DigameXtra No. 1589 Wednesday, April 1st 2020

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CORONA 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. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/13/hotline-those-suspect-they-20200313114414-v.html


Please note that info and details are constantly changing. All info, to the best of my ability, is accurate as of publication, but please confirm any info critical to your situation!  -Ed.


NOTICE! : Most events are cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. All stores besides food markets and pharmacies are closed. (Food delivery services may be possible, but confirm it). Confirm any business you intend to visit remains open. Business and Services posts in DigameXtra do not indicate the business is open during the lockdown unless they specifically mention they are remaining open. This situation changes hourly so call before going anywhere, other than businesses specifically exempted from the shutdowns during the alarm period  -Ed.


When you need reliable info consult The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain at https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/…or the website or Facebook page of your local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento). I suggest you check it daily. BEWARE OF FAKEBOOK HOAXES!


 All current Sponsors have received 30 day extensions to their Sponsorship expiration dates to compensate for the lockdown time we are experiencing. -Ed.


What’s On

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Get Your Tickets NOW: At the Tower of London, view the annual ceremony of Washing the Lions on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Admittance only at White Gate. It is particularly requested that no gratuities be given to wardens or attendants.


Full Line-Up of Performers for Salon in your Salon streaming Online in Costa del Sol Spain: The list shows all of the performers and the times that they will appear on the Salon Varietes Fuengirola Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/salonvarietestheatre/)
Some of the Costa’s favourites will be volunteering 25 minutes of their time to help those suffering from boredom during the lockdown to go to a happier musical land Wednesday and Thursday (April 1 and 2) from 4pm.
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/31/full-line-up-of-performers-for-salon-in-your-salon-streaming-online-in-costa-del-sol-spain/


Winchester Mystery House Free On-line Tour: Sarah Winchester was a woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend. The San Jose, CA mansion she built is world renowned as much for the many design curiosities and innovations (many ahead of their time) as it is for the reported paranormal activity that resides within these walls.
These mysteries and more are what has drawn over 12 million guests to visit the Winchester Mystery House since the doors opened June 30, 1923. Will you be able to unlock the mystery? Available thru April 7th.
Video Tour: https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/video-tour/#Video


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Restaurants & Markets That Deliver

If you know for certain a restaurant is still delivering (none should be offering take-away at this point), have them send in the details including Name of Restaurant, Location, Phone Number, Hours and a photo of their menu (optional). Unfortunately I have received some inaccurate info from well meaning 3rd parties which has caused problems. So now these businesses must submit their own posts, although I will in this case allow them to post even if they are not subscribers. -Ed.


Bar Atila Home Delivery Service- Puente don Manuel: UPDATED HOURS
630 393 290 or WhatsApp
Deliveries 7 days a week 5.00pm – 8.00pm,
please pre-order well in advance because these times are very popular.
We are now fully licensed for Home Deliveries.
Please make your order from our menu below.
Sorry Payments in cash only.
Thank you for your understanding and please keep safe.
Contact Frank at Bar Atila for a home delivery
630 393 290 (WhatsApp)
Puente don Manuel


Restaurante NuevaTahona- Frigiliana: Delivering food daily 6 to 10pm. Delivery area approx 5Km from Plaza de las Tres Culturas 6, 29788 Frigiliana. DELIVERY ONLY.
+34 951 080 150
+34 651 361 514
(Thanks to Andrew C. for this info. -Ed.)


Offer of help from the Mayor and Torrox Council: If you know of any people who are old, sick or disabled, who live alone and do not have family close by or close friends to support them, and they need to get hold of medicinal supplies, etc., call (0034) 952 530 473 or email proteccioncivil@torrox.es.
Also, a list of supermarkets who will deliver:
-Congelados y alimentación “Virgin del Carmen”,
Carretera 128,
El Morche
Tel 670 891 052
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge
-Supermercado “El Pino”
Torrox Park
679 929 292
Will deliver to Torrox, Torrox Park, Peñoncillo, Torrox Costa
Minimum purchase 40 euros
-Cárnicas Malagueños, Torrox
Calle Pontil 30, Torrox
650 501 150 (Francis)
631 571 613 (Herminia)
666 268 655 (Janet)
Will deliver to Torrox village
-Supermercado Covirán El Morche
Calle axarquia, 3
El Morche
952 532 029
-Supermercado Jose
El Morche
676 275 622
-Supermercado Covirán “La “Despensa”
Carretera Almería, Edf. Los Llanos 3, local 13, La Carrara
El Morche
601638 672
Will deliver to Urb. Generación 27, area around Los Llanos and Santa Rosa
-mini Market Las Niñas
C/Dona Elisa Ortigosa, 3
654 359 488 Jose
634 783 584
Will deliver to Torrox pueblo, Rabitilla and Trocha
-Supermercado Covirán (Chelo)
C/Jose Ariza, 22 bajo, locales 5 & 6
653 124 226
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge to all of Torrox.
These shops have adapted to help support us. Let’s support our local shops.
Margaret Riordan, Torrox, MaRiordan at aol dot com
(Many thanks to Margaret for translating and typing all this out! -Ed.)


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Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga: Since we are considered a non-essential business we are officially closed due to the Wuhan Coronavirus. Everyone please stay safe and stay home as there is only one way to defeat this new invisible enemy. No human contact! Stay in touch with us as we will get through this. Stay safe everyone and keep up with Digamextra for daily information on the virus.
See you on the other side!
Dave and Anna
www DOT vetiverspain DOT com
info AT vetiverspain DOT com
(34) 692 288 657 ; Check out a short video showing the numerous uses for Vetiver titled “Vetiver – A farmer’s friend.” Youtube Video


Recommendations & Requests

Hola Naythan, How very right you are about the (a)social media!
Came across this illustration in El Pais:
Sorry, the caption cannot be copied for translation. However, I don´t think it is needed. (It says, “social networks as an information tool”. -Ed.)
Keep up the good ework, Birgit, Competa, birgit.fastrup AT gmail DOT com


Renewing prescriptions: Hi Naythan,
A couple of weeks ago you posted details of how to renew your prescription without going to the Medical centre, could you please republish it or send it to me please, I’m sure a few more people need these details now….Thank You, Jill, Nerja ; jill.green1707 @ gmail.com
Here it is again-
Important Message For The Elderly In Spain Re Prescriptions: Salud Responder has issued a statement regarding prescriptions. A member of the Facebook group Coronavirus in Andalucia – Expats Group has said she received an email stating that from now on if you are taking a medication and need a new prescription, you do not have to go to the GP.
The statement says just call the health department and they will load them on the card. The purpose of this measure is to assist the health centers and avoid contact with other patients. The phone number for this in Spain is 955 54 5060.
Another member of the group called the number and realized they only speak in Spanish. We advise you to ask a bilingual friend or relative to call on your behalf until they hopefully institute an English speaking service. Source:
Reader Sheila replies: If you ring them they do answer in Spanish giving you options 1,2,3 or Esperé which is Wait. Then you just ask for English speaker and they get a translator to help with what you want.
Sheila / Nerja


News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook and Social Media: There are circulating several hoaxes that well meaning people have spread to thousands of unsuspecting FB friends. To make it worse, some local authorities are making statements contrary to the official info on regional gov’t websites, and the local press is posting it as if it is undoubtedly true. Some FB users are even exploiting the crisis to gain “likes” on their FB pages by posting fake info posters designed to cause panic and get reposted by all their contacts, so as to harvest the “likes” the fake poster generates. That’s the social media world kids live in today. Anything for a taste of celebrity.
If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you can’t believe it!  -Ed.


For the latest pandemic info visit:
World- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Spain- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/


World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- March 31, 2020, 19:26 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 845,634
Total Deaths: 41,437


Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- March 31, 2020, 19:29 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 94,417
Total Deaths: 8,269


Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- March 31, 2020, 11:50 CET. https://www.marca.com/en/more-sports/2020/03/31/5e8313bce2704e537b8b4590.html
Total Coronavirus Cases: 5,818
Daily New Cases: 413
Total Deaths: 248
Daily New Deaths: 12


Malaga province: Last Updated 18:24, 31 March 2020
Coronavirus Total Cases: 1348
New Cases: 27
Total Deaths: 70
New Daily Deaths: 1


UK Coronavirus: Last updated- March 31, 2020, 19:29 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 25,150
Total Deaths: 1,789


Spanish Cabinet rolls out new measures to cushion economic blow of coronavirus crisis- Evictions placed on hold, interest-free microcredits for tenants and financial aid for temporary workers are among the government’s new initiatives: (Updated 31 mar 2020 – 16:54 CEST)
Iglesias announced that the government would be freezing evictions of vulnerable members of society for six months, as well as extending current rental contracts that are due to expire for a further six months. The government will also put a microcredit scheme in action, making funds available at 0% interest to people who need help paying their rent. “This can be paid back in six years, a time period that can be extended to 10,” he said.
These measures, Iglesias continued, are aimed at landlords who hold one or two properties. “A small proprietor is not the same as a vulture fund, or a large property owner,” he continued. “Or a retired couple [whose rental income] complements their pension.” Larger landlords and vulture funds would, he explained, have to cut their rents by 50% or restructure them “in order to pitch in.”
Iglesias added that basic utilities such as water, electricity and gas would be guaranteed during this exceptional period, and that no one would see any of these services cut off.
The Cabinet today approved measures for the self-employed that will allow them to suspend payments of their Social Security contributions for six months with no interest, said Nadia Calviño, Spain’s deputy PM and economy minister. In theory, self-employed workers whose activities are affected by the state of alarm are not eligible, as the executive has created a special system for them consisting of a one-month benefit, which can be extended throughout the duration of the emergency situation, and no obligation to make social security payments. Debts that contributors may hold with the Social Security system can also be delayed for a six-month period. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-03-31/spanish-cabinet-rolls-out-new-measures-to-cushion-economic-blow-of-coronavirus-crisis.html


Office 365 Rebrands as Microsoft 365 With New Consumer Features: Microsoft has announced today that they are rebranding the Office 365 service as Microsoft 365 with the launch of a new consumer subscription package that includes Office applications, OneDrive, and Outlook. a new Family Safety App, and Teams for Consumer.
Starting on April 21st, Office 365 will become Microsot 365 with the release of a new consumer subscription called ‘Microsoft 365 Personal and Family ‘.
Microsoft 365 is introducing new Artificial Intellegence (AI)-enhanced writing tools that make it easier for students and consumers to write confidently. This includes an improved AI-driven Microsoft editor that offers rewrite suggestions, grammatical advice, and the reporting of typos similar to the service offered by Grammarly. (…and in a manner and style that some Microsoft robot approves of, a sort of pre-censorship, if past Microsoft behavior is any indication. -Ed.)
Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/office-365-rebrands-as-microsoft-365-with-new-consumer-features/


Coronavirus Creates an Epidemic of Scams: Fake cures, phony charities, fraudulent promises of early stimulus payments—authorities are flooded with complaints.
“Scammers are just opportunistic people,” Ms. Tressler of the FTC said. ”They are going to cast as wide of a net as possible and see who gets caught.”
AARP has received reports of a range of scams, including people receiving text messages falsely claiming to be from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking them to click a link to take a “coronavirus preparedness test” that instead downloads malware onto their devices, said Kathy Stokes, the organization’s director of fraud prevention programs.
Numerous emails direct recipients to donate to fake charities with names such as the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Other schemes are more primitive, like the young woman who calls elderly victims posing as a granddaughter in need of money to pay for coronavirus-related medical bills. Full story: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-creates-an-epidemic-of-scams-11585601885


Browser Updates and Flash Player Problems: Most major web browsers have done updates recently. In many cases you will need to reinstall FLASH PLAYER for each one, as the updates apparently are uninstalling FLASH. FLASH is necessary to play many media streams. Go here to check if you have FLASH installed, if it is not you will be guided thru the installation process. Note- Google Chrome is not included in this as Chrome will install & update FLASH automatically.


Spain´s Murcia Region is Seeing First Body Temperature Drone Tests: A Murcia region council has successfully tried out a drone that uses a thermal camera to measure the temperature of people walking outdoors. The authority in Mazarron volunteered its Civil Protection department to be one of the first groups in Spain to try out the heat-measuring drone, which had only previously been used in China. Besides the special onboard camera, the drone also has a loudspeaker to broadcast messages in Spanish and English during the current State of Alarm. Source and Photo Credit: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/30/spains-murcia-region-is-seeing-first-body-temperature-drone-tests/


Stocks fall, capping Wall Street’s worst quarter since 2008: Stocks fell Tuesday to close out Wall Street’s worst quarter since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis.
The S&P 500 dropped a final 1.6%, bringing its loss for the first three months of the year to 20% as predictions for the looming recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak got even more dire. Stocks haven’t had this bad a quarter since the last time economists were talking about the worst downturn since the Great Depression, when the S&P 500 lost 22.6% at the end of 2008. Full article: https://apnews.com/3202fcdaca70de058ce000723aa4fbc3


Watch Major Corps Plan How Gov’t Paid For and Operated Systems Will Track You AND the Corps Will Reap Billions: Ever wonder where politicians get all those creepy ideas? Corporate lobbys present profit-driven plans many years in advance in white-papers and insider forums. See it in action in the 2018 video below, where Marriott Hotels is developing so called “traveller IDs”, that are in fact the ultimate tracking devices for the authorities, that will also allow the corporate sponsors to maximize profits using a gov’t paid for and operated program! Such a deal! They pitch these ideas to politicians, and pay millions in campaign contributions to ensure it gets introduced to the right agencies, and it returns billions in profits in a few years. On March 26, 2020, the World Economic Forum published specifications and launched a new website for a project it has christened “Known Traveller Digital Identity” (KTDI):
KTDI would use a blockchain-based distributed ledger to bind together, through an app on a traveler’s mobile device, all of the following data:
-Biometrics (initially facial images, possibly also fingerprints, vaccination history, medical records, etc.)
-Government-issued ID credentials (passport number, etc.)
-Travel history including logs of border crossings, hotel stays, and possibly also car rentals and/or other events
-Purchase logs and possibly bank account information and/or other financial and transaction records
-Pre-crime predictive “risk assessment” and profiling scores generated at each “intervention” point before and during each trip or transaction
-Each hotel stay, purchase, or other transaction would become like a border crossing permanently stamped in your passport as part of a digital “trip pass” subject to inspection on demand by authorities at subsequent “intervention” points.
In this presentation at the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) conference, representatives of Accenture (the prime contractor to the WEF for the KTDI project) and Marriott boasted of how, based on KTDI data, an individual could be picked out of a crowd and using automated facial recognition then be identified, then their mobile device instantly accessed for possible “blacklisting” (travel, money, data, internet blocking). So it can be used for surreptitious, non-consnsual mass surveillance, collection of virtually everything you do, and even has a built-in punishment capacity.
Partners in the KTDI project include government agencies (DHS, ICAO, INTERPOL, etc.) and the airline and airline IT industries (IATA, Amadeus, etc.). Other KTDI project partners include Google, the Marriott and Hilton (US-based) and Accor (France-based) hotel chains, and the Visa credit-card and payment processing company. Full article: https://papersplease.org/wp/2020/03/30/known-traveler-digital-identity-ktdi/


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Brexit Hotline

The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline

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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
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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