This summary was prepared by STA:
Slovenian PEN condemns the attack on Salman Rushdie
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian PEN center joined writers, celebrities and politicians in the West in condemning Friday’s attack on award-winning writer Salman Rushdie at an event in the USA, which left him in hospital with severe stab wounds. “Salman Rushdie is an inspiration to all who fight against obscurantism and the abuse of religion for political purposes,” wrote the president of the Slovenian PEN, Tanja Tuma, in response to the attack on the author of the novel The Satanic Verses from 1988. Tuma, who is also the head of the committee International Writers for Peace, drew attention to a statement by the International PEN, in which its president Burhan Sonmez said that “no one should be attacked, let alone attacked for the peaceful expression of their views”.
European champion climber Janja Garnbret
MUNICH, Germany – Slovenia’s top climber Janja Garnbret claimed the title of European leader in the lead, her second European title after one combined in 2017. The Olympic combined champion from Tokyo aims for two more gold medals at the European Championships in Germany, in combination and bouldering. The other Slovenian in the final was Mia Krampl, who took fourth place.
Government officials expressed condolences over the shooting in Montenegro
LJUBLJANA – Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob strongly condemned the shooting spree in Montenegro, in which a man killed eleven people on the streets of Cetinje on Friday. On Friday evening, he took to Twitter, where he expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and to his Montenegrin colleague Dritan Abazović. This was followed on Saturday by Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon, who expressed her sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims and the residents of Montenegro, where three days of mourning began today.
More than 15% state share of Cetis is for sale
LJUBLJANA – Slovenian state holding (SDH) is collecting binding offers for the purchase of a 15.4% stake in Cetis, a company from Celje specializing in the printing of secure documents such as passports. Until September 9, potential investors can send binding offers for a total of 30,803 Cetis shares owned by SSH and the state fund KAD. SSH has been looking for a buyer for the stake several times, most recently in November 2020. In 2021, Cetis generated a net profit of EUR 7.2 million with revenues of EUR 78.3 million.
Tourism numbers are approaching or already exceeding pre-Covid levels
LJUBLJANA/KOPER – Tourist workers across the country are satisfied with this year’s summer tourist season, as the numbers have approached or even surpassed pre-Covid levels. The coast, the capital, mountain regions and many spas have reached new post-pandemic highs. Although there are some problems with the lack of staff, this has not significantly affected the situation, say coastal tourism workers, who are happy that foreign tourists have returned after the pandemic.
15% of employees are missing in Slovenian prisons
LJUBLJANA – There is a shortage of more than 100 employees to meet security standards in prisons, and the problem is compounded by low pay and low interest in this profession. The Administration for Serving Prison Sentences employs 554 employees and 16 job candidates, and according to personnel regulations for 2018, it should have as many as 672, according to data from the Ministry of Justice. Shortages are also a problem when prison officers have to accompany incarcerated persons to facilities outside prisons, including courts.
Hikers were warned about the use of navigation in the mountains
LJUBLJANA – The Kranj Police Department urged those going to the mountains to use marked routes and official maps rather than GPS navigation, which can lead them into dangerous situations. The call comes after rescue teams had to rescue several hikers – all foreign nationals – four times in the last month in the Vogel area of the Julian Alps. The route, which was the reason for two of the four rescue operations, has already been deleted from Google Maps, the message says.