Tuesday papers – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 04:48:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thistuesday.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-120x120.png Tuesday papers – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ 32 32 Tuesday’s Newspapers: Covid Now Common, Eastern Excursions and Foreign-Owned Apartments | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-covid-now-common-eastern-excursions-and-foreign-owned-apartments-new/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:29:00 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-covid-now-common-eastern-excursions-and-foreign-owned-apartments-new/ Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) wrote that based on the new recommendations from the THL, Covid-19 is now considered just one disease caused by a virus among many others. “Each disease has its own specific characteristics, but in principle we have returned to normal everyday life,” said the chief physician of the Finnish Institute for […]]]>

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) wrote that based on the new recommendations from the THL, Covid-19 is now considered just one disease caused by a virus among many others.

“Each disease has its own specific characteristics, but in principle we have returned to normal everyday life,” said the chief physician of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Tuula Hannila-Handelberg said.

For some time now, the majority of people who are infected or mildly symptomatic have only tested at home, and their positive results are not included in official infection records. Around 1.3 million positive test results have been reported in Finland since the outbreak began in early 2020.

Previous THL recommendations on Covid-19 are now considered obsolete.

For example, workplaces have been told that employees with Covid cannot return to work for at least five days after their symptoms resolve. Now these people are advised to return to work after just two days without symptoms.

“You should be able to return to work when your symptoms have clearly improved and your fever is gone. Usually, one symptom-free day is enough to know that the symptoms are subsiding,” Hannila-Handelberg said.

The chief medical officer stressed that wearing the mask is a personal decision. However, when visiting places like hospitals, the recommendations of the establishments should be followed.

The chief medical officer also urged individuals to keep up to date with their vaccinations, especially those over the age of 65.

“It’s a good idea to take the flu shot at the same time as the new variant Covid booster,” Hannila-Handelberg said.

A Finnish travel agency prepares trips to Russia

Finnish tabloid Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) published an article about a renegade Turku-based travel agency that continues to organize trips to Russia.

As Finland prepares to restrict Russian tourist visas, there are still a few in Finland trying to visit the country which is increasingly cut off from the rest of the western world.

Neva Tours Oy started running tours to Russia again in August, after Russia lifted Covid restrictions in mid-July.

Raimo Kaisanlahtimanaging director of the travel agency, told IL that his current trips to Russia are a small-scale operation.

“I have two trips planned for this fall. The first had only eight people. Maybe the same number will come the second,” Kaisanlahti said.

Kaisanlahti has been organizing trips to Russia for 31 years. Before the Covid and Russia invasion of Ukraine, his travel company used to smuggle between 3,000 and 5,000 tourists across the border each year, but now business has dried up.

“For two and a half years, we haven’t made a single trip. Of course, this challenges the organization of trips. But I have to earn a living,” Kaisanlahti said.

Kaisanlahti noted that his travel agency is tiny compared to Estonian tour operators offering trips to Russia.

“For example, the Estonian company Lux Express and Ecolines organize many trips to Russia. I would say that the bus companies sell almost 500 bus tickets a day. I’m talking about one or two trips,” Kaisanlahti explained to HE.

Foreign investors buy Finnish properties

International investors have bought more than 700 million euros worth of Finnish real estate, according to the business daily Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Real estate consultancy Newsec has revealed that in the first half of this year, international investors accounted for more than half (52%) of the €1.4 billion in real estate transactions in Finland.

Rental apartments in the Helsinki area are particularly attractive to these investors, but rising rents in cities such as Tampere and Turku are also attracting foreign buyers.

Valtteri Vuoriodirector of research at Newsec, told KL that he thinks large housing portfolios will continue to attract wide interest.

“The demand for housing portfolios is strong as investors come to Finland looking for attractive returns. They are very competitive compared to other Nordic countries or Central Europe,” Vuorio pointed out.

Investors from the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and the United States, among others, have purchased rental apartments in Finland in recent years. The share of foreign investors in residential real estate transactions has increased, at least so far.

This year, major residential portfolio deals were completed by companies such as Orange Capital Partners and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, which together bought a portfolio of 37 properties in Finland. Swedish property management company Heimstaden Bostad has also purchased a portfolio of 64 properties from Sato.

Overall, activity in the real estate market was strong in January-June, although financing costs increased in line with interest rates. This, combined with inflation, dampens the appetite for investment.

“We’ve been in a gray area for a while, but housing portfolios are starting to find their prices. That’s how sellers and buyers eventually meet,” Vuorio said.

Added to this uncertainty is the fact that the euro zone and Finland are likely heading into recession.

“In a difficult economic climate, the real estate investment market may have to slow down,” Vuorio concluded.

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Tuesday’s Newspapers: Visa veto, low-temperature life and nurses’ nightmare | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-visa-veto-low-temperature-life-and-nurses-nightmare-new/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:32:05 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-visa-veto-low-temperature-life-and-nurses-nightmare-new/ Opposition parties in Finland want to follow the path set by the Baltic states and Poland, while the government says it would be against EU law. Amid a labor dispute, nurses’ unions protested the controversial Patient Safety Act. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle 20.9 9:32•Updated 20.9 11:47 Opposition parties have demanded that Finland close the border to […]]]>

Opposition parties in Finland want to follow the path set by the Baltic states and Poland, while the government says it would be against EU law.

Amid a labor dispute, nurses’ unions protested the controversial Patient Safety Act. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle

Opposition parties have demanded that Finland close the border to Russian tourists, like the Baltic states and Poland.

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reported that since Monday, Finland has become the only land route from Russia to the EU for Russian tourists, after Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania decided to close their borders to them.

While Finland has already tightened visa rules for Russian citizens, the two largest opposition parties, the Finnish Party and the National Coalition Party, have called for a ban on Russians traveling to Finland, unless they come because of family ties.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) told the newspaper last week that closing the border completely to Russians would essentially force Finnish authorities to view every Russian citizen as a security threat.

Town of Taviochairman of the Finnish Party parliamentary group, however, insisted that Finland follow the example of countries that have put in place Russian tourist bans.

“The position of the Finnish party is that the border must be completely closed, as the Baltic states have shown,” Tavio told HS.

“The excuse is that it would somehow violate EU law or human rights, but these other countries have already shown that it can be done,” Tavio told HS.

Jukka Kopravice-president of the parliamentary group of the opposition National Coalition party, shared Tavio’s sentiment on the interpretation of EU law.

“Why do the Baltic States and Poland draw different conclusions from the same document as us? I would like to have an answer to this and interpret it in the same way as other countries. The current situation is very embarrassing for the Finland. . We are the weakest link in the chain,” Kopra said.

Lower the thermostats, boost well-being

As Finland prepares for a tough winter marked by a looming energy crisis, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (siirryt toiseen palveluun) carried an article saying that lower temperatures in the house may actually improve health.

Sirkka Rissanena researcher from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, told MT that home temperatures can be safely reduced to 20 degrees Celsius and mercury in the bedroom can drop to 17 degrees.

Rissanen added that it may be easier to sleep in a cool room than in a warm one, where you can sweat under the covers.

“Too hot can make you feel a bit queasy. For well-being, milder temperatures can be good,” Rissanen pointed out.

While Rissanen also added that cooler indoor climates can boost brain function, seniors’ living spaces shouldn’t drop too much.

“It’s not a good idea to lower the room temperature too much, at least for older people living alone, as it can cause problems such as impaired circulation,” Rissanen said.

“Nurses Won’t Forget”

Tampere daily Aamulehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) covered reactions to Parliament passing the controversial Patient Safety Act on Monday. Nurses’ unions have argued that the law could effectively force nurses to work during strikes.

In a report, Millariikka Rytkonennurses’ union president Tehy, expressed her frustration with the law.

“Nurses will not forget. Some of them have already voted with their feet and it may be difficult to stop this development, even if a salary solution that satisfies nurses is found sooner or later,” said Rytkönen.

At the same time, the National Ombudsman’s office announced on Monday that it was expected to continue negotiations around the nurses’ social dispute throughout this week.

The head of the nurses’ union called on politicians to take responsibility for ending the dispute, pointing out that there are representatives from six of the biggest political parties in the employers’ organization delegation.

Rytkönen added that she fears the law and its treatment of nurses could endanger Finnish health and social services in the long term.

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Tuesday Diaries: Silent Sauna, Chaotic Classes and Basketball Fight | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-diaries-silent-sauna-chaotic-classes-and-basketball-fight-new/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 06:04:29 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-diaries-silent-sauna-chaotic-classes-and-basketball-fight-new/ An old saying about Finnish culture says that the only place a Finn will talk to you freely is in a sauna. However, a sauna in Tampere leans into the stereotype of the reluctant Finn by allowing no conversation. Finland’s oldest municipal newspaper, the Tamperelainen distributed free of charge (siirryt toiseen palveluun)did an article about […]]]>

An old saying about Finnish culture says that the only place a Finn will talk to you freely is in a sauna. However, a sauna in Tampere leans into the stereotype of the reluctant Finn by allowing no conversation.

Finland’s oldest municipal newspaper, the Tamperelainen distributed free of charge (siirryt toiseen palveluun)did an article about Rauhaniemi hosting a so-called silent sauna, in which talking to other sauna-goers is highly frowned upon.

The sauna building itself is a circular Mongolian-style pastoral yurt, heated by two wood-burning stoves and is a joint initiative of promotional company Sauna Konkeli and the local Rauhaniemi Folk Spa.

“We want to create a peaceful space to enjoy a relaxing steam. In the yurt sauna, we encourage bathers not to engage in conversation and contribute to the peace of the sauna. In this sauna you can relax and immerse yourself in steam,” said Juha Kumara Konkeli sauna.

The yurt’s sauna will be heated for the first time this Friday and will continue every day next month from 4-9 p.m.

As the Rauhaniemi Folk Spa facilities are right on the edge of Lake Näsijärvi, it will naturally be possible to bathe in the waters between sauna sessions, however, it is unclear whether or not talking will be allowed while swimming.

Turmoil in class

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) interviewed the Deputy Mayor of Helsinki for Education Nazima Razymar (SDP), who spoke freely about the problems facing some classrooms in Helsinki.

“I hate to say this, but we have kids who have held more knives than pens. Some of these kids are also a distraction to the rest of the group if they can’t get proper support in class,” Razymar told HS.

HS wrote that the elephant in Razymar’s office last year was the school’s inclusion policies. These school policies, in principle, are designed to provide all students with equal access to education, but this has had unintended consequences, according to Razymar.

Whereas in the past, students who needed more support would have studied in separate classes or schools, but due to inclusion policies, these methods have been phased out.

Over the past year, Razmyar has built a picture of chaotic classrooms where teachers find it, at worst, impossible to do their jobs.

Razymar said the city’s main areas of concern are those marked by low income, low employment and low education, but she refrained from naming specific neighborhoods.

In Razymar’s view, there is too little public debate about segregation affecting these areas of Helsinki, due to a fear of populism.

“Sure, we could use more state resources, but reversing segregation is the city’s responsibility,” she told HS.

Although Razymar offered no solution to the current situation, she said it was a necessary discussion, otherwise the quality of education will decline and teachers will leave the field.

The wolf pack makes history

Finland’s national men’s basketball team takes on Spain in the EuroBasket quarter-finals on Tuesday. It’s the first time Finland has reached the quarter-finals since 1967, when EuroBasket was hosted in Finland.

After a 94-86 victory over Croatia, the Finnish team, nicknamed The Wolf Pack, was led by a player from the National Basketball Association (NBA) by Lauri Markkanencareer-high 43 points.

Ilta Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)quoting Spanish newspaper Marca (siirryt toiseen palveluun)wrote that Markkanen, who was recently traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz in the NBA, caught the attention of the Spanish team coach Sergio Scariolo.

“The preparation for this match was particularly difficult. The opponent is a team that plays an atypical but very effective game. Excellent shooters and a world-class star [Markkanen]. It has to be defended with a lot of wisdom and precision so that loopholes don’t appear elsewhere,” Scariolo said.

The Spanish team is a juggernaut of international basketball having won three gold medals in the tournament since 2009. The last time the Spanish team left the tournament without a medal was in 2005.

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Tuesday Newspapers: Helsinki Hooligans, Social Security Reform and Drug Consumption Rooms | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-helsinki-hooligans-social-security-reform-and-drug-consumption-rooms-new/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 05:44:36 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-helsinki-hooligans-social-security-reform-and-drug-consumption-rooms-new/ On Monday evening, 35 people were arrested following unrest among football fans at the Helsinki Derby. Police seized around 100 pyrotechnic items on Monday evening. Image: Jorge Gonzalez/Yle Helsinki police arrested 11 people during Monday night’s Helsinki Derby – a match between capital city rivals HIFK and HJK. After the match, 24 other people were […]]]>

On Monday evening, 35 people were arrested following unrest among football fans at the Helsinki Derby.

Police seized around 100 pyrotechnic items on Monday evening. Image: Jorge Gonzalez/Yle

Helsinki police arrested 11 people during Monday night’s Helsinki Derby – a match between capital city rivals HIFK and HJK. After the match, 24 other people were arrested.

During the first half of the match, a group of HJK ​​supporters invaded the pitch, forcing play to a halt. According to the police, the individuals who tried to take to the field were infuriated by HIFK supporters who set fire to an HJK banner.

Police said they had to intervene before the game even started. Ticket queues were slowed down as around 20 people disrupted the line.

Prohibited flares were found in the possession of those arrested at the arena. In total, a hundred pyrotechnic articles were seized. In addition, the police arrested a person with an object likely to cause damage. Police did not specify the purpose.

After the game, a group of around 30 to 40 people was seen moving around the Töölö stadium. According to the Helsinki police, they were trying to track down the opposing team’s supporters and start an argument.

Single Kela payment?

Talk with Pasi Moisioa research professor from the Finnish health agency THL, Helsingin Sanomat explained that the changes in parliament had made progress.

“There has long been a buzz that a common vision could be found for a single model for core security benefits. A narrow corridor has been found, and perhaps we can now move on from the front,” Moisio told HS.

The daily further clarified that the reforms would seek to consolidate Kela payments into a single social security benefit.

“The most discussed issue was Kela’s minimum per diem merger,” Moisio told HS.

Although the parties could not agree on the modification of the amount of the benefits, the consolidation of the social security benefits into a single benefit was the main objective of the reform.

More in favor of drug consumption rooms

According to the poll, 40% of people living in Finland favored the creation of supervised drug consumption facilities, while 30% opposed them.

The poll also showed discrepancies between age and geography. Those under 30 were more likely to support the initiative, with 60% positive responses. Those over 70 were the most critical, with nearly half of drug use rooms opposing.

Additionally, Uusimaa respondents were in favor of the proposal as half supported drug consumption rooms, with only 20% opposed.

The Minister of Family and Social Services Aki Linden (SDP) expressed support for a trial of supervised drug consumption facilities in an effort to prevent overdoses. The ruling Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party (SPP) have also officially expressed their intention to support such a project.

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Tuesday’s Newspapers: Sticker Attack, Health Issues, Energy Talks, Cheap Electricity | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-sticker-attack-health-issues-energy-talks-cheap-electricity-new/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 06:05:04 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-sticker-attack-health-issues-energy-talks-cheap-electricity-new/ Several cars with Russian plates parked at Helsinki-Vantaa airport were victims of a “mysterious” attack of pro-Ukraine stickers, writes Ilta-Sanomat. Nordic and European leaders will discuss a green energy transition via wind power, among others, in Marienborg in Denmark on Tuesday. Image: Matias Väänänen / Yle The tacky decorations are most likely a sign of […]]]>

Several cars with Russian plates parked at Helsinki-Vantaa airport were victims of a “mysterious” attack of pro-Ukraine stickers, writes Ilta-Sanomat.

Nordic and European leaders will discuss a green energy transition via wind power, among others, in Marienborg in Denmark on Tuesday. Image: Matias Väänänen / Yle

The tacky decorations are most likely a sign of protest against the unlimited movement of Russian citizens rather than a voluntary sign of solidarity from Russia, the newspaper writes. Discarded sticker packs were found in the field, indicating that the stickers were most likely pasted in Finland.

The parking lot at Vantaa airport is currently home to hundreds of Russian tourist cars that have used Finland as a gateway to the rest of Europe and the world, according to IS. Most European countries have introduced restrictions on travel from Russia due to the country’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

Nursing shortage worsens

Job search website Duunitori.fi featured up to 35,996 care vacancies in the sector throughout 2021. The trend continued in 2022, with August seeing an increase of 30 % of available jobs compared to the same month last year, according to IL.

“The numbers don’t lie. There is an urgent need to find qualified nurses for various tasks in the health sector,” said Duunitori’s communications manager. Niko Pikkuaho said in a statement read by the newspaper.

Nordics unite on energy

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen invited the heads of state of the Nordic countries, Germany and Poland as well as the President of the European Commission to discuss the replacement of Russian fossil energy, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) (HS) reports.

The Danish leader is keen to discuss wind energy as an alternative in particular as well as strengthening transmission networks and general cooperation between countries, writes HS.

finnish prime minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will also attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Cheap power

Cheap electricity in this economy? Indeed, some small businesses still sell electricity at a price as low as 7 cents per KwH, Tampere-based Aamulehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) writing. At the same time, Tampere’s electricity utility, Tampereen Sähkölaitos, announced that it would raise prices for most of its contracts by 33 cents per KwH.

Among the competitors offering more affordable prices is Seinäjoen Energia, owned by the city of Seinäjoki. Its director, Kari Roosattributes the company’s low prices to the fact that the company has limited its customer base and operations.

The same approach could not be applied to a company as large as Tampereen Sähkölaitos, according to the newspaper.

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Tuesday Newspapers: Population Growth, Sweaty Apartments and Puppy News | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-population-growth-sweaty-apartments-and-puppy-news-new/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 06:46:50 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-population-growth-sweaty-apartments-and-puppy-news-new/ New arrivals are fueling Finland’s population growth. The arctic fox species (Vulpes lagopus) – also known as the white fox, arctic fox or snow fox – is in danger of disappearing completely from the Nordic countries. Image: Mircea Costina/Dyrevern/Flickr 23.8. 9:46•Updated 23.8. 10:11 Politicians often suggest immigration as a way to solve Finland’s problems with […]]]>

New arrivals are fueling Finland’s population growth.

The arctic fox species (Vulpes lagopus) – also known as the white fox, arctic fox or snow fox – is in danger of disappearing completely from the Nordic countries. Image: Mircea Costina/Dyrevern/Flickr

Politicians often suggest immigration as a way to solve Finland’s problems with its aging population and shortage of workers.

Ilta Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that Finland’s population grew by some 6,000 people in the first half of this year. Immigration propelled this growth, exceeding emigration by 14,000 people.

Finland’s population is experiencing more deaths than births, with deaths outstripping births by almost 10,000 in the first six months of this year.

Cooking apartment, lower rent?

The consumer authority said tenants can apply for reduced rents when indoor temperatures rise above a certain level.

“Health regulations state that indoor temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius are unhealthy. Lowering the rent may be questioned in these cases,” said Kristel Pyönen of the Consumers Union.

Discounts are usually around 20%, according to HBL.

Return of the arctic fox?

Finland is delighted with the birth of three new arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) cubs – the first born in the wild since 1996. The pups emerged from their den in Enontekiö, Lapland, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports.

Conservationists hail the event as one of Finland’s biggest conservation victories in recent history.

The parks and forests agency Metsähallitus said the cubs were initially spotted in mid-July. In order to protect them, the agency keeps their exact location secret.

According to WWF Finland, the country is currently home to between six and twelve adult individuals of the highly endangered species.

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Tuesday’s papers: visa problem, omicron sting, road sign bustle | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-papers-visa-problem-omicron-sting-road-sign-bustle-new/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 06:34:35 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-papers-visa-problem-omicron-sting-road-sign-bustle-new/ Helsingin Sanomat explains how Finland could restrict issuing tourist visas to Russians, ahead of Tuesday’s government discussion on the matter. The E22 panel indicates an inhabited area, where the speed limit is automatically 50 km/h. Image: Petteri Bülow / Yle The Finnish government will discuss on Tuesday how to deal with the issue of tourist […]]]>

Helsingin Sanomat explains how Finland could restrict issuing tourist visas to Russians, ahead of Tuesday’s government discussion on the matter.

The E22 panel indicates an inhabited area, where the speed limit is automatically 50 km/h. Image: Petteri Bülow / Yle

The Finnish government will discuss on Tuesday how to deal with the issue of tourist visas for Russians, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)reports. A political agreement is expected to be reached during Tuesday evening’s session, but formal decisions will not be taken until later.

Although Finland cannot stop issuing tourist visas to Russians, the Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said other visa categories could be given priority over tourist visas.

“An arrangement like this could be implemented by the Foreign Office, which we believe would be in line with Schengen rules,” Haavisto told the newspaper.

It is up to Finland to decide how much time it spends processing visa applications from Russia, writes HS. Since visas are only issued by appointment, Finland could reduce the number of visa applications by shortening the available processing times during which people can come to the office.

In March, the deputy Timo Heinonen of the opposition National Coalition Party (NCP) urged Finland to temporarily stop issuing visas to Russians. Finnish party chair Rikka Purra also called for a complete suspension of visa issuance.

However, there are also completely opposing views, reports HS. Erkki Tuomioja (SDP), deputy chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said he supported Germany on this issue.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz argued on Monday that tourist visas should not be banned for all Russians because the war in Ukraine is “Putin’s war”.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) stressed that she would like EU countries to decide together to restrict travel by Russian tourists.

Omicron vaccine expected in Finland

Hanna Nohynekchief medical officer of the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), said Finland would receive the vaccine once the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves it.

“We have stated in the EU Joint Purchase Agreements that we want the first variant-matched vaccines in Finland as soon as they are approved. After approval, the import will take a few weeks,” Nohynek told IS.

The vaccine should be effective against at least one serious disease, Nohynek said, because it is more effective at producing antibodies against the variant than vaccines developed against the original form of the coronavirus.

According to Nohynek, the Moderna vaccine is specifically for those who need booster doses.

The E22 panel sparks discussion

Drivers recently raised the issue to contribute to the discussion of traffic issues caused by the E22 sign.

The sign indicates a populated area, where the speed limit is automatically 50 km/h. Therefore, there is no additional speed limit sign.

Readers discussed the sign in a Finnish column on driving and transportation, which IL picked up.

A motorist wondered if tourists knew that the road signs indicated a speed limit.

Another reviewer wrote that while most drivers don’t intentionally break traffic rules, they should be as easy to follow as possible, so a speed limit sign would be a nice addition.

A third driver described the problems he had encountered respecting the 50 km/h speed limit after noticing the E22 sign.

“I encountered road rage when I myself slowed down properly at the traffic sign,” the motorist wrote.

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Tuesday newspapers: Kurdish question, emergency meeting and reversal of the weather | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-kurdish-question-emergency-meeting-and-reversal-of-the-weather-new/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 06:24:49 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-kurdish-question-emergency-meeting-and-reversal-of-the-weather-new/ Meteorologists say the weather change from Tuesday to Wednesday was the most dramatic of the summer. The Central European heat wave could arrive in Finland in time for midsummer. Image: PDO Halil Karavelisenior researcher at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, specializing in Turkish politics, explained that Turkey’s reservations are legitimate. “Until the Swedish […]]]>

Meteorologists say the weather change from Tuesday to Wednesday was the most dramatic of the summer.

The Central European heat wave could arrive in Finland in time for midsummer. Image: PDO

Halil Karavelisenior researcher at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, specializing in Turkish politics, explained that Turkey’s reservations are legitimate.

“Until the Swedish parliamentary elections, it doesn’t look like this will be resolved,” the expert told HBL.

One of the main reasons for this roadblock is the Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh, currently in the ruling coalition as a non-partisan after deciding to leave Die Linke. Kakabaveh is of Kurdish descent and was affiliated with Kurdish militant groups, fighting as a member of the Iran-based Komala in her youth. She is one of the people whom Turkey has requested for extradition as a terrorist.

Although she has no party affiliation, her single seat was enough to give a ruling majority due to the extreme evenness of party distribution in Sweden. As a result, Kakabaveh was able to act as a kingmaker for the current government and secure arms embargoes against Turkey.

Swedish prime minister Madeleine Anderson said last week that all agreements with Kakabaveh will end after new parliamentary elections in September because impartiality does not stand for election.

Complicating matters is the public perception of the PKK, which Sweden has classified as a terrorist organization, as have Finland and the EU. Last week, images of the PKK flag and the letters “PKK” were projected onto the side of Stockholm City Hall by local activists.

Paul Levindirector of the Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Stockholm, felt that this did not promote good understanding between Stockholm and Ankara.

After the collapse of peace talks between the PKK and Turkey in 2015, Kurdish-Turkish relations have become increasingly militarized and constitute a central aspect of Turkey’s security policy.

“Sweden, which has a large Kurdish population and where there are strong sympathies between many parties, differs markedly from the Turkish point of view,” Levin told HBL.

Levin clarified that the Swedish point of view is one that supports the rights of the Kurdish people and criticizes Turkey’s use of terrorist legislation to hunt down non-terrorist Kurdish organizations.

“This is a question that engages all NATO members who want Finland and Sweden to join. Enlargement would be of great value [to the alliance]“, pointed out Levin.

Karaveli also clarified that Turkey’s reproaches mainly concern Sweden, with Finland only mentioned in one paragraph of the latest Turkish statement. Despite this momentum, Finland’s NATO candidacy was delayed along with Sweden’s.

Rydman faces party backlash

Following allegations of sexual misconduct, MP Wille Rydman the position in the Helsinki municipal group of the National Coalition Party (NCP) will be discussed this week according to Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

On Sunday, HS published an article in which several women spoke about the inappropriate behavior and actions of Rydman, whose allegations the MP has denied.

The Helsinki NCP Municipal Group is normally scheduled to meet on Thursdays each week, but will take a break for mid-summer. In order to deal with the scandal, the group will meet on Wednesday. Rydman is currently Vice President of Helsinki City Council.

HS said this was confirmed by Maarit Vierunen (NCP), president of the municipal group of the party.

“We are going to have a discussion at this extraordinary group meeting, and that is the only item on the agenda of the meeting. We will also hear from Rydman,” she said.

The municipal group has yet to meet or discuss the matter since Rydman’s allegations surfaced. However, Yle reported Tuesday morning that the caucus will meet on Tuesday to discuss the allegations Rydman is facing.

Midsummer weather change

Until yesterday, the weather forecast was gloomy for the summer solstice, but Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) published an article early Tuesday saying warm sunny weather is on the way.

At least IS gave a 70-80% chance and urged readers to stay tuned for Wednesday’s forecast before deciding to forgo Gore-Tex and rain boots.

As central Europe experiences a record heat wave, meteorologists are predicting that this warm air mass could move north into Finland.

Meteorologist Hannu Valta clarified that this was a notable change.

“A big change. The biggest change in the weather forecast of the whole summer,” he told IS.

However, the heat wave in central Europe might not hit all of Finland, he warned.

“It’s still unclear how far north the hot air mass will reach,” Valta said.

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Tuesday newspapers: Turkey, ticks and three-euro gas | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-turkey-ticks-and-three-euro-gas-new/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:25:07 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-turkey-ticks-and-three-euro-gas-new/ Turkey’s and Finland’s security policy is both undergoing a brand change, writes Helsingin Sanomat. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking at the Kultaranta talks last weekend. Image: Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) carries an analysis of the president Sauli NiinistoThe two-day foreign policy summit, the Kultaranta talks, said the event presented a cold […]]]>

Turkey’s and Finland’s security policy is both undergoing a brand change, writes Helsingin Sanomat.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking at the Kultaranta talks last weekend. Image: Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) carries an analysis of the president Sauli NiinistoThe two-day foreign policy summit, the Kultaranta talks, said the event presented a cold reality: a resolution to Turkey’s opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO would not is nowhere in sight.

As few people outside Turkey seem to know what Turkey really wants by blocking membership applications from the Nordic countries, respect is shown towards “the unpredictable”. Recep Tayyip Erdoğaneven in small cases, writes HS.

This was demonstrated by the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg referring to Turkey by the Turkish name, Türkiye, during the press conference with Niinistö at the start of the talks on Sunday, HS notes, despite the occasional use of the country’s English name. Although the name Türkiye was used less often by President Niinistö, he did not omit it altogether.

Türkiye is Turkish for Turkey. Erdoğan launched a rebranding campaign in June to rid Turkey of the English word for turkey (the species of bird), which he considers pejorative.

HS further writes that it was not until Niinistö’s presidency that attempts were made to make security policy discussions publicly accessible, with Niinistö launching the Kultaranta Talks in 2013.

HS notes that this overhaul was partially successful, as during Niinistö’s tenure the abbreviation “turpo” (for turvallisuuspolitiikka, or security policy), previously unknown to the general public, also became common. This is partly due to the widespread use of the term on social media platforms such as Twitter.

Despite Niinistö’s attempts over the years to breathe new life into Finnish foreign policy debates, his attempts have not been fully successful; it is difficult for Finnish politicians to recognize that the approach to security policy they have cherished for decades no longer works. It wasn’t until this spring, HS concludes, that most became ready to accept that fact.

A species of fast tick

Hyalomma tick larvae have already been discovered in Finland, according to the researcher from the Tampere Museum of Natural History, Riikka Elohe said.

Unlike tick species commonly found in Finland that wait for their prey to pass by, the Hyalomma tick runs to catch its prey.

“The Hyalomma pursues its prey and can sniff it up to 10 meters away,” Elo told readers this morning.

Although no adult Hyalomma ticks have yet been found in the country, they have been spotted in Sweden. Its longer and warmer summers have allowed the tick, which was previously mainly found in North Africa and Asia, to spread, writes IL.

About 5% of ticks in Finland carry the bacteria Rickettsia, which causes typhus. However, checking for ticks at night and removing them immediately will prevent the bacteria from spreading, Elo said.

Three euros of gasoline?

Taloussanomat reports that petrol prices in Finland will skyrocket this summer, possibly to a price peak of three euros per litre.

Crude oil prices are expected to rise, in part due to the weakening of the euro against the dollar, said the head of forecasting at the Etla Institute of Economic Research, Markku Lehmustold TS.

Lehmus added that for oil prices to reach 3 euros per litre, the daily price would have to increase by around 15%, which is doable.

While Germany cut its fuel tax for three months in early June to help its motorists, Lehmus said there was currently no effective way to curb rising petrol prices in Finland.

“We could give allowances to the lowest incomes in the country to compensate them for their difficult situation. But there is no point in introducing a gasoline tax in between,” according to Lehmus.

Although higher prices will sting, this is likely a temporary situation, Lehmus concluded.

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Tuesday’s Newspapers: Nuclear Power, Summer Weather and Finland’s Rocky Road to NATO | New https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-nuclear-power-summer-weather-and-finlands-rocky-road-to-nato-new/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 06:29:13 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-nuclear-power-summer-weather-and-finlands-rocky-road-to-nato-new/ European countries should not worry that Vladimir Putin is “saving face”, writes IS. Summer temperatures are expected to be around 0-1°C warmer than average in northern and central Europe. Image: Mårten Lampén / Yle 7.6. 09:29•Update 7.6. 10:57 The results come from a recent poll commissioned by the newspaper Uutissuomalainen, writes TS, showing 55% of […]]]>

European countries should not worry that Vladimir Putin is “saving face”, writes IS.

Summer temperatures are expected to be around 0-1°C warmer than average in northern and central Europe. Image: Mårten Lampén / Yle

The results come from a recent poll commissioned by the newspaper Uutissuomalainen, writes TS, showing 55% of respondents in favor of the construction, with 19% against. Another 26 percent said they were unsure of their position.

Men and older age groups were more likely to be in favor of building than women and younger age groups, the results showed. Voters from the Finnish Party and the National Coalition Party were most likely to support increasing Finland’s nuclear capability, while those who voted for the Green Party or the Left Alliance were the least likely to support a such decision.

One thousand people participated in the online survey in May.

At the beginning of May, the Finnish company Fennovoima terminated its agreement with the Russian supplier Rosatom, halting the construction of Finland’s sixth nuclear power plant.

summer time

Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) takes a look at what weather we can expect for the coming summer months, writing that seasonal temperatures are likely to be higher than usual in Finland.

According to Foreca, the summer months in Finland and most of Europe will be warmer than average.

Foreca based its analysis on a weather forecast for the July-September period recently published by the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), writes IL.

Foreca meteorologists say warm rains will be concentrated in Finland in August and September, with the weather likely to be more rainy than dry, so there’s no need to worry about dry heat waves.

Summer temperatures are expected to be around 0-1°C warmer than average in northern and central Europe.

However, temperatures in Finland in June will remain close to average.

Is Finland tested?

Was Finland too naïve in expecting its path to NATO to be easier, IS asks, in May when it submitted its membership application?

Because of the public support from NATO member countries, as well as from NATO itself, Finland may have expected a quicker accession to the military alliance.

However, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoğanFinland’s and Sweden’s opposition to NATO membership came as a surprise.

With the war in Ukraine showing no signs of ending, Finland and Sweden could become “pawns in games” that they themselves cannot affect much.

This is the worst possible scenario, writes IS, fearing that major EU countries like France are showing signs of worrying too much about the Russian president Vladimir Poutine “saving face”, with the French president Emmanuel Macron expressing such sentiment on Saturday. There are fears that countries in Europe are becoming “too understanding” of Putin and his concerns, notes IS.

The tabloid adds that existing defense guarantees with Britain and the United States, as well as the ongoing Baltops 2022 international military exercise currently taking place in the Baltic Sea region, should remind us that Finland n Is not alone during this membership period while waiting for her to wait. NATO request to be resolved.

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