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"Oh, those Viking hands" ...................................................3
Hekla in Spain......................................................................4
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105. Árgangur
105th Year
Föstudagur 14. júní   1991
Friday,   14  June   1991
Númer 22
Number 22
lcelandic
News
Champions:
The lcelanders are making great
stridesin rnany sports. Thisyear, their
youth basketbail team, made up of
nrtaíes 18 years old and younger, be--;
came Nordic youth champions by;
defeating the other Scandinavian;;
teams.
Iceland's youth team handbalf
team waaalsavictorious.lt brought
home the Nordic youth team hand-
ballchampion title.
A novel restaurant:
Anewrestauranti HúsíÓásléttúnni:
(The Hoúse on the Prairie), was
opened at the beginning pf June, in
Hveragérot, The hexagonal structure
isJocatedbythelocalTivolíbuílding.
Dinner guests will be offered food
cooked ín a spectally designed,
geotherrnally-beated oven located;
outside the buildirig. In the above
photo, restauranteur Óiafur
ReynissQn sits in thé dug but where
the hot spring oven will be ínstailed.
Saved again:
Betng an lcelandic fisherman ís no
chtld's play, as Svánur Heiðarsson,
from Rif; on SnæfelJsnes, receritly
found out. He gat caught in the
f'shing gearof the boat FisjarSH, and
was pulled overboard. Áfter spend-
1 n 9 sorii e time in th & ocean, h is sh i p~
¦^ates managéd tö pull him baék;
°n board. Svanur's wife, Hrönn
^igfúsdóttír, feelsherfamilyhas been
protected and blessed because this
is the third time that Svanur narrowly
escaped drowning, and in 1987, their;
older son almost drowned in the
wáter-filled foundation óf a house
under construction.
Translated from lcelandic
.                        newspapers. H.K.0,
Top Mountie trades
white coat for red
By Paul Wiecek
Manitoba's new top cop traded in
his white lab coat for red serge on June
4, leaving behind a world of bite marks
and blood spatters that made him one
of Canada's foremost forensic experts.
Assistant Commissioner Richard
Bergman, who formally took over
command of the RCMP in Manitoba,
brings with him an office wall filled
with chairmanships, directorships and
academic awards earned during a two-
decade career in the mysterious world
of forensic science.
He also shoots a mean game of golf.
"Mid- to high 80s, I guess. I like to
golf," Bergman grinned, moments after
being sworn in as commanding officer
at' the RCMP's Portage Avenue head-
quarters.
While his golf score would be the
envy of any weekend duffer, it is
Bergman's reputation as a scientist that
made him RCMP Commissioner
Norman Inkster's choice to replace
Assistant Commissioner Dale Henry
as the province's top police officer.
Bergman's last job — director of
RCMP's national crime laboratory in
Ottawa — is the pinnacle for Canada's
forensic scientists, who use hair, blood
and even DNA to put a growing number
of criminals behind bars.
"Science is becoming an implicit
part of police work in this country,"
said Bergman, who has a master's de-
gree in biochemistry.
Loyalty comes before science, how-
ever, and Bergman said the opportunity
to return to his native Manitoba as
commanding officer after 28 years on
the force was one he could not refuse.
"I enjoyed my work, but I've spent a
long time doing it and the chance to
come back here like this was some-
thing I wanted to do," the 50 year-old
Flin Flon native said.
Now that he's here, Bergman said,
there are several things he wants to
accomplish, including building on the
relationship Henry established with the
province's aboriginal community.
"I will certainly be meeting with all
the representatives of the native com-
munity in the coming weeks," he said,
adding he hopes to set up an advisory
committee on native issues.
Bergman said increasing the number
pf women and other visible minorities
on the force is also a priority, as is
maintaining a good relationship be-
tween the force and city police.
Henry, who is retiring after
five years at the helm of the
Manitoba RCMP, said he hopes
Bergman can build on the "mo-
mentum" which has developed
during the last five years.
"I think we've made some R
real strides with the aboriginal   »
and multicultural community  '
which I'm quite proud of," said
Henry,  who  is  moving  to
Kelowna, B.C.
Premier Gary Filmon, who
oversaw yesterday's swearing-
in ceremony, said the selection    Richard Bergman with Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon
of Bergman means the province's Ice-    and popping their buttons," he said,
landic community is represented in two    noting both Bergman and chief provin-
of the top law enforcement jobs in the    cial court Judge Kris Stefanson are Ice-
þrovince.                                                 iandic-Canadians.
"The Icelanders are going to be proud        Courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press
A giant of a musician
"A giant of a musidan" is whatTómas R. Einarsson, of the Icelandic newspaper
Þjóðviljinn, calls Jón Páll Bjarnason, who will be performing at the Jazz Winnipeg
Festival on June 20.
Einarsson is not the only one to hold
Jón Páll in high regard — Leonard
Feather, the internationally renowned
jazz critic, upon hearing Jón Páll's 1990
C.D., ICE, writes: "where has this man
been? Why has he not at least shown up
in one of those 'Talent Deserving Wider
Recognition' segments of the Down Beat
Jón Páll Bjarnason
polls." Feather concludes his review by
stating: " One can only hope that very
soon he will be a familiar name to the
jazz community at large."
Mr. Feather's hope has come true, at
least in terms of the Winnipeg jazz com-
munity, which will have an opportu-
nity to hear Jón Páll Bjarnason play on
June 20, at 7: P.M. at the Muriel
Richardson Auditorium at the Winni-
peg Art Gallery.
Jón Páll was born in Iceland in 1938.
He received classical music training
from the age of 8; between 1948 and
1957 he studiedmusichistory, ear train-
ing, and orchestration at the Reykjavík
College of Music in Iceland where he
majored on Cello and Piano and in
Music Theory. Jón Páll, who is a self-
taught jazz guitarist, started playing the
guitar at age 12. In 1955, he started
playing electric guitar professionally,
and formed his own jazz combo in
1957.
Jón Páll has played with such greats
as Thad Jones, Red Mitchell, Jimmy
Heath,the Buddy Rich Big Band, Dave
Koonse, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow,the Chuck
Flores Big Band and Combo, and oth-
ers.
Tickets for Jón Páll's performance,
which bears the appropriate title HID-
DEN TREASURES, are available at
Select-A-Seat at $ 15 apiece.
					
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