Italy’s Misty COVID-19 Christmas Rules ‘Recommend’ Family Home Dinners, Appeal To ‘Good Sense’

Italy’s COVID-19 restrictions for the Christmas festivities will likely leave out of the picture the exact number of people allowed to take part in home dinners and gatherings to celebrate and toast to a brighter 2021.

On the other hand, citizens will be requested to stick to celebrating with family members or relatives living under the same roof – aka, the usual people one sees each day. It’s not a rule, as authorities are well aware they can’t force anything inside private homes, let alone the exact number of revelers. Nor can police control what happens in each single Italian dwelling. 

It’s just a strong recommendation, an appeal, to keep out of their house grandparents, friends, distant relatives, boyfriends and girlfriends that aren’t partners already living together.

It’s a blow to the traditional,

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25 Gift Ideas For New Bakers That Are Ridiculously Useful

Unless everyone you know somehow made it to December without stress-baking their way through the year, you’ve probably got a few beginner bakers to shop for this holiday season. If it’s gift ideas for new bakers you seek, welcome. Prepare to be bombarded with baking tools and kitchen doo-dads you never knew you needed.

Back in March — which is what, like, 17 months ago? — you couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing freshly baked banana bread, the progress on a sourdough starter, or a failed cake experiment. Per Better Homes & Gardens, we were all googling baking recipes at the beginning of the pandemic. We made cakes from scratch! We made cakes in mugs! We quite literally made everything cake to cope with our days spent safely indoors. We’ve all had to adjust to an ever-shifting new normal and there is no better way to do that than

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Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum Opens for Lovers of Art and Architecture

The Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum is an innovative and informative platform now available to art enthusiasts, students, architects, and designers of all stripes looking for a rewarding stay-at-home online art experience. The Museum features 33 galleries filled with striking visuals and fascinating histories. It is the work of renowned Philadelphia architect and art aficionado Joel Levinson.

“Our mission is to explain, and preserve examples of Diagonality worldwide,” said Levinson.

The Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum is perfect for families and individuals looking for a virtual escape during this time of social-distancing, especially when many museums are not open, and during the upcoming holidays. Access to the Museum is without charge.

Levinson became intrigued with how artists and designers began using diagonal shapes and angular relationships when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania (1957-1963). He found it both puzzling and compelling as the use of these unique shapes possessed

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Home Bars That Bring a Little Something to the Party

If you’re considering adding a bar to your home but don’t know where to begin, consider adopting the guiding principles of the standard restaurant bar: utility and storage. Vivian Bencich, founding principal of Square Feet Studio, an architecture and design firm in Atlanta with bar and restaurant clients, suggests thinking about “every linear foot, every linear inch” of your space as potential for both form and function.

The home bar, Ms. Bencich says, is also a room where homeowners can feel comfortable taking design risks, by mixing materials, exploring new motifs, and being more daring than they might be in the rest of their home. “You could have so much fun with that,” she says, “because you don’t have to worry about 200 patrons in a night.”

Add visual interest to the bar space with zinc or leather-wrapped bar tops, backlit shelves, decorative ladders, or even luxury materials, like onyx,

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Sindh CM approves remodeling of Karachi’s Mehmoodabad Nullah

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah approved on Thursday the remodeling of Mehmoodabad Nullah. It will be followed by the restructuring of rest of the drains in the city.

“We have to resolve this issue so that urban floods could be
brought to an end in the city,” Shah said at a meeting to review the drain’s
study at the CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Saeed
Ghani and Nasir Shah, CM’s advisor on law Murtaza Wahab, P&D Chairman M.
Waseem, Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Shahalwani, NED University VC Dr Sarosh
Lodhi, Sindh Local Government Secretary Najam Shah and others.

NED VC Lodhi informed the meeting that the hydrological
regime of the region, Mahmoodabad Nullah’s catchment area, is spread over 19.03
square kilometers. Most of the artificially constructed drains, including a
2.96-km section of DHA drainage network, were discharging waste into the Mehmoodabad

The Mehmoodabad Nullah which

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Airbnb toughens home rental conditions on New Year’s Eve

By Mathieu Rosemain

a group of people walking down the street: FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lisbon

FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lisbon

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbnb, the U.S. home rental company that will make its market debut next week, is making it harder to book apartments on New Year’s Eve in Paris, New York, London and other top destinations to limit the risks of illegal parties in the time of COVID-19.

As of Thursday, travellers who don’t have positive reviews on their Airbnb profile won’t be able to rent a place for a single night on Dec. 31 in the United States, France, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Spain, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.

a group of people standing in front of a sign: FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo

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FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo

People planning to spend the last day of the year in properties let through Airbnb will also have to pledge they won’t

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Watch Live: California Governor Gavin Newsom holds press conference as COVID-19 surge could lead to stay-home order

California Governor Gavin Newsom is holding a press conference Thursday after a record-shattering 20,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state. Newsom has been considering placing nearly all of the state’s 40 million residents under a tough stay-at-home order amid fears that a staggering virus surge could soon swamp the hospital system.

A record 9,300 people are in the hospital, including more than 1,800 in the intensive care unit, leaving the state with fewer than 2,000 available intensive care unit beds.

How to watch California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference today 

  • What: California Governor Gavin Newsom holds a press conference
  • Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 
  • Time: 12 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET)
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device 

Newsom, who is staying at home after three of his children were exposed to the virus, warned this week that

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Kris Jenner Will Teach Her ‘More Is More’ Christmas Decorating Tips to Fans for Charity

Merry Kris-mas, indeed!

a christmas tree in a room: Carlos Eric Lopez

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Carlos Eric Lopez

On Thursday, Airbnb announced it would be offering an exclusive Experience to receive a holiday decorating lesson from holiday enthusiast Kris Jenner and celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 65, and her family are known for their elaborate Christmas home transformations, and she’ll let fans in on a few secrets to upgrade their own seasonal decor.

a christmas tree in a room: "The bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. But you can do a lot with a little too," the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said

© Carlos Eric Lopez
“The bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. But you can do a lot with a little too,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said

“More is more, I always say — especially when it comes to holiday home decor,” she writes in her description for the Airbnb Experience. “The bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. But you can do a lot with a little too.”

Bookings for the one-time virtual experience

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Christmas Decor Ideas We Discovered on TikTok, From Epsom Salt to a “Self Growing” Artificial Tree

TikTok is a great source for all things cool (like gifts teens actually want), and it also happens to be an amazing place to get ideas for Christmas decorations! TikTok users love to get creatively festive — this year, the biggest trend is epsom salt “snow” — and they’re not shy about showing off their holiday home decor.

To help you elevate your holiday decor game this year, we’ve plucked the top decoration ideas seen on the app you can shop right now, from glamorous West Elm candle lanterns to a remote-controlled Christmas tree to a wintery flocked wreath. These decor ideas are sure to bring more warmth and merry vibes to your home this year; just make sure you place your order soon for a timely delivery.

Plus, be sure to check out extended Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and other discounts from our go-to retailers — as

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CrowdStrike Surges as Work From Home Boosts Security Demand

(Bloomberg) — CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. surged to a fresh high Thursday after it reported third-quarter results that one analyst called “exceptional” as more people working from home boosted demand for cyber-security solutions.

The company, which provides platforms to prevent cyber attacks, rose as much as 17% to $165.75, the biggest intraday gain since March and the second record high it’s hit this week.

Read more: CrowdStrike Spikes to Record After Strong Results: Street Wrap

chart: Work from home boosts cyber security demand

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Work from home boosts cyber security demand

“We thought it was an excellent report and we remain highly confident in CRWD’s long-term growth profile,” BTIG analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note, adding that the company should be able to maintain 40%-plus revenue growth over the next few years.

CrowdStrike boosted its adjusted earnings per share forecast for the full year and also raised its guidance for all metrics for the fourth quarter and

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