Goran Dragić Tops List of Most Influential Slovenes

By , 25 Apr 2018, 10:59 AM Made in Slovenia
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STA, 25 April 2018 – Basketball player Goran Dragić tops the list of the 100 most influential Slovenians in 2017 as compiled by media professionals, and is followed by another five figures from the world of sports. US First Lady Melania Trump placed seventh and President Borut Pahor, as the highest rated politician, eighth.

The list features mostly politicians, businessmen, scientists, artists and journalists, but is distinguished from similar lists in that the first six places are taken by athletes or sports officials.

Basketball player Luka Dončić placed second, followed by skier Ilka Štuhec, UEFA boss Aleksander Čeferin, former national basketball team coach Igor Kokoškov and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

While Pahor is the highest rated politician, his challenger at last year's presidential election Marjan Šarec placed 19th. Opposition SDS leader Janez Janša took 28th place and outgoing PM Miro Cerar 35th.

Marjan Batagelj, the director of the company which operates the tourist attraction Postojna Cave, emerged as the most influential business person in 10th place.

Several media owners, directors and journalists have made it to the list: Pro Plus director general Pavle Vrabec and CEO of the company which owns publisher Delo Stojan Petič as well as radio host Miha Šalehar and TV news anchor Slavko Bobovnik.

The list also features scientists, such as astrophysicist Andreja Gomboc and biochemist Roman Jerala from the National Institute of Chemistry.

Pop singer Magnifico (12th) is the most influential artist, while actress Katarina Čas and writer Boris Pahor are also among the influential Slovenians.

Trade unionists Lidija Jerkič and Branimir Štrukelj, Court of Audit boss Tomaž Vesel, Cardinal Franc Rode and Ljubljana Archbishop Stanislav Zore are also on the list.

The list was compiled by 14 editors, journalists and directors of several Slovenian media outlets and published in a special edition of the Obrazi (Faces) magazine on Wednesday.

An influential person was defined as a professional or volunteer who generated major activity or change in the field in which they were active last year.

"Such a person has made an indelible mark and is highly regarded in this field," said media house Večer, which publishes Obrazi.

Each of the media professionals first nominated their favourites, with a total of 784 nominations being made for 394 different persons.

Making it the second round were those who had received at least two nominations, while a secret vote determined the 100 winners.

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Slovenia Traffic Info

  • The first significant increase in foreign vehicles driving on Slovenian roads before the main summer tourist season is during the Easter holidays.

    We are therefore expecting increased traffic at the end of this week from Austria and Italy in the direction of the border crossings with Croatia and from Italy to Hungary.

    Holidays in certain parts of Europe start on Thursday, 29 March; therefore, we may expect increased traffic from Austria in the direction of Croatia. On Thursday, we also expect heavy freight traffic and long waiting lines at the border crossings with Croatia.
     

    Roads will be heavily burdened on Friday, 30 March. Heavy congestions can be expected on the Lower Carniola motorway at Dobruška vas due to construction works.
     

    Due to the end of the holidays in most European countries, traffic will be significantly increased in the opposite direction on Monday, 2 April, and Tuesday, 3 April. 


    The electronic tolling system is being implemented on 1 April and short road closures are to be expected during the night.

    When and where there will be the most traffic based on data from previous years: info.


    You can view the travel times on certain sections live on the website of the Traffic Information Centre at www.promet.si.

    Limitations for freight traffic

    Please note that limitations for freight traffic in Slovenia also apply on Easter Friday and later on Sunday and Monday. There will be no limitations in Slovenia on Saturday.

    You can view limitations in Slovenia and in neighbouring countries here.

    Expected construction works and road closures


    A2, Ljubljana - Obrežje

    A full road closure is expected in the Dobruška vas - Drnovo section until 21 May, which will be carried out in five stages. Traffic shall run on the other half of the motorway in both directions. Due to the full closure of the section, the Smednik junction will host temporary passage. Due to the closure of junction sections A and B at the Smednik junction (the expected start of the construction works is at the beginning of April), a detour will run on state-owned roads. The Zaloke jug rest area will be closed for the duration of the closure.

    A2, Ljubljana - Karavanke

    From Monday, 16 April to Thursday, 19 April from 8am to 4pm there will be maintenance works in the Karavanke tunnel.
    Traffic will run at intervals with waiting times at each end of the tunnel of up to 30 minutes. The maximum transport width is 3.5m.   à

    A1. Ljubljana - Koper, H4, Vipavska dolina

    As part of adjusting the toll booths for the DarsGo system, there will be a full half hour closure of the Divača - Kozina section on Monday, 2 April between 12am and 1am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Videž gantry. There will be a short closure of the Gabrk - Sežana vzhod section on Tuesday, 3 April between 4am and 6am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Dane gantry. Traffic will also occasionally be hindered outside the listed dates.

    Within the next phase of a more extensive renovation of the Vipava expressway, the worn roads in certain sections of the Vipava-Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina-Selo expressway in the total length of 7.7km will be renewed in each direction. The contractor will begin the renovation works as soon as the weather allows for it or after the end of the winter service on the motorways and expressways at the latest, most probably in the last third of March.

    A1 Maribor - Ljubljana, A5 Maribor - Lendava

    On the night of 1 April, traffic will be hindered at toll booths on the A1 at CP Vransko, CP Kompolje and CP Pesnica, on the A5 at CP Dragotinci, and on the A4 at CP Prepolje due to the implementation of the new traffic signalisation. CP Vransko will also have a half hour full closure in both directions at around midnight.

    Due to road patching works, traffic will be hindered at CP Vransko on Saturday, 31 March. 

    From Tuesday, 3 April to Saturday, 7 April, road patching works will commence on the A5 motorway at Vučja vas, Murska Sobota.
    On Saturday, 7 April, lines will be painted for the toll booths on the Styria motorway, while road patching works at CP Tepanje will commence on Sunday, 8 April.

    Prevention

    We are already seeing bikers on our roads and numerous national prevention initiatives to increase the safety of bikers are already taking place. The purpose of the initiatives is to make bikers aware of the importance of preparing appropriately at the start of the biker season, of wearing protective gear, of unexpected situations on the roads and of other participants in road traffic. More can be found at the link bikers.

    Speed as a risk factor remains one of the main reasons for traffic accidents and is an important contributor to the severity of consequences and the number of people severely or mortally injured in these accidents. Therefore we urge you to be attentive and to adjust your speed to the conditions on the road!

    Traffic information

    We suggest that you check the status of the roads using:
    - the website www.promet.si,
    - the PIC operator by dialling 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - the social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roadswishes you a pleasant and prudent drive.

     

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