The Finnish regions of Lapland and Saimaa are likely to see flooding in the coming weeks, as warm temperatures set spring thaws in motion. The Finnish Environment Institute's leading hydrologist Bertel Vehviläinen says that current data point to the worst flooding in 20 years."Lapland sees flooding every spring, so this year is no exception in that respect, but it will be unusually fierce. Water levels may not reach record levels, but they will be very high," he says.He reports that things are at their worst right now in the popular ski resort municipality of Kittilä, where water levels will pass the flood lines within the next 24 hours. The local ELY centre predicts that flooding there could rise to 70 centimetres past the damage threshold at its peak.Vehviläinen predicts that flooding in Kittilä will cause roads north of the area to be closed and may necessitate limited evacuation. Record flooding is also forecast for Lapland largest city of Rovaniemi, where … [Read more...] about Lapland braces for worst spring flooding in 20 years
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Russia has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final for the first time in 20 years after a shock elimination in Thursday's second semi-final. Russian contestant Yulia Samoylova failed to win enough votes with her song "I Won't Break", which she performed from the top of a mountain built on the stage in Lisbon.Samoylova's semi-final exit comes a year after 2017 host nation Ukraine banned her from taking part because she had previously performed in Russian-annexed Crimea.In response, Russian state TV dropped Eurovision from its schedule.Ten of the 18 countries competing in the second round of this year's semi-finals made it into the last 26.Russia lost out to Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia and the Netherlands.Moldova's entry proved popular with viewers, with their performance featuring opening and closing doors.The Moldovan trio DoReDos performed "My Lucky Day" in brightly coloured outfits.One fan wrote on Twitter: "Love it that … [Read more...] about Eurovision Song Contest: Shock exit as Russia fails to make final for first time in 20 years
Marquez: I don't have any problem with speaking to Rossi Valentino Rossi refused to backdown in his argument with Marc Marquez and said after a MotoGP meeting over security, that his rival had knocked over more fellow riders in one race than he has done in his career. There has been tension between the pair over several years and it flared up again with a collision between the two at the Argentinian Grand Prix. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, following the meeting in Texas, Marquez said to Rossi: "we have learnt from you." Rossi though was not in conciliatory mood, replying: "do you really want to be compared to me? I knocked over four riders in 20 years, you knocked over five in one race." … [Read more...] about Rossi to Marquez: I hit four riders in 20 years, you collided with five in one race
Ayoze Perez admits he is “proud” that his exquisite lob against Leicester City has been compared with Philippe Albert’s iconic chip. Albert’s goal capped off Newcastle United’s famous 5-0 victory over Manchester United in October 1996, which left Peter Schmeichel embarrassed, is arguably the most iconic strike in the Magpies’ history. It summed up the attacking, free-flowing style of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ side, given that a centre-back was able to score such a spectacular goal. But earlier this month, Perez netted a lob of his own during the 2-1 victory at Leicester - and the Spaniard chipped Kasper Schmeichel, the son of Man United legend Peter, in the process. Given that Perez’s strike at the King Power Stadium virtually guaranteed United’s top-flight status, and due to the fact he chipped Schmeichel Jnr too, that goal also looks set to take a special place in Newcastle’s history - even if it will never … [Read more...] about Perez: ‘Maybe fans will talk about my Leicester lob in 20 years’
There is belief Labour could take the Tory-dominated borough of Hillingdon for the first time in 20 years at the upcoming council elections despite having to overturn a seemingly unassailable majority. That’s the message from leader of the council’s Labour group and candidate for Townfield ward, Peter Curling, as his party gears up to try to battle for the 22 wards and 65 seats up for grabs at the Hillingdon London Borough Council elections on May 3. The Conservatives currently have 42 councillors compared to 23 for Labour and his party would need to win 33 seats in total to take the borough with a majority of one, but Mr Curling insists the council is “really one to watch”. The borough has a well entrenched division between the Tory north, the hinterland of Conservative MP Nick Hurd in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, and the Labour-dominated south, the territory of Labour MP John McDonnell in Hayes and Harlington. In between lies the less clear-cut area of South … [Read more...] about Can Labour win Tory-dominated Hillingdon for 1st time in 20 years?