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Something Weird on the Beach Was Staining Their Feet. But What?

Jenny Greenleaf was pleased that it was finally warm enough to go barefoot when she and her husband took their regular walk along York beach in Southern Maine this week.But when they returned to their beach chairs and began to brush the sand off their feet, they noticed their normally pale soles were a deep black.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ms. Greenleaf, a book designer and artist, said. “It was almost like I walked through charcoal.”At home they showered and scrubbed their feet, but the smudge, which was neither slick nor greasy, would only partly come off.Along Maine’s southern coast, as well as in neighboring New Hampshire, many others were also struggling to remove dark stains from their feet.“I still can’t get it off,” said Kyra O’Donnell, who has had black feet since s...

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Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Passports,’ Passes and Apps Around the Globe

Isn’t the European Union also developing a system? Yes. On June 21, the E.U. is expected to introduce a certificate called a Digital Green Pass, with the aim of allowing people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel more freely. Under the proposed rules, each nation within the bloc could decide which travel restrictions, such as obligatory quarantine, to waive for Digital Green holders. But many countries, including Denmark, say they cannot afford to wait for the Digital Green Pass and are developing their own versions.IsraelIsrael’s Green Pass app features a gif of a family headed on a trip.Name of card: The Green PassCould it get you an indoor table? Yes.How about entry to a concert or sports game? That, too.Anything else? The pass allows you to enter many business...

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The Island Brokers Are Overwhelmed

Calls and emails come in at all times of day and night. They no longer concern fun or prestige. Instead they focus on fresh water and solar panels. These were not the inquiries they had grown used to.The island brokers are overwhelmed.As the coronavirus pandemic has devastated countries around the world, it has upended nearly every aspect of life for everyone, including for those most insulated by money. Even the niche, ultrarich world of island commerce has been turned on its head.“This has been the busiest two months I’ve had in 22 years of selling islands,” Chris Krolow, the chief executive of Private Islands Inc., said in July. The pace has not slowed since then, he said. The only time he has ever had anywhere near this quantity of inquiries was shortly after the disastrous Fyre Fes...

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