News summary: LGBT+ people are better off in Malta

From Bratislava to Komárno with a new rail operator. Take a look at the timeless Czechoslovak glasses.

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Good evening. The Wednesday August 17 edition of Today in Slovakia is ready with the main news of the day in less than five minutes.

Slovakia slightly rainbow

With 34% achieved in the latest Rainbow Europe survey, which examines the quality of LGBT+ human rights, Slovakia ended up in 26th place.

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The country has fared better than most of its neighbours, but there is still a long way to go for Slovakia, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Slovakia has done well when it comes to civil society, which means there are no laws limiting funds for LGBT+ organizations or banning organizations. Conversely, the country did nothing in categories such as intersex bodily integrity and family.

ILGA, for example, recommends that Slovakia adopt registered partnership legislation, better hate crime laws and a fair legal framework for legal gender recognition.

Related: Slovakia’s higher position in the survey may be due to ILGA’s late response to the suspended gender recognition protocol.

Pride: After the Rainbow Pride in Bratislava, Košice will host its Pride festival from August 20 to 28. The march itself will take place on August 27.

More stories on the Slovak Spectator website:

  • Travel: The Turzovské lakes near Gelnica are a little-known but interesting attraction in eastern Slovakia.
  • Migration: The war in Ukraine changed the attitude of Slovaks towards refugees.


The evolution of Czechoslovak glasses

Despite communism, Czechoslovakia saw a lot of great models of glasses, which people did not hesitate to put on their faces. Bratislava hosts the exhibition of Czechoslovak glasses by Ondřej Vicena.

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  • Slovalco, an aluminum plant in Žiar nad Hronom and one of the largest employers in the Banská Bystrica region, will close all of its 226 furnaces by the end of September. The shutdown will last at least a year, due to low government compensation payments at a time when electricity prices are rising, company management said.
  • Smer, an opposition party, filed a criminal complaint with the Attorney General’s office against several National Crime Agency investigators. The party, led by indicted former prime minister Robert Fico, suspects them of sabotage.
  • Leo Express, a Czech train operator, will operate trains between Bratislava and Komárno from December 2023. Still, the Department for Transport said the operator could ship the first trains as early as December.
  • On August 16, Slovak sprinter Ján Volko finished fourth in the men’s 100m at the 2022 European Athletics Championships in Munich with a time of 10.16 seconds. Just 0.03 seconds kept him from winning bronze.
  • Bratislava has opened six outdoor training sites along the Danube: Lanfranconi Bridge, SNP Bridge, Promenáda, Tyršák and Apollo Bridge. The city also offers five running routes around the Danube.
  • Regarding Covid-19, parents of students will continue to submit a document to schools confirming that their child is asymptomatic at the start of the school year, and each time their child returns to school after being at home for longer. five days (excluding weekends or holidays), said the Ministry of Education.
  • Košice trams carrying passengers to the Nad Jazerom district change their routes for two weeksuntil August 31, due to repair work on the tracks.

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