DigameXtra No. 1840 Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2021

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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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Classical ballet: Free classical ballet show at the Torremolinos Prince of Asturias Municipal Auditorium from noon on Saturday January 16 with a capacity limited to 250 seats. For an invitation call 622 637 371.


Bio Beach Club 1st Anniversary Party: Sunday Jan 17th 2pm.
Music by Alan Clayton & No Worries.
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Seita & Friends: Sun 17 Jan at 15 (doors open at 14). Only 5€. Rain or Shine. Seita & Friends play live music in restaurant Kukko, Fuengirola. Songs of different kinds of weather: Who’ll stop the rain, It never rains in California, Purple rain, you are the sunshine of my life Stormy Monday. Which weather songs do you remember?
Table reservations +34 646 111 203. See you there with friends, good food and great music!
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Mogador Beach Club: Sunday Jan 17th, 3pm. Live music with “5 Minutes Memory”. Funk-Pop-Rock. Weather will be amazing so come down and enjoy a fabulous afternoon with live music by the sea. All musicians welcome! (Jam Session)
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Rental Wanted: I am looking for a cheap studio or 1 bed apartment, could be very small, cannot afford more than 200€ per month (long term). Oscar, Torrox, WhatsApp 605590011


Wanted: Land to house log cabin anywhere in Axarquia or close by. Electricity and water essential although prepared to install new supply if viable. Plot with existing residential property acceptable.
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Andalusia requests the Central Government to advance the curfew at nine at night: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 01/13/2021 20:07
-The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has transmitted today to the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, at the meeting of the Interterritorial Council between autonomous communities, to advance the time of the curfew by one hour, being able to be established at nine p.m.
-Aguirre has indicated that “we have transmitted our request to be able to advance the curfew as a containment measure against the pandemic as well as legal tools to carry it out, although at the moment they have not offered us such a possibility. The Minister of Health and Families has stressed that “measures like that are necessary because we are in a third wave that differs in its virulence from the first and second” and trusts that “the Ministry of Health will reconsider the refusal ” . As you will recall, the Ministry of Health authorized the regions a maximum of two hours to play with a delay or an early curfew, both at the beginning and at the end.
-The counselor, in addition, has asked the central government to reflect on the possibility of applying a home confinement in the face of the exponential increase in cases; that the be prioritized vaccination of people over 80 years of age in their own homes ; and that a framework strategy be worked on to take measures in all the Autonomous Communities in the most cohesive way possible.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-solicita-gobierno-central-adelantar-toque-queda-nueve-noche-202101131957_noticia.html


Andalusia may tighten restrictions this Friday due to the increase in coronavirus infections: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 01/13/2021 13:33
-The committee of experts that advises the Andalusian Government on the coronavirus pandemic will decide this Friday the 15th to “tighten” the current restrictions in the face of the “worrying” increase in infections and hospital admissions that is occurring in recent days in the community.
-This was announced this Wednesday, in statements to Canal Sur Radio, collected by Europa Press, the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, who has indicated that the data is “worrying”, with an exponential increase in the accumulated incidence for every 100,000 inhabitants, which yesterday stood at 314 cases. He added that there is also a significant increase in hospital admissions , which in the coming days may mean admissions to the ICU and deaths.
-He insisted that the entire Andalusian Government is very concerned about the evolution of the pandemic in Andalusia in recent days and added that, although we are “moderately well” compared to the rest of Spain , “that cannot be consolation.” And it is necessary to be correct in making decisions in the face of a foreseeable deterioration of the situation.
-In this sense, he said that this Friday the Advisory Committee on high-impact public health alerts will meet in Andalusia to decide “more restrictive measures” than those adopted last week, which will, affect in all probability, the “Mobility”.
*Changes in the measures against the coronavirus*
-After a Christmas in which the measures to contain the pandemic were relaxed – interprovincial and community mobility was opened, commerce was allowed to open normally and the hotel industry until ten thirty with some restrictions from six to eight-, last week control measures were reintroduced .
-Thus, as announced by the President of the Board, Juanma Moreno, interprovincial mobility and between municipalities is maintained right now -except in Campo de Gibraltar- but the community is closed to unjustified entries and exits. This is something that is expected to change this Friday. They have already warned on more than one occasion from the Andalusian Government that one of the first measures could be the perimeter closure of the provinces or, even, of the municipalities.
-This would mean, de facto, a return to the situation that prevailed in Andalusia until before Christmas. Then, it should be remembered, shops had to close at six in the afternoon, except for essential ones, and, in addition, it was not allowed, except for just cause, to leave the municipalities.
-Because in addition, the curfew, which was delayed at eleven o’clock during Christmas, is again at ten as before the holidays. This reinforces the idea that Andalusia is heading towards a situation similar to that which existed in the community at the beginning of December. The difference, the statements of the Andalusian Government seem to point out, seems to be in the trade, which could maintain longer hours for now than before Christmas. The hotel business has closed again at six in the afternoon – except for coffee shops and the like , which can open without serving alcohol until eight.
(In other sources I have seen it suggested that the curfew may be changed, to begin at 9pm rather than 10pm, and that travel between municipalities will again be prohibited . -Ed.)
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-endurece-este-viernes-restricciones-aumento-contagios-coronavirus-202101131003_noticia.html


Covid in Scotland- Tightening of lockdown rules announced: Covid restrictions around takeaway and click and collect services in Scotland are to tighten. Only shops selling essential items – such as clothing, footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books – will be allowed to offer click and collect. Collections must also be outdoors, with appointments staggered to avoid queuing. And takeaways can no longer allow customers indoors, and must instead operate from a hatch or doorway. They also include a ban on drinking alcohol outdoors in level four areas – which includes mainland Scotland and some islands – meaning takeaway pints cannot be consumed on the street or in places such as parks. Finally, the first minister said the wording of the stay at home law will be altered to “close an apparent loophole” by preventing people from leaving home for an essential purpose and then remaining outdoors for non-essential reasons.
Full article: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-55646778


Only 7 positives confirmed during mass testing in Velez-Malaga: 502 people were tested, around 50 per cent on those randomly selected by the Junta de Andalucia’s Ministry of Health.
Antonio Moreno Ferrer, mayor of the town with a population of 80,000, said that “we are experiencing difficult times” as the incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days rises to 418.9. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/13/only-7-positives-confirmed-during-mass-testing-in-velez-malaga/


Three days of strikes may be called for ITV vehicle testing stations in Andalucía: The UGT union in Andalucía has called for three days of strike action at all ITV vehicle testing stations stations in Andalucía on 25, 26 and 27 January if negotiations with the management company, Veiasa, fail.
“The problem of delays in appointments to take the ITV in Andalucía has not yet been resolved and the average delay time to inspect a vehicle is between two and five months in most stations,” said the union.
According to UGT the lack of personnel is the main reason for this delay, with a shortage of 450 workers across Andalucía.
The appointment delays at the regional government-owned but privately-operated test centres have considerably worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202101/13/three-days-strikes-called-20210113183345.html


British drivers in Europe to escape speed camera fines (and vice versa): The UK’s departure from the EU means British drivers snared by speed cameras on roads in Europe will no longer be sent fines. And those Britons, resident in the EU, who return to the UK in foreign registered cars will also avoid fines.
With such big sums of money at stake it’s no surprise some EU countries are intent on negotiating bilateral agreements with the UK to ensure contact details are shared in future.
British drivers who are pulled over by local police in the EU for speeding or other offences will still have to pay their fines, however.
Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210113/british-drivers-in-europe-to-escape-speed-camera-fines-for-now


How to apply for a discount on your Spanish electricity bill: People and businesses who are struggling to make ends meet in Spain can apply for a discount of up to 50 percent on their electricity bills. Here’s who can apply and how the process works. Full article:


Report on the new euros 1.000 Aid for SME and autonomous of the Junta de Andalucía due to the Covid-19 crisis by the Ayuntamiento de Torrox: These measures are aimed at maintaining the activity of the trade, craft, hospitality and travel agencies and will be processed immediately.
To qualify for the aid, it is established as requirements to have the status of SMP, domicile in Andalusia, develop the activity before 14 March, have activity and maintain it in effect on the day of the start of the deadline for filing applications for the help. Similarly, incentive-friendly small businesses should credit a drop in sales or Covid-19-motivated income of at least 20 % in 2020 over 2019 and demonstrate that were not in crisis as of December 31, 2019.
The beneficiary persons shall be required to maintain their situation high for at least four months from the day following the day after the deadline for filing applications begins.
Grants will be processed with a nimble administrative system that will enable beneficiary applications to be settled in two months so that first payments will be made in the first few months of the year.
The application can only be made telematically and the payment of 100 % of the aid to the beneficiary is fixed and the deadline for filing the applications will be 30 calendar days from the publication in the Official Gazette of the Board of Andaluc íaa (BOJA) of the extract from the call for aid. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/


Bugs Head for European Menus After Mealworms Get Green Light:
Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive, the European Union’s food watchdog said Wednesday, ruling on an application by French insect farmer EAP Group SAS – Micronutris, now known as Agronutris.
The European Food Safety Authority’s opinion is a first step before officials consider whether to approve sales of snacks, protein bars, cookies and other foods containing the bugs as ingredients.
This is the first risk assessment of insects as novel food by Parma, Italy-based EFSA, which has another 14 pending applications for bugs — from crickets to grasshoppers. The watchdog also said allergic reactions to the mealworms are possible, so more research needs to be done.
Europe is at the forefront of the burgeoning insect-startup scene, identifying bugs as part of its sustainable food agenda. EU authorities have poured money into research and factories, and the bloc already allows fish, dogs and cats to eat insect meal. PHOTO:Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg
Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-13/bugs-are-safe-for-europeans-to-eat-as-nestle-cargill-tap-farms


Authorities Take Down World’s Largest Illegal Dark Web Marketplace: The illegal internet market specialized in the sales of drugs, counterfeit money, stolen or forged credit card information, anonymous SIM cards, and off-the-shelf malware.
At the time of closure, DarkMarket is believed to have had 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors, with over 320,000 transactions resulting in the transfer of more than 4,650 bitcoin and 12,800 monero, a sum total of €140 million ($170 million). Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/01/authorities-take-down-worlds-largest.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
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Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
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Nerja: 952 521 545
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Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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