Lithuania urges EU-wide tourist visa ban for Russians | First results of investigation into Odra River pollution by Polish agency | Poland’s Nowicki wins hammer throw gold in Munich | Gdańsk pensioner defrauded of PLN 750,000 in bitcoin scam

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The Lithuanian government is urging other European countries to prohibit the issuing of tourist visas to Russian citizens.

The appeal came after fellow Baltic nation Estonia moved to bar Russians with tourist visas from entering the country. He warned that Russian citizens could easily find their way around the ban unless other EU countries followed suit. Last week, the Czech Republic, which is presiding over the EU until the end of the year, said that a Europe-wide ban could be imposed on tourist visas for Russians to complement the existing set of sanctions against Moscow. The idea has been criticized as discriminatory, counter-productive and counter to European values and laws by some commentators.

Source – Polskie Radio

Preliminary results from water tests carried out in the wake of a mass poisoning of the river Odra that flows through Germany and Poland have revealed no „smoking gun”.

The results suggest widespread neglect and inadequate regulations. The state owned water agency who commissioned the study discovered 17 048 cases of sewage equipment delivering sewage to Polish rivers without current permits, including 5816 cases in the tributaries of the Odra. The agency further explains that „illegal outlets into rivers are out of all control” because the legal consequences are slight. The investigation continues.

Source – Polskie Radio

Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki claimed the gold in the men’s hammer throw at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Thursday, taking the country’s medal haul to six in the ongoing event in Germany.

The Pole won the competition and defended his European title with a best throw of 82.00 metres. Hungary’s Bence Halasz was runner-up thanks to a personal best effort of 80.92 metres, while Norway’s Eivind Henriksen took the bronze with 79.45 metres. Poland’s five-time world champion Paweł Fajdek finished fourth with 79.15 metres.

Source – Polskie Radio

And finally, a 72 year old man from Gdańsk has been defrauded out of nearly PLN 750,000 in an online bitcoin investment scam.

The man found an apparent investment offer online and contacted the fraudsters who then installed software on his computer and after making an initial investment the software appeared to show the investment portfolio of the man increasing. The man made further deposits but when he decided to withdraw some of the funds he realised he’d been the victim of a scam and contacted police. The perpetrators are yet to be apprehended.

Source – Radio Gdańsk


Today will be a sunny and hot day in a moderate breeze and temperatures of 31 degrees centigrade (88 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and 21 degrees overnight. Tomorrow will see thundery showers throughout the day and temperatures of 26 degrees during the day and 17 degrees overnight.

Martin Caren


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