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‘Will Bratislava bury its history?’ asks Bratislava Open THE RECENT archaeological research at Zuckermandel, an important part of the area at the foot of Bratislava Castle, known as Podhradie, is to be halted, the Bratislava Open civic association warned in mid April. The Zuckermandel findings were in a protected historical area, and as such they enjoy the biggest level of protection, activist claim. 22 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovak wines shine in Paris competition IN 2014, Slovak winemakers again triumphed in Paris, confirming their place at the top in global competitions. At the highly prestigious international wine competition, Vinalies Internationales, Slovak wines won 16 gold and 34 silver medals. When calculated per number of wines that were enlisted and won awards, they outperformed even winemaking superpowers like France or Spain, and beat the Czech Republic (50:26) when considering the number of gold and silver medals won. Slovakia has never before sent such a representative sample of wines as this year, the Pravda daily wrote after the contest, on March 10. The collection consisted of 149 wines, of which more than one third won a medal. “Considering that a total of 29.9 percent of wines from 3,502 samples were awarded, then the Slovak harvest of 33.5 percent (against the French 28.9 percent) stresses the quality of Slovak wine,” oenologist Edita Ďurčová, who represented Slovakia in the world jury corps, told Pravda. 22 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Giant avalanche fell in Žiarska Dolina / Žiar Valley five years ago IN THE Žiar Valley in the western Tatra mountains, a huge avalanche occurred on March 25, 2009. Luckily enough, the valley had been closed for several days, due to the imminent threat of the avalanche. The popular Žiar cottage was also closed. 22 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Body of Žofia Bosniaková burned five years ago THE BODY of Žofia Bosniaková, which had remained for 400 years in the chapel of the church in Teplička nad Váhom (close to the city of Žilina), was set on fire by a Žilina man, aged 31, five years ago, on April 1, 2009. 22 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Pit bull kills 78-year-old woman A PIT bull fatally wounded a 78-year-old woman in the village of Figa, near the town of Rimavská Sobota (Banská Bystrica region) on April 6. The woman went to visit a neighbour on Saturday afternoon to get some eggs, but when she entered the fenced yard of the neighbour's house she was attacked by his dog. “The woman died during transport to the hospital,” the TASR newswire learned from Banská Bystrica police spokesperson Petra Vašková. “An autopsy has been ordered with the investigator to decide what charge will be laid afterwards based on its outcome.” 22 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bratislava secondary school celebrates Turkish cuisine Around Slovakia THE SECONDARY Professional School on Farského Street in Bratislava trains future chefs and waiters, as well as pastry chefs, butchers and future managers in the hospitality sector. On March 20, the school organised a special day of Turkish cuisine. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Polymath Matej Bel born 330 years ago Around Slovakia FAMOUS Slovak-Hungarian polymath, regional studies scientist, teacher and rector Matej Bel was born on March 22, 1684 in Očová. Matej is featured on the UNESCO calendar, has a memorial room in Očová and the university in Banská Bystrica is named after him. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Upper Nitra Library sets record during Week of Slovak Libraries Around Slovakia THE WEEK of Slovak Libraries, which began on March 31, saw libraries around the country intensify their activities. The Upper Nitra Library organised a host of events, with free registration for children, an “amnesty on fees” for late books and a discussion with local author, photographer and TASR newswire editor Pavol Remiaš. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Election in Muráň smooth despite lack of traditional pastry Around Slovakia THE AROMA of Muráň’s traditional buns no longer permeates the centre of this municipality - not even on election day. The bakery responsible for the local specialty has closed. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Traditional puppetry eligible for UNESCO list Around Slovakia PUPPETRY can be included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List as a joint Slovak-Czech nomination, although there is one caveat. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Turkish family name son after Slovak football player Around Slovakia SLOVAK football player Filip Hološko grew so close to the hearts of an Istanbul-based family that they decided to name their son after the family name of the striker of the Besiktas football club. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Sliač locals oppose pet crematorium Around Slovakia SOME inhabitants of the municipality of Sliač in central Slovakia have rejected the idea to build a crematorium for pets from the former administrative building in the town’s cooperative farming complex. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Fire near Betliar extinguished, five hectares of land charred Around Slovakia Firefighters put out a forest fire close to the village of Betliar in Košice Region after containing the blaze and spending all of March 22 extinguishing it. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Wolfgang von Kempelen: builder, inventor, pioneer Around Slovakia POLY-HISTORIAN, inventor, hydro-electronics pioneer, translator, publicist and researcher in phonetics: that is how Bratislava native Wolfgang Kempelen is typically remembered. He was born in Bratislava, then called Prešporok, Pressburg or Pozsony, depending on one’s language, in Janauary 1734, and died 210 years ago, on March 26. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Four items from ‘biggest museum theft in Europe’ found at auction TEN years since the theft of 1,210 historical items of incalculable worth were stolen from the Western Slovakia Museum in Trnava, the perpetrators have yet to be found. However, four items were recently discovered by one of the museum’s staff at an antiques auction in the Czech Republic 31 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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