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Refillable cosmetics stations in Poland

All of you who are waste conscious know that the beauty industry has a plastic problem. From shampoo and conditioner bottles to mascara tubes, the global cosmetics industry contributes significantly to plastic pollution and the statistics are a cause for concern. Given the alarming facts about garbage inside our oceans and micro-plastics found inside animals’ and people’s food chain, companies started thinking differently about the packaging of stuff they are selling. Refill strategy ( Strategia...
Tags: Environment, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Cosmetics, Carrefour, Seksak Kerdkanno, Carrefour Polska, Carrefour BIO, Bemowo Warsaw, Yope


PandaDoc employees arrested in Belarus after founders protest against Lukashenko regime

Yesterday the four employees (pictured) of US-headquartered enterprise startup PandaDoc were arrested in Minsk by the Belarus police, in what appears to be an act of state-led retaliation, after the company’s founders joined protests against the 26 year-long regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko is widely believed by international observers to have rigged the country’s recent elections in his favor, preventing the election of opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. PandaDoc ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, President, United Nations, Un


Cold cuts plate on a Polish table

You will find this staple on Polish table literally any time of the day: during breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looking beautiful, tasty and such a versatile dish – no matter how you want to taste what’s on it. It is very simple, yet elegant. Plate full of cold cuts (wędliny), often with different cheeses (sery), lettuce (sałata) and pickles (ogórki kiszone), is definitely something that tourists visiting Poland will remember for a long time. I guess you can call it “the charcuterie plate of Poland”...
Tags: Food, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Romy Veccia


2020 Polish presidential election

As we are getting ready for presidential election here in USA, Poland is about to choose a new president as well. The 2020 Polish presidential election was due to be held on May 10th 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The election (wybory) was initially scheduled for May, when President Duda had a commanding lead in the polls and was expected to win easily. PiS leaders wanted to push ahead with a postal vote despite the pandemic, but the vote was postponed at the last minute. ...
Tags: Politics, Economy, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Andrzej Duda, Duda, Gerd Altmann, Current News, Trzaskowski, USA Poland, Polski Polls, Szymon Hołownia, Krzysztof Bosak


Halal fintech startup Wahed closes $25M led by Saudi Aramco’s investment arm

New York-based fintech startup Wahed (meaning ‘One’ in Arabic) describes itself as a digital Islamic investment platform and as the world’s first ‘halal robo adviser’. It’s now closed a $25 million investment round led by Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures (also known as Wa’ed Ventures), a venture capital investment arm of oil giant Saudi Aramco. Existing investors BECO and CueBall Capital participated, as well as Dubai Cultiv8, and Rasameel. The funds will be used to expand internationally,...
Tags: TC, UK, New York, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Finance, Kingdom, India, Nigeria, US, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, Malaysia, United Kingdom


Are you getting ready to celebrate Children’s Day tomorrow?

If you grew up in Poland, you know about this special day! June 1st marks this amazing holiday : Dzień Dziecka! (Children’s Day). It’s truly such a fun and amazing holiday! We celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher’s Day…why not celebrate kids??? It is definitely one of my favorite memories growing up in Poland. Kids were getting candies, presents and special celebrations were held at schools, recreational departments, etc. The International Children’s Day (Międzynarodowy Dzień Dziecka) w...
Tags: Usa, Kids, Holidays, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Gerd Altmann, Pixabay Children


Opera’s OPay still plans Africa expansion on Nigerian super app

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay remains committed to building a multi-service super app in Nigeria as the foundation to expand on the continent. OPay also continues to operate ORide for limited passenger service — though the company is shifting the motorcycle ride-hail operation toward logistics businesses. These were some of the updates offered by Opera’s Derrick Nueman, a VP of Investor Relations and advisor to OPay. He spoke to TechCrunch amid a flurry of recent reporting quest...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Asia, Nigeria, Africa, Oil, World, South Africa, Search Engine, Kenya, Norway, Opera, OPAY, Ghana, TechCrunch


Finally a boy was born in this Polish village after 10 years!

Some of you may remember my post from last year about a small village in Poland, where for the past 10 years only girls have been born. Most of the people living in the village of Miejsce Odrzańskie are women! And within last 10 years there hasn’t been a boy born to couples who live there. The village came to global attention last year after the unusual series of girl-only births aroused interest in the Polish media when the village sent an all-girl team to a regional volunteer firefighting comp...
Tags: Kids, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Bartek, Current News, Miejsce Odrzańskie, Miejsce Odrzańskie Want, Anna Milek


Goldman backed ventures Jumia and Twiga partner on produce in Kenya

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia and B2B agtech startup Twiga Foods are partnering to deliver produce in Kenya using adaptive measures during COVID-19. In 2019, Jumia became the first VC funded tech company in Africa to list on a major exchange, the NYSE. Based in Nairobi, Twiga raised a $30 million Series B round in October and announced plans to expand its food supply-chain business to West Africa. Both companies are backed by venture capital from U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Nigeria, Africa, E-commerce, Ceo, United States, South Africa, West Africa, Kenya, World Health Organization, Goldman Sachs, Rocket Internet, Goldman, TechCrunch, Countries


How is Earth celebrating its day with coronavirus pandemic?

Earth Day is an annual event, held on April 22nd, to demonstrate support and foster knowledge about environmental protection. It was first organised in 1970 in the USA. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. In Poland the first Earth Day (Dzień Ziemi) was held 30 years ago. Though the coronavirus has caused life-t...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Holidays, Environment, Earth, Rome, Nature, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, European Space Agency, Countries, Victory Gardens, Pixabay, Paris Madrid, Current News


Jumia adapts Pan-African e-commerce network in response to COVID-19

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia is adapting its digital retail network to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nigeria headquartered operation — with online goods and services verticals in 11 African countries — announced a series of measures on Friday. Jumia will donate certified face masks to health ministries in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Uganda, drawing on its supply networks outside Africa. The company has offered African governments use of of its last mile delivery network f...
Tags: TC, New York, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World, Uganda, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Morocco, President, Kenya, World Health Organization


CcHub funds tech to curb COVID-19 on concerns of an Africa outbreak

Africa’s largest innovation incubator, CcHub, will offer funding and engineering support to tech projects aimed at curbing COVID-19 and its social and economic impact. The Lagos and Nairobi based organization posted an open application on its website this week, CcHub CEO Bosun Tijani told TechCrunch on a call. CcHub will provide $5000 to $100,000 funding blocks to companies with COVID-19 related projects covering last mile communication, support for the infected and the most vulnerable, producti...
Tags: Travel, Food, TC, Europe, UK, China, Nigeria, Africa, Ceo, World, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Italy, Kenya, World Health Organization


Kenya turns to M-Pesa mobile-money to stem the spread of COVID-19

Kenya’s largest teleco, Safaricom, will implement a fee-waiver on East Africa’s leading mobile-money product, M-Pesa, to reduce the physical exchange of currency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company announced that all person-to-person (P2P) transactions under 1000 Kenyan Schillings (≈ $10) would be free starting Tuesday for the next 90 days. The move came after Safaricom met with the country’s Central Bank and per a directive from Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta “to explor...
Tags: TC, Africa, Tech, Economy, President, Vodafone, Kenya, Leader, TechCrunch, P2p, Countries, Central Bank, East Africa, Nairobi, Uhuru Kenyatta, University of Nairobi


How is Poland preparing to fight coronavirus?

There is no denying it…the world is panicking because of the coronavirus (korona wirus). The anxiety now gripping the world is extremely challenging…There’s no longer an illusion that the contagion can be contained. And this is only the beginning. The signs of alarm are everywhere, both big and small. So what are all countries doing to prevent spreading this horrible new virus? The European Union (EU) has raised the risk (ryzyko) level from moderate to high, warning that every country needs to p...
Tags: Health, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Emergency, Geography, Countries, European Union EU, Gerd Altmann, Łukasz Szumowski, Pixabay Poland


Are you going to visit this Polish city on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day in Poland is celebrated with joy and excitement, just like anywhere else! This day in Poland focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship. Chocolates, heart shaped candies and other gifts are given to loved ones. The holiday is known as Walentynki! Image by Bianca Mentil from Pixabay Many hotels, resorts and restaurants offer special packages for romantic getaways. One of the most popular places to visit on Valentine’s Day in Poland is Chełmno, also known as “City of L...
Tags: Family, Holidays, Rome, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Valentine, St Valentine, Places to visit, Terni, Claudius, Bianca Mentil, Chełmno, Pope Julius, Hermann F Richter


After VCs spend millions Nigeria restricts ride-hail motorbike taxis

Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos has shaken up its transportation order. At the center are the West African country’s motorcycle taxis — referred to locally as okadas — which face newly enforced regulatory restrictions on their movement. That’s creating speedbumps for Nigeria’s two-wheel ride-hail startups, operating in Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy. Ventures Max .ng, ORide, and Gokada have received millions from American, Japanese, and Chinese investors t...
Tags: Google, TC, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Renewable Energy, Ceo, Driver, TechCrunch, Countries, Lagos, Max, Motorcycle, Yamaha, Saleh, Lagos State Government


Africa Roundup: Trump’s Nigeria ban, Paga’s acquisition and raises — Fluterwave $35M, Sendy $20M

The first month of the new-year saw Africa enter the fray of U.S. politics. The Trump administration announced last week it would halt immigration from Nigeria — Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech sector. The presidential proclamation stops short of a full travel ban on the country of 200 million, but suspends immigrant visas for Nigerians seeking citizenship and permanent resident status in U.S. The latest regulations are said not to apply to non...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Uber, Mexico, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, US, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World


Trump to halt immigration from Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria

The Trump administration announced Friday it would halt immigration from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech hub. The restrictions would stop short of placing a full travel ban on the country of 200 million, but will suspend U.S. immigrant visas for Nigeria — along with Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar — starting February 21. That applies to citizens from those countries looking to live permanently in the U.S. The latest restrictions are sa...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, New York, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World, United States, President, Muslim, Myanmar, Silicon Valley


Trump’s travel ban could extend to Africa’s top tech country, Nigeria

The Trump administration is poised to add several African countries to a U.S. travel ban list, including Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria. Politico first reported the White House is considering Tanzania, Eritrea, Sudan and Nigeria for new travel restrictions, to coincide with the three-year anniversary of Trump’s original executive order, that targeted majority Muslim nations. Of the possible additions, including Nigeria could prove the most problematic to U.S. commercial relations . In addition t...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Uber, New York, North Korea, White House, China, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, E-commerce, Syria


What sweets from Poland are your favorite?

Any time a package from Poland shows up at my door steps, it’s a party! Between gifts, food and vodka…and sweets! Something great for everybody! My two girls of course have their favorite snacks and sweets and their grandparents from Poland make sure that they always get something delicious in the package! I have my favorite ones as well and we all get spoiled few times a year:) So what are your favorite sweets from Poland? One of my favorites and Polish iconic treat is Prince Polo! It has been ...
Tags: Food, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Iceland, Countries, Eastern Europe, Wedel, Krówka Krówka, Krówka, Torcik Wedlowski


What Christmas gifts did you get from Poland this year?

Chances are you are living in Poland temporarily and visiting your family back in USA for Christmas. You probably are bringing some gifts along with you, or if you are not visiting them, you may be sending a Christmas package with gifts/souvenirs. Or you were born in Poland and live abroad now. You probably got a Christmas package from your loved ones from Poland. So what was inside? What are the most popular Christmas gifts from Poland? Today I will share with you what I usually get for Christm...
Tags: Usa, Holidays, Gifts, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Wedel, Bolesławiec Pottery


Beautiful Christmas Lights in Warsaw

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday! Every year I wait for decorating Christmas tree and the house! When the days are getting shorter and it’s time to recharge the batteries and face the winter with energy, why not enjoy all the Christmas decorations and lights? Visiting Warsaw will be a great idea this time of the year (or any time of the year for that matter)! Polish capital in winter will really surprise you. Although Christmas is at the end of December, people in Warsaw start prepari...
Tags: Holidays, Linguistics, Poland, Warsaw, Countries, Old Town, Rose Garden, Ela, Places to visit, Wedel, Castle Square, Ela Christmas


China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

On Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies. China’s Beidou network of satellites — named after the “Big Dipper” constellation — will be the first service to compete with the U.S. Air Force’s global positioning system and already has a potentially massive user base since over 70% of Chinese smartphones are now ready to use its po...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, China, US, Chief executive officer, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Bbc, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Satellites, Satellite, Wireless


Carp in the bathtub?

As most of you know, carp (karp) has a special place on the table during Christmas in Poland. It is one of the main dishes and you just simply have to have it. But getting from river (or carp farm) to table is not so simple. As the tradition goes, the Christmas carp must first swim in the family bathtub for at least a day or two before being killed, cleaned and prepared. Known as Wigilia supper, the meal is the biggest culinary event in the Polish calendar. Generations come together to proudly p...
Tags: Food, Holidays, Carp, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Janusz Image, Małgosia So


A must read about Polish Christmas customs

Polish Christmas traditions are among the richest and most colorful in the world! If you want to read all about them, including traditional food, ornaments making, Christmas plays and many more amazing things about Christmas in Poland, then I have just a perfect book for you! It is a book that I bought online couple years ago. It is written by Polanie Club (remarkable group of women who put this book together!). The name of it is “TREASURED POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS”. The book I o...
Tags: Amazon, Holidays, Ebay, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Countries, Polanie Club, Pasterka


Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar

Nigerian startup Rensource Energy has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by CRE Venture Capital and the Omidyar network. The renewable energy company builds and operates solar powered micro-utilities that provide electricity to commercial community structures, such as open-air trading bazaars. Launched in 2016, the startup has shifted its operating strategy. “We’ve pivoted away from a residential focus…and we’re building much larger systems to become essentially the utility for these lar...
Tags: Energy, TC, Europe, Texas, Russia, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Renewable Energy, Ceo, ERP, World, United States, Connecticut, West Africa, Electricity


Make sure to visit Warsaw University of Technology this weekend!

There is a lot happening at the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) this weekend, so make sure to stop by if you are in the area. It is called International Festival of Warsaw. So far 21 countries are part of this International Festival (Festiwal Międzynarodowy). Warsaw University of Technology. Image by Jolanta Dyr from Pixabay So what is it exactly?  I have never attended one, but you can find helpful information  on this website. The main goal of the event is to enable...
Tags: Education, Culture, Calendar, Linguistics, Poland, Santa Claus, Warsaw, Countries, Old Town Square, Gordon Johnson, Current News, Warsaw University of Technology, Jolanta Dyr, Henryk Niestrój, Warsaw University of Technology Image, Pixabay International


No more lines at the Polish consulate while applying for passport

Few years ago I flew to New York to renew my Polish passport. I was pregnant, it was hot and I definitely did not expect to stand in line at the Polish consulate for few hours, before I was able to file my form… I bet a lot of you know the pain! My friend who lives in New York came to the consulate with me. We got there fairly early in the morning and I could not believe how long the line outside of the building was…I almost faded just thinking about the long hours ahead of me, but being pregnan...
Tags: New York, Government, Regulations, Culture, Linguistics, Countries, New York Next


Get ready to have fun during Andrzejki in Poland!

St Andrew’s Day in Poland (Andrzejki) is celebrated on the night of November 29th. It is a day of mysterious parties, magic and mystery games. There is plenty of drinking, dancing and future telling games! Who wouldn’t like a party like that? Those traditions have their beginnings in old pagan times of Polish ancestors, when people believed in a strong connection between the real and spiritual worlds. Nowadays, people still do it for fun, even if almost everybody has forgotten its original meani...
Tags: Holidays, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Customs, Countries, Alicja, Henryk Niestrój, Andrzejki, Poland Andrzejki, Pixabay Andrzejki


Sim Shagaya’s uLesson African edtech startup raises $3.1M

Nigerian founder Sim Shagaya is back with a new startup —  uLesson — that has raised a $3.1 million seed round led by TLcom Capital. The venture is integrating mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum and a network of tutors to bridge educational gaps for secondary school students in Nigeria and broader Africa. Founded in 2019 by Shagaya — who also founded Nigerian e-commerce startup Konga and ad venture E-Motion — uLesson is headquartered in Lagos with a production studio in Jos....
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Netflix, Harvard, United States, West Africa, Kenya, Gambia, Edtech, Teacher