Crown Prince Haakon will assist Norway into the UN Security Council

Friday, June 22, 2018

NEW YORK, Norway wants a place in the UN’s best company. Therefore, the Foreign Minister has taken the Crown Prince to New York.

“It’s good for me to contribute to this campaign. I have worked as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Program for 14 years, and seen how the UN works at country level, and see what good work is being done to get things like better education, better health and fight poverty, Crown Prince Haakon says the newspaper VG in the rose garden outside the United Nations building in Manhattan.

He has left the trip with Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Friday night US time holds Norway launch party at the UN headquarters for its candidacy as a member of the UN Security Council from 2021 to 2022. A party crown prince Haakon must shed light on.

Long election campaign

Norway competes against Ireland and Canada for one of two vacant seats. The election campaign is ongoing until all UN member states vote for the candidates in 2020. The Foreign Minister believes it is important for Norway to have a place in the good company in order to continue our work in fields such as peace and reconciliation and the Norwegian Sea Initiative.

However, she does not dare to guarantee that the campaign will be a success.

“We have formidable resistance in Canada and Ireland, and we are also thinking about some questions, but for 70 years we have been a clear political and economic supporter for the UN. That we have been for a rule-based world order, for development and for humanitarian assistance, is important for our candidacy. We have a long peace and reconciliation work that many have noted, “says Eriksen Søreide, who also believes Norway’s support for a reform of the UN will count positively.

The Crown Prince points out that the things Norway is concerned with internationally, such as poverty alleviation and education, is entirely in line with what the UN is concerned about.

“It is professionally anchored and very credible. Now the government has also launched a lot of sea, he points out, adding that he believes Norway’s opportunities to be chosen are good.

In order to achieve this, Norway must endorse the 193 member states. Small and large countries count equally. Eriksen Søreide draws up countries in Africa and small island states when VG asks who must be convinced that Norway will have enough votes.

“We have generally had a long-term commitment to African countries. It’s natural because we have a strong partnership with many countries there. But we also work with small island countries, which are important in view of our seas. In addition to European countries and, in general, those countries where we think our agenda is important.

“Some criticisms of the UN Security Council assume that the five permanent members with veto rights have too much power and that it often becomes a kind of” council “that can not be accomplished because these countries often disagree. What do you think about it?

“It is a real issue today that the Security Council is very polarized. It is difficult to get unified solutions with consensus, but what we have seen in recent years is that not only the five permanent members decide. We are increasingly seeing that it is possible to engage the non-permanent members, “said the Foreign Minister.

The Electrocompany has found investors: operations continue

Friday, June 22, 2018

On Wednesday, I announced that the traditional Norwegian hifi manufacturer Electrocompaniet had declared bankruptcy.

Then, Fredrik Bie told the law firm Hammervold Pind that the company owed the bank a loss of NOK 32 million, but that it worked to find a solution that made it possible to move on.


They have apparently found that solution now. The Electrocompany announces in a press release that a group of investors led by the company’s board member Roy Gausaker has bought the estate and that the operation will resume as of Monday 25 June.

Investor Group is in the process of restructuring the company’s debt, and also adds fresh capital, according to the press release.

Former CEO Mikal Dreggevik turns over to become manager of business development, while Øyvind Lundbakk, who has been Product Manager in Altibox until now, takes over as CEO.

In a Facebook message, the company writes that they “feel relaxed” that there will be no change for the customers and that those with fresh money on board are ready to take over the world.

Trump threatens the EU with 20 percent toll on cars

Friday, June 22, 2018

US President Donald Trump threatens the EU to introduce 20 percent duty on all cars imported to the United States.

In a Twitter message on Friday, Trump shows “customs and trade barriers that the EU has long been affecting the United States and its great companies and workers.”

– If these tariffs and barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will introduce 20 percent toll on all their cars coming to the United States. Build them here! twists the American president.

Trump has also previously threatened to introduce car traffic. In May, his trade minister confirmed that the US is considering the possibility of increasing the import tax on foreign cars.

The EU’s duty on cars from the US is 10 percent.

By comparison, the import tax on foreign passenger cars in the United States has been 2.5 per cent, while for vans 25 per cent.

“It is very difficult for us to sell cars to the EU. But the EU has its Mercedes’s and its BMWs, and the cars flow almost unobstructed into the United States. They only pay a torn customs, while the EU requires a lot, “Trump told NTB when he visited NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in May.

Gilde Grill sausages!

Was with my friend Terje and got there Gilde grill sausages. There was mustard and ketchup of course and fried onion. There were eventually 6 sausages that went down my throat as well as a good soda drinks. Then it was served ice cream with caramel sauce. I have diabetes, but what the heck helll, one has to live a little, Is not no point in measuring glucose levels in the evening, will not get shocked. I feel good and have no problems, so that’s fine enough then.

It’s always nice at Terje, wife Liv was traveling with her son Lars, so it was nice to visit now. Will be back to Terje tomorrow.

Fears poorer care several places in Norway

Thursday 21 June 2018

There are increasing numbers of older people in small municipalities inland and northern Norway. Now the Directorate of Health is fearing that in the future it will be worse than the old ones living in the cities.

The reason is that the youth is moving from the village and that there will be fewer left to take care of those who need help. This is reflected in a new report, Care 2020, prepared by the Directorate of Health and Housing Bank for the Ministry of Health and Care.

It shows that while people over 67 make up just under 20 percent of the population in the smallest municipalities inland and in the north, the proportion of the largest cities is down to 12 percent.

“We are worried that we get both increasing geographical and social health differences. It is the municipalities inland and partly northern Norway that have special challenges, says the head of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Bjørn Guldvog, to VG.

It is getting older when the young people pack the suitcase. Projections from Statistics Norway show that the proportion of people over 65 in Hedmark, for example, increases from 21 per cent today to 27.3 per cent in 2040. The corresponding figure for Oslo is 12.3 and 16.7.

– Must be long-term

“The municipalities must think carefully about the way they plan on a long-term basis. They must think new and wise and get better interaction between municipalities and assess the need to merge. It is also important that they are able to build enough care homes and institutions and apply new welfare technology, “says health director.

He thinks, among other things, on distance tracking, using GPS that can track elderly people with dementia if they go away, electronic medication support, falls sensors or remote sensing of heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar.

Another problem is that even the municipalities with the biggest challenges are, to a lesser extent than others, seeking subsidy schemes that promote new technological solutions.

“This means that the challenges can be greatest where they are least prepared to meet them,” says Guldvog.

Larger differences

He points out that many older people living in these relocation communities, where it is also harder to recruit health professionals, have lower income and education than the rest of the country.

“We already see that there is a pressure on healthcare towards greater social inequalities. Those with high education and advice can easily obtain the information and knowledge they need to have good health and ask for different types of help or pay for private services, says Guldvog.

My comment on this is:

We are in 2018 and we are the richest nation in the world, measured by the number of inhabitants. We have not put enough money for the elderly and the future generations of the elderly will get it bad in the world’s richest nation. I’m afraid I’m getting old in this country because I’m on low disability insurance. Norway is getting poorer on social benefits and has downgraded the welfare state. The government we have now is a horror example of it. Poor in Norway, and many of them will get worse over the years. We must say that this is not in rich Norway, we poor just have to crumble at Dr Richard’s table.

Oslo police union about gang threat: – The police runs from pillar to post

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Oslo Police Association says the police in Oslo are hunted for a mission and do not have time to work sufficiently preventively with gang crime at Holmlia.

For over ten years, a Holmlia boy boy has grown to become Oslo’s biggest gang of threats – without the police having managed to stop them. Gjengen Young Bloods is behind killings and kidnappings – and spreads fear of Holmlia in Oslo.

The Oslo Police Association says they have received feedback from their members working in the area that they are “chased on assignments”, that they do not prioritize it preventive – and only come when something goes wrong.

“Our members want to be ahead of something happening, but the resource situation means that those who work out of work run from chance to chance when something has already happened,” says Kristin Aga, head of Oslo Police Association.

Aga believes the preventive loses and has lost in the struggle for police time and resources in Oslo. The police chief says he agrees that the police must be more present – but at the same time accuses the Oslo Police Union for black painting.

Believes the gangs are standing as victory men

An intelligence report from the police in 2016, which VG has gained access to, says that the police occasionally experience it as demanding to be on Holmlia. That “among some people is uncomfortable to be at Holmlia as they encounter a lot of aggression and resistance, and that there are examples where the police have been throwned stones at.”

The Oslo Police Association says they have received feedback that the police in the face of such aggression have had to retreat due to lack of resources, so the aggressive youth have become standing victories.

“The feedback we receive about what makes it not nice for the police to go to Holmlia is that there have often been a lot of youths gathered, for example, having shown their finger or throwing stones. And then there have been too few devices out there to control it. You have to retreat, “says Aga.

She thinks it had been a great deal of prevention in bringing all the young people in, talking to them and calling parents or child welfare.

– Then they had seen that it had a consequence. If you can have enough resources to act and possibly bring them in, there is very much prevention in it. For now they are often left as victory men, Aga says.

“Our members say it’s not the way they want it, but they have no choice. Because you need a lot of cars out there to handle 20 youngsters that do something bad, says Aga.

The police chief responds: – On the day the criminals decide, we have lost

To the stories that the police have had to retreat, Oslo police chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold says:

“I totally agree with the Oslo Police Association, the day the criminals decide we have lost. But there we are not today, we will not either, “said police chief Sjøvold.

He admits that the efforts on the preventive must be stepped up, but saying this is something they’re already doing. Among other things, through new employees.

“I fully agree with the Oslo Police Association that we must be more present, even when nothing has happened. That we “only come when something happens” I think, however, is an unnecessary black paint, “said the police officer.

“Very good preventive work is done in Oslo PD, also in the East. We have officers who are out of the youth every single day and make a difference, we also have minority contacts and school visits, to name a few. The preventative efforts my employees do, I do not think we should undermine in national media, because it is formidable, says Sjøvold.


My comment on this is:


The police are under pressure from gangs and do not have the resources to fight gang crime. I think the police must get a lot more resources than they get today. I do not feel safe at night in Oslo city center. I avoid being out in the evening. We will not have have it like this in 2018. We have lost the fight I think.

Fabian Stang leaves the politics

Monday 4 June

Fabian Stang (62) is leaving politics. “I have decided that I will not run for a mayor position in Oslo,” he says.

Fabian Stang was the mayor of Oslo from 2007 to 2015.

After the election fall in the fall of 2015, he has doubted and “shut up and closed both the door and opened it again” so that he can become Right Party mayor in the capital also at the municipal elections next autumn.

– Will give priority to the family. Now the decision is taken.

“I have decided to give priority to family and not politics in the future, and I have therefore reported to the head of Oslo Right Party, Heidi Nordby Lunde, that I am not considered as the party’s mayor candidate for municipal elections next year,” Stang told VG.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this a lot. Everything has its time, and now I will go on with my life. Should I do a good job as a mayor, I would have to spend so much time that it would be incompatible with family life, including now that we have taken responsibility as foster parents for a little cute girl. Then that must be more important, says Stang.

– Now begins a new era in life. I wish the Oslo Right Party all the best and expect them to find a very good mayor candidate who can help us replace City Council leader Raymond Johansen and his city council. I’ll do my “thing”, says Stang.

– Fabian has been a folk-loving politician because he loves people.

My comment on this is:

Yes, Fabian Stang was very popular and uncontroversial. He was a bit of in conflicts, I mean. He could have done more. Now I do not vote for the Right, but I have quite a big respect for Stang. He has a good legacy though.

Date determined, June 4: To close Oslo’s city center for car traffic

Saturday 2 June 2018

Monday, there will be a full stop for passing through Oslo city center.

Now it becomes even more difficult to drive a car in the city center streets of Oslo. From Monday, the city council will introduce its brand new driving pattern, as mentioned in the newspaper Nettavisen earlier in May. The goal is to reduce driving and driving through the center.

The date has recently been decided, and now they are setting up signs for the new driving pattern. The point is to close Fridtjof Nansen’s space in front of the town hall for all car traffic, with the exception of goods delivery to the companies on the spot.

“Finally, we get a new car-free living room in the middle of the city. It’s amazing to think that this place was full of parking spaces. It is much better that this space is filled with seating, flowers, outdoor seating and city life, says City Council for Urban Development, Hanna E. Marcussen (MDG) The Green Party.

On Monday, Rådhusgata is also closed for crossing the Christiania square, with the exception of bus and coach buses that can cross the square.

My comment on this is:

The microparty MGD (The Green Party) has gained too much power. By 2015 they received an 8.1% support. Now they really decide too much and ruin the city. We have a parliamentary system that has expired today. It’s not just the city council that struggles with microparties. Our parliament has the same problem. Those who have a car are punished with road tolls and other charges, now the center of Oslo will be closed to them. This is not 2018 we live in clearly!

School had to finish the exam because of the heat

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The management at Haugeåsen Youth School in Fredrikstad chose this afternoon to close parts of the school due to the heat and poor air quality, writes Fredriksstad Blad. The parents received the message twelve o’clock on Wednesday. Rector at school, Monica Häckert confirms to Fredriksstad Blad that management had to close parts of the school.

The school was closed mid-examination for the tenth class of the school.

“We have a bad ventilation system that we have been waiting for replacement. Today, it did not go anymore. In one of the rooms there were 30 celcius degrees, and in others it was even warmer. The Ombudsman thought it was irresponsible for teachers to teach, says Häckert to VG.

The heat continues

The heatwave, which has ravaged in most parts of the country does not seem to end, but it will be a little milder over the weekend. Häckert says that it has been difficult this whole warming period, but that today was too much.

– The next two days there should be alternative teaching arrangements. Until the week it is reported around 20 degrees. That’s what we’re going to tolerate, but it’s getting up today, she says.

Heat record in Bergen

It was announced in advance that Wednesday would be a very hot day all over southern Norway, and the meteorologists stressed whether it would be Oslo or Bergen that broke the 30-degree target first.

– New heat record for May is set in Bergen, currently 30.5 degrees. The warmest ever in Bergen is 31.8 degrees in July 2003, the Meteorological Institute writes.

My comment on this is:

We feel that the cold limits us in winter, we are experiencing the same thing in the summer as well. We are not prepared for either winter or summer in this country. Schools in this country are usually old and need a lot of maintenance that the authorities do not provide in state-owned public procurement chains year after year. We are the world’s richest country, but can not afford to upgrade schools, public buildings and other buildings owned by the state. This is also not a political majority to do anything about.

We are writing 2018 at the moment and we must only accept that our government does not do anything about this during the parliamentary term.

Will stop selling disposable grills

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Norwegian Fire Protection Association believes extreme drought and total ban on open flames in many areas should also lead to a break in the sale of disposable grills.

Extremely dry conditions in almost all of Norway have already led to more forest fires. Now is the time to enjoy cold food if you are on a trip to nature, says the Norwegian Fire Protection Association and encourages business to take responsibility and stop selling one-time grills.

“If possible, it would be brilliant that from Trøndelag and south you will avoid selling one-time grills for a period to come,” says Rolf Søtorp, CEO of the Norwegian Fire Protection Association to P4.

He is supported by departmental director Anne Rygh Pedersen in the Directorate for Social Security and Emergency Planning (DSB). She says it’s important that everyone now takes responsibility to prevent more forest fires.

“Most importantly, people who have already bought disposable grills can not find out how to use them in nature,” says the radio channel.

The Rema 1000 store at Ulsrud in Oslo has received praise from the fire service because it has already taken responsibility and stopped selling such grills, Dagbladet writes. With a location just east of Østmarka and popular Ulsrud water, there are many who shop there before the trip goes up in the woods.

On the pallets with disposable grills in the shop there are hangings with the text: “A total ban on open fire has been introduced near forest and land. Therefore, we have decided on Rema 1000 Ulsrud to temporarily suspend the sale of disposable grills. ”

“We thought we would like to stop those who plan to fire the one-time grille in the field. People will be able to cope with cold food in these days, says merchant Morten Wiik to the newspaper.

My comment on this is:

When it is so dry, the ban is fine. We must have a responsible handling of flammable disposable grills. There are not so many days of the year we have so good weather, so many will probably not take this seriously. They are more keen to have a nice time.

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