PLN 64m Marilyn Monroe Pictures

July 20, 2014
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Recently, over 3,000 photos of Marilyn Monroe and other stars taken by Milton Greene were sold for the record sum of PLN 6.4m at an auction in Warsaw. The pictures were owned by the Foreign Debt Service Fund for twenty years. The auction took place at the DESA Unicum auction house. The whole collection was put up for sale as one catalogue item for the starting price of PLN 5m and was bought by Wrocławskie Przedsiębiorstwo Hala Ludowa for the city of Wrocław. The purchaser will donate the previously unseen photographs to a public collection, and keep 100 chosen pictures for itself. This was the result of negotiations between the Polish Ministry of Finance and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The collection belonged to the Foreign Debt Service Fund since the mid 1990s and after the liquidation of the Fund, some of the pictures were sold at two auctions organised by DESA Unicum at the end of 2012. Then, during a public auction, nearly 400 pictures were sold for a total amount of PLN 3.8m with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe wearing a ballet dress fetching a staggering PLN 69,000. Milton H. Greene was a famous American fashion photographer and he took thousands of pictures of Marilyn Monroe in a variety of situations. His collection includes pictures from photo sessions, movie sets, and private situations.
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Mother Refuses to Accept Son’s Death

July 18, 2014
Heartbreaking

Heartbreaking

According to doctors, 17-year-old Kamil died on Friday, after suffering serious injuries in a car accident. His father has agreed that the teenager’s organs should be donated for transplantation. Kamil’s mother, however, refuses to accept that he has passed away and demands that the death certificate is annulled, so that she can move her son to another medical facility for treatment. For the last few days, a group of people who knew Kamil has been demonstrating in front of the hospital in which the 17-year-old died. The protesters do not believe that their friend is brain-dead and say that his doctors are too eager to go ahead with the transplants. According to friends of Kamil, he is about to be “murdered for his organs”, which is why they “came to make sure that the doctors knew that someone was watching”. Kamil’s father says that even though he understands his ex-wife’s position, he believes the doctors when they tell him that nothing can be done for his child. He adds, “If the doctors could transplant Kamil’s organs, they would be able to save other people’s lives, and, in that way, Kamil would live on, his heart beating in another person”. The doctors have assured the mother that no steps would be taken without both parents’ consent.
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13 million Prize

July 16, 2014
Winning Ticket

Winning Ticket

The lucky winner chose six winning numbers in a lotto gaming house on Trzech Krzyży square in Warsaw. The new millionaire won more than PLN 12.7 million. “We do not know if the person who won yesterday in the rollover had some holiday plans, but if not, this person can now confidently start an amazing new adventure and visit all the best beaches in the world,” says Jarosław Tomaszewski from Lotto. Yesterday’s lucky devil is the 970th millionaire of Lotto. His winning numbers were: 8, 19, 20, 26, 28, 36. This recent ‘six-in-a-row’ is the fourth prize of at least one million in Warsaw. “In total, since 1996, there have been 93 in Warsaw,” adds Tomaszewski. The record for the largest win in the lottery still belongs to a resident of Gdynia won who won PLN 33,787,496 on 9 February 2012.
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Lightning Hits Boy

July 15, 2014
Bolt of Lightning

Bolt of Lightning

The incident took place in the seaside town of Grzybów, near Kołobrzeg. A 19-year-old boy was hit by lightning while he was on the beach putting up a tent. As noted by tvn24.pl the tempest that hit Grzybów was a ‘dry storm’ without any rain. What is remarkable about the incident was the fact that the boy survived and is still alive thanks to being given immediate medical assistant by WOPR life rescuers. They began resuscitating the boy until an specialist emergency medical team from Grzybów took over. Later, the teenager was transported to a hospital in Gryfice. “Air Rescue took the 19-year-old to a hospital in Gryfice. He is now conscious,” said Elżbieta Sochanowska from the ambulance service in Szczecin. We have two more people in hospital who where standing close to where the lightning hit. Sochanowska said that the two people, a middle-aged man and woman, are under observation because lightning strikes can sometimes later cause heart arrhythmia.
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Międzyzdroje Mystery

July 15, 2014
Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

A green bottle containing a letter dated 5 April 5 1879 has been found by the Polish seaside. The ‘treasure’ was found on a construction site in the seaside resort of Międzyzdroje. Contractors who werr working on a new investment on Norwid street donated the trove to the town council in Międzyzdroje. “The National Archive in Szczecin will decide what will happen to the bottle and where it will go,” says Henryk Nogala, secretary of the local council. Officially, the find is owned by the Public Treasury. It will then be officially transferred to the National Archive in Szczecin, where the letter will be analysed, restored and translated into Polish.
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Ziobro and Gowin Join Forces

July 15, 2014
New Right-Wing Power?

New Right-Wing Power?

Zbigniew Ziobro’s United Poland (SP) and Jarosław Gowin’s Poland Together (PRJG) have decided to join forces and create a new parliamentary group. The new right-wing alliance under the leadership of Jarosław Gowin will have fifteen MPs. “For many weeks, we have been observing the deepening crisis of the state,” said Gowin, explaining the reasons for the parties banding together. According to PRJG leader, the ruling PO-PSL coalition has lost its political and moral right to rule. He sees establishing a partnership between various right-wing and patriotic political forces as the only feasible way to remove PM Donald Tusk from office. That being said, neither Ziobro nor Gowin attended the “uniting congress” of the right wing, which Law and Justice (PiS) held on Saturday. Both politicians have declared their willingness to continue negotiations between their political formations and PiS, but consider the celebratory congress premature. On Monday, PiS head Jarosław Kaczyński met with Ziobro in order to discuss the possibility of forging an alliance with his former Justice Minister’s party. Although the negotiations so far proved unsuccessful, Ziobro hopes that “an important step towards reaching an understanding has been made”.
tvn24.pl

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Ida nominated to LUX Prize

July 14, 2014
Ida

Ida

“Ida” is a black and white film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It is the story of a novice nun (Agata Trzebuchowska) who before taking her vows visits her aunt, her only living relative. The young girl learns about her family history and decides to go on a journey to find the resting place of her parents together with her aunt. The film has already received a Golden Lion for best film at the Gdynia Film Festival and Warsaw Grand Prix in the International Competition for best film at the Warsaw Film Festival. The film has also been recognised at festivals in London and Toronto. At the beginning of June, “Ida” received a Golden Trailer Award for best foreign drama. Now it has the chance to win a LUX Prize, an award introduced in 2007 and given to films by members of the European Parliament. The award honours films that promote European culture, show otherness as well as demonstrate the universality of values that are important for all Europeans.
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Hospital Head Fired

July 13, 2014
Bogdan Chazan Sacked

Bogdan Chazan Sacked

“If one’s conscience does not allow one to tend to a patient’s needs in accordance with the law, then one should choose another profession,” said former Health Minister Ewa Kopacz, commenting on the recent decision to dismiss Warsaw hospital head Bogdan Chazan for refusing to help a pregnant woman get an abortion because of his religious convictions. Kopacz added, “I am a doctor and a religious person, but my rights as a doctor cannot negate the rights of my patients”. Kopacz stressed the fact that a medical practitioners’ job is to serve their patients. Although she admits that she understands why some doctors would not want to perform abortions, she argues that a situation in which one’s religious convictions are held above a patient’s rights cannot be tolerated. Kopacz, the current Speaker of the Polish Lower House, the Sejm, would also prefer the media to concentrate on the suffering of the woman, whose rights were infringed upon by Dr Chazan, instead of holding endless discussions about Chazan’s ‘conscience’. The woman who was denied an abortion, which she was legally entitled to, was forced to give birth to a baby, despite the fact that the foetus had serious birth defects. The baby died on Wednesday, after only ten days.
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Poland and Japan Stand United

July 13, 2014
Self-Defence Forces

Self-Defence Forces

The Japanese ambassador in Poland hosted a reception in his official residence on the occasion of the anniversary of the establishment of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces. Japan’s Self-Defence Forces are the unified military forces of Japan that were established on 1 July 1954. The reception helped Polish defence policymakers become acquainted with Japanese defence policy and the functioning of the Japanese defence forces. It was also an important opportunity at building greater mutual understanding between the two countries and strengthening the relations between both partners. This year more than 130 guests attended the celebration. Representatives of Poland’s Sejm and Senate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and military forces (ground, air, naval) were among those invited. In his speech, ambassador Makoto Yamanaka emphasised the progress made in the bilateral cooperation of Polish and Japanese forces. He also noted last year’s visit of Defence Minister Siemoniak to Japan and the treaty signed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The ambassador also explained Japanese defence policy to the participants and pointed out the significance of cooperation between Polish and Japanese forces.
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Rodowicz Shows her Legs

July 13, 2014
Maryla Rodowicz

Maryla Rodowicz

Actress turned singer Agnieszka Włodarczyk was the biggest star during Poland’s famous annual music festival in Międzyzdroje. The beautiful star caught the attention of all the photographers. However, veteran singer Maryla Rodowicz also left her mark, and quite literally. She came to the seaside resort in order to appear at the music festival and leave her hand print in Międzyzdroje’s so-called Valley of Stars. During the official ceremony of being inducted into the Valley of Stars, Rodowicz, famous for her hit “Małgośka”, wore a colourful, rather short dress showing off her surprisingly slender legs much to the delight of fans, photographers and journalists.
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