Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 18 July 2022

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Ministry urges support for ICC on 20th anniversary

LJUBLJANA - On Day of International Criminal Justice, the Foreign Ministry marked the 20th anniversary since the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), took effect on 1 July, by underscoring the court's role and calling for sufficient political and financial support for it. The war in Ukraine has "emphasized the ICC's role in ensuring accountability for the most serious crimes and the urgent need for sufficient political and financial support for the court's work," said the ministry.

More than 180 battle wildfire in Kras

RENČE - More than 180 firefighters are battling a fast spreading wildfire in the north-western Kras, near the border with Italy, helped by an army chopper. An Italian civil protection helicopter has also been activated and a European solidarity mechanism deployed with a request for a Canadair. The fire broke out in the steep and hard to access terrain above Renče in the Vipava Valley, but then spread toward the village of Kostanjevica na Krasu and Cerje with the help of string bora wind.

Roglič quits Tour de France due to injuries

NANTES, France - Primož Roglič pulled out of the Tour de France for a second straight year due to injuries sustained in a crash in the chaotic 5th stage on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles. Ahead of stage 15, his team Jumbo-Visma announced the 31-year-old was quitting the race to be able to recover from his injuries. "I'm proud of my contribution to the current standings and I trust that the team will realise our yellow and green ambitions," Roglič said. His teammate Jonas Vingegaard is currently in the lead.

Vicious Cat award for Taiwanese film The Sadness

LJUTOMER - The Sadness, a Taiwanese film in which mutation of a flu-like virus causes an outbreak of hellish violence on the streets of Taipei, won the Vicious Cat for best feature film as the 18th Grossman Festival of Fantastic Film and Wine came to a close in Ljutomer late on Saturday. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Rob Jabbaz in his feature-length directorial debut, The Sadness was praised by the judging panel headed by director Jack Sholder as a great genre film.

Over two-thirds of waste water was treated in 2021

LJUBLJANA - Almost 233 million cubic metres of waste water was brought into the public sewage system in Slovenia last year, which is up 0.6% from the year before. More than two-thirds of waste water was treated before being released into the environment, the Statistics Office data shows. Almost 55% of waste water came from rainwater, followed by waste water from households (31%) and other activities, including industry (6%) and agriculture (0.2%).

Firefighters converging on Celje for Olympics

CELJE - Firefighters from twenty countries began gathering in Celje for the 17th International Fire Brigade Competitions, popularly known as the Firefighting Olympics, in what is the biggest such event ever held in Slovenia. Featuring more than 2,600 participants from 198 teams, the Olympics will officially start on Wednesday with a concert featuring more than 200 participants. Running until next Sunday, the Olympics will be accompanied by a number of events aimed at the general public.

Average Slovenian eats four litres of ice cream a year

LJUBLJANA - An average Slovenian indulges in nearly four litres of ice cream at home a year, shows data released by the Statistics Office to mark unofficial holiday celebrating this treat. Slovenia exports far more ice cream than it imports. Last year, Slovenia imported ice cream worth almost EUR 16 million, mainly from Germany and Croatia, but it exported more than five times as much, primarily to the UK and Germany. Ice Cream Day celebrations originate from the US. They peak on the third Sunday in July.

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