Morning headlines: Tuesday 27th November 2018

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Morning delays for capital commuters

VR is reporting a lot of delays for commuter traffic in the Helsinki region this morning. A-trains between Helsinki and Leppävaara have been canceled due to problems with the tracks. That means passengers are being shuttled between Huopalahti and Leppävaara by bus instead. There’s also delays to individual I and P trains this morning, but HSL and VR say they hope to have everything sorted by 10:00.

Helsinki City Council approves anonymous recruitment

Finland’s largest employer has approved a proposal to being anonymous recruiting. At Monday night’s Helsinki City Council meeting, councilors unanimously agreed to the plan which was proposed by Left Alliance politician Suleda Said Ahmed earlier this year. Helsinki City is the largest employer in the country, with 38,000 workers in different sectors. The new anonymous recruiting practices will start in summer 2019, but what does it mean in practice? Job applications won’t show the applicant’s name, date of birth, address, mother tongue, gender or any other information that might consciously – or unconsciously – affect the choices of the recruiter.

Minister to Geneva for trade talks

Trade Minister Anne-Mari Virolainen (NCP) is in Geneva today for talks on international trade. She’ll meet with the Director General of the World Trade Organisation to discuss Finnish concerns about a “recent rise in protectionism” according to a statement. “For Finland and our export-driven businesses, it is important to maintain and strengthen the WTO’s multilateral and rule-based system” says Virolainen. During the trip she will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Afghanistan.

Smoke detector tests lacking

Less than half of Finns have tested their fire alarms at home as often as they should. That’s the findings of a new survey out this morning which coincides with Fire Safety Week. According to the report, only 45% of Finns test their fire alarm the recommended once per month. That’s a worrying statistic when you consider that only about 30% of the fires in homes last year had a working smoke detector. Smoke detectors have been compulsory in residential buildings since 2000. The survey asked 1000 adults.

President Ahtisaari steps down from The Elders role

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has stepped down as an active member of The Elders. The organisation – a group of elder statesmen and women first brought together by Nelson Mandela to work for world peace and human rights – said that 81-year old Ahtisaari will effectively retire and now take a back seat in the group. “It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked with Martti Ahtisaari for so many years in the service of peace, human rights and dignity” said Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders. Ahtisaari joined The Elders in 2009, and traveled with the organisation to Africa, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. He was President of Finland from 1994 to 2000, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work at the United Nations and in government, in the area of conflict resolution.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s a bitter cold start to the morning in many places around the country, with the temperature dropping down to -15°C in north east Lapland, -11°C along the eastern border, -9°C at Kuusamo and -9°C down the west coast in Pori – and not too much warmer everywhere else. There’s a cold northerly airflow keeping those temperatures low today and tomorrow, but on Thursday things warm up a little. This morning snow is forecast around Jyväskylä and Joensuu in central and eastern Finland, and into the south east as well.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 27th November 2018 / Credit: FMI