DigameXtra No. 2090 Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 2021

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Bandits in Canillas: Hi folks, The Bandits will be playing live at Posada La Plaza in La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida this coming Friday Oct 22 from 8.00pm – 11.00pm. To book your table call 952 553 254 or 609 167 127.
Covers from Bob Dylan to Herbie Hancock, Mamas and the Papas to Van Morrison, played on keyboards, mandolin, banjo, electric and acoustic guitars and saxophone.
Hope to see you there. Rod & Mitch- The Bandits 


The Elton John Tribute is back!: Saturday 23OCT21, 9pm at La Scala Marbella. Apart from our A’ la Carte menu we also offer a three-course menu for €49 per person including a glass of Prosecco to welcome you! Reserve your table now, it’ll be sold out quickly!
Urb. Real de Zaragoza 62B, Marbella


Revival Live Band: Sunday 24th October, we start at 4pm.
Andy’s Beach Cabopino. Playa Cabopino, Marbella. FB link 


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



Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion using Vetiver:
From Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Our Nursery is open by appointment. 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: 6 sturdy, solid & heavy hardwood chairs. Seats lift out for easier oil treatment. Has never blown away or overturned in our gale force winds. In need of some TLC.
Height 85cm Depth 49cm Width 59cm. €50 the lot.
Buyer collects. Viñuela campo, very easy track.
Please call Naomi: whatsapp: 636264969
Email: n wallbridge 7 @ g mail .com 


For Sale: New JVC 32” LED-SMART HD TV WIFI. (Box supplied)
New, taken out of box and put onto the wall to test. NOT compliant with my newly installed Fibre Optic system which requires LG TV. Selling 150 euros ono.
Contact Kevin 634328089 or WhatsApp.
Canillas De Albaida. kevin.greensmith@gmail.com 


For Sale: Karcher Pressure Washer complete with 25 metre extension reel. €50. Buyer collects, Donna, Nerja. suzanneDOTdonna@gmail.com 


For Sale: Sony Complete Home Theatre System with remote control, fully functioning, with instruction manual. 70€ Carol, Nerja


For Sale, 3 items:
-Cutlery Set 15 euros
-Velbon Tripod including carrying case 15 euros
-Beuer Infrared Lamp 10 euros
Angela, Torrox Costa
WhatsApp 622 119 099


For Sale: Car. Kia Rio. Great run around. Year 2004. 179.481 KM
ITV until 2-9-2022 Price € 950. Pieter, Comares
Tel. 619317211 


For Sale: Orbegozo 16 litre dehumidifier. Perfect working condition, 45£. Torrox area. Call John 636160538


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalusia’s rate drops to 29.8 points and adds 183 infections: {Translation, summary} Updated: 19/10/2021 14:00
-On Tuesday 19 October, Andalusia recorded a total of 183 cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours, down from 289 on Monday (48 hours) and 232 a week ago, while there were seven deaths, six more than the previous day, but two fewer than seven days ago.
-Among the seven deaths, Seville has the most deaths, with three, while Cadiz, Cordoba, Jaen and Malaga have one each.
Andalusia has 18 hospitalised patients and four admitted to the ICU
-In addition the incidence in 14 days has fallen after three days up, and stands at 29.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 30.09 recorded on Monday. It is also lower than the figure recorded last Tuesday, which stood at 31.4.
-On this day, Malaga is the most infected with 51, followed by Seville with 42, Almeria with 23, Cadiz with 22, Cordoba with 15, Granada with 14, Huelva with nine and Jaen with seven positives.
-The region has recorded a rise of 18 hospitalised by Covid-19 compared to Monday to a total of 204, which represents a decrease of four in the inter-weekly comparison, while patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have also increased by four to 50, 19 less than those reported seven days ago.
-Malaga is the province with the most hospitalised patients with 68 and 12 in ICU, followed by Seville with 43 and ten in ICU, Almeria with 27 and eleven in ICU, Huelva with 17 and six in ICU, Granada with 15 and six in ICU, Cordoba with 12 and three in ICU, Jaen with 12 and none in ICU and Cadiz with ten and two in ICU.
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/andalucia-hospitalizados-coronavirus-granada/


The DGT will force you to have this engine immobilizing breathalyzer device in your car that costs 1,000 euros: {Translation} Updated: 18Oct21 12:28
-The measure will come into force on 6 July 2022.
-The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) is working to reduce the number of victims and traffic accidents on Spain’s roads. In fact, its objective for the middle of the century is to reduce the number of fatalities to a minimum. To this end, from 2022 it will begin to require drivers to have this device.
-One of the main causes of car accidents is alcohol consumption. This is why it will be necessary to have a breathalyser. It will be compulsory from 6 July.
-The function of the device is to stop the car if the permitted alcohol level is exceeded (0.5 g/l in blood and 0.25 mg/l in aspirated air for frequent drivers and 0.3 g/l and 0.15 mg/l for professional and novice drivers).
-With the new law, which will come into force on the aforementioned date, the breathalyser will have to be fitted in vehicles used for passenger transport. However, the European Union is going further and is calling for this rule to be extended to private vehicles. However, the biggest problem is that the device currently costs around 1,000 euros. It will prevent the ignition from working until a passing sample is provided.
-The aim of this measure is to ensure that people who might test positive in a breathalyser test do not take the car. To this end, the DGT argues that during 2020, almost half of the fatalities in traffic accidents, 48.7%, exceeded the permitted alcohol level.
Source, Spanish: https://www.laopiniondemalaga.es/motor/2021/10/18/dgt-obligara-dispositivo-coche-cuesta-58483156.html


The average monthly electricity bill in Spanish homes is expected to rise to 100 euros in October: The Spanish Organisation of Consumers, OCU, has said if the electricity prices continue to increase the average household electricity bill for the month of October could rise to 100 euros. This would represent an increase of 14.4 per cent compared to the month of September, which reached an average of 87.40 euros.
Predictions from the consumer organisation show that the bill for an average household (4.6 kW of power and 292 kWh of monthly consumption) will rise by 14.4 per cent to 100 euros this month. This represents an increase of 12.6 euros over the already high September bills. Without the set of special measures applied by the Government, the cost of the average bill would have risen to 132.3 euros.
In view of the data, the OCU believes that the Government will not be able to fulfil its commitment that the annual bill this year will not exceed that of 2018, plus inflation. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/average-monthly-electricity-20211019114652-nt.html


Covid masks face 17% sales tax increase in Spain from January:
Spain’s national government has no immediate plans to lift the order forcing the mandatory wearing of face masks indoors, and outdoors if social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
However, the price of surgical masks in Spain will likely rise in January when the royal decree by which the sales tax was reduced to 4% will end. Since 18 November, 2020, the IVA on these products was reduced from 21% to 4%. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/covid-masks-face-20211018123449-nt.html


Spain Tightens Entry Rules for Travellers From Finland & Several Regions of Czechia, Poland, Greece & Italy: Travellers from Finland will now be subject to additional entry rules when travelling to Spain since the country has been placed on the high-risk areas list.
Previously, only four regions of Finland were part of this list. However, since the Coronavirus situation has worsened, now the entire territory of Finland is considered highly affected.
According to the latest figures published by the Spanish Ministry of Health, the new classification of countries and regions started being effective yesterday, October 18, and will remain in force until October 24, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spain-tightens-entry-rules-for-travellers-from-finland-several-regions-of-czechia-poland-greece-italy/


Major Power Companies Deal a Blow to Green Energy- “Sorry, not interested”: Iberdrola and Endesa have not attended the auction to grant new licenses for a total 3,300 MW of renewable energy (mainly wind and photovoltaic) held today, both companies have informed Europa Press. The energy company has justified its non-attendance due to regulatory uncertainty, which has made them rethink their renewable investments in the country. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/iberdrola-and-endesa-do-not-attend-the-auction-of-3300-mw-of-renewables/


The Government advances in its plan to implement tolls on the highways and values the payment per kilometer: {Translation}
-Although pay-per-use is barely mentioned in the 2022 budget and is not included in the draft submitted to Brussels, the government is still working to introduce tolls on state highways and motorways. The government has decided to implement this measure in 2024 (and has informed the European Commission of this), but is still hesitating over the method it will use.
-Initially, the government took as a reference the ‘vignette’, a formula that is very widespread in the European Union and which consists of a sticker that is affixed to the car and allows drivers to circulate freely on toll roads. Normally the price of this sticker varies according to the type of vehicle and the period of time it is allowed to circulate on these roads.
-The European Parliament, however, agreed in the summer to push for a fairer system to replace the vignette. One of the options being considered is to pay per kilometre, although in principle this could mean a higher cost for users.
-The Spanish government is looking favourably on the latter system, according to the department headed by Raquel Sánchez, although nothing has yet been defined. As published in this newspaper, the government is studying a symbolic payment of around one cent per kilometre travelled.
-The Secretary General of Infrastructures, Sergio Vázquez, confirmed on Tuesday that network charging is inevitable, although he avoided talking about tolls. At an event organised by Cadena SER, Vázquez assured that the system to be implemented in 2024 will cost much less than the current tolls.
-The Secretary General of Infrastructures justified this system in order to sustain the Spanish high-capacity network (motorways and highways), which has a maintenance deficit of millions of euros. According to Seopan, the employers’ association of large construction companies and concessionaires, work valued at 8 billion euros is needed to maintain the network. Source, Spanish:


Andalucia first Spanish community to administer third Covid dose:
The Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucia will begin today, Monday, October 18, to administer the third dose of the Covid vaccine. Doses of Pfizer or Moderna will be given to those aged over 70 who are now six months on from receiving their second jab. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/10/18/andalucia-first-spanish-community-to-administer-third-covid-dose/


U.K. faces calls for ‘Plan B’ as COVID-19 cases increase: Many scientists are now calling on the government to reimpose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe’s highest, rise still further.
The U.K. recorded 49,156 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the largest number since mid-July. New infections averaged 43,000 a day over the past week, a 15% increase on the week before.
Full article: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-uk-faces-calls-for-plan-b-as-covid-19-cases-increase/


Can I Travel From EU to UK If I Am Not Vaccinated?: According to a press release issued by the Department for Transport, since Monday, October 18, unvaccinated and unrecovered Europeans travelling to the UK can enter the country by presenting their test certificates in the digital or physical format of the EUDCC. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/can-i-travel-from-eu-to-uk-if-i-am-not-vaccinated/


Tennis News- Djokovic unsure over Australian Open involvement, won’t reveal vaccine status: World number one Novak Djokovic once again declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and said he was unsure if he would defend his title at next year’s Australian Open.
The state of Victoria, where the Grand Slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for professional athletes, although authorities have not yet clarified what the requirement will be for those coming from abroad.
“Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” Djokovic told the online edition of Serbian daily Blic.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/djokovic-unsure-over-australian-open-involvement-wont-reveal-vaccine-status-2021-10-18/


900-year-old Crusader sword discovered off coast of Israel: The sword, which was “encrusted with marine organisms,” is believed to be made of iron and measure approximately 3.3 feet (1 meter) long, with a hilt measuring an additional 1 foot (30 centimeters) in length, according to the IAA. Photo:Shlomi Katzin. Full article: https://www.livescience.com/barnacle-encrusted-crusader-sword-israel


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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
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National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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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/
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