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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 22 December, 2002

Christian Democrats leadership up for grabs

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The race to become the new leader of the Christian Democratic party is slowly gaining momentum after Prime Minister Jana Stotson announced last week that she is stepping down in 2006. On Saturday, two more men said they wanted to succeed Stotson and lead the Christian Democractic Party. Member of Parliament Rees Vogse is in. So is Kala Girtenhvagen, a doctor from Niekopenhaag. Rälin Hvåti, a cabinet minister in Stotson's government between 1998 and 2002, announced in September that he wanted to be leader. Full story...

Monday, 23 December, 2002

Mayors reject superbureau for capital region

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Governing bodies in the Greater Kaansä Metropolitan Area have united to reject the establishment of a single governing structure for the region proposed by the National Capital Commission. According to the Commission, the Greater Kaansä Metropolitan Area needs a strong cooperative body to resolve the area's problems by combining the resources from all of the current 23 municipalities in the region. The suggested "superbureau" would buy land for social housing production purposes. It would also be responsible for zoning and it would negotiate with companies and organisations about their locations. The suggestion was rejected by the all 23 municipalities within the capital region in the steering committee's final meeting concerning the draft report. Full story...

Tuesday, 24 December, 2002

Europe crawls to flat finish

KAANSÄ (VKK) - European markets ended mainly flat on Tuesday after an abbreviated trading day ahead of the holiday break, with the only real movement coming from oil and retail stocks. Most European stock markets were closed, apart from the region's biggest bourse, London, which finished at 12:30 GMT, and the Euronext market for Dutch, French and Belgian shares closed at 13:00 GMT. In Kaansä, the market closed early at 13:00 GMT with the Västoki Index closed up 0.1 percent at 2,957.6. Full story...

Wednesday, 25 December, 2002

King reflects on the year's events

KAANSÄ (VKK) - King Jaakot's traditional Christmas message reflected a year that saw highs and lows for the nation. The year 2002 started off with the terrorist bombing in Porti Ikstis that brought together the nation. Citizens witness the collapse of the Spaghetti Junction and the eruption of Mount Hviektmun. The country also saw progress with the abolition of the capital punishment. The monarch also expressed sadness towards the passing of Princess Juliana in his message. Full story...

Thursday, 26 December, 2002

Five million shoppers grabbed sales

KAANSÄ (AP) - The first business day after Christmas proved to be a big day for Fyksian shoppers and retailers with one survey suggesting as many as three million people struggled through stores in search of a bargain. Shoppers were out early in Kaansä where some stores were open as early as 7:00 and shopping centres were opening their doors about 90 minutes later. In the nation's largest shopping centre Du Kohnäsvog in Kaansä, an estmated 1.5 million customers squeezed through its door on Thursday. Full story...

Friday, 27 December, 2002

Police wants sex-service clients come forward as witnesses

PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - Visken police say that an extensive prostitution ring had managed to acquire hundreds of male customers in northern Fyksland, particularly in the city of Porti Ikstis and surrounding area since March this year. Whilst the main suspects in the case were remanded in custody earlier this week and charged, police in Viske are now urging the customers to come forward as witnesses. Police say they have the telephone numbers of many of the men who bought sex services from the group. "Buying sex is not a crime, and it is certainly much more pleasant for the men to contact us, than for us to call them at home about it", says Jirki Tinmin of the Visken police. Full story...

Saturday, 28 December, 2002

Four feared dead in mountain accident

PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (AP) - Four climbers are feared dead after weather conditions in the Kjotsä turned hostile. The group of four, whose names have not been released are thought to have fallen after slipping on ice after temperatures plummeted overnight following a period of mild weather. The climbers fell one by one trying to rescue a dog on a peak close to Landau, 120 kilometres southwest of Porti Ikstis. Full story...

Severe storms strike Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Atlantic storms are making its final strike at the end of the year as a deep depression presses through Fyksland. Severe storms bring with them snow, blizzard conditions and flooding as heavy rain thaws out frozen, low-lying ground. Gale force winds have brought ten inches of snow, and plunged the cold temperatures to the bitter -25 celsius degrees. Full story...

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