DigameXtra No. 2211 Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

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Ukraine Charity Event: Wed, 16Mar, 12pm-12am
12 hrs of live music, 50% of profits donated!
SOHO Bar & Kitchen Elviria
Centro comercial Pino Golf, Local 18, 29604 Marbella  FB 


Fiesta de la Primavera 2022- Frigiliana: Sat, 19Mar. Free Concert
-6pm, Cosmic Debris
-8pm, Not To Fall
-10pm, DJs Moreno & Foleman 


Lee Townsend live at Legends- Torre del Mar: Fri, 18Mar 8-10pm
For table booking/Event Food ‘Chicken Korma Curry’ please pre-book thru our FB page.  FB AND VIDEO LINK

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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.
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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.
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Costa del Sol BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu): Women’s Program
Self defence for women classes begin 5th April and will be every Tuesday 19.30-20.30. The classes are 6€ or if you pay monthly just 20€/month! So far we have around 12 women registered and we have capacity for another 12 or so. The techniques you will learn will be extremely valuable and you will learn to apply them by practicing on your training partner. Everything you learn, with practice, can work in real life. BJJ is also a great way to keep fit and gain self confidence in all situations. You will be joining the vast community of BJJ practitioners and their worldwide network of gyms where you will always be a welcome guest. For more information WhatsApp Chris 711036961  FB 


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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:
-Preloved castillan sideboard Natural & yute. Beautiful detail in the grain in the wood Measurements 160 x 37 x 81cms Price 250€
-Reduced orange sofa with adjustable headrests 195 x 95cms Price 100€
-Pine unit with shelf drawer & cupboard. Measurements 119 x 44.50 x 91cms Price 20€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
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For Sale: Two very comfortable armchairs in perfect condition and a little matching sideboard table. Price 50€. Collect in Algarrobo Costa, Centro intenacional. Tel/whatsapp +34 699757798.
Madeleine, Arenas 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Very large pine framed mirror. Good condition. 106 x136cm. €50
-2x IKEA white storage units. Nearly new. €18 each
-Painted kitchen storage unit. €50
Sandra, Nerja
Email: sandra.coakleyevansATgmailD0Tcom 


For Sale: Indesit dish washer. Good working order, but casing is cracked. Can be seen in El Morche, used in holiday home, but very little used. €40. Jennifer, Caleta, phone/WhatsApp. 655629821 


News & Articles

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Covid Malaga- Number of people hospitalised for Covid in Malaga rises on a day with 5 deaths and a higher incidence of disease: {Translation} 15Mar22, 14:10
-The Ministry of Health and Families of the Andalusian Regional Government has reported on Tuesday an increase of eight people hospitalised by Covid in Malaga compared to the previous day, with 168 at present, 15 of them in Intensive Care Units (ICU). There are also five more deaths to report, bringing the total to 2,319.
-This Tuesday, moreover, 614 official positives have been reported by PDIA (PCR and antigen test).
-The cumulative incidence of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days has increased in all health districts and, therefore, in the province as a whole, from 340.0 to 365.4, and in the capital of Malaga, which has a rate of 464.1 (430.0 the latest available data).
-In the case of the health districts, it rises in Axarquia, which goes from 330.1 to 351; in Serrania, from 485.8 to 496.7.
-The incidence also rises in Costa del Sol, from 261.9 to 276.8; in La Vega, from 300.9 to 331.7; in the Malaga health district from 422.9 to 455.7 and in Valle del Guadalhorce from 274.9 to 313.7. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/hospitalizados-Covid-Malaga-fallecidos-incidencia_0_1665434523.html


War economy – these are the foods that are going to rise in price fastest: {Translation}
-The war between Ukraine and Russia is causing prices to rise dramatically. Fuel prices are at record highs and electricity prices are also rising, making the shopping basket 30% more expensive.
-The rise in the price of groceries comes in a context in which inflation has been rising steadily since the summer of last year, reaching 7.6% in February.
-Because Ukraine is one of the main foreign suppliers of sunflower corn, wheat or cereals, products such as bread, cereals or beverages such as beer are the products that are going to increase in price the most.
-And an increase in cereal and fertiliser prices will have a direct impact on meat and sausages, as well as on bakery products because of the flours used in these products.
-Just as food prices are on the rise, so are other essential products. The price of electricity has risen the most (80%), but it is also known that liquid fuels have risen by more than 50%; olive oil has risen by 30.6%, and edible oils have risen by 30.6%. Pasta has incidentally risen by almost 20% and fruit (10%), rice (9.4%) and whole and skimmed milk have also risen by almost 9.5%. Source, Spanish:


Travel agency owner sentenced to 4 years in prison for defrauding clients in Torrox: {Translation}
-The owner of a travel agency located in Torrox is facing a four-year prison sentence for allegedly keeping the money he received from his foreign clients to book excursions and stays in Spain, according to Málaga Hoy.
-The 61-year-old German national will be tried next week in the Provincial Court of Malaga and will sit in the dock for an alleged continuous offence of fraud, according to the prosecution.
-The Public Prosecutor’s Office maintains that the accused had been operating a travel agency since at least 2016 and, in the course of his work, received various amounts from his clients (both individuals and other foreign travel agencies). These clients contracted excursions and stays in Spain with him and paid in each case the corresponding amount for the agreed service. “The accused allegedly kept the amounts received without making the corresponding reservations in the hotels previously arranged.
-Among the injured parties is a foreigner, a mediator in the organisation of trips, who contracted with the accused, between 7 and 11 November 2016, various stays and excursions in Andalusia for his own clients and paid 22,655 euros for them.
-However, the defendant allegedly did not make any of the agreed reservations and the injured party also had to pay a total amount of 6,200 euros in damages to his clients.
-In the same way, he acted with another foreigner who booked with the defendant a stay in Madrid between 30 September and 6 October 2017 and paid 783 euros for it, money that the defendant also allegedly kept without also making any reservation, so that the injured party had to pay 941 euros to pay for his stay.
-Two other clients, also foreigners, booked trips to Valencia and Seville and, in neither case, made the agreed reservation and allegedly took the money. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/piden-4-anos-de-carcel-al-dueno-de-una-agencia-de-viajes-por-estafar-a-clientes-en-torrox/


Luxury prefabricated housing community for foreigners, on land designated for campsites, dismantled in Sorbas, Almería: {Translation}
-A luxury resort, with prefabricated dwellings, is what was hidden in Sorbas behind an establishment that had a two-star licence with rural category for campsites. This illegal settlement that had been set up had 29 ‘mobile homes’ that had been sold to foreigners in their entirety.
-It was the urban inspection services of the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Development, Infrastructures and Territorial Planning who detected the advertisements on the internet aimed at British, French, Dutch and German citizens. “Opportunity to invest abroad in a dream home for permanent residence or to spend some time”, the advertisements said.
-The owners of the alleged campsite sold the prefabricated houses by renting a plot of land, providing water, electricity, sanitation and waste services, and even took out home insurance.
-The ‘mobile-homes’ were sold for between 45,000 and 156,000 euros, depending on their size and features, but lacked any permits or licences.
-The inspection visited the establishment and found that residential use was taking place. The Junta has already dismantled this settlement and has opened two sanctioning files for infractions against land use planning, one for advertising and the other for the implementation of unauthorised residential uses.
-The company that owns the campsite has shown its intention to buy back most of the prefabricated houses, compensating the affected foreign population. In addition, 16 of the 29 dwellings have been removed and the rest have requested municipal authorisation to be used as a fixed tourist accommodation facility.
-This complex has a swimming pool, sports courts, gardens, lounge, bar-restaurant and reception. Due to its exclusivity, it was intended as a private club and people with no connection to the resort were not allowed to enter. Photo:SUR. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/almeria/sevi-sorbas-desmantelan-camping-viviendas-prefabricadas-lujo-extranjeros-sorbas-almeria-202203141302_noticia.html 


Watch as skiers take to orange snow in Andalucía’s Sierra Nevada:
The calima weather phenomenon carried Saharan sand with it to the south of Spain, this Tuesday morning. That was responsible for that dramatic colour change of the normally pristine snow in the Andalusian ski resort. Many other areas in the south of Spain have been affected by the orange dust, which fell as ‘mud’ in areas where it mixed with rain. Photo:Twitter. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/watch-skiers-take-20220315133608-nt.html AND VIDEO LINK


Andalusian builders warn of mass redundancies and closures due to the uncontrolled rise in materials prices: {Translation, summary}
-The builders announce stoppages in public works if the administrations do not take immediate measures “in the face of the worsening of the crisis due to the war in Ukraine”.
-According to the employers’ association, the companies can no longer afford this excessive and uncontrollable price increase. “When the tenders were submitted, the economic situation was different, and today we find that the prices on the market are not the same as when the contracts were signed,” stresses Ceacop’s president, Ana Chocano Román, who warns of the paralysis of numerous projects over the next few months.
-Ceacop, the Andalusian construction employers’ association, warns that companies in the public works sector, mostly SMEs, “will be forced to drastic staff reductions and some will even have to close if urgent measures are not taken by the administrations to mitigate the crisis resulting from the extraordinary, unpredictable and sustained rise in the price of materials, fuel and energy costs over time”, an incident, say these companies, which “has worsened exponentially” due to the war in Ukraine. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/economia/sevi-constructores-andaluces-alertan-despidos-masivos-y-cierres-subida-descontrolada-materiales-202203151349_noticia.html


A network dedicated to scamming people for renting properties on the Internet is brought down in Malaga: {Translation} 14Mar22
-The Guardia Civil has carried out the so-called ‘Prevara’ operation, which has led to the dismantling of a criminal group dedicated to carrying out internet scams in the rental of homes and rooms.
-This operation began after becoming aware of several complaints filed in various municipalities in the province of Malaga, in which they stated that after agreeing to rent accommodation or rooms and making a reservation by means of payment through the Bizum application or deposits in bank accounts, the contract was never formalised.
-This criminal group selected their victims from among people who had placed ads on different internet portals dedicated to buying and selling in the real estate sector, publishing their requests to rent flats or rooms.
-After contacting them via instant messaging applications, they tricked their victims by identifying themselves as the owner of a property they were interested in renting or posing as tenants in a property where there were rooms available, agreeing with the victims to contract the rents and requesting an advance payment for the reservation of the flat.
-In addition, this group managed to obtain their victims’ national identity documents, supplanting their marital status to register prepaid telephone lines in their name in order to continue committing crimes by hiding under their identities, the Guardia Civil said in a statement.
The investigation made the appropriate enquiries, which allowed them to know that the alleged perpetrators resided in the town of Cullera (Valencia), and proceeding to the investigation of two people for these incidents.
-The investigated persons, one of them with a long police record for crimes against property, have been charged with the crimes of fraud, usurpation of civil status and falsification of a commercial document. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Malaga-estafas-alquiler-viviendas-internet_0_1665135315.html


The Return of the “Arkansas Credit Card” (syphon hose)– Wave of petrol thefts from cars in Malaga as prices reach record highs: With petrol more expensive than it has ever been before, it is especially annoying to fill your tank and then find that somebody removes it all from your car. But that is what has been happening recently to people from La Princesa and La Unión districts of Malaga city who park on a piece of waste ground between Calle Agustín Martín Carrión and Avenida de Juan XXIII. They say the petrol caps of at least a dozen cars were forced open last weekend. Locking gas caps are recommended.  Photo:SUR. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/wave-petrol-thefts-20220314190038-nt.html 


UK to Abolish All Remaining COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Arrivals From Other Countries: Citizens of other countries planning to enter the United Kingdom will no longer be subject to travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus after the government has announced that it would abolish all the remaining preventive measures. The decision has been confirmed through a statement published by the UK’s government, while the same says that the new changes would become effective on March 18. Full article:


UK Nationals With Pets No Longer Permitted to Obtain French Pet Passports: French pet passports, which are cheaper and practical, will no longer be issued to British animal owners, but rather additional requirements will apply to them, the government has announced. Full details in source article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/uk-nationals-with-pets-no-longer-permitted-to-obtain-french-pet-passports/

COVID Info References

Municipal Rates Map  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

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
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
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