Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA

More than 20 Slovak cities participated in “Hug Day”

THE IDEA to offer “free hugs” to strangers in the streets first arrived in Slovakia a year ago. In 2013 more than 20 cities and towns participated in the initiative, which took place on June 26. Last year, volunteers exchanged 8,249 hugs, and this year the goal was to exceed this number, preferably to 14,000 hugs.

THE IDEA to offer “free hugs” to strangers in the streets first arrived in Slovakia a year ago. In 2013 more than 20 cities and towns participated in the initiative, which took place on June 26. Last year, volunteers exchanged 8,249 hugs, and this year the goal was to exceed this number, preferably to 14,000 hugs.

“We have prepared the biggest event so far, with about 200 volunteers,” Jaroslav Dodok, the initiator of this project in Slovakia, told the TASR newswire. He added that stressed and busy people of the 21st century tend to forget about their loved ones, about sharing and exchanging embraces, which then become a true rarity.

Dodok said that volunteers visited senior homes as well as kindergartens and hospitals, but also hugged clerks, drivers, cooks and various other people, including passengers on public transit.

The cities offering free hugs included Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra, Topoľčany, Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Kremnica, Žiar nad Hronom, Detva, Lučenec, Rimavská Sobota, Levice, Dolný Kubín, Poprad, Martin, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Prievidza, Trenčín, Trenčianske Teplice, Partizánske, Prešov, Kežmarok, and Svidník.

The programme offered different events in different cities: in some it involved only hugs, the SITA newswire wrote, but in Banská Bystrica, for example, a mass hug around a fountain was organised.

“Coordinators in individual towns and cities used their invention and creativity to lure as many people as possible to Hug Day,” Dodok told SITA. “We want people to have good feelings about our event – and nice memories, too.” The recounting of the event on Facebook states that altogether, 58,010 hugs were exchanged on Hug Day.

Top stories

Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

Illustrative stock photo

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.

Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.