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Schools lack one quarter of new textbooks News in short Locked AT THE beginning of new school year on September 2, schools will have just around 75 percent of the textbooks they ordered. Teachers are not surprised. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Every third shop sold cigarettes to juveniles News in shorts Locked ALMOST 29 percent of 411 sellers inspected by Slovak Trade Inspection (SOI) were willing to sell cigarettes to people under 18. In comparison with 2013 survey, this is a decrease by 13 percent. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
PAS criticises short period for submitting amending proposals Locked PARLIAMENTARY deputies often see amending proposals to draft bills on the same day or one day before the corresponding legislation is passed in the second reading. This finding stems from an analysis recently published by the Business Alliance of Slovakia (PAS), which says that this short window of time makes public control of the proposed measures impossible. Therefore, it proposes setting a minimum one-week period for publishing amending proposals. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Moldava mayor bans festival meant to join Roma and neighbours Locked THE MUNICIPALITY of Moldava nad Bodvou banned the festival called Moldava Spolu (Moldava Together) which was to take place in the town’s Budulovská Roma settlement on August 29, just nine days before the start of the event, citing safety concerns. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slow start to municipal election campaign Locked THREE months ahead of the municipal elections in Slovakia announced for November 15, people often do not know who aspires to become the mayor of their towns or villages, a mid-August survey by the Focus polling agency suggests. The candidate lists for the races in the vote close on September 21, while the race to lead Bratislava has garnered the most headlines. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Commemorating the death of the Blood Countess THE LEGENDS say she killed several hundred young girls and bathed in their blood in an attempt to retain her youth. Elizabeth Báthory, who has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history, died four centuries ago on August 21, 1614 in Čachtice Castle, western Slovakia. However, her real actions, motives and cause of death remain a subject of debate. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
“Anti-gay” referendum petitions has signatures Conservatives push for vote Nov. 15, initiative on Kiska’s desk SUPPORTERS of the ideas of families and marriage calling for higher legislative protection have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to hold a referendum. Opponents plainly call the proposal an “anti-gay” referendum. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Star EU won 70 out of 70 tenders it applied for Cronyism practices connected with the ruling party revealed in a recent study on EU funds drawing at municipal level NUMEROUS municipalities around Slovakia have made use of the external project management services of a single company under questionable circumstances. Transparency watchdogs have labelled this a potentially major case of cronyism in drawing EU funds and are calling on the European Commission to look into the matter. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Medveď sacked for renting own car Ex-minister accused of abuse of powers as stock exchange head A FORMER environment minister, who now heads the largely state-run stock exchange, has been using state funds to rent a car from his own company and as a result must leave his post, after opposition MP Miroslav Beblavý revealed the mishap on August 25. 1 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Top officials and dignitaries from 40 countries gather for SNP celebrations BETWEEN 10,000 and 15,000 people attended the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in Banská Bystrica on August 29, SNP Museum Director Stanislav Mičev estimated for the SITA newswire. 31 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks to comment on Ukraine during Russian minister visit SOMEONE from the Slovak government will raise the issue of Ukraine with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu when he visits Slovakia to attend the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), according to Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák. 29 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia celebrates 70th anniversary of the SNP AT LEAST 10,000 guests are expected to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the key moments in the country’s World War II history, when some rebelled against the Nazi-allied Slovak state. The events centre on the SNP Memorial in Banská Bystrica on August 29, and as many as 36 embassies have already confirmed the attendance of their representatives, SNP Museum Director Stanislav Mičev said. 29 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Looking to spur student interest in history EDUCATION minister Peter Pellegrini recently slammed the way the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is taught in schools, hinting that it may change in the near future. Teachers admit that young people show little interest in learning about this 1944 event, but say that the curriculum devotes enough space to it. They point to other problems that result in students barely taking notice of the SNP, like the fact that the anniversary takes place during summer holiday. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Debunking some of the SNP myths HISTORICAL events of great importance are often connected with myths and the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is no exception. Many seek to depict the uprising negatively as a communist coup that led to unnecessary war-related damages for Slovak citizens. Historians point out that people spreading such myths lack information and tend to apply partially bad experiences of eyewitnesses to the whole uprising. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
National event has international meaning THE FOREIGN community attends the commemorations of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) every year to remember their nationals who fought, and often died, alongside Slovak partisans. Historians consider this proof that the uprising was both national and international in character and that foreign states acknowledge the significance of this event in the World War II. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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