Morning Headlines: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

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Millennium Prize Winner Announced Today

The million euro Millennium Technology Prize winner will be announce in Helsinki today. The prize is given by the Technology Academy Finland every second year, and given to an innovation that has had an extensive positive impact on people’s quality of life. This is the 8th time the prize has been awarded. This year, a total of 72 innovations and 105 individuals were nominated for the price, including in the fields of health technology and biomedicine. The winner will be announced today, and also receive their prize from President Niinistö at a ceremony this evening.

Finns Want Harsher Sentences: Poll

A new poll this morning finds that Finns want harsher sentences for violence and sex crimes. The survey is published in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, and finds almost 75% of Finns agree that sentences for sexual or violent crimes should be tightened, while only a small percentage believe that sentences should not be any tougher than they are now. The survey questioned more than 1000 people during May. The margin of error is 3.1%.

Police Arrest Four Over Helsinki Shooting

Helsinki Police arrested four men on Monday night, suspected of committing firearms offenses, and making illegal threats. Police say one man threatened people with knife, while another shot a gun into the air. The weapons have been confiscated by officers. The incident took place in Helsinki’s Meilahti neighbourhood, and nobody was injured.

Finnish Girls 3rd At European Football Championships

Finland’s under 17 girls football team came third in the European Championships, defeating England 2-1 in the playoff. While the English team had a strong first half, the Finnish girls had the better second half. Head coach Marko Saloranta says the success happened because Finland has a talented group of players, and a robust club system to support them. In the final, Spain beat Germany 2-0 to take the title. Finland’s u17 girls face Uruguay in November as they begin their u17 World Cup campaign.

Tuesday Morning Weather

It’s another warm start to the day across the country – even Lapland will see temperatures touch on +20C. There’s some cloud cover in the south west this morning, but the sun will still shine through as temperatures climb. Most parts of Finland south of Lapland can look forward to enjoying daytime temperatures in the low 20s today.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 22nd May 2018 / Credit: FMI