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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 22:00

Lúkas the Dog Dies Shortly after Libel Case

The pure-bred Chinese Crested dog Lúkas from Akureyri, north Iceland, died on Sunday after a sudden illness. Lúkas, probably the most famous pet in Iceland in recent years, was indirectly the cause of a libel case, which ended last week.

Lúkas made the headlines after he disappeared from his home in May 2007. After he had been gone for a while, a rumor that he had been brutally killed by a gang of young men got started, Fréttabladid reports.

A number of bloggers commented on the story, naming the alleged ringleader in their blog entries.

Two months later Lúkas turned up alive; he had been roaming the hills above Akureyri. Last week the victim of the rumors won a libel case against one of the bloggers.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 23:28
Brim Named Best Film at the Eddas PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:00

brim-poster Brim (Undercurrent) was named Best Film at the Eddas, the Icelandic Film and Television Awards, on Saturday. The film received a total of six awards, including for Best Actress, which went to Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson was presented with an Edda for Best Actor for his role in Rokland, while Dagur Kári Pétursson was named Best Director of The Good Heart, which received a total of five Eddas, Morgunbladid reports.

Viewers voted Thóra Arnórsdóttir from national broadcaster RÚV Best Television Presenter and Director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson accepted the Edda’s Honorary Award.

Other awards include TV Drama of the Year which went to Réttur 2 (Court, 2nd series) and Documentary of the Year which was awarded to Feathered Cocaine.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 23:28
Agreements on Silicon Plant in South Iceland Signed PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 February 2011 22:07

Agreements on the construction of a silicon plant in Helguvík on Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland was signed on Thursday. Construction, which is estimated to create 150 jobs in the next two years, will begin in May.

Agreements on Silicon Plant in South Iceland Signed

It is estimated that operations can be launched in 2013 and that the plant will create 90 long-term jobs. There will be two furnaces in the plant, which will produce approximately 50,000 tons of raw silicon per year, visir.is reports.

It had been expected that the agreements could be finalized sooner, but the signing was delayed until last week.

Investment agreements between Íslenska kísilfélagid ehf. (the Icelandic Silicon Company Ltd.), in which an American investor holds a majority stake, the Icelandic government and Reykjanesbaer municipality were signed.

Also, agreements were made between the Íslenska kísilfélagid and the local and nation power companies HS Orka and Landsvirkjun, electricity distributor Landsnet and Reykjanes harbor.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 04:29
Stranded Transport Vessel Draws Visitors PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 February 2011 18:00

The transport vessel Godafoss, which belongs to the Icelandic company Eimskip and ran aground near Fredrikstad in northeast Norway on Thursday evening, attracted a number of spectators over the weekend.

Stranded Transport Vessel Draws Visitors

It is located on the reef Kvernskjaer, between the islands Asmaloey and Kirkoey near the larger island Hvaler. The head of the Hvaler district council released a statement pointing out that the roads and parking lots in areas close to the location couldn’t handle so much traffic, Morgunbladid reports.

Ólafur William Hand, director of Eimskip’s PR and marketing department, said the oil leak from the ship does not appear to be as severe as originally feared. The ship was carrying 800 tons of oil in its tanks and 40 tons have been collected by special booms.

People are concerned that the oceanic national park Ytre Hvaler might be in danger and a few birds with oil in their feathers have turned up dead on either side of the Oslo fjord.

Hand said it is understandable that people are concerned about the impact the oil leak will have on the environment and is hoping it will be minimal. It isn’t likely that more will leak from the ship, he stated, because seawater has rushed into the ship’s tanks.

The semi-liquid oil has become like concrete and is sitting on top of the seawater inside the tanks, he described. The weather had been cold and clear in the past days.

Almost 20 containers had been unloaded from the transport vessel last night and the work will continue today. It is uncertain when the ship itself will be moved; the rescue operation might take a few weeks.



Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:04
Drivers put the brakes on “DF” numberplates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 February 2011 15:54

Drivers put the brakes on “DF” numberplates

Some Danish drivers are being put off buying new cars, as the latest EU number plates unintentionally promote a far right political party. After a changeover to new style car registration numbers last year, the most recent two-letter, five-number combination to reach Denmark will start with “DF” – the abbreviation for far right group, the Danish People’s Party.

According to car dealers in the country, some potential customers are unhappy about buying a car stamped with the anti-immigration party’s branding.

“Most people just smile a bit when they see the parallel,” Tage Winther, a car salesman in Lyngby, eastern Denmark, told Berlingske newspaper. “We have had one customer who refused to drive around with a DF numberplate,” he added.

The country’s tax authority, SKAT, which is responsible for issuing car numberplates, says it is yet to receive any complaints about the new grouping and has no intention of adding “DF” to the list of banned arrangements.

“We haven’t really thought about the associations people may make with this letter combination,” said Bjarne Larsen, head of SKAT’s motor vehicle department. “Some combinations, such as ‘SS’, are not allowed for ethical reasons, but if we suddenly had to start considering every possible association for every letter combination, it would just become impossible to make numberplates.”


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 01:20
Liberty Makes Contract with Icelandic Designers PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 February 2011 03:00

The store Liberty in London has made a contract with the Icelandic fashion label KALDA on the sale of its latest collection. The label is owned by sisters Rebekka and Katrín Alda Rafnsdóttir, who also run the store Einvera on Laugavegur in Reykjavík.


Rebekka Rafnsdóttir said they are honored that Liberty will carry their design. “It is very unusual for the store to take in young and unknown designers,” she told Fréttabladid. Among labels available in the store are Eto, Sonia Rykiel and Vivienne Westwood.

Liberty’s scouts noticed KALDA’s design at the fair CPH Vision held in conjunction with the Copenhagen Fashion Week in early February.

Rafnsdóttir said the contract changes everything for the label. “It will make us more visible and strengthen us as a fashion label in every way.”

KALDA’s new collection is called Rjúfland and the sisters say it is characterized by versatility and quality. They have their mind set on further success; Katrín Alda Rafnsdóttir is currently in New York at the Rendez Vous fair.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:05
Eyjafjallajökull Named Eruption of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 February 2011 10:00

The American Geological Institute named the volcanic eruption in Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull glacier the eruption of 2010.

Eyjafjallajökull Named Eruption of the Year

An article on the website of Discovery states that 64 volcanoes were active last year, some of which have erupted for centuries while other eruptions came as a surprise, visir.is reports.

In other Eyjafjallajökull news, the German television station NDR broadcast a detailed episode on the eruption and its consequences on Wednesday.

A German film crew came to Iceland and went up the glacier. A number of people were interviewed, including Ólafur Eggertsson, farmer at Thorvaldseyri, who discussed the opportunities created by the eruption, among other topics.

Interviewees also included Sigrún Lilja Gudjónsdóttir, the owner of Gydja Collection, whose fragrance is named after the glacier and has garnered considerable attention abroad.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 08:05
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