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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 30 June, 2002

World Cup bash a clash of culture

KAANSÄ (AP) - The city exploded into a giant party ground early afternoon after football fans have witnessed Brazil's victory in the 2002 World Cup. Party-goers waving flags and donned in Brazilian colours flooded the city center together with crowds that have been gathering at the GayFest street fair in the heart of Kaansä's gay district. The festive atmosphere encircle the city center in a mix of Brazilian flags and the gay pride rainbow flag with the background of loud music. Full story...

Monday, 1 July, 2002

Fyksland's pride remains high

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Despite the hot and muggy summer air, Fyksland annual GayFest ended in a massive parade of revellers and glimmering fireworks display. Over a million and a half spectators flooded the Kaansä city centre Sunday evening to take in the annual gay pride parade. Festive parade floats, drag queens and go-go dancers were among charity and corpoarate groups that rivered through the parade route towards Kildønvog Square where a street party went on until fireworks display lit up the sky with rainbow colours at the stroke of midnight. Dubbed "THE Mardi Gras of Europe", this year's theme "Euro Pride" attracted record numbers of visitors from the continent. Full story...

LeAna spices up parade

KAANSÄ (AP) - Fyksland's very own pop vixen was the grand marshall of the parade this year, leading a festive crowd of over 2,000 revellers. Keeping with this year's theme "Euro Pride", the superstar was clad in nothing but a sparkling bikini and g-string with the EU flag motive. Despite last year's graffe with the media about her denial of a lesbian affair, LeAna was seen posing with women from the crowd during the parade. Full story...

Tuesday, 2 July, 2002

Web child porn raids across Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) - Police have swooped on a suspected Internet child pornography ring in a series of raids across Europe. Police raided 50 premises in Belgium, Britain, Fyksland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in a clampdown on a major Internet-based paedophile network, the European Union's police agency Europol said. The 12-month operation code-named Operation Twins also seized computeres, videos and CDs. In Fyksland, 11 homes were searched and eight people were arrested on Tuesday. Police told Reuters the operation was still in full swing in Fyksland but declined further comment. Full story...

Wednesday, 3 July, 2002

Euro MPs vote for draft GM law

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament has voted for a bill that would require the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food products, risking widening a trade rift with the United States. At present there is an informal moratorium in the EU on authorising the sale or cultivation of GM crops, dubbed "Frankenstein foods" by critics. The new rules, at present only draft legislation, would require any food and animal feed sold in the EU to carry a label alerting consumers to the presence of GM ingredients. Fyksian MPs -- the most anti-GM group in parliament -- were delighted by the vote. "This is a major victory for consumer choice," said Kali Steintsen, Fyksian member of the European Paliament. Full story...

Thursday, 4 July, 2002

Ministry to lure men to teaching jobs

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Ministry of Education has been actively recruiting male teachers for the upcoming school year in September. According to the latest census in 2000, the percentage of male teachers in primary and secondary schools have gone down in the past 50 years. In 1950, 36 percent of teachers were male. By 2000, it dropped to fewer than 24 percent. According to the Kaansä District School Board, the largest in the country, teacher salaries just barely kept pace with living costs in the 1990s, rising a mere 32 percent to about 390,000 krons. "This issue is critical because we have a lot of children who are from single-parent families who may need good male role models," said Education Minister Jona Haamijsä. Full story...

Friday, 5 July, 2002

Fyksland sentences life in prison for German Ex-SS

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Supreme Court of Fyksland has tried and convicted Hans Schiedel in absentia for war crimes in connection with a total of 128 deaths in mass slayings. After three years of court hearing, 90-year-old Schiedel was found guilty of ordering executions of Fyksian prisoners during World War II. For decades Fyksland had pushed Germany to reopen the investigation, since Schiedel could not be tried in Fyksland because Germany does not extradite its citizens for crimes committed elsewhere. Prosecutors are now pressing for a German trial to convict the former SS major in Germany. Full story...

Saturday, 6 July, 2002

Heat wave engulfs Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - The summer heat has been on full power since the beginning of the week, jacking record temperatures into high 30s throughout the country. The interior highlands get their usual dose of heat and humidty with the maximum temperature recorded at 45.3ºC in the Town of Kilstrup in Lundvog. Health officials are urging children and elders to stay indoors and stay hydrated. The hot and muggy weather is expected to last till Monday. Full story...

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