DigameXtra No. 2054 Tuesday, Sept. 7th, 2021

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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

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Dear Readers: Sorry if today’s issue is small or has mistakes. My dog and constant companion for the past 12+ years, Mr. Bones, died peacefully in my lap after his last walk, after we took a break mid way thru doing todays issue late Monday night. Good bye Mr. Bones, I will certainly miss you. I am not sure if I will be doing a DigameXtra issue tomorrow (Wednesday). If there is no Wednesday issue, all Wednesday Sponsor posts and reader submissions will be posted Thursday. Thank you for understanding. -Naythan


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Torre del Mar 5th Annual International Air Show:
10, 11 & 12 Sept. Playa Torre del Mar
In terms of schedules, “all the training sessions will be held on Friday, Saturday will be free for the pilots to rest and Sunday will be the Festival itself. The festival schedule will be from 10:30 – 11:00 in the morning until 15:15 in the afternoon. Friday’s training is scheduled from 09:00 hours in the morning until 18:00 hours in the afternoon. Source: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/torre-del-mar-prepara-uno-de-los-mejores-festivales-aereos-de-espana-segun-su-director/ 


Sandy Lawrence live shows this weekend:
-At Asador- Puente don Manuel, Friday 10SEP 7:30pm
-At “The Live Bar”- Sat., 11SEP 10pm. Av Europa 3, Torrox Costa
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The Marbella International Film Festival 2021 Itinerary:
Starting on September 8, and runs until September 12, during which time, many new films will be premiered, and you can watch them all in the splendid multi-cinema complex of Teatro Goya, in Marbella’s Puerto Banus, located on Avenida Julio Iglesias s/n, 29660, Marbella.
See the full lineup and posters at: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/30/the-marbella-international-film-festival-itinerary/ 


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Archgrove Services: A family run light haulage/transport company with bases in Archez, Spain and near Oxford, UK.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
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Home from Home:
Your home in the Axarquia region prepared for your arrival.
We are a local couple near Lake Vinuela with many years property management experience in the UK, happy to take care of all your holiday home preparation needs.
Homes cleaned and aired, beds made and small maintenance jobs taken care of. Basic supplies can be bought and delivered prior to your arrival if required.
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Storage needed: Can you help El Valle Drama Group? We urgently need storage for our stage and scenery, anywhere coastal or inland will do. The set is 2.2m high and 1m wide, but can be stored upright or flat, and the stage is in 0.5m by 2m blocks. In all we are looking for 2.2m by 1.5m, either wall to wall or floor to ceiling. If you have an end of a garage or underbuild you can spare, we would really appreciate it. The kit only comes out twice a year, so regular access won’t be needed. Sadly we are a small charitable group, and can’t afford to pay, but you would get 2 free tickets to each meal and show. If you have seen our shows and would like to help us continue, please contact Steve at steveheugh@yahoo.co.uk


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Figures confirm Covid de-escalation in Andalusia: {Translation} Updated: 06/09/2021,16:56h
-Andalusia counts this Monday 1,298 new Covid infections confirmed during the last 48 hours. This is the lowest figure recorded on Monday in the statistics since the end of June, confirming the favorable trend.
-The number of deaths is also down, with 6 deaths over the weekend.
-The 14-day incidence rate stands at 169 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. By provinces, Huelva (236) and Seville (213) remain above 200 cases and three provinces have already reached medium alert level figures: Cadiz (129), Cordoba (133) and Granada (149.9). The 7-day incidence rate is 62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
-The improvement is also evident in hospitals. Over the weekend, the number of patients with Covid fell by 81 admissions. This Monday there are 773, of which 187 – 2 less than on Saturday – are in the ICU. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-cifras-confirman-hora-desescalada-covid-andalucia-202109061205_noticia.html 


Covid Axarquia- The Axarquia start the week with 28 new infections by covid-19 and 51 new cured: {Translation} Updated: 6SEP21 13:30
-The Axarquia region begins the second week of September with 28 new confirmed coronavirus infections since last Friday, with 51 people who have managed to overcome the disease in that period of time and no deaths.
-Thus the new infections have been reported in Velez-Malaga (10). Rincon de la Victoria (8). Torrox (5). Nerja (2). Alcaucín (1). Canillas de Aceituno (1) and Salares (1). The people recovered since Friday are confirmed in Rincón de la Victoria (46). Velez-Malaga (3). Colmenar (1) and Totalán (1).
-As for the incidence rate of the last 14 days, the Axarquia health district is this Monday at 107.0 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which means a decrease since last Friday of 10 and a half points. Iznate, with 661.5 and Salares with 578.0 are the only municipalities of the Axarquia that are above the rate of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Archez, Benamargosa, Canillas de Albaida, Cútar, La Viñuela, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo Sedella and Totalán are at zero rate and have not reported cases in the last 14 days.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/axarquia-comarca/axarquia-inicia-semana-28-nuevos-contagios-civid-19-51-nuevos-curados/20210906131224042999.html


Contradicting projections of high power bills thru March 2022, Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez says, ‘When 2021 is over, consumers will have paid the same for electricity as they did in 2018’: EL PAÍS Interview
Question: In recent days the government has conveyed a sensation of powerlessness in the face of the rise in the cost of electricity. Do you really not have any room for maneuver in order to control this rise?
Answer: The government is taking charge of the concern among citizens. And we are working on a plan to reach a concrete commitment, and that is that by the end of 2021 Spaniards will look back and see that they have paid a similar and comparable amount on their electricity bills as they did in 2018. That is the objective and the commitment: that all citizens with average consumption by the end of 2021 pay a similar and comparable amount as they paid in 2018, logically discounting inflation.
Q. And how are you going to do that? What instruments do you have?
A. It is important to clarify in this debate that one thing is the progress of the wholesale price in the market and another is your electricity bill. We pay our bills monthly. What doesn’t make sense is to look at the debate on a daily basis, because we don’t pay our bills daily. What the government can do is to cushion the changes in that wholesale price. First, with structural reforms, and with a solid commitment to renewable energies – not just due to issues of climate change, but also because they are cheaper. The electricity future markets are already saying that, thanks to renewables, Spain will have lower prices than France or Germany. What’s more, we have reduced VAT [sales tax] from 21% to 10%. This is benefitting 28 million consumers, and 2.8 million companies. It means a reduction in the state’s revenues of €1.4 billion. That absorbs 12% of the change in your bill. Thirdly, there is the protection of the most vulnerable consumers with social protection, with a ban on cutting off electricity supply for those who can’t pay or with energy vouchers. We are protecting 1.1 million consumers. What’s more, we have a plan to define a minimum-usage level in the areas of electricity and energy. And finally, the government has taken measures in this fourth area to revise the additional profits of the power companies. We have set aside €650 million that were destined for the electricity companies in order to divert them to consumers. We are going to take measures to guarantee that objective: that Spaniards, when they see what they have paid on their electricity bills in 2021, see that it is the same or comparable to the figure that they paid in 2018, not counting inflation. Full interview: https://english.elpais.com/spain/2021-09-06/spanish-pm-pedro-sanchez-when-2021-is-over-consumers-will-have-paid-the-same-for-electricity-as-they-did-in-2018.html


Body of missing British musician Jonathan ‘Pix’ Pickford found in Almogia: Authorities have found the lifeless body of man, during their for search for the British musician, Jonathan ‘Pix’ Pickford, who was reported missing on 29 August.
Jo Ramsay-Whale, a friend of Pix, whose social media post sparked the initial hunt, posted an update this Monday (6 September) on Facebook saying, “He has been found, in the area of his van. He’s not alive. Thanks to all who helped to find him x”
Pickford was well-known for singing and playing lead guitar with the band GU!R! in the Axarquia area. He hadn’t been seen since he was supposed to drive from the La Viñuela area to his home on the coast in Torre del Mar.
He had been driving a white Citroen Berlingo van and accompanied by his two, large dogs, which were found in the Los Mora area, some eight kilometres from Almogia in Malaga province.
The body of the British musician was found at 10.30am on one of the banks of the La Oliva stream, in Los Moras area, some 300 metres from where his van – and dogs – were found on Friday. The Guardia Civil will now be in charge of investigating the circumstances of Pickford’s death. Photo:Jo Ramsay-Whale/FB. Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202109/06/lifeless-body-found-search-20210906140050.html 


UK introduces new car sticker requirement for driving in Spain:
If you intend to drive your British vehicle in Spain – or anywhere else in the EU – you will now need a “UK” sticker on your car.
This replaces the GB sticker or magnet that was previously needed when driving abroad, and the UK government guidance states: “If you have a GB sticker, cover or remove it.”
The new rule will come into effect on September 28th, 2021 for British registered cars driving in the EU, with the exception of Ireland, which does not require a sticker or magnet.
The difference between Great Britain and the UK is the inclusion of Northern Ireland – GB refers only to England, Scotland and Wales while UK includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Clearly displaying the country of origin of your vehicle is an international requirement and if you are stopped by Spanish police without one you can be issued with an on-the-spot fine (although it’s unclear how bothered Spanish police will be about the intricacies of UK vs GB).
Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210902/uk-introduces-new-car-sticker-requirement-for-driving-in-spain/ 


WhatsApp lets you transfer chat history from iPhone to Android phones- here’s how: Samsung recently announced it will be the first to let smartphone users transfer their chat history from iOS to Android, and WhatsApp is now rolling out the new feature. Users will be able to transfer all their messages, including voice messages, photos and videos. The feature will first be available on Samsung devices that run Android 10 or above, and will eventually be coming to more Android devices in the near future. Full article: https://www.laptopmag.com/news/whatsapp-lets-you-transfer-chat-history-from-iphone-to-android-phones-heres-how
NOTE- The feature mainly caters to those with a new Android smartphone, as the device must be factory new or reset to factory settings to do this transfer. Full article: https://www.laptopmag.com/news/whatsapp-lets-you-transfer-chat-history-from-iphone-to-android-phones-heres-how

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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
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Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
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Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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