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New US ambassador to arrive soon

THE NEW US Ambassador to Slovakia, Rodolphe M Vallee, 44, is to arrive in Bratislava on August 11, the US embassy press department confirmed for the TASR news agency on August 2.

President George W Bush nominated entrepreneur Vallee, a resident of Vermont, to the post. He has served as chairman and CEO of oil and gas station company R L Vallee Inc since 1989. He is also a former member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Earlier in his career Vallee worked for US Senator Robert Stafford.

Vallee is a so-called "Bush Ranger" - he raised more than $200,000 (€165,000) in contributions for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

The post of American ambassador to Slovakia has been vacant since December of last year, when Ronald Weiser ended his three-year term.

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PM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for president

At the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.

L-R: PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor adn Smer vice-chair Juraj Blanár, Culture Minister and resigned vice-chair Marke Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at Decemebr 9 congress.

The increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forests

Foresters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

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Automation is finding its way

Autonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.

Online retailer Amazon opened its new returns centre in Sereď in mid-November.