DigameXtra No. 2163 Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 2022

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Money Makers Band: Friday, January 21 at 10:30 p.m.
Lacaliza Restaurante, Dinner and live music
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El Caminito del Rey tickets on sale until 19 June: {Translation, summary}
-El Caminito del Rey Path has put tickets on sale until 19th June for agencies and establishments, as well as for the general public.
-Specifically, they can be purchased at http://www.caminitodelrey.info for 10 euros for general tickets or 18 euros with guided tours, according to the County Council in a press release.
-In addition, as a novelty, exceptionally and for a better coverage of holiday periods or public holidays, El Caminito del Rey will open its doors on Mondays 28th February, 11th April and 2nd May.
-The current opening hours are from 9:00 to 15:30, and will be extended at a later date with more hours of natural light until 17:30.
-In the coming weeks, the Visitor Reception Centre will be opened and put into service, from where the services available to visitors will be extended. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Caminito-Rey-venta-entradas_0_1648635663.html 

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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.
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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.
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If you are an expat family in need of prepaid funeral services please contact Ruth on phone or whats app + 34 693 715 718
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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



Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Tv unit Stained top & drawer with bronze handles chalk paint waxed. Measurements W85.50 x 42 x 79cms Price 75€
-Solid wood bedside / occasional tables Striped back to natural & waxed new bronze handles with decorative tile on door front. Measurements 52 x 40 x 67cms Price 120€ (the pair)
-Solid Spanish sideboard stripped back to natural decorative tiles on doors with chalk paint & waxed. Measurements 139 x 38 x 72cms Price 175€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Bath & bathroom furniture (including taps) €250
-Toilet €50
-Bathroom sink (incl tap) €50
Mylene, / Puente don Manuel – pick up only
Contact: mylenerichaers@me.com ; +31628579841 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Craft made candle sticks €25
-Stainless steel chair very comfortable €30
-Hostess trolley for keeping all your food hot while entertaining €40
Buyer collects. James, La Herradura 640885631 


For Sale: iPhone 6s. With 16 mb in great condition with protective case, extra noise reducing ear-pods and selfie stick. €80. Angela, Torrox Costa
Email: angiejrogersATgmailD0Tcom 


For Sale: Collection of 44 x vinyl records 45rpm singles, mostly from 80’s. Full list available on request. €25. Buyer collects.
Contact Sam, La Vinuela


For Sale, 3 items:
-Group of Owls, some in a tree. Tree is 28cm tall by 22 wide, Collection €25
-Viking Longboat in glass bottle. 28cm long by 12cm high.€10
-Carved chess pieces with board. €50
All offers considered, more information available on request.
John (Torrox Campo, five minutes from Pueblo)
somontano2003@yahoo.co.uk ; 678933805 


Recommendations & Requests


For DoctorLaptop: Many thanks to Naythan, for showing me (via email) how to get rid of a set of very annoying Pop Ups on my Mac over the weekend. He identified where the problem might be lurking.
All very clear and with link attached which I printed so I could then follow
as I went through the various steps to kill them.
All nice and clean again now.
Thanks again, Peter, Nerja
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2022 AACC – Association of [those] Affected by the Car Cartel:
Does anyone have any experience – hopefully positive – of making a claim for recovery of part of the cost of a new car through this organisation? For those who are unaware of the background to this, the Competition Chamber of the Council of the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) in Spain found that car makers had formed a cartel which operated from 2006 to 2013. The cartel had the effect of controlling the market and thus inflating prices. AACC claims that it may be possible for them to recover between 11 and 15% of the purchase price of a car bought between 2006 and 2013.
Replies please to James / Archez
Email: james dot mcculloch100 @ gmail dot com
Editor’s Note: I posted an article on this 2.5 months ago, see it here: https://digamextra.com/2021/10/30/digamextra-no-2099-saturday-oct-30th-2021/
See the source article with more info & a link to a claims form here:
Link to the AACC claims form: https://afectadoscartelcoches.es/puedo-reclamar-cartel-coches/


Carpenter Needed: Can anyone recommend a skilled carpenter who can make a wooden patio door and a small wardrobe in our country house.
Lisbet, Torrox Campo
Email: lisbetlindberg28@gmail.com


Recommendation for AirCon: I am looking for a specialist to repair an
air-condition nearby? Can somebody help? Edwin/Competa


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalucía lowers its Covid incidence rate to 1,451.9, but adds 29 deaths in 24 hours: 18 January 2022, 13:40
-The region has registered a rise of 209 patients hospitalised in the last day to make a total of 2,031 – the highest figure since 25 February 2021
-The Junta de Andalucía has registered a total of 9,703 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, this Tuesday (18 January), while adding 29 deaths, some 18 more than the number recorded the day before and one more than the figure seven days ago.
-Of the 29 deceased, Granada is the province with the most deaths, with a total of eleven, followed by Almeria with five, Cordoba with four, Malaga and Seville, with three each, Jaén with two and Cadiz with one.
-The region’s 14-day incidence rate has fallen again after rising on Monday following six days of drops and stands at 1,451.9 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, some 21.1 down on Monday. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-lowers-covid-20220118133821-nt.html


Andalucía opens booster jab appointments for all those over 40 years of age this week: An appointment can be requested through all the usual channels including the ClicSalud+ website, the Salud Responde mobile application and the Junta’s hotline number 955 54 50 60. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-opens-booster-20220117171411-nt.html


Easy Come, Easy Go- Brussels Warning To Spain About EU Recovery Funds: {Translation}
-Brussels is warning- the times of the free bar for public spending are coming to an end. As are the times for the expansion of economic aid to alleviate the consequences of the pandemic. The escape clause that keeps the Stability and Growth Pact in abeyance will be activated throughout 2022. But in 2023 the pact, which is already being renegotiated, will be recovered, and it remains to be seen how the debt and deficit ceilings, which now stand at 60% and 3% of GDP, will be adjusted.
-France, Spain and Italy are in favour of making the pact more flexible, while the northern countries, as evidenced on Monday in Madrid with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, do not seem very much in favour.
– In any case, Brussels is already calling for an end to the expansionary phase. “We expect economic growth to continue this year and next. Consequently, the conditions are in place to gradually withdraw the support measures,” said the European Commission’s economic vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, after meeting with the finance ministers of the 27 (Ecofin).
– “The Commission has not called for a withdrawal of the measures,” Calviño said on Monday night after the Eurogroup, “but rather for them to be progressively focused more and more on those sectors and those companies that really need them. In short, that they adapt to the evolution of the pandemic, which is what we have been doing”.
-With regard to the debate on fiscal rules, which is open and pending agreement among the 27 to renew the Stability and Growth Pact, now on hold until 2023, Calviño explained: “I see a great willingness on the part of all the Member States to find a basis that can serve to achieve the great consensus that we all want. There has been an enormous openness on the part of all member states to improve the procedures and functioning of these rules, to make them more transparent, simpler, more understandable and easier to communicate. There has been a repeated reference to the need to have rules that are adapted to the specific situation of the different countries and that there is a reinforcement of the appropriation of these rules by the population of the Member States in the future”.
-The economic vice-president believes that the debate “is not yet ripe on the details. We are in a phase of preliminary debate in which what I do note is the constructive and open attitude of all the member states to tackle a revision of the rules that we all see as necessary to respond in a practical way to the changes that have occurred in response to the pandemic, among other reasons”. Source, Spanish: https://www.eldiario.es/economia/bruselas-apuesta-retirada-gradual-medidas-economicas-apoyo-pandemia_1_8666289.html
(As I pointed out in a previous article, Andalucia was crazy to include an anticipated €3Billion in EU Recovery funds as income in it’s 2022 budget. That was never gonna happen. -Ed.)


Those affected by the chaos with the delay of millions of electricity bills since July will be able to split payments: The National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) clarifies that consumers affected by the chaos in electricity billing, which has caused delays in the issuance of millions of bills since July, “have the right to split the payment” in monthly payments for as many months as they have been without receiving the invoice.
In July, the new system of hourly invoicing by sections came into force and since then several electricity distributors are not sending the data of their clients’ consumption readings to the marketers. This situation, recalls the CNMC, impacts the marketers, who cannot issue the final invoices, and their clients, who accumulate several months without paying. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/those-affected-by-the-chaos-with-the-delay-of-millions-of-electricity-bills-since-july-will-be-able-to-split-payments/


Medical negligence on the rise in the Spanish health system: Of the 13,000 cases of alleged negligence reported to the Patient Ombudsman in Spain in 2021, some 628 ended in the death of a patient a report has found.
-Some of these were the result of “diagnostic error and the loss of therapeutic opportunity.” Others were caused by “poorly performed interventions, hasty discharges, poor care, hospital infections and ambulance delays” including 34 people who died “after notifying 112″.
-The Ombudsman’s Report 2021, found that, “Either an ambulance was not sent to the home to transfer the patient to a hospital, or in some cases the response was late with more than an hour delay.”
-Another 38 patients died because of post-procedure infections “because the hospital did not comply with the necessary asepsis measures.” Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/medical-negligence-rise-20220118094538-nt.html


Fighting Loneliness- Mallorca based Age in Spain’s Friendline covers all of Spain: Friendline is a telephone friendship service that connects people who want to rekindle the joy of chatting to a friend with volunteers willing to give a little bit of their time on a regular basis. Reaching out and volunteering for Friendline can give an older person something new to look forward to in their week and help them avoid the negative effects of loneliness and isolation.
If you live in Spain and are interested in joining Friendline either as a volunteer or as someone who like to be contacted then get in touch via https://www.ageinspain.org/friendline
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2022/01/17/mallorca-based-age-in-spains-friendline-covers-all-of-spain/


Can a widow’s pension be collected when divorced or separated?: A widowed and divorced person can request the widow’s pension. The surviving spouse must prove that there are common children or that they have not remarried, among others things.
In the event that the marriage has been divorced before 2008 different requirements must be met. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/can-a-widows-pension-be-collected-when-divorced-or-separated/


Now they want you to take out insurance to be eligible to rent a property, and will let Artificial Intelligence (AI) determine if you are worthy of renting to?:
Now more than ever there is a need for solutions that facilitate and simplify access to housing in the Spanish market, and that is precisely what Nowo is here to solve.
Nowo is the first rental guarantee, in the form of surety insurance, that the tenant hires to ensure the landlord the collection of rent, supplies and community expenses.
With Nowo, the tenant will be able to prove their solvency to the landlord from the first contact, thanks to their free solvency certificate.
An algorithm with ‘machine learning’ (AI) crosses hundreds of databases to determine the degree of solvency of a tenant. Gone are the payrolls, letters of recommendation, bank guarantees and all the paperwork that lengthens and hinders access to a home. Also gone are landlord’s fears and concerns of non-payment. (Also gone is any degree of privacy as your finances, credit history and employment records become publicly available should you use this service. -Ed.)
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/renting-quickly-easily-and-safely-is-finally-possible/


Pascual Hospital in Malaga ordered to compensate patient €173,600 for loss of vision: The patient, who was nearsighted, had elected to undergo surgery to avoid wearing glasses or contact lenses, however following the surgery his sight failed in 2017 to the extent he was classified as having a severe disability. The court found that Pascual Hospital had not adequately informed him of the risks of surgery. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/hospital-malaga-ordered-20220114102028-nt.html


Nerja- Temporary interruption of electricity supply today:
The Town Hall of Nerja informs that the company Endesa e-Distribución will make tomorrow, Wednesday, January 19, power supply interruptions in streets and urbanizations of our municipality for maintenance work.
The interruption will affect Avda. de Pescia, Avda. Rodríguez Acosta, Andalucía street, Cádiz street, Canarias street, Córdoba street, Sevilla street, Urbanización Nueva Nerja and Urbanización Verano Azul, from 7.45 to 10.15 am.
The company apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and offers any clarification on the telephone 900850840 and on its website www.edistribucion.com
Source: FB link


Scotland to lift most Covid restrictions: Updated 18 Jan 2022
-The majority of Scotland’s Covid-19 restrictions are to be lifted from next week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
-From Monday 24 January, large indoor events will resume, nightclubs will re-open and social distancing rules will be dropped as part of the changes.
-Guidance warning adults against meeting up with more than three households at a time will be removed, along with restrictions on indoor contact sports. However people are still being asked to work from home and to take lateral flow tests before meeting with others. Full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/60029137


French lawmakers ban unvaccinated from public venues with new virus law: France’s parliament approved a law Sunday that will exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas, and other venues. Up to now, a COVID-19 pass has been required in France to go to restaurants, movie theatres, museums and many sites throughout the country, but unvaccinated people have been allowed in if they show a recent negative test or proof of recent recovery.
The new law requires full vaccination for such venues, including tourist sites, many trains and all domestic flights, and applies to everyone 16 and over. Some exceptions could be made for those who recently recovered from COVID-19. Full article: https://www.euronews.com/2022/01/16/french-lawmakers-ban-unvaccinated-from-public-venues-with-new-virus-law


Greece- Unvaccinated Elderly to Pay Monthly Fines: Starting January 17, citizens and permanent residents of Greece over the age of 60 who haven’t received their anti-COVID vaccines yet, are required to pay monthly fines with a starting price point of €50, which will be doubled up in February and so on. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/greece-unvaccinated-elderly-to-pay-monthly-fines/


Rugby News- Two Malaga locals at the World Rugby Sevens Series:
17-year-old player Alberto Carmona and physical trainer Jacob Jones are part of the Spanish national side. The youngest player in the squad is 17-year-old Alberto Carmona, selected by head coach Pablo Feijoo; Jacob Jones is the team’s physical trainer and is currently replacing Berni Domínguez Lezcano. For them, it’s twice as satisfying to be able to play at home. Photo: FRANCIS SILVA. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/sport/malaga-locals-world-20220117105523-nt.html 


‘Devastating’ Omicron symptom is hair loss that only appears after you’ve had Covid:  The New Jersey based Hackensack University Medical Center has issued a report saying people have suffered from hair loss since they had the virus.
The reports indicate that since they had Covid, the people affected experienced hair loss between a few weeks to three months after they were infected.
Paula Diaz, a former patient at the centre, said: “I spent six days in the hospital being treated for the virus, and several weeks after I came home, my hair started falling out in clumps. It was devastating.” Full article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/devastating-omicron-symptom-hair-only-25976973 

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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.

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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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Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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