Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Friday, 02 August 2019

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Slovenia to host NATO top body meeting in September

LJUBLJANA - The STA learnt that Slovenia would host on 13 and 14 September a meeting of the NATO Military Committee, the alliance's highest military body bringing together around 400 attendees, among them some 150 top military personnel from NATO countries. Also in attendance will be a civil representative of Iceland, which does not have a standing army.

Govt to extend auxiliary police deployment

LJUBLJANA - The government indicated it is planning to extend the deployment of auxiliary police to help the regular force cope with a spike in illegal migration on the Schengen border with Croatia and with other duties. Under the proposed decree, released on the government web site, auxiliary police will be deployed until the end of the year to help patrol the border and stand in for absent regular police officers. The proposal notes that illegal migration rose by more than 45% year-on-year in the first half of the year. It also notes a deterioration in road safety and the engagement of larger numbers of police officers in providing the security at a number of high-risk events.

Luka Koper picks parking garage contractor

KOPER - The port operator Luka Koper has selected the GIC Gradnje construction company and its business partner Pro-concrete for the project of constructing a parking garage that will feature 6,000 parking spaces and expand car terminal capacities. The parking garage, whose value had been estimated at some EUR 19 million, will increase the company's annual vehicle transshipment amount by 162,000 cars, expand storage capacities and meet the growing demands of clients for covered storage areas as well as improve internal logistics.

Inquiry ordered on suspicion judge's health records compromised

MARIBOR - UKC Maribor, Slovenia's second largest hospital, will have to conduct an internal inquiry on suspicion of mass unauthorised access to the health records of a Maribor judge who was recently brutally assaulted. The Health Ministry has ordered that a special commission check whether hospital staff or even some outside the hospital had accessed the health records of Danijela Ružič, a Maribor judge who suffered severe injuries in an assault in front of her Maribor home in mid-June, the newspaper Večer reported.

Ombudsman condemns hate speech ahead of Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day

MARIBOR/MURSKA SOBOTA - Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina condemned hate speech in Slovenia as he addressed an event on the eve of the Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day at the Maribor Synagogue. Slovenia likes to boast about being tolerant and open, having a wealth of cultural diversity, but in reality the opposite is often true, said Svetina. The Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day is observed on 2 August, when in a single night 75 years ago the Nazis killed nearly 3,000 Roma and Sinti at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Most of the victims were women, children and elderly.

Greenpeace projects environmental slogans on TEŠ cooling tower

ŠOŠTANJ - Activists of Greenpeace Slovenija projected environmental messages on one of the cooling towers of the Šoštanj thermal power plant (TEŠ) early this morning to call on Prime Minister Marjan Šarec to recognise the climate crisis as a national crisis and take immediate measures. Using a projector, the activists wrote slogans on the cooling tower, including The Alarms are Ringing, This Is a Climate Crisis and Take Measures.

Slovenian mountaineers win Piolet d'Or once more

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian mountaineers Aleš Česen, Luka Stražar and Brit Tom Livingston will receive the Piolet d'Or, the top award in mountaineering, in September for their ascent of Latok I in August last year. The threesome were only the second expedition that ascended the 7145-metre Latok I and the first ever to reach the peak over its north face. This will be the second Pioler d'Or for both Česen and Stražar. The former was part of an expedition that won the award in 2015, while the latter was part of an expedition honoured in 2012. It will also be the eight Piolet d'Or going to Slovenia, since the award was first handed out 27 years ago. Only last year, Andrej Štremfelj was honoured with the lifetime achievement award.

Janja Garnbret a Sportswoman of the Year finalist

NEW YORK, US - Slovenia's climbing sensation Janja Garnbret has made it among the ten finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year award for 2019, conferred since 1980 by the New York-based Women's Sports Foundation. Garnbret, currently ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Federation of Sport Climbing, has been picked side by side with the likes of US alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin and artistic gymnastic champion Simone Biles, US track and field athlete Ajee Wilson, US boxer Claressa Shields, US mountain biker Kate Courtney, US Paralympic swimmer Rebecca Meyers, Paralympic triathlete Allysa Seely, UK auto racer Jamie Chadwick and South Korean golfer Jin Young Ko.

Maribor make it to third round of Champions League qualifiers

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Slovenian football champions Maribor qualified for the third round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers by eliminating AIK in Stockholm on Wednesday evening by virtue of scoring more away goals. Maribor had to work extra time as the regular time ended with a 3:3 tie on aggregate.

European Junior Olympiad in Informatics taking place in Maribor

LJUBLJANA - Maribor will host at the end of August the third European Junior Olympiad in Informatics (EJOI). Slovenia sees the event, which will feature around 90 competitors from 23 countries, as a good opportunity for promotion of IT, coding as well as the country itself. The competition will take place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science between 23 and 29 August.

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