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Thailand holiday on the cards as nation opens up

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A holiday to Thailand is back on the cards for fully vaccinated travellers from 10-low risk countries following a major announcement from local health officials

Thailand, a nation that once relied on its tourism sector to fuel the economy, now plans to end Covid quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk nations from 1 November.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha stated “this decision comes with some risk” – but it is seen as a key step to revive the country’s collapsed tourism sector.

Thailand is opening up!

The 10 nations seen as low risk include the UK, China, Germany and the United States

The country has been recording more than 10,000 positive infections daily since July, as COVID cases continue in the thousands.

Thailand has fully vaccinated around 32% of its almost 70 million people, with half of the the population receiving at least one dose.

Mr Prayuth stated that Thailand would also allow entertainment venues to reopen on 1st of December and permit alcohol sales.

The PM added that the authorities continue to plan for the full reopening of Thailand, with more countries soon to be announced as permitted to travel.

How it will work:

Referring to visitors from 10 low-risk nations, the nation’s leader stressed that “when they arrive, they should present a [negative] Covid test… and test once again upon arrival”.

If the second test is also negative, any visitor from those countries “can travel freely like Thais”, the prime minister confirmed.

Just over 70,000 visitors came into the country in the first eight months of this year, compared with 40 million in the whole of 2019.

Thailand has reported more than 1.7 million confirmed Covid cases since the pandemic began, with nearly 18,000 deaths, according to America’s Johns Hopkins University.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders

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Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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