Keflavík Win Women’s Basketball Cup for 13th Time PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 18:05

Keflavík won the Women’s Basketball Cup for the 13th time after beating Valur 68:60 in the final at Laugardalshöll on Saturday.

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Archive photo of a game in the men's divison. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review. Click here to view a photo of Keflavík being awarded the cup.

In the men’s division, Stjarnan from Garðabær beat Grindavík 79:91 at Laugardalshöll, taking home the cup for the second time.

Daily Morgunblaðið named Bryndís Guðmundsdóttir and Jarrid Frye the players of the respective women’s and men’s matches. Bryndís scored 15 points for Keflavík in the roughly 39 minutes that she was...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:48
 
More Birds Settle in Iceland Due to Warmer Temperatures PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:45

Warmer temperatures and afforestation in Iceland have enabled more species of birds to settle in the country, with the number of species increasing every year.

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The third prize photograph in the Bird for a Million 2012 competition. Photo: Einar Guðmann.

Most species are small forest birds which make their homes in the growing forests.

“Many of these small birds have not lived here during the winter for 15 to 20 years but the increase in afforestation and the warming climate has allowed them to live here,” ornithologist Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson told Morgunblaðið.

According to Jóhann, goldcrest...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:50
 
Sigur Rós Announce New Album in the Works PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 01:10

Sigur Rós recently announced that they have been working on a new album from Los Angeles slated for release later this year, as reported on nme.com.

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The band revealed the news during a one-hour live interview session with fans on January 24.

The band is scheduled to tour extensively in 2013, with a gig in Milan, Italy, today and across Europe until March 9.

The band will then head to North America, where they will perform extensively including two recently announced appearances at Coachella music festival in California.

Next Sigur Rós is set to tour Asia and then return to Europe for further...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:49
 
Iceland MP: opting out of EU accession will be ‘very costly’ PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:17

Iceland european union A prevalent MP in Reykjavik has said that Iceland will suffer if the country abandons its effort to join the European Union. The comments came via MP Arni Pall Arnason, who also chairs the Icelandic Social Democratic Alliance party. He said in an interview with the Reykjavik-based DV.is website this week that by choosing ‘Plan B’ instead of following through with EU accession discussions, Icelandic workers will face a tougher job market and the quality of the country’s welfare system will decline.

He said in the interview, “We think that Plan B will entail a lot of emphasis on economic...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:06
 
Report: Helsinki immigrant population could double in 20 years PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 February 2013 10:36

finland-coat-of-arms A new report has suggested that even more people than predicted could immigrate to the Finnish capital in the coming years. The news comes via a new study conducted by the City of Helsinki Urban Facts, published at the weekend by Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl), a Swedish-language news agency based in Finland. Researchers said that Helsinki’s current immigrant population is likely to more than double within 20 years, despite Statistics Finland forecasting much lower figures late last year.

The number of people living in Helsinki whose native language is not Finnish could grow to nearly 300,000 from...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:22
 
Iceland’s Kaupthing resolves Qatari dispute PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:39

Iceland’s Kaupthing resolves Qatari dispute Reykjavik-based bank Kaupthing has announced the resolution of its longstanding dispute with Qatari investor Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani.

The agreement comes more than four years after the row began in the wake of the Icelandic bank’s collapse in November of 2008. Sheikh Mohammed had reportedly invested some ISK 25.6 billion (EUR 148 million) in Kaupthing shares just two months before it failed and was not repaid after the government took control of the bank.

Investigators later said that Kaupthing had loaned the Sheikh Mohammed the funds to buy the stake, which allowed the...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:22
 
Ugandan aid money partially returned to Sweden PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:55

Sweden Uganda Ugandan officials have returned SEK 25 million (EUR 2.9 million) to the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) after it was revealed that the aid funds were misappropriated.

According to an AFP report issued on Sunday 10 February, the money had been designated for the Ugandan Peace, Recovery and Development Programme, which is designed to help the northern part of the country recover from more than a decade of guerrilla warfare. Denmark, Ireland and Norway also contributed funds to the project.

However, a 2012 investigation revealed that some SEK 86 million (EUR 10 million) had gone...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:21
 
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