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SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots

SLOVAK International Air Fest (SIAF) 2015, the biggest air show in the country, took place between August 29 and 30 and attracted almost 140,000 visitors who were offered static and dynamic demonstrations and…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2015, at 13:56
Black flags mark the SNP anniversary in Banská Bystrica.

SNP anniversary in Banská Bystrica featured black flags

SLOVAKIA commemorates the 71st anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the key moments in Slovakia’s World War II history, when rebels in the Nazi-allied Slovak state stood up to the oppressive…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2015, at 13:28

Police charge school staff over death of schoolboy

THE SLOVAK Catholic Schools Association (ZKŠS) have issued a statement in defence of staff from the United Primary School in the Bratislava borough of Karlova Ves who are facing charges relating to responsibility…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2015, at 21:57
Jozef Šóth

Parents, autistic children must often cope alone

SEEING little help from state Jozef Šóth, the father of an autistic son Andrej, and other parents created a special facility for autistic adults in Drahuškovo in 2007. The centre fights for its own survival year to…

Roman Cuprik, 27. Aug 2015, at 20:14
There are about 120 old industrial waste dumps in Slovakia.

Pollution from communist era remains a problem

LEAKING toxic pollution from the old chemical waste dump in Bratislava’s Vrakuňa neighbourhood has already contaminated local ground water and continues to spread. 

Jana Liptáková, 27. Aug 2015, at 20:00
Education Minister Juraj Draxler and Ľubor Fišera

Five Slovak universities may lose their title

After a complex accreditation procedure five universities in Slovakia may lose their titles. Education Minister Juraj Draxler along with Ľubor Fišera, the head of the Accreditation Commission, presented results of…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2015, at 13:40
New warning labels on cigarette packages.

New cigarette warnings coming to Slovakia

AFTER several weeks of summer vacation the government had a productive session on August 26 passing several major changes in legislation including the introduction of the criminal prosecution of firms, the creation…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 23:21
Petra Polnišová

Actress Polnišová talks immigration, human rights

PETRA Polnišová is a popular comic actress in Slovakia and since her partner and father of her two sons is French Matthieu Darras, she spends part of her life in France. She admits that she is a foreigner in France,…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 16:38
Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová

Police use illegal detention rooms, ombudswoman says

CAGES equipped to tie people up are routinely used in many Slovak police stations, according toOmbudswoman Jana Dubovcová, who claims such places violate the human rights of those detained and is now asking…

Michaela Terenzani, 26. Aug 2015, at 14:37
Bratislava saw extremists protest in June.

People will protest against refugees again

TWO PROTESTS against immigrants will be held in the beginning of September.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 13:25
Illustrative stock photo

Two possible dates are set for elections

THE UPCOMING general election could be held either on March 5 or February 27.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 13:18
The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament.

Stricter rules regarding property disclosures to be added by late August

IF POLITICIANS want to fulfil their promise of making property disclosures of public officials stricter before elections, they need to submit the respective constitutional amendment to parliament by August 28.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 6:42
The RTVS radio building

RTVS plans terrestrial broadcast for foreigners

THE PUBLIC-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) wants to launch terrestrial broadcast of Radio Slovakia International, which offers programmes in foreign languages.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Aug 2015, at 13:28

State proposes anti-corruption courses for health workers

HEALTH workers should attend mandatory anti-corruption courses, which would be organised by the Slovak Health University in Bratislava.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Aug 2015, at 13:20

Activists demand cutting Carpathian beech forest from UNESCO list

PROTECTION of Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians known for its rare fauna and flora is insufficient. It should be therefore cut from the UNESCO World Heritage List, claim Wolf Forest Protection Movement, the…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Aug 2015, at 6:00
Illustrative stock photo

Methodology and Pedagogy Centre sends money to a fraudulent account

THE METHODOLOGY and Pedagogy Centre (MPC) in Bratislava, which runs under the Education Ministry, sent €459,555 to a fraudulent account, following an email informing it about an account number change.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Aug 2015, at 13:43
Jozef Čentéš

Prosecution in wiretapping case halted

PROSECUTOR Jozef Čentéš halted the criminal prosecution in the case of wiretapping journalists of the Pravda daily by the now-defunct Military Defence Intelligence (VOS). 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Aug 2015, at 13:35
Štefan Harabin

Quote of the week

“… in our case it is professional, but mostly moral disharmony which cannot be overcome, and which may even result in physical conflicts.”

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Aug 2015, at 6:30
President Andrej Kiska

Slovak doctors advised President to undergo hip operation in Czech Republic

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska underwent a hip operation at the University Hospital in Plzeň, in the Czech Republic, on the morning of August 20, the TASR newswire reported.

20. Aug 2015, at 23:12

Bratislava sewers struggle with sudden storms

BRATISLAVA has flooded again because of the narrow holes in its drain covers, with activists claiming that simply cleaning them is not enough, the Sme daily reported on August 18.

20. Aug 2015, at 17:14

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