A social worker for a charitable organisation in Iceland says that conditions for those requiring food and other social assistance has not decreased over the years, and those who were in need of help before the 2008 crash are in worse condition today. Icelandic Church Aid (ICA) provides food, clothing and other necessities to Iceland’s needy. Those who come into better living conditions move out of the programme, and ICA has been tracking how many people come and go. Vilborg Oddsdóttir, a social worker for Icelandic Church Aid, told RÚV that based on the clientele her organisation has worked with, the number of people seeking assistance has not decreased significantly. Single mothers of foreign origin working at entry-level jobs are the worst off of any other demographic in the country, which Vilborg ascribes to the fact that many of them are not entitled to the government assistance that citizens receive. At the same time, Vilborg also believes many families who are in need of help are reluctant to reach out, due to shame and fear of embarrassment that their neighbours will find out. Those wishing to donate to the ICA can call or e-mail for more information on how to do so.
ISAVIA has imposed a no-fly zone over the Holuhraun eruption site and a parts of northeastern Iceland. In a brief posted to their website, ISAVIA, who control and run Iceland’s airports, have stated that it is unclear how much ash is likely to be produced. Contingency plans in the event of disruptive ash production are in place. Reykjavík’s Air Traffic Control Centre, in cooperation with the Icelandic Met Office has mapped out a no-fly zone over and around the Holuhraun volcanic eruption. UPDATE: The previous no-fly zone (pictured above), used to include Akureyri Airport but the reevaluated no-fly zone is smaller. Akureyri airport is
The Icelandic Met Office has confirmed an eruption has started in Holuhraun, north of Dyngjujökull. This is further backed up by the Míla live-feed where the eruption is visible in the distance. According to Iceland’s Civil Protection Authority the lava is making its way to the surface through a 100 metre long fissure with low lava fountains with thin flowing lava. The eruption site is located in an area devoid of ice meaning that the flood risk for North Iceland is so far minimal.
The Icelandic Coast Guard rescued a whale that had been caught in netting, with the whole event record on video. A statement from the Icelandic Coast Guard announces that they received a call yesterday morning of a whale near Skagafjörður that had reportedly gotten caught in some fishing netting. The whale had attempted to free itself, but a rope from the net was entangled around its tail, and it was swimming not far from shore. A local sailor had attempted to free the netting from the whale himself, but the hook he was using was smacked from his hand by
The Head Cheiftain of the Ásatrú Society says neo-Nazis have attempted to co-opt the pagan faith – a practice the society utterly disavows. “We strongly oppose any attempt by individuals to use their association with the Ásatrúarfélagið of Iceland to promote attitudes, ideologies and practices rejected by the leadership of the Ásatrúarfélagið. We particularly reject the use of Ásatrú as a justification for supremacy ideology, militarism and animal sacrifice,” a statement the religious order posted on their website in English reads in part. “It should also be known that visitors have no authority to speak on our behalf. There is
What Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir told parliament earlier this summer about police investigations of her Ministry, and what the reality was, are two different things. As Vísir points out, Hanna Birna addressed parliament on the investigations of her Ministry on numerous occasions. On June 18, while police investigations were still ongoing, she told her colleagues that she had no knowledge of what police were uncovering and how they were conducting their investigations. “I do not know these investigations,” she told parliament. “I do not know about them, and it would be unnatural if I knew about any part of
The Netherlands has sold its claims on the estate of the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki to Deutsche Bank, reports RÚV. “I am pleased that the sale has enabled the Dutch state to get its money back quickly,” Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Bloomberg. The Dutch Finance ministry has now recouped all of the €1.43 billion euros ($1.89 billion) the country paid out to compensate Dutch depositors with Icesave accounts after Landsbanki failed in 2008. The Dutch Finance Ministry said the sale of the remaining claims to investors had yielded about €623 million euros.