Monday, 14 June 2021

Jelsa Art Biennale 2021: Installation Of Plastic Bags in Hotel Jadran

June 14th, 2021 - As part of the Jelsa Art Biennale 2021, a world-famous art collective from Madrid, Luzinterruptus, is coming to Hvar to put into place a monumental light installation of plastic in July bags on the façade of the abandoned Hotel Jadran in Jelsa.

As reported by Jutarnji, a campaign is being launched as part of the project to collect the plastic bags needed to produce the installation. In the next month, until the installation is fully set up, it will be necessary to collect 3,500 plastic bags. 

The student initiatives of the island of Hvar are participating in the action, and all those interested can help by emptying the plastic bags from their pantries and replacing them with canvas ones. For each participant who collects a minimum of 50 bags, the organisers will deliver one canvas bag to their home address, and those who collect more than a hundred will receive a T-shirt. Upon the completion of the event, the bags from the bag installation will be disposed of properly.

Plastic bags of a newer design made of thick polyethylene take as many as 20 years to fully decompose, those of the older composition take about 1000 years to break down, and plastic bottles last for up to 500 years, with the inevitable trace of petrochemical chemicals, which aren't biodegradable.

Luzinterruptus is an art collective from Madrid, which conducts interventions in public spaces to comment on or criticise some of the world's current burning topics. Many of their interventions have been performed in a guerrilla manner, but with a concise duration. Due to the provocativeness of their work, they operate under a collective/anonymous identity.

The collective has implemented interventions worldwide in prominent locations in public spaces such as Trafalgar Square in London or Plaza Vaticano in Buenos Aires.

Be part of something bigger, get rid of the plastic bags from your pantry and receive a canvas one and a t-shirt in return for saving our stunning beaches and the rest of the planet. 

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Jared Leto Brings Back Mars Island Festival to Obonjan

June 14, 2021 - American actor, musician, and frontman of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto, is returning to the Croatian coast with Mars Island Festival. 

After last year's cancellation of the Mars Island festival due to the still current coronavirus pandemic, the participants of the three-day festival will re-occupy the island of Obonjan near Šibenik from August 20th to 23rd, reports Vecernji List.

"Mars Island is a three-day experience on a private island in Croatia. Rest and regain strength with yoga among the trees, jump into the Adriatic Sea, watch a midnight movie or watch the stars, and catch two intimate performances by the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. Mars Island is an experience like never before," reads the band's official website.

The group's website also states that this year the cheapest ticket is $1649, or a little more than 10,100 kuna, and the price goes up to $7149 for a VIP package, which is a little more than 44 thousand kuna. All tickets include two full-length group concerts, activities with the band, and accommodation and food. Guests stay in air-conditioned tents that can accommodate four people and access shared facilities such as showers and bathrooms located near each camp. If you want a bathroom in a tent, still shared with roommates, you will have to pay up to 18,000 kuna for a ticket!

The organizers also offer massages for 550 kuna, tattooing for 600, and one additional night on the island 3380 kuna. This will be the second year that the festival has been held in Croatia. During the first four years, it has been held in America under the name 'Camp Mars.' The festival came to the Adriatic in 2019 when the price was slightly lower. Recall, two years ago, some fans were disappointed because, although they were expecting concerts, Leto then rented the island to - preach to them.

The photos where a large group of people is seen sitting and listening to the musician have caused a lot of ridicule because all the participants have to wear completely white clothes, and Jared Leto nurtures the image of Jesus Christ. They resemble a cult, which Leto himself embraced as a joke and wrote next to the published photos: "Yes, this is a cult." However, in the comments under the photos, there were also many enthusiastic fans who, as they write, spent the three best days of their lives in Croatia.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

HCK marks World Blood Donor Day

June 14th, 2021 -  Marking World Blood Donor Day, Red Cross Croatia (HCK) on Monday reminded the public about the importance of blood donation, noting that the number of blood donors has decreased by 10% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of activities marking World Blood Donor Day, Red Cross Croatia today organized a blood donation drive to last between noon and 2 pm at the Red Cross Croatia Education Centre in Zagreb.

The aim of this year's World Blood Donor Day, held under the slogan "Give blood and keep the world-beating," is to raise global awareness of the significance of blood and blood transfusion products, for which the contribution of voluntary unpaid blood donors to national health systems is crucial.

The HCK also notes that this year's campaign will focus on the role of young people in securing blood supplies.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Marija Bubas Discusses Vaccination Rollout, AstraZeneca, EURO 2020

June the 14th, 2021 - Marija Bubas, Krunoslav Capak's assistant at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, has spoken out about the current vaccination process and even discussed the controversial topic of rewarding vaccinated people and punishing those who refuse it.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Capak's assistant Marija Bubas was a recent guest on N1 televizija/television, during which she commented on fan zones where people can sit and watch the ongoing EURO 2020 matches en masse.

"I didn't hear anyone ask these people if they were vaccinated or not. I think this is a great opportunity to introduce covid-certificates or any other acceptable evidence for participation in an event. Among the unvaccinated population, we have those who cannot receive the vaccine because they're under the age of 12, those who cannot receive the vaccine for their own individual health reasons and those who don't want to be vaccinated. Although I don’t know what they're waiting for, as there are enough vaccines. We get vaccinated to protect our health first, but also the health of those who aren't vaccinated. These fan zones are proof that people are eager to socialise and live the way they remember before the pandemic struck. But they must be aware that one of the basic tools for this is the vaccine,'' said Marija Bubas.

Marija Bubas hopes that as soon as possible, covid-certificates will be introduced at events where a larger number of people gather together.

"Everyone who isn't vaccinated is a reservoir for the spread of this disease. If you're vaccinated, in some way you prevent the spread of the disease, and of course it's guaranteed that you will not have a more severe form of the disease if you manage to catch is, you're guaranteed life because a more severe form of the disease can often be followed by death,'' said Bubas.

She stressed that there are enough vaccines in Croatia, but that we cannot yet say that we're satisfied with the number of people vaccinated.

"There really are more than enough vaccines, over 2.6 million doses have arrived in Croatia, and over 2.1 million doses have been utilised, but still not enough for us to be satisfied. 42 percent of the adult population is now vaccinated. I think we should hurry up a bit with vaccinations in all age groups. The Pfizer vaccine is registered for age 12 plus. That would be my message to parents, teenagers from 16 to 18 are also eager for a normal summer, high school graduates are eager to pass their high school graduation and then take their entrance exams, instead of taking the entrance exam in autumn because then they probably won't have access to all of the universities they might want to attend. My message to them is to get vaccinated, and don't be in two minds about it,'' said Marija Bubas.

Has a country-level decision been made about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine?

“I'd like to answer this question because I think it was miscommunicated all the time and led to fear among the population of AstraZeneca. It's the second most used vaccine in Croatia. Fortunately, people have recognised the value of vaccination, and I hope that AstraZeneca will continue to be used as an equally valuable vaccine as any other. We want to have a normal summer, we want to have tourists on the streets, in restaurants, we want to hold cultural events… Vaccination is a prerequisite for all this,'' answered Marija Bubas.

How can we speed up the vaccination rollout? Should Croatia reward those who get vaccinated or punish those who don't?

"No. I think we just have to raise security in public spaces to an even higher level, especially because of the spread of new variants/strains in our surroundings, which are present in low numbers in our country. We can raise this level by asking for a certificate of vaccination for people to be able to participate in certain things. For what we expect from the summer, from the season, for socialising, I think that the guarantee of safety is a certificate of vaccination,'' concluded Marija Bubas.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Google Launches Platform To Help Croatia's Tourism Sector

June 14th, 2021 - Google has launched the "Travel Insights with Google" platform to support the recovery of Croatia's tourism sector and help it adapt to the current search trends and trends in travel conditions; Google Adriatic said last Tuesday.

The platform includes numerous tools, and Google presented it as part of the UNWTO & Google Acceleration Programme, which focuses on Croatia, Greece, Portugal, and Italy.

In the press release, Google recalled that the tourism sector was one of the largest in the global economy, accounting for 10% of the global GDP, and according to data from 2019, it accounts for one in ten jobs in the world.

Although the tourism industry has been facing great challenges since the start of the pandemic, there are signs of recovery. With the vaccination of an increasing number of people, many countries are starting to open up to international tourism, whose recovery and growth technology will be key. Digital tools represent a safety net for small and medium-sized tourism companies in Europe, enabling them to redirect resources, change business plans and develop continuously during the pandemic, said Google Adriatic.

It added that 86% of the companies in the tourism sector in Europe had increased their use of digital tools, having realized they needed new ways of finding customers and preparation for new tourism interests.

Google's country manager for the Adriatic region, Joško Mrndže, said that the "Travel Insights with Google" platform had localized tools 'Destination Insights' and 'Hotel Insights,' which once again proved Google's dedication to the recovery and development of the tourism sector in Croatia.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

EURO 2020: Why Second Place in Group D is Better for Croatia

June 14, 2021 - England and Croatia met on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London to open Group D of EURO 2020. Only one goal decided the winner, which England scored in the 57th minute. But is getting first place in the group really the best option? A look at why second place in Group D is better for Croatia. 

Croatia met host England on Sunday in front of 22,500 fans - 22,000 of which were for England. Croatia was not only up against England's home-pitch advantage, but because of the strict COVID-19 measures still in place in the, only Croatia fans already inside of the UK were able to make it to the game. While there weren't many, they certainly stood out in their red and white checks at Wembley Stadium.

While Croatia's first 15 minutes of play were shaky, with England hitting the far post already in the first few minutes of the match, they found their footing after the 20th minute and moved up with pitch with attacking plays, but were still plagued with the same issue as always - scoring. 

Otherwise, the match between England and Croatia was incredibly even, which you can see displayed in the statistics below. 



But is Croatia's loss to England so bad, after all? When talking about the group stage and crossover in the round of 16 - not at all. 

Since UEFA implemented the current competition format at the 2016 European Championships, in which 16 of the 24 national teams participating advance to the second round, four points are enough for the knockout phase, and maybe even three. In simpler terms, this means a single victory. 

Two national teams advance to the round of 16 from each of the six groups, followed by the top four third-place teams. 

Losing at Wembley is really not such a bad thing, because the team that finishes first in Group D will crossover with the 'group of death,' playing the second-place team of Group F, which includes France, Portugal, Germany, and Hungary.

This draw is far more difficult than getting second place in Group D, which crosses over with the second-placed team from Group E (Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia) in the round of 16. If Croatia finishes third, they will play the winner of Group B (likely Belgium), the winner of Group E (likely Spain), or the winner of Group C (Netherlands). Thus, winning four to six points in the two remaining games will cement the second-place spot. 

Croatia will play next on Friday, June 18, against the Czech Republic in Glasgow. 

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Minister Says President's Statements About NATO Declaration Unsubstantiated

June 14th, 2021 - President Zoran Milanović's statement that the Croatian government did not react to an attempt by some countries to have the Dayton agreement and Bosnia and Herzegovina's three constituent peoples left out of a NATO declaration closing is groundless, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman has said.

Earlier on Sunday, President Milanović said that some countries did not want the closing declaration of the coming NATO summit in Brussels to mention the Dayton peace agreement and Bosnia and Herzegovina's three constituent peoples but that Croatia would not consent to it.

"That statement is totally unsubstantiated," Grlić Radman said.

Grlić Radman claims that as far as Bosnia and Herzegovina is concerned, a formulation in one of the paragraphs, proposed by the Croatian government, was accepted and that the formulation refers to the Dayton agreement, the constituent peoples, equality and reform processes, notably amendment of the country's election law.

"We have agreed that the Dayton agreement and reform processes, that is, the election law, will be mentioned in that paragraph... President Milanović is not telling the truth, we have all the documents," said Grlić Radman, noting that the government had constantly been working on the protection of the status of the Croat people in BiH.

Asked by reporters if he would support President Milanović if he refused to sign the document in case it did not include the said formulation about BiH, the minister did not give a clear answer.

"The Brussels summit is not dedicated to BiH, the document in question has some 50 pages, and we want to agree that text with our allies, the summit is not decisive for the status of the Croat people in BiH anyway," the minister said about the contentious document, repeating several times that it had been agreed that the document would mention, in one paragraph, "the Dayton agreement and reform processes, that is, the election law."

Commenting on Milanović's statement about his father having been a Communist official who got reach through privatization, Grlić Radman said that the statement was scandalous and proud of his father, who had been a patriot and benefactor.

As for Milanović's statement that he was "lamenting the fate of Croats in Communism," Grlić Radman said that any mention of the word Croat meant danger in Yugoslavia.

"You could not sing ordinary patriotic songs such as 'Marjane, Marjane' and 'Vila Velebita'," he said, describing the former state as "a totalitarian, centralist and unitarist system, with one people dominating diplomacy, finances, police and defense structures."

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Monday, 14 June 2021

15th Festival of Tolerance To Be Held On 1-10 July In Zagreb

June 14th, 2021 - The 15th Festival of Tolerance, to take place on 1-10 July at Zagreb's Lake Bundek, will feature a rich program with recent films selected in accordance with the festival's mission to promote tolerance, dialogue, and respect.

About 50 films will be screened at the festival, including a Dutch music documentary, "Here We Move Here We Groove," a Czech youth film, "The Pack," which deals with peer violence in sports, the Oscar contender "Quo Vadis, Aida?" about the genocide in Srebrenica and others.

Festival director Nataša Popović said this year's edition presented them with new challenges, but they were sure that the 15th Festival of Tolerance would be the biggest so far.

"What has been important to us all these years, to promote tolerance, solidarity, and peace, will continue to be our goal," she said.

The visitors will also be able to see three exhibitions that will encourage them to think about what tolerance is and how far we are willing to advocate it.

"About fifty films from around the world have been selected in accordance with our mission, which is most easily described as advocating a democratic society, tolerance, and respect for human rights," the Festival's program director, Hrvoje Pukšec, said.

Exhibitions on the topic of refugees

The 15th Festival of Tolerance will also feature exhibitions dealing with refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers in Croatian society.

The aim is to raise awareness of the refugee problem by reminding the public that such a situation can happen to anyone and view refugees in the same way we view ourselves.

An exhibition and performance on the topic of refugees have been prepared in cooperation with UNHCR Croatia.

The program will also include an exhibition of photographs by award-winning Austrian photographer Christopher Mavrič prepared in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum, featuring portraits of people with disabilities. Finally, the author warns that we thought about the quality of life in old age.

The accompanying program includes performances by renowned musicians, such as Porto Morto, Vlatko Stefanovski, Edo Maajka, TBF, Dramas from Austria, and Ex Auro from Hungary.

Admission to screenings is free, and it is co-financed by the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), UNHCR Croatia, and other partners.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Croatian Covid Bus to Mark Country's New Vaccine Rollout Process

June the 14th, 2021 - The Croatian covid bus doesn't quite sound like a vehicle you'd be too quick to board from the name alone, but this new way of continuing the vaccination rollout across the country is likely to do very well indeed.

The administrative processes around getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus have caused general levels of interest to drop. In typical Croatian fashion, the registration process was mired in problems, with the cijepise platform infamously collapsing and having many question marks hanging over its head. Now people who don't have HZZO or a GP, of which there are a great many, are struggling to register to get vaccinated.

The Croatian covid bus will work to get as many people vaccinated as possible by travelling to numerous areas across the nation carrying vaccine doses and administering them there and then.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, vaccination from the Croatian covid bus is set to begin today in the continental Virovitica-Podravina County, and the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, and the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, were present at the promotion of this brand new method of vaccination.

This new method of vaccination via the Croatian covid bus in Virovitica-Podravina County will be implemented from the 14th to the 18th of June. On Monday, the June 14th, the vaccination process will be carried out in six places in that particular continental Croatian county: Stari Gradac, Otrovanec, Velika Cresnjevica, Turnasica, Spisic Bukovica and Busetina, N1 reports.

The Croatian covid bus will, as has been previously agreed, tour the areas of the counties it will remain in for a while and stay for a certain amount of time in smaller places, some of which don't have any health facilities in their area at all.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and testing centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Croatian Construction Industry Hungry For Workers, Seeking Foreign Labour

June the 14th, 2021 - The Croatian construction industry is hungry for workers in spite of the ongoing coronavirus crisis which has thrown a proverbial spanner in the works of almost every segment of the economy and as such jobs. The sector is even keeping its eyes on foreign workers as the need is now so great.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, from the beginning of this year to June the 11th, 2,434 employers submitted 14,437 applications to the CES for positions in the Croatian construction industry, for which a labour market test doesn't need to be conducted.

Most of them were submitted on the lookout for masons, building workers, carpenters, civil engineering workers, facade workers, reinforcement workers, installers of building elements, ceramic tile installers and even house painters. A positive opinion of the CES was issued for 9541 of them, on the basis of which the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) can issue a work permit for a foreign worker from a third (non-EEA) country.

The Croatian construction sector, which is growing from the current 100,000 workers in legal entities, is ''hungry'' for, apparently, foreign labor. After the Croatian Law on Foreigners, commonly referred to as the Aliens Act, prescribed a new employment model for third-country nationals, employers must first contact the CES to conduct a labour market test (by first seeking that labour on the Croatian market), with exceptions such as the extension of residence permits and work for the same employer and the same third-country national, as well as in the case of missing occupations on the CES public list.

In cases when this test is conducted, the Regional Office, ie the CES office, conducts the mediation procedure if there are persons in the Croatian unemployment register who meet the requirements of the employer and are obliged to inform the employer of that no later than fifteen days from the date of the employer's request.

If the market test has shown that there are no persons already registered who meet the requirements, the employer can then apply for a residence and work permit (the result of which is decided on by the Ministry of Interior), within 90 days of receiving such a response from the CES.

When applying to MUP for those residence and work permits, the would-be employer must enclose evidence of the third country employee successfully meeting all of the requirements required by the CES market test - their level of education, their work experience, and all of the other conditions specified in order for an approval.

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