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Zack Seckler’s best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. Theres all sorts of wildlife too birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.…

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Icelands Geysers and Waterfalls in 4K Slow Motion from Above

The Slow Mo Guys travel to Iceland to capture the country’s incredible natural beauty. From geysers to waterfalls, Gav and Dan use a crazy custom drone to fly their Phantom camera to hard to reach places and capture Iceland in 4K slow motion. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/iceland-in-4k-slow-motion-from-above/

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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Down Syndrome Has Almost Been Eliminated In Iceland, And Peoples Reactions Are Heartbreaking

Landspítali, or the National University Hospital of Iceland, has been offering prenatal screening tests to pregnant women since the early 2000s, an essential step in detecting development problems in a fetus – including Down syndrome. Unlike the estimated 67% of women in the US who choose to terminate their pregnancies upon diagnosis of the disorder, nearly 100% of Icelandic women do so, making Down syndrome extremely rare in the island nation. “My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society,” geneticist Kari Stefansson told CBS.…

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Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

Iceland sealed their place in Russia with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup finals Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals. Heimir Hallgrimssons team knew a win against Group Is bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Evertons Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time. Sigurdsson also set up…

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Iceland PM sold bank assets hours before financial crash, leaks show

Exclusive: Bjarni Benediktsson, current Iceland leader, sold millions of krna of Glitnir assets before state took control in 2008 The current prime minister of Iceland sold almost all his remaining assets in a major Icelandic banks investment fund on the day the government seized control of the countrys collapsing financial sector at the peak of the 2008 crash. According to leaked documents, Bjarni Benediktsson, then an MP on the parliaments economy and tax committee, sold several million krna of assets in the Glitnir banks fund in the final days and…

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EUGENICS: Patricia Heaton BLASTS CBS for report on Iceland eliminating Down syndrome via abortion

Maybe CBS News missed it, but this is called EUGENICS … Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion. #CBSNOA learns more, tonight at 10pm ET/PT https://t.co/EB6BKgQFN3 pic.twitter.com/SOKU7oe6a3 — CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2017 Nearly 100% of women in Iceland whose unborn baby tests positive for Down syndrome are aborting them. From CBS News: Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated…

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Iceland to enshrine equal pay for women and men in law

Legislation will be first in world to require private companies and government agencies to prove pay is fair or face fines Icelands parliament has presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world. The bill entails that companies and institutions of a certain size, 25 or more employees, undertake a certification of their equal-pay programmes, Thorsteinn Viglundsson, minister of social affairs and equality, said. Iceland ranks first on the World…

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