Negligence in the design and execution of a blasting operation on a road construction site in Vantaa in January 2011 endangered the lives of several people as rocks and debris were spewed by the uncontrolled blast, prosecutor Mira Ovaskainen believes. Blasting mats, for example, were not set properly around the blast site, Ovaskainen said at the District Court of Espoo on 11 November. “Rocks flew as far as 300 metres,” she highlighted.
Details of the case are being held under wraps on operational grounds.
JARI AARNIO, the chief of Helsinki’s drug enforcement division, was detained by the District Court of Helsinki on 15 November on probable cause of aggravated acceptance of bribes, aggravated misuse of public office, and aiding and abetting aggravated fraud. Aarnio, who appeared calm before the court, denies the criminal allegations, legal counsel Riitta Leppiniemi stated.
Working group: Mother’s female partner could also acknowledge the child in certain circumstances.
The reform on the paternity law could make life a little bit easier for thousands of families. A Ministry of Justice working group has put forward a proposal under which a father could acknowledge paternity already before birth during a routine maternity check-up. There would be a 30-day window after birth during which the acknowledgement could be cancelled.
More and more grandparents care for their grandchildren.
For many modern children, their grandmother’s house is more than just an occasional visiting place. This is also the case for the three grandchildren of Anita Barman, who come to stay with their grandmother quite often. Currently retired, Barman does not suggest when she would like to care for her grandchildren, but is happy to take them for a night or two when offered.
A bribery investigation has fuelled persistent rumours about methods of the Helsinki drug squad.
CHIEF of the Helsinki Police Department Jukka Riikonen has dismissed claims by Helsingin Sanomat that the operations of the department’s drug squad are monitored insufficiently. “Operations of the Helsinki Police Department, including the operations of the drug squad, are in compliance with guidelines and regulations, and endure any third-party judicial review,” Riikonen emphasised to the daily on Tuesday afternoon.
The Centre has urged the Government to assess the suspected wrongdoings and internal problems of the Police of Finland. “The detention of the chief of the Helsinki drug squad is the most recent indication of internal problems within the police. The case is serious, and it must be investigated thoroughly,” Kimmo Tiilikainen, the chair of the Centre's parliamentary group, underlines in a bulletin.
The European Commission (EC) has concluded that the gaming laws introduced in Finland in early 2012 are in compliance with EU regulations. Thereby, the commission effectively approved the gaming monopolies of Veikkaus, Fintoto and the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY). In 2006, the EC initiated an infringement procedure regarding the availability of sports betting services and their marketing in Finland.
Talvivaara's bioleaching process – the process of extracting metals from ores – is ineffective under natural conditions, views a group of experts in a report presented to the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (SLL). The process was piloted in 2005—2008 under controlled conditions that, the group highlights, are distinct from the actual mining operations.
The Government has revised its outlines for the reform of health and social services amid fears that the outlines hammered out in the spring may be unconstitutional. In contrast to the original proposal, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy ruled on Tuesday that also municipalities with fewer than 20,000 residents can take part in the organisation of primary-level care services.
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Nokia shareholders ratified the sale of the company's handset business to Microsoft in an extraordinary general meeting at the Helsinki Ice Hall on Tuesday. Despite dragging on for five hours, the meeting eventually saw a 99 per cent majority support the 5.44 billion euro transaction, which still requires the approval of several competition authorities before it can be finalised.
Merja Ailus says that she will not step down as the CEO of the Municipal Pension Fund (Keva) despite a motion of no confidence by board chairperson Laura Räty. In an interview with STT, Ailus viewed that she can continue in her position regardless of the motion. “As was stated in a Government's news conference, the issue will be assessed carefully and re-considered in December. […] This is her opinion,” Ailus stressed. “The debate should not disturb the operations of such a large institution. The debate is justifiable and should continue,” she also reminded.
- Almost 24,000 land areas in Finland believed to be degraded
- Online surveillance would test privacy boundaries
- Burger King to recruit 250 in Finland
- Daily: Helsinki drug squad not monitored properly
- Agreement struck in talks with aviation catering workers
- Neste Oil plunges on US plans to reduce biofuel use
- Katainen: Talvivaara's future unpredictable
- Human error likely cause of Hawk collision
- Paatero: Claims about police acquisitions serious
- Rehn calls attention to upward debt trend