Morning headlines: Thursday 31st January 2019

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Family leave a ‘threat’ to women in tech 

Almost a third of women in the technology industry age 30 to 39 consider taking time off to be with their children to be a threat to their career in their current workplace. That’s according to the results of a new survey out this morning from TEK. However, just 14% of men feel the same way. More than 5800 people working in expert and management positions in the tech industry responded to an online survey carried out late last autumn, as part of TEK’s labour market survey. One of the other results: respondents think the best time to reconcile work and family life is to have more flexible working time arrangements, teleworking, and sharing family responsibilities between spouses.

Defence Minister commemorates Estonia battle anniversary

Finnish Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö (Blue) is visiting Esotnia today, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Paju. Finnish volunteers known as the Pohjolan Boys took part in the battle near the town of Valga on 31st January 1919, as part of the Estonian War of Independence. Twenty-eight Finns were killed in the battle, and today Niinistö will join Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid and Minister of Defence Jüri Luik to lay a wreath at the memorial.

Finnish chefs place 4th at ‘world’s best’ competition 

A team of Finnish chefs lead by Ismo Sipeläinen and Johan Kurkela won 4th place at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon France late Wednesday night. It crowned a night of glory for Nordic cuisine, as Denmark, Sweden and Norway took the top three spots in what is widely considered to be the most important culinary competition in the world. The Finnish team also scooped the coveted “Best Platter” for their main course of ember-roasted veal with sweetbread, bacon and mushrooms; crispy potato stuffed with veal kidney stew; celeriac Pont Neuf and cream cheese crisp – among other flavours including burnt rosemary, Jaloviina and mustard.

Thursday morning weather 

The snow that blanketed the whole country yesterday moves further north today. So expect snowfalls from Central Finland and then heading north into Lapland. The south west, south west coast, south coast, capital city area and the eastern border don’t have snow in the forecast for this morning. Temperatures range from -26°C in the north to -2°C in the south.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 31st January 2019 / Credit: FMI