Golden Train Found?

Nazi Gold?

Nazi Gold?

Treasure hunters from all over the country are rushing to Wałbrzych to look for the long-lost “golden train,” now rumoured to have been found. General Conservator and State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Żuchowski cautions against it, warning that whoever finds the train might end up paying with their lives. Far from being protected by any curses, the legendary train is rumoured to have been filled not only with treasures but also with explosives. The story has it that the Nazis used the train to move large quantities of gold from Wrocław, but ultimately left the train concealed inside a railway tunnel, purposely blowing up and masking the entrance. Various documents and witness accounts supposedly point to the treasure being hidden in the vicinity of Wałbrzych, somewhere along the railway connecting the two cities. Recently, two men came forward claiming that they had found the treasure. On 26 August, the authorities in Wałbrzych confirmed that the train had been located in the area, which resulted in a number of treasure hunters equipped with metal detectors rushing to the city, apparently counting on getting their hands on the treasure before the authorities decide on how to proceed.
polskieradio.pl

Poland Chase US and Russia

Polish Swimmer

Polish Swimmer

Piotr Gęgotek, head coach of the Polish national swimming team claims that his athletes achieved all their goals during the World Championships in Kazan. Although the USA prevailed over the other countries during the Swimming World Championships, the so-called ‘Red-and-Whites’ also had something to shout about. Piotr Gęgotek admitted that winning three medals in Kazan is good preparation for the Olympics in Rio. He also added that the medals were not a
shock; however, they counted on more during the 100m butterfly. On the other hand, Janek Świtkowski’s performance was a pleasant surprise. “After the World Championships, Poland has energy and optimism to start preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016,” Gęgotek claims. He also adds that Poland has great chances to do well during the Olympics; however, the level of competition has improved the world over. He also emphasised that Poles do very well in relay races. Poland was the only team bar Russia that got to the finals of all men’s relay races. Additionally, 14 domestic records were set in Kazan.
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Duda the Dude in Estonia

President Duda

President Duda

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas published a picture on Twitter after Polish president Andrzej Duda visited Estonia and thanked him for wearing the yellow ribbon as a sign of support for Eston Kohver. “I want to thank Andrzej Duda for yesterday’s visit and yellow ribbon as a sign of support for Eston Kohver,” wrote Roivas. Duda, during his visit to Tallinn, wore the ribbon on his jacket, which is a sign of solidarity with Kohver, the Estonian security services officer, who was sentenced by the Russians. Kohver was kidnapped in September last year at a border area. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for espionage, illegal possession of arms and crossing the border. His trial lasted several days. Duda said: “In this situation we need wise diplomacy and within the framework of NATO we must take care of our security to assure our people that they are safe. I am convinced that, together with the President, we can lead this wise policy.
wprost.pl

Price of Health

Willing to Pay?

Willing to Pay?

Due to the long waiting times and poor quality of services offered by the Polish National Health Service (NFZ), the number of Poles opting for private health insurance is increasing rapidly. At the end of March 2015, over 1.2m Poles had taken out a private health insurance policy. In the first quarter of the year, the number of policies sold was 32% higher than in the corresponding period of 2014. According to the Polish Insurance Association, over 1m Poles have additional group insurance, while another 200,000 have taken out individual policies. Among the reasons for the growing interest in non-compulsory insurance are long waiting times for free-of-charge doctor appointments, especially with specialists. Research by Watch Health Care suggests that the average waiting time for an appointment is over 11 weeks. “Poles appreciate the comfort of having instant access to doctors and health care, which insurance companies can provide,” says Dorota M. Fal, health insurance adviser to the Polish Insurance Association. Experts are convinced that the insurance sector will continue to develop dynamically in the foreseeable future. This is mostly due to the growing affluence of society, which allows patients to choose between waiting and paying.
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Kuba Crisis

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On the Brink?

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Błaszczykowski has not yet played a game for Borussia Dortmund this season. Some say that it is the end of the Polish winger’s career in Dortmund. German journalists are in no doubt. “These are the last moments in Dortmund for Błaszczykowski,” says Oliver Bitter of Kicker magazine. “If someone gets so few opportunities during pre-season and sits in the stands for several matches it’s a sign that it’s the end”. Błaszczykowski was highly rated by the former manager Jürgen Klopp but new manager Tuchel is not convinced. His long-term injury also did not help. “There’s strong competition,” says Bitter. Perhaps Błaszczykowski should leave Dortmund this summer, so as not to condemn himself to the stands and risk not taking part in the Euro 2016.
onet.pl

PiS Leads in Polls

Fot. Marek Podmokly / Agencja Gazeta

Beata Szydło – PM?

According to a survey conducted by Estymator for Newsweek, Law and Justice (PiS) could garner as much as 41% in the upcoming parliamentary elections. A result this high would allow the party to form a government on its own, without the need to form a coalition. The second largest party would be Civic Platform (PO), supported by 28% of respondents. The Kukiz Movement, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), and the United Left (ZL) coalition could each count on the support of 6% of voters. If these predictions are correct, only PiS, PO, PSL, and the Kukiz Movement will be represented in the new parliament, since ZL, as a coalition, would have to meet a higher electoral threshold in order to win any seats. Neither Ryszard Petru’s Modern Poland nor Korwin-Mikke’s newest formation would pass the electoral threshold, with 4% and 2% respectively. The steepest decline in support has been registered for Paweł Kukiz’s party: support for the rock star has plunged from 20% to 6% in just three months.
warszawawpigułce.pl

Lech Punished

Boniek Shoots

Boniek Shoots

The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body of the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) has suspended the decision to close Lech Poznań’s stadium for one European match. This means that Lech will play Videoton Szekesfehervar on 20 August in fourth round of the Europa League in a full stadium. PZPN head and former world-class footballer Zbigniew Boniek believes that common sense has prevailed: “We have a zero tolerance policy for racism in stadia, but in this case the punishment was inappropriate. It seems to me that UEFA has done the right thing suspending the decision to close Lech’s stadium.” The punishment was imposed on Lech for its use of a banner emblazoned with “The Blood of Our Race” during an away game against FK Sarajevo. UEFA imposed a fine of €50,000 on Lech and the closure of the stadium for Europa league game for the racist banner.
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