Record number of people expected in Dalvík

Every Saturday after Merchants´ Weekend the town of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Dalvík celebrates Fish Day. Local fish producers and town members invite everyone to a seafood buffet free of charge. The goal of festival is bring people together to have a good time while enjoying the free fish.

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A unique art show in Seydisfjordur

Yesterday artists Erla Thórarinsdóttir, Hulda Hákon, Jón Óskar, and Steingrímur Eyfjörð opened an art show at Skaftfell in Seydisfjördur, a town on the east coast of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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Elves and trolls in Akranes

Today Álfheiður Ólafsdóttir opens an art show in exhibition hall of Kirkjuhvoll in the town Akranes. The exhibition is called Líf framundan (Future Life).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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Icelandic Siblings seek to break world record in Chinese Whispers

Brother and sister, Diljá Ásmundsdóttir and Örn Alexander Ásmundason will attempt to break the world record in Chinese Whispers (also commonly known as Telephone) on August 18 during the Culture Night in Reykjavík. They hope that Culture Night will bring in many participants, although they will need well over 1,000 people to break the world record.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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Gay Pride festival reaches its peak today

Reykjavík hosts its eighth annual Gay Pride festivities this second weekend in August. The board and pride committee has organized a full program from Thursday through Sunday, with the main event being Saturday’s parade and subsequent outdoor concert.

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DeCODE Discovers Cause of Major Subtype of Glaucoma

Icelandic genetics company DeCODE announced yesterday the discovery of two common single letter variations (SNPs) in the sequence of the human genome that appear to account for virtually all cases of a major subtype of glaucoma. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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New submarine communications cable announced

CVC Acquisition Co. Limited announced yesterday that within a year <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland would be connected to its transatlantic submarine communications cable system Hibernia Atlantic.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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Two men escaped after crash-landing into a lava field

A Cessna-152 airplane carrying two people crashed into a lava field south of Straumsvík, near Hafnarfjördur, last night. The passengers were airlifted to Iceland´s hospital Landspítali and doctors say that they are doing remarkably well considering the circumstances. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

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Large demand for minke whale

Whale hunters are satisfied with the demand for minke whale meat this summer. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

According to vísir.is, the whalers haven’t been able to go to sea in the last few days because of bad weather. They plan to go out before the weekend, even though the forecast is not good. There are now only 23 minke whales left of Iceland´s Marine Research Institute quota, and they plan to catch six more whales this weekend.

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