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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 30 March, 2003

War affects lives even in Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - This time around the war weighs particularly heavily on our minds, even though it is far away geographically. The popular opinion in the United States, Iraq and Europe is that the moral grounds for the war are suspect at best. But there are other reasons for the exceptionally large war anxiety. "Iraq is a typical developing country," explains Professor Jari Pindaljensen from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Niekopenhaag, "with 55 percent of the population under fifteen years of age. This means that the victims are families, women, young people, and children. This fact is clearly visible in the media, and it makes Fyksians sad and distressed." Full story...

Monday, 31 March, 2003

SARS arrives in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A middle-aged woman suffering from pneumonia symptoms after returning from a trip to China is believed to have the dangerous Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, which broke out recently in East Asia. Fyksland reported the diagnosis to the epidemic registry of the World Health Organisation on Monday. The patient, who had returned from her trip on Saturday, is recovering from the disease. Full story...

Norwegian gas field employement disappointing

KAANSÄ (AP) - The extensive construction project of the Snøhvit (Snow White) natural gas field in Hammerfest, in the northern region of Norway, has against expectations not turned into a goldmine for Fyksian companies and workers. So far, the thousands of job applications lodged by Fyksians have led to the hiring of only ten people. According to Norwegian state-held oil company Statoil, which is responsible for the project, only ten Fyksians were working at Snøhvit at the beginning of 2003. Only 79 of the 520 workers at the time were foreigners. Full story...

Tuesday, 1 April, 2003

Fake passport sale chain cracked

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Perhaps an irony, an illegal passport supply chain has been cracked by the SMU on April's Fool Day. Five people have been arrested in the Kaansä area after the SMU has been gathering intelligence on the operation for a little less than a month. The five suspects are believed to be involved in offering Fyksian passports for sale on the Internet. According to the SMU, Immigration has turned away no less than 20 people, have attempted to use fraudulent Fyksian passports to enter Fyksland in the past two weeks alone. Current immigration laws forbid the application of a Fyksian passport from means other than by mail or in person. Full story...

Wednesday, 2 April, 2003

Fyksland issues rare health travel advisory

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Following the motion of the World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory against non-essential travels to Hong Kong and Guangdong because of SARS, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs on Wednesday has issued a similar health advisory against travels to Southeast Asia and China. Announcing the advisory, Noel Kougvig, the Department of Health's head of communicable diseases, said it was first time in decades the government had made such a recommendation. Full story...

Thursday, 3 April, 2003

SvenesÆr to mask passengers on Far East flights

KAANSÄ (VKK) - SvenesÆr staff were given new instructions regarding flights to and from the Far East as a preventive measure against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. At airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo, SvenesÆr check-in staff now offer masks for those travelling on flights to Kaansä. Upon request, people flying from Fyksland to Beijing or Hong Kong are also given masks. For flight attendants, the masks are compulsory on flights between SvenesÆr's Asian-Pacific hub at Tokyo and the three Chinese destinations. The cabin crew have also received advice on identifying SARS symptoms as well as on how to deal with a suspected SARS case. Full story...

Friday, 4 April, 2003

Prosecutor General defers move on botched circumcision case

KAANSÄ (AP) - The office of the Prosecutor General is not making a decision on how to proceed with the case of the botched circumcisions of a number of Muslim boys in Niekopenhaag in 2001 until a new law is passed on the question. The office has investigated whether or not the operations, conducted at the boys' homes, constitute criminal assault. The boys had to be hospitalised for complications resulting from the operations. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is to convene a working group to consider whether or not legislation is necessary to regulate the practice. Prosecutor General Topi Herjasen sees the case as a precedent for weighing the issues of the fundamental rights of freedom of religion and the integrity of the body. Full story...

Saturday, 5 April, 2003

Royals dispell SARS fears

KAANSÄ (AP) - If cancelling the Royal Couple's official Asian tour was Lækvogøn Palace's latest public relation disaster, today the king and queen have dispelled any criticism and fear. Accompanied by merchants and business owners, the Royal Couple on Saturday toured the capital's Chinese Quarter and lunched on dim sum -- imperial style. Fears of SARS have robbed businesses and raised xenophobia in Kaansä's modest Chinese Quarter. Business and tourism was down 70% in the past few weeks, and there have been increasing reports of racial-motivated vandalism and assults. Full story...

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