DigameXtra No. 2182 Thursday, Feb. 10th, 2022

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Winter Concert: Mediterranean Chamber Orchestra, Feb 28 7pm
Auditorium. House of Culture. Almuñécar.
Calle Puerta de Granada, 19, 18690 Almuñécar
Price: 15€ (plus fees).
Tickets at box office Monday to Saturday from 11h to 13h.
Info & tickets online: https://bravoentradas.es/es/events/concierto-de-invierno-dia-de-andalucia 


Carnival Caleta de Velez: {Translation} Friday 18th February with a pre-registration from 16.00 to 17.00 hours in Colonias del Puerto III, a parade at 17.00 hours and a tour around the village of La Caleta de Vélez. There will be novelties, such as the performance of a batucada and the traditional charanga company. On the other hand we will have one of the floats of our sea parade and numerous groups that have confirmed their attendance in the parade. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/la-caleta-de-velez-presenta-el-nuevo-programa-para-la-vuelta-del-carnaval-a-sus-calles/ 


On Sale- tickets for the Spain – Romania Davis Cup in Marbella: {Translation}
-Two-day tickets for the Davis Cup qualifier between Spain and Romania, to be played at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella on 4 and 5 March, are now on sale with prices ranging from 55 to 120 euros.
-The centre court at the Club de Tenis Puente Romano in Marbella, with a capacity for 4,000 spectators, is expected to be sold out. The two-day season tickets are already on sale on the RFET and El Corte Inglés websites – also on sale in person at its shopping centres.
-The prices for the season tickets range from 55 euros for the Lateral (Third Category) to 120 euros for the Fondos, with a price of 75 euros for the Lateral (Second Category) season ticket.
-The Spanish team will be made up of Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista, Carlos Alcaraz, Alejando Davidovich and Marcel Granollers. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/deportes/tenis-00166/noticia-venta-abonos-espana-rumania-copa-davis-marbella-20220208120232.html 


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For Sale: Wii plus 3 extras. Includes Wii balance board, console, 4 controllers, Wii Sport’s Resort and Wii Table tennis games.
Instructions in most languages and a Spanish plug. €60
Contact Linda / Competa on 659582108 or
casacolina60 @ gmail.com 


For Sale: Hoist, Winncare Basica 130. Second-hand, battery-powered hoist for transferring or moving handicapped person, secure for the patient and carer. Two and half years old, in good condition with sling included. Pedal opening system allows easy access to wheelchairs and can be used to lift person from the floor if required. Maximum lifting weight 130kg. Price 200 euros. Call Bill / Trapiche, on 633 146 152 or email: billbroc@hotmail.com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Kango hammer. No brand. Electric heavy duty. 50 euro.
-Chainsaw Stihl MS 170 (chain needs sharpening/replacement?). Hence only 95 euro.
-Brush cutter Stihl FS 250; 175 euro.
All items available in the Archez / Canillas de Albaida area. Contact Keith for arrangements.
Keith / Canillas, mobile 693 107 206 or
Email: keithrocksue AT gmail DOT com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Cevik DueMIG 130 Welder. Very little used. 150€
-Pneumatic Nail Gun by ACE&K – 20€
-Standalone Grundig Sound System with remote – superb sound. (Radio, Cassette, Multi CD Player). CD Player does not eject, thus the low price. 20€
Nick, La Herradura.
Email: keelsway at yahoo dot co dot uk 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Hanging shelf, 30hx23w inches, 10 euro
-Expandable shoe rack, 5 euro
-Red mosaic tiled mirror, 7 euro
Jane / Canillas de Albaida, 637716703


Wanted: Bicycle. I am looking for a ladies step through mountain bike. Preferably 21” frame 29” wheel 15 gears and front suspension.
Good condition. I have no transport so ideally Nerja area unless you can deliver. Rita / Nerja
Email: rita.barba1ATntlworldD0Tcom


Wanted: Long Term Rental For Naythan.
-Torrox to Velez Malaga, near the coast, not inland villages.
-Looking for a 1 bedroom flat, or LARGE studio if it has a garden or terrace/balcony. Or a small casita, etc.
-Must have reliable wifi pre-installed (min. 30Mb/s).
-Must have a supermarket within walking distance.
-Unfurnished is OK, but must have a basic kitchen and a washer. I don’t mind if it’s a bit rough or needs some paint or minor repairs- DigameXtra Sponsor SPW Construction has generously offered to donate those services as needed.
-I can pay up to €300/month, plus power, water & wifi bills.
-I prefer to pay all rent and bills in a single cash payment to the owner/manager once a month.
-My intention is for a 2 to 3 year occupancy. Longer if it suits me well.
Please send details to Naythan, Torrox Costa
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News & Articles

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Covid Spain- Spain has 62,839 cases and 282 deaths, while the incidence drops 201 points to 1,692: {Translation, summary} 9Feb22
-The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health of 62,839 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. These figures are lower than on the same day last week, when 86,222 positive cases were reported, which is evidence of the downward trend in the evolution of the pandemic. Moreover, the cumulative incidence has fallen by 201 since yesterday.
-The total number of infections in Spain now stands at 10,502,141 since the start of the pandemic, according to official statistics. The cumulative incidence in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 1,692.52 compared to 1,893.35 yesterday. In the past two weeks a total of 802,004 positives have been recorded.
-In Wednesday’s report, 282 new deaths have been added, compared to 224 last Wednesday. As many as 95,213 people have died since the virus arrived in Spain, according to data compiled by the ministry. In the last week, 812 people have died with a confirmed positive test in Spain.
-Currently, there are 14,440 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital throughout Spain (15,206 yesterday) and 1,700 in ICU (1,768 yesterday). In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,396 admissions (1,456 yesterday) and 2,060 discharges (2,142 yesterday). The occupancy rate for coronavirus occupied beds stands at 11.58 per cent (12.20 per cent yesterday) and in ICUs at 18.12 per cent (18.76 per cent yesterday).
-Meanwhile, the positivity rate stands at 30.73 percent, compared to 31.16 percent yesterday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that this figure should be below 5 per cent to consider the spread of the virus as ‘controlled’. Source, Spanish: https://www.infosalus.com/actualidad/noticia-espana-suma-62839-casos-282-muertes-mientras-incidencia-desciende-201-puntos-1692-20220209195458.html


Covid Malaga/Axarquia- The number of cured in Malaga triples that of infections, with 399 new cases: {Translation, summary} 9Feb22
-The cumulative incidence of COVID-19 continues to fall. In the province, it now stands at 501 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days, 54 points less than the previous day.
-Axarquia’s rate in two weeks stands at 1,070.5, the only health district above 1,000 cases, according to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/la-cifra-de-curados-en-malaga-triplica-la-de-contagios-con-399-nuevos-casos/
(This article did not mention the “cured”, despite the reference in the headline. -Ed.)


Spain ends the general use of Covid masks outdoors today, but there are exceptions: It is a measure that the autonomous regions and the Ministry of Health agreed last Monday and that the Government approved on Tuesday during a meeting of ministers. The masks, therefore, will no longer be mandatory in outdoor spaces and school playgrounds from this Thursday, 10 February.
However, the order maintains the use of masks “in mass events” and they also remain mandatory on public transport, “specifying that this includes passenger platforms, stations and cable cars.” Full article:


The minimum wage in Spain increases to 1,000 euros per month:
The increase of 35 euros will be retroactive for the month of January. Employers representatives are however unhappy with the new agreement arguing that it is an economically unfavourable time to introduce the increase. Previously the minimum wage was 965 euros per month. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/minimum-wage-spain-20220209162710-nt.html


Slow Courts- Body of US software mogul John McAfee still in Barcelona morgue, seven months after his death: A judge in Spain has ruled that the 75-year-old businessman died by suicide in his prison cell in June 2021 while he awaited extradition to his home country. His family is planning to appeal the decision and request the probe be kept open.
The months-long investigation is not quite over yet, as lawyers for McAfee’s family have appealed the Spanish judge’s decision to provisionally close the case. The provincial court of Barcelona must now decide whether to confirm the judge’s decision or order him to keep the investigation open. The family has argued that the autopsy was incomplete and lacked the “basic elements” to draw definitive conclusions about the cause of death, according to defense sources. Photo:Ng Han Guan (AP). Full article: https://english.elpais.com/usa/2022-02-09/body-of-us-software-mogul-john-mcafee-still-in-barcelona-morgue-seven-months-after-his-death.html 


Updated planning regulations for new houses in the countryside: New planning regulations announced by the Junta de Andalucía on Wednesday 9 February expand on the Law to Promote the Sustainability of the Territory of Andalucía (LISTA) which came into force last year. Plot sizes, utilities, municipal fees and other topics are included. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/junta-andalucia-imposes-20220209170825-nt.html


Not half of Andalusian workers even reach the minimum wage: {Translation}
-A report by the Andalusian CCOO warns that Andalusian workers are poorer now than they were ten years ago.
-More than half of the Andalusian working population is paid below the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI), according to a report by CCOO Andalucía.
-The Andalusian CCOO Secretary for Working Conditions, Yolanda Carrasco, pointed out at the presentation of the report that “today being a mileurista (The word is possibly “millionaire” in Andaluz dialect, my translator does not recognize it? -Ed.) has become an objective to be achieved for a large part of the population, as the reforms and measures implemented in the last decade and, especially the 2012 labour reform, have attacked the working class, reducing people’s purchasing power and making us poorer today than we were ten years ago”.
-CCOO Andalucía believes that the new labour reform “rebalances labour relations” and “establishes a regulatory framework that allows progress on the path of improving rights in the face of the detrimental trend of the last decade”.
-Carrasco called on employers to “sit down and negotiate to reach agreements for the coming years that guarantee wage increases”.
-He recalled that the IV Collective Bargaining Agreement included the approval of the minimum wage of 14,000 euros, which is why he considers it “incomprehensible” that the employers are opposed to raising the minimum wage to one thousand euros.
-“The attitude of the employers has been entrenched in the 0% wage increase in many agreements and we must remind them that it is not about earning much more, but about recovering the wages we had before the 2012 reform,” he said.
-Carrasco defended that “contrary to what was thought, employment has risen with the rise in the SMI”.
-CCOO believes that the proposed increase in the SMI will especially benefit young women aged between 16 and 35 who have a temporary contract in the agricultural, services and telecommunications sectors, and will help to reduce the gender pay gap.
-According to the data in this report, in the case of Cádiz, the proportion of workers earning below the Minimum Interprofessional Wage has increased by 11.2% in the last decade, rising from 40% in 2010 to 51.2% in 2020. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1028062/ni-la-mitad-de-los-trabajadores-andaluces-llega-siquiera-al-smi/


Uber will have 18 car parking spaces of their own in the Airport of Malaga: {Translation, summary} The company will have 18 spaces in the express car park starting next month.
Last June, Uber expanded its presence throughout the province, with drivers in a complete 200-kilometer strip along the Costa del Sol, in the province of Malaga, and Cádiz. In this way, any user can request trips from Nerja to La Línea de la Concepción, as part of the company’s expansion plan and its commitment to the region. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Uber-aparcamientos-propios-Aeropuerto-Malaga_0_1655234933.html


These EU/Schengen Area Countries Have Lifted Majority of COVID-19 Restrictions:
-After evaluating that the COVID-19 restrictions have not halted the further spread of the virus and its variants, as well as after taking into account the increased vaccination rates, several European Union/Schengen Area countries have announced that they will now apply less stringent rules.
-Some of the countries that have removed testing requirements and that will apply relaxed rules are Sweden, Norway, Greece, and Czechia, among others.
-France is soon to remove the testing requirement. The Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, said that the country’s authorities are expected to announce the lifting of the pre-entry testing rule during the upcoming days. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/these-eu-schengen-area-countries-have-lifted-majority-of-covid-19-restrictions-so-far/


Olympic Medal Table, Wed., Feb 9th 2022: Click/tap the pic to enlarge. See Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 info site, has full schedules & scores: https://olympics.com/en/


A breakdown leaves thousands of Movistar customers unable to make or receive calls: The incident began Wednesday mid-morning and is especially affecting corporate clients. Some companies have begun to inform their workers about the “massive problems throughout the national territory” that are preventing normal communications.
The company is working to solve the incident. The breakdown has affected calls, preventing normal conversations and causing various problems. However, data services are left out and internet applications continue to work.
Other messages indicate that the fault is fundamentally affecting corporate clients and calls made with 4G coverage. Some customers notice that even switching to other networks the problem remains. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/a-breakdown-leaves-thousands-of-movistar-customers-unable-to-make-or-receive-calls/


Nuclear fusion heat record a ‘huge step’ in quest for new energy source: The feat announced on Wednesday follows more than two decades of tests and refinements at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and has been hailed as a “major milestone” on the road to fusion becoming a viable and sustainable low-carbon energy source.
Researchers at the Joint European Torus (JET), a fusion experiment in Oxfordshire, generated 59 megajoules of heat – equivalent to about 14kg of TNT – during a five-second burst of fusion, more than doubling the previous record of 21.7 megajoules set in 1997 by the same facility.
Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/09/nuclear-fusion-heat-record-a-huge-step-in-quest-for-new-energy-source 


Solar storm disables 40 newly launched SpaceX satellites: A geomagnetic storm triggered by a large burst of radiation from the sun has disabled at least 40 of the 49 satellites newly launched by SpaceX as part of its Starlink internet communications network, the company said.
The announcement, posted on the company’s website on Tuesday, said the satellites were stricken last Friday, Feb. 4, a day after they were launched to a preliminary “low-deployment” orbit about 130 miles (210 km) above Earth.
SpaceX, the Los Angeles area-based rocket company founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has launched hundreds of small satellites into orbit since 2019 as part of Musk’s Starlink service for broadband internet. The company ultimately envisions a constellation of roughly 12,000 satellites in all. Photo of Starlink 5 satellites: Ritzau Scanpix. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/solar-storm-disables-40-newly-launched-spacex-satellites-2022-02-09/

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

UK Coronavirus:

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.

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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

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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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