DigameXtra No. 2205 Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

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Live Music with Juan Luis Pascual Sanchez: Wed., 9Mar 8-10pm
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Torrox Carnival 2022: Sat., 12Mar, starts at 4pm, music at 5:30pm(approx) with PopFM Band, see them in the video. FB  AND VIDEO LINK 


 

The biggest Craft Beer Festival on the Costa del Sol:
11th(13:00-01:00), 12th(12:00-01:00), & 13th(12:00-20:00) March.
Plaza de la Alameda, Coín, Málaga.
You can’t miss the best breweries, the most delicious gastronomy, children’s activities and also, lots of LIVE music! FB link 

 

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-Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, my time can be hired in 3 time slots of 4, 6 and 8 hours at a cost of 50€, 75€ and 100€ respectively plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
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Golden Leaves Funeral Plans:
Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and responsible way to show you care about your family.
Funerals are no easy task. There are numerous considerations to factor in, including logistics, food and drink, casket purchase and burial grounds. A loved one’s death brings immense emotional strain to any family, and the question of financing and arrangements only exacerbates the stress.
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Halting Erosion Using Vetiver Grass from Vetiver Spain:
Vetiver Grass is a fast growing non-invasive clumping grass that grows to 2 metres in height. It has a root system that grows to 3-4 metres deep and they are very strong.
The National Geographic Magazine has called them “Roots of Steel”.
Once Vetiver is established it is drought resistant.
We are located in Sayalonga and we can plant all year round but February and March are the best months to plant Vetiver. Vetiver loves the heat of a long summer to get established.
Decomposing Vetiver used as a mulch, improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away as it is a natural insect repellent. It is in the same family as Lemon Grass, which we also carry.
Vetiver also is a nutritious and replenishable animal feed. Horses, cattle, and pigs love it.
We use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive Ornamental hedge.
To see more photos and videos please visit our DATA storage site located at http://www.vetiverspain.org.
This month we have some special offers that include shipping.
For more information or to organize a visit please contact us.
Our retail website: www.vetiverspain.com
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone or Whatsapp at (34) 692 288 657
David and Anna
Here is a link to a short video showing the results. VIDEO LINK

 

 

Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-2 stunning preloved upcycled bedside tables Measurements 50 x 33 x 62cm Price 150€ (for the pair )
-Bar. Beautiful preloved upcycled Natural & yute bar 210€ (stools not included) 130 x 63 x 99cms
-Preloved castillan writing desk 225€ (chair not included) 120 x 70 x 78cms
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 

 

For Sale: Double bed frame with wooden slats, 135 x 180 mattress on it. Dark wood head and foot board. Mattress included (does have small stain) plus mattress protector if the buyer wants. Price with or without mattress, 75€ buyer collects.
Cris, Torrox Campo, 654064430
somontano2003@yahoo dot co dot uk 

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Fridge, Ecron 1F 85 A ** (2 star). Energy rating A. Fresh food volume 101 l. Frozen food volume 13 l. 60€
-Genuine Harris Tweed man’s jacket. Chest size 38”. Only 20€
More pics on request.
Buyer collects. Please call 693 107 206 What’s app, or
email: keithrocksue AT gmail dot com ; Keith/Canillas 

 

For Sale, 3 items:
-2x Heaters. Large Electric Nortline Oil Heater + Small Electric Kalorik oil Heater, €10 each, as new condition
-LG Computer Screen: LG 24MK400H computer monitor (24” screen) Full HD, as new condition. Bought in January 2022 from Media Mkt by my son in law on holiday in Spain, now no longer required, as new condition. Cost new €149 for sale at €70
-Computer keyboard, Spanish layout. Trust brand. Bought at the same time as the screen €7. In as new condition
Buyer collects from Eroski El Ingenio
Roy, Caleta 682 890 361
Email: vel360303@gmail.com 

 

Wanted: Annual or long term rental of studio or one bed appartment very near centre of Nerja. John, Torrox
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COVID-19

Covid Andalucia- Andalusia records 1.512 infections and 20 deaths in 24 hours: {Translation} 08/03/2022, 12:49
-On Tuesday 8 March, Andalusia recorded a total of 1,512 positive results for Covid-19 in 24 hours, more than last Tuesday (1,512), while there were 20 deaths, seven less than on Monday and 15 more than seven days ago (five).
-According to data consulted by Europa Press at the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), the rate in the region stands at 267.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 16.4 points less than on Monday.
-The 1,512 infections on Tuesday follow the 5,278 on Monday (72 hours), 2,809 on Friday, 2,457 on Thursday, 746 on Wednesday and 1,128 on Tuesday.
-On Tuesday 8 March, Andalusia recorded a rise of 38 patients hospitalised for coronavirus compared to Saturday, bringing the total to 690, while ICU admissions rose by three to 90 people.
-By provinces, Malaga is the most infected with 383, followed by Cordoba with 323, Almeria with 203, Cadiz with 168, Seville with 146, Granada with 117, Huelva with 87 and Jaen with 85.
-Of the 20 deaths, seven were recorded in the province of Jaén, five in Granada, three in Cádiz, two in Almería and one each in Córdoba, Málaga and Seville. Sources, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1034280/andalucia-registra-1512-contagios-y-20-fallecidos-en-24-horas/ &
https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1034275/andalucia-sube-en-38-hospitalizados-hasta-690-y-en-tres-pacientes-en-uci-hasta-90/

SPAIN

The price of gasoline reaches two euros per liter in several Spanish service stations: {Translation}
Fuel prices continue to rise week after week, reaching historic highs. On Tuesday, the price of a litre of petrol reached two euros at several service stations in Spain, something never seen before.
Some experts point to the conflict with Ukraine or the low level of supply as the cause of the rise, but the truth is that Spain is the European Union country where it has increased the most in 2021, by 22% compared to January, according to a study by the National Association of Automatic Service Stations (Aesae) with data from the Geoportal of the Ministry for Ecological Transition. Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-precio-gasolina-alcanza-euros-litro-varias-estaciones-servicio-espanolas-202203081634_noticia.html

 

Vice President Ribera assures that the electricity market is “broken” and that “it does not reflect the real costs”: The third vice president and minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, assured this Tuesday that the Government advocates intervening in the regulation of the wholesale electricity market, which she considers “is broken” because “it does not reflect the real costs” Thus, Ribera He explained that there is a “very important distortion” due to the “very high prices of natural gas.”
In the press conference after the Council of Ministers, Ribera stressed that the intervention in the regulation of the wholesale market is something that should have the endorsement of the European Union, which is the one that sets the fundamental rules. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/vice-president-ribera-assures-that-the-electricity-market-is-broken-and-that-it-does-not-reflect-the-real-costs/

 

Why Mercadona and other supermarkets have limited the purchase of sunflower oil: The Spanish Association of Distributors, Self-Services and Supermarkets (Asedas) has reported that some food distribution companies are limiting the sale of sunflower oil. In the last week, shops have detected an unusual increase in customers who buy large quantities of this product, whose main supplier of seeds is Ukraine, fearing that the Russian invasion will paralyze its production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on Spain in the economic field and in the consumer’s pocket. Not only have electricity and petroleum prices skyrocketed, but also the prices of some foods, such as bread, meat, beer and, of course, sunflower oil. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/why-mercadona-and-other-supermarkets-have-limited-the-purchase-of-sunflower-oil/

ANDALUCIA

Another Nolotil warning as elderly man from Sotogrande rushed to hospital: Despite the fact that Spain’s healthcare regulator the Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) warned about the dangers of pain killer Nolotil (metamizole) to those from northern Europe, especially the UK and Ireland, in 2018, it is still being prescribed.
-Just a week ago, an elderly British born man living in Sotogrande had to be rushed to the hospital in La Linea de la Frontera suffering from what turned out to be internal bleeding thought to have been caused by Nolotil.
-One of the major side effects of this drug is known to be agranulocytosis which causes the bone marrow to not produce enough white blood cells, and can result in fatal blood poisoning and those most at risk were identified as the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems.
-It is important to note that Nolotil is not licenced in the UK or Ireland. Source: https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/03/08/another-nolotil-warning-as-elderly-man-from-sotogrande-rushed-to-hospital/

EUROPE

Gibraltar will not require Covid tests or passenger locator forms from travellers from 18 March: People arriving in Gibraltar by air and sea will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test from Friday 18 March, and from the same date passengers landing at the airport will no longer have to submit a passenger locator form.
This is part of the government’s Exit Strategy plan, announced last week, whereby existing restrictions will gradually be phased out.
However, the Gibraltar police are stressing that until 18 March, people must continue to have a Covid-19 test on arrival at the airport and passenger locator forms do still have to be completed.
The latest information and travel advice are available at www.visitgibraltar.gi/covid-19 Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/gibraltar-will-require-20220308163516-nt.html

SPORTS

Pablo Andújar

Tennis News- Andújar, Verdasco and Vesely to play the ATP Challenger 125 in Marbella: {Translation}
-The AnyTech365 Andalucía Open 2022 already has an initial list of players who will compete in the ATP Challenger 125 during the week of 28 March to 3 April at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella, including 10 players in the world’s Top 100.
-Slovakian Alex Molcan, ranked 67th in the ATP rankings, is the highest ranked of the entries, followed by 2019 champion Pablo Andújar, currently ranked 69th. Roberto Carballés Baena and Jiri Vesely are the third and fourth seeds respectively; the Spaniard Baena will be playing his third consecutive edition of the tournament, while the Czech Vesely is coming after reaching the final of the Dubai ATP 500 just a fortnight ago, beating former world number 1 Novak Djokovic along the way, and will be returning to Marbella after his last appearance in 2019 where he reached the quarter-finals.
-Other notable names include Fernando Verdasco, former world number 7 and winner of seven ATP titles; Jaume Munar, who will be looking for the trophy after being defeated in the last three finals of the tournament; Holger Rune, a Danish player of just 18 years of age who is making great progress and who played in the Next Gen ATP Finals last season; Lucas Pouille, who reached the World Top-10 in 2018 with five ATP titles to his name; and two great former Top-20 veterans in Pablo Cuevas and Philipp Kohlschreiber, with six and eight ATP titles respectively. Photo:SKY. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/deportes/Andujar-Verdasco-ATP-Challenger-Marbella_0_1663334139.html

TECH

Facebook Blocks VPN Users from Viewing Public FB Pages: {By Editor}
Fakebook claims your pages will be available for the public to view as long as your page settings are set to public, even persons without a FB account are supposed to be able to see them. This is NOT TRUE for non-FB account holders that use a VPN. VPN users are blocked from viewing public FB pages unless they sign into FB. That is because when you view a FB page, even as a non-FB user, FB sets cookies in your browser to collect data on all the sites you visit and searches you do. FB demands your data, even if you are not a FB account holder. I have tested this many times to confirm it.
If you are a business owner, and use FB for promotions, your public exposure is limited by this practice as many people now use VPNs to protect themselves online from identity theft, scams and ads.
I can’t find info on this practice anywhere in the mess that FB calls support. They have taken away benefits from you, that you may have paid for, without properly informing you that you are now getting less for your advertising payments than you used to get.
Another deceptive Fakebook practice. You can see a discussion of this here, https://www.reddit.com/r/facebook/comments/ivmt5j/comment/hulbul3/

 

In Response To Sanctions, Putin May Decriminalize On-line & Software Piracy: (If Russia does this, it will cost big tech, the entertainment industry & media companies many billions of dollars, as then the entire world will have free access to premium content on IPTV & torrents, new movies before they reach local theaters, every publication, and pirated software via Russian portals. It will be hard to charge hundreds of dollars for MS Office Suite or Photoshop if they can be had for free from Russian websites. -Ed.) Putin appears to be digging in for the long haul and is seemingly intent on demonstrating that sanctions can be mitigated in dozens of ways, even if that means changing local law.
Quite how this could deal with services accessed via the cloud is unclear but the overall aim is to smooth Russia’s transition from reliance on foreign companies’ products to solutions developed inside the country. (Russia has had it’s own, alternative Internet since 2018, including it’s own version of Wikipedia. So does China. -Ed. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50902496) Given the scale of that undertaking, software piracy is likely to become the norm for years to come. Reference: https://torrentfreak.com/russia-will-probably-legalize-some-software-piracy-to-mitigate-sanctions-220307/ (If you are interested in the chaos that Russia could instigate with the Internet we use, once they switch over to their own internet exclusively, this is a good article on the topic without too much jargon. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/07/russia-dns-alternative-internet-could-yield-cyberattack.html)

COVID Info References

Municipal Rates Map  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official Covid-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

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.

A Spanish gov’t site in English with travel docs & requirements info: 
https://www.spth.gob.es/

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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

Taxi
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
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
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