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News 2016 - August

Money - Icelandic Króna

Kaupþing Confirms Controversial Bonuses

The general assembly of holding company Kaupþing, previously the defunct Icelandic bank, approved a proposal last night on paying bonuses of up to ISK 1.5 billion (USD 13 million, EUR 12 million) combined to key employees. Some of these employees will receive bonuses of around ISK 100 million (...

North Aurora Exclusive Baths.

Northern Lights Midnight Baths Open

The North Aurora Exclusive Baths, in Laugar in the rural Reykjadalur valley in Northeast Iceland, will open September 1. The local swimming pool and two hot tubs will be open from 10 pm to 1 am, where visitors can float while watching the starry skies and/or northern lights.

Plain Vanilla Closes Shop, Lays off Staff

All 36 employees of Plain Vanilla in Iceland have been laid off, as confirmed by the gaming company’s CEO Þorsteinn B. Friðriksson. Plain Vanilla will be closed, although bankruptcy will be tried to be avoided, mainly to guarantee that all employees will have their term of notice paid in full....

Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson and Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir on Kastljós.

Mistake at Hospital Caused Newborn’s Death

Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson and Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir discussed the death of their newborn son Nói Hrafn on January 8, 2015 on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós yesterday. His death was caused by a series of mistakes at Landspítali National University Hospital.

Anna Lára Orlowska, Miss Iceland 2016.

Anna Lára Orlowska Miss Iceland 2016

Anna Lára Orlowska was crowned Miss World Iceland 2016 on Saturday and will represent Iceland in Miss World in Washington DC on December 18. The 22-year-old works in the community center Miðberg in Breiðholt, the Reykjavík suburb where she grew up.

Press conference

Independents Trump Pirates in New Survey

The Independence Party has reclaimed its position as Iceland’s largest political party with a 24.6 percent support ranking, a new survey by MMR, shows. The Pirate Party, which has topped most polls for the past year and a half, is down to 22.4 percent.

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Bárðarbunga Volcano Trembles

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake was picked up by sensors 5.7 km (35 miles) northeast of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier in the northern highlands at approximately 1:30 pm today. Bárðarbunga caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption.

From Justin Bieber's video to 'I'll Show You.'

Tourism Rep Criticizes Plane Wreck Landowners

Managing director of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association Helga Árnadóttir said the landowners of Sólheimasandur—where the Douglas DC-35 Super Dakota plane wreck of Justin Bieber and Shah Rukh Khan fame is located—should have called the police instead of fining the tourist who drove there...

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