Morning Headlines: Tuesday 10th October 2017

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Weather Warnings

There’s a weather warning of ‘potentially dangerous’ strong winds across much of the country and sea areas today, issued by the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Northeast winds gusting up to 15 metres per second will hit most of Finland, except Lapland. Heavy rain in the south and centre of the country moves further north as the day continues. Strong waves are reported around Åland, in the Gulf of Bothnia, and the Kvarken area offshore at Vaasa.

Call Me Crazy: Why Stockann Needs Sales Success

Department store Stockmann launches its twice-yearly “Crazy Days” sale this week, and it couldn’t come at a more important time for the company. At the end of September, the retail group capped a few years of bad news with a warning to investors that they’ll miss a profit target. Crazy Days are the busiest times of the year for Stockmann which sees a huge boost in customers and purchases during the special pricing event – but is the promotion still good for Stockmann’s brand, and what will keep customers coming back again? Read more in our original story here.

Overnight Crash

A truck pulling a full trailer has plunged from Joutsansalmi bridge, and fallen 100 metres down an embankment near Joutsa. Rescue services say the driver was not seriously injured. The alarm was raised around midnight and firefighters closed the road in case the truck’s fuel caught fire. This morning there are likely to be delays on that stretch of road as the accident site is cleared up and the truck removed.

World Cup Qualifier

Finland scored late goals last night in Turku to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat in their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Turkey. Neither side had a chance to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia. At the top of the same group, football minnows Iceland qualified after beating Kosovo. The Vikings become the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup Final.

Star Wars Ticket Sales

Tickets for the new Star Wars film go on sale today in Finland. The Finnish premier of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be on Wednesday 13th December, says the Finnkino cinema chain. The company has staggered the release times of tickets for cinemas in different parts of the country to try and stop their website from crashing as eager fans try to buy some of the first tickets for the movie, which is eagerly awaited by fans. If you’re hoping to snatch a ticket today, may the force be with you!