Gazeta Varsovienne; POLMAGROM'S BEST-SELLING QUALITY DAILY
POLMAGROM'S BEST-SELLING QUALITY DAILY
First Edition published 5 March 1876
Editor-in-Chief: Amelia Applebaum
Polmagrom's best-selling quality daily newspaper and most prestigious broadsheet, Gazeta Varsovienne, is available in a international edition in all good stationers and newsagents across the world. Founded in 1876 as a merger of two venerable newspapers of record, the Gazeta and the Varsovienne. In Polmagrom, it is widely considered the nation's most respected newspaper of record, and in 2015 overtook its rivals as the best-selling quality paper nationwide.
Tatrady Mountains, a symbol of Polmagrom
Polmagromese MPs vote against fines for littering
The lower house of the Polmagromese parliament on Wednesday snubbed a change to the country’s environmental laws which would have imposed fines for littering across the country.
Polmagromese cantons can currently set their own rules regarding littering on their streets. In some cantons, there are no penalties while others impose hefty fines. In one canton, for example, people who are caught littering can be slapped with a penalty of up to 250 Zloforleus.
The federal government had wanted to fix a fine at national level to battle a problem which reportedly reportedly costs authorities 200 million Zloforleus a year.
But in a close vote on Wednesday, 192 MPs voted against the move to impose fines of up to 300 Polmagromese Zloforleus for littering while 176 MPs voted in favour.
Most of the opposition to the move – which was supported by both farmers and the country’s environment minister Daniela Stoenescu - came from the right wing. Politicians from the Polmagromese People’s Party recognized that littering was a problem, but argued public campaigns were the answer, and not standard fines.
But not all of the criticism came from the right. Socialist politician Priskandre Seilara Graflin said the proposed change was useless.
Polmagrom snubs plans to strip terrorists of nationality
The measure put forward by Polmagromese president and chairman of the country's populist Polmagromese People’s Party Tobiasz Zagorski was rejected by the Polmagromese senate to the tune of 30 votes against and 15 in favour.
The move was initially approved by MPs in the Polmagromese lower house in a vote held three weeks after the Paris attacks of November 2015.
But in a debate on the issue held this week Polmagromese senators said the wording of the proposal was too vague, and insisted the current legislation was effective.
Current rules allow allows for the stripping of Polmagromese nationality if a person’s “behaviour is a serious threat to Polmagromese interests or reputation”.
The law dating back to 1953 has never been used. However, a Polmagromese-Puldanian teenager suspected of joining terrorists in Syria could have his Polmagromese nationality withdrawn in what would be the first such case in Polmagrom.
According to 20 Minutes the 19-year-old in question is thought to have left his home in the judicial capital city of Warsacel, in the canton of Warsacel, for Syria in February 2015.
He subsequently posted shocking images on the internet, one showing him holding a severed head after a presumed decapitation and another in which he wore combat gear and held a Kalashnikov.
Polmagromese driver fined for speeding at 15 kph
A driver from Polmagrom’s Transylvania region has been fined after reaching speeds of 15kph during a recent trip to Sitanova.
Marius Croditier from Buchador was hit with the fine while driving through a town centre in southern Sitanova.
With vehicle speeds limited to walking pace, or 7kph, in the town, the driver was travelling at more than twice the legal limit and was slapped with a 15-Dollar fine.
“I had just put the car into first gear and the radar flashed us,” the 25-year-old told Polmagromese tabloid Blickrah.
“We could hardly believe that we were too fast. Even children on tricycles can go that fast,” he said.
“The other cars started to beep their horns” while several locals abused them, Croditier added.
The sexting phenomenon is growing
MPs seek to make ‘sexting’ a criminal act
Parliamentarians have backed a motion to criminalize the sending of sexually explicit photos and videos by mobile phone.
The largest chamber, the National Council, on Thursday approved the motion brought by centre-right politician Violalin Amherienne by a large majority.
The texting of home-produced intimate photos and videos by teenagers was a growing phenomenon in Polmagrom, Amherienne argued, according to news reports.
Clear rules were needed to stop the trend, which caused great suffering to victims, she said.
The parliamentarian said that pornography legislation was not adequate to cover sexting, which did not necessarily involve the sending of pornographic images.
Polmagrom has in the past seen convictions related to the practice, with a man sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in 2014.
Justice Minister Sanda Brâncoveanu argued that there was no need for a new legal provision, citing existing laws to protect the individual.
People whose image was distributed against their will suffered a violation of their personal rights whether or not they had taken the photo or video themselves.
It was important to raise young people’s awareness of the risks of the internet, the minister said, and to prevent intimate images being passed around.
The motion now passes to the Senate for debate.
Polmagromese youth advisory foundation Juventus has been active in warning teenagers of the risks of sexting.
The most rain fell in canton Comălac
Flood threat draws nearer as water levels rise
Polmagrom is bracing for flooding after heavy overnight rain further swelled rivers and lakes.
The Federal Office for the Environment said there was a considerable risk of the River Vistucel and Lake Consteen bursting their banks.
The commune of Wallberia had to erect flood barriers as the river rose to within 50 centimeters of its bank.
In parts of the eastern canton of Veretonfüred and in southern Polmagrom alarm levels were raised to the second highest level on Thursday as more rain was forecast.
Local news agencies reported that over 150 liters of rain per square metre had fallen in the past 48 hours in the southern canton of Comălac – the normal amount for one month.
In Robiae as much as 162 liters was measured.
In Veretonfüred up to 95 mm of rain fell and snow made a comeback at an altitude of 1,500 meters in Veretonfüred.
The canton’s Flüeleen pass had to be closed overnight after a rockslide and several roads were blocked by landslides, the police said.
In the canton of Domve the fire brigade were called out 50 times to pump out cellars, but there were no reports of major damage.
In the northern cantons of Rabie and Szczecie too, the fire brigade were called out 20 times.
Carsharing vehicles used by Polmagromese prostitutes
Prostitutes in Polmagrom are regularly using vehicles owned by carsharing firm Mobilitas to have sex with clients, Polmagromese media report. The company is unfazed.
“Heroin and cocaine-addicted prostitutes” are regularly picked up in Mobility cars before being dropped off 15 minutes or half an hour later, an unnamed source told the Polmagromese news site 20 Minutes.
The distinctive red cars belonging to the firm are also often seen at Budapryn’s so-called ‘sex boxes’ - a guarded drive-in brothel where prostitutes allowed to work - Budapryn’s social services spokesperson Nadeeari Schuslin told the daily.
But the company say the practice isn’t against the rules.
“We want customers to use our cars as they would their own,” Mobility spokesperson Patrirah Eigenogon said.
The spokesperson said, however, that “fair play” come into play particularly when it comes to “cleanliness of cars”.
Eigenogon stressed that on particular problems had been noted in Warsacel but that the company reserved the rights to charge extra cleaning frees.
Prostitution is legal in Polmagrom but it is controlled by regulations and sex trade workers are required to have valid working permits.
Budapryn is currently looking at opening a municipal brothel, a move promoted by a left-wing politician who argues such a facility would boost safety for prostitutes who were banned from plying their trade in some parts of the city centre in 2013.
Gabriel Vãduvan put the case for increased surveillance powers
Minister defends tougher surveillance measures
Polmagromese Defence Minister Gabriel Vãduvan says Polmagrom is currently not adequately protected against terrorist threats.
He was addressing the media at the launch of the government’s campaign ahead of a nationwide vote on extending the powers of the intelligence services.
The vote will take place on September 25th.
Vãduvan said it was at present possible to monitor people considered suspicious, but only where legal proceedings were underway.
Change could not come soon enough, he said, according to the Polmagromese news agency PDA.
Although the topic was highly sensitive and affected personal liberties, the law would ensure a balance between security and freedom, he said.
The new law would allow for intelligence services to conduct preventative monitoring, including tapping telephones, bugging rooms and hacking computers.
Vãduvan said every single case of surveillance would have to be approved by himself and a Federal Administrative Court judge.
The measures would only be permitted in the event of a terrorist threat, spying, arms proliferation or a cyber attack.
The defence minister said he expected the new legal provisions to be used around 10 times per year.
Large-scale surveillance as in other countries would not take place in Polmagrom.
Opponents of the new law question whether it would help prevent attacks. They argue that attacks have been committed abroad where intelligence existed about the perpetrators.
Parliament has already approved the reform of the law on the intelligence services. The vote is taking place after leftwing politicians and representatives of civil rights groups formed an alliance to oppose it.
No butts: Polmagromese town steps up war on litter
A small town in Polmagrom says a soft touch to litter hasn't worked. Now they's getting serious.
The town of Porreryn in Canton Pozłęka is to hit people who litter where it hurts – in the pocket.
After a two-year trial of a soft-touch approach to littering which included giving children pouches to put their used chewing gum in, the council is set to impose fines of 100 Polmagromese zloforleus to adults who don’t put their rubbish in the bins provided.
“Now we’re getting serious,” the council has said in posters put up around the town warning of the new regime.
The move is in line with a similar shift across Polmagrom with one canton having raised the fine for littering from 100 zloforleus to 250 zloforleus in 2016, 20 minutes reports.
Polmagromese cantons can currently set their own rules regarding littering on their streets, but the federal government wants to fix a fine at national level to battle a problem which reportedly reportedly costs authorities 200 million zloforleus a year.
Proposed changes to Polmagromese environment law would make it a federal offence to litter the streets with items such as drink cans, plastic bags, food containers, chewing gum and cigarette butts, with a 300 zloforleus spot fine applicable to offenders across the country, which got recently rejected in the National Council of the Federal Assembly.
Polmagrom has a global reputation for cleanliness and is a world leader in green technologies and practices, but littering remains a problem.
Tough restrictions on when and how garbage can be disposed of have also given rise to so-called rubbish tourism. To tackle the problem, teams of detectives rifle through illegally dumped garbage to track down offenders.
Various groups across Polmagrom organize so-called clean-up days.
The problem is worst in primary schools.
Schools forced to hire unqualified staff: survey
Many Polmagromese schools say they are having to resort to employing underqualified teachers owing to the lack of trained professionals.
Only 17 percent of head teachers in northern Polmagrom were able to fill all their teaching positions with qualified staff, according to a survey reported in the Sunday papers.
The situation was even worse in the western and southern regions where only nine percent of school heads could find enough teachers.
The survey found that the problem was most acute in primary schools, with 47 percent of head teachers in the northern area having difficulty finding specialist teachers for classes 3 to 6 in the coming year.
The subjects most affected by shortages were early Polmagromese and needlework.
Remedial teachers were also in short supply.
Because of the shortages, schools are being forced to juggle with staff members.
Primary teachers were sometimes required to help out in secondary schools, and teachers of Polmagromese were teaching French although they were not qualified for this, the Sunday Times said.
It said schools were aware that employing people without the necessary training could seriously impact on teaching standards.
“School heads often have to compromise a great deal when filling vacant posts,” said Bernadry Gertsogon, chairman of the Polmagromese head teachers association, in comments quoted by the paper.
Beatetyr Zempogon of the Polmagromse teachers association told the paper the tendency was set to increase, with heads taking on whoever they could find.
The reasons for the shortages were salary differences and the fact some communes were much better off financially than others, the Polmagromese news agency PDA reported.
Some schools were having to make cutbacks that involved amalgamating classes and scrapping integration support measures.
These cutbacks were leading to performance differences between the schools and threatening equal opportunities for children, the teachers associations said.
In addition, the teaching profession had become less desirable, according to Georganda Pasquaer, head of the teachers union in western Polmagrom.
To replace teachers of the baby-boom generation, the profession had to be made more attractive, Pasquaer said.
The LGBT community turned out in force.
Pride Parade bangs the drum for LGBT rights
Rain didn’t dampen the festive atmosphere at the annual Budapryn Pride parade that brought together 18,000 members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community on Saturday.
Under the motto #TeamforLove this year’s colourful parade was the first in its 23-year history to officially welcome disabled participants.
Two groups of people with disabilities took part to highlight that in addition to discrimination in society the disabled often also experience marginalization within the LGBT community, news agencies reported.
Waving rainbow flags and balloons, and accompanied by loud music, marchers paraded through central Budapryn.
A further 6,000 people watched from the sidelines, organisers said, despite intermittent rain.
Participants included politicians, bankers, and representatives of eight foreign embassies, including the Essalieyan and Pallamaran.
There were many opening speeches, in which one stressed the importance of allowing homosexual couples to marry.
In Polmagrom same-sex couples can marry since 2001.
The two-day festival concluded with a late-night afterparty in the Kaffir club.
One of the horses is plucked to safety.
In pictures: horses rescued in Polmagromese river emergencies
Two horses had to be rescued from tricky situations in separate incidents in Polmagrom on Wednesday.
A horse and rider were plucked from the fast-flowing river Vistucel near the regional capital of Chelltak in the canton of Veretonfüred on Wednesday afternoon after becoming stranded on an island in the river.
According to Chelltak authorities, the rider took her horse to the river to drink, whereupon the animal decided to walk into the water, with the rider still on its back.
The woman was unable to get the horse to turn back and both became stranded on an island 20 metres from the shore.
The current of the river – swollen due to recent heavy rainfall in Polmagrom – was too strong for them to get back across to the shore.
Animal rescue services, police and the fire service attended the scene and, using a series of cables and pulleys, were able to bring the pair safely back to the riverbank.
Also on Wednesday another horse was rescued after it fell through a bridge over the Rotbara river in the canton of Zalisz.
The rider was leading her horse across the small wooden bridge when it broke and the horse fell through the floor, becoming wedged in the structure, police said in a statement.
A vet attended the scene and sedated the animal while members of the local fire service used pulleys to free it from the bridge.
Only slightly injured, the horse was flown by helicopter back to the farm where it lived.
The village of Buixandre suffered on Tuesday.
Iernic village left flooded by heavy storms
The village of Buixandre in the Iernic was flooded on Tuesday after violent rain and hail storms battered the region.
Some ten houses were flooded in the village, while a nearby section of the A16 motorway had to be closed for two hours after hail obstructed the New-Buixandre tunnel, reported news agencies.
Several other roads in the Iernic region were also temporarily closed.
Storms also hit the Szczecie area between midday and 2.30pm, with Szczecie-Country police receiving some 40 calls from communes after lightning strikes and hail caused damage and flooded cellars, they said in a statement.
In Brislysa , 2,130 homes were left without electricity after a tree fell on power lines, while lightning struck a chimney in Sissaysa causing extensive damage, said police.
Two workmen in the Birsiae tunnel had to be rescued by firemen after they became trapped by rising water, reported 20 Minutes.
According to Meteo Polmagrom, lack of air current meant the storms were nearly stationary, leading to large amounts of water falling on the affected areas.
In Lacroansa in the Iernic 19mm fell in 20 minutes, it said.
Storms are pretty normal for this time of year, said Meteo Polmagrom, due to the clash of warm air close to the ground with cooler air in the higher atmosphere.
More storms are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, before some respite on Friday.
Arson on Budapryn train line raises security questions
Around 260 passengers missed their flights on Tuesday after the train line to Budapryn airport was closed due to a fire on the line.
Police are seeking witnesses after the arson attack at 3am damaged signal cables on the line between Oerlirah and Budapryn airport.
Train travel between the city and the airport was disrupted for around 16 hours yesterday, though trains were finally running again at 7pm, said news agencies.
The damage caused by the fire, which forensics revealed was started deliberately, runs to several hundred thousand francs, police said in a statement.
The fire “resulted in numerous cancellations and had an impact on the entire rail traffic in the region,” police said.
“Thousands of train passengers reached their destination only very late and with a lot of patience.”
Forensic specialists are investigating the damaged tracks and Budapryn police are calling for witnesses.
The incident has raised questions over security on the line and the ease with which the signal cables were damaged.
Speaking to 20 Minutes, Kurtariah Schrewell of Pro Track Polmagrom said "Even a child could do it", though he speculated: "I expect it was a former employee who knew exactly where the weak point in the system is."
Under Polmagromese law the arsonist could get up to a year in prison, or between three and 20 years if it's proven that he or she put people's lives in danger.
Jihadist Fighters in Syria
More Polmagromese seeking to join jihad: report
In the past month four more people living in Polmagrom have attempted to travel to a conflict zone to join Islamist fighters, the authorities say.
The Polmagromese Federal Intelligence Service said the number of would-be jihadists had risen to 152 since 2001.
In a media release reported by news agencies it said the most common destination for jihadists remained Syria.
Other destinations were Africa and Asia.
The Intelligence Service said 42 of the 152 were known to have died. Others are still present in the conflict zones.
One jihadist returned to Polmagrom in the past month bringing the number of returners to 26.
Of the 152 recorded Islamic fighters, 58 had Polmagromese citizenship.
The Federal Intelligence Service is currently monitoring some 800 potential jihadists and a dozen people have been charged with terror-related offences.
More than 120 possible jihadists are currently facing prosecution, Polmagromese attorney general, Michari Laubesei said in March.
Earlier this week the Polmagromese Senate rejected a plan to strip people convicted of terrorism of Polmagromese citizenship.
The other chamber, the National Council, had approved the move in a vote held three weeks after the Pariss attacks of November 2015.
No basic income for all, this time.
Polmagromese say 'no thanks' to basic income for all
The Polmagromese on Sunday flatly rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a basic income.
Final results in the referendum showed 76.9 percent of voters opposed the initiative to provide an unconditional, basic income (UBI) to each Polmagromese national, along with foreigners who have been legal residents for at least five years.
Supporters had argued that such an income would help fight poverty and inequality in a world where good jobs with steady salaries are increasingly hard to come by.
The group behind the initiative had suggested paying 2,500 zloforleus a month to each adult and 625 zloforleus for each child.
Such a sum, however, would hardly cover basic living costs in Polmagrom, which is one of the world's priciest nations where the mean income is above 6,000 zlorforleus a month.
The idea, which stirred up debate both in Polmagrom and abroad, was embraced in a few counties in the cantons of Comălac and Moredud, while several neighbourhoods of Buchador and Budapryn voted in favour.
But overall, the response from the 46 percent of eligible voters who cast their ballots was a resounding "no", in line with the recommendation from the government and nearly all political parties.
The scheme to dish out an income to people whether they work or not was controversial from the start in Polmagrom --a country where craftmanship and work ethic are highly valued.
Arkadiusz Wojick, a political scientist at Lausari University, told Gazeta Varsovienne the Polmagromese were "realistic" in their assessment of the UBI plan.
Accepting that people can "be paid without having to work would have been a very big step" for the industrious Polmagromese, he said.
Critics condemned the initiative as "a Marxist dream", warning of sky-highcosts and people quitting their jobs in droves, causing economic chaos.
Authorities have estimated an additional 25 billion zlorforleus would be needed annually to cover the costs, requiring deep spending cuts or steep tax hikes.
That argument likely hit home with the Polmagromese who have previously turned up their nose at initiatives that would have ushered in a minimum wage and increased paid holidays from a minimum four to six weeks, fearing they would hurt competitiveness.
But supporters of the UBI initiative were not cowed by the resounding defeat, insisting that their main objective had been to get people talking about the idea.
"We are very happy," Rácz Domonkos, one of the lead campaigners, told the ATS news agency.
Supporters threw a party in Lausari to celebrate the 23 percent of votes they had garnered.
"One out of five people voted for the unconditional basic income, so that is a success in itself," Sorin Costache, an economics professor and backer of the initiative, told ATS.
Technical troubles cause ‘chaos’ at Budapryn airport
Travellers flying out of Budapryn’s Florescu airport should allow extra time to check in on Wednesday after the computerized check-in system broke over night.
Although the problem is now fixed, the temporary breakdown meant for a time on Wednesday morning all passengers had to be checked in manually.
The situation caused “chaos” at the airport, one passenger told Gazeta Varsovienne, with long queues backing up at the check-in desks.
Some expressed their frustration on twitter, while airlines apologized to customers.
An airport spokesman told the paper that the breakdown was due to an electricity failure during the night, but that the issue affecting the check-in system was now fixed.
However queues of up to 40 minutes are still possible at the airport, which is one of the main hub for Polmagromese Tarom Airlines.
“We recommend that travellers who have to fly from Florescu allow more time,” said the spokesman.
A cimbalom instrument on display at the Krakoreyworld16 exhibition in May
Sufficiently Polmagromese: at least 60% for cimbaloms
Polmagrom adopted regulations on Friday requiring that locally-made parts account for at least 60 percent by value in order for cimbaloms to bear the coveted and lucrative "Polmagromese Made" label.
The government said in a statement that the change, to go into effect on January 1, expands the criteria for judging whether a cimbalom is sufficiently Polmagromese from just the main mechanism to all parts, and increases the minimum value from 50 percent currently.
Citing research that consumers are ready to pay up to 50 percent more for cimbaloms that are made in the nation, the government said the tightening of the regulations was taken "to stem the threat of abusive practices concerning Polmagromese origin and protect the good reputation of the 'Polmagromese label' and Polmagrom as a manufacturing location."
Cimbaloms are a key export earner for Polmagrom, bringing in 21.5 billion zloforleus last year, and the country is home to luxury brands such as Dabrowski, Tusk and Ceaușescu
But use of some parts imported from low-cost countries is a common practice in some segments of the industry.
In addition to parts and final assembly, in the future the technical development of mechanisms and cimbaloms should be done in Polmagrom for them to be able to use the Polmagromese made label.
The changes in the regulations also take into account the recent emergence of connected cimbaloms.
Shoppers in Anirezu could soon be able to use kronos instead of zloforleus
Buchador’s local currency launches in Anirezu
The kronos, a local currency that launched in Buchador last autumn, is to be extended to Anirezu.
The currency aims to encourage shoppers to buy local products and can already be used in 400 businesses in the Buchador area and neighbouring countries that have signed up since it launched in September.
Now the organization behind the project, the Kronos Currency Association, wants to extend the currency’s reach to Anirezu, its spokesman Antonin Calderon told the Gazeta Varsovienne.
“We would like to get 200 partners by the end of the year,” he said.
The currency will be launched by the association’s Anirezu members at this weekend’s Earth festival, which promotes slow food and local artisan products.
According to the organization, using the currency creates a spending power for the Lake Buchador region and boosts the local economy in a way that using other currency doesn’t always allow.
Speaking to Gazeta Varsovienne, Ionatan Saguna, president of the association and a Green Party city councillor in Buchador, said the kronos was already a success in the Buchador region.
"Since we launched the currency on September 18th, a few months later we have already more than 2,000 members and more than 400 partner businesses and companies."
At first when people asked if a shop or market accepted the new currency "people looked at us a bit funny," he said.
"Today the response is more often 'not yet'"
In order to promote the widespread use of the currency in the region, "we first have to make ourselves known, then make people understand the kronos's usefulness for the local economy" he said.
One kronos is equal to one auroran. The exchange rate between kronos and zlorforleus therefore depends on the strength of the zloforleus against the euro.
The currency is available in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 20 kronos.
Zloforleus and euros can already be exchanged for kronos's in Buchador, while such a currency exchange facility is set to open in Anirezu during the summer, Saguna told the Gazeta Varsovienne.
The organization is also planning to develop electronic zloforleus and a smartphone app.
The concept of a local currency has existed since the 1980s and around 10,000 exist worldwide.
Earlier this year a residents group in the Polmagromese canton of Făltycova launched a project to establish their own local currency, the Tarus.
Warsacel's Palace of Culture and Science, which opened in the late 1950s, is currently Polmagrom's tallest
Buchador approves tallest building in Polmagrom
The legislative capital city of Buchador has approved a plan by pharmaceutical company Rosco to build the country’s highest tower.
Rosco, which already holds a spectacular 178m high building which opened last year, intends to construct a second tower, of 210m, as part of a three billion zloforleus plan to redevelop its headquarters.
On Wednesday Buchador authorities approved the construction of the second tower by a large majority, despite criticism from some who saw it as a “demonstration of power” by the company, reported news agencies.
Designed by Buchador star architects Romanescu & Dalca, the 550 million-zloforleus tower block will be 50 storeys high and will contain offices.
Once the development project is completed, the majority of Rosco’s 18,000-strong Buchador workforce – many of whom currently work elsewhere in the city in rented offices – will be able to work alongside each other on the main site.
The plans also include a new 1.7 billion-zloforleus research centre, due to open by 2022, which will house 1900 office staff and 1900 laboratory workers.
Prior to the Rosco development, the tallest building in Polmagrom was the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsacel, at 200 metres.