Icelandic Red Cross Helps Fight Cholera in Haiti

ice-sar-haitiThree members of the Icelandic Red Cross are currently in Haiti helping to combat a serious cholera epidemic. Birna Halldórsdóttir, the manager of the Red Cross tent hospital in Carrefour, said in an announcement that approximately 10,000 people are ill and 643 deaths can be traced to cholera.

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Fire in Central Reykjavík

fire_goAll available firefighters in the capital region were called out to a burning house on Laugavegur 40 yesterday evening after a pedestrian reported that smoke could be seen coming from the building’s roof.

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Icelandic Language Day Celebrated

hraundrangar_esaThe Icelandic Language Day will be celebrated for the 15th time tomorrow with various events in the country’s schools, institutions and organizations. The annual Jónas Hallgrímsson Award will be handed out; the day is held on the national poet’s birthday.

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SEEDS lädt ein zur Umweltkonferenz

seeds-ash-cleaning01_mrMorgen um 14 Uhr beginnt im Idnó in Reykjavík eine englischsprachige Umweltkonferenz, die die Isländische Freiwilligen-Organisation SEEDS (dt.: Samen) anlässlich ihres fünfjährigen Bestehens organisiert. An der Tagung kann jeder teilnehmen.

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Cutbacks at National Church of Iceland

bishopkarlsigurbjornsson_psThe National Church of Iceland is facing a cutback of ISK 330 million (USD 2.9 million, EUR 2.2 million) in state funding next year. The new budget bill assumes a decrease in revenue by 8.6 percent. Savings measures were discussed at a church convention yesterday.

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