DigameXtra No. 1639 Thursday, May 28th 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

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.

 

What’s On

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Beaches will open soon. Want a good excuse to spend most of the day at the beach? Maybe time to try wind surfing?

 

Viewers in Spain can enjoy a Series of Concerts broadcast online by London’s Royal Albert Hall:
You will be asked for a donation but it is not mandatory to view shows.
-Imogen Heap, Friday May 29
-Kaiser Chiefs, Sat., May 30
Home Page: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home

 

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BluCee- All my services are open, showings, rentals, etc: Do you own a property in the area and leave it empty for extended periods?
If the answer is yes, you could be quite literally missing out on thousands of Euros!
At BluCee we specialise in advertising and fully managing properties for holiday rental. We can advertise your property globally, gaining maximum exposure and returns for your asset. Not only this but we will also fully manage your property, securing bookings, liaising with clients, arranging meet and greets and cleaning and laundry services. In fact, we commit to do everything necessary to get your property rental-ready – guaranteed!
BluCee is seeking more properties for both holiday rentals and sales, with a particular focus on the following key locations:
Torre del Mar
Inland from Torre del Mar
Almunecar
La Herradura
Along the coast from Caleta de Velez to Rincon de la Victoria
For a no obligation discussion about your property please get in touch
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We are based in Rincon de la Victoria.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Great deals from The Nerja Household Center
-Carved wooden occasional table with wrought iron base with rope detail. Price 40€ Measurements Diameter 38cms Height 58cms
-2 good quality bed bases 180 x 90cms 50€ ( for both)
-Lovely upcycled desk / dressing table Upcycled desk Measurements Width 89cms Depth 41cms Height 75cms Price 120€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com

 

For Sale: Avocados. There are still some nice and big Avocados, variety ‘Fuerte’ on my tree. They are organic. I am selling them: 5 kg for 12 Euro; 10 kg for 20 Euro
Can meet in Cómpeta, Torrox or at the Pavo Real. Call 606 423 369 or E-Mail marlenewoerner@web.de
(Marlene, Cómpeta)

 

Long Term Winter Rental Required: Retired German couple need a 6 month winter rental starting mid October this year. Must have German tv, WiFi, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sunny outdoor balcony or garden space. No steps. Parking nearby. Heating. References and deposit available. Budget €500 per month
Please contact angie j rogers @ gmail . com (no spaces)

 

FREE- Goods for Charity Shop: I have a quantity of goods for a charity shop or car booter. They consist of ladies and men’s clothing,(winter and summer), handbags, costume jewellery, kitchen utensils and casseroles, towels, mirror etc. First come first served but must take it ALL and in one trip. Good car boot load. Some nice things included. We are in El Morche, I can send sketch map if you are unfamiliar with the area. Carole Hart, El Morche
carolemhart@yahoo.com

 

Wanted: Ladies adjustable tailors dummy. Anybody got a redundant one?
L V Clippingdale / Vinuela
Email: lynn.clippingdale @ googlemail . com

 

Correction, wrong phone number yesterday- For Sale: Extending glass and wrought iron coffee table, 50cm wide x50cm high x 92cm long, extending up to 140cm, or can be used as 2 separate coffee tables. Excellent condition.
30 euros. Barry, Algarrobo Costa
Tel. 660146302

 

Correction,  wrong phone number yesterday- For Sale: Dog Cage. Large metal dog cage 91cm x 61cm x 69cm. Folds flat, 2 entrance doors, good condition. 30 euros
Tel. 660146302, Algarrobo Costa
Ms. Stevens

 

Recommendations & Requests

Caleta De Velez Saturday market: Does anyone know if and when the outdoor food markets will be re-opening? Alan, Caleta
Email: protonmale @ protonmail . com

 

Windows 10 User Tip by DoctorLaptop: If you use Windows 10, and get a WELCOME TO WINDOWS screen at startup offering to set up various services, I recommend you do NOT accept this. Use the button in the lower left of the screen to SKIP FOR NOW.
If you accept this you are allowing the following
-Windows will force you to use a Outlook.com or hotmail.com email address and password to log in. If you don’t have one of these you will be directed to creating one. Your old login password or PIN may no longer work.
-Windows will start up to 32 background apps every time you turn on the device, slowing performance significantly.
-Microsoft will scan and save all your data, including all your emails from all email servers, all documents you create using Microsoft tools like Word and Excel, everything you save in the cloud and all communications apps text and voice data. You have literally given them permission to capture every keystroke you make! (More on this below)
-Microsoft will log and save your location history every time you startup. No, your VPN will not prevent this. Your computer knows where it is, it saves that info the instant you connect to your internet provider’s connection, before your VPN even has a chance to connect. Then once you get online thru your VPN, your computer sends your true location to MS.
However, if you are a dedicated MS product user, with Gmail, Office 365, Google Cloud, Skype, etc., and you also want to share data between all your devices, then go ahead and do the MS registered login process.
Note: Microsoft has now admitted they are scanning and censoring all communications coming from Windows 10 computers. “Microsoft will ban ‘offensive language’ and ‘inappropriate content’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services on May 1, claiming it has the right to go through your private data to ‘investigate.” See article in News Section today regarding this. Reference: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3264658/microsoft-to-ban-offensive-language-from-skype-xbox-office-and-other-services.html

 

News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.

 

Covid-19 Statistic Confusion: To avoid confusion from conflicting statistics sources, and so you get the freshest, most accurate data, I am now providing only the links to the Official Spanish sources, and for World statistics Worldometers.com and Financial Times. Just click the link to view the latest info. Full story about the reporting confusion:
https://www.spainenglish.com/2020/05/22/coronavirus-spain-22-may/

For the latest pandemic info 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/

 

Lockdown timetable scrapped for Phase 2: The Official State Gazette (BOE) published an update on Tuesday evening explaining that children in zones that have advanced to Phase 2, can go outside as often as they like, without time limits and beyond 1km radius as long as they remain within the same province. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200527/coronavirus-in-spain-lockdown-timetable-and-restrictions-scrapped-for-phase-2

 

New UK Coronavirus Rules Can Put You in 14 Day Lockdown Just Because a Mobile App Says You Were In Proximity of Confirmed Case: UK Government to launch test and trace programme. From Thursday, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about all their recent locations (taken from smartphone logs) and all their interactions.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-news-dominic-cummings-ppe-remdesivir-uk-lockdown/
And
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-governments-test-and-trace-programme-to-launch-tomorrow-11995671

 

The CDC Has Slashed the COVID-19 Fatality Rate to a Fraction of Earlier Estimate Used to Justify Lockdowns!: In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) was claiming that the fatality rate was a very high 3.4 percent. That has been revised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to 0.4 percent of those who do show symptoms will die from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Or, as the Washington Post reported this week- The CDC offered a “current best estimate” of 0.4 percent. The agency also gave a best estimate that 35 percent of people infected never develop symptoms. Those numbers when put together would produce an infection fatality rate of 0.26, which is (more than ten times) lower than many of the estimates produced by scientists and modelers to date.”
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2020/05/27/the-health-202-the-science-on-coronavirus-is-still-murky-that-puts-public-officials-in-a-bind/5ecd79ea88e0fa6727005929/
And the CDC Official Document
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html

 

Spain’s Ministry of Health continues to baffle residents with new ways of calculating coronavirus figures: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/27/breaking-news-spains-ministry-of-health-continue-to-baffle-residents-with-new-ways-of-calculating-coronavirus-figures/

 

The End of Privacy for Windows 10 Users: Microsoft started to ban ‘offensive language’ and ‘inappropriate content’ from Skype, Xbox, Office (MS Word) and other services on May 1, claiming it has the right to go through your private data to ‘investigate.’
If you have even the slightest expectation of privacy while on the internet, Microsoft has just taken that away. They have now been forced to admit they collect, scan and filter everything (yes, everything!) you do. If they don’t like some content on the computer, or in Skype/Email/WhatsApp/Office or in your cloud accounts, they have the right to delete it without warning you and then permanently close all your Microsoft / Google related accounts- Gmail, YouTube,  Office 365,  Skype, WhatsApp, etc. A total digital wipeout. Any credit balances for paid MS services will be forfeited.  This is already happening!
Better watch out if you are playing Xbox, get ticked, and cuss. Microsoft might ban you for the “offensive language.” If they do, then say bye-bye to your Xbox Gold Membership and any Microsoft account balances. Or if you and a significant other are getting hot and heavy via Skype, you better watch your language and any nudity because that, too, can get you banned. You need to self-censor when sensitive topics like criticism of China’s policy in Hong Kong, or questioning vaccine safety are communicated or you risk being deleted. The ban hammer could also fall if digital search assistant Cortana is listening at the wrong moment (a problem for people like me that regularly curse at computers they are using) or if documents and files hosted on Microsoft services violate Microsoft’s amended terms. The changes are part of the new Microsoft Terms of Services agreement that went into effect on May 1 and cover a plethora of Microsoft services.
All Windows 10 users should read the short article here. Naturally you won’t find much info about this on the Google controlled searches: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3264658/microsoft-to-ban-offensive-language-from-skype-xbox-office-and-other-services.html

 

Bad Day For Tech Giants:
-SHUT ’EM DOWN! Trump threatens to ‘CLOSE DOWN’ social media platforms that ‘silence conservatives’ as feud with Twitter ramps up. Trump tweets: Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow! See: https://www.the-sun.com/news/891225/trump-threaten-close-down-social-media-twitter/
Google faces another new antitrust case for payment apps manipulation in India: This is Google’s third major antitrust challenge in India. In 2018, the CCI fined Google $21 million for “search bias”, but a company appeal against that is pending. The CCI last year also started probing Google for allegedly misusing its dominant position to reduce the ability of smartphone manufacturers to opt for alternate versions of its Android mobile operating system. See: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-google-antitrust-exclusive/exclusive-google-faces-antitrust-case-in-india-over-payments-app-sources-idUSKBN2331G3
-Wikipedia co-founder: Site’s neutrality is ‘dead’ thanks to leftist bias. “Wikipedia Is Badly Biased” is a blog article by Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia, published this month declaring that the online encyclopedia’s “neutral point of view” policy is “dead” due to the rampant left-wing bias of the site. See the original post: https://larrysanger.org/2020/05/wikipedia-is-badly-biased/

 

Workers missing out on full furlough entitlement speak out against fraudulent employers: Many full-time workers, especially in the hospitality sector, claim their social security payments were greatly reduced because they had wrongly been forced to work on part-time contracts. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202005/22/furloughed-workers-malaga-province-20200522102232-v.html

 

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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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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/
Internet Speed Test: http://beta.speedtest.net/
Local Bank Holidays: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/spain/index.php  UKNewspaper Front Pages and Worldwide Newspapers All On One Site: https://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/front-pages.cfm

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