DigameXtra No. 2316 Wednesday, July 20th, 2022

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Live Music with El Zurdo + Sr. Mirinda: Sat 23 July 22:30
Alameda Cafeteria, Pl. de la Alameda 11, Coin  FB 


The Magic Trio in concert: Saturday 23 July at 10.30 pm
Featuring Dana Andrews, Gianni Piras & Aki Riihimäki
In the elegant setting of The Circles, Nerja, Calle Chaparil 5.
Info / reserve 611736484 VIDEO LINK 


Jo’s Bar- Frigiliana: Soul Note, Motown tribute
Two shows- Sunday 24th July & Sunday 7th August both starting at 3pm. 17.50€ including buffet. Reserve your place.
Avenida Carlos Cano, 50 29788 Frigiliana +34 687 69 46 36 FB 


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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.
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre
– Preloved rocking chair, beautifully upcycled. Price 115€
contact Jackie/ nerja 672170429
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For Sale, 3 items:
– Men Designer Jacket, CRMJ, Caramelo Jeans(Italy). Velvet with Design on the back, NEVER USED, NEW with cover! Size 52, Bought it for a wedding party. Never worn. Price new 450€, NOW 55€ ONO
– Lady leather shoes. Fluxa, Size 39, white, never worn, NEW, Price 25€
– Lady leather shoes. Lea Casati, Size 38, black, never used, NEW, Price 35€
Call Svend; 606423869, Torrox 


For Sale, 2 items:
– Copper flambé dish with two burners. 30 Euros.
– Bestway inflatable air bed with pump. 183x76x23cm;
72x30x9inch. Hardly used. €20
Trevor / Lynn. Nerja. 646923700 


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Wanted- recommendations for carer / nurse:
My mother has advanced stages of demencia and my father needs help looking after her. I’m looking for a carer/nurse in the Competa area who can help. Many thanks. Simon, Competa
Email: simon.norman@rocketmail.com


Pool opening and cleaning: Am looking for someone to open our salt water pool asap and maintain it through to end of Sept. If you can help please email me on casalaardilla@gmail.com ; Thanks, Tristan, Competa


News & Articles

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COVID-19 cases have tripled across Europe in past six weeks, hospitalization rates doubled: The World Health Organization said Tuesday that coronavirus cases have tripled across Europe in the past six weeks, accounting for nearly half of all infections globally. Hospitalization rates have also doubled, although intensive care admissions have remained low. In a statement on Tuesday, WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described COVID-19 as “a nasty and potentially deadly illness” that people should not underestimate. He said super-infectious relatives of the omicron variant were driving new waves of disease across the continent and that repeat infections could potentially lead to long COVID.
Full article: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-covid-19-cases-have-tripled-across-europe-in-past-six-weeks/



Transport Crisis- Carriers reject the first proposal of the Government to the new law on transport: {Translation}
– The freight department of the National Road Transport Committee (CNTC), the body that brings together companies in the sector with the government, has rejected the first proposal of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda for the new Transport Chain Act.
– After analysing the draft, the CNTC has expressed an “unfavourable” opinion, considering that it represents “a step backwards” in terms of the terms that both parties had been developing until now during the negotiations.
– For this reason, the representatives of the main employers’ associations of transport companies will ask the government for an alternative wording that insists on the basic principles that have been defended throughout this negotiation period.
– “The CNTC is not going to accept the drafting of a regulation that allows the government to justify formal compliance with its commitments but which is inapplicable in practice,” it stated in a press release. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/transportes-00343/noticia-transportistas-rechazan-primera-propuesta-gobierno-nueva-ley-transporte-20220719103827.html


Escrivá and the self-employed associations agree on a minimum contribution of 230 euros and a maximum of 500 euros for 2023: {Translation, summary}
– The agreement establishes a path of increases for three years. Thus, the minimum fee that the self-employed will pay in 2023 is 230 euros and the maximum is set at 500 euros. For 2024, the agreement contemplates minimum contributions of 225 and 530 euros and for the last year, 2025, the quotas are framed at 200 and 590 euros.
– Finally, 15 contribution brackets are established in which each self-employed worker must be inserted based on his or her forecast income. The first three experience a reduction with respect to the current minimum base of 294 euros. Looking ahead to January 1, 2023, the self-employed with net income of less than 670 euros will have to pay a fee of 230 euros per month ; Between 670 and 900 euros of income, a fee of 260 euros will be paid; Between 900 and 1,166.7 euros of income, a monthly payment to Social Security of 275 euros is set.
{What kind of plan is this? Those making €670/mo (€330 below the poverty level of €1000/mo) still have to pay over 30% tax? That dooms these low income people to try and survive on no more than €440/mo! But they can get at least that much on the dole, and a lot more if they have dependents. So why even bother working? And those making marginally more pay less tax as a percentage of their total income? How exactly does that stimulate the small business sector? Of course, the answer is that this is being required by the EU in order for them to release EU Covid Recovery funds. -Ed.} Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/economia/preacuerdo-escriva-autonomos-cuota-minima-queda-euros-20220719084231-nt.html



El Valdés (Moclinejo, Malaga) celebrates this weekend the festivities in honour of Santiago and Our Lady of Lourdes: {Translation}
– The programme of the fiestas which will start on Friday 22nd July at 9.30am with the reveille floreada with rocket fire. “While the evening arrives, we have prepared activities for the children and for our elders. There will be a tribute lunch for the elderly and we will also elect the Queen and the King. The children will have entertainment, face painting and other surprises with Eventos Axarquía from six o’clock in the evening,” explained the deputy mayor of El Valdés. The opening speech, at 22:30 hours, will be given by Estefanía Montañez Díaz, “an exemplary neighbour, a fighter who has worked tirelessly for the welfare of the village”. From then on there will be music with the Hechizo Orchestra, the Queen, Maids of Honour and Mister Fair 2022 will be chosen, as well as Miss Elegance and Miss Congeniality. At 00:30 there will be a performance by “Lya”.
– On Saturday 23rd July, the Town Hall has planned a sardinada in the square for all those who attend. From 6 p.m. onwards, there will be a water slide and foam party with musical entertainment. At 20:15 the motorbike ribbon races will start at the entrance to El Valdés. At 18:30 the mass in honour of the patron saints Santiago Apóstol and Nuestra Señora de Lourdes will begin. In the evening, from 23:00 hours, the music of the Hechizo Orchestra will return, and at 1:00, the concert by Sergio Contreras.
– The programme for Sunday. “From 13:30 there will be a Feria de Día where the local residents will dress up in their flamenco costumes. There will also be a popular paella, and music by Aromas del Sur and Aires de la Axarquía”, said the councillor for Fiestas, who also indicated that at 18:00 hours Los Tirantitos will perform. At 19:30 there will be ribbon races on horseback in the river of El Valdés. At 21:00 there will be a procession in honour of the patron saints Santiago Apóstol and Nuestra Señora de Lourdes. At 23:00 hours, music with the Hechizo Orchestra and at 23:00 hours the performance of “Son del Puerto”. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/el-valdes-celebra-este-fin-de-semana-las-fiestas-en-honor-a-santiago-y-nuestra-senora-de-lourdes/ 



The forest fire declared this Monday in Cómpeta has been extinguished: {Translation} The Andalusian forest fire extinguishing system, Plan Infoca, has reported on Tuesday that the fire declared on Monday afternoon in the municipality of Cómpeta has been extinguished. The flames came very close to the houses, but finally everything has remained a scare for the neighbours. The fire originated minutes before 19:00 hours in an area of scrubland and olive groves, as reported by the Infoca through its Twitter account, very close to the town centre, to the north of it, and was stabilised an hour and a half later. In a first deployment, three aerial resources (a Super Puma helicopter, a Kamov helicopter and a medium-heavy helicopter) were deployed to the area. In addition, 25 forest firefighters, two operations technicians and an environmental officer were deployed on the ground. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/extinguido-el-incendio-forestal-declarado-este-lunes-en-competa/ 



Alhaurín el Grande fire is declared ‘controlled’ by Infoca forest fire brigade: Specialist Plan Infoca firefighters have brought the fire under control which broke out last Friday in the Sierra de Mijas and quickly spread to Alhaurín de la Torre and Alhaurín el Grande. An official announcement was made this morning, Tuesday, 19 July, by the Andalusian forest fire brigade on its Twitter account.
According to the latest provisional data, a total of 1,875 hectares have been affected in the three municipalities affected by the fire, which forced the evacuation of 2,200 homes over the weekend. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/guadalhorce-valley/alhaurin-grande-fire-controlled-20220719132541-nt.html



XVIII National Fast Painting Contest in City of Guadix (Granada): {Translation} This is to be held on August 7. One more year the corners and streets of Guadix will be filled with easels, brushes and color in its already renowned Contest that will count, as usual, with the support of the local sponsors Fundación Pintor Julio Visconti and Aguas de Guadix.
– Registrations can be made until 11:00 a.m. on 7 August, by sending the participant’s details to the e-mail address cultura@guadix.es. The theme will be Guadix, its corners and landscapes, in all categories and prizes. The collection of works will take place at the Teatro Municipal Mira de Amescua between 16:30 and 17:30 on 7 August. The works must be presented unsigned, and works that do not comply with this section will be rejected.
– Participants must present themselves, with the support on which they will paint, at the Plaza de la Constitución in Guadix between 8:30 and 11:00. Each participant will be provided with the necessary material. The support will be rigid (including the watercolour technique), and will be sealed by the organisation at the presentation ceremony. The execution of the work will be carried out in situ, the participant choosing the space he/she wishes in the surroundings marked by the organisation, with the jury verifying the execution of the work. Photo: GranadaDigital. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/convocado-xviii-certamen-pintura-rapida-ciudad-guadix/



Britons Using Spain’s E-gates May Need 3 Additional Documents, Foreign Office Says: Spain changed the passport rules for British holidaymakers just recently, allowing them to use the country’s e-gates despite not being EU nationals. However, the Foreign Office of the United Kingdom has emphasised that its nationals may need three additional documents to be able to get through Spain’s e-gates.
Updating its travel advice for UK passengers reaching Spain, the Foreign Office said that at the Spanish border control, they might need to show a return or onward ticket, prove that they have enough money for their stay, and show proof of accommodation, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/britons-using-spains-e-gates-may-need-3-additional-documents-foreign-office-says/



France battles massive wildfires, Britain records highest ever temperature: Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Tuesday to contain massive forest wildfires and Britain recorded its highest ever temperature of 39.1C as a heatwave rising from the south settled over western Europe.
– Southern and western Germany and Belgium were also braced for potentially record-breaking temperatures as the heatwave, which scientists attribute to climate change, edged north and east.
– Confirming the 39.1C temperature record according to provisional data, Britain’s Met Office forecast even hotter weather to come later on Tuesday. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/record-temperatures-scorch-europe-wildfires-rage-across-south-2022-07-19/


Schengen Visa Appointments Unavailable Until September Due to High Demand: Travellers from non-EU countries who need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen Area might have to cancel or change their summer holiday plans if they have not obtained a visa yet, as there are no available appointments until September. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/schengen-visa-appointments-unavailable-until-september-due-to-high-demand/


Inflation in Europe shoots up to 9.6% in June, with Spain at 10.2% in June!:
– Prices continue to run wild throughout Europe. The inflation rate for the month of June has shot up to 9.6% in the European Union (EU), more than one point above that of May, and up to 8.6% in the countries of the eurozone, half a point more. The data published this Tuesday by Eurostat confirm that Spain is above the average, with an inflation that the INE marks at 10.2% in June.
– In this way, prices in Spain are at a higher level than that of its European partners, with France (6.5%), Germany (8.2%), Italy (8.5%) or Portugal (9 %) with very high rates but all below that of our country in June. Above are countries like Belgium (10.5%), Greece (11.6%) or Poland (14.2%).
– High inflation in the eurozone (8.6%) puts more pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to propose a rise in interest rates that contains the rate. The war in Ukraine, with no sign of ending in the short term, is affecting the rise in prices due to the rise in energy prices but also due to the lack of raw materials such as cereal imported from Russia and Ukraine, which generates some bottle that drive up costs.
– According to Eurostat data, energy has become 42% more expensive compared to June 2021 in the eurozone, a rate 3.4 points higher than that registered in April. On the fresh food side, they have risen by 11.2% since a year ago, the highest level recorded so far. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/inflation-in-europe-shoots-up-to-9-6-in-june-with-spain-in-the-lead/


Putin Ally Waiting for Order to Smash West to ‘Smithereens’: Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader and top ally of Vladimir Putin, said Sunday that he is waiting on an order from the Russian president to blast Western countries to “smithereens.”
– Kadyrov added that with one order from Putin, “we are ready to smash the false-democratic, pseudo-liberal and military-barbaric campaign of Western states, which are corrupting the world community in an attempt to subdue the entire globe under them, to smithereens.” Full article: https://www.newsweek.com/putin-ally-waiting-order-smash-west-smithereens-1725592



Mac Attack Comes From the Cloud!- Cybersecurity researchers have taken the wraps off a previously undocumented spyware targeting the Apple macOS operating system: The malware, codenamed CloudMensis by Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET, is said to exclusively use public cloud storage services such as pCloud, Yandex Disk, and Dropbox for receiving attacker commands and exfiltrating files. “Its capabilities clearly show that the intent of its operators is to gather information from the victims’ Macs by exfiltrating documents, keystrokes, and screen captures,” ESET researcher Marc-Etienne M. Léveillé said in a report published today. CloudMensis, written in Objective-C, was first discovered in April 2022 and is designed to strike both Intel and Apple silicon architectures. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2022/07/experts-uncover-new-cloudmensis-spyware.html


Fake Review Mafia- Amazon sues admins of 10,000 Facebook groups for promoting fake reviews: {Translation, summary}
– Amazon has filed legal action against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups, which it accuses of coordinating and promoting the publication of false reviews in exchange for money or free products. Amazon has announced that these groups are acting from their corresponding Fakebook regional websites, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
– Amazon has also announced that it will use the information it uncovers in this legal action to identify the offenders and delete the fraudulent reviews commissioned by the scammers of these groups on Meta-owned Fakebook social network.
– Amazon has also pointed out that one of the groups promoting these fake reviews that is part of the lawsuit is ‘Amazon Product Review’, had more than 43,000 members until Meta removed it in early 2022.
– This lawsuit “is the latest step by Amazon to stop fraudsters trying to post fake reviews on the shops” that it integrates, and that last year they shut down several review brokers targeting customers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. As Fakebook was not cooperative, legal action was required by Amazon to force FB into taking actions against these fraudsters. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/portaltic/sector/noticia-amazon-demanda-administradores-10000-grupos-facebook-promover-resenas-falsas-20220719133021.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
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

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Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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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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