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That was this week’s news, Sunday 08 December 2013. The news world is not always about doom or boom. Oddities sometimes colour the weeks. The Foreigner is resuming its weekly series looking at the lighter side of Norwegian goings-on. Monday: Reports surface that Halal reindeer meat is to be offered for sale in northern Norway. While it is not sure that Rudolph has any connections with the Muslim religion, perhaps now would be a good time to sing “Deck the halls with boughs of hol-ly, ha-la-la-la-lal, ha-lal-lal-lal.” Tuesday was bad news for Norway’s educational community. The triennial PISA tests (Programme for International Student Assessment) showed 15-year-olds’ science and mathematics proficiency levels had deteriorated since 2009. Referring to the results, a displeased Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen - whose father is a teacher - declared that one-in-five is more than one-in-four.

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That was this week’s news, Sunday 08 December 2013

Published on Sunday, 8th December, 2013 at 21:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th December 2013 at 21:45.

The news world is not always about doom or boom. Oddities sometimes colour the weeks. The Foreigner is resuming its weekly series looking at the lighter side of Norwegian goings-on.

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Monday: Reports surface that Halal reindeer meat is to be offered for sale in northern Norway. While it is not sure that Rudolph has any connections with the Muslim religion, perhaps now would be a good time to sing “Deck the halls with boughs of hol-ly, ha-la-la-la-lal, ha-lal-lal-lal.”

Tuesday was bad news for Norway’s educational community. The triennial PISA tests (Programme for International Student Assessment) showed 15-year-olds’ science and mathematics proficiency levels had deteriorated since 2009. Referring to the results, a displeased Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen - whose father is a teacher - declared that one-in-five is more than one-in-four.

On Wednesday, business daily Dagens Næringsliv writes that market research company TNS Gallup has invested several hundred thousand kroner to measure TV viewers’ brain reactions while watching advertisements. This might be a difficult task, bearing in mind the brainlessness of some of these commercials.

Thursday saw a Progress Party (FrP) politician announce he was to pit his beginner poker wits against a world-class PLO player. A bet in the dark?

Friday was a stormy and snowy day across many parts of southern Norway. Local eastern Norway channel TV8 mentioned an increase in marijuana use amongst the youths of Oslo’s Groruddalen district. Reduced clarity there too, it seems.  

Saturday’s culinary report from agriculture paper Nationen was bad news for Norway’s Christmas baking tradition. It wasn’t a butter shortage this time, but the Food Safety Authority is now following up EU rules regarding avoiding excessive cinnamon intake. That really takes the biscuit.



Published on Sunday, 8th December, 2013 at 21:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th December 2013 at 21:45.

This post has the following tags: norwegiannews, newsinnorway.





  
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