DigameXtra No. 1881 Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 2021

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 How to post more photos than the rules allow – use collages. You can combine several of your photos into a single collage photo by using this free online collage creation tool. It’s very easy to use, give it a try! https://www.photocollage.com/

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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

What’s On

Tell them you saw it on DigameXtra! Tell your favourite establishments to post on DigameXtra to get next-day publicity!

Due to the Covid restrictions, to avoid disappointment I suggest you call to confirm events and times before the event. -Ed.

 

Bands & Acts: Please submit your gig promos. Many of the local clubs are neglecting to post your gigs on DigameXtra thinking Fakebook is sufficient, so you are missing out on many potential attendees. Most of those FB posts only have a few likes, if any at all, so obviously these are not reaching many people. DigameXtra sends out over 4170 email issues everyday to subscribers, and the website gets another 800 visits per day. That is way better exposure than you are getting in FB posts!!!

 

ReOpened: Art Room Art & Ceramics Gallery
Open by appointment everyday from 11.00am – 7.00pm.
Original paintings, prints and paintographs by Mitch France, ceramics by Chris France.
Subject matter: Musicians, Morocco, abstract, Flamenco dancers, local scenes. Commissions considered.
To view all the work, for information on the artists and directions to the gallery go to: http://www.artroom-gallery.com
Maximum 4 people per visit, masks and social distancing obligatory and sanitiser available. The galley is also well ventilated.
You can book an appointment through the website or contact Mitch: 616 891 473 (Whatsapp). Website: https://www.artroom-gallery.com/
Email: mitchfranceart@hotmail.com
Facebook: mitchfranceart
Instagram: mitchfranceart
Twitter: mitchfranceart 2PICs Artroom & Replace banner

 

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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, no job too small or too big as I have others to call on if required, from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Painting and decorating – interior or exterior, tools all supplied, materials extra at cost – from 100€ per day per man or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost.
Check my website for examples of my work www.nikofalltrades.es
Email enquiries or for more information to nikash2 at hotmail dot com or just write that email address or web address down somewhere in case you may need me in the future! I am a DigameXtra sponsor and so my contact info is available everyday in the sponsors section below as well. There is also a contact form available on the website.
References/recommendations available from the UK and Spain
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Guess what they have been listening to and will continue to listen to……the Radio!
Coast Fm Gold has been available Online, as well as via Tunein, Google, Siri and Alexa throughout the crisis giving ’emergency announcements and telephone numbers’ and music, music, music!
Now it’s time to start up business’s again, and what a better way to let them know you have re-opened and are ready- A RADIO ADVERT! We reach all over the Axarquia-  so we are local! Plus we reach around the world! We are the Eastern Costa Del Sols favourite Radio Station!
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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.
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.
Golden Leaves Funeral Plans aims to support grieving families during these tumultuous times. Since our inception in 1984, we have partnered with a widespread network of funeral directors across the UK and Europe.
Purchasing a funeral plan with Golden Leaves enables you to plan, design and pay for your funeral services in advance.
As one of the leading providers of expat prepaid funeral plans in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands, we make sure to adequately support your family in the time of greatest need.
If you are an expat family in need of prepaid funeral services please contact Ruth on phone or whats app + 34 693 715 718
Based in Javea/Alicante. Company Reg. No: 2935393
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion using Vetiver
From Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Our Nursery is open by appointment depending on the current travel restrictions. Please email or call first. We have Moringa seedlings, Organic Moringa powder and Comfrey plants. We also have some local trees and some exotic trees from Africa.
Vetiver is a rapid growing and non-invasive sterile clump grass with a height of 1-2 metres and a root system of 3-4 metres in depth. We have been providing Vetiver throughout the EU for almost 10 years now. We are located in Sayalonga where we can plant year round but our best results by far start in February. The reason is that Vetiver is indigenous to India and Vetiver loves the heat of the summer. Use Vetiver cuttings as mulch around all of your fruit trees. Decomposing Vetiver improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away all while helping to maintain soil moisture.
Vetiver is a nutritious and replenishable animal fodder. Horses and pigs love it. We use it in our chicken pens replacing hay because it stops mites.
In the 2 photos below you will see land prepared for Vetiver and the results 2 years later.
We also use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive ornamental hedge.
Here is a link to a short video showing the results.
https://youtu.be/rjTmb_LL2uo
We suggest planting now, as this is the BEST time of the year to plant.
To see more images of Vetiver go to this link.
https://www.vetiverspain.org/photo-gallery.html
Presently we have some specials, which include free shipping to numerous locations.
For more information please contact us.
Please visit us or visit our website:
www.vetiverspain.com
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone: (34) 692 288 657

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-Blanket box natural & clear waxed. Measurements 80 x 50 x 48cms Price 85€
-2 matching bedside tables. Natural & Yute waxed with new handles. Measurements W 50 x 32 x 56cms Price 90€ (for the pair)
-Natural & yute solid chest of drawers W 90 x 42 x 97cms. Price 150€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com

 

For Sale, as a lot: Baby Equipment
-Baby Nest Bed
-Baby Bouncer
-Baby Gym
-Baby Bath
Buy all four items for €55.00.
Will consider selling separately, contact me for more info.
All items rarely used. Clean and in good condition. Non-smoking home. No pets.
Buyer collects.
Please email: cerys dot swaine at gmail dot com
Cerys, Nerja

 

For Sale: Aluminium trailer with 3 good tyres. 1.75 m interior length. No ITV needed. Tailgate removes for easy loading.
400euros Ono.
Geoff, Torrox Campo
gailandgeoff@yahoo dot co dot uk
951066068/666322732

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Weber barbecue. 47cm compact kettle barbecue. Fittings for both direct and indirect cooking styles. Fitted thermometer. 3 Cleaning brushes. Chimney starter. Instruction booklet. Some grease and grime. Neat and tidy way of barbecuing. Price €60.
-Gazebo and 4 foot stands. 3x3m square metal framed gazebo with beige polyester curtains and roof. 2.6m high at the apex of the roof and 1.90m at the lowest. 4 polyethylene foot stands for increased stability which can be filled with water, sand or a mixture of both. Bought from Mano Mano 1 year ago. We have dismantled the gazebo in anticipation of our impending move so it’s ready for collection. Instruction booklet supplied. Price €110.
Contact Steve: 620056188 WhatsApp, El Morche

 

Editor’s Note: Cerys and Steve have provided us some excellent examples of collages today. They each managed to fit 4 images into a single photograph. It’s not difficult, give it a try. There are many free online collage makers, I use https://www.photocollage.com/

Recommendations & Requests

 

Recommendation Requested from lovely folk in Digame Land:
With Covid I do not want to travel to Specsavers in Fuengirola for an eye test and new spectacles anymore. I am interested in finding a reasonably priced, efficient opticians east of Malaga . It would be especially helpful if they spoke English and were fairly near Torrox .
Has anyone used the opticians near Eroski in El Ingenio? I understand you just walk in without needing an appointment .
Any guidance will be gratefully received .
Thank you. Judy, Torrox Costa, 620742393
judy ann spain @ yahoo . com

 

Covid Test Recommendation Wanted: Could someone recommend a clinic that carry’s out Covid Tests for travel purposes to the UK. Location: Nerja or Torrox.
Apparently the test can be one of the following:
-nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test.
-an antigen test, such as a text from a lateral flow device.
I need to insure that the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details.
If someone has had one of the above tests done for travel purposes to the uk, could you please advise the best place to use.
Call Jane: 07740 988345
email: kingswoodjane@hotmail.co.uk
thank you, kind regards, Jane

 

Fakebook Users Pushing False Spanish Covid Info Again: Some FB users are taking Spanish covid info articles from the news, that are explaining “proposed” measures, and posting the info as “facts”. This is causing many readers to panic under false pretenses. It seems in Spainish newspapers they like to report on events that have not yet happened, they report on anticipated plans or actions as these go thru the legislative process. And yes, they do tend to post misleading headlines that could be misconstrued as inferring an action had been enacted as law, when it had simply been passed thru a committee long before being voted on.
These people posting the inaccurate info all seem to be competing with each other to be first to get out new info, and in their haste are falling for “clickbait” headlines and failing to recognize the difference between proposals and done deals. Beware all Covid info on Fakebook that does not include a link to the source. If there is a source, you must check it for yourself! I imagine these people mean well, but they are doing a serious disservice to the community for the sake of their egos and FB “likes”. Editor.

 

News & Articles

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Spain reports 20,849 new coronavirus cases, adds 535 deaths to official toll over weekend: Spain continues to be on a high level of alert when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. The epidemiological curve is falling, but the 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is still above 250 – the limit considered by the Health Ministry to be one of extreme risk.
In its official report on Monday, the ministry registered 20,849 new infections and added 535 Covid-19 fatalities to the official death toll. These figures cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Since the beginning of the month, hospital admissions have fallen by half and there are 28% fewer people in the ICUs. But the stress on healthcare centers continues to be high, with a third of ICU beds currently occupied by Covid-19 patients. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-02-23/spain-reports-20849-new-coronavirus-cases-adds-535-deaths-to-official-toll-over-weekend.html

 

Shortage of doses leads to delays in the Covid vaccination of the elderly in health centres: The vaccination of people over 80 years of age who do not live in care homes in the south of Spain will be severely affected this week as the region receives only half of the planned doses from Pfizer.
Some Malaga health centres have had to postpone the vaccination of the elderly and are calling patients to notify them that they will receive the injection on another date, once the supply is normalised next week.
Nursing professionals consulted by SUR have said that they are contacting people who had an appointment from Wednesday onwards to inform them that due to the lack of doses they will not be able to give them the vaccine as scheduled and that they will be inoculated next week if enough vials arrive. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/23/shortage-doses-leads-delays-20210223093621.html

 

Covid vaccine- Under-80s will have to make appointments for coronavirus vaccinations: {Summary translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated 23/02/2021 19:45
-Andalusia plans to begin the mass vaccination process in April. At least that is what the central government has told them, since that is when there will be a sufficient number of doses.
-Thus, if everything goes according to plan, by the end of March a large part of the population will have been vaccinated and it will be possible to start with those under 80 years of age. They will be able to do so via the website, a phone call or the mobile app. (More details on doing this will be released closer to the date. -Ed) Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-menores-80-anos-tendran-pedir-cita-cupos-para-vacunarse-contra-coronavirus-andalucia-202102222008_noticia.html

 

Andalusia extends the restrictions and anti-coronavirus measures until after the February 28 bridge: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 23/02/2021 19:45
-The Junta de Andalucía will extend this Friday for another week, until 4 March, the mobility and activity limitation measures in force in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on the recommendation of the committee of experts advising the Andalusian government, as announced this Tuesday in Ronda by President Juanma Moreno.
-Moreno announced that the committee of experts will meet on Wednesday 3 March at 18:00 hours to analyse the evolution of the pandemic and to propose the de-escalation measures for the coming weeks, once it has been confirmed that the incidence curve of the third wave of the pandemic has fallen.
-Despite the improvement in health records, the extension has been recommended by the committee of experts to prevent the measures from being relaxed precisely during the Day of Andalusia long weekend in order to avoid outbreaks.
Mobility between provinces
-Therefore, the general restrictions on mobility between provinces, the closure of non-essential shops and hotels at 18:00 hours and the curfew between 22:00 and 6:00 hours will be maintained, as well as the restrictions on inter-municipal mobility in towns with a 14-day incidence rate of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the total closure of non-essential activity in those with more than 1,000 cases.
-The president of the Junta admitted that he is “madly keen” to restore mobility between provinces and extend the opening hours of economic activity, but recommended caution and heeding the recommendations of the experts to avoid a fourth wave, which is why he said he would be prudent in adopting measures depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-prorroga-restricciones-anti-coronavirus-hasta-4-marzo-202102231404_noticia.html

 

Step by step- how to request the certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus in Andalusia in the three possible ways:
{Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 23/02/2021 18:29
-The Board already has available, for those who want to request it, the “vaccination card” against the coronavirus in Andalusia . Those who have already been vaccinated, when the medical act is registered in the Diraya system, can request a document confirming the immunization and that they can show.
-Not in vain, the Andalusian Government has already warned that those who were vaccinated would have certain advantages in the future. This was indicated by the Andalusian vice president, Juan Marín, who pointed out that although the vaccine is not mandatory, but will be something “totally voluntary”, it is necessary to convey to the public that getting vaccinated will have its advantages when traveling or going to some events, because the Andalusian health system will give every person who is vaccinated a certificate that they are immunized .
-In any case, whoever wants to get the document has three ways.
1. Ask your GP
The patient who has received the two vaccines can ask their doctor for a document that proves it. The doctor may issue a paper certificate containing the applicant’s affiliation data as well as the data on the doses received against the coronavirus.
2. Request through ClicSalud +
This web platform of the Ministry of Health serves, among many other issues, to request medical documentation. So, the first thing is to access the URL of the page. https://www.sspa.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud/clicsalud/pages/portada.jsf
The second step is to enter, within the HEALTH section, the area where it says VACCINES.
Later you have to enter one of the options at the top to access the vaccination history. It can be done through electronic certificate or key.
Finally, there appears the vaccination history, where the vaccines against the coronavirus will be seen
3. Request through the web application.
The first thing to do is download the “Salud Andalucía” web application through the app store on your phone or tablet.
Secondly, you can access the section “Obtain your Covid-19 vaccination certificate.”
Finally, the vaccination data is accessed through the password or certificate. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-paso-paso-como-pide-certificado-vacunacion-contra-coronavirus-andalucia-tres-vias-posibles-202102231827_noticia.html

 

Spain extends travel ban again on arrivals from UK, Brazil and South Africa until mid-March: Spain’s cabinet agreed on Tuesday to extend entry restrictions for travellers from the three nations for another two weeks, Health Minister Carolina Darias told a news conference.
Only legal residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are currently allowed in on flights from these countries. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210223/spain-extends-travel-ban-on-arrivals-from-uk-brazil-and-south-africa-to-mid-march

 

EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions: Brussels has put six EU member states on notice that their tight Covid border restrictions, including exit and entry bans, should be lifted over fears of a wider breakdown in the bloc’s free movement of people and goods.
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden have been given 10 days to respond to the European commission’s concerns that they have breached commonly agreed coronavirus guidelines.
Restrictions imposed by Germany at its border with the Austrian Tirol region have been a particular cause of tension in recent weeks, with the German ambassador in Vienna summoned to justify the “unnecessary measures that do more harm than good”. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/23/eu-tells-six-countries-to-lift-covid-border-restrictions

 

SCORE ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS! Facebook relents, agrees to restore Australia news AND pay media companies: Facebook said Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news and pay local media companies for content, after a last-gasp deal on pending landmark legislation.
Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the compromise that will see Google and Facebook plunge tens of millions of dollars into the struggling local news sector.
In return the US digital firms will, for now, avoid being subjected to mandatory payments that could cost them vastly more and create what they see as an alarming global precedent. Canada and France are proposing similar legislation, look for Facebook to be making concessions there as well. Full article: https://news.yahoo.com/facebook-restore-australia-news-pages-041017328.html

 

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of the iconic City Lights bookshop in S.F., dies aged 101: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet, publisher, painter and political activist who co-founded the famous City Lights bookshop in San Francisco and became an icon of the city himself, has died aged 101.
Ferlinghetti died at home on Monday night. His son Lorenzo said that the cause was interstitial lung disease. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/23/lawrence-ferlinghetti-poet-founder-city-lights-bookshop-dies-aged-101

 

Dog escapes from an animal shelter and walks 50 kilometres to look for late owner: Ribero a two-year-old dog, lived on the streets of Guaro after his elderly owner died of natural causes two months ago.
For several weeks he wandered around his old home, where a young man took him food. With the help of volunteers, he was rescued and taken to an animal protection shelter in the La Virreina area of Malaga city.
But his stay was short-lived. He was taken in on 5 February but just two days later Ribero had escaped after jumping a two-metre-high fence.
What no one could imagine is that Ribero would appear back at his old home eleven days later on 18 February.
He had travelled around 50 kilometres, crossing busy motorways and roads, until he reached the same place where he was first found.
“In the villages there are many animals that are used to entering and leaving the houses freely, but when the owner died, our first intention was to rescue him and find him a home,” explained Carmen Manzano, president of the animal association.
Given the circumstances, however, the charity has changed its strategy with Ribero. “Since he is safe there, the youth who was taking care of him will continue to do so, so that he will gain confidence, because it is clear that he won’t get used to the shelter.” Photo:SUR. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/23/escapes-from-animal-shelter-20210223102351.html

 

Doing Other Tasks During a Video Call? Experts Find a Way to Learn What You’re Typing During Video Calls: A new attack framework aims to infer keystrokes typed by a target user at the opposite end of a video conference call by simply leveraging the video feed to correlate observable body movements to the text being typed.
(Thus it will soon be no longer safe to do secure typing tasks, like making a purchase with a credit card, while on a video call, as snoops and big tech will be monitoring your every keystroke. Any entrepreneurs out there may want to consider marketing a garment that obscures the hands and body movements of video chat users who like to multi-task. If it catches on you’ll make a fortune! -Ed.)
Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/02/experts-find-way-to-learn-what-youre.html

 

Bitcoin’s steep drop drags Tesla, ARK ETFs along for the ride:
A dive in Bitcoin’s price spilled onto shares of Tesla Inc, which recently disclosed that it held a $1.5 billion investment in the cryptocurrency, and slammed exchange-traded funds holding the stock on Tuesday.
Bitcoin slumped 13.3% to $46,951.51, tracking toward its biggest daily loss since March. Tesla’s shares in turn fell 3.3% to $690.59. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-markets/bitcoins-steep-drop-drags-tesla-ark-etfs-along-for-the-ride-idUSKBN2AN0XI

 

Football News- Norway moves ‘home’ World Cup qualifier to neutral Malaga, Spain: Norway’s national soccer team will play its first “home” World Cup qualifying game at a neutral venue in Spain next month because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Norwegian soccer federation said Tuesday the game against Turkey on March 27 will be played in Malaga’s La Rosaleda Stadium instead of Oslo. No fans will be allowed to attend.
Norway will begin its World Cup qualifying program with a game at Gibraltar on March 24 before going to Spain to play Turkey three days later. Photo:Youtube. Full article: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/23/norway-moves-home-world-cup-qualifier-to-neutral-s/

 

Golf News- Tiger Woods injured in rollover car crash near Los Angeles, extracted with ‘jaws of life’: Woods was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, the statement said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told Golf Digest on Tuesday afternoon that Woods was in surgery for multiple leg injuries. Full article: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tiger-woods-injured-rollover-car-crash-near-los-angeles-extracted-n1258633

 

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

OPTION 1:  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
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
Currency Converter: http://www.currency-converter.com/
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DigameXtra No. 1880 Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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La Casa Hotel and Restaurant- Torrox Pueblo is now open: Hours Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm (last orders for food 5pm)
This Weeks 3 course set menu will be-
Starter of homemade Tomato Soup or Mackerel pate
Main course – Homemade Beef burger with fried onions or Vegetable Burger served with chips.
Puddings are Frozen tropical fruit Yogurt or vanilla ice cream, tea or coffee
14.95 per person our A la Carte Menu is also available along with lite bites, drinkers only welcome too!
This Sunday our special of the day will be Roast Pork with Apple Sauce at 9.95 booking is advised as number are restricted still.
And finally if you are looking for a break away why not take advantage of our 2 night offer of a double room for 2 persons with breakfast and our set lunch just 198 euro.
Reservations 662039741/952535471

 

First Andalucia Chess Tournament to be played online: The tournament will be played live on the TuProfeDeAjedrez YouTube Channel on Saturday February 27. The General Tournament will start at 10am and will last 90 minutes with a knockout phase to decide the champion in each class.
All the information concerning this as well as registrations can be arranged by visiting the website http://www.tuprofedeajedrez.com.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/22/first-andalucia-chess-tournament-to-be-played-online/

 

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For Sale: Children’s books. Selection of children’s books, from bed time reading to older children. 20 euro’s the lot.
Stuart, Algarrobo Pueblo, Tel 665190121.
Email: Stuart Burnett 53 at g mail dot com

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Lift-up coffee table cherry colour 100 x 50cm Good condition 30€
-Blue 2-seater settee 178 x 78 cm approx. Good condition, no damage. Very comfortable for siestas. 40€ – three sofa cushions can be included in price, if wanted
Collect from Torre del Mar (near El Ingenio)
Email handlnewman at hotmail dot com or
Whatsapp 647420188 Harold, Torre del Mar

 

For Sale: Coffee Set / Royal Tettau Bavaria Germany. 6 Coffee cups and saucer ,1 Coffee pot ,1 Milk jug ,1 Sugar bowl
Material: Porcelain. Excellent condition. Price 35€
Buyer collects. Torrox Campo area
Contact Anne: 685 247 505

 

For Sale: IKEA laptop table, white, adjustable height, in excellent condition. 15 euros. Nerja. Christina 687 602 057

 

Free to collector: Small Cut Logs free to collector
Cut logs in a covered stack 85 CMs wide
50 cms deep and 60 cms high
Ready for your fire. Free for collection. Torrox Costa
judyannspain @ yahoo . com ; 620742393

 

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Wanted: Dentist recommendation. Can anyone recommend a dentist to replace a couple of fillings, and who can speak English, in the Torre Del Marr or Velez Malaga area. Bryan, Vinuela
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Recommendation for Interpreter: Many thanks to Pamela Walsh for all her help. She has made numerous phone calls to the doctor on our behalf. She has been a godsend in awkward times. Her phone number is 609040709.
Paul & Mary. Torrox. ernieno@hotmail.co.uk

 

Recommendation for Warren’s Car Clean Malaga service: I want to say a big thank you to Warren for doing such a great job on my car last week. Both inside and outside look wonderful. Georgina, Viñuela. cgbrasierATgmailD0Tcom
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No date for mass vaccination against the coronavirus in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 22/02/2021 12:37
-The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has clarified that there is no date for mass vaccination, although he foresees the vaccination of 50% of the population before summer if sufficient doses arrive in the autonomous community. To achieve this, the regional administration puts pressure on the government, so that it in turn puts pressure on Brussels.
-The logistics (personnel, space, mobile vaccination units, lists …) are prepared, as clarified by the counselor, for whom the objective of vaccinating half a million people a week starting in April is linked to the fact that the pharmaceutical companies send Andalusia the doses you need from April. Aguirre does not rule it out: “That is the hope we have.”
-The number of Andalusians vaccinated with the two doses amounts to 215,021, which represents 2.53% of the total. The percentage is still very low and the region is still at extreme risk, with 288 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, so that, although it means a substantial decrease in infections, the counselor has insisted on his request for caution to the population.
-Aguirre has stated that it is necessary to vaccinate half a million Andalusians weekly to arrive at summer with peace of mind. For now, vaccination is focused on those over 80 years old, an age segment that has almost unanimously accepted vaccination, since only 0.7% have rejected it , as reported by the counselor.
-The vaccination of teachers has also begun , as well as that of members of the State security forces and home help workers in Andalusia as a whole, which will increase the percentage of inhabitants with antibodies, a decisive factor for further reduce the number of infections.
-The number of infected with coronavirus that remains in Andalusian hospitals has stabilized. From Sunday to today, Monday, there have only been 5 new admissions, reaching 2,338 hospitalized, of which 564 remain in intensive care units, as reported by the counselor during a visit to a health center in Jaén. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/jaen/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-sin-fecha-para-vacunacion-masiva-contra-coronavirus-andalucia-202102221225_noticia.html

 

Five Malaga towns will host Covid-19 mass screening sessions this week: The health authorities will send a text message to the selected people informing them of the date, time and place of the voluntary tests. These voluntary tests will be carried out in the towns of Cuevas de San Marcos, Cañete la Real, Árchez, Arenas and El Burgo.
This Monday the town of Arenas will hold the first session and on Tuesday the Junta will move one of its mobile testing units to Cuevas de San Marcos.
The town council in El Burgo has indicated that the screening in the municipality will be on Thursday 25 February for 310 residents and urged the members of the public summoned to attend the antigen tests. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/22/these-five-malaga-towns-20210222141750.html

 

Covid England News- Boris Johnson reveals the route out of England’s coronavirus lockdown with some restrictions lasting into June: Coronavirus restrictions on meeting people indoors will continue in England until the final week of June, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday as he revealed a staged timeline for relaxing lockdown measures across the country.
Under the plan, which will be subject to periodic review and depend on the continued success of the country’s vaccination program, all children will return to school in early March, with mixing in groups outdoors allowed starting at the end of March.
Indoor mixing will remain illegal under the plan until May 17 at the earliest, when hotels and other hospitality venues would also be allowed to reopen.
Some legal restrictions are set to remain until June 21, however, when Johnson’s government hopes to lift all remaining legal restrictions. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/boris-johnson-reveals-the-route-out-of-englands-coronavirus-lockdown-with-some-restrictions-lasting-into-june/ar-BB1dUuVx

 

Update on health recommendations for schools throughout Spain: Ministries of Education and Health have issued new recommendations for schools throughout Spain. They include permanent ventilation, the use of HEPA filters and new conditions regarding the use of masks.
The latest version focuses mainly on ventilation due to the new evidence on the transmission of the virus by aerosols. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/23/update-on-health-recommendations-for-schools-throughout-spain/

 

Proposed deal between Spain and UK plans to eliminate Gibraltar border checkpoint: The document describing this framework agreement, to which EL PAÍS has had access, contemplates demolishing any “physical barrier” between the British Overseas Territory and La Línea in Cádiz. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2021-01-11/deal-between-spain-and-uk-plans-to-eliminate-gibraltar-border-checkpoint.html

 

Police warn of fake parcel delivery message and app circulating in Spain: The message appears to come from Spain’s Post Office, Correos, and tells you “Your shipment is on its way”, accompanied by a link. But the National Police is warn this is a scam built around a fake app that has claimed a high number of victims, especially on the Costa del Sol.
The fraud is similar to other well-known cyber scams: the unsuspecting person downloads an application to track the non-existent shipment through the link. If the user grants it all the permissions then the scam can begin.
There are two ways that the app works – the first by using these permissions to duplicate the message, bombarding all the contacts on the device’s phonebook with the same message, thus increasing the spread of the virus. This method can add a high price to the telephone bills of users who have to pay to send SMS text messages.
The other possibility is that, through the permission authorisations that the user has given to the application to control the device, the malicious app can obtain their bank account details.
Full article:
http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/22/police-warn-fake-parcel-20210222133745.html

 

Nerja residents facing unexpected water bill rise to pay off debt for sewage treatment plant: Central government has requested seven million euros to be paid back over a period of 25 years for the hand-over of the long-anticipated plant. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/19/unexpected-water-bill-rise-20210219102724-v.html

 

Hacked Again- New Apple Devices Targeted: Days after the first malware targeting Apple M1 chips was discovered in the wild, researchers have disclosed yet another previously undetected piece of malicious software that was found in about 30,000 Macs running Intel x86_64 and the iPhone maker’s M1 processors. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/02/new-silver-sparrow-malware-infected.html

 

No more orange marmalade as fruit now used as fertiliser: For many years, oranges that grew on trees in the streets of Torremolinos were collected and passed on to a marmalade factory, but due to urban pollution this is no longer possible.
More than 6,000 kilos of oranges have already been collected and will be used in the production of compost and organic fertiliser. Photo: Torremolinos Council. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/22/no-more-orange-marmalade-as-fruit-now-used-as-fertiliser/

 

Daft Punk- French dance music duo split up after 28 years: They announced the breakup in an eight-minute video titled Epilogue, featuring footage from their 2006 sci-fi film Electroma. Photo:AP. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/daft-punk-french-dance-music-duo-split-up-after-28-years-12225943

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

OPTION 1:  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
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https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
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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DigameXtra No. 1879 Monday, Feb. 22nd, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a catagory, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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For bookings and information, please contact Gail on 951067723 / 626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more info. We are busy adjusting our events schedule to comply with the new Covid regulations. We will post an updated event schedule asap.

 

Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar: March coming events:
*These will be dependent on the current Covid restrictions.
-Every Monday – Craft Group. Starting on January 11th. Time 10.00 – 13.00 in the Centre. 5€ for room fee or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 4€. Proceeds for fundraising. Please first check with the Centre to confirm.
-Every Monday – Knitting & Crochet Group. Time 10.30 to 13.00 in the Centre. Please first check with the Centre to confirm.
-Every Wednesday – Art Group. Time 10.00 – 13.00 at the Centre. 5€ for room fee or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 4€. Proceeds for fundraising. Please first check with the Centre to confirm.
-Fridays – Coffee Morning. Come and enjoy homemade cakes and a beverage in our lovely shady garden. Inside seating is also available. Meet up and catch up with friends. Browse through our preloved clothing for those essential additions to your wardrobe. Kitchen & household items, bedding, curtains and much more available to purchase. For the bookworms amongst you, check out our Book shop, hundreds of second-hand books waiting to be read. CDs and DVDs too. We are accepting donations of household goods and items of clothing and would appreciate it if you could bring them to us in bags that you do not need, during the normal opening hours. Time 11.00 to 13.00.
-Friday 5th March – Worlds Day of Prayer. Please come and join friends at the San Andrés Parish Church in Torre del Mar. This year you will be praying with women from Vaniatu. The service will also be streamed via Facebook. Time 19.45.
-Friday 26th March – Taizé Prayer at the San Andrés Parish Church in Torre del Mar. Time 19.00. Taizé prayers is a monthly invitation to join us in prayer for unity and for all your personal intentions. Please send us an email to be included in them. Social distancing and wearing of face masks will be required.
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre- Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Open mornings only Monday to Thursday 10.00 till 13.00 and Fridays as usual 11.00 – 13.00. We would like to assure you that we are complying with all the Covid regulations to make your visits to our centre as safe as possible. For further information please contact the Centre.
Tel. 952 543 334 Web site: www.lux-mundi.org.
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Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
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My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of the issue. Here are “before” and “after” pics from my latest job.

 

Obsolete Apple/Mac Restoration: Do you have an Apple/Mac computer sitting in your closet, that is obsolete, unable to run the current OS or new apps, but otherwise in good mechanical condition? I have just completed a weekend workshop on resurrecting these devices by installing a current version of Linux. I can do this on Mid-2006 (Lion OS) or newer devices. I have a demo model in my workshop, a mid-2007 MiniMacPC you can test drive. Popular programs come installed: Chrome, Firefox, Adobe Reader, Skype, VLC player and Libre Office (Open Office clone). You do not get Safari.
MX Linux is derived from the well respected Debian family of Linux systems.
It looks very much like Windows 10 and will be easy for most experienced computer users to adjust to.
Remember the advantages of using Linux:
-No anti-virus needed. Linux computers are highly secure and immune to most malware.
-Linux runs more efficiently than Windows or Apple, using less RAM and processor resources to do the same tasks. Thus it breathes peppy new life into slow, old devices.
-All your software is free, and provided by secure Linux “depositories”. Most apps, or at least reasonable alternatives, are available for free download on demand.
-Linux is free and you are in control. You will never have any activation issues like on Windows, or Apple security codes texted to your mobile. You do not have to register anything you don’t want to, although if you choose to use apps like Skpye you will have to sign in to those as usual.
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For Sale, 3 items:
-Large rug, Alpujarra type 160 x 220 cm €20
– Electrolux Inspire 45cm dishwasher. Ideal for small kitchen. Very good condition. €150
-Indesit washing machine model IWC7123. Good working order. €80
Harold. Torre del Mar (near El Ingenio). Buyer collects.
Email handlnewman at hotmail dot com or
Whatsapp 647420188

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-Walker with seat and storage also converts to wheel chair with footrests and seat belt. €50
-Pressure relieving cushion. Washable cover. Never used. €10
-Foldable table 120cms (Slight damage on one edge) €8
Chris, Caleta de Vélez
Tel: 0034626778547
Email: chris4geoff at gmail dot com

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-Wooden trunk or blanket box. Height 46cms, width 80cms, depth 50cms. 15 euros.
-Professional poker set, never used, in metal travelling case with lock. 25 euros.
-Wrought iron wine rack. 8 euros.
Mini from La Molineta, Frigiliana 630165638

 

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Thanks to Ambulatorio in Nerja: On Friday my husband had his first vaccination at the Ambulatorio in Nerja and it was very well organized, on time, was shown where to go, no wandering round looking for where to go, went in jab done out to sit for 15 minutes then given the appointment for the second jab 12th March. Many thanks to all the staff so great full for all the care they have given job well done Dorothy Allen. Nerja
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Covid Restrictions Update: Thank you very much Naythan, for the good news so quickly for the weekend!
Dagmar + Edwin, Competa.

 

News & Articles

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Covid-19 infections have been reduced by half this week in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated 21/02/2021 19:58
-The increase in the number of coronavirus infections has clearly slowed down during February in the autonomous community, coinciding with the intensification of vaccination campaigns for the most vulnerable groups. In the first week of the month, 33,534 new positive cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Andalusia, which dropped to 19,359 in the second week and to 10,898 in the last seven days, almost half.
-The Ministry of Health and Families has reported 1,220 new infections in the last 24 hours, 414 fewer than the previous day. The number of deaths in the autonomous community now stands at 8,088 since the start of the epidemic, after adding another 39 deaths in the last day.
-The cumulative picture of the pandemic shows that 468,412 people have tested positive in PDIA tests (diagnostic tests for active infection) since the start of the coronavirus, almost a year ago, and 307,356 have recovered.
-Health also reports that 2,333 patients confirmed with Covid-19 remain in Andalusian hospitals (244 less than the previous day), of whom 581 are in ICU (24 less). This means that hospital pressure continues to fall.
-In terms of vaccination, 214,464 people have already received the two doses in Andalusia. The total number of vials administered is 602,489. These are figures as of seven o’clock this Sunday morning.
-The Andalusian Regional Government plans to begin the vaccination against Covid-19 of teachers in infant, primary and secondary education next week, a process that could last for a month, together with the vaccination of members of the State Security Forces and Corps.
Provincial infection rates
-The rate of infection per 100,000 inhabitants, accumulated over 14 days, remains above the national average in Andalusia, with 341.2 cases compared to 294, according to the latest data published by the health authorities. The Ministry of Health considers a rate above the threshold of 250 to be “extreme risk”.
-Only three Andalusian provinces are below the Spanish average: Cordoba, with an accumulated 14-day incidence of 225.2; Jaen, with 267.8; and Huelva, with 275.3.
-The spread of infections is particularly high in Almeria (461.8) and Cadiz (446.5), followed by Malaga (351.9), Seville (326.5) and Granada (301.1).
-This data will be updated this Monday and, foreseeably, in view of the drop in the number of positives over the weekend, the accumulated incidence rate will have been reduced.
-The Andalusian president, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, has advanced in recent days that, “provided that the figures are in line” and the incidence of infections and hospitalisations continue to fall in the region, at the end of February he could consider the possibility of making “some small opening” related to mobility and business hours. Source, Spanish:
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-contagios-covid-19-reducido-mitad-esta-semana-andalucia-202102211230_noticia.html

 

Wildlife photographer snaps shot of ‘never-before-seen’ yellow penguin: A “never-before-seen” yellow penguin was captured on camera by a Belgian wildlife photographer, making nature lovers squawk with joy. Yves Adams was snapping photos of a colony of 120,000 king penguins in South Georgia, an island in the southern Atlantic, in December 2019 when he spotted the rare bird, he told Kennedy News. Photo:Yves Adams/Kennedy News. Full article: https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/photographer-nabs-shot-of-never-before-seen-yellow-penguin/

 

See videos of Lent Services in Sevilla:
La Soledad de San Lorenzo, Vera Cruz, Las Cigarreras, La Redención, Santa Marta, San Gonzalo, La Candelaria and El Valle celebrate the quinaries and can be followed by daily videos online at the Vera Cruz Seville Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1iSGRvuuq9loJvwf8crNA

 

Boris Johnson considers putting a ROUNDABOUT under the Isle of Man in Brexit tunnel plans: Downing Street said the review, led by Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy, would explore the “cost, practicality and demand” for a fixed link connecting Ireland and the UK in the wake of Brexit. Whitehall officials said various ideas had been discussed for the review including a suggestion of a three-way tunnel in the Irish Sea.
The suggestion would see three tunnels with starting points at Stranraer in in Scotland, Heysham in Lancashire, and one near Liverpool.
The plan, initially reported today, would see the three tunnels meet in a giant roundabout underneath the Isle of Man with a further tunnel to Ireland starting from there.
One official pointed to the Faroe Islands which recently opened an under-sea roundabout with tunnels following more than three years of construction. The underwater tunnels connect the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy in a network some 6.8 miles (11km) long. They added to Express.co.uk: “If the Faroe Islands have idea’s like this, then why can’t we.”
It comes as Boris Johnson suggested a bridge over the Irish Sea could be possible and the Government confirmed “it was examining” whether it would include it in the upcoming infrastructure review. Photo:Twitter. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/boris-johnson-considers-putting-a-roundabout-under-the-isle-of-man-in-brexit-tunnel-plans/ar-BB1dSiqX

 

Football News- Barcelona 1-1 Cadiz, Koeman’s side miss chance to make ground on Atletico: Barcelona missed the chance to make a dent in Atletico Madrid’s lead at the top of the table as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cadiz at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Alex Fernandez’s late penalty earned the visitors a point, cancelling out Lionel Messi’s first-half spot kick.
A win would have moved Ronald Koeman’s side within six points of Atletico but instead they are eight points behind the leaders and five behind Real Madrid, although Los Blancos have played a game more.
Barca play again on Wednesday at home to Elche and can move within two points of Madrid and five of Atletico, although Diego Simeone’s men will have a game in hand. Full article:
https://www.sport.es/en/news/barca/barcelona-1-1-cadiz-koemans-side-miss-chance-to-make-ground-on-atletico-11534911

 

Tennis News- Djokovic beats Medvedev in straight sets at Australian Open: Djokovic’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 win on his favourite court secured his 18th Grand Slam title, bringing him within tantalising reach of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s all-time men’s record of 20. Photo:REUTERS/Kelly Defina. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-ausopen/djokovic-on-cloud-nine-in-australia-after-medvedev-mauling-idUSKBN2AL08T

 

Snooker News- Seven-Time World Champion Stephen Henry to Make Comeback at Gibraltar Open: Scottish snooker player Stephen Henry is set to make his long-awaited comeback to the sport at the Gibraltar Open, which will run from March 1 to 7.
“I’ve entered Gibraltar Open,” Hendry tweeted in the early hours of February 17. The tournament is being held in the UK for the first time due to travel restrictions forced on most country’s around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. Full article:
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/17/seven-time-world-champion-stephen-henry-to-make-comeback-at-gibraltar-open/

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Axarquia (except Archez) Moves Down To Level 3 Grade 1 Restrictions

This Covid restriction map site has been updated.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
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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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DigameXtra No. 1878 Sunday, Feb. 21st, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.

 

NEW UPDATES- Covid Restriction Maps

Axarquia (except Archez) Moves Down To Level 3 Grade 1 Restrictions, See News Section For Details.

This Covid restriction map site has just been updated.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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Shaggy’s Bar- Fuengirola: Sunday 21 Feb.
With live music from the Fabulous SIOBHAN
Having such great Sunday Afternoons at Shaggys Bar, the sun is always shining on our terrace! So come and join us this Sunday. Doors open from 12pm, music from 1pm, so come early to get the best seats. We look forward to your visit.
Port of Fuengirola. Tel +34 676 19 45 37 FB Page 

 

Dempsey’s Irish Bar: Live music from Jai Northover
Sunday 21 Feb plus Sunday Lunch
Open 12 til 6, Sunday lunch from 1pm til 5pm.
Booking essential max 4x per table Tel-951234285
Local 2, Doña Lola, Calahonda 29649 Mijas  FB Page 

 

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Churches & Worship

 

EVANGELICAL CHURCH (services in English language)
Each Sunday at 11:00 am we meet for worship at the Christian meeting Hall in Calle Ros Alfe´rez 7. Torre Del Mar. (not far behind the Catholic Church) We are an Evangelical Church, bible believing Christian’s coming together for live worship, prayer, and sharing our faith. All who love Christ are welcome and all who want to know more about the Christian faith are equally welcome. The meetings are friendly, joyful, reverent and orderly. Our one united desire is to glorify God.
My name is Peter and below is my email address.
petcac @ gmail. com (no gaps)

 

Fellowship of Jesus Christ the King
Unfortunately we have taken the decision to close the church until further notice, we have taken this action to keep everyone safe.
God Bless you all
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja , 29780.
Email: fojctk@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FOJCTK
Prayer Requests: ftk.prayer.request@gmail.com

 

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 website www.evangelicalchurchelpuente.com

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Ikea Chair. White frame with light cream coloured cover in good condition. (photos attached) 35 euros. No Offers.
Kathleen, Torrox Park Area, more pics on request.
Email: km.hollington(at)btopenworld(dot)com
or whatsapp available 654 905 185

 

For Sale: Go go mobility, Elite Traveller Plus
Old, Working. €250 More pics on request.
Paul, Punta Lara, Nerja mob 657116231

 

News & Articles

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All of Axarquia, except Archez, Moves Down to Level 3:
Message from Ayuntamiento de Torrox
https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/
*Interest Info*
We meet at Level 3 Health Alert Grade 1.
In the picture you can see the general measures.
Note that bar consumption is not allowed, shop closures and non-essential hospitality is at 18 h and gatherings should be up to 4 people.
But check out all the information at https://www.mapacovid.es/detail/Torrox

 

Spain’s regions move to ease coronavirus restrictions despite high contagion rates: Several territories, such as Madrid, are relaxing measures, even though the incidence level nationwide remains above 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, considered to indicate a situation of “extreme risk”.
Since yesterday, the Madrid region has changed its curfew time from 10pm to 11pm, and is allowing bars and restaurants to stay open until the same time (until Thursday they had to close at 9pm). Castilla y León, for its part, will be lifting the perimetral lockdown of some of its provinces, while Aragón will be suspending the confinement of the cities of Zaragoza and Calatayud. The experts, meanwhile, are calling for caution with these deescalation measures and have warned about the spread of the more contagious strain of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-02-19/spains-regions-move-to-ease-coronavirus-restrictions-despite-high-contagion-rates.html

 

Gibraltar chief minister says that Covid-19 infection has been “effectively suppressed”: Gibraltar is easing more restrictions from Monday, as the R rate of the virus is now well below 0.5 and few new cases are being found through mass testing.
As a result, from Monday schools will reopen as planned and so will children’s parks. Masks will only be necessary in Main Street, in shops and internal public places, and sport may begin again as long as the maximum number of 12 people gathering is respected.
Bars and restaurants are scheduled to reopen from 1 March.
The existing curfew from 10pm to 6am will continue until at least 14 March.
*Warning about going to Spain*
Chief minister Fabian Picardo announced at this Friday’s press conference that the Covid-19 infection has been “effectively suppressed”, but warned that infection rates are still high in Andalucía and asked people from Gibraltar to be very careful if they go to Spain.
“Please do not bring Covid on yourself or your family or your friends by going out to look for it in Spain. If you go to Spain, be very cautious. Please be a little more patient. Please be a little more cautious before you think that life is entirely back to normal,” he said. Photo:AFP. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/202102/19/gibraltar-chief-minister-says-20210219194113.html

 

Ireland won’t consider re-opening hospitality before mid-summer says PM: “No consideration will be given to opening hospitality until mid-summer … the numbers of the virus are far too high,” Martin said in an Irish language interview with state broadcaster RTE. “Any easing of the restrictions has to be slow and cautious because of the threat from new variants of the disease,” he said.
Ireland on Friday also said it had registered its first cases of another COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil, but said the cluster had been contained. Photo:Clodagh Kilcoyne. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ireland/ireland-wont-consider-re-opening-hospitality-before-mid-summer-pm-idUSKBN2AK0O0

 

Another Tech Firm To Join Google In Malaga’s Andalusian Technology Park: Following the recent news that Google is creating a Centre of Excellence for Cybersecurity in Malaga city, another technology company, Dekra, has now announced that it plans to set up a Global Information Technologies Hub at its facility on the Andalusian Technology Park (PTA), with 100 professionals working on R+D. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/19/dekra-sets-global-andalusian-20210219102732-v.html

 

Strains test Spain’s leftist coalition government: In office for just over a year, Spain’s leftwing coalition grouping the Socialists and hard-left Podemos is showing signs of strain with constant bickering between the two camps.
The latest clash between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists and his junior partners was triggered by this week’s violent protests over the jailing of a rapper for controversial tweets with the demonstrations applauded by Podemos.
But in recent months the sparks have flown with greater frequency and over more issues, such as the Catalan regional elections on February 14th, said Anton Losada a political scientist at Santiago de Compostela University.
The main disagreements have been over social policy and immigration, portfolios held by the Socialists, with Podemos denouncing the treatment of thousands of migrants who have landed on Spain’s Canary Islands, for example.
The friction in the coalition stems from the fact that the Socialists, as the majority partner, believe they should have the monopoly on government action “while the smaller party feels constantly threatened and feels the need to claim its space,” said Losada.
The Socialists have 120 seats in Spain’s 350-seat parliament, while Podemos holds 35.
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca of the European Council on Foreign Relations said Podemos is “afraid of being rendered irrelevant” so it lashes out “viciously to maintain visibility and try and show there are two partners with the same strength”. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210219/strains-test-spains-leftist-coalition-government

 

Spain braces for fifth night of protests over rapper’s arrest: Authorities in Spain are braced for a fifth night of protests on Saturday over the imprisonment of a rap artist for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his music and on Twitter.
Organisers called for demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona, where protests on previous nights featured clashes with police, property damage and looting. Police in Catalonia have reported at least three mob attacks on police stations. Rioters smashed their way into bank offices in downtown Barcelona, burned trash containers and looted sporting goods stores on Friday night.
About 80 people have been arrested, including four on Friday night, and more than 100 people have been injured since the rapper, Pablo Hasél, was arrested on Tuesday in the north-east city of Lleida and taken away to begin serving a nine-month prison sentence.
Photo:Jerome Gilles/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/20/spain-braces-for-fifth-night-of-protests-over-rappers-arrest

 

Elon Musk’s Comments Cause Bitcoin Turmoil- Was It All A “Pump & Dump” Ploy?: Billionaire CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday the price of bitcoin and ethereum seemed high. This comes at a time when the cryptocurrencies have just hit record highs, and coming several weeks after his well publicized purchase of a billion dollars worth of Bitcoin, with bitcoin subsequently crossing the $1 trillion market-capitalization threshold. This has many anxious investors concerned that he will now grab his profits in a major sell-off, and move his money to some other exploitable financial instrument. Reference: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currency-musk/bitcoin-and-ethereum-prices-seem-high-says-musk-idUSKBN2AK0KF

 

Tennis News- Osaka rolls on to second Australian Open crown:
Naomi Osaka crushed Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-3 to secure her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her standing as the new queen of the women’s game.
Osaka’s one-sided win over the 22nd-seeded American in the final at Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese juggernaut her fourth major crown, with her career still budding at the age of 23. She joined Monica Seles and Roger Federer as winners in their first four Grand Slam finals, marking her out as the ultimate big match performer. Photo:Loren Elliott. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-ausopen/osaka-juggernaut-rolls-on-to-second-australian-open-crown-idUSKBN2AK0BZ

 

Norway Seeks To Decriminalise Recreational Drug Use: Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. The proposal comes with set thresholds for what should be considered a small amount for different illicit substances: two grams for cocaine, heroin or amphetamines, 10 grams for cannabis and 500 grams (17.6 oz) for khat. Full article: https://www.ibtimes.com/norway-seeks-decriminalise-recreational-drug-use-3148640

 

New Torrenueva Costa Campervan Tourism Area:  Mayor Placido Lara said the council had received the request to create the parking area on private land and that he believes the Environmental Department at the Junta de Andalucia is likely to allow it. Mr Lara said he believes the park may be ready for summer.
The news comes after police in Almuñecar were forced to break up an illegal camping site at Playa Barranco de Enmedio. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/20/new-campervan-tourism-area/

 

Ecologists Call Velez Malaga’s River ‘a Sewer’: Officials from the Axarquia Nature Studies Cabinet (GENA), said there has been a “failure to monitor and control discharges in the riverbed, contrasting with the campaigns to sanitise the streets of urban centres.” They said the result was “a sewer,” saying there had been, “a large discharge of sewage, certainly fecal in nature, judging by the smell they give off, on the bed of the Velez river, under the highway viaduct.” Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/20/velez-malaga-river-a-sewer/

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
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Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
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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

Taxi
Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
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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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DigameXtra Alert, 20 Feb, 2021- Axarquia Moves Down To Level 3

All of Axarquia, except Archez, Moves Down to Level 3:
Message from Ayuntamiento de Torrox
https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/
*Interest Info*
We meet at Level 3 Health Alert Grade 1.
In the picture you can see the general measures.
Note that bar consumption is not allowed, shop closures and non-essential hospitality is at 18 h and gatherings should be up to 4 people.
But check out all the information at https://www.mapacovid.es/detail/Torrox

DigameXtra No. 1877 Saturday, Feb. 20th, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.

 

WARNING- This Covid restriction map site may not be updated in a timely fashion.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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Trapiche market is open again on Tuesday the 23rd February 2021:
It is a farmers’ and artisan market hosted at the beautiful Jardines del Trapiche venue. It’s a great place to find unique and personal gifts as well as your every day essentials.
Lots of stalls to discover, you will find old favourites, and new ones too!
The market is open from 9:30am-1:30pm every Tuesday
Carretera Benamargosa, 0.5 Km, 29718 Velez-Malaga.
There are stalls with vintage clothing; hand turned olive wood bowls and other items; natural worm fertiliser for the garden; hand-painted Andalucian tiles and ceramics; handmade cards and embroidered items that can be made to order; original artwork and photography; fresh fruit & veg; delicious cakes, pies, pastries & artisan chocolates; garden & house ornaments; large selection of fiction and non-fiction books; handmade jewellery and more. We’re spoilt for choice! You can also support Axarquía Animal Rescue with their tombola and meet some of the animals available for adoption. View houses in your area, discuss property management or selling your house with BluCee Real Estate.
Facebook page link for Trapiche Market
We look forward to seeing you there, and if you’d like more information about having a stall at the Trapiche market please contact Anita on +34 627 877 164 or email: anitajjordan @ hotmail.com

 

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Tony Roam Transport & Removals Departure and Arrival Dates:
17 years Removals To & Fro Spain / UK Spain.
Guaranteed Scheduled and also unscheduled all year every month on time.
We also offer a door to door at dates and times you choose.
Transportation, Removals & light haulage company that have guaranteed scheduled trips all year from UK to Torrox and back at the same time every month.
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Is your car looking tired? Does the interior need some TLC? Selling your current car & want to get the best price for it? We can help!!
At Car Clean Malaga we strive to achieve the highest level of finish on our customers cars possible. We are able to correct defective paintwork, faded headlights, scratches, stone chips and make interiors clean & fresh. We have invested thousands of euros in the best tools available to carry out these jobs as speedily as possible, ensuring you get the most efficient and cost effective results carried out for you!
Warren will come and see your vehicle and discuss with you what you need and a budget you have to work with.
Once your vehicle is booked in with us you can rest assured you will be pleased with the end results!
We can also offer this service to motorhomes, caravans, motorbikes, small cars, 4x4s & vans!
Call or WhatsApp Warren on 618-346-098 or email at warren@carcleanmalaga.com for your FREE no obligation quote. Based in Comares.

 

 

MS Bespoke Joinery: With many years experience in the Joinery trade, I am able to offer a professional and personalised service to meet your individual requirements.
Wardrobes– if you are looking to maximise your wardrobe space, or modernise your existing Spanish wardrobes, then sliding doors is an ideal solution.
All wardrobes are fitted from floor to ceiling, with doors that slide effortlessly and silently, with soft-close mechanism.
Home Office– if you are working from home, it is important to make your space as comfortable and practical as possible, allowing you to maximise your productivity.
Murphy Beds– if space is at a premium, a wall bed is a really smart way to create a very flexible room – one that converts from a comfortable bedroom, to a work or play area, in less than a minute.
Beds can be installed with cabinets, in a large selection of designs, sizes and finishes.
Kitchens – From ultra-modern, glossy, handle-less cabinets to traditional Shaker style.
A comprehensive range of fully-fitted kitchen cabinets available to suit all budgets, offering style and practicality.
All kitchen-related trades catered for, to ensure a smooth transition from conception to completion.
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From “ a bit of shopping …to 24 hour care “
From supported trips to END OF LIFE.
We add quality to life with one to one support.
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Churches & Worship

 

EVANGELICAL CHURCH (services in English language)
Each Sunday at 11:00 am we meet for worship at the Christian meeting Hall in Calle Ros Alfe´rez 7. Torre Del Mar. (not far behind the Catholic Church) We are an Evangelical Church, bible believing Christian’s coming together for live worship, prayer, and sharing our faith. All who love Christ are welcome and all who want to know more about the Christian faith are equally welcome. The meetings are friendly, joyful, reverent and orderly. Our one united desire is to glorify God.
My name is Peter and below is my email address.
petcac @ gmail. com (no gaps)

 

Fellowship of Jesus Christ the King
Unfortunately we have taken the decision to close the church until further notice, we have taken this action to keep everyone safe.
God Bless you all
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja , 29780.
Email: fojctk@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FOJCTK
Prayer Requests: ftk.prayer.request@gmail.com

 

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 website www.evangelicalchurchelpuente.com

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: 16 books (fifteen paperbacks and one hardback) in good condition. Crime genre. Well known authors – James Patterson (hardback), Lisa Gardner, Patricia Cornwell, Graham Hurley, Simon Kernick, Mark Bellingham, Val McDermid, Alex Gray, Lynda La Plante, RD Wingfield (Frost), WJ Burley (Wycliffe omnibus), Cody McFadyen, Kate Ellis, Alex Kava, James Henry (wrote this prequel to the Frost books after the death of RD Wingfield) and Michelle Richmond. Photos of all titles emailed on request.
9 euro. Buyer to collect. Brenda, Torrox Costa.
Tel/whatsapp 711003687 or
Email: brendaleetorrox at gmail dot com

 

Recommendations & Requests

 

Printer Help: Please can anyone guide me through the process to turn off my printing ink save function?
My OS is Windows 10. My printer is HP series 2540 all-in-one.
I turned it on yesterday, and forgot how to go back in and reverse it.
More info- It’s truly an ink-saver function that uses less ink to print text. I pressed the option to turn on when I was printing a long contract, which was just a file copy. It came out so light, I changed my mind. However I left it overnight and forgot the pathway thru the software to change it back.
I was printing a pdf doc, so maybe I will come across it again sometime soon. I tried the HP print doctor and the advanced printing settings/print quality but can’t find it.
Any help would be much appreciated. Elise.
Email: elise(underscore)(at)hotmail(dotcom).

 

News & Articles

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Malaga & Granada towns with municipal restrictions and non-essential services closures: Source: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-municipios-estan-confinados-y-hasta-cuando-duran-medidas-202102191244_noticia.html

 

Vaccine Breakthrough- Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine No Longer Requires Deep Freezing: Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted new data to the FDA demonstrating that their COVID-19 vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, rather than deep freezing conditions, for up to two weeks, a breakthrough discovery that could significantly ease the logistics of vaccine rollout.
In an announcement Friday morning, Pfizer said stability data generated on vials manufactured over the past nine months showed that the vaccine can be stored at -25°C to -15°C (-13°F to 5°F), temperatures commonly found in a pharmaceutical freezer for up to two weeks. The pharma giant hopes that the FDA will incorporate the finding into the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which currently requires storage at ultra-cold temperatures between -80ºC and -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF) at all times. Photo:MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP. Full article: https://observer.com/2021/02/pfizer-covid-vaccine-no-freeze-normal-temperatures-stable/

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘won’t return as working royals’: Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will not be returning to royal duties, and Harry will give up his honorary military titles — a decision that makes formal, and final, the couple’s split from the royal family.
The palace said Harry’s appointment as captain-general of the Royal Marines and titles with other military groups would revert to the queen before being distributed to other members of the family.
He will also have to relinquish positions as patron of the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Meghan, 39, will be stripped of her role as patron of Britain’s National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Photo:AP. Full article: https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/19/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-won-t-return-as-working-royals-buckingham-palace-confirms

 

Australian Open- Osaka-Brady, Djokovic-Medvedev to meet in finals: Daniil Medvedev looks to upset Novak Djokovic, while Naomi Osaka tries to stay undefeated in major championships with a win over Jennifer Brady this weekend in respective men’s and women’s Australian Open finals.
The matches wrap up the annual Grand Slam in Melbourne, which was delayed by three weeks and started with a two-week quarantine for its players as a safety measure for COVID-19.
Photo:Dean Lewins/EPA-EFE
Full article: https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2021/02/19/Australian-Open-Osaka-Brady-Djokovic-Medvedev-to-meet-in-finals/9191613751633/

 

Mars landing- Perseverance rover sends new images of Red Planet: NASA’s robot successfully landed on the Red Planet just before 1pm local time on Thursday. Officials revealed the rover landed 2km (1.24 miles) from the ancient river delta it was aiming for.
NASA released the three first colour pictures of the landing, which they hope will go down in history with the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon. Photos:NASA
Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/mars-landing-new-picture-released-of-perseverance-rover-moments-before-touchdown-on-red-planet-12223046

 

Mass grave of 80 British soldiers who died fighting French revolutionaries 220 years ago is uncovered in a Dutch castle moat: More than 80 skeletons found in a mass grave in the Dutch city of Vianen have been identified as British soldiers aged between 15 and 30 who died fighting French revolutionaries during the War of the First Coalition.
The grave was first found by city workers excavating a moat that once surrounded Batestein Castle, on the outskirts of Utrecht, on 20th November last year.
It was previously thought the site was some kind of battlefield and that the 81 skeletons could have dated back to medieval times.
However, new research has shown the remains in fact belong to British soldiers who died fighting in the War of the First Coalition between 1792 and 1797, and the site is more likely to have been a field hospital. Photo:Newsflash. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9277647/Mass-grave-British-soldiers-died-fighting-French-revolutionaries-Netherlands.html

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
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https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
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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DigameXtra No. 1876 Friday, Feb. 19th, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.

 

WARNING- This Covid restriction map site may not be updated in a timely fashion.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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Casa Magel B&B: The borders are opening
Freedom is coming.
Casa Magel is open for business and is again offering their very popular special stays.
-2 nights B&B, with 1 night 3 course evening meal including wine at a cost of 130€ for 2 staying in an en- suite bedroom.
-3 nights B&B with 1 night 3 course evening meal including wine, plus tapas and drinks, in a local bar or in house, at a cost of 175€ for 2 staying in an en-suite room.
-Extra nights 50€ per night
-As an extra this year we are offering the chance for guests on the 3 night stay to either paint a ceramic tile or paint a t-shirt. We supply the paints and tiles with instruction or bring a t-shirt and we will show how to paint a personal memento (great for covering a stubborn stain!!). The extra cost will be 25€ for each person. Check out www.mehoward31.wixsite.com/art-el-valle
Our breaks are great for presents or to celebrate a special occasion.
Come to Casa Magel, enjoy comfortable well decorated rooms, wonderful mountain views, good food, and friendly hosts.
We have an outside fully equipped Andalucian kitchen exclusively for guests use, with meals & drinks to purchase or bring your own.
Casa Magel is the right place to come to relax and enjoy the freedom of our lovely countryside, lots of wonderful walks and close to the Camino Del Rey in El Chorro. Or spend a day sightseeing in the beautiful town of Antequera which has the most churches in Spain, 27 in all.
So much to appreciate after being cooped up for so long. We have lots of room for safe distancing, all hygiene measures are taken.
Check out our website www.casamagel.com
Tel: 722879503

 

Museum Open Day: Granada’s Museums set to celebrate Andalucia Day with a series of special events and activities.
The Junta’s Delegate for Culture and Historical Heritage in Granada, Antonio Granados has spoken out about the programme and encouraged the people of Granada to come and join in. He explained that there will be an open day on Sunday, February 28 where people will be able to discover art collections and exhibitions throughout the Museum of Fine Arts, the Provincial Archaeological Museum and the Casa de los Tiros. Photo:hisour.com. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/18/granadas-museums-set-to-celebrate-andalucia-day/

 

Rescheduled- The Soul and Motown Magic Show:
Bobby Jones & Spikes Miraflores Golf Club
Johnny and the girls are moving to Sunday!
The Soul and Motown Magic Show has been rescheduled from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th February.
So that gives you an extra day to reserve your table!
With a welcoming glass of cava, a fantastic 3 course meal followed by Johnny, Melissa and the Soul Sisters, it will an afternoon not to be missed. Space is limited so don’t wait and call 951321233 for reservations now. Calle Severiano Ballesteros, Urb. Riviera del Sol (1,340.22 mi) Mijas 29649 FB Page

 

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Greek House: Greek Casita Restaurant in Torrox Costa! CLOSED UNTIL 17 MARCH for remodeling. 
Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialities. Winter hours with current curfew: Thursday thru Sunday 13.00-17.00. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. For reservation call telephone number 642585049. You can choose meat specialties (Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! https://la-casita-griega.business.site/

 

 

Malagalingo: Don’t worry about being confined, we have some plans for you!
Malagalingo wants to help you to speak Spanish while you enjoy being at home
Online or Onsite
From absolute Beginner to Advance
You can meet new people and speak Spanish in a very relaxed way
We offer group and one to one lessons.
Message us and we will give you more information about all our options, don’t let boredom come to your house!
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Web: https://malagalingo.com
Email: malagalingo@gmail.com
Tel./Whats: + (34) 650 479 493

 

 

M&N Garden maintenance landscape and design:
General garden maintenance landscaping with design idea’s for any size area. Plus house painting rendering tiling and concreting.
Based in Velez Malaga contact Martin on 651921999 or
email: martindeverson@gmail.com
Recommendations on request.

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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MOONETTE Organic & Aromatic Skincare for 40+
We are a Torrox-based company specialising in the creation of formulae which help prevent premature skin ageing
We are committed to making effective products at affordable prices
Subscribe to Moonette’s Newsletter or follow us on FB / Instagram to get updates and exclusive offers
As our skin is the first layer of our defence against microbial infections, ultraviolet radiation and environmental contamination it plays a vital role in our health. As we grow older, however, our skin becomes thinner, wrinkled, and more sensitive; hence it requires the use of treatments containing specific ingredients to the care of treating mature skin.
Recognising this need we have created a range of formulae which help:
-slow down ageing process by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
-improve facial complexion and eliminate blemishes.
At Moonette, we are passionate about health, beauty and plants. Your skin will benefit from the properties of botanic essential oils combined with a selection of nutrients for deep hydration, cell revitalization and antioxidant effect, all sourced from the finest natural ingredients with gorgeous fragrances.
Naturally, we care about our planet and feel the need to help reduce the sheer volumes of plastics waste that are generated daily around the globe. Presently, we are minimizing the usage of plastic materials in our production while seeking alternative forms of packaging. To help reduce pollution we are asking all local customers to recycle or reuse their Moonette skincare containers, and offering a small discount on future purchases to customers recycling containers.
Free small testers are available on request. Please call us to find out more or to order: Tel 650 044 102. Follow us on Instagram @moonetteskincare.
Margaret Gosling
margaret@moonette.es
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For Sale- Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Natural waxed occasional lamp table with new handle Measurements 50 x 50 x 46cms Price 45€
-Large sideboard Natural & Yute Measurements Width 200cms Depth 51cms Height 100cms. Price 260€
-Very heavy natural wood & waxed chest of drawers with new bronze handles Measurements Width 119 x 50 x 116cms. Price 195€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-Hand made pine CD rack or display unit. Height 122cms, width 16cms, depth 16cms. 15 euros.
-Roca bathroom sink with pedestal and tap. Width 52cms, depth 43 cms. 20 euros.
-Laundry basket. Height 56cms, width 36cms, depth 25cms. 6 euros.
Mini at La Molineta, Frigiliana. 630165638

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-White bookcase 10 euros
-Wrought iron wine rack 15 euros
Contact: irene472001@yahoo.co.uk
Irene, Nerja

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-Decorative Drawers. 84H x 44W x 31D. Metal banded so quite heavy and sturdy. 15€
-White bathroom drawers originally Ikea. With unused drawer dividers. 48H x 35W x 40D. 10€ Dimensions cm.
-Two 2-bar 1200w radiant heaters. Two heat settings, wall mount. We used these in two cold bathrooms. 10€ each or 15€ the pair
Located Campo near Torrox Pueblo, collect or can meet
in parking opposite BP at J285
John Lovell: johnmlovell@gmail.com
+34 628 282 518 WhatsApp possible.

 

For Sale: Swan food mixer. Hardly used complete with different paddles and mincer attachment. Bargain at 75 euros
Contact Dennis in caleta de velez on 657116294

 

For Sale: Panasonic Home Theater Audio System with Bluetooth feature. Model SC-HTE80. Gives your TV that Cinema Sound. €40 including remote control. (requires HDMI Lead for connection to TV)?
Contact Kevan Dufty
Email: kevandufty@aol.com if wish to purchase.

 

For Sale: Office Chair. Very comfortable black well padded leather look office chair on wheels (height doesn’t adjust). Very slight rubbing to front of the arms and below the front of the seat hence low price but overall in very good condition. Photos emailed on request. 10€, buyer to collect from El Penoncillo (Torrox Costa).
Tel/WhatsApp 711003687
Email brendaleetorrox at gmail dot com

 

Wanted: Electric oven to build in ( about 60 x 60 cm ). Good working order. José, Torrox, Whatsapp: 635689235
Mail: josebrok@hotmail.com

 

Wanted: Bench vice. I need a replacement bench vice for use on my external but sheltered work bench. I use it for holding wood and metal and I need to be able to secure it to the metal work bench. Based in Canillas de Aceituno .
Photo or description if possible please to David
Email: david.grainger 58 @ gmail.com ( no spaces)
Tef. 645448628 with WhatsApp. Thanks in advance

 

News & Articles

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The new town perimeter closures begin this Friday and not on Saturday as planned: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 02/18/2021, 21:35
-The Junta de Andalucía has just announced that the new perimeter closures of the municipalities that have today exceeded the contagion rate of 500 will begin at midnight, maintaining, however, the same period of restrictions of seven days.
-This has just been announced following the telematic meeting of the various Territorial Public Health High Impact Alert Committees, or expert committees. Therefore, the new measures will come into force at 00.00 hours on Friday 19 February 2021, after publication in the extraordinary BOJA which will come out Thursday night.
-This is one of the main measures agreed in these eight provincial meetings in which the new confinements have been decreed for all those Andalusian municipalities that exceed the contagion rate of 500 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, in addition to those that exceed a thousand cases, in which case they will also have to close the businesses considered non-essential.
-Likewise, all those who have exceeded these two infection thresholds on Thursday will be under restrictions for seven days, that is, until 00:00 hours on 26 February. This new measure also affects the towns that have been closed since last Saturday and which will no longer comply with these restrictions as of midnight tonight. And this is thanks to the downward trend they have been following over the last six days. This new determination will be published, as well as the previous one, in the BOJA of this Thursday.
The good evolution of the incidence data has made it possible to bring forward the entry into force of the new measures by one day. The aim is to facilitate economic activity and mobility in those places where there is full evidence that the data have experienced a very favourable evolution, according to Junta sources. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-nuevos-cierres-perimetrales-empiezan-este-viernes-y-no-sabado-como-estaba-previsto-202102181903_noticia.html

 

Update From Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre: (Updated 18 February 2021, 18:49) Speaking to journalists, he pointed out that any easing of mobility restrictions will be done with “great care” and “nothing will even be considered until after Andalucía Day”. These current restrictions were put in place at least until 00.00 hours on Saturday 27 February. But now the regional government has said that the measures will be studied again after the Día de Andalucía (28 February) although this year the holiday is moved to Monday, 1 March.
However, he warned that the ‘British’ variant, which is “much more contagious”, will soon be the cause of the majority of cases in the region and “we must not lower our guard”.
Aguirre said that the strain, first identified in the UK, currently accounts for 41 per cent of cases in Andalucía, “but seeing the speed of growth it has, it will be the majority within a week or ten days”. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202102/18/junta-will-consider-easing-20210218183739.html

 

Spain announces new target groups for coronavirus vaccination: Spanish health officials on Wednesday defined new priority groups for the coronavirus vaccine.
-Shortly after several regions began inoculating the 80-and-over population, the public health committee of the National Healthcare System said that next in line for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are people between 70 and 79 years of age, who will in turn be followed by the 60-to-69 age bracket.
-This expert committee also decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being administered to around 5.1 million essential workers (such as teachers and police officers) under 55 years of age, will next target the general population between 45 and 54, as well as any under-60s with pre-existing health conditions that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19. These medical conditions have not yet been defined, however.
-What is also unclear is exactly when these new priority groups will get their shots, as this depends on the size of the shipments and the speed of administration in a healthcare system whose resources are already stretched thin.
-Different regions of Spain are proceeding at different speeds. For now, seven have begun immunizing the 80-and-over population, while most are still working on the Phase 1 priority groups: residents and workers of care facilities, health personnel and people with need for daily assistance who do not live in a care home. Meanwhile, essential workers under 55 are also getting immunized with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
-Although no specific timelines have been announced, the goal is to vaccinate 80% of seniors 80 and over before the end of March, which means administering two doses to around 2.8 million people. But other groups will likely start getting their first jabs before that process ends, to ensure that there are no breaks in the pace of vaccination. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-02-17/spain-announces-new-target-groups-for-coronavirus-vaccination.html

 

EU announces list of accepted Covid rapid antigen tests, says results should be in English:
-“Member States agree that Covid-19 test results should be made available in the national language(s) of the country where the test was taken, as well as English,” the committee said. That should simplify matters for people travelling not only within the EU but also between Europe and the UK, which currently requires arriving travellers to show a negative test result in either English, French or Spanish, with translations not accepted.
-The health security committee on Thursday published a list of 16 rapid antigen tests that it said would be mutually recognized in all member states.
•Abbott Rapid Diagnostics, Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test
•AMEDA Labordiagnostik GmbH, AMP Rapid Test SARS-CoV-2 Ag
•Becton Dickinson, BD Veritor System for Rapid Deteciton os SARS-CoV-2
•Beijing Lepu Medical Technology, SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold immunochromatography)•BIOSYNEX SWISS SA, BIOSYNEX COVID-19 Ag BSS
•CerTest Biotect S.L., CerTest SARS-CoV-2 CARD TEST
•Hangzhou Clongene Biotech, Clungene COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit
•Healgen Scientific Limited, Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Swab)
•LumiraDX UK LTd, LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Ag Test
•nal von minden GmbH, NADAL COVID -19 Ag Test
•Quidel Corporation, Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA
•SD BIOSENSOR, Inc., STANDARD F COVID-19 Ag FIA
•SD BIOSENSOR, Inc., STANDARD Q COVID-19 Ag Test
•Siemens Healthineers, CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test
•Xiamen Boson Biotech Co, Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test card
•Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech Co.,Ltd,Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Swab)
Full EU Report: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/preparedness_response/docs/covid-19_rat_common-list_en.pdf
Full source article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210218/eu-agrees-list-of-accepted-covid-rapid-antigen-tests-and-says-results-should-be-in-english

 

UK travelers to Spain offered alternatives to prove Spanish residency: The list of acceptable documents, which have reportedly been communicated to airlines and other operators, is as follows:
-Residence card issued under Article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement (the TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero)
-Temporary or permanent EU residence certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadanos de la Unión)
-Receipt of application for the TIE (Resguardo de presentación de la solicitud de la tarjeta de residencia)
-Confirmation of the positive outcome of your residence application (Resolución favorable por la que se concede la tarjeta de residencia)
-In the absence of any of the above documents, other documents that credibly evidence your legal residence in Spain before January 1, 2021, are a padrón certificate (issued by your town hall), a work contract, a rental contract, or proof of property purchase
-In the case of students, documentation that demonstrates enrolment in an on-site or in-person course and proof of accommodation
-In addition, travelers must show a valid passport and comply with the other documentation requirements, such as a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-02-18/uk-travelers-to-spain-offered-alternatives-to-prove-residency.html

 

Spanish police find 4 million fake masks: Police found the masks in cardboard boxes on the ground floor and in a warehouse of a hotel in Leganes on the southern outskirts of Madrid. The boxes were ready for transport and marked as containing KN95 and FFP2 masks with a high degree of protection. In addition, the police found a printer capable of printing masks with the so-called CE marking, which indicates compliance with European standards. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210217/spanish-police-seize-4-million-fake-medical-grade-masks

 

Andalucia Health declares Marchena water unfit for consumption (again) due to a pesticide: {Summary, translated from sevilla.abc.es}
First it was benzene in December and now a pesticide. The Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía has decreed that the drinking water of Marchena is not suitable for human consumption after detecting a compound pesticide (MCPA) for agricultural use in amounts slightly above the legal limit. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/provincia/sevi-salud-declara-no-apta-para-consumo-agua-marchena-plaguicida-202102181242_noticia.html

 

Fakebook Resorts To Bully Tactics Against Australia, Faces International Condemnation and Boycotts: The dispute centers on a planned Australian law that would require Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google to reach deals to pay news outlets whose links drive traffic to their platforms, or agree on a price through arbitration.
Facebook faced backlash from publishers and politicians on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government over a law to require it to share revenue from news. Facebook wiped out pages from Australian state governments and charities as well as from domestic and international news organisations, three days before the launch of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Though the measure was limited to Australia, European publishers along with British and Canadian politicians described it as an attempt to put pressure on governments that might consider similar measures.
“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote on his own Facebook page. “These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.”
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-media-facebook/facebook-unfriends-australia-uproar-as-news-pages-go-dark-idUSKBN2AI02A

 

Tennis News- Serena Williams leaves news conference in tears after defeat in Australian Open semi-final: An emotional Serena Williams left her news conference in tears after facing questions about her future following defeat in the Australian Open semi-final.
The American tennis star, 39, once again came up short in her 11th attempt to move level with Margaret Court’s record haul of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, and it is now a year-and-a-half since she made a final.
Japanese third seed Naomi Osaka, the champion in 2019, overcame a nervous start in front of a limited crowd at the Rod Laver Arena to win 6-3 6-4. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/serena-williams-leaves-news-conference-in-tears-after-defeat-in-australian-open-semi-final-12221462

 

Football News- Real Sociedad 0-4 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Manchester United beat Real Sociedad 4-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. Full article: https://www.beinsports.com/en/uefa-europa-league/news/real-sociedad-0-4-manchester-united-fernand-1/1639546

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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DigameXtra No. 1875 Thursday, Feb. 18th, 2021

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For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.

 

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NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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For Sale, 3 items:
-Drinks trolley on wheels in good condition 25 euros
-Small matching side table 15 euros
-Cabinet suitable for storing DVD’s or CD’s cream colour with glass door 15 euros
Contact: irene472001@yahoo.co.uk ; Nerja

 

For Sale: Fitbit Charge 3. Excellent working Fitbit Charge 3 sportwatch to measure your daily steps, activities, sports, climbs, walks, heart rate, sleep quality and much more. This version is waterproof so also useful during swimming. Its in perfect condition and it has a few extra watch straps in a few colours AND an extra charger (although you only have to charge it once a week approximately).
Can be collected or delivered in/near Torrox, price 35€ including the extra’s. Ron, Torrox.
Email : ronvanderspek AT gmail DOT com or 0031644143238 WhatsApp. No calls please, no tel. signal in the campo here.

 

For Sale: Nearly new Dell Inspiron 3585 laptop with-
AMD Ryzen 5 processor with Radeon Vega 8 Mobile Gfx
RAM: 8GB
System: 64Bit
SSD: NVme 256GB
Ports: 1xHDMI, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, 1x LAN and Card reader
Software included: Windows 10 Home edition and Microsoft Edge
Selling price: 400 Euros. Genuine reason for sale.
Contact: Steve Millard 626926227 Competa
Email: millardsteve95@gmail.com

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Lovely pine chest of drawers. Height 87cms, width 146cms, depth 40cms. 50 euros.
-South American hardwood TV or storage cabinet. Height 144cms, width 199 cm, depth 69cms. 65 euros. More pics on request.
Mini from La Molineta, Frigiliana 630165638

 

For Sale: Circular extendable pedestal dining table.
80cms Tall, 90cms wide +
€10. Caleta de Vélez, Chris
Email: chris4geoff at g mail dot com
Mob: 626778547

 

For Sale: Vaillant Gas central heating boiler Eco Tech Plus 220V, installed in 2018, for sale because replaced with heat pump. New price 2231 euros, selling for 1200 euros. Sayalonga. Tel Elaine / Andi 676 37 60 30 ( plus whatsapp)

 

For Sale: Reconditioned Mini PC, €120
Features:
-Perfect condition, looks new.
-Operating system is MX Linux.
-1.83 GHz Intel 64bit processor
-2 MB RAM, fully tested at 100%
-80 GB hard drive, reconditioned. For large data storage plug in a USB flash drive or external HDD.
-slot-loading 8X single-layer DVD/CD-RW “Combo” drive
-Intel GMA950 graphics processor. The DVI video output supports full HD digital resolutions up to 1920×1200. VGA output (using the provided adapter) supports full HD analog resolutions as high as 1920×1080.
-Built-in wifi 2.5/5Ghz
– DVI or VGA video out, four USB 2.0 ports, combined “optical digital audio input/audio line in” and combined “optical digital audio output/headphone” minijacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. NO HDMI, you can buy a DVI to HDMI converter from Amazon for under €10 if needed.
-90 day hardware guaranty
-Cleverly enclosed in a tiny and elegant 2.9 lb, 6.5 inch square, two inch tall case with a built-in speaker and an external power supply.
-Buyer must provide the display, keyboard and mouse. Designed for use with standard displays or TVs, but not 28″+ big screen TVs. I can set system and keyboard language to any language you want. Currently in UK English.
-Well suited for all the basics with familiar apps like Chrome & Firefox browsers, VLC Media Player, Adobe Reader and Libre Office. Plays streams and Youtube videos in 720p quality without buffering, depending on your internet speed of course.
-MX Linux is currently the most popular version of Linux, based on Debian Linux, and is similar to Windows 10 in layout so intuitive for most users. Try before you buy. Buyer collects in Torrox Costa.
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Inoculation: Can anybody tell me how in Frigiliana we will be advised when and where to have the COVID-19 Inoculation. I am over 80. Please email me Michael on mikestevenitt@gmail.com

 

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Andalusia adds 1,788 coronavirus infections, the best Wednesday since December: {Translated from secilla.abc.es}
Updated: 17/02/2021 20:13
-Andalusia today has 1,788 cases of coronavirus, the lowest number for a Wednesday since last December. The curve of the third wave continues its descent at cruising speed, which is reflected in the accumulated incidence.
-This rate, which measures the speed and virulence of infections, now stands at 411 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The figure is high since anything above 250 points is considered “maximum risk”. However, the evolution of Andalusia is remarkable because only a fortnight ago the increased incidence rate was above 900 points, more than double.
-The most encouraging improvement is in the number of deaths, which seems to be moderating. Thus, 77 deaths have been recorded, which is a very high figure but still below the 100 figure at which the community had settled a couple of weeks ago.
-However, it is still too early to tell whether this drop in fatalities is a “saw tooth” in the statistics or marks the start of a trend towards lower numbers of fatalities. February has been the darkest month so far, with more deaths than any other month since the start of the pandemic, reflecting the peak of the third wave of infections, which reached almost 8,000 per day.
-Meanwhile, the pressure in hospitals continues to drop. This Wednesday there are 3,191 people admitted for coronavirus, 197 less than yesterday. In the ICU, meanwhile, the number of hospitalised patients has fallen by 21, so that there are 643 on Wednesday compared with 664 yesterday. Source, Spanish:
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-suma-1788-contagios-coronavirus-mejor-miercoles-desde-diciembre-202102171158_noticia.html

 

Vax Appointments- If they call you from 955800008, take it because it is your doctor from the Andalusian Health Service: {Translated from secilla.abc.es}
If you receive a call from 955.800.008, do not hesitate to pick up. It’s your doctor. Or, at least, the health center, because that is the new number for all outgoing calls made from their switchboards. This has been announced by the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), which has explained that, “progressively” there will stop appearing “long numbers of switchboard or hidden numbers when a call is received from the SAS.”
This new number is being implemented progressively “in some health centers in Andalusia until reaching the hospitals and reaching all the services provided by the SAS .” The pilot service, Health sources report, has begun in Almería, Córdoba and Seville. From Health they hope that the new number will be implemented “to the entire network of 1,500 health centers in a few months.” Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-si-llaman-955800008-cojalo-porque-medico-servicio-andaluz-salud-202102171650_noticia.html

 

Covid-19 can lead to GANGRENE: Virus causes the body to attack itself leading to severe, long-term muscle and joint pain, MRI scans reveal. Researchers have warned that Covid-19 can cause long-term muscle and joint issues, including arthritis, gangrene and ‘Covid toes’.
An analysis of MRI scans taken of patients experiencing these symptoms suggests that the virus can trigger the body’s immune system to attack itself, leading to these long-lasting rheumatological issues.
The study follows recent reports of a Covid-infected woman who had to have three fingers amputated in Italy after the disease ravaged her blood vessels. Other sufferers have also had to undergo amputations. Photo&Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9270487/Covid-19-lead-GANGRENE-study-warns.html

 

Rush Limbaugh, conservative media icon, dead at 70 following battle with cancer: Limbaugh announced in February 2020 that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh continued to host his show while undergoing treatment, and he told listeners that he remained hopeful he would defeat the disease. Photo:John Medina/WireImage. Full article: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/17/media/rush-limbaugh-obituary/index.html

 

The first driverless bus hits the road in Malaga: The first electric-powered and autonomous bus service – that is, without the need for a driver – will begin trials in Malaga this week.
For a month, starting from Saturday 20 February, passengers will be able to hop on the service that will serve cruise passengers who arrive at the port so that they can access the city centre (although at the moment there are no tourists and there is no return forecast).
However, members of the public who want to try out the trial service that will operate Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm, will be able to register online on the EMT website or at a marquee on the Paseo del Parque. Photo:PEDRO J. QUERO. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/17/video-first-driver-less-20210217183402.html

 

RECALL- Tuselin Decongestant: The Spanish medicines agency (Aemps) has ordered the withdrawal from the market of Tuselin Decongestant, lot N-01, due to a defect in the product and has ordered their return to the laboratory.
The Tuselin Decongestant (2 mg/ml and 1 mg/ml syrup in 200ml bottles) is a used in the treatment of irritating and nervous coughs and nasal congestion.
The batch affected by the recall is N-01, with an expiry date 03/31/2024. The registration number is 47622 and the national code is 757146. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202102/17/spain-medicines-agency-orders-20210217105738.html

 

Spain probes anti-Semitic speech at ‘horrific’ neo-Nazi rally:
Prosecutors in Madrid on Tuesday said they had opened an investigation into anti-Semitic comments made at a neo-Nazi rally held at the weekend which drew ire from Spain’s Jewish community.
The incident took place Saturday when around 300 people gathered at La Almudena cemetery, with footage on social media showing several people in the crowd repeatedly giving the Nazi salute. The rally, which was also attended by a Catholic priest, was a commemoration of the so-called “Blue Division”, a unit of Spanish military volunteers that fought for the Nazis during World War II. Photo:Víctor Lerena / EFE. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210217/spain-probes-anti-semitic-speech-at-neo-nazi-rally

 

‘Ice everywhere’ as Texans brave cold, 2.7 million homes lack power: Millions of Texans braved their third day without heat on Wednesday following a punishing winter storm that has killed at least 21 people, as icy conditions threatened to hamstring the country’s largest state and the surrounding region for days. Photo:Bronte Wittpenn. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/ice-everywhere-as-texans-brave-cold-2-7-million-homes-lack-power-idUSKBN2AH0S5

 

Great Balls of Fire- Another Fireball seen crossing the skies of Southern Spain at 213,000km/h: The rock was part of a comet which upon impacting the atmosphere at such a high speed became incandescent at a height of 117 kilometres southwest of Badajoz and headed in a northeast direction. It went out at a height of 82 kilometres above the town of Villafranco del Guadiana, Badajoz, after having travelled 67 kilometres. Photo:Meteors – YouTube. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/17/fireball-seen-crossing-the-skies-of-southern-spain-at-213000km-h/

 

Tennis News- Rafael Nadal Out of Australian Open After Stefanos Tsitsipas Storms Back in Quarterfinals: Tsitsipas dropped the first two sets but stormed back to defeat the No. 2-ranked Nadal, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5, in a four-hour battle. Photo:Getty. Full article: https://www.si.com/tennis/2021/02/17/rafael-nadal-out-of-australian-open-loses-stefanos-tsitsipas-quarterfinals

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
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Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
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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

Taxi
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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
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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DigameXtra No. 1874 Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 2021

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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.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section of this issue of DigameXtra https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.

 

WARNING- This Covid restriction map site may not be updated in a timely fashion.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

 

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

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La Casita Griega Restaurante- Torrox Costa: We are closed from this week until 17 March for reforms- new windows, paints, new ceiling. Sorry for any inconvenience. Tel 642585049
https://la-casita-griega.business.site/

 

NEW BAR- The Old Dutch Sports Bar, Rio Lounge: This Wednesday February 17 will be our first official opening day with the Old Dutch Sportsbar in Caleta de Vélez, Avenida de Andalucia 113.
Free champagne from us to toast and also our “typical Dutch” snacks to try for free.
You will receive a 50% discount on all your own orders (only drinks)!
So come to Caleta next Wednesday and get to know our Sportsbar. Would you rather make a reservation due to the Corona rules, call or whatsapp with us: 661419974
Our regular opening hours during the restrictive COVID rules will be:
Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday from 11 am-6pm
Avenida de Andalucía, 113 29751 Caleta de Velez
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Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost.
Check my website for examples of my work www.nikofalltrades.es
Email enquiries or for more information to nikash2 at hotmail dot com or just write that email address or web address down somewhere in case you may need me in the future! I am a DigameXtra sponsor and so my contact info is available everyday in the sponsors section below as well. There is also a contact form available on the website.
References/recommendations available from the UK and Spain
Based in Competa but can travel anywhere in Digameland. Quotations are completely free!

 

Coast Fm Gold: Want to be able to talk directly to your customers and clients?
Guess what they have been listening to and will continue to listen to……the Radio!
Coast Fm Gold has been available Online, as well as via Tunein, Google, Siri and Alexa throughout the crisis giving ’emergency announcements and telephone numbers’ and music, music, music!
Now it’s time to start up business’s again, and what a better way to let them know you have re-opened and are ready- A RADIO ADVERT! We reach all over the Axarquia-  so we are local! Plus we reach around the world! We are the Eastern Costa Del Sols favourite Radio Station!
We are running ”special crisis” low advertising rates…ring us now on 691 934 626 or by email to studio@coastfmgold.com Website: http://coastfmgold.com/

 

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.
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.
Golden Leaves Funeral Plans aims to support grieving families during these tumultuous times. Since our inception in 1984, we have partnered with a widespread network of funeral directors across the UK and Europe.
Purchasing a funeral plan with Golden Leaves enables you to plan, design and pay for your funeral services in advance.
As one of the leading providers of expat prepaid funeral plans in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands, we make sure to adequately support your family in the time of greatest need.
If you are an expat family in need of prepaid funeral services please contact Ruth on phone or whats app + 34 693 715 718
Based in Javea/Alicante. Company Reg. No: 2935393
Email: Ruth.forder@goldenleaves.com

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Vetiver Spain is located in Sayalonga.
We have 2 new videos showing an experiment planting Vetiver in a tall Ornamental pot showing the results of the root growth after about 8 months.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/g1WRvjE6oAk
Part 2: https://youtu.be/HNviq7XdRM4
These short videos show you the incredible root system of Vetiver is and why it is so beneficial to fighting erosion and preserving top soil.
Want more videos? Please go to our YouTube video page.
https://www.vetiverspain.org/youtube.html
We also have Lemon Grass and Moringa Seedlings available now.
Please contact us for more information. Visits are by appointment.
Phone or WhatsApp for David: (34) 692 288 657
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Website: www.vetiverspain.com

 

 

For Sale: Complete collection of Agatha Christie Novels. Hard back red leather bound. Gold tooling, 200 euro’s o.n.o.
Stuart/ Algarrobo Pueblo
Email: stuartburnett53 AT gmail DOT com
Tel..665190121

 

For Sale, 2 items: Two gas heaters. One small €30. One full size €45
Can deliver locally. Lake Viñuela
Jean Kingsley Monks.
0044 07507250546 ; J.kingsleymonks@btinternet.com

 

For Sale: 32 acroprops for sale as a complete lot 120 euros. Location Frigiliana. Can deliver for fuel costs.
Martyn, Tel. 610626196

 

For Sale: 2 x La Casa Bella pine quality Chest of Drawers.
Traditional Spanish style. 4 drawers 130 x 92 x 4 Solid wood. Very good quality and condition. Available at La Casa Bella for €275 each. Selling €100 each. More pics on request.
Los Romanes. Call Amanda on 0044 7889 666901 whatsapp
loebenstein at yahoo dot co dot uk

 

Recommendations & Requests

 

Recomendation: I was extremely pleased with the services provided by Archgrove Services (a DigameXtra sponsor, see contact info in the Sponsor’s Section of every issue) for a local move of some household furnishings and personal items.
Lea arrived at the appointed time in a large van which was clean and spacious. He worked the whole time with enthusiasm and good speed, lifting and stowing all of the items in a secure and careful manner. Everything arrived to it’s new destination intact.
I had no hesitation to call upon Lea a week later for a second load.
Highly recommend Archgrove Services for your moving needs.
Ellen, ellen.amos@hotmail.com, now in Sayalonga

 

News & Articles

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Andalusia accelerates its descent from the wave and has less than a thousand coronavirus infections: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The curve of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is steeply descending. So much so that this Tuesday the community has added less than a thousand infections, a figure that has not been seen for two months. We have to go back to the end of December last year to see such a low number of new cases. Thus, Andalusia has added 972 infections this Tuesday.
-Malaga is the province with the most confirmed cases this day with 266, followed by Seville with 215, Cadiz with 174, Almeria with 131, Cordoba with 66, Granada with 61, Jaen with 33 and Huelva with 26.
-In addition, the cumulative incidence rate in Andalusia has fallen this Monday to 451.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days when a week ago it exceeded 700 points and two weeks ago it was close to a thousand.
-As a result of this reduction in the number of cases that the community has been experiencing for a couple of weeks now, the health pressure is also dropping. So much so that this Tuesday, a day that always means a small increase in the number of patients admitted, there has been a decrease. It is minimal – there are 9 fewer coronavirus patients in Andalusian hospitals – but it is a measure of the speed with which the number of hospital admissions is falling.
-Thus, in total there are 3,388 people hospitalized in the community for coronavirus, 664 of them in the ICU, where the number of patients has also fallen by six.
More than 100 deaths
-Where there is no improvement for now – and it may take days yet to turn green – is in the number of deaths, which is once again above one hundred per day. On Tuesday, 113 deaths were recorded after a weekend in which no more than 40 per day were recorded. This is not surprising.
-Sundays and Mondays tend to reflect fewer fatalities due to a disorganisation in the reporting of fatalities. These figures are usually corrected from Tuesday onwards, when the evolution of the curve of fatalities is shown.
-On this day, Cadiz is once again the province with the most deaths with 22, followed by Almeria with 20, Seville and Malaga with 19 each, Granada with 16, Jaen with seven, and Cordoba and Huelva with five each. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-acelera-bajada-y-suma-menos-contagios-coronavirus-202102161229_noticia.html

 

Bars and shops will continue to close at six o’clock due to the coronavirus crisis in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-Bars, restaurants and shops will continue to close at six o’clock in the evening in Andalusia due to the coronavirus crisis. This was indicated by the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, in his appearance after the Governing Council held on Tuesday.
-Thus, “in the short term there are no plans to extend working hours in the hotel and catering or commerce sectors”, said Aguirre, who pointed out that an extension of working hours for these sectors will only take place when the downward trend of the pandemic is “clear and established”.
-For the health minister, it is essential to be able to guarantee that “there is no rise or anything that could lead to a fourth wave” of the pandemic before considering reopening bars in the afternoon in Andalusia.
-“We work in a serious way with parameters that give you more or less opening per incidence. And we are talking about parameters of more or less 500 or 1000 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants”, Aguirre recalled, who took the opportunity to thank the hotel and catering industry and commerce for their “effort” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-bares-y-restaurantes-seguiran-cerrando-seis-crisis-coronavirus-andalucia-202102161413_noticia.html

 

Bendodo- “Now some communist gentlemen come to tell us that ham and oil are harmful to health”:  {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Andalusian government is rebelling against the nutritional traffic light that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs intends to introduce to warn us whether or not a food is harmful to our health. Two of Andalusia’s most exported products, olive oil and Iberian ham, get a C and an E, in orange and red, and would form part of the group of foods classified as “occasional consumption” and “not recommended”, respectively.
-The Junta de Andalucía does not like this classification, which it considers an “attack” on two emblematic products of the region’s agriculture, livestock and gastronomy. “Now come these communist gentlemen and tell us that even ham and oil are harmful,” complained the government spokesman, Elías Bendodo, referring to Alberto Garzón, the Minister for Consumer Affairs.
-The Minister of the Presidency has assured that these sectors “provide many thousands of jobs in our land” and has called for an end to the attacks on the Andalusian countryside.
Harmful
-“This, that olive oil and ham can be harmful to health can be suggested by the same minister who said that tourism was precarious and seasonal”, stressed Bendodo.
-Faced with criticism from olive oil producers, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs announced that it would remove the liquid gold from the Nutriscore traffic light. “Under no circumstances is the olive oil sector going to be forced to use a label that goes against scientific evidence,” said Alberto Garzón, the Minister for Consumer Affairs on Canal Sur Televisión.
-The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has informed the Governing Council of the request to the Spanish Government for a singular and specific treatment on the Nutriscore scale for olive oil and other products, such as those derived from Iberian pork, due to their proven health value.
-The Junta de Andalucía considers necessary a revision of the system used by Nutriscore for the categorisation of some foods such as olive oil, which should have a recognition of the highest level of nutritional quality on this scale (‘A’ dark green) and yet is included in the intermediate level (‘C’ yellow). This disparity in categorisation is due to the fact that the algorithm used by Nutriscore currently considers the calorie content of foods as the main parameter, without taking into account the scientifically proven benefits of, for example, the consumption of olive oil.
-In a similar situation are products derived from the Iberian pig, whose qualification also deserves specific treatment as they are products with healthy properties that have not been taken into consideration in the process of assigning scores in this nutritional information tool.
-Agriculture’s request, which is also supported by the Regional Ministry of Health and Families, is in response to the fact that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is currently processing the draft Royal Decree implementing the Nutriscore scale in Spain. Its aim is to provide consumers with clear information on the nutritional quality of foods so that they can choose the healthiest option. To this end, it is proposed to include on the front of food packaging the corresponding Nutriscore scale logo, which consists of five colours (from dark green to dark orange) associated with five letters (from ‘A’ to ‘E’).
-This simplified method of product identification is based on the presence of certain nutrients per 100 grams of food. Among the less nutritionally favourable components, Nutriscore considers calories, sugars, saturated fatty acids and sodium. Among the nutrients considered more favourable are, for example, protein, dietary fibre or the percentage of fruit, vegetables, pulses and nuts. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-bendodo-ahora-vienen-unos-senores-comunistas-decirnos-jamon-y-aceite-perjudican-salud-202102161457_noticia.html

 

Vax Info For Over 80s in Torrox: The Covid-19 vaccination of those over 80 years of age began today (Tuesday).
From the Sanitary District they will be calling and citing each of our Elders. There is no need to call for an appointment.
It is important to go at the indicated time so as not to miss any dose. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/posts/1656672744506807

 

Pirate TV Streaming App Mobdro Disappears, Users in Mourning: It is not uncommon for piracy-based sites and services to disappear offline for a while. Problems with sources, hosting and domain names can all cause issues. Indeed, over the years Mobdro has hopped to additional domains too, from Mobdro.com and Mobdro.sc, to Mobdro.bz more recently.
This instability can cause problems for people looking to download the app but issues with the underlying streams are more immediately noticeable to users. Cries that Mobdro is no longer working are abundant on Twitter but to date there has been no official announcement from the developer behind the streaming tool. Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-tv-streaming-app-mobdro-disappears-users-in-mourning-210215/

 

Forty-five new speed cameras for Spain’s roads: Spanish Traffic Department plans to install 45 new speed cameras in the coming months. This will bring the total to more than 1,400 speed traps in Spain to control speeding and fine drivers who go over the speed limit. The government has said that the process has already begun and that the speed cameras will mainly be section radars which could be operational before the end of the year. The Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) says there are currently 1,392 radars on the roads, of which 764 are fixed, 548 are mobile, and 80 are sectional, which means that they monitor the time it takes a vehicle to get between one point and another. The Traffic Department has been collecting more than €1 million per day since 2008 in fines for drivers who violate traffic regulations. Photo:Shutterstock. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/16/forty-five-new-speed-cameras-planned-for-spains-roads/

 

34 Fines for Granada Residents Coming to Motril: Police set up control points near Playa Granada and Playa del Poniente, with 27 of the fines given for infringing movement restrictions. According to Motril’s Councillor for Citizen Safety, three fines were given for being out after curfew without a valid reason.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/16/34-fines-for-granada-residents-coming-to-motril/

 

Tennis News- Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Alexander Zverev to reach 39th Grand Slam Semi Final.
Australian Open. Novak Djokovic showed exemplary determination and strength to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 on Tuesday to make the semi final. Photo:AFP. Source: https://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/australian-open-novak-djokovic-defeats-alexander-zverev-to-reach-39th-grand-slam-semi-final-2371925

 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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