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Study: Employers avoid Roma News in short Locked FIRMS are more interested in people who do not have typical Roma names, according to an experiment conducted by the Financial Policy Institute (IFP) of the Finance Ministry. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Ruling on Harabin overturned News in short Locked THE SUPREME Court cancelled the verdict of the Bratislava Regional Court, based on which Štefan Harabin was to receive the financial compensation at €150,000 in damages in the so-called Sadiki case, the Sme daily reported in its November 20 issue. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
White Crows awarded ZUZANA Pechočiaková, a doctor of the Faculty Hospital in Nitra who pointed out an altered medical record; fired inspector Ľubica Lapinová who revealed shady public tenders; and Oleg Pastier, a key figure in the civil samizdat movement during the communist regime, received the White Crow Award on November 17. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
SDKÚ loses more members Locked THE PARTY that dominated the Slovak political scene for a decade after 1998 has lost practically all its emblematic faces, has no deputy chairpersons, no parliamentary caucus, and its prospects continue to dim. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Insurer Dôvera rakes in profits Locked THE PRIVATE health insurer Dôvera, co-owned by Penta Investments and a Cyprus-based company, has earned hundreds of millions of euros more than its competitors in recent years, and paid a considerable part of it to its shareholders in dividends. The data from the Finance Ministry’s Financial Policy Institute (IFP) showed that the private health insurer Dôvera earned €619 million over the past five years, far exceeding the earnings of the other players on the market, the privately owned Union with €13 million and the state-run Všeobecná Zdravotná Poistovňa (VšZP), which lost €56 million over the same period. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Smer strongman Paška steps down ONE of the ruling Smer party’s key strongmen, Pavol Paška, resigned as speaker of parliament the same night as municipal elections, overshadowing reports on outcomes of mayoral races across Slovakia. Paška’s departure came on the heels of two rallies fuelled by anger at a widely criticised tender for an overpriced computer tomography (CT) device set for purchase by a financially ailing hospital. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Independents surge, Smer gains on opposition FEEDING on voters’ frustration with traditional parties, independent candidates led the way in municipal races on November 15, taking some 38 percent of the mayoral seats across the country. Bratislava went to an independent candidate, Ivo Nesrovnal, who in a closely watched race defeated the incumbent Smer-backed independent Milan Ftáčnik, and Milan Kňažko, who also ran as an independent backed by a number of opposition parties. 20 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Pavol Paška of Smer resigns A SURPRISING moment came during the election night when Pavol Paška of Smer announced his resignation from the post of speaker of parliament. Paška’s departure came on the heels of a widely criticised tender for purchasing an overpriced CT scanner in Piešťany Hospital of Alexander Winter, resulting in two protests against him in Bratislava and Košice, the TASR newswire reported. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
SNP Square was not the only focal point WHILE the SNP Square is the place in Bratislava which is most connected with the events of November 17, 1989, there are some more places closely linked with the events leading to the fall of the totalitarian regime in Slovakia. Other important places were: Hviezdoslavovo Square, Umelka Gallery, Freedom Square (Námestie Slobody) and the Palace of Justice (Justičný Palác), Peter Jašek from the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) told the SITA newswire. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Central monument lacking Focus in short WHILE four commemorative plaques recall events from November 1989, Bratislava still lacks a central monument. The first such memorial is under preparation and it should stand on Námestie Slobody (the Freedom Square), Ivo Štassel, historian and the director of the City Institute of Protection of Monuments (MUOP) in Bratislava, told the SITA newswire. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Events not remembered clearly Focus in short TWENTY-FIVE years after the remarkable events of November 17, 1989, the knowledge about what actually happened is not perfect even in the Slovak Parliament, where two of six deputies approached by the SITA newswire were able to answer two questions related to November 1989. The deputies were asked what happened on November 16, 1989 in Bratislava and when approximately the first free parliamentary elections took place after the Velvet Revolution. While four answered correctly the first question, only two gave an accurate answer to the second one. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Places that recall history Focus in short WHILE the SNP Square is the place in Bratislava which is most connected with the events of November 17, 1989, there are some more places closely linked with the events leading to the fall of the totalitarian regime in Slovakia. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovak art is more individual, GREAT political events and historical milestones are natural subjects of artworks and cultural projects – but it seems that sometimes time plays a crucial role. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Shelves are fuller and wallets are fatter Slovaks earn more and can afford more than 25 years ago TWENTY-FIVE years ago, Slovakia’s economy was centrally-planned and prices as well as wages were regulated. The fall of the communist regime, apart from civic liberties, also brought to Slovaks a market economy (along with its positive and negative features) greater selection in shops as well as more shopping opportunities. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
History of revolution WHAT is called the Velvet (zamatová) or Gentle (nežná) Revolution in the then Czechoslovakia and which brought down the totalitarian communist regime in 1989 started in Slovakia on November 16, while all of the November 1989 events took place in an environment of falling regimes in neighbouring countries such as East Germany, Hungary or Poland as well as in the Soviet Union. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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