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Newsletter March 9, 2015 Vol. 12, No. 9

"Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law."
-- Hubert H. Humphrey

SPRING CLOTHING COLLECTION

We would like to announce that the British School Parents and Teachers Association, in Warsaw, is organizing a clothes collection for the fifth year for our PromiseKids. Thanks to the generosity of Foundation member Move One and General Manager Piotr Piekarowicz, trucks loaded with boxes of clothing for babies, boys, girls, men and women, will arrive in the Promiseland at the end of March. The clothing is collected by the parents and teachers who are gladly assisted by the British School Students.

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND 2015

Auditions for "You Can Dance in the PromiseLand" will begin on the 23rd of March. For those who may not know, YCD is the foundation's initiative to help promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. This competition has become one of the favorite programs among all kids in our PromiseLand schools. 200 PromiseKids from 9 schools will participate. The rules are the same as in the famous TV Show: You Can Dance. Talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive will compete to be named the PromiseLand's Best Dancers.

The final competition will be in May 2015 in the Lekowo School. malgorzata.ciucka.fcsr@wp.pl

EUROSTAT: UNEMPLOYMENT AT 8% IN JANUARY

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Poland stood at 8 percent in January, according to data released by the EU's statistics office Eurostat. In December the rate was 8.2 percent, while in January 2014 it stood at 9.9 percent. The number of unemployed amounted to 1.398 million in January, versus 1.42 million in the previous month. An unemployed person is defined by Eurostat, according to the guidelines of the International Labor Organization, as someone aged 15 to 74 without work during the reference week who is available to start work within the next two weeks and who has actively sought employment at some time during the last four weeks. The unemployment rate is the number of people unemployed as a percentage of the labor force. The Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced earlier that the unemployment rate at the end of January stood at 12.0 percent. The GUS methodology takes into account the number of registered unemployed in relation to the number of professionally active.

WROCŁAW EASIEST, RADOM HARDEST PLACE TO FIND A JOB

Wrocław is characterized by the lowest labor market competitiveness, Radom - the highest, according to the recent research conduct by Adzuna.pl, job search engine. The index for the leaders, Wrocław (advanced from 5th place) and Poznań is 0.76 and 0.78 respectively. The bottom included Radom and Włocławek with rates of 29.0 and 27.6 respectively. Warsaw ranked 7th among the places with the lowest competitiveness in the labor market. Poland's average index rate amounts to 9.51, which means there are over 9 people willing to get the same job. Compared with the UK (0.85), France (3.54), Germany (4.47), opportunities on the Polish labor market appear to be small.

RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES TO SPEED UP LINKS

Rail modernization, new stations and renovation of existing train stations are all among new investments of the Polish Railways PLK. The speed on major rail links should be significantly increased due to these projects.Renovation of rail links in the Silesian Agglomeration will shorten travel times by 50 percent between major cities. The Gdański Bridge in Warsaw will get an overhaul of its rail line. Connections between Poznań and the Baltic Sea will see increased travel times, as will the Wrocław-Jelenia connection, which links the capital of Lower Silesia with the mountain tourist area of Karkonosze.The above investments will be financed from the national budget and will cost around PLN 1 billion.

POLES LOSE MORE MONEY IN TRAFFIC JAMS

Polish drivers lost PLN 3.6 billion in 2014, over PLN 3,000 per capita due to traffic disturbances and jams in seven of the largest cities, Deloitte and Targeo.pl estimated in a joint report. "Compared with 2013, these costs grew by over 5 percent, by PLN 700,000 per day, PLN 14.8 million monthly and PLN 177.7 million annually," Rafał Antczak from Deloitte informed. Drivers from Wrocław lost the most money, over the course of a year equal to 88 percent of an average monthly salary, the survey pointed out. The report was created on the basis of data gathered by Targeo.pl and AutoMapa websites.

PATENT APPLICATIONS ROSE BY 22%

In 2014, Polish firms applied for 701 patents, a growth of 22 percent year-on-year, the European Patent Office reported. Companies from the technology, medical and IT sectors submitted the largest number of applications. In total, the office recorded 274,000 applications last year, nearly 1/3 of them came from small and medium enterprises.

NEARLY HALF OF POLES SKEPTICAL OF NATO ALLIANCE

As much as 49 percent of Poles do not believe that NATO allies would respond, if Poland were to be invaded, according to a poll conducted by Millward Brown for the TVN24 broadcaster. In a similar poll conducted one year earlier, the number of Poles who responded negatively to the question stood at 45 percent.

Meanwhile, more than half of Poles (58 percent) do not believe that the current geopolitical situation will lead to war in Europe and in Poland. The poll was conducted on March 2, on a sample of 1,000 adult Poles.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

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