Saturday, 14 May 2022

Dalmatian Firefighters Get Surveillance Equipment as Summer Approaches

May the 14th, 2022 - Dalmatian firefighters have got their hands on some very welcome brand new equipment as the height of the summer season rapidly approaches and temperatures soar, which often results in wildfires being sparked.

As Morski writes, Split-Dalmatia County handed over new communication and surveillance equipment to Dalmatian firefighters recently, and the equipment was procured within an Italian-Croatian cross border project, having been financed from the European Regional Development Fund. The total value of the project stands at a massive 316 thousand euros.

The value of the equipment delivered to Dalmatian firefighters costs 307 thousand kuna, and among the most interesting pieces of the new package delivered was an innovative software platform that integrates institutional and local sources and also takes into account data about fire threats published on social media.

''The platform retrieves data that has been published publicly on social media and filters it using artificial intelligence and sends it directly to the emergency services so that they can better assess the threat and respond in an appropriate manner,'' explained Ognjen Cavar, the project manager.

In addition to constantly equipping Dalmatian firefighters, which is something Split-Dalmatia County uses European Union funds for more than others do, new fire houses are being built on the islands and in the hinterland, as reported by HRT.

''As the crown of all this, we're working on a new training centre in Vucevica which will be of exceptional value as it won't only benefit Dalmatian firefighters but also those from a much wider area and even in the rest of Southeastern Europe,'' emphasised Blazenko Boban, Split-Dalmatia County Prefect.

When it comes to the summer tourist season, when most fires are started and which can result in tremendous damage, the firefighters are as ready to deal with issues as they possibly can be.

''So far, we've had over two thousand interventions, some of them being fires, some being technical interventions. We work all year round and of course we are ready for what may happen this summer,'' stated Ivan Kovacevic.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

List of Croatian Hospitals Where No Gynecologist Wants to Perform Abortions

May 14, 2022 - Out of a total of 359 gynecologists in Croatian hospitals, 195 refuse to perform abortions.

Of the 29 public hospitals in Croatia that have a contracted abortion service with the HZZO on request, in six of them, no gynecologist wants to do so because they have a conscience appeal, writes Večernji listClinical Hospital Sveti Duh in Zagreb, General County Hospital Vinkovci, OŽB Našice, and OŽB Požega and General Hospitals in Virovitica and Nova Gradiška are institutions whose gynecologists employed there have called to conscience and do not want to perform abortions at the request of women.

In the Požega hospital, along with gynecologists and all five anesthesiologists, they also called for conscience and do not perform abortions. Out of a total of 359 hospital gynecologists in Croatia, 164 gynecologists agree to work in public hospitals at the request of a woman by the legally regulated and legal procedure of abortion, and 195 refuse to do so.

Due to his conscientious objection, 38 out of a total of 698 specialists in anesthesiology, resuscitation, and intensive care, as many as work in Croatian hospitals, refuse to perform abortions, according to data from the Digital Atlas of Medicine of the Croatian Medical Chamber. Some nurses and midwives and even pharmacists in pharmacies also called for a conscience appeal, but we did not find out exactly how many.

There is no conscience appeal in some hospitals

The conscientious objection in an individual hospital is regulated by the employee writing a statement invoking the right to conscientious objection and delivering it to the employer, such as the personnel or legal service, the director's office or the hospital board, and in some cases appeals are only recorded at the gynecology department.

There is no uniform practice. There are no or almost no appeals of conscience in hospitals in Rijeka, Karlovac, Ogulin, Sisak, Koprivnica, Pakrac, Knin, Vukovar, Pula and Čakovec.

All hospitals whose doctors invoked conscience for abortion have hired doctors from another institution, to whom they then pay extra or have contracts with the health institution where the procedure is performed. Thus, they have fulfilled the legal obligation that they must ensure legal and accessible abortion, writes the journalist of Večernji list Romana Kovačević Barišić.

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Fulin in Ploce: 48 Years a Waiter, Owner, Affordable Seafood Heaven

May 14, 2022 - A throwback in time and almost half a century of dedicated seafood service at Restoran Fulin in Ploce. 

One of the things I love about my 'job' running TCN is picking the brains of locals as I travel around the country. What are their top recommendations, and do they have any great stories of people or places that have been inexplicably left untold?


One such discussion a few months ago on the subject of personalities in Dalmatia from a friend who hails from Ploce had me heading for the port town on the way from Dubrovnik to Split last week. Ploce is not a town I know well, although I have driven past it many times, and occasionally taken the ferry to Trpanj when I have forgotten my passport en route through Bosnia to Dubrovnik and beyond.

"Have you heard of Dida Fulin?" asked my friend. "Such a great story, amazing man, with the most divine seafood on the coast. It is the food I grew up on. Just go and let him tell you a little about himself and his passion for hospitality. Very little has changed - including the prices and decor - in the decades he has been running his restaurant, Restoran Fulin."


One thing I have learned with Croatians is that when they give such a personal recommendation, one should always go and investigate. And while heading into the centre of Ploce was not part of the original plan, my travelling companions agreed to check out this Restoran Fulin. We arrived at 16:00 on a Saturday, when restaurants are not too busy. An amiable older couple were sitting contentedly looking out across the water in front of them. I enquired if the man was the legendary Dida Fulin, and that we had come to meet him and try his legendary seafood. 

And that was that, I felt transformed back to 2002, 20 years ago since my arrival in Dalmatia, an era when somehow there seemed to be less pressure on numbers, numbers, numbers, and more time to ensure the enjoyment of the guests. The decor had seemingly not changed that much in the intervening years, and as Dida Fulin (real name Ante Strbic, but better known after his beloved restaurant, Ante Fulin), brought us a complimentary cherry liqueur to welcome us, it was clear that here was a man for whom hospitality was a lifeblood. 


He certainly seemed a contented man, and I was shocked when he told me that he was 20 years older than me, a sprightly 72 years old. Even more so when he told me that he opened his first restaurant in 1974 and moved to the present location of Restoran Fulin in 1981. And for those 48 years, he has been the only full-time waiter, as well as the chef and the owner, ably supported by his wife, Zora, whose palacinke are to die for, as we learned after our seafood platter. 


He stopped drinking in September, 1991, and quit smoking in 2007. He prides himself on being the first into work each day, and the last to leave. When things are quiet, he manages alone with his wife, but he has the team to bring in additional help where possible. Personal service, high-quality products, satisfied and returning guests - there were the only things that seemed to matter. 

And with 140 seats, there is plenty of space to cater to larger groups, and weekends are generally taken up with events and celebrations, when more help is needed. But the core theme is excellent quality, great value, personal service, echoes of traditional Dalmatia. It was a pleasure to reminisce about those early summers in Dalmatia before things got more commercialised, and work got in the way of enjoyment. 


The food I had to try, my friend told me, was the famous regional speciality, eel, frog and sea bass brudet, which perhaps I will save for my next visit, as we did not have that much time. Some seafood perhaps, we suggested. Let it to m and let me decide came the reply. The resulting calamari, prawns and fresh fish (and even my beloved blitva) were as good as I have had in a long time. 


With a little house rakija in hand at the end of the meal, Dida Fulin showed me around the restaurant, telling me stories of the tourists from all over Europe who visit him year after year. To him, a satisfied guest is the most important prize of all. And he had plenty of prizes on show, including the one he seemed to treasure the most, a lifetime achievement award from the town for his considerable services to tourism. It was only later that I learned that he was also the first president of the Dubrovacko Neretvansko County Tourist Board. He is the from the first generation of professional waiters in the Dubrovacko-Neretvanska region, and one of the few to serve both Presidents Tito and Tudman himself.

A lovely couple who epitomise the very best in Dalmatian cuisine and hospitality, emphasising its freshness, simplicity, and deliciousness. 

So the next time you are driving past Ploce, and have a little time and are looking for lunch, check out Restoran Fulin for yourself. It truly is a snapshot of Dalmatia as it Once Was. You can find Restoran Fulin on Facebook or on the map below.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Despite General Uncertainty, Spending in Croatia is 37% Higher Than Last Year

May 14, 2022 - In the last week of April, the spending in Croatia was 37% higher than last year, attributing this trend to the consequences of rising prices and the creation of stocks.

How is it possible that in a situation of general uncertainty caused by global geopolitical tensions, as well as the consequences of the pandemic, Croatia is facing the phenomenon of an explosion of fiscal accounts? Jutarnji List reports that data from the Tax Administration of the Ministry of Finance show that from April 25 to May 1 this year, compared to the same period in 2021, the number of fiscal accounts increased by a very high 24 percent, while the total fiscal accounts increased by 37 percent.

It is interesting that in the activity of providing accommodation and food preparation in the same compared week, the number of bills increased by an enormous 88 percent, while the number of bills was as high as 167 percent. Does this mean that Croatian citizens and tourists suddenly spend a lot more than they spent last year, or is it something else that should not be fueled by unjustified and potentially dangerous optimism?

Last year, when the inflationary trend began, Jutarnji List's analysis warned that the faster growth of the total amount of issued invoices in relation to the number of issued invoices probably indicates an acceleration of price growth.

Given that this year's theory seems to have proved correct, the fact that the number of accounts grew by 24 percent and the total amount spent on these accounts by 37 percent means that inflation has made a very significant contribution to the growth of fiscal accounts. However, the overall increase in the number of fiscal accounts of 24 percent is so large that we are certainly witnessing a very significant increase in spending.

As the real tourist season has not yet started, the growth in the number of fiscal accounts is most likely due to the robust growth of domestic demand. Why Croatian citizens choose to spend extravagantly at an uncertain moment in world history is difficult to assess without more detailed statistical insights into what exactly they paid, but it may be an attempt to spend before possible deeper problems begin. But it may also be simply a matter of swollen consumer confidence, regardless of all potential security and economic threats, writes Jutarnji List journalist Gojko Drljaca.

For more, check out our business section.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Ukrainians in Đurđevac Captured by South African Photographer Joubert Loots (PHOTOS)

May 14, 2022 - South African photographer Joubert Loots captures Ukrainians in Đurđevac as part of a moving portrait series to connect with war refugees. 

Joubert Loots is a photographer and artist from South Africa that moved to Đurđevac in early 2020. An ex-pat himself, he knew about the challenges of leaving your family, culture, and life and starting new somewhere else. When the war broke out in Ukraine, Joubert and his wife Marija were hoping to find a way to connect with some of the Ukrainians in Đurđevac and hopefully make them feel a little bit more welcome.








"One day, I was going through some of my old photos from South Africa and found a photo that I had taken of my wife in canola fields. I realized that this concept could make a wonderful backdrop for a portrait series with Ukrainian families. Since all we see in the news are images of sadness and war, I thought this might be an excellent way to depict the families with some joy, dignity, and beauty. Each person in these photos looks off into the distance as one in thought and contemplation, the longing to go home, but also with a sense of courage to move forward and face the current day - with the colors of the Ukrainian flag in the background. The actual flag of Ukraine was designed with the intended meaning of the colors that stand for Peace (blue) and Prosperity (Yellow)," said Joubert. 









Joubert Loots is a Croatia-based social documentary photographer. Through photography, he powerfully captures and communicates how people live, work, and interact in their social environments.

An avid traveller, he has covered stories in over 28 different countries by the age of 33. Throughout his life, Joubert has had the opportunity to meet and form connections with many who have come from vastly different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. These bonds and the insight they proved into the life of others are what have fuelled his enthusiasm for photography’s ability to illustrate untold stories.

Joubert finds inspiration in his faith, humanity, and nature. A combination of these forms the creative arena through which he explores his own identity. As an artist, Joubert views creativity as an aid toward self-development, and he hopes that his work might evoke careful reflection from his audiences.

As well as taking dynamic pictures, his amiable character and sense of adventure mean that his trips are often about surprise encounters and partaking in unique shared experiences.

You can explore more of Joubert's photography here.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

12 International Journalists Explore Gastro-Tourism Offer of Sinj

Ma 14, 2022 - Journalists from France, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Sweden explored the gastro-tourism offer of Sinj.

As part of the permanent tourist promotion between the Croatian Tourist Board and Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and in cooperation with the Sinj Tourist Board, twelve prominent international journalists visited Sinj on May 12. 

Henri Yadan, Elisabeth Camus, and Bertrand Rocher accompanied by Lena Bigonwille came from France, with representatives of the CNTB office in France, then Natalia Kondratiuk - Swierbuska, Grzegorz Rybka, Marek Dlugopolski, Anders Olof Mathlein, Sandra Ilse Pixie, Anna Catarina Offe from Poland, Ana Maria von Gegerfeldt from Sweden, and Zuzana Kostkova from the Czech Republic. The group first visited Split, Solin, Trogir, Kaštela, and Klis, followed by a tour of Sinj, Trilj, and Gata.

The study trip is dedicated to the gastro-oenological offer of Split-Dalmatia County, but also to cultural and natural sights.

The renowned international journalists were accompanied by tour guide Dino Ivančić in Sinj. The tour began in front of the Alkar Palace, where they were welcomed by the director of the Sinj Tourist Board, Monika Vrgoč.


Here, they became acquainted with the rich past of the city of Sinj, especially the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Alka Knights. They then visited the Sinjska Alka Museum accompanied by curator Tomislav Barhanović. The journalists were delighted with the modern line-up and the knowledge of Sinj's turbulent past.


As the whole program is largely dedicated to gastronomy and oenology, they had the opportunity to get acquainted with the local offer of wines produced by OPG Mažurin and excellent gastronomy (restaurant Ispod ure and Association Stari zanati), such as Sinj uštipak, young cheese, Dalmatian prosciutto, Alkar salami, Dalmatian pancetta, and more. After the gastronomy presentation, the tour continued to OPG Moro (Gala - Municipality of Otok), where valuable members of OPG Moro, in addition to various vegetable crops, grow and prepare products from industrial hemp. The journalists were delighted and surprised by the offer of the city of Sinj, showing great interest in continuing cooperation through selective programs for cultural tourism and traditional eno-gastronomic offer.


The Sinj Tourist Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their successful cooperation!

For more on travel to Croatia, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Split Dalmatia Tower Officially Tallest Skyscraper in Croatia (VIDEO)

May 14, 2022 - On Thursday afternoon, the last element of the Split Dalmatia Tower architectural design was installed. The Croatian flag was symbolically raised to celebrate the end of the works!

On Friday, the Dalmatia Tower officially became the tallest building in Croatia and thus reached a total height of 135 meters.


Goran Les

By installing the last architectural design element, the conditions were created to begin dismantling the largest construction crane in the region. It is a 150-meter high crane, and the dismantling will take seven days.


As previously announced, Dalmatia Tower will house the first Croatian AC Hotel Split by Marriott with 214 accommodation units, 210 rooms, and four suites. Thanks to the specific shape of the tower, all rooms will have a sea view. In addition to five modular conference halls with a total capacity of 300 people, guests will also have at their disposal a spa & wellness center with an indoor pool and gym, then an à la carte restaurant, bar, and lounge. The hotel is expected to open this summer.


Riva Production

In addition to the hotel part of the business center (HTC), there will also be regional offices of internationally recognized IT companies.

Dalmatia Tower is part of the Westgate Split project, which consists of two towers and has already become a recognizable element of the view of Split. Otto Barić designed the Westgate Split project, and the investor was awarded the International Property Award in 2018 - the award for the best high-rise business building in Europe.


Riva Production

Westgate Tower d.o.o. is part of the Westgate Group, a company that is an investor, developer, and investment manager in the Croatian real estate market and services. The company is focused on the best locations in major cities in the Croatian region. In collaboration with renowned offices for architecture and planning, they provide project development services, supervision, consulting services, and real estate management services. Their team consists of highly educated experts in construction, law, economics, and architecture. The Group is committed to providing high-quality standardized services and an extensive range of services specifically developed for individual clients.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Filipović: Janaf Can Significantly Increase Oil Transport To Hungary

ZAGREB, 13 May 2022- Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Davor Filipović said on Friday that the Adriatic Oil Pipeline can significantly increase its oil transport capacity toward Hungary even without additional investment and Croatia will work on becoming an important factor in Europe's energy sector.

Responding to questions from reporters at a press conference, where he presented a call for applications for co-financing from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO), regarding the statement by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that Hungary had the sea taken away from it, Filipović said that Orban's statement was absolutely inappropriate.

In the context of the entire situation, Filopvić said that Croatia is working on becoming an important factor with regard to Europe's energy sector.

"Janaf's current capacity can be increased, without any investment whatsoever, when it comes to oil transport to Hungary, while with certain investment it can be doubled," Filipović said. He added that that is the direction Croatia will go in and that it will take advantage of the present situation to position itself as best it can regarding energy in Europe.

He noted that according to the current capacity, Janaf can transport 11.4 million tonnes of oil to Hungary a year, and currently it is transporting just 2 million. Filipović said that this shows that without any further investment it can significantly increase oil transport toward Hungary.

"In this situation, Croatia is a solution both for Hungary, depending on the outcome of the sanctions, and for other EU countries as well," claimed Filipović.

According to Janaf's website, the pipeline designed capacity is 34 million tonnes of crude oil transported annually (MTA) and the installed capacity is 20 MTA. The system was built for the needs of refineries in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina  (24 MTA), and for the users in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (10 MTA).

The prime minister's economic adviser, Zvonimir Savić, said that the prime minister has said several times that the recent circumstances have put Croatia in a position of additional energy strength. That means that its LNG terminal could become a "more serious factor."

For more, check out our politics section.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Croatian Parliament Passes Law On Adoption Of Euro As Legal Tender

ZAGREB, 13 May 2022 - The Croatian parliament on Friday passed a law on the adoption of the euro as legal tender, with 117 MPs voting in favour, 13 against and one abstaining.

MPs rejected amendments by Bridge and the Green-Left Bloc and a conclusion by Bridge that the government had not endorsed.

The euro is expected to be introduced on 1 January 2023.

As of the 5th of September this year through 2023, prices would be displayed both in kuna and in euro.

Next year there will be no cost for exchanging kuna cash for euro, which will be done in banks, post offices and the Financial Agency. Citizens will be able to exchange kuna bills for euro in the central bank indefinitely.

Bridge and Sovereignists against euro

Before today's vote, some of the opposition again spoke against introducing the euro.

Miro Bulj of Bridge said an estimate of the effects of the introduction should have been made, calling on parliament to repeal the law and saying that experts should state their opinion and the people decide in a referendum.

Marijan Pavliček of the Sovereignists said the party was concerned about how citizens would survive the month upon entering the eurozone and how pensioners and workers would live.

He said it was insane to enter the eurozone during the EU's biggest energy crisis, biggest economic uncertainty, and the biggest inflation in 20 years.

2022 budget revision included in agenda, debate next week

Parliament today added 14 items to the agenda, including a draft revision of this year's budget.

"We'll debate it next Wednesday," Speaker Gordan Jandroković said.

For more, check out our politics section.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Milanović: Croatia Was Liberated By Its Own Forces And Not By International Coalition

ZAGREB, 13 May 2022 - President Zoran Milanović, who is the Supreme Commander of the Croatian Armed Forces, said in Petrinja on Friday that during the 1991-1995 Homeland War Croatia had not been liberated by an international coalition but "was successfully defended by its own forces."

Addressing an oath-taking ceremony for members of the 2nd Mechanised Battalion, President  Milanović told them that their predecessors "first defended and then liberated the country with very limited quantities of weapons." 

Milanović added that "the Croatian Army did not have foreign help at the time and Croatia was defended by its own forces, their heroism, ingenuity, cunning and courage."

"Croatia was not liberated by an international coalition. Croatia was liberated exclusively by Croatian forces relying solely on their own abilities – by Croatian sons and daughters, who joined forces with our brothers from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"The siege of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina was not lifted by American and British planes, but by the Croatian Army and Croatian brigades – not by allied bombs, but by the Croatian Army at the entrance to Banja Luka," he said referring to the developments as a result of the 1995 Operation Storm.

"Only then was the siege of Sarajevo lifted and negotiations on the Dayton Accords began. These are very important things. There are still many witnesses. This will not be easily forgotten," he said.

Noting that "small nations cannot fight big battles," Milanović said that "when the big ones fight, the little ones move away and look after their own interests."

"We don’t have thousands of tanks, we won’t have them and we don’t need them. We must manage smartly, responsibly and cunningly what we have."

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