Morning Headlines: Monday 19th February 2018

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Olympic Update: Women’s Hockey Team Crashes Out Of Semis

The Finnish women’s ice hockey team have crashed out of the Olympic semi final in spectacular fashion, losing 0-5 against the USA. The Americans overpowered the Finns to end their hopes of a securing a gold medal in Pyeongchang. The second semi final takes place today with Canada taking on the Russian OAR team. The winner will play for the gold against USA on Wednesday. Finland could still pick up bronze.

Olympic Update: More Finns In / Out

Snowboard star Enni Rukajärvi is out of the snowboard big air finals. Her score in the qualifying round wasn’t enough to put her among the top 12 who went to the finals. But Rukajärvi won’t come home empty-handed from South Korea. She already won a bronze in the slopestyle event last week. Meanwhile ski jumper Janne Ahonen is competing in the team large hill event today. The former five-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist (in Turin and Salt Lake) is hoping to add to his medal haul. The 40-year-old already competed in the large hill individual event final but was well out of medal contention in 27th place. And hopes are high in the 500m speed skating competition for Finland today. Mika Poutala and Pekka Koskela are both in the final that starts this afternoon, Helsinki time.

Finland’s Strike Threat Outbreak Explained

Have you noticed the number of strikes, threats of strikes or other industrial action in the news these days? Workers from industries as diverse as ski resort management to electricity company workers are using the threat of strike action to try and gain the upper hand in negotiating new contracts between unions and employers. Finland uses a system of collective negotiating to fix things like wages and different terms and conditions. But since the end of 2015 there’s been a change in the way those negotiations work, and that’s why you’re seeing a flare-up of rhetoric from unions, as they negotiate deals for the next few years ahead. Read more at our original story here.

More Michelin Stars For Finnish Restaurants?

The annual Michelin star ratings for 2018 will be announced today, and Finnish restaurants are hoping for high praise from the culinary awards. So far, only restaurants in Helsinki have received Michelin stars, with four restaurants being honoured last year. Now, there is an expectation that restaurants outside the capital city region could be recognised for their food flavours and innovation. The Michelin star is an international rating for the best restaurants in the world and their chefs. They have been awarded since 1930 and the Nordic awards will be announced this evening in Copenhagen.

Monday Morning Weather

You might have noticed it suddenly got cold again! Temperatures have plunged all across the country according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI forecast. In the south, expect morning temperatures around -14°C with snow. Temperatures drop to -23°C in Central Finland with clear skies and sunshine expected. In the north, Lapland will have temperatures ranging from -17°C to -22°C at the start of Monday morning.