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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 25 August, 2002

Keiko frolicks amid Linutaa's fjords

ÆLSÄ, Linutaa (AP) - Keiko, the killer whale who became famous as the star of "Free Willy" movies, has turned up in a Linutaan fjord, five weeks after he was returned to the wild from his pen in Iceland. "It's definitely him. We have tracked him from Iceland," Fernando Ugarte, part of the team monitoring the orca's progress, said by telephone Sunday from a ship in the fjord. Full story...

Monday, 26 August, 2002

Union, school board talk reaching deadlock

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Students of the Kaansä capital region may get an extended summer vacation if talks between the District's school board and the area's teachers union reaches a deadlock. The local teachers union and the capital region school board are still negotiating for better salaries and lighter workload for the teachers one week before the new school year starts on 2nd September. "It's not going anywhere," said one secondary teacher representative from Härsingtis. Full story...

Tuesday, 27 August, 2002

Kaansä named finalist for 2012 Fyksian Olympic bid

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Kaansä was selected as the Fyksian finalist to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, while Niekopenhaag and Laaktumaa were eliminated as contenders. The Fyksian Olympic Committee's board of directors have picked the nation's capital region to head into the international competition, where things really get intense. As many as dozen cities -- including possibly New York, Toronto, Rome, Paris, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro -- are expected to be in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host in 2005. Full story...

Wednesday, 28 August, 2002

Child porn raids net 140

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - More than 140 members of an alleged paedophile network have been arrested in raids across southern Fyksland. The raids, carried out by SMU, also seized video tapes, photographs and computer material showing sexual abuse of children. Police feared some suspects could also have sexually abused children and said more arrests could be made once the seized material had been analysed. Full story...

Thursday, 29 August, 2002

Niekopenhaag man strikes deal with former Filipino First Lady

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - It started with an unsolicited e-mail, then in just a week of correspondences over the Internet, a Niekopenhaag-area man may become an overnight millionaire. The 67-year-old man, who wishes not to be identified, said he received a business proposal from Mrs. Louisa Estrada, the wife of a former president of the Philippines whose name cannot be verified. "I don't know why [Mrs. Estrada] picked me, but I'm sure her lucrative deal will make me a success," said the man. Mrs. Estrada insisted in her e-mail that all communication be done electronically and could not otherwise be reached for comments. Full story...

Friday, 30 August, 2002

Teachers set strike deadline

KAANSÄ (VKK) - With no resolution in sight, the Kaansä Capital Region Teachers Union are setting the deadline. The deal must be reached before Sunday midnight or the metropolitan area's 56,000 teachers on the public school board will be legally on strike. "We are not out to create chaos, we are just demanding to be treated fairly," said a primary school teacher from Ælsä. Full story...

Jølantä wants photo radar re-introduced

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - The Duchy of Jølantä is reviewing a proposal to re-introduce photo radar by 2003. The duchy legislature is considering the legal and technical implications of automated vehicle speed surveillence in urban areas. Jølantä was the first duchy to ban the use of photo radars in urban areas, leading the way for a nation-wide ban in 1994. Full story...

Saturday, 31 August, 2002

Vaijskä Kohnäa gives freebies on 11th September

KAANSÄ (AP) - Vaijskä Kohnäa has announced free peanuts and beverages for all passengers flying on the airline on 11th September. The domestic airline was on the edge of bankruptcy after the terrorist attacks of 11th September last year. The airline slowly recovered after the government stepped in to prevent the crown corporation from collapsing. "We are saying thanks to our loyal customers with a little token of appreciation, however small," said VK President Nilse Kemves. Full story...

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