Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 21 April 2019

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Higher Court reduces fine over contentious SDS loan

LJUBLJANA - The newspaper Dnevnik reported that the Higher Court had reduced the fine imposed by the Ljubljana Local Court on the opposition Democratic Party (SDS) over two illegal loans from EUR 20,000 to EUR 4,200. It also reduced the fine imposed on SDS leader Janez Janša from EUR 2,000 to EUR 500. The court granted the party's appeal in the case of a EUR 60,000 loan taken from the publisher Nova Obzorja, while it has yet to decide on a EUR 450,000 loan granted by Bosnian citizen Dijana Đuđić.

Žižek faces off Peterson in sold-out debate

TORONTO, Canada - Slavoj Žižek, the internationally acclaimed Slovenian philosopher, and Canadian bestselling author and psychologist Jordan Peterson, faced off their views on capitalism vs Marxism in a packed auditorium in Toronto on Friday night. The long-awaited debate at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts saw Peterson defend capitalism, arguing it also created wealth for the poor, while Žižek pointed to climate change as one instance of what is eating capitalism inside today.

Easter baskets blessed on Holy Saturday

LJUBLJANA - Easter is considered the biggest church holiday in the predominantly Roman Catholic Slovenia, but even many non-believers went to church today for a ritual that remains hugely popular despite declining church attendance rates - the blessing of the basket of food. Most people filled the basket with pirhi, the elaborately decorated hard-boiled eggs, bread, ham, horseradish, the potica cake, and selected local specialities.

Impol obtains certificate for aerospace industry

SLOVENSKA BISTRICA - Impol, Slovenia's largest maker of aluminium products, has obtained a certificate proving its compliance with the international quality standard for the aerospace industry. The Slovenska Bistrica-based company said the EN 9100 standard certificate would make it possible to get into the demanding market of top-quality products. It will also upgrade the company's profile. Impol had made products for the aerospace industry before, but the clients had not yet set such high demands.

93 evacuated in Ljubljana apartment building fire

LJUBLJANA - Ninety-three residents were evacuated from a block of flats in the Ljubljana borough of Nove Jarše after a fire broke out on the sixth floor just after midnight. The fire was put out quickly, but five people were injured. According to the Ljubljana Fire Brigade, the fire broke out on one of the balconies on the sixth floor of a multi-flat building in Bebler Square, before spreading to other flats and the roof of the building. The blaze completely destroyed two apartments and partly damaged two more.

Protests after waste facility on fire again in Lenart

LENART - Local authorities in Lenart urged suspension of a waste sorting operation in the north-eastern town after waste deposited there went up in flames twice in less than a week. The locals also plan to stage a protest on Tuesday. The latest fire at the Salomon operation broke out on Friday, just hours after Environment Minister Simon Zajc visited the site in wake of a fire last Sunday. An investigation is under way, while unofficial information suggests the fires were caused by a spontaneous combustion.

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