DigameXtra No. 1656 Wednesday, June 17th 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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Golden Leaves Funeral Plans
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What’s On

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The Soul Brothers at La Raqueta, Nerja: Tuesday June 23rd from 7pm-11pm.
Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance!
Axarquia Social Club Members: 15€
Non-members: 20€


Torre del Mar businesses launch ice cream event: From June 19 to 28, the ice cream makers in Torre del Mar join forces for a special ice cream route. Seven parlours will participate, they are: Zeus, Neptuno, Buenavista, Tramontana, Ana Garrigós, Sanoni and La Golosa. Attendees, in exchange for €3, will be able to taste new flavours and score each business by a voting card. Full story: Source Link


Laura Killeney live: Sat 27th June 3pm. Bar Los Amigos, Torrox.
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Phoenix club: We are pleased to announce that with the end of lockdown in sight the Phoenix Social club in Torre del Mar is opening for business on the 30th June from 11am – 1pm. This is solely for bookings and refunds. No social meetings are planned at the moment.
We are running 2 trips –
-17th July – Food and Co, a new British supermarket in Las Lagunas, Mijas who stock over 7,500 items of Tesco products/Iceland €13pp Depart Algarrobo Lidl at 09.30
-14th August – Gibraltar €15pp Depart Algarrobo Lidl at 08.30. Passports essential
Masks will be compulsory on our trips and payment in full is required on booking.
We meet at La Vega bar and restaurant every Tuesday from the 30th June and you can find the bar just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe.
For bookings and refunds, please contact Gail on 951067723 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information


Services Wanted/Offered

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Nik of all Trades: Services Available for home, garden and office.
Available again from 18th May for exterior work only. Many jobs were cancelled due to the pandemic and these customers need to contact me to reschedule when they feel comfortable having me on site. I am expecting to be extremely busy catching up over the next few months so new and existing customers should start booking now even if you dont want the work done for weeks or even months to avoid disappointment. I will be working on a first come first served basis.
Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, no job too small or too big as I have others to call on if required, from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Painting and decorating – interior or exterior, tools all supplied, materials extra at cost – from 100€ per day per man or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Electrical work and Plumbing – I have a UK qualified electrician/plumber to call on should you require this type of work.
Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost
Check my website for examples of my work www.nikofalltrades.es
Email enquiries or for more information to
nikash2 at hotmail dot com
or just write that email address or web address down somewhere in case you may need me in the future! I am a Digame sponsor and so my contact info is available in the sponsors section below as well. There is also a contact form available on the website.
References/recommendations available from the UK and Spain
Based in Competa but can travel anywhere in Digameland. Quotations are completely free.


Coast Fm Gold: Want to be able to talk directly to your customers and clients?
Guess what they have been listening to and will continue to listen to……the Radio!
Coast Fm Gold has been available Online, as well as via Tunein, Google, Siri and Alexa throughout the crisis giving ’emergency announcements and telephone numbers’ and music, music, music!
Now it’s time to start up business’s again and what better way to let them know you
have re-opened and are ready…A RADIO ADVERT! We reach all over the Axarquia
…so we are local! Plus we reach around the world! We are the Eastern Costa Del Sols favourite Radio Station!
We are running ”special crisis” low advertising rates…ring us now on 691 934 626 or by email to studio@coastfmgold.com Website: http://coastfmgold.com/


Golden Leaves Funeral Plans:
Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and responsible way to show you care about your family.
Funerals are no easy task. There are numerous considerations to factor in, including logistics, food and drink, casket purchase and burial grounds. A loved one’s death brings immense emotional strain to any family, and the question of financing and arrangements only exacerbates the stress.
Handling all of these challenges is difficult enough in one’s normal circumstances, but having to go through it while abroad is an enormous burden.
Golden Leaves Funeral Plans aims to support grieving families during these tumultuous times. Since our inception in 1984, we have partnered with a widespread network of funeral directors across the UK and Europe.
Purchasing a funeral plan with Golden Leaves enables you to plan, design and pay for your funeral services in advance.
As one of the leading providers of expat prepaid funeral plans in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands, we make sure to adequately support your family in the time of greatest need.
If you are an expat family in need of prepaid funeral services please contact Ruth on phone or whats app + 34 693 715 718
Based in Javea/Alicante. Company Reg. No: 2935393
Email: Ruth.forder@goldenleaves.com


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Are you having soil erosion issues after all the recent rain?
Vetiver is the perfect solution with the 3 – 4 metre root system.
The plant is non invasive, grows rapidly and once established it needs very little water.
We are finally open again for business. We are still not permitted to have visitors at our nursery but we can ship plants via post or we can deliver locally.
Our first day of shipping was Monday and we shipped 2,000 plants to various locations in Spain, Portugal, and Hungary.
We have plenty of Vetiver in stock. Right now the soil is nice and damp and the weather is starting to heat up so it is the perfect time to plant.
We also have Lemon Grass, Moringa Seedlings and Organic Moringa Powder.
Moringa, also known as the “Miracle Tree”, has many nutritional and health benefits. If you have ever been to a Thai Restaurant you have probably had Lemon Grass.
Lemon Grass grows easily and quickly. Take a look at our website or go directly to the two links below. If you have any questions please contact us either by email or phone.
David or Anna
Cell: (34) 692 288 657
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Vetiverspain Moringa page.

Lemon Grass






Nerja Household Center- Upcycled furniture
-Beautiful display cabinet done in natural olive green chalk paint with clear & French oak wax all new handles Measurements Width 108.50cms Depth 40cms Height 201cms Price 240€
-Table/4 chairs Length 139cms Depth 80cms Height 76cm €400
-Upcycled natural tall boy with olive green chalk paint & walnut wax. New handles Measurements Width 60cms Depth 40cms
Height 100cms Price 130€
Contact Jackie / Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale, 3 items: More plant pots, 8€ each
boegero at gmx dot de ; Edwin in Competa


For Sale, 2 items: Sunbed cushions.
-Set of 4 blue and green stripe sunbed cushions. 20€
-Set of 3 lime green sunbed cushions 15€
Some damage/fading but will be perfect with new covers.
Joy 610955826 Torrox


For Sale: Wall Unit. 220h x 154w x 30d (solid wood) €100 Easily dismantled and reassembled so easy to transport. Buyer collects (Torrox /Competa)
Call Dave 654085811


For Sale: Childs car seat. Age up to 5 years. Excellent condition. Hardly used. 20 euros. Call mavis on 626134579. We are on the road between puente don manuel and alcaucin.


For Sale: Bosch slide miter saw GCM 10S Professional. Hardly used. 150€ o.v.n.o, buyer to collect, social distancing observed. Lyne, Alcaucin call or WhatsApp on 00447855578222.


For Sale, 2 items:
-Large metal dog cage with floor. 91cm x 61cm x 69cm. Folds flat, excellent condition, 2 entrance doors. 30 euros
-Extending Ikea glass and wrought iron coffee table. 50cm wide x 50cm high x 92 long extending to 140cm or can be used as 2 separate tables. 30 euros
J. Stevens Algarrobo Costa
Tel 606146302


Sail Sold: My Sail for Sale on yesterday’s DigameXtra has been sold !
Thank you for DigameXtra. Patricia, Competa, pbritsky AT msn D0T com


Recommendations & Requests

Nature Info: Firstly, I live in Puente Don Manuel and have a fish pond but this year there have been snakes in it all year, normally they only come for a few days at the end of April or beginning of May, and they have eaten nearly all my fish, is there a way to get rid of them at all?
Secondly, I am concreting at the edge of the pond to keep the weeds down, and as I lifted a piece of the old membrane that was laid down with pebbles on, there was what at first glance looked like a huge earthworm, approximately 4or 5 inches long, blunt at both ends and as thick as a thumb and the colour of an earthworm. As I lifted the membrane this thing wriggled similar to a snake and moved really fast into the hedge. It all happened that fast I didn’t have time to see it properly but I had heard of slow worms and thought it was possibly one of those, but on looking them up they are quite big and look like snakes, and apparently there aren’t any in Andalusia.
Please reply to alan-edson@hotmail.com ; Thanks, Alan
(Maybe it’s a skink? Here is a pic. Sometimes they lose their tails resulting in that blunt on both ends look. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skink. Photo:animals.net , -Ed.)


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.


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:

For the latest pandemic info visit:


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:


Spain could quarantine UK arrivals if British government maintains current restrictions: Spain could impose a quarantine on arrivals from the UK from next week if the British government maintains similar measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in an interview on the BBC’s Hardtalk programme. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202006/16/spain-could-quarantine-arrivals-20200616164046.html


Oracle E-Business Suite Flaws Let Hackers Hijack Business Operations: If your business operations and security of sensitive data rely on Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS), make sure you recently updated and are running the latest available version of the software. One consequence of these bugs, if left unpatched, is the possibility of financial fraud and confidential information theft by attacking a firm’s accounting systems. An attacker could modify critical reports in the ledger, including fraudulently manipulating transactions on a firm’s balance sheets.
Given the financial risk involved, it is highly recommended that companies using Oracle EBS run an immediate assessment to ensure they are not exposed to these vulnerabilities, and apply the patches to fix them.
“Organizations need to be aware that current GRC tools and other traditional security methods (firewalls, access controls, SoD and others) would be ineffective against preventing this type of attack on vulnerable Oracle EBS systems,” the researchers cautioned. Source: https://thehackernews.com/2020/06/oracle-e-business-suite.html


Steroid drug hailed as ‘breakthrough’ in COVID-19 as trial shows it saves lives: Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in other diseases such as arthritis, reduced death rates by around a third among the most severely ill of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital. Full story:


U.S. Open to go ahead without fans: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday gave the green light for the U.S. Open to be held from Aug. 31-Sept. 13 without fans as part of the state’s reopening from shutdowns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Spaniard Nadal said earlier this month he would not travel to the U.S. Open in present circumstances, while Djokovic said playing the event this year would be impossible given “extreme” protocols that would be in place. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-tennis-usopen/u-s-open-to-go-ahead-without-fans-says-new-york-governor-cuomo-idUSKBN23N2OD


Spain to provide up to €4,000 in subsidies for purchase of a new car: The Spanish government will provide incentives to purchase new, low-emission vehicles as part of its efforts to stimulate the economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-06-16/spain-to-provide-up-to-4000-in-subsidies-for-purchasing-a-new-car.html


Fears as coronavirus figures in Spain double in 24 hours: The sudden surge in new cases was announced by the Ministry of Health this evening with 76 cases reported compared to 40 yesterday. Madrid is still the worst affected with 42 new cases and 14 in Catalonia.
Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/16/fears-as-corona-virus-figures-in-spain-double-in-24-hours/


Costa del Sol tackling second forest blaze in less than 24 hours: At around 3pm this afternoon, emergency services were alerted to a forest fire in Alhaurín de la Torre, Malaga, according to INFOCA. Yesterday evening, three aircraft and three firefighting units were deployed to tackle a roaring forest fire in the Casares area. PHOTO:Infoca Twitter. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/16/firefighters-on-spains-costa-del-sol-tackling-second-forest-blaze-in-less-than-24-hours/


SCAM ALERT: Police have shut down a fraudulent pyramid scheme which conned more than 250 people out of €10 million on Spain’s Costa Blanca. The bait used was the promise of high returns, between 15 and 30 per cent, well above the average interest offered in the traditional market. In order to make the investors believe they were a “serious and safe company”, the conmen paid out the first interest payments, but once they had “hooked” important amounts, stopped paying. This tactic enabled the gang to raise €10 million, though it is believed the figure could be higher.
The Guardia Civil has recommended anybody considering investing privately should consult official websites beforehand. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/16/police-shut-down-e10-million-pyramid-scam-on-spains-costa-blanca/


German Prosecutor Sends Madeleine McCann’s Parents Heartbreaking Letter Confirming Daughter’s Death: The prosecutor claims to have “concrete evidence,” however he said he can’t reveal the details yet, in case it jeopardises the investigation. The letter is said to leave no doubt that Madeleine is dead and that the suspect, Christian B, is responsible for her murder. Reference: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8415789/Madeleine-McCanns-parents-urge-German-police-tell-evidence-have.html


Austria- man fined €500 for farting ‘with full intent’ at police: The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the fine stemmed from an incident on June 5 and that the offender was fined for “offending public decency.” They added that the man had behaved “provocatively and uncooperatively” during an encounter with officers that preceded the incident. He got up from a park bench, looked at officers and “let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent,” they said. “And our colleagues don’t like to be farted at so much.” Reference:


Apple Gets Blasted by EU Again- EU authorities open twin Apple antitrust investigations: European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple’s mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU’s battle against the dominance of big tech companies.
The EU’s executive Commission said it formally launched the investigations over concerns that Apple’s way of doing business hurts consumers by limiting choice and innovation and keeping prices high. Apple dismissed the complaints as “baseless.”
The Commission opened a second investigation into the App Store over concerns Apple forces developers to use the company’s own in-app purchasing system, which charges them a 30% commission, and restricts them from telling iPhone and iPad users about other ways to pay for digital services like music subscriptions. The investigation follows complaints from music streaming service Spotify and an e-book distributor on the impact of the App Store’s rules on competition. Full story: https://apnews.com/4361ed042b7a0499a9ec850e09060246


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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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