DigameXtra No. 2156 Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 2022

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Galleon ‘Andalucía’ can be visited in the port of Malaga until Jan 16th:
The Galleon ‘Andalucía’, a replica of the ship used by the Spanish during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries for maritime expeditions to the Americas and the Philippines, is currently docked at Pier 2 in Malaga port. The boat can be visited until January 16.
The Andalusian galleon offers a self-guided walking tour. Once on board, visitors are free to wander its decks, talk with current crew members – real sailors who live on board – and view dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, projections, and historical documents. Photos are allowed on board.
Entry for children aged five to 10 is four euros, children aged less than five are free. Tickets for children aged 10 or older and adults cost seven euros. A family ticket, two adults and up to three children aged five to 10 costs 18 euros. The use of a mask is mandatory. Photo:FRANCIS SILVA. Source: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/galleon-andalucia-visited-20220110121239-nt.html


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Gardener needed: Does anyone know of a reliable and knowledgable gardener. I need someone to come every couple of weeks at appropriate times and probably less in Winter and high Summer. Mine has become unreliable and now seems to have disappeared completely and it is time for cutting back and tree pruning. I have now become unable to do everything due to ill health and need help with heavy work.
Email : lilian.maddison@btopenworld.com
Whatsapp : 638897797 ; Torrox Campo


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From the Nerja Household Centre:
-Hallway unit 98 x 30 x 87cms Price 85€
-Tv unit 100 x 53 x 63cms Price 20€
-Pine square coffee table 50 x 50 x 49cms Price 18€ each (2 available )
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale: Spare tyre and wheel for Ford Ka/Fiat 500, size 165/65/R 14 T. Unused 52 Euros. (Over 100 Euros new!)
Alan, Torrox Campo 603146693 


For Sale, 3 items:
-1x large sofa suede type material, 40 euro
-2x TV cupboards 30 euro each or both 50 euros
-2x winged armchairs chairs 30 euro.
Jane / Canillas de Albaida ; 637716703


For Sale: HEAD ski boots. Little use and in very good condition. Length of boot shown. They fit shoe size 38/39. Euro 30.
Paul 618234367 ; Torrox Campo. No track.
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For Sale: 2 shabby chic tables, one 55cm square, 42cm high, 20€. The other 88cm x 38 x 54, with drawer 25€. Patty 693373530, in Velez-Malaga. 


For Sale: A beautiful large oak dining table in excellent condition with 9 dining chairs. The table measures 229 length x 90 width. This is not a veneer, it is oak, and heavy! It is for collection at just 200€.
Contact Richard on 617282970 – Caleta de Velez 


For Sale, 2 items: British Emulsion Paint. We have 3 tins of paint left over from painting in our apartment for sale they are 2.5 litres each and are unopened. Bought October.
-2x matt Frosted Silver. 20 euros for 2
-1x matt Misty Shore. 10 euros
3 tins for 25 euros
Colin / Torrox Park
Email: colinandcathy@gmail.com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Black gas heater bought last year with one full orange gas bottle and a half full gas bottle in the heater €70
-Large “Swan” brand Slow Cooker €15
-3 Pictures. 2 of flowers and a beach scene €15
To be collected before Friday. Angela, Torrox Costa


Recommendations & Requests


Covid Tests for Travel Info: I wonder whether any Digamites can offer some info based on their very recent experience? We are UK citizens booked to fly into Málaga on 26 Jan for a 2-month stay. We’ve registered with SPTH.gob.es and filled in all the info we can at this stage – we cannot do anything further until 48 hours before the flight. There is no indication on the website about what we will then be asked or whether we will be required to do a test.
My question is this: will we have to do a lateral flow or PCR test and, if the former, is our word for a negative result enough? With only 48 hours to go, it’ll be a bit late to start finding a test centre, awaiting results etc. Any info would be very much appreciated, thank you! Judi / London
Email: judi dot fendley @ yahoo dot co dot uk


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalusia scores the largest drop in hospitalized by Covid since October: {Translation} 10/01/2022 17:18
-Andalusia has added more than eleven thousand Covid infections this Monday. There are, specifically, 11,588, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health and Families. And yet, today there are 18 fewer patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus. The vaccines, the lower virulence of the omicron variant and the preventive measures adopted by the population have meant that the number of infections is growing exponentially on the one hand, and the number of admissions and deaths decreasing on the other.
-Thus, this Monday there are a total of 1,471 patients hospitalised by Covid. This is 18 less than last Monday and although the weekend may have caused under-reporting, it is true that this is the biggest drop since mid-October, before the explosion of Omicron.
-In the case of ICUs, there is minimal growth. There are 224 on Monday, two more than on Saturday. Although the number is growing, it is still far from the more than 700 patients reported at the peak of the third wave, the one that put the most pressure on the health system.
-As in the case of hospitalised patients, the number of deaths is not rising with the same intensity as the number of Covid cases. Thus, this Monday, thirteen deaths have been recorded, whereas at the beginning of last year there were more than a hundred every day. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,634 people have died in Andalusia. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-anota-mayor-bajada-hospitalizados-covid-desde-octubre-202201101214_noticia.html 


Covid Malaga- Covid’s hospital pressure in Malaga has increased again, another 66 patients have been hospitalised in Malaga and six have been admitted to the ICU: {Translation, summary} 10Jan22 14:58
-Although the lethality of omicron does not seem to be as high as in previous variants, the number of people who have to be admitted to hospital after being infected continues to grow. In fact, in the last few hours another 66 patients have been hospitalised in Malaga and six have been admitted to the ICU due to their serious state of health. In addition, one person has died as a result of the virus.
-The rate also continues to rise, with the province – which has been at level 2 alert – at very high risk for Covid since 30 December. The situation is not improving in this respect either. This weekend it has risen by a further 20 points to 1,466.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 1,446.0 on Friday. In the case of Malaga city the rise has been double: 43 points since Friday; it now stands at 1,733.7 cases.
-In general, the incidence remains very high in all health districts of the province, although it falls in two: Axarquia, which continues to have the worst data despite going from 2150.6 to 2078.3; and Valle del Guadalhorce, where it stands at 1373.0 (1492.7 on Friday). For its part, the Serrania de Ronda stands at 1820.0; Malaga district (1691.8), La Vega de Antequera (1315.2) and Costa del Sol (1045.0). Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/crecer-presion-hospitalaria-Covid-Malaga-tasa_0_1646236216.html


Gov’t fails to distribute EU recovery funds for economic stimulus – Confirms the fiasco of ending year without spending more than half of the European funds it had for 2021: {Translation, summary} 10/01/2022 21:10
-The Government of Spain has only spent 11.001 million euros of the 24.198 million of eu funds that are pledged to run in the Budgets of 2021 and, therefore, has been left in the drawer for more than 13,000 million in the first year of the Next Generation EU, the macroplan driven by the European Commission to revive the economies most affected by the Covid, among which Spain figure in the first place.
-The reality is that the percentage of resources that has been paid effectively and, therefore, has come to the real economy has been very limited, and according to own data the Government has only just reached the 45%. The percentage indicates in any case, the effort phenomenal spending in the last few weeks of the year, since it was just a couple of months, that percentage rose to about 20%.
-These unspent funds would have been lost had it not been for an amendment regulations included at the last minute in the accounts of 2022, and that has enabled the possibility of spending those funds this year. With the old fiscal rules that those resources would have gone into limbo.
Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-gobierno-confirma-fiasco-y-deja-sin-gastar-mas-mitad-fondos-europeos-tenia-para-2021-202201102048_noticia.html


UK mobile operators diverge on European roaming charges: A split has opened up between the UK’s major mobile network operators on whether to reintroduce roaming charges for data and phone calls when travelling in Europe, with Virgin Media O2 brands opting to retain free roaming while EE, Vodafone and Three customers will pay extra.
-Roaming charges were abolished in the European Union in 2017 (although some countries retained data caps), but the EU-UK Trade Agreement, which came into force last May, removed the requirement for surcharge-free
roaming, although later UK legislation placed a cap of £45 per monthly billing period “to protect consumers from unexpected charges”.
-Under roaming charges, most customers can expect to pay an additional £2 per day to use their UK allowances for calls, texts and mobile broadband when in EU countries. Full article: https://www.computing.co.uk/news/4043004/uk-mobile-operators-diverge-european-roaming-charges


The result of the Bonoloto this Monday, January 10, 2022: 2, 4, 17, 37, 45 and 47, the complementary number is 44 and the refund on 1. Source: https://spainsnews.com/bonoloto-draw-for-monday-january-10-2022/ 


Tennis News- ATP roundup:
-Fifth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego overcame a one-set deficit to post a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Frenchman Hugo Gaston on Monday in a Round of 32 match in the Sydney Classic in Australia.
-Eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Facundo Bagnis of Argentina.
-Australian wild card Jordan Thompson secured a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Marcos Giron.
-Vukic recorded eight aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Russian-born Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik, the sixth seed.
-Meanwhile, Tommy Paul cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over American countryman Frances Tiafoe, seeded seventh.
-Spaniard Jaume Munar had six aces in a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over Australian John Millman.
-Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech secured a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over American Mackenzie McDonald. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/atp-roundup-lorenzo-sonego-advances-sydney-2022-01-10/


Tennis News- Djokovic back in training after winning appeal to stay in Australia: Novak Djokovic was back in training hours after winning a court challenge to remain in Australia on Monday, thanking the judge who released him from immigration detention and saying he remained focused on trying to win a record 21st tennis major.
The fight over the world number one’s medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter Australia and play may not be over, however, as the government said it was still considering another way to deport him.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he was considering using his discretionary power to revoke Djokovic’s visa again. That could mean a three-year ban on re-entering.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/novak-djokovics-bid-stay-australia-goes-before-courts-2022-01-09/


In world first, US surgeons successfully transplant a pig heart into human patient: Doctors at Baltimore hospital say the 57-year-old, who did not qualify for a human heart, is doing well 3 days after operation to implant the organ that was genetically modified against rejection. Photo:Mark Teske. Full article: https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-world-first-us-surgeons-successfully-transplant-a-pig-heart-into-human-patient/


Bitcoin is off to its worst annual start since the dawn of crypto: Bitcoin dipped below US$40,000 for the first time since September, putting it on pace for its worst start to a year since the earliest days of the digital alternative to money.
-The original cryptocurrency bounced off the lows of the day after falling as much as 6 per cent to US$39,774 in New York trading, bringing its loss this year to about 14 per cent. The decline is the largest for a start of the year since at least 2012. It has slumped more than 40 per cent since reaching an all-time high of almost US$69,000 in early November.
-Bitcoin has still gained almost 500 per cent since the end of 2019. Full article: 

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