Morning headlines: Thursday 5th September 2019

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Three dead in late night Rauma crash 

Three people are confirmed dead in a late night crash in the west coast city of Rauma. It happened around 23:25 on Wednesday night on Kotisjoentie. Police say they’ll release more information today as relatives are notified of the deaths, but local media reports that the car was going at high speed when it crashed off the road and caught fire.

Investigation: Neste biofuel link to orangutan habitat destruction

A damning new report has found widespread destruction of orangutan habitats around palm mills in Indonesia – and four of the worst sites are part of Neste‘s biofuel supply chain. MapHubs, an open-source tech company monitoring natural resources, identified orangutan habitat loss around 115 different palm mills in Indonesia where trees had been cleared and other vegetation destroyed. Of the ten worst instances, four mills can be found in the supply chain for Finnish state-owned oil company Neste, who uses their palm products to manufacture biofuels. Neste says they’re looking into the report, and you can read more at our original story here.

Visually Impaired Federation: electric scooters are a nuisance

The Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired Näkövammaisten liitto says that electric scooters are a “nuissance” that don’t belong on pavements, and can be especially hazardous for people with visual impairments. While the association doesn’t oppose the scooters as a new form of mobility, they got together with one scooter operator Voi to come up with guidelines to use them more responsibly. Advice includes remembering to moderate speed and use a bell since people with visual impairments can’t see or hear the silent scooters; and park correctly so the scooters aren’t a trip hazard.

Finland in European Championship qualifying action tonight 

The Finnish men’s national football team take on Greece on Thursday evening, continuing their quest to qualify for next year’s European Championship finals. The match takes place at Ratina Stadium in Tampere and kick-off is at 21:45. Finland is in second place in their group, after a three-match winning streak and another win tonight would push them further towards qualifying for their first ever international final. Greece on the other hand are five points behind Finland and need a win tonight to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Thursday morning weather

A mixed start to the day there’s sunshine around, and plenty of cloud cover across most of the country today with temperatures ranging from a cool +5°C in Lapland to +17°C in Hanko in the south. Meteorologists say there’s some strong winds coming in from shore to the south coast, and rain warnings as we head into the weekend.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 5th September 2019 / Credit: FMI