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MANILA, September 4, 2018 (News Wires)  After a six-month closure, the Philippines will re-open one of its crown jewels, Boracay island, at the end of October.

In April, the government shut down the beach on the direction of the Philippine president who famously called the resort island a “cesspool” after seeing the sewage and environmental damage caused by overcrowding and mismanagement.

But following an intense clean-up and rehabilitation programme that began in April, the government has announced plans to re-open the holiday destination officially on October 26.

The country's Department of Tourism also announced that an initial 2,063 hotel rooms at 25 hotel resorts across the island have complied with permit conditions and have been cleared to re-open.

Over-tourism was also blamed for closing another popular beach destination in Southeast Asia. The Thai beach famous for its starring role in the 2000 film The Beach, Maya Bay, was closed earlier this spring in a bid to save its dying coral reefs.

Also last year, Indonesian officials called the plastic garbage and debris choking the shores of Bali a “garbage emergency.”

LONDON, April 4 (AFP) - Dinosaur footprints dating back 170 million years have been discovered on a Scottish island and will help shed light on the reptiles’ evolution, the University of Edinburgh said.

The footprints are in a muddy, shallow lagoon on the Isle of Skye.

The largest print, left by a sauropod, measures 70 centimetres across. Long-necked sauropods were up to two metres tall.

“The find is globally important as it is rare evidence of the Middle Jurassic period, from which few fossil sites have been found around the world,” the university said in a statement.

Researchers are documenting about 50 footprints in the area, including those of theropods - an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex - which measure around 50 centimetres across.

They used drone photographs to make a map of the site.

Paige dePolo, who led the study, said the find “demonstrates the presence of sauropods in this part of the world through a longer timescale than previously known”.

The research was carried out in conjunction with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the findings have been published in the Scottish Journal of Geology.