IN A NUTSHELL 3/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 3/2019-20 ”TANKER TRUCKS OF SHAME” JOIN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN Political campaign before the Parliamentary elections has started for good. Apart from discussions about real propositions we are surely going to be fed with thousands of examples of anti-campaign. One of them is the recently launched action called ”Cysterny wstydu PO-PSL” (PO-PSL tanker trucks of shame). Within the initiative four tanker trucks will travel across Poland until the election day with the aim of informing people how many holes there were in the system of public finances when the country was governed by the Civic Platform and the Polish

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 2/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 2/2019-20 VISTULA GETTING 3,000 LITRES OF WASTE EVERY SECOND On Tusday August 27, 2019 one of sewage tanks at the wastewater treatment plant ”Czajka” in Warsaw broke down. The plant was designed to be ready for such a scenario and directed the waste to the second tank. A day later the second tank broke down as well, a scenario nobody was prepared for. The administration of the facility took the decision to perform a ”controlled drop” of waste into the Vistula River. This means Poland’s biggest river is getting 3,000 litres of household waste every second. At

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 1/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 1/2019-20   Image by Ria Sopala, Pixabay THE WORLD’S LUNGS ON FIRE It may sound a bit surprising but the Amazon rainforest does have its dry season, too. This year it has been more deadly for the jungle than ever with over 74,000 fires, clearly seen from the space. The blaze has been consuming trees for nearly a month and even though initially the event failed to interest media agencies, today everybody realizes the situation in the region is a problem of every single human being. The Amazon is called the world’s lungs for a reason: it

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 23/2019

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY TO COUNT ONLY POINTS FROM ADVANCED MATURA Matura exam is a relatively complicated one. Students can take exams in either basic or extended level plus two oral exams (in Polish and a foreign language). Since the exams started having one standarised form in every school candidates for universities in most cases do not have to sit any additional entry tests but are accepted or rejected based on their score from written exams. Universities usually counted points from both types of exams (basic or extended) using a special ratio, for example 0.8 for points collected in the basic level

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 22/2019

TRADE WAR PUTS HUAWEI IN BIG TROUBLE Trade war between the USA and China has just found its next victim, Huawei. The company’s problems originate from an official statement made by Donald Trump in which he added it to the list of firms restricted from trading with the US. Following this order Google said it would comply and in turn restricted Huawei’s access to the Android system. You can only imagine the consequences. It means future users of Huawei smartphones will not have access to such apps like Gmail, YouTube or Maps. The only way the Chinese giant can survive

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 21/2019

BILLIONAIRE PAYS DEBT OF 400 STUDENTS Access to free education ends in many countries at the level of high school. If you want to go to university, you need to pay and pay a lot. In the USA it is not uncommon for college graduates to start their adult life with a debt of $200,000. When you have to give it back your flexibility of what you can do in your life are considerably limited. In this light imagine how much Robert F Smith, a billionaire, a technology investor and one of most black philanthropists in the USA shocked a

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 20/2019

EUROVISION SONG WITH DEEP MESSAGE Eurovision Song Contest is an event whose name does not imply Australia would take part in it. Yet Aussies have broadcast Eurovision in their country since 1983 and since then have developed big sentiment for it. In 2015 organizers agreed to include them as participants in order to commemorate the 60th edition and answer the needs of big Australian audience. The country has stayed in the game until today and is not going away until at least 2023. This year they are going to be represented by Kate Miller-Heidke (37) who decided to surprise viewers

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 19/2019

GERONTOCRACY, THE RULE OF THE OLD While Ukraine chooses a president with virtually no political experience, Americans are about to face an entirely different dilemma. Ballot cards in the presidential elections coming in 2020 will most likely include two of these three names: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders. When Ronald Raegan (known better from the silver screen before becoming the president) won the vote back in 1980 the country was shocked that somebody who is almost 70 would hold such a demanding position, both physically and mentally. In 2020 Trump, Biden and Sanders will be 73, 77 and 78

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 18/2019

RAPE VICTIMS ASKED TO GIVE POLICE ACCESS TO THEIR PHONES Police in England and Wales are going to ask victims of crimes to grant them access to their phones, especially e-mails, messages and photographs. Such consents will be taken whenever it is appropriate and may concern mostly victims of rape or other sexual assault because they often know the suspects. The victims may refuse or explain why they do not want the services to go through their personal stuff but then they must acknowledge the fact that prosecution may be stopped due to lack of crucial evidence. The new regulation

Czytaj więcej

IN A NUTSHELL 17/2019

IN A NUTSHELL 17/2019 TRAGIC EASTER IN SRI LANKA For Christians Easter is the most important holiday of the year because it is when they commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday, which culminates the celebration, nine suicide bombers including one woman detonated explosives in churches and luxurious hotels in Sri Lanka, an island in South Asia. The attacks killed over 350 people and left over 500 wounded. Sri Lanka’s PM said in an official announcement the group responsible for the attacks was National Thowheed Jamath, a little-known, local Islamist terrorist organization. There is little doubt

Czytaj więcej