Sunday, 14 August 2022

Art Zagreb Fair to Show Works by Ukrainian Artists

ZAGREB, 14 August, 2022 - Five Ukrainian galleries will present works by Ukrainian artists created during the Russian aggression on their country as part of the Art Zagreb fair on 15-18 September.

The works will be shown as part of the Terra Ukraina project, a result of the cooperation between Art Zagreb, the Ukrainian Gallerists Association and the SOS Ukraine platform, with the European Commission's support.

The aim is to help Ukrainian culture, so all works will be for sale.

The Ukrainian Gallerists Association was founded in Lviv last year. Since the beginning of the aggression, it has focused on raising public awareness of Russia's destruction of Ukrainian culture.

The works come from five galleries in Lviv: the Green Sofa Gallery, Gallery 101, Ya Gallery, IconArt Gallery, and Art Gallery of Madam Palmgren.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Sinković Brothers Win Gold at European Rowing Championships

ZAGREB, 14 August, 2022 - Croatian brothers Valent and Martin Sinković on Sunday won the gold medal in the Men's Double Sculls at the 2022 European Rowing Championships taking place in Munich.

The brothers won their 19th big competition medal with a time of 6:35.93.

Spain's Aleix Garcia Pujolar and Rodrigo Conde Romen (6:38.46) finished second, while Latvia's Armandas Kelmelis and Dovydas Nemeravicius were third (6:42.11).

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Croatia Logs 629 New COVID Cases, 12 Deaths

ZAGREB, 14 August, 2022 - In the last 24 hours, 629 coronavirus cases, out of 2,125 tests, and 12 related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Sunday.

There are 7,234 active cases, including 612 hospitalised patients, 25 of whom are on ventilators, while 5,749 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 1,200,742 covoronavirus cases to date, the death toll is 16,496 and 68.83% of adults have been vaccinated.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Speleologists Report Accelerated Melting of Ice in Velebit Caves

ZAGREB, 14 August, 2022 - An international speleological expedition, which is exploring 15 caves in environmentally protected areas of Mount Velebit for the second week, has noticed an accelerated melting of ice deep underground, linking it to climate change.

While exploring a cave called Lukina Jama, which has been completely covered in ice at a depth of 70 metres in the last 22 years, they found that a passage has opened up into deeper parts of the cave as a result of the ice melting, members of the expedition told Hina in a statement.

The ice, the age of which is estimated at 500 years, is melting in other caves as well.

The preliminary results of the research show a link between these occurrences and the climate conditions on Mount Velebit in the last two years, said a member of the expedition, physicist Dalibor Paar.

He said that other phenomena observed would be interpreted in cooperation with experts from the Climate Research Centre at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb.

The expedition is also monitoring the geological and biological features of the deep caves, and exploring other external influences on these sensitive karst ecosystems, which are important for endemic fauna and groundwaters feeding karst water sources.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Mate Rimac Gives Video Tour of 1st Large Battery Production Facility

 August 14, 2022 - The other side of the Rimac business - supplying components for other car companies - is about to ramp up, as Mate Rimac gives a video tour of the first major battery production line.

It is more than six years since we first featured Mate Rimac on TCN, painstakingly transcribing and then translating the 46 questions posed by occasional TCN contributor, Sasa Cvetojevic, from their interview on N1 television. You can read that very interesting interview here - Mate Rimac: Concept One is Just Our Flagship Product, Technology is Our Forte.

And while most of the chat about Rimac at the moment revolves about the first sale of the Nevera to Formula 1 legend, Nico Rosberg, as well as Rimac and the Nevera being the first to drive over the new Peljesac Bridge connecting Croatia, the core business of the Rimac empire is actually developing technology and components for other car companies. And on that note, Mate Rimac posted a rather significant update and video tour on his private Facebook page yesterday:

Installation of our first 50.000 unit/year battery production line!

This is a battery that we’ve been developing for the last 3 years for a German car company. We have produced hundreds of prototypes, and now it is getting serious – the production line equipment has arrived – we actually had to fly it into Croatia with a Boeing 747 to meet the timing with all the supply chain constraints that are plaguing everybody at the moment.

This is just the start of the installation of the line with still half of the equipment missing. But I couldn’t wait to share this important milestone for us ?

I would like to thank our Manufacturing Engineering Team specifically for working their behinds off to make this happen – and of course, everybody else involved (Project Management, R&D, Purchasing, Quality… and of course, our suppliers and partners). Let’s get this done! And then, there are many more to come in Campus 1 and Campus 2...

 To follow the latest in the fast-moving Rimac story, follow the dedicated TCN section

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Croatian Film Wins Three Awards at Locarno Festival

ZAGREB, 13 August, 2022 - Croatian director Juraj Lerotić's debut "Safe Place" has won three awards at this year's Locarno Film Festival, for best director, best actor, and best first feature film, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) said on Saturday.

The film is about a sudden suicide attempt which opens a gap in the everyday life of a family of three whose lives change fundamentally, as if they have been pulled into a war invisible to everyone else, HAVC said.

The plot is limited to a short period of time and boils down to the most important thing, to save a loved one, HAVC said, adding that the film was based on the personal experience of the director, who also plays the leading role.

"Safe Place" was produced by the Pipser company and made in cooperation with Slovenian production company December. It was financially supported by HAVC, the Croatian HRT public broadcaster, and the Slovenian Film Centre,

The film has also won the Eurimages Development Award as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink Co-production Market.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Zagreb Crew Wins 25th Neretva Boat Marathon

ZAGREB, 13 Aug (Hina) - The crew from Zagreb won the 25th Neretva Boat Marathon, and raced on Saturday afternoon down a 22.5 kilometre stretch of the river Neretva from the town of Metković to the seaport of Ploče.

The Zagreb crew finished the race in two hours and eight minutes of rowing. The Stablina crew finished second, and a crew from Metković finished third. Thirty crews competed this year.

The Neretva Boat Marathon is an amateur sporting competition between rowers in traditional boats. Each crew consists of ten rowers, a drummer, and a cox. The race is one of the most important tourist events in southern Croatia.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Fuel Prices to Drop as of Tuesday, Government says

ZAGREB, 14 August - The government adopted a new decree on Saturday on the highest retail prices of petroleum products under which, as of Tuesday, a litre of petrol will cost HRK 0.11 less and a litre of diesel HRK 0.02 less than now.

As of Tuesday, a litre of petrol will cost HRK 11.19, a litre of diesel HRK 12.12, and a litre of blue-dyed diesel HRK 8.49, or HRK 0.01 less.

Without the newest decree, a litre of petrol would cost HRK 13.06 as of Tuesday, a litre of diesel HRK 14.57, and a litre of blue-dyed diesel HRK 9.38, the government said in a press release.

The margin is HRK 0.65 per litre for petrol and diesel and HRK 0.40 for blue-dyed diesel.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Need a New Croatian Passport or ID Card in Zagreb? New Rules in Place

August the 14th, 2022 - If you need to get a new Croatian passport of ID card over the coming days in the City of Zagreb, then there's something you need to do before you head to the dreaded desks and the friendly and knowledgeable clerks at your local administrative police station.

We've all had the masochistic pleasure of waiting for hours clutching a number that isn't due to come up on the screen we're all staring at for an age in an airless room listening to people being repeatedly told they're missing a document. MUP is a special place where people lose time they'll never get back to people who could really do with a lot more training, all for something that could very easily be done online. Make sure to read this before heading to administrative police stations in Zagreb for a new Croatian passport or ID card.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, if you want to get a new identity card or Croatian passport over the coming hot summer days in the City of Zagreb, then there are several important things you should know. The locations for issuing and picking up personal documents such as the above are Heinzelova 98, Petrinjska 30, II. PP Zagreb (Crnomerec) and VI. PP Zagreb (Novi/New Zagreb).

The counters at which this procedure is carried out have summer working hours from 07:00 to 14:00, and you can now go and pick up your new Croatian passport or freshly issued ID card on Saturdays as well.

The administrative police station (MUP) at Crnomerec is typically very crowded, so the waiting times to pick up or apply for new documents can stretch to several hours, which isn't anything new to anyone who has spent any time doing anything administrative in Croatia.

The classic advice continues to be the same as it always has been - come as early as possible to avoid waiting around for too long (although if we're being honest, that is no guarantee as everyone has the exact same idea), but more importantly, if you are getting a new Croatian passport or identity card, it is important that before you come to the counter, you have confirmation that you have already paid the production costs. In other words, you should make the payment before you come to the clerk at the desk.

The payment slips are at the entrance to the building, while the information for online payment can be found here for a new Croatian passport and here for a new ID card.

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

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Zagreb's Public Transport ZET Embarks on Much Needed Modernisation

August the 14th, 2022 - Zagreb's iconic blue trams and buses belonging to ZET (Zagreb electric tram) are set to undergo some much needed modernisation as Croatia finally begins properly entering the digital age.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, ZET recently presented a few novelties with which it plans to modernise passenger transport offered in the Croatian capital city on the whole. In the trams, they will install screens that will actually show the tram's route, how long it takes to get to the next station, as well as which other lines passengers can be transferred to.

As part of the project to modernise and upgrade the city's traffic control and management system, ZET is testing out some modern new screens that will make it easier for passengers to navigate the traffic system.

"For example, the screens will contain a graphic representation of the stops along a particular route, as well as a display of the time it takes the vehicle to reach the next stop or the final destination. In addition, when the tram is arriving at the next stop, information about other lines that use that stop, both tram and bus lines, will be displayed. So, passengers will have information about the possibility of further transfers should they need them,'' ZET spokesman Domagoj Zeba told HRT.

The screens will also provide information on the traffic situation, for example when traffic is diverted due to an accident. Such an idea is very welcome to passengers.

"It's great, especially for people who aren't from Zagreb and come here for whatever reason and use the trams and buses, so that they can get the information they need,'' said ZET user Ilonka.

An information screen is currently being tested in one of ZET's trams and is being tested out along different routes every day, and by the end of the year, the plan is to equip about fifty trams with these new screens.

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

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