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“Didn’t want life to be over by 20”
Kamilla Ívarsdóttir, aged 18, suffered a very serious assault at the hands of her then-boyfriend last year. She has now brought charges against the same man for a second attack shortly after he was released from prison. The man is accused of multiple restraining order breaches, after having called Kamilla 122 times from Hólmsheiði prison and sending other prisoners to her home with letters.
11.09.2020 - 10:25
Minister presents plastic pollution plan
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Iceland’s environment minister, this week presented his new plastic waste initiative to cabinet colleagues. Its 18 sections aim to reduce the country’s plastic waste, including by encouraging re-usable items over single-use plastics, better separation of plastics from other waste, and action against ocean plastics.
10.09.2020 - 16:25
House “demolished by accident”
The house at Skólavörðustígur 36 in central Reykjavík, which used to house Þorsteinn Bergmann’s famous homeware shop, collapsed mostly by itself yesterday during work to remove its roof and timber flooring, its owner says.
10.09.2020 - 15:26
Houses selling at fastest rate on record
The number of advertised properties for sale has gone down by 18 percent since late June and the number of notarised purchase contracts in July was one fifth higher than a year earlier, according to the latest monthly data from the national housing and construction agency.
10.09.2020 - 14:24
Bíó Paradís to re-open with cancelled festival
Skjaldborg, the Icelandic documentary festival, will run in collaboration with Bíó Paradís the weekend of 18th to 20th September. The festival coincides with the grand re-opening of Bíó Paradís; Iceland’s only independent arthouse cinema. Bíó Paradís has been closed since mid-March and its future hung in the balance for several months.
10.09.2020 - 13:46
Protected building demolished illegally?
The listed building at Skólavörðustígur 36 in the heart of Reykjavík was demolished yesterday. The building was pulled down without the correct licence, according to the City of Reykjavík. All renovations, demolitions, or relocations of buildings constructed before 1925 require review and approval under national heritage agency rules. The building in question was from 1922.
10.09.2020 - 12:27
Shareholders approve Icelandair stock offer next week
Icelandair Group shareholders agreed the company’s proposed stock offering at a meeting yesterday afternoon at Hilton Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík. The stock offering will take place next week.
10.09.2020 - 11:30
Bullying complaint against Polish ambassador to Iceland
Margrét Adamsdóttir, a former staff member at the Polish embassy in Reykjavík, has filed a complaint with the Polish foreign ministry, saying she was the victim of bullying by the ambassador. She says it started when she shared a photograph of herself online taking part in the Reykjavík Pride parade around a year ago. The foreign ministry in Warsaw is now investigating the complaint and the Reykjavík embassy will not comment while that investigation is ongoing.
10.09.2020 - 11:03
Discount flights scheme starts today
Starting from today, Icelandic residents who live far from the capital city are able to benefit from cheaper air fares to and from Reykjavík. The discount tickets are subsidised by the State in recognition of the fact that so many important services for everyone in Iceland are concentrated in the capital.
09.09.2020 - 15:47
Iceland soundly beaten by Belgium in Nations League
Iceland lost 5-1 against the best national men’s football team in the world, Belgium, last night in Brussels. Iceland is therefore without any points after the first two rounds of the UEFA Nations League competition.
09.09.2020 - 14:32
Icelandic tech industry issues first hacking alert
Computer hackers conducted a large and sophisticated attack on an Icelandic data and data storage services company. The attack lasted “a long time”, but good security systems in place prevented any damage, it is reported.
09.09.2020 - 13:21
Pension funds will not extend currency deal
Iceland’s pension funds are not going to extend the agreement with the Central Bank of Iceland under which they have paused overseas currency investment. The agreement to stop investing overseas was made in March, in response to the coronavirus crisis, and was extended in July.
09.09.2020 - 12:01
Charges brought in balcony death case
The district prosecutor’s office has brought murder charges against a man aged 50. He stands accused of throwing a man off a balcony in the Úlfarsárdalur neighbourhood of Reykjavík last December.
09.09.2020 - 11:08
Reykjavík house fire custody extended again
The Reykjavík District Court has approved another request to extend the police custody of the man arrested after the deadly house fire in central Reykjavík on 25th June this year.
09.09.2020 - 10:11
5,600 tonnes of dead cod thrown in sea during 2017
The discard of demersal fish around Iceland went up in 2016-2018, according to a new report compiled by Hafró (the marine research institute). In 2017, bottom trawl discards were the highest ever recorded. The division head at Hafró says such a large increase is a major concern.
08.09.2020 - 16:05
Overseas help to trace cancer test mistakes
The Directorate of Health plans to solicit neutral expert assistance from overseas in assessing the quality and reliability of cervical smear testing at the Icelandic cancer society. 6,000 samples are currently being re-examined and more than 50 women have cell changes that were not picked upon by mistake.
08.09.2020 - 15:15
Icelandair took third of government job loss support
The Icelandic tax authorities paid around 8 billion krónur in support to companies as part of wage bills for people working their notice period after being made redundant in May, June, and July. The agency has this week released the list of 272 companies it has helped in this manner.
08.09.2020 - 14:16
Iceland to go crazy for hemp?
After the issue this spring of a special licence from the health ministry, industrial hemp is now growing extremely well at Grímsnes in South Iceland. The area appears to be an ideal location for the versatile plant, which is closely related to cannabis. One grower tells RÚV Icelanders should start taking hemp seriously, as it has many potential uses.
08.09.2020 - 12:16
Diamond Circle formally launched
The so-called Diamond Circle—North Iceland’s answer to the famous Golden Circle—was formally opened this weekend at a ceremony at Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. While primarily intended as a tourist trail, the transport minister says it is also a boost to general transport infrastructure in the region.
08.09.2020 - 11:12
Investigators conclude driver fell asleep
A fatal accident on Reykjanesbraut, which connects Keflavík/Reykjanesbær with the capital city, in October two years ago was caused when the driver of a Peugeot car fell asleep and drifted over onto the wrong side of the road.
07.09.2020 - 16:49
Less-stringent COVID-19 rules now in efffect
Iceland’s newest set of COVID-19 prevention rules came into force at midnight and now allow 200 people to gather instead of the previous 100. They also see the former two-metre rule replaced with a one-metre rule.
07.09.2020 - 15:51
Jón Baldvin facing charges
Prosecutors have brought formal sexual assault charges against Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former government minister and Icelandic ambassador.
07.09.2020 - 15:08
Iceland narrowly lose while England lose players
Iceland and England’s men’s national football teams met in Reykjavík this Saturday for the first match in their UEFA Nations League campaigns. It was a gentle game and the Icelanders can be satisfied with their performance—despite losing on a penalty. Meanwhile, two English players are in hot water for breaking quarantine rules.
07.09.2020 - 14:06
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The Week in Iceland, 07 September 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
07.09.2020 - 11:50
Card Fraud Announcement
In recent days and weeks, scammers have been reaching out to cardholders by e-mail and/or text message in the name of well-known Icelandic companies, requesting cardholders to send personal and card information due to expected refund to a credit card.
04.09.2020 - 16:02