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Bielik photos fetch Sk747,000


An auction of famed Slovak photographer Ladislav Bielik's pictures of the August 1968 invasion brought in Sk747,000. The most famous photo, Bare-chested Man in Front of a Russian Tank at Šafárikovo Square, which became a national symbol of defiance against armed aggression in Czechoslovakia, fetched the most at Sk180,000, the TASR news wire reported.

The money will go to support Camera Obskura, a non-profit organization working to build an underground photo gallery at Šafárikovo Square.

On the first floor of the gallery, Camera Obskura plans to house a permanent exhibition by world-renowned photographers with ties to Slovakia. The second floor would be available for temporary exhibitions, as well as space for filming and painting.


Daily Sme buys Internet service asdf.sk


Petit Press, which publishes the daily Sme newspaper, has acquired the Internet portal asdf.sk. This service collects all links on the most interesting news in Slovak from around the Internet and enables readers to vote on which articles should make the front page.

Petit Press will rename the service vybrali.sme.sk.

The portal asdf.sk was launched in April 2006. Its author, programmer Imrich Jalšovský, will continue to develop the service for Sme. The domain www.asdf.sk will remain under his ownership, but will be redirected to the new address.


Slovak gold panners compete in Temeš


About 50 gold panners from around Slovakia joined a gold panning competition held during the first weekend in September in the village of Temeš, near Bojnice. This was the seventh national competition in this discipline this year, the TASR news wire reported.

In the men's category, Ján Džugan from Trebišov came in first, followed by Ján Hrabovský from Trenčín. František Verbich, the president of the Slovak Goldpanning Association, ended with the bronze medal. Among women, gold panners from Trenčín, Michaela Režná and Veronika Meravá, ended first and second, respectively, and Anna Verbichová from Prievidza was third.

A gold-panning school for youth was part of the event. Several tens of children from Temeš and neighbouring villages tried to pan gold flakes from sand. As Verbich said, the interest, as well as enthusiasm amongst the children, was great, thus creating the right environment for the family of gold panners to grow.

Hundreds of people of all ages and gender list gold panning as a hobby. They belong to ten clubs. This year's gold panning season will peak on September 23 in Baláže, close to Banská Bystrica. There, gold panners will also add up their claims for this year and announce who was most successful in all national, as well as foreign, competitions.

Verbich has already declared the season extremely successful. A large team of Slovak gold panners attended the World Championship in Tankavaara, Finland, from which it returned with one silver medal for Zuzana Diladiová from Trebišov in the children's category. In the end, the team of five achieved the bronze medal. The ASZ also organized the Championship of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Chocholná, close to Trenčín, at which Slovak representatives won the highest number of medals.


Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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