Tuesday’s Newspapers: Russian espionage, student sanity and tram testers needed | News
You can now apply to become an official tester of Tampere’s brand new tram system which will be launched next year.
Russia has around 20 intelligence officers working in Finnish embassies and consulates, according to an article published last week by the National Defense University of Finland (MPKK).
The officers work for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, the Main Intelligence Directorate and the Federal Security Service of the FSB of the Russian Federation, considered the main successor to the KGB of the former USSR, Daily Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)city lieutenant-colonel Vladimir Pansh as a specialist researcher at the MPKK puts it.
Russia uses intelligence officers who travel to Finland, as well as so-called secret residents in the country who may be Finnish citizens, the daily writes.
“If you believe you have been the subject of an intelligence investigation, report it to your supervisor and your security officer,” Panschin wrote in the publication.
Russian intelligence is interested in information on foreign and domestic policy, economy, energy and trade issues, Panschin told HS. Intelligence targets individuals such as politicians, scientists, and early career soldiers who can be used to their advantage over a long period of time.
According to Panschin, internationally reported cases of espionage suggest that Russian intelligence services are targeting people who may be pressured into committing fraudulent activities without necessarily having access to classified information.
Pandemic effect on student mental health
More students than usual are seeking help for mental health issues this year, according to the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).
“From the beginning of January to the end of October 2019, we carried out approximately 6,400 assessments of patients who contacted us for psychological support or mental health care. This year, the number of assessments in January-October was 7,900” , said the medical director of the FSHS. Mental Health, Tommi Vayrynen said Swedish daily Hufvudstadsbladet. (siirryt toiseen palveluun)
Students mostly report suffering from anxiety and depression, the newspaper reports.
According to Väyrynen, the foundation has been able to respond well to the need for care — average wait times for mental health care are actually shorter than in 2019.
“Due to the pandemic, students with infectious diseases have to turn to health centers. This means we have more free hours for those who need mental support or mental health care,” Vayrynen said. The foundation has also been treating distance learning students since March 2019.
According to HBL, the students also contacted psychologists to talk about their difficulties in coping with their studies. They reached out to college priests to pour their hearts out on non-coronavirus topics like relationships and bereavement.
“Now, in times of corona, I have noticed that surprisingly many also want to talk about religion and outlook on life. It seems that the situation has caused a lot of people to think about the big questions in life “, said Tiina Hallikainen, one of the two priests of the educational institutions of Åbo Akademi University of Turku, Åbo University and Novia University of Applied Sciences.
Test drive the Tampere tram
Tampere residents won’t have to wait too long on the highly anticipated trams which will be introduced to commuter traffic in August next year. Tampere region transport operator Nysse is looking for passengers to test the trams from the start of January 2021, according to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat. (siirryt toiseen palveluun)
Passengers will rate areas such as the overall experience, payment process, comfort and ease of travel between trams and stations, the daily reports.
The exact number of test passengers and pilot tests required is not yet clear due to the evolving coronavirus situation.
“In any case, dozens of test passengers are needed”, the head of customer relations at Nysse Riikka Salkonen says the newspaper.
Passengers tested will range from those traveling with pushchairs, children and the elderly to passengers with no experience of public transport, IS wrote.
“Of course, we hope to have test passengers who will give honest feedback about their experience. The work of test passengers is very important, because small details often decide the quality of service,” Salkonen said.
Future pilot passengers have until December 6 to apply to test the trams at nysse.fi/nysselab. Nysse will select suitable participants based on user profiles or by lottery, if necessary.