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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Highway loan being prepared

The Finance Ministry is preparing a mandate agreement with Industrial Bank of Japan for a $120 million loan and an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) regarding a separate 25 million ECU loan for highway construction. Both deals should be signed by the end of this year.

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Disputed fee for preferential treatment at doctors to be re-introduced

Patients unwilling to wait at the doctor’s office may be able to make appointments starting next year, for a fee of €50.

Waiting rooms are full of patients, illustrative stock photo

Slovak hockey league will not rest during Olympics

Unlike the Slovak premiere hockey league, Swiss, German and Russian leagues will take a break during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ice hockey is popular in Slovakia

Penta wants to buy private broadcasters with the Chinese

If successful, the trade may create an indirect connection to all important media outlets in the country.

The private TV Markíza resides in Záhorksá Bystrica borough of Bratislava.

Gilden: Take the negative and make a positive from it Photo

The works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava.

Bruce Gilden: Feast of San Gennero, Little Italy, 1984.