DigameXtra No. 2222 Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

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The Rob Sas Band: Sat April 2nd, 23:55
Louie Louie Live Estepona. Its Ricky’s birthday (he owns the venue) so its bound to be a long and messy night!
Av. Luis Braille. Edificio Puertosol. Puerto Deportivo 29680 Estepona. FB 


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Welcome to the world of esparto grass, vegetable fibres:
We will visit the workshop, explain everything related to the esparto grass craft and make a piece, “Cuchara del Pastor” (Shepherd’s spoon), with dried and/or crushed esparto grass.
There is no minimum age to visit the workshop, but for making the “Cuchara del Pastor” it is recommended for children over 7 years old. Space is limited to a maximum of 10 people at a time.
Visit to the workshop + explanation of the craft is free.
Appointment by email; hola@musketa.com
28 Mar- De 11:00 a 13:00
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-Preloved castillan tallboy Natural & yute
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-Preloved lamp night table Natural & Yute
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-Lovely orange sofa 195 x 95cms Price 70€
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For Sale, 2 items:
-Sofa bed – with quality mattress on metal fold out frame. All cushions attached so very easy to convert from sofa to bed. Throws used due to rental so still in good condition and very clean. Some wear on arms hence price – 85€
-2x rocker arm chairs– match sofa but will sell separately to sofa as pair 75€
150€ if all bought together. Buyer to collect.
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Email: gail and geoff @ yahoo . co . uk


For Sale: Double bed, 160×200. Mattresses included. €50.00
Bed is not new but good, came with the house that we bought.
Location is between Algarrobo and Sayalonga in the campo.
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Wanted: Second hand child’s bike – suit 7/8 year old (20″ wheel size). Bob, Torrox. Whatsapp 0044 7775901276


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Fabric dyeing: Does anybody know of a professional fabric dyeing company? Jane/ Canillas de Albaida, 637716703


News & Articles

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Crisis Relief Plans- Government provides fuel subsidy of 20 cents per litre and limits rent increases to 2%: {Translation} 28/03/2022 16:48
-A crisis plan to deal with the war in Ukraine addressing five elements that include: social measures, aid for companies, subsidies for transport, a plan to promote cybersecurity and new formulas to make energy and electricity cheaper. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has put the cost of the ‘Response Plan’ to the impact of the war in Ukraine at 16,000 million, which will be approved tomorrow by the Council of Ministers and which includes a ban on objective dismissals and a minimum subsidy of 20 cents per litre of fuel, among other measures.
-The plan, which will last until 30 June, will have an impact of around 6 billion in direct aid and tax reductions and a further 10 billion in ICO credits (loans) to cushion the impact of the crisis.
***Here is a breakdown of the most important measures announced today by Sánchez***
-Spain will subsidise the purchase of each litre of fuel by a minimum of 20 cents for both private individuals and professionals, of which 15 cents will be provided by the state and the rest by the oil companies. These companies have already announced discounts of up to 14 cents per litre linked to the use of their loyalty cards. The discount will be applied from 1 April when filling up at the petrol station and will benefit all.
-Veto to objective dismissals, and commitment to promote the use of ERTE in companies suffering difficulties or stoppages.
-This week, Spain and Portugal will present to Brussels an “exceptional and temporary” measure to set a reference price for gas used in combined cycle power plants to generate electricity. To this end, another daily auction will be held on the wholesale market to set the price for consumers and SMEs covered by the regulated tariff or pvpc.
-Limits on rent rises to 2% and a 15% increase in the amount of the Minimum Vital Income (IMV).
-Update of the remuneration system for renewables, cogeneration and waste, the so-called Recore, which will mean a reduction in system charges of 1.8 billion. The aim is to bring forward by one year the adjustment in the remuneration of this sector that should be made in 2023.
-Extension until 30 June of the mechanism to reduce excess profits in the electricity market caused by the high price of natural gas on international markets.
-Extension (announced at the beginning of the month) of the tax reduction on electricity bills (VAT at 10% for small consumers, the special electricity tax at 0.5% and the suspension of the tax on electricity generation).
-Extension of the bono social eléctrico to a further 600,000 families, which will reach almost two million households. This bonus, which is a discount on the price of electricity, is paid for by the electricity companies.
-500 million euros in aid for energy-intensive industry in order to offset tolls by 80%, reach the CO2 compensation ceiling and reinforce direct aid to the sector.
-New line of ICO credit (loans, not grants) guarantees for 10 billion euros to cover liquidity needs due to higher energy prices.
-The maturity period of the loans guaranteed by the ICO and the grace period for the most affected business sectors are also extended.
– 362 million aid package for the agriculture and livestock sector and 68 million for the fisheries sector.
-Aid of more than 1 billion euros for the transport sector: a 20 euro cent fuel rebate and a package of 450 million euros for goods and passenger transport companies, depending on the type of vehicle (1,250 euros for lorries, 900 euros for buses, 500 euros for vans and 300 euros for taxis, VTC or ambulances). The deadline for the refund of the tax on hydrocarbons is also reduced from three to one month.
-Launch of a national cybersecurity plan with more than 1 billion euros to act in 150 essential points. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/economia/abci-veto-despidos-y-fijacion-precio-medidas-plan-espana-frente-guerra-202203281125_noticia.html


The strike of carriers loses strength after the agreement with the Government: In the third week of the transporters’ strike, the strike begins to lose force, mainly due to the agreement reached by the employers of the sector, the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC) with the Ministry of Transport last week. The pact, which includes a bonus of 20 cents per liter of fuel and direct aid of 450 million euros, has satisfied some drivers, who worked this Monday with apparent normality.
Mercamadrid, the largest merchandise distribution center in the country, where this Monday they received only 7% less products than usual, when in the first days of the strike they recorded drops of up to 40%.
However, from the National Platform in Defense of Transport -callers of the strike- they assure that they will continue with the protest until the Minister of Transport summons them to another meeting and gives answers to their demands. The president of the platform, Manuel Hernández, assured in statements to TVE that “much to our regret we have to continue with the stopped trucks.” “It costs us less money to be unemployed than to work, the situation is chaotic,” Hernández explained. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-strike-of-carriers-loses-strength-after-the-agreement-with-the-government/


Editor’s Note: President Sanchez is pushing half-truths as crisis solutions. The petrol relief depends on small suppliers to provide discounts they have not agreed to provide. The 16Billion in ‘Response Plan’ funds to compensate for the impact of the war in Ukraine includes 10 Billion in loans that must be repaid, many do not consider that “relief” in that it must be paid back, with interest! They say this is only a delay of debt, not actual relief. Considering that only 40% of the Spanish Covid relief funds for businesses and the self employed have so far been distributed, many observers are highly skeptical of these new proposals. 


Small and medium-sized petrol stations cannot advance the petrol discounts announced by Sánchez, according to CEEES: {Translation}
-The Spanish Confederation of Service Station Entrepreneurs (CEEES) has warned that small and medium-sized service stations lack the financial capacity to advance the discounts announced by the President.
-The General Assembly of the confederation, which met this Monday as a matter of urgency, unanimously agreed to ask the Government to clarify as quickly as possible what the mechanism for implementing the generalised discount on fuels will be, which, as announced by the president, will begin to be applied next Thursday, 1 April.
-Thus, CEEES states that it does not know which mechanism will be used. This measure, which was originally intended only for hauliers, will now be universal, according to the President’s announcement.
-While awaiting the details of the measures that are expected to be approved tomorrow by the Council of Ministers, the CEEES assembly warns that if what the government wants is for the sector’s SMEs and micro-SMEs (Small and Mid-size Enterprise) to finance the initiative, “the reality is that it will be ineffective”.
-“Not because the service stations do not wish to contribute to the success of the initiative, but because they are directly unable to do so”, according to the employers’ association, which defends the interests of more than 4,000 Spanish service stations in the hands of SMEs and micro-SMEs.
-Thus, according to CEEES, neither many wholesale operators nor, of course, retail distributors have the capacity to advance these amounts, which is why they warn that the Government’s intention will be “absolutely ineffective” if mechanisms are not put in place that – as has been done in other neighbouring countries – guarantee that the measures approved tomorrow by the Council of Ministers will have a positive impact on the pockets of their customers. Full article: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-pequenas-medianas-gasolineras-no-pueden-adelantar-descuentos-anunciados-sanchez-ceees-20220328194519.html


The Malaga-Axarquia Health Dept. warns of false e-mails from the supposed Ministry of Health: {Translation} The Malaga-Axarquia Health Area denies sending the messages that arrive by mail from a false profile of the Ministry of Health. The organisation advises to follow only official channels.
In a Facebook post recently uploaded by the AGS East Malaga-Axarquia, it warns of the arrival of an email that numerous users are receiving. The message includes a PDF document, that they suggest you do not to open, and an invitation to an additional dose of the vaccine against Covid-19, something that they clarify is false.
In fact, the AGS assures that it is a hoax and alerts people “not to access any link in the email, do not provide information, and follow only the information from official channels”. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/salud/el-area-sanitaria/20220325190828047433.html 


Football News- World Cup: 
-Canada qualified for the World Cup finals for just the second time on Sunday, beating Jamaica 4-0 to book their ticket to Qatar and end 36 years of failure and heartache.
Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/sport/


Google Chrome users urged to update immediately:
Google has urged Chrome users to update the web browser to the latest version in order to avoid being targeted by cybercriminals.
Late last week, the company released Chrome 99.0.4844.84 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which fixes a high severity zero-day vulnerability that allows for remote code execution.
In an advisory published alongside the update, the company explained that the issue has already been abused in real-life scenarios. “Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-1096 exists in the wild,” wrote the firm. Because the flaw is being abused in the wild, Google is deliberately withholding additional information until users are able to patch up their systems. Full article: https://www.techradar.com/news/google-chrome-users-urged-to-update-immediately-or-risk-attack


Kaspersky Anti-virus User Note: {Editor} Don’t panic. Kaspersky is a global company with locations in 34 countries. The privately-owned company started 25 years ago, and yes, its headquarters are in Moscow, Russia. My understanding is that Kapersky’s west european traffic is processed in their Swiss facility. Kaspersky operates under a holding company in the U.K. For the time being it remains safe to use. If it were me, I would keep using it until my subscription expired, then switch to Bit Defender. If any confirmed threat develops, I will report it here.
However, in light of the real possibility of cyber warfare, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Here is how to uninstall Kaspersky applications if you wish to remove it from your computers or phones. https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/kaspersky-antivirus-dangers/830542/

COVID Info References

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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official Covid-19 Pages:

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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Petrol Prices – Updated daily: These are the fuel stations in Malaga province with the lowest prices. The price data for 95 and 98-octane petrol and diesel fuel is updated every day. See it here:

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

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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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