DigameXtra No. 1971 Wednesday, June 2nd, 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 are both your local
Ayuntamiento & the Junta de Andalucia’s FB and Twitter pages. @AndaluciaJunta  https://twitter.com/AndaluciaJunta  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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Axarquía Eat & Travel Paella Workshop: Friday June 4th, 1pm.
Seafood Paella Workshop at El Pianista del Carmen, Velez-Malaga.
We will put on our aprons and Chesko will guide us step by step how to prepare his grandmother’s recipe. Alejandro from Tastes of Spain Olé will bring us a tasting of his most refreshing wines. All this enjoying the beautiful view from the terrace of the House Museum of Pepe Luis Conde. Come and join us!
Price is 20€ everything included.
Clams, Rice, Safron, Prawns, Mussels, Squid, we will bring all the ingredients and of course the Paellera. We will hand out a leaflet with the recipe explained step by step and we will let the knowledge of Paella sink in while we have some sips of the most delicious wine.
Reservations at: planesaxarquia@gmail.com FB page 

 

Theatrical Tour of the Andalusi Medina Balish: Saturday June 12th. 10am departure from Pl. de la Constitucion, Velez-Malaga. €15. Tel 689 776 488
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WHITE PARTY Charity Event: Saturday 12th of June at La Scala Marbella!
There’s only one place where you can enjoy 7 hours of fabulous non stop live music with some of Marbella’s top artists! Where & When? At our WHITE PARTY Charity Event on Saturday 12th of June at La Scala Marbella! Come and join us on this great Event and help us raise money for Kay Millington from Rescued Paws Spain and the Fur Babies! 20€ per person attending go to Rescued Paws! We start off with the lovely voice of Laura Elen with the ultimate Diva & Musical playlist, followed by the multitalented Mark Connor singing songs from all genres. Then it’s Lucy Pardoe & Ollie Hughes from Rock Of Ages Spain with your all time favorites Rock Songs. The fabulous Masquerade Duo will be performing hits of all times together with Leonardo La Peruta pn the Saxophone and RUBEN HERNANDEZ on the Trumpet followed by the incredible Quike Navarro on the electric Violin. And to finish off, we have the brilliant Andres Martinez on the keyboard singing your favorite hits. We will be serving a 5 course menu for 75€ per person and have a raffle with many great prizes! So come and enjoy a fabulous day in a beautiful location with great music & fantastic food hosted by the one and only Giles Brown … all for a good cause! Contact us for more info or to reserve your table.
Urb. Real de Zaragoza 62B, Marbella  FB page 

 

CANCELLED– Torre del Mar Weekend Beach festival postponed for second year running: The organisers of the festival have had to take the decision not to go ahead with the festival in 2021. The organisers have announced provisional dates for the festival; from 6 to 9 July 2022 and have said that tickets bought for the 2020 event will still be valid. However, there is a 14-day window from 2 June for those who have tickets for last year’s event, which was initially postponed until this year, but who now want a refund. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202106/01/weekend-beach-festival-postponed-20210601135556.html

 

Weekly Crochet /Knitting Group: We still meet every Thursday from 10/10.30 am until 1ish in Caleta de Velez at Bar/Restaurante 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 Caleta de Velez on Thursdays. We have no set rules-just bring a Smile.
Work at your own speed and chat making friends.
And – if you really don’t fancy Crochet but like to Knit, well come along with that instead.
And Don’t Forget – 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, my time can be hired in 3 time slots of 4, 6 and 8 hours at a cost of 50€, 75€ and 100€ respectively plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
-Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. costs as above or fixed price quote if you prefer.
-Painting and decorating – interior or exterior, tools all supplied, materials extra at cost . costs as above or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost. I am always busy and usually require between 2 and 4 weeks notice before I can start work but I can usually carry out quotations fairly quickly.
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 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:
Things are starting to get back to ‘Normal’ …now what?
Let people know you are open for business by advertising on the radio, where you will be heard 4 to 6 times a day, in the car, the kitchen, the bedroom, even on the beach!
No magazine can do that!
97.6 Coast Fm Gold is the Eastern Costa del Sol’s number one radio station, heard locally and all over the world on 97.6fm, Online, Google, Siri, Alexa and on Tunein!
Based in Nerja and broadcasting 24 hours a day, your advert would be heard between 4 to 6 times a day, every day at the same cost as a magazine or local newspaper, which are looked at maybe once or even missed…….you can’t miss whats on the radio unless it’s switched off!
We script it, do the voiceover, add music and once approved by you…..we broadcast it!
Whether your a bar an estate agent, supermarket or have a product or service you would like the world to know about, let them know on 97.6 Coast Fm Gold.
Email to studio @ coastfmgold.com or WhatsApp to 691934626 or leave message and we will call you back!

 

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

 

Wanted- Help With House Clearance: I am looking for someone to help with my house clearance in Sayalonga. This will be from around the 14th June. If you are interested, please contact me by email on gailmooney32@msn.com or on mobile 626370695.

 

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.
https://youtu.be/rjTmb_LL2uo
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.
https://www.vetiverspain.org/photo-gallery.html
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:
www.vetiverspain.com
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone: (34) 692 288 657

 

 

Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
Cherub half moon hallway table
60 x 30 x 76cms Price 40€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 

 

For Sale: Mans bike, 21 gears, front suspension, very good condition. 70€
Tony / Joy 610955826 Torrox 

 

For Sale: Two Mirrors
-Make-up mirror €25, Width 54 x Depth16 x Height 64cm (21 x 6½ x 25″)
-Cheval mirror €40, Width 57 x Depth 45 x Height 164cm (22½ x17¾ x 64½)
Or buy the two for €60
Email competacampo@gmail.com
Phone 952 11 53 88 , Derek, Competa 

 

For Sale: Fishing Gear. 2 Fishing Rods, Reels, Holdall, Tackle box, Landing Net, For Lake or River Fishing, €50.
Ron, Torrox Costa, Mobile 685601313, or
email: mgbrmg@aol.com

 

Recommendations & Requests

 

St. Anton Feria: I wonder if anybody knows whether the St. Anton Feria will be taking place in Torrox this year, or whether Summer solstice will be celebrated on the beaches? Thank you, Deborah, Torrox
dssp@bttinternet.com

 

News & Articles

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COVID-19

The Junta extends the measures against Covid for two weeks in view of the increase in the incidence of Covid in Andalusia: {Translation} Updated: 01/06/2021 20:10
-Andalusia is extending its entry into phase 2 of de-escalation by two weeks. This was announced this Tuesday by the Junta after the meeting of the committee of experts advising the Andalusian government on the management of the pandemic.
-The data on the health crisis, which already led the government of Juanma Moreno to postpone the arrival of the second phase of the plan for a week, have changed little since last Thursday, when today’s meeting should have taken place. That is why experts have advised that Andalusia should spend 14 more days in phase 1 of the de-escalation plan.
-Thus, announced the Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, the experts have analysed the data and have seen some positive parameters such as hospital occupancy or ICU occupancy. “We have to go to September to see the same data,” stressed Aguirre, who also highlighted the drop in the incidence of the coronavirus among Andalusians over the age of 64.
-But he also pointed out that there are other less positive indicators, such as the cumulative incidence, which has been rising for a week. In fact, the community has been close to 180 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for two weeks, when it was close to 150. The one-week incidence rate has not improved either, which has led the Andalusian government to apply the principle of prudence.
Since 9 May
-The minister has therefore confirmed that the Junta has preferred to extend the measures taken 21 days ago, i.e. on 9 May, when the state of alarm was lifted, for at least two weeks.
-Does this mean that the restrictions will then be relaxed? No, it means that there will then be a new meeting of the committee of experts at which the epidemiological situation in the Community will be re-examined.
-However, and given that no new measures have been imposed, the Junta is relying on the vaccination process, which is expected to advance by leaps and bounds thanks to the activation of the one million plan, which provides for this number of doses per week in the community. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-junta-prorroga-semanas-medidas-contra-covid-ante-crecimineto-incidencia-andalucia-202106011949_noticia.html

 

Andalusia sees a rise in Covid infections, deaths and hospital admissions: {Translation} Updated: 01/06/2021, 14:10
-Andalusia has 1,293 Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, which shows that the community is stuck around that number of daily cases. This is almost the same number of positives reported yesterday -1,397-, or even a slight increase compared to the same day last week, when 1,011 were recorded.
-The community corroborates this flat trend of the curve just the day that the committee of experts meets to decide how the community advances in the de-escalation plan and what measures and restrictions will apply in the coming days to control the pandemic. And on the very day that Andalusia should already be in phase 2 of the plan, a fact that has been delayed in view of the data from the health crisis.
-Tuesdays are not usually a good day to take the pulse of the pandemic. It is a day that, along with Monday, usually produces the highest number of infections and deaths. But this Tuesday the number is higher than on any other Tuesday this month. In fact, we have to go back to 26 April to see a Tuesday with such high figures as today.
-The number of deaths has also risen. There are 13 this Tuesday, a figure that although it is one of the lowest in weeks, it does mean breaking Andalusia’s streak of two weeks without exceeding ten deaths a day. Once again, Tuesdays tend to see a rise in this figure, but last Tuesday less than half – six – were reported.
*Incidence rate on the rise*
-The incidence rate, likewise, continues to rise. From 173.1 cases per 100,000 population a fortnight ago, it is now 176.6. This measure of the pandemic has been rising steadily since last week and is moving further and further away from the 150 points that the Andalusian government wanted to reach by this time.
-One week on, this value has not improved either. On Tuesday it was 85.7 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants at seven days and yesterday it was 83.3. As in the case of two weeks, this figure has been rising for a week now.
-There are also worse data in the number of hospitalised patients. They are this Tuesday 855, 39 more than yesterday Monday. The same happens in the ICU, which goes from 203 to 207 admitted by Covid-19. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-sube-contagios-muertos-y-hospitalizados-covid-revisan-medidas-202106011235_noticia.html

 

May ends with the lowest monthly number of coronavirus deaths in Spain since August: While the number of deaths in May remains high, the total is nearly 40% down on the total for April (2,757), and nearly a quarter of the figure for March (6,317). The curve continues to fall, with the ministry reporting 48 Covid deaths on Monday, compared to totals of between 91 and 103 on the previous three Mondays.
Not since August 2020, when 649 Covid deaths were recorded, has the data been so positive. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-06-01/may-ends-with-the-lowest-monthly-number-of-coronavirus-deaths-in-spain-since-august.html

 

Spain’s Covid-19 vaccination drive- nearly 40% of the population has received at least one shot: Spanish authorities are aiming to have 10 million people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of this week. So far, the figure is 9.2 million, but a new shipment of 4.6 million doses, the largest to date, is expected to arrive in the coming days. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-06-01/spains-covid-19-vaccination-drive-nearly-40-of-population-has-received-at-least-one-shot.html 

 

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta- WHO officially names the different COVID-19 variants of concern: The WHO says it came up with the new labels after several months of discussion and criticism regarding some nations being stigmatized for being identified with the newly discovered strains.
Here’s how the new names will be applied:
-Variant B.1.1.7, which first emerged from the United Kingdom, will be known as Alpha.
-Variant B.1.351, which was first detected in South Africa last May, will be known as Beta.
-Gamma will be used to refer to P.1, the variant first detected in Brazil last November.
-Delta will be the new name for B.1.617.2, the poorly nicknamed “double mutant” strain that was first identified in India last October. Full article: https://globalnews.ca/news/7910332/covid-19-variant-names-greek-letters/

SPAIN

Spain supports an electricity VAT of 21%, one of the highest in the European Union: Run the washing machine at dawn or during the weekend to save at the end of the month. That is the solution proposed by the Government to lower the price of electricity bills in Spanish homes. However, different employers and political groups have repeatedly called for more far-reaching measures such as a reduction in VAT on electricity. The indirect tax that supports the electricity bill in Spain is currently set at 21%, one of the highest in the European Union. Therefore, it begs the question why a 10% rate is not applied in line with other neighboring countries. For example,
VAT on electricity is lower in countries like Portugal (6%), Greece (6%), United Kingdom (5%), Italy (10%), Ireland (13.5%), Luxembourg (8%) or France (5.5%).
The president of the Spanish National Federation of Self-Employed Associations (ATA), Lorenzo Amor, used the social network Twitter to underline that electricity prices are now 44% more expensive than last year. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/spain-supports-an-electricity-vat-of-21-one-of-the-highest-in-the-european-union/

 

Thousands of migrants remain in Ceuta as Morocco blocks deportations: The country’s lack of cooperation has delayed the return of normality in Ceuta, a city of less than 19 square kilometers of territory that has been overwhelmed by the migrant crisis. According to police sources, there are between 700 and 1,000 Moroccans in Ceuta who are yet to be identified, as well as around 1,000 underage migrants who are living in four emergency shelters organized by the local government.
Morocco’s refusal to accept the deportations is being interpreted as a new means of pressuring Spain, and has raised concern among authorities in Ceuta and the Spanish central government, which has once again unsuccessfully called for Rabat’s cooperation. Full article:
https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-06-01/thousands-of-migrants-remain-in-ceuta-as-morocco-blocks-deportations.html

 

Cryptocurrency Related Scams Flood Tribunals in Spain: Spanish tribunals have been flooded lately with lawsuits involving cryptocurrency scams related to bitcoin and ethereum based platforms, and the people using these to scam other users for millions of euros.
One of the biggest scams reported is associated with a company named Algorithms Group, which scammed more than 280 million euros from 300+ investors.
Nimbus, another investment-based Ponzi scheme, is estimated to have defrauded 136 million euros from more than 4,000 investors in the country. The company, which also operated internationally, offered returns to investors for their deposits in cryptocurrencies.
Other important companies that are facing similar trials are Kuailian and Arbistar 2.0, both Ponzi schemes that also face money laundering charges.
Full article: https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptocurrency-related-scams-flood-tribunals-in-spain/

ANDALUCIA

Andalucia Announces Over 60 Million Euros Investment In New Cybersecurity Centre: The Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior, Elías Bendodo, has announced the creation of the Andalusian Cybersecurity Centre. The new building will have an investment of more than €60 million euros and will provide a host of services to the Andalucian public sector, citizens, and businesses.
The counselor explained that the Andalucian Government is immersed in a process of digital transformation that must be accompanied by a robust strategy in terms of cybersecurity: “Digitisation is going to become the first engine of the Andalucian economy. That is the challenge that the Andalucian society is facing and that is the challenge that we are promoting from the Andalucian Government “.
In his speech, he also highlighted the progress that Andalucia is experiencing, and specifically how Malaga is quickly becoming the technological base of the south.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/05/31/andalucia-announces-over-60-million-euros-investment-in-new-cybersecurity-centre/

MALAGA

Summer Sunday shopping hours extended for six Costa del Sol towns: Stores in six coastal towns, mainly in the western part of the Costa del Sol, will be allowed to open seven days a week from 1 June to 30 September as they attempt to recover trade lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shops, department stores and retail parks in Marbella, Fuengirola, Estepona, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and Nerja may open every day of the week, between those dates, including Sundays and public holidays.
Manilva, Mijas and Rincón de la Victoria will have to wait until 1 July for their summer Sunday shopping to start.
Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202106/01/summer-shopping-hours-extended-20210601094200.html

GRANADA

Association of Guides organise routes around the city for the people of Granada on the occasion of Corpus Christi: {Translation} The Granada City Council – through the Albaicín Foundation – and the Association of Heritage Guides and Interpreters (AGIP) have organised guided tours of the city for this Corpus Christi “so that the people of Granada can take advantage of the opportunity to learn about our rich heritage from these magnificent professionals”. This was stated by the Councillor for Tourism, Manuel Olivares, during the presentation of the CORPUS AGIP 2021 project.
Scheduled for 4 and 5 June – Friday and Saturday – the AGIP 2021 Corpus Corpus Itineraries include visits to the Casa Tiros, Plaza Isabel la Catolica, Plaza del Carmen, Bib-Rambla, the Outer Chapel and the Cathedral, admission to which is included. According to Miguel Campos, the tours will be organised in two shifts, at eleven in the morning and half past four in the afternoon, and will last two and a half hours. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 14 people to comply with anti-Covid-19 security measures.
Also as a safety measure, people wishing to enjoy the activity must register in advance on the website www.agencia-albaicin.com. In addition to the obligatory use of masks, disinfected or single-use audio systems will be used and all the required sanitary measures will be complied with, Campos explained.
The price of the itineraries is 15 euros, “but as the City Council finances a third, that is to say, 5 euros, it will cost 10 euros for the people of Granada”, concluded Olivares.
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/ayuntamiento-asociacion-guias-rutas-ciudad-granada-corpus/ 

SPORTS

Football News- Calendar of the EUROCUP 2021, all the dates and times of the matches: It will start on June 11 with the meeting between Turkey and Italy, which will be at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The tournament will announce the winner a month later, at the final to be played in Wembley, in London, on July 11, 2021.
For its part, Spain, that share group E with Poland, Sweden and Slovakia, will premiere next Monday, June 14 at 9:00 p.m. in Seville.
After the group stage, the Round of 16 will take place between June 26 and 29. The eight teams that emerge victorious will cross each other in about quarterfinals to be played on July 2 and 3. The semifinals will be played on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 July at Wembley Y the grand finale will be on Sunday, July 11 on the same stage.
Full schedule and article: https://spainsnews.com/calendar-of-the-soccer-eurocup-2021-dates-and-times-of-the-matches/

 

Tennis News- Naomi Osaka drops out of the French Open to “to protect her mental health”: Last week Naomi Osaka posted on her social media accounts, stating she wouldn’t be taking part in press conferences during the French Open, to protect her mental health.
In response Roland Garros posted a statement on its website and issued a $15,000 fine.
In response to the fine and the threat of expulsion, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the tournament. “The truth is I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.” Osaka wrote that she was already feeling “vulnerable and anxious” about the French Open and the prospect of having to face the press, that she was exercising “self care” by skipping the conferences. Photo:Quinn Rooney/Getty Images. Full article: https://www.cnet.com/news/naomi-osaka-dropping-out-of-the-french-open-what-you-need-to-know/

OTHER NEWS

Can I travel from the UK to Spain through France despite the new restrictions?: {Full article} Updated June 1st, 2021.
-France is bringing in tough new restrictions on arrivals from the UK over fears of the so-called Indian variant of Covid – 19, but what about people who just want to pass through France on their way to Spain?
-Question: I am planning to drive to Spain from the UK and obviously that involves going through France – do the new French travel rules apply to me if I am only passing through?
-From Monday, May 31st, France is tightening up entry requirements for arrivals from the UK, following in the footsteps of Germany and Austria as European countries become increasingly concerned about circulation of the ‘Indian variant’ of Covid in the UK.
-The new travel rules have three parts:
-Travellers need a vital reason to enter France. You can find the full list of vital reasons HERE but the criteria are strict and require documentary proof. Travel to second homes and to visit family and friends is not accepted as a vital reason. This rule does not apply to French citizens, citizens of another EU country or people who have their permanent residence in France.
-Travellers must show a negative Covid test at the border taken within the previous 48 hours (a change from the 72 hour requirement). This can be either a PCR or an antigen test. This applies to everyone, including French and EU citizens and permanent residents of France.
-Travellers must self-isolate for seven days on arrival, although there will be no police checks to enforce this. This applies to everyone including French and EU citizens and residents.
**So what’s the situation if you are just passing through?**
-If you are returning to your permanent residence in another EU or Schengen zone country then you can travel, as one of the listed ‘vital reasons’ is returning home. You will, however, need to show some proof of your residency, ideally a residency card.
-If you are travelling for another reason you can travel through France, provided you spend less than 24 hours in the country.
-The testing requirement applies to all arrivals, even if you are only passing through France, but if you spend less than 24 hours in the country you are not required to quarantine.
-You will also need to check the rules in your destination country on arrivals from France. If you are entering France from an EU or Schengen zone country you will need to show a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours and this must be a PCR test. You can enter France for any reason from an EU/Schengen country.
-And yes, these rules all apply even to the fully vaccinated.
Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20210528/spain-uk-road-travel-can-i-transit-through-france-despite-the-new-indian-variant-restrictions/

 

Lockdown easing for millions across central Scotland halted as cases rise: The vast majority of Scotland’s central belt will remain in Level 2 restrictions as Nicola Sturgeon delayed the easing of COVID measures for many parts of the country.
The first minister said there would be a “slight slowing down” in the lifting of lockdown rules for much of Scotland amid the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/easing-of-covid-restrictions-for-most-of-scotland-to-be-delayed-sturgeon-says-12322250

 

Google could delete your Gmail, Photos, and Drive accounts under new rules starting TODAY: Google has introduced new rules governing its popular online apps, starting today, June 1, 2021, which enable the US technology firm to delete users’ Gmail, Google Photos and Google Drive accounts without needing permission. As long as you use your accounts on a regular basis you won’t be affected by these new changes. But if you have a rarely used Gmail account, for instance, you could lose the contents. Some people have been using Gmail accounts for long term data storage and not their active email, so Google is bringing in the refreshed policy in a bid to rid its servers of accounts and files that lay dormant for a number of years.
Full article: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1443418/Gmail-Photos-Drive-new-rules-Google-update-delete

 

Danish secret service helped US spy on Germany’s Angela Merkel: Denmark’s secret service helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy on EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a European media investigation published on Sunday revealed. Full article: https://www.dw.com/en/danish-secret-service-helped-us-spy-on-germanys-angela-merkel-report/a-57721901

 

Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda: Erdogan is a pious Muslim known for his dislike of alcohol. “The president may be trying to turn Turkey into a place like Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which allows alcohol consumption only among non-Muslim foreigners,” said Ozgur Aybas, head of a liquor store association that opposes government restrictions. Full article: https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Turkey-clamps-down-on-alcohol-as-Erdogan-pushes-Islamist-agenda

 

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Please give this adorable tiny kitten a home: She was dumped in our garden along with her brother who so sadly didnt survive, she is so lonely without him and adores nothing more than cuddles and affection. She has been checked over by the vet she is in great health and is gaining weight. She is just 4 weeks old and is eating kitten food without a problem. All she asks is for someone to love and care for her, she is so sweet. Can somebody out there in Digameland please take her in? Lynn, Torrox. Call/whatsapp 650 958 144
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