Morning headlines: Friday 5th April 2019

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Political hate speech targets immigrant candidates

Politicians in Finland are all too frequent targets of abusive emails and social media messages. But election candidates with immigrant backgrounds are often the particular targets of race hate abuse. We talked with five candidates from three parties, and asked them to share some of the messages they’ve received. Watch the video and see their reactions at our original story here.

Students march against climate change

Thousands of university students are expected to take part in protests to raise awareness of the climate change crisis today. It’s the latest series of events from students at schools and in higher education to show the country’s leaders how important this issue is to them. The Turku University Student Union says some of their demands are limiting global warming to 1.5C, and integrating sustainable development studies into the Finnish education system. Rallies are expected in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere at least.

Overnight fire burns Tampere apartment 

A fire in the early hours of Friday morning has burned an apartment in Tampere, and fire fighters say it was started by smoking. Rescue crews received a call after 02:00, when the alarm was raised by a woman from the apartment who got out and called 112. The third storey apartment on Näsinlinnankatu was burned but the fire didn’t spread to any other part of the building, and nobody was injured in the blaze.

Finland lose ice hockey opener to USA 

The Finnish women’s hockey team made the Americans fight into the third period to win the opening match of the 2019 ice hockey World Championships in Espoo on Thursday night. The Finnish team lead 2-1 going into the third period but the American side, who are the reigning World and Olympic champions, showed their strength to win 6-2. “I think we played a really good first two periods, but with the third one, we can’t be happy” Finnish captain Jenni Hiirikoski told reporters after the match. Finland have only ever beaten the USA once in the World Championships, a 1-0 victory back in 2008. However, the young Finnish side has time to rally before they face Russia in Espoo on Saturday.

S-Group expands pantti recycling scheme to juice bottles

One of the country’s biggest supermarket chains S-Group is expanding the pantti scheme to its own-brand juice bottles, meaning plastic bottles will get a small cash refund if they’re recycled. The move will happen in stages during spring and autumn as Xtra juice concentrate bottles will change first, and Rainbow bottles come later. Refunds are between 10c and 40c depending on the size of the bottle. S-Group is aiming to make all of its own-brand products recyclable by the end of 2022.

Timo Soini: considering politics or preaching

Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) says he hasn’t yet decided whether to run as a candidate in the European Parliament elections at the end of May. In his column for Rural Future magazine today, he says that there’s many other qualified candidates to go to Brussels, but notes that a decade ago he got more than 130,000 votes when he was elected as an MEP, and he thinks there’s still support for him and he trusts the people of Finland. On the other hand, he says that one option for his future could be to turn to ministry and become a preacher. The devout Roman Catholic writes that he is interested in talking more about Christianity.

Friday morning weather 

It’s -13C in parts of Lapland and there’s snow in Central Finland – what happened to spring?! Although there’s plenty of sunshine across Lapland, there snow in the forecast for Kilpisjärvi area, and temperatures range from -6C to -13C. Further south there’s more cloud cover and more snow this morning into the northern municipalities of Central Finland where the temperature hovers just below freezing. It’s sunny in the south east around Lappeenranta, and sunshine too in the capital city region, Tampere, Turku and the south west, with temperatures up to +4C at the start of Friday.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 5th April 2019 / Credit: FMI