Minimum pension to be guaranteed

January 12, 2015

TO INCREASE standards of living of retirees with the lowest pensions, the Robert Fico government proposes the introduction of minimum pension. It will be allocated for everyone who has paid old-age pension insurance for at least 30 years and achieved the retirement age.

Mental worlds of presidents

January 12, 2015

LOVE for one’s homeland is a powerful and edifying feeling, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in addressing his nation on the New Year.

Biblical story in modern attire

January 12, 2015

SALOME, the one-act opera premiered more than 100 years ago, was chosen to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its composer, Richard Strauss.

Multi-media project launched

January 12, 2015

AN INTERNATIONAL multi-media project inspired by Ukrainian folklore was recently presented in the eastern-Slovak town of Snina.

Banda in Top20

January 12, 2015

FOR A second time the Slovak band called Banda placed well in the World Music Charts Europe – with its 2014 album called hraBanda improving from 16th place in December to number 14 in January 2015, leaving behind hundreds of other nominated albums.

Bond of photos, architecture

January 12, 2015

ONE OF the exhibitions that opened during November, traditionally the Month of Photography in Slovakia, is focused on the phenomenon of photos while also connecting it to another discipline, architecture.

Krupina’s gate to the past

January 12, 2015

TOWN gates used to be part of the image of Slovak towns in the past. Many towns were protected by walls, and it was their gates that were crucial and often the most resilient point of the town fortifications.

People frolic in icy water

January 12, 2015

SWIMMING in ice-cold water has become a widespread sporting activity in Slovakia and some traditional events like a St Stephen’s Day swim or welcoming the New Year with a ritual “cold water purification” are repeated annually.

Christmas accidents

January 12, 2015

CHRISTMAS is usually a time of peace and rest but even during the holidays one needs to keep an eye out for potentially nasty accidents.

Athletes recognised

January 12, 2015

ANASTASIA Kuzmina, a Slovak bia-thlete of Russian origin who won the gold medal in the 7.5 km sprint at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, was voted Athlete of the Year in Slovakia by sports journalists at the end of December.

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