Morning Headlines: Thursday 19th July 2018

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How The ‘Fake News Media’ Prepared For Helsinki Summit

It takes tons of equipment, miles of cables, dozens of staff and a herculean logistics effort to bring just one US TV network to Helsinki. So when all the major American news channels arrived for this week’s summit, it was just the start of a marathon operation to get their studios built, and programmes on air. And then of course there’s hours of preparation from reporters who had to prepare for the unexpected, with no agenda released for the talks between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Plus, how to prepare for challenges like the Midnight Sun, summer temperatures peaking at +30C and an unknown city? We go behind the scenes with some of the world’s biggest broadcasters to bring you the story of how the ‘fake news media’ – as Donald Trump calls them – got ready for #Helsinki2018. Read more at our original story here.

Slump In Thai Berry Picker Numbers

The number of seasonal berry pickers coming to Finland from Thailand is significantly this year than in previous years. Authorities in Thailand have issued just 2500 permits this year for their citizens to travel to Finland to pick fruit. Last year they issued 3500 licenses, while in 2015 there were 4000 Thai pickers working in Finland. There have been a number of controversies in recent years about poor working conditions for Thai nationals who come to Finland to pick berries in the summer, and Thai authorities have been informing citizens that they can’t travel to Finland without a contract of employment.

Children Among Injured In Three-Car Crash

Two children are among the injured after a three-car crash in Pori. The accident happened on Wednesday evening around 17:00 and police say a car coming from Rauma collided with a second car in the oncoming lane, before also hitting the third car which has the children on board. A total of six people are injured, four of them seriously, including and 8-year-old and 10-year-old. The woman driving the first car is in her 60s, and had to be cut from the wreckage. Police say they still don’t know why the car drifted into oncoming lanes but the driver is suspected of endangering road safety.

Sleeping Pill Affected By Hot Weather

Researchers at Helsinki’s Uniklinikka say the side affects of sleeping pills might be aggravated by the current heat wave. According to Professor Markku Partinen, sleeping pills have an adverse effect on breathing and how a person senses chemical changes in their body, which might be made worse in hot weather. In the summer, Finns generally sleep less than in winter time. This is partially linked to the fact that less melatonin is released in summer than winter. Uniklinikka is a sleep research centre.

Thursday Morning Weather

It’s another hot and sunny start to Thursday across the whole country with bright sunshine and clear skies all the way from the most northerly tip of Lapland, south to Ã…land and Hanko. The weather will continue to be hot for the rest of the week, but a humid air mass flows in over the weekend and we can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms. The highest temperature of the summer was registered on Wednesday in Vaasa in the north, at +33.7C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 19th July 2018 / Credit: FMI