Icelandair has cancelled flights to and from Boston and New York today as the two cities experience heavy snowfall. The Boston Globe is reporting that the city is expecting up to 91 cm of snow to accumulate over the course of today and into the night, and has shut down the airport possibly through to Sunday. Similarly, New York City is bracing for up to 50 cm of snow, The New York Times reports. Those who were expecting to fly with Icelandair between Keflavík and the U.S. east coast are advised to consult Icelandair’s website or Facebook page.
The wage index rose 6.2% in the last twelve months according to new, September-based, figures from Statistics Iceland. The real wage index, measuring purchasing power, rose 4.3% at the same time. In terms of wages, according to the figures, this year’s September seems to have been 0.7% less cruel than its August.
On Tuesday, a Jewish citizen of Iraq, first names Adam Ibrahim, declared a hungerstrike “until death”, to protest the Directorate of Immigration’s (UTL’s) negative ruling on his application for asylum in Iceland. In a phone conversation, the man, whose last name will be held back for now, said that he came to Iceland in July this year. He received a negative decision from UTL on Friday last week, which would eventually lead to deportation. The man’s lawyer says that the verdict will be appealed to the Interior Ministry. In a letter supposedly sent to the Directorate of Immigration, the Icelandic
Music teachers are striking, since today, Wednesday. Negotiations A between the Association of Music School Teachers (FT) with the Association of Local Authorities, have reportedly failed, leading to 93% of FT’s 500 members voting in favor of strike-action. Interviewed by RÚV, Sigrún Grendal, FT Chair, said that the teachers’ clear, common goal was terms and conditions comparable to those of teachers in other institutes within the school system. She said that music teachers are currently far away from that goal. According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, there are 89 active music schools in Iceland.
The Icelandic police force will soon be adding MP5 machine guns and Glock 17 semiautomatics to their arsenals. DV first reported on the matter early this morning. MBL reports that a “substantial number” of MP5 machine guns are in the hands of the police force, apart from the Glock handguns. While it was initially reported that these guns were bought from Norway, and that squad cars are now equipped with them, neither of these contentions are true. The guns are, however, in possession of the police force. The Ministry of the Interior – which oversees the police – posted an
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favour of Icelandic journalist Erla Hlynsdóttir in her case against the Icelandic state. Vísir reports the court found that the human rights of Erla Hlynsdóttir (shown on the right) were violated when the Supreme Court sentenced her to pay damages to the wife of Guðmundur Jónsson, who used to run the notorious rehab Byrgið. Specifically, Erla was sentenced to pay damages for a quote she included in a news article she wrote about the rehab, which was shut down in 2007 after allegations of fraud and sexual abuse came to
Residents of Höfn are being advised to stay indoors as SO2 levels from the Holuhraun eruption reach uncomfortable levels. The Icelandic Met Office reports exceptionally high levels of sulphur dioxide from the Holuhraun eruption washing over the southeast corner of the country. Höfn (pop. 2,166) is the most populated municipality in the area, where SO2 levels reached as high as 1.8 ppm, or about 5100 µg/m3. MBL reports that residents were sent text messages advising them to stay indoors, close their windows, turn up their heaters and be alert for signs of SO2 poisoning. Over the next 48 hours, the