ilta sanomat – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 16:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thistuesday.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-120x120.png ilta sanomat – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ 32 32 Tuesday newspapers: visit to the United Kingdom, advocacy for biodiversity and nuclear hope | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-visit-to-the-united-kingdom-advocacy-for-biodiversity-and-nuclear-hope-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 06:48:56 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-visit-to-the-united-kingdom-advocacy-for-biodiversity-and-nuclear-hope-news/ President Sauli Niinistö traveled to Britain to meet colleagues and media. The Olkiluoto plant could help reduce Finland’s dependence on Russian electricity. Image: Esa Syväkuru / Yle 15.3. 08:48•Updated 15.3. 16:44 Most newspapers talk about the president Chez Sauli Niinisto visit to the UK, with a busy schedule of security-related events and meetings. He was […]]]>

President Sauli Niinistö traveled to Britain to meet colleagues and media.

The Olkiluoto plant could help reduce Finland’s dependence on Russian electricity. Image: Esa Syväkuru / Yle

Most newspapers talk about the president Chez Sauli Niinisto visit to the UK, with a busy schedule of security-related events and meetings.

He was attending a meeting of the Joint Expeditionary Force, a UK-led Nordic and Baltic security coalition.

Along with this, Ilta-Sanomat reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) whom he also met Prince Charlesincorporating a Tweet in which Niinistö claimed to have had “substantive” discussions with Niinistö.

Paper leads with by Vladimir Putin signing his last call with Niinistö, which ended with the Russian leader saying “I am available”.

Niinistö said he thought it might be a tactic, to appear open to talks, but also seemed keen to talk and might want to reach out to Western leaders.

The big call he would like, according to Niinistö, is the American president Joe Biden. He said it could happen “in the near future”.

Beware of beetles

A Helsingin Sanomat editorial (siirryt toiseen palveluun) protests against the forest plantations that dominate the Finnish countryside, highlighting a concrete threat to this limited ecosystem.

Spruce bark beetles are a healthy part of a normal forest, which has a multitude of different tree species and dead tree trunks on the ground providing natural habitats for many beetle predators.

In plantations, however, monoculture allows these tiny insects to run wild. A spruce plantation has only spruce trees, a perfect environment for beetles to fight their way through, killing the trees that are their food.

The document says that efforts to protect biodiversity are underway, but must take into account the social and economic importance of forests in Finland.

Nuclear to the rescue

Finland’s energy mix has been in the news recently, with Russia’s attack on Ukraine raising questions about both the Rosatom-backed Fennovoima project and the import of electricity from Russian power plants.

Business newspaper Kauppalehti suggests (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in an editorial that this dependence could soon end, thanks in part to the Olkiluoto 3 reactor which went online over the weekend.

The newspaper estimates that on Monday alone, imports from Russia amounted to some 3.7 million euros – a sharp increase in Russia’s hard currency reserves, as sanctions continue to isolate the country’s economy.

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Tuesday Newspapers: Ukraine Reaction, Snow Chaos | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-ukraine-reaction-snow-chaos-news/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 07:22:26 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-ukraine-reaction-snow-chaos-news/ Tuesday’s press wondered about the development of the situation in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin gave a wide speech on Monday evening. Picture: Kreml 22.2. 09:22•Update 22.2. 12:50 In Finland, a nation of the Russian Empire that seized its freedom in 1917, people followed the speech closely. While Putin spoke ostensibly about Ukraine, the implications of his […]]]>

Tuesday’s press wondered about the development of the situation in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin gave a wide speech on Monday evening. Picture: Kreml

In Finland, a nation of the Russian Empire that seized its freedom in 1917, people followed the speech closely. While Putin spoke ostensibly about Ukraine, the implications of his more general anxiety over Russia’s status could be significant for Finland.

Finnish Ministers and the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) published a identical statement on Twitter (siirryt toiseen palveluun)which read “Finland condemns the unilateral acts of Russia which violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The recognition of the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine is a violation of international law and the Minsk agreements Finland responds to Russia’s actions within the EU framework.”

Finnish answers

Niinistö was recently tapped as one of the few Western leaders to speak regularly with Putin, and according to him, the current moves only concern eastern Ukraine and have no significance for Finland or the Baltic states. .

“Russia’s actions have been described as irrational or illogical,” Niinistö said. “Perhaps the rationality is exactly this: operating in a way that I’ve described as two steps forward, one back, and two aside. That’s the current movement, and it won’t stop. certainly not there.”

He added that while a diplomatic solution was not out of the question, the stakes of the game and the risks have increased.

On this note, Helsingin Sanomat requested (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Russian researcher Arkady Moshes what is happening now. According to him, war is not inevitable, as it is more likely that Russia will simply take control of Luhansk and Donbass without a wider invasion of Ukraine.

In this sense, the recognition of their independence is a sign of weakness: Russia probably does not have the forces necessary for a full invasion of Ukraine.

Iltalehti, meanwhile, published an opinion piece comparing Putin to Hitler and Stalin. The tabloid’s conclusion is that he is dangerous and must be stopped. The newspaper also indicates that the Fennovoima reactor, which will use a reactor from the Russian company Rosatom and is 34% owned by the Russian company, must be stopped.

It is a controversial project, with initial approval in 2014 leading to the resignation of the Green League from by Alexander Stubb (NCP), but the security risks have only increased since then. IL’s verdict is that the project cannot continue.

Snow chaos hits Helsinki

Far from Ukraine, reports Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that much of southern Finland was blanketed in snow on Tuesday morning, with police advising motorists to be extra careful.

Commuters can also expect large-scale disruptions to public transport services, with trams blocked and buses cancelled.

The paper also has photos (siirryt toiseen palveluun) of the snowstorm, with stranded vehicles of all kinds demonstrating the risks of leaving home as this weather front passes over Finland.

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Tuesday’s Newspapers: Niinistö Analysis, Swedish Mortgages, Cucumber Cost | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-niinisto-analysis-swedish-mortgages-cucumber-cost-news/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 07:13:13 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-newspapers-niinisto-analysis-swedish-mortgages-cucumber-cost-news/ The price of food and accommodation is on the rise. Are cucumbers becoming a luxury item in Finland? Image: Sannika Michelsson/Yle 15.2. 09:13•Updated 15.2. 09:13 President of Finland Sauli Niinisto has recently been in the international media, and it is a source of pride for many Finns. Ilta-Sanomat has a handy roundup (siirryt toiseen palveluun) […]]]>

The price of food and accommodation is on the rise.

Are cucumbers becoming a luxury item in Finland? Image: Sannika Michelsson/Yle

President of Finland Sauli Niinisto has recently been in the international media, and it is a source of pride for many Finns.

Ilta-Sanomat has a handy roundup (siirryt toiseen palveluun) interviews with Niinistö in recent days, describing his position as one of the few Western leaders to speak regularly with the Russian leader Vladimir Poutine.

The Sunday Times reported that only the former German chancellor Angela Merkel had more encounters with Putin than Niinistö.

The current crisis is, of course, why Niinistö is in demand. ISIS asks a professor of world politics Teivo Teivainen for his analysis of Niinistö’s media appearances.

“Niinistö was skilled in creating his relationship with Russia, and I say that as someone who doesn’t always just praise Niinistö,” Teivainen said. “He has maintained a relatively good channel of discussion with Putin – compared to other Western leaders – without giving the impression that he has, in the old-fashioned vernacular, been ‘Finlandized’, without the impression that he would be Putin’s poodle.”

Teivainen said that the French president’s mention of “Finlandization” Emmanuel Macron heightened interest in Finnish diplomacy, and Niinistö’s role has been to explain this as well as provide insight into Putin.

The term refers to the Cold War period when Finland remained a democracy, but was under constant pressure from the Soviet Union and had to meet Soviet demands in politics, economics and media.

Swedish loans last longer

Coverage of expected interest rate increases continues at Helsingin Sanomat, with another look at a topic close to the hearts of many people: mortgages.

This time the newspaper asks (siirryt toiseen palveluun) why Finland’s home loans are not like Sweden’s. Across the western border, it seems, interest-only mortgages and extremely long loan terms are very common.

The money Swedes save on loan repayments, they tend to invest in stocks or spend on consumption.

In Finland, on the other hand, people tend to have shorter loan terms and repay their home loans diligently. It’s a cultural difference, but HS reports that Finland is a bit more like Sweden.

There are more loans of 35 years or more in Finland, and people are starting to build up their own buffers through investments and savings, rather than making their mortgage the main financial instrument they use.

There is still a long way to go before Finns start adopting the attitude of the Swedish regulator Erik Thedeanwho told HS four years ago that “there is no sense in dying without debt”.

The idea of ​​having unpaid liabilities (and not feeling guilty about the prospect) remains a bit shocking to Finns, and HS made sure to bring up the interview.

food cost

Joensuu Karjalainen newspaper looks at the cost of food (siirryt toiseen palveluun), which has risen sharply in recent months. The newspaper was particularly distressed by the rise in cucumber prices to six euros a kilo, a level that makes the basic salad seem a bit of a luxury at present.

The cost of producing creeping vine plants in Finland is heavily impacted by the price of electricity, which is needed for heating and light during the dark Finnish winter.

Fertilizer and packaging costs have also increased, making the cost of fresh salads much higher than in a normal winter.

Statistics from the Institute of Natural Resources of Finland suggest that food prices are expected to increase by 2-2.5% this year.

The Finnish Greenhouse Growers Association says there may be no relief as the days get longer, as growers reduced their lighting in December in response to rising electricity prices. This will have a ripple effect on production in the future.

And for now at least, imported salad greens are unlikely to help alleviate the cost – in 2020 the amount of foreign cucumbers sold in Finland was a third of the 2014 figure.

This is not negative for everyone.

“It is a positive phenomenon that foreign cucumbers are not really found in stores anymore,” Niina Kangas of the producers’ association, says Karjalainen.

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MPs return to work, Covid restrictions lifted, nurses’ vaccine pass in effect and ski lessons online https://thistuesday.org/mps-return-to-work-covid-restrictions-lifted-nurses-vaccine-pass-in-effect-and-ski-lessons-online/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 07:41:44 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/mps-return-to-work-covid-restrictions-lifted-nurses-vaccine-pass-in-effect-and-ski-lessons-online/ The long Christmas holidays are over for Finnish MPs. Parliament gets back to work on Tuesday. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle 1.2. 09:41•Update 1.2. 10:22 Parliament resumes work after the Christmas recess on Tuesday, and there is a long list of items in the legislature’s inbox. Helsingin Sanomat has a summary (siirryt toiseen palveluun)major issues. The government […]]]>

The long Christmas holidays are over for Finnish MPs.

Parliament gets back to work on Tuesday. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle

Parliament resumes work after the Christmas recess on Tuesday, and there is a long list of items in the legislature’s inbox. Helsingin Sanomat has a summary (siirryt toiseen palveluun)major issues.

The government plans to present 166 legislative proposals in the spring and another 122 in the fall. HS suggests that individual laws will not be a source of huge conflict, but the broad outlines of the government’s economic policies will spark heated debate among MPs.

Government parties have agreed to propose jobs measures that will improve public finances by €110 million a year, with a deadline of February 15 to come up with a package.

Opposition parties have criticized the government for its reluctance to implement unemployment benefit cuts to try to get people back to work, but reduced access to early pensions for older jobseekers has agreed earlier by the government parties.

Meanwhile, climate measures must also be debated, as the government reinforces its target to be carbon neutral by 2035.

This includes measures to reduce emissions from transport and agriculture, two contentious issues.

The ending theme that HS reports is Covid. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said on Monday it believed restrictions could be lifted this month, but government parties are meeting on Wednesday to discuss further.

Restrictions lifted

Iltalehti has a list (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Covid rules changing on Tuesday February 1st. Restaurants serving primarily food can remain open until 9 p.m., with alcohol sales ending at 5 p.m. and a restriction on numbers to 75% capacity.

Movie theaters can reopen in many areas, as can gyms and swimming pools. The recommendation for higher education institutions to switch to distance learning ends, with institutions having to decide how they proceed.

Border checks of passengers from Schengen countries also ended on January 31, while checks of passengers from non-Schengen EU countries end on February 1.

All passengers arriving from outside the EU therefore remain subject to Covid pass checks and require proof of Covid vaccination or recovery and a negative Covid test result.

The government has also lifted its recommendation that people only meet with five people outside their family at a time.

Vaccines for caregivers

Meanwhile, Ilta-Sanomat has a report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on the establishment of an obligation to vaccinate people in contact with people at risk of serious complications from Covid, which comes into force on Tuesday. Different regions of Finland interpret the rules differently.

In Tampere, nothing will change, unvaccinated nurses will be able to continue working. But in Turku, refusing to be vaccinated against Covid could lead to lost wages.

Tampere will reassess the situation on February 14. He uses a clause in the law that allows employers to use unvaccinated staff in extenuating circumstances, saying staff absences mean they have little choice.

A local health official told IS that absences are currently three times higher than normal.

While nurses should take the vaccine to protect themselves, according to Nohynek, they do not prevent infection and transmission – so they will not ensure patients are protected against Covid.

Online ski lessons

It’s the peak of the ski season in Finland, with cross-country trails covering most of the country after heavy snowfall over the weekend.

The nature of the sport is that many people have long breaks between skiing opportunities, due to lack of snow, equipment or interest.

The video shows the proper technique for those looking to do Nordic-style cross-country skiing, and the accompanying article includes tips on where to go for decent trails and even in-person lessons.

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Tuesday Newspapers: Russian Media Silent, Dry January and Student Deal | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-russian-media-silent-dry-january-and-student-deal-news/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 07:32:18 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-russian-media-silent-dry-january-and-student-deal-news/ As the United States and NATO prepare for a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Finnish newspapers explore Russian media reactions to NATO talks in Finland. Finland observed Dry January or “tipaton tammikuu” for decades, while maintaining a state monopoly on alcohol sales. Image: Petri Aaltonen / Yle 25.1. 09:32•Update 25.1. 09:53 Russia is less than […]]]>

As the United States and NATO prepare for a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Finnish newspapers explore Russian media reactions to NATO talks in Finland.

Finland observed Dry January or “tipaton tammikuu” for decades, while maintaining a state monopoly on alcohol sales. Image: Petri Aaltonen / Yle

Russia is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of NATO expanding to its northwestern border. That said, Russian media criticized Finland and Sweden for revisiting NATO membership issue, writes Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

While some Russian commentators said Russia’s actions were pushing Finland into the arms of NATO, others suggested Finland was not acting in a friendly manner. The media, for example, described Finland’s purchase of F-35s as a “hostile gesture towards Russia”.

State media Ria Novosti claimed Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto and prime minister Sanna Marin knowingly or unknowingly playing into the hands of the US-led alliance. A Russian defence-focused think tank published an article suggesting that “it would be better to warn the northern neighbors of what awaits them if they choose the wrong side and what they will be left with if they do it”.

Russia’s official policy towards Finland’s NATO membership has not changed in the meantime. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently said that Russia respects Finnish and Swedish sovereignty and that it is up to “their people” whether or not to join the alliance.

Will Finland join NATO? This week’s All Points North takes stock of the debate. After months of discussion and diplomacy by political leaders, Finland’s commitment to the so-called “NATO option” is clear.

Daily drinkers

With Finland in the middle of its annual month of abstinence from alcohol, tipaton tammikuu, readers of Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) are flocking to a story about alcohol causing liver damage sooner than people think.

As in the rest of Europe, liver disease is a growing problem in Finland, according to Kaarlo Simojoki, a substance abuse expert at the University of Helsinki.

Drinking one to three servings of alcohol with a meal on a daily basis is enough to cause cirrhosis of the liver if this habit persists for longer.

“It’s something that people don’t understand. When it comes to liver health, another thing that’s important, in addition to quantities, is whether the liver is under regular stress,” explained Simojoki.

study pays

Business magazine Talouselämä (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that graduating on time pays off, citing research by Kela showing that she partially repaid student loans belonging to approximately 55,000 people between 2015 and 2021 for graduating on time.

Finland’s policy of partially repaying state-funded student loans for those who complete their studies on time has led to more people taking out loans. The share of students who take out loans has increased from 55% to 63%, while the total amount of average loans has increased from around 12,000 to 14,000 euros.

Figures indicate that the state’s carrot to get people into the job market faster led to 55% of students graduating on schedule, up from 48% in 2014.

Loan repayments cover 40% of loans over €2,500.

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Nurses’ pay, ministerial machination and Finnish Olympic telephone policy https://thistuesday.org/nurses-pay-ministerial-machination-and-finnish-olympic-telephone-policy/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:36:13 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/nurses-pay-ministerial-machination-and-finnish-olympic-telephone-policy/ Finland does not prohibit athletes from bringing their personal phones to the Olympics. Nurses are paid less in Finland than in some neighboring countries. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle 18.1. 09:36•Update 18.1. 10:53 Helsingin Sanomat has an analysis (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the desire of county council candidates to raise nurses’ salaries. It’s a question in many electoral […]]]>

Finland does not prohibit athletes from bringing their personal phones to the Olympics.

Nurses are paid less in Finland than in some neighboring countries. Image: Silja Viitala/Yle

Helsingin Sanomat has an analysis (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the desire of county council candidates to raise nurses’ salaries. It’s a question in many electoral compasses, ahead of Sunday’s regional elections, and most politicians believe nurses’ pay should rise.

But they’re still unlikely to get an outsized pay rise, and HS explains why. Currently, wage negotiations are underway for city and regional government employees, including health care workers, but employers’ organizations say there is little money available to fund raises. higher salaries for nurses.

Perhaps surprisingly, unions aren’t too eager to see nurses get a better deal than other workers. With inflation higher than it has been in years, unions representing other municipal workers don’t want to see money that could go to their members diverted to a one-time boost for nurses.

Nurses unions disagree, of course, with Tehy’s Millariikka Rytkönen telling HS that the money should be found. She draws the comparison to the €70m the government found for peat producers in last year’s budget, suggesting there is a way to muster the political will.

Wage harmonization is another issue raised by employers. As care services are harmonized across 21 regional organizations, each employer must ensure that wages are consistent for their employees. In practice, this means an increase in the total cost of wages, as those on the lowest base salary are given a boost to match their higher-paid counterparts.

Rytkönen rejects that argument, but the trade-off is likely to be a 3-6 year deal that does something to address nurses’ relatively low pay in coming years.

Election candidates will have little to do with it, however, as Finland’s myriad wage bargaining systems ensure that unions and employers set the agenda even before the new county councils take office. function.

Aide Kuortane from Minister Kurvinen

Finland’s spending is on a leash at the moment, with new facilities hard to come by. Ilta-Sanomat covers a controversial decision made by the Minister of Sports Antti Kurvinen (Cen), who allocated funds for a new swimming center in his home region against the advice of experts and the swimming association.

Kurvinen approved the decision to build a new swimming center in Kuortane, a town of 3,500 people about 350 km from Helsinki which is home to Finland’s Olympic training centre.

The criteria for this particular pot of money is that the target should be a national training center, but the swimming federation was happy with its existing national training center in Helsinki and did not support funding for the Kuortane project. .

Neither the Olympic Committee, nor the National Sports Council, nor the senior ministry official. Kurvinen decided otherwise, pushing four million euros in funding to South Ostrobothnia. Kurvinen himself is a member of the council of the nearby town of Alavus and is currently running for a seat on the new South Ostrobothnia County Council.

Finland Telephone Policy

The Winter Olympics begin next month in Beijing, and many countries around the world are wondering how to respond to China’s digital surveillance.

Chinese authorities are believed to closely monitor phones and internet activity, which has led some Olympic teams, including Britain and the Netherlands, to ask their athletes to leave phones behind when they travel, report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Iltalehti.

Finland doesn’t do the same, only offering advice to those fighting over Finland, but not requiring them to leave their devices behind.

The Olympic Committee is due to send out these guidelines in the coming days, but is not providing athletes with any phones to use while in China.

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Tuesday Newspapers: Jobs juggernaut, 40 million rapid tests and a plastic pandemic | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-jobs-juggernaut-40-million-rapid-tests-and-a-plastic-pandemic-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 07:08:28 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesday-newspapers-jobs-juggernaut-40-million-rapid-tests-and-a-plastic-pandemic-news/ Finnish media explore the effectiveness of moving unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities as Covid increases pressure on single-use plastic. It remains unclear whether the transfer of some unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities has made it easier for people to find employment. Image: Eleni Paspatis / Yle 11.1. 09:08•Update 11.1. 09:13 The […]]]>

Finnish media explore the effectiveness of moving unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities as Covid increases pressure on single-use plastic.

It remains unclear whether the transfer of some unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities has made it easier for people to find employment. Image: Eleni Paspatis / Yle

The newspaper asked Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kerava how many unemployed people had found jobs thanks to the pilot project at the end of last November. None of these cities had data to offer.

Municipalities have struggled to meet the demand for employment services, which has been strained during the coronavirus crisis, HS reports.

Normalize the Covid

On Monday, several municipalities in southern Finland, including Helsinki, said they were ending most exposure searches and relaxing quarantine requirements.

Having said that, Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that most infectious disease specialists in the capital region want to see people approach Covid the same way other upper respiratory infections do.

That means staying home when sick and avoiding contact with others, according to the newspaper.

40 million rapid tests?

That would mean the country is expected to deliver up to 40 million tests during the spring semester, according to IL.

The Finnish National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) told IL it was considering procuring rapid tests but had not yet placed any orders.

Recycling of Covid waste

In recent weeks, the highly transmissible variant of Omicron has sparked renewed interest in home testing kits in Finland.

“We recommend that you dispose of the test kit in a closed plastic bag with the mixed waste” Maarit Kiviranta of the Helsinki metropolitan waste company HSY told the Swedish-language daily.

Kiviranta said the goal was to prevent virus particles from entering waste disposal systems. However, she noted that the fabrics used contain more of these particles than the kits used.

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Tuesday’s papers: Niinistö-Biden talks, third priority of the jab, pay gap between men and women | News https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-papers-niinisto-biden-talks-third-priority-of-the-jab-pay-gap-between-men-and-women-news/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 07:03:42 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/tuesdays-papers-niinisto-biden-talks-third-priority-of-the-jab-pay-gap-between-men-and-women-news/ Most morning papers report a telephone conversation between the Finnish and US presidents, and a planned call between Sauli Niinistö and Vladimir Putin. Less than half of the gender pay gap in Finland can be explained by factors such as education, specialization, title and hours worked. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle 14.12. 09:03•Updated 12/14. 09:26 […]]]>

Most morning papers report a telephone conversation between the Finnish and US presidents, and a planned call between Sauli Niinistö and Vladimir Putin.

Less than half of the gender pay gap in Finland can be explained by factors such as education, specialization, title and hours worked. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The Helsinki tabloid Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)is one of the newspapers reporting that the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and american president Joe biden had a phone conversation on Monday.

The White House website said the two leaders shared their concerns about the situation in Ukraine. Biden also praised Finland’s decision to choose American-made F-35 fighters to replace its aging fleet of F-18 Hornets. Biden reportedly said the purchase provides a solid basis for closer bilateral defense cooperation in the years to come.

According to the office of the President of Finland, the main topic of discussion was the situation at the borders of Ukraine. The two presidents said it was important to work together to find a diplomatic solution to the tense situation.

President Niinistö also expressed his condolences for the deaths caused by the tornadoes that have struck the United States in recent days.

Regarding bilateral relations, Ilta-Sanomat writes that Niinistö spoke to Biden about the main pillars of Finland’s security policy and said he appreciated NATO’s open door policy.

Later, via Twitter, Niinistö thanked Biden for “an excellent and in-depth conversation.”

Earlier Monday, Niinistö had a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Mitsotakis’ meeting with the Russian president Vladimir Poutine last week in Sochi.

President Niinistö is due to have a telephone conversation with President Putin on Tuesday.

Which is more important: the first or the third jab?

Interviewed by the newspaper, City Peltola, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Turku and chairman of the National Expert Group on Immunization Issues (Krar), told the newspaper he saw no need for an emergency national campaign for a third dose of coronavirus vaccine.

“We have to try to reach everyone over 60 as quickly as possible, because they are at risk of serious illness. But for those under 60, it’s not in such a hurry. It is important that they don’t take not appointment times that should be used by older people, ”Peltola said.

According to him, the focus should be on giving everyone a first dose.

“Plus, it’s not five or six months after the second dose for most young people, so they shouldn’t even take the [booster] vaccine again. However, it is very important that those who have not had their first or second corona injection do so, “he added.

Pay gap control

She notes that according to one argument, the pay gap between men and women persists because we do not talk about it and we do not really know enough.

Youssef Zad, an economist at JHL conducted an in-depth statistical analysis of the gender pay gap based on international research data. In his study, Zad examines both the causes of the pay gap and the means by which the gap has been reduced.

“If women knew their male colleagues were paid more, they might be more willing to demand pay increases,” Zad said.

Helsingin Sanomat notes that some people still argue that allegations of a gender pay gap are nonsense. Others see inequality in every workplace. According to Zad, a woman’s euro can be 84 cents or 100 cents, depending on how you look.

“In the economy as a whole, a woman’s euro is 84 cents, but a woman working in the same job, with the same title, with the same level of education, is more likely to ‘to have the same salary as a man, ”says Zad.

There are pay gaps that can be explained by factors such as education, specialization, title, hours worked, family situation, etc. In Finland, however, these explain less than half of the pay gap. The remaining unexplained pay gaps may represent discrimination on the basis of sex.

The Helsingin Sanomat article also includes a calculator, in Finnish, where one can see the average income in Finland for a wide range of different jobs.

Scam warning

Many users of these social networks have received messages that appear to be from a friend, but in reality their account has been hacked and exploited. Messages can also come from a fake profile designed to look like a friend’s real profile.

The scam message attempts to trick the victim into sending their phone number and verification code in a text message in order to hijack the account using Facebook’s recovery feature.

Additionally, the message may claim that the person has won a lottery that requires the use of credit card information.

Finland’s National Cyber ​​Security Center said the scam campaign was still active. Messages can now also request Google Account verification codes.

Cyber ​​Security Center reminds social media users to never give verification codes to anyone via text message.

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Hospital burden, Finland’s ‘hellish’ fur farms and increased employment https://thistuesday.org/hospital-burden-finlands-hellish-fur-farms-and-increased-employment/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 07:21:32 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/hospital-burden-finlands-hellish-fur-farms-and-increased-employment/ On Tuesday morning, media covered the challenges facing Finnish hospitals and a briefing on the cruel conditions on fur farms Health officials worried about increase in influenza and RSV cases Image: Alamy / All Over Press Yle News As of Monday, 322 people had been hospitalized after contracting the virus, up from 284 a week […]]]>

On Tuesday morning, media covered the challenges facing Finnish hospitals and a briefing on the cruel conditions on fur farms

Health officials worried about increase in influenza and RSV cases Image: Alamy / All Over Press

As of Monday, 322 people had been hospitalized after contracting the virus, up from 284 a week ago and 255 the week before, according to data from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL).

Helsingin Sanomat too reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that hospitals face an additional burden from patients who become ill from other viruses, especially seasonal influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) has had to increase its intensive care units from 15 to 21 to accommodate the growing number of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care.

According to Jari Petäjä, HUS Acting Chief Medical Officer, the number of Covid-19 patients is expected to increase at a moderate pace due to increased vaccine coverage; however, health officials are troubled by the growing number of cases of influenza and RSV.

SHU hospitals are currently treating a total of 20 patients for the RSV virus, which primarily affects children. “We are pessimistic and believe that the RSV epidemic will be severe, as was the case in Sweden,” said Petäjä.

British tabloid reveals ‘hellish’ fur farms in Finland

The presentation, which was Underline (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by Ilta-Sanomat, paints a disturbing picture of animals in distress, claiming that foxes have been left behind with untreated deformities and illnesses as well as uncontrolled obesity.

He quotes Kristo Muurimaa from Finnish animal welfare group Oikeutta Eläimille as claiming that this is “the norm” in Finland, which is the largest producer of fox fur in Europe.

The story also alleges that most foxes are killed before being skinned at just eight months old.

Although it does not mention the name or location of the farms in question, the article includes many disturbing images of the animals, which are said to be kept in small cages without litter.

Sudden employment is a pleasant surprise

In addition, there were 37,000 fewer unemployed this month compared to a year ago.

Pasi Sorjonen, the chief economist of the Akava trade union confederation wrote that the employment trend was “strong” on Twitter, calling the lower-than-expected unemployment figures a “good surprise”.

Jukka Appleqvist, chief economist of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, echoed the sentiment, saying the employment figures were “excellent” in a tweet.

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Helsingin Sanomat writes that Finnish health officials continue to favor carrot-batting when it comes to boosting absorption of the coronavirus vaccine.

If approved by parliament, a new animal welfare law will require all dogs and cats to be microchipped and registered. Image: Miikka Varila / Yle

The Helsinki Daily Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)asks the question: is society divided into worlds of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated?

As the newspaper points out, despite earlier projections, coronavirus vaccine coverage for the population over 12 had not yet exceeded 80 percent as of Monday. Although the target is likely to be reached in the coming days, it is clear that enthusiasm for the vaccination has waned.

At the same time, HS notes, the number of Covid hospitalizations is climbing to a new pandemic record. The growing need for hospital care is partly explained by the high number of cases among those who are not vaccinated against the virus.

It was believed that vaccination would crush the pandemic, but now Finnish experts believe the pressure on hospitals will continue for years to come. The problem also seems to be that many people, for one reason or another, do not want to be vaccinated.

Helsingin Sanomat therefore wonders if we can find ourselves in a world where compulsory vaccination is required in certain sectors, a strict Covid “passport” is in place, or even confinements imposed on the unvaccinated.

Mika salminen, director of health security at the National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), told the newspaper that he hopes there will be no polarization in society.

“We know that coercion will not solve the problem of slowing vaccination, but can even lead to worsening attitudes,” Salminen said.

“Carrots are always a better option. The starting point should be to share the right information and make it understandable,” he added.

The coronavirus has come to stay, Salminen stressed, and it is also inevitable that the situation will place an additional burden on health care for several years to come.

For this reason, he stressed that there should be a public debate on the continued impact on health resources and on labor shortages in the field. This is a question which concerns not only Finland, but also the rest of Europe.

Pet Registry

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the government consider making microchip and the registration of all cats and dogs mandatory in the next few years.

The plan is included in the government’s proposal for a new animal welfare law, which was circulated for review last week.

To date, neither the chip nor the registration of dogs or cats has been mandatory. Registration of pets with the Kennel Club and the Cat Association is a prerequisite for participating in competitions or shows.

Chipping has long been required by the Kennel Club. According to the Kennel Club Harri lehkonen over 70 percent of the Finnish dog population has been recorded.

A microchip is required for purebred kittens to be registered with the Cat Association, and it is also possible to register domestic cats in the microchip registry.

Microchip and registration are seen by animal welfare organizations as a partial solution to the “cat crisis”. According to the Finnish Animal Care Association (SEY), it is estimated that at least 20,000 cats are abandoned in Finland each year. It is hoped that the microchip of all cats would drastically reduce that number.

A new law on animal welfare is due to come into force in early 2023. Microchipping and registration of all dogs will be compulsory from the beginning of the same year, and for cats from 2026.

Nazi name error

The Swedish language daily Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun)notes what he describes as “awkwardness” on the part of officials at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.

On May 27 of this year, the office authorized a company to be called “Oy Arbeit Macht Frei Ltd”.

“Arbeit Macht Frei” is a German expression meaning “Work frees you”, a Nazi slogan best known to appear at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Patent and Registration Office has now announced that the name was approved in error and has apologized for the error.

“We are sorry. The administrator in question does not speak German and did not remember that the expression was inappropriate,” the office wrote on Twitter.

The company in question still uses the name. The Patent and Registration Office said it was preparing to have it revoked by the Supreme Administrative Court.

Snow, rain and slippery roads

After a wintry start to the week in much of the country, the weather is expected to warm up again from Tuesday. The cold is expected to return by the weekend, however, according to the Helsinki statement. Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Snowfall is expected in western and central areas on Tuesday, changing to rain late in the day, with the possibility of storm-level gusts of wind.

There is a warning of dangerous driving conditions all over the country, with the exception of the southern coastal areas. The roads are likely to be slippery, especially in the central and northern areas, as temperatures start to rise.

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