Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Span IT Company Raises HRK 101.2 Mn Through Public Offering, Shares Listed on Zagreb Stock Exchange

ZAGREB, 21 Sept, 2021 - The Croatian IT company - Span has sold 578,200 shares at a price of HRK 175 per share though a public offering , raising close to HRK 101.2 million, it was said in Zagreb on Tuesday, when the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) and Span signed an agreement on the listing of Span's shares on the ZSE Official Market.

Span's shares were bought by more than 1,000 shareholders, and trading in them will start on 23 September.

Marked SPAN-R-A, all of the company's 1,960,000 shares were listed on the Official Market. Span is the first domestic IT company after Ericsson Nikola Tesla to have its shares listed on the ZSE.

Span CEO Nikola Dujmović said interest in the company's shares, both from qualified and small investors as well as Span employees, had been very high, with demand by far exceeding the offer. Bids could be submitted from 6 to 10 September.

Span had offered 578,200 shares or 29.5% of its stock capital, with the price ranging from HRK 160 to 175. Following registration, Span decided that the final price should be set at HRK 175 per share.

Qualified investors have acquired 55.9% of the 578,200 shares, followed by small investors, who acquired 35.6% of the offered shares.

Span employees bought 49,000 shares or 8.5%. They could each buy a maximum of 1,500 shares and small investors could buy a maximum of 19,600 shares. There was no limit for qualified investors, who bought the most shares.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Rescue Photos & 'Scottish Accent' of Mystery Woman on Krk, Croatia

September 22 Update at 13:00 - Official Croatian Police Statement confirming the identity of the mystery woman.

Story update, 09:00 September 22 - Mystery Woman in Croatia: Daniela from Slovakia?

September 21, 2021 - The extraordinary story of the English-speaking mystery woman on Krk with no memory continues to be unsolved. Some small additions to the story - a possible Scottish accent and some rescue photos provided by the Rijeka Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. 

It is a story from Croatia's biggest island which has gone all over the globe and yet has yet to provide a positive identity of the mystery woman on Krk, who was rescued from a remote part of the island. An English speaker, but with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. National media appeals looking for help to identify her have become international appeals, with publications such as CNN, Fox, the Daily Mail and The Guardian all featuring her story and the photo below. Almost 10 days after she was rescued, her identity has still not been made public, assuming she has even been identified. 

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In a Facebook post, the Rijeka branch of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service informed that they had received a call at 09:00 on the morning of September 12 to assist an injured person who could not be rescued by sea. The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was alone on a remote and very inaccessible part of the island of Krk, near the beach of Rudine. A local fisherman had seen her there the night before, then once again the following morning. According to the Mail Online, the following morning, she called out:

'She was yelling in English 'please, help'. 

A team of 12 Croatian Mountain Rescue Service workers immediately set out to assist her.

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They set out with 3 vehicles but had to park them some way off due to the rugged terrain. They found the English-speaking woman weak and disorientated, and they carried her by stretcher back to their vehicles. She was then handed over to the Emergency Medical Services and on to hospital in Rijeka where she is currently recovering.  

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The woman apparently has no recollection of who she is or how she got there, and there were no identifying documents in her possession.

One very strange aspect of this very strange story, especially given its global exposure in an era of social media, is not only that she has yet to be identified, but also that there is not any concrete information about the nature of her English accent. By identifying the accent as British, Australian or American, for example, the search could be narrowed. 

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A small clue was perhaps given to the Daily Mail by the fisherman who found her.

"He said his wife had spoken to her and he could 'only guess that the accent could be Scottish'." 

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Even the social media commentators, usually so quick to give opinions, are quiet on the issue of her identity. With nothing yet officially confirmed, the main suggestion at this stage is that she might be from Whitby, in the north of England, not far from Scotland, but I should emphasis that nothing has yet been confirmed, and social media comments are hardly the most reliable of sources.

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For more on the incredible work of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, meet some of its heroes.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Zagreb City Authorities Cut Planned Vehicle Procurement by Two Thirds

ZAGREB, 21 Sept, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that instead of the planned procurement of 150 cars, the city administration would procure 50 vehicles for city services and half of these will run on hybrid or electric power.

"We cancelled the previous call for the rental of 150 vehicles which was valued at HRK 4.5 million a year and we will now launch the procedure for the procurement of 50 vehicles and the cost for that will be HRK 1.8 million a year," Tomašević told a regular press conference.

The novelty is that half of those vehicles will run on hybrid or electric power. "In that regard, our administration will promote green public procurement. We want to change the city's vehicle pool and there will be some savings in terms of power used by cars," he said.

Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec informed that a task force would be established for the city's finances. She will head that advisory task force that would be set up to help improve overall financial sustainability and plan the city's budget and of its companies.

The five-member task force includes two external members: parliamentarians, Damir Bakić of the We Can party and Boris Lalovac of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Volume of Construction Work Grows For 14th Straight Month Y-O-Y

ZAGREB, 21 Sept, 2021 - The volume of construction work in July 2021 was 6.5% higher than in July 2020, however it fell by 4.9% compared to June 2021, the State Bureau of Statistics (DZS) reported on Tuesday.

July was the 14th month in a row for the volume of construction work to increase on the year.

DZS data indicate that the volume of construction work done on buildings in July was 5.3% higher y-o-y whereas the volume of other structures increased by 8.1%.

Compared to June the volume of construction work contracted by 6.2% on buildings and by 3% on other structures.

In July, 61% of working hours on construction sites were conducted on new structures while 39% were for reconstruction, repairs and maintenance.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

U.S. to Lift Pandemic Travel Restrictions, Easing Tension With Europe

September 21, 2021 - Travelers who provide proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus before boarding a flight will be able to enter the United States, ending an 18-month ban on travel from 33 countries includes members of the European Union as part of the U.S. pandemic travel restrictions.

The New York Times reports that the Biden administration will lift pandemic travel restrictions starting in November for foreigners who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, reopening the country to thousands of people, including those who have been separated from family in the United States during the pandemic, and easing a major source of tension with Europe.

The halt to the 18-month ban on travel from 33 countries, including members of the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, and India, could help rejuvenate a U.S. tourism industry that has been crippled by the pandemic travel restrictions. The industry suffered a $500 billion loss in travel expenditures in 2020, according to the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group that promotes travel to and within the United States.

In New York City alone, the lack of tourists wiped out 89,000 jobs and resulted in a loss of more than $60 billion in revenue, the state comptroller found.

“Everyone says New York is back, New York is back, but it’s not really back until tourists are back from all countries,” said Leyla Saleh, 28, a pastry chef whose father was forced to shut down his gift shop in Midtown Manhattan last year because he did not have enough business.

Foreign travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding and a negative coronavirus test within three days of coming to the United States, Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House pandemic coordinator, said on Monday. Unvaccinated Americans who want to travel home from overseas will have to clear stricter testing requirements. They will need to test negative for the coronavirus one day before traveling to the United States and show proof that they have bought a test to take after arriving in the United States, Mr. Zients said.

“International travel is critical to connecting families and friends, to fueling small and large businesses, to promoting the open exchange of ideas and culture,” Mr. Zients said. “That’s why, with science and public health as our guide, we have developed a new international air travel system that both enhances the safety of Americans here at home and enhances the safety of international air travel.”

The changes announced on Monday apply only to air travel and do not affect pandemic travel restrictions along the land border, Mr. Zients said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers people fully inoculated two weeks after they receive the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Those who have received vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine, would also be considered fully vaccinated, according to a statement from Thomas Skinner, a C.D.C. spokesman.

The C.D.C. will also issue an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses of travelers for a new contact-tracing system. Authorities will then follow up with the travelers after arrival to ask whether they are experiencing symptoms of the virus.

Although the new rules open up travel for some, they shut it down for others.

Unvaccinated people will soon be broadly banned from visiting the United States even if they are coming from countries such as Japan, which have not faced restrictions on travel to America during the pandemic. The restrictions will create substantial complications for people who want to travel to the United States from countries where it is more difficult to get vaccinated, according to Willie Walsh, the director-general of the International Air Transport Association, a trade group of the world’s airlines.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 1,037 New Cases, 689 Hospitalisations, 1,079 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 21 Sept, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, 9,777 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Croatia, and of them, 10.6%, or 1,037, have returned positive, and there have been 12 more deaths raising the COVID-related death toll to 8,526, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Tuesday.

There are now 7,464 active cases and of them, 689 are hospitalised patients including 88 placed on ventilators.

Since the first registered case of the infection with the novel virus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, the country has conducted over 2.74 million tests, and 383,285 have turned out to be positive. So far, 377,295 registered patients have recovered, including 1,079 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Since the start of the vaccine rollout, 3,374,095 vaccine doses have been administered. Every second adult has been fully vaccinated.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

World Tourism Day Will Be Celebrated at 64 Locations Throughout Istria

September 21, 2021 - Summer takes a step aside for the arrival of autumn, and some regions, such as Istria, show the enormous variety of their tourist offer in all their corners and throughout the year. And that is demonstrated by announcing its celebration of the World Tourism Day for the sixth year in a row on October 2 and 3.

HrTurizam reports that, for the sixth time in a row, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County is organizing and encouraging the inclusion in the celebration of the World Tourism Day in Istria. This year, World Tourism Day is held under the motto: "TOURISM FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH".

”The celebration of the World Tourism Day in Istria 2021 will be held on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from 10 am to 6 pm at 64 points throughout Istria where tourist attractions open their doors that can be used with discounts of up to 50% or completely free. In this way, we make our offer more accessible with the aim of getting to know the contents and attractions in Istria as much as possible, and thus strengthen the promotion of Istria”, pointed out the head of the Tourism Board, Prodan Mrakovic.

All those interested, in addition to adrenaline parks, museums, castles, caves, protected areas, workshops, performances, and more, will be able to visit the many winemakers, olive growers, truffle growers, and other local producers who joined the action. Also, numerous local tourist boards joined the event with their programs.

"In the Department of Tourism, we believe that, in accordance with this year's theme of World Tourism Day, this event will point to domestic, indigenous products, offers, and services and encourage consumption and thus support local facilities. Thus, we contribute to inclusive development, ie the development of new, lesser-known content that has been most affected by the crisis in recent years. In this way, we encourage sustainable and responsible tourism development. and ultimately, we point out the importance of tourism that affects the economic, social, cultural and environmental segments.” concluded Prodan Mraković.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Croatian and Costa Rican Presidents Meet in New York

ZAGREB, 21 Sept (Hina) - Croatian President Zoran Milanović, who arrived in New York for the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations, on Monday held talks with his Costa Rican counterpart, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the Office of the Croatian head of state reported.

The two presidents discussed the developments of the bilateral relations and their enhancement to higher levels.

They agreed that the small ethnic Croatian community in Costa Rica, notably its members in Puntarenas, a city on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, made a contribution to those good bilateral relations.

On Monday, Croatia and Costa Rica co-chaired a ministerial meeting in the UN on the role of women in prevention of mass crimes.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Artupunktura: Transforming Zagreb into Autumn Art & Culture Hub

September 21, 2021 - Zagreb's initiatives to produce a diverse and cultural year-round tourist programme continue. Meet the new art and culture addition for autumn - Artupunktura. 

I have had lots of conversations with visiting digital nomads in recent months in Zagreb, and it is always interesting to take in the fresh perspectives of new arrivals, especially the things that surprise them about the city. And there seem to be some common themes. 

Fantastic Internet, extremely safe, unbelievable English spoken by almost everyone are encouraging findings, especially as they are among the most important as the shift to remote work continues. I have also been pleasantly surprised to hear how much they enthuse about the culinary scene in the Croatian capital. The nature, trees and parks all get a mention of course, but there is also one aspect of Zagreb which is becoming increasingly noticed.

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(Photo Bosko i Kreso)

The art and culture scene. 

From its vibrant street art to small open-air concerts in picturesque squares, these nomads have commented that there is always something seemingly happening in Zagreb when they stroll its very walkable streets. 

And the fact is that Zagreb has become a destination with a much higher focus on art and culture in recent years, with numerous festivals and smaller initiatives all playing their part in adding to the diverse art scene. 

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(Photo Bosko i Kreso)

Zagreb - perhaps more than any other destination in Croatia - has enjoyed more success in transforming itself into a year-round destination. The phenomenal success of Advent in Zagreb brought significant tourism to the capital at a time of year when it would normally be sleeping. And more initiatives are being introduced to connect the rest of the tourism calendar. 

Walking along Ilica, Zagreb's longest street which connects directly to the main Ban Jelacic Square, was an unexpected joy. A street normally associated with one-way traffic and frequent trams in both directions had been reclaimed by artists, performers, and the people. It is part of the Ilica: Q'ART project, an initiative to take art out of institutions and bring it closer to citizens.  

A wonderful atmosphere. 

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(Gallery Rally)

And an atmosphere taking place all over the city at the moment, with the arrival of a new art festival for the Zagreb calendar: Artupunktura (Artupuncture in English). As the dedicated Artupuncture website explains:

Zagreb is a living, breathing organism. Its streets throb with people's energy; its parks and squares echo the footsteps of its inhabitants and visitors like a heartbeat. They are the ones for whom Artupuncture is intended – a collaboration of partners and friends of culture and creation, aimed at awakening the city's vital energy through joint artistic activities at specific locations in the city. The Artupuncture project approaches the individual as a unique artistic and social phenomenon, serving the beauty and value that comes from the signatures of the authors behind the work. These works, strategically arranged in numerous sites around us, will write another story of Zagreb.

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(ALU Perspective)

Artupuncture is the latest initiative from the Zagreb Tourist Board and its partners to promote art and culture in the city, a strategy which is already paying dividends as the artsy side of the Croatian capital is becoming increasingly recognised. This latest initiative brings together a synthesis of various artistic events in the city, awakening the vital energy of specific points of Zagreb through inclusive art and culture. It aspires to a large, holistic, all-encompassing social process, where are provides vision and healing. 

As with acupuncture, an injection of Artupuncture art and culture helps to alleviate stress and provides therapy through Zagreb art. Artupuncture provides a clear connection and tourism, with an emphasis on contemporary culture. It is a very inclusive project, which is helping to redefine the urban cultural scene.  

The ultimate goal is to establish Zagreb as an autumn destination for art and culture. With the influx of low-cost flights to Zagreb (there will be more than 40 budget flight destinations by next summer), the city is growing in attractiveness as a city break, and the Artupuncture offer will only add to the capital's attractiveness. 

Artupunkura kicked off on September 13 in this year's inaugural edition. With events taking place literally all over Zagreb this autumn (some of which have finished), this vibrant festival is turning the city into a living and breathing artistic and cultural entity in the season of falling leaves. The project, run by the Zagreb Tourist Board, has brought together the following diverse partners and projects:

1. “Art & the City – The Art Has Spoken” project is painting the streets of Zagreb with art.

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(ALU Perspective)

2. The ALU Perspective – New Generation project is presented by an exhibition of final-year students and graduates on the ground floor and first floor of the building, the ALU Park and the Sira Gallery.

3. The Ilica Gallery Q'ART project is moving art out of institutions and bringing it closer to the citizens.

4. 9 decades / 9 arcades, the work of BOIR studio, portrays the transformation of Zagreb’s main marketplace over the last nine decades, displayed in nine arcades.

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(Art Zagreb)

5. Prostoria 10, an exhibition celebrating 10 years of passion for the design and manufacture of furniture in Prostoria.

6. The interactive cultural event Gallery Rally networks ten galleries in Zagreb and actively involves visitors in their tour.

7. Founded in the midst of the 2021 pandemic, and conceived as an upgrade to the 36 Mountains Festival, 36 Mountains Studio is a place to promote contemporary art.

8. This year, Art Zagreb will present six galleries, which is the largest number so far.

For the full programme and more information about Artupuncture 2021, visit the official website, which is available in English, German, Italian and Croatian

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(Art Zagreb)

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Kaštelor-Labinci, Motovun, and Veliko Trojstvo in the Race for UNWTO Awards

September 21, 2021 - Three Croatian municipalities and villages, two in Istria and one in Bjelovar, are among the candidates for the novel initiative of the World Tourism Organization to promote rural tourism, and this is why Kaštelor-Labinci, Motovun, and Veliko Trojstvo will compete in the UNWTO Awards.

With the aim of improving the role of rural tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a pilot initiative "Best Tourism Villages", reports HrTurizam.hr. As part of the activities, UNWTO member states, until 15 September, had the opportunity to apply for up to three candidates: villages or municipalities. They will present their places as drivers of sustainable change in the social, economic, and environmental aspects. The Municipality of Kaštelir-Labinci, the Municipality of Motovun from Istria, and the Municipality of Veliko Trojstvo from Bjelovar-Bilogora County were elected as Croatian representatives.

The initiative includes three pillars and two awards. Villages that are an outstanding example of a rural tourism destination and that are committed to sustainability in all its forms - economic, social, and environmental - will be awarded the label "Best Tourist Villages of the UNWTO". Villages that do not fully meet the criteria for the label will be provided with an upgrade program to support the UNWTO and their partners in working in problem areas. Finally, a network will be created that will provide space for the exchange of experiences and good practices, learning and creating new opportunities for development. It will include representatives of villages awarded the “Best Tourist Village” label by the UNWTO, villages participating in the Upgrade Program as well as experts, public and private sector partners engaged in the promotion of rural development tourism.

The aim of the UNWTO Awards is to strengthen the role of tourism as a positive force for transformation, rural development, and community well-being. It seeks to increase the sector's contribution to reducing regional inequalities and combating the depopulation of rural areas. It also seeks to enhance the role of tourism in valuing and protecting rural villages, along with landscapes, knowledge systems, biological and cultural diversity, local values, ​​and activities, including gastronomy.

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