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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 2 March, 2003

Wild boar farming increasing in the Highlands

NUGJŲLUT,Gaamla (AP) - Tourists who visit the Central Highlands and the northern forests to get a glimpse of wild reindeer are leading to the proliferation of wild boar farming in Fyksland. Many British tourists are not eager to eat one of Santa's reindeer at dinnertime, so wild boar meat has been offered as an alternative on the menu. Last year, the British outnumbered the Germans for the first time as the largest group of foreigners to visit Gaamla and Viske. Full story...

Monday, 3 March, 2003

Stotson worried about splits in EU

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The crisis in Iraq and the related disagreements that certain European Union countries have with the United States, as well as disunity within the EU, were the focus of an assessment made by Prime Minister Jana Stotson on Monday at a press conference. "I am very worried. As I have repeated many times that we should focus on the primary problem that is Saddam Hussein, not among ourselves," Stotson said in the Alžig. Full story...

Tuesday, 4 March, 2003

Emergency response personnel to be vaccinated against smallpox

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland will soon be naming members of special emergency response teams. The doctors and nurses in those teams will be vaccinated against smallpox so that they might be able to treat those who possibly catch the infectious disease. Alongside anthrax, smallpox is seen as a potential biological weapon which Fyksland should prepare itself for. Fyksland has supplies of smallpox vaccine, but Professor Mati K. Veljasen does not believe that vaccinating the whole population is worthwhile. Full story...

Wednesday, 5 March, 2003

Fyksians prefer Norway, Switzerland and Iceland as new EU member-states

KAANSÄ (VKK) - More than 80 percent of Fyksians would prefer to see Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland as new EU members, despite the fact that these countries have not even applied for membership. Only after these three countries comes Estonia, one of the actual new applicants, reveals the EU Commission's recent Eurobarometer survey. Of all the EU citizens, the Fyksians are most opposed to the Union's common defence and security policy. Of the Fyksian respondents, only 45% are prepared to favour the tightening of common policies on the EU level. Full story...

Kaansä among world's safest cities

KAANSÄ (AP) - A recent global quality-of-life survey carried out by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, put Kaansä among world's safest cities. Covering 215 cities this time, the annual study is intended to help governments and major companies to place employees on international assignments. The good news first: Kaansä placed second (behind Luxembourg) as one of the world's top cities for personal safety. The national capitcal shared this placing with Bern, Zurich, Geneva, Helsinki and Singapore. Europe thus snatched 6 out of the top seven places in this category. Full story...

Thursday, 6 March, 2003

Pharmaceuticals industry could lose about 200 jobs

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The pharmaceuticals industry could lose up to about 200 jobs in sales and marketing when generic copies of brand-name drugs become more easily available in Fyksland in April. At that time a new law takes effect requiring pharmacies to primarily offer patients the least expensive version of a medicine that is available. The cheapest version is often a copy of the original medicine, which a generic manufacturer starts producing after the original patent has expired. Full story...

Friday, 7 March, 2003

Stotson government indecisive over Iraq: oppositions

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Opposition leader Riet Skoetli has demanded that the government must declare its official position and join the United States in a possible military action against Iraq. So far Prime Minister has indicated that Fyksland will not participate in military action in Iraq, but over the past few weeks, the position of her government was less than clear as EU and NATO talks were breaking down. "It appears the position of the Stotson government was getting more ambiguous each day the world is getting closer to war," said Skoetli. Full story...

Saturday, 8 March, 2003

No "Freedom Fries" in Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (AP) - Despite anti-French sentiments in the U.S. has sparked a wave to rename America's favourite fast food -- the French Fries, American fast food restaurants in Fyksland have no plans to replace the menu. "It's all silly childish stuff really, and no way I am calling the American cockcroach anything else," said fast food restaurant owner Tim Steinman. Full story...

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