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Map of Møre og Romsdal   Møre og Romsdal is a county in the northernmost part of the Vestlandet region of Norway, and borders the counties of Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane. The county administration is located in Molde. The county was formely known as Romsdalen amt.
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.
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Fisherman left 'astonished' after finding SEX TOY inside cod's stomach
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 12:18pm, Sat. GMT]
A fisherman was left 'astonished' after finding a SEX TOY inside a cod's stomach. This picture shows the vibrator which was discovered by Norwegian fisherman Bjoern Frilund inside his catch-of-the-day. After netting a 6-kilo cod while fishing for herring, Mr Frilund quickly discovered its stomach had an unusual shape. But the 64-year-old was left even more astonished when he discovered this large vibrator inside it.
Norwegian Police suspect an on-board explosion caused fire that killed 2, injured 9
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2011, 05:40pm, Thu. GMT]
An "intense" fire in a cruise ship's engine room killed two crewmen Thursday, injured nine others and forced over 200 passengers to evacuate a popular cruise off Norway's craggy western coast. Police suspect an on-board explosion.
Public split on mayor's fate
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:20am, Fri. GMT]
Calls continued on Tuesday for Oslo's mayor to resign after he admitted cheating on his taxes, but Oslo voters seem evenly split on the issue. His daughter, meanwhile, is getting full pay from her employer (state-controlled Norsk Hydro) after she also admitted to tax evasion.
Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen, who's among the top management at Hydro and works as the industrial firm's communications director, confirmed on national radio Tuesday morning that she will continue to receive full pay and benefits from Hydro while she's away from work on so-called "welfare permission." That means she'll keep collecting around NOK 150,000 a month (about USD 25,000) that she earns in her top management job. She claimed it was common for Hydro to support its employees who are caught up in personal crises, and that she was "completely certain" that any other Hydro employee would receive the same treatment.
Consumer council ranks local authorities
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:26pm, Thu. GMT]
The level of service is disappointingly low in many Norwegian municipalities, according to a ranking by the Norwegian Consumer Council. Some local authorities, argues director Erik Lund-Isaksen, do not even care to answer enquiries from citizens. While the overall result of the Norwegian Consumer Council's comprehensive ranking of local authorities showed that many still have a long way to go when it comes to improving service, there are notable exceptions.
Oslo Agreement Revisited
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:39am, Sun. GMT]

On these hot, sticky days of the Israeli summer, it is pleasant to feel the coolness of Oslo, even if the visit is only virtual. Fourteen years after the signing of the Oslo agreement, it is again the subject of debate: Was it a historical mistake? In the past, only the Right said so. They talked about “Oslo criminals,” as the Nazis used to rail against “November criminals” (those who signed the November 1918 armistice between the defeated Germany and the victorious Allies.)

Now, the debate is also agitating the Left. With the wisdom of hindsight, some leftists argue that the Oslo agreement is to blame for the dismal political situation of the Palestinians, the near collapse of the Palestinian Authority and the split between Gaza and the West Bank. The slogan “Oslo is dead” can be heard on all sides.What truth is there in this?On the morrow of the agreement, Gush Shalom held a public debate in a large Tel-Aviv hall. Opinions were divided. Some said that it was a bad agreement and should not be supported in any way. Others saw it as a historic breakthrough.

I supported the agreement. I told the audience: True, it is a bad agreement. No one looking only at the written paragraphs could stand up for it. But for me, it is not the written paragraphs that are important. What is important is the spirit of the agreement. After decades of mutual denial, Israel and the Palestinian people have recognized each other. That is a historic step, from which there is no going back.

 It is happening now in the minds of millions on both sides. It creates a dynamism for peace that will overcome, in the end, all the obstacles embedded in the agreement.This view was accepted by most of those present and has since determined the direction of the peace camp. Now I am asking myself: Was I right?Yasser Arafat said about Oslo: “This is the best agreement that could be achieved in the worst situation.” He meant the balance of power, with Israel’s huge advantage over the Palestinians.For the sake of fair disclosure: I may have contributed in a small way to the shaping of his attitude.

At my meetings with him in Tunis, I advocated again and again a pragmatic approach. Learn from the Zionists, I told him. They never said “No”. At every stage they agreed to accept what was offered to them, and immediately went on to strive for more. The Palestinians, on the contrary, always said “No” and lost.Some time before the agreement was signed, I had an especially interesting meeting in Tunis. I did not yet know what was happening in Oslo, but ideas for a possible agreement were in the air. The meeting took place in Arafat’s office, with Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Abed-Rabbo and two or three others.It was a kind of brain storming session. We covered all the subjects under discussion — a Palestinian state, borders, Jerusalem, the settlements, security and so on. Ideas were bandied about and considered. I was asked: What can Rabin offer? I asked in return: What can you accept? In the end we reached a kind of consensus that came very close to the Oslo Agreement that was signed a few weeks later.I remember, for example, what was said about Jerusalem.

Austrians on blaze-hit cruise ship
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2011, 02:40pm, Fri. GMT]
Four Austrians were among the hundreds of passengers of a cruise ship which caught fire off Norway’s western coast yesterday morning (Thurs). Officials in the Scandinavian country explained 262 people were onboard. Two crew members died while 53 others got away unscathed or with minor injuries, according to Norwegian authorities.
Alesund: Norway’s most beautiful city.
[Norwaynews] [23.05.2009, 06:43am, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegians have a saying: “I haven’t seen anything like it since Ålesund burnt down.” Since this charming port city invariably tops national polls as the most beautiful town in Norway, it was clearly some rebuilding job.  The destruction of Ålesund in a fire on a stormy January night in 1904 led to an international relief effort, with the French staging what was perhaps the world’s first charity concert at Sarah Bernhardt’s theatre in Paris.  The ever-practical Germans, however, sent architects who were eager to use Ålesund as a blank canvas to showcase the style of the day — Art Nouveau (also known as Jugendstil).
Rate hikes start hurting
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:52pm, Thu. GMT]
Historically low interest rates in Norway have fueled the real estate market and prompted thousands to borrow heavily in recent years. A series of small rate hikes, the latest coming today, is finally leaving some borrowers feeling the pinch. Norway's central bank (Norges Bank) acted in line with analysts' expectations Wednesday and boosted its key lending rate a quarter percent, to 4.75 percent.  "Consumer price inflation remains moderate, but there are prospects that inflation will gradually pick up," reported the bank in a prepared statement. "The interest rate is being raised so that inflation will not become too high."
State lacks control over money sent abroad
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:59pm, Thu. GMT]
Norwegian authorities don't have adequate control over the money that immigrants send back home, according to a report for the foreign ministry.  No one knows just how much money is sent from Norway to other countries, but it's estimated to amount to tens of millions of kroner a year. The peace research institute PRIO issued a critical report on Friday, financed by the foreign ministry and its aid agency Norad, that criticized authorities for not allowing the so-called hawala system of money transfers available in other countries.
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