Thursday, 27 January 2022

Meteor Travelling 22 Kilometres Per Second Burns Up in Croatian Skies

January the 27th, 2022 - An impressive meteor travelling at 22 kilometres per second burned up in Croatian skies during the evening hours on the 25th of January.

When it comes to freak natural events, we've had quite enough of them. From pandemics and earthquakes, the sight of a burning meteor hurtling at an unstoppable speed towards Croatia was the last thing most people wanted to witness on a quiet winter evening, despite how impressive it looked. Luckily, the meteor burned up in the atmosphere, leaving nothing of itself left behind on earth.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian Astronomical Union reported that a meteorite glowing like a brand new moon burned up in Croatian skies at around 18:00 on the 25th of January, 2022, and according to preliminary results, nothing is left of it because it burned up completely in the atmosphere just northwest of Zadar.

''Considering the numerous reports and inquiries from people, we would like to inform you that a meteor with a level of brightness like a new moon with a magnitude of about -7, which was moving at a speed of about 22 kilometres per second, burned up in Croatians skies in the evening of the 25th of January at around 18:00,'' the statement from the aforementioned union said.

The stunningly bright meteor was recorded on its journey down to earth by the cameras of the Croatian, ie the Global Meteor Network.

According to the calculation done of the orbit, the meteor which burned up in Croatian skies close to the area of Zadar was sporadic, meaning that it didn't belong to any currently known meteor swarm, and it originated from the asteroid belt between the planets of Mars and Jupiter, which lie at distances of 330.13 million kilometres and 871.25 million kilometres from Earth, respectively.

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Thursday, 27 January 2022

New Season of Popular Jack Ryan Series to be Filmed in Dubrovnik?

January the 27th, 2022 - The Pearl of the Adriatic, Croatia's tourist Mecca... whatever you want to call it... Dubrovnik has been a filming destination for large companies from across the world for several years now. With Robin Hood, Game of Thrones and Star Wars under its belt, a new series of the popular series Jack Ryan is allegedly set to be filmed in Dubrovnik next.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatia's stunning southernmost city will be the backdrop for yet another mega-popular series, as Dnevnik Nova TV found out, as the new season of the Jack Ryan series will be filmed in Dubrovnik. The star of this action thriller is John Krasinski, and filming in the beautiful UNESCO city under Srdj will, according to sources, begin next month.

"The idea of if being filmed in Dubrovnik came to our notice. If it weren't for the Game of Thrones, there would have been next to no tourists in Dubrovnik during the two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Even today, some Korean women ask when locals when they're planning take the backdrop down,'' said Ante.

The gorgeous old Jesuit Stairs, which were already popular for things like wedding photos, became even more popular after they appeared in an American series. Dubrovnik is now expecting another big production which will be very welcome for most following two very difficult years for tourism, with Dubrovnik being a destination people typically reach only be air.

"According to information from the City of Dubrovnik, about 300 people will participate in this project," said reporter Mario Juric.

Extras are already wanted for what is set to be filmed in Dubrovnik, but some local people don't like seeing all the filming going on. They come here, they create chaos and the question remains how much it suits us, it's not all about the money. Is the message clear?'' noted local Dubrovnik tourist guide Ranko Bautovic.

There is currrently a vow of silence about all other details about what is allegedly set to be filmed in Dubrovnik from the city administration, the American-Croatian production company, as well as from HAVC.

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Thursday, 27 January 2022

Croatian Children to Take Covid Tests Before School on Mondays

January the 27th, 2022 - All Croatian children currently in the education system will need to be tested for the presence of coronavirus before entering their school buildings on Mondays.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the testing of Croatian children before they head into their classrooms would be done with rapid antigen tests, on Mondays, when still at home, and this new move should begin in about ten days. This is to address the problem of a growing number of Croatian children being placed in self-isolation.

An increasing number of those infected are causing problems for the functioning of the country's schools as well. An increasing number of entire classes of children are ending up in isolation, and no one is satisfied with online teaching. Decisions about self-isolation are made literally from class to class, which is why some children have been in self-isolation more than once and weren't even unwell. As an alternative, it is suggested that Croatian children are tested for the presence of the novel coronavirus every week with rapid antigen tests so that they don't have to self-isolate.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic also spoke about this new measure for schools.

“Every bad thing also brings something good with it, and that good thing is that we can see the healthcare system is managing and working. Wanting to have as many children in the classrooms as possible, I think that such a solution, where they'd be tested, would be appropriate,'' said the Prime Minister.

They say the same in the competent Ministry, where they unofficially confirmed that the models and possibilities of applying testing are now being actively discussed. The goal is to abolish self-isolation completely, which is being worked on in other European countries such as Belgium and the United Kingdom. The way to get to that, they say, is with testing.

"It's in everyone's interest to return all Croatian children from self-isolation to school in their normal classrooms as soon as possible. That's the main goal,'' they explained from the Ministry, 24sata reports.

The testing of Croatian children could begin in about ten days, and only those students who are actually infected should be put into self-isolation, Nova TV has learned.

Schools now need to be equipped with tests, and around 30,000 students across the Republic of Croatia are currently in self-isolation. In the C model, there are 255 primary and secondary schools with complete online teaching, mostly located in Osijek-Baranja County.

“It would be done in such a way that these tests would be distributed to students and their parents. For example, on Mondays, before they go to school, their condition is checked quickly. All those who would be negative, would not automatically go into self-isolation, but would remain in the classroom as negative,'' explained Davor Bozinovic.

According to these new rules, vaccinated Croatian children won't have to go into self-isolation at all, nor will those who caught COVID-19 and recovered and were vaccinated in one dose, regardless of when they were vaccinated. More than 60,000 children are currently vaccinated in Croatia.

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Thursday, 27 January 2022

Klajn House: Crowdfunding to Create Creative Zagorje Oasis in Klanjec

January the 27th, 2022 - Crowdfunding is something rather new outside of the tech industry for Croatia, but the Klajn house team from gorgeous Zagorje are breaking down those limits and bringing crowdfunding platforms closer to culture with their praiseworthy Klajn house project.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, raising money for projects or products through group funding platforms in Croatia seems to primarily be reserved for the blossoming IT sector, rarely does one find much to do with culture on crowdfunding platforms.

Despite that, the spirit of entrepreneurship from the Kucni kolektiv (House collective) association from Klanjec in Zagorje was born. They decided to launch a campaign on Kickstarter to ''do up'' the Klajn house there, a space for cultural and artistic activities. The building has existed since 1937 and has had various purposes for decades now - there were apartments, business premises, restaurants, a hotel hall, a cinema, and the space was managed by the National University of Klanjec conducting a cultural, artistic and educational programme. The association bought the house back in 2019 and decided to renovate and revitalise it. They estimated that they needed 57,000 US dollars for that, ie 375,000 kuna, the amount they set out to "get" through this campaign.

“Our idea is through the concept of bringing life back into the Klajn house as a space, bring some new energies, activate the community and create a safe space for creation, living and performance. The decision to engage in crowdfunding arose from the need to bring the hall into an adequate condition for the desired purposes as soon as possible. We estimated that in this way, we'll manage to reach the required amount in a shorter time period than we would if we depended exclusively on tenders, public invitations and the like. The amount of 57,000 dollars (375,000 kuna) is the estimate of our associate architects and builders who have been with us since we bought the property,'' explained Dunja Bovan (32) and Jerko Marcic (42), who manage the House collective association and co-own the Klajn house.

The whole idea of ​​the functioning of the Klajn house is, they say, based on joint work and the contribution of individuals within the team, which they want to transfer to the renovation of the facility and the creation of programmes as the final goal. The campaign on Kickstarter ends on February the 28th this year, and so far it has received around 13 percent of its end goal.

“We're aware that our goal may be a little too high for average crowdfunding campaigns, especially since this isn't some sort of new miracle in the tech industry, but so far we're satisfied. A lot of people support us and share information about the project, we're in constant communication with people interested in the Klajn house and we believe that the campaign will be successful,'' say Bovan and Marcic.

The works on the Klajn house mean the renovation and equipping of the multifunctional hall, and they include demolition and dismantling, masonry and carpentry works, the purchase of a prefabricated stage and auditorium, a dance floor, the purchase of basic audiovisual and lighting equipment… And for each phase, they have transparently published the following: "In case we fail to raise the required amount, our priorities are demolition, dismantling, masonry and carpentry, and we'll have to achieve the rest from other sources of funding because Kickstarter operates on an all or nothing basis.''

''Works could start as early as March this year, and the cinema and lobby could be ready for the first visitors by the end of May if an ideal pace of renovation and decoration is achieved. If, on the other hand, the amount of donations exceeds the requested amount, we'll invest in the complete interior decoration of the hall and the purchase of additional technical equipment,'' they explained from the House collective.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

MPs Support Bill on Coastal Maritime Transport

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - MPs, both of the ruling majority and of the opposition, on Wednesday supported the final bill on regular and occasional coastal maritime transport, underscoring the importance of transport links between islands and the mainland for improving living conditions and economic development.

Presenting the draft bill in the parliament, the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Josip Bilaver, said that the aim of the law was to permanently connect islands with the mainland, and inhabited islands with one another, as well as to increase the existing and introduce new routes for better mobility, faster transport, balanced development of counties and better living conditions on islands.

He said that the new law, among other things, regulated the issue of privilege and free transport and provided free transport for firefighters and their vehicles, including professional firefighters and members of volunteer fire departments.

"I believe that the law will contribute to more frequent lines and a better service, especially for islanders," Bilaver said.

Marijana Puljak announced that she would support the bill on behalf of the parliamentary group of the Centre and GLAS parties, saying that transport was of vital importance for the inhabitants for economic development, improving living conditions and work on islands.

Marina Opačak Bilić (Social Democrats Group) agreed with that, stressing that without good connectivity, which had to exist throughout the year, island populations would decline. She also asked whether the inhabitants of Pelješac would lose their existing boat lines due to the construction of the bridge.

Urša Raukar Gamulin (Green-Left Bloc) thinks the law may be even more important to island inhabitants than the Islands Act because, she said, it is crucial to prevent people from leaving and facilitating island life.

Noting that the law was another step forward in better island transport connectivity, Branko Bačić (HDZ) said that there were 51 state lines (ferry, boat and fast boat lines) and that maritime transport involved about 14 million passengers and 3.5 million vehicles.

He also said that the state allocated about HRK 315 million per year for maritime transport from the budget.

Recalling that the national passenger shipping company Jadrolinija this year celebrated its 70th anniversary, Bačić said that it had taken a big step forward over the past 15 years in the procurement of better and faster ships and fleet rejuvenation. Also, in addition to Jadrolinija, private shipowners have turned to fast boat transport and the purchase of catamarans, which has led to even better island connectivity, he said.

Bačić said that although it was getting a bridge, Pelješac should stay an island because if Pag, Krk, Murter and Čiovo were islands, he saw no reason why Pelješac wouldn't be one.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Austrian Minister Says Croatia's Admission to Schengen Area Important for EU

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - Austrian Minister for the EU Karoline Edtstadler said in Vienna on Wednesday that Croatia's joining the Schengen Area was an important security issue for the EU which Vienna supported, the Croatian parliament stated in a press release.

Minister Edtstadler met with Parliament Deputy Speaker Željko Reiner, who is visiting Austria.

At the meeting, Reiner thanked Austria for its support in the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck Croatia in 2020.

He also thanked Austria for its continued support for Croatia's foreign policy priorities -- joining the Schengen Area, the euro area and the OECD.

The parliament's press release also said that Reiner explained to the Austrian minister the problem of the current election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the status of Croats in that country.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Split-based Institution DES First Producer of Paper Bags for Dog Waste in Croatia

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - A Split-based institution that employs persons with disabilities, DES, on Wednesday presented its new product, a paper bag with a cardboard pad for cleaning up dog waste, and DES is the first manufacturer of paper bags of that kind in Croatia.

Director Edita Maretić Dimlić said that they had opted for that product because they wanted to develop their own products and actively take part in raising awareness among citizens, especially dog owners, that dog waste should be cleaned up, and thus contribute to the image of a healthy and clean Split.

She noted that this was the first product they produced on their own and that had not been commissioned. There is an image of a dog on the paper bag, as well as writing, which says "Respect your city, be a conscientious citizen, and clean up instead of me, please".

The paper bag was designed by the institution's Mia Perčić, and DES director Maretić Dimlić said that it was made of recycled paper and that DES was the first producer of such a paper bag for cleaning up dog waste.

Prague has such paper bags, which, she said, they saw as a means of encouraging citizens to pick up dog waste.

The City of Split has ordered 26,667 paper bags from DES and so supported the institution's new product and its use. DES has donated 2,000 paper bags to city districts, local committees, the Sporting Dogs Club and the County Association of the Blind, said Maretić Dimlić.

She recalled that during the pandemic DES started producing cotton masks and announced they would soon start producing souvenirs.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

ZSE Indices Increase

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices rose on Wednesday, the Crobex by 1.15% to 2,147.32 points and the Crobex10 by 1.01% to 1,306.91 points.

Regular turnover was HRK 7.4 million, or about HRK 2.8 million less than on Tuesday.

The highest turnover was generated by the Valamar Riviera stock, HRK 1.6 million. Its price went up by 2.99% to HRK 34.50 per share.

The stock of the HT telecommunications company turned over HRK 1.2 million, closing at HRK 184, up 0.27%.

The stock of the Atlantska Plovidba shipping company generated a turnover of HRK 1.19 million. Its price rose by 3.64% to HRK 370.

Forty-two stocks traded today, with 25 increasing in price and seven decreasing, while 10 were stable.

(€1 = HRK 7.525776)

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Plenković: Croatia to Procure 89 Bradleys for US$ 145.3 Million

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - Croatia and the USA have agreed on the procurement of Bradley fighting vehicles, for which Croatia will pay US$ 145.3 million, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday.

"Agreement has been reached with the US side regarding the army fighting vehicles that have been discussed over the past few years," Plenković said in a comment on the M2A2 ODS fighting vehicle.

The total value of the deal is $196.4 million, the US donation will amount to $51.1 million, which means that Croatia will pay $145.3 million.

Croatia will obtain 62 fighting vehicles, 22 vehicles for spare parts and five for training, and their upgrading will be performed at the Đuro Đaković company in Slavonski Brod.

The equipment includes a 25 mm automatic cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun, and anti-tank missiles.

Plenković said that with the deal, which had been discussed since 2017, Croatia had achieved several strategic objectives - strengthening its alliance with the USA, lowering the price of the vehicles in relation to earlier talks, and securing a job for Đuro Đaković, which, he said, could become a "broader" service centre.

By joining NATO Croatia has assumed the obligation to form by 2026 a medium infantry brigade, which requires appropriate equipment for the army, the PM said.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

President, Association Discuss Problems in Post-Earthquake Reconstruction

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022 - President Zoran Milanović on Wednesday met with representatives of SOS Zagreb, an association of citizens founded a year ago with the aim of ensuring a faster and better reconstruction of properties in Zagreb damaged by the March 2020 earthquake.

Members of the association informed the president of the obstacles and problems encountered by citizens in efforts to have their properties reconstructed. They warned of the danger that time would run out to apply for funds under the EU Solidarity Fund to be used for post-earthquake reconstruction and that the cost of reconstruction of many Zagreb hospitals, schools and kindergartens would eventually have to be covered by taxpayers, the Office of the President said in a statement.

The meeting pointed to the lack of a central body in charge of post-earthquake reconstruction as the key reason why reconstruction was slow and ineffective.

This has resulted in only 75 properties in Zagreb undergoing reconstruction two years since the earthquake, the association's members said.

Private reconstruction is encouraged, however, numerous buildings are not creditworthy, which is a problem that requires the state's help in the form of faster compensation for private funds invested, while reconstruction should be compulsory, it was said at the meeting.

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