Morning Headlines: Wednesday 5th September 2018

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Anti-Bullying Magazine Investigated

An anti-bullying magazine is being investigated by police after allegations of fraud. The story is revealed this morning by Helsingin Sanomat which says that Helsinki Police’s Financial Crimes Unit launched an investigation into Kouluturvaa last week. HS says it looked into questionable sales methods by talking with former staff in Finland, Estonia and Spain and allegedly turned a large profit without paying salaries, social security contributions or other costs. According to police inspector Ismo Siltamäe, officials have been looking into the anti-bullying magazine’s activities since the spring.

College Places

Students looking for places at college in 2019 can start looking today – but there are a lot fewer spots available in autumn than in spring. According to the National Board of Education about 6,600 study places are available. There are also more than 200 training programmes available for prospective students. At Helsinki’s Laurea University of Applied Sciences, there are 800 places available in the autumn search – and in recent years the school says its most popular courses have been multi-disciplinary studies where students can have periods of independent study, or distance learning, as well as the opportunity to study at work. The application period for students looking for courses expires in two weeks on 19th September at 15:00. Successful applicants will know by the end of November, and studies normally begin in January.

New Pori Jazz Chief Announced Today

Pori Jazz will announced the new festival chief today after the previous one was let go after some of his comments on homosexuality were published. The popular music festival is expected to unveil its pick around 11am this morning. In June, Aki Ruotsala was announced as the new CEO, and was expected to start his job on 1st August. However, in a newspaper interview some of his disparaging comments about gay people were exposed and the Pori Jazz management decided in an emergency meeting to terminate his offer of employment, even before he had the chance to take up the job.

Finland Miss World Cup Qualification

Finnish women have failed to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup in France. Their fate was sealed in the qualifying rounds last night with a tough 4-1 defeat to Austria. Despite wins against Israel and Serbia, the Finnish women struggled against group leaders Austria and Spain to finish third in the group. Defender Tuija Hyyrynen says the level of women’s football in Europe has improved a lot in recent years, and the Finnish women will have to improve to keep up with the pace of development.

Susijengi In Action Tonight

Finland’s Wolfpack – or Susijengi – men’s basketball team are in action tonight. They’ll take on Lithuania in a World Championship qualifying match at Metro Arena in Espoo. The team are coming off a victory against Latvia last Friday, and hope to repeat the success again tonight. However Lithuania are considered a much tougher team and the Finns will have a real fight on their hands to overcome Lithuanian experience.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s a cloudy and foggy start for pretty much the whole of Finland today. Patchy cloud in Lapland will still give the sun a chance to shine through, with temperatures on the cool side at first, around +6°C. In central Finland it warms up to +14°C but with widespread fog cover hanging around. It’s cloudy too into southern parts with the chance of rain on the eastern border. Temperature highs in the south this morning around +13°C.

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