DigameXtra No. 1874 Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.


WARNING- This Covid restriction map site may not be updated in a timely fashion.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?


Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/


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.


La Casita Griega Restaurante- Torrox Costa: We are closed from this week until 17 March for reforms- new windows, paints, new ceiling. Sorry for any inconvenience. Tel 642585049


NEW BAR- The Old Dutch Sports Bar, Rio Lounge: This Wednesday February 17 will be our first official opening day with the Old Dutch Sportsbar in Caleta de Vélez, Avenida de Andalucia 113.
Free champagne from us to toast and also our “typical Dutch” snacks to try for free.
You will receive a 50% discount on all your own orders (only drinks)!
So come to Caleta next Wednesday and get to know our Sportsbar. Would you rather make a reservation due to the Corona rules, call or whatsapp with us: 661419974
Our regular opening hours during the restrictive COVID rules will be:
Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday from 11 am-6pm
Avenida de Andalucía, 113 29751 Caleta de Velez
+34 661 41 99 74  FB Page


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.
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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!
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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.
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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: Complete collection of Agatha Christie Novels. Hard back red leather bound. Gold tooling, 200 euro’s o.n.o.
Stuart/ Algarrobo Pueblo
Email: stuartburnett53 AT gmail DOT com


For Sale, 2 items: Two gas heaters. One small €30. One full size €45
Can deliver locally. Lake Viñuela
Jean Kingsley Monks.
0044 07507250546 ; J.kingsleymonks@btinternet.com


For Sale: 32 acroprops for sale as a complete lot 120 euros. Location Frigiliana. Can deliver for fuel costs.
Martyn, Tel. 610626196


For Sale: 2 x La Casa Bella pine quality Chest of Drawers.
Traditional Spanish style. 4 drawers 130 x 92 x 4 Solid wood. Very good quality and condition. Available at La Casa Bella for €275 each. Selling €100 each. More pics on request.
Los Romanes. Call Amanda on 0044 7889 666901 whatsapp
loebenstein at yahoo dot co dot uk


Recommendations & Requests


Recomendation: I was extremely pleased with the services provided by Archgrove Services (a DigameXtra sponsor, see contact info in the Sponsor’s Section of every issue) for a local move of some household furnishings and personal items.
Lea arrived at the appointed time in a large van which was clean and spacious. He worked the whole time with enthusiasm and good speed, lifting and stowing all of the items in a secure and careful manner. Everything arrived to it’s new destination intact.
I had no hesitation to call upon Lea a week later for a second load.
Highly recommend Archgrove Services for your moving needs.
Ellen, ellen.amos@hotmail.com, now in Sayalonga


News & Articles

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Andalusia accelerates its descent from the wave and has less than a thousand coronavirus infections: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The curve of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is steeply descending. So much so that this Tuesday the community has added less than a thousand infections, a figure that has not been seen for two months. We have to go back to the end of December last year to see such a low number of new cases. Thus, Andalusia has added 972 infections this Tuesday.
-Malaga is the province with the most confirmed cases this day with 266, followed by Seville with 215, Cadiz with 174, Almeria with 131, Cordoba with 66, Granada with 61, Jaen with 33 and Huelva with 26.
-In addition, the cumulative incidence rate in Andalusia has fallen this Monday to 451.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days when a week ago it exceeded 700 points and two weeks ago it was close to a thousand.
-As a result of this reduction in the number of cases that the community has been experiencing for a couple of weeks now, the health pressure is also dropping. So much so that this Tuesday, a day that always means a small increase in the number of patients admitted, there has been a decrease. It is minimal – there are 9 fewer coronavirus patients in Andalusian hospitals – but it is a measure of the speed with which the number of hospital admissions is falling.
-Thus, in total there are 3,388 people hospitalized in the community for coronavirus, 664 of them in the ICU, where the number of patients has also fallen by six.
More than 100 deaths
-Where there is no improvement for now – and it may take days yet to turn green – is in the number of deaths, which is once again above one hundred per day. On Tuesday, 113 deaths were recorded after a weekend in which no more than 40 per day were recorded. This is not surprising.
-Sundays and Mondays tend to reflect fewer fatalities due to a disorganisation in the reporting of fatalities. These figures are usually corrected from Tuesday onwards, when the evolution of the curve of fatalities is shown.
-On this day, Cadiz is once again the province with the most deaths with 22, followed by Almeria with 20, Seville and Malaga with 19 each, Granada with 16, Jaen with seven, and Cordoba and Huelva with five each. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-acelera-bajada-y-suma-menos-contagios-coronavirus-202102161229_noticia.html


Bars and shops will continue to close at six o’clock due to the coronavirus crisis in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-Bars, restaurants and shops will continue to close at six o’clock in the evening in Andalusia due to the coronavirus crisis. This was indicated by the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, in his appearance after the Governing Council held on Tuesday.
-Thus, “in the short term there are no plans to extend working hours in the hotel and catering or commerce sectors”, said Aguirre, who pointed out that an extension of working hours for these sectors will only take place when the downward trend of the pandemic is “clear and established”.
-For the health minister, it is essential to be able to guarantee that “there is no rise or anything that could lead to a fourth wave” of the pandemic before considering reopening bars in the afternoon in Andalusia.
-“We work in a serious way with parameters that give you more or less opening per incidence. And we are talking about parameters of more or less 500 or 1000 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants”, Aguirre recalled, who took the opportunity to thank the hotel and catering industry and commerce for their “effort” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-bares-y-restaurantes-seguiran-cerrando-seis-crisis-coronavirus-andalucia-202102161413_noticia.html


Bendodo- “Now some communist gentlemen come to tell us that ham and oil are harmful to health”:  {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Andalusian government is rebelling against the nutritional traffic light that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs intends to introduce to warn us whether or not a food is harmful to our health. Two of Andalusia’s most exported products, olive oil and Iberian ham, get a C and an E, in orange and red, and would form part of the group of foods classified as “occasional consumption” and “not recommended”, respectively.
-The Junta de Andalucía does not like this classification, which it considers an “attack” on two emblematic products of the region’s agriculture, livestock and gastronomy. “Now come these communist gentlemen and tell us that even ham and oil are harmful,” complained the government spokesman, Elías Bendodo, referring to Alberto Garzón, the Minister for Consumer Affairs.
-The Minister of the Presidency has assured that these sectors “provide many thousands of jobs in our land” and has called for an end to the attacks on the Andalusian countryside.
-“This, that olive oil and ham can be harmful to health can be suggested by the same minister who said that tourism was precarious and seasonal”, stressed Bendodo.
-Faced with criticism from olive oil producers, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs announced that it would remove the liquid gold from the Nutriscore traffic light. “Under no circumstances is the olive oil sector going to be forced to use a label that goes against scientific evidence,” said Alberto Garzón, the Minister for Consumer Affairs on Canal Sur Televisión.
-The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has informed the Governing Council of the request to the Spanish Government for a singular and specific treatment on the Nutriscore scale for olive oil and other products, such as those derived from Iberian pork, due to their proven health value.
-The Junta de Andalucía considers necessary a revision of the system used by Nutriscore for the categorisation of some foods such as olive oil, which should have a recognition of the highest level of nutritional quality on this scale (‘A’ dark green) and yet is included in the intermediate level (‘C’ yellow). This disparity in categorisation is due to the fact that the algorithm used by Nutriscore currently considers the calorie content of foods as the main parameter, without taking into account the scientifically proven benefits of, for example, the consumption of olive oil.
-In a similar situation are products derived from the Iberian pig, whose qualification also deserves specific treatment as they are products with healthy properties that have not been taken into consideration in the process of assigning scores in this nutritional information tool.
-Agriculture’s request, which is also supported by the Regional Ministry of Health and Families, is in response to the fact that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is currently processing the draft Royal Decree implementing the Nutriscore scale in Spain. Its aim is to provide consumers with clear information on the nutritional quality of foods so that they can choose the healthiest option. To this end, it is proposed to include on the front of food packaging the corresponding Nutriscore scale logo, which consists of five colours (from dark green to dark orange) associated with five letters (from ‘A’ to ‘E’).
-This simplified method of product identification is based on the presence of certain nutrients per 100 grams of food. Among the less nutritionally favourable components, Nutriscore considers calories, sugars, saturated fatty acids and sodium. Among the nutrients considered more favourable are, for example, protein, dietary fibre or the percentage of fruit, vegetables, pulses and nuts. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-bendodo-ahora-vienen-unos-senores-comunistas-decirnos-jamon-y-aceite-perjudican-salud-202102161457_noticia.html


Vax Info For Over 80s in Torrox: The Covid-19 vaccination of those over 80 years of age began today (Tuesday).
From the Sanitary District they will be calling and citing each of our Elders. There is no need to call for an appointment.
It is important to go at the indicated time so as not to miss any dose. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/posts/1656672744506807


Pirate TV Streaming App Mobdro Disappears, Users in Mourning: It is not uncommon for piracy-based sites and services to disappear offline for a while. Problems with sources, hosting and domain names can all cause issues. Indeed, over the years Mobdro has hopped to additional domains too, from Mobdro.com and Mobdro.sc, to Mobdro.bz more recently.
This instability can cause problems for people looking to download the app but issues with the underlying streams are more immediately noticeable to users. Cries that Mobdro is no longer working are abundant on Twitter but to date there has been no official announcement from the developer behind the streaming tool. Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-tv-streaming-app-mobdro-disappears-users-in-mourning-210215/


Forty-five new speed cameras for Spain’s roads: Spanish Traffic Department plans to install 45 new speed cameras in the coming months. This will bring the total to more than 1,400 speed traps in Spain to control speeding and fine drivers who go over the speed limit. The government has said that the process has already begun and that the speed cameras will mainly be section radars which could be operational before the end of the year. The Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) says there are currently 1,392 radars on the roads, of which 764 are fixed, 548 are mobile, and 80 are sectional, which means that they monitor the time it takes a vehicle to get between one point and another. The Traffic Department has been collecting more than €1 million per day since 2008 in fines for drivers who violate traffic regulations. Photo:Shutterstock. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/16/forty-five-new-speed-cameras-planned-for-spains-roads/


34 Fines for Granada Residents Coming to Motril: Police set up control points near Playa Granada and Playa del Poniente, with 27 of the fines given for infringing movement restrictions. According to Motril’s Councillor for Citizen Safety, three fines were given for being out after curfew without a valid reason.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/16/34-fines-for-granada-residents-coming-to-motril/


Tennis News- Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Alexander Zverev to reach 39th Grand Slam Semi Final.
Australian Open. Novak Djokovic showed exemplary determination and strength to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 on Tuesday to make the semi final. Photo:AFP. Source: https://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/australian-open-novak-djokovic-defeats-alexander-zverev-to-reach-39th-grand-slam-semi-final-2371925


COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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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