Morning headlines: Tuesday 26th February 2019

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One person dead in overnight fire 

A man has been killed in an overnight fire at his home in Liperi, near Joensuu. Rescue crews were alerted shortly after 04:00, and when they arrived at the apartment building ordered the evacuation of residents, according to North Karelia Rescue Department. Fire damage however, was limited to just the one apartment where the body was found, and nobody else was injured. Residents were able to return to their homes. This morning, police and fire officials are starting an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Report: Airport evacuation plans updated 

A report from Lännen Media this morning says that Finavia has updated its evacuation plans for aircraft at Finnish airports. The review of procedures was prompted by an incident at Turku Airport in December 2017 when a Finnair flight from Helsinki to Gothenburg had to make an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin of the plane. Finavia says that in the past, evacuation plans had been well managed but organised differently at each airport. Now, the plans have been standardised across all of Finland’s airports, on the recommendation of the Accident Investigation Board Otkes.

AI summit brings experts to the capital

The Finnish government and Council of Europe are holding a conference about artificial intelligence in Helsinki today, bringing together hundreds of experts and other people interested in how AI impacts on human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Among the participants are attendees are the ministers of foreign affairs and justice, as well as France’s minister of justice and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. “The introduction of artificial intelligence raises a wide range of legal questions. It will provide a wealth of opportunities, as demonstrated by the digitalisation of tasks and working methods in the administration of justice, a project currently under way in Finland” says Antti Häkkänen (NCP), adding that special attention must be paid to the independence of the judicial system and safeguarding citzens’ legal protections. The event takes place in Finlandia Hall.

Pick 6: Helsinki’s most Instagrammable late winter locations

With some warmer temperatures in the air, bright blue skies and the promise of spring ahead, it’s the perfect weather to get out in the capital city and snap some stunning pictures. So we decided to #Pick6 of the most Instagrammable places in Helsinki to maximize your late winter photo opportunities. See our photo gallery here.

Tuesday morning weather

The colder weather is back in the north, so across Lapland expect some snow flurries, and temperatures ranging from -3C to -11C on Monday morning. Elsewhere there’s cloud cover through central Finland and getting more cloudy in the south and southwest. The best of the sunshine this morning is around Lappeenranta and the south east. Temperatures range from -2C in Oulu to +4C in Åland.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 26th February 2019 / Credit: FMI