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This summary is provided by the STA:
Diaspora minister hopeful about young leaders
LJUBLJANA - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Peter J. Česnik expressed concern in an interview with the STA about nationalist sentiment expressed in Italy and Hungary. He also hopes that young generations taking over minority organisations will be able to work together even more closely than the old guard. In recent weeks, maps indicating territorial tendencies have been shared online by an official Twitter account of the Hungarian government and a right-leaning Forza Italia member. Soon after, another Forza Italia member proposed legislative changes to hold a population census in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region to determine language groups.
Steel group SIJ's revenue up, profit down
LJUBLJANA - Steel group SIJ revenue grew by 6.3% to EUR 802.8 million in 2018, but net profit was down by 66% to EUR 4.9 million, the group said on the web site of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange on Friday. Despite the drop in profit, the group is still stable, SIJ said, noting that in 2018 its steel production rose further and the share of steel with higher added value in its sales remained high. "We increased sales and being an export-oriented company, we generated most revenue in foreign markets," SIJ said in the press release. Exports accounted for 84.6% of the group's total revenue or EUR 679.3 million.
Fire near Cerknica did not affect air quality
CERKNICA - The fire that broke out at an insulation facility near the town of Cerknica in SW on Thursday evening has not caused air pollution, analyses have shown. Data on air quality collected near a local primary school on Saturday are comparable to those collected elsewhere in the country, the Environment Ministry said. The ministry is still analysing water samples from the Rak stream. The fire broke out at Fragmat, a thermal insulation panel maker. It started on the styrodur panel machine and then spread onto the warehouse, encompassing a total of 40,000 square metres. The facility has been completely destroyed.
Youth organisation wins WHO award for anti-tobacco efforts
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The youth organisation No Excuse Slovenia has won a prestigious award by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its contribution to the global anti-tobacco efforts and the passage of anti-tobacco legislation in Slovenia in 2017. Founded in 2006, No Excuse Slovenia has been striving for positive social change, especially in terms of sustainable development and public health. Through various projects it encourages young people to think critically, propose changes and act.
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