Rare Seal on Polish Beach

September 1, 2014
Likes It Cold

Likes It Cold

Several days ago, a Ringed Seal, also known as a Nerpa, was seen on a beach near Świnoujście. This animal is rarely seen on the Polish coast. The Nerpa is one of three species of seals living in  the Baltic Sea. Its distinctive patterning of dark spots surrounded by grey rings give it its common name of the Ringed Seal. Unlike the Grey or Harbour Seal, Nerpas need cold and snowy winters for breeding, which is rare on the Polish coast. However, climate change and hunting have meant the population of the Baltic Ringed Seal now stands at an estimated 6,000 to 8,000. “Ringed Seals rarely appear on the Polish coast because they mainly inhabit the northern waters of the Baltic,” says Katarzyna Pietrasik of WWF Poland.
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Polish Wedding of Gay Couple

August 31, 2014
Changes Afoot?

Changes Afoot?

Jędrzej and Marek have been together for over seven years and thinking about getting married for the past two. At first, they were going to wait for parliament to pass a bill on civil unions. However, as time went on, they realised that the law might not change in their lifetime, so they took matters in their own hands and managed to get as close to getting married as a homosexual couple possibly can get in Poland. It took them a year and a half to come up with a way to circumvent the law. They started by changing their surnames: both men added the name of their partner to their own. Then, they set out to find a lawyer; one that not only would prepare the appropriate documents but also would be willing to officiate the wedding ceremony. Finally, the men signed a civil law agreement. “The law states that the parties of such an agreement can add statements of any kind, including professing their love,” the couple says. Marek and Jędrzej read their vows in the presence of sixty guests, with classical music playing in the background. The couple insisted on a traditional Polish wedding, complete with their parents’ blessing, horse-drawn carriages, and a wedding reception that continued until the small hours.
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Woman Hides Dead Baby in Closet

August 31, 2014
Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

Police in Kraków have arrested a woman who hid the remains of her newborn in a closet. She gave birth at home; it is as of yet unknown whether or not the baby was born alive. The police were first notified by one of her neighbours who noticed a bloodied shopping bag in the trash container around the block. When police officers began to investigate, they heard from various sources that one of the residents of the building had been pregnant and, presumably, had given birth, but the baby was nowhere to be seen. The police then interviewed the woman. At first, she denied having had been pregnant altogether; however, as the police continued to question her, she admitted that she had been expecting a child but the baby was stillborn. She claimed to have buried the body by the road near the housing estate. The police searched the place but could not find the remains. Only then did the woman reveal that she kept the dead newborn at home, hidden in a closet. Now, depending on the autopsy results, the woman will face charges of desecrating human remains and possibly murder.
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Baby Boom in Poland

August 31, 2014
More Babies in 2014

More Babies in 2014

Despite an overall negative birth rate, the population of Poland has increased by 22,000. According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), the number of new births reached 186,900 in the first half of 2014, which is 3% more than in the same period last year. It is the first time since 2010 that GUS has recorded an increase in the number of births, albeit a modest one. It is expected that this tendency will hold for the rest of the year because the number of births has been increasing month on month in 2014. “Perhaps we owe this increase to the fact that many people in their thirties decided that they cannot postpone having children any longer,” says Dr Piotr Szukalski, a demographer from the University of Łódź. 2014 promises to be better than the record low observed last year when only 370,000 children were born. Moreover, GUS reported that the number of deaths has decreased by 7% as compared to 2013. As a result, the overall birth rate was negative in 2013. Despite these figures, the overall population of Poland has increased by 22,000 (0.1%), because more people arrived in Poland from abroad as permanent residents (approx. 23,000) than left the country.
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Rescue Operation in Tatras

August 30, 2014
Beautiful But Dangerous

Beautiful But Dangerous

Another rescue in the Tatras: a tourist fell off a slope around Świnica. She was transported to hospital by police helicopter. Conditions in the Tatra Mountains are very difficult at the moment. At night, snow now appears on the peaks of some mountains. A small amount of white fluff has already covered, among others, the peaks of Świnica and Wołoszczyn which are visible from Zakopane. According to the on-duty meteorologist from the Polish Mountain Meteorological Observatory (Wysokogórskie Obserwatorium Meteorologiczne), Kasprowy Wierch was not covered with a great deal of snow at the beginning of the week and the temperature was only minus 1 degree Celsius. In Zakopane, thermometers indicated 6 degrees above zero. Snow and hoar frost are visible from approximately 1,960 metres above sea level. Unfortunately, tourists ignore this and do not pay attention to warnings. Recently, rescuers from the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR) had to bring down three tourists from Świnica in the Tatra Mountains. The tourists were completely unprepared for a mountain expedition, and conditions were too difficult for them. What is more, a drunk tourist was evacuated by helicopter from Zawrat mountain pass, where he was sleeping.
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Polish Baritone Replaces Domingo

August 29, 2014
Artur Ruciński

Artur Ruciński

Artur Ruciński was swimming in a pool, relaxing with his family, when the call came. The singer was invited to stand in for Plácido Domingo who had to cancel his performance at the Salzburg Festival in Austria due to illness. “I had twenty minutes to pack. I hurried to the airport in Warsaw and in the evening I had a short meeting with the director’s assistant,” said Ruciński in an interview for TVN. The following day, after a quick rehearsal, he appeared in Alvis Hermanis’ staging of “Il trovatore” (The Troubadour) by Giuseppe Verdi. Ruciński performed alongside renowned Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Although the two have met before, it was the first time they had a chance to work together. The performance was a great success with the Polish baritone receiving a standing ovation. “I have been present on world stages for the past six years. Also the fact that I have been invited as a last minute replacement for Plácido Domingo is a result of my work in recent years,” said Ruciński. He added that as far as his career is concerned this year has been particularly good: “After the success in Salzburg, new invitations keep coming and I have been very busy indeed.”
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Chinese Delegation in Łomża

August 28, 2014
More Cooperation

More Cooperation

Representatives of the Municipal Commission for Commerce and the Science and Technology Park in Beijing visited Łomża during their week-long trip to Europe. During the meeting, the Łomża authorities and Chinese delegation assessed the possibility of economic, technological and cultural cooperation. China was represented by seven people including the chairman of the delegation Ni Yuegang, the deputy director of Beijing Municipal Commission for Commerce Zhang Huayu as well as Zhou Fang, the president of the Science and Technology Park in Beijing. Łomża’s deputy mayor Benjamin Dobosz presented the investment potential of Łomża to the Chinese authorities after which Ni Yuegang stressed that he sees in Łomża and the Łomża subregion opportunities for cooperation especially in the field of environmentally-friendly industries. The guests from China viewed new investment locations in Łomża and were also impressed with the ideal location of the city itself within Poland. They expressed their hope to cooperate with local entrepreneurs.
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