DigameXtra No. 1988 Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

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For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics are both your local
Ayuntamiento & the Junta de Andalucia’s FB and Twitter pages. @AndaluciaJunta  https://twitter.com/AndaluciaJunta  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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Correction for this Phoenix Club Trip:
-5th – Trip to Gib. Last pick up 08.30 Algarrobo Lidl and the price is €15pp and includes €1 gratuity for the driver. Proof of jab unnecessary (but great if you have been) but passports are essential as both Gibraltar and Spain are welcoming tourists. If you have residencia green card or the TIE card, it is advisable to bring it with you.
For further information, please contact
Gail on 951 067 723 / 626 370 695 or
email: phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information


One Bandit in Canillas Friday: One Bandit this coming Friday 25th June in La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida, from 8.30pm.
Lots of Beatles songs with home recorded harmonies and some Irish stuff too, your chance to have a good sing song!
Call 952 553 254 or 609 167 127 for your table. 


Casa Maria- Torrox, Info Please: I see that after a long time with no posts, the “new” Casa Maria FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Maribelchristomen) has some new pics of some nice food items, but no updates on their opening status since before lockdown. They have not responded to my messages. Does anyone have an update regarding their opening days/hrs? -Ed.


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Welcome To La Casa Hotel and Restaurant in Torrox Pueblo:
If you fancy a staycation this summer we have the perfect place.
Our small award winning Hotel is just 10 minutes from the coast in the historic village of Torrox Pueblo. Our double rooms are just 69 euro per night, and our beautiful terrace is the venue for our restaurant open to the public too.
We are limited on numbers and food is freshly prepared for you so and we do get busy so please book! we have a 3 course set menu at just 17.50 plus A la carte. 
We are still only open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the day 1pm – 6pm and in the evening Friday and Saturday. This will change at the beginning of July with our new summer menu.
If you have not tried us what you waiting for? great food, great prices, and an amazing setting.
to book your table call 662039741/952535471
LA CASA Hotel & Restaurant
Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga 



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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Large storage trunk with lock stripped back to natural with chalk paint & waxed studded top. Measurements 185 x 48 x 55cms Price 175€
-Teka extraction fan Width 90cms Price 50€
-Bamboo glass top coffee table 118 x 62 x 40cms Price 25€
contact Jackie /nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-IKEA cot & mattress in good condition only used occasionally for grandchildren. 40€
-ceiling fan in good working order with white or light brown blades. 30€
-ceiling fan in good working order with dark or mid brown blades. 30€
Sue, La Vinuela. WhatsApp 697 299 345


For Sale: Bath. Roca Swing bath. 170 long, 75 wide, 40 deep. Good clean condition. No chips in enamel. 25 euros. Paul. Torrox Campo. No track.
618 234 367 Whattsapp or call. 


Wanted: Mirrors. If anyone has unwanted mirrors I’m looking for them for a project, even if spotted or silvered. If you have any please e mail me a photo and I’ll make you an offer if they catch my eye. Thanks, Suzanne, Torrox pueblo
spm280762 at gmail.com (no spaces)
or WhatsApp 645 623 420


Recommendations & Requests


Bank Fees: Hello Digamites, that large bank in the centre of Torre Del Mar has put the charges for my resident current account up to 10 euro per month, that’s for the usual utilities/taxes on direct debit and a debit card. They said it is the cheapest they do and could only better it if I had my small UK pension paid directly every month, which is not possible because it is paid to me four weekly so the date is always moving. Also the exchange company I use wouldn’t be interested in such a small amount.
I don’t like the idea of doing banking on the mobile phone. Has anyone any idea where I might get a better deal? Thanks in anticipation. Colette.
Email: chaw dally ho at gmail dot com


Pre-travel Covid PCR test: Can anyone recommend or share an experience they’ve had, with a clinic (pref English speaking) in or near Velez/Torre-del-Mar/Torrox area that can provide pre-travel Covid PCR tests that will be accepted by EasyJet for travel back to the UK.
Email: paul.r.binding@gmail.com


News & Articles

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Andalusia records the best Monday of the infection from April, and a single dead since Saturday: {Translation} Updated: 21/06/2021, 18:33
-Andalusia has only one death from Covid on Monday. This number is the result of the progress of the vaccination process, which has already reached more than half of the Andalusian population with at least one dose.
-There is also good news in terms of infections. This Monday, 1,210 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Andalusia, one hundred less than the previous day and the best Monday since the beginning of April. Although the community is reluctant to break the floor of a thousand daily infections, there is a downward trend in this meter.
-Proof of this is that the accumulated incidence for two weeks is also falling. This Monday it stands at 173.7 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants when last week it exceeded 180 points and reached around 190. This meter, however, is beginning not to be the best reflection of the progress of the pandemic because the vaccines mean that those who are infected are younger and therefore pass the disease asymptomatic with a mild form.
-For this reason, hospital pressure is a good gauge of the evolution of the Covid-19 crisis. And here too there is good news. Although Andalusia added 25 hospital admissions this Monday – the first day of the week always tends to raise this figure -, the community recorded 595, so it remains below 600 for the second day in a row.
-This is a figure that has not been reached in Andalusia for nine months and reduces hospital pressure to the lowest levels since last September.
-In the ICU there has also been a drop. There are 242 people admitted to intensive care, three less than yesterday, Sunday. This is also the lowest figure since September last year. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-no-suma-ningun-muerto-covid-y-registra-mejor-lunes-contagios-desde-abril-202106211200_noticia.html 


The Axarquia start the week with 34 new cases of coronavirus and 36 new cured: {Translation} Updated: June 21, 2021, 15:00
– The data provided on Monday 21 June by the Ministry of Health of the Andalusian Regional Government confirms 34 new cases of coronavirus reported in the Axarquia region since last Friday, with 35 new cases of people who have managed to overcome the disease and no deaths.
-The new cases have been reported in Vélez-Málaga (17). Nerja (7). Rincón de la Victoria (5). Torrox (2). El Borge (1). Periana (1) and Riogordo (1). The people who have overcome the disease since last Friday are located in the municipalities of Nerja (10). Rincón de la Victoria (9). Vélez-Málaga (7). Colmenar (3). Frigiliana (3). Algarrobo (2). Riogordo (1) and Torrox (1). Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/axarquia-comarca/axarquia-inicia-semana-34-nuevos-casos-coronavirus-36-nuevos-curados/20210621144800041496.html


Government to lower VAT on electricity from 21% to 10%:
-The government has finally decided to reduce VAT on electricity from 21% to 10%, with the aim of reducing the cost of electricity bills, which in June were on course to be the most expensive in history.
-This means that the total amount of electricity bills will be 11% cheaper. For example, a bill of 60 euros will be reduced by 6.6 euros to 53.4 euros. For an amount of 50 euros, the saving will be 5.5 euros, to 44.5 euros.
-This measure is one of those considered by the coalition government following pressure from Unidas Podemos, although it comes after electricity prices have risen for almost three months and in the midst of the political debate on pardons for those convicted in Catalonia. Coincidentally, the reduction has been announced a few hours after President Pedro Sánchez announced that tomorrow’s Council of Ministers will approve the pardons.
-In the end, the thesis of Unidas Podemos has prevailed over those of the PSOE, as ministers Nadia Calviño and Teresa Ribera were more in favour of suspending once again the tax that levies a 7% tax on electricity generation. The same measure they already applied between October 2018 and March 2019 when the price of electricity reached 71 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) in the wholesale market. Currently, the average price in June is 82.5 euros.
-The lowering of VAT on electricity will be approved at the Council of Ministers next Thursday, according to sources consulted, and will affect domestic consumers with contracted power of up to 6 kW and SMEs with power of up to 15 kW.
-Likewise, the reduction will affect both consumers with a regulated tariff or pvpc and those with contracts in the deregulated market (fixed price for 12 months).
-Domestic consumers and SMEs have been charged 21% VAT on their bills since 2012, when Mariano Rajoy’s government raised this tax from 18% to 21%.
-In addition, the bill includes the special tax on electricity, which is 5.11269632% and is applied to the contracted power and the energy consumed.
(I do not understand this. Yet all the newspapers, in Spanish and English are repeating it. Lowering the VAT tax rate 11% does NOT decrease the total bill by 11%, it only lowers the VAT charged by 11%. Or am I missing something? -Ed.)
Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-gobierno-baja-21-por-ciento-10-por-ciento-202106211813_noticia.html


Charity Fraud- President Of Barcelona’s CIBI Children’s Cancer Charity Foundation Arrested For Almost €1 Million Fraud: The CIBI Foundation is a well-known children’s cancer charity, which also supports children in situations of social exclusion, and the investigations which began back in 2017 discovered that the charity had raised more than €1 million, of which only €4,000 had been allocated to social work, a figure which represents only 0.47 per cent of the total charitable contributions received. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/21/president-of-barcelonas-cibi-foundation-arrested-for-almost-e1-million-fraud/


New tourist accommodation concept with two-metre-wide micro-rooms is coming to the Costa: A new, unique accommodation concept – mainly aimed at the younger end of the market – is coming to the Costa del Sol soon with an anticipated opening date of December. (Actually similar lodgings, or even smaller, has been available in Japan for decades. -Ed.) The tourist accommodation will fall into the ‘hostel’ category and the twenty micro-rooms will mostly be singles although there will be some doubles, and the bathrooms will be shared. It is already advertised on some of the main tourist accommodation portal pages as a ‘capsule hotel’ under the name ‘M Pods Malaga’. More info- http://m-pods.hotelscostadelsolspain.com/en/ . Photo:M-Pods. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202106/21/tourist-accommodation-concept-with-20210621181233.html


Malaga aims to slash the number of horse carriages for tourists: The city’s plan is to issue just a dozen licences compared to the 55 that there were in 2016. Full article:


UEFA EURO 2020: Runs from 11 June to 11 July 2021, with 11 host cities staging the 51 fixtures. Here are the results from Monday. Source: https://www.espn.com/soccer/fixtures?league=uefa.euro 


Golf News- Jon Rahm, Spanish golfer, wins first major title at US Open: Rahm birdied his last two holes at Torrey Pines to finish one shot ahead of South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. The victory made Rahm the first Spanish golfer to ever win the US Open and also saw him become world number one again. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/jon-rahm-spanish-golfer-wins-first-major-title-at-us-open-to-regain-number-1-spot/ar-AALgStB 


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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
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Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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Emergency Svcs.: 112
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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