No Belarus Visas

Welcome to Belarus

Welcome to Belarus

Several weeks ago, the first group of Polish tourists crossed the Belarusian border into Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Interestingly, the thirty Polish citizens did not need visas as the Belarusians have opened the border for visitors of the National Park. Mieczysław Baszko, governor of Podlasie province, and members of the local government were among those taking part in the opening ceremony of the Białowieża-Piererov border crossing. Baszko admitted that this significant event will help both Poland and Belarus take one step further in the development of tourism between the two countries. He also emphasised that all citizens of the European Union may now freely cross the border, which will attract more tourists to the forest. Tourists may cross the border either on foot or by bicycle. According to BelTA, permission to visit the National Park will also entitle foreigners to travel visa-free around Belovezhskaya Pushcha for no longer than three days. If you wish to obtain this permit, register at the National Park website npbp.brest.by. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the best preserved forest in Europe, part of Europe’s original primeval forest. The entire forest covers an area of 150,000 hectares, 62,500 of which is in Poland.
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Investing in Children Makes No Sense

Pointless?

Pointless?

After reading “Selfish Reasons To Have Kids”, a book by American economist Bryan Caplan, the Polish chief economist at Warsaw Economic Studies Maciej Bitner decided that the influence of parents on their children is close to zero when it comes to education, health and future income. Furthermore, Bitner says that people should have more children. Experiments conducted on twins separated in childhood because of adoption to different families proved that success (or lack thereof) is inscribed in our genes. On the other hand, families ready for adoption must meet strict requirements. So in other words, people who have a prosperous family and do not have problems with money and accommodation are those who do not have to worry about their children’s future when it comes to health and education. Which is not and was never a surprise.
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Holiday Nightmare

Utopia?

Utopia?

Travel agents are slowly appreciating the advantages the internet provides. TUI Poland had contracts with 500 travel agencies. TUI Poland chairman Marek Andryszak explains that the company will only continue working with those intermediaries that are efficient and have demonstrated an increase in sales, that is 250 travel agents. In the meantime, TUI has decided to develop online sales. The company wants its current online share of 25% to increase to 30%. Other companies have also appreciated the advantages of such a solution. For Neckermann, the internet will generate 50% of sales in the next few years. Krzysztof Piątek, chairman of the board of Neckermann Poland explains that to achieve this the company is continually investing in its distribution channels. They are simplifying the booking process and thus speeding up transactions.
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Labour Market in 5 Years

Worth It?

Worth It?

Higher education has long ceased to guarantee finding a job quickly. According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) in the first quarter of 2014, the number of unemployed university graduates amounted to 254,000, and 230,200 unemployed college graduates. This shows that unemployment among university graduates is at a similar level to those with general education. The labour market will go through significant changes in the coming years and those who gained deficit skills, may count on finding a very good job. However, graduates who want to find not only a good job but also earn good money will have to make crucial decisions about their future education path. First of all, in the future, skills and competences rather than university diplomas will be of greater importance on the labour market. Therefore, when making a decision on selecting a field of study, it is worth considering technical studies. This is because the IT industry is developing extremely dynamically. Foreign language graduates with knowledge of English, German or French will also be easily employed in occupations related to technical support and project management. Irrespective of one’s degree, the labour market will require employees with high qualifications who, besides substantive knowledge of a particular industry, will be able to deliver a range of soft skills, including linguistic proficiency.
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Expernsive Siberian Energy

Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric Power

Extremely dry weather has pushed energy prices in Siberia to record levels, according to Kommersant. Normally energy in Siberia is about 30% cheaper than in the European part of Russia and in the Urals. Recently however, it was about 3.6% more expensive. East of the Urals, the price of 1 MWh hit 1,144 rubles (PLN 89.50). The lowest water level in Lake Baikal and the Angara river since 1981 is the cause of this increase in energy. The Angara river supplies the hydroelectric plants providing energy for the region. Private energy company Irkutskenergo reported that the low water level in Lake Baikal has meant that the hydroelectric station on the Angara is running at one-third output. Production could be increased if the government agreed to lower the minimum acceptable water level in Lake Baikal. However, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has not agreed to this change.
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Depopulation in Universities

Sad Future

Sad Future

In the course of one year, the number of teachers in Poland has fallen by 2,200. What is more, in the last four years, the number of academics in Poland has decreased by 5,000 people. This new trend is due to the difficult situation in Poland’s universities, according to a report prepared by Professor Jerzy Wilkin on behalf of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP).The conclusions of the report are being discussed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The demographic drop (in the number of students) that is set to continue until the end of this decade, was supposed to be an opportunity for universities to improve the quality of education in Poland. “The decrease in the number of students in higher education institutions should be used to increase the role of active forms of education and reduce the number of students in groups, and allow academics to become more involved in scientific research,” says Professor Jerzy Wilkin.
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Red-and-White in Baku

Baku 2015

Baku 2015

Representatives of the Polish synchronized swimming national team Wiktoria Grabowska and Swetlana Szczepańska together with their coach Helena Szczepańska are in the capital of Azerbaijan. Martyna Nowak, a psychologist from Polish Sports Medicine Centre, is accompanying them. They were met by Maja Włoszczowska in the Olympic Village. Maja Włoszczowska won silver at the Beijing Olympics in mountain biking.
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