Skye McCole Bartusiak Dies at 21

July 23, 2014
RIP Skye McCole Bartusiak

RIP Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak, an American actress of Polish descent, was found dead in her apartment in Texas. The cause of death is unknown, but according to various media reports, the 21-year-old actress died in her sleep. Skye made her film debut at the age of seven in “The Prophet’s Game”, but was best known for playing Mel Gibson’s daughter in “The Patriot”. Her credits include guess appearances in numerous popular television series, such as “Lost”, “24″, “CSI”, “House”, “Law and Order: SVU”. She received three nominations to the Young Artist Awards, one of them for her role in “The Patriot”, which Skye said was her personal favourite. She starred in various movies, including “Don’t Say a Word” alongside Michael Douglas and, most recently, in “Sick Boy”. Her death has been confirmed by her long-time friend and fellow actress Abigail Breslin, who wrote on Twitter: “One of my very good friends and someone who was like a sister to me, Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away today. So devastated”.
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Kościuszko Monument in Warsaw

June 28, 2014
Washington DC

Washington DC

The Polish monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko is located in Warsaw in Żelazna Brama Square. It is a copy of the Tadeusz Kościuszko monument in Washington, D.C. by Hanna and Wojciech Siek from Kraków. The very first monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko was made by Antoni Popiel and funded by the Polish diaspora in the United States in 1910. One hundred years later, on 16 November 2010, a copy was funded by Citibank Handlowy and the City Council of Warsaw. Tadeusz Kościuszko is shown in the uniform of an American general, whilst holding the the plans of the fortifications of West Point in his hand. The monument is surrounded by figures that illustrate the battles of Saratoga and Racławice. Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (4 or 12 February 1746 – 15 October 1817) was a military engineer and military leader in Poland, the leader of the Kościuszko Uprising against Russia and Prussia in 1794, and a key player in the American War of Independence. He is considered a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the United States.
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Worthless Polish-US Alliance

June 23, 2014
Alliance in Doubt?

Alliance in Doubt?

“Minister Sikorski’s international career is about to be dramatically cut short by his own pathetic comments. He has lost the chance to hold any office in the EU or NATO. It is a pity,” said MP Tadeusz Iwiński of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD). His comments are a reaction to the recently revealed contents of yet another batch of wiretap recordings. Increadingly more politicians of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) are finding themselves in a difficult position as Wprost magazine continues to publish transcripts and recordings of their private conversations. One of the newly released transcripts features Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressing his opinions on Polish-US relations. Using crude language, Sikorski describes the alliance between the two countries as worthless and even harmful to Poland as it “creates a false sense of security” unnecessarily antagonising Germany and Russia. The minister has also something to say about Poles, whom he considers to be “suckers” with “shallow pride and low self-esteem”. Before the scandal, Sikorski was seen as a rising star in the world of international politics. Last month, he became Poland’s official candidate to be the next head of EU foreign policy.
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Hyperion 2 Wins in USA

June 14, 2014
Robotic Success

Robotic Success

Hyperion 2, the Martian rover built by students from Białystok University of Technology has won the University Rover Challenge organised in a Utah desert in the United States. The Legendary Rover team from Rzeszów came third in the international competition. The team from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Białystok University of Technology has won for the second year in a row. “They are the first team in history to win a second consecutive victory,” emphasised Dorota Sawicka, spokesperson for Białystok University of Technology. Team Hyperion was made up of: Michał Grześ, Jacek Wojdyła, Jakub Maliszewski, Robert Bałdyga, Maciej Baka and Maciej Rećko. Although Polish teams took first and third place, a team from Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA) came second. 23 teams from all over the world took part in the Mars rover competition “This year the tasks were two to three times more difficult than in previous years. Almost no task was 100% completed by participants,” explains the scientific supervisor of Hyperion 2, Kazimierz Dzierżek. The construction of the robot and the trip to the United States was financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as part of the “Generation of the Future” project. The University had also found a sponsor in PKO BP. The Białystok University of Technology team has now won the competition three times: in 2011 with the Magma 2 rover, last year with the Hyperion rover and this year with Hyperion 2.
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Cheap Gas from USA?

June 12, 2014

Made in USA

Made in USA


Importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the USA to Poland may become possible no later than in three to four years. If the agreement between the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) and the United States comes into effect, Poland will become the first recipient of American LNG. This will improve Polish energy security and also allow Poland to benefit from lower gas prices, as a result of the ‘shale gas revolution’ in the USA. The import of LNG from the United States will make Poland less dependent on Russia, which is Poland’s main gas supplier at present. According to Janusz Steinhoff, former Minister of Economy, purchasing natural gas from the United States will also improve Poland’s negotiating position with regard to gas prices. ”We will simply buy gas from those who offer it at a lower price,” he says. As a result of the shale gas revolution and the isolation of the American market, the prices of natural gas are considerably lower in the USA than in Europe. Generally speaking, the contract between Poland and America may be a great step towards the diversification of Polish gas supplies.
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Google Invests in Warsaw

June 6, 2014
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World Leader with Donald Tusk

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt recently visited Warsaw and announced that the third ever Google Startup Center (after Tel Aviv and London) will be opened in Poland. “We are very proud that the Startup community is growing so dynamically in Poland. We hope the Warsaw Campus will help with the development of technological operations, enhance the startup ecosystem, and encourage people to develop innovating projects in Poland,” he said. The Campus will cover an area of approximately 1,800 square metres. Entrepreneurs will get the chance to rent an office and organise meetings with investors. Wireless internet access will be available on the whole Campus. There will also be training sessions and workshops, which will act as a form of support for entrepreneurs. The facility is set to open in 2015.
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American Medal for Jerzy Gut

June 6, 2014
Special Medal

Special Medal

Brigadier General Jerzy Gut has been awarded the US Special Operations Command Medal. He is only the second ever Polish officer (after General Włodzimierz Potasiński) to receive the prestigious medal. Few soldiers are awarded it. The Commander of Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) was decorated by Admiral William H. McRaven, head of US Special Operations. The award was granted at the request of General Marshall B. Webb, Commander of US Special Forces in Europe. US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) honoured General Gut for “outstanding service in the field of building regional cooperation of special forces”. The Polish general was also commended for his great abilities in generalship during the “Cobra-13″ military manoeuvres in which he commanded 1,500 soldiers from 12 different countries.
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Polish Breweries

June 5, 2014
Polish Nectar

Polish Nectar

Poland has over 100 breweries. The fashion for niche beers has meant that breweries in Poland are being established at a lightning rate. “The number of breweries has at least doubled,” according to Rzeczpospolita. There are now exactly 101 breweries in Poland. There have not been this many since the 1990s. The fashion for regional beers has seen a revival in the trade and a boom in small and micro-breweries after the long domination of the global concerns. The boom can really be visualised if we look at the industry in 2010. At that time, there were only 65 beer producers in Poland. What is more, experts predict that within a few years this number could hit the 200 mark. “Poles are drinking increasingly more beer and they have started trying new varieties,” according to Rzeczpospolita. However, the trend is not particular to Poland, for example, there are currently 2,700 breweries in the United States with another 900 planned.
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25 Years of Freedom by CNN

June 5, 2014
Błędów Desert

Błędów Desert

It is a unique natural phenomenon and, according to legend, the accidental work of the devil, who whilst on his way to the town of Olkusz was carrying a bag of sand which was torn open, creating today’s ‘desert’. In the second part of CNN’s “On The Road: Poland”, journalists took their cameras to the Błędów Desert. A CNN reporter raves over this vanishing natural phenomenon and a place forgotten by many Poles. To highlight the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first (partially) free elections after WWII, CNN is telling Americans all about Poland, and not only about the different aspects of the changes the country has gone through since it became a democracy but also about what you can find in Poland. CNN journalists visited the area between the Śląsk and Olkusz Highlands and found the Błędów Desert. “I’ve never heard of this place and, to be honest, I was not convinced that it actually existed, says CNN reporter Paula Newton. Not only does she focus on the entertaining legends surrounding the desert but she also talks about the curiosities that appear every now and then in documents related to the place, such as the fact that during World War II, Błędów Desert was used by the Nazi German Afrika Korps as part of the training for its African campaign. The journalist also comments on the fact that this place could disappear in several decades’ time. Every year, more stretches of sand are covered by willow, pine as well as common shrubs and weeds. They also point out something else: increased interest in the Błędów Desert is evidence of the changing and maturing consciousness of Poles who had for many years not been interested in this marvel of nature. “This also manifests the development of the country and its citizens,” say the CNN journalists.
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Amaro Cooks for Obama

June 3, 2014
Presidential Feast

Presidential Feast

Wojciech Modest Amaro, one of the most renowned chefs in Poland, owner of the only Polish restaurant with a prestigious Michelin Star, Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen TV star, will be surely facing his toughest test yet. On 4 June, Poland’s capital, Warsaw, will play host to the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first (partially) free elections in Poland after WWII and decades of communist dominance. Many world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, will visit Poland. Modest Amaro has the honour of preparing a gala dinner for them. “I feel extremely proud and honoured to have the chance to prepare and serve meals to so many illustrious guests who will come to Poland to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary with us. Despite all my years in the profession, I don’t think I’ve ever been so stressed. On top of that, I have to prepare everything according to the strict rules of diplomatic protocol, which is a lot more complicated than most people realise. The dishes that I’ll serve will be quintessentially Polish. I intend to delve into the past and use ingredients that have been long-forgotten by many but will show the richness of our culture and traditions.”
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