Patriot air defense systems to be deployed near Ukrainian border | Firefighters battle blaze at Gdynia warehouse | SkillsPoland 2022 kicks off tomorrow in Gdańsk | Poland to face Mexico today in first World Cup match

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Warsaw and Berlin have agreed that Patriot air defense systems relocated to Poland from Germany should be deployed near the Ukrainian border, a Polish deputy prime minister said on Monday.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak wrote in a tweet yesterday that he had spoken with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, and she had „reaffirmed Germany’s willingness to deploy Patriot missile launchers near the border with Ukraine.”

Lambrecht told a German newspaper on Sunday that Berlin had „offered Poland support in securing its airspace – with our Eurofighters and with Patriot air defense systems.”

Germany made the offer after a stray missile struck a village in southeastern Poland last week, killing two people, in what Polish President Andrzej Duda called „a tragic accident.” The explosion at a grain facility in Przewodów came as Russia fired dozens of missiles against cities across Ukraine in a new wave of attacks targeting critical energy infrastructure.

According to Błaszczak, Polish officials are still determining „the exact version” and timeline for delivery and deployment of the Patriot systems from Germany, adding that he hoped „our German partners would provide details soon.”

Source: Radio Poland

More than a dozen fire brigades battled for five hours last night to put out a blaze at a paint factory in Gdynia.

The fire in the building at Chwaszczyńska Street broke out on Monday evening around 9:00 p.m., with witnesses reporting „huge flames, reaching several meters,” along with a great deal of smoke.

Initial reports described the building as a 100-by-100-meter warehouse filled with paints, varnishes, and other chemical solvents. Luckily, the building was later determined to be half the reported size, and no residents were injured or needed to be evacuated from the area.

By the time the fire was extinguished around 2:00 a.m., the building had completely burnt down. The exact cause of the fire is as of yet unknown.

The fire at the Gdynia warehouse wasn’t the only callout for firefighters last night. Around 11:00 p.m., a farm building in Osiek Lęborski burned down, a car on Małomiejska Street in Gdańsk was also on fire, and early Tuesday morning, a tire on a city bus traveling along Trakt św. Wojciecha Street caught fire as well. No one was hurt in any of the incidents.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, PAP

Over 200 young professionals from across Poland will arrive in Gdańsk tomorrow to compete in the nationwide SkillsPoland 2022 competition at the AmberExpo Exhibition and Congress Centre.

From November 23-25, students of trade schools and technical faculties will show off their skills and expertise in nearly two dozen different fields, including landscape architecture, digital construction, confectionery, and floristry.

According to organizers, the competition will be judged by 150 professionals from Poland and across Europe, including some 70 entrepreneurs who helped organize the competition.

Participants „train for months, years,” according to journalist and organizer Marek Zając, and while Poland „has been participating in this initiative for a short time,” there are already examples of young professionals who have found „excellent job[s]” with large companies through their participation.

SkillsPoland 2022 is a qualifier for the EuroSkills 2023 competition, which will be hosted by Poland next year. More information on the competition and the Worldskills Poland initiative can be found >>>HERE.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, worldskillspoland.org.pl

Poland’s national football team is set to take on Mexico today in its first match in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar.

At a pre-match news conference on Monday, Manager Czesław Michniewicz said his team’s Group C fixture against Mexico could prove to be crucial to Poland’s success in the tournament. Due to a „good mix of experience and youth,” Michniewicz predicts that the Polish national team „stand[s] a good chance of progressing past the group stage” at this year’s World Cup.

Poland is ranked No. 26 in the latest FIFA rankings and faces off against 13th-ranked Mexico tonight in Doha at 5:00 p.m. Warsaw time. Other Group C matches today include Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia at 11:00 a.m., with the first Group D match of Denmark vs. Tunisia set for 2 p.m. Warsaw time CET. In yesterday’s matches from Group B, England dominated Iran 6-2, and the US tied with Wales 1-1. In Group A, which also includes Ecuador and Qatar, Senegal lost to the Netherlands 0-2. Tomorrow’s matches will feature teams from Groups E and F, starting off with Morocco vs. Croatia at 11:00 a.m.

For more highlights, predictions and analysis from the World Cup, tune into Radio Gdańsk each morning at 7:35 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. each day this week.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, Radio Poland, www.qatar2022.qa

Weather

Today will be cold and cloudy with little chance of snow and a light breeze coming in from the southeast. Temperatures will remain close to freezing with a high of 1°C, or 33°F, dropping slightly to -1°C or 31°F overnight. Similar cold, cloudy weather is expected for tomorrow, with a chance for snow or rain later in the week.

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