DigameXtra No. 2252 Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

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Torrox Day of the Moto II: Sunday May 8th
At the Mirador Balcony on Avenida El Faro we will taste a paella, and the best part- the proceeds will go to the Spanish Association Against Cancer. The Peña Biker Motorrox is great and our people are great, active and supportive! (No other info regarding activities was provided. -Ed.) FB 


Cool & Groovy in Canillas: Cool & Groovy, will be playing live at Posada La Plaza, La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida this coming Sunday 8th May from 2.00pm and the forecast is good!
Come along for a great afternoon of fun music in this fabulous Plaza. To reserve your table call 952 553 254 or 609 167 127.


Stereo Star Band: Thursday 5May 8pm at The Hall- Malaga
Calle Heroe de Sostoa 65, Málaga FB 


Bernd Bernardo at Bea’s Postamt- Torrox Costa:
Thursday May 5th 9pm. Av Europa, BLQ 80, 29793 T.C. FB 



Musical Theatre: Sat., May 7th. Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm
Sunset Beach Club, Benalmadena. €15pp
If you love Musical Theatre then The Moonlight @ Sunset Beach Club is the place to be this Saturday. With some of the best singers on the coast bringing you your favourite shows. Starring Ricky Lavazza, Juliet Williams, Gemma Lloyd and Emma Prothero. Res: 695 887 366. Avenida del Sol 5, 29630 Benalmádena 


Ruta del Tapa- Torre del Mar: May 6th thru May 22nd
Seventeen establishments are participating. Drink & Tapa = €3 


Festival of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues- Velez Malaga: {Translation}
The festival, which will take place Saturday, May 14, 9pm (€10), at Teatro del Carmen will feature the ‘Custom Blues Band’, a group from Malaga with proven experience. In second place will be ‘Escarlata O’hu’, a great melodic singer who perfectly combines the ballad, Pop Soul and Blues, all with great elegance and feeling. As headliner the event will feature the international star, Mama Paula Blues Band. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es


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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.
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We use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive Ornamental hedge.
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
2 individual solid castillan bedside units slightly different could be used as lamp tables. Measurements 45 x 31.50 x 55.50cms /47 x 31.50 x 55.50cms. Price 55€ each. Contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
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For Sale: 2 road bikes by “BH” brand. Frame Sizes 50cm and 45cm good condition selling as a pair at 100€.
Buyer collects. Contact Derek 638537713 Torrox Pueblo 


For Rent: Long term rental from 1st October. Villa situated between Velez-Malaga and Arenas. Very good access. Pool. Sea view. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, fenced garden. 800 €/month + electric. Madeleine, Velez-Malaga
tel/whatsapp 699757798 or email: mvaderlind@gmail.com


Wanted: Rental. I’m looking for a villa / house / flat to rent around the Axarquia area for long term, 550€ a month max please. I have a female 2 year old dog also.
Thanks so much in advance! Fingers crossed! Charlie, Benajarafe
Email: charliemayo95@hotmail.com


Recommendations & Requests

Spanish Driving Licence Renewal: My husband’s Spanish Driving Licence is due for renewal in October this year. Previously he has renewed at Clinica Rincon in Torre del Mar. However, we have now been told that there is a van that goes from village to village for people to renew there, instead of always having to go to the coast.
Does anyone know how we can find out the information for when it is likely to arrive in our village (Canillas de Albaida) please. Also, if anyone has used this service and how easy it is, what info we need, do they take a photo etc. Any information would be good please!
Please email Lorraine / Canillas de Albaida at Email: tlv_ford@yahoo.co.uk


News & Articles

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Covid Spain: {Translation, 3May22}
-The Ministry of Health has registered this Tuesday 57,329 new cases of coronavirus, of which 28,434 have occurred in people over 60 years of age, bringing the total number of infections in Spain since the beginning of the pandemic to 11,953,481.
-Regarding the current average incidence of infection in Spain in the last 14 days in people over 60 years of age, the report shows an increase of more than 114 points, standing at 790.28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the 676.43 reported last Friday. In the past two weeks a total of 97,347 positives have been recorded in this age group.
-As for deaths from Covid-19, 212 more have been reported, of which 203 have been registered in the last week. This brings the overall number of deaths due to coronavirus in Spain to 104,668 people.
-There are currently 6,883 patients admitted for Covid-19 across Spain (up from 6,455 a week ago) and 360 in an ICU (364 were registered last Tuesday). The occupancy rate of beds occupied by coronavirus stands at 5.56 per cent (compared to 5.22 per cent last Tuesday) and in ICUs at 4.02 per cent (compared to 4.05 per cent a week ago). Source, Spanish: https://www.infosalus.com/


Plan to cap gas prices in Spain is delayed by a week: The implementation of Spain and Portugal’s plan to lower energy bills by capping gas prices will be delayed for at least another week. The head of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, admitted on Monday that the government was still working with Brussels to finalise the “last details” of the so-called ‘Iberian exception’, which means that the measure will “probably” not be approved at the Council of Ministers today, Tuesday 3 May, as planned. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com


Spain drops to 32nd place in the world ranking of press freedom: The non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned on Tuesday of a “new era of polarization”, reinforced by “information chaos”, which is leading to an increase in “social fractures” at the international level in the face of a growing polarization also between states. A statistic from which Spain does not come out well. Spain has fallen three places in the world ranking of press freedom. It falls, specifically, to position number 32, despite the fact that the climate of violence against journalists has eased with the deactivation of the Catalan conflict. What has increased is the “political polarization” in the media.
The list is headed by Norway, Denmark and Sweden, which “remain a model in which freedom of expression is realized in all its splendor.” Following behind are Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Portugal and Costa Rica, all of them with a “good” situation.
Full article: https://spainsnews.com


OCU detects price rises of more than 10% in supermarket chains: {Translation}
-Prices in the main supermarket chains have risen by 9.4% on average between 20 March 2021 and 8 March 2022, according to a price study by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) on 156 food, hygiene and drugstore products in ten Spanish cities. A worrying increase in prices is due to different factors: the main one, the rise in energy and raw material prices, such as fertilisers, wheat and oil, which are a burden on the production and distribution of agricultural and livestock farms; but also the war in Ukraine and the resulting geopolitical tensions.
-The fact is that not all supermarket chains have increased their prices in the same way. Carrefour accumulated a rise of 12.1% over the last 12 months and Mercadona 11.4%, while in El Corte Inglés and Hipercor the rise was 7.7%.
-The rises affected 84% of the products analysed, especially food products. The most affected products include oils (average price rises of 34%), fish (16%), packaged food (11%) and dairy products (11%). These increases are especially felt in private label products, since they start from lower prices. In fact, the OCU describes these rises as very worrying as, if they continue, they will mean an increase of more than 500 euros a year in the average family’s shopping basket.
-In view of this situation, the OCU calls on the Administration to implement measures to protect the most economically vulnerable households. And it takes the opportunity to remind consumers of the importance of choosing the cheapest supermarket, for which it makes its price comparators available to consumers. It is vital to identify those establishments in the neighbourhood with a policy of habitually low prices, prioritising them over those characterised by one-off star offers. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es


The Romería de Torre del Mar will feature an equestrian show and concerts by Séfora and Ortigosa Sunday, May 8th: {Translation, summary}
-On Friday, May 6th there will be a proclamation and a floral offering to the Virgen del Carmen with red and white carnations.
-“Sunday,” the councillor pointed out, “we have designed a very full programme with the sole aim of continuing to enhance our pilgrimage in the year of its fortieth anniversary. We will start the day with the mass on Sunday, which will begin at 08:30 in the morning, to start the walk. We will stop as usual at the Ermita de las Melosas to make an offering to the Virgen del Carmen de las Melosas y Protegidas and from there we will head towards the pilgrimage site”.
-Pérez Atencia informed that “as every year, there will be a popular paella for 1,000 people which as always is organised by the Brotherhood of the Pollinica and Rocío. As for the performances planned, we will have those of ‘Sephora and Tomato’ at 15:00 hours; an equestrian show of great quality, which is the first time that is done in our pilgrimage and that will take place from 16:30 hours in the afternoon; and we will close with the performance of the brothers ‘Ortigosa’. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es 


Travelling to Europe in May- Current COVID Vaccination, Recovery & Testing Rules of Entry for Every EU/Schengen Country: While some in the European Union / European Economic Area have only decided to ease some of their restrictions, others have lifted all of their COVID-19 entry rules for all travellers. Before planning your escape to Europe this summer, make sure to check the entry rules that each country currently applies. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com


Tennis News- Madrid Open- Rincón’s Davidovich patiently sees off Harris in the Madrid Open: The Rincón de la Victoria local defeated Lloyd Harris (38th) in straight sets (7-5 and 6-3) and booked his place in the second round. Davidovich will play against either Hubert Hurkacz (14th) or Hugo Dellien (80th) in the round of 32, with the time yet to be announced. Photo:EFE. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com 


Tennis News- Madrid Open Tuesday Results:
– Novak Djokovic ensured he would keep his number one ranking by extending his winning record against Gael Monfils with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in Madrid.
-Sixth seed Andrey Rublev survived a difficult day on Estadio Manolo Santana, needing to rally from 0-3 down in the decider to overcome British wildcard Jack Draper 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Rublev is the joint leader – alongside Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz – on the ATP tour this season with three titles.
-Another seed pushed to his limits was Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. The 12th seed fought for nearly three hours before completing a 7-5, 6-7 (11/13), 6-3 victory over Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien. Hurkacz’s reward is a second-round date with in-form Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
-Meanwhile, former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s Madrid campaign came to an end at the hands of American 12th seed Jessica Pegula, 7-5, 6-1. Despite a rain interruption in the second set, Pegula wrapped up the win in under two hours and set up a quarter-final against home favourite Sara Sorribes Tormo.
-Sorribes Tormo (photo) became just the fourth Spanish woman to reach the last eight at the Madrid Open, navigating a tricky draw that saw her dispatch Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Naomi Osaka before her 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday. Full article: https://www.france24.com 


Health withdraws batches of a well-known antibiotic and a product to maintain blood pressure, due to impurities: {Translation} It is Acuprel, to maintain blood pressure, and Zinnnat, an antibiotic for throat infections mainly. Both are accused of faulty manufacture.
-Batches of the product Zinnat 250 mg Granules for oral suspension, in a format of 10 sachets (NR: 59063, CN: 695631) are withdrawn. a single loles (FS4S) is withdrawn, with an expiration date of 10/31/2022.
-The AEMPS has detected “an impurity above its established limit”, as stated in its alert, and for this reason it has requested the withdrawal of the following lots:
ACUPREL 20 mg FILM-COATED TABLETS, 28 tablets (NR: 59082, CN: 725150)
Batch: DT1726, expiration date 04/30/2023
Lot: EP6755, expiration date 09/30/2023
Lot: FF8049, expiration date 09/30/2023
Lot: FJ7223, expiration date 09/30/2023
Lot: FM6653, expiration date 09/30/2023
ACUPREL 40 mg FILM-COATED TABLETS, 28 tablets (NR: 61710, CN: 667964)
Batch: CY1994, expiration date 09/30/2022
Batch: DT1722, expiration date 09/30/2022
Lot: EM1564, expiration date 12/31/2022
Batch: FA3732, expiration date 12/31/2022
Lot: FJ1093, expiration date 04/30/2024
ACUPREL 5 mg FILM-COATED TABLETS, 60 tablets (NR: 59081, CN: 731919)
Lot: FF2036, expiration date 05/31/2024
Source, Spanish: https://www.eldiario.es  Photo may differ from local packaging.


Global Chip Shortage’s Latest Worry- Too Few Chips for Chip Making: The drought in chip availability that has hit auto production, raised electronics prices and stoked supply-chain worries in capitals around the globe has a new pain point: a lack of chips needed for the machines that make chips, industry executives say.
The wait time it takes to get machinery for chip-making – one of the world’s most complex and delicate kinds of manufacturing- has extended over recent months. Early in the pandemic it took months from placing an order to receiving the equipment. That time frame has stretched to two or three years in some cases, according to chip-making and equipment executives. Full article: https://www.wsj.com


Fakebook Fail- Facebook to end its podcast platform a year after its launch: Facebook is pulling out of podcasts and plans to remove them altogether from the social-media service starting June 3. Part of Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook will stop letting people add podcasts to the service starting this week, according to a note sent to partners. It will discontinue both its short-form audio product Soundbites and remove its central audio hub. Full article: https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/facebook-pulls-the-plug-on-podcast-business-after-a-year-report-122050400009_1.html


Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks This Week As We Pass Through Tail Of Halley’s Comet: Every year, between late April and mid-May, Earth hurtles through debris left in the wake of Halley’s Comet (1P/Halley) – and it’s set for peak viewing this week. The meteors are rocky remnants and debris from the famed comet, and your best chance to spot these shooting stars is in the hours before dawn on Thursday, May 5.
-The Eta Aquarids are famously speedy, entering Earth’s atmosphere at 66 kilometers (41 miles) per second and producing a high number of glowing, persistent “trains” of incandescent debris following the meteor’s path, lasting anywhere from several seconds to minutes, according to the American Meteor Society.
-They will be best seen in the Southern Hemisphere. You will have to get up around 2-3 am on the morning of May 5 for the best view, where you could be rewarded with up to 50 shooting stars an hour.
-For those in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re looking at between 10-30 meteors an hour. Photo:NASA. Full article: https://www.iflscience.com 


An Angel Wing in Space: This Hubble Space Telescope image features two merging galaxies in the VV-689 system, nicknamed the Angel Wing. Unlike chance alignments of galaxies, which only appear to overlap when viewed from our vantage point on Earth, the two galaxies in VV-689 are in the midst of a collision. The galactic interaction has left the VV-689 system almost completely symmetrical, giving the impression of a vast set of galactic wings.
-“Zoo Gems,” interesting galaxies from the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project is a crowdsourced program and relies on hundreds of thousands of volunteers to classify galaxies and help astronomers wade through a deluge of data from robotic telescopes. In the process, volunteers discovered a gallery of weird and wonderful galaxy types, some not previously studied. A similar, project called Radio Galaxy Zoo: LOFAR is using the same crowdsourcing approach to locate supermassive black holes in distant galaxies. Last Updated: Apr 26, 2022.
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Keel. Full article: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/an-angel-wing-in-space


A Matschie’s tree kangaroo emerges from its mother’s pouch: {Monday, April 18, 2022, at the Bronx Zoo in New York} The joey is the first of its species born at the zoo since 2008. Conservationists believe that fewer than 2,500 Matschie’s tree kangaroos remain in the wild. They are threatened by habitat destruction, hunting and other human activities. (Photo:Julie Larsen Maher/Bronx Zoo via AP). Source with more photos: https://apnews.comVIDEO LINK

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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

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