DigameXtra No. 2212 Thursday, March 17th, 2022

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 ce to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Saint-Patricks-Day AND VIDEO LINK 

Fuengirola – Feria de los Pueblos (now renamed Feria de los Países): To be held from 27 April to 2 May. The traditional parade of all the participating nationalities will take place on Saturday 30 April. The colourful cavalcade, with more than 30 countries represented, will begin in the Plaza de España at 11.30am and continue through the streets of the town and on to the fair ground.
In addition to the gastronomy, which ranges from Argentine barbecued meats to German sausages, Japanese sushi or beers from around the world, each caseta (stall/booth/pitch) will offer a series of live music and dance shows based on the cultural traditions of their country. As usual, there will be free access to the casetas, which will be open from 1pm to 4am. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/mijas-fuengirola/fuengirola-welcomes-return-20220316075854-nt.html


Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon XV (rare plant fair): La Paloma Park, Benalmádena, Friday 15APR(5pm-9pm), Saturday 16APR(10am-2pm & 4pm-9pm), Sunday 17APR(10am-2pm). Free.
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VIII Festival de Música Sacra y Música Antigua “La Liebre de Marzo”: Schedule Of Upcoming Events
-Sat 19 MAR 13.00 hrs Almachar. Parish Church of San Mateo Apóstol
Chapel of Music “Maestro Iribarren”.
-Sun 20 MAR 13.00 hrs Frigiliana. Ciryab Choir and chamber orchestra of the C.P.M. “Paco de Lucía”.
-Sat 26 MAR 13 hrs Competa. Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. Ciryab Choir and chamber orchestra of the C.P.M. “Paco de Lucía”.
-Sat 2 APR 13 hrs Competa. Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. Music Chapel “Maestro Iribarren”.
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Editor’s Note on Transport Strike: I went to Aldi in Torrox Costa this afternoon. The bread, meat, veg and fruit sections were TOTALLY EMPTY. Very few dairy items remained. No girasol sunflower oil. Other than these items, shelves were stocked normally. When I asked about it, the checkout clerk just shrugged and said they had no fresh items, stock could return any day, but probably not until Monday. I don’t know if this is an isolated situation. Anyone else seeing such severe shortages? -Ed.


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The dairy industry will stop its activity starting tomorrow due to the stoppage of carriers: The collapse in the supply chain is already a reality after the three days of the indefinite strike called by the Platform for the Defense of the Transport Sector. The Spanish dairy industry will stop its activity as of tomorrow, Thursday, due to the impossibility of manufacturing dairy products and then transporting them to supermarkets. Specifically, the National Federation of Dairy Industries (Fenil) announced today in a statement that it is forced to suspend its activity as a result of the protests promoted by small carriers. As a consequence of these work stoppages, the factories have seen the supply of the necessary inputs for the production of dairy products interrupted and the transfer of the products to the distribution chains has also been suspended. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-dairy-industry-will-stop-its-activity-starting-tomorrow-due-to-the-stoppage-of-carriers/


Gov’t will lower the price of electricity, gas and petrol on the 29th, although it does not say how it will do so: {Translation, 1st 3 paragraphs}
-On Wednesday, the government pledged to lower the price of electricity, gas and petrol on 29 March, when it plans to approve a decree law containing the measures of the national response plan to the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine.
-This was announced by the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, who said that the government is currently studying different “alternatives” to achieve this objective.
-“We are going to work to ensure that the consensus includes the European Union (EU) partners, and if there is no consensus, the government will also take measures. We are considering different formulas, from State aid, taxation, price caps or (establishing) a single price for energy so that it can be made cheaper”, he explained. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1036327/el-gobierno-bajara-el-precio-de-luz-gas-y-gasolina-el-dia-29-aunque-no-dice-como-lo-hara/
(See response from the President la Junta de Galicia below)


Feijóo warns Sánchez- “We cannot wait for all Spain’s problems to be solved in Brussels”: {Translation} The president of La Junta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, criticised on Wednesday that the government had come to the meeting with the PP parliamentary group to discuss the measures of the National Response Plan for the Economic Consequences of War “without a single proposal” and urged the government to take immediate action without relying on European partners. “We cannot wait for all of Spain’s problems to be solved in Brussels,” he said.
– Núñez Feijóo described the current situation in Spain as “of maximum risk for families, for many companies and for workers” and regretted that, according to his colleagues in Congress, the Government went to Wednesday’s meeting without “a single piece of paper” of proposals.
-“We have no specifics, no timetable, no quantification of what taxes are going to fall, how much public spending is going to fall or how we are going to reduce bureaucratic spending by the State Administration,” said Núñez Feijóo
-In contrast, the Galician president explained that the proposals of the Popular Party “are well known”: “We need to lower taxes on energy and fuel, if it can be yesterday, better than tomorrow,” he said. At the same time, he stressed, it is necessary to “reduce bureaucratic and political public spending in the General Administration to plug the holes that we are beginning to have in the public accounts”.
-For Núñez Feijóo there is an urgent need to “make decisions”, as the country is “in a moment of extraordinary difficulty”, in which “once a company closes, it is very difficult to open another one”. “By saving a little money and not reducing the price of energy and fuel, we are going to create enormous public expenditure by increasing unemployment and the social security contributions of people who lose their jobs”, he concluded. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/nacional/noticia-feijoo-advierte-sanchez-no-podemos-esperar-todos-problemas-espana-resuelvan-bruselas-20220316150726.html


Transport workers’ strike and fishermen’s blockade threaten fresh produce supply: {Translation}  16/03/2022 21:48
-The fourth day of the indefinite strike called by the Platform for the Defence of the Freight Transport Sector in protest at the price of diesel has resulted in the first closures in factories in the food sector and alarm at the threat to supplies. The rise in fuel prices is also being felt in the fishing sector, as boats are not going out to sea because of the exorbitant prices. These circumstances are beginning to threaten the supply of fresh produce.
-This strike and the blockades on some roads have already forced the stoppage of fishing ports, flour factories, livestock plants and commercial activity in the aquaculture sector, according to the Efe news agency.
-The Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB) has called on the government to coordinate between the ministries of Agriculture, Interior and Transport to reach an “urgent solution” and “avoid shortages and the consequent paralysis of activity” in a statement.
-The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, who spoke about this issue in the Congress of Deputies and at a press conference, acknowledged that this stoppage is having some “occasional disruption” in the food chain, especially in the places of origin of supplies, such as ports.
-He made an appeal for “serenity” in the face of the current “regular and normal” supply situation, although he pointed out that his department is closely monitoring this protest “so that it does not cause any shortages”.
-The Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, has guaranteed that the government “will ensure that lorry drivers who want to work can do so” and that it will act with the “utmost forcefulness” in the face of the incidents that are occurring on some roads.
***Chain situation***
-In the country’s main food platform, Mercamadrid, on Wednesday, the goods received were once again reduced by half, a fall of up to 60% in the case of fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables. The fruit wholesalers of this market, Asomafrut, have already warned of possible problems in the supply of fruit and vegetables if the strike of the most perishable products, such as strawberries, aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes, persists.
-In the case of seafood products, the associations of fish wholesalers and retailers in Madrid have asked the administrations to “guarantee safety” in the transport of goods on all roads.
-Meanwhile, in Barcelona, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers of Barcelona (AGEM) has predicted that the strike “will become evident” from Wednesday onwards and that it will lead to a reduction in the distribution of certain products. On the manufacturers’ side, there are already companies in the agri-food sector that have had to stop and specific sectors, such as aquaculture, which has announced the indefinite cessation of its commercial activity.
-The dairy, bottled water and table olive production industries have also announced that they have been forced to do the same in the coming hours or days. On the livestock production side, interprofessional associations of livestock farmers, feed industry and aquaculture employers’ associations have warned of the closure of numerous factories, especially in central and southern Spain.
-They have also drawn attention to the lack of animal feed on farms. The animal feed industry has assured in a joint statement that it is unable to supply raw materials in most parts of Spain as a result of the strike. Source, Spanish: https://www.vozpopuli.com/economia_y_finanzas/abastecimiento-productos-frescos.html


La Viñuela reservoir shows signs of recovery following heavy rainfall in the Axarquía: Storm Celia deposited more than 70mm of rain in the area overnight leading to an increase of two cubic hectometres of water so far. Other reservoirs in Malaga province have also benefitted. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/axarquia/vinuela-shows-signs-20220316150642-nt.html


St Patrick’s Day celebration in Benalmádena on 17 March cancelled at last minute: The President of The Irish Association of Spain said that the bad weather and supply issues made the staging of the event “too risky”. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/benalmadena-torremolinos/patricks-celebration-benalmadena-20220316153837-nt.html


Malaga goes green with solar panels above cemetery niches to reduce spiraling electricity costs: Malaga city council has decided to install solar panels on the niches in the cemetery in an effort to reduce electricity costs. Parcemasa has just put the first phase of the scheme to tender, for solar panels on 38 of the 212 blocks in the San Gabriel cemetery. They will be the type which do not lift or turn with the sun, a design which means they will not receive as much power, but they will not be visible from the ground. Photo: Ñito Salas. Full article:


Japan assesses damage after 7.3 magnitude quake strikes off east coast: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the northeastern prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima on Wednesday night, registering an upper 6 on Japan’s shindo earthquake intensity scale, one step below the top level. The quake was felt across a swath of Japan, from the northeastern region of Tohoku to the Tokyo metropolitan area and even the Kansai area centering on Osaka Prefecture. Image:unilad. Full article: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/03/17/national/japan-earthquake-tohoku-march-16/ 

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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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