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Map of Buskerud   Buskerud is a county in Norway, bordering Akershus, Oslo, Oppland, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Telemark, and Vestfold. The county administration is located in Drammen.
Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
Electronic home voting next in Norway
[Norwaynews] [07.07.2009, 08:09am, Tue. GMT]
The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development is now working on a plan to test the possibility for allowing Norwegians to cast their vote from the home PC at the municipal elections in 2011. The Minister of Local Government, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, is eager to introduce reforms which will increase the interest for elections and for voter participation. She says that the planned test will be carried out in a selected number of municipalities in two years. However, Kleppa says security will be given highest priority, to protect the system of secret balloting.
Heavy rains bring rats
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:48pm, Thu. GMT]
Increasing numbers of rats are moving above ground, and into Norwegian homes, after the wettest summer in decades.
Rats thrive best in damp surroundings, and some pest control specialists are already seeing the results of an especially damp summer.
"We've had more calls than normal, from all over southeastern Norway," Arne Nese of pest control firm Rentokil told consumer web site Forbruker.no. "There's a clear link to the wet weather we've had."
Dogs search for clues in young bride's disappearance
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Police have been using specially trained dogs in their ongoing search for a young Vietnamese woman brought to the Bergen area as the bride of a Norwegian man. Police think she's been murdered, and were holding her husband, his brother and his parents over the weekend.  Police later won court permission to incarcerate both the husband and mother-in-law of Dung Tran Larsen, age 22, who hasn't been seen since July 14. Dung and her cousin both came to Norway as the brides of two Norwegian brothers from Loddefjord in Bergen. The young women were hoping for a better life in Norway, but reality didn’t match expectations.
Canada & Norway. Autoship Systems stabilises offshore industry
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 02:21pm, Thu. GMT]
Autoship Systems Corporation is pleased to announce that the Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC) in Aalesund Norway have decided to incorporate Autoload® 3D on-board loading software into its real time simulator system.Anchor handling courses at OSC will now be able to handle and train operators in the stability aspects of the process alongside the practical aspects of anchor handling and other advanced offshore operations.The loading condition for a given anchor handling operation will be prepared in Autoload, and the vessels floating position and dynamic motion response will be according to correct mass / mass distributions and free surface effects.
Is Tromso Norway Suitable For a 2018 Winter Olympic Games
[GamesBids.com] [26.08.2007, 08:23pm, Sun. GMT]

Tromso Norway, located more than 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, wants to bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Tromso 2018 bid committee has already spent $3.3 million to prepare its bid and the Norwegian Sports Confederation has already endorsed Tromso over Oslo/Lillehammer and Trondheim. Tromso wanted to bid for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games but according to the Tribune the Norwegian government decided against a 2014 bid thinking it was too close to the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Erlend Rian, an adviser to Tromso 2018 and the city’s former mayor said,

U.S. lagging in race to North Pole.
[Norwaynews] [25.08.2007, 01:57pm, Sat. GMT]
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he doesn't own the North Pole. It belongs to the Russians, if President Vladimir V. Putin gets his way. Or maybe it belongs to the Danes, or the Canadians, all of whom are staking their claims to whatever is under the melting Arctic ice.  Global warming has started a new Great Game in the Far North. Rival navies have been sailing into formerly ice-locked seas, bearing geologists in search of data to support territorial claims. The prize is perhaps 25 per cent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas, as well as mineral riches and access to lucrative shipping lanes.  
Hydro stays mum on its manager's tax trouble
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:13am, Fri. GMT]
Top bosses at state-controlled Norsk Hydro, one of Norway's largest industrial concerns, aren't commenting much on allegations their own information director has had access to a secret Swiss bank account. "This isn't a case for Hydro," spokesman Tor Steinum told business news website E24. "We have no plans whatsoever to comment on it." Hydro's communications director is Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen, who's caught up in a bitter divorce case that's unleashed allegations that she's repeatedly withdrawn money from a bank account at Credit Suisse in Zurich. The account balance would have been subject to tax in Norway, but it reportedly hasn't been disclosed on her tax returns The court case was reported by newspaper Dagens Næringsliv late last week and that's set off a storm of controversy since Norwegians take alleged tax evasion very seriously.
State orders end to train woes
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:22pm, Thu. GMT]
The heads of both the Norwegian state railway (NSB) and the state agency in charge of the tracks (Jernbaneverket) were called into the Transport Minister's office on Wednesday and were due back on Thursday, ordered to present a clear plan for ending the chaos that's disrupting service. Transport Minister Liv Signe Navarsete vowed that the management of NSB "won't get any rest until they have regained control over the situation." She added that "the worst that can happen now is if people give up on the train system." She was expecting both NSB boss Einar Enger and railroad boss Steinar Killi of Jernbaneverket back in her office on Thursday, 24 hours after they were ordered to find a way to get the system back on track.
Reitan teams with Shell
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:53pm, Thu. GMT]
One of Norway's largest retailing and real estate firms, Reitangruppen, is linking up with oil major Shell to run its convenience stores inside Shell stations.  Reitan said it had cut a "comprehensive, international deal" to operate Shell's convenience stores through Reitan’s 7-Eleven division. The deal will leave it running the petrol station stores at 91 YX stations in Norway, 66 YX stations in Denmark and 112 Shell stations in Sweden.
Hydro acquires interests in UK oil fields
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:45am, Thu. GMT]
Hydro has reached an agreement with Chevron North Sea Ltd. to acquire their total interests in the Mariner and Bressay heavy oil fields on the UK continental shelf. The acquisition contains 64.6 % in the Bressay field and some 45 % in the Mariner field, consisting of Mariner and Mariner East.  The fields have been appraised by many wells, but there are still uncertainties related to the potential recoverable reserves, and it is too early to confirm the commerciality. 
Norwegian defence technology company Simrad Optronics ASA wins training system contract from US Naval Surface War Center
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:26am, Sun. GMT]

Norwegian defence technology company Simrad Optronics ASA said on Monday (20 August) that its subsidiary Vinghog AS has secured a framework contract for a training system from the US Naval Surface War Center. The framework contract covers the development and delivery of a training system for the MK-47 grenade launcher, and has a maximum value of USD11.47m, of which Simrad Optronics has already received a first firm order valued at USD544,000.  Simrad Optronics, headquartered in Oslo,

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