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Passengers infected with gastro outbreak on way to Singapore

<p>A cruise ship that left Perth earlier this month has ended its journey to Singapore with some unhappy passengers who were infected with norovirus.</p> <p>It is understood by <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/2000-passengers-on-cruise-ship-evacuated-after-gastro-outbreak/news-story/79883406ce57d3e382db8c5d2c8ef0ff">news.com.au</a></em> that at least 16 passengers on board the ship had symptoms of the virus before everyone disembarked on the final day of the trip in Singapore.</p> <p>The ship had 2,000 passengers on board.</p> <p>Symptoms of norovirus generally last between one and three days. Medical experts recommend regularly washing your hands to avoid contracting the disease.</p> <p>A spokesman for Carnival Australia said that despite initial reports, the vast majority of passengers on board the ship were not impacted by the norovirus.</p> <p>“The vast majority of the 2000 guests on Sun Princess were unaffected but it takes relatively few cases of illness to be reported for on-board sanitation measures to be increased,” the statement provided to news.com.au read.</p> <p>“Creating and maintaining a healthy on-board environment is always a priority with the highest public health standards employed based on best international practice. On-board sanitation was swiftly stepped up following some guests reporting gastrointestinal symptoms confirmed as being due to Norovirus.</p> <p>“Out of an abundance of care and in line with best practice, extra cleaning of the terminal was also carried out on Wednesday.”</p> <p>Carnival Australia’s cruise ships feature casinos, pools and sporting facilities.</p>

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Passengers are fuming after being left on tarmac in “boiling plane” for four hours

<p>Qantas passengers are demanding compensation after their flight was diverted to a military base after a mechanical failure and were left on the tarmac for four hours.</p> <p>Flight QF171 left Melbourne at 9 am and was bound for Wellington, New Zealand, but the mechanical issue meant its intended landing at 2:35 pm was aborted.</p> <p>The plane was diverted to the Ohakea air base, which is 150kms north of the New Zealand capital, but passengers were unable to disembark due to no customs officials available.</p> <p>Passengers were unable to leave the plane until 7pm.</p> <p>"Sitting on the tarmac in the sun, getting extremely hot in the plane. Many passengers visibly distressed," one man wrote about his experience.</p> <p>Those on board complained that the plane was too hot, and they went without food after 11 am New Zealand time, which was when breakfast was served on the plane.</p> <p>Passenger Tracy Johnson spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/117478058/passengers-stuck-on-qantas-flight-diverted-to-ohakea-air-base" target="_blank">Stuff NZ</a><span> </span>and said that she felt ill by the time they disembarked and that she couldn’t understand why passengers weren’t allowed to wait in a room at the air base.</p> <p>"An elderly lady hugged me when we got off, she thought she was going to faint ... we all did," she said.</p> <p>"We need compensation."</p> <p>Passenger Ryan Newington from Melbourne said that people were “visibly distressed” on the flight.</p> <p>"The cabin staff have been very kind and considerate which is helping, but lots of people [are] understandably frustrated."</p> <p>New Zealand customs has since apologised for the delay.</p> <p>"We needed to divert staff from the Napier office to attend, so obviously there's a timelapse before they can get there physically," said Terry Brown, group manager board of operations with New Zealand Customs.</p> <p>"We did look to pre-clear the passenger process, we have pretty advanced information systems around the passengers that are on board the aircraft so were able to do that," he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2019/11/qantas-flight-from-melbourne-to-wellington-lands-at-rnzaf-base-in-ohakea.html" target="_blank">Newshub</a>.</p> <p>Qantas has apologised as well.</p> <p>"We apologise to our customers for the disruption but safety will always be our first priority."</p>

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End of economy perk we all took for granted

<p>Passengers were less than impressed on their final 90-minute slog of the 22 hour long flight from London to Sydney.</p> <p>As many were looking forward to a hot breakfast, they were greeted with a sad little sandwich.</p> <p>This could soon be the new norm in economy long-haul flights.</p> <p>However, an aviation analyst has explained that as long-haul flights become the norm, hot breakfasts in economy could be a thing of the past.</p> <p>“It could be the end of the hot breakfast in economy,” one aviation analyst told <span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/lufthansa-signals-end-to-economy-class-perk-we-all-took-for-granted/news-story/6804d7726aff3584156602e7d8a87d6c"><em>news.com.au</em></a></span>.</p> <p>It seems like airlines could be following in the footsteps of the German giant airline Lufthansa, who let it slip that they were ditching their second hot meal on all flights of more than 10 hours in length.</p> <p>However, the airline didn’t put out a press release on the matter but it was picked up by airline blogs.</p> <p>“Over the past few months, we have carried out over 80 flights with various test scenarios. Thus, it was possible for us to establish a modern service according to current customer wishes thanks to feedback from our customers,” Lufthansa’s Asia-Pacific Head of Communications Klaus Pokorny told <span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/lufthansa-signals-end-to-economy-class-perk-we-all-took-for-granted/news-story/6804d7726aff3584156602e7d8a87d6c"><em>news.com.au</em></a></span>.</p> <p>“Many customers like the possibility of either enjoying this second meal immediately or packing it for the rest of their journey,” Pokorny explained.</p> <p>However, Qantas has insisted that they’re not following suit, although an aviation expert warns that others airlines might be tempted to follow the trend.</p> <p>“The price point for most people is the economy fare and so we now have these low fares airlines that aren’t actually low cost airlines,” the aviation consultant explained.</p> <p>“People will buy bundles off a base fare, like having a hot breakfast, and the airlines will end up with more revenue.</p> <p>“It’s the way of the future. It could be the end of the (included) hot breakfast in economy.”</p>

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Russell Crowe’s niece fires back at claims the actor received special treatment from fire crews

<p>Russell Crowe’s niece has slammed claims saying the actor received special treatment from the NSW Rural Fire Service during this week’s bushfire crisis.</p> <p>Crowe’s 400-hectare property in Nana Glen was close to being destroyed from fire earlier in the week.</p> <p>One of his neighbours, Debbie Waldon, attacked the actor during an interview with Channel 7 news on Tuesday, saying: “I’m angry because our friend’s house is there burning and all the trucks go to Russell Crowe’s. What about normal everyday people?”</p> <p>The NSW RFS said there are no truths to Waldon’s claims, telling the<span> </span><em>Daily Mail</em>, “Crews are dispatched on priority of jobs and the properties that need it the most, we are not aware of who owns the properties”.</p> <p>Chelsea Crowe, the actor’s niece, said the neighbours statement and the media reports that followed are “bulls**t”.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, Ms Crowe wrote: “Unfortunately, there is a lot of gossip and bulls**t media going around that fire crew’s abandoned properties in favour to protest Russell’s home.</p> <p>“If you look at a map and knew the boundary lines the entire property is backed by tallawudjah and the state forest. Whilst they moved to crews to a previously scouted vantage point to attack it as it came through the ridge.</p> <p>“This move was not to protect his buildings in particular. It wouldn’t have mattered who lived there. But at midnight they were still fighting it to protect not just from the residential side (which was stopping the rest of Nana town going up) and the farm side (stopping the rest of Brews rd, Ferrets rd and the power station). So if you think they were favouring a few buildings of his only, kindly f**k off.”</p>

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Bali’s Denpasar airport weighs in on why Aussie Muslim family was kicked off Jetstar flight

<p>Bali’s Denpasar Airport has released a statement around the controversy that involved an Australian Muslim family being kicked off their Jetstar flight.</p> <p>Sarah Aslan, 23, and her husband Muhammed were travelling with a wedding party of 20 after having their dream wedding in Bali.</p> <p>An altercation occurred on board the flight and the family were left in the airport at 2 am local time.</p> <p>Jetstar have since confirmed that the airline paid for an extra flight for the family to go home the next day at no extra cost, but the family have claimed that they were kicked off the flight for “looking ethnic”.</p> <p>Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar has confirmed that the family’s removal from the flight was because of their behaviour and NOT because of their faith.</p> <p>“We want to convey that the removal of a number of passengers from (the Jetstar flight) was purely because of security and flight safety reasons related to unruly passengers,” airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim said in a statement published in<span> </span>the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/11/13/they-were-unruly-jetstar-passengers-not-kicked-off-because-of-religion-bali-airport-says.html" target="_blank">Jakarta Post</a></em>.</p> <p>The spokesman also confirmed that the removal of the family had “nothing to do with SARA issues”.  SARA is the Indonesian term that describes tribal affiliations, religious, race and social groups.</p> <p>“Two passengers did not heed the cabin crew’s instructions,” he explained.</p> <p>As one family member explained that his in-flight entertainment was not working, he was told it would be dealt with after takeoff but two members of the party remained standing.</p> <p>“After the warnings were not heeded by the aforementioned passengers, the cabin crew reported the incident to the pilot … who decided that the two passengers should be removed from the plane because they would not listen to the flight safety instructions from the cabin crew,” the spokesman said.</p> <p>The people who protested the removal of the two passengers were also removed from the plane.</p> <p>However, in an interview with<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/jetstar-wedding-party-call-out-jetstar-after-being-kicked-off-bali-flight/0e9eb1b0-9f68-4211-be55-e598cff058d0" target="_blank">9News</a></em>, Sarah has claimed that it felt like they were “attacked” for their faith.</p> <p>“Personally, it did feel like we were being attacked for looking ethnic and being Muslim,” she said.</p> <p>“That’s why I started crying. I’m like, I just want to go home, I don’t want to be here anymore.”</p>

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Scarred for life: henna tattoo turns young boy's Bali holiday into nightmare

<p>A mother has sent out a warning to those who get henna in Bali: Don’t.</p> <p>Despite being warned of what to do and what not to do in Bali, henna had managed to escape the “do not” list.</p> <p>It was only after a woman’s son got a henna tattoo on their last day in Bali,  but it turned red, itchy, raised and sore a week after returning home.</p> <p>“My 10 year old son got what we thought was a ‘henna tattoo’ on our last day in Bali and it wasn’t until a week later, after we’d returned home, that it started turning red, itchy, raised and sore. It wasn’t henna!” she explained to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/warnings/bali-henna-tattoo-leaves-boy-scarred-for-life/news-story/350899ccdd929314b20f9c52da8a566e" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>It gets worse, as the family has no idea what the dye was mixed with.</p> <p>“We believe it was black hair dye mixed with … God knows what, as apparently it’s cheaper to purchase and mix with chemicals. It may have been mixed with petrol or kerosene we’ve since learned. After a course of prednisolone and cortisone it isn’t itchy and red anymore, but my son will probably have scars for years to come.</p> <p>It has upset her son so much that the family are considering a plastic surgeon to undo the damage left by the tattoo.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3vnCcBgg4G/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3vnCcBgg4G/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Do NOT get a henna tattoo in Bali! This photo may be alarming to some, but I hope it may spread the word about the dangers of henna tattoos that many tourists sign up for, blissfully unaware that this seemingly natural henna product, is quite possibly hair dye mixed with harsh chemicals like petrol. Sadly, this is my dear friends son, who I just happened to run into at the doctors last week. Her son may be scarred for life and his Mum can only say ‘if only I knew!’. Her full story will be on my travel website @journeystocome soon, but for now, trust me avoid the henna tattoos. #bali #hennatattoo #travelwarning</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/catrionarowntree/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Catriona Rowntree</a> (@catrionarowntree) on Oct 17, 2019 at 8:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“To the point that we are now consulting a plastic surgeon. Please, be very cautious when considering a henna tattoo, especially for your children.”</p> <p>They’re not the only ones to have an adverse reaction to henna in Bali.</p> <p>“Back in the 90’s I had one done on my ankle....my ankle swelled up like a balloon!!!” one person shared.</p> <p>Another said that the same thing had happened to their husband.</p> <p>“This happened to my husband... terrible experience for him. It’s will get worse before it gets better I am sorry to say. It won’t scar for life - use bio oil when it stops blistering and weeping. My husband has no scar.”</p> <p>Others said that it could take a while for the damage to heal.</p> <p>“It took 6 months for my son’s arm to heal from a bad Bali tattoo,” one person explained.</p>

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4 tips to follow if you don't want to offend anyone in Bali

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Bali is a popular tourist destination for many, it’s important to remember that the island is steeped in strong customs and traditions. This means that the etiquette that may be the norm for the island is different to the way things are back home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Follow these four tips in order to not offend anyone while travelling in Bali.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Don’t point with your index finger</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pointing with your index finger in Bali is considered rude and should be avoided at all costs. If you do need to point at something while giving directions, either use your whole hand or the thumb of your right hand. </span></p> <p><strong>2. Don’t give or receive with your left hand</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Bali, the left hand is used for self-cleaning as Balinese people do not typically use toilet paper and clean with water instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Therefore, if you give or receive anything with your left hand, it is seen as impolite as the right hand is known for cleanliness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, if you forget, don’t be too worried as the Balinese people are used to the habits of Western travellers.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Don’t touch the head of a Balinese person</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although it seems unlikely to happen, it’s better to know this information and not need it instead of the other way around.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Balinese culture, the head of the body is sacred and touching someone else’s is a sign of disrespect. This can include ruffling a small child’s hair.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Be aware of your surroundings</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While walking on the streets of Bali, you may have noticed offerings of flowers, palm leaves and herbs around the island. These are known as canang sari, which are daily offerings made by the Balinese Hindu people as a symbol of thanks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stepping on or kicking canang sari is considered deeply disrespectful, so make sure to watch where you’re walking.</span></p>

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Inside the popular island paradise that hides a deadly secret

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sitting among the quiet island of Stromboli, Italy, is a ticking time bomb that has also made the island home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 300-full time residents are used to the rumbles that frequently disturb the island that’s surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rumbles are due to a deadly volcanic mountain that rises 924 metres above sea level and extends more than 1,000 metres below.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier this year, the volcano erupted twice, separated by 30 seconds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Residents and tourists were quickly evacuated from the island as lava spat from the active mouths of the mountain. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was like being in hell because of the rain of fire coming from the sky,” Stromboli priest Giovanni Longo told local media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The explosion killed one hiker and covered the island in ash.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3VDSRiCEmY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3VDSRiCEmY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Italy, together with Iceland, presents the highest concentration of active volcanoes in Europe and is one of the first in the world #volcano #volcanoes #italy #etna #vesuvio #stromboli #vulcano #naples #napoli #catania #pompei #eruption #risk #risks #alerts #eruption #lava #lapilli #island</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/i_love_made_in_italy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> I love made in Italy</a> (@i_love_made_in_italy) on Oct 7, 2019 at 12:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the small town recovered, there was a “high intensity” blast just two months later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No one was injured, but footage emerged of residents fleeing the island in a panic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Experts believe that the volcano on the island has been in nearly continuous eruption for at least 2,000 years, but it’s the unknown that keeps residents and tourists on edge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More and more tourists are heading to the island to witness the powerful experience of a volcanic eruption.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Volcanoes are one of the forces of nature that truly are beyond human power to control: We can’t do anything about eruptions, other than get out of the way,” Amy Donovan, a geographer at the University of Cambridge, wrote for a paper published in December with the Royal Geographical Society.</span></p>

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Man attacked by 2.5 metre croc used this tip to escape

<p>An off-duty wildlife ranger has made a surprising escape from the jaws of a 2.5 metre crocodile after it launched at him while flyfishing.</p> <p>Craig Dickmann, 54, was flyfishing at the remote Cape York Peninsula when the crocodile shot out of the water and attacked his thigh.</p> <p>While he was wrestling free from the crocodile, his hand became degloved and he was able to poke the crocodile in the eye.</p> <p>After escaping from the jaws of the saltwater crocodile, Dickmann drove more than an hour to Heathlands Ranger Station where he works to get help.</p> <p>Queensland Ambulance Service superintendent Warren Martin said that it was incredible that Dickmann survived such an attack.</p> <p>"This was a life or death response," he said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-11/ranger-pokes-crocodile-in-eye-after-attack-cape-york/11693150" target="_blank">ABC</a>.</p> <p>"The patient really understood the gravity of the situation and knew that he was fighting for his survival."</p> <p>After arriving at Heathlands Ranger Station, Dickmann called emergency services and was given first aid by another ranger. The ranger then drove Dickmann to Bramwell Station to wait for a Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) plane.</p> <p>Bramwell Station owner Wendy Kozicka said that Dickmann was in good spirits despite the attack.</p> <p>"He was very cheerful — but he's a very cheerful person," Ms Kozicka said.</p> <p>"His hands were wrapped up and we were teasing him about that, saying 'Are you sure you have all your fingers?'"</p> <p>Superintendent Warren Martin said that the incident was a “remarkable story” of survival.</p> <p>"There wouldn't be many people in Cape York who could say they have had an interaction with a crocodile like this and still be talking about it," he said.</p> <p>"Not only was [Mr Dickmann] by himself fishing, but after being released by the crocodile having to drive for an hour back to his residence to seek help."</p> <p>Dickmann remains in a serious but stable condition at Cairns Hospital, where he is expected to undergo surgery. He is being supported by his family and senior departmental staff.</p>

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Family claims Jetstar kicked them off flight for “looking ethnic and being Muslim”

<p>A couple who had their dream wedding in Bali say that the experience was ruined on the flight home due to an altercation with Jetstar.</p> <p>Sarah Aslan, 23, and her wedding party of 22 had planned to return to Melbourne on Monday via a Jetstar flight, but were instead escorted off the flight and left in Denpasar Airport at 2 am local time.</p> <p>The ejection was due to a confrontation between a flight attendant and Mike Mahmoud, who was a member of Sarah’s group.</p> <p>"I really truly don't believe I was arrogant, I just wanted to get home" he says to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/jetstar-wedding-party-call-out-jetstar-after-being-kicked-off-bali-flight/0e9eb1b0-9f68-4211-be55-e598cff058d0" target="_blank">9 News.</a></em></p> <p>The family continued to argue with staff and other passengers claimed that things were so heated, the pilot made the decision to turn the plane around and kick the family off the flight.</p> <p>The family are Turkish-Australian and some among the wedding party were wearing headscarves.</p> <p>"Personally, it did feel like we were being attacked for looking ethnic and being Muslim" Sarah says.</p> <p>"That's why I started crying. I'm like, I just want to go home, I don't to be here anymore."</p> <p>Jetstar booked the wedding party on another flight 24 hours later at no extra cost, with the family arriving back in Melbourne on Tuesday night.</p> <p>However, other family members have taken aim at the airline, saying that they were “racially, verbally and physically assaulted”.</p> <p>One family member, Selim Tutunca, spoke about the incident on Jetstar’s Facebook page.</p> <p>“We were racially, verbally and physically assaulted by both Jetstar crew members and Bali airport officials. We have footage of all of this,” he wrote.</p> <p>“We were kicked off the flight even though we hadn’t even spoke a single word to the crew members. We have been waiting for over four hours and my children are sleeping on benches at the airport.</p> <p>“We weren’t accommodated by Jetstar whatsoever. We tried speaking to them and they didn’t want to know anything about us.”</p> <p>Jetstar are disputing the entire incident despite the family’s story.</p> <p>“The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority, and we do not tolerate any kind of disruptive or abusive behaviour,” a Jetstar spokesman said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/family-claims-they-were-kicked-off-jetstar-flight-for-looking-ethnic-and-being-muslim/news-story/90a0eac8d850863448c664710b280b52" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“We take these allegations extremely seriously and are investigating the matter, however our crew dispute the claims made by these passengers.”</p>

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Outrage after tourists charged nearly $200 for three hot dogs and a sandwich

<p>A group of tourists have slammed a Rome bar over an unusually hefty bill for their meal.</p> <p>Leo Recchia told Italian newspaper <em>Il Messaggero </em>that he took his family to the bar on Via dell Conciliazione near St Peter’s Square.</p> <p>They were charged €119 (NZ$206) for three hot dogs, a ham and cheese sandwich, four cans of Coca Cola and a bottle of mineral water.</p> <p>Included in the bill was a €17 ($29.5) service fee.</p> <p>“€22 for each hot dog.... Almost €20 for service,” said Recchia. “To think that the night before we had gone to a restaurant behind the Pantheon – we spent the same, but for a complete dinner.”</p> <p>The bar owner told the publication, “We had other cases like this, other complaints, but the prices are on the menu, you can check. Also, we are near the Vatican, it costs.”</p> <p>The complaint is the latest claim of rip-off meals in Europe.</p> <p>In May, Rome restaurant Caffe Vaticano was criticised after giving diners <a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travellers-stories/rome-restaurant-slammed-for-outrageous-bill/news-story/5a8c5a7762a6f8d5230e4134f4e11abd">a bill of €81.4</a> ($141) for two burgers and three coffees.</p> <p>In January, <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1070491/florence-italy-ice-cream-tourist-police-fine-italian-holidays">an ice cream shop in Florence was fined €2,000</a> ($3,469) for charging a Taiwanese tourist €25 ($43) for a gelato served in a cone.</p>

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Tourist mistake on the London Underground costs them $200k a year

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For many tourists visiting London, the London Underground is a blessing as it’s easy to navigate, fast and boasts 270 stations across 11 lines.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, some tourists are too eager to jump on the Tube and it’s costing them almost $200k a year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A report by the UK’s </span><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/london-tourists-waste-100k-year-travelling-two-closest-tube/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has shown that tourists in central London are wasting money catching the London Underground between the two closest stations on the network, which are Leicester Square and Covent Garden.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stations in London’s West End are about 275 metres apart and take four minutes to walk between them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ride on the Tube between the two stations takes just 45 seconds and costs 2.40 pounds (NZD $4.85) for a single pay-as-you-go ticket.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A freedom of information request by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> showed that an average of 862 people travels between the two stations each week. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that close to 45,000 people are making the short journey each year, spending unnecessary funds to do so to the tune of NZD $218,250.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report pointed out that walking between the stations is probably quicker than catching the Tube anyway after factoring in time spent getting down to the platform, waiting for a train and then returning to street level.</span></p>

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Restaurant sign asking customers to “not presume the gender of our staff” goes viral

<p>A restaurant has urged customers to “please not presume the gender of our staff” and instead use gender-neutral terms, such as “they” or “them” until “you know the person’s pronouns”.</p> <p>A photo posted to social media shows a sign in the restaurant’s window to avoid saying “she is already helping me” as well as avoiding saying “thanks miss” or “hey man”.</p> <p>“Please use neutral terms, so you aren’t mistakenly referring to someone as a gender they are not,” the sign says.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">When snowflakes run a restaurant and get triggered by customers. Yeah, no thanks. <a href="https://t.co/QwE4v9bLcN">pic.twitter.com/QwE4v9bLcN</a></p> — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) <a href="https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1191266779810545664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Folks, pals, buds, champ, friend are all great ways to address others without presuming their gender. Greetings and goodbyes can be as simple as saying ‘hello everyone’ or ‘thanks buddy’.”</p> <p>The sign concludes by reminding customers that “it’s okay to ask people which pronouns they use” and that “it is always helpful when you share yours, in an Instagram bio, or when asking someone else”.</p> <p>“Little things like this can go a long way to make people feel seen and safe to be themselves. Thank you for helping us build a positive environment for our staff and our patrons alike!”</p> <p>Many were quick to slam the sign, even though it’s not clear where the photo of the sign was taken.</p> <p>One person replied, “I remember an old phrase from my days working in retail, ‘The customer is always right.’ Apparently, in 2019, that is no longer the case. Wonder how this is gonna work out for this place.”</p> <p>Another asked, “Is being misgendered really worse than being called ‘champ’ or ‘buddy’ by another adult?”</p> <p>“Life isn’t safe, reality is always a shock, from the moment we exit the womb. Inner security comes through going out there and knowing the real word,” they wrote.</p> <p>However, others were more than happy to go by the new rules, saying that they don’t see a problem with the sign.</p> <p>“Just one more example of why right-wingers don’t give a f**k about the wellbeing of workers,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Another said that the initial response to the tweet was “legitimately disgusting”.</p> <p>“The fact that people actually think like this hurt me. Respect other people, please,” they wrote.</p>

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Whales and dolphins found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time

<p>Scientific research doesn’t usually mean being strapped in a harness by the open paratroop doors of a Vietnam-war-era Hercules plane. But that’s the situation I found myself in several years ago, the result of which has just been <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">published</a> in the journal Marine Biodiversity.</p> <p>As part of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlIXcq2ijZQ">Ocean Cleanup’s Aerial Expedition</a>, I was coordinating a visual survey team assessing the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p>When the aircraft’s doors opened in front of me over the Pacific Ocean for the first time, my heart jumped into my throat. Not because I was looking 400m straight down to the wild sea below as it passed at 260km per hour, but because of what I saw.</p> <p>This was one of the most remote regions of the Pacific Ocean, and the amount of floating plastic nets, ropes, containers and who-knows-what below was mind-boggling.</p> <p>However, it wasn’t just debris down there. For the first time, we found proof of <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">whales and dolphins in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch</a>, which means it’s highly likely they are eating or getting tangled in the huge amount of plastic in the area.</p> <p><strong>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch</strong></p> <p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is said to be the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world. It is located between Hawaii and California, where huge ocean currents meet to form the North Pacific subtropical gyre. An estimated <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5864935/">80,000 tonnes of plastic</a> are floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p>Our overall project was overseen and led by The Ocean Cleanup’s founder Boyan Slat and then-chief scientist Julia Reisser. We conducted two visual survey flights, each taking an entire day to travel from San Francisco’s Moffett Airfield, survey for around two hours, and travel home. Along with our visual observations, the aircraft was fitted with a range of sensors, including a short-wave infrared imager, a Lidar system (which uses the pulse from lasers to map objects on land or at sea), and a high-resolution camera.</p> <p>Both visual and technical surveys found whales and dolphins, including sperm and beaked whales and their young calves. This is the first direct evidence of whales and dolphins in the heart of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/296602/original/file-20191011-188797-8wu2a.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/296602/original/file-20191011-188797-8wu2a.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em> <span class="caption">Mating green turtles in a sea of plastics.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">photo by Chandra P. Salgado Kent</span>, <span class="license">Author provided</span></span></em></p> <p>Plastics in the ocean are a growing problem for marine life. Many species can mistake plastics for food, consume them accidentally along with their prey or simply eat fish that have themselves eaten plastic.</p> <p>Both beaked and sperm whales have been recently found with heavy plastic loads in their stomachs. In the Philippines, a <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47608949">dying beaked whale</a> was found with 40kg of plastic in its stomach, and in Indonesia, a dead <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/sperm-whale/">sperm whale</a> washed ashore with 115 drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, plastic bottles, two flip-flops, and more than 1,000 pieces of string in its stomach.</p> <p><strong>The danger of ghost nets</strong></p> <p>The most common debris we were able to identify by eye was discarded or lost fishing nets, often called “ghost nets”. Ghost nets can drift in the ocean for years, trapping animals and causing injuries, starvation and death.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/297849/original/file-20191021-56220-k3ttsu.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/297849/original/file-20191021-56220-k3ttsu.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em> <span class="caption">Crew sorts plastic debris collected from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on a voyage in July 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">EPA/THE OCEAN CLEANUP</span></span></em></p> <p>Whales and dolphins are often found snared in debris. Earlier this year, a young sperm whale almost died after spending three years <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/digit-sperm-whale-saved-from-rope-entanglement-ghost-net-fishing-gear-off-dominica/">tangled in a rope from a fishing net</a>.</p> <p>During our observation we saw young calves with their mothers. Calves are especially vulnerable to becoming trapped. With the wide range of ocean plastics in the garbage patch, it is highly likely animals in the area ingest and become tangled in it.</p> <p>It’s believed the amount of plastics in the ocean could <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43477233">triple</a> over the next decade. It is clear the problem of plastic pollution has no political or geographic boundaries.</p> <p>While plastics enter the sea from populated areas, global currents transport them across oceans. Plastics can kill animals, <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718346072?via%3Dihub%22%22">promote disease</a>, and <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322703874_Plastic_waste_associated_with_disease_on_coral_reefs">harm the environment, our food sources and people</a>.</p> <p>The most devastating effects fall on communities in poverty. New research shows the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w">rapidly growing</a>, posing a <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-019-00952-0">greater threat to wildlife</a>. It reinforces the global movement to reduce, recycle and remove plastics from the environment.</p> <p>But to really tackle this problem we need creative solutions at every level of society, from communities to industries to governments and international organisations.</p> <p>To take one possibility, what if we invested in fast-growing, sustainably cultivated bamboo to replace millions of single-use plastics? It could be produced by the very countries most affected by this crisis: poorer and developing nations.</p> <p>It is only one of many opportunities to dramatically reduce plastic waste, improve the health of our environments and people, and to help communities most susceptible to plastic pollution.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Schapelle Corby breaks silence in exclusive first interview about time in Bali prison

<p>Schapelle Corby has opened up about what life was really like for her nine years behind bars in Bali’s Kerobokan jail. </p> <p>In those nine difficult years in a cell, Corby fell in love and also claims she was abused by Bali nine member Renae Lawrence. </p> <p>While speaking with the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/schapelle-corby-on-love-babies-and-being-the-bachelorette/news-story/8fe5a17e187aaaf1b3be6ed5d8c4c25b" target="_blank"><em>Sunday Telegraph,</em></a><em><span> </span></em>the 42-year-old made a series of explosive claims, including that Lawrence assaulted her both physically and mentally. </p> <p>Schapelle says she lived in fear of Lawrence who was a “bully” to her, with claims she choked her. </p> <p>“I’ve had comments from other people who saw us in the visit area together and were like, ‘How do you let her speak to you like that?’ but I wasn’t really seeing it,” Corby explained to the publication.</p> <p>She admitted she rubbed Lawrence the wrong way a few times so decidedly aimed to stay out of her way. </p> <p>Lawrence, through her lawyers, “vehemently” denied the claims made by Corby. </p> <p>Schapelle is likely to never completely be out of the eyes of the media or the public, and says finding a job is almost impossible. </p> <p>She says every time she leaves her home, she is hyper conscious of people taking her photo. </p> <p>The mental scars continue to haunt the Australian celeb, and also impacts how she travels. </p> <p>Despite being able to reenter Bali to visit her boyfriend of 13 years, Ben Panangian - it is not something she is willing to do as of yet. </p> <p>Corby will release a revised version of her 2006 autobiography, <em>My Story: Schapelle Corby</em> on October 29.</p>

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Iconic tourist destination slugging visitors with a “tourist tax”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The popular tourist destination of Venice has announced that they are going to start charging day-trippers a new tax from July 1</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">st</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The day-trip tax for tourists was announced about a year ago, but the implementation of the tax has been delayed as authorities argued about how it would be enforced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, city officials have announced that while they’ll confirm the exact fee closer to the date, they will be charging between 3 and 10 euros ($AUD 4.90 to $16.30) a day for day-trip visitors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overnight tourists or visitors will be exempt as they already pay tax as a part of their accommodation fees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are also exemptions to be expected for those visiting Venice to work, study or visit family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Venice is a canal city that’s been popular amongst tourists, the floating city is struggling under the weight of overtourism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 20 million people visiting the destination each year, this is a far cry of their estimated permanent population of 260,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Locals have even begun to protest the amount of tourists who come and visit Venice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Venice local named Tommaso, who attended a </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/ships-out-of-the-lagoon-locals-march-against-cruise-ships-in-venice/news-story/5d646acacc7f5110c95da8fa069e3f2d"><span style="font-weight: 400;">protest at St Mark’s Square in June</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, said Venice’s lagoon has “never been so full”, leaving the city and locals at the “mercy of mass tourism”.</span></p>

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Pilots accused of having live stream bathroom camera

<p><span>A Southwest Airlines flight attendant has sued the airline after she reported spotting two pilots livestreaming hidden-camera footage from the plane’s bathroom into the cockpit.</span></p> <p><span>Renee Steinaker alleged in her lawsuit that she discovered the surveillance when she was working on a flight in 2017, <em><a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/10/25/southwest-airlines-lawsuit-pilots-livestreamed-plane-bathroom-flight-attendant-claims/2458570001/">The Arizona Republic</a> </em>reported.</span></p> <p><span>At one point during the flight, Captain Terry Graham asked Steinaker to come to the cockpit so that he could leave to use the lavatory, following the airline’s requirement that two crew members must be in the cockpit at all times.</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker said when she entered, she noticed an iPad mounted to the windshield showing a livestream of Graham in the bathroom.</span></p> <p><span>According to the suit, co-pilot Ryan Russell seemed panicked and told her the camera was part of a “new security and top secret security measure that had been installed in the lavatories of all Southwest Airlines' 737-800 planes”.</span></p> <p><span>“They led her to believe that she and others had been filmed – had been videotaped if you will – while they were using the lavatory,” said aviation attorney Ronald Goldman. “It’s really hard to imagine a more outrageous kind of conduct.”</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker took a picture of the iPad as an evidence. She said she was told not to speak about the incident and warned that “if this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly our airline again”.</span></p> <p><span>The suit also alleged that the airline’s management attempted to silence and intimidate Steinaker and other flight attendants after they reported the incident.</span></p> <p><span>Steinaker’s husband David, who also works as a flight attendant, was “subjected <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/us/southwest-airlines-hidden-bathroom-camera-trnd/index.html">to at least five performance audits</a> in the course of a few months following the incident, when in his prior twenty-four –[years] of service, he only had approximately three audits”, the suit stated.</span></p> <p><span>The pair is suing the airline and the pilots for invasion of privacy, causing Renee Steinaker emotional distress, sexual harassment and retaliation.</span></p> <p><span>Southwest Airlines has denied that any camera was placed in the lavatories. </span></p> <p><span>“The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest’s uncompromising priority. As such, Southwest does not place cameras in the lavatories of our aircraft,” an airline representative said in a statement to <em>The Arizona Republic</em>.</span></p> <p><span>“Southwest will vigorously defend the lawsuit. When the incident happened two years ago, we investigated the allegations and addressed the situation with the crew involved. We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory; the incident was an inappropriate attempt at humour which the company did not condone.”</span></p>

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Jetstar leaves mum in tears after refusing to board toddler

<p>A woman and her toddler were reportedly refused to board a Jetstar flight from Queenstown, New Zealand, because the child was not wearing shoes.</p> <p>A passenger who witnessed the incident unfold revealed that others offered the family footwear for the youngster but they were still unable to board.</p> <p>“Just a saw a Samoan mum with two small children refused entry on to a plane at Queenstown airport because her son had no shoes,” wrote Isobel Mebus on Facebook.</p> <p>“Other passengers offered her son shoes to put on but still she was not allowed to board. Shame on you JETSTAR, really really disgusted.”</p> <p>According to reports by the<span> </span><em>New Zealand Herald,</em><span> </span>Jetstar staff said the offer of footwear from fellow passengers was taken back once they were informed that the child would need to wear them for the duration of the flight and disembarking the plane.</p> <p>Ms Mebus said she saw the woman exit the gate in tears before people approached staff about the issue.</p> <p>“There was an older Samoan couple behind me and she was explaining to them that she wasn’t allowed on the flight because her son didn’t have shoes on,” she told the<span> </span><em>Herald</em>.</p> <p>“So people started rallying around, and the older couple said, ‘Well we’ll just go and buy him some shoes’ because the Mum didn’t have any money on her.”</p> <p>But after the woman’s belongings were taken off the plane, other passengers were forced to deal with delays.</p> <p>According to Jetstar’s terms and conditions, the airline has the right to refuse a passenger entry if they are not wearing footwear.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>, Jetstar confirmed the incident. “We were unable to board a family on a flight from Queenstown to Auckland yesterday as a passenger in their group was not wearing shoes,” said a spokesperson.</p> <p>“We understand this was frustrating for the family however for safety reasons we require all passengers to wear footwear when boarding, while inflight and when disembarking our aircraft.”</p> <p>They then told the<span> </span><em>Herald<span> </span></em>that the family stayed an extra night in Queenstown with relatives and was put on a flight the next day at Jetstar’s expense.</p> <p>“We arranged for the family to travel on the next available flight at no additional cost,” the spokesperson told<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>.</p>

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Local authorities beg tourists not to use Google Maps to find “hidden beaches”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spike in lost visitors has prompted the local authorities in Sardinia, Italy to warn tourists about using Google Maps to find hidden beaches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The island is famed for its white sand coves and stretches of sand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Local authorities have recently reported a spike in lost tourists who have tried to find the island’s “hidden beaches” but ended up on dangerous cliff edges instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emergency services and the fire brigade are regularly called out to rescue tourists who find themselves stuck on dirt tracks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A family who were travelling in a Porsche were forced to abandon the vehicle after nearly falling off a cliff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">144 vehicles have been rescued in two year and authorities are now putting up signs that advise visitors not to use Google Maps on the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baunei Mayor Salvatore Corrias told </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/sardinia-google-maps-tourists-lost-baunei/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the signs are in both English and Italian, warning of the road tracks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said Google Maps were "misleading" drivers and often took cars on "unpassable tracks".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Google Maps spokesperson told </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/10147431/tourists-google-maps-sardinia-beaches/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sun Online Travel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're aware of an issue in Sardinia where Google Maps is routing some drivers down roads that can be difficult to navigate due to their terrain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're currently working with the local government to resolve the issue and are investigating ways we can better alert drivers about these types of roads."</span></p>

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“You are shooting yourself in the foot”: Tourists baffled over Uluru climb ban

<p>While some tourists from all over the world are rushing to climb Uluru before it is banned on Saturday, some are questioning why local traditional Indigenous Australians called for a ban in the first place. </p> <p>Ayers Rock Resort has been jam packed for most of 2019 meaning nearly 5,000 people are trying to get a chance to climb Uluru before it is too late. </p> <p>Some Australian tourists have gone to extreme measures and camped illegally on private land around Uluru during school holidays, because the resort's campground has been full.</p> <p>The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board made the decision to impose an official ban from October 26 to pay respect and recognition to the rock’s cultural significance to the Anangu people. </p> <p>Melbourne tourist Stefan Gangur, 51 told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.yahoo.com/author/australian-associated-press-562" target="_blank"><em>AAP</em><span> </span></a>he opposes the ban because it is a vital source of income for the community. </p> <p>"What are people doing out here? It is part of the economy and how it runs out here" he said.</p> <p>"You are shooting yourself in the foot, as long as everyone respects it, it is okay.</p> <p>"It is no secret a percentage of the money from the national park passes goes back to the Aboriginal people."</p> <p>The controversial ban of one of Australia’s most prolific and well known landmarks has prompted warnings that Uluru faces an uncertain future. </p> <p>A chain was built on the steep of the western face of Ayers Rock in 1964 and will be dismantled from October 28. </p> <p>The National Park’s general manager Mike Misso told AAP Uluru will become a better destination for tourists as more Anangu people will be working and benefitting from it. </p> <p>"The dominant reason for the UNESCO World Heritage listing was the living cultural landscape of nature and culture intertwined through traditions over thousands of years," he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.yahoo.com/author/australian-associated-press-562" target="_blank">AAP.</a></em></p> <p>"The closure of the climb enhances the park's world heritage values. It's in conflict if you have got inappropriate visitor activity,”Grant Hunt, chief executive at the resort’s operators Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia said. </p> <p>"For every tourist destination, you have to reinvent yourself, if you just offer the same people go elsewhere.”</p> <p>Mr Hunt says there is far more to Uluru than the climb, with more than 100 tours and experiences for tourists to experience - from riding mountain bikes, to Aboriginal cultural tours, helicopters and skydiving. </p> <p>“The travelling public have become much more culturally mature than they were 20 years ago,” Mr Hunt said.</p> <p> “I think most people expect this and in fact want it to happen.</p> <p>“There’s a minority who still don’t of course and you always get that with any decision but certainly our research and feedback says about 80 per cent of people are supportive of the climb closing.”</p>

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