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Sunday, 24 November, 2002

Sonja Ganstede dead at 74

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (VKK) - Prolific artist Sonja Ganstede has died at the age of 74 Saturday night from liver cancer, her publicist have told VKK. Little known outside of Scandinavia, Ganstede was recognised for her whimpsical illustrations in children's literature which have been creating a world of enchantment and wonder for generations of children since early 1940s. Her more contemporary works include "The Dinner" and "Sunday Afternoon", which were both sold for over 7 million krons each in auctions. Full story...

Monday, 25 November, 2002

Electricity consumption reaches record levels

KAANSÄ (VKK) - As temperature continues to stay stagnant below the -10 celsius degree mark, November 2002 is set to become the most expensive November in the history of the Nordic Power Exchange. The average price of electricity was 43.25 euros per megawatt hour in November, over twice as high as last year's level of 21 euros. The principal reason behind the rise in price of Nordic electricity is the exceptional drought of the summer and autumn, which has decreased the output of hydroelectric plants in Nordic countries. Full story...

Tuesday, 26 November, 2002

PM's top aid Eirik Mekner resigns

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Eirik Mekner has resigned as Prime Minister Jana Stotson's media adviser after the media reported on a private conversation in which he called U.S. President George W. Bush an "idiot." Stotson told reporters that Mekner had offered to resign over the weekend, but she had rejected the offer. In a statement made publicly on Tuesday, Mekner didn't admit to making the specific remark, but said he regrets that a private conversation became a media controversy, and that it was affecting his ability to do his job. Full story...

Wednesday, 27 November, 2002

Bush not a moron: Stotson

KAANSÄ (VKK) - For the first time since the controversy erupted last week, Prime Minister Jana Stotson has publicly disowned the remark made by her former media adviser Eirik Mekner. On Wednesday, Stotson was quoted as saying "Idiot does not properly describe Mr. Bush at all". But opposition politicians such as Tara Demerse of the Liberal party have insisted the row has damaged ties with Washington. "Not only did Ms. Stotson refused [Mr. Mekner's] resignation offer, she has also yet to offer an apology," said Demerse. Full story...

Opposition wants apology for "idiot" remark

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Opposition continues to demand Prime Minister Stotson to offer an official apology even after Stotson's media adviser Eirik Mekener had resigned yesterday for his "idiot" remark to U.S. President George W. Bush. So far, Washington has dismissed the incident as insignificant, but the fallout now has spread to Europe and the United States, where a few conservative pundits have come out punching against both Stotson and Fyksland. One-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan described Fyksians as the "spoiled brats of the new world order." Full story...

Thursday, 28 November, 2002

International School of Kaansä criticised

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The International School of Kaansä has received strong criticism from the Ministry of Education. On Thursday, the Bilingual Education Agency issued an official reprimand to the private school's headmaster and board. Only one week ago, another report revealed that the school's administration is not familiar with Fyksian laws on language of instruction. The Agency looked into the matter after receiving a complaint from the parents of one student that the private school currently does not have any instructional and exam material available in Fyksian. Current law requires that education institution must have learning material available in at least one of the two official languages of Fyksland. Full story...

Friday, 29 November, 2002

Amphetamine production moves to Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Illegal production of amphetamine is gradually moving from the EU to Fyksland. According to the Federal Investigation Unit (SMU), some raw materials and equipment needed for amphetamine manufacturing have already been brought to Fyksland from a number of EU countries. The problem is that importing the equipment as well as the raw materials is not technically illegal. Full story...

Saturday, 30 November, 2002

Sales of men's cosmetics on the rise

KAANSÄ (AP) - Fyksian men are spending more and more money on cosmetics, or skin care products, after shave lotions, shaving creams, fragrances, and deodorants. The sales of men's cosmetics grew by nearly fifteen percent over the first half of 2002. These figures do not include shampoos, conditioners, hair gels or hair spray. Styling products are increasingly used by the urban young male professionals in particular. Full story...

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