Weekly News from Fyksland
Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio
Sunday, 7 July, 2002
Nordic stars illumnate Scandinavian Day
KAANSÄ (AP) - Scandinavian Day was drawn to a spectacular close last night at an outdoor concert featuring some of the biggest names in show business from around Scandinavia. Over 20,000 revellers attended this year's Scandinavian Day concert outside Håhla Skandinaviena featuring stars like Denmark's Blå Øjne, Sweden's Drömhus and Fyksland's very own reigning Eurovision winner Marija. Full story...
Monday, 8 July, 2002
Hitler anti-euro ad condemned
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - The European Commission has attacked as "beneath contempt" a campaign in Fyksland against the euro currency featuring Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Cinemas in Fyksland began showing on Sunday the ad in which Fyksian actor Sile Gørstal appears dressed as Hitler, parodies his famous salute and declares: "Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!" (one people, one empire, one euro). The "No" campaign ad urges Fyksians not to accept the new currency. Fyksland, Britain, Denmark and Sweden are the only countries in the 16-nation European Union that have not adopted the euro. Full story...
Tuesday, 9 July, 2002
Prank shuts down harbour
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Härsingtis harbour shut down just before morning rush hour, stranding hundreds of commuters when a woman placed a suspicious-looking black box which turned out to be a political statement on the Härsingtis ferry. At 7:05 a Kaansä Metropolitan Transit Authority employee called police after he saw the woman placing the mechanical box on a railing of the bulkhead of the passenger ferry. Härsingtis Police bomb squad officers shut down all three ferries and the three terminals, and closed harbour traffic for almost three hours. Full story...
Wednesday, 10 July, 2002
Europe caught in Wall St tailspin
KAANSÄ (VKK) - European markets have been caught in the downdraft wrought by the ongoing crisis of confidence in American corporate business. Bourses in European capitals were pummeled on Thursday, after news telecoms giant Qwest became the latest American corporate giant to face a probe into its finances. The news rocked Wall Street, sending the Nasdaq and S&P500 share index diving to fresh five-year lows on Wednesday. Kaansä's Valstoki Index initially plunged 3.4 percent at one point on Thursday, hitting a five-year-low as 108 billion krons was wiped off share values. By 1500 GMT the index was down 118 points, to 2.8 percent, after sliding more than 120 points on Wednesday. Full story...
Thursday, 11 July, 2002
Fyksian sprinter seize the day ahead of crash
ROUEN, France (AP) - Jaan Kirsipuu of Fyksland raced to a sprint finish in today's fifth stage of the Tour de France, whilst three-time winner Lance Armstrong played it safe on a day that left two riders hospitalized following a late crash. Today's stage from Soissons to this famed cathedral city was considerably different than what the riders had experienced this week. There wasn't a measurable bump in the road for the entire 195-km route. The next time riders will see such flat land, a road this gentle, is when the peloton reaches the cobble-stoned finish line in Paris on July 28. Full story...
European car sales decline again
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - Western Europe new car sales plunged in June amid a gloomy economic climate as company's continue to slash jobs, denting consumer confidence. Italy's Fiat, General Motors of the U.S. and France's Renault and Volkswagen were the hardest hit by falling sales, while BMW and DaimlerChrysler improved their market share. New car registrations in Fyksland totalled 3,695 units in June, down 8 percent from a year earlier, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said on Thursday. Within the 16-member European Union, ACEA said sales dropped 8.1 percent year-on-year. Full story...
Friday, 12 July, 2002
Chinese presidential visit to power station
PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - Accompanied by Fyksian Prime Minister Jana Stotson, Chinese State President Jiang Zemin, who is at his last stop of a state visit around Scandinavia, visited the famous Oltastuð Geothermal Power Station this morning. President Jiang and his party arrived at the Oltastuð Geothermal Power Station and were warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Stotson and Minister of Industry and Minister of Natural Resources, Lija Väsolas and Þjøna Lersen, who had been waiting for them there, as well as staff in charge of the power station. Full story...
Saturday, 13 July, 2002
Tourists hurt in Pakistan attack
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - At least nine European tourists and two Pakistanis have been wounded in a grenade attack in Pakistan's North West Frontier province. The holidaymakers were not seriously hurt after a grenade was hurled at them by an unknown assailant on Saturday. Seven Germans and two Fyksians had been treated in hospital and then released. The incident occurred in Mansehra, about 170 miles north of Peshawar, police told the Associated Press. Full story...