Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 19 September 2021

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Tonin discusses cooperation with Czech counterpart

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Defence Minister Matej Tonin, who is concluding a two-day visit to the Czech Republic on Saturday, meet his Czech counterpart Lubomir Metnar on the sidelines of NATO Days on Friday to discuss cooperation in international operations and bilateral cooperation in defence, including in mountain warfare.

1,248 new coronavirus infections recorded on Friday, three deaths

LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,248 new coronavirus infections were recorded in Slovenia on Friday, according to the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). Three Covid-19 patients died and the number of patients in hospitals has increased but the share of adults who have received the first shot of a Covid vaccine topped 60%, the government said.

Minister says Covid pass introduced to restrain epidemic not enforce vaccination

MARIBOR - Health Minister Janez Poklukar said in an interview with the newspaper Večer that the expansion of the Covid pass requirement had been introduced to put the epidemic under control not to force anyone to get vaccinated. He said hospitals would soon need to restrict access to their services due to rising Covid-19 hospitalisations.

Fraport Slovenija to get new head in October

LJUBLJANA - Fraport Slovenija, the company managing the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, will get a new head next month, as the term of Zmago Skobir expires at the end of September. He will be succeeded by Babett Stapel, who is currently serving as managing director, Fraport Slovenija told the STA. Skobir will remain a procurator and adviser to the management.

Catholic youth gathering in Stična celebrates 40th anniversary

STIČNA - Youth Stična, a gathering of Catholic youths, is under way today, focussing on the issue of fear and insecurity among the young. Marking the 40th anniversary, the event was addressed by President Borut Pahor and Alojzij Cvikl, the archbishop of Marbor. Pahor urged the youth to strive for dialogue, tolerance and respect.

Best youth and children's book prize goes to Sebastijan Pregelj

MARIBOR - Sebastijan Pregelj is the winner of this year's Večernica prize for the best youth and children's book written in the past year. He won the award given out by the Maribor-based newspaper Večer for his book Vrnitev (Return), the sixth book from a series of stories on life in the late Stone Age in the Ljubljana marshes. Večer reported online. Pregelj will accept the award worth EUR 3,000 at a literary festival in the city of Murska Sobota on 19 September.

ICT sector maintains robust growth

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenia sector of information and communications technologies (ICT) continued to grow in 2020. Both the number of staff working in the sector and its revenue rose, show the latest Statistics Office data. The number of employees and the self-employed working in ICT rose by 2% to almost 30,000. Revenue likewise rose by 2% to EUR 4.55 billion, which compares to a 6% drop in revenue for the corporate sector as a whole.

Floorings maker Juteks reports higher sales, profit

ŽALEC - Juteks, a maker of floorings owned by the Belgian Beaulieu International Group, has not been affected much by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales revenue rose by 2.3% to EUR 43.3 million in 2020 and net profit was up by more than 30% to EUR 5.8 million. Earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortisation was almost a quarter higher at EUR 9 million, whereas operating profit, at EUR 7.1 million, was up by 31% over the year before, shows the company's annual report.

Levitating turntable maker goes into receivership

LJUBLJANA - Mag-Lev Audio, a Slovenian startup that developed the first levitating turntable in the world and collected EUR 800,000 in Kickstarter and Indie Gogo campaigns, has gone into receivership. After launching production, the company failed to find a market for its product. The Nova Gorica District Court launched receivership proceedings on 10 September, according to the AJPES agency for legal records.

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