Asylum seekers wanted to search for Begades

They were very grateful.” Begades, who was an asylum seeker himself, is not believed to have survived the fall. “Of course, they wanted to do their best and of course we are greatful and received them with open arms. “We offered them coffee and explained what has happened so far. Around 30 assylum seekers came to the rescue area yesterday to offer their help according to Viðar Arason of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. He was 22 years old. But we explained to them that we simply cannot guarantee their safety or use their forces in the search,” he says. noncleared-maintext”> Around fifty specialized rescuers continue to search for the Georgian Nika Begades who fell down Gullfoss waterfall on Wednesday. According to the Directorate for Immigration, 40 Georgians sought asylum in Iceland in June – a lot more than in the previous months. He says that while it is understandable that people want to help out, the group’s safety could not be guaranteed. Georgia was placed on the Directorate’s list of safe countries on the 19th of June.

Man who fell down Gullfoss identified

He lived in Reykjanesbær and was single and childless. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The man who fell down Gullfoss waterfall this past Wednesday was Nika Begades, a 22-year-old asylum seeker from Georgia. An extensive search operation begun as soon as the fall was reported, however, no trace has been found of Begades. The police posted an update on Facebook earlier today, stating that they believe that Begades couldn’t have survived the fall. Along with the statement, police posted a picture of Begades, taken by a security camera at Gullfoss just before the incident. He is presumed dead.

Escaped inmate „simply walked off“

Guðmundur says the Akureyri police got a call from the movie theater, saying that the man they were searching for was there. noncleared-maintext”> An inmate from the Akureyri Prison was found in a movie theatre last night, five hours after escaping. It is rare for inmates to run away and men who are believed to be dangerous are not kept in the prison in Akureyri at the moment. “He simply walked off,” says warden Guðmundur Gíslason. “For some reason, that I have not gotten information on yet, the guard had to step away for one or two minutes,” he says. He says the inmate was doing some gardening work around the police station in Akureyri. The garden isn’t meant to hold prisoners but is surrounded by a low fence. “This will only ruin some of his chances regarding parole and such,” Guðmundur says. “We will of course look into what happened and what could be done better.”

To be, or not to be a „dóttir“?

daughter) or –son. However, just as was the case during the men’s tournament last summer, the Icelandic National Team chose the names on the back of their jerseys themselves. Therefore, it looks strange to some to see the women’s patronymic last names on their jerseys. While some Icelanders inherit family names, most Icelanders are named for their father and in some cases mother. This means that in place of a traditional last name, Icelanders use the first name of their parent and then add either –dóttir (e. In Iceland, the players are identified by their first names; the last names aren’t considered identifiers unless paired with the other names. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Icelandic naming conventions have been up for debate during UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.  Instead of using their first names on the back of their jerseys the players on the Icelandic National Team sport their last names, most of which, as Icelandic tradition dictates, are patronymic. A lively discussion concerning traditions, branding and feminism has taken place on social media, where some have linked the use of last names to the patriarchy. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson  

Tourists charged with animal abuse

Animal abuse was not a part of the charges at the time as police can only investigate such crimes after the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority has pressed charges. noncleared-maintext”> The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority has pressed charges against tourists who cut a lamb’s throat in Breiðdalur earlier this month. The men cornered the lamb at the beach, caught it and cut its throat. The owner of the lamb pressed charges and after admitting their crime, the men paid the farmer for the property damage and were fined 120 thousand Krona by police. The men are said to have chased the land for about a kilometer before catching it, at which point the lamb was tired, disoriented and desperate according to witnesses who say that it had probably given up. The case is currently in the hands of the Eastern Region’s Police Commissioner. Wants lamb killers to be charged for animal abuse Kúkú Campers face criticism in wake of recent lamb killing in Iceland Tourists in East Iceland steal lamb and cut its throat On July 3rd, farmers at Núpur in Berufjörður saw nine foreign tourists, all grown men, chase down the lamb. Police found the lamb’s remains in […]

„The Golden Circle road is horrible“

“The road is only one and a half car-width and when people drive recklessly it’s terrible,” he says. “The road is very bad and the asphalt is torn up here and there.” Magnús says that it’s clear that things could have gone much worse and commends his driver for the right reactions. Valdimarsson says. “These roads are very dangerous, not only there but in many other places. The bus which is operated by Time Tours, was driving through Þingvellir when a car came speeding from the other direction and the road’s shoulder gave out, the company’s owner, Magnús H. The Golden Circle road is horrible, it’s like people are on a rollercoaster.” noncleared-maintext”> 43 passengers and a driver escaped virtually unscathed after their bus toppled over while driving the Golden Circle on Wednesday. He says vast improvements are necessary.

Scientists to drill holes in Surtsey

Geothermal heat has changed the loose tephra into tuff that can better withstand the surrounding ocean. Birds, insects and seals have found their homes on Surtsey and strange organisms have settled down in the rocks that form the island. noncleared-maintext”> The biggest research project on the volcanic island of Surtsey since its creation, between 1963 and 1967, will begin this August. The eruption showed how land is built during an eruption in the ocean and also brought into light the nature of volcanic activity where water and magma collide,” Magnús says. “The plan is to take two drill cores, a 200-meter vertical core and a core from a 300-meter angled hole. The project title is SUSTAIN and Magnús says it’s goal is to bring together many different fields of studies to show how a volcanic island is formed, “The Surstey-eruption from 1963 to 1967 is among the most famous geological events in the world in the second part of the 20th century. Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Iceland, is at the helm of the project along with Associate Professor Marie Jackson of the University of Utah and a group of international scientists. Scientists will be […]

Government website breaks the rules it hosts

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> A Twitter user has pointed out that the use of the Icelandic coat of arms on the Government Offices’ new website goes against its rules of application.  According to the rules, the coat of arms should always have a white backdrop but the image on the bottom of the website is pasted onto a black background.  The funny thing is that the website in question is in fact also the host of these rules. En hvað gerir stjornarrad.is? pic.twitter.com/YGhUMrYLvk Skv leiðbeiningum forsætisráðuneytisins á skjaldarmerkið ávallt vera á hvítum grunni. Og væntanlega í lit. The other image, he said, is seen more as a stamp, and doesn’t break any rules. — Ásþór Sævar (@asthor_s) July 17, 2017 The spokeperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Sigurður Már Jónsson, told mbl.is that even though the coat of arms at the bottom of the page only showed white outlines on a black background, another one could be found at the top of the page in the correct colors and on a white background. Even so, it now looks like the image has been removed. 

Grafarlækur oil pollution: „A difficult and sad case“

“We have tried to use those options available to us but this is a difficult and sad case.” The origin of the pollution is unclear but Snorri says that a big spill must have happened, possibly more than once but that investigators now believe it was one big event. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Oil pollution in Grafarlækur stream in Grafarvogur is a very serious event says Snorri Sigurðsson of Reykjavík’s Nature and Garden Office. The office is now working alongside the Health Department, Fire Department and Veitur Utilities on resolving the issue.  “This is a valuable area of nature,” Snorri says.

The man who fell into Gullfoss an asylum seeker

It’s usually crowded with people this time of year. The search was halted at midnight and started again this morning. The man’s car was found on the parking lot, which indicated his identity. There were many witnesses that saw him and could describe him to the police. Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions and a part of the Golden Circle. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Police investigation has revealed that the man who fell into Gullfoss waterfall yesterday had been staying in Iceland for a while. Over one hundred members of the Icelandic Search and Rescue participated in a search for the man yesterday. He came here to seek asylum according to South Iceland Police Department. That includes divers, rescuers specialized in search in water currents, drones and helicopters. The police also states that there is no indication that a crime took place.

Search goes on in tricky conditions

It’s hard to figure out how the river behaves, he says, especially in the large gorge by the waterfall. Earlier today it was revealed that the man who fell in was an asylum seeker. So far, nothing has been found in or by the river that could point to his fate. this morning and could go on long into the night according to Gunnar Ingi Friðriksson, an administrator in the operation. Lower down the river, it spreads out into sand bars where most things that fall in show up eventually, according to farmers in the area. He says the bulk of the search is going on above the net by the bridge, and all the way up to the waterfall itself. Gunnar says it is unlikely that the man has drifted out to sea. The search was picked up again at 10 a.m. noncleared-maintext”> Search for the man who fell down Gullfoss waterfall yesterday is still ongoing but for the 60 remaining from the search and rescue teams, Hvítá river is proving hard to deal with. A net has been put up by Bræðratunga-bridge and responders are combing the area with the help of drones, kayaks and hovercrafts.

A million cubic meters of sewage in the ocean

According to numbers from the Reykjavík Health department, e-coli pollution only reached dangerous levels very close to the station itself. Signs will be put up by the pumping stations when unfiltered sewage needs to be pumped out, information will be put up on the company’s website and Facebook and press releases will be sent out should such incidents occur again. noncleared-maintext”> Just under a million cubic meters of unfiltered sewage were pumped into the ocean around Reykjavík during the 18 days where the emergency valve of the pumping station in Faxaskjól was open. The valves are made of stainless steel but it seems like the wrong kind was installed into the valves opening equipment which led to its ruin. Another pumping station by the Harpa music hall will be inspected in the coming days since it has the same kind of valve as the one that broke down in Faxaskjól. The public wasn’t alerted to the valve malfunction until ten days into the debacle. Inga Dóra said it was clear that the company should have come clean earlier. Inga Dóra Hrólfsdóttir, CEO of Veitur Utilities, held a press conference today where she explained that the wrong materials had been used […]

A tourist fell into Gullfoss

noncleared-maintext”> A tourist fell into Gullfoss waterfall just before 5 p.m. Search in the area has already begun.  Update: Divers, drones and helicopters search by Gullfoss. Another helicopter with specialized members of the Landsbjörg search and rescue team is on its way. today. The Icelandic Coast Guard’s helicopter, TF-LÍF is at the site along with all available police, medical and rescue teams.

Divers, drones and helicopters search by Gullfoss

The man was last seen in between the waterfalls when he first fell in, according to Davíð Már Bjarnason, spokesperson for the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, “An extensive search is ongoing. today. All possible methods and efforts are put into the search. noncleared-maintext”> More than one hundred members of the Icelandic Search and Rescue are taking part in the search for a man who fell down Gullfoss waterfall around 5 p.m. The current situation means that the search will go on until something changes.“ More search parties are on their way to the area. Police, medical staff and other special responders are also at the site. Divers, rescuers specialized in search in water currents and drones are taking part in the search as well as groups that are walking along the river. Two helicopters from the Coast Guard are in the area along with specialized mountain rescuers.

The new Icelandic EURO football adventure starts now!

The nation is swept up in an excitement similar to before the men’s participation in last year’s Euro cup. There are billboards, extensive coverage in the media and cardboard pictures of the players for people to pose by and take pictures. That includes Icelandic celebrities and even the president, who is a big fan of “our girls”. The men team’s performance went down in history, and not only Iceland but the entire world was captivated by the succsess of the team from this tiny nation. The game is against France, a team many believe likely to win the tournament. A large group of Icelanders have made their way to Tilburg, Netherlands where the match takes place. Girls, we’re ready for another football adventure! Attendance is probably affected by strong wind, rain and cold temperatures in Reykjavik today. The team preparing for the tournament Iceland Monitor/ElínGolli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The Icelandic people are on the edges of their seats as the Icelandic Women’s National Team’s first match in EURO 2017 starts. Fewer have gathered in Reykjavik centre to watch the game in Ingólfstorg square, where it will be shown on a large screen.