Icelandic telecom company Vodofone hopes that tweeters will break the national record of 18,000 tweets on a single event during the Eurovision Song Contest. It has opened a special Eurovision TV channel where viewers can simultaneously watch the competition and follow the discussion on twitter via the hashtag #12stig. Although Icelanders are known for taking Eurovision seriously, they tweeted far under the record number, 7,400 times with the hashtag #12stig, last year. The national record is held by Boladagur with the hastag #boladagur. It is a competition where Icelanders try to get international stars to retweet their entries, and had two thousand contestants compete this year. If you have Vodafone cable TV, tune in on channel 800 or 801 for the full event. NOTE: Icelanders have a rich tradition of translating foreign words into Icelandic to conform to the strict Icelandic rules of grammar. To ‘tweet’ in Icelandic is to ‘tísta.’ See also: Áfram Ísland
On the 3rd anniversary of Iceland recognising the state of Palestine, the Palestinian ambassador to Iceland (who resides in Oslo, Norway) will be speaking at a special event arranged by the Iceland-Palestine Association. The event which coincides with the UN’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, will start at 14:00 and is open to all. The ambassador, Mufeed Shami, Iceland’s ambassador to Palestine, María Erla Marelsdóttir, will be speaking at the event and singer Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir will be performing. As reported, immediately following the meeting at Iðnó, a launch party for Fyrir Gaza will start. Fyrir Gaza is a charity
The Bárðarbunga caldera has sunk by only 50 metres since the Holuhraun eruption began three months ago, indicating that it will not erupt, reports RÚV. Holuhraun on the other hand, continues to erupt and shows no signs of stopping. Scientists with the Institute of Earth Sciences flew over Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun yesterday to collect new data and investigate the likelihood of an eruption at Bárðarbunga caldera. Currently the Holuhraun eruption is fed by lava from underneath Bárðarbunga volcano. “Yes we believe that it’s likely [there will be no eruption in the Bárðarbunga caldera] and that the results we collected on our
On Wednesday, amendments to the Law on civil protection were proposed on Alþingi, defining a Minister’s powers to rule by decree in case of emergencies. This was reported by RÚV. The Minister involved would be any minister in charge of civil protection. Traditionally, this would mean the Minister of the Interior. Currently, however, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resides over such affairs. According to the proposed amendments, when the Police’ Civil Protection unit declares a state of emergency, the Minister can temporarily presume direct control of any business or institution considered vital to secure basic services. That is, to ensure
Popular hamburger joint, Hamborgarafabrikkan (The Hamburger Factory) has taken foie gras off their menu following a complaint on their Facebook page, reports RÚV. The complaint asked the restaurant if they weren’t willing to stop participating in and promoting “one of the most damaging animal abuse practices in the world by taking it off the menu.” “French duck liver is definitely a very controversial food and we knew that when we put it on our menu,” said restaurant owner Jóhannes Ásbjörnsson. “The pairing of beef and duck liver is popular and accessible in restaurants across the world. However, in light of this
A traveller was arrested at Keflavík airport trying to smuggle 24 packets of cocaine into the country, reports DV. The man, in his thirties, flew in from London and was stopped while trying to leave through customs. The Suðurnes police have taken the man into custody where he will stay until next Friday and the 24 packets – weighing approximately 120 grams – have been confiscated.
The highly disputed machine guns, recently acquired from Norway, only to be returned, will be replaced with weaponry from elsewhere, says the National Comissioner of the Icelandic Police (NCIP). This was reported today, Wednesday. In a response to inquiries made by RÚV, NCIP said that estimates made within the police, have shown that their need for weapons has increased in recent years. New weapons will be acquired, this time with the direct involvement of the Ministry of the Interior. The MP5 machine guns from Norway are to be returned because of disputes between the two countries as two whether they