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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 12 January, 2003

Routje's health critical

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Former prime minister Maulin Routje has been admitted to hospital under intenstive care after a mild stroke this afternoon. Sources say the condition of the ailing politician is "critical". The former prime minister has stepped away from the political limelight since last year after doctors had advised him against further public engagements. Since then, the 74-year-old labour party member was still making occasional appearances at various institutions. Full story...

Monday, 13 January, 2003

Posti Kohnäa to begin delivery at day break

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Beginning in 2004, Posti Kohnäa plans to reschedule its delivery times, pushing the first delivery round up to early in the morning, and discontinuing the second round altogether. These measures will create cost savings for the corporation, and customers will receive their daily letters and newspapers & magazines much earlier than before. The goal is that within the next couple of years, the mail will arrive at most homes even before people leave for work, or as early as six a.m. Full story...

Tuesday, 14 January, 2003

Patriots brave cold on Fyksland Day

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Waving the bright blue and red colours and braving the frigidly cold weather, over half a million people celebrated the 456th anniversary of the establishment of the royal house. In Kaansä, crowds were given a royal treat of fanfares, parade of armed guards and glimpses of the royal family. "It was incredible the King and Queen were out greeting us in this cold weather, it's unbelivable!" said one reveller. Full story...

Wednesday, 15 January, 2003

EU to ban animal-tested cosmetics

STRASBOURG, France (VKK) - The European Parliament has passed a law banning the testing of cosmetics on animals within the EU -- despite huge resistance by the cosmetic industry. The ban on most animal tests will take effect in 2009 under a compromise deal agreed between the parliament and European Union member states in November. But the European cosmetic industry, which has sales totalling 44 billion euros a year (405 billion krons), has secured an extension to 2013 for three areas of toxicity testing to allow time for alternatives to be developed -- 20 years after the European Commission first proposed the ban in 1993. Full story...

Fyksland to start fingerprinting asylum-seekers

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland and 16 other European countries are launching a new system today to keep track of the movements of asylum-seekers by taking down their fingerprints. The purpose is to stop abuse of the asylum system, by preventing people who are not in any real danger in their home countries from moving around from one European country to another applying for asylum in each one. The fingerprints are to be sent to Eurodac, a joint fingerprint registry, along with information on where and when the person in question submitted the asylum application. Full story...

Thursday, 16 January, 2003

EU cosmetic ban a scientific challenge: researchers

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Whilst animal rights activists welcome the passing of the EU-wide ban on animal-tested cosmetic, the cosmetic industry is less sure. "We don't know what the reaction of the Americans and Japanese will be," Annick Colman of Colipa, the European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, told VKK. Industry would find it "extremely challenging" to find alternative testing methods by 2009, she added. "If we don't find alternatives, we will have less ingredients to work with." Currently, just over 40 percent of all cosmetic product researches are conducted by Fyksian companies. Full story...

Friday, 17 January, 2003

Nordic countries to prepare for smallpox threat

KAANSÄ (AP) - Leading health officials of the Nordic Countries have drawn up a common plan for measures to be taken in the event of a threat of a smallpox epidemic. Under the plans, mass inoculations would be considered only if a confirmed case of smallpox is detected somewhere in the Nordic region. Individual cases in other parts of Europe would not lead to extensive vaccination programmes. Full story...

Saturday, 18 January, 2003

Thousands join global protests against possible American attack on Iraq

KAANSÄ (AP) - The Fyksian peace movement turned out in force Saturday - joining compatriots in Europe and around the world - as thousands gathered nationwide to protest the prospect of war against Iraq. In addition to the typical cadres of students and labour groups, demonstrators nationwide were as likely to be parents with children or church-going grandparents. The State Lutheran Church of Fyksland has officially taken a stance against a U.S.-led war in Iraq. Parishioners have been encouraged to take part in demonstrations and will be asked to pray for peace on Sunday. Full story...


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