Dusky Warbler and Other Rare Birds in Iceland

duskywarbler_ruv A dusky warbler is among stray foreign birds that have been carried to Iceland with autumn depression weather systems lately. The dusty warbler, which breeds in East Asia, was spotted at Höfn last weekend and this is the first time that the species has been seen in Iceland.

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New Icelandic Airline Named WOW

wow-air-logo_fbA new Icelandic airline which will offer flights to “fine destinations at a reasonable price” as of spring 2012 will be called WOW Air and will be open for bookings “in the coming days,” as its website, which is under construction, promises.

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Mass Layoffs at Contractor in West Fjords

isafjordur-winter_psThe contractor KNH in Ísafjördur, the West Fjords, has announced the layoff of all of its 33 employees. KNH’s projects, such as those relating to road construction, are coming to an end and the contractor has been under a moratorium on payments since May.

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Lebertran als Diebesbeute

seydisfj-norraena_psEine grosse Menge an isländischen Lebertrankapseln wurde von der Polizei in Seydisfjördur konfisziert. Die Kapseln waren Teil einer Diebesbeute, die das Land mit der Fähre Norröna in zwei Autos verlassen sollten.

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Keine US-Sanktionen gegen Islands Walfang

whale-cutting_psIm September hatte US-Präsident Barack Obama angekündigt, die Vereinigten Staaten würden diplomatische Aktionen gegen Island unternehmen, um den kommerziellen Walfang zu stoppen. Marie Yovanovitch, die neue US-Repräsentantin für die Beziehungen mit den Nordischen Staaten, bekräftigte vergangene Woche, die US-Verwaltung werde nur ihre Bedenken in der Angelegenheit ausdrücken.

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