DigameXtra No. 1828 Wednesday, Dec. 30th, 2020

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DigameXtra Wishes all it’s
Readers, Sponsors & Subscribers
a very happy holiday season!
Plus a Very Special Thanks to the 9 readers
who sent in Christmas donations
and to the Dutch lady who tipped me
€50 on a €100 laptop repair! Your generosity
is GREATLY appreciated! -Naythan, Editor


What’s On

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

For the current official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


Flamenco New Years Eve Party: At Di Botanic, Thursday 31DEC, free, 16:30. Music by Quinteros & Dani Kous. Reservations 677 69 34 65
Calle Estepona 1, Torrox Costa.


Scottish Bar New Years Eve Party: Thursday 31DEC. The Beer Garden Bar & Kitchen. Live music from “Booze” and “Captain Eric” from 9pm. Limited seating.
Avenida Mediterraneo, corner of Chaparil 29780 Nerja
+353 86 919 3221  FB Page


Casa Arts: Casa Arts is looking forward to closing off this extraordinary year with you and we are thrilled to present our New Year’s menu!
-We will be serving our New Year’s menu between 13:00-18:00 & 20:00-1:00 on 31 December 2020, and between 13:00 & 20:00-22.30 on 1 January 2021.
To avoid travelling back home after a night of delicious foods & drinks, reserve your room in our cosy hotel.
We are proud of our vegetarian and vegan options.
We cater for different dietary requirements and preferences, so please let us know if there is anything else that we can do to satisfy your needs! We will be open all of December and are happy to host private parties as well, including serving personalised menus. Please enquire for more information!
Please reserve your table in advance (a deposit of 15€/pp will be asked upon reserving).
See you there!
Address: Casa Arts, 13 Carril de las Alberquillas, 29711 Alcaucín
Reserve: + 32 484 66 84 99 or +34 603 69 50 91 FB Page


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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 DigameXtra sponsor and so my contact info is available everyday 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: King-size bedhead. Size 150cm x 125cm. 25€
Buyer to take away. Torrox.
WhatsApp Derek on 627476041


Recommendations & Requests


Tip from a Reader: UK ‘home fees’ for British students in Spain who wish to study in the UK. Until recently, the position of UK nationals living in Spain who wish to study in the UK has been uncertain. At one time, it had appeared that after Brexit, the children of UK nationals in Spain would have to pay overseas university fees which are far more expensive than the home fees and that there would be no access to UK student loans. The only way around this would have been for the prospective student to reside in the UK for 3 years in order to achieve the residence requirements.
Fortunately however, this has now all changed. On 11th August this year, the UK government advised that UK nationals living in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland would continue to be eligible for UK home fees and student grants for courses up to the end of 2027. The requisite conditions are (a) that the person was ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland on Dec 31st 2020, and (b) they have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland continuously since that date and for the three years before beginning the course in the UK.
Apparently, the latter condition does permit a gap year outside of Europe as long as that doesn’t constitute a permanent move out of the EEA. The above also covers those children who are not themselves UK nationals as long their parents meet the requisite conditions.
For more information, see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-in-the-eea-and-switzerland-access-to-higher-education-and-19-further-education
Also see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-finance-eligibility-2021-to-2022-academic-year updated on 21st December and which points to https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/946292/Eligibility_rules_for_home_fee_status_and_student_finance_for_2021_to_22.pdf on Page 6 of which the same regulations are stated.
John, Torrox Pueblo


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AstraZeneca vaccine not ready for quick European approval, watchdog official says: The European Medicines Authority (EMA) will most likely not be able to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by drug maker AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in January, the watchdog’s Deputy Executive Director Noel Wathion said. “They have not even filed an application with us yet,” Wathion said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad published on Tuesday. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-astrazeneca/astrazeneca-vaccine-not-ready-for-quick-european-approval-watchdog-official-says-idUSKBN2930XC


More than 350,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine arrive in Spain as mass immunization campaign begins: With a day of delay, the first 350,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Spain on Tuesday, as the mass immunization campaign got underway after a symbolic administration of the vaccine across all of the country’s regions on Sunday. The containers with the vaccine arrived by plane on Tuesday at airports in Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria, Valencia and Seville, from where they were distributed to the rest of the regions, according to a statement from the Health Ministry. The Spanish army will transport the vials that are to be allocated to the Canary and Balearic Islands, as well as Spain’s North African exclave cities of Ceuta and Melilla. Full article:


COVID drives Dutch death rate up to highest level since WWII: The number of deaths in the Netherlands increased at the highest rate since World War Two this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dutch national statistics office (CBS) said on Tuesday.
Up to last week, around 162,000 deaths were reported in the country of 17 million this year, 13,000 more than would have been expected in a regular year, the CBS said. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-netherlands-casual/covid-drives-dutch-death-rate-up-to-highest-level-since-wwii-idUSKBN2930OE


45% of those selected decline Algarrobo mass Covid screening: Forty-five per cent of those selected randomly to take part in mass screening in Algarrobo failed to turn up. And of the 263 people tested, two were positive for Covid. The screening was organised by the Ministry of Health and Family of the Junta de Andalucía to determine the extent of the virus in the municipality, which has had one of the highest incidences in the entire province of Malaga. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/29/45-of-those-selected-decline-algarrobo-mass-covid-screening/


Tony Rice, bluegrass flatpicking master, dies aged 69, guitarists pay tribute: Rice died on Christmas morning at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina. News of his death was shared via the International Bluegrass Music Association on social media.
“It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to one of the most iconic voices & musicians in bluegrass,” the statement reads.
“Few will ever match his skill & influence. Rest in Peace, Tony.”
Rice was renowned for his fluid, melodious flatpicking on his Martin D-28, which influenced scores of acoustic guitarists who followed, including the likes of Jason Isbell, Ricky Skaggs and Billy Strings.
“Tony Rice was the single most influential acoustic guitar player in the last 50 years,” Skaggs wrote on Facebook. “Many if not all of the bluegrass guitar players of today would say that they cut their teeth on Tony Rice’s music. He loved hearing the next generation players play his licks. I think that’s where he got most of his joy as a player.”
As well as releasing a number of albums under his own name, Rice was a prolific collaborator, whether as a member of the David Grisman Quintet, or playing with the likes of Jerry Garcia and Dolly Parton. Full article: https://www.guitarworld.com/news/tony-rice-bluegrass-flatpicking-master-dies-aged-69-guitarists-pay-tribute
Videos: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JFgC3Ub10E&feature=emb_logo]


Police seize 160 firearms and military explosives in Malaga raids:
During ‘Operation Nongreta’ officers seized a veritable arsenal with 160 firearms – including 121 hand guns, 22 assault rifles and eight submachine guns, as well as numerous ammunition, silencers and even a grenade with 1.5 kilogrammes of military-grade explosives.
Police say that the three arrested had been operating for three years, buying from abroad before modifying them in a secret workshop. PHOTO:GUARDIA CIVIL. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202012/29/british-arrested-police-seize-20201229120116.html


Spanish Pirate IPTV Site Operators Facing Six Years Prison, Six Million Euros in Damages: In 2015, authorities in Spain launched an investigation into pirate site Descargasmix.com and around 15 associated domains illegally providing copyright protected content. At the time, the sites were considered to be the most important platforms targeting Spanish-speaking audiences. Two men, alleged to be the sites’ operators will go on trial in 2021, with prosecutors demanding six-year prison sentences and damages in excess of six million euros. Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-site-operators-facing-six-years-prison-six-million-euros-in-damages-201229/


Another Spanish Pirate IPTV Bust: Police dismantled a criminal group dedicated to the illegal broadcasting of audiovisual content throughout Spain via the IPTV system. Eight people were arrested for their alleged involvement with the organisation that managed the administration and illegal distribution of the signal to at least 15,000 users throughout Spain. They did so through groups on social networks which have since been closed. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/29/eight-arrested-for-illegal-broadcasting/


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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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