The Government decided in its framework session to slash basic transport infrastructure appropriations by 100 million euros, or approximately 10 per cent. The appropriations are designated annually for the maintenance and improvement of the road, sea and rail transport networks of Finland.
Some confusion, however, persists over whether the cut is a one-time or permanent cut.
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- Created on 01 April 2014
Chief shop stewards have expressed their shock at the extensive consultative negotiations announced on Monday by Kesko. In addition to the eight Anttila department stores set for closure, the retailer is now intent on shutting down four Kodin1 stores within the next two years.
In a bulletin released on Monday, Kesko also revealed that it is exploring the option of selling Anttila.
“Ten points for the ride,” Osmo Ketola summarised his impressions of the new low-floor trams in Helsinki. Similarly to Ketola, other passengers aboard the new Artic trams, currently in service on tramlines 6 and 8, lauded the passenger experience on Sunday.
“There's nothing jarring: there's no rattle or clatter,” Ketola commented.
A four-degree increase in mean temperatures in Finland would have an adverse effect on the country and especially on its food industry, estimates Kaija Hakala, a principal researcher at Agrifood Research Finland.
At present, the most aggressive projections indicate that temperatures in the country may rise by up to six degrees, if the use of fossil fuels continues at its current rate.
The Finnish Government remains divided over the planned cuts in child benefits, with the Greens in particular uncomfortable with the decision taken in last week's framework session. Oras Tynkkynen (Greens) has proposed that instead of a direct cut, the Government at least consider the option of bumping the benefits and subjecting them to tax.
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- Created on 31 March 2014
Retailer Kesko has announced that it will shut down eight Anttila department stores operating in rented premises. According to a bulletin released on Monday, the stores to be closed are Anttila Espoonlahti, Espoo Sello, Hämeenlinna Tiiriö, Kerava, Kouvola centre, Vantaa Myyrmanni, Turku Kivikukkaro and Turku Skanssi.
The stores provide employment to a total of roughly 210 people. In addition, Kesko will reduce a maximum of 25 jobs at the remaining 22 Anttila department stores.
A number of near-misses involving firearms and ammunition have taken place during exercises of the Finnish Defence Forces in recent weeks. Annually, as many as 50 such incidents occur, estimates Major Kari Melanen, a safety officer at the Defence Command.
The exact number of near-misses, however, remains unknown due to underdeveloped reporting practices.
Bottles of champagne were cracked open at the office of the National Coalition (NCP) parliamentary group on Thursday afternoon, as members of the group celebrated the 50th birthday of MP Harri Jaskari. The mood was not dampened one bit by a poll conducted by Helsingin Sanomat, which shows that voter support for the NCP has crept up by 1.5 percentage points from December, to 19.5 per cent.
Extreme meteorological phenomena are becoming more common all over the world. In recent years, we have witnessed record temperatures, rainfall and droughts. Such devastating natural disasters are omens of things to come, as extreme meteorological phenomena are projected to increase further due to climate change.
The party council of the Social Democrats (SDP) decided in its meeting on Saturday that the party will continue in the five-party coalition Government. Although the debate on the implications of the recent framework session was more painstaking than anticipated, the party council ultimately voted unanimously in favour of staying in the Government, chairperson Pia Viitanen told.
“It was obvious that people felt that we are needed as a movement, and needed particularly in the Government,” she commented after the meeting.
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Pekka Haavisto (Greens), the minister responsible for ownership steering, is willing to consider selling Finland's majority stake in Finnair, if the majority of the shares in the airline remain in Finnish hands. Finland currently owns 55.8 per cent of the shares in Finnair through the state-owned investment firm Solidium.
No more than two months ago, Haavisto insisted that the shares cannot be sold.
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