Is that a cool concept or what?
134 Hour Live Streaming TV with the Norwegian Coast and Fjord Cruise Line “Hurtigruten” from one end to another in Norway.
It will run for 5 DAYS!!!
Is that a cool concept or what?
134 Hour Live Streaming TV with the Norwegian Coast and Fjord Cruise Line “Hurtigruten” from one end to another in Norway.
It will run for 5 DAYS!!!
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary tried to take the papers to the TV news reporter in today’s press conference in Oslo, Norway.
The company is being sharply criticized for its poor working conditions, including from an anonymous Rygge-employee who stands out in Moss Avis today – several trade unions are even boycotting the company.
NRK Østfold reporter Lars Håkon Pedersen experienced it all up close.
NRK’s reporter showed Michael O `Leary an employment contract that she wanted him to comment on. She tried to view a page that did not show the name of the contract owner. O `Leary took the contract out of her hands and tried to look at it,” says Pedersen.
The reporter was able to pull the document back again, so that O `Leary could not see who owned the contract.
What he saw was that it was not an employment contract, but a training contract for six months, “said Pedersen.
The incident happened at a press conference where Ryanair stated that they will have a fourth based plane in place at Moss Airport Rygge in March-April next year.
Conditions resembeling slave labor in Ryanair
The same day that Ryanair held the press conference, an employee spoke out about what he calls slave-like working conditions. The person who spoke to Moss Avis will remain anonymous. “Ryanair is firing people on the day over smaller issues than this. None of us are allowed to speak with the press,” said the employee, which tells of an hourly wage of 16 euros for the time the plane is in the air.
Ryanair again rejects all criticism
All Ryanair staff can theoretically join a union, but it is true that we do not negotiate with unions. We are instead in a dialogue with representatives of our own employees, “said McNamara to Moss Avis.
He denies that the employees will only get paid for the time they are in the air, and that one gets fired for getting too late, if it is not repeated after the warnings.
How time flies when you are on the internet.
Been sitting here for a long time now looking at beautiful and interesting pictures from Norway in random order just by refreshing the browser again and again. Think I’m about to pass out for some reason. Great pictures of Norway though!
A Gull piggybacking a Sea Eagle during hunt was recently caught on camera in Norway by photographer Paul Beastall.
Eurovision is upon us once again. Lot’s of craze about, well, what? Let’s face it, the music from the Eurovision Song Contest is always 99% rubbish. It’s one giant freakshow of so-called European nations, worse even than MTV these days. However, we can’t dismiss the Eurovision SC completly, for one good reason: it’s comical value.
There are some funny videos here I will admit, Eurovision Videos
“Oi don’t give a shit,” Germany’s newest pop star sings in her odd accent, Der Spiegel
Even BBC agrees to Eurovision being a cliche, Eurovision 2010: How to write the winning lyric
Let the show begin! Now who will win? Oi don’t give a shit. 🙂
So finally going for that long trip to Iceland, but still feel like I’m missing out on some good deals. Expedia doesn’t seem to cover Iceland very well for some reason. And the same goes for it’s peers. Searching for national price comparison companies on Iceland I only came up with this even though I would think there were more out there, or maybe Iceland is too smal for such companies to exist?
Anyone from Iceland out there who can show me some other price comparison companies and guides and such?
Google Street View was finally launched in Norway this week, and some surprises were expected. But perhaps not any expectations to see the Google Street View car chased by fully dressed frogmen on the streets of Bergen Norway?
Nevertheless, there they are.
iPad photos and videos of the $500 Apple iPad tablet.
Reasonable tablet or 10 year old laptop?
Apple’s iPad store
Apple unveils iPad tablet device
Apple has put an end to weeks of speculation by unveiling its tablet device, which it has called the iPad.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive unveiled the touchscreen device at an event in San Francisco.
Mr Jobs described the tablet, which will cost between $499 and $829 in the US, as a “third category” between smartphones and laptops.
The device, which looks like a large iPhone, can be used to watch films, play games and browse the web.
The firm has also done a deal with publishers including Penguin, Macmillan and Harper Collins to allow e-books to be downloaded directly to the device through a new iBook Store.
“You can download right onto your iPad,” said Mr Jobs.
He also showed off magazines and newspapers on the device.
He told an audience of journalists, analysts and industry peers that the device lets people “hold the whole web in your hands”.
“What this device does is extraordinary. It is the best browsing experience you have ever had,” he said.
The device has a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, allowing people to type directly on to the screen, as well as manipulate pictures and control the action in games with their fingers. However, users can also plug in a keyboard.
Apple claim it has a battery life of 10 hours.
It comes preloaded with twelve applications – essentially multi-touch versions of existing Mac software such as iPhoto.
However, owners can also download third party apps – both specially designed for the iPad and those already available for the iPhone. People with both can synchronise their apps between the two devices.
“We think it’s going to be a whole other gold rush for developers,” said Scott Forstall, who runs Apple’s app division.
Apple revealed that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its App store.
The New York Times showed off its app for the iPad, which recreates the look and feel of the newspaper but allows it to have new features, such as video.
“We’re pioneering the next version of digital journalism,” said Martin Nisenholtz, a senior executive at the newspaper.
It also includes the firm’s iTunes software built in, allowing people to purchase songs and movies straight to the device.
It is not the first touchscreen tablet computer on the market. Earlier this month, manufacturers such as Dell and HP showed off devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Some industry experts have questioned the need for another category of device, alongside laptops, smartphones and netbooks.
Analyst firm CCS Insight said that it remained “sceptical” of the market. It described the iPad as “a supersize iPod Touch that would get little interest if not from Apple”.
Mr Jobs dismissed netbooks as “just cheap laptops”.
9.7 inch- (25cm-) multi-touch display
1 GHz Apple processor
16-64 GB of flash memory
0.5in- (1.25cm) thick
Weighs 1.5lbs (0.7kgs)
Wi-fi, bluetooth and 3G connectivity
“Netbooks aren’t better at anything – they’re slow and have low quality displays,” he told the audience.
“They’re not a third category device, but we have something that we think is.”
The cheapest iPad, which will come with 16GB of flash memory and wi-fi will cost $499. The most expensive version, with 64GB of storage and the ability to connect via a mobile 3G signal, will cost $829.
Users will also need a monthly subscription for 3G connectivity, but in the US owners will not have to sign a yearly contract.
CCS Insight said the high cost would put it “beyond most consumers”.
Mr Jobs said that he hoped to have international prices in place in June or July.
However, all the 3G models are unlocked, meaning they will work with any network.
The launch puts to rest months of speculation and rumour in the blogosphere.
Apple – famous for its secrecy – had remained silent in the run up to the launch, unwilling to release any details publicly.
Story from BBC NEWS:
The Norwegian subway system in Oslo caught fire again on Saturday.
Nobody was reported to be harmed by the regular incident.
Norway is famous for having the least well functioning public transport system in the world. If you are thinking about going to Oslo for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, you may want to bring your own fire extinguisher.
NRK is reporting on the incident outside Oslo where a driver of a VW Golf was caught covering his face with a newspaper while he was driving past the automatic speed camera.
The reckless driver was recorded doing 133 km/h.
Police Security Service (PST) have arrested two people due to suspected violations of the Arms Act. Oslo police assisted in the arrest.
This information has come forward in connection with a investigation with PST, PST reports on their websites.
Together with information from previous criminal cases and the actual security situation in Oslo this week, the PST found it appropriate to apprehend these two at this time, said PST.
Attorney John Christian Elden confirms that Arfan Bhatti is one of the two arrested.
Arfan Bhatti was in 2006 accused of having planned a terrorist act. He was later acquitted of this.
Bhatti was arrested at 17 o’clock today. It was not made any seizures or new discoveries in connection with the arrest. It is solely a question of risk elimination before the Obama visit. “Bhatti was prepared for the arrest”said John Christian Elden.
Elden says Bhatti asked for permission to leave Oslo at the Obama-visit. But he was not, according to the lawyer, allowed to by the security police.
The other arrested shall, according to police, a 31 year old acquaintance of Bhatti. The two accused will for now be held in police custody.
Not familiar with the Nobel-threats.
PST is not aware of there being any concrete threats to the peace prize ceremony, or events in connection with the deal.
Information manager Martin Bernsen in PST would not say anything to further if the case is connected with other matters. He confirmed that the Oslo police assisted by the arrest.
Bersen adds that the PST currently not want to comment beyond what’s in the press release.
Neither the Oslo Police wants to comment on the matter.
The Justice Department would not comment on the arrests tonight, they refer to the PST.
Police attorney Thomas Blom in PST has prepared the preliminary charges against Bhatti and his friend. Blom has also led the investigation of the so-called terror case against Bhatti.
Barack Obama is coming to Norway on Thursday morning to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The security system around Obama and the events he will attend, is enormous.
Formally, it is the police in Norway which is responsible for the president’s security as long as he is in Norway. They receive assistance from the military and the U.S. Secret Service, where a vanguard is already in Oslo to be here until 11th December. They have also obtained assistance from the Swedish and Danish police on the equipment side.
Taken from NRK, translated by Google translate
There are strict safety rules while U.S. President Barack Obama is in Oslo to receive Nobel Peace Prize.
Still think the police will be able to balance the need for security around what is considered the world’s biggest terrorist targets, and a city where residents can walk, and also participate in countersign. of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Chief of Staff John Fredriksen, who is responsible for planning around Obama’s visits, said police deliberately have opted out the most extreme forms of hedging.
We were sealed off all roads and the whole city, but try to make as many time-limited measures as possible. That is, we nullify barricades and temporary ban as quickly as we can, both at the traffic-related movements of the president or program records, “said Fredriksen.
– But even if we try to limit the scope of the measures, it will not be as if he is not here, “said Fredriksen.
He points out that the plans are laid out from the current threat picture.
– If the situation in the world would change, and we perceive it as affecting the safety of Obama, the Norwegian plans change then, said Chief of Staff.
Formally, the police in Norway which is responsible for the president’s security as long as he is in Norway. They receive assistance from the military and the U.S. Secret Service, where a vanguard now is in Oslo to be here until the 11 December. They also obtains assistance from the Swedish and Danish police on the equipment side.
This is largely what will happen in the capital – such plans are at this time.
It created five so-called security zones in the center of Oslo. These are places where the president will stay.
Within these there will be restrictions over shorter or longer time period, that is, closed streets, parking prohibitions, limited access to the area and control of persons who will be in the hold.
On Obama places to visit, it will be implemented access control. The sites will be searched for bombs and unwanted persons.
Some shops and catering businesses are asked to lock in longer or shorter periods, others have only received instructions how they should behave.
This is the advice the police have given the people who must reside in buildings that are in the security zones:
Stay away from windows. Windows is not a suitable looking place.
The windows should be closed and the curtains less.
Do not use camera or telephoto lens through the windows.
Stay on the roof terraces and roofs are prohibited.
Use any evasions if you decide to print the given time.
There will be a large and visible array of armed policemen around and inside the security zone. On the strategic roof around where Obama will stay, it will be placed observation posts with sharpshooters, who are specially trained to work in such situations.
Sharpshooters were positioned on the roof of the Oslo City Hall when President Bill Clinton attended the Middle East meeting in 1999.
Trash bins and other potential hiding places for bombs are about to be cleared away. The job is to weld again manhole covers to prevent illegal use of sewage tunnels have already started.
There is parking ban and poor accessibility for private motorists in some ormåder. Public transport will be as close to normal these days, even though the trams and buses in the periods will detour roads.
Grand Hotel will be fenced in as president Barack Obama is in the country.
Safety Zone at the Grand
The largest zone is of course around the Grand Hotel, where Obama, wife Michelle and family members will live together with other employees during their stay.
Due to the announced participation in the climate summit in Copenhagen, it is confirmed that the president arrives in Norway on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 December.
The hotel will be the base for much of the stay. The White House has booked the entire hotel for two days. Other people outside the American vanguard must be out in plenty of time for that number of rooms will be cleaned and secured, and the hotel re-scanned from the basement to the attic.
Grand-quarter will be cleaned, cleared and cordoned off several hours before the president is on his way to Norway. The immediate area around the hotel is fenced in, as long as the president is in Oslo, and the guard is great.
In front of the hotel set up a security tent where all that will be checked into the hotel as the security checkpoint at an airport.
Absolutely everything and everyone must go through this, also the food site will use. The hotel’s rear and side entrances are closed, and all goods deliveries stopped.
Grand Café keeps closed to late afternoon Friday 11 November. The same goes for many of the places in the hotel.
Karl Johan blocked off by Akersgata / parliament for traffic.
Businesses located within the safety zone will be open. But the shopkeeper waits two very quiet days, when customers need to settle on to explain what ærende they have and must go through a metal scanning.
Employers have submitted lists of employees who will be on the job those days for a security check.
The traditional torchlight procession which usually runs from Youngstorget through parliament and down Karl Johan are routed on, so it will go around the Parliament, and down to Eidsvolls space – where it is still included in the plans that Obama will come out and say hello from the balcony at the Grand Hotel, brought behind bullet-proof glass, before the Nobel Banquet takes to.
The security measures will last until the president has left the capital Friday 11 December, if the current plans are followed.
The area around Oslo’s City Hall will be tightly guarded.
The ceremony will take place Thursday 10 December 13 at Oslo City Hall. Next to the Grand Hotel, this is the most comprehensive security zone.
After the plan is the only Nobel Committee, the Norwegian king and Crown Prince couple and the president and first lady as well as some special guests that will be received via the main entrance of City Hall. The rest of the guests must check in to be guided by the seaside – well before the ceremony begins.
City Hall is closed by the visitor a couple of days before. After that time, only those with accreditation that enters.
Fritjof Nansen space (the courtyard at City Hall) is closed by, the same with the Town Square on the waterfront. Stortingsgata be closed to traffic for part of, including the evening in connection with a torchlight procession. The tram line that goes over the Town Hall Square, will be stopped from midnight on 10 December until at 19:00.
City Hall is very well guarded from both ground and air, before and during the ceremony.
Also in and around this safety zone has shops, companies and establishments received instructions on how to deal with before and during the event. The large Christmas market between City Hall and pier must close.
Employees who have office space in the buildings around City Hall, will have to go through security checks such as the Grand-quarter.
– Many of the companies and the people who work there, are used to this from time to time, so it tends to forløpe quite problematic, “said Chief of Staff John Fredriksen.
The president is going to be run between Grand Hotel and City Hall, and kortesjen will affect accessible public in the streets around in a shorter time period.
The security measures shall be repealed when the event in City Hall is over, and Obama is well wrapped up in another location.
Barack Obama will take the Nobel Institute on a brief visit to sign that he received the Peace Prize and be presented with the proof of the prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor.
After that NRK has reason to believe your visit at the Nobel Institute to take place on Wednesday evening.
Nobel Institute is located diagonally opposite the U.S. embassy, and both the department and the other environment are accustomed to extensive security measures.
After the visit to Obama approaching, it will be set up barricades around the department. This will affect Henrik Ibsen’s street / Drammensveien / Inkognitogata and Parkveien.
The roads will be blocked for both public transport and private motorists as long as the president is staying there.
Large parts of the Palace Square will be blocked off.
Also around the castle, which lies a stone’s throw away from the Nobel Institute, it created a security zone. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle is in an audience with King Harald and Queen Sonja in the City Hall before the ceremony starts.
Parts of the castle square is blocked off with fences, from the crossing and the entrance from Karl Johan Street / Frederick Street and up to the main entrance.
During Bill Clinton’s visit in 1999, was one side of the castle place reserved for the spectators – as Clinton took the time to say hello.
If the security measures around the U.S. President is sharpened with Obama, and Nobel audience is private and not a state visit with their ceremonies, it is highly uncertain whether they will be waiting to see something more than black cars and some mind.
It is now certain that the meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the morning of the 10th December, before the ceremony at Oslo City Hall.
The meeting takes place probably at the Prime Minister in the government quarter.
Here, too, will be bekvoktning and visible security measures for a short period. But the device in the building is well used to receive heads of state, so this will follow the fixed security procedures.
Also some of the streets around the quarter will be affected the hours the U.S. President is in the neighborhood.
Obama is transported from the airport brought in his armored limousine with its American and Norwegian kortesje is E6 from Gardermoen to the most obvious choice, although there are a number of alternative routes.
But considering veistandarden on the rest of the road network in Romerike in winter conditions and the U.S. brought cars possibly year-round deck, is the main artery that sannsynligste first choice.
E6, with possible detours posted, will be closed in one or both directions in a given period of time. In 1999, entry ramps and tilkjørselsveier closed between President procession passed.
The police confirmed that they have a number of alternative routes in and out of Oslo clear, but keeps it open, which is chosen.
– The choice is entirely up to kortesje boss. He has the authority to make the provisions he believes are nødvedig, until the last second, said Chief of Staff Fredriksen.
The roads – Oslo
The same will happen in Oslo when the presidential entourage on the road.
– Some routes will be closed for shorter or longer periods. We are trying to shut down as low as we can. We operate a so-called punctually, that is, we open the affected routes as quickly as possible, “said Fredriksen.
It is not to come in from some city streets will be closed during all or part of the visit. It applies as mentioned earlier, part of Karl Johan, Parliament Street and Town Square.
Air Space over Oslo and parts of Eastern imposed restrictions when President plane Air Force One to meet the Norwegian fighter out of the territorial in Skagerrak and escorted into the Norwegian airspace and up to Gardermoen.
He carried on to Oslo with the purpose-built Sikorsky helicopter EH10, nicknamed “Marine One”, hold Norwegian military helicopters up close by.
Airspace will be monitored very closely. Several of the Norwegian fighter planes moved to Eastern Norway, for enhanced preparedness. After the NRK.no know, betting Mon on a combination of the starting ready aircraft on the ground and airborne emergency (plane in the air).
NATO sets with one or more of its E-3A-surveillance. The aircraft has, according to NATO capabilities to detect possible targets in a range of 400 kilometer when the aircraft is located at 30,000 feet.
Defense will also together with the police have more helicopters in the air, to monitor what is happening on the ground in the capital. In Sweden, it says two police helicopters “stand by”, to move to Norway if needed.
It will fly the helicopters and light aircraft in a given zone of the capital. These must use the mandatory air corridors outside the no-fly zone. It’s only ambulance helicopters in addition to air material from the police and defense that will stay in forbudssonen.
For route air traffic will change from the normal flytraseene very small, and except for an hour on arrival and departure of Air Force One, deemed it not with big delays for air traffic.
The restrictions in the airspace lasts as long as the president is in the country and in Norwegian airspace.
Taken from NRK, translated by Google translate