Strikes Will Affect Bus Routes in April

Efling and VR Unions’ strikes will affect several public bus routes in the capital area in April, RÚV reports. The strikes will not affect service for people with disabilities.

Capital area buses

The planned strikes will affect bus routes 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 28, 35, and 36 in the capital area. Other Strætó routes in the capital area are not staffed by members of the unions and will therefore remain unaffected by the strike.

Between April 1 and May 1, there will be no bus service on the aforementioned routes between 7.00am and 9.00am or 4.00pm and 6.00pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hotels and bus companies

Efling members working at hotels and tour bus companies will strike on the following dates from midnight to midnight. Efling’s website features a full list of hotels affected by the strikes. The only public bus route affected by the following strikes is route 89 between Sandgerði, Garður, and Reykjanesbær.

March 22 (1 day)

March 28-29 (2 day)

April 3-5 (3 day)

April 9-11 (3 day)

April 15-17 (3 day)

April 23-25 (3 day)

May 1, International Workers’ Day, will mark the start of a general strike, to continue until a contract agreement is reached or the strike is called off.

Protesters Arrested in Front of Parliament

Refugees in Iceland protest

Three individuals were arrested yesterday while protesting in front of the entrance of the Icelandic parliament. The group, which included Icelandic nationals as well as asylum seekers, had gathered at the entrance to protest deportations.

The video below, from Refugees in Iceland’s Facebook page, shows protesters gathered in front of the main entrance to the parliament building, with tape over their mouths, hands sporting the message “stop deportations” raised at their sides. Though the group is standing tightly in front of the door, people are seen entering and exiting the building. When police ask the group to move away from the doors, they resist non-violently. Police are then seen arresting three individuals.

Police against Stop Deportations Performance

This morning we did a peaceful performance in front of the icelandic parliament. We were standing in front of the doors so the people who enters can see us and our demands. Police arrived and violently started pushing everyone. Three of the supporters where arrested without justifiable grounds. Police was speaking only in icelandic even when we asked them to speak in english so everybody can understand. Police acts were showing abuse of power, preventing people from freedom of speech. Please share this video and show your solidarity with the refugees and their basic human rights.#stopdeportations #giveusachance

Posted by Refugees in Iceland on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Refugees have been protesting in Iceland for weeks, calling for an end to deportations, as well as due process on all asylum applications, and equal access to healthcare. Protesters spent a week camped in front of parliament, an ongoing protest which was called off yesterday due to its impact on protesters’ health.

Snow and Freezing Temperatures for Iceland on Spring Equinox

Iceland

While today marks the astronomical start of spring, Icelanders will experience wintry weather across the country. Temperatures hover around the freezing mark, with the Icelandic Met Office forecasting snow in most regions. East Iceland is the exception, with sunny, dry weather in the forecast, though temperatures there will not rise above 4°C (39°F) today.

March 20 marks the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere this year, when the day and night are equally long. Though the occasion reminds Icelanders that the dark days of winter are behind them, it is still quite some time until the nation will experience true “spring-like” weather. More cold temperature and snow are expected throughout the week.

First Icelandic Aluminium Car Up and Running

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553080036886{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]The first Icelandic aluminium car, named Ísar, is now in running order. The car is lighter than other car models and is built almost entirely out of Icelandic aluminium. More units will me manufactured in the near future, as five copies have already been sold along with a high-interest level from a number of parties.

The Ísar car is the first super jeep in Iceland to be registered for driving on public streets. The Ísar team made the car in a Hafnarfjörður garage and are currently applying the final touches to the vehicle.

“We now have a running prototype of the first specially designed aluminium car in Iceland. The cost is only a fraction of what people would think it is. We’ve now gone on a couple of trips, private trips with investors, and it works,” said Ísar director Ari Arnórsson.

The car is 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) wide and 5.7m (18.7ft) long with seating for up to 20 people. The car weighs in at only just under 3 tonnes, however. Interest is high in this kind of vehicle, which is both sturdy and ergonomic. “We’ve had a lot of interest, both domestically and abroad. We’ve had a lot of inquiries from abroad about when the final product will be ready. Hopefully as soon as possible,” said operating manager Guðmundur Höskuldsson.

The Ísar car is specifically designed to have a minimal impact on nature. The first prototype of the car used biogas from local household waste.

Ísar’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/%C3%8Dsar-269834869850761/

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