Weekly News from Fyksland
Coverage and translation provided by Info-Iksä
English Edition 200119

Sunday, 21 October, 2001
Miss Fyksland crowned
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Out of 25 contestants, Miss Lara Smeir captured the eyes of the judges as she was crowned Miss Fyksland-World 2002 at the Miss Fyksland Pageant held last night in Scandinavian Hall in Kaansä. Beside being crowned Miss Fyksland, the 22-year-old commerce student of the University of Niekopenhaag also won 20,000 krons in prizes with modelling and advertising contracts. Smeir will also be travelling to Sun City, South Africa to contest the Miss World 2002 title on November 16th. (to read more...)
Le-Ana concert watered-down
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Despite all the controversy and publicity Le-Ana's charity concert had received last week, attendance was one of the lowest since her music career started in the early 80s. Many Le-Ana fans complained the concert as "water-down" whilst groups outside the venue condemned the concert as a mockery of Islam. In spite of the "ill-planned" concert, the event raised over 500,000 krons for the victims of war in Afghanistan. (to read more...)

Monday, 22 October, 2001
Fyksians at the frontline
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Although officials won't disclose the details of involvement of Fyksian forces in the War on Terrorism, Defense Minister Paul Kristensen said the Fyksian forces are supporting their U.S. counterparts, providing intelligence and logistic support. Kristensen won't say where the forces are located specifically due to security reason, but he said that the forces located in the Indian Ocean are out of the range of attack that may be launged from Afghanistan. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 23 October, 2001
Recession a reality
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Fyksland's economy grew at a negative rate as expected in the third quarter, result of sluggish U.S. and European growth. The Fyksian economy, Europe's fifth largest, contracted 0.5 percent after 0.3 percent decline after the second quarter, making recession a reality. Bureau of Census and Statistics expects the rate of growth to return to last year's level by the next quarter. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 24 October, 2001
Government approves alternative anthrax drug
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Amidst increasing anthrax threat in Fyksland, Health Fyksland approves alternative anthrax drugs. A Fyksian phamarceutical company eBayer manufactures a cheaper and more generic anthrax drug Zippro, Health Fyksland says. Authorities insist that this treatment is effective, despite speculations, to fight anthrax if taken early in the viral infection. (to read more...)
Gas price down
KAANSÄ, (AP) - For the third week gas price has been slipping below last year's average, lingering at 7 krons a liter. Economists say consumers aren't taking advantage of the low fuel prices, however, and that is because lower travelling demand in general. (to read more...)

Thursday, 25 October, 2001
Posti Kohnäa to screen U.S. mail
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - As the U.S. Postal Service declared its mail service unsafe, the Fyksian counterpart will begin screening mails from the U.S.. Mail and parcels sent from the U.S. will be screened for any trace of anthrax and other infectious diesease. It is estimated that Posti Kohnäa handles daily about 1.5 million pieces of mail from the U.S.. (to read more...)

Friday, 26 October, 2001
Red Cross ceases solicitation
KAANSÄ, (VKK) The Fyksian Red Cross, under heavy criticism for its handling of fundraising since September 11, announced Friday that it is ceasing "active solicitations" of donations, which had raised over 100 million krons since the attacks. Red Cross President Hamle Kirsi is considering resignition under heavy criticism of his aggressive fundraising and the relatively small portion of the September 11 Fund that was making its way to victims' families in America. The Red Cross said it has engaged OUKL to audit the September 11 Fund, "with results to be made public later this year." (to read more...)

Saturday, 27 October, 2001
Security the focus of King's Day
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Security was undoubtedly the focus of today's King's Day celebration. Armed guard lined the route of the King's convoy travelling to Kildøvog Square for the traditional inspection of the guards. During His Majesty's King's Day live address from the balcony of Lækvogen Palance, King Jaakot IV reminded the Fyksian people must be vigilant during this time of uncertainties, and that fear must be overcome or victory will be the enermies'. (to read more...)

`Ondør händlig du storste im mänesorter liskhiedek igøt uitvøjaut. Heler, a einöinaut mondäe määnien.'
-Vaijskäna Alþigkvøna Jana Stotson (16a Sijþsku, 2001)
`Ondýr hándlig du storste im mánesorter liskhiedek igýt uitvýjaut. Heler, a einóinaut mondáe máánien.'
-Fayskána Alðigkvýna Jana Stotson (16a Syðsku, 2001)
"The greatest deed of evil in the history of mankind has deterred nothing. Rather, it has united the world's people."
-Fyksland Prime Minister Jana Stotson (16th September, 2001)