Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Friday, 16 August 2019

By , 16 Aug 2019, 02:09 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Friday, 16 August 2019 Gordana Grlič

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This summary is provided by the STA:

BSF head finds sustainable development matter of urgency

LJUBLJANA - Peter Grk, the secretary-general of the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), spoke to the STA before the 14th iteration of Slovenia's top foreign policy event on 2 and 3 September, saying the focus this year will be on sustainable development and climate change. "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for humanity in the coming years and decades. This is not a problem that will arise tomorrow. It is a challenge we are already facing today," he said. Among those attending the event will be Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Josep Borrell, the nominee for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Thousands gather in celebration of Assumption Day

BREZJE - Thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered at religious shrines devoted to the Virgin Mary across Slovenia to celebrate her assumption into heaven. The largest crowd converged outside the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Brezje for mass celebrated by Archbishop of Ljubljana Stanislav Zore, who spoke about the meaning of hope in his sermon. The archbishop also thanked those who aspire to make Slovenia open to life and those who endeavour for implementation of Constitutional Court ruling decreeing full sate funding of private primary schools.

Gold and silver for Slovenia at Climbing Worlds

TOKYO, Japan - Slovenia swept the women's lead discipline event at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Japan's Hachioji with Janja Garnbret taking another gold and Mia Krampl silver. This is the second gold medal for Garnbret at this championships after she defended the title of bouldering world champion on Tuesday, and her fifth world championship gold medal overall. Japan's Ai Mori placed third. The latest feats bring Slovenia's tally of medals at climbing world championships to 17.

Celje-Zidani Most railway reopens after train derailment

RIMSKE TOPLICE - The railway line between Celje and Zidani Most reopened to traffic after the engine and one of the rail cars of an international freight train derailed at the Rimske Toplice station on Wednesday. The national railway operator told the STA that the right track of the railway was reopened. It remains unclear what caused the latest derailment, or the one on 6 August in which two Hungarian passenger train cars went off track at the same spot.

Despite growth, construction industry still below pre-crisis levels

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's construction industry is seeing growth for the third year now. Nevertheless, it has still not returned to the levels before the crisis, while some indicators suggest the growth trend could be reversed in the near future. While the number of construction enterprises has already reached pre-crisis figures, the turnover and the number of employees still fall considerably short. The turnover in 2018 was at EUR 6 billion, almost 30% less than in 2008, the Statistics Office reported.

Ptuj indulging in time travel

PTUJ - Slovenia's oldest town, Ptuj in the north-east of the country, was propelled back to ancient Roman times as gladiators, legionaries, senators and vestal virgins descended on the town's streets for the four-day XII Roman Games. More than 800 participants from six countries will revive the ancient Roman culture, travelling 2,000 years back in time to Roman Poetovio. The highlight will be Saturday's parade, with visitors being able to indulge in Roman food and drinks and dress up as ancient Romans.

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