DigameXtra No. 2148 Thursday, Dec. 30th, 2021

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-Saturday, Jan. 1st, 2022, New Years Day, a Spanish public holiday
-Thursday, Jan. 6th, 2022, Epiphany, a Spanish public holiday


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Updated 28Dec21: Thank you for your support and generosity. Half way there! I will remove this post when the target is reached, or Jan 7th, whichever comes first. The target for this year is €2400 (€50/wk, or €8.34 per issue that takes 6hrs to produce, for the past year). If we reach the target I will not post another fundraiser till late next November. You don’t like being asked for money, and I certainly don’t like asking; let’s get this done so we can have the next 10.5 months free of donation drives. -Ed.
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29Dec21               €30(NT)                                        €1235  : )           

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COVID ALERT- CANCELLATIONS: Covid incidence rates are rising rapidly. Events are being cancelled in many cases.
-I strongly suggest you verify events to avoid the disappointment of arriving at a cancelled event.
-If there are new restrictions announced I will post it asap. -Ed.


SUSPENDED- The Nerja New Year’s Eve party is suspended on the Balcón de Europa: The Department of Popular Traditions has decided to suspend the New Year’s Eve party on the Balcón de Europa, given the increase in the incidence of coronavirus in the municipality (to 865.5 as of Wed 5pm). This decision does not affect the rest of the scheduled activities, both for the days before New Year’s Eve, and for the next week. Source: FB link


CHANGE OF FORMAT- Vélez-Málaga will enjoy the Three Kings and the Royal Postman with a static and 100% safe tour:
-The City Council of Vélez-Málaga announces this parade format so that the little ones can enjoy delivering the letters with their requests and see the Kings, whom they can visit on January 3 and 5 for a Christmas circuit in the enclosed Velez fair ensuring the health and safety of participants and visitors at all times.
Thus are suspended the parades of the rest of the towns of the municipality to unify into a single location in Velez-Malaga. The City Council of Velez-Malaga enabled for the second year a static Christmas circuit on the esplanade of the fairgrounds Velez for all families who wish to go to visit the Royal Postman, on January 3, and The Three Kings of the East, on January 5.
The Christmas tour to visit the Royal Postman will be open January 3, from 12:00 to 20:30, and on January 5 to visit the Three Kings, from 12:00 to 22:00.
Source: FB link 


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For Sale: Sony PS4 complete with relevant cables, a controller with charging station plus one game; ‘Call of duty black ops’.
Rarely used so in very good condition. A bargain at €100
Contact Jane / Paul via email jane.williams70@yahoo.co.uk
Emails answered in strict order of receipt.
Based in Puente don Manuel but happy to meet anywhere from here up to and including El Ingenio. 


For Sale, 2 items:
-Replacement breakdown tyre / wheel for Ford Ka/Fiat 500. Continental 165/65/R14 T. Unused 65 euros.
-Repsol Butano cylinder 10 euros.
Wattsapp Alan 603146693 Torrox Campo. 


Wanted: Watch collector looking for Swiss made watches, all makes considered. Please send photos and price to Ernie, Iznate on whatsapp
616 81 27 65 or email
ernestiznate at hotmaildotcodotuk


Recommendations & Requests


Doggie Items: Both TAIL shops in T.C. have a large quantity of brand new collars, leads, harnesses, coats, raincoats, feeding bowls etc. All good quality, very attractive stuff. Naythan


News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia: {Translation} 29/12/2021 · 12:08
-On Wednesday 29 December, Andalusia recorded a total of 10,838 cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours and counted seven new deaths, five fewer than the previous day and the same in the inter-weekly comparison. The seven deaths are accounted for by two in Almería and Jaén and one each in Málaga, Córdoba and Granada.
-According to data consulted by Europa Press at the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), the incidence in 14 days rose 82.7 points to 994 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 492 points more than a week ago and the highest rate for almost a year. The region’s highest record was on 28 January 2021 when Andalusia recorded 1,068.2 cases per 100,000 –74.2 points lower than the current rate.
-The 10,838 cases on Wednesday follow 8,747 on Tuesday, 19,853 on Monday (72 hours), 10,328 on Friday, 7,210 on Thursday and 6,237 on Wednesday.
-By provinces, Seville reports 2,260 positives, followed by Cordoba with 1,801, Malaga with 1,797, Cadiz with 1,375, Granada with 1,333, Almeria with 933, Jaen with 835 and Huelva with 504.
Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1018658/la-tasa-escala-de-forma-imparable-y-roza-los-mil-puntos-la-mas-alta-en-casi-un-ano/


Spain’s Ministry of Health cuts the Covid quarantine period to seven days: The national Ministry of Health and the regions in Spain have agreed to reduce the quarantine period for people who test positive for Covid-19 from ten to seven days.
-The measure, adopted unanimously, went against the position of the Health Risk Report, which advised against reducing the isolation period and maintaining it at ten days.
-Similarly, unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a positive will also have their isolation period shortened to seven days, compared to the ten at present. It had already been established that those fully vaccinated who were in close contact with a positive infection did not have to quarantine. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/spains-ministry-health-20211229172411-nt.html


New aid for low-income families in Spain: The government has earmarked 100 euros per month for each child under three years of age; 70 euros for each child between three and six years old; and 50 euros per month for those between six years of age and of legal age. The aid is intended for both IMV beneficiaries and people who can prove that they are in a situation of economic vulnerability. The request for the benefit must be made through the Tax Agency by submitting form 140, both electronically and in person. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/lowincome-families-20211229120359-nt.html


Renfe allows the exchange of tickets, at no extra cost with the increase of the infection rates: {Translation, summary} Travelers who have a ticket to travel between this Wednesday, December 29 and until January 15, 2022 on Ave, Long Distance, Avant and Medium Distance trains and who cannot make their trip for health reasons, can change the date of your ticket free of charge. Source, Spanish: https://www.cope.es/actualidad/economia/noticias/renfe-permite-cambio-billetes-sin-coste-anadido-ante-aumento-contagios-20211229_1703802


Malaga’s Three Kings Parade will go ahead but feature “safety measures”: The parade will be an open-air event with seating the recommended 1.5m apart.: Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/malagas-kings-parade-20211229110545-nt.html


Axarquia Provides Covid Certificates, No Digital Devices Needed:
{Translation, summary} 29Dec21 13:30
The Town Hall of Vélez-Málaga has set up a new point to facilitate the Covid Vaccination Certificate to those citizens who do not have the digital means to obtain it. This point will be located in the building of the Community Social Services and will be in operation until January 7.
Gonzalez explained that this initiative “is the result of an agreement with the Citizen Care service of the Eastern Health Area of Malaga – Axarquia and will have staff from the same to issue the certificate to those citizens from anywhere in the Axarquia who do not have knowledge or digital means to obtain it.
Citizens interested in making use of this service should go to the Community Social Services of Velez-Malaga, located in Calle Hojalateros and access through the entrance of the car park of the building, from 8.30 to 15.00 hours. In order to obtain this certificate it is essential to present the person’s identity document (DNI, NIE, Passport). Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/velez-malaga/velez-malaga-facilita-obtencion-certificado-covid-19/20211229130536045580.html


UK driving licences to be recognised in Spain until the end of February: The grace period when UK driving licences will be recognised for driving for residents in Spain has been extended to 28 February 2022, the British Embassy in Madrid has announced.
Visitors can continue to use their UK licence to drive in Spain without the need for an International Driving Permit. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/driving-licences-recognised-20211229101646-nt.html


France hit by daily record of new COVID-19 cases: France has had 208,000 cases reported over the past 24 hours, a new national and European record. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/france-set-new-daily-record-high-208000-new-covid-cases-minister-2021-12-29/


Portugal Posts Record Number of Daily New Covid Cases: There were 17,172 new cases in a day, more than the previous record of 16,432 reported at the end of January. There were 19 fatalities in a day. The number of patients in intensive-care units rose by two to 152. Nightclubs and bars in Portugal have been shut since Saturday as the government tries to counter the latest surge in infections. The country has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Full article: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/portugal-reports-record-number-of-daily-new-coronavirus-cases-2


Greece Brings Forward Covid Measures Due to Record Breaking Covid Levels: Greece brought forward measures originally due to enter into force next week as cases surge. Restrictions including an order for restaurants, bars, cafes and night clubs to close at midnight on Jan. 3 will be implemented as of Thursday. These venues can operate only with a maximum of six people seated at tables and can no longer play music. The establishments will be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Greece reported 21,657 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic and the second straight record daily reading. Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-29/greece-brings-forward-covid-measures-as-omicron-variant-spreads


Guilty- Ghislaine Maxwell convicted in Epstein sex abuse case: The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted Wednesday of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by the American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
The verdict capped a month-long trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty of five of six counts. Maxwell still awaits trial on two counts of perjury.
Full article: https://apnews.com/article/ghislaine-maxwell-convicted-jeffrey-epstein-trial-verdict-63a71a2825eab41184a79e37bb967e90


Tennis News Headlines from Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/
-Djokovic skips ATP Cup in Sydney, raising further doubts over whether the world number one will defend his Australian Open title next month.
-Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have pulled out of the Australian Open due to injuries. Rafael Nadal and Russia’s Andrey Rublev have tested positive to Covid in the past week.
-Sam Stosur will retire from her singles career at next month’s Australian Open, though she will continue to play doubles in 2022.

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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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