Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Check out the flags, which the soldiers have on their arms.
Oh, and on a more personal notice, i must say, the song itself, i don't like, but, the message it sends, i really like.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Gondry (the director)
http://www.spinner.com/2007/11/29/bjork-the-making-of-declare-independence-video-exclusive/ (behind the scenes of the video)
Friday, December 7, 2007
I remember a YouTube segment once, where he was mingling with Pamela Anderson, while she was shaking her groove.
Check out his page here: http://www.hansfhansen.com/index1.html
He's put alot of effort into his business, i hope it goes well for him.
Last night, the Faroese prime minister announced that there will be an election for the parliament on the 19'th of January, 2008... this is announced 2 weeks earlier than they were hoping for.
... more news later.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Now for what's happening in my country.
The coalition has agreed to further their term with 2 weeks, shortening the election campaign from 6 weeks to 4 weeks. Republican leader Høgni Hoydal is furious at this decision, saying that only in countries we don't want to compare ourselves with, would such a thing like this happen.
This next piece shocked me.
In a store in Tórshavn, at night, some people were at work. A woman sees a man she doesn't know at the counter, she approaches him, all of a sudden, he lifts an object, which she thinks is an axe, she runs off, he starts chasing her with this axe... she manages to escape. The man is not caught yet, but there is video footage of the incident.
A user on Kjak.fo said that this has to be a sign of we're a part of the globalized world... he was joking ofcourse.
I see we're mentioned on http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22010639/ - Make sure to check that out. He gives a near to perfect picture of the Faroe Islands.
Benjamin Jacobsen, Vatnsoyrar, is currently working with his PhD in Geology. The assignment is a collaboration between NASA, The Lunar and Planetary Institute and The University of California, Davis. You can read more about it here: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/releases/2007/J07-019.html
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We're in group 7, and it's: France, Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands
The most interesting and noteable thing here is, that Austria is also in this group. In our first match in international competition, we played Austria, and made world headlines, by beating them 1-0. This was in 1990. Check this YouTube clip... we're the ones in white. And also check this one out, same guy who scored the goal, almost got a second one.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tell me if you have heard this, or have a link.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
A director, from a company in a branch below this minister, sent home 2 captains of a ferry which sails here in the Faroes. This he did, because they had reached the age of 67, and were now seniors and couldn't work anymore, because they had reached the age limit for people working in public sector. Later the limit was set to 70, and these 2 couldn't get their jobs back, because of legal formalities. The minister pushed this director to re-hire these 2 guys, he said he didn't have the legal grounds to do so, and the director asked to be released from his job, and now... approx. a week later, the prime minister sacked this minister.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The first half was not good, the italians got all their goals in the first half. Second half was much better, with our side getting alot of offense, and towards the end, Rógvi Jacobsen headed the ball into the net, and is now the leading scorer on the faroese national team.
I'm happy with the result, because the guys fought, which is more than i can say about previous matches they've had.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
1/3 of Atlantic Airways went public today, and the sale has been going well so far. Kaupthing is putting a Buy on the stock.
The first faroese doctor in economics is Juanna Schrøter Joensen - The PhD-assignment is called Determinants and Consequenses of Human Capital Investments. Her last year, she studied at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She will now work at the University of Stockholm in Sweden.
The gallery i talked about yesterday, should be up by tomorrow.
Nothing alarming happening here on the islands, although, for those who are interested. James Proctor, who worked at the BBC before, is writing a book about the Faroe Islands, a travel guide. He describes the Faroes as the new Iceland.
You can download this, http://media.internet.fo/ment071116.wmv - it starts at approx. 19 minutes into the program.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Also in the news. Norrøna, which sails between between Tórshavn and many major ports in Scandinavia, lost power last sunday, this was somewhere close to Shetland, it was rough weather, and the ship tilted 40 degrees. Approx. 250 people were on board, only minor damage to a few passengers, but cars and other materials were badly damaged.
Alfred Olsen, the Unionist Party... he doesn't look all that happy.
Jenis av Rana, leader of the Centre Party. He's looking pretty... bloated.
Høgni Hoydal, probably getting congratulated.
Edmund Joensen, about to get hugged by his party leader, Kaj Leo Johannessen. Edmund is a former party leader himself.
Høgni congratulating Edmund... man! do these guys look happy.
The party leaders.
Our prime minister, being gracious in defeat, and congratulating.
He might look "innocent", but this guy will soon be moving to the top in faroese politics.
Photos taken by Jens Kr. Vang, photographer at Sosialurin.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
|A - People's Party 4726 votes|
C - Social Democratic Party 4702 -
D - Self-Government Party 797 -
E - Republican Party 5848 -
H - Centre Party 1577 -
The top 10:
|B||Edmund Joensen||931 |
|C||Helena Dam á Neystabø||784|
|B||Kaj Leo Johannesen||714|
|E||Annita á Fríðríksmørk||625|
This means that Høgni Hoydal and Edmund Joensen are the 2 elected candidates.
That means that Anfinn Kallsberg from the Peoples Party is out, and in comes former danish parliament member, Edmund Joensen.
Høgni Hoydal got my vote, and i'm happy it went so well for him. This doesn't change the "battle" for independence in my view. Høgni retained his seat, so there's not such a big change in any way. And i don't think that Edmund will make a huge impact "down there" ... in Denmark.
All in all, i go to sleep a happy guy right now.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It's expected that approx. 65-70% of the people will vote for this election. No further information on what party stands to win. Exit polls are forbidden.
Republican part and Unionist party are winners.
Will post more later
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The final tv and radio debate is over, and now time will tell what the outcome will be. We're taking major steps towards a total independent nation (this is my personal view), and we're getting more mature as a country. In a way, it's in interesting time to be a part of the Faroe Islands, and the progress which we will be undergoing over the next years.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
- Ecotourism, also known as ecological tourism, is a form of tourism that appeals to the ecologically and socially conscious individuals. Generally speaking, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet; typically involving travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Sustainable development needs to social, economic and environmental needs all together to occur. - Wikipedia
I attended a conference today. This was coordinated by SamVit - And the main objective was to shed ligt on eco-tourism, and what this meant to the public and the country itself, and how to approach this matter.
In the aftermath of the very good review we got in the National Geographic Travler - I think we have an obligation to the world, to preserve our country in the most sustainable manner we can. This matter should be and is a matter of national interest.
It started in the morning at 10, but i got there in the afternoon, as i wanted to hear what my brother had to say. He's a biologist, and talked about effect on nature. What it does to bird-life, when you walk in the mountains, and what could be done to make this more... how shall i say it?... sustainable. He spoke for approx. 20 minutes.
Next up is Randi Meitil, a woman from a company called, Faroe Trekking. She had an interesting speech on what her job is, and what she offers her customers. I haven't found her website, and i don't know if she even has one, but she's been in this line of business for many years, and seems like she knows what she's talking about. In short, she offers a travel package, which mainly consists of trekking in the mountains, in areas away from daily life. She also has visitors in the winter, for a more rough program.
Next up is Magni Blástein, a guy, which has a boat, and offers a fairly simple program. Get on his boat, sail a distance from land, throw out your fising rod... well, not the rod itself, i mean, the line... and sit there and wait, and inhale the tranquility and experience the nearness of nature. Also a very popular tourist-attraction.
Last on the list was Carol Patterson - She had a very interesting speech and approach on this matter, and you instantly came to realize, that she is an expert on this field. She told us about her experiences around the globe, e.g. in Borneo and Iceland.
Then there was a short pause, where i took that rather poor picture you see there on the top.
Rounding the evening, was a Q&A session. During this segment, i noticed one member of parliament in attendance, and this very person asked the head of SamVit, on what she thought they needed in funding from the parliament. I must say, i'm rather disappointed with the poor attendance of parliament members, on such a vital subject. There were some other questions, and then the evening ended.
A very interesting evening for me.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
8000 people were asked, 4000 people delivered an answer. This survey was conducted via paper.
80% of the people asked, think they're in good health, 18% think they're doing moderately good and 2% think that they have bad health.
Those with a low educational level, think they're in worse health than those with an higher education.
Those who have kids, that live at home, they they're in better health, than those where the kids don't live at home.
People living in smaller places, consider themselves having worse health, than those living in larger places.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Here's a gallery:
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Not everyone are so fortunate around the world, that they can have a peaceful christmas, and many celebrate no christmas at all.
There are many charity-organizations around the world, and one of them is @ http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ - They have the annual returning event, called Operation Christmas Child.
I actually don't know really much about this, other than shoe-boxes will be filled with things, and then shipped of to those in need. The Faroe Islands sent 3000 shoe-boxes this year, roughly the same amount as last year.
Friday, November 2, 2007
A faroese reporter has been in Seattle, USA, to visit his cousin, called Vilmund Boggs.
Vilmund is a helicopter-mechanic. The reporter mentions in brief about the days "over there", about his employer. Vilmund mentions having just returned from a working-trip in South Africa.
I hope i've recited things correctly, and i expect Ogie to shed some more light on this. I am deeply curious.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The situation in the country is kind of, silent at the moment. No really big news. The political landscape will change soon (i'm talking about the election for the danish parliament), we're just starting to get a glimpse of the campaigns. The people offering themselves to be elected haven't really begun just yet, but they will soon. The political parties aren't quite finished yet, with whom to put on their lists.
My guess is that a republican (Høgni Hoydal) and a person from the unionists (don't know whom just yet...), will be elected, but i'm far from a political analyst, this is just my assumption.
I think personally that this is a great initiative, and hope this will come into effect.
You can read more about it here:
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here you can follow the "action", when it comes to faroese stocks:
Monday, October 29, 2007
In short conclusion, they said: There are (too) good times, here on the Faroe Islands. We have a shortage on working power, meaning, people.
They advised for caution, when it came to foreign investment, here in the Faroe Islands. Instead of the lowering of the tax percentage, they told it would be more wise to raise the taxes, as we are having very good times here now.
I haven't had the time to read this very closely, but i will give a more thorough report in a few days.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
There's an international competition, called Global Battle Of the Bands - And the faroese band, this year, which is going to the final in London, is called Boys In A Band. The prelim. was this weekend held in Mentanarhúsið, located in the town of Fuglafjørður.
I wish them the best of luck.
Last year the Faroe Islands ended at #6, in the finals, if i remember correct, the band was called Marius (the song called The Sky Is Our Home is great).
Saturday, October 27, 2007
With one electoral area, the landscape has a totally different scale, for this coming election for the faroese parliament, now people can elect whom they choose on the list, and are not restricted to their given area.
I wish i could make a living of this, i mean... i like giving information on what's happening in my country, and wouldn't it be nice if that could be my income. I have come to the conclusion, that their isn't enough interest in the media here, to present faroese news in english. The danish news agency, Ritzau, has a person here in the faroes, who on occasion, presents them with news, and mostly that news is written in danish. I don't know if the global interest is big enough, to present them with daily updated english-written news.
For now, i will stick with this, and try to open the door into this country a little bit, and give them insight.
This wasn't one of my usual posts, maybe tomorrow will be more news-worthy.
Oh, and the faroese football/soccer-season is over today, and NSÍ were the winners.
Friday, October 26, 2007
i.e. it says:
a recent survey done by National Geographic Traveler and their island experts has attempted to rate 111 popular island destinations according to their sustainability and the impact that tourism has already had on them.
They decided that islands with not-so-fantastic beaches and cloudy weather are doing the best at the moment: places like Scotland's Shetland Islands and Denmark's Faroe Islands rate in the top five. Experts were asked to name islands that are "authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so." Only the Faroe Islands fit that bill. But in the next category of islands--those that are almost unspoiled but just have minor difficulties--some great destinations pop up: Australia's Kangaroo Island and Tasmania, Dominica, the Grenadines, Molokai in Hawaii, Santa Catalina in California and France's Corsica.
Here's the list itself:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/islandsrated0711/islands.html
Thursday, October 25, 2007
First they ran 15 kilometres, then they cycled 76 kilometres, and then they ran again, this time 7.5 kilometres. Joan ended up #6, and i think that's a wonderful result.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Faroe Islands and Greenland have 2 posts there each, and when danes are voting, we'll be voting on which 2 persons to send to Denmark.
As a republican, i oppose of this.
You might have noticed i am somewhat biased, but when biased thoughts occur, you will notice.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here's the synopsis: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2007/s2050734.htm
And here's the segment itself, you need Realplayer or Windows Media Player to play this, it's streamed, and quality is quite bad:
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
5 gold medals.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The icelandinc newspaper, Morgunblaðið, is having a fieldday with this, i.e. asking if the french team can't take on a couple of locals, when they are there anyway.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Faroe Islands are among the lowest ranked teams on the FIFA ranking list, and France are at #2. This will really be a David vs. Goliath match.
The match takes place on Tórsvøllur, in Tórshavn.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
It has faroese subtitles, so it'll be pretty interesting for you people who don't know the faroese language. Maybe you'll learn a thing or two. :)
T H E S P E E C H
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My personal opinion is that i hope it's coming. It will ease so very much communication. And it will smooth the relationship between each person and i.e. public offices.
Not much news today, been a busy guy. :)
Sunday, October 7, 2007
That channel can be roughly translated as "Channel 2" ( Rás 2 ) - And their ownership has changed hands. A company called "Miðlavarpið" has bought it, Miðlavarpið is affiliated with Sosialurin (where i believe Ogie's relative works).
They will try to match with the national radio, but yet, be different.
A gallery from their opening afternoon can be seen here:
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I know that Workman has been playing with the idea, on experiencing the festival. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Another plan has emerged. Now they want to build an international airport in Nólsoy - However, this will require a sub-sea tunnel between Tórshavn and Nólsoy, as the island only has connection by a small ferry.
All this talk about a second airport, leads me to the conclusion, that within a few years, we will have another one.
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I might just mention, that in a few days, BP will starting drilling, in faroese waters, and they are at the most positive level they've ever been. They will drill deeper than ever before. And the fact that gas has been found close by, ups their positivity.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Yesterday, 2 policemen were injured, when a mentally unstable man, sprayed ammonium hydroxide on their faces. It also touched their eyes. They managed to get backup, and they got to a hospital, where they had their eyes under running water for six straight hours. Today we're getting word, that their eyes will not be damaged by this.
The mentally unstable man, got teargassed, and then taken into custody, and will be observed at the hospital today.
All of this took place in Tórshavn.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
It was a rather pecualiar day, unlike any other day, a former president of the USA, was coming to visit. This character hasn't exactly been laying low, after his run in the White House. He's gone from being president, to being a citizen of the world, and using his influence and fame, to improve certain issues in the world.
So what had this very charismatic man to say to us? We're not 50.000 people, so would it really matter what he said, would his words fly right past us? No, not at all.
I.e. he said that he was very fascinated by the faroese grass turf roofs, and said the we were ahead, when it came to preserving energy (in this case, heat).
He said he wasn't here to lecture us, on how to live, because we were already doing great he said.
We (the Faroe Islands) were stepping on the global platform, and we have to become a part of the world. As a (possible) future oil-producer, As a leading country in fishing. And as a travel destination, we are a part of the global world, and we have to act thereby.
This man, through his enigmatic presence, has sent a shudder through the leaders of this country, and i think, for the first time, we are starting to realize, we are a part of the world, and not just a country, drifting in the Atlantic Ocean.
My personal opinion is that i think it's bs (an election is in January, and Tórshavn is the ministers area, so i think he's fishing for votes here) - Plus, there hasn't been any real exploration, of whether somewhere else is better to put the airport, i.e. today the most experienced pilot here in the Faroes, talked of Søltuvík (again, can't find a decent picture), Søltuvík is on Sandoy. He thought that it would suit better, for a new airport.
Our economy is fuming at the moment, we shouldn't allow it to boil.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
, maybe he flipped through some pages there. After that, he went to ALV-búðin - which is a shop, and the income goes to people with working disabilities, there he drank a cup of coffee.
P.S. The man you see standing in the doorway there, is Magni Arge, the director of Atlantic Airways
Here's a gallery:
He feels that the weapon inspectors should've gotten more time, before any invasion. Mr. Blix strongly opposes a possible invasion of Iran. (My personal stance on that, is that they'll wake up a sleeping giant).
Hans Blix thinks that the world would be a safer place, if Bill Clinton was in power on 9/11.
I have erased what i said earlier on here, and i will post what was commented on this thread, otherwise my other references to Blix' interview are correct:
"Blix did not say, that Saddam has gotten the same status as Gadaffi and Castro, rather he postulated, that if the US had not invaded Iraq, Saddam would have gotten this status but would not have been a threat to human kind - only to his own people."
I thank for this correction, and it was a silly mistake from me, to make a wrong reference.
He is now in Tórshavn, making a short stop at Hotel Føroyar - Hans Blix has arrived, and the media isn't actually giving him any notice, which in a way is a shame.
As Cleo Paskal said in a review of the Faroes "A place like that doesn't need Clinton to feel important." - But, i must admit, it's nice, it's cool... it's good to host a distinguished person like Bill Clinton, and i hope that he will feel very welcomed.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
One market-strategy, will be offering the Faroe Islands, as a place for extreme sports... we'll see how this all pans out...
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
This Monday, i am turning 30...
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Yarn, anyone?I actually thought it said: Yam, anyone?
But it looks like this is a Faroese lady, which has opened a shop in USA, selling Faroese yarns, made of Faroese wool.
Somewhere, near Shetland and close to the Faroese border, the gas company Total, has found a large quantity of gas, and this makes it a little more positive for a possible Faroese gas/oil future.
As i've begun working after my summer vacation, i've left this place in a somewhat unhealthy state. I want to get back to updating more regularly.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
The pictures are so many, so these are in random order, without any text to accompany them. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
At one time, this was the worlds biggest mailbox.
In the middle of this picture, you can see a seal poking his head out of the water.
That'll be all for now.