July 6, 2012
Stage 6: A flat 129-mile ride from Epernay to Metz across the green vineyards of the Champagne region. Winner: Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won his third stage victory at this year's Tour after a massive crash 16 miles from the finish thinned the ranks of sprinters, including world champion Mark Cavendish, who finished six minutes behind. Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the race leader's jersey for a seventh consecutive day. He leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by seven seconds.
April 29, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA From LAX , connecting service (change of planes) begins on Turkish Air to Lufthansa or to UTair. The final leg of the trip is on UTair. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $960, including taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 421 (the country code for Slovakia) and the number. WHAT TO DO Slovak National Gallery-Water Barracks, 2 Razusovo nabrezie, 2 5443 2081.
April 29, 2012 |
If your destination is Bratislava, be prepared for a few questions: Is that in Eastern Europe? (No, it's in Central Europe.) Capital of Slovenia, right? (Uh, no.) Where is that? (The last question courtesy of a Customs employee at LAX.) Until recently, my schooling on all things Bratislavan occurred during a 20-minute stop on a train traveling from Prague, Czech Republic, to Budapest, Hungary, almost a decade ago. Several travelers boarded; a few disembarked. Some of them flashed passports, suggesting that we had stopped in a different country, in a major European city about which I knew … nothing.
January 6, 2012 |
As a certain British super-sleuth might observe, there was nothing elementary about the path that Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer took to bring Gypsy folk music into his soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " Whether the score earns him an Oscar nomination or not, as the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie did two years ago, Zimmer hopes it will draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most maltreated and marginalized ethnic groups - the Roma people of Eastern Europe, more commonly (and pejoratively)
October 13, 2011 |
Slovakia's parliament approved an expansion of the European Union bailout fund, reversing its course and thereby removing the final barrier to using the money to deal with the Eurozone's debt crisis. Slovakia's parliament approved an expansion of the European Union bailout fund Thursday, reversing its course and thereby removing the final barrier to using the money to deal with the Eurozone's debt crisis. The plan, which needed the support of all 17 Eurozone nations, had been approved by the other 16 when the Slovak parliament said no Tuesday, causing the collapse of the government led by Prime Minister Iveta Radicova and forcing early elections.
October 11, 2011 |
Lawmakers in Slovakia on Tuesday rejected a proposal to beef up Europe's bailout fund for debt-stressed nations, but supporters are hopeful that the measure will pass in a second vote expected to take place within days. The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Iveta Radicova collapsed after failing to gather enough votes from the Slovak parliament in favor of the measure, an outcome she had warned would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in her government. The plan for a strengthened bailout fund, which is widely seen as imperative for Europe to tame its growing debt crisis, was torpedoed in parliament by a junior party within Radicova's coalition.