England play host to Slovakia at Wembley tonight. So why not learn a little something about the visitors? 1. It’s the world’s (joint) eighth newest country Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been two separate nations since…
On 7 June, The Gazette & Express published an article referring to Dr Jan Telensky and suggested that he had entered the UK illegally. Representatives of Dr Telensky have advised us that he in fact entered the United Kingdom legally on a visa and using his own (then) Czechoslovakian passport. Dr Telensky was in fact unable to thereafter return to Czechoslovakia due to religious and political persecution faced by him and his family and has been a lawful resident of the UK since then. We are happy to make this clear and apologise to Dr Telensky for any distress caused. As a gesture of goodwill the Hemel Gazette has made a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital in Dr Telensky’s name.
2.7.2017 sme sa po zimnej prestávke stretli s bikermi, s ktorými nás spája cieľ a to pomoc tým, ktorí to potrebujú.
Ďakujeme našim partnerom Aquacity Poprad a Horizont Resort Vysoké Tatry, ktorí sa rozhodli podporiť túto myšlienku, Ďakujeme všetkým motorkárom, ktorí si našli čas odjazdiť Nedeľnú biker’s mission a ľuďom, ktorí podporili akciu potravinami, oblečením či drogériou.
Dr. Jan Telensky dnes v prítomnosti zástupcov Nemocnice Poprad a pani primárky detského oddelenia MUDr. Šoltýsovej odovzdal náš dar detskému oddeleniu – EKG prístroj. Výťažok z našej každoročne Fashion Charity Night tak putoval znovu na dobrú vec a hlavne veľmi potrebný prístroj, ktorý bude slúžiť malým pacientom v popradskej nemocnici. Tešíme sa, že sa opäť podarilo zrealizovať skvelú myšlienku!
Heroes of British soccer have revealed one of the best-kept secrets of Slovakia … for the last eight years Manchester United has been sending its young hopefuls there to a specialist mountainside training camp.
Every October Manchester United’s Youth Team spends time in the city of Poprad training at one of the world’s most exciting stadiums, playing ‘friendlies’ against locals and recuperating in the world’s greenest hotel.
Poprad is an extraordinary place, tacked to the foot of the High Tatras mountains and near to the Polish border.
Thirty years ago though it had daunting metaphorical mountains to climb having been abandoned to the remnants of the Velvet Revolution politics.
But people of vision were already making things happen and now Poprad is one of the most important cities in Slovakia. It has become the administrative, economic, cultural and tourism centre for the whole Tatras region.
And at its heart stands AquaCity, once voted the world’s greenest hotel … and this is where Manchester United hopefuls stay while they undergo training regimes against one of the most powerful natural backdrops in Europe.
Former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said this: “It is vital in a young players development that they get to gain as many different types of football experience as possible. Because of the training in Poprad they can relate to playing against different opposition, experience new cultures and food, travelling and adapting to new surroundings. The training camp in Poprad allows all this to happen.”
And last week it all paid off in a big way – youth team players who trained in Poprad were chosen to play against Crystal Palace when Jose Mourinho rotated his squad ahead of the Europa League final.. Manchester United won the game 2-0, with Josh Harrop and Paul Pogba scoring the goals.
The story really begins with former car worker Dr Jan Telensky, his geo-thermal lake 2,000 metres inside the earth – and his belief in cryogenics. Three little minutes that can change your life.
He said: “When I first came to Poprad, I saw a pipe coming up out of the ground. It had breath hot enough to melt your soul. So, I looked into the history of it and pretty soon I realised there was a natural miracle two miles below the earth. An eternal source of power, warmth and health. It’s been there for millions of years and it’ll be there for millions more.
“I decided to harness it, that’s all. The government and the town of Poprad worked with me on it.”
Next door to AquaCity is a magnificent new football stadium, designated as a Slovak National Training Centre (NTC). It is the only ground in the world to be heated by an underground lake and have an all-weather pitch.
The NTC is where you can watch the Manchester United football’s stars of tomorrow train and play some of Slovakia’s Premier League and other overseas teams for a fraction of the price it would cost at Old Trafford. There is a Hall of Fame board inside AquaCity with a list of the stars who have played there.
David Moyes, a former manager at MU who was involved in the training experiment: “This the ideal place for a sports training camp, the fourteen swimming pools and the leisure facililities are enormously popular with our young players.”
And AquaCity offers all sorts of fitness and enjoyment, not only for professional sportsmen but for families too with pools, massage jets, children’s pools and water slides, laser lights to change the color of the water, outdoor thermal pools, blue Sapphire pools, blue diamond pools, and a 50 metre swimming pool.
In the wellness and spa suites there is Vital World, the K-Vital Beauty Centre, the Massage Centre, and the Thai Massage Centre with edible massage treatments such as chocolate, honey and green apples.
Then there is the controversial cryogenics chamber which has been helping sports people and visitors with injuries and ailments.
It is the Big Chill, an oversized deep-freeze which makes you feel wonderful. It works wonders for the skin and muscles, can boost your immune response, ease chronic pain, heal nerve damage, and improve sporting performance.
And Poprad too really is a beautiful place to be, sitting as it does on a vast plain leading to the foothills of the perpetually snow-capped Tatras Mountains.
It came into being in the 13th century, when the king of Hungary persuaded German colonists to move to what was nothing more than isolated arable land. Way back then Poprad was just one of more than 20 farming communities dotted across the plains. It soon garnered importance however, as a main stopping-off point on the trade route between Poland and Hungary.
Another ‘revolution’ took place in 1938 when a military airfield with grass for a runway was built west of Velko village as World War II loomed. The first real runway wasn’t actually built until 1970.
Poprad Tatry Airport finally came into its own in the early 21st century when it was classed as of International standards.
The 13th century Early Gothic church of St. Egidius in the town square still retainspieces of wall paintings dating from the Middle Ages. And then of course there is the Renaissance bell tower built in 1592 with its three original bells.
A GROUP of construction students have completed work on an abandoned Luton hat factory under a revolutionary training scheme backed by celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.
Engineering Real Results, the largest trades training organisation in the UK, has spent months buying up neglected and derelict properties in various parts of the UK in a multi-million pound move which gives young tradespeople a way round restrictive Government legislation which forces apprentices to beg for unpaid work for decades.
The scheme allows students to comply with Government rules which demand apprentices carry out 100 hours practical training. The rule has forced apprentices onto the streets begging for unpaid work for decades.
Now they can complete their qualifications in weeks rather than years.
Tommy told the crowd at the launch: “We are witnessing the making of history here … an organisation which is actually doing all it can to get people qualified, competent and ultimately into a job which will give them a better life.”
The project included an old hat factory on Collingdon Street, Luton, which has been renovated and is used for student accommodation for the school.
Between 1750 and the year 2000 Luton was the hat boom-town of the UK and was famous for its straw hats and boaters. Some of the most famous hatters, including SG Parker and Vyse, were based in Collingdon Street because of its closeness to Victorian road and rail systems.
Many houses made into hat factories have two large rooms built on at the back. In the ground floor room heavy work like blocking and stiffening was done. The room above was used for sewing the hats. These were still being built as late as the early 1900s. Children and adults sweated in the factories for 12 hours a day earning as little as three shillings a week.
The town was still producing as many as 70 million hats a year in the 1930s
Dr Jan Telensky, the financial angel behind the scheme said: “Life was hard in Victorian times in Luton but the hat industry really put the town on the map, there were plenty of raw materials for plaiting and the new Midlands Railway in the mid-19th century was a boon.
“I came to Luton in the late Sixties and I remember the wonder I felt at this grand old town with its dark imposing buildings, I was also fascinated by the number of terraced houses with these large rooms almost hidden at the back, that’s when I discovered the history of hat-making here.”
Ground Force star Tommy said: “The Government’s commitment to building hundreds of thousands of homes is threatened by skill shortages.Britain has plenty of young people ready to build a new life for their families by learning a trade but they come up against a brick wall when it comes to completing their skills-set – they need practical experience to prove they can do the job and they find it very difficult to get.”
Dr Telensky said there have been thousands of new construction jobs this year as builders attempt to meet Government targets – but apprentices who spent years learning to become plumbers, gas fitters, bricklayers and electrician have been missing out because of the legislation.
He said: “Our own students were losing out. This new scheme, New Vocational Quickstart, involves renovating properties across the country and enables them to get there NVQ in just weeks instead of years.”
The company has also been buying properties in Watford, Cardiff, Southampton, Featherstone in Yorkshire, Livingstone, West Lothian, Cardiff, Basildon and Wolverhampton.
Mike Head, a spokesman for Brighter Homes, part of the Engineering Real Results organisation, set up to supply practical training for students, said: “We are committed to getting students into work and if we can help them get onto the housing ladder too that would be brilliant.”
And work was completed on the first of the properties, the controversial Grange Hotel on the Great Northern Road, Dunstable, as students set about the first stage of turning the gloomy old late Victorian coaching house into six affordable flats for young people.
For more than a decade people living near the Grange which had fallen into a near derelict state since it finally closing its doors in 2000 have been complaining but now it is welcomed as major improvement to the bustling Gt North Road.
Paul Senior, chairman of the National Federation of Builders, also backed the scheme, saying: “Anything to provide training and experience to young construction students is a very good thing. The industry is very dependent on up-to-date skills and experience and we welcome innovative solutions such as Engineering Real Results.”
Arranged by Lubomir Rehak, Ambassador of Slovakia in the Court of St. James’s, with the support of Dr Jan Telensky & AquaCity Poprad; delegates from around the world discover the beauty of Slovakia and the High Tatras.
Representatives from: Belarus, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Slovenia, Uruguay, City of London Corporation, Guild of Freemen (City of London) & the Christian Embassy of London.