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Norwegian Anti-Racist Memorial Tagged ‘Breivik Was Right’ Ahead of 10-Year Anniversary of Attacks

 

Norwegian Anti-Racist Memorial Tagged
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Ahead of his attacks on Oslo’s government quarter and the Labour Party’s youth camp, which left a deep scar on Norway’s national psyche, Anders Breivik issued a manifesto voicing fierce opposition to multiculturalism and Islam and blamed feminism for what he called Europe’s “cultural suicide”.

The memorial to Benjamin Hermansen, a Ghanaian boy stabbed in 2001 by neo-Nazis, has been tagged with the text “Breivik was right” in the Oslo district of Holmlia.

The Oslo Police believe it is serious as it comes 10 years after the mass shooting on the island Utøya that left 77 dead, the bloodiest peacetime killing in Norway, and have opened an investigation into the case.

“We are taking it seriously since it is happening right now. We are almost 10 years away from the incidents on Utøya and since reference is made to Breivik in the damage that has been done, we think it is natural that we do further investigations”, Police Inspector Egil Jørgen Brekke told national broadcaster NRK.

The police have asked for tips from the public and are working to find out whether any surveillance cameras nearby filmed the incident.

The incident sparked outrage among Norwegian politicians and community workers alike.

​Jonas Gahr Støre, the leader of the Labour Party, whose youth wing Breivik had targeted, called the vandalism an extreme act.

“The intelligence service, the police, and the security services cannot fully protect us against such attitudes. We must tackle it together, it is a societal issue”, Støre told the national broadcaster.

Fellow party member and City Council leader Raymond Johansen called it “disgusting”.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg said it is “terrible” to see the memorial being tagged just before 22 July.

“I am sad and angry, and this shows how important it is that we stand up against racism and hate speech every single day”, she said.

Beatriz Jaquotot, a board member of the Benjamin Memorial Fund, called the deed reprehensible.

“There have been both tears and anger earlier today”, she said, praising the local community for quickly washing the tag away. “It’s fortunately gone now”.

Benjamin Hermansen, 15, was killed at Holmlia in Oslo in January 2001. The murder was found to be racially motivated, and three members of the neo-Nazi group Boot Boys were subsequently sentenced to prison for complicity in the murder. Throughout the entire country, marches were organised in protest against the murder. In 2003, the annual Benjamin Prize was founded in Hermansen’s memory.

Notably, US singer Michael Jackson dedicated his 2001 album “Invincible” to Benjamin Hermansen.

In 2011, Anders Behring Breivik became the deadliest mass murderer in Norway’s history, pulling off a dual attack against Oslo’s government quarter and the Labour Youth Camp on Utøya Island, killing 77 and wounding over 150.

Prior to the attacks, which left Norway’s national psyche deeply traumatised, Anders Breivik issued a manifesto voicing fierce opposition to multiculturalism and Islam and blamed feminism for what he called Europe’s “cultural suicide”. Diagnosed with narcissistic and antisocial personality disorder, Breivik has since been serving Norway’s harshest sentence of 21 years in solitary confinement.

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Norwegian krone weakens after stock market fall

The Norwegian krone is at its weakest since December after the sharp fall on the stock exchanges on Monday.

“There are several factors that came into play at the same time,” interest rate and currency strategist Nils Kristian Knudsen in Handelsbanken told the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

“It is obvious to point out the sharp falls on the stock exchange,” he said, adding that there was also a large fall in oil prices on Monday. Together with uncertainty about future developments, this is a bad combination for the Norwegian krone.

Knudsen says that the krone has weakened over many years. This is good news for Norwegian export-oriented industry. He adds that it is important to see it in context – if the underlying markets become weaker, a weaker krone exchange rate will help to dampen that effect.

A weaker krone also means that imports become more expensive.

On Tuesday, both the oil price and the main index rose from the start of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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Azrieli Group buys Norwegian data centers co for NIS 2.3b

Azrieli Group Ltd., controlled by Danna Azrieli, is expanding its data centers activity. The company reported today that it had signed an agreement to acquire a privately held company in this field in Norway, Trend reports with reference to Globes.

Azrieli Group will buy 100% of the shares in Green Mountain for NIS 2.285 billion. Green Mountain was founded in in 2009. In 2020, it posted a loss of NIS 6 million, despite 18% growth in its revenue to NIS 71 million.

The acquired company has three main activities: design and construction of server farms with high levels of data security; provision of advanced server farm services to enterprises and wholesale customers; and operating efficient server farms using power from renewable sources only.

Green Mountain operates three server farms in Norway. It also has potential for future construction and development on these and other sites, amounting to 520 MW. According to Azrieli Group, the data centers market in Scandinavia in general and in Norway in particular is enjoying high rates of growth thanks to the unusual availability of electricity produced from environmentally friendly sources and to costs of electricity that are among the lowest in Europe.

Azrieli Group is Israel’s largest real estate company, with a market cap of some NIS 30 billion. The company says that the acquisition of Green Mountain is part of its growth strategy, in which in recent years it has added server farms to its activities.

“The acquisition of Green Mountain is an important milestone in realizing Azrieli Group’s strategy of building international activity in data centers,” Danna Azrieli said. “The combination of the activity in North America through Compass and the acquisition of Green Mountain in Europe will enable Azrieli Group to become a significant player in this growing and developing arena. Data centers represent the new world of income-producing real estate, and are benefitting from high rates of growth.”

Azrieli Group will finance the acquisition from its own resources, including part of the proceeds of a NIS 3.7 billion bond offering that is currently in the process of making. In addition, it will act to secure a specific loan for up to 50% of the deal price through a subsidiary in Norway or Green Mountain.

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Norwegian Food Safety Authority warns against eating mussels in several places

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority now warns against eating mussels in several places in the country. The warning is valid until July 23.

The warning does not apply to Pacific oysters, but the Norwegian Food Safety Authority still asks people to be aware of the danger of algae toxins, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

The warning against eating the shells applies to the entire Oslo Fjord. It also applies to Agder, as well as parts of Sør-Rogaland.

On the other hand, you can eat mussels in Northern Norway and large parts of Central Norway, according to the warning.

If you ingest toxic shells, you may experience symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority provides advice on mussels every week from 34 different places along the coast.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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Government: The data attack on the Norwegian parliament’s email system was carried out from China

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) called in China’s ambassador to a meeting in relation to the data attack on the Norwegian parliament’s (Storting) email systems that took place in March.

“This is a serious incident that affected our most important democratic institution. 

“After a thorough review of our intelligence information, it is our assessment that the very serious data breach against the Storting was carried out from China,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide stated in a press release.

“Several of our allies, the EU and Microsoft, have also confirmed this. Chinese authorities must prevent such attacks from taking place. We expect China to take the matter very seriously so that similar incidents do not happen again,” Søreide warned.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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The number of Swedes applying for Norwegian citizenship has increased by 3,000% since the start of 2020

The number of Swedes applying for Norwegian citizenship has increased by more than 3,000% since January 2020.

More than 80,000 people have applied for Norwegian citizenship since a change in the law made it possible to apply for dual citizenship in January 2020, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Almost 10% of the applicants are Swedes, according to figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Between January 2020 and June 2021, 8173 Swedes applied for Norwegian citizenship. In comparison, 261 Swedes applied the year before.

“Swedes make up the largest group of applicants. That’s a huge change. Many had probably waited a long time for the change in the law,” Øystein Tonstad Leknes, unit manager in the residence department at the UDI, told NRK.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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Norwegian travelers are still not allowed to enter the United States

Americans can travel to Europe again, but so far, the United States has not reciprocated by opening the border, even though more and more people are being vaccinated.

Europeans can again cross each other’s borders in search of sun, beaches, new impressions, or just a break from everyday life. In early July, Europe also reopened to vaccinated American tourists. Norway has stricter entry restrictions than most countries in Europe, but for a short period, it became easier for Americans to enter Norway as well. But so far, the United States has not reciprocated.

Former United States President Donald Trump imposed a general travel ban on a number of countries, most of them in Europe, during the outbreak in March last year. The ban has remained standing since then.

Ball is on the US side

All EU and Schengen countries are on the list of countries whose citizens cannot enter the United States due to the pandemic, with some exceptions. Close family members, students, journalists, diplomats, and people who maintain critical infrastructure are among those allowed into the country. General tourist and business travel, on the other hand, are not on the list.

The European Commission has said that the ball is now in the court of the United States when it comes to letting European tourists in.

One of the reasons for the restraint may be a worrying increase in infection in recent weeks. Infection in the United States has doubled in three weeks. It is still far below what it was at its worst, but the delta variant and lagging vaccination are causing concern.

The United States was at the forefront of vaccination from the start, and more than 47% of the population is fully vaccinated. In Norway, around 30% are fully vaccinated, but we have surpassed the United States in the proportion of those who received one dose of the vaccine. 55% of Americans have received at least one dose, compared to 57% of Norwegians.

Actively working on reopening for tourists

US authorities still cannot give a clear answer as to when the border will reopen. The issue was raised in several meetings with European leaders in June, but since then, it has been quiet. At the end of June, during a visit to Paris, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said that science and professionals are leading the decisions that are made.

“We are concerned with being able to resume travel as quickly as possible. But I can’t set a date,” Blinken said.

“I can say that we are working very, very actively on it because there is nothing we would rather see than travel restored,” he said. NTB has been in contact with the American embassy in Oslo, which referred to Blinken’s answer above.

Changes can happen quickly

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health told NTB that they are not in direct contact with other countries about entry for Norwegians. But the infection situation in Norway is made visible through the sharing of data with the European Infection Control Agency (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

NTB has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) what kind of dialogue they have with the US authorities about entry and whether they have received any signals of reopening.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has replied that the Norwegian authorities do not have the opportunity to influence other countries’ entry regulations.

“The situation in many countries and areas is still unpredictable, and both easing and tightening are often announced at short notice,” Communications Adviser Guri Solberg at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Norwegian Automobile Federation: Charging your electric car to 80% is enough

Fully charging your electric car is expensive, time-consuming, and unnecessary, the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) believes. 

“Our advice to anyone who is going to use fast charging is that they do not need to charge the electric car battery to more than 80%. The main reason is that the last 20% often takes a very long time to charge,” senior communications consultant Nils Sødal in NAF noted.

“It will be expensive for you, and in addition, a long charging time contributes to increased queues and irritation at the charging stations,” he added.

A recent survey from the transport organization shows that more than 200,000 electric cars will hit the roads during the summer holidays. Thus, there may be a queue at charging stations around the country.

“You save both time and money by stopping charging (at 80%) and adding another short charging stop if you need it, rather than charging to 100% at the charging station,” Sødal explained.

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Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida surgeon general over vaccine passport ban

(CNN) — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida’s surgeon general over the state’s law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday, NCLH says the lawsuit is a “last resort” because Florida had indicated it would prevent the company from “safely and soundly resuming passenger cruise operations” next month. It described the state law as an “anomalous, misguided intrusion.”

CNN has reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment.

The NCLH complaint names Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees in his capacity as “the responsible state official.”

In April, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of Covid-19 passports in the state. The order prohibited any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.
Senate Bill 2006 was signed into law on May 3, making that executive order official. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said.

The cruise line, though, wants documentation that all passengers and crew members have been fully vaccinated.

“The upshot places NCLH in an impossible dilemma as it prepares to set sail from Florida: NCLH will find itself either on the wrong side of health and safety and the operative federal legal framework, or else on the wrong side of Florida law,” the complaint says.

NCLH is set to resume cruises from Florida on August 15 “in a way that will be safe, sound, and consistent with governing law,” the complaint says, citing regulations set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated in the close quarters of cruise ships coupled with the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing the spread of COVID19 and in reducing the deaths caused by COVID-19 makes transmission of information about COVID-19 vaccines a matter of life and death,” the complaint says.

NCLH is asking the court to suspend Florida’s prohibition, according to the lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In May, NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio said Florida’s law could cause the company to move its ships elsewhere.

“At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from, and we can operate from the Caribbean for a ship that otherwise would have gone to Florida,” he said during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

The CEO described the issue over the Covid regulations as a “classic state versus federal government issue.” He added, “Lawyers believe that federal law applies.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing over the law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to give documentation of Covid vaccination

(CNN) — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida’s surgeon general over the state’s law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday, NCLH says the lawsuit is a “last resort” because Florida had indicated it would prevent the company from “safely and soundly resuming passenger cruise operations” next month. It described the state law as an “anomalous, misguided intrusion.”

CNN has reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment.

The NCLH complaint names Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees in his capacity as “the responsible state official.”

In April, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of Covid-19 passports in the state. The order prohibited any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.
Senate Bill 2006 was signed into law on May 3, making that executive order official. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said.

The cruise line, though, wants documentation that all passengers and crew members have been fully vaccinated.

“The upshot places NCLH in an impossible dilemma as it prepares to set sail from Florida: NCLH will find itself either on the wrong side of health and safety and the operative federal legal framework, or else on the wrong side of Florida law,” the complaint says.

NCLH is set to resume cruises from Florida on August 15 “in a way that will be safe, sound, and consistent with governing law,” the complaint says, citing regulations set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated in the close quarters of cruise ships coupled with the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing the spread of COVID19 and in reducing the deaths caused by COVID-19 makes transmission of information about COVID-19 vaccines a matter of life and death,” the complaint says.

NCLH is asking the court to suspend Florida’s prohibition, according to the lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In May, NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio said Florida’s law could cause the company to move its ships elsewhere.

“At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from, and we can operate from the Caribbean for a ship that otherwise would have gone to Florida,” he said during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

The CEO described the issue over the Covid regulations as a “classic state versus federal government issue.” He added, “Lawyers believe that federal law applies.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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