Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 9 January 2022

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Daily Covid case count up to 4,469

LJUBLJANA - A total of 4,469 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Friday, the highest daily figure in the latest wave of the epidemic. The latest cases, a 169% increase on the week before, pushed the 14-day incidence per 100,000 people to 1,508, up 160 from the day before and the 7-day average of new daily cases rose by 401 to 3,068. Six more Covid-19 patients died, while the total number of those hospitalised fell to 538, with 156 in intensive care, official data shows.

Protest figurehead sued over policing costs

LJUBLJANA - The newspaper Dnevnik and news portal N1 reported that Jaša Jenull, one of the figureheads of Friday's bicycle protests, faces a lawsuit in which the Interior Ministry alleges his responsibility for the costs of policing a 2020 anti-government rally amounting to EUR 2,255. Jenull described the lawsuit as a violation of the constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful protest, denying he organised the protests, which he said were spontaneous.

Sweden's Hector wins Kranjska Gora giant slalom

KRANJSKA GORA - Sara Hector of Sweden won the women's Alpine Ski World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora ahead of France's Tessa Worley in second (+0.96s) and Italian Marta Bassino in third (+1.32). The best Slovenian was Tina Robnik in 8th (+2.06). The 58th Golden Fox Cup, which has been moved from its original Pohorje venue due to a lack of snow for the third year running, will wrap up tomorrow with a slalom. For the second year the meet is being held without spectators due to Covid-19 protocols.

December in Ljubljana one of dreariest on record

LJUBLJANA - 2021 made for a quite dry, sunny and warm year in Slovenia but the month of December in Ljubljana was one of the dullest on record with only 18 hours of sunshine. Last year was the 17th warmest in 60 years with temperatures roughly 0.7 degrees above the average for 1981-2010. It was also the 12th driest and the 7th sunniest with about 11% more sunshine than in an average year, Gregor Vertačnik, a climatologist at the Environment Agency, told the STA.

Austrian firm acquires almost a third of Melamin

KOČEVJE - Panta Rhei Beratungs- und Beteiligungs, an Austrian firm in majority Slovenian ownership, has recently acquired just over 30% of Melamin to become the biggest single owner of the Kočevje-based chemical company. A filing with the Ljubljana Stock Exchange shows Panta Rhei recently bought a 30.62% stake in Melamin from the Bank Assets Management Company, which gives it 33.29% of voting rights. Speaking for the firm, Martin Wodak said they did not plan to increase the stake bid for a takeover.

Over 60 cruise ships expected at Koper this year

KOPER - Some 65 cruise ships are expected to bring 80,000 passengers to the Koper port this year. The season is to open on 27 March with the arrival of the Viking Sky. Compared to pre-Covid 2019, a major decline has been recorded as ships cannot fill all the beds due to coronavirus restrictions. Given the current bookings, 10% fewer cruise ships and 30% fewer passengers are to arrive at the port compared to 2019, the operator Luka Koper told the STA.

Crocheters making coat of arms in Guinness record bid

SLOVENJ GRADEC - A group of crochet enthusiasts launched an attempt to get their craft immortalised in the Guinness World Records bible of achievements and curiosities. They are trying to set a record of making 1,000 crochet items, including crocheted coats of arms of Slovenia's 212 municipalities, the image of the traditional potica cake and portraits of poets, to honour the 30th anniversary of the country's independence.


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