Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (OR) has reported loses of 2.3 billion ISK in 2012 despite having made 14.7 million ISK in operating profit, RÚV reports. The reason for the loss is apparently tied to the decrease in the price of aluminium and the fall in value of the króna over the course of the year. The operating revenue of OR has increased by 6.6% since 2010 while operating expenses have declined by 8% over the same period of time. OR also recently completed the sale of Perlan for 950 million ISK and have been authorized to sell their headquarters for 5.1 billion ISK.
CEOs Kormákur Arthúrsson says that he and Sigurbjörn B. Eðvarðsson they established the company KrummiSpice to ameliorate the situation of women who have suffered acid attacks in India. Interviewed by RÚV, Kormákur said that perhaps the topic could be seen as somewhat random, but that he and his partners had stumbled upon the issue, and felt outrage over how authorities in India react to such attacks. “The mood in India is that when a woman suffers such an attack, a hideous crime, she gets asked: what did you do to deserve this? Eighty percent of those who suffer such attacks
On Tuesday, Sigurður Örn Ágústsson, vice member of Alþingi on behalf of the Independence Party, said that work conditions and pay of Alþingi members must be taken up for reconsideration. Sigurður recommends raising his own and other members’ salary. This was reported by RÚV. Sigurður claimed that the basic wages of members of parliaments in Iceland’s neighbouring countries, presumably the Scandinavian countries, were two to three times higher than average wages. Sigurður further cited the irregular working hours of MPs, which he says extend, unpaid, into evenings, nights and weekends, while “chances are that a large portion of the country’s
Jón Ólafsson, professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland, says that the interference of former Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir of a police investigation into her ministry exemplify more serious corruption in Icelandic politics than has ever been evident before. Last week, Alþingi’s ombudsman published the conclusions of his investigation into the former minister’s conduct, while in office. The report reveals and officially verifies what had already become generally known: that the minister repeatedly interfered with the investigation, through direct contact with former Police Chief Stefán Eiríksson. Stefán Eiríksson left his office following this. The minister’s assistant, Gísli Freyr
Iceland’s Supreme Court has dropped a restraining order against a man who is suspected of physically abusing his ex-partner and recently confessed to sending graphic sexually explicit videos of her to her work colleagues, reports Vísir. “I was in shock,” said Juliane Ferguson of the verdict. “I thought that the court was allowing him to be the victim instead of seeing who really was the victim, and that he had more rights than the victim.” Juliane has been living in Kvennaathvarfið – a women’s shelter for victims of domestic abuse – after being allegedly attacked by her now ex-partner in
The woman whose car ended up in Reykjavík Harbour last week and spent 30 minutes in the sea before being pulled out, remains in the ICU in a medically induced coma, reports Vísir. As reported, the unnamed woman was rescued from her sunken car in Reykjavík harbour last Monday and transferred to the National University Hospital. Divers continued to search the water after the woman was rescued before it was established that she had been alone and a crane pulled her vehicle from the harbour. Eye witnesses reported seeing the trunk of the vehicle open as the car went over the edge
Metropolitan Police tracked down the pantless cat burglar who stole three Bengal cats last week, reports RÚV. The three stolen Bengal cats have been reunited with their owner, cat breeder Ólafur Sturla Njálsson, who has been using social media to petition for their return since they were taken from his home. The Metropolitan Police – whose only physical evidence was an abandoned bra and a pair of leopard print sweatpants – managed to track the thief down to a house in Reykjavík last night and collect the cats. Ólafur Sturla, who picked the cats up from the police station last