From Iceland — It’s Snowy Out, Gas Is Pricey, Pálmi Must Have Buddies At The Bank

It’s Snowy Out, Gas Is Pricey, Pálmi Must Have Buddies At The Bank

Published March 2, 2011

Today is March 2, 2011. Morgunblaðið features a photo of a few girls walking in a wintery scene. It’s “like a postcard in Hveragerði,” the caption reads.
It continues, “snow fall in Iceland this time of year shouldn’t come as a surprise as March typically brings in all kinds of weather. The white ground undoubtedly lengthens the day [hmm…] and in many cases the snow makes life more enjoyable. At least the kids in Hveragerði were into the change yesterday and the four-legged ones [dogs?] took the snowflakes in strides [but how do they know?]. The environment changed and the white fence blended in with nature’s work [and this last sentence was added by the layout person for aesthetics?]”
In other more ‘newsworthy’ news (not that we don’t appreciate the above because we do), some people, including Director of the Icelandic Automobile Association Runólfur Ólafsson, “want the State to decrease the mark-up on fuel.”
“58 lost their work at The NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic and Hekla [car dealership].” But on the bright side, “tomatoes can create 60 to 100 jobs.”
Lastly, “a third of loans [from Byggðastofnun, the Institute of Regional Development] go to fishing industry companies.”
Fréttablaðið features a photo of a man walking in front of gas prices, which have “peaked.” The caption reads, “it’s no wonder that some people are walking from place to place instead of driving now that the fuel is more expensive than ever before. Gas tax has been criticised and the government is assigning a task force to look into the matter.”
Otherwise, a previous owner of a treatment clinic says he was cheated and “demands money from BVS [The Government Agency for Child Protection] after the National Audit Office released a report regarding such clinics last week.
Lastly, The Special Court (called upon for the first time ever to try Geir H. Haarde for minister malpractice) “will convene publically for the first time after the weekend: They have two cases on the table.”
DV reports “Pálmi in Fons creates a ‘travel giant’: Pálmi gets writes-offs,” from Landsbanki totalling 800 million ISK.
Filling their deviant news quota for the day, DV reports, Baldur Hermannsson “says women want to be raped” and Gunnar Rúnar, who will now be institutionalised, says he “wanted to hurt prisoners.”
There’s something about “a trip to the movies costs 9 thousand.” There’s something about “Gigg’s lame life,” there’s some speculation about whether Jón Ásgeir and his wife Ingibjörg Stefanía, “will lose Hótel 101,” and finally, some woman “left her husband for his best friend.”

This is a daily roundup of the news that made it on the front page of Iceland’s newspapers. That is, the two most widely read dailys, Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið, and the popular tabloid, DV, which comes out four times per week.

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