DigameXtra No. 2489 Tuesday March 7th, 2023

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Sayalonga will host the workshop “Flamenco and Women” on March 11 to celebrate International Women’s Day:
The interactive musical session, called “Flamenco y Mujer”, will be taught by Rocío López La Boterita, Christian Espigares and Rocío García, and will allow attendees to learn about flamenco styles and rhythms, as well as the importance of women in this art. The activity is aimed at residents of Sayalonga and Corumbela over 14 years of age, and has a price of €5 that includes a t-shirt, bus transfer, breakfast and lunch.
Places are limited and you can register until Thursday, March 9 at the Museo Morisco. All participants must bring a fan and a handkerchief. 


Axarquía Goat Cheese and Wine Market returns this Sunday to Torre del Mar: The 11th edition of the Artisan Malaga Goat Cheese and Axarquia Wine Market will be held on Sunday, March 12th, at the Paseo de Larios in Torre del Mar.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. and will last until 6 p.m., residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the best gastronomic products of Malaga and the Axarquía both in the morning and in the afternoon. 


Kjell Käpp Eriksson “Winter Session” with Buffet:
Sat 11 March 2-6pm. Free entry.
Carisma Bar, Torrox Pueblo.
Performing a selection of his own and not-his-own songs.
Buffet at 4 pm, cost 18€ per person.
Buffet booking: Carisma Bar +34620501026
Outdoor event (Indoor in case of cold weather).
Everyone welcome! FB 


Mentally Ska’d live show: Tu Punto de Encuentro Asador, Puente Don Manuel on Friday, 24th March at 20:30 pm. Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think! HomePage 


The Circles of Jazz and More, Update:
Starting this week, the Salsa and Bachata night at The Circles (Nerja) changes day and time. This event will now take place every WEDNESDAY starting at 9:30 p.m.
We will wait for you. Come dance on Latin rhythms!
C/ Chaparil 5, Nerja 29780. FB 


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While Spain Dawdles On Fixing The Economy, High Inflation Fills Public Coffers To Overflowing, Coincidence?:
– The high inflation that Spain has suffered for a few months is filling the coffers of public administrations like never before. The Bank of Spain estimates that the effect of the sharp rise in prices on the recent evolution of public revenue is notable and has been gaining weight, so that up to the third quarter of last year, the strong increase in inflation would have accounted for 59% of the increase in collections, especially in relation to VAT and personal income tax. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/high-inflation-fills-public-coffers-to-overflowing/ 


One travel card will soon cover local buses, metro and trains in Malaga and nearby towns:
– The local Cercanías train lines are to be added to the services already included in the card issued by the Malaga transport consortium (Consorcio de Transportes), which covers the city and 13 other nearby towns. Currently, consortium cards can only be used for the local trains as a means of payment at ticket machines and the price is the same as the general fare.
– As well as the incorporating the Cercanías rail service, the Malaga consortium wants to expand its coverage to all municipalities located less than an hour by road from Malaga city, within an area framed by Antequera, Marbella and Vélez-Málaga. They expect this will begin to materialise in the middle of this year, as Antequera, Fuengirola, Coín, Valle de Abdalajís and Riogordo join the city and 13 towns that are already part of this network (Malaga, Mijas, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Rincón de la Victoria, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Pizarra, Almogía, Casabermeja, Colmenar, Totalán and Álora).
– What does this mean for passengers? Firstly, a reduction in cost, with an average saving of 30% over a standard single fare journey. Secondly, the comfort of being able to use the transport card across multiple municipalities. At the moment, it includes local and interurban buses and the Malaga metro.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/one-travel-card-will-soon-cover-local-20230306141850-nt.html


The suspension of the works on the municipal market in Almuñécar refused: {Translation, summary}
– The Administrative Chamber of the High Court of Justice of Andalucia has ruled in favour of the Town Hall of Almuñécar, the appeal filed by the companies Carjuna Construcciones S.L. and Grolup 21 S.L. in which they requested the stoppage of the works of the municipal market, as a precautionary measure, for feeling harmed in the awarding of the contract for the construction of the building.
– The Supreme Court argues that, although the purpose of the precautionary measures to halt the works is to wait for a decision on whether the award was made correctly, so that the correct company can continue and complete the market works, the damage that would be caused by halting the works for several years, until the pending trial is resolved, would be irreparable for the general interest of the population, which the Almuñécar Town Hall defends.
– The Court states that it is impossible for it to prejudge the merits of the case, as it is only competent to rule on the precautionary measures of paralysis. Therefore, it argues, in the grounds of the decision, that the circumstances and the interests of the population must be taken into account, and that, in any case, when judging the merits of the case, these companies could be compensated with financial compensation if they were harmed by an incorrect selection, although it also mentions the lack of justification and evidence provided.
– To conclude, the mayor declared that “once again we have come out on top, in the face of the unreasonableness of those who only look after their own interests, without caring at all about the market stall holders, their workers and the people of Almuñécar”. Foto: Gabinete. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/denegada-la-paralizacion-de-las-obras-del-mercado-municipal-de-almunecar/ 


Rincón de la Victoria Youth Area presents a new Training Offer of free courses with 144 places: {Translation, summary}
– The Youth Department of the Rincón de la Victoria Town Hall has launched a new training offer of free courses for young residents of the municipality aged between 16 and 35, to encourage their employment prospects.
– The certificate courses, which will take place between March and June, are ‘Tourist promotion and information’ (36 hours), ‘Skills for employability’ (36 hours), ‘Camp instructor’ (40 hours), workshop with native teacher of ‘Conversational English’ (I/II) from 14 years old, ‘School transport instructor (20 hours), Food handler and food allergies and intolerances (8 hours), and ‘Sports and nutritional coach’ (40 hours).
– Today, Monday 6th March, the registration period opens for the courses ‘Promotion and tourist information’ and ‘Skills for employability’ which can be done directly through an online form at https://www.rincondelavictoria.es/oferta-formativa-juventud-marzo-junio-2023
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/el-area-de-juventud-de-rincon-de-la-victoria-presenta-una-nueva-oferta-formativa-de-cursos-gratuitos-con-144-plazas/ 


Ukraine charity concert set for Wembley Stadium:
– A Live Aid-style charity concert, dubbed “Lviv Aid”, is being planned, according to reports. The concert is set to take place on June 24 and will be dedicated to supporting the Ukrainian president, Volodymr Zelensky, and his people to defeat Russia’s forces. According to the Sun’s source, the concert is “going to be huge, properly A-list and on a global scale. Invitations to perform are going out thick and fast to the biggest names in the business.
– Unfortunately, the ‘prior commitments’ of some stars during the weekend of June 24 do include those who have been invited to play Glastonbury, as the benefit concert clashes with the Somerset-based festival.
(It will be interesting to see if any bands that declined to play the Coronation Concert will opt to play for Ukraine. -Ed.)
Full article: https://metro.co.uk/2023/03/06/rolling-stones-and-u2-among-stars-asked-to-do-ukraine-wembley-concert-18393902/ 


Americans Won’t Have to Apply for An ETIAS Travel Authorisation to Enter EU Until Mid-2024: American citizens will continue to travel to the Schengen Area countries without the need to apply for a travel authorization for at least another year, as the European Union has postponed the launch of the ETIAS once again. While Americans were supposed to start applying for an ETIAS from November 2023, this won’t happen, as the EU has postponed the ETIAS launch date sometime by the end of the first half of 2024. Full article:


Deep Fakes- How Threat Actors Manipulate Reality:
(The full article explains in plain language the current state of the art, providing photo/vid/audio examples of some types of Deep Fakes: Face Swap, Puppet Master (Lip Sync) & Audio (Voice mimic). Detection methods are also discussed. -Ed.)
– Face swapping is the act of replacing the face in a video or image from one person to another. Face swapping requires dedicated software, but it does not have to be based on advanced technology – today one can even find mobile apps that support face swapping.
-The ‘Puppet Master’ deep fake is a technique in which the image of a person’s mouth movements are manipulated, making it seem like the person is saying something they haven’t actually said.
– Audio deep fakes are audio files that take a real person’s voice and make it sounds like they’re saying something they had never said.
– Using inexpensive software and common computers it is now possible to record a model, and exchange their face, move their lips and mimic the voice, in perfect sync, to that of a victim. See video example.
Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2023/03/from-disinformation-to-deep-fakes-how.html & Video Link (WARNING: Adult Language after 1min into clip)


Juno Spacecraft Just Snapped Some of The Best And Clearest Images of Jupiter’s Moon Io Yet: On 1 March 2023, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew by Jupiter’s moon Io, coming within 51,500 km (32,030 miles) of the innermost and third-largest of the four Galilean moons. The stunning new images provide the best and closest view of the most volcanic moon in our Solar System since the New Horizons mission flew past Io and the Jupiter system in 2006 on its way to Pluto. Full article with more images: https://www.sciencealert.com/juno-just-snapped-some-of-the-best-and-clearest-images-of-io-yet


Tennis News- Novak Djokovic denied entry into US again over COVID vaccine status:
– The world No. 1 Serbian tennis star was denied entry into the United States due to him being unvaccinated against COVID-19, forcing him to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open, which starts Wednesday in Indian Wells. Djokovic had requested a vaccine waiver, but was denied by Homeland Security.
– The U.S. is ending its COVID-19 emergency declaration on May 11, which will allow foreign air travelers to enter the county without being vaccinated. That could allow Djokovic entry into the US for the summer hard court season, including the US Open.
– With Djokovic out, Nikoloz Basilashvili moved into the Indian Wells draw. Full article: https://nypost.com/2023/03/06/novak-djokovic-denied-entry-into-us-pulls-out-of-bnp-paribas-open/


‘Lucky Girl Syndrome’- The latest example of toxic positivity on TikTok:
– The practice of ‘manifesting’ anything you wish for is not only misleading, but it can also carry negative consequences in the long run. ‘Lucky Girl Syndrome’ is essentially where you just believe that you’re the luckiest person ever, and become it. And the reason this works is that we’re using the Law of Assumption, which is: that which you believe to be true, becomes your reality.” This is how TikToker @hothighpriestess explains a phenomenon that she herself has helped make popular (by selling online workshops on that subject) and that has taken TikTok by storm in recent weeks.
– TikTok is filled with people talking about how this worked for them (they got new jobs, bought a house, got a raise or even won bets), while others try to debunk the whole concept or contribute ideas on how to apply it. Basically, to be the “Luckiest Girl in the World” you have to “manifest” your wishes by writing them down in your phone’s notes app or, if you have more time and a creative streak, creating a vision board on a poster board with photographs that represent your goals. Also, according to other TikToker, it doesn’t hurt to keep a “gratitude diary” to thank the universe for all the gifts, just to be on the safe side.
– At its core, the Lucky Girl Syndrome is a variation on a practice that has been popular for some time: the idea of manifesting positive things by vehemently thinking about them. Philosophers like Ralph Waldo Emerson introduced the concept in their work in the form of the so-called “rules of attraction,” and in recent decades that unconditional positivity has found fertile ground in popular culture, be it in best-selling books like Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, or through what is known as the “industry of positive thinking”.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2023-03-05/lucky-girl-syndrome-the-latest-example-of-toxic-positivity-on-tiktok.html


Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last Original Member, Dead at 71:
– The founding member and guitarist, who provided the seagull-like slide guitar leads to Skynyrd’s signature “Free Bird,” survived the band’s infamous 1977 plane crash.
– While the Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup changed often – Burns for Artimus Pyle in 1975, Ed King for Steve Gaines in 1976, Johnny Van Zant filling the shoes of his older brother Ronnie in 1987 — Rossington remained a constant. The only time he wasn’t part of Skynyrd was during the group’s breakup years following the plane crash. Along with Allen Collins, Rossington formed the Rossington-Collins Band in 1980, releasing the LP Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere that same year, and the follow-up This Is the Way in 1981. The former’s “Don’t Misunderstand Me” mixed some of their old band’s Southern swagger (Skynyrd alums Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson were also involved) with a dash of funk and the lead vocals of Dale Krantz, whom Rossington would marry in 1982. In 2023, with the 50th anniversary of their pioneering debut album Pronounced ‘Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd the band, now lead by veteran member Johnny Van Zant, continues to tour, record, and delight their hundreds of millions of global fans with an eye on both the future and their rich history.
Full article: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/gary-rossington-lynyrd-skynyrd-dead-1209960/ & Video Link


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