Polish Film in US

April 24, 2014
Kamienie na Szaniec

Kamienie na Szaniec

Robert Gliński’s “Kamienie na Szaniec” has hit US movie theatres and has proved to be a great success. Tickets for the two premier showings sold out immediately and the film itself was met with great applause. “Kamienie na Szaniec” will play in all the major cities in North America. The film has already been screened in Toronto, Calgary and New York. There are planned showings in Washington too. Representatives of the film emphasised that, regardless of its historical message, the film reminds people about the human tragedies caused by war. What was emphasised by both the producers and the director was that the main goal of the film was to “destroy the stereotypes” of historical figures and to “modernise” the plot, in order to make the attitude of the protagonists better understood for today’s young people.
wprost.pl

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Song of Maidan

April 24, 2014
Ukraine Burns

Ukraine Burns

Taraka’s song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” (Give Ukraine a Hand) has become the unofficial anthem of the Ukrainian Euro-Maidan. Karol Kus, the leader of the band admits, “I have cooperated with Ukrainians for many years. Last year we recorded our debiut joint Polish-Ukrainian serving of Slavic music. When the revolution started I decided to get involved somehow, support our brothers and express our solidarity. We wanted to support the desire of Ukrainians to be free and independent. This is the climate in which the song was born”. Polskieradio.pl: Many artists performed with different songs on the Maidan stage. How did you find out that your song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” had become a kind of anthem? Karol Kus: I was in London at the time and I received a phone call and was told about it then. The song has become evidence that Poland really cares about the tragic events that have happened there. Then we arrived in Kiev and went on stage to sing the song together with thousands of people. I realised that our goal had been achieved. The song touched the hearts of ordinary people and I think and hope Ukrainians realise that we are brother nations.
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New Bike Stands

April 24, 2014
For the Planet

For the Planet

Poland’s growth in ecology, environmental awareness and fitness has been more than dynamic over the last two decades. Green lobby groups, mass recycling and city bikes rental schemes have turned the former homo sovieticus nation into a population of vibrant, young, ecologically-aware Poles. For example, Modlin Fortress (not far from the new Warsaw Modlin airport) will see the installation of new ‘ecological’ bicycle stands. This is thanks to an initiative of Allegro All For Planet, a foundation established by Poland’s most popular internet auction service Allegro.The bike stands will be officially presented to the public by representatives from the foundation and members of the local authorities. This is just one example of the positive changes Poland has seen in recent years.
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PiS Demands Olympic Audit

April 23, 2014
Gold for Kraków?

Gold for Kraków?

Law and Justice (PiS) Kraków MPs have filed a motion with the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) to audit the 2022 Kraków Olympic Bid Committee. Last Saturday, Jagna Marczułajtis-Walczak, a Civic Platform (PO) MP, resigned as the Committee Chair. She said she was resigning due to a “media barrage” targetting her. Addressing media reports that her husband had allegedly lobbied the media to write favourable stories about having the Winter Olympics in Kraków, Marczułajtis-Walczak said she was sorry about the whole situation, but was unaware of her husband’s activities in this matter. “We want the CBA to audit the activities of the Committee, because, in our opinion, this is one way to safeguard public money earmarked for the bid,” said Andrzej Duda, PiS MP. He claimed that the issue of organising the Winter Olympics in Kraków “is beginning to look very grim” and that the activities of the Committee “have raised a lot of concerns.” Duda added: “In Kraków, some people have been openly saying that the whole thing is not about organising the Olympics, but about embezzling money earmarked for the promotion of the event.” According to Krzysztof Szczerski, another PiS MP, Kraków must not become “a small Sochi, i.e. a place where the Olympic ideal becomes corrupted by business, party politics and cliques.” The chairman of the Lesser Poland branch of PiS Andrzej Adamczyk has appealed to the Committee to publish a “white book” of all its expenses and liabilities incurred to date. In his opinion, the next Chair of the Committee should not be associated with PO. Prime Minister Donald Tusk recently said that despite the commotion caused by the resignation of Jagna Marczułajtis-Walczak, Poland still had a fair chance of winning the Olympic bid. “It would be a truly great opportunity,” he stressed. Five cities, including Beijing, Almaty, Lviv, Oslo and Kraków, are competing to host the Olympics. The decision will be made by the IOC on 31 July, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.
rzeczpospolita.pl

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Anarchy in ‘Dążność’

April 23, 2014
Sacked!

Sacked!

There are no resolutions on the dismissal of Elżbieta Nadrzycka from the supervisory board of the “Dążność” cooperative according to the district court in Warsaw. This is in line with those who believe that she was unlawfully dismissed. During last year’s general meeting of members of the board, her appeal was to be found on the agenda. 87 people took part in the vote. There were 83 valid votes and 4 invalid ones. 56 board members of the cooperative voted to dismiss Nadrzycka. When some participants of the meeting began to protest, the head of “Dążność” confirmed that the outcome of the vote determined the fate of Nadrzycka and her dismissal. They selected a new board member in her place, Ewa Sikora.
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European Bike Race

April 21, 2014
Biking Success

Biking Success

A new bike competition will begin on 1 May and will end on 31 May. If someone wishes to take part, they should install the free smartphone app Endomondo and log all of their bike trips. The European city which clocks the largest number of kilometers wins. So a city’s success is down to two factors: the number of registered members and their activity. Competition members can use any bike they choose to, including the city bike rental service Veturilo. 32 cities across Europe will be competiting. These include, amongst others, Rome, Oslo, Tallinn and Malaga. Apart from Warsaw, the Polish cities of Gdynia and Łódź will also take part.
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Troublesome Monument

April 20, 2014
The Mikoyan Gurevich

The Mikoyan Gurevich

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 PF came to Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski thirty years ago, in 1984, as a gift from the People’s Army. For many years it was easy on the eye for the town’s residents but it has recently fallen into disrepair. Unfortunately, there is no money to repair the monument, which commemorates Polish pilots who died during WWII. It is one of seventeen planes that were sent to Poland in order to defend its borders in case of armed conflict. According to the residents, not only is it a city landmark but also a symbol of the fight for freedom. However, according to expert opinion, the dilapidated structure will be technically viable only until October. Therefore, it is crucial that another technical expert opinion be prepared, at a cost of PLN 2,500, an expense that the local housing association simply cannot afford. Nor is the money the only problem. “During strong winds, the plane begins to sway and is a risk to passers-by,” claims Marek Zaręba, head of the local housing association. This explains why in 2010 the management board of the housing association in Ostrowiec suggested that the plane be sold. However, local residents want the plane to stay and petitioned the head of the municipality of Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski for financial support. Therefore, the fate of this unique MiG-17 PF is now in the hands of councillors.
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