DigameXtra No. 1838 Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 2021

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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).

For the new official Covid restrictions effective 00:01 Monday, Jan. 11th, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Saturday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2021/01/09/digamextra-no-1835-saturday-jan-9th-2021/


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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.

Bands & Acts: Please submit your gig promos, don’t rely on venues to do all your publicity! Many venues and bookers mistakenly think a quick Fakebook post is sufficient to promote a gig, and evidently placing posters out in the streets is a fading tradition, so you are missing out on many potential attendees. Most of those FB posts only have a few likes so obviously are not reaching many people. DigameXtra sends out over 4100 email issues everyday to subscribers, and the website gets another 800 visits per day. That is way better exposure than you are getting in FB posts!!!


Bonanza Bar- Benalmadena: Sunday Jam session Jan 17th with Wyane Micheals + Roast Dinner. Opens at noon, music 1-2pm. Reservations required 612 234 772
Bonanza Bar have created a new concept on Sunday afternoons and we are very excited to share it with you guys!
Traditional English Sunday roast incl. Live entertainment followed by Jam sessions all day.
For only 9,95€ – Great value! It is highly recommended to book your place. Please note bookings can only be made for food reservations.
This is how you can join the jam sessions:
Sign yourself up – if you are an up-and-coming talent or musician with experience or tag a friend or family member who you think has incredible talent and deserves a spot on stage.
More details/ information for jammers :
Free entrance – free sign up
By WhatsApp or email or PM on fb
(Bring your own regruitments please )
Sunday Jamm Sessions 2pm – 6pm
10 musicians have already signed up!
Even if you don’t have a musical talent but still want to come and enjoy the food, drinks and “Jamm” to the music then book front row seats now! You won’t be disappointed!
Wayne Michaels will kick off the first Sunday afternoon from 1pm till 2pm make sure you book your place now! FB Page


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: New unused and boxed Wolf Power Washer. 3500psi. 240 Bar. 7 HP.Petrol. Driven jet power. See Photograph. 200 euros.
Contact Kevin. Canillas de Albaida.
Phone 634328089
Email kevin.greensmith@gmail.com


Wanted: Long Term Rental. Looking for a one bed, ground or lower floor furnished apartment for long term rental in the centre of Torrox Costa. Single, elderly lady with two house-trained older cats.
Preferably all inclusive of WiFi and electricity. Maximum rental €450 per month. Angie, Torrox
Email: angie j rogers @ gmail . com (no spaces)


Recommendations & Requests


COVID -19 tests: The article re requests for COVID tests in the area asked for referrals.
The number 1 mentioned in Algarrobo Costa is a small clinic about 3 doors up from the Chinese Restaurant. Gave very good service, the tests cost 50 euros. You have to call and make an appointment. Tests take 15 mins from start to finish. If further consultations are required they are 50 euros.
Polly, Calaeta deVelez, madpip AT hotmail D0T co d0t uk


Plastic Waste Disposal- Torrox: We remind all farmers that City Council empowered an area for plastic waste collection a few months ago. This plot is located next to the Torrox River debugger, entrance to Torrox Park.
We remember that it is completely prohibited to throw them elsewhere. We ask for the citizenship collaboration to ensure compliance with this rule. FB Page


La Junta de Andalucía grant programs:
1.- Housing Rehabilitation.
2.- Building Rehabilitation.
3.- Basic Housing Functional Appropriation.
To improve accessibility and energy efficiency to fill shortcomings by favoring people with scarce resources, elderly or disabled people.
Contact +34 955 03 55 00
Full info (Spanish) at https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/


News & Articles

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Deal between Spain and UK plans to eliminate Gibraltar border checkpoint: The document describing this framework agreement, which EL PAÍS has seen, contemplates demolishing any “physical barrier” between the British Overseas Territory and La Línea in Cádiz.
The “Proposed framework for a future EU-UK legal instrument setting out Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU” also talks about implementing a double-key system (controlled by both Gibraltarian and Spanish officers) for entry through the port and airport of Gibraltar, which would in effect be joining the Schengen area, a European free-travel zone made up of 26 countries (22 from the EU, plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein). As a part of this zone, the international boundary would no longer be at La Verja, but at Gibraltar’s port and airport. The UK is not a part of Schengen. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2021-01-11/deal-between-spain-and-uk-plans-to-eliminate-gibraltar-border-checkpoint.html


Alcaucin Council has suspended all cultural and sports activities: It is also recommending voluntary confinement in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus after a confirmed positive case on Friday, January 8. The measures took effect from Monday, January 11 to Sunday, January 17. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/11/news-in-brief-in-axarquia/


Andalucia Road Closures, Truck Restrictions & Chain Requirements: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated 01/11/2021 11:54
-Up to nine highways present on the morning of this Monday, January 11, cut their circulation in the Andalusian autonomous community as a result of the storm, which forces the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) to keep the black level activated on them, which means that they are impassable, while in another five the use of chains or winter tires -red level- is mandatory, and in another nine the circulation of trucks and articulated vehicles is prohibited.
-Specifically, at the black level – that is, the road is impassable – there are two roads in the province of Almería, one in Cádiz, another five in Granada and one in Seville, according to information from the DGT consulted by Europe Press with updated data at 9.00 am this Monday.
-The impassable roads in the province of Almería are the A-5405 and the A-5406. In the first case, traffic in both directions is cut off between kilometer points 19 and 28, near Las Tres Villas, due to snowfall, and in the second -on the A-5406-, between kilometers 0 and 5 in both ways, as it passes through the municipality of Serón as a result of the ice.
-In the province of Cádiz, the CA-9104 is impassable between kilometer points 0 and 13.3 in both directions, at the height of Grazalema , due to snowfall, while in the province of Seville the same occurs on the SE-179, between kilometers 0 and 43.75 in both directions, in the municipality of Cazalla de la Sierra as a result of the snowfall.
-In the province of Granada there are five roads with impassable sections, all of them attached to the provincial road service of the Junta de Andalucía.
-It is, specifically, the A-317 in both directions at the height of La Puebla de Don Fadrique , between kilometers 59 and 90; the A-337 between kilometers 11 and 36 as it passes through La Calahorra in both directions; the A-395 in both directions between kilometers 32 and 39 at the height of Monachil ; the A-4301 from kilometer 0 in an increasing direction of traffic, and the A-4302 in both directions between kilometers 0 and 4.1, in both cases as it passes through Huéscar. In all cases, it is the snow that motivates these cuts.
-With the red level activated -which implies that the circulation of trucks, articulated vehicles and buses is prohibited, as well as that the use of chains or winter tires is mandatory- there are three roads in the province of Almería, which are the AL-3404 -between kilometers 13 and 23 in both directions at the height of Ohanes through snowfall-, the AL-4404 between kilometers 20 and 28 in both directions as it passes through Gérgal, through the ice, and the AL-5402 between the points kilometers 9 and 28 in increasing direction of traffic at the height of Bayárcal due to snowfall.
-In the province of Granada, the A-317 between kilometers 91 and 113 in both directions at the height of La Puebla de Don Fadrique is found in this situation; and the A-338 between kilometers 22 and 45.3 in both directions at La Calahorra, in both cases due to snowfall.
-Yellow level. Finally, the DGT keeps the yellow level activated on nine roads in the community, which implies that is the circulation of trucks and articulated vehicles prohibited.
-In the province of Almería, the A-1178 is in this situation – between kilometer points 32 and 16 in both directions in the mountain pass Las Menas by ice-; the AL-3102 in both directions between kilometer points 18 and 42 in Velefique due to snowfall; the AL-5407 between kilometers 0 and 8 in both directions in Bacares by ice; the AL-9100 between kilometers 0 and 5 in both directions at the height of Vélez-Blanco; the AL-9101 between kilometer points 0 and 15 in both directions as it passes through María, and the A-9102 between kilometers 0 and 15 in both directions at the height of Vélez-Blanco, in all these cases, by ice.
-Finally, in the province of Granada, the roads with a yellow level in some of its sections are the A-4128 between kilometers 0 and 5 in both directions at the height of Cástaras; the A-4130 between points 11 and 27 at Torvizcón in both directions, and the A-4132 between kilometers 25 and 41 as it passes through Órgiva in both directions, in all cases due to snowfall. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-temporal-filomena-cortes-circulacion-nueve-carreteras-andaluzas-y-obligatorio-cadenas-otras-cinco-202101111121_noticia.html


Snow and ice disrupt lives, vaccine rollout in Spain: The Spanish capital of Madrid was still trying to get back on its feet Monday after a 50-year record snowfall that paralysed large parts of central Spain and hampered the delivery of coronavirus vaccines.
The blizzard dumped over 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow in some areas and a cold front was turning mounds of fluffy white into sheets of ice and crusted drifts. At least 700 roads were still not clear enough, half of them unfit for driving without chains.
Temperatures were expected to drop to minus 11 degrees Celsius (12 degrees Fahrenheit) in a large swathe of the country later Monday, according to the national AEMET weather agency, prompting authorities to urge people to exercise caution. Full article:


WhatsApp Scam Alert- A scam impersonates WhatsApp support to steal verification keys: {This is an edited version, not the full article, translated from https://www.laprovincia.es}
A new scam that has been distributed by the WhatsApp messaging application pretends to be the technical service of the platform to obtain the verification keys of the users, informing of an alleged illegitimate login.
In the fraudulent message, cybercriminals try to deceive the user by stating that “a WhatsApp account has recently been registered with his number.” “We cannot determine if the login is legitimate,” they add.
Under this pretext and threatening a supposed “indefinite suspension”, the scammers seek to obtain the six-digit verification codes of WhatsApp that are sent by SMS to identify users.
WhatsApp never writes to users on WhatsApp personally, and if it does (for global ads, but it is very rare) it always shows a green verification indicator visible, as WABetaInfo has recalled, something that was not present in this fraud.
Source, Spanish: https://www.laprovincia.es/vida-y-estilo/tecnologia/2020/05/28/estafa-pasar-soporte-whatsapp-robar-8202946.html


Fury at ‘pathetic nit-picking’ as Dutch police strip the ham out of lorry driver’s lunch and tell them ‘Welcome to Brexit’ in import crackdown:
Dutch police officers have sparked fury after office were filmed laughing at a British truck driver as the officials confiscated the man’s ham sandwiches in line with post-Brexit import rules.
‘Welcome to the Brexit, sir,’ one of the officers says mockingly in the video of the incident, as the driver pleads: ‘Can you take the meat and leave me the bread?’
Footage from Dutch TV showed the border officials confiscating sandwiches and other foodstuffs from drivers entering the Netherlands from the UK.
The EU does not allow for meat, meat products, milk or dairy products to be brought in from countries outside the union for ‘personal consumption’. Full article, with videos: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9134685/Dutch-police-officers-laugh-British-truck-driver-confiscate-ham-sandwiches.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

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

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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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