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The first Cuban-Slovak festival saw gastronomy and rolling of cigars Around Slovakia Locked THE FIRST Cuban-Slovak festival that presented folk artisans and artists from Cuba took place on October 5 in the municipality of Babiná in the Zvolen district. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The Night of Lights at the Children’s Railway attracted crowds Around Slovakia Locked THE OLDEST still operating steam engine in Slovakia – and in the whole central Europe – can be seen in Košice, used for leisure rides at the Košice Children’s Railway during the high season. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Enthusiasts swam across the Danube River in Bratislava Around Slovakia Locked BRATISLAVA felt adrenaline coursing down the Danube River, as the first year of the Trans Danube Swim was held on September 27, at 14:00, as part of the travelling festival From Pole to Pole (Od pólu k pólu) on the occasion of World Tourism Day. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Boarding house in High Tatras was destroyed by fire Around Slovakia Locked THE LIMBA guest house in Tatranská Kotlina in the Prešov region was engulfed by fire earlier on October 10, with Adrian Tropp of the District Headquarters of the Fire and Rescue Corps in Poprad confirming that the fire was immense. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Košice zoo is the first in Slovakia to breed baby crocodiles Around Slovakia A UNIQUE enhancement of animals bred in the Košice zoo is, since the beginning of September, the hatching of three dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis, also known as African dwarf). 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Education Ministry sent old textbooks to Slovaks in the US Around Slovakia Slovaks living in the United States will soon receive 499 textbooks from their country of origin. This concerns Slovak language, literature and homeland studies textbooks that have been weeded out in Slovakia as outdated compared to the latest curricula. They would have been discarded if they had not been sent to the US; Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry spokesperson Beata Dupalová Ksenzsighová informed the TASR newswire. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Pupils and the homeless will keep a garden in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto Around Slovakia PUPILS from the Bratislava borough of Nové Mesto have embarked on a special project: together with the homeless people, they will keep their own garden. This is one of the winning civic projects to be financed from the so-called participative budget of Nové Mesto. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Stone-masons’ plain air revives the glory of Oravský Biely Potok Around Slovakia BY THE END of September, the centre of Oravský Biely Potok, a municipality in the northern region of Orava, already saw the 9th year of the special event, Back to the Biely Potok Stone / Návraty k belopotockému kameňu. Seven Slovak and three Polish stone-mason artists transformed sandstone blocks into sacral statues and reliefs. This unique event strives to revive the famous local stone-mason tradition. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
A lynx set free to live in wild dies Around Slovakia A YOUNG lynx, only one year old, underwent rehabilitation in the Bojnice zoo. He had lived in the wild previously and was to be released after the treatment ended. The lynx was found injured when very young, and was cured in the zoo. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Synagogue in Banská Štiavnica has been reconstructed and receives memorial plaques Around Slovakia THE BUILDING of a neolog synagogue in Banská Štiavnica that was dilapidating for decades has been reconstructed and now serves a new function. The religious site, which was used for a tinsmith workshop, driving school and a store for placards and posters for communist celebrations during the past regime was abandoned and left to fall apart between 1989 and 2009, will now become the residence of a brewery, housing the management and part of its secondary activities. 6 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Fall of the church tower in Láb is being investigated Around Slovakia POLICE are investigating the fall of the church tower in the western Slovak village of Láb, with the prosecution claiming that it was a crime of endangering public safety. 6 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Anička the eagle left Slovakia, southbound for winter Around Slovakia THE MOST prominent Slovak eagle, Anička – a lesser spotted eagle female who has a transmitter attached to her body, enabling scientists to follow her and live broadcast her whereabouts – left her nest in the Liptov region of Slovakia on September 18 around noon and set off on a flight to her winter quarters in Africa. 6 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Hviezdoslavovo Square danced for world peace Around Slovakia THE INTERNATIONAL Day of Peace was celebrated around the world on September 21; and in Slovakia the whole Hviezdoslavovo Square in Bratislava welcomed it with a mass dance at the Better World for Everyone (Lepší svet pre všetkých) rally. 6 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Maria Theresa’s edict introduced compulsory education for all in 1777 Around Slovakia EMPRESS Maria Theresa made a host of reforms transforming the feudal Great Hungary into a modern, centralised country. One of the last to come was the compulsory basic education for everyone, which was established by the special curriculum called Ratio Educationis, issued on August 22, 1777. It introduced six years of compulsory school attendance for all children between the age of six and 12. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Students blow thousands of bubbles Around Slovakia STUDENTS from 17 Slovak cities and towns were invited to release thousands of bubbles on August 25 for the Bubble Day event. The goal was to brighten the day for people in the streets, the organisers informed, adding that anyone, be it a child or an adult with a bubble blower, was encouraged to participate. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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