DigameXtra No. 1909 Thursday, March 25th, 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/



Naythan publishes his 1000th issue, #1909, in just 1 day!
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 – 19 Donations Totaling €425 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)
Monday, March 22nd = €10 (Torrox/Cash) + €15 (Torrox Park) + €20 (Mijas) + €15 (Motril)
Tuesday, March 23rd = €50 (Benajarafe/Cash) + €20 (R.H., no location given)
Wednesday, March 24th = €15 (H.A., no location given)

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Easter Holiday Info for Andalucia:
There is some confusion over the “holiday bridges” and which of these will be “bank holidays”.
Will Easter Sunday will “bridge” to a bank holiday on Easter Monday? Most sources say yes.
Does Palm Sunday “bridge” to make Monday March 29th a holiday? No sources mention this.
If anyone has a definitive source with accurate bank holiday info, please send me the link to it.
So far, this is what I have found.
-March 28, Palm Sunday
-April 1, La festividad del Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)
-April 2, El Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
– April 4, Easter Sunday
-April 5, Easter Monday


Daylight Savings Time 2021 Spain:
The Time Change from Winter Time to Daylight Savings Time will take place in Spain on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2 in the morning. The clock jumps forward from 2 to 3 am.
Source: https://www.timechange.info/spain-2021/


Hola from Bio Beach Club in El Morche:
We are planning a series of programs to be offered to the community in El Morche the first 2 Wednesdays of the month at 11am, starting in April in Bio Beach Club, behind the church.
We aim to encourage people to join us, to have a fun place to meet, and to be enriched with interesting and intellectually stimulating exchanges and activities.
Hence, we are also looking for volunteers to present a topic as we would like to create a speakers’ bureau. We invite you to send us your ideas as well. We’ll offer PowerPoint presentations, a monthly quiz, trivia mornings, mini language sessions in Spanish, English and French depending on interest, Spanish culture and history, musings on the Mona Lisa, reflections on aspects of Cervantes’s Quixote, memoir writing workshops with writing prompts, explorations in Poetry where you can discover new poets, etc. The sessions will be brain tonics and will be presented in English and Spanish.
We will have a general meeting and chat over coffee on Wednesday April 7 at 11am to see how many people would be interested in signing up for a specific topic. Please send your input or questions to norma at norma2kk@aol.com. Gracias!


Aintree Ladies Day: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Location- The Fountain Nerja
Two days of Racing starting with the 9th April
Aintree Ladies Day, Dress up ladies!
Pimms, Cava & Bucks Fizz available plus complimentary canapés.
Calle Pintada 22, Local 4, Nerja
A hidden bar in the heart of Nerja with a secluded patio serving selected quality wines, beers and cocktails accompanied by our unique range of snacks. Photo:FB.  FB Page


The Best Of Blues with Richard Ray Farrell Acoustic:
Sat., April 17th, 7pm. Casa De La Cultura De Almuñecar.
Calle Puerta de Granada, 5, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada
Tix 12€ at Casa Cultura or Viajes Ecuador.
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Yoga Monte Alegre (Campo Torrox): Currently 2 Places available, every Tuesday 09:45 -11:15 am (90 minutes, 10€)
Ongoing course / small international group / open air location
Language of instruction is Spanish but individual additions can be made in German and English if required (a good basic vocabulary is enough – no need to worry!)
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This class will integrate conscious breath with dynamic movement to build strength, endurance and flexibility – physically as well as mentally!
The practice is flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instructions to keep it save and approachable for different levels.
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Lamp. Very good condition oval shape lamp and all working well. 49.5h x 35w x 15.5d cm. Reduced to 10€ light bulb included.
Mark, Torrox 617 820 002 (also on whatsapp).


For Sale, 2 ladders:
-Wooden step ladder with stable bar, 1.45Meters or 57″.
-Wooden ladder 3.17 meters or 10ft 5″ rubber feet.
Both hand made 30euros each or 50euros the pair. Buyer collects. Marilyn from Triana near Trapichie.
marilyn.boakes@btinternet dot com


For Sale, 2 items:
-Sofabed, in good condition. Size 150 x 190 cm. €50
-Blender, no brand. with glass top. €10
Brit F., location is carretera Torrox-Competa, close to Pavo Real.


For Sale: Men’s Mountain bicycle. In good condition and used regularly up until last year. Only needs a service. 125€
Anthea. Torrox pueblo


Wanted: Sewing Machine. I am looking for a sewing machine in good working order.Anyone out there with one for sale. Mine has just died on me in the middle of a project. Please email or WhatsApp me.
maundfitch @ gmail . com (Remember to remove spaces ) or phone 677322169. Torrox campo. Sue.


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Mark, Torrox


News & Articles

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Andalusia returns to 1,000 coronavirus cases per day unable to leave the plateau: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated 24/03/2021 13:28
-Andalusia has once again reached a thousand cases of coronavirus infection. On Wednesday, the region reported 1,032 cases, a figure very similar to the one reported on the same day last week, when 955 positive cases were recorded. The evolution of the pandemic continues to draw a curve that meanders in growth and very slight drops in the data.
-In any case, the weeks in this plateau in which the community is installed do not seem to change. Monday and Tuesday around 500 cases and on Wednesday back to 1,000. This is also what is happening this week, which is good because it means that the dreaded fourth wave has not arrived. But it is bad at the same time because this stagnation of data occurs when the pandemic data are high and hospital occupancy is still above a thousand people.
-Where there does seem to be a slight improvement is in the number of deaths from the coronavirus. The Consejería de Salud y Familias has reported 22 deaths from Covid-19, half as many as on the same day last week. This was also the case yesterday, when 41 deaths were reported, half the 82 reported on Tuesday of the previous week.
-It seems that the community has found a floor in the number of deaths. It would make sense because it is in this parameter that the downward curve is finally noticeable. After having stabilised in terms of infections, admissions and the cumulative incidence rate, the plateau could also be reached in the number of deaths caused by the pandemic.
-Because the cumulative incidence, like the number of positives, has remained unchanged at around 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for weeks. Today it is 119, but yesterday it was 120. A week later the same thing is happening and Andalusia has not managed to drop below 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
*Hospitalised by Covid*
-In hospitals, meanwhile, the rate of reduction of hospital admissions is increasingly slower. In fact, this Wednesday there have only been 21 discharges, the lowest figure for a Wednesday in many weeks. Thus, today there are 1,060 hospitalised due to coronavirus.
-In the ICU, according to data from the Department of Health and Families, the situation is also slowing down. This Wednesday, 259 people have been reported admitted to intensive care, only one less than yesterday.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-vuelve-casos-diarios-coronavirus-incapaz-salir-meseta-202103241215_noticia.html


Spain lifts UK flight restrictions from 30 March: Spain will lift the restrictions imposed since the end of December on flights from the United Kingdom on 30 March, although it will maintain the restrictions for those arriving from Brazil and South Africa in order to prevent the entry of coronavirus variants from these countries.
The existing restrictions mean that flights from any airport in the United Kingdom to any Spanish airport – with or without intermediate stops – can only carry Spanish or Andorran nationals, or legal residents in Spain or Andorra.
Now, in theory, with the lifting of the Spanish restrictions UK tourists could also come to Spain, and not just residents.
However, the British Government has announced measures to the contrary and Health Minister Matt Hancock has indicated that from next week fines of up to £5,000 (6,000 euros) could be imposed on Britons travelling abroad for holidays and without “good reason”. The penalty is included in legislation that will be voted on by MPs on Thursday. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202103/23/spain-lifts-flight-restrictions-20210323172234.html


The Junta reveals number of Andalusians who have declined their Covid-19 jab: This Tuesday regional government spokesman Elías Bendodo revealed the number of Andalusians who have refused to be vaccinated. So far, there are 8,562 people who have not wanted a jab – a figure of 0.68 per cent – according to Bendodo. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/24/junta-reveals-number-andalusians-20210324115840.html


Spain’s tourism sector fears that government aid will arrive so late that it will have no effect this summer: Employers have also demanded that the ERTE furlough scheme be extended until the end of the year and layoffs be allowed: “I prefer an operating company with eight workers than a shut down one with 10,” said the CEOE trade body president. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202103/24/spain-tourism-sector-fears-20210324124319.html


Merkel Asks Forgiveness As Easter Virus Plan Falls Apart: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday admitted a failed Easter virus shutdown plan was “my mistake” and asked the public to forgive her, in a rare climbdown amid massive criticism of the government’s pandemic response.
Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states had agreed at marathon talks on Monday that almost all shops were to be closed on April 1-5, with only grocers allowed to open on Saturday April 3.
But they decided at a crisis meeting called by Merkel on Wednesday to scrap that measure, instead appealing to the public to stay home over the Easter weekend. Full article: https://www.ibtimes.com/merkel-asks-forgiveness-easter-virus-plan-falls-apart-3168368


Hundreds of fleeceware apps on Google and Apple stores:
Fleeceware apps aren’t technically malware as they don’t contain malicious code, steal data, or attempt to hijack devices. This allows them to circumvent the Play Store and App Store vetting processes. What they do have, however, is obscenely high subscription fees.
Most of these apps entice people into signing up by offering a three-day free trial. Once that ends, users are charged a high, recurring fee. The makers rely on people forgetting to cancel or assuming that uninstalling the app will stop the charges.
The apps are predominantly related to astrology, horoscopes, musical lessons, photo/filter software, QR/PDF scanners, and video editing. While they do tend to perform their primary functions, similar and usually better alternatives are available for free or at a low, one-off price. Most fleeceware charges users between $4 to $12 per week, though this can reach $66 per week in some cases, equalling $3,432 per year.
As they aren’t malware, the apps can advertise on social networks, making them appear more credible, especially to younger users.
What to do if you have installed fleeceware? Once the test is over, users are charged a recurring subscription fee, even if they have removed the app, until they unsubscribe in their device’s app store settings.
How to avoid getting tricked into installing rouge apps?
Although subscriptions are frequent in app stores, Avast recommends “be careful” with applications that offer free trials for very short periods, for example, less than a week.
These ‘fleeceware’ ‘apps’ are actively advertised on major social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. Therefore, above all, it is advisable to maintain “skepticism” with the viral ads of applications.
Also, it is important to read the fine print. “A closer look it will probably reveal the true price of the application “, they indicate from the cybersecurity company. It is advisable to pay” special attention “to the section ‘Purchases within the application’.
And make sure that the payment methods used are blocked by a password or a biometric security system. “This can also avoid accidental subscriptions by children “, conclude from Avast.
https://www.techspot.com/news/89035-hundreds-fleeceware-apps-google-apple-stores-have-made.html (Most of this article)
https://spainsnews.com/the-trick-of-free-applications-that-make-the-user-pay-almost-3000-euros-a-year/ (Last 2 paragraphs)


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?

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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/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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