DigameXtra No. 2199 Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

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Live concert of TNT AC/DC tribute band: Friday 4th March at Disco Atrévete. Doors open 22:00h, Concert 23:30h
Free admission and drinks on offer at the door.
Location: C/ Salvador Allende 10, Hotel Pez Espada, Torremolinos FB link 


The biggest Craft Beer Festival on the Costa del Sol:
11th(13:00-01:00), 12th(12:00-01:00), & 13th(12:00-20:00) March.
Plaza de la Alameda, Coín, Málaga.
You can’t miss the best breweries, the most delicious gastronomy, children’s activities and also, lots of LIVE music! FB link 


KOMOKENO Band: Sat 5Mar 2pm
Bio Beach Club, Paseo Marítimo, El Morche Tel 657364594
Restaurant, cafeteria, all kinds of food, also vegan, organic and ecological. Extensive coffee menu. FB link 


MVA Jazz Festival: Next Saturday, 5th March, the Villa de Nerja Cultural Centre will host a new edition of the MVA Jazz Festival organised by the Diputación de Málaga with a concert by the Inoidel Standard Latin Group. The concert will start at 20.00 hours and admission will be free until full capacity is reached. Cuban saxophonist Inoidel González visits the Centro Cultural as part of the programme of the Jazz Festival organised by the Diputación Provincial de Málaga. His extensive career began in his native Cuba and he settled in Spain in 2000, where he began recording and touring with artists such as Calamaro, Ana Belén, Concha Buika and Ainhoa Arteta, and flamenco artists such as Estrella Morente and Niño Josele. He has also collaborated on soundtracks such as Chico y Rita and Almodóvar’s La piel que habito. He is accompanied by piano, double bass and drums. FB link


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-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.
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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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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion Using Vetiver Grass from Vetiver Spain:
Vetiver Grass is a fast growing non-invasive clumping grass that grows to 2 metres in height. It has a root system that grows to 3-4 metres deep and they are very strong.
The National Geographic Magazine has called them “Roots of Steel”.
Once Vetiver is established it is drought resistant.
We are located in Sayalonga and we can plant all year round but February and March are the best months to plant Vetiver. Vetiver loves the heat of a long summer to get established.
Decomposing Vetiver used as a mulch, improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away as it is a natural insect repellent. It is in the same family as Lemon Grass, which we also carry.
Vetiver also is a nutritious and replenishable animal feed. Horses, cattle, and pigs love it.
We use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive Ornamental hedge.
To see more photos and videos please visit our DATA storage site located at http://www.vetiverspain.org.
This month we have some special offers that include shipping.
For more information or to organize a visit please contact us.
Our retail website: www.vetiverspain.com
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone or Whatsapp at (34) 692 288 657
David and Anna
Here is a link to a short video showing the results. VIDEO LINK



Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre
-Malm ikea desk Measurements 140 x 65cms Price 65€
-Pine unit with shelf drawer & cupboard Measurements 119 x 44.50 x 91cms Price 30€
-Solid wooden sideboard with tiled drawers & door fronts Natural & yute Measurements 163.50 x 40 x 80cms Price 220€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com


For Sale: Electric chainsaw almost brand new, new cost 180€
Price 80€. John, Algarrobo Costa 627285619 


For Sale, 3 items:
-light grey two-seater couch “Kivik” (IKEA) can be dismantled, covers are washable, (NP 389€) 150€.
-Ear and nose trimmer from BRAUN, came with the shaver but have no use for it €15
-Radiant heater for wall mounting, 6€
Chris / Torrox 643832266 only text message or E-Mail, no phone calls, please!
Email: achriston7472@icloud.com 


For Sale: mattress 150×190 25cm deep. Excellent condition no marks or rips. Firm mattress. €60. Pick up only. Mags in El Morche.
Ring or what’s app 699451619. 


For Sale, 3 items:
-2x glass and wood cupboards, with two drawers, glass doors and shelves, lights inside. Spotless condition. €45 each, €80 for both.
-Built-in washbasin, complete with tap and drain, white porcelain. €15.
Pickup in Torrox campo. Bob, Torrox.


For Sale: Vintage Lemonade Set. Vintage etched glass lemonade (or Sangria) jug with four matching glasses dating from the 1950s. 15 euro. Photos emailed or sent by WhatsApp on request. Buyer to collect from Torrox Costa (El Penoncillo)
Brenda, El Penoncillo. WhatsApp 711003687
Email: brendaleetorrox at gmail dot com 

Wanted, rental: Looking for a permanent rental, 2-3 bedrooms plus space for chickens, garden, roof or patio Torrox to Almayate or
slightly inland, we are at present living in Velez-Malaga. Anything considered, could repair if needs be, call Kennedy on 630 792 368 for Spanish speakers, call Rosie on 605 450 322
Kennedy, Velez-Malaga


Recommendations & Requests

Mandy’s Paintbox: We would like to thank Amanda (tel. 680739577) very much for the excellent job she has done in rejuvenating our tired kitchen doors. Highly recommended. Peter and Mavis in Alcaucin, rubybirtleATyahooD0TcoD0Tuk
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Advice – summer/winter fans: We have replaced our air conditioning with summer/winter fans which are excellent. Can anyone advise if the same would be allowed for Holiday Letting?
John / Benajarafe


News & Articles

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Banking For Seniors Update- The government must have measures to prevent financial exclusion of the elderly ready by 2 June 2022: {Translation}
-The Government will have until 2 June 2022 to make the necessary legislative changes to prevent the financial exclusion of the elderly following the publication, this Tuesday, of the Law for the Protection of Consumers and Users in Situations of Social and Economic Vulnerability in the Official State Gazette (BOE).
-The law, which comes into force on Wednesday 2 March, was finally approved on 24 February by the Congress of Deputies after ratifying the amendments introduced in the Senate, which included the protection of the elderly against financial exclusion and following the campaign to collect signatures ‘I am an elderly person, not an idiot’ promoted by Carlos San Juan in order to demand that banks do not discriminate against people on grounds of age and treat them with dignity.
-According to the text published in the BOE, the Government, in coordination with the Bank of Spain and representatives of the credit institution sector, will have to adopt measures in the next three months to favour the inclusion of the most vulnerable people, especially the elderly.
-To this end, it will have to carry out “as many measures as deemed necessary to guarantee in-person attention to the elderly, and to all those groups for whom access to financial services, through new technologies, constitutes a reason for financial exclusion”.
-Likewise, the Executive must approve measures “to bring financial services closer to everyone, especially in rural areas, and make them more accessible, taking into account the needs of the disabled and the elderly”.
-Thus, the aim is to ensure that the closure of bank branches does not entail the closure of their external ATMs and that institutions increase their staff to be able to help people with less digital skills to carry out different operations.
-The law also provides for an increase in the number of support staff to help people with less digital skills to carry out the necessary operations; the installation of signs and indications of priority in the use of ATMs by vulnerable people; and the promotion of the reservation of ATMs for the exclusive use of vulnerable people.
-Another of the aspects included in the third additional provision of the law is the implementation of simple, comprehensible, inclusive and secure banking access technologies and maximum security to protect bank users from theft, deception and online fraud.
-The Government will also continue to promote, among the strategic lines of action of the state-owned company Correos y Telégrafos, initiatives to prevent the financial exclusion of vulnerable consumers, such as the installation of ATMs in its branches in small towns without this type of service or the signing of collaboration agreements with banks to carry out cash deposit and withdrawal operations.
-Another of the new features is that accessibility will be guaranteed in the labelling of products for the visually impaired and regulations will be developed to guarantee the inclusivity of vulnerable consumers. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/epsocial/igualdad/noticia-gobierno-tendra-tener-listas-junio-2022-medidas-evitar-exclusion-financiera-mayores-20220301102552.html


Spanish Government to send offensive weapons to Ukraine: {Translation}
-The Government is acting with “a single voice” in the decision to send offensive weapons to Ukraine as part of the European Peace Support Mechanism decided by the European Union, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Isabel Rodríguez, said on Tuesday at the press conference following the Council of Ministers.
-“Spain is going to send arms directly to Ukraine, we will do so as part of the European peace support fund, and we are doing so in a very significant way”, said Rodríguez, who pointed out that Spain is “the fourth largest contributor to this fund”.
-Therefore, “Spain is contributing to providing Ukraine with offensive means to defend itself against the aggression suffered by Russia”, he said.
-Thus, Spain supports the EU’s decision to make a centralised purchase of arms and offensive material, as was done to fight the pandemic, since “the strength lies in the Union” both in the response to a situation and in facing “the consequences of these responses”.
-“The most powerful weapon in the face of (Vladimir) Putin’s war is the union of all Europeans and also the political and social union in Spain”, she stressed, before pointing out that “Spain is a convinced government, and therefore the contribution in the form of offensive means such as armaments will be made within the Union”, Rodríguez emphasised.
-Asked what type of material Spain will contribute within the framework of this EU initiative, the minister replied that it will be the Ministry of Defence that will provide details of the shipments.
-The minister pointed out that this is the first time that the EU has used the Peace Support Fund to send offensive weapons, as until now it has been used to finance operations such as military training in third countries.
-Finally, and regarding the Russian president’s threats to use nuclear weapons, Rodríguez said that “the irrationality of Putin’s actions is reflected in these threats, and that is what we value”.
Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1032587/el-gobierno-actua-con-una-sola-voz-en-la-decision-de-enviar-armas-a-ucrania/



Spain’s largest illegal hookah tobacco factory is busted in Velez-Málaga: {Translation, summary}
Officials from the Tax Agency’s Customs Surveillance Department, in a joint operation with agents from the Guardia Civil, have dismantled the largest illegal hookah tobacco factory detected to date in Spain in the town of Vélez-Málaga, in the province of Malaga.
In this operation, called ‘Reveno-Glicerina’, three people have been arrested and three others have been investigated as alleged members of a criminal group that distributed ‘shisha’ tobacco, commonly known as hookah tobacco, nationally and internationally. It is estimated that the organisation had a potential production capacity of 250 kilos per day. The investigators estimate that the organisation could have sold more than 65,000 kilos of this product, which is widely consumed in northern Europe, and whose market value could exceed three million euros in the last year. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/velez-malaga/desmantelan-velez-malaga/20220301132942046874.html 


Russian convoy outside Kyiv may be 40 miles long: Satellite images taken on Monday show a Russian military convoy north of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv that may stretch for about 40 miles (64km), substantially longer than the 17 miles reported earlier in the day.
Maxar Technologies also said additional ground forces deployments and ground attack helicopter units were seen in southern Belarus, less than 20 miles (32 km) north of the Ukraine border. Photo:REUTERS. Full article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/02/28/russia-ukraine-latest-news-war-putin-zelensky-weapons-updates/ 


Will Germany Re-Introduce a Draft? Ukraine war raises spectre of conscription in Germany: Germany scrapped compulsory military service just over 10 years ago, but the conflict in Ukraine has reignited the debate around whether young men and women should be required to fight for their country.
-Wolfgang Hellmich, a politician for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), called for an “urgent” debate on the issue in an interview with the Rheinische Post newspaper on Tuesday.
-Patrick Sensburg, the president of the German Reservists’ Association, has called for the reintroduction of military service through a general framework for both men and women.
-In the state of Lower Saxony, CDU members have put together a paper calling for the reintroduction of military service as “a decisive signal for ensuring an effective military deterrence,” according to Die Welt newspaper. CDU MP Carsten Linnemann told the Bild daily he was in favour of “a year of compulsory service for young men and women after completing their schooling”.
-According to Joachim Krause, a professor of political science at the University of Kiel, NATO will have to “switch back to a deterrence strategy” as a result of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. “I think we might have to reintroduce conscription,” he said. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220301-ukraine-war-raises-spectre-of-conscription-in-germany


UFC News- Former UFC heavyweight champ and part-time WWE wrestler Cain Velasquez arrested on attempted murder charge: Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez faces charges of attempted murder after a shooting in California. The San Jose Police Department confirmed the 39-year-old has been booked into jail on Monday night and is being held without bail. He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.
Police said there was a shooting in San Jose on Monday and one man had been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police have identified Velasquez as the alleged shooter. Full article:


Presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe unacceptable, Russia calls to remove it says Lavrov: Russia considers the presence of US nuclear weapons in a number of European states unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his video address to the Geneva conference on disarmament.
“It is unacceptable for us that US nuclear weapons still remain in a number of European states in contradiction to the basic points of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The bad practice of joint nuclear missions with the participation of non-nuclear NATO states continues. During such missions, the use of nuclear weapons against Russia is being practiced,” he noted. Full article: https://tass.com/politics/1414033


$100 Milkshake & €214 Grilled Cheese Sandwich served at a legendary New York restaurant, Serendipity 3: {Translation}
The sandwich is made with two thick slices of French Pullman Champagne bread – made with Dom Perignon champagne and 24 carat edible gold flakes and butter with thick layers of white truffle. There are slices of Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, which is produced in southern Italy from the milk of free-grazing Podolica cows fed on strongly aromatic herbs such as fennel, liquorice, juniper, laurel and wild strawberries, which give the milk its sweet aromatic perfumes.
The sandwich is toasted in a Panini machine until golden brown and crispy and then cut into triangles. The edges of the sandwich are smeared with edible 24 carat gold and served in a “Mille Nuits” Baccarat glass. Info on the milkshake is in the video. Source, Spanish: https://viruji.andaluciainformacion.es/cuanto-cuesta-sandwich-mas-caro-del-mundo/ AND VIDEO LINK 

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