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.

FASHION | Saudi Arabia Taps Ex-Parson Dean Burak Cakmak To Lead Kingdom’s Fashion Commission

Saudi Arabia has announced the announced the appointment of Burak Cakmak, the former dean for the College of Fashion at Parsons School of Design at The News School, to lead the Kingdom’s Fashion Commission, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Culture. Cakmak will officially led the Fashion Commission as CEO, with the task … Continue reading FASHION | Saudi Arabia Taps Ex-Parson Dean Burak Cakmak To Lead Kingdom’s Fashion Commission

ROYALS | UK’s Princess Eugenie Names Baby Son August, Buckingham Palace Says

Britain’s Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and her husband Jack Brooksbank have named their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. The couple’s first child was born earlier in February, and his name includes an apparent not to the queen’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is in hospital on a precautionary … Continue reading ROYALS | UK’s Princess Eugenie Names Baby Son August, Buckingham Palace Says

ROYALS | Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan made their final split with the British royal family, telling Queen Elizabeth that they will not be returning as working members of monarchy, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Harry and Meghan, who announced they are expecting their second child on Sunday, shocked senior royals last year by announcing plans … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

ROYALS | ‘Overjoyed’ Harry And Meghan Expecting Second Child

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second child, a spokesperson for the couple said on Sunday. Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, stepped back from royal duties in January 2020 and moved with their son Archie to Southern California to live a more independent life and … Continue reading ROYALS | ‘Overjoyed’ Harry And Meghan Expecting Second Child

SKIN | The Pro’s Guide To Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter

‘Some people are born with sensitive skin; other people have it temporarily‘, explain dermatologist Amy Wechsler of the surge of rough, ruddy complexion during winter. ‘It’s very common due to cold climate, as well as stress, travel, or sleep deprivation‘. No matter which camp you fall in – seasonal or year – round sufferer – if your skin … Continue reading SKIN | The Pro’s Guide To Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter

FASHION | Balenciaga To Unveil Next Collection Via Futuristic Video Game

Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia is to unveil his Fall/winter 2021 collection via a futuristic video game. The unusual format is the latest alternative to the runway for the Georgian designer during the ongoing Covid -19 pandemic, and a statement from the Spanish fashion house said the main collective will feature solely in Afterworld: The Age … Continue reading FASHION | Balenciaga To Unveil Next Collection Via Futuristic Video Game

FASHION | The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection Celebrates The Beauty Of Southern Italy

The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection aims to reflect Puglia’s rich cultural heritage, baroque architecture and relax atmosphere. What better way to start the year than with a veritable celebration of the traditional arts of Puglia. Showcasing the excellence of priceless savoir – faire, the Dior 2021 Cruise Collection revisits the fairy – tale of beauty … Continue reading FASHION | The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection Celebrates The Beauty Of Southern Italy

TRAVEL | The Top ‘Coronavirus – Safe’ Destinations Of 2021 For GCC Residents

For many 2020 was a write – off for international travel, as coronavirus – induced lockdowns, border closures, restricted flights and uncertainty around whether residents could return home with ease ruled – out plans to visit exotic destinations. From isolates escapes adventure holidays and sun – soaked destinations, there are the countries that have opened … Continue reading TRAVEL | The Top ‘Coronavirus – Safe’ Destinations Of 2021 For GCC Residents

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Polish Label Donated Sale Proceeds To The Malala Fund

If you’re a minimalist in style, you will most definitely have heart of cult label, CHYLAK. The Warsaw – based label specialized in luxury, yet wallet – friendly, classic handbags and accessories. Often in patent, croc mat matte finishes, the Italian leather bags are meticulously made in Poland, with the highest attention to detail and … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Polish Label Donated Sale Proceeds To The Malala Fund

BEAUTY | This New Dermal Scanner In Dubai Analyses Your Exact Skin Issues

A new skin scanner has launched at the Dior beauty boutique in The Dubai Mall, giving clients a revealing look at what lies beneath their complexion. Those curious to find out more about their skin’s secrets can complete a skin history questionnaire before experiencing the fully sanitized device. Cradling the customer’s face, the Dior Skin Scanner uses … Continue reading BEAUTY | This New Dermal Scanner In Dubai Analyses Your Exact Skin Issues

BEAUTY | The Top High – End Women’s Hair Trends We’ll See In 2021

With the newly introduced Covid-19 lockdown regulations we’re facing as we head further into the new year, suffice is to say that things are looking a little ‘hairy’ (if you’ll excuse the pun). And, with hairdressers now forced to close until further notice and many of us facing cancelled appointments, despite the fact that our … Continue reading BEAUTY | The Top High – End Women’s Hair Trends We’ll See In 2021

HEALTH | How To Detox

While recent times have seen the birth of  a number of traditional detox variations – tech detoxes (particularly those of the social media curbing variety) as well as skincare routine overhauls seem to have dominated our transformational hopes of late – the detoxes that continue to dominate our health – related conversations and our curiosities … Continue reading HEALTH | How To Detox

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Pat McGrath Is The First Makeup Artist To Be Named A Dame

The Queen’s annual list of New Years Honor was released, naming the figures across British society and culture who would receive the crown’s highest accolades for their services to the country. And for fashion and beauty obsessives, there was one name above all others which stuck out: the newly-minted Dame Pat McGrath, who becomes the … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Pat McGrath Is The First Makeup Artist To Be Named A Dame

CELEBRITY | Deepika Padukone Returns To Social Media With ‘Audio Diary’

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who had delated all her posts on social media, has made a comeback on the platforms with an audio diary. Padukone posted her audio diary on Twitter and Instagram. In the audio clip, she said: ‘Hi everyone. Welcome to ‘My Audio Diary’, a record of my thoughts and feelings. I’m sure you … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Deepika Padukone Returns To Social Media With ‘Audio Diary’

FASHION | Pierre Cardin, Father Of Fashion Branding, Dies At 98

French couturier Pierre Cardin, who made his name by selling designer clothes to be masses, and his fortune by being the first to exploit that names as a brand for selling everything from cars to perfume, died on Tuesday aged 98. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Cardin drew scorn and administration from … Continue reading FASHION | Pierre Cardin, Father Of Fashion Branding, Dies At 98

FASHION | TikTok Star Addison Rae Champions Lebanese Designer Andrea Wazen

U.S. Tiktok Star Adison Rae Stepped Out In A Pair Of Heels By Lebanese Footwear Designer Andrea Wazen This Week. Rae, A 20-Year-Old Dancer Who Is Regularly Spotted With The Kardashian Clan, Shared An Instagram Story With Her 32.2 Million Followers In Which She Was Spotted Wearing Clear Pointy – Toed Shoes With White – … Continue reading FASHION | TikTok Star Addison Rae Champions Lebanese Designer Andrea Wazen

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Lebanese Singer Yara Announced As UNICEF’s New Regional Ambassador

Lebanese pop singer Yara had been appointed by UNICEF as the regional ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, the humanitarian aid organization shared this week on their Instagram account. ‘I am just delighted to receive this appointment with UNICEF’, Yara said in a released statement. ‘I look forward to working with my friends … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Lebanese Singer Yara Announced As UNICEF’s New Regional Ambassador

WELLNESS | 8 Beauty and Wellness Resolutions To Take Forward into 2021

This year is finally coming to a close, which means it’s time to ‘Marie Kondo’ anything that doesn’t ‘spark joy‘ and make way for yourself to become a better person. Globally speaking, we are burn out: working from home has blurred the boundaries of our work/non-work’ financial security has been called into question; anxieties over the physical … Continue reading WELLNESS | 8 Beauty and Wellness Resolutions To Take Forward into 2021

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | 7 Things To Know About MacKenzie Scott, The Woman Who Has Donated 6 Billion Dollars In 2020

When Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott divorced in 2019 after Amazon founder disclosed he was having an affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, Scott away the biggest settlement ever awarded in a marital split: $38 billion in Amazon stock. The end of 25-year marriage immediately made Scott the world’s fourth – richest woman. ‘What … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | 7 Things To Know About MacKenzie Scott, The Woman Who Has Donated 6 Billion Dollars In 2020

FASHION AVENUE | Grace Kelly’s Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Is The New Face Of Chanel

Long – time friend of the maison, Charlotte Casiraghi, has just been promoted to admbassador status. While the inherent style of the next – gen of monegasque royals is inarguable – they are descendent from Grace Kelly after all – their dubbing by the fashion industry as ambassadors sure does up their sartorial cred, an … Continue reading FASHION AVENUE | Grace Kelly’s Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Is The New Face Of Chanel

ROYALS | Meghan Markle And Prince Harry To Produce And Host Podcasts With Spotify

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just signed a major multi – year deal with streaming platform Spotify, to produce and host a series of podcast.The news was announced by Spotify on Tuesday, where it was revealed that an elusive partnership has been formed between the Swedish streaming service and the Duke and Duchess of … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle And Prince Harry To Produce And Host Podcasts With Spotify

FASHION | Gucci Joins Alibaba’s Luxury E-Commerce Site To Woo Chinese Consumers

Fashion label Gucci will open two flagship stores on Alibaba’s online luxury shopping platform, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market for high – end brands seeking to reverse a revenue slide due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gucci, the profit engine of French group Kering, is one of the most prized names to joint the … Continue reading FASHION | Gucci Joins Alibaba’s Luxury E-Commerce Site To Woo Chinese Consumers

FASHION | Max Mara Pre – Fall’ 21 Fuses Elegance With Ease

Since its beginnings in 1951, Italian fashion house Max Mara has endeavored to trademark its own recognizable style: staples for the unstoppable, independent working woman. Today, creative director Ian Griffiths still designs this version of power dressing for his ambitious woman – one who is unafraid to break glass ceilings and look effortless she does … Continue reading FASHION | Max Mara Pre – Fall’ 21 Fuses Elegance With Ease

CORONAVIRUS | UK’s Christmas Plans Will Cost Many Lives, Health Journals Say

Two of Britain’s most influential journals for healthcare and medical professionals jointly called on the government on Tuesday to scrap plans to relax COVID-19 restrictions for five days around Christmas or risk overwhelming the health service. In what was only their second joint editorial in more than 100 years, the British Medical Journal and the Health Service Journal said … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | UK’s Christmas Plans Will Cost Many Lives, Health Journals Say

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