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_emailskCourt sentenced MP’s assistant for hacking account of former interior ministerFilip Rybanič received a conditional sentence and has to apologise to Robert Kaliňák.Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:24:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20922782/court-sentenced-mps-assistant-for-hacking-account-of-former-interior-minister.htmlNot sure if your child has a hearing problem? Act fastA son with a hearing disorder was born to the Majtáns. They have not given up and their story today helps people with a similar fate.Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:10:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921278/not-sure-if-your-child-has-a-hearing-problem-act-fast.htmlThree centimetres of snow in Štrbské PlesoThe snow may come by the end of September but continuous snow cover is unusual at this time of the year, the hydrometeorological institute commented.Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:25:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20922330/shmu-three-centimetres-of-snow-in-strbske-pleso.htmlPohoda Festival organisers to pay compensation to parents of fatalityThe verdict obliging the famous music festival to pay damage compensation to those bereft of a girl who died in 2009 from injuries caused by a fallen tent is not effective yet.Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:10:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20922278/pohoda-festival-organisers-to-pay-compensation-to-parents-of-fatality.htmlRector, minister, president. Why nobody halted the plagiarists’ appointment?None of the concerned parties see their role in evaluating the moral qualities of the candidate for proffessor.Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:26:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20922177/rector-minister-president-why-nobody-halted-the-plagiarists-appointment.htmlRailway passengers can rent e-bikes on the trainCommuters on the route from the Capital to Senec can use e-bikes to get from the train station to work and back.Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:13:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921871/railway-passengers-can-rent-e-bikes-on-the-train.htmlFallen lines and engine fires: Slovak trains are not without incidentsSlovak rail carrier ZSSK is facing a massive wave of criticism after some recent accidents.Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:01:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921694/fallen-lines-and-engine-fires-slovak-trains-are-not-without-incidents.htmlElderly wine-grower suffocates from gas produced by burčiakProduction of the popular fermented drink made from fresh grapes, caused the death of a man from southern Slovakia, while rendering three others unconscious.Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:56:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921255/elderly-wine-grower-suffocates-from-gas-produced-by-burciak.htmlFor a Decent Slovakia protests to resume on FridayAfter a summer break, organisers of the protests that have drawn masses to Slovakia’s streets stated that their – and the citizens’ – demands are far from being met.Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:39:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921196/for-a-decent-slovakia-protests-to-resume-on-friday.htmlIndentikit picture released in murder case of Ján Kuciak may have bourne fruitA mason from the village where the murdered journalist and his fiancée were found claims he knows the man from the identikit who is wanted for questioning.Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:25:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20921150/indentikit-picture-released-in-murder-case-of-jan-kuciak-may-have-bourne-fruit.htmlLucia Žitňanská leaves Most-Híd party and its parliamentary caucusShe cites no progress in the investigation of Kuciak’s murder or in solving the other problems bedevilling Slovakia as the reason.Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:32:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20919044/lucia-zitnanska-leaves-most-hid-party-and-its-parliamentary-caucus.htmlPresident Kiska: Smer’s plan to have parliament elect constitutional judges dangerousHe fears that without proper checks and balances the Constitutional Court will be under the control of Parliament.Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:54:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20919037/president-kiska-smers-plan-to-have-parliament-elect-constitutional-judges-dangerous.htmlBishop denies misconduct allegationsThe case was repeatedly revealed in the recording of a TV program.Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:53:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20918494/bishop-denies-misconduct-allegations.htmlA plagiarist was appointed professorThe university that convicted him only checked his scientific and pedagogical profile when assessing the candidate.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:32:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20918134/a-plagiarist-was-appointed-professor.htmlSlovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workersSlovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:04:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917782/slovak-healthcare-needs-thousands-of-medical-workers.htmlThe Financial Administration’s head resigns from postFrantišek Imrecze says his decision was spontaneous.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:29:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917738/the-financial-administrations-head-resigns-from-post.htmlSchool resembling cult continuesWitnesses talk about hand to hand combat, inappropriate touching and community life at elementary school going by the name Two Hands.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:24:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917654/school-resembling-cult-continues.htmlInstitutions can be quickly destroyed, but they are hard to buildHead of the To Dá Rozum intiative, Renáta Hall, talks about the impacts of a dispute between the academy of sciences and the Education Ministry.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:26:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917615/institutions-can-be-quickly-destroyed-but-they-are-hard-to-build.htmlPeople will gather to support imprisoned Ukrainian filmmakerThe open letter in support of Sentsov has been signed by more than 2,800 people.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:04:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917159/people-will-gather-to-support-imprisoned-ukrainian-filmmaker.htmlThe biggest military exercise takes place in LešťAlmost 1,500 Slovak soldiers and members of foreign Armed Forces are participating.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:57:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916668/the-biggest-military-exercise-takes-place-in-lest.htmlProsecutor searches for witness in Kuciak caseMeanwhile, a group of five MEPs have arrived in Slovakia to check on the progress of the investigation.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:16:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916242/prosecutor-searches-for-witness-in-kuciak-case.htmlBratislava Main Station gets new waiting roomThe entrance will get facelift too; work should be done by the May 2019 Hockey World Championship.Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:34:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20914962/bratislava-main-station-gets-new-waiting-room.htmlOLAF: Slovakia might have to pay €300 million to the EUThe European Anti-fraud Office found custom-related fraud worth millions of euros. Slovakia is one of the countries that lets underpriced goods onto the EU market.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:13:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913199/olaf-slovakia-might-have-to-pay-300-million-to-the-eu.htmlMPs approve one-off holiday to celebrate Czechoslovakia’s centenaryPrepare for one more day this year when shops will be closed.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:10:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913146/mps-approve-one-off-holiday-to-celebrate-czechoslovakias-centenary.htmlPolice officers investigated for mafia practicesThe steps were taken following a blog post by security analyst Radovan Bránik.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:06:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913138/police-officers-investigated-for-mafia-practices.htmlEducation Ministry vs. Academy of Sciences: What is the dispute actually about?The Academy of Sciences intends to rigorously defend itself.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:51:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912777/ministry-of-education-and-slovak-academy-of-sciences-continue-to-clash.htmlOpposition MP filed criminal motion against University Hospital in BratislavaMP Jana Cigániková cites general public threat and suspicion of not reporting a crime as the reason.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912908/opposition-mp-filed-criminal-motion-against-university-hospital-in-bratislava.htmlAn animal is not a thing anymore. A new law to protect the voicelessSlovakia is one of the biggest illegal breeding sites in the EU, estimations say.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:46:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912581/an-animal-is-not-a-thing-anymore-a-new-law-to-protect-the-voiceless.htmlThe Specialised Court rejected Kotleba charge over €1,488 gift chequesOnly procedural flaws were involved in the extremism display case, which has returned to the prosecutor.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:02:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912178/the-specialised-court-rejected-kotleba-charge-going-to-the-supreme-court.htmlScientists call for education minister’s resignationParliament meanwhile adopted the amendment, which in fact returns the transformation to the very beginning.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:53:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912198/scientists-call-for-education-ministers-resignation.htmlThree men were sentenced for a Slovak gangland murderThe three defendants in the 2004 murder of Peter Čongrády were refused their appeals and sentenced to many years in prison.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 23:36:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20911905/three-men-were-sentenced-for-a-slovak-gangland-murder.htmlPresidential survey: Which candidates would stand a chance?Scientist Robert Mistrík would have been elected president if the election had taken place on the break of August and September 2018. There are small differences among the candidates, though.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:35:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20911435/presidential-survey-researcher-mistrik-leading-so-far-but-coalition-politicians-will-score-well-too.htmlSuicide rate in Slovakia has declinedStatistics published on the World Suicide Prevention Day show that last year the number of suicides in the country fell, committed mostly by men and under the influence of alcohol or addictive drugs.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:24:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20911344/suicide-rate-in-slovakia-has-declined.htmlBarrack no. 3 shows how people lived in the concentration camp in SereďThe former concentration camp has served as Holocaust Museum since 2016.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 05:08:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20911006/barrack-no-3-shows-how-people-lived-in-the-concentration-camp-in-sered.htmlPeople are interested in bike-sharingHowever, some bikes have already been destroyed by vandals.Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:18:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20910380/people-are-interested-in-bike-sharing.htmlAKO poll: Smer keeps its preferential votes, extremists from ĽSNS decline in popularityThe new Spolu (Together) party also fell in popularity.Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:32:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20910340/ako-poll-smer-keeps-its-preferential-votes-extremists-from-lsns-decline-in-popularity.htmlAfraid of maths? A Czech student shows there is nothing to fearMarek Liška has written textbooks in a language close to students. He now plans to introduce them to Slovak schools.Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20907240/afraid-of-math-a-czech-student-shows-there-is-nothing-to-fear.htmlBratislava has launched a new bike-sharing systemInitially, 70 stations and 550 bicycles will be at the public's disposal.Sat, 08 Sep 2018 10:38:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20909058/bratislava-has-launched-a-new-bike-sharing-system.htmlSpring forward, fall back: Slovaks do not want daylight savings timeLike the majority of Europeans, Slovaks have voted to stop the time change.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:59:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20907922/spring-forward-fall-back-slovaks-do-not-want-daylight-savings-time.htmlThe first Slovak F-16 will first remain in the USThe final agreement with Slovakia might be signed until the end of this year, head of Lockheed Marin said in an interview.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:04:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20907824/the-first-slovak-f-16-will-first-remain-in-the-us.html