Morning headlines: Thursday 13th September 2018

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Hurricane warnings

The Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C. is warning any Finns that live in the path of Hurricane Florence to stay alert, follow the instructions from local authorities and pay attention to weather reports. The hurricane has weakened as it heads to the US east coast but is still producing winds in excess of 125km per hour. Several Finns who live in the path of Florence have been speaking to Finnish media with some saying they have no intention to leave, while others say they’re getting as far away as possible to be on the safe side.

Pori plant to close with 450 jobs lost

A chemical plant in Pori is set to close by 2021, with the loss of 450 jobs. Venator’s factory produces titanium dioxide, but has been working at only 20% capacity since a major fire in January 2017. Now, bosses say production will gradually wind down until it stops altogether. Production will be tranfered to other facilities. In a statement, Venator says the cost of repairing the Pori plant after the fire was just too high, and it’s in the company’s  best interests to close it down, and move the work elsewhere. Redundancy negotiations with unions are expected to start soon.

Veikkaus prize money

Finland’s state betting company Veikkaus says it wants to increase the money that punters can win, and get more people playing online games. It’s part of the monopoly’s strategy to beat foreign companies that operate internet betting sites which have lured away many Finns in recent years. “Our strategy is to develop our internet games and make them as competitive as possible against the global market, to make sure that Finns will choose us instead of foreign companies”, says Veikkaus deputy CEO Velipekka Nummikoski. Read more at our story here.

Danish royal visit

The Crown Prince of Denmark starts a visit to Finland today, marking the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Prince Frederik will be leading a business delegation which visits Helsinki and Turku, and focuses on opportunities in the maritime industry. He’ll also meet Finnish companies involved in “green, innovative city solutions” according to a statement from the Danish royal household.

Finland vs Bosnia basketball

The Finnish men’s basketball team Susijengi – or Wolfpack in English – take on Bosnia this evening. The match takes place at Metro Arena in Espoo. The Finns have been on a winning streak recently, beating Latvia and Lithuania at home as they prepare to qualify for the Basketball World Championships being held next year in China.

Thursday morning weather

It’s going to be a windy day particularly in the south and central parts of the country where winds could gust up to 20km in some places. This morning starts out bright across the south, south east and south west. There’s more cloud cover in central Finland but rain creeps in the further north you go, with heave downpours expected in central and northern Lapland this morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 13th September 2018 / Credit: News Now Finland