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Igor Dakskobler, Iztok Sinjur, Ivan Veber and Branko Zupan

Localities and Sites of Pulsatilla Vernalis in the Julian Alps

Applying the standard Central-European method we phytosociologically studied the sites of Pulsatilla vernalis, a rare and protected species of Slovenian flora, in the frost hollows on mountain pastures Ovčarija and Za Grivo in the Fužina pasturelands (the Triglav mountains, the Julian Alps). We established that it grows in a unique community of swards and heaths which usually extends over small surfaces (4-10 m2) and is dominated by herbaceous perennial species (hemicryptophytes) and dwarf shrubs (chamaephytes) with mostly arcticalpine and south-European montane distribution. This community is explicitly (floristically and ecologically) different from the communities of swards and heaths described in the Julian Alps so far, so we classified it into a new association Pulsatillo vernalis-Dryadetum octopetalae ass. nova (order Rhododendro hirsuti-Ericetalia carneae) and subdivided it into two, floristically and ecologically clearly distinguished subassociations -ericetosum carneae subass. nova and -vaccinietosum subass. nova.

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Iveta Vrabková, Ivana Vaňková and Igor Ivan

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This paper examines the efficiency and public transport accessibility of indirect (devolved) state administration performed by municipalities with extended powers (hereinafter MEPs) in the Czech Republic. Our aim is to evaluate the efficiency of the revenues made by municipalities with extended powers, through performing powers delegated to them by the state administration, and those municipalities’ public transport accessibility as of 31 December, 2014. The rate of efficiency is tested on an output-oriented Free Disposable Hull model. One input variable is selected - the operating expenses of the municipal offices recalculated per inhabitant of the municipality’s administrative district - and two output variables are selected: contribution to the performance of state administration, recalculated per inhabitant of the municipality’s administrative district, and revenues from administrative fees per inhabitant of the municipality’s administrative district. The municipality’s offices’ transport accessibility is evaluated via network analysis using ArcGIS software. The article investigates the hypothesis that public administration deconcentration practices logically result in higher security costs and therefore inefficiency. The results reveal that only 66 of the country’s 205 MEPs are efficient and that operating expenses and state contributions for the performance of state administrative tasks play a significant role in these results. Efficiency is less significantly influenced by administrative fee revenues. Public transport accessibility is analyzed for two time intervals - 6:00 to 8:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm - on Tuesdays. The degree of accessibility is defined using a six-point scale of accessibility. The results show that the best accessibility is in the morning hours, when the offices are accessible for 68.8% of the population aged 15+ in the Czech Republic; the worst accessibility is in the afternoon hours when only 2% of the population aged 15+ can access the offices.

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Peter Rantuch, Igor Wachter, Ivan Hrušovský and Karol Balog

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This contribution is aimed to compare the values of the ignition activation energies of two types of polyamide – Slovamid 6 FRB and Slovamid GF 50 LTS. Samples were isothermally stressed at five different temperatures between 500 °C a 550 °C, while the time to initiation of the flame combustion was monitored. Subsequently from the measured times were compiled Arrhenius plots under which activation energy of ignition of both polymers were calculated. The values of activation energies were 106 kJ.mol−1 and 158.0 kJ.mol−1 for Slovamid 6 FRB 4 and Slovamid 6 GF 50 LTS.

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Ivan Raonić, Zoran Vasić and Igor Pejović

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The tax system of the Republic of Serbia is characterized by a very low level of income taxation. It is a particularly acute problem in cross-checking the tax base. The legislature tried to solve this problem by the introduction of the informative tax return (IPP). The problem is even greater because the situations encountered have not been analysed in science and tax theory, and very often have not been covered by applicable laws. A specific challenge for the tax authorities represent taxpayers whose incomes are primarily realized abroad (usually persons from the world of entertainment). This paper describes the basic forms of tax offences characteristic of income tax evasion and discusses how to solve them, with a particular focus on the implementation of cross-checking the tax base.

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Igor Stojanov, Ivan Pavlović, Ivan Pušić, Jasna Prodanov-Radulović, Radomir Ratajac, Doroteja Marčić and Božidar Savić

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The aim of our study was to determine whether and to what extent certain species of helminths and protozoa are present in the wild boar population living in hunting grounds in Vojvodina. For this purpose, 52 faecal samples of hunted wild boars (aged 6 months to 2 years) were examined. Examination of the faeces was performed using classical coproscopic laboratory methods. The following parasite species were identified: Metastrongylus spp. Ascaris suum, Trichuris suis, Physocephalus sexalatus, Strongyloides ransomi, Oesophagostomum sp. / Globocephalus sp., Hyostrongylus rubidus, Gnathostoma hispidum, Eimeria deblecki and Eimeria suis. The obtained results from this study indicated that wild boars are a potential reservoir of a variety of endoparasites, thus endangering the surrounding ecosystem.

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Ivan O. Misiruk, Oleksandr I. Timoshenko, Valeriy S. Taran and Igor E. Garkusha

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The paper discusses plasma methods for surface modification using the non-self-sustained glow discharge with a hollow anode. This discharge is characterised by low voltage and high values of electron and ion currents. It can be easily excited in vacuum-arc installations that are widely used for coatings deposition. It is shown that such type of discharge may be effectively used for ion pumping, film deposition, ion etching, diffusion saturation of metallic materials, fusion and brazing of metals, and for combined application of above mentioned technologies in a single vacuum cycle.

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Ivan Barbov, Ana Georgievska, Slavica Arsova, Snezhana Lazarova and Igor Petrov

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Introduction. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) are the most common causes of dementia in the elderly. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of brief cognitive tests investigate the diagnostic value of brief cognitive tests in differentiating vascular dementia from Alzheimer’s disease.

Methods. Fifteen patients with mild VaD, 15 patients with probable AD and 30 healthy controls, matched for age, education and dementia severity, were submitted to the following cognitive tests: clock drawing (free drqawing and copy), category of letter fluency, delayed recall test of figures and the EXIT 25 battery.

Results. VaD patients performed worse than AD patients in category fluency (p=0.014), letter fluency (p=0.043) and CLOX 2 (p=0.023), while AD cases performed worse than VaD patients in delayed recall (p=0.013). However, Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves for these tests displayed low sensitivity and specificity for the differential diagnosis between VaD and AD.

Conclusions. Altough the performance of VaD and AD patients was significantly different in some cognitive tests, the value of such instruments in differentiating VaD from AD proved to be very limited.

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Aleksandra Golob, Mateja Germ, Ivan Kreft, Igor Zelnik, Urška Kristan and Vekoslava Stibilj

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In field experiments, tartary buckwheat and hybrid buckwheat were foliarly sprayed with an aqueous solution of sodium selenate (20 mg Se L-1). In treated plants, the selenium content was significantly higher than in controls, irrespective of the plant part and taxon of buckwheat. The highest average Se concentrations in hybrid and tartary buckwheat were found in seeds. The main Se species found in seeds was Semethionine. Selenium-sprayed plants had higher photochemical efficiency of photosystem II in both taxa and higher electron transport system activity in hybrid buckwheat, suggesting a positive effect of Se on physiological characteristics. Because of the concentration of Se in both buckwheat taxa and selenomethionine as the dominant species of Se, Se-enriched buckwheat is a potential source of dietary Se for animals and humans.

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Ondřej Slach, Igor Ivan, Jan Ženka and Andrej Sopkuliak

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The principal objective of this paper is to evaluate the spatial patterns of creative industries in a micro-geographic perspective. As the creative industries represent a highly heterogeneous complex, only selected creative industries were studied (culture, marketing and advertising, printing, publishing, architecture). The polycentric industrial city of Ostrava was chosen as the surveyed area. Various spatial statistical methods (e.g. nearest neighbour analysis, kernel density estimation) were applied for the needs of assessment. The results show that spatial patterns of creative industries at intra-urban level do not vary significantly from their counterparts in Western Europe. Despite the fact that Ostrava is highly industrialized polycentric city with relatively weak position of the city centre, creative industries are highly concentrated into the historical city centre and the inner city.

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Aleksandar Janicijevic, Anica Jevremovic, Vojin Kovacevic, Vuk Scepanovic, Ivan Bogdanovic, Nikola Repac, Igor Djoric and Goran Tasic

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Aneurysms of the temporal superficial artery (TSA) are very rare clinical entity. From 1861 to the present day, is described less than 200 cases. The most common cause of these aneurysms is so called blunt head trauma but there are described many cases of iatrogenic aneurysms, very rarely, aneurysms arise spontaneously. We report a case of 17-year-old patient with spontaneously formatting aneurysm of TSA. Three months prior to admission, he noticed the existence of tumefaction localized frontotemporal on the right side. MSCT angiography of blood vessels of the scalp showed an aneurysm on the frontal branch of TSA diameter of 15 mm. The aneurysm was resected with uneventful postoperative course. PH findings pointed to a true aneurysm. Treatment protocol for the aneurysms of the TSA include clinical monitoring, compression of the aneurysm, the injection of thrombin, endovascular treatment and surgical resection. Surgical resection has proven to be a safe and effective treatment modality and still is the method of choice.