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Sunday, 28 July, 2002

Europeans working less

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - We cannot say he feels burned out as he embarks on the first of two three-week vacations he has planned this year. The 34-year-old supervisor at Krandelste, which makes car-heating systems, knocks off work each day at 15:00 in the course of a 35-hour work week. He worked just 12 days in total in July. Now he is planning to visit a cousin in Porti Isktis, then head on to see some friends in Kaansä. He is pondering a diving trip in the Carribean for later in the year but has not firmed up his plans. Europeans are well known for a more balanced lifestyle than workaholic Americans. But these days Europe has never worked so little. Whilst Europe worked as much as the rest of the developed world 20 years ago, it has steadily cut back on work weeks while lengthening vacations, a trend that has gathered steam in recent years. Full story...

Monday, 29 July, 2002

Euro trading heads for 5-year gain

KAANSÄ (VKK) - European shares were set for their biggest one-day percentage gain in around five years in late trade on Monday. Investors cast aside their inhibitions after recent heavy selling and tracked a firmer Wall Street. The rally was very broad-based, although battered insurers led the way higher, buoyed by Vaijskär Telekom, which soared on takeover talk. Full story...

Tuesday, 30 July, 2002

Kaansä ponders green roof by-law

KAANSÄ (AP) - Our Viking ancestors have done it; the Japanese are doing it; the Fyksian may do it. The National Capital Commission is reviewing the regulations that will require building owners to cultivate plants on flat roofs that are more than 100 square metres in area. According to project advocate Pohjoinekaansä city councillor Rölan Hapsje, the vegetation will lower heating and cooling cost, and recover the lost of green space due to urbanisation. Full story...

Canada favoured as exchange destination

KAANSÄ (AP) - School boards have been actively seeking new exchange program destinations over the summer for foreign language studies. The Ministry of Education released a report Tuesday recommending Canada and Switzerland as destinations for language exchange programs. "Canada is an ideal exchange destination for our English and French language students who wish to develop bilingual skills in foreign languages, whilst Switzerland will be a destination for students in French and German programs," explains Education Minister Jona Haamijsä. Full story...

Wednesday, 31 July, 2002

SvenesÆr orders 5 Airbus planes

KAANSÄ (VKK) - SvenesÆr, Fyksland's national carrier and Europe's fourth-largest airline, has ordered 5 Airbus A330-300 planes amid increased confidence about the rest of the year. Each plane is worth about 1.32 billion krons, based on Airbus's catalogue prices, valuing the deal at about 6.6 billion krons. But airlines have been able to get huge discounts on price as global travel struggles to recover from the impact of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Full story...

Thursday, 1 August, 2002

Fyksland OKs suspect's extradition

KAANSÄ (AP) - Fyksland approved a French woman's extradition to Spain to face charges that she is linked to the Basque separatist group ETA. The Federal Justice Department said Thursday that Marianne Rocher, a French citizen, is suspected by Spanish authorities of allowing ETA to use two apartments she rented in Barcelona as hide-outs. The group also stashed weapons and explosives in the apartments, the office said. Rocher, 43, was arrested April 13 on an international warrant as she entered Fyksland on a flight from Denmark. Full story...

Friday, 2 August, 2002

Steep road ahead for Lensted

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Fyksland's struggling Lensted group has reported an operating loss of 127 million krons in the second quarter, slightly worse than analysts' forecasts and confirming how much work lies ahead in its recovery plan. Lensted's core manufacturing unit, where losses over several years have steepened recently as sales slumped, posted an operating loss of 394 million krons, better than a first-quarter loss of 429 million krons as Lensted kicked its restructuring into gear. Full story...

Saturday, 3 August, 2002

Bringing the Gay Games to Fyksland

MONTRÉAL, Canada (AP) - During the week of gay pride festivities in Montréal, Canada, organising commitee from Fyksland were busy learning and promoting Fyksland as a gay friendly destination in hopes to bring the Gay Games to Fyksland in 2010. The Games are held every four years and will take place in Montréal in 2006. The 2002 Games will take place in Sydney, Australia in November. The Gay Games are quoted as the largest sport and cultural events of its kind in the world, and is expected to birng in millions of tourist dollars into the economy. Full story...

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