DigameXtra No. 2231 Friday, April 8th, 2022

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Easter in Malaga: Semana Santa is back after two years. Processions start on Sunday 10 April and continue every day until Easter Sunday 17 April with the exception of Saturday 16 April.


Public Holidays: Thursday 14  (Maundy Thursday) and Friday 15 April (Good Friday) are both public holidays in Spain. Bars and restaurants open as usual on both days, but shops will be closed on the Thursday. Malaga museums and monuments have their usual opening hours with the exception of the Museum of Malaga, open on both days 9am to 3pm only.


Restaurant Meson La Terraza- Torrox:
Sunday 10/04 Music by Pam Marie. Music food drinks tapas
8pm till late. Reserve your table in advance +34 621213072
Calle Baja 80, 29770 Torrox  FB 


Easter Music at Cervantes Theater, Malaga: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malaga Opera Choir perform Verdi’s Requiem, Friday 8 April at 8pm.
Details: https://www.teatrocervantes.com/en/genero/ofm/temporada-2021-22/g-verdi-931
Tickets cost from €12 and are available here https://www.unientradas.es/janto/main.php?Nivel=Evento&idEvento=21-22OFM10  AND VIDEO LINK 


The Picasso Museum has 3 more free concerts this month:
Performing are cellist Laura Ramírez and violinist Marta Chica Martín playing Bach in the exhibition halls showing “Face to Face, Picasso and the Old Masters”. You can hear them on Sunday 10, 17 and 24 April at 5pm and 5:45pm. Free entry (entrance to the museum is free on Sundays from 5pm.)
Museo Picasso Málaga, Palacio de Buenavista c/ San Agustín, 8
29015 Málaga. General information: (34) 952 12 76 00


The Carmen Thyssen Museum’s FREE monthly concert:
24 April at 7pm on the museum’s patio when the Carmina Nova Youth Choir will perform. Entry is free but get in the queue early to be sure of a seat.
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
Plaza Carmen Thyssen – C/Compañía, 10, 29008 Málaga
Train: Estación María Zambrano.


Remember Queen: Piero Venery leads his tribute band playing all Queen’s classics on 23 April at 8.30pm at The Palacio de Congresos Malaga (FYCMA). Tickets cost from €25 and are available online here.
FCYMA, Avenida Ortega y Gasset, 201. 29006 MÁLAGA.
Tlf: +34 952 045 500 


Buskers Pub & The Beer Garden Bar- Nerja: Due to the passing away of our dear friend Howie, both these establishments will remain closed until further notice. Check our FB page for updates.  FB 


Andalusia Big Festival by Mad Cool will take place at Malaga’s Sacaba Beach: {Translation, summary} It will be on 8 thru 10 September with more than 50 groups. Muse and Jamiroquai will perform, that is part of a long list of 51 groups, among which are also Vetusta Morla, Biffy Clyro, Years & Years, Michael Kiwanuka, Stereophonics, The Planets, or Morgan. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/ocio/muse-jamiroquai-Malaga-septiembre_0_1672334907.html 


One For The Kids- Rincón de la Victoria organized a schedule of free activities on April 23, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter: {Translation}
The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Municipal Youth Center with different activities, from an exhibition with resin characters such as Dobby, Voldemort’s mannequin and Cornish pixies. There will also be relics with an invisibility cloak and elder wand, and varied and unique material not shown in other exhibitions such as the cake that Hagrid makes for Harry, mermaid stained glass, chocolate frog replica, map, magazines, Weasley and Quibbler products and the golden egg.
Young people will enjoy a photo booth with an invisibility cloak, and up to eight tables of themed board games from the Harry Potter universe. Source, Spanish: https://www.rincondelavictoria.es/noticias/-/asset_publisher/2UsKbRfNBL22/content/id/592028 


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For Sale: Pride mobility scooter, rechargeable battery, indicators, forward and reverse gears. Well used, hence low price of €100. Buyer collects. Call Pearl in Torrox Costa (0034) 657044371 after 3.30pm.
Email: perlaandpaco at hotmail dot co dot uk 


For Sale: Alcook brand Popcorn Machine in mint condition with manual and 2 bags popcorn. Only 10€. Lars, Nerja
+34 654477814 (Whatsapp Facetime etc) 


For Sale:
-Iron door without frame but with lock and keys (196×88) €20
-Two electric lamps iron / ceramic, Spanish style €20
Lisbet, Torrox Campo
Contact: lisbetlindberg28@gmail.com 


For Sale- This is the last one of these great little units I have to sell: New Super Mini PC, DoctorLaptop Customized. Windows 11 Pro, 6Gb RAM, 2 SSD hard drives- 120Gb System drive + 240Gb Storage drive, Processor: Intel Celeron J4125, 2.0GHz base, 2.7GHz boost.
2x HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, 2x USB 2, 2x USB 3, Audio miniplug, Dual Band Wifi 2.4/5. Video: Can support 3 displays simultaneously, 4k HD. I have new Logitech business quality UK keyboards available for €25, if you need one.
Price €300, no offers. 30 day cash back warranty on hardware.
Naythan, Torrox Costa. Buyer collects.



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Snakes: My friend Paul showed me photos of a few large snakes he encountered today on the track above Torrox. Dog walkers take care! -Ed.


New Restaurant- Rancho Grande: New restaurant opening in Alcaucin this week. Rancho Grande, C/ Cuesta 1, 29711 Alcaucin. Tel.645515412
Danni, Alcaucin 


News & Articles

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DGT UPDATE- This is the new smart assistant that will be mandatory in approved vehicles in July 2022, and all new vehicles in 2024: {Translation}
-In 2019, the last year with consolidated data, the DGT estimated that speed was one of the causes present in 23% of fatal accidents, where more than 300 people died. This is why, following the recommendations of international and European organisations, the DGT has been carrying out a speed monitoring and control campaign since July last year.
***New system***
-Along the same lines, this year new measures have been adopted and new vehicles homologated (approved?) in Europe from 2022 onwards, plus new vehicles sold from 2024 onwards, must be fitted with the intelligent speed assistant ISA (Intelligence Speed Assistance), which warns the driver when he/she exceeds the legal limits.
-It should be noted that this regulation has been brought forward to all new cars from July 2022.
-However, it is important to note that this intelligent speed system can be switched off and does not permanently limit speed. According to the DGT, ISA uses the traffic sign recognition system to read the speed limits of the road on which we are driving. This information is passed on to the adaptive cruise control so that the speed limit is not exceeded and the speed is automatically modified.
-This intelligent speed system, according to its manufacturers, has a margin of error of 10% in complex situations such as adverse weather, sections of roadworks or even parallel roads. That is why the driver always has the last word, which is why the system can be switched off. However, the DGT’s long-term goal is for it to remain active at all times.
***Other new mandatory features***
-However, the ISA system will not be the only mandatory safety assistant in 2024 or July 2022 for new type-approved models. At the same time, new driving assistance systems aimed at reducing the number of fatalities will come into force. These new systems are:
– Fatigue and Attention Detection Assist
– Blind Spot Assist
– Lane Keeping Assist
– Rear Seat Belt Warning
– Reversing detection
– EDR (Event Data Recorder): black box
– Automatic emergency braking
– Tyre pressure
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/motor/sevi-este-nuevo-asistente-inteligente-obligatorio-vehiculos-partir-2022-202204070943_noticia.html 


Social Security- “We are close to collapse, it is almost impossible to give appointments to citizens”: The workers of the Social Security are setting off all the alarms. CCOO, UGT and CSIF denounced a few days ago “the unsustainable situation” of the public body that manages benefits as important as pensions, childbirth permits (former paternity and maternity), the minimum vital income and disabilities, among many others. “It cannot be that it is almost impossible to give appointments to serve the public,” denounces Ignacio Galán, from CCOO. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/we-are-close-to-collapse-it-is-almost-impossible-to-give-appointments-to-citizens/



UPDATE/CORRECTION- This Article Has Been Updated To Correct Error In Previous Version Posted Yesterday- Spain has NOT opened up to unvaccinated British visitors:
Full article: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/spain-unvaccinated-british-travel-tourists-b2052032.html


Spanish Tourist Office in the UK issues ‘unreserved apology’ for massive Covid blunder: The official statement released earlier today, 6 April, falsely raised the hopes of thousands of unvaccinated passengers wishing to travel to Spain.: Full article:


Europe recommends the fourth Covid vax dose only for people over 80 years old: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) consider that it is “too early” to recommend a fourth dose (second booster) against covid-19 for the whole population.
-At the moment, the two European organizations recommend the 4th only for those over 80 years of age after studying the data on the increased risk of serious illness in this age group and the protection provided by a fourth dose. But below that range, the European agencies say, “there is currently no clear evidence in the European Union that the protection of the vaccine against severe disease is substantially diminishing in adults with normal immune systems aged 60 to 79 years and, therefore, there is no clear evidence to support the immediate use of a fourth dose.”
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/europe-recommends-the-fourth-dose-only-for-people-over-80-years-old/


NGOs and doctors denounce that the new Spanish Health Law does not correct the “gaps” that allow health exclusion: More than 300 social organizations, scientific societies, groups and 1,400 health professionals have asked the Ministry of Health this Thursday, coinciding with World Health Day, to “put a definitive end” to the health exclusion that “thousands of people live in Spain and that began just 10 years ago with the approval of Royal Decree-Law 16/2012”.
-The document states that in Spain access to public health care was guaranteed to the entire population with the General Law of Public Health of 2011. In the case of foreigners, this access was recognized with the only requirement that they live in Spain, regardless of its administrative situation. “Spain was thus at the head of Europe with a fully universal public health system, despite having one of the lowest health costs in our environment”, the spokespersons have pointed out.
-However, they blame Royal Decree-Law 16/2012, approved during the PP Government of Mariano Rajoy, for the “profound change” in the configuration of the health system and its population coverage, “removing this right from thousands of people from unjustified way”. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/ngos-and-doctors-denounce-that-the-new-health-law-does-not-correct-the-gaps-that-allow-health-exclusion/


Magic Keyboard for iPad review- Is Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iPad worth splashing out on?: Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iPad is a reliable and decent keyboard for your iPad Pro or iPad Air. Typing on it is comfortable and the case does a good job of protecting the iPad from any knocks. The viewing angle is decent for most purposes although artists may find a dedicated iPad drawing stand better for their needs. It’s an expensive add-on, and also quite heavy, so it’s only worth buying if you know you’re going to use it a lot, and don’t mind the extra weight. Photo:Feature. Full review: https://www.creativebloq.com/reviews/magic-keyboard-for-ipad 


Banking Trojan Resurfaces On Google Play Store Hidden Behind 7 New Android Apps: If you have any of these rogue apps installed, uninstall them immediately and then do a full malware scan with this free app “Malwarebytes Mobile Security”. This “trojan malware” is designed to capture your passwords and banking details. Get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.malwarebytes.antimalware
Remove These Rogue Apps Infected with Trojans:
-Atom Clean-Booster, Antivirus
-Antivirus, Super Cleaner
-Alpha Antivirus, Cleaner
-Powerful Cleaner, Antivirus
-Center Security – Antivirus
Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2022/04/sharkbot-banking-trojan-resurfaces-on.html 


Alert for the sale of a clandestine fake olive oil- do not buy any of these bottles: {Translation} The distribution has been detected in Murcia, Basque Country, Catalonia and the Valencian Community, but are not ruled out that it has come to other communities
The initiation of the proceedings is part of an operation to combat fraud in the sale of olive oil in which the analysis of official samples showed that the oil analyzed was not olive oil, as the presence of a vegetable seed oil or a mixture of vegetable seed oils other than olive oil was detected. As a precaution, it is recommended that you refrain from eating them, and return them to the point of sale.
ACEITE DE OLIVA VIRGEN WAFA (containers of 2 litres)
ACEITE DE OLIVA MAAKOUL (not stated volume)
MAYSAE (not specified denomination of sale of the product, packaging 1 liter)
ACEITE DE OLIVA VIRGEN (without trade mark, containers of 5 litres)
ACEITE DE OLIVA VIRGEN EXTRA LA NORIA (containers of 5 litres)
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/agronoma/noticias/cultivos/aceites-de-oliva/alerta-venta-clandestina-aceite-oliva/ 

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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. No one comes to the Father except through me“
Sunday Service 11.00am
Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja ; Directions: Click Here 
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 


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Church Services: 
-Catholic Mass in English at Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar. 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 


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. See map https://goo.gl/maps/nCMt8XqAQvuyZiaE8
NB while the building work on the main church roof is undertaken, please use the door on Calle San Francisco – at the back of the church buildings – to access our Sunday services.
Iglesia de San Miguel (St Michael’s Church) is within easy walking distance of Nerja Bus Station. Free on street parking may be found 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/


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Petrol Prices – Updated daily: These are the fuel stations in Malaga province with the lowest prices. The price data for 95 and 98-octane petrol and diesel fuel is updated every day. See it here:

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/
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