DigameXtra No. 1972 Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: They’re returning to Fitzgerald’s Live Music Bar ‘For One Night Only’, situated under Supersol by the Nerja town bridge.
”The Silver Beats”, Spain’s #1 tribute band to John, Paul, George and Ringo….The Beatles!
All their classic legendary hits including ‘She Loves You’ ‘I Feel Fine’ ‘8 Days a Week’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ ‘A Hard Days Night’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’
Saturday 5th June from 8pm. Entry €10 Meal Deal €5
Reduced Capacity, all Safety Measures in Place!
Don’t miss out on this fabulous night, book your ticket now on 951 550 585 


Liquid Lunch band at Bar Atila: Saturday 12th June. Celebrating the opening of our Garden Bar and our Music season on Saturday with the great local band Liquid Lunch, music from 7pm. From this Saturday we will be hosting music every Saturday starting the 12th June.
Calle Buena Vista 9, Puente don Manuel 29713 Alcaucín FB page 


The Rock Of Ages Band: Live this Friday, June 4th, starting at 8pm.
The Ginger Pig, Cortijo Benitez, A366, 29100 Coin FB page 


Dana & Gianni in concert: The splendid La Carpintería venue in Competa, Avenida de la Constitución, reopens its doors with a concert by Dana & Gianni. Friday 4th of June at 9pm a journey around the world through the most beautiful songs of the great composers that everyone has in their hearts regardless of age. A sparkling, fresh, unique style, rich in improvisation, which has its roots in the jazz and blues that have always belonged to the two musicians
Book your table: +34 635 46 77 88
Dana & Gianni facebook Page: @danaegianni


Now On Sale- The Elton John Experience & The Malaga Symphony Orchestra: A tribute concert. Paul Maxwell’s show, known as ‘The Piano Man’, includes all the timeless hits that every audience wants to hear.
Sat, 26 June at Marbella Arena. Entry €27 to €100.
Info & Tickets: https://marbellaarena.com/eventosma/the-elton-john-experience/ 


VII Festival de Musica Sacra y Musica Antigua
(Seventh Festival of Sacred Music and Ancient Music)
Six concerts from June 19 thru July 10. Two concerts at each location, 
Frigiliana / Almachar / Competa.
See poster and website for more info. Or tel. 690 073 871
Email: ventana.abierta.acp@gmail.com
Web: https://www.ventana-abierta.es/proximos-eventos-upcoming.html 


Charity Yoga Morning to benefit Refugio de Leo:
Do something good for yourself and others.
Saturday 05.06.2021
10:00 h – 12:00 h / Yoga Montealegre / Torrox Campo
Ashtanga inspired Yoga Class/ open levels
Smallest recommended donation 15€
100% of the proceeds go to the “Refugio de Leo”
A big thank you to Keith, Torre del Mar , and your ad on DigameXtra on 05.05.2021 regarding the Refugio de Leo. Your words touched my heart “Please consider helping out in any way you feel you can”.
Let`s go – just join in ! 2 spots still available.
I will be more than pleased if you contact me for further information and to reserve your spot.
For those who prefer not to drive on the campo, we can offer a shuttle from the main road.
In case it rains we will simply postpone the event to 12.06.2021. Stay flexible – especially mentally!
Anne / Torrox : anne-kathrin.ruth@gmx.ch or telephone 685 247 505 


Car Boot/Market: Sunday 6th June. Lake Vinuela.
At El Pantano Restaurant car park. Time 9.30 am to 1pm.
Please be assured, that we are taking all the necessary precautions to abide with current restrictions and requirements. Please remember to wear face masks.
Hand sanitiser will be available for your use, on all stalls.
Location is easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right-hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore, old and new.
-Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
-Lots of local grown fruit and vegetables.
-Homemade Jams and Marmalades and Chutneys (including Mango)
-Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
-Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
-Greetings cards.
-(New) Ladies clothes and accessories.
-Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Bar is open from 9.30am serving coffee/drinks/food.
Please note: If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday. For further info please contact Sandy (Vinuela) by telephone, on 619 471 301


Dreambeach 2021 Festival Suspended in Villaricos, Almeria: Sadly, the Dreambeach 2021 festival has been suspended in Villaricos, yet the event is still being advertised online. The Cuevas del Almanzora Town Council have given their approval to suspend both festivals and events of a cultural and social nature due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This means it will now be impossible for the 2021 Dreambeach festival to go ahead. The event had been planned from August 4 to August 8, and event organisers are still promoting the event on their website.
Dreambeach is one of the largest electronic musical festivals seen in Andalucia, and each year thousands of music lovers gather for the festival.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/02/dreambeach-2021-festival-suspended-in-villaricos/ 



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New increase in infections with Covid incidence rate at 178 cases in Andalusia: {Translation} Updated: 02/06/2021, 16:02
-Andalusia has 1,490 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday. This represents a further increase compared to Tuesday’s data (1,293) and 226 more positives than those recorded on the same day last week. This circumstance does not, however, lead to an increase in the pressure on hospital care, as both the number of Covid patients admitted to hospital and the number of critical patients in the ICU has fallen.
-The situation is similar to that of previous days, although there is another negative statistic in terms of deaths. The 18 deaths registered by Covid are the highest number recorded since 11 March, 10 more than a week ago.
-With this increase in the number of infections, the cumulative 14-day incidence rate has risen once again to 178 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This figure is 50 cases higher than the national average and places the community as a whole at a high alert level. Four provinces, Huelva, Jaén, Seville and Granada, have rates above 200 cases. In all of them, this indicator has risen today. Huelva, with 269 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has the highest incidence rate at 14 days, with the aggravating factor that its rate at 7 days is more than half of this record, predicting an upward trend in the infection curve. Almeria, with a 14-day rate of 72 cases, marks the minimum.
-The positive evolution data are therefore reduced to the lower clinical impact of the disease in this fourth wave thanks to vaccination. In Andalusian hospitals there are 840 Covid patients on Wednesday, 15 less than the day before. 206 of the total are critical in ICU, one less than the day before. The percentage of occupation of beds and ICU modules by Covid patients in the community is in low risk registers. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-datos-coronavirus-nuevo-incremento-contagios-tasa-incidencia-covid-178-casos-andalucia-202106021255_noticia.html


Ministry authorises the Janssen vaccine for new age group in Spain, despite delivery delays: The Public Health Commission in Spain agreed on Tuesday, 1 June, to immediately authorise the use of Janssen single-dose vaccine for people between 40 and 49 years old (those born between 1972 and 1981), and their vaccination will start in the next few days once the decision is ratified by the Interterritorial Council this Wednesday.
The use of the Johnson & Johnson formula was previously vetoed for the under-50s but it threatened to slow down the national vaccination campaign.
Initially the Johnson & Johnson formula was reserved exclusively for the age group between 70 and 79 years after rare blood clots were detected in women between 18 and 48 years. After the immunisation of group aged 70 to 79 was almost completed, on 11 May it was authorised for the age range of 59 to 50 years. The vaccine is also currently being used to immunise the population group that is difficult to locate, including the homeless, immigrants, seasonal workers, as well as residents abroad, international aid workers and also seafarers. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202106/02/ministry-authorises-janssen-vaccine-20210602122410.html


Consumer associations slam Spain’s new electricity billing system:
-A change in electricity rates went into effect on June 1 in Spain, one that could see consumers save on their bills, according to the competition watchdog CNMC. The new system is not without controversy, however, with consumer organizations denouncing the fact that the measures could hit the most vulnerable households with extra costs. And depending on what kind of contract the consumer had until now, the monthly bill could actually increase by as much as 27%, according to these groups.
-Facua-Consumers in Action organization claims that asking customers to use their appliances at night is “degrading” for the most vulnerable consumers. “You can’t make the consumer responsible for their bill being high just because they haven’t done the ironing or put their appliances on during the cheapest periods,” Facua states. “These times coincide with when people should be getting some rest.” (Will your neighbors tolerate you running your clothes washer for a few loads after midnight? -Ed.) The organization criticizes the fact that the new system makes the consumer responsible for having efficient appliances, while the power companies have less of an incentive to make the necessary investments to improve the distribution networks. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2021-06-01/consumer-associations-slam-spains-new-electricity-billing-system.html 


The Government’s refusal to lower the VAT of the power tariffs, contrary to the indications of Brussels: {Translation}
-The rise that affects the pockets of all Spaniards and that even the opposition has harshly criticised. This Tuesday, PP, Ciudadanos and Vox have urged the government to lower taxes on electricity bills, as well as VAT, in addition to other formations with parliamentary representation, which have considered that the electricity bill should be brought into line with the European average.
*The government’s argument for not lowering VAT*
-The government has pointed the finger directly at Brussels. It was the Minister of Finance and Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, who in mid-January this year rejected lowering the VAT rate of 21% on electricity bills because “it would not be in line with what is being set by Europe”. In this regard, Montero added that “Spain has been warned by the European Commission for the use that, in the Commission’s opinion, is being made of reduced or super-reduced VAT in an abusive or excessive manner”.
*The Government’s refusal to lower VAT on electricity, contrary to Brussels’ indications*
-However, the 2006 European directive regulating VAT states in article 102 that “Member States may apply a reduced rate of taxation to the supply of natural gas, electricity and district heating, provided that there is no risk of distortion of competition”.
-On the other hand, as European Commission sources have assured ABC, member states “do have the margin to lower VAT in some sectors such as electricity or natural gas”. A situation that reminds us inevitably of the situation that arose just a few months ago in relation to the VAT applied to masks. The government claimed that European Union guidelines did not allow it. However, the Commission rejected these attacks and the Spanish government ended up reducing the tax on these items.
*One of the highest VAT rates in Europe*
-Currently, Spain is one of the countries in Europe with the highest VAT on electricity bills, at 21 percent.
-As we have been saying, the government has shielded itself directly from the requirements imposed by Brussels. However, we need only look at the taxes applied in other countries around us. In Portugal, for example, it was reduced from 23 per cent to 6 per cent. In Greece it is 6 per cent, in the UK 5 per cent, in Italy 10 per cent, in Ireland 13.5 per cent, in Luxembourg 8 per cent and in France 5.5 per cent, according to official figures from the European Commission.
-In Germany, however, and also one of the highest in the EU, it is 19 percent, which is still two points below the VAT currently applied in Spain. Source, Spanish: https://www.cope.es/actualidad/economia/noticias/negativa-del-gobierno-bajar-iva-luz-contraria-las-indicaciones-bruselas-20210601_1320003


In-person appointments begin to make the 2021 Income declaration: From May 27 it was already possible make a face-to-face appointment to go to the offices of the Tax agency corresponding to the Income.
On the other hand, it is not until today that the appointments begin to be given and taxpayers can go to make the declaration with the help of a tax technician. It should be noted that appointments can only be requested until June 29, since the last day to present the draft of the Rent It is the 30th of this month.
It should also be noted that June 25 is the last day to do it for taxpayers who have their payments domiciled. In addition to in person, the phone system to be able to carry out the Income, as well as the possibility of making it telematic through the application or online.
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/in-person-appointments-begin-to-make-the-2021-income-declaration/


What the licence exchange extension means for British drivers in Spain: The UK Embassy in Madrid has announced that British drivers who registered their details to exchange their UK driving licences for Spanish ones before the end of last year will get an extra six months in which to carry out the swap. But what does the extension not cover for British drivers? Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210528/explained-what-the-licence-exchange-extension-means-for-british-drivers-in-spain/


50 wines for the First Malaga Wine Route: {Translation, summary}
-‘Vinomascope’, the 1st Málaga Wine Route, an unprecedented food and wine event as part of Cinema Cocina, with a section dedicated to gastronomy at the 24th Málaga Festival.
-It is an exceptional tour of DO Málaga and DO Sierras de Málaga wines through 50 oenological references from around thirty wineries, which will accompany the culinary creations of more than 40 establishments.
-The event will take place from 3 to 13 June
-Over the course of eleven days, the public will be able to enjoy an infinite number of pairings featuring a wine with a designation of origin and a dish prepared by each restaurant, in which local produce will also be present.
Iberica roll in sweet Malaga wine sauce’, ‘Malaga sausage croquettes’, ‘Marinated salmon cake, almond and apple mazamorra’ or ‘Canillas goat camperito in Malaga wine with Cuevas Bajas carrots and mayonnaise’ are some of the dishes on offer in this first edition of the Malaga Wine Route.
Spanish event info: https://blog.laalacenademalaga.com/2021/06/01/vinomascope-la-primera-ruta-vinos-malaga/
Source article, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/vivir/vinos-Ruta-Vinos-Malaga_0_1579344392.html 


Travellers set up camp in the ‘Queen’s front garden’: Group descends on Long Walk next to Windsor Castle in full view of Her Majesty’s private quarters as officials launch attempt to move them on. The group parked vehicles and up to 30 caravans and motorhomes outside famous Windsor Castle – widely regarded as the Queen’s favourite royal residence and the one in which she is currently staying. Prince Andrew was seen driving through the camp in his Range Rover yesterday – seemingly unperturbed by his new neighbours. Photos:DailyMail. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9641843/Travellers-park-vehicles-Long-Walk-Windsor-Castle.html 


The EU is set to unveil plans for a bloc-wide digital wallet for IDs, payments and passwords: The app will allow citizens across the EU to securely access a range of private and public services with a single online ID, according to a report by the Financial Times newspaper on Tuesday.
The digital wallet will securely store payment details and passwords and allow citizens from all 27 countries to log onto local government websites or pay utility bills using a single recognised identity, the newspaper said, citing people with direct knowledge of the plans.
The EU-wide app can be accessed via fingerprint or retina scanning among other methods, and will also serve as a vault where users can store official documents like the driver’s licence, the newspaper reported.
Use of the digital wallet will not be mandatory but those who did sign up would benefit from an extra-secure digital presence and flexibility, those involved with the project told the FT. Full article: https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/02/the-eu-is-set-to-unveil-plans-for-a-bloc-wide-digital-wallet-for-ids-payments-and-password


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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
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