Bali Volcano Dusts Resorts in Ash; Lombok Airport Closes (Bloomberg):
Karangasem, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has rumbled to life with eruptions that dusted nearby resorts and villages with ash and forced the closure of the small international airport on neighboring Lombok island as towering gray plumes drifted east.
Mount Agung erupted on Saturday evening and three times early Sunday, lighting its cone with an orange glow and sending ash 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) into the atmosphere. It is still gushing and the ash clouds have forced the closure of Lombok island’s airport until at least 6 a.m. Monday, an official at the airport said.
Most scheduled domestic and international flights were continuing Sunday at Bali’s busy airport after a rash of cancellations on Saturday evening.
Disaster officials said ash up to half a centimeter (less than half an inch) thick settled on villages around the volcano and soldiers and police had distributed masks.
Authorities warned anyone still in the exclusion zone around the volcano, which extends 7.5 kilometers (4.5 miles) from the crater in places, to leave.
Made Sugiri, an employee at Mahagiri Panoramic Resort, located around 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater, said a thin layer of volcanic ash reached the area.
“We are out of the danger zone, but like other resorts in the region, of course the eruptions cause a decrease in the number of visitors,” he said.
“I think these latest eruptions are more dangerous, given the thick clouds it’s releasing,” he said. “Certainly we worry, but we have to wait and see. Hopefully there is no significant eruption.”
Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said a red-yellow light visible in ash above the mountain was the reflection of lava in the crater. Suantika said Agung could spew ash for at least a month but did not expect a major eruption.
Bali is Indonesia’s top tourist destination, with its gentle Hindu culture, surf beaches and lush green interior attracting about 5 million visitors a year. Nearby Lombok is relatively undeveloped as a tourist destination, receiving fewer than 100,000 international visitors a year.
Australian airline Jetstar, which canceled nine flights to and from Bali on Saturday evening, said most of its flights would operate normally Sunday after its senior pilots assessed it was safe to fly. However, it warned that the movement of ash cloud is highly unpredictable and that flights could still be canceled at short notice. Virgin, KLM and AirAsia Malaysia also canceled several flights on Saturday and AirAsia canceled more than 30 flights on Sunday.
Several thousand people were affected by Saturday’s flight cancellations.
“We weren’t notified by Jetstar in advance of us getting here (to Bali’s airport),” said Australian tourist George Bennick. “So we are very disappointed about that.”
Agung also had a minor eruption on Tuesday, but authorities have not raised its alert status from the second-highest level, which would widen the exclusion area and prompt a large evacuation of people.
About 25,000 people have been unable to return to their homes since September, when Agung showed signs of activity for the first time in more than half a century.
The volcano’s last major eruption, in 1963, killed about 1,100 people.
Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.
Mount Agung’s alert status was raised to the highest level in September following a dramatic increase in tremors from the volcano, which doubled the exclusion zone around the crater and prompted more than 140,000 people to leave the area. The alert was lowered on Oct. 29 after a decrease in activity.
‘Sick With Sexism,’ France Must Fight Violence Against Women, Macron Says (The New York Times):
PARIS — Calling French society “sick with sexism,” President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that promoting gender equality and combating violence against women would be top priorities of his government as he announced measures to crack down on sexual crimes and make it easier for victims to press charges.
Mr. Macron, speaking at a government-sponsored panel in Paris on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, said that “France must no longer be one of those countries where women are afraid” and that it was “essential that shame change sides.”
“Under their blows, under their abuse, a woman dies every three days in France,” Mr. Macron said in a speech at the presidential palace, referring to the number of women killed each year by their current or former partners.
“Of this we must all feel responsible,” he said, before asking for a minute of silence for the 123 such women killed in 2016.
While feminist groups and associations that work with victims of violence or sexual assault welcomed Mr. Macron’s support, many also worried that he had not committed enough resources to back it up.
The feminist association Osez le Féminisme said in a statement that certain measures seemed “pertinent” but that “without financing, any plan to communicate, to train, to raise awareness or to support victims will be in vain.” Feminist demonstrations were held across the country on Saturday, including in Paris.
Of the 225,000 women who were the victims of violence in France last year, less than one in five pressed charges, according to official statistics.
Mr. Macron praised the “clamor” that has risen against sexual harassment and assault, a reference to the outpouring of accounts posted by women on social networks in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Many have carried the hashtags #MeToo or #BalanceTonPorc, meaning Expose Your Pig. Mr. Macron said the accounts made him feel “horror and shame” as a man and a politician.
But he also said he did not want France to become a country of “denunciation” where “each relationship between men and women is suspicious.”
“We are not a puritan society,” Mr. Macron said, echoing a longstanding perception in France that gender relations are different here than elsewhere, especially in the United States.
Caroline De Haas, a prominent French feminist, said later on Twitter that Mr. Macron “hasn’t understood what is going on in the country.” She described his plans as a “scattering of measures, some of which address our demands, but without any financial means of enforcing them.”
Some of the measures announced by Mr. Macron were already expected in a bill to be discussed in Parliament next year.
Those include fines for aggressive catcalling or lecherous behavior toward women in public; an extension from 20 years to 30 years of the statute of limitations in cases of sexual assault of minors; and the creation of a new age threshold under which minors cannot legally consent to a sexual relationship. Mr. Macron said he favored 15 as the threshold but would let lawmakers decide. In France, it is illegal for an adult to have sex with someone younger than 15, but it is not punishable as rape if consent is considered to have been given, even, in a recent case, where the girl was as young as 11.
Mr. Macron also said the government would foster awareness of gender equality in schools and in public administrations, and make it easier for victims of violence, harassment or discrimination to press charges. Victims would be allowed file a complaint online or directly at a hospital instead of going to a police station, and to communicate directly with specially trained police officers, he said.
Mr. Macron said the powers of France’s television and radio watchdog would be extended to cover video games and online content as way to push back against pornography and content that promotes violence against women.
The government will consider “legislative changes” next year to fight cyberbullying, he said, and will sponsor a nationwide awareness campaign.
“A cultural fight is won with images,” Marlène Schiappa, France’s junior minister for gender equality, said before Mr. Macron’s speech. “It is won with semantics, it is won with words.”
Canada should fight for open internet, says former head of FCC (CBC News):
The former head of the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S. has a strong warning for Canada: do what you can to protect the internet.
Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC under former U.S. president Barack Obama, said the Trump administration’s decision to repeal his net neutrality policy could become a cross-border issue.
In 2015, Wheeler approved an order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content.
This week, his replacement, Republican Ajit Pai, unveiled plans to repeal that decision and said the U.S. regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections. Pai said under his proposal, the U.S. federal government will “stop micromanaging the internet.”
When Pai unveiled his plan, he said in a tweet that he wanted to repeal what he called the “heavy-handed” regulations imposed under the Obama administration and “return to the light-touch framework under which the internet developed and thrived before 2015.”
But Wheeler, the FCC leader under Obama, sees trouble ahead. He told CBC Radio’s The House that the U.S. market is now “dominated by a handful of gatekeepers that are exacting some kind of tribute. I’m sure that’ll be felt around the world.”
“I hope that the Canadian government is smarter than the United States government and won’t let this kind of closing down an open internet to exist.”
If the term “net neutrality” is unfamiliar, Wheeler describes it as “the openness of the internet.” Others have said removing net neutrality could create a two-tier internet.
“Will the internet be like your telephone service, where anybody can use it and your privacy is protected, or will it be like your cable television service, where somebody makes the decisions as to what you can see? [And where] they start charging you extra prices for things you want to see,” he said.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, seen here testifying before a Senate judiciary subcommittee in 2016, offered details of his vision in a post published online, saying ‘public-utility style regulations adopted in 2015 have stifled infrastructure network investment and innovation.’ (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Asked about the issue on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters he is concerned about what is happening in the U.S., calling net neutrality “essential to keep the freedom associated with the internet alive.”
“God bless Justin Trudeau for standing up for net neutrality,” said Wheeler.
How will it impact Canada?
Wheeler said changes to the U.S. market are likely to have a ripple effect on Canadians.
“One of the interesting challenges is that, as the world becomes interconnected, then what happens in major markets ends up affecting the whole world,” he said.
While net neutrality is protected in Canada’s telecommunications policy, the U.S. policy change could mean a hit to northern pocket books, said Laura Tribe, executive director of the digital rights advocacy group Open Media.
Pro-net neutrality internet activists rally Los Angeles. If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission decides to roll back 2015’s net neutrality protections, it could end up costing Canadians more when it comes to paying for subscription fees to American-based online services. (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
Popular content providers like Netflix and Spotify could have to pay extra fees to ensure they’re available in different internet bundles, potentially driving up costs for consumers across the board and around the world, she said.
Tribe said it could also hurt Canadian companies wanting to compete in the U.S., since they could have to pay to play.
“If the CBC wants to compete with things like the New York Times, or if any of our Canadian newspaper outlets want to compete with the New York Times or any American outlets, unless we’re paying to be part of the news packages, we might be put last,” she said.
Open Media is pushing for the government to bring net neutrality to the negotiating table, “because it will have impact on Canada and Canadian businesses, it’s something that should be part of the discussion,” said Tribe.
Raising net neutrality during the ongoing trade talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is “a really interesting concept,” said Wheeler, a former venture capitalist.
Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and online law expert, said he thinks the issue will likely be raised during the talks, since NAFTA’s digital trade chapter borrows heavily from the original Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which included a net neutrality provision.
“Whether or not Canada will be willing to actually push hard to create a strong, enforceable net neutrality provision remains to be seen,” he said, while noting there are incentives on all sides to close outstanding chapters, including digital trade.
But: “I wouldn’t expect Canada to die on a hill for net neutrality.”
Welp, Looks Like Imgur Has Also Been Hacked (Gizmodo):
2017’s unending parade of major companies and web destinations suffering through major breaches of user information has not slowed down. Image-sharing site Imgur revealed it had been hacked several years ago this week, with the details of approximately 1.7 million accounts lost in 2014 to hackers who have not been identified.
Per ZDNet, this hack may be less of a reason for concern for many of the users involved as Imgur only collects email addresses and passwords, rather than any other personally identifiable information like physical addresses, phone numbers or credit card data. In a blog post on Friday, the company said it was “still actively investigating the incident,” but it had determined that its database “may have been cracked with brute force due to an older hashing algorithm (SHA-256) that was used at the time.”
Imgur says it subsequently updated his database to use the the newer bcrypt algorithm, which is significantly harder to break, in 2016.
In particular, users who use the same password on multiple sites (which is probably most people) or those who uploaded personally identifiable content to Imgur—like, say, anyone who may have uploaded nude photos of themselves for distribution on Reddit—should be interested in changing their passwords. Still, this is much less devastating than some of the very serious hacks to occur recently, like the leak of over 145 million Americans’ personal information from credit rating agency Equifax, or a major Uber data breach that the company covered up by allegedly paying the hackers $100,000.
The breach was originally discovered by data researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the user-notification service Have I Been Pwned; the majority of the passwords were already in his database of compromised accounts.
Hunt told ZDNet that he had been sent the stolen data by another source and notified the company on Thursday. By Friday, Imgur had already publicly disclosed the breach.
“I disclosed this incident to Imgur late in the day in the midst of the U.S. Thanksgiving holidays,” Hunt told the site. “That they could pick this up immediately, protect impacted accounts, notify individuals and prepare public statements in less than 24 hours is absolutely exemplary.”
Don’t wait until you have diabetes to make lifestyle changes (Jacksonville.com):
Many patients who come into my office have no idea they are prediabetic. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to be classified as diabetic. There are 86 million people in the U.S. with prediabetes, but nine out of 10 don’t know they have it.
This is alarming because 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years without intervention. So what can you do?
First, pay attention to the symptoms of diabetes, which include frequent urination, excessive hunger, increased thirst, weight loss, and blurred vision. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor right away if you have these symptoms.
There are a number of risk factors that make patients more prone to becoming diabetic. Being overweight, sedentary, family history, having poor eating habits and smoking are factors that prompt me to test for diabetes. This is a simple blood test that can be done at most doctors’ offices to determine your blood sugar levels.
With prediabetes, you have the power to turn things around. Here are my suggestions:
1. My No. 1 piece of advice is to lose weight and get moving. Thirty minutes of exercise most days of the week, combined with losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, reduces your chances of becoming diabetic by 58 percent.
2. Eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Stick to complex carbohydrates like whole-grains, fruits and vegetables and steer clear of simple carbs, like cookies, cakes, and all those things we Americans love. These types of food raise your blood sugar quickly.
3. Know your numbers. I tell my patients that knowledge is the key, so be sure you know your body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure numbers. People with prediabetes tend to have higher than normal numbers in these key categories.
4. Stop smoking. Smokers are 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And if you have diabetes and smoke, it is more difficult to control the disease.
While there are drugs that can lower your blood sugar, adopting a healthier lifestyle works best, and can lower your risk of developing full-blown diabetes. Not to mention, it can also help improve your heart and blood pressure, reduce your cholesterol and help you look and feel better. If you’re concerned that you may have prediabetes, now is the time to act. Ask your doctor to test your blood sugar and make healthy changes today.
Flies more germ-laden than suspected (BBC):
Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected.
The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis.
Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning and pneumonia.
Flies can spread bacteria from place-to-place on their legs, feet and wings, experiments show. In fact, every step taken by a fly can transfer live bacteria, researchers said.
”People had some notion that there were pathogens that were carried by flies but had no idea of the extent to which this is true and the extent to which they are transferred,” Prof Donald Bryant of Penn State University, a co-researcher on the study, told BBC News.
DNA sequencing techniques were used to study the collection of microbes found in and on the bodies of the house fly (Musca domestica) and the blowfly (Chrysomya megacephala).
The house fly, which is ubiquitous around the world, was found to harbour 351 types of bacteria. The blowfly, which is found in warmer climates, carried 316. A large number of these bacteria were carried by both types of fly.
The researchers, who published their study in the journal Scientific Reports, say flies may have been overlooked by public health officials as a source of disease outbreaks.
“We believe that this may show a mechanism for pathogen transmission that has been overlooked by public health officials, and flies may contribute to the rapid transmission of pathogens in outbreak situations,” said Prof Bryant.
“It will really make you think twice about eating that potato salad that’s been sitting out at your next picnic,” he added.
However, the researchers believe flies could have their uses – acting as early warning systems for disease or even living drones sent into tight spaces to search for microbes.
“In fact, the flies could be intentionally released as autonomous bionic drones into even the smallest spaces and crevices and, upon being recaptured, inform about any biotic material they have encountered,” said Stephan Schuster, research director at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
House flies are well known for their poor hygiene habits – visiting rubbish tips and feeding on all sorts of decaying food, animal corpses and faecal matter. They are suspected of carrying a range of human, animal and plant diseases.
Blow flies are one of the most common flies found around dead animals. They are common in urban areas and are often found near meat-processing plants, rubbish dumps and slaughterhouses.
Mystery fireball seen breaking up over Saskatchewan, Alberta (CBC News):
There are burning questions after reports of a fireball breaking up over Saskatchewan and Alberta Friday night.
Videos shared on social media show a bright light in the sky that appears to be breaking up and burning with pieces falling away.
The object was visible across a large swathe of Saskatchewan and Alberta, with sightings in Regina, Gravelbourg, Pierceland, Clavet, Zehner and Punnichy, Sask., as well as Medicine Hat, and Seven Persons, Alta.
Six sightings have also been reported to the American Meteor Society so far, including two in Alberta.
Becki Bitternose’s husband Dallas shot a video of the object falling over their home near Punnichy and another video was posted to Youtube.
CBC News has reached out to various agencies for more information.
No. 6 Auburn tops No. 1 Alabama 26-14, earns SEC title shot (Fox Sports):
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn fans blanketed the field from end zone to end zone just like the last time they got to celebrate a stirring Iron Bowl win.
This time, Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and No. 6 Auburn didn’t need a miraculous final play to unleash the celebration. It was a build up to the crescendo as the Tigers beat top-ranked Alabama in a dominating 26-14 win Saturday. Auburn earned a berth in next week’s Southeastern Conference title game against No. 7 Georgia.
The Tigers, an afterthought earlier this season, now have their sights set on one of the four playoff spots. And Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made it clear his two-loss squad deserves a shot. One of his team’s two defeats was to defending national champion Clemson, No. 3 at the time.
“We’ve got to win next week and that’s going to be a handful,” Malzahn said of his upcoming rematch with Georgia. “I don’t know, them experts got it figured out. I don’t think anybody else has played two No. 1 teams and a No. (3) team. Put up our schedule against anybody.”
Auburn fans covered the field in orange and blue after the final play, creating a scene similar to 2013 when the fourth-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama on a last-play, 109-yard return of a missed field goal. The Tigers went on to the national title game but had lost the three Iron Bowls since. This was Auburn’s biggest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since winning 49-26 in 1969.
Stidham passed for 237 yards and ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown to set up a rematch with Georgia in the SEC championship game Dec. 2 with a playoff spot almost certainly on the line.
Auburn (10-2, 7-1 SEC, No. 6 CFP) mostly shut down the league’s top scoring offense for their second win in three weeks over the top team in the playoff rankings. They won the Western Division a week after dispatching the Bulldogs with similar precision.
The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) made a rare assortment of mistakes for a team that had appeared to be headed toward a shot at a fourth consecutive SEC title and playoff berth .
Alabama coach Nick Saban said his team still deserves a playoff shot after playing for the national title the past two years and scarcely getting challenged this season.
“I don’t think one game defines who you are,” Saban said. “It certainly doesn’t define this team for who they are. I’m sorry that I could not do a better job as a coach and as a leader.”
Auburn’s Johnson delivered a jump pass for a touchdown and ran 30 times for 104 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury.
Malzahn said after the game Johnson has “a shoulder issue,” but didn’t elaborate on his status for the rematch with Georgia in Atlanta. Johnson had earlier appeared hurt on a run toward the pylon but stayed in for a 1-yard touchdown run on the next play.
The SEC’s leading rusher crumpled to the ground after a carry and walked off the field holding his right arm close to his body with a towel draped over his head. Fans chanted, “Kerryon!” “Kerryon!”
With No. 2 Miami losing Friday night to Pittsburgh, it’s the first time the top two teams in the AP poll have fallen on the same regular-season weekend since Nov. 17, 2012.
Then, No. 1 Oregon lost to No. 14 Stanford and No. 2 Kansas State went down to Baylor.
Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes and ran for 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Davis caught 11 passes for 139 yards.
“I think we’re pretty darn good,” Stidham said. “Coach Malzahn told us it’s never been done in three weeks beating two No. 1 teams, so I think this team is pretty good.”
Alabama’s Jalen Hurts passed for 177 yards and a touchdown while running 17 times for 80 yards, but neither he nor the Tide offense ever really seemed to get going.
Alabama had a devastating sequence after Auburn took the lead late in the third on Johnson’s 1-yard run.
Trevon Diggs’ 55-yard return set the Tide up for a potential go-ahead score, and a pass interference against Auburn helped. Hale Hentges nearly caught a tipped pass in the end zone but replay overturned the touchdown call.
Then the Tide botched a field goal attempt with a bad snap.
Alabama had two straight botched snaps on a promising drive in the fourth quarter, failing to make good on a do-over after an Auburn penalty on the second.
Alabama: Didn’t play with its normal poise in big games despite the return of three injured linebackers . Failed on its first six third-down attempts and finished 3 of 11 while allowing Auburn to convert on half of its 18 attempts. Tailbacks Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Josh Jacobs each had only six carries.
Auburn: Continued its revival from early and midseason struggles. Held onto the ball for 36 minutes and 78 plays.
Alabama players figured they could have solidified a playoff spot with one more win. Now they have to wait and hope for an invite that’s far from certain.
“We’re going to learn from this,” Hurts said. “It’s humbling. The unfortunate thing about that (playoff) is it’s not in our hands. You win out and you win games, you know you’re in. We’ll see what happens.”
Alabama must hope for help to make another playoff trip while waiting to learn its bowl destination.
Auburn faces the Bulldogs in a rematch of its 40-17 win on Nov. 11.
In Busy Rome, a Hotel That’s an Oasis (The New York Times):
Rooms from $230/night
Last year Madrid-based NH Hotel Group launched their upscale brand, NH Collection, and opened this refurbished, five-story Art Nouveau building (which once housed the headquarters of Rome’s railway and postal service), making it a signature property. The 177-room hotel adds an oasis of calm to Rome’s busy Termini train station. Its sunny terrace overlooks a green lawn strewn with ruins — a section of the fourth-century Servian Wall.
The scrappy neighborhood teems with immigrants, tourists and under-loved architectural highlights like Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, Teatro Dell’ Opera and Piazza della Republica (home to an Eataly), all less than a 10-minute walk. Major sites like the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain are 30 minutes by foot. Arriving by car was difficult as the hotel is at the end of an unmarked road that’s only accessible via the station’s “Kiss and Drop” zone. But departing on foot to the station was an easy two-minute walk with my roller suitcase overstuffed with Italian wine and olive oil.
I booked the cheapest Superior Double for two summer nightsand was automatically upgraded to a Junior Suite on arrival by a trainee. The bed, dressed with white cotton sheets and down pillows, had an elaborate headboard with built-in reading lights, outlets and USB ports. A mauve velvet sofa with fuchsia piping and creamy leather swivel chairs added a sleek but slightly generic magazine modernism to the quiet, third-story room, while ash-colored wood floors, oversized mirrors, and empty desktops and corners lent it a clean minimalism atypical of Roman hotels. But after the first night, the room revealed its cut-rate quality: the sofa’s upholstery felt flimsy, the air conditioning wouldn’t go below 72 degrees on the 90-degree day of my stay, and light switches were an “all or nothing” hassle. Housekeeping tidied the room three times a day. I never saw them, but their trolleys lingered in the halls.
The large bathroom with gray slate floors and faux slate walls featured a bidet, heated towel rack and a roomy glass-encased shower. The bathroom door fully closed and locked and an elongated marble sink counter was gloriously free of clutter. Upon my early check-in, there was only one bathrobe on the hook. Without asking, housekeeping brought a second one for my husband while we were out to lunch. Shampoo — NH-branded — was nothing special.
In-room minibars were stocked with Marcona almonds, half-bottles of Chianti and Italian juices and beers for 5 euros. A coffee maker came with Lavazza coffee pods, but didn’t always work. In the airy, marble-tiled lobby were glass jars filled with dried fruit and decorative decanters with fruit-flavored water. Staff were by turns professional and brusque: bellhops were quick to greet at the entrance, but sluggish to unload cars; reception doubled as a concierge offering rushed directions and restaurant recommendations while guests eager to check in or out queued behind. The basement has a tiny unmarked gym and several conference rooms and the rooftop sports an open-air bar.
The hotel’s extensive dining area was especially comfortable. There were several plush sofas and big velvet chairs to sink into with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing. A small terrace spilled out onto the gated green lawn. Twenty-four-hour room service included a very affordable menu of lasagna, rigatoni, pizza, sandwiches and salads. Breakfast, not included, cost 25 euros extra.
Travelers arriving by train will appreciate the hotel’s quiet, easily accessed location. And those who have seen and done Rome’s main sights may appreciate its proximity to lesser-known ones. But the property’s obvious cost-cutting measures are a strike against longer stays and romantic getaways.