News: Agnieszka Radwańska has won her first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
The Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska has just beaten the Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecka in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) in the first round of Wimbledon 2015. We wish her the best of luck in the rest of the competition!
Agnieszka Radwanska playing at the Wimbledon tennis championship. Image is a screen shot from a television broadcast.
Agnieszka Radwańska was born in Krakow, Poland, on the 6th March 1989 and grew up in Ahaus, Germany. She is a Polish professional tennis player. In her career to date she has won fourteen career singles titles and has won more than $18 million in prize money. She is currently ranked at number 13 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
More about Agnieszka Radwańska on the official Wimbledon Tennis website.
News from Poland
In Poland, abortion has been severely restricted since the end of communist rule. Women may only be granted a termination of their pregnancy as a result of rape, incest, when their life is in danger, or there is serious damage to the foetus. As a result, access to abortion in Poland is among the most restricted in Europe.
In protest the Dutch women’s rights group ‘Women on Waves’ and ‘Ciocia Basia’ (Auntie Barbara), a Berlin-based abortion support group, plan to fly a drone carrying abortion pills over the border between Germany and Poland to waiting Polish activists. The drone flight will take place across the River Oder / Odra, which separates the German city of Frankfurt Oder from the Polish town of Slubice.
It has been estimated that several thousand women have abortions illegally in Poland or travel to countries like Finland or England each year for ‘abortions on demand’.
News from Poland
Comparing Education in Poland with the United Kingdom
According to a report by the Boston Consulting Group covered in an article published by the British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ Poland comes out better than the UK in several important aspects of education.
- Schools in Poland have smaller class sizes. Poland has an average class size of 20, while the UK average is 26.
- Polish children achieve higher levels in important subject areas. International test results for maths and science show that Poland’s students achieved higher test results than the UK.
- a higher percentage of students go on to university in Poland than do in the UK.
Well done Poland. It’s good to be able to report some good news from Poland!
NEWS FROM POLAND
According to the National Electoral Commission, Andrzej Duda, a 43-year-old former lawyer, backed by the right-wing Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość / PiS) party, has won the election to become President of Poland. Duda received 51.55% of the vote in yesterday’s presidential election with the incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, allied to the ruling centrist Civic Platform (PO), receiving 48.45% of votes cast. Turnout for this second round of elections between Duda and Komorowski was 55.34%.
NEWS FROM POLAND
A political poster on a notice board outside a church in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland, May 2015.
In the first round of the Polish elections for President of Poland two candidates gained enough support to ensure a second vote later this month. Andrzej Duda from the opposition Law and Justice party gained the most votes with 34.76 per cent of the votes. Second place went to incumbent president and former P.O ‘Civic Platform’ politician, Bronislaw Komorowski, who received 33.77 percent of the votes. While, singer and activist, Pawel Kukiz came in third place with just over 20% of the votes cast in this first round of the elections. In general, Komorowski, proved most popular with voters in the western provinces of Poland, Duda in the east of the country, and Kukiz was favoured most by younger voters.
Komorowski and Duda will go through to the second round of the elections on 24 May 2015.
Weird news from Poland
A packet of the controversial Cheetos Demony corn crisps / chips
A media campaign led by members of the Catholic Church is underway to persuade the manufacturer ‘Frito Lay Poland’ to discontinue production of the ‘Cheetos Demony’ range of snacks. Objectors to the devil, vampire and skeleton shaped potato corn puffs believe that the snacks may “lead to those consuming them believing that such beings are nice”, and that it is “unacceptable that children might have daily contact with the names of evil spirits”.
Donald Tusk, the new President of the European Council, speaking in English – a language he is said to have learnt in less than one year – about his life so far.
Poland’s first high speed Pendolino train ran for the first time today. It operated a scheduled PKP service between Warsaw and Krakow. Other services will operate between Warsaw, Gdansk, Wrocław, Krakow and Katowice. The train is built by Alstom and in tests prior to it going into official service achieved a speed of 291 km/h (181 mph). I for one can’t wait to travel on it!
News: Poland have just beaten Germany 2 goals to zero in the qualifying round of the Euro Football Championship at the Warsaw Stadium in Poland. This was the first time that Poland have ever beaten Germany in a football match. The home crowd and the millions of Poles watching the game on television were as you can imagine most happy! The actual competition will take place in France in 2016.
Germany are the current football world champions.
News: U.S State department has just approved Poland’s order of forty medium-range missiles for use from its forty-eight F16 jets. The American Lockheed Martin AGM-158 ‘Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff’ missiles have a maximum range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) and it is said that they will act as a “deterrent to regional threats”.
The cost of the deal forms the bulk of a € 390 million package that also includes upgrades to Poland’s fleet of F-16 jets.