Italians are singing songs from their windows to boost morale during coronavirus lockdown
Videos have been shared on social media of Italian citizens singing and dancing during a nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The videos, from various cities and towns, show people singing from balconies and windows in an attempt to boost morale, with all non-essential shops and services still closed in the country. One widely shared video shows neighbors singing a patriotic folk song in Siena, a city in central Italy's Tuscany region. A video from Naples shows people singing a song reportedly called "Abbracciame," which translates as "hug me." The shutdown is weighing heavily on Italy's economy and Italian blue-chip stocks plunged by over 23% this week.cnbc.com
'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war
Her scathing review of “American Dirt,” in which she accuses Cummins of appropriating works by Latinos, went viral. “American Dirt,” published last week, tells the story of a Mexican woman and her 8-year-old son fleeing to the U.S. border after a drug cartel kills the rest of their family. Some Latino celebrities posted selfies with the book; Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek later apologized for promoting “American Dirt” without having read it after she was attacked on social media. Latino critics say ``American Dirt'' contains stereotypes, incorrect regional slang, and cultural inaccuracies. Tony Diaz, a Mexican American novelist in Houston, had promised to organize a protest outside.
Hotel opening on grounds of Versailles
John Nichols/freeimages.com(CNN) - Visitors to France's magnificent Chteau de Versailles won't have far to go to spend the night in regal style come spring 2020. The property's plans were spurred by a 2015 call for proposals to transform three 17th- and 18th-century buildings adjoining the chteau into a luxury hotel. "In order to fit seamlessly into this royal setting -- the only of its kind in the world -- this Versailles hotel will favor an 18th-century style, with architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer in charge of its design," according to the Airelles Collection hotel group's website. Le Grand Contrle hotel will feature 14 rooms and apartments, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, a wellness center and an indoor swimming pool. Airelles is the luxury hotel arm of the LOV Group, a holding company founded in 2007 by French businessman Stphane Courbit.