Morning headlines: Friday 2nd November 2018

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Commuter delays after train track death

Morning commuters might still face some lingering delays in the capital city region, after a death on the track in the early hours of the morning. Police say that a man was killed near Oulunkylä station and they’ve been investigating the cause of his death, although at this time they don’t suspect any crime has taken place. Several commuter routes were canceled early on Friday morning because of the incident, including more than ten trains of the A, I and N lines. R trains were also delayed, as well as a long distance departure to Jyväskylä, but VR says train traffic will return to normal during the course of the morning.

Home crowd hat trick for Finnish NHL star

Finnish NHL star Patrik Laine delighted home town crowds last night as he scored three goals to help the Winnipeg Jets beat Florida Panthers 4-2 in an NHL game played at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. The game was part of the NHL’s ‘Global Series’. At a press conference after the game on Thursday night, Laine told reporters “I don’t think you guys can even imagine how good that feels […] obviously pretty awesome, and good to be home and be able to score those goals back here”.

‘Thirst aid’ from Finland for NATO forces

An enterprising Finnish brewery has bottled a special batch of beer for NATO forces taking part in Operation Trident Juncture in Norway. Last week it was reported that bars in Iceland ran out of booze for NATO personnel and Tornion Panimo in Lapland didn’t want the same emergency situation to happen again. They came up with the Peacemaker Arctic Pilsner, and have got a thousand bottles ready to ship to Norway. There’s also an option to send some to Rovaniemi where NATO has been using an air force base there to conduct operations during the month long war games.

Skate stars gather for Helsinki Grand Prix

Some of the world’s top ice athletes are in Finland today, taking part in the ice skating Grand Prix. Taking to the ice at Jäähalli over the weekend are Olympic and World Championship stars like double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanuy from Japan; Russian Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova and Italian World Champion Carolina Kostner. The Helsinki event is one of six International Skating Union competitions in the Grand Prix series, and the first time it’s being held in Finland. The other events are taking place in the USA, Canada, France, Russia and Japan.

Friday morning weather

It’s another cold start to the morning up in Lapland, with temperatures down to -9°C and foggy conditions stretching down into central parts. There’s cloud cover pretty much everywhere else in Finland on Friday morning, with rain forecast for Turku. Temperatures do reach double digits down south in Hanko but don’t expect that everywhere – it’s around +2°C to +7°C across most of the central and southern areas to start the day.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 2nd November 2018 / Credit: FMI