A man in his fifties died while kayaking yesterday in the Herdísarvík Nature Reserve near Selfoss, Mbl.is reports. A pedestrian who was taking a walk in Herdísavík alerted police around 15:00 yesterday afternoon. The pedestrian could see from the beach that there was an overturned kayak in the water with a man hanging off it who appeared to be in trouble. Police sent immediate assistance from the rescue squads from Þorlákshöfn and a helicopter from Eyrabakki. The teams arrived quickly, and the helicopter crew got the man out of the water. They performed first aid at the scene but could not revive him. The man was kayaking alone. It is unknown if he was a local or a tourist. UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 52-year old Jón Þór Traustason of Reykjavík, Mbl.is reports. He was born on May 13, 1960 and is survived by a wife and three grown children.
Lately it seems that people are getting more and more concerned about the dropping price of oil. This is perhaps less obvious to those of us buying petrol in Iceland, but some Icelanders are questioning whether the search for oil in Drekasvæðið (the ‘Dreka’ or ‘Dragon’ region to the northeast of Iceland) should continue with crude prices down 55% since June. It seems logical that if the price is dropping there is no reason to look for more resources, but as with most things, it is a little more complicated than that. In December, OPEC met to discuss what should
The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Archery competition took place on January 17 & 18. The qualification round consisted of FITA triple 40 cm targets for Compound bows and Recurve bows. Archery has always been the sexier cousin of target shooting—rich with history and drama. Also, it isn’t mentioned enough, if you accidentally shoot your friend with anything lethal, a bow and arrow is the most comical. For more information, check out the website: www.rig.is See Also: Reykjavík International Games Swimming (photo gallery) Reykjavík International Games: Figure Skating (photo gallery)
The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Karate competition took place on January 17, which included individual categories for both Kata and Kumite. Kata is a choreographed exhibition of skill, whereas Kumite is unrehearsed sparring. Emma Lucraft from England won women’s kata, which is maybe not a surprise as she holds the eleventh place in the Karate world rankings, whereas Elías Snorrason from the Reykjavík Karate Club took the men’s title. Similarly, Viktorija Rezajeva from Latvia, 28th place in the world rankings, won women’s kumite competition, and Lonni Boulesnane from France came in first place in the men’s
The Fulbright Commission of Iceland has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States guaranteeing 550,000 USD over the next three years to support US scientists’ Arctic research in Iceland. The agreement is the first of its kind between any Fulbright Commission and the NSF and was signed at the Icelandic Embassy in Washington D.C. with Evan Ryan, the United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s Ambassador to the US. The Fulbright Commission and National Science Foundation hope the agreement will create new opportunities for collaboration
Police are using their only evidence, a bra – size 34D – and a pair of leopard print sweatpants, as a means to track down a thief who stole four Bengal cats from a cat breeder yesterday, reports Vísir. “Yes this is our evidence,” said Detective Superintendent Óli Sigurðsson with the Selfoss Police Department. “We’re looking for the owner of these pants and bra and are asking anyone with information to help us solve this case by calling our hotline, 444-2000.” According to the cat breeder’s Facebook page, someone “not very strong” broke into the cat enclosure and stole a cage
The Icelandic credit bureau CreditInfo has won a contract with the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) to manage a regional private credit reporting system, the Private Credit Bureau (PCB), collecting and mediating financial information within the West African Economic And Monetary Union (UEMOA). The Union’s member-countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, with a total population of over 100 million people. A news release released by CreditInfo VoLo, signed by M. Muhammad M. Jagana, claims that the “strategic infrastructure will not only accelerate the credit development in the region, but also