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Slovak supermodel undergoes surgery
Newspaper project for the Roma
Activists protest rodeo show
Lost boys found after two days in forest
Bird of prey attacks joggers
Woman busted over A-plant explosion threat
Jumping off a train
Fatal game leaves boy dead
School kids steal 100 kilos of copper

Banská Bystrica
Slovak supermodel undergoes surgery

TOP model Adriana Sklenaříková was rushed into surgery on June 7 to undergo an appendix operation.
According to the Slovak daily SME, the Slovak model, who is best known for her previous career as the Wonderbra girl, underwent surgery in the Roosevelt hospital in the central Slovak city of Banská Bystrica.
Robert Rusnák, the head of the hospital, said after the operation that the 32-year-old model's condition was "adequate".
In the hospital, Sklenaříková recovered from the operation in a standard one-bed room.
According to local media, Sklenaříková's husband, the French football player Christian Karembeu, was expected to arrive in Slovakia to visit his wife.

Newspaper project for the Roma

A NEWSPAPER for the Roma called Nitrake Rom (The Nitra Roma), the first issue of which is expected to appear on July 1, aspires to uphold the spiritual and cultural level of the local Roma community and improve its quality of life, the Slovak daily SME wrote.
The project received Sk13,000 (€326) in financial support from the Nitra community foundation.
"The contents [of the newspaper] will focus on the life of the Roma, education of the adults and children, community activities, promotion of our events, and gaining the support, understanding, and assistance of the majority of Slovak society," Roma activist Jaroslav Bihary told the daily.
The first issue will contain four pages of text and the print run will be 1,000 copies. The newspaper will be distributed to the local Roma and people who live close to the area.
"We want to prepare the second issue by the end of the year. To make the information accessible to all readers, we are considering publishing it in both Slovak and the Roma language," said Bihary.

Activists protest rodeo show

THE DISTRICT veterinary authority in Nitra should issue a statement within two months regarding the complaint of the animal activists group Sloboda zvierat (Animal Freedom) about the treatment of bulls in a rodeo show in the western Slovak city of Nitra.
The activists argue that the rodeo managers broke the animal protection law, and that the bulls were put under undue stress at the show.
"We reject the possibility that we broke the law, and we are considering filing a criminal complaint against Sloboda zvierat," Libor Áč, the owner of the ranch, told the SME daily.
"What this organisation claims is not true; [they allege] that we drove on stud bulls. We had feeder animals that were designated for slaughter. The ride neither hurt them nor caused them too much stresss. Rodeo is a sport common in the EU states and the US," Áč said.

THE TWO boys now safe at home after two fearful nights in the forest.
photo: SME - Jozef Petruška

Slovenský raj
Lost boys found after two days in forest

TWO BOYS from Smižany who got lost in a forest ended their trip happily after two days of wandering around Slovenský raj. On June 12, the 10-year-old Roman Veselý and 11-year-old Jozef Koky were found near the Dobšinská ice cave by a waitress who works in a nearby hotel.
Milan Grečko, the head of the search team, told the Slovak daily SME that the two boys went swimming on June 10 but took the wrong path on the way home and got lost in the forest.
"The boys decided to spend the cold [first] night in one of the cottages in Slovenský raj, and the next morning they continued walking. They spent the second night in a hay loft," Grečko said.
The boys did not suffer any injuries.
"After the second night [in the forest], we found a path that took us downhill towards the hotel. The lady who found us gave us food and tea. We were very scared. It was very cold at night and it was raining. I cried and I wasn't sure if we would ever get home," the 11-year-old Jozef Koky said.
"We did not sleep for the whole two days," said Jana Veselá, Roman's mother.
"I felt that my boy would be all right. I am endlessly thankful to the lady who found the boys," she said.

Bird of prey attacks joggers

A BIRD of prey has been attacking joggers in the park near the southern Slovak town of Lučenec, the Slovak daily Pravda wrote.
Several of the joggers said that they believed it was a falcon or a European buzzard.
According to the Pravda daily, the bird of prey recently attacked two runners from Lučenec. They managed to escape unhurt.
Imrich Domok, a 61-year-old pensioner from Veľký Krtíš, however, was not that lucky.
"I did not hear anything, and suddenly the bird was close to my head. It flew by my head and scratched me with its claws on the forehead just two centimetres from my left eye," Domok said to Pravda.
Domok immediately went to the doctor for treatment of his wounds.
Lucia Bobáková, an employee of the Muránska Planina National Park, could not explain the bird's aggressive behaviour, arguing that diurnal birds of prey like falcons, buzzards, and eagles do not behave like this.
"We consider this a rarity," Bobáková said.

Woman busted over A-plant explosion threat

POLICE investigators in Trnava accused a 47-year-old unemployed woman from the town of Piešťany of threatening to blow up the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant.
The state run news agency TASR reported that the divorced woman, not named, wrote in a bomb threat that the plant would be exploded on October 10, 2002. The threat proved false.

Jumping off a train

A YOUTH from Vrútky who jumped off a moving train on June 8 suffered concussions, a broken arm, and other injuries.
According to the state run news agency TASR, the 20-year-old student jumped off a running express train between the western Slovak city of Trnava and the village of Brestovany.
Doctors from the Trnava hospital said the young man would need at least three weeks for the wounds to heal.
It is unclear why he jumped. One witness who travelled in the same train told police that the student said he had to get out, asked what speed the train was travelling, and then jumped.

GAMES with guns are never innocent.
photo: SME - Štefan Frimmer

Poruba pod Vihorlatom
Fatal game leaves boy dead

FOUR teenage boys playing at home with a gun led to tragedy on the evening of June 18, the Slovak daily SME wrote.
Brothers Miro S, 15, and Peter S, 13, together with brothers Marcel Č, 13, and Ján Č, 15, from the eastern Slovak village of Poruba pod Vihorlatom, near Michalovce, spent Friday afternoon together playing football and watching the TV.
After some time Marcel Č showed his friends his father's gun and, thinking that it was not loaded, he fired, hitting the 15-year-old Miro S in the head, killing him instantly.
"I heard a bang but I did not know whether it was a gunshot or whether something had exploded," neighbour Michala Semjanová told the SME daily.
Two of the boys ran out of the house shouting to have someone call for help.
"So I called the ambulance, but in the meantime the boy's aunt, who is a nurse, ran into the house," Semjanová added.
Marcel Č ran for help but, according to witnesses, he later got on a bike and disappeared. Police found him with the help of a dog.
Miro S' brother Peter later explained what had happened.
"We were watching TV. Then we turned and saw that Miro had the gun in his hands. When he pointed it at my brother I wanted to push it aside, but then he fired," said Peter. He suffered burns on his left hand as the gun fired just when tried to push it aside.
The police have already begun investigating the case. Jana Demjanovičová, the Košice regional police spokeswoman, told the daily đthat it is believed that the gun was illegally owned.

School kids steal 100 kilos of copper

SIX YOUNG boys from the eastern Slovak city of Košice stole 100 kilos of copper, the state run news agency TASR reported.
The schoolchildren stole the metal from a locked storage house and then sold it to the local recycling centre for Sk5,000 (€125).
Three of the six boys admitted to the crime and told police that, along with the other three who refused to make statements, they entered the storage area premises through a hole in the fence and then dug a hole into the ground that went under the tinplate storage hall.

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