Morning headlines: Tuesday 13th August 2019

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Supreme Court upholds journalist search and seize case

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of Helsinki Court of Appeal about how police searched the home of a Helsingin Sanomat journalist, and seized computers and other electronic equipment from her. The case goes back to a story that Helsingin Sanomat published in December 2017 about Finland’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, based on decade-old documents. The Defence Forces had asked police to investigate, and police raided the journalist’s home after she called emergency services to tackle a small fire. Police obtained a warrant afterwards, and after seizing computers and hard drives the reporter said contained source-protected information. The newspaper and the journalist argued that the search and seizure was not lawful but two courts have now said it was.

Finns favour raising tobacco age limit

More than half of Finns say they’d be happy to raise the age limit for buying tobacco and nicotine products to 20 years. More than 2000 people took part in the survey conducted on behalf of ASH Finland, a public health organisation which works to promote an end to the use of tobacco products. Just 32% of people say they don’t agree with raising the tobacco buying age limit from 18 to 20, while 17% didn’t express an opinion. The survey found only small differences between different age groups, and different socio-economic groups. According to ASH, smoking usually starts in adolescence and very few people start smoking after the age of 20 – so raising the age limit to buy cigarettes would hopefully discourage young people from starting smoking in the first place.

Train delays on Helsinki – Turku line 

There’s delays for passengers this morning traveling between the capital and the south west. The first train of the day from Turku to Helsinki was more than 70 minutes late and in the other direction from Helsinki to Turku the train was 15 minutes late. Expect other train departures throughout the morning to be running up to 20 minutes later than timetabled due to engineering work on the tracks around Salo. VR expects services to return to their correct schedule later in the morning.

New eagle nests discovered 

Eight new eagle nesting sites have been discovered in Finland in a survey by Metsähallitus. The organisation pays €99 for tips about eagle nests and some of the new nests are located in territories where it wasn’t previously known that eagles were living. A total of 161 eagle pairs were identified in the survey, and 205 chicks counted. That number is up dramatically from 108 last year, and 98 the year before. Successful eagle breeding depends on a number of factors including availability of food near the nesting sites, like hares. Good weather conditions also play an important part.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s a mixed but mild weather picture across Finland for Tuesday morning. Temperatures range from +12C in the north to +18C in the south. Expect rain around Inari in northern Lapland, and plenty of cloud cover for the rest of Finland this morning. The best of the sunshine is in the eastern border, and in the south west.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning, 13th August 2019 / Credit: FMI