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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 1 February, 2003

Hundreds of Fyksian credit card accounts hacked

KAANSÄ (AP) - A hacker who broke into the security system of a company that processes credit card transactions on behalf of some 1,500 merchants has gained access to over one hundred Fyksian credit card accounts. The incident was first reported on Monday in the U.S. The hacker accessed a total of over eight million credit card accounts, but none of the numbers have so far been used fraudulently. The motive of the crime, which took place in February, is therefore unclear. Full story...

Monday, 2 February, 2003

Red tape stalls new consulate in Shanghai

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs is starting to grow weary with the Chinese authorities, who for some reason do not seem to be able to grant the last permission needed for the construction of the new main consulate in Shanghai. The Ministry has already encountered problems with getting a building permit from the Shanghai city officials. After this permit was finally granted last spring, the Ministry had waited for months for the final decision from the Chinese Foreign Office. Full story...

Tuesday, 3 February, 2003

Lunar New Year stamps pulled

KAANSÄ (AP) - Posti Kohnäa has pulled the newly issued Year of the Sheep stamps after receiving overwhelming complaints. The design of the stamps have caused a stirred where a picture of a sheep resembling to a cloned animal is featured. "There is no mistake that the picture on the stamp is a clone of Dolly the Sheep," wrote one concerned citizen. The Year of the Sheep stamps were the second of the Lunar New Year series issued by Posti Kohnäa. Full story...

Wednesday, 4 February, 2003

Finland used to make pro-euro case

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Tristan Nøhtu, the Deputy Minister of Finance, believes that Finland's success in the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) will be widely discussed if Fyksland prepares for its referendum on joining the EMU. "If Finland's example shows that the common currency benefits Finland, it is a strong argument in the Fyksian discussion", commented Nøhtu, who is responsible for EMU affairs. Nøhtu points out that the continental counterpart has plenty in common in the structure of the economy and in the economic policy history. Nøhtu, Fyksland's former Ambassador to the European Union, visited Finland in the fall, and became convinced that Finland has done well in the EMU. Full story...

Thursday, 5 February, 2003

Kaansä says war in Iraq should be avoided

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland wants to give the United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq sufficient time to complete their work. Prime Minister Jana Stotson has expressed that possible action against Iraq should be based on authorisation given by the UN Security Council. Speaking during Parliamentary question time on Friday, Stotson said that she hopes that a military confrontation could be averted. "Fyksland remains staunchly of the view that the crisis should be resolved under the leadership of the UN Security Council, and peacefully if it is at all possible", Stotson said. Full story...

University of Niekopenhaag tops efficiency review

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Niekopenhaage Universitet wound up in the number one spot when the efficiency of Fyksian universities was compared. Efficiency was measured as the relation between resources and results. Second and third place in the study went to the Fiskýr Universitet and Kaansär Universitet Tæknologir. The study was conducted by the Research Unit for the Sociology of Education (RUSE), which is a part of the Kaansär Universitet. The prestigious Kaansär Universitet came fifth in the study. Full story...

Friday, 6 February, 2003

Antarctic research station closes for the winter

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - The Fyksian Stønla research station in Antarctica was closed up for the southern winter on Friday. The Antarctic summer is coming to an end and the last Fyksian residents at the station, not far from Cape Norwegia on the Weddell Sea, are now heading north. A part of the research team flew home already in January. The six remaining men flew in a light plane to the permanent Russian research base at Novolazarevskaya, from where the journey continues today towards Cape Town. Full story...

Saturday, 7 February, 2003

Posti Kohnäa re-issues clone stamps

KAANSÄ (AP) - Posti Kohnäa has re-issued the Year of the Sheep stamps that had previously caused a controversy because of its design. It might be good news for collectors since the value of the nicknamed "Dolly stamps" may just have shot through the roof, but most are not happy with the new design. "Whatever it is on the stamp now doesn't look like a sheep anymore," said one philatelist. Full story...

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