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Schengen frontier posts €7.7 million cost

IT will cost Sk291.7 million (€7.7 million) to construct new and upgrade existing border crossing points on the Slovak-Ukrainian frontier, the TASR news agency reported.

The investment is necessary following Slovakia's accession into the European Union (EU) and possible entry into the Schengen Agreement.

The money will come from several sources, including Slovakia's finance and transportation ministries, the EU Schengen Fund and the EU's PHARE programme.

According to a Finance Ministry plan, three new custom control points will be built on the Slovak-Ukrainian border between 2005 and 2010. In addition, four existing Slovak-Ukrainian border crossings will be upgraded. Two are road crossings and two railway crossings. This work is scheduled for completion by 2007.

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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.

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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.