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Rail workers strike to protest cuts

SOME 43,000 rail workers went on strike for six hours on January 29, shutting down morning rush-hour transit to protest planned cuts to local routes affecting almost 20 per cent of traffic.

The cuts, which are intended to reduce losses at the rail firm, have sparked wide protests from people who rely on the local trains to get to work. The Transport Ministry estimated the strike cost Sk11 million (263,000 euro) and said the rail operator should foot the bill.

Following the strike, the railworkers' union announced it would launch an open-ended strike starting January 31, unless its calls to halt the planned cuts are met.

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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