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Feature Photo Overpriced catering contracts signed with mutually intertwined companies caused a storm. 11 Dec 2014 More Feature Photos
State increases pressure on SE THE TENSIONS between the state and the dominant power producer Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) are escalating with a police search on December 16 at SE headquarters in Bratislava and a new criminal complaint for an alleged fraud in running Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant. 18 Dec 2014 More from Business
Catering scandal cuts heads of hospitals HEADS of state-owned hospitals in Banská Bystrica, Trnava and Poprad, together with the Health Ministry’s service office head Martin Senčák, are being forced out in yet another health care sector scandal – this one concerning overpriced catering contracts signed with mutually intertwined companies. 11 Dec 2014 More from Politics & Society
Čižnár to stay on as prosecutor THE LANDMARK ruling of the Constitutional Court from December 4 on the case of lawfully elected but never appointed general prosecutor Jozef Čentéš is unlikely to induce any changes to one of the most powerful judicial positions in the country. 15 Dec 2014 More from Politics & Society
Central bank cuts growth forecast Slovakia’s economy expected to create nearly 14,000 jobs next year THE NATIONAL Bank of Slovakia (NBS) has lowered its economic growth projections for the coming years, but says growth will still be fast enough to create new jobs. 15 Dec 2014 More from Business
Student emigration is a threat Report sums up trends in the Slovak education sector over the past decade THE NUMBER of students at Slovak universities, including those at PhD degree programmes, is decreasing, while the share of Slovak students at Czech schools is increasing. Moreover, since the number of teachers remains the same, the unused capacity at schools is gradually rising, the report published by the Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA) suggests. 15 Dec 2014 More from Politics & Society
Homeless to help with baggage SEVEN people dressed in blue uniforms, wearing white gloves and flat caps are helping passengers at the Main Railway Station in Bratislava with their baggage. No, this is not a snapshot from some old newspaper, but an image from the present as seven homeless people who also sell the Nota Bene magazine are now working at the station three times a week from 9:00 to 13:00 as part of a project run by the Proti Prúdu (Against the Stream) civic association. 15 Dec 2014 More from Politics & Society
It’s complicated EDITORIAL “IT’S a very complicated issue,” Health Minister Viliam Čislák responded to a journalist’s question about whether it is possible to be competent while still violating the law. The journalists were grilling Čislák over Smer nominees signing overpriced catering contracts on behalf of state-owned hospitals with a pair of suspiciously intertwined companies. 15 Dec 2014 More from Opinion
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Mobile payment breakthrough coming Slovaks are getting used to contactless paying via mobiles IN RECENT years, banks and mobile operators have brought lots of new technologies and improvements for contactless mobile payments. Although these kinds of payments still account for just a small portion of all payments, more options and increased usage are expected in the coming year. 15 Dec 2014 More from Finances and Advisory
Generation Y is changing job market Spectator College A glossary of words as well as an exercise related to this article are also published online. 15 Dec 2014 More from Spectator College
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Countrywide Events Music, Theatre, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 15 Dec 2014 More from Culture & Society
Native English teachers – Preparing students for global communication Motivation to learn comes in many forms. When speaking about language learning, the inspiring factors for secondary students are clear. Many students in Bratislava intensely study languages motivated by the idea to eventually work, live or study abroad. With a substantial amount of self study and classroom experience for the average student, another key to reaching higher levels of language knowledge is communication with foreign speakers. 12 Dec 2014 More from Culture & Society
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“Viera Tomanová was on her way to the chamber, but fell on the stairs. Juraj Blanár was three seconds late, [and] Jaroslav Baška came a bit too late.” Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jana Laššáková (Smer) explaining the reasons why Smer did not pass the amendment to the Commercial Code after it was vetoed by the president.