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_emailskTrenčín has the best maternity hospitalThe Guide of Maternity Hospital project aims to provide mothers-to-be with comprehensive information about facilities in Slovakia.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:23:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612348/trencin-has-the-best-maternity-hospital.htmlDaughter to father: I’m going to kill youChildren are often manipulated against their parents while authorities decide about divorces and custody.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:17:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612430/daughter-to-father-im-going-to-kill-you.htmlAlleged Slovak terrorist will be compensatedSlovakia will pay Ladislav Kuc €15,000 after ECHR verdict becomes valid.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:40:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612329/detained-slovak-will-be-compensated.htmlProcházka no longer wants to be an EU General Court judgeFormer presidential candidate and Sieť party chairman was approved for EU General Court judge in September 2016.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:13:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611991/prochazka-no-longer-wants-to-be-an-eu-general-court-judge.htmlEducation Ministry ready to sign for controversial projectThe inspection of the procurement authority has not revealed any obstacles to signing a deal over securing better internet connection for schools, but non-governmental organisations point to unanswered questions.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:02:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612003/education-ministry-ready-to-sign-for-controversial-project.htmlBratislava’s main railway station is getting a face liftThe derelict station still has to wait for its complete rebuild though.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:12:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611182/bratislavas-main-railway-station-is-getting-a-face-lift.htmlAlleged gang boss released from custodyThe prosecutor’s office is ready to look into the case.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:44:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611527/alleged-gang-boss-released-from-custody.htmlTeacher’s salaries to rise by 6 percent from SeptemberIncrease in salaries depends on trade unions signing Memorandum that no strikes against the government will be held until 2020.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:12:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610786/teachers-salaries-to-rise-by-6-percent-from-september.htmlHold onto your hats - heavy storms in Slovakia continueSummer storms cause property damage, destroy gardens and possibly the harvestTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:15:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610779/hold-onto-your-hats-heavy-storms-in-slovakia-continue.htmlCracked watermelon will not give you cancerDo not trust the hoax that tells you it will - and other hoaxes that appeared on the Slovak internet this week.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:54:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610513/Cracked-watermelon-will-not-give-you-cancer.htmlEmergency declared in Prešov after Sunday stormA powerful storm swept through the city on July 23.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:27:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610562/emergency-declared-in-presov-after-sunday-storm.htmlThe time bomb of age is ticking in BratislavaThe Slovak capital will have one of the oldest populations in Slovakia as well as in central Europe.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:43:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608378/the-time-bomb-of-age-is-ticking-in-bratislava.htmlHeatwaves to continue in Slovakia over the following daysMore than 40 people collapsed due to hot weather on Thursday.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:06:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608390/heatwaves-to-continue-in-slovakia-over-the-following-days.htmlMinister Richter apologises to journalist, indicating a failure in communicationThe social worker who visited the journalist of the Denník N daily did not follow the prescribed manual, which might have resulted in confusion and a misinterpretation of the entire situation, said the minister.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:05:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608342/minister-richter-apologises-to-journalist-indicating-a-failure-in-communication.htmlDoctors have not reached agreement with DôveraOutpatient doctors are insisting on more funding for surgeriesThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:50:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608000/doctors-have-not-reached-agreement-with-dovera.htmlProsecutor has charged former MP with unlawful killingFormer opposition MP Daniel Lipšic had stepped down after fatal pedestrian crash.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:14:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607742/prosecutor-has-charged-former-mp-with-unlawful-killing.htmlPerformance of wild animals to be banned in circusesSlovakia takes first steps to regulate animals in circuses.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:36:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607716/performance-of-wild-animals-to-be-banned-in-circuses.htmlMinistry inspects selected wells in VrakuňaThe recently acknowledged contamination of land and underground waters by waste from a former chemical plant has initiated analyses of selected private wells in the area.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:42:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607484/ministry-inspects-selected-wells-in-vrakuna.htmlProsecutor renews lawsuit against Paška brothersThe nephews of the former parliamentary speaker were freed by the courts which insisted new evidence must be found.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:34:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607482/prosecutor-renews-lawsuit-against-paska-brothers.htmlCursive or block writing?Ministry gives up idea of teaching pupils one type of writing only, for now.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607182/cursive-or-block-writing.htmlHundred-tonne rock fell on the road near StrečnoThe busy road will remain closed at least until the end of July.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:30:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607023/hundred-tonne-rock-fell-on-the-road-near-strecno.htmlPolice investigate the issuing of Mečiar’s amnestiesThe controversial amnesties granted by former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar were cancelled after 19 years.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:19:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606715/police-investigate-the-issuing-of-meciars-amnesties.htmlAssassins and child porn; a darknet offers everythingThe Slovak Spectator spent several days on the Darknet.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:14:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606537/assassins-and-child-porn-a-darknet-offers-everything.htmlSurprise bakery audits possibly connected to BabišThree unannounced inspections of large Slovak bakeries were recently reported.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:57:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606226/surprise-bakery-audits-possibly-connected-to-babis.htmlHeat is on: Western Slovakia to experience 33°CThis summer had the second-hottest June of recorded temperatures.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:30:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606184/heat-is-on-western-slovakia-to-experience-33c.htmlSlovak police officers to study English, Russian, and UkrainianPolice officers from border units in the east of Slovakia and those serving at Slovak airports will be trained in languages.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:52:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605718/slovak-police-officers-to-study-english-russian-and-ukrainian.html100-tonne rock responsible for closure of road between Žilina and MartinWorks on the rock wall of Strečno Castle will last for two weeks.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:39:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605661/100-tonne-rock-responsible-for-closure-of-road-between-zilina-and-martin.htmlSocial service inspection of anti-corruption journalist raises questionsA “random inspection” was carried out in the home of two Denník N journalists.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:44:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605323/social-service-inspection-of-anti-corruption-journalist-raises-questions.htmlExtremists share news about a non-existent villageThe Slovak Spectator brings the selection of hoaxes that appeared on the internet in Slovak language over the past two weeks.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:41:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605524/extremists-share-news-about-a-non-existent-village.htmlSlovak Air Force gets a new commanderSuch replacements are not uncommon, chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Army Milan Maxim explained.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:33:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605331/slovak-air-force-gets-a-new-commander.htmlConsultant imprisoned for taking bribesThe doctor promised extra healthcare and new ways of treatment.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:31:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603392/consultant-imprisoned-for-taking-bribes.htmlDesperate foreigners continue to deal with queues at the police departmentUnofficial queuing lists have re-appeared, and some say they have camped in front of the department for days.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:01:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603101/desperate-foreigners-continue-to-deal-with-queues-at-the-police-department.htmlSNS leadership recalled top Prešov party representativesThe changes come after a dispute surrounding the candidate for regional governor.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:48:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602900/sns-leadership-recalled-top-presov-party-representatives.htmlGP Office orders withdrawal of plea bargain proposal for policeThe General Prosecutor's (GP) Office has – after examining the file – ordered the subordinate prosecutor to back out of the plea bargain proposal concerning three police officers kicking a fleeing driver.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:46:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602550/gp-office-orders-withdrawal-of-plea-bargain-proposal-for-police.htmlEducation Minister to check finances for scienceHe is responding to the recent complaint of rectors who said the contributions go mostly to private firms.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:22:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602525/education-minister-to-check-finances-for-science.htmlSentences for organised crime group’s members cancelledParents of one of the victims consider turning to the Constitutional Court in connection with the decision of Supreme Court Judge Štefan Harabin to dismiss life sentences.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:41:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601981/sentences-for-organised-crime-groups-members-cancelled.htmlSmer is the wealthiest political partyThe party will also receive the highest contribution for its election results.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:17:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601990/smer-is-the-wealthiest-political-party.htmlPolice officers who beat a young driver strike plea bargainThe Police officers, who were fired after they had kicked a young woman, will now get a milder sentence.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:40:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601649/police-officers-who-beat-a-young-driver-strike-plea-bargain.htmlSNS MP awarded Homophobe of the YearSaS chair Richard Sulík and OĽaNO leader Igor Matovič also received a high number of votes.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:31:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601621/sns-mp-awarded-homophobe-of-the-year.htmlAsylum seekers avoid SlovakiaThe country has accepted only 16 people through its quota system.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:17:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579285/asylum-seekers-avoid-slovakia.html