November 25, 2022

Bear rewilding in Trentino, Italy – in pictures

The number of bears in the Italian Alps is gradually increasing after a successful rewilding project that involved bringing bears from Slovenia. Photojournalist Luca Rotondo visited Trentino to take a look at what was happening Continue reading...
November 22, 2022

Saudi Arabia stun Argentina as Salem al-Dawsari winner crowns comeback

The World Cup has a shocking World Cup story and this time it concerns the football. It began with Lionel Messi creating another record for Argentina and ended with the superstar staring disconsolately into the middle distance after Saudi Arabia staged a stunning upset to end the Copa América holders’ 36-game unbeaten run.A stupendous strike from Salem al-Dawsari, moments after Saleh al-Shehri had cancelled out Messi’s early penalty, brought Saudi Arabia a victory that left the Lusail Stadium buzzing with an audible sense of disbelief long after the final whistle. The Saudi Arabia bench poured on to the pitch when the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic finally ended their torment after eight long minutes of stoppage time. The captain, Salman al-Faraj, helped off injured in the first half, hobbled back on with crutches to join the wild celebrations. Continue reading...
November 17, 2022

Not so steep – readers’ favourite affordable skiing options

Speeding down mountainsides has become a hobby for the well-to-do, but if you scout around, our tipsters say, good-value options can be found. Scroll down for the winning tipWe took a family ski trip to Slovenia a few years ago with our daughter, who was seven at the time, and we wanted to try a smaller resort. We took the train from the UK to Bohinj via Ljubljana and Jasenice. In Bohinj we stayed near the foot of the cable car that goes up to the slopes of Vogel. It proved the perfect place for our daughter to learn with the brilliant local ski school and for the rest of us to enjoy some of the more challenging slopes. Lift passes were relatively cheap (this year €40 a day for adults) and as such we didn’t feel the pressure to maximise our piste time; instead, we also got to explore nearby Bled and the snowy walks at Bohinj too.Layla Astley Continue reading...
November 14, 2022

Revealed: secret courts that allow energy firms to sue for billions accused of ‘bias’ as governments exit

Secret court set up under energy charter treaty accused of conflicts of interest, self-regulation issues and institutional biasA secret court system that allows fossil fuel investors to sue governments for vast amounts of money has been accused of institutional bias, self-regulation issues and perceived conflicts of interest, as the drumbeat of EU countries leaving threatens to turn into a samba march.On Wednesday, the EU will be meeting to discuss reform of the energy charter treaty (ECT) but at the end of last week, Germany became the latest European country to announce its intention to leave the treaty. Slovenia exited earlier in the week, after similar moves by France, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland. The UK is now one of the last large economies to remain in the ECT. Continue reading...
November 5, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war live: Kherson looted ahead of expected battle for city; Russian conscripts receiving ‘little or no training’

Russian troops taking vehicles, art and even religious artefacts from Kherson; UK says Russia struggling to train new recruitsAbout 500 power generators have been sent to Ukraine by 17 EU countries to help with the energy problems caused by Russian attacks.Counties including Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark, Germany and Spain sent the pieces of kit through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Continue reading...
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