DigameXtra No. 1878 Sunday, Feb. 21st, 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.


NEW UPDATES- Covid Restriction Maps

Axarquia (except Archez) Moves Down To Level 3 Grade 1 Restrictions, See News Section For Details.

This Covid restriction map site has just been updated.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version 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/


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Shaggy’s Bar- Fuengirola: Sunday 21 Feb.
With live music from the Fabulous SIOBHAN
Having such great Sunday Afternoons at Shaggys Bar, the sun is always shining on our terrace! So come and join us this Sunday. Doors open from 12pm, music from 1pm, so come early to get the best seats. We look forward to your visit.
Port of Fuengirola. Tel +34 676 19 45 37 FB Page 


Dempsey’s Irish Bar: Live music from Jai Northover
Sunday 21 Feb plus Sunday Lunch
Open 12 til 6, Sunday lunch from 1pm til 5pm.
Booking essential max 4x per table Tel-951234285
Local 2, Doña Lola, Calahonda 29649 Mijas  FB Page 


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Churches & Worship


EVANGELICAL CHURCH (services in English language)
Each Sunday at 11:00 am we meet for worship at the Christian meeting Hall in Calle Ros Alfe´rez 7. Torre Del Mar. (not far behind the Catholic Church) We are an Evangelical Church, bible believing Christian’s coming together for live worship, prayer, and sharing our faith. All who love Christ are welcome and all who want to know more about the Christian faith are equally welcome. The meetings are friendly, joyful, reverent and orderly. Our one united desire is to glorify God.
My name is Peter and below is my email address.
petcac @ gmail. com (no gaps)


Fellowship of Jesus Christ the King
Unfortunately we have taken the decision to close the church until further notice, we have taken this action to keep everyone safe.
God Bless you all
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja , 29780.
Email: fojctk@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FOJCTK
Prayer Requests: ftk.prayer.request@gmail.com


El Puente Christian Fellowship – Sunday Service
El Puente Christian Fellowship is a loving, multi-national, Bible believing community of Christ, who meet each Sunday at 11 am to worship The Lord. We enjoy a time of worship with contemporary songs and traditional hymns, and a message brought to us by one of the Elders or a visiting speaker.
The church meeting hall is situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria Puente Don Manuel, Cruce de Periana – 29713.
Full directions and further information can be found on our website www.evangelicalchurchelpuente.com


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Ikea Chair. White frame with light cream coloured cover in good condition. (photos attached) 35 euros. No Offers.
Kathleen, Torrox Park Area, more pics on request.
Email: km.hollington(at)btopenworld(dot)com
or whatsapp available 654 905 185


For Sale: Go go mobility, Elite Traveller Plus
Old, Working. €250 More pics on request.
Paul, Punta Lara, Nerja mob 657116231


News & Articles

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All of Axarquia, except Archez, Moves Down to Level 3:
Message from Ayuntamiento de Torrox
*Interest Info*
We meet at Level 3 Health Alert Grade 1.
In the picture you can see the general measures.
Note that bar consumption is not allowed, shop closures and non-essential hospitality is at 18 h and gatherings should be up to 4 people.
But check out all the information at https://www.mapacovid.es/detail/Torrox


Spain’s regions move to ease coronavirus restrictions despite high contagion rates: Several territories, such as Madrid, are relaxing measures, even though the incidence level nationwide remains above 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, considered to indicate a situation of “extreme risk”.
Since yesterday, the Madrid region has changed its curfew time from 10pm to 11pm, and is allowing bars and restaurants to stay open until the same time (until Thursday they had to close at 9pm). Castilla y León, for its part, will be lifting the perimetral lockdown of some of its provinces, while Aragón will be suspending the confinement of the cities of Zaragoza and Calatayud. The experts, meanwhile, are calling for caution with these deescalation measures and have warned about the spread of the more contagious strain of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-02-19/spains-regions-move-to-ease-coronavirus-restrictions-despite-high-contagion-rates.html


Gibraltar chief minister says that Covid-19 infection has been “effectively suppressed”: Gibraltar is easing more restrictions from Monday, as the R rate of the virus is now well below 0.5 and few new cases are being found through mass testing.
As a result, from Monday schools will reopen as planned and so will children’s parks. Masks will only be necessary in Main Street, in shops and internal public places, and sport may begin again as long as the maximum number of 12 people gathering is respected.
Bars and restaurants are scheduled to reopen from 1 March.
The existing curfew from 10pm to 6am will continue until at least 14 March.
*Warning about going to Spain*
Chief minister Fabian Picardo announced at this Friday’s press conference that the Covid-19 infection has been “effectively suppressed”, but warned that infection rates are still high in Andalucía and asked people from Gibraltar to be very careful if they go to Spain.
“Please do not bring Covid on yourself or your family or your friends by going out to look for it in Spain. If you go to Spain, be very cautious. Please be a little more patient. Please be a little more cautious before you think that life is entirely back to normal,” he said. Photo:AFP. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/202102/19/gibraltar-chief-minister-says-20210219194113.html


Ireland won’t consider re-opening hospitality before mid-summer says PM: “No consideration will be given to opening hospitality until mid-summer … the numbers of the virus are far too high,” Martin said in an Irish language interview with state broadcaster RTE. “Any easing of the restrictions has to be slow and cautious because of the threat from new variants of the disease,” he said.
Ireland on Friday also said it had registered its first cases of another COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil, but said the cluster had been contained. Photo:Clodagh Kilcoyne. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ireland/ireland-wont-consider-re-opening-hospitality-before-mid-summer-pm-idUSKBN2AK0O0


Another Tech Firm To Join Google In Malaga’s Andalusian Technology Park: Following the recent news that Google is creating a Centre of Excellence for Cybersecurity in Malaga city, another technology company, Dekra, has now announced that it plans to set up a Global Information Technologies Hub at its facility on the Andalusian Technology Park (PTA), with 100 professionals working on R+D. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/19/dekra-sets-global-andalusian-20210219102732-v.html


Strains test Spain’s leftist coalition government: In office for just over a year, Spain’s leftwing coalition grouping the Socialists and hard-left Podemos is showing signs of strain with constant bickering between the two camps.
The latest clash between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists and his junior partners was triggered by this week’s violent protests over the jailing of a rapper for controversial tweets with the demonstrations applauded by Podemos.
But in recent months the sparks have flown with greater frequency and over more issues, such as the Catalan regional elections on February 14th, said Anton Losada a political scientist at Santiago de Compostela University.
The main disagreements have been over social policy and immigration, portfolios held by the Socialists, with Podemos denouncing the treatment of thousands of migrants who have landed on Spain’s Canary Islands, for example.
The friction in the coalition stems from the fact that the Socialists, as the majority partner, believe they should have the monopoly on government action “while the smaller party feels constantly threatened and feels the need to claim its space,” said Losada.
The Socialists have 120 seats in Spain’s 350-seat parliament, while Podemos holds 35.
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca of the European Council on Foreign Relations said Podemos is “afraid of being rendered irrelevant” so it lashes out “viciously to maintain visibility and try and show there are two partners with the same strength”. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210219/strains-test-spains-leftist-coalition-government


Spain braces for fifth night of protests over rapper’s arrest: Authorities in Spain are braced for a fifth night of protests on Saturday over the imprisonment of a rap artist for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his music and on Twitter.
Organisers called for demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona, where protests on previous nights featured clashes with police, property damage and looting. Police in Catalonia have reported at least three mob attacks on police stations. Rioters smashed their way into bank offices in downtown Barcelona, burned trash containers and looted sporting goods stores on Friday night.
About 80 people have been arrested, including four on Friday night, and more than 100 people have been injured since the rapper, Pablo Hasél, was arrested on Tuesday in the north-east city of Lleida and taken away to begin serving a nine-month prison sentence.
Photo:Jerome Gilles/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/20/spain-braces-for-fifth-night-of-protests-over-rappers-arrest


Elon Musk’s Comments Cause Bitcoin Turmoil- Was It All A “Pump & Dump” Ploy?: Billionaire CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday the price of bitcoin and ethereum seemed high. This comes at a time when the cryptocurrencies have just hit record highs, and coming several weeks after his well publicized purchase of a billion dollars worth of Bitcoin, with bitcoin subsequently crossing the $1 trillion market-capitalization threshold. This has many anxious investors concerned that he will now grab his profits in a major sell-off, and move his money to some other exploitable financial instrument. Reference: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currency-musk/bitcoin-and-ethereum-prices-seem-high-says-musk-idUSKBN2AK0KF


Tennis News- Osaka rolls on to second Australian Open crown:
Naomi Osaka crushed Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-3 to secure her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her standing as the new queen of the women’s game.
Osaka’s one-sided win over the 22nd-seeded American in the final at Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese juggernaut her fourth major crown, with her career still budding at the age of 23. She joined Monica Seles and Roger Federer as winners in their first four Grand Slam finals, marking her out as the ultimate big match performer. Photo:Loren Elliott. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-ausopen/osaka-juggernaut-rolls-on-to-second-australian-open-crown-idUSKBN2AK0BZ


Norway Seeks To Decriminalise Recreational Drug Use: Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. The proposal comes with set thresholds for what should be considered a small amount for different illicit substances: two grams for cocaine, heroin or amphetamines, 10 grams for cannabis and 500 grams (17.6 oz) for khat. Full article: https://www.ibtimes.com/norway-seeks-decriminalise-recreational-drug-use-3148640


New Torrenueva Costa Campervan Tourism Area:  Mayor Placido Lara said the council had received the request to create the parking area on private land and that he believes the Environmental Department at the Junta de Andalucia is likely to allow it. Mr Lara said he believes the park may be ready for summer.
The news comes after police in Almuñecar were forced to break up an illegal camping site at Playa Barranco de Enmedio. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/20/new-campervan-tourism-area/


Ecologists Call Velez Malaga’s River ‘a Sewer’: Officials from the Axarquia Nature Studies Cabinet (GENA), said there has been a “failure to monitor and control discharges in the riverbed, contrasting with the campaigns to sanitise the streets of urban centres.” They said the result was “a sewer,” saying there had been, “a large discharge of sewage, certainly fecal in nature, judging by the smell they give off, on the bed of the Velez river, under the highway viaduct.” Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/20/velez-malaga-river-a-sewer/


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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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

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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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