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Spectator College

The Spectator College is a programme designed to support the study and teaching of English in Slovakia, as well as to inspire interest in important public issues among young people. The project was created by The Slovak Spectator in cooperation with their exclusive partner – the Leaf Academy.

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Science in Slovakia: Plenty of talents, minimal support

Little things, not only money, can move Slovak science forward.Peter Dlhopolec, 22. May 2020, at 5:07

Scientist Erik Szabó, who works for the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava, features the Bringing World to the Classroom podcast.
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Asteroids approach our planet almost daily. Collision is unlikely

New York City flattened in a fictional asteroid impact scenario in 2019. Minor Planet Center publishes all close approaches.Peter Dlhopolec, 22. May 2020, at 4:44

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 6, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
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Fossil fuels damage forest biodiversity in Europe

European countries need to cut down on excess nitrogen.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. May 2020, at 3:52

Bluebells, also known as wild Hyacinth, bloom in the Hallerbos forest in Halle, Belgium, on Wednesday April 29, 2015.
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Glossary: Science is as wide as the whole universe

Spectator College provides readers who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions from stories published as part of the Spectator College.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. May 2020, at 3:38

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on September 8, 2016.
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Media exists to seek the truth and explanations

The 2018 Kuciak murder and COVID-19 have changed Slovak media.Michaela TerenzaniPeter Dlhopolec, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:48

Attitudes of those in power towards Slovak media remain unchanged, TSS editor-in-chief Michaela Terenzani says in the Bringing World to the Classroom podcast.
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2019 ratings: TV Markíza the most watched, Nový Čas the top daily

Slovaks favoured TV over radio and the press.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Apr 2020, at 7:23

A survey has shown the tabloid Nový Čas was the most read daily of 2019.
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Glossary: Disinformation during a pandemic may have deadly consequences

Spectator College provides readers who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions from stories published as part of the Spectator College.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Apr 2020, at 6:55

Facebook said on April 16, 2020, it is going to let users know if they liked, reacted or commented on posts with harmful misinformation about the coronavirus that moderators later removed. Facebook says it will also direct people who engaged with those posts to information about virus myths debunked by the World Health Organization.
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‘Infodemic’ hit Slovakia as well

Fear and uncertainty are fertile ground for spreading of false content and conspiracies.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 1. Apr 2020, at 16:53

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How popular is Yogi in Yellowstone National Park?

Go on an adventure promising wild moments, including a selfie with bison.Peter Dlhopolec, 27. Mar 2020, at 8:49

A hot spring in the Yellowstone National Park.
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Lana Del Rey and Friends. America makes students’ wishes come true

Mária and Patrícia embraced American culture in summer 2019.Peter Dlhopolec, 27. Mar 2020, at 8:43

Two women sit on a bench opposite an ice-cream parlour in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA.
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Work & Travel USA: Will Covid-19 affect the programme?

The programme was created in 1961, reaching Slovakia after the Velvet Revolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Mar 2020, at 8:33

Slovak student Mária Šišková spent her summer 2019 by the ocean in North Carolina.
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Glossary: Summer is a chance to learn by travelling

Spectator College provides readers who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions from stories published as part of the Spectator College.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Mar 2020, at 8:32

The Montauk Point Light is a lighthouse located next to Montauk Point State Park, at the easternmost point of Long Island in New York State.
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Greta Thunberg followers in Slovakia say local is important

Slovaks still do not fully understand the threats of climate change. Students from Fridays For Future are trying to change this.Soňa Otajovičová, 28. Feb 2020, at 23:55

Protests Fridays For Future will take place in Bratislava, Košice and Liptovský Mikuláš.
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More than 100 kilograms of waste pulled out of Tatra lakes

Divers also found an unexploded grenade.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Feb 2020, at 23:53

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FFF Slovakia: Politicians lack courage to tackle climate change

The movement has a message for Slovakia's next prime minister.Peter Dlhopolec, 28. Feb 2020, at 22:41

Students skip their classes and come to the Košice promenade to take part in the Fridays for Future protest on September 20, 2019.
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Glossary: Climate change worries young Slovaks

Spectator College provides readers who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions published as part of the Spectator College.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Feb 2020, at 22:37

Students partake in a climate protest organised by Fridays for Future Slovakia in Banská Bystrica on September 20, 2019.
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Civil society seen as the best cure to safeguard democracy

Relations between NGOs and the state are not defined by mutual trust.Peter Dlhopolec, 24. Jan 2020, at 11:34

Martin Gierl serves as the Plenipotentiary of the Government of Slovakia for the Civil Society from 2014
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Free society: A strong government, businesses, but also a functioning civil society

Co-CEO of the Pontis Foundation Michal Kišša talks about Pontis' projects and more.Peter Dlhopolec, 24. Jan 2020, at 11:33

Co-CEO of the Pontis Foundation Michal Kišša
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Glossary: Civil society exists regardless of the regime

Spectator College provides readers who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions published as part of the Spectator College.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Jan 2020, at 11:32

Greenpeace Slovakia installs a pan on which the Earth gets symbolically fried on Hodža Square in Bratislava on September 9, 2019
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Mental health not seen as a priority by the state

IPčko needs more funds to run helplines for young people.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Jan 2020, at 11:21

Civic association IPčko launched its first online mental health helpline to support the youth in 2012