Morning headlines: Friday 11th January 2019

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Turku attacker case in appeals court today

The case of Abderrahman Bouanane, the attacker inspired by ISIS to go on a a knife attack that killed two people in Turku, is back in court today. There is a legal argument being heard in the Court of Appeal about whether knife laws meet the definition of terrorism. Prosecutors have justified the terrorism conviction saying that Bouanane, who came to Finland and used an alias to apply for asylum, was continuing the ISIS style of terror attack, designed to cause panic and fear among the population.

Report: Government agencies paid €600,000 to SuomiAreena event

A new story in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper this morning reveals that state organisations invested nearly €600,000 in last summer’s SuomiAreena event in Pori. The annual festival brings people to the west coast for discussions about politics, society, culture and sports and it organised by MediaHub, a production company that provides news and services to commercial channel MTV. The reports show that a total of 19 agencies paid public money to SuomiAreena with the biggest amount €100,000 paid by Veikkaus and the Finnish Defence Forces. Kela paid €68,000 and the Sitra Fund paid €60,000.

Capital region public transport disruption begins today

There’s disruption coming later today to the Helsinki metro system. This evening, a large part of the network will shut down for essential maintenance, and won’t re-open again until Monday morning. After 18:00 this evening, the metro will not run between Itäkeskus and Mellunmäki and Itäkeskus to Vuosaari. There will be replacement bus services running on those routes but that already comes with a warning that those services are likely to be congested. On Saturday and Sunday the metro is closed east of Lauttasaari station, meaning the only metro trains running on the weekend will be the new Länsimetro section of track that opened in late 2017.

Finland’s u18 women in World Championship semi finals

Finland’s under-18 women’s ice hockey team have made it to the semi finals of the World Championship in Japan. They booked a berth in the final four after beating Sweden 3-2 and had previously taken on the Swiss, hosts Japan and the Czech Republic in the group stage of the championship. The Finns take on USA in the semi finals which begins in the early hours of Saturday morning, 05:00 Finland time. The winner faces Canada or Russia in the final. Two Finnish players are the leading points scorers in the competition so far, Elisa Holopainen has five goals and two assists, while Viivi Vainikka has one goal and four assists.

Friday morning weather

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 11th January 2019 / Credit: FMI