DigameXtra No. 1933 Monday, April 19th, 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 are both your local
Ayuntamiento & the Junta de Andalucia’s FB and Twitter pages. @AndaluciaJunta  https://twitter.com/AndaluciaJunta  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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What’s On

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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. The terrace is open with 6 to a table and inside, it is limited to 4 per table.
-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 and we have had new stocks in, from Wilbur Smith, Andy McNab to Stephen Leather, plenty of choice for gentlemen readers. 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.
-Please remember to sanitise your hands on coming in and sign in. Signing in is just a precaution in case I need to contact you. It is mandatory to wear a mask.
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


Services Wanted/Offered

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Landlords, tell your renters about DigameXtra, where they can get overnight answers to questions about local stuff without having to call you!


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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– Installations and Refurbs
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– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
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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.


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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
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€550 per month plus electricity usage. No agency fee to pay.
Selling a property or have a property you are thinking of renting out?
Please contact us for a no obligation chat Email: info@blucee.com
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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: Freezer. 30€. Working order can be seen working. W 78 H 97 D67 Torrox campo km12 tjparton@hotmail.co.uk
Watsap 00447792579150, Tony


For Sale: Fire guard, 3 panels €30, Height 80cm
1x panel 80 x 65cm
2x panels 80 x 30cm
Ring John / Wendy, Benajarafe 711 044 085


For Sale: Mongoose 6061 mountain bike, XL frame and 26″ quick release wheels. New tyres.
See details on mongoose website. (I couldn’t find it. -Ed.)
200 euros. Excellent condition.
marilyn.boakes at btinternet .com


Recommendations & Requests


SPOOKY SPAM- Internet Getting Stranger All The Time: I wanted to let readers know they are not alone if they have noticed an uptick in spooky spam. More spam now addresses you by name, and often mentions both websites you visit as well as the names of your Contacts, possibly pretending to be a Contact. Spam producing is moving to super-computers running Artificial Intelligence (AI), and AI is far more clever than yesterdays spammers on desktop computers, and learns far faster than humans! I expect we’ll see much more of this personalized spam in the coming months.
AI gets the website info from your cookies (see article in section below for more on cookies) and network traffic logs (unless you use a paid VPN).
How do they get the names of your contacts? Most major cloud services, email servers, messenger services and social media hosts have been hacked. Some seem to get hacked monthly. These huge data dumps get sold for a while, then get released for free on the Dark Web.
Now I am going to let you in on a computer industry secret…Many of these big data “hacks” are not attacks by outside forces, even if that is what big tech wants you to believe. These are often inside jobs! Usually it’s a disgruntled ex-employee who still has working admin passwords. Also, many tech workers, as a sort of insurance policy, create a “trapdoor” in projects to ensure continued access to “their projects” in the event they get locked out by their managers. This allows them to retaliate against perceived unfair treatment; companies own the inventions of their employees, who may feel they have not been fairly compensated for a popular, huge-profit generating product they developed, and often get fired when saying so.  This also guaranties a steady stream of network weaknesses for real hackers to exploit. This is an embarrassment for the tech giants so they focus the blame on hackers. -Ed.


News & Articles

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Andalusia reduces 41 hospitalized for coronavirus in a single day: {Translated full article} Updated: 04/18/2021 17: 31
-Andalusia has reported this Sunday 1,457 people hospitalised for coronavirus. That is 41 less than yesterday, when the community recorded 1,498. Moreover, that figure means returning to the numbers of a week ago and is the biggest drop in a single day for almost a month.
-In the ICU there is not such good news. According to reports from the Regional Ministry of Health and Families, Andalusia has 302 hospitalised patients in intensive care this Sunday, eleven more than yesterday, Saturday. The number of people in the ICU for coronavirus has been stagnant for almost two weeks at around 300, a figure that has been around since 5 April.
-As for those vaccinated, the community already has 7 percent of the population immunised against the coronavirus. There are 591,004 people. In addition, 1,017,000 people have at least one dose, i.e. 12 percent of the census.
-Thus, 19 percent of the population is already protected to some degree against the coronavirus thanks to the vaccines, whose campaign began at the end of December last year.
-To this figure must be added those who have passed the disease and generated antibodies. According to health data, these are 440,891 Andalusians, or 5.2 percent of the population. This means that 24.2 percent of Andalusians, or one in four, already have some kind of coverage against Covid-19 infection. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-reduce-41-hospitalizados-coronavirus-solo-202104181209_noticia.html


Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Almería close their bars again today at eight in the afternoon: {Translated, summary} Updated 04/18/2021, 12: 33
-Four Andalusian capitals, Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Almería, will have to close their bars at 8:00 p.m. from this Sunday, April 18, due to the alert level 3.1 or 4.1 in force as a result of the critical situation epidemiological derived from Covid-19 after the decisions adopted by the territorial public health alert committees that met last Thursday in the eight provinces to update the current restrictions by municipalities.
-In addition, the capacity in hotels and restaurants for these cities is limited to 50% indoors on level 3 and 30% on level 4, while on terraces 100% is allowed on level 3 and a maximum of 75% on level 4.
-On the contrary, the other four Andalusian capitals – Cádiz, Huelva, Jaén and Málaga – will maintain the opening hours of bars until 10:30 p.m. by continuing at alert level 2. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-medidas-covid-andalucia-sevilla-cordoba-granada-y-almeria-vuelven-cerrar-bares-ocho-tarde-202104181233_noticia.html


Andalucía Proposes The Compulsory Sterilisation Of Pets:
In a highly controversial move, the Junta de Andalucía has drawn up a preliminary draft of its new animal welfare law which would require pet owners to sterilise all companion animals. The legislation has been welcomed by animal welfare societies and shelters, who want to see the “establishment of guarantees for the sterilization of animals and their purchase, breeding and responsible sale to avoid overpopulation, abandonment and, ultimately, their sacrifice.”
The new draft proposal states that “companion animals that are the object of sale, transfer or donation must be previously sterilised before reaching one year of age and, preferably, before their first heat.” The legislation proposes stricter registering methods for breeders and explicitly prohibits the “reproduction, breeding and sale of companion animals by private persons outside the breeding and sale centres that meet the legal requirements, as well as their transfer or donation without being previously identified and registered in the name of the transmitting person”. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/18/andalucia-proposes-the-compulsory-sterilisation-of-pets/


Racing News- Max Verstappen wins chaotic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton hits trouble: Max Verstappen won a thrilling Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton ran off the road and George Russell and Valtteri Bottas were involved in a huge 200mph crash. Photo: Twitter. Full article: https://www.thenationalnews.com/sport/f1/max-verstappen-wins-chaotic-emilia-romagna-grand-prix-after-lewis-hamilton-hits-trouble-1.1206199


DoctorLaptop’s Tips #89- What are Computer Cookies?
-A computer cookie is a small text file that contains a unique ID tag, placed on the user’s computer by a website. In this file, various information can be stored, and the data retrieved by the cookie’s creator so you can be “tracked”.
-Some cookies are harmless, but others remain active even on websites that they didn’t originate from, gathering information about your behavior- what sites you visit and what you click on and search for. These are called third-party persistent cookies or, more colloquially, tracking cookies. These also can collect your IP address. This allows them to search for other accounts using the same IP address. They then know those accounts are also yours, or those of other people who share your internet connection. This is one way you get spam emails that are related to things you searched for on Google! Tracking users is actually much more invasive, but that is too techy to explain here. (For more info web-search “browser fingerprinting”.)
-Tracking cookies are usually used for advertising purposes, retargeting in particular. Retargeting is a tactic that often relies on tracking cookies to show ads to people who have previously visited a specific site or shown interest in a particular product. If you’ve ever bought or even looked at a product on Amazon and then started seeing ads for similar products on other websites, you’ve been retargeted.
-Can I block all cookies? Yes, but if you do it will break some websites.
-Should I clean out my cookies regularly? Yes. Go to your browser settings, find the Cookies Settings and click the button to delete cookies.
-What else can I do to prevent cookies tracking me?
-Use good ad blocker and tracker blocker add-ons for your browsers, I use both uBlock Origin and Ghostery. These may break some websites so be sure you know how to turn these on and off. If a website insists you turn off your ad blocker for access, it is saying you must allow it to sell your data to gain access. That’s the price for “free” content.
-Use different browsers for different tasks. For example, use Chrome for banking and shopping, Firefox for email and messaging, and Edge for social media and TV.
-Clean all your browsers of adware and rogue cookies at the same time using the free ADWCleaner tool from Malwarebytes. Download and run, very simple to use. https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
-Use a reputable, paid VPN. Free VPNs only offer basic protection as they do NOT encrypt your data, they simply mask your IP address, and that mask is NOT highly secure. For example, Free VPNs are not very good for accessing BBC. BBC is very good at identifying masked IP address and extracting the real IP address. Paid VPVs can often go undetected by BBC for weeks or months, because the true IP address and all data are encrypted.


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:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:


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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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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