Crazy BMW Driver Caught

Caught At Last

Caught At Last

According to a police witness, it was Robert N. who was sitting behind the wheel of the white BMW M3 as it raced through the streets of Warsaw on 5 June. Experts say that he was driving over 200 km/h. Despite a number of promises made by the police, prosecutors, and even the Prime Minister, nobody has been charged in the case yet. Currently, prosecutors are trying to determine whether the numerous charges that Robert N. faced in the past were rightfully dismissed. The man, nicknamed “Frog”, was detained by the police for two days and subsequently set free as the prosecutors did not ask for him to be remanded. He is being charged with seven offences that include using forged documents and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm; however, none of the charges pertain to him racing through the streets of Warsaw in a BMW. Robert Rynkun-Werner, the driver’s attorney, maintains that his client is innocent. According to the attorney, the police want to capitalise on people’s interest in the case in order to get good publicity while turning Robert N. into a gangster-like figure.
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Blurred Lines: the Polish Connection

Miley Grinds, Robin Likes

Miley Grinds, Robin Likes

The world’s latest and greatest summer single Blurred Lines hit record exposure when Miley Cyrus decided to get racy in her rendition of it together with its creator Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Awards. Miley Cyrus who once wowed the youth of the world as Hannah Montana has undergone a remarkable transformation which reached its pinnacle when she stripped into a near nude bikini combo twerked, pumped and grinded the visibly amused Robin Thicke during their ever-so-brief duet. The media fallout from their performance at the MTV Awards (shock, horror, fervour and excitement) has shot the two into the celebrity stratosphere.

Ratajkowski's Polish Roots

Ratajkowski’s Polish Roots

Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray, shot to fame as a Disney teen. Robin Thicke flirted with stardom but Blurred Lines catapulted him onto the A-list, largely however thanks to his racy video, the X-rated version of which was briefly banned by YouTube but has made its way back onto the site. The ‘original’ version shows three young, nubile women bouncing topless all over the video, but the girl who really catches the eye is brunette Emily Ratajkowski. She was born in the UK and was discovered by Ford Models at the tender age of 14. As her surname suggests, she has Polish roots. Her father is a painter of Polish descent. Her British mother is a professor who describes herself as a feminist.

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Spurs Want to Help Legia

Vlad, Not the Impaler

Vlad, Not the Impaler

England’s Tottenham Hotpur are pleading with Romania’s Steaua București not to play Spurs transfer target, defender Vlad Chiriches against Legia Warszawa in Tuesday’s second leg Champions League qualifier to protect him from injury. The London outfit and their boss André Villas-Boas wish to acquire the Romanian for around €9.5 million euro. The defender did not play in the first leg of the qualifier in Bucharest as he was injured and Spurs are worried that he could get injured in what will probably be a feisty encounter in Warsaw. However, Steaua București’s coach Laurențiu Reghecampf wishes to play Vlad from the very start of the game. 23-year-old Vlad Chiriches is regarded as one of Romania’s brightest prospects. If the transfer goes ahead, it will be one of the highest transfers fees paid for a Romanian player for years. Vlad would make £800,000 a year.
Wirtualna Polska

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Was Pope Benedict Betrayed?

Surprise Goodbye

Surprise Goodbye

There are suggestions that Pope Benedict XVI was betrayed by officials at the Roman Curia. The Italian press, in particular, has been eager to milk this story. Even though most commentators and Vatican experts are in agreement that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned due to health reasons, many also believe that members of the Roman Curia have allowed countless scandals to emerge and, some say, even aided the Pope in his decision to resign. Some journalists were also given free access to many of the Vatican’s secret documents. This included the Vatileaks scandal of 2012. This has also lead to media manipulation and journalists writing what the Roman Curia tell them to write. An example is something Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary, said several years ago. He stated that “one does not resign from being Pope as one cannot get down from the cross”. It was a reference to Pope John Paul II’s will to survive and continue his mission as Pope. Asked once again to justify Pope John Paul II’s reason for not stepping down despite his failing health and the pain he was suffering, Dziwisz repeated what he had said several years before. The Italian press have taken this as veiled criticism of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign his ministry.
Rzeczpospolita

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Łódź to Sue The Sun?

Promised Land or Not?

Promised Land or Not?

The Mayor of Łódź Hanna Zdanowska announced at a press conference that the city authorities intend to take legal action against The Sun for their Sunday article about the city. “As a citizen of Łódź and the city leader I feel both hurt and greatly offended by the way our city has been portrayed in The Sun article, which portrays Łódź as a place of no hope, dead streets, pawn brokers and drunks.” The Mayor of Łódź has already sent a letter to the editor of The Sun inviting him to come and visit the city and see how wrong his reporters are. Zdanowska also stated that she has been in touch with her legal team to see how fast the city authorities can take legal action against the newspaper which ‘manipulated’ the words of the city’s Director of Strategy Tomasz Jakubiec. Zdanowska has also asked Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene. According to the Mayor of Łódź the author of the article “does not have a clue what he’s talking about”. During the press conference Zdanowska asked Łódź citizens to post ‘I love Łódź’ messages of on The Sun’s Facebook page. She also added that The New York Times declared Łódź to be one of the 45 most interesting cities to visit in 2012.
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Rich Get Richer, Poor Get Poorer

Polish Development (Wyborcza.pl)

Polish Development (Wyborcza.pl)

The eastern part of Poland still lags behind western Poland but there are glimmers of hope. Rzeszów and Lublin have shown that after years of isolation it is still possible for provincial towns to shine. According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) only a few regions have shown positive GDP growth. These ‘positive’ regions include those surrounding Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź, Wrocław and Poznań. Certain areas and regions have managed to do little in the years 2000-2010. Szczecin typifies this with only a 14.3% over this ten-year period. What is more, poorer regions have faired worse than richer regions in this leaner time meaning that the divide between the rich and poor has widened. The growth of Silesia has also slowed due to the fact that one of its major advantages – motorways – is no longer unique. Infrastructure across the whole of Poland has improved with thousands of motorways and roads being built in the last decade. Silesia is no longer the land of the best infrastructure. A major positive point, however, is the fact that Poland’s growth is not, like in the Czech Republic, Hungary or Slovakia, centred on only one city yet spread across the major centres mentioned above.
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Making Money (but not in Warsaw)

Make Money outside Warsaw

Make Money outside Warsaw

Last year, salaries in Warsaw increased by 0.1%. In other cities, salaries are rising even faster. Last year, the average salary in Warsaw enterprises was PLN 4,683, 4.4% higher than in 2010. However, after taking into consideration inflation, real earnings in Warsaw were only 0.1% higher. To compare, at the same time the average earnings in Katowice enterprises saw an increase of 6.4% (2.1% in real terms), that is PLN 5,005, according to the Statistical Office in Wrocław. Consequently, this city is a better place to work than Warsaw in terms of earnings. Other cities are fast catching up with Wrocław. For instance, in 2009 the average salary in Lublin was 63.5% of the Warsaw salary, while last year it was 74.8%.

What is more, it is no surprise that Katowice tops the salaries charts. Professor Mieczysław Kabaj from the Institute of Labour and Social Studies believes that these increases in salaries are thanks to such industries as mining or metallurgy. Nevertheless, experts are also concerned about the weakening position of Warsaw. “The situation may have been triggered by the fact that companies are cutting costs in Warsaw in order to increase competitiveness,” says Ernest Pytlarczyk, chief economist of BRE Bank. Cutting costs often equates to lower wages. Companies do this when they have a greater choice of potential employees, like in Warsaw. However, many people continue to travel from other cities to look for work in Warsaw. As a result, there are more future employees than employers. The prospects for employees are, therefore, obvious. “Earnings in Warsaw will grow but not as fast as in other cities,” says Professor Kabaj. He adds that increases in salaries are inevitable because companies will have to pay more to keep the best specialists. Also, Warsaw’s low unemployment rate favours salary increases. In February the unemployment rate in Warsaw amounted to 4%, while in Poland as a whole it was 13.5%.
Gazeta Prawna

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