Font size: A - | A + 3 This is the Wednesday, April 14, 2021 edition of Today in Slovakia . Learn about politics, business, and other notable events of the day in Slovakia in less than five minutes. If you like what we are doing and want to support good journalism, buy our online subscription . Thank you. In today's digest Sputnik V contract to be analysed Vaccination for foreigners specified Slovakia to receive 610,000 additional doses of Pfizer vaccine Sputnik V contract to be analysed The Health Ministry will send the contract on the purchase of Russian Sputnik V vaccines for legal analysis to find out whether it could possibly be published. The agreement remains undisclosed for now, as its potential publication is conditioned with the consent of the second contract party. Justice Minister Mária Kolíková (Za Ľudí) and Deputy PM for Legislation Štefan Holý (Sme Rodina) are expected to help with the … [Read more...] about News digest: Ministry should soon specify whether it will publish Sputnik V contract
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Denmark has d ecided to officially stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine altogether, becoming the first European country to do so. It was the first to cease administering the shot after initial suspicions of a connection with the rare types of blood clots found in some of the vaccine's recipients. Other countries at the time followed suit, however, many have returned to using the vaccine only for older people. The country temporarily suspended the vaccinations on March 11 as a precautionary measure. Here's a round-up of some of the other main coronavirus-related stories around the world on Wednesday. Europe In Germany, people under 60 who have been given a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will receive a different shot for their second dose, authorities said on Tuesday . Germany announced on March 30 that it would no longer offer the two-dose AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged under 60 due to concerns over a possible link to rare cases of blood clots. "The … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Denmark halts AstraZeneca vaccination indefinitely
The entire history of the animal kingdom is like a long highway, with different species exiting at different points to pursue their own evolutionary paths. And sea sponges got off at the highway's first exit, ending up in the most distant corner of the country. Scientists recently compared the genetics of sponges with that of another unusual animal: comb jellies. They say their research, published March 19 in the journal Nature Communications , resolves a debate: Some biologists already considered sponges the most distant cousins of all other animals; others argued that comb jellies were the true "sister to all other animals." The concept of evolution existed for about a century before anyone discovered DNA. Many of the ideas developed during that era still hold: Animals that share many traits likely diverged from common ancestors more recently — taking the same evolutionary route until that point. And two animals that share fewer traits likely diverged longer ago. Humans … [Read more...] about Your most distant cousin doesn’t even have an anus
A "to be" list is essential for work/life balance. Source: Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash Is your to-do list as long as mine? I doubt it, but it could be. What about the hours of screen time you put in each day and the deadlines you’re up against? And how long is your list of shortcomings and the things you haven’t done? When you’re trying to relax, how often do you tell yourself, “Don’t just sit there; do something?” And how many times have you thought about what you can’t do because of job grievances that stand in the way? Are You Driven or Are You Driving? When we toil as if we’re a car going 80 miles per hour with no brakes, we allow the car to drive us. And our engine will eventually burn out or we’re going to go off a cliff. If you stop to think about it, some of us treat our cars better than ourselves. As you can see in the opening paragraph, much of what we demand of ourselves is negative and oppressive. In the same way, the human body wasn’t designed to be … [Read more...] about What Is a “To-Be” List?
George Will's opinion that the Biden administration might use "semantic slipperiness" to incorporate human resource development to infrastructure seems misplaced. Childcare, education and health care are as much a part of infrastructure as bridges, roads and railways. Building and maintaining the economy of a nation depends on the skill and expertise of a healthy workforce. Money must be diverted into improving quality of life and creating a healthy workforce without which prosperity and even national security is at stake. Just because something is expensive does not mean it should not be done. The vaccination program is expensive, but we are doing it anyway because it is fundamental to our existence. Similarly, infrastructure development, human and concrete, are both essential to the existence of a robust economy. Ignoring the need for human resource development will lead to nothing but myopic growth. To declare that regulations are against the spirit of capitalism is nothing … [Read more...] about Letters: Workforce development as much a part of infrastructure as roads, bridges