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COVID19 reaches Himalaya

Nepal government has closed its borders with India and China for a week starting March 23, in a bid to prevent a possible outbreak of the coronavirus among the Himalayan nation.

Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada told a press conference on March 22 Sunday night.

Nepal, which shares an 1,800-km open border with India, has total 37 motorable land entry points with it, while with China it has four such entry points. Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada told a press conference on Sunday night.

Moscow: seven Chinese hospitalised

Seven members of a tourist group from China were hospitalized in Moscow with high fever, Interfax news agency reports with reference to an informed source.

The tour group stayed in one of the capital’s hotels. After deterioration, seven people were hospitalized with high fever, ”the source told reporters. According to him, at the moment, other visitors to the hotel are examined by doctors, all are urgently taken tests.

World Health Organisation published hygiene recommendation to avoid contamination with coronavirus,

Aeroflot destroyed cats in luggage

The recent case of animal cruelty exposed Aeroflot inhumaine practices of transportation of animals with luggage, leaving a passenger devastated when receiving two cats crushed in cages, and one frozen to death. Brutal destruction of all tree cats, belonging to the same passenger, caused public outrage in Russia and beyond. (Image above: illustration).

The company acknowledged the need to change rules of animal transportation after the incident with Maxim Chumachenko, who reported death of two pets crushed in cages and the frostbite of a third cat after following Aeroflot rules to surrender the animals to the luggage compartment of a Boeing 777.

Upon arrival at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport from the USA, the passenger received, according to him, “two broken boxes thrown from the third floor” with lifeless animals inside. The victim believes that employees of the Aeroflot, should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals. The management of Aeroflot company acknowledged responsibility for the incident.

Maxim Chumachenko said that on January 22 he arrived from New York at Sheremetyevo. “In the cabin, I transported two cats and three in three different containers (in the luggage compartment. One on flight to Sofia and two to Moscow,” Mr. Chumachenko said.

According to him, in Sheremetyevo he was given “broken boxes with animals” that “seemed to be thrown from the height of the third floor” – the cargo compartment of the Boeing 777 is situated approximately at that height. “Aeroflot employees provided me with the necessary assistance so that I and my cats got on a flight to Sofia, ”said Mr. Chumachenko.“ One cat died of internal bleeding on the Moscow-Sofia flight, and the second two hours after landing on the table at the veterinarian” devastated cat owner said.

Russian Aeroflot company is notorious for cruelty to animals, causing passengers to invent different ways to disobey the rules in attempt to save their pets lives. Recently a passenger became world famous, sharing his trick of avoiding to surrender his overweight cat Viktor to luggage. Fat cat Viktor enjoyed the flight next to his master, but Mikhail Galin lost thousands of spared airmiles (400K) in Aeroflot reprimand measure, He said he never regretted it, because he does not put price on his pet’s life.

AMENDED: According to the owner both cats crushed in cages in luggage department during transportation died from massive internal bleeding. The complete autopsie results will be issued on January 27. Image below: one of the cats killed during travel with Aeroflot. (Source: social media)

Amsterdam increases tourist tax

City of Amsterdam will be adding a levy of €3 per person per night for travelers staying overnight in hotel in addition to the 7% of the room rate it currently charges.

The decision will make Amsterdam the highest overnight tax in Europe, on average.

Champagne toast to Antarctica!

Imagine a landscape that only a handful of people will ever get to see in their lifetime, then imagine flying to it on a specially commissioned jet and landing on a custom-carved ice runway to experience hours and hours of continuous daylight. This is Antarctica. Relax in an exclusive luxury camp – for a maximum of 12 guests – and enjoy your choice of activities, from leisurely treks or ice climbing to penguin visits and ice-tunnel exploration.

Indulge in signature Clos19 meals and toast it all with our fine champagnes, wines and spirits.  Do as little or as much as you like on this eight-day Clos19 tour of Antarctica. Get in touch, and a tour specialist will help you design your perfect trip. Please note that all dates and planned activities may vary and are subject to weather conditions in Antarctica.

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The icy expanse of THE WONDERS OF ANTARCTICA

Antarctica – 28 November to 6 December 2019

Antarctica, warm up with exciting activities, fine foods and Clos19 tastings. Your experience includes:

  • Airport transfers to your hotel on arrival in Cape Town.
  • Flights from Cape Town to Antarctica on a specially commissioned jet.
  • A day with emperor penguins at Atka Bay.
  • A chance to explore brilliant blue ice waves and tunnels.
  • A visit to a Russian science base, ending with a relaxing sauna.
  • A gastronomic experience without compare – sumptuous Clos19 signature feasts and tastings of our iconic champagnes, wines and spirits.
  • Flights to the South Pole, the southernmost place on Earth, to explore the polar plateau.
  • All accommodation, guides, travel, and food and drink in Antarctica.
  • The use of key items of polar clothing as outlined on our equipment list.