DigameXtra No. 1690 Wednesday, July 29th 2020

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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 (you need to provide email) online collage creation tool. It’s very easy to use, give it a try! https://www.fotor.com/create/collage/   Free OnLine Photo Collage Maker Update: The Fotor.com website has been buggy lately. For an alternative, that did not even ask for my email to use it, try https://www.photocollage.com/
This may even be the better option now. -Ed.

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.

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.

 

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Rob Sas & David Rock Duo: This Saturday August 1, David and I will be blasting through lots of classic rock tunes at Louie Louie Rock Estepona from around midnight. Come and join us. 23:30, free entry.
Puerto Deportivo – Av Luis Braille, Estepona 29680
https://www.facebook.com/louielouierockbar/

 

Flash Time: Playing live Sat Aug 8th at The Cazbah Live Lounge, Mijas.

 

Services Wanted/Offered

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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.
There will be no summer break this year and I will be available throughout August.
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 Digame sponsor and so my contact info is available 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 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

 

Hgv 1 Driving Work: Looking for Hgv 1 driving work in Costa del Sol from mid October 2020. Clean licence, hgv held for 32 years. Cpc and digi cards.
Up to date with cpc hours.
Please call Paul on 0044 7982688960

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga is now fully open!
We have started to receive clients but by appointment only. It is wonderful to finally be able to have visitors! We are of course following the legal guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
The summer is a great time to plant Vetiver as this plant is indigenous to India. Vetiver loves the heat of summer to grow. Vetiver is often used as a wind barrier in the fall and winter months. Vetiver is the best plant to stabilise erosion prone locations before the first fall rains come. We have plenty of plants in stock for either pickup or delivery via the Spanish Correos.
It is always a great way to spend a day in the garden.
We also have Moringa seeds, Lemon Grass, Moringa seedlings and now our new product, Organic Moringa Powder. If you do not know the medicinal powers of Moringa you can check it out here. https://www.vetiverspain.org/moringa-oleifera-.html
This month we have some specials for both pickup and shipments.
Contact: David y Anna
www DOT vetiverspain DOT com
Email: info AT vetiverspain DOT com
Cell and WhatsApp: (34) 692 288 657

Vetiver
Lemon Grass

 

 

 

 

 

For Sale: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 Notebook
UK “slim” business model. Super fast!
Direct from the Lenovo factory + additional upgrades
Factory Reconditioned by Lenovo, spotless, everything has been replaced with new components, looks brand new!
Intel Core i3-4000M 2.4GHz
Brand new 8GB RAM, Premium quality from Komputer Bay
Brand new 128GB SSD, High performance model
Brand new DVDRW 8X speed
Windows 10 Pro v1909 x64, Legal copy from factory with product key sticker
Brand new HD 15.6-inch display
Brand new 4 hr. battery
Brand new UK keyboard
Connections: (1) VGA, (1) HDMI, (2) USB 3.0, (1) USB 2.0, (1) RJ45,
(1) 4-in-1 SD Card Reader, BT
Brand new Stereo speakers by Dolby
Integrated 720p HD Webcam & Dual Noise-Cancelling Microphones
Price: €400. Has 90 day hardware guaranty from Lenovo. Buyer collects in Torrox Costa.
Contact Naythan: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com or 675 993 069 (no calls answered before 11am, missed calls returned asap)

 

Mum’s cafe and Tea Room: Starting this week we have a new Breakfast menu serving from 10.30am to 1pm. You can choose from
Meal 1- Toast with butter & jam or marmalade, tea or coffee & a glass of orange juice for 4€.
Meal 2 – toast or baguette with chopped tomatoes, tea or coffee & a glass of orange juice for 4€.
Meal 3 – an oven toasted croissant with ham & cheese, tea or coffee & a glass of orange juice for 4.50€.
Meal 4 – A bacon sandwich with red or brown sauce, tea or coffee & a glass of orange juice for 4.50€
Meal 5 – Bacon & scrambled egg on toast with red or brown sauce, tea or coffee & a glass of orange juice for 5.00€
Find us in Torrox Costa, Avenida El Faro towards the lighthouse. Contact on – gizmo.73 @ icloud .com

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Pram “Chicco” only used by visiting grandchildren, 25 euro.
-Child’s car seat, 25 euros.
We live in Torrox Campo and can arrange to meet.
E-mail: mariaispanien@hotmail.com
WhatsApp: 0034-626683359.
Telephone: 0034-951067797

 

Recommendations & Requests

 

MS sufferer seeks insurance: Woman with Multiple Sclerosis seeks Spanish Health Insurance.
My UK wife suffers from MS and we are trying to get Residencia for her, which requires her to have health insurance in Spain. She has been refused insurance by six Spanish companies because of her MS. She is not yet 65 and is not eligible for an S1 from the UK. Does anyone know of an MS sufferer who has managed to get health insurance in Spain and if so which company provided this? Please email Bill at
billbroc@hotmail.com or call on (+34) 633 146 152

 

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.

 

Social media sites include Facebook and Whatsapp go down for hours: A message shown to users trying to access Facebook read: “Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minute.” Downdetector.co.uk reported over 7700 complaints that Facebook was down in the UK with the outage beginning at about 10am this morning and lasting four hours. Social media users also flooded Twitter with posts to complain that they could not access the other social websites.
Source: https://global247news.com/2020/07/28/social-media-sites-include-facebook-and-whatsapp-go-down-for-hours/

 

Spain reports over one million job losses during coronavirus crisis: A quarterly fall of this scale was not even recorded during the worst months of the 2008 global recession. The entire second quarter reflected the impact of the coronavirus crisis, unlike the first quarter, which included the first two weeks of March before the declaration of the state of alarm. According to the EPA, a total of 3.37 million people are unemployed in Spain, the unemployment rate is 15.3%, and the workforce has fallen to 18.6 million. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-07-28/spain-reports-over-one-million-job-losses-during-coronavirus-crisis.html

 

UK advises against non-essential travel to Spain, including the islands:
Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez has called Britain’s quarantine requirement “not well adjusted” to the epidemiological situation in the country. The decision to extend the recommendation against non-essential travel to all of the country, including the Balearic and Canary islands, is expected to lead to thousands of more holiday cancellations to Spain and devastate Spain’s already ailing tourism industry. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-07-28/uk-advises-against-non-essential-travel-to-spain-including-the-islands.html

 

Andalucia Reduces Restaurant Capacity to 60 Per Cent to Try to Combat Covid-19 Spike: The most wide-reaching decision will see the capacity of restaurants cut from 75 to 60 per cent and table sizes reduced from 25 to 12 whilst nightclubs will need to keep a register of guests details so that they may be contacted in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus.
Once again, the ordering of drinks at bars has been banned and drinks will have to be ordered at a pre-assigned table. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/28/andalucia-reduces-restaurant-capacity-to-60-per-cent-to-try-to-combat-covid-19-spike/

 

Costa del Sol’s Police Tighten Controls and Checkpoints to Stop Cars:
Police presence on the Costa del Sol is booming as the streets of Fuengirola are reportedly flooded with patrol cars and check-points. Now the Costa del Sol’s police tighten controls and checkpoints to make sure all citizens are wearing a mask, and if they are not, to see if they are in the same family.
Please make sure that you all wear a mask when you are travelling with one, or more, passengers in your car, who do not all officially live at the same address. According to news sources, the police have been seen in various parts of the Costa del Sol conducting checkpoints to strictly ensure that this rule is being enforced. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/27/costa-del-sols-police-tighten-controls-and-checkpoints-to-stop-cars/

 

If you think WhatsApp is private and secure, think again: Here is well known industry insider and cyber security expert Nick Espinosa reporting on what is being discussed at recent tech conferences regarding WhatsApp. Facebook has plans to scan everything you put on WhatsApp (and are probably already doing so)…in order to protect you! Nick is a nationally recognized speaker, member of the Forbes Technology Council, TEDx Speaker and award winning co-author of a bestselling book “Easy Prey” among many other credentials. For better security have a look at Signal, or for business use look at Wickr
WhatsApp Fun Facts:
-Your Chats Are At Risk. Although WhatsApp says that their messages are “end to end encrypted” that only applies to the message while it is momentarily in transit. Since WhatsApp messages are saved forever in the WhatsApp/Fakebook servers un-encrypted, they’re vulnerable. Rogue Facebook and WhatsApp employees who need a financial bonus have access to your data and sell it to unscrupulous buyers of which there is no shortage. Even Police, tax collectors and insurance companies have been known to buy this info to spy on individuals and businesses. Scammers also you this info, for example, when pretending to be your bank, to provide you private details to convince you to trust them.
-Deleted Messages Can Be Easily Read. When you delete a message, WhatsApp doesn’t remove it, instead WhatsApp hides the message and covers it with a label that says “? This message was deleted.” The message stays on the recipient’s device and a simple tool named WAMR (WhatsApp Message Recovery) can be used to read that deleted message with ease. Think the ‘Clear All Chat’ option will save you? It will not. All deleted messages are also backed up to the cloud, where it stays forever, accessable by WhatsApp and Facebook employees and their 3rd party contractors.
-Your Meta Data Is Shared. WhatsApp shares it’s users’ metadata with Fakebook and other companies. Information such as the person with whom you chat, how often you chat and which group chats you are a member of is all saved forever and shared. Metadata is also kept on your device unencrypted, visable by hackers. This data gives hugely valuable information about your network of acquaintances and the patterns of your life.
References:
https://www.bbb.org/article/scams/20246-scam-alert-scammers-target-new-victims-using-whatsapp
https://www.mobisium.com/tech/technology/8-reasons-why-you-should-stop-using-whatsapp/
https://www.slashgear.com/you-should-stop-using-whatsapp-right-now-02586098/
https://www.techlegends.in/stop-using-whatsapp/
https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/why-you-shouldnt-use-whatsapp-anymore/1431864/
https://lifehacker.com/stop-using-whatsapp-if-you-care-about-your-privacy-1825719172
https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/whatsapp-scam-posing-technical-team-verification-codes-2236497

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/

 

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USD>EUR

 

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

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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