DigameXtra No. 1908 Wednesday, March 24th, 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/



Naythan publishes his 1000th issue, #1909, in just 2 days!
My how time flies.
To recognize this occasion, for the days leading up to that 1000th issue, DigameXtra is having a fund raising drive to help cover some recent equipment expenses.

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Daily Donations Tally – 19 Donations Totaling €410 So Far
Monday, March 15th = €30 (Competa)
Tuesday, March 16th = €15 (Torrox Campo)
Wednesday, March 17th = €50 (Rincon de la Victoria) + €15 (Caleta de Velez)
Thursday, March 18 = €10 (Competa) + €10 (Canillas de Aceituno?) + €20 (Cash) + €5 (Cash)
Friday, March 19th = €50 (Vinuela/Cash)
Saturday, March 20th = €25 (Torrox) + €25 (Competa)
Sunday, March 21st = €10 (Cajiz/Cash) + €15 (Caleta de Velez)
Monday, March 22nd = €10 (Torrox/Cash) + €15 (Torrox Park) + €20 (Mijas) + €15 (Motril)
Tuesday, March 23rd = €50 (Benajarafe/Cash) + €20 (R.H., no location provided)

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Steve Owen Live: At Lennon Sport Bar, Friday March 26th from 7pm. Booking advised, 646 26 85 37. Free enrty.
Avda España, 70 – Centro de Negocios Sitio de Calahonda 29649 Mijas
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The White Rose Fuengirola: 21 March Sunday from 2.30pm.
Live band- The Boliches Brothers + Lovely food
Come earlier for more fun and enjoy this beautiful Sunday in our lovely sunny terrace. Doors opening at 12.00
Fuengirola Port 29640. Tel +34 653 72 69 08  FB Page


Queen tribute (Queen of magic): Fri, Mar26, 19:00.
Bonanza Bar, Avenida Bonanza, Benalmadena 29630
Lovely customers and followers, it is still hard times and to provide you every week the best live show and bands we need your support, 3€ entry helps Bonanza bar to survive. Because of the amount of people allowed in the bar we can’t have a full capacity, limited seats available.
Reservation are now taken please reserve a seat so we know what to expect and also devoid disappointments Send a message to wats app number 612234772
kinds regards Bonanza team. FB Page


Nerja’s Cultural Centre will re-open for concerts:
-The Villa de Nerja Cultural Centre will re-open performances at its Cultural Centre on Saturday, March 27 at 8pm, with a concert by the group Los Canallas.
-Theatre group Teatres on April 10
-Unidentified musical group on April 24.
-Two flamenco performances are planned for May, with Fernando del Paso on the 8th and Cynthia Martin on the 22nd.
-In June, classical music will be the will take place with Alberto Bueno’s chamber group, on the 5th, and on the 19th the Spencer group.
C/. Carmen, 1 29780 Nerja (Málaga)
Phone number: (0034) 95 254 84 00
Note: the Center’s website has not been updated with this info, so call before to confirm.
Website: https://cultura.nerja.es/
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/23/nerja-re-opens-concerts-in-its-cultural-centre/


Weekly Crochet /Knitting Group
Calling All Members and anybody who would like to join us.
We meet this Thursday 25th March from 10/10.30 am until 1ish, in Caleta de Velez at La Fuente, and thanks to Sindy for welcoming us to her restaurant.
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 Caleta de Velez on Thursdays.
The group is well over 8 years old and would love new members to come along and join us. Working at your own speed and chatting making friends. 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


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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.
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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.
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Don’t let the language barrier be a problem!
At People Group Spain we offer interpreters who are fluent in English and Spanish to help you with your day to day needs. Whether you need us to accompany you to a meeting, help you with paperwork, or even just make a phone call on your behalf, we will always be here to help.
You can find us at Calle Diputación 9, Nerja or
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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



For Sale: A Doppler parasol, 2.80 m, colour anthracite. Virtually brand new as only used a very few times as it is too windy on our balcony. Bought last June for €158 from Jardine de Nerja, selling for €100 including a free stand. Contact Kate in Algarrobo Costa on 691949080, Whatsapp or
email: katehowe15 at hotmail.com


For Sale, 2 items:
-4 dark brown leather effect dining chairs. Have been repaired underneath but perfect on top. 50€ for all 4.
-Large dark brown leather pouffe/coffee table, 75cm x 75cm, very good condition. 40€
Joy 610955826 Torrox


News & Articles

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In Spain, just one in 12 businesses will benefit from coronavirus direct aid: The government has set restrictive criteria for accessing €7 billion in non-refundable payouts to compensate for the loss of revenue after a year of the pandemic.
An estimate made by EL PAÍS indicates that only around 180,000 businesses, out of 2.2 million, will be able to request a share of this aid, which is aimed at helping distressed companies cover fixed costs such as rent or supplies. The conditions for eligibility are restrictive: only 95 out of the 538 existing activities, following the Tax Agency’s classification, may file for the aid. The fact that the funds will first go through regional governments could mean that applicants will not see any money before the summer.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2021-03-23/in-spain-just-one-in-12-businesses-will-benefit-from-coronavirus-direct-aid.html


Juanma Moreno says no herd immunity until after the summer “at the earliest”: {Summary, translated from sevilla.abc.es}
The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, said Monday that we still have “critical months ahead” in the coronavirus pandemic and said that until after the summer, “at the earliest, it is likely that herd immunity will not be achieved”. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-juanma-moreno-retrasa-despues-verano-como-pronto-inmunidad-grupo-contra-coronavirus-andalucia-202103221458_noticia.html


US agency questions AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine trial data:
The drug firm may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data from US trial, says safety monitor.
Questions have been raised in the US by the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), which has suggested that AstraZeneca may have provided “outdated information” in its statement on Monday, which gave “an incomplete view” of the results. The concerns throw into question whether the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm can seek US emergency use authorisation for the vaccine in the coming weeks as planned. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/23/us-health-agency-astrazeneca-covid-vaccine-trial-data


Bad news for Andalusian tourism- travel ban on British tourists until July: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-In another setback for Andalusian tourism, Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, announced on Monday that the ban on travel outside the islands would be extended until July. The reason is the fear that the effects of the third wave of the coronavirus will also hit Britain harder. “It’s horrifying,” laments Miguel Sánchez, president of the Tourism Council of the Andalusian Business Confederation (CEA).
-It’s another check for businesses that are being battered by the pandemic. Employees in ERTE, closed businesses and a horizon that does not just open the doors to tourists. With this panorama, the hope was that, with the vaccination, there would be a return with the arrival of the heat, taking advantage of the holiday period in May. “Most of us were thinking of opening in the second half of May,” Sánchez told ABC, explaining that the extension of the ban in the largest outbound market has forced us to rethink our plans.
-According to CEA data, British tourism accounted for 34 percent of the volume of visitors to Andalusia before the pandemic. The recovery of these tourists is key for businesses to function properly, but the uncertainty has been going on for a year without any certainty. “It’s desperate,” says Sánchez.
-The British government’s plans are a new cold shower and are causing incomprehension among some of the hotel managers in Andalusia. “It’s very negative news and it’s not understandable from a health point of view, when nowadays to travel you have to have a negative PCR to enter and leave,” says Julián Cabanillas, director of the Marbella Club Hotel, which has opted for long-stay clients to maintain its position over the last year.
-These bans are not only affecting the Andalusian hotel sector, but are also hitting other sectors such as airlines. These companies have already decided not to release forecasts on the number of seats or destinations. “Many flights are cancelled,” they explain at Malaga Airport, where before the pandemic they already had numbers of seats for travel, but this year they see how the companies do not dare to reveal plans for fear that they will collapse.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/malaga/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-turismo-andaluz-nuevo-jaque-prohibicion-viajar-britanicos-hasta-julio-202103231818_noticia.html


New dates have been confirmed for the Vuelta a Andalucia 2021 cycling race: The Spanish race, which was supposed to take place from February 17 to 21 but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, will be held from May 18 to May 22.
The stages for the 2021 Vuelta a Andalucia will be as follows:
1st: Tuesday, May 18. Mijas (Malaga) – Zahara de la Sierra (Cadiz) – 151 kms
2nd: Wednesday, May 19. Iznajar (Cordoba) -Alcala la Real (Jaen) |
3rd: Thursday, May 20. Beas de Segura (Jaen) -Villarodrigo Alto de Onsares (Jaen) | 191.1 kms
4th: Friday, May 21. Baza (Granada) – Cullar Vega (Granada)
5th: Saturday May 22nd. Valle del Este Resort Vera (Almeria) – Geoda de Pulpi (Almeria) | 140.4 kms.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/22/new-dates-confirmed-for-vuelta-a-andalucia-starting-from-mijas/


Tennis News- Andy Murray forced to withdraw from Miami Open with ‘freak’ groin injury: Murray had been granted a wildcard into the tournament and was due to face Lloyd Harris in the first round, but after going to sleep on Friday night he awoke with a soreness in his left groin that he described as a “freak” injury. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/mar/23/andy-murray-forced-to-withdraw-from-miami-open-due-to-freak-groin-injury


Apple News- Lawsuit over Apple’s faulty MacBook butterfly keyboards gets class-action status in California: The butterfly keyboard design has been widely criticized by consumers since its launch in 2015. Customers have complained of having issues with the keys sticking together, the keyboard’s inability to work when pressing certain keys, discomfort when using the slim design, and overall issues with the keyboard’s ability to function properly. In 2020, Apple discontinued the butterfly keyboard design and announced that its Magic Keyboard would be available across Apple’s entire laptop lineup. Full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-butterfly-keyboards-class-action-lawsuit-2021-03


Chimps From Two Czech Zoos are Zooming Each Other Every Day: Chimpanzees at two Czech zoos are, like the rest of us, staying in contact via Zoom, as the zoo staff seek to give them some company and stimulation during the long hours of isolation. Chimp gang Dingo, Babeta, Bonnie, Suzi, Chispi and Mat at Safari Park Dvur Kralove have had their lives Zoom-displayed on giant screens in front of the simians at a Brno Zoo enclosure 90 miles away, and vice versa.
“At the beginning they approached the screen with defensive or threatening gestures,” said Gabriela Linhartova, one of the ape keepers at Dvur Kralove Zoo east of Prague.
“It has since moved into the mode of ‘I am in the movies’ or ‘I am watching TV’. When they see some tense situations, it gets them up off the couch, like us when we watch a live sport event,” she said.
While observing the others’ day-to-day lives, the chimps have taken to other human behaviors, such as shoveling things like peanuts into their mouths while they watch. Full article: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/czech-chimpanzees-zoom-call-each-other/

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?

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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

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Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
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Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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