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Record temperature measured on January 10, the entire 2014 was a record THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE records fell on January 10 for the whole of Slovakia, and in the Mlynská dolina neighbourhood of Bratislava, 17.5°C was measured, turning out to be the highest in the country. 23 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Goudrons are removed from the dump, locals find it dangerous GOUDRONS are particles of man-made tar used in the construction sector. A big dump of these environmentally dangerous particles has been located from more than 50 years ago in the Srdce / Heart quarry near the borough of Devínska Nová Ves in Bratislava, where about 30,000 cubic metres of the toxic waste, mostly from the former oil refinery Apollo, lie. 23 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
This year, Overdose will fertilise mares in Germany FAMOUS former racing sprinter Overdose who has mainly represented Zltán Mikóczy from Dunajská Streda at hippodromes worldwide, will in 2015 become the studhorse in the German stud-farm Lindehof of Volker Linde. 23 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Animals in Košice zoo eat unused Christmas trees KOŠICE zoo has organised, once again, for unsold Christmas trees to be used for their animals. Traditionally, they are given by the Košice City Forests company as a delicacy for the forest and mountain ungulates to intersperse their winter menu. 23 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Wooden churches in eastern Slovakia will be renovated CARPATHIAN wooden churches, mainly in northern and eastern Slovakia, are very special buildings, and nine of them (Roman-Catholic, Protestant and Greek Catholic, built between the 16th and 18th centuries) have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. 23 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Upper-Nitra Miners’ Association organised first festival, called šachtág MINERS from the region of Upper Nitra in Slovakia on December 4, St Barbara’s Day, patron-saint of miners, organised their first šachtág, a funny feast hailing the old, as well as some new habits and rituals. The “unmistakable presidium” was for that special day Milan Durbák of the Banská Štiavncia-Horduša Miners’ Association from Banská Štiavnica. He helped the local miners organise the day which is rooted in the tradition of students of the old Mining Academy in Banská Štiavnica, founded in 1762 by Empress Maria Theresa – the first university of its kind in the world. 19 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Bosák raised a million dollars for Slovaks, made it to a US banknote US BANKER Michal Bosák, a native from the Šariš region of Slovakia, was once the richest Slovak in the United States, who supported his compatriots and his name appeared on a 10-dollar banknote. 19 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Animal shelters organised special holiday events AS PART of efforts to encourage people to adopt a pet for the holidays, the Banská Bystrica quarantine station for animals organised a pre-Christmas taking out dogs on December 13.Visitors were encouraged to inspect the facility, take one of the dogs for a walk, but also get a Christmas punch, listen to carols, watch the dogs train, listen to their stories and get some advice for breeders. 19 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
For Slovaks, Christmas still about family, poll shows WHILE many lament the commercialisation of the Christmas season, a poll conducted by TNS Slovakia agency in November 2014 found a majority of Slovaks still perceive Christmas as a family holiday. 19 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Athletes recognised Around Slovakia ANASTASIA Kuzmina, a Slovak bia-thlete of Russian origin who won the gold medal in the 7.5 km sprint at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, was voted Athlete of the Year in Slovakia by sports journalists at the end of December. 12 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Christmas accidents Around Slovakia CHRISTMAS is usually a time of peace and rest but even during the holidays one needs to keep an eye out for potentially nasty accidents. 12 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
People frolic in icy water Around Slovakia SWIMMING in ice-cold water has become a widespread sporting activity in Slovakia and some traditional events like a St Stephen’s Day swim or welcoming the New Year with a ritual “cold water purification” are repeated annually. 12 Jan 2015 The Slovak Spectator
Slovak app Droppie wants to compete with Instagram and others Around Slovakia A FIVE-member Slovak team is currently launching a new mobile application called Droppie – a social network that will connect people via pictures taken by others who have already been at a certain place. The inventors believe that the app may become as popular as Instagram, Foursquare and Snapchat. " 22 Dec 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Atmosphere of traditional goose-feather processing Around Slovakia THE PROCESSING of goose feathers was one of the traditional seasonal (meaning autumn and some places also winter) works of Slovak women. Every good farmer wife collected feathers from her geese and then put them together. 22 Dec 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Sailors and rescuers commemorated victims of the Danube river Around Slovakia A MEMORIAL feast, commemorating the sailors, shipmasters and other workers who died in an accident during their work on ships sailing the Danube river – as well other rivers – took place on December 5, on the eve of the day of St Nicolaus, patron-saint of sailors. 22 Dec 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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