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Four charged in Rauðagerði shooting case
Three men and one woman face charges in the Rauðagerði murder case, according to RÚV sources. The one Icelandic citizen held in custody over the shooting is not among them. An Albanian man in his 20s has admitted to police that he shot Armando Beqiri outside his Reykjavík home in mid-February.
11.05.2021 - 15:57
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"Different eruption than we are used to"
The erupting volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula continues to surprise earth scientists, nearly two months after it started. According to the latest readings, lava flow is up by 70 percent and the eruption is twice as powerful as it has been for most of the time so far. “For an eruption to be growing in its eighth week is unusual and there are no signs we are about to see that stop. This is a different type of eruption than we are used to seeing,” says geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson.
11.05.2021 - 15:32
Event planners’ boom
Pent-up demand is fuelling an events bookings boom in Iceland as assembly limits rise and the vaccination roll-out gathers pace.
11.05.2021 - 14:40
Trans man awarded witheld sick pay
“We celebrate this verdict. It is right,” says Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir, the chair of Samtökin ‘78 (the national LGBTQ+ organisation). Reykjavík District Court yesterday ruled in favour of a trans man’s claim for sick pay following mastectomy surgery. “It is, though, regrettable that it had to go so far in the judicial system and shows that education is still lacking in the community.”
11.05.2021 - 12:04
New court stricter on sexual abuse proof
The Landsréttur appeals court seems to have stricter requirements for proof in sexual crimes cases than the Supreme Court of Iceland, according to lawyers. Landsréttur has reduced 40 percent of sexual assault sentences appealed—far more than for any other type of appeal. A lawyer tells RÚV victims may be less likely to press charges as a result.
11.05.2021 - 11:03
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Daði & Gagnamagnið song of the week on BBC
Iceland’s Eurovision song, 10 Years, by Daði & Gagnamagnið, is this week’s Tune of the Week on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
11.05.2021 - 09:46
Unemployment dropped again
Iceland’s unemployment rate stood at 10.4 percent in April; down from 11 percent in March. It represents a continuing slow downward trend so far this year. Unemployment stood at 11.4 percent in February and 11.6 percent in January. Vinnumálastofnun (the Directorate of Labour) predicts a further drop in May, to between 9.2 and 9.8 percent.
11.05.2021 - 09:08
Minister personally involved in stillborn baby case
Miniter of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has spoken to managers at Landspítali national university hospital about the case of the couple who went public last week upset with the service they received following the death of their unborn baby. She has also spoken directly with the woman.
10.05.2021 - 15:43
Iceland sending ventilators to India
17 ventilators will be sent from Iceland to India in the coming days. They are a gift from Landspítali national university hospital as India struggles with a devastating new COVID-19 wave. The machines are part of a gift Landspítali itself received last year when it was unclear how many would be required for sick patients. Not all of them are needed in Iceland today.
10.05.2021 - 15:01
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The Week in Iceland, 10 May 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
10.05.2021 - 14:15
Second #MeToo wave declared
Some in Iceland are hailing what they call a second #MeToo revolution, after a wave of women went public with their sexual abuse stories in recent days. Key to solving the problem, prominent figures say, is to stop labelling perpetrators simply as monsters, because demonised individuals are less likely to acknowledge their wrongdoings.
10.05.2021 - 13:22
Volcano closed today but will stay open if sold
The Geldingadalir/Meradalir volcano is closed to the public today because of wind direction and brush fires in the local area. Gentle northerly winds bring the danger of gas and smoke pollution along the hiking trail to the eruption.
10.05.2021 - 10:33
COVID rules changed at midnight
The latest set of COVID-19 prevention measures in Iceland came into force at midnight. The biggest change is the increase of the general assembly limit from 20 people to 50. Gyms, spas, and swimming pools can now fill to 75 percent of their registered capacity instead of 50 percent.
10.05.2021 - 09:19
Volcano for sale (for the right price)
Several purchase offers have been submitted for a plot of land at Hraun, to the east of Grindavík. The plot happens to include Geldingadalir and its active erupting volcano.
07.05.2021 - 16:08
Studded tyre fines start from Tuesday
Capital region police will start fining people whose cars are still on studded winter tyres from next Tuesday, the 11th May. Fines will be as high as 80,000 krónur.
07.05.2021 - 14:21
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Lava advancing "like tank tracks"
The lava field in Meradalir is advancing slowly but surely, like the tracks on an excavator or tank. Material tumbles from the top of the advancing lava, making a distinctive sound similar to breaking glass, expanding the field in a rolling movement.
07.05.2021 - 13:58
COVID rule relaxation brought forward to Monday
The general assembly limit in Iceland will rise from 20 people to 50 from midnight on Monday. Gyms and swimming pools will be allowed to admits guests upto 75 percent of registered capacity instead of the current 50 percent. Restaurants, bars, and other hospitality venues will be able to stay open an hour longer—until 23.00, with last entry at 22.00. The announcement comes as something of a surprise as rules had been scheduled to remain unchanged until the end of next Wednesday.
07.05.2021 - 13:43
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600 people at one of world’s biggest gaming events
Laugardalur is not only host to Iceland’s biggest mass vaccination centre, but also to one of the world’s biggest computer gaming tournaments, which started yesterday. Very strict contagion prevention measures are in place for the 600 people who have travelled to Iceland for the tournament.
07.05.2021 - 12:58
Neary 13,000 vaccinated yesterday, in Reykjavík alone
Nearly 13,000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 at Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll arena yesterday—the highest number in a single day to date. The head of nursing at Heilsugæslan (the capital region healthcare provider) says the operation went well despite the high number of people.
07.05.2021 - 11:59
Unemployment picture brightens in Reykjanesbær
Unemployment in Reykjanesbær is starting to go down and jobs are becoming available in what has been the community in Iceland worst-affected by the coronavirus recession. Mayor Kjartan Már Kjartansson says local residents are slowly finding more work and being removed from the unemployment register—in large part due to the upswing in activity at Keflavík International Airport.
07.05.2021 - 10:51
Banks in strong recovery
Landsbankinn profited by 7.6 billion krónur in the first quarter of this year, Arion banki made a profit of around six billion krónur, and Íslandsbanki around 3.6 billion, the banks have announced. The results at Iceland’s big three banks were much stronger now than in the first three months of 2020 when all reported sizeable losses.
06.05.2021 - 15:17
Coastguard welcomes new helicopter
The Icelandic coastguard has this week taken delivery of a new helicopter. The helicopter is registered as TF-GNA, and is the third helicopter in coastguard history to bear the name. It also becomes the third helicopter in the coastguard’s active fleet today.
06.05.2021 - 14:20
Brush fire alert issued
The State police, in cooperation with police forces and fire brigades in West Iceland, the capital region, Suðurnes and South Iceland, have issued a civil protection uncertainty alert for brush fires.
06.05.2021 - 13:50
Pandemic progress: a week of big news
This week has seen a steady flow of new COVID-19 news, including that people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine but later became ineligible are now being given the choice of what comes next. Also, Iceland has published its new list of high-risk countries, the president received his first vaccine dose, and two new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Þórólfur hopes it will be possible to remove restrictions fairly quickly, starting next week.
06.05.2021 - 12:29
Couple waited all weekend for stillborn induced labour
A couple have gone public with their criticism of Landspítali national university hospital for making the woman wait all weekend to give birth to her stillborn baby. She was informed that her baby was dead on the Friday and sent home for the weekend. She is critical of the hospital for having broken the news without offering any counselling or psychological support. The birth was induced on the Monday and the child born on the Tuesday—nearly four days after the baby’s death had been confirmed.
06.05.2021 - 10:54