The Humanion Arkive Year Gamma 2017-18
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Elsinki Arkive Year Alpha     The Nine Worlds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
The Nine Worlds

Let us begin at the beginning of how you became Elsinki Ihana and
Begin with Ilmarinen and examine his Sampo the Solar Sail of a Dr
Pekka Janhunen as we think of a Verner ja Frans Sillanpää and let's

Not for a moment forget the Saarinens the Father the Son and all
That march past of Sibelian Ainovian blues Runeberg rises ja runo
Runs Järnfelt Gallen as we call out Larin Paraske's name let us think

The light-seek-names of Kiivi Leino Minna Johan Gadolin and Erik
Willebrand yet Kulta Minä en puhu suomea for English is home
Where I offer you a Kotin Beautiful Elsinki Ihana that sinä olet sinä

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Finland One Hundred

Much Have I Travelled on My Sampo Through the Pohjola's Lands
Much Have I Done Seen and Sung in the Kalevalan Suomin-Heaths
Yet Much Much More for Me to Do Before I Call Home the Blue Note

 

This is The Humanion's University of Elsinki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kuva: Helsingin Yliopisto

The Suomivala The Kalevala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katri's Elk: Graduating is Just the Beginning Katri Helka: Now Design Like the Saarinens

 

|| July 12: 2017: Ulster University News || ά. Ms Katri Helka, in Elsinki, that naturally, becomes Elka, hailed from Finland and followed the trail of blue, where it begins the journey towards becoming green and fully going emerald when it reaches the shores of Ireland and there, on the north side of it, in Northern Ireland, keeping true to thee Pohjola-Soul, she settled down with her books and pens and papers and pencils and papyri and notes and notepads. All all that work and study later she has graduated yesterday from the Ulster University with BDes Hons Graphic Design and Illustration.

As a registered nurse she wasn’t planning on returning to university, when she arrived in Northern Ireland over four years ago. Ms Helka is now looking forward to starting a new career as a graphic designer with The Design Factor in Belfast later this month. Having graduated she said, “I was working as a Registered Nurse in Finland and decided to take time off from my job back home and come work in Belfast for a bit. I needed a change and wanted to do something a bit different. I was meant to stay for six months. My sister has lived in Belfast for years, her husband is from Northern Ireland, so it made sense to come to Belfast.

After a few months of living away from home I started to think about what I really wanted to do in life and decided to look into returning to university the second time around. I have always loved design, but didn’t have the courage to pursue a career in the creative industry after finishing my A-levels years ago. I looked into Ulster University’s course selection and thought the degree course for Graphic Design was very well presented. I attended an open day at the University’s Belfast campus and chatted with the course directors about the course, which I found extremely helpful.

By far the best decision I ever made was to return to studying. Ulster University was a fantastic place to study and I would recommend it without hesitance. The course content was relevant and useful and the tutors were all professionals. My summer placement at Whitenoise was great in that it got me thinking of the business side of working as a graphic designer. It helped me readjust my thinking.

During my final year studies I was, also, lucky enough to be shortlisted for the RSA Student Design Award 2017. I was flown to London for the interview and got to pitch my concept to the panel of judges, which was a fantastic experience and certainly helped build my confidence in presenting my work. An experience I will remember for sure.

It is a huge jump to return to studying after getting used to receiving a pay check every month. Taking risks can be nerve wrecking and filled with obstacles, but risks are worth taking as long as you are smart about it and take one step at a time. It’s never too late to change things if you feel you’re not 100 per cent happy with where you are at.” ω.

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Annika Saarikko Appointed as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Sipilä's Government

Image: Finland Government

|| July 10: 2017 || ά. Mr Sauli Niinistö , the President of Finland, has appointed Ms Annika Saarikko as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services today as he, on the same occasion, released Mr Juha Rehula from his ministerial duties from the Department, to which Ms Saarikko was being appointed to. As the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Ms Saarikko is responsible for matters covered by the Department for Social and Health Services, but not those related to pharmaceuticals. She is, also, charged with matters falling under the Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health and for matters related to equality.

Ms Saarikko holds a Master of Arts and is a Member of Parliament from the Centre Party of Finland. She was born in Oripaa in 1983 and it so happens that she has been appointed to this responsibility on her birthday, today. Ms Saarikko has served as as the Deputy Party Leader of her Party between 2010 and 2016. She is married to Mr Erkki Papunen and they have one child and live in Turku. Ms Saarikko speaks Finnish, Swedish and English. She has served Turku City Council from 2013 to present, as well as, the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Assembly Member 2013 to present.

The Government plenary session today decided on the division of responsibilities and ministerial deputies. Also, the Government decided to submit a declaration of interests to Parliament. The State Secretary Mr Jari Partanen was appointed to continue in his duties as state secretary to the Centre Party government group. The government session started with the swearing in of Minister Saarikko.

Inquiries: Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary, tel. +358 295 160 280, Prime Minister’s Office. ω.

Additional information: Adjunct Professor Leona Gilbert, leona.k.gilbert at jyu.fi, +358 40 7234718
Communications Officer Elina Leskinen, elina.leskinen at jyu.fi, 050 581 8351

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Team Leona Gilbert Joins the Seven Finalists for Elsinki Challenge

Image: University of Jyväskylä

 

|| July 06: 2017: University of Jyväskylä News || ά. Seven teams have been selected for the final stage of the science competition intended to develop new solutions for the challenges of our changing world. Team POCKIT from Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä is one of the finalist. POCKIT is creating a device for patients to test for multiple microbes and different stages of disease all at once. This could save millions of euros and stop the spreading of communicable infectious diseases.

Nearly half of the population of the world has no access to sufficient health care. POCKIT is developing a health care device that would transform a full laboratory onto a computer chip. It would allow patients to be tested for several microbes simultaneously, easily and affordably. In addition, the device would be able to determine the stage of various illnesses. ''The Team consists of multidisciplinary and passionate experts and includes a lot of multidisciplinary knowledge. We believe that research will help slow down the spread of infectious diseases and the generation of chronic illnesses. The research will help patients receive treatment faster and generate millions of euros in savings for individuals and communities.'' says Team Leader Adjunct Professor Leona Gilbert.

The international jury has selected six teams from among the 20 semifinalist teams to continue on to the finals. The Helsinki Challenge finalists are ELMO, which battles malaria with a three-dimensional mosquito net while Heat Stock with a new solution for storing summer heat for the winter, POCKIt is a laboratory you can put in your pocket. Parental Box focusing on the mental wellbeing of new parents, the iCombine database would enable personalised cancer treatments as well and Dlearn.Helsinki which hopes to teach global skills in new ways.

In addition, one research team was selected by the audience at the Helsinki Challenge Semifinal Pitch Nights in early June. The audience gave the most votes to team Futu Rena, which hopes to three-D print a working miniature kidney.

In September, the finalists will head to Brussels for the Global Impact Camp, which is intended to promote Finnish research, provide the teams with help to apply for EU funding and to enhance connections to politicians and other influencers. The teams selected for the Helsinki Challenge feature more than 70 researchers and experts from Finnish universities, companies, organisations and public bodies.

The jury selects one or more winning teams and announces its decision in November 2017. The prize is a sum of €375,000, intended to realise the team’s solution, which may be, a new discipline, an idea with business potential, a new company or groundbreaking research.

Finnish universities organise Helsinki Challenge in co-operation. In addition to the University of Helsinki, the competition is organised by Aalto University, the Hanken School of Economics, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu, the University of the Arts Helsinki, the University of Turku, the University of Vaasa and Åbo Akademi University. The Helsinki Challenge
is part of Finland's centenary celebrations. ω.

Additional information: Adjunct Professor Leona Gilbert, leona.k.gilbert at jyu.fi, +358 40 7234718
Communications Officer Elina Leskinen, elina.leskinen at jyu.fi, 050 581 8351

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Along Come Three New Ministers

Image: Finland Government: Laura Kotila



|| May 05: 2017 || ά. Today, Friday, May 05, the President of the Republic of Finland appointed Mr Jari Leppä as the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Antti Häkkänen as the Minister of Justice and Mr Sampo Terho as the Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport. Well, not everyday this happens in Finland that the government appoints three new ministers at once. The only thing that worries us is this that they all are men! Not that The Humanion has anything against the 'fin-men' but that this means there are now three more men in the cabinet than women.

The Humanion leaves this here for Mr Sipila's sernior team to ponder about. The appointment of the new ministers and the changes in the division of duties means that Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen will remain in Prime Minsiter Juha Sipilä’s Government as Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Mr Jari Lindström as Minister of Employment and Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen as Minister of Education.

The Government plenary session on May 05 decided on the division of responsibilities, on the ministerial deputies and on the composition of Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs. The new ministers were sworn in at the beginning of the plenary session.

Inquiries: Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary, tel. +358 295 160 280, Prime Minister’s Office: ω.

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Me Olemme Saara ja Laura Huhta: And We are the Named Clothing

Image: Named Clothing: Finland

|| April 26: 2017 || ά. Named is a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. The story of Named started from the dream of turning a passion into a career, designing an own collection of clothing patterns felt like a natural way to implement both sisters’ love for clothes, fashion, design and DIY. The duo wants to encourage fellow fashion lovers to give sewing their own garments a try.

Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion. Self-made clothing also allows for freedom of choice; by choosing one’s colors and materials and by changing garment details, the customer can be part of the design process. If dressing is a way to express oneself then self-made clothes are self-expression at its best.

Named is much more than handicrafts but it is also more than a fashion label among others – it is learning, love for creation and joy of accomplishment! Named launches two collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.
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The Working Life Prize 2017 Shortlist: The Member of the Public are Invited to Vote Until May 03

An Engineering Student at Aalto University: Image: Aalto University

|| April 20: 2017 || ά. The Working Life Prize is being awarded for the last time this spring, with nine workplaces selected for the final from 99 excellent applications. The experiences of the nine finalists have been collected to form a series of examples for reforming working life. People in the chosen workplaces have together reformed their work and ways of working in order to generate better results and improve their ability to work. The workplaces have adopted a range of bold and novel innovations, including intelligent nappies, singing chefs and a touring car used for commuting.

The Fund for the Working Life Prize grants the prize to workplaces, who have promoted lifelong learning, the development of expertise, well-being at work and, as a result, the extension of working careers. The nine finalists will be honoured at an event celebrating workplace well-being on May 09. Each prize is worth a maximum of 30,000 euros. The general public now has the opportunity to vote for the most inspiring example and workplace. The winning workplace will be given an extra award of 10,000 euros. Voting online takes place between April 20 and May 03. The examples and the voting link are available on the website of the Working Life Prize.

Managers have had the courage to do whatever was necessary, whether it be jumping into a drainage well or helping to nurse patients. Employees have been flexible with their working-hour arrangements and superiors have offered them opportunities for planning their own shift schedules. The attitude has been 'let’s do it', rather than 'it won’t work, anyway'. The workplaces selected for the final are Anninpirtti, Sastamala, Tupahoiva Oy, Sastamala, Mustijoen perusturva, Mäntsälän ja Pornaisten lastensuojelu, Maustaja Oy, Pyhäntä, Etelä-Karjalan pelastuslaitos, Lappeenranta, Järvi-Saimaan Palvelut Oy, Sulkava, Skanska Oy, Tampere, City of Joensuu and University of Turku.

This year, the theme of the Working Life Prize is willpower. “Willpower is needed in work communities to find the best ways of operating amid a changing working life.” according to Ms Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, who is also a member of the management group of the Fund for the Working Life Prize. “Who has the best recipe for reforming working life? Familiarise yourself with the examples, adopt some positive measures for your own work community and vote for your favourite. Now you have an opportunity to influence!”

The Fund for the Working Life Prize was established by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development Sitra. The management group of the fund also includes a representative from the Finnish Work Environment Fund. The initial capital of the fund was 300,000 euros.

Sitra and the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health have increased the fund in equal shares, and the ministry allocated 150,000 euros, a grant to Finland by the Carl Bertelsmann foundation, to this prize. The funds will be used by the end of 2017. The prize is awarded by the Fund for the Working Life Prize and President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, is the patron of the prize.

The previous recipients of the Working Life Prize are: 2008: Professor Juhani Ilmarinen, 2010:Ruoka-Saarioinen Oy’s Sahalahti factory and jointly the Technology Industries of Finland and the Finnish Metalworkers' Union, 2013: Berner Oy, 2015: Pipelife Finland Oy and the city of Kankaanpää.

Further information: Working Life Prize

Ismo Suksi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 464: Mikko Rissanen, Senior Officer, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 287. email addresses at stm are firstname.surname at stm.fi
Suvi Kiesiläinen, Specialist, Sitra, tel. +358 294 618 273, suvi.kiesilainen at sitra.fi: ω.

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Seeking to Find EMA a Home in Finland: Well, No Other Country in the World Has Sibelius or SISu: How Can Anyone Does Medicine Without Music

 

|| April 12: 2017 || ά. Finland will be seeking to host the European Medicines Agency:EMA, according to Ms Pirkko Mattila, the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, the application process is an opportunity to make Finnish expertise visible and to attract health sector investments to Finland. ''Finnish expertise in the medicine sector is very strong, particularly, in the fields, that are important with regard to the future. We have specific expertise and biobanks and soon we will establish a genome centre.

Biomedicine expertise is strong in Finland. The European Medicines Agency:EMA, is a large agency, that would further strengthen the Finnish health sector expertise and also, improve employment in our country. The Finnish pharmaceutical service is functioning well and medicine safety is on a top level in Finland. The Finnish Medicines Agency FIMEA is a highly respected authority in Europe and plays a significant role in EMA’s operation.'' said Ms Mattila.

She said that relocating EMA to Finland would, also, give synergy benefits with the European Chemicals Agency. When both EU agencies would be located in Finland, their co-operation could be further intensified.

The synergy benefit is an important justification for relocating EMA to Finland. Minister Mattila reminds that other countries do not have this benefit. ''Finland is a safe country with stable society. We can offer modern facilities for EMA. Our good ICT expertise will ensure the maintenance and development of the agency’s ICT technology.'' Minister Mattila adds.

According to the Minister, Finnish expertise and the strong support received from interest groups and from the national Medicines Agency FIMEA would guarantee EMA’s smooth relocation to Finland. It is also easy to travel to Finland. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport offers direct international flight connections both to Europe and Asia.

The European Medicines Agency is the third biggest EU agency and currently located in London. When the United Kingdom leaves the EU, the agency will be relocated.

Inquiries: Kirsi Varhila, Director-General, tel. +358 295 163338, firstname.lastname at stm.fi: ω.

About Soul's Inner Soulful Ulysses Or SISU: The 'Steel' That Makes a Soul: To Strive, to Seek, to Find and Not to Yield

Image: University of Helsinki

About Soul's Inner Soulful Ulysses Or SISU: The 'Steel' That Makes a Soul: ''To Strive, to Seek, to Find and Not to Yield'' the last line of Lord Alfred Tennyson's Ulysses. This is about 'Sisu', a Finnish word, that means, the 'steel of determination' or what ordinary language expresses as the 'dogged will' that simply never accepts defeat. As Ernest Hemmingway's the Old Man, in The Old Man and the Sea says: You may destroy me but you will never defeat me.'' Or as Tennyson says: To Strive, to Seek, to Find and Not to Yield. This, this 'steel' in a human soul, of a human soul, drives it to persevere, to strive and to go on when nothing is there to support that resolute determination, yet it goes on regardless and overcome all that thorns that pave the difficulty-strewn path.

And this, in Finnish, is called: sisu. This piece is not, however, about this sisu,but SISu. The Sequencing Initiative Suomi:SISu project launched its renewed website on September 16. SISu project is an international collaboration project co-ordinated at the University of Helsinki aiming to build tools for genomic medicine and provide Finnish genome data resources for the international research community. The SISu data resource was first made accessible for the research community in March 2014 when the first version of the SISu project's website was launched. SISu research team is committed to continue providing Finnish genetic information online and developing the website by adding new interactive features. The user interface of the new SISu v4. web service has been redesigned based on interviews and usability tests to make the website more informative and user friendly. Readmore

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The Highest Number of Advance Voters in Spain in the Finnish Municipality Elections: This is Because Me Olemme Suomispanjalainen


|| April 10: 2017 || ά.  A total of 9,409 people visited the Finnish diplomatic missions abroad to cast their votes in the advance voting of the municipal elections. The number is higher than in the municipal elections of 2012, when the total number of voters abroad was 8,267. The advance voting was arranged in 78 countries and at a total of 125 polling stations.

Furthermore, crew members on Finnish ships were provided with an opportunity to vote in advance on board. Around two hundred crew members used this opportunity. Advance voting was also arranged at the bases of the Finnish crisis management forces in Iraq and Lebanon. By far the highest number of advance votes was cast in Spain.

There were a total of 3,342 voters, who visited the various advance polling stations spread around Spain, to cast their votes. The second highest number of voters was recorded in the United States, where 515 people cast their votes. Belgium with 468 advance voters came in third place.

Inquiries: Juha Savolainen, Director of the Unit for Consular Assistance. tel. +358 295 351 508: ω.

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The Science Fair: Welcome Psychology 2017 in Helsinki: April 06

 

|| April 05: 2017: University of Helsinki News || ά. The Science Fair 2017, being organised by the Faculty of Medicine and the Doctoral School in Health Sciences of the University of Helsinki. The Fair is taking place on April 06, between 14:00 and 17:00 at the Lecture Hall One, Haartmaninkatu Three. The Science Fair focuses on psychology that, together with logopedics, became a part of the Faculty of Medicine this year. The Faculty of Medicine and the Doctoral School in Health Sciences welcome all staff and doctoral candidates to join and celebrate this event.

The Prorgamme contains a range of activities, including many speakers presenting many interesting topics. The opening the Dr Seminar Hannu Sariola, Vice Dean of Research. The Keynote Speech is to be delivered by Academy Professor Katri Räikkönen on Prenatal Programming of Cognition and Mental health. Other speakers include Dr Laura Hokkanen: Clinical Neuropsychology: Examining Acquired and Developmental Cognitive Deficits.

Dr Teija Kujala: ''Neurocognition and Plasticity in Developing and Aging Brain; Dr Marko Elovainio: Psychosocial Factors and Health; Dr Markus Jokela: Bridging Psychology and Public Health; Dr Antti Latvala: Why are Studies of Twins and Siblings Still Essential for Psychology in 2017; Dr Kimmo Alho: Attention, Distraction and Brain Activity.

There is a poster presentation at the event. Registration is needed by March 23 which can be done here. For further information: Riikka Palonkorpi: Senior Advisor in Research Administration: email: riikka.palonkorpi at helsinki.fi: ω.

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One Hundred Years of Finland: The Suomivala Challenge Deadline Extended: December 06: 2017

Image: The National Institute for Health and Welfare

|| February 28: 2017 || ά. As The Humanion readers would be aware that this year Finland has begun celebrating Finland One Hundred, the Centenary celebration of Finland reaching this great milestone as a State, though the Finns as a people, existed as long as readers can imagine going back. The proof, The Kalevala will tell you how far back in time the Finns and their epic story of existence and making their marks go. You may remember that The Humanion launched,  The Suomivala Challenge on June 04, 2016: the deadline comes to an end of this Challenge today, The Kalevala Day, which is a double celebration of both The Kalevala and a Dr Elias Lönnrot. Now, today, we extend this deadline to December 06, 2017. That would be the day of the Final events of the year, forming a jubilant choral exposition across Finland, completing the 100 years of Finland.

And The Suomivala is a celebration, too, of Dr Elias Lönnrot who had left medicine and followed the call of The Kalevala and gathered her pieces together from across Finland and Karelia and presented it to the Finnish people who, with the help and creations of great minds like Sibelius, Järnfelt, Runeberg, Eino Leino, Aleksis Kiivi, Gallen-Kallela, Larin Paraske, Madetoja, Minna Canth, Sillaanppää and many many others in so many fields of life, using the Kalevalan cement, bricks and mortars, sand and dust and earth, water and air like the the epic impossible Mother in The Kalevala who raised her dead son back to life by searching, seeking, finding, gathering and piecing together all the pieces and all the 'dust' of him, have been able not only to gather a Finland to rise up and fight the Winter War and come through the eternal WINTER onto a united identity as a people in the oneness of a nation in a land of the North. It was almost a Finnish Renaissance and it must continue for Finlandia is the music of The Sampo of The Kalevala. It is the story of iron, both solid and liquid, and of fire and of creation and magic: of life, of living and of music.

And as part of this celebration we present here The National Institute for Health and Welfare:THL, in their own words, well, translated into English, that is, which is, what we call, a statutory research and development institute under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. THL seeks to serve the broader society in addition to the scientific community, actors in the field and decision-makers in central government and municipalities. The aim is to promote health and welfare in Finland.

THL’s duties: THL is subject to the performance guidance of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. THL operations are governed by the relevant Act and Decree. THL's functions: to promote the welfare and health of the population; to prevent diseases and social problems and to develop social and health services. THL pursues and carries out its objectives by means of research, development activities, official tasks, steering through information as well as international co-operation. In its capacity as the statutory statistical authority for health and welfare, THL maintains and promotes the use of a strong knowledge base within the field.

THL’s statutory functions are:  to  study and monitor the welfare and health of the population, the factors affecting and problems related to the welfare and health of the population, the prevalence of these problems and opportunities for preventing them; to develop and promote measures that further welfare and health and reduce welfare and health problems; to study, monitor, assess, develop and guide social welfare and health care activities;  to provide expert assistance for the implementation of policies, procedures and practices that promote welfare and health; to engage in research and development work relevant to the field and to promote innovation

and put forward initiatives and proposals for developing social welfare and health care activities and services and for promoting the health and welfare of the population; to function as a statistical authority, to maintain data files and registers relevant to the field and to take care of the knowledge base of its field of activity and the utilisation of that knowledge base; perform duties concerned with forensic medicine and forensic psychiatry as provided separately;

assume responsibility for the planning, management and monitoring of electronic processing of social welfare and health care client data and associated information, and implementation and use of national information systems in the sector; to develop and maintain key terminology, definitions and classifications related to the social welfare and health care sector; and to engage in international co-operation within its sphere of activity.

Functions defined by decree: to function as an expert authority in matters concerning social welfare, special care of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, public health, specialised health care, mental health work, infectious diseases, environmental health and gene technology, and other matters related to the Institute's sphere of activity; to take charge of matters concerning state mental hospitals and social welfare units, and granting assistance as referred to in the Decree on war evacuees' social welfare:376:1942, as separately provided and to ensure Finnish vaccine supplies and monitor the quality of vaccines and comparable products used in Finland. ω.

To read about The Suomivala Challenge, please, scroll down the page.

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ISYY’s Anniversary Jubilee in Savonlinna: March 18

Images: University of Eastern Finland


|| February 15: 2017: Ita Suomen Yliopisto News || ά. The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland:ISYY is poised to celebrate its 7th birthday in the form of the Anniversary Dinner Party in Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna on Saturday, March 18, starting at 17:00. The anniversary celebrations are held every other year, each campus city hosting event in their turn. As the Savonlinna campus is being relocated to Joensuu, this is the last opportunity to celebrate in Savonlinna. ISSYY invites everyone to join in for a unique evening with good food and drinks, great company and many a merry academic traditions, including, not attending the even all together, whereby, like a lost professor, you just leave everything and get lost in seeking that what you had not found in the University. This, of course, is not a wise choice, primarily, because even if March, it is still too cold for such a long lost walk! Secondly, because if you had not found what you had been looking for  in the University of Eastern Finland, chances are, you may not find it in the nearby vicinities of Savonlinna, either! What we are saying is this: it is better to make an effort and join in the celebrations. And if you do, think of how we celebrate Burns Night over here in our beautiful Scotland and in many other UK Universities. Do not copy though. Be original and make a dress that no one in the universe has ever worn and now go....

Programmes on the evening consist of, at 17:00 Official greetings, in which you are officially going to be greeted with the same word as you will later find out, being bid goodbye, too. Does it mean that the Suomalainen never actually say goodbye or rather they keep saying hello or your leaving is not acknowledged as leaving but a hope that another meeting awaits in the future, so that in that anticipated meeting, you are bid goodbye with the same word that greeted you? Well, good old Vainamoinen would be lost explaining this and who are we to try! For the Kalevalan Maiden does not tell the truth straight: she changes her statement many times, till one is all muddled as to who she is! What psychology it that! Who can explain this! So, we leave it to the specialists! And then at 18.00 Academic Dinner and do not ask what an academic dinner is and if you do not ask, then between 22.00 and 02.00 you may join the After Party. But the second day's events include between 10.00 and 12.00, quite a long Brunch, at the Perlina di Castello, Kauppatori 4. And as you are sure to acknowledge that ISYY is cordially and sincerely inviting you to join these events of the Anniversary jubilee! But remember to registration for the jubilee. Registration for the jubilee is open until the end of February but book your place early because seats in the venue are limited. And please, tell the organisers, to leave a place vacant for the representative of The Humanion! Our representative will arrive on a Sampo, if you can recognise a Sampo, that is!

Transportation and accommodation: There is a bus transportation from Joensuu and Kuopio to the party and the buses leave back when the after party in the castle is over. The Bus from Kuopio leaves at 14.30 from Snellmania. The bus from Joensuu leaves at 15:00 in front of Karelia building. The buses leave back at 02:00 in front of Olavinlinna. The guests can book accommodation from Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, address Kauppatori 4-6. There are 15 standard rooms reserved for the anniversary guests. Your room price includes the brunch and sauna neither of which you are obliged to take!

You can book a room by February 25, through sokoshotels.fi with the booking code BITÄ180318. Room for one 74. Room for two 84. Room for two with extra bed 104. More information: contact Maija Joensuu, the Head of Ceremonies, maijajoensuu at gmail.com:
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It Takes Human Intelligence to Speak of and Create Artificial Intelligence: Seminar on Artificial Intelligence at the House of the Estates in Elsinki: February 07

|| February 02: 2017 || ά.  It is believed that artificial intelligence will in future have significant impact on the content of work and the everyday life of people. It is also thought to generate new innovations in all spheres of life. Artificial intelligence and robotisation are predicted to revolutionise societies in the same way as digitalisation is already doing. Experts in the field will be discussing the opportunities created by artificial intelligence in a seminar, convened by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on February 07. What is missing from the contemporary discussion about artificial intelligence is this: that you need, these people, these human minds, these human intelligence, to think and create artificial intelligence. Three of the MediSapiens: Sami Kilpinen, PhD, Co-Founder, CEO and Bioinformatician,  Henrik Edgren, CSO and Bioinformatician and Pooja Kumari, Head of Digital Marketing and Software Quality. They created and developed and now run a company, called MediSapiens, that recently Joined Research Project with University of Helsinki and Karolinska Instutite to Use Dog Genomics for the Purpose of Advancing Human Health.

Because this is missing from the debate it appears as if artificial intelligence is a new thing and humanity is a 'subservient thing' to it. We did not create the artificial intelligence. Excluding the 'living' part of the Universe, the entirety of this Universe is a giant artificial intelligence. And humans are not and never going to be a subservient thing to artificial intelligence and it must not be pursued in such manner. This applies to the entire development of technology and what is called globalisation that everyone seems to show and suggest that these are going to flood humanity and take them with wherever they are to take them as if humanity is a helpless victim of these forces. They are not. Here is a choice. The choice is whatever we do and in whatever we invest our 'resources' must have a purpose: to serve the dire need and purpose of humanity and not 'waste' into worthless, pointless and futile projects, such as creating a robot that would become 'friend' for lonely people, for instance, a great deal of that has happened in the last twenty years.

An enormous amount of money, time, human ingenuity have been 'wasted' in developing worthless, pointless and futile technology, devices, contraptions while there are millions of things that can be created that will serve humanity billion times better. This course of waste of human energy and resources must be challenged and brought to an end whereby, people, companies, institutions, academies, agencies, universities, governments of all kinds and so on must have say as to what kinds of 'investment' must be made into this field so that it offers the best possible results, whereby the best is judged as to how best they serve the dire humanity in their dire needs. For a great, great deal of resources are now simply being invested by many companies and agencies that are, judged against this yardstick, the most horrible waste and are simply worthless, pointless and futile projects.

The seminar is hosted by journalist Tuomas Enbuske and by Kari Mokko, Adviser in the Äly On Tekoja project. The seminar begins at 12.30. It will be webcast and can be followed live on the website vnk.fi/live. Professor Peter Stone, one of the foremost experts in the field, opens the discussion. He is leading the project One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence:AI100 at the Stanford University. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will in his address reflect on Finland’s path in the world of artificial intelligence. Readmore

 

The future of artificial intelligence is also discussed in several expert panels, convened to review how the skills and the operating environment in Finland could promote positive development in the field. The panels will also discuss the ethics, safety and regulations concerning artificial intelligence.

The panel members include Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Director Matti Apunen, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen, National Board of Education, Research Director Mikko Hyppönen, F-Secure, Professor Samuel Kaski, Aalto University, Chair Antti Palola, Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, Social Democratic Party Chair Antti Rinne, Research Director Anna Ronkainen, TrademarkNow, Chairman of the Board Risto Siilasmaa, Nokia, Executive Director Sari Stenfors, Augmented Leadership and CEO Harri Valpola, CuriousAI.

The Prime Minister’s Office organises the seminar together with the Äly On Tekoja, 'Intelligence Is Deeds' project which is putting together a Finnish collaboration forum on artificial intelligence. The project is part of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence programme. Artificial intelligence is one of the themes in the preparation of the Government foresight report that is concerned with the transformation of work and future. The preparation of the report started in spring 2016.

Inquiries: Kaisa Oksanen, Senior Specialist, Prime Minister's Office, tel. +358 295 160430, kaisa.oksanen at vnk.fi , Kari Mokko, Adviser in the Äly On Tekoja project, tel. +358 40 7513281, kari.mokko at hulkko.net.
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Iloista Joulua Ja Kaikkea Hyvää Vuodelle 2017: The Humanion Team

Kuva: Helsingin Yliopisto

|| December 24: 2016 || ά. Rakasta Lukija, Iloista Joulua Ja Kaikkea Hyvää Vuodelle 2017: The Humanion Team. ω.

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Finland 100: Join the Orchestras Together to Bring the Symphonies to Life: Sibelius Academy and Juilliard School Join Forces to Celebrate Finland’s Centenary: Helsinki August 26: Stockholm August 28: New York September 05

Kuva: Heikki Tuuli

|| December 21: 2016 || ά. The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the world-famous Juilliard School in New York will join forces, forming a joint symphony orchestra to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence. The orchestra will give concerts at the Music Centre in Helsinki on August 26, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm on August 28 and at Lincoln Centre in New York City on September 05, 2017. The orchestra will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, an alumnus of the Sibelius Academy.

The tour programme will feature both Finnish and American music: Four Legends from the Kalevala, Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22, by Jean Sibelius, 1895:1897, Mania by Esa-Pekka Salonen, 2000 and Radical Light by Steven Stucky, 2006–2007, the latter inspired by Sibelius’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies. Cellist Jonathan Roozeman will appear as the soloist in Salonen’s work. The orchestra will have some 80 members, half of the orchestra will come from the Sibelius Academy and half from Juilliard. The musicians representing the Sibelius Academy will be selected by audition during February and March. ω.

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Finavia's Air Navigation Services to Become a Corporation

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|| December 20: 2016 || ά. The Finland Government's Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy supports the proposal by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to corporatise the air navigation services of Finavia Corporation and turn them into a special assignment company in spring 2017. The company would be responsible for Finland's area control service as well as for aerodrome and approach control services. The corporatisation of air navigation services was on the agenda of the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy on 20 December 2016.

In future, the wholly state-owned company would be responsible for such special functions related to air navigation as airspace management, area control, aeronautical services for state purposes and air search and rescue services. The systems needed for national route service, such as the air traffic control system, radars and voice communications systems, would be transferred to the company. Air navigation facilities at airports, for example air traffic control towers and their devices, would remain with Finavia.

"Air navigation services at Finavia are already provided through a corporation so there will be no changes in the service provision format. The differentiation of the air navigation services business into a separate company is a way to prepare for the changes that are expected in the sector in Finland and Europe." says Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

"The internationalisation of the branch and the technological development will have a strong impact on the sector. In future, for example remote towers will enable the provision of an airport's operative air navigation services via a centralised system of remote air traffic control. As an independent limited liability company, the air navigation service company could better respond to the challenges of the changing operating environment and seize the related business opportunities." Minister Berner says.

One aim of the corporatisation process is to improve the financial efficiency and profitability of air navigation business operations as well as the transparency of the operations and pricing. All employees working for air navigation services at Finavia Corporation, will be transferred to the new company so that they retain their current terms of employment.

In the corporatisation process, it will be ensured that the quality and access of air navigations services will not be endangered. The ownership steering of the special assignment company wholly owned by the state will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Inquiries: Director of Unit: Sanna Ruuskanen, tel. +358 295 (34) 2077, +358 50 376 2377:
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100 Acts for 100 Years and One Question: Are We Equal Yet

Kaija Saariaho: I still seek to sing: Composer of Today: Verner Suomi: I sung my songs and left them for you


|| December 12: 2016 || ά. Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence in 2017. During the past century, the poor and war-beaten country has risen to prosperity and become a well functioning and healthy democracy that regularly ranks among the top countries in the international comparisons. Gender equality and women’s participation in economic life and political decision-making have been the key factors behind this success. Yet, there is more to be done, much to strive to achieve to take further the reach and bounds of gender equality.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will participate in the campaign 100 Acts for Gender Equality organised by the National Council of Women of Finland and the Council for Gender Equality as part of the celebrations and official programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence. Ministers Timo Soini and Kai Mykkänen will participate in the campaign, as will the Secretary of State, the Under-Secretaries of State, the Directors General and the Deputy Directors General of the Ministry. The Finnish missions abroad and all the departments of the Foreign Ministry will also carry out at least one act for gender equality each. The acts can be either small or big. The purpose of them is to highlight the significance of gender equality for the development of independent Finland.

“We pledge to carry out at least 100 acts for gender equality.” says Ambassador for Equality Issues Anne Lammila. And The Humanion invites you all in Finland to add to that 100 Acts one more in which you look at the entire Finnish History in this whole year and locate 100 Women who had contributed to the highest and make a national monument in Elelaränta, housing their statues, standing, facing the sea. Not one hundred men but 100 women, minds that saw what one day would be Finland and the Finnish nation and people that the land and its people did become exactly that. Celebration of that must be added to the centenary celebration.

“Equality means a lot to us and brings us joy. We challenge all the other ministries to take part in the campaign as well.” says Lammila. Indeed, equality between men and women should bring joy for only in this state of equality humanity if capable of being able to bring the best of itself, of being human, and realise what an astonishing thing that is, expressions and deeds of the best of humanity that can be. However, The Humanion is not interested about so called social media in which there is neither any media nor any society at all. We are  interested in the real world, real communities, real people, real families and real individuals. There must humanity thrive, connect, create, form, interact and give. Do not send e-cards for Christmas, go and knock on your friend's door or send them a letter.

Or call them, go and sit and listen and join in that what is the reality. If you feel sad or miss a friend, go and visit their grave and sit there: even, if you do not believe in after life or God, just go and sit there and remember your friend and just be there without being yourself but in the thought of your friend. Or go and knock on your deceased friend's mother's or father's or their friend's door and see how they are and sit with them and have a remembrance of your friend with them. Please, remember, there is nothing virtual about humanity. It is real and the most real thing that we shall ever come to know. So don't get distracted and run to see a photograph of the tiger on a computer or phone's screen but go and seek to see the real tiger. For, dear, friends, this human life, we have, just for this, this, this tiny flicker of an instant and this is just for , this once. Waste not it but live it: touch, reach, give and love.

Inquiries: Anne Lammila, Ambassador for Equality Issues, tel. +358 295 351352. The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname at formin.fi, but please, ensure that only normal roman letters are used in spelling of names in the email addresses. ω.

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Double Double Toil and Trouble.... Gather Round and Let the Space-Cauldron Bubble: Business Business Trouble Not Nor Do Make Toil Double

ESA Booth at Helsinki Slush 2016: November 30-December 01: Image: ESA: J.Makinen

|| December 06: 2016 || ά. More than 17,000 people converged on Helsinki this week to create businesses and ESA was at hand to add its space expertise.
The ‘Slush’ event helps the next generation of companies by promoting a worldwide start-up community. “Having already fostered more than 430 new companies at our 16 business incubators in 13 countries to recycle space technology and satellite data to everyday use down here on Earth, we can support entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful new European companies.” noted ESA’s Frank Salzgeber at the event.

One stage was dedicated to pitches by young entrepreneurs, while others were filled with tech experts sharing their stories and sparking discussions on the future.  Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon added, “It was really interesting to learn about ESA and the fascinating and innovative ways how space technology and data acquired from space can benefit us.” On the Nordic scene, more governmental and regional support translates to more bio-economic, climate and environmental opportunities. Add recent space technology advances and it’s no wonder that the Arctic region is abuzz with entrepreneurial uplift.

Europe’s Galileo satnav constellation is sharpening the global system and Earth imagery is flowing down to users thanks to Europe’s Copernicus satellites.  Clearer imagery, faster data transfer and pinpoint accuracy offer huge business potential in remote regions. Think of future Arctic shipping and offshore operations, and monitoring climate and environmental threats. Monitoring the cruise ships heading north is already a challenge. Icebergs still pose a danger up there, where rapid help would be needed in the event of accidents and satellites can cover the vast Arctic waters.

Finland plans to open its own ESA Business Incubation Centre next year. In addition to boosting the local economy, it will support start-up companies to use space technologies and space data to create new tools and systems.  “We want to tap into the wealth of technology research and development done under ESA space programmes to foster new business and jobs in Finland.” said Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland.

The incubation initiative ESA has launched through its incubators has shown a great potential and already led to many new companies in Europe. We want to join this process. The centre will enable us to offer future-oriented space technologies to Finnish entrepreneurs as well as a sound platform for high-tech start-ups.''

“We also want to support start-ups who use leading-edge technology and data to create smart solutions for and from space.” Start-ups and entrepreneurs come with their great ideas.” added Frank Salzgeber. “We support them with technical and business advice, from ESA specialists and from our national partners, to grow their ideas and turn them into viable new companies in Europe.

Our business incubation has proven to be a great success: a vast majority of companies are today thriving, creating revenue, stimulating the local economy, and some have even been taken over by multinationals.” Most Nordic countries will have ESA incubators within a year: the Swedish centre opened in 2015, while Norway and Finland will open theirs next year.
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The Ihana Ikkuna

|| November 28: 2016 || ά. The City of Jyväskylä invites you to join in the opening of The Beautiful Window, The Ihana Ikkuna. If you are having lunch that you do not feel like eating or the task at hand seems pointless or the book you are reading seems hollow or you feel like spread about  or taking a break then just look out of the window where you would find means to open another window to the coldest day on earth, yet awe-inspiringly beautiful and sunny but it hurts your every nano-muscle of your being as you struggle to breathe, as the vibrations of the passing train bring in further storms of cold, and the universe had gone away to places where you had no means to reach, but left you a window of this day. Stand there and look at the open window and now standing here you have the means to reach the Universe: take a break and have a look at the ten windows in Jyväskylä competing for your choice to decide which is the most beautiful of them all. Your yardstick? The day-window that you found the Universe had left for you before which you found yourself standing.

One thing, do not wear white for the entire outside is white so that it would be difficult to find you, and do not think of anything but the windows and then, pretend that you do not recognise them, because you live in Jyväskylä so that you would know these windows, but the only one that you would vote for would recognise you and you would know that you are recognised and that's the one we are asking you to vote for! And you may vote for Christmas window display competition till December 31. That means The Ihana Ikkuna is going to open the Universe for you for the New Year and you may sing: what would you sing? I wish I may, I wish I might, for I wish not to make a wish for I am already at home in my wish. How about that? Give your vote for the most lovely Christmas Window that you did not recognise but it recognised you, in Jyväskylä City Centre. Only ten windows are taking part in that Christmas window display competition, called Ihana Ikkuna or The Lovely Window. You seek to make one the Most Beaufitul Window. Now, go and vote and if you need further information, here's Association of Jyväskylä's Lively City Centre, Jekku: Mirka Peltonen, phone +358 50 413 9889 firstname.surname at jekku.fi: ω.

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Hepatitis C Prevention: Uniform National Practices Needed

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|| November 22: 2016 || ά. There is a need for a current care guideline on the treatment of hepatitis C infection. It would contribute to more uniform national practices of diagnostics, treatment assessment, monitoring and therapy. Finland aims to prevent new hepatitis C infections and provide monitoring and treatment for all infected persons. For this purpose a national treatment register is needed. It could be used to predict treatment needs, evaluate treatment chains and monitor the quality and effectiveness of therapies. In the long term all patients infected with hepatitis C virus:HCV would receive treatment regardless of the degree of liver damage, according to Finland’s new strategy on hepatitis C which was published on November 21.

Towards uniform national practices: The strategy on hepatitis C emphasises that people with hepatitis C infection must have equal access to treatment. A national treatment register is needed for the monitoring of quality and effectiveness of therapies. Clinical practices must be harmonised at national level. The same applies to access to treatment. Revisions to the care guidelines and more widespread use of new expensive antiviral drugs will multiply the funding needed for hepatitis C therapies. The strategy proposes that costs of new antiviral drugs could be curbed by centralised procurements. More extensive prevention, more efficient testing and the establishment and upkeep of a treatment register will also require funding.

Hepatitis C infections can and should be prevented: The strategy lists a number of ways to prevent hepatitis C infections. Prevention measures should be targeted primarily at higher risk populations, i.e. people who inject drugs and prisoners. It is important to raise awareness of the risks of sharing needles, to provide clean injection equipment to people who inject drugs and to provide substitution therapies. Access to opioid substitution therapy must be ensured nationwide: currently there are great regional differences in access to treatment. There must be more and higher quality low-threshold health services for drug users, and drug users must be involved in the planning and implementation of services. Successful prevention consists of a clear clinical pathway from testing to treatment assessment and therapy. Access to testing and testing methods should be harmonised across the country, and accessible testing should be available to all.

Hepatitis C infection is treatable, but new antiviral drugs are still expensive: The traditional hepatitis C treatment with interferon is still the most commonly used form of therapy in Finland. The new expensive antiviral drugs are used if the current therapy is not effective and liver damage is progressing or if there is contraindication for interferon therapy and the liver damage is severe. In future, patients who have a contraindication for interferon therapy must be referred to assessment of the degree of liver damage. The new antiviral drugs could be used in such cases if the liver disease is advanced and the patient is motivated.

The actual number of infected people is underestimated: Hepatitis C is a liver condition caused by hepatitis C virus:HCV. The main route of transmission is intravenous drug use. One in four drug users are infected with hepatitis C within two years of starting to inject drugs and more than half of them within five years. Since half of the new infections are diagnosed among young adults, there is a great risk of lifelong liver damage and further transmission of the virus.

Chronic hepatitis C causes ongoing liver inflammation that in the long run leads to scarring and at worst to cirrhosis and liver failure. It also increases the risk of liver cancer. There are nearly 30,000 diagnosed cases of hepatitis C infection, and more than 1,100 new infections are diagnosed every year. It is estimated that some 20,000 people carry the virus. Hepatitis C infection is usually asymptomatic in the acute phase, and therefore, it is likely that the actual number of infected people and people with chronic hepatitis C is higher than estimated.

Inquiries: Sari Ekholm, Senior Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 2951 63447
Markku Kuusi, Chief Physician, National Institute for Health and Welfare, tel. +358 2952 48935
Henrikki Brummer-Korvenkontio, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare, tel. +358 2952 48455:
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Istanbul Convention in Force in Finland: The Committee for Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence to Begin Operating in 2017


 

|| November 18: 2016 || ά. Finland Government is setting up The Committee for Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence that will start operating at the beginning of 2017. This Committee is being set up in relation to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, so-called Istanbul Convention. The Government issued a decree on the Committee on November 17.

The Istanbul Convention entered into force in Finland on August 01, 2015. As a party to the Convention, Finland shall appoint an official, broad-based intersectoral body to co-ordinate the work for combating violence against women and domestic and intimate partner violence. The Committee is responsible for the coordination, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of principles and actions meant to prevent and combat all forms of violence falling within the scope of the Convention. The aim is to discuss violence more openly than today in order to enable early intervention.

The Committee shall co-ordinate actions of different branches of government, for example research, to prevent violence against women and domestic violence. The work includes, among other measures, drafting plans on implementation of Istanbul Convention in Finland.

Different ministries and expert institutions in their administrative branches are represented in the Committee. Also NGOs will be heard as experts, and they are represented in sub-committees to the Committee. Issues related to intimate partner violence have so far been co-ordinated by an intersectoral civil servant working group for the prevention of domestic and intimate partner violence. The working group will continue its work until the end of 2016.

The Committee for combating violence against women and domestic violence will be appointed as soon as possible, and it will be operating under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Inquiries: Laura Terho, Lawyer, tel. 02951 63550, firstname.lastname at stm.fi:
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Finland Government Proposes Improvements in Export Financing

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|| November 14: 2016 || ά. On November 10, the Finland Government presented legislative proposals to Parliament that aim to ensure more competitive financing for Finnish companies engaged in exporting capital goods and thus to improve their export opportunities. The scope for banks to finance major export deals is limited because of the stricter solvency regulations that apply. For this reason, Finnish Export Credit Ltd and Finnvera Plc have an important role in financing exports of capital goods. The legislative proposals seek to address the growing demand for finance in Finland’s key sectors exporting capital goods.

The Government's line is to seek to preserve the export financing authorisations and terms of financing at the level prevailing in Finland’s principal competitor countries. To achieve this objective the export credit guarantee authorisations and the authorisations for export credits and interest equalisation will be raised, allowing financing pursuant to OECD guidelines to be secured for the export deals of Finnish companies. Finnish Export Credit Ltd’s authorisations raised to maximum of Eur 22 billion and Finnvera Plc’s export credit guarantees to maximum of Eur 27 billion.

To promote exports, it is proposed that the Act on Officially Supported Export and Ship Credits and Interest Equalisation be amended by increasing the maximum authorisations for Finnish Export Credit Ltd’s export and shipbuilding credits to Eur 22 billion from Eur 13 billion, and the interest equalisation authorisation also from Eur 13 billion to Eur 22 billion.

It is proposed that the Act on the State's Export Credit Guarantees be amended so as to increase the combined liability of the export credit guarantees granted by Finnvera Plc and the hedging arrangements to Eur 27 billion from Eur 19 billion. This includes an increase of Eur 03.5 billion in the guarantee authorisation for special risk-taking, to Eur o5 billion.

An amendment is also proposed to the Act on the State-Owned Specialised Financing Company. Under the proposal, loans of up to Eur 03 billion, mainly short-term in nature, could be granted from the Budget if Finnvera is unable itself to acquire funds on reasonable terms. A requirement for obtaining export finance is that the exports should contribute to the development of the Finnish economy. It is now proposed that provisions on the terms and conditions be set out by Government decree. The aim is to take better account of the internationalisation of business than at present.

“Export growth and competitive exports are vitally important for Finland’s wellbeing and for employment. Financing is a key element of the competitiveness of capital-intensive exports. The Government wants to ensure that export growth is not stifled by a lack of competitive finance,” says Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn.

Although the increases in authorisations are significant, they are not expected to lead to any direct expenditure increase in public finances. However, the increase in the maximum amount of export credit guarantees by EUR 8 billion will add to the export financing risk. Any export credit guarantee claims would be paid primarily from the guarantee fee income for the year in which the claim is payable, and subsequently from Finnvera Plc’s reserve for export credit guarantee and special guarantee operations and from the State Guarantee Fund. These assets are expected to cover the credit risks of the guarantee portfolio.

Inquiries: Hannu Väänänen, Special Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 410 4909
Kari Parkkonen, Senior Government Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 506 4938:
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Help Find Finland’s Best Biodiversity Input 2015–2016

Kuva: University of Helsinki


|| October 17: 2016 || ά. The best input for halting the loss of biodiversity is being looked at again in Finland. The National Committee of Finland of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature needs your help in finding an individual, organisation or business that has been successful in safeguarding nature’s vitality and functioning ecosystem services in 2015 and 2016 in Finland. Send your proposal by December 08 at the latest! This time we would like to find an input that, for example, as a volunteer campaign has inspired various groups of people, children, youngsters, senior citizens, unemployed and new Finnish citizens, to understand the importance of nature conservation, and thus to help protect threatened species or ecosystems. This theme is linked to the IUCN initiative Inspiring a New Generation that aims at helping people of all ages to find a connection to nature.

The best biodiversity input can be, for example, practical nature conservation, communication, environmental education, research or business. It is an input or project that has been finished in 2015–2016. The best biodiversity input will meet at least one of the following criteria: Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society ; Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use; Improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity; Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services; Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building;

The winner will be announced by Agriculture and Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen in Helsinki in early February 2017. This announcement is one of the events of the official Nature Days 2017 project of centenary of Finland’s independence, Finland 100.

Entries for the competition should be made by December 08 at the latest by using the Webropol tool.

The best biodiversity input is sought for the sixth time. The best input for Finnish biodiversity is now sought for the sixth time. The winners of the competition include:

2014: the voluntary work to safeguard the nesting of Saimaa Ringed Seal by covering the nests with artificial snow
2012: three journalists that promote the communication on biological diversity in their work
2010: the way of the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation to acquire old-growth forests and guarantee them permanent conservation status
2008: the decision of Espoo City Council to protect 550 hectares of land to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the City
2006: Helsinki City Public Works Department’s Crafts Workshop for landscaping the Vuosaari dump and landfill site in an innovative way and using native plants species

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature is the oldest and largest global environmental organisation and network. The Finnish government represented by the Ministry of the Environment, and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, WWF Finland, the Finnish Society for Nature and Environment:Natur och Miljö, the Finnish Wildlife Agency, BirdLife Finland and the Helsinki Zoo are Finnish IUCN member organisations.
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As Finland Prepares to Celebrate 100 Years of Liberty in 2017 The Humanion Launches The Suomivala Challenge

In light's infinity nine worlds of my Soumainen Soul window out and sing Marjatta Metaphors
Marjatta Metaphors sing and window out my Soumainen Soul of nine worlds in light's infinity
 

An Engineering Student at Aalto University: Image: Aalto University

|| October 14: 2016 || ά. As Finland prepares to celebrate 100 Years of Liberty The Humanion Launches this Epic Challenge, The Suomivala Challenge. What is The Suomivala Challenge? A good question. Now, go and write your lines of The Suomivala. Please, go to the bottom of the page to find our how to join this writing venture.

 

Reassessment of Team Finland Operations

Image: Finland Government

|| October 10: 2016 || ά. Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn established a working group on October 06 with the task of forming a proposal for the development and clarification of Team Finland’s operations. The working group also has the task of making proposals on possible new operating model as well as organisational and resource changes. From the business point of view, the Team Finland system is increasingly seen as too fragmented. The task of the working group is to assess how closer cooperation between actors could further improve the internationalisation services being offered to businesses. This is a natural extension of the new domestic service model, which operates on the one-stop-shop principle and has received positive feedback, explains Minister Rehn.

The chairman of the working group is Permanent Secretary Jari Gustafsson, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and the members are Special Advisor Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Prime Minister’s Office, Director-General Markku Keinänen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, CEO Jyri Häkämies, Confederation of Finnish Industries and CEO Mikeal Pentikäinen, Federation of Finnish Enterprises. The working group will listen to Team Finland’s customers and stakeholder groups from a number of sectors including export, internationalisation, foreign investment and travel and tourism. At the same time, the working group will take into account the equivalent operating models in use in a control group of key countries.

The goal is to bind all the Team Finland actors, including the international networks, closer together in the promotion of growth and international business growth. Good international examples can be found. Ireland, for example, is a country where innovation and internationalisation services comprise a more coherent whole, says Minister Rehn.

The establishment of the working group furthers the implementation of the strategy outlined in the Government Programme of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government. The key project ‘Strengthening competitiveness by improving conditions for business and entrepreneurship’ contains the goal of strengthening the Team Finland network by building closer cooperation.

Further information: Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary, MEE, tel. +358 29 504 7400: Jannika Ranta, Special Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs, tel. +358 50 340 2250: ω.  

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University of Helsinki Remains the Best Among Her Nordic Sister-Universities

Image: University of Helsinki

|| September 26: 2016 || ά. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Helsinki retained its position as the best multidisciplinary university in the Nordic countries. The only higher-ranking university is the Karolinska Institutet, which specialises in medicine. However. it has been placed on the 91st place in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, down 15 positions from last year.

Other Nordic universities which ranked in the top 100 last year also fell in this ranking. Yet, the University has consolidated its position among the 100 best research universities in the world. It rose to 91st position in the QS ranking published earlier in September, and 56th in the Shanghai ranking, which was published in August.

Conversely, Asian universities continued to rise. For example, Peking University took the 29th position, up from 42nd. The University of Oxford rose to the top position in the international ranking. The primary factors contributing to the drop in the University of Helsinki’s ranking include lower scores for the reputation survey and the relative drop in terms of funding. The reputation survey is conducted among researchers around the world, and constitutes one of the indicators for the ranking. Results of the reputation survey were published last spring.

Only two Nordic universities, the Karolinska Institutet and the University of Lund maintained their position in the top 100 in terms of the reputation survey. The reputation indicator accounts for 33% of the overall ranking, and due to its subjective nature, its results fluctuate yearly.

“I am particularly delighted that the University of Helsinki improved its standing in a very important component of the ranking, the citation index of its publications. This reflects the high standard of the publications produced by our researchers," states University of Helsinki’s Rector Jukka Kola. ω.  

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100 Years of Liberty: Finland Counts Down a 100 Days

What is The Suomivala Challenge?


|| September 24: 2016: Year Beta: Day One || ά. When the date changed last night, there were 100 days to go until the start of the centenary of Finland’s independence. The centenary, which marks the most remarkable anniversary of our generation, has inspired thousands of Finns to build the centenary together. During 2017 tens of thousands of events and gatherings will be organised around Finland under the name Finland 100. The celebrations also reach beyond Finland’s borders: The big year is celebrated at least in 70 different countries and on five different continents.

”The centenary theme ”together” has been well received. It has been seen as important as well as inspiring. The preparation phase of the centenary has already brought together different kinds of organisers and has created a tremendous amount of co-operation. The goal of the centenary is to increase the feeling of togetherness in our society, and working together will help us to achieve this,” says General Secretary for the Centenary, Pekka Timonen.

A Programme Built Together

Finland 100 centenary programme is open for anyone to propose a project. The programme is built together with Finns, friends of Finland, organisations, the state, municipalities, cities, companies and many more. Over 1,700 projects have already been added to the programme, that include several individual events, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, games, parties or other shared moments spent together. The programme also entails multiple good deeds and resolutions, voluntary work, research and gifts for the centenarian. For example, several companies have agreed to contribute to charities and other good causes.

”Building the centenary year from the grass roots level was a conscious choice. The open application process is in tune with the Finnish values; emphasising democracy and civil society. The end result of the centenary will be a reflection of its makers,” says Chair of the Centenary Board, State Secretary Paula Lehtomäki,

A majority of Finns will run into the centenary multiple times next year i.e. at schools, in TV, online, at cultural and sports events, at exhibitions, in publications and at the dinner table. It’s unlikely to be able to avoid the centenary, even though one would like to. One cannot even go hiding to the forest as there are already more than 70 forest themed projects.

The programme is being updated regularly during 2016 and 2017. The Finland 100 secretariat has received tens of new project applications per week, and the application period will run until the end of October 2017.

As Finland Prepares to Celebrate 100 Years of Liberty in 2017 The Humanion Launches The Suomivala Challenge

Image: Suomi Sata:Finland 100

|| June 03: 2016 || ά. As Finland prepares to celebrate 100 Years of Liberty The Humanion Launches this Epic Challenge, The Suomivala Challenge. What is The Suomivala Challenge? A good question. Now, go and write your lines of The Suomivala. Please, go to the bottom of the page to find our how to join this writing venture.

Gazing to the Future

The centenary is a vantage point from which we can look both forward and back on a hundred years, with our feet firmly planted in the present. Around 400 projects are focused on finding solutions to Finland’s future challenges; to develop our strengths such as equality, education and democracy or to vision the future of Finland and its people.

”The centenary of Finland’s independence is a changemaker of positivity, which pushes Finland forward. It is a pleasure to share Finland’s accomplishments and strengths in Finland as well as abroad. During its 100 years of independence Finland has cherished strong democracy. Also, Finland takes top places in international rankings concerning equality, stability, freedom of speech and clean nature,” says the Chair of the Centenary Commission, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä,

Finland’s centenary celebrations will kick off on New Year’s Eve for the young and old around the Töölö Bay in Helsinki, which will be broadcast to the whole Finland through YLE. The centenary celebrations will climax in the week leading to Independence Day in December 2017 with a multitude of festivities throughout the country every single day.

Inquiries: Pekka Timonen, General Secretary, tel. +358 50 337 4386, Päivi Pirttilä, Head of Communications, tel. +358 40 705 3323, Prime Minister’s Office

The Centenary of Finland’s Independence in Brief

Independent Finland turns 100 years in 2017. The centenary will mark the most remarkable anniversary of our generation which will be celebrated throughout 2017 in Finland and abroad.
The centenary theme is together. According to the theme, the year is celebrated together with Finns and friends of Finland.
The centenary programme is open for everyone and anyone can submit a project proposal until the end of October 2017. The programme examines the history of Finland’s independence, the present day and future.
Apply online.
Take a look at
the centenary programme.
The centenary programme calendar has been opened in September 2016 and will be updated regularly.
The project secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office is in charge of creating the programme as a whole. Regional implementation of the centenary is on the responsibility of a regional network consisting of the regional councils and the six largest cities and their 25 regional coordinators. ω.  

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  Elsinki is for Beautiful Helsinki  
  Elsinki is for Beautiful Helsinki

As Part of The Humanion's Nine Worlds Theme we are going to create nine pages for nine world cities that we love and because we love them we will call them the names by which we love them. So our first was The Elleesium, the Beautiful London. And here we present Helsinki except to us she is Elsinki.

Therefore, our invite goes out to all the 'elsinkiläinen' wherever they live in the beautiful Helsinki, whether in Viiki or Eteläranta or Arabianranta or Kalle or Sibelius Katu or Market Square or in the south, north, east or west of the city of sea, lights, seagulls and blues, please, send in all that you would like to share with the world.

Same invite goes to all the businesses, organisations of all kinds to join and let the world know the wonderful and astonishing things you all are creating. We are not interested in 'technology' that has nothing to offer humanity but opportunity to waste all that is human. We are not interested in businesses opening casinos and shopping malls and things like that. We are interested in businesses that have values and visions to do business in green ways and developing a sustainable economics. And we are determined in our commitment, interest and support for anything and everything that enhances humanity, that does green and sustainable economics and business and development. Anything that involves communities, groups, organisations in real life. Anything and everything to do with learning, with the environment, with problems of traffic and congestions, with social problems of housing, of poverty, of isolation, of homelessness and so on.

Please, think of the Kristina Wheeler's song, Rainy Helsinki in which she sings about a homeless man in a rainy Helsinki and your soul breaks out with her. So long there is a homeless on the street anywhere in the world The Humanion will not cease to campaign to end it and we hope you all will do anything and everything in our power to end homelessness in Elsinki. So send in news of things that you are involved in that makes a difference. No, we are not interested about who made up an app for hap or sap. No, we want to hear of projects being run to go and visit the elderly in their homes and where people are spending time with them, reading to them, taking them for walks. We want to hear you visit a friend whom you have not seen or heard from. Visit that friend and knock on her:his door to see how she:he is. We want you to remain open and on the look out to see which passenger needs a helping hand, which mother waits for someone to come and offer a hand with her pushchair at the bottom of the escalator. This life is an endless opportunity continuously being offered to us to chose to be and do and create good. Let us hear of you doing all that.

Tell us stories that are extra ordinary where ordinary people are doing extra ordinary things.

We will tell you of one: find out who Dr Victoria Webster is and get astounded by how she fought the entire Helsinki and the Finnish 'normals' and the Swedish ones and the English and British and the rest of us 'normals' who thought she was 'just a spastic' girl:woman who could never become a doctor and she refused to accept the normals' 'degrading' treatment and assessment what, who she was and what she was capable of doing and becoming. She resolutely, with greatest of determination, highest of resilience and utmost fortitude refused to accept it and went on and on fighting and working her hardest learning and one day she qualified to be a doctor who specialises in emergency medicine. Reading her story in the book that she wrote with her mother who is another Kalevalan Mother, an astounding steel for her daughter, broke my soul and I felt like going and finding them both and just holding their hands to say: Absolutely beautiful, astounding!

Tell us stories of such epic struggle and defiance of humanity and of such epic achievement. And tell us stories of great ideas, great projects, great creations, great research, great learning and of great initiatives that are creating rejuvenated communities. Tell us and get the Finns that know English enough and the Finns are one of best European nations in terms of their English to translate great Finnish Literature into English. A recent translation of Vaino Linna's Unknown Soldier has been published recently by Penguin here. Tell, ask, demand that the Government spend some money in this project and translate great Finnish poetry and particularly fiction. If the moon rises and it is covered in the blanket of darkness what good is it? Take the cover off the Finnish Moon and let the world read Finnish works. Translate. 

Tell us about Jenni Vartiainen and how she sings her soul out. Tell us about Erin Anttila and how she sings about why and how heaven knows no frontier. Tell us about Johanna Kurkela and how she sings as if she is the notes of her soul as beautiful and as fragile. Let us know of how Laura Narhi and Anna Puustajarvi or Kiira Korpi or Laura Lepisto are doing. Don't think just because we are in London we do know know how you are and where you are. Tell us about authors, poets, thinkers and whoever whose thinking is worth looking into.

Tell us about Lilli Paasikivi, tell us about composer like Kaija Saariaho and how they are creating music anew. Tell us about how Indica is doing? How Nighwish are doing? How Blackroses are doing? And Varina? Suvi Terasniska? Nightwish? Tell us, even of Anki who sung for thousands summers and left the world. You want more names? In short, tell all that are out of this world.

Tell us stories about people like Anne Maddji Heatta who practises as a doctor and still finds time and energy to sing songs that make magic. Tell us about what theatres are playing and what new voices and plays are coming up. Tell us about festivals, not commercial ones that want to make a killing and nothing else, but the ones that are small and that are organised for bringing communities and people together and are not 'machine-like'. Tell us green, tell us sustainable, tell us equality, tell us liberty, tell us all that frees us from bias and bigotry, ignorance and terrible phobias and hatred. Tell us learning, tell us education, tell us enlightenment. Tell us why and how you are The Athens of the North. Well, to be precise, tell the world! Send out Martti Ahtisaris to the troubled world to seek peace with the precise mind of the most cool mind achieved through true enlightenment.

This invite goes to all the Finnish authors, poets, artists, playwrights, musicians, singers, song writers, composers, conductors, students, professors, researchers, philosophers, sociologists, cardiologists, neurologists, teachers, social workers, any and all are invited to join in.

Become the Elsinki Editor

And, anyone, from Beautiful Elsinki, whose command in English is as good as Aleksis Kiivi's command in Finnish and who is interested and willing to get involved with The Humanion by joining our Team and take up the Editorial duties of Elsinki is welcome. Yet, the one we would like to have taking this Elsinki Editor post would be versatile and universal in outlook and in her:his view the Universe and on which the Earth and on which the Humanion must feature as clearly as joy, beauty and peace feature in Sibelian Symphonies. Interested? Get in touch: editor at thehumanion dot com and tell everyone about Elsinki and The Humanion for this is not a business but a human enterprise. The Humanion neither buys nor sells; simply, it is a beyond money venture similar to that what is mad: love.

And About Telling People

And when you tell people, tell them when you meet them, see them, shake their hands, listen to them and speak to them, when you can see them smile, when you can hear their laughter as you make a joke, when you can see how they look at something and when they can hear you at work, at family meals, at cafes, at university campuses, at community gatherings and fetes, at festivals and real life situations.

Make a habit of forgetting that you have devices with you and look, hear, touch, stop and wonder, smell and seek, ask, listen, reach, form, maintain, foster: Humanity.

Imagine this and you would see why it is getting almost to be a dangerous thing for humanity and humans

Imaging, someone spending 10 hours a day on their phones, gadgets, other devices, apps and so called social media outlets and ask them what did you do in that 10 hours? Some one who spend ten hours making a sculpture or writing a chapter of a novel or planting in the garden, writing a piece of music or learning to play the 5th Symphony or writing a book review or prepared for an exam for a final or finalised their thesis for a Phd in Quantum Physics can show what they have become in that 10 hours but the other person has nothing. The simply have wasted that 10 hours in a daze of wastefulness.

Now add the lost hours up and that's 70 hours a week wasted; making it 2, 100 hours a month. In a year this person will have lost 3,650 hours a year, 152.083 days a year which equates to 5 months in 12 of any given year. If this person lives 80 years he:she will waste away 400 months which equates to 33.33 years of their life.

If one uses these 33 years one could achieve 8.25 Honours Degree in 8 different subjects. Flood comes and it is necessary for it brings water and life giving silts but it brings a whole lot of terrible, dangerous and deadly things with it. And here is the choice. One must chose how to use their 'tiny' little life on this earth. If one wastes 33.33 years of their 80 years of life who are they going to blame for it that that many years they wasted so much that there was not single trace of their 'existing', 'being' or 'creating' which effectively means they had not been 'human' in that wasted 33.33 years since unless one is existing, being and creating one cannot claim to be and remain human!

And here is the low down of so called madness of social media! There is a character in one of Rabindranath Tagore's short stories, you might think of ravintola, if you are Finn, called Mad Meher Ali who, at the end of the story, kept shouting out: sob jhoot hay: tofaath jaaow, tofaath jaow! It's all lies:illusions: get away, get away! This is what everyone who still has some sense must shout from all the rooftops of the world: get away, get away and claim back the earth, water and skies of humanity.

The Suomivala The Kalevala

And here are the Opening Lines of The Suomivala

In light's infinity nine worlds of my Soumainen Soul window out and sing Marjatta Metaphors
Marjatta Metaphors sing and window out my Soumainen Soul of nine worlds in light's infinity

:Suomainen:Not Suomalainen: Marjatta> maar:yaath:tha

As Finland Prepares to Celebrate 100 Years of Liberty in 2017 The Humanion Launches The Suomivala Challenge

Image: Suomi Sata:Finland 100

|| June 03: 2016 || ά. As Finland prepares to celebrate 100 Years of Liberty The Humanion Launches this Epic Challenge, The Suomivala Challenge. What is The Suomivala Challenge? A good question.

The Suomivala: The Kalevala

Now, go and write your lines of The Suomivala

What is the Suomivala? You might wonder; and wondering is good for your soul! The Kalevala is the Finnish Epic. The Humanion invites everyone, and you do not necessarily have to be a Finn to take part, so long you either have read or know enough about The Kalevala and, if not, you have the interest to learn more about the epic or better still read it, to join in and write a modern version of The Kalevala using nothing but 100 Lines. That would be a Nano-Epic in 100 lines: which would double up as the lines are written forward and backward. Each line will celebrate a year of Finland being an independent country. And here is the first one in two or two in one line of The Suomivala.

Because each line doubles up so that effectively one is two or two as one, The Suomivala would be known by two titles: The Suomivala and The Imousvala

The Purpose

To Celebrate The Kalevala and Take the Epic to a Wider Readership as well as joining Finland in her 100 Years of Liberty celebration next year.

Deadline

February 28, 2017: That's The Kalevala Day.

A Celebration of Dr Elias Lönnrot

And The Suomivala is a celebration, too, of Dr Elias Lönnrot who had left medicine and followed the call of The Kalevala and gathered her pieces together from across Finland and Karelia and presented it to the Finnish people who, with the help and creations of great minds like Sibelius, Järnfelt, Runeberg, Eino Leino, Aleksis Kiivi, Gallen-Kallela, Larin Paraske, Madetoja, Minna Canth, Sillaanppää and many many others in so many fields of life, using the Kalevalan cement, bricks and mortars, sand and dust and earth, water and air like the the epic impossible Mother in The Kalevala who raised her dead son back to life by searching, seeking, finding, gathering and piecing together all the pieces and all the 'dust' of him, have been able not only to gather a Finland to rise up and fight the Winter War and come through the eternal WINTER onto a united identity as a people in the oneness of a nation in a land of the North. It was almost a Finnish Renaissance and it must continue for Finlandia is the music of The Sampo of The Kalevala. It is the story of iron, both solid and liquid, and of fire and of creation and magic: of life, of living and of music.

How are the Lines Formed

You are at liberty, Vapaus, to form the line however way you like. The only 'structural' constraint is that the line must make sense whether it is read from left to right or right to left. This is simply the 'thread' that connects The Suomivala to The Kalevala because the Kalevalan wise and ancient Hero Väinamoinen is a magician, a poet and singer and he can sing the story forward and backwards. And Thus he has the 'power' to make magic.

How

Here is the direct example. Suomi is for Finland and for the Finnish language. Now, arrange the word backward and you get Imous. Väinamoinen would make magic by saying Suomi into Imous or Minä rakastan sinua as Sinua rakastan minä! Some examples are given below for you to have a look. You are, however, welcome to 'tinker' with the re-arrangement of the line when forming it backward so that you may change a  word's position to help you make sense. However, if your original line is well thought out and comes as the most natural expression it should not be difficult to retain the same meaning backwards. Another point, the line backward may not follow 100% grammatical formation but will still convey meaning to the same affect as the original line.

The Beginning Line of The Suomivala

Yes, someone must begin it and here is the FIRST Line of The Suomivala. However, if you think about it, the 100 lines automatically double up and become 200 lines when you write them as:

In light's infinity nine worlds of my Soumainen Soul window out and sing Marjatta Metaphors

Marjatta Metaphors sing and window out my Soumainen Soul of nine worlds in light's infinity

:Suomainen:Not Suomalainen: Marjatta> maar:yaath:tha

In What Languages The Suomivala is to Be Written

Those who are native Suomalainen and those who know Suomi enough to be able to create in the language can and should write their original line in Suomi and then get it translated into English and both version would be used together.

Those who are not 'Suomalainen' and do not fall in the first category are to use English for their lines.

But the line must make 'enough' of a sense backward as well as forward.

What Would The Humanion Do with The Suomivala

Well, The Humanion would publish it in a Special Presentation on May 12, 2017. The Humanion would endeavour to publish it as a Book and seek to find a Finnish Source/Publisher/Body to publish it as a Book. So, you carry on writing your lines and The Humanion shall carry on locating that 'Source' so to publish The Suomivala in 2017.

Human souls cannot and do not live on rice and bread: it lives as and by beauty, by joy, by art, by humanity and by the the music it all makes: even when a human soul eats and drinks it is not the body that makes the judgement as to whether the food and drinks are beautiful, delicious and wonderful and it is not the body that 'enjoys' the food and drink. Because if it is the body that does this 'judging' and 'enjoying' than humans should not make any fuss whatever about food and drink and get 'tablets' as food and 'nutritional liquid-mixture' as drink and swallow it since that should satisfy all physiological need for nutrition. Give someone all the nutritional food and drink in the world, perfectly balanced but it looks awful, it smells disgusting and it tastes absolutely revolting and you would find the human would chose to go hungry!

How to Submit

Please, send your lines following these rules

Name:
Contact Tetails:
Lines:
1. The original line
2. The line backward
3. If written in Finish the original two lines and the translation in English so that there should be four lines if in Finnish.
4. Write one line about who you are: either in English or Finnish.
5. Send to editor at thehumanion dot com
6. Subject Line: The Suomivala
7. You will be acknowledged for submissions
8. The poets whose lines are chosen to go in The Suomivala will be notified.
9. By submitting you give the Copyright to The Humanion. It means that The Humanion will be able to publish the materials and get them published as a book. If The book is published and it generates any funds the Publisher whoever it might:The Humanion does not deal with money: be will donate the Money to:
 

Medecins Sans Frontieres

Médecins Sans Frontières:MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF

This is the part by which we celebrate Dr Elias Lönnrot

Finnish Partners Sought

The Humanion invites all Finnish media, arts, culture, poetry, literature, history and any other type of organisations who are interested in this project to join us and become Partners in the Project so that everyone in Finland and Finnish Diaspora hears about the Project. But this invite is open to every one both persons and organisations anywhere in the world who are interested in World Poetry and here, Finland, Finnish people and the Finnish language and culture.

Now Ger Submitting. Nähdään pian!

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Here Some Expressions of How to Sing Forward and Backward

Here are Some Emmatries

And Here we publish from Munayem Mayenin's Poetry Collection, Seagull Liberty's Poetwrheath: ISBN: 978-1-291-13793-4: First Published: October 25, 2012: Copyrights @ Munayem Mayenin, London, UK 1990-2012

What are Emmatries: Emmatries:emma-trees: poetry that seeks the truth and sings the beauty regardless of which way it seeks it or approaches it or sings it. From the beginning or from the end, it still sings the magic and its magnificence of life and this astounding Universe where this spectacle of life unfolds unfolding us with her. Emmatries are poetry of a new world, a new language, a new magnetism of life and its expressive exuberance. Emmatries invites the readers to abandon the known world and venture bravely into a new world that already exists in the mind, soul and body of the reader in terms of his/her dream and the way they enrich him/her life. Emmatries crafts with the diamond cuts into life and tries to sculpt out emmaphires; at least, that's what it tries. Emmatries are the business of making life sing emmaphires that this market not only does not know but also cannot ever sell.

New Phoenix Gold

Let’s break the earth to golden dust
And add the cement of water in it
And dough we make of new gold

Of new gold make we dough and
In it of the cement water add and
To golden dust the earth let’s break

And let’s clay out new phoenix-gold
And blow in life that you and I hold
And they rise-fly like motion-waves

Like motion-waves rise-fly they and
Hold I and you that in life blow and
Phoenix-gold new clay out let’s and

There they fly in new flights and sing
They do new Sibelius in anew notes
And scales and scores and anew new

New anew and scores and scales and
In notes anew Sibelius new do they
Sing and in new flights fly they there


This Magic I Give You: You Give I This Magic

Tell the tree to rise downward
The roots must seek to grow
Must they hold the whole earth

Earth the whole hold must they
To grow must seek: the roots
Downward to rise the tree: tell

Tell the tree to rise upward
The branches must seek to grow
Must they hold the Universe

The Universe hold they must
To grow seek must the branches
Upward to rise the tree: tell

So that it is not in a pot down
Or up and it goes all clasping in
Tell the tree it must be a spring

A spring be must it the tree:tell
Clasping in all goes it and up or
Down in a pot or not it is that so

Emmatries are Emmaphires from a language that does not exist in dictionaries nor the concepts, ideas, states and ideaphores they bring exist in the norm-taught cultures or spheres. You want to create: go and create; do not imitate or get dictated to do so. To create is to bring something forth that does not exist so that by becoming existent it takes us forward to a point where we are 'enriched' for it because now we know how we were without it. These come from a universe where idearian symphonies are played out onto the spread of the ocean of the echoing eternities where one is simply a drop of water merged onto the body of the ocean that one simply has ceased as an 'ego' and become one with the whole. This place, neither the market nor its market-god' knows anything of or about. This is the place where poets must find a home from where 'to sing the truth' as Rilke says. ω.

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Home is not where the heart is
Nor is it where things are kept
A home is what skins the soul
Without it a human is non-person
Incomplete suffers slowly dying
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May Be One Day Elizabeth Mabakeng Will Tear Down This Pseudology and Inspire Us Towards the Humanity That We Are: An Infinity Unfolding Itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Mabakeng, out of Namibia, did her three-month-internship in Rauma Finland. The third year Mechanical Engineering student of Namibia University of Technology would recommend Finland to other Namibian students. Project Manager Heikki Koivisto speaks with Elizabeth Mabakeng about her stay in Rauma. What was the worst thing and the best one during her stay? In Namibia they may have taught her that she was a Namibian and when in Finland they may have invited her to become a Suomalainen. And if she goes to Mars the Earthlings will call her a Martian or if she becomes an Indian citizen they will call her an Indian and give her an Indian passport even, like they did to Sonia Gandhi: But Elizabeth is the same Elizabeth, who looked for a shape and colour for her soul and so far she has desperately failed to see that! Because there is none and that what she has got, neither Namibia nor Finland nor the Earth nor the Mars nor India can fathom: She is a human soul, an infinity unfolding itself, that wants to create, to make, to bring about into existence, things that do not exist so that she can make her mark, make her print, against which to assess the very purpose and meaning of her entire existence, this human existence. And like her, here Heikki will have to testify that he has not seen the shape or colour of his soul, either. And yet, the entire world seems to be muddled in this muddy space of 'enforced and implanted' pseudology that we are this and that and the other but humanity. They seem to make us everything else but not humanity. May be, one day, our Elizabeth Mabakeng will rise to tear this pseudology and inspire others to rise towards the infinity that humanity is. Image: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

 
 

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The Lake Eden Eye

 

 

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The Window of the Heavens Always Open and Calling: All We Have to Do Is: To Choose to Be Open, Listen and Respond

 

 

 

Imagine a Rose-Boat

Imagine a rose floating like a tiny little boat on this ocean of infinity
And raise your soul-sail on this wee-little boat and go seeking out
All along feed on nothing but the light that you gather only light
Fear shall never fathom you nor greed can tempt nor illusion divert
For Love you are by name by deeds you are love's working-map

 

 

Only in the transparent pool of knowledge, chiselled out by the sharp incision of wisdom, is seen the true face of what truth is: That what  beauty paints, that what music sings, that what love makes into a magic. And it is life: a momentary magnificence, a-bloom like a bubble's miniscule exposition, against the spread of this awe-inspiring composition of the the Universe. Only through the path of seeking, learning, asking and developing, only through the vehicles and vesicles of knowledge, only through listening to the endless springs flowing beneath, outside, around and beyond our reach, of wisdom, we find the infinite ocean of love which is boundless, eternal, and being infinite, it makes us, shapes us and frees us onto the miracle of infinite liberty: without border, limitation or end. There is nothing better, larger or deeper that humanity can ever be than to simply be and do love. The Humanion

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