The norovirus is highly contagious and is known for tearing through crowded spaces leaving sufferers with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. In the UK it’s often called the winter vomiting bug. Over 170 scouts were transported to a rescue centre in Hveragerði with 62 of them sick.
The director of the Icelandic scout association says in an announcement that this was taken very seriously and that it was ensured that the foreign scout members received all neccessary care.
Doctors and paramedics were dispatched to the Úlfljótsvatn scout centre to assess the situation. This is being investigated to understand the source of the virus. The first scouts got sick around noon yesterday and in the space of a few hours, sixty of them were sick, with 55 of them children.
A couple of cases of the Noro virus appeared at the recent international scout meet in Iceland and it’s possible that the norovirus was transmitted from a couple of the guests who remained in Iceland. noncleared-maintext”>
Foreign scouts aged 10 – 25 staying at Úlfljótsvatn in South Iceland have come down with what appears to be the norovirus.
It’s the first time asexual people in Iceland march together as a group in the parade.”
Asexuals are individuals who experience little or no sexual attraction towards other people.
Bjarkadóttir is a member of a group called Asexual Iceland (Asexual á Íslandi). “We’ve formed a group that will be participating in the Reykjavík Pride Parade. The asexual flag has of course been seen in the parade before, but as far as we know this will be the first time asexual people actually march together in it as a group,” says Bjarkadóttir.
The Pride Parade starts at 2 pm on Saturday August 11th, at Hverfisgata on the corner of Ingólfsstræti.
For the whole interview with Bjarkadóttir read GayIceland’s report HERE.
For the Reykjavik Pride Programme visit their website HERE. The parade takes part in the city centre tomorrow bringing the Reykjavik Pride to a close.
Gay Iceland reports that this year, people of an asexual orientation march in the pride for the first time. The group intends to draw attention to the cause of asexual people in Iceland by marching together in the upcoming Pride Parade. noncleared-maintext”>
This year, asexuals join the Reykjavik Pride Parade for the first time. “In Iceland there are many misconceptions surrounding asexuality and to the general public asexuality is still relatively unknown, says Gyða Bjarkadóttir a member of a group called Asexual in Iceland (Asexual á Íslandi). The group intends to change that by taking part in this year’s Reykjavík Pride parade.
Interior Ministry’s Rehearing Committee has covered the case for three years. Key witness in the case, Erla Bolladóttir, was recently interviewed in The Guardian about her involvement and her testimony which seems to have been based on false memories and police coercion.
The documentary was made in collaboration with BBC, Netflix, RÚV (The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), Welcome Trust and the Icelandic Film Centre. He passed away in 2011, but his children have kept on fighting. In 2011 a committee appointed by Ögmundur Jónasson, who was at the time the Minister of Justice, was set to go over the case to see if there was a basis to reopen it. The committee’s verdict was that there are reasons for reopening the case. The investigation was not thorough enough as the police seemed to have decided the 6 were guilty from the beginning, the treatment of the suspects was inhumane and cruel which resulted in a confession that was not credible. Related stories:
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A long time has passed, but this case makes its way to the Icelandic media almost every year. The conclusion is that this most famous of Icelandic criminal cases will be reopened for 5 of the 6 convicted in 1980. He tried twice to have the case reopened, without success. Sævar Marinó Ciesielski was a suspected ring-leader and one of the convicted. noncleared-maintext”>
The case of Guðmundur and Geirfinnur goes before the High Court of Iceland tomorrow or at the beginning of next week.