reports into the origins of the pandemic say they believe a laboratory leak was the most likely cause of Covid-19, accusing top British and American scientists of helping China deliberately to suppress debate on the issue. The distinguished professors hit out at the ‘cover-up’ in a damning joint article for The Mail on Sunday that calls for ‘re-evaluation of the likely pathways that caused this pandemic’.
– They say ‘a pall of suspicious secrecy, deceit and conflicts of interest’ shrouded high-risk experiments being carried out in Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid first appeared, and argue that it was ‘enforced not only by China but by Western funding bodies and influential Western scientists’. The dramatic intervention comes from epidemiologists Colin Butler (based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra, Australia) and Delia Randolph (of the University of Greenwich, London). Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11687651/IAN-BIRRELL-experts-say-lab-leak-likely-cause-Covid-19.html

ANDALUCIA

The poorest neighborhoods in Spain are in Seville and Alicante: {Translation, summary}
– Alicante and Seville are the cities where the poorest neighborhoods in Spain are located, while their provinces contain a good number of the lowest-income towns in the country.
– This is indicated by data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which indicates how the lowest incomes in Spain, differentiated by neighborhoods, were located in the Seville neighborhoods of Polígono Sur, Los Pajaritos {pic} and Amate, and in the Juan XXIII neighborhood of Alicante. In addition, other areas of Seville or Alicante appear on the list of the ten next poorest neighborhoods in the country.
– Along with this, in the list of the 20 municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants with the lowest income per inhabitant recently published by the INE for the year 2019, there are towns in Seville such as Los Palacios – Villafranca or Lebrija, and Alicante such as Torrevieja or Crevillente. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1182650/los-barrios-mas-pobres-de-espana-estan-en-sevilla-y-alicante/

MALAGA

Almáchar and Comares will host the “Sewing Seniors” workshops of the Provincial Council: {Translation, summary}
– The Provincial Council of Malaga will hold a new edition of the fashion workshops ‘Mayores de la costura’, for elderly people in the province, which will be held in the Axarquia municipalities of Almáchar and Comares, as well as in other municipalities in the province of Malaga such as Igualeja, Manilva and Villanueva del Trabuco during the months of February, March and April. Both the workshops and the fabrics and materials are free of charge, and the workshops will conclude with a parade of the designs produced. It was stressed the importance of maintaining the popular and cultural traditions of the province through the production of typical dresses of each region such as flamenco, malagueña, verdiales, rondeña and antequerana costumes.
– Ask at the Ayuntamiento for event details in participating towns. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/almachar-y-comares-acogeran-los-talleres-mayores-de-la-costura-de-la-diputacion/ 

TORROX

Torrox is the only municipality on the Costa del Sol that increases its population by more than 5%: {Translation, summary}
– The census data made public by the National Statistics Institute (INE) as of 1 January 2021 leaves Torrox as the only town on the Costa del Sol with a growth in the last year of over 5%. Specifically, the municipality has gone from 18,937 inhabitants on 1 January 2021 to 19,997 in 2022.
– Torrox is followed by Casares (4.6%) and Benalmádena (4%). Only Estepona and Mijas are above 3%, while Nerja and Manilva grew by 2%. The rest are around 1% growth, with the exception of Málaga city and Fuengirola, which are below this percentage.
– “The fact that one out of every four Torroxeños registered in Torrox today have done so in the last 8 years is an unequivocal example of the leap in quality that our municipality has made in all aspects since 2015, as is the fact that it is the fastest growing town by far compared to other municipalities on the Costa del Sol. This is something we should all be proud of and confirms that we are on the right track,” said the municipal authority. Source & Photo credit, Spanish:
https://www.axarquiaplus.es/torrox-unico-municipio-de-la-costa-del-sol-que-aumenta-su-poblacion-por-encima-del-5/

GRANADA

Baza repeats for the second day as the coldest Andalusian municipality, with -7.6C: {Translation}
– Baza has been the municipality that has registered the coldest temperature this Sunday in Andalusia with -7.6C at 7:10 a.m., according to the website of the State Meteorological Agency. Last Saturday, Baza was also the Andalusian municipality with the coldest, with -6.1C.
– Baza’s temperature has only been exceeded by the Sierra Nevada station (Radio telescope) which has marked -11.2C, at 04:20 hours. The Granada town has been followed by the Granada Airport station, with -5.7C. Image: mapcarta. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/baza-repite-municipio-andaluz-mas-frio-7-6-grados-bajo-cero/ 

SPORTS

Tennis News- Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas for 10th Australian Open title: {AP News} Novak Djokovic was simply too good at the most crucial moments and claimed his 10th Australian Open championship and 22nd Grand Slam title overall by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the final at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
The victory allows Djokovic to return to No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/sports/2023-01-29/novak-djokovic-beats-stefanos-tsitsipas-for-10th-australian-open-title.html

Tennis News- Sabalenka beats Rybakina for Australian Open women’s title: {AP News} Sabalenka, a 24-year-old from Belarus, won her first Grand Slam title by coming back to beat Wimbledon champion Rybakina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Melbourne Park on Saturday night, using 17 aces among her 51 total winners to overcome seven double-faults. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/sports/2023-01-28/sabalenka-beats-rybakina-for-australian-open-womens-title.html

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Golf News- McIlroy shoots 65, has three-shot lead after third round in Dubai: {AP News} Rory McIlroy delivered an exhibition of short iron play to shoot 7-under 65 in his third round and build a three-stroke lead at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. The top-ranked McIlroy made eight birdies at Emirates Golf Club – four in a row from No. 1, three straight from No. 13, and another at No. 17, and none of the birdie putts were from more than 7 feet. Photo: David Cannon. Full article: https://www.pgatour.com/daily-wrapup/2023/01/29/mcilroy-shoots-65-has-3-shot-lead-after-third-round-in-dubai.html 

TECH

Artificial Intelligence “ChatGPT” (an advanced AI chatbot) found to be capable of passing MBA and Medical Licensing Exams:
– The AI chatbot can hold conversational text interactions with users by employing artificial intelligence. It can generate responses to questions (a feature that could eventually challenge search engines), generate text for prose, write code, make calculations, translate information, and more.
– The academic community is growing increasingly concerned about students using ChatGPT for less than honest purposes as it has been found to be capable of not only writing essays for high school students, but passing some exams, such as parts of those used to license doctors and grant MBAs.
– In two new papers posted on preprint servers, one team and another researcher independently tested the ability of ChatGPT to take and pass exams. In the first a team with members from AnsibleHealth, Inc., Brown University and OpenAI, Inc. describe testing they did to see how well ChatGPT could do on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and posted their results on the medRXiv preprint server.
– In the second, Christian Terwiesch, the Andrew M. Heller Professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has posted a paper on Wharton’s preprint site, describing how he tested the chatbot’s ability to perform on the final exam of a typical Operations Management MBA core course and what he found.
– In the first paper, the researchers tested the chatbot on all three parts of the USMLE, which medical school graduates must pass to become doctors. They found it performed well enough to pass or nearly pass all of the required thresholds for licensure. They also noted that it was capable of creating written passages that were highly consistent and showed the type of insight a person would need to become a successful doctor. 
– In the second paper, Terwiesch used OpenAI’s GPT-3 (the base model for ChatGPT) to take the final exam for an Operations Management course. He then graded it as he would any regular student. He found that he would have given the paper a B, or at worst a B-, more than enough to pass. He further notes that in addition to giving correct answers, the chatbot was able to provide good explanations for its answers.
{Sooner than you think, many of your previous human consultations, with doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc., will be done with AI chatbots. This may be an improvement in some ways,  AI will have instant access to far more knowledge than any human. What AI does not have is any degree of compassion, sympathy, spirituality or shared human experience. Clearly there are advantages and disadvantages.
– Most written content as well as artwork, web design, and even music will be AI created. AI is far more efficient and cost effective than human labor, so this trend seems inevitable.
– Rogue AI chatbots will be used for criminal activities, to produce ever more effective scams. It will be used to create nearly undetectable forgeries and frauds. It will design smarter computer viruses. We already see a flood of “deep fake” photos and videos on social media, made with AI tools. Strange days indeed! -Ed.}
Full article: https://techxplore.com/news/2023-01-chatgpt-capable-exams-mba-medical.html
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OTHER

Tom Verlaine, Television Frontman and Influential Guitarist, Dies at 73:
– Tom Verlaine has died after a brief illness, a representative for the innovative guitarist and founding member of Television confirms to Billboard. He was 73.
Verlaine died peacefully and surrounded by friends in New York City, the rep says. Born Thomas Miller in 1949, Verlaine was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, before moving to New York City in 1968 and taking on his stage name.
– Verlaine formed Television, that became an influential fixture of NYC’s punk rock scene at CBGB in the ’70s, establishing an early residency at the legendary Lower East Side club with bandmates Richard Hell, Billy Ficca and Richard Lloyd. With Television he brought his signature guitar work and songwriting to two albums, 1977’s landmark Marquee Moon and 1978’s Adventure, before the group parted ways in 1978. Full article: https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/tom-verlaine-dead-1235207589/ & 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

Taxi
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

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DigameXtra No. 2463 WEEKEND EDITION Friday Jan. 27th, 2023

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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
Events Coordinator: + 34 711 077 576, Kim_bowe1@hotmail.com. Please call or email Kim if you plan to attend our events.
Upcoming Events:
Feb
– TBC Lunch at La Herradura
– Tuesday 14th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox
– Thursday 23rd. Valentine’s lunch at Al Andalus Maro
Mar
– Friday 3rd. Lunch at La Herradura
– Tuesday 14th. Quiz night at Lew’s Restaurant Torrox
– Thursday 23rd. Lunch at Al Andalus Maro
Apr
– Saturday 22nd. Spring Masquerade Ball at the Caves Restaurant, Torrox
All events must be booked through our Events coordinator Kim + 34 711 077 576
Please visit us on our Facebook page at Facebook Link
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Trapiche Market: We are open this Tuesday and every Tuesday.
09:30 hrs to 13:30 hrs
It is hosted at the beautiful Jardines del Trapiche venue.
Carretera Benamargosa, 0.5 Km, 29718 Velez-Malaga, follow the directions to Trapiche airport.
It’s a great place to find unique and personal gifts as well as your every day essentials.
Lots of stalls to discover, you will find old favourites, and new ones too! NOW also good quality second hand stalls.
There are stalls with vintage clothing; hand turned olive wood bowls & other items; fresh fruit & veg, pot plants, large selection of fiction and non-fiction books; handmade jewellery and more. We’re spoilt for choice! You can also support Axarquía Animal Rescue with their tombola and meet some of the animals available for adoption.
View houses in your area and discuss selling your house with BluCee Real Estate.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please view our Facebook page, it is updated weekly with photos, contact details of stall holders and items for sale and services on offer.
Facebook for Trapiche Market.
For more information about having a stall at the market contact Anita at TrapicheMarketSpain @gmail.com / +34 627 877 164
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Dancing in Nerja: Friday 27/1, Salsa and Bachata at 11pm at The Circles (Nerja). Hosted by Miguel Ojos Negros, free Bachata class at first hour. Free admission.  C/ Chaparil 5, Nerja 29780 FB 

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Scheduled and also unscheduled all year every month.
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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! Winter Hours: 6:30pm to close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. For reservations call telephone number 642585049. https://la-casita-griega.business.site/ We are DigameXtra sponsors, so our contact info can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section. 

 

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Malagalingo: 
In 2023 fulfill your resolutions…..SPEAK SPANISH at last! Without struggling! Free trial lesson. Outdoor terrace, depending on the weather.
Malagalingo Spanish School. Torrox Costa
malagalingo@gmail.com ; + (34) 650 479 493
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As our skin is the first layer of our defence against microbial infections, ultraviolet radiation and environmental contamination it plays a vital role in our health. As we grow older, however, our skin becomes thinner, wrinkled, and more sensitive; hence it requires the use of treatments containing specific ingredients to the care of treating mature skin.
Recognising this need we have created a range of formulae which help
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At Moonette, we are passionate about health, beauty and plants. Your skin will benefit from the properties of botanic essential oils combined with a selection of nutrients for deep hydration, cell revitalization and antioxidant effect, all sourced from the finest natural ingredients with gorgeous fragrances.
Naturally, we care about our planet and feel the need to help reduce the sheer volumes of plastics waste that are generated daily around the globe. Presently, we are minimizing the usage of plastic materials in our production while seeking alternative forms of packaging. To help reduce pollution we are asking all local customers to recycle or reuse their Moonette skincare containers, and offering a small discount on future purchases to customers recycling containers.
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SPAIN

Spanish reservoirs fill up to highest level since last May:
– The water levels of Spanish reservoirs continue to rise and are already at 50.9 percent of their capacity, the latest data reveals, a figure that has not been seen since May 2022.
– Asturias is the region that has benefitted from the recent rains the most and the capacity of its reservoirs currently stands at 92.76 percent. This is followed by its neighbour Galicia where levels are currently at 88.6 percent. In third place is the Basque Country where reservoirs have reached 68.05 percent capacity.
– This lies in stark contrast to the south of Spain where levels are still very low. The capacity of the reservoirs in Murcia is only at 25.68 percent and in Andalusia it’s only 29.75 percent. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20230126/spanish-reservoirs-fill-up-to-highest-level-since-last-may/

ANDALUCIA

Mandatory face masks on public transport in Spain to end on 8 February: {Translation}
– Spain’s Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has announced this Thursday (26 January) that the Cabinet meeting on 7 February will approve the end of the obligation to wear a mask on public transport, a measure that will come into force the following day, the 8th, when it is published in the Official State Gazette (BOE).
– On buses, trains, subways or in taxis, the mask will no longer be necessary (although it is recommended). However, the requirement will be maintained in health facilities and pharmacies because “you have to go step by step”. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/public-transport-face-mask-review-20230126123730-nt.html

MALAGA

The unemployment rate rises to 19% in Malaga, with 29,500 more unemployed than in summer: {Translation}
– Malaga is the Andalusian province that leads the ranking of unemployed in the last quarter, with 160,800 unemployed, followed by Seville and Cádiz, with 152,100 and 142,300 unemployed people, respectively.
– The labour market in Malaga ended 2022 practically the same as it ended 2021, with an unemployment rate of 19.37%. This is almost four points higher than in the summer and barely a tenth of a point below the previous year, 2021, which stood at 19.79%. Moreover, the figure is almost identical to that of the last quarter of 2020 and higher than that of 2019, before the pandemic, when it was 17.75%.
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/tasa-paro-sube-Malaga-desempleados-verano_0_1760524387.html

ALMUNECAR

Almuñécar will have the first residence for the elderly starting in March: {Translation, summary}
– The company’s representative, Álvaro Morales, stated that the renovation work has taken longer than planned, in principle, to adapt the facilities to current regulations, “but we are now in the final stages of the work”, he stressed.
– Morales recalled that the residence, “will have 50 beds for residents, 30 for daytime stay, expandable to 60, which we are going to arrange from the outset, and a series of flats that will be supervised housing, which we will also launch with a capacity for 100 people. We will start the implementation on the 1st of March and, taking care of the bureaucratic part by the Junta Andalucía, we hope to open for the spring to be able to start making the first admissions”, has indicated the representative of the company. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/almunecar-primera-residencia-mayores-marzo/

ALGECIRAS

Sacristan killed and priest injured in suspected jihadist attack in Algeciras:
– The assailant of north African origin, who has been arrested, stabbed the men, shouting “Allah akbar”. He is the sole suspect in both cases.
– A sacristan has died and a priest is seriously injured, with at least four people suffering less serious injuries, in two attacks on churches in Algeciras, in the province of Cadiz. According to all sources, the attacks appear to be jihad-related and the investigation has been taken over by a court specialising in terror offences.
– The victim of the fatal attack is David Valencia, a sacristan at La Palma church, and the injured man is Father Antonio Rodríguez, parish priest at the chapel of San Isidro. The latter was taken to hospital in a serious condition with a stab wound.
– The fatal attack at the church of La Palma was the second of the two attacks, and took place at around 7.30pm. The man, dressed in a djellaba, entered the building shouting “Allah Akbar” (“God is the greatest”) when the service was ending. He moved through the church knocking down images, crosses and candles with a machete and even went up to the high altar.
– The sacristan approached him to ask him to leave the church. The suspect refused and insulted him. He also threatened two women, and when the sacristan asked him to leave again the man began to chase him. He caught up with the sacristan outside in the nearby Plaza Alta where he stabbed him and beat him around the head, causing his death.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/sacristan-dies-priest-20230125220629-nt.html 

EUROPE

EU Nationals Travelling to UK on February 1 Warned of Prolonged Waiting Times Due to Strikes:
– The United Kingdom’s Home Office and Border Force have warned people travelling to the UK on February 1, to prepare for facing longer waiting times at border controls due to strikes that will take place at all UK air and maritime ports. 100,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), across 123 employers, will stage a walkout on February 1, impacting government ministries, museums, ports, and airports.
– Travellers passing through border controls in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France will also be affected by the strikes.
– “If you are travelling into the UK via any entry point, you should prepare for disruption and check before you travel,” the UK authorities have noted in a statement, adding that the strikes are expected to last until February 2, at 7 am. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-nationals-travelling-to-uk-on-february-1-warned-of-prolonged-waiting-times-due-to-strikes/

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Insects on the menu as EU approves two for human consumption:
– The maggot-like larvae of lesser mealworms — a type of shiny black beetle — and house crickets will become the third and fourth insects that can be sold as food for people in the European Union. Eight more applications await approval. On Tuesday, the EU gave the green light to the sale of the larvae in powder, frozen, paste and dried forms. The crickets can be sold as partially defatted powder. The new rules clarify that lesser mealworm larvae and house crickets are safe to eat for those without allergies. They have also ruled that foods containing them must be labeled.
– A more likely role for insect protein could be feeding it to livestock. This would bypass cultural norms that prevent some people from wanting to eat insects. If the insects were raised on organic waste — as some mealworm and fly larvae are well-suited to — the process could effectively recycle some of the vast quantities of food wasted each year.
– But raising insects to feed them to animals adds an extra step in the food production process that means more energy is lost to inefficiencies. Only some of the calories the insect eats will make it to the chicken raised on insect feed — and only some of those calories will make it to the person eating the chicken wing. If the insects were fed crops like soy or corn, and those insects are then used as feed for livestock, the planet may be worse off than if the animals ate the grains directly. Photo: AFLO.
Full article: https://www.dw.com/en/eu-insects-climate-change/a-64503440 

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Denmark calls for mandatory military service for women:
– Denmark plans compulsory military conscription for women, as the Nordic country seeks to significantly boost the size of its armed forces. The move can help Denmark meet its requirements under its Nato membership. It would also be “beneficial” for the military if it had more women employed, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, the country’s defence minister and deputy prime minister, said in an interview with broadcaster TV2.
– Currently, women can join on a voluntary basis while men generally are required to serve if they are called on under a lottery system.
– The new measure has the backing of several women’s organisations and comes as Denmark, like the rest of Europe, provides increasing levels of support to Ukraine in the war to oust Russia from the country. Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/denmark-calls-for-mandatory-military-service-for-women

SPACE

Asteroid the size of a bus coming as close to earth as London to Cairo tonight:
– The asteroid, known as 2023 BU, will zoom 2,200 miles above the southern tip of South America – 10 times closer than most communication satellites circling overhead, and around the same distance as the UK to Cyprus. Discovered on Saturday, the asteroid is believed to be between 11ft (3.5 metres) and 28ft (8.5 metres) across. Experts insist it will be a near miss with no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth. Full article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/asteroid-size-bus-coming-close-29053585

OTHER

Anthony ‘Top’ Topham, founding guitarist of the Yardbirds, dies at 75: Topham, who adopted the name Sanderson Rasjid after joining the Subud spiritual movement, was reported to have passed away “peacefully” on Monday, 23 January, surrounded by family. Topham helped form The Yardbirds in 1963 when he was just 15 – with Chris Dreja, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty – but left before the band’s big break. Taking his spot as lead guitarist in the influential blues-rock band was Eric Clapton, followed by Jeff Beck, and then Jimmy Page. Full article: https://guitar.com/news/music-news/anthony-topham-dies-75-yardbirds/ & Video Link


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Churches & Worship

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New Life Church: Whether you live in Nerja or are visiting our area, you are very welcome to come and join us at our Sunday gathering. Join us for a time of Holy Spirit led worship and experience the presence of our God. Our teaching is Bible based as we honour God and obey His Word. During this time of uncertainty, God’s Word reminds us that the Gospel shines brightest in times of darkness. Our service lasts for about 1 hour and 30 mins. With Tea and Coffee afterwards.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6
Sunday Service 11.00am / Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja , 29780. Directions: Click Here 
Email: info@nlcnerja.com ; Website: www.nlcnerja.com ; Facebook

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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, 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!). 

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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: https://www.stgeorgeschurchmalaga.org

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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/
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Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services:
-Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Catholic Mass in English. 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
– Danish Church Services. On February 11th and 25th.
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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DigameXtra No. 2462 Thursday Jan. 26th, 2023

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Tickets for the 62 Cueva de Nerja Festival go on sale TODAY:
This Thursday 26th January, tickets go on sale to enjoy the shows of the first artists confirmed for the 62nd Cueva de Nerja Festival. Among them, tickets will be available for Les Luthiers, on 30 June and 1 July, and for María Peláe from Málaga, who will perform on Friday 7 July.
Tickets are also on sale for other performances confirmed to date, such as those of Mecano Experience, on Saturday 15 July; Morancos, on Friday 21 July; Miguel Poveda {vid}, on Saturday 5 August; Sara Baras, on Friday 11 August, and Pastora Soler, on Saturday 12 August.
Tickets can be purchased from 12:00 noon on 26 January on the malagaentradas.com website, as well as on the website and in the El Corte Inglés shopping centres.
According to a press release from the Cueva de Nerja Foundation, these are the first confirmed performances of a line-up that will be completed in the near future.  Video Link

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The Caminito del Rey puts 74,800 tickets on sale this Wednesday from March to June:
El Caminito del Rey, the aerial path built on the walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, in the province of Malaga, will put 74,800 tickets on sale this Wednesday 25/1/23 to visit this enclave between 28 March and 25 June.
Tickets, both for agencies and for the general public, will be available at http://www.caminitodelrey.info for a price of 10 euros, which rises to 18 in the case of guided tours, and the established schedule is from 8:40 to 17:00 hours.
Exceptionally, El Caminito del Rey will be open on Monday 3 April, coinciding with Easter Monday, and 1 May, International Workers’ Day. 

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The Bahia Band: Sat 28/1 from 21:00h
Hotel Helios, Almuñécar
Paseo San Cristobal 12, 18690. Tel. 958 63 06 36 

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Attention Past Round Tablers:
Did you know that you can continue the same Round Table fun and fellowship here in the Axarquia and the wider area East of Malaga city?
41 Club Nerja has members from nine different countries and enjoys many exciting activities and meetings.
As a respected Club we are able to make group bookings which means many of our trips are just for us!
Would you like to tour the Caves of Nerja at night in a small group with a personal guide? How about a 4×4 Jeep Safari in the National Park, or a private group sail in a catamaran? What about a fabulous theatrical walking tour of Velez Malaga or a visit to the historic mountain town of Comares?
If you like to get out and about and enjoy the fabulous scenery and the wonderful heritage of this beautiful part of Spain then come and join us and have some great Round Table fun along the way! Simply get in touch with us, in any of the ways detailed below. We’d love to hear from you.
Some of our ex Round Table members live in the area, some visit regularly and some just a few times a year so we have regular activities, but are also a drop in club for some.
Email us: steve.ryan.sr56@gmail.com, phone Steve on 0044 7546 402770 or you can connect with 41 Club Nerja via Facebook or click here to visit our website

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– Display cabinet upcycled in a metallic silver paint with fabric back with a lovely blue chalk paint inside. Measurements 63 x 33 x 156cms Price 125€
– Beautiful preloved writing desk 74 x 43 x 102.50cms Price 195€
contact Jackie /nerja 672170429
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For Sale, 3 items:
– Kenwood Food Processor, 10 functions, boxed and never been used, €28 Ono.
– Russell & Hobbs 3 tier plus rice bowl steamer. Plastic containers with glass lid, again never used, €10.
– Kenwood Rice Maker in very good condition €10.
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Sandra, Velez Malaga. Tel: 633878471 or
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Covid Andalucia- Infections drop but Andalucía’s Covid deaths double in a week to 58: Wed, 25/1/23, 11:15
– Andalucía has dropped below a thousand new positive coronavirus infections in the region in the last week. Specifically, the Junta registered a total of 846 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, 24 January, something that has not happened since the end of last October, bringing the total number of infections to 1,630,903 in the region since the start of the pandemic. However, the number of deaths – with or from Covid – has doubled in one week from 26 to 58 – a figure not seen since August of last year.
– This was reported by the regional Ministry of Health statement on Covid-19 released on Tuesday, where it also indicated that Andalucía has registered 67 fewer hospitalised patients, to stand at 219. However, the number of people admitted to intensive care units has increased, up to a total of 15.
– Regarding those hospitalised by provinces, Malaga registers 45 in hospital, three in the ICU, while Seville has 38 hospitalised, five in the ICU, and Cadiz 34, two in the ICU. They are followed by Jaén with 19, one in the ICU; Cordoba with twelve, none in the ICU, and another 23 in Huelva, but no patients in the ICU; Granada with 32, two in the ICU; and 16 in Almeria, two in intensive care units.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/covid-infections-deaths-20230125111218-nt.html

ANDALUCIA

The doctors of Andalusia cancel the strike after agreeing with the SAS a maximum of 35 consultations a day: {Translation, summary}
– There will be no strike this Friday, January 27 in the Andalusian public health system. The Andalusian Health Service (SAS) and the Andalusian Medical Union (SMA) have reached an agreement whereby the regional agency agrees to limit the appointment schedule for primary care and pediatrics and undertakes to provide financial incentives for consultations in the afternoon . The schedules of Family Doctors will not exceed 35 patients per day and those of Pediatricians 25 per day , according to the pact that will be signed at the Sector Table within a month. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sindicato-medico-andaluz-desconvoca-huelga-tras-acuerdo-20230125104423-nts.html

RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA

Rincón de la Victoria hosts the V Encuentro de Cuarentunas: {Translation, summary}
– This event will bring together 180 participants belonging to 8 groups from different Spanish cities and will be held on 27, 28 and 29 January.
– The first important event will take place on Friday 27th with the official reception by the mayor and municipal corporation at the Town Hall at 17:30. This will be followed by a floral offering to the Virgen de la Victoria. Once it is over, the “cuarentunas” will be placed at various points in the Plaza de la Iglesia and will perform different songs for the public, so that from 19:30 to 20:45 the people present will be able to enjoy the songs of the “cuarentunas”.
– One day later, on Saturday 28th, at 11.30 a.m. a parade is planned along the Paseo Marítimo of Rincón de la Victoria until reaching the Chalana Passage where they will perform a variety of songs for the public until 14:15 p.m. From 17:30 hours onwards, the Plaza Al Andalus will host the performance of all the groups. There will also be a round of ‘cuarentunas’ to the Virgen del Carmen in the niche of Los Acantilados de El Cantal with the presence of the brotherhoods of El Carmen. On Sunday the farewell and departures of the quarantunas will take place.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/rincon-de-la-victoria-acoge-el-v-encuentro-nacional-de-cuarentunas-con-180-participantes-de-8-agrupaciones-del-pais/ 

GRANADA

Twelve balloons will fly in the Granada Geopark this weekend at the XXIII Ballooning Festival: {Translation, summary}
– The Granada Geopark will be the setting for the twenty-third edition of the Andalusian Ballooning Festival and Championship, organized by the company Glovento Sur together with the Andalusian Air Sports Federation, and which will be held from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January with the participation of twelve teams from various Spanish communities. Among them, a balloon with the logo of the Granada Geopark will stand out, with a huge candle and a large basket with capacity for twelve people.
– Throughout the three days that the event lasts, the twelve teams will try, if the weather conditions allow it, three flights during which the Andalucía Ballooning Championship events will take place. On Friday and Saturday morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the pilots plan to make two trips through the Geopark. And on Sunday, at the same time, they will start the route from the Guadix fairgrounds.
– In addition, on Saturday afternoon, from four to six, weather permitting, several tethered balloons will be installed at the Guadix fairgrounds, on which children who wish may ride to contemplate a panoramic view of the city. Source & Photo, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/granada-geoparque-doce-globos-volaran-fin-semana-festival-aerostacion/ 

BENIDORM

Enjoy the eleventh edition of Benidorm International Organ Festival 2023:
– All concerts will commence at 8:00.PM and will take place at the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana of Benidorm, Placa de Castelar, 1, 03501. From January to December, Benidorm will offer a monthly concert (except in summer) where the public can enjoy one of the best organs of the Valencian Community.
– The first concert is set to take place on January 27.
Attendance to the festival is free and the location comfortably accommodates 300 people.”
– Juan Antonio Espinoa, a professor from the Alicante Conservatory Music School, confirmed: “The church has an organ that was built in 2012 and is one of the best in the Valencian Community. It is an instrument of great proportions and musical possibilities owning three manual keyboards comprising of 56 notes each, plus another pedalboard and 1,990 sound tubes.” Full article: https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/01/24/enjoy-the-eleventh-edition-of-benidorm-international-organ-festival-2023/

UK

British museums to stop using ‘mummy’ over negative associations:
– The word, say critics, has ties to imperialism and monsters, and should be replaced with ‘mummified remains.’ Conservatives are having a field day with the move.
– It’s not clear that Tutankhamun or Ramses II would appreciate the deference from the afterlife, but British museums are certainly providing plenty of material for conservative columnists who regularly gloat over wokeness or anything that sounds like political correctness. The British Museum in London, the National Museums of Scotland and the Great North Museum: Hancock have decided that, whenever possible, they will stop using the term “mummy” and speak instead of the “mummified remains of” the individual in question. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/culture/2023-01-24/british-museums-to-stop-using-mummy-over-negative-associations.html

EUROPE

Germany clears way for scores of tanks for Ukraine, U.S. also poised: Germany cleared the way on Wednesday for Europe to send scores of battle tanks to Ukraine, and Washington was poised make a similar announcement – moves hailed by Kyiv as a potential turning point in the war and condemned by Moscow as escalation. Germany, previously the West’s holdout, said it would send an initial company of 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks from its own stocks, and also approve shipments by other European countries. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-pledges-sweeping-personnel-changes-allies-jostle-over-tanks-2023-01-23/