DigameXtra No. 2154 Saturday, Jan. 8th, 2022

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Updated 07Jan22: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! You may still make donations of course, but this annoying donation request post will be gone next week. Thank you for your support and generosity! The target for this donation drive is €2400 (€50/wk, or €8.34 per issue that takes 6hrs to produce, for the past year). If we reach the target by next Monday I will not post another fundraiser till late next November, otherwise expect it back in mid-June. 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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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.


Yoga Monte Alegre (Campo Torrox):
Every Tuesday 09:45 -11:15 a.m. (90 minutes, 10€)
Ongoing course / small international group / open air location (we adapt ourselves and the practice to the weather)
Language of instruction is Spanish but individual additions can be made in German and English if required .
This class will integrate conscious breath with dynamic movement to build strength, endurance and flexibility – physically as well as mentally!
For more details please contact : Anne/Torrox 0034 – 685 247 505


Live Music & Open Mic: Sat Jan 8th, Bea’s Postamt. 8pm
Hosted by Bernd & Dix. BLQ 80 Torrox Costa. FB link 


Ten Day Weather Forecast from https://weather.com/


Services Wanted/Offered

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Landlords, tell your renters about DigameXtra, where they can get overnight answers to questions about local stuff without having to call you!


Tony Roam Transport & Removals:
Spain To UK To Spain Fortnightly Runs Spain to UK and Up to 4 weeks free Storage. Spain or UK
16 years Removals To & Fro Spain / UK Spain.
Scheduled and also unscheduled all year every month.
We also offer a door to door at dates and times you choose.
Transportation, Removals & light haulage company that have guaranteed scheduled trips all year from UK to Torrox and back at the same time every month.
Also additional unscheduled to suit your needs.
Full or part loads undertaken.
Dedicated Delivery Personal Service Full or Part loads up to 20 cubic meters up to 2.5 tonne.
Up to £25,000.00 insurance with British Insurance Company.
Evidence of insurance can be supplied by email on request. Hard Copies always carried on the vans.
We live just behind Torrox Pueblo in Spain and in South Wales UK and have vans going back and forth UK to Spain to UK by way of Santander or Bilbao / Portsmouth or Plymouth Ferry.
For more information and prices for all to see please visit our website www.tonyroamremovals.com
email: tonyroam@btconnect.com
Tel Spain 0034636393542 – UK 00447973362003.
Face book Tony Roam – WhatsApp Either Number 


Car Clean Malaga:
Is your car looking tired? Does the interior need some TLC? Selling your current car & want to get the best price for it? We can help!!
At Car Clean Malaga we strive to achieve the highest level of finish on our customers cars possible. We are able to correct defective paintwork, faded headlights, scratches, stone chips and make interiors clean & fresh. We have invested thousands of euros in the best tools available to carry out these jobs as speedily as possible, ensuring you get the most efficient and cost effective results carried out for you!
Warren will come and see your vehicle and discuss with you what you need and a budget you have to work with.
Once your vehicle is booked in with us you can rest assured you will be pleased with the end results!
We can also offer this service to motorhomes, caravans, motorbikes, small cars, 4x4s & vans!
Call or WhatsApp Warren on 618-346-098 or email at warren@carcleanmalaga.com for your FREE no obligation quote. Based in Comares.



MS Bespoke Joinery: With many years experience in the Joinery trade, I am able to offer a professional and personalised service to meet your individual requirements.
Wardrobes– if you are looking to maximise your wardrobe space, or modernise your existing Spanish wardrobes, then sliding doors is an ideal solution.
All wardrobes are fitted from floor to ceiling, with doors that slide effortlessly and silently, with soft-close mechanism.
Home Office– if you are working from home, it is important to make your space as comfortable and practical as possible, allowing you to maximise your productivity.
Murphy Beds– if space is at a premium, a wall bed is a really smart way to create a very flexible room – one that converts from a comfortable bedroom, to a work or play area, in less than a minute.
Beds can be installed with cabinets, in a large selection of designs, sizes and finishes.
Kitchens – From ultra-modern, glossy, handle-less cabinets to traditional Shaker style.
A comprehensive range of fully-fitted kitchen cabinets available to suit all budgets, offering style and practicality.
All kitchen-related trades catered for, to ensure a smooth transition from conception to completion.
For more information and a no-obligation quote,
contact Mick, Torrox, at: CoExGal@aol.com
or by phone at +44 7575 597060 or +34 696161951
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Assisted Living Services in the Axarquia Region:
Let Our Family Take Care of Yours.
Palliative Care * Health Monitoring * Hospital Sitting * Respite at home
* Dressing, bathing and daily hygiene
* Assisted Mobility. 
* 24 hour live in care.
* Meal preparation, shopping & routine house keeping
* Correspondence and Communication 
* Medication Collection and Dispensing Systems
* Provision of Medical Equipment
TEL 951 55 05 81 OR 692419548 
Contact Liz ( On WhatsApp). Colegio de Enfermería de Málaga reg. 17425


Mosaic Lantern Workshop in Vélez Málaga: Come & join in this fun Mosaic Workshop with the very talented Sofia.
The Workshop is in Vélez Málaga and will take place on Saturday 15th January at 12pm.
Learn how to make a Tea Candle Holder using this great mosaic technique. You can bring your own glass jar to decorate or use the one provided.
This great mosaic technique is so decorative and you will be able to apply it so many projects to decorate your own home or to make personalised gifts.
The cost of the Workshop is 40€ and includes all materials, refreshments & a glass of Cava.
To reserve your place, contact: Donna on 608 966 663 or Sofia on 643 154 495.
Email: donnacarney49@hotmail.com 


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Triple Set: Face Cleanser + Revitalizing Face Cream + Anti-ageing Serum
Original price 65 € per set. Now 59 € !
Plus a free gift worth 4 € – a reusable pure cotton bag for carrying your beauty kit.
This set contains three of our best sellers! Each product has proven to be highly moisturizing, long lasting, and effective at reducing wrinkles and fine lines, improving your overall facial complexion. The triple set is made from 100% natural ingredients, gentle to your skin. They are made with love and care from premium quality vegetable oils and extracts.
This special offer is limited and will be available whilst the products are in stock.
MOONETTE – Organic Skincare for Mature Skin
We are a Torrox-based company specialising in the creation of formulae which help prevent premature skin ageing. We are committed to making effective products at affordable prices.
Your skin health matters to us. How you feed your skin is as important as how you feed your body. Why settle for anything less than natural and organic?
As our skin is the first layer of our defence against microbial infections, ultraviolet radiation and environmental contamination it plays a vital role in our health. As we grow older, however, our skin becomes thinner, wrinkled, and more sensitive; hence it requires the use of treatments containing specific ingredients to the care of treating mature skin.
Recognising this need we have created a range of formulae which help
-slow down ageing process by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
-improve facial complexion and eliminate blemishes.
At Moonette, we are passionate about health, beauty and plants. Your skin will benefit from the properties of botanic essential oils combined with a selection of nutrients for deep hydration, cell revitalization and antioxidant effect, all sourced from the finest natural ingredients with gorgeous fragrances.
Naturally, we care about our planet and feel the need to help reduce the sheer volumes of plastics waste that are generated daily around the globe. Presently, we are minimizing the usage of plastic materials in our production while seeking alternative forms of packaging. To help reduce pollution we are asking all local customers to recycle or reuse their Moonette skincare containers, and offering a small discount on future purchases to customers recycling containers.
Free small testers are available on request. Please contact us to find out more or to order:
Homepage- www.moonette.es
Tel /WhatsApp: +34 650 044 102
Follow us on social media:
Facebook @ www.facebook.com/moonette.es
Instagram @moonetteskincare
Pinterest @ www.pinterest.es/moonetteskincare 


BluCee Real Estate property request:
Digamites we need your help in find a property for a client,
-Rincón de la Victoria to Nerja
-up to €120,000
-1 or more bedrooms
If you are selling a property which fits this criteria this please contact us.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
Email: info @ blucee.com
BluCee.com is a DigameXtra sponsor so our contact details are shown here every day. 



For Sale, 3 items:
-3 tower cd racks 15 euro or 5 euro each
-Wrought iron seat with cushion 20 euro
-2 very old brass fire boxes with leatherette top 40 euro
Jane / Canillas de Albaida
janebs@hotmail.co.uk ; 637716703 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Sold as a lot: Old sub aqua gear, lots of it. €80 buyer collects
-Old decanter €30
-Jug and bowl with potty spout has been repaired €40
Phone or WhatsApp 640885631
jimminspain@yahoo.co.uk ; Jim / La Herradura 


For Sale, 3 items: High quality IKEA bedroom furniture at a fraction of original prices and in excellent condition.
-“Anes” chest of 4 drawers (90x50x113 cms) (originally179€) – 50€
-“Anes” chest of 2 drawers (130x50x69 cms) (originally 189€) – 50€
-Computer table with castors – 10€
Contact Richard in Caleta de Velez on 617282970 


For Sale: 2 Pairs Shoes. Christmas gave me these two pairs of shoes, sandals. I tried them and I like them as well! but I am not able to walk in high heels. So I sell them both for 15 euros. Number 38
dana10marzo@gmail.com ; Dana / Nerja 


FREE: Having a clear-out. Came across a Sony Mini- Stereo we haven’t used since we were in the UK 8 years ago. (We used it in the dining room)
As our music,these days, comes from our various bluetooth devices; we have no use for it. It’s a Sony: stereo: cassette/ DVD player with DAB radio. ( 3-pin plug). Two speakers. Model: HCD-EH20DAB. The 3 elements are 24cm high.
It is free to anyone who will pick it up.
Please contact via SMS or Whatsapp on 622 468 999.or email.
John B / Torrox Costa ; Jon108 at hotmail dot co.uk 


FREE, 3 items:
-A classic Mirror Dinghy. We are selling up locally and would love to find a good home for our classic Mirror Dinghy with its traditional red sail. It comes with a launching trolley, a road trolley, and a fitted cover. This is a wonderfully flexible little sailing craft.
-For any windsurfers out there we also have available a Bic Surfboard Samba 320 (3.2m) with two different sized masts and sails.
-Entry level Mini Bic (2.1m) – just right for young learners.
These items are free, so be quick!
To arrange to view, contact Jo, Caleta de Vélez on 624640808


Recommendations & Requests


Gestor for solar subsidies: We are about to place solar panels on our roof. We know it is possible, after installation, to apply for discount on the IBI and request for possible installation subsidy at Andalucia. But it is something you have to initiate yourself. We are looking for a Gestor in the area of Torrox who can advice on the matter and possibly help. Looking forward to hear from you at karel.massop at gmail.com or 951240601 ; Karel / Torrox


Pianist Wanted: Are you a Pianist who would like to play sonatas with a violinist, or a Violinist, Cellist or Violist who loves to play classical chamber music for pleasure and fun? I am an experienced violinist/violist looking for other players to read duets, trios or quartets in the Nerja area.
Please contact Roberta at: Rabbina2 @ AOL.com
Roberta / Nerja 


News & Articles

(Click the link to read the full article) 
{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalucía’s coronavirus incidence rate exceeds 1,600 for the first time, 4 new deaths:
-Andalucía has this Friday, 7 January, registered a total of 13,713 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, some 1,758 fewer than last the 15,471 positives last Friday, which is the record number recorded in the region.
-The 14-day cumulative incidence rate has risen again – after a one-day drop earlier this week – and stands at 1,601.8 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, some 26.4 more than Thursday and 388.4 more than a week ago.
-Four Covid-19 deaths have also been added in the daily update, compared to eight the day before, all recorded in Malaga province.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucias-covid19-incidence-20220107175544-nt.html


Covid Spain- Spain’s 14-day COVID-19 rate rises to 2,722 per 100,000: Spain’s 14-day COVID-19 infection rate rose by 148 points to 2,722.72 cases per 100,000 people, the health ministry said on Friday, compared to 2,574.46 on Wednesday when the last figures were released before a public holiday on Thursday.
-The percentage of hospital beds occupied by patients with coronavirus was 11.79% on Friday, compared to an earlier wave of the pandemic last year when 24% of hospital beds were occupied by people with COVID-19 on Jan.28.
-The number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units rose to 22.06% but this was well below the figure of almost a year ago when 42.84% of intensive beds were occupied by patients with the virus on Jan. 28 last year. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spains-14-day-covid-19-rate-rises-2722-per-100000-2022-01-07/


First bird flu cases discovered in Spain: The highly contagious H5N1 strain of avian flu is already rampant in northern and central Europe and the Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that the devastating disease has now hit Spain. The influenza virus was detected in four swans and a stork that were found dead in the Segre river in Lleida, Catalonia.
Between August 1 and December 27 of last year, a total of 1,199 bird flu outbreaks were reported in 27 countries and Spain is considered particularly vulnerable given the number of cases reported in neighbouring France and Portugal. Full article: https://alicantetoday.com/first_bird_flu_cases_discovered_in_spain_1713113-a.html


Animals are no longer ‘objects’ in Spanish law and judges will have to ensure the welfare of pets in divorce cases: Under Spanish law animals are now classed as sentient living beings and their welfare must be taken into account when couples divorce. Additionally, an individual found guilty of animal cruelty could lose access to their children, warns a legal association. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/animals-longer-things-20220107093240-nt.html


Restoring water channels from the days of Al-Andalus to irrigate modern Spain: Thousands of kilometers of ‘acequias’ dug during the Islamic period were abandoned in the 20th century. A project by Granada University aims to put them back into use to help rural communities and support sustainable agriculture. Photo:MEMOLAB. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-01-06/restoring-water-channels-from-the-days-of-al-andalus-to-irrigate-modern-spain.html


Spanish Politics- PP calls on Sánchez to “take a step back and call elections” after two years of “lying to everyone”: {Translation}
-The deputy secretary of Organisation of the Partido Popular, Ana Beltrán, has asked the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, this Friday to “take a step back and call” general elections, after spending two years “lying to everyone and about everything”.
-Speaking to journalists in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), Beltrán pointed out that today marks two years of a government led by “the president of lies”, because Sánchez “lies constantly and to everyone”: “He said he would never govern with Podemos (party), that he would not agree with Bildu (party), that he would not pardon those convicted of the procés (mishandling of gov’t funds) and that he was not going to leave anyone behind, and nothing could be further from the truth”.
-Now, she said, we have a “government led by communists, populists, pro-independence supporters and the heirs of ETA”. In her opinion, Sánchez’s government “has not improved the quality of life of Spaniards at all”, while it has improved the lives of “the Catalan pro-independence supporters convicted of sedition, who were pardoned, and the prisoners of the terrorist group ETA”.
-She also warned that, in addition to all this, energy poverty is already established in our country due to the high cost of electricity. “It would be possible to reduce the price of electricity if Sánchez wanted to, but he does not want to do so by reducing the non-energy costs associated with the electricity tariff by 20%”, she said.
-In addition to this problem, she pointed out, there is a rise in the shopping basket and the cost of basic foodstuffs.
-For Ana Beltrán, it is time for “Sánchez to take a step back and call elections” and she stated that the PP will go to these elections as a “serious alternative, capable and prepared to govern, with clear proposals to improve people’s lives”.
-She assured that the PP is prepared to govern, as is already being seen in regions such as Andalusia, Madrid, Galicia, Murcia and Castile and Leon, where the economy is growing and jobs are being created, while taxes are being lowered. She pointed out that the case of Andalusia, with Juanma Moreno as president, is the “best example that we can give to all Spaniards of what we will do in the future as this region is being transformed after decades of socialist executives.
-On the other hand, she expressed his concern that this weekend “we will sadly see 200 tributes to murderers who are proud to be murderers” and we cannot allow this “humiliation of the victims of ETA and all Spaniards”. She said she was confident that a law could be passed to prevent these tributes to ETA members and to prevent them from receiving prison benefits even when they do not collaborate with the justice system, and “so that the statute of limitations on the murders of the terrorist group ETA never expires”. Source, Spanish


21 villages of the Axarquia benefit from tax advantages due to the risk of depopulation: {Translation} It comes from the municipalities of Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Almáchar, Árchez, Arenas, Benamargosa, El Borge, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Comares, Cútar, Iznate, La Viñuela, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo, Riogordo, Salares, Sayalonga, Sedella and Totalán.
In this regard, the resolution of the Directorate General of Taxation of the Ministry of Finance and European Funding published in the BOJA on 31 December, will allow them to apply a deduction of 400 euros for the birth, adoption of children or foster care of minors in the Personal Income Tax (IRPF) and enjoy reduced rates of Transfer Tax and Stamp Duty (ITPAJD) to promote a social housing policy.
In addition, from the end of October 2021, a reduced rate of 3.5% can be applied to the payment of Transfer Tax on the purchase of a home, provided that the property is located in one of these 21 municipalities of Axarquia, that it is intended for permanent residence and whose value does not exceed 150,000 euros. Source, Spanish


Sick leave because of Covid soars by 1,000 per cent in the Andalusian region: The sixth wave of Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant resulted in almost 64,000 workers in Andalucía being absent from their jobs in December 2021, the Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (AMAT) said on 6 January. The number represents a 1,023 per cent increase in absenteeism compared to the same period last year. AMAT described the situation as “a true tsunami of sick leave” due to “the explosion of infections”. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/sick-leave-because-20220107113804-nt.html


Andalucian researchers find Vitamin D linked to increased Covid survival: {Translation, 1st 4 paragraphs only}
-Researchers from the Clinical Bioinformatics Area of the Fundación Progreso y Salud, dependent on the Regional Ministry of Health and Families, have carried out a retrospective study on almost 16,000 patients to determine and confirm the relationship between vitamin D and a higher survival rate against Covid-19 disease.
-The research group, led by the principal investigator and director of the area, Joaquín Dopazo, has used clinical information provided by the Population Health Database of a total of 15,968 Covid patients hospitalised in Andalusia between January and November 2020.
-In this study, the results of which have been published in Scientific Reports, the clinical history of each of the patients has been analysed, showing that those who took a drug to restore vitamin D during the 15 days prior to hospital admission experienced a higher survival rate compared to Covid-19.
-According to Dopazo, “we have studied the effect of vitamin D on patient survival”. “The data obtained, the survival curves and the risk ratios demonstrate – taking into account other variables that influence survival such as age, sex and other comorbidities – the idea that vitamin D favours a higher survival rate”, with particular relevance in the case of calcifediol, although it has also been demonstrated in the case of cholecalciferol. The scientists also found that the association was stronger when the drug was taken closer to the date of hospitalisation. Source, Spanish


Drivers face fines for dirty or snow-covered car windows in Spain: Little known traffic rules in Spain mean that drivers can be fined up to 3,000 euros for not keeping the windows of their cars clean from dirt, ice and snow.
According to the country’s traffic rules, vehicle windows need to be kept clean along with headlights and licence plates. Under safety laws, the police can impound a car if it has “deficiencies that constitute a particularly serious risk to vital safety”. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/fines-3000-euros-20220104172628-nt.html


More than 25,000 people enjoy the ‘static’ Three Kings Parade in Vélez-Málaga: Some 25,000 people from all over the province have been able to enjoy once again this year, from their cars and in total safety, the original and innovative Christmas circuit installed at the fairgrounds of Velez-Malaga.Photo: Velez-Malaga Municipal Archive. Source, Spanish


Three Kings Parade in Malaga 2022 – VIDEO LINK


EuroMillions: The winning combination in the draw of Euromillions of Friday, January 7, 2021 corresponds to the one formed by the following numbers: 14, 2, 50, 37 and 44 and the stars 7 Y eleven. The Million code has been the WDL12019. Source: https://spainsnews.com/euromillions-results-of-the-draw-for-friday-january-7-2021/


Tennis News- Defiant Djokovic joined by Czech player in Australian immigration hotel: Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was joined in Australian immigration detention by Czech women’s player Renata Voracova on Friday in a row over COVID-19 vaccines that could scupper the Serbian’s shot at a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam.
Both players were being kept at the modest Park Hotel in inner-city Melbourne, where scores of asylum seekers are also housed behind grey walls and locked windows. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/djokovic-waits-australian-detention-lawyers-debate-vaccination-status-2022-01-07/


Ashes, Fourth Test Day Four: England bowled all out for 294 as Jack Leach, Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad all fall within 45 minutes… leaving Australia with a first-innings lead of 121 in sunny Sydney. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-10379513/Australia-vs-England-Ashes-2021-22-Live-score-updates-Day-Four-4thTest.html


“Popcorn Time” Shuts Down Due to a Lack of Use: Despite weathering several storms, the curtain finally fell for Popcorn-Time this week but legal issues didn’t play a role. “It’s time to say goodbye,” the Popcorn Time team notes. “The world doesn’t need Popcorn Time anymore.” A few years ago millions of people regularly used the software but most of those people moved on to more convenient alternatives. (It may continue to work for now, but will not be updated and will likely stop working at some point. -Ed) Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/popcorn-time-shuts-down-due-to-a-lack-of-use-220105/


Smart Speakers like the Google Home speaker, Nest Audio, Chromecast, and Pixel line to be DOWNGRADED after Google loses patent infringement case:
Following a preliminary ruling in August, the US International Trade Commission has issued a final decision saying that Google infringed five Sonos smart speaker patents. It would be possible for this ruling to result in some products like the Nest Audio, Chromecast, and Pixel line being banned in the US, but Google has prepared ITC-approved software downgrades, which remove the infringing features from users’ products.
On a Google Nest Community post called “Upcoming Speaker Group changes,” a Google rep tells customers: Due to a recent legal ruling we’re making some changes to how you set up your devices and [how] the Speaker Group functionality will work moving forward. If you’re using the Speaker Group feature to control the volume in the Google Home app, by voice with the Google Assistant, or directly on your Nest Hub display, you’ll notice a few changes. Full article: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/google-loses-sonos-patent-case-starts-stripping-functionality-from-speakers/


Travel giants Teletext Holidays and Alpharooms have entered liquidation: It is a move that could affect tens of thousands of holidaymakers that are still awaiting refunds from the very beginning of the Covid pandemic. Truly Holdings is the company that owns both firms and as of Friday 7 January, it has ceased trading according to the government’s insolvency database. The move affects more than 4,000 customers. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2022/01/07/thousand-of-refunds-in-danger-as-teletext-holidays-falls-into-administration/


BAD GOOGLE, NO COOKIE FOR YOU! France Fines Google, Facebook €210 Million Over Privacy Violating Tracking Cookies: The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), France’s data protection watchdog, has slapped Facebook (now Meta Platforms) and Google with fines of €150 million ($170 million) and €60 million ($68 million) for violating E.U. privacy rules by failing to provide users with an easy option to reject cookie tracking technology.
“The websites facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com offer a button allowing the user to immediately accept cookies,” the authority said. “However, they do not provide an equivalent solution (button or other) enabling the Internet user to easily refuse the deposit of these cookies.” Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2022/01/france-fines-google-facebook-210.html


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: 


Churches & Worship


New Life Church: Whether you live in Nerja or are visiting our area, we would be delighted to welcome you to New Life Church. Our meetings are characterised by uplifting songs, relevant sermons and a modern but reverent service.
During this time of uncertainty, God’s word reminds us that the Gospel shines brightest in times of darkness. We are a Bible based Church community continuing to help people find their way to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life“
-Sunday Service 11.00am
-Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja
Directions: Click Here https://goo.gl/maps/KvNCimhrsYdH298r9
Email: info@nlcnerja.com
Website: https://www.nlcnerja.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nlcnerja


El Puente Christian Fellowship – Sunday Service
El Puente Christian Fellowship is a loving, multi-national, Bible believing community of Christ, who meet each Sunday at 11 am to worship The Lord. We enjoy a time of worship with contemporary songs and traditional hymns, and a message brought to us by one of the Elders or a visiting speaker.
The church meeting hall is situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria Puente Don Manuel, Cruce de Periana – 29713.
Full directions and further information can be found on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/El-Puente-Christian-Fellowship-105285888299225/or please contact us by email on elpuentechristianfellowship@gmail.com. For those who cannot join us in person, we aim to stream Sunday services via the Facebook page (subject to a good internet connection!). 


St George’s Church Málaga: We are part of the Church of England in Spain covering the area from Torremolinos in the west to the outskirts of Nerja in the east and to the northern edge of Malaga province. 
We have three worship centres, in Velez-Málaga, Málaga city and Salinas. Everyone is welcome to our Sunday services in English, and you can also contact us to enquire about baptisms, marriage blessings, funerals, and house blessings. 
Father Louis, our Chaplain, is available for counsel and support, regardless of anyone’s beliefs or background. We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community, open to all people seeking faith and friendship. 
If you can’t get to church, we live-stream our Sunday services on Facebook, and also gather on Zoom for an informal service on Wednesday mornings. 
Sign up for our newsletter by emailing Father Louis at malagachaplain@gmail.com to receive login details, and news of other future events. We look forward to welcoming you and being of service.
Website: www.stgeorgemalaga.org & Facebook 


The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar:
The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar holds a midday (12 noon) Eucharist service at San Miguel church in Nerja every Sunday. San Miguel is to be found in Plaza Andalucia. https://goo.gl/maps/nCMt8XqAQvuyZiaE8
Iglesia de San Miguel (St Michael’s Church) is within easy walking distance of Nerja Bus Station. Free parking on the streets is available close to Plaza Andalucia or off street in the Dustbowl car park.
A midweek Eucharist service is held by Zoom each Wednesday at 9.30 am and a simple service of Compline also takes place by Zoom on Thursdays at 6pm.
Residents and visitors are welcome at our services.
For more information and to register for the link to the Zoom services please refer to our website. https://www.nerjaalmunecaranglicanchurch.co.uk/ & FB link


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services:
-Lux Mundi Catholic Mass in English. Every Saturday at 17.00. Tel: 952 543 334.
-St Barnabas IERE (Anglican) Torre del Mar, Morning prayer 1st Sunday, Holy Communion 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 11am. Tel: 657286284
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Tel: 952 543 334




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