Thousands rallied to support the cause: to put an end to sexual violence, shame the perpetrators and not the victims and to press for changes in the judicial system with regards to sexual crimes. The slut walk protests the idea that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”.
An emphasis was also put this year on counteracting distrubution of photographic or video material taken without consent and revenge porn.
The walk began at Hallgrímskirkja church at 2 pm and women, men, teenagers and children carrying banners and balloons walked all the way to Austurvöllur in the city centre when a programme of speeches and music took place in support of the cause.
The slut walk, now in its sixth year also wants to emphasise that the behaviour or clothing of victims is never an excuse for sexual crimes. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
The Reykjavik Slut Walk took place in Reykjavik yesterday afternoon. "All children have the right to be protected from violence."
Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg
Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg
No earthquakes were measured in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where Katla looms beneath, and everything points to the glacial river flood being mostly over.
Katla’s alert code was changed to yellow yesterday and although the glacial river flood is subsiding the Iceland Met Office won’t be changing the code back to green until Monday at first. Results won’t be ready until Monday. The National Coastguard Helicopter took photographs of the caldera in the glacier yesterday which are being studied by specialists. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
There are no news from Múlakvísl glacial river and the Katla volcano in Southern Iceland.
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Children’s festival Kátt á Klambra takes place for the second time this year at Klambratún near the city centre in Reykjavik this Sunday, July 30th. This year the focus is on creativity and social interaction.
Among the myriad of things on offer are a magician, face painting, beatbox tutorials, yoga for kids, recycling workshops and concerts including that of popular Icelandic rap artist Emmsjé Gauti.
You can also go to an arts & crafts or creative writing workshop, get a face paint or tattoo, blow some bubbles, go skateboarding on a skate ramp, make chocolate under the guidance of Halldór konditori and paint on a laundry bag with iglo+indi as well as many other activities in the area.The entrance fee for the festival is 1200 ISK per person and there’s also a family package deal with 4 tickets for 4000 ISK.
If the colour code moves up to orange it means that the volcano is increasing its activity and an eruption is becoming likely. The seismic unrest could be connected to the glacial river flood and not connected to a possible eruption at all but the Iceland Met Office cannot be certain at this point.
Alert code yellow means that the volcano is active but that nothing points to an immenent eruption. An earthquake of the magnitude of 3 occurred in the Katla caldera at 00:48 last night followed by a series of smaller tremors. noncleared-maintext”>
Following tremors at Katla in South Iceland and a glacial river flood in Múlakvísl, the Icelandic Met Office has raised the status of the famous volcano on its ‘Aviation Colour Code Map for Icelandic Volcanic Systems’ from green to yellow.
People are warned to stay away from the area.
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The glacial outburst flood at Múlakvísl in South Iceland has reached a peak. The Iceland Road Adminstration is on standby to close the road.
The alert level in Katla has been moved from green to yellow but nothing points yet to the likelihood of an eruption although activity has increased. Electrical conductivity is now measured around 580 µS/cm and has increased rapidly the last hour, according to an announcement from the Icelandic Met Office.
The earthquakes have been felt in a wide area including Reykjanes, with the biggest, at 4.0 even being felt in Borgarfjörður. noncleared-maintext”>
The earthquake swarm in the Reykjanes peninsula is on the decrease, as reported yesterday, with the largest earthquake in the last 24 hours measured at 3.2 this morning at 05:56.
We’re incredibly tired. It was extremely difficult,” says John Snorri Sigurjónsson, speaking from the summit at around 11 am. noncleared-maintext”>
“There are mixed emotions. Twelve people are in his group, including nine sherpas.
“We were blue from lack of oxygen and we will be making our way down as soon as possible.” Getting back to base camp will take around three days. Sigurjónsson is a father of five children. Sigurjónsson made the climb for the charity Líf which goes directly to support the women’s and maternity ward at the National Unversity Hospital in Reykjavik. He’s the first Icelander to reach the peak of K2 which is 8.611 metres high and one of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world.
It took Sigurjónsson over 18 hours to reach the summit from the fourth camp.
Opening hours are every day from 10:30 to 17:30 and the show runs at an interval of 30 minutes. It was designed for the Worlds Fair in Shanghai 2010 and set up again at the Fankfurt Book Fair in 2011, where Iceland was the Guest of Honor for 2011. The film, which is fifteen minutes long, presents Iceland in all its diversity. You fly through waterfalls, the Reykjavik marathon, and see a volcano erupting. Over three million guests have visited the pavillion but the aim is to present the beauty of Icelandic nature in an impressive short movie. The pavillion features a unique 360-degree film where the walls and ceiling form a visual unity. Footage from both city and nature is projected onto the four walls and the ceiling of the pavillion, together forming a cube that surrounds its guests. Admission is 1500 ISK and you can either purchase your ticket directly at Harpa or online HERE. noncleared-maintext”>
Visitors of Harpa are now able to visit the Iceland Expo Pavillion again.
A great crowd of people gathered at Ingólfstorg square last night to watch the Iceland – Austria match at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017. A number of people wore blue in support of the Icelandic team.
Unfortunately the team has had bad luck in the championship and last night they were beaten with 3 goals to 0 by the Austrian team.
A cyclist in Hljómskálagarður park. mbl.is/Hanna Andrésdóttir
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Yesterday a hazy fog enveloped the city for a few hours but the sun came out again last night. mbl.is/Hanna Andrésdóttir The temperature record for July in Iceland was beaten earlier this week with 26.7 degrees in North Iceland.
The forecast for today is up to 22 degrees C and sunny skies following a morning of fog.
Fog starting to settle in by Lake Tjörnin in the city centre.
What I read from this is that Icelanders are slightly more fond of having daughters, something that has also been happening in the other Nordic countries.” When a mother has two daughters that figure is 4 percent. Ari’s research is focused on fertility and family dynamics in modern Iceland, and he is working with Icelandic register data. “There shouldn’t be a difference there except in that people must be looking into the sex of the child when trying for a third child. noncleared-maintext”>
According to new research figures it seems that women are waiting a bit longer to have children than before. “But research shows that women are slowly starting to have their first child later in life and are now more likely to become first time mothers past the age of thirty than before.”
Women who have two boys already are 14% more likely to try for a third baby than women who already have a son and a daughter. The research was published in the scientific journal Demographic Research.
“The average age of a mother when she first has a child in Iceland is still very low, around two years lower than in Sweden,” says Jónsson speaking to today’s Morgunblaðið. Icelanders also seem to prefer having daughters to sons.
These new figures on childbirth in Iceland are from research made between 1982 – 2013 by Ari Klængur Jónsson who is a doctoral student in sociological demography at Stockholm University.
Three earthquakes were clearly felt in Reykjavik, especially the one at 13:55 which measured 4.1.
Geophysicist Páll Einarsson said speaking to today’s Morgunblaðið that the earthquakes are at the point where the tectonic plates meet. A few earthquakes occurred this morning but they’re diminishing.
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The swarm of earthquakes that originate in Fagradalsfjall mountain on the Reykjanes peninsula are on the decreased. He said that although earthquakes in Reykjanes are common, the swarm yesterday was one of the biggest that they’ve measured in a few years.
Yesterday two earthquakes were felt in Mýrdalssveit originating from Katla measuring 3.2 and 4.5.
Bæjarins beztu – Reykjavik’s legendary hot dog stand has moved temporarily from the location it’s been in for the last 80 years. Bæjarins beztu are set to return to their old location by December.
Iceland’s most popular tourist pit stop? It’s now situated in front of the 1919 hotel
The hot dog stand has moved because of construction work in the city centre where a hotel and shopping complex are set to rise.
The queue for the hot dog stand will now end up in Austurstræti.
(She shows the knife wound to the journalist of mbl.is). Once they fled across the Mediterranean to Italy the couple lost track of each other and Joy discovered that she was pregnant. They have been subjected to violence, poverty and threats, and Joy Lucky was a victim of sexual slavery while pregnant with Mary.
The news of the the rejection of their application has met with some furor in Iceland and a petition is now online for them to be able to stay in the country.
Speaking to mbl.is, Joy describes being approched by a vicar at her local church back in Nigeria who promised to get her a job as a nanny in Europe. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
“Im a dead man if I go back to Nigeria, but this isn’t about me, it’s about my daughter. I want her to have a chance of a better life,” says Sunday Iserian, a Nigerian asylum seeker speaking to mbl.is. She refused, and was stabbed through her hand with a knife. When the men who held her captive realised that she was pregnant they tried to force her to have an abortion. She only found Sunday again three years later. She was told she owed 50 thousand Euros for her transport to Italy and had to repay that debt by selling her body on the streets of Naples. Upon arrival in Italy, Joy was transported to a building in Naples where she was told that she was not going to work as a nanny, but as a prostitute. After nearly two years of waiting in Iceland, their application has been rejected by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
Iserian is 32 years old and lives in Iceland with his wife, Joy Lucky and their eight year old daughter Mary. She was transported to Libya where she met Sunday and fell in love. Once she accepted the offer, which she had good faith in, she was taken to a building where her hair, and her pubic hair, was cut off and her body washed according to black magic rituals to scare her into compliance.
Another earthquake measuring 3.2 occurred a little later. It’s quite usual to have a few tremors when the ice cap melts in summer.
There is no connection between the earthquake in Katla tonight and the series of earthquakes occuring in Reykjanes today. noncleared-maintext”>
To top of today’s series of earthquakes, a quake measuring 4.5 occurred at the mother of all volcanoes in Iceland, Katla tonight at around 10.30 pm. Both eruptions were felt in nearby areas.
A specialist on duty tonight at the Iceland Met Office says that the earthquakes are nothing to worry about.