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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".   The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Dutch sign deal with Norway to house 242 prisoners
[Norwaynews] [22.01.2015, 08:02pm, Thu. GMT]
This summer, up to 242 convicts will be brought from Norway to the Netherlands to serve out their sentences in a Dutch jail, junior justice minister Fred Teeven told parliament on Thursday. Teeven said he had signed an agreement with the Norwegian prison authorities to provide jail places for the prisoners, who will not necessarily be Norwegian. ‘It could be a Pole, Latvian or Lithuanian with a Norwegian prison sentence,’ he said.
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Obama administration wants ‘Frozen’ spin-off on climate change
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2015, 06:30pm, Fri. GMT]
An Obama administration official wants to hire Walt Disney Co. to use the "Frozen" franchise to teach children about climate change. The 2013 musical film about a princess’s journey with an iceman in Norway has been a massive financial success, won two Academy Awards and is the highest grossing animated film of all time. But Robert Papp, the State Department’s envoy for the Arctic, wants to use "Frozen’s" characters to teach children about climate change’s impacts on the Arctic.
Havyard increases its focus on Asia
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2015, 06:16pm, Fri. GMT]
Havyard Group ASA has a strong brand name in Asia and has delivered design and equipment packages to shipping companies and shipyards in Singapore, India and China, in addition to building ships for an Indian shipping company at the group’s yard in Norway. In addition to Havyard Far East Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, Havyard also has an office in Shanghai in China. Hallvard Fosnavaag has been appointed head of Havyard Far East and will be responsible for the markets in Asia (with the exception of China) and the Middle East.
Flying a US Navy S-2 single engine to the beach while the ship was begging it to come back aboard
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2015, 05:52pm, Fri. GMT]
“Jimmy, how you doing?” Jack shook my hand. We were in the Reno, Nevada hotel meeting room that would serve as our reunion headquarters for the next three days. Whenever I hear Jack come into sight, he always says the same thing: “Jimmy, how you doing?” No one else that I know ever calls me “Jimmy”, but Jack always uses that diminutive for some reason. Not that I mind it – after all, that is what most people called me through high school. I cannot see Jack or hear his familiar voice call me Jimmy without thinking about one night forty years earlier in September, 1972, a night that is seared into my brain forever.
Taiwan Stand at 2015 Reiselivsmessen Oslo attracted a lot of visitors
[Norway] [22.01.2015, 08:58am, Thu. GMT]
Taipei Representative Office in Norway participated in 2015 Reiselivsmessen Oslo at Fornebu Telenor Arena during January 9~11th, promoting the unique natural and cultural beauty of Taiwan. There were Taiwanese Tea Savoring, Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration, and a lot of useful travel information at the Taiwan stand, which successfully attracted a lot of visitors who are interested in traveling to Taiwan.
A watershed for freedom of expression
[Norway] [22.01.2015, 08:52am, Thu. GMT]
On the flight home from Paris, having taken part in the historic rally against extremism and terrorism, it became increasingly clear to me that the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will stand as a watershed moment in the history of freedom of expression in Europe. The terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo was a direct attack on one of the most fundamental democratic rights. It was a direct attack on freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
In the footsteps of Nansen
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 06:19pm, Wed. GMT]
These days many people in Norway pay attention to the fact that in recent years the country’s oil and oil service companies have earned billions from projects linked to the Russian Arctic shelf, and authorities have to consider how much the state will lose, if it follows the policy of the USA and EU. They in the West, including Scandinavian countries as well, do create a myth of a new Russian threat”.
Norwegians test Exelis command management information system
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 06:09pm, Wed. GMT]
Exelis' latest command management information system has successfully completed sea acceptance testing aboard A Norwegian Coast Guard ship. The test was part of a modernization program for the KV Senga that includes the integration of the vessel's tactical data link, upgrading its computer and displays and navigational system. The CMIS system by Exelis, which can be extended to support new sensor packages such as electronic support measures or advanced sonar, is being deployed on at least two other Norwegian ships over the next two years.
Norway to Remain Stable Gas Supplier to EU
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 05:12pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway will remain a stable gas supplier to Europe for many years to come, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Wednesday. The announcement was made at a press briefing after her meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium. "We have discussed interdependence on energy security in Europe. And I would like to underline that Norway is and will continue to be a stable and reliable gas supplier to the EU for many years to come," Solberg told journalists.
World Resources Institute updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Accounting Guidance
[Norwaynews] [20.01.2015, 10:37am, Tue. GMT]
The World Resources Institute launched the updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Accounting Guidance for companies and governments to report their emissions from electricity used (Scope 2). The framework recommends how companies can measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions. This clarity can transform energy buying practices in the corporate world. For the first time, Guarantees of Origin, REC and I-REC are featured as instruments to document and track electricity used from renewable energy sources.
Largest European displacement crisis since the Balkan Wars
[Norwaynews] [17.01.2015, 06:10pm, Sat. GMT]
More than one million Ukrainians have been driven from their homes since the conflict started in March 2014. “I do not think people are aware of how desperate the situation is for tens of thousands of displaced. This runs the risk of becoming a humanitarian catastrophe”, Jan Egeland Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council said.
Red notice issued for husband of Istanbul suicide bomber: Norwegian prosecutor
[Norwaynews] [17.01.2015, 07:06am, Sat. GMT]
Norway issued a red notice and international arrest warrant for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-connected spouse of the Sultanahmet suicide bomber Diana Ramazova in July 2014, the Norwegian prosecutor in the investigation has told daily Hürriyet. Anne Karoline Bakken Staff, the prosecutor heading the investigation into Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev, the Chechen-rooted Norwegian citizen and spouse of Diana Ramazova, the suicide bomber who detonated herself in the touristic Istanbul neighborhood of Sultanahmet on Jan. 6, said the Norwegian Police Security Services started an investigation into Edelbijev in 2013.
Travel: A freezing time in Tromso, Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2015, 04:12pm, Fri. GMT]
Bold stripes, neat zigzags and intricate petal patterns: a variety of designs decorate the many pairs of mittens hanging in a display cabinet at Tromso University Museum, writes Sarah Marshall. For a place where the temperature can drop below freezing for a large chunk of the year, an exhibition celebrating thermal accessories does seem appropriate. Yet I discover the pieces of handmade handwear bear a greater cultural relevance.
Mixed feelings in Kurdistan as Norway set to free radical Mulla Krekar
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2015, 04:08pm, Fri. GMT]
Kurdistan Region - The three main Islamic parties in the Kurdistan Region welcomed the imminent release of radical Kurdish cleric Mulla Krekar from prison in Norway, hoping for an end to the decade-long legal battle that has kept him away from his native Kurdistan. Krekar is wanted in Kurdistan on terrorism charges that date back to late the 1990s and early 2000 when he founded and ran the radical Ansar al-Islam, a group which has had links to al-Qaida. He has also faced multiple legal processes in Norway, where he has lived since 1991.
Can the ‘unknown angel’ deliver?
[Norwaynews] [15.01.2015, 06:40am, Thu. GMT]
The most difficult challenge for Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will be reconciliation with the Tamils. Anyone who two months back bet on Maithripala Sirisena winning the presidential election in Sri Lanka would be a millionaire. Most international experts expected former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to win and strengthen his family rule. He controlled the resources of the state to fund his election campaign and administered thousands of buses to transport people to election rallies.
Kongsberg signs coastal defence contract with Poland
[Norwaynews] [14.01.2015, 09:57am, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract with the Polish Ministry of National Defence for an NSM (Naval Strike Missile) Coastal Defence System valued at NOK 1.3 Billion. KONGSBERG says the scope of delivery is a Squadron-size unit similar to the contract won with Poland in 2008.
Norway minister enraged at use of girl in bomb attack
[Norwaynews] [12.01.2015, 09:05pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, expressed outrage at the use of a young girl as a suicide bomber during recent terror attacks in Nigeria. "I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news that once again a young girl has been used as a suicide bomber, this time at a market in the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," said Børge Brende.
Norway Envoy with Gujarat Chief Minister
[Norwaynews] [12.01.2015, 05:20pm, Mon. GMT]
Along with the Royal Norwegian Embassy Ambassador Mr. Eivind Homme, a delegation came to participate in Vibrant Gujarat-2015 met Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel here in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar and showed their interest to cooperate with Gujarat in multiple sectors such as Ship Building and Ship Breaking, Hydropower, Renewable Energy, High-Tech Food Production, Radar based Vessels Traffic Management system.
A corruption case, with India at the centre, embroils Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.01.2015, 04:21am, Mon. GMT]
Top former executives of fertiliser giant Yara face graft charges for paying money to the son of a senior official in the Indian Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers. In what has been called Norway’s biggest corruption scandal ever, four former top executives of fertiliser giant Yara have been indicted for “aggravated bribery” in Libya, India and Russia. In a 12-week trial that started at the Oslo District Court last week, all four pleaded not guilty.
Norway Mandates Columbia with Sustainability Study
[Norwaynews] [09.01.2015, 06:32pm, Fri. GMT]
The bank responsible for investing the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has asked Columbia University to examine how sustainability factors affect mining sector profitability. The New York City-based institution was awarded a three-year grant by Norges Bank to chart the impact of environmental changes on copper and gold mining.
Anders H. Lier joins Enoro as CEO
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2015, 07:11pm, Wed. GMT]
Anders H. Lier is appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Enoro Group as of 1 January 2015. Mr. Lier joins Enoro to build on its Nordic market leadership and spearhead the international expansion. Enoro is the global software house that makes utilities more intelligent. Enoro is a software solutions provider offering a complete solution portfolio for the meter-to-cash processes of small, medium and large energy utilities.
Mullah Krekar to Be Released From Norwegian Prison
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2015, 06:18pm, Fri. GMT]
Controversial Kurdish cleric Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as mullah Krekar, will be released from Kongsvinger prison in southeastern Norway on Sunday. Krekar has been imprisoned since 2012 for making death threats against three Kurds and Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg, now Prime Minister of Norway. Last week, Norwegian police announced that Krekar would be sent to an asylum center in the village of Kyrksaeterora in central Norway after his release, some 520 km (323 miles) from the capital, Oslo.
Norway protests against human rights violations in Saudi Arabia
[Norway] [23.01.2015, 06:14pm, Fri. GMT]
‘I deplore the fact that the punishment of Saudi human rights defender Raif Badawi by public flogging has begun, and call for this to be halted and for Mr Badawi to be released,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende raised the matter directly with HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in London today. Last year, Norway protested when Mr Badawi was sentenced to 1 000 lashes, 10 years’ imprisonment, a 10-year travel ban and a fine of 1 million riyals (USD266,000) for having exercised his right to comment on political and religious issues in Saudi Arabian society.
Norwegian soldiers sent on 'naked jog' catch frostbite
[Norwaynews] [22.01.2015, 08:01pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's mandatory military service is intended to toughen up the Arctic nation's young men and women. But six of its young military police recruits who were forced to go for a freezing, naked run – and consequently caught frostbite – appear to have been pushed too far. In an incident swiftly condemned by the Norwegian army, six novices at a barracks in Setermoen – some 160 miles north of the Arctic Circle – were sent for an unscheduled jog in the early hours of morning.
EUR 20 million for fighting poverty in Romania
[Norway] [22.01.2015, 08:54am, Thu. GMT]
'Romania faces serious challenges relating to poverty and social exclusion, particularly among the Roma people. This is why we are allocating funds from the Norway Grants to improve their living conditions,’ said Vidar Helgesen, Minister for EEA and EU Affairs. Romania is one of the poorest countries in the EU. More than 40 % of its population, or around nine million people, are at risk of poverty according to Eurostat. In particular, a large number of Roma do not have access to adequate education, health and other social services.
Czech Prime Minister asks his Norwegian counterpart to assess the case
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 08:16pm, Wed. GMT]
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has asked his Norwegian counterpart, Erna Solberg, to thoroughly assess the case of the Michalák brothers, whom Norwegian authorities have taken away from their mother, he said after he met the Norwegian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Siri Ellen Sletner. Sobotka (Social Democrats, ČSSD) wants the Norwegian welfare service or courts to act "objectively with regard for the children's interests, the interests of the biological family."
The world’s smallest and prettiest Coca-Cola life launch
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 06:13pm, Wed. GMT]
Coca-Cola life is coming to Norway, and the launch will be celebrated in one of the smallest and most beautiful places in the world: at Reine in Lofoten. The 307 villagers   will be the first in Norway to taste the new addition to the Coca-Cola family, which has so far only been released to a small number of countries. “It’s been nine years since we last launched a new Coca-Cola product on the Norwegian market, Coca-Cola zero. There’s been lots of speculation about when Coca-Cola life would be added to the Coca-Cola family in Norway, so we are glad to finally be able to release it”, says Anne Marit Ihlen, Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola Norway.
Two British businessmen arrested on suspicion of involvement in sale of warships to Nigerian security company
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 06:07pm, Wed. GMT]
Two British businessmen have been arrested on suspicion of bribing a Norwegian official alleged to be involved the controversial sale of six former naval vessels to a Nigerian private security company. A joint investigation by the City of London’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit  (OACU) and their counterparts in Norway, Okokrim, examined how the former warships, including missile-torpedo boats (MTBs), ended up under the control of a former Niger Delta militant who now runs privatised national security contracts worth millions of dollars that have been authorised by the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Botswana, Namibia to consult Norway on beef quotas
[Norwaynews] [21.01.2015, 03:04pm, Wed. GMT]
Ministers responsible for trade and industry in Botswana and Namibia are expected to meet Norwegian officials in Oslo at the weekend to discuss a beef quota review.The ministers, Vincent Seretse from Botswana and Namibia’s Carl Schlettwein would meet with Norwegian Trade Minister Monica Mæland and her officials to discuss ongoing reforms in the European country’s agricultural policy framework.
Czech MEP to negotiate children’s return to mother in Norway
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2015, 06:15pm, Sun. GMT]
Tomáš Zdechovský (Christian Democrats, KDU-ČSL), a Czech member of the European Parliament, will fly to Norway for negotiations with local politicians and offices about the case of two boys whom Norwegian authorities took from their Czech mother Eva Michaláková, his adviser Eva Fruhwirtová told the Czech News Agency (ČTK). Zdechovský will be accompanied by MEP Petr Mach (Free Citizens), MP Jitka Chalánková (TOP 09) and the family's defense lawyer Pavel Hasenkopf, Fruhwirtová added.
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp Travels to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Russia
[Norwaynews] [17.01.2015, 05:45pm, Sat. GMT]
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Russia for consultations with key Arctic stakeholders, January 15–27, ahead of the U.S. assumption of the Arctic Council chairmanship in April 2015. During his visit he will meet with government officials, indigenous communities, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic, and business leaders.
UK Deputy Minister leads Norway lamb mission
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2015, 04:14pm, Fri. GMT]
A delegation, which included Hybu Cig Cymru, travelled to Oslo last Monday where they met with trade representatives and importers and processors to help further raise the profile of Welsh lamb and discuss opportunities for further exporting the premium product to meet the growing demand for lamb amongst Norwegian consumers.
Rwandan genocide convict to appeal to Norway's Supreme Court
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2015, 04:10pm, Fri. GMT]
A Rwandan resident of Bergen convicted to 21 years in prison over his involvement in the 1994 genocide in the central African country is to take the case to Norway‘s Supreme Court, his lawyer said Friday. "New evidence presented during the recent court proceedings suggested that several witnesses lied about what he did in Rwanda," lawyer Brynjulf Risnes told news agency NTB.
Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leoneans in Norway support Ebola victims
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2015, 04:07pm, Fri. GMT]
The call made by President Koroma for all to contribute to the fight to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus has been relatively encouraging, as a group of Sierra Leoneans in Norway have sent their hard-earned cash to render support to victims of the Ebola virus disease.
UN envoy says Cyprus peace talks moving 'in wrong direction'
[Norwaynews] [14.01.2015, 08:25pm, Wed. GMT]
A U.N. envoy said Wednesday that deadlocked talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus were at risk of being derailed amid a dispute over rights to search for offshore gas. Espen Barth Eide said it's unclear when talks would resume. "I am increasingly concerned that things are not moving," Eide said after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
Norway University College upgrades to all used K-Sim Navigation simulator from Kongsberg Maritime
[Norwaynews] [14.01.2015, 09:55am, Wed. GMT]
Aalesund University College has become one of the first Kongsberg Maritime simulator users to migrate to the cutting-edge used simulator technology platform, K-Sim Navigation. In a contract signed on January 6th 2015 following an open tender by the College, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a used K-Sim Navigation aft and forward bridge configuration, which is DNV Class B compliant with an integrated DP2 simulator. Installation is scheduled for May 2015.
Snow delays? In Norway?
[Norwaynews] [12.01.2015, 05:22pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway is one place that generally has no problem with a bit of snow, but my flight from Oslo to Longyearben on Svalbard is indeed delayed because of snow. There seems to be a queue at the de-icing stand. I am hoping there will be no problems catching the next little plane up to Ny Alesund. But as it is a fairly special flight, I am hoping the pilot and my Polar Night colleagues already in Longyearben will wait for me.
Faces of diversity
[Norway] [12.01.2015, 05:18pm, Mon. GMT]
This is Vidar Helgesen's foreword in the catalogue for the Sea Change exhibition that opened in Oslo 12 January. Sea Change is a photo documentary about young Europeans. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a proud supporter of Project Sea Change. Outstanding photographers have taken on the challenging task of documenting the lives of our young generation, capturing their daily lives, dreams, fears and hopes for the future – at a time of transformation in Europe.
Sri Lanka’s Minorities Choose “Unknown Angel” Over “Known Devil”
[Norwaynews] [09.01.2015, 10:36pm, Fri. GMT]
The United Nations chief while congratulating the people of Sri Lanka on the successful presidential elections said he is looking forward to working with the new President Maithripala Sirisena. A statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General said the UNSG congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the presidential election, and welcomes the constitutional transfer of power.
2014 was a record year for Norwegian salmon exports
[Norwaynews] [08.01.2015, 01:22pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway exported salmon worth NOK 43.9 billion (USD 5.7 billion) in 2014, the highest export level ever for salmon and represents an 11 per cent gain on 2013. “Increased salmon production in Norway combined with strong demand and record salmon prices have contributed to set a new export record for Norwegian salmon," said Paul Aandahl, branch manager for salmon and trout at the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Norway condemns Paris terrorist attack
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2015, 06:37pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemns Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris, and calls it an attack on the freedom of expression. She says Norwegian media must not be frightened from printing provoking caricatures. And Nato general secretary Jens Stoltenberg said: “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack at the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris today.
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