DigameXtra No. 2161 Monday, Jan. 17th, 2022

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Phoenix Club:
Our social club is fully open so do pop in for a coffee and a chat, or browse our books at 4 for €1. We also have a selection of DVDs at various prices, including boxed sets.
-21st – Trip to the Sierra Nevadas €18,50pp – Bring your skis! Still a few seats available
-28th – Trip to La Canada and Iceland. Price €15pp
-4th – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-25th – Trip to Benalmadena Market and Marina €15pp
-4th – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-18th – Trip to Ronda by train, with English speaking guide in Ronda €40 TBC
-14th – 7 night cruise with MSC Cruise Prices from €870pp based on 2 sharing a cabin. €150 deposit pp required
Itinerary includes: depart Valencia and calling at Genoa, Civitaveccia, Palermo, Ibiza with 2 days at sea.
-27th – (Wednesday) Trip to Bolonia and Tarifa – includes entry to the Claudia Baelo Roman site with guide €23,50
The Phoenix Social club is a registered association. We meet at the La Vega bar every Tuesday and you can find it just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are now open from 12 noon until 2pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information 


Bio Beach Restaurant, Lecture/Presentation: Wed. Feb.9 at 11am. Speaker: Jose Manuel Cabezas Cabello and Norma – Power Point Presentation- Topic: La Desbandada and the sinking of the Delphin off Calaceite coast, Torrox, in Jan. 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The Desbandada highlights the massacre on the A-340 in Feb.1937 where innocent civilians fell victims to Franco’s allies. La Desbandada consititutes the most desastrous and poignant episode of the Spanish Civil War in Malaga and one of the worst of the entire conflict. At the Torre del Mar Bus Station, an outside museum features the signatures of the victims of that grim date. Bio Beach Restaurant is located on the El Morche beachfront promenade right behind the church. Masks required. For more info contact norma2kk@aol.com


Yfke’s Bar- Torrox Costa: Back to our regular schedule, call for workshop info. Serving your favorite Dutch snacks all day. You will find us at: Torrox Costa Paseo, EDF 8 Urb. Costa de Oro. FB link with map
Warm greetings and see you soon, YFKE’S BAR. Open Mon – Sat, 14:00 – 20:00. Closed Sundays. Tel +34 711 03 20 17



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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
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– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
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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.



Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Real Estate:
BluCee and our clients had an incredibly successful 2021 and we’re looking to even better that in 2022.
We currently have many requests for country properties with a minimum of 2000m2 land. Coastal minimum 3 bed properties in the Benajarafe/Rincon area with stunning sea views. Apartments in Nerja, Torrox and Rincon areas.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking of putting your property on the market or you’ve already got it for sale and it’s just not happening – either way contact us and find out how BluCee can help you.
Check out our reviews on Google and Facebook.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, now with an office in Nerja, we cover the whole coast line and inland.
BluCee Real Estate are a DigameXtra sponsor so our contact details are shown here every day in the Sponsor’s Section. 


Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
Castillan bureau natural wood solid top with a chalk paint & waxed Measurements 84 x 36 x 114vms Price 175€
Contact Jackie/nerja. 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-IKEA Malm double bed (156x210cms) with Sultan Hogbo double mattress, excellent condition. 50€
-Reduced Item- IKEA Hemnes Day Bed with 3-drawers and two mattresses (current new price 527€, previous advertised price 175€), new sale price 125€
-Reduced Item – IKEA Hemnes 8- drawer chest (162x57x97cms) in excellent condition. Original price 249€, previous advertised price 75€) new sale price 50€
Contact Richard in Caleta de Velez on 617282970 


For Sale: Gents and Ladies golf clubs and accessories.
-Gents 3-sand wedge Wilson DI5 irons, woods and Odyssey putter in a Mizuno carry bag. €120.
-Ladies Wilson Ultra irons and hybrids, putter in a Wilson bag. €80.
Complete with balls, brollies, tees, gloves etc.
Martin in Nerja; hutch4@btinternet.com
or +44 7742 835308 


For Sale: Empty orange gas bottle €10
Angela, Torrox Costa, angiejrogersATgmailD0Tcom 


For Sale: Alcatel Onetouch 1041D mobile phone, no SIM. This is a compact phone, not a smartphone, and is about 4″ long. There is no charger, but uses a standard charger connection. €20
Tony, Torrox Park, oddjobtony at gmail dot com


Recommendations & Requests

Wanted: Clock expert. Hello all, l bought an antique Grandfather clock (1800’s, Wales) and it will arrive in a few days. It is in great condition, works fine, but am looking for someone who can help me set it up ! I live in Velez-Malaga. Patricia 693373530 or whatsapp. Thank you. 


News & Articles

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Covid Andalucia- Andalusia has 167 municipalities with the rate of Covid greater than 2,000; 23 less in a week: {Translation} 16/01/2022, 10:12
-Nearly 1.4 million Andalusians live in the 617 municipalities with a Covid-19 coronavirus incidence rate of more than 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, led by Hinojales (Huelva), which has the highest rate in Andalusia with 6,666.7.
-1,376,880 people live in the 167 Andalusian towns with incidence rates above 2,000 Covid cases in the last two weeks, which represents 16.2% of the population of the community.
-This represents a significant decrease in the last week in line with the sustained fall in the cumulative incidence rate in the community over the last few days. Thus, there are 23 fewer municipalities with a Covid rate above 2,000 in the last seven days and a decrease of 445,676 inhabitants, 24.5% less.
-Almería is now the province with the highest number of localities with a Covid rate of over 2,000 confirmed cases in the last 14 days, with 39, followed by Granada with 34; Jaén with 32; Córdoba with 30; Huelva with 14; Málaga with eight; Cádiz with seven; and Seville with three.
-Despite the overall decrease at regional level, three provinces have increased the number of municipalities with a rate of over 2,000 Covid cases in the last two weeks – Almeria with 16 more, Cadiz with four and Huelva with one – while the other five have reduced it – Jaen with 13 less, Granada and Seville with ten, Cordoba with six and Malaga with five.
-Cordoba, Almeria and Jaen are the only capitals that exceed 2,000 Covid cases in the last two weeks, while the rest are below, led by Granada with 1,779.9, followed by Huelva with 1,767.3, Malaga with 1,483.2, Cadiz with 1,231 and Seville, which with 1,084.6 has the lowest Covid rate of the Andalusian capitals.
-The eight municipalities of Malaga with similar parameters are Algarrobo (2,318.5), Arenas (2,973.7), Benamargosa (2,019.5), Iznate (2,094.8), Vélez-Málaga (2,304.4), Fuente de Piedra (2,253.9), Benalauría (2,283.1) and Cortes de la Frontera (2,186).
-The 34 municipalities of Granada in the situation are listed in the source article. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1022145/andalucia-mantiene-167-municipios-con-tasa-covid-superior-a-2000-23-menos-en-una-semana/


Up to 40% of patients included in Spain’s coronavirus figures are actually admitted to hospital for other illnesses: The number of people being treated ‘with the virus’ instead of ‘because of Covid-19′ has risen sharply due to the spread of omicron and the protection offered by vaccines
EL PAÍS has questioned the regions as well as a dozen hospitals and specialists. While the majority responded by saying that they did not have precise information, the data collected show that between 25 and 40% of hospitalized patients are in this situation. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2022-01-14/up-to-40-of-patients-included-in-spains-coronavirus-figures-are-actually-admitted-to-hospital-for-other-illnesses.html


Spain Extends Entry Restrictions for All EU/Schengen Area Countries for Another Week: The Spanish authorities have announced that all European Union and Schengen Area countries, except for Switzerland, will continue to be part of its COVID-19 risk list for another week.
According to the latest update made by the Ministry of Health of Spain, the updated risk list will enter into force tomorrow, January 17, and will remain valid until January 23. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spain-extends-entry-restrictions-for-all-eu-schengen-area-countries-for-another-week/


Can pharmacies in Spain charge for COVID certificates?: The answer is no, a pharmacy cannot charge for printing a COVID certificate. The question arose after a pharmacy in La Coruña decided to charge 1.50 euros for the document that shows a person has recovered from COVID, is vaccinated or has had a negative test result.
Last June, pharmaceutical organisations agreed that the service must be free and voluntary and that if any pharmacy could not or did not want to provide the COVID certificate then they did not have to, but under no circumstances were they to charge for it. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2022/01/16/can-pharmacies-in-spain-charge-for-covid-certificates/


Changes to A-7 exit numbers on the way- Marbella East will be 1044 and Vélez 953: Central government is to reorganise the numbering of all 84 junctions on the Costa del Sol to avoid duplication on other sections of the A-7 route. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/changes-exit-numbers-20220114095622-ntvo.html


All Covid restrictions in England will be scrapped in 10 days, according to reports: The current ‘Plan B’ measures are due to be reviewed on January 26 – in 10 days time. A senior government source told the Sunday Express that all of the measures currently in place under the plan will be ditched.
Mandatory mask wearing in schools, as well as on public transport and at indoor events, Covid passports and the ‘work from home’ rule will all be scrapped, reports suggest.
All that will remain will be a requirement to isolate for five days with a positive Covid test and the need to take lateral flow tests for international travel.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid was last night said to be ‘sure’ that the restrictions will not be needed after the January deadline.
He is expected to formally announce in the coming days that the restrictions will not be renewed. A source said he ‘feels confident about the decision’ because of the falling number of cases and evidence that Omicron is not as dangerous as other variants. Full article: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-restrictions-to-scrapped-within-22768977


Netherlands Relaxes Some Covid Restrictions As Lockdown Protests Continue: Non-essential stores, hairdressers, beauty salons and other service providers were allowed to reopen on Saturday under strict conditions. Bars, restaurants and cultural venues have been instructed to remain closed until at least Jan. 25 due to uncertainty about how the Omicron wave will impact hospital capacity. Photo:REUTERS. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/protest-netherlands-against-coronavirus-measures-2022-01-16/ 


Tennis News- The Davis Cup match between Spain and Romania will take place in Marbella: This will be on 4 and 5 March at the Puente Romano Tennis Club. The match will be played in honour of Manolo Santana, a tennis legend, who died on 11 December 2021. Up to 4,000 spectators will be able to watch the event. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/sport/davis-match-held-20220114104926-nt.html


Tennis News- Novak Djokovic deported from Australia after judges uphold decision to cancel visa: The men’s world number one had been waiting since Monday when the original decision to cancel his visa to enter the country was quashed. Immigration minister Alex Hawke on Friday exercised his personal powers to cancel it for a second time “on health and good order grounds” before a Federal Court hearing on Sunday decided his fate.
Chief Justice Allsop spoke to initially confirm the unusual move had been made to allow court proceedings to be recorded. He then revealed a “unanimous decision” had been reached. “The orders of the court are, one: the amended application to be dismissed,” Judge Allsop said, adding that Djokovic must pick up the bill for both sides’ legal costs. “Two: reasons to be published at a later date.”
There could be further legal wrangling to come, but the decision means Djokovic faces a three-year ban from Australia, which typically accompanies a deportation ruling. Full article: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/novak-djokovic-deported-australia-judges-065642697.html


Ashes Series- Australia steamrolls England to claim 146-run victory in historic Hobart Test, winning Ashes series 4-0: Australia has wrapped up a 4-0 Ashes series victory inside three days at Bellerive Oval, obliterating England’s fragile batting line-up to claim a 146-run victory inside three days. Photo:AP/Tertius Pickard. Full article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-16/australia-win-final-ashes-test-on-dramatic-third-day-in-hobart/100759732 


How identity theft works on WhatsApp and what you can do to prevent it:
According to security experts, a growing number of people are falling victim to SIM swapping, a scam used by hackers to access passwords and empty bank accounts.
The scam is known as SIM swapping, whereby a phone number is cloned and used by identity thieves by assigning it to a new SIM card, after which they are able to access passwords and empty bank accounts. In order to carry out this cloning, thieves make use of a mechanism that is available on the dark web for around $200, or even with inside help from corrupt employees at cell phone companies who cut off the user’s service.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/usa/2022-01-11/how-identity-theft-works-on-whatsapp-and-what-you-can-do-to-prevent-it.html


New Apple Leaks Expose iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro Design Changes: We already know Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 range is getting a “complete redesign”. But now we know a lot more, and Apple’s design decisions are going to send shockwaves through iPhone fans. Photo: MacRumors. Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2022/01/15/apple-iphone-14-pro-max-design-notch-promotion-display-ram-design-change/ 


Witchcraft ‘online’- a business in explosion and out of control: Today the sorcerers of the tribe do not minister in remote caves, but they do it through the mobile, and they do not need to whisper their spells in the ear, but it is enough for them to emit them by WhatsApp, SMS or video call. Nor do they need to appear in the ad sections of newspapers to make themselves known as they did in the past, since social networks and searches of the Internet already supply them with plenty of clientele. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/witchcraft-online-a-business-in-explosion-and-out-of-control/

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

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:

COVID-19 VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency.

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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/
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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