Most of the meat will be used for human consumption.
Lorry carrying over a hundred piglets to the slaughterhouse is overturned
There were 114 piglets inside the lorry but 30 animals died, either as a result of the crash or had to be put down due to their injuries. The head veterinary authority has approved of the way the piglets were treated following the accident and that the slaughterhouse, the former owners of the pigs and the vets made sure that their welfare was put first. noncleared-maintext”>
All the piglets that escaped unscathed from an accident on Wednesday night when a lorry carrying to them to the slaughterhouse overturned, have now been slaughtered. Before being slaughtered they received care and were able to rest.
The ‘Christmas goat’ or ‘Yule goat’ is a Scandinavian and Northern European Christmas symbol and tradition, probably dating back to pagan days, and is nowadays a particularly popular tradition in Sweden. Covered in thousands of lights, the six-metre-tall structure towers overs the surrounding landscape, bringing light and Christmas cheer as the winter nights draw in.
The goat was set on fire twice and twice it was blown away in a storm. Last year it self-combusted due to faulty Christmas lights. Security camera have also been placed all around it. noncleared-maintext”>
The Yule goat, erected each year before Christmas in front of the furniture giant IKEA in Reykjavik is back up again for the seventh year in a row. Almost every time, the goat has somehow either been set on fire by arsonists or destroyed by wind.
Those not familiar with Scandinavian Christmas traditions may find themselves a little confused in Iceland today as they overhear conversations about the arrival of the ‘Christmas goat’. It manifestation is Iceland is the large straw Christmas goat installed each year by Swedish furniture giant IKEA outside its store in the Greater Reykjavik town of Garðabær. This year, there is a new lighting system and an electric fence to keep away arsonists.
That’s great but what can this story tell us here at the Arctic Circle? Geirmundur made his riches by trading in walrus skin ropes and walrus teeth, eiderdown and fish liver oil. And speaking of walrus – and our Sagas – and the high north: One of the most dominant settlers of Iceland was Geirmundur Heljarskinn. But today, the indigenous people of the Arctic can and should no longer be seen as outsiders – in the era of ever increasing globalization and interdependence, nobody is an outsider. He came from the northernmost regions of Norway, probably Inuit in appearance, known by some as the Black Viking. First, that in the past, the high north and its inhabitants were alien – outsiders in the eyes of their Nordic neighbours. Can we believe these stories? The writers of our medieval tales did not say that much about Geirmundur; he did not fit in the image which they wanted to create. Secondly, Geirmundur’s tale is one of overexploitation. Knowledge is the foundation of progress, ignorance a recipe for stagnation; and dialogue is the key for peace and stability. Yes, we should seek ways to utilize natural resources but sustainability is vital, and the long-term interests of the indigenous populations should be paramount. We can easily assume that this Halvdan had brought with him from the north furs and walrus ivory. We must maintain and strengthen the respect for research and scientific methods, respect for expertise and the unprejudiced exchange of ideas, information and assumptions, ” said the President. “Our problems really began when other people began to have interest in our region”, is a phrase I once heard. Yes, we will listen, talk and learn. He said that in older times the far north was to Icelanders a mystical country known as the frozen sea, the home of giants, trolls and other beings.
” The Icelandic Sagas – our early contribution to world literature – also contain tales of distant travels, of trade and battle in regions to the east of the Nordic world, as well as encounters with natives in lands we now call Greenland, Canada and the United States. Let us be daring and ambitious, but cautious and humble as well, humble in the face of nature which we must preserve and protect, cautious because our actions can have irreversible consequences. Yes, in Newfoundland, ruins of Norse settlements prove the travels of Norse voyagers some thousand years ago and near the Black Sea we can read Viking graffiti, “Halvdan carved these runes”. He sent his team of slaves from one site to another, as did others, thus draining the walrus stock. His story is a fascinating one, so fascinating in fact that Paramount Pictures are going to produce a massive TV-series about him. Dear friends, let us keep those precautionary words in mind when we look towards a bright future for the Arctic region. – And let us have a fruitful conference, a friendly encounter, a true meeting of free minds.” noncleared-maintext”>
In his opening speech by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th.Jóhannesson at the Arctic Circle Assembly which began at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre today,he spoke of that even though Iceland was small it could still play a large role in matters regarding the Arctic Region.
” In the next few days, we may mostly look northwards but at the same time we will focus on vital matters that concern us all; climate change, the sustainable use of resources, viable living conditions in cold climates, respect for international law. In our times, this story can therefore serve as a warning.
A majority want to undergone hormone treatment but few undergo corrective surgery.
“There’s been an increase throughout the world,” she explains to mbl.is. “Men wearing skirts was just thought to be funny. “We have been observing this increase in both Europe and the US.”
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On average, two people turn to the transgender programme at the National University Hospital in Reykjavik per month. “When public discussion of the matter began the ration was one biological women against four biological males, but the percentage is more even now.”
She believes one of the reasons that transgender men have been more reluctant to come forward is that it’s easier to be inobtrusive within society as a masculine woman than a feminine man. But women wearing truosers and being strong and unusual was more accceptable.” This number has been increasing over the past 3-4 years according to psychologist Elsa Bára Traustadóttir.
President Guðni Th. On his Facebook page he writes that “as he was enjoying a hot and comfortable bath,” he fainted, fell and hurt himself.
He sustained a cut to his forehead and a broken nose. Jóhannesson had an accident last night. He further adds that he feels fine although his injuries are clearly visible. He was transported to the ER in Reykjavik and would like to thank staff there for stitching him up and looking after him.