Thai Princess Shuts Down Koh Samui Beach For Private Vacation as COVID Surges

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It’s a lovely time of year in Thailand, and Princess Sirivannavari, daughter of the unpredictable King Maha Vajiralongkorn, is determined to enjoy it.

With less than impeccable timing, Sirivannavari has decided it’s time for a diving vacation.

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Her alleged jaunt to the island paradise of Koh Samui comes as the country reels under a virulent third wave of the coronavirus, a disastrous vaccine rollout marred by cronyism, a complete shutdown of the pivotal international tourist trade, and a

Tourists return to Greensboro Science Center as center rebounds for COVID slump; ‘It is really looking hopeful for the future’

Sunny skies, warm weather, and an effective vaccine. It’s the perfect springboard for North Carolina’s tourism industry after a dramatic drop in spending.

The path to return to normal finally feels within reach for local tourist attractions.

“I think spring break, coupled with the beautiful weather that we’ve had, coupled with people being vaccinated and including the capacity restrictions being lifted, it really worked out well for us,” said Erica Brown, with the Greensboro Science Center.

People are slowly starting to make travel plans again. Dantonio Mauney’s family planned a trip from Roanoke, Virginia, to Greensboro. It was their first

Teachers and students face COVID winter break challenges

During her winter break, English teacher Keara Williams has hit the phone, making call after call determinedly trying to make contact with her students and their parents.

She needs to reach 28 students, including 11 seniors, who received an “incomplete” grade at the end of the fall semester. She tells them they will fail her class if they don’t complete make-up work to raise their grade to at least a D by the end of January. There is still time to get the work done, do not give up, Williams says. And she lets them know that she is here

Hawaii’s short-term vacation rental business is still showing signs of struggle since the recent lifting of the COVID ban

COVID-19 restrictions banning short-term vacation rentals just lifted on Oahu, which moved into Tier 2 of its economic reopening Thursday.

That means roughly 800 short-term vacation rental properties on Oahu, which had been sidelined by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s pandemic restrictions since April 7, are now allowed to resume business like their neighbor island counterparts.

Short-term rentals, which rented for 30 days or less and weren’t being used to quarantine guests, have been allowed to operate on Hawaii island and Kauai and in Maui County since the middle of June, when the state’s first pandemic-inspired interisland quarantine was lifted. That

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends


This photo provided by Adam M. Rammel shows The Syndicate on Aug. 20, 2020 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio’s restrictions forced Adam Rammel to at least temporarily abandon plans for a catering and event space designed for parties and that opened last month, in time for the holidays. Rather than have the space sit unused, Rammel turned it into The Syndicate, a restaurant located next door to his 5-year-old brewpub, Brewfontaine.


The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the