DigameXtra No. 1906 Monday, March 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 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.  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

 

DIGAMEXTRA DONATION DRIVE – ONLYDAYS LEFT !!!

Naythan publishes his 1000th issue, #1909, in just 4 days!
My how time flies.
To recognize this occasion, for the days leading up to that 1000th issue, DigameXtra is having a fund raising drive to help cover some recent equipment expenses.

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Daily Donations Tally – 13 Donations Totaling €280 So Far
Monday, March 15th = €30 (Competa)
Tuesday, March 16th = €15 (Torrox Campo)
Wednesday, March 17th = €50 (Rincon de la Victoria) + €15 (Caleta de Velez)
Thursday, March 18 = €10 (Competa) + €10 (Canillas de Aceituno?) + €20 (Cash) + €5 (Cash)
Friday, March 19th = €50 (Vinuela/Cash)
Saturday, March 20th = €25 (Torrox) + €25 (Competa)
Sunday, March 21st = €10 (Cajiz/Cash) + €15 (Caleta de Velez)

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Phoenix Club: Our social club is open for coffee, cake and a chat but due to restrictions, all our trips are on hold until further notice.
We are collecting foodstuffs for the Spanish Red Cross on a weekly basis, so if you can add a couple of items to your weekly shop and bring it down to us, it would be very much appreciated. They really need baby food, nappies and foodstuffs such as rice, flour and pasta.
We are selling off all our books and DVDs at 4 for €1. Our books are languishing and crying out to be read. We also have jigsaws for sale at €1 each. Come along and pick up a bargain on any Tuesday
Our greetings cards are for sale on the first Tuesday of every month, all handmade so if you are looking for a beautiful handmade card, pop along and have a look.
We meet at La Vega bar and restaurant every Tuesday and you can find the bar just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are now open from 11.30 – 1pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information

 

CAS Charity Quiz Night: Hello everyone,
It’s that time again to clear out the cobwebs from the old grey matter and join in with our quiz.
All proceeds go to the Costa Animal Society to help the abandoned and sick animals here in Nerja.
We will be starting at 7:00pm in Fitzgerald’s Bar underneath SuperSol at the roundabout in Calle Antonio Ferrandis Chanquete.
Tickets are €5 each and are available in the shop, Fitzgerald’s or contact Jane on +34 6435 15428 Max 4 members per team. tim.netting@gmail.com 

 

Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar April coming events Press Release:
Every Monday – Craft Group. Join friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The craft group will be making cards in various styles including Iris paper folding and Decoupage and other projects. Time 10.00 – 13.00 in the Centre. 5€ or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 4€. Proceeds for fundraising.
-Every Monday – Knitting & Crochet Group. Come along to learn how to knit or crochet or just join a group of like minded individuals to help make items for people in need and for different charities. New members are very welcome and donations of wool, especially dark colours. Time 10.30 to 13.00 in the Centre.
-Every Wednesday – Art Group. Join friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Art group meets and helps each other with various forms of art, water colours, pastels etc. Following health guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask. Time 10.00 – 13.00 at the Centre. 5€ or with Friends of Lux Mundi Card 4€. Proceeds for fundraising.
-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, pick up the free newspapers. 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 2nd April – The Centre is closed except for the Anglican Evangelical religious service ´The Hour before the Cross´. Time 14.00 to 15.00.
-Friday 30th April – Taizé Prayer at the San Andrés Parish Church in Torre del Mar. Time 20.45. 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 and Wednesday 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, Torre del Mar Tel. 952 543 334
E-mail: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org

 

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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.

 

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.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
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Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
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.

 

Worker required: SPW Construction are currently looking for someone to join our team to help with gardening duties. Experience of local gardens would be useful, own transport essential. Good rates of pay and pleasant working conditions
Please reply to scottparkwilsonatyahoodotcodotuk or tel 622938440

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Real Estate / Inmobiliaria
Rental apartment available for winter let.
Lovely Penthouse apartment in El Morche, available from October 2021 until April 2022.
-Two bedrooms
-Secure parking
-Large sunny roof terrace
-Two minute walk to the beach
Minimum 3 months rental.
€550 per month plus electricity usage. No agency fee to pay.
BB/Selling a property or have a property you are thinking of renting out?/BB
Please contact us for a no obligation chat Email: info@blucee.com
Phone or WhatsApp us on +34 711 04 27 27
Please contact us we would love to help you.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, covering Axarquia, Malaga to Nerja and the Costa Tropical.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
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For Sale, 2 items:
-Metal gates H 2mtrs x w 140. Complete ready for fixing. 70 euros. Buyer collects.
-Beautiful decorated box, size 80 x 60 x120. The year 1754 inscribed on lid. Solid oak. 480 euros. More pics on request.
Buyer collects. Marilyn from Triana near Trapichie.
Email: marilyn.boakes at btinternet.com

 

For Sale: Chairs. I have 6 chairs as in photo for sale. Seats in perfect condition. Will sell as a set €30 or seperately €6 each. Buyer collects. Almayate village.
Jean, WhatsApp 634332789

 

For Sale: Canon camera. Bought 15-01-2020. Now for sale.
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Bridge camera with 20.3 MP.
Huge 65x optical zoom.
Fully articulating, rotatable and swivelling 7.5 cm LCD screen.
4k video, WiFi.
Great for wildlife filming.
Watch “Introducing the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Camera” on YouTube https://youtu.be/oIC5zTZL-1
There are many reviews on YouTube.
Comes with 2xbatteries, battery charger, 64 GB Card, User Guide, Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Camera Bag.
€245
Reason for sale; I’ve moved to an interchangeable lens camera
Call Damien 642 187 815 also on WhatsApp.
Email. damiengaked@hotmail.com

 

Wanted: Single plain light wooden headboard. I am in need of a plain single wooden headboard for a spare bed, if anyone can please help me contact on  620626127 or
email: p dot Claridge at yahoo dot com
P. Claridge, Frigiliana.

 

News & Articles

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Andalusia Covid Update: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
Updated 21/03/2021, 19:22
-Andalusia has registered 746 daily cases of coronavirus this Sunday 21 March, a lower figure than that recorded last Sunday (842), according to data provided by the Ministry of Health and Families. This is the lowest figure since 27 September, when the same number of deaths was also recorded. A lower figure is that of the 13th of the same month, when there were no deaths. However, it should be remembered that the death toll drops considerably on weekends as reporting slows, rising again on Tuesdays.
-The cumulative incidence rate for the autonomous community has risen for the second day to 122 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, 2.3 points higher than the day before and 0.5 points higher than last Sunday’s rate of 121.5.
-This day’s 746 cases come after 1,179 on Saturday, 958 on Friday, 1,066 on Thursday, 955 on Wednesday, 445 on Tuesday, 480 on Monday and 842 on Sunday.
-Seville is the province with the most positive cases this Sunday with 173, closely followed by Granada with 148, Almeria with 130, Malaga with 87, Cadiz with 77, Cordoba with 47, Jaen with 45 and Huelva with 39. The two deaths are registered in Cadiz and Malaga.
-On Sunday, Andalusia recorded 1,013 patients hospitalised for coronavirus, 29 fewer than on Saturday and 93 fewer than a week ago, of whom 259 are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), five fewer than the day before and 22 fewer than seven days ago. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-registra-solo-fallecidos-covid-cifra-no-veia-desde-septiembre-202103211314_noticia.html

 

Covid News- Romania has record numbers of patients in ICUs:
Romania on Sunday recorded its highest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units since the pandemic began. But despite the pressure on Romania’s health care system, Prime Minister Florin Citu insisted that a strict national lockdown won’t be enforced. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/world-news-mumbai-india-coronavirus-pandemic-coronavirus-vaccine-a2dc6a4101380d4b633c4eb53770fa3d

 

Spanish regulators ban £51 nasal spray that studies show may cut the risk of catching Covid ‘because there is no proof it is safe’: Spanish drug regulators have banned the sale of a readily-available nasal spray touted as a potential coronavirus treatment.
The Taffix spray, sold in a pack of four for £51, was credited with preventing dozens of Jews from catching Covid at a religious festival in Israel last year. A study by Nasus, the Israeli biomedical firm which makes the spray, and scientists from the University of Haifa and the University of Virginia, followed 243 people who attended a Jewish new year festival last September in the city of Bney Brak, four miles (6.3km) east of Tel Aviv. None of the 81 Jews who used the spray properly got infected, compared to 16 in the other group who did.
The spray, which provides enough for 200 pumps in each bottle, is said to coat the inside of the nose in an acidic powder that makes it difficult for viral particles to penetrate.
But despite its promise, Spain’s medical regulator, the Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), has banned its sale on the basis there was ‘not enough clinical evidence’ it was effective.
The UK’s medicines regulator said it was also reviewing the nasal spray.
Taffix’s main chemical ingredient hypromellose is often used as an antiseptic before surgery to stop patients from getting infections. The spray, which claims to block 97 per cent of all airborne viruses, has a vital ‘CE mark’, meaning it has been deemed safe to use in Europe. (It appears to be pulled from Amazon, but is still on offer on Ebay. -Ed)
Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9368071/Spanish-regulators-BAN-51-nasal-spray-studies-cut-risk-catching-Covid.html

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine – German team claims to have discovered thrombosis trigger: Researchers at the Greifswald teaching hospital in northern Germany said on Friday that they had discovered the cause of the unusual blood clotting found in some recipients of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) reported.
The investigation showed how the vaccine caused rare thrombosis in the brain in a small number of patients.
The discovery means that targeted treatment can be offered to those who suffer similar clotting, using a very common medication. The researchers emphasized that treatment would only be possible in patients where blood clots appear, rather than as a preventative treatment. The information has been shared with hospitals around Europe.
Symptoms like continuous headache, dizziness or impaired vision lasting more than three days after vaccination need further medical check-ups, according to the German Research Association for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in a statement on the recent findings.
The Greifswald findings have not yet been published in a scientific journal and therefore have not been reviewed by independent experts. The Paul-Ehrlich-Institute in Germany is now looking into the scientists’ work. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/astrazeneca-german-researchers-discover-thrombosis-trigger/ar-BB1eKWJ7

 

DIGAMEXTRA EXCLUSIVE- Andalucia creates new Digital Tech Agency, Located Near the New Google Security Headquarters, What Could Go Wrong?: The Andalucian Government is going to unify their  technology services into a single administrative entity. On the surface that sounds like a good thing considering the government’s notoriously slow administration processes. But there is more to this story when one digs in to it a bit.
Readers will remember that it was reported here a month ago that Google is locating their new worldwide security headquarters in the old Malaga Army Base (DigameXtra 2021/02/14 /#1871). I suggested then that we could expect to see some high-tech programs launched with Malaga as Google’s testing ground.
Now it has been announced that the Digital Agency of Andalucia (Agencia Digital de Andalucía) is being created to coordinate all of Andalucia’s data. That includes a lot of your personal, private info from a variety of the services Andalucia provides: health, financial, legal, etc.
This new agency is moving into a location near the new Google Security Center. Also located in this neighborhood is another new tech arrival; tech firm Dekra has just created their new Global Information Technologies Hub there. This cannot be a mere coincidence, can it?
Here is what Dekra says about itself on it’s homepage, “DEKRA protects people, assets, and our community by providing comprehensive testing, inspection, certification and consulting services around the globe.”
No, it’s not a coincidence; it will probably be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Google and Dekra will offer to manage all of Andalucia’s data collection, organization and storage, as well as testing and inspections of all sorts (personal, business, industrial), and in return all they will want is access to all the data Andalucia has collected on everyone. The Google monster, with its insatiable appetite for ever more data, is now in our backyard.
It will be sold to us with promises of benefits like shorter waits for inspections and appointments, faster processing for payments, documents and applications, and a bunch of other things “for our safety”. At some point you will have to sign a release of some sort, allowing Andalucia to share your data, for you to proceed with whatever official thing you were trying to get done. That is, if they even bother to ask our permission. Most people will sign off on this without hesitation.
What could go wrong?
References:
https://www.dekra.us/en/home-page/
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/malaga/sevi-tecnologia-agencia-digital-andalucia-tendra-sede-malaga-202103200819_noticia.html
https://digamextra.com/2021/02/14/digamextra-no-1871-sunday-feb-14th-2021/
https://digamextra.com/2021/02/21/digamextra-no-1878-sunday-feb-21st-2021/

 

Latest Windows Update Causing Widespread Printer Problems: Many users have reported problems such as APC_INDEX_MISMATCH errors when attempting to print, blue screens, blank print outs, or missing page elements, so the company has decided to stop issuing the KB5001649 update.
No announcement has been made about the move to pull or postpone the rollout of this problematic update, let alone a workaround, but with the sheer number of highly publicized problems that stemmed from its release, the decision to pull it is not in the least surprising. What is surprising- there is no sign of the printer problems being addressed. If you have no other choice, you may have to undo the recent updates to get back to printing. Full article: https://betanews.com/2021/03/21/microsoft-pauses-windows-10-kb5001649-update-rollout/

 

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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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

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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/
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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