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Protest Planned Outside US Embassy

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 31, 2014 at 11:09

The Association Iceland-Palestine has planned a peaceful protest outside the American Embassy on Laufásvegur today at 17:00, reports Vísir. The purpose of the protest is to demand the American government step up its efforts to end the conflict in Gaza and cut off support for the Israeli military through aid and ammunition. Although the White […]

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Best Place To Cool Off On One Of Those Icelandic Scorchers - Bónus Walk-in Refrigerator

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 31, 2014 at 8:00

It’s 15 degrees. Fahrenheit? No, Celsius. Shorts weather? Fuck you, it’s underwear weather. The sun bears down on a thick, humid Reykjavík day. The sunbathers in Austurvöllur have burnt to a crisp. You’re parched, you’re sweaty. Does anywhere in this country have air conditioning? You look out to the harbour, considering a dip, but no—with […]

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Baby Taken From Pram Outside Home

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 31, 2014 at 7:04

Police were called to the scene after a mother – who was letting her 16 month old nap outside her home in Vesturbær – found the baby had been taken from its pram, reports Vísir. Three police cars were sent to the scene though they quickly discovered that a relative had passed by and taken the […]

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Iceland Jägermeister Commercial Banned

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 31, 2014 at 6:43

A Jägermeister commercial shot over 10 days in Iceland has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for being irresponsible, reports Vísir. The £3 million campaign featured a group of real-life professional surfers – including Oli Adams, Ben Skinner and Ritchie Fitzgerald – was shot without storyboards or scripts and features the group on […]

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Poor Bystander Reaction to Accidents Concerning

by Iceland Review on Thursday Jul 31, 2014 at 0:16

The Icelandic Transportation Safety Board has published a report concerning a fatal car crash which occurred on the ring road near Norðurárdalur, North Iceland, on March 1, 2013.

Former PM Geir Haarde Lands Ambassador Appointment

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 at 22:39

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde will, effective January 1, 2015, serve as “an ambassador in foreign service” to an as-yet unspecified appointment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Geir H. Haarde has been appointed as “an ambassador in foreign service”, along Left-Green MP and former Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson Árni […]

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Parliamentary Ombudsman Wants Answers From Interior Minister

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 at 21:09

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, after having spoken with both former Commissioner of the Capital Area Police Stefán Eiríksson and State Prosecutor Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir, is now demanding that Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir answer to allegations that she may have tried to influence the course of the ongoing police investigation of her ministry. RÚV reports […]

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New Website Offers “World’s Largest Database Of Women Achievers”

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 at 20:35

A group of Icelanders hope to provide men and women everywhere with a trove of examples of women achievers, and spoke to Grapevine about why this project matters. The website, Reconesse Database, will not only provide a world map marking women achievers past and present – the site is also asking the general public to […]

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Festival Encouraged To Do More To Prevent Rape And Assault

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 at 20:01

Organisers of this weekend’s Merchants’ Holiday festival in the Westman Islands have been challenged to ensure there will be no rapes nor assaults this year. Vísir reports that last year, 16 sexual assaults at the festival were reported to police. This figure actually marks a decline in assaults at the event. By contrast, the Eistnaflug […]

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Fluoride Levels in East Iceland Drop Slightly

by Iceland Review on Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 at 18:40

The levels of fluoride in grass in areas around the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, proved to be just below the guideline limit in the Environment Agency of Iceland’s third round of testing this summer.

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