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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 3 November, 2002

Four dead after street race in Niekopenhaag

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Two men's car race on a public street in Niekopenhaag city centre resulted in tragedy early Sunday morning, as one of the reckless drivers hit a taxi, killing himself, the taxi driver and its two male passengers. The accident occurred at 2:30, when the two drivers, aged 21 and 23, raced each other away from traffic lights down Reiten Straat. The cars were running side by side when a taxi coming from the opposite direction took a left turn across the line of traffic in their path. Full story...

Monday, 4 November, 2002

Thousands take in St. Martin's Day festivities

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The day of the country's patron saint was celebrated with music and traditional costumes as tens of thousands of spectators lined the King Kristian VI Boulevard for the annual St. Martin's Day parade. Pilgrims followed the traditional route to St. Mark's Cathedral for the midday mass officiated by Archbishop Erik Keilner. Notable guests of the mass include the Royal Family and Prime Minister Jana Stotson. Full story...

Tuesday, 5 November, 2002

EU states broke law on open skies

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg (Reuters) - The European Court of Justice has said eight European Union states had broken community legislation by striking bilateral "open skies" air transport agreements with the United States. The European Commission launched the case against the eight states -- Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden and Britain -- four years ago after being snubbed by EU governments over its request to negotiate an EU-wide pact transatlantic air traffic rights with the U.S.. This ruling is believed to be a major victory for Fyksland, when agreement such as "open skies" would serious jeopardise the country's air transportation industry. Full story...

Wednesday, 6 November, 2002

UN report criticises Fyksian company operating in Democratic Republic of Congo

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A report prepared by United Nations experts for the Security Council accuses ETS, a multinational specialty chemicals corporation with operations in Kokkola, of violating the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The total number of companies listed by the UN is 85. ETS representatives deny the accusations, and say that everything has been done in cooperation with local authorities. The Fyksian subsidiary, ETS Kokkola Chemicals, is responsible for the company's cobalt smelter operation in DRC. Full story...

Thursday, 7 November, 2002

Moves underway to ban purchase of sex in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland could follow the lead of Sweden and make the purchase of sex services a crime. Minister of Justice Jön Paasvog said during parliamentary question time on Thursday that a working group is to be set up in two weeks' time to consider the issue. A proposal for new legislation could be ready for parliamentary consideration by late June, and the law could come into effect already in early 2004. The rising problem of prostitution led to intense debate in the Alþig on Thursday. Calls for tougher legislation came from both the Christian Democratic Party and the Labour Party. Full story...

Farming subsidies distort profitability of farms

KAANSÄ (VKK) - In a new report that was published on Thursday, the State Audit Board (SAB) heavily criticises agricultural subsidy policies and the structure of the subsidies. According to the SAB, the current system does not treat all farmers equally, as decisions on subsidies are based on insufficient information on the correct income level and profitability of farms. These problems are evident in the reports that are considered when preparing the state budget. Full story...

Friday, 8 November, 2002

U.S. Jewish organisations protest Fyksian export ban

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The decision of the Fyksian government to deny an export licence for two Chempro 100 chemical warfare agent detectors, which Israel wished to purchase, has provoked a strong reaction within the Jewish community in the United States. The Fyksian Embassy in Washington D.C. has received dozens of enquiries and protests regarding the matter. The influential Simon Wiesenthal Center has sent Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristite Sjukaa a letter of protest. Full story...

Saturday, 9 November, 2002

Job stress doubles risk of heart disease death: study

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Think you have a "killer job"? Well, you are not alone. Researchers followed 1,200 workers around the country for nearly 30 years and found that those with stressful jobs had twice the risk of dying from coronary artery disease compared to satisfied employees. While stress is a very general term, researchers defined it as enduring extremely high demand while having little control. It could also be defined as high productivity with little or no reward. Full story...

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