DigameXtra No. 1637 Tuesday, May 26th 2020

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CORONA VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/13/hotline-those-suspect-they-20200313114414-v.html

When you need reliable info consult The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain at https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/…or the website or Facebook page of your local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento). I suggest you check it daily.


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Potters Bar & Terrace, Nerja: If you would like to catch up with much missed friends and family, we are taking reservations for up to ten people.
Places are limited, so if you would like to have a drink or order from our food menu, be sure to phone in and check out availability and place your reservation. We will only be serving food from our menu, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays. We will have two sittings for Sunday Roast (1pm to 4pm & 4pm to 9pm).
For reservations 685435767


Malaga’s arts hubs, all set for a grand reopening: The majority of Malaga city’s largest and most popular museums and galleries, including the Carmen Thyssen museum, the Russian Museum, the Centre Pompidou and Museo Picasso Málaga will reopen for the first time since the start of the state of alarm this Tuesday, 26 May, as part of a city-wide coordinated initiative to promote the arts. Phase One of the lockdown easing allows museums and galleries to reopen as long as capacity is limited to 30 per cent, cultural activities are called off and crowding is avoided in rooms. Given that they cannot organise cultural activities at the moment, several of the museums and galleries are planning one or more open days with free entry as an incentive to attract visitors. Full details: http://www.surinenglish.com/what-to-do/202005/22/malaga-museums-grand-reopening-20200522102304-v.html


Velez-Malaga libraries reopen: At present the service is limited to taking out and returning library books. The libraries are open from 10am until 1pm and phone enquiries can be made between 9am and 2pm.


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Hotel Rural/ B&B Cortijo Amaya has re-opened!
Are you ready for a break after all this time at home? Maybe just a short break (to surprise your loved ones..) We accept stays from 1 night!
Come and enjoy the fresh air in our beautiful green garden. Enjoy the seaviews and watch the most amazing sunsets.
We serve your breakfast at the table, indoors or outdoors.
We respect the rules regarding health and hygiene.
Common areas will remain closed until further notice but… the pool will most probably re-open as of 1/6/2020
Give us a call for your best price : 0034 627684256
cortijoamayatorrox at gmail.com
We look forward to welcoming you!
Warm regards, Saskia and Vince


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Great deals from The Nerja Household Center
-Display cabinet with lights with pull out trays
Width 120cms Height 190cms Depth 40cms. Price 55€
-Beautiful solid upcycled bedroom suite.
Consists mirror Chest of drawers Matching bedside tables Natural with Emile chalk paint with clear Wax Measurements Mirror65cms x 91cms
ChestOf drawers 110cms x 44cms x103cms
Bedside tables 49.50cms x 35cms x 61cms
Price 260€ ( complete set)
-Stunning upcycled Castillan sideboard striped back to natural olive green chalk paint and waxed Measurements Width 158cms Depth 32.50cms Height 73cms Price 130€
Contact Jackie/ Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale: Kettle. Silvercrest red kettle. Hardly been used, had as a spare. 1.7lit. Reduced to 7.60€. (Actually selling silvercrest kettles in lidl tomorrow 25th May for 19.99€)
Mark (Torrox) 617 820 002. Also on whatsapp.


Wanted: Wine corks for an art project. Happy to collect.
Email: john price 752 at hot mail dot com (close all spaces)
643943845. John, Canillas de aceituno.


Recommendations & Requests

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News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.


UPDATED Covid-19 Statistic Confusion: To avoid confusion from conflicting statistics sources, and so you get the freshest, most accurate data, I am now providing only the links to the Official Spanish sources, and for World statistics Worldometers.com and Financial Times. Just click the link to view the latest info. Full story about the reporting confusion:

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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:


Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:


UK Coronavirus:


What will Brits in Spain need to get ‘settled status’?: Here’s what we know so far. Spain’s existing identity card for foreigners, known as the ‘tarjeta de identidad de extranjero’ (TIE) will replace the current documentation for British residents. The TIE proves legal status and is issued to foreigners authorised to stay in Spain for longer than six months. Those Brits registering for the first time will be issued with a TIE; those holding existing residency documents will be able to swap these for the TIE.
As Brits in Spain, in effect, don’t need to reapply for their legal status, there are no specific registration deadlines. Our existing green residency certificates/cards will remain valid, even after the transition period, as confirmed by the British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott. Full story:


Spain will lift two-week coronavirus quarantine for overseas arrivals from July 1: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Saturday during a televised address that the sector should start to get ready for the summer season, and that overseas tourists would be welcomed into the country under safe conditions from July. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-05-25/spain-will-lift-two-week-quarantine-on-overseas-arrivals-from-july-1.html


EU Rules You Must Change Your Face Mask Every 4 Hours When Travelling on Long Haul Flights: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have published a document regarding rules and guidelines to be followed which will “guarantee the safety of air passengers and workers in aviation,” amongst these is the need to change your face mask every four hours when travelling on a long haul flight.
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/25/eu-rules-you-must-change-your-face-mask-every-4-hours-when-travelling-on-long-haul-flights-post-crisis/


Restaurant ‘Bounces Back’ from Coronavirus by Debuting ‘Bumper Tables’: Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into eating out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels. “Bumper tables,” designed to allow people to practice social distancing while eating and talking, make their debut at Fish Tales restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 16, 2020. (Katie Kirby / Revolution Event Design and Production via AP).


New Tool Can Jailbreak Almost Any Currently Supported iPhone and iPad: The hacking team behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool has released a new version of the software that can unlock every single iPhone, including those running the latest iOS 13.5 version. The unc0ver website also highlighted the extensive testing that went behind the scenes to ensure compatibility across a broad range of devices, from iPhone 6S to the new iPhone 11 Pro Max models, spanning versions iOS 11.0 through iOS 13.5, but excluding versions 12.3 to 12.3.2 and 12.4.2 to 12.4.5.
Full info: https://thehackernews.com/2020/05/iphone-ios-jailbreak-tools.html


There really is a ‘thinness gene’ but unfortunately only 1% of us have it- why some people are able to eat whatever they want and not put on weight: Scientists studied thousands of people’s genetic profiles and found that around one percent were missing the so-called ‘ALK’ gene.
These people were found to be naturally thin compared to other healthy adults, suggesting that there may be a link between this gene and their weight.
They then tested this theory on mice and flies, and found that ‘turning off’ the ALK gene allowed them to remain slim even after being fed a sugar and fat-rich diet.
Lead author, Josef Penninger, from the University of British Columbia, said shutting down the gene could one day form the basis of an obesity treatment in humans. Full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8344153/One-cent-population-thinness-gene-eat-want.html


National Mourning in Spain: What Does it Mean?: Spain has declared that once all territories are in Phase 1 the nation will have an official 10-day mourning period, the most prolonged length in the history of its democracy. One of the most significative changes will be all the half-mast flags in public buildings and ships. In interior spaces it is common to see the flag appear with a black crepe. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/25/national-mourning-in-spain-what-does-it-mean-what-will-happen/


Disaster relief exposes EU lack of consensus: Frugal four offer alternative Covid-19 ‘Recovery Plan’ to rival Franco-German deal to help hardest hit countries like Italy & Spain. (Looks like Frugal Four are not too keen on paying for other country’s  guaranteed minimum income schemes. -Ed.)
Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and Austria, dubbed the ‘frugal four,’ have presented an alternative Covid-19 ‘Recovery Plan’ to rival the Franco-German deal put forward last week, to help the hardest hit countries by the pandemic, such as Italy and Spain.
This alternative proposal rivals the one put forward earlier this week French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel who proposed a €500 billion fund, as reported. But the ‘frugal four’ rejected it, insisting there must be no “mutualisation of debt.” They also reject “any significant increases to the EU’s budget,” as suggested by the Franco-German plan to fund the recovery programme. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/24/frugal-four-offer-alternative-covid-19-recovery-plan-to-rival-franco-german-deal-to-help-hardest-hit-countries-like-italy-spain/


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Brexit Hotline

The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline


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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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