Morning Headlines: Thursday 26th April 2018

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Possible Airport Delays On Thursday Morning

If you’re flying from Helsinki Airport on Thursday morning you might want to double check flight schedules with your airline. Air traffic was hampered by a technical fault earlier this morning, and although it was repaired by 07:00, it has some knock-on effects for other flights arriving and departing the busy airfield. Those problems could continue during Thursday morning and impact flight schedules.

British Police Search For Possible Finnish Abuse Victims: MTV

Finnish broadcaster MTV reports that British police are looking for possible sexual abuse victims in Finland. They’re following the case of an Irish football coach who has been charge with sexual abuse of young players in Britain. Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson, 74, was arrested in Britain a year ago, and court proceedings will start in May. He’s charged with sexually abusing eleven young men, including one Finn. Carson coached soccer schools in Finland in 2012 and 2013, bringing English players to Finland, and Finnish players to England. British police talked to possible victims last August in Turku, Rauma and Uusikaupunki. Police urge anyone who might have any information about Carson’s activities in Finland to get in touch.

Helsinki University Gets New Rector

Helsinki University has a new Rector this morning. Professor of Philosophy Jari Niemelä was elected to the job on Wednesday night. Niemelä’s term of office starts at the beginning of August, and he will serve for a five year period from 2018 to 2020. He currently serves as the director of the Institute of Sustainability at Helsinki University, and his background is as a professor of urban ecology. He has previously serves as the dean of the Faculty of Biosciences and Environmental Sciences at the university. According to Niemelä, motivated staff and motivated students are the key to success.

Espoo United Hockey Team Files For Bankruptcy

Espoo’s professional hockey team Espoo United has filed for bankruptcy at Espoo District Court. Two years ago Espoo United became the successor to Espoo Blues, the previous professional club that also went bankrupt. In the first season, the organisation had hockey teams in the men’s Mestis and Korisliiga divisions; and women’s teams in the SM-liiga and Korisliiga divisions. However, before the start of the 2017/2018 season Espoo United axed its women’s hockey programme completely. Espoo United’s millionaire owner Jussi Salonoja expressed his thanks to the players, employees and partners of the team, which played home games at Espoo’s Metro Arena, and said he was sorry to all the companies who are owned money by the bankrupt club.

Thursday Morning Weather
It’s a brighter start to Thursday than we’ve seen so far this week, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. The temperature won’t really get into double digits this morning, but there will be bright spots through the cloud in the south and south west of the country with Jyväskylä and Central Finland seeing the best of the sunshine. It’s foggy in east central areas, while in Lapland the cloudy picture continues.
Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 26th April 2018 / Credit: FMI