From Iceland — On The Front Page Today

On The Front Page Today

Published February 18, 2011

Welcome to our inaugural roundup of news that made it on the front page of Iceland’s papers today. That is, the two most widely read dailys, Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið, and the popular tabloid, DV, which comes out four times a week.
Morgunblaðið reports that Supreme Court justices will get a temporary 101.000 ISK pay raise good through 2013 due to all the added workload they’re facing (damn, the Reykjavík Nine case was exhausting).
There’s a big photo of an American tourist reaching down to feel the warmth of the lava rocks at Fimmvörðuháls (the eruption before Aye-ya fyah-dla jow-kudl). His ride, a Norðurflug helicopter, is stalling in the background.
The city has saved 900 million ISK since October 2009 by cracking down on people trying to cheat the system. That includes people collecting unemployment benefits when they really shouldn’t be.
There’s a small blurb titled, “Kids are not being listened to or talked to,” which has to do with Save the Children in Iceland and their research on kids in abusive homes. Another one, “Young Internet users enjoy anonymity,” about teens using Formspring to ask personal (and possibly embarrassing) questions in the comfort of anonymity.
And there’s another one, “Three tests done,” about those 37,000 and some signatures pleading for a referendum on the second Icesave deal. They would like the president to veto it (Again).
Moving on, Fréttablaðið reports that the bookstore, Mál og Menning, closed its doors last night and won’t be opening them again! (Shit! I have store credit there!).
There’s a big photo of a couple of construction workers taking a water break after drilling a private water well for a couple in Mosfellsbær. There is something about them having a dispute with Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (but it’s not explained very well).
The Icelandic ship, Goðafoss, beached itself on its way out of Fredriksstad, Norway at 8pm last night (and has been spilling barrels of oil into the ocean since the paper went to print).
Meanwhile, DV reports in caps, “THE POLICE ARE AFTER HANNES” (He’s one of Iceland’s banksters “suspected of the biggest embezzlement in Iceland’s history”). Ingibjörg is a mess, (her husband is Jón Bankster Ásgeir).
In other news, computer games ruined Kristrún Ösp’s love life. Svala Björgvinsdóttir is really scared of being in cars after that accident. “A doctor is turning to fishing” (There’s a fun play on words there: “Læknir snýr sér að útgerð,” instead of “aðgerð,” which means surgery). Svandís Svavarsdóttir says, “It’s great to be a grandma” and Selma Björnsdóttir has “Never felt better.”

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