Michele D'Alpaos wrote Paola Agnelli's name on a bedsheet and hung it on top of his apartment building in a gesture to show his love.

An Italian couple who met on their balconies throughout quarantine at the moment are engaged in the identical metropolis the place ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was set


It was love at first sight for Michele D’Alpaos, 38, who remembers the precise second he laid eyes on Paola Agnelli, 40, as she walked throughout the terrace of her condominium in Verona.

“It was the afternoon of March 17, once I was compelled to earn a living from home due to the lockdown,” D’Alpaos instructed CNN. “I noticed this stunning lady, Paola. I used to be instantly struck by the fantastic thing about this lady, by her smile. I needed to know her.”

The pair had lived in buildings throughout from one another virtually their whole lives, however had been by no means conscious of one another’s existence. However that afternoon, whereas her sister performed the violin on their balcony as she did each night to cheer up the quarantined neighborhood, Agnelli caught D’Alpaos’ gaze.

“I instantly thought, ‘What a fantastic boy’,” Agnelli instructed CNN. “I imagine he was despatched to me from heaven.”

Michele D'Alpaos and  Paola Agnelli.

Whereas the 2 had been strangers up till that second, destiny nonetheless discovered a technique to convey them collectively.

Agnelli occurred to know D’Alpaos’ sister as a result of they use to go to the identical fitness center and adopted one another on Instagram. Moments after discovering this, D’Alpaos shortly created his personal Instagram profile simply to succeed in out to Agnelli.

“One message after one other, we ended up chatting till late at evening,” D’Alpaos stated. “By then I used to be simply ready to get up within the morning to have the ability to discuss to her once more. We had so many issues in frequent, from meals to politics, she was very good, she all the time laughed at my jokes, even probably the most silly ones.”

Romance within the neighborhood

Shut sufficient to smile at one another from their balconies however too far to embrace, the 2 spent their days and nights speaking, laughing, and studying about one another till they stated it felt like they’d recognized one another ceaselessly.

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As Italy remained underneath lockdown due to the pandemic, Agnelli and D’Alpaos had no alternative however to stay aside. However that did not cease D’Alpaos from discovering methods to remind Agnelli of his love for her.

One instance of his romantic techniques is when D’Alpaos stunned Agnelli one summer season morning by writing her title in massive letters on a white bedsheet and hanging it from the highest of his constructing for her to see.

“The best problem of a courtship from the balcony in comparison with a traditional one is to woo an individual by stimulating them within the soul and never merely counting on bodily look. You must get their consideration and by no means fall into monotony,” he stated.

“You aren’t getting an opportunity to set the temper by going out to a pleasant place or something like that. Every part is centered solely on the 2 of us.”

Their first kiss

On Might 4, practically two months because the starting of their love story, Agnelli and D’Alpaos had been lastly capable of meet at a backyard close to their properties.

“We did not even discuss, we sat on a bench and kissed for half an hour like two youngsters,” D’Alpaos stated.

Whereas many individuals would have feared their chemistry wouldn’t translate in actual life, the pair instantly fell into rhythm. They spent the summer season stunning one another on the seaside, spending their birthdays collectively, and planning dates that started within the morning and bled into the evening.

Michele D'Alpaos and Paola Agnelli on one of their dates.

Whereas the 2 stated they’re engaged, the main points have been stored personal and there are at the moment no plans for a marriage date or location, however what they know for certain is their shared hope to start out a household.

D’Alpaos famous that Shakespeare’s tragedy is predicated on two rival households and the story of Romeo and Juliet “ends in tragedy with the 2 of them committing suicide.”

“Let’s hope our story has a greater ending than theirs.”


Trump’s Covid contact: Who the president met earlier than his prognosis


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President Donald Trump’s coronavirus prognosis comes after a busy week working his administration and campaigning forward of the three November election, throughout which period he has interacted with many high-level officers.

The president introduced optimistic take a look at outcomes for himself and his spouse, Melania, in a tweet on Friday, at round 01:00 native time (5:00 GMT).

This adopted a optimistic prognosis for his shut aide, Hope Hicks, who reportedly began feeling signs on Wednesday and examined optimistic the subsequent day.

It takes 5 days on common from the second an individual is contaminated for signs to begin displaying, however it may be for much longer, so the World Well being Group advises a 14-day isolation interval.

The height infectious interval for the virus is the day earlier than signs seem and the 2 days after, though a big proportion of individuals by no means present any signs in any respect.

The White Home says it has begun contact-tracing. Here’s a take a look at among the individuals we all know Mr Trump has crossed paths with within the final week.

Saturday, September 26: The Supreme Court docket decide

President Trump introduced his Supreme Court docket decide, Decide Amy Coney Barrett, in entrance of a crowd of about 200 individuals on the White Home garden.

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President Trump with Decide Amy Coney Barrett on the White Home ceremony

On Saturday night, President Trump held a rally at Harrisburg Worldwide Airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Because the afternoon’s ceremony, Decide Barrett has held conferences with varied senators – together with Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell – forward of her much-anticipated affirmation listening to, which is because of happen on 12 October.

Mrs Barrett stated on Friday that she had examined destructive. Sources advised the Washington Publish that she had the virus earlier this 12 months, the newspaper stated.

Utah Senator Mike Lee, who’s on the judiciary committee and attended the ceremony, examined optimistic, he stated on Friday, as did the president of the College of Notre Dame, John Jenkins, who additionally attended the occasion. It’s unknown once they caught it.

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Individuals who examined optimistic after attending Saturday’s ceremony, circled from left to proper: Senator Mike Lee, College of Notre Dame president John Jenkins, Melania Trump and President Donald Trump

Sunday, September 27: Golf and a veterans’ occasion

The president performed golf at his membership in Potomac Falls, Virginia, on Sunday morning and led a White Home reception for the households of army veterans within the night.

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Mr Trumps additionally gave an handle from the White Home briefing room on 27 September

Monday, September 28: The Covid briefing

On Monday, President Trump held a information briefing – giving an replace on his administration’s coronavirus testing technique – within the White Home Rose Backyard.

It was attended by Vice-President Mike Pence, Well being Secretary Alex Azar, Schooling Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the chief govt of Abbott Laboratories, Robert Ford, amongst others.

Additionally on Monday, Trump seen a mannequin of a brand new pickup truck – being constructed at a manufacturing facility in Ohio – on the White Home garden. Representatives from the corporate, Lordstown Motors, attended, in addition to two members of Congress.

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Mr Trump and Mr Pence held the virus briefing within the White Home Rose Backyard

The White Home frequently checks officers who are available in contact with the president. Nonetheless, US media has famous that mask-wearing and social distancing round him is much less widespread, suggesting that folks could also be too reliant on the testing system, which isn’t foolproof.

Tuesday, September 29: Debate day

The president confronted his election rival, Joe Biden, at their first face-to-face debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night.

President Trump flew there on his presidential airplane, Air Pressure One, alongside his spouse, grownup kids and a number of aides. Many had been seen not sporting masks when boarding or disembarking, based on US media studies.

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White Home interns cheer President Trump as he departed for the talk in Ohio on Tuesday

Additionally on the airplane had been: White Home Chief of workers Mark Meadows; marketing campaign strategist Jason Miller; coverage adviser Stephen Miller; Robert C O’Brien, the nationwide safety adviser who examined optimistic for the virus in July; and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.

After touchdown, the president’s marketing campaign supervisor, Invoice Stepien, was noticed getting right into a workers van with Ms Hicks, the New York Instances studies.

The controversy was held at Cleveland Clinic’s Well being Schooling Campus, a shared facility with Case Western Reserve College.

The organisers, the Fee on Presidential Debates, introduced in quite a few Covid-era security precautions. There have been no handshakes between the 2 candidates and everybody attending – together with the 80 or so viewers members – was examined earlier than the occasion and requested to put on masks all through.

Within the run-up, Mr Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, posted an image of herself backstage in a masks, alongside her sister Tiffany, sister-in-law Lara and mother-in-law, Melania.

Nonetheless, in the course of the occasion itself, Ivanka Trump and different members of the family, together with siblings Don Jr and Eric, had been pictured mask-less. Moderator Chris Wallace has since advised Fox Information that they had been provided masks by occasion workers however they waved them away.

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The Trump kids watched the talk with out masks, Melania Trump wore hers as she sat down however then eliminated it

Observers stated these on Mr Biden’s facet of the room stored their masks on.

Mr Trump and Mr Biden stored a distance in the course of the debate, at podiums on reverse sides of the stage.

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Mr Trump and Mr Biden loudly spoke over one another all through the contentious debate

When the candidates had been greeted by the wives on stage afterwards, Jill Biden wore a masks and Melania Trump did not.

At a separate marketing campaign occasion in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence stated he had been within the Oval Workplace with President Trump earlier that day. It’s considered their final in-person assembly. On Friday, Mr Pence stated he and his spouse Karen Pence had examined destructive, as have Mr and Mrs Biden.

President Trump and far of his entourage flew again to Washington DC on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, September 30: A fundraiser and a rally

The day after the talk, President Trump was straight again into marketing campaign enterprise, flying to Minnesota. Ms Hicks was amongst these accompanying him.

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Prime Trump officers, together with Hope Hicks (proper), travelled with Mr Trump to Minnesota

He attended a closed-door fundraiser at a personal residence in Minneapolis, and he later held a big rally in at an airport in Duluth, in entrance of a crowd of hundreds. Few wore masks however there was distance between them and the president.

Minnesota Congressman Kurt Daudt tweeted an image of himself near Mr Trump, with neither sporting masks.

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The president speaks to supporters after touchdown in Minneapolis

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The president’s rally at Duluth airport

On Wednesday night, Mr Trump and varied aides returned to Washington DC on Air Pressure One once more.

Ms Hicks, who was feeling unwell, was remoted in a separate cabin, based on US media. She reportedly disembarked from the again of the airplane, as an alternative of the entrance alongside the opposite passengers.

Thursday, October 1: Extra fundraising

President Trump flew to his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey for a personal fundraiser.

A number of aides who had been in proximity to Ms Hicks scrapped their plans to accompany the president, based on the Related Press.

Kayleigh McEnany, the White Home press secretary, who is believed to have been in shut contact with Ms Hicks, held a briefing for reporters on the White Home on Thursday, with out mentioning her colleague’s take a look at and with out sporting a masks. She has since stated she didn’t know in regards to the prognosis.

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Mr Trump took Air Pressure One to New Jersey

That evening, in pre-taped remarks to the annual Al Smith dinner in New York Metropolis, held nearly this 12 months, he stated that “the tip of the pandemic is in sight”.

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Mr Trump later introduced in a telephone night interview on Fox Information that he and the primary woman had been being examined for the virus.

Although it isn’t identified what number of of his supporters he got here into contact with in current days, he advised Fox presenter Sean Hannity that folks had been at all times desirous to get near him. “They wish to hug you, they usually wish to kiss you,” he stated.

Friday, October 2: The announcement

President Trump introduced that he and Mrs Trump had examined optimistic round 01:00 on Friday in a tweet, including that they are going to start the “quarantine and restoration course of instantly”.

Simply earlier than 11:00, his chief of workers, Mark Meadows, advised reporters the president has “gentle signs” however stays in “good spirits”.

Mrs Trump tweeted to say she additionally had gentle signs.

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Take a look at outcomes

Up to now, the overwhelming majority of launched take a look at outcomes have been destructive. No-one may be certain who caught the virus first amongst these main US political figures and their family, or who handed it to whom, or the place they caught it.


Hope Hicks, president’s adviser – optimistic


Donald Trump, president – optimistic

Melania Trump, first woman – optimistic

Joe Biden, presidential candidate – destructive

Jill Biden, spouse of Joe Biden – destructive

Mike Pence, vice-president – destructive

Karen Pence, second woman – destructive

Kamala Harris, vice-presidential candidate – destructive

Doug Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris – destructive

Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court docket nominee – destructive

Mike Pompeo, secretary of state – destructive

Steve Mnuchin, treasury secretary – destructive

Alex Azar, secretary of well being and human providers – destructive

William Barr, legal professional basic – destructive

Ivanka Trump, president’s daughter – destructive

Jared Kushner, president’s son-in-law – destructive

Mike Lee, Utah senator on judiciary committee – optimistic


Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin met with Trump’s Supreme Court docket choose


Manchin, who has already dedicated to voting in opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee earlier than the election, has mentioned for days that he needed to satisfy with Barrett and that he hoped his Democratic colleagues would too.

Manchin was the one Democratic senator to vote to verify Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. However he has objected to Republicans attempting to verify a nominee earlier than the 2020 election, saying the method is sowing additional division within the nation.

His Thursday assembly, which occurred in Manchin’s hideaway workplace within the Capitol, lasted for about an hour, the aide mentioned.

Quite a lot of Democrats have been weighing whether or not to satisfy with Barrett in latest days at the same time as they have been outspoken that they will not vote for her.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a veteran member of the Judiciary Committee, prompt Thursday that he would possibly discuss along with her. However he informed CNN that the White Home had reached out to arrange a gathering whereas the physique of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was mendacity in state, which he referred to as “probably the most tasteless” transfer — “even coming from this administration.”

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who can also be a member of the Judiciary Committee, has mentioned he’d meet with Barrett. However when requested why he hasn’t met her but, Durbin provided: “Have not been requested.” The Illinois Democrat mentioned the White Home had made a “basic invitation that we would like to satisfy with all people.” However he added: “They have not contacted our workplace.”

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who additionally sits on the committee, mentioned he is nonetheless “mulling” whether or not to satisfy with Barrett.

These deliberations come as Republicans have rapidly rallied round Barrett whereas they push to cement a 6-Three conservative tilt on the excessive courtroom.

Barrett garnered excessive reward from Republican senators throughout a go to to Capitol Hill earlier this week, with Majority Chief Mitch McConnell hailing her as a nominee that “couldn’t be extra totally certified to serve on the Supreme Court docket.”

“I left our dialogue much more satisfied that President Trump has nominated precisely the type of excellent particular person whom the American individuals need to have on their highest courtroom,” the Kentucky Republican mentioned.

That message was echoed by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa earlier than he even met with Barrett. The veteran Judiciary Committee Republican informed reporters that Barrett has ” likelihood of getting my vote for the US Senate.”

“I often do not say that till every thing’s over, however Decide Barrett has fairly a report to go on,” Grassley mentioned.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, has mentioned that the panel will vote on Barrett’s nomination on October 22, establishing a full Senate vote by the tip of the month and earlier than Election Day on November 3.


The Met Opera is not going to open its doorways till fall 2021


The Metropolitan Opera introduced that it’s canceling its complete season as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The well-known opera in New York had deliberate to start its season this week, however as an alternative Common Supervisor Peter Gelb delivered the tough information in a video posted to social media on Wednesday.

“We wish nothing greater than to get again to the enterprise of making operatic magic for you, however the security of our firm and for you, the loyal viewers we serve should come first,” he mentioned.

“We now have to attend for an efficient vaccine to we extensively accessible and that is unlikely going to occur till summer time.”

Gelb softened the blow by saying the 2021-2022 season on the opera that can open on September 27, 2021, with the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fireplace Shut up in my Bones — the primary opera by a Black composer to be carried out on the Met.

Nevertheless, through the time of closure the Met is not going to be utterly silent.

Free Nightly Opera Streams will proceed till subsequent season. Folks may watch greater than 700 Met performances on Met Opera on Demand, the opera’s on-line streaming service.


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