DigameXtra No. 1901 Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

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For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page.  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/



Naythan publishes his 1000th issue, #1909, in just 9 days!
My how time flies.
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Happy St Patrick’s Day: This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the life of Saint Patrick- the patron saint of Ireland. This influential missionary has been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day takes place on March 17 each year because St. Patrick’s death is believed to have been on March 17, 461. The Church began observing a special feast to honor him on this day starting in 1631.
*15 St. Patrick’s Day Facts*
1. St. Patrick’s Day always falls on the 17th of March.
2. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America- not in Ireland.
3. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States.
4. Chicago began its annual tradition of turning the Chicago River green on St. Patrick’s Day in 1962.
5. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day had been viewed mostly as a religious observance, and up until the 1960s, they even had laws that forbid bars from being open that day.
6. It wasn’t until 1798 (the year of the Irish Rebellion) that the color green became officially associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Before then, another color was originally associated with St. Patrick.
7. St. Patrick’s Day switched over from a strictly holy day for Catholics to an official Irish public holiday in 1903.
8. Although St. Patrick’s Day falls within the period of Lent- a time when the Catholic Church prohibits eating meat, the ban is lifted on this specific day of celebration.
9. The annual shamrock ceremony in the White House started in 1952.
10. Each year, 5.5 million people visit New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
11. Before St. Patrick became a missionary, he had been kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.
12. St. Patrick is said to have been buried in the town of Downpatrick, County Down, in Northern Ireland.
13. There are two autobiographical writings from St. Patrick himself, including Confessio and Letter to Coroticus.
14. Traditionally, Catholic families go to church in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day, and partake in a meal that includes cabbage and Irish bacon.
15. Dublin’s first official celebration of St. Patrick’s Day did not occur until 1931.
Source: https://parade.com/1006852/kelseypelzer/st-patricks-day/


A Very RasTiki Paddy’s Day: Just about a year ago we never got to perform for any of you on St. Patrick’s Day because the pandemic put us all on hold for a while.
This year we’re finally back, so join us this Wednesday 17 March from 1.30pm at Biddy Mulligan’s La Cala to celebrate Paddy’s Day with us in style.
Biddy Mulligans is Irish owned + Irish managed pub. We serve great pub grub, show all Sports on our 17 Big Screens and have Live Music every Thurs – Sunday
Boulevard de la Cala 29649 Mijas. +34 952 49 48 77  FB Page


St. Patrick’s Day- Music & Special Lunch: 17 March
Sean’s Irish Cafe Bar. Lunch served 1-5pm booking advised.
Los Boliches. FB Page


Dempseys Irish Bar: St. Patrick’s Day Party 17 Mar.
We are all set and ready for you this Wednesday at Dempsey’s Irish bar to celebrate St Patrick’s day we will be open from 10am for a Irish breakfast and not forgetting our delicious Irish stew which will be on all day. Live music from Mark & Ronnie.
Local 2, Doña Lola, Calahonda 29649 Mijas. Tel.951234285  FB Page


Weekly Crochet/Knitting Group: Calling All Members and anybody who would like to join us.
We continue this Thursday 18th March from 10/10.30 am until 1ish.
But Please NOTE we are now meeting in Caleta de Velez at La Fuente and thank Sindy for welcoming us to her restaurant.
Do you Crochet? Would you like to learn? Do you fancy having coffee and chatting one morning whilst working?
We are a multilingual group of ladies that are meeting every week in Caleta de Velez on Thursdays.
The group is well over 8 years old and would love new members to come along and join us, working at your own speed and chatting making friends. And if you really don’t fancy Crochet but like to Knit, well come along with that instead.
We will teach you either craft if you wish.
Hope to see you there.
Need more information? Email Polly
madpip at hotmail dot co dot uk


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Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, no job too small or too big as I have others to call on if required, from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
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Golden Leaves Funeral Plans:
Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and responsible way to show you care about your family.
Funerals are no easy task. There are numerous considerations to factor in, including logistics, food and drink, casket purchase and burial grounds. A loved one’s death brings immense emotional strain to any family, and the question of financing and arrangements only exacerbates the stress.
Handling all of these challenges is difficult enough in one’s normal circumstances, but having to go through it while abroad is an enormous burden.
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People Group Spain: Multiservice
At People Group Spain we offer administrative and interpretation services to ease your day to day life in Spain. Whether you need us to assist with residency applications, property management, translations or insurance, we will always be here to help.
You can find us at Calle Diputación 9, Nerja 29780
Email us at admin@peoplegroupspain
Or call us on 615 763 349.


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion using Vetiver
From Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Our Nursery is open by appointment depending on the current travel restrictions. Please email or call first. We have Moringa seedlings, Organic Moringa powder and Comfrey plants. We also have some local trees and some exotic trees from Africa.
Vetiver is a rapid growing and non-invasive sterile clump grass with a height of 1-2 metres and a root system of 3-4 metres in depth. We have been providing Vetiver throughout the EU for almost 10 years now. We are located in Sayalonga where we can plant year round but our best results by far start in February. The reason is that Vetiver is indigenous to India and Vetiver loves the heat of the summer. Use Vetiver cuttings as mulch around all of your fruit trees. Decomposing Vetiver improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away all while helping to maintain soil moisture.
Vetiver is a nutritious and replenishable animal fodder. Horses and pigs love it. We use it in our chicken pens replacing hay because it stops mites.
In the 2 photos below you will see land prepared for Vetiver and the results 2 years later.
We also use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive ornamental hedge.
Here is a link to a short video showing the results.
We suggest planting now, as this is the BEST time of the year to plant.
To see more images of Vetiver go to this link.
Presently we have some specials, which include free shipping to numerous locations.
For more information please contact us.
Please visit us or visit our website:
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone: (34) 692 288 657



For Sale: Maytronics dolphin zenit 20 poolrobot.
Bought as backup robot, not used more than 5 times.
Without caddy. Will sell for 480€.
We can meet for transfer at the parking from Lidl in Algarobbo or El Ingenio.
Helmut from Algarobbo. +49 157 86001904


For Sale, 2 items:
-Black & Decker hedge trimmer in very good condition complete with cable, 45cm cutting blade with cover 25euro.
-Oil filled Apelson radiator in new condition, no longer required due to new system 10 Euro
Canillas de Albaida tel. Rob 634313809 email robbers1551@gmail.com


For Sale: Chain Saw. 16 inch. STIHL 017
Full working order, easy to start. 55€
Tony, Torrox campo. Km12
watsap +447792579150


For Sale: 3 Lights. Two matching ceiling lights 35 euros for both and the other 10 euros. Irene, Nerja
Email: irene472001 AT yahoo D0T co D0T uk


Wanted: Mic Stand. Hello Friends, Anyone have a boom microphone stand that’s surplus to requirements?
Thanks, Nick. Whatsapp: 609 706 210
Keelsway at yahoo dot co dot uk


News & Articles

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The SEPE warns of a scam- they impersonate Social Security to steal your data: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-This warning comes days after the ‘hack’ to the computer system and the public body’s website suffered. The State Public Employment Service (SEPE) warns of a new cyber scam in which emails attempt to impersonate the identity of the Social Security to obtain user data and install malicious software on their terminals.
-“Remember: Before opening any email, check that it is really us,” the public body says in its communication on Twitter. In addition, the SEPE indicates that users should pay close attention to the email address: “If it does not end in ‘@sepe.es’, do not open it”.
-This comes after many users have reported receiving an email with the Social Security logo, from strange senders, claiming unpaid debts.
-This is a type of phishing already detected in the past but which has returned to the fray just after the hacking of the SEPE’s computers and website.
-The email contains a link under the heading ‘download report’ that leads to the installation of a malicious programme or ‘malware’ on your electronic device with the aim of stealing sensitive data.
-Cyber-fraud experts recommend that you immediately delete this message, which is used by criminals to impersonate a company, in this case the Social Security, in an attempt to obtain data such as your bank account details.
*Attention to detail*
-To detect this type of electronic scams, you should pay attention to details and not act impulsively by clicking on the links.
-In this type of communication there are usually some clues that invite you to suspect the veracity of the same: the sender’s address, unusual links, links that have been shortened and that have a different domain to the company.
-In addition, it is also common for these messages to contain spelling mistakes, a few words in another language and poorly written messages, something that is not common in messages from public bodies.
(In many browsers, if you hover the cursor over a link, without clicking, the destination address will appear in the lower left of the window in the Status Bar. Look and see if you recognize the location, if it is not related to the supposed sender then it is a spam link. For example, if the suspect email is supposedly from Outlook, but a link leads to a Yahoo address. -Ed.)
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-sepe-alerta


France studies a new variant of coronavirus discovered in Brittany that is not detected with PCR: {Summary, translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-France studying a new variant of coronavirus detected in Britain. The most striking thing is that, according to the French newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ , the new variant cannot be detected through PCR .
-The first analyzes of this new variant do not allow to conclude “neither a greater severity nor a greater transmissibility compared to those known so far.” The DGS announced that “in-depth research is being carried out in order to better understand this variant and its impact.”
-Its peculiarity would be the difficulty to detect it. The DGS says that people infected with this strain “had typical symptoms suggesting a SARS-CoV-2 infection, but a negative result of the PCR test in nasopharyngeal samples. The diagnosis could be made by serology or by RT-PCR in deep respiratory samples ”. (Redundant info deleted.) Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/sociedad/abci-francia-estudia-nueva-variante-coronavirus-aparecida-bretana-no-detecta-202103161044_noticia.html


Which self-employed workers and SMEs can apply for direct aid from their autonomous community: The central Executive approved last Friday, March 12, in an Extraordinary Council of Ministers of the Royal Decree-Law 5/2021 a new package of public aid amounting to 11 billion euros for the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in our country, that is, those of the hospitality, tourism and trade. This package includes a fund of direct aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the self-employed of €7 billion. The autonomous communities will be responsible for its management. Full info & requirements in source article. https://spainsnews.com/which-self-employed-workers-and-smes-can-apply-for-direct-aid/


Teams and other Microsoft services drop worldwide, Spain included: {Translated from eldiario.es}
-The Teams video conferencing platform and other services from the software giant Microsoft such as 365, Azure and Dynamics 365 are experiencing interruptions around the world, the company itself reported on Monday. “Users may not be able to access multiple Microsoft services. We have identified the cause of the problem and are taking steps to mitigate the impact. This problem could affect any user,” the company said in a statement.
-The problem would have occurred after an update to the authentication system, which is why it is being uninstalled by the company itself, the firm said on its corporate Twitter account.
-The service interruptions began around 9:00 p.m. in Spain and, according to the specialized portal DownDetector.com, they reached their peak an hour later, at 00:00 this Monday, when more than 31,000 users warned that they were having problems.
-Since then, the interruptions of the service are going down and every time they affect fewer users, although there may still be errors and Spanish users are reporting them on social networks. Source, Spanish: https://www.eldiario.es/tecnologia/teams-servicios-microsoft-caen-mundo_1_7312847.html


Court ruling could declare thousands of fixed radar fines across Spain invalid: A court in Cordoba has declared a fine for a speeding charge that was captured by a fixed radar point was invalid and accused Spain’s roads authority, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), of not sticking to the rules. Photo:SUR. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202103/16/court-ruling-that-could-20210316124025.html


Rain and snow possible as Malaga province braces for a cold snap this weekend: According to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), it is very likely that continental air originating from Siberia will arrive in the province over the weekend, bringing with it freezing temperatures and rain. What is more striking is that snow is possible even at altitudes of just 300-400 metres, meaning Ronda, Antequera, Sierra de las Nieves and areas closer to the sea could all see snowfall. Until Friday, temperatures are expected to stay quite stable, with highs of 19C, lows of 11C and little chance of rain. The forecast then shifts drastically on Saturday and Aemet is predicting highs of just 14C in Malaga city and 7C in Ronda and Antequera. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/16/rain-snow-possible-malaga-20210316130858.html

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

OPTION 1:  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.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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Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

Local Police
Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
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