DigameXtra No. 1636 Monday, May 25th 2020

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Costa del Sol Expats Theatre Returns with a Nine Hour Online Musical Celebration: Following the success of their series of free online concerts, the Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola will be broadcasting once again, this time on Sunday May 31 from 1.55pm until 10.50pm.
‘The Salon In Their Eyes’ is a nine hour extravaganza and each Salon singer will perform songs of a single artist all of whom were nominated by Salon Varietes supporters.
To view simply become a member of the Facebook group The Official Salon Varietes Theatre and visit next Sunday. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/24/costa-del-sol-expats-theatre-returns-with-a-nine-hour-online-musical-celebration/


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For Sale: Bamboo table with glass top (diameter 100 cm) and 4 matching chairs. Price 50 euros. Social distancing observed, plus masks for viewing. Location – Nerja
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For Sale: Sofa. In aid of T.A.I.L animal charity. The sofa has had very little use and can be opened and closed with one hand. Euros 50 or more if you like all monies to T.A.I.L., buyer to collect from CANILLIAS DE ALBEIDA not campo. More pics on request.
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Recommendations & Requests


Braseria Iberica, Hotel Los Arcos, Nerja: This has always been one of our favourite restaurants, and we were excited to see that is was open again on Saturday evening.
The COVID – 19 precautions in place were impressive and reassuring. Our temperatures were taken before we were allowed to enter the al fresco dining area. Our steaks were superbly cooked and presented, and our waitress was efficient, attentive and friendly.
Hope you are well, and thank you for Digame. It’s always the first thing I read in the mornings.
Jane, Nerja, janehearn99 @ yahoo . co . uk


La Casa Bar & Restaurant, Torrox Pueblo: We had a lovely evening yet again at La Casa in the square, Torrox Pueblo. Free tapa with every drink (very generous portions and delicious!), great value, as is the lovely a la carte menu. Fabulous outdoor space, great atmosphere, always a warm welcome from Sarah & Karen. Thank you girls, so glad you are up and running for us again! Open from 1pm every day, the coffee is excellent too.
Steph & Keith, Torrox, stephanieJones2403 at hotmail DOT com


Face masks: Thank you for the DigameXtra post. C.P. say they had put masks in our box. I visit the box weekly but no masks. One of life’s mysteries. I received 2 masks on Friday after a good friend contacted C.P.
Thank you for your help and the replies from readers.
George, Torrox Campo, valblick AT hotmail d0T 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.


UPDATED Covid-19 Statistic Confusion: To avoid confusion from conflicting statistics sources, and so you get the freshest, most accurate data, I am now providing only the links to the Official Spanish sources, and for World statistics Worldometers.com and Financial Times. Just click the link to view the latest info. Full story about the reporting confusion:

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


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A thousand vehicles join in Vox protest in Malaga: Similar convoys festooned with Spanish flags crossed cities around Spain on Saturday morning. Authorised by the government, the convoy was escorted by Local and National Police officers, and progressed without incident, apart from some exchanges of insults with residents in the Carretera de Cadiz district. Photo:SUR/SALVADOR SALAS Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202005/23/thousand-vehicles-join-protest-20200523175712.html


Spotify Launches Crackdown on Tools Offering Premium Service For Free: Spotify has filed a wave of DMCA takedown notices with Google in an effort to remove links to software claiming to offer a premium experience without paying. In many of its complaints Spotify warns that the company believes that the tools are intended to be used as “instruments of fraud”. Full story:


Another Blow To Pirate IPTV- Legal IPTV Box Users That Install Add-ons to Access Pirate Content Are Now Being Tracked By Service Providers: App Watch is targeted at providers of streaming services who provide their own set-top boxes. It’s meant to safeguard these companies against abuse and prevent consumers from using their boxes as piracy tools. Full story: https://torrentfreak.com/app-watch-allows-operators-to-monitor-and-ban-piracy-apps-on-android-set-top-boxes-200523/


Coronavirus- Protests and political tension grip lockdown Spain: Nightly pot-banging protests and rising political tensions piled pressure on Spain’s minority government as it sought to lead the nation cautiously out of lockdown and tackle the economic chaos triggered by the pandemic. Unlike many other European countries, the government has come in for a barrage of criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, only managing to secure its latest extension of the lockdown on Wednesday by just 15 parliamentary votes.
And the debate ahead of the vote was hostile and acrimonious, with opposition leader Pablo Casado, who heads the rightwing People’s Party (PP), not mincing his words.
“You are the epitome of chaos and the worst thing is that you are unable to protect the Spanish people without resorting to this brutal confinement,” he said, addressing his words to Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20200523/coronavirus-protests-and-political-tension-grip-lockdown-spain


Higher Taxes Coming? Spain announces €3-billion universal basic income scheme: It will cost around €3 billion per year, will help four out of five people in severe poverty and benefit close to 850,000 households, half of which include children. Sanchez said the Spanish government had a responsibility to help out those who had been hit hard by the crisis with this proposed plan.  Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200523/coronavirus-spain-announces-3-billion-universal-basic-income-scheme


Spain likely to raise taxes in wake of coronavirus crisis, say experts: Finance Minister María Jesús Montero has stated that there will not be “massive spending cuts or massive tax hikes.” The government, however, plans to approve the so-called “Google tax” on digital services, and another levy on financial transactions, by the end of the year (at least they got this one right. -Ed.). But together these would only raise an estimated €1.8 billion, not even two tenths of a point of the deficit. The anti-austerity party has also proposed a wealth tax that would affect people with assets worth over €1 million, but this does not appear to have much backing. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-05-22/spain-likely-to-raise-taxes-in-wake-of-coronavirus-crisis-say-experts.html


Spain loosens restrictions in towns with fewer than 10,000 residents: The new order, published on Friday in the Official State Gazette, will see bars and restaurants open regardless what phase the province is in, and eliminates the need to keep to a strict timetable on hours allowed outside the home depending on age, and loosens restrictions on walks. Full details: https://www.thelocal.es/20200522/spain-loosens-restrictions-in-towns-with-fewer-than-10000-residents
Spanish Official State Gazette reference document: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/22/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-5218.pdf


Spanish PM Sends Mixed Signals, 6th Extension Possible: Speaking to regional premiers on Sunday, Pedro Sánchez said that the exceptional measures would begin to be lifted in the coming days “if nothing goes wrong”. But then states “We are studying a sixth extension because it is our duty,” he said on Saturday. “We will have to look at the epidemiological progression, but we will do so listening to the experts and the regions.”
Opposition parties such as the conservative Popular Party (PP) and far-right Vox have been calling for an end to the exceptional measures since early May, and have either abstained or voted against further extensions, arguing that there are measures under existing laws that could be used during the deescalation process. Legal experts, meanwhile, have claimed that there is no way of confining citizens to their homes without the state of alarm. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-05-24/spanish-pm-considering-lifting-state-of-alarm-in-some-regions-before-in-others.html


Still No Checks?: Thousands of workers in Spain are still waiting to receive unemployment assistance after being placed on a temporary layoff scheme known as ERTE. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz announced last Friday that the national agency SEPE, which handles jobless claims, had recognized and paid 3.3 million beneficiaries within 33 days.
But the government’s claims have been contradicted by organizations such as the General Council of Administrative Gestores of Spain, an association of professionals who help the public with the paperwork involved in administrative processes such as taxes or property registration.
According to a survey published by this group on Wednesday, more than 900,000 workers placed on the ERTE scheme had still not received their unemployment assistance by mid-May. Meanwhile, the Madrid Hospitality Association says that 40% of workers in the sector have not yet received any payments. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-05-22/sent-home-over-covid-19-laid-off-workers-still-waiting-for-their-checks-in-spain.html


Just 30% Costa del Sol restaurants open doors to public with rest planning to open in June alongside gastronomic events: To boost business and celebrate the end of the lockdown, various restaurants are clubbing together to organise gastronomic and cuisine festivals. One group of restaurants on the Costa del Sol, along with Cadiz and Granada, have organised a Return of Cuisine festival to encourage people to taste different menus at participating restaurants.
Other restaurants are taking part in another celebratory cuisine festival, focusing on “honest and sincere” menus, which are committed to natural and healthy cooking. Menu prices will range from “€35-40 for a normal gastronomic experience to between €55 and 60 for a gourmet meal,” added Asenjo. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/23/just-30-costa-del-sol-restaurants-open-doors-to-public-with-rest-planning-to-open-in-june-alongside-gastronomic-events/


Spanish Police in Marbella purchase 15 High-Tech Laser Pistols to “Control the Coronavirus”: Star Wars is coming to a beach near you.
The local government has confirmed that its officers will be more protected against possible infections from the coronavirus by using the new weapons.
The City Council will spend about 44,000 euros on its purchases of 15 Laser Pistols in a move that has “stunned” members of the opposing political parties.
According to a decree signed by the councilor for Finance, Félix Romero, the technical means available to local agents at the moment are insufficient to face the COVID-19 health emergency.
The Professional Association of Social Work of Malaga said it disapproves the use of this type of stun gun “with the sole purpose of neutralizing people who, due to their situation of living on the street or fragile circumstances, are seriously unprotected.”
The group warns of the “serious consequences of these weapons on people with weakened physical and mental states, since “they can cause serious injuries or irreparable damage to health.” Photo credit and source article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/24/spanish-police-in-marbella-purchase-15-high-tech-laser-pistols-to-control-the-coronavirus/


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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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Nerja: 952 521 545
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