DigameXtra No. 1915 Wednesday, March 31st, 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/

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Easter Holiday Info for Andalucia:
-April 1, La festividad del Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)
-April 2, El Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
-April 4, Easter Sunday
-April 5, Easter Monday, not an official Andalucia holiday. (While researching this I came across an interesting take on it. In small towns and villages, the brotherhoods who provide the procession floats for the Easter week parades (officially none this year due to Covid, but some small mountain villages may have a small procession anyway), they may take Easter Monday off as a holiday to disassemble and pack up the floats, and get some rest after a busy week. In the small villages where a large percentage of the working age population belong to these brotherhoods, this results in these brotherhood members keeping their businesses shut Easter Monday. Or they may open Monday evening only. Or Grandma and the children may be minding the shop for the day. Ain’t small village life grand! This explanation was provided to me by a Spanish friend from the Alpujarra who’s family belongs to one of these brotherhoods. -Ed.)


Upcoming shows- The Money Makers:
-Chiringuito Cacola, Thursday April 1 at 15:00, El Morche
-La Fábrica de Cerveza, Sat., April 3 at 15:30, Soho- Malaga.
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Music by Steve Altman: Thursday April 1st 4-8:30pm
Mogador Beach Club El Barco
Cart.el Peñoncillo 29793 Torrox Costa +34 951 55 10 79
Kicking off the Easter weekend playing Disco, Soul, Funk, and House classics hope to see some of you there. FB Page


La Scala, Marbella: Still the best deal in town! Saturday Brunch at beautiful La Scala, Marbella – Choose your cocktail on arrival – From Mojito, Porn Star Martini, Cosmopolitan and Bloody Mary. Then enjoy an amazing three course lunch with a free bottle of prosecco and the Swingin’ sounds of Sinatra, The Rat Pack and more – ALL FOR €29.00 Per Person! From 1pm. FB Page


Weekly Crochet-Knitting Group: Its Easter – Enjoy yourselves.
Please NOTE there will be a break from the group this week.
We meet again on Thursday 8th April as usual.
Need more information?
Email Polly: madpip at hotmail dot co dot uk


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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.
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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- Interpreters Available
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
contact us by phone on 615763349 or
by email at admin@peoplegroupspain.com


Services Offered: All Cleaning from regular to one off. €10 an hour. Houses checked/post collected. Terraces watered weeded and maintained. One visit a week from €10 a month. Current multiple key holder. Refs can be supplied. All areas of Torrox covered. For further details email Sara: saraprior@ymail.com


Wanted: General Handyman. Required a general handyman Periana area flexible hours one day per week. Phone Wendy, 691895884


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:
-Writing desk striped back to natural and stained in grey stain with grey chalk paint with new bronze handles
Measurements 103 x 55 x 76cms Price 95€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com


For Sale: Garmin Golf GPS watch. Not been used for some time and not used much at all. This Garmin Golf watch is in excellent condition and comes with all accessories as well as it’s box. Has all local courses and can get updates for courses not on it. Tom, Vinuela. €70
Contact 634 32 6795.


For Sale, 2 items:
-‘Granfort’ 2 seater Leather Sofa. White, very comfortable, good condition. 75 euros. 165cm w – 93cm d – 90cm h
Buyer collects.
-Coffee Table, white top, light wood legs, as new 55 euros
120cm w – 60cm d – 45cm h. Buyer collects.
Martin, Torre del Mar. Tel. 635 852 756
Email: Mac2286@gmail.com


For Sale: Sumobel Sofa Bed. 214 cm wide x 95 & 205 cm. extended. Hardly used, cost over 1000 Euros Sprung Mattress, very good condition, buyer must collect, Capistrano, Nerja. 30 Euros (For Charity) Contact Geoff. Email: geoff.hall20000@yahoo.co.uk


For Sale: Kitchen. Complete kitchen for sale incl. Granite counter tops & baseboards. Fagor oven. Extractor fan, wine racks and downlighting. Double sink with drain board. 347 X 306 X 225 (Hob not incl.) Buyer collects. Complete 200€
Send text msg.with queries to 606418600
Linda, Torrox


For Sale: Fire bricks. Approx. 70 clean fire bricks and 20 halves, not clean for €20.00. Collect from Algarrobo Costa. Phone Kate on 691949080 or email katehowe15@hotmail.com


News & Articles

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Spain’s vaccine have-nots…the 70-year-olds squeezed between younger and older target groups: People born between 1942 and 1956 may have to wait until mid-April or even later before receiving their first Covid-19 shots.
There is a chance that this age limit will be expanded at a Tuesday meeting of the Public Health Committee that’s advising the government on coronavirus matters. If not, 6.5 million people between the ages of 65 and 79 will have to keep waiting.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-03-30/spains-vaccine-have-nots-the-70-year-olds-squeezed-between-younger-and-older-target-groups.html


New law introduces stricter face mask rules in Spain: Social distancing will no longer be a determining factor for wearing a face mask in Spain. On Tuesday, the government published a law in the Official State Gazette (BOE) making masks mandatory in all public spaces regardless of the distance between people.
“People from the age of six and older have the obligation to wear masks […] on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public,” reads the BOE announcement published on Tuesday.
Until now, the coverings were only mandatory in public and outdoor spaces when it was not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 meters or more between people. These rules were part of a decree issued by the government in June 2020, when the state of alarm ended and a three-month lockdown was lifted.
On Tuesday afternoon the government updated its information website to reflect the fact that masks are now to be used “always” in the settings mentioned in the BOE, instead of just when there is no safety distance. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-03-30/new-law-introduces-stricter-face-mask-rules-in-spain.html


Mandatory mask for sunbathing on the beach: The Official State Gazette publishes this Tuesday a new law on urgent measures for the prevention and containment of Covid-19 that imposes the use of masks in any public space, regardless of the interpersonal distance that may exist. Thus it will be mandatory to carry it, among other places, in the beaches, in the swimming pools or in the field.
Starting tomorrow, the mask in outdoor spaces will be mandatory by law throughout Spain: there will be no exceptions for autonomous communities.
Among the measures contemplated in the text, which will enter into force tomorrow and will remain until the end of the pandemic, the obligation for people is maintained, from the age of six, to wear a mask on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, even if the safety distance of 1.5 meters is maintained.
The use of a mask was not mandatory in almost any community, for example, when sunbathing on beaches or swimming pools, or when walking in the mountains or by the sea, as long as the safety distance was guaranteed.
In some regions, such as Andalusia, this measure was already imposed last summer with fines of up to 100 euros in the case of non-compliance. It could only be removed during bathing or consuming any product. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/mandatory-mask-for-sunbathing-on-the-beach/


Andalucía plans to start vaccinating the over-65s and high-risk patients from 15 April: The Junta’s plan includes cancer patients, people with Down’s syndrome and those receiving dialysis treatments, but the smooth delivery of the plan will be subject to the arrival of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/30/andalucia-plans-start-vaccinating-20210330184229.html


AstraZeneca vaccine changes name in Europe: AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine has changed its name in Europe and is now called Vaxzevria. The change was approved by the European Medicines Agency, at the request of the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company. Full article: https://tech2.org/portugal/covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine-changes-name-in-europe/


US study reveals Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines reduce infection risk: A real-world study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer with BioNTech and Moderna reduced the risk of infection by 80% two weeks or more after administering the first of two shots.
In the study with 3,950 participants in six states over a 13-week period from 14 December 2020 to 13 March 2021, the risk of infection decreased 90% by two weeks after the second shot. Full article: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/us-study-pfizer-moderna/


AstraZeneca woes continue as Berlin, Canada suspend jab:
Berlin and Munich have temporarily halted AstraZeneca vaccine for people under the age of 60, while Canada has suspended its use for those under 55, amid concerns it might be linked to blood clots.
The news comes after many European nations, including France, Italy and Spain, suspended use of the jab for the same reason. Since then, the European Medicines Agency has declared the vaccine is safe. In fact, along with the company, many regulators have said the vaccine is acceptable, but the jab continues to come under scrutiny. Full article: https://news.yahoo.com/canada-bans-astra-zeneca-vaccine-for-over-55-095605966.html


Ireland to require additional COVID test from passengers on arrival: Ireland is to require arriving passengers to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in addition to one taken in the days before traveling, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday. “Even though we have the strictest border biosecurity already in the European Union, we’ll be making that stricter again in the coming weeks, starting with an additional PCR test on arrival as well as before people arrive,” he said. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ireland-travel/ireland-to-require-additional-covid-test-from-passengers-on-arrival-idUSKBN2BM2SC?il=0


German experts recommend AstraZeneca COVID shots only for over 60s: Germany’s vaccine committee, known as STIKO, on Tuesday recommended using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine only for people aged 60 and over following further reports of a rare brain blood disorder.
The meeting follows further reports by Germany’s vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), of cases of blood clots known as cerebral sinus vein thrombosis (CSVT).
PEI said it had registered 31 cases of CSVT, which resulted in nine deaths, out of some 2.7 million people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. With the exception of two cases, all reports involved women aged between 20 and 63.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-astrazeneca-berlin/german-experts-recommend-astrazeneca-covid-shots-only-for-over-60s-idUSKBN2BM13E


Saharan dust cloud shrouds the Costa del Sol: Spain’s national weather agency, Aemet, is forecasting it will be worse on Wednesday and there is the possibility of ‘muddy’ rain. The meteorologist predicts that this phenomenon will not last long and it will tend to subside on Thursday, when it will stay below 50 microgrammes per cubic metre, thanks to the change in the wind, from the current east to west.
If there is rain, which is expected is some areas, it will carry the sand particles and fall in the form of diluted mud. This will be most likely in Estepona and Marbella. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/30/saharan-dust-cloud-shrouds-20210330111438.html


World Cup Football News- Japan thrashes Mongolia 14-0 in historic World Cup qualifier win: It is Japan’s second-biggest win, only behind a 15-0 win over the Philippines in 1967.
It wasn’t the first one-sided result of the week as on Monday, Canada beat the Cayman Islands 11-0 in another World Cup qualifier. Full article: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/30/football/japan-mongolia-2022-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers-spt-intl/index.html


VW Is Now Officially Voltswagen: Volkswagen announced today that it is, yes, actually changing the name of its U.S. operations to Voltswagen. The cause of the new name is not a mystery, especially given VW’s recent intensive push to build and sell more electric vehicles. Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianblanco/2021/03/30/after-years-of-teasing-vw-is-now-officially-voltswagen-of-america/


WordPress.com User Alert- Classic Editor Removed Again and the Fix to Restore It: WP is again attempting to force users to quit using the Classic Editor, and move on to the newer Block Editor. Many users do not like the Block Editor; I find it inconvenient, lacking features the Classic Editor provides, and just hideous to look at. Here is how to get the Classic Editor back: https://maddmedic.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/wordpress-classic-editor/
Insiders are suggesting WP is forcing the new Block Editor because it is Artificial Intellegence (AI) friendly, to accommodate the new “article writing” AI that has been recently developed, which can research and write articles all on its own when given just a topic. You buy the program, and it creates “original content” articles you can claim as your own writing. But supposedly it does not work with the Classic Editor. “…and now you know the rest of the story!” -Ed.

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:

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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
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