SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

We are delighted to that we have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2017 Radio Gaala Awards. James Price’s Midday Run Show is in the running for Local Radio Show of the Year, while Craig Houston is in the running for Local Radio Host of the Year. Both categories were open to public voting, so we would like to take this chance to thank our brilliant listeners for taking the time to vote for James and Craig. Both, as well as everyone at the station, would like to pass on their gratitude and they are fully aware that they would not be in this position without the fantastic people who listen and contribute to their respective shows. The Radio Gaala Awards reward the very best in radio contributions throughout the year, so for two of our own to be shortlisted shows that Spirit FM is heading in the right direction. Finger crossed for the awards ceremony on the 31st of March!  ...
City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

Being a parent is not always easy, but it is comforting to know that many others grapple with the same types of difficulties. Parents do not  have to be together to be good parents, and the composition of families varies a lot. The children may, for example, only live with one parent  or in several homes as part of a reconstituted family. Notions of the baby The child grows and develops in the womb for nine months. The birth of parenthood takes at least as long. Becoming a parent is one important  transitional phase in life, which gives the chance to consider and  review one’s own thoughts and experiences and learn something new about yourself. One’s future parenthood is strongly influenced by two things:  early experiences of childhood and what kind of mental image one has of  the baby during the pregnancy. These are some of the topics you will find on the website, which is now  available in English.  ...
Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

The Winter Garden is ready for Christmas. This Helsinki attraction provides warmth and splendor for people from near and afar. Santa’s Little Helpers at the garden have prepared a Christmas oasis that is sure to delight families and people of all ages. Christmas decorations are displayed throughout the Christmas season until after Epiphany, to close on 8 January. There is a Christmas tree and candles, Santa’s Little Helpers and animals of the forest. Santa’s Little Helpers perform tricks that will bring joy to all visitors. The garden’s biggest Christmas plant is a Camellia tree, which is about to bloom. The final touch to the Christmas spirit is given by poinsettias, hyacinths, amaryllis, cacti that are at their best in November and December, and Christmas arrangements. Santa’s Little Helpers can be imagined to roam in the garden making their plans for Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit is also created by the light of large white candles and the Christmas tree as well as by Christmas-inspired flower arrangements. The Christmas time is the Winter Garden’s high season, only equalled by Easter. The garden is one of the favourites of day care centres, families, school children and grown-ups alike – and for a reason, as the garden allows visitors to enjoy the spirit of old-time Christmas. The garden café serves sweet buns and glögg mulled wine during the holidays. Read more Helsingin Kaupunki    ...
City of Helsinki website best among Europe’s big cities

City of Helsinki website best among Europe’s big cities

An international survey of city websites has identified Helsinki as the second best city in the world and best in Europe in performance of municipal e-governance for the years 2015–2016. Seoul was the top-ranked city in the world. The survey was conducted by the E-Governance Institute at the National Center for Public Performance of Rutgers University–Newark of the United States. The current Global E-Governance Survey was the seventh in a series of surveys. Helsinki’s ranking increased markedly from the previous survey of 2013–2014, when Helsinki was in 16th position. In the current survey, the city of Madrid was in 3rd position followed by Hong Kong and Prague The survey evaluated city websites in five categories and with 104 criteria. The Helsinki site ranked high in the categories Citizen and Social Engagement, Privacy and Security, and Usability. According to the survey, the home page of the Helsinki website is user-friendly and interactive, the site enables citizen engagement with public officials, and the site addresses privacy and security concerns of its users. The City of Helsinki website was redesigned in 2015–2016 and optimized for smart phones and tablet computers. The site is now increasingly user and service oriented. The concept of the site will be revised again in the autumn of 2017, in order to further improve usability. Helsingin Kaupunki  ...
Robots support learning

Robots support learning

Close to 60 Helsinki comprehensive schools have assembled and coded Lego robots over the past two years. The robots have helped students to learn programming. The programming training is part of an educational equality project financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Technology education is meant to provide all students with the skills to be equal members of the information society. Robots are now little helpers to Class 4A at the Konala Comprehensive School. “Our students have programmed robots to follow QR codes. I have hidden class tasks and homework behind the codes. The children read the codes with their own devices,” says class teacher Anna Kylliäinen. According to Kylliäinen, the robots both complement teaching and support learning. “As they assemble and code robots, students learn to understand the significance of technology in their environment. At the same time, they improve their problem solving skills. They learn to think logically. Robots also motivate students. Some students comprehend better what they read when the text is related to action.” Kylliäinen believes that the most challenging aspect of the robot project has been how to draw the line between play and learning. “We must keep in mind that robots at school are tools for learning. They shouldn’t be taken for toys.” Read more Helsingin Kaupunki  ...
Developing app for city info

Developing app for city info

A smartphone app is currently under development by the City of Helsinki for information on city services ranging from information on roadworks, to important events, to available doctor’s appointments. The new Helsinki mobile app, developed by Joonas Pekkanen, is seen as a major step forward in digital services in Helsinki. It is meant to revolutionize the ways in which residents communicate with City of Helsinki authorities. Pekkanen says the City of Helsinki wants an easier way to stay in touch with residents with the help of the new app, while citizens want information about events and City decisions affecting them. Visitors to Helsinki could be served with programs tailored to their interests. The City’s goal with the Helsinki app development is to build a tool and information source both for local residents and visitors. Locals and visitors often want similar services, such as tips on restaurants and events. “The app can make it really easy to give feedback,” Pekkanen envisions. “For example, you can take a picture and send it to the City and use the app to monitor how the problem is being corrected.” The first version will be available for trial use this autumn with limited functions. Users can participate in the app development during the pilot stage.  ...