Monument to 17-Year-Old Hero

Danuta "Inka" Siedzikówna

Danuta “Inka” Siedzikówna

A monument to Danuta “Inka” Siedzikówna, killed in 1946 by the Polish communist authorities, has been unveiled in Gdańsk. The monument was created by Andrzej Renes and cost around PLN 40,000; all the funds came from donations. Danuta Siedzikówna was born in September 1928 in Guszczewina (Podlasie region). At 15, she became a member of the Polish Home Army (AK) using the pseudonym Inka and underwent nurse training. Two years later, Inka was arrested by the Polish secret police (UB) and accused of working for the anti-communist resistance. Freed by the AK, she returned to working as a nurse and liaison, participating in operations against the NKVD (KGB) and the UB. In July 1946, Inka was sent to Gdańsk to collect medical supplies. She was arrested by the UB in a flat used by the resistance, after another liaison disclosed its location to the secret police. Inka was imprisoned, interrogated, and subsequently sentenced to death. Her relatives received a note smuggled out from prison saying: “I’m sad that I have to die. Tell grandma that I did the right thing.” Inka was executed on 28 August 1946. Just before being shot, the 17-year-old shouted: “Long live Poland.”
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Murder on Request

Perfect Murder?

Perfect Murder?

According to police, evidence suggests that 17-year-old Agata from Wejherowo, whose body was found in February in a park in Gdańsk, meticulously planned her own murder. Her motives remain unclear. At first, the police speculated that the girl, who attended a cadet school and wanted to serve in the army, decided to end her own life upon finding out that her health problems precluded her from pursuing the career she dreamt of. Agata disclosed her plans to two of her friends, asking for help. One of them, Wiktoria M., was supposed to kill Agata in the manner and location previously chosen by the victim. A day after the crime, Wiktoria M. was admitted to hospital with serious mental issues. During the few weeks that she spent there, she attempted to help another patient commit suicide, using a sharp instrument. While the intended victim survived, Wiktoria M. succeeded in drawing the attention of the police to herself, quickly becoming the prime suspect in Agata’s murder. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, shortly after Wiktoria M. was released from hospital, Agata’s mobile phone, which had been missing since the murder, was activated, proving the girl’s involvement in the crime. Now, Wiktoria M. is facing 25 years in prison, while Agata’s second friend, who knew about the planned murder but did nothing to prevent it, is being accused of obstruction of justice.
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First Underwater Building in World

Underwater Delight

Underwater Delight

The creation of the first underwater building in the world has been discussed in Tricity (Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot). Scientists from Gdańsk University of Technology and Deep Ocean Technology are working together on a project which financed by the National Centre for Research and Development. Initially, the building was supposed to be a research facility, but three years of research were completed without the need of a prototype. At first, a new hotel was to be built in place of the research facility, but ultimately a science centre is planned for construction. The main objectives of the research centre will be exploring new technology, underwater robotics, testing remotely-operated vehicles and a training centre for diving. The construction of the facility is expected to take two years and cost up to PLN 100 million. The underwater building consists of two discs: a steel disc submerged at a depth of 12.5 metres and a second disc above the water. Additionally, the discs are connected with a transport shaft. Three locations are being considered for the building: Beniowski Wharf in Gdynia, near the pier in Brzeźno or next to the breakwater at the entrance to the sea port in Gdańsk.
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Gdańsk Trams a Passenger Magnet

Gdańsk Tram

Gdańsk Tram

New tram routes together with new trams have meant a growth in the number of passengers travelling by tram in Gdańsk. Between 2009 and 2013, the total number of people travelling by tram in Gdańsk increased by 13.6%, which was a rise from 147.8 million passengers to 168 million passengers a year, according to “Investing in Trams Attracts New Passengers”, an article published on the Transport Publiczny (Public Transport) website. At the end of 2007 a new tram route from the Gdańsk city centre to the Chełm district was opened, and in the spring of 2012 passengers were given another route, from Chełm to Łostowice. What is more, the old tram routes have been modernised. The city has also invested in new, lowered-floor, two-directional Swing trams. Also, Gdańsk imports used carriages from Germany (also capable of driving in two directions). Transport Publiczny points out that over an analogous period, the number of public transport passengers in neighbouring Gdynia has decreased by 10.2%, from 99.2 to 89 million passengers a year. According to the author of the article, Gdynia’s problems were the result of poor decision-making on where and how to expand the already-existing bus and trolley-bus routes which in many cases were covered by the routes of the local city railway link (SKM).
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Innovative Cancer Drug in Poland

Cure for Cancer?

Cure for Cancer?

A company from Gdańsk is working on a cancer drug that is to be used to treat patients for whom chemotherapy has failed. The project is carried out by BS-154, an entity established by biotechnology company Blirt and the Pomerania Development Agency. Professor Edward Borowski, a specialist in medicinal chemistry, is in charge of the research. “There is a glut of antibacterial chemotherapeutic agents on the market, while the range of available effective cancer drugs is limited,” says Professor Borowski. It is extremely difficult to solve the problem of cancer cell resistance to chemotherapeutic agents, which are compounds used in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and neoplastic diseases. The development of multiple drug resistance, that is a condition of resistance to a variety of distinct medicines, is a particularly dangerous phenomenon. In fact, it is the principal reason of antineoplastic therapy failures for some carcinomas are resistant from the outset and other become so during chemotherapy. And that is precisely the problem which the new drug is expected to overcome. The project is already far advanced. At present, work focuses on selecting the lead compound, or the one for which a series of trials will be conducted. Research is being undertaken on a broad range of neoplasms, including both solid tumours like breast cancer and leukaemia. And the results are promising. The next step after preclinical trials will consist in clinical ones involving patients. If the results are good, the process of drug preparation and registration will begin. “If everything goes as expected, the optimistic scenario would see the medicine administered to patients in 6-8 years,” says Jerzy Milewski, CEO of Blirt SA.
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Ship of the Year 2014

Zerocat 120

ZeroCat 120

The ZeroCat 120 has been commended for its innovative technical specifications and electric propulsion solutions. The ferry is equipped with a set of batteries which can be charged on shore. During the “SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology) International Trade Fair” in Hamburg, the “Ship of the Year” award was announced. The electrically propelled ZeroCat 120 won this year’s prize. Its success was also down to many Polish enterprises. The aluminium hull of the catamaran is made by Aluyard Technology of the famous Gdańsk shipyard and the ship itself was designed by design studio Nelton from Pruszcz Gdański. ZeroCat 120 is 80 metres in length and 20.8 metres in width. It is designed to hold 360 passengers and 120 car vehicles. The ferry will sail short-distance routes in Norway, reaching a speed of 10 knots.
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Gdańsk Burns

Gdańsk Burns

Cars Burn

Several weeks ago, Gdańsk was in shock after a spate of arson attacks. A 33 year-old Gdańsk resident, suspected of setting fire to 19 cars, has been caught. TVN24 informed that the man pleaded guilty during a police interrogation. On one night in Gdańsk’s Suchanino district, over a dozen cars were set alight. It seems the vehicles were chosen at random, in a radius of approximately 5 km. According to preliminary police reports, the cars were set alight between 1:00 to 3:30 in the morning. The area has already been secured by police together with CCTV recordings from nearby buildings.
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