DigameXtra No. 2537 Wednesday May 17th, 2023

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XV Fiesta de la Naranja- Coin: Sunday, May 21. From 11am
The Festival of the Orange, a gastronomic festival.
Alameda square, Mesontes street, Teniente Coronel de la Rubia street and Bermúdez de la Rubia square will be the central locations of the fifteenth edition programming.
Programme of the XV Fiesta de la Naranja (Orange Festival)
– 9:00 a.m. – Annette Deletaille Speed Painting Competition, on the 2nd floor of the old Town Hall (Plaza Alameda, 10). Reception of works until 14:00 (see competition rules).
– 10:00 to 14:00 – Visit the Antonio Reyna Manescau Centre (entrance from Calle Álamos). Free admission.
– 11:00 a.m. – Official opening of the Fiesta de la Naranja, which will take place in Plaza Alameda, Calle Mesones and Plaza Bermúdez de la Rubia with various exhibitors of agri-food products, ceramics, crafts, associations and collectives.
– 11.00 a.m. – Start of the 6 hours of Folklore performances in the Plaza Alameda.
– 12:00 to 15:00 – Children’s areas: traditional and cooperative games, face painting and balloon twisting by Multiaventuras Coriolis in Bermúdez de la Rubia square and handicrafts by the youth correspondents in Mesones street. All activities will be free of charge.
– 12:00 – Tasting of freshly squeezed orange juice in Plaza Bermúdez de la Rubia.
– 13:00 – Tasting of orange salad with cod in Alameda square.
– 14:30 – Tasting of boiled soup for all participants in the Plaza Alameda.
– 15:00 – Prize-giving ceremony for the Annette Deletaille Speed Painting Competition in the Plaza Alameda.
– 15:15 – Presentation of the Honorary Orange Award to Restaurante Bohemia in Alameda Square.
– 15:30 – Continuation of the 6 hours of Folklore performances.
– 18:00 – Performance by the group Jarrillo Lata in Alameda Square.
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Cirkorama de la Diputación festival arrives in Rincón de la Victoria, Nerja, Almáchar and Moclinejo with national and international acts: June 16-25. Details, in Spanish: Info Link  


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– Small Callaway golf bag €20
– Lightweight Hippo golf bag with stand €15
– Small portable golf trolley €15
If interested in any items, please contact Janet, Torrox Costa on WhatsApp 00447976925833 or email jdsullivan@sky.com 


For Sale: Garden sofa. We are selling the wooden garden sofa, painted in white (could do painting again). Comes with 3 white back cushions (see photo), and one seating cushion without cover (but in good condition). Measurements wide in total 2.20m, seating area 1.80m.
Price €75 ono. Buyer collects. Sabine, Caleta de Velez (Urbanisation Caleta del Sol). WhatsApp 634721547 


SOLD- For Sale: Folding Bed.
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Covid Andalucia- 5,167 cases and 90 deaths in two weeks: {Translation, summary} 05/16/2023 13:29
– Andalucia has added a total of 5,167 new cases of coronavirus,  and 90 Covid  related deaths, in the last two weeks. 
– The number of hospitalised patients has fallen by 22, to 314. However, the number of those admitted to intensive care units (ICU) has increased, to 18 (+5).
– The current average incidence of infection in Andalucia in the last 14 days in people over 60 years of age has risen again, standing at 115.47 per 100,000 inhabitants, 23.71 percentage points higher than 15 days ago. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1267453/covid-andalucia-baja-a-314-ingresados-con-5167-casos-y-90-muertes-en-dos-semanas/


The Latest Campaign Promise, he actually announced this in a speech at a campaign event, without laughing! What a pro!

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced his latest inflation fighting measure- Spain will sell cinema tickets to the over 65s for just €2 every Tuesday: Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20230516/spain-to-give-e2-cinema-tickets-to-the-over-65s


Aemet activates yellow warning for storms in Andalucía:
– The unseasonal spring weather is taking a break. After several very dry and hot weeks, further complicating the serious drought situation that the region is experiencing, the rain could make an appearance in Andalucía starting from tomorrow, Wednesday (17 May).
– Cadiz will be the province most affected. The state weather agency Aemet has activated a yellow level warning on the coast due to the possibility of storms between 6 am and 2pm.
– In Malaga province some weak showers may fall in the evening, but not in all municipalities. For now, Aemet sets the probability of rain in Malaga city on Wednesday at 30%, where the maximum temperature will plummet to 22 degrees – some eight degrees less than a few days ago.
– Aemet currently establishes a 95% possibility of storms – accompanied by showers – on Thursday in Malaga city, especially after noon. On Friday, a high probability of rain of 90% remains, while on Saturday this percentage is reduced to 80% and on Sunday it falls to 65%. The minimums will move between 14 and 17 degrees and the maximums are not expected to exceed 20-22 degrees for the remainder of the week. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/aemet-activates-yellow-warning-for-storms-andalucia-20230516130851-nt.html


Music by candlelight in Malaga- the next three dates of the Candlelight concerts: {Translation}
– The Candlelight concerts continue to light up and fill Malaga with music during the months of May and June, with various tribute concerts to great groups and artists. These will be the three performances of music by candlelight, an exceptional setting and a unique experience with live music.
– Saturday 27 May, Candlelight brings the magic of a live music experience to the Gran Hotel Miramar with a tribute concert to Coldplay, one of the greatest bands with millions of plays to date. They have two shows, both at 19:00 and 21:00. The pianist Natalia Kuchaeva will be in charge of making the audience vibrate with songs such as Clocks, Paradise or Sky Full of Stars.
– Saturday 10 June, Candlelight is scheduled for the Museo Carmen Thyssen, a tribute concert to ABBA in the exceptional setting of the museum and with the magic of these concerts where the lights are turned off and the candles are lit to start the magic of a unique musical and multisensory experience under a dim light. There will be two concerts, at 20:30 and 22:15, and the string quartet Cuarteto Melissando will be in charge of providing the audience with iconic songs such as Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money, Money, Waterloo and Mamma Mia.
– Friday 16 June, at the Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina, will be a tribute to the master Joan Manuel Serrat, an icon among Spanish-speaking singer-songwriters. On this occasion, the string quartet Cuarteto Résonance will transport the audience through the Catalan’s work with songs such as Penélope, Lucía, Poco antes de que den las diez, and Mediterráneo. There will be a single performance at 19:45.
– Tickets for the Candlelight Premium concerts in Malaga can be purchased through the Fever website. Tickets range from 15 to 35 euros, depending on the area, for the Coldplay tribute concerts on Saturday 27 May and the Joan Manuel Serrat tribute concert on Friday 15 June. For the ABBA tribute, tickets range from 25 to 45 euros. The concerts last approximately one hour. It should be noted that this activity is part of the Bono Cultural Joven programme.
Info & tix & photo credit: https://feverup.com/es/malaga/candlelight
Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/la-farola/Musica-velas-Malaga-conciertos-Candlelight_0_1792920853.html 


Junta rejects three controversial plans to develop mega solar farm projects in Ronda: The regional government in Andalucía deemed the sites incompatible and said they would impact especially on protected land. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/ronda/junta-rejects-three-controversial-plans-develop-mega-20230516150337-nt.html


Ukraine- ‘Large-scale corruption’ in Supreme Court reported:
– Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies said they exposed large-scale corruption in the Supreme Court. Local media reported that the president of the court was arrested.
– Ukrainian media reported that President of the Supreme Court Vsevolod Kniaziev {pic} was caught receiving $3 million (€2.76 million) in bribes, and that other judges of the top judicial body were being raided. Full article: https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-large-scale-corruption-in-supreme-court-reported/a-65632061 


United Airlines launches direct flights between Malaga and New York: United Airlines has announced that the direct connection with Malaga Airport will debut on May 31, 2023, and will be active throughout the summer until late September- the service will operate three flights per week. Full article: https://newsinspain.es/costadelsol-uk/2023/05/15/united-airlines-launches-direct-flights-between-malaga-and-new-york/ 


Tennis News- Djokovic sees off Norrie to reach Italian Open quarter-finals: Novak Djokovic eased into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday after breezing past Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4, although there was tension with the Briton after the top seed was hit by a smash. Photo: Tiziana FABI. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230516-djokovic-sees-off-norrie-to-reach-italian-open-quarter-finals-1 


I swear these guys must read DigameXtra- I made the same suggestion regarding the development of AI Chatbots back on April 11th…”This type of tool, that will certainly be used for fraud, blackmail, and all manners of mischief, should require a licence and bond to access.” From https://digamextra.com/2023/04/11/digamextra-no-2512-tuesday-april-11th-2023/ -Ed.

OpenAI chief goes before US Congress to propose licenses for building AI:
– OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, wants the U.S. to consider mandating licenses for companies to develop powerful artificial intelligence like the kind underpinning its chatbot, its chief executive plans to tell Congress on Tuesday.
– In his first appearance before a congressional panel, CEO Sam Altman is set to advocate licensing or registration requirements for AI with certain capabilities, his written testimony shows. That way, the U.S. can hold companies to safety standards, for instance testing systems before their release and publishing the results.
– “Regulation of AI is essential,” Altman said in the prepared remarks which were seen by Reuters.
– For months, companies large and small have raced to bring increasingly dexterous AI to market, throwing endless data and billions of dollars at the challenge. Some critics fear the technology will exacerbate societal harms, among them prejudice and misinformation, while others warn AI could end humanity itself. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/technology/openai-chief-goes-before-us-congress-propose-licenses-building-ai-2023-05-16/


Listen how AI can clone your voice, use it in phishing and extortion scams:
– Dave Hatter of Intrust IT Security says scammers can now use free AI programs to capture a relative’s voice and then use it in a scam call. “With as little as 3 seconds of audio, you can clone someone’s voice,” he said.
– “They can download a speech that you gave from a LinkedIn profile that you did something in public,” he said. Or they could take your voice off a social media post, as they only need a few seconds. Then they can use your voice to call your grandparents or parents, saying you are in desperate trouble and need money. It is especially effective for leaving fake voicemail messages.
– AI is also making it harder to spot phishing emails. Nicoletti says AI tools clean up the grammar and spelling errors that typically help you spot a scam. “It lowers the bar for criminals to create phishing emails en masse,” he said. Full article with demo video worth watching: https://scrippsnews.com/stories/listen-how-ai-can-clone-your-voice-use-it-in-phishing-scams/


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