The First NewsFri, 26 Apr 2019 05:45:56 +0200US to present F-35 to Poland - USAF Secretaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-present-f-35-to-poland---usaf-secretary-5706<p>The US Air Force will send a team to Poland to present its multi-purpose F-35 fighter, Warsaw-visiting Secretary of the United States Air Force Heather Wilson informed on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 20:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tb06tlujr4op30x2s0no5o.jpegIn early April, the US Defence Department announced that the US government was considering selling F-35s to five countries, including Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-present-f-35-to-poland---usaf-secretary-5706V4-Japan format increasingly active, Polish PM says at summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-japan-format-increasingly-active-polish-pm-says-at-summit-5703<p>The relations between the regional Visegrad Group (V4) and Japan have been strengthening along with plans for increased trade and mutual investments, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at the third V4-Japan summit in Bratislava on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xkaqf35s7tlyc46z1j0qii.jpegApart from Morawiecki, the meeting was attended by Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini, Czech PM Andrej Babis, Hungarian Deputy PM Mihaly Varga and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-japan-format-increasingly-active-polish-pm-says-at-summit-5703Teachers suspend strike until Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/union-to-suspend-teachers-strike-until-september-5702<p>The Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP) on Thursday suspended an ongoing national teacher strike as of April 27 to enable this year's Matura (secondary school graduation) exams.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/528qx2i6mmf6u4qvgd0b6c.jpeg“We teachers, we parents and we students say clearly: we will not give in and we will not give up fighting for good Polish education,” Broniarz emphasised.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/union-to-suspend-teachers-strike-until-september-5702Ace in the hole! Archeologists stumble upon 1200-year-old tomb after nearly falling down burial holehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ace-in-the-hole-archeologists-stumble-upon-1200-year-old-tomb-after-nearly-falling-down-burial-hole-5700<p>Polish archeologists in Peru have accidentally discovered a 1200-year-old metallurgist’s tomb – after nearly falling into a hole where it was buried.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:29:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h3k03ilbmlx79dstrs8y.jpegThe 20-year-old man had been buried in a sitting position and covered with cloth. He had a dozen well-used bronze tools with him, including a saw, a variety of knives, an axe and chisel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ace-in-the-hole-archeologists-stumble-upon-1200-year-old-tomb-after-nearly-falling-down-burial-hole-5700Digitisation will have positive effect on jobs, report showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digitisation-will-have-positive-effect-on-jobs-report-shows-5698<p>As a result of the digitisation process, 87 percent of Polish companies want to maintain or increase their staff levels over the next two years while only 7 percent want to cut jobs, a report by workforce services provider ManpowerGroup shows.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sel1oqq5f9ng0jown4f2ga.jpegDigitisation does not aim to replace people with machines, but to increase companies' efficiency and their competitive edge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digitisation-will-have-positive-effect-on-jobs-report-shows-5698Polish and Japanese PMs meet in Bratislavahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-japanese-pms-meet-in-bratislava-5696<p>Prime Ministers of Poland and Japan Mateusz Morawiecki and Shinzo Abe, who met on Wednesday in Bratislava, agreed after the meeting to strive for a free-trade agreement between EU and Japan to take effect, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 13:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pgn71g2nj3j9uu9g0wykct.jpegPolish and Japanese PMs meet in Bratislava.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-japanese-pms-meet-in-bratislava-5696Plans to introduce bird of prey to ‘scare off’ Kraków pigeons ruffles feathers with bird lovershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plans-to-introduce-bird-of-prey-to-scare-off-krakow-pigeons-ruffles-feathers-with-bird-lovers-5691<p>Kraków council officials are to take on a Falconer to help rid the city’s main market square of pigeons.</p>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 13:00:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e6lk99rlotkwghxuuje7.jpegOne of the tourist attractions on the old market square in Kraków is the number of pigeons. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plans-to-introduce-bird-of-prey-to-scare-off-krakow-pigeons-ruffles-feathers-with-bird-lovers-5691Krzysztof Komeda: A flight so senselessly interruptedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krzysztof-komeda-a-flight-so-senselessly-interrupted-5688<p>It was 50 years ago when Krzysztof Komeda’s life ended.</p>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:17:00 +0200Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yfrektjs58pz3xwxvk9xba.pngIn every jazz album poll in Poland over the past 50 years Komeda’s “Astigmatic” takes first place.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krzysztof-komeda-a-flight-so-senselessly-interrupted-5688Time capsule buried under bridge by King Frederick William IV discovered after 168 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-capsule-buried-under-bridge-by-king-frederick-william-iv-discovered-after-168-years-5685<p>A time capsule buried by a Prussian king has been sensationally discovered during work on an historic 19th-century bridge in the northern Polish town of Tczew.</p>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:21:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8y6w7n4818hctjs5oyvt3n.jpegThe heavy brass time capsule weighing around 6-7 kilos and measuring 15cm tall was placed under the foundation stone, which was symbolically laid on 27 July that year by the Prussian king Frederick William IV.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-capsule-buried-under-bridge-by-king-frederick-william-iv-discovered-after-168-years-5685Record high support for Poland's EU membership - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-high-support-for-polands-eu-membership---poll-5684<p>The support for Poland's EU membership increased to 91 percent in March, 2019, the highest result on record, according to the latest poll conducted by the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CBOS).</p>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m53uwfs1gimnd3688b6zs.jpegIn March, 2019, the acceptance of Poland's presence in the EU reached a record level of 91 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-high-support-for-polands-eu-membership---poll-5684Tip off leads art detectives to priceless looted art hanging on wall of prestigious Berlin museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tip-off-leads-art-detectives-to-priceless-looted-art-hanging-on-wall-of-prestigious-berlin-museum-5681<p>A painting looted out of Poland by Soviet forces at the end of the Second World War has been discovered hanging on a wall in one of Germany’s leading art museums in central Berlin.</p>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:41:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pm84nzuqcxawkdqeyaiwyf.jpegBefore WWII, the painting was held in the collections of the Silesian Museum of Fine Arts in what was then the German city of Breslau, today’s Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tip-off-leads-art-detectives-to-priceless-looted-art-hanging-on-wall-of-prestigious-berlin-museum-5681Poznań snapper joins A-list of global photographers with his stunning black and whiteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-snapper-joins-a-list-of-global-photographers-with-his-stunning-black-and-whites-5677<p>A Polish photographer has been confirmed as one of the world’s elite snappers after winning the prestigious One Eyeland award for his expressive black and white photos.</p>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:02:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/it2gk4nxvmvtt7cez6l8.jpegTree-mendous! Broziak’s photo of a girl in a tree took gold in the fine art category.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-snapper-joins-a-list-of-global-photographers-with-his-stunning-black-and-whites-5677Game of phones: Moaning while roaming could soon be a thing of the past for Ukrainians in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-of-phones-moaning-while-roaming-could-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past-for-ukrainians-in-poland-5675<p>As more Ukrainians move west to work, Poland is thinking about abolishing roaming charges for them and citizens of certain other countries to its east.</p>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7hsr6doqb1gsbt0s62q38.jpegAt the moment, various Polish mobile operators offer packages with cheap calls to Ukraine, catering to the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who have moved to the country to work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-of-phones-moaning-while-roaming-could-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past-for-ukrainians-in-poland-5675The man behind the smallest house in the world is back - and this time he’s gone BIGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-the-smallest-house-in-the-world-is-back---and-this-time-hes-gone-big-5671<p>If once Poland was perceived as a dark, dank country buried in Orwellian gloom, nowadays a new generation of creatives, designers, artisans and architects have lent her a dynamic thrust that’s become impossible to overlook.</p>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:30:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pvuwi4gg7hhn6hskm58qzk.jpegWhilst visibly proud of the Keret House, Szczęsny refuses to be defined by it with his prolific output guaranteeing his ongoing relevance both home and abroad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-the-smallest-house-in-the-world-is-back---and-this-time-hes-gone-big-5671President Duda sends message of sympathy to Sri Lankan Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-message-of-sympathy-to-sri-lankan-president-5670<p>Following the deadly terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda offered condolences to the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.</p>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 20:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/spofnat7dyfikr42lzic7.jpegSri Lankan police investigate the scene after an explosion hit Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-message-of-sympathy-to-sri-lankan-president-5670The Michelin Man: Daniel Pawełek, the founder of five Michelin-lauded concepts, speaks outhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-michelin-man-daniel-pawelek-the-founder-of-five-michelin-lauded-concepts-speaks-out-5668<p>There wasn’t much in Daniel Pawełek’s early life to suggest a future at the very prow of Poland’s food revolution. Raised in Sosnowiec, the founder of the Ferment restaurant group reminisces of a youth spent pooling his pocket money to spend on slab-like pizzas slathered in ketchup and greasy burgers in unidentified sauce. “Looking back,” he smiles, “it wasn’t till I first visited London that I had a legitimate bottle of wine.”</p>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 19:44:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2gjkcekz2ikrk58zkild9.jpegOnce of The Grill at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Daniel Pawełek has become one of the leading lights of the Polish food revolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-michelin-man-daniel-pawelek-the-founder-of-five-michelin-lauded-concepts-speaks-out-5668Got a Polish grandparent? Then come and play rugby for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/got-a-polish-grandparent-then-come-and-play-rugby-for-poland-5666<p>It was a chance encounter a year ago at a rugby tournament in the Scottish borders that opened the door to playing international rugby for Poland for Ronan Seydak, a 25-year-old from Edinburgh.</p>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 16:53:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w5ylq29delntxvh0zbv8s.jpegScotland-born Ronan Seydak in action for Poland. He and his brother both qualify for Poland owing to having a Polish grandparent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/got-a-polish-grandparent-then-come-and-play-rugby-for-poland-5666Poland strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lankahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strongly-condemns-terrorist-attacks-in-sri-lanka-5665<p>Poland strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out in Sri Lanka, condemns all manifestations of terrorism and violence, Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website on Sunday.</p>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pbcr9n74qjoy1avn2xe6yg.jpegIn Sri Lanka, there were eight explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, local media reported.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strongly-condemns-terrorist-attacks-in-sri-lanka-5665Egg-cellent: the fantastic traditions of a Polish Easterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/egg-cellent-the-fantastic-traditions-of-a-polish-easter-115<p>In Poland the Easter traditions come rich, thick and fast. From the blessing of baskets of food to pouring water over women, the country boasts a glorious mix of traditions that set the Easter holiday apart from all others.</p><p>Many of the traditions, such as Śmigus-Dyngus, which involves soaking women on Easter Monday, and egg painting have their roots and influences in pagan times. But nearly all of them are now closely bound to Christianity. Families, will, for example, take a small basket containing eggs, bread, sausage and salt and pepper to church to be blessed.</p><p>The food from the basket will take centre place on the dining table come Easter Sunday for the traditional breakfast, a table-stressing affair of piles of food—many of them cold cuts of meat and sausage—and bowls of żurek soup.</p><p>Rounding things off come cakes such as babka, a sweet yeast cake, and mazurek, a flat tart-like creation, decorated with dried fruit.</p>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:29:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iimegadef6biasgyf40e7.jpegEaster baskets are blessed at a church.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/egg-cellent-the-fantastic-traditions-of-a-polish-easter-115Nearly 5,000 electric cars in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-5000-electric-cars-in-poland-5663<p>Poland had 4,987 electric passenger cars and 646 charging stations at the end of March, the newly-launched Electric Mobility Counter has shown.</p>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ekp2bbtpo1wgdh493j07.jpegNearly 5,000 electric cars in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-5000-electric-cars-in-poland-5663So Mars away from here: volunteers get shut in simulated Martian base to learn about life on another planethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-base-volunteers-get-shut-in-simulated-mars-base-to-learn-about-life-on-another-planet-5659<p>A new season has begun at the Lunares cosmic base, an off-world habitat located on a former airfield that simulates life on a space station located on a distant planet.</p>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:51:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/970m76c5y48askqhdv4otm.jpegLife on Mars, although this space walk is actually taking place in Piła.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-base-volunteers-get-shut-in-simulated-mars-base-to-learn-about-life-on-another-planet-5659Binning the bag: government plans to broaden plastic-bag charge in bid to clean up countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/binning-the-bag-government-plans-to-broaden-plastic-bag-charge-in-bid-to-clean-up-country-5656<p>With Europe cracking down on plastic pollution, Poland plans to extend its charge on plastic bags, with the Minister of the Environment hoping that they will soon “be confined to history”.</p>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:17:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l6qcdegmp112cb2581pfn.jpegA disappearing sight. More charges on plastic bags are being introduced with the aim of curbing their use.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/binning-the-bag-government-plans-to-broaden-plastic-bag-charge-in-bid-to-clean-up-country-5656Yellow flowers of spring - and of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/yellow-flowers-of-spring---and-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-113<p>Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, daffodils have become synonymous with the beginning of spring. But in Poland, they have yet another meaning - the commemoration of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.</p>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:00:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9nb4n7um9mrj4pcf2jqf.jpegFor years, Marek Edelman, a leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, received a bouquet of yellow daffodils from an anonymous person on April 19th, the day the uprising broke out in 1943.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/yellow-flowers-of-spring---and-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-113‘We knew we couldn’t win. We fought so we could die with dignity.’ Harrowing words of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising survivor a powerful reminder of heroism in adversity on 76th anniversary of doomed resistancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-knew-we-couldnt-win-we-fought-so-we-could-die-with-dignity-harrowing-words-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-survivor-a-powerful-reminder-of-heroism-in-adversity-on-76th-anniversary-of-doomed-resistance-5653<p>On 19 April 1943, Jewish fighters from the Jewish Combat Organisation and the Jewish Military Union rose up in the Warsaw Ghetto in the first urban rebellion against the Germans in occupied Europe.</p>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:51:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c5week9ommtzujagbvho9.jpegOne of the most iconic photos of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising shows a terrified young boy with his hands raised in surrender as women and children pulled from a bunker are surrounded by German troops.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-knew-we-couldnt-win-we-fought-so-we-could-die-with-dignity-harrowing-words-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-survivor-a-powerful-reminder-of-heroism-in-adversity-on-76th-anniversary-of-doomed-resistance-5653Insurance giant Warta probes use of AI to deal with claimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurance-giant-warta-probes-use-of-ai-to-deal-with-claims-5650<p>To streamline communication with customers, Polish insurance company Warta has turned to artificial intelligence.</p>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/08obgr3xy3sa4rg6eqa81k8.jpegBy developing intelligent machines that can mimic cognitive functions associated with humans, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionise sectors such as banking and insurance by carrying out tasks that formerly required a member of staff.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurance-giant-warta-probes-use-of-ai-to-deal-with-claims-5650Last Friday, I drove 700km for one hour of music by Krzysztof Herdzin. Was it worth it? You bet!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-friday-i-drove-700km-for-one-hour-of-music-by-krzysztof-herdzin-was-it-worth-it-you-bet-5647<p>Krzysztof Herdzin is a genius.</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:33:00 +0200Dan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1vt5bm31zhh5e6jdrmhavm.jpegComposer, arranger, pianist and singer, Krzysztof Herdzin is at ease with both classical and pop. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-friday-i-drove-700km-for-one-hour-of-music-by-krzysztof-herdzin-was-it-worth-it-you-bet-5647Will they stay or will they go? Reports suggest Huawei can stay, despite security riskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-they-stay-or-will-they-go-reports-suggest-huawei-can-stay-despite-security-risks-5645<p>Amid concerns about security, Poland is mulling raising standards for telecom equipment used in its future 5G network – but, according to the latest reports, is unlikely to ban Chinese company Huawei completely.</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0jnr7cmjjyhybxbnxxa9.jpegHuawei is the world’s largest maker of mobile network infrastructure equipment, but there are now concerns about its ties with the Chinese government, suggesting that its 5G equipment could be used to spy on other countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-they-stay-or-will-they-go-reports-suggest-huawei-can-stay-despite-security-risks-5645Polish National Committee offers France help in rebuilding Notre-Damehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-committee-offers-france-help-in-rebuilding-notre-dame-5643<p>Polish National Committee ICOMOS has offered France help in the reconstruction of Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, partially destroyed by fire on Monday night, Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has announced.</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5pwzbkqfo5ro4zc4dlj7yq.jpegPolish National Committee offers France help in rebuilding Notre-Dame.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-committee-offers-france-help-in-rebuilding-notre-dame-5643Diplomat who used fake passports to save hundreds of Jews during WWII named Righteous Among the Nationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diplomat-who-used-fake-passports-to-save-hundreds-of-jews-during-wwii-named-righteous-among-the-nations-5639<p>A Polish diplomat who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during WWII by giving them false passports is to be named a Righteous Among the Nations, according to reports.</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:27:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j6ngpg7peud5bx0297l9zs.jpegThe illegal passports were paid for by Jewish groups, while the Polish diplomats acted as the middlemen, giving bribes or producing the fake passports.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diplomat-who-used-fake-passports-to-save-hundreds-of-jews-during-wwii-named-righteous-among-the-nations-5639Thrilling new WWII game based on blockbuster film Courier tests players’ cunning, nerves and patiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thrilling-new-wwii-game-based-on-blockbuster-film-courier-tests-players-cunning-nerves-and-patience-5634<p>In the embodiment of a resistance fighter with the Home Army, forge a path across occupied Europe and deliver your secret documents.</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:25:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gw5gt6ouurj1hc8lc0p6p6.jpegThe game was created by the Warsaw Rising Museum, which also produced the film Courier, and Polish game company Granna.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thrilling-new-wwii-game-based-on-blockbuster-film-courier-tests-players-cunning-nerves-and-patience-5634Polish PM at New York Uni. on Poland's relations with Russia, US, EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-at-new-york-uni-on-polands-relations-with-russia-us-eu-5632<p>Poland's relations with Russia, the USA and the EU were among topics of the Wednesday discussion with the participation of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki organised as part of the Transatlantic Dialogue series at New York University (NYU).</p>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ezpop32aeyp83aqw47nn9v.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, aggressive Russian actions in recent years have recently changed the international context.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-at-new-york-uni-on-polands-relations-with-russia-us-eu-5632Polish shipyard launches navy vessel for Swedenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shipyard-launches-navy-vessel-for-sweden-5630<p>A 74-metre-long surveillance ship for the Royal Swedish Navy was launched on Wednesday in Gdynia, northern Poland. The ship was built jointly by two Polish shipyards Nauta and Gdynia-based Stocznia Wojenna (Naval Yard).</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pgmn5u7j7a033ak6ykmxzx.jpegAfter the completion of works in Gdynia's shipyards, the surveillance ship will be transported to the shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shipyard-launches-navy-vessel-for-sweden-5630Father of contemporary Polish poster art Ryszard Kaja dies at the age of 57https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/father-of-contemporary-polish-poster-art-ryszard-kaja-dies-at-the-age-of-57-5628<p>Ryszard Kaja, an artist hailed by many as the father of latter day Polish poster art, and touted by all as one of the outstanding talents of his generation, has died at the age of 57 following a battle against illness.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yhfefdgecgngs688rmtfee.jpegRyszard Kaja took inspiration from his copious travels around the country to produce over 120 posters that captured the public’s imagination with their depiction of the beautiful, bizarre, kitsch and mundane aspects of the nation. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/father-of-contemporary-polish-poster-art-ryszard-kaja-dies-at-the-age-of-57-5628Poland may enter G20 in 2029 - Polish Economic Institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-enter-g20-in-2029---polish-economic-institute-5627<p>In an optimistic scenario, Poland will become a member of the G20 group in 2029, the Polish Economic Institute wrote in a report.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hszadjyvsbwauqwtk3tvaf.jpegFinance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a formal family photo during the G-20 meeting at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, 12 April 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-enter-g20-in-2029---polish-economic-institute-5627Grave business: Conservationists find king’s remains exposed under broken coffin lid as they open up sarcophagus for first time in 100 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-conservationists-find-kings-remains-exposed-under-broken-coffin-lid-as-they-open-up-sarcophagus-for-first-time-in-100-years-5620<p>The sarcophagi of three of Poland’s rulers have been opened in the crypt of Wawel Cathedral revealing the coffins for the first time in over 100 years as part of conservation work.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:19:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6un2jjvhyok6t239kxmkva.jpegThe archaeological work will study the bones of king Augustus II the Strong as well as his robes and funerary goods that were placed in the coffin with him.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-conservationists-find-kings-remains-exposed-under-broken-coffin-lid-as-they-open-up-sarcophagus-for-first-time-in-100-years-5620Munitions dump in Białowieza could explode triggering fire that ‘would wipe out hundreds of hectares of forest’, experts warnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/munitions-dump-in-bialowieza-could-explode-triggering-fire-that-would-wipe-out-hundreds-of-hectares-of-forest-experts-warn-5616<p>The State Forest Authority has warned that hundreds of hectares of the famous Białowieża Forest are threatened by a “bomb that could explode at any moment”.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:25:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kdqrt1pifyddratzlhf10c.jpegThe forest, which straddles the border with Belarus, is one of the last surviving tracts of low-land primeval forest in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/munitions-dump-in-bialowieza-could-explode-triggering-fire-that-would-wipe-out-hundreds-of-hectares-of-forest-experts-warn-5616Average corporate wage and employment rise in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-march-5614<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 5.7 percent year on year to PLN 5,164.53 (EUR 1208.50) in March. In monthly terms, the wage grew by 4.3 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m1vobkza06nwcfx7mo94w.jpegAverage corporate wage and employment rise in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-march-5614Adorable bearcat born on St. Valentine’s Day sets hearts fluttering with debut appearancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bearcat-born-on-st-valentines-day-sets-hearts-fluttering-with-debut-appearance-5612<p>A rare bearcat cub born on February 14th has made its first public appearance to the delight of zookeepers and the public.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:50:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ha7hn7k2pcpbv30f2fl0tg.jpegThe cute bearcat was born on St. Valentine’s Day in Łodż Zoo. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bearcat-born-on-st-valentines-day-sets-hearts-fluttering-with-debut-appearance-5612Press agency’s outrage over photo journalist’s arrest in Israelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/press-agencys-outrage-over-photo-journalists-arrest-in-israel-5609<p>Press agencies are calling for the release of a Palestinian photo journalist who has been detained in Israel and is now facing deportation to Jordan.</p>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3n32w613h0p1j2elmnd2lr.jpegMustafa Kharouf was arrested after his application for family unification was rejected by Israeli authorities. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/press-agencys-outrage-over-photo-journalists-arrest-in-israel-5609Secret documents revealing last days of WWII resistance found hidden in family attic where Auschwitz beast livedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-documents-revealing-last-days-of-wwii-resistance-found-hidden-in-family-attic-where-auschwitz-beast-lived-5600<p>Rare documents shedding light on the final days of the Home Army and the beginning of the so-called second conspiracy have been discovered during refurbishment work on a family home in Oświęcim.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:42:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mpnuebwek1ajlpfynai7aa.pngThe documents written by resistance fighter Stanisław Chybiński (top right) were found hidden in the attic of a house in the town of Oświęcim where SS monster Otto Moll (bottom left) used to live. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-documents-revealing-last-days-of-wwii-resistance-found-hidden-in-family-attic-where-auschwitz-beast-lived-5600Aviation industry booming as airport traffic set to hit 50 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aviation-industry-booming-as-airport-traffic-set-to-hit-50-million-5597<p>The number of people using Polish airports is set to hit 50 million with Poland having one of the highest growth potentials in Europe, according to a report by PwC.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/097fikh9zs34vgc7i2rc4tc.jpegLast year Chopin airport serviced 17,755,500 passengers, an increase of 12.7 percent. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aviation-industry-booming-as-airport-traffic-set-to-hit-50-million-5597Kraków team launches world’s FIRST satellite which navigates with ‘spinning magnetic liquid’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-launches-worlds-first-satellite-which-navigates-with-spinning-magnetic-liquid-5593<p>A unique satellite built by Kraków students is to be launched into orbit from a NASA-owned centre in the US.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:14:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1po7gfpf75yw3thdp2k1b.jpegKRAKsat will be placed inside the Cygnus spacecraft, which will be launched into orbit aboard an Antares 230 rocket, with lift-off scheduled for 10:46 pm Polish time on Wednesday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility, on the US east coast. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-launches-worlds-first-satellite-which-navigates-with-spinning-magnetic-liquid-5593Poland ready to assist Notre Dame cathedral reconstruction - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-assist-notre-dame-cathedral-reconstruction---president-5592<p>President Andrzej Duda wrote in a message of sympathy to the French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that Poland was ready to participate in the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was destroyed by fire a day earlier.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zf6xa5ply1hr6gwca7rwb.jpegFrench President Emmanuel Macron (C) speaks with firemen as they fight against a fire burning the roof of the Notre-Dame cathedral.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-assist-notre-dame-cathedral-reconstruction---president-5592PKO BP: national cloud ready for usershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-national-cloud-ready-for-users-5590<p>We have completed the successive construction stage of a national cloud, we have launched services for the PKO Bank Polski and are ready to service further customers, PKO BP Vice-President and Supervisory Board head Adam Marciniak and National Cloud Operator CEO Michał Potoczek have informed PAP.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5x0iui2gydm6m59ydy9ie3.jpegMichał Potoczek explained that the transformation from traditional IT to cloud technology requires entrepreneurs to carry out a number of surveys and lay down a transformation strategy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-national-cloud-ready-for-users-5590Notre-Dame Cathedral should be rebuilt together by Europeans - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/notre-dame-cathedral-should-be-rebuilt-together-by-europeans---pm-5588<p>"Let's rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral together as Europeans," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Monday evening, referring to the fire that consumed the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.</p>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:45:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kv8bpyubgieqh36dmgs4bn.jpegA fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital Notre Dame Cathedral.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/notre-dame-cathedral-should-be-rebuilt-together-by-europeans---pm-5588Innovators help cancer sufferers with depression by introducing them to stunning virtual reality worldshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovators-help-cancer-sufferers-with-depression-by-introducing-them-to-stunning-virtual-reality-worlds-5586<p>A group of Polish innovators is looking to use revolutionary VR technology to help cancer patients suffering from depression.</p>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:42:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i93p0yw9d7op7k8fjquwb.pngThe cancer patients are taken into a number of different fantasy worlds where they can feel relaxed and overcome fears and anxieties.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovators-help-cancer-sufferers-with-depression-by-introducing-them-to-stunning-virtual-reality-worlds-5586Now, THAT’S food for thought! With millions of tonnes of food annually going to waste, Warsaw locals introduce food-sharing schemehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-food-for-thought-with-millions-of-tonnes-of-food-annually-going-to-waste-warsaw-locals-introduce-food-sharing-scheme-5581<p>A new initiative aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes of food that go to waste every year has kicked off in Warsaw with a set of ‘food-sharing’ points.</p>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:53:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1csfpyx568kjdj7mbxwfats.jpegOne way to reduce the enormous amounts of food that go to waste are the food-sharing points – 'jadłodzielnie' in Polish – that have begun operating in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-food-for-thought-with-millions-of-tonnes-of-food-annually-going-to-waste-warsaw-locals-introduce-food-sharing-scheme-5581Deal signed for co-financing of Baltic Pipe Projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deal-signed-for-co-financing-of-baltic-pipe-project-5579<p>On Monday, in Brussels, Gaz-System S.A., a Polish gas transmission operator, signed a contract for co-financing of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, thanks to which natural gas from Norway will be transported to Poland.</p>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3us1mjjngnlf3o52h3gfmt.jpegEuropean Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic (L), Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (C) European Commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete (R) during a signing ceremony for an agreement on financing the Baltic Pipe Polish-Danish gas pipeline project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deal-signed-for-co-financing-of-baltic-pipe-project-5579Aces high: World’s Smallest jet takes to the skieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aces-high-worlds-smallest-jet-takes-to-the-skies-5577<p>The world's smallest business jet Flaris LAR 1 has made its debut flight after successfully taking off from Zielona Góra.</p>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/747vsy37f1ov1plcgz7o9l.jpegThe tests also confirmed the LAR 1's ability to take off using less than 100 metres of runway and climb at a rate of 5,900 feet a minute or 30 metres per second.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aces-high-worlds-smallest-jet-takes-to-the-skies-5577March's CPI inflation in Poland at 1.7 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-cpi-inflation-in-poland-at-17-pct-yy---stats-office-5575<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.7 percent year on year and by 0.3 percent month on month in March 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/buddjrfvquissp5adsqn.jpegEconomists polled by PAP before the flash publication predicted that March's CPI would reach 1.7 percent year on yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-cpi-inflation-in-poland-at-17-pct-yy---stats-office-5575Poland wins three medals at European Wrestling Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-three-medals-at-european-wrestling-championships-5574<p>Armenian-born Polish classical wrestler Gevorg Sahakyan won the silver medal in the 67 kilogramme category of the 2019 European Wrestling Championships in Bucharest, Romania. Gold went to Atakan Yuksel of Turkey.</p>Sun, 14 Apr 2019 20:38:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w4ckh062t9ay1p7jllgpye.jpegGevorg Sahakyan in the final fight with Atakan Yuksel of Turkey.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-three-medals-at-european-wrestling-championships-5574Grape Expectations: on the home front, domestic wine production has discovered a captive audience as quality hits new peakshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grape-expectations-on-the-home-front-domestic-wine-production-has-discovered-a-captive-audience-as-quality-hits-new-peaks-5572<p>Driven by young, urbane professionals with a nose for the good things in life, the Polish wine sector has enjoyed a remarkable boom since the economic jump start that EU accession provided in 2004.</p>Sun, 14 Apr 2019 19:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iub3bvn769w2n06ac55w9.jpegAdoria, one of the pioneering Polish wines, comes from vineyards in the Wrocław region.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grape-expectations-on-the-home-front-domestic-wine-production-has-discovered-a-captive-audience-as-quality-hits-new-peaks-5572Watts up: major power company aiming to increase green energy outputhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/watts-up-major-power-company-aiming-to-increase-green-energy-output-5570<p>Amid rising concern about climate change in Europe and beyond, Polish power company PGE is turning its attention to solar energy, with plans to increase photovoltaic power to 2.5 GW.</p>Sun, 14 Apr 2019 13:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96qdjo0jiuuug3w4sxzy69.jpegPGE plans to launch a programme that will ultimately produce 2.5 GW of photovoltaic power.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/watts-up-major-power-company-aiming-to-increase-green-energy-output-5570Poland’s biggest concert hall to go up in Warsaw’s Praga districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-biggest-concert-hall-to-go-up-in-warsaws-praga-district-5568<p>Plans to build a massive 1,850-seat concert hall—the biggest in Poland—in the city’s less-fashionable Praga district have just received the green light.</p>Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:53:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mq5qx70gn89aqoal7vfbtl.jpegThe huge project will also involve the renovation of a number of old buildings along with the construction of the concert hall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-biggest-concert-hall-to-go-up-in-warsaws-praga-district-5568Culture minister to meet film industry representatives in LAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-minister-to-meet-film-industry-representatives-in-la-5566<p>Meetings with US film industry representatives and the premiere of the film 'Poland: The Royal Tour' are the main points of a visit by Polish Culture Minister, Deputy PM Piotr Gliński to Los Angeles. On Sunday he will meet members of the local Polish diaspora.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 20:22:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lw136dcewg1v4x6oacti2.jpegThe Polish part of 'The Royal Tour' will premiere on Monday with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Gliński at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-minister-to-meet-film-industry-representatives-in-la-5566Witcher crew rolls in to start filming as Netflix brings the series homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/witcher-crew-rolls-in-to-start-filming-as-netflix-brings-the-series-home-108<p>A Netflix’s production crew has arrived in Poland to film the Witcher, a series based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The news of their arrival leaked out after producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich posted a picture on her Twitter account of herself with the foreboding ruins of a castle in the background. Fans were quick to identify the ruins as Ogrodzieniec Castle in the south of Poland.</p><p>The Witcher tells the story of a mutated monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, whose life gets entangled with ancient prophecies, witches, kings and queens, which all leads to a fight for the future of the entire continent. The series of books, which has built up a loyal following in the region, was turned into an award-winning computer game by the Polish company CD Project Red. Their success gave the character of the Witcher a world-wide audience.</p><p>It’s not yet clear which location Ogordzieniec Castle will be, though fans suspect it could well be Kaer Morhen, the ruined fortress, where witchers were made and trained. The castle itself was built in 14th-15th century, though the first strongholds built its mountain-top location were constructed several centuries earlier. It served as the seat of the Włodkowie Sulimczycy family, and was an important defence bastion.</p><p>This is not the first film role Ogrodzieniec has had. Andrzej Wajda shot some scenes there for his film Revenge (Zemsta) based on Aleksander Fredro’s play.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 18:45:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1r91mkamthncgtk080ya.jpegHenry Cavill as the Witcher. The Netflix series is due to be filmed in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/witcher-crew-rolls-in-to-start-filming-as-netflix-brings-the-series-home-108Iga Świątek advances to WTA final in Luganohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-advances-to-wta-final-in-lugano-5564<p>Poland's Iga Świątek has defeated Czech Kristyna Pliskova 6-0 and 6-1 in the semi final of the WTA tournament in Lugano, Switzerland, and advanced to the final round of the event.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 16:55:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/apoluecpvzbem7zzur61q.jpegThe tennis player from Warsaw will play for the first time in the decisive duel of an event of this rank.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-advances-to-wta-final-in-lugano-5564Code War: new exhibition lifts the lid on the secret world of code breaking and clandestine communicationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/code-war-new-exhibition-lifts-the-lid-on-the-secret-world-of-code-breaking-and-clandestine-communications-5563<p>Several dozen historical machines for sending secret information will go on show for the first time in Kraków on Saturday at the city’s Museum of Municipal Engineering.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 15:56:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwnzyean5ufjmq7346gakl.jpegThe exhibition gives people the chance to get up close to machines that changed the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/code-war-new-exhibition-lifts-the-lid-on-the-secret-world-of-code-breaking-and-clandestine-communications-5563S&P maintains Poland's rating with stable outlookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-maintains-polands-rating-with-stable-outlook-5560<p>Late Friday, S&amp;P Global Ratings announced that it had affirmed Poland's credit rating at 'A-'. The agency also defined the ratings outlook as stable.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/febzotfchwfvf52sc4wmi.jpegThe agency expects Poland's general government deficit to rise to 1.5 pct of GDP in 2019 and then increase to 2.6 pct in the years 2020-2022.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-maintains-polands-rating-with-stable-outlook-5560Polish labour costs still under half of EU average new figures showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-costs-still-under-half-of-eu-average-new-figures-show-5559<p>Poland remains one of the cheapest countries in Europe when it comes to labour costs with the average hourly bill of an employee still well under half the European average.</p>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/49a7u2vlrs3ufspqimz4v.jpegStill cheap. Polish labour costs are a bargain compared to those of most EU states.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-costs-still-under-half-of-eu-average-new-figures-show-5559Poland for prompt EU access of Western Balkan states - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-prompt-eu-access-of-western-balkan-states---fm-5557<p>Poland and its neighbours support the prompt EU accession of the Western Balkan countries, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Friday after a Warsaw sitting of foreign ministers from countries involved in the Berlin Process initiative.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mvtite6poknyseawfuff4e.jpegCzaputowicz reminded that Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania were official membership candidates, with Montenegro and Serbia already in accession talks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-prompt-eu-access-of-western-balkan-states---fm-5557Poland bans Russian sailship from territorial watershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bans-russian-sailship-from-territorial-waters-5556<p>Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki has denied the Russian sailing ship Sedov entry into Polish territorial waters, the Foreign Ministry informed PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 19:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2sgd3odulox7zz6yh07tzv.jpegOn board the Russian sailing ship Sedov there are cadets from the Kerch State Marine Technological University, which is located in the annexed Crimea.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bans-russian-sailship-from-territorial-waters-5556Poland's industrial production up in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---eurostat-5555<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 6.8 percent year on year in February 2019, after growing by 6.0 percent in January, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y6krj6dutccnae3uu53feq.jpegPoland's industrial production rose by 6.8 percent while in the euro zone it fell by 0.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---eurostat-5555Diversity in Poland: It's all in the eyeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/diversity-in-poland-its-all-in-the-eyes-298<p>Poland regained its freedom in 1989 and joined the EU in 2004. The country has seen explosive economic growth and rapidly improving living standards. It has also become an attractive country for foreigners to live in. Photographer @paweldobrowolski hit upon a unique way to tell the story of foreigners living in Poland. His Cultural Landscapes Project shows foreign-born residents in Poland through powerful portrait photography. Paweł is on a mission: He's shot dozens of countries but wants to get to all 195 before he finishes. See the faces and hear the stories of the people he's captured so far.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:56:00 +0200Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/51jrs811f49gdi1sxzain.jpegDiversity in Poland: It's all in the eyeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/diversity-in-poland-its-all-in-the-eyes-298Harry Potter fans descend on Warsaw to play quidditch in European Quidditch Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harry-potter-fans-descend-on-warsaw-to-play-quidditch-in-european-quidditch-cup-5553<p>Hundreds of broomstick-wielding Harry Potter fans are flying into Warsaw this week to take part in the European Quidditch Cup on Saturday.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:16:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9hdrtdsli1hq9ytuik2z2.jpegRather than flying, Quidditch teams run around with broomsticks between their legs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harry-potter-fans-descend-on-warsaw-to-play-quidditch-in-european-quidditch-cup-5553In the driving seat: Poland’s automotive exports break new recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-driving-seat-polands-automotive-exports-break-new-record-5550<p>Automotive exports from Poland broke another record last year.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p1vgjj1s9y57vhi558q.jpegAutomotive exports from Poland have been rising since 2013, with last year’s result almost 3 percent higher than that in 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-driving-seat-polands-automotive-exports-break-new-record-5550Powerful unseen amateur film depicting horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto appears in new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-unseen-amateur-film-depicting-horrors-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-appears-in-new-documentary-5548<p>A previously unknown amateur film showing the brutal conditions of life in the Warsaw Ghetto from 1941 is featured in a new documentary about the city.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:23:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zuoxjp4eiufgx6349d0vip.jpegThe new documentary film ‘Warsaw: A City Divided’ made by award-winning Polish-Canadian filmmaker Eric Bednarski, shows the capital as a thriving modern city but one that is still coming to terms with a traumatic period of its history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-unseen-amateur-film-depicting-horrors-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-appears-in-new-documentary-5548Eight Polish teams to take part in Mars rover competition in USAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-polish-teams-to-take-part-in-mars-rover-competition-in-usa-5546<p>Thirty-six teams from ten countries have been selected as finalists to compete at the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC), held May 30 - June 1 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. Poland will be represented by as many as eight teams.</p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:42:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8af66wl5abyhbmgtd11hgh.jpegEight Polish teams to take part in Mars rover competition in USA.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-polish-teams-to-take-part-in-mars-rover-competition-in-usa-5546IMF forecasts prove Polish gov't supports growth - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imf-forecasts-prove-polish-govt-supports-growth---pm-5544<p>The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) upgrade of the economic growth for Poland for 2019 and the parallel downgrade of the inflation projection proves that the government policy supports dynamic growth, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 19:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mikt5spg7xsm2aw2c8kaj.jpeg“The International Monetary Fund has raised the GDP forecasts for Poland in 2019 to 3.8 pct from 3.5 pct, and also lowered the CPI inflation forecast to 2 pct.” the prime minister tweeted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imf-forecasts-prove-polish-govt-supports-growth---pm-5544Fit as a fiddle. Poland’s jazz violinists are among the best in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fit-as-a-fiddle-polands-jazz-violinists-are-among-the-best-in-the-world-5541<p>It’s nighttime and I’ve just got home from a concert.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 19:05:00 +0200Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qvidkmawx907ehbx0wxh6y.jpegIn the magical hands of Adam Bałdych all this music sounds contemporary and mixes well with his own compositions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fit-as-a-fiddle-polands-jazz-violinists-are-among-the-best-in-the-world-5541Docs reconstruct boy’s throat in ground-breaking transplant surgeryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-reconstruct-boys-throat-in-ground-breaking-transplant-surgery-5537<p><span lang="EN-GB">A boy who never learnt to speak after swallowing toxic chemicals when he was just one-years-old has had ground-breaking surgery to transplant a new larynx and throat.</span></p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 17:27:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vs73jih1s2e1cg3d1orzmrj.jpegFive years ago Tymek swallowed chemicals used for unclogging pipes which destroyed all of his internal organs from his throat down to his stomach.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-reconstruct-boys-throat-in-ground-breaking-transplant-surgery-5537WWII diary reveals details of FIVE locations where looted Nazi treasure is said to be buried as stories emerge of diary’s dark pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-diary-reveals-details-of-five-locations-where-looted-nazi-treasure-is-said-to-be-buried-as-stories-emerge-of-diarys-dark-past-5534<p>Details of five locations contained in an old WWII diary claiming to hold the secret to 11 places where Nazi troops buried hordes of looted treasure have been revealed.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:58:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k03jhhpqfdcaz9srntj48p.jpegThe owners of the WWII SS officer’s diary have revealed five heavily redacted excerpts which shed light on some of the hiding places where tonnes of looted treasures are thought to be hidden.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-diary-reveals-details-of-five-locations-where-looted-nazi-treasure-is-said-to-be-buried-as-stories-emerge-of-diarys-dark-past-5534Polish bank Pekao offers selfie-verified accountshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bank-pekao-offers-selfie-verified-accounts-5532<p>Customers of Poland's major bank Pekao can now open an account using a special app, with their identity verified online through a selfie they make and a photo of their ID card, the bank's CEO Michał Krupiński told reporters on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:57:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o6vgfzigeseo4xm0ub1on.jpegAbout 25 percent of "selfie accounts" have been opened outside the bank's business hours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bank-pekao-offers-selfie-verified-accounts-5532Warsaw's main airport to drop charter flights in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-main-airport-to-drop-charter-flights-in-2021-5530<p>Warsaw Chopin, the biggest airport in Poland, is to withdraw from handling charter flights from 2021 and has been encouraging travel agents to start cooperation with Radom Airport, located some 100 km south of Warsaw, the Rzeczpospolita daily has reported.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1632bij5ceau3ow49fbto.jpegWarsaw's main airport to drop charter flights in 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-main-airport-to-drop-charter-flights-in-2021-5530Military parade to be held on May 3 in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-to-be-held-on-may-3-in-warsaw-5528<p>To mark the 20th anniversary of Poland's accession to NATO and the 15th anniversary of its joining the European Union, a 'Strong Through Alliances' military parade will be held on May 3 in Warsaw, the Defence Ministry announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tkca81qfw77wnsqzl7591e.jpegMilitary parade to be held on May 3 in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-to-be-held-on-may-3-in-warsaw-5528First EVER direct image of a black hole captured by global 'virtual telescope' revealed by scientistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-ever-direct-image-of-a-black-hole-captured-by-global-virtual-telescope-revealed-by-scientists-5525<p>The first ever photo of a super massive black hole has been released by the Event Horizon Telescope project.</p>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:48:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hhocesv1kgj2zmcg00xsar.jpegThe glowing donut shape shows the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-ever-direct-image-of-a-black-hole-captured-by-global-virtual-telescope-revealed-by-scientists-5525EU leaders observe minute's silence for Smolensk victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-leaders-observe-minutes-silence-for-smolensk-victims-5523<p>At their Wednesday summit in Brussels, EU leaders observed a minute's silence to commemorate the victims of the 2010 Polish presidential plane crash near Smolensk in western Russia that took the lives of the presidential couple and a range of top officials.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h5vswhiipjomi35hycquu8.jpegMorawiecki made a request for the minute of silence as on that day, the 9th anniversary of the disaster, Poland was mourning the 96 victims the tragic accident.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-leaders-observe-minutes-silence-for-smolensk-victims-5523Exams go well despite strike - education ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exams-go-well-despite-strike---education-minister-5522<p>Final exams for students ending lower secondary schools, or gimnazjums, have been going on peacefully and in accordance with the law and procedures, Polish Education Minister Anna Zalewska said on Wednesday afternoon.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:13:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4p3c3gfmqwgpybad06hv9.jpegWednesday's final exams were carried out in 7,363 schoolshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exams-go-well-despite-strike---education-minister-5522Poland’s ‘Netflix of e-books’ poised to take over German rival ahead of floatationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-netflix-of-e-books-poised-to-take-over-german-rival-ahead-of-floatation-5520<p>Polish e-book subscription service Legimi is set to take over German rival Readfy, before joining the NewConnect stockmarket.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q6mmxs8rq196h00mm17vg.jpegOne reason for Legimi’s growth is its proprietary technology known as synchrobook.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-netflix-of-e-books-poised-to-take-over-german-rival-ahead-of-floatation-5520Katyń Massacre commemorated in Katyńhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-massacre-commemorated-in-katyn-5519<p>Polish Ambassador in Russia Włodzimierz Marciniak headed the Polish delegation to Wednesday's commemorations of the 1940 Katyń Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police, at the Polish War Cemetery in Katyń, western Russia.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:49:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f7dolrq3onn6f9cbxe87ci.jpegThe Polish War Cemetery houses the graves of over 4,000 Katyń Massacre victims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-massacre-commemorated-in-katyn-5519Worst national disaster since WWII commemorated nine years onhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/worst-national-disaster-since-wwii-commemorated-nine-years-on-105<p>On April 10<sup>th</sup> 2010, 96 people including the then president of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife were killed when the plane they were flying in crashed over Smolensk.&nbsp;</p><p>The passengers were on their way to commemorate the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Katyń massacre.&nbsp;</p><p>Included in the horrific death toll were government dignitaries, leading politicians, military personnel and their families, as well as members of the clergy, families of those killed in Katyń and government protection officers.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 15:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/whjhx9xj2lsi9jms20esx.jpegThe plane was carrying a delegation of 96 members of the Polish elite, including the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, former President Ryszard Kaczorowski, the entire general army command, the Chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 15 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/worst-national-disaster-since-wwii-commemorated-nine-years-on-105Exhibition of Magdalena Abakanowicz works to open in Rigahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-magdalena-abakanowicz-works-to-open-in-riga-5518<p>An exhibition "Into the Space of Magdalena Abakanowicz. Textile and Sculpture" will open at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga on Thursday.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 15:10:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5798ccsiyddwsdg5rs2xxs.jpegA view of the statues '30 Standing' made of burlap and resin by Magdalena Abakanowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-magdalena-abakanowicz-works-to-open-in-riga-5518Ceremonies commemorate victims of presidential plane disasterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceremonies-commemorate-victims-of-presidential-plane-disaster-5515<p>State ceremonies with the participation of President Andrzej Duda, Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, among other officials, marked the 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:07:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5uejiv08wjq95cvsifxua.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) during the ceremony at the Monument to the Victims of the Smolensk Tragedy in Warsaw. Today (April 10th) marks the 9th anniversary of the plane crash near Smolensk, which killed 96 people, including the then President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceremonies-commemorate-victims-of-presidential-plane-disaster-5515Body on a beach: Remains of mystery ‘princess’ found buried in a LOG reveal her secretshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-on-a-beach-remains-of-mystery-princess-found-buried-in-a-log-reveal-her-secrets-5512<p>A 2,000-year-old skeleton found buried in a log which fell off a cliff has revealed previously unknown secrets about the mystery woman.</p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:18:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nhr88i98me2c9dx2my08u.jpegThe remains were initially discovered at the end of the 20th century lying on a beach in the tiny village of Bagicz, northwest Poland. The skeleton was surrounded by jewellery suggesting she may have been a princess. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-on-a-beach-remains-of-mystery-princess-found-buried-in-a-log-reveal-her-secrets-5512Polish wrestler wins bronze in European Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wrestler-wins-bronze-in-european-championships-5511<p>Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland won the bronze medal in the 70kg category at the European Wrestling Championships in Bucharest on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:02:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/msb2vrtatgqvlxfpcekrje.jpegBronze for Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wrestler-wins-bronze-in-european-championships-5511Clear cooperation rules needed to allow for Brexit delay - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clear-cooperation-rules-needed-to-allow-for-brexit-delay---official-5510<p>Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said in Luxembourg on Tuesday that a Brexit delay until June 30 would mean the necessity for the UK to conduct European elections, while the further postponement would demand clear rules of cooperation.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c37douzxp5vxoijt0odt6e.jpeg(L-R) Polish European affairs minister Konrad Szymanski, Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn talk at the start of the General Affairs Council on Article 50 in Luxembourg, 09 April 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clear-cooperation-rules-needed-to-allow-for-brexit-delay---official-5510All quiet on the shopping front: Shopping centre turns off lights and music and brings in ‘Silent Hours’ for autistic customershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-quiet-on-the-shopping-front-shopping-centre-turns-off-lights-and-music-and-brings-in-silent-hours-for-autistic-customers-5507<p>A shopping centre in Katowice has introduced ‘Silent Hours’ to raise awareness of autism and help autistic shoppers.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:20:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/by7q3jprgvoe7z8j85m875.jpegGaleria Katowicka is the first shopping mall in Poland to introduce the autistic-friendly environment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-quiet-on-the-shopping-front-shopping-centre-turns-off-lights-and-music-and-brings-in-silent-hours-for-autistic-customers-5507Chaired about this? Charity boss rescues old office furniture destined for the scrapheap and passes it on to those in needhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chaired-about-this-charity-boss-rescues-old-office-furniture-destined-the-scrapheap-and-passes-it-on-to-those-in-need-5504<p>A Warsaw charity is saving discarded office furniture and other commercial goods from being crushed in a waste disposal and giving it the underprivileged instead.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:51:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/elqybpp6pqj01wthtu7r072.jpegSelfless Artur Winnicki and the I Want to Help charity he founded have been working off the radar for nearly a decade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chaired-about-this-charity-boss-rescues-old-office-furniture-destined-the-scrapheap-and-passes-it-on-to-those-in-need-5504Joanna Kulig takes female lead alongside Andre Holland in major new Netflix serieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/joanna-kulig-takes-female-lead-alongside-andre-holland-in-major-new-netflix-series-5498<p>Joanna Kulig will star in “The Eddy”, a forthcoming musical drama television series on Netflix.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 12:13:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mj6j6w21gae1bhg7wfyarh.jpegIn The Eddy, Kulig plays an alcoholic singer called Maja who is in an on-and-off relationship with Holland’s character, a former jazz pianist who left New York for Paris.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/joanna-kulig-takes-female-lead-alongside-andre-holland-in-major-new-netflix-series-5498Weightlifting Joanna proves she’s ‘worth her weight in gold’ by taking THIRD gold medal at European championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weightlifting-joanna-proves-shes-worth-her-weight-in-gold-by-taking-third-gold-medal-at-european-championships-5496<p>Weightlifter Joanna Łochowska powered her way to victory Sunday by winning her hattrick gold at the European Weightlifting Championship - for the third time in a row.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 18:55:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dfk2y9yxzm0ezz7ivg9e67.jpegJoanna Łochowska gives a triumphant smile as she lifts her way to gold glory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weightlifting-joanna-proves-shes-worth-her-weight-in-gold-by-taking-third-gold-medal-at-european-championships-5496Kings of the road! Classics from the past go on display at vintage vehicles expo – and some you can even BUYhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/kings-of-the-road-classics-from-the-past-go-on-display-at-vintage-vehicles-expo--and-some-you-can-even-buy-103<p>The 9<sup>th</sup> edition of the Auto Nostalgia fair was held this weekend at the Global Expo, in the former FSO factory (Passenger Automobile Factory). It was a trip back in time for visitors who could see a unique collection of motorcycles and cars from the times of the Polish People's Republic – made by both domestic and foreign producers. The fair, with both historic motorization organizations and private car owners involved, presented some true pearls including a Polish Fiat 518 from 1933 and a military Ford Model T from the twenties.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 18:31:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tfygzracw37rxci2kyhl9.jpegWith power, beauty and soul, this old MG was a must-have of its day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/kings-of-the-road-classics-from-the-past-go-on-display-at-vintage-vehicles-expo--and-some-you-can-even-buy-103Hitting the right note! Hauntingly beautiful Górecki performance tops UK classical music chartshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-the-right-note-hauntingly-beautiful-gorecki-performance-tops-uk-classical-music-charts-5494<p>A recording of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs sung by Beth Gibbons of Portishead has topped the UK classical music charts.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 15:11:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aglbcq9dr2lerh57exek.jpegIn this new album, Gibbons moves into new territory: Górecki’s hauntingly beautiful 'Symphony', composed in 1976. Sung by a soprano in Polish, its three parts are based on a 15th Century lament, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during the Second World War and a Silesian folk song.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-the-right-note-hauntingly-beautiful-gorecki-performance-tops-uk-classical-music-charts-5494Polish film director is Viadrina Prize Laureatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-director-is-viadrina-prize-laureate-5492<p>Polish film director and scriptwriter Agnieszka Holland has been awarded the 2019 Viadrina Prize from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), announced Ewa Bielewicz-Polakowska, a spokesperson for Collegium Polonicum.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:25:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d1q6dbgwnvvt7ixni1uzyb.jpegPolish director Agnieszka Holland attends the press conference of 'Mr. Jones' during the 69th annual Berlin Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany, 10 February 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-director-is-viadrina-prize-laureate-5492By noon, 48.5 pct of schools on strike - Education Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/by-noon-485-pct-of-schools-on-strike---education-ministry-5489<p>By Monday noon, 48.5 percent of schools and kindergartens in Poland were taking part in the strike proclaimed by the Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP) and the Trade Unions' Forum (FZZ), the deputy Education Minister, Maciej Kopeć, announced.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8m1gy62xf4a464b16kt0h.jpeg"The largest strike in education since 1993 starts today at 8:00 a.m. The question is, what is the government's position? We are ready for talks. We are ready to try to convince the government that this strike does not only have an economic pretext, but it is also a strike to defend the quality of education, which, unfortunately, the past few years have destroyed," the head of the Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP), Sławomir Broniarz told TVN24 broadcaster on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/by-noon-485-pct-of-schools-on-strike---education-ministry-5489Wałbrzych ‘ahead of the game’ as it becomes ONLY city in Poland to ban single-use plastichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/walbrzych-ahead-of-the-game-as-it-becomes-only-city-in-poland-to-ban-single-use-plastic-5487<p>Wałbrzych, a city of 113,000 inhabitants in south-western Poland, has become the first city in the country to ban single-use plastics.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:26:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/633szevj94dci99rfjechj.jpegWałbrzych’s ban on single-use plastic will be accompanied by an educational campaign seeking to raise awareness about plastic waste and how it can be reduced among the city’s inhabitants. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/walbrzych-ahead-of-the-game-as-it-becomes-only-city-in-poland-to-ban-single-use-plastic-5487Exhibition "Beksiński from photography to Virtual reality"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-beksinski-from-photography-to-virtual-reality-5484<p>This year celebrates the 90<sup>th</sup> birthday of the outstanding artist Zdzisław Beksiński, who was brutally murdered in his Warsaw apartment.</p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:22:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/55ngnn659zfh0jj4y5eygp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-beksinski-from-photography-to-virtual-reality-5484Pacific passion: the life and times of a man who shaped the world of anthropologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pacific-passion-the-life-and-times-of-a-man-who-shaped-the-world-of-anthropology-5482<p>He was a trail-blazing anthropologist whose pioneering techniques still influence the science. The work of Bronisław Malinowski is also still studied, which is no mean achievement for a man who carried out most of his research in the first half of the last century. </p>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 19:15:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a8maox5io7qcbbku6n5ii7.jpegGroundbreaking anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski at work in the western Pacific.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pacific-passion-the-life-and-times-of-a-man-who-shaped-the-world-of-anthropology-5482A turn-up for the books! A small reading cabin outside Warsaw looks set to be the hottest summer bookinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-turn-up-for-the-books-a-small-reading-cabin-outside-warsaw-looks-set-to-be-the-hottest-summer-booking-5480<p>A tiny rural escape specifically designed with readers in mind has caught the public’s imagination ever since an initiative was launched to help crowdfund its creation. Nestled by the village of Adelin, 45-minutes north-east of Warsaw, the Bookworm Cabin was the idea of Bartek Kraciuk, an entrepreneur best-known for his involvement in Grupa Warszawa, a hip, fresh-minded firm responsible for some of the capital’s most innovative food and drink concepts. </p>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 16:13:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8t6n0xe2s9ocfx3gjqkdi4.jpegOnce completed the cabin will provide those wanting to escape the wired-in world with a chance to escape.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-turn-up-for-the-books-a-small-reading-cabin-outside-warsaw-looks-set-to-be-the-hottest-summer-booking-5480Historic Gdynia theatre gets makeover that won’t bring the roof downhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-gdynia-theatre-gets-makeover-that-wont-bring-the-roof-down-5478<p>The City Theatre in Gdynia will get a facelift that will give theatre-goers a new entrance and a revamped café among a raft of changes to the cultural institution.</p>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 12:26:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x1qwtb1eg21mdjzuio2nn.jpegDating back to 1952, the City Theatre will get new entrance as part of an extensive overhaul of the exterior.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-gdynia-theatre-gets-makeover-that-wont-bring-the-roof-down-5478Slip, sliding away: Poles rappel down world’s highest waterfallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slip-sliding-away-poles-rappel-down-worlds-highest-waterfall-5474<p>A group of daredevil Poles have rappelled down the world’s highest waterfall as the first step in a plan to rope down the 10 highest waterfalls in the world.</p>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 19:14:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gkxp3yo44z9j3t3khjwfwe.jpegFour of the team rappelled down the Angel Falls while the fifth based jumped.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slip-sliding-away-poles-rappel-down-worlds-highest-waterfall-5474Football associations involved in three-way scrap for talented Polish-Nigerian footballing siblingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/football-associations-involved-in-three-way-scrap-for-talented-polish-nigerian-footballing-siblings-5472<p>A brother and sister footballing duo born in Warsaw to a Polish mother and Nigerian father have found themselves the coveted prize in a three way tug of war for their soccer skills.</p>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 15:51:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/56c8sjz0ahikn5w1n2sq57.jpegThe talented siblings have already attracted the attention of major sponsors such as Nike.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/football-associations-involved-in-three-way-scrap-for-talented-polish-nigerian-footballing-siblings-5472Poland introduces innovative livestock chip - agriculture ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-innovative-livestock-chip---agriculture-minister-5470<p>Poland intends to be one of the first countries in the world to introduce an innovative system of knowledge about animals from their birth to their slaughter, using a special chip in cattle, Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski has announced. </p>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:49:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4elkahgyrhfvck4xvv48.jpegThe system involves injecting calves with a chip immediately after birth, with the aid of which information is harvested about the animal such as its genetic characteristics, origins and diseases survived.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-innovative-livestock-chip---agriculture-minister-5470Polish scientists help international team aiming to replicate the power of the starshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-help-international-team-aiming-to-replicate-the-power-of-the-stars-5468<p>Polish scientist are involved in one of the most expensive scientific experiments in history that aims to replicate the power of the stars and provide the world with a new source of clean energy. </p>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:25:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwf1dheuxejoe8tham25kc.jpegThe massive International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor under construction in France. The reactor is one of the most expensive scientific projects in history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-help-international-team-aiming-to-replicate-the-power-of-the-stars-5468Was revolutionary war hero General Kazimierz Pułaski really a woman?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-revolutionary-war-hero-general-kazimierz-pulaski-really-a-woman-5465<p>Researchers examining the skeleton of General Kazimierz Pułaski have concluded that the Polish nobleman dubbed the ‘father of American cavalry’ for distinguishing himself in battle during the American Revolution was in all likelihood female.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 19:00:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0j02c02uvjqhv6pxgd8vk3o.pngThe Polish patriot hailed for fighting “for freedom on two continents” might actually have been genetically female, says new research.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-revolutionary-war-hero-general-kazimierz-pulaski-really-a-woman-5465Polish professor receives honorary doctorate in Vietnamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-professor-receives-honorary-doctorate-in-vietnam-5462<p>Professor Cezary Madryas, Rector of Wrocław University of Science and Technology, ­received a honoris causa doctorate on Friday of the Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:37:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2sqwhfdtaopccjq6u6dkns.jpegProfessor Cezary Madryas, Rector of Wrocław University of Science and Technology.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-professor-receives-honorary-doctorate-in-vietnam-5462Poland's Love Affair with Italian Food: Cristina Catesehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-love-affair-with-italian-food-cristina-catese-296<p>Poles are crazy for Italian food and culture! Poland and Italy have centuries of shared culture and history. They even reference each other in their national anthems. &nbsp;Italian chef Cristina Catese has lived in Poland since 2001. She learnt the secrets of classic Italian food from her Grandmother. Today, she passes those classic dishes on to Poles through her work as a TV presenter and chef for the akademia kulinarna whirlpool.&nbsp;</p><p>Find out&nbsp;</p><p>• Where you can get the best Italian food in Poland</p><p>• How an Italian person manages a Polish winter &nbsp;</p><p>• What Poles are missing about Italian food&nbsp;</p><p>Liked this episode? Share it on and watch the other HeartofPoland episodes with fascinating people leading fascinating lives.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:30:00 +0200Art & CultureLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p9ii24hevc5yg5o8mz4a6.jpegCristina Catesehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-love-affair-with-italian-food-cristina-catese-296Won in translation! Bruno Schulz’s Collected Stories picks up top gong at prestigious literary translation awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/won-in-translation-bruno-schulzs-collected-stories-picks-up-top-gong-at-prestigious-literary-translation-awards-5459<p>An English-language edition of Bruno Schulz’s “Collected Stories” has won this year’s Found in Translation Award organised by Polish cultural institutions.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 13:56:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xphdzi1oipwhzky6sb80l.jpegOne of the great Polish-language writers of the past century, Bruno Schulz’s literary career was cut short by WWII when he was shot dead by a Gestapo officer while walking home with a loaf of bread.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/won-in-translation-bruno-schulzs-collected-stories-picks-up-top-gong-at-prestigious-literary-translation-awards-5459Stunning art collection hidden inside bank goes on show as PKO celebrates its centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-art-collection-hidden-inside-bank-goes-on-show-as-pko-celebrates-its-centenary-5455<p>More than 30 works by important contemporary Polish artists from the collection of PKO Bank Polski have gone on show at the National Museum in Warsaw as part of a new exhibition Art is Value, to mark the bank’s centenary year.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:35:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w1knesrtowdp5xzk47ptt.jpegPKO Polski Bank’s collection include some of the best contemporary artists in Poland including Tarasin, Stefan Gierowski and Ryszard Grzyb.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-art-collection-hidden-inside-bank-goes-on-show-as-pko-celebrates-its-centenary-5455Poland's GDP growth to reach 4.0 pct in 2019 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-40-pct-in-2019---world-bank-5454<p>Poland's GDP growth is expected to reach 4.0 percent in 2019, 3.6 percent in 2020 and 3.3 percent in 2021, the World Bank announced on Friday. Poland's budget deficit may rise to 1.4 percent of GDP in 2019 and to 1.6 percent in 2020, the bank's report said.</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0unfpfacothff9mu6ell8.jpegAccording to World Bank estimates, GDP growth will reach 3.6 percent in 2020 and will slow down to 3.3 percent in 2021. Pictured the World Bank building in Washington.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-40-pct-in-2019---world-bank-5454Cinematographer and co-founder of 'Polish Film School' dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cinematographer-and-co-founder-of-polish-film-school-dies-5452<p>Cinematographer Jerzy Wójcik, a co-founder of the 'Polish Film School' who worked on some of the most famous Polish films of the 1950s and 1960s, died on April 3, in Warsaw. He was 88 years old. </p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:51:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h435cpktr9l38h9j75hlnh.jpegCinematographer Jerzy Wójcikhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cinematographer-and-co-founder-of-polish-film-school-dies-5452‘Hendrix in a dress’ rock chick Marta Zalewska is young, gifted and star of the award-winning musical Oncehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hendrix-in-a-dress-rock-chick-marta-zalewska-is-young-gifted-and-star-of-the-award-winning-musical-once-5449<p>She comes from a family of musicians.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:35:00 +0200Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bqw4ds8zcyfpfok87wan9s.jpegDespite her young age Marta is fascinated with the music of the seventies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hendrix-in-a-dress-rock-chick-marta-zalewska-is-young-gifted-and-star-of-the-award-winning-musical-once-5449Łódź girl throws message in a bottle into the sea and eight months later gets a PRESENT from man who found it in Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-girl-throws-message-in-a-bottle-into-the-sea-and-eight-months-later-gets-a-present-from-man-who-found-it-in-germany-5446<p>A seven-year-old girl who chucked a message in a bottle into the sea while on summer holiday was in for a surprise when she got a package of gifts from a person that found the bottle some eight months later.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:10:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vh0bj3y0ccfa3iftbhivm.jpegJulia from Łódż threw the bottle into the surf while on holiday at the seaside resort of Łeba.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-girl-throws-message-in-a-bottle-into-the-sea-and-eight-months-later-gets-a-present-from-man-who-found-it-in-germany-5446Has Cold War star Tomasz Kot been chosen for new Marvel film alongside Angelina Jolie?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/has-cold-war-star-tomasz-kot-been-chosen-for-new-marvel-film-alongside-angelina-jolie-5444<p>Hollywood newcomer Tomasz Kot could soon be joining the Marvel Universe in an upcoming movie entitled The Eternals.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:28:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m5qtlugwyefw4dsopxrjag.jpegHollywood gossip machine goes into overdrive with rumours that Tomasz Kot will star in next Marvel film.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/has-cold-war-star-tomasz-kot-been-chosen-for-new-marvel-film-alongside-angelina-jolie-5444President marks 30th anniversary of talks that ended communismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-30th-anniversary-of-talks-that-ended-communism-5443<p>President Andrzej Duda participated in the international conference 'On the Downfall of Communism. 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe' on Thursday in Warsaw, organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Polish Round Table Talks.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fbqzzlnr5zpbndohm7tho9.jpegDuda underscored that a consequence of the events of 1989 was Poland's subsequent accession to the EU and NATO.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-30th-anniversary-of-talks-that-ended-communism-5443USA proud to be in NATO together with Poland – US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/usa-proud-to-be-in-nato-together-with-poland--us-ambassador-5442<p>Thanks to the trans-Atlantic relations of countries which share similar values, NATO is the strongest alliance in history, wrote US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Twitter, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rluu01jh9sqmduj8zczih.jpegUS Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher marked on Twitter the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/usa-proud-to-be-in-nato-together-with-poland--us-ambassador-5442Life of star pre-war athlete known as the ‘Golden One’ explored in fascinating new bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-star-pre-war-athlete-known-as-the-golden-one-explored-in-fascinating-new-book-5439<p>A new book examines the life and legend of Halina Konopacka, one of the star athletes of pre-war Poland.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:23:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dxrfim5tx7hutmuepu6p.jpegStudying philology at the University of Warsaw, she ended up in the athletics section of the AZS sports club, where she was noticed by a French trainer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-star-pre-war-athlete-known-as-the-golden-one-explored-in-fascinating-new-book-5439Foreign minister praises speech of NATO secretary generalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-minister-praises-speech-of-nato-secretary-general-5438<p>Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who attended a ministerial session on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of NATO, positively evaluated the speech delivered by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint session of US Congress on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y3xi08cmodlxocgv431ivl.jpegNATO Secretary General Stoltenberg was the first leader of an international organisation who was granted the honour of giving a speech at a joint session of the US Congress.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-minister-praises-speech-of-nato-secretary-general-5438Polish defence minister to lead meeting of Bucharest Nine on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-minister-to-lead-meeting-of-bucharest-nine-on-thursday-5435<p>The subject for discussion among the defence ministers of the Bucharest Nine countries making up the eastern flank of NATO will be their contribution to increasing the alliance's defence and deterrence capacity. The meeting will be led by Mariusz Błaszczak.</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish defence minister to lead meeting of Bucharest Nine on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-minister-to-lead-meeting-of-bucharest-nine-on-thursday-5435Poland's LNG terminal's capacity to be increased - gov't commissionerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lng-terminals-capacity-to-be-increased---govt-commissioner-5433<p>The annual capacity of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, north-west Poland is to reach 7.5 billion cubic metres of gas, government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 20:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's LNG terminal's capacity to be increased - gov't commissionerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lng-terminals-capacity-to-be-increased---govt-commissioner-5433Vrooming marvelous! World’s largest fleet of eco-friendly BMWs to hit Warsaw streetshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-worlds-largest-fleet-of-eco-friendly-bmws-to-hit-warsaw-streets-5431<p><span lang="EN-GB">Electricity company Innogy has teamed up with BMW and ING Bank&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">Śląski</span><span lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;to launch Warsaw’s first fleet of rentable electric cars.</span>&nbsp;</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 18:12:00 +0200BusinessScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/44uyro1cfx8j1aoiz9r0j.jpegAvailable for hire through the ‘innogy go!’ app and including 250 compact BMW i3 models and 30 sports BMWi3s, this will be the first full electric car sharing service in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-worlds-largest-fleet-of-eco-friendly-bmws-to-hit-warsaw-streets-5431CD3D may sound like a Star Wars robot but it’s Europe’s largest 3D bioprinting cluster and it’s opened in Łodźhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd3d-may-sound-like-a-star-wars-robot-but-its-europes-largest-3d-bioprinting-cluster-and-its-opened-in-lodz-5427<p>Poland’s first 3D bioprinting cluster has opened in the city of Łodź.</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 16:52:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96e4ijkapygzj2mz91dsj.jpegThe cluster was established to carry out comprehensive scientific research based on 3D bi-printed on biodegraders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd3d-may-sound-like-a-star-wars-robot-but-its-europes-largest-3d-bioprinting-cluster-and-its-opened-in-lodz-5427Retail sales rise 6.1 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-61-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-5426<p>Polish retail sales grew by 6.1 percent year on year in February 2019 after a 5.2 percent increase in January 2019. Month on month, retail sales went up by 1.4 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rise 6.1 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-61-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-5426Who can't get no satisfaction? Polish men are most sociable in EU and satisfaction is at an all-time high, says reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/who-cant-get-no-satisfaction-polish-men-are-most-sociable-in-eu-and-satisfaction-is-at-an-all-time-high-says-report-5423<p>Polish men are the most sociable in Europe and the number of people feeling satisfied has increased, according to a new report.</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:11:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30x13im65d6cr3r83guluh.jpegIn Poland, 30.2 percent of men qualify as being sociably active.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/who-cant-get-no-satisfaction-polish-men-are-most-sociable-in-eu-and-satisfaction-is-at-an-all-time-high-says-report-5423MFA funds radio broadcasts for listeners abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-funds-radio-broadcasts-for-listeners-abroad-5422<p>The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Radio public broadcaster signed on Tuesday an agreement on financing programmes for listeners abroad.</p>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 09:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMFA funds radio broadcasts for listeners abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-funds-radio-broadcasts-for-listeners-abroad-5422Poland to host TechDays within Weimar Triangle formathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-techdays-within-weimar-triangle-format-5421<p>Poland will organise Weimar TechDays in the southern city of Kraków as part of the Weimar Triangle, a trilateral cooperation format that encompasses France, Germany and Poland, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 17:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to host TechDays within Weimar Triangle formathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-techdays-within-weimar-triangle-format-5421JPII remembered: Known as the ‘Progressive Pope’, today marks the 14th anniversary of John Paul II’s deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/jpii-remembered-known-as-the-progressive-pope-today-marks-the-14th-anniversary-of-john-paul-iis-death-102<p>Poles and Catholics around the world today commemorate the 14th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death. A man instrumental to the collapse of communism in Poland and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe, and the establishment of a more progressive Catholic Church, JPII, as he was affectionately known, is still considered one of the best Popes to have ever lived.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 17:10:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2fq45apt3jpddqdyl1wlh.jpegSurely there’s a better photo of him than this? Perhaps one of him facing the camera rather than walking away from it? Cap: Born Karol Wojtyła in 1920, he was elected Pope in 1978 – the first non-Italian Pope in 450 years and the first Slav.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/jpii-remembered-known-as-the-progressive-pope-today-marks-the-14th-anniversary-of-john-paul-iis-death-102Roarsome! Exciting new museum app gives full T-Rex experiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roarsome-exciting-new-museum-app-gives-full-t-rex-experience-5419<p>A Warsaw company is thrilling visitors to a New York museum with its virtual reality ‘dinosaur’ app.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:09:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/om9orug7akadz2rb6qovef.jpegBy donning a pair of special goggles, museum-goers are transported to the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and to a full-sized T-Rex in its natural habitat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roarsome-exciting-new-museum-app-gives-full-t-rex-experience-5419Polish bus maker Solaris starts delivery of electric buses to Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-solaris-starts-delivery-of-electric-buses-to-berlin-5418<p>Solaris Bus &amp; Coach has started the delivery of 15, 12-metre-long electric buses ordered by a Berlin public transport operator, the company announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish bus maker Solaris starts delivery of electric buses to Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-solaris-starts-delivery-of-electric-buses-to-berlin-5418Too good to beer true! Female craft brewery is Top of the Hopshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/too-good-to-beer-true-female-craft-brewery-is-top-of-the-hops-5416<p>Challenged to think of the international craft beer scene, one couldn’t be faulted for associating it with bearded dudes in flannel shirts.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:38:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hibsn3aq3hg98tpebecijp.jpegActing as a bridge between women and the world of craft beer, the Hoplala philosophy seeks to create an emotive bond between female drinkers and the beer in hand.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/too-good-to-beer-true-female-craft-brewery-is-top-of-the-hops-5416Royal Łazienki Museum exhibition commemorates Battle of Monte Cassinohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-lazienki-museum-exhibition-commemorates-battle-of-monte-cassino-5414<p>An exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino opened on Monday in the open-air gallery of the Warsaw's Royal Łazienki Museum. </p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 20:20:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/siw3c6btvdrl40aoevr29c.jpegThe "Monte Cassino. On the 75th Anniversary of the Battle" exhibition was officially opened on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-lazienki-museum-exhibition-commemorates-battle-of-monte-cassino-5414Talks ongoing on re-opening UN-Habitat office in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/talks-ongoing-on-re-opening-un-habitat-office-in-poland---minister-5412<p>Talks are continuing on the subject of re-opening the UN-Habitat office in Poland, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński announced during the First National Urban Forum in Kraków (southern Poland) on Monday. </p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 20:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTalks ongoing on re-opening UN-Habitat office in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/talks-ongoing-on-re-opening-un-habitat-office-in-poland---minister-5412Beautiful Renaissance paintings found hidden behind crude Nazi wall plasteringhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-renaissance-paintings-found-hidden-behind-crude-nazi-wall-plastering-5409<p>Wall paintings dating back to the Renaissance have been found hidden under layers of Nazi-era plaster at a castle which was at the centre of a hunt for a WWII gold train.</p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 18:45:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ggh949yuvaoyvv9uaa3als.pngThe sensational discovery at Książ Castle in Walbrzych, Lower Silesia, was made after specialists were called in to check the walls before they were renovated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-renaissance-paintings-found-hidden-behind-crude-nazi-wall-plastering-5409Massive turnout across Poland as Ukrainians vote for new presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/massive-turnout-across-poland-as-ukrainians-vote-for-new-president-5406<p>Thousands of Ukrainians turned out across Poland on Sunday to take part in their country’s presidential elections.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q21j31ip2wgror7s7noa4.jpegAccording to the Ukrainian Embassy, around 7,837 people voted in Warsaw and in the consulates in Kraków, Gdańsk and Lublin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/massive-turnout-across-poland-as-ukrainians-vote-for-new-president-5406Laughing all the way to the bank! Polish banks dominate CEE top bank ratingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-polish-banks-dominate-cee-top-bank-ratings-5401<p>Poland dominates The Banker’s Top 100 Central and Eastern Europe EU bank ranking.</p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:26:00 +0200BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/deybnzy4k2n46rtqpnl8sn.jpegEighteen of the top 100 banks mentioned on the list are Polish and five are in the top 10 of Tier 1 capital growth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-polish-banks-dominate-cee-top-bank-ratings-5401Poland wants to specialise in humanitarian aid - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-to-specialise-in-humanitarian-aid---fm-5400<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has told PAP that Poland wants to specialise in humanitarian aid. In June, an international humanitarian fair, Warsaw Humanitarian Expo, will be organised in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 09:40:00 +0200News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland wants to specialise in humanitarian aid - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-to-specialise-in-humanitarian-aid---fm-5400President hands standard to Representative Honour Guard Regimenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hands-standard-to-representative-honour-guard-regiment-5398<p>You are from the best-drilled and organised formations in the world," Polish President Andrzej Duda told soldiers of the country's Representative Honour Guard of the Armed Forces during a standard-giving ceremony on Sunday. </p>Sun, 31 Mar 2019 20:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident hands standard to Representative Honour Guard Regimenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hands-standard-to-representative-honour-guard-regiment-5398Polish Investment and Trade Agency eyes "interesting" Thai markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-investment-and-trade-agency-eyes-interesting-thai-market-5394<p>Thailand is an interesting and business-friendly market for Polish exports and investment, but it needs to be approached with engagement and a concrete vision, taking into account local conditions, Norbert Bąk, the head of PAIH Bangkok, has told PAP.</p>Sun, 31 Mar 2019 16:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Investment and Trade Agency eyes "interesting" Thai markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-investment-and-trade-agency-eyes-interesting-thai-market-5394Green money: Lublin rolls out green budget for environmental projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-money-lublin-rolls-out-green-budget-for-environmental-projects-5390<p>As cities worldwide strive to be more eco-friendly, Lublin is ahead of the curve. The only city in Poland with a Green Budget, it will spend over PLN 1.7 million on citizens’ environmental projects this year.</p>Sun, 31 Mar 2019 12:32:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3akuhnayn3xe4j8kdtf3k.jpegLublin should be a “green city, drawing people with its originality and diverse vegetation,” says mayor Krzysztof Żuk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-money-lublin-rolls-out-green-budget-for-environmental-projects-5390Gov't wants to invest wisely in renewable energy sources - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-wants-to-invest-wisely-in-renewable-energy-sources---minister-5387<p>The government wants to invest sensibly in renewable energy sources and focus in the near future on photovoltaic and biogas plants, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski said on Saturday. </p>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 14:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't wants to invest wisely in renewable energy sources - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-wants-to-invest-wisely-in-renewable-energy-sources---minister-5387Polish accountant helps save lives in Asia with ground-breaking technology firmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-accountant-helps-save-lives-in-asia-with-ground-breaking-technology-firm-5385<p>An accountant from Poland has helped his wife establish a life-saving medical equipment business in Vietnam.</p>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:59:00 +0100BusinessScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7yjoymr0kje6z296cr7r6j.jpegThe technology developed by MTTS has helped over a million new-born children.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-accountant-helps-save-lives-in-asia-with-ground-breaking-technology-firm-5385Fitch upholds Poland's 'A-' rating with stable outlookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-upholds-polands-a--rating-with-stable-outlook-5383<p>The Fitch ratings agency on Friday maintained Poland's 'A-' rating with a stable outlook against the background of the country's robust economic foundations and good fiscal condition. In a comment, the Entrepreneurship Ministry stressed Poland's economic stability. </p>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFitch upholds Poland's 'A-' rating with stable outlookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-upholds-polands-a--rating-with-stable-outlook-5383I spy: new high-resolution map reveals Warsaw in all its glory and detailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-spy-new-high-resolution-map-reveals-warsaw-in-all-its-glory-and-detail-5380<p>Warsaw city council has launched a high resolution map of the capital that offers incredible detail and reveals hidden corners that have so far been inaccessible to online snoopers.</p>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 11:51:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bk28wcni7g8gpnn1rr8mss.jpegThis bird’s-eye view of the palace at Wilanów is just one of the 80,000 pictures that form the map.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-spy-new-high-resolution-map-reveals-warsaw-in-all-its-glory-and-detail-5380Urine luck! Astonishing new ‘cancer tester’ detects disease with a drop of weehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/urine-luck-astonishing-new-cancer-tester-detects-disease-with-a-drop-of-wee-5378<p>An incredible new method of detecting cancer has been developed by scientists at the University of Gdańsk.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:31:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n21yehbf6xljr6iur4w3b.jpegProfessor Adam Lesner from the Gdańsk University Chemistry Faculty and colleague Dr. Natalia Gruba came up with the cancer detector while doing research into the urinary systems cancer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/urine-luck-astonishing-new-cancer-tester-detects-disease-with-a-drop-of-wee-5378'I'm here because of Norman Davies' Historian Roger Moorhouse on Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/im-here-because-of-norman-davies-historian-roger-moorhouse-on-poland-295<p>Communism is collapsing. A young Roger Moorhouse is watching it all on TV, fascinated and inspired by Poland. He goes on to study Central European History with... Norman Davies. His love of the region and deep fascination with German history and the Second World War has led him to write several acclaimed books, including 'The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin' and 'The Third Reich in 100 Objects.' Roger is now completing a book about one of the least understood phases of the war, the Nazi invasion of Poland in September, 1939.</p><p>Discover</p><p>- Why Roger believes Polish history should be taught in English-speaking countries</p><p>- The unknown story of the Nazi-Soviet pact ignored by generations of historians and why Roger believes the Soviet state covered up the relationship.</p><p>- Why the presentation of Polish history can be 'overemotional and needs to be toned down.'</p><p>- What is was like working with Norman Davies on books like Rising '44</p><p><br></p><p>Liked this episode? Share it online and send it on.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:55:00 +0100HistoryLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qml4ckq6okaikz3hjpn3j.jpeg'I'm here because of Norman Davies' Historian Roger Moorhouse on Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/im-here-because-of-norman-davies-historian-roger-moorhouse-on-poland-295Poland open to Brexit extension request - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-brexit-extension-request---pm-5377<p>Poland is open to any requests to extend Great Britain's leaving date from the EU, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 13:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland open to Brexit extension request - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-brexit-extension-request---pm-5377Tallest female basketball player in the world posthumously inducted into FBIA Hall of Famehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tallest-female-basketball-player-in-the-world-posthumously-inducted-into-fbia-hall-of-fame-5374<p>A Polish basketball player who held the record for being the tallest woman in the game has been posthumously awarded with a place in the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) Hall of Fame.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:48:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ex4vdxf1th481b6m92if4s.jpegAfter Marian Kozłowski, the former head of Poland’s Basketball Association and former vice-president of FIBA, Dydek will be the second Polish person to be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tallest-female-basketball-player-in-the-world-posthumously-inducted-into-fbia-hall-of-fame-5374Former FM blasts EU institutions and leaders for ‘interfering in Poland’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-fm-blasts-eu-institutions-and-leaders-for-interfering-in-poland-5372<p>Poland’s former foreign minister has accused the European institutions and leaders of interfering in Polish politics in order to attack the government and support the opposition.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:31:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/brh8ijpe4pchlyeoi9dn38.jpegFormer Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has lashed out at the EU saying it treats Poland as a ‘colony’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-fm-blasts-eu-institutions-and-leaders-for-interfering-in-poland-5372March's CPI in Poland at 1.7 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-cpi-in-poland-at-17-pct-yy---stats-office-5370<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.7 percent year on year and by 0.3 month on month in February 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a statement on preliminary data, on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 11:08:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMarch's CPI in Poland at 1.7 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-cpi-in-poland-at-17-pct-yy---stats-office-5370Poland to invest EUR 466 mln in electric car planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-eur-466-mln-in-electric-car-plant-5368<p>The construction of Poland's first electric car plant will cost PLN 2 bln (EUR 466 mln), PAP was told by Piotr Zaremba, CEO of special-purpose company ElectroMobility Poland (EMP). As many as 17 potential locations are being taken into account, Zaremba added.</p>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:15:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to invest EUR 466 mln in electric car planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-eur-466-mln-in-electric-car-plant-5368Polish tall ship ends Independence Cruisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tall-ship-ends-independence-cruise-5366<p>The Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży (Gift of Youth) docked in Gdynia, northern Poland, on Thursday after a round-the-world Independence Cruise marking the Polish independence centenary, during which the ship visited 23 ports in several countries.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 20:45:00 +0100News & PoliticsSportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rq5eg32oxummbbtg8u0on.jpegThe Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży (Gift of Youth) docked in Gdynia after a round-the-world Independence Cruise marking the Polish independence centenary.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tall-ship-ends-independence-cruise-5366‘Some of Poland’s Jazz players are world class’ says Dan Wyszogrodzkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-of-polands-jazz-players-are-world-class-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5364<p>Wojtek Mazolewski and his Quintet recorded “Polka” in 2014. The record turned Platinum – not an everyday achievement for a jazz album. But it took four more years to get the international recognition it deserves.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:44:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r4eg97cgczlwjw8tw8mt4.jpegAs groups go, we have a world class phenomenon called Atom String Quartet. It’s one of the very few string quartets whose members both compose and improvise.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-of-polands-jazz-players-are-world-class-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5364Warsaw restaurants keep their stars while Kraków sees a surge in awards in new Michelin guidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-restaurants-keep-their-stars-while-krakow-sees-a-surge-in-awards-in-new-michelin-guide-5361<p>Michelin Guide’s ‘Main Cities of Europe 2019’ has announced its top choices for Poland, distinguishing restaurants in Warsaw and Kraków with the publication’s prestigious culinary stars and other quality symbols.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:45:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rsodd65k6ca6cm72pc19n.jpegWarsaw and Kraków continue to shine in latest Michelin guide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-restaurants-keep-their-stars-while-krakow-sees-a-surge-in-awards-in-new-michelin-guide-5361GDP coming from digital services could DOUBLE by 2025, conference on Digitisation of Polish Economy hearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-coming-from-digital-services-could-double-by-2025-conference-on-digitisation-of-polish-economy-hears-5359<p>Officials, analysts and IT specialists gathered in Warsaw yesterday for a conference on the “Digitisation of the Polish economy”.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:54:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/poip35ssnfv65zztft5hc.jpegMinister of Technology and Entrepreneurship Jadwiga Emilewicz opened the Digitisation of the Polish Economy conference by saying the amount of GDP coming from digital services in Poland ‘”could double by 2025.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-coming-from-digital-services-could-double-by-2025-conference-on-digitisation-of-polish-economy-hears-5359Professor who went to Vienna to buy some old china returns with rare portrait of 18th century kinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/professor-who-went-to-vienna-to-buy-some-old-china-returns-with-rare-portrait-of-18th-century-king-5357<p>A rare painting of Frederik Augustus II, the 18th-century Elector of Saxony who later became King Augustus III of Poland, has been bought by Warsaw’s Royal Castle – after discovering it hidden away in a Viennese auction house.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:10:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h4xlzyzslherh15rhee2g.jpegImportant though the purchase is, Augustus III, who ruled from 1733 to 1764 after the death of his father Augustus II, is a controversial figure among Poland’s kings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/professor-who-went-to-vienna-to-buy-some-old-china-returns-with-rare-portrait-of-18th-century-king-5357With no time shifts, most Poles would keep summer time - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-no-time-shifts-most-poles-would-keep-summer-time---survey-5356<p>As many as 74.2 percent of Poles would like to stick to summer time if seasonal time changes are abandoned, a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology shows. The European Parliament recently supported scrapping the time shifts.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 11:40:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWith no time shifts, most Poles would keep summer time - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-no-time-shifts-most-poles-would-keep-summer-time---survey-5356Over 1,000 vehicles on display at Poznań Motor Showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-1000-vehicles-on-display-at-poznan-motor-show-5355<p>Over 1,000 vehicles, including 60 new models, are on display at the Poznań Motor Show 2019, which started in Poland's western city of Poznań on Thursday. The Poznań Motor Show is the largest automotive event in Poland.</p>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 1,000 vehicles on display at Poznań Motor Showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-1000-vehicles-on-display-at-poznan-motor-show-5355Poland will try to mitigate effects of EU copyright directivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-try-to-mitigate-effects-of-eu-copyright-directive-5353<p>In implementing the EU's new copyright directive, Poland will attempt to mitigate its adverse effects, government spokesperson Joanna Kopcińska said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:13:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will try to mitigate effects of EU copyright directivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-try-to-mitigate-effects-of-eu-copyright-directive-5353From communist brutalism to aesthetic modernism: Fascinating New York exhibition examines the work of the ‘woman who built Wrocław’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-communist-brutalism-to-aesthetic-modernism-fascinating-new-york-exhibition-examines-the-work-of-the-woman-who-built-wroclaw-5350<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">A new exhibition at New York’s Centre for Architecture called ‘Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak’ has opened displaying the works of one of Poland’s most important modernist architects.</span></p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:10:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0nmyyhtgwbbdlxu48cc0jq.jpegA focal point of the exhibit is a scale model of the Grunwaldzki Square housing complex in Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-communist-brutalism-to-aesthetic-modernism-fascinating-new-york-exhibition-examines-the-work-of-the-woman-who-built-wroclaw-5350Thousands of Hasidic Jews from around the world begin arriving in Poland to commemorate death of their founderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-hasidim-jews-from-around-the-world-begin-arriving-in-poland-to-commemorate-death-of-their-founder-5348<p>Thousands of Hasidic Jews from across Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel will descend on Poland this week to commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the death of one of the founders of the Hasidic movement.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:55:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7d72v6unl5ih0jn0au18vf.jpegLeżajsk is one of the holiest places in the world for Hasidic Jews. Hasidic gather there not only to celebrate anniversaries of the tzaddik’s death, but also on the occasion of various Jewish holidays, while making private pilgrimages and tours around Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-hasidim-jews-from-around-the-world-begin-arriving-in-poland-to-commemorate-death-of-their-founder-5348Winners! Amateur snappers scoop top spots with stunning aerial shots in international photography comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-amateur-snappers-scoop-top-spots-with-stunning-aerial-shots-in-international-photography-comp-5346<p>An amateur photographer has taken first place in a prestigious aerial photography contest.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:12:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wmutz697pgf3i1lvz4iv8.jpegThe composite photo taken in the Tatra mountains took photographer Michał Sadowski eight months to capture. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-amateur-snappers-scoop-top-spots-with-stunning-aerial-shots-in-international-photography-comp-5346Poland switches to summer time on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-switches-to-summer-time-on-sunday-5344<p>Poland will switch to summer time on Sunday, March 31. At 2:00 a.m. local time, all clocks will be moved forward one hour.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:08:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland switches to summer time on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-switches-to-summer-time-on-sunday-5344Polish tall ship to dock in Gdynia on Thursday after 10-month voyagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tall-ship-to-dock-in-gdynia-on-thursday-after-10-month-voyage-5340<p>The Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży will dock on Thursday in Gdynia, northern Poland, from its round-the-world Independence Cruise marking the Polish independence centenary. During a ten-month journey, the ship visited 23 ports in several countries.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish tall ship to dock in Gdynia on Thursday after 10-month voyagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tall-ship-to-dock-in-gdynia-on-thursday-after-10-month-voyage-5340Internationally acclaimed Polish artist to open show in Scandinaviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internationally-acclaimed-polish-artist-to-open-show-in-scandinavia-5339<p>The exhibition "I (am)", Paweł Althamer’s extensive solo show at the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), will showcase the artist's work from the past three decades. It will open on March 28 and run until September 8, 2019.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:34:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInternationally acclaimed Polish artist to open show in Scandinaviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internationally-acclaimed-polish-artist-to-open-show-in-scandinavia-5339New Medical Research Agency to make medicine ‘more innovative’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-medical-research-agency-to-make-medicine-more-innovative-5338<p>To improve healthcare and foster progress in medicine, Poland is establishing a Medical Research Agency.</p>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:21:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i62u2qic3snivmk18r84t.jpegThe agency’s tasks will include overseeing and organising research, including non-commercial clinical tries, as well as developing medical technology. It will also support innovation at companies working in the medical sciences.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-medical-research-agency-to-make-medicine-more-innovative-5338EU grants almost EUR 280 mln for Polish transport investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-grants-almost-eur-280-mln-for-polish-transport-investment-5335<p>Almost PLN 1.2 billion (EUR 280 million) is to be earmarked from EU funds for the modernisation and building of 55 railway stations and construction of the Bolków (southwestern Poland) bypass. Eight contracts were signed in the matter on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 20:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU grants almost EUR 280 mln for Polish transport investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-grants-almost-eur-280-mln-for-polish-transport-investment-5335End of an era! National ski coach says ‘bye, bye’ as he quits to spend time with his family – and take on GERMAN teamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/end-of-an-era-national-ski-coach-says-bye-bye-as-he-quits-to-spend-time-with-his-family--and-take-on-german-team-5330<p>Poland’s national ski jumping coach of three years, Stefan Horngacher, has resigned saying he was ‘torn between staying and going’ and has instead opted to coach Germany’s team.</p>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:53:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kp48aru96acxoh9o6clox.jpegStefan Horngacher says he was torn between staying and going - but eventually decided to go.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/end-of-an-era-national-ski-coach-says-bye-bye-as-he-quits-to-spend-time-with-his-family--and-take-on-german-team-5330Pope Francis appoints Pole as nuncio to Guinea and Malihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-appoints-pole-as-nuncio-to-guinea-and-mali-5333<p>Pope Francis appointed Polish priest Tymon Tytus Chmielecki to the position of apostolic nuncio to Guinea and Mali, the press office of the Holy See announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:27:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPope Francis appoints Pole as nuncio to Guinea and Malihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-appoints-pole-as-nuncio-to-guinea-and-mali-5333With his mammoth sculptures of fragmented bodies expressing human suffering, Igor Mitoraj was in a class of his ownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-his-mammoth-sculptures-of-fragmented-bodies-expressing-human-suffering-igor-mitoraj-was-in-a-class-of-his-own-5326<p>His sculptures made a big impression because they were often huge, and often just lonely bits of a human body detached from the rest.</p>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:31:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m0vgv3u0cys1csb7zk16tu.jpegMitoraj's sculptural style is rooted in the classical tradition but has a post-modern twist addressing questions about human suffering.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-his-mammoth-sculptures-of-fragmented-bodies-expressing-human-suffering-igor-mitoraj-was-in-a-class-of-his-own-5326Trendy Kraków district to house futuristic literature centre in honour of sci-fi writer Stanisław Lemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trendy-krakow-district-to-house-futuristic-literature-centre-in-honour-of-sci-fi-writer-stanislaw-lem-5324<p>A new centre named after Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem is being established in Kraków.</p>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:11:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6tzujgpumbnfepmvhnff8p.jpegIn the underground part of the building, visitors will feel like they have been transported to another planet – as one of JEMS architects’ staff put it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trendy-krakow-district-to-house-futuristic-literature-centre-in-honour-of-sci-fi-writer-stanislaw-lem-5324Adorable ‘one of a kind’ albino penguin makes first public appearance at Gdańsk zoohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-one-of-a-kind-albino-penguin-makes-first-public-appearance-at-gdansk-zoo-5321<p>An albino penguin has made its first appearance at the zoo in Gdańsk after being born just three months ago.</p>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:35:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qgl2a75iseejrqt1hvskt.jpegThe adorable albino penguin was born three months ago but keepers have only revealed it now as they were worried the chick wouldn’t survive.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-one-of-a-kind-albino-penguin-makes-first-public-appearance-at-gdansk-zoo-5321‘Black and yellow’ defender Piszczek puts 9mln into kids’ footy academyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/black-and-yellow-defender-piszczek-puts-9mln-into-kids-footy-academy-5315<p>Borussia Dortmund defender Łukasz Piszczek has opened a youth training facility in his hometown of Goczałkowice-Zdrój.</p>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:42:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p9gl1sfurbfx4mvk3rpew.jpegBorussia Dortmund footballer Łukasz Piszczek (R) and managing director of Borussia Carsten Cramer (L) announced the cooperation between Piszczek’s Football Academy and Borussia Dortmund.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/black-and-yellow-defender-piszczek-puts-9mln-into-kids-footy-academy-5315Small and medium-sized cities to get ca EUR 116 mln from Norway grantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/small-and-medium-sized-cities-to-get-ca-eur-116-mln-from-norway-grants-5314<p>Small and medium-sized cities will get around PLN 500 million (ca. EUR 116 mln) from Norway grants for economic, social and environmental development, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński has said.</p>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSmall and medium-sized cities to get ca EUR 116 mln from Norway grantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/small-and-medium-sized-cities-to-get-ca-eur-116-mln-from-norway-grants-5314Great Escape prisoners of war remembered at 75th anniversary ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-escape-prisoners-of-war-remembered-at-75th-anniversary-ceremony-5303<p>Ceremonies have taken place in Poznań and Żagań in western Poland to mark the 75th-anniversary of the Great Escape, the legendary breakout by 76 allied airmen from a German POW camp.</p>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:58:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6kkcyn63v2l2th2y6b1nvo.jpegBritish and Polish airmen and soldiers mark the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape in Żagań and Poznań. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-escape-prisoners-of-war-remembered-at-75th-anniversary-ceremony-5303Poles achieve record points at Ski Jumping World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-achieve-record-points-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-5301<p>Polish ski jumpers have achieved a record number of points for Poland during the 2018/19 Ski Jumping World Cup. The white-and-reds notched up a total of 6,083 points throughout the 2018/19 season.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:59:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles achieve record points at Ski Jumping World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-achieve-record-points-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-5301Kołecki triumphs in MMA battle of the giants after injury strikes down his opponenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kolecki-triumphs-in-mma-battle-of-the-giants-after-injury-strikes-down-his-opponent-5298<p>A packed crown of over 15,000 at Łodz’s Atlas Arena saw two heavyweights of Polish sport collide on Saturday night. Dubbed ‘the world’s strongest MMA bout’ the match between five-time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski and Olympic weightlifting gold medallist Szymon Kołecki ended in brutal fashion.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:50:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cnzbu7d3tlqlqt4nz6tjgc.jpegLet battle commence. Mariusz Pudzianowski takes a blow to the chest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kolecki-triumphs-in-mma-battle-of-the-giants-after-injury-strikes-down-his-opponent-5298Poland's Kwiatkowski third at Milan-San Remo cycle racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kwiatkowski-third-at-milan-san-remo-cycle-race-5297<p>Poland's Team Sky rider Michał Kwiatkowski sprinted to an impressive third place at an annual cycling race between Milan and Sanremo on Saturday following a tense finish on the Via Roma.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:04:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Kwiatkowski third at Milan-San Remo cycle racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kwiatkowski-third-at-milan-san-remo-cycle-race-5297Poland observes Day of Remembrance of Poles who saved Jews during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-observes-day-of-remembrance-of-poles-who-saved-jews-during-wwii-5296<p>On Sunday, March 24, Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of the day in 1944 when Nazi Germans executed the whole Ulma family for sheltering fellow citizens of Jewish descent, and the Day of Remembrance of Poles who saved Jews during WWII.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland observes Day of Remembrance of Poles who saved Jews during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-observes-day-of-remembrance-of-poles-who-saved-jews-during-wwii-5296He’s Popeye the Polish man: the roots of the famous cartoon character may lie deep in central Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hes-popeye-the-polish-man-the-roots-of-the-famous-cartoon-character-may-lie-deep-in-central-poland-5293<p>Just about everybody knows of Popeye, the pipe-tooting sailor whose spinach-fuelled arms packed a colossal punch. &nbsp;But what everybody probably doesn’t know is that the man who provided the inspiration for the brawling-mariner character had Polish roots.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:50:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pajqoue862k8kolwna1w.jpegInspiration for the famous sailor came from a one-eyed man named Frank ‘Rocky’ Fiegel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hes-popeye-the-polish-man-the-roots-of-the-famous-cartoon-character-may-lie-deep-in-central-poland-5293Facing up to history: the story behind the woman who provided the face to Warsaw’s mermaid statue by the riverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facing-up-to-history-the-story-behind-the-woman-who-provided-the-face-to-warsaws-mermaid-statue-by-the-river-5291<p>It’s an emblem of Warsaw and one of the most famous statues in the city, but the story of the woman behind the face of the mermaid that stands by the River Vistula in Warsaw remains little known.</p>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:03:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jw540xxvbf8oj2acgfowx.jpegThe mermaid statue is one of the most famous in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facing-up-to-history-the-story-behind-the-woman-who-provided-the-face-to-warsaws-mermaid-statue-by-the-river-5291Keyed up team produces 'key of the future' to keep your home safe and securehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-team-produces-the-key-to-the-future-that-should-keep-your-home-safe-and-secure-5285<p>An un-hackable smart-key overlay created by a group of Poles that offers a new way to secure your home or office will hit the markets in the next three months.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:09:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/76huvuncrwcl834qmlt74.jpegSafe as houses. The new device promises better security for your home and work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-team-produces-the-key-to-the-future-that-should-keep-your-home-safe-and-secure-5285Warsaw goes Korean crazy on Friday nighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-goes-korean-crazy-on-friday-night-5283<p>An audience at Warsaw’s Royal Castle had the chance to enjoy a stunning performance of a fusion of Polish and Korean classical music on Friday night.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:47:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pj1gpi90lii4cfl3ypsul.jpegSouth Korean Ambassador and Elżbieta Stanisława Janowska Moniuszko, the great-great-great granddaughter of Moniuszko.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-goes-korean-crazy-on-friday-night-5283Poland wins Planica ski jumping team tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-planica-ski-jumping-team-tournament-5282<p>Poland won Saturday's ski jumping World Cup team tournament in Planica, Slovenia. This is Poland's sixth team victory in the World Cup, but the first one on a flying hill.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:26:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland wins Planica ski jumping team tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-planica-ski-jumping-team-tournament-5282Where there’s a will there’s a wave: Efforts to clean up the Baltic Sea are slowly making progresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-theres-a-will-theres-a-wave-efforts-to-clean-up-the-baltic-sea-are-slowly-making-progress-5277<p>The bottom of the Baltic Sea is littered with over 40,000 tonnes of chemical weapons and half a million tonnes of conventional weapons, a deadly memento of WWII.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:26:00 +0100ScienceHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1a896tbpce6vodpbz5rtei.jpegIn the past, fisherman and even tourists would often encounter bombs washed up on the beach, some of which contained mustard gas. Now efforts are underway to clean up the Baltic. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-theres-a-will-theres-a-wave-efforts-to-clean-up-the-baltic-sea-are-slowly-making-progress-5277Poland's Hurkacz sends Thiem home in Miamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hurkacz-sends-thiem-home-in-miami-5274<p>Poland's Hubert Hurkacz defeated the fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-4 on Friday in the second round of the 2019 Miami Open tennis tournament, which is part of the Masters 100 category on the ATP Tour.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:17:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Hurkacz sends Thiem home in Miamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hurkacz-sends-thiem-home-in-miami-5274EU trying to give UK room for manoeuvre - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-trying-to-give-uk-room-for-manoeuvre---polish-pm-5273<p>Summing up a two-day EU summit's provisions for Brexit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday he had proposed a formula thanks to which London would not be "put up against a wall." "We're trying to give the British room for manoeuvre," he said.</p>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU trying to give UK room for manoeuvre - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-trying-to-give-uk-room-for-manoeuvre---polish-pm-5273Sip, sip, hooray! Top sommelier finishes in record-breaking position at World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sip-sip-hooray-top-sommelier-finishes-in-record-breaking-position-at-world-championships-5269<p>Poland’s Piotr Pietras is on cloud wine after beating his own personal best and coming 6th at the Best Sommelier of the World championship in Belgium last week. &nbsp;</p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:51:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57rmp8fjp3323iibtiog1w.jpegPiotr from Kołobrzeg took on 65 sommeliers from 62 other countries to take 6th place at the prestigious event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sip-sip-hooray-top-sommelier-finishes-in-record-breaking-position-at-world-championships-5269Sailors return to Poland after promotional yacht wins prestigious racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sailors-return-to-poland-after-promotional-yacht-wins-prestigious-race-5268<p>The crew of the "I Love Poland" yacht, which notched-up its first win in the prestigious St. Maarten race, has returned to Poland for several days before taking up another challenge. The yacht is a promotional project by the Polish National Foundation (PFN). </p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:55:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSailors return to Poland after promotional yacht wins prestigious racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sailors-return-to-poland-after-promotional-yacht-wins-prestigious-race-5268Meet the Polish Tina Turner: Sabina SAGOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-polish-tina-turner-sabina-sago-289<p>Sabina Golanowska who goes by the stage name of Sabina SAGO has one of the most distinctive voices on the Polish music scene and is often compared to Whitney Houston or Tina Turner. In this episode we learn about her journey from a small Polish town on to ballet school and then her breakthrough appearance on the 'Voice of Poland' show and the music and artists that inspire her.</p><p>Did Sabina's voice amaze you? Share this episode on.</p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:52:00 +0100Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ij4f2449f8kz00s6tjekhc.jpegMeet the Polish Tina Turner: Sabina SAGOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-polish-tina-turner-sabina-sago-289Could Warsaw startup revolutionise IT world with its ‘Airbnb for computers’ concept?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-warsaw-startup-revolutionise-it-world-with-its-airbnb-for-computers-concept-5266<p>A Polish start up that touts itself as the “future of computing” and set itself the goal of becoming “the Airbnb for computers” is making a buzz in the high-tech world.</p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:20:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5bvq6j95ejqrfad720l5ic.jpegThe ‘airbnb’ of the computing world, Warsaw firm Golem is making waves in the tech world. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-warsaw-startup-revolutionise-it-world-with-its-airbnb-for-computers-concept-5266Visa-free programme for Poles in 2020 at the latest - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visa-free-programme-for-poles-in-2020-at-the-latest---us-ambassador-5264<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has declared she intends to bring Poland into the visa waiver programme before the end of her term of office, if not this year, definitely in 2020.</p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgVisa-free programme for Poles in 2020 at the latest - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visa-free-programme-for-poles-in-2020-at-the-latest---us-ambassador-5264Huge Brexit problem avoided thanks to Polish stance - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-brexit-problem-avoided-thanks-to-polish-stance---pm-5262<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told PAP that he was very pleased that, because of the Polish position in the matter, the very big possibility of a non-contractual, chaotic Brexit was avoided.</p>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHuge Brexit problem avoided thanks to Polish stance - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-brexit-problem-avoided-thanks-to-polish-stance---pm-5262Exhibition on Polish diplomat who saved Jewish refugees opens in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-on-polish-diplomat-who-saved-jewish-refugees-opens-in-lithuania-5258<p>The exhibition "Polish Ambassador to Japan Tadeusz Romer and Jewish War Refugees in the Far East" opened at Sugihara House in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Wednesday. According to its organisers, it presents the heroic actions taken by the Polish diplomat in Japan.</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:57:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExhibition on Polish diplomat who saved Jewish refugees opens in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-on-polish-diplomat-who-saved-jewish-refugees-opens-in-lithuania-5258‘We’re proud of you guys!’ Engineering boss praises his team after beating world record for longest bridge in the WORLDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-proud-of-you-guys-engineering-boss-praises-his-team-after-beating-world-record-for-longest-bridge-in-the-world-5255<p>A viaduct built by Polish engineers has made it into the Guinness Book of Records.</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:04:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yrmzskdgbmgcqyigz1cj3d.jpegThe record-breaking bridge in the UAE spans 32.39 m and stands 9.56 high.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-proud-of-you-guys-engineering-boss-praises-his-team-after-beating-world-record-for-longest-bridge-in-the-world-5255When jazz meets classical the result is ‘jazzical’, says Dan Wyszogrodzkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-jazz-meets-classical-the-result-is-jazzical-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5253<p>The year may be the bicentennial of Moniuszko’s birth but the composer still seems an unexpected choice for jazz inspirations</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:58:00 +0100Art & CultureLifeDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yezvoi95v96ownnyjspav.jpegThe album jacket of ‘Pawlik/Moniuszko’ looks inviting in a colorful pop-art way.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-jazz-meets-classical-the-result-is-jazzical-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5253Once upon a time… New initiative allows Polish children living abroad to learn more about Poland of yesteryearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/once-upon-a-time-new-initiative-allows-polish-children-living-abroad-to-learn-more-about-poland-of-yesteryear-5251<p>Polish children across the world will now have a chance to discover “How it used to be” in Poland of yore with the help of a new education package.</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:02:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bforske9lvend2gjjzndf8.pngThe educational package uses fun characters to introduce Polonia children to Poland’s past.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/once-upon-a-time-new-initiative-allows-polish-children-living-abroad-to-learn-more-about-poland-of-yesteryear-5251Pay up! Fuming LOT bosses demand compensation from Boeing for grounded flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pay-up-fuming-lot-bosses-demand-compensation-from-boeing-for-grounded-flights-5248<p>Furious LOT bosses have said Poland’s national airline carrier will demand Boeing pays compensation after the grounding of its fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets.</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:19:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdnd721luxjvgd0ywuegw.jpegLOT was forced to ground it’s 737 fleet after Boeing jet crashed in Ethiopia killing everyone on board.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pay-up-fuming-lot-bosses-demand-compensation-from-boeing-for-grounded-flights-5248Poland against no-deal Brexit but prepared for it - gov't spokeswomanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-no-deal-brexit-but-prepared-for-it---govt-spokeswoman-5246<p>Poland will do everything to avert a no-deal Brexit, but is still prepared for such an unwanted scenario, government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said on Thursday, ahead of a two-day EU summit that will also deal with the UK's motion to postpone the Brexit date.</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland against no-deal Brexit but prepared for it - gov't spokeswomanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-no-deal-brexit-but-prepared-for-it---govt-spokeswoman-5246We must unite, support European consortia - Polish, German officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-unite-support-european-consortia---polish-german-officials-5244<p>The Polish entrepreneurship and technology minister and the German economy and energy minister said that in order to compete against Chinese and US companies "it is necessary to unite forces and support consortia formed by European firms."</p>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWe must unite, support European consortia - Polish, German officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-unite-support-european-consortia---polish-german-officials-5244Poland presents yacht stand at Norwegian trade fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-presents-yacht-stand-at-norwegian-trade-fair-5242<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) launched for the first time a national stand presenting Poland's yachting and boating sector to foreign recipients at the Norwegian International Boat Show 2019 in Oslo, PAIH has announced. </p>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:57:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland presents yacht stand at Norwegian trade fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-presents-yacht-stand-at-norwegian-trade-fair-5242Ministry publication tells truth about Nazi death campshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-publication-tells-truth-about-nazi-death-camps-5240<p>German Camps, Polish Heroes is the title of a brochure informing about the genesis of death camps on Polish territory. The brochure, published by the Polish Foreign Ministry, is a response to claims that Poles collaborated with the Nazis in exterminating Jews during World War II. </p>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:20:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinistry publication tells truth about Nazi death campshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-publication-tells-truth-about-nazi-death-camps-5240Fascinating exhibition in Wales tells story of WWII hospital which became a Polish ‘village within a village’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-exhibition-in-wales-tells-story-of-wwii-hospital-which-became-a-polish-village-within-a-village-5237<p>A fascinating exhibition documenting the lives of post-WWII Poles living at a hospital in Wales has gone on show.</p>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:12:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6e6qgh6bqaagligv2zegs.jpegStaff and staff children in Polish costume at Penley Hospital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-exhibition-in-wales-tells-story-of-wwii-hospital-which-became-a-polish-village-within-a-village-5237Poland's industrial production up in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---stats-office-5236<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 6.9 percent year on year in February 2019, after a 6.1 percent increase year on year in January, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:56:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---stats-office-5236First European plant of Japanese motor cores maker to be built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-european-plant-of-japanese-motor-cores-maker-to-be-built-in-poland-5233<p>A Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, Mitsui High-tec (MHT), will build in Poland its first European factory of motor cores for hybrid and electric cars, the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) said in a statement on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:27:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFirst European plant of Japanese motor cores maker to be built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-european-plant-of-japanese-motor-cores-maker-to-be-built-in-poland-5233New Zealand terror killer was in Poland before carrying out crazed attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-zealand-terror-killer-was-in-poland-before-carrying-out-crazed-attack-5231<p>Poland was among several European countries visited by 28-year-old Australian terror maniac Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people in an attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8angm6l0cs6pvhvy4md34g.jpegArmed police stand guard after horror attack in New Zealand’s Christchurch left 50 dead and 48 injured.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-zealand-terror-killer-was-in-poland-before-carrying-out-crazed-attack-5231How very Nice! Our man ‘takes one for the team’ so pals can take 1st AND 2nd place in Nice-Paris racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-very-nice-our-man-takes-one-for-the-team-so-pals-can-take-1st-and-2nd-place-in-nice-paris-race-5229<p>Polish cyclist Michal Kwiatkowski proved he’s a ‘wheelie’ good teammate when he deliberately came in third to allow Colombian Egan Bernal to win the entire cycle. </p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:08:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zo8fqmbbbtcjcinwr7gyjn.jpegSky Team’s Michal Kwiatkowski, Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana win Nice-Paris race after Kwiatkowski allows teammates to take the lead.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-very-nice-our-man-takes-one-for-the-team-so-pals-can-take-1st-and-2nd-place-in-nice-paris-race-5229Good working conditions shape modern economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-working-conditions-shape-modern-economy-5226<p>Good, modern and safe working conditions shape a modern Polish economy, President Andrzej Duda said at the Employee-friendly Employer competition gala on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:13:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGood working conditions shape modern economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-working-conditions-shape-modern-economy-5226Under The Hammer & Sickle: Rare sculpture from one of Poland’s most famous sculptors set to go for a fortune at auction after lying ‘forgotten’ for 30 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-hammer--sickle-rare-sculpture-from-one-of-polands-most-famous-sculptors-set-to-go-for-a-fortune-at-auction-after-lying-forgotten-for-30-years-5224<p>A rare early work by one of Poland’s best-known artists has gone on public display for the first time in nearly thirty years ahead of an auction due to be held on March 28th at Warsaw’s DESA Unicum.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:05:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m3wtdt3fyahin2t3e2ua19.jpegThe statue by Alina Szapocznikow is expected to go for a ‘bomb’ at auction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-hammer--sickle-rare-sculpture-from-one-of-polands-most-famous-sculptors-set-to-go-for-a-fortune-at-auction-after-lying-forgotten-for-30-years-5224One of the most revered Polish artists of his time, Mehoffer’s works continue to amazehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-the-most-revered-polish-artists-of-his-time-mehoffers-works-continue-to-amaze-5217<p>Painter and decorative artist Józef Mehoffer, who was born 150 years ago today, left a lasting imprint across Poland and Europe in the form of his stained-glass windows and oil on canvas paintings.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:21:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0iy9vlxv4p5md2oohs1h5lk.jpegA leading painter of the "Young Poland" movement, Mehoffer was incredibly sensitive to the decorative value of paintings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-the-most-revered-polish-artists-of-his-time-mehoffers-works-continue-to-amaze-5217Polish companies must further expand, foreign investors sayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-must-further-expand-foreign-investors-say-5216<p>Polish companies are attractive for foreign institutional investors, especially as the country’s economy is developing dynamically, believe participants of the CEE Capital Markets conference in London.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish companies must further expand, foreign investors sayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-must-further-expand-foreign-investors-say-5216Blooming marvellous! Here come the Crocus flowershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/blooming-marvellous-here-come-the-crocus-flowers-100<p>One of the first flowers to emerge in spring, the Crocus is often called the lightbulb flower. Now, Poland’s Tatra mountains are full of them as they begin to come into bloom.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:02:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kxfrh8czr0l8zvwyyhk9fy.jpegFlower power: The beautiful purple Crocuses battle against winter to hail the return of Spring. https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/blooming-marvellous-here-come-the-crocus-flowers-100Average corporate wage and employment rise in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-february-5214<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.6 percent year-on-year to PLN 4,949.42 (EUR 1,150) in February. Month-on-month it grew 0.4 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:40:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage and employment rise in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-february-5214Poland, Germany sign joint declaration on industrial strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-germany-sign-joint-declaration-on-industrial-strategy-5210<p>Polish Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz and German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier in Berlin on Monday signed a joint declaration on an industrial strategy that should be adapted to the challenges of global competition.</p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ifmks6l1cgezvzxxul94z.jpegThe declaration was signed at the Polish-German Economic Forum in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-germany-sign-joint-declaration-on-industrial-strategy-5210Baby boomers: Polish women have the highest rate of second births in the EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baby-boomers-polish-women-have-the-highest-rate-of-second-births-in-the-eu-5206<p>Poland has the highest percentage of second births of any EU country, according to Eurostat figures for 2017. </p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:44:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5beuqez38dt3p8obqegxgk.jpegFirst Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda meets a pregnant woman as report shows the number of women in Poland having a second child is increasing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baby-boomers-polish-women-have-the-highest-rate-of-second-births-in-the-eu-5206Oarsome! Kraków lad to set the pace at Oxford-Cambridge boat racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oarsome-krakow-lad-to-set-the-pace-at-oxford-cambridge-boat-race-5204<p>A Polish student at Cambridge University is taking part in the 165th Oxford-Cambridge boat race.</p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:02:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xyprzdlvgocjejesifivo.jpegKraków’s Natan Węgrzycki-Szymczyk becomes one of a select handful of Poles to compete in the prestigious Oxford-Cambridge boat race.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oarsome-krakow-lad-to-set-the-pace-at-oxford-cambridge-boat-race-5204Polish investors sign nearly 48,000 EU co-financed agreementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-investors-sign-nearly-48000-eu-co-financed-agreements-5203<p>Polish investors have signed 47,616 EU co-financed agreements on the implementation of projects worth a total of PLN 386 billion (EUR 90 billion), Deputy Investment and Development Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said on Monday.</p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:36:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish investors sign nearly 48,000 EU co-financed agreementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-investors-sign-nearly-48000-eu-co-financed-agreements-5203Railway to hell! WWII station from where thousands of Jews were sent to their deaths renovated to house Łódź ghetto monumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/railway-to-hell-wwii-station-from-where-thousands-of-jews-were-sent-to-their-deaths-renovated-to-house-lodz-ghetto-monument-5200<p>A railway station used to transport Jews to their deaths during WWII and later turned into a museum has been renovated to house a model of the Łódź ghetto.</p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:24:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l5316n4phxgzomvxr1m7.jpegThe building was used as an Umschlagplatz, or collection point for Jews who had been corralled inside the Litzmannstadt ghetto during the Germans’ deliberate and systematic murder spree across occupied Europe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/railway-to-hell-wwii-station-from-where-thousands-of-jews-were-sent-to-their-deaths-renovated-to-house-lodz-ghetto-monument-5200Kamil Stoch is third best paid ski jumperhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kamil-stoch-is-third-best-paid-ski-jumper-5199<p>Poland's ski jumper Kamil Stoch is the third best paid ski jumper in the Ski Jumping World Cup category. Among other Polish jumpers, placed in the top five, are Piotr Żyła and Dawid Kubacki.</p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:11:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKamil Stoch is third best paid ski jumperhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kamil-stoch-is-third-best-paid-ski-jumper-5199Water way to go! Spa town of Nałęczów is new cool of the easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-way-to-go-spa-town-of-naleczow-is-new-cool-of-the-east-5197<p>For foodies, fine diners and expert epicureans, it is the most enviable reservation in the country: revered for its role on the leading edge of gastronomic trends, not even the hefty price tag has prevented it from becoming the biggest ticket in Poland when it comes to dining with a difference. </p>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:18:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3nzz1b9fry96i5wmler1xr.jpegSet in a bottling plant beyond the outskirts of Nałęczów, Water & Wine has helped place the town on the map to a whole new generation of visitors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-way-to-go-spa-town-of-naleczow-is-new-cool-of-the-east-5197From the son of a miner to the Royal court of Sweden: Fascinating story of world’s most prolific stamp engraverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-son-of-a-miner-to-the-royal-court-of-sweden-fascinating-story-of-worlds-most-prolific-stamp-engraver-5195<p>By the time of his death 14 years ago today, Czesław Słania had engraved more stamps and banknotes than any other engraver in history. </p>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:52:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lezotzzpaizn36inqzvc.jpegBy the time he died at the age of 84, Czesław Słania had engraved more stamps and banknotes than any other engraver in history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-son-of-a-miner-to-the-royal-court-of-sweden-fascinating-story-of-worlds-most-prolific-stamp-engraver-5195Indestructible and unbelievable, the ‘Hulk’ returns! Kubica is back on the F1 track at the Australian Grand Prixhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/indestructible-and-unbelievable-the-hulk-returns-kubica-is-back-on-the-f1-track-at-the-australian-grand-prix-5193<p>Formula 1 is back on Sunday, starting with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.</p>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 19:35:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2g6lba8rjfgiu5uhvbnh.jpegThe story of Kraków’s Robert Kubica is filled with events which have defied the odds, but is also testament to his determination and perseverance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/indestructible-and-unbelievable-the-hulk-returns-kubica-is-back-on-the-f1-track-at-the-australian-grand-prix-5193Incredible ‘game-changing ball’ is world’s first portable recording studiohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-game-changing-ball-is-worlds-first-portable-recording-studio-5191<p>A Polish start-up has been wowing music industry veterans with the world’s first microphone recording studio. </p>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:42:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ukfurzthhae9664frooa2g.jpegThe ZM-1 mic, from Poznan-based audio recording company Zylia, has 19 microphones in an omnidirectional condenser sphere that sits on a stunted tripod, and can record multiple instruments at the same time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-game-changing-ball-is-worlds-first-portable-recording-studio-5191Kowalczyk wins 3rd Birkebeinerrennet ski marathonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kowalczyk-wins-3rd-birkebeinerrennet-ski-marathon-5189<p>Polish cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk on Saturday homed her 3rd victory in the 54-kilometre Birkebeinerrennet ski marathon from Rena to Lillehammer in Norway with 2:51,31.6. Second was Sweden's Britta Johansson Norgren. </p>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 13:05:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKowalczyk wins 3rd Birkebeinerrennet ski marathonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kowalczyk-wins-3rd-birkebeinerrennet-ski-marathon-5189Poland takes over chairmanship of Community of Democracieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-chairmanship-of-community-of-democracies-5187<p>On March 16, Poland takes over the chairmanship of the intergovernmental Community of Democracies (CoD), of which it is one of the founding members. </p>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland takes over chairmanship of Community of Democracieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-chairmanship-of-community-of-democracies-5187Robot named ‘Bear’ takes sick children on virtual trip to the zoohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robot-named-bear-takes-sick-children-on-virtual-trip-to-the-zoo-5185<p>Special robots — a type of tablet on wheels — will enable sick children to visit the zoo in Poznań as part of an initiative by an animal charity. According to its creators, the programme is unique in Europe. </p>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 11:52:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ua6lc69bivlrbzjluzk4d.jpegThe ‘Children’s Bear’ is a tablet on wheels which takes the children around the zoo letting them see the animals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robot-named-bear-takes-sick-children-on-virtual-trip-to-the-zoo-5185Polish businesses may take over German firms - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-may-take-over-german-firms---minister-5184<p>The government would like Polish businesses to take over the dozens of German companies that are having business succession problems, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish businesses may take over German firms - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-may-take-over-german-firms---minister-5184Posted workers essential for business and single market, say delegates at European Mobility Congress in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/posted-workers-essential-for-business-and-single-market-say-delegates-at-european-mobility-congress-in-krakow-5180<p>Experts, officials and trade union representatives gathered in Kraków this week for the Sixth European Mobility Congress, Europe’s largest annual event on the posting of workers.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cbb3hkfqgrkoe6yn3i75.jpegExperts, officials and trade union representatives gathered in Kraków at the Sixth European Mobility Congress, Europe’s largest annual event on the posting of workers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/posted-workers-essential-for-business-and-single-market-say-delegates-at-european-mobility-congress-in-krakow-5180Parliament passes laws on UK citizens' rights post-Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-laws-on-uk-citizens-rights-post-brexit-5183<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house) passed a government bill on Friday concerning the principles of residency in Poland for UK citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit. A separate law was passed safeguarding Polish clients of UK financial institutions in such a scenario.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgParliament passes laws on UK citizens' rights post-Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-laws-on-uk-citizens-rights-post-brexit-5183Polish HICP inflation at 1.3 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-at-13-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-5179<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew to 1.3 percent year-on-year in February 2019 from the the 0.7 pct reading in January, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation at 1.3 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-at-13-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-5179Space engineering company gets TWO new contracts for work on x-ray telescope aimed at revealing how galaxies are formedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-engineering-company-gets-two-new-contracts-for-work-on-x-ray-telescope-aimed-at-revealing-how-galaxies-are-formed-5175<p>Space engineering company SENER has signed a new contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), to produce two instruments for the ATHENA space mission.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:37:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/65fe64z5k4cpowzbl3qeco.jpegUsing the 12-meter x-ray telescope equipped with a high resolution X-ray Integral Field Unit and Wide Field Imager, researchers hope to find out how galaxies are formed, how black holes are enlarged and the impact they have on the space around them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-engineering-company-gets-two-new-contracts-for-work-on-x-ray-telescope-aimed-at-revealing-how-galaxies-are-formed-5175'There's Never Been So Much Interest in Poland' Daniel Tilleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/theres-never-been-so-much-interest-in-poland-daniel-tilles-287<p>In this latest episode of #heartofpoland our host, Patrick Ney, sat down with Daniel Tilles from the @NotesfromPoland blog to talk about his life in Poland. Daniel talks about the explosion of interest in Poland in recent years and his life as an Assistant Professor of History at the Pedagogical University of Krakow.</p><p><br></p><p>- How does Daniel deal with online criticism?</p><p>- How did he come to learn Polish?</p><p>- What is unique about Poland?</p><p>- How is Poland perceived globally and how should it promote itself?</p><p>- Does Poland talk too much about its history?</p><p><br></p><p>Daniel talks to us about this and more. Liked this interview? Share and send it on. Subscribe to our channel.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:56:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wyg3n8ckqbsnr54a1hc7j.jpeg'There's Never Been So Much Interest in Poland' Daniel Tilleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/theres-never-been-so-much-interest-in-poland-daniel-tilles-287US offers Warsaw permanent military presencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-offers-warsaw-permanent-military-presence-5172<p>Washington has proposed Warsaw a deal providing for a permanent presence of US armed forces in Poland, Friday's Rzeczpospolita daily reported.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7o1q7cz0908bbiyx3x3jon.jpegAccording to the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Deputy Head of Defence Kathryn Wheelbager said Washington had presented Poland with what it considered a very serious, solid offer and that this week the two sides would work together to finalise the details.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-offers-warsaw-permanent-military-presence-5172Up-and-coming tennis ace Hubert Hurkacz to take on Federer in ATP quarter finals - but who is Hubert?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-tennis-ace-hubert-hurkacz-to-take-on-federer-in-atp-quarter-finals---but-who-is-hubert-5169<p>Young tennis pro Hubert Hurkacz is looking to upset Rodger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells Masters in America today.</p>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:33:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48u87d3354hl84n08ctzgd.jpegHis most impressive win at the Indian Masters so far was his comeback victory over 7th ranked Kei Nishikori of Japan. Nishikori took the first set by 6 games to 4. Hurkacz struck back to level the sets, also winning 6-4 before powering home in the third with a 6-3 victory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-tennis-ace-hubert-hurkacz-to-take-on-federer-in-atp-quarter-finals---but-who-is-hubert-5169Poland will constructively analyse British motion for Brexit delayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-constructively-analyse-british-motion-for-brexit-delay-5168<p>Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański declared on Thursday evening that "Poland will constructively analyse the British motion to postpone the UK's departure from the EU, together with its justification."</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will constructively analyse British motion for Brexit delayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-constructively-analyse-british-motion-for-brexit-delay-5168‘An ordinary man turned superhero!’ New WWII blockbuster tells incredible true story of spy who tried to save Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-ordinary-man-turned-superhero-new-wwii-blockbuster-tells-incredible-true-story-of-spy-who-tried-to-save-poland-5165<p>It is the end of July 1944 in a stuffy apartment in Warsaw and Home Army commanders are deliberating about whether to launch an open armed rebellion against the loathed German occupiers.</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:01:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8yuqx3qmnolfdbfgdfzs.jpegJan Nowak Jeziorański, played by Philippe Tłokiński, was an economics student before the war. He then joined the underground resistance and became a messenger, couriering top secret information between Warsaw and London.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-ordinary-man-turned-superhero-new-wwii-blockbuster-tells-incredible-true-story-of-spy-who-tried-to-save-poland-5165‘No kidding, children’s song was best part of the Fryderyk awards’, says Dan Wyszogrodzkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-kidding-childrens-song-was-best-part-of-the-fryderyk-awards-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5160<p>For the first time in 25 years the gala took place in the city of Katowice, gathering more showbiz guests than ever before.</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:12:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q58nxg4md8sbhf15rie0yq.jpegSinger Natalia Kukulska performed the children’s songs so beautifully, the record first got a nomination for a Fryderyk and then the award.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-kidding-childrens-song-was-best-part-of-the-fryderyk-awards-says-dan-wyszogrodzki-5160Tate that! 'Striking and intimate', photographer's black and whites exhibited at London's prestigious TATE galleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tate-that-striking-and-intimate-photographers-black-and-whites-exhibited-at-londons-prestigious-tate-gallery-5158<p>A new exhibition at Tate Britain in London showcases works by Polish photographer Joanna Piotrowska.</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:51:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w107ei3cxnv441euklfah.pngJoanna Piotrowska has made a name for herself with her black and white photographs shot in close-up family environments that make a broader statement about the world we live in.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tate-that-striking-and-intimate-photographers-black-and-whites-exhibited-at-londons-prestigious-tate-gallery-5158Researchers create world’s first 3D BIONIC pancreashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/researchers-create-worlds-first-3d-bionic-pancreas-5156<p>The world’s first bionic pancreas with blood vessels has been printed in Poland using a special 3D bio-printer.</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:41:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8fiz0f2nbz3rpw7paqrzio.jpegAlthough the bionic does not present a digestive exocrine function as in a real pancreas, it is assumed that in the future, it may restore insulin production in the body of a diabetic patient.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/researchers-create-worlds-first-3d-bionic-pancreas-5156Scientist’s experiment with Large Hadron Collider could shed light on invisible dark matterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-experiment-with-large-hadron-collider-could-shed-light-on-invisible-dark-matter-5154<p>A Polish physicist at the forefront of new research into dark matter, the mysterious substance believed to make up 85 per cent of all matter in the universe, could be on the verge of discovering a fifth force of nature. </p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:46:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a7obqw0yn3g3212ix9ag5y.jpegWith the help of the Large Hadron Collider, Dr. Sebastian Trojanowski and his colleagues hope to observe the mysterious invisible mass thought to be responsible for adding gravity to galaxies and other bodies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-experiment-with-large-hadron-collider-could-shed-light-on-invisible-dark-matter-5154Poland may become 'core' of NATO, US regional military presence - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-become-core-of-nato-us-regional-military-presence---fm-5152<p>Poland's plan to become the core of NATO and the US's military presence in the region is realistic, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in his foreign policy address in the Sejm (lower house) on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:42:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland may become 'core' of NATO, US regional military presence - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-become-core-of-nato-us-regional-military-presence---fm-5152Foreign job-seekers in Poland must have return farehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-job-seekers-in-poland-must-have-return-fare-5150<p>Under draft acts authored by the Interior Ministry foreign job-seekers, business start-uppers and students in Poland will have to have from PLN 200 to 2.500 (EUR 47 - 581) for their return trip or transit to a third country.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 19:01:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign job-seekers in Poland must have return farehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-job-seekers-in-poland-must-have-return-fare-5150Polish president invites world leaders to WWII outbreak anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-invites-world-leaders-to-wwii-outbreak-anniversary-5149<p>President Andrzej Duda has issued invitations to leaders of EU, NATO and the Eastern Partnership countries, and the UN secretary general, to attend the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II on September 1, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president invites world leaders to WWII outbreak anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-invites-world-leaders-to-wwii-outbreak-anniversary-5149Poland's industrial production up in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-january---eurostat-5147<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 6.1 percent year on year in January 2019, after growth of 2.8 percent in December 2018, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:41:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-january---eurostat-5147Brainbox students win FIVE awards for their ‘Mars colonisation’ flight projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainbox-students-win-five-awards-for-their-mars-colonisation-flight-project-5144<p>Students from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology have had a winning streak with their remote-controlled aircraft designs.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:56:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rr0iyjor36m9q54jyy8ajg.jpegThe team calling themselves JetStream were awarded five medals at the SAE Aero Design East 2019 model aviation construction competition in the USA for, among other things, designing light aircraft to carry heavy loads on Mars. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainbox-students-win-five-awards-for-their-mars-colonisation-flight-project-5144London architects install stunning ‘levitating theatre’ in grounds of Polish manor househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-architects-install-stunning-levitating-theatre-in-grounds-of-polish-manor-house-5142<p>A London-based design studio run by two architecture students has built a “levitating theatre” in the grounds of a Polish manor house.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eg97nr1sa1paanz15830so.jpegFluid in shape and covered with dark floorboards, the stage is nestled between trees in the manor’s grounds. Without the walls of a traditional theatre, the stage draws in the audience and the surrounding natural surroundings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-architects-install-stunning-levitating-theatre-in-grounds-of-polish-manor-house-5142Fascinating history of Uprising plaques scattered across Warsaw and of the man who designed themhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-history-of-uprising-plaques-scattered-across-warsaw-and-of-the-man-who-designed-them-5140<p>There are more than 200 of them and each bears the words: “A place sanctified by the blood of Poles killed for the freedom of their homeland”.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:02:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ay89medkek539m52vfctc.jpegKnown colloquially as the Tchorek plaques after the artist who designed them, they mark the places in and around Warsaw where predominantly Poles, but also Jews and Soviet prisoners of war, were shot, hanged or burned by the Germans during the brutal occupation of the city in World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-history-of-uprising-plaques-scattered-across-warsaw-and-of-the-man-who-designed-them-5140Visegrad Group debates Russia, defence budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-debates-russia-defence-budget-5137<p>Russian threats to NATO and defence spending dominated Tuesday talks between the presidents of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.</p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgVisegrad Group debates Russia, defence budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-debates-russia-defence-budget-5137Innovative firms boost Poland's innovation levelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovative-firms-boost-polands-innovation-level-5134<p>Poland's innovation level is improving faster thanks to increasing numbers of fast-growing innovative companies, the Entrepreneurship and Technology Ministry quoted Deputy Minister Marek Niedużak as saying at the opening of Startup Games Warsaw on Tuesday. </p>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInnovative firms boost Poland's innovation levelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovative-firms-boost-polands-innovation-level-5134And the ‘Indiana Jones’ award goes to… Poland sweeps up at international adventurers’ eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-indiana-jones-award-goes-to-poland-sweeps-up-at-international-adventurers-event-5130<p>Polish explorers and adventurers have scooped up a host of awards at the &nbsp;prestigious international Kolosy ceremony in Gdynia.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:58:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tptkxbu8z5bf99ygq793om.jpegPolish explorers and adventurers scoop up a host of awards at the prestigious international Kolosy ceremony in Gdynia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-indiana-jones-award-goes-to-poland-sweeps-up-at-international-adventurers-event-5130Polish WWII general's plane returns from Canada to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wwii-generals-plane-returns-from-canada-to-poland-5129<p>The plane, used by Chief Commander of the Polish Armed Forces in 1943-44, General Kazimierz Sosnkowski, was transported from Canada to Poland. After World War II the aircraft was operated by a Canadian airline and later was placed in a museum.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:28:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish WWII general's plane returns from Canada to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wwii-generals-plane-returns-from-canada-to-poland-5129Boeing jets GROUNDED and BANNED from Polish airspace following Ethiopia disasterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boeing-jets-banned-from-polish-airspace-following-ethiopia-disaster-5128<p>Poland has said that it will close its airspace to Boeing’s ill-fated aircraft after one of its planes crashed in Ethiopia killing everyone on board.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:07:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uysqyapcgp99xkpogn36l.jpegThe decision to ban the aircraft had been taken on the basis of consultations with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Eurocontrol.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boeing-jets-banned-from-polish-airspace-following-ethiopia-disaster-5128It was 20 years ago today… Poland marks two decades of NATO membershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-20-years-ago-today-poland-marks-two-decades-of-nato-membership-5123<p>As NATO celebrates its 70th birthday, Poland is marking twenty years since it joined the Alliance in 1999 – while remaining responsive to new security challenges in the region and beyond.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:31:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zajs2uqmkkatmqydsaj0h.jpegWith its foreign policy subordinated to Moscow after WWII, it was only after the fall of communism in Europe that Poland was able to join.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-20-years-ago-today-poland-marks-two-decades-of-nato-membership-5123Exports grow faster than imports for first time since May 2018 - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-grow-faster-than-imports-for-first-time-since-may-2018---min-5119<p>In January this year Polish exports grew faster than imports for the first time since May 2018, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Tuesday commenting data released earlier by the Central Statistical Office (GUS). </p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExports grow faster than imports for first time since May 2018 - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-grow-faster-than-imports-for-first-time-since-may-2018---min-5119Back of the net! Poland to host U-20s World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-on-the-ball-poland-to-host-u-20s-world-cup-5115<p>Poland is set to host its first FIFA World Cup tournament - for under 20s.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:05:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugcfwr47d2cbqgr75vyjf.jpegHooray! Poland wins draw to host U-20s World Cup and Grzywek, a Polish bison (pictured), will be it’s official mascot. FIFA Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Le Floc’h, said: “Grzywek represents determination but also fun and enjoyment, all the core values of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-on-the-ball-poland-to-host-u-20s-world-cup-5115President to celebrate 20th anniversary of NATO enlargement in Praguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-celebrate-20th-anniversary-of-nato-enlargement-in-prague-5121<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday will meet with his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts, Milosz Zeman, Andrej Kiska and Janos Ader, in Prague and attend celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the enlargement of NATO.</p>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident to celebrate 20th anniversary of NATO enlargement in Praguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-celebrate-20th-anniversary-of-nato-enlargement-in-prague-5121Poland has not lost a single euro in EU's 2007-13 budget - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-not-lost-a-single-euro-in-eus-2007-13-budget---minister-5103<p>We have not lost a single euro of the 2007-2013 EU budget, Polish Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński said on Monday, adding that many countries including Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy had to repay several hundred million euros to Brussels.</p>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland has not lost a single euro in EU's 2007-13 budget - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-not-lost-a-single-euro-in-eus-2007-13-budget---minister-5103Polish riders jump high and score high in Cavaliada Tour show jumpinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-riders-jump-high-and-score-high-in-cavaliada-tour-show-jumping-5104<p>Two Polish riders triumphed on the last leg of the Cavaliada Tour, the biggest equestrian series in Central Europe. The success of Wojciech Wojcianiec and Jarosław Skrzyczyński means that they both advance to the FEI Jumping World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, and earned them their first qualifying points for the Tokyo Olympics.</p>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:19:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1rokj95c96g2hj0x4e8opn.jpegWojciech Wojcianiec on his horse Naccord Melloni during the Warsaw Grand Prix Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-riders-jump-high-and-score-high-in-cavaliada-tour-show-jumping-5104Office for Foreigners publishes Brexit-information brochurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/office-for-foreigners-publishes-brexit-information-brochure-5100<p>Poland's Office for Foreigners (UdSC) has prepared an information brochure presenting possible Brexit scenarios, and rules of stay for British citizens in Poland after March 29, that are based upon those scenarios.</p>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:13:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOffice for Foreigners publishes Brexit-information brochurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/office-for-foreigners-publishes-brexit-information-brochure-5100No longer the Promised Land: new employment figures show the number of Ukrainians moving to Poland has stabilisedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-longer-the-promised-land-new-employment-figures-show-the-number-of-ukrainians-moving-to-poland-has-stabilised-5099<p>The number of Ukrainians entering the Polish labour market appears to have levelled off after years of growth owing to one of the largest peace-time migrations in Europe since the end of the Second World War.</p>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 16:39:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96fsdyktgrezddgzy0u0u.jpegAfter years of growth the number of Ukrainians looking for work in Poland appears to be tailing off.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-longer-the-promised-land-new-employment-figures-show-the-number-of-ukrainians-moving-to-poland-has-stabilised-5099Polish, Chinese chemicals groups sign cooperation dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-chemicals-groups-sign-cooperation-deal-5092<p>PCC Rokita and Shandong Shida Shenghua, Polish and Chinese chemicals groups, respectively, signed a contract to launch preparations for investments in the production and sale of organic carbonates in Europe, the Polish firm said in a statement on Monday. </p>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:44:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Chinese chemicals groups sign cooperation dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-chemicals-groups-sign-cooperation-deal-5092Poland determined to rescue Brexit deal - Dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-determined-to-rescue-brexit-deal---dep-fm-5091<p>Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański has said in London that Poland is determined to "rescue the agreement" concerning Brexit, warning that otherwise there would be "toxic" mutual blaming for the unsuccessful negotiations.</p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 19:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland determined to rescue Brexit deal - Dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-determined-to-rescue-brexit-deal---dep-fm-5091Two Poles among dead in Ethiopian plane crash - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-among-dead-in-ethiopian-plane-crash---mfa-5088<p>Two Poles were among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.</p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 18:56:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo Poles among dead in Ethiopian plane crash - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-among-dead-in-ethiopian-plane-crash---mfa-5088Time to let off steam: expert claims Poland’s geothermal capacity equals that of its coal reserveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-to-let-off-steam-expert-claims-polands-geothermal-capacity-equals-that-of-its-coal-reserves-5084<p>The amount of energy in Polish geothermal resources – water in hot rocks – is equivalent to the energy capacity of national reserves of black and brown coal, according to the president of the Saint Queen Jadwiga Sustainable Development – Geothermic in Poland association, Dr Marek Kaźmierczak<strong>.</strong></p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 18:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x0ohqmjd67q48r4po2sl18.jpegGeothermal energy could replace King Coal as the country’s main energy resource.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-to-let-off-steam-expert-claims-polands-geothermal-capacity-equals-that-of-its-coal-reserves-5084Roll on Beethoven: Warsaw gears up for major festival celebrating the music of the famed composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roll-on-beethoven-warsaw-gears-up-for-major-festival-celebrating-the-music-of-the-famed-composer-5082<p>The 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival kicks off on April 7 in Warsaw under the slogan with 'Beethoven and the romantic song'.</p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 15:40:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6dpqxi9ope7pjd00x6olre.jpegBringing Beethoven to the capital. The festival will encompass over 30 concerts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roll-on-beethoven-warsaw-gears-up-for-major-festival-celebrating-the-music-of-the-famed-composer-5082Polish Air Force, RAF to mark Great Escape anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-force-raf-to-mark-great-escape-anniversary-5081<p>The Polish Air Force and Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) in Żagań, west Poland, will mark the March 24-falling 75th anniversary of the World War II mass escape of Allied pilots from a German POW camp in the area.</p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 15:08:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Air Force, RAF to mark Great Escape anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-force-raf-to-mark-great-escape-anniversary-5081Time warp: pioneering Polish physicist paves the way for time crystalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-warp-pioneering-polish-physicist-paves-the-way-for-time-crystals-5077<p>The pioneering research into the futuristic subject of time crystals by a professor from Kraków’s Jagiellonian University will be taken a step further by team from an Australian university.</p>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 11:17:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2nnltm1tzggbs7cieew8e.jpegCrystals could be built in the domain of time rather than space, according to Sacha.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-warp-pioneering-polish-physicist-paves-the-way-for-time-crystals-5077Poland places fourth in World Cup ski jumping men's team tournament in Oslohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-places-fourth-in-world-cup-ski-jumping-mens-team-tournament-in-oslo-5075<p>Poland placed fourth in the Raw Air World Cup men's ski jumping team tournament in Oslo on Saturday after the second series was called off due to very bad weather conditions. Norway placed first.</p>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 18:20:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland places fourth in World Cup ski jumping men's team tournament in Oslohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-places-fourth-in-world-cup-ski-jumping-mens-team-tournament-in-oslo-5075Going for a gong: Zanussi picks up lifetime achievement awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-a-gong-zanussi-picks-up-lifetime-achievement-award-5074<p>Polish director and screenwriter Krzysztof Zanussi has been given the Polish Orzeł (the Eagle) Film Award for his lifetime’s achievement in the world of film. The decision to recognise the work of the famed director was announced by actor Janusz Gajos, who picked up same award in 2016, at a press conference.</p>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 17:59:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iesbeu8wlm7snithpwclc.jpegOne of the pillars of Polish film industry since the 1960s, the lifetime’s achievement award recognises Zanussi’s outstanding contribution to film.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-a-gong-zanussi-picks-up-lifetime-achievement-award-5074Here comes the sun: the future looks bright for solar energy in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-comes-the-sun-the-future-looks-bright-for-solar-energy-in-poland-5069<p>Last year saw a boom in the solar-panel market with over 50,000 Poles installing them on their roofs as people looked for alternative and greener sources of energy.</p>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 14:52:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4exd8cvdqo7tvkejkbsuf.jpegThe future. Solar farms are set to grow in Poland, along with the number of solar panels on domestic buildings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-comes-the-sun-the-future-looks-bright-for-solar-energy-in-poland-5069Polish driver and his German partner win Dubai International Baja 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-driver-and-his-german-partner-win-dubai-international-baja-2019-5073<p>Polish driver Jakub Przygoński with his co-driver Timo Gottschalk of Germany won the Dubai International Baja 2019 rally, which ended on Saturday.</p>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 14:14:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish driver and his German partner win Dubai International Baja 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-driver-and-his-german-partner-win-dubai-international-baja-2019-5073Cutting edge: the women at the forefront of Poland’s gastronomic revolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cutting-edge-the-women-at-the-forefront-of-polands-gastronomic-revolution-5066<p>Though traditionally seen as a male dominated environment, women have played a crucial role in the development of Poland’s food and beverage industry. From the early 90s, figures such as Magda Gessler and Agnieszka Kręglicka pushed the country’s nascent restaurant scene forward and their contribution remains as relevant today as it did back then. But beyond these household names, a new wave of women have found themselves on the frontline of Poland’s gastronomic shift. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, TFN tracks down a few of those that have made a difference.</p>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:56:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4aij45xt1749ds3ys9r2ku.jpegFor long the food and drink industry was a male-dominated game, but now women are coming to the fore and making their own indelible mark.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cutting-edge-the-women-at-the-forefront-of-polands-gastronomic-revolution-5066Polish charity raises over EUR 40 million for children's hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-raises-over-eur-40-million-for-childrens-hospitals-5063<p>The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) raised nearly PLN 176 mln (EUR 40.7 mln) during its 27th nation-wide Grand Finale for purchases of medical equipment for children's hospital, WOŚP leader Jerzy Owsiak said on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:43:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish charity raises over EUR 40 million for children's hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-raises-over-eur-40-million-for-childrens-hospitals-5063Tulia song named as girls get ready to set Eurovision on firehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tulia-song-named-as-girls-get-ready-to-set-eurovision-on-fire-5060<p>Singing quartet Tulia who were picked to represent Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be performing their song Pali Sie (Fire of Love).</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:03:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tmnn825u80skwdo6k3ruyg.jpegThe band formed in 2017 consists of Joanna Sinkiewicz, Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka and Tulia Biczak (from whom the band takes its name).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tulia-song-named-as-girls-get-ready-to-set-eurovision-on-fire-5060Top Ten! TFN lists their favourite womenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-ten-tfn-lists-their-favourite-women-5045<p>So, in alphabetical order we have:</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:55:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4gep3c5rlqeqlwy9j83ee.pngNot an easy choice as all of the women we have written about are amazing. But here’s our final selection.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-ten-tfn-lists-their-favourite-women-5045Rocking Poland One Gig at a Time: Aleksander Milwiw-Baronhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/rocking-poland-one-gig-at-a-time-aleksander-milwiw-baron-283<p>Growing up the son of a famous saxofonist has certainly not hurt Aleksander Milwiw-Baron, known simply by his surname, Baron. His rock band Afromental has been on the Polish music scene for years but he's catapulted to national fame in the top music programme 'Voice of Poland.' Find out how Baron went from listening to Charles Parker and Miles Davies to dreaming of being Slash in Guns n' Roses and how he finally met his childhood hero. Which song is Baron proudest of? How fame sent his ego skyrocketing. What keeps him humble? Our host @paddyney spoke to Baron about all this and more.</p><p>Liked this episode? Share it and send it on.</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:10:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gqae7gwp3knqku8peg28im.jpegRocking Poland One Gig at a Time: Aleksander Milwiw-Baronhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/rocking-poland-one-gig-at-a-time-aleksander-milwiw-baron-283President's wreath placed at Warsaw University to mark 1968 protestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-wreath-placed-at-warsaw-university-to-mark-1968-protests-5043<p>A wreath from Polish President Andrzej Duda was placed at a commemorative plaque near the entrance to the University of Warsaw's main campus on Friday to mark the 1968 student protests that triggered an anti-Semitic campaign by the then communist government.</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident's wreath placed at Warsaw University to mark 1968 protestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-wreath-placed-at-warsaw-university-to-mark-1968-protests-5043V4 countries to create international Smart Cities teamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-countries-to-create-international-smart-cities-team-5041<p>Representatives of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrad Group, V4) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the introduction of the Smart Cities concept, Poland's Ministry of Investment and Development announced on Thursday. </p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 12:36:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgV4 countries to create international Smart Cities teamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-countries-to-create-international-smart-cities-team-5041NATO chief and Duda meet as Poland prepares to mark two decades of alliance membershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-chief-and-duda-meet-as-poland-prepares-to-mark-two-decades-of-alliance-membership-5039<p>The secretary general of Nato met President Andrzej Duda on Thursday night at the start on an official visit to mark the 20th-anniversary of Poland’s membership of the alliance.</p>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 12:09:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j4w1o2e5bzfuhr8b66xsbi.jpegThe meeting between the president and Jens Stoltenberg touched on a number of issues including Syria, the Black Sea region and the apparent violation by Russia of the INF Treaty on medium-ranged, land based nuclear missiles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-chief-and-duda-meet-as-poland-prepares-to-mark-two-decades-of-alliance-membership-5039Wartime diary of SS officer kept hidden for decades by secretive masonic lodge reveals ELEVEN locations of hidden treasure in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wartime-diary-of-ss-officer-kept-hidden-for-decades-by-secretive-masonic-lodge-reveals-eleven-locations-of-hidden-treasure-in-poland-5035<p>The wartime diary of an SS officer which identifies eleven locations of WWII treasure hidden across Silesia in the last months of the war to hide it from the advancing Red Army has surfaced in Poland.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 17:47:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rorh37iivlm6qim5aaah.jpegThe diary belonged to SS standartenführer Egon Ollenhauer, a key figure in events that are still shrouded in mystery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wartime-diary-of-ss-officer-kept-hidden-for-decades-by-secretive-masonic-lodge-reveals-eleven-locations-of-hidden-treasure-in-poland-5035Lost diamond rediscovered: Extraordinary long-lost film scores by Andrzej Korzyński brought back to life in new releasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-diamond-rediscovered-extraordinary-long-lost-film-scores-by-andrzej-korzynski-brought-back-to-life-in-new-release-5033<p>Although he composed over two hundred film scores, most of them for foreign movies, little of his music was available on records even in Poland. Until now. Recently discovered recordings have been discovered in what was East Germany.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:27:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lgo9zdtsyrp4fbif0a796b.jpegAlthough he composed over two hundred film scores, most of them for foreign movies, little of his music was available on records even in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-diamond-rediscovered-extraordinary-long-lost-film-scores-by-andrzej-korzynski-brought-back-to-life-in-new-release-5033Belvedere Forum discusses influences of Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belvedere-forum-discusses-influences-of-brexit-5032<p>The influence of Brexit on the future of the EU and its effects on Polish-British cooperation were the topics of discussion at the 3rd Belvedere Forum held at Warsaw's Royal Castle on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:09:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelvedere Forum discusses influences of Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belvedere-forum-discusses-influences-of-brexit-5032Forty Polish history films in production phase - culture ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-polish-history-films-in-production-phase---culture-minister-5031<p>Polish Culture Minister Piotr Gliński told the public TV broadcaster TVP Info on Thursday that the history of Poland is being told in various ways in around 40 historical films, currently in production.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:49:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForty Polish history films in production phase - culture ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-polish-history-films-in-production-phase---culture-minister-5031From the valley to the forest: The man from Wales who has devoted his life to studying wolves in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-valley-to-the-forest-the-man-from-wales-who-has-devoted-his-life-to-studying-wolves-in-poland-5027<p>For Welsh biologist Tom Diserens, Poland’s Białowieża Forest is Europe’s Serengeti and Great Barrier Reef in one.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:32:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/chi3jvfblaghn996eql1xg.jpegTom Diserens left Wales to discover his Polish roots and now studies wolves in Poland’s Białowieża Forest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-valley-to-the-forest-the-man-from-wales-who-has-devoted-his-life-to-studying-wolves-in-poland-5027Government to adopt plan for 5G soon – Polish ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-adopt-plan-for-5g-soon--polish-minister-5025<p>A plan for the implementation of 5G technology is practically finished and it should be adopted by the government in the form of a resolution soon, Minister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagórski told PAP.</p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGovernment to adopt plan for 5G soon – Polish ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-adopt-plan-for-5g-soon--polish-minister-5025She’s a trucking girl in a Barbie world: Female truck driver with over 250k YouTube fans becomes new face of Barbie Shero collectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-a-barbie-girl-in-a-truckers-world-female-truck-driver-with-over-250k-youtube-fans-becomes-new-face-of-barbie-shero-collection-5021<p>A female truck driver is set to become a role model for thousands of young girls after being turned into a Barbie doll.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:51:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/81nj8hmanf6q7ov21b60b.jpegTrucker Iwona Blecharczyk from Podkarpacie was chosen for the Shero Barbie campaign for proving that “women can fulfil themselves in difficult professions.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-a-barbie-girl-in-a-truckers-world-female-truck-driver-with-over-250k-youtube-fans-becomes-new-face-of-barbie-shero-collection-5021Girl Power! Polish women soar to 8th place in global employment rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-power-polish-women-soar-to-8th-place-in-global-employment-ranking-5020<p>Poland has advanced to 8th place in the PwC Women in Work Index which compares the condition of women in the labour market and their impact on the economy in the 33 OECD countries.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 15:56:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ir0ykaghe55bbzzelp4vn.jpegPoland continuous to be statistically successful for having one of the best job markets for women in the EU, due to the second lowest gender pay gap (after Luxembourg), which is estimated at only 5 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-power-polish-women-soar-to-8th-place-in-global-employment-ranking-5020Pay up! PM turns on Fat Cat companies which ‘avoid’ paying taxeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pay-up-pm-turns-on-fat-cat-companies-which-avoid-paying-taxes-5018<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki says large international companies making huge profits in Poland, especially in the IT sector such as Facebook, Google and Apple should be paying more taxes in the countries where they are running their businesses.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0urj9j6dc3cdm03ggfjsx.jpegThe PM said that something along the lines of a digital tax should be introduced, adding that such a solution would best be implemented at the EU level.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pay-up-pm-turns-on-fat-cat-companies-which-avoid-paying-taxes-5018Gdańsk Shipyard signs contract with Finnish firm Konecraneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-shipyard-signs-contract-with-finnish-firm-konecranes-5016<p>Poland's Gdańsk Shipyard on Wednesday signed a contract with the Finnish crane maker Konecranes under which the Polish company will produce cranes for the European and North American markets, PAP was told by an Industrial Development Agency (ARP) official.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGdańsk Shipyard signs contract with Finnish firm Konecraneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-shipyard-signs-contract-with-finnish-firm-konecranes-5016It’s the Flintstones! Archaeologists find 60,000-year-old Neanderthal workshop with 17,000 flint objectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-the-flintstones-archaeologists-find-60000-year-old-neanderthal-workshop-with-17000-flint-objects-5014<p>A flint workshop belonging to Neanderthals has been discovered in southern Poland.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:47:00 +0100ScienceHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j3sn1hknov97bcxlpqzd3i.jpegThe archaeologists found a huge number of objects made out of flint – perhaps 17,000 – which they believe to have been left there 60,000 years ago by Neanderthals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-the-flintstones-archaeologists-find-60000-year-old-neanderthal-workshop-with-17000-flint-objects-5014US ambassador remembers Polish and American hero Gen. Pułaskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-remembers-polish-and-american-hero-gen-pulaski-5012<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that today we celebrate the 274th anniversary of the birth of Polish and American hero Kazimierz Pułaski.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS ambassador remembers Polish and American hero Gen. Pułaskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-remembers-polish-and-american-hero-gen-pulaski-5012Polish-German youth orchestra to play Gorzów Philharmonichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-youth-orchestra-to-play-gorzow-philharmonic-5010<p>The Polish-German Youth Symphony Orchestra will give a concert in the Gorzów Philharmonic, western Poland, on Saturday as part of the Odra River Music Days Festival, the philharmonic's spokesperson Urszula Śliwińska has announced.</p>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:55:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-German youth orchestra to play Gorzów Philharmonichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-youth-orchestra-to-play-gorzow-philharmonic-5010Poland among countries best prepared for no-deal Brexit - Dep. FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-best-prepared-for-no-deal-brexit---dep-fm-5007<p>Poland is one of the three or four countries best prepared when it comes to limiting the costs of a no-deal Brexit, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said on Tuesday, adding that March might see a breakthrough in the deadlock in the UK parliament.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland among countries best prepared for no-deal Brexit - Dep. FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-best-prepared-for-no-deal-brexit---dep-fm-5007Flying high! Meet the Warsaw ‘club’ taking remote controlled aircraft to new heightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flying-high-meet-the-warsaw-club-taking-remote-controlled-aircraft-to-new-heights-5004<p>To find the workshop of one of the country’s most successful engineering teams one has to go through a maze of countless staircases and corridors of the Power and Aeronautical Engineering faculty, to end up in a dark concrete basement, which remembers the communist times very well, as indicated by the outdated décor and furniture that has long outlived its date of use.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 18:35:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9qoo0dblcyckpitj7egwln.jpegInside the basement of one of the Warsaw University of Technology buildings lies the workshop of the SAE Aero Design Warsaw club and the birthplace of their award winning unmanned aircrafts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flying-high-meet-the-warsaw-club-taking-remote-controlled-aircraft-to-new-heights-5004Lewandowski equals Pizarro for highest number of career goals, but who will reign supreme?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-equals-pizzaro-for-highest-number-of-career-goals-but-who-will-reign-supreme-5001<p>Football champ Robert Lewandowski has proved his star quality once again by equalling the Bundesliga record for scoring the highest number of career goals by a foreign player.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:18:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wr46g6v9ur8e3zuzyvds9.jpegLewandowski looks set to overtake Pizarro in the record goal-scoring stakes following his brace on Saturday’s game.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-equals-pizzaro-for-highest-number-of-career-goals-but-who-will-reign-supreme-5001Retail sales rise 4.7 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-47-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-4999<p>Polish retail sales grew by 4.7 percent year on year in January 2019 after a 4.9 percent increase in December 2018. Month on month, retail sales went up by 0.6 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:02:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rise 4.7 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-47-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-4999Music fan seeks to ‘educate the world’ with his incredible collection of over 5,000 interwar classic hitshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/music-fan-seeks-to-educate-the-world-with-his-incredible-collection-of-over-5000-interwar-classic-hits-4994<p>With its modest title and archival appearance, StareMelodie.pl is a website which might, at first, appear unremarkable.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:43:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0nvnjdmv5womq3mpm9egdq.jpegHidden in the depths of search engines and databases, the website is the kind of place you would only find if you already knew what you were looking for. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/music-fan-seeks-to-educate-the-world-with-his-incredible-collection-of-over-5000-interwar-classic-hits-4994MiG-29 accidents proof of need to by fifth-generation fighters - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mig-29-accidents-proof-of-need-to-by-fifth-generation-fighters---aide-4991<p>The accidents of MiG-29 planes are dramatic evidence of the correct activities undertaken by the Polish Ministry of Defence with the aim of buying fifth-generation fighters, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michał Dworczyk, stated on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:24:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMiG-29 accidents proof of need to by fifth-generation fighters - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mig-29-accidents-proof-of-need-to-by-fifth-generation-fighters---aide-4991Minister replies to French counterpart's letter over Holocaust conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-replies-to-french-counterparts-letter-over-holocaust-conference-4990<p>Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Science and Higher Education Minister Jarosław Gowin replied on Monday to a letter sent on Friday by his French counterpart, Frederique Vidal, concerning "anti-Semitic interferences" at a Paris conference on the Holocaust.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 20:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinister replies to French counterpart's letter over Holocaust conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-replies-to-french-counterparts-letter-over-holocaust-conference-4990Development Agency initiates space agency business incubatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/development-agency-initiates-space-agency-business-incubator-4988<p>Three consortiums, working under Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP), signed an agreement on Monday, aimed at establishing the first business incubator for the European Space Agency in Central Europe.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDevelopment Agency initiates space agency business incubatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/development-agency-initiates-space-agency-business-incubator-4988It’s a stairway to SEVEN as Poland storms into first place with seven medals at athletics championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-stairway-to-seven-as-poland-storms-into-first-place-with-seven-medals-at-athletics-championships-4985<p>Poland have stormed their way into first place with a stunning seven medals during the European Athletics Indoor Championship.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:20:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ft4t2rdnfiuapinpkxz08j.jpegThe dream team of Anna Kiełbasińska, Iga Baumgart-Witan, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik and Justyna Święty-Ersetic dominated the 4x400m women’s relay. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-stairway-to-seven-as-poland-storms-into-first-place-with-seven-medals-at-athletics-championships-4985Tree-mendous! Sixteen hopefuls through to finals of Tree of the Year awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-sixteen-hopefuls-through-to-finals-of-tree-of-the-year-awards-4981<p>The oldest is more than 600 years old, the highest measures over 26 metres and the widest canopy stretches almost 9 metres.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 15:49:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zm0ev6yhyuodw0m0tj7gf6.jpegGrab Jankowicki is a unique tree specimen. Estimated to be around 300 years old, this tree is a kind of phenomenon among hornbeams, which rarely live so long. It grows in the forest on the outskirts of the village of Jankowice, founded in 1260 by the Cistercians, and whose name comes from the name of its mythical founder, knight Janik.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-sixteen-hopefuls-through-to-finals-of-tree-of-the-year-awards-4981Over 50 pct of Poles to take part in European elections - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-to-take-part-in-european-elections---poll-4980<p>In all, 52 percent of Poles have declared in a CBOS survey that they will take part in the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament (EP) in May.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 15:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 50 pct of Poles to take part in European elections - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-to-take-part-in-european-elections---poll-4980Gold train hunter strikes GOLD with discovery of priceless 500-year-old renaissance wall arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gold-train-hunter-strikes-gold-with-discovery-of-priceless-500-year-old-renaissance-wall-art-4977<p>A Polish explorer who spent years hunting for a Nazi gold train has finally struck gold following the discovery of 24 priceless renaissance wall portraits dating back 500 years.</p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:22:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cqtxz3kiuodjh4ryyr65dj.jpegFeeling proud! Piotr Koper failed to find a gold train packed with looted art but is laughing now after his discovery of 24 priceless 500-year-old wall portraits. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gold-train-hunter-strikes-gold-with-discovery-of-priceless-500-year-old-renaissance-wall-art-4977PM praises Polish e-sport at industry eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-polish-e-sport-at-industry-event-4974<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday expressed praise for Poland's successes in e-sport while talking to participants and organisers of the Intel Extreme Masters event in the southern city of Katowice on Sunday.</p>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 20:45:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM praises Polish e-sport at industry eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-polish-e-sport-at-industry-event-4974Hidden Depths: the photographer exploring the planet’s forbidden secretshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hidden-depths-the-polish-photographer-exploring-the-planets-forbidden-secrets-4969<p>It’s raining, dark and slippery. One false move, a misstep or suchlike, will take Natalia plunging eight floors onto the pavement down below. The stakes are high, and the consequences potentially fatal, but for Natalia, the reward outweighs the risk – inching her way around a conical roof slicked in rainwater, a fire escape on the other side will take her inside her target: an auction house that’s sat abandoned since 1937. This is her grail.</p>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 17:29:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oaeuo4qdztb9dd37lni7.jpegDocumenting her adventures on her blog, Dead Inside, Natalia’s images reveal secret worlds that have been trapped in time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hidden-depths-the-polish-photographer-exploring-the-planets-forbidden-secrets-4969PM praises athletes' golden performancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-athletes-golden-performance-4965<p><span lang="EN-US">Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, took to Twitter to lavish praise on the country’s athletes for their stellar performance at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow.</span></p>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 17:11:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g7l1gryay5joojfaao8jxr.jpegGold for Paweł Wojciechowski (R) and silver for Piotr Lisek in the pole vault.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-athletes-golden-performance-4965Three Poles recognised by National Geographic as Adventurers of the Yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-poles-recognised-by-national-geographic-as-adventurers-of-the-year-4961<p>National Geographic, the oldest and most prestigious travel magazine in the world, has honoured Andrzej Bargiel, Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko with the 2019 Adventurers of the Year title.</p>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 14:48:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9si0rzm1ktwyx1n6lpc9z.jpegWhat comes down has to go up first. Bargiel makes his way up the mountain.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-poles-recognised-by-national-geographic-as-adventurers-of-the-year-4961Polish e-tailer footwear seller walks over European rivals as it marches into the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-tailer-footwear-seller-walks-over-european-rivals-as-it-marches-into-the-future-4959<p>Inside the futuristic stores patrons will find digital screens, foot scanners and comfortable furniture but all the shoes are in the stockroom.</p>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 11:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/utsk5oc93eqmyn98cewa.jpegTaking a step into the future. Scanners at the e-obuwie shop measure a customer’s feet.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-tailer-footwear-seller-walks-over-european-rivals-as-it-marches-into-the-future-4959Stunning photos that capture 100 years of Poland's independence highlight fascinating new history bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-snap-new-book-shows-100-years-of-polish-history-through-the-eyes-of-photographers-4952<p>An album of photos from the archives of the Polish Telegraphic Agency, Polish Press Agency (PAP), and Central Photographic Agency has been published by PAP to mark Poland’s centenary of regaining independence.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 17:35:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ips6j0rowt89xmcotkllhu.jpegWarsaw in flames. Just one of the dramatic images found in the new album.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-snap-new-book-shows-100-years-of-polish-history-through-the-eyes-of-photographers-4952EU's Common Agricultural Policy must be continued, expanded - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-common-agricultural-policy-must-be-continued-expanded---pm-4950<p>The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the key elements of Polish national politics, and should not only be continued, but expanded, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at the European Agriculture Forum in Jasionka in south-eastern Poland.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 16:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU's Common Agricultural Policy must be continued, expanded - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-common-agricultural-policy-must-be-continued-expanded---pm-4950Poland marks Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-cursed-soldiers-national-remembrance-day-4948<p>High state officials, including the president and prime minister, commemorated Poland's Cursed Soldiers anti-communist underground in Friday observances marking Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Day (Mar. 1). Commemorations of the Cursed Soldiers took place countrywide.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 15:40:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland marks Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-cursed-soldiers-national-remembrance-day-4948The ‘female Lewandowski’ expected to lead from the front for Poland in international tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-female-lewandowski-expected-to-lead-from-the-front-for-poland-in-international-tournament-4946<p>A Polish football player dubbed the ‘female Lewadowski’ after becoming a star performer for her German club is fronting the Polish challenge in an international tournament.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 15:17:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e1ynj0kj4lv3zti6v8p6mc.jpegGoing for goal. Pajor is major star in Germany’s women’s game.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-female-lewandowski-expected-to-lead-from-the-front-for-poland-in-international-tournament-4946Time to scoot: electric scooters gear up to invade streets and pavements across the countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-to-scoot-electric-scooters-gear-up-to-invade-streets-and-pavements-across-the-country-4942<p>Talk to the protagonists and they will tell you that Poland’s cities are about to witness a two-wheeled transport revolution driven by the whine of an electric motor. Electric scooters, be they foot powered or moped like, have already started to appear in the country’s major towns, and soon, some say, they will become a common sight.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 12:22:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3h9nhninv7p9klt7oxt2o9.jpegElectric scooters are set to become an increasingly common sight in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-to-scoot-electric-scooters-gear-up-to-invade-streets-and-pavements-across-the-country-4942Well done, boys! Kubacki and Stoch get silver AND gold!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-wins-ski-jumping-gold-at-world-championships-4941<p>Dawid Kubacki won gold at men's normal hill competition in the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria, on Friday.</p>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 09:13:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mqa8yv97plyafl113mqmc.jpegWinter glory. Stoch and Kubacki celebrate their achievements.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-wins-ski-jumping-gold-at-world-championships-4941House of Horrors! After WWII, officers from Stalin’s dreaded NKVD turned this villa into a torture hell for resistance fightershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-of-horrors-after-wwii-officers-from-stalins-dreaded-nkvd-turned-this-villa-into-a-torture-hell-for-resistance-fighters-4933<p>For many Polish soldiers, the end of the war with Germany in 1945 did not mean the end of their fight.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 19:35:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/blwwi49rfvi1k6ypf4wd99.jpegThe house that hell built! It was here that in January 1945 the Stalinist NKVD set up a torture centre where members of the continuing Polish resistance were imprisoned and interrogated. From February to October 1945, it is estimated that over a thousand people were imprisoned and many were later executed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-of-horrors-after-wwii-officers-from-stalins-dreaded-nkvd-turned-this-villa-into-a-torture-hell-for-resistance-fighters-4933Cursed or Unbreakable? The Anti-Communist Resistance in Poland: Special Episodehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/cursed-or-unbreakable-the-anti-communist-resistance-in-poland-special-episode-278<p>To mark the official ceremonies around the National Day of Remembrance for the Cursed Soldiers, our host @paddyney takes viewers on a special journey back in time to a world in which WWII DOESN’T end in 1945. What follows is a bloody guerrilla battle between Poland’s Home Army and the Communist authorities determined to stamp out democracy in Stalin’s new empire. In this episode find out why the Polish Home Army continued to fight against communism, discover the horrific conditions in which Resistance fighters were tortured, interrogated and murdered by communists, and visit the Museum in Warsaw dedicated to remembering political prisoners under communism.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:56:00 +0100HistoryNewsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/cursed-or-unbreakable-the-anti-communist-resistance-in-poland-special-episode-278Leaders gather for Bucharest Nine Summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaders-gather-for-bucharest-nine-summit-4931<p>As NATO prepares to celebrate its 70th birthday, leaders of Poland and eight other countries in the region met in Slovakia yesterday for a summit of the Bucharest Nine.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fcllvmyphrtmzsqjjgobzi.jpegThe B9, which meets quarterly, brought together nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe: Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaders-gather-for-bucharest-nine-summit-4931What’s going on?!?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whats-going-on-4928<p>I’ve been reading Jazz Forum magazine’s readers’ poll, and while I agree with some of their choices, I disagree with many more. Indeed, it reminds me of the line that separates the “old timers” from the new forces in Polish jazz.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:22:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4g83wwyqofvua118xpbc.jpegThe Marcin Wasilewski Trio – winning the album of the year category with their exhilarating 'Live' recording for ECM – is definitely one of the best jazz groups in the world now, and in the very competitive jazz trio format has few rivals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whats-going-on-4928Testing proves testing for Kubica and Russell as both end up second from LAST in trialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/testing-proves-testing-for-kubica-and-russell-as-both-end-up-second-from-last-in-trials-4925<p>The final day of the Formula 1 pre-season testing is underway and Robert Kubica is once again behind the wheel of the ROKiT Williams Racing’s FW42 car.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:04:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/63h2vraa9c892maikyov0q.jpegRobert Kubica and George Russell compare ideas in Catalonia where they are testing the ROKiT Williams Racing’s FW42 car ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 17th.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/testing-proves-testing-for-kubica-and-russell-as-both-end-up-second-from-last-in-trials-4925Poland marks Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-cursed-soldiers-national-remembrance-day-4924<p>A ceremonial roll call at the at the Pantheon of the Independence Underground Soldiers in Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery inaugurated nation-wide commemorations of the Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Day observed on March 1.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland marks Cursed Soldiers National Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-cursed-soldiers-national-remembrance-day-4924Will they stay or will they go? Registering stay before Brexit will make life easier, immigration authorities tell Britshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-they-stay-or-will-they-go-registering-stay-before-brexit-will-make-life-easier-immigration-authorities-tell-brits-4923<p>Poland’s Office for Foreigners’ Affairs (Urząd do Spraw Cudzoziemców, UdSC) has encouraged UK citizens to formally register their stay in Poland as it will facilitate their efforts to stay legally in the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gfxnkgq5oqputws1ds9uv.jpegWill they stay or will they go? With uncertainty looming for thousands of Brits living in Poland, the government has drawn up new regulations to make it easier for them to stay if the UK leaves the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-they-stay-or-will-they-go-registering-stay-before-brexit-will-make-life-easier-immigration-authorities-tell-brits-4923Programme proposals are investments not costs - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/programme-proposals-are-investments-not-costs---polish-pm-4922<p>All retirees will receive support from the Retirement Plus programme every year from 2019, including disability claimants, and income tax will be waived for all workers under 26, apart from those who are self-employed, PM Mateusz Morawiecki has told PAP.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:08:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgProgramme proposals are investments not costs - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/programme-proposals-are-investments-not-costs---polish-pm-4922Exports of agri-food products rose to EUR 29.3 bln in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-of-agri-food-products-rose-to-eur-293-bln-in-2018-4917<p>The value of agri-food exports in 2018 reached an unprecedented level of EUR 29.3 bln, which was 5.5 percent higher than in 2017, the National Support Centre for Agricultural (KOWR) announced.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:42:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExports of agri-food products rose to EUR 29.3 bln in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-of-agri-food-products-rose-to-eur-293-bln-in-2018-4917Ground control to major… NASA’s Insight mission runs into trouble after hammering Mole fails to receive ordershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ground-control-to-major-nasas-insight-mission-runs-into-trouble-after-hammering-mole-fails-to-receive-orders-4912<p>NASA’s Insight mission on Mars has encountered its first problem, with a command from Ground Control failing to reach its Martian-based robot.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:10:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v473dwq0vwphslsxxeh8l7.jpegNASA’s Insight Mission will shed light on how warm and geologically active Mars still is, study its reflexes as it whips about in its orbit around the sun, and provide essential clues on the evolution of the rocky planets of our solar system. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ground-control-to-major-nasas-insight-mission-runs-into-trouble-after-hammering-mole-fails-to-receive-orders-4912It’s Fat Thursday and time to go nuts for donuts. But DONUT eat too many!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-fat-thursday-and-time-to-go-nuts-for-donuts-but-donut-eat-too-many-4907<p>The earliest customers, I’m told, started lining up outside the door at four in the morning, principally to avoid a queue that will most likely eventually stretch out to become the longest one in Warsaw recorded on this day.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:09:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qmd6fvwwe9vspqqjl55a.pngOriginating from the practice of feasting on the last Thursday before Lent, while the religious aspect may have been diluted, the mania for doughnuts has not subsided. Seen as the traditional food on which to binge, approximately 100 million doughnuts stand to be consumed on the tastiest day in the Polish calendar.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-fat-thursday-and-time-to-go-nuts-for-donuts-but-donut-eat-too-many-4907Golden oldie! After centuries of identity crisis, Złoty is named Poland’s official currencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/golden-oldie-after-centuries-of-identity-crisis-zloty-is-named-polands-official-currency-4902<p>One hundred years ago today the Złoty returned from exile to be named the official currency of Poland – although it would take another five before it actually came into being.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:34:00 +0100BusinessHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iw11ro25idlpwddumri29.jpegOn February 28th, 1919, it was officially announced that the Złoty would be Poland’s future currency. The decision was realized five years later on 28th April, 1924, by PM Władysław Grabski (pictured). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/golden-oldie-after-centuries-of-identity-crisis-zloty-is-named-polands-official-currency-4902We must remember the Huta Pieniacka murder victims - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-remember-the-huta-pieniacka-murder-victims---pm-4901<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that Poland owes remembrance to Poles who were murdered in Huta Pieniacka (today western Ukraine) by Ukrainians from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a Nazi SS division and other barbaric units.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWe must remember the Huta Pieniacka murder victims - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-remember-the-huta-pieniacka-murder-victims---pm-4901Computer Museum in Katowice to cooperate with British Computing Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-museum-in-katowice-to-cooperate-with-british-computing-museum-4900<p>Established over six years ago, the Museum of Computer and Information Technology in Katowice, southern Poland, plans to cooperate with the prestigious National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, located close to London.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:14:00 +0100Art & CultureScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgComputer Museum in Katowice to cooperate with British Computing Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-museum-in-katowice-to-cooperate-with-british-computing-museum-4900Poland to offer incentives for issuers, investors in new strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-offer-incentives-for-issuers-investors-in-new-strategy-4899<p>Poland will offer tax incentives for issuers and investors, improve the operation of tax administration and supervision bodies and simplify regulations under the country's new Capital Market Development Strategy published by the Finance Ministry on Thursday.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:38:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to offer incentives for issuers, investors in new strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-offer-incentives-for-issuers-investors-in-new-strategy-4899Poland's GDP up 4.9 pct y/y in 4th quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-49-pct-yy-in-4th-quarter---stats-office-4897<p>The Polish economy grew by 4.9 percent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2018, in line with an earlier flash estimate, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:40:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP up 4.9 pct y/y in 4th quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-49-pct-yy-in-4th-quarter---stats-office-4897Super Trupa Trupa! Gdańsk band sign to ‘Nirvana label’ Sub Pop, but fame is the last thing on their mindshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-trupa-trupa-gdansk-band-sign-to-nirvana-label-sub-pop-but-fame-is-the-last-thing-on-their-minds-4893<p>You may never have heard of them, and they’d probably like that.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:48:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fqlsbtyiew6fna7cqweso.jpegGdańsk indie band Trupa Trupa are about to hit the big time after being signed to Sound Pop – the label that brought the world Nirvana.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-trupa-trupa-gdansk-band-sign-to-nirvana-label-sub-pop-but-fame-is-the-last-thing-on-their-minds-4893No deal Brexit should be avoided at all cost - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-deal-brexit-should-be-avoided-at-all-cost---polish-fm-4892<p>From Poland's perspective, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union with no deal reached should be avoided at all cost, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on private radio on Thursday.</p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo deal Brexit should be avoided at all cost - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-deal-brexit-should-be-avoided-at-all-cost---polish-fm-4892Oil by myself! Orlen leading the way as ONLY company in CEE to be ranked one of world’s most ethicalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-by-myself-orlen-leading-the-way-as-only-company-in-cee-to-be-ranked-one-of-worlds-most-ethical-4886<p>Polish oil firm PKN Orlen has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, as the only company from Central and Eastern Europe.</p>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3vu15vhvbab8vfv4b6nl.jpegNamed one of the most ethical companies in the world, Orlen was the only CEE country to make it on to the list.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-by-myself-orlen-leading-the-way-as-only-company-in-cee-to-be-ranked-one-of-worlds-most-ethical-4886Warsaw museum launches film comp to document connection 9 million descendants of Polish Jews around the world have to Poland todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-museum-launches-film-comp-to-document-connection-9-million-descendants-of-polish-jews-around-the-world-have-to-poland-today-4884<p>The tragic harvest that Germany’s Holocaust against the Jews reaped on its victims is well known.</p>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:20:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/figcmz43p5q00v5appnr8o0m.jpegFor centuries, Poland was home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world, and it was a principal center of Jewish culture thanks to a long period of religious tolerance and social autonomy. By 1939 it was the largest Jewish community in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-museum-launches-film-comp-to-document-connection-9-million-descendants-of-polish-jews-around-the-world-have-to-poland-today-4884Poland can play key role in Europe - French ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-can-play-key-role-in-europe---french-minister-4883<p>Poland can play a key role in mapping out Europe's future, French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 13:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland can play key role in Europe - French ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-can-play-key-role-in-europe---french-minister-4883Polish sports minister to run for WADA chairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sports-minister-to-run-for-wada-chair-4881<p>Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka will be the European candidate for head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Council of Europe decided on Wednesday in Strasbourg.</p>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:02:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish sports minister to run for WADA chairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sports-minister-to-run-for-wada-chair-4881LOT Polish Airlines launches new Kraków-Tel Aviv connectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-polish-airlines-launches-new-krakow-tel-aviv-connection-4880<p>LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier of Poland, has launched a new connection from Kraków (southern Poland) to Tel Aviv, Israel, Kraków Airport has announced.</p>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:04:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLOT Polish Airlines launches new Kraków-Tel Aviv connectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-polish-airlines-launches-new-krakow-tel-aviv-connection-4880Great ball of…GOLD! Gdańsk company on a roll as it continues to snaffle up awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-ball-ofgold-gdansk-company-on-a-roll-as-it-continues-to-snaffle-up-awards-4876<p>A Gdańsk company which has been picking up awards around the world for its campaign to promote an art exhibition has won yet another one.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:52:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cw1r8sjtyd4yczg18ywceo.jpegThe campaign which won the category of ‘Excellent Communications Design: Corporate Identity’ shows a huge golden sphere hovering over famous Gdańsk landmarks as well as the Polish coast. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-ball-ofgold-gdansk-company-on-a-roll-as-it-continues-to-snaffle-up-awards-4876Singing from the same song sheet: 92 years ago, 18th century folk song was chosen as national anthemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singing-from-the-same-song-sheet-92-years-ago-18th-century-folk-song-was-chosen-as-national-anthem-4872<p>After regaining independence 100 years ago, it would take another nine before Poland got a national anthem.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:32:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wxgdb7yoj9z5i1t0a7l7p.jpegThe Dąbrowski Mazurka written by Józef Wybicki and named in honour of General Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, was meant to inspire hope for independence. (Pictured: Original handwritten manuscript of the anthem in Wybicki’s handwriting). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singing-from-the-same-song-sheet-92-years-ago-18th-century-folk-song-was-chosen-as-national-anthem-4872E-sport event of the yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-sport-event-of-the-year-4870<p>Katowice will become the global capital of e-sport. At the turn of February and March there will be the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) 2019, one of the most important e-sports events of the year. This time it will be even more special. For the first time in Poland, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major rank tournament will be played.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:41:00 +0100SportPoland NowLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xpjjp5be8cekvrkticzcp.jpegIntel Extreme Masters 2017https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-sport-event-of-the-year-4870Brainy Beata bags chief economist slot at EBRD, becoming first woman EVER to hold the jobhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-beata-bags-chief-economist-slot-at-ebrd-becoming-first-woman-ever-to-hold-the-job-4867<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has appointed a Pole as its new chief economist.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:02:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/seh2suzrxma99zlhvjddjq.jpegBeata Javorcik, who will join the bank on 1 September, will be the first woman to hold the position. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-beata-bags-chief-economist-slot-at-ebrd-becoming-first-woman-ever-to-hold-the-job-4867Polish Embassy in London starts Brexit information meetings for Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-in-london-starts-brexit-information-meetings-for-poles-4864<p>The Polish Embassy in London launched a series of information meetings on Monday regarding the situation of the Polish community in the UK and the expected consequences of Brexit.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Embassy in London starts Brexit information meetings for Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-in-london-starts-brexit-information-meetings-for-poles-4864Poland to celebrate 20th anniversary of joining NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-20th-anniversary-of-joining-nato-4863<p>On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Poland's accession to NATO, the Defence Ministry has announced the official celebration will be held on March 9 and will include 20 picnics at military bases, concerts and meetings with soldiers.</p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:24:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to celebrate 20th anniversary of joining NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-20th-anniversary-of-joining-nato-4863‘Apps it all about?’ shop chain beats Sunday trading rules with introduction of phone apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apps-it-all-about-shop-chain-beats-sunday-trading-rules-with-introduction-of-phone-app-4861<p>A small Polish supermarket chain has come up with an innovative solution to get round Poland’s restrictive Sunday trading laws.</p>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:34:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iah7ks7svhpoign4nlwa39.jpegBio Family recently added to its network by opening an outlet in Konstancin Jeziorna near Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apps-it-all-about-shop-chain-beats-sunday-trading-rules-with-introduction-of-phone-app-4861Slam dunk! Poland heads to basketball World Cup for first time in 52 years after victory over Croatiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slam-dunk-poland-heads-to-basketball-world-cup-for-first-time-in-52-years-after-victory-over-croatia-4859<p>Poland’s basketball team booked its place at the World Cup for the first time in 52 years with 77-69 victory over Croatia on Friday. The team’s appearance at the World Cup, this year held in China, will also be only the second time Poland has made it to the grand stage.</p>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 13:56:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cevq2i0ye8utek4tccad2.jpegOn their way to the World Cup. Poland’s men’s basketball team qualifies for the finals for the first time in 52 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slam-dunk-poland-heads-to-basketball-world-cup-for-first-time-in-52-years-after-victory-over-croatia-4859Real wage to rise by 141 percent in Poland by 2040 - PwC reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/real-wage-to-rise-by-141-percent-in-poland-by-2040---pwc-report-4858<p>By 2040, the real wage in Poland will increase by 141 percent. In two decades Polish earnings will reach the equivalent of 71 percent of the average wage in Great Britain, according to a report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).</p>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 11:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgReal wage to rise by 141 percent in Poland by 2040 - PwC reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/real-wage-to-rise-by-141-percent-in-poland-by-2040---pwc-report-4858No joy for Cold War as Oscars go elsewherehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-joy-for-cold-war-as-oscars-go-elsewhere-4856<p>Paweł Pawlikowski’s acclaimed film ‘Cold War’ missed out on Oscars’ glory on Sunday, with the movie leaving the awards’ ceremony empty handed.</p>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3oif1ba2hgj3mnf20wv5.jpegNo Oscars. Paweł Pawlikowski, pictured with his wife Małgorzata Bela, had a disappointing night in Hollywood.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-joy-for-cold-war-as-oscars-go-elsewhere-4856Poles' rights living in UK not at risk - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-rights-living-in-uk-not-at-risk---polish-pm-4854<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki commenting on Brexit has stressed that what is most important for Poland is the fact that the rights of Poles living in the UK are not threatened.</p>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles' rights living in UK not at risk - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-rights-living-in-uk-not-at-risk---polish-pm-4854In Focus: Hashtagalek, the photographer redefining Poland’s urban landscapehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-focus-hashtagalek-the-photographer-redefining-polands-urban-landscape-4850<p>In person, Aleksander Małachowski doesn’t seem all that different to others of his age. Arriving to a trendy downtown café in Warsaw’s city centre, it’s with a heavy bag of books and the hurried look that all students share.</p>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 18:24:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cak0av0pd8jho4sssqdkyb.jpeg'I often try and include a solitary person in an image,' says the photographer. 'That’s my tribute to architecture and its scale.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-focus-hashtagalek-the-photographer-redefining-polands-urban-landscape-4850Hitting a high: documentary film maker to dig deep into the minds and the lives of those who risk all on Himalayan peakshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hitting-a-high-documentary-film-maker-to-dig-deep-into-the-minds-and-the-lives-of-those-who-risk-all-on-himalayan-peaks-276<p>Film director and climber, Eliza Kubarska took a TFN reporter to the beautiful Kampinos National Park to talk about her new project ‘The Wall of Shadows’ that examines what drives people to risk everything to get to the summits of the world’s highest mountains.</p>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 16:11:00 +0100Art & CultureSportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2y0uvmo4ha1amrft0e8pr6.jpegpromohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hitting-a-high-documentary-film-maker-to-dig-deep-into-the-minds-and-the-lives-of-those-who-risk-all-on-himalayan-peaks-276Hitting a high: documentary film maker to dig deep into the minds and the lives of those who risk all on Himalayan peakshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-a-high-documentary-film-maker-to-dig-deep-into-the-minds-and-the-lives-of-those-who-risk-all-on-himalayan-peaks-4848<p>Film director and climber, Eliza Kubarska took a TFN reporter to the beautiful Kampinos National Park to talk about her new project ‘The Wall of Shadows’ that examines what drives people to risk everything to get to the summits of the world’s highest mountains.</p>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:50:00 +0100Art & CultureSportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9x5y47kpyhtfizwjkkxhpk.jpegAlpinist and film director Eliza Kubarska will climb Mount Jannu in the Himalayas, to take a closer look at the psychology of climbers and the families they leave behind.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-a-high-documentary-film-maker-to-dig-deep-into-the-minds-and-the-lives-of-those-who-risk-all-on-himalayan-peaks-4848The turbulent history of Warsaw’s silver screens laid bare in new book on the city’s cinemashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-turbulent-history-of-warsaws-silver-screens-laid-bare-in-new-book-on-the-citys-cinemas-4844<p>Once, Warsaw’s main streets were crowded with cinemas of all types. During the war, many became ‘Only For Deutsch’, and in People’s Poland they were recruited to serve the cause of communism. After the transformation came the age of the multiplex. Warsaw’s cinemas have had a turbulent history.</p>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:08:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0d8kafu0r48dtyiwjkpyove.jpegThe long-gone but still famous, the Moskwa became known for screening dystopian visions of corrupt Western capitalism, most notably ‘Apocalypse Now’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-turbulent-history-of-warsaws-silver-screens-laid-bare-in-new-book-on-the-citys-cinemas-4844Warsaw team makes waves in the fight against diabeteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-team-makes-waves-in-the-fight-against-diabetes-4842<p>A Polish team of scientists have won international recognition for making surgery on diabetics safer.</p>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:06:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cpj5tvag9ce2whj01n87ut.jpegDoctor Michał Wszoła, the head of the research team.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-team-makes-waves-in-the-fight-against-diabetes-4842It’s a boy! Celebrations in Kulig household, but does new baby mean she’ll miss the Oscars?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kulig-could-miss-oscars-glory-after-giving-birth-to-first-child-4839<p>‘Cold War’ star Joanna Kulig may struggle to get a dose of the glitz and the glamour of Academy Awards come Sunday owing to giving birth this week to her first child.</p>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jy449lbhpvd27zstcoih.jpegKulig's career may be on a high but the birth of her child may stop her attending the Oscars.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kulig-could-miss-oscars-glory-after-giving-birth-to-first-child-4839That’s a rap: international football player branches out and cuts a rap trackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-rap-international-football-player-branches-out-and-cuts-a-rap-track-4836<p>Not content with hitting the back of the net as a football player Poland international Bartosz Kapustka is hoping to hit the top of the charts with a rap song.</p>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:51:00 +0100Art & CultureSportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mz906263syoyxeb67lrcd.jpegRapped attention. Kapustka takes a break from football to rap away.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-rap-international-football-player-branches-out-and-cuts-a-rap-track-4836Wrocław to host 11th International Tourism Fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-host-11th-international-tourism-fair-4834<p>Close to 170 domestic and foreign exhibitors are expected at the 11th International Tourism Fair in Wrocław, south-western Poland (March 1-3). For the first time, the fair will be located in Wrocław's City Stadium.</p>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:16:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWrocław to host 11th International Tourism Fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-host-11th-international-tourism-fair-4834Home is where the heart lies: how Warsaw shaped Chopin and won his heart foreverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-heart-lies-how-warsaw-shaped-chopin-and-won-his-heart-forever-4832<p>Polish poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid described Fryderyk Chopin as, “A Varsovian by birth, a Pole in his heart, a citizen of the world by virtue of his talent.” He is Poland’s gift to the humanity, the Japanese venerate him and many in France even claim him as one of their own, but it was Warsaw, where the gifted pianist and composer grew up, that created the prodigious talent.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:34:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w7nw8b3z0y76xxn6rtxxn.jpegAlthough he was born outside Warsaw Chopin is a key figure in the city’s history and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-heart-lies-how-warsaw-shaped-chopin-and-won-his-heart-forever-4832The bestselling author on Poland: Interview with Adam Zamoyskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-bestselling-author-on-poland-interview-with-adam-zamoyski-274<p>Adam Zamoyski is one of the most well known authors on Poland. The son of Polish aristocrats who were forced to flee Poland and live in Britain during the war, his personal story reflects that of Poland’s. His books, including the bestseller ‘Poland’ have been read all around the world. In this episode of #heartofpoland Adam talks about his life and work and his view on Polish history.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:24:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2jo1ohe00bct7xk422cpsl.pngThe bestselling author on Poland: Interview with Adam Zamoyskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-bestselling-author-on-poland-interview-with-adam-zamoyski-274PM likens words of Israeli foreign minister to those of a “radical extremist”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-likens-words-of-israeli-foreign-minister-to-those-of-a-radical-extremist-4829<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has attacked Israel Katz, the Israeli foreign minister, over his comments suggesting Poles were anti-Semitic, and said that it was these words that had made him cancel Poland’s participation in a Visegrad Group meeting this week in Israel.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:08:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qj3y0tbc1cp22hsp51u83s.jpegMorawiecki said that when he first heard Katz’s words they seemed totally "unbelievable" to him.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-likens-words-of-israeli-foreign-minister-to-those-of-a-radical-extremist-4829Polish, Lithuanian Presidents lay wreaths at Union of Lublin monumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-lay-wreaths-at-union-of-lublin-monument-4827<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who began a two-day visit to Poland on Thursday, laid wreaths at the monument of the Union of Lublin, in Lublin, eastern Poland, on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Lithuanian Presidents lay wreaths at Union of Lublin monumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-lay-wreaths-at-union-of-lublin-monument-4827Radicals should not be allowed to rewrite history - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/radicals-should-not-be-allowed-to-rewrite-history---pm-4825<p>In an interview for the Haaretz daily published on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland should not allow some radicals to rewrite history.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRadicals should not be allowed to rewrite history - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/radicals-should-not-be-allowed-to-rewrite-history---pm-4825Star Gazer: Poland’s Best-Known Chef, Wojciech Amaro, Looks Into The Future Of Polish Gastronomyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-gazer-polands-best-known-chef-wojciech-amaro-looks-into-the-future-of-polish-gastronomy-4821<p>Even in an industry prone to hyperbole and exaggeration, there are few that would dispute Wojciech Amaro’s status as the founding father of modern Polish cuisine.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:15:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qqdy29qp10f8u1y5eqg7zb.jpegMichelin star chef Wojciech Amaro says: 'We’ve become a very modern country, and people don’t normally expect that. They’re picturing some grey, post-communist nation, so to find it’s actually incredibly dynamic is often a surprise.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-gazer-polands-best-known-chef-wojciech-amaro-looks-into-the-future-of-polish-gastronomy-4821New Niemen anthology would have delighted the singerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-niemen-anthology-would-have-delighted-the-singer-4817<p>Possibly the most popular Polish artist of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century, Czesław Niemen was also considered “controversial”.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:00:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0h11b8c7qx2pffood75roj.jpegCzesław Niemen is considered one the best vocalist of all time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-niemen-anthology-would-have-delighted-the-singer-4817Fascinating commie map of postwar Warsaw shows paranoid officials heavily censored the landscapehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-commie-map-of-postwar-warsaw-shows-paranoid-officials-heavily-censoring-the-landscape-4814<p>The year 1955 was an important one for Warsaw.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:27:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ov2paig06513rekf9lytbd.jpegAt the publication’s premiere yesterday evening Dr. Andrzej Skalimowski (pictured), one of the authors of the publication, told TFN: “The map was published at a turning point for Poland and Warsaw. In 1955, some light was penetrating from the West, Radio Free Europe had started broadcasting, and this demasked communism and the situation in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-commie-map-of-postwar-warsaw-shows-paranoid-officials-heavily-censoring-the-landscape-4814Lithuanian president starts visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-president-starts-visit-to-poland-4812<p>Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday afternoon started her two-day visit to Poland. She was officially welcomed by Polish President Andrzej Duda in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLithuanian president starts visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-president-starts-visit-to-poland-4812Science boffins come up with eco-friendly cutlery made from POTATO FLOURhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-boffins-come-up-with-eco-friendly-cutlery-made-from-potato-flour-4810<p>As the EU seeks to crack down on plastic waste, scientists in Gdańsk have developed single-use cutlery from a special polymer.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:40:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eguq8n4jbru7wu7az49pnh.jpegProfessor Helena Janik (centre) and her research team at Gdańsk University of Technology’s chemistry department with their eco-friendly spoons. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-boffins-come-up-with-eco-friendly-cutlery-made-from-potato-flour-4810Stock exchange debut far from amazing, but what a year for XTPL, says TFN’s Nick Westerbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stock-exchange-debut-far-from-amazing-but-what-a-year-for-xtpl-says-tfns-nick-westerby-4807<p>A disappointing debut on Warsaw’s Main Market for technology firm XTPL doesn’t overshadow their great year.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ggbqawac5ns235xvfxd2e.jpegDr. Filip Granek from Wrocław-based precision printer of nanomaterials at the WSE yesterday where the company moved from being listed on the NewConnect to the Main Market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stock-exchange-debut-far-from-amazing-but-what-a-year-for-xtpl-says-tfns-nick-westerby-4807Wizz Air plans to carry 2.9 million passengers from Gdańsk in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-plans-to-carry-29-million-passengers-from-gdansk-in-2019-4805<p>In 2019, Wizz Air wants to carry 2.9 million passengers from the Gdansk Airport, in northern Poland. This year, the carrier will launch four new routes from Gdańsk: to Oslo-Sandefjord-Torp, Bodo, Bremen and Kutaisi.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:28:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWizz Air plans to carry 2.9 million passengers from Gdańsk in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-plans-to-carry-29-million-passengers-from-gdansk-in-2019-4805The Flying Squad! Our boys are going for gold at World Ski Championships in Austriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-flying-squad-our-boys-are-going-for-gold-at-world-ski-championships-in-austria-4803<p>Poland’s five man ski jumping team have landed in Austria with high hopes for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:56:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtheklp8agdqs425ronc5h.jpegPoland’s ‘Flying Squad’ consisting of Jakub Wolny, Dawid Kubacki, Piotr Zyła and Kamil Stoch have been building up their form during the season, with overall rankings putting Stoch in second place, Żyła in fourth and Kubacki in fifth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-flying-squad-our-boys-are-going-for-gold-at-world-ski-championships-in-austria-4803VAT Busters! Poland’s fight against tax fraud sees huge reduction in VAT gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vat-busters-polands-fight-against-tax-fraud-sees-huge-reduction-in-vat-gap-4802<p>Poland has turned the tide in the war against VAT fraud and the “grey economy”, increasing revenue while at the same time cracking those who try to dodge the tax, a new report has claimed.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8l1t32txbi757jxkvurra.jpegIn 2016 the finance ministry (pictured) came up with a three-pronged plan to tackle the VAT gap, which included targeting criminals and setting up a new organisation equipped with modern technology and methods.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vat-busters-polands-fight-against-tax-fraud-sees-huge-reduction-in-vat-gap-4802Poles and Jews are like two cousins - Poland's chief rabbihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-and-jews-are-like-two-cousins---polands-chief-rabbi-4799<p>Speaking to the Super Express daily Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich said that Poles and Jews are like two cousins who are sometimes at odds. He added that people know that family arguments can be very intense.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles and Jews are like two cousins - Poland's chief rabbihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-and-jews-are-like-two-cousins---polands-chief-rabbi-4799Polish banking sector nets EUR 3.38 bln in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-338-bln-in-2018-4797<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 14.7 billion (EUR 3.38 billion) in 2018, which is a 7.5 percent increase year on year, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) said in a Wednesday report.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:42:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish banking sector nets EUR 3.38 bln in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-338-bln-in-2018-4797Photographer’s stunning portraits of Indian locals sends internet into meltdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographers-stunning-portraits-of-indian-locals-sends-internet-into-meltdown-4794<p>A Polish photographer has sent the internet wild with her beautiful portraits of locals in India.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:26:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdcswmzvs2jtuf8avqazs.jpegMagdalena Bagiranow’s incredibly beautiful portraits have become a major hit on social media and she is now gaining international recognition. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographers-stunning-portraits-of-indian-locals-sends-internet-into-meltdown-4794US State Dep't calls on Poland, Israel to engage in dialogue - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-state-dept-calls-on-poland-israel-to-engage-in-dialogue---report-4792<p>The US Department of State, in a position handed over to Polish Radio, said both Israel and Poland are the important allies and friends of the US and called on the two countries to find a way to listen to each other, IAR Information Agency reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:37:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS State Dep't calls on Poland, Israel to engage in dialogue - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-state-dept-calls-on-poland-israel-to-engage-in-dialogue---report-4792Jewish groups respond to Israeli FM's commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-groups-respond-to-israeli-fms-comments-4790<p>A number of Jewish organisations have commented on controversial statements by Israel's acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who accused Poles of anti-Semitism, which lead to a diplomatic incident between Poland and Israel.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJewish groups respond to Israeli FM's commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-groups-respond-to-israeli-fms-comments-4790Could Kubica’s return be over before it’s begun? Trouble with Williams car STILL not being tested means rocky start for F1 champhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-kubicas-return-be-over-before-its-begun-trouble-with-williams-car-still-not-being-tested-means-rocky-start-for-f1-champ-4787<p>Troubling news keep on coming from the Formula 1 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track, where the teams are testing their cars for the upcoming season.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:29:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0jc6xebff7dqrd1uzwfbs4e.jpegAfter surviving a crash which saw his right arm almost severed, the chances of Robert Kubica returning to F1 seemed slim until he announced in November last year that he had signed for Williams for the 2019 season. But could the dream now be in jeopardy?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-kubicas-return-be-over-before-its-begun-trouble-with-williams-car-still-not-being-tested-means-rocky-start-for-f1-champ-4787You’re simply the best! PKO Bank Polski app takes top spot in global rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/youre-simply-the-best-pko-bank-polski-app-takes-top-spot-in-global-ranking-4783<p>PKO Bank Polski’s IKO mobile banking application is the best on offer for the second time in a row, according to Britain’s Retail Banker International magazine’s global ranking.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:14:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5tgt9dp4x6sd68xg4eu7sl.jpegThe IKO app topped software from other banking giants including JP Morgan Chase, Barclays and Bank of America.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/youre-simply-the-best-pko-bank-polski-app-takes-top-spot-in-global-ranking-4783No room for insulting comments between allies - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-room-for-insulting-comments-between-allies---us-ambassador-4782<p>There is no room for insulting comments between close allies, such as Poland and Israel, like yesterday's statement by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo room for insulting comments between allies - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-room-for-insulting-comments-between-allies---us-ambassador-4782‘Earth moving, Sun stopping’ astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, revolutionised our understanding of the universehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/earth-moving-sun-stopping-astronomer-nicolaus-copernicus-revolutionised-our-understanding-of-the-universe-4780<p>Five centuries ago, an astronomer proposed that the planets move around the sun, challenging the idea that the Earth is the centre of the universe.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:50:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r4u89lzdkxfmdx36s6y5h.jpegNicolaus Copernicus theory that planets move around the sun revolutionised our understanding of the Earth’s place in the Universe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/earth-moving-sun-stopping-astronomer-nicolaus-copernicus-revolutionised-our-understanding-of-the-universe-4780Average corporate wage and employment rise in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-january-4778<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.5 percent year on year to PLN 4,931.80 (EUR 1,142.81) in January and recorded a 6.5 percent monthly decrease, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage and employment rise in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-january-4778Jewish organisations urge restraint amid Polish-Israeli spathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-organisations-urge-restraint-amid-polish-israeli-spat-4777<p>The American Jewish Committee (AJC) urged restraint and the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland (ZGWŻ) criticised Israel's acting foreign minister's words on Monday as they tried to defuse the recent incident in Polish-Israeli relations.</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:54:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJewish organisations urge restraint amid Polish-Israeli spathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-organisations-urge-restraint-amid-polish-israeli-spat-4777Mazur chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle after spectacular Dubai World Cup winhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mazur-chomping-at-the-bit-to-get-back-in-the-saddle-after-spectacular-dubai-world-cup-win-4775<p>Szczepan Mazur is off to the races… and winning!</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:54:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j0ch6i0qycmgw4ad4sgqp4.jpegSzczepan Mazur (R), a 23-year-old jockey from Silesia, has already earned the title of the best Polish rider.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mazur-chomping-at-the-bit-to-get-back-in-the-saddle-after-spectacular-dubai-world-cup-win-4775EU's Mogherini thanks Poland for staging Middle East conference - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-mogherini-thanks-poland-for-staging-middle-east-conference---fm-4774<p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has thanked Poland for the organisation of a conference devoted to peace in the Middle East held in Warsaw last week, Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz said in Brussels.</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU's Mogherini thanks Poland for staging Middle East conference - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-mogherini-thanks-poland-for-staging-middle-east-conference---fm-4774'Young at HEART' doc makes Forbes’ prestigious 30-under-30 listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-at-heart-doc-makes-forbes-prestigious-30-under-30-list-4771<p>Dr Mateusz Hołda’s list of achievements is more than impressive. The first Pole to finish his doctoral thesis before finishing his master's studies, his doctoral dissertation received the Prime Minister's Award in 2018. After being named on the list he said: “Forbes appreciated our contribution to research on the structure of the cardiovascular system, especially its anatomy, which for many may seem like a closed science in which you cannot find too many discoveries.</p><p>“As you can see, we break this stereotype and conduct the highest quality morphological research, which is widely appreciated.</p><p>“A place on the "30 under 30" list is not only an honor, but also imposes a commitment to further hard work.”</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:54:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/frngbwtdivhzhqbo6xl6s.jpegAfter being named on Forbes’ ‘30-under-30 Europe’ list for his ground-breaking work in to the human heart, 26-year-old Dr Mateusz Hołda said: “I am extremely happy that I found myself among the most prominent and most promising people of the young generation in Europe.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-at-heart-doc-makes-forbes-prestigious-30-under-30-list-4771History cannot be revised – Israeli education ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-cannot-be-revised--israeli-education-minister-4770<p>Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett was quoted by the Jeruslaem Post as saying that history cannot be revised for the sake of the future, as this is not the way to build a relationship.</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:24:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHistory cannot be revised – Israeli education ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-cannot-be-revised--israeli-education-minister-4770Polish chemists invent new bioplastichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chemists-invent-new-bioplastic-4768<p>A new bioplastic, derived mainly from starch, was invented by chemists from the Gdańsk University of Technology. The bioplastic, which is biodegradable, can be used to reduce the problem of plastic waste.</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:43:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish chemists invent new bioplastichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chemists-invent-new-bioplastic-4768BOYCOTT! Morawiecki calls off V4 summit in Israel as diplomatic row escalates following ‘reprehensible and racist’ swipe from Israeli FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boycott-morawiecki-calls-off-v4-summit-in-israel-as-diplomatic-row-escalates-following-reprehensible-and-racist-swipe-from-israeli-fm-4764<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled Poland’s participation at the Visegrad Group (V4) summit in Israel after the country’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, accused Poland of collaborating with Nazi Germany and said: “Poles suckle anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."</p>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23r1r8nu3x8qwkzy275by.jpegPM Morawiecki said Poland would not be attending the Visegrad meeting in Jerusalem which was scheduled for today and Tuesday as tensions between the two countries deepen.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boycott-morawiecki-calls-off-v4-summit-in-israel-as-diplomatic-row-escalates-following-reprehensible-and-racist-swipe-from-israeli-fm-4764Mid-East conference helped peace process, raised Poland’s profile and strengthened Polish-US ties, says prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mid-east-conference-helped-peace-process-raised-polands-profile-and-strengthened-polish-us-ties-says-prime-minister-4760<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has stressed the importance of the recent Middle East summit in Warsaw, and added that the issue of property restitution for US citizens of Jewish descent has already been dealt with. Speaking in an interview for PAP, he also defended Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, following his alleged Holocaust comments.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 19:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p6sgdoc91d3y8zktp7lz8.jpegMorawiecki said the Middle East peace conference had helped put Poland on the map and that people were already talking about a “Warsaw process”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mid-east-conference-helped-peace-process-raised-polands-profile-and-strengthened-polish-us-ties-says-prime-minister-4760Polish PM will not attend V4 summit in Israel, spokesperson confirmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-will-not-attend-v4-summit-in-israel-spokesperson-confirms-4759<p>Government spokesperson Joanna Kopcińska confirmed on Sunday earlier reports by a news website that PM Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a summit of the Central European regional group V4, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming Tuesday.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:35:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM will not attend V4 summit in Israel, spokesperson confirmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-will-not-attend-v4-summit-in-israel-spokesperson-confirms-4759Final tests being done on world’s largest e-bike systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-tests-being-done-on-worlds-largest-e-bike-system-4758<p>Final tests are being carried out before the launch of Mevo, the world’s largest metropolitan power-assisted bike system. If the tests are successful, Poland's Pomorskie province will make the two-wheelers available to users in the coming weeks.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:07:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinal tests being done on world’s largest e-bike systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-tests-being-done-on-worlds-largest-e-bike-system-4758Polish PM will not attend V4 summit in Israel, website reportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-will-not-attend-v4-summit-in-israel-website-reports-4757<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a summit of the Central European regional group V4, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming Tuesday, the website wPolityce.pl reported on Sunday.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM will not attend V4 summit in Israel, website reportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-will-not-attend-v4-summit-in-israel-website-reports-4757New WWII computer game is propelled into Global Bestseller’s top fivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-wwii-computer-game-is-propelled-into-global-bestsellers-top-five-4755<p>A new computer game which made its debut last week has rocketed into fifth place on the Global Bestseller list and seen the company’s share price grow by 6.4 percent.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:06:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fct9eutahunak25nes203.jpegPlane Mechanic Simulator takes players back to an RAF base during WWII in the role of a ground crew technician working on some of the planes that helped win the war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-wwii-computer-game-is-propelled-into-global-bestsellers-top-five-4755Singing In The Rain: a musical house in Poznań spotlights the relationship between art and gentrificationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singing-in-the-rain-a-musical-house-in-poznan-spotlights-the-relationship-between-art-and-gentrification-4753<p>Glimpsed from afar, it’s a random mass of zig zagging pipework. Looking incomplete and incongruous, there are some that would write it off as a classic example of “a project that was never finished.” Yet this is not another case of lazy workmanship, rather an artistic installation that has served to further highlight Śródka’s credentials as one of Poznań’s most upcoming districts.</p>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:41:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0rwo9smzr14qn8qer1mdhl.jpegThe Zielona Symfonia “mural” is the latest artistic attraction pulling people into Śródka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singing-in-the-rain-a-musical-house-in-poznan-spotlights-the-relationship-between-art-and-gentrification-4753Former PM Olszewski laid to resthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pm-olszewski-laid-to-rest-4750<p>Former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, who died on February 7, was laid to rest on Saturday at Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery among other eminent Poles.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFormer PM Olszewski laid to resthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pm-olszewski-laid-to-rest-4750The Great(est) Escape: Wisła Kraków’s comeback from the “almost” deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-greatest-escape-wisla-krakows-comeback-from-the-almost-dead-4747<p>As a story, it had it all: gangsters and heavies, missing millions, a bungling con artist and a happy ending featuring a rugged hero. But this wasn’t a plot from the latest Guy Ritchie film, rather some of the recently reported capers at Wisła Kraków.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:25:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1bopxv70wjuex57u7exsj.jpegWisła has a passionate fan base, but criminal elements within it almost brought the club down.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-greatest-escape-wisla-krakows-comeback-from-the-almost-dead-4747Girl-band Tulia bound for Tel Aviv to sing for Poland in Eurovision Song Contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-band-tulia-bound-for-tel-aviv-to-sing-for-poland-in-eurovision-song-contest-4744<p>An all-female four-piece group mixing Polish folk with modern music will wave the red and white flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this May.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:39:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zreuiuz1mu4f162pwfgcl.jpegTulia are going for Eurovision glory after being selected to represent the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-band-tulia-bound-for-tel-aviv-to-sing-for-poland-in-eurovision-song-contest-4744Israeli PM's Office clarifies controversial media quote - Polish PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-pms-office-clarifies-controversial-media-quote---polish-pms-aide-4743<p>Israeli Prime Minister's office has clarified the issue of the alleged statement by Benjamin Netanyahu about Polish collaboration with the Nazis, cited by the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the head of Polish PM's office Michal Dworczyk said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIsraeli PM's Office clarifies controversial media quote - Polish PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-pms-office-clarifies-controversial-media-quote---polish-pms-aide-4743Going global: Polish designer rocks fashion world with her must-have bagshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-global-polish-designer-rocks-fashion-world-with-her-must-have-bags-4739<p>A Warsaw designer is developing a “cult status” in the world of fashion and putting her country on the map with a range of bags that bring a stylish and must-have swish at affordable prices.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:19:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ves4vyaadll84m2mz5qx7.jpegMade in Poland from Italian leather Chylak's bags have become like "gold dust" as demand goes through the roof.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-global-polish-designer-rocks-fashion-world-with-her-must-have-bags-4739Polish, UK PMs agree in phone conversation hard Brexit must be avoidedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-uk-pms-agree-in-phone-conversation-hard-brexit-must-be-avoided-4737<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday evening that in his telephone conversation held earlier in the day with the British Prime Minister Theresa May they agreed that it is essential to avoid "hard Brexit."</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, UK PMs agree in phone conversation hard Brexit must be avoidedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-uk-pms-agree-in-phone-conversation-hard-brexit-must-be-avoided-4737Ex-PM Olszewski's memorial services held on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-pm-olszewskis-memorial-services-held-on-saturday-4736<p>The main memorial services for the former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski will be held in Warsaw on Saturday. The funeral mass will start at 11 a.m. at Warsaw Cathedral.</p>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEx-PM Olszewski's memorial services held on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-pm-olszewskis-memorial-services-held-on-saturday-4736Epic aerial shots of Poland capture the heart: Interview with Maciej Margashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/epic-aerial-shots-of-poland-capture-the-heart-interview-with-maciej-margas-272<p>The sky really ISN'T the limit for Maciej Margas and his partner, Aleksandra Łogusz. When every other photographer was content with standard drone shots, Maciej took to higher skies. His long-distance aerial shots of Warsaw and many other Polish cities capture a totally different side of life. One that no street-level tour could ever hope to achieve. But capturing the perfect shot isn't easy at all. It requires patience, planning and more than a little slice of luck. Find out how a love for photography developed into an award winning series of books in this #HeartofPoland interview with our host, Patrick Ney.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:02:00 +0100Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rf41ryxinz9cirqjndwkt7.pngEpic aerial shots of Poland capture its heart: Interview with Maciej Margashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/epic-aerial-shots-of-poland-capture-the-heart-interview-with-maciej-margas-272Thinking outside the box: The Warsaw lads taking Europe by storm with their sleek, bespoke packaginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thinking-outside-the-box-the-warsaw-lads-taking-europe-by-storm-with-their-sleek-bespoke-packaging-4734<p>A group of young entrepreneurs have become market leaders in Europe by ‘boxing clever’ with their bespoke packaging company.</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2limwghxd5g0z7iz2udqdkl.jpegPackhelp’s tailor-made packaging stays on message for each brand and lets companies send their products in packaging that reflects their company.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thinking-outside-the-box-the-warsaw-lads-taking-europe-by-storm-with-their-sleek-bespoke-packaging-4734National mourning starts in Poland after ex-PM's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-mourning-starts-in-poland-after-ex-pms-death-4733<p>A two-day period of national mourning started on Friday in honour of former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, who died at the age of 88 a week before.</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNational mourning starts in Poland after ex-PM's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-mourning-starts-in-poland-after-ex-pms-death-4733Israel denies newspaper reports Netanyahu accused Poland of Nazi collaborationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-denies-newspaper-reports-netanyahu-accused-poland-of-nazi-collaboration-4728<p>Israel’s ambassador to Poland has denied claims in a Jewish newspaper that the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Polish nation of collaborating with the Nazi regime during WWII.</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:32:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1yf3p02tj7utx6v1vpui7q.jpegDuring a meeting with journalists at the History of Polish Jews Museum POLIN, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was asked to refer to the situation that in Poland civil proceedings can brought against people who accuse the Polish nation of participating in war crimes - to which he was reported as saying that Poland collaborated with Nazi Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-denies-newspaper-reports-netanyahu-accused-poland-of-nazi-collaboration-4728Polish President, US Vice-President to visit Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-us-vice-president-to-visit-auschwitz-4726<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and US Vice-President Mike Pence are to visit the former Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland on Friday, a symbol of Jews' extermination and the martyrdom of Poles and other nations.</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish President, US Vice-President to visit Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-us-vice-president-to-visit-auschwitz-4726Polish flag carrier to launch new flights from Budapesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-to-launch-new-flights-from-budapest-4724<p>LOT Polish Airlines will launch two new connections from Budapest in September, to Brussels and Bucharest, the airline and Ferenc Liszt Airport in Budapest announced in a joint communique on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:51:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish flag carrier to launch new flights from Budapesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-to-launch-new-flights-from-budapest-4724Middle East needs development to avert conflicts - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/middle-east-needs-development-to-avert-conflicts---polish-pm-4723<p>We need to ensure lasting development in the Middle East in order to avert conflicts that result from humanitarian and migration crises, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on the second day of the Middle East peace and security conference in Warsaw on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMiddle East needs development to avert conflicts - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/middle-east-needs-development-to-avert-conflicts---polish-pm-4723No, no, no! Poland’s US Embassy rebukes reporter’s inaccurate reporting that WWII Jews fought against ‘Polish and Nazi regime’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-no-no-polands-us-embassy-rebukes-reporters-inaccurate-reporting-that-wwii-jews-fought-against-polish-and-nazi-regime-4721<p>An American journalist who reported that Jews were “fighting against the Polish and Nazi regime” in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has been reprimanded by the Polish Embassy in the US.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:37:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o0es10hgh68n3pnhs2918n.pngMSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell (pictured) reported that during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Jews were fighting against “Polish and Nazi” regimes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-no-no-polands-us-embassy-rebukes-reporters-inaccurate-reporting-that-wwii-jews-fought-against-polish-and-nazi-regime-4721As cool as ice! Freestylers flock to one of Europe’s oldest and most exciting freeski events for weekend of stunning stuntshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-cool-as-ice-freestylers-flock-to-one-of-europes-oldest-and-most-exciting-freeski-events-for-weekend-of-stunning-stunts-4718<p>Winter sports enthusiasts gather this week in the ski resort of Kotelnica Białczańska, in southern Poland, for the Garmin Winter Sports Festival.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:25:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/piitqpj28da2ncxvxy94uh.jpegOn the snow feature, located on part of the main ski slope, participants will perform stunning jumps and tricks in mid-air, rising several metres above the snow.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-cool-as-ice-freestylers-flock-to-one-of-europes-oldest-and-most-exciting-freeski-events-for-weekend-of-stunning-stunts-4718Polish, Israeli, US leaders to lay flowers at Ghetto Heroes Monumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-us-leaders-to-lay-flowers-at-ghetto-heroes-monument-4716<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki along with US Vice-President Mike Pence and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will lay flowers at the Ghetto Heroes Monument in Warsaw on Thursday. Morawiecki and Pence will also lay wreaths at the Warsaw Uprising Monument.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:54:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Israeli, US leaders to lay flowers at Ghetto Heroes Monumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-us-leaders-to-lay-flowers-at-ghetto-heroes-monument-4716World’s attention turns to Warsaw as delegates fly in for two-day Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-attention-turns-to-warsaw-as-delegates-fly-in-for-two-day-middle-east-conference-4714<p>Representatives from dozens of states including the US vice president and the prime minister of Israel have flown into Warsaw to attend an international conference aimed at tackling some of the problems racking the Middle East.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1w8hqw3h9zuheuy96oj4xv.jpegA number of big names have turned up in Warsaw. US Vice President Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, have all added their weight to the gathering, along with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Jeremy Hunt, the British foreign minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-attention-turns-to-warsaw-as-delegates-fly-in-for-two-day-middle-east-conference-4714That was worth a shot! Brit in high spirits with his homemade Polish vodka going GLOBALhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/that-was-worth-a-shot-brit-in-high-spirits-with-his-homemade-polish-vodka-going-global-4709<p>For an Englishman to come to Poland and take the Poles on at their own game, a game they have been playing for at least half a millennium, is bold to say the least.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:15:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ff2eftbz85f7zi3mb0k6a.jpegBorrell’s vision to bring craftsmanship and honesty to Polish vodka has come full circle as Polish vodka producer Belvedere has announced that it will start producing a terroir vodka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/that-was-worth-a-shot-brit-in-high-spirits-with-his-homemade-polish-vodka-going-global-4709Poland signs rocket artillery deal with UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-rocket-artillery-deal-with-us-4707<p>An agreement on the purchase of US HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) self-propelled rocket artillery was signed in Warsaw on Wednesday. The price for 20 launchers with ammunition is USD 414 million.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland signs rocket artillery deal with UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-rocket-artillery-deal-with-us-4707Poland's industrial production rises 2.7 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-rises-27-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-4705<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 2.7 percent year on year in December 2018, after a growth of 5.3 percent in November, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:39:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production rises 2.7 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-rises-27-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-4705Ambassador declares US will deploy more troops in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-declares-us-will-deploy-more-troops-in-poland-4703<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher announced in an interview with the Financial Times on Wednesday that "the US plans to significantly increase its troop numbers in Poland as the Trump administration ratchets up its engagement in Central Europe."</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAmbassador declares US will deploy more troops in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-declares-us-will-deploy-more-troops-in-poland-4703Poland shines at international comp with beautiful modern-day icons continuing a long tradition of sacred arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shines-at-international-comp-with-beautiful-modern-day-icons-continuing-a-long-tradition-of-sacred-art-4701<p>Poland has taken first place at an international competition of modern-day icons organised by the Icon Museum in north-eastern Poland, where most of the country’s small Orthodox Christian minority lives.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:33:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kyok9v3pj9jryrldr1jcad.jpegFirst place was awarded to Stanisław Barbacki for his icon “Three youngsters in a fiery furnace”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shines-at-international-comp-with-beautiful-modern-day-icons-continuing-a-long-tradition-of-sacred-art-4701Interior minister opens exhibition on Polish firemen in Strasbourghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interior-minister-opens-exhibition-on-polish-firemen-in-strasbourg-4699<p>Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński opened a photographic exhibition devoted to Polish firemen in the European Parliament on Tuesday. During their 14-day mission to Sweden in August 2018, the firemen helped the country to put out massive forest fires.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:16:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInterior minister opens exhibition on Polish firemen in Strasbourghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interior-minister-opens-exhibition-on-polish-firemen-in-strasbourg-4699Picasso gems hidden from view in National Museum’s basement go on show at special ‘Treasures’ exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picasso-gems-hidden-from-view-in-national-museums-basement-go-on-show-at-special-treasures-exhibition-4695<p>The National Museum in Warsaw is putting on a special series of exhibitions of ‘hidden treasures’ stored in its basement - starting with the works of Pablo Picasso.</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:46:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dftq8b5pfyfbisggkxf7g4.jpegThe main attraction is a set of ceramics made by Picasso between 1947 and 1971.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picasso-gems-hidden-from-view-in-national-museums-basement-go-on-show-at-special-treasures-exhibition-4695Uladzimir Chushau named new Belarusian ambassador to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uladzimir-chushau-named-new-belarusian-ambassador-to-poland-4694<p>Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has named a new ambassador to Poland - Uladzimir Chuszhau. Handing him the nomination, the President Lukashenko warned Poland "not to flex its muscles."</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUladzimir Chushau named new Belarusian ambassador to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uladzimir-chushau-named-new-belarusian-ambassador-to-poland-4694Pompeo flies in to Warsaw to ‘underscore the close strategic partnership’ with Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-flies-in-to-warsaw-to-underscore-the-close-strategic-partnership-with-washington-4693<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in Warsaw this week to discuss energy and security in the region amid global competition between America, China and Russia.</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:32:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/55abh3nh47ew8evt9nu9vs.jpegPompeo (R) meets the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz (L) to discuss energy and security. He will also co-host with Poland the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East being held in Warsaw on 13-14 February.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-flies-in-to-warsaw-to-underscore-the-close-strategic-partnership-with-washington-4693Saviour, scapegoat, reformer? However he is viewed, few deny Poland’s last king was a passionate patron of the artshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saviour-scapegoat-reformer-however-he-is-viewed-few-deny-polands-last-king-was-a-passionate-patron-of-the-arts-4690<p>Poland’s last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, died 221 years ago today after suffering a stroke in the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg after eking out a modest pension granted by his former lover Catherine the Great of Russia.</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:03:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ien0xwjv6gj6cx2na42w7e.jpegPoland’s last king, Stanisław Poniatowski may not have saved Poland from its dismemberment, but through his lasting legacy of art and architecture, particularly in Łazienki, he was able to create a vision of Poland as a country that was worth fighting to restore.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saviour-scapegoat-reformer-however-he-is-viewed-few-deny-polands-last-king-was-a-passionate-patron-of-the-arts-4690Polish archaeologists develop digital guide to southern Jordanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-develop-digital-guide-to-southern-jordan-4688<p>Archaeologists from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, southern Poland, have developed a professional, digital guide to southern Jordan, which includes not only information about the nature and landscapes but also a word about Polish research in the region.</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:28:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish archaeologists develop digital guide to southern Jordanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-develop-digital-guide-to-southern-jordan-4688President, US Vice-President to visit Auschwitz on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-us-vice-president-to-visit-auschwitz-on-friday-4686<p>President Andrzej Duda and US Vice-President Mike Pence will visit the memorial site of the former Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland on Friday, Duda's office informed on Monday.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident, US Vice-President to visit Auschwitz on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-us-vice-president-to-visit-auschwitz-on-friday-4686And the coming attraction is… Poland looking to steal the show by giving incentives to international filmmakershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-coming-attraction-is-poland-looking-to-steal-the-show-by-giving-incentives-to-international-filmmakers-4680<p>A new law giving incentives to international production companies is about to come into force.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:01:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2uwmpf55vbxcc7jvcudgzr.jpegA number of big name films have already been made in Poland including David Lynch’s Inland Empire, The Chronicles of Narnia, High Life by Claire Denis and Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-coming-attraction-is-poland-looking-to-steal-the-show-by-giving-incentives-to-international-filmmakers-4680Polish leasing market to grow by 5.5 pct in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leasing-market-to-grow-by-55-pct-in-2019-4678<p>Poland's leasing market will expand by 5.5 percent to PLN 87.2 billion (EUR 20.23 billion) in 2019, according to a forecast by the Polish Leasing Association (ZPL) on Monday.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:04:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish leasing market to grow by 5.5 pct in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leasing-market-to-grow-by-55-pct-in-2019-4678‘UK’s immigration policy will make recruiting people difficult’: CEO of Polish Business Link talks Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uks-immigration-policy-will-make-recruiting-people-difficult-ceo-of-polish-business-link-talks-brexit-4676<p>When Bart Kowalczyk was commissioned by the British foreign office to find out how many Polish business owners in Britain were considering leaving the UK because of Brexit he found out that 46 percent of those he surveyed were.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7p4ajiqncbeoe8ibqgojf.jpegEdinburgh-based Bart Kowalczyk runs Polish Business Link, a business platform facilitating and building links between mainly Polish firms and potential British clients.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uks-immigration-policy-will-make-recruiting-people-difficult-ceo-of-polish-business-link-talks-brexit-4676Water lot of fun! Swimmers brave icy sea for weekend of BRRRacing funhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-swimmers-brave-icy-sea-for-weekend-of-brrracing-fun-4673<p>On a frosty February in Poland, most people’s idea of fun might revolve around an open fire or other warm pursuit.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:02:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5jv41s5blk7x4gye006ns.jpegThe coastal town of Mielno saw 4,904 cold-water lovers take the plunge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-swimmers-brave-icy-sea-for-weekend-of-brrracing-fun-4673Sixty states confirm their participation in Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-states-confirm-their-participation-in-middle-east-conference-4666<p>The Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz announced on Monday that around 60 delegations, including ten from Middle East countries and all EU member states, had confirmed their participation in the Middle East conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13 and 14.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:19:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSixty states confirm their participation in Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-states-confirm-their-participation-in-middle-east-conference-4666Polish president to inaugurate Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-inaugurate-middle-east-conference-4664<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda will inaugurate the Middle East conference in Warsaw, to take place on Feb. 13 and 14, a presidential spokesperson announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president to inaugurate Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-inaugurate-middle-east-conference-4664Budma international construction fair opens in Poznań on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/budma-international-construction-fair-opens-in-poznan-on-tuesday-4663<p>The Budma International Construction and Architecture Fair, described by its organisers as the biggest construction sector event in Europe, opens at the MTP exhibition venue in Poznań (western Poland) on Tuesday.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:45:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBudma international construction fair opens in Poznań on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/budma-international-construction-fair-opens-in-poznan-on-tuesday-4663Pole wins ski jumping contest in Lahtihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-wins-ski-jumping-contest-in-lahti-4661<p>Pole Kamil Stoch came 1st in the ski jumping World Cup competition in Lahti, Finland on Sunday.</p>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 21:13:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole wins ski jumping contest in Lahtihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-wins-ski-jumping-contest-in-lahti-4661Poland to sign rocket artillery deal with US on Wednesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-rocket-artillery-deal-with-us-on-wednesday-4659<p>An agreement on the purchase of a division of HIMARS self-propelled rocket artillery will be signed on Wednesday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced on Sunday. The price for 20 launchers with ammunition is USD 414 million.</p>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 21:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to sign rocket artillery deal with US on Wednesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-rocket-artillery-deal-with-us-on-wednesday-4659A star in the making: TFN talks with Jimi Ogden, the British TV presenter that’s nailed down a slot in Poland’s DIY markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-star-in-the-making-tfn-talks-with-jimi-ogden-the-british-tv-presenter-thats-nailed-down-a-slot-in-polands-diy-market-4654<p>It’s an extraordinary building, the Praga Printing House. Announcing itself in a gloomy, grey flurry of communist concrete, it’s in this eastern Warsaw facility that 100 million books were printed during the plant’s socialist-era heyday. Today, however, the presses have, by and large, stammered to a halt, and the vacated halls and chambers infilled with photography studios, rehearsal rooms and other creative practices. Despite that, there’s few signs of life. The corridors are long, dark and silent, the stairwells mysteriously unsettling and the occasional unlocked room out-proportioned and illuminated by cosmic-looking skylights. It could, you imagine, be the perfect setting for a film from the canon of Kubrick or Lynch. Were you producing a Soviet remake of A Clockwork Orange, this setting would be ideal.</p>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:48:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6mtl99im2arsbv8k2pqtf.jpegOgden started out teaching English in Poland but got his break in DIY television through a chance meeting at a party.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-star-in-the-making-tfn-talks-with-jimi-ogden-the-british-tv-presenter-thats-nailed-down-a-slot-in-polands-diy-market-4654Nat's the way, aha, aha, we like it! Our Natalia is World Cup CHAMPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-your-skates-on-maliszewska-slides-her-way-to-world-cup-glory-4650<p>Short-track speed skater Natalia Maliszewska can add the World Cup trophy to her European title over 500 metres after finishing the most successful season of her career and, perhaps, the entire history of Polish short-track skating.</p>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 15:46:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d8pglsf0uwfne151ez6vrg.jpegIce queen: Natalia Maliszewska on her way to winning the World Cup title.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-your-skates-on-maliszewska-slides-her-way-to-world-cup-glory-4650Different country: new report highlights massive differences between Poland 1918 and Poland 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/different-country-new-report-highlights-massive-differences-between-poland-1918-and-poland-2018-4646<p>A new report has delved deep into how Poland has changed in the 100 years since it regained its independence at the end of the First World War, and throws up some stark figures.</p>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:29:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odbwnsw0gupiefrtc12qn.jpegThe times they are a changing. In the 1920s 60 percent of Poles worked on the land. That number has now fallen to 10 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/different-country-new-report-highlights-massive-differences-between-poland-1918-and-poland-2018-4646Four Poles killed in house fire in Germany - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-poles-killed-in-house-fire-in-germany---mfa-4644<p>Four Poles have died in a fire at a house in Lambrecht, Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, Poland's Foreign Ministry's press office told PAP on Saturday, adding that the identity of the fifth victim is being established.</p>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:47:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFour Poles killed in house fire in Germany - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-poles-killed-in-house-fire-in-germany---mfa-4644Polish President, PM address Polish diaspora congress in Miamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-address-polish-diaspora-congress-in-miami-4642<p>President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have addressed the participants of the 60 Million Congress - the Global Polonia Summit, held in Miami, Florida on Friday and Saturday.</p>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish President, PM address Polish diaspora congress in Miamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-address-polish-diaspora-congress-in-miami-4642Shine on: neon glory returns to the streets of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shine-on-neon-glory-returns-to-the-streets-of-warsaw-4639<p>Neon lighting has returned to Warsaw’s Marszałkowska Street, one of the capital’s main arteries, in colourful depiction of a modernist vision of the city’s development dating back to the 1920s. Unveiled, or rather illuminated, for the first time on February 7 and called Wielka Warszawa (Great Warsaw) the brand new illumination pays homage to the days when neon’s glow ruled the roost on Warsaw’s streets.</p>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:16:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/31xasirs50hs7tlf1u2qun.jpegNeon in all its glory. The neon now overlooking Marszałkowska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shine-on-neon-glory-returns-to-the-streets-of-warsaw-4639President says national mourning should be observed for late PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-national-mourning-should-be-observed-for-late-pm-4637<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Friday that a farewell to Jan Olszewski, an eminent lawyer and politician, prime minister of the government of a free and sovereign Poland, deserves appropriate respect.</p>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 12:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident says national mourning should be observed for late PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-national-mourning-should-be-observed-for-late-pm-4637Poznań’s medieval heart keeps brash at bay with new shopfront designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznans-medieval-heart-keeps-brash-at-bay-with-new-shopfront-designs-4635<p>Poznań’s medieval heart is fighting back against gaudy and brash shopfronts that defile other cities by rolling out a number of restrained and tasteful fronts designed to blend into the historic district.</p>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:53:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7vmyqgosxv9bqz2i3gjbrt.jpegThe design for the Pensjonat Centrum hotel won first place in the competition, which aimed to bring a bit of style to Poznańs shopfronts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznans-medieval-heart-keeps-brash-at-bay-with-new-shopfront-designs-4635US State Secretary, Polish FM to discuss security in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-state-secretary-polish-fm-to-discuss-security-in-warsaw-4631<p>Security, including energy security, will be the main theme of next week's Warsaw talks between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, the US Department of State informed PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS State Secretary, Polish FM to discuss security in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-state-secretary-polish-fm-to-discuss-security-in-warsaw-4631Irish writer/director Mary Moynihan talks about her powerful drama retelling the stories of WWII heroineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-writerdirector-mary-moynihan-talks-about-her-powerful-drama-retelling-the-stories-of-wwii-heroines-4623<p>An Irish drama group is retelling the story of heroines of the Second World War, including that of Polish resistance fighter Maria Eugenia Jasińska.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 18:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n4c27i0oy9vcixw5u1x.jpegMoynihan said that in the play she wanted to stress the importance of not forgetting the atrocities by totalitarian regimes when innocent people were murdered.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-writerdirector-mary-moynihan-talks-about-her-powerful-drama-retelling-the-stories-of-wwii-heroines-4623Lost village 2,000 years old found hidden in dense ‘virgin’ foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-unique-2000-year-old-village-hidden-in-dense-virgin-forests-4620<p>Archeologists have uncovered a completely intact ancient village, the only one of its kind in Europe, dating back almost 2,000 years.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:22:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpc9j8w7kogr0fjzo0neod.jpegThe archeologists from Toruń made the stunning discovery in northern Poland using Aerial Laser Scanning which revealed an entire estate hidden in the heavily forested region.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-unique-2000-year-old-village-hidden-in-dense-virgin-forests-4620Two Poles killed in house fire in Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-killed-in-house-fire-in-germany-4619<p>Two Poles are among five people who have died in a fire at a house in Lambrecht, Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, local prosecutor's office reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:30:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo Poles killed in house fire in Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-killed-in-house-fire-in-germany-4619How a Child Star Broke Barriers and Made Waves in Poland: Interview with Patricia Kazadihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-a-child-star-broke-barriers-and-made-waves-in-poland-interview-with-patrycja-kazadi-268<p>Born to a mixed-race family in 1980s Poland, Patricia Kazadi always seemed destined for a life under the spotlight and glare of the camera. Aged two she landed her first theatrical role, when she was singing in the mirror in a shoe shop and a theatrical director approached her mother. Since then she's gone on to star in dozens of television programmes as a host, presenter and broadcaster. As if that wasn't enough she's also an accomplished musician (currently working on her third album) and businesswoman. What is it like to be on television on Poland? How does Patricia Kazadi deal with the stress and strain of a life in the public eye? Did any racism in Poland ever hold her back? In this interview with our host Patrick Ney, Patricia talks about all this and much more.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:23:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-a-child-star-broke-barriers-and-made-waves-in-poland-interview-with-patrycja-kazadi-268Over 50 states to participate in Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-states-to-participate-in-middle-east-conference-4617<p>Over fifty countries have confirmed their participation in the Middle East conference, they will be represented by officials of the rank of minister or deputy minister, Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 50 states to participate in Middle East conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-states-to-participate-in-middle-east-conference-4617Former PM and ‘defender of the people’, Jan Olszewski, dies at 88https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pm-and-defender-of-the-people-jan-olszewski-dies-at-88-4615<p>Former prime minister and prominent opposition activist Jan Olszewski has died aged 88 in a Warsaw military hospital.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z55mdpxeakanjs50mkdmsr.jpegJan Olszewski rose in importance in opposition ranks, joining Solidarity in 1980, and working as an advisor to Lech Wałęsa. He was also part of the Round Table discussions to end communist rule, which took place 30 years ago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pm-and-defender-of-the-people-jan-olszewski-dies-at-88-4615Poland's former PM Jan Olszewski dies aged 88https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-pm-jan-olszewski-dies-aged-88-4612<p>Jan Olszewski, who served as Poland's prime minister in 1991-1992, has died, ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) senior member Antoni Macierewicz told PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's former PM Jan Olszewski dies aged 88https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-pm-jan-olszewski-dies-aged-88-4612One of Europe’s most preeminent 20th century composers, Witold Lutosławski died of cancer 25 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-europes-most-preeminent-20th-century-composers-witold-lutoslawski-died-of-cancer-25-years-ago-today-4610<p>In February 1993, Lutosławski conducted the opening of his acclaimed Symphony No.4 in Los Angeles. A year later, he was dead.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 21:35:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z7zp3hdrgvpyhlb0j6ivdo.jpegAt the end of the 60’s Lutosławski composed one of his most important works, his Symphony No. 2, which brought him international acclaim and awards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-europes-most-preeminent-20th-century-composers-witold-lutoslawski-died-of-cancer-25-years-ago-today-4610Equal opportunity in EU will allow Poles to live at European level - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/equal-opportunity-in-eu-will-allow-poles-to-live-at-european-level---pm-4608<p>Poland was left on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Today, equal opportunities in the EU will allow Poles to live at the European level, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:16:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEqual opportunity in EU will allow Poles to live at European level - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/equal-opportunity-in-eu-will-allow-poles-to-live-at-european-level---pm-4608PKO bank celebrates centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-celebrates-centenary-4607<p>One hundred years ago, on February 7 1919, a decree signed by Poland's inter-war strongman Józef Piłsudski founded the Postal Savings Bank, best known today under its abbreviated name PKO.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:34:00 +0100BusinessHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPKO bank celebrates centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-celebrates-centenary-4607One woman and her boat to single-handedly circle the globe without stopping despite a BROKEN rib and high windshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-woman-and-her-boat-to-single-handedly-circle-the-globe-without-stopping-despite-a-broken-rib-and-high-winds-4604<p>A 60-year-old female sailor is sailing around the world - on her own.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:57:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eqd4sxzitcf4b05bqw76fe.jpegCaptain Joanna Pajkowska is making her third voyage around the globe but this time she’s going solo with no stops.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-woman-and-her-boat-to-single-handedly-circle-the-globe-without-stopping-despite-a-broken-rib-and-high-winds-4604Article 7 proceedings about 'chasing the rabbit' - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/article-7-proceedings-about-chasing-the-rabbit---pm-4603<p>The European Commission's Article 7 proceedings against Poland may have been inspired by 'a love of the chase', PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgArticle 7 proceedings about 'chasing the rabbit' - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/article-7-proceedings-about-chasing-the-rabbit---pm-4603Polish prime minister would wish for UK to stay in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-would-wish-for-uk-to-stay-in-eu-4602<p>I would wish for Great Britain to stay in the European Union, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Thursday, adding that Brexit now requires "creative and elastic solutions" and that the bloc is waiting for proposals from UK PM Theresa May.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish prime minister would wish for UK to stay in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-would-wish-for-uk-to-stay-in-eu-4602Squirrel study reveals surprising facts about the furry nut eaters and their relationship to humanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/squirrel-study-reveals-surprising-facts-about-the-furry-nut-eaters-and-their-relationship-to-humans-4599<p>Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park has the highest density of red squirrels in the whole of the Mazowieckie province - and humans could be the reason, according to researchers from the Warsaw University of Life Science.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:52:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1omlp51s9tax92p5owy.jpegResearchers found that food obtained from people may increase survival in the population, especially when natural food is in short supply in winter and spring.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/squirrel-study-reveals-surprising-facts-about-the-furry-nut-eaters-and-their-relationship-to-humans-4599Polish diaspora in US to promote Polish diplomats saving Jews in WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diaspora-in-us-to-promote-polish-diplomats-saving-jews-in-wwii-4597<p>During a Wednesday meeting at the Polish consulate in New York, Polish ambassador to Switzerland Jakub Kumoch told the story of Polish diplomats who forged passports to save Jews during WWII, which the Polish diaspora wants to promote in US schools.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:34:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish diaspora in US to promote Polish diplomats saving Jews in WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diaspora-in-us-to-promote-polish-diplomats-saving-jews-in-wwii-4597Poland 2nd best place in the WORLD to do business, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-2nd-best-place-in-the-world-to-do-business-says-new-report-4594<p>Poland was the best place in the world to invest or do business in 2018, way ahead of countries like the US and UK, according to CEO World magazine.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:04:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/twgec1odm8ppo5u2dlkmq.jpegPoland's economy grew by a solid 5.1 percent on an annual basis in 2018 compared to 4.8 percent in 2017. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-2nd-best-place-in-the-world-to-do-business-says-new-report-4594History in the making as Round Table talks held 30 years ago today began process which would eventually lead to the collapse of communismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-in-the-making-as-round-table-talks-held-30-years-ago-today-began-process-which-would-eventually-lead-to-the-collapse-of-communism-4590<p>Today marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the famous Round Table talks in Poland that laid down the flagstones of a road that would lead to the first partially free elections in Poland since before the Second World War and ultimately to the dismemberment of Poland’s communist regime.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 19:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sux1clhqt5cloojoco0wq.jpegThe historic RoundTable talks on February 6th 1989 began a process which would eventually lead to the collapse of communism. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-in-the-making-as-round-table-talks-held-30-years-ago-today-began-process-which-would-eventually-lead-to-the-collapse-of-communism-4590Miami nice! Not all plain sailing at the Sailing World Cup in Miami, but we’re doing okhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miami-nice-not-all-plain-sailing-at-the-sailing-world-cup-in-miami-but-were-doing-ok-4589<p>Polish sailors and windsurfers got off to a flying start at the Sailing World Cup Series in Miami with six of them finishing in the first ten.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:51:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/40cistrdtqcteh4e4vpvq.jpegCurrent European champ and London Olympics bronze medallist Klepacka had a false start demoting her from fourth place after eight races to sixth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miami-nice-not-all-plain-sailing-at-the-sailing-world-cup-in-miami-but-were-doing-ok-4589Poland's Monetary Policy Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-4588<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:00:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Policy Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-4588Delightful watercolours show Lublin as you’ve never seen it beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delightful-watercolours-show-lublin-as-youve-never-seen-it-before-4586<p>Artist Beata Chęcińska has recreated the town of Lublin in a series of stunning drawings.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:35:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwt0leywfts6giweupeol5.jpegChęcińska, who goes by the names Beatha and Beathaart, started painting 12 years ago and says she is inspired by architecture, nature, and Polish and Japanese art and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delightful-watercolours-show-lublin-as-youve-never-seen-it-before-4586Poland's unemployment rises to 6.2 pct in January - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rises-to-62-pct-in-january---labour-ministry-4584<p>The rate of unemployment reached 6.2 percent in January, having risen by 0.4 percent from December, Deputy Labour Minister Stanisław Szwed told PAP on Wednesday, adding that the first two months of the year were usually the toughest for the labour market.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:30:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rises to 6.2 pct in January - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rises-to-62-pct-in-january---labour-ministry-4584Poznań takes fifth place in European Best Destinations 2019 contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-takes-fifth-place-in-european-best-destinations-2019-contest-4582<p>Poznań has placed fifth in a competition to find the best travel destinations in Europe for 2019. It was the only Polish city to take part in this year's European Best Destinations contest.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:21:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoznań takes fifth place in European Best Destinations 2019 contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-takes-fifth-place-in-european-best-destinations-2019-contest-4582Drone market facing staggering 3 billion PLN boomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drone-market-facing-staggering-3-billion-pln-boom-4579<p>The drone market in Poland is expected to grow to 3.26 billion zlotys (758 mln EUR) in the next 10 years, according to the Polish Economic Institute.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:35:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1h08s121zzkrqkpn2h8qtc.jpegWith over 100 thousand drones already operating in the country, the government recently liberalized the regulations regarding their flights and is working on preparing a comprehensive strategy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drone-market-facing-staggering-3-billion-pln-boom-4579President, PM recall communism-ending Round Table Talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-recall-communism-ending-round-table-talks-4577<p>The Round Table changed Poland's political system and today we are in the EU and NATO, President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday, the eve of the 30th anniversary of the 1989 talks between Poland's communist government and the then-banned Solidarity Union.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 19:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident, PM recall communism-ending Round Table Talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-recall-communism-ending-round-table-talks-4577The Hollywood legend few remember, Ryszard Bolesławski was born 130 years ago this weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-hollywood-legend-few-remember-ryszard-boleslawski-was-born-130-years-ago-this-week-4573<p>When asked to name a successful Polish film director who’s left his mark on Hollywood, most people would answer Roman Polański.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:40:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh81irak8jg7fl3wlg6i.jpegRyszard Bolesławski was a pioneer of the first ‘talkies’ and made one of the first films in Technicolor.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-hollywood-legend-few-remember-ryszard-boleslawski-was-born-130-years-ago-this-week-4573Polish snappers send judges wild with FIVE artists being nominated for Sony World Photography finalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-snappers-send-judges-wild-with-five-artists-being-nominated-for-sony-world-photography-finals-4569<p>Five Polish photographers have gone through to the finals of the Sony World Photography Awards open competition, the World Photography Organisation announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:09:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dz28i8d90ggkapyfgly85j.jpegTeacher Marlena Kurowska’s image of her daughter during her first puddle-splashing romp in the family garden is among the finalists in "Motion".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-snappers-send-judges-wild-with-five-artists-being-nominated-for-sony-world-photography-finals-4569Govt. to ‘review’ Sunday trading ban, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-review-sunday-trading-ban-says-pm-4567<p>The government has said it will review the law banning almost all trade on Sundays.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t9qa470hjcd2k0es1pr0n1.jpegIn the first year (2018), shops were forced to stay closed on Sundays, with two monthly exceptions: the first and the last Sunday each month.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-review-sunday-trading-ban-says-pm-4567Retail sales in Poland up y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-december---eurostat-4563<p>Polish retail sales grew by 4.9 percent year on year in December 2018 after a 4.7 percent increase in November. Month on month, retail sales fell by 0.4 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:53:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales in Poland up y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-december---eurostat-4563Stunning 15-metre scroll hidden for hundreds of years goes on display at Royal Castle – but be quick as it will soon disappear again for another decade!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-15-metre-scroll-hidden-for-hundreds-of-years-goes-on-display-at-royal-castle--but-be-quick-as-it-will-soon-disappear-again-for-another-decade-4559<p>A unique, fifteen-metre long, 17th century painting that was last displayed to the general public in 2002 has been brought out of Warsaw’s Royal Castle vault and will be on display for only five weeks, after which it will be packed away and will likely not be seen by the public for another ten years.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pyeexvl1qi5il4apwyi0t.jpegThe rarely-seen 17th century water painting scroll is 15 metres long and is currently on display at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Curator Marta Zdańkowska (pictured) says it will be exhibited for only five weeks before being packed away again. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-15-metre-scroll-hidden-for-hundreds-of-years-goes-on-display-at-royal-castle--but-be-quick-as-it-will-soon-disappear-again-for-another-decade-4559Ski king Stoch jumps into first place at World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-king-stoch-jumps-into-first-place-to-claim-world-cup-championship-4555<p>Polish skier Kamil Stoch has won the latest ski jumping World Cup competition, with fellow skier Dawid Kubacki coming third.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 19:18:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mdmmzre01fzgsei7fisbj.jpegKamil Stoch celebrates after coming first at the ski jumping World Cup Championship in Oberstdorf, Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-king-stoch-jumps-into-first-place-to-claim-world-cup-championship-4555Poland recognises Guaido as Venezuela's interim presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-recognises-guaido-as-venezuelas-interim-president-4553<p>Poland has joined a group of EU countries which have recognised Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced in Brussels on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland recognises Guaido as Venezuela's interim presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-recognises-guaido-as-venezuelas-interim-president-4553Utterly Paw-some! Adorable cat abandoned at bus station adopted by Wrocław mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/utterly-paw-some-adorable-cat-abandoned-at-bus-station-adopted-by-wroclaw-mayor-4550<p>An abandoned cat is Feline fine after finding a new home - with the mayor of Wrocław.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:24:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4fbn5obudywrija5smcz0e.jpegWrocław mayor Jacek Sutryk said that after meeting the abandoned cat they “became friends at first sight.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/utterly-paw-some-adorable-cat-abandoned-at-bus-station-adopted-by-wroclaw-mayor-4550Poland's exports up 2.0 pct y/y in December - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-up-20-pct-yy-in-december---business-chamber-4549<p>Poland's exports increased by 2.0 percent year on year and fell by 20.3 percent month on month in December 2018, Piotr Soroczyński, the chief economist with the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG), said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:20:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's exports up 2.0 pct y/y in December - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-up-20-pct-yy-in-december---business-chamber-4549New exhibition shows photojournalist Chris Niedenthal’s ‘rich and diverse’ Gdańskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-shows-photojournalist-chris-niedenthals-rich-and-diverse-gdansk-4547<p>A new exhibition by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Chris Niedenthal has gone on show at the Museum of Gdańsk.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:54:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gdlphw312mfg486ox8ytw.jpegThe collection of 120 photographs including not only important monuments but also street portraits.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-shows-photojournalist-chris-niedenthals-rich-and-diverse-gdansk-4547Well done, Ma’am! Dame of Polish cinema gets best actress award at Sundancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-maam-dame-of-polish-cinema-gets-best-actress-award-at-sundance-4543<p>Krystyna Janda, the dame of Polish cinema, has won an award for best actress at the Sundance Festival in the US. &nbsp;been awarded the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance festival in United States.</p>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:33:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lnbu4hu5fom1mu4ks650cz.jpegThe film set in a Tuscany town stars (L-R) Katarzyna Smutniak, Antonio Catania and Krystyna Janda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-maam-dame-of-polish-cinema-gets-best-actress-award-at-sundance-4543The past is a foreign country: the new Warsaw museum exploring the everyday reality of Poland’s communist heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-past-is-a-foreign-country-the-new-warsaw-museum-exploring-the-everyday-reality-of-polands-communist-heritage-4538<p>When Warsaw’s MDM district was opened in 1952 it was to fanfare and acclaim. Under the proud, paternal eye of Poland’s post-war leadership, trumpets tooted as phalanxes of workers, children and militiamen filed past with banners held aloft. In a city still visibly scarred – physically and psychologically – by both the war and what had followed, the completion of this flagship residential district was presented as proof of a resurgent country recharged by a fair and just new order. It was a triumph.</p>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 20:21:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p61zj3bxnux2k862q1v2m.jpegThe way life was: the living room exhibit is one of the museum’s most popular attractions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-past-is-a-foreign-country-the-new-warsaw-museum-exploring-the-everyday-reality-of-polands-communist-heritage-4538Former mayor of Słupsk founds a new partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-mayor-of-slupsk-founds-a-new-party-4533<p>We don't want a Polish-Polish war any longer, we want mutual respect and dialogue, Robert Biedroń, former mayor of Słupsk in northern Poland, said on Sunday in Warsaw at the founding congress of his new party Wiosna (Spring).</p>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 19:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFormer mayor of Słupsk founds a new partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-mayor-of-slupsk-founds-a-new-party-4533Take the high road: flying car set to take to the skies after successful test flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-the-high-road-flying-car-set-to-take-to-the-skies-after-successful-test-flights-4534<p>Polish company Jetson Aero successfully completed the test flights of their personal air vehicle (PAV) prototype called the Speeder, opening the way to commercial production of a flying car.</p>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 17:52:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c7ki5pr5df4jupch51bj7.jpegThe Speeder is designed more to be a toy rather than have practical applications, although it could be used by the police or to deliver sensitive cargoes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-the-high-road-flying-car-set-to-take-to-the-skies-after-successful-test-flights-4534Taking steps to save the planet: company produces vegan shoes made from pineappleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taking-steps-to-save-the-planet-company-produces-vegan-shoes-made-from-pineapples-4530<p>With people being urged to cut down on their use of animal products owing to fears of global warming and increasing qualms over animal cruelty, step forward Bohema Clothing and their pineapple shoes.</p>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 14:49:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1r13kfh48kgs6aqt44ugc.pngThe pineapple shoes are vegan and cruelty free.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taking-steps-to-save-the-planet-company-produces-vegan-shoes-made-from-pineapples-4530Life can be a rose garden but it depends on where you livehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-can-be-a-rose-garden-but-it-depends-on-where-you-live-4528<p>Most Poles are generally happy with their lives, but this varies depending on where they live, according to a new report by the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS).</p>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 11:28:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/enr2zoja726p4deivs5wkg.jpegThe study found 83 percent of respondents claimed to be happy with their lives in general.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-can-be-a-rose-garden-but-it-depends-on-where-you-live-4528Over-droid: student gets top marks for making Star Wars robothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-droid-student-gets-top-marks-for-making-star-wars-robot-4525<p>In an academy far, far away, or more exactly at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków an engineering student built an exact BB-8 robot replica, to the joy of ‘internauts’ and Star Wars lovers all over the world (and possibly the galaxy). For her engineering thesis designed and 3D printed the parts, constructed the movement mechanism and programmed the control application.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 20:12:00 +0100Art & CultureScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yefliz6qkvkbf1hdgc4y37.jpegWeronika’s BB-8 gets itself accustomed to the snowy weather of Kraków.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-droid-student-gets-top-marks-for-making-star-wars-robot-4525Agriculture Ministry to tighten food safety supervisionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agriculture-ministry-to-tighten-food-safety-supervision-4524<p>Polish Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski has told PAP that "in the course of the next few weeks" he will present the Council of Ministers with proposed solutions to tighten supervision of the food safety system to prevent a repeat of illegal slaughter.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 19:25:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAgriculture Ministry to tighten food safety supervisionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agriculture-ministry-to-tighten-food-safety-supervision-4524One man and his bike: the pedalled-powered global adventures of Tomasz Świątekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-man-and-his-bike-the-pedalled-powered-global-adventures-of-tomasz-swiatek-4521<p>Choosing to live without heating, light or running water, 65-year-old free spirit Tomasz Świątek from southern Poland has cycled hundreds of thousands of kilometres and crossed over into Asia twice. Now Świątek tells TFN that he is planning to start another two-wheeled adventure to Portugal, Georgia or Turkey after winter ends.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 18:58:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v9m6gxromdcvmkk43y8ywj.pngAt 65-years-old Tomasz Świątek has cycled 350,000 kilometres around Europe and crossed into Asia twice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-man-and-his-bike-the-pedalled-powered-global-adventures-of-tomasz-swiatek-4521A step back in time: the story of Antoni Patek, the man behind one of the most famous names in watch makinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-step-back-in-time-the-story-of-antoni-patek-the-man-behind-one-of-the-most-names-famous-names-in-watch-making-4518<p>In 2014 a Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch dating back to 1933 smashed world records when it went at auction for $21 million, making it the most expensive timepiece ever sold. But the history of Antoni Patek, the man behind watch, tells a story far removed from the multi-million dollar prices and glamour surrounding his products and his name.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 14:56:00 +0100BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/danit8d1pccxhccmxrru6c.jpegThe Patek Philippe watch that was sold at Sotheby's in Geneva on November 11, 2014 for a record price of $21.3 million.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-step-back-in-time-the-story-of-antoni-patek-the-man-behind-one-of-the-most-names-famous-names-in-watch-making-4518Poland exports 80 percent of beef products - industry associationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exports-80-percent-of-beef-products---industry-association-4516<p>The Polish Association of Beef Cattle Breeders' president, Jerzy Wierzbicki, has told PAP that Poland exports 80 percent of its beef products and that exports are vital to the industry's profitability.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 12:16:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland exports 80 percent of beef products - industry associationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exports-80-percent-of-beef-products---industry-association-4516Unseen pre-war pictures of Książ reveal castle’s former gloryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pre-war-pictures-of-ksiaz-reveal-castles-former-glory-4513<p>After more than 80 years, a small but extremely valuable set of photographs has been returned to Książ Castle in Wałbrzych that give a snapshot of the castle’s pre-war glory.</p>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 11:52:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99348yn3c2jifakz1b84fn.jpegKsiąż Castle in one of the newly revealed pictures from the 1930 taken by a German tourist.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pre-war-pictures-of-ksiaz-reveal-castles-former-glory-4513Life in the Polish Fast Lane: Miko Marczykhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/life-in-the-polish-fast-lane-miko-marczyk-266<p>Miko Marczyk is a champion Polish rally driver making waves in the fast, aggressive sport. Aged just 23, he's already competing at the top national level of rally driving and looks set to have a bright future in the sport. As a very small boy, he was a natural behind the wheel. Today, Miko is a member of the Skoda Polska Motorsport team, one of the youngest ever rally drivers to compete at this level. Tearing round tight corners, sliding across country roads and risking life and limb is where you'll find Miko at his happiest. This is the first time Miko has talked in detail about his life so far. Keep an eye on him - he's sure to go far. Our host Patrick Ney talks to Miko about his life in the sport and about Polish driving in general.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:12:00 +0100SportNewsLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/life-in-the-polish-fast-lane-miko-marczyk-266Powerful Irish play retells the story of WWII heroines, their bravery and their fatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-irish-play-retells-the-story-of-wwii-heroines-their-bravery-and-their-fate-4510<p>An Irish drama group is retelling the story of heroines of the Second World War, including that of Polish resistance fighter Maria Eugenia Jasińska.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 18:30:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ppnhgvx3w1otbp00rmbq.jpeg'The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII' theatrical production tells the story of six women in WII, their bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horrors of war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-irish-play-retells-the-story-of-wwii-heroines-their-bravery-and-their-fate-4510A look back at the life of Nobel prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska who passed away seven years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-look-back-at-the-life-of-nobel-prize-winning-poet-wieslawa-szymborska-who-passed-away-seven-years-ago-today-4506<p>She was a poet who shunned publicity but became world famous when she won a Nobel Prize.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:05:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1e2u1j5s2mim2b0z4cmh6d.jpegWiesława Szymborska, who died on February 1st seven years ago at the age of 88, had a career that stretched from the end of the Second World War till the beginning of the current century, and one that defined her as one of the foremost writers of her generation and a giant of post-war Polish poetry.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-look-back-at-the-life-of-nobel-prize-winning-poet-wieslawa-szymborska-who-passed-away-seven-years-ago-today-4506One down, five to go - it’s not over yet! Hopes running high at the Freestyling Skiing World Championships with Aleksandra Król our No.1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-down-five-to-go---its-not-over-yet-hopes-running-high-at-the-freestyling-skiing-world-championships-with-aleksandra-krol-our-no1-4504<p>Poland’s freestyling skiers and snowboarders suffered an early loss at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in the US today, with snowboarder Zuzanna Smykała crashing out in the first round.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:25:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bckrnrodc94ipgnt5p97ga.jpegThe ten day championship (February 1-10) at Deer Valley and Park City in the US features snowboardcross, skicross and parallel snowboard racing, with neck-bending turns and aerial evolutions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-down-five-to-go---its-not-over-yet-hopes-running-high-at-the-freestyling-skiing-world-championships-with-aleksandra-krol-our-no1-4504Polish regional airports service record number of passengershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-regional-airports-service-record-number-of-passengers-4503<p>Thirteen Polish regional airports serviced a record number of 28.1 million passengers in 2018, 15.3 percent more than in the previous year, according to data from the Polish Regional Airports Union.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 11:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish regional airports service record number of passengershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-regional-airports-service-record-number-of-passengers-4503Despite increasing costs and labour shortages, business confidence is at its highest in nearly a decadehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-increasing-costs-and-labour-shortages-business-confidence-is-at-its-highest-in-nearly-a-decade-4501<p>Optimism among Polish companies is at its highest level since 2009, according to a new report by the National Bank of Poland.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 11:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eila7hwrfd7booaymdh09e.jpegPoland’s Economic Sentiment Indicator is above the EU average, according to Eurostat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-increasing-costs-and-labour-shortages-business-confidence-is-at-its-highest-in-nearly-a-decade-4501Penderecki and Portishead singer Beth Gibbons release stunning recording of Górecki’s haunting Symphony No. 3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/penderecki-and-portishead-singer-beth-gibbons-release-stunning-recording-of-goreckis-hauntingly-symphony-no-3-4498<p>A new album of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony no. 3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, sung by Beth Gibbons of Portishead will be released this spring.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:39:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ws0p99ostso7yx043hgs28.jpegIn this new album, Gibbons moves into new territory: Górecki’s hauntingly beautiful 'Symphony', composed in 1976. Sung by a soprano in Polish, its three parts are based on a 15th Century lament, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during the Second World War and a Silesian folk song.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/penderecki-and-portishead-singer-beth-gibbons-release-stunning-recording-of-goreckis-hauntingly-symphony-no-3-4498Clever new ‘mini-lab’ will enable patients to test themselves for illnesses – and it can be used on animals toohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clever-new-mini-lab-will-enable-patients-to-test-themselves-for-illnesses--and-it-can-be-used-on-animals-too-4496<p>A start-up in south Poland is set to revolutionize medicine with the launch of their mini lab diagnostic pack.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sq8r6xhr8ramplztrjqvfl.jpegThe lightweight handheld digital pack from the Wroclaw start up, SensDx can accurately diagnose an infection in 4 minutes. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clever-new-mini-lab-will-enable-patients-to-test-themselves-for-illnesses--and-it-can-be-used-on-animals-too-4496Poland's unemployment rate at 3.5 percent in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-35-percent-in-december---eurostat-4495<p>Poland's unemployment rate in December 2018 remained flat month on month at 3.5 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.5 percent in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-35-percent-in-december---eurostat-4495100 years of US-Poland’s ‘special diplomatic relationship’ celebrated at Warsaw’s Hotel Bristolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/100-years-of-us-polands-special-diplomatic-relationship-celebrated-at-warsaws-hotel-bristol-4493<p>Poland and America celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations this year.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cs9nd5m7d49k5sqluaectl.jpegPM Mateusz Morawiecki and US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher were joined by diplomats and guests from both countries. Mosbacher, who arrived in Warsaw last year, invoked the contributions of Paderewski and American Presidential adviser Colonel Edward House to Polish independence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/100-years-of-us-polands-special-diplomatic-relationship-celebrated-at-warsaws-hotel-bristol-4493Chilling unseen ‘family snaps’ taken by German soldier show Warsaw in early days of occupationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chilling-unseen-family-snaps-taken-by-german-soldier-show-warsaw-in-early-days-of-occupation-4490<p>In September 1939, when German forces were running riot across Poland, Wehrmacht soldier Kurt Baer was serving in a supply unit far from the action. As he followed the frontline through central Poland, he spent some of his time taking photographs of the results of Germany’s blitzkrieg campaign.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:37:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l8qgpsi54ht91bu60w1yl.jpegThe photos taken by Wehrmacht soldier Kurt Baer were donated to the Warsaw Rising Museum after being found by the carers of his elderly daughter after she died.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chilling-unseen-family-snaps-taken-by-german-soldier-show-warsaw-in-early-days-of-occupation-4490Poland's GDP growth seen at 5.1 pct in 2018 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-seen-at-51-pct-in-2018---stats-office-4489<p>The Polish economy grew at a 5.1 percent pace in 2018, after a 4.8 percent growth in 2017, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP growth seen at 5.1 pct in 2018 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-seen-at-51-pct-in-2018---stats-office-4489Pole Europe's candidate for World Anti-Doping Agency headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-europes-candidate-for-world-anti-doping-agency-head-4487<p>Polish Sport and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka was elected on Wednesday as Europe's candidate for the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:22:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole Europe's candidate for World Anti-Doping Agency headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-europes-candidate-for-world-anti-doping-agency-head-4487Opera-tunity knocks: Poland gets THREE nominations at prestigious int. opera awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opera-tunity-knocks-poland-up-for-three-nominations-at-prestigious-int-opera-awards-4485<p>Two Polish directors and a composer have been nominated for the 2019 International Opera awards.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 20:08:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ewriffp5bitysozevy3clp.jpegThe International Opera Awards were founded in 2012 by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opera-tunity-knocks-poland-up-for-three-nominations-at-prestigious-int-opera-awards-4485New research shows that our diaphragm doesn’t just help us breathe – it also stops us falling overhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-research-shows-that-our-diaphragm-doesnt-just-help-us-breathe--it-also-stops-us-falling-over-4483<p>Researchers have found a new function of the diaphragm - apart from helping draw air into the lungs, it is crucial to maintaining balance.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 18:11:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oiu8b5yukcs1ropbq6qbr.jpegUntil now it was thought that only three systems were responsible for keeping balance – the diaphragm muscle is the fourth, say the researchers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-research-shows-that-our-diaphragm-doesnt-just-help-us-breathe--it-also-stops-us-falling-over-4483Duda, Steinmeier likely to meet on anniversary of outbreak of WW IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-steinmeier-likely-to-meet-on-anniversary-of-outbreak-of-ww-ii-4481<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will likely meet on September 1 in Wieluń, the first Polish city to be bombed on September 1, 1939, when WWII started, Duda's aide Wojciech Kolarski has said.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDuda, Steinmeier likely to meet on anniversary of outbreak of WW IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-steinmeier-likely-to-meet-on-anniversary-of-outbreak-of-ww-ii-4481‘I’m off!’ Veteran swimmer says NO to coaching Malaysian squad over Israeli visa rowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/im-off-veteran-swimmer-says-no-to-coaching-malaysian-squad-over-israeli-visa-row-4476<p>A Polish swimming champ has rejected an offer to coach Malaysia’s national swimming team after the country, which was to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, banned Israeli athletes from taking part.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:31:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o7txxnniq19b2r2krjn6ql.jpegWarsaw-born Bartosz Kizierowski rejected the offer to coach Malaysia’s team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships after Malaysia’s sports minister refused Israeli athletes visas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/im-off-veteran-swimmer-says-no-to-coaching-malaysian-squad-over-israeli-visa-row-4476French president's visit likely in spring - Polish security headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-presidents-visit-likely-in-spring---polish-security-head-4475<p>French President Emmanuel Macron will likely visit Poland in the spring, the head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN) Paweł Soloch told Polish public Radio One on Wednesday, a day after France's European affairs minister concluded her visit to Warsaw.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:24:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFrench president's visit likely in spring - Polish security headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-presidents-visit-likely-in-spring---polish-security-head-4475Thank God its Piątek! Krzysztof ‘The Pistol’ scores twice in spectacular 2-0 opener for AC Milanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-god-its-piatek-krzysztof-the-pistol-scores-twice-in-spectacular-2-0-opener-for-ac-milan-4473<p>Footballer Krzysztof Piątek made a dream start to his career at Italian giants AC Milan by bagging two goals in his first start for the famous club.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:45:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yl53gljttlcesknn8vzcwk.jpegFollowing his stunning goals which gave AC Milan a 2-0 victory over Napoli, Piątek told Milan TV: “Both goals were great, even if they were different.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-god-its-piatek-krzysztof-the-pistol-scores-twice-in-spectacular-2-0-opener-for-ac-milan-4473E-commerce booming in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-commerce-booming-in-poland-4472<p>The number of internet shops in Poland rose by 1,800 in 2018 to almost 31,000, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported on Wednesday. It cited data compiled by Bisnode, a company which deals in digital business.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:38:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgE-commerce booming in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-commerce-booming-in-poland-4472Polish, French ministers discuss Council of Europe, UNSC cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-french-ministers-discuss-council-of-europe-unsc-cooperation-4468<p>The prospects for cooperation within the Council of Europe and the UN Security Council (UNSC) were the focus of talks between Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau in Warsaw on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, French ministers discuss Council of Europe, UNSC cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-french-ministers-discuss-council-of-europe-unsc-cooperation-4468Battling storms, loneliness and CANCER, 52 years ago this week Leonid Teliga became first Pole to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe in boathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battling-storms-loneliness-and-cancer-52-years-ago-this-week-leonid-teliga-became-first-pole-to-single-handedly-circumnavigate-the-globe-in-boat-4464<p>When Leonid Teliga set out to sail around the world almost 52 years ago to this day, he felt great trepidation about the immensity of the journey ahead of him.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:20:00 +0100SportHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ecqkk5oc9wau3qousazev.jpegWhen Teliga decided to circumnavigate the globe, yacht clubs along his route were keen to make him their honorary member. Out on the high seas, he was frequently recognised by the crews of yachts and ships from around the world. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battling-storms-loneliness-and-cancer-52-years-ago-this-week-leonid-teliga-became-first-pole-to-single-handedly-circumnavigate-the-globe-in-boat-4464Racing champ Kubica says F1 comeback is like ‘debuting anew’ as he poses for selfie with new sponsors Orlenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/racing-champ-kubica-says-f1-comeback-is-like-debuting-anew-as-he-poses-for-selfie-with-new-sponsors-orlen-4462<p>After more than eight years out of competitive Formula 1 racing, Polish driving ace Robert Kubica says he feels like he’s starting all over again as he prepares to begin the 2019 racing season with British team Williams. </p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:43:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6rbzkhkjadirzasyb56fzs.jpegKubia and Orlen CEO Daniel Obaitek poses for a selfie after exchanging a racing helmet and steering wheel with each other at the press conference in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/racing-champ-kubica-says-f1-comeback-is-like-debuting-anew-as-he-poses-for-selfie-with-new-sponsors-orlen-4462Fantasy Warsaw full of dinosaurs and mythical creatures is new design for Hermès scarves – and they cost 15,000 PLNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fantasy-warsaw-full-of-dinosaurs-and-mythical-creatures-is-new-design-for-hermes-scarves--and-they-cost-15000-pln-4457<p>A Polish graphic designer has created a fantasy depiction of Warsaw which is now being used as a scarf design for prestigious fashion brand, Hermès.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:55:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1w57dv984khi4i3on0nwfg8.jpegPolish children’s book illustrator, Jan Bajtlik, has had his unique dream interpretation of Warsaw printed onto the $395 scarves produced by fashion giant Hermès.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fantasy-warsaw-full-of-dinosaurs-and-mythical-creatures-is-new-design-for-hermes-scarves--and-they-cost-15000-pln-4457Ninety-three percent of Poles use mobile network - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninety-three-percent-of-poles-use-mobile-network---survey-4456<p>According to a survey by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), 93.1 percent of Poles are connected to the mobile network, while the number of respondents having smartphones is 65.6 percent, with over 90 percentage of smartphone users being under the age of 44.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:26:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNinety-three percent of Poles use mobile network - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninety-three-percent-of-poles-use-mobile-network---survey-4456It’s back, nearly! Poland’s oldest museum housing masterpieces including da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’ set to reopenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-back-nearly-polands-oldest-museum-housing-masterpieces-including-da-vincis-lady-with-an-ermine-set-to-reopen-4453<p>Poland’s oldest museum is set to reopen this year after being closed for renovation.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:34:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gl5itzjxhdguezdb06rrd.jpegThe museum which was founded in 1801 includes priceless masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’, which was looted during WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-back-nearly-polands-oldest-museum-housing-masterpieces-including-da-vincis-lady-with-an-ermine-set-to-reopen-4453President's aide, Security Office head to visit Paris in mid-Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-aide-security-office-head-to-visit-paris-in-mid-february-4452<p>The head of the Polish President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski and the head of the National Security Office (BBN) Paweł Soloch will meet in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron's foreign policy and military advisors.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident's aide, Security Office head to visit Paris in mid-Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-aide-security-office-head-to-visit-paris-in-mid-february-4452Poles use 40.2 mln payment cards - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-use-402-mln-payment-cards---central-bank-4451<p>Poles had 40.2 million payment cards at the end of the third quarter of 2018, up by 171,000 from the second quarter, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Monday.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 09:33:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles use 40.2 mln payment cards - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-use-402-mln-payment-cards---central-bank-4451Agreement signed on joint Polish-Japanese nuclear technology researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agreement-signed-on-joint-polish-japanese-nuclear-technology-research-4449<p>Prof. Tatsuya Okubo, dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, and Prof. Krzysztof Kurek, director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) signed an academic exchange agreement between the two institutions, in Warsaw, on Monday.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAgreement signed on joint Polish-Japanese nuclear technology researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agreement-signed-on-joint-polish-japanese-nuclear-technology-research-4449International ophthalmic research centre to be created in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-ophthalmic-research-centre-to-be-created-in-warsaw-4447<p>The International Center for Translational Eye Research is to be built in Warsaw thanks to co-financing from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) within the framework of the International Research Agendas programme.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 18:03:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInternational ophthalmic research centre to be created in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-ophthalmic-research-centre-to-be-created-in-warsaw-4447Divers find grisly Mayan blade used for SACRIFICE along with over half a thousand relics in ancient lake, including those to the God of Rain, Chaakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/divers-find-grisly-mayan-blade-used-for-sacrifice-along-with-over-half-a-thousand-relics-in-ancient-lake-including-those-to-the-god-of-rain-chaak-4443<p>An archaeology team of PhD divers from Poland has discovered sacrificial and ritualistic Mayan remains in an underwater resting place in lake Petén Itzá, Guatemala.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:52:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2eyxvlh1vnwf57nyukw6qd.pngThe archaeologists found an obsidian blade measuring almost 20 cm which they believe was 'clearly associated with ritual and sacrifice.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/divers-find-grisly-mayan-blade-used-for-sacrifice-along-with-over-half-a-thousand-relics-in-ancient-lake-including-those-to-the-god-of-rain-chaak-4443Buildings with ‘painted facelift’ give glimpse into grandeur of 19th century Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buildings-with-painted-facelift-give-glimpse-into-grandeur-of-19th-century-warsaw-ahead-of-their-transformation-into-luxury-apartments-4441<p>Buildings on a trendy street in Warsaw have been given a facelift, with ornate facades painted onto their walls.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 16:18:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qmp3c1mciibvkwudvj48j.jpegThe murals coincide with the renovation of the buildings which were home to aristocrats and businessmen at the start of the 1900s. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buildings-with-painted-facelift-give-glimpse-into-grandeur-of-19th-century-warsaw-ahead-of-their-transformation-into-luxury-apartments-4441‘I was afraid I’d break her ribs’ says hero scout who saved heart attack girl’s lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-afraid-id-break-her-ribs-says-hero-scout-who-saved-heart-attack-girls-life-4438<p>A Polish scout has been hailed a hero after giving life-saving first aid to a girl who collapsed with a heart attack in Panama.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:30:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b9nhrf0rcd5xggbo5wcp3.jpegHero scout Maciej Skóra has been flooded with praise on social media after giving a girl who collapsed in the street with a heart attack life-saving treatment. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-afraid-id-break-her-ribs-says-hero-scout-who-saved-heart-attack-girls-life-4438Adam ‘Babyface’ Kownacki pummels his way to victory in just FOUR minutes at New York boxing galahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adam-babyface-kownacki-pummels-his-way-to-victory-in-just-four-minutes-at-new-york-boxing-gala-4435<p>Polish heavy-weight Adam Kownacki has taken one step closer to the WBC World Championships after spectacularly beating Gerald Washington with a ‘technical knockout’ in less than four minutes.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:02:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yesu9iwmupnv96kbe4frsq.jpegThe win now opens the door for Adam ‘Babyface’ Kownacki (pictured) to challenge the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adam-babyface-kownacki-pummels-his-way-to-victory-in-just-four-minutes-at-new-york-boxing-gala-4435If far-right protest illegal consequences will be drawn - officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-far-right-protest-illegal-consequences-will-be-drawn---officials-4434<p>If regulations were broken, I am convinced the relevant law enforcement services will take care of this, PM's Office head Michał Dworczyk said on Monday about the Sunday assembly of nationalists on the 74th anniversary of the Auschwitz camp liberation.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIf far-right protest illegal consequences will be drawn - officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-far-right-protest-illegal-consequences-will-be-drawn---officials-4434French president to visit Poland - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland---official-4433<p>French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Poland in the coming months, French Minister for European Affairs Natalie Loiseau has told the 'Polska Times' daily.</p>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFrench president to visit Poland - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland---official-4433Apocalypse Not Now: how the undercover work of one Polish officer helped avert World War Threehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apocalypse-not-now-how-the-undercover-work-of-one-polish-officer-helped-avert-world-war-three-4429<p>Day One: half a million Polish troops act as the spearhead of the offensive, attacking Nato positions in the north of Europe. Within six to eight hours, it is predicted that these Polish forces will be heavily decimated by the resistance they meet. But they are not entirely alone, however, for their actions are to be backed up by a series of Soviet nuclear strikes on “The West”. It is forecast that those Poles on the frontline that have survived the initial bloodbath will push into Denmark the following day.</p>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:09:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ps7o8wehr0jx5gg90jkdch.jpegPossessions of a spy. Some of Kukliński’s belongings on show at the museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apocalypse-not-now-how-the-undercover-work-of-one-polish-officer-helped-avert-world-war-three-4429Polish PM attends Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-4427<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday during ceremonies marking the 74th anniversary of liberating the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz by Soviet troops that the Polish state vows to guard the truth about the Holocaust.</p>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 19:35:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM attends Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-4427Art defies gravity: the stunning balancing sculptures of Jerzy Kędziorahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-defies-gravity-the-stunning-balancing-sculptures-of-jerzy-kedziora-4423<p>On Sunday January 27 Kraków’s Old Town saw the exceptional Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora suspend in the air one of his incredible and one-of-a-kind balancing statues.</p>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 19:23:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vb2hjoms5vcjwun8wpyz9.jpegJerzy Kędziora's sculpture in Kraków, January 27th, 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-defies-gravity-the-stunning-balancing-sculptures-of-jerzy-kedziora-4423Half a billion Chinese due to be wowed by Zakopane and the mountains after record-breaking reality TV show uses Tatras as locationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-a-billion-chinese-due-to-be-wowed-by-zakopane-and-the-mountains-after-record-breaking-reality-tv-show-uses-tatras-as-location-4421<p>The beauty of Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains will soon delight half a billion Chinese viewers after a Chinese television company chose the town as the setting for an episode of a leading reality show.</p>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 12:53:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rjuxz666vqmuw9navsums.jpegThe Rocket Girls in Zakopane. Nearly half a billion people will soon see their adventures around the town.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-a-billion-chinese-due-to-be-wowed-by-zakopane-and-the-mountains-after-record-breaking-reality-tv-show-uses-tatras-as-location-4421New research lifts the lid on the forgotten horrors of Auschwitz’s sub-campshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-research-lifts-the-lid-on-the-forgotten-horrors-of-auschwitzs-sub-camps-4418<p>On January 27, 74 years ago today, the Nazi German Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp was liberated by a rifle division of the Red Army’s Ukrainian Front.</p>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 11:34:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nhezd8vgcmp2mrw8oacbtg.jpegA fragment of wall and the ruins of a watchtower are just about all that remains of the Furstengrube sub-camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-research-lifts-the-lid-on-the-forgotten-horrors-of-auschwitzs-sub-camps-4418Touring Auschwitz exhibition to be presented in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/touring-auschwitz-exhibition-to-be-presented-in-new-york-4416<p>The "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." exhibition, which introduces the history and significance of the German Nazi extermination camp through the presentation of original objects, will open on May 8, 2019 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.</p>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 19:15:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTouring Auschwitz exhibition to be presented in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/touring-auschwitz-exhibition-to-be-presented-in-new-york-4416Meet Michelin Star chef and all round food dude, Andrea Camastrahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-michelin-star-chef-and-all-round-food-dude-andrea-camastra-4412<p>When Andrea Camastra made Le Chef’s 2019 list of 100 best chefs in the world he joined the A-list of culinary greats alongside Heston Blumenthal, Jonnie Boer, and David Kinch.</p>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 18:44:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lnj21vtwjiqmgcoc9fp51l.jpegOpening his fine dining Polish fusion restaurant, Senses, in Warsaw five years ago, Head Chef Andrea Camastra [pictured] has since gained a Michelin star and been named as one of the best 100 chefs in the world. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-michelin-star-chef-and-all-round-food-dude-andrea-camastra-4412Rock chick Klaudia Trzepizur is sending the internet nuts with her throaty melodies. But who is she?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rock-chick-klaudia-trzepizur-is-sending-the-internet-nuts-with-her-throaty-melodies-but-who-is-she-4410<p>A Polish singer has sent the internet into meltdown with her stunning rendition of Zombie by the 90’s Irish band The Cranberries.</p>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:30:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rl1ma3kn4mg99qjlpy3n6.jpegBlonde rock chick Klaudia Trzepizur’s version of 90’s hit Zombie has clocked up over 6 million view and 12,000 likes since being posted on social media. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rock-chick-klaudia-trzepizur-is-sending-the-internet-nuts-with-her-throaty-melodies-but-who-is-she-4410Women gather in Warsaw to discuss their role in NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-gather-in-warsaw-to-discuss-their-role-in-nato-4405<p>What is the role of women in international security, in NATO and more generally?</p>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/35ev8wagplmehl224q3aoq.jpegVisegrad Insight launches its #WomenAreNATO initiative, which aims to develop women leaders’ voices and a network women experts in Central and Eastern Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-gather-in-warsaw-to-discuss-their-role-in-nato-4405Go on, girls! Warsaw company’s solar panel innovation could soon be CELLING like hot cakeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girls-warsaw-companys-solar-panel-innovation-could-soon-be-celling-like-hot-cakes-4403<p>A Polish company is revolutionizing the solar panels industry with its use of unique perovskite cells.</p>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 12:11:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57u30ajr3wb5hcv4jnu5le.jpegCo-founder and CTO at Saule Technologies Olga Malinkiewicz (L) and Katarzyna Zawodna, CEO of Skanska’s commercial development business in CEE, with one of the perovskite solar modules used to cover Warsaw’s Spark Skyscraper. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girls-warsaw-companys-solar-panel-innovation-could-soon-be-celling-like-hot-cakes-4403Central Europe not understood by Western Europe - PM for CNNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europe-not-understood-by-western-europe---pm-for-cnn-4402<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos to US TV channel CNN on Friday, said that there is lack of understanding by Western Europe of what is occurring in Central Europe.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 21:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentral Europe not understood by Western Europe - PM for CNNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europe-not-understood-by-western-europe---pm-for-cnn-4402Nap don’t snack, says owner of ‘revolutionary’ sleep caféhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nap-dont-snack-says-owner-of-revolutionary-sleep-cafe-4399<p>They may look like bizarre human cocoons, but these dangling sheets are actually a revolutionary new way of getting a cat nap.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 19:26:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0qbbrqcscngevmsks2g8swn.jpegSuspended from the ceiling of what designer Magdalena Filcek calls her ‘Sleep Café’ on Wrocław’s market square, the ‘beds’ are aimed at those looking to reduce stress by offering 20 minutes of relaxation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nap-dont-snack-says-owner-of-revolutionary-sleep-cafe-4399How a 10-year-old Texan fell in love with Poland: Dorota Dąbrowskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-a-10-year-old-texan-fell-in-love-with-poland-dorota-dabrowska-262<p>America matters to Poland. Home to so many of the Polish diaspora, during the long years of communism America was a shining beacon of freedom, opulence and opportunity. Dorota Dąbrowska, Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, grew up in Texas, but from the moment she visited Poland as a 10-year old, she was hooked. When many in Poland wanted to escape the country, she was determined to move to it. A chance meeting gave her the opportunity to do just that and she's never looked back.</p><p>Find out about Americans in Poland and the role of the American Chamber of Commerce in this interview, conducted by our host Patrick Ney.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:18:00 +0100BusinessLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wxb05752wtx6pcevbxzfd.jpegHeart of Poland Dorota Dąbrowskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-a-10-year-old-texan-fell-in-love-with-poland-dorota-dabrowska-262TFN’s Kirsty Hardial hits the streets with volunteer medics giving on-the-spot treatment to Warsaw’s homelesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfns-kirsty-hardial-hits-the-streets-with-volunteer-medics-giving-on-the-spot-treatment-to-warsaws-homeless-4396<p>Every Monday and Friday at 8 pm a group of volunteers band together at Warsaw Central Station to form Medicine on the Streets, a non-profit organization dedicated to the marginalized.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:48:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3wwfbs7crbg8gl1az2zpiy.jpegFounded in 2010 by Anna Jastrzębska, Medicine on the Streets help the marginalized of society get medical attention.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfns-kirsty-hardial-hits-the-streets-with-volunteer-medics-giving-on-the-spot-treatment-to-warsaws-homeless-4396Buzek stars in ‘sex space’ film alongside Hollywood big guns Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinsonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buzek-stars-in-sex-space-film-alongside-hollywood-big-guns-juliette-binoche-and-robert-pattinson-4393<p>A new film by award-winning director Claire Denis and starring Agata Buzek as the pilot of a doomed spaceship taking death-row inmates into outer space is set to make its worldwide premiere.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:37:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bxpzkz5d6fptsm1hrc3t.jpegSet in Space, High Life is a thriller dealing with desire, sexuality and moral dilemmas present on earth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buzek-stars-in-sex-space-film-alongside-hollywood-big-guns-juliette-binoche-and-robert-pattinson-4393Fitch lowers Poland's general deficit forecast to 1.7 pct in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-lowers-polands-general-deficit-forecast-to-17-pct-in-2019-4391<p>Global ratings agency Fitch has lowered its forecast of Poland's general government deficit to 1.7 percent from 2.2 percent of the country's GDP in 2019 and upheld, at 2.3 percent, its forecast for 2020, according to data released Friday.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFitch lowers Poland's general deficit forecast to 1.7 pct in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-lowers-polands-general-deficit-forecast-to-17-pct-in-2019-4391Polish UNICEF collects EUR 349,308 to aid Africahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unicef-collects-eur-349308-to-aid-africa-4388<p>UNICEF Poland collected over PLN 1.5 mln (EUR 349,308 ) for children in South Sudan, the organisation announced on Friday. The money will be used to treat children suffering from malnutrition.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:06:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish UNICEF collects EUR 349,308 to aid Africahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unicef-collects-eur-349308-to-aid-africa-4388Globalisation, economic solutions among topics discussed by PM in Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/globalisation-economic-solutions-among-topics-discussed-by-pm-in-davos-4386<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday commenting on his participation in the World Economic Forum said this year's debates focus on globalisation and future tax, economic, financial and political solutions.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 21:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGlobalisation, economic solutions among topics discussed by PM in Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/globalisation-economic-solutions-among-topics-discussed-by-pm-in-davos-4386History of Bernese Group on display at UN headquarters in Genevahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-bernese-group-on-display-at-un-headquarters-in-geneva-4383<p>The history of the Bernese Group, a group of Polish and Jewish diplomats who forged foreign travel documents to save European Jews from the Holocaust during World War II, is the theme of an exhibition opened on Thursday in the UN seat in Geneva.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 19:32:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHistory of Bernese Group on display at UN headquarters in Genevahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-bernese-group-on-display-at-un-headquarters-in-geneva-4383Spectacular collection of unseen Zamoyski sculptures to return to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-collection-of-unseen-zamoyski-sculptures-to-return-to-poland-4381<p>The works of one of Poland’s most important 20<sup>th</sup> century sculptors are to be returned to Poland following an agreement signed at the Polish embassy in Paris.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:57:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lxc1kr6qtoe4oga2l0yi1r.jpegAugust Zamoyski, 'Venus', 1936.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-collection-of-unseen-zamoyski-sculptures-to-return-to-poland-4381Doing well but could do better, says new report on Poland’s economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doing-well-but-could-do-better-says-new-report-on-polands-economy-4379<p>With low unemployment and strong economic growth, the Polish economy is in good shape, but there is room for improvements in some areas, according to a new report.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:46:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wk8hxzol83qlxba9iw0i0o.jpeg“The rate of investment is key for long-term economic growth,” said ZPP’s chairman Cezary Kaźmierczak, introducing the report’s findings ahead of its launch in Warsaw on 24 January.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doing-well-but-could-do-better-says-new-report-on-polands-economy-4379Crafty devil: Meet the 90-year-old ex-soldier who has the only DEVIL museum in the countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crafty-devil-meet-the-90-year-old-ex-soldier-who-has-the-only-devil-museum-in-the-country-4375<p>“Personally, I don’t believe in the devil,” says 90-year-old Wiktoryn Grąbczewski sagely.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:34:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/njgbt3m4hm6o7457jff6m.jpegWiktoryn Grąbczewski, 90, has been collecting devils for over 50 years and keeps them in the basement of his Warsaw home. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crafty-devil-meet-the-90-year-old-ex-soldier-who-has-the-only-devil-museum-in-the-country-4375Best scenario if British people decide to stay in EU - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/best-scenario-if-british-people-decide-to-stay-in-eu---polish-pm-4373<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the BBC television in an interview aired on Thursday that it would be the best scenario regarding Brexit if the British people decided to remain in the EU.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBest scenario if British people decide to stay in EU - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/best-scenario-if-british-people-decide-to-stay-in-eu---polish-pm-4373Back of the net! Striker Piątek signs to AC Milan for record 35 million euroshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-of-the-net-striker-piatek-signs-to-ac-milan-for-record-35-million-euros-4370<p>Striker Krzysztof Piątek has been signed up to play for AC Milan for an incredible 35 million euros – the highest transfer in the history of Polish football.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:56:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bnwzl28uuytw8ad3wag7ne.jpegPiątek becomes Poland’s biggest ever transfer after moving to AC Milan for 35 million euros.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-of-the-net-striker-piatek-signs-to-ac-milan-for-record-35-million-euros-4370New automotive components manufacturing plant to be built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-automotive-components-manufacturing-plant-to-be-built-in-poland-4367<p>The Korea Electric Terminal Company will spend up to PLN 90 mln (EUR 21.0 mln) to build a plant which will manufacture components for electric cars, in Zabrze, southern Poland.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:19:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew automotive components manufacturing plant to be built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-automotive-components-manufacturing-plant-to-be-built-in-poland-4367The ancient city that won’t stop giving. On a trip to Cyprus TFN’s Joanna Jasińska finds plenty of archeological ‘secrets’ still being uncoveredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ancient-city-that-wont-stop-giving-on-a-trip-to-cyprus-tfns-joanna-jasinska-finds-plenty-of-archeological-secrets-still-being-uncovered-4365<p>After over 50 years or excavation in the ancient city of Nea Paphos, Cyprus, Polish archaeological missions are still uncovering new secrets of the community that lived there.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:52:00 +0100ScienceHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8kphz4etypbswdjs44rs.jpegThe panorama of Paphos Archaeological Park, the site of the ancient city Nea Paphos founded in the 4th century BC and over 50 years home to Polish archaeological excavations. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ancient-city-that-wont-stop-giving-on-a-trip-to-cyprus-tfns-joanna-jasinska-finds-plenty-of-archeological-secrets-still-being-uncovered-4365As controversial as he was inspirational, Ryszard Kapuściński remains one of the greatest war correspondents of all time, says TFN’s Jacek Borowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-controversial-as-he-was-inspirational-ryszard-kapuscinski-remains-one-of-the-greatest-war-correspondents-of-all-time-says-tfns-jacek-borowski-4363<p>By the time he died, Ryszard Kapuściński was already a legend in his own right.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:57:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ybcgzfo7s9ip7dzcljmsdp.jpegRyszard Kapuściński, Warsaw, December 14th, 2005.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-controversial-as-he-was-inspirational-ryszard-kapuscinski-remains-one-of-the-greatest-war-correspondents-of-all-time-says-tfns-jacek-borowski-4363Polish woman becomes head of Euratom Supply Agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-becomes-head-of-euratom-supply-agency-4362<p>Agnieszka Kaźmierczak, a director at the European Commission since 2005, has been promoted to head the EU's Euratom Supply Agency (ESA).</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish woman becomes head of Euratom Supply Agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-becomes-head-of-euratom-supply-agency-4362Treliński back at the New York Met with ‘double-bill’ premierehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trelinski-is-back-at-the-new-york-met-with-a-double-bill-opera-premiere-4360<p>Acclaimed director Mariusz Treliński is revisiting two of his standout operas for a New York Met premiere.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:44:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0u3iiutrwjjp9nldwrvtnac.jpegDue to the critical acclaim heaped on the first performances of Iolanta by Tchaikovsky and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Treliński is back at the New York Metropolitan Opera to present a totally new production of the two.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trelinski-is-back-at-the-new-york-met-with-a-double-bill-opera-premiere-4360Polish fuel firm Orlen to open petrol stations in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-firm-orlen-to-open-petrol-stations-in-slovakia-4359<p>Dominant Polish fuel firm PKN Orlen is entering the retail market in Slovakia where the company will open fuel service stations under the Benzina brand, the firm announced in a press statement.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish fuel firm Orlen to open petrol stations in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-firm-orlen-to-open-petrol-stations-in-slovakia-4359Mountain man becomes Insta hit with his stunning pics of the Tatras – but not all is as it seemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mountain-man-becomes-insta-hit-with-his-stunning-pics-of-the-tatras--but-not-all-is-as-it-seems-4357<p>A bearded mountain man has become an Instagram sensation after photos of him strolling through the Tatras appeared online sending tourists wild.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:54:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uiczwa90jeeammjmu7qbr5.jpegThe photos of Gooral Zakolove have been causing quite a stir on social media with his stunning depictions of Polish mountain culture reinvigorated for a 2019 audience. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mountain-man-becomes-insta-hit-with-his-stunning-pics-of-the-tatras--but-not-all-is-as-it-seems-4357EUR 23.4 bln on rail investments in coming decade - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-234-bln-on-rail-investments-in-coming-decade---polish-pm-4355<p>Inaugurating the 1st Railway Development Congress in Warsaw on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that PLN 100 billion (EUR 23.4 billion) will be spent on railway investments in Poland in the coming 10 to 12 years.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEUR 23.4 bln on rail investments in coming decade - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-234-bln-on-rail-investments-in-coming-decade---polish-pm-4355Poland’s ‘largest uprising’ EVER took place 153 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-uprising-ever-took-place-153-years-ago-today-4354<p>Poland’s largest national uprising of the 19th century broke out 156 years ago today.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:13:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkf5icg1niiel3c8zelz9.jpegThe uprising broke out on Jan 22nd 1863. By April 1864 it was all over and thousands were executed or exiled to Siberia. Pictured: Jan Matejko’s oil on canvas entitled Polonia and showing Polish prisoners awaiting transportation to Siberia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-uprising-ever-took-place-153-years-ago-today-4354Man trying to force Presidential Palace security barriers to undergo medical testshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-trying-to-force-presidential-palace-security-barriers-to-undergo-medical-tests-4353<p>The 36-year-old man, apprehended by officers of the State Protection Service (SOP), after he had had knocked down a policeman and tried to drive his car through security barriers in front of the Presidential Palace, has been taken to hospital.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMan trying to force Presidential Palace security barriers to undergo medical testshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-trying-to-force-presidential-palace-security-barriers-to-undergo-medical-tests-4353Mercedes boss agrees to invest 100 mln euros in e-battery factory at meeting with PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mercedes-boss-agrees-to-invest-100-mln-euros-in-e-battery-factory-at-meeting-with-pm-4350<p>German car company Mercedes-Benz Cars will produce electric batteries in Poland.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90jg1lop77mrobfmj69m3.jpegIt’s a deal! Production on the new e-battery plant, which is expected to begin in mid-2020, is worth around 100 million euros and is likely to create around 200 jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mercedes-boss-agrees-to-invest-100-mln-euros-in-e-battery-factory-at-meeting-with-pm-4350Hollywood, here we come! Pawlikowski’s Cold War gets not one but THREE Oscar nominationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywood-here-we-come-pawlikowskis-cold-war-gets-not-one-but-three-oscar-nominations-4346<p>‘Cold War’ a black and white film telling the story of a turbulent relationship set against the realities of 50s/60s Europe, has been nominated for this year's Oscars.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:37:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yr2qwx063dan7vtjzlnmn.jpegNominated for this year’s Oscars, Cold War is regarded as one of Poland’s best productions in recent years, sweeping up awards at film festivals across Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywood-here-we-come-pawlikowskis-cold-war-gets-not-one-but-three-oscar-nominations-4346Silent witness: The incredible tale of a 60s supermodel, a German aristocrat, a plot to kill Hitler and a crumbling 300-year-old palacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silent-witness-the-incredible-tale-of-a-60s-supermodel-a-german-aristocrat-a-plot-to-kill-hitler-and-a-crumbling-300-year-old-palace-4338<p>It was a wet and windy morning when Alexander Potocki and his fiancé arrived in the little village of Sztynort, northeast Poland.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:32:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p1v182t4dl7do9pzp6g9m.jpegSilent witness: Set deep in the heart of the Polish lake district of Mazury and originally called Steinort, for 300 years the palace had been a seat of splendour for an aristocratic East Prussian family called von Lehndorff-Steinort.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silent-witness-the-incredible-tale-of-a-60s-supermodel-a-german-aristocrat-a-plot-to-kill-hitler-and-a-crumbling-300-year-old-palace-4338Poland will present its tax collection policy in Davos - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-present-its-tax-collection-policy-in-davos---pm-4335<p>At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Poland will show how it deals with the revenue side of the economy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told public TV broadcaster TVP Info on Tuesday, the day the forum launches.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will present its tax collection policy in Davos - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-present-its-tax-collection-policy-in-davos---pm-4335Retail sales rose 4.7 pct y/y in December - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rose-47-pct-yy-in-december---stats-office-4333<p>Poland's retail sales increased by 4.7 percent y/y on year and 12.9 percent m/m in December 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:05:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rose 4.7 pct y/y in December - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rose-47-pct-yy-in-december---stats-office-4333FM for transitional N. I. backstophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-for-transitional-n-i-backstop-4331<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz would like to see the Brexit-related backstop mechanism for Northern Ireland introduced temporarily, preferably for a 5-year period. According to Czaputowicz this would add momentum to the flouting Brexit negotiations.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFM for transitional N. I. backstophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-for-transitional-n-i-backstop-4331With Brexit less than two months away, Polish firms doing business with UK are growing increasingly concernedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-brexit-less-than-two-months-away-polish-firms-doing-business-with-uk-are-growing-increasingly-concerned-4328<p>When it comes to what Brexit means for Polish firms, Jarosław Granat’s opinions are probably not uncommon.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 19:30:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2uzces5gy660mc8vny50na.jpegDespite mutual assurances between Poland and the UK, businesses are nervous about the impact Brexit will have on future trading.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-brexit-less-than-two-months-away-polish-firms-doing-business-with-uk-are-growing-increasingly-concerned-4328PM and Google boss meet for coffee and to ‘espresso’ their thoughts on boosting innovationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-and-google-boss-meet-to-espresso-their-thoughts-on-boosting-innovation-4325<p>Google’s CEO Sundair Pichai visited Warsaw on 21 January to discuss the digital economy and innovation with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and other Central and Eastern European leaders.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v8hlqrmsr7a2bvhpqibmw.jpegPM Morawiecki and Google CEO Sundair Pichai share a coffee as they take a stroll through Łazienki Park. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-and-google-boss-meet-to-espresso-their-thoughts-on-boosting-innovation-4325Bad weather forces Iceboat comp to move over 100 boats from Estonia to Poland by ROAD in just 24 hourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bad-weather-forces-iceboat-comp-to-move-over-100-boats-from-estonia-to-poland-by-road-in-just-24-hours-4322<p>Nearly 140 boats have to be moved 1,000km from Estonia to Poland in a last minute rush for the start of the 2019 European Championships in Iceboating.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:59:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vzn0z3zrvz10xg8lzilb99.jpegClear ice on Lake Śniardwy makes the Iceboating Championship in Poland from 22-25th of January possible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bad-weather-forces-iceboat-comp-to-move-over-100-boats-from-estonia-to-poland-by-road-in-just-24-hours-4322Warsaw and Kraków to store ALL EU satellite datahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-krakow-to-store-all-eu-satellite-data-4319<p>Infrastructure which will store all of the EU’s satellite data is being constructed in Poland.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:44:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qem6wptw7vif33ovycg05.jpegAs a key member of the European Space Agency, Poland is actively taking part in the development of the EU’s satellite systems.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-krakow-to-store-all-eu-satellite-data-43193,500 Poles to take part in World Youth Day in Panamahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/3500-poles-to-take-part-in-world-youth-day-in-panama-4317<p>Around 3,500 pilgrims from Poland, including 12 bishops and 200 priests will take part in World Youth Day (WYD) with Pope Francis in Panama on January 22-27, 2019.</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:27:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpg3,500 Poles to take part in World Youth Day in Panamahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/3500-poles-to-take-part-in-world-youth-day-in-panama-4317Brew-tiful times: TFN explores the origins and progress of Poland’s coffee revolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brew-tiful-times-tfn-explores-the-origins-and-progress-of-polands-coffee-revolution-4314<p>The address: Wilcza. The venue: CoffeeDesk. It’s 11 a.m., Thursday, and no seats are free. Occupying them are a broad range of characters ranging from tattooed freelancers and late-starting execs, to bookworm students and whispering couples. All have coffee. Good coffee. Across Warsaw this scene, and variations thereof, is being replicated in the city’s estimated 40 or so specialty coffee dens. The capital, it appears, just can’t get enough.</p>Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:37:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9xksnjv0owsl8l3ru1wjvf.jpegPoland is in the grip of a coffee revolution with high-quality brews found across the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brew-tiful-times-tfn-explores-the-origins-and-progress-of-polands-coffee-revolution-4314Charity fundraiser returns to officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-fundraiser-returns-to-office-4313<p>In a video published on Facebook, Jerzy Owsiak, the founder and head of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP), announced that he "is going back to work" and will again be the chairman of the WOŚP foundation.</p>Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCharity fundraiser returns to officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-fundraiser-returns-to-office-4313Bearing all in the snow: video of a bear in winter becomes social media hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bearing-all-in-the-snow-video-of-a-bear-in-winter-becomes-social-media-hit-4311<p>A forester living in the wilds of the Bieszczady Mountains has had his 15 minutes of fame after he posted a video he made of a bear in the snow in which he gently asks why it hasn’t retired for hibernation.</p>Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:21:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1fppb8qkfzxsd9p138huf.jpegThe bear Grzesiu comes to terms with the winter snow.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bearing-all-in-the-snow-video-of-a-bear-in-winter-becomes-social-media-hit-4311New film sets Conrad’s classic ‘Heart of Darkness’ in sandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-sets-conrads-classic-heart-of-darkness-in-sand-4306<p>Joseph Conrad’s classic novel ‘Heart of Darkness’ is getting a modern workover through the release of a new film that uses sand in its animation.</p>Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ulr6a1f3g165k2hhdeoua.jpegJoseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' has been turned into a film using sand for the animation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-sets-conrads-classic-heart-of-darkness-in-sand-4306Polish gas company PGNiG no longer active in Iranhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-pgnig-no-longer-active-in-iran-4303<p>Polish gas monopolist PGNiG's activity on the Soumar deposit in Iran wrapped up at the end of October 2018 following the restoration of US sanctions on this country, the company has announced, adding that the move was not requested by the Iranian side.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish gas company PGNiG no longer active in Iranhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-pgnig-no-longer-active-in-iran-4303The brutal truth: the man who loves the brutalism of architecturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-brutal-truth-the-man-who-loves-the-brutalism-of-architecture-4299<p>David Navarro first came to Poland to pursue his love for Polish poster art. But the country striking architecture gripped his imagination, and before long he was publishing books on the subject in Zupagrafika publishing house, and had a burgeoning reputation as an expert on modernist architecture.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:45:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvtevo5k9ujgo4njncakwl.jpegDavid Navarro (L) and Martyna Sobecka (R) from Zupagrafikahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-brutal-truth-the-man-who-loves-the-brutalism-of-architecture-4299Day of mourning across the country as Gdańsk buries its murdered mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/day-of-mourning-across-the-country-as-gdansk-buries-its-murdered-mayor-96<p>Mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz, who died this week after being attacked during a charity event on Sunday, was buried on January 19 in his home city.</p><p>An estimated crowd of 45,000 packed into the historic heart of the city to follow the funeral mass, which was attended by President Andrzej Duda and Lech Wałęsa. The day before thousands had filed past his coffin as it lay in state at the city’s Solidarity museum.</p><p>Meanwhile people in other cities gathered together to pay their respects.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/injjgry24vz41i9bek31k.jpegTwo sailors guard the remains of Paweł Adamowicz during the funeral mass.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/day-of-mourning-across-the-country-as-gdansk-buries-its-murdered-mayor-96Tens of thousands attend Gdańsk mayor's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tens-of-thousands-attend-gdansk-mayors-funeral-4296<p>Around 45,000 people attended the funeral in Gdańsk (northern Poland) of the city's murdered mayor, Paweł Adamowicz, according to police estimates. Meanwhile in Warsaw, crowds watched the ceremony on public screens.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:37:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTens of thousands attend Gdańsk mayor's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tens-of-thousands-attend-gdansk-mayors-funeral-4296Polish artists among winners of International Classical Music Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-artists-among-winners-of-international-classical-music-awards-4294<p>The National Forum of Music, Krzysztof Warlikowski, and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra were among the recipients of awards for audio discs and video at this year’s International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), announced on January 17.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:21:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish artists among winners of International Classical Music Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-artists-among-winners-of-international-classical-music-awards-4294Polish food on a roll as exports surgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-on-a-roll-as-exports-surge-4290<p>Polish food exports hit a record high in 2018, according to a new report by the country’s National Centre for Agricultural Support. The centre found that hit EUR 29 billion, 4 percent more than the previous year and almost six times more than in 2004, when Poland joined the EU.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hcfm5wm23kqk4byjpv8bun.jpegFigures show that Polish food exports in 2018 were up 4 percent on the previous year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-on-a-roll-as-exports-surge-4290Over 50,000 bid farewell to late Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50000-bid-farewell-to-late-gdansk-mayor-4288<p>Around 53,000 people gathered at the European Solidarity Centre (ECS) in Gdańsk on Friday to pay their final respects to the city's murdered mayor, Paweł Adamowicz.</p>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:38:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 50,000 bid farewell to late Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50000-bid-farewell-to-late-gdansk-mayor-4288Meet the translator behind some of the world’s biggest opera’s, Daniel Wyszogrodzkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-translator-behind-some-of-the-worlds-biggest-operas-daniel-wyszogrodzki-261<p>Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables. You name it, Daniel Wyszagrodzki has sweated over every word of the world's most famous musicals. But translating star shows is just part of Daniel's rich career history. Since landing in New York as a young Polish boy in the 1980s, Daniel's love affair with music, theatre, travel and writing has seen him go around the world and write numerous books, including three this year! In this episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney talks to Daniel about his career as a journalist, author and translator.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:09:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-translator-behind-some-of-the-worlds-biggest-operas-daniel-wyszogrodzki-261Sofa so good: Poland a world leader in furniture exportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sofa-so-good-poland-a-world-leader-in-furniture-exports-4285<p>Poland’s furniture business is booming.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w86yww059fcojm0twskcl.jpegNowy Styl Group is the 3.rd biggest furniture producer in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sofa-so-good-poland-a-world-leader-in-furniture-exports-4285And the prize goes to… Katowice building up for prestigious Mies van der Rohe awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-prize-goes-to-katowice-building-up-for-prestigious-mies-van-der-rohe-award-4281<p>A building in Poland has been shortlisted for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:18:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78bp1owo1vl6redf03nr7.jpegThe prestigious Mies van der Rohe award recognises and commends excellence in European architecture in conceptual, social, cultural, technical and constructive terms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-prize-goes-to-katowice-building-up-for-prestigious-mies-van-der-rohe-award-4281Top officials to attend Gdańsk mayor's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-officials-to-attend-gdansk-mayors-funeral-4279<p>Poland's current state officials including President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as a number of former heads of state and prime ministers will attend Saturday's funeral for murdered Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTop officials to attend Gdańsk mayor's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-officials-to-attend-gdansk-mayors-funeral-4279From ‘quirky’ hobby to Paris fashion week: The designer street brand driving celebrities wildhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-quirky-hobby-to-paris-fashion-week-the-designer-street-brand-driving-celebrities-wild-4274<p>A Polish fashion brand taking the celebrity world by storm is making its debut at this year’s Paris fashion week.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:31:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xj8v3zi1v7geerytamjp1m.jpegPolish designer street wear brand, MISBHV, is debuting at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-quirky-hobby-to-paris-fashion-week-the-designer-street-brand-driving-celebrities-wild-4274Gdańsk mayor killer planned attack in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-mayor-killer-planned-attack-in-warsaw-4270<p>Stefan W. (name withheld), 27, who on January 13 fatally stabbed Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz during a charity event in the city, had also planned an attack in Warsaw, PAP has found out from a source close to the investigation.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGdańsk mayor killer planned attack in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-mayor-killer-planned-attack-in-warsaw-4270Director of Auschwitz museum awarded 'Knight of the Legion of Honour'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/director-of-auschwitz-museum-awarded-knight-of-the-legion-of-honour-4268<p>Piotr Cywiński, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, was bestowed the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier (Knight) on Thursday by the French ambassador in Poland, Pierre Levy.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDirector of Auschwitz museum awarded 'Knight of the Legion of Honour'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/director-of-auschwitz-museum-awarded-knight-of-the-legion-of-honour-4268Czesław Niemen: The man behind the music that unites a nationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czeslaw-niemen-the-man-behind-the-music-that-unites-a-nation-4264<p>Reeling from shock following the assassination of Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz, Poles gathered across the country to honour the politician by lighting candles and playing Czesław Niemen’s anthemic “Strange Is This World”</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:44:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvyjc2mtjtgop9vo68f9pd.jpegCzesław Niemen, National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, June, 1973.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czeslaw-niemen-the-man-behind-the-music-that-unites-a-nation-4264President announces national period of mourninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-announces-national-period-of-mourning-4261<p>President Andrzej Duda on Thursday announced a period of national mourning following the tragic death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and end at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident announces national period of mourninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-announces-national-period-of-mourning-4261Kraków researchers finally answer the question of how Ice Age cavemen killed mammothshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-researchers-finally-answer-the-question-of-how-ice-age-cavemen-killed-mammoths-4257<p>For years, scientists have pondered over the question of how cavemen killed six-ton, 3-metre-tall mammoths.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:40:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2eq53ppjfn4y4sagbsisl.jpegA discovery made by Polish researchers in Kraków has finally answered the question of how cavemen killed mammoths during the Ice Age.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-researchers-finally-answer-the-question-of-how-ice-age-cavemen-killed-mammoths-4257The forgotten history of Lublin brought to life in captivating new bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-forgotten-history-of-lublin-brought-to-life-in-captivating-new-book-4254<p>For those who love to get inside the soul of a city, a new book published in Polish and English offers just that by exploring the forgotten history of Lublin.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:20:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ak4ec3ak7mgs1mvbzbf8kk.jpegThe city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage is the focus of the book, written by art historian Joanna Zętar.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-forgotten-history-of-lublin-brought-to-life-in-captivating-new-book-4254Poland's HICP inflation up by 0.9 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-up-by-09-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-4253<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 0.9 percent year on year in December 2018, against a 1.1 percent increase in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:55:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's HICP inflation up by 0.9 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-up-by-09-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-4253Stunningly beautiful miniature park takes visitors back in time to when Warsaw was 'Paris of the East'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunningly-beautiful-miniature-park-takes-visitors-back-in-time-to-when-warsaw-was-paris-of-the-east-4248<p>There’s a 1944 song by the interwar crooner Adam Aston in which Warsaw – his Warsaw, with its willowy buildings oozing sophistication and luxury – is described as the ‘echo of a song that I sing always in my heart’.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:02:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e13o5akcs4gg2a7hg577za.jpegThe Miniature Park has become a bastion of the old, pre-WWII Warsaw, exhibiting ten miniature models of some of the most iconic buildings of 20th Century Warsaw, all of which were obliterated by the war. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunningly-beautiful-miniature-park-takes-visitors-back-in-time-to-when-warsaw-was-paris-of-the-east-4248Schindler's List returns to cinemashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/schindlers-list-returns-to-cinemas-4247<p>One of the most significant movies in the history of cinematography, Steven Spielberg's seven-Oscar-winning film 'Schindler's List' will be rescreened 25 years after its premiere on January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:39:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bcr6ni0ufc90kqluevj06ke.jpegSteven Spielberg during the Polish premiere of 'Schindler's List'. Kraków 1994.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/schindlers-list-returns-to-cinemas-4247Why did Ewa Demarczyk, the ‘Dark Angel of Polish Song’ disappear from public eye at the height of her career?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/why-did-ewa-demarczyk-the-dark-angel-of-polish-song-disappear-from-public-eye-at-the-height-of-her-career-4244<p>She was one of the most significant Polish singers of all time.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/idzo4uzprbt8hrrxm99e.jpegEwa Demarczyk singing in her hometown Kraków, 1967.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/why-did-ewa-demarczyk-the-dark-angel-of-polish-song-disappear-from-public-eye-at-the-height-of-her-career-4244US cyber commander warns countries to ‘wise up’ over the threat of cyber attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-cyber-commander-warns-countries-to-wise-up-over-the-threat-of-cyber-attacks-4242<p>A former Commander General in the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) has said that tougher regulations are needed by countries to combat cyber attacks.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m6xsm45im9m0fafjw3ilp.jpegAlexander said each country had to work out its own means against cyber warfare, and stressed that such steps needed appropriate regulation. He also emphasised the need for response guidelines by organisations like NATO in case of a cyber attack on one of its members.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-cyber-commander-warns-countries-to-wise-up-over-the-threat-of-cyber-attacks-4242Grandad who has 11 full Ironman Triathlons and 24-hour marathons under his belt now plans to be Ironman WORLD CHAMPIONhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grandad-who-has-11-full-ironman-triathlons-and-24-marathons-under-his-belt-now-plans-to-be-ironman-world-champion-4238<p>An ‘Ironman’ pensioner is looking to take on the world by winning this year’s Ironman World Championships.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:23:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7bu6lt86mey2siw5rlaruy.jpegDespite being 70-years-old, Marek Musiał has completed 11 Ironman triathlons and trains for 3 hours a day. The piano repairman from Bielsko-Biała isn’t thinking about slowing down anytime soon.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grandad-who-has-11-full-ironman-triathlons-and-24-marathons-under-his-belt-now-plans-to-be-ironman-world-champion-4238District of death: New book tells chilling untold story of how Stalin’s notorious NKVD turned Warsaw district into death centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/district-of-death-new-book-tells-chilling-untold-story-of-how-stalins-notorious-nkvd-turned-warsaw-district-into-death-centre-4235<p>When the Red Army moved across the Vistula in Warsaw on 17 January 1945 as the last German units withdrew, the Soviets insisted on calling it a liberation.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:33:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0kv5q594rvv28rib7z4z03.jpegOriginally a Jewish students’ hall of residence, this building in the Praga district was turned into an NKVD detention and interrogation centre. It is now a police hotel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/district-of-death-new-book-tells-chilling-untold-story-of-how-stalins-notorious-nkvd-turned-warsaw-district-into-death-centre-4235Funeral Mass for late Gdańsk mayor at noon on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/funeral-mass-for-late-gdansk-mayor-at-noon-on-saturday-4232<p>A funeral Mass for the late Gdańsk mayor will take place at the St Mary's Basilica in the Baltic city at noon on Saturday.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFuneral Mass for late Gdańsk mayor at noon on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/funeral-mass-for-late-gdansk-mayor-at-noon-on-saturday-4232Iga Świątek to play with Łukasz Kubot at Australian Openhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-to-play-with-lukasz-kubot-at-australian-open-4229<p>Poles Iga Świątek and Łukasz Kubot gained the so-called 'wild card' and will play together at the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, Artur Bochenek, from the Warsaw Sport Group Open, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:18:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIga Świątek to play with Łukasz Kubot at Australian Openhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-to-play-with-lukasz-kubot-at-australian-open-4229Police detain suspect for threatening to kill Donald Tuskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-detain-suspect-for-threatening-to-kill-donald-tusk-4227<p>Police in the northern Polish city of Gdańsk have detained a 48-year-old local resident suspected of making telephone death threats against European Council President and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolice detain suspect for threatening to kill Donald Tuskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-detain-suspect-for-threatening-to-kill-donald-tusk-4227No-deal Brexit bad for UK, EU, Polish PM says after votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-deal-brexit-bad-for-uk-eu-polish-pm-says-after-vote-4225<p>A no-deal Brexit is a bad solution for both the United Kingdom and the European Union, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday after the British parliament rejected the UK-EU divorce deal brokered by British PM Theresa May.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:37:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo-deal Brexit bad for UK, EU, Polish PM says after votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-deal-brexit-bad-for-uk-eu-polish-pm-says-after-vote-4225As a new exhibition opens to celebrate the 150th birthday of an ‘immortal genius of the arts’, TFN explores the life and times of Stanisław Wyspiańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-a-new-exhibition-opens-to-celebrate-the-150th-birthday-of-an-immortal-genius-of-the-arts-tfn-explores-the-life-and-times-of-stanislaw-wyspianski-4222<p>To celebrate the 150th birthday of one of Poland’s key cultural figures, the National Museum in Kraków has opened a new exhibition entitled “Wyspiański. Unknown” showing the artist’s work.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:25:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/frnrd4m39wmvgr01upqasq.jpegStanisław Wyspiański 'Self-Portrait with Wife', 1904.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-a-new-exhibition-opens-to-celebrate-the-150th-birthday-of-an-immortal-genius-of-the-arts-tfn-explores-the-life-and-times-of-stanislaw-wyspianski-4222Taiwanese-based company to build factory in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwanese-based-company-to-build-factory-in-southern-poland-4220<p>The Taiwanese company Iron Force will build an automotive accessories factory in Zabrze, southern Poland, by the end of 2023, which will give jobs to more than a hundred people, Polish Trade and Investment Agency (PAIH) said in a press release on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:53:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTaiwanese-based company to build factory in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwanese-based-company-to-build-factory-in-southern-poland-4220Smashing Iga slams her way to second round of the Australian openerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smashing-iga-slams-her-way-to-second-round-of-the-australian-opener-4218<p>Poland's Iga Świątek is through to the second round of the Australian Open after beating Romania's Ana Bogdan.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:21:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7plm64i0rsa8wl0d89qo6y.jpegThe 17-year-old smashed her away to a 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4 victory in her first senior Grand Slam tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smashing-iga-slams-her-way-to-second-round-of-the-australian-opener-4218Three held on hate crime charges after calling for ‘more murders’ following Gdańsk mayor killinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-held-on-hate-crime-charges-after-calling-for-more-murders-following-gdansk-mayor-killing-4216<p>Three men who called for ‘more murders’ following the killing of Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz have been detained.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2meu2o43u9plckxvhco0b8.jpegInterior Minister Joachim Brudziński said three men had been arrested for inciting hatred following killing of Gdańsk mayor Adam Adamowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-held-on-hate-crime-charges-after-calling-for-more-murders-following-gdansk-mayor-killing-4216‘Vocal countertenor sensation’ Philippe Jaroussky is to perform in Poland in 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vocal-countertenor-sensation-philippe-jaroussky-is-to-perform-in-poland-in-2019-4213<p>On July 3 the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków will host a concert by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, known for his excellent performances of early music.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:12:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r27ch59sc53cbc04bb5lq.jpegFrench singer Philippe Jaroussky (category: singer of the year) poses with the award at the Echo Klassik 2016 classical music award ceremony in Berlin, 09 October 2016.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vocal-countertenor-sensation-philippe-jaroussky-is-to-perform-in-poland-in-2019-4213The Berlin Philharmonic to perform in Poland in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-berliner-philharmonic-to-perform-in-poland-in-january-4210<p>Concert by the Berlin Philharmonic will highlight Poland's classical music scene in 2019.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:01:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t99k1qt7p4p86jio52xsf.jpegBerlin Philharmonichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-berliner-philharmonic-to-perform-in-poland-in-january-4210Sound of silence: Thousands turn out to mourn death of Gdańsk mayor murdered at charity eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/sound-of-silence-thousands-turn-out-to-mourn-death-of-gdansk-mayor-murdered-at-charity-event-94<p>Following the news that Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz had died after been attacked by a schizophrenic with a knife during the closing stages of a fundraising event for children, people took to the streets to pay their respects.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtwac01gm4kc2fjexitug.jpegThousands gathered across Poland following the murder of Gdańsk mayor, Paweł Adamowicz. In Gdańsk, Warsaw and Poznań vigils, marches and silences were held to honour the mayor.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/sound-of-silence-thousands-turn-out-to-mourn-death-of-gdansk-mayor-murdered-at-charity-event-94December's CPI in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4208<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.1 percent year on year and remained flat month on month in December 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:56:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDecember's CPI in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4208Presidential couple, diplomats pay homage to late Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-diplomats-pay-homage-to-late-gdansk-mayor-4207<p>President Andrzej Duda, his wife and foreign diplomats in Poland paid homage to Monday-deceased Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who died from knife wounds inflicted during a Sunday charity gala in Gdańsk.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresidential couple, diplomats pay homage to late Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-diplomats-pay-homage-to-late-gdansk-mayor-4207Profile of a killer: Mayor murderer was schizophrenic bank robber, say officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/profile-of-a-killer-mayor-murderer-was-schizophrenic-bank-robber-say-officials-4204<p>While being in jail, Stefan W. was diagnosed as having schizophrenia. He was under constant medical control while serving a jail term for bank robberies, PAP has unofficially determined.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/98o8ntez6w8u1ofbrb5pc.jpegPaweł Adamowicz's killer underwent psychiatric treatment in jail.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/profile-of-a-killer-mayor-murderer-was-schizophrenic-bank-robber-say-officials-4204Condolences pour in after death of Gdańsk Mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/condolences-pour-in-after-death-of-gdansk-mayor-4202<p>Condolences are coming in from around the world after the Monday death of Gdańsk, north Poland, Mayor Paweł Adamowicz. Adamowicz died of wounds inflicted by a knife attack on Sunday evening during a nationwide charity gala in Gdańsk.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCondolences pour in after death of Gdańsk Mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/condolences-pour-in-after-death-of-gdansk-mayor-4202Polish president, PM grieve over Gdańsk mayor's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-grieve-over-gdansk-mayors-death-4197<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have expressed sorrow over the death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who was stabbed onstage in his city during a nationwide charity event on Sunday. Adamowicz died of wounds on Monday afternoon.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:53:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president, PM grieve over Gdańsk mayor's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-grieve-over-gdansk-mayors-death-4197Gdańsk mayor dies after ex-con plunges knife into his heart during children’s charity eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-mayor-dies-after-ex-con-plunges-knife-into-his-heart-during-childrens-charity-event-4188<p>Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz has died after being repeatedly stabbed during a charity event on Sunday.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/06w9x0chmbxiqnz2mqizyd.jpegGdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz had been waving sparklers during the closing stages of the charity fundraiser.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-mayor-dies-after-ex-con-plunges-knife-into-his-heart-during-childrens-charity-event-4188‘Harrowing’ documentary winning hearts and nominations wows at NY Film Noir screeninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-documentary-winning-hearts-and-nominations-wows-at-ny-film-noir-screening-4186<p>A Polish documentary feature film about a dysfunctional family has been shortlisted to be an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:01:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/elwr4xszif8ifr351km2q.jpegCommunion is Anna Zamecka’s (pictured with actor Ed Harris) directorial debut.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-documentary-winning-hearts-and-nominations-wows-at-ny-film-noir-screening-4186Exhibition commemorating Stanisław Wyspiańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/150th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-great-artist---stanislaw-wyspianski-4184<p>January 15 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Wyspiański.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:46:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ivtv7wumk4o34j4xz0bcbk.jpegSelf-portrait of Stanisław Wyspiańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/150th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-great-artist---stanislaw-wyspianski-4184Poland's industrial production up in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-4183<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.3 percent year on year in November 2018, after a growth of 5.0 percent in October, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:04:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-4183Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale raises over EUR 21.4 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-raises-over-eur-214-mln-4179<p>The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) raised more than PLN 92 mln (EUR 21.4 mln) during its 27th finale on Sunday, WOŚP has told PAP. This year, Poland's biggest fundraising event collected funds to purchase equipment for children's hospitals.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:11:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8jf7pe1bumdzpr77jsdiko.jpegThe final amount of charity event will be officially announced by the head of the WOŚP Foundation Jurek Owsiak, in March.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-raises-over-eur-214-mln-4179Brief encounter: passengers take to the metro in their underwearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brief-encounter-passengers-take-to-the-metro-in-their-underwear-4176<p>Some of the bold and the brave of Warsaw shed their inhibitions on Sunday and took to the Warsaw underground to ride it minus their trousers.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:23:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lt3ofai5h2dfymv97mqyj.jpegWarsaw residents of all shapes and sizes descended on the capital's underground to ride the subway trouserless. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brief-encounter-passengers-take-to-the-metro-in-their-underwear-4176PM condemns attack on Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-condemns-attack-on-gdansk-mayor-4174<p>The Polish PM condemned the attack on the mayor of Gdansk (northern Poland) during the 27th finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) in the Baltic city of Gdańsk on Sunday evening.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 21:23:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/orlbvsy3pt9ea6vrclk7il.jpegPaweł Adamowicz was attacked by a man while he was on stage. He was immediately taken to hospital. His condition is serious.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-condemns-attack-on-gdansk-mayor-4174Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-on-sunday-4172<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) held its 27th finale on Sunday to collect funds for equipment for children's hospitals.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:55:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9q63nhxn8aergl1et3vtn.jpegOver the 26 years of its operations, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has collected ca. PLN 951 million (EUR 221.68 million). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-on-sunday-4172Poland's ski jumper wins World Cup Large Hill on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-large-hill-on-sunday-4170<p>Dawid Kubacki of Poland won the World Cup Men's Individual Large Hill ski jumping competition in Predazzo, Italy, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:44:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's ski jumper wins World Cup Large Hill on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-large-hill-on-sunday-4170Leading Lights: Warsaw’s neon revivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-lights-warsaws-neon-revival-4165<p>On an empty, rain slicked street, a tram emerges from the blackness, rumbling and rolling under the soft, sensual light of a glimmering neon sign. In moments, it’s gone; again, we are alone, the only colour coming from the pulsating glow of neon and its reflection in the puddles.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:47:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/367dby5m76gro95shdffro.jpegOnce a bright light in the dour days of communism, neon now has a new and young following.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-lights-warsaws-neon-revival-4165Polish skater wins gold at Short Track Speed Skating Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-skater-wins-gold-at-short-track-speed-skating-championships-4163<p>Poland's Natalia Maliszewska has won gold at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:19:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish skater wins gold at Short Track Speed Skating Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-skater-wins-gold-at-short-track-speed-skating-championships-4163Wieliczka salt mine attracts record number of visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2018-4161<p>Nearly 1.75 million tourists from 170 countries visited the Wieliczka salt mine, outside the southern Polish city of Kraków in 2018, 50,000 more than in the previous year, Zbigniew Zarębski head of the mine told PAP.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:56:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWieliczka salt mine attracts record number of visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2018-4161Europe’s "biggest" roofed water park aims to open with a splash this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-biggest-roofed-water-park-aims-to-open-with-a-splash-this-year-4157<p>One of Europe’s biggest water parks is on course to open this year, bringing it with some 32 slides, pools covering 3,500 square metres and a “water jungle”.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:41:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uzmfcuk2v6skgjxr9ftup.jpegComing soon. The water park, say the developers, will be the biggest roofed water park in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-biggest-roofed-water-park-aims-to-open-with-a-splash-this-year-4157Coffee, cigarettes and film: the punishing lifestyle of Krzysztof Kieślowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coffee-cigarettes-and-film-the-punishing-lifestyle-of-krzysztof-kieslowski-4155<p>Krzysztof Kieślowski, the internationally acclaimed film director, led a lifestyle that would have driven a health expert to drink, with the famed filmmaker fuelled by nothing more than caffeine, nicotine and occasional trips to McDonalds when abroad.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:05:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qzo2ad8mankui1o97uxgfj.jpegKieślowski: apparently smoked an “absurd” number of cigarettes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coffee-cigarettes-and-film-the-punishing-lifestyle-of-krzysztof-kieslowski-4155Polish government prepares Brexit bill on rights of Britons in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-prepares-brexit-bill-on-rights-of-britons-in-poland-4152<p>The Polish government has prepared a bill regulating the immigration status of British citizens residing in Poland after the UK’s planned departure from the European Union in March.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:36:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ea1kpu91vs5bomn2fktheb.jpeg"Vote Leave" poster which appeared across the UK to encourage people to vote for Brexit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-prepares-brexit-bill-on-rights-of-britons-in-poland-4152Life in the fast lane: the incredible life and times of Józef Czapskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-in-the-fast-lane-the-incredible-life-and-times-of-jozef-czapski-4148<p>Few people would dispute the fact that the life of Józef Czapski reads as if it was lifted from the pages of a thriller. The aristocrat, who died on January 12, 26 years ago, led a life packed with adventure, and at times contradiction, which took him through three wars, a spell of pacifism, and high-art culture.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:50:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y1xtykl0ho2jae9o2fu4k.jpegJózef Czapski was born into a Polish aristocratic family on April 3, 1896 in Prague, and was given the full name of Józef Maria Emeryk Franciszek Ignacy Hutten-Czapski family. He was the son of Count Jerzy Czapski and Józefa née von Thun-Hohenstein.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-in-the-fast-lane-the-incredible-life-and-times-of-jozef-czapski-4148Retiring tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska honoured by presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retiring-tennis-star-agnieszka-radwanska-honoured-by-president-4146<p>Agnieszka Radwańska, one of Poland’s most successful tennis players of all time and one of the leading lights of the international women’s game over the last decade, has been honoured by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 15:06:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ug6bvcrx5feiw2vrph7i.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda (L), Agnieszka Radwańska (C) and Minister Witold Bańka (R).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retiring-tennis-star-agnieszka-radwanska-honoured-by-president-4146Central Polish city of Łódź to celebrate 22nd Judaism Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-polish-city-of-lodz-to-celebrate-22nd-judaism-day-4145<p>A special service celebrated by Łódź metropolitan bishop Grzegorz Ryś and Łódź rabbi Dawid Szychowski and a conference in the city's Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre will mark the 22nd Judaism Day on January 17.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:23:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentral Polish city of Łódź to celebrate 22nd Judaism Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-polish-city-of-lodz-to-celebrate-22nd-judaism-day-4145Not so grave: archaeologists discover “prince’s” tomb full of ancient treasurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-so-grave-archaeologists-discover-princes-tomb-full-of-ancient-treasure-4142<p>An ancient tomb packed with riches has been unearthed by archaeologists in the northern region of Mazowieckie, east of the River Vistula.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:06:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ay690en50n8jiwhj2nem5.jpegWarsaw archaeologists have uncovered the ancient tomb of what they believe to be is the grave of a wealthy local leader.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-so-grave-archaeologists-discover-princes-tomb-full-of-ancient-treasure-4142US to host Middle East focused conference in Poland next monthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-host-middle-east-focused-conference-in-poland-next-month-4139<p>The United States will hold a global conference in Poland devoted to the situation in the Middle East, especially in Iran, the US Department of State informed on Friday. The conference is scheduled on February 13-14.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS to host Middle East focused conference in Poland next monthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-host-middle-east-focused-conference-in-poland-next-month-4139Computer boffs send filmmakers wild with their new comic-strip makerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-boffs-send-filmmakers-wild-with-their-new-comic-strip-maker-4136<p>A group of IT students are sending filmmakers and comic book publishers into a frenzy with a new algorithm which can convert film into a comic strip.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:38:00 +0100Art & CultureScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/awj05wjyvqsp28uel1x2l.jpegThe tool works by choosing the most important frames and arranges them into a clear and accurate graphically illustrated story, like here with scenes from Star Wars.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-boffs-send-filmmakers-wild-with-their-new-comic-strip-maker-4136Lublin scientists who laser-scanned ancient city of Samarkand open exhibition to show off their workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-scientists-who-laser-scanned-ancient-city-of-samarkand-open-exhibition-to-show-off-their-work-4132<p>A new exhibition curated by scientists from the Lublin University of Technology will open today to showcase their first expedition to the ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan and their growing cooperation with the academics from the Samarkand State University (SamSU).</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:12:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n04als1n9p1irmpmowi5b.jpegThe high tech scanners, which were brought over from the Computer Science Institute to Uzbekistan, are designed to scan historic objects in order to measure their exact dimensions for cataloging. The tool also proves incredibly helpful in digitally reconstructing decayed artifacts in 3D for restoration planning.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-scientists-who-laser-scanned-ancient-city-of-samarkand-open-exhibition-to-show-off-their-work-4132Pole and Chinese national detained for spying - security agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-and-chinese-national-detained-for-spying---security-agency-4131<p>Piotr D., a Pole, and Wejing W., a Chinese national, (full names withheld under Polish law) were arrested by the Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) on Tuesday and charged with spying.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole and Chinese national detained for spying - security agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-and-chinese-national-detained-for-spying---security-agency-4131The American who conquered Polish hearts: Interview with singer Nick Sincklerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-american-who-conquered-polish-hearts-interview-with-singer-nick-sinckler-258<p>Originally from the USA, Nick Sinckler conquered Polish hearts when he appeared on a Polish singing competition back in 2010. Viewers were blown away by his incredible voice and his positive outlook on life. Since then Nick has gone on to tour Poland and the world and work with dozens of top Polish singers and producers - and has never lost his sunny disposition. During the show Nick sings two acapella versions from his Polish language album 11x11. Discover how Nick moved to Poland and built up his career, the adventures and challenges he faced along the way and what he loves and dislikes about the country. The show is hosted by Patrick Ney.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:07:00 +0100Art & CultureLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bo6ub2nxapjwbh49pbii.jpegInterview with singer Nick Sincklerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-american-who-conquered-polish-hearts-interview-with-singer-nick-sinckler-258True to her word: Kulczyk’s eagerly awaited mountain-top art museum opens to the public with ‘feminist’ exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-to-her-word-kulczyks-eagerly-awaited-mountain-top-art-museum-opens-to-the-public-with-feminist-exhibition-4128<p>A new museum in Switzerland founded by one of the richest Poles, Grażyna Kulczyk, has opened with a “feminist” exhibition showcasing women artists, including several Poles.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:40:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kyut7ehhzh2dqkkxh6ejo.jpegMuseum Susch is located in the town of Susch in the Engadin valley, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, on the site of a 12th Century monastery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-to-her-word-kulczyks-eagerly-awaited-mountain-top-art-museum-opens-to-the-public-with-feminist-exhibition-4128New collection of writings by Czesław Miłosz show author’s ‘internal dilemmas’ in the face of totalitarianismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-collection-of-writings-by-czeslaw-milosz-show-authors-internal-dilemmas-in-the-face-of-totalitarianism-4125<p>Few writers have captured the dilemmas faced by 20th Century intellectuals caught between fascism and communism as well as Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:51:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2edae4ei4jjrqpf2ur8y.jpegFew writers have captured the dilemmas faced by 20th Century intellectuals caught between fascism and communism as well as Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-collection-of-writings-by-czeslaw-milosz-show-authors-internal-dilemmas-in-the-face-of-totalitarianism-4125Tomasz Bagiński: From lowly student to executive producer of Netflix series ‘The Witcher’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tomasz-baginski-from-lowly-student-to-executive-producer-of-netflix-series-the-witcher-4120<p>Tomasz Bagiński, once a prodigy child of Polish computer-aided animation, does not deny the roots he grew from. But today, as a mature and experienced creator, he preferred to be referred as film-maker and producer.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:50:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nh7ao0pb1xakhom9tjo2r.jpegTomasz Bagiński, born January 10, 1976 in Białystok, a renowned Polish film-maker.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tomasz-baginski-from-lowly-student-to-executive-producer-of-netflix-series-the-witcher-4120Treasure hunters swamp Baltic coast in search of amber stoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-hunters-swamp-baltic-coast-in-search-of-amber-stones-4118<p>Crowds have descended on the beaches of the Baltic in the hope of finding amber thrown up by a storm.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:51:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgaeplq0hsslnvh3n280mk.jpegFollowing a storm on the Baltic, beaches in the Gdańsk area were swamped with people searching for amber.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-hunters-swamp-baltic-coast-in-search-of-amber-stones-4118Sejm speaker congratulates new head of US House of Representativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-speaker-congratulates-new-head-of-us-house-of-representatives-4115<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchciński congratulated Nancy Pelosi on her selection as the head of the United States House of Representatives. He expressed hope that the excellent relations between Poland and USA will continue to develop.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSejm speaker congratulates new head of US House of Representativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-speaker-congratulates-new-head-of-us-house-of-representatives-4115Yoga lover turns plastic bottles into fancy eco-friendly yoga pants - and they are comfier than they soundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yoga-lover-turns-plastic-bottles-into-fancy-eco-friendly-yoga-pants---and-they-are-comfier-than-they-sound-4111<p>An entrepreneurial Yoga enthusiast is promoting her love for mother earth by setting up the first company in Poland to produce stylish yoga pants made from recycled plastic bottles.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:06:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8pppi0t26le2d9qr0vrn2m.jpegLaunched in 2015, Natalia has been sourcing the recycled fabric in Europe and producing the yoga pants for the Polish market.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yoga-lover-turns-plastic-bottles-into-fancy-eco-friendly-yoga-pants---and-they-are-comfier-than-they-sound-4111Roma victims of Nazi German ghetto honoured in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-victims-of-nazi-german-ghetto-honoured-in-poland-4110<p>The Roma victims of a World War II-era Jewish ghetto were honoured in a ceremony in the central Polish city of Łódź on Thursday.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:28:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRoma victims of Nazi German ghetto honoured in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-victims-of-nazi-german-ghetto-honoured-in-poland-4110Polish organisations join forces to aid Yemenishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-organisations-join-forces-to-aid-yemenis-4108<p>Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) and Caritas Polska have joined forces to help people in Yemen. Funds conveyed by the two organisations will be spent on additional medical equipment at a local Yemeni clinic.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:55:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish organisations join forces to aid Yemenishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-organisations-join-forces-to-aid-yemenis-4108A-MAZE-ing snow maze bigger than TEN tennis courts is the world’s largesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-maze-ing-snow-maze-bigger-than-ten-tennis-courts-is-the-worlds-largest-4106<p>The world’s biggest snow maze, with dozens of winding alleys and walls made of ice two-metres thick, has returned to the ski resort of Zakopane.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:55:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yqdra6ux19ut79nzltblf.jpegBased in Zakopane, this is the biggest snow maze in the world https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-maze-ing-snow-maze-bigger-than-ten-tennis-courts-is-the-worlds-largest-4106Space photographer captures ‘mind-blowing’ images of distant galaxies – from his MUM’S GARDENhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-photographer-captures-mind-blowing-images-of-distance-galaxies--from-his-mums-garden-4103<p>A photography enthusiast is sending the internet wild with his stunning pictures of outer space.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:03:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n713cvq2almqxi6y6iusvi.jpegNamed the creation of Cosmos, this was taken in the African wilderness. The photo shows two swirling nebula as they appear to fight for dominance. According to Jesionkiewicz the southern hemisphere has many more starry delights to display. Which is why he is planning on dismantling his garden observatory and possibly reinvesting the money into an observatory project in Chile.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-photographer-captures-mind-blowing-images-of-distance-galaxies--from-his-mums-garden-4103Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-4101<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:26:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-4101The painting on the left is worth around $90 million, the other was done by an ORANGUTAN and is now up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-painting-on-the-left-is-worth-around-90-million-the-other-was-done-by-an-orangutan-and-is-now-up-for-auction-4099<p>A painting by an orangutan has been put up for auction to help raise money for charity.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:54:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xnouij6v92p7be3dsotq3c.jpegAlthough Raja the orangutan’s abstract piece in non-toxic poster paints (R) is not as valuable as Cy Twombly’s Ferragosto (1961) masterpiece (L), the ape’s creation is still doing well at auction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-painting-on-the-left-is-worth-around-90-million-the-other-was-done-by-an-orangutan-and-is-now-up-for-auction-4099How can Poland maintain its economic growth, asks economist Marcin Piątkowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-can-poland-maintain-its-economic-growth-asks-economist-marcin-piatkowski-4097<p>Thirty years after the fall of communism in 1989, what can Poland do to maintain its impressive growth and strengthen its economic position in the European Union?</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:17:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/quqht84ibyqf66tihizh4o.jpegRising incomes, open borders, access to the Internet, and the accession to the European Union have allowed Poland to participate in the global economic, social, cultural and technological progress to an extent never experienced before.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-can-poland-maintain-its-economic-growth-asks-economist-marcin-piatkowski-4097Poland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-4095<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unemployment rate remained flat month on month at 3.8 percent in November 2018, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:19:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-4095Intimate new biography lifts the lid on ‘stage sorceress’ Hanka Ordonównahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intimate-new-biography-lifts-the-lid-on-stage-sorceress-hanka-ordonowna-4093<p>Known as the “sorceress of the stage”, Hanka Ordonówna charmed theatre and cinema audiences in interwar Poland with her songs and cabaret performances.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:55:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j1lv1ni2gee3y7u22wplee.jpegHanka Ordonówna is perhaps best known for her 1933 song 'Miłość Ci wszystko wybaczy' (Love will forgive you everything) written by two of interwar Poland’s cultural luminaries – composer Henryk Wars and poet Julian Tuwim.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intimate-new-biography-lifts-the-lid-on-stage-sorceress-hanka-ordonowna-4093Warsaw's Modlin airport serviced over 3 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-modlin-airport-serviced-over-3-mln-passengers-in-2018-4091<p>Warsaw Modlin Airport serviced 3,081,966 mln passengers in 2018, the airport has reported. The figure represents a 5.1 percent growth compared to last year.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:01:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw's Modlin airport serviced over 3 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-modlin-airport-serviced-over-3-mln-passengers-in-2018-4091Poland's GDP growth to reach 4.0 pct in 2019 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-40-pct-in-2019---world-bank-4089<p>Poland's economic growth will reach 4.0 percent in 2019, the World Bank has announced, having revised upwards its October 2018 forecast of 3.9 percent.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:19:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP growth to reach 4.0 pct in 2019 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-40-pct-in-2019---world-bank-4089Poland backs EC in combating disinformationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-ec-in-combating-disinformation-4088<p>Poland supports the EC's plan to fight disinformation, Poland's European affairs minister Konrad Szymański said after a Tuesday meeting of EU European ministers in brussels.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland backs EC in combating disinformationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-ec-in-combating-disinformation-4088Łódź has Poland's 1st multi-generational homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-has-polands-1st-multi-generational-home-4086<p>Poland's first multi-generational home is ready for use in Łódź, central Poland, city authorities informed on Tuesday. The renovated building's tenants will be disabled persons, seniors and families with children.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 19:49:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgŁódź has Poland's 1st multi-generational homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-has-polands-1st-multi-generational-home-4086Companies looking to hire more staff in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-looking-to-hire-more-staff-in-2019-4084<p>Over 80 percent of Polish firms are looking to take on more employees and raise salaries in 2019, according to a new report.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:57:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sua2xbnyalh18benfn28vy.jpegThe majority of employers plan to recruit, employ and undertake activities directed at preventing employees from leaving the company.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-looking-to-hire-more-staff-in-2019-4084Poland's exports rise by 4.3 pct y/y in November - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-43-pct-yy-in-november---business-chamber-4082<p>Poland's exports increased by 4.3 percent year on year and fell 3.2 percent month on month in November 2018, Piotr Soroczyński, the chief economist with the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG), said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:04:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's exports rise by 4.3 pct y/y in November - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-43-pct-yy-in-november---business-chamber-4082Zbigniew Cybulski: Chronicle of a Death Foretoldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zbigniew-cybulski-chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-4080<p>The death of Poland’s most popular film actor was a tragic accident. But to an extent it wasn’t a surprise. Zbigniew Cybulski, known as the “Polish James Dean” for his nonconformist roles and early death, diced with death and trains throughout his life.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 16:36:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4u3uwwz884d5qa13msq4d6.jpegPolish film star Zbigniew Cybulski in Tadeusz Konwicki's film 'Salto', 1965.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zbigniew-cybulski-chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-4080Film from 20-year-old producer going for gold in prestigious Hollywood festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-from-20-year-old-producer-going-for-gold-in-prestigious-hollywood-festival-4077<p>A short film by an up-and-coming young film maker has been shortlisted for Hollywood’s 48 International Short Film Festival awards.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:39:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hj5wcshr6z378h1acso.jpegWróbel inspects a camera. The young film-maker produced and directed the movie himself.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-from-20-year-old-producer-going-for-gold-in-prestigious-hollywood-festival-4077The man behind Polański’s ‘dark and disturbing’ The Tenant, Roland Topor would have been 80 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-polanskis-dark-and-disturbing-the-tenant-roland-topor-wouldve-turned-80-today-4073<p>It is easy to see how Topor’s 1964 novel Le Locataire chimérique (The Tenant) is more than a discreet nod to this ancestry.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:37:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzjebwbwr9tm7ebvwfvpcd.jpegRoman Polański film Le Locataire chimérique (The Tenant) was based upon Roland Topor’s chilling novel of the same name exploring identity and alienation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-polanskis-dark-and-disturbing-the-tenant-roland-topor-wouldve-turned-80-today-4073Up, up and a YAY! Kubacki soars to victory with record-breaking ski jumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-a-yay-kubacki-soars-to-victory-with-record-breaking-ski-jump-4071<p>Ski jumping ace Dawid Kubacki has set a new hill record during qualifying jumps at the Four Hills Ski Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:31:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30wqtffata8mrzy38vadh.jpegDawid Kubacki beat off rivals yesterday (Sunday 6th Jan), soaring an incredible 145-metres into the air at the Paul-Außerleitner-Ski Jump, one of the biggest in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-a-yay-kubacki-soars-to-victory-with-record-breaking-ski-jump-4071Don’t let U.S. down! Tulia forced to cancel first U.S. gig after being REFUSED entry ahead of NBA debuthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-let-us-down-tulia-forced-to-cancel-first-us-gig-over-visa-row-ahead-of-nba-debut-4069<p>Polish folk band Tulia, who have taken the internet by storm with their quirky ‘screechy’ singing, have cancelled a planned NBA performance in America due to ‘visa issues’.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:42:00 +0100Art & CultureSportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6z341zui92tnv7jcl6vuu.jpegThe long awaited performance of Tulia at the NBA has been cancelled due to travel authorization issues.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-let-us-down-tulia-forced-to-cancel-first-us-gig-over-visa-row-ahead-of-nba-debut-4069Retail sales in Poland up y/y in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-november---eurostat-4066<p>Polish retail sales grew by 4.7 percent year on year in November 2018 after a 4.8 percent increase in October. Month on month, retail sales rose by 2.1 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:13:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales in Poland up y/y in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-november---eurostat-4066A 'Brit of good news' for opera director as he receives Polish citizenship for outstanding work promoting Polish culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-brit-of-good-news-for-opera-director-as-he-receives-polish-citizenship-for-outstanding-work-promoting-polish-culture-4063<p>Leading Brit opera director David Pountney has been awarded Polish citizenship in honour of his work with Polish music.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3oytr0fsdachl99lxxi4rn.jpegDuring the ceremony, the 71-year-old director of the Welsh National opera said he was proud of his ties to Polish culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-brit-of-good-news-for-opera-director-as-he-receives-polish-citizenship-for-outstanding-work-promoting-polish-culture-4063LOT inaugurates Warsaw-London City routehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-inaugurates-warsaw-london-city-route-4061<p>PLL LOT, on Monday, inaugurated its Warsaw-London City connection. Due to a short runway and a steep approach angle at the London City (LCY) airport, LOT has acquired four Embraer 190 passenger planes to specifically handle connections to LCY.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:49:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLOT inaugurates Warsaw-London City routehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-inaugurates-warsaw-london-city-route-4061The Un-Finnish-Ed Business: a historic village-style community in the heart of Warsaw is teaching the city how to live for tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-un-finnish-ed-business-a-historic-village-style-community-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-is-teaching-the-city-how-to-live-for-tomorrow-4057<p>The year is 1945, and as the fragmented remnants of the Polish capital’s pre-war population stream back to Warsaw they are met with a scene of apocalyptic devastation. Eighty-five percent of their town smoulders in ruins and whole communities have been destroyed. But there is hope. Despite Stalin’s long, dark shadow, there is an urgency and ambition to rebuild from scratch.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 21:16:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/au2zzscia9sjyfv31no5c.jpegGifted to Poland by the Soviet Union several hundred ready-to-assemble cabins were delivered to the country, ninety-five of which were swiftly erected in the area of Jazdów.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-un-finnish-ed-business-a-historic-village-style-community-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-is-teaching-the-city-how-to-live-for-tomorrow-4057PM sends Xmas wishes to Orthodox Churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sends-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-church-4055<p>I want to convey my most cordial wishes to all members of the Eastern Church in Poland. Let this feast bring you happiness, understanding, forgiveness and warmth, PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on the eve of the Orthodox Church's Christmas Day (on or around January 7).</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 19:56:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM sends Xmas wishes to Orthodox Churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sends-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-church-4055Poland for opening business lobbying centre in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-opening-business-lobbying-centre-in-brussels-4054<p>Poland's Entrepreneurship and Technology Ministry has expressed its support for the opening in Brussels of a business lobbying centre for Polish entrepreneurs.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 19:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland for opening business lobbying centre in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-opening-business-lobbying-centre-in-brussels-4054Three Kings take to the streets in Christmas cavalcadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-93<p>Take a stroll through a town on January 6 and there is a fair chance you’ll run into the Three Wise Men backed by a procession.</p><p>The recounting the story of the Nativity of Jesus in the form of a play called Jasełka has been an important part of Polish Christmas’s celebrations for centuries, and the three kings have always been an important part of the pageant.</p><p>For a long, long time the plays were held in churches and schools but in 2009 teachers and pupils at the Żagle private school moved the traditional Jasełka onto the streets of Warsaw making it similar to the traditional Spanish or Mexican cavalcades of the Magi.</p><p>The idea was so popular that within a few years it had spread across the country. The small suburban town of Nadarzyn lying to the south-east of Warsaw, for example, has had its own cavalcade for five years now, with more and more faithful of St. Clement’s, the local parish, taking part both as actors and spectators. Bursting with colour and joy, the cavalcades are seen as evidence how old traditions can be given a new lease of life.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 16:29:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdu2gs336bkp9qmzylo1wd.jpegThree kings serve up doughnuts as a festive snack during a procession.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-93Łódź’s Jewish community plans to build first new synagogue in Poland since Second World Warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodzs-jewish-community-plans-to-build-first-new-synagogue-in-poland-since-second-world-war-4052<p>The Jewish community in Łódź is planning to build the first new synagogue in Poland since the Second World War. Construction of the synagogue, which will stand on Pomorska Street 18 next to the current Jewish community building, is due to start in the spring.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 12:22:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lefmlcngt0aekq8mzvf3ru.jpegThe new synagogue will be able to hold around 100 worshippers and will be open to non-Jews.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodzs-jewish-community-plans-to-build-first-new-synagogue-in-poland-since-second-world-war-4052Polish researchers develop method to recycle pharmaceutical packaginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-develop-method-to-recycle-pharmaceutical-packaging-4049<p>Researchers from the University of Łódź, central Poland have patented an innovative method to effectively recover aluminum and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from pharmaceutical blister waste.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 09:11:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish researchers develop method to recycle pharmaceutical packaginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-develop-method-to-recycle-pharmaceutical-packaging-4049Tails From The Underground: cats & vodka in the subterranean depths of Warsaw’s Palace Of Culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tails-from-the-underground-cats--vodka-in-the-subterranean-depths-of-warsaws-palace-of-culture-4047<p>Loved by some, loathed by more, no building in Poland matches Warsaw’s Palace of Culture &amp; Science (PKiN) for size, stories and controversy.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 21:09:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6mdhauzozmhdc0gf9i3r2v.jpegBeneath the Palace of Culture lurks another world little seen by the general public.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tails-from-the-underground-cats--vodka-in-the-subterranean-depths-of-warsaws-palace-of-culture-4047Warsaw Central Station named after Polish composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-central-station-named-after-polish-composer-4046<p>Stanisław Moniuszko, an outstanding 19th-century Polish composer, dubbed father of the Polish national opera, was named the patron of the Central Railway Station in Warsaw on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 18:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsArt & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw Central Station named after Polish composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-central-station-named-after-polish-composer-4046Poles vie for chequered flag in dangerous and sometimes lethal Dakar Rallyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vie-for-chequered-flag-in-dangerous-and-sometimes-lethal-dakar-rally-4045<p>Eleven Poles will get behind the wheel to take part in the gruelling and dangerous Dakar Rally that snakes its way through 5,500 kilometres of punishing Peruvian landscapes.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:37:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/62zx8d8vk47vhqrf717r59.jpegPrzygoński’s Mini battles through the dust. This year he’s aiming for a podium finish.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vie-for-chequered-flag-in-dangerous-and-sometimes-lethal-dakar-rally-4045Łódź rings in “year of Marek Edelman” as city remembers one of its most famous sonshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-rings-in-year-of-marek-edelman-as-city-remembers-one-of-its-most-famous-sons-4043<p>The people of Łódź gathered together on Friday to honour the extraordinary life of one of their most eminent and loved former citizens, Marek Edelman – Warsaw Ghetto fighter, Warsaw Uprising insurgent, distinguished doctor and social activist.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:02:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uhc05pb6aih4f2y49il8yv.jpegMarek Edelman. Born 100 years ago, he fought in two uprisings and went on to become one of Łódź's most famous sons.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-rings-in-year-of-marek-edelman-as-city-remembers-one-of-its-most-famous-sons-4043Warsaw airport services over 17 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-over-17-mln-passengers-in-2018-4041<p>Warsaw's Chopin Airport, Poland's largest international airport, serviced a record-high 17.76 million passenger last year, 12.7 percent more than in 2017, the airport announced on Friday.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 10:31:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw airport services over 17 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-over-17-mln-passengers-in-2018-4041Auschwitz Museum attracts over 2 mln visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-attracts-over-2-mln-visitors-in-2018-4039<p>Over 2.15 million people visited the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, in southern Poland in 2018, the Auschwitz Museum wrote on its website on Friday. This is almost 50,000 more visitors than in 2017.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:59:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAuschwitz Museum attracts over 2 mln visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-attracts-over-2-mln-visitors-in-2018-4039‘Floating’ house made of MIRRORS is perfect place for quiet reflectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/floating-house-made-of-mirrors-is-perfect-place-for-quiet-reflection-91<p>Amid the sounds of woodland creatures, earthy scents and towering 100 year old pines, there sits a reality-altering home on the outskirts of the Polish forest, Kampinos.</p><p>Aptly named Mirror Home, the two-storey family house, which is located an hour away from the capital, Warsaw, &nbsp;was conceptualised by award winning architect Marcin Tomaszewski and his studio, REFORM.&nbsp;</p><p>Tomaszewski told TFN: “Mirror Home is unique for many reasons. Due to the extensive, naturally tree-lined plot, an important decision to make was how to merge the location of the house, the design, and its relationship with the environment.”</p><p>The structure hangs seemingly suspended in a grassy forest clearing, disturbing none of the surrounding environment. But the mind-warping ‘hover’ effect of the home is actually owed to the clever reflective panels covering the lower half of the building.</p><p>Since its creation in 2015, the building has made some noise on the design scene, even scooping up the German design special award in 2016.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:46:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/purq9reg0bxbf826b595.jpegArchitect Marcin Tomaszewski told TFN: In order not to dominate such a beautiful environment by architecture, we decided to design a two story house that is formed of two horizontally configured blocks. The house's lower story is clad with reflective paneling.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/floating-house-made-of-mirrors-is-perfect-place-for-quiet-reflection-91US think tank teams up with PKO Bank Polski for cybersecurity conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-think-tank-teams-up-with-pko-bank-polski-for-cybersecurity-conference-4038<p>As part of a movement to fortify Poland’s future growth and strengthen Polish and US relations, American think tank Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski have announced a major cyber conference to be held this month.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:55:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hou8uaq7pwllp1gvzqmott.jpegThe two day conference will dive into topics such as the role of innovation, combating disinformation, cloud technologies, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity education and will include high profile speakers from both Poland, Europe and the US.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-think-tank-teams-up-with-pko-bank-polski-for-cybersecurity-conference-4038Top classical music artists to perform in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-classical-music-artists-to-perform-in-poland-this-year-4037<p>Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and performances by violinist Isabelle Faust and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will highlight Poland's classical music scene in 2019.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:35:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTop classical music artists to perform in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-classical-music-artists-to-perform-in-poland-this-year-4037Underground hideout of man who escaped Treblinka death camp TWICE found beneath old barnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-hideout-of-man-who-escaped-treblinka-death-camp-twice-found-beneath-old-barn-4034<p>A Polish woman whose grandparents helped save Jews during WWII by hiding them in their home made a startling discovery when she was clearing out an old barn and found a secret hiding place.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:48:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ts5tjhyp29fujq1iccdv8.jpegThe hideout was found in an old barn which used to belong to Aleksander Smolak (insert) who built it as reserve hideout only to be used in particularly dangerous moments.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-hideout-of-man-who-escaped-treblinka-death-camp-twice-found-beneath-old-barn-4034December's CPI inflation in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-inflation-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4033<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.1 percent year on year and remained unchanged month on month in December 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDecember's CPI inflation in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-inflation-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4033Who’s the Daddy! ‘Father of Polish opera’ commemorated by having WHOLE of 2019 dedicated to himhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whos-the-daddy-father-of-polish-opera-commemorated-by-having-whole-of-2019-dedicated-to-him-4030<p>To mark the 200th anniversary of composer, conductor and musician Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth, 2019 is to named the Year of Moniuszko.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 21:08:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/izbhugo5fpp7616gjl6su.jpegPoland’s lower chamber of Parliament declared that 2019 has been dedicated to the ‘Father of Polish Opera’ Stanisław Moniuszko.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whos-the-daddy-father-of-polish-opera-commemorated-by-having-whole-of-2019-dedicated-to-him-4030Hollywoods’s first femme fatale would be 122 today. And she was Polish!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywoodss-first-femme-fatale-would-be-122-today-and-she-was-polish-4026<p>The first European star of Hollywood’s silver screen, Poland’s Pola Negri, was born 122 years ago today.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:20:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xp5da1c1e7evibxlm7fbwc.jpegAppearing in numerous films for Paramount Pola Negri established herself as one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, achieving fame for roles as a femme fatale. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywoodss-first-femme-fatale-would-be-122-today-and-she-was-polish-4026Kraków airport handles over 6 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-6-mln-passengers-in-2018-4025<p>The Kraków-Balice International Airport in southeastern Poland handled a record-high 6,769,369 passengers last year, 16 percent more than in 2017, the airport announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:35:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKraków airport handles over 6 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-6-mln-passengers-in-2018-4025Archeologists discover ancient fortress was used to guard port that sent elephants to warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-ancient-fortress-was-used-to-guard-port-that-sent-elephants-to-war-4022<p>An ancient fortress that protected a Red Sea port which sent elephants to war has been discovered in Egypt by Polish archeologists.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:20:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1d558av0tg51xll59pfd6x.jpegA 2,300-year-old fortress, and associated structures, which protected an ancient port called Berenike, have been discovered in Egypt by the Red Sea. This photo shows a fragment of the northern defense wall of Berenike uncovered in the 2013 season.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-ancient-fortress-was-used-to-guard-port-that-sent-elephants-to-war-4022Magic mushrooms? Could fungus found in Polish forest help cure cancer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magic-mushrooms-could-fungus-found-in-polish-forest-help-cure-cancer-4020<p>Fungus found in a Polish forest could be used as a potential cure for bowel cancer, according to research in at the Medical University and the University of Technology in Białystok.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:07:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c3d1cgtsb5t099ixgvda.jpegResearchers noted that after carrying out tests on both physiological cells and colon cancer cells grown in laboratories, the fungus could contain properties which restrict the growth of bowel cancer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magic-mushrooms-could-fungus-found-in-polish-forest-help-cure-cancer-4020BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform one concert in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bbc-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-one-concert-in-poland-4018<p>The BBC Symphony Orchestra will give its only concert in Poland on Jan. 6. Those in attendance at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in the north-western city of Szczecin will have the opportunity to listen to Polish music played by British musicians.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:33:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBBC Symphony Orchestra to perform one concert in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bbc-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-one-concert-in-poland-4018Germany pledges 1 mln Euro to help fund construction of museum at former Nazi-German death camp Sobibórhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-pledges-1-mln-euro-to-help-fund-construction-of-museum-at-former-nazi-german-death-camp-sobibor-4014<p>The German government has promised funding of EUR 1 million for the museum complex currently being built at the site of the former German extermination camp in Sobibór in eastern Poland.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 19:03:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lr6l7jdb1flqvzq9r3w1ib.jpegSobibór was a Nazi German extermination camp built and operated by the SS during WWII. The camp was part of the secretive Operation Reinhard, the deadliest phase of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-pledges-1-mln-euro-to-help-fund-construction-of-museum-at-former-nazi-german-death-camp-sobibor-4014Poland’s Top Guns take control of patrolling skies over Baltic Stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-guns-take-control-of-patrolling-skies-over-baltic-states-4011<p>Polish F-16 fighter pilots have taken over policing the skies over the Baltic States.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xu5ixc9kizax3rg0nqwcsk.jpegPoland’s F16 fighter jets have taken over from Belgium to control the skies over the Baltic States .https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-guns-take-control-of-patrolling-skies-over-baltic-states-4011It’s a world record! After six years artist’s work FINALLY recognised as being a record breakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-world-record-after-six-years-artists-work-finally-recognised-as-being-a-record-breaker-4009<p>An artist’s dream of having his wall art recognised as being the largest pencil mural in the world has finally come true after it was officially declared by the Guinness Book of Records.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 14:19:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jti4dp2juxaiawdo5mvqfd.jpegSebastian Krawczak from the Mazowsze town of Grójec spent 48 days working five or six hours a day on his huge sketch which covers an area of 85.02 square metres and depicts a faithful representation of the town’s market square from 1867.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-world-record-after-six-years-artists-work-finally-recognised-as-being-a-record-breaker-4009Polish PM expects big changes in Brussels after European electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expects-big-changes-in-brussels-after-european-elections-4008<p>The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki has told The Financial Times that this year's elections to the European Parliament" will lead to big changes for Brussels." He also criticised the EC's actions regarding judicial reforms in Poland.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:19:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM expects big changes in Brussels after European electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expects-big-changes-in-brussels-after-european-elections-4008Polish archaeologists discover unique Mayan bathhouse in Guatemalahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bathhouse-in-guatemala-4007<p>Polish archaeologists have discovered in the ancient Mayan city of Nakum in Guatemala a unique, over 2,500 years old steam bath carved in the rock.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:12:00 +0100ScienceHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish archaeologists discover unique Mayan bathhouse in Guatemalahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bathhouse-in-guatemala-4007Polish Council of Christians and Jews awards Greek-Catholic priesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-council-of-christians-and-jews-awards-greek-catholic-priest-4005<p>A Greek-Catholic priest from the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Church in Komańcza (south-east Poland) is the laureate of the Father Roman Indrzejczyk award for 2018.</p><p><br></p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:43:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Council of Christians and Jews awards Greek-Catholic priesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-council-of-christians-and-jews-awards-greek-catholic-priest-400590th anniversary of reintroduction of European bison to Polish foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/90th-anniversary-of-reintroduction-of-european-bison-to-polish-forest-4002<p>New publications and scientific conferences are part of the activities planned by the Białowieża National Park in 2019 to mark the 90th anniversary of the reintroduction of European bison to the Białowieża Forest, in northeastern Poland.</p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:04:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpg90th anniversary of reintroduction of European bison to Polish foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/90th-anniversary-of-reintroduction-of-european-bison-to-polish-forest-4002The future’s bright for Poland’s economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-for-polands-economy-4000<p>Despite trade tensions between the world’s major economies as well as the expected global economic slowdown that is likely to affect Poland’s main trading partner, Germany, the country’s economy is expected to continue growing this year although at a smaller pace than in 2018.</p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 14:51:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdkqllldgvly2wpvxkodl.jpegAfter three quarters of 2018, Poland’s economy grew by an annual 5.1 percent, exceeding estimates by most economists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-for-polands-economy-4000Meet the teenage guitar sensation whose incredible finger work has sent the internet wild, and who you’ve probably never heard ofhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-the-teenage-guitar-sensation-whose-incredible-finger-work-has-sent-the-internet-wild-and-who-youve-probably-never-heard-of-3997<p>A teenage guitarist has sent the internet into meltdown with his stunning classical music performances.</p>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:58:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r10jupnbc0hj6omxabzix.jpegJust 18-years-old and already the boy from Kielce is making international waves with this incredible guitar playing .https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-the-teenage-guitar-sensation-whose-incredible-finger-work-has-sent-the-internet-wild-and-who-youve-probably-never-heard-of-3997FM lays down plans for coming yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-lays-down-plans-for-coming-year-3995<p>Averting threats from Russia, EU-US relations and strengthening the EU's economy will be among Poland's foreign policy priorities in 2019, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 13:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFM lays down plans for coming yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-lays-down-plans-for-coming-year-3995Wrocław to host 42nd European Youth Meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-host-42nd-european-youth-meeting-3993<p>The 42nd European Youth Meeting will take place from December 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020 in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, Brother Alois, the head of the event-organising Taize Community, announced on Sunday in Madrid, the site of the ongoing 41st meeting.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 20:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWrocław to host 42nd European Youth Meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-host-42nd-european-youth-meeting-3993Hungarian news agency sums up past year in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-news-agency-sums-up-past-year-in-poland-3992<p>The outgoing year in Poland was marked by intensive political activity, including a government reshuffle, a dispute with the EC around judicial laws and independence centenary celebrations, Hungary's MTI news agency wrote on Sunday.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHungarian news agency sums up past year in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-news-agency-sums-up-past-year-in-poland-3992Gingerbread of heaven: Toruń’s appetite for consumption laid bare in gingerbread museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gingerbread-of-heaven-toruns-appetite-for-consumption-laid-bare-in-gingerbread-museum-3990<p>“So fine is Toruń,” wrote the medieval chronicler Jan Długosz, “that perhaps nothing can rival it in terms of beauty, location and luminous buildings.” Over five-hundred years on, and his words still carry weight; a city of soaring steeples and striking Gothic swagger, it’s rightfully regarded as one of Poland’s great glories.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:41:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eafjsr9o9jjmnivmtj72.jpegGingerbread has been produced in Toruń since the 14th century.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gingerbread-of-heaven-toruns-appetite-for-consumption-laid-bare-in-gingerbread-museum-3990Here today, gone tomorrow: new exhibition shows how statues went in and out of political fashionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/here-today-gone-tomorrow-new-exhibition-shows-how-statues-went-in-out-of-political-fashion-89<p>The turbulent years that gripped Central and Eastern European countries for a large chunk of the last century, and the totalitarian regimes that ensnared them, made life hard for monuments and statues. They were meant to stay, untouched and worshipped for centuries, but in reality some of them lasted no more than a few decades or even just a few years. A new exhibition at Warsaw’s Museum of Sculpture, entitled ‘Monument. Central and Eastern Europe 1918–2018’, reminds visitors of the fickle hand of political fate dealt to many of these objects of art.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 16:03:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rak86shuk3eqhp98gasrb.jpegThe head of Feliks Dzierżyński statue, by Zbigniew Dunajewski. The statue was demolished in 1989.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/here-today-gone-tomorrow-new-exhibition-shows-how-statues-went-in-out-of-political-fashion-89From Yiddish folk to tango: Poland’s dazzling interwar music gets new lease of life in modern culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-yiddish-folk-to-tango-polands-dazzling-interwar-music-gets-new-lease-of-life-in-modern-culture-3988<p>After almost 90 years, the opulence of interwar Polish art is returning to the airwaves, screens and stages of Poland, as contemporary artists draw on the culture that helped forge the nation after 1918.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:59:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h0uzf0zr4btwb7jppcmwg.jpegThe jazz band Młynarski Masecki is at the forefront of the interwar-music revival. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-yiddish-folk-to-tango-polands-dazzling-interwar-music-gets-new-lease-of-life-in-modern-culture-3988Serving up a treat: star chef Michał Bryś talks about the inspiration and passions behind his foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/serving-up-a-treat-star-chef-michal-brys-talks-about-the-inspiration-and-passions-behind-his-food-3986<p>Michał Bryś is a man of many talents. Award winning chef, restaurant owner, baker, brewer, judge of the Bake Off Polish edition, TV and music producer and actor, to name just a few. But with food a prominent feature on his CV it comes as no surprise that cooking is his all-consuming passion.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:51:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t5sdar1yt6bv3e6egxg2wb.jpegMichał Bryś. Cooking and baking, he says, are in his genes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/serving-up-a-treat-star-chef-michal-brys-talks-about-the-inspiration-and-passions-behind-his-food-3986Another artefact stolen during WWII returns to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-artefact-stolen-during-wwii-returns-to-poland-3984<p>The 17th-century diary of Melchior Lucas, stolen during the Second World War, has returned to Poland and has been handed over to the Wrocław University Library.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 17:51:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAnother artefact stolen during WWII returns to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-artefact-stolen-during-wwii-returns-to-poland-3984Sopot Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to play in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sopot-philharmonic-chamber-orchestra-to-play-in-vienna-3983<p>On January 12, the Sopot Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will appear at the Grosser Sall, also known as the "Great Hall" due to its highly regarded acoustics, in the Musikverein in Vienna.</p><p><br></p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:51:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSopot Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to play in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sopot-philharmonic-chamber-orchestra-to-play-in-vienna-3983Starry, starry night: village promotes its “dark sky status” to let people see the heavenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/starry-starry-night-village-promotes-its-dark-sky-status-to-let-people-see-the-heavens-3981<p>Christmas is the time when many Poles look to the sky, waiting for the “first star”—the sign that Jesus is born and also the trigger to start Christmas dinner. But with pollution in the form of light can often hide the star unless, that is, you happen to be in the small Beskidy village of Sopotnia Wielka.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:42:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f8k9rtn2uku3oaoycsfdyq.jpegOnly about 500 stars can be seen in the urban sky, but at Sopotnia Wielka 3,000 and more dazzle down from the heavens.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/starry-starry-night-village-promotes-its-dark-sky-status-to-let-people-see-the-heavens-3981Game changing the Polish business community: Interview with Kari Mruzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/game-changing-the-polish-business-community-interview-with-kari-mruz-255<p>Kari Mruz is an American with distant Polish roots. Having moved to Poland just a few months ago she’s in the process of discovering Polish culture, history and society and adapting to life in Poland. Kari is part of a major new business and cultural programme by the Cambridge Innovation Center, one of the world’s biggest business and entrepreneurship incubators with business centre around the world, housed in the Varos Place complex, a major new development in the heart of Warsaw. Hear Kari’s story and find out more about the project in this episode of Heart of Poland with our host, Patrick Ney.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:37:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/game-changing-the-polish-business-community-interview-with-kari-mruz-255Polish film ‘Werewolf’ takes a bite out of the opposition at Tallinn film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-werewolf-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-opposition-at-tallinn-film-festival-3979<p>Hungry wolves, a deserted mansion in the forest and wartime atrocities come together in the Polish film ‘Werewolf’ that picked up an award at the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:22:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zwuon2qb1nc2oppgejszwa.jpeg‘Werewolf’ film combines elements of horror, dark fable and coming-of-age drama.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-werewolf-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-opposition-at-tallinn-film-festival-3979Poland sends aid to refugees in Greecehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-aid-to-refugees-in-greece-3978<p>Poland will provide 188 tonnes of hygiene products and school articles for refugees in Greece, Poland's Humanitarian Aid Minister Beata Kempa informed on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 20:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland sends aid to refugees in Greecehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-aid-to-refugees-in-greece-3978Ten new towns to appear on map of Poland in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-new-towns-to-appear-on-map-of-poland-in-2019-3977<p>There will be ten new towns in Poland in 2019 under a decision taken by the government, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration announced in a press release on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 19:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTen new towns to appear on map of Poland in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-new-towns-to-appear-on-map-of-poland-in-2019-3977Fascinating 17th century 'social document' plundered during WWII recovered after being put up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-17th-century-social-document-plundered-during-wwii-recovered-after-being-put-up-for-auction-3975<p>A beautifully illustrated 17th century diary that was looted during WWII has been returned to Poland after being put up for auction in Germany.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:56:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zcsp6f53cxfsbc51use6dj.jpegThe 11.5 x 15 cm recovered manuscript was created in the 17th century and has 563 pages. The album contains 367 entries about people mainly associated with Wrocław dating back to 1635-1650.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-17th-century-social-document-plundered-during-wwii-recovered-after-being-put-up-for-auction-3975Now, that’s JUICY! Space engineers prepare for Jupiter ‘penetration’ mission called JUICEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-juicy-space-engineers-prepare-for-jupiter-penetration-mission-called-juice-3972<p>Equipment built by a Warsaw-based space company is being sent to Jupiter to help explore the planet’s moons.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:49:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b82pdrajfrmnxsuliif.jpegPlanned for launch in June 2022, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which is being constructed by the European Space Agency using measuring equipment from Warsaw’s Astronika company, will explore three of Jupiter’s moons: Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-juicy-space-engineers-prepare-for-jupiter-penetration-mission-called-juice-3972The Kings of Heavy Metal: Pruszków Scrapyard Leads The Way In Recycled Sculpturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kings-of-heavy-metal-pruszkow-scrapyard-leads-the-way-in-recycled-sculpture-3968<p>When challenged to think of Pruszków there are those that would recall its role in the brief but brutal mafia wars of the 90s, and yet others who would recognize the local football club as the starting platform in Robert Lewandowski’s glittering career.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:40:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qjsuyk3cwur8k1ik69t4.jpegTaking as much as 1,200 man hours to produce, and weighing anything up to 1.2 tons, these sculptures are nothing if not a ravishing tribute to the skills of the craftsmen. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kings-of-heavy-metal-pruszkow-scrapyard-leads-the-way-in-recycled-sculpture-3968Ryanair increases fleet, connections from Kraków Airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-increases-fleet-connections-from-krakow-airport-3966<p>Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair has announced it is to add a sixth plane to its fleet at Kraków (southern Poland) Airport next summer and add six new connections from that location.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:42:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRyanair increases fleet, connections from Kraków Airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-increases-fleet-connections-from-krakow-airport-3966Polish flag carrier named best Eastern European airlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-named-best-eastern-european-airline-3964<p>LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier of Poland, has won the title of the Best Airline in Eastern Europe from US magazine Global Traveler, LOT's press office said on Thursday. The Polish company finished ahead of Russia's Aeroflot and Hungary's Wizzair.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 19:20:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish flag carrier named best Eastern European airlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-named-best-eastern-european-airline-3964One of Poland’s few successful insurgencies against foreign oppression, the Wielkopolska Uprising took place 100 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-few-successful-insurgencies-against-foreign-oppression-the-wielkopolska-uprising-took-place-100-years-ago-today-3962<p>Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Wielkopolska Uprising, a spontaneous military insurrection of Poles against German rule.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 17:38:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f10ul84vj1jsv8l26nhby.jpegFighting broke out at precisely 4.40 pm on December 27th 1918 and was taken over by units headed by the Polish Military Organisation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-few-successful-insurgencies-against-foreign-oppression-the-wielkopolska-uprising-took-place-100-years-ago-today-3962No terrorist incidents during COP 24 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-terrorist-incidents-during-cop-24-in-poland-3961<p>There were no terrorist incidents reported during the COP 24 climate summit in Poland's southern city of Katowice, PAP was told on Thursday by the spokesperson of the minister coordinator of special services.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:45:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo terrorist incidents during COP 24 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-terrorist-incidents-during-cop-24-in-poland-3961Mural that ‘changes with the seasons’ appears in honour of singing icon Korahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-that-changes-with-the-seasons-appears-in-honour-of-singing-icon-kora-3960<p>The memory of the famous singer Kora has been honoured with a huge mural on Warsaw’s most prestigious street - and it will change with the seasons.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:37:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9z6tc6cig84m5quc7plcm.jpegThe mural of Kora by artist Bruno Althamer celebrates her position as one of Poland’s most iconic singers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-that-changes-with-the-seasons-appears-in-honour-of-singing-icon-kora-3960Lost for over 70 years, rare Great Synagogue candle found after fears it had been looted by Nazi Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-for-over-70-years-rare-great-synagogue-candle-found-after-fears-it-had-been-looted-by-nazi-germany-3958<p>A rare eternal candle, the single vestige of a synagogue looted and destroyed by Nazi-Germans during WWII, has been discovered in the town of Tarnów where it lay hidden for 79 years.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:21:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x8hxucwteknr2u61q8mom.jpegThe eternal candle which was lit in the Temple for the souls of those who died, was found by a Polish man who handed it over to the International Shem Olam Centre.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-for-over-70-years-rare-great-synagogue-candle-found-after-fears-it-had-been-looted-by-nazi-germany-3958Over 8,700 Syrian families have received aid from Caritas Polskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-8700-syrian-families-have-received-aid-from-caritas-polska-3954<p>Caritas Polska has given assistance to more than 8,700 Syrian families, implemented 150 economic projects and funded scholarships for 200 students from Aleppo, the charity organisation has informed PAP.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:25:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 8,700 Syrian families have received aid from Caritas Polskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-8700-syrian-families-have-received-aid-from-caritas-polska-3954Ever more foreigners want to work in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ever-more-foreigners-want-to-work-in-poland-3952<p>Some 235,600 work permit were issued last year to foreigners in Poland, with the number expected to be higher this year. The figure is almost twice that of 2016 with 81.7 percent of permits going to Ukrainians.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:18:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEver more foreigners want to work in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ever-more-foreigners-want-to-work-in-poland-3952All I want for Christmas is…tunes: TFN takes a look at the family tradition of carol singinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-i-want-for-christmas-istunes-tfn-takes-a-look-at-the-family-tradition-of-carol-singing-3950<p>This Christmas Eve (Wigilia) thousands of Poles carried out a centuries-old tradition of singing Christmas carols around the festive table.</p>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:20:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/annshyecpm3k3e460n1s.jpegWhile Poland has a myriad of beautiful Christmas customs, singing carols is perhaps the most heart-warming of them all.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-i-want-for-christmas-istunes-tfn-takes-a-look-at-the-family-tradition-of-carol-singing-3950Beautiful Christmas cards of yesteryear tell fascinating story of defiance to communist-era censorshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-christmas-cards-of-yesteryear-tell-fascinating-story-of-defiance-to-communist-era-censorship-3947<p>A collection of beautifully illustrated Christmas cards from the 60s and 70s shows how some of Poland’s most gifted artists evaded and defied strict communist censorship laws.</p>Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:13:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zppqtl44m9efj7hznrp9wd.jpegThis Christmas scene by Hanna Balicka-Fribes shows the Star of Bethlehem, a religious symbol overlooked by the communist authorities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-christmas-cards-of-yesteryear-tell-fascinating-story-of-defiance-to-communist-era-censorship-3947Poland receives EUR 820.2 mln from EU funds in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-8202-mln-from-eu-funds-in-november---minfin-3945<p>Poland received EUR 820.18 million from EU funds in November 2018, including EUR 95.6 mln in current transfers and EUR 724.57 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a Monday statement.</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2018 16:02:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 820.2 mln from EU funds in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-8202-mln-from-eu-funds-in-november---minfin-3945Thanks, Hanks! Hollywood star Tom Hanks helps to raise cash for Bielsko-Biała hospital with renovation of old Syrena carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thanks-hanks-hollywood-star-tom-hanks-helps-to-raise-cash-for-bielsko-biala-hospital-with-renovation-of-old-syrena-car-3941<p>A Polish woman who launched a campaign to send Hollywood’s Tom Hanks an old Maluch car for his birthday has now teamed up with the actor to raise money for charity – by renovating and selling an old Syrena car.</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:15:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mc18xv7dm6h5rnxn42n92j.jpegHanks first got involved with the Nie Wypada Nie Pomagać foundation (It Pays to Help Out) in 2016 after he posted various photos of himself next to old Fiat 126s alongside the caption ‘I’m so happy with my new car.’ https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thanks-hanks-hollywood-star-tom-hanks-helps-to-raise-cash-for-bielsko-biala-hospital-with-renovation-of-old-syrena-car-3941Energy price project to encompass 17.5 mln customers in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-price-project-to-encompass-175-mln-customers-in-poland---pm-3939<p>We have prepared solutions that involves a reduction in the excises and surcharges included in electricity bills; the project will encompass 17.5 million energy customers; private households, businesses and local governments, the Polish PM has told PAP.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 20:35:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEnergy price project to encompass 17.5 mln customers in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-price-project-to-encompass-175-mln-customers-in-poland---pm-3939Poland avoids “middle-income trap” and claws its way to success by becoming a “European tiger”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-avoids-middle-income-trap-and-claws-its-way-to-success-by-becoming-a-european-tiger-3935<p>The prestigious US think tank The Brookings Institute has praised Poland’s economy for avoiding what it calls the “middle-income trap” and has distilled the formula behind Poland’s success which it presents as a model for other countries to emulate.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 19:03:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vvuc5ktsejlkgaf9k20kg.jpegGoing in the right direction. The Brookings Institute underlines that Poland has achieved the most stable high growth out of all EU member states.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-avoids-middle-income-trap-and-claws-its-way-to-success-by-becoming-a-european-tiger-3935President Duda sends condolences to Indonesia after tragic tsunamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-condolences-to-indonesia-after-tragic-tsunami-3938<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has sent a message of condolence to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with a tragic tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident Duda sends condolences to Indonesia after tragic tsunamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-condolences-to-indonesia-after-tragic-tsunami-3938Setting the scene for Christmas: the tradition of nativity scenes runs deephttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/setting-the-scene-for-christmas-the-tradition-of-nativity-scenes-runs-deep-87<p>In celebration of Christmas and the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, Catholic churches in Poland, and some private homes, display nativity scene. Some, like Warsaw’s Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr ask the faithful to play the roles of the Holy family and bring farm animals to help showcase this symbol of Christmas.</p><p>The tradition of the nativity scene was brought to Poland by Franciscan monks in the form of nativity plays, known in Polish as jasełka. Saint Francis of Assisi is said be the person behind the first display in 1223 in Greccio, Italy.</p><p>In time, the plays became static displays in churches depicting a barn or cave. While the material for these scenes varied from wood and stone, to paper or salt, the main figures remained the same. Apart from the baby Jesus in the crib, as well as Mary and Joseph, angles, shepherds, animals and three wise men were a must.</p><p>In Polish traditions, especially in historically difficult times, the figurines celebrating the birth of Jesus could include national heroes and important people, as well as representatives of different nations and social classes.</p><p>Nowadays, churches ‘compete’ in preparing the most beautiful and colourful depictions of the night Jesus was born. Differing in style, scope and scale, they are a joy to those praying and continue the centuries-long tradition.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 17:44:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/arb42ukjveffwaj8r8nas.jpegAll Catholic churches in Poland display a nativity scene, and three wise men are a must.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/setting-the-scene-for-christmas-the-tradition-of-nativity-scenes-runs-deep-87Open house: people throw open their doors to strangers to keep the Christmas spirit alivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/open-house-people-throw-open-their-doors-to-strangers-to-keep-the-christmas-spirit-alive-3933<p>Thousands of Poles have thrown their homes open to foreigners under a campaign designed to ensure visitors to the country are not left alone and lonely over Christmas.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 15:13:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x2gxjuofr7l1kzx58u8qwk.jpegThe scheme encourages people to invite strangers to their Christmas Eve supper.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/open-house-people-throw-open-their-doors-to-strangers-to-keep-the-christmas-spirit-alive-3933Last survivor of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising dies aged 94https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-survivor-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-dies-aged-94-3929<p>The last surviving veteran of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has died in Jerusalem aged 94.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 12:22:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/913nxtmhxxovw2liohvr3j.jpegRotem was the last surviving veteran of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-survivor-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-dies-aged-94-3929Oil-eating yeast goes to war in the fight against pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-eating-yeast-goes-to-war-in-the-fight-against-pollution-3927<p>A special oil-guzzling yeast developed by a Polish company is on its way to the Persian Gulf to help clean up pollution.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 19:57:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4z5awd8js239qnsfm19twt.jpegThe yeast, yarrowia lipolityca, has been developed by Skotan, a Chorzów based company.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-eating-yeast-goes-to-war-in-the-fight-against-pollution-3927Stress levels of astronauts eased by Polish devicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stress-levels-of-astronauts-eased-by-polish-device-3925<p>A device for monitoring levels of emotional states, like fear, relaxation or stress has been devised by Polish companies for the European Space Agency (ESA).</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:54:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgStress levels of astronauts eased by Polish devicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stress-levels-of-astronauts-eased-by-polish-device-3925Duda gets into the Christmas spirit with Polish troops in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-gets-into-the-christmas-spirit-with-polish-troops-in-romania-3921<p>President Andrzej Duda shared a festive meal with Polish troops reinforcing NATO’s eastern flank in Romania to help them celebrate Christmas.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2xr56u0hprebk7kfkxd.jpegThe president inspects troops from the 17th Wielkopolska Mechanised Brigade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-gets-into-the-christmas-spirit-with-polish-troops-in-romania-3921Town goes nuts and builds massive gingerbread replica of itselfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/town-goes-nuts-and-builds-massive-gingerbread-replica-of-itself-86<p>A small town in south-west Poland have thrown itself into the spirit of Christmas by cooking up a 20-square-metre gingerbread replica of the entire town.</p><p>Organised by the owners of the Hilbert Mill, the residents of Dzierżoniów built a mini imitation of their town in just two months. Bakers of all levels and ages joined in the huge municipal bake off to come up with an edible version of the town.</p><p>Now finished, the gingerbread town can be seen by all at the historic Hilbert Mill, which is now a cultural centre.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:31:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jnx490y6f7sxnhdtu4kt.jpegA mini gingerbread town has been built by hundreds of volunteers in the town of Dzierżoniów.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/town-goes-nuts-and-builds-massive-gingerbread-replica-of-itself-86Uni doc recreates wardrobe from magical world of Narnia with 2,000 blocks of Legohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uni-doc-recreates-wardrobe-from-magical-world-of-narnia-with-2000-blocks-of-lego-3918<p>A university academic has recreated the magical world of Narnia from the book ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ out of 2,000 blocks of Lego.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 11:44:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3v55tjhhgty96jx9r1omg.jpegIn the book, the wardrobe leads four children evacuated from London during World War II – siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy – into the magical land of Narnia. Inhabited by talking animals and fantasy creatures, Narnia is ruled by a White Witch, who makes it “always winter but never Christmas”, as one of the characters in the book puts it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uni-doc-recreates-wardrobe-from-magical-world-of-narnia-with-2000-blocks-of-lego-3918Fidler on the ‘roof of the world’ after winning eco fashion awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fidler-on-the-roof-of-the-world-after-winning-eco-fashion-award-3915<p>A Polish design student has taken the fashion world by storm after winning the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion 2018.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 18:37:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3c3clbviplwwo43wyp5p4.jpeg[Pictured] Aniela Fidler, 26, has won the Kering award for sustainable fashion, chosen by the Alexander McQueen fashion house.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fidler-on-the-roof-of-the-world-after-winning-eco-fashion-award-3915British foreign secretary discusses Brexit, cooperation with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-foreign-secretary-discusses-brexit-cooperation-with-poland-3913<p>In an interview with PAP, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on EU leaders to be flexible in the Brexit negotiations, warning that a lack of agreement on exit from the community would poison the British approach towards EU countries.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 17:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBritish foreign secretary discusses Brexit, cooperation with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-foreign-secretary-discusses-brexit-cooperation-with-poland-3913After seven months at sea, the tall ship Dar Młodzieży reaches San Franciscohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/after-seven-months-at-sea-the-tall-ship-dar-mlodziezy-reaches-san-francisco-84<p>The Polish tall ship “Dar Młodzieży“ &nbsp;(The gift of the Youth) reached the US west coast on Tuesday where it docked in the port of San Francisco. The Independence Cruise that started in May this year, will continue on Saturday, its next stop being Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>The aim of the Independence Sail is to celebrate the centenary of Polish independence, regained in 1918 and to promote the country worldwide.</p><p>During the cruise the ship is to dock at 18 ports, many of them already reached. On Tuesday, the 18th of December the ship opened its deck for visitors in California.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:04:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyzw0s6tq27dxlyjf1jpuv.jpegThe Gift of Youth tall ship, ‘Dar Młodzieży’, arrived in the port of San Francisco passing the famous Golden Gate bridge. It has been cruising around the world since May.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/after-seven-months-at-sea-the-tall-ship-dar-mlodziezy-reaches-san-francisco-84The only such day of the year – the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-such-day-of-the-year--the-great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-3908<p>The WOŚP &nbsp;is a one-day public event, organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy Foundation).</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:14:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x1k74mrwldn85w44ebgcr.jpegThe 26th eddition of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-such-day-of-the-year--the-great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-3908Day of national mourning Sunday after 12 Poles killed in horror mining blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-national-mourning-sunday-after-12-poles-killed-in-horror-mining-blast-3910<p>A day of national mourning has been declared for Sunday after a methane explosion killed 13 miners, including 12 Poles, at a mine in Karvina, Czech Republic, on Thursday evening.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75hf8odnrrlidktvpq0gb.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited the site of the mining accident on Friday morning later going to a hospital in Ostrava where he met miners injured in the blast including a Polish miner reported to be in very serious condition with extensive burns.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-national-mourning-sunday-after-12-poles-killed-in-horror-mining-blast-3910Labour productivity up in January-November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-november---stats-office-3907<p>Poland's industrial labour productivity in the first eleven months of 2018 increased by 3.4 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:49:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLabour productivity up in January-November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-november---stats-office-3907National day of mourning declared for 12 Poles killed in mining blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-day-of-mourning-declared-for-12-poles-killed-in-mining-blast-3904<p>Sunday will be a day of national mourning in Poland after a Thursday methane explosion took the lives of 13 miners, including 12 Poles, at a mine in Karvina, Czech Republic, the Polish President's Office announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNational day of mourning declared for 12 Poles killed in mining blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-day-of-mourning-declared-for-12-poles-killed-in-mining-blast-3904Kept in a vault under armed guard, TFN gets exclusive glimpse at ‘hugely important’ painting hidden from public view for 200 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kept-in-a-vault-under-armed-guard-tfn-gets-exclusive-glimpse-at-hugely-important-painting-hidden-from-public-view-for-200-years-3900<p>A rare painting by the last king of Poland’s court artist, which hasn’t been seen in public for over 200 years, has been bought by the Royal Castle in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:35:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ux1zwoznn8ggbzgsfdxas.jpegFor TFN’s exclusive viewing, the painting was standing on an easel under armed guard in the castle’s ornately decorated Council Chamber. The plan though is that it will eventually hang in the Royal Apartment. Before that, however, it must first undergo examination by castle art conservation specialists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kept-in-a-vault-under-armed-guard-tfn-gets-exclusive-glimpse-at-hugely-important-painting-hidden-from-public-view-for-200-years-3900Christmas in Poland: Special Heart of Poland Editionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/christmas-in-poland-special-heart-of-poland-edition-251<p>In this special festive episode of Heart of Poland, join The First News as we walk around the streets of Warsaw and learn more about Christmas in Poland and Christmas traditions in Poland. Sees the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas market in Warsaw guided by Warsaw tour guide, Kuba Wesołowski and our regular host, Patrick Ney.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:14:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z74naic7qrji92vc77ytk.jpegHeart of Poland. Special Christmas editionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/christmas-in-poland-special-heart-of-poland-edition-251Ties with Britain progressing in good direction - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ties-with-britain-progressing-in-good-direction---pm-3898<p>Poland's economic and trade relations with Britain are progressing in a very good direction, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in London after talks with British counterpart Theresa May.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTies with Britain progressing in good direction - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ties-with-britain-progressing-in-good-direction---pm-3898Gdańsk bassist takes US by storm with ‘one of the best five jazz albums’ of 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-bassist-takes-us-by-storm-with-one-of-the-best-five-jazz-albums-of-2018-3895<p>A record by a jazz quintet led by a bassist from Gdańsk has been judged by the American magazine Downbeat as one of the best five jazz albums of 2018.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:20:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j0ck9vecpriby4fp21ln.jpegThe 42-year-old bassist Wojciech Mazolewski and his quintet said: 'This nostalgic, crazy and introspective musical tale is the reflection of my experiences. Music is an abstract message, packed with energy and power, which you can interpret as you wish. Take from it whatever works for you – that’s why it exists.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-bassist-takes-us-by-storm-with-one-of-the-best-five-jazz-albums-of-2018-3895City travel just got E-asier with Eco-friendly scootershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/city-travel-just-got-e-asier-with-eco-friendly-scooters-3889<p>A new eco craze has hit the streets of Poland.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:04:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8zya7vh8c964gh4sus79.jpegA new eco-craze has come to Poland! Communal E-scooters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/city-travel-just-got-e-asier-with-eco-friendly-scooters-3889Top that! Top guns at top flight school get top new aircrafthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-that-top-guns-at-top-flight-school-get-top-new-aircraft-3893<p>The Polish Air Force University has received new aircraft for training young pilots.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7f4abefpiislpc6vnmk3.jpegThe purchases are an investment that will boost the university’s flight training capacity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-that-top-guns-at-top-flight-school-get-top-new-aircraft-3893Polish bus maker delivers new buses to Frankfurthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-delivers-new-buses-to-frankfurt-3887<p>Polish bus maker Solaris Bus &amp; Coach has delivered five Urbino 12 electric buses to Frankfurt am Main in Germany, the company has announced.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:38:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish bus maker delivers new buses to Frankfurthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-delivers-new-buses-to-frankfurt-3887May Day: Morawiecki off to UK for Brexit talks with British PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-day-morawiecki-off-to-uk-for-brexit-talks-with-british-pm-3885<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki is travelling to London today where he will co-chair Polish-British intergovernmental consultations with British counterpart Teresa May.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sb6occwj7bs1gmrrelsgjc.jpegMorawiecki starts the London visit with a meeting with PM May.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-day-morawiecki-off-to-uk-for-brexit-talks-with-british-pm-3885British PM says Poland one of Britain's closest friends and allieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-pm-says-poland-one-of-britains-closest-friends-and-allies-3883<p>British PM Theresa May said before the Polish-British intergovernmental consultations on Thursday that Poland is one of the closest friends and allies of Great Britain and valued the contribution of Polish migrants to her country's development.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 09:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBritish PM says Poland one of Britain's closest friends and allieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-pm-says-poland-one-of-britains-closest-friends-and-allies-3883Up close and personal with Maciej Musiał, star of Netflix drama 1983https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-close-and-personal-with-maciej-musial-star-of-netflix-drama-1983-3879<p>It could, itself, have come straight out of a movie. A drama student and a struggling writer meet in a bar, bond over a few beers, come up with an idea and BAM! It becomes an overnight international success.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ox521rr36kkw83e4rv144n.jpegBorn in 1995, Musiał never lived through socialism, yet despite that the young actor still found ways to relate to his character, Kajetan, the idealistic and unlikely hero of the series who grows up as a brainwashed product of the oppressive regime.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-close-and-personal-with-maciej-musial-star-of-netflix-drama-1983-3879President visits Polish Military Contingent in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-visits-polish-military-contingent-in-romania-3877<p>President Andrzej Duda, visiting on Wednesday Polish soldiers serving in the multinational NATO forces in Romania, said that both they and their relatives should be sure of the great gratitude of the Polish state for their service and dedication.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident visits Polish Military Contingent in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-visits-polish-military-contingent-in-romania-3877'I was ready to fight… and to die.' Interview with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-was-ready-to-fight-and-to-die-interview-with-prime-minister-mateusz-morawiecki-254<p>In a candid interview with TFN’s Patrick Ney, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki talks for the first time on camera about his teenage years and opposition to communist authoritarianism. Regularly interrogated, beaten and harassed, Morawiecki faced death threats and persecution. This interview was given to mark the 37th anniversary of one of the worst massacres during Poland's Martial Law, the massacre at the Wujek mine on the 16th December, 1981. As the son of leading activist, Kornel Morawiecki, the Prime Minister's story is relatively unknown even in Poland. Until now. Watch this interview (Polish with English subtitles) to discover the full story.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e9bzmjeh6sujhe1a40nue.jpeg'I was ready to fight… and to die.' Interview with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-was-ready-to-fight-and-to-die-interview-with-prime-minister-mateusz-morawiecki-254It's golden glory for Poland's as women's football team become European champions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-golden-glory-for-polands-as-womens-football-team-become-european-champions-3875<p>Poland’s women’s team stormed to glory in the European Deaf Futsal Championship in Tampere, Finland beating Germany 6-5 in a dramatic final.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:46:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dj6jri50djnyconvhrd2uc.jpegPoland’s victorious team, and now European champions, celebrate a win.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-golden-glory-for-polands-as-womens-football-team-become-european-champions-3875Wągrowiec steams to glory by capturing Station of the Year awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wagrowiec-steams-to-glory-by-capturing-station-of-the-year-award-3872<p>The town of Wągrowiec, in north-western Poland, has just 24,000 or so inhabitants, but it has a railway station that it can truly be proud of.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iwx5coqhip36zg2ymsanh.jpegOver a hundred years old the station building has undergone a renovation with a glass extension added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wagrowiec-steams-to-glory-by-capturing-station-of-the-year-award-3872Polish PM says climate summit reconciled different stanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-climate-summit-reconciled-different-stances-3871<p>The UN climate summit that ended in the Polish southern city of Katowice on Saturday managed to align a number of differing positions, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday as he summed up the two-week COP24 conference.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM says climate summit reconciled different stanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-climate-summit-reconciled-different-stances-3871New documentary lifts the lid on the mind of Stanisław Szukalski, a long-lost artistic geniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-documentary-lifts-the-lid-on-the-mind-of-stanislaw-szukalski-a-long-lost-artistic-genius-3868<p>An exploration of the life and work of artist Stanisław Szukalski premiers on the silver screen on December 21 in the form of a Leonardo DiCaprio backed Netflix documentary that delves into the mind of a creative genius who has been almost lost to the sands of time.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:45:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lv3ytf730757f3owe8w69.jpegLeonardo DiCaprio (L) and Ted Sarandos (R), the chief content officer for Netflix, before the first American screening of 'Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski', Los Angeles, December 11th, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-documentary-lifts-the-lid-on-the-mind-of-stanislaw-szukalski-a-long-lost-artistic-genius-3868Polish industrial production up in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-november---stats-office-3867<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 4.7 percent year on year in November 2018, after a 7.4 percent increase year on year in October, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:02:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish industrial production up in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-november---stats-office-3867Africa a strong market, good for Polish firms - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/africa-a-strong-market-good-for-polish-firms---pm-3865<p>Africa is a strong market, interesting to Europe and also very good for Polish companies; contacts established here by Polish businesspeople are very promising, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared at a press conference in Vienna on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAfrica a strong market, good for Polish firms - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/africa-a-strong-market-good-for-polish-firms---pm-3865Directing legend and ‘man of the people’ politician Kazimierz Kutz dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/directing-legend-and-man-of-the-people-politician-kazimierz-kutz-dies-3863<p>One of Poland’s most significant directors has died at the age of 89 following a stroke.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:14:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s03towvik9omz6m3pduz2e.jpegKnown for his passionate support for his home region of Silesia, Kazimierz Kutz has been likened to Mike Leigh for his depiction of the human condition. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/directing-legend-and-man-of-the-people-politician-kazimierz-kutz-dies-3863The Kot who got the cream: Tomasz Kot has every reason to be happy after signing with A-list Hollywood talent agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kot-who-got-the-cream-tomasz-kot-has-every-reason-to-be-happy-after-signing-with-a-list-hollywood-talent-agency-3859<p>Cold War star Tomasz Kot has signed with the prestigious United Talent Agency.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:48:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1yt8udeehh849v4af32net.jpegGrinning like the cat who got the cream, Tomasz Kot signs with United Talent Agency, one of the seventh most powerful talent agencies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kot-who-got-the-cream-tomasz-kot-has-every-reason-to-be-happy-after-signing-with-a-list-hollywood-talent-agency-3859Feline fine! Stowaway cat is ‘nice and calm’ after being found on planehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-stowaway-cat-is-nice-and-calm-after-being-found-on-plane-3858<p>A plane passenger had the shock of his life when he went to put a bag under his seat and found a black cat lying on the floor.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:36:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cqxf2jtkwca2coae81dve4.jpegWould MEW believe it! The black moggy was found under a passenger’s seat on the Lublin-Warsaw flight.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-stowaway-cat-is-nice-and-calm-after-being-found-on-plane-3858As UNICEF celebrates its 72nd anniversary this month, TFN looks back at its Polish founding father Ludwik Rajchmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-unicef-celebrates-its-72-anniversary-this-month-tfn-looks-back-at-its-polish-founding-father-ludwik-rajchman-3855<p>Founded 72 years ago, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to support children’s development and defend their rights.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:16:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c63aubrkefv4pr9e1vbftv.jpegThe organisation was established as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund to provide food and healthcare to children in countries hit by World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-unicef-celebrates-its-72-anniversary-this-month-tfn-looks-back-at-its-polish-founding-father-ludwik-rajchman-3855Average corporate wage and employment rise in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-november-3854<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.7 percent year on year to PLN 4,966.61 in November and 0.9 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:40:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage and employment rise in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-november-3854COP24 great step for environmental protection - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-great-step-for-environmental-protection---pm-3853<p>The Saturday-ended COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland, is a great step forward for environmental protection, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a Monday interview for PAP.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCOP24 great step for environmental protection - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-great-step-for-environmental-protection---pm-3853‘Tis the ‘ski-son’ to be jolly as Poland dominates in skiing world cup championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tis-the-ski-son-to-be-jolly-as-poland-dominates-in-skiing-world-cup-championships-3851<p>Poland’s Karolina Riemen-Żerebecka has won the ski cross World Cup Sweden, while Piotr Żyła and Olympic champ Kamil Stoch took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in ski jumping in Switzerland.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:58:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t7j6ulz1457wzol9b91hi.jpegPiotr Żyła took second place in the ski jumping World Cup championships in Engelberg, Switzerland with Olympic champion Kamil Stoch coming third. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tis-the-ski-son-to-be-jolly-as-poland-dominates-in-skiing-world-cup-championships-3851November's core inflation rate down to 0.7 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-core-inflation-rate-down-to-07-percent---central-bank-3849<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 0.7 percent year on year in November 2018, down from 0.9 percent in October, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:39:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNovember's core inflation rate down to 0.7 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-core-inflation-rate-down-to-07-percent---central-bank-3849Match made in heaven as BLIK teams up with Mastercard to allow contactless payments abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/match-made-in-heaven-as-blik-teams-up-with-mastercard-to-allow-contactless-payments-abroad-3846<p>Mastercard has partnered with BLIK now making it possible to use contactless payment outside of Poland.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7r6inyj74s927t0ojraceq.jpegDariusz Mazurkiewicz, PSP’s CEO, said in an official statement: 'BLIK users will soon be able to pay contactless not only in Poland, but also around the world. This is also the beginning of the road, to offer BLIK payments to mobile banking applications’ users worldwide.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/match-made-in-heaven-as-blik-teams-up-with-mastercard-to-allow-contactless-payments-abroad-3846The Weavers of Łódź: A ‘touching afternoon’ remembers the women whose lives imploded following the collapse of the textile industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-weavers-of-lodz-a-touching-afternoon-remembers-the-women-whose-lives-imploded-following-the-collapse-of-the-textile-industry-3842<p>In a moving afternoon of history, film and theatre, female ex-textile workers came together on Sunday to remember a once thriving industry now long-forgotten.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:37:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1s4oi610r45whkm2r3wjsp.jpegFrom the 19th century, Łódź was the centre of the textile industry in Poland, and was at the forefront of the global textile industry. The industry not only fuelled the city's economy, but also created its identity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-weavers-of-lodz-a-touching-afternoon-remembers-the-women-whose-lives-imploded-following-the-collapse-of-the-textile-industry-3842Polish PM to attend Africa-Europe High-Level Forum in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-africa-europe-high-level-forum-in-vienna-3841<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki is leaving for Vienna later on Monday to take part in an Africa-Europe High-Level Forum on Tuesday, planned to focus on current and future innovation and digital cooperation between Europe and Africa.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:23:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM to attend Africa-Europe High-Level Forum in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-africa-europe-high-level-forum-in-vienna-3841Poland’s Prince Polo chocolate bars are ‘king of the snacks’ in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-prince-polo-chocolate-bars-are-king-of-the-snacks-in-iceland-3839<p>To celebrate their love of Prince Polo chocolate bars, Icelanders have been posting photos of the Polish snack on social media.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:02:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i98eoot6kgl7zwds8m62yg.jpegFor many Icelanders Prince Polo bars are a ‘sweet and seductive’ first step to being introduced to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-prince-polo-chocolate-bars-are-king-of-the-snacks-in-iceland-3839President, lower house speaker commemorate 1970 Gdynia tragic eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-lower-house-speaker-commemorate-1970-gdynia-tragic-events-3837<p>It is the victims of the December 1970 events who made it possible for Poles today to live once again in an independent and sovereign homeland," President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter marking the 1970 tragic events in Poland's northern city of Gdynia.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:13:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident, lower house speaker commemorate 1970 Gdynia tragic eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-lower-house-speaker-commemorate-1970-gdynia-tragic-events-3837Officials honour Pole who died of wounds following Strasbourg attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/officials-honour-pole-who-died-of-wounds-following-strasbourg-attack-3835<p>Polish and foreign officials have honoured a Pole who died of wounds sustained in last Tuesday's terror attack in France's eastern city of Strasbourg.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y86xomuutild5r8478mumj.jpegThe 36-year-old Pole, Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, lived in Strasbourg. Information about his death was announced by his brother on Facebook.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/officials-honour-pole-who-died-of-wounds-following-strasbourg-attack-3835Pole shot in Strasbourg dies of woundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-shot-in-strasbourg-dies-of-wounds-3833<p>A fifth victim of Tuesday's terror attack in France's eastern city of Strasbourg has died of his wounds, the AFP news agency reported on Sunday citing prefecture authorities. The victim is a Pole, Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, his brother said on Facebook.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole shot in Strasbourg dies of woundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-shot-in-strasbourg-dies-of-wounds-3833Katowice commemorates Wujek coal mine victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-commemorates-wujek-coal-mine-victims-3830<p>Government and church officials as well as unionists and the relatives of victims on Sunday in Katowice, southern Poland, commemorated the 37th anniversary of the December 1981 killing by communist militia of nine protesting miners in the city's Wujek coal mine.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKatowice commemorates Wujek coal mine victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-commemorates-wujek-coal-mine-victims-3830Gone Nuclear: TFN bunkers down in Warsaw’s atomic hideouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-nuclear-tfn-bunkers-down-in-warsaws-atomic-hideout-3826<p>Marked with solemnity this Thursday just gone, the 37th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law was a pointed reminder of just how close Poland teetered on the edge of civil war – and worse. With the Soviet Union cracking its knuckles on the side lines, the world braced itself for a chain reaction that could tip the planet towards a nuclear apocalypse. An exaggeration? Not at all.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:17:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/92zunkyr2l936xnu544c9t.jpegGoing down. A series of doors, some of them weighing 300 kilograms, protect Alfa from the outside world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-nuclear-tfn-bunkers-down-in-warsaws-atomic-hideout-3826COP24 implements Paris Agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-implements-paris-agreement-3825<p>The COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland has implemented the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse emission reduction in a Katowice Package passed at the conference's closing session on Saturday.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 18:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCOP24 implements Paris Agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-implements-paris-agreement-3825Trips the lights Wilanów: place gets lit up for the Christmas seasonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/trips-the-lights-wilanow-place-gets-lit-up-for-the-christmas-season-83<p>All those who wanting to escape the Christmas shopping madness and absorb a bit of seasonal magic should head to the Wilanów Palace gardens, which have been lit up by dazzling battery of festive lights.</p><p>An open-air exhibition, ‘The Royal Garden of Light’ comes packed with dozens of illuminated designs. One of the highlights is the Music Dream Garden, which mixes a light display with music from the likes of Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky .&nbsp;</p><p>‘The Royal Garden of Light’ is open daily (except for December 24 and 31)), between 4 and 9 PM , until the 24th of February.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:29:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1dzzx2eu8tb8sm4dqzpzzq.jpegThousands of lights illuminate the Wilanów Palace in Warsaw. The open air exhibition will be open until February 24, 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/trips-the-lights-wilanow-place-gets-lit-up-for-the-christmas-season-83Nextbike Polska wins EUR 6.78-mln Finnish city tenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nextbike-polska-wins-eur-678-mln-finnish-city-tender-3822<p>A EUR 6.78-million offer by Polish bicycle maker Nextbike Polska has been chosen as the best bid in a tender for a city bicycle system in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, the company announced in a press release.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:37:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNextbike Polska wins EUR 6.78-mln Finnish city tenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nextbike-polska-wins-eur-678-mln-finnish-city-tender-3822Rising star of stage and screen picks up prestigious acting awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rising-star-of-stage-and-screen-picks-up-prestigious-acting-award-3821<p>A new star of European film could be in the making with actor Dawid Ogrodnik due to pick up a prestigious award from the European Film Promotion organisation. Presented each year to the 10 most promising actors, the award promotes young European talent in the international film industry.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkynbvkaml9cogb052pzg.jpegOgrodnik, aged 32, is already a household name to Polish theatre and cinema fans. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rising-star-of-stage-and-screen-picks-up-prestigious-acting-award-3821‘Cold War’ hogs the honours at the 2018 European Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-hogs-the-honours-at-the-2018-european-film-festival-3818<p>‘Cold War’ came away as the big winner at this year’s European Film Festival, picking up five awards including best director, screenwriter and actress.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:11:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w1awpskuhmf1hewkhswik.jpegPolish director Paweł Pawlikowski (3-L) and his team members pose with all their awards for their film 'Cold War' during the 2018 European Film Awards (EFA) ceremony at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville on 15 December 2018. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-hogs-the-honours-at-the-2018-european-film-festival-3818Ticket to ride: a journey around the globe to discover the fascinating legacy of L. L. Zamenhof, the Polish Jewish creator of the Esperanto languagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ticket-to-ride-the-first-news-is-taking-a-journey-around-the-globe-to-discover-a-fascinating-legacy-of-l-l-zamenhof-a-polish-jewish-creator-of-the-esperanto-language-3810<p>A Catalonian street, a German city, a Brazilian orphanage, an Antarctic island and the Themistian asteroid are just a handful of the hundreds and hundreds of things named after Zamenhof or his brainchild the Esperanto language.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:13:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfmgmki2j8geonpi37fy3a.jpegWarsaw city bus at the bus depot located in Esperanto Street.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ticket-to-ride-the-first-news-is-taking-a-journey-around-the-globe-to-discover-a-fascinating-legacy-of-l-l-zamenhof-a-polish-jewish-creator-of-the-esperanto-language-3810Art on the rocks: sculptors get to grips with ice in international competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/art-on-the-rocks-sculptors-get-to-grips-with-ice-in-international-competition-81<p>Last weekend, the best ice sculptors in Europe gathered for the13th annual Ice sculpting festival in Central Poland.</p><p>Held by the governing body of Poznan, the event took place in the quaint old town of the city and saw spectators come together to witness the icy spectacle.</p><p>Sculptors from Italy, Malaysia, USA, Mexico, Lithuania, Slovakia and Poland took part in competitions such as speed ice sculpting, image copying, and creative sculpting as part of the two-day festival.</p><p>The first day of the festival came with the challenge to carve the quickest and most faithful reconstruction of the Poznań town hall, which was won by American Don Loving. Second place went to Pole, Michał Mizuła, and third place to Angelito Baban, also from the United States.</p><p>Slovaks Adam Bakoš and Miroslav Trnovský triumphed on day two of the competition with their creative output. Their sculpture depicted the actor and film director Charlie Chaplin. Nenad Klajic and Strajin Čančarević from Serbia took second place. And third place went to Spaniards Bruno Fleurit and Max Rutgers, who made a statue of a woman with a dragonfly on her hand.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lwlohxap5utzq0tjqjykn.jpegOn December 8 and 9, a group of artists from different corners of the world competed against each other by creating beautiful sculptures from huge blocks of ice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/art-on-the-rocks-sculptors-get-to-grips-with-ice-in-international-competition-81Italian automotive investor opens factory in Opolehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3808<p>UFI Filters, a Italian automotive manufacturer, has opened a factory in Opole (western Poland), the office of Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone has announced, adding that the value of the investment was PLN 42 million (EUR 9.76 million).</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:33:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgItalian automotive investor opens factory in Opolehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3808Poles go bonkers for e-bankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-go-bonkers-for-e-banking-3806<p>Poles are embracing the electronic banking revolution with millions of people signing up for apps and using the internet to interact with their bank.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:16:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwvp59ickqhbex9zvnzyar.jpegPKO Bank Polski, Poland’s largest bank, has embraced the e-revolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-go-bonkers-for-e-banking-3806Insurer PZU signs agreement with US advisory centre Atlantic Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurer-pzu-signs-agreement-with-us-advisory-centre-atlantic-council-3804<p>The president of Polish insurance firm PZU signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with US advisory centre the Atlantic Council in Washington on Friday. The agreement foresees cooperation in promoting the Three Seas initiative, among other steps.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInsurer PZU signs agreement with US advisory centre Atlantic Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurer-pzu-signs-agreement-with-us-advisory-centre-atlantic-council-3804Zakopane skier slithers to Alpine glory in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zakopane-skier-slithers-to-alpine-glory-in-italy-3801<p>A &nbsp;Polish female skier hit a career high by winning a downhill event in the European Alpine Skiing Cup on December 14 in northern Italy.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:07:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2854yn16wze12onogqrbevn.jpegPolish Alpine skier, Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel zig-zagged her way to a stunning victory at the European Alpine Cup.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zakopane-skier-slithers-to-alpine-glory-in-italy-3801How many fingers does a horse have and other Google searches from Poland in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-many-fingers-does-a-horse-have-and-other-google-searches-from-poland-in-2018-3789<p>Google has published its 2018 review of people’s most popular searches.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:12:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n7o9aem4kse1hig8iufaex.jpegFootball was at the top. Pictured: Robert Lewandowski during the FIFA World Cup 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-many-fingers-does-a-horse-have-and-other-google-searches-from-poland-in-2018-3789Human rights congress gets down to business in capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/human-rights-congress-gets-down-to-business-in-capital-3788<p>From constitutional justice to artificial intelligence, via #MeToo, hundreds of specialists and activists gather in Warsaw Friday to discuss human rights from a wide range of angles.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zec9vdb3c9b28uxlp5aj3k.jpeg“Our goal is for congress to become a living centre of civic thought and discussion, a deeper reflection on key themes,” said Polish Ombudsman Adam Bodnar, the event’s organiser.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/human-rights-congress-gets-down-to-business-in-capital-3788Moving to Poland and finding work: Chido-Fajnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/moving-to-poland-and-finding-work-chido-fajny-249<p>Moving to Poland, living and successfully finding work in Poland was a big challenge for the most popular Mexican in Poland, David Huerta Beltran, otherwise known by his blog name Chido-Fajny.</p><p>David's journey to Poland started with a chance meeting with a Polish girl, Karolina, in Paris. When he moved to Poland, he had to learn the Polish language and overcome the challenge of getting the legal right to work in Poland. Now, David is a well-known blogger and vlogger in Poland, creating films about Polish history, culture and society. In this episode, David talks to our host Patrick Ney about living in Poland, his personal journey and his top tips for surviving in Poland.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:43:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ovanb9bu0rxwu1opv6ka.pngMoving to Poland and finding work: Chido-Fajnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/moving-to-poland-and-finding-work-chido-fajny-249From war-torn Warsaw to Pawlikowski’s Cold War, the incredible story of the singing folkdance ensemble taking the WORLD by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-war-torn-warsaw-to-pawlikowskis-cold-war-the-incredible-story-of-the-singing-folkdance-ensemble-taking-the-world-by-storm-3786<p>The Mazowsze folk song and dance ensemble has played the role of Poland’s informal ambassador of culture for seven decades and rightly deserves its position as perhaps the largest and most successful folk group in Europe.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:01:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ig2kjgr6e6qhlzcg3mdrc.jpegThe one element that is encoded into the ensemble’s DNA, is passion. This passion, which exudes from every member, is genuine and infectious, and is woven throughout the whole organisation like the intricate patterns on the thousands of original folk costumes in the group’s collections. It is a passion for singing, dancing and playing musical instruments, but it is also a passion for Poland, its culture and its traditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-war-torn-warsaw-to-pawlikowskis-cold-war-the-incredible-story-of-the-singing-folkdance-ensemble-taking-the-world-by-storm-3786President Duda, UN Secretary General Guterres start meeting in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-un-secretary-general-guterres-start-meeting-in-katowice-3784<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres started a meeting in Katowice on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident Duda, UN Secretary General Guterres start meeting in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-un-secretary-general-guterres-start-meeting-in-katowice-3784November's CPI in Poland at 1.3 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-cpi-in-poland-at-13-pct-yy---stats-office-3782<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.3 percent year on year and remained flat month on month in November 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNovember's CPI in Poland at 1.3 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-cpi-in-poland-at-13-pct-yy---stats-office-3782Conan the Barbarian’s seafaring sidekick brought to life by Polish artist in new comic serieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conan-the-barbarians-seafaring-sidekick-brought-to-life-by-polish-artist-in-new-comic-series-3780<p>A Polish illustrator will be the artist behind a new Marvel comic series featuring a character from the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:03:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cyziwx2rpzik2x97f7cho8.jpegArtist Katarzyna Niemczyk will bring the adventures of the heroine Belit to life in the pages of the magazine. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conan-the-barbarians-seafaring-sidekick-brought-to-life-by-polish-artist-in-new-comic-series-3780Poland's future-inflation index down in December - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-down-in-december---biec-3776<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends in the country over the coming months, went down by 0.3 point month on month in December, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:08:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's future-inflation index down in December - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-down-in-december---biec-3776Murdered victims of martial law honoured in moving candlelit ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/freedom-candles-lit-to-honour-dead-of-martial-law-3774<p>The Institute of National Memorial, the body charged with investigating communist-era crime, commemorated the victims of martial law with its ‘Light the Light of Freedom’ campaign.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:24:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oqebhlnejxo7najai8uv9q.jpegThe campaign ‘Light the Light of Freedom’ is to honour the people killed during martial law. Pictured: pacification of the 'Wujek' mine, in which 9 miners were killed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/freedom-candles-lit-to-honour-dead-of-martial-law-3774Fast change to clean energy would benefit Poland – World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fast-change-to-clean-energy-would-benefit-poland--world-bank-3773<p>Scaling up renewable energy sources in Poland would benefit the economy, improve people’s health, and reduce serious environmental problems, says a new World Bank report.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:25:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFast change to clean energy would benefit Poland – World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fast-change-to-clean-energy-would-benefit-poland--world-bank-3773Economic organisation secretary lists challenges facing today's citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-organisation-secretary-lists-challenges-facing-todays-cities-3767<p>Sustainable development of cities, digitally-competent employees and taxation of online companies are the key challenges that contemporary cities face, said Jose Angel Gurria, secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEconomic organisation secretary lists challenges facing today's citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-organisation-secretary-lists-challenges-facing-todays-cities-3767Go on, girls! Internet singing sensation Tulia chosen to perform at NBAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girls-internet-singing-sensation-tulia-chosen-to-perform-at-nba-opening-3768<p>A Polish Folk group has been hand-picked to be the first Polish group to perform during ‘Polish night’ at the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the new year.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100Art & CultureSportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ccktgkob3l7a5vpvhzxd8.jpegSinging quartet Tulia, made up of Joanna Sinkiewicz, Patrycja Nowicka, Dominki Siepka, and Tulia Biczak, will promote Poland at their NBA performance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girls-internet-singing-sensation-tulia-chosen-to-perform-at-nba-opening-3768Germany’s CDU party elects Polish-born MP as general secretaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germanys-cdu-party-elects-polish-born-mp-as-general-secretary-3766<p>A Polish-born MP has been elected general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany’s biggest party.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mi0jwt7vuwyok783badgf.jpegAt 33, Ziemiak is the youngest-ever secretary of the CDU, which was founded by Konrad Adenauer right after World War II, in 1945.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germanys-cdu-party-elects-polish-born-mp-as-general-secretary-3766Eighty is the new 60, at least when it comes to lifespan says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-is-the-new-60-at-least-when-it-comes-to-lifespan-says-new-report-3764<p>By 2040, the average Pole can optimistically expect to live until the age of 84.6, up from 77.9 in 2016, according to a study by academics in the United States.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:25:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ebzdrtio5427xoictjk0r.jpegIn the best-case scenario, the average Pole is forecast to live 84.6 years, with the country ranking 41st worldwide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-is-the-new-60-at-least-when-it-comes-to-lifespan-says-new-report-3764Polish artist's depiction of the liberation of Breda wins competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-artists-depiction-of-the-liberation-of-breda-wins-competition-3762<p>An artwork project by Wroclaw (southern Poland) resident Tomasz Tomaszewski has won a competition for a sculpture or installation commemorating the liberation of Breda, the Netherlands, by the 1st Armored Division lead by General Stanisław Maczek in 1944.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:51:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish artist's depiction of the liberation of Breda wins competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-artists-depiction-of-the-liberation-of-breda-wins-competition-3762‘Martial law in a nutshell’: On the 37th anniversary of martial law being imposed, TFN meets Chris Niedenthal, the man whose photography came to define ithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/martial-law-in-a-nutshell-on-the-37th-anniversary-of-martial-law-being-imposed-tfn-meets-chris-niedenthal-the-man-whose-photography-came-to-define-it-3758<p>In the early hours of Sunday December 13, 1981 photographer Chris Niedenthal returned home to his house in Warsaw’s Saska Kepa district after a night of socialising with friends, family and various elements of Poland’s foreign press corps.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:19:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l34cy9zod3nihyzowivu4l.jpegChris Niedenthal moved to Poland in 1973 where he became one of the very few foreign photographers managing to smuggle pictures abroad, documenting Polish reality for western media.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/martial-law-in-a-nutshell-on-the-37th-anniversary-of-martial-law-being-imposed-tfn-meets-chris-niedenthal-the-man-whose-photography-came-to-define-it-3758Polish PM marks martial law anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-marks-martial-law-anniversary-3756<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "martial law was the most deplorable attack against attempts to win at least some sovereignty."</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM marks martial law anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-marks-martial-law-anniversary-3756Over forty countries support Polish-British e-mobility initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-forty-countries-support-polish-british-e-mobility-initiative-3755<p>More than 40 countries support the Polish-British initiative to promote electromobility, the Ministry of Environment announced on Wednesday. The declaration was made at the COP24 UN climate summit in Katowice (southern Poland), last Tuesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver forty countries support Polish-British e-mobility initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-forty-countries-support-polish-british-e-mobility-initiative-3755Fascinating sculptures dotted around city’s streets help preserve memory of industrial pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-sculptures-dotted-around-citys-streets-help-preserve-memory-of-industrial-past-79<p>Funded by citizens’ budget, the project “Piękniejsze Śródmieście” (most beautiful downtown) aims to preserve the memory of Radom’s past, while augmenting the sparse street furniture, which until now was limited to the occasional bench or rubbish bin.</p><p>The initiators, Sebastian Pawłowski and Maciej Stępnikowski, said: &nbsp;“Our city has a rich history, which is little-known and presented to both the inhabitants and visitors. (…) In this context, I propose (basing the idea on Wrocław’s gnomes) to place 17 objects (from bronze or brass) for which over decades Radom was or still is famous in the downtown’s public space”.</p><p>Metal Works “Łucznik”, the Radom Telecommunication Factory, Mlekpol dairy cooperative and shoes producers were responsible for some of the most recognizable products and designs of the communist times. Popular on both the domestics and foreign markets, they became symbols of an era. Some, like the VIS pistol remain a favourite among collectors and are still produced. &nbsp;</p><p>The 1:1 scale bronze mementos of Radom’s products, were created by Sławomir Micek. The sculptor from Kielce, who specializes in marble and metal, is also the creator of the writer Witold Gombrowicz statue. Passers-by can sit at the table with the immortalized figure and play a pretend game of chess.</p><p>The project financed by the city, which so far has only commissioned 14, cost less than 130,000 PLN (30,000 EUR). &nbsp;It is one of the more curious initiatives submitted for the 2018 citizen budget, as it aimed at building the image of the city, rather than infrastructure or investment. The initiators hope that funding from private companies will lead to the creation of other sculptures to grace the nooks and crannies of Radom.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:20:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lk04j3qveyajggv4ql915.jpegStill a common sight at Polish tables, the vanilla homogenised cheese from Rolmlecz has been a treat for generations of Poles. Now a part of Mlekpol, Rolmlecz’s history dates back to 1926.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-sculptures-dotted-around-citys-streets-help-preserve-memory-of-industrial-past-79‘Four Musketeers’ to breathe new life into capital with plant-covered pop-up Brixton-style complexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-musketeers-to-breathe-new-life-into-capital-with-plant-covered-pop-up-brixton-style-complex-3752<p>A group of young entrepreneurs calling themselves the Four Musketeers are hoping to revolutionise the face of Warsaw with a 10,000 sqm, all-in-one, multifunctional eco-centre.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:45:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ogirot48vq3fqvphy8xod.jpegIn the smog-fighting complex, you can do shopping, take advantage of various services and take part in cultural events. The initiators also want to promote ecological behaviour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-musketeers-to-breathe-new-life-into-capital-with-plant-covered-pop-up-brixton-style-complex-3752A group of military enthusiasts has recreated Poland’s first ever armoured vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-group-of-military-enthusiasts-has-recreated-polands-first-ever-armoured-vehicle-247<p>Named Piłsudski’s tank it had its baptism of fire in street fighting in Lwów in 1918 when Poles were fighting to establish the new country’s eastern borders. To raise morale it was also decorated with an American flag to show that Poland was not alone in its struggle but backed by US President Woodrow Wilson.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:06:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r1awxayk5xspi96vptfqzb.jpegA group of military enthusiasts has recreated Poland’s first ever armoured vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-group-of-military-enthusiasts-has-recreated-polands-first-ever-armoured-vehicle-247Polish citizen among Strasbourg shooting victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-citizen-among-strasbourg-shooting-victims-3750<p>The French authorities have informed that a Polish citizen is among the victims of a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France, the Polish Foreign Ministry reported on Twitter on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:54:00 +0100Newshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish citizen among Strasbourg shooting victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-citizen-among-strasbourg-shooting-victims-3750LNG stepping on the gas to satisfy half of Poland’s yearly demandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lng-stepping-on-the-gas-to-satisfy-half-of-polands-yearly-demand-3748<p>Over forty-five deliveries, around 9 million m3 of LNG and more than 4.8 billion Nm3 of regasified gas: this is the track record of the Poland’s LNG terminal since it received its first delivery of liquefied natural gas three years ago, in December 2015.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:38:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qs7n0a8o40r0r09zsal3lg9.jpegPoland’s regasification capacity is currently 5 billion m3 per year, but Polskie LNG plans to increase it to 7.5 billion m3, which would satisfy around 50 percent of Poland’s annual gas demand. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lng-stepping-on-the-gas-to-satisfy-half-of-polands-yearly-demand-3748Tanks for the memory: Enthusiasts build incredible replica of Poland’s first armoured vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tanks-for-the-memory-enthusiasts-build-incredible-replica-of-polands-first-armoured-vehicle-3744<p>A group of military enthusiasts have built a stunning replica of Poland’s first ever armoured vehicle.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:24:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gw0d0mopd0u1zxgoni2s45.jpegKnown as the Piłsuduski Tank, the steel-plated converted truck had its baptism of fire in the Battle of Lwów 100 years ago. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tanks-for-the-memory-enthusiasts-build-incredible-replica-of-polands-first-armoured-vehicle-3744Poland's industrial production up in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-october---eurostat-3741<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.0 percent year on year in October 2018, after growing by 4.9 percent in September, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:56:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-october---eurostat-3741Poland issues temporary residence permits to 200,000 non-EU nationalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-temporary-residence-permits-to-200000-non-eu-nationals-3739<p>About 200,000 non-EU nationals have valid temporary residence permits in Poland, the spokesman for the Office for Foreigners, Jakub Dudziak, has told PAP.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:01:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland issues temporary residence permits to 200,000 non-EU nationalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-temporary-residence-permits-to-200000-non-eu-nationals-3739Ready, steady, ho, ho, ho! Running Santas swamp Toruń in charity marathon for kidshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/ready-steady-ho-ho-ho-running-santas-swamp-torun-in-charity-marathon-for-kids-77<p>An unusual half-marathon took place over the weekend which saw over 3,000 Santa impersonators run amok in the northern Polish town of Toruń, all in the name of charity.</p><p>Awash in a festive sea of red and white, the streets of Toruń were flooded as the ‘Runners for Children’ adult half-marathon kicked off at 10 am on the 9th December to help deliver gifts to needy children.</p><p>The race track ran along some of the medieval streets of Toruń’s old town and through the scenic parks and forests of the town.</p><p>A yearly affair, the Toruń Association of Physical Culture have organised the charity event for 16 consecutive years.</p><p>This year it is reported that Santas from all over Poland, 20 different countries and five continents joined together for the run.</p><p>Puppy Santas, snowmen and even Christmas trees ran as part of the charity action.</p><p>After the marathon, participants helped to prepare gifts for children in care homes.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:03:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gv1y6zar6s8yy4fcos17s.jpeg3,000 Santas gathered on the freezing streets of Toruń to run, spread Christmas cheer and gather gifts for children in care homes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/ready-steady-ho-ho-ho-running-santas-swamp-torun-in-charity-marathon-for-kids-77Facts not fakes. Do not kill neighbouring rightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facts-not-fakes-do-not-kill-neighbouring-rights-3732<p>Just two months ago on September 12 the European Parliament voted massively in favour of a proposed directive that gives the press and news agencies hope that they will at last be paid by the giants of the internet.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzyt73qaxrnhd3a0ospbad.jpegAFP Bureau chief Sammy Ketz calls for tougher regulation of fake news.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facts-not-fakes-do-not-kill-neighbouring-rights-3732Poland tackles air pollution at COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tackles-air-pollution-at-cop24-3735<p>The Polish government hopes its Clean Air programme will contribute to a significant reduction in energy use and CO2 emissions. At the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice (southern Poland), financing was announced for building thermomodernisation from Jan. 2019.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland tackles air pollution at COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tackles-air-pollution-at-cop24-3735These mushrooms really are MAGIC as they are transformed into tasteful furniturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/these-mushrooms-really-are-magic-as-they-are-transformed-into-tasteful-furniture-3730<p>The idea of sitting on rotting fungus may not appeal to everyone, but a Polish designer has come up with a novel way of making eco-friendly furniture - out of mushrooms.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:03:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67hboo8oplu5o4rzd3bdkk.jpegBright spark: Using a complex process of synthesis, creator Michał Głogowski has turned mushrooms into household furniture items like this lampshade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/these-mushrooms-really-are-magic-as-they-are-transformed-into-tasteful-furniture-3730Fingers crossed: Despite a poor season Polish swimmers holding on at World Championship in Chinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fingers-crossed-despite-a-poor-season-polish-swimmers-holding-on-at-world-championship-in-china-3729<p>Polish swimmers are keeping their heads afloat at the World Championship in Hanzhou, China, after qualifying for the finals and semi-finals.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:42:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/av3pm2htairwx17lhdmue.jpegJan Świtkowski could be Poland’s secret weapon after setting a new record during the 200m medleyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fingers-crossed-despite-a-poor-season-polish-swimmers-holding-on-at-world-championship-in-china-3729Poland's foreign trade deficit after Oct. at EUR 3.2 bln - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-deficit-after-oct-at-eur-32-bln---stats-office-3725<p>Poland's foreign trade deficit amounted to EUR 3.2 billion after October 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:11:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's foreign trade deficit after Oct. at EUR 3.2 bln - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-deficit-after-oct-at-eur-32-bln---stats-office-3725Strangest war in history? Seventy-one years ago today Poland declared WAR on its old friend Japan - and it lasted for 16 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strangest-war-in-history-seventy-one-years-ago-today-poland-declared-war-on-its-old-friend-japan---and-it-lasted-for-16-years-3723<p>On this day in 1941, the Polish government-in-exile in London sent a declaration of war to Japan.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sh05hxf318n1e98x84kz.jpegOn November 11, Władysław Sikorski's government reluctantly declared war on Japan, but cooperation between the two countries continued to flourish with a Polish espionage network being created at the Japanese embassy in Berlin, and Polish agents and diplomats being allowed to travel on passports provided by the Japanese.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strangest-war-in-history-seventy-one-years-ago-today-poland-declared-war-on-its-old-friend-japan---and-it-lasted-for-16-years-3723Polish special services' total budget for 2019 to hit EUR 350 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-special-services-total-budget-for-2019-to-hit-eur-350-million-3721<p>The total budget for 2019 of five Polish special services is to reach PLN 1.53 billion (EUR 350 million) according to a government prepared draft budget law for 2019.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish special services' total budget for 2019 to hit EUR 350 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-special-services-total-budget-for-2019-to-hit-eur-350-million-3721From a dark grey Stalinist childhood to a colourful realm of unbridled imagination, the voyage of ‘Grateful Dead’ illustrator Jan Sawkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-dark-grey-stalinist-childhood-to-a-colourful-realm-of-unbridled-imagination-the-voyage-of-grateful-dead-illustrator-jan-sawka-3717<p>In November last year, over 100 pieces of memorabilia belonging to The Grateful Dead went up for auction.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:01:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7br2z0n24g5r2deup61fgk.jpegHis most spectacular achievement was the creation of a 10-storey tall stage set for legendary American band The Grateful Dead's 25th Anniversary tour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-dark-grey-stalinist-childhood-to-a-colourful-realm-of-unbridled-imagination-the-voyage-of-grateful-dead-illustrator-jan-sawka-3717Gdańsk Shipyard among 14 new historical monuments - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-shipyard-among-14-new-historical-monuments---president-3716<p>The Gdańsk Shipyard is among 14 new monuments to history established by the president. "Poland has 105 monuments to history on its independence centenary," President Andrzej Duda said during a gala at the National Theatre in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGdańsk Shipyard among 14 new historical monuments - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-shipyard-among-14-new-historical-monuments---president-3716Could looted art from WWII be hidden under village chapel?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-looted-art-from-wwii-be-hidden-under-village-chapel-3713<p>A treasure hunter and history buff says he has uncovered the location of artwork looted by Hitler’s marauding troops during World War II.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:21:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6v6gi3v434vbvmir855cl.jpegThe search for WWII looted art has been going on for over 70 years. Pictured: Artwork looted by Nazi Germany and stored at Schlosskirche Ellingen in Bavaria, Germany, was discovered by US troops in 1945. Thousands of other pieces remain missing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-looted-art-from-wwii-be-hidden-under-village-chapel-3713News agencies declare war on fake newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/news-agencies-declare-war-on-fake-news-3710<p>Press agencies across Europe have joined forces to fight against the increasing threat of fake news.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r09e3tmlsaf8q1htpq6bd4.jpegThe Polish Press Agency is one of 13 pan-European news organisations calling for a united stand against fake news.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/news-agencies-declare-war-on-fake-news-3710We’re in the money! Increasing wealth leads to growing appetite for luxury goods, shows KPMG reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-increasing-wealth-leads-to-growing-appetite-for-luxury-goods-shows-kpmg-report-3708<p>The value of the luxury goods market in Poland amounts to nearly PLN 24 billion this year, according to a report by KPMG.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:24:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n1yprvfxubfld3e5rqza5.jpegThe estimated value for luxury clothing and accessories in 2017 was around PLN 2.9 billion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-increasing-wealth-leads-to-growing-appetite-for-luxury-goods-shows-kpmg-report-3708Poland to invest EUR 3 bln in electromobility - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-eur-3-bln-in-electromobility---pm-3706<p>Poland treats the issue of electromobility very seriously and is ready to invest at least EUR 3 bln to this purpose over the next ten years, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to invest EUR 3 bln in electromobility - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-eur-3-bln-in-electromobility---pm-3706Pre-Oscar retrospective of Polish director’s films being held in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pre-oscar-retrospective-of-polish-directors-films-being-held-in-us-3705<p>A retrospective of the films of Paweł Pawlikowski, with the participation of the director, is being held in the New York Museum of the Moving Image. His film "Cold War" is listed among the favourites for the Oscar in the non-English language films category.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:23:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPre-Oscar retrospective of Polish director’s films being held in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pre-oscar-retrospective-of-polish-directors-films-being-held-in-us-3705‘I was never a girly girl’: World’s fastest female racing driver who’s currently riding high in Pole position says she wanted to be an actresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-never-a-girly-girl-worlds-fastest-female-racing-driver-whos-currently-riding-high-in-pole-position-says-she-wanted-to-be-an-actress-3700<p>From the small town of Żyrardów just outside the Polish capital Warsaw, it’s a fair distance to Bahrain.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/umpltfejez91cxlp6nttov.jpegWinner! Now 25, Gosia first received a taste of the fast life thanks to her father when they spent time at go karting. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-never-a-girly-girl-worlds-fastest-female-racing-driver-whos-currently-riding-high-in-pole-position-says-she-wanted-to-be-an-actress-3700President attends World Cup speed skating event at new Polish arenahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-world-cup-speed-skating-event-at-new-polish-arena-3699<p>President Andrzej Duda attended a World Cup speed skating event which took place at the newly-built Tomaszów Ice Arena in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, central Poland, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsSportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident attends World Cup speed skating event at new Polish arenahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-world-cup-speed-skating-event-at-new-polish-arena-3699Short track speed skating: Pole wins bronze medal in 500 metre eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/short-track-speed-skating-pole-wins-bronze-medal-in-500-metre-event-3698<p>Natalia Maliszewska took home the bronze medal in the final of the women's 500 metre short track speed skating race during Sunday's World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:16:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgShort track speed skating: Pole wins bronze medal in 500 metre eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/short-track-speed-skating-pole-wins-bronze-medal-in-500-metre-event-3698Polish PM, Foreign Ministry remember Russian human rights activisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-foreign-ministry-remember-russian-human-rights-activist-3695<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Poland's Foreign Ministry paid tribute to Soviet-era dissident and human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died in Moscow on Saturday at the age of 91.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM, Foreign Ministry remember Russian human rights activisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-foreign-ministry-remember-russian-human-rights-activist-3695From Brazil to herring: famed Brazilian avant-garde art reflects on her Polish-Jewish heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-brazil-to-herring-famed-brazilian-avant-garde-art-reflects-on-her-polish-jewish-heritage-3693<p>She may have been born and bred in Brazil, but there is still a streak of Polishness in Anna Bella Geiger that seems indelible.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:11:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jexdvonnenjpbgetqwvh.jpegAnna Bella Geiger in front of her works at the Zachęta Museum, Warsaw, December 7th, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-brazil-to-herring-famed-brazilian-avant-garde-art-reflects-on-her-polish-jewish-heritage-3693March for Climate passes through streets of Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-passes-through-streets-of-katowice-3692<p>Nearly 3,000 people took part in the "March for Climate", on Saturday, in Poland's southern city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district and the scene of the ongoing COP24 climate summit.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMarch for Climate passes through streets of Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-passes-through-streets-of-katowice-3692Poland could be a 'hydrogen Kuwait' for transport needs - COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-could-be-a-hydrogen-kuwait-for-transport-needs---cop24-3691<p>Hydrogen retrieval installations in industry, infrastructure for cars or locomotives driven by hydrogen and widespread hydrogen-powered public communication are to be the basis of a hydrogen revolution in transport, claim the gas's advocates.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland could be a 'hydrogen Kuwait' for transport needs - COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-could-be-a-hydrogen-kuwait-for-transport-needs---cop24-3691Goodbye Lenin: Praga's Czar PRL museum prepares to bid farewell to Warsaw's Praga districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goodbye-lenin-pragas-czar-prl-museum-prepares-to-bid-farewell-to-warsaws-praga-district-3689<p>Never short on either charm or character(s), Warsaw’s right side has often revelled in its reputation as a raw, gritty district where the unexpected happens. Yet if once it was considered bandit land by sophisticates and snobs, its stop-start regeneration this millennium has created a unique landscape in which this traditionally working class area has seen creative life flourish: street art, edgy music venues and offbeat ventures have all thrived alongside long-established, small family businesses plying their trade from battered pre-war tenements.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ta75pzlybhepjwaoyci5gn.jpegBack to the past. The museum shows people what everyday life was in Communist Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goodbye-lenin-pragas-czar-prl-museum-prepares-to-bid-farewell-to-warsaws-praga-district-3689New book explores the amazing and contradictory wartime life of a Jewish female agent who worked for the Germans and the Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-explores-the-amazing-and-contradictory-wartime-life-of-a-jewish-female-agent-who-worked-for-the-germans-and-the-poles-3687<p>Her story could inspire Hollywood filmmakers. She lived for only 22 years but in that short life she used several names, created dozen of identities and suffered traumatic experiences. She even broke the law to save the life of her Jewish family.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:37:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/56m0we5plh5kdar0vtkpxn.jpegThe spy as a little girl at the family's property in Wieniec in late 1920s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-explores-the-amazing-and-contradictory-wartime-life-of-a-jewish-female-agent-who-worked-for-the-germans-and-the-poles-3687Flicking the switch: Warsaw lights up for Christmashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/flicking-the-switch-warsaw-lights-up-for-christmas-244<p>The festive season became illuminated in the capital over the weekend with the switching on of the Christmas lights. The lights have become an attraction over recent years, luring locals and foreigner alike to Warsaw’s streets.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 22:03:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3djg96gr392lq6aevzpw8.jpegFlicking the switch: Warsaw lights up for Christmashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/flicking-the-switch-warsaw-lights-up-for-christmas-244Wedel and the chocolate factory: famed firm opens its doors to the publichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/wedel-and-the-chocolate-factory-famed-firm-opens-its-doors-to-the-public-75<p>On Saturday the famous chocolatier E. Wedel opened its factory doors in Warsaw for the annual Wedel Chocolate weekend. Big and small children alike queued to get into the factory, learn about how the goodies are made, take part in a slice of chocolate history and participate in contests.</p><p>The tour took chocoholics through the factory and demonstrated how chocolate artists meticulously hand-craft decorations as well as exhibiting eye-popping sculptures painted and carved entirely from chocolate.</p><p>Built in 1936, the factory is one of the oldest in Warsaw, the company hosts only two occasions in the year in which entrance is free: one being Museum Night, which involves all of the capital’s museums, and the Wedel chocolate weekend.</p><p>A hit with the locals the 2000 Chocolate Weekend tickets sold out in a matter of minutes on the website.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:30:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7msbhnxp9e7yo5ejtohqf.jpegEagerly anticipated by locals, the allocated 2,000 Chocolate Weekend tickets sold out in a matter of minutes on the website.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/wedel-and-the-chocolate-factory-famed-firm-opens-its-doors-to-the-public-75Polish volunteers based on Georgian mountain keep deaths to zero in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-volunteers-based-on-georgian-mountain-keep-deaths-to-zero-in-2018-3685<p>Breath-taking yet deadly the Georgian peak of Mount Kazbek saw its first year without fatalities in 2018, thanks to Polish mountain rescue volunteers who set up a medical point at 3,650 meters above sea level.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:39:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7mk8vgxqjavodqjw0c433.jpegTwo rescuers high on Mt Kazbek. The mountain is close to the Georgian capital so is popular with climbers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-volunteers-based-on-georgian-mountain-keep-deaths-to-zero-in-2018-3685March for Climate starts in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-starts-in-katowice-3684<p>Around 1,000 people are taking part in a "March for Climate," which started in Poland's southern city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district on Saturday.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMarch for Climate starts in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-starts-in-katowice-3684“Out of the blue” Facebook message opens door to international rugby in Poland for Englishmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-the-blue-facebook-message-opens-door-to-international-rugby-in-poland-for-englishman-3682<p>For Aron Struminski the fact that he now plays international rugby for Poland rests on two factors. The first he is on Facebook, and the second is that his grandfather failed to burn a little piece of paper about 80 years ago.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 12:01:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sot0pvkj12djfp3pwrm1zf.jpegWhen he got a message from the Polish coach via Facebook Struminski originally thought that it might be a “hoax”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-the-blue-facebook-message-opens-door-to-international-rugby-in-poland-for-englishman-3682USA Today changes text after Polish Embassy's protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/usa-today-changes-text-after-polish-embassys-protest-3681<p>USA Today replaced its text with a new version after the Polish Embassy in Washington on Friday protested against the use of the phrase 'Polish death camps.'</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUSA Today changes text after Polish Embassy's protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/usa-today-changes-text-after-polish-embassys-protest-3681Polish-Israeli relations are very good - Polish PM for The Jersusalem Posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-relations-are-very-good---polish-pm-for-the-jersusalem-post-3679<p>In an interview for Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckisaid that Polish-Israeli relations are very good, Poland fully supports Israel's sovereignty, and the situation of Jews in Poland is better than in Western Europe.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-Israeli relations are very good - Polish PM for The Jersusalem Posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-relations-are-very-good---polish-pm-for-the-jersusalem-post-3679Women, women on the wall: new murals celebrate the lives and achievements of three pioneering womenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-women-on-the-wall-new-murals-celebrate-the-lives-and-achievements-of-three-pioneering-women-3675<p>Three murals of three very different women are being unveiled in Warsaw, Wrocław and Katowice. A singer, a mountaineer and a paediatrician, they are part of an initiative called “Kobiety na mury” (women on the walls) that seeks to celebrate the remarkable women’s achievements and inspire others.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:04:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hoh96wt7fgtaf0t3y3xep8.jpegA mural of paediatrician Jolanta Wadowska-Król, who discovered the harm being done by lead poisoning to Katowice’s children.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-women-on-the-wall-new-murals-celebrate-the-lives-and-achievements-of-three-pioneering-women-3675Auschwitz Museum teams up with German organisation to build database of the death camp’s prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-teams-up-with-german-organisation-to-build-database-of-the-death-camps-prisoners-3672<p>The Auschwitz Museum has launched an international cooperation project that it hopes will lead to a comprehensive tracing database that will help both relatives of prisoners, and researchers investigating the camp’s victims.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n9rpxec8isp7f8g9zm46mh.jpegThe Auschwitz Museum now has access to a database in Germany that will help shed light on the fates of the camp’s inmates. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-teams-up-with-german-organisation-to-build-database-of-the-death-camps-prisoners-3672Firm develops edible plates as Europe moves to ban single-use plastic tablewarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firm-develops-edible-plates-as-europe-moves-to-ban-single-use-plastic-tableware-3670<p>A Polish company has come up with edible tableware made from wheat bran that users can snack on once they’ve devoured their main meal.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:15:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f4n2c8qd34bcoxx9vzv2vn.jpegWaste not want not. The biodegradable products can also be eaten.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firm-develops-edible-plates-as-europe-moves-to-ban-single-use-plastic-tableware-3670Bees Release Me: Interview with Kamil Bajhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/bees-release-me-interview-with-kamil-baj-239<p>As you walk the streets of Warsaw and many other cities in Poland, you are not alone. Buzzing about your head are millions of bees that come from hundreds of hives deliberately placed right in the centre of town. They are there because some beekeepers passionately believe in the quality of urban beekeeping and its power to educate the young and old alike about the importance bees play in our ecology and diets. Kamil Baj has been at the forefront of the urban beekeeping revolution in Poland and takes us through his journey, from ditching his corporate 9-5 to starting a buzzing new business.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:17:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jbabxhuec7cuyjjcyif0bo.pngBees Release Me: Interview with Kamil Bajhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/bees-release-me-interview-with-kamil-baj-239Back to the past: German aristocrat returns to former family seat to get marriedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-to-the-past-german-aristocrat-returns-to-former-family-seat-to-get-married-3668<p>A German countess has held her fairytale wedding at a historic Polish castle taken from her family over 80 years ago.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:51:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xe3ck3xvamjk3ip3b6ne5c.jpegA reason to celebrate: Countess Carolin von Hochberg and IT manager Jasper Schulz tied the knot at the bride's famous ancestral home, which belonged to her family for nearly half a millennia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-to-the-past-german-aristocrat-returns-to-former-family-seat-to-get-married-3668Musical based on Paderewski's life performed in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musical-based-on-paderewskis-life-performed-in-new-york-3667<p>Parts of the musical 'Blacksmith', inspired by the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a renowned Polish composer, pianist and statesman, an icon of Polish independence, were performed in New York's Public Space in Manhattan on Thursday.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:52:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMusical based on Paderewski's life performed in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musical-based-on-paderewskis-life-performed-in-new-york-3667Femme Fatale of the silver screen shining star of this year’s Silent Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/femme-fatale-of-the-silver-screen-shining-star-of-this-years-silent-film-festival-3664<p>With Joanna Kulig making waves in Hollywood it seems only fitting that the 19th edition of the Silent Film Festival, which has kicked off in Kraków, looks back at one of the early stars of the silver screen – Poland’s Pola Negri.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:36:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0mag8dshdpxb17f3zzq3942.jpegThe festival begins with a screening of ‘Beast’ starring Polish femme fatale Pola Negri in the main role. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/femme-fatale-of-the-silver-screen-shining-star-of-this-years-silent-film-festival-3664Exhibition of classic Polish comics ends in auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-classic-polish-comics-ends-in-auction-3661<p>An exhibition of classic Polish comics has ended with an auction.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:01:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1vpy3mlkufxy3noxuwcdna.jpegComics included at the DESA auction house in Warsaw were from leading names such as Janusz Chritsa, Tadeusz Baranowski and Mieczysław Piotrowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-classic-polish-comics-ends-in-auction-3661Medical boffins scoop prestigious ranking for WORLD’S ‘most cited work’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-boffins-scoop-prestigious-ranking-for-worlds-most-cited-work-3659<p>Six Polish scientists are among the most citied in the world, according to the prestigious Clarivate Analytics ranking.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:12:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ub2h0drvr3mmco4h6gzvr.jpegProfessor Piotr Ponikowski from Wrocław Medical University, one of the laurates and the Society’s chairman, said: It shows the high position of Polish cardiology and underlines the importance of Poles' contributions to the development of world science.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-boffins-scoop-prestigious-ranking-for-worlds-most-cited-work-3659Poland is the leader of growth in Europe - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-the-leader-of-growth-in-europe---entrepreneurship-minister-3658<p>Poland is the leader of growth in Europe, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz said at a Thursday press conference pointing out that Polish GDP will grow by 5.2 percent this year.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland is the leader of growth in Europe - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-the-leader-of-growth-in-europe---entrepreneurship-minister-3658Polish president decorates two US citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decorates-two-us-citizens-3654<p>President Andrzej Duda honoured two US citizens with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland during his visit to Washington DC, the President's Office announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:15:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president decorates two US citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decorates-two-us-citizens-3654Władysław ‘The Pianist’ Szpilman remembered on 108th birthday anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-the-pianist-szpilman-remembered-on-108th-birthday-anniversary-3656<p>For many the name of Władysław Szpilman will forever be associated with the ‘The Pianist’, the Roman Polański film about a Jewish musician’s battle to survive the war, and the unlikely help he got from a German officer.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:29:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/csp7qywwpv6x4nwfckz8d.jpegAfter the end of the war Szpilman resumed his career, writing music and songs, and becoming very much part of the cultural landscape of post-war Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-the-pianist-szpilman-remembered-on-108th-birthday-anniversary-3656Fitch raises Poland's 2018 growth forecast to 5.1 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-raises-polands-2018-growth-forecast-to-51-pct-3653<p>Global ratings agency Fitch has raised its GDP growth forecast for Poland to 5.1 percent in 2018 from the previously expected 4.8 percent.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:43:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFitch raises Poland's 2018 growth forecast to 5.1 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-raises-polands-2018-growth-forecast-to-51-pct-3653President thanks George Bush for breakthrough European policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-george-bush-for-breakthrough-european-policy-3652<p>During his presidency George H. W. Bush pursued a policy which led to a breakthrough in Europe, and for this we owe him our thanks, President Andrzej Duda told reporters in Washington.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident thanks George Bush for breakthrough European policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-george-bush-for-breakthrough-european-policy-3652Clever new boardgame celebrating influential women in history takes internet by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clever-new-boardgame-celebrating-influential-women-in-history-takes-internet-by-storm-3648<p>How about a little game of “Guess Who?”</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:44:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/404bgz0le3r2iwwzkd4gv8.jpegTwenty-eight ground-breaking women are the heroines of 21st century version of Guess Who called Who’s She?. This time the game focuses on achievements and discoveries, rather than looks and funny features. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clever-new-boardgame-celebrating-influential-women-in-history-takes-internet-by-storm-3648All change: Historic Kraków’s quaint street carts to get slick make overhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-change-historic-krakows-quaint-street-carts-to-get-slick-make-over-3646<p>A classic Kraków street cart selling traditional local food has gone for a major facelift.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:32:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5oprukan92ad9je49lnfu.jpegOld versus new: The traditional blue carts will be replaced by trendier new designs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-change-historic-krakows-quaint-street-carts-to-get-slick-make-over-3646Kulig joins cool list after signing up to major Hollywood acting agency, which includes Brad Pitt!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3641<p>Cold War star Joanna Kulig has signed up with major Hollywood talent agents, Creative Artist Agency.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vovs87ly6wdg1pewv6pr3m.jpegJoanna Kulig at the Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War premiere, Warsaw, 28 May, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3641Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3640<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3640Poland's exports rise by 9.8 pct y/y in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-98-pct-yy-in-october-3638<p>Poland's exports increased by 9.8 percent year on year and by 13.5 percent month on month in October 2018, Piotr Soroczyński, the chief economist with the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KiG), said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:25:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's exports rise by 9.8 pct y/y in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-98-pct-yy-in-october-3638Józef Piłsudski: Born 151 years ago today, the legacy of 'modern Poland's father’ still lives onhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jozef-pilsudski-born-151-years-ago-today-the-father-of-modern-polands-legacy-still-lives-on-3636<p>He is famed as the father of modern Poland, a national icon and hero of the Polish struggle for independence.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:35:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4b8onsvo8rikbc76o4mzsa.jpegDespite having his roots in socialist politics, Piłsudski wanted to remain politically neutral, believing the head of state should be above politics.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jozef-pilsudski-born-151-years-ago-today-the-father-of-modern-polands-legacy-still-lives-on-3636Polish listed company wins prestigious EC competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-listed-company-wins-prestigious-ec-competition-3635<p>Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych (Polish Stem Cell Bank, PBKM), a company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), won a prestigious competition for the most innovative company, co-organised by the European Commission.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish listed company wins prestigious EC competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-listed-company-wins-prestigious-ec-competition-3635Polish president arrives in Washington to attend funeral of George H.W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-arrives-in-washington-to-attend-funeral-of-george-hw-bush-3634<p>President Andrzej Duda has arrived in Washington where he will attend the funeral of the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush, head of the President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president arrives in Washington to attend funeral of George H.W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-arrives-in-washington-to-attend-funeral-of-george-hw-bush-3634The way we used to live: Fascinating exhibition shows off design exhibits of bygone timeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/the-way-we-used-to-live-fascinating-exhibition-shows-off-design-exhibits-of-bygone-times-73<p>A new permanent exhibition at the Warsaw National Museum shows off some of the most prevalent designs in Polish history.&nbsp;</p><p>From the interwar folk design movement and influential Kraków workshops through the post-war reconstruction period, social realism and post-1956 modernism, the Gallery of Polish Design exhibition embraces the development and dynamism of Polish art and design.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kzedmidok3b9lob09e0ha.jpegChess table by Jerzy Hulewicz (1928) with an oak frame, veneer rosewood and inlaid with birch wood.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/the-way-we-used-to-live-fascinating-exhibition-shows-off-design-exhibits-of-bygone-times-73PM Morawiecki: Poland to spend EUR 3-4 billion on e-mobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-poland-to-spend-eur-3-4-billion-on-e-mobility-3632<p>Taking part in Tuesday's COP24 debates, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that Poland "will directly allocate about EUR 3-4 billion in the next 10 years" for e-mobility development. "We will increase these amounts in our nearest budgets," he added.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:15:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM Morawiecki: Poland to spend EUR 3-4 billion on e-mobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-poland-to-spend-eur-3-4-billion-on-e-mobility-3632‘We’re getting ready for war,’ says Poland manager after team draws easy group in Euro2020 qualifiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-getting-ready-for-war-says-poland-manager-after-team-draws-easy-group-in-euro2020-qualifiers-3630<p>Poland has picked the lucky straw in its Euro2020 qualifiers where it will face some easy competition.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:58:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jtqkbkqc9q1uul8aybmgm.jpegPoland manager Jerzy Brzęczek said ‘the goal and dream is to advance to the European championship.’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-getting-ready-for-war-says-poland-manager-after-team-draws-easy-group-in-euro2020-qualifiers-3630Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-237<p>Joanna Podolska-Płocka, the director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź, talks to TFN about a Nazi German ‘concentration’ camp exclusively for children aged between 2 and 16. Operating between December 1942 and January 1945, the camp has now been almost totally lost from the collective memory.</p><p><em>Music: www.bensound.com</em></p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sgfes5ig6amcspiproa3c9.jpegThe children, ranging in age from as young as 2 years old up to 16, were routinely beaten, starved and subjected to humiliating and harsh punishments. Forced to work in gruelling conditions, many of the children, their organisms pushed to the limits of endurance, expired from disease and fatigue.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-237King Roger opera returns to Warsaw 92 years after its premierehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/king-roger-opera-returns-to-warsaw-92-years-after-its-premiere-3626<p>Over ninety years since its premiere, the Polish opera “King Roger” has returned to the stage in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:07:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4w281r6phlb2rwxyuhzcsj.jpegThe new production by Poland’s National Opera brings composer Karol Szymanowski’s “Sicilian drama” back to life for a new generation of operagoers to discover.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/king-roger-opera-returns-to-warsaw-92-years-after-its-premiere-3626Beaten, starved and tortured: The horrifying story of Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-horrifying-story-of-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-3622<p>Among the tragedies that the Germans inflicted on Poland and its people during the Second World War, one has been almost totally lost from the collective memory, yet as much as any other it exposes the cruelty of the occupation, this time towards the youngest and most vulnerable of its victims.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:32:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ksq3bzwfa7aq7if8im9izj.jpegThe children, ranging in age from as young as 2 years old up to 16, were routinely beaten, starved and subjected to humiliating and harsh punishments. Forced to work in gruelling conditions, many of the children, their organisms pushed to the limits of endurance, expired from disease and fatigue.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-horrifying-story-of-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-3622CO2 emission reduction a global obligation - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/co2-emission-reduction-a-global-obligation---polish-pm-3620<p>The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is a global commitment, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday during the UN climate summit in Katowice (COP24).</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCO2 emission reduction a global obligation - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/co2-emission-reduction-a-global-obligation---polish-pm-3620COP24: Polish PM meets UN chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-polish-pm-meets-un-chief-3617<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki began his Tuesday activities at the COP24 climate summit in Katowice (southern Poland) with a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCOP24: Polish PM meets UN chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-polish-pm-meets-un-chief-3617Prospects of Polish banking system remain stable - Fitchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prospects-of-polish-banking-system-remain-stable---fitch-3615<p>The prospects of the Polish banking system remain stable and reflect the good financial condition of banks, their strong capital and liquidity based on the deposits of domestic clients, the Fitch Ratings agency wrote in a report on central European banks.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:33:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgProspects of Polish banking system remain stable - Fitchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prospects-of-polish-banking-system-remain-stable---fitch-3615It’s off! Elon Musk launches Polish satellite to battle space junkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-off-elon-musk-launches-polish-satellite-to-battle-space-junk-3613<p>Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has successfully launched a Polish-made satellite into space.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:24:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bkhvnvoh2wv9c3vd44nm.jpegThe CubeSat 2U type satellite will reach an altitude of 575 km and will be the second satellite to be released from the Falcon. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-off-elon-musk-launches-polish-satellite-to-battle-space-junk-3613Metro construction turns into mammoth task as workers find Mammoth bones in ventilationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/metro-construction-turns-into-mammoth-task-as-workers-find-mammoth-bones-in-ventilation-3608<p>The bones of a prehistoric mammal have been found at a metro station construction site in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:14:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1ie9cesi3m6huyhke25i96.jpegThe pelvic bone and skeletal fragments, estimated to be between 100,000 and 120,000 years old, were found by workers in a ventilation system at the future Płocka metro station in the capital's western Wola district. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/metro-construction-turns-into-mammoth-task-as-workers-find-mammoth-bones-in-ventilation-3608Brrrr-illiant! Wild Swimmer does country proud in sub-zero Antarctic racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-wild-swimmer-does-country-proud-in-sub-zero-antarctic-race-3605<p>A Polish wild swimmer has become the first Pole in history to swim 1km in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctica in less than 15 minutes.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:37:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gso1v1gemaebw599nqshl4.jpegWild swimmer and child physiotherapist, Leszek Naziemiec, swam a kilometer in freezing Antarctic waters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-wild-swimmer-does-country-proud-in-sub-zero-antarctic-race-3605Conference pays tribute to the man behind UN’s genocide lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conference-pays-tribute-to-the-man-behind-uns-genocide-laws-3603<p>The term “genocide” is known worldwide, but relatively few people know that it was coined by Rafał Lemkin, a lawyer of Polish-Jewish origin.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:27:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hkcux5ppwae0quclivsaj.jpegRafał Lemkin became pivotal in helping set up the United Nation’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conference-pays-tribute-to-the-man-behind-uns-genocide-laws-3603Poland ready to take responsibility for climate policy - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-take-responsibility-for-climate-policy---president-3602<p>Poland is ready today to take its share of responsibility for international security, including in the sphere of climate policy, President Andrzej Duda said at the official opening of the COP24 climate summit, which started on Monday in Katowice, south Poland.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:21:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland ready to take responsibility for climate policy - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-take-responsibility-for-climate-policy---president-3602President, UN Secretary General open COP24 climate summit in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-un-secretary-general-open-cop24-climate-summit-in-katowice-3600<p>President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres are attending Monday's official opening of the COP24 climate summit, which has started in Katowice, south Poland.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident, UN Secretary General open COP24 climate summit in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-un-secretary-general-open-cop24-climate-summit-in-katowice-3600President holds informal talks with UN secretary generalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-holds-informal-talks-with-un-secretary-general-3598<p>President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met on Sunday at the presidential residence at a castle in Wisła, south Poland for informal talks on climate and international policy, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 21:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident holds informal talks with UN secretary generalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-holds-informal-talks-with-un-secretary-general-3598Driver roars to record breaking success in Warsaw rally racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driver-roars-to-record-breaking-success-in-warsaw-rally-race-3596<p>Streets in Warsaw echoed to sound of thousands of untethered horsepower over the weekend as rally cars took part in the annual St. Barbara’s Day rally.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 20:29:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/710xo868x6fnh2lzcsqxy.jpegA highlight of the season, the St Barbara's race brings the thrills of rally racing to Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driver-roars-to-record-breaking-success-in-warsaw-rally-race-3596Take a walk on Łódź side: a city neighbourhood defies the past and points to the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-walk-on-lodz-side-a-city-neighbourhood-defies-the-past-and-points-to-the-future-3591<p>From being bruised, broken and largely bankrupt at the turn of millennium, the city of Łódź has performed a U-turn of such dexterous agility that few saw it coming – even the locals.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:29:00 +0100Poland NowLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bfjdoqpucyn6mey7y6qh.jpegOne an area famed for handkerchief production the OFF project has revitalised a huge chunk of post-industrial space.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-walk-on-lodz-side-a-city-neighbourhood-defies-the-past-and-points-to-the-future-3591Poland takes over COP24 presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-cop24-presidency-3589<p>Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka officially took over the presidency of the COP24 climate summit in Katowice, south Poland, at the conference's first plenary session on Sunday.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:01:00 +0100News & PoliticsScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland takes over COP24 presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-cop24-presidency-3589Never say neigh: aging horses get new lease of life on Mazury farmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/never-say-neigh-aging-horses-get-new-lease-of-life-on-mazury-farm-3586<p>In a village buried deep in the beautiful Masurian Lake District old and sick horses can spend their last years free and at peace. Animals discarded by their owners because of their age, health and the associated costs are given a chance to be happy.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 15:02:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssoiolnzpi3gv4del3x1t.jpegI am not a horse charmer. I just co-operate with horses, says Paweł Pośrednik.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/never-say-neigh-aging-horses-get-new-lease-of-life-on-mazury-farm-3586Going, going, gone! Fangor painting smashes records at Warsaw auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-going-gone-fangor-painting-smashes-records-at-warsaw-auction-3583<p>A painting by artist Wojciech Fangor broke Polish records for auction prices when it was sold for PLN 4.72 million.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:42:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lmx8kitxi62km158ndkln.jpegUnder the hammer. The record-breaking sale for M39 gets underway in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-going-gone-fangor-painting-smashes-records-at-warsaw-auction-3583Polish PM: Gov't strives to raise living standardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-govt-strives-to-raise-living-standards-3581<p>The Law and Justice (PiS) government has achieved a lot and aims to raise the living standards of society to European levels, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at a conference titled Work for Poland that marked three years of PiS in power.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:31:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM: Gov't strives to raise living standardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-govt-strives-to-raise-living-standards-3581Friends raise over PLN 1 million to send student to Israel for life-saving cancer treatmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/friends-raise-over-pln-1-million-to-send-student-to-israel-for-life-saving-cancer-treatment-3577<p>A 22-year-old student from Olszówka in southern Poland will make his way to Israel in the coming days to undergo medical treatment that may save his life.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 17:25:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y87vr6awgcbzcej3yujcc.jpegI do not have far-reaching plans, I just want to live for the moment, says 22-year-old Konrad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/friends-raise-over-pln-1-million-to-send-student-to-israel-for-life-saving-cancer-treatment-3577President, PM express sorrow over death of George H. W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-express-sorrow-over-death-of-george-h-w-bush-3575<p>Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, and prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, have issued statements of sorrow and condolence following news of the death on Friday night of former US President George H. W. Bush.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident, PM express sorrow over death of George H. W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-express-sorrow-over-death-of-george-h-w-bush-3575Take a slice on me: couple find success by serving up pizza sockshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-slice-on-me-couple-find-success-by-serving-up-pizza-socks-3573<p>A power couple is sending the internet into meltdown over their deliciously packed pizza socks.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:20:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hjuuocjx9990zygydxboii.jpeg[Pictured] Pizza box socks, a gift for any pizza lover prone to cold feet. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-slice-on-me-couple-find-success-by-serving-up-pizza-socks-3573Interior designer becomes social media hit with top-tips for a cosy homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interior-designer-becomes-social-media-hit-with-top-tips-for-a-cosy-home-3570<p>With her rooms draped in Scandinavian whites, littered with fresh pine greens and bathed in ambient light, interior designer and online influencer Marzena Marideko has created such a buzz across social media with her home décor that she now has hundreds of thousands of followers.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:41:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oa98555dtik6a4qx4lshpv.jpegWith crisp white, trendy wabi-sabi and bohemian styles, Marzena kept her limited space airy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interior-designer-becomes-social-media-hit-with-top-tips-for-a-cosy-home-3570Polish products on show at Hungarian health-food chainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-products-on-show-at-hungarian-health-food-chains-3567<p>A monthly promotion of Polish products started on Saturday at Hungarian health-food and natural cosmetic chains, the head of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)'s Foreign Trade Office, Marcin Karaskiewicz informed PAP.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:08:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish products on show at Hungarian health-food chainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-products-on-show-at-hungarian-health-food-chains-3567The chef of tomorrow that looks into the past: Aleksander Baron’s recipe for successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-chef-of-tomorrow-that-looks-into-the-past-aleksander-barons-recipe-for-success-3565<p>Crowned earlier in the week as Poland’s ‘Chef of Tomorrow’ at the prestigious Gault &amp; Millau food awards, chef Aleksander Baron has come to learn to live with acclaim – where he goes, it follows. Recognized as one of the country’s true trailblazing talents, few people have played a more prominent role in the rehabilitation of Polish cuisine – not bad going for a guy that wasn’t allowed near a kitchen when working in a restaurant in Scotland.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 10:44:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0gedmvg1owv6jkelykcdmlf.jpegAleksander Baron: To understand Polish food, you have to understand the country’s history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-chef-of-tomorrow-that-looks-into-the-past-aleksander-barons-recipe-for-success-3565Poland, Denmark take final decisions on Baltic Pipe projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denmark-take-final-decisions-on-baltic-pipe-project-3564<p>Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish peer Energinet reached final investment decisions to launch construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, representatives of both governments and operators announced in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:45:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Denmark take final decisions on Baltic Pipe projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denmark-take-final-decisions-on-baltic-pipe-project-3564Award in a manger: Kraków’s historic Christmas cribs make UNESCO listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-in-a-manger-krakows-historic-christmas-cribs-make-unesco-list-3560<p>UNESCO has announced that the traditional Kraków nativity cribs will be included in the intangible cultural heritage list. The colourful depictions of the birth of Jesus surrounded by the city’s landmarks will be the first Polish addition to the list.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:17:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nd02pw8unvoz2scsn6pycj.jpegThe tradition of the cribs has now been included in a Unesco list of cultural heritage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-in-a-manger-krakows-historic-christmas-cribs-make-unesco-list-3560Pour your wax and set your eyes on the future: Andrzejki is here againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pour-your-wax-and-set-your-eyes-on-the-future-andrzejki-is-here-is-again-3558<p>It is not every day that a blob of hot wax dropped into cold water can foretell your future, but it can when that day is Andrzejki. St Andrew’s day stands out as unique occasion in the Polish cultural calendar owing to a mix of early festive fun and traditions that stretch way back into ancient lore.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4npfuqcg1lp4eyyjoiv8ne.jpegPerhaps the most popular fortune-telling tradition is pouring hot wax through a key and into cold water.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pour-your-wax-and-set-your-eyes-on-the-future-andrzejki-is-here-is-again-3558Good Morning, Poland! Interview with Anna Kalczyńskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/good-morning-poland-interview-with-anna-kalczynska-234<p>When you're one of Poland's best known presenters and TV personalities, how do you deal with the adoration, the pressures of being a role model, as well as the online hate? In this emotional and moving episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney talks to Anna Kalczyńska, presenter of one of Poland's most-watched breakfast TV programmes, Dzień Dobry TVN.</p><p>In a remarkably honest and open interview, Anna talks about her career and some of its hardest moments, such as presenting on the Paris terror attacks of 2017. At times close to tears, Anna talks about some of the toughest challenges she's faced and the journey ahead for her and the country she loves, Poland.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:36:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5gqdq8af3mbc8o2p7ywtge.jpegGood Morning, Poland! Interview with Anna Kalczyńskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/good-morning-poland-interview-with-anna-kalczynska-234The man behind the mask: 70 years after his death, TFN looks back on the life of extraordinary Polish-American artist, Władysław Teodor Bendahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-the-mask-70-years-after-his-death-tfn-looks-back-on-the-life-of-extraordinary-polish-american-artist-wladyslaw-teodor-benda-3555<p>Nobody can say that the talent of WT Benda went unfulfilled. He gained fame as a leading artist in the golden age of American illustration, became an acclaimed designer of theatrical masks and his work still influences artists to this day, despite him dying on November 30, 70 years ago.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:33:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c0i9law6pfbz3fz8kug41l.jpegWładysław Teodor Benda (1873-1948) posing with his famous masks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-the-mask-70-years-after-his-death-tfn-looks-back-on-the-life-of-extraordinary-polish-american-artist-wladyslaw-teodor-benda-3555Polish economy in good shape - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-in-good-shape---minister-3553<p>Commenting on the latest data from the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Friday, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said the Polish economy is in good shape, the growth fundamentals are stable and it especially enjoys investment growth.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:18:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish economy in good shape - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-in-good-shape---minister-3553Poland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-3552<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained flat month on month at 3.8 percent in November, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:07:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-3552‘Eco-flat’ opens in Katowice as thousands descend on city for climate change conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-flat-opens-in-katowice-as-thousands-descend-on-city-for-climate-change-conference-3549<p>An “eco flat” in the heart of Katowice will show visitors how to live an environmentally friendly and efficient lives just as an estimated 30,000 people are expected to descend of the city for COP24 climate summit.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:45:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/auxd55c8l8dux8ec4ugqh.jpegKatowice is striving hard to shed its image as a city bound to coal and industry.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-flat-opens-in-katowice-as-thousands-descend-on-city-for-climate-change-conference-3549MasterCard invests in Polish business incubatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mastercard-invests-in-polish-business-incubator-3547<p>MasterCard and The Heart have announced the establishment of "The Heart Ventures", a startup incubator which, along with the largest corporations, will build new technology companies that provide additional banking services.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:13:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMasterCard invests in Polish business incubatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mastercard-invests-in-polish-business-incubator-3547Hattrick at Sundance! Borcuch’s third screening at the Sundance Festival is a gritty love story for our timeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hattrick-at-sundance-borcuchs-third-screening-at-the-sundance-festival-is-a-gritty-love-story-for-our-times-3544<p>A Polish film has been nominated for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent event of its kind in the United States.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:19:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lnbu4hu5fom1mu4ks650cz.jpegThe film set in a Tuscany town stars (L-R) Katarzyna Smutniak, Antonio Catania and Krystyna Janda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hattrick-at-sundance-borcuchs-third-screening-at-the-sundance-festival-is-a-gritty-love-story-for-our-times-3544The World Is Not Enough: The street artist who created his own country – and now everyone wants to live therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfn-meets-dawid-majgat-the-renegade-street-art-ambassador-for-republic--3539<p>His recoil military jacket is paint spattered and there’s a craft beer in his hand; in front, a voluminous, tattered sketchpad filled with random ideas and doodles of monsters. At twenty-eight years of age, Dawid Majgat doesn’t stand-out as standard ambassador material, but then again, neither is there much typical about the state he represents.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:10:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rurh4ea3okqa9g55z1akt.jpegFormed in the summer of 2016, Republic ¥ is the country you never learned about in school, and Majgat its self-appointed diplomatic voice. A masters graduate from the Faculty of Fine Art in Toruń, the formation and subsequent development of Republic ¥ is what this artist describes as his life’s work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfn-meets-dawid-majgat-the-renegade-street-art-ambassador-for-republic--3539EC's Directorate-General: Poland's ESI up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-directorate-general-polands-esi-up-in-november-3538<p>Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose in November 2018 to 109.0 points from 106.8 points in October, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:32:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC's Directorate-General: Poland's ESI up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-directorate-general-polands-esi-up-in-november-3538That song! 'Roxie’s' Euro hit was originally meant for Rita Ora!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/that-song-roxies-euro-song-was-originally-meant-for-rita-ora-3535<p>A song that brought Eurovision success to a teenager was originally intended for pop heavy-hitter Rita Ora.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9lv0vdrm3s7peuvbco4cc.jpegPrior to the competition Polish starlet ‘Roxie’ had already been pegged as one of the favourites to win after the song went viral on YouTube with over 1 million views in just two weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/that-song-roxies-euro-song-was-originally-meant-for-rita-ora-3535Kraków nativity scenes entered onto UNESCO cultural heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-nativity-scenes-entered-onto-unesco-cultural-heritage-list-3533<p>Traditional Krakovian 'szopkas' or nativity scenes have been included on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:42:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKraków nativity scenes entered onto UNESCO cultural heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-nativity-scenes-entered-onto-unesco-cultural-heritage-list-3533Wheelie good idea! E-car engineers develop engine that sits inside WHEEL hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheelie-good-idea-e-car-engineers-develop-engine-that-sits-inside-wheel-hub-3530<p>How can the move to electric cars be eased, reducing C02 emissions? Polish engineers at the Institute of Drives and Electrical Machines (KOMEL) in Katowice have an answer: an engine placed directly inside a car wheel.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:59:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zg5gpfqceq8pg94aj975z.jpegKOMEL’s engineers have designed a 'direct drive' that’s placed in a car’s wheels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheelie-good-idea-e-car-engineers-develop-engine-that-sits-inside-wheel-hub-3530Polish economic indicator up in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-indicator-up-in-november---biec-3528<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, rose by 1.5 points month on month in November, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:12:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish economic indicator up in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-indicator-up-in-november---biec-3528Polish trade agency opens office in Seoulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trade-agency-opens-office-in-seoul-3526<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has opened a Foreign Trade Office in the South Korean capital Seoul, PAIH announced in a Wednesday communique. The agency added that the new office joins more than a dozen in Asia.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:55:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish trade agency opens office in Seoulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trade-agency-opens-office-in-seoul-3526Poles in race to make first winter ascent of K2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-in-race-to-make-first-winter-ascent-of-k2-3520<p>A Polish team of climbers is in a two-way race to make the first ever winter ascent of K2, the world’s second highest mountain and a peak that has claimed 77 lives over the years.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:51:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qa0dy2uby6s7pglqjufbpy.jpegCalled the Savage Mountain owing to its grim reputation for claiming lives, K2 has never been climbed in winter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-in-race-to-make-first-winter-ascent-of-k2-3520Righteous Among the Nations medals awarded in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righteous-among-the-nations-medals-awarded-in-warsaw-3518<p>Sixteen Poles who helped rescue Jews during World War Two were posthumously awarded with Righteous Among the Nations medals at a ceremony at Warsaw's POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:23:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRighteous Among the Nations medals awarded in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righteous-among-the-nations-medals-awarded-in-warsaw-3518Star Wars fan becomes first man in Poland to name his son Yoda after linguistic battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-wars-fan-becomes-first-man-in-poland-to-name-his-son-yoda-after-linguistic-battle-3515<p>A Star Wars fan has won the right to name his son Yoda following a duel with linguists.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:46:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sux94aib04ao4qp0zx7dm.jpegStar Wars fan Wojciech Staszewski decided to name his son Yoda after the film’s fictional Jedi master.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-wars-fan-becomes-first-man-in-poland-to-name-his-son-yoda-after-linguistic-battle-3515Thousands tune in to watch operations as they are performed and live streamed across the globehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-tune-in-to-watch-operations-as-they-are-performed-and-live-streamed-across-the-globe-3512<p>Surgeons from across Europe have teamed up online to publicly live stream their operations.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:37:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vgdal961vjk6c8dqji212i.jpeg[Pictured] The first surgery session taking place at a clinic in Poznań. Only the 11 best Laryngological surgeons in Europe were invited to take part in the broadcast.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-tune-in-to-watch-operations-as-they-are-performed-and-live-streamed-across-the-globe-3512Banking sentiment indicator up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-november-3510<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) rose by 2.9 point month on month in November 2018 to 28.9 points, according to the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:52:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBanking sentiment indicator up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-november-3510At last! Plans to gentrify Palace of Culture’s central square FINALLY go ahead after tender winner announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-plans-to-gentrify-palace-of-cultures-central-square-finally-go-ahead-after-tender-winner-announced-3504<p>Warsaw’s city authorities have revealed the winner of a competition to redesign the central square in front of the city’s Palace of Culture and Science.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:39:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/boxp1u1zaof7ayasgoprt6.jpegWith year-round greenery, a pond and dozens of benches, the new design will give the square a much-needed facelift.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-plans-to-gentrify-palace-of-cultures-central-square-finally-go-ahead-after-tender-winner-announced-3504Łucznik produces commemorative centenary FB Vis pistolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lucznik-produces-commemorative-centenary-fb-vis-pistol-3502<p>On the occasion of Poland's 100th anniversary of regaining independence, arms maker Łucznik has created a limited edition commemorative FB Vis pistol based on original pre-war documentation, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) has announced.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:42:00 +0100BusinessHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgŁucznik produces commemorative centenary FB Vis pistolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lucznik-produces-commemorative-centenary-fb-vis-pistol-3502Poland ready for COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-for-cop24-3500<p>Poland is ready for the COP24 climate conference, Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said on Tuesday in Warsaw. Kowalczyk said preparations for the meeting, scheduled on December 2-14 in the southern-Polish city of Katowice, had been a major organisational challenge.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:35:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland ready for COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-for-cop24-3500Cello, is it me you’re looking for? Piano hopefuls show off their talents at international Chopin festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/cello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-piano-hopefuls-show-off-their-talents-at-international-chopin-festival-232<p>A small town in central Poland came alive at the weekend as young pianists from around the world arrived for the 26<sup>th</sup> edition of the International Chopin Festival at Masovia.</p><p>Set in Sochaczew, close to Fryderyk Chopin’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola, around 70 children aged between 7-19 knocked out some of the composer’s greatest pieces, including nocturnes, polonaises and mazurkas.</p><p>The festival is one of the most important of its kind for future world-class pianists, with some of them aspiring to attend the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in 2020.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:49:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y4zl6bui0690s84w70ghbr.jpegInternational Chopin Festival at Masoviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/cello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-piano-hopefuls-show-off-their-talents-at-international-chopin-festival-232‘I see no reason why Europe should not trust the Italian government,’ says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-see-no-reason-why-europe-should-not-trust-the-italian-government-says-pm-3498<p><strong>PAP:</strong> Prime Minister, while we were all focused on Brexit this weekend, another important encounter took place in Brussels. On Saturday, Giuseppe Conte spoke with Jean-Claude Juncker about Italy’s budget plan – and they agreed that the dialogue will continue. Do you have any comments?</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ncc9gvh0hrm9eywir3thq.jpeg"We implemented our Responsible Development Strategy, which opened a new chapter in Polish economic policy", said Mateusz Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-see-no-reason-why-europe-should-not-trust-the-italian-government-says-pm-3498Junk ‘metropolis of the future’ artist wins prestigious international awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junk-metropolis-of-the-future-artist-wins-prestigious-international-award-3495<p>Polish-born artist Oskar Krajewski has won the international “It’s ART Call 2018” competition in London for his stunning sculptures made up of unused pieces of plastic and unwanted parts.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:34:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/coxb5e6uirurn30pdzyls.jpegHis “Recycled Futures” project, completed in 2016, features a sculpture made up of over 25,000 discarded objects, such as watches and computer parts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junk-metropolis-of-the-future-artist-wins-prestigious-international-award-3495Polish businesses pouring more money into R&D - entrepreneurship minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-pouring-more-money-into-rd---entrepreneurship-min-3494<p>Central Statistical Office (GUS) data on research and development (R&amp;D) spending in 2017, released on Tuesday, show that more Polish entrepreneurs are increasing spending on R&amp;D activities, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:33:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish businesses pouring more money into R&D - entrepreneurship minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-pouring-more-money-into-rd---entrepreneurship-min-3494Customised goods attracting star attention including Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Slashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/customised-goods-attracting-star-attention-including-guns-n-roses-guitarist-slash-3487<p>The city of Białystok may not be the first place you associate with Guns N’ Roses star Slash.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:50:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureSportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/02f2zq8ofygdfzel1hygi1.jpegWheelie Good: Adam Zdanowicz's MAD Bicycles are a major hit with celebrities. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/customised-goods-attracting-star-attention-including-guns-n-roses-guitarist-slash-3487Poland's wholesale sales up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-in-october---stats-office-3485<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms grew by 15.8 percent year on year in October 2018 and by 11.6 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:22:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's wholesale sales up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-in-october---stats-office-3485Poland's unemployment rate flat at 5.7 pct in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-57-pct-in-october---stats-office-3484<p>Poland's unemployment rate in October 2018 remained flat month on month at 5.7 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:16:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate flat at 5.7 pct in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-57-pct-in-october---stats-office-3484Morgan Stanley upgrades Poland's 2018 GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morgan-stanley-upgrades-polands-2018-gdp-growth-forecast-3483<p>Morgan Stanley's analysts have upgraded Poland's GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 5.1 percent from its earlier 4.9 percent estimate.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:29:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMorgan Stanley upgrades Poland's 2018 GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morgan-stanley-upgrades-polands-2018-gdp-growth-forecast-3483Polish ‘space mole’ to set a first by drilling FIVE metres into core of Mars to see if humans can live therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-mole-to-set-a-first-by-drilling-five-metres-into-core-of-mars-to-see-if-humans-can-live-there-3480<p>A Polish space device called ‘the Mole’ will begin hammering its way through the crust of Mars as part of a NASA-led Space mission, to discover if the future survival of humans can be secured by inhabiting deserted planets.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:57:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yd0qco9esq9id3bwc8os4.jpegThe insight probe, with the help of “Mole”, will check for the geological composition, possible tectonic movements and detect substances that will allow us to settle on Mars one day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-mole-to-set-a-first-by-drilling-five-metres-into-core-of-mars-to-see-if-humans-can-live-there-3480Poland to cooperate with France, Germany to de-escalate Azov Sea tensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-cooperate-with-france-germany-to-de-escalate-azov-sea-tension-3479<p>Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki declared on Monday that Poland will cooperate with France and Germany to de-escalate tension in the Sea of Azov and for Russia's return to observing international law.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:15:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to cooperate with France, Germany to de-escalate Azov Sea tensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-cooperate-with-france-germany-to-de-escalate-azov-sea-tension-3479The IT Crowd: Computer brains descend on Warsaw for world’s largest hackathon – and the PM pops in toohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-it-crowd-computer-brains-descend-on-warsaw-for-worlds-largest-hackathon--and-the-pm-pops-in-too-3478<p>Europe’s largest hackathon took place in Warsaw this weekend: the HackYeah festival bringing together around 2500 computer programmers.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:28:00 +0100BusinessScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ikol9gmzdlau6jysr31fy8.jpegPoland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki dropped in to meet the IT specialists at Europe’s largest hackathon, the HackYeah festival in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-it-crowd-computer-brains-descend-on-warsaw-for-worlds-largest-hackathon--and-the-pm-pops-in-too-3478Polish President told by Ukrainian counterpart situation is serioushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-told-by-ukrainian-counterpart-situation-is-serious-3477<p>During a telephone conversation with President Andrzej Duda, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko described the current situation in the Sea of Azov as serious and dangerous for Ukraine, Polish president's aide Krzysztof Szczerski has said.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish President told by Ukrainian counterpart situation is serioushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-told-by-ukrainian-counterpart-situation-is-serious-3477‘Mystery’ photos of bygone times brought to life in amazing colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-photos-of-bygone-times-brought-to-life-in-amazing-colour-3474<p>Fascinating scenes from weddings, christenings, harvests and religious processions from the early days of black and white photography have been vividly brought back to life in a new exhibition of colourised photos at the Ethnographic Museum in Poznań.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:55:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pgk1nd82nefatkpzmz2j.jpegThe identities of the those who feature in the painstakingly digitally retouched images remain a mystery, as do many of the locations and the photographers who took them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-photos-of-bygone-times-brought-to-life-in-amazing-colour-3474Euro Star! Roksana rocks it with stunning Junior Eurovision winhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/euro-star-roksana-rocks-it-with-stunning-win-at-junior-eurovision-3469<p>Teenage singing sensation Roksana Węgiel has become the first Pole to win the Junior Eurovision competition.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:49:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/laxgff5cjmf6kcxsth3a5.jpegTeenage sensation Roksana ‘Roxie’ Węgiel, from Jasło, becomes first Pole to win Junior Eurovision contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/euro-star-roksana-rocks-it-with-stunning-win-at-junior-eurovision-3469Poland envisages 1 million electric vehicles in 2025https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-envisages-1-million-electric-vehicles-in-2025-3467<p>According to the Polish Energy Policy 2040 draft, Poland expects to have 50,000 electric vehicles in 2020 and 1 million electric vehicles in 2025.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 20:50:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland envisages 1 million electric vehicles in 2025https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-envisages-1-million-electric-vehicles-in-2025-3467Brexit deal guarantees rights of Poles in UK - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-guarantees-rights-of-poles-in-uk---pm-3465<p>At the conclusion of a special Brexit summit in Brussels on Sunday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the agreed deal guarantees the rights of Polish citizens in Britain. He added that it had also managed to settle financial issues.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 17:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBrexit deal guarantees rights of Poles in UK - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-guarantees-rights-of-poles-in-uk---pm-3465All dolled up but nowhere to go? Then head to Białowieża for Poland’s quirkiest museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-dolled-up-but-nowhere-to-go-then-head-to-bialowieza-for-polands-quirkiest-museum-3462<p>The first rule of travel? Expect the unexpected. Never is this truer than the backwaters of Poland. Take Białowieża as an example. Not the wider region, with its roaming bison and wild, primeval forests, but the tiny timber town at the core of this district.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 16:06:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d75wjdro3fehdblbjycw28.jpegA doll casts a suspicious eye over visitors to the museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-dolled-up-but-nowhere-to-go-then-head-to-bialowieza-for-polands-quirkiest-museum-3462The slippery slope: as winter approaches ski resorts get ready for actionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-slippery-slope-as-winter-approaches-ski-resorts-get-ready-for-action-3461<p>With temperatures heading south Poland’s ski resorts are gearing up for the new season, hoping that winter will bring piles of snow and the resulting crowds of skiers.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 13:41:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1won09a2u9rlhmsnnn63z.jpegOn the piste. Poland has around 490 kilometres of slopes served by 690 ski lifts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-slippery-slope-as-winter-approaches-ski-resorts-get-ready-for-action-3461A courtly controversy: arguments still rage over whether the country’s last king was good or bad for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-courtly-controversy-arguments-still-rage-over-whether-the-countrys-last-king-was-good-or-bad-for-poland-3459<p>To say that Stanisław August Poniatowski, whose abdication 223 years ago this week put an end to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, is a divisive figure in Polish history would be an understatement.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6xu3rihqcffjgscpxxhn6n.jpegSome may consider Poniatowski a traitor, but he also presided over a flowering of Polish culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-courtly-controversy-arguments-still-rage-over-whether-the-countrys-last-king-was-good-or-bad-for-poland-3459Terrorism Prevention Centre website launchedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/terrorism-prevention-centre-website-launched-3457<p>The Terrorism Prevention Centre of Excellence of the Internal Security Agency (ABW), established in May 2018, has launched a new website to inform the public about the institution.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 08:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTerrorism Prevention Centre website launchedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/terrorism-prevention-centre-website-launched-3457Poles drawn in ‘group of death’ in U21 football European championshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-drawn-in-group-of-death-in-u21-football-european-championship-3453<p>Poland’s U21 football team has been drawn in a “group of death” at next year’s European Championship.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 19:21:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dgfo7z3zwujxtrvg8b5o6n.jpegThe team celebrate qualification but face hard matches in the 'group of death'.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-drawn-in-group-of-death-in-u21-football-european-championship-3453Mind the gap: business leaders unite to narrow the gender pay gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-the-gap-business-leaders-unite-to-narrow-the-gender-pay-gap-3455<p>The heads of business giants Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Citi Bank, MasterCard, Deloitte and BGŻ BNP Paribas in Poland have banded together in a new movement to close the gender gap.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 18:22:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8ong55ajch020du0b24vmk.jpegFrom the left in the row: Stoyan Ivanov, Mark Loughran, Marek Metrycki, Przemysław Gdański, Bartosz Ciołkowski and Paul Wojciechowski. In front of them sits Olga Kozierowska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-the-gap-business-leaders-unite-to-narrow-the-gender-pay-gap-3455‘Rolling stones’ in Belarus to help rebuild key castle in Polish historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-stones-in-belarus-to-help-rebuild-key-castle-in-polish-history-3452<p>People from all over Belarus are responding to an internet appeal to bring stones to the town of Krevo to help restore a 14th-century castle that is a key site in Polish history.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 14:56:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ismtf3muhh732ly7yztoq.jpegKrevo witnessed the signing of the Union of Krevo in 1385 that initiated the ever closer union of Poland and Lithuania that led to Poland’s Golden Age.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-stones-in-belarus-to-help-rebuild-key-castle-in-polish-history-3452Polish archeologists find megalithic constructions in Lebanonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archeologists-find-megalithic-constructions-in-lebanon-3451<p>Polish archeologists discovered the buildings erected from enormous, unworked stones, dating from the mid-4th century BC, in northern Lebanon, Zuzanna Wygnańska from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology (CAŚ) of Warsaw University informed PAP.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:15:00 +0100ScienceHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish archeologists find megalithic constructions in Lebanonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archeologists-find-megalithic-constructions-in-lebanon-3451First strike: how the Poles wanted to launch a ‘preventive war’ against Hitler’s Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-strike-how-the-poles-wanted-to-launch-a-preventive-war-against-hitlers-germany-3447<p>Professor Marek Kornat from the history institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University explains how Poland wanted to contain Hitler.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:33:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/evof2flzpotu0gwf2i8v0c.jpegHistorians say Marshall Józef Piłsudski tried to organise an alliance with France, Czechoslovakia and Great Britain against Hitler in the spring of 1933.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-strike-how-the-poles-wanted-to-launch-a-preventive-war-against-hitlers-germany-3447Polish composer honoured with German federal decorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-composer-honoured-with-german-federal-decoration-3445<p>German Ambassador Rolf Nikel decorated a renowned Polish contemporary composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, with the Great Cross of Merit with the Star of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of the composer's 85th birthday on Friday.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:15:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish composer honoured with German federal decorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-composer-honoured-with-german-federal-decoration-3445Poland to go greener under Energy Ministry's long-term planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-go-greener-under-energy-ministrys-long-term-plan-3443<p>Under a draft energy policy until 2040 by the Energy Ministry, less than 30 pct of Polish electricity will come from buring coal in 2040, but in 2030 the proportion will still be 60 pct. The first nuclear power plant is expected to be up and running by 2033.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:38:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to go greener under Energy Ministry's long-term planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-go-greener-under-energy-ministrys-long-term-plan-3443Amazing ‘Aguśka’ wins World Championship with her dazzling footwork in international freestyle football comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/amazing-aguska-wins-world-championship-with-her-dazzling-footwork-in-international-freestyle-football-comp-71<p>The Rzeszow blonde beat two-time world champion Frenchwoman Melody Donchet to claim the title at the 10th street style event organised by Red Bull at the Hala Gwardii market in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:26:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l0nrdyvegjg00vtzhd3bf.jpegLast year crowned European Queen 20017, this year Aguśka is World Champion. https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/amazing-aguska-wins-world-championship-with-her-dazzling-footwork-in-international-freestyle-football-comp-71Cigarette case that saved WWII Jewish man found in mint conditionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cigarette-case-that-saved-wwii-jewish-man-found-in-mint-condition-3441<p>A silver cigarette case used as a bribe to release a Jewish man from the Łódż ghetto prison during WWII has been found in the home of a Polish man.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:29:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ipcmdfhik7xmqkbsnhgq.jpegThe cigarette box, made of real silver, had been given to prison director Salomon Hercberg by the Jewish artist Chaim Klieger, who had been imprisoned in the ghetto. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cigarette-case-that-saved-wwii-jewish-man-found-in-mint-condition-3441October's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-3439<p>Poland’s M3 money supply in October 2018 grew by 8.3 percent year on year and by 1.3 percent month on month to PLN 1.395 trillion (EUR 325 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:06:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOctober's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-3439Fossils of 200-mln-year-old lizard-mammal weighing 9 tons and the size of an elephant found in villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fossils-of-200-mln-year-old-lizard-mammal-weighing-9-tons-and-the-size-of-an-elephant-found-in-village-3436<p>A new Triassic mammal cousin that roamed Silesia, in south-western Poland, around 210 million years ago has been discovered by scientists.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:36:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pm6nlsfpea1lfv8uulwk3.jpegLisowicia appears to have lived alongside dinosaurs, with its large size helping to deter predators. Until now, scientists thought that dinosaurs were the only group that grew to such big sizes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fossils-of-200-mln-year-old-lizard-mammal-weighing-9-tons-and-the-size-of-an-elephant-found-in-village-3436Historic Warsaw garden has rosy future after making it on to prestigious heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-warsaw-garden-has-rosy-future-after-making-it-on-to-prestigious-heritage-list-3433<p>An historical garden in the centre of Warsaw has been entered onto the heritage protection list by the Masovia Conservator of Historic Monuments.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:54:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xhnc2esw1rbaobtok2oy.jpegThe garden can be found at the back of the Blue Palace at the corner of Senatorska and Marszałkowska streets near Bankowy square.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-warsaw-garden-has-rosy-future-after-making-it-on-to-prestigious-heritage-list-3433Startups before they were cool: Julia Szopahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/startups-before-they-were-cool-julia-szopa-224<p>Julia Szopa studied Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence before embarking on a global career in tech start ups. As CEO of Startup Poland, Julia works to help build Poland's growing tech startup scene. Poland's economy is growing fast. Tech entrepreneurs from outside Poland are taking notice. In this episode of Heart of Poland, Julia describes her personal journey into the exciting startup ecosystem and how Startup Poland has helped shape the country's understanding and attitude to business. Along the way she describes the unique business qualities Poles have - and some of the challenges of doing business in Poland.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:19:00 +0100BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0aearb80er3vw7lanzn.jpegStartups before they were cool: Julia Szopahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/startups-before-they-were-cool-julia-szopa-224French tyre manufacturer to invest EUR 39 mln in its Polish planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-tyre-manufacturer-to-invest-eur-39-mln-in-its-polish-plant-3431<p>Michelin will invest PLN 169 mln (EUR 39 mln) in its plant in Olsztyn (north-eastern Poland) to increase production, the company said in a press release.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 21:08:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFrench tyre manufacturer to invest EUR 39 mln in its Polish planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-tyre-manufacturer-to-invest-eur-39-mln-in-its-polish-plant-3431Brrrr-illiant! Poland ships 88mln złoty-worth of ‘flat packs’ to build new Antarctic research stationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-poland-ships-88mln-zloty-worth-of-flat-packs-to-build-new-antarctic-research-station-3430<p>Threatened by harsh storms, rising sea levels, and impending evacuation, a top scientific station in Antarctica has been granted 88 million PLN by Poland to build a giant new ‘flat-pack’ research centre to continue its vital work.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 19:42:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pndo3eel0oig6l8esivoql.jpegPoland will help save a top Antarctic research centre (pictured) from being submerged by rising sea levels by providing funding of 88 million PLN for its urgent reconstruction so scientists can continue it’s key scientific research in the area.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-poland-ships-88mln-zloty-worth-of-flat-packs-to-build-new-antarctic-research-station-3430Central bank sees room for growth in Polish financial systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-sees-room-for-growth-in-polish-financial-system-3428<p>The size and structure of the Polish financial system show that there is room for its further growth, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) wrote on Thursday in a presentation accompanying its report on the development of the financial system in 2017.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 17:31:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentral bank sees room for growth in Polish financial systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-sees-room-for-growth-in-polish-financial-system-3428The day the horror began: Today marks the 78th anniversary of the first executions at Auschwitz death camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-day-the-horror-began-today-marks-the-78th-anniversary-of-the-first-executions-at-auschwitz-death-camp-3423<p>The first executions at the notorious Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz took place 78 years ago today.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vm1psmnnnypydvl0mzaso.jpegThe 40 Polish prisoners arrived at Auschwitz in a truck. With their hands tied behind their backs, the group was led by SS guards to a ditch and machine-gunned to death.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-day-the-horror-began-today-marks-the-78th-anniversary-of-the-first-executions-at-auschwitz-death-camp-3423Retail sales up 9.7 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-97-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-3421<p>Poland's retail sales increased by 9.7 percent year on year and by 7.4 percent month on month in October 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up 9.7 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-97-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-3421Big cheeses descend on Warsaw for Dialogue for Democracy forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-cheeses-descend-on-warsaw-for-dialogue-for-democracy-forum-3420<p>How are new technologies shaping democracy and what can policy-makers do about it?</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a2zr2x02tqhf7z95l3uaza.jpegThe event organised by Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs brings together civil society, human rights defenders, academics and government representatives. This year’s focus is on democracy and social media. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-cheeses-descend-on-warsaw-for-dialogue-for-democracy-forum-3420UK can count on Poland in Brexit talks, Polish PM tells Channel 4https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-can-count-on-poland-in-brexit-talks-polish-pm-tells-channel-4-3418<p>The United Kingdom can count on Poland's support in the EU-UK negotiations over Britain's leaving the bloc, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the British television Channel 4, broadcast in the main news bulletin on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUK can count on Poland in Brexit talks, Polish PM tells Channel 4https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-can-count-on-poland-in-brexit-talks-polish-pm-tells-channel-4-3418He’s back! Kubica returns to Formula 1 seven years after horror crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kubica-returns-to-formula-1-seven-years-after-horror-crash-3414<p>Racing driver Robert Kubica is to return to Formula 1 seven years after a near-fatal high-speed crash left him with a severely damaged right hand that still has only limited movement.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:39:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6kqqptfzu75pkqzp3wm9e.jpegThe 33-year old announced on November 22 that he had signed for Williams for the 2019 season, and will partner George Russell as the team’s drivers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kubica-returns-to-formula-1-seven-years-after-horror-crash-3414Sejm marks Isaac B. Singer Nobel prize anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-marks-isaac-b-singer-nobel-prize-anniversary-3413<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Wednesday commemorated the 40th anniversary of Polish-born Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer's receipt of the Nobel Prize for literature (1978).</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:12:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSejm marks Isaac B. Singer Nobel prize anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-marks-isaac-b-singer-nobel-prize-anniversary-3413Poland for developing high-tech cooperation with Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-developing-high-tech-cooperation-with-singapore-3410<p>Poland is interested in bilateral cooperation with Singapore in high value-added products and services, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski said during a Wednesday meeting with the Ambassador of Singapore to Poland Loo Choon Yong.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:50:00 +0100BusinessScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland for developing high-tech cooperation with Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-developing-high-tech-cooperation-with-singapore-3410Docs perform incredible 3-in-1 op to reconstruct man’s shattered face in ground-breaking surgeryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-perform-incredible-3-in-1-op-to-reconstruct-mans-shattered-face-in-ground-breaking-surgery-3408<p>&nbsp;A severely disfigured man who had his face crushed when he fell off a ladder has had it completely reconstructed with a ground-breaking ‘3-in-1’ implant.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:12:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/utw8lu0mej3agfvz2o4zp.jpegThe implant used was the first of it’s kind made in Poland. Rather than just support one anatomy, it supports the eye socket, cheekbone and jaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-perform-incredible-3-in-1-op-to-reconstruct-mans-shattered-face-in-ground-breaking-surgery-3408Crossing the digital divide: Poland needs to get digitising if it wants to remain competitivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crossing-the-digital-divide-poland-needs-to-get-digitising-if-it-wants-to-remain-competitive-3405<p>As the global economy changes, how can Poland maintain growth and remain competitive? This is the focus of a new study entitled “Poland as a digital challenger. Digitisation as the new driver of growth for the country and region” by global management consultancy firm McKinsey.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:54:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1pjcdcu4xijyjq015affxe.jpegA new report says that closing the digital gap on Western Europe could add EUR 64 billion to Poland’s GDP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crossing-the-digital-divide-poland-needs-to-get-digitising-if-it-wants-to-remain-competitive-3405Czech national library presents Polish science exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-national-library-presents-polish-science-exhibition-3403<p>The exhibition 'Poland - this is science' portraying 25 of the most eminent achievements of the last 27 years of Polish science opened on Tuesday in the National Library of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:52:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCzech national library presents Polish science exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-national-library-presents-polish-science-exhibition-3403Memorial to Polish soldiers resited in Boston after 12 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/memorial-to-polish-soldiers-resited-in-boston-after-12-years-3402<p>The Partisans Memorial, a sculpture depicting Polish WWII underground soldiers was unveiled after 12 years in Boston, the Boston Herald daily announced on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:08:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMemorial to Polish soldiers resited in Boston after 12 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/memorial-to-polish-soldiers-resited-in-boston-after-12-years-3402Polish firms in Germany on a roll, looking to expand and employ morehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-in-germany-on-a-roll-looking-to-expand-and-employ-more-3401<p>More than half of the Polish companies operating in Germany are planning to expand, according to a new report.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8zldhm972efd2s7uzvycoh.jpegTomasz Salomon from the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology talking with Polish entrepreneurs about running businesses in Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-in-germany-on-a-roll-looking-to-expand-and-employ-more-3401Learn a language if you want to get ahead and earn more, study showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/learn-a-language-if-you-want-to-get-ahead-and-earn-more-study-shows-3399<p>Learning languages can boost your career prospects and increase the size of your wage packet a new study by a Warsaw-based think-tank has shown.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:16:00 +0100BusinessNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1kwasgi4nvhh9whi7iqf7ia.jpeg“Investments in learning foreign languages will translate into wage benefits in the future, too,” notes Jacek Liwiński, a senior economist at CASE.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/learn-a-language-if-you-want-to-get-ahead-and-earn-more-study-shows-3399Gov't adopts draft amendment to law on foreignershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-draft-amendment-to-law-on-foreigners-3397<p>The Polish government has adopted a draft amendment to the bill on foreigners, aimed at implementing relevant EU directives. The project involves the conditions of entry and residency of non-EU citizens who want to study or train.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:01:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't adopts draft amendment to law on foreignershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-draft-amendment-to-law-on-foreigners-3397Fascinating series of photos released by the National Archives offer intimate look at interwar Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-series-of-photos-released-by-the-national-archives-offer-intimate-look-at-interwar-poland-69<p>The ‘100x100’ album contains a rich variety of pictures that not only cover the lives of the powerful and famous, but also those of everyday Poles.</p><p>In one, a smiling Marshal Piłsudski stands leaning on his sword while taking a break during a formal ceremony, but in another photograph a group of holidaymakers lie on beach, inspecting the Baltic Sea.</p><p>Another shows a cobbler in his workshop while in one picture, perhaps serving as portent of the darkness that would engulf the republic, a woman practices shooting a pistol as an army officer looks on.</p><p>Writing in the introduction to the album Marianna Otmianowska, the director of the Digital Archives and the person behind the project, said that she the pictures “allow us to time travel for a moment to the inter-war period, to feel its colourfulness, despite the black and white film.”</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:08:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/94msabi091gk3ebtivnvv.jpegA policeman helping an old lady to cross Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw, in the area of the Castle Square. The photo was taken as one of a series documenting the everyday duties of national police officers, 1925.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-series-of-photos-released-by-the-national-archives-offer-intimate-look-at-interwar-poland-6928 years ago today Poland sent and received its FIRST emailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28-years-ago-today-poland-sent-and-received-its-first-email-3393<p>Anybody sending an email today (November 20th) might pause to consider that it was on this day 28 years ago that the first email was sent to Poland.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:48:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ww56vhjq3aabfxnlmfyda7.jpegDespite being a milestone in Polish communications history, the forerunner of the countless millions of emails now sent each day contained just two undramatic sentences that create the impression the sender had little idea that they were about to start a revolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28-years-ago-today-poland-sent-and-received-its-first-email-3393A-list celebs get together to raise awareness of air pollution in series of short videoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-list-celebs-get-together-to-raise-awareness-of-air-pollution-in-series-of-short-videos-3390<p>Polish celebrities are fighting back against smog by raising awareness in a powerful new social media campaign.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:02:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2l9q2o237ogo2h2v6x6lx.jpegThe campaign includes 41 Polish stars as ambassadors to help bring change to the way Poles think about air pollution. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-list-celebs-get-together-to-raise-awareness-of-air-pollution-in-series-of-short-videos-3390European People's Party leader visits Auschwitz Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-peoples-party-leader-visits-auschwitz-museum-3389<p>Manfred Weber, who leads the European People's Party's (EPP) group in the European Parliament underscored during a visit to the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland that "Europe must remember what people are capable of."</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean People's Party leader visits Auschwitz Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-peoples-party-leader-visits-auschwitz-museum-3389Poles to receive full compensation for retail electricity price hikes - MinEnergyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-receive-full-compensation-for-retail-electricity-price-hikes---minenergy-3388<p>Poland will compensate all households for 100 percent of any electricity price increases, Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchorzewski said Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles to receive full compensation for retail electricity price hikes - MinEnergyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-receive-full-compensation-for-retail-electricity-price-hikes---minenergy-3388Legendary ‘Frantic’ lenser Witold Sobociński dies at 89https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/legendary-frantic-lenser-witold-sobocinski-dies-at-89-3386<p>World-renowned cinematography legend and veteran professor, Witold Sobociński passed away yesterday aged 89.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:53:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4m83u8ac6fdpxhpxba44j.jpegAn equally important inspiration for his film work, Sobociński once confessed, was painting, saying he believed space was created by light and colour, both in a single shot and in a whole film.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/legendary-frantic-lenser-witold-sobocinski-dies-at-89-3386Polish industrial production up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-october---stats-office-3384<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 7.4 percent year on year in October 2018, after a 2.8 percent increase year on year in September, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish industrial production up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-october---stats-office-3384Renowned Polish cinematographer dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renowned-polish-cinematographer-dies-3382<p>Witold Sobociński, a cinematographer who worked with the renowned Polish film directors Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Jerzy Has, has died at the age of 89, the Łódź Film School announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:14:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8rdvo2u45jxfxntwrwsm1n.jpegRoman Polański (L) and Witold Sobociński (R), Bydgoszcz, November 10th, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renowned-polish-cinematographer-dies-3382Science boffin students make prestigious ranking with revolutionary antibiotic therapy devicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-boffin-students-make-prestigious-ranking-with-revolutionary-antibiotic-therapy-device-3380<p>Polish students have made it into the Top 100 in the Journal of mHealth for designing a device that is set to revolutionise antibiotic therapy.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:56:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2qf34q6mzpvf9nu54az3wv.jpegThe prototype of the point-of-care diagnostic machine. It is 40 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm, it could analyze the smear of 6 patients at the same time. (that one on the pic is made for 2 patients).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-boffin-students-make-prestigious-ranking-with-revolutionary-antibiotic-therapy-device-3380Go on, girl! ‘Marvellous’ motorbiking Marzena picked for Bonneville speed trials challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girl-marvellous-motorbiking-marzena-picked-for-bonneville-speed-trials-challenge-3375<p>A super motorbike racer is gearing up to be the first Polish female motorcyclist to break the world speed record at the famed Bonneville speedway 2020.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:08:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2nu6tj53b2y69l7unj3vc.jpegGrin to win: Last year, Marzena from Izabelin, 30km from Warsaw, came 4th in the 2017 Polish Cup as the only female competitor in the group of 21. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girl-marvellous-motorbiking-marzena-picked-for-bonneville-speed-trials-challenge-3375Beatles legend Paul McCartney asks punk rock politician for HELP with Isaac Bashevis dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beatles-legend-paul-mccartney-asks-punk-rock-politician-for-help-with-isaac-bashevis-day-3372<p>Former Beatle Paul McCartney has sent a letter to the leader of Poland’s third largest political grouping asking for help in turning November 21st into a day of honour for Nobel-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100News & PoliticsArt & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9cgvlqkf323sjupdqk7s4.jpegBeatles legend Paul McCartney asks punk rock politician for HELP with Isaac Bashevis day https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beatles-legend-paul-mccartney-asks-punk-rock-politician-for-help-with-isaac-bashevis-day-3372Carnegie Hall concert celebrates Poland's independence anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/carnegie-hall-concert-celebrates-polands-independence-anniversary-3370<p>A Polish music concert at Carnegie Hall and the unveiling of a relief depicting an icon of Polish independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, at the Polish Slavic Center dominated Sunday celebrations in New York of the centenary of Poland regaining independence.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:26:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCarnegie Hall concert celebrates Poland's independence anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/carnegie-hall-concert-celebrates-polands-independence-anniversary-3370Nun but not forgotten: Oldest nun in the world dies at 110https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nun-but-not-forgotten-oldest-nun-in-the-world-dies-at-110-3364<p>A nun, thought to be the oldest in the world, has died at the grand old age of 110.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:04:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mjncqu3v36ra77v07r4peo.jpegThe Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski visiting Sister Cecylia, on her 110th birthday in March.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nun-but-not-forgotten-oldest-nun-in-the-world-dies-at-110-3364Monodrama about Polish WWII hero wins award at United Solo Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monodrama-about-polish-wwii-hero-wins-award-at-united-solo-festival-3363<p>A monodrama about a Polish WWII hero titled "The Auschwitz Volunteer: Captain Witold Pilecki" won the Best Documentary Show award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City on Sunday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:28:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMonodrama about Polish WWII hero wins award at United Solo Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monodrama-about-polish-wwii-hero-wins-award-at-united-solo-festival-3363Average corporate wage and employment rise in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-october-3362<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.6 percent year on year to PLN 4,921.39 in October and 3.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:40:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage and employment rise in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-october-3362Poland's financial system stable - Finance Minister, central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-financial-system-stable---financial-stability-cttee-3359<p>Poland's financial system has been operating in a stable and safe way. The Financial Stability Committee has been securing this stability, declared Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska and the governor of the National Bank of Poland, Adam Glapiński, on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:30:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's financial system stable - Finance Minister, central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-financial-system-stable---financial-stability-cttee-3359A ref of fresh air: meet the law student who’s got the football world dribblinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-ref-of-fresh-air-meet-the-law-student-thats-got-the-football-world-dribbling-3356<p>Having amassed in excess of 140,000 Instagram followers, been the subject of numerous articles and run out in front of thousands of fanatical fans, Karolina Bojar has already achieved what many can only dream of, a fact made all the more impressive given her young age.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:49:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7w9e2gmxqx0auzpjt2c2ch.jpegTrail blazer. Just 21 Karolina Bojar has become one of Poland’s few female referees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-ref-of-fresh-air-meet-the-law-student-thats-got-the-football-world-dribbling-3356President to sign Employee Capital Plan acthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-sign-employee-capital-plan-act-3354<p>President Andrzej Duda on Monday will sign an act triggering the earlier-announced Employee Capital Plans (PPK) private pension programme, the President's Office has informed.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident to sign Employee Capital Plan acthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-sign-employee-capital-plan-act-3354Japanese outsourcing company to open centre in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-outsourcing-company-to-open-centre-in-poland-3352<p>The Japanese Transcosmos global outsourcing company will open a centre in Poznan, western Poland. In coming years the company plans to expand and turn the operating centre into one of its key global outsourcing hubs employing up to 500.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:14:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJapanese outsourcing company to open centre in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-outsourcing-company-to-open-centre-in-poland-3352Waste not, want not: NGO deploys cupboards on Szczecin’s streets for people to leave food for the hungryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-not-want-not-ngo-deploys-cupboards-on-szczecins-streets-for-people-to-leave-food-for-the-hungry-3349<p>Food cupboards have popped up around the north-west town of Szczecin to help educate the public about food waste and encourage them to donate food as winter takes hold and Christmas approaches.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:38:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtqmbvhyuwbp2pbxgmr4w.jpegOne of the food cupboards. The exchange is totally free of charge, and above any religious and political beliefs, says Dorota Demska. Food Share Szczecin. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-not-want-not-ngo-deploys-cupboards-on-szczecins-streets-for-people-to-leave-food-for-the-hungry-3349Life and times of controversial and bizarre Polish sculptor examined in a Leonardo DiCaprio produced filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-and-times-of-controversial-and-bizarre-polish-sculptor-examined-in-a-leonardo-dicaprio-produced-film-3346<p>Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with his father to produce a film about Stanisław Szukalski, a half-forgotten Polish artist who died more than 30 years ago.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:51:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6cxngx5rqm5bh5cm6glf45.jpegStanisław Szukalski (1893-1987) in front of his sculpture, Kraków, 1936.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-and-times-of-controversial-and-bizarre-polish-sculptor-examined-in-a-leonardo-dicaprio-produced-film-3346Up, up and away: president announces plans to rebuild historic palace in the heart of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-away-president-announces-plans-to-rebuild-historic-palace-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-3343<p>A recent announcement by the president of plans to rebuild the Saski Palace that once stood on Piłsudski Square in Warsaw has raised questions and renewed interest in the historical palace.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xfwyk69f1qd2obmxioep4.jpegAn artist’s impression of the re-built palace. Estimates put the cost of rebuilding between PLN 200 and PLN 1 billion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-away-president-announces-plans-to-rebuild-historic-palace-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-3343Poland is both pro-American and pro-European - Polish PM in Hamburghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-both-pro-american-and-pro-european---polish-pm-in-hamburg-3341<p>Poland is both pro-American and pro-European, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated during the Future of Transatlantic Relations (FOTAR) international conference held in Hamburg on Saturday.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland is both pro-American and pro-European - Polish PM in Hamburghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-both-pro-american-and-pro-european---polish-pm-in-hamburg-3341Tube-way poetry: Polish prose hits the London Undergroundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tube-way-poetry-polish-prose-hits-the-london-underground-3338<p>London Underground passengers have been able to enjoy classic Polish poetry on their busy morning commutes as part of the centennial celebrations of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:22:00 +0100Art & CultureNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/04jke98ivxzcyzc1m3rerqh.jpegThe Polish Book Institute with the support by the Polish embassy have created 1650 excepts of Polish literature for tube-commuters. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tube-way-poetry-polish-prose-hits-the-london-underground-3338Fashion designer becomes a hit with the stars with hand-painted clotheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fashion-designer-becomes-a-hit-with-the-stars-with-hand-painted-clothes-3334<p>An amateur designer from Poznań has become a hit with stars in both Poland and Hollywood with her hand-painted clothes.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:59:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ylfg1suuqqqn81w7bo06q.jpegPictured, an impressed Hugh Jackman with Andruszkiewicz’s hand-painted shirt at the premiere of Logan in London 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fashion-designer-becomes-a-hit-with-the-stars-with-hand-painted-clothes-3334Polish film wins award at Swedish film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-wins-award-at-swedish-film-festival-3332<p>Paweł Pawlikowski’s film "Cold War", Poland’s entry for the US Academy Awards in the foreign language film category, received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award at the 29th International Film Festival in Stockholm, on Friday.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish film wins award at Swedish film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-wins-award-at-swedish-film-festival-3332Ground breaking biography of Joseph Conrad wins major literary awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ground-break-biography-of-joseph-conrad-wins-major-literary-award-3330<p>A “genre-bending” biography of Polish-born author Joseph Conrad has scooped a prestigious literary prize in the Canada.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:24:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yroksutq9of3kiajs83w9.jpegJoseph Conrad’s life and literature was shaped by the rapidly changing world he lived in.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ground-break-biography-of-joseph-conrad-wins-major-literary-award-3330Brain Exchange: The Fulbright Program in Poland. Justyna Janiszewskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/brain-exchange-the-fulbright-program-in-poland-justyna-janiszewska-222<p>The friendships and knowledge that participants in the Fulbright Program build last lifetimes. Fulbright Poland sends students to Poland from the US and vice versa to study and work together. Arriving in Poland, the &nbsp;US students are met with cultural differences that can surprise them. More than a few stay for good. Arriving in the US, Fulbright scholars are expected to promote Poland with everything they do. Not surprisingly, the expectations are high and the competition fierce. &nbsp;In this episode of Heart of Poland, we spoke to Fulbright Poland's Director, Justyna Janiszewska to hear about how international exchanges are changing the lives of participants, nations and helping shape ideas in science and art.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:38:00 +0100ScienceLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d5c61ktz7dc4ahgzoeabwh.jpegBrain Exchange: The Fulbright Program in Poland. Justyna Janiszewskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/brain-exchange-the-fulbright-program-in-poland-justyna-janiszewska-222PM in Hamburg for conference on transatlantic relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-in-hamburg-for-conference-on-transatlantic-relations-3328<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in Hamburg on Saturday to attend the Future of Transatlantic Relations (FOTAR) international conference.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM in Hamburg for conference on transatlantic relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-in-hamburg-for-conference-on-transatlantic-relations-3328Scientists to create “DNA map” of Poland to help in fight against cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-to-create-dna-map-of-poland-to-help-in-fight-against-cancer-3325<p>Members of the public are being asked to volunteer to help scientists in the creation of a “DNA map” of the country that will improve their capabilities when it comes to fighting serious diseases.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:00 +0100ScienceNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4zrlga4g8ne9fiogdzoo.jpegOver 50 scientists will work on the creation of the "genetic map" of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-to-create-dna-map-of-poland-to-help-in-fight-against-cancer-3325Festival of Polish culture begins in Vilniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-of-polish-culture-begins-in-vilnius-3324<p>The sixth edition of the Polish Culture Days festival began in Vilnius on Friday. The three-day event includes concerts, performances and presentations of old Polish traditional cuisine.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:59:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFestival of Polish culture begins in Vilniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-of-polish-culture-begins-in-vilnius-3324Jailhouse book: The woman who visits prison to read to Poland's hardest criminalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jailhouse-book-the-woman-who-visits-prison-to-read-to-rapists-and-murderers-3321<p>Behind thick, yellow walls, surrounded by barbwire, searchlights and armed guards, sit some of Poland’s hardest criminals.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v4caizomy1g33tq2665q8b.jpegEvery month Maria Majewska-Dąbrowska visits murderers, thugs and rapists in Warsaw’s Białołęka prison to read books with them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jailhouse-book-the-woman-who-visits-prison-to-read-to-rapists-and-murderers-3321That’s some party! Penderecki celebrates 85th birthday with marathon week-long concerthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-some-party-penderecki-celebrates-85th-birthday-with-marathon-week-long-concert-3319<p>Composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki will celebrate his 85<sup>th</sup> birthday this week with a week of concerts.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:36:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mkqycld3pplscr3ueo2md.jpegPenderecki will lead the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and there will be a joint performance by the National Philharmonic and Grand Theatre choirs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-some-party-penderecki-celebrates-85th-birthday-with-marathon-week-long-concert-3319Vrooming marvelous! Poland first EU country to produce Toyota’s hybrid carshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-poland-first-eu-country-to-produce-toyotas-hybrid-cars-3317<p>Car giant Toyota has chosen Poland as the first country in Europe to be involved in the production of its key hybrid cars.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:43:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zpqhlobb9nj1tpxmrge9.jpegThe new Toyota corolla hybrid was presented this year, October 2nd at the Paris Motor Show. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-poland-first-eu-country-to-produce-toyotas-hybrid-cars-3317Poland's HICP inflation at 1.5 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-at-15-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-3315<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 1.5 percent year on year in October 2018, flat on 1.5 percent in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:47:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's HICP inflation at 1.5 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-at-15-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-3315A march made in heaven: When Mateusz Koszela took his girlfriend Aneta to Warsaw for Independence Day she had no idea what was about to happen nexthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-march-made-in-heaven-when-mateusz-koszela-took-his-girlfriend-aneta-to-warsaw-for-independence-day-she-had-no-idea-what-was-about-to-happen-next-3312<p>For Aneta Chrin, going to Warsaw on Independence Day was a big enough event. Poland was celebrating 100 years of independence and the streets were buzzing with national pride.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:16:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/76gw1skrdyoo7emeccwwt.jpegWill you marry me? Mateusz told TFN: I’d been planning it for some time, but then when the march was cancelled everything was ruined. It was great, therefore, that the march finally went ahead.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-march-made-in-heaven-when-mateusz-koszela-took-his-girlfriend-aneta-to-warsaw-for-independence-day-she-had-no-idea-what-was-about-to-happen-next-3312The Eagle Has Landed : Special Edition of the #HeartofPoland showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-eagle-has-landed--special-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-show-220<p>The 11th of November, 2018, was one of the most important, significant and emotional days in Poland’s history.</p><p>For it was exactly 100 years ago to the day that Poland regained its independence.</p><p>After 123 years of struggle and resistance against occupying global powers, the country once again became a sovereign state.</p><p>For Poland therefore, this November 11th, although an important date for many nations, was nothing short of sacrosanct. It meant Poland regained. Poland reborn. Poland reawakened.</p><p>For this special live transmission of the #HeartofPoland, Paddy went into the heart of the festivities and celebrations, through the capital’s streets to discover the emotions, the people and the places which made the day unique.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:18:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9w9a9cmtailbhy28tx4dl5.jpegHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-eagle-has-landed--special-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-show-220President names winners of Economic Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-names-winners-of-economic-awards-3310<p>President Andrzej Duda has granted seven companies the Presidential Economic Award. The companies received their awards during a Thursday gala at the 590 Congress in Jasionka near Rzeszów, south-east Poland.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident names winners of Economic Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-names-winners-of-economic-awards-3310Israeli emergency response teams visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-emergency-response-teams-visit-poland-3308<p>Volunteers from ZAKA, Israel’s primary rescue and recovery volunteer organisation, who recently visited Poland, assured everyone that they felt safe there, wrote Marek Magierowski, the Polish ambassador to Israel, in his post on Twitter.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIsraeli emergency response teams visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-emergency-response-teams-visit-poland-3308Film inspired by stunning artwork which decorated the palace of the Maharaja becomes available on YouTubehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-forgotten-artist-whose-stunning-artwork-decorated-the-palace-of-the-maharaja-becomes-available-on-youtube-3302<p>A short film released on YouTube today (Nov 15<sup>th</sup>), shows how Polish artist Stefan Norblin combined his pre-war art deco style with an ancient Indian epic poem.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:03:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ve3tdv7pyejr8sxvyzfk.jpegA frame from an animated film "Eternal Fire", based on Stefan Norblin's murals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-forgotten-artist-whose-stunning-artwork-decorated-the-palace-of-the-maharaja-becomes-available-on-youtube-3302October's core inflation rate up to 0.9 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-09-percent---central-bank-3300<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 0.9 percent year on year in October 2018, up from 0.8 percent in September, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:25:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOctober's core inflation rate up to 0.9 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-09-percent---central-bank-3300Ghosts, corpses, stunning frescoes and a heavenly choir – Poland’s oldest school has them allhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ghosts-corpses-stunning-frescoes-and-a-heavenly-choir--polands-oldest-school-has-them-all-3297<p>The crests may have changed over the centuries, but there is no denying that this unique school is old.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:02:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s6z86h32tmb7yhvpik2tmh.jpegAmid the ancient Gothic brickwork and ghoulish legends is a modern high school that prepares its students for careers in Poland’s booming high-tech economy, a mission it performs exceedingly well.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ghosts-corpses-stunning-frescoes-and-a-heavenly-choir--polands-oldest-school-has-them-all-3297Polish banking sector nets EUR 2.7 bln in January-Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-27-bln-in-january-september-3295<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 11.63 billion (EUR 2.71 billion) in January-September 2018, up 10.8 percent year on year, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) said in a Thursday report.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:50:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish banking sector nets EUR 2.7 bln in January-Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-27-bln-in-january-september-3295Bundestag grants EUR 0.5 mln to save palace in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bundestag-grants-eur-05-mln-to-save-palace-in-northern-poland-3294<p>The Bundestag has awarded the Polish-German Foundation for the Protection of Cultural Monuments with EUR 0.5 mln grant for the renovation of the palace in Sztynort, northern Poland, the foundation's head Wojciech Wrzecionkowski told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBundestag grants EUR 0.5 mln to save palace in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bundestag-grants-eur-05-mln-to-save-palace-in-northern-poland-3294Congress 590 off to a flying starthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-off-to-a-flying-start-3288<p>The president, PM, and CEOs of the largest Polish companies have gathered for a prestigious two day conference in South East Poland to promote business and celebrate the strengthening economy .</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ld3urd4ncsi8pvdg0ehk.jpegThe third edition of the conference will host 94 talks, debates and workshops over the coming days aimed in part to help small to medium business owners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-off-to-a-flying-start-3288Painting by art world ‘femme fatale’ sells for record 9 million USD at Christieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painting-by-art-world-femme-fatale-sells-for-record-9-million-usd-at-christies-3286<p>A Polish painter has set a new record for the most expensive Polish artwork with a sale for more than USD 9 millions, auction house Christie’s said in a tweet.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:59:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jlbhnhwokwish4qhd7cej.jpegLa Musicienne (The Female Musician) by Tamara de Łempicka went to an anonymous buyer for USD 9,075,500 at a Christie’s auction in New York City on Monday. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painting-by-art-world-femme-fatale-sells-for-record-9-million-usd-at-christies-3286Polish and Czech interests becoming more convergent - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-czech-interests-becoming-more-convergent---polish-pm-3284<p>Interests of Poland and the Czech Republic are becoming more convergent, the Polish-Czech trade exchange has reached over EUR 20 bln and the whole Visegrad Group is Germany's largest trading partner, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Prague on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish and Czech interests becoming more convergent - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-czech-interests-becoming-more-convergent---polish-pm-3284590 Congress promotes Polish economic patriotism - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/590-congress-promotes-polish-economic-patriotism---presidential-aide-3282<p>The 590 Congress, starting in Jasionka near Rzeszów (south-east Poland) on Thursday, is the promotion of Polish economic patriotism and Polish enterprise, the deputy head of the President's Office, Paweł Mucha said on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpg590 Congress promotes Polish economic patriotism - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/590-congress-promotes-polish-economic-patriotism---presidential-aide-3282We are on a good path to success - Polish defence minister in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-on-a-good-path-to-success---polish-defence-minister-in-us-3280<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after the end of his talks in Washington that "Poland is on a good path to succeed in its efforts to have a permanent US base."</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:18:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWe are on a good path to success - Polish defence minister in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-on-a-good-path-to-success---polish-defence-minister-in-us-3280Poland economic growth leader in 3rd quarter - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-economic-growth-leader-in-3rd-quarter---eurostat-3279<p>At 5.7 percent, Poland's GDP growth in the third quarter of 2018 was highest in the EU, Eurostat reported on Wednesday. Eurostat wrote that Poland ranked among the EU's fastest-developing economies.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:05:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland economic growth leader in 3rd quarter - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-economic-growth-leader-in-3rd-quarter---eurostat-3279Game, set and match: Agnieszka Radwanska gives emotional farewell as she announces her retirementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-set-and-match-agnieszka-radwanska-says-farewell-as-she-announces-her-retirement-3276<p>Poland’s most successful female tennis player, Agnieszka Radwańska, has said she is quitting professional tennis.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:19:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npprylnswmm2iqyj2q4k.jpegThe 29-year-old said she was quitting pro tennis after 13 years of competitive play.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-set-and-match-agnieszka-radwanska-says-farewell-as-she-announces-her-retirement-3276Anti-commie firearms found buried behind former secret police HQhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-commie-firearms-found-buried-behind-former-secret-police-hq-3274<p>Investigators hunting for the remains of resistance fighters killed by the communist authorities after the end of the Second World War have found around 20 weapons buried next to where the old secret police headquarters were located.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:03:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yg2juevi6qggaoym0xskk.jpeg“The way the weapons were found allows us to accept the hypothesis that they were weapons confiscated by officers [of the secret police] around an amnesty in 1947,” said the Institute of National Memorial (IPN), the body charged with investigating communist-era crimes, and the agency leading the dig.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-commie-firearms-found-buried-behind-former-secret-police-hq-3274Polish MoD says 'good atmosphere' after talks with Pentagon chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-says-good-atmosphere-after-talks-with-pentagon-chief-3273<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak met with US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington on Tuesday to discuss Poland's proposal of a permanent US base in Poland. "The atmosphere is good," Błaszczak said after the meeting.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish MoD says 'good atmosphere' after talks with Pentagon chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-says-good-atmosphere-after-talks-with-pentagon-chief-3273Now, THAT'S a makeover! Kind-hearted couple transform poverty-stricken granny's hovel into 'dream home' - in just SIX dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-a-makeover-kind-hearted-couple-transform-poverty-stricken-grannys-ramshackle-hovel-into-dream-home--in-just-six-days-3270<p>An old lady living in a rotting old dilapidated shack has had her life turned 180 degrees after an architect and her husband decided to build her a new home.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:00:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jn6cvsrc66b8ijxnxfbow.jpegArchitect Kinga Kopeć and her engineer husband Krzysztof (pictured bottom right with ‘Grandma’ Aniela) converted the crumbling old hut without a toilet into a cozy new home with heating and electricity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-a-makeover-kind-hearted-couple-transform-poverty-stricken-grannys-ramshackle-hovel-into-dream-home--in-just-six-days-3270Poland's industrial production up in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-september---eurostat-3269<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.0 percent year on year in September 2018, after growing by 5.0 percent in August, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-september---eurostat-3269Six women researchers awarded L'Oreal-UNESCO stipendshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-women-researchers-awarded-loreal-unesco-stipends-3267<p>Six Polish female researchers were awarded a stipend for women in science on Wednesday by L'Oreal and UNESCO. "The role of women in science is indispensable," said Deputy Science Minister Piotr Mueller.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:55:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSix women researchers awarded L'Oreal-UNESCO stipendshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-women-researchers-awarded-loreal-unesco-stipends-3267Boomtastic news: GDP growth is up and better than expectedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boomtastic-news-gdp-growth-is-up-and-better-than-expected-3265<p>GDP in Poland came in 5.1 percent in the third quarter, exceeding estimates by economists, and quashing fears that weakening growth in Germany might spill over into Poland.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:08:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7r4s4j2qfz948y5viv0pfz.jpegPoland’s GDP growth rate among the fastest in the European Union, has also been helped by Poland remaining one of the largest recipients of EU funds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boomtastic-news-gdp-growth-is-up-and-better-than-expected-3265Value of investments co-financed by EU exceeds EUR 81 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-investments-co-financed-by-eu-exceeds-eur-81-bln-3263<p>The value of investments being carried out in Poland and co-financed by the EU reached PLN 350 billion (EUR 81.58 billion) by Tuesday, Infrastructure Minister Jerzy Kwieciński wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:48:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgValue of investments co-financed by EU exceeds EUR 81 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-investments-co-financed-by-eu-exceeds-eur-81-bln-3263Mind-OGLE-ing: Two rogue planets called OGLE found drifting aimlessly across the Milky Wayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-ogle-ing-two-rogue-planets-called-ogle-found-drifting-aimlessly-across-the-milky-way-3261<p>Polish astronomers have discovered two new planets adrift in the Milky Way.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:29:00 +0100ScienceNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6okfx448glownr4bmkin8.jpegWithout a star to orbit around, the two planets called OGLE float through space in darknesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-ogle-ing-two-rogue-planets-called-ogle-found-drifting-aimlessly-across-the-milky-way-3261Poland's CPI up to 3.2 percent in 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-to-32-percent-in-2019---central-bank-3260<p>Prices of consumer goods and services (CPI) in Poland will go up by 3.2 percent year on year in 2019, while core inflation will reach 2.1 percent, the latest projection by the National Bank of Poland (NBP) shows.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:55:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's CPI up to 3.2 percent in 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-to-32-percent-in-2019---central-bank-3260Defence Min. back in US for Fort Trump talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-min-back-in-us-for-fort-trump-talks-3259<p>Poland’s Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak is back in Washington to meet with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis. On the agenda: Fort Trump.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:19:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d2colyyeslg4ogf9un0jf9.jpegThis will be Błaszczak’s second meeting with Mattis this year. In April, they met at the Pentagon to discuss mutual security issues.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-min-back-in-us-for-fort-trump-talks-3259Extraordinary tale of inner city Warsaw and a lost Picasso brought to life in fascinating new exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-tale-of-inner-city-warsaw-and-a-lost-picasso-brought-to-life-in-fascinating-new-exhibition-3256<p>What is the link between Picasso, the lost picture of a mermaid and a Polish housing estate? A new exhibition at the Wola Centre of Culture in Warsaw has the answer.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:38:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7uxtyilxa4mut8c88tl9b.jpegEntitled “Museum of Glass Houses”, the exhibition sheds light on three housing estates in the city’s north-western Wola district, built in the 1930s and 1940s for workers at nearby factories.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-tale-of-inner-city-warsaw-and-a-lost-picasso-brought-to-life-in-fascinating-new-exhibition-3256Fighting fit Dorota makes history with stunning record-breaking Karate World Championship triumphhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fighting-fit-dorota-makes-history-with-stunning-record-breaking-karate-world-championship-triumph-3251<p>A female student has become the first Pole ever to win the Karate World Championship.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:58:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kf8m277h7rgphrmotxe48p.jpegAs well as taking home the World Championship title, Banaszczyk also won the Most Valuable Player award of the final, which was voted for by fans. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fighting-fit-dorota-makes-history-with-stunning-record-breaking-karate-world-championship-triumph-3251GovTech Polska and Scotland's CivTech sign letter of intenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govtech-polska-and-scotlands-civtech-sign-letter-of-intent-3249<p>The creation of partnerships based on exchange of knowledge, common values and a common intention, which is the introduction of a digital revolution in public administration, were the main aims enshrined in the letter of intent between Poland's GovTech and Scotland's CivTech.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGovTech Polska and Scotland's CivTech sign letter of intenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govtech-polska-and-scotlands-civtech-sign-letter-of-intent-3249Janusz Korczak’s classic children’s book ‘King Matt the First’ turned into interactive exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/janusz-korczaks-classic-childrens-book-king-matt-the-first-turned-into-interactive-exhibition-3247<p>A book by Janusz Korczak, the man who refused to abandon Jewish orphans during the war and died with them in Treblinka, on how a state works has been turned into exhibition with the goal of education a new generation of children about the mechanics of nations.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:08:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3acxi6sdotnm2omqk5pqsb.jpegOne of the rooms of the 'In King Matt’s Poland' exhibition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/janusz-korczaks-classic-childrens-book-king-matt-the-first-turned-into-interactive-exhibition-3247Herb you are: CEO of herb giant puts people before machineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/herb-you-are-ceo-of-herb-giant-puts-people-before-machines-3245<p>The CEO of a multinational herbal distribution giant has rejected machine packaging to protect the livelihood of his employees.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:14:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ilscjwaeqpcpdfv9xgur4.jpegAccording to Angielczyk, “herbs and healthy nutrition are experiencing a great renaissance.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/herb-you-are-ceo-of-herb-giant-puts-people-before-machines-3245Snapping history: Kraków firm that has photographed the good and the great celebrates its 100th birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapping-history-krakow-firm-that-has-photographed-the-good-and-the-great-celebrates-its-100th-birthday-3243<p>As Poland marked 100 years of independence, members of the Garzyński family also marked an anniversary. The Kraków family was celebrating the 100th year of their photography company, which over the years has snapped the most important figures and moments in a century of Polish independence, and, in the process, become a Kraków institution.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:37:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6k2z5ybium71dc93mx61qu.jpegPhotographed in all his glory, the picture of Piłsudski is perhaps the most famous image in the Garzyński’s portfolio.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapping-history-krakow-firm-that-has-photographed-the-good-and-the-great-celebrates-its-100th-birthday-3243Buildings worldwide light up for Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buildings-worldwide-light-up-for-polands-independence-centenary-3241<p>Major buildings, bridges and monuments were illuminated worldwide on Saturday and Sunday with the white and red of the Polish flag in celebration of Poland's Independence centenary and Independence Day.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:08:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7net5rwlhs51de0ox3szqh.jpegSzczecin Philharmonic Hall, November 11th, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buildings-worldwide-light-up-for-polands-independence-centenary-3241Over 250,000 took part in White and Red Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-250000-took-part-in-white-and-red-march-3239<p>The interior minister announced on Monday that over 250,000 persons took part in a Sunday White and Red march on Poland's Independence Day in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aifcvs8z2y9sps9x8z9nzl.jpegThis was the largest manifestation of this kind in Warsaw's history, Joachim Brudziński said, adding that it could only be compared to gatherings during papal visits.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-250000-took-part-in-white-and-red-march-3239Polish President, PM thank Donald Trump for Independence Day wisheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-thank-donald-trump-for-independence-day-wishes-3237<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have expressed their thanks to US President Donald Trump for the wishes he offered on Poland's Independence Day.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:19:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish President, PM thank Donald Trump for Independence Day wisheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-thank-donald-trump-for-independence-day-wishes-3237A drink to the times: A look back at Warsaw’s inter-war party scenehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-drink-to-the-times-a-look-back-at-warsaws-inter-war-party-scene-3234<p>The heady, euphoric rush that came with Poland’s newfound independence was itself reflected by a dynamic food and social scene that flourished throughout the country during the inter-war period. Naturally, the capital was at the forefront of developments, with Warsaw establishing itself as a city eager to embrace both the carefree spirit of the age and wider global trends.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:34:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2cttc6gn7dyci4vjmp6vws.jpegPartygoers at Warsaw’s fabled Adria club see in the New Year 1932/33.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-drink-to-the-times-a-look-back-at-warsaws-inter-war-party-scene-3234US president congratulates Poland on Independence Anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-president-congratulates-poland-on-independence-anniversary-3233<p>US President Donald Trump congratulated Poland in a Sunday Tweet on its 100th Independence Anniversary.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS president congratulates Poland on Independence Anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-president-congratulates-poland-on-independence-anniversary-3233NATO, EU Council congratulate Poland on Independence Centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-eu-council-congratulate-poland-on-independence-centenary-3231<p>NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on their independence centenaries on Sunday. Separately, the European Council highlighted Poland's achievements.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNATO, EU Council congratulate Poland on Independence Centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-eu-council-congratulate-poland-on-independence-centenary-3231Polish independence centenary commemorated worldwidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-centenary-commemorated-worldwide-3228<p>Polish communities and state and local authorities worldwide commemorated Poland's independence centenary on Sunday, which also marks Polish Independence Day (Nov. 11).</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish independence centenary commemorated worldwidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-centenary-commemorated-worldwide-3228One woman, one vote: Poland mark’s 100th anniversary of female suffragehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-woman-one-vote-poland-marks-100th-anniversary-of-female-suffrage-3225<p>As Poland mark’s the centenary of regaining its independence it also celebrates the fact that women have had the vote for a 100 years. The new republic was one of the first countries in the world to grant universal suffrage despite its decades spent under an imperial rule that was hardly progressive in its outlook.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:39:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkehaj1hp3qze85zpzud.jpegThe first elections in which women voted returned eight female MPs. Pictured: Gabriela Balicka, Jadwiga Dziubińska, Irena Kosmowska, Zofia Moraczewska, Zofia Sokolnicka. Not pictured: Maria Moczydłowska, Anna Anastazja Piasecka and Franciszka Wilczkowiakowa. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-woman-one-vote-poland-marks-100th-anniversary-of-female-suffrage-3225Place for all under white and red flaghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/place-for-all-under-white-and-red-flag-3224<p>There is a place for everyone under the white and red colours; it is our flag, never white and never again red, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in his address at the start of Warsaw's White and Red March marking the 100th independence anniversary.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfqo52a1ctgpj7x7cal9aj.jpegHeld under the motto 'For You Poland,' the march was organised by state authorities under the president's auspices.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/place-for-all-under-white-and-red-flag-3224President confers posthumously Order of the White Eagle upon 25 Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-confers-posthumously-order-of-the-white-eagle-upon-25-poles-3223<p>On Poland's Independence Day on Sunday, President Andrzej Duda conferred posthumously the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish distinction, upon 25 Poles "merited for the glory, prosperity and benefit of Poland."</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dvho53lgop2jpsy10v0cq.jpegThe president conferred the distinction among others upon Olga Drahonowska-Małkowska and Andrzej Małkowski, Polish scouting movement activists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-confers-posthumously-order-of-the-white-eagle-upon-25-poles-3223Poland rising: how architecture helped build, and define, the country after regaining independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/poland-rising-how-architecture-helped-build-and-define-the-country-after-regaining-independence-67<p>When Poland regained its independence in 1918 after 123 years it was not only a moment of great joy, but also a great challenge.</p><p>The country was in a state of ruin after the First World War. The three powers of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary had ravished the Polish landscape as they tried to cling onto their empires.</p><p>The economy had almost ceased to exist in any meaningful sense with most industrial infrastructure having been intentionally wrecked or carted back to Germany or Russia.</p><p>Most bridges that could have been used by armies on the move had been destroyed and Polish roads were cloggy tracts of mud.</p><p>The huge rebuilding task was complicated by the need to merge regions that had been parts of separate states for over 100 years, which had different populations and levels of development, culture and economy.</p><p>It was necessary not only to smooth over these disproportions, but also to rebuild in people a spirit of unity, and an identity based on being citizens of a modern 20th-century republic. To achieve this, architecture played an important role.</p><p>Polish architects had a whole new range of techniques and ideas available to them under the banner of modernism. New homes for Poland’s new citizens would move away from the cramped tenement style buildings of the 19th century, and monumental public buildings would build in people a new consciousness as citizens of a modern state.</p><p>The building programme of the 1920s and 30s lead to new innovative projects, many of which are still standing today, as the concrete-frame modernist buildings withstood the trials of World War II much better than the buildings from previous generations.</p><p>Though neglected and ignored for many years, these modernist buildings are now enjoying renewed interest. TFN’s gallery of the Architecture of Independence showcases some of the best examples.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfeav9o2upicf49svl5jr7.jpegHotel Patria in Krynica, 1934. Poland’s top pre-war tenor Jan Kiepura sunk one million dollars of his own cash into this modernist masterpiece. At the time, it was the most state-of-the-art building in the Polish mountain resort, with lifts, central heating, a luxury restaurant and revolving doors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/poland-rising-how-architecture-helped-build-and-define-the-country-after-regaining-independence-67Gala changing of the guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gala-changing-of-the-guard-at-tomb-of-unknown-soldier-3221<p>A gala changing of the guard took place at noon in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw. The gathering will be addressed by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bitzy4a470ipqjtwugr4ff.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda during gala changing of the guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldier.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gala-changing-of-the-guard-at-tomb-of-unknown-soldier-3221PM invites everyone to join Independence March in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-invites-everyone-to-join-independence-march-in-warsaw-3220<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has invited everyone to join Sunday's official Independence March in Warsaw, which, as he said, will be a "grand and safe" event, adding that he dreams of "a modern, happy Poland where people can talk to each other."</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM invites everyone to join Independence March in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-invites-everyone-to-join-independence-march-in-warsaw-3220President Duda lays wreaths at Poland's independence fathers memorialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-lays-wreaths-at-polands-independence-fathers-memorials-3217<p>President Andrzej Duda on Poland's Independence Day on Sunday laid wreaths at monuments honouring Poland's statesmen Marshal Józef Piłsudski and Poland's inter-war prime minister and political leader Wincenty Witos.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:33:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/31bhlerc648ade56ypd7qw.jpegPresident Duda celebrated Poland's independence fathers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-lays-wreaths-at-polands-independence-fathers-memorials-3217PM tweets message to Poles on Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-tweets-message-to-poles-on-independence-day-3216<p>As Poland celebrates the centenary of regaining independence on Sunday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a message to all Poles via Twitter.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lp7bcmryzbcwsiulmkhq3.jpeg“Let us all show today that we are united by Poland,” wrote Morawiecki on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-tweets-message-to-poles-on-independence-day-3216Day of freedom: when Poland regained its independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-freedom-when-poland-regained-its-independence-3211<p>Poland returned to the map of the world on November 11, 1918 after enduring 123 years of Prussian, Austrian and Russian occupation.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxuytwnmtvp3stngt994de.jpegPoland marks the 100th anniversary of the nation regaining its independence today after the long years of foreign rule.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-freedom-when-poland-regained-its-independence-3211Mel Gibson appears in spot promoting Polish independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mel-gibson-appears-in-spot-promoting-polish-independence-centenary-3207<p>The spot about Poland's independence centenary was created in cooperation with, and the participation of, actor and director Mel Gibson, the Polish National Foundation (PFN) announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:06:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4h6o26vhlen9phl12qg3dg.jpegPFN wants to build the image of Poland by looking for a proper message that can be understood by people from abroad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mel-gibson-appears-in-spot-promoting-polish-independence-centenary-3207Get Back: legendary singer pays emotional tribute to The Beatles and Paul McCartney in English albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-back-legendary-singer-pays-emotional-tribute-to-the-beatles-and-paul-mccartney-in-english-album-3200<p>“Bedford School” the new album by Grzegorz Turnau is sung completely in English and contains covers of songs written by the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Queen and Donald Fagen.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:25:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/72godbeubpr1miax94vmvo.jpeg'Once I read on the internet a sentence with which I completely agree: I don’t trust people who don’t like McCartney.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-back-legendary-singer-pays-emotional-tribute-to-the-beatles-and-paul-mccartney-in-english-album-3200Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for five European Film Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-five-european-film-awards-3198<p>The European Film Awards (EFA) have announced that Paweł Pawlikowski's film 'Cold War' has been nominated in the categories of film, screenwriter, director, actress and actor.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 18:38:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for five European Film Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-five-european-film-awards-3198'Symbols of Freedom' exhibition a self-portrait of Poles - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/symbols-of-freedom-exhibition-a-self-portrait-of-poles---president-3196<p>The exhibition 'Symbols of Freedom' opened on Friday in Warsaw's Royal Castle. The show presents a self-portrait of Poles; it represents their history and their fight for independence, said President Andrzej Duda during his speech at the official opening.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 17:58:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpg'Symbols of Freedom' exhibition a self-portrait of Poles - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/symbols-of-freedom-exhibition-a-self-portrait-of-poles---president-3196Leaning Tower of Pisa to be lit up in colours of Polish flaghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaning-tower-of-pisa-to-be-lit-up-in-colours-of-polish-flag-3194<p>The Polish Embassy in Italy announced on Friday that the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be illuminated with the white and red of the Polish flag in celebration of Poland's Independence centenary.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 17:40:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLeaning Tower of Pisa to be lit up in colours of Polish flaghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaning-tower-of-pisa-to-be-lit-up-in-colours-of-polish-flag-3194Poland remains a happy hub for business service centreshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-remains-a-happy-hub-for-business-service-centres-3191<p>New figures have revealed that Poland is still profiting from the global popularity of business service centres with a record number of them now open in the country.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:39:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m0i21w3dgp0cxeetqjq5nv.jpegThe Chinese giant TCL has opened a huge business centre in Warsaw and wants to hire 100 engineers and scientists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-remains-a-happy-hub-for-business-service-centres-3191One for the album: Israeli and Polish post offices issue special anniversary stamphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-for-the-album-israeli-and-polish-post-offices-issue-special-anniversary-stamp-3189<p>The Polish and Israeli post offices have released a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence and the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:01:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ypmgqoyblc99i2phwm156.jpegThe stamp “celebrates anniversaries that are important to both nations”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-for-the-album-israeli-and-polish-post-offices-issue-special-anniversary-stamp-3189Poznań cathedral throws open doors to rarely seen Golden Chapel as Independence Day treat for visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-cathedral-throws-open-doors-to-rarely-seen-golden-chapel-as-independence-day-treat-for-visitors-3186<p>The fathers of Poznań’s cathedral are joining in the Independence Day spirit by opening the sacral building’s usually off-limits Golden Chapel as a special treat for the city’s faithful on Poland’s big day on Sunday.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:47:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ufo03ohmytlc6bpny2jjhd.jpegThe richly decorated chapel is generally shut to visitors owing to its historical value.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-cathedral-throws-open-doors-to-rarely-seen-golden-chapel-as-independence-day-treat-for-visitors-3186Capital’s historic Prudential tower, embodying everything glamorous about interwar Poland, reopens as luxury hotelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/capitals-historic-prudential-tower-embodying-everything-glamorous-about-interwar-poland-reopens-as-luxury-hotel-3182<p>With little in the way of fanfare and fireworks, this week saw one of Warsaw’s best-loved landmarks quietly regain its position as one of the capital’s true icons.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:28:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kzns74mvmswdl9tk4z177.jpegArchitect Michał Grzybek told TFN: For those unfamiliar with the building, we wanted to surprise them a little with the interior elements, whilst for those who know the building’s past, we want them to think we’ve done a good job of continuing its history as a symbol of Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/capitals-historic-prudential-tower-embodying-everything-glamorous-about-interwar-poland-reopens-as-luxury-hotel-3182Poland should be at centre of new economic league, argues reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-be-at-centre-of-new-economic-league-argues-report-3180<p>Amid speculation about the revival of the medieval economic alliance of northern-European states, a new article argues for the creation of a Hanseatic League 2.0 and why Poland’s role would be integral.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:39:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ocwu19glmslwrcior0dwo.jpegThe League of Hanseatic Cities (Hansa), was a grouping of northern cities and communes, brought together in the middle ages to work on common land and sea trade ventures, protect merchants' interests, and fight off pirates and robbers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-be-at-centre-of-new-economic-league-argues-report-3180Done and dusted: Poland and US sign gas dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/done-and-dusted-poland-and-us-sign-gas-deal-3176<p>Polish state-run gas company PGNiG has signed a long-term contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:35:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90wt2evonva84l601zrt3e.jpegThe new contract, with Cheniere Marketing International, was signed on 8 November during Perry’s visit to Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/done-and-dusted-poland-and-us-sign-gas-deal-3176PM warns zero tolerance for racism on Independence marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-zero-tolerance-for-racism-on-independence-march-3174<p>The prime minister has pledged the authorities will “eliminate” any signs of extremism on an official march on Sunday in Warsaw to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gunn4567jol2xyk933vu7q.jpegThe government announced that it would organise a “red and white” march, and that it would not tolerate any political extremism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-zero-tolerance-for-racism-on-independence-march-3174Polish government provides 500 houses for Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-provides-500-houses-for-iraq-3173<p>A convoy of ten trucks transporting 500 temporary homes valued at PLN 3 mln (EUR 698, 470) is heading from Gdańsk, northern Poland, to Mosul in northern Iraq. The houses are a form of humanitarian aid from the Polish government.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish government provides 500 houses for Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-provides-500-houses-for-iraq-3173Take a closer look at those tiny houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/take-a-closer-look-at-those-tiny-houses-65<p>Take a closer look at some examples of the models from Paweł Chmurzyński "Studio Miniatur". Here you'll find, in a miniature scale, Warsaw's most iconic builidings and houses.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:47:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8adj1h0ykhdbdskbxwfl.jpegWarsaw Barbican.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/take-a-closer-look-at-those-tiny-houses-65Model-maker creates delightful miniatures of pre-war Warsaw – and ends up on cover of Iron Maiden albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/model-maker-creates-delightful-miniatures-of-pre-war-warsaw--and-ends-up-on-cover-of-iron-maiden-album-3169<p>It’s early morning in the north of Warsaw and to escape the hustle and bustle of rush hour mayhem we are sitting in a cosy basement studio.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:03:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sl7b0xw3msgfpya14qeg.jpegStudio Miniatur owner Paweł Chmurzyński, who has been creating the chocolate box-style models for over ten years, says that tracking down source materials to work from can sometimes be like detective work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/model-maker-creates-delightful-miniatures-of-pre-war-warsaw--and-ends-up-on-cover-of-iron-maiden-album-3169The future’s bright, the future’s Poland, says World Economic Forum reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-the-futures-poland-says-world-economic-forum-report-3167<p>As Poland gears up to celebrate it’s 100 years of independence, a new report says the country’s future is brighter than ever. &nbsp;</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:56:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0y9nyxa3wqqwx931yf267.jpegPoland ranks first for macroeconomic stability in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2018, and has been identified as one of North-east Europe’s rising stars.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-the-futures-poland-says-world-economic-forum-report-3167Top guns: Army to get six state-of-the-art missile defence systemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-guns-army-to-get-six-state-of-the-art-missile-defence-systems-3164<p>From drones to helicopters, the Pilica missile defence system can tackle them all.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:29:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fozklkel80lfc7oo7zo02q.jpegBetween 2019 and 2022, the PGZ-PILICA consortium will deliver six Pilica batteries to the Polish army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-guns-army-to-get-six-state-of-the-art-missile-defence-systems-3164Pope sends letter to mark Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-sends-letter-to-mark-polands-independence-centenary-3161<p>On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to Poles in which he declared that he was praying for Poland to enjoy the gift of freedom in unity and peace.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPope sends letter to mark Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-sends-letter-to-mark-polands-independence-centenary-3161The Eagle has landed: Special Live Edition of the #HeartofPolandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-eagle-has-landed-special-live-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-3158<p>The 11th of November, 2018, will be one of the most important, significant and emotional days in Poland’s history.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:49:00 +0100HistoryNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nx2wshl8kmpr56esubd5pd.pngHeart of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-eagle-has-landed-special-live-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-3158US sees Poland as regional cybersecurity leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-sees-poland-as-regional-cybersecurity-leader-3155<p>The US sees Poland as a regional leader in the area of cybersecurity, and the work carried out by Poland and the US will lead to EU security, emphasised US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a briefing after the end of a US cybersecurity training.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS sees Poland as regional cybersecurity leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-sees-poland-as-regional-cybersecurity-leader-3155Not as draught as it sounds: Bored programmer looking for new job comes up with Poland’s most successful game app – EVER!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-as-draught-as-it-sounds-bored-programmer-looking-for-new-job-comes-up-with-polands-most-successful-game-app--ever-3152<p>A Polish programmer has scored an astonishing success with a draughts game app that he designed in his spare time to have something to put on his CV.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vwj3tm9qdg9herl0xnf6q.jpegThe game’s designer Łukasz Oktaba worked on the game in his free time and launched it in the Google Play store in January 2015.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-as-draught-as-it-sounds-bored-programmer-looking-for-new-job-comes-up-with-polands-most-successful-game-app--ever-3152Poland signs 24-year deal for US gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-24-year-deal-for-us-gas-3151<p>Polish gas monopolist PGNiG has signed a 24-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract with Cheniere Marketing International, the Polish company said in a Thursday statement.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:38:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland signs 24-year deal for US gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-24-year-deal-for-us-gas-3151Around 400 events worldwide to mark independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-400-events-worldwide-to-mark-independence-centenary-3149<p>Out of PLN 240 million (EUR 56 mln) earmarked for celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining independence around PLN 64 million (EUR 15 mln) will be spent on the "foreign component," Deputy Prime Minister and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:41:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAround 400 events worldwide to mark independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-400-events-worldwide-to-mark-independence-centenary-3149Into Africa: NGO helps vulnerable local communities build eco-houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-to-africa-ngo-helps-vulnerable-local-communities-build-eco-houses-3144<p>A Polish NGO is building 60 eco homes in West Africa to teach locals how to create resilient housing and improve living conditions for the most vulnerable in the region.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:12:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/umz7gfbtopono7mirilojr.jpegProject coordinator Monika Nowacki (pictured) says that half of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso in West Africa survive on one dollar a day or less.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-to-africa-ngo-helps-vulnerable-local-communities-build-eco-houses-3144Food for thought: Museum serves up kosher delights at Food Safety Congresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-for-thought-museum-serves-up-kosher-delights-at-food-safety-congress-3139<p>It was foodie heaven at the 5th Food Safety Congress this week where delegates were treated to Poland’s first ever kosher food fair.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:19:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jcnhx0w1m2rjmr9ebfwb9.jpegOver 500 food experts and 250 companies from the Polish food industry descended on the POLIN Museum to discuss food quality and safety as well as to experience the first Kosher Expo. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-for-thought-museum-serves-up-kosher-delights-at-food-safety-congress-3139She’s done it! Warsaw gal becomes Poland's first female visual artist to win coveted Yaddo Residencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-done-it-warsaw-artist-becomes-first-polish-woman-in-history-to-win-prestigious-yaddo-residency-3133<p>Warsaw-based artist, Maess Anand, whose work explores the life of an organism attacked by cancer, has become the first Polish female visual artist to win the residency at the artists‘ colony near Saratoga Springs, New York.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:46:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n08s37c7mvj4p1jre2gec.jpegBorn in 1982 in Warsaw, Maess graduated in industrial design and visual communication from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), as well as completing a number of courses, including anatomy for artists at the Medical University of Warsaw. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-done-it-warsaw-artist-becomes-first-polish-woman-in-history-to-win-prestigious-yaddo-residency-3133Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3131<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:53:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3131Paderewski Cyclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paderewski-cycle-3129<p>Paderewski Cycle is an competition in the United States inspired by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:11:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPaderewski Cyclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paderewski-cycle-3129Retail sales in Poland up y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-september---eurostat-3127<p>Polish retail sales grew by 6.5 percent year on year in September 2018 after a 6.5 percent increase in August. Month on month, retail sales rose by 0.6 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:08:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales in Poland up y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-september---eurostat-3127The Asian concert tour of Warsaw Symphonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-asian-concert-tour-of-warsaw-symphony-3123<p>The Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, performed in China in October. After eight concerts, Warsaw's Symphony musicians will now set off to South Korea and will play two concerts on November 10 and 11 in Usan and Seoul.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThe Asian concert tour of Warsaw Symphonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-asian-concert-tour-of-warsaw-symphony-3123"Une avant-garde Polonaise" exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/une-avant-garde-polonaise-exhibition-at-the-pompidou-center-in-paris-3119<p>The exhibition of works by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, co-organized by the Museum of Art in Łódź and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was opened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:35:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpg"Une avant-garde Polonaise" exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/une-avant-garde-polonaise-exhibition-at-the-pompidou-center-in-paris-3119Exhibition "Young Poland. Polish Fin de Siecle Art "https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-young-poland-polish-fin-de-siecle-art--3117<p>In the art museum in Gothenburg, in cooperation with the National Museum in Warsaw and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, an exhibition devoted to Polish art from the 19th and 20th century was opened.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:23:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExhibition "Young Poland. Polish Fin de Siecle Art "https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-young-poland-polish-fin-de-siecle-art--3117The Polish-Ukrainian Orchestra of Entertainmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-ukrainian-orchestra-of-entertainment-3115<p>The best musicians from Poland and Ukraine, with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, will create an orchestra of entertainment.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:18:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThe Polish-Ukrainian Orchestra of Entertainmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-ukrainian-orchestra-of-entertainment-3115Hymne a la Polognehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hymne-a-la-pologne-3113<p>A festive concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:12:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHymne a la Polognehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hymne-a-la-pologne-3113U.S. Energy Sec. Perry jets in to Poland for energy security talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-energy-sec-perry-jets-in-to-poland-for-energy-security-talks-3107<p>The United States’ Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Poland Thursday (Oct. 8<sup>th</sup>) as part of a trip to Central and Eastern Europe, which will also include Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Hungary.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3tkrgzu79kf7h6nep9pfu.jpegAt the Three Seas Initiative summit in Bucharest in September, Perry told the twelve countries involved, including Poland, that they can “count on the United States as a stable, reliable, energy partner.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-energy-sec-perry-jets-in-to-poland-for-energy-security-talks-3107Presentation of the Polish theater in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presentation-of-the-polish-theater-in-paris-3108<p>The Zar Theatre will be performing at the legendary Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:43:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresentation of the Polish theater in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presentation-of-the-polish-theater-in-paris-3108World leaders to celebrate Poland's independence centenary in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-leaders-to-celebrate-polands-independence-centenary-in-december-3105<p>Leaders of some 50 countries, who will come to Poland to attend a UN climate summit in December, will take part in celebrations marking Poland's independence centenary, PAP was told on Wednesday by the Polish president's top aide, Krzysztof Szczerski.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWorld leaders to celebrate Poland's independence centenary in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-leaders-to-celebrate-polands-independence-centenary-in-december-3105October unemployment rate at 5.7 percent – labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/october-unemployment-rate-at-57-percent--labour-minister-3104<p>In October 2018, the unemployment rate amounted to 5.7 percent, the same level as in September, Labor and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:21:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOctober unemployment rate at 5.7 percent – labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/october-unemployment-rate-at-57-percent--labour-minister-3104Polish food on show at Shanghai import fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-on-show-at-shanghai-import-fair-3102<p>Polish food products are on show from Tuesday at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Poland's display at the fair was opened on Tuesday by Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:20:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish food on show at Shanghai import fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-on-show-at-shanghai-import-fair-3102Tree-mendous! Decimated woodland turned into spectacular ‘Polish Eagle forest’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-decimated-woodland-turned-into-spectacular-polish-eagle-forest-3097<p>A forest destroyed by hurricane winds has been replanted into the shape of a huge Polish eagle to celebrate 100 years of Polish independence.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:45:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xd9p2zx2i5bw6z9pjmjgma.jpegIt will take three years before the Polish Eagle made of birches and pines will be fully visible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-decimated-woodland-turned-into-spectacular-polish-eagle-forest-3097Cycling legend who was three times world champ struggling to pay costs after horror crash leaves him paralysedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-legend-who-was-three-times-world-champ-struggling-to-pay-costs-after-horror-crash-leaves-him-paralysed-3093<p>One of Poland’s most famous road bicycle racers has been left paralysed and struggling to meets the cost of his recovery after suffering serious injuries in a bike crash.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:55:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rv6xefo13lqprgbn16jqm.jpegLegendary cyclist Ryszard Szurkowski who suffered massive spinal injuries kept the accident secret but was persuaded to go public after costs of his rehabilitative care started to mount. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-legend-who-was-three-times-world-champ-struggling-to-pay-costs-after-horror-crash-leaves-him-paralysed-3093Gripe on the ocean wave: Four-decade border dispute resolved by gas pipehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gripe-on-the-ocean-wave-four-decade-border-dispute-resolved-by-gas-pipe-3091<p>A 40-year border dispute between Poland and Denmark has finally been resolved after cooperation on a project to build a gas pipeline between the two countries provided the impetus to reach an amicable solution.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:24:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/10nq7gdnbjbg90soxiseejt.jpegBornholm island is located not far from the Polish coast, so Poland and Denmark were arguing over the maritime border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gripe-on-the-ocean-wave-four-decade-border-dispute-resolved-by-gas-pipe-3091September's inflation at 2.0 pct y/y in Poland - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-inflation-at-20-pct-yy-in-poland---oecd-3090<p>September's inflation in Poland amounted to 2.0 percent year on year, down from 2.1 percent in the previous month. Core inflation fell to 0.9 percent from 1.0 percent a month earlier, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reported.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:18:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSeptember's inflation at 2.0 pct y/y in Poland - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-inflation-at-20-pct-yy-in-poland---oecd-3090Polish Film Festival starts in Torontohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-festival-starts-in-toronto-3087<p>The 10th edition of the Polish Film Festival was inaugurated in Toronto on Monday with the screening of "Cold War" (Zimna wojna), a Paweł Pawlikowski production.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:32:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Film Festival starts in Torontohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-festival-starts-in-toronto-3087A secret command centre in Uxbridge to a country pub in Ruislip, fascinating new app follows trail of WWII Polish airmen in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-secret-command-centre-in-uxbridge-to-a-country-pub-in-ruislip-fascinating-new-app-takes-explorers-on-the-trail-of-polish-airmen-based-in-wwii-britain-3085<p>A bunker, a memorial and even their favourite pub: a Polish Air Force Heritage Trail has been launched by Hillingdon Council in Britain.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:24:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2hlfl6tz1fi2hegi5kz88a.jpegThousands of members of the Polish Air Force lived in Hillingdon, now a borough of Greater London, during WWII. The trail encompasses four locations that were significant to the Polish pilots.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-secret-command-centre-in-uxbridge-to-a-country-pub-in-ruislip-fascinating-new-app-takes-explorers-on-the-trail-of-polish-airmen-based-in-wwii-britain-3085Ancient Lion of Al-lat stands proud again after being restored by Polish archaeologistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-lion-of-al-lat-stands-proud-again-after-being-restored-by-polish-archaeologists-3081<p>An ancient statue destroyed by rampaging ISIS terrorists has been painstakingly restored by Polish renovators and archaeologists.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:59:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsqkf47sq4hkgo4hgkmwf.jpegConservator Bartosz Markowski was one of the key team members who helped rebuild the early-first-century Lion of Al-lat statue .https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-lion-of-al-lat-stands-proud-again-after-being-restored-by-polish-archaeologists-3081Ice one, Nat! Speedy Natalia is first Pole in history to get gold in thrilling World Cup skating comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-one-nat-speedy-natalia-is-first-pole-in-history-to-get-gold-in-thrilling-world-cup-skating-comp-3078<p>Ice-skating champ Natalia Maliszewska has become the first Polish woman in history to win gold at the short track World Cup.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:38:00 +0100SportNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2eb5yc9s8y31o2kh17wrrb.jpegBiałystok blonde Natalia Maliszewska becomes first Polish woman in history to win World Cup gold.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-one-nat-speedy-natalia-is-first-pole-in-history-to-get-gold-in-thrilling-world-cup-skating-comp-3078PKO bank KOs competition in Europe-wide stress battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-kos-competition-in-europe-wide-stress-battle-3075<p>PKO Bank Polski has been judged the most resistant to negative macroeconomic scenarios in stress tests carried out by the European Banking Authority.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:13:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qipi2qxncq8b7u35q89ldd.jpegPKO Bank Polski was audited directly by the EBA as one of two banks in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-kos-competition-in-europe-wide-stress-battle-3075Independence programme to build Poland's image abroad - culture minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independence-programme-to-build-polands-image-abroad---culture-min-3076<p>The "Niepodległa" (Independence) programme, prepared by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage also includes plans for celebrating Poland's centenary of regaining independence abroad, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said at a conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:25:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIndependence programme to build Poland's image abroad - culture minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independence-programme-to-build-polands-image-abroad---culture-min-3076Ombudsman awarded ‘distinguished’ Rafto Prize for Human Rightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ombudsman-awarded-distinguished-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-3074<p>Polish Ombudsman Adam Bodnar has won this year’s Rafto Prize for Human Rights.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4k1n0goyzpe6y2qomzpazg.jpegThis year’s prize recognises the work of Bodnar, who was elected Ombudsman by the Polish parliament in 2015.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ombudsman-awarded-distinguished-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-3074Bank Millennium buys Societe Generale-owned Euro Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-millennium-buys-societe-generale-owned-euro-bank-3073<p>Bank Millennium has signed a deal to buy 99.79 percent in Euro Bank from Societe Generale for PLN 1.833 billion (EUR 425.15 mln), Bank Millennium said in a Monday statement.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:24:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBank Millennium buys Societe Generale-owned Euro Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-millennium-buys-societe-generale-owned-euro-bank-3073Richest 100 Poles of the centuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/richest-100-poles-of-the-century-3068<p>Leopold Julian Kronenberg (1849-1937), Polish banker and financier, founder of Bank Handlowy, topped the list of the 100 richest Poles of the last 100 years, according to the data compiled by weekly magazine Wprost.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:14:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRichest 100 Poles of the centuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/richest-100-poles-of-the-century-3068All hands on deck: homeless men build ocean-going vessel in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-hands-on-deck-homeless-men-build-ocean-going-vessel-in-warsaw-3066<p>A group of homeless men have banded together to build a 22-metre ship to sail around the world and the teach values of humanity, and raise awareness of homelessness.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100SportNewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9copclg541t308qx2ohv.jpegThe initiative of the late Father Bogusław Paleczny, the 22-metre-long ship has been built entirely at the shelter. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-hands-on-deck-homeless-men-build-ocean-going-vessel-in-warsaw-3066Poles vote in local election run-off roundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vote-in-local-election-run-off-round-3064<p>A run-off round of local elections started in Poland on Sunday, November 4, in districts where no candidate for a district head or town and city mayor won over 50 percent of valid votes on October 21.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles vote in local election run-off roundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vote-in-local-election-run-off-round-3064Amputee footballers head home after quarter-final penalty shoot-out ends World Cup dreamshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amputee-footballers-head-home-after-quarter-final-penalty-shoot-out-ends-world-cup-dreams-3062<p>Poland’s amputee football team went down fighting in a penalty shoot out to Angola in the World Amputee Football Cup quarter finals.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h5q3w81pzv8bvvt0ce4ag7.jpegThe team was devastated by the defeat. This will be a tough night for all of us, said striker Bartosz Łastowski. What just happened is really horrible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amputee-footballers-head-home-after-quarter-final-penalty-shoot-out-ends-world-cup-dreams-3062Aim For The Tsars: Stepping back in time in the village of Białowieżahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aim-for-the-tsars-stepping-back-in-time-in-the-village-of-bialowieza-3058<p>Few regions in Poland evoke quite the same emotions as Białowieża; challenge a native on the subject, and they’ll likely wax lyrical about nature’s noble beasts and the wild, dark forests in which they’re found prowling.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:12:00 +0100HistoryPoland NowLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kuy9vocckio367ksuxn786.jpegA night under the Tsars. Visitors can spend the night in a converted railway carriage decked out in Romanov resplendence. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aim-for-the-tsars-stepping-back-in-time-in-the-village-of-bialowieza-3058A house with no bills: firm designs house that produces more energy than it needshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-house-with-no-bills-firm-designs-house-that-produces-more-energy-than-it-needs-3054<p>A Warsaw-based start-up company has designed a house that can produce all the energy it needs, and have some to spare. The house promises to be a budget-friendly option for people eager to reduce their environmental footprint, while saving money on bills.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 11:27:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xaakryf571lycrk5eq9e8r.jpegCompact but green the house comes with a main living space and a mezzanine bedroom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-house-with-no-bills-firm-designs-house-that-produces-more-energy-than-it-needs-3054Scrap music: man turns computer waste into electronic instrumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scrap-music-man-turns-computer-waste-into-electronic-instrument-3051<p>Michael Jackson’s 1980s hit Thriller has been given a recycled makeover by science student who has created an electronic instrument out of redundant pieces of computer technology.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 18:10:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r24r1agy57aylcwuw5t1wb.jpegKnown as the Floppotron it boasts 64 floppy-disk drives, eight hard drives and two scanners, and can play, along with Thriller, and music Paweł Zadrożniak, its creator, programmes it to.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scrap-music-man-turns-computer-waste-into-electronic-instrument-3051PKO BP, Pekao in top three most resilient European bankshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-pekao-in-top-three-most-resilient-european-banks-3049<p>The results of an EU-wide stress test of 48 banks shows that Polish bank PKO BP is the most resilient to a common set of adverse economic developments. Bank Pekao also came in the top three of the tests conducted by the European Banking Authority (EBA).</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:58:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPKO BP, Pekao in top three most resilient European bankshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-pekao-in-top-three-most-resilient-european-banks-3049Port of Gdańsk opens trade office in Shanghaihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-opens-trade-office-in-shanghai-3047<p>The Port of Gdańsk, on Poland's northern Baltic coast, opened a trade office in Shangahai on Saturday. It is the port's first representation in China and is tasked with strengthening existing partnerships with Chinese companies, among other duties.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPort of Gdańsk opens trade office in Shanghaihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-opens-trade-office-in-shanghai-3047Statue of WWII general who ended up pulling pints in Scotland unveiled in Edinburghhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/statue-of-wwii-general-who-ended-up-pulling-pints-in-scotland-unveiled-in-edinburgh-3044<p>A Polish war hero who ended up running a bar in his adopted home of Edinburgh has finally been memorialised in bronze thanks to the campaign of a late lord and the ensuing efforts of his daughter.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:59:00 +0100HistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sw3dfbeo06mvcv68tdl5io.jpegThe life-sized bronze statue with its creator, Bronisław Krzysztof: I hope that this sculpture will help keep the memories of general's achievements alive.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/statue-of-wwii-general-who-ended-up-pulling-pints-in-scotland-unveiled-in-edinburgh-3044Very short haul: LOT starts 30 minutes flights to Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/very-short-haul-lot-starts-30-minutes-flights-to-lublin-3041<p>From Tokyo to Los Angeles, there is no shortage of direct connections from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport. Yet in addition to far-flung routes, Poland’s national airline LOT offers destinations rather closer to home – most recently Lublin, a city of around 350,000 inhabitants in eastern Poland.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:21:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yzbj8rwjd8gobn60tsegc.jpegDestination Lublin. The flight to the eastern city takes little more than half an hour in comparison to the three hours by car.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/very-short-haul-lot-starts-30-minutes-flights-to-lublin-3041Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for BIFA awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-bifa-award-3039<p>Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' (Zimna Wojna) is among five films nominated for the British Independent Film Awards in the Best Foreign Independent Film category, the Polish Film Institute announced on Friday.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:11:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for BIFA awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-bifa-award-3039Dig you believe it: archaeologist excavates massive ancient town he discovered as a teenagerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dig-you-believe-it-archaeologist-excavates-massive-ancient-town-he-discovered-as-a-teenager-3036<p>An archaeologist is excavating a seven-thousand-year-old settlement he discovered by accident when he was a teenager.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:36:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9u3axhh1f5g6lfz4g82k5c.jpegThe floor pan of a house dating back some 7,000 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dig-you-believe-it-archaeologist-excavates-massive-ancient-town-he-discovered-as-a-teenager-3036Stability in Ukraine crucial - Morawiecki, Merkelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stability-in-ukraine-crucial---morawiecki-merkel-3034<p>Germany and Poland see the importance of stability in Ukraine, also in the context of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after Friday talks in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:09:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r1bh8q40i89gl54boct34b.jpegRecounting the talks with Merkel, Morawiecki said the meeting had confirmed that both countries were "on a good path" to building European stability in the economic and financial sphere.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stability-in-ukraine-crucial---morawiecki-merkel-3034Pole position in Tinsel Town: Polish acting talent makes waves in Hollywoodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-in-tinsel-town-polish-acting-talent-makes-waves-in-hollywood-3031<p>With ‘Cold War,’ the latest effort by Academy-award-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski, creating fresh Oscars buzz, Polish acting talent appears to be the centre of Hollywood’s attention with stars lined up for film and television productions.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:00:00 +0100Art & CultureNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wpddgtmy0eytiyo8u9crr.jpegJoanna Kulig has been tipped as a possible winner of an Oscar for her performance in Cold War.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-in-tinsel-town-polish-acting-talent-makes-waves-in-hollywood-3031EBRD revises GDP growth upwards for 2018-2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-revises-gdp-growth-upwards-for-2018-2019-3029<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised predictions made in May for Polish GDP growth for 2018 and 2019.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:49:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gk0suw5wkvmqbb2ra05wu.jpegAt a press conference last month Teresa Czerwińska, the finance minister, said she expects GDP growth to exceed expectations in 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-revises-gdp-growth-upwards-for-2018-2019-3029A sea of candles and memories: All Saints day in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-sea-of-candles-and-memories-all-saints-day-in-poland-217<p>If you fly over Poland tonight and in the coming days you’ll see a sea of lights twinkling in the darkness. Not from cars or streetlights, but from the millions of candles that Poles put on the graves of their families. It’s the 1st of November. It’s All Saints Day. An emotional day where Poland’s past and present come together in a moving act of national and individual remembrance.&nbsp;</p><p>In this special episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney visits one of Warsaw’s most important cemeteries to take you straight to the heart of this day. Discover the traditions and origins of All Saints Day and hear from people visiting the graves of loved ones and special figures from Polish history.</p><p>Share if this film moved you and share your comments below.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:56:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6hgod0lbrwb1uk0te3otgw.jpegA sea of candles and memories: All Saints day in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-sea-of-candles-and-memories-all-saints-day-in-poland-217In the dead of the night: Zaduszki, the day when the spirits of the dead were thought to be out and abouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-dead-of-the-night-zaduszki-the-day-when-the-spirits-of-the-dead-were-thought-to-be-out-and-about-3026<p>Mexico may be famous for its Day of the Dead celebrations, but in Polish culture the beginning of November is just as important, if perhaps less spectacular.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:16:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9kf254om9l9a0y2z814qf9.jpegPeople light candles on the grave as part of the zaduszki traditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-dead-of-the-night-zaduszki-the-day-when-the-spirits-of-the-dead-were-thought-to-be-out-and-about-3026Polish firms to take part in China International Import Expohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-to-take-part-in-china-international-import-expo-3024<p>Eighty-one Polish enterprises will take part in China International Import Expo fair (CIIE) for foreign companies, to be held for the first time in Shanghai on November 5-10.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:11:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish firms to take part in China International Import Expohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-to-take-part-in-china-international-import-expo-3024Monumental rising: Przemyśl’s fortress and historic old town get upgraded to Monuments of Historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monumental-rising-przemysls-fortress-and-historic-old-town-get-upgraded-to-monuments-of-history-3021<p>The huge 19th-century military fort system in Przemyśl and the city’s Old Town could become UNESCO World Heritage sites after they became Monuments of History. The announcement made on a recent trip to the city by culture minister Piotr Gliński is a necessary step towards the two sites being entered on the prestigious UNESCO list.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:33:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryPoland Nowhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1d2gjuihw0hdfc4ghh24f4.jpegA statue of the fictional Austro-Hungarian army soldier Svejk—the anti-hero of the book The Good Soldier Svejk--has a beer on Przemyśl’s sloping market square.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monumental-rising-przemysls-fortress-and-historic-old-town-get-upgraded-to-monuments-of-history-3021Royal residences in Warsaw and Kraków open their doors to visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-residences-in-warsaw-and-krakow-open-their-doors-to-visitors-3018<p>Workshops, tours and exhibitions are among the attractions of the "Admission-free November at Royal Residences" campaign, which will last from November 2 to 30.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:12:00 +0100Art & CulturePoland NowNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRoyal residences in Warsaw and Kraków open their doors to visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-residences-in-warsaw-and-krakow-open-their-doors-to-visitors-3018EBRD raises Poland's GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-raises-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-3017<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development raised Poland's GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 4.7 pct year on year, and to 3.6 pct year on year for 2019, up by 0.7 and 0.3 pct respectively, compared to May's forecasts, the bank said in a recent report.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:45:00 +0100BusinessNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEBRD raises Poland's GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-raises-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-3017Merkel and ministers in town for talks with governmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/merkel-and-ministers-in-town-for-talks-with-government-3015<p>Angela Merkel and members of her cabinet arrive in Warsaw on November 2 for Polish-German talks on bilateral relations and key EU matters.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:47:00 +0100News & PoliticsNewsht