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OSLO (Reuters) – A Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching worth up to $ 8,600 in the mail after trying to save money on courier and insurance costs, the gallery’s chief said on Thursday.
The Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker, about 80 kilometers south of Oslo, purchased a copy of Rembrandt’s ‘Lieven Willemsz, van Coppenol, Writing-Master’ made in around 1658 from a British dealer, only to have it lost in the Norwegian postal system.
“Using a courier or special insurance is quite expensive so we have used regular mail until now,” Ole Derje, the gallery’s chairman said.
“It is worth around 40,000 to 50,000 crowns ($ 6,900-$ 8,600)and the postal service is offering us compensation of 500-1,000 crowns.”
Derje said his gallery, which is displaying works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch and Dali, received notice to pick up the package but when he went to collect it, it was nowhere to be found.
Derje declined to name the seller, citing confidentiality concerns.
“We are sorry that this has happened; we have advised him to use a more appropriate form of mail when sending items that are worth as much as this with the appropriate insurance connected,” said Hilde Ebeltoft-Skaugrud, a spokesman for the postal service.
($ 1 = 5.8280 Norwegian krones)
(Reporting by Vegard Botterli)
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For the second time this year, a pot-sniffing pooch got the better of pot-smoking superstar Snoop Dogg when the hip-hop legend was busted at Norway’s Oslo Airport on Thursday for possession of eight grams of chronic (slightly more than a quarter-ounce).
Fortunately, Snoop was well under the Norwegian misdemeanor threshold of 15 grams or less and was hit with a relatively minuscule fine of 5,000 kroner ($ 827 in U.S. dollars).
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The officials would not confirm that the rapper had been detained because of Norway’s law preventing the naming of suspects, but officials said an American artist had been caught with a small amount of marijuana by a sniffer-dog.
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OSLO (Reuters) – A 36-year-old business consultant became Norway’s best known taxpayer this week after the government accidentally displayed his records to everyone who logged onto its tax website.
Kenneth Belcovski’s name is on every Norwegian taxpayer’s lips this week after a glitch on the Norwegian government’s 2011 tax website redirected people logging on to check their declarations to a page detailing Belcovski’s tax details.
Belcovski’s social security number, earnings, mortgage payments and the kinds of other juicy details that will have identity thieves rubbing their hands together were on display.
Although Norwegians are able to check online some of the income details of public figures — including the king and the prime minister — the recent breach goes far beyond what is considered acceptable.
Belcovski is now known among Norway’s five million inhabitants as “Altinn-Kenneth” – “Altinn” being the tax authority’s website.
“Today we are all Kenneth,” has become a popular catchprase.
In total some 1,500-2,000 Norwegians who logged on to the system found themselves redirected to Belcovski’s tax page.
Belcovski declined to discuss the incident when he was contacted by Reuters.
“I don’t have anything else to add to what has been reported,” he said.
Tax authorities, who have apologised for the mistake, have suspended access to the tax website until the problem is fixed.
“We are in dialogue with the person, and will do our best to assist him,” a Tax Office spokeswoman said.
(Editing by Paul Casciato)
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