DigameXtra No. 1618 Monday, May 4th 2020

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CORONA VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/13/hotline-those-suspect-they-20200313114414-v.html

NOTICE! : Most events are cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. All stores besides food markets and pharmacies are closed. (Food delivery services may be possible, but confirm it). Confirm any business you intend to visit remains open. Business and Services posts in DigameXtra do not indicate the business is open during the lockdown unless they specifically mention they are remaining open.  -Ed.

When you need reliable info consult The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain at https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/…or the website or Facebook page of your local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento). I suggest you check it daily. BEWARE OF FAKEBOOK HOAXES & POORLY RESEARCHED NEWS ARTICLES !

 

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Take A Virtual Tour: If you have never taken a virtual tour you should try this out. Use the arrow wheel in the upper left of the video to move the view up, down, left or right. We are going to see this virtual tour and 360° format more in the future, you may as well get the hang of it now. Practice panning left to right, and up to down as the tour progresses. No more passive viewing, this is the interactive video experience! Be sure to change the quality setting to HD in the media player toolbar Settings (gear symbol) for the best viewing.

 

ON SALE NOW: David Icke live in Malaga. A 4 hour lecture/powerpoint presentation “The Answer”, with one intermission mid-way.
Date & Time: Nov 7th, 5pm till 10pm
Location: Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga, Av. de José Ortega y Gasset, 29006 Málaga
Tickets: €40 and €50.
Info and tickets: https://shop.davidicke.com/product/david-icke-the-answer-live-in-malaga-saturday-7th-november-2020/

 

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NOTICE! : Most services are closed or offering on-line services only, due to the pandemic. Please confirm services are not cancelled to avoid disappointment. -Ed.

 

Spanish Online lessons Fun with Malagalingo
– In a small Group or Private
– Conversational and Playful approach
– every day
– anytime
– by Skype, Whatsapp video or Zoom
– Free Trial Lesson
Facebook: Malagalingo
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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.

 

Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
– Wall & Floor tiling
– Full range of Plumbing work including radiators and underfloor heating
– Solar Installation
– Design & planning ideas to get the look you are after
– Electrical works
– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor leveling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
https://www.facebook.com/hanningtons.kitchens.and.bathrooms/
Call us : 669 665 156
Email us : hanningtons.bathrooms@gmail.com

 

Prayer Requests: Due to the current situation, none of us can get to a church, so we have created a dedicated prayer team who are happy to give their time to pray for you and your friends or family, whatever your prayer need, finding peace of mind provides a foundation of strength to face any situation.
Your request is a sacred trust and is kept confidential.
Prayer changes everything, take a step today and ask God to step in.
Submit a prayer request today and a team of people will commit to pray with you.
Prayer Request: ftk.prayer.request@gmail.com
Facebook: https://fb.me/FOJCTK
Free App: https://www.bible.com/app

 

DIGAMEXTRA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT !!! It’s business as usual on the Internet, and Internet services bills must still be paid! There is no sponsor income during the lockdown. From the beginning of lockdown I put all sponsor accounts on hold until they can operate again. So, businesses and readers, please consider making a donation or becoming a DigameXtra Sponsor to help pay the production expenses and WordPress bills. Email for sponsorship info. You can join the Sponsor list and be rewarded with extra posting privileges. Donations of cash or your old but working computers, tablets or smartphones graciously accepted. You may drop these off at the DigameXtra office in Torrox Costa, but please call before coming over, 675 993 069. Or I can meet you at the Torrox Costa Lidl or Aldi or tobacco shop near the bus station if that makes it easier for you. Another possibility is to buy Amazon gift cards online and have them emailed to me at the submission email address. You can send these from Amazon ES or Amazon UK. Sorry, no bank or Paypal. Donations are not tax deductable. Thank you.

 

Restaurant & Market Deliveries and Open Services

If your business is allowed to operate during the lockdown, send in your details for inclusion to let Readers know. If you know for certain a restaurant is still delivering (none should be offering take-away at this point), have them send in the details including Name of Restaurant, Location, Phone Number, Hours and a photo of their menu (optional). Unfortunately I have received some inaccurate info from well meaning 3rd parties which has caused problems. So now these businesses must submit their own posts, although I will in this case allow them to post even if they are not subscribers. -Ed.

 

Bar Atila Home Delivery Service- Puente don Manuel:
630 393 290 or WhatsApp
Deliveries 7 days a week 5.00pm – 8.00pm,
please pre-order well in advance because these times are very popular.
We are now fully licensed for Home Deliveries.
Please make your order from our menu below.
Sorry Payments in cash only.
Thank you for your understanding and please keep safe.
https://www.facebook.com/baratilapuentedonmanuel/
Contact Frank at Bar Atila for a home delivery
630 393 290 (WhatsApp)
Puente don Manuel

 

Restaurante NuevaTahona- Frigiliana: Delivering food daily 6 to 10pm. Delivery area approx 5Km from Plaza de las Tres Culturas 6, 29788 Frigiliana. DELIVERY ONLY.
+34 951 080 150
+34 651 361 514
(Thanks to Andrew C. for this info. -Ed.)

 

Offer of help from the Mayor and Torrox Council: If you know of any people who are old, sick or disabled, who live alone and do not have family close by or close friends to support them, and they need to get hold of medicinal supplies, etc., call (0034) 952 530 473 or email proteccioncivil@torrox.es.
Also, a list of supermarkets who will deliver:
-Congelados y alimentación “Virgin del Carmen”,
Carretera 128,
El Morche
Tel 670 891 052
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge
-Supermercado “El Pino”
Torrox Park
679 929 292
Will deliver to Torrox, Torrox Park, Peñoncillo, Torrox Costa
Minimum purchase 40 euros
-Cárnicas Malagueños, Torrox
Calle Pontil 30, Torrox
650 501 150 (Francis)
631 571 613 (Herminia)
666 268 655 (Janet)
Will deliver to Torrox village
-Supermercado Covirán El Morche
Calle axarquia, 3
El Morche
952 532 029
-Supermercado Jose
El Morche
676 275 622
-Supermercado Covirán “La “Despensa”
Carretera Almería, Edf. Los Llanos 3, local 13, La Carrara
El Morche
601638 672
Will deliver to Urb. Generación 27, area around Los Llanos and Santa Rosa
-mini Market Las Niñas
C/Dona Elisa Ortigosa, 3
654 359 488 Jose
634 783 584
Will deliver to Torrox pueblo, Rabitilla and Trocha
-Supermercado Covirán (Chelo)
C/Jose Ariza, 22 bajo, locales 5 & 6
653 124 226
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge to all of Torrox.
These shops have adapted to help support us. Let’s support our local shops.
Margaret Riordan, Torrox, MaRiordan at aol dot com
(Many thanks to Margaret for translating and typing all this out! -Ed.)

 

Home delivery by Haveli: Haveli Restaurant – Since 1987
Nerja & Eastern Costa del Sol’s Premier Indian Restaurant
Cristo 44 (Post Office Street), Nerja
Make your day with some great food!
Choice of Indian and International dishes
Call 605110307 or 952524297
Free home delivery
You may also order a combo from our Indian Menu
Deliveries 7 days a week – 1 pm to 7 pm
We request payments in cash only. Click menu below to view full size.

 

Restaurant Meson Mudejar Food Delivery: We cover the areas of Archez, Canillas de Albaida, Competa, Corumbela, Sayalonga, Salares and Sedella.
DELIVERY ONLY ( delivery is free ).
682 489 949 please call or contact us on Whatsapp.
Deliveries 7 days a week. Please contact us one day before and we deliver the next day.
Our menu can be found on our website:
https://www.mesonmudejar.com/online-ordering
Payments in cash only.
Thank you and stay safe.

 

Granada: Voldistribución, the company that distributes Mahou & San Miguel beers, has launched the initiative “Stay at home. Voldis brings the bar to your house in Granada!”
Deliveries within 48 hours from the order and the shipments will have no cost beyond that of the products ordered. In addition to beer, customers may include wine, water, juices or preserves, among others.
Email: atencioncliente@aldimer.com
Mobile & WhatsApp: 660 746 355
Landline: 958 491 280

 

Restaurante La Joya:  Food Delivery in Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox area. Menu changes Thursdays. Click here to visit our FB page with updated menus, FB link
Pre-order with Natalia on 675861719 via WhatsApp or by calling.
Los Huertos 54, 29780 Nerja

 

Dentadanes open for emergencies: Dear patients,
We hope you are well and staying safe. We are!
We are open Monday to Friday 10-12 to help with emergencies. Please call in advance for us to send you a travel permit.
Please note we are closed Thursday 9/4-12/4 for Easter holidays.
For more information visit our web page (dentadanes.com) or contact us
on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dentadanes/
Tlf: 952 529 666
Best wishes,
Dentadanes
Nete Larsen, Colegio de dentistas de Málaga No. 29002158

 

Delivery Service Website- With 200 Listings of Businesses Serving Benajarafe to Marbella: The site is a combination of English and Spanish, very easy to use. Includes a map, and a search function to locate the nearest biz offering a specified service.
https://comerciosdemalaga.es/

 

Mandy’s Paintbox: I am a painter and decorator inside and outside i paint and spray furniture , doors and kitchen units also i am Legal and papered with permission to return to work. I cover most area from la herradura to velez malaga. I live in frigiliana. Mandy.
my email amandajosiah@hotmail.com
telephone 680739577 whatsapp the same number

 

LOYPAR is now providing home deliveries:
Thanks to Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga for this info!
Wholesaler LOYPAR is located in the Velez Malaga “Poligonos Industriales.”
They carry everything including liquor. LOYPAR is now providing home deliveries.
You can find their website at www.Loypar.com. They have a great website and they are adding more products every day including fresh produce.
Antonio Lopez can be contacted at pedidos AT lopezpardo DOT com or WhatsApp at 34 697 210 813. He speaks perfect English. He is very responsive and helpful.
Tell him David and Anna from Vetiver Spain referred you.
David y Anna ; Info at vetiverspain dot com
www.vetiverspain.com ;  (34) 692 288 657

 

Bakers Bar Home Deliveries: Running from Thursday to Sunday from 530PM until 10PM. Playa Burriana, Nerja
952526880 OR Whatsapp 626268958

 

Phone Number Updated- Potters Bar & Terrace, Nerja: Home delivery.
Due to popular demand we have increased our deliveries to 4 days per week. Available to take orders throughout the week, by contacting 685435767

 

Cooltec Services: Open to work on unoccupied buildings only. We have been on the Costa for 13 years, installing air conditioning to cool and heat your home. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
City and Guilds trained with over 35 years experience.
Our range of services include-
Installations of air conditioning, breakdowns and servicing.
Solar hot water
Swimming pool heat pumps
Heat pump boilers
Visit our Facebook page to read our reviews https://www.facebook.com/cooltecairconditioning/
Call us on 663728798

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga has reopened (with limited operations):
We are legally open for business. It only includes shipping and deliveries in the local area.
We can have no human contact as in visitors.
It is the perfect time for planting Vetiver and we have plenty. A great way to spend a day in the garden.
If you have any questions about deliveries please contact us.
Everyone stay safe as this will pass.
David y Anna
www DOT vetiverspain DOT com
Email: info@vetiverspain DOT com
Cell: (34) 692 288 657

 

For Sale by DoctorLaptop: Used DELL Tower Computer.
Dell Optiplex 755- Only 180 days on the clock.
Full sized tower, not the smaller desktop version.
-Intel Core Duo processor at 2.33GHz, 32 bit, with upgraded BIOS
-Upgraded cooling system
-Upgraded video card
-Upgraded to 3Gb high performance RAM
-Fresh Windows 10 v1909
-150Gb Hard drive
-Built-in wifi and DVD player
-8x USB 2.0, DVI or VGA video output (no HDMI, but DVI to HDMI converters are available for a few euros at large computer shops, or online)
Fully cleaned but there was no need to refurb this one. I just installed some high performance hardware upgrades I had in stock. Runs great.
Price €220 Buyer collects.
Contact Naythan, Torrox Costa, Tel. 675 993 069 (no calls answered before 11am, missed calls returned asap)
Email: doctorlaptop @ protonmail . com (no spaces)

 

Recommendations & Requests

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE LOCATION (nearest town) OF THE SENDER. I will not publish them without it, I will simply return it for correction.

 

Endesa 15% discount: Gerry and I have been looking at the problem of the 15% Discount option not appearing to some customers. It appears that if your billing account is with Endesa.com, the discount option is offered, and you can apply for it. However, if your account is with EnergiaXXI, the discount is not available. EnergiaXXI is part of Endesa, and our billing was obligatorily switched to it a couple of years ago.
Stevie, Sayalonga, steviegregory01 AT hotmail DoT com

 

Endesa 15% discount: I think I have found out why I can get the discount and some of you can’t. You have to be billed by Endesa and not Energia XXI. I know Endesa owns Energia XXI and some people, but not me, had their accounts switched Endesa to Energia XXI for some unknown reason. If you are still billed by Endesa then follow the link:-
https://www.endesa.com/en/advice/endesa-covid-19/endesa-by-your-side and
you will be directed to the Endesa site, were can get the discount.
If you are billed by Energia XXI then you can’t get the discount.
Gerry, gerry @ billnot . com, Cajiz

 

The Endessa Discount Offer Expired April 30th: The company Endesa launched a campaign in which all users can deduct 15 percent of the invoice of the residence in which they are spending the confinement, that is, it cannot be applied to all the properties of which it is owner the same client. Specifically, the offer is intended for free market customers who have contracted electricity and gas with Endesa Energía.
It is a temporary promotion, which will be valid until April 30 , and which offers a 15% discount on the consumption of electricity and gas on bills from April and May for a single home (one home per customer). In addition, the offer is personalized, it only applies to customers who receive it, since they meet the following requirements: domestic customers who have contracted 10 kilowatts or less of power, have a seniority of more than 18 months and at least two contracts with Endesa (electricity and gas) and customers who have received an email informing them. Customers who have received the communication via email, will access a link and will find their information filled in, to register. Users who are already benefiting from other promotions will also not be eligible.
First step. You have to enter the Endesa website, www.endesa.com , and click on the tab titled “Customer area”. Endesa XXI customers have to do it through the website www.energiaxxi.com . John. Mondron Jokamac at aol dot co.uk

 

No more Endessa discount submissions please. -Ed.

 

News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.

 

For the latest pandemic info visit:
World- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Spain- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/

 

World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 04, 2020, 01:48 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 3,565,265 , up from 3,400,674
Total Deaths: 248,250 , up from 239,586

 

Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 04, 2020, 02:03 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 247,122 , up from 242,988
Total Deaths: 25,264 , up from 24,824

 

Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- Sunday 03-05-2020 at 16:21
https://www.andalucia.com/health/coronavirus
There have been 14.287 positive tests in Andalucia, up 92 on day before. Within this number at least 2.112 people had tested positive to Coronavirus antibodies but did not have any symptoms at the time of the test. Ministry of Sanidad in Madrid only states there are 12.175 confirmed cases in Andalucia, and on 26-04-2020 stopped publishing the data to calculate the higher figure. However the Junta de Andalucia Salud still publishes its figure a few hours later.
There have been 1.256 deaths in Andalucia, 3 more than the day before. We have stopped reporting cured cases as it turns out ‘curados’ meant ‘discharged from hospital’ in both Ministerio de Sanidad and Junta de Andalucia Salud statistics and not cured. Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia are 5.961, no new admissions in the day. Confirmed cases that required hospital intensive care in Andalucia number 736, 1 new admissions in the day.

 

Costa del Sol Coronavirus: Last Updated- evening of 02-05-2020
https://www.andalucia.com/health/coronavirus
The Costa del Sol (health district) had recorded 719 confirmed cases (none Saturday, 24 Friday, 39 Thursday, 54 Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 Monday, 2 Sunday, 3 Saturday), 39 deaths (none Friday or Saturday, 1 Wednesday or Thursday, 1 on Thursday 23rd, none Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 19th, 2 on Saturday 18th).

 

Malaga Province Coronavirus: Last Updated- 13.00, May 3rd 2020
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-14287-casos-positivos-coronavirus-andalucia-202005031616_noticia.html
Total Cases: 3,432 up from 3,324
Total Deaths: 261, up from 259

 

UK Coronavirus: Last Updated- May 04, 2020, 02:03 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 186,599 , up from 177,454
Total Deaths: 28,446 , up from 27,510

 

Phase 1 Set To Start May 11th, Updated Info: Sources from the Spanish Health Ministry on Saturday provided more details about the deescalation of coronavirus confinement measures, explaining that during Phase 1, which will begin on May 11 in provinces that meet the set requirements, up to 10 people will be able to meet either in the open air or in their homes, provided that they maintain an interpersonal distance of two meters. They will also be required to respect hygiene measures such as handwashing.
-The use of cars during Phase 1 will also be subject to regulations. Vehicles will be permitted to be occupied by up to nine people, provided that they all live in the same home. If the occupants of a vehicle do not live together, a limit of one person in each row of seats will apply, and they will have to wear masks.
-On public transport, passengers will have to try to observe the maximum interpersonal distance possible, and leave the row of seats behind the driver empty on buses.
-During Phase 0 of the deescalation, which will begin on Monday, minor construction projects will be permitted, including the refurbishment of housing and commercial premises. Such work will have to be carried out in conditions that guarantee the safety of workers and residents, and they will not be permitted if there are people living in the said properties. Laborers will not be permitted to use the common areas of the building where the work is taking place.
-Retail outlets of up to 400 square meters in size will have to offer timetables for the over-65s. These will coincide with the set time for walks for seniors, which from today run from 10am to 12pm, and 7pm to 8pm.
-Purchases (not including food and other essential items) will have to be made within each person’s municipality, although in smaller areas where a certain item is not available, trips to nearby areas will be permitted.
-Establishments will also have to be cleaned twice a day, all uniforms will have to be washed after their use, bathrooms cannot be used unless it is essential, and fitting rooms will have to be cleaned after each use. Full story at: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-02/health-ministry-will-allow-social-meetings-of-up-to-10-people-under-phase-1-of-spains-deescalation-plan.html

 

Citizens Advice Bureau Updates:
-May 4th: Coronavirus – Phase One: Hygiene, Health And Safety Shops and Bars/Restaurants. https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-phase-one-hygiene-health-and-safety-shops-and-bars-restaurants/
-May 3rd: Coronavirus – Private and Public Transport. https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-private-and-public-transport-as-of-4-5-2020/
-May 3rd: Coronavirus – Guide When Buying Masks. https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-guide-when-buying-masks/
-May 1st: Coronavirus – Conditions Micro-loans Rent Situations. https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-conditions-micro-loans-rent-situations/

 

Daily coronavirus fatalities in Spain fall to 163, the lowest figure seen since March 18: Not since March 18, four days after the state of alarm was implemented by the central government, has that figure been so low.
The number should, however, be viewed with some caution given that since the crisis began there has been underreporting of the data at weekends and also when there are holidays. May 1 was a holiday in all of Spain, as was May 2 in the Madrid region.
That said, there is a clear downward trend in the epidemic, with 276 fatalities reported on Saturday, and nine regions registering no new admissions of coronavirus patients to their ICUs. The number of coronavirus deaths peaked in Spain on April 2, when there were 950 fatalities reported by the Health Ministry. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-03/daily-coronavirus-fatalities-in-spain-fall-to-163-the-lowest-figure-seen-since-march-18.html

 

Spanish economy falls 5.2% in first quarter, the biggest drop in nearly a century: Spain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 5.2% in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of coronavirus confinement measures, according to an advance report released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) on Thursday. This is the largest quarterly drop in nearly a century. The last time such a figure was seen was after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), based on the estimates of specialist historians.
The figures from the second quarter are expected to be even worse. The outcome for the year will depend on the deescalation of the confinement measures, which have been in place since the Spanish government declared a state of alarm on March 14 in a bid to slow the coronavirus outbreak. According to the government’s plan, which was announced on Tuesday, businesses will be able to gradually reopen under strict conditions. But there is still great uncertainty, and the Bank of Spain estimated in April that Spain’s GDP could fall by anywhere between 6.6% and 13.6% this year. This would be an unprecedented fall: during the recession, between 2008 and 2013, Spain’s GDP gave up 9.5 points. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-04-30/spanish-economy-falls-52-in-first-quarter-the-biggest-drop-in-nearly-a-century.html

 

Four metre shark filmed off Calahonda beach on Spain’s Costa del Sol: Article at:
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/03/four-metre-shark-filmed-off-a-beach-on-spains-costa-del-sol/

 

FORBES Exclusive- Warning Over Chinese Mobile Giants Xiaomi and Huawei Recording Millions Of People’s ‘Private’ Web And Phone Use: So far, the US and Australia have banned Huawei from providing equipment for their 5G networks, while Canada’s relationship with the firm is under review. There is also concern among European telecoms network operators, with some considering removing Huawei’s equipment. BT, for example, has removed Huawei equipment from key parts of its 4G network.
Gabi Cirlig, a seasoned Cyber Security analyst said “It’s a backdoor with phone functionality,” He was talking about his new Xiaomi phone…
Cirlig discovered that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing on the phone. That data was then being sent to remote servers hosted by another Chinese tech giant, Alibaba, which were ostensibly rented by Xiaomi.
The seasoned cybersecurity geek found a worrying amount of his behaviour was being tracked, whilst various kinds of device data were also being harvested, leaving Cirlig spooked that his identity and his private life was being exposed to the Chinese company.
When he looked around the Web on the device’s default Xiaomi browser, it recorded all the websites he visited, including search engine queries whether with Google or the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo, and every item viewed on a news feed feature of the Xiaomi software. That tracking appeared to be happening even if he used the supposedly private ‘incognito’ mode. The device was also recording what folders he opened and to which screens he swiped, including the status bar and the settings page. All of the data was being packaged up and sent to remote servers in Singapore and Russia, though the Web domains they hosted were registered in Beijing. Though the Chinese company claimed the data was being encrypted when transferred in an attempt to protect user privacy, Cirlig found he was able to quickly see just what was being taken from his device by decoding a chunk of information that was hidden with a form of easily crackable encoding, known as base64. It took Cirlig just a few seconds to change the garbled data into readable chunks of information. Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/04/30/exclusive-warning-over-chinese-mobile-giant-xiaomi-recording-millions-of-peoples-private-web-and-phone-use/

 

Bangladesh ferries Rohingya boat people to remote island: The island, also known as Thengar Char, emerged from the sea about a decade ago. It covers an area of about 40 square kilometers or 16 square miles. It is accessible through motorboats only and is usually hit by monsoon floods.
Bangladesh authorities on Apr.16 rescued 396 Rohingyas who were trying to enter the country in a boat from the southern coast, after 58 days at sea.
Bangladesh said it would not accept any more Rohingyas as its priority was now to protect the refugee camp area from the spread of coronavirus.
“We don’t want the virus to spread in the refugee camp. We are afraid if somehow coronavirus reaches in the camp, it will spread quickly,” said the foreign minister, adding that the newly-arrived Rohingyas will stay in the Island until return to Myanmar. Full article:
https://www.laprensalatina.com/bangladesh-ferries-rohingya-boat-people-to-remote-island/

 

What Businesses May Resume From Today: The hairdressers may open Monday, as well as physiotherapy, dental, hardware, haberdashery or florist services whose premises do not exceed 400 square meters of surface.
Thus begins the path divided into four phases towards the “new normal”, initially planned for June 22, but not without restrictions. Previous appointments (by phone or Internet) and sanitary measures will be mandatory in this preparatory phase that will last from Monday 4 to May 11.
Hairdressers, for example, already have a guide indicating the mandatory use of masks, frequent hand washing, the use of gloves when appropriate, disposable towels, charging by electronic means, the restriction of the number of customers or that individual disposable protective material be placed in specific containers.
The small reform sector will also be launched tomorrow, but only in homes or premises without neighbors or workers.
The collection of food in restaurants and cafeterias will already be possible in this “Phase 0”, but only on request, preferably for the elderly or with dependencies and without consumption on the premises.
English Summary: https://spainsnews.com/the-hairdressers-cut-from-this-monday-the-imprisonment-of-50-days-in-spain/
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El Corte Inglés enters the delivery of food prepared to homes by Deliveroo: El Corte Inglés will promote the home delivery of dishes prepared through Deliveroo after implementing a meticulous security plan to avoid any risk in relation to Covid-19, as reported by the distribution group on Sunday.
The initiative starts in Madrid, Vigo, Coruña, Barcelona, Malaga and Marbella, which will be followed by other cities “in the coming weeks” as the security protocols developed by the company are implemented.
Its implementation includes a series of additional measures both in the process of preparing the dishes and in shipping to the customer’s home, such as the use of sealed containers with a new system of control and bagging with “witness” label to avoid manipulation by third parties. The delivery of the order will be made under the formula of contactless deliveries, which implies that the delivery person is never in contact with either the product or the customer to guarantee security throughout the chain.
In addition, the action protocol includes the figure of a coordinator who supervises and ensures all the phases of the process, including the use of masks, gloves and other kinds of tools that avoid any type of manual handling of food; to which will be added a reinforcement of the cleaning and sanitation measures.
Thus customers will be able to choose from more than 40 dishes prepared by the chefs of The English Court following traditional recipes that, according to El Corte Inglés, are made “with the best raw materials” -fowl eggs, croquettes prepared with fresh milk, chicken fingers of national origin fed with cereals, fish from Spanish markets or meat from suppliers that have animal welfare seals.
Customers can request menus both for themselves or for family members who cannot cook since the Deliveroo app allows the order to be sent to other addresses. Prices range from 3 to 15 euros and orders can be requested from 12:00 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday, and until 18:30 on Sundays (always depending on local opening hours) , with a reduced delivery time that will range between 15 and 30 minutes. Source: https://spainsnews.com/el-corte-ingles-enters-the-delivery-of-food-prepared-to-homes-by-deliveroo/

 

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