DigameXtra No. 2091 Thursday, Oct. 21st, 2021

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Poppy Ball: Royal British Legion Nerja is now selling tickets to its Poppy Ball on Friday, November 12 at the Caves Restaurant in Maro. The ball will take place from 7.30 pm with entertainment by Ricky Lavazza and Laura Elen.
Tickets are priced €40 for members and €45 for guests and include drinks, canapes, a three-course meal, wine and water.
The dress code is evening dress or suit and tie. For ticket purchase info see source article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/10/20/e2000-fundraiser-for-nerja-royal-british-legion/


The Money Makers upcoming events:
-Friday, 22Oct, 9:30pm. Feria de la Tapa, Alhama de Granada
-Saturday, 23Oct, 5pm. Higueron Beach Club, Benalmadena
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Lee Townsend live + Special Music Menu:
Bar Atila – Saturday 23rd October starting at 9.00pm
Contact Frank at Bar Atila to reserve a table & pre-order meals
atilabarpuente@gmail.com ; 630 393 290 (WhatsApp)
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Light Lunch Band: Sat., 23Oct 1pm
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The Fiesta de las Migas- Torrox 2021 Confirmed: It pays homage to the countryside with the traditional dish of migas, accompanied by local wine, which can be enjoyed free of charge by locals and visitors on the 19th December, as always, on the Sunday before Christmas, one of the biggest days for Torrox. 


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For Sale: Excellent condition desk purchased ex ikea €149 reduced for quick sale €85. Ring Dennis / Maxine on 628806320. Caleta de velez. 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Oberon Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit (no test strips) 20 euros
-White shower seat to sit over bath 10 euros
-White toilet extension seat (never been used) 10 euros
Angela, Torrox Costa
angie j rogers @ gmail . com (no spaces) 


Wanted: Paddling Pool. Does anyone have a child’s or dog’s paddling pool they no longer want? My Spanish neighbour has some ducks but they have no water so I would like to gift them a pool! I can collect from most areas.
Christine, Almogia.


Wanted: Looking for a sturdy inflatable boat to seat two.
Michele, Nerja.
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Covid Spain- Incidence rate rises again, up more than one point to 43.15 cases: {Translation, summary} Updated: 20 Oct. 2021 17:49h
-The incidence rises again on Wednesday, with 43.15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is a new rise in the curve compared to Tuesday, when it fell slightly to 41.9 cases. In recent days, the incidence has shown slight differences, with slight rises and falls, although the figures for hospitalised patients continue to show a downward trend.
-The Ministry of Health has notified 2.528 new infections, a rise compared to the previous day, when it is reported 1.889 positive.
-With regard to hospitalisations, the data show different figures: while the number of people hospitalised and the occupancy of beds are down, with 1,828 patients and 1.49% of COVID beds occupied; the percentage of ICU occupancy is up, although it does not exceed 5%, with 4.91%. The highest peak of the last wave in terms of ICU saturation was 21.98% occupancy.
-In addition, 31 deaths have been recorded, while 21 deaths were reported on Tuesday. Source, Spanish: https://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/tasa-incidencia-vuelve-subir-suma-punto-43-15-casos_1_8414659.html


Confusion Regarding The Proposed New Law of Protection and Animal Rights: {Translation}
Editor’s Note: There are several versions of this article floating around, in English, that suggest this is a new law. IT IS ONLY A PROPOSAL, subject to change, and then a vote after the public discussion period expires in December. Below is a translation of the original Spanish article. To see the official full draft proposal in Spanish, see https://www.mdsocialesa2030.gob.es/derechos-animales/Eventos/Anteproyecto_Ley_Proteccion_y_Derechos_de_los_Animales_220921.pdf
From http://www.20minutos.es website:
-The central government, through the Ministry of Social Rights, has presented the draft bill on the Protection and Rights of Animals, a document that includes a series of measures aimed at protecting the integrity of animals, responsible coexistence and regulating their ownership.
-This document will be submitted for public information and the aim is for it to reach the Council of Ministers before December 2021. As it is still a draft, there may be modifications, but one of the measures it establishes is that those who wish to have a pet must first complete a training course- an online course, short and free of charge
-This is a complete novelty in the field of animal protection and will be a requirement for those who want to own a dog that will facilitate “responsible animal ownership”. Thus, through this basic training, the aim of the Government is that they develop adequate knowledge “in the handling, care and ownership of animals”.
-In this sense, the course will be free, will be carried out online and will be compulsory, as well as the subscription of a civil liability insurance. The content will be determined by regulation.
-As explained by the director general of Animal Rights, Sergio García Torres, this course offers basic knowledge of civility and responsibility when owning a pet, such as picking up droppings from the street.
*What other measures are included in this law?*
-One of the most relevant aspects of this new law is undoubtedly the issue of zero culling, i.e. the prohibition of slaughtering pets. It could only be carried out “for sanitary or euthanasic reasons”.
-Pet owners will not be allowed to leave their pets unattended for a certain period of time. The regulation establishes three days for any pet, but a maximum of 24 hours for dogs.
-Likewise, fish may only be sold in specialised pet shops, and the sale, exhibition and display to the public of other animals is prohibited. Source, Spanish: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4852548/0/asi-sera-el-curso-para-tener-mascotas-4852548/


Spain’s Socialist Party votes against legalizing cannabis for recreational use: The issue of the legalization of marijuana has revealed divisions and created some bizarre one-off alliances in the Spanish government which is headed by a center-left coalition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and junior partner Unidas Podemos. -Ed. The PSOE on Tuesday voted against a proposal to legalize cannabis for recreational use, even though this meant aligning itself with the conservative Popular Party (PP) and far-right Vox, which also opposed the measure. Due to the unlikely agreement among these groups, the proposal was defeated overwhelmingly, with 75 votes in favor, 263 against and nine abstentions.
The divisions within the coalition government were evident on Tuesday, but both parties avoided open attacks. Unidas Podemos lawmaker Lucía Muñoz simply told the PSOE that it will not be able to escape a debate on the issue – two more proposals on the legalization of marijuana are set to be brought before Congress.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spain/2021-10-20/spains-socialist-party-votes-against-legalizing-cannabis-for-recreational-use.html


Frigiliana Council introduces new communication app: This service connects the residents and the council for reporting defects in urban equipment or deficiencies in services.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/10/19/frigiliana-council-implements-new-communication-app/ 


Facebook fined $70 million for ‘deliberate’ failure to comply with UK regulator: The UK competition regulator has slapped Facebook with a $70 million fine for repeatedly ignoring warnings and deliberately breaking its rules.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said in a statement Wednesday that Facebook had “consciously” refused to report all the required information during an investigation of the tech giant’s acquisition of online database Giphy.
“We warned Facebook that its refusal to provide us with important information was a breach of the order but, even after losing its appeal in two separate courts, Facebook continued to disregard its legal obligations,” CMA senior director of mergers Joel Bamford said in a statement. “This should serve as a warning to any company that thinks it is above the law,” added Bamford.
Full article: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/20/tech/facebook-fined-uk-regulator-cma/index.html


Scientists Identify Viking Presence In North America Centuries Before Columbus: Researchers have established the exact year Europeans were first present in North America in a study published Wednesday dating the Viking presence in Newfoundland, Canada to exactly a thousand years ago in 1021 AD — almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus stepped foot in the Americas.
L’Anse aux Meadows is the earliest and only known Viking site in North America and was first discovered in 1960, according to UNESCO, and hundreds of wooden, bronze, bone, and stone artifacts have been uncovered there by archaeologists over the years. Photo: DeAgostini/Getty. Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/teakvetenadze/2021/10/20/scientists-identify-viking-presence-in-north-america-centuries-before-columbus/ 


Pirate IPTV Investigations Now Target Customers as Well as Sellers- 1,800 Customers Face ‘Stolen Goods’ Fines: Italy’s Guardia di Finanza has concluded an investigation into a reseller of pirate IPTV. The 70-year-old behind the service stands accused of IP offenses against Mediaset Premium, Sky, Disney+ and DAZN after earning 500,000 euros on which he paid no tax. Perhaps more significantly, 1,800 former subscribers to the service now face fines for receiving stolen goods.
One area where local law enforcement has been treading new ground is the targeting of subscribers to such unlicensed services. Last year, authorities said that users are on the radar, with potentially tens of thousands set to face action.
In February 2020, police reported over 220 to the judicial authorities and last month followed up with another batch of 240, all of whom face fines and potential court appearances. Another investigation, which police reported as concluded this week, will see another 1,800 face action. Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-iptv-investigation-1800-customers-face-stolen-goods-fines-211019/


Big changes and a new name for Facebook! – Zuckerberg focused on transitioning FB into his “Metaverse”, planning to rebrand the company with a new name: Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The new name is a closely held secret for now.
The rebrand would likely position the Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more.
Preparing for transitioning into the Metaverse format, Facebook already has more than 10,000 employees building consumer hardware like AR (Augmented Reality) glasses that Zuckerberg believes will eventually be as ubiquitous as smartphones. In July, he told The Verge that, over the next several years, “we will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company.” [1]
What is the metaverse?
To the outsider, it may look like a souped-up version of Virtual Reality (VR) – but some people think the metaverse could be the future of the internet.
Instead of being on a computer, in the metaverse you use a headset (or a brain interface like Elon Musk is developing, first helmets, then eventually brain implants) to enter a virtual world connecting all sorts of digital environments.
Unlike current VR, which is mostly used for gaming, this virtual world could be used for practically anything – work, play, concerts, cinema trips – or just hanging out.
Most people envision that you would have a 3D avatar – a representation of yourself – as you use it to interact with others.
But because it’s still just an idea, there’s no single agreed definition of the metaverse. [2]
This is where Facebook is headed.
Perhaps I should provide an example of one FB related possibility in the Metaverse. 
Instead of using an app on your phone to view 2 dimensional flat FB pages like we do now, you will put on AR goggles that are plugged into your phone, and using an avatar, travel in virtual reality to visit the 3 dimensional home of the FB page. Like a room instead of a page, full of interesting 3D interactive displays rather than flat text and photos.
So you begin. In your view could be a fantasy street scene, with a theme of your choice, cartoonland, or maybe a futuristic city, there will be lots of choices, and you’ll probably have to pay extra for premium themes. Digital you, in the form of an avatar you create or buy, are inserted into this, to wander around and interact with others. You’ll notice the different buildings. To visit a FB page, you will enter a building, walk thru the lobby (full of eye-catching adverts no doubt) to the elevators, and enter an elevator. Instead of buttons to select a floor, there is a screen display with a menu of all the FB pages you follow and groups you belong to. You tap on your choice destination, the doors close, and off you go. You get off at your destination. Now you can walk in and look at all the updated 3D displays in that page’s home. You’ll see avatars in the room of other current visitors, and you’ll be able to directly interact with them. No need to scroll & chat when you can stroll & speak.
Sources, with conclusion by the Editor:
[1] https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/19/22735612/facebook-change-company-name-metaverse
[2] https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-58749529


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