STA, 20 November 2019 - Previously unknown photos of Melania Trump have been published in a book in Slovenia that sheds light on the US first lady's early modelling career.
First Lady Melania Trump - As She Once Was, brings a series of photos taken in 1991 and 1992, when she was 21 and 22 years of age and already a budding fashion model.
The 13 photos released for the first time are by fashion scout Nino Mihalek, who ran into Melania in the centre of Ljubljana in 1991 and then spent several hours photographing her, according to the book's author Igor Omerza.
A second photo series in the book are screenshots from a one-minute video taken in 1992 at a beauty pageant in the coastal city of Portorož.
The 80-page paperback, which features Melania's photos interspersed with biographical notes and more or less random photographs of places of interest in Slovenia, is now on sale in Slovenia.
An abbreviated version has been translated into English, but Omerza said he is yet to find a publisher.
Ex-Yu Aviation reports that Joc Pečečnik – the founder of Interblock Gaming, which manufactures products for lottery games – has plans to establish a new airline based in Ljubljana. The businessman has made a bid for what remains of Adria Airways, along with an unnamed foreign partner with experience in aviation.
Mr Pečečnik is quoted as saying: “We decided to do this because we would like to establish a successful business and because we would like to be able to fly to European cities again from Ljubljana, and not go to neighbouring airports three or four hours before our flights, which are typically [just] an hour long.”.
The report goes on to say that the new airline would draw on the expertise of Adria’s former CEO Mark Anžur, who ran the company from late 2012 until its privatisation in March 2016, going on to work as the CEO of the Irish regional carrier Stobart Air for eight months.
Moreover, the Slovenian banana and real estate tycoon Izet Rastoder has reportedly founded a new carrier called Air Adriatic and is currently looking to acquire two private jets. On the state side of things, the government is said to still be considering setting up a new national carrier with a foreign partner, although a decision on this is not expected until the end of the month.
All our stories on Adria can be found here
STA, 19 November 2019 - The Slovenian and Hungarian automotive clusters signed an agreement to develop cutting-edge technologies which they hope would make them leaders in the transition to e-mobility. A technology and development business event held in Maribor on Tuesday was also attended by the Slovenian economy minister and Hungarian innovation minister.
The event was organised by the Chamber of Commerce from the Štajerska region in collaboration with the Hungarian Embassy in Ljubljana and the University of Maribor.
Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said Slovenian companies were already taking part in the development of Hungary's test track for conventional and autonomous cars.
Slovenia's automotive industry generates around 10% of the country's GDP and 20% of its entire exports, so he deems technological solutions in this area a basis enabling companies from both sides of the border to become an important player in the global car industry.
He said today's meeting with Hungarian Minster for Innovation and Technology Laszlo Palkovics further "enhances our excellent bilateral cooperation", noting trade in 2018 totalled EUR 2.4 billion.
[GOSPODARSTVO] Minister za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo Zdravko Počivalšek in madžarski minister za inovacije in tehnologijo Laszlo Palkovics sta bila danes v Lendavi. #vestnik #nicsenezgodibreznas #slovenija #madzarska https://t.co/wFPA1Yw3yd— Vestnik (@Vestnik_si) November 19, 2019
Palkovics added that this was one of the most exciting technological periods which would result in major technology changes to radically change people's lives. "Even if we are both small countries, we have to find our places in the development of high technologies," he said.
Zoran Ren of the University of Maribor said the university had worked with the universities in Austria's Graz and Hungary's Budapest on developing some components for Hungary's ZalaZone test track.
Od besed k dejanjem. V Mariboru pravkar podpisan sporazum o sodelovanju med Združenjem madžarskih proizvajalcev avtomobilskih delov in Slovenskim avtomobilskim grozdom. Skupaj z ?? ministrom dr. Palkovicsem dajeva razvoju avtonomne in brezogljične mobilnosti nov zagon. pic.twitter.com/IUqpS8h4pj— Zdravko Počivalšek (@PocivalsekZ) November 19, 2019
"Today's event is important because it defines the future. New ties are being forged which will help design an orderly and safer mobility in the future," said Rem, the vice-chancellor in charge of scientific and research projects.
He said the first stage of the test track project, worth EUR 150 million, had already been completed, with the second one, worth EUR 50 million, now continuing.
Iztok Seljak of Hidria Holding, a supplier of car parts for many leading car producers, said the Slovenian Automotive Cluster was looking for breakthrough solutions to tap in the potential offered by the transition to a society based on e-mobility.
One such solution is wireless electric car charging, for which a special consortium has already won some start-up funds, he explained.
"We are first partnering up with Hungarians, then we will also with Austrians and other European partners to receive more development funds and to make sure this becomes a priority European project which will enable us to become a leader in e-mobility," Seljak said.
Meanwhile, the two ministers continued the meeting in the Slovenian border town of Lendava, where the topics included a revitalisation of the abandoned Nafta industrial complex, the use of local geothermal sources and innovative zero carbon energy generation.
Commenting on the industrial complex, Počivalšek announced the state was ready to provide a 20% investment subsidy to investments in Lendava.
"We agreed that we need to encourage cooperation of the Porabje and Prekmurje border regions, along with the Austrian border area - the building of the test track for electrical and autonomous vehicles in Zalaegerszeg is a very good basis for this," Počivalšek moreover said.
Palkovics said the two countries also wanted to strengthen cooperation in the phasing of EU funds.
He proposed that funding for research cooperation be upped to EUR 1 million and moreover argued that the situation of young people living near the border could be improved with cooperation among universities and secondary schools in both countries.
All our stories about Hungary and Slovenia are here
STA, 19 November 2019 - The Ljubljana-based energy equipment maker Kolektor Etra has acquired the Polish company Weltech for EUR 7 million in what the company's management sees as a key acquisition in terms of market share, with Kolektor Etra outbidding two rival companies and two financial funds, the business newspaper Finance reports.
Based in Myslowice near Katowice and employing 180 people, Weltech last year generated EUR 9.6 million in revenue and operated at a profit.
It produces power tanks and traction tanks, with its key clients including Germany's Siemens and France's JST Transformateurs, the latter being its previous majority owner.
Peter Novak, the commercial director of the Slovenian manufacturer of power transformers and power generator transformers, has told Finance that four more bidders had been in play to acquire Weltech.
It has outbid two industry rivals - Siemens and SGB - and two financial funds, Novak said, adding that the interest had been high as it was hard to find good and reliable suppliers of power tanks as one of the key components of power transformers.
According to Kolektor Etra director Tomaž Kmecl, producers of tanks are actually dictating the market, while Novak added that Weltech was punctual and reliable and was one of the best power tank producers in Europe.
The acquisition cost EUR 7 million, with a 51% stake going to Kolektor Etra and the remaining shares to three companies from the Kolektor group.
Asked whether there was concern about Siemens ceasing to order tanks from Weltech now that the rival company had acquired it, Novak said that nothing implied that Siemens had "something against us becoming owners of the Polish plant."
Even if Siemens indeed reduced its orders from Weltech, Kolektor Etra's "demand for tanks is higher than planned, so they will be supplied by our new Polish factory."
Kolektor Etra generated 90% of its revenue on foreign markets, with the Nordic countries accounting for almost half of the exports or 40% of total sales.
Last year it surpassed the EUR 100m mark in revenue and posted a EUR 4.5 million net profit, while plans for this year is to reach EUR 110 million in revenue.
In the summer, Kolektor Etra signed a deal to produce, supply and install seven 400 kW power transformers to the Finnish national grid operator Fingrid by 2023. Worth EUR 20 million, it is the largest in the company's history.
STA, 19 November 2019 - Overworked and underpaid, Slovenian nurses have been quitting their jobs in droves, leaving hospitals struggling to find replacements, in particular for vacancies at intensive care units.
The situation is worst at UKC Ljubljana, Slovenia's largest hospital, which has been forced to limit admission of patients at about 40 out of 2,150 beds.
"Part of the daily working programme is maintained by going the extra mile to stretch the timetables," UKC Ljubljana said, adding that it lacked the leverage to pay nurses at clinical departments properly.
"Those are the hardest workstations, and younger generations are avoiding them," said UKC Ljubljana director-general Janez Poklukar.
Nurses have been leaving hospitals, where they often work three shifts, for better paid and less demanding jobs either abroad, in primary care or for non-nursing jobs in the corporate sector.
Hospitals in the north and north-east of the country have been hit particularly hard by staff leaving abroad, mainly to Austria. UKC Maribor is facing a shortage of 25% of nursing staff.
Marjan Pintar, the head of the Slovenian Health Institutes' Association, says that staffing problems first occurred with the establishment of nurse-led consultancies at community health centres in 2011.
Some 500 graduate nurses left hospitals for those consultancies at the time, and a further 200 have left to be employed at the call centres established recently, Pintar said.
This is why the shortfall of graduate nurses is the most acute, even though their per capita number in Slovenia is within the OECD average.
"Since 2000 the number of nursing staff increased by 45%, the shortfall mainly due to the gap between the increasing expectations of the profession and the available staff," said Pintar.
"If new work standards are adopted and community health centres need to hire extra graduate nurses, the most demanding units at Slovenian hospitals will be drained empty, which may seriously jeopardise our health system."
Based on the standards that are being drawn up, it is estimated public health institutions will need an additional 3,543 graduate nurses, 145 graduate midwives and 45 nurses with secondary education, at the cost of EUR 100 million.
The nursing and social care trade union estimates shortages at between 20% and 25% at the moment, which means roughly 2,100 nurses, mainly at hospitals. There are also shortages at nursing homes.
What is more, 8,200 nurses are aged above 50. "Over the next few years a large and highly experienced generation of nurses will retire, and it will be impossible to replace," the union's head Dragica Kekec has warned.
"Nursing work is hard ... it involves sacrifice from individuals and families, night-time work ... work at Sundays, holidays, no time to rest, those absent are not being replaced," says Kekec.
Even though 1,000 nurses were registered as unemployed in September, the Employment Service says that less than half had nursing experience and only 580 were looking for a nursing job.
Another problem is that the job seekers do not have the level of education required by the employer, while some of the unemployed have limiting factors such as heath or other issues.
The trade union believes that higher pay and better working conditions would do much to curb the high turnover. It opposes ideas to look for nurses abroad.
Despite shortages, few hospitals have opted for such a solution, the main obstacle being the required language skills and demanding procedures to recognise foreign qualifications.
UKC Ljubljana officials have taken part in a career fair in Belgrade, detecting considerable demand for work in Slovenia. But they note the obstacle of the high language proficiency requirements.
As a stop-gap measures they are hiring staff through student work agencies and alleviating nursing staff of administrative work.
All our stories on healthcare in Slovenia are here
One of most recognizable buildings in Maribor stands at Glavni trg 1 (Main Square No. 1), where the centre of Maribor’s social life was hosted for most of the 20th century.
The story of the building is closely related to the nearby bridge, now called the Old Bridge. It was built by a German man Ludwig Franz, who had amassed significant wealth by manufacturing pasta, and decided to bring some advanced urban spirit into the city by building a well-equipped up-to-date house at one end of the new bridge which was being constructed.
The completion of the building occurred one month after the opening of the bridge, which was on August 23, 1913. With his brother Ludwig dedicated the house to their mother and named it Cafe Teresienhof (Theresa’s Court Café).
The house was quite advanced for the time, having its own electricity generator, while the café’s services included the possibility of ordering a lunch at the City Square, where it was then delivered by a carriage.
When Adolf Hitler paraded across the main square in 1941, the house was already called Velika Kavarna (Grand Café).
In the fifties and sixties Velika Kavarna was a venue of many pleasant social events for the citizens of Maribor, with many later stars in the Slovenian popular music scene beginning their careers there.
Following this golden age of the Velika Kavarna, a casino came into the building, which went bankrupt in 2009 and left the old café’s salon in not so splendid condition. Apparently, the casino’s management, having no money at hand to pay staff their deserved salaries, decided they could just take with anything valuable they could find on the premises. This is how Velika Kavarna was stripped of its lights and chandeliers.
Years of negotiations and fights over ownership ensued, all slowly inscribing themselves into the walls of the building, until the Grand Café was finally reopened as the Salon of Applied Arts, which decided to preserve the entire history of the place on the walls and equipment and turn the café back into a hangout for everyone curious about history of the house and local design.
Unfortunately, Salon of applied arts closed its doors permanently in July 2019. We wonder what will happen next.
A schedule of all the main events involving Slovenia this week can be found here
This summary is provided by the STA:
Six EU members urge Commission to define steps on W Balkans enlargement
LJUBLJANA - Foreign ministers of Austrian, Czechia, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia called on the European Commission to define by January 2020 concrete proposals on how to "enhance the effectiveness of the accession process as an instrument to support reform and integration efforts" in the Western Balkans. "The EU's openness to all European nations who share our values and are ready to accept the acquis communautaire is pivotal for the Union's historic mission of completing European unification," the ministers said, noting that a month ago the EU failed to reach consensus on accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.
Cerar stresses need to preserve Slovenian political representation in Italy
KOPER - The need to preserve Slovenian representation in the Italian parliament was highlighted by Foreign Minister Miro Cerar after a session of the joint committee of Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. He said Slovenia would back all of the Slovenian minority's efforts to secure the honouring of the Italian act protecting it. He announced after what was an annual meeting by the committee that he would discuss the topic with the new Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio as part of his December visit to Italy.
FinMin hints resignation likely unless budget within limits
LJUBLJANA - Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj suggested he would resign if parliament confirmed opposition amendments to budget legislation that swell spending by about EUR 140 million per year, over a percent of total budget expenditure. Passage of the amendment granting local communities more money would create a mismatch between the budget act and the related budget implementation act. If that happens, "we will probably no longer have a finance minister," he said as a three-day debate on the 2020-2021 budgets started in parliament.
Angelika Mlinar, former Austrian MEP, slated for cohesion portfolio
LJUBLJANA - The Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) announced it will nominate Angelika Mlinar, an ethnic Slovenian politician from Austria, as minister without portfolio in charge of cohesion policy. The nomination will be submitted once the budgets for 2020 and 2021 are passed in parliament. Bratušek said Mlinar was a great fit to head the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy since she is adept at "opening doors in Brussels corridors". The previous minister, Iztok Purič, stepped down in September citing personal reasons.
New Russian ambassador to Slovenia appointed
MOSCOW, Russia - Timur Rafailovic Eyvazov was appointed Russia's new ambassador to Slovenia by President Vladimir Putin on Monday, according to the press agency Tass. It is not yet clear when Eyvazov will take over from the long-serving Ambassador Doku Zavgayev, who came to Ljubljana in 2009. Eyvazov has so far served as a counsellor at the Russian Embassy in France.
Slovenia gets half a million for Yugoslav embassy in Bonn
LJUBLJANA - The Foreign Ministry announced that the countries successors to Yugoslavia had sold the building housing the Yugoslav embassy in Bonn for around EUR 3.7 million, of which Slovenia would get 14% or slightly more than half a million euro. In addition to the Bonn residence, the successor countries also sold in the last year and a half the former consulate in New York and the former embassy in Tokyo. Slovenia has received a combined EUR 3.6 million for the real estate.
Analyst: European NATO members should become more assertive
LJUBLJANA - NATO, gearing up to mark its 70th anniversary at a London summit in December, is in a turbulent period, but Slovenian defence analyst Vladimir Prebilič believes it would be an exaggeration to say it is "brain dead" as claimed by French President Emmanuel Macron. However, he did say that European allies should be more assertive in their relations with the US and Turkey, bringing up the US's announcement of withdrawal from Syria and Turkey's offensive against the Kurds in north Syria.
Hospitals struggling with nursing shortages
LJUBLJANA - Slovenian hospitals find it increasingly hard to replace nursing staff who are leaving for better paid or less demanding jobs abroad, in primary care or in other sectors. Intensive care units have been hit especially hard. The situation is worst at UKC Ljubljana, Slovenia's largest hospital, which has had to limit admission of patients at about 40 out of 2,150 beds. Its Maribor counterpart faces a shortage of 25% of nursing staff. New work norms are expected to make the situation even worse.
Slovenian and Hungarian automotive clusters deepen cooperation
MARIBOR - The Slovenian and Hungarian automotive clusters signed an agreement to develop cutting-edge technologies which they hope would make them leaders in the transition to e-mobility. The signing took place at a business event in Maribor that was also attended by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek and Hungarian Minster for Innovation and Technology Laszlo Palkovics. Slovenian companies are already involved in the development of Hungary's test track for conventional and autonomous cars.
NLB completes EUR 120 million bond issue
LJUBLJANA - NLB bank announced it had completed the issue of EUR 120 million worth of subordinate bonds. The demand for the bonds far surpassed the supply, with the book of orders reaching EUR 290 million. The first bond issue after the bank was privatised a year ago featured Tier 2 subordinate notes with a ten-year maturity and an interest rate of 3.65% per annum, callable after five years. The papers were listed on the Luxembourg stock market on the day of the issue.
Gorenje Tiki sold to Sweden's Nibe Industrier
VELENJE - The Velenje-based household appliances maker Gorenje sold its Serbian subsidiary Gorenje Tiki, which produces small water heaters, to Swedish company Nibe Industrier, a leading European player in the field of heating technology solutions. Gorenje did not disclose the value of the deal, which is still subject to anti-trust approval. The sale of Stara Pazova-based Gorenje Tiki, which mostly manufactures water heaters and heat pumps, is part of Gorenje's non-core businesses divestment strategy.
Kolektor Etra acquires Polish power tank maker
LJUBLJANA - The business newspaper Finance reported that the Ljubljana-based energy equipment maker Kolektor Etra acquired the Polish company Weltech for EUR 7 million. Kolektor Etra outbid two rival companies and two financial funds. Based in Myslowice near Katowice and employing 180 people, Weltech last year generated EUR 9.6 million in revenue, posting a profit. It produces power tanks and traction tanks, its key clients including Germany's Siemens and France's JST Transformateurs.
New Czech owner to modernise Vipap Videm
KRŠKO - RIDG Holding, the new Czech owner of Vipap Videm Krško, announced plans to invest in the modernisation of Slovenia's largest paper producer, which it believes offers huge untapped potential. "We come as an investor whose objective is innovation and expansion of the product portfolio, modernisation of production and stabilisation," said RIDG Holding representative Pavel Svoren. The holding recently acquired a 96.5% stake in the company from the Czech Finance Ministry.
Report: Moroccan man suspected of raping two students
LJUBLJANA - The newspaper Dnevnik reported that a 38-year old man from Morocco who came out of prison in late September after serving a two-year prison sentence for robbery in Slovenia, was suspected of raping two students in Ljubljana. He was brought before an investigating judge at the end of October, and was remanded in custody. According to the Ljubljana police department, one crime was committed at a student dorm in the Bežigrad borough and the other about ten days later in the city centre.
Man who attacked TV crew gets six-month suspended sentence
NOVA GORICA - A man who attacked a TV crew in Nova Gorica in August 2018 was given a six-month suspended sentence by the Nova Gorica District Court. The sentence was handed down in absentia since the defendant, Denis Koršič, 41 refused to show up at court again with the argument that he had already said everything there was to say. The man told the court in February that he had nothing against the media or the TV Slovenija crew he attempted to ram into, but he only wanted to be left alone.
Culture minister in Paris for UNESCO meetings
LJUBLJANA - Culture Minister Zoran Poznič is in Paris for the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference. On Monday evening he discussed hate speech and several other issues with the organisation's assistant director-general for culture, Ernesto Ottone Ramirez. He also talked about renovation of what used to be the Yugoslav exhibition pavilion at the Auschwitz-Birkenau remembrance centre, and about mounting a joint exhibition there under the patronage of UNESCO.
AV industry holds great potential but needs investment
LJUBLJANA - A study conducted by Deloitte into the audiovisual (AV) industry in Slovenia showed that the sector has positive effects on the economy and creates new jobs, while incentives from the state are far from sufficient. The AV sector's multiplication effect is estimated at 1.8. This means 80 jobs in various sectors for every 100 people working in AV. The industry has a nearly 40% fiscal effect, as for every EUR 100 invested in the sector, EUR 40 return into the national budget.
Dončić sets new Slovenian NBA record
DALLAS, US - Luka Dončić set a new Slovenian record in points scored in the NBA, scoring 42 points for Dallas Mavericks's 117:110 win against San Antonio Spurs on Monday evening. So far the record was held by Goran Dragić, who scored 40 points in February 2014 for the Phoenix Suns. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle commented by saying that "this guy can do anything he wants to on a basketball court." Dončić. At the age of 20, Dončić is the second-youngest NBA player with a 40-point triple-double.
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Slovenia may be the only country in the world with “love” in its name, but romance is perhaps not on the menu after dark on 29 and 30 November when Celje hosts Eroticland – the biggest European regional erotic festival, and one operating under a new name after a decade as SLOVErotica.
On that weekend, the last Friday and Saturday nights in November, the city of counts will play host to the legendary Rocco Siffredi, director and star of some 1,300 adult films, along with other names from the world of pornography (including Veronica Avluv, Martina Smeraldi, Cherry Kiss, Christiana Cinn, Michael Stefano, Laura Fiorentino, Franco Roccaforte, Mike Angelo, Angel Emily, Amandha Fox and Lisa Amane, see here, NSFW). On both days the event runs from 18:00 to 02:00, and has a programme, see here (NSFW), that promises six stages offering an erotic car wash, a freeky (sic) zone with some bondage and rope, dancing in cages and on poles, erotic workshops, a ladies zone, a swingers’ corner, tantric experiences, exhibitors stalls and more.
The focal attraction will be an orgy organised by the “Italian Stallion”, and in the words of the official website:
Rocco Siffredi’s HARD ACADEMY SPACE VERSION ORCHESTRA will be one of the most striking performances of this year’s Eroticland! An “orchestra” orgy live, under the watchful eye of “conductor” Rocco, who simultaneously elevates and communicates with the audience… There will be a battle between MILFs as violas and the newcomers as the violins, while the men will be the brass section, checking out who does it better! Seen for the first time at and created only for EROTICLAND!
The publicity for the event, which is strictly 18+, goes on to note “We are certain that this extraordinary event will leave a lasting impression on you and create scenes you won’t forget easily!”
Eroticland will be held at Celjski sejem, Dečkova cesta 1 3000 Celje, tickets can be purchased here (NSFW), and please note that animals are strictly forbidden.
In 1896 a four-kilometre long electric grid with 700 light bulbs came into operation in Kočevje, the event marking the beginning of the public distribution and supply of electricity in Slovenia.
The historical use of electricity in Slovenia begins in Maribor, where the first electric light illuminated the steam mill in 1883. The beginning of electrification, however, is considered the year 1894, when the first public hydroelectric plant began operating on Sora River in Škofja Loka.
The main purpose of the hydroelectric plant in Škofja Loka, however, was not to provide electricity for public use but rather for the needs of a thread factory, which was also the producer of the energy it needed. The surplus of electricity was sold to the city government and could support about 40 electric bulbs.
The hydro power plant in Kočevje, which was established to deliver water and electricity to the citizens, beginning on today’s date in 1896, is therefore considered as the beginning of electrification of today’s Slovenia.
In comparison, in Ljubljana the first electric bulb did not get turned on until January 1, 1898.
The Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival is back for its 35th edition, officially starting Saturday, 23 November, and with events planned for Ptuj, Koper, Maribor, Bistrica ob Sotli, Idrija and Trst (aka Trieste, if you must), although the fun has already been going for more than week.
First put on back in 1984 as part of the Magnus Festival – back in the days of mystery VHS tapes showing films recorded from Britain’s Channel 4 to audiences who had no idea what was coming next – it’s the oldest LGBT film festival in Europe, as well as the oldest international film festival in Slovenia. As such it’s a valued part of the country’s cultural calendar, and a nice way to welcome in the festive season.
The list of films show include the following, and note that English and Slovenian subtitles will provided when needed
Film and video are the focus, but the programme has much more to offer, with panel discussions, readings, parties and so on. While the formal opening is 23 November, with an cocktail party hosted by Lady Galore at Kinoteka and then moving to Klub K4, the events have already begun and will continue until Sunday 1 December, World Aids Day.
Organised by ŠKUC and the Kinoteka (the Slovenian Cinemateque), along with Brane Mozetič, Jasmina Šepetavc, Luka Pieri, Miha Satler, Polona Černič, Simona Jerala and Suzana Tratnik, full details of the LGBT Film Festival programme can be found here, and there are also Facebook and Instagram pages.
All our stories with an LGBT focus are here
STA, 19 November 2019 - Slovenian basketball star Luka Dončić continues to break new ground in the NBA, having set a new Slovenian record in points scored. The 20-year-old passed Goran Dragić (40) on Monday evening by scoring 42 points in a win of his Dallas Mavericks against the Texas rival San Antonio Spurs.
In the 117:110 win for the Mavericks, Dončić also added 12 assists and 11 rebounds for what is already his sixth triple-double early in the new season.
Playing in his second year in the best basketball league in the world, the Slovenian became the second-youngest NBA player with a 40-point triple-double, trailing only LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dončić and James are the only players in the history of the league to manage the feat before turning 21.
By scoring 42 points, Dončić set a new Slovenian record for points, overtaking Goran Dragić and his career-high 40 points scored in February 2014, when he played for the Phoenix Suns.
Speaking to a reporter after the match, Dončić said that the "match was special, it's a rivalry", referring to the San Antonio Spurs, adding that "we always want to win every such game."
He said he had a dream during a pre-game nap that he would score 16 points in the first quarter. "And then I scored 17, so dreams don't come true," he said jokingly, while giving his teammates the credit for the win.
ESPN meanwhile quoted Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle as saying that "this guy can do anything he wants to on a basketball court. He's having one of those magical runs right now. It's a phenomenal thing to watch."
Dončić is actually almost averaging a triple-double in the first 12 games of the season, recording 28.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, for a player efficiency rating (PER) of 30.05, in which he is 4th in the league.