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Reykjavík Grapevine,  28 October 2020 8:12 PM
RVK Newscast #42: Iceland Off The Grey List, Polish Protests, And A Brewery In Trouble
First up on this newscast: Iceland is officially off the grey list! Next on the roster, big groups of protesters... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  28 October 2020 4:29 PM
Six dogs died in house fire
Four dogs pulled unconscious from a burning house in the Kórahverfi neighbourhood of Kópavogur yesterday are recovering well. Six dogs died in the fire. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  28 October 2020 3:53 PM
Extra help for smallest players in tourism industry?
Tourism companies will be able to apply for grants of up to 21.6 million krónur each, if a new bill from the finance minister passes Alþingi. The project, aimed at providing extra support as the pandemic drags on, would cost the treasury around 3.5 billion krónur overall. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  28 October 2020 2:55 PM
Directorate of Immigration and asylum seekers disagree
“When I asked a security guard to provide me with a mask and help me find out how to get to a doctor due to a skin condition, he refused to help and told me off for having no mask. My single-use mask was three days old and I really needed a new one,” Abdal Rahman Hameed tells RÚV. Abdul is a resident at the Directorate of Immigration asylum seeker accommodation centre at Ásbrú. “The following days I didn’t dare collect my food trays for fear of the guard reporting me to the Directorate." more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  28 October 2020 1:53 PM
Poll: Conservatives Trend Downward; Social Democrats Upward
Few surprises were revealed in Market and Media Research’s new monthly poll on who Icelanders would vote for if parliamentary... more,  28 October 2020 1:40 PM
One Person Dies of COVID-19 in Iceland
Landspítali National University Hospital has reported one COVID-19-related death in the past 24 hours. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  28 October 2020 1:36 PM
Spanish police arrest Icelandic child abuse suspect
Spanish police have arrested a man believed to be an Icelander sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in Denmark for sexual and violent abuse against his own daughter. The man is also charged with trading child pornography. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  28 October 2020 12:55 PM
Iceland’s 12th COVID death, and 86 new cases
An individual in their eighties has died due to COVID-19 in Iceland during the past 24 hours. It is the country’s 12 death so far, and the second during the current third wave of infection. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  28 October 2020 12:28 PM
Tourism Companies May Receive ISK 21.9 Million In Grants
Tourism companies may be able to receive a grant of up to 21.6 million ISK each, if the Minister of... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  28 October 2020 12:12 PM
Twelfth Coronavirus Death
A 90-year-old man has died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. This was reported by RÚV this morning, and... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  28 October 2020 11:33 AM
86 Diagnosed With Coronavirus Yesterday
86 coronavirus cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday. According to Vísir, a total of 72–or 73%–of the 86 who tested positive... more,  28 October 2020 10:46 AM
Not Looking Forward to Christmas
Food donations, ready to be delivered. About 400 households in Reykjavík and vicinity received food donations yesterday and today from Iceland Family Aid. more,  28 October 2020 9:46 AM
Spectacular Sunrise in Reykjavík
The view from Morgunblaðið's offices yesterday morning. Yesterday’s sunrise in Reykjavík was absolutely spectacular. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  27 October 2020 6:18 PM
Significant ground deformation detected associated with recent earthquakes
Last week a series of earthquakes occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula, between Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn - the largest of which was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in the vicinity of Núpshíðarháls, which occurred at 13:43 on 20th October. The maps displayed here show ground deformation associated with movement on faults during the period 16th-22nd October.more,  27 October 2020 12:43 PM
Case of Scrapie Confirmed in North Iceland
A case of scrapie was confirmed in a sheep on the farm Stóru-Akrar in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, last week. more,  27 October 2020 11:23 AM
New Tunnel and Ring Road 2 Open in West Fjords
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson opened the tunnel by phone from the office of the Icelandic Road Administration in Borgartún, Reykjavík. A new tunnel, Dýrafjarðargöng, connecting Arnarfjörður and Dýrafjörður fjords in the West Fjords, was formally opened on Sunday. more,  27 October 2020 10:21 AM
Case of COVID-19-Infected Crew Investigated by Police
The trawler Júlíus Geirmundsson. The West Fjords Police Department is investigating the case of the COVID-19-infected crew of the trawler Júlíus Geirmundsson as a criminal case. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  27 October 2020 10:00 AM
M5.6 at the Reykjanes peninsula
Seismic activity has decreased significantly in recent days. About 180 earthquakes of magnitude 2.2 or less were detected the last two days, for comparison, during the first 24 hours following the 5.6 earthquake in Núpshlíðarháls, about 1700 earthquakes were detected in the area.
more,  26 October 2020 12:52 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Infections Puts Landspítali on High Alert
For the first time ever, Landspítali University Hospital is operating according to an emergency protocol, after a cluster of infections developed among patients and staff within the hospital. more,  26 October 2020 11:24 AM
‘Deplorable Circumstances’ for COVID-19-Infected Crew of Trawler
Most of the crew members were infected with COVID-19. “The circumstances of [the crew] were deplorable.” more,  26 October 2020 9:52 AM
Iceland Off FATF’s Gray List
Katrín Júlíusdóttir, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir and Teitur Már Sveinsson at a press conference in Harpa Friday. FATF, the Financial Action Task Force, decided Friday to remove Iceland from its so-called ‘gray list.’ more,  25 October 2020 8:02 AM
Direct Flight to Akureyri in February?
Akureyri Airport. The marketing bureau of North Iceland, Visit North Iceland, is going to ask authorities to take special disease prevention measures to make it possible for direct flight service to Akureyri to begin in February. more,  24 October 2020 8:05 AM
Knocked Out by the Earthquake
Benedikt Jakobsson, once he had descended the mountain. Benedikt Þórður Jakobsson was thrown off his feet when an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit Southwest Iceland Tuesday. more,  23 October 2020 11:42 AM
Will Hydrogen Be Produced in Iceland for Export?
Ljósafoss hydroelectric power plant. Landsvirkjun - the national power company of Iceland – and port authorities in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, have signed a declaration of intent regarding examining the potential for the export of green hydrogen from Iceland to Rotterdam. more

IceNews,  22 October 2020 10:10 AM
Valka brings a new way of thinking to salmon fillet portioning
Valka is excited to introduce a new approach to salmon portioning and pin bone removal––the Valka Cutter. It brings X-Ray and 3D imaging technology together with robot controlled water jets to detect and remove pin bones and skillfully analyze fillets for portioning. Cutting edge technology is used to efficiently and effectively portion and remove the […] more

IceNews,  14 October 2020 10:00 AM
Advanced frozen fish processing solutions introduced by Valka
Valka has unveiled revolutionary frozen fish processing solutions that feature the technical precision and sophisticated design necessary to produce and ship high-quality products destined for the freezer aisle. The new Aligner Packing Robot and High-Speed Portion Grader for IQF products are part of a new line of frozen fish processing solutions enabling processors to maximise […] more news
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