Polish News Translated - Poznań April 15

By Bethany HuffApril 15, 2024

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Editor's Note: These are courtesy translations of local news provided by the U.S. Army Garrison Poland Public Affairs team for the benefit the military community stationed here. Views or opinions are not endorsed by USAG Poland or the U.S. Army.

Poznań International Fair features pea soup and Abrams

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Poland’s accession to NATO, the Poznan Convention Center hosted an exhibit of the Polish Army’s military equipment. Spectators were treated to a wide variety of large vehicles, most notably the Abrams Tank.

“We’ve had Abrams Tank Training Academy in our area for almost two years. U.S. personnel as part of an agreement to purchase this equipment between our countries, train our soldiers. It prepares tank crews, mechanics, and future accompanying equipment to use this equipment. This is a qualitative and technological leapt,” said LTC Paweł Kaźmierczak. “For security reasons, we cannot share this with all people. They're training for this crew, the soldiers. It is possible to see the tank, which is already Polish, is already in the equipment of our armed forces in the M1A1 version. An interesting fact is that this engine is diesel, a turbo-type of one and a half thousand horsepower.”

The event could not be complete without military pea soup for spectators to taste test while meeting Soldiers and observing the equipment.

Competition to name Polish F-35 Fighters kicks off: one lucky participant will name the newest addition to the Polish aviation assets

Through the power of social media, the General Staff of the Polish Army is looking to name its latest addition to its fleet. Called “Wings of the Future” the contest sets out to name the first Polish F-35 Fighter as well as introduce the new addition to the community.

To participate, one must comment their name suggestions nn the original social media post by April 29, 2024. The winning name will be selected from social media and presented in a ceremony at a later date.

"The prize for the winner will not only include the recognition of the community, but also the opportunity to participate in the celebrations related to the introduction of a fighter into service," said the social media post.

Previously, a name was chosen for the F-16 fighter. He was called "Jastrząb - HAWK"

First ever quantum computer in Poland under development in Poznań

After the press conference in the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, the first quantum computer in Poland was presented by ORCA Computing PT-1, a company focused on quantum photonic systems. Spectators were also able to see how the quantum computer works.

“We believe that quantum computers are the future, because on them you can carry out all operations much faster than on the usual ones. They have applications that can be very wide, such as healthcare or medicine,” said Richard Murray, the CEO of ORCA Computing.

Currently the Poznań Supercomputing and Network Center houses the only quantum computer located in the country. In February 2022. PSNC was the first Polish public institution to join the IBM Quantum Network, creating the first IBM Quantum Innovation Center in Central and Eastern Europe.

How the Body Works exhibit opens in Poznań

Poznań will host the “How the Body Works” exhibit through the end of April taking visitors on a extraordinary journey through the mysteries of anatomy, metabolism, senses and health.

“The exhibition will take visitors on a journey through six different thematic areas and 45 interactive sites. The exhibition "How the body works in our center" is a place to learn through play, but also a space encouraging active participation" says Katarzyna Korpak, director of the Avenida shopping center. “Interactive positions and quizzes will make exploring the world of anatomy an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.”

Admission to the event is free. The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the center from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 21:00 and on Sunday non-commercial from 09:00 to 20:00 until April 28, 2024.

Motorcycle season begins in Market Square

Sunday, April 14, marked the start of motorcycle season here in Poznań. Motorcyclists took to the streets through Gniezno City center to celebrate the occasion.

Riders rested near the Museum of Monuments of Technical Culture and enjoyed pea soup, grilled sausages, and other attractions. The Classic MC Poland motorcycle club from the Protector Store provided riders with surprises as well.

Runners have mastered Poznań

Approximately 10,000 runners took off at the start of the 16 Poznań Half Marathon this weekend. The half marathon was the highest turnout rate since the COVID pandemic.

Some of the highlight’s times from the race include:

-         Ethiopian Debebe Teek Treda (1:01:37)

-         Slurk Mesker Molla Moge (1:09:22)

-         The top finishing Poles included Krzysztof Szymanowski & Sylwia Ślęzak.

Jacek Jaśkowiak, the President of Poznań, held the honor of signaling the beginning of the competition and presented medals to the best runners.