Morning headlines: Wednesday 9th October 2019

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Vantaa schools and police work together on student threat problems

Schools and authorities in Vantaa are facing a worrying number of bogus threats in schools made by students, which take time and a commitment of resources to respond to. A threat to pupils at Martinlaakso School earlier this week was made on the WhatsApp messaging service and mentioned a gun. After Monday’s incident classroom teachers discussed with it with their own students the need for protection and the fact that police had ensured the school was safe. Police say “we try to explain to the youngster that this isn’t a joke. We try to explain to them that it’s always a crime.” Read more at our original story here.

Cannonballs gang ex-leader caught on the run in Spain

The National Bureau of Investigations says that police in Spain have apprehended Janne Tranberg in Estepona on the Costa del Sol. He was picked up around 17:00 on Monday by Spanish authorities. Tranberg has been on Finland’s list of most wanted people and had a European arrest warrant out for his capture. He has often been referred to as ‘Finland’s Most Wanted Criminal’ for his role as the ex-boss of the Cannonballs gang, and evading police capture for two years. He is wanted on financial crimes and expected to be extradited from Spain to Finland in the coming weeks.

Low income kids don’t think they’ll ever achieve their dreams 

A major new report about childhood poverty in Finland finds that 16% of teenagers from low income families don’t think they’ll ever achieve their dreams. That’s one of the key findings from the Save The Children research. And what do the teenagers, aged 13-17 dream of? Most often studying, work, family and relationships, living a happy life without much worry. They also dreamed of traveling but saw money and health as obstacles to achieving those ambitions.

George Clooney in Helsinki for conference

Hollywood A-lister George Clooney is in Helsinki today, taking part in a conference. The Nordic Business Forum is being held at the Convention Centre and features two days of talks by business leaders. Another speaker is Steve Wozniak one of the co-founders of Apple. The theme of the event this year is growth, and 7500 people from the world of business are expected to attend.

Torille? Finnish underground car park named best in Europe

Finns love a celebration when they’re crowned the best in the world – whether it’s ice hockey or, well, basically just ice hockey. But what about underground car parks? Proud Finns might like to know that a parking structure under the streets of east Helsinki has just been named the best in Europe. The Redi parking garage scooped first place for best new car park at the European Parking Awards, beating out entrants from Lisbon and Barcelona to lift the top prize. Among the features the four-storey structure was praised for include a car wash service and soon-to-be-opened mechanics service. Read more at our story here.

Wednesday morning weather

It’s a chilly and foggy start to Wednesday morning across the whole country so watch out for slippery road conditions. Temperatures range from just around freezing in Lapland, where there’s some wet snow forecast in central areas, to -6°C down the eastern border. The warmest and brightest areas can be found on the south coast this morning with temperatures up to +5°C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 9th October 2019 / Credit: FMI