The Daily Populous

Monday April 3rd, 2023 morning edition

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Finland’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, has lost her battle to stay in power after her centre-left Social Democratic party (SDP) was narrowly beaten into third place in a cliffhanger election by its conservative and far-right rivals.

Marin congratulated the election winners during her concession speech, but hailed an improvement in both her party’s vote share and its projected number of MPs.

“It’s a really good achievement, even though I didn’t finish first today,” she told supporters in Helsinki.

“Democracy has spoken, the Finnish people have cast their vote, and the celebration of democracy is always a wonderful thing,” she added.

Orpo, a 53-year-old former finance minister, said the Nordic country’s solidarity with Kyiv would remain strong during his tenure.

“First to Ukraine: we stand by you, with you,” Orpo told the Associated Press at NCP’s victory event.

Marin has a five-year-old daughter with partner Markus Raikkonen, whom she married in 2020 while in office. »

It keeps getting worse: Florida property insurance rates set to jump up to 60%

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This week, the state-backed Citizen’s Property Insurance voted to move forward on a 14.2% rate increase for its 1.2 million policies.

Meanwhile, private carriers have gone before the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation requesting rate increases up to 60%.

In May, the Florida Legislature set aside $2 billion to help cover reinsurance, adding another $1 billion in December. »

New York Times says it won't pay for Twitter verified check mark

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April 2 (Reuters) - The New York Times (NYT.N) will not pay a monthly fee to get verified check mark status on Twitter, a spokesperson for the newspaper said hours after it lost the verified badge on the social media platform.

According to new Twitter policy, verified check marks are now offered only through a paid subscription.

Axios previously reported that The White House will not pay to have its staff's official Twitter profiles continue to be verified. »

As America obsesses over ChatGPT, it’s losing the race with China on tech in 37 out of 44 key areas, study funded by the State Department says

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The U.S. has responded with trade restrictions that limit Beijing’s access to critical materials for making chips used to power gadgets.

And President Xi Jinping has, in turn, advocated for China to become self-reliant when it comes to technology.

A think tank study partly funded by the U.S. State Department found that China’s lead is “sometimes stunning” and Western democracies are floundering. »