Daily headlines - Friday, 23 July

Ljubljana, 23 July - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Friday, 23 July:


Tokyo Olympics
"Powerful Slovenia headed for the Games full of hope": Team Slovenia are eager for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games to get under way today, having plenty of reasons for optimism. (front page, page 9, 22, 23)

Covid testing business
"Keen competition for testing": As rapid testing becomes self-pay on 23 August for most people, the list of private providers approved by the Health Ministry to perform such services is getting longer, currently numbering close to 120. One of them is a company owned by a relative of Bojana Beović, a former chief Covid-19 advisor to the government. (front page, page 7)

Koper-Divača rail track
"Second track becoming reality": The Koper-Divača rail track, the biggest state investment project at the moment, valued at almost one billion euro, is becoming a reality. A two-week delay has built up, but builders will be able to make up for it through faster tunnel boring methods. (front page, page 8)


Car industry
"Chip shortages disrupting production": After the Covid-19 pandemic, the car industry is being disrupted by chip shortages. Revoz, the Slovenian subsidiary of Renault, shut down unexpectedly for three weeks in July due to disruption in supplies. (front page, page 5)

Ljubljana traffic management
"Some speed bumps installed at residents' request": Speed bumps regularly feature as a topic on the Ljubljana city's web portal for civic initiatives with some residents asking for the bumps to be placed in their street and some calling for their removal. (front page, page 9)


Tokyo Olympics
"Set the alarm and cheer!": After the opening ceremony, riders Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič will be among Slovenia's first trump cards at the 32nd Summer Olympic Games as early as Saturday. (front page, page 9, 22, 23)

"One purple response not enough": Maribor will have a difficult job in the return leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League after Hammarby secured a 3:1 advantage in the first leg in Stockholm. (front page, page 24)

Tax administration
"Challenges of chief tax officer": Contrary to the popular belief, Ivan Simič, director of the Financial Administration, believes people in Slovenia pay taxes quite well. (front page, pages 4, 5)

"Ptuj tourism faltering": Ptuj, Slovenia's oldest city, has been affected by a substantial drop in visitor numbers, except for the spa Terme Ptuj. (front page, pages 15)

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