REYKJAVIK: Iceland announced on Monday (Mar 26) it would stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain."Icelandic officials will not go to the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer," said a statement from the foreign ministry. … [Read more...] about Football: Iceland diplomats to skip 2018 World Cup in Russia
By Peter Kaminsky The New York Times Wed., March 14, 2018 REYKHOLT, Iceland—Standing in the mud of the Myvatn geyser field in northern Iceland, Kolla Ivarsdottir lifted the lid of her makeshift bread oven. It had been fashioned from the drum of an old washing machine and buried in the geothermally heated earth. All around us mudpots burbled and columns of steam shot skyward, powered by the heat of nascent volcanoes. Ivarsdottir, a mother of three who sells her bread in a local crafts market, reached into the oven and retrieved a milk carton full of just-baked lava bread, a sweet, dense rye bread that has been made in the hot earth here for centuries. She cut the still-hot loaf into thick slices. It is best eaten, she said, “completely covered by a slab of cold butter as thick as your hand, and a slice of smoked salmon, just as thick.” We settled for bread and butter — still a supernal combination. “Do many people cook other things this … [Read more...] about Could an Icelandic geyser be the new Instant Pot?
REYKJAVIK - A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world's three major religions. Iceland is home to very few Jews and Muslims, making the proposed ban on circumcision largely symbolic Should the ban go through, it would be a first in Europe, where male circumcision is rare outside the Jewish and Muslim communities.The proposal was presented by Progressive Party MP Silja Dogg Gunnarsdottir, who likened circumcision of boys to the internationally condemned practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). And it calls for a six-year prison sentence for anyone causing "damage to the body or health of a child by removing all or part of his or her sexual organs."FGM, which affects more than 200 million girls and women alive today worldwide, has been banned in Iceland since 2005. But there is no equivalent legislation for the ritual removal of a boy's foreskin, which is practiced by a majority of … [Read more...] about Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups
By Egill Bjarnason The Associated Press Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 REYKJAVIK, Iceland—Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in Iceland and across Europe have called the bill an attack on religious freedom. It is seen as a particular threat by Jews and Muslims who traditionally embrace the practice. Under the proposed law, the circumcision of boys — removing the foreskin of the penis, usually when the child is a newborn — would be viewed as equal to female genital mutilation and punishable by up to six years in prison. Read more: Should we circumcise our baby boy? It’s an emotional topic Article Continued Below Delay circumcision until age 12, pediatrician suggests “This is fundamentally about not causing unnecessary harm to a child,” said Silja Dogg Gunnarsdottir, lawmaker for the centrist … [Read more...] about Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions
Iceland will likely use more electricity in the next year to mine bitcoin than it uses to power every single home in the country. Bitcoin mining is booming in Iceland, and energy providers are worried they won’t be able to power new mining companies. Iceland’s cool weather, cheap energy and super-fast networks have made the country a popular home for bitcoin mining. Members of the government have proposed taxing profits made by bitcoin mining companies. Iceland may soon use more electricity to mine bitcoin than it uses to power every home, according to an Icelandic energy expert. The energy used by Iceland’s bitcoin mining market is experiencing “exponential growth,” and data centers may use more energy than all of the country’s homes in 2018, Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson from Icelandic energy company HS Orka told the BBC.Sigurbergsson also said HR Orka … [Read more...] about Iceland may use more electricity mining bitcoin than powering homes this year