Parachutist Dies

July 4, 2014
Deathly Descent

Deathly Descent

The fatal accident took place in Chrcynno, near Nasielsk, not far from Warsaw. A 42-year-old parachutist died and another is injured. The accident happened during a series of training jumps. Six people jumped out of a plane. After successfully maneuvering into position, everyone opened their parachutes. However, two of the parachutists collided during their descent. It is still unclear how or why it happened. According to RMF FM journalist Krzysztof Berenda, both parachutists were experienced members of Warsaw Aeroclub. The 42-year-old man who died was an instructor and had completed 1,500 jumps. The second man had 1,200 jumps under his belt. He is in hospital with serious injuries. Prosecutors and police are currently investigating the accident.
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Warsaw Breaks World Record

July 3, 2014
Rolling to Success

Rolling to Success

Over 4,000 rollerbladers took part in an event organised by Michał Machowski from Polskater. On 19 June, Warsaw Nightskating set a new world record for the largest parade of inline skaters at a single venue. The previous Guinness world record belonged to Paris. Their parade of inline skaters consisted of 1,188 participants who skated on the streets of Paris on 15 June 2008. The new record was achieved thanks to the 4,013 rollerskaters who skated a distance of 20 km together. The route began at Krakowskie Przedmieście and continued along Nowy Świat, Aleje Jerozolimskie, Poniatowski Bridge, Aleja Zieleniecka towards Wał Miedzeszyński and back across Poniatowski Bridge to Krakowskie Przedmieście. “I learned to skate two months ago but I’m doing pretty good now,” said Maciek, who took part in Nightskating for the first time. “My friend sent me an invitation on Facebook, so I came to break the record,” he explains while showing off his skating skills. Bartek learned to skate a year ago and in May took part in Nightskating for the first time. “It’s all about soaking up the cool atmosphere and spending time with friends in an active way, beating the record is less important to me,” he emphasises. Participation in Nightskating is always free. If you are under 18 years of age you must have permission to attend from a parent or guardian. The next event will be held in Warsaw on 10 July.
warszawa.gazeta.pl

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Drunken Female Captain

July 2, 2014
MOPR

Mazury Rescue

Mazury Rescue Service (MOPR) lifeguards and policemen from Giżycko had to intervene when a 24-year-old decided to captain a yacht while intoxicated. There were eight people on the yacht when it keeled over just as it was leaving a port in Giżycko. The whole crew fell into the water but luckily no one was hurt. Police officers received information about the incident on Niegocin Lake from MOPR lifeguards and moved to investigate what had happened. After determining the captain was drunk, the female resident of Rybnik will now be charged with captaining a boat while intoxicated.
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Poland Beat Germany

June 14, 2014
Victory is Sweet

Victory is Sweet

Poland beat Germany in the first game of qualifications for the handball World Cup in 2015, at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk. The second leg will take place on 14 June. After a fierce game, the Polish handball players managed to beat the Germans in a close Qatar 2015 World Cup qualifier 25:24 (9:12). Six seconds before the whistle, Mariusz Jurkiewicz threw the winning goal. However, Poland owes this victory largely to Sławomir Szmal, who was in inspired form in goal. Poland will take their slender lead into the the second leg to be played on Saturday 14 June in Magdeburg, Germany. What is more, Bartłomiej Jaszka and Krzysztof Lijewski, who were not able to play in Gdańsk, could well return after injury.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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Aiming to Please

June 9, 2014
Record Breaker?

Record Breaker?

Ewa Chodakowska takes very good care of her popularity thanks to a variety of media. This includes her Facebook page, her daily spot on the morning magazine programme Dzień Dobry TVN as well as the publication of a new book. Chodakowska is striking while the iron is hot and is also taking the opportunity to promote her husband, who is also a fitness fanatic and personal trainer. If that was not enough, the Polish fitness guru is preparing to break a Guiness record for the largest ever fitness training session. The attempt will take place at the Legia Warszawa stadium. The 32-year-old celebrity is preparing intensively for the challenge so that she can set a new world record with her fans.
pudelek.pl

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More Events, Fewer People

June 7, 2014
Flop or Not?

Flop or Not?

The sports and music events market is growing rapidly, but this year supply is exceeding demand, according to Puls Biznesu. The season for outdoor holiday events is just getting started with the Orange Warsaw Festival (hopefully!) and Open’er Festival in Gdynia kicking off summer party time for millions of Poles at thousands of events around the country. However, it appears that there are more events  every year than potential participants. “There are far more events this year than during the same period last year, whereas the number of tickets sold is similar but is spread across a greater number of events,” says Marcin Matuszewski, head of eBilet.pl, one of the largest distributors of tickets in Poland. The company estimates that the ticketed events market in Poland is worth more than PLN 0.5 billion, 45% of which is generated by sports events, 35% constitutes music events, while the remaining 20% is made up of other cultural events. Four out of five tickets are sold via the internet. The highest turnover was achieved in Warsaw, almost 40% of the whole industry. Other profitable regions included Lower Silesia, Greater Poland, Pomerania, Silesia and Kraków.
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Kraków Says No to Olympic Games

May 31, 2014
Dream is Over

Dream is Over

The mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski has announced that the city will not be bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The city council will now inform its partners about the results of the referendum which preceded the decision. In the referendum, the people of Kraków voted against the plans to organise the 2022 Games. “We need to complete the work that has already been started as well as sum up the whole project”, said the mayor. He also claimed that according to reliable opinion polls, there were many supporters of the Olympic Games to begin with. According to Majchrowski, “the Kraków 2022 Bid Committee, headed by Jagna Marczułajtis-Walczak, has lost the trust of the people and there was not enough time to rebuild this trust.” Majchrowski stated that the people of Kraków showed in the referendum that the city believes in democracy. He emphasised that Kraków had the highest voter turnout in Poland in the European Parliament elections as well as an impressive turnout in the local referendum. “This proves that the people of Kraków care about their city and that they want to decide about what happens here. It’s just a pity that the results of the referendum shattered Kraków’s and the province’s dreams of realising such an amazing project. The Winter Games could have played an extremely important role in the development of the whole region,” Majchrowski added.
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Wings for Life World Run

May 30, 2014
Wings for Life

Wings for Life

The Wings for Life World Run is an extraordinary run for several reasons. The most important fact is that approximately 50,000 people take part and pay the entry fee in order to fund research on spinal cord problems. The entry fee was considerable as it was PLN 120 in Poland. There was many participants and as many as 1,272 competitors took part in Poznań (the only WFL in Poland). Many were happy that the run began at noon because in Auckland, New Zealand participants had to compete in the middle of the night, with flash-lights on their heads. Also, the weather in Poznań was perfect for runners unlike Taiwan where it was about 26 degrees C or Delhi where the temperature was 40 degrees C.
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Polish Start-up in China

May 25, 2014
Deal in the Bag

Deal in the Bag

Betegy has signed a three-year contract with one of the largest Chinese lottery operators, SunLoto, owner of Wozhongla.com. The Polish start-up is the first company to manage to sign a long-term contract for delivering football data and forecasts to Chinese clients. “It is extremely difficult to break into the Chinese market, especially those sectors controlled by the state. International corporations like William Hill and BET365 have tried and failed many times,” says Alex Kornilov, Betegy director and co-founder. He adds, “The ability to reach a large number of Wozhongla.com clients is extremely important to us. The games and lottery market in China is one of the largest and fastest developing markets in the world. It was valued at an estimated at $22 billion at the end of 2013 and its annual growth was 20%.” On the other hand, Gao Lei, CEO of Wozhongla says, “Since we became a licensed lottery operator in 2008, we have succeeded in building a massive database of loyal clients. Their demands are growing all the time so it is important to offer them extras like forecasts and predictions. After a detailed analysis of the market, we chose Betegy because of its achievements, unique technology and professionalism.” Its technology is based on highly advanced statistical analyses, giving them an extremely effective forecasting model, which uses factors such as the latest team results, atmospheric conditions, individual players’ fitness and even the condition of the pitch. Betegy is able to probabilistically predict the prospects of a chosen team, the number of goals scored and even the exact result of a chosen match. The games and lottery market in China has also become increasingly more interesting to external investors. Sequoia Capital, the global investment fund, has provided help to Chinese lottery operator 500.com, which was listed last year on the New York Stock Exchange. The market price of 500.com recorded an increase of 54% on its very first day on the NYSE.
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Winter Olympic Games in Kraków

May 24, 2014
Winter in Kraków

Winter in Kraków

More than forty Polish celebrities including Lech Wałęsa, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Penderecki and Adam Małysz signed an open letter to the citizens of Kraków, encouraging them to support the idea of hosting the Winter Olympics in in 2022. A referendum is to be held in Kraków on 25 May together with the elections to the European Parliament. Not only will it concern the organisation of the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 but the planned subway system for Kraków, cycle paths and the creation of a CCTV system. The signatories of the letter expressed the belief that the Olympics in Poland will be a great chance that “will be taken with both hands provided that the preparation is done together and in a spirit of open public discussion.” They believe that the Winter Olympics in 2022 will provide a unique stimulus for the development of the city, province and the whole country and will create more effective solutions to key problems in Kraków and the surrounding province with regards to infrastructure, communications, and quality of life. “Kraków has a unique opportunity and will be able to take advantage of it,” stressed the signatories who also included Jerzy Hausner, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Krzysztof Globisz, as well as Olympians and Olympic champions such as Justyna Kowalczyk, Zbigniew Bródka, Wojciech Fortuna and Irena Szewińska. The deputy head of the province, Jacek Krupa, who is vice-president of the Kraków 2022 Olympic Bid, emphasised that the signatories of the letter are people connected with Kraków as well as with other regions. “This project is not only for the inhabitants of Kraków, or the region, but for the whole of Poland. It is a national project,” says Krupa. Five cities, Beijing, Almaty, Lviv, Oslo and Kraków are fighting for the right to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. The final decision will be made at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July, 2015.

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