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Study of Famous Dodo Reveals Surprise Death

April 20, 2018 |

Scientists used the latest forensic scanning technology to look inside the world’s most famous dodo specimen in the hope of learning more about the anatomy of the bird that went extinct on Mauritius 350 years ago. “In our wildest dreams we never expected to find what we did,” says University…
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SNL Milks Surprise Cameos

April 15, 2018 |

In a romp down Meet the Parents memory lane, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro crashed Saturday Night Live with a modern political twist—as President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Robert Mueller, respectively. De Niro interrogated Stiller with the help of a lie detector, though his subject was more…
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Ryan Murphy throwing Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuck a surprise engagement party

April 14, 2018 |

Ryan Murphy is throwing a black-tie engagement party for Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuck this weekend, Page Six has exclusively learned.
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A Quiet Place Makes Surprise $50M Debut

April 8, 2018 |

John Krasinksi’s A Quiet Place has opened with a thunderous $ 50 million in ticket sales for the year’s second-best debut after Black Panther . The Paramount Pictures thriller far exceeded expectations to land one of the top opening weekends for a horror release. Directed by Krasinski, and starring him and real-life…
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Baby surprise: Woman mistakes 37-week pregnancy for bad Chinese food

April 1, 2018 |

A woman who thought she had bad Chinese food had the surprise of her life when she discovered she was actually pregnant.
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Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans with Bitcoin Payments

March 30, 2018 |

Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans with Bitcoin Payments

Football Fans will be able to pay with bitcoin for their accommodation when they visit Russia for this year’s World Cup. Hotels in Kaliningrad, expecting guests from eight countries, are partnering with a local payment provider to offer the service. Booking a room for the day when England plays Belgium will cost approx. $ 300 in fiat. 

Also read: New Bill Aims to Allow Crypto Payments in Russia

Kaliningrad Hotels Team Up with Free-Kassa

Kaliningrad, the capital of Russia’s westernmost region, is one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The mundial is scheduled to take place in the Russian Federation from June 14 to July 15. The city is expecting teams and supporters from Spain, Belgium, Serbia, England, Switzerland, Croatia, Morocco and Nigeria.

Hotel owners in the Russian exclave have decided to offer their guests the opportunity to pay for their stay in bitcoin. According to local media, a hotel chain has already teamed up with a payment processor to provide the service. Anna Subbotina, manager of Apartments Malina, commented:

We are seeing increasing interest in cryptocurrencies. They will gradually come into use as a means of payment.

“We have decided that fans should be able to pay for our services with the help of this innovative technology”, Subbotina told Buying Business Travel Russia. She expects other hotels in the area to soon follow the example and offer cryptocurrency payment options.

Her company is partnering with one of Russia’s electronic payment providers, which supports cryptocurrency transactions, including bitcoin payments. “This is an interesting experience for us – we haven’t worked with hotels so far”, said Vitaliy Lavrov, Development Manager at Free-Kassa. “The hospitality industry is quite sensitive towards new trends”, he noted.

Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans with Bitcoin Payments

Accommodation rates in host cities have skyrocketed months before the championship. Kaliningrad is among the most expensive destinations, according to Yanis Dzenis, PR Director at Aviasales Travel. “Booking a room there on June 28, when England plays Belgium, will cost you ₽18,000 RUB (over $ 300)”, he told Interfax. That’s 10 times more than the regular fare, he added.

Mundial of Many Firsts

The World Cup matches will be played at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities. This is the first mundial to be held in Russia, in Eastern Europe, and on two continents – Europe and Asia. The video assistant referee will also be used for the first time. Most of the stadiums are newly built or renovated. Kaliningrad will host 4 games. 32 national teams will compete for the World Cup.

Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans with Bitcoin Payments

Two bills regulating different aspects of the crypto ecosphere have been introduced to Russia’s parliament this year. The first one, the law “On Digital Financial Assets”, legalizes blockchain technologies, mining operations and initial coin offerings. The second draft, which was filed this week, amends Russia’s Civil Code to regulate the use for cryptocurrencies and protect investors’ rights. Both are expected to be adopted by the summer, possibly before the start of the World Cup.

Do you think the introduction of bitcoin payments in the hospitality industry will catalyze mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies in Russia? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Surprise Corey Feldman Tweet: ‘I Was Attacked 2nite!’

March 28, 2018 |

Corey Feldman has said he wants to blow Hollywood open and expose the pedophilia that lies within, and he has also said he’s been targeted for these allegations. Early Wednesday, a new development: a series of all-caps tweets from the actor showing him in what appears to be a medical…
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Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt surprise crowd with pregnancy announcement during movie premiere

March 23, 2018 |

Another baby is on the way for celebrity couple Felicity Blunt and husband Stanley Tucci.
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Trump’s Tariff Surprise Now Has NAFTA Link

March 5, 2018 |

President Trump suggested Monday that his plan to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum might have some wiggle room, at least for Mexico and Canada. In morning tweets, Trump said the two nations could avoid the tariffs by giving ground in ongoing NAFTA negotiations, reports the Wall Street Journal…
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Kimmel Gets a Big Surprise on Ellen

February 27, 2018 |

Jimmy Kimmel has talked a lot about his infant son , Billy, on his late-night talk show—and on Tuesday, fellow talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres had a big surprise for Kimmel when he came on her show. Billy was born with congenital heart disease and has had multiple surgeries over his…
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