DigameXtra No. 2200 Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

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For Sale, 3 items:
-Old Myers double divan base, splits in two pieces. Still serviceable. €10.
-Lawn mower (Power Plus. Bought from Eroski) needs attention. Needs new cutting blade. Good for spares. €30.
-Smart watch FITBIT 1 yr old with charger €35.
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For Sale: Decathlon Walking Treadmill self powered no electricity needed. Bought during lockdown had little use.
Reference & photo credit- https://www.decathlon.es/es/p/cinta-de-andar-plegable-domyos-w100-sin-motor/_/R-p-300766. €120.
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Wanted: Vinyl records. I’m looking to buy vinyl records. I’m interested in the following genres. Rock, indie, punk, Jazz, soul, metal, prog, 60’s – 00’s. Sorry I’m not interested in Easy listening, big band, opera, classical etc. I’m based in Frigiliana but will travel to see the right collection. If you have anything that you think suits me please contact me on. 0034637580051 / 00447582902899
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Cinema: We used to have details of showings at Cinesur El Ingeño which showed if films were in English or had subtitles etc. this was very helpful, wondering if we could have it back? Michael from Maro. jmsaxon2ATgmailD0Tcom
(Those were reader submissions from Doug. I have not heard from him since Covid arrived. I don’t know where he got that info. I can find Cinesur El Ingeño movie listings but not with the extra info about language / subtitles. See https://www.taquilla.com/velez-malaga/cinesur-el-ingenio-velez-malaga -Ed.)


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalusia reported for the first time in 2022 less than a thousand infections: {Translation} 02/03/2022 12:05
-On Wednesday 2 March, Andalusia recorded a total of 746 Covid-19 positives in 24 hours, the lowest daily figure since 11 December (716) and the first time a figure of less than 1,000 has been recorded in the region of 2022, while there were 25 deaths, 20 more than on Tuesday.
-According to data provided by the Ministry of Health and Families in its daily statement on the Covid-19, the rate in the Andalusian community stands at 298.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants — first time in 2022 below 300 points of incidence –, so it is down almost 41.3 points compared to Monday.
-The 746 positives on Wednesday come after 1,128 on Tuesday, 4,448 on Monday (72 hours), 2,693 on Friday, 7,036 on Thursday and 3,219 on Wednesday.
-By provinces, Malaga is the one with the most infections with 260, followed by Cordoba with 95, Seville with 89, Huelva with 79, Granada with 62, Cadiz with 58, Jaen with 54 and Almeria with 49.
-Of the 25 deaths, five have been recorded in the province of Jaen, four in Cordoba and Malaga, three in Almeria and Cadiz and Granada, two in Huelva and one in Seville.
-Andalusia has recorded a rise of 24 patients hospitalised for coronavirus compared to last Monday, up to a total of 780, after six days in decline, while ICU admissions fell by four to 104 people, the lowest figure since 18 December (104).
-By provinces, Malaga has the most hospitalised patients with 178 and 14 in ICU, followed by Seville with 167 and 26 in ICU, Granada with 101 hospitalised patients and ten in ICU, Jaen with 94 hospitalised patients and ten in ICU, Cadiz with 93 and 14 in ICU, Cordoba with 76 hospitalised patients and 20 in ICU, Almeria with 43 hospitalised patients and six in ICU and Huelva with 28 hospitalised patients and four in ICU. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/andalucia-hospitalizados-coronavirus-granada/


Covid Axarquia- Velez-Malaga adds one death with coronavirus on a day with only 19 infections in the whole Axarquia region: {Translation} 02Mar22
-The Ministry of Health reported this Wednesday, 2nd March, only 19 new cases of coronavirus infection in Axarquia in the last 24 hours. This is the lowest daily number of infections in more than three months, specifically since Tuesday 23 November (9).
-The negative note is that COVID-19 has left a new death in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga, where the virus has already left 121 dead since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, 421 people have also recovered from the disease.
-With regard to the new positives in the last 24 hours, the following have been reported: 9 in Vélez-Málaga; 5 in Rincón de la Victoria; 3 in Nerja; and 1 each in Torrox and Colmenar.
-The incidence in the Axarquia Health District (which includes Casabermeja) is 341.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 64.5 points less than on Tuesday (406.2) and 274.3 points lower than a week ago (616). For its part, in the Malaga Health District (which includes Rincon de la Victoria, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo and Totalan, in addition to Malaga city and Almogia) the incidence is 473.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 46.3 points less than Tuesday (519.8) and 86.2 points below a week ago (559.7). This figure represents a drop to high risk (14-day cumulative incidence of 300 to 500 cases) for the first time since 20 December (464.1).
-In total, since the beginning of the pandemic in the Axarquia region, 31,413 positive cases have been registered to date, of which 27,982 have officially been cured and 251 have died. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/velez-malaga-suma-un-fallecido-con-coronavirus-en-una-jornada-con-solo-19-contagios-en-toda-la-axarquia/


Health stops publishing daily data on infections and vaccination starting next week: Spain takes another step towards a new phase of managing the pandemic. After lifting the quarantines for all close contacts, the Ministry of Health will stop publishing the data on infections, hospitalizations and deaths on a daily basis; and also the vaccination figures, as announced by Minister Carolina Darias after the meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council.
-The vaccines administered will be reported weekly starting next week while the incidence and occupancy data of hospitals from the Center for the Coordination of Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) will be published twice a week from March 14. Several communities had already stopped publishing daily statistics at the regional level and now it is extended to the national level. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/health-stops-publishing-daily-data-on-infections-and-vaccination-starting-next-week/


The price of electricity soars this Thursday by 34.4% and reaches its third historical maximum, with 341.52 euros/MWh: {Translation}
-The average price of electricity in the wholesale market will soar this Thursday by 34.44% compared to Wednesday and will be above 340 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), registering the third most expensive price in history, following the rise in the price of natural gas due to the impact of the war in Ukraine.
-Specifically, the average pool price for Thursday will be 341.52 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), some 87.49 euros more expensive than the price of Wednesday, at 254.03 euros/MWh.
-By time, the maximum price of electricity for Thursday will be between 09.00 and 10.00 hours, at 400 euros/MWh, while the minimum, 260 euros/MWh, will be recorded in the last hour of the day. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-precio-luz-dispara-jueves-344-toca-tercer-maximo-historico-34152-euros-mwh-20220302130908.html


Spain opens a new evaluation on menstrual disorders after the vaccine against COVID-19: The European drug agencies evaluated in the second half of 2021 whether the COVID-19 vaccine could be causing menstrual disorders. They concluded, after reviewing all the information then available for each of the vaccines, that there was insufficient data to support “the hypothesis of a possible causal relationship.” Now, the Spanish Medicines Agency (AEMPS) has reported that it is starting a new evaluation as a result of “two studies that suggest an increase in the frequency of these disorders after vaccination, with slight and transitory changes in menstrual cycles.”
In Spain, at least two universities are conducting research. The University of Granada began the study in the summer for a response based on scientific evidence to the symptoms reported by many women, as reported by elDiario.es. On the other hand, the University of Extremadura has already published the preliminary results in the absence of peer review. Of the slightly more than 17,500 women who responded to the survey launched by several researchers, half – between 45 and 50% – suffered alterations in their cycle as a result of becoming ill or being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/spain-opens-a-new-evaluation-on-menstrual-disorders-after-the-vaccine-against-covid-19/


Malaga will have two links to Granada by the Avant train after Easter: {Translation, summary} There will be a trip in the morning and another in the evening between the two andalusian cities. Also, Granada retrieves a third connection with Madrid that was lost during the pandemic. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/malaga-granada-tren-Avant-Semana-Santa_0_1661535562.html


These are the Unicaja bank branches that will close in Malaga province on 18 March: The banking sector in Spain has closed about twenty percent of its branch networks in the last year. The digitalisation of operations and the collapse of profit margins due to the drop in interest rates have forced a change in the model that has already caused protests over the technological gap, especially with the elderly.
In Malaga province the Unicaja branches that will close are:
– Villanueva de Tapia. Now customers will have to depend on the Archidona office.
– Bobadilla. Unicaja will maintain its ATM, although the office will close and matters will be dealt with at the Plaza de San Sebastián branch in Antequera.
– Istan. Business will be transferred to the Ricardo Soriano branch, in Marbella.
– Alfarnate. Customers will depend on Riogordo.
– Almachar. Business will be moved to the office on Paseo de Larios, in Torre del Mar.
– Igualeja. Banking business will be transferred the office on Calle La Bola, in Ronda.
– Pujerra. Customers will depend on the office on Calle La Bola, in Ronda.
– Estación de Gaucín. Business will be transferred to Cortes de la Frontera office.
– Genalguacil. Client’s business will be moved San Cristóbal branch in Ronda.
– Jubrique. Bank customers will depened on the San Cristóbal branch in Ronda.
– Montecorto. Unicaja will maintain its ATM, although the office will close and cleint’s will depend on the San Rafael branch in Ronda.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/these-unicaja-bank-20220301164100-nt.html


Residents of small villages protest in Malaga over Unicaja branch closure plans: Customers who will have to make long journeys to get to a branch of the bank called on it to reconsider. Protesters said that Unicaja doesn’t care about them now it has grown so large. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/residents-small-villages-20220302105603-nt.html


GPs in Malaga protest about problems in primary health care:
“Two years of the pandemic, more doctors retiring, not enough new specialists being trained and insufficient pay are some of the reasons that doctors are exhausted and discouraged,” said a spokesman for the Sindicato Médico union.
Using the slogan “Save our primary health care”, they called for GPs to see a maximum of 40 patients a day and to be able to spend 10 minutes per patient. They also want appointments in the afternoons to be paid as overtime and say the health service needs 1,000 more GPs and 300 pediatricians to guarantee quality health care.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/malaga-protest-about-20220301183746-nt.html


Headlines From schengenvisainfo.com:
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Austria Lifts All Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions on March 5
New Rules for Travel to Germany to Be Applied From March 3
Travel Rules for Internationals planning to enter Greece


Bonoloto draw: The result of the Bonoloto this Wednesday March 2 of 2022 is: 5, 10, 14, 25, 33 and 46, being the complementary number the 6 and the refund 3. Source: https://spainsnews.com/bonoloto-draw-for-wednesday-march-2-2022/


Football News- When is the final of the Copa del Rey 2022; date and where to play: {Translation} The final of the Copa del Rey 2022 is looking for finalists. With Valencia already qualified, after eliminating Athletic, Betis and Rayo Vallecano are looking for the other place to sneak into the decisive match. The big party of Spanish football will be played next Saturday 23 April 2022 at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville. Source, Spanish: https://www.marca.com/futbol/copa-rey/2022/03/02/621fbdabca474109708b459a.html 


Fitbit recalls over one million Ionic smartwatches over burn injury risk: Google-owned Fitbit has recalled more than a million of its Ionic smartwatches following reports that overheating batteries had caused burn injuries, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Wednesday. The regulator said Fitbit had received at least 115 reports in the United States and 59 from overseas, including cases where the overheating led to third- and second-degree burns. Photo:REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/technology/fitbit-recalls-smartwatches-owing-burn-hazard-2022-03-02/ 


These are some of the countries that have decided not to sanction Russia: 
-India abstained from voting in a United Nations Security Council effort on Friday to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. India has not supported the West’s package of sanctions and has reportedly sought ways to continue trading with Russia despite Russia’s removal from international financial institutions.
-The United Arab Emirates abstained from voting at the U.N. Security Council on Friday, joining China and India in their refusal to condemn Russia’s aggression, although it did vote to reprimand Russia in the U.N. General Assembly’s vote on Wednesday.UAE’s leaders have issued careful statements that have stopped short of criticizing the Kremlin directly.
-Israeli leaders have stopped short of taking the kinds of aggressive steps to counter Russia that its Western allies have taken, while still lashing out at the Kremlin’s decision to invade. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid last week described the attacks in Ukraine as “a serious violation of the international order.” But Israel reportedly rejected requests from Ukraine to send weapons and share intelligence in recent weeks and has not imposed sanctions of its own against Russia.
-Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that his country would not place any economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, citing a desire to maintain stable international relationships. Lopez Obrador also criticized what he described as the censorship of Russian media by technology companies.
-Serbia will also refrain from imposing sanctions against Russia, its president said last week, despite the country’s hopes of joining the European Union in the years ahead. Serbian leaders pointed to Russia’s support of Serbia during the conflict over the former Serbian province of Kosovo during the 1990s. Serbia also relies heavily on Russia for its energy needs, making retaliation against Moscow difficult despite pressure for Serbia to join with the EU’s sanctions efforts.
-The head of China’s banking regulator said Wednesday that China would not join Western sanctions nor impose any of its own, continuing its opposition to the punishments facing Russia. The move was expected, as Russia supplies much of China’s oil and is one of China’s closest trading and strategic partners. Chinese officials have not spoken out against the attack, and Beijing could potentially continue economic ties to Moscow that could dilute the effectiveness of the Western sanctions regime. Full article: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/foreign/which-countries-have-decided-not-to-sanction-russia

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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
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