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AT THE END of last week, Roma and non-Roma activists from the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, plus one from Slovakia, made a hole in the infamous KoA ice wall at the LunA k IX housing estate. "It was illegally constructed without building permit and we did good to the local community by destroying it," one of activists from Switzerland told to the Sme daily on September 16. Activists refuse to reveal their identity, claiming that they are "mere group of enthusiasts who dream about a world where Roma and non-Roma can live in peace".
6 hrs ago | Slovak Spectator
SUPREME Court judge Jana BajA nkovA was elected the head of the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of the judiciary in Slovakia, on September 16 after 10 of the 16 voting council members voted for her in a secret ballot, the Sme daily reported on its website. There were no votes against, while six members of the council abstained from voting.
11 hrs ago | Slovak Spectator
MORE THAN 50,000 people gathered at the National Pilgrimage on the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, the patron saint of Slovakia, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in A aA tA n on September 15. They were transported by two trains, more than 250 buses, but some also came by foot. "This year there were many pilgrimages; in A aA tA n we reported 316 registered pilgrimages and 54,421 pilgrims by the end of August," said JA n A verA ko, administrator of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, as quoted by the SITA newswire, adding that this is a 400-percent increase.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has cast doubt on the sincerity of the coalition to fight terrorism, saying it is a "joke" that the countries which have supported and financed militant groups now seek to fight terrorism. "It is a joke that the countries which trained, equipped and financed terrorist groups now suddenly seek to fight these terrorist groups," Rouhani said in a meeting with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak in Tehran, Iran's Press TV reported Sept.
Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience.
IN 1941, a set of anti-Jewish laws went into effect in the Nazi wartime satellite Slovak Republic on September 9. Every year on this day, Slovakia commemorates its Holocaust victims. While last year the Catholic Church made its first-ever appearance at the memorial events, in a gesture welcomed by the Jewish community, this year day's events were somewhat overshadowed by anti-Semitic statements made recently by a higher-ranking Catholic priest.
BRATISLAVA police, in cooperation with their southern-Slovak counterparts, handled a curious case in mid August: an inhabitant of the capital stole a car that was idling in front of a shopping mall in Bratislava's DolnA© Hony borough. However, a woman and a small boy were both inside the car.
Last week, Slovakian businessman and Discovery Bay resident Juraj Jariabka was jailed for four years for his part in a money-laundering plot. However, the key witness whose evidence put him away, Italian freelance journalist Antonio Papaleo, is still receiving death threats for his efforts.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has said that he would initiate a referendum if his country was pressed into hosting a NATO base, a daily reported Saturday. According to the premier, Slovakia's NATO membership doesn't mean that the country is required to host military bases with foreign soldiers, Xinhua reported citing Slovak daily Novy Cas.
If you have Czech or Slovak roots and want to learn how to start your genealogy research, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International http://www.cgsi.org is offering the option of remote attendance at their 2014 Fall Symposium, to be held Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, 2014, at various locations in St. Paul, Minnesota. There are eight different webinars to choose from .
Johann Straus was in a romantic and sentimental mood, or just a little tipsy, when he wrote the Blue Danube Waltz, perhaps focusing unduly on the reflection of blue sky on the mirror-smooth waters. Each time I slide open the panorama windows that convert my stateroom into an open-air balcony, I search for a hint of blue in the swirling eddies of the river.
JUDGE Dusan Cimo, who was recalled by the parliament from his Judicial Council post earlier this week, was promptly replaced by Judge Jan Slovinsky from the Spisska Nova Ves district court. Slovinsky garnered 80 votes from the 80 MPs present in the parliament on September 11, the Sme daily reported.
TORRENTIAL rains that occurred in some parts of the country on September 12 left several villages in the Zahorie region in western Slovakia flooded. In the village of Pila, the Gidra stream reached a third degree of flood alert, the Sme daily wrote.
THE ZILINA police launched investigation into whether the sermon by Catholic priest Emil Floris in Cadca meets conditions of committing a crime. The priest said that Jews caused their own fate in the Holocaust and Roma could follow them.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 04:15 pm
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