DigameXtra No. 1826 Monday, Dec. 28th, 2020

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January 2021
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-Saturday, 2nd– Sponsor posts for Saturday will appear Sunday.
-Wednesday, 6th– Three Kings Day. Sponsor posts for Wednesday will appear Tuesday.

DigameXtra Wishes all it’s
Readers, Sponsors & Subscribers
a very happy holiday season!
Plus a Very Special Thanks to the 6 readers
who sent in Christmas donations
and to the Dutch lady who tipped me
€50 on a €100 laptop repair! Your generosity
is GREATLY appreciated! -Naythan, Editor

What’s On

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Due to the Covid restrictions, to avoid disappointment I suggest you call to confirm events and times before the event. -Ed.

For the current official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


Phoenix Events: Trips & Events
8th – Trip to La Canada and Iceland €15pp
For bookings and information, please contact Gail on 951067723 / 626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more info.


New Years Eve Party: Thursday Dec 31st 8pm-1am.
Restaurante Mis Tapitas, Billy’s Bar, Puente Don Manuel, Alcaucin
Live music from Summer Vibes, plus food/drinks/cava.
Book on 675 660 022  FB Page


New Years Eve Party, still a few places available: La Sierra Restaurante – Cerrado del Águila Golf and Resort. Come & join us at La Sierra Restaurant and say goodbye to 2020! We’ll be having non stop entertainment brought to you by ‘It Takes 2’, ‘Zing Duo’, ‘The Costadelics’ Funk Band & The Main show of ‘Prince by The Purple Revolution’
Starting at 7.30pm till 12.30am, we’ll be toasting & bringing in the New Year together with grapes and cava.
They’ll be a red carpet arrival & photographer with our photocall display on arrival, a glass of cava & canapes on our terrace, followed by a delicious 3 Course Dinner.
So dress to impress & celebrate in style with non stop music & plenty of fun!
All this for €75 & children under 11 half price!
Book Now & hope to see you there!
Call or WhatsApp 627164168 or book via Facebook.
Cerrado Del Aguila Golf and Resort, Avenida María Civiero S/N 29649 Mijas
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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 levelling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
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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
My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of the issue. Here are “before”and “after” pics from my latest job.


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BluCee hope you are enjoying the festive season:
We need your help, we have a Spanish family with the finances in place looking to buy a house/villa.
Do you have a house for sale which fits the following criteria?
-Plot of 1,000m2 or larger
-3 or more bedrooms
-Track must be in good condition, not a dirt track.
-Easy access to a village or town, rural but not an isolated property.
-Axarquia area
-Maximum of €200,000
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, covering Axarquia, Malaga to Nerja and the Costa Tropical.
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 here every day in the Sponsor’s Section.


For Sale: Electric heaters, excellent condition, 3 available. €20 each. Sylvia, Velez Malaga.
Email: sylvia4700 at hotmail.co.uk PIC syl-heater


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The number of one thousand patients hospitalized for Covid in Andalusia is once again exceeded: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 27/12/2020 18: 21
-A total of 1,003 patients confirmed with Covid-19 remain admitted to Andalusian hospitals, of which 233 are in the ICU. Therefore, Andalusia once again exceeds the figure of a thousand hospitalized by Covid, since there were 975 on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Families of the Juna of Andalusia.
-By provinces, Granada, Cádiz, Seville and Malaga are those that have the most Covid patients in their hospitals. In contrast, the provinces with the fewest hospital patients are Huelva, Jaén and Córdoba. In Almería there are 96 hospitalizations (28 in ICU); 168 in Cádiz (37 in Intensive Care); 99 in Córdoba (21 in UCI); 181 in Granada (48 in ICU); 55 in Huelva (9 in UCI); 115 in Jaén (28 in ICU); 159 in Malaga (18 in the UCI) and 131 in Seville (44 in the UCI).
-Of those hospitalized in Intensive Care services in Andalusia, the figure has fallen by only 3, to 233. The provinces with the most ICU patients are Granada and Seville.
-17 people have died in Andalusia from Covid in the last 24 hours, counting 5,036 deaths from coronavirus in the region since March. Of the last 17 deaths, 4 have been registered in Granada, 3 in Jaén and Córdoba; 2 in Cádiz, Málaga and Seville; and 1 in Almería. Huelva is the only Andalusian province where there have been no fatalities from coronavirus since Saturday.
-Since the beginning of the pandemic, 256,711 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Andalusia, of which 227,704 have been recovered. Since Saturday, 692 more positives have been registered in Covid, according to data from the Junta de Andalucía. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronacirus-andalucia-supera-nuevo-cifra-pacientes-hospitalizados-covid-andalucia-202012271402_noticia.html?


WhatsApp warning- Millions of phones will not support WhatsApp in 2021. What do you do if your phone is one of them?:
WhatsApp recently updated the support page, which sheds light on the operating systems of the devices that support its application, and it has been shown that the application will stop working on millions of old mobile devices worldwide next year, and this means that users of these devices have only one week left to update it in case they want to use WhatsApp services.
WhatsApp confirms devices running operating systems earlier than (Android 4.0.3) or (iOS 9) will lose access to WhatsApp as of 2021.
Due to the many updates supported by the application, the operating systems in the devices must be updated in order for the application to work properly.
First, Android devices that will not support WhatsApp in 2021:
The WhatsApp application will stop working – correctly at least – on Android smartphones running an operating system earlier than (Android 4.0.3), and include the following: HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr and the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Second; IPhones to be denied the app:
WhatsApp will not work any iPhone 4 models and any older model, and accordingly iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S models will need to update the operating system to iOS 9 or later to continue using the app.
In the case of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and the first generation iPhone SE, you can install the latest version of iOS 14 on them.
How to check your phone’s operating system?
To find out which version of the Android operating system your device is running on, you can follow these steps:
Go to the settings on your phone.
Click on the option About Phone. This is where the operating system version your device is running in will appear, and if an update is available it will also appear.
Click on the option Software Update, if an update is available for your phone.
To find out which operating system version your iPhone is running on, you can follow these steps:
Go to Settings on the phone.
Click on the General option.
Click on the About option; Where you will see a list of important information about the phone, including the version of the operating system, and if there is an update available it will also appear at the bottom of this page.
If your phone supports the operating systems (Android 4.0.3), (iOS 9) or any later, it must be installed now, otherwise the solution will be to get a new smartphone.
It is usual for WhatsApp to withdraw support for older versions of operating systems at the end of each year. As it is at the beginning of 2020; It did not work on devices running (Android 2.3.7) or (iOS 8) either. Source: https://www.eg24.news/2020/12/millions-of-phones-will-not-support-whatsapp-in-2021-what-do-you-do-if-your-phone-is-one-of-them.html


Older Android devices running on systems prior to Android version 7.1.1 to lose access to some Internet content starting in 2021: One of the world’s top certificate authorities warns that phones running versions of Android prior to 7.1.1 Nougat will be cut off from large portions of the secure web starting in 2021, Android Police reported Saturday.
Source: https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2098163339431/older-android-phones-will-be-cut-off-from-a-large-chunk-of-the-web-in-2021


Adobe Flash is expiring soon. Here’s how to make your computer safe: Some of the most amazing interactive experiences in the early days of the Internet were made possible by Flash – it was probably how you played your first web-based games – but in today’s world, it’s a huge security risk.
Adobe’s support for Flash will end on Dec. 31, 2020, and the Flash Player utility will start blocking Flash content after Jan. 12, 2021.
The major browsers will also completely disable Flash from running after the end of the year, so for all intents and purposes, it’s a dead technology.
While there may still be some websites that you visit that require Flash to properly function, these should be older websites that likely haven’t been updated for years and likely won’t ever be updated.
If you own a website that relies on Flash to properly render, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll need to update the code to reflect the current standards if you want it to be relevant to the rest of the world.
Read the full article with Flash uninstall instructions at: https://eu.azcentral.com/story/money/business/tech/2020/12/21/adobe-flash-player-expiring-how-uninstall-it-block-browsers/3972739001/


Gibraltar introduces curfew and strict new coronavirus measures after ‘stark increase’ of positive cases: With effect from 10pm Sunday, 27 December there will be a curfew for the whole population of the Rock imposed by law, announced Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo. The list of new restrictions is quite long, see them here: http://www.surinenglish.com/gibraltar/202012/27/gibraltar-introduces-strict-coronavirus-20201227194044.html


Austria enters its third lockdown. Israel is set to follow suit:
-Austria entered a third lockdown on Saturday, with all non-essential shops and schools to remain closed for three weeks and movement to be restricted, after the country eased restrictions in mid-December to allow for preparations ahead of the Christmas holiday.
Until Jan. 24, people in Austria are only allowed to leave their homes for work, shopping or to exercise outdoors, and personal contacts are limited to no more than two households.
-On Sunday, Israel is also set to enter its third weeks-long lockdown following a sharp increase in positive coronavirus test results over the past week. Israelis will be barred from travelling more than 1,000 meters beyond their homes except those participating in protests, receiving a vaccination or fulfilling any other task on a list of exemptions, the government said in a statement on Friday.
Museums, malls, national parks, zoos, salons and many other places will be shuttered, but some schools will remain open, the government said. Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/26/world/austria-enters-its-third-lockdown-israel-is-set-to-follow-suit.html


Hybrid trains will link Almeria with Madrid by the end of 2021: The project is now well-advanced, requiring only the installation of safety and communications equipment and a gauge-changer in Granada.
Once completed, this will enable Almeria passengers to travel in the state-of-the art trains that use high speed tracks throughout Spain.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/26/almeria-trains-on-track/


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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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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