DigameXtra No. 2235 Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

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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.


Live Music at Cafe Pub Samsara- Torrox:
Dany Kous performs this Friday 15Apr 7pm
C/ Almedina 29770 Torrox Pueblo tlf +34 691 44 17 02  FB 


Laura Killeney: Live music at Bar Amsterdam- Torrox Costa
Friday 15Apr 8pm. Avenida America 29793 Torrox FB 


The Cazbah Live Lounge- Torrenueva, La Cala de Mijas:
This weekend we have these events
-Thursday 14Apr. Live music from Raz Tiki Band. Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm
-Friday 15Apr Skafiendos Band
-Sat. 16Apr Stereo 80s Band
Booking is NOT essential, walk ins welcome
We advise if you wish a table to book in advance Tlf +34 602 53 57 10
Avenida de Rota 29649 Mijas  FB 


Charlie Blair live at The Times- Mijas Costa: Sat 16Apr 9pm
Singing The Everly Bros., Paul Simon, Beatles, Oasis, etc.
Calle Cartama 47, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa 29649 Mijas
+34 952 49 44 48  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.
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For Sale, 2 items:
-Gas Heater, VGC hardly used, complete with nearly full gas bottle, ready to use.  45 euros
-3x empty spare gas bottles 10 euros each.
All items bought together – 60 euros
Please contact John, Los Romanes.
Whatsapp – 697737176 – After 10am please 


For Sale: Two Ikea toppers ’Talgje’, size 90×200. Price €30. If you are interested you can email me, Waldina, Arenas (Velez-Malaga) on waldina1959@gmail.com ; Waldina, Arenas (Velez-Malaga) 



For Sale: Draper Breaker, 1600W, 230V, 15kg, complete with English language hand book, case and 2 chisels. Perfect working order. Powerful tool for breaking concrete and shillet, ideal also for digging post holes and planting trees. 85 euros.
Please contact Michael or Linda. Competa
+34 711003229 mobile or whatsapp or email mblong@hotmail.com 


For Sale: Hills prescription metabolic dog biscuits, brand new 6kg bag, and 10 tins of the same dog meat/food 80€, for all. I can meet you in Torrox, or Torre del mar. This would cost 118euros at Amazon prices and considerably more at local vets. 664136624 or cathyws@hotmail.co.uk ; Cathy / Torrox


News & Articles

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765,000 Moderna vaccine doses withdrawn after mosquito found in sealed vial at Malaga vaccination centre: Some 764,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been withdrawn by Spain’s Ministry of Health after a ‘foreign body’ was found inside a sealed vial, it has been confirmed by the department. The coronavirus vaccine, identified with the lot number 000190A, was also distributed to Portugal, Poland, Sweden and Norway, countries that have already alerted their respective health systems of this incident. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/765000-moderna-vaccine-20220411221742-nt.html 


Kinder eggs salmonella alert expanded as some of the affected batches were distributed to shops in Spain: Following the withdrawal from sale of various Kinder products in the UK due to salmonellosis, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition is warning that the health alert has been extended to Spain. It says certain batches of the affected Kinder products which have been made in Belgium have already been recalled, but some had already been distributed to other countries including Spain.
-See full list of recalled products in source article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/salmonella-alert-expanded-20220412130235-nt.html 


Far Right Gains Regional Power- The Outgoing Government regrets that “the first decision” of the Feijóo PP is to govern with the extreme right in Castilla y León:
-The Government has lamented this Tuesday that “the first decision” of the president of the Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, since he came to the leadership of the main opposition party, is to “embrace the proposals of the extreme right” and “allow their entry” in an autonomous government such as that of Castilla y León, one day after the investiture of the popular Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, who will govern in coalition with Vox.
“We are seeing how all the European forces are positioning themselves against these proposals from the extreme right. And in Spain, what the main opposition party does is embrace the proposals of the extreme right ”, he lamented. This is, in his opinion, “bad news” both for democracy and for the country as a whole, because “instead of establishing a democratic cordon” what the PP does is “open wide the doors” to the far right. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-government-regrets-that-the-first-decision-of-the-feijoo-pp-is-to-govern-with-the-extreme-right-in-castilla-y-leon/


Why bread in Spain doesn’t taste the same anymore: This new taste is down to the fact that Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture has established a maximum amount of salt content for bread, a rule which came into effect on April 1st 2022. The Ministry seeks to offer “healthier products and with the maximum guarantees” for consumers. Bread in Spain is now less salty and therefore a bit blander in taste, but at least it is healthier. (I have noticed the taste difference, as well as observing that fresh bread is now going stale faster, often in just a few hours! The native Spanish baker I asked about this said it was the result of two things, less salt, and less yeast- sometimes substituted in whole or part with baking powder to facilitate rising without using more expensive, temperature sensitive yeast. -Ed.) Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220407/why-bread-in-spain-doesnt-taste-the-same-anymore/ 


The best pictures from Holy Monday, Semana Santa 2022:
There were processions by the brotherhoods of Crucifixion, Passion, Gypsies, Dolores del Puente, Cautivo and Estudiantes. See photos here: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/best-pictures-from-20220412122040-ga.html#imagen1 


“They have broken the spirit of Holy Week of Malaga, to which all had access”: {Translation, summary}
-The official route of Holy Week in Malaga and the points of free access to the common passers-by without a paid reservation for a chair on a platform continue to give rise to debate, which has moved from the social networks to the streets of the city centre. While waiting for the thrones of the brotherhoods in procession on Easter Monday, some citizens commented with their companions on the difficulty they had in seeing the processions.
-On Calle Molina Lario, next to the AC Hotel, the Benítez brothers are waiting behind a fence. They are from Madrid, but they travel every year to Malaga to enjoy its Holy Week. However, they warn that it will be the last if the difficulty to see the thrones in the Centre continues: “Those who pay are the privileged ones and those of us who don’t are waiting to see if we find a clearing like this one, which is one of the few there are, because the Alameda is full of grandstands”, complains Antonio. “The Agrupación de Cofradías de Málaga has set up these chiringuitos to make money, but it’s going to be counterproductive because people will stop coming and, if this happens, Semana Santa will sink”. Diego points to the nearest grandstand: “If you look at the seats, they’re almost all empty.” Juan also points out that the new official route “locks you in and you can’t move until it’s all over”. “Very bad”, he adds. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/semanasanta/roto-Semana-Santa-malaguena_0_1673833045.html 


Found- a mutilated corpse in Villanueva del Trabuco near the junction with the A-92: {Translation, summary}
-According to El Confidencial, which reports the information, the severely mutilated body was found shortly after 20.00 hours on Sunday on the A-7202 road by a person who was in the area and who reported that the body was in the undergrowth and about 500 metres from the junction with the A-92. It would appear to be a man who is now being identified. The same media reports that he was found decapitated, with his hands cut off and his genitals severed. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/cadaver-mutilado-Villanueva-Trabuco-Malaga_0_1673832871.html


Putin says peace talks with Ukraine are at dead end, goads the West: President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday peace talks with Ukraine had hit a dead end, using his first public comments on the conflict in more than a week to vow that his troops would win and to goad the West for failing to bring Moscow to heel. In the strongest signal to date that the war will grind on for longer, Putin said Kyiv had derailed peace talks by staging what he said were fake claims of Russian war crimes and by demanding security guarantees to cover the whole of Ukraine. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/putin-flies-into-russian-far-east-ukraine-talks-with-belarusian-leader-2022-04-12/


Amsterdam Mayor to Move Ahead With Proposed Tourist Cannabis Cafe Ban: Authorities in the Netherlands may soon close Amsterdam’s cannabis cafes or coffee shops to tourists after Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema has unfolded the plan to make such a move. According to Halsema, the move is the only option in order to get a grip on the local soft drugs market. Recent research has revealed that only 66 of the total of 166 licensed coffeeshops in Amsterdam are needed in order to meet the local demand. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/amsterdam-mayor-to-move-ahead-with-tourist-cannabis-caffe-ban/ 


Tennis News- ATP Masters Monte-Carlo: Djokovic loses to Fokina: Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the first match at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Monte Carlo. The world number one lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 3: 6, 7: 6 (5) and 1: 6. Full article: https://www.tennisnet.com/en/news/atp-masters-monte-carlo-novak-djokovic-loses-to-alejandro-davidovich-fokina 


Tennis News- Nadal skips Barcelona Open, return date still uncertain: Rafa Nadal is still uncertain when he can return to competitive tennis after withdrawing from this month’s ATP event in Barcelona as he recovers from a rib injury, his team told Reuters on Tuesday. “Rafa has just been withdrawn from the entry list in Barcelona,” the team said in a statement sent to Reuters.
The Spaniard, who has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles, was ruled out last month for up to six weeks with a stress fracture in his rib. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/nadal-skips-barcelona-open-return-date-still-uncertain-2022-04-12/


Tennis News- Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters retires from professional tennis again: The 38-year-old Clijsters, who ended her second retirement in 2019 after a seven-year hiatus, announced on Tuesday that she will “no longer play official tournaments.” Photo:AP. Full article: https://www.firstpost.com/sports/former-no-1-kim-clijsters-retires-from-professional-tennis-again-10549431.html 


Banking in Spain for Seniors Update- Some banks withdraw use of Passbooks, etc.:
-New technologies are being implemented more and more in the banking sector, so their digitization means that you have to learn to operate through the new options.
-At the beginning of this month, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) presented a report in which it denounced that banks continue to fail to comply with some of these agreements, such as the commitment to extend window service hours, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
-According to the OCU, among the main 18 banking entities that have a network of physical offices, five no longer issue passbooks: Abanca, Bankinter, BBVA, Caja Rural de Jaén and Laboral Kutxa. However, the organization also highlights that among the entities that do continue to operate with a passbook, Kutxabank has a commission of 3 euros per issue to its customers, Sabadell charges 10 euros for the same concept to people under 65 years of age, Ibercaja has a fixed commission of 2 euros for those under 70 years of age and, finally, BBVA has a maintenance commission of 10 euros, with the exception that the person has a contributory pension of at least 300 euros.
-For the OCU, seniors are a vulnerable group, so it should have greater protection, hence, OCU will promote banking to be considered a “basic and universal service” and that it guarantees face-to-face attention to the entire population, without economic discrimination for elderly who need to maintain face-to-face care.
Until this moment arrives, the OCU has advised people who are being affected to study the option of changing banks. Full article:


Bad news for those Spanish property owners who have a variable rate mortgage:
The 12-month Euribor marked a positive value in its daily rate this Tuesday for the first time since it entered negative territory in February 2016, given the expectation of an upcoming rise in interest rates by the European Central Bank (ECB), in a scenario marked by the war in Ukraine and the less transitory nature of inflation.
The minutes of the meeting recently revealed that several members of the Governing Council of the ECB advocated starting the path of raising interest rates during the summer months to curb the rise in prices. Analysts already expect the Euribor to end 2022 in positive values, which will make the installments of mortgage contracts linked to a variable rate more expensive. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-euribor-rises-again-after-more-than-six-years-in-negative-and-anticipates-the-rise-in-mortgages/


Space balloon company offers first look at luxury cabins:
– A new entrant in the space tourism market promises customers views of the Earth’s curvature from the comfort of a luxury cabin, lifted to the upper atmosphere with a giant balloon.
-The balloon reaches an altitude of 20 miles (30 kilometers), much lower than rivals Virgin Galactic, which goes just over 50 miles high, or Blue Origin, which breaches the Karman Line, 62 miles above sea level, the internationally-recognized space border. But 20 miles is still far higher than commercial planes, which ascend around six miles high.
-With five-feet (1.5 meter) high windows, deep seats, dark, purple tones and subdued lighting, the atmosphere contrasts with the white and sanitized capsules of its competitors. Wifi connectivity and a drinks bar round out the “Space Lounge” inside the company’s Neptune capsule.
-More than 600 tickets have so far been sold, at $125,000 each.
The price for the two-hour-up, two-hours-gliding, and two-hour-down voyage, which ends with an ocean splashdown, is significantly less than Virgin Galactic tickets that cost $450,000 for a ride on a spaceplane. Photos: Space Perspective/AFP. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220412-space-balloon-company-offers-first-look-at-luxury-cabins

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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
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Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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