August 23, 2006 |
After the United States whipped Slovenia, 114-95, Tuesday night at Sapporo, Japan, LeBron James was asked if he would guarantee a FIBA world championship. "No way," James said with a chuckle. "It's too far away." But after three double-digit victories, the idea of the U.S. winning its first world championships since 1994 isn't far-fetched. The U.S. has won its Group D games against Puerto Rico, China and Slovenia by an average of 20.3 points. It hasn't trailed after halftime.
July 10, 2005 |
I first saw them through the window of our train as it pulled into the station at Pragersko, on the way from Ljubljana to Ptuj. There they were, strange, woolly creatures with scary masks, jumping and whirling, the cowbells on their belts creating a cacophonous symphony. These were the kurents I'd read about.
May 15, 2005 |
IF your heart is set on Europe but you hesitate because of the high prices and weak dollar, consider a peek at the low-profile country of Slovenia. Slovenia, formerly an iron curtain country, is at the northernmost section of the former Yugoslavia. It is smaller than New Jersey but is filled with Baroque cities and Alpine lakes, fine wines and Adriatic resorts, all virtually unaffected by Yugoslavia's civil war in the 1990s.
March 27, 2005 |
DESPITE the weak dollar, places still exist where U.S. currency has retained its strength and where Americans can travel relatively inexpensively. The following are typical. Slovenia: Eastern Europe is still far cheaper than Western Europe -- except for popular Prague, where even basic hotel rooms now cost well over $100. To see a splendid Baroque city on a par with Prague but without the crowds or inflated prices, head south to Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana.
April 5, 2004 |
Slovenes overwhelmingly voted against restoring the rights of thousands of ethnic Bosnians, Croats and Serbs who were stripped of their citizenship when Slovenia broke away from Yugoslavia. More than 18,000 people were officially erased from state records after Slovenia declared its independence in 1991. The move effectively made them non-persons in the government's eyes.
March 30, 2004 |
President Bush welcomed seven Eastern European nations into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday in a White House ceremony marking only the fourth time the alliance has opened its ranks to new members since its founding after World War II. Bush hailed the new members -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia -- as countries that have triumphed over tyranny.
October 26, 2003 |
Little Slovenia, emerging from Old World shadows, is remaking itself as a regional dynamo, part of a 25-nation European superstate designed to rival the United States. Among Europe's best-kept secrets for its relaxed lifestyle and spectacular Alpine setting, Slovenia exemplifies a quiet revolution that dwarfs imperial dreams dating back a millennium to Charlemagne.
March 24, 2003 |
Slovenia agreed to join NATO, according to final results of a referendum, choosing security over fears of being dominated by the United States. Voters also approved joining the European Union. The referendum was a victory for the government, which believes membership in both organizations is the only way for Slovenia to gain greater international influence. NATO membership was favored by 66%, EU membership by 90%.
December 2, 2002 |
Voters in Slovenia went to the polls to choose a successor to Milan Kucan, the only president the Balkan country has known since it gained independence in 1991. They chose long-serving Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek, who has led the former Yugoslav republic closer to the West. He won about 56% of the vote, while prosecutor Barbara Brezigar, a political novice who campaigned on a message that her country needs new leadership, got 43.7%. Kucan was ineligible for reelection under the constitution.
November 12, 2002 |
Slovenia's prime minister, who has pushed to align the tiny Alpine nation closer with Western Europe, finished first in a presidential election but will have to face a runoff vote. Janez Drnovsek won support with a pragmatic style but fell short of the 50% needed to win outright in Sunday's vote. Drnovsek, 52, who won 44.4% of the vote, will face prosecutor Barbara Brezigar, who got 30.8%, in a runoff Dec. 1. The winner will replace Milan Kucan, barred by law from another term.