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Monday, 24 March, 2008

Olympic flame for Beijing Games lit amidst protest

ATHENS, Greece (VKK) - The Olympic torch for the 2008 Summer Olympics was lit in Greece starting its 136-day journey across the world before the Games held in Beijing this August. The century-old tradition was disrupted several times by protesters using the international spotlight to speak out against China's rule in Tibet in light of recent unrest there. The torch is set to carry its journey throughout Greece before being transferred to begin it's global trek from Beijing. The torch will arrive in Kaansä on 8 April. The 2012 Games host city will be the last European stop before the flame continues its journey in the Americas. Full story...

Tuesday, 25 March, 2008

Somali pirates seize Fyksian ship

CAIRO, Egypt (VKK) - Pirates have boarded a Fyksian cargo ship off the coast of Somalia early this morning, taking all its 31 crew hostage. The ship's owner Eimskip has confirmed the Osla II was seized in the Gulf of Aden en route to Hong Kong after passage through the Suez Canal. The government said it has launched a piracy alert plan, requesting aide in the area. Somali coastal waters are among the most hazardous in the world, despite the presence of US navy patrols there. Officials say no shots have been fired. Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti said Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been mobilised to act as quickly as possible to diffuse the situation. At least a dozen of Fyksians are among the 31 crew of Ukrainians and Filipinos on the vessel. Full story...

SvenesÆr executives pay frozen over increased fuel prices

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Forty-two members of the senior management of SvenesÆr, including chief executive Låne Mærsil, have seen their pay frozen in light of the increasing price of fuel, driven by rising oil prices. Mærsil, who owns 5.6% of the airline and earned 6,083,000 krons last year including 3,879,000 krons basic pay, said it's inappropriate for managers to be awarding themselves with pay increases if profits are falling. The management board has voted that pay would only be unfrozen if oil significantly decreased in price and if there is some prospect of profits being increased. SvenesÆr has currently hedged oil prices at US$72 per barrel, but this is set to expire, leaving the national airline paying full market prices. Full story...

Wednesday, 26 March, 2008

Lawsuit underway for Fyksian torrent site

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland's biggest torrent download site, www.torrent.vk, may soon be shut down after a public hearing taking place this week. The head administrator of Torrent.vk, Maati Suetken says the plaintiff argues that website and domain owners should be responsible for copyright violations of third parties. The case could set a precedent if the court agrees with the claims. Whilst Suetken has distanced himself from the copyright infringement, the Kaansä District Court is cracking down on people who are actively distributing copyrighted material. Full story...

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

Pirates demand release of detained Somalis in Scandinavian raid

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Pirates that seized Fyksian cargo ship Osla II have demanded ransom and the release of Somalians arrested from a raid throughout Scandianavia two weeks ago, the government has confirmed. The ship's owner Eimskip has received the demand today and have passed it on to the police and government. Altogether eight men were detained in an international raid in Fyksland, Norway, Sweden with alleged involvment with terror operation in Somalia. The government has said it would not consider surrendering to the demands and an international rescue mission is in the works to ensure the safe release of the crew. The ransom amount has not been released. Full story...

Friday, 28 March, 2008

Skilig brushes off London's new terminal

KAANSÄ (VKK) - With glitches of yesterday's first day of operation at London Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 5, Kaansä's Skilig is brushing off the latest competition. Kaansä Airport Authority president Piet Hoelgieg said Skilig is learning from the disasterous opening and hopes that the 2011 new terminal opening will go more smoothly. Third in handling trans-atlantic flights Kaansä Skilig is counting on its new Terminal 3 to increase its traffic by 50% and be the welcoming gateway for the 2012 Olympics. Full story...

Saturday, 29 March, 2008

Fyksland sets to go dark for Earth Hour

KAANSÄ (AP) - Businesses and government bodies are saying they are endorsing Earth Hour by turning off the lights at their buildings tonight. The government has announced that all federal properties including monuments will minimise all non-essential lighting. Spokeperson of the Capital Metropolitan Region -- the only Fyksian partner city of the event -- said the event is important to raise awareness of climate change worldwide. Lækvogøn Palace has announced that the king has commanded all royal castles and palaces throughout the country to go dark for the event. Full story...

Sunday, 30 March, 2008

Earth Hour had dim results

KAANSÄ (AP) - West Fyksland Energy (OVI) has released consumption figures for last night's Earth Hour event in Fyksland. OVI reported that electricity consumption was 3% lower during the Hour than would be expected given the time, weather conditions and past five years' consumption patterns for a typical Saturday evening. Residents in centre Kaansä have also reported noise and air pollution from the free Earth Hour concert in Kildønvog Square powered by burning used oil. Kaansä Metropolitan Police has reported to an increased calls for theft and vandalism last night. Full story...

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