DigameXtra No. 2236 Thursday, April 14th, 2022

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Atsuko Shimada Trío: Ventana Abierta Jazz Club- Nerja
April 15th 8:00 p.m.
Atsuko Shimada (Piano) – Rafa Sibajas (bass) – José Luis Gómez (drums)
The trio develops a very particular timbre in which, based on the original compositions, they also approach traditional standards with their own arrangements.
Atsuko Shimada was born in Japan, she graduated from Sapporo Otani Junior College of Music, in 2004 she graduated from Berklee College with Honors. In 2006 she moved to Spain and fixed her residence in San Roque, during all this time she has collaborated with different musicians such as: Enrique Oliver; Juan Galiardo; Celia Mur Arturo Serra or Phil Wilkinson.
Her influences include pianists such as Wynton Kelly and Herbie Hancock. She has performed at festivals such as: Brecon Jazz Club of Wales, Porthcawl Jazz Festival; Gibraltar Jazz Festival & Huelva Jazz Festival.
Location: Hotel Plaza Cavana, C/ Granada, 3, Nerja
Price Armchair: 18’00€ / Price New Stools: 14’00€
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Solid pine rocking chair Price 60€
-2 carvers with 4 matching chairs 70€
Contact Jackie / nerja 672170429
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For Sale, 2 items:
-Solid oak side cupboard with one shelf and lockable door, originally purchased from Muebles Piramides.
Measurements- width 54cm, length 74cm, height 75cm. 100€
-Solid oak tv/storage unit with top opening lid and leather strap stays, decorative iron side handles, originally purchased from Muebles Piramides. Measurements – width 51cm, length 110cm, height 45cm. 100€
Contact Jane, Nerja 447910 104681 whatsapp
email: janehearn99@yahoo.co.uk 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Table. Hand made drum shaped solid wood three legged table/stool, 40cm diameter x 40cm height. 25 euros.
-Carved lion and seated figure. 17 euros for the pair.
-Child car booster cushion, unused. 5 euros.
Please contact Michael or Linda. Competa. mobile or whatsapp 711003229 or email mblong@hotmail.com 


FREE: Sofa Bed. Is anyone interested in a good quality double sofa bed with sprung metal base and sprung mattress. All in good clean condition, hardly used. Some cat scratch damage on one arm. Free, need space. Buyer must collect. More photos if interested.
Email: sylvia4700at hotmail.co.uk (Velez Malaga) 


News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

Covid Malaga- The province maintains 116 hospitalized and reported seven deaths this Tuesday: {Translation, summary} 12Apr22 15:03
-The Ministry of Health and Families notified this Tuesday, in accordance with the new surveillance strategy approved by the National Public Health Commission, the COVID-19 data for the last few days. Thus, as of today, the province of Malaga has 116 people hospitalised for coronavirus, which is 14 less than last Friday; seven of them (1 less) in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
-In addition, there have been seven deaths, bringing the total in more than two years of pandemic to 2,371. Since last Friday, according to the data provided, there have been 41 new hospitalised. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Coronavirus-Malaga-hospitalizados-fallecidos_0_1673833742.html


Spain detects the first three cases of childhood hepatitis of unknown origin: Spain has detected three cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin that affects boys and girls under 10 years of age. They come from Madrid, Aragón and Castilla-La Mancha, they are between two and seven years old, there is no relation to each other and they are all doing well, although one of them has required a transplant, as reported by the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid this Wednesday, in whose hospitals all minors are.
The diagnoses have occurred after two international health alerts decreed by the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) after detecting 74 cases in the United Kingdom -of which six have had to receive a liver transplant – and three others in Ireland. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/spain-detects-the-first-three-cases-of-childhood-hepatitis-of-unknown-origin/


More Twisted Statistics from the Junta- says tourism in Andalucía is almost back to normal levels with some ‘spectacular’ numbers: {SUR article, with Editor’s comment following}
-The regional tourism minister, Juan Marin, says hotel occupancy figures are currently around 78%, rising to 90% when the biggest Easter processions take place.
-This week numerous tourists can be seen in the main resorts of Malaga province, as the Junta de Andalucía’s vice-president and tourism minister, Juan Marin, confirmed on Monday, 11 April. In fact, he says the hotel occupancy figures are “spectacular,” rising from 76-78% mid-week to over 90% at the weekend. “Some places are fully booked for this weekend already,” he says. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/junta-says-tourism-20220412182746-nt.html


Editorial Comment On Previous Article & Spanish Politics Update:
-What Juan Marin fails to mention in the previous article is that these rates & numbers relate only to OPEN establishments. He is ignoring all the tourist businesses that have not re-opened. If you figure in all the empty rooms in closed businesses, the true overall hotel occupancy rates compared to pre-Covid numbers are not as encouraging.
-This type of behavior, along with the perceived mis-handlings of the EU Covid Recovery Funds, the energy crisis and the transportation strike, is precisely why several political parties have called for early elections to be held for Andalucia this summer. The motion to “dissolve the Andalucian Parliment”, as is required before a new election can take place, is imminent. Then they must wait 54 days before the new election. The polls are showing a strong swing to the Right/Far Right, as just happened to our neighbors in the Castilla y León region, where far Right VOX is now a partner in the newly elected Regional gov’t.
-What does the current leadership say about this? The secretary general of Andalusia, Juan Espadas, has stressed that Moreno Bonilla, president of the PP (Partido Popular Andaluz), “is deeply mistaken when he speaks of stability linked to the extreme right”, referring to the PP-Vox pact in Castilla y León, an agreement that seems to have “encouraged Moreno Bonilla” to advance elections in Andalusia in June, which is already “taken for granted”. (This paragraph translated from https://www.granadadigital.es/juan-espadas-asegura-juanma-moreno-equivoca-profundamente-estabilidad-extrema-derecha/)
-This is why I have been covering the rise of the Right & far Right VOX, and the Castilla y León election, in previous articles. The same thing could happen here in Andalucia, and then again in the next National elections that are due no later than 10 December, 2023. I have presented both sides here for a balanced picture, and seek no political feedback or discussions. However, this is big news in Spain. I just want English speaking people living here, who often get left out of conversations regarding Spanish politics, to be well informed about their current home. At the very least, you can impress your Spanish friends with your political insights!
Comment references-
Info regarding current Andalucian elections situation, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-juan-marin-no-cree-oportuno-convocar-ahora-elecciones-pero-respeta-decision-moreno-202204131357_noticia.html
Spanish National elections info, English:
Info regarding PP + VOX projected win of next Andalucia leadership, Spanish: https://vivasevilla.es/test/1041153/el-pp-ganaria-en-andalucia-pero-necesitaria-el-apoyo-de-vox-para-gobernar/


Cutting off Russian gas to cost Germany €220bn, will trigger European recession: {The Telegraph}
-Cutting off Russian gas to the EU is likely to cost Germany €220bn in lost output and trigger a recession across the Continent, as experts warn about the bloc’s dependency on the Kremlin for energy.
-Think tanks advising the German government said its economy would take a 6.5pc hit from the loss of Russian gas, while Moody’s warned of energy rationing in countries reliant on Russia for supplies.
-Overall Europe gets about 40pc of its gas from Russia and about 25pc of its oil, meaning it is providing the Kremlin with a vital source of cash even as Vladimir Putin continues his attack on Ukraine.
-The EU has set out plans to end imports of Russian coal but has so far failed to reach agreement on a full energy embargo.
-Germany gets about one-third of its gas from Russia and its finance minister Christian Lindner warned earlier this month that a ban “would inflict more damage on ourselves than on them”.
Full article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/04/13/cutting-russian-gas-cost-germany-220bn-trigger-european-recession/


Greece to Officially Drop COVID-19 Entry Restrictions for All Travellers on May 2:
-Travellers from all over the world will soon be able to enter Greece restriction-free as the latter’s authorities have decided to drop the COVID-19 restrictions. The decision to lift the entry rules was announced by the Minister of Health of Greece, Thanos Plevris.
-He said that starting from May 2, no entry rules will apply for incoming travellers. According to the Minister, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will be exempt from the requirement to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival.
-In addition, it has been noted that domestic COVID-19 restrictions will also be dropped. This means that travellers will be permitted entry to bars, cafes, restaurants, and other events without being required to hold valid COVID-19 proof. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/greece-to-officially-drop-covid-19-entry-restrictions-for-all-travellers-on-may-2/


Russia will consider U.S. and NATO vehicles transporting weapons on Ukrainian territory as “legitimate military targets.”:
This was stated by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Wednesday during an interview with the Russian state-owned news agency TASS. Ryabkov also told the outlet that any efforts by Western countries to impede Russia’s military will be “harshly suppressed,” Reuters reported. Full article: https://www.newsweek.com/russia-threatens-direct-conflict-us-nato-ukraine-war-1697695


Football News- Man City beat Atletico Madrid, Liverpool beat Benfica on aggregate to reach Champions League semi-finals:
-Manchester City produced a disciplined performance to secure a fractious 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals 1-0 on aggregate.
-Liverpool booked a semi-final showdown against Villarreal as the quadruple chasers survived a late collapse in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against Benfica. Photo:Lee Smith. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220413-man-city-beat-atletico-madrid-liverpool-beat-benfica-on-aggregate-to-reach-champions-league-semi-finals


Tennis News- Malaga scoops the Davis Cup tennis Finals in two-year deal: Malaga will be in the spotlight for millions of tennis fans worldwide, for the next two years, after the city was announced as the host for the Finals, which includes the elimination rounds from the quarterfinals to the final, in 2022 and 2023.
The date in 2022 will be from 23 to 27 November although the 2023 calendar has not been announced yet. Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic will probably be among the top players competing, if Spain and Serbia, respectively, do not have problems overcoming the group stage. Full article:


Want To Move From iPhone To Android?- Now There is an iOS App For That: Switching from one OS to another is a significant friction point for consumers at multiple levels, including moving user data, getting used to the new user experience, and perhaps the availability of the applications.
Today, Google makes it easier for iOS users to move their data from iOS to Android thanks to the free Switch to Android iOS app. The app requires a Google account (and an active internet connection) since the data transfer happens via Google Drive.
Full article: https://www.ubergizmo.com/2022/04/google-switch-to-android-app-for-ios/


US military confirms an interstellar meteor collided with Earth:
Researchers discovered the first known interstellar meteor to ever hit Earth, according to a recently released United States Space Command document. An interstellar meteor is a space rock that originates from outside our solar system – a rare occurrence. This one is known as CNEOS 2014-01-08, and it crash-landed along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea on January 8, 2014. It was eventually located by researchers in 2017. Full article: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/13/world/interstellar-meteor-discovery-scn/index.html

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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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National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
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Nerja: 952 521 545
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Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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