What the Papers Say: Thursday, January 18, 2018

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The front pages of the local papers. 

January 18, 2018

 What follows is a review of headlines in Slovenian dailies for Thursday, 18 January, as prepared by the STA:


"Croatian manipulations with arbitration": Prime Minister Miro Cerar denied claims by Croatian media that Croatia and Slovenia had been near signing an agreement on resolving the border dispute and that he had backed out at the last minute. However, former Slovenian Ambassador to Croatia Vojko Volk sees a shift in Croatia's stance. (front page, 3)

"Phantom institute at paediatrics": Aleksandra Stjepanović will take over as acting boss at the new National Institute of Congenital Heart Diseases, an independent institution established to address the failing children's heart surgery at Slovenia's biggest hospital UKC Ljubljana. However, it is unclear where the surgery will operate and who will work there. (front page, 2)

"Workers in culture will soon 'present bills'": Non-governmental associations in culture are in uproar over the funding provided by the Culture Ministry. "The budget of the Culture Ministry is expanding, but the ministry allocated EUR 300,000 less through programming tenders," NGO Asociacija head Jadranka Plut said. (front page, 16)

"Hello Varaždin, goodbye Zagreb!": The drama of the Slovenian handball team, which threatened to leave the Eurohandball over bad refereeing in the first two games, had a happy ending after all. The team defeated Montenegro 28:19 in a deciding match and advanced to the next stage of the championship. (front page, 20)


"Despite rejected appeal at second level, Slovenia remain at Eurohandball and get to next stage": Slovenia defeated Montenegro in a do-or-die match to advance to the next stage of the European Handball Championship. (front page, 15)

"Accused Cakić 'respected and valued' Gašper Tič": At the pre-trial hearing, Stefan Cakić, who admits causing lethal injuries to actor Gašper Tič by stabbing him, said he did not want to kill the actor and that he had "respected and valued him", as he pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in a state of severely diminished capacity at the pre-trial hearing. (front page,11)


Electric cars
"Number of electric cars rising, but still few": Looking at car sales in the EU over the past year, the business newspaper says that the sales of new cars topped 15 million again, with alternative-fuel cars reaching 5.4% of the sales. The sales of cars running on electricity reached 1.4% share. (front page, 2, 3)

"Series of bad news hits cryptoworld, bitcoin topples": The newspaper lists several reasons that may have caused a plunge in the prices of cryptocurrencies, including South Korea's plans to regulate the market. It also wonders whether the 50% plunge in the value of bitcoin over the past month is a correction or the bubble bursting. (front page, 8)

"Slovenians who ran aground in Agrokor": The paper runs a list of Slovenian companies that have claims in Agrokor, with retailer Mercator, which is owned by the Croatian conglomerate, having the biggest allowed claim of EUR 8.4m. On the other hand, Sberbank Ljubljana's claim of EUR 63.6m has been contested. (front page, 4, 5)


"New prison in three years": The Justice Ministry plans to start building a new prison in Ljubljana next year. The new prison, whicih is set to alleviate overcrowding, is set for completion in 2021. (front page, 2, 3)

"I didn't want him dead": The 21-year old Stefan Cakić admitted to stabbing actor Gašper Tič with a knife, but he said he had virtually no recollection of the event as he pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges. (front page, 21)

Financing of home for elderly
"Money is secured": The Ministry of Labour, the Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities has secured the planned financing for the Danica Vogrinec Home for the Elderly. The move comes one day after the newspaper reported about the ministry going back on a promise to co-finance the renovation of the home to the tune of EUR 2.5m in three years. (front page, 10)

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