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Four cases of police overreach determined during 2021 anti-govt protests
LJUBLJANA - Police officers acted unprofessionally and used disproportionate force in four separate instances at anti-government protests held throughout 2021, shows an Interior Ministry report on complaints against police work. The Interior Ministry has notified the State Prosecution of its findings and the police force has already taken certain measures. At the same time, Minister Tatjana Bobnar issued new guidance for how police should act during public gatherings, revoking earlier guidance by her predecessor.
Review ordered of construction of premises for interior ministry, police
LJUBLJANA - Interior Minister Tatjana Bobnar has ordered a review of the construction of a new building for the Interior Ministry and the police, the Necenzurirano news portal reported. The portal says that the contractor, the state-owned real estate investment firm DSU, rushed with the drafting of the project dossier to get the project so far ahead that it could no longer be stopped. This is said to be due to fear that the project, like many other investments or projects of the previous government, would be halted or subjected to review.
Fresh data on healthcare waiting times expected in a month
LJUBLJANA - For the past two months the Health Ministry has been analysing health care services in 2020 and 2021. Long waiting times have been confirmed as the bane of Slovenia's healthcare with Minister Danijel Bešič Loredan warning about many errors in the IT system. They now aim to obtain up-to-date data in a month. Alenka Kolar, acting head of the healthcare digitalisation directorate, said there were many discrepancies and errors in the system, such as multiple referrals for individual patients. She announced they would first comb through the data and remedy any errors.
Far-right hopeful announces bid for president
LJUBLJANA - Aleš Ernecl, a far-right media personality and Holocaust denier, has announced his plan to join the race for the 23 October presidential election. Ernecl, who made the announcement on YouTube on Thursday evening, sees Slovenia's role in offering Slovenians privileges that they do not have anywhere else. He believes that Slovenians have no voice in the country, and expressed concerns about Euro-Atlantic organisations, which he believes are leading to the extinction of the Slovenian people.
British PM Johnson on holiday in Slovenia
LJUBLJANA - Outgoing British PM Boris Johnson is on a short private trip to Slovenia, the office of Slovenian Prime Minister Rober Golob said as it confirmed British media reports for the STA. Golob's office said that no meeting between the prime ministers was planned. While Downing Street declined to reveal where Johnson is holidaying this week, the British media have reported that he is believed to be in Slovenia with his wife Carrie for a belated honeymoon.
Govt supports gradual introduction of free period products
LJUBLJANA - The government is in favour of a gradual introduction of free period products for women in public institutions and will look into the possibility of dedicated funding, the Government Communications Office (UKOM) told the STA after a recent call for this by the Slovenian Secondary-School Student Organization and the Slovenian Student Union. The organisations said free period products could be funded either from the state budget or from the budgets of individual educational institutions.
Coronavirus case count at 1,450 on Thursday
LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,450 coronavirus cases were logged in Slovenia on Thursday, down 2% from a week ago, as hospitalisations remained stable with 97 patients in hospital due to coronavirus as their main condition and another 14 in intensive care, the latest official statistics show. The 7-day average of confirmed cases dropped to just over 1,470 and the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people was down to almost 1,050.
Small aircraft crash-lands on motorway, no injuries reported
BREZJE - A two-seat aircraft crash-landed on the A2 motorway near Brezje in north Slovenia. There were two passengers on board and both survived the emergency landing without injuries, Kranj police said. Preliminary information indicates the pilot had engine problems and decided to land the aircraft on the motorway instead of flying back to the nearby Lesce airfield. The pilot reported problems to air traffic control before making the emergency landing, Slovenia Control told the STA. The aircraft is registered in Austria and has the logo of Austrian Aviation Training, a Klagenfurt-based company, on its tail.
Dragić reuniting with national team to defend EuroBasket title
LJUBLJANA - Slovenian basketball star Goran Dragić has decided to rejoin the Slovenian men's team to defend the 2017 title at this year's EuroBasket in what is a change of heart after bidding his teammates farewell. Dragić, who recently signed a deal with NBA's Chicago Bulls, tweeted "I'm back" along with the hashtag EuroBasket and a photo of himself holding the 2017 cup. The Slovenian Basketball Association responded to his decision by tweeting "Happy day today".
Maribor start UEFA Europa League qualifiers with a loss
MARIBOR - Slovenian champions Maribor are in trouble after the first leg of the third qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League, as they lost at home on Thursday evening 0:2 to HJK Helsinki. After dropping out of the qualifying for the elite UEFA Champions League, Maribor got a second chance in the second-tier Europa League, but the things did not start well for them despite the support of some 7,000 fans in Ljudski Vrt Stadium. The return leg will be played on 11 August in Helsinki.
Artist Kostja Gatnik dies
LJUBLJANA - Kostja Gatnik, a versatile visual artist, has died at the age of 76, his family told the STA. He was best known as an illustrator and comic book author. He received a number of awards, including the Prešeren Prize for lifetime achievement, the country's top accolade in the arts world. Gatnik also won the Levstik and the Hinko Smrekar prizes for his children's literature and illustration work, respectively.
Lil Pump to headline Offline festival
PTUJ - Thousands of electronica fans are expected to flock to Ptuj for a two-day Offline festival of electronica and hip hip, which will be headlined by US rapper star Lil Pump and will feature more than 30 DJs on the outskirts of Slovenia's oldest city on Friday and Saturday. Lil Pump is currently the household name of the new (t)rap wave, filling stages, stadiums and other concert venues. Among the DJs performing will be Mike Williams and Morten, coming to Ptuj straight from Tomorrowland festival.
Early music festival kicks off in Radovljica
RADOVLJICA - The quaint town of Radovljica in the north-west of the country hosts the 40th iteration of its early music festival from 5 to 23 August, this year focusing on music from the 16th to the 20th century. A total of ten concerts will feature renowned names such as soprano Amanda Forsythe, violinist Bojan Čičić, tenor Aco Aleksander Bišćević, double-bassist David Sinclair, the string quartet Altemps, the renaissance flute consort Phaedrus and the ensemble Opera Prima.
Cross-border festival of contemporary art returns to Slovenia
GORNJA RADGONA - Hochsommer, a festival of contemporary art, starts in several towns on Slovenia's border with Austria and Hungary today. In the ten days of the festival, numerous admission-free art events will be held, from concerts, exhibitions, and readings, to plays and performances. Under the banner Overcoming The Void, the festival, which is taking place in Slovenia for the second time, will strive to address the different types of void - an empty space, feelings of emptiness and remoteness.