Morning headlines: Tuesday 14th May 2019

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Another Oulu sex crimes verdict due today

Another verdict is due today in the case of several men in Oulu accused of sexually abusing the same 13-year old girl. The abuse allegedly took place over a period of several months last summer and autumn in the northern city, and all of them men have immigrant backgrounds. The accused men are being tried individually in the case, and today a 20-year old man will hear his verdict. Police say the men likely groomed the girl online before the sex abuse occurred.

Finland in Eurovision action tonight

Finnish duo Darude and Sebastian Rejman are on stage tonight in Tel Aviv representing the country at the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The pair perform their climate change anthem Look Away in the first semi final, where the top 10 acts go through to the grand finale on Saturday. A new poll out this morning for YouGov finds that Finns are some of Europe’s most passionate Eurovision fans, with 49% saying they plan to follow the contest as the singing action unfolds this week. Read more about Darude’s journey to the Song Contest in Tel Aviv at our original story here.

Immigrant-run companies pay less 

Companies run by people with an immigrant background employ a large number of people, but pay lower wages than domestic companies. That’s the findings of a new survey out this morning from the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy Etla. The think tank finds that immigrant-owned firms account for just one percent of all labour in the business sector. However, their job creation rates are “exceptionally high” the study finds. The downside to this is that immigrant-owned firms have created a relatively large amount of low productivity and low wage jobs in Finland.

Defence minister in Brussels for meetings

Finland’s caretaker Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö (Blue) is in Brussels today to meet with his EU counterparts. On that agenda is EU-NATO cooperation and hybrid threats, as well as developing EU defence policy. While in Brussels, Niinistö will have a bilateral meeting with the French Minister for Armed Forces.

Finland ice hockey result

After a winning start to the ice hockey World Championships, Finland met their match last night as the Lions lost 3-2 in overtime to USA. The Americans had the brightest start to the game before Finland clawed back a couple of goals to tie the score going into overtime. It only took the Americans a few minutes to get that crucial winning goal. Now, Finland has a few days off to recover before facing Denmark on Thursday. Read more at our story here.

Orphan moose rescued

A week-old orphaned moose has been rescued after he wandered into a northern farm crying, hungry, and looking for company. The calf has now been taken in by keepers at Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland where he’s been named Emppu, and is being hand-fed six times each day. “The baby is about one week old so he is very young but quite soon after two or three weeks he will start to eat a little bit of carrot and apple and hay, grass, branches, leaves” keepers tell News Now Finland. Read more in our story here.

Tuesday morning weather 

There’s a weather divide across the country this morning: the best of the sunshine is everywhere south of Oulu, while cloud cover makes the sun a little more challenging to find everywhere north of Oulu. There’s even the chance of some sleet and rain in the far north west around Kilpisjärvi. Temperatures range from +3C in parts of Lapland to +6C through central areas and a high of +8C in the south.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday 14th May 2019 / Credit: FMI