IN A NUTSHELL 37/2019-20

TRUMP THREATENS TO USE THE MILITARY AGAINST PROTESTERS After the brutal intervention in which George Floyd was killed streets of many American cities witnessed numerous demonstrations, which quickly turned into brutal clashes with the police. Situation is getting out of control and people not interested in fighting for equality are taking advantage of it, too — many shops have been looted. Donald Trump condemns such examples of violence and demands local authorities regain control of the streets by sending as many armed officers as necessary. Well, he is right looters should be punished, but at the same time he said

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IN A NUTSHELL 36/2019-20

KING OF CASINOS DIEST AT 98 When you think of gambling what certainly comes to your mind is Las Vegas. That’s not a mistake, but the world’s capital of gambling has a different name: Macau. It is a special administrative region of China which was a Portuguese colony until 1999, thanks to which until now it enjoys separate government and different economic system than China. Macau is full of surprises: its gambling industry is 7 times bigger than that of Las Vegas, it is the most densely populated region in the world (667,400 people live on the area of 32.9

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IN A NUTSHELL 35/2019-20

IN A NUSTHELL 35/2019-20 WHOSE PAIN IS GOING TO BE BIGGER? Controversies around Trójka, the Polish Radio’s best music station, have just reached their peak. Now they concern Trójka’s best recognizable programme aired for a stunning 38 years, the LP3 (Lista przebojów Programu Trzeciego) which every Friday presents the songs that the listeners voted for over the week. Hosted by Marek Niedźwiecki and Piotr Baron the music chart became a real icon and gathered huge audience each time. Last week during its edition number 1998 the song which won was ”Twój ból jest lepszy niż mój” (Your pain is better

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IN A NUTSHELL 34/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 34/2019-20 PLUS LAUNCHES 5G. NO GOOGLE SERVICES, MIND YOU Many people fear change and it should not come as a surprise that new technologies are often seen as pure evil. Yet, few innovations in recent history have raised so many controversies as 5G. Conspiracy theories pictured 5G first as a source of cancer, more recently as a tool of spreading the coronavirus. The scandal with Huawei, which is the world leader of the technology, did not help, either (a quick reminder: the USA accused Huawei of spying which made it impossible for it to cooperate with American

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IN A NUTSHELL 33/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 33/2019-20 WILL SMALL FLATS GO OUT OF FASHION? Better to have a tiny flat in the centre or a bigger one somewhere in the suburbs? — that’s a question that many people ask themselves. Until now, the trend over the last years has clearly shown that more and more people choose city life, causing cities to grow and small towns and villages to desert. This may change now. An example of Kate Jones, an illustrator who lives in Paris, proves going for the urban option is often connected to living on a very small area. Kate’s apartment

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IN A NUTSHELL 32/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 32/2019-20 DID THE STRESS KILL HER? Medical workers in New York City, a place which accounts for some one third of all deaths related to the coronavirus in the whole USA, have just received a painful hit. Dr Lorna Breen, 49, described by BBC as ”the city’s top doctor” has committed suicide. Ms Breen’s father said his daughter had not had any record of mental illness adding she ”tried to do her job and it killed her.” When describing the recent situation he said Dr Breen was in the trenches on the front line and it is

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IN A NUTSHELL 31/2019-20

NUTSHELL 31/2019-20 FROM HEAVEN TO HELL: THE STORY OF VERONA VAN DE LEUR Verona van de Leur started practicing gymnastics at the age of five. At fourteen, she became the champion of the Netherlands. Only a year later together with her teammates she got the fifth place at the world championship, which was a spectacular success thanks to which the young gymnasts were chosen the country’s best team of that year. Two years later Van de Leur became the rising star of the discipline worldwide. She won 5 medals during the championship of Europe and started winning in other disciplines

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IN A NUTSHELL 30/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 30/2019-20 WOMEN PROTEST AGAINST STRICTER ABORTION LAWS Even though the fight with the coronavirus successfully keeps nearly everybody at home, streets of some Polish cities were quite busy on April 14. This is because of a protest against stricter abortion laws which are about to be considered by the Sejm on April 15. The changes were proposed by Kaja Godek and suggest, among others, making it impossible to have an abortion even when there is medical ground to think that the child will be born with serious illnesses or defects. The protesters blocked the streets with their

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IN A NUTSHELL 29/2019-20

GETTING READY TO EASING RESTRICTIONS Even though Spain has recently become the country with the second biggest number of COVID-19 patients in the world (as of April 14 the USA had 590,000 cases, Spain 170,000, Italy 159,000), its government is slowly getting ready to restore normal functioning. Of course, this is going to be a gradual process. The first step involves letting the industry and construction workers come back to work from April 14. Also, offices and accounting companies will be allowed to reopen. So far Spain keeps closed places like shops which don’t sell the necessities as well as

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IN A NUTSHELL 28/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 28/2019-20 COMPANIES FORCED TO MAKE VENTILATORS Ford announced on Monday March 30, 2020 they would team with General Electric and start producing ventilators. They plan to make as many as 50,000 devices in the next 100 days and after that 30,000 a month for as long as it is necessary. As of today (March 31, 2020) the USA already is the country with the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the world, the number of people who got sick exceeding 165,000. Predictions say up to 200,000 Americans may get killed by the coronavirus and Donald Trump says

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