DigameXtra No. 1894 Wednesday, March 10th, 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 for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page.  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

What’s On

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La Fusion Bar & Restaurant: Live music Friday March 12, 2pm
Live show by Juan Luis Pascual
Carretera el penoncillo 41, 29770 Torrox  FB Page


Festival Of Legends: Saturday, April 3, 19.00
Las Lagunas Theatre (C / Albero 16, Mijas 29651).
Tributes to Tina Turner & Eurythmics
€15 early entry / 20 at box office.
We recommend you to buy tickets in advance to avoid queues at the box office
You can book your ticket by calling 633 260 647
Or see more info and buy tix here:


Weekly Crochet /Knitting Group
Calling All Members and anybody who would like to join us.
We started our meetings last week and continue this
Thursday 11th March from 10/10.30 am until 1ish.
But please NOTE we are now meeting in Caleta de Velez at La Fuente.
Do you Crochet? Would you like to learn? Do you fancy having coffee and chatting one morning whilst working?
We are a multilingual group of ladies that are meeting every week in Algarrobo Costa on Thursdays.
The group is well over 6/7 years old and would love new members to come along and join us. And if you really don’t fancy Crochet but like to Knit, well come along with that instead.
We will teach you either craft if you wish.
Hope to see you there.
Need more information?
Email Polly – madpip at hotmail dot co dot uk


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.
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


People Group Spain: Multiservice
At People Group Spain we offer administrative and interpretation services to ease your day to day life in Spain. Whether you need us to assist with residency applications, property management, translations or insurance, we will always be here to help.
You can find us at Calle Diputación 9, Nerja 29780
Email us at admin@peoplegroupspain
Or call us on 615 763 349.


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion using Vetiver
From Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Our Nursery is open by appointment depending on the current travel restrictions. Please email or call first. We have Moringa seedlings, Organic Moringa powder and Comfrey plants. We also have some local trees and some exotic trees from Africa.
Vetiver is a rapid growing and non-invasive sterile clump grass with a height of 1-2 metres and a root system of 3-4 metres in depth. We have been providing Vetiver throughout the EU for almost 10 years now. We are located in Sayalonga where we can plant year round but our best results by far start in February. The reason is that Vetiver is indigenous to India and Vetiver loves the heat of the summer. Use Vetiver cuttings as mulch around all of your fruit trees. Decomposing Vetiver improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away all while helping to maintain soil moisture.
Vetiver is a nutritious and replenishable animal fodder. Horses and pigs love it. We use it in our chicken pens replacing hay because it stops mites.
In the 2 photos below you will see land prepared for Vetiver and the results 2 years later.
We also use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive ornamental hedge.
Here is a link to a short video showing the results.
We suggest planting now, as this is the BEST time of the year to plant.
To see more images of Vetiver go to this link.
Presently we have some specials, which include free shipping to numerous locations.
For more information please contact us.
Please visit us or visit our website:
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone: (34) 692 288 657



Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Pair of bedside units with marble top yute & grey waxed with new handles Measurements W54 x D30 x H65cms Price 90€ (the pair)
-Lovely upcycled bedroom set. Chest of drawers with mirror with two small drawers and matching bedside unit -Measurements chest and drawers Width 95cms Depth 42cms Height 85cms Mirror Width 86cms Height 90cms bedside unit Width 52cms Depth 32cms Height 61cms. Price 160€
-Stunning tall boy stripped back to natural with stain and chalk paint with wrought iron handles. Measurements Width 60cms Depth 45cms Height 130cms Price 120€
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com
contact Jackie/ Nerja 672170429


For Sale: Renault Clio 1.2, 2011 71,000kms good condition but few scrapes, just been serviced and passed itv. All papers in order, price includes me paying transfer 3,300euro ono, located in Torrox Tel no 664136624 Cathy (can use watsapp)
More pics on request.


For Sale: Electric radiator. Brand: DeLonghi (6 marks).
Price €35. Marco, Torrox Costa. Tel. 676933241


For Sale: Pair of matching retro single tier and two tier cake stands in the White Blossom pattern from the Portuguese Porcelana Excel factory. Excellent condition. Single tier stand has a 27cm plate – 12 euro. Two tier stand has 27cm and 19cm plates – 18 euro. Both stands can be dismantled for easy storage. Photos emailed on request. Buyers to collect from Torrox Costa.
Brenda tel/whatsapp 711003687 or
Email: brendaleetorrox@gmail.com


News & Articles

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Masks & Curfews- No End In Sight with Vaccines in Short Supply: The Junta will not ease Covid restrictions until mass vaccination begins in Andalucía. Considering that Andalucia has only gotten jabs to half the over 80s so far, and that the regional government has acknowledged that the vaccination of the over 80s has stalled due to the lack of doses, it is not clear how there will be any relaxation of restrictions by summer. The only restriction that may be lifted in the near future is inter- provincial travel, and even that is doubtful. Andalucía regional government officials have said they are not in favour of easing containment restrictions until mass vaccination of the population starts.
The Junta’s spokesperson, Elías Bendodo, said he regretted that there has been a halt in the vaccination of those over 80s since doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – which are those recommended for this age group – are not arriving in the region.
The Andalusia region is nearing a million people with the first dose of the vaccine: 934,708 which is 7% of its 8.4 million residents. Meanwhile, 255,876 people (2.95%) have had the two doses needed for the full protection offered by the Covid-19 vaccines being used. After the process was completed in the region’s 655 care homes, the regional government is now finishing the process of vaccinating healthcare professionals, with 83% having received both doses. The 400,000 in the 80-and-over population are now in the process of receiving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Half have received the first dose, and 6% both doses, according to data from March 5. The regional government is also vaccinating the disabled in their homes as well as grade-three disabled people who cannot travel to vaccination sites.
References: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/09/junta-will-ease-covid-20210309094418.html


Salud “hopes” to start the vaccination of Andalusians between 75 and 80 years old in mid-April: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Ministry of Health and Families hopes to start vaccinating Andalusians between 75 and 80 years old in the second half of April and complete immunization of those over 80 years of age by the third week of next month. Everything will depend on “fulfilling” the commitment of the Ministry of Health to send 200,000 weekly vaccines from the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories indicated for this age group. This weekly shipment is needed so that we can “finish giving at least the first vaccine” to half of those over 80 years of age who still have to get the first injection, explained the Health Minister, Jesús Aguirre.
-In the press conference after the Government Council in Andalusia, Aguirre has stated that in the inter-territorial council of Health that will be held this Wednesday, he will again ask the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, that the State send more doses to Andalusia in order to speed up the vaccination process. The goal is to reach 70% of vaccinated by the summer, as President Pedro Sánchez has promised.
-The counselor has indicated that last Friday he told the counselor that he had approved the plan to get half a million weekly vaccinations starting in April. “The minister told me to go preparing the 600,000 and 700,000 [plan] because many more vaccines will arrive .” As supply increases, they would start at the end of April with the following age groups. If an important volume arrives, being optimistic, at the end of April it could begin to puncture the doses to Andalusians who are in the age range of 70 to 75 years has indicated.
-“If I manage to have those who are over 60 vaccinated for the summer, I will not be as worried as right now,” stressed the regional health officer. Both Aguirre and the counselor of the Presidency and Government spokesman, Elías Bendodo , have highlighted that Andalusia is the community that has given the most vaccines, 93.2 percent of the doses received. Only 3% of the population has already injected the two doses necessary to complete the immunization cycle. “We need a lot more,” said Aguirre, who lamented that 5,000 fewer vaccines arrive this week.
*Stopped calls to those over 80 years of age*
-As for those over 80 years old, the Health Minister has again asked for patience as there will be a stoppage of calls for two weeks because more vaccines are only scheduled to arrive by the end of March and April. This week no one new over 80 years of age will be called ”and at the end of March or the beginning of April the first 24,000 new Andalusians will be called over this age of the remaining half.
-“We are pending to give 50% of the vaccines to people over 80 years old, those that arrive will be for the second dose of 80 years. Hence, I ask for patience because we have to wait for more vaccines to arrive by the end of March and April. This week no one new over 80 years of age will be called ”and at the end of March or the beginning of April the first 24,000 new Andalusians will be called over this age of the remaining half.
The counselor of the Presidency assured that reaching 70% vaccinated “will depend on the government being firm and complying with what has been signed.”
-The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía has insisted that he hopes that Health will authorize him to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to people between 55 and 65 years old because people of those ages have not been offered this as the provision of AstraZeneca vaccines from 55 years of age is not recommended, while doses of Pfizer or Moderna are not administered either because” it would be taking them away “from those over 80 years of age. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-salud-espera-iniciar-vacunacion-andaluces-entre-75-y-80-anos-mediados-abril-202103091451_noticia.html


Cancel Culture- Piers Morgan Quits ‘Good Morning Britain’ Hours After Storming Off Set: Broadcaster Piers Morgan has left Good Morning Britain, one of the U.K.’s most-watched breakfast shows, hours after he stormed off the show’s set while being confronted by a co-host over his disparaging coverage of Meghan Markle.
Morgan’s sudden departure comes after the U.K.’s broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, received more than 40,000 complaints about comments he made Monday regarding the Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The comments on Monday prompted calls from critics for ITV to fire Morgan, while leading U.K. mental health charity Mind said it was in talks with the network over his coverage. Photo:Twitter. Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2021/03/09/piers-morgan-quits-good-morning-britain-hours-after-storming-off-set/ 


Spain’s regions reach preliminary agreement to restrict travel over Easter week: In a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus, perimetral lockdowns of territories will be maintained, a curfew will be set between 10pm and 6am and all large events will be suspended. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-03-05/spains-regions-reach-preliminary-agreement-to-restrict-travel-over-easter-week.html


The Government extends to March 30 the restrictions on flights from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa: {Summary, from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Council of Ministers has agreed this Tuesday to extend the limitation of direct flights and passenger ships between the United Kingdom and Spanish airports and ports; and flights between the Republic of Brazil and the Republic of South Africa and Spanish airports.
-In the case of the United Kingdom, only flights or disembarkation of passenger ships to Spain that are occupied by Spanish or Andorran citizens , as well as residents in both countries, may be made. The measure will enter into force from 6:00 p.m. on February 16 (peninsular time) to 6:00 p.m. on March 30, 2021 (peninsular time) and establishes some exceptions to said limitations, and empowers the Ministry of Health to be able to lift the foreseen limitation, authorizing punctually aircraft flights or entry of ships for justified reasons.
-From the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of South Africa, only flights to Spain that are occupied by Spanish or Andorran citizens, as well as residents in both countries or passengers in international transit to a non-Schengen country with a stopover of less than 24 hours without leaving the transit area of the Spanish airport. The extension of restrictions on flights from Brazil and South Africa will take effect from 6:00 p.m. on March 16, 2021 (UK time) to 6:00 p.m. on March 30, 2021 (UK time).
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/sociedad/abci-gobierno-amplia-30-marzo-restricciones-vuelos-reino-unido-brasil-y-sudafrica-202103091611_noticia.html


Can You Trust the Cloud? – EU Banking Authority Hacked As Microsoft Exchange Attacks Continue- Statement Issued: While stating that a full investigation was underway, the EBA went on to add: “As the vulnerability is related to the EBA’s email servers, access to personal data through emails held on that servers may have been obtained by the attacker.”
Meanwhile, Mark Bower, a senior vice-president at comforte AG, said that “the capacity for attackers to extract sensitive data from emails, spreadsheets in mailboxes, insecure credentials in messages, as well as attached servers presents an advanced and persistent threat with multiple dimensions.” “Affected entities and their supply chain partners will see a persistent secondary impact as a result over a long period of time,” he said.
Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2021/03/09/eu-banking-authority-hacked-as-microsoft-exchange-attacks-continue/


Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing: Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. About 31 million Americans — or only about 9% of the U.S. population — have been fully vaccinated with a federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine so far, according to the CDC. Full article: https://hosted.ap.org/thetimes-tribune/article/b9775dcde0254037e012ea9447e49917/fully-vaccinated-people-can-gather-without-masks-cdc-says


9 Android Apps On Google Play Caught Distributing AlienBot Banker and MRAT Malware: The apps that were used for the campaign include Cake VPN, Pacific VPN, eVPN, BeatPlayer, QR/Barcode Scanner MAX, Music Player, tooltipnatorlibrary, and QRecorder. After the findings were reported to Google on January 28, the rogue apps were removed from the Play Store on February 9. If you have any of these apps installed on your Android devices uninstall them immediately. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/03/9-android-apps-on-google-play-caught.html


COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

OPTION 1:  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?


For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:


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

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

UK Coronavirus:


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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/
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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