DigameXtra No. 2241 Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

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The Isla Mágica theme park of Seville will open its doors on the 23rd of April: Its facilities located in the Carthusian monastery will remain open until November 1, 2022.
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‘Feria de los Pueblos’ in Fuengirola: {Translation}
At the fairground, from April 27 to May 2. This year the event has been renamed the International ‘Feria de los Paises’ (Fair of the Countries). Representatives of 33 different countries will participate, opening the doors of their ‘casetas’ from 1pm through to 4am.
The main parade of the fair will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 am. It will pass through the main streets of the town, and is expected to involve more than 1,000 people. Starting from Plaza de España, the parade will terminate at the fairground.
In addition, the organization has decided to extend the celebration of the fair for one more day since May 1 falls on a Sunday. Source, Spanish: https://www.laopiniondemalaga.es/costa-sol-occidental/2022/04/19/fuengirola-celebrara-feria-internacional-pueblos-paises-63856410.html 


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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”.
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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.
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Covid Malaga- Malaga recorded 16 deaths with Covid in a week, 73 new hospital admissions and 1.614 positive: {Translation, summary} 19Apr22 14:10
-The Andalusian Regional Ministry of Health and Families has notified this Tuesday, in accordance with the new surveillance strategy approved by the National Public Health Commission, the COVID-19 data for the last week, taking into account that Good Friday, being a public holiday, the data was not updated.
-Thus, 16 more deaths have been reported with COVID-19 in the province of Malaga, bringing the total in more than two years of the pandemic to 2,387 people. In addition, since last Tuesday there have been 73 new hospital admissions (13,628 in total, 1,133 in the ICU).
-Similarly, 1,614 official positives detected by PDIA (PCR and antigen testing) have been reported, bringing the total to 278,805; while the number of recovered patients now stands at 271,814, after adding 2,104 in the last seven days.
-In addition, 117 people are currently hospitalised in health centres in the province, ten of them in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Malaga-fallecidos-Covid-hospitalarios-positivos_0_1675933387.html


Covid Andalucia- Andalusia has 54 deaths in one week and has 611 hospitalised patients: {Translation} : 19/04/2022 13:22
-Andalusia has registered on Tuesday 19 April a total of 7,800 new cases of coronavirus since the 12th, of which 3,550 have occurred in people over 60, bringing the total number of infections in Andalusia since the start of the pandemic to 1,428,789.
-The region has had 54 deaths in the last week, as the Covid figures were not reported last Friday due to the celebration of Good Friday. This brings the overall death toll from the coronavirus in Andalusia to 13,409 people.
-In addition, there are currently 611 patients admitted for Covid-19 throughout Andalusia and 44 in an ICU, an increase of 127 people in Andalusian hospitals compared to last Tuesday, while intensive care units are up by seven.
-With regard to the current average incidence of infection in Andalusia in the last 14 days in people over 60 years of age, this stands, according to the IECA, at 305.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with the highest in Almeria, where it reaches 470.8 points, and the lowest in Granada with 209.5.
-By provinces, Malaga continues to be the one with the highest number of positive cases this week with 1,614, followed by Seville with 1,413; Cordoba with 996; Almeria with 925; Cadiz with 915; Jaen with 687; Granada with 659; and Huelva with 591.
-Of the 54 deaths, 16 were in Malaga, 12 in Seville, seven in Cadiz and Cordoba, respectively, five in Almeria, three in Granada and Jaen and one in Huelva.
-On 28 March 2022, the new Covid-19 Surveillance and Control Strategy came into force after the acute phase of the pandemic. From that date onwards, the incidence indicators refer to the population aged 60 years and over, immunocompromised persons and pregnant women, while the data on hospitalisations and deaths refer to the general population. Source, Spanish:


After almost 700 days in force Spain’s mandatory indoor mask rule to be largely dropped from Wednesday: The Spanish government has approved a move to place the onus on the population in general to behave responsibly, but has stipulated some situations where masks will still have to be worn. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/mask-rule-dropped-20220419170416-nt.html


Price of electricity in Spain falls to its lowest in six months, thanks to renewable energies: Today, Wednesday 20 April, the rate charged will be the lowest since last October and the cheapest time of day will be between 5pm and 6pm
-The cost of generating electricity will fall by around 24% to 84 euros per Megawatt hour, which is a new annual low.
-The highest price consumers will be charged for electricity tomorrow will be between 9am and 10am, at 148 euros/MWh, and the lowest will be between 5pm and 6pm at about six euros/MWh. In fact, it will be below 10 euros /MWh for the three hours between 4 and 7pm. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/cost-electricity-falls-20220419182826-nt.html


The rain in March and April has filled two major reservoirs that supply Malaga city and the Costa del Sol: La Concepción reservoir in Marbella, which supplies the Costa del Sol, gained 317 litres per square metre between 1 March and 18 April, and is now so full that water is being transferred from there to the Axarquía. The reservoir is still at 94% of capacity.
-The Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir in Malaga, which together with those of Guadalhorce and Guadalteba supplies the city and the Guadalhorce Valley, is also practically full, at 96%. The total amount in these three reservoirs guarantees the supply in Malaga city for the next three years.
-La Viñuela, on the other hand, has only gained four cubic hectometres with the recent rainfall and holds only 16.8 per cent of its capacity, so it is still officially at a critical level. Restrictions are in force for agriculture and domestic use in some areas, to try to reserve supplies in the face of the dry summer ahead. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/rainfall-march-april-20220419094622-nt.html


Torrox Marina and Golf Course Update: {Translation}
-The Torrox Golf Course is closer to becoming a reality after the acquisition of all the shares of the company Calaceite Developments S.L., a company that belonged to the Fuerte Hoteles group and which was declared bankrupt, with which Torrox Town Hall now owns 78.22% of Calaceite Golf S.L., established in 2005 for the design, construction, development and management of the project.
-The mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, president and managing director of the company in which the councillor Paula Moreno is also a director, considered the signing of the deed this Tuesday before the notary Juan Carlos Martín Romero as a “key piece for the future Golf Course”.
-Medina has insisted on his intention to reactivate also the Marina, since, as he has pointed out “these two projects, which will be a boost for the local economy, will revolutionize the municipality to make it a first class tourist destination on the Costa del Sol.
-The Torrox councillor stressed once again the need to provide the municipality with tourist infrastructures that complement all the attractions it already has. “Torrox has the charm of a white village, a rich gastronomy made with the best raw materials from our own fields and greenhouses to be enjoyed while enjoying the best sunsets on our coast, as well as having the best climate in Europe,” concluded Medina.
-For her part, Paula Moreno indicated that the Golf Course project has all the viability from a legal, urbanistic and environmental point of view, included in the General Urban Development Plan approved in 1992, and that it would affect 100 hectares of land, on the beachfront, where the construction of 3,157 homes is also planned. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/torrox-asume-el-control-de-la-sociedad-que-impulsara-el-campo-de-golf/


Feria de Málaga- the deadline for the application of the stalls is April 30th: {Translation, summary}
-Applications for the stands in the Fairgrounds and the Historic Centre as well as for the adaptation of traditional courtyards and Casas de Hermandad in the Historic Centre of the city are now open. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 April. The Town Hall has stated in a press release that applications can be submitted online through the website of Malaga Town Hall.
-The standard application form is available at the website of the City Council. Individuals can apply either online or in person. In the case of opting for the in-person form, interested parties must fill in the standard application form which can be found in the registry offices of Malaga City Council, in the Area of Operational Services, Department of Fiestas, located in Complejo ‘El Duende’ Camino de San Rafael, Nº 99, C.P. 29006, Malaga, during opening hours from 09.00 to 14.00 hours.
-At the end of the period for submitting applications, a resolution with the list of successful applications will be published in the electronic headquarters of the City Council (www.malaga.eu) indicating the number and location of authorised modules, in the case of applications for stands in the Fair Grounds, or the number of metres of occupation and location, in the case of applications for stands or adaptation of traditional courtyards and fraternity houses in the Historic Centre.
-The successful bidders must provide the corresponding deposit of 200 euros/standard module of 25 by ten metres and proportional for the rest of the stands depending on their dimensions, prior to the application for authorisation to operate before the Openings Service. Photo &Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Abierto-abril-plazo-solicitud-casetas-feria-Malaga_0_1675934315.html 


More stringent controls being carried out by Spanish police at the Gibraltar border: Citizens of non-EU countries, including those who hold blue Gibraltar residence cards, and including British passport holders, are being refused entry to Spain unless they provide evidence of travel and hotel reservations. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/more-stringent-controls-20220419090218-nt.html


Brits Bringing Their Pets to EU Hit With €215 Fee Each Time They Visit the Bloc, plus Updates on Pet Passports When Entering France and Switzerland: British travellers are charged £180 or €215 for bringing their pets – dogs and cats in the 27-nation-bloc, after Brexit – the act that marks the UK’s exit from the EU.
-More specifically, the European Union requires Brits to provide an Animal Healthcare Certificate from a vet, which is valid for four months and costs around €215, although the precise price depends. Due to technical problems, the measure also applies when reaching Irish borders. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/brits-bringing-their-pets-to-eu-hit-with-e215-fee-each-time-they-visit-the-bloc/


Racing News- Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso announces new sponsorship deal: Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso has announced a new sponsorship deal with motorsport brand Castrol and has told his fans on social media that “exciting plans” are on the way.
-The Spaniard returned to Formula One following his stint in the Dakar Rally and joined the Alpine F1 Team in 2020, replacing Daniel Ricciardo for the 2021 season. During his debut season for the team, Alonso finished in 10th place with 81 points after managing one podium finish. Full article: https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/04/19/spanish-f1-driver-fernando-alonso-announces-new-sponsorship-deal/


Boxing News- Tyson Fury Retirement Announcement: Gypsy King insists he will retire from boxing after Dillian Whyte clash on Saturday.
-Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will go toe-to-toe on Saturday night, with a record-breaking 94,000 spectators expected at Wembley Stadium. Fury looks to successfully defend his WBC title in the all-British clash, but was adamant that it will be the last outing of his glistening career.
-After Fury was put through his paces by trainer SugarHill Steward on Tuesday’s open workout at Wembley, the 34-year-old conceded that Saturday would draw a close to his 14-year boxing career. “That’s it. Get a good victory here on Saturday night, relax, sit back and enjoy life. I am loving every second of it,” said Fury. “It’s been a long old journey, ups and downs in my career, lots of ups and downs. I’m coming up to 34, 20 years as a boxer, that’s enough for anybody. There’s plenty of other stuff I need to do like look after my kids and wife and enjoy them.” Full article: https://www.planetsport.com/boxing/news/tyson-fury-gypsy-king-will-retire-after-dillian-whyte-fight-wembley-stadium 


Turmeric can improve fuel cells, applications in sensors, supercapacitors and more:
-Turmeric, a spice found in most kitchens, has an extract that could lead to safer, more efficient fuel cells.
-Researchers at the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) and their collaborators from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) in India discovered a novel way to combine curcumin – the substance in turmeric – and gold nanoparticles to create an electrode that requires 100 times less energy to efficiently convert ethanol into electricity. While the research team must do more testing, the discovery brings replacing hydrogen as a fuel cell feedstock one step closer. Full article: https://news.clemson.edu/extract-from-a-common-kitchen-spice-could-be-key-to-greener-more-efficient-fuel-cells/ 


Despite Claims To The Contrary by Big Tech, Blockchain (The Technology Behind BitCoin) Has Huge Security Flaws, Hacks & Thefts On The Rise: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Treasury Department, warned of a new set of ongoing cyber attacks carried out by the Lazarus Group targeting blockchain companies.
-The disclosure comes less than a week after the Treasury Department attributed the cryptocurrency theft of Axie Infinity’s Ronin Network to the Lazarus Group, sanctioning the wallet address used to receive the stolen funds.
-“North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors use a full array of tactics and techniques to exploit computer networks of interest, acquire sensitive cryptocurrency-intellectual property, and gain financial assets,” the agencies said.
-“These actors will likely continue exploiting vulnerabilities of cryptocurrency technology firms, gaming companies, and exchanges to generate and launder funds to support the North Korean regime.” Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2022/04/fbi-us-treasury-and-cisa-warns-of-north.html

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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
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Nerja 952 524 519
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National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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