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877 fresh coronavirus cases reported for Monday

Ljubljana – Slovenia reported 877 new coronavirus cases for Monday, the highest daily figure since 4 May. More than 50 Covid-19 patients are treated in intensive care and two patients died.

Lesbian festival opens with US documentary

Ljubljana – The 7th Lesbian Quarter festival is kicking off on Tuesday evening, bringing film, music, literary events, an exhibition and an academic talk at several locations in Ljubljana until Friday.

Vilenica literary festival gets under way

Ljubljana – The 36th international literary festival Vilenica is getting under way in Ljubljana on Tuesday as a mix of online an in-person events to explore the theme of fear and courage. Austrian writer Josef Winkler will be honoured with the Vilenica Prize.

EU agriculture ministers discuss urban-rural dialogue

Brdo pri Kranju – EU agriculture ministers will discuss ways to enhance dialogue between urban and rural areas, as they hold a meeting on the second day of their two-day visit to Slovenia.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Food Ministry said that enhancing this dialogue was important for reversing the negative trend that affected rural areas, such as depopulation and ageing.

Call for TV series based on Jančar’s acclaimed novel withdrawn

Ljubljana – As Slovenia is gearing up for its guest appearance at the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair, the Culture Ministry wanted to have a mini series made based on Drago Jančar’s award-winning novel I Saw Her That Night. But Jančar has asked the ministry to withdraw the EUR 2 million call, which the ministry has done.

Automotive giant Magna’s Slovenian plant to be relaunched in early 2022

Hoče – Magna Steyr vice president Erwin Fandl and David Adam, director of the Slovenian Magna plant in Hoče, have informed representatives of the Slovenian government and local authorities that production in Hoče would be relaunched at the start of next year.

Equality ombudsman: Unvaccinated soldiers are not discriminated against

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s equal opportunities ombudsman has established that there has been no indirect discrimination against unvaccinated members of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) after he was prompted to look into the situation by a soldiers’ trade union. He did however issue a warning.

EU Commission repeats call for appropriate funding of STA

Brussels – The European Commission reiterated its call to the Slovenian authorities on Monday to ensure independence and appropriate funding of the public service provided by the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) as it responded to a question about a letter STA staff sent to EU officials.

Ban imposed on rallies of Covid deniers in front of RTV Slovenija

Ljubljana – The Ljubljana Administrative Unit has acted upon a proposal from Ljubljana police to ban rallies of the coronavirus deniers who stormed the public broadcaster’s headquarters on Friday. It told the STA on Monday the decision on the ban will enter into force as it is handed to the organiser of the rallies on Tuesday.

Government approves draft resolution on equal opportunities

Ljubljana – The government approved a draft resolution last week on the National Programme for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men until 2030, which sets out the objectives and measures to achieve equal opportunities between the genders in Slovenia, focusing on labour market segregation, the gender pay gap and dividing household work.

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234 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Sunday

Ljubljana – Slovenia confirmed 234 new cases of coronavirus for Sunday, a week-on-week increase of more than sixty percent. The test positivity stood at 16.4%, show the latest data by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).

The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population rose by six to 323 and the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases rose to 550.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Two medals for Slovenia

Brnik – The Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which ended on Sunday night with a ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, were generally a success for the Slovenian Paralympic team. Shooter Franček Gorazd Tiršek won a silver and a bronze medal, while the younger members of the team gained valuable experience.

Army starting three-week training with allied forces

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Armed Forces are starting two military exercises to train with members of allied forces on the ground and in the air in several parts of Slovenia until 23 September.

Training will be carried out during the day and at night in areas around the air base Cerkelje ob Krki (SE), the Poček training grounds (SW) and the mountains in the north-west.

Večer says anti-vaccine protesters a symptom of society

Maribor – The scenes of anti-vaccination protesters storming the headquarters of the public broadcaster paint an embarrassing, bitter and telling picture of how far we as the country and society have come. This is no longer a question of crossing the line of the acceptable, says Večer on Monday.

Dialogue in focus of European festival of Jewish culture

Maribor/Lendava – Six Slovenian towns have joined the 2021 European Days of Jewish Heritage, a festival focusing on the diversity of Jewish heritage and its historical role which is this year held in 36 countries.