Blogger Found Guilty of Libel in Lúkas the Dog Case PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:00

A woman from Reykjanesbaer, southwest Iceland, who is in her late twenties, has been found guilty of libel in the case of Lúkas the dog, which was rumored to have been brutally killed but was later found alive near its home in Akureyri, north Iceland.

Blogger Found Guilty of Libel in Lúkas the Dog Case

 Reykjanes District Court ruled that she is to pay Helgi Rafn Brynjarsson, the man she publicly accused of having killed the dog, ISK 700,000 (USD 5,900, EUR 4,400) in damages and legal costs, Fréttabladid reports.

Lúkas had disappeared from its home in early May 2007. Somehow the story got started that a group of visitors to the Car Days festival in Akureyri in June had put the dog in a sports bag and kicked it around until it died.

Rumor had it that the incident had been recorded and that the video showed Brynjarsson was the ringleader of the group. A number of people blogged about the alleged incident, calling Brynjarsson all sorts of names.

The blog entries caused Brynjarsson to be afraid to leave his house and he consequently lost his job, his lawyer, Arnar Kormákur Fridriksson, stated. About one month later, in mid-July, it turned out that Lúkas was alive and had been roaming the hills above town.

Two years afterwards, Brynjarsson sued one of the bloggers for libel, the woman from Reykjanesbaer. Two of her statements were deemed null and void: that Brynjarsson had committed “a despicable crime” and that the dog had “screamed inside the bag and the boy continued to kick it until it was clear that the dog had died.”

The court did not see reason to deem the comment that Brynjarsson was “a bloody loser” null and avoid, although it was considered distasteful and unreasonable. The woman also posted a picture of Brynjarsson on her blog.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:13
 
Customs Confiscate Erectile Dysfunction Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:30

Customs officers found 500 portions of the erectile dysfunction medicine Kamagra in a container on board the transport vessel Arnarfell when it arrived to Reykjavík on Wednesday.

Customs Confiscate Erectile Dysfunction Medicine

 The following day customs officers at Keflavík International Airport found 2,000 portions of the same drug in the luggage of an Icelander in his fifties returning from Thailand, Morgunbladid reports.

According to the Directorate of Customs, the import of Kamagra is a violation of medicine laws and will probably results in fines, not imprisonment

The drug has considerable street value; each portion of Kamagra and Viagra is sold for approximately ISK 4,500 (USD 38, EUR 28).

Senior customs officer at Keflavík Airport, Kári Gunnlaugsson, said the confiscation of erectile dysfunction medicine is not uncommon.

In related news, the airport’s customs officers have stopped four individuals trying to smuggle drugs into the country by carrying them inside their bodies so far this year; two men from Lithuania and two women, one from Denmark and one from Iceland.

They were carrying 357.8 grams of cocaine, 145.41 grams of amphetamines, 148.68 grams of crushed ecstasy pills in addition to half a gram of amphetamine and 98.31 grams of cocaine, respectively.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:14
 
Icelandair Group Makes a Profit PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 23:21
Icelandair Group made a profit before tax, interest and depreciation (EBITDA) of 12.6 billion ISK (100 million USD, 80 million €) in 2010. This is the best results in the history of the company according to company CEO, Björgólfur Jóhannsson, an improvement of ISK 4.4 billion over the 2009 figure. Icelandair Group Makes a Profit

 Jóhannsson goes on: “This performance is much better than anticipated in our original budget and also exceeds our last profit warning, which projected an EBITDA of ISK 11.5 billion.   The improved performance is primarily a result of the significant increase in Icelandair’s passenger revenues. The number of passengers in the North Atlantic market grew substantially, accounting for 38% of the company's total number of passengers, as compared to 28% in 2009. Also, the improved load factor and good revenue control increased passenger revenues. On top of that, it is satisfying to be able to report that most of our subsidiaries showed good results in 2010.

Secondly, the Company and its staff showed unprecedented resilience and nerve following the Eyjafjallajökull eruption last April. At the same time that virtually all airline communications in Europe were paralyzed for a week or so, we managed to maintain our schedule by transferring our hub to Glasgow and flying to Akureyri instead of Keflavik.  Even though the volcanic eruption proved expensive for the Company in the short term, it is my belief that the promotional value of the eruption for Iceland will, over the long term, result in an increase in the number of passengers visiting Iceland.

Finally, the financial restructuring of the Company was brought to a conclusion at the end of the year.     I am  very pleased with the results of that work. The restructuring was divided into three principal factors: an issue of new shares, a conversion of the debts to the company's largest creditors into shares, and a reduction in interest-bearing debt resulting from a sale of assets.   This resulted in an increased equity ratio from 16.4% at the end of 2009 to 33.7% at the end of 2010.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:14
 
Supreme Court Refuses to Reopen Election Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 22:00

Supreme Court Refuses to Reopen Election Case

The request of Constitutional Assembly elect Gísli Tryggvason that the Supreme Court review its decision to invalidate the Constitutional Assembly election in November 2010 has been denied.

“It is the Supreme Court’s conclusion that your request does not include information, matters of dispute or legal argumentations that fulfill the conditions for reopening the case,” the rejection letter of five Supreme Court judges reads, Fréttabladid reports.

As for the public’s view, according to a new Capacent Gallup survey, 41 percent of respondents would like a Constitutional Assembly committee to be appointed, while 25 percent want to cancel the Constitutional Assembly.

Meanwhile, 20 percent of respondents want a new election to be held, 11 percent want to postpone the assembly and two percent want the government to choose representatives to the assembly.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:14
 
Violence in 101 Reykjavík Discussed in City Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:30

The affairs of the city center were discussed at a civic meeting in Reykjavík City Hall yesterday, held by the Association of Shopkeepers on Laugavegur and the Association of City Center residents.

Violence in 101 Reykjavík Discussed in City Hall

 Problems such as violence, disturbance and lack of orderliness and possible solutions were discussed. For example, attendees asked that the operating license of the bars Monte Carlo and Mónakó on Laugavegur not be renewed, Morgunbladid reports.

Mayor of Jón Gnarr was a panelist at the meeting. He said the conclusion had been that further discussions must be encouraged and awareness raised on violence and how it can be reduced.

Gnarr stated general awareness on how to handle alcohol would deliver the best results, not further regulations.

He added increased cooperation between Reykjavík City and police authorities is underway and that more CCTV cameras are being called for, “But that is no solution.”
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:14
 
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