DigameXtra No. 1782 Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 2020

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COVID-19 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.

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).

Holiday Schedule For DigameXtra:
DigameXtra will not publish issues on the following days.
December 2020
-Sunday, 6th- El día de la constitución (Constitution Day)
-Friday, 25th– Sponsor posts for Friday will appear Thursday.
-Saturday, 26th– Sponsor posts for Saturday will appear Sunday.
January 2021
-Friday, 1st- Sponsor posts for Friday will appear Thursday.
-Saturday, 2nd– Sponsor posts for Saturday will appear Sunday.
-Wednesday, 6th- Three Kings Day. Sponsor posts for Wednesday will appear Tuesday.


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Due to the new Covid restrictions, to avoid disappointment I suggest you call to confirm events and times before the event. -Ed.

All municipal boundaries in Andalucía to close on Tuesday, with curfew now from 10pm to 7am, and non-essential businesses shutting at 6pm.


Art Room Art & Ceramics Gallery
Open by appointment everyday from 11.00am – 7.00pm.
Original paintings, prints and paintographs by Mitch France, ceramics by Chris France.
Subject matter: Musicians, Morocco, abstract, Flamenco dancers, local scenes. Commissions considered.
To view all the work, for information on the artists and directions to the gallery go to: www.artroom-gallery.com
Maximum 4 people per visit, masks and social distancing obligatory and sanitiser available. The galley is also well ventilated.
You can book an appointment through the website or contact Mitch: 616 891 473 (Whatsapp).
Email: mitchfranceart@hotmail.com
Facebook: mitchfranceart
Instagram: mitchfranceart
Twitter: mitchfranceart


Not On, Weekly Crochet/Knitting Group: Please NOTE
Due to the uncertain times with Covid there will be NO meetings until we recieve more news from the Junta De Andalucia on the 23rd November. We will review the situation on an ongoing basis.Thanks. Need more information?
Email Polly – madpip at hotmail dot co dot uk


Services Wanted/Offered

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Nik of all Trades: Services available for home, garden and office
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.
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 a 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 is located in Sayalonga.
We have 2 new videos showing an experiment planting Vetiver in a tall Ornamental pot showing the results of the root growth after about 8 months.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/g1WRvjE6oAk
Part 2: https://youtu.be/HNviq7XdRM4
These short videos show you the incredible root system of Vetiver is and why it is so beneficial to fighting erosion and preserving top soil.
Want more videos? Please go to our YouTube video page.
We also have Lemon Grass and Moringa Seedlings available now.
Please contact us for more information. Visits are by appointment.
Phone or WhatsApp for David: (34) 692 288 657
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Website: www.vetiverspain.com


For Sale: Golf bag. More pictures available. Price: 50 euros
Maria. Rincón de la Victoria Tel. 639936988


News & Articles

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Spain reports first weekend fall in coronavirus cases, but sets new record for fatalities: According to the Health Ministry’s report, released Monday night, 52,386 new infections were detected since Friday – a figure that covers the weekend, given that no data is released on Saturdays and Sundays. The last time a fall was recorded over this period was October 5. The number of Covid-19 related deaths, however, broke a new record. Since Friday, 512 fatalities have been added to the official toll, the largest weekend figure of Spain’s second wave. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-11-10/spain-reports-first-weekend-fall-in-coronavirus-cases-but-sets-new-record-for-fatalities.html


Penalties, speed limits and prohibitions- Spain to roll out tougher driving laws: The Spanish government is preparing to change its Traffic Code to include new speed limits for urban roads, harsher penalties and limitations to where e-scooters can be ridden. Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20201110/penalties-speed-limits-and-prohibitions-spain-to-roll-out-tougher-driving-laws


EU Commission backs Spain’s protocol against disinformation campaigns by supporting Internet censorship: The European executive’s nod to the Spanish system to prevent, detect and respond to disinformation campaigns comes after some opposition parties in Spain had accused the government of creating a “Ministry of Truth” that would allegedly make decisions on content and provide media outlets with guidelines to follow. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-11-10/eu-commission-backs-spains-protocol-against-disinformation-campaigns.html


EU moves closer to encryption ban after Austria, France attacks: A draft resolution setting up an EU-wide ban on end-to-end encryption by web platforms and messenger apps such as Signal and WhatsApp is set to be waved through this week.
ProPrivacy’s Ray Walsh described the move as a massive threat to data privacy and a disappointing change given that the EU has previously been, by and large, in favour of privacy for European citizens.
“Robust encryption relies on the secure transmission of data between two parties using keys that are only known to them,” said Walsh. “Removing strong end-to-end encryption creates vulnerabilities that can be exploited not just by EU government agencies, but also by anybody – including hackers, cyber criminals and state-sanctioned operatives from foreign governments – with the technical ability to discover that purposefully created backdoor.” Full story: https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252491755/EU-moves-closer-to-encryption-ban-after-Austria-France-attacks


Curfew Could Have Been Longer? Ministry denied Junta earlier curfew: Andalucian Regional Government, Junta de Andalucia, had initially proposed a curfew earlier than 10pm, the Regional Councillor for Health and Families, Jesus Aguirre has said, but it was not authorised by the Ministry of Health. He confirmed that the Junta had proposed an earlier curfew, taking into account that from this Tuesday, November 10 at 6pm non-essential activity will close. The response from the central government was negative. The current situation gives regions freedom to lift or modify curfew, although any decision must be communicated to the Ministry of Health for approval, and it must be in place for at least seven days. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/10/ministry-denied-junta-earlier-curfew/


Mayor of Torrox has decreed a 25% reduction in the beach fee for this year: The report explains that this measure is intended to reduce expenses in a season in which income has been significantly reduced due to the pandemic. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/10/mayor-of-torrox-has-decreed-a-25-reduction-in-the-beach-fee-for-this-year/


Urgent appeal for help finding missing schoolboy, 13: Spain’s National Police have launched an urgent public appeal to help find a missing schoolboy, 13.
Alejandro Fructoso Fernandez was last seen in his home town of Elche on Monday morning, November 9.
He has brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.6 metres tall and weighs 53 kg.
Anybody who has seen Alejandro or has information which may help police trace him, is asked to call the National Police on 091. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/10/urgent-appeal-for-help-finding-missing-schoolboy-13/


WhatsApp shopping button allows you to purchase products from chat: The tool will make it easier for people to discover a business’ catalog so they know what goods or services it offers.
Previously, people had to click into the business’ profile to see if the business had a catalog. “Now, when a person sees the shopping button, which looks like a storefront icon, they will immediately know the business has a catalog so they can browse products and start a conversation about an item they see with just one tap,” the company said in a statement.
This will also make it easier for businesses to have their products discovered which can help increase sales.
The new shopping button is available now across the world and will replace the voice call button. To find the voice call button, simply tap on the call button to select either a voice or video call.
“In the future, we’ll make it possible to add items to a cart and check out, all within WhatsApp,” the company said last month. Full story: https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/apps/news/whatsapp-shopping-button-allows-you-to-purchase-products-from-chat/articleshow/79144847.cms


Malaga city suspends 2021 Three Wise Men parade: The traditional ‘Cabalgata Reyes Magos’ was due to take place on January 5, 2021.
The decision has been made in light of the evolution of the pandemic, “as it is a public act that would generate incompatible crowds with current regulations and the recommendations of the health authorities”, said the Consistory today, Tuesday, November 10, in a statement. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/10/malaga-city-suspends-2021-three-wise-men-parade/


Zebra mussels invade La Viñuela reservoir: The Agriculture department confirmed that zebra mussels, capable of destabilising its ecosystem, have been found in the La Viñuela reservoir. Preventive measures are now underway in an attempt to prevent the spread of this invasive species from the Black Sea. These pests can damage marine equipment and facilities. PHOTO CREDIT.  Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/09/zebra-mussels-invade-la-vinuela-reservoir/


Fakebook scam that misleads you with a fake Xbox Series X giveaway: The scam in question has been spreading in Spain in recent days through ads shown to users of Facebook, as Avast has reported.
This fraudulent campaign promises to raffle 5,000 units of the Xbox Series X console among users who answer a survey of five questions related to video games. After completing the short questionnaire, a congratulatory message is displayed. It should be noted that everyone who completes the survey receives a message that they have been awarded regardless of the answers they have selected.
Then to collect the prize, scammers ask participant to share the promotion with five WhatsApp contacts. They can then select their prize, which is supposedly delivered within 24 hours.
Avast has recommended keeping an eye out for signs of scam and not relying on promotions that seem too good to be true, and has in fact warned that scammers themselves are already preparing for their next scam: the launch of the new PlayStation5 on November 19, with a similar campaign. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-facebook-scam-that-misleads-you-with-a-fake-xbox-series-x-giveaway/


For the latest COVID-19 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:


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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
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