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Russian Chapel ceremony calls for solidarity among nations
KRANJSKA GORA - The traditional Russian Chapel commemoration below the Vršič Pass saw the keynote speaker, National Council president Alojz Kovšca, call for solidarity among nations. He said that a new opportunity was arising for nations to get connected in the efforts to preserve peace and coexistence. President Borut Pahor said the friendship and cooperation between Slovenia and Russia remained solid and sincere and that Slovenia would always strive for good relations with Russia. Unlike the previous years, the ceremony did not feature high-profile representatives from Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Russian Orthodox Church was represented by Tikhon Zaytsev, the Major Archbishop of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany.
14 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Friday, one person dies
LJUBLJANA - A total of 918 tests for the novel coronavirus were performed in Slovenia on Friday, with 14 persons testing positive. One person did of Covid-19 yesterday, bringing the total death toll up to 116, the government data show. There were a total of 19 persons hospitalised for Covid-19 in Slovenia, four of them requiring intensive care. Four persons were meanwhile discharged from hospital. A total of 125,672 tests have been conducted in Slovenia so far, resulting in 2,066 confirmed cases in total.
Ambassador says Slovenia's interest should be to be good with Russia
MARIBOR - Russian Ambassador to Slovenia Timur Eyvazov has discussed the Slovenian-Russian relations in an interview for Večer. Asked about the reproaches during the term of the previous government about Slovenian foreign policy being pro-Russian oriented, he said he would not agree with such assessments. "Slovenia is a member of the EU and NATO and, as far as I know, implements its commitments as part of these organisations one hundred percent," Eyvazov said. He is convinced that Slovenia and Russia could boost bilateral trade, which could, in his opinion, go up to two billion euros or more.
Palfinger's revenue up 11% in 2019, but profit down noticeably
MARIBOR - The Maribor-based hydraulic loading systems producer Palfinger, a part of the namesake Austrian multinational, last year generated EUR 121 million in sales revenue or 11% more than in 2019. Nevertheless, the company's net profit was down by EUR 1 million to EUR 3.6 million. In the annual report, director Michael Steiner says that the sales had been boosted on the account on the higher production of agricultural and forestry cranes, serial cranes and lift platforms. The increase in output raised the turnover by EUR 12.5 million, but the costs of production and material were up by EUR 13 million.
Kickstarter officially coming to Slovenia in September
LJUBLJANA - Kickstarter will be officially launched in Slovenia in September, as so far users which wanted to present themselves on the US-based global crowdfunding platform had to do it through a company registered abroad. Until the end of last year, 219 Slovenian projects were presented on Kickstarter and EUR 6.8 million collected. The main obstacle for the entry of Kickstarter was the Stripe payment system, which has been available in Slovenia since last September. The most successful Slovenian campaign on the platform so far is the electric bicycle Flykly, which collected around US$700,000.
Intersex mostly seen as medical condition by doctors, says ombudsman
LJUBLJANA - The equal opportunities ombudsman has determined that the majority of health institutions in Slovenia deem intersex a medical condition that needs to be treated. The ombudsman has called on the institutions to postpone non-essential sex assignment surgeries until the intersex person is old enough to give their informed consent. Since intersex people differ from the medical and social norms regarding the typical male or female body, they are at risk of various violations of their rights, said the ombudsman.
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