Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak authorities reject naming new bridge after Chuck Norris

Bratislava regional politicians refused to call a new cycling bridge spanning the Morava River and the border between Slovakia and Austria after American action film star Chuck Norris. Even though it received the support of 12,599 votes in a two-month online poll, the authorities finally picked up the name “Freedom Cycling-Bridge” in memory of people killed attempting to escape communist Eastern Europe, the Reuters.com reported on September 21.

Bratislava regional politicians refused to call a new cycling bridge spanning the Morava River and the border between Slovakia and Austria after American action film star Chuck Norris. Even though it received the support of 12,599 votes in a two-month online poll, the authorities finally picked up the name “Freedom Cycling-Bridge” in memory of people killed attempting to escape communist Eastern Europe, the Reuters.com reported on September 21.

The politicians’ final choice earned only 457 votes, followed by other alternatives, including “Maria Theresa” after the Austro-Hungarian empress and “the Devínska Cycling Bridge” in honour of a nearby village.

“We have unanimously voted for the Freedom Cycling-Bridge,” said Pavol Frešo, chair of the Bratislava Self-governing Region, as quoted by Reuters.com.

During the ceremonial opening and christening, which took place on Saturday, September 22, Frešo said that the bridge is a place where “people were running for freedom through barbed wire, it is a place where many have died, so this is a dignified way to honour these people”, the TASR newswire wrote.

“I am convinced that this bridge - as well as a number of other projects in our region - will contribute towards putting our border regions closer together and serve as a catalyst for team-like development of this part of Europe,” added Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, who also attended the ceremony.

The bridge, connecting the Bratislava borough of Devínska Nová Ves with Austrian Schloss Hof, was built by a consortium of Ingsteel and Doprastav and co-financed from the Slovak Republic-Austria 2007-13 Border Co-Operation Programme, TASR wrote.

Source: Reuters.com, TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Preparation of young journalists lags

Editors and students complain about the lack of practical training at journalism schools and missing links with the realities of the media market.

International students travel to attend world leading universities. So they did in the past.

Raslavice village creates jobs; constructs wellness centre

By using eurofunds and state aid new Mayor of Raslavice Marek Rakoš thus created some 80 jobs in two years.

Fico: We are ready to discuss the 13th salary

The prime minister also presented reasons why Slovakia should be in the EU core.

PM Robert Fico

Meucci: Italy is not going through a catastrophe

Gabriele Meucci has been serving as the Italian Ambassador to Slovakia since January this year. He says that Slovakia is a haven for Italian investors but recently also for Italians coming here to work.

Italian Ambassador to Slovakia Gabriele Meucci