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Bali Surf School Owner Hope Rises As Island Reopens To Travellers From Mid-October

Surf school owner Halfia Londa is pinning all her hopes on Indonesia’s plan to reopen the island of Bali to some foreign tourists from mid-October. Halfia’s business at Kuta Beach is among hundreds of tourist businesses to have been crippled by the Indonesian government’s decision to suspend all international flights to and from the popular island destination from April 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closure stripped away most of Halfia’s business virtually overnight, plunging her into debt. With very little income, she was evicted from her rented house and has been relying on the generosity of friends to get by. “Just to be able to eat, I have to borrow money,” Halfia said, outside her surfboard rental shack on Kuta Beach. “We try to be economical, we eat twice a day without lunch … we try to always cook what we can eat for at least two…

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Greece swept by torrential rains, 100 people evacuated in fire-stricken island

Athens [Greece]: Greece was swept by a wet front this weekend which has caused significant damages in the island of Evia, which had suffered destructive wildfires in the summer, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Sunday.About 100 people were evacuated from various villages across the northeastern part of the island, as dozens of residencies and businesses flooded amidst torrential rains, mayor of Mantoudi George Tsapourniotis told Greek national broadcaster ERT. The most affected areas were seaside settlements, across a distance of some 25 kilometres in the fire-stricken region, as scientists had predicted after the wildfires.Anti flooding works have started since August 20, but such projects take a lot of time, Fanis Spanos, Governor of Central Greece, told local Open television channel.“We immediately need targeted works in specific areas,” Efthymios Lekkas, professor of dynamic tectonic applied geology and disaster management at the National and…

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Overseas Tourists On Thai Island Of Phuket Roam Freely

Overseas tourists for the first time in more than a year were able to roam free without quarantine on Thailand’s island Phuket, as Thailand launched a special programme for vaccinated visitors to the island. Newly arrived overseas tourists on Thailand’s island of Phuket were able to roam free without quarantine on Friday for the first time in more than a year, as Thailand launched a special programme for vaccinated visitors to the island. Tourists swam in hotel pools and walked along Phuket’s postcard-perfect beaches after receiving a COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of arrival. “This is the perfect place to just relax and clean our minds, our heads, after a long time,” said Sigal Baram, lying by the pool, who was visiting from Israel with her husband and friends. The group was among the first to arrive in the country. The ‘Phuket Sandbox’…