Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskCommittee recommends Jahnátek as head of energy regulatorThe position of head of the ÚRSO, which caused uproar in the ruling coalition and chaos and criticism of Jozef Holjenčík, will be filled by ex-minister of economy.Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:49:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570543/committee-recommends-jahnatek-as-head-of-energy-regulator.htmlBoy from Poprad wins the Slovak round of the international letter competitionThe letter giving advice about environmental protection to a new UN secretary general was entered into the international round.Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:54:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570595/boy-from-poprad-wins-the-slovak-round-of-the-2017-international-letter-writing-competition-for-young-people.htmlPolice deal with increasing number of bomb threatsBy the end of May 2017, there were 44 cases of false alarms; for the whole of 2016, there were 54 such cases.Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20567366/police-deal-with-increasing-number-of-bomb-threats.htmlAmmunition disappears from warehouseIt is the second case over the past few months.Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:31:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570108/ammunition-disappears-from-warehouse.htmlNumber of HIV infections is on the riseSlovakia still among the EU countries with the fewest patients suffering from the disease.Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:38:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570143/number-of-hiv-infections-is-on-the-rise.htmlPoll shows a majority of Slovaks think that extremist party should be bannedMore than the half of all respondents believe that the ĽSNS party should be dissolved by the Supreme Court.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:13:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569727/poll-shows-a-majority-of-slovaks-think-that-extremist-party-should-be-banned.htmlStatistics: Three percent of inhabitants are born outside SlovakiaThe foreigners living in Slovakia constitute a 1.3-percent share of the total population, according to data from the Slovak Statistics Office.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:00:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569702/statistics-three-percent-of-inhabitants-are-born-outside-slovakia.htmlAnimals will no longer be “things”New rules to prevent the torture of animals to come into effect in early 2018.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:02:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569235/animals-will-no-longer-be-things.htmlThe first two Black Hawks land in SlovakiaAnother seven will follow later.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:18:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569222/the-first-two-black-hawks-land-in-slovakia.htmlSouth Slovakia should prepare for another heat waveThe temperatures in some areas may be as high as 35 degrees Celsius.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:13:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568749/south-slovakia-should-prepare-for-another-heat-wave.htmlDo migrants earn hundreds of euros more than Slovaks for the same jobs?Only in fake news. This is the selection of hoaxes that appeared over the past week.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:06:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568836/do-migrants-earn-hundreds-of-euros-more-than-slovaks-for-the-same-jobs.htmlThe date of regional elections in Slovakia has been setUnder the new rules, the election will be completed in only one round, not in two rounds as before. This means that the candidate who receives the most votes will automatically be elected.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:52:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568086/the-date-of-regional-elections-in-slovakia-has-been-set.htmlRacist aggressor will sit in jail for almost two yearsMan started to insult victim and called him monkey.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:06:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565889/racist-aggressor-will-sit-in-jail-for-almost-two-years.htmlThe first Slovak satellite goes into orbitAfter five years of construction, SkCUBE is ready to flyThu, 22 Jun 2017 22:37:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565893/after-five-years-of-construction-skcube-is-ready-to-fly.htmlBribery at school caught with recorded evidenceThe National Criminal Agency has also accused a chief tax inspector of bribery.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:07:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565962/bribery-at-school-caught-with-recorded-evidence.htmlSocial worker sentenced for not helping abused childThe final sentence was announced for the social worker assigned to help the five-year-old whose body was found in her apartment.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:53:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565416/social-worker-sentenced-for-not-helping-abused-child.htmlAnti-extremist campaign: Together, there are more of usActivists launched a new anti-extremism campaign ahead of the autumn regional election in Banská Bystrica.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:51:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565395/anti-extremist-campaign-together-there-are-more-of-us.htmlSlovakia cautioned to expect heat and stormsSlovakia is facing a heat wave, with storms expected for the southern and western regions on June 22.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:23:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565500/slovakia-cautioned-to-expect-heat-and-storms.htmlOpposition files suit against businessman Kočner over tax evasionTwo opposition parties joined forces to file a lawsuit against businessman and alleged crony of the government, Marián Kočner, over one specific case that dates back more than a year.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:07:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564977/opposition-files-suit-against-businessman-kocner-over-tax-evasion.htmlPolice reconsider training methods after killing a hostageThe Police corps lack a helicopter during car chases and a simulator for shooting from a moving car.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:55:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563182/police-reconsider-training-methods-after-killing-a-hostage.htmlFuture RTVS head to be chosen in a different wayThe culture minister wants the election to be less political.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:43:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564542/future-rtvs-head-to-be-chosen-in-a-different-way.htmlProsecutor critical of keeping the resocialisation centre’s accreditationThe Labour Ministry meanwhile refused to comment on the case of two dismissed psychologists.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:23:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564119/prosecutor-critical-of-keeping-the-resocialisation-centres-accreditation.htmlIs new RTVS director a threat to media freedom?Media watchdogs say Jaroslav Rezník has proved friendly towards politicians in the past and has no scruples about considering pro-Russian propaganda news a fit source of information.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:25:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563948/is-new-rtvs-director-a-threat-to-media-freedom.htmlNo immediate terrorist attack threatened Slovakia last yearBut some activities detected by the intelligence agency linked the country to terrorist groups.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:52:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563655/no-immediate-terrorist-attack-threatened-slovakia-last-year.htmlQuote of the week“It is said that former best thieves became the best keepers.”Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:41:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563616/quote-of-the-week.htmlControversial newswire head will lead RTVSThe run-off was won by the candidate supported by the coalition parties Smer and SNS.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:40:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563585/controversial-newswire-head-will-lead-rtvs.htmlPsychologists fired after criticism of Čistý deň investigationState agency claims that the two positions were scrapped due to organisational changes.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:48:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562806/psychologists-fired-after-criticism-of-cisty-den-investigation.html250-million-years old microchip from Russia is fake newsThe Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past week.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:07:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562926/250-million-years-old-microchip-from-russia-is-fake-news.htmlTeenage passenger killed in police chaseSecurity analyst suggests the current policy is flawed for putting the stopping of a car ahead of safeguarding life.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:38:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562452/teenage-passenger-killed-in-police-chase.htmlBratislava train station evacuated after bomb threatA June 18 bomb threat led to security checks in all Bratislava stations, while the main railway station was evacuated.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:22:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562549/bratislava-train-station-evacuated-after-bomb-threat.htmlProsecutor accuses beaten Roma of false testimonyThe case from 2013 is still waiting to be resolved.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:36:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560205/prosecutor-accuses-beaten-roma-of-false-testimony.htmlQuote of the week“Neither the hunting association nor gardeners will help here.”Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560066/quote-of-the-week.htmlKiska opens Presidential Palace gates for third timeThousands of people showed interest in the president’s office.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:25:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560208/kiska-opens-presidential-palace-gates-for-third-time.htmlCourt finds mayor guilty of vote-buying - the first case of its kind in SlovakiaMayor of Gemerská Poloma Miroslav Michalka was offering alcohol, coffee and chocolate for votes from local Roma.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:05:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560138/court-finds-mayor-guilty-of-vote-buying-the-first-case-of-its-kind-in-slovakia.htmlRun-off will decide RTVS bossOne more vote needed to decide the June 15 election.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:47:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560068/run-off-will-decide-rtvs-boss.htmlSGI: Nearly one third of town councillors are on boards of municipal firmsCouncils in the 50 largest cities and towns of Slovakia are connected to municipal companies.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:05:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559482/sgi-nearly-one-third-of-town-councillors-are-on-boards-of-municipal-firms.htmlPresidential Palace opens to the public on June 15On the 3rd anniversary of the inauguration, President Andrej Kiska opens the doors of his residence, the historical Grassalkovich Palace.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:25:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559443/presidential-palace-opens-to-the-public-on-june-15.htmlDid Kočner do the deed?Special Prosecutor scrutinises possible €8 million tax fraud. Opposition labels controversial tycoon, Marián Kočner, “a protected animal”.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:01:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559020/did-kocner-do-the-deed.html10 things President Kiska thinks about SlovakiaSlovakia is a success story, but not everyone is part of the success, President Andrej Kiska said in parliament.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:38:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558879/10-things-president-kiska-thinks-about-slovakia.htmlPresident Kiska awards projects against extremismThe winning project focused on debates and comments on social media.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:14:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558633/president-kiska-awards-projects-against-extremism.html