Poland on a Plate

Polish 'Pierogi'

Polish ‘Pierogi’

Polish people increasingly eat outside the home due to an ever-quickening pace of life. At the same time, Polish people are becoming increasingly more aware and appreciative of gourmet quality and service. They are also open to new culinary experiments and the niche popularity of restaurants has begun to increase. Thanks to research conducted by Makro for the seventh edition of Polska na Talerzu (Poland on a Plate), we are discovering the culinary preferences of Polish people. They answered questions such as “why they eat outside?” giving answers such as ‘convenience’ or ‘saving time’. Polish people usually eat at pizzerias (76%), fast food joints (65%) and restaurants with a particular kind of cuisine (52%). Their favourite type of cuisine is Italian (81%), Polish (80%) and American (63%). The study also addressed the most common irks at such locales. The most common ones being the inability to swap ingredients in dishes, poor wifi and no children-friendly areas. On average, during the working week, respondents pay PLN 35 for food (per person), and at weekends PLN 36.
mediamakro.pl

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100-year-old Murdered

Zofia Kaczan

Zofia Kaczan

100-year-old Zofia Kaczan has died. At the end of May, the woman was brutally attacked by a thief, who pushed her to the pavement and snatched her bag. The brutal attack on 100-year-old Zofia Kaczan from Normanton in Derby took place on 28 May. According to local police, the woman was brutally attacked near church. The assailant pushed the 100-year-old to the pavement and then tore her purse away. She broke her neck and had to be taken to hospital. The police recently reported that Mrs Kaczan has sadly passed away. In May, she celebrated her 100th birthday and was a “beloved member” of the local community. “Attacking her was something disgusting,” said Darren De’ath, the police investigator. According to ITV News, police in Derbyshire detained a 39-year-old suspected of attacking Zofia Kaczan. He was first charged with robbery, and now manslaughter. The police are for witnesses so they can continue their investigations.

Kids Should Stay in Poland

Sad Truth

Sad Truth

Among many reforms carried out by the governing Law and Justice party (PiS), there are some targeted directly at children, or for the “good of the children” as the politicians in charge understand it. A recent proposal suggests that women who want to put their child up for adoption should have an additional two months to make their final decision (currently, it is 14 weeks). These extra 60 days will only prolong mothers’ suffering and deprive their children of the precious time needed to bond with their new families. Also, the number of international adoptions is dropping. This is due to limiting the number of adoption centres that can carry them out. Apparently, according to the ruling party such adoptions result in children losing their cultural roots. In other words, they want to preserve Polish children’s Polishness at all costs even if it leaves them suffering and alone. This cruel approach sees children as a ‘national treasure’ and it looks like PiS is willing to do anything to make them stay put.
Wysokie Obcasy

Enabling Parents

Enabling People?

Enabling People?

Parents of disabled people have been protesting for over a week in the Polish Parliament in Warsaw. A picket of around 100-150 people took place to demonstrate support for the protesters in front of the parliament building. Protesters are fighting for a better life for their disabled children – they want to increase government benefits for their rehabilitation. On 24 April, government representatives concluded an agreement with some of the protesting parents, however, the “agreement” was in fact created without the parents’ knowledge. The protesters are urging the government to increase benefits paid to parents who take care of their young and adult disabled children. Polish President Andrzej Duda, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska met the protesters last week. The President promised to meet their demands, which gave the protesters hope; but soon after the PM’s statement it was clear that the government did not wish to fulfil their wishes. Parents of disabled people prepared a middle-ground proposal for the government, which assumes that the government will gradually increase allowances, from PLN 300 to PLN 500 next year. The protesters continue to wait until the government analyses their proposal and issues a decision.
gazeta.pl

Official Air Quality App

Saving the Planet

Saving the Planet

On Christmas Eve, the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection (GIOŚ) officially launched a new app that provides information on air quality in Poland. The app uses geolocation to pinpoint the closest measuring station and download data, updated every hour, allowing its users to access alerts and warnings for the country and for specific cities. The app features all available air quality measurements as well as emission norms for particular substances. Depending on the concentration of harmful particulate matter, air quality is rated on a 6-degree scale from very good to very bad, where each level is assigned a colour from green to red. If, for example, the air quality is deemed “satisfactory” then spending a long time in the open air combined with physical exertion can have a negative impact on one’s health, and so the app will advise its users to “consider limiting activities in the open air, especially if they require prolonged or strenuous physical effort.” While the new app is not the first of its kind, GIOŚ cautions against using unauthorised programs, citing their unreliability. The official app is available free of charge.
Gazeta Wyborcza

Free Medicine?

Free?

Free?

According to Konstanty Radziwiłł, the government draft bill designed to provide senior citizens over the age of 75 with free medication is in its final stages. To be precise, the draft is being consulted internally and will be presented to the public. During a press conference, Radziwiłł also informed the audience that the government will implement procedures preventing situations, in which drugs are prescribed to senior citizens, but later acquired by unauthorised persons. What is more, free medicine will be included in a special list that will be part of a medical product list subject to reimbursement. Radziwiłł mentioned that the list of free medications is currently updated every 2 months and will be successively supplemented. Polish Deputy Minister of Health Krzysztof Łanda informed the public that the list will mostly include products used by elderly people and in particular those that can be reimbursed as much as 30% and 50%. At the same time he noted that not all of these medications will land on the ‘S’ list, because some of them might be abused by the customers. Łanda added that the lists of recommended medications for senior citizens will not include food or dietary supplements because public funds are not meant to be spent on technologies of unproven or doubtful efficiency.
biznes.pl

Water Beats Cola

Can't Beat Water

Can’t Beat Water

Pupils in Radom schools no longer prefer fizzy drinks thank to the installation of drinking fountains which provide young people with fresh, clean tap water. The project, sponsored by the EU, which cost more than PLN 70,000 has been a hit with kids. According to Karol Semik, deputy mayor of Radom, interest in the undertaking is growing as representatives of local government continue to ask about the installation of drinking fountains in schools. Most importantly, however, is the fact that pupils are not forced to drink water but happily do so, much to their parents’ great joy, who eagerly supported the initiative. The drinking fountains were first installed in easily accessible places in 10 schools, after which school children began switching from sugar-filled fizzy drinks to water. Consequently, local authorities in Radom decided to install fountains in every primary, middle and high school and other in institutions which were interested in the project. In effect, the city of Radom has taken the first step to being one of Poland’s healthiest cities.
finanse.wp.pl