DigameXtra No. 1706 Monday, August 17th 2020

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Phoenix club Events:
The Phoenix club is a social club based in Torre del Mar. Come along and meet us, we meet every tuesday between 11.30 and 1 pm during the crisis. Pop in and have a coffee and a chat.
4th – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip
2nd – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip
6th – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip
27th – Black Friday Nevada shopping Centre, Granada, €15 pp includes drivers tip
01st – Our donation of Christmas Gifts of toys for local children to La Cruz Roja
3rd – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip Christmas shopping (Thursday)
8th – Mrs Miggins Christmas Sale of Christmas Cakes, mince pies, pastries, etc
23rd – Christmas Break – Benalmadena
Christmas 2020 – We are returning to the Hotel Sirocco in Benalmadena on the 23rd – 27th December. Rates are as follows:
€285 pp based on 2 sharing a double room
€370 single supplement
Deposit is €75 non refundable and must be paid on booking.
The price includes Full Board Hotel Accommodation, Gala meal on Christmas Eve, Coach and tips for the driver and restaurant Staff.
We meet at La Vega bar and restaurant every Tuesday and you can find the bar just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe.
We are also collecting foodstuffs for the Spanish Red Cross on a weekly basis, so if you can add a couple of items to your weekly shop and bring it down to us, it would be very much appreciated. They really need baby food, baby milk, nappies and foodstuffs such as rice, flour and pasta.
For bookings and refunds, please contact Gail on 951067723 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information


Laura Killeney gig: Sunday Aug 23rd, 7:30pm. The Grill House & Sunset Lounge. Centro Commercial Torrox Park, Torrox 29770
Tel. 611 22 95 35 FB link


Bea’s Postamt: On vacation from Aug 16th until Aug 28. Reopens Aug 29th. FB link


The Stolen Gnomes: Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:30 PM
Pogs Fuengirola, Calle Lamo de Espinosa, 29640 Fuengirola.
Lively Irish/Celtic Songs and tunes, Soul, Blues and Popular songs with a Celtic Twist.  FB link


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Are you still thinking about learning Spanish? Come to Malagalingo!
We are a school that teaches in a fun and relaxed way, focused on conversation skills. Our classes are given on our outdoor terrace, few students and enough space to keep social distance. We even have sea views of Torrox Costa!
Come and don’t struggle with the Spanish language anymore.
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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.


Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
– Wall & Floor tiling
– Full range of Plumbing work including radiators and underfloor heating
– Solar Installation
– Design & planning ideas to get the look you are after
– Electrical works
– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor leveling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
Call us : 669 665 156
Email us : hanningtons.bathrooms@gmail.com


Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Inmobiliaria
We are friendly, honest and offer a bespoke service for all your property needs.
Winter sun rental!
Casita Tomate in El Ferrer, Granada is available for long-term winter rent.
November 2020 to end of March 2021, rental for 3 or 4 months, €400 per month plus electricity usage.
This lovely casita in located in a small village of only 16 houses. A great place to relax and unwind.
Please click the link for more details – Casita Tomate
Not exactly what you are looking for. Thinking of renting out your property?
Contact us to discuss what we can do to help you, please get in touch.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
BluCee.com is a DigameXtra sponsor so our contact details are shown in the Sponsor’s Section every day.


For Sale: Kettler XTR2 Eliptical-Trainer
Hardly used due to health issues. Like new!
Below is a link to a store that sells them in the UK for 664 GBP.
Sales price 350 Euro.
Sayalonga, David 692 288 657
Dgolson13 @ gmail DOT com


For Sale: Royal Dalton Set. Possibly the only way to take your coffee & cake? Royal Albert 21 piece bone china coffee set – Val D´or pattern €60. Coffee pot, sugar bowl, cream jug, 6 cups, 6 saucers, 6 plates
Judy / Bill, Alcaucin area, 660981329 or
email wfcleaver@gmail.com


For Sale: Table tennis table with its own stand, bats,net and balls, 60 euros, buyer must collect. Niza beach.
Telephone Janet 693226685


For Sale: 2 black all leather couches in very good condition for sale. Couch 1: length: 210 cm width: 95 cm, couch 2 length: 170 cm width: 95 cm. Both for 550 Euros. Contact Helga at helgaohara@web.de or phone 634365862 in Torrox-Costa.


For Sale: 2 person Kayak in good conditions, comes with 2 oars. Pictures available upon request. Nerja. price: 400 euros
Email: krikjohnson at hot mail dot com


Wanted: Simple treadmill. Does anyone have a simple treadmill they no longer require? Details and cost please to Sheila in Torrox Costa.
email: torrox1000 at gmail dot com


Wanted: Campo bike / quad. I am looking for a cheap motorcycle or quad bike to use around the olive grove where we live so official papers not necessary just a bill of sale. We’re in the Colmenar / Riogordo area . Cash waiting even for motorcycle in bits I need another project as long as it’s cheap .
Martin . mlangwade @gmail.com


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Passport Photos: I need passport photographs, can anyone recommend a photographic studio that will take photos suitable for a UK passport.
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News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.


Two Spanish regions ban outdoor smoking and dancing in virus battle, with more to follow: New restrictions to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, including the closure of discos and a partial ban on smoking outdoors, went into effect Sunday in two Spanish regions. The small, northern wine-growing region of La Rioja and the southeastern region of Murcia are the first Spanish regions to implement a raft of new measures.
The ban on smoking on the streets is already in place in two of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, Galicia and the Canary Islands.
Spain’s remaining regional governments are expected to start implementing the new measures in the coming days. (Andalucia info below.)
Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20200816/two-spanish-regions-ban-outdoor-smoking-and-dancing-in-corona-battle


BOJA publishes the order with the measures approved in the Interterritorial Health Council: {Translated from original, updated 16/08/2020} These actions affect various areas such as nightlife and hospitality.
The Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía has published the order in which the measures approved last Thursday, August 14 in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System in the face of Covid-19 are collected.
These measures affect various areas such as nightlife, hotels and restaurants, mass events and health centers. In addition, common guidelines are established in CRP screening in specific groups, as well as the consumption of tobacco on public roads.
About the measures taken
As for recreational and recreational establishments for minors , their opening will not be authorized. For their part, hospitality establishments may not exceed 75% of the maximum capacity for consumption inside the premises, except for special hospitality establishments with defined music, which may not exceed 60% of their capacity, although, in the assumption that they are dedicated exclusively to the consumption of beverages, their opening will not be authorized. The consumer may take place at the bar or sitting at a table, or groups of tables, with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters and a maximum occupancy of ten people per table or group of tables. For these establishments, 1.00 am is established as the maximum closing time, without being able to admit new customers after 00.00.
Regarding mass events , a risk assessment must be carried out by the health authority in accordance with the provisions of the document ‘Recommendations for mass events and activities in the context of the new normal for Covid-19 in Spain’, agreed in the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System. Based on this evaluation, each event must have authorization . In any case, these events may carry out their activity until 1:00 a.m. maximum, including in said maximum hours any other activity that is developed as support or complement to the aforementioned events.
No Smoking allowed on public roads or in outdoor spaces when a minimum interpersonal distance of at least two meters cannot be respected. This limitation will also apply to the use of any other tobacco inhalation device, water pipes, hookahs or similar ones, including electronic cigarettes or vaping.
Regarding preventive measures in social health matters, companies will assess the risk of exposure of workers in each of the differentiated tasks they perform and in the different scenarios in which they can be developed. Likewise, the recommendations issued on the matter by the occupational risk prevention service must be followed, following the guidelines and recommendations made by the health authorities. In any case, these workers who return from leave and vacations, as well as new workers who join the center, will have to have a PCR for Covid-19 with a negative result 72 hours in advance at most.
Similarly, family visits to residential centers will be allowed, if the epidemiological situation together with certain characteristics of the center, such as the isolation capacity and the availability of its own health professionals, do not indicate a restriction or suspension of the same. In any case, the visit will last a maximum of one hour a day.
On the other hand, in the event of an epidemic outbreak and when so decided by the competent health authority in matters of public health, PCR tests will be introduced in those populations at risk and potentially exposed.
Finally, it is recommended that citizens limit social encounters outside the stable coexistence group and that these social encounters be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Sanctions regime
Failure to comply with the measures published in the order will be subject to the procedure of the inspection activity and the sanctioned regime and sanctions established in Decree Law 21/2020, of August 4, which establishes the sanctioning regime for non-compliance with the prevention and containment measures applicable in Andalusia in the face of Covid-19.
Spanish source: http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/presidencia/portavoz/salud/153978/boja/orden/ConsejoInterterritorialdeSalud/ConsejeriadeSalud/coronavirus/Covid19
Junta de Andalucia FB https://www.facebook.com/juntainforma/


German tour operator TUI cancels all organized trips to Spain: TUI has canceled since this Saturday all his organized trips to Spain after the German government discourage non-essential travel to the country due to the rebound in coronavirus cases.
The (German) Foreign Ministry advises against unnecessary trips to these regions (in reference to all of Spain except the Canary Islands), so with great regret we cancel all organized trips immediately and until August 24 TUI, the world’s largest tour operator, said in a statement. The company emphasizes that “trips to the Canary Islands are not affected” by this decision. In addition, the tour operator offers changes of destination to those who have not yet started their already booked vacations, as well as to advance the return to German travelers who are with one of their Spain vacation packages. Full story: https://spainsnews.com/the-german-tour-operator-tui-cancels-all-organized-trips-to-spain/


Algorithm Determined UK Students’ Grades. Chaos Ensued: The coronavirus pandemic means exams were canceled and replaced with teacher assessments and algorithms. It has created chaos.
In Scotland, the government was forced to completely change tack after tens of thousands of students were downgraded by an algorithm that changed grades based on a particular school’s historical performance among other factors that are not directly related to the student’s test results. Anticipating similar scenes for today’s A-level results, the government in England has introduced what it’s calling a ‘triple lock’—whereby, via stages of appeals, students will effectively get to choose their grade from a teacher assessment, their mock exam results, or a resit to be taken in the autumn.
But there are huge problems there too. “Nobody is consulting with anybody about this,” says Rimfeld. “There are schools where there are no mocks, some schools do several mock exams—is it going to be the average? How is that going to work?”
There is a lot more to this story, read it here: https://www.wired.com/story/an-algorithm-determined-uk-students-grades-chaos-ensued/


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

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The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline


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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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