TRAVEL | Italy Cancels Venice Carnival In Bid To Halt Spread Of Virus

Scrambling to contain rapidly rising number of new coronavirus infections in Italy, the largest amount outside Asia, authorities on Sunday stepped up measures to ban public gathering, including stopping Venice’s famed carnival events, which have drawn tens of thousands of revelers to a region this is now in the heart of the  outbreak.

‘The ordinance is immediately operative and will go into effect at midnight’, announced Veneto regional Gov. Luca Zaia, whose are includes Venice, where thousands packed St. Mark’s Sequare to join in carnival fun. Carnival, would have run through Tuesday. Buses, trains and others forms of public transport – including boats in Venice – were being disinfected, Zaia told reporters.

Museums were also ordered to shut down after Sunday in Venice, a top tourist draw anytime of the year.

Authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, all of them in their late 80s and who are hospitalized in critical condition. Zaia said among those infected was a nurse.

Nearly all of Italy’s 133 known cases are clustered in the north, at least 25 of them in the Veneto region.

Authorities expressed frustration they haven’t been able to track down the source of the virus spread in the north, which surfaced last week when an Italian man in Codogno in his late 30s become critically ill.

‘The health officials haven’t been yet able to pinpoint Patient Zero’, Angelo Borrelli, head of the national Civil Protection agency, told reporters in Rome.

At first, it was widely presumed that the man was infected by an Italian friend he dined with and who recently returned from his job, based in Shanghai. When the friend tested negative for the virus, attention turned to several Chinese who live in town and who frequent the same café visited by stricken man. But Lombardy Gov. Attilio Fontana told reporters all of those Chinese have tested negative, too.

So for now, Borrelli indicated, strategy is concentrating on closure and other restrictions to try to stem the spread in the country which already had taken such measures early on in the global virus alarm, including banning direct flights from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Italy has also tested millions of airport passengers arriving from other places from any sign of fever.

In Lombardy, with 90 cases, so far the hardest-hit region, schools and universities were ordered to stay closed in the coming days, and sporting events were canceled. Lombardy’s ban on public events also extended to Masses in churches in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

But while public Masses were forbidden in some towns in the hardest-hit areas, in the south, thousands turned out in the port city of Bari for a Mass by visiting Pop Francis, who shook hands with the faithful during his public appearance. Among those shaking the pope’s hand in Bari was Italian President Sergio Mattarela, who came to Bari for the event.

Museums, schools, universities and other public venues will be shut as well in Venice and the rest of Veneto. The shutdown is expected to last at least through March 1.

ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series ‘The Simple Life’, Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things – including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

FASHION | Pierre Cardin Is The Subject Of A New Documentary

Pierre Cardin has an indefatigable work ethic. That’s one of the major takeaways from P.David Ebersole and Todd Huges’s new documentary, House of Cardin, which charts the ongoing career trajectory of the designer, from birth to the present. Cardin, ne Cardine, is a self-made and self-invented man. His memory of his family’s flight from fascist … Continue reading FASHION | Pierre Cardin Is The Subject Of A New Documentary

BEAUTY | How To Transition Your Hair Color From Summer To Fall Like A Pro

‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall’, F.Scott Fitzergeral once said. The first step towards reinvention? Changing up your hair color, of course. ‘It’s all about making (hair) richer, warmer, or color, as well as getting rid of unwanted tones from the sun and elements’, says colorist Aura Friedman, who … Continue reading BEAUTY | How To Transition Your Hair Color From Summer To Fall Like A Pro

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia’s First Post – Covid-19 Concert To Be A Star – Studded National Day Celebration

The first, post-coronavirus concerts will be held in Saudi Arabia towards the end of this month. Set to go ahead on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 90th National Day (September 23), the celebrations will take place across the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah and feature performances from 11 stars from across the Arab world. The … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia’s First Post – Covid-19 Concert To Be A Star – Studded National Day Celebration

HEALTH | Babies After 40: The Health & Fertility Issue

The Chances Of Getting Pregnant Over 40 A study in the medical journal ‘Fertility and Sterility’ confirms there is a steep drop in fertility in the 40s. researchers found 40-year-old females being treated for infertility had a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant using their own eggs. But once they hit 43 that number dropped … Continue reading HEALTH | Babies After 40: The Health & Fertility Issue

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia to Lift Some International Flight Restrictions on September 15

Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flight as of Sept.15 to allow ‘exceptional categories’ of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA said on Sunday. The kingdom will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan.1, 2021, it said. In March, the kingdom … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia to Lift Some International Flight Restrictions on September 15

FASHION | COVID-19 Restriction Give New York Fashion Week New Look

New York Fashion Week will look a little different this season, with the typical seven-day parade of events stripped down to five days because of COVID-19 restrictions, with online runway shows, and smaller, socially distanced audiences. Host IMG said it had worked closely with the governor’s office to understand the protocols needed in order to … Continue reading FASHION | COVID-19 Restriction Give New York Fashion Week New Look

Queen Elizabeth Is Turning Her Sandringham Estate Into Drive – In Movie Theater

The coronavirus pandemic shuttered movie theaters around the world earlier this year, and while some have reopened in various locations, Queen Elizabeth’s estate is stepping in to provide quite the unique experience for those looking to catch a flick. The Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, where the monarch retreats during the winter, will transition into … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Is Turning Her Sandringham Estate Into Drive – In Movie Theater

SHOPPING | AlUla’s Ancient Sites and Illustrations To Feature In This New Coffee Table Book

The destination of AlUla, working in collaboration with publisher Assouline, has announced  the upcoming release of a luxury, mesmerizing book of photography and illustrations. The book, titled AlUla is set to release in September and features stunning images by acclaimed Canadian-American photographer Robert Polidori, and interpretive illustrations by Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal. AlUla will immerse … Continue reading SHOPPING | AlUla’s Ancient Sites and Illustrations To Feature In This New Coffee Table Book

TRAVEL | Taj Mahal To Reopen Even As Virus Rages In India

India’s top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal is set to reopen more than six month after it was shut, official said Tuesday, even as the vast nation battles soaring coronavirus infections. India, home to 1.3 billion people, on Monday overtook Brazil to become the world’s second most-infected nation with more than 4.2. million cases, behind … Continue reading TRAVEL | Taj Mahal To Reopen Even As Virus Rages In India

HEALTH | How To Find The Right Sports Bra for Optimal Comfort and Support

Fall is almost upon us. In anticipation of a welcome, refreshing chill in the air and lush outdoor scenery, there’s no time like the present to breathe new life into your workout regime. But before so much as picking up a jump rope or dusting off your sneakers for running season, it’s important – make … Continue reading HEALTH | How To Find The Right Sports Bra for Optimal Comfort and Support

ROYALS | Prince Harry Repays Taxpayer Money For U.K. Home Renovation

Prince Harry has repaid 2.4 million pounds ($3.2 million) in British taxpayers’ money that was used to renovate the home in Windsor intended for him and his wife Meghan before they gave up royal duties and moved to California. A spokesman for the couple said Monday that Harry had made a contribution to the Sovereign … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry Repays Taxpayer Money For U.K. Home Renovation

FASHION | Huda And Mona Kattan Champion Sustainability By Investing In This Luxury Resale Platform

Following its launch in 2012, The Luxury Closet has gone on to become one of the world’s leading luxury resale platforms. A celebration of circular-fashion, the brand’s business model is centered around an aspirational dream in which value – oriented shoppers can make purchases rooted in both, quality and sustainability. Now, in a strategic partnership … Continue reading FASHION | Huda And Mona Kattan Champion Sustainability By Investing In This Luxury Resale Platform

TRAVEL ESSENTIAL | 9 Countries You Can Travel To Right Now

Recent trends in international travel aren’t encouraging. Many places are either doubling down on lengthy quarantine requirements or reimposing restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike. Border closures and quarantine rules changed frequently. Air traffic appears to have peaked in August, and it’s unclear what’s ahead for the aviation industry. On all fronts there is a great … Continue reading TRAVEL ESSENTIAL | 9 Countries You Can Travel To Right Now

LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Five Top Architects On How Hotels Can Adapt To The New Normal

A hot topic among designers across the world is how hospitality will overcome the new challenges hotels face in the time of COVID-19. Here, some of the topic architects in hospitality share their thoughts on how hotel design may evolve going forward. Jean – Michel Gathy Belgian-born architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the principle designer of … Continue reading LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Five Top Architects On How Hotels Can Adapt To The New Normal

CELEBRITY | Kim Kardashian ‘Inspired’ Paris Hilton To Freeze Her Eggs

Paris Hilton opened up about her plans for a family in the future. The hotel heiress, 39, spoke with The Sunday Times about how she decided to freeze her eggs after having a conversation with her friend Kim Kardashian a fewyears ago. ‘I had a really amazing conversation with Kim (Kardashian) about it’, Hilton revealed. … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Kim Kardashian ‘Inspired’ Paris Hilton To Freeze Her Eggs

CELEBRITY | Halle Berry Files To Represent Herself In Divorce With Olivier Martinez: Report

Halle Beery has moved to represent herself in her divorce proceedings with ex Olivier Martinez, according to a new report. The ‘Monster’s Ball’ star filed to represent herself instead of an attorney, according to Entertainment Tonight citing court documents obtained Tuesday. Berry’s former lawyer, Marina Zakiyan Beck, signed off on the change on July 30 … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Halle Berry Files To Represent Herself In Divorce With Olivier Martinez: Report

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers as well as workshops will … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

HEALTH | Caffeine Consumption Not Safe During Pregnancy, New Study Says. Some Experts Disagree

There is no safe level of caffeine for a developing fetus, so women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should abstain from coffee and other caffeine – containing products entirely, according to the author of a new review of literature. But experts not involved in the review, which published Monday in the journal BMJ, question … Continue reading HEALTH | Caffeine Consumption Not Safe During Pregnancy, New Study Says. Some Experts Disagree

THE FIRST LADY | Melania Trump Taking Rose Garden Turin To Pitch Her Husband

When Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention from the White House, it will be the most that many Americans have seen of their first lady since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that has come to define her husband’s administration. Out of the public view for much of the year, Mrs. Trump will step into … Continue reading THE FIRST LADY | Melania Trump Taking Rose Garden Turin To Pitch Her Husband

entertainment | Berlin Film Festival To Go Ahead Next February Despite Pandemic

The Berlin Film Festival will go ahead next February as planned despite the Covid-19 pandemic, its organizers said on Monday, as Germany battles a surge in infections linked to returning holidaymakers, large family gatherings and nightlife. The film festival, also known as the Berlinale, is being planned as a physical festival while a hybrid model … Continue reading entertainment | Berlin Film Festival To Go Ahead Next February Despite Pandemic

HEALTH | COVID -19 Has Been Linked To Hair Loss – Here’s Why That Isn’t Surprising To Doctors

You might not expect a link between COVID-19 and hair loss – the coronavirus causes a respiratory illness, after all. But some survivors are noticing that their hair is falling out during their recovery period. In fact, Dr. Esther Freeman, who directs the Dermatology COVID-19 Registry, a database of dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19 that contains … Continue reading HEALTH | COVID -19 Has Been Linked To Hair Loss – Here’s Why That Isn’t Surprising To Doctors

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Paris Hilton Details Alleged Abuse At Utah Boarding School For The First Time

Paris Hilton is opening up for the first time public about enduring abuse while attending boarding school as a teen. The 39-year-old hotel heiress will appear in an upcoming documentary about her life in which she will expose never-before-heard details about some of the pain she suffered as an adolescent. In a new interview with … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Paris Hilton Details Alleged Abuse At Utah Boarding School For The First Time

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Alyssa Milano, Billie Elish, Mariah Carey, Hundreds More Celebs Sign California Police Reform Proposal Letter

Alyssa Milano, Billie Elish and Mariah Carey joined a list of hundreds of celebrities and organizations who signed a letter urging California to pass two bills that champion police reform. ‘SB 776 will establish the transparency and reporting needed to ensure that officers who engage in wrongful activity are removed – and kept – from … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Alyssa Milano, Billie Elish, Mariah Carey, Hundreds More Celebs Sign California Police Reform Proposal Letter

FINE JEWELRY | Two 20 – Carat Diamond Watches From Jaeger – LeCoultre Have World’s Smallest Movement

Jaeger – LeCoultre has held the record for the world’s smallest mechanical movement  – since 1929. The caliber 101, a mere 14 mm long and less than 5mm wide, is still used today. It drives two new high jewelry models from the brand, the Snowdrop and the Bangle. Both are made of 18k pink gold … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Two 20 – Carat Diamond Watches From Jaeger – LeCoultre Have World’s Smallest Movement

DISCOVER SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Arabia’s First Banyan Tree Resort To Open With A Focus On Sustainable Luxury

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla is primed to top travel bucket lists as one of the region’s must-visit hubs for cultural, natural, and heritage wonders. With plans to begin re-welcoming foreign tourists in October, the UNESCO-listed site is operating on overdrive to accommodate the expected two million visitors each year by 2035 with a series of soon-to-open … Continue reading DISCOVER SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Arabia’s First Banyan Tree Resort To Open With A Focus On Sustainable Luxury

TRAVEL | Spain’s Canary Islands Are Offering To Pay For Any Expenses Incurred By Travelers Who Get The Coronavirus During A Visit There

Here’s one thing travelers visiting the Canary Islands can cross off their list of potential coronavirus worries: The cost of medical care and mandatory quarantines on the islands. The local government in the Canary Islands is partnering with French insurer Axa to provide Spanish and foreign tourists with free insurance coverage for any coronavirus – … Continue reading TRAVEL | Spain’s Canary Islands Are Offering To Pay For Any Expenses Incurred By Travelers Who Get The Coronavirus During A Visit There

ROYALS | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Bought Their First House!

Exciting news for Duke and Duchess of Sussex! The couple have bought their very first home together. Their chosen property is located in Santa Barbara, a picturesque seaside town located about 100 miles from Los Angeles.  A representative for Harry and Meghan has confirmed to Hello Magazine that they moved into their family home with … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Bought Their First House!

LIFESTYLE | Wear A Custom Porsche On Your Wrist

Starting on September 1, 2020, United States buyers will be able to use the Porsche Design website to configure and order custom wristwatches. The new watch configurator is based on the Porsche configurator, and will be capable of creating approximately 1.5 million unique designs. Porsche Design was founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972. F.A. … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Wear A Custom Porsche On Your Wrist

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