DigameXtra No. 2142 Wednesday, Dec. 22nd, 2021

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-Saturday, Dec. 25th, Christmas Day, a Spanish public holiday
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I will be closed for all business Friday Dec24 thru Monday Dec27 and again Thursday Dec 30 thru Sunday Jan2. 
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Something to smile about: Today the days begin to get longer. Yesterday, Dec 21st, was Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the official start of Winter. 


New Years Eve Party Friday Dec 31st: Kizzy Caribbean Kitchen
Free Entry & Entertainment from 9pm
Normal Service In Play All Day & Night
Top Floor, El Zoco, Calahonda 29649 Mijas FB link 


Events Cancelled- Message from Torrox Town Hall: We regret to announce that due to the current meteorological forecasts we have to cancel the Christmas Holidays events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
We are working to distribute these activities between the FiestasPreNochevieja scheduled for December 29 and 30 and the CarteroReal on January 3 and 4.
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Lux Mundi Torre del Mar Events:
-December & January – Centre Closing Times. Closed Wednesday Dec 22nd,13:00 and reopening for the coffee morning on the Dec 31st, except for Church Services. Also closed on Jan 1st thru to re-opening on Friday Jan 7th.
-Friday Dec 31st- Old Year 2021 & New Year 2022. Celebration with a toast and the traditional grapes. Tickets at reception. Limited space! Time 12.00.
-In the New Year we continue with our usual groups. Craft group on Mondays and art group on Wednesdays. Time 10.00 to 13.00.
-Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – “Our Shop” is open with clothes for the winter season and also household goods. Time 11.00 to 13.00.
– Every Friday – Coffee Morning. Come and enjoy meeting and catch up with friends. Check out our Book shop, hundreds of second-hand books waiting to be read. CDs and DVDs too. Time 11.00 to 13.00.
-Thursday Jan 20th– Coach Excursion to Marbella and Plaza Mayor/McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. We invite you to join friends on an excursion to Marbella Old Town. Tickets €19 Euros, or €16 with Friends of Lux Mundi card.
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Open mornings only Monday and Wednesday 10.00 till 13.00 and Fridays 11.00 – 13.00. Gradually we will re-open usual activities so please come or phone us for further information. Tel: 952 543 334.


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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
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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: IKEA Morgedal mattress. High quality and not much use.
Cost 249€ selling for 60€. Buyer collects. Anders, Nerja
Tel: 669094359 


For Sale: UGreen CM352, 2.5inch Hard Drive Enclosure w/ USB.
Brand new in sealed box.
Fits both standard and slim (7mm and 9.5mm) HDD or SSD.
Premium quality with special data protection chip not found in cheap models. Use this to connect a loose 2.5″ hard drive (from a laptop) to your computer with the attached USB cable (provided).
Easy to insert your HDD or SSD, no tools needed.
Good Christmas gift for that “hard to buy for” techie friend.
High speed transfers with data transfer rate up to 5Gbps!
Supports USB2, USB3, SATA 3,SATA 2.
For Windows/macOS/Linux. Photo:planbatteries.gr
Price €25. Naythan, Torrox Costa
Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com 


News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalucía registers 15 coronavirus deaths as the region’s incidence rate rises to 445.4: {21Dec21 17:43} There has been an increase of 97 patients hospitalised in the last 24 hours to make a total of 692, some 180 more than a week ago and the highest daily increase since the 138 on 10 August.
A further 15 Covid-19 deaths have been added, the highest figure since the 15 registered on 1 October. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-registers-coronavirus-20211221172739-nt.html 


Malaga province and Andalucía region Covid-19 rates – town by town: Consult your municipality’s coronavirus figures on these interactive maps and graphs at: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/malaga-province-andalucia-20210606195012-nt.html 


Spain’s PM to meet with regional leaders to discuss new Covid-19 measures over ‘real risk’: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a special meeting for Wednesday with the heads of the country’s regional governments, which are in charge of their own Covid-19 containment campaigns, to discuss the spread of the new omicron variant and “evaluate new measures that could be introduced in the coming weeks.” Sánchez on Sunday described the rise in coronavirus transmission ahead of the Christmas holidays as “a real and certain health risk.” Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spain/2021-12-20/spains-pm-to-meet-with-regional-leaders-to-discuss-new-covid-19-measures-due-to-real-risk.html


Delays of up to five days to obtain the results of the PCR in Malaga: {Translation} 21Dec21 12:22
-Patients testing positive for Covid antigens crowd the doors of the outpatient clinics to confirm, by means of a PCR, that they have been infected. The scene is repeated in different health districts. It will take time to know the result, because the delay, as reported on Tuesday by the CCOO union, is already five days, which it blames on the “collapse” of primary care, overwhelmed by the increase of infections in the province of Malaga, where cases of Omicron, the new variant, have already been confirmed.
-“We go to a pharmacy to get an antigen test and then we go to the health centre to get confirmation that we are positive. It is impossible to get an appointment. There is a public and notorious collapse. Contagions are increasing exponentially and people have difficulties to confirm theirs”, says Juan Carlos, general secretary of the Union of Health and Socio-sanitary Sectors of CCOO in Malaga.
-The telephone lines and self-appointment is also failing, so that citizens are forced to go in person to health centres, which results in “waiting lists, endless queues and increasing tension among users”.
-In the words of the union spokesman, the health situation “would improve by reinforcing the workforce”, which has been “cut” at the same time as “the sixth wave” was “announced”. “On 31 October, 8,000 health professional contracts were terminated in Andalusia; 1,500 in the case of Malaga. In addition, 600 nurses have gone to work in Catalonia because they do have job stability there,” he says.
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Denuncian-demoras-resultados-PCR-Malaga_0_1640236453.html


Nerja gets new parking lot: {Translation, summary} This week the new lot of 85 parking spaces will be opened, which the Nerja City Council, through the Infrastructure Service, has enabled on a municipal plot, with an area of 2,100 square meters, located next to the roundabout access to the municipality from the old road N-340 and Avda. Alcalde Antonio Villasclaras. This new car park will be managed by the Friendship Workshop Association. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/nerja/ayuntamiento-nerja-crea-nueva-bolsa-aparcamientos/20211221082732045464.html 


All 30 countries that UK travellers are effectively banned from including Germany, France and Australia: The UK has seen its daily coronavirus case record tumble numerous times in the last week or two with the latest record being set this Saturday at 93,045.
As a result a number of countries in Europe and further afield have been amending their travel rules regarding UK travellers, Germany the latest to do this today.
Some nations have been imposing tougher quarantine rules on UK arrivals, effectively banning tourists and others already had blanket bans on all travellers.
In total now there are 30 different countries where travellers from the UK are effectively barred. See the full list in source article: https://www.mylondon.news/lifestyle/travel/heathrow-gatwick-30-countries-uk-22515570#comments-wrapper


UK reports another 90,629 COVID cases and 172 deaths in latest 24-hour period: MPs are being briefed on the current situation with Omicron on Tuesday evening by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
There are also reports in The Sun that “within 48 hours” the PM will make an announcement on whether a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown will be imposed in England over the festive season and into January. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-uk-reports-another-90-629-covid-cases-and-172-deaths-in-latest-24-hour-period-in-latest-24-hour-period-12501476


Has Microsoft added your NHS records to all the other data it has collected on you from your computer and phone? US giant Microsoft is accused of NHS takeover: Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is investigating claims that the US tech giant Microsoft has elbowed British firms out of millions of pounds of NHS contracts by giving remote-meeting software to the Health Service.
Officials in Mr Kwarteng’s Business Department are looking at claims that what was seen as a generous offer during the pandemic – providing Teams software free to the NHS – has led to a ‘takeover by stealth’ of its IT systems.
Microsoft is already being investigated by the competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, over its plan to acquire Nuance, a £12 billion voice recognition platform which is widely used in the NHS. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10324505/US-giant-Microsoft-accused-NHS-takeover-stealth-elbowing-UK-firms-millions.html


Gibraltar Covid Pass is not valid in Spain due to NHS error: In a press release issued by the Government of Gibraltar late on Monday December 20, it was announced that the Chief Minister would be making a live announcement about the situation surrounding the pandemic on Thursday December 23 at 4pm.
Contained within this release was the following statement “It is important to note that new restrictions have also come into force in the region of Andalucia next door. It will no longer be possible by law to enter catering establishments or leisure areas there without the relevant COVID pass. This means the Spanish and EU COVID pass. The Gibraltar COVID pass is presently compatible with that of the United Kingdom only and the extension of that compatibility to EU Member States is currently under discussion.” Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/12/21/gibraltar-covid-pass-is-not-valid-in-spain-due-to-nhs-error/


UK hands over 585 million compromised passwords to ‘Have I been pwned’ service: Troy Hunt, the founder of the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ (HIBP) website, announced on Monday that UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has shared a colossal trove of stolen passwords with his website that lets people to check if their passwords have been compromised online. Visit this link to check your if your  passwords have been stolen- https://haveibeenpwned.com/
According to Hunt, the NCA shared 585,570,857 credentials with HIBP, of which 225,665,425 were new passwords that Hunt hadn’t seen before in 613 million credentials stored in HIBP’s password repository.
The NCA told Hunt that these passwords were found at a cloud storage location that belonged to a UK business and was used by unidentified actors to store compromised login data.
The credentials came from multiple data breaches, and their storage on a UK business’s cloud storage meant that they were accessible to third parties “to commit further fraud or cyber offences.” Full article: https://www.computing.co.uk/news/4042359/uk-hands-585-million-compromised-passwords-pwned-service

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference


For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official Covid-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:

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.

A Spanish gov’t site in English with travel docs & requirements info: 

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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