Morning Headlines: Wednesday 2nd May 2018

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Three Injured In Construction Crash

Three men have been injured after a construction site crash in Vantaa. It happened around 05:30 this morning and police say a car collided with an excavator. The car rolled onto its roof, and when rescue crews arrived it took them half an hour to get the occupants out. All three men were taken to the hospital, and no other people were involved in the accident. According to the preliminary assessment by the rescue services, speed might have been a factor in the accident, although the weather was somewhat foggy at that time as well.

Coalition Partners Meet For Trust Talks

Chairmen of the three government coalition parties will meet today for ‘trust talks’. Blue Reform leader Sampo Terho called the talks with Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Petteri Orpo (NCP) after one of his MPs held secret discussions about jumping ship, and then defected to NCP last week. Terho accused Orpo’s party of encouraging the defection, and trying to undermine the coalition government to bring about new elections. Last year, Terho was one of 19 Finns Party MPs who defected from their party to form the new Blue Reform party.

Finland’s Plastic Waste Flow

Finnish rivers are carrying plastics, food scraps and drinks containers into the Baltic Sea, adding to polluting problems. While there has been a focus globally on the amount of plastics ending up in the world’s oceans, researchers at the Finnish Environment Institute have been studying the Aura River in Turku, and the Vantaa River to record how much waste is flowing into the Baltic. Typical plastics include everyday rubbish, used tobacco pouches and styrofoam that get dumped in the rivers and make their way to open water.

More Finns Volunteer

Two out of five Finns say they take part in volunteer activities. A new survey out this morning shows 40% of people have volunteered in the last four weeks. However, the amount of time spent volunteering has dropped in recent years. In 2015 respondents estimated that they volunteered for 18 hours over the previous month. Now, that number has fallen to 15 hours. Older people are volunteering less, and the commitment of men to volunteer activities has also fallen. There are some positive signs however: volunteering commitments among young people aged 15 to 24 has increased dramatically from 10 hours to 27 hours. The main reason for not taking part in volunteer activities was cited as a lack of time in the new survey conducted by Taloustutkimus during March.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s another raining, cloudy start to the day day for much of the country according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. The exception will be the far north of Lapland where there will be Wednesday morning sunshine. For the rest of Finland, don’t expect temperatures any higher than +8C. There’s persistent rain across most of the south, south west, capital city region, and up into Central Finland and coastal Ostrobothnia. It’s cloudy along the eastern border as well. The first glimpses of sun come only in Lapland.

 

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 2nd May 2018 / Credit: FMI