DigameXtra No. 2265 Thursday, May 19th, 2022

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Cool & Groovy Band: Friday 20th May from 8.30pm, performing live at Posada La Plaza, La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida
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Youth area of Rincón de la Victoria organizes a `Street Show´: Break dance and graffiti exhibitions: Saturday 21 May from 19.00 to 21.00 in the Plaza de la Constitución. 

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For Sale: Bicycle by Coluer. Only ridden a few times. Extra comfortable saddle, front and rear lights, rear carrier bag set, inc. spare tube, oil, chain lock etc. It’s a real beauty, modeled on an old style. Bought it a few years ago in Almeria (where it’s been stored ever since). Cost me €500. Price, €390 ONO.
David, Torrox
Email: holisticclinic@gmail.com 


For Sale- New Super Mini PC, DoctorLaptop Customized: Windows 11 Pro, 6Gb RAM, 2 SSD hard drives- 120Gb System drive + 240Gb Storage drive. Processor: Intel Celeron J4125, 2.0GHz base, 2.7GHz boost.
2x HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, 2x USB 2, 2x USB 3, Audio miniplug, Dual Band Wifi 2.4/5. Video: Can support 3 displays simultaneously, 4k HD. I have new Logitech business quality UK keyboards available for €25, if you need one.
Price €300, no offers. 30 day cash back warranty on hardware. You can come by the workshop and take it for a test drive. If you like it, buy it. If you have never tried a fully solid state computer you will be amazed how fast they startup, shutdown, and open websites, without heating up!
Naythan, Torrox Costa. Buyer collects. Tel 675 993 069 after 2pm, missed calls returned asap. Or Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com



Recommendations & Requests

Axarquia Hospital: For those not aware of the changes going on at the local hospital, the Main Entrance has been blocked off and you can now only enter next to the A&E , on the right to gain access to the building. There is no parking available at the rear of the building, the roundabout and ramp has disappeared.
So, if you’re old and incapable, get dropped off opposite the A&E entrance. Liz / David. Caleta. Phone. 648917219. wanchaisailor9ATgmailD0Tcom


Pilates: Can anyone recommend a Pilates group, during the day for ladies of a certain age, in Nerja or Torrox Costa?
Moira, Nerja
Email: mearly_2000ATyahooD0Tco.uk


Carpets and upholstery: Can anyone recommend someone who cleans carpets and upholstery in this area? Vera, Torrox Costa
Email: ozzybaldwin at yahoo dot co dot uk ; 697293698


News & Articles

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Russia expels 27 Spanish diplomats in tit-for-tat move: Twenty-seven Spanish diplomats must leave Russia within a week, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Spain said in April it would expel some 25 Russian diplomats and embassy staff from Madrid, joining other European Union countries that have ordered Russian officials to leave. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-expels-27-spanish-diplomats-tit-for-tat-move-2022-05-18/


Ministry of Health issues warning about Monkeypox virus in Spain after eight suspected cases detected: The initial symptoms are similar to chickenpox, but milder. They include fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, swollen lymph glands, shivering and exhaustion. There may be a rash, which usually starts on the face and then extends to other parts of the body.
-Spain’s Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has warned the regional governments to be on the alert for possible cases of monkeypox virus after eight suspected cases were detected in Madrid. The National Microbiology Centre is analysing samples to confirm whether or not they do have this illness, as cases have been recorded in several countries in recent days.
-The alarm was raised by the UK two days ago, where seven cases were reported. All of them were men who had had sexual relations with other men, although there was no epidemiological link between them, which points to the existence of different chains of infection. Meanwhile, Portugal has confirmed three cases via PCR testing, has two other suspected cases and 15 others under investigation. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/ministry-health-issues-20220518161619-nt.html


Electricity- These are the cheapest hours this Thursday:
-The average price of electricity in the wholesale market will fall 2.25% this Wednesday compared to yesterday’s price, thus remaining below the level of 200 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The average price will be 0.2702 euros per kilowatt hour.
-Peak and off-peak hours, the cheapest: from 03:00 to 04:00 at 0.22239. The most expensive: from 21:00 to 22:00 at 0.35748.
Specifically, the average price of the ‘pool’ for this Wednesday will be 194.86 euros/MWh, about 4.5 euros less than the 199.36 euros of yesterday.
-The maximum electricity price for this Wednesday will be between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., with 237.72 euros/MWh, while the minimum for the day, of 165.04 euros/MWh, will be recorded between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. hours.
-Compared to a year ago, the average price of electricity for this Wednesday is 150.9% more expensive than the 77.65 euros/MWh of May 18, 2021. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/these-are-the-cheapest-hours-this-thursday-6/


More hours of Mathematics and Language for Andalusian students: {Translation, summary}
-Primary students from first to third grade will dedicate five hours a week to Language and Mathematics in Andalusian schools. In secondary schools they will study four hours a week of Language, Mathematics and English. This has been determined by the Regional Ministry of Education for the drafting of the curriculum for Primary and Compulsory Secondary Education. The document is in the preliminary phase and has already been sent to trade unions and employers’ organizations.
-For Andalusian students, these changes will be translated into the timetable as follows: From first to third grade, five hours per week will be dedicated to Mathematics and Language. In the fourth year, one more hour will be dedicated to science. In Secondary School, four hours per week will be devoted to Mathematics, Language and English. In total, this means that in Andalusia students will receive 500 more hours of Language and 617 more hours of Mathematics than the Lomloe minimum between Primary and ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) throughout their schooling.
-In addition, in Primary, the centers will be able to organize the timetable distribution by cycles instead of course by course to better adapt it to the configuration of their own resources.
-In ESO, schools will have two hours for optional subjects offered by the Regional Ministry, such as robotics, public speaking, second foreign language or music.
-Likewise, the Andalusian project gives continuity to the promotion of computational thinking and robotics in the curriculum, but also to the Humanities, because the commitment to Classical Culture is maintained and the optional offer of Philosophy in ESO will be reinforced.
-Likewise, with respect to the second foreign language, it becomes compulsory in the first year of ESO, in order to give continuity to the existing obligation in the fifth and sixth years of primary school, and ceases to be compulsory in the first year of Baccalaureate.
-The document reflects Andalusia’s position of “implementing the culture of effort” in the educational system (sounds like “participation trophies” to me!). With regard to class advancement, the draft regulation establishes that the teaching teams will make the promotion decision requiring that it be made in a collegiate manner by a two-thirds majority. They will take into account that, after the application of educational reinforcement measures and necessary support during the course aimed at ensuring the acquisition of essential skills, if the student has actively participated with involvement, attention and effort.
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/horas-matematicas-lengua-estudiantes-andalucia_0_1684632580.html


Velez-Malaga will host golf tournament benefit for Spanish Association Against Cancer: {Translation}
The event will take place on Saturday June 18 at the Baviera Golf course, located in Caleta de Velez.
After the success of the first edition, the organizing committee has set the goal of reaching 200 players to consolidate the event as the most important charity golf tournament in the eastern part of the province of Malaga.
Registration is still open for those interested in participating and supporting the cause. Full article: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/ 


The two euro coins that are worth up to €2500:
-These are highly valued coins that are quite a claim for collectors and the general public. The most exclusive two-euro coins can have a price of up to 2,500 euros.
-There are twelve 2 euro coins that can be sold for from 100 euros to 2500. The most expensive is from Lithuania in the year 2021. The cheapest, at 100 euros, is Andorra’s Alpine Ski World Cup from 2019.
-It is important to note that the coins that can fetch these prices are those that are uncirculated and in perfect PROOF condition.
Full article: https://mundomoneda.com/en/euro/most-valuable-2-euro-coins/


US Congress holds hearing on UFOs- ‘Reports of sightings are frequent and continuing’: Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, told committee members that since the early 2000s there has been a significant increase in reports of unidentified or unauthorized aircraft and objects in military areas. 
-In 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence published a long-awaited report admitting that the main military and espionage agencies lacked the elements to explain 142 sightings made between 2004 and March of last year. “The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP,” said the document. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/


Tennis News- Tough day for Spain:
-At WTA 250 Morocco, Garbiñe Muguruza (pic) lost in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-1) to the player Italian Martina Trevisan. Source, Spanish.
-Pablo Carreño falls eliminated in the second round of the tournament in Lyon by Argentina’s Federico Coria 7-5, 6-3. Source, Spanish.
-Feliciano López falls in the first round of the pre-Roland Garros. In the preview of Roland Garros ends his historic streak of playing in 79 ‘Grand Slams’. He lost to 24yr old Italian Gian Marco Moron 6-1, 7-6(4). Source, Spanish


Spain’s new women’s health law: Here are the key points.
-Girls aged 16 and 17 will be able to get abortions without the need for permission.
-Guaranteed abortions in the public health system, and close to home.
-Registration of objectors. Any health professional either working in the private or public sectors can decline to participate, and declare themselves to be a conscientious objector.
-The three mandatory reflection days will be eliminated.
-Menstrual and pregnancy leave. The law will include a specific section on periods, allowing time off work for women who suffer from extremely painful and disabling periods, which will be financed 100 percent by the State.
-Free period products. In high schools, prisons, women’s centres, civic centres, social centres and public bodies, products such as tampons, pads or menstrual cups will be distributed free of charge with the aim of ending menstrual poverty.
-Free distribution of the pill and methods of male contraception. The new law also indicates that there will be free distribution of the morning-after pill in health centres, as well as in sexual and reproductive health institutions.
-Mandatory sex education. The law states that sex education must be mandatory in schools. Teachers will be trained in sexual and menstrual education, as will prison officers and public workers. Free contraceptive methods will also be distributed in educational centres linked to campaigns on sexual education (something that will also be done in social centres and prisons).
-Surrogacy and forced sterilisation. The law recognises surrogacy as a form of violence against women and the advertising of agencies that offer these services abroad is prohibited. It also considers forced abortion and sterilisation of women with disabilities as violence against women. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220518/key-points-spains-new-womens-health-law/


Spanish cabinet approves paid ‘menstrual leave’: Spain’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill which grants paid medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain, in what would be a first in Europe if it passes the final vote in Parliament. 
-The bill entitles workers experiencing period pain to as much time off as they need, with the state social security system – not employers – picking up the tab for the sick leave.
-As with paid leave for other health reasons, a doctor must approve the temporary medical incapacity.
-The proposed legislation must still be approved by parliament, with a vote not expected for months. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220517/spanish-cabinet-approves-paid-menstrual-leave/


Hard Times For Fakebook, Twit-er & WhatsApp Personal Location Tracker!

Spanish hacker exposes privacy flaws on popular messaging service WhatsApp: Chema Alonso, a well-known Spanish hacker and member of the executive committee of Telefónica, has exposed some threats to people’s privacy while they use WhatsApp – the Meta messaging service that is hugely popular in Spain. Alonso said that there is possibly an error that can expose “fundamental data of the people who use the app, such as their location or even the place where they are residing.”
-Testing the potential personal security threat, Chema Alonso said: “To demonstrate this flaw, I myself created a malicious website with a few lines of code and a database log, which I linked in my status as a cheat. “Soon, from my contacts who clicked, I knew if they were in Spain or not, what province they were in, if they used Wi-Fi, the IP of their mobile or the company with which they were connecting to the Internet. “They had completely lost their privacy,” he said, adding that he does not want to tell you more secrets about the fault that has been detected, so as not to give ideas to people who are dedicated to committing fraud in digital form.
Full article: https://euroweeklynews.com/
Better article, but in Spanish: https://www.informacion.es/


Facebook’s devastating decline in users:
-Even Zuckerberg is abandoning floundering Fakebook, to focus on his new META project; he knows Fakebook is doomed to follow My Space into internet oblivion, as advertizers claim FB defrauded them by claiming fake, inflated user numbers to boost ad prices. IF YOU PAY FOR FAKEBOOK ADS, YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT GETTING THE EXPOSURE YOU ARE PAYING FOR!
-Mark Zuckerberg’s terrible year- Facebook’s devastating decline in users caps off turbulent 2021 in which the company was rocked by whistleblower allegations, major service outages, and constant controversy.
-Facebook’s devastating earnings report marked the end of a difficult year for the company, which has been battered by whistleblower allegations, a major global service outage, and protests and controversy over its policies.
-Facebook reported on Wednesday that daily logins to its services dropped nearly 500,000 during the last three months of 2021, the first time in the company’s 18-year history that user activity has declined.
-It sent Facebook shares plunging 26 percent as of February, wiping more than $230 billion off the company’s market cap and erasing at least $29 billion from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.
-Zuckerberg blamed the dismal performance on Apple’s privacy changes and increased competition from services such as Tik Tok, but the decline in user activity follows a year of notably bad PR for Facebook.
-Perhaps most significantly, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked thousands of internal documents and embarked on a world tour testifying with damaging allegations against the company.
-Your option? Get your own website. Any business that lacks it’s own website will not be taken as seriously as a company with a nice, informative website of it’s own. It is considered the “business card” of the 21st century. When are you going to catch up? How can you expect potential clients to trust your biz if you can’t manage something as simple as to have your own website?
-DoctorLaptop offers to build 1 page “business card” websites from as little as €100, with no annual hosting fees. A business card website has your basic info and contact details. It will also have your logo, a few photos and maybe a map or other images. However, as these items rarely need to change, the site will not  require regular updating. How often do you re-design your business cards?
Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Other references:
-15 Good Reasons To Quit Facebook Now https://fasermedia.com/
-Facebook’s retirement plan- What happens when the world’s biggest social network becomes its most doddery?


Almost half of President Biden’s Twitter followers are FAKE: Inauthentic Twitter accounts, known colloquially as bots, operate to mimic human interaction on the platform in order to achieve a specific goal. Roughly 11 million followers of the US president’s official Twitter handle, @POTUS, are either bots or inactive accounts, according to an analysis by Spark Toro.
That’s 49.3 percent of Biden’s total followers on his White House account. This metric identifies accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets either because they’re spam, bots, propaganda, etc. or because they’re no longer active on Twitter. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/


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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
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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