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Sunday, 25 May, 2003

Multiple-occupancy lane surveillance promising

KAANSÄ (VKK) - After a week, five days to be precise, of surveillance of the Capital Region's major arterial roads, police have managed to issued over 14,000 tickets to illegitimate use of the carpool and bus lanes during rush-hours in the past week. The number of violators has yet to decline over the week, but that is due to the fact that the motorist has not yet receive their tickets in the mail. Nevertheless, many motorists seemed oblivious to the much-publicised surveillance campaign. Full story...

Monday, 26 May, 2003

Bill C-52 deemed as "non-votable"

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Today, the Lower House's Committee reported that Bill C-52 is simply non-votable. Christian Democrat MP Lori Þjelen introduced her private members' bill late last month in hopes to reintroduce the role of the State Church in marriage. The State Church has indicated that it will only endorse marriages that fit the traditional definition. The Committee found that the Bill is "an inappropriate use of process". Avid critic of the Bill MP Krooni Värgas said Monday, "The Christian Democrats are desperate to turn back the clock on equality." Observers say by continuing to exploit Parliament and the courts, the Party is threatening its own credibility and undermining the democratic process, not furthering any legitimate debate. Full story...

Tuesday, 27 May, 2003

Work of European Convention in progress

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Fyksian members of the European Convention have not completely rejected a set of revised proposals for a European Union constitution put forward on Monday by the convention's presidium. However, all agree that the work is still far from complete. The representative of the Fyksian government, Þjøna Skemsen, said that the new draft is a step in the right direction. Skemsen was pleased that the presidium had taken comments made by the members of the convention into account. "The important questions naturally remain open. There has not been as much time to deal with them as the values and goals of the early stages", Skemsen said. Full story...

Þjelen pushes for vote on Bill C-52

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Christan Democrat MP Lori Þjelen appeared before the Lower House Standing Committee today to appeal a decision that made her Private Member’s Bill C-52 “non-votable”. In an unprecedented move, the Committee deemed Þjelen's Bill C-52 “non-votable” yesterday. This was the first time since sweeping changes to the rules governing the Committee were implemented that a bill has been denied votable status. The Private Member's Bill is back by several religious groups including the Lutheran State Church of Fyksland headed by Archbishop of Straumkener. Full story...

Wednesday, 28 May, 2003

Fyksian companies vie for Iraq reconstruction projects

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Around ten Fyksian corporations have decided to compete for reconstruction projects in Iraq. Export promotion agency Fyksport believes that the number of interested companies will rise significantly in the near future. "There are interested companies from every sector, from pharmaceutical companies to construction firms", reports Elen Parløti, the head of customer relations at Fyksport. American company Bechtel has so far received the largest reconstruction contract from the U.S. government, worth 680 million dollars. Full story...

Thursday, 29 May, 2003

Foot and mouth disease suspected on Lundvog farm

STANHAUN, Lundvog (VKK) - A heifer in the village of Pieraanger 20 kilometres north of the duchy capital of Lundvog has shown symptoms consistent with foot and mouth disease. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had placed the farm in question under quarantine on Thursday evening. In spite of the symptoms, officials are doubtful about the diagnosis, as foot and mouth was last diagnosed in Fyksland 38 years ago. None of the other animals on the farm have shown any symptoms. Nevertheless, the possible threat of foot and mouth disease is being taken very seriously, and extensive action has been taken to prevent the spread. Full story...

Friday, 30 May, 2003

No hard feelings towards U.S.: Stotson

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (VKK) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting world leaders in his home town, St. Petersburg, during the city's lavish 300th anniversary celebrations. For the next three days, Putin will show off the highlights of the former imperial capital to more than 40 heads of state. The celebrations have cost $1.5 billion to stage. Putin is to host a summit with 16 current EU member states' leaders and those of 10 EU candidate states in St Petersburg Saturday, and meet with U.S. President George W. Bush on Sunday. The meeting will be the first time the key players in the bitter debate over the war in Iraq have met since the conflict. Stotson struck a conciliatory tone before leaving for Russia, saying there would be no confrontation with the U.S. and Britain that had led the war. Full story...

Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Russia backs out of investment protection treaty with Fyksland

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (VKK) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Fyksian Prime Minister Jana Stotson that Russia does not want to sign a treaty with Fyksland on the protection of investments before Russia becomes a member of the World Trade Organisation. Russia's decision could lead to a lengthy delay before such a treaty can be signed, because Russia is believed to have a rocky road ahead of it before it can join the World Trade Organisation. Stotson met Putin at Tsarskoje Selo, the location of the imperial summer palace outside St. Petersburg. Full story...

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