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A firefighter attaches a rope to a crashed car on the motorway junction near Weissensberg, Germany, September 27. A car registered in Slovakia overtook a truck on the A96 motorway between Munich and Lindau. For reasons unknown the car crossed over to the left lane and subsequently started to spin, hitting the trailer of the truck. The driver of a car further behind saw the car too late and drove at high-speed into the crashed car. Both drivers were killed immediately.
photo: EPA - Christian Flemming

Dolný Kubín
Police explode WWII bomb near Dolný Kubín

A POLICE specialist carried out the controlled explosion of a World War II bomb discovered during the construction of a ski lift on the Kubínska hoľa mountain near Dolný Kubín, Žilina regional police spokeswoman Jana Balogová told journalists.
Žilina firefighters also assisted in the operation.
Workers came across the bomb on September 16. It was made in the USA and was probably dropped during aerial bombardment, the TASR news agency reported.
The bomb had fallen in stony terrain and bomb disposal experts decided to carry out a controlled explosion there and then.
"Because the bomb was damaged, the sapper decided to destroy it on the spot. Police cordoned off an area of about one kilometre around the site," Balogová said.
The explosion left a two-metre-deep crater, which has since been filled with soil.
No property was damaged and no one was injured during the operation.

Slovak nature projects get EU funding

THE EUROPEAN Union will provide €1.8 million (Sk69.3 million) in financial aid for two Slovak nature conservation projects under the LIFE-Nature programme, the TASR news agency reported.
The European Commission announced on September 19 that it has approved funding for 54 nature conservation projects, situated in 20 member states or acceding countries. They represent a total investment of €125.7 million, of which the EU will provide €69 million.
Slovakia will receive financing for two projects. One of them targets the small population of great bustards, found at two sites between Bratislava and the Hungarian border.
The other project involves the Záhorie wetlands in the west of the country. A significant portion of the site lies within a military training area. The project will carry out restoration works such as blocking or filling drainage ditches, clearing overgrown meadows and improving the hydrology of swamplands.
The LIFE-Nature programme supports local, regional and national efforts to conserve natural species and habitats in member states and neighboring regions.

An exhibition on the euro is a chance for Slovaks to learn about the currency.
photo: SITA - Nina Bednáriková

Eurocoin exhibition opens

AN EXHIBITION of euro coins that presents the development of the common European currency opened in Bratislava on September 19, the TASR news agency wrote.
Euro Coins Genesis Expo hasbeen organized by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) in cooperation with the EU Commission as a publicity event in the run-up to Slovakia's adoption of the euro in 2009.
"Polls indicate that the euro is well known in Slovakia, and that most of the population support its adoption. In order for everyone to learn more about it, we will prepare a promotional campaign," said NBS governor Ivan Šramko, who announced the event on September 16.
In order to join the eurozone, Slovakia must meet a number of macroeconomic criteria, including price stability, exchange rate stability and a limited public debt.
"Joining the European Monetary Union (EMU) has been a challenge for the current EMU members, and will undoubtedly also be so for Slovakia," said Klaus Regling, director-general of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, who also attended the announcement.
Regling told TASR that the country's entry to the Eurozone in 2009 is realistic, but Slovakia has not yet fulfilled criteria concerning, for example, inflation and the public debt. "The Slovak government and the central bank are working towards the fulfilment of those criteria, but there is as yet no guarantee that they will be fulfilled," he said.
The exhibition will remain in the capital until October 14, before moving on to Košice, where it will be open from October 21 to November 12 in the House of Technology.
Visitors can familiarize themselves with the common and national sides of the coins.

Mayor aims at dog, shoots man

THE MAYOR of the village of Nevidzany in the south-western Nitra region, Jozef Kováč, wanted to shoot a dog. But instead of hitting the animal the bullet wounded a 27-year-old man 150 metres away from the mayor, the daily SME reported.
The event caused a major stir in the village. Investigators have already started a criminal prosecution against the mayor over the case.
Kováč is a hunter and legally owns a small calibre gun as well as a scattergun. The owner of a local company asked the mayor to shoot an aggressive Rottweiler dog. The man kept the dog in a former aviary in the centre of the village, and Mayor Kováč arrived with his gun to shoot the dog.
"I thought putting the dog down in the aviary was safe. If I had been shooting at it outside the aviary, I would have had to put the dog on a leash. However, I didn't because I could have shot through the leash and then the dog might have attacked people," the mayor told the daily SME.
He fired 10 shots at the dog. One of the bullets ricocheted and flew into a wall 150 metres away, ricocheting again and hitting the young man, who was working on a construction site.
The bleeding man was taken to hospital in Banská Bystrica where he had an operation.
After the shooting the mayor got into his car and left. He said he only found out that he had shot the man from the police.
"It was like a nightmare. I could not have known that the bullet could go astray so far. The distance seems incredibly big," Kováč said.
However, the mayor faces up to two years in prison if investigators find that he deliberately shot the man.

Quadruplets born

THE CITY of Košice has its first quadruplets - baby girl Zuzka, and baby boys Branko, Martinko, and Jakubko Beregszászi were born on September 16, the daily SME reported.
The tiny babies, which weighed from 1,150 to 1,470 grammes at birth are gradually stabilizing.
Doctors found no serious illnesses or defects with the babies.
"A definitive evaluation of their state will be possible when they are six weeks old," Peter Krcho, head of the neo-natal clinic at the Louis Pasteur Faculty Hospital in Košice, said.
Doctors in attendance said that baby Zuzka is doing the best of the four little ones. The babies will stay in the clinic for at least two months.
The babies were born in the 29th week of pregnancy. According to medical statistics 80 to 90 percent of babies born at that stage have no health problems at all.
The likelihood of quadruplets is one in half a million.

Baby girl Zuzka (upper right) and her three brothers sweetly sleeping in Košice hospital.
photo: TASR - František Iván

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