DigameXtra No. 2332 Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

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Nerja to celebrate International Youth Day:
12 August in the Plaza Fábrica de los Cangrejos.
The programme of activities will begin at 9.30pm with a performance by Eterna Juventud. They will be followed by Unsuspected, Gymcosta Nerja, Alfonso Sánchez Rico, Zumba Gema and Jotxa, the magic show by Pablo Romón, Pablo Alcázar and finally the music group Proyecto Mandarina, which will put the finishing touch to this International Youth Day. 


Torre del Mar Tourist Day with a giant cake for 4,500 people:
Thursday 25th August at 19:30 hours, on the Paseo Marítimo next to the lighthouse. The cake, made by the Torre del Mar chef Roberto Soler, will be 8 metres wide, “It will have a basic vanilla cake, cream and spiced syrup, and we will introduce motifs from the entire municipality, to promote tourism both in the highlands and inland areas”. 


Feria El Morche 2022: 11 to 15 August.
See full 21 page program: http://www.torrox.es/resources/files/torrox/PROGRAMA_FERIA_EL_MORCHE_2022.pdf 


Noche en Blanco in Vélez-Málaga: Friday 19 August
More than thirty activities for all audiences will take place on the night of Friday 19 August in twenty cultural venues and spaces around the city for the enjoyment of locals and visitors and to boost the local economy.
Among the new features this year are the opening hours- as the cultural venues will remain open until 1.00 a.m., as well as the decoration of the city’s streets and squares. There will also be a photography competition with prizes for the best snapshots of the night.


Malaga Fair:
– Fri Aug 12th10.30pm, there will be a drone light show for the first time, with the largest concentration of drones in operation at the same time in Spain, drawing a figure of light in the Malaga night sky. At 00:00 the famous firework display begins, with musical accompaniment. Arrive early for best viewing. 
– Sat 13 August, Malaga Fair will begin after the opening speech.
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For Sale, 2 items:
– Grey glass and black metal coffee table (100 x 60 x 43) suitable for indoor or outdoor use, 25€.
– Wooden TV bench / media unit (135 x 50 x 45), 20€
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– Coffee machine Tassimo, incl. some coffee pads. €50
– Hop in litterbox for cats, less gravel in the house! €15
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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalucía lowers number of patients in hospital but adds 1,367 new infections and 44 Covid deaths:
– Andalucía has registered ten fewer hospitalised patients than last Friday, so the figure stands at 506, while admissions to intensive care units remain at 25.
– The cumulative incidence rate in people over 60 years of age in the region stands at 207 cases per 100,000 population.
– By province, Malaga registers 107 hospitalised patients, of which five are in the ICU, followed by Seville, with 96 admitted and one in the ICU; Cadiz, with 63 and six in the ICU; Jaén, with 60 admitted, four of who are in the ICU; Huelva, with 55 hospitalisations, five in the ICU; Granada with 49, three in ICU; Cordoba, with 47, two in the ICU; and Almeria, with 29, two in the ICU. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/covid-data-20220809152856-nt.html 


Covid Malaga- Malaga reports nine more deaths from Covid and maintains 107 patients in hospitals:
{Translation} 09 Aug, 2022 14:05h
– The province of Malaga has recorded a further nine deaths from Covid in recent days, although the number of people hospitalised in Malaga health centres as of 9 August remains unchanged from last Friday, with a total of 107 hospitalised with or due to the coronavirus, five of whom are in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
– Nine people have died with or from the disease in four days, bringing the total to 2,583 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, there have been 37 new hospital admissions. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/Malaga-muertos-Covid-pacientes-hospitales_0_1709529709.html


Monkeypox Spain- Spain exceeds 5,000 monkeypox cases: {Translation, summary} 09Aug22
– Spain has already reported 5,162 confirmed cases of monkeypox, 585 more than last week, as of 9 August.
– The cases come from 17 autonomous communities: Madrid 1,817, Catalonia 1,636, Andalusia 632, Valencia 311, Basque Country 153, Canary Islands 126, Balearic Islands 134, Aragon 50, Galicia 78, Asturias 49, Castilla y León 48, Castilla-La Mancha 40, Murcia 31, Extremadura 21, Cantabria 19, Navarra 13, and La Rioja 4. The report does not include information on deaths or the characteristics of the cases that will be included in Friday’s update.
– So far, most of the cases detected in Spain and other non-endemic countries related to this outbreak are mild, with a low proportion of hospital admissions and low case fatality. The severity may be higher among young children, pregnant women and their newborns and immunocompromised people, “which may translate into a greater impact at the individual level”.
– In the rest of Europe, as of 9 August, a total of 12,140 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported, with Germany (2,916), the UK (2,768), France (2,423), the Netherlands (957) and Portugal (711) the most affected countries in addition to Spain. The majority of cases are young men with a history of sexual relations in a risky context.
– In the rest of the world, a total of 13,336 confirmed cases have been reported in non-endemic countries, with the United States (8,934), Brazil (2,293), Canada (957), Peru (505) and Israel (166) being the countries with the highest number of cases.
Source, Spanish: https://www.infosalus.com/actualidad/noticia-espana-supera-5000-casos-viruela-mono-20220809161835.html


Spain police start wearing bodycams to boost security:
– The interior ministry said the bodycam was launched Monday and would be “rolled out on a gradual basis to all police officers”, without saying how many were involved in the initial stages. Spain’s TVE public television said the tiny cameras were being attached to the officers’ uniforms and could be activated either manually or automatically. The main Spanish police union JUPOL hailed the move on Twitter, saying it was in response to “a request that the union has been making”.
– “It will guarantee security, both for us to avoid any kind of misrepresentation of our interventions, as well as for the public, who will be able to clearly see the police’s professionalism and that there is no abuse of power nor excesses,” union spokesman Pablo Pérez told TVE.
– But the cameras have had mixed success. The absence of any legal obligation governing their use can also limit their scope to uncover police misconduct. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220809/spain-police-start-wearing-bodycams-to-boost-security/


Leader of Ukrainian gang involved in extorting money from compatriots arrested in Marbella:
– Spain’s National Police force has arrested four people who allegedly made up a criminal gang of Ukrainian origin dedicated to extorting money from their compatriots. The investigation revealed the structure of the criminal organisation and identified a man based in Marbella who directed, organised and coordinated the rest of the members who lived in Madrid. Three arrests were made in Madrid and one in Malaga and the four have been remanded in custody.
– Those arrested used excessive violence to commit robberies with violence, extortion and illegal detentions, as well as planning and executing drug dumps. In one case in Benidorm, the arrestees tied up and gagged three women, although one of them managed to escape and call for help. Officers have carried out five searches in homes in Madrid and Malaga, as reported by the National Police in a statement. As the investigation progressed, it became clear that one of the alleged perpetrators may have known one of the victims and, therefore, may have known that they had a large amount of cash that they had taken out of Ukraine to buy a house in Spain. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/marbella-san-pedro/leader-ukrainian-gang-20220808183544-nt.html


Sevilla City Council and the Nao Victoria Foundation organize the festival ‘V centenary of the First Round the World Race’: {Translation, summary}
– Victoria Foundation have organised the festival ‘V Centenario I Vuelta al mundo’, which will take place between 8 and 11 September, with a welcome parade on the 6th, for the celebration of the commemoration of the feat of Magellan and Elcano. The event will begin on September 6th in the morning on the coast of Cadiz with a great naval parade and will continue with the ascent of several ships to the Guadalquivir River.
– From the 8th to the 11th of September, the ships will be positioned on the Delicias quay between the Los Remedios bridge and the Seville Aquarium. Among the performances planned during the festival are theatres for children, workshops and traditional wooden games, historical performances and parades, concerts and music bands, storytelling and puppet shows, as well as other shows aimed at all kinds of audiences.
– Tickets to enter the boats – the rest of the activities will be free – will be available online at festivalvcentenariosevilla.org and will have a special introductory price of 4 euros for children; 8 euros for adults and a family voucher for 20 euros. This offer will be available until 1 September. Tickets can be purchased on the website or at the ticket offices located at the entrance of the boats. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/sevilla/ayuntamiento-sevilla-fundacion-victoria-organizan-festival-centenario-20220809123106-nts.html & VIDEO LINK



UK Plans for Blackouts in January in Emergency Energy Plan:
While the UK doesn’t envisage such shortfalls under its base case, the analysis lays bare the difficult winter potentially in store for Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak when they succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister next month. If they materialize, the power cuts would come even as Britons face up to average annual energy bills possibly rising above £4,200 ($5,086) in January from just under £2,000 currently, stoking already soaring inflation. If the winter is particularly cold, Britain may have to rely increasingly on pipeline shipments of gas from mainland Europe – where supplies are already thin as Moscow curbs flows. That presents a dilemma for the UK, which has very little domestic storage capacity. The pound hit its weakest in two weeks against the euro following the report. Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-09/uk-braces-for-blackouts-gas-cuts-in-january-in-emergency-plan


23 European Cities Ask EU to Limit Short-Term Rentals:
– After two years of stagnation due to COVID-19, European tourism is finally enjoying its recovery after almost every single country in the continent has opened its borders to international tourists. Yet, some of Europe’s most visited cities are facing another problem, that of a spike up in the number of short-term rentals that are leaving many locals unable to secure a home, and now are calling for legislative action to deal with short-term rentals.
– Some authorities have responded by creating specific fees for short term rentals, or are considering banning companies like Airbnb. For example, in Barcelona last year, after several years of complaints from residents about constant noise, high rental prices, and a lack of apartments, the municipality announced a ban on Airbnb and rentals under 31 days. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/23-european-cities-ask-eu-to-limit-short-term-rentals/


French Towns Imposing Tourist Passes & Quotas in a Bid to Tackle Overtourism:
– The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel; thus, tourism gained new patterns, which in some cases aren’t welcomed. So is the case with France and the so-called “group tourism” that has been very frequent across the streets of the country, especially in Paris.
– This situation has caused Marseille, the oldest city in France, to introduce a tourist quota and reservation system to visit popular sites. Only 500 people will be given permission to visit the site, where usually 3,000 tourists arrive there each day. Region Sud, on the other hand, has created an application to control over-tourism during peak tourist season. In addition, Corsica has also introduced a limit on the number of tourists and also created the method of daily quotas in order to protect the environment in the region. For example, in order to visit Lavezzi Islands, Restonica Valley and Bavella Needles in Corsica, tourists are required to make a reservation beforehand. Furthermore, Parisians expressed their annoyance with group tourism, where herds of visitors are found in the streets of the capital, sometimes being noisy, while locals try to go on with their everyday lives. The double-decker tourist buses are also a concern for Paris, as they create traffic and make it tough to open bike lanes and widen sidewalks for some sports. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/french-towns-imposing-tourist-passes-quotas-in-a-bid-to-tackle-overtourism/


FBI ‘raided’ Trump’s Florida estate in confidential records probe:
The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president. Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, asserted that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.” Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20220808-fbi-executes-search-warrant-at-trump-s-florida-home-mar-a-lag & VIDEO LINK 



Serena Williams to retire from playing after U.S. Open: American great Serena Williams said on Tuesday she was “evolving away from tennis” and planned to retire from the sport she dominated with 23 Grand Slam titles following the U.S. Open tournament, which begins later this month. On Monday, Williams played only her second singles match since she returned to action at Wimbledon in June after a year-long absence from competition, beating Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz to reach the second round of the Toronto Open. Pic: Dan Hamilton/USAToday. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/serena-says-she-is-evolving-away-game-with-retirement-talk-2022-08-09/ 


Snapchat Introduces New Parental Controls Called “Family Center”: If your teenager uses Snapchat, this info is for you. Read all about it here, https://www.snap.com/en-US/safety-and-impact/post/family-center



Sturgeon Supermoon- August’s Sturgeon Full Moon will be the last of 4 in a row: The fourth and final supermoon of 2022, known as the Sturgeon Moon, will occur on Thursday, August 11. This dazzling lunar show likely won’t be appreciated by everyone as it unfortunately clashes with one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, the Perseid meteor shower. Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit known as perigee. Photo: Robert D. Barnes. Full article: https://www.space.com/august-full-moon-sturgeon-moon-fourth-final-supermoon-2022 


The Pogues’ bass player Darryl Hunt dies aged 72: The punk group said on Twitter they were “saddened beyond words” to share that Hunt had died on Monday afternoon in London. Full article: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/the-pogues-bass-player-darryl-hunt-dies-aged-72-41900752.html 


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Weekly Markets
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Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
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Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
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