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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Wednesday, 1 January, 2003

Revellers braved cold to greet 2003

KAANSÄ (AP) - Braving bone-chilling temperatures, revellers gathered in crowds around the nation to celebrate the arrival of the Year 2003. In Kaansä, where crowds greeted the new year with outdoor concert and fireworks at Kildøvog Square under the temperature as low as -21 celsius degrees. Full story...

Tighter baggage security controls confusion for passengers

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Full security checks of all checked baggage began at Fyksian airports on New Year's Day. Many passengers were caught surprised by the new procedures. However, no flight delays resulted from the new rules. All checked luggage is being X-rayed and dangerous objects are removed. In addition to obvious fire hazards, forbidden objects include containers of ski wax remover and large aerosol cans. Security officials are now authorised to open the bag and remove the object without the passenger's permission, whilst locked baggaged would be grounded. Full story...

Thursday, 2 January, 2003

New Year's first miracle

PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - One of the four climbers who were thought to have fallen to their deaths in Mount Skoeken five days ago was found alive with her canine companion. Alana Roud was rescued Wednesday night after rescue efforts were suspended for three days because of severe weather. Roud and her dog Skipi suffer from hypothermia and broken bones and are both in critical conditions. Three bodies were retrieved from under 3 metres of snow, they are believed to have been with Roud when the accident happened. Full story...

Friday, 3 January, 2003

Herring cargo sunk in Iceland

PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - A Fyksian refrigerated cargo ship, the Ice Bear, which was en route to Finland, has sunk in the North Atlantic, only around 70 nautical miles from its port of departure, Neskaupstad in Iceland. The Fyksian captain and five Lithuanian crew members were rescued from the vessel by helicopter already on Tuesday, after the ship developed a severe list in a storm off the Icelandic coast. The load shifted in the heavy seas and caused the ship to list as much as 45 degrees and to take on water. The vessel was drifting from Tuesday night to Thursday morning, when it finally sank. Full story...

Saturday, 4 January, 2003

Vitamin D-enriched milk to hit shelves

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (AP) - Fyksian dairies will soon introduce milk products fortified with vitamin D. The Fyksian Dairy Commission reported on Friday that all large dairies in Fyksland will be adding vitamin D to nearly all types of milk and sour milk. Some smaller operations are expected to follow suit later. The first of the new fortified milk products will be on store shelves in February. Full story...

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