Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Tuesday, 27 July 2021

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Canoeist Savšek convincingly wins Olympic gold in C-1 slalom

TOKYO, Japan - Canoeist Benjamin Savšek convincingly won the men's C-1 slalom to earn the first gold medal for Slovenia at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the second overall medal for the country. The 34-year-old finished 3.71 seconds ahead of Lukaš Rohan of the Czech Republic and 5.45 seconds ahead of Sideris Tasiadis of Germany. "My first thought was that I managed an excellent run in the finals. A sleepless night is behind me. I finally got the monkey off my back, I had been working hard for this for a long time," he said.

Slovenia beat Argentina in Olympic basketball tournament opener

TOKYO, Japan - Slovenian superstar Luka Dončić scored 48 points as the basketball team cruised past Argentina to open their campaign at the Olympics with a 118:100 win. The first Olympics win for Slovenia came against the runners-up from the last World Cup. Slovenia are on pace to qualify for the elimination round but will probably need at least one more win out of Thursday's encounter with hosts Japan and Sunday's match-up with Spain.

EU finance ministers endorse Slovenia's recovery plan

BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU finance ministers endorsed another four national recovery and resilience plans, including Slovenia's, which the European Commission approved at the beginning of the month. A formal confirmation in writing will follow shortly. Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj Slovenia would get the first funds, EUR 231 million of the EUR 2.5 billion plan, in September at the latest. Cohesion Policy Minister Zvonko Černač said ministries would publish the first calls for applications this year.

Slovenia and Croatia launch platform to fund technology transfer

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian state-owned development bank SID, its Croatian counterpart HBOR and the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed an agreement to establish a regional technology transfer platform under which universities and public research institutions will be able to tap on EUR 40 million to start up and commercialise their development projects. The EIF will chip in EUR 20 million and the two development banks EUR 10 million each.

Slovenia reports 22 coronavirus cases for Sunday

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia confirmed 22 cases of coronavirus on Sunday, more than double the figure of a week ago, as the steady rise in infections continues. A total of 593 PCR tests were confirmed and the positivity rate stood at 3.7%. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population rose by one to 40 and there are now an estimated 850 active cases in the country. Hospital numbers remained flat.

Inquiry finds police response to anti-maskers' attack flawed

LJUBLJANA - An inquiry into police handling an incident in front of the Parliament House in which several MPs were harassed by a group of anti-maskers in early July has found several flaws, including a lack of coordination and a plan of response and subsequent failure to protect the site. The inquiry was launched after criticism that police had been near the scene but did not intervene as several MPs were harassed by protesters after the National Assembly passed amendments to the communicable diseases act.

POP TV survey: SDS in the lead, govt rating remains low

LJUBLJANA - The latest survey conducted by pollster Mediana for POP TV shows that the government enjoys an approval rating of 33%, while 58.8% disapprove of its work and 8.2% were undecided. Among political parties, the ruling Democrats (SDS), at 18%, command a wide lead ahead of the Social Democrats (SD) at 11.7% and the Left at 8%. After five months, president Borut Pahor is back at the top of the list of most popular politicians, overtaking Health Minister Janez Poklukar.

Mercator shareholders endorse plan to offset 2020 loss

LJUBLJANA - Retailer Mercator will offset last year's net loss of EUR 55.4 million in part with retained earnings in the amount of EUR 16.3 million and in part through a simplified decrease in share capital by EUR 36 million, under decisions endorsed by the company's shareholders' meeting. Fortenova, the successor to the bankrupt Croatian holding Agrokor, holds over 89% voting shares in Mercator.

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