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Appeals for vaccination as WHO regional director visits Slovenia

Ljubljana – WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge was received by President Borut Pahor and Health Minister Janez Poklukar as he arrived in Slovenia on Wednesday. In a press statement, they all stressed the importance of vaccination and warned of the rapid spread of the Delta variant in view of the resurgence of infections.

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Topolšica Hospital tests delivering blood samples by drone

Topolšica – The Topolšica Hospital and the Slovenian national postal company Pošta Slovenije jointly presented the possibility of delivering blood samples by drone on Tuesday. According to the hospital’s director Jurij Šorli, they see drone transport as a safe and fast way to deliver analysis samples and thus speed up treatment.

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Biggest Floating Castle festival brings touch of magic

Ljubljana – Snežnik Castle will host Floating Castle, four days of music, dance, theatre and more in what is the largest festival in its nine-year history. A magical outdoor location under Mount Snežnik in south-western Slovenia will come alive with more than 120 musical groups and 400 artists from around the globe from 22 to 25 July.

E-mobility and alternative fuels core transport priorities

Brussels – The main priorities of Slovenia’s EU presidency in transport are e-mobility and alternative fuels, Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec said as he presented the presidency agenda to the European Parliament’s Transport Committee on Tuesday. This will also be the main topic of an informal transport ministerial scheduled for September.

Mura sail into next round of Champions League qualifying

Murska Sobota – Mura, Slovenia’s football champions, have made it to the second round of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League after crushing North Macedonia’s Shkendija 5:0 in Murska Sobota last night to advance on an aggregate score of 6:0.

Weather: Stormy night ahead

Ljubljana – Slovenia is bracing for a stormy night ahead with localised downpours and strong gusts of wind as a weather system reaches the country from the west.

The Environment Agency has issued a red alert due to the possibility of flash floods in western, southern and central parts of the country.

Τourism trending upward on Corfu

The course of tourism in Corfu is on the rise since the beginning of the tourist season, with over 45 daily flights from Europe, while the occupancy of the five-star and six-star hotels now reaches 60% -70%. At the same time more than 200 cruise ships are expected to reach the port of the island.

Roglič to appear in Olympic time trial and road race

Ljubljana – Primož Roglič, who had to quit the Tour of France early due to injuries, will compete for Slovenia at the Tokyo Olympic Games both in the road race and the individual time trial, according to the newspaper Delo.

“I’m happy to confirm that Primož will appear in both races,” Slovenia’s men’s cycling team head coach Andrej Hauptman said as quoted by Delo on Tuesday.

Delo berates Janša over Iran comments

Ljubljana – The newspaper Delo criticises Prime Minister Janez Janša over his call for an independent inquiry into the 1988 massacre in Iran, writing in Tuesday’s front-page commentary that the timing and the manner were ill-chosen, and suggesting Janša lacks the credibility to defend human rights elsewhere.

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Iranian ambassador summoned over PM Janša’s 1988 massacre statement

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Foreign Ministry summoned on Monday the Iranian ambassador to Slovenia over Prime Minister Janez Janša’s recent statement about a 1988 massacre in Iran, explaining that Slovenia always advocates human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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National school-leaving exam results best in three years

Ljubljana – A total of 5,461 final-year secondary school students or some 97% passed the national school-leaving exam, known as the matura exam, up from 94% last year and 95% in the pre-distance learning year of 2019. All points in the exam were scored by 15 students, whereas 10 Slovenian students bagged all points in the international matura.

Spain school trip outbreak swells to almost 200 cases

Ljubljana – The recent surge in coronavirus cases in Slovenia is to a large extent the result of an outbreak associated with two groups of secondary school students who were on a trip to the Spanish resort Lloret de Mar. A total of 134 students have tested positive since their return and a further 57 secondary cases have been confirmed.

Turkish contractors undertook projects worth $6.5 bln in first half of 2021

The total worth of projects undertaken by Turkish contractors abroad hit $6.5 billion in the first half of 2021, according to a report released by the Turkish Contractors Association (TMB) on July 12.

Citing the Trade Ministry's data, the report said that Turkish construction firms undertook 100 projects in 33 countries by the end of June this year.

Slovenians Say ‘No’ to Govt’s Water Law in Referendum

In a blow to the right-wing government of Janez Jansa, which had proposed the changes, more than 86 per cent voters in a referendum in Slovenia on Sunday rejected the government-proposed Water Law.