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Weekly News from Fyksland Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 9 December, 2001
Nine confirmed dead in highway landslide
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Workers have retrieved nine bodies from the rubbles of the collapsed retaining wall on a Highway 1 section near St. Skeple after a night of rescue and recovery. Five people were rescued alive from inside their vehicles suffering mild injuries. Highway 1 remains closed while police and engineers investigate the cause of the accident. (to read more...)
King Mother released from hospital
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Crown Princess Irene was released from St. Helena Hospital today after having recovered from leg injuries. Princess Irene was hospitalised two weeks ago after a car accident. Princess Irene is reported to be in "excellent" condition. (to read more...)

Monday, 10 December, 2001
Ministry shoves Lundelige dam plan
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Ministry of Natural Resources has rejected a dam construction proposal at the Lundelige Fjord in the duchy of Æl. Environmental lobbyist and local residents applauds the decision, saying it is "a triumph for nature conservation." The 300 million kron dam proposal, taking 5 years to complete, would create reservoir tailwater covering approximately 15 square kilometres with targeted engergy capacity of 1500 MW. Ministry spokesperson Karla Moorin says the proposal was rejected because key rehabilitation components were missing. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 11 December, 2001
Ceremony marks 3 months since September 11
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Despite the drizzle, over a thousand people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy to pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks. U.S. Ambassador to Fyksland Jack Lemple led the memorial that began at 12:46 when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York three months ago. "The tragedy has brought the people of every nation closer together," Lemple said. "Fyksian and American citizens now stand closer than ever in a fight for freedom and justice." Lemple also thanked the support of the Fyksian government for its effort in the war against terrorism. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 12 December, 2001
Six guilty in Swiss canyon deaths
INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - A judge has found six people guilty of negligent manslaughter in the deaths of 21 people in a 1999 Alpine flash flood. The six- employees and managers of a now-defunct adventure company - were given suspended prison sentences. Judge Thomas Zbinden, who presided over the seven-day trial without a jury, said they were guilty of allowing a canyoning trip to proceed despite bad weather. Eighteen tourists, five of which Fyksian nationals, and three guides drowned when they were swept away on the Saxet Brook, above Interlaken, following a thunderstorm on July 27, 1999. (to read more...)

Thursday, 13 December, 2001
Master transportation plan unvealed
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Department of transportation unveals its tranportation masterplan for the year 2020. The plans includes new highspeed rail service between Kaansä and Niekopenhaag and two new Underground lines. A new Smart Transportation Network will be put in place for testing in the Kaansä Metropolitan area as early as the beginning of 2003. The 26 billion kron project is expected to commence mid-2002 (to read more...)

Friday, 14 December, 2001
Fyksian spending rises
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Fyksian consumer spending rose for a second consecutive month in November, boosted by purchases of clothes, shoes and cars. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in November from October and 2.4 percent compared to November 2000. Revised figures for October showed that expenditure recovered in the month after September 11 terror attacks, suggesting that the attacks had only a fleeting on spending habits. (to read more...)

Saturday, 15 December, 2001
Royal couple to visit Western Canada
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The royal couple sets off today to Western Canada for a week-long official visit and a ski holiday. The royal couple is schedule to visit three western provinces in Canada where Their Majesties will have engagements with a number of charitable organisations. The King will also open a new Fyksian-Canada friendship centre in Calgary early next week. (to read more...)

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`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)