LJUBLJANA - Slovenia recorded 956 new coronavirus cases on Friday, 5% fewer than the same day a week ago, with the rolling 7-day average of new cases decreasing further to 740, the latest data released by the government show. The new cases were confirmed in a total of 4,397 PCR tests, with the positivity rate standing at 21.7%, a slight increase compared to Thursday. The number of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 dropped by 44 to 579, of whom 109 required intensive care, down by five over the day before. The cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents fell further to 528.9. Another seven Covid-19 patients died yesterday to bring the total death toll in Slovenia to 3,769, according to the tracker covid-19.sledilnik.org.
Pahor says current conflict-laden sentiment not sustainable
LJUBLJANA - As he hosted an event marking one of the key anniversaries in Slovenia's independence efforts, President Borut Pahor said that the current political sentiment, in which there was more conflict than cooperation, was not sustainable. Addressing the ceremony marking 30 years since the adoption of amendments to the Slovenian Constitution that repealed all provisions delegating power to Yugoslavia. The president noted that 30 years ago there had been major differences between political parties of the time, but they had managed to overcome those differences and reach an agreement in December 1990 because independence was a fateful question of Slovenia's future. He said he borne that in mind as he was to hold next Wednesday a meeting with the heads of the parliamentary parties, where he expects dialogue to prevail over divisions.
Hate speech condemned as MPs discuss the pressing issue
LJUBLJANA - The home policy and justice committees debated on Friday hate speech at the request of the coalition, condemning insulting and hateful discourse. Calls for decent and respectful dialogue could be heard both from coalition and opposition MPs, who noted that politicians should be among those who provide example of such dialogue. The parliamentary bodies adopting resolutions that condemn the expression, instigation and performance of acts by extremist groups that are discriminatory, hateful, intolerant or violent. The relevant state authorities were recommended to pay particular attention to investigating and preventing extremism and and introducing programmes for rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist.
114 organ transplants performed in Slovenia last year
LJUBLJANA - A total of 114 organ transplants were performed in the UKC Ljubljana hospital last year, with donations and transplant activity running smoothly despite the epidemic. One of the main achievements was lung transplant in a 34-year-old whose lungs failed due to post-Covid-19 complications. The Slovenia-Transplant institute said the number of transplants performed in UKC Ljubljana last year was up by 19 compared to 2019. Last year, a total of 136 organs were transplanted from 47 deceased donors and one living donor. The national register of persons who have decided to donate their organs and tissues after death numbers 10,618 persons. Last year, the number of newly-registered persons dropped by half compared to 2019.
Statement about taking risks wins Večer's Spade of the Year
MARIBOR - A statement about success in life being linked to taking risks by the long-serving head teacher of the Druga Gimnazija Maribor secondary school Ivan Lorenčič won him the Spade of the Year award from the newspaper publisher Večer.
"You can succeed in life only when you dare, and sometimes you also need to take some risk. If you risk nothing, you risk the most, because you stay where you are" won Večer's award for the statement that best captured the zeitgeist last year.
Norwegians dominate relay events at Biathlon World Championships
POKLJUKA - The Norwegian team won the women's 4x6 kilometre relay at the Biathlon World Championships, as Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, Tiril Eckhoff, Ida Lien and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland finished the race 8.8 seconds ahead of the Germans, and 9.2 seconds ahead of Ukraine. Following their footsteps were the Norwegian men's team, who the 4x7.5 kilometre relay in dominant fashion, leaving second-placed Sweden and third-placed Russia far behind. The competitions in Pokljuka will wrap up on Sunday with the women's 12.5 km mass start and the men's 15 km mass start.
Slovenian mixed ski jumping team 2nd in World Cup in Rasnov
RASNOV, Romania - The Slovenian mixed ski jumping team of Nika Križnar, Cene Prevc, Ema Klinec and Žiga Jelar finished second in the World Cup event to show a good form ahead of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Germany's Oberstdorf. Slovenia (945.3 points) were tied with Norway ahead of the last jump, only to eventually fall 23.4 points behind the Norwegian team. The second place for Slovenia is nevertheless a good sign head of the world championships in Germany, which will be held between 22 February and 7 March, with Nika Križnar leading the ladies' standings in the World Cup.
Slovenia at EU average in terms of waste per capita
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - An average Slovenian resident generated 504 kilograms of municipal solid waste in 2019, which puts Slovenia almost at the EU average, which is 502 kilograms per capita, Eurostat has reported. Around 225 million tonnes of municipal solid waste was generated in the EU in 2019, which is 502 kilograms per capita, and an increase from the average 2018 figure of 495 kilograms. Denmark leads the rankings for 2019 with 844 kilograms, followed by Luxembourg (791 kilograms), while the EU member state whose citizens generated the least municipal solid waste was Romania (280 kilograms).