The List of Titles Expands
The best known are the "Slovenian of the year" award (Slovenec leta) in its 15th year and organised by the weekly Nedeljski Dnevnik, and "Slovenian woman of the year"(Slovenka leta) organised by Jana, a woman's weekly that started the award 18 years ago. Jana's readers chose to reward Doctor Mojca Sencar, who is the voice of Europa Donna in Slovenia. She has dedicated her life to raising awareness to breast cancer, a disease that she herself suffered from 25 years ago. Feeling honoured already to be nominated in a circle of remarkable women, she also believes that readers awarded not just herself, but primarily "the long lasting work of the organisation and voluntarism". Nedeljski Dnevnik gave their title to previous president of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, who accepted this popularity prize for the 13th time! He was followed by the 2004-laureate archbishop Alojzij Uran and the current president, Janez Drnovsek. The readers chose actress and TV comedian Natasa Tic Ralijan as their Slovenian Woman of 2005 and gave the title of "Honoured Slovenian" to Mojca Sencar, again for her fight against cancer. Rowers Iztok Cop and Luka Spik became "Names of the Year" by the choice of listeners of radio Val 202, while gymnasts Mitja Petkovsek and Aljaz Pegan reign in sports; all for their excellent results - the world champions title in their respective disciplines. While most recipients are chosen by readers or listeners, this is not always the case: the editorial board of the daily Delo names their own "Personality" of the year. For 2005, this was entrepreneur Igor Akrapovic, since "in times of the reforms, he is the man who embodies all what awaits us in the future". The Akrapovic company, specialized in exhaust system construction, which started with 6 employees, now employs over 230 people. These are just the most known of the Slovenia-wide titles; however numerous local media and specialized groups have their own contests. In general the titles are awarded to people for their positive accomplishments in the past and often the winners (with the record-holding Milan Kucan) reappear in various lists. Although most selections are done at the end of the year, you might catch the "Manager of the Year", "Entrepreneur of the Year" and others at the end of January, in March or even later. (M.P.) Passion for Passat The Passat, Volkswagen's family sedan, has beaten Renault's popular compact, Clio, for the title of Slovenian Car of the Year for 2006. The Passat got 33 points from the jury made up of eight Slovenian car publications as well as viewers and listeners of public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, the publishers of car magazine Avto Foto Market said on Friday. The Clio finished only a point behind the winner. Third place went to the Mazda 5 minivan with 18 points. The Leon, Seat's hip hatchback, and the BMW 3 series finished fourth and fifth with 15 and 14 points, respectively.