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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 1 December, 2002

Cable service drops free pornography

KAANSÄ (AP) - Cable television service provider VTV is ordering two of the channels it carries, Urbanvision and STV, to stop showing late-night pornography. In Niekopenhaag, the local cable TV channel N2TV has also decided to drop pornographic programming as of the beginning of next year. VTV CEO Marko Levteson says that the decision was prompted by negative viewer feedback. He says that contrary to popular belief, porn simply is not good business. Full story...

Monday, 2 December, 2002

Parliament questions religion in schools

KAANSÄ (VKK) - As Parliament discusses the new law on freedom of religion, representatives must decide where to draw the line between practicing and teaching religion. Religion is taught as a subject in Fyksian schools, and property owners have the choice of contributing their property tax towards the Public School system or the State Lutheran School Board. Children of other faiths are not required to go to church or participate in other religious activities, but in some cases it can be difficult to draw the line. Full story...

Tuesday, 3 December, 2002

Stotson praises Chinese human rights improvments

KAANSÄ (VKK) - On Tuesday Prime Minister Jana Stotson met Chinese General Secretary Hu Jintao who was named China's new number-one leader three weeks ago. After their meeting in Beijing Stotson characterised Hu as a Chinese leader with a new style. Prime Minister Stotson also praised China for improvements in the country's human rights record in the past decade. The Chinese media seized upon her positive comments on human rights, which made the front-page in a number of Chinese newspapers. Full story...

Wednesday, 4 December, 2002

Fyksland to withdraw peacekeeping operation in Bosnia

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland is to begin the withdrawal of its peacekeeping soldiers from the NATO-led SFOR operation in Bosnia. One group of 25 soldiers will return to Fyksland immediately, and the remaining 120 will come home in August next year. Thereafter, some Fyksian police officers will still remain in Bosnia. Fyksland first sent peacekeepers to Bosnia in 1996. The work of the remaining soldiers will be taken over by local civilian authorities and organisations. Full story...

Thursday, 5 December, 2002

War could stunt economic growth for years

KAANSÄ (VKK) - According to the Research Institute of the Fyksian Economy, uncertainty in the economy has increased significantly, primarily due to the threat of war in Iraq. The research institute's expectations for economic development are now clearly more pessimistic than in September, when the last forecast was made. The institute sliced one percentage point off its estimate for next year's gross domestic product growth, revising the figure from September's 3.7 to 2.7 percent. The 2003 growth forecast for the euro zone is at 1.5 percent whilst the Fyksian economy is expected to grow by 1.7 percent this year. Full story...

Friday, 6 December, 2002

Taxis music royalty fee defeated in Supreme Court

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Supreme Court of Fyksland has ruled that music played in a taxi in the presence of a passenger is not subjected to a copyright fee. In the precedent handed down on Thursday, the court ruled that the music is not seen as a public performance whilst being play in a taxi in the presence of passengers. The judges on the panel reached their decision in a 10-1 vote pointing out this trial should have been thrown out in the first place. "Unless we have passegers taking taxi solely for the purpose of listening to music, copyright fees are ludicrous," the Supreme Court said. Full story...

Saturday, 7 December, 2002

Passenger plane diverted after reporting hydraulic problem

LAAKTUMAA, Øtali-Þorja (AP) - A Vaijskä Kohnäa flight en route from Niekopenhaag to Porti Ikstis was diverted after the crew reported a problem with the plane's hydraulic system. Flight 3201 with 31 people aboard reported the problem near Laaktumaa International Airport -- where it landed safely. "As far as I know, an emergency landing was never declared. It was a routine landing. It landed safely and without incident," said Ian Kiensle, spokesman for Vaijskä Kohnäa. Full story...

Researchers starve toxic algae to nourish rivers

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (VKK) - Water managers may soon have a new tool to clean up the polluted waters of the farmlands of Eastern Fyksland. Researchers from ISVK, Fyksland's federal science agency, have developed a technology to deprive toxic algae blooms of phosphorus, one of their major food sources. A research project will attempt to trap phosphorus in water and river sediments by lacing a stretch of the Gaamhä River with a thin layer of an absorbent substance called "phoslock." Full story...


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