DigameXtra No. 2257 Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

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Harley & Beach 2022: 3rd, 4th and 5th June.
This year we are holding it at the Charcón Beach Club, right on the beach. Hotel next to the event, weekend packages available. Live bands- The Howlin’ Ramblers(3rd) + Suzette & More Quintet (4th) + Boliches Brothers (4th) FB 


Guitarist Laura Killeney: Legends Bar- Torre del Mar.
Friday 13 May 20.00 – 22.00.
Location: Cipriano Maldonado Jimenez 9G (T.d.M)
For table booking / Event Food Chicken Tikka Masala please pre-book. FB 


III Rockers Friends Rumble: May 13-15. 8 Bands + DJs.
Hotel Las Palmeras, Fuengirola. Info: 952472700  FB 


VIII Ruta de la Tapa- Nerja: 27 May-12 June
Tapa + cana= €2  FB 


Displante Festival at Autocine Malaga: Concert at the drive-in theater
Sunday 12Jun, from noon.
Bands- Alademoska, The Oddballs, The Black Tartan Clan & Remolones.

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For Sale: Roca Laufen toilet with cistern and seat. Very good condition, 70 euros, must collect. Call Bill, near Trapiche
Call 633 146 152 or email billbroc@hotmail.com 


For Sale: High Performance UK Lenovo Ideapad 310 laptop. Refurbished & upgraded by DoctorLaptop. Windows 10 Pro v21H2, fresh install, 12Gb RAM (high speed, brand new), 480Gb SSD (high performance, brand new), Intel i3 6006U @ 2GHz processor. Display 15.6″ True HD 1920×1080 + HDMI & VGA ports, Ethernet, 2.4/5 dual band wifi, 2x USB2, 1x USB3, SD Multi-Card Reader, headphone port, 4Hr battery. Includes MS Office Suite Pro Plus 2019. New on Amazon is over €800 without MS Office included. Price €500, no offers. 30 day cash back guaranty. Photo:Lenovo.com
Naythan, Torrox Costa. Buyer collects.


Wanted: Short term rental. In Torre del Mar, March, April, May 2023. 1 bed apartment with balcony or outdoor space. Must have satellite TV, Wifi & bills included. Mature responsible lady, non smoker, no pets, experienced house/pet sitter. Contact Denise, Velez Malaga on
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Email: denise.rishton AT hotmail D0T co.uk


Naythan’s Flat Search Updated
Wanted: Long term rental. Inexpensive studio flat. Long term.
Torre del Mar or Rincon de la Victoria near the N-340 coast road. Furnished or unfurnished, but needs a washer & cooker. Naythan, Torrox Costa
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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


The Sanitary District of la Axarquía exceeds the rate of 500 cases for COVID19 in those more than 60 years old: {Translation, summary} 9May22
-The figure is even worse in Vélez-Málaga, where it stands at 904.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
-The Axarquia Health District maintains a coronavirus infection rate of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks. In the last seven days, 94 more positive cases have been confirmed among the population over 60 years of age and another 10 people have had to be hospitalised for COVID19.
-The figure is even worse in Vélez-Málaga, where the two-week rate is 904.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
-As far as Nerja is concerned, this rate stands at 547, always among the population over 60 years of age, according to data provided by Cadena SER Axarquia.
-On the other hand, the spokesperson for the Andalusian Government’s coronavirus monitoring group, Doctor Inmaculada Salcedo, acknowledged that health professionals “are afraid” of the increase in the number of admissions due to the exponential increase in contagions in recent days as a result of the crowds, the removal of masks indoors and the celebration of mass festivals such as the Feria de Abril, where, she acknowledged, it has been observed that “people have become excessively relaxed”.
-Salcedo has insisted on the recommendation to use the masks in closed premises, with little ventilation and where people accumulate.
-Likewise, the sale of COVID tests has increased in pharmacies in Malaga after the removal of the mask.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/



Brussels gives Spain and Portugal the go-ahead to cap the wholesale price of gas: Now the Spanish Cabinet will have to approve the decree which lays down the conditions and technical details of a measure which will be much more complex than it appears: capping the price of gas on the wholesale market at 40 euros per Megawatt hour to begin with, then lifting it to 50 euros/MWh for the rest of the period, during a maximum of 12 months. The restriction means the electricity pool could drop to around 130 or 140 euros/MWh, compared with the more than 200 euros/MWh in recent weeks. In other words, electricity bills could be reduced by around 35 per cent. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/brussels-given-spain-20220509175732-nt.html


Brussels tells Spain and Portugal that it has not yet taken a decision on the gas cap proposal: {Translation}
-The European Commission has replied to Spain and Portugal on Monday that it has not yet taken a formal decision on the Iberian proposal to cap the price of natural gas for electricity generation, but has only issued a preliminary assessment of the draft it has received from the governments of both countries.
-“Although no formal decision has been taken at this stage, the Commission remains in close contact with the Spanish and Portuguese authorities on the design of the measure,” a European Commission spokesperson told Europa Press.
-The EU executive has indicated that it has “recently” received a draft of the technical measure that included “a large number of relevant details” on the political agreement of the ‘Iberian derogation’. However, the spokesperson for the European Commission has assured that to date only “a preliminary assessment” has been shared.
-In this regard, sources from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge consider this to be the “usual procedure”, as Europa Press has learned. They consider it to be “a kind of pre-authorisation” if the legislative proposal presented by Spain and Portugal does not deviate from what has been presented to date.
-“Some information is still pending and is expected [to be included] in the formal notification, which will happen soon. The Commission’s main objective is to reach solid and legal decisions as soon as possible,” said the EU spokesman.
-On Monday, sources from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge confirmed to Europa Press that, having received the preliminary approval from Brussels for the so-called ‘Iberian derogation’, “they are still working to be able to take it to the Council of Ministers tomorrow or as soon as possible”.
-Spain and Portugal sent their joint proposal to the European Commission at the end of last week, after weeks of arduous technical negotiations.
-Under the agreement reached with the EU executive, the reference price for gas will initially be set at around 40 euros/MWh, with an average price of 50 euros/MWh over the 12 months it is in force.
-This agreement, in line with the decision of the European Council of 24 and 25 March, compatible with the treaty and the regulations, will enable a temporary mechanism, the so-called ‘Iberian derogation’, to be put in place and provide coverage until the end of next winter.
-In addition, all consumers will benefit from this mechanism, especially those who are indexed to the daily market (spot), those on the regulated tariff, the so-called PVPC. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-bruselas-replica-espana-portugal-no-aun-tomado-decision-propuesta-limitar-gas-20220509200940.html


Did you see a mysterious line of lights in the sky over the Costa del Sol early this morning?: To find out, we asked astrophysicist José Maria Madiedo of the Andalucía Astrophysics Institute, who is also the head researcher at the Smart Project.
-“They were artificial satellites,” he told us. Specifically, they were Starlink satellites from the SpaceX project, which is owned by the multimillionaire Elon Musk, and 53 of them were launched from Florida on 6 May. They have been visible for the past few days as a line in the night sky, but over time they will separate and will not be so obvious. Photo:SUR. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/ 


Torre del Mar presents the VIII Legua y XXX Milla Nocturna (Night) Races: {Translation} Juan Carlos Gámez, president of the Club Atletismo Rincón Fertilidad Vélez, informed that “the races will start at 21:00 hours from the sports tracks next to the lighthouse. The route will run along the Paseo Marítimo in Torre del Mar. From 21:00 hours the U-12 and U-14 races will take place over a distance of 1,609 metres. At 21:15 and 21:30 the U-8 and U-10 will compete over a distance of 700 metres. At 21:45 the U-16 and upwards will start the absolute race over a distance of 5 kilometres. Along the route, runners will be offered refreshment points”. More info: http://www.atletismovelez.es/ 


Andalucía adapts its face mask rules to the national Covid regulations: The regional Ministry of Health says the change is justified by the fact that the number of new coronavirus infections over a 14-day period has stabilised.
This means the word ‘obligatory’ has been dropped when referring to masks in residential care homes and home help services. The use of masks, aprons and gloves is no longer compulsory for carers who go into people’s homes, either, but they are also obliged to comply with any changes the government in Madrid might make to the regulations.
Masks are now only necessary (mandatory) on public transport and flights and in common areas in health centres and health settings (including pharmacies). Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/


Malaga Police seize 11 kilos of gummy bears found to be laced with MDMA-like substance: {Translation, summary}
-Eleven kilograms of gummy bears impregnated with 25N-NBOMe, a hallucinogenic substance better known as “La Bomba”, have been seized by the police in the province of Malaga.
-In the operational phase of the investigation, seven searches were carried out in various properties and premises in Benalmádena, Cártama, Alhaurín el Grande and Málaga.
-25N-NBOMe is a hallucinogenic substance, in the MDMA group of psychedelics, known as “The Bomb”, which is sold as an alternative to LSD or magic mushrooms.
There are several variations of this drug, but 25-NBOMe is its most potent and abused form, as its effects are very long lasting in the body, lasting twelve hours or more. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/ 


Headlines from Schengenvisainfo.com- Click the headline to read the article:
Travel Restrictions on International Music Tours to Be Facilitated
Sweden Reintroduces Border Controls Citing “Terrorist Threats & Shortcomings” at External Borders
Malta Further Relaxes Its COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Belgium Travel: Current COVID-19 Entry Rules & Other Restrictions Explained


Tennis News- Alcaraz stands at number six in the world after winning in Madrid: {Translation, summary}
-Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz moved up to number six in the ATP rankings on Monday, the highest of his career, after winning the Mutua Madrid Open title, the fourth Masters 1000 of the year, and is now second in the Race to Turin.
-The Spaniard, who defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the final at the Caja Mágica on Sunday (6-3, 6-1), has moved up from ninth to sixth after defeating three top five players and scoring 955 points at the Spanish tournament to reach a total of 4,773.
-Serbian Novak Djokovic, whom the player from El Palmar eliminated in the semi-finals, continues to lead the ranking (8,260) ahead of Russian Daniil Medvedev (7,990) and Zverev (7,020), who was unable to defend his title in Madrid. Spaniard Rafa Nadal, also a victim of Alcaraz in the quarter-finals, and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas complete the Top 5 as fourth (6,435) and fifth (5,750) respectively.
-Among the rest of the Spaniards, Asturian Pablo Carreño and Roberto Bautista from Castellón remain eighteenth and nineteenth, respectively, and Alejandro Davidovich from Malaga retains his 29th position. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/


Tennis News- Veteran Wawrinka rekindles fire with rare win in Rome: Stan Wawrinka believes he has what it takes to get back to playing “great tennis” again, the former world number three said after claiming his first victory in 15 months at the Italian Open on Monday.
The 37-year-old Swiss knocked out 14th seed Reilly Opelka 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the Rome first round to win for the first time since last year’s Australian Open.
Playing just his third match of the season, the three-time Grand Slam champion rallied from a set and a break down to beat the 6ft 11 inch (2.1 metre) American and set up a second round with Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere. Full article: https://www.france24.com/ 


Covid-19- Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer’s vaccine trial: {British Medical Journal, 02Nov21}
-A regional director who was employed at the research organisation Ventavia Research Group has told The BMJ that the company falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on adverse events reported in Pfizer’s pivotal phase III trial. Staff who conducted quality control checks were overwhelmed by the volume of problems they were finding. After repeatedly notifying Ventavia of these problems, the regional director, Brook Jackson (video 1), emailed a complaint to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ventavia fired her later the same day. Jackson has provided The BMJ with dozens of internal company documents, photos, audio recordings, and emails.
(Note: Sometimes it takes a while for these articles from technical journals to surface. This was published 6 months ago, but is only now making the rounds. -Ed.)
Full article: https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2635


Bought A New Computer Without An Operating System Trying to Save a Few Euros?: {DigameXtra} You see these for sale on Amazon, “laptop without operating system” (portatil Sin Sistema operativo). They are generally €80 to €150 cheaper than an identical model with Windows installed. Unless you intend to run a free version of Linux, you are going to need a copy of Windows to install. Here is what to expect.
-Although Windows 11 is a free upgrade if you’re running a licensed copy of Windows 10 on your PC, Microsoft has now rolled out physical retail boxes of Windows installers. These can be purchased, or at least ordered, from larger computer stores. Amazon.es has several offerings, all with bad reviews warning of scams and installation failures. Better to buy it from a store you can return it to if necessary.
-Windows 11 Home comes with a light background while Pro features a dark background. The former is priced at $139.99 while the latter carries a price tag of $199.99. These are exactly the same prices as Windows 10 Home and Pro, respectively.
-If you’re wondering what the box actually contains, there’s a USB flash drive containing the installation and an activation key.
-If you know how to install Windows and make a bootable installer, then another method is available. Using a working computer, you can go to the Windows download center and create a bootable installer for free, all you need is a 16Gb USB flash drive. Once that is installed on the new computer you have 3 days to activate Windows. To do that you need a Windows licence key for that exact version of Windows, HOME or PRO. These should only be purchased from trusted sellers. Often times with these grey-market licences the activation fails after 6 months. The internet is full of offers by scammers who will abuse your credit card info. BEWARE! Reference: https://www.neowin.net/ 


Wall Street’s losses worsen as markets tumble worldwide: Wall Street is tumbling toward its lowest point in more than a year on Monday as renewed worries about China’s economy pile on top of markets already battered by rising interest rates.
-The S&P 500 was 2.3% lower in afternoon trading after coming off its fifth straight losing week, its longest such streak in more than a decade. It joined a worldwide swoon for markets. Not only did stocks fall across Europe and much of Asia, but so did everything from old-economy crude oil to new-economy bitcoin.
Full article: https://apnews.com/

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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/
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