Helsinki Morning Commute Delays
A burst water pipe has caused some flooding and traffic delays in Siilitie in east Helsinki. Emergency crews were notified around 06:00 that a pipe had burst underground and that water was flooding onto the street. Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY says the leak has been isolated and it is now under control. There was no damage to the metro at Siilitie. Water is being cleaned up but there could be some minor delays to early morning commutes.
112: Minority Report
Helsinki Rescue Department is making progress in its efforts to hire more female firefighters, and firefighters with immigrant backgrounds. In the last few years several firefighters who have one foreign parents have completed training and started work at city fire stations. And last month, two more immigrant background students started training at Helsinki Rescue School. But strict language requirements to speak Finnish, demanding physical standards, and the tough competition for places at the training school mean it’s always going to be tough for minority backgrounds candidates to break through. Read more in our original story.
Drug Trial Continues
The drug trial for former senior Helsinki cop Jari Aarnio continues today. The ex head of the United Brotherhood Keijo Vilhusen will take the stand to answer questions about whether his criminal gang received orders from Aarnio.
Japan Grand Prix
Finnish Formula 1 drivers are on the tracks in Japan this morning, ahead of Sunday’s race. Kimi Räikkönen and Valtteri Bottas are driving in light rain and hoping to secure pole position at the Suzuka track. Räikkonen has had two terrible Grand Prix in a row but is currently fourth in qualifying times, with Bottas in fifth as they went into the second session which started at 08:00 Finnish time on Friday morning.
World Cup Qualifier
Finland will face Croatia tonight in a qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The last time the teams played each other, a year ago in Tampere, the Croats emerged 1-0 winners. But since then, Finland has won two games in a row which will no doubt boost the national team’s spirits ahead of this evening’s game in Rijeka. The Finns are currently 5th in Group I, behind Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine and Turkey, and have no chance of actually going to the World Cup in Russia. But a win would be nice, right?
It’s a cloudy start to Friday morning across most of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Temperatures in the south range from +7°C and dropping down to +3°C in Lapland at the start of the day.