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Four of ten army applicants rejected

ABOUT 40 percent of applicants for entry into the professional Slovak Army were rejected during the selection process in 2005, the Defence Ministry reported on March 18.

According to the SITA news agency, the most frequent reasons for rejection were failing psychological and physical fitness tests.

The Slovak Army recruited 1,500 new soldiers last year.

This year the army has already received 1,750 job applications. The army is looking for truck drivers, mechanics, electricians, medical staff, chemists, and soldiers to serve in the guard of honour. Among its officer positions, the army seeks doctors, psychologists, and lawyers.

As of January 1, 2006, Slovakia has a fully professional army with about 20,000 soldiers.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak