DigameXtra No. 2443 Wednesday Dec. 28th, 2022

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DigameXtra Holiday Schedule UPDATED– No issue on these days.
Posts scheduled for these days will appear in the next issue.
– Saturday, Dec. 31st, New Years Eve
– Monday, Jan. 2nd, 2023, New Years Holiday, a Spanish public holiday
– Friday, Jan. 6th, 2023, Epiphany, a Spanish public holiday
– Saturday, Jan 7th, 2023. 65th anniversary of the Gibson Flying V guitar.

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Fundraiser Update: Almost half way to the goal with 11 days remaining in the fundraiser.
– To those yet to donate, please help me reach the goal so I can receive €2 per hour for the work I do everyday providing what many consider to be a valuable community asset! 
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– Issues take 6+ hours a day to assemble, 6 days per week.
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16 Strings – Trio: January 13, 8:00 p.m.
Ventana Abierta Jazz Club, C/ Granada 3,
Hotel Plaza Cavana, Nerja
Carlos Pino (guitar); Phil Wilkinson (guitar); Francis Posé (double bass)
https://www.ventana-abierta.es/jazz.html  & Video Link

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Nik of all Trades- Services available for home, garden and office:
-Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, my time can be hired in 3 time slots of 4, 6 and 8 hours at a cost of 60€, 85€ and 110€ respectively plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
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-Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost. I am always busy and usually require between 2 and 4 weeks notice before I can start work but I can usually carry out quotations fairly quickly.
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Are you still dealing with scammers on Fakebook Marketplace?
Sell your items here, to locals, for cash, without the shenanigans.

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For Sale: Car Dog Crate. With a sloping side. Size 100 x 80 x 68cm.
60 euro. Buyer collects. Jenny / John, Torrox
Tel: 622 067 357. Email: jmainwood01@gmail.com 

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For Sale: iPad 6, in excellent condition with screen protector and it includes a case as well as the Apple charger. The colour is gold. No marks on this iPad and is ready for use. 150€ ovno
Helen, between Vinuela/Alcaucin. 634327738 

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For Sale: Brand New Laptop. Acer Extensa 15
Windows 11 English, Keyboard Spanish
15.6″ Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Intel N4020 @ 1.1GHz Base – 2.8GHz Burst
8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics
Ethernet, Wifi 2.4/5, HDMI (No VGA, No DVD)
2x USB2, 1x USB3.1
Large Touchpad, Webcam, headphone port
Heavy Duty Hinges. Light weight 1.9Kg, 6 hour battery
Fully setup, updated, ready to use. Factory warranty. 
€380, buyer collects. Naythan, Torrox Costa
Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com 

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Editor’s Note: The fuel subsidy ends this weekend. Drivers may want to get one last fill-up before petrol prices jump higher next week.

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News & Articles

(Click the link to read the full article) 
{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

COVID

In Andalucia, 1,156 new cases of covid and 18 deaths have been recorded: {Translation}
– Andalucia has registered 1,156 positive cases of covid-19 in the last seven days, some five hundred fewer than last week (1,667), while 18 people have died from the disease, seven fewer, according to the Regional Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs on Tuesday.
– The total number of infections since the start of the pandemic in the region is 1,625,654, with 15,587 deaths.
– The accumulated incidence in the over-60s at 14 days stands at 61.57 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, which represents a decrease of about eight points compared to last Tuesday.
– In terms of vaccines, 20,065,199 doses have been administered since the start of the pandemic, with 7,636,270 people receiving at least one dose. In addition, 7,480,592 people have received the full course and 1,289,766 booster doses have been administered in autumn 2010. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1156513/andalucia-registra-1156-nuevos-casos-de-covid-y-18-fallecimientos/

SPAIN

Scrooge Sanchez- Gov’t Plan For Inflation Relief Provides Almost No Benefit To Average Person- will give one-off 200 euro payment to earners of under €27,000, will freeze rents for 6 months, ends fuel discounts:
– This is the plan President Sanchez thinks will save us from inflationary ruin. It must still pass a final vote before enactment, and is sure to face strong opposition from all but the hardcore Left who made the proposal. I’ve read several similar articles in various Spanish papers, which mostly support the progressive gov’t  positions. Nearly all the comments, hundreds of them, are attacking Sanchez and the socialists for this proposal. Many are suggesting this will create a huge gain in support for the Conservative and far Right parties, something the most recent poll confirms, details in article further down. -Ed.
– In energy matters, it is expected that the bonus of 20 cents per liter of fuel will disappear as it was known up to now. Specifically, the aid will no longer be universal and will be limited to the sectors most affected by the impact of the energy crisis, such as carriers.
– The Executive has decided to attack the increase in the shopping basket by lowering the VAT for 6 months on some foods such as fish from 10% to 4%.
– With the future Housing Law completely stagnant, the Executive will renew the limit of 2% in updating the rental prices that are renewed annually. But in addition, and after the pressure exerted by United We Can, new contracts will also be frozen for at least six months. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-government-will-give-200-euros-to-rents-of-up-to-27000-euros-and-will-freeze-rents/

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Fill Up This Week!- Spain ends fuel discount for almost all drivers:
– On Sunday January 1st 2023, almost all of Spain’s 27 million drivers will no longer have access to the 20-cents-on-the-litre subsidy on petrol, diesel and other types of fuel. This comes after the Spanish Cabinet decided to finalise its offer to the country’s population on Tuesday December 27th, as part of changes to its new ‘anti-crisis’ package which includes rent caps, VAT cuts on food and an extension to free public transport.
– The only drivers that can continue claiming the fuel discount in Spain in 2023 are transport workers such as truck drivers, as well as those in the agricultural, fishing and livestock sectors. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20221227/spain-ends-fuel-discount-for-almost-all-drivers/

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Latest Poll Shows Huge Losses For Progressives/Socialists- Feijóo (PP) would win with 143 seats, almost 40 more than Sánchez (PSOE), and would reach 182 seats with Vox: {Translation, summary}
– The PP led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo would win the general elections with 33.2% of the votes and would win 143 seats, almost 40 more than Pedro Sánchez’s PSOE, which would obtain 26% and 104 deputies, according to a GAD3 survey for the Partido Popular to which Europa Press has had access.
– This poll, whose fieldwork was carried out between 16 and 21 December with 1,209 interviews, gives Vox an estimated 39 seats and 13.9% of the votes; Unidas Podemos 24 seats (10.4%); and Ciudadanos 1.8% of the votes, but would not achieve representation in Congress.
– According to data from the polling company headed by Narciso Michavila, the centre-right bloc of PP and Vox would win a total of 182 seats, a comfortable absolute majority, compared to the 128 seats won by PSOE and Unidas Podemos, the current governing coalition.
Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/nacional/noticia-feijoo-ganaria-143-escanos-casi-40-mas-sanchez-llegaria-182-escanos-vox-encuesta-pp-20221227125503.html

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The Government temporarily limits the increase in highway tolls: {Translation, summary}
– The new anti-crisis plan of the Government imposes a ceiling of 4% on the concessionaires in the rise in prices compared to the 8% that should be due to the escalation of the CPI.
– The Ministry of Transport reports that between 2023 and 2026 it will subsidize part of the income that the concessionaires will stop receiving next year due to the containment of the increase in tolls.
– Specifically , a line of 23.3 million euros is enabled to finance the reduction of the rate increase in 2023, and the obligation is established for the General State Administration to provide the necessary items to partially mitigate the increase between 2024 and 2026. Source, Spanish: https://www.vozpopuli.com/economia_y_finanzas/gobierno-limita-forma-temporal-subida-peajes-autopistas.html

ANDALUCIA

EU’s fishing quota cutbacks could sink the Andalusian fleet, the sector fears:
– The cuts are likely to affect 65% of the region’s fishing fleet and cause serious problems for those who trawl in the Mediterranean, they claim.
– The agreement in Brussels means that the 64 trawlers will be able to operate in the Mediterranean for fewer than 150 days a year, and this comes on top of cutbacks of 37% which have already been applied in recent years. The decision will mean millions of euros in economic losses, the sector says.
– In 2023 the EU will also reduce the quotas of red prawns which can be caught in the Mediterranean by 5% for the first time.
– For the fishing fleet in the Atlantic, there will also be a reduction of 36% in the crayfish catch and this will make the situation inviable for many boats, say sources in Andalucía. Fifty trawlers will be affected, and they account for 40% of the total fleet. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/fishing-cutback-fears-20221227105944-nt.html

ENERGY CRISIS

Putin bans Russian oil exports to countries that implement price cap:
– President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday delivered Russia’s long-awaited response to a Western price cap, signing a decree that bans the supply of crude oil and oil products from Feb. 1 for five months to nations that abide by the cap.
– The Group of Seven major powers, the European Union and Australia agreed this month to a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil effective from Dec. 5 over Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/putin-bans-russian-oil-exports-countries-that-imposed-price-cap-decree-2022-12-27/ 

CULTURE

Performers’ fees, resold tickets and ‘rock & roll’ – Can we still afford to go to concerts?:
– Amid a rise in the illegal resale of tickets, exorbitant and fluctuating prices and scams, buying a concert ticket has become a risky proposition these days. Recently, controversy over the high cost of tickets in a Ticketmaster pre-sale for Taylor Swift’s new tour was so loud that it reached the political realm. In the summer, Bruce Springsteen likewise angered many fans with astronomical ticket prices for his concerts.
– Whenever such controversies occur, the question of whether concert tickets are overpriced comes up. And if they are overpriced, why is that the case? Are there enough measures being taken to combat scam ticket websites? Below, we explain the process of pricing and purchasing tickets. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-25/performers-fees-resold-tickets-and-rock-roll-can-we-still-afford-to-go-to-concerts.html

SOCIAL MEDIA

Piers Morgan’s Twitter account posts offensive messages about Queen and Ed Sheeran in apparent hack:
– The content of Piers Morgan’s Twitter account temporarily disappeared on Tuesday, following an apparent hack.
– His official account shared a series of posts overnight, containing false information, racial slurs and abusive messages directed at people including the late Queen and singer Ed Sheeran, according to reports.
– Despite intervention, some problematic posts remained visible in his tweets, tweets and replies, media and likes, into Tuesday afternoon.
The former Good Morning Britain (GMB) presenter is a frequent tweeter, and has 8.3 million followers. He is yet to publicly address the apparent hack. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/piers-morgans-twitter-account-shares-string-of-offensive-messages-after-apparent-hack-12775183

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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:
https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/updated-daily-these-20220314114157-nt.html

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

Taxi
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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