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    BEWILDERED Google Maps fans have spotted a plane like no other. A flight appears to have a weird glitch as it was photographed by the tech giant's satellite cameras. 1What's with the red, green and blue colours?Credit: Google The weird appearance was noticed passing just over Slovakia. Beneath the plane is a strange mix of red, green and blue colours. For anyone who wants to see it with their own eyes, just search the following co-ordinates on Google Maps: 49.409716,19.606351. Set the view to satellite, and there you will see it. Read more about Google MapsMAP HAPPY How to track friends and family using Google MapsGOOG IDEA! Check your Google Maps NOW – new feature could save your life But it's worth noting that there's a reason for the glitch. It's to do with how the cameras up in space capture images of Earth. They take shots in different colour bands, which are usually red, green and blue. The frames are then combined to form the photos in their truest colour, as we're all familiar with. Most read in TechAIR...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government is facing another serious crisis after a junior party threatened on Wednesday to withdraw from the four-party coalition over disagreements about how to deal with rising inflation. The liberal Freedom and Solidarity party said it wasn’t willing to be in the government anymore because of Finance Minister Igor Matovic, a populist leader whose Ordinary People party won the 2020 parliamentary election. “Igor Matovic is the biggest problem of the coalition,” said Economy Minister Richard Sulik, the leader of Freedom and Solidarity. Sulik has often clashed with Matovic, considered a populist politician, over how to tackle soaring inflation driven by high energy prices amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Freedom and Solidarity gave Prime Minister Eduard Heger a deadline until the end of August to reshuffle the Cabinet and rule without Matovic or its four ministers would resign. Matovic’s Ordinary People party has rejected that option. “Slovakia has been facing the hardest time in history,” Heger said. “This is not the time for the government to fall.” After winning the election on an anti-corruption...
    Once he arrived at the border of Slovakia, kind volunteers provided Hassan with food and drink. Border officials were able to contact Hassan's relatives living in the Slovak capital Bratislava and reunite him. 11-year-old Ukrainian boy escapes to Slovakia by himself www.youtube.com Yulia Pisetskaya thanked everyone who assisted in her son's safe arrival in Slovakia, "I am grateful you have saved my child’s life." "In your small country, there are people with big hearts ... Please save our Ukrainian children and give them a safe haven," the mother said, CBS News reported. According to a Facebook post from the Slovak Embassy in the U.K., a Slovak interior ministry representative said of Hassan, "He conquered everyone with his smile, fearlessness, and determination of a real hero." Roman Mikulec – Slovakia's interior minister – penned a touching tribute to the triumphant boy. "Little Hassan is only 11 years old, but in his way he has shown huge determination, courage, and fearlessness that sometimes adults don't have," Mikulec wrote on Facebook. "I am really very sorry for...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Parliament approved a plan on Thursday to give people 60 and older up to 300 euros ($339) if they are vaccinated against COVID-19. The measure drafted by Finance Minister Igor Matovic should boost inoculations in the European Union country with one of the bloc’s lowest vaccination rates. It should also help the struggling health care system amid a record surge of new infections. So far, only 46.5% of the nation’s 5.5 million people have been fully vaccinated. In the 97-13 vote, lawmakers agreed that those who have received at least one primary dose of the vaccine by Jan. 15 will receive 200 euros ($226) in cash, and those who have received a booster by that date will get 300 euros. The deal is a compromise because the current four-party ruling coalition in Slovakia was split over the issue. The original plan had been to give people vouchers worth 500 euros that could be used in certain businesses, but it was opposed by the pro-business Freedom and Solidarity party. Slovakia has been facing a...
    KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — American Xander Schauffele wins gold medal in golf by one shot over Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Rangers’ Colin Blackwell, Zac Jones leads USA to 6-1 win over Slovakia Frank Curto June 3, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditNew York Rangers Collin Blackwell and Zac Jones put on an impressive show at the IIHF World Championship on Thursday morning leading Team USA to a 6-1 win over Slovakia. Team USA is headed to the medal rounds in the IIHF World Championships in part because of the efforts of New York Rangers Colin Blackwell and defenseman Zac Jones. Blackwell scored two goals this morning which included the game-winning goal for Team USA. His goal at the time gave the USA a 2-0 lead. Colin Blackwell makes it 2-0 USA. Sweet passing sequence pic.twitter.com/n72KmgRwAE — Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) June 3, 2021 Not to be outshined by Blackwell, teammate Zac Jones had a great game against the Slovakian team.  The defenseman finished the game with an assist, a plus 4 rating, and lead the team with 22:44 minutes of ice time. Jones earned his assist when USA’s Conor Garland scored to give the team...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic and his government resigned on Tuesday to ease a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. It is the first European government to collapse due to its handling of the pandemic but the move will keep the current four-party coalition in power and avoid the possibility of an early election. The coalition holds a comfortably parliamentary majority. President Zuzana Caputova accepted the resignation and asked Eduard Heger from Matovic’s Ordinary People party to form a new government. Heger served as the finance minister and deputy prime minister in the outgoing government. Matovic, who had announced on Sunday that he would be making the move, is expected to assume the post in the new government. The crisis erupted when a secret deal came to light at the beginning of March involving Slovakia’s agreement to acquire 2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. The populist prime minister orchestrated the deal despite disagreement among his coalition partners. With few changes, Heger’s Cabinet is expected to...
    PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister said Sunday he will step down to clear the way for a Cabinet reshuffle that will defuse a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he proposed swapping posts with Finance Minister Eduard Heger from his Ordinary People party and Heger said “I accept the challenge.” Heger said he would immediately open talks with coalition partners on a possible new government and was planning to meet President Zuzana Caputova on Monday for consultations. The political crisis erupted when a secret deal came to light three weeks ago involving Slovakia’s agreement to acquire 2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. Slovakia is part of the 27-nation European Union, which has not authorized the Russian vaccine yet. Two parties in Matovic’s coalition government, Freedom and Solidarity and For People, which have clashed repeatedly with his Ordinary People party over how to tackle the pandemic, demanded his resignation as a condition for the coalition to survive. Matovic has defended the Sputnik V...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The leader of one of the parties in Slovakia’s ruling coalition resigned his government post Monday to help open the way for a reconstituted Cabinet amid a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s coronavirus vaccine. Freedom and Solidarity party leader Richard Sulik, who served as a deputy prime minister and as Slovakia’s economy minister, said he believed his step “will contribute to solving the government’s crisis.” Freedom and Solidarity, as well as another partner party in the country’s year-old governing coalition, For People, had demanded that Slovakian Prime Minister Igor Matovic resign as a condition for the four-party coalition to survive. They threatened to leave the government, if the prime minister did not step down. Matovic said he was ready to do that, if Sulik also resigned. The two men clashed repeatedly over how to handle the pandemic. Matovic suggested he would remain in the government as an unspecified minister, but Sulik dismissed that idea. Sulik also rejected some of Matovic’s other conditions for a deal to preserve the coalition, including a...
    Slovakian Health Minister Marek Krajci resigned Thursday amid pressure from the country’s four-party coalition government, which threatened to disband last month in protest of his order of two million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V, a coronavirus vaccine candidate. Prime Minister Igor Matovic bypassed Slovakia’s coalition government in late February to order shipments of Russia’s Sputnik V after Krajci advocated for the purchase. Critics argued Slovakia should have waited for European Union (E.U.) authorities to approve the coronavirus vaccine candidate for emergency use first before ordering the shots. One coalition party member threatened to quit the bloc in protest of the Sputnik V purchase, while another demanded a leadership reshuffle. “Two coalition parties made my resignation a condition for them to stay in the coalition. In such a situation, I think there was no point arguing. … I am not glued to my seat (at the ministry),” Krajci said at a press briefing held on March 11 to announce his resignation. Prime Minister Matovic joined Krajci at Thursday’s press conference. He said the health minister’s departure would be “gradual” and take weeks. Matovic expressed “hope...
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia's four-party coalition was in turmoil on Wednesday after Prime Minister Igor Matovic bypassed his partners and ordered in shipments of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The coalition has frequently disagreed over how to tackle the pandemic, and Matovic made his decision despite demands from his party's partners not to use the Russian vaccine until it is registered by the European Union's medicines watchdog EMA. Slovakia is the second EU country after Hungary to buy Sputnik V vaccine, whose maker has not filed for registration with EMA but has been offering it to individual EU members. A junior partner in Slovakia's coalition, Za Ludi (For the People), threatened to quit the government over the matter while another, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), called for a reshuffle of the cabinet formed after an election a year ago. A military plane was sent to Moscow at the weekend to bring back 200,000 shots of Sputnik V, the first batch of what Matovic said would be 2 million in total. He also went to the eastern city of Kosice for...
    Austrian intelligence officials were aware of the threat posed by the Islamist who committed a terrorist attack in Vienna last week, but stopped surveillance of him over the summer, according to a new report released Monday.  Authorities watched Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, meet with foreign Islamists in Vienna in July, Reuters reports, citing a Swiss news outlet. The killer, who murdered multiple people before being shot and killed by police the night of the attack, met with two Islamists in July who were later arrested in Switzerland. He also hosted multiple individuals who travelled to Austria from Germany while under observation by German authorities, per Reuters. (RELATED: European Police Conduct Widespread Raids Against Those Suspected Of ‘Hate Speech’) Austrian authorities also previously admitted that they had bungled information about the assailant attempting to buy ammunition in Slovakia in July, Reuters says. Officials have acknowledged that “intolerable mistakes were made” in monitoring the gunman who was released from prison for trying to join ISIS in his recent past. (RELATED: Boris Johnson, Other World Leaders Congratulate Joe Biden And Kamala Harris On Winning...
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Nearly half of Slovakia's entire population took COVID-19 swabs on Saturday, the first day of two-day nationwide testing the government hopes will help reverse a fast rise in infections without a hard lockdown. The scheme, a first in a country of comparable size, is being watched by other nations looking for ways to slow the virus spread and avoid overwhelming their health systems. Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad said on Sunday 2.58 million Slovaks took the test on Saturday, and 25,850 or 1% tested positive and must go into quarantine. The European Union country has 5.5 million people and aims to test as many as possible, except for children under 10. More than 40,000 medics and support teams of soldiers, police, administrative workers and volunteers staffed around 5,000 sites to administer the antigen swab tests. The testing was free and voluntary, but the government will impose a lockdown on those who do not participate, including a ban on going to work. Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he was apologising for putting pressure on people to take part, but...
    Slovakia swabbed more than a million residents for the coronavirus Saturday, becoming the first smaller nation to try to slow the infection by testing nearly all its population in a single weekend. Lines snaked around 5,000 testing sites — manned by at least 40,000 medical workers, volunteers and soldiers, Reuters reported. Everyone over 10 in the country of 5.5 million must take the free antigen swab test before Monday or they’ll be quarantined, even though the government calls the testing voluntary. “We didn’t think twice, we were clear since the beginning we would go even if we didn’t have to,” said Katarina Hegerova, 73, after waiting in line with her husband for over an hour — in the rain — at a site outside Trencin, a city north of the capital Bratislava. The mass testing is how Prime Minister Igor Matovic hopes he can a strict lockdown. Slovakia reported 2,573 new COVID-19 cases Saturday through molecular PCR testing, raising the total to 57,664. The death toll stands at 219. The antigen swab test gives results in just 30 minutes...
    Slovakia swabbed more than a million residents for the coronavirus Saturday, becoming the first smaller nation to try to slow the infection by testing nearly all its population in a single weekend. Lines snaked around 5,000 testing sites — manned by at least 40,000 medical workers, volunteers and soldiers, Reuters reported. Everyone over 10 in the country of 5.5 million must take the free antigen swab test before Monday or they’ll be quarantined, even though the government calls the testing voluntary. “We didn’t think twice, we were clear since the beginning we would go even if we didn’t have to,” said Katarina Hegerova, 73, after waiting in line with her husband for over an hour — in the rain — at a site outside Trencin, a city north of the capital Bratislava. The mass testing is how Prime Minister Igor Matovic hopes he can a strict lockdown. Slovakia reported 2,573 new COVID-19 cases Saturday through molecular PCR testing, raising the total to 57,664. The death toll stands at 219. The antigen swab test gives results in just 30 minutes but...
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia's government has banned most public cultural and sports events due to the accelerating spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Monday. Matovic told a news conference people should wear face masks, avoid family gatherings and keep distancing to avoid further restrictions. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Andrew Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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