Sunday, 3 July 2022

Hvar Students Develop Game, HANFA Awards Creativity

July the 3rd, 2022 - A group of Hvar students have been awarded for their creativity in a game designed to work on financial literacy skills by Hanfa (The Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency).

Croatian students from up and down this country certainly pack a punch when it comes to innovation, creativity and coming up with very impressive ideas. With financial literacy being a burning issue among the younger population, these students certainly stand out from the crowd when it comes to money management skills.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a game called Desitudo created by a group of Hvar students attending the Petar Hektorovic Elementary School on the aforementioned Dalmatian island recently won in a competition called "Financial literacy through play", which was conducted by the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (Hanfa). The school won the prize - a smart board - with the winning game designed by these talented Hvar students.

Elementary schools from across the Republic of Croatia participated in the competition, and eighteen applications were received in total. As part of the competition, upper elementary school students and their mentors had to design a board game with the aim of raising the level of students' financial literacy.

The committee for the evaluation of the works pointed out that the students put in a lot of effort, employed their skills in terms of creativity, but also knowledge, and they are extremely satisfied that financial literacy is being considered from an early age to be extremely important as a skill to develop for life.

The game designed and brought to life by the Hvar students from the aforementioned winning school stood out for its creativity, good examples and learning outcomes. The game primarily helps students to recognide the differences between wants and needs and helps them to manage their money more responsibly.

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Sunday, 3 July 2022

Zadar Port Authority: 20% Increase in Cruise Traffic Compared to 2019

July the 3rd, 2022 - The Zadar Port Authority has confirmed that there have been 20 percent more cruise ships sailing into Zadar's waters than back during the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019 to which the industry continues to compare this year's statistics to.

As Morski writes, the Zadar Port Authority has reported on the number of guest arrivals from cruise ships up until the end of June this year, and the results are more than encouraging despite cruise ships continuing to be an issue in regard to pollution.

In the period from January the 1st to June the 30th, 2022, there were 41,520 passenger arrivals from cruise ships in the areas managed by the Zadar Port Authority. Of the aforementioned number, 32,949 passengers or 79% were realised in the passenger port of Gazenica, while 8,571 guests (21%) visited the city port, the passenger Port of Zadar.

A total of 56 cruise ship arrivals were realised during the aforementioned period, while the arrival of a total of 147 ships is planned for the whole year. The largest number of arrivals was achieved during the month of June, when 18,448 passengers visited this Dalmatian city on 20 vessels.

Back in May of this year, the largest cruise ship in the history of what the Zadar Port Authority has had to deal with, MSC Fantasia, with a total length of 333 metres and a width of 38 metres sailed into Gazenica.

The Zadar Port Authority's analyses show that the cities and towns within that particular county are the most visited. Almost 40% of cruise ship guests visit the centre of Zadar, Nin is visited by 10%, then come Pag, Paklenica, Nadin, Zrmanja, Vrana Lake, Starigrad, Maslenica, etc. Krka National Park and the City of Sibenik are also very often chosen by guests.

The number of organised visits to destinations speaks volumes for the fact that in the first six months of 2022, a total of 622 vehicles were used to transport guests to their desired destinations, of which 490 were buses, while with the arrival of warmer weather, the transportation of guests to coastal destinations by tourist boats also began. In this case, the top choices are Kornati and Kukljica.

Looking at the total realised number of passengers from cruise ships during the first six months of this year, which numbers 41,520 arrivals, it was realised at the level of 56% compared to the same period of the record year of 2019, when 73,660 arrivals were realised. The years 2020 and 2021 are not at all comparable due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's worth highlighting is the fact that the number of cruise ship arrivals for the first six months of 2022, compared to the same period back in 2019, is almost 20% higher. However, due to limitations in the capacity of the ships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of guests has still not reached the figures from that record year, but there's plenty of time yet.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Two Cruise Ships with Nearly 4,000 Passengers Dock in Rijeka

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - Two cruise ships, Mein Schiff 5 and Marella Explorer 2, docked in the northern Croatian Adriatic port city of Rijeka on Saturday morning with nearly 4,000 passengers aboard.

Both vessels, organised by the TUI tour operator, were on a seven-day cruise in the Adriatic. Their programme included a sightseeing tour of Rijeka and bus trips to Istria, Opatija, Kastav, Gorski Kotar, Zagreb and other destinations.

The passengers boarded the Marella Explorer 2 in Dubrovnik and the Mein Schiff 5 in Trieste.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Croatian Diaspora Congress Held in Mostar

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - The Croatian Diaspora Congress on Saturday called on the Croatian state leadership to help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and urged Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina to vote in the October general election to achieve equal status with the other two constituent peoples in that country.

"We appeal to the Government, Prime Minister and President of Croatia to join forces in effectively contributing to the interests of Croats in Croatia and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina," the Croatian Diaspora Congress said in a resolution adopted after a three-day meeting in Mostar, southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The participants said that the failure to amend electoral legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina showed how dramatic the situation in that country was, urging the Croats to vote in the general election, scheduled for 2 October, to help the Croatian people survive in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There is a risk of the four times more numerous Bosniaks again electing the Croat member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency and a third of Croatian delegates, in which way they would elect and control the government without the leading Croatian parties for which most Croats vote.

The Croatian Diaspora Congress called on the authorities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to reverse the negative demographic trends, saying that this could be achieved by boosting economic and overall development. It said that the Croatian diaspora had a huge potential, calling on Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and elsewhere to establish ties for the purposes of economic progress. It also called for fostering the Croatian cultural and national identity, highlighting the important role of the Catholic Church.

The Fifth Croatian Diaspora Congress was held under the auspices of Croatia's Parliament and State Office for Croats Abroad, the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the City of Mostar. It was organised by Croatian associations from around the world.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Two Nationals of Georgia Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder in Mali Lošinj

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - Two 25-year-old nationals of Georgia have been arrested on the suspicion of attempted murder of three Croatian nationals in Mali Lošinj on the northern Adriatic island of Lošinj, police said on Saturday.

The incident occurred on Friday night when the two men argued with the three Croatians, aged 21, 22 and 25, and stabbed them. Two of the stabbed men suffered serious injuries.

All three injured men have been taken to a hospital in Rijeka, while the suspects have been placed in custody.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Petra Martić Tops 8th-Seed to Book Wimbledon Round of 16!

July 2, 2022 - Petra Martić was brilliant against the 8th-seed of the tournament to book a spot in the Wimbledon round of 16!

Croatia's best female tennis player Petra Martić (WTA - 80) continues with excellent form at the All England Club and has qualified for the Wimbledon round of 16 after defeating the 8th-seeded American Jessica Pegula (WTA - 9th) 6:2, 7:6 (5) in less than an hour and a half of play.

Martić played brilliantly against Pegula to win her third match at this year's Wimbledon without losing a set, reports HRT.

Martić played a set and a half almost without a mistake. During that time, she easily won the first set 6:2, while in the second, with a break advantage, she led 3:1.

However, Pegula came back from the middle of the second set, making it a quality and even fight. Pegula returned the break and had one set point on Martić's serve with a 5:4 lead.

Martić made it to the tie-break in which she led 5:2. The American tennis player gathered her strength and equalized at 5:5, but then Martić made it 6:5 with a good second serve, while Pegula made a mistake on the match point at the net for Martić to celebrate.

In the round of 16, Martić will play against Kazakhstani tennis player Jelena Ribakina, the 17th-seed of the tournament, who won against Chinese tennis player Qinwen Zheng 7:6 (4), 7:5 in the third round.

Martić reached the second week of Wimbledon for the third time in her career. She played in the round of 16 in 2017 and 2019.

"This victory means a lot to me, and I still have enough energy to go on. Pegula is a great tennis player, she has been proving how good she is for a long time, and I know that grass suits her. So I'm going to move on, match by match," said Martić immediately after celebrating against the American.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Croatia Ferry Guide 2022: From Hvar Town to Bol, Korčula, Vis, and More

July 2, 2022 - We're going to take a look at the destinations you can visit by ferry from the main Croatian ports. In this fifth installment of our Croatia Ferry Guide 2022, where to go from the port of Hvar Town?

When advertising the Adriatic Sea and the Croatian islands abroad, the experience of being on board a sailboat, yacht, or catamaran is usually highlighted. However, there is no destination a Croatian ferry can't reach, and why not mention that it's totally worth saving a good amount of euros on sailboat rentals and crews?

We know that in the past editions of this series of articles we have covered the destinations reachable from coastal cities such as Rijeka, Sibenik, Split, or Dubrovnik, but this does not mean that your ferry trips have to be limited to the classic trip from coastal city to island. A great travel plan is to go to one island, from there to another, and so on... that's where the concept of island hopping comes from. And so, today we tell you more about the island destinations you can reach from the ferry port of Hvar Town.


Photo: Mario Romulić

First of all, how to buy your ferry tickets? There are three ways. The first is via the official Jadrolinija website. In it, you can not only see the updated sailing schedules, but you can also buy your tickets online. Simply choose the port of departure, the port of destination, and the date of your trip, and you will find the available times. Once you have chosen the time and the number of tickets, in addition to completing all your personal information, you can proceed to pay for your tickets online with a credit or debit card.

The second way is through the official Jadrolinija mobile app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Playstore for Android. The application is very easy to use and, just like on the website, just select the port of departure and you will be able to see the ports that you can travel to from the one you selected. The process is very similar, and you will find that it is even more comfortable and intuitive to use. Payment also allows the use of credit and debit cards.

Finally, the third type of payment is the most traditional and has its benefits. All ferry ports in Croatia have a Jadrolinija office, where you can go to buy your tickets in person. Sometimes one can be a bit confused before buying their tickets both on the website and in the app, so having a Jadrolinija agent to guide you is a great help.

Where is the Hvar ferry port located? The port of Hvar Town is located at the end of its long riva. You can find it on the map below.


Starting on Friday, July 8, a catamaran of line 9811S (Dubrovnik - Korčula - Hvar - Bol - Split) will take passengers from Hvar to Bol on the island of Brač. From Monday to Sunday, a catamaran will depart from Hvar at 10:50 a.m. and arrive in Bol at 11:40 a.m. The price of the ferry ticket for both adults and children is 130 kunas.


Photo: Mario Romulić


Starting on Thursday, July 7, a catamaran of line 9811S (Dubrovnik - Korčula - Hvar - Bol - Split) will take passengers from Hvar to the Pearl of the Adriatic. From Monday to Sunday, a catamaran will depart from Hvar at 17:55 p.m. and arrive in Dubrovnik at 21:25 p.m. The price of the ferry ticket for both adults and children is 280 kunas.


Photo: Mario Romulić


Starting on Thursday, July 7, a catamaran of line 9811S (Dubrovnik - Korčula - Hvar - Bol - Split) will take passengers from Hvar to the Korčula. From Monday to Sunday, a catamaran will depart from Hvar at 17:55 p.m. and arrive in Dubrovnik at 19:10 p.m. The price of the ferry ticket for both adults and children is 140 kunas.


Photo: Mario Romulić


Split is perhaps the destination with the most frequent catamaran trips from Hvar. In addition, there are four different catamaran lines that connect Hvar with the Dalmatian city. One of them is line 9604 (Lastovo - Vela Luka - Hvar - Split), which has a daily catamaran trip. From Monday to Saturday, a catamaran leaves at 6:35 am and arrives in Split at 7:40 am. On Sunday, however, it leaves at 9:15 am and arrives at 10:20 am. The price of the adult ticket is 63 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 30 kunas.

The second ferry line from Hvar to Split is the 9811S (Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Bol - Split). This catamaran line will start taking passengers from Hvar to Split from Friday 8th July. Every day a catamaran of line 9811S will depart from Hvar at 10:50 am and will arrive at the port of Split at 12:55 pm. The price of the ferry ticket for both adults and children is 130 kunas.


Photo: Mario Romulić

The third ferry line from Hvar to Split is the 9602 (Vis - Hvar - Milna - Split), and works only every Tuesday, where a catamaran departs from Hvar at 8:15 am and arrives in Split at 9:20 am. The price of the adult ticket is 63 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 30 kunas.

The fourth catamaran line is the 9604S and the one with the highest frequency among the four. From Wednesday 13 July it will start making up to six direct trips from Hvar to Split every day. The itinerary is as follows: the first catamaran leaves at 10:15 am from Hvar and arrives in Split at 11:20 am, the next one leaves at 11:30 am and arrives in Split at 12:35 pm, the third departs at 12:45 pm and arrives at 13:50 pm, the fourth departs from Hvar at 14:45 pm and arrives at 15:50 pm, the fifth leaves at 18:00 pm and arrives at 19:05 pm, and the last catamaran departs from Hvar at 21:00 pm and arrives at the port of Split at 22:05 pm. The price of the ferry ticket for both adults and children is 130 kunas.


Every day a catamaran of line 9604 (Lastovo - Vela Luka - Hvar - Split) departs from Hvar in the direction of Ubli, on the island of Lastovo. It leaves Hvar at 16:25 pm and arrives in Ubli at 18:25 pm. The price of the adult ticket is 63 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 30 kunas.


Image: Lastovo Tourist Board

Vela Luka

Every day a catamaran of line 9604 (Lastovo - Vela Luka - Hvar - Split) departs from Hvar in the direction of Vela Luka, on the island of Korčula. It leaves Hvar at 16:25 pm and arrives in Ubli at 17:20 pm. The price of the adult ticket is 48 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 22 kunas.


Photo: Jose Alfonso Cussianovich/Total Croatia News


One catamaran departs from Hvar and arrives at Vis, and that is the 9602 (Vis - Hvar - Milna - Split), and works only every Tuesday, where a catamaran departs from Hvar at 17:15 pm and arrives at Vis at 18:05 pm. A change in schedule will be introduced from Tuesday 30th August, and the catamaran will leave Hvar at 16:30 pm and arrive in Vis at 17:20 pm. It is worth mentioning that this catamaran will work until September 27. The price of the adult ticket is 63 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 30 kunas. The price of the adult ticket is 48 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 22 kunas.


Photo: Mario Romulić

The ferry lines mentioned above are those with confirmed schedules for the next three months. Prices are subject to change. Visit the official Jadrolinija website for more information on other ferry lines from Hvar.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Jandroković: Numbers Show Osijek, County, Slavonia Growing

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković met in Osijek on Saturday with city and county officials and said the numbers showed that after years of stagnation, Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County and the Slavonia region were growing and making progress.

He met with Osijek-Baranja County head Ivan Anušić, Osijek Mayor Ivan Radić and Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Nataša Tramišak.

Speaking to the press afterwards, he said Slavonia and Baranja-County for many years were seen in a negative light due to political instability, emigration and economic stagnation.

Now, he added, a lot of money from the state budget and EU funds is coming here and the effects on the quality of life are visible.

Money is being invested in infrastructure and logistics projects as well in agriculture, the economy and science, Jandroković said, adding that today's meeting also discussed sports development, the IT sector in Osijek, and the further strengthening of the cooperation between the state and local levels.

When there is political stability and the city and the county function, that cooperation is much stronger, he said.

As a member of the EU and soon-to-be member of the euro and Schengen areas, Croatia is significantly changing its position, which impacts counties and region, he added.

Tramišak said HRK 7.6 billion was being invested in economic, municipal, health and school projects.

Croatia's east has proven that it can be more progressive in terms of the economy and development and to attract people to live there, she said, adding that the programming process had ended and a partnership agreement was sent to the European Commission yesterday for approval.

This means new funds and opportunities for enterprise and much higher aid for those who want to start a business here, Tramišak said.

Prefect Anušić said that under parliament's recent change of statistical regions, Osijek-Baranja County was now part of the Pannonian Region and that this facilitated development and EU fund absorption.

Mayor Ivan Radić said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's visit yesterday and Jandroković's today showed how much attention was being paid to eastern Croatia.

We have very good tourism results as well as good economic and demographic indicators, he added.

Tonight, Jandroković will open the 22nd Osijek Summer of Culture.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Croatia Logs 1,078 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - Croatia has registered 1,078 new coronavirus cases and three related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team reported on Saturday.

The number of active cases now stands at 6,191, including 257 infected persons who are being treated in hospital, of whom eight are placed on ventilators, while 3,335 people are self-isolating.

To date, 4,946,180 persons have tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, including 2,810 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 5,258,754 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, and 59.55 per cent of the total population, or 70.82 per cent of adults, have been vaccinated. 2,315,567 persons have received at least one dose and 2,245,251 of them have been fully vaccinated, which is 68.78 per cent of the adult population.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

No One Wants to Work in State Administration

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - The security of a job in state administration is no longer attractive, Jutarnji List daily said on Saturday, adding that ministries cannot find employees even for jobs with a starting monthly wage of HRK 8,000.

On 25 May, the Justice and Administration Ministry advertised 22 vacancies where the starting wage would be HRK 8,000 and has received no applications, receiving only one for a position  where the starting wage would be HRK 9,000 net.

The problems faced by private employers, who cannot find domestic workers for shortage occupations and are increasingly importing foreign labour, is increasingly spilling over to state administration.

Job security used to be attractive, notably during crises, when the private sector was forced to lay off workers, but today, when there is a shortage of workers everywhere, no one wants to work for the state, where the average pay is relatively small and advancement is not based on merit but political affiliation, with jobs even being made up for the selected so they can advance.

The starting monthly wage of administrative staff with high school education is HRK 5,000, while expert associates earn HRK 6,000. The pay system is not equal, so the pay differs for the same job in different services, depending on whether it is in state administration, an agency or public service.

Croatia has a huge number of employees in the public sector and state administration, but the number of those in state administration keeps falling.

In three months alone this year, the ministries have lost 165 people. At the end of March, they had 16,435 employees, 324 fewer year on year, and it is estimated that in the coming period a large number of administrative staff will retire, Jutarnji List concluded.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)

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