The economic slowdown, which has reached nearly historic proportions in commercial aviation, has not made the Finnish airline Finnair reconsider plans to modernise its fleet of aircraft. On Thursday evening, the first of Finnair’s new Airbus A330-300 planes landed at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. On Thursday evening, the first of Finnair’s new Airbus A330-300 planes landed at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The new Airbus models are considerably more fuel-efficient than the MD-11 aircraft that they replace.
A mysterious Internet espionage ring, apparently directed from China, has infiltrated computers around the world and stolen thousands of files and documents. The main targets appear to be the governments of South and Southeast Asian countries, as well as Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The diplomatic outposts of Romania and Portugal in Helsinki have also been targeted. The GhostNet malware seems to be an unusually effective espionage tool, which can even utilise the microphones and cameras of a computer in such a way that the spies are able to see and hear what is happening in the room.
Finland went to Cardiff on Saturday for a must-win World Cup qualifier against Wales in UEFA Group 4, and came home with three points after goals from Jonatan Johansson and Shefki Kuqi at the end of each half. The result means the Finns leapfrog above Wales into 3rd place in the group, behind Germany and Russia, with seven points from four games played. Instrumental in the victory was an inspired second-half performance by the 38-year-old Finnish midfielder Jari Litmanen, who rolled back the years and gave a classic lesson that form is temporary, but class is permanent.
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Recession brings more economic crime to Helsinki