Government endorses 500M kroner bailout loan for Store Norske; approval by Parliament awaits

Government endorses 500M kroner bailout loan for Store Norske; approval by Parliament awaits

Getting an answer took extra time, but it may also mean extra money for Store Norske as the Norwegian government is endorsing a 500-million-kroner bailout loan for the nearly bankrupt coal company More »

Random weirdness for the week of March 21, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of March 21, 2015

We’re not suggesting he be deemed a dangerous sex offender for life, but he seems to have topped Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as this week’s Most Hated Person, at least More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 21, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 21, 2015

Snowmobilers told to avoid Billefjorden due to bear cubs Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving through Billefjorden, a popular route for approaching Pyramiden, due to two polar bear families with four-month-old More »

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

Concerns Svalbard might be among Russia’s next targets after the Ukraine are no longer speculative, as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin followed up a controversial visit to the archipelago by telling a More »

‘It is too late to wave their fists after a fight:’ Russian official banned by Norway defiant after North Pole visit

‘It is too late to wave their fists after a fight:’ Russian official banned by Norway defiant after North Pole visit

Standing on top of the world and hailing his troops by triumphing the “defeat of the enemies of Russia” while critizing “cowardice (and) indecision” by earlier Russian leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry More »

 

Government endorses 500M kroner bailout loan for Store Norske; approval by Parliament awaits

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Getting an answer took extra time, but it may also mean extra money for Store Norske as the Norwegian government is endorsing a 500-million-kroner bailout loan for the nearly bankrupt coal company as part of a restructuring plan that also involves the government acquiring company property in Longyearbyen and Svea.

Random weirdness for the week of March 21, 2015

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We’re not suggesting he be deemed a dangerous sex offender for life, but he seems to have topped Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as this week’s Most Hated Person, at least among the locals on social media.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 21, 2015

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Snowmobilers told to avoid Billefjorden due to bear cubs
Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving through Billefjorden, a popular route for approaching Pyramiden, due to two polar bear families with four-month-old cubs observed there, according to The Governor of Svalbard. They are in a critical phase of survival,” a statement at the governor’s website notes, adding officials will be monitoring traffic in the area.

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

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Concerns Svalbard might be among Russia’s next targets after the Ukraine are no longer speculative, as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin followed up a controversial visit to the archipelago by telling a Russian TV station this week he considers the two areas similar.

‘It is too late to wave their fists after a fight:’ Russian official banned by Norway defiant after North Pole visit

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Standing on top of the world and hailing his troops by triumphing the “defeat of the enemies of Russia” while critizing “cowardice (and) indecision” by earlier Russian leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin concluded a controversial two-day trip to Svalbard and the North Pole by declaring “the Arctic is Russian Mecca.”

Top Russian official in charge of Arctic policy is in Svalbard despite ban by Norway for his role in Ukraine crisis

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A top Russian official who is among those credited/blamed for the Ukraine crisis is in Svalbard now, despite a ban by Norway, and preparing to visit a mass collection of troops north of the archipelgo in his new role as head of Russia’s Arctic policy.

The visit may end up being more than provocative as Norway now plans to consider stricter entry requirements to Svalbard.

The news is there’s no news: Norway’s biggest newspapers halt shipments to Svalbard, citing costs

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Most of Norway’s major newspapers are no longer sending copies to Svalbard, citing the cost of doing so on commercial flights, with Longyearbyen’s largest retailer now scrambling to negotiate an alternative means of shipment.

Stay away from Billefjorden so polar bear cubs can eat, governor warns

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Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving on the sea ice at Billefjorden because “there have been observed two polar bear families with four-month-old cubs in the area and these cubs are in a critical phase of survival,” according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Icepeople PDF: April 14, 2015

icepeoplepdf041415Greenies get a “win” in Parliament in their battle to end coal mining in Svalbard, but it’s purely symbolic since lawmakers are virtually certain to approve a bailout loan for financially-starved Store Norske in the near future. Meanwhile, another more immediate crisis closer to home continues to take its toll as a kennel cough epidemic resulted in a majority of teams being struck from the annual Trappers Trail sleddog race. Plus drones visit Ny-Ålesund, Russian soldiers visit the North Pole and a geologist visits what may be Sauron’s new mountain hideout in this week’s PDF.

Random weirdness for the week of April 14, 2015

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If an armed society is a polite society, then the North Pole is a very tactful place indeed these days.