Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Tenth Web Summer Camp to Gather Leading Web Experts in Šibenik

August 9, 2022 - This year will mark the tenth edition of Web Summer Camp, a high-profile event that gathers developers and web experts for a few days of learning, sharing experiences, as well as fun under the sun, and networking.

As Poslovni reports, Netgen, a local IT company, which has been organizing Web Summer Camp since 2012, which in recent years has been profiled as an event that gathers around two hundred developers and web experts on the Croatian coast, announced the tenth-anniversary edition of the conference, this year with a slightly different concept.

“In addition to the full-day workshops planned for the first day, which our participants already know and expect, the second day is reserved for interesting lectures and accompanying discussions”, explains Ivo Lukač, Netgen's co-founder and director, adding that this year it is possible to choose to buy a ticket either for the entire Web Summer Camp or just for one day – the conference part that takes place on Friday, September 2.

On the first day, the workshops will be held in six tracks: UX, Javascript, PHP, Symfony, DevOps, and Tech forum, and the participants include Valeria Adani, Flaminia del Conte, Gerard Sans, Princiya Sequeira, Derrick Rethans, Marco Pivetta, Andreas Hucks, Neal Brooks, Matt Thorpe, Luka Kladarić, Vanja Bertalan, Cristoffer Crusell, Ondřej Polesný, and Janus Boye.

The conference part of the second day will be divided into 2 tracks - Web and Developer. Harry Roberts, Ramona Schwering, Stephen K. Meya, Rowan Merewood, and Nehha Sharma have been announced for the Developer track, while the Web track will host Andy Clarke, Simon Jones, Sam Dutton, Ante Stjepanović, Magdalena Sekulić Ljubić, and Mili Ponce.

After all-day workshops and lectures held by leading experts from companies such as Google, Infobip, Hrvatski Telekom, and Oracle, coming from various parts of the world, the participants of previous conferences most often emphasize the acquisition of new knowledge and direct networking and exchange of experience with colleagues as the main benefits. For this very reason, the conference will exclusively be held live, without live stream options.

This year's platinum sponsor of the conference is Lendable, an online platform for personal finance from Great Britain, founded in 2014, which is aimed at introducing and enabling fast, simple, and practical personal finance in the digital age.

Last year's edition was rated 8.7/10 by all attendees, and 84 percent of attendees stated that the conference provided them with the knowledge that they can apply in their daily work, with 86 percent stating that they intended to return to the next edition.

Web Summer Camp is also different in that an additional Companions track is organized for accompanying participants, during which a tourist tour of the destination or some similar entertainment program is usually prepared for the participants' partners or spouses, who are not interested in attending the workshops. The last day is usually reserved for an excursion for all participants, which this year, depending on favourable weather conditions, will be held in the vicinity of Šibenik.

Paul Boag, one of the world's leading authorities in the field of user experience, conversion optimization, and digital marketing, commented on last year's edition of the conference:

“If you are thinking of coming to any conference, you can hardly find a better one than this one. Great weather, great location, you can bring the family, relax while learning new things, and enjoy it like you're on holiday. There is something unique about this conference!”

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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Zrce Fire by Famous Party Beach Near Novalja, Zadar

August 9, 2022 - Croatia's summer of wildfires continues, with a Zrce fire close to the famous party beach near Novalja and Zadar starting in the night, reports Index.hr.

On Zrce, the most famous party beach in Croatia, a big fire broke out last night, it is being tackled by the firefighters of DVD Novalja, and a Canadair has arrived to help them fight the fire from the air.

Conditions are being made difficult by a strong gale.

Index.hr is providing live updates (Google Translate is your friend if you want to follow the story). 

10:00 Update - the fire has now been extinguished with no casualties.

8 minutes ago
Croatian Roads Authority: Traffic in Novalja has been interrupted
Traffic on the state road DC106 Pag-Novalja in Novalja has been interrupted due to the fire.

8 minutes ago
The clubs evacuated the guests
A journalist from the Požeški.hr portal happened to be at Zrce and reported that the storm that did not stop all night made the extinguishing difficult. After the fire was noticed, the clubs on the Zrce beach immediately directed their guests to the exits and to the buses and taxis in order to get away from the beach as soon as possible.

9 minutes ago
A Canadair is also helping tackle the blaze.
The fire is not under control, and the Canadair has arrived to help.

9 minutes ago
Firefighters have released the video
Tonight, around 3 o'clock, a fire broke out next to Zrce beach on the island of Pag. On the field are members of DVD Novalja who posted a video on their Facebook profile.

Index.hr is providing live updates (Google Translate is your friend if you want to follow the story). 

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Monday, 8 August 2022

President Visits Fire Site on Hvar island

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - President Zoran Milanović on Monday visited Vrbanj and Dol near Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, where a wildfire erupted recently, calling on local residents to put themselves first in the event of a fire and noting that Croatia should have at least six operational firefighting planes during the fire season.

"I call on all people who find themselves in a situation like this one to put themselves and their families first," Milanović said in a comment on the death of a local resident killed in a wildfire while trying to protect his house and excavator.

Speaking of firefighting planes participating in putting out fires, Milanović said that it would be best if all six firefighting planes, or at least five, were operational during the fire season.

Asked about the government's latest intervention in fuel prices, Milanović said that one could always do more and that the government should primarily focus on dealing with corruption.

"That's what makes people frustrated and why they are leaving Croatia," he said, adding that energy prices should be closely monitored.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Poaching, Smuggling Most Frequent Crimes against Nature in Croatia

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - The WWF Adria environmental protection organisation on Monday released a national report in which it identifies wildlife poaching and smuggling as the most prevalent crimes against nature in Croatia, seeking stricter penalties.

A large number of birds in the Mediterranean are targeted by hunting tourism and trade, trophy hunting, keeping in captivity or hunting for sports and recreation, WWF Adria says in the report.

One of the birds frequently targeted for these purposes in Croatia is the goldfinch, sold in northern Italy and Malta, where it is considered to be a delicacy. Also targeted are large predators such as the wolf, the bear and the lynx, which are frequently hunted as game trophies or are killed due to human-wildlife conflict.

"Our country boasts a large number of endemic species. It also has around 3,000 endangered species that are threatened by various unlawful activities and we need an organised, nationwide approach to the prevention of crimes against nature," Snježana Malić-Limari of WWF Adria said.

In addition to poaching, poisoning and smuggling are major threats to protected species.

The most frequent target of smuggling are birds of prey such as the golden eagle and the griffon vulture, with the griffon vulture being the most frequent victim of poisoning with bait used in the hunt for large predators.

Illegal wildlife trade and smuggling target songbirds such as the goldfinch, as well as tortoises and marine species such as the pen shell, date shell and the sea cucumber, which are considered delicacies in the Asian market.

Crimes against nature are the fourth most lucrative form of organised crime globally, after people, drug and arms smuggling.

The annual cost of crimes against nature and the environment is estimated at US $258 billion, and they cause huge damage to the planet, significantly reduce biodiversity, and result in the complete extinction of individual plant and animal species.

Considering that those crimes are taken seriously on the global and European levels, several initiatives have emerged at the EU level to improve their prevention, establish better coordination and cooperation between competent institutions, and to raise public awareness of the impact of that type of crime on nature.

Monday, 8 August 2022

AFP: 'Tito tour' in Croatian Capital Delves into Strongman's Legacy

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - With no street or statue to remember Yugoslavia's late strongman Josip Broz Tito, a new tour in the Croatian capital Zagreb is hoping to trace the leader's complicated legacy in a city where he remains divisive, Agence France-Presse says in an article published on Sunday.

Adored by some and hated by others, Tito remains a polarising figure four decades after his death across the former Yugoslav republics, including Croatia, where he helped usher in prosperity and authoritarianism alike, the agency says.

The tour's curator Danijela Matijević said the idea for the project came in 2017, after authorities in Zagreb stripped Tito's name from a prominent square.

The move was the latest in a string of measures over the years aimed at ridding the country of its Yugoslav past, removing plaques and monuments along with renaming streets and squares.

But for Matijević, history still matters.

"Tito was definitely one of the 20th century's political giants," Matijević said.

Walk with Tito

The "Walk with Tito" tour, launched last year, takes people to eight sites in downtown Zagreb linked to the Croatian-born leader and the anti-fascist movement he founded at the start of World War II, commonly known as the Partisans.

It stops at the square once named after Tito, the main railway station where Croatia's pro-Nazi regime deported people to concentration camps, and a passage named after two sisters who were resistance heroes.

The tour does not indulge in sugar-coating the past as it explores Tito's successes along with his share of failures, AFP says.

The late leader is known for charting a middle road for the socialist federation he founded, siding neither with the United States nor the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

"Tito had good relations with the West but did not neglect good ties with the East either, positioning Yugoslavia somewhere between and benefiting from both," said Zagreb-based historian Hrvoje Klasić.

The move kept Yugoslavia out of the Cold War's chaos and made it the most prosperous communist country.

But there was also repression and simmering nationalism that exploded after his death, leading to the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia which sparked a series of wars and killed around 130,000 people in the 1990s, says AFP.

Following the conflicts and Croatia's independence, Tito and Yugoslavia have been largely disregarded, deemed an aberration in the country's past.

But for Matijević, Tito and his legacy are also personal -- two of her grandparents fought with his Partisans during World War II.

During a two-year stint in Germany, Matijević was inspired by how the country had grappled with its past, and this helped lay the groundwork for the Tito tour project.

"(I was) amazed how Germans handled their turbulent 20th-century history," Matijević said.

'Our history'

The guide's attempt to delve into Croatia's past has not been entirely smooth.

Since starting the tours, Matijević has been targeted with abuse on social media and has also been threatened with outright violence, in a case being investigated by authorities.

In December, right-wing politician Igor Peternel also slammed the Zagreb tourist board for including information about the tour in its brochures, lambasting the body for "promoting Tito and Yugoslavia".

"It is absolutely unacceptable... an ideological provocation and shame," said Peternel, a member of the capital's city council.

But many who have taken the tour found it worthwhile.

Economist Vedrana Bašić said she was pleased "to learn something new", adding that it was rare to "hear much about Tito in Zagreb" these days.

"We should capitalise on our history in a touristic sense regardless of what one may think about some of its parts", she said.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Firefighting Aircraft Involved in Extinguishing 68 Wildfires, says Defence Ministry

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - Since June, Croatian firefighting planes have participated in extinguishing 68 wildfires along the Adriatic coast, releasing more than 18,000 tonnes of water, the Ministry of Defence reported on Monday.

Most of the wildfires, namely 21, occurred in Split-Dalmatia County. Firefighting aircraft were engaged 32 times in other Dalmatian counties: 16 in Šibenik-Knin County, 12 in Zadar County and 4 in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

In addition to the wildfires in Dalmatia, air units participated in extinguishing seven wildfires in Istria County, six in Lika-Senj County and one each in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Sisak-Moslavina County.

During that time, they made 3,687 flights and dropped 18,699 tonnes of water. In addition, 33 reconnaissance flights were conducted along the Adriatic coast.

Since the beginning of the year, the Croatian Firefighting Association has received 191 requests for air support and one for ground support. Drones have been deployed twice to monitor high-risk areas for fire outbreaks.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Thousands of Tickets Sold Daily for Plitvice Lakes and SkyLine Webcam Views

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - Ten thousand tickets are sold every day for Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and thousands of people view the lakes through the SkyLine webcam platform, the National Park Authority told Hina on Monday.

Since Plitvice was added to the SkyLine platform on 15 July, more than 52,000 people have watched live scenes from webcams installed around the lakes, the national park's director Tomislav Kovačević said.

The park's management is satisfied with this year's tourist season.

"About ten thousand tickets are sold daily, which means that there are no crowds, all thanks to the implementation of the National Park Visitor Management Plan," Kovačević said. He noted that if need be, those numbers can exceptionally be increased slightly but as a rule, their limit is set at ten thousand people.

Some new paths and circular movement have been introduced, so there are no more people colliding on the paths, except for one section at the grand waterfall. The Faculty of Civil Engineering has made a project for an additional path in that part as well, so people going towards the waterfall will use one path and those returning the other. The additional path is expected to be completed by next summer, explained Kovačević.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is doing very well financially, and the planned investments are going according to schedule, he said. He hopes for negotiations with the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) to be concluded successfully soon and for consent from the government so that work on the reconstruction of the hotels can start early next year.

All the investments planned are worth around HRK 550 million.

The Plitvice Lakes have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Croatia Registers 64 New COVID Cases, 19 Related Deaths

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 64 new COVID cases and 19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team reported on Monday.

Currently, there are 6,122 active cases in the country, including 629 hospitalised patients, 23 of whom are on ventilators, while 3,053 people are self-isolating

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,193,362 COVID cases have been recorded in Croatia; 16,420 patients have died as a consequence and 1,170,820 have recovered. 

To date, 59.58% of the total population, or 70.85% of adults, have been vaccinated.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Good Guy Dejan Gemeri Gifts €100 Monthly to Student from Vukovar

August 8, 2022 - Dejan Gemeri is a physics doctoral student from Vukovar, who studies at the university in Wuppertal. He announced a competition for a student scholarship that he will pay out of his funds, which he aptly named Gemerica. This way, Gemeri continues to help the community where he grew up.

Press 032 reminds us that Gemeri previously awarded HRK 3,000 to the student of generation of the Nikola Tesla Technical School from Vukovar.

"I am hereby announcing a competition for a scholarship from my funds, which I aptly named "Gemerica". All students residing in Vukovar can apply (surrounding villages are also considered because everything is too close and connected to make a difference). The amount of the scholarship is €100 for 10 months. Certain institutions, when announcing tenders, require that you study within the borders of the Republic of Croatia. Unlike them, the concept and goals of education are completely clear to me, so that does not matter. If you study in Vukovar, Osijek, Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Tuzla, Turin, or Malta, it doesn't matter, you can apply.

All you have to do is send a motivational letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why did you choose that particular study? What motivates you? What are your work experiences? What are your life plans and goals? Etc. This is just an example of some guidelines, but you should write what you think is important. No rules. The grade point average doesn't mean much to me because it's no proof that you know or don't know something or that you're good at something or not. Mine was also a horror because I was only interested in certain things, while I procrastinated on others because I had to (it's like that at every university).

Preference is given to full-time students. Graduate students (4th and 5th year) also take preference because they should already be able to clearly articulate their immediate future.

The competition lasts until August 21, after which 2 other people will review the letters together with me so that we can observe everything from different perspectives. After that, I will narrow it down and arrange a short Zoom (video) call to make sure that you are a live person and maybe ask one or two questions if there is anything unclear. After that will come the final selection, where we will formalise things and the first payment will happen in October. Quite simply.

Likewise, I assume that there will be several good candidates, so accordingly I am open to donating another scholarship, of the same amount", Gemeri wrote in his Facebook post.

He added that this is an invitation to others who have left their villages and cities in recent years to help the community in which they were born. According to him, there are still many young people in Croatia who need help to get an education, stand on their own feet, and become their own people.

"Investing in knowledge is the best possible investment, and it is up to our society to enable young people to get an education and make progress. Many need help, and fortunately, many can help in this or a similar way. My example is an invitation to others to get involved in some way. Let them use my model or come up with something new. It is important to help young people in need", concluded Gemeri.

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Monday, 8 August 2022

Croatian Government Sets New Price Caps on Fuel

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - The Croatian government adopted a new decree on fuel prices on Monday, further reducing the prices of Eurosuper 95 petrol and Eurodiesel, by HRK 0.70 and 0.66 per litre respectively.

As of Tuesday, the price of Eurosuper 95 will be capped at HRK 11.30 per litre, a reduction of HRK 0.70, while Eurodiesel will be sold at HRK 12.14 per litre and blue-dyed diesel at HRK 8.50 per litre, which are reductions of HRK 0.66, the government decided in a conference call on Monday.

The latest calculation will be in force for the next seven days and will apply only to fuels without multifunctional additives (Eurosuper 95, Eurodiesel and blue-dyed diesel), while prices of premium fuels can be formed freely.

The government noted that without the latest intervention Eurosuper 95 would have cost HRK 13.19, Eurodiesel HRK 14.49 and blue-dyed diesel HRK 9.40 per litre.

Last Tuesday, Eurosuper 95 was sold at HRK 12 per litre, Eurodiesel at HRK 12.80 and blue-dyed diesel at HRK 9.16 per litre.

The government said that its intervention was due to sudden changes in prices of oil and oil products on global and Mediterranean markets.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)

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