DigameXtra No. 2221 Monday, March 28th, 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.
-TBC – Trip to Montefrio, Granada Province. Price €25,50 and includes, coach fare, tourist train and drivers tip.
-27th – Trip to Bolonia and Tarifa – includes entry to the Claudia Baelo Roman site with guide €23,50
-6th – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-20th – Boat Trip from Benalmadena Port to Fuengirola with time to explore Fuengirola Harbour €25 includes coach, tips and boat trip to Fuengirola
-25th – Trip to Osuna with Guide €20 includes Coach fare, tips and guide
-2nd – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-3rd – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with a Hog Roast and all the trimmings at La Vega Restaurant & Bar, in Torre del Mar. Time 1.30. Price 12€ for non members & €5 for members. There will be a bar and music. Do come along and celebrate with us the Queen’s 70 years as our Monarch.
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 open from 12 noon until 2pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page 


Bio Beach Restaurant in El Morche, Events:
-Wed. April 13 at 11am. Speaker: Ray Sullivan presenting Topic: “Great Songwriting Partnerships of the 20th Century”. The programme traces the development of popular songwriting from the 1930’s through to the 1990’s. It features the works of a number of duos ranging from Rodgers& Hammerstein, Lennon & McCartney, Abba to Rice & Lloyd Webber. The artists performing these works include Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles”. The show will last just short of 2 hours including an interval. The Bio Beach lectures are free, just order refreshments. We belong to U3A, (http://www.u3aaxarquia.com/) and these programmes are presented in an effort to attract more members. Bio Beach Restaurant is located on the El Morche beachfront promenade right behind the church. We look forward to see you then! Please come early as we are running out of seats before 11am. For more info contact norma2kk@aol.com.
-Are you ready for an envigorating, fun and healthy program in El Morche facing the sea? Introducing “Dance Gatherings”!
BIO Beach Restaurant is offering dance gatherings including a warm-up to start, followed by various mini lessons in different dance styles like cha-cha-cha and bolero with an hour of tango before we conclude with an informal social dance. José Luis Arquero Jimenez (José), the dance profesional, is qualified in a variety of styles such as ballroom, modern jive, swing, bachata, salsa, tango, etc… José confesses that Tango is his special passion! If you can walk, you can dance. This said, José invites you to try these healthy sessions. He will go as fast or as slowly as the group desires. As you know, dancing provides many health benefits, not only physically but psychologically and mentally. As we age, balance also becomes a challenge and dancing tones your body in remaining fit, agile and feeling good in its skin.
Numbers/Cost: We need 8 participants to start with a special offer of 8€ pp per session.
Place: BIO Beach Restaurant in El Morche behind the church on the beachfront
Day/Time: Wednesdays from 4pm – Starting on Wed. April 13
Restaurant: Bio Beach will offer a special meal to be enjoyed after the dance. Details will follow after the classes start.
For registration and/or information contact: norma2kk@aol.com 


In concert- La Buena Sombra & Friends: Tues, 01Apr 20:30
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From temporary to long term storage, we can find a solution for you. We have storage units in Competa and Puente Don Manuel, which are all dry and secure. All sizes of storage are accommodated. Do you need a suitcase stored or a full house move?
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We have a list of clients looking for properties to buy. Inland and on the Costa, especially Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria.
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We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, now with an office in Nerja, we cover the whole coast line and inland.
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For Sale: Stand Assist Invacare 350 Reliant
Makes transfers easy for those with mobility problems. Bought new (1,200 euros) in 2015. One owner, in very good condition, price 200 euros. Charger provided but needs new battery. Call Bill, near Trapiche, on 633 146 152 or email billbroc@hotmail.com 


News & Articles

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Transport workers continue strikes and call for another meeting with the minister: {Translation} 27Mar22 16:57
-The spokesman for the National Platform for the Defence of Road Transport, Manuel Hernández, has called for a new meeting with the minister Raquel Sánchez to “unblock” the problem of below-cost contracts, for which small hauliers have been on strike for fourteen days.
-Hernández wants to convey to the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda that she would call off the demonstrations with a royal decree that guarantees them work under a minimum profitability, on a transitional basis until the Land Transport Law can be modified, he explained in an interview on TVE’s 24-hour channel.
-The spokesperson for the platform assures that the “dominant position” that the shippers have over them means that they have to work at a loss, which is why they are calling on the government to “legislate so that these bad practices do not occur, leading the basic sector to ruin”. Hernández insisted that it “costs small hauliers more money to work than to be unemployed” and that they do not want “subsidies or aid”.
-He argued that transport in Spain “is well paid” and consumers pay for the product as they should in terms of transport, but the large logistics and companies that market the load without having trucks “keep up to 50 percent of the price of transport, and that has to be eradicated”.
-“We ask you to please take into account the seriousness of the situation and that we have no choice but to continue to be at a standstill if the main measure is not addressed,” he said. Source, Spanish: https://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/transportistas-paros-ministra.html


Brits to Face More Hurdles When Travelling to EU as Banks Impose Extra Charges on Them:
-Crédit Agricole, a French international banking group, has started charging holders of British bank cards making withdrawals at its ATMs in France €5, earlier this month. At the same time, British travellers in France have reported that the bank is also charging them €18 for cash transfers.
-The move, which will affect millions of travellers from the UK to France, is set to be followed by other banks in the bloc and is a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
-Up until now, British citizens have not been charged with additional fees when withdrawing and transferring money within the EU, as the bloc’s Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) prohibits the Member States from imposing extra fees on nationals of other EU countries. Instead, all EU citizens, regardless of their nationality, should be subject to the same domestic charges as the nationals of the country where they withdraw money.
-Yet, since the UK left the EU on December 31, 2020, British citizens no longer benefit from such rules. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/brits-to-face-more-hurdles-when-travelling-to-eu-as-banks-impose-extra-charges-on-them/


F1 result- Max Verstappen wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022 after dramatic battle with Charles Leclerc: The world champion gets his first win of the season as his duel with new Ferrari rival Leclerc provides a thrilling end to a difficult weekend in Jeddah.
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Chalres Leclerc (Ferrari)
3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
5. George Russell (Mercedes)
6. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
7. Lando Norris (McLaren)
8. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
9. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
10. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
11. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)
12. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin)
13. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Full article: https://inews.co.uk/sport/formula-one/f1-result-max-verstappen-saudi-arabian-grand-prix-2022-lewis-hamilton-charles-leclerc-1542504


Scientists find microplastics in blood for first time: Scientists have discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time, warning that the ubiquitous particles could also be making their way into organs. “This is the first time we have actually been able to detect and quantify” such microplastics in human blood, said Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “This is proof that we have plastics in our body—and we shouldn’t,” he told AFP, calling for further research to investigate how it could be impacting health. Full article: https://phys.org/news/2022-03-scientists-microplastics-blood.html


Sinkholes as big as a skyscraper and as wide as a city street open up in the Arctic seafloor:
-Giant “sinkholes” – one of which could devour an entire city block holding six-story buildings – are appearing along the Arctic seafloor, as submerged permafrost thaws and disturbs the area, scientists have discovered.
-“We know that big changes are happening across the Arctic landscape, but this is the first time we’ve been able to deploy technology to see that changes are happening offshore too,” Charlie Paull, a geologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), said in a statement. “While the underwater sinkholes we have discovered are the result of longer-term, glacial-interglacial climate cycles, we know the Arctic is warming faster than any region on Earth,” added Paull, who co-led the research with Scott Dallimore from the Geological Survey of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, with an international team of researchers. Full article: https://www.space.com/sinkholes-opening-arctic-seafloor 

COVID Info References

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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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Petrol Prices – Updated daily: These are the fuel stations in Malaga province with the lowest prices. The price data for 95 and 98-octane petrol and diesel fuel is updated every day. See it here:

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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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