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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 

SAS pilots' strike postponed, PST and Oslo police admit communication has been unclear, several Pride events go ahead despite recommendations they be postponed and other headlines from Norway on Wednesday. 

Pictured are grounded SAS planes.
Find out what's going on in Wednesday with The Local's short roundup of important news. Pictured: File photo shows aircrafts of nordic airline company SAS parked on the tarmac at Copenhagen's Airport. Photo by Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP.

SAS strike postponed for more mediation talks 

A strike which would’ve seen 900 SAS pilots taken out on strike from today has been postponed for three days so negotiations can continue between the company and the pilots’ representatives. 

The deadline for an agreement to be reached was originally midnight but has been moved to midnight Saturday, July 2nd. 

“It (the delay) is because there are complex questions that must be resolved,” Norwegian ombudsmen Mats Wihelm Ruland told reporters in Stockholm, where talks took place.

READ ALSO: What can SAS passengers do if their flight is affected by pilots’ strike?

PST and Oslo police admit communication following mass shooting has been unclear 

Following the cancellation of an LGBT solidarity event just hours before it was scheduled to start in Oslo on Monday, the authorities have admitted that their communications with the public could have been more transparent. 

“We understand that many feel frustration, disappointment and dissatisfaction after the police recommended cancelling the (solidarity) event,” police in Oslo wrote in a Facebook post

“We still have an unresolved situation. This means that the situation can change from minute to minute, hour to hour, and it has done so. Therefore, the police’s recommendations have also changed in recent days, something we understand can be perceived as unclear communication,” the post reads. 

Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service PST has said that its external communication could have been better. PST said their recommendation the event be cancelled was due to a lack of overview of people it believed could have posed a threat to the event. 

“We must learn that when we are in such a situation, the communication part must be better – that we have an equal understanding of the threat picture and of the assessments we make,” acting head of PST Roger Berg told broadcaster TV2

Pride events go ahead despite national police recommendation 

Several Pride events across the country will or have gone ahead despite a national police recommendation that they are postponed. 

In Mo I Rana, Haugesund and Trondheim Pride events will go ahead as planned, public broadcaster NRK and newspaper VG report. 

Organisers in Trondheim told The Local that they had been told there was no specific local threat by the authorities there, whereas event managers in Mo I Rana are going directly against the police recommendation.

Police and PST have recommended that events be postponed due to a fear of copycat attacks.

READ ALSO: Why police in Norway have advised that Pride events be postponed

Equinor plans Carbon capture pipeline 

Part state-owned Equinor will build a pipeline for transporting captured C02 from Europe for storage in the North Sea. 

The 1,000-kilometre-long pipe from Belgium will contribute to the decarbonisation of European industry, the firm hopes. 

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TODAY IN NORWAY

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 

The latest on the electricity crisis and why dangerous weather alerts don't always reach the right people, plus other news from Norway on Monday. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 

PM to meet parliamentary leaders 

Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, will meet with the leaders of the other political parties in his office today to brief them on the electricity situation and explain how the government intends to deal with it. 

Pressure has been mounting on the PM for weeks due to record energy prices throughout the summer. 

Yesterday the PM announced the electricity subsidy scheme would be strengthened a month earlier so that 90 percent of the bill, which costs more than 70 øre per kWh, will be subsidised by the government. 

Tourists very rarely receive weather warnings 

Norway is a hotbed for tourists, with many coming in their droves to experience its stunning scenery. 

However, in the event of dangerous weather conditions, visitors are very rarely notified, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

“It is largely based on people having to follow along (with the situation) themselves,” the emergency manager at Vestland County, Håvard Stensvand, told the broadcaster. 

In the event of a yellow danger warning, there is a limit to how much local authorities can notify people by sending out text message alerts. 

“With the current arrangements, our experiences so far indicate that it is unfortunately not possible to reach everyone with this type of information,” Johan Marius Ly at the Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness (DSB) said. 

As a result, a new system will be put in place. 

Government pledges to increase electricity support sooner and mulls export restrictions.

Increased electricity support will take effect from September rather than October, meaning the government will pay 90 percent of consumers’ bills where they paid more than 70 øre per kWh for energy a month earlier. 

The government has also said it will limit foreign exports when the reservoirs are low to avoid other measures such as rationing. 

On Monday, the government will also decide whether to reconvene parliament early to address the situation. 

Freya the walrus on the move

On Sunday, a walrus that has captured worldwide attention after being spotted in several locations in Oslo this summer was on the move once again. 

The 600-kilogram walrus named Freya by locals was spotted at Vollen Marina in Asker pursuing a duck. 

Both professionals in the Directorate of Fisheries and the police have several times asked people to keep a good distance from the animal to avoid dangerous situations and stress for the animal.

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