More Cycle Routes

October 30, 2014
Two-Way Route

Two-Way Route

Work is underway to add further regulations to the amended provisions of the Polish Road Traffic Act. Cyclists await new provisions that would address so-called ‘bike boxes’ and allow for two-way cycle traffic on one-way streets. “We are still working on regulations that establish how much road space should be allotted to pedestrians and cyclists. The necessary requirements for cycling lanes are in the final stage of development,” stated Adam Zdziebło, the Polish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Development, who was in parliament answering questions put to him by the Parliamentary Cycling Group chairperson Ewa Wolak, and by Marek Holak of Civic Platform (PO). The deputy minister emphasised that the amendments take into account the demands of cycling organisations, and that the working meetings with the representative of the Minister of Infrastructure took place in October and September this year. He reminded people that in recent years new terminology has been introduced into law and a new regulation has also been added: bicycles can now overtake slow-moving vehicles on the right. According to Marcin Hyła, head of Cities for Bicycles, urgent clarification is needed in regard to ‘bike boxes’, which enable cyclists to stop at traffic lights at an intersection in front of cars. This ensures that cyclists can pull away earlier when a traffic light turns green, and are therefore more visible to drivers. “Bike boxes have been added to the amended Road Traffic Act, although they still need to be precisely defined,” said Marcin Hyła to the Polish Press Agency (PAP).
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Ship of the Year 2014

October 30, 2014
Zerocat 120

ZeroCat 120

The ZeroCat 120 has been commended for its innovative technical specifications and electric propulsion solutions. The ferry is equipped with a set of batteries which can be charged on shore. During the “SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology) International Trade Fair” in Hamburg, the “Ship of the Year” award was announced. The electrically propelled ZeroCat 120 won this year’s prize. Its success was also down to many Polish enterprises. The aluminium hull of the catamaran is made by Aluyard Technology of the famous Gdańsk shipyard and the ship itself was designed by design studio Nelton from Pruszcz Gdański. ZeroCat 120 is 80 metres in length and 20.8 metres in width. It is designed to hold 360 passengers and 120 car vehicles. The ferry will sail short-distance routes in Norway, reaching a speed of 10 knots.
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First Polish Africanarium

October 29, 2014
Manatee in Poland

Manatee in Poland

An ‘Africanarium’ with more than one hundred species of land animals as well as sixty species of coral reef fish has opened in Wrocław Zoo. The zoo now has penguins, crocodiles, hippopotami and manatees. The construction of the ‘Africanarium’ cost PLN 220 million and took two years to build. It is a three-storey building that occupies an area of 1.5 ha. It contains seven large pools filled with 15 million litres of water. The flora and fauna of the African waters are represented in the 170 m long and 70 m wide pavilion. One can also admire different monkey and bird species at the ‘Africanarium’. Separate parts of the pavilion are divided geographically and represent different parts of Africa. Wrocław Zoo was founded in the middle of the 19th century. It is not just the oldest in Poland, it is also the largest. Approximately 600,000 people visit the zoo annually. It is hoped that the number of visitors will double thanks to the opening of this new attraction.
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Poles Interested in Ukraine

October 29, 2014
Still of Interest

Still of Interest

The CBOS public opinion research centre has found that the majority of Polish people are interested in the Ukrainian crisis. According to a CBOS survey conducted in October, 83% of Polish people are still captivated by events unfolding in Ukraine. 58% share the opinion that new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz is continuing the previous government’s policy in relation to Ukraine. 57% of respondents fear that Russia is not going to restrain its territorial claims on Ukraine and that Moscow is also going to evoke other conflicts in countries where there Russian minorities are present. This anxiety is growing. CBOS has noted an increase of 9% in this regard since May. 67% of respondents consider the situation in Ukraine as risky for the security of Poland. This is a 11% drop against the exceptionally high figures in August and September (78%). 83% of respondents were worried about the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on the Polish economy; 74% of respondents said that the crisis could effect Polish energy security; 42% of respondents fear a foreign army might invade Polish territory. Only 4% believed Ukraine would regain its lost territory.
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Poles Giving Up TV

October 28, 2014
Addicted

Addicted No More?

The mobile revolution has created a new market. Polish people have begun to turn away from TV sets and are more often watching TV on tablets. Advertisers are already making use of this trend. In a recent survey by Corporate Profiles Consulting commissioned by UPC, half of farmers said they wish to use mobile devices to watch their favourite TV programmes. An even greater interest in mobile television is expressed by business people with 86% stating that they would like to use it. The data shows that now bulky cathode-ray tube TV sets have been superseded by flat-screen ones, the time is ripe for more change. At present, 42% of all respondents would like to watch TV programmes on a TV set with internet access, allowing them to use video-on-demand (VoD). They would also happily watch videos on smartphones but their displays are too small. “Viewers readily register the HBO GO application on multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets, but in practice they most frequently use it on laptops and TV sets. Premium content continues to be viewed preferably on a big screen,” says Agnieszka Niburska responsible for PR at HBO. With new technologies exploding, Poles also watch TV increasingly often while doing other things as well. People are able to focus attention on several screens simultaneously and this is reflected in marketing strategies: more than half of TV commercials in Poland refer viewers to the internet.
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Hartwig Wins Poetry Prize

October 28, 2014
Julia Hartwig

Julia Hartwig

Kraków was once again the literary capital of Poland with Julia Hartwig winning the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Prize. “The Nobel Prize winner would have been glad,” according to many of the commentators present at the ceremony. “I think that the most embarrassed person at this whole ceremony is the one who wins this wonderful prize. And that person is me,” said Hartwig when she was handed a cheque for PLN 200,000 and a statuette picturing one of Wisława Szymborska’s famous patchworks. Hartwig admitted though that she also took great pride the award because of its world-famous, Nobel Prize-winning patron. “I was close to her, but when you think about Wisława, there is no one who can really say they were close to her. She always stayed somewhat detached.” Towards the end of the ceremony Hartwig amused the audience by saying: “A big hello to all the nominees.” Julia Hartwig is one of the most famous names of the last few decades. Born in 1921, the Szymborska Prize laureate is not only a poet, but also an essayist, translator and the author of books for children. The Szymborska Prize jury commended her on her volume of poetry entitled “Zapisane” (Having Been Written) which was published by Kraków publishing house a5.
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Journalists Die in Gas Explosion

October 27, 2014
Dariusz Kmiecik

Dariusz Kmiecik

Dariusz Kmiecik, his wife Brygida Frosztęga-Kmiecik and their two-year-old son Remigiusz died in what appears to have been a massive gas explosion in an old tenement building in the heart of Katowice. The tragedy took place on Thursday before 5 a.m. The explosion caused three stories of the building to collapse, leaving only the ground floor relatively intact. Fifteen residents were evacuated; five of them had to be hospitalised, one with severe burns to over 60 percent of his body. More than 150 firefighters armed with specialist equipment and trained dogs took part in the subsequent rescue operation, looking for the missing family of three. However, after nearly eighteen hours, their remains were found under the rubble. According to the prosecutor’s office, the most likely cause of death was suffocation. Dariusz Kmiecik was a 34-year-old journalist for Fakty TVN. His main interests were football and the problems of Silesia. His 33-year-old wife Brygida worked for rival broadcaster TVP Katowice and was interested in social issues. Both journalists had been recognised for their work. Following a recommendation of the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), President Bronisław Komorowski announced that the journalists will be awarded Gold Crosses of Merit.
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