Here is a wee subjective collection of this morning’s headlines [15.12.08]:
Increased likelihood of reshuffle – Fréttablaðið
Media is reporting that a cabinet reshuffle will happen before the end of the year; RÚV claimed on its evening news last night that it had information to that effect. We see it as a lame effort to pacify the masses, even though there are a few ministers we’d be happy to see ousted. RÚV speculated that the Minister of Finance would be sent packing [good] and also the Minister for the Environment [bad – she has made no secret of her disapproval of the government’s heavy-industry frenzy, i.e. building of aluminium smelters, which is no doubt why they want to be rid of her, IF RÚV’s info is correct], and also that there will be a shuffling of ministries, between the two coalition parties, etc. We’re holding our breath.
Enlargement in Straumsvík stopped and aluminium plant in Bakki on hold – Fbl.
The aluminium debate might not be such a big issue in the next few years, however, seeing as alu prices have plummeted. Rio Tinto [bleh] who operates the smelter in Straumsvík [the one you see when driving into town from the airport] has called off its enlargement [wOOt!], and the proposed smelter at Bakki that the aforesaid Minister for the Environment delayed last summer [to much fury by the locals] in order to get a more comprehensive environmental impact assessment has been put on hold. Meanwhile, the National Power Company is looking for new punters to buy clean and cheap energy [with any luck they’ll be progressive and living in the 21st century, read: environmentally friendly].
Jón Gerald Sullenberger to open discount food market in Iceland. – Fbl.
JGS, who some of you may recognize as the arch-nemesis of the Baugur camp [next to Doddsson, of course] has announced that he’s going head-to-head with them [once again] by opening up discount food markets here sometime in the next few months. Since the collapse of Glitnir and the exposure of some of Baugur’s, ahem, more unconventional business practices, JGS has gained a lot more support around here. And even if that weren’t the case, we’ll take cheap food where we can get it.
TEMPS ARE ON THE RISE
We’re gonna have slush today as temps rise above the freezing mark. A low-pressure area is set to head our way this evening with the accompanying drama [bolt down your bbq’s, etc.] before the onset of freezing temps again tomorrow. Right now we haz 3°C [37F] and sunrise at 11.16, sunset at 3.29 pm.
* I’ve had second thoughts about naming the Headline posts Headlines. Too repetitive and boring, not to mention aesthetically displeasing. Instead I’ll mention this little fact at the beinning of the post and then just file them under the ‘Headlines’ category; plus if anyone searches for ‘Headlines’ on this site they’ll get them up in consecutive order. K? k.