March 16, 1989 |
Mike Veliky stood among the round tables of the King Arthur Ballroom in Bridgeport and shouted in a strong Slovak accent above the trumpeting music of his homeland. "Today in Slovakia, people don't know any freedom," said Veliky, one of the hundreds of Slovak-Americans who had gathered Sunday in the ballroom at the Knights of Columbus Camelot Hall. "When people come together, the police come to push them away. You can't have something like we have here today - a celebration. " This year's celebration of Slovak Day, which was sponsored by Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bridgeport, marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of a brief independence for Slovakia on March 14, 1939.
August 4, 1999 |
Most Americans are pitifully ignorant of geography. This was clearly demonstrated when the Gallup Organization sent its pollsters to Chicago to ask randomly selected residents if they could name at least three of the six major continents. The results were shocking: Most of the pollsters never found Chicago at all; of those who did, all but one fell into the Chicago River. What is the cause of this disgraceful lack of knowledge? I blame the same institution that is responsible for crime, sex, godlessness and millions of square miles of badly drawn refrigerator art: our school system.
August 28, 2010
Former Temple point guard Luis Guzman has signed to play professionally in Slovakia, with a team based in Spisska Nova Ves. As a senior starter and team captain last season, the native of The Bronx, N.Y., averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists as the Owls finished 29-6 and were ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll.
September 3, 2008 |
Philadelphia-based can-maker Crown Holdings Inc. says it is building a beverage-can plant in Kechnec, in eastern Slovakia. The plant is expected to start by the end of 2009 with a capacity of 750 million cans a year and will be designed for expansion to meet market needs, the company said. The cost was not disclosed. The company says it already operates five production plants in Eastern Europe for its food and closures businesses. "What we're seeing is modern, Western technology replacing older technology that had outlived its lifespan," said Michael F. Dunleavy, vice president of corporate affairs and public relations.
May 20, 1999 |
Yet to win a title this year and warming up for the French Open, Pete Sampras helped the United States sweep Slovakia yesterday at the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany. Sampras, who has lost his No. 1 ranking to Yevgeny Kafelnikov, defeated Karol Kucera, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2, in an event leading to next week's clay court major, the only Grand Slam tournament he has not won. Doubles specialist Richey Reneberg opened the best-of-three series by upsetting 31st-ranked Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The Americans completed their 3-0 victory when Reneberg and Jonathan Stark beat Hrbaty and Tomas Catar, 7-5, 6-3, in doubles.
June 24, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG - Defending champion Italy was eliminated Thursday from the World Cup with a humbling 3-2 loss to Slovakia, which advanced. Slovakia finished second in Group F to Paraguay. The Italians were last, the first time they've ever finished at the bottom of an opening-round group. For the third consecutive game, the Azzurri allowed an early goal and this time they never recovered. Robert Vittek put Slovakia ahead in the 25th minute, taking advantage of an errant pass from midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
January 3, 2009 |
Jaroslav Janus led Slovakia to a surprising quarterfinal victory over the United States in the world junior hockey championship, making 44 saves in a 5-3 decision yesterday in Ottawa. Slovakia will face Sweden in the semifinals today. In the second quarterfinal, Russia beat the Czech Republic, 5-1, to set up a semifinal against four-time defending champion Canada. The victory was Slovakia's first over the United States in nine meetings in the event. Ian Cole, Jonathan Blum and James van Riemsdyk scored for the United States, with van Riemsdyk, a Flyers prospect, scoring with goalie Thomas McCallum pulled for an extra attacker.
May 12, 2000 |
The United States' unbeaten streak in the World Hockey Championships ended yesterday with a 4-1 loss to Slovakia in the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg, Russia. In other games, Canada defeated Switzerland, 5-3; defending champion Czech Republic beat Latvia, 3-1; and Finland downed Sweden, 2-1. In the semifinals, Finland will face Slovakia and Canada will play the Czech Republic. Canada got a boost when Detroit Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy and center Kris Draper joined the team, a day after teammate Martin Lapointe agreed to join.
April 24, 1997 |
When NATO opens its doors to some of its former Soviet bloc enemies, the newest country in central Europe is almost certain to feel left out. And that could become a problem. Slovakia once seemed sure to be invited into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, created in 1949 as the West's Cold War answer to Soviet aggression. But confidence has faded to a potent mixture of resignation and anger. In July, President Clinton and his NATO partners will issue their historic invitations to Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, at least.
September 4, 1996 |
This game lacked the raw emotion of the U.S. victories over Canada and Russia, but the desired result was achieved. Team USA, despite resting some of its regulars, overwhelmed Slovakia, 9-3, last night at Madison Square Garden to finish the quarterfinals of the World Cup of Hockey with a 3-0 record. The game was largely meaningless - the United States had already clinched first place in the North American pool and received a bye into Sunday's semifinal in Kanata, Ontario, where it will play the winner of Friday's game between Russia and Finland.