DigameXtra No. 1817 Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2020

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

For the new official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


Dana & Gianni in concert: Mis Tapitas, located in Puente Don Manuel, present: Dana & Gianni in concert. Saturday 19th of December from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. A musical journey with the most beautiful international and original songs (including Christmas carols), chosen and interpreted with love and personality, singing in four languages. An exciting experience since each interpretation is unique and unrepeatable. The concert is in 432hz tuning, also called Aurea. We wait you to share a moment of enjoyment, happiness, good food and drinks. For info and booking call: 675 66 00 22
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Solidarity Concert in the Church of El Salvador Nerja: “More than 140 families in a situation of request for help due to serious economic difficulties due to business closures due to CORONAVIRUS”
Reading this news deeply moved us and made us take out and clean our tools – art and culture – stored since March, and get ‘down to work’.
The orchestral project “Málaga Camerata” arises from the concern of young musicians to create a space where they can enhance their aspects as ensemble instrumentalists, within an orderly and professional work environment.
Since its foundation, it has been made up of a stable staff of about 20 members. The number is due precisely to the fact that there is a special interest in reproducing classicism and pre-romantic music, with the greatest possible similarity in terms of training.
We know that we cannot help everyone; But we can get 20 of these families to celebrate Christmas this year as well. It is a challenge and it is possible, with your help 20 families can!
Day and hour: December 20 – 1’30pm
Place: Iglesia de El Salvador – Nerja
Address: Paseo de El Balcón de Europa
Donation: 25’00€
Booking: 690073871 / ventana.abierta.acp@gmail.com
Web: www.ventana-abierta.es


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DoctorLaptop’s Laptop Tuneup Special: Now until the new year, a full maintenance service for only €50.
If you rely on your laptop for school, shopping or communications and want it running at peak performance, an annual professional servicing is necessary. This is especially true in these current times where people have their laptops on all day. You wouldn’t drive your car till it runs out of oil before servicing it, would you? If you did, the repair would be far more than the cost of the oil change you neglected. Same thing with computers, and laptops in particular.
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Move a caravan: Hi am looking for help finding a company to move a static caravan from a campsite. The van is 12 ft x 35 ft. Probably needs to to be craned off onto a flatbed truck.
Anybody know a company or business that could do this?
Thanks in advance. Margaret, Valle Niza
What’s app 00353866077105. Or email


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Beautiful good quality red leather corner sofa with adjustable headrests purchased from muebles piramides Measurements Width 300cms Depth 160cms Height 70cms Price 250€
-Microwave. Price 25€
-Beautiful storage box. Measurements Width122cms Depth 57cms Height 48cms Price 225€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale, 3 items:
-Bench kitchen radio – unused – €30
-Mens’ aftershave – unused – €20
-Wet & dry shaving set – unused – €30
Contact: carolDOTbausa@yahooDOTcom
Buyer collects, Carol, Caleta


For Sale, 2 items:
-LG 32″ Smart television. Perfect in every way. Wonderful picture! Five years old. Selling because I need a larger one.
-An LG sound bar. As new. €50
Pamela. Algarrobo. 609040709 WhatsApp.


Recommendations & Requests


Barbecue: My favourite restaurateur, Joaquin, is having an open air barbecue at the Caracoles restaurant on the Torrox to Frigiliana road. Sunday 20th December at 13.00, there is a bus service he is putting on from Nerja, live music, as much food and drink as you can manage for 20 euros per head. We have had various tapas lunches there and I’m sure this will be an excellent day out. Tel. 952 00 9599 or 696 89 60 59.
Submitted by Margaret, Torrox, mariordanATaolD0Tcom
(Since this is not submitted by the restaurant management, I strongly suggest you call to confirm this event. -Ed.)


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For the new official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


Google sees major services outages two days in a row: Google has been having a rough time this week with service outages. It has now had two days, maybe even three days depending on who you ask, of major downtime.
On Monday, Google’s authentication system went down for about an hour, taking down Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Docs, and most other Google services. Google blamed the outage on “an internal storage quota issue,” which sounds a lot like Google ran out of storage space.
On Tuesday, Gmail started having problems again, which Google’s status dashboard described as “a significant subset of users… seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior.” Many reports, like this one from TechCrunch, said emails were instantly bouncing. Rival email service ProtonMail even says some emails sent to Gmail have been “permanently lost” and will need to be sent again.
Google’s Gmail status dashboard says any problems were resolved yesterday (12/15) just before 10pm ET, but this morning there are still reports of disrupted service in the comments on DownDetector. In particular, users who access Gmail through third-party clients seem to be having problems. Full article: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/12/google-sees-major-services-outages-two-days-in-a-row/?


Brits returning to Spain in New Year warned to carry residency proof: Travellers from the UK look set to be included in the EU’s ban on non-essential travel after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st and those travelling ‘home’ for Christmas been advised to carry proof of residency in Spain to ensure a smooth return in the New Year. Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20201216/brits-returning-to-spain-in-new-year-warned-to-carry-residency-proof


Junta orders mass Covid-19 screening tests in 32 municipalities across whole of Andalucía: The regional government has confirmed the locations but not yet announced the dates. The Junta de Andalucía has ordered new coronavirus screening sessions in 32 municipalities across the eight provinces of the region as the battle to get the virus under control continues.
In Malaga province the mass tests will take place in the towns of Humilladero and Benamocarra – although dates have not yet been confirmed.
Screening sessions are also planned for Iznájar in Cordoba and the Sevillian municipalities of Tomares, Castilblanco de los Arroyos and La Luisiana.
In Jaén the municipalities of Fuensanta de Martos, Ibros, Cazorla and La Higuera have been selected.
Virus testing will also be carried out in municipalities in the Alto Andarax region in the province of Almería. Specifically in Alboloduy, Alhabia, Alicún, Almócita, Aisdodux, Beires, Bentarique, Canjáyar, Huécija, Íllar, Instinción, Ohanes, Padules, Ragol, Santa Cruz de Marchena, Santa Fe de Mondújar, Terque and Pechina.
In the province of Cádiz screenings will be carried out in Algodonales, as well as in the Huelva municipalities of Villalba del Alcor and Isla Cristina.
Finally, the Junta’s Ministry of Health has announced that mass tests will be carried out in Granada capital, in the health districts of Zaidín Centro, Salvador Caballero, Góngora and Almanjáyar.
Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202012/16/junta-orders-mass-covid-20201216104600.html


Coronavirus vaccines due to arrive in Spain from January 4, says health minister: Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Monday that the first coronavirus vaccines could start arriving in Spain “from January 4 or 5,” once the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves a vaccine candidate. The EMA is likely to approve the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech by December 29 at the latest. This vaccine has already been approved for use in the United Kingdom, which began vaccinating priority groups last week.
Spain could start administering the vaccine early next month. Illa said that the “specific calendar” will depend on final approval by the EMA, which will meet in 15 days to analyze the Pfizer vaccine, and again on January 12 to do the same with Moderna’s. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-12-14/coronavirus-vaccines-due-to-arrive-in-spain-from-january-4-says-health-minister.html


Strike forces closure of almost half of the ITV vehicle testing stations in Malaga province: Stoppages have been called by the UGT union for every Wednesday in December to protest the ‘deterioration’ of the vehicle technical inspection company Veiasa.
Four of the nine ITV vehicle testing stations in the province of Malaga have been closed this Wednesday during the second strike called by the UGT for every Wednesday in December.
Another four of the UK MOT-equivalent test centres were working at a reduced capacity as workers protest the blocking of collective agreement negotiations and restructuring of the workforce by the public company Veiasa.
The strikes resulted in the El Viso (Malaga city), Marbella, Mijas and Ronda sites fully closing.
Meanwhile the Algarrobo and Guadalhorce test centres were operating at 60 per cent of capacity, Antequera (50 per cent) and El Palo (30 per cent). Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202012/16/strike-forces-closure-almost-20201216190421.html


UPDATE- New rules on pet travel as UK granted ‘listed status’ by EU: The rules for travellers bringing pets from the UK into the EU will change in January but the decision to grant the UK ‘listed status’ means things won’t be as complicated as they might have been. Here’s what we know so far about the new rules. Continue reading at: https://www.thelocal.es/20201214/update-new-rules-on-pet-travel-as-uk-granted-listed-status-by-eu


Is 5G secure? New 5G Network Flaws Let Attackers Track Users’ Locations and Steal Data: Shortcomings that could lead to the disclosure of unique subscriber identifiers and profile information, and even the use of Internet services at a user’s expense without their knowledge are possible. (These problems are on the network level, so there is not much users can do about it. If you are concerned about making secure transactions and communications, you should use your 3G or 4G internet connection for those tasks. -Ed.) Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2020/12/new-5g-network-flaws-let-attackers.html


Age in Spain launches new telephone befriending service: Friendline is a telephone friendship service that connects people who want to rekindle the joy of chatting to a friend with volunteers willing to give a little bit of their time on a regular basis. Reaching out and volunteering for Friendline can give an older person something new to look forward to in their week and help them avoid the negative effects of loneliness and isolation. If you live in Spain and are interested in joining Friendline then get in touch using the link below.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/16/age-in-spain-launches-new-telephone-befriending-service/


Health ‘closes’ Tenerife for 15 days to prevent the spread of Covid: The Government of the Canary Islands has announced this Wednesday new measures to stop the advance of Covid-19 on the island of Tenerife. The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has reported that Tenerife will be closed for the next 15 days, both for entries and exits. Torres has also announced that the curfew is being brought forward at 10:00 p.m. and meetings are restricted to six people. These measures have been taken after the daily data of new cases has tripled since last September, according to the president of the regional Executive. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/health-closes-tenerife-for-15-days-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid/


Ransomware Alert by DoctorLaptop: I don’t know if it is related to the problems Google has been having for the last 2 days, but tonight while using Chrome browser on Windows 10 to access Microsoft’s game site ZoneCasino.Vegasworld.com, I encountered a malware attack from the famous and very dangerous “CEBER” family of ransomware. This ransomware is well known for locking users out of their computers and demanding huge sums for the unlock key. If you fail to pay the ransom in 3 days it deletes all your data!
It has been a few years since I have seen an active ransomware attack here in Spain, although I do see pieces of incomplete, inactive ransomware occasionally on client’s computers, lying in wait for the other pieces it needs before initiating an attack. What I encountered was a strong one, arriving complete rather than in parts, downloading onto my laptop without permission as soon as I opened the games website, and immediately attacking on 3 levels simultaneously. Fortunately Windows Security caught the attack, eliminated the threats and alerted me it had removed the threats and suggested I do a full system scan to be sure all malware was gone. I don’t often praise Microsoft, but in this case their security program performed in impressive fashion.
In any case, if you encounter a similar ransomware alert from Windows Security, you probably don’t need to do anything, it will have been fixed by the time you get the alert, but do a Full Scan with Windows Security to be on the safe side. However, if the alert asks you if you want to remove the threat, do so.
Everyone using Windows 10 should confirm their ransomware protection is turned on- go to Settings>Update&Security>Windows Security>Virus&Threat Protection, then scroll down to Ransomware Protection, click on Manage Ransomware Protection, and there find Controlled Folder Access and be sure it is turned on (see pic).
This could be a dangerous trend if Microsoft’s own websites are getting hacked and spreading ransomware.
If you are a victim of ransomware it will lock your screen with a ransom message. Force the computer off using the Power button, and get it to me ASAP, within 24 hrs is best if I am to successfully recover the system, as I will be working against the clock, so to speak. The best protection, as always, is to keep your data backed up onto another device or the cloud.


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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

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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/
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