Morning Headlines: Friday 8th September 2017

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Too Many Cooks?

Hundreds of new eateries, over-inflated rental prices, and Finland’s burdensome bureaucracy are hallmarks of Helsinki’s restaurant industry. In a News Now Original story we hear from chefs and restaurateurs, and examine if the capital city restaurant scene has reached boiling point.

Intelligence Law Considered

Parliamentary groups will meet this morning to consider the proposed new intelligence law. Antti Kaikkkonen MP (Centre Party) has summoned the groups for talks, and made an appeal to opposition parties to support the government position. The government would like the intelligence law to have a speedy passage through parliament, in light of August’s Turku knife rampage attack. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of opposition parties, because an accelerated bill requires a majority of five sixths of parliament to pass.

Asylum Work Permits

Interior Minister Paula Risikko MP (NCP) has encouraged asylum seekers to apply for work-related residence permits. In an interview with Keskisuomalainen newspaper, the minister says that if an asylum seeker has received a negative response to their request, then an alternative would be to get a job. However, she says that any successful work-based application would have to be based on a genuine desire for an employer to offer work based on the asylum seeker’s professional skills, not because of an unjustified reason or false promise.

Finn Out of US Open

Finland’s star tennis player Henri Kontinen has been knocked out of the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York. Kontinen and his Australian doubles partner John Peers made it to the semi finals of the grand slam event, but were defeated 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 by a Dutch and Romanian duo. Kontinen and Peers won the first set in just 22 minutes. But the other sets went long, and the match lasted more than two hours.

Weather

There’s a relatively mild but cloudy start to the day across most of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Temperatures throughout the south, west, central and eastern parts hover between +8°C and +10°C. In the far north of Lapland they’ll feel quite a bit cooler at just +2°C.