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The German judicial police announced today that it has dismantled a child pornography network on the 'Darknet', described as one of "the largest in the world", with more than 400,000 members.
The taking down of the "BOYSTOWN" platform, which was apparently created in 2019, happened in mid-April with four suspects being arrested, according to the police statement.
Three Germans were detained after months-long investigations by a special German police unit, coordinated by Europol and with the collaboration of Dutch, Swedish, Australian, American and Canadian police authorities.
Another citizen, resident in Paraguay, was the subject of an international arrest warrant that ordered him to be handed over to the German authorities.
"The platform had an international reach and served to exchange pornography of minors among its members", mainly photos or videos of abusive behaviour committed against boys. Among them were "images of serious sexual abuse of very young children," the police said.
The three detainees, aged 40, 49 and 58, respectively, are suspected of "having been the administrators of the child pornography platform". In addition to dealing with network management, they were responsible for "monitoring customers", added the authorities.
The fourth element, a 64-year-old man, the police say is one of the most active users of the platform and has written more than 3,500 messages.
The body of missing 53-year-old Dinis Pires has been found in Monte Seco, in the municipality of Loulé.
So far, there are no certainties about the causes of his death, but a source from the authority said that the body was found about 50 metres from his home, showed no signs of violence or visible injuries.
It is known that Dinis Pires was experiencing a difficult period in his personal life and the authorities had already mentioned, during the search period, his possible "history of psychological problems" related to a prolonged state of depression.
Respected hotel director, Dinis Pires worked at several 5 star resorts in the Alentejo and the Algarve. He was known as an excellent professional, cordial and "friendly".
In the past few years, he has served as director-general at Convento do Espinheiro Historic Hotel & Spa and, since 2014, at the Hilton Vilamoura, at Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa.
Last Thursday, the day of the disappearance, family and friends asked social media for help, appealing to anyone who knew information about his whereabouts to alert the authorities.
Searches began on Thursday afternoon, involving several GNR, Civil Protection and Municipal Firefighters, with the support of a drone with a thermal camera.
His "mysterious" disappearance occurred on Thursday morning, after family members returned home to find Dinis Pires gone, but he had left the door ajar.
At the time, there were several scenarios and speculations about the reasons for his disappearance, but "the worst was feared".
The autopsy result is nowawaited, the result of which is expected to be known this week.
We send sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
All CVC's, or dedicated Covid Vaccination Centres in the Algarve are now functioning. Here is a list of the centres and their location.
EMA - Espaço Multiusos de Albufeira
R. Baden-Powell, 8200-126 Albufeira
T: 289 598 870
Pavilhão Municipal da Penha
Avenida Cidade de Hayward, 8700-074Faro
T: 289 870 843
Rua do Centro de Saúde, 8400 413, Lagoa
Pavilhão Polidesportivo Municipal
Rossio de S. João, 8600-324 Lagos
T: 282 780 210
Pavilhão Desportivo Municipal de Loulé
Av. Laginha Serafim, 8100-760 Loulé
Pavilhão do Clube Desportivo Os Olhanenses
Zona Industrial de Olhão, 8700-284 Olhão
Avenida Miguel Bombarda, Junto ao Auditório de Portimão
Pavilhão Municipal Dr. José de Sousa Pires
Av. São Brás, 8150-010 São Brás de Alportel
T: 289 840 200
EN124, 8300- Silves
Escola Dom Paio Peres Correia
R. Jorge Corvo, 8800-542 Tavira
T: 281 326 494
Pavilhão Municipal João Ilídio Setúbal
8900-313 Vila Real de Santo António
According to yesterdays' DGS epidemiological bulletin, the incidence of Covid-19 per 100 thousand inhabitants and the R (t), the transmissibility index, continue to fall in Portugal.
The incidence is now 61.3 in mainland Portugal and 59.0 on the continent (about half of the red line level of 120).
The R (t) has dropped to 0.95 in the whole national territory and on the continent.
Yesterday, Portugal today registered two deaths attributed to Covid-19, with 387 new cases of infection and a decrease in the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) statement.
The two deaths recorded in the last 24 hours occurred in the region of Lisbon/Vale do Tejo (1) and in the Center region (1).
With regard to the number of new cases, current figures are similar to those recorded in recent weeks, with daily fluctuations. As of yesterday, there are 22,705 active cases, with the number of contacts under surveillance by health authorities decreased by 833, now totaling 22,723.
The data also reveal that 513 more people were reported to have recovered, bringing the total number to 798,414 since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, in March 2020.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has already registered 838,102 confirmed cases and 16,983 deaths.
According to the most recent DGS data, Portugal currently has 3,466,452 people vaccinated against Covid-19, of which 903,204 are already immunised with both doses.
Today, May 7th, the municipality of Portimão will go directly to phase 4 of the deconfinement plan, due to "the collective effort of the community, which has allowed the incidence of coronavirus to drastically decrease in the municipality" in the last 14 days.
The City Council of Portimão states in a statement that "the resolution was published in the Diário da República at approximately 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 6, allowing the entry into force, today, of the following rules: reopening of restaurants, cafes and pastries (with a maximum capacity of six people, or ten per table on terraces); reopening of cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and theaters; all sports allowed; outdoor physical activity and all gymnasiums allowed (which may work with group classes, observing the rules of safety and hygiene); large outdoor and indoor events are allowed with reduced capacity; weddings are authorized and baptized with 50% capacity; reopening of all stores and shopping centers ".
While it will continue to be mandatory to wear a mask until the end of summer, the opening hours of establishments are as follows: restaurants and shows - until 10:30 pm; commerce in general - until 21:00 on weekdays and until 19:00 on weekends and holidays; restaurants in shopping centers - until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays.
It has been announced that from 17th May, Portugal will be on the Englands' Green List for travel. The transport secretary said the UK's approach was "necessarily cautious", but the travel industry has said it is too cautious and called it a reopening of air travel "in name only".
Until 17th May, you can only travel abroad from England if you have a legally permitted reason to do so. You must complete a declaration form for international travel.
From 17th May you will not need to complete a declaration form to travel abroad.
Before you travel to England you must:
You must have only been in or travelled through a green list country or the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days, for these travel to apply. If you have been in an amber list or red list country, CLICK HERE to see current guidelines.
You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
From 17th May, people in England who have had a full vaccine course (2 doses), will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for outbound international travel.
Other countries or territories determine their own border health rules, which may include COVID-19 vaccination status. Check the entry requirements for your destination before travelling.
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