DigameXtra No. 1634 Friday, May 22nd 2020

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Free YouTube Concert Featuring Robbie Williams and Take That Restricted to UK Viewers, Musicians Encourage Fans To Bypass Block With VPNs: This Friday 29th May at 8:00pm, Take That’s Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen – together with former band member Robbie Williams – will perform a charity concert directly from their own homes. Gary Barlow, lead singer of the British pop group Take That, after receiving advice on VPN use from a fan on Twitter, gave a shout out to fans, asking “the army” to spread the word on how to bypass YouTube’s restrictions. Full details: https://torrentfreak.com/take-thats-gary-barlow-use-a-vpn-to-bypass-youtube-geoblock-of-lockdown-concert-200519/


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Greek restaurant in Torrox Costa!:  Greek House. Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialties. Our opening time is from 18:00, Tuesday thru Sunday. Monday closed. Also, you can enjoy our specialties in lunch time, between 13.00-15.00, by reservation only, on telephone number 642585049. You can choose meat specialties ( Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! https://la-casita-griega.business.site/


Casa Magel:  Valle De Abdalajis Malaga
B B Breaks Malaga Campo Andalucia
If everything goes as planned re the virus recovery we will be fully open again as from the 1st June 2020
All health & safety procedures will be in place.
Hopefully, the Camino Del Rey will open next week.
Spanish Hideaway Casa Magel B&B from 55€ per night
Fed up with the bad weather and stuck indoors, well the sun is out again, give yourself a treat and have a mini-break at the lovely Casa Magel B & B in Valle De Abdalajis, Malaga.
We have 2 very pretty en-suite rooms available with breakfast included for 55€ per night. Our special offers are still available: 2 nights B&B with one night 3 course evening meal with wine for 2 sharing; 120€. We also have a 3-night break with B&B, one night 3-course meal with wine and another night tapas and drinks in a local bar or in house..170€. Available after the end of May. You can add any more nights on at 50€ a night with breakfast.
We have pleasant gardens with an outdoors Andalucian fully equipped kitchen with a BBQ area and a pool. We are 1 km along an unmade up track from our local town with shops, restaurants, and bars. Or just lounge around our lovely pool and eat in.
We can also arrange a trip to a local Bodega were you will be shown around the vineyards and small factory where they make fully organic wine and sample some with tapas : 20€ a head or stay on and have a wonderful 3-course home-cooked lunch with wine for an extra 15€. Wonderful experience. Lockdown rules permitting.
We are a short drive to Antequera and El Torcal, both exciting places to visit.
Also in the other direction, we have the Caminito Del Rey, the stupendous walk in the gorge at El Chorro and then a visit to the turquoise lakes of Ardales is a must.
Check out our website www.casamagel.com, contact us on casamagel@yahoo.com or telephone 722879503.
We get booked up pretty quickly, so book now for the Summer and bring some friends, we provide vouchers which make a great present for your family & friends.
All bookings will be on condition that the lockdown rules permit and no payment will be taken at the time of booking.


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For Sale: Great deals from The Nerja Household Center
-2 x 3 seater sofas approx width 200 x 100 width 160 x 100 price 160€ (For both )
-Synthetic ikea sofa vgc width 175 x 85 cms price 140€
-Solid wooden sideboard Measurements Width 110cms Depth 33cms Height 83cms
Price 75€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
Info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


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Accountant: Can anybody recommend a accountant in the Nerja area who could do a simple tax return for me? If you can please contact Michael / Nerja on mikestevenitt@gmail.com


News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.


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Note: Stats for Andalucia, Costa del Sol and Malaga may be reported with a delay of 24 to 48 hrs., or not at all some days. Also, with “reported cases” stats, there are differences in some stats from different sources due to some testing methods not being accepted by some data collectors.  -Ed.


World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 21, 2020, 18:30 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 5,150,770 , up from 5,084,934
Total Deaths: 332,242 , up from 329,719


Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 21, 2020, 18:34 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 280,117 , up from 279,524
Total Deaths: 27,940 , up from 27,888
Note that the official Spanish Gov’t numbers below for “total cases” are lower since they recently changed their counting methods and now only recognize data from PCR+ testing. Thus I offer both sets of data.
Ministerio de Sanidad gets its numbers here https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/
Last updated: 00:00 21 May
Total Coronavirus Cases: 233,037
Total deaths: 27,940


Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- 21/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 17.025 , up from 16.842
Total Deaths: 1.375 , up from 1.371


Axarquia: Last updated- 21/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 208
Total Deaths: 16


Costa del Sol (West of Malaga): Last updated- 21/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 996
Total Deaths: 43


Malaga Province Coronavirus: Last updated- 21/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 4,327
Total Deaths: 281


UK Coronavirus: Last Updated- May 21, 2020, 18:35 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 250,908 , up from 248,293
Total Deaths: 36,042 , up from 35,704
No new graph today.


Doubling of Covid-19 cases on Spain’s Costa del Sol casts serious doubts on Malaga entering Phase 2 of de-escalation on May 25: Given that Malaga’s authorities and citizens are anxious to access Phase 2 with the rest of the region, these figures won’t help its case. The health authorities are therefore, once again, insisting that the public maintains social distances and hygiene recommendations. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/21/doubling-of-covid-19-cases-on-spains-costa-del-sol-casts-serious-doubts-on-malaga-entering-phase-2-of-de-escalation-on-may-25/


Spain’s Valencia region puts brakes on lockdown easing after slight rise in infections: While Madrid and Catalonia request that their lockdown is eased, the region housing Valencia and Alicante has decided it shouldn’t enter Phase 2 of Spain’s “de-escalation” plan after infections rose slightly in the past week. Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20200521/spains-valencia-region-puts-brakes-on-lockdown-easing-after-slight-rise-in-infections


Spain’s Gov’t Deal With Basque Nationalist Group EH Bildu In Order To Get 15 Day Extension Passed Causes Uproar: The return of old labor laws that make it difficult to fire employees at center of controversy. Confusion reigns in Spain over deal with Basque party to repeal labor reform. The agreement between the government and EH Bildu, which was announced late last night to the surprise of other groups, was subject to a late-night “rectification” by the Socialist Party. As a result, Employers Association breaks off talks with government over deal with the Basque radical party while political parties excluded from these negotiations demand answers.
After the exceptional measures (to extend the lockdown again) were approved by the lower house of parliament, news emerged of an agreement between the coalition government – led by the Socialist Party (PSOE) and junior partner Unidas Podemos – and the Basque nationalist group EH Bildu to repeal a 2012 labor reform. The pro-independence party, it emerged, had secured the deal with the government in exchange for abstaining at Wednesday’s key vote to push the end of the state of alarm to June 7.
The text of the agreement began with a commitment by the government to overturn the 2012 legislation, which was passed by the main opposition Popular Party (PP) while it was in power, and which, among other things, gave companies in Spain more flexibility to sack employees. The Wednesday agreement specified that the government should repeal the law before the end of the “extraordinary measures” that are in place to combat the coronavirus crisis – i.e. the state of alarm.
But given the controversy that the deal caused among the political opposition, hours later, at around midnight, the PSOE released an “explanatory note” in which it rectified what had been agreed in the first point of the deal. Instead of the complete repeal of the 2012 legislation, the PSOE and its junior partner agreed on a vague commitment to recover “the labor rights taken away by the 2012 labor reform.” The pledge is included in the governing pact reached by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Unidas Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias in December, ahead of the creation of their coalition government.
The confusion deepened on Thursday morning, when Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias insisted during an interview with Catalunya Ràdio that the agreement “does not speak about a partial repeal, it talks about the repeal of the labor reform. The parties can say what they want. What was signed was what was agreed. The deal between the three parties is to completely overturn the reform.” References:


WATCH- Thousands turn up in Malaga’s Calle Larios with pots and pans to protest against the Spanish coalition Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic: The protests initially started in Madrid at the beginning of the week, but have since spread throughout the country. As well as protests in Costa del Sol’s Malaga and Marbella, marches were held across the country today, from Barcelona to Cordoba, spurred on by right wing party Vox encouraging the public to take to the streets “to get Sanchez out”. Protests are expected to continue this week. Full story, and to watch these videos go to: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/21/watch-over-a-thousand-costa-del-sol-citizens-march-rattling-pots-pans-in-protest-of-spanish-governments-handling-of-coronavirus-pandemic/


Spanish Banks In Trouble: Bank delinquencies could rise to 10% at the end of the year due to the coronavirus.
Source (Spanish): https://www.eldiario.es/economia/morosidad-bancaria-podria-subir-coronavirus_0_1029597524.html
Summary in English: https://spainsnews.com/bank-delinquencies-could-rise-to-10-at-the-end-of-the-year-due-to-the-coronavirus/


New York transit agency launches UV light pilot program in effort to kill Covid-19: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday night that it will use “150 dual-headed mobile devices” from Denver-based start-up PURO Lighting to determine the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the UVC light technology, the agency said in a press release.
UVC, which is one of three types of light on the UV spectrum, is proven to eliminate Covid-19 and is most potent against viruses and bacteria, PURO Lighting said. PURO noted that their lamps also have UVA and UVB as well for full spectrum disinfection. The MTA touts that UVC light is “an efficient, proven, and effective technology for eliminating viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19” and has been demonstrated to kill viruses in hospital operating rooms, urgent care clinics, universities, and fire stations. Full story:

A UV-C Light emitting robot sterilizes a hospital room. Photo: Essdras M Suarez/Boston Globe via Getty Images


Your bubble is ready- plastic pods offer solution for COVID dining: For restaurant owners worrying how they can welcome back customers but keep them safe from COVID-19, a French designer has created a cylinder of transparent plastic that hangs from a cable on the ceiling, much like a lampshade. A scoop cut out of the back allows diner to sit and stand up without having to bend over double. Christophe Gernigon, who invented the device, called the Plex’Eat, said the designs already on the market looked like booths in prison visiting rooms, so were not inviting for customers. Photo:REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-france-restaurants/your-bubble-is-ready-plastic-pods-offer-solution-for-covid-dining-idUSKBN22X100


Beijing moves to impose new national security law on Hong Kong after anti-China unrest: Pro-democracy demonstrators have for years strongly opposed the idea of national security laws, arguing they could erode the city’s high degree of autonomy, guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” formula put in place when it returned to Chinese rule.
Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-parliament-hongkong/beijing-moves-to-impose-new-national-security-law-on-hong-kong-after-anti-china-unrest-idUSKBN22X19C


We may have spotted a parallel universe going backwards in time: Strange particles observed by an experiment in Antarctica could be evidence of an alternative reality where everything is upside down. That strange finding was made in 2016. Since then, all sorts of suggestions rooted in known physics have been put forward to account for the perplexing signal, and all have been ruled out. What’s left is shocking in its implications. Explaining this signal requires the existence of a topsy-turvy universe created in the same big bang as our own and existing in parallel with it. In this mirror world, positive is negative, left is right and time runs backwards. It is perhaps the most mind-melting idea ever to have emerged from the Antarctic ice ­­– but it might just be true. Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532770-400-we-may-have-spotted-a-parallel-universe-going-backwards-in-time/


Your face mask selfies could be training the next facial recognition tool: Researchers are crawling the internet for photos of people wearing face masks to improve facial recognition algorithms. Face masks cover up a significant portion of what facial recognition needs to identify and detect people — essentially threatening the future of a multimillion-dollar industry unless the technology can learn to recognize people beyond the coverings.
Facial recognition companies have long used people’s pictures without consent to train their algorithms. Civil liberty advocates contend that facial recognition technology threatens privacy and free speech, warning as well that there are almost no laws preventing abuse of the surveillance tools. Masks have long been a method for avoiding facial recognition. Protesters in Hong Kong relied on them to beat the government’s facial recognition to avoid harsh retaliation, prompting a mask ban there. Read more at: https://www.cnet.com/news/facial-recognition-firms-are-scrambling-to-see-around-face-masks/


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The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline


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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
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