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Tourist Fined RM4900 After Trying To Steal Sand From Beach In Italy

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Italy, a tourist has been fined after caught trying to steal sand from one of Italy’s beaches. A law about stealing sand from the beach has been introduced three years ago after locals get sick of tourists taking home sand as a souvenir. The sand from the island is protected and whoever can face fines and even serve jail time for stealing it.

The unnamed tourist was arrasted at the Cagliari Airport on September 1 after he was found carrying a bottle filled with 4.4lbs of sand, according to reports.

“The bottle was confiscated and is now in our operating room where we hold these confiscated items. At the end of the year we usually have many bottles of sand accumulated,” said a spokesman for Sardinia’s Forest Rangers.

It said that authorities were contending with increasingly frequent cases of sand theft, before a law change in 2017 to penalize culprits. According to the Forest Rangers spokesman, tourists who try to steal Sardinia’s sand face fines ranging from between €500 (RM2400) and €3,000 (RM14700), depending on the amount of the sand taken and where it was removed from on the beach.

A man has been fined around £900 (RM4900) after authorities discovered that he had taken sand from a beach near the city of Olbia. Last year, police seized 88lbs of sand from a French couple visiting Sardinia.

“Last year we found a website that was selling our sand as souvenirs. It’s become a very known phenomenon here in Europe,” said the spokesman.

Source: Mirror

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Be Careful When Driving During The Flood Season – Follow These Tips By JPJ

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We as Malaysians are advised to always be careful during the flood season. This is because we do not want unwanted incidents to happen especially related to life.

Drivers who drive vehicles during the flood season are also advised to take precautions.

To prevent any incidents such as accidents during the flood season, the Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) has released some driving tips during the flood season.

Here are some tips:

1) Maintain low gear – 1 for manual cars, while D2 for auto cars and maintain during driving in floodwater.

2) Limit the speed between 5 to 15 km / h and distance your vehicle from the vehicle in front.

3) Find alternative routes and avoid areas flooded.

4) After the flood, dry the brakes. The way to dry the brakes is to drive slowly (limit to 10-15 km / h) while pressing the brake pedal and oil. This will produce heat that accelerates the drying of the brakes. When you feel a little grip, test the brake at a speed of 20-25 km / h. Repeat the process until you get a satisfactory grip.

Source: JPJ

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LATEST: RON95, RON97 Petrol Prices Up 1 Sen, Diesel Up 4 Sen

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The retail price of RON95 and RON97 petrol will go up by one sen per litre while that of Diesel, up by four sen per litre for one week period starting midnight tonight.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance, based on the weekly retail pricing of petroleum products using the Automated Price Mechanism (APM) formula, the new price per litre for RON95 is RM1.90, RON97 (RM2.20), and Diesel (RM2.09).

It is said the government will continue to monitor the trends of global crude oil prices and take appropriate measures to ensure the continued welfare and wellbeing of the people.

Sources: MOF.

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Japan Might Cancel 2021 Olympic Games Due To Coronavirus

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Japan allegedly planned to postpone the 2021 Olympics due to coronavirus in sobering news after yesterday’s inauguration festivities.

The Times announced on Thursday, January 21, that the Japanese government has “privately concluded” to cancel the already postponed 2021 Olympics due to increasing cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

Japan is trying to find a “face-saving way” to announce the decision that also “leaves open the possibility of Tokyo playing host at a later date,” according to the article written by Richard Lloyd Parry.

Japan’s current focus is to host the games in Tokyo in 2032, the next available year, which was originally scheduled to start on July 24, 2020, and then rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021.

“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” a source told Lloyd Parry. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) will, however, beg to differ from now on. The I.O.C. issued a statement earlier the same day saying that this summer the 2021 Olympics will go ahead as scheduled.

“We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on 23 July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” said I.O.C. president Thomas Bach.

“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these Games safe and successful.” While Back was firm about the 2021 Tokyo Olympics happening, he did hint at potentially reducing the number of spectators as well as employing other precautions in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

“The priority is the safety,” Bach told Kyodo News. “When it comes to safety, then there can be no taboo.”

The I.O.C and Japanese Olympic organizers have openly sought to ensure that the 2021 Olympic Games will take place, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga calling the upcoming Olympics “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

But senior I.O.C. member Dick Pound cast some doubt as to whether the event will actually take place, stating, “I can’t be certain because the ongoing elephant in the room would be the surges in the virus.”

Source: Vulture

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