Tuesday, 11 October 2022

m&i Private 2022 with over 200 Buyers and Suppliers Returns to Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

October 11, 2022 - Press Release. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a premier five-star resort and member of The Leading Hotels, provides event planners and the MICE industry with a choice of 201 hotel rooms and suites and 207 residences on the Adriatic coast, as well as one of the best conference centers in the region, featuring some of the largest and most flexible meeting space in Dubrovnik, such as spacious ballroom, eight meeting rooms, and a range of on-site venues for hosting memorable events.

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It is no surprise that Sun Gardens Dubrovnik has been chosen to host the leading specialist event of the MICE industry - m&i Private Forum - from October 9 to 12, 2022. m&i Private Europe connects independent and boutique hotels, as well as local hotel groups, with event planners looking for unique properties. The Forum, organized by Worldwide Events with a support of Croatian Tourist Board, the DMC operator Korkyra Travel and AV specialist FIFI Sound, will bring together more than 200 suppliers and buyers from the MICE industry.

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The m&i Forum seeks to bring together major European buyers and MICE suppliers in Dubrovnik so that they may connect and network. Three days of high-quality networking, events, and tailored 1-2-1 introductions will help them to form solid business partnerships with one another. Such events are held in carefully chosen places and destinations and give an excellent chance to showcase the destination's complete conference offer.

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This event once again confirms Dubrovnik as one of the best conference destinations in Europe, and Sun Gardens Dubrovnik as one of the leading conference centers in the region, for which this event comes as the crown of a very successful MICE season.

To learn more about Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, visit the official website.

To learn more about Pearl of the Adriatic, check out the Total Croatia Dubrovnik in a Page guide.

 

 

Monday, 10 October 2022

Baška Outdoor Festival - a Weekend of Activities Perfect for Adventurers

October 10, 2022 - This October has been a dream in Croatia. The temperatures are still reaching the high twenties and might inspire you to spend time outdoors, doing all the activities. If you're looking for something unique, fun, and challenging this weekend, we have just the right thing. Head to the island of Krk, visit the Baška Outdoor Festival, and pick your favourite category. There's something for everyone.

So far, the seven successfully held editions have confirmed that Baška is the perfect destination for an event whose ambition, from the very beginning, was to become one of the leading outdoor events in Croatia. Baška Outdoor Festival is an event where professionals and enthusiasts of various outdoor sports and activities gather to enjoy the experience of one of the most exciting events on the island of Krk, which brings together all of Baška's outdoor forces and resources.

This most popular out-of-season event attracts many visitors to Baška, so the weekend in mid-October (October 14 - October 16, 2022) is already traditionally reserved for the autumn charms of Baška and numerous outdoor activities, accompanied by a great gathering of outdoor athletes and recreationists from all over Croatia, but also beyond its borders. All lovers of an active and sporty lifestyle will find an activity for themselves in the rich three-day program of this year's edition of the festival, organised by the Baška Municipality Tourist Board in partnership with Valamar and numerous organisers of sports events.

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Baška Outdoor Festival brings five attractive outdoor sports programs - trail running, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, and zipline- all with special accommodation benefits and numerous accompanying facilities that are richer than ever this year!

The program begins on Friday, October 14, with the Zip & Fly adventure, organised in cooperation with Zipline Edison. During Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (with prior notice), all adventurers will be able, at a promotional price for the duration of BOF, to try driving an all-terrain vehicle, walk in nature and descend on cables longer than two kilometres! The ride of a lifetime, with a total duration of approximately two hours, with a view of Baška, the sea and the island of Prvić, and the beautiful rugged landscape, is a unique experience you don't want to miss!

On Saturday, October 15, all visitors to the Baška Outdoor Festival will be invited to numerous challenges, the biggest of which may be which activity to choose! In the competitive part for cyclists, Adria Bike is organising the 6th edition of the now legendary Krk'n'Roll MTB Marathon (e-bike and Mtb), with three carefully prepared tracks of different lengths, 70, 46 and 27 km, intended for women and men. Trail lovers are also in for a treat, the 12th edition of the first Croatian trail race Krk'n'Trail (Krk Island Trail), a competition organised by the Trekking League in three length/difficulty categories: 7, 14, and 24 kilometers. Both amateurs and those looking for more significant sporting challenges will be able to enjoy the race. It should be mentioned that the race route includes still undiscovered trails of the southern part of the island of Krk, which pass through some of the most beautiful bays in the vicinity of Baška!

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In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in interest in sport climbing, with Baška boasting as many as four equipped climbing areas, which will equally satisfy those who are new to climbing and those for whom conquering peaks is a lifestyle. Due to the great interest in natural rock climbing in the vicinity of Baška, climbing has been organised at two locations - at the Portafortuna climbing site on Saturday, October 15, and at the Belove stene climbing area on Sunday, October 16. The aptly named Touch the Sky programme is suitable for beginners (from the age of 12), and all lovers of heights will be taught climbing by the expert team of Anima Adventures.

On Sunday, October 16, for those who prefer hiking, the Rocky Hill Hike Tour has been organised along a route of 12 km, Baška/Heritage hotel Forza – Batomalj – Bratinac – Gabri – Stanikovica – Vraca – Zarok – Baška, accompanied by an expert Promotiv Travel Outdoor guide. The excursion will allow all mountaineers to get to know Baška and its surroundings. Considering the incredible views and untouched nature that awaits you around every corner, we recommend that you carry a camera!

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In addition to the sports part of the program, the weekend schedule of the Baška Outdoor Festival also includes interesting lectures, free workshops, and a rich programme for children!

On the very first day of the Festival, on Friday 14 October, do not miss the interesting travel lecture "Everest Then and Now", during which the legendary Stipe Božić and Mario Celinić will tell about their most extraordinary life adventures and share their experience of climbing the highest peak in the world 42 years apart: in 1979 and 2021! Mario Celinić will show in detail the way to the final goal - the top of Mount Everest, where he decided to go with the mentorship and help of the experienced alpinist Stipe Božić, who conquered that peak twice and stood on the highest peaks of all seven continents.

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What kind of programme would it be without an excellent musical background? DJ performances in Bistro Funtana will complete the favorite Baška Outdoor Festival, and the indispensable Infinity Band will ensure a happy and dancing atmosphere in the after-race zone of Baška Outdoor Festival, Porto Club Baška. The highlight of the party awaits us on Saturday, October 15, at the Cubismo Group concert, which will bring an avalanche of the excellent energy of Afro-Cuban rhythm.

The concerts are free for all participants and visitors, so join these fantastic performances and enjoy the excellent music!

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The youngest participants of the festival will be able to enjoy various free activities in the Outdoor Corner for Children (October 15 and 16), located on the green areas of the Zvonimir Sunny Hotel by Valamar. Slackline, climbing on an artificial rock, and a mountain bike school will introduce even the youngest participants to the world of adventure.

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Find the detailed festival programme here.

The festival's partner, Valamar Riviera, offers special prices on accommodation for all visitors. You can choose between hotels and campsites, but of course, there are other accommodation options available in Baška. Hurry up with your reservations because the capacities are filling up fast!

HOTELS
CORINTHIA BAŠKA SUNNY HOTEL BY VALAMAR*** - soon SOLD OUT!
The price of a double room with buffet breakfast and dinner with drinks: from 66 EUR
Promo code: BOFTRAIL / BOFMTB ; www.valamar.com
HERITAGE HOTEL FORZA****
10% discount on all accommodation units
Promo code: OUTDOOR 2022; www.hotelforza.hr

CAMPS
BAŠKA BEACH CAMPING RESORT**** - SOLD OUT!
Promo code: BOFTRAIL / BOFMTB ; www.valamar.com
CAMP "MALI"
10% discount on lots; phone: +385 51 864 164; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.kamp-mali.hr

OTHER ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
PENSION "BURIN"
phone: +385 51 856 697; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.pansionburin.hr

PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
Contact the tourist agencies from the Baška area, which will find the best possible accommodation for you:
"ŠILOTURIST" - phone: +385 51 860 171; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"LPD TOURS" - phone: +385 51 856 460; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"POLO LINE" - phone: +385 51 856 533; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"PDM-GULLIVER" - phone: +385 51 864 007; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"ADRIA SOLE" - phone: +385 51 293 801; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"AGENCY ARA" - phone: +385 51 856 321; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All photos are courtesy of the Baška Tourist Board.

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

Monday, 10 October 2022

Ultimate Guide to New Zagreb Waste Management Rules

October 10, 2022 - If you've spent any time consuming Croatian media, you must've noticed the now infamous word "vrećica". What does it have to do with Zagreb waste management?

You'd be excused if you thought that vrećica had something to do with the global climate crisis that is gonna get the rest of us, not already fallen victims to global pandemics or the dictators occupying neighboring countries while wielding nuclear weapons. But no, let me put your mind to ease, it only means "baggie". For the last month or so, specifically, referring to the garbage disposal baggies, which became emblematic of the new system of waste management introduced in Zagreb at the end of September.

The rationale is obvious: we buy more and more stuff, the stuff we buy is packaged in more and more (mostly) plastic and, generally speaking, there is more and more of us (not in Croatia, as the recent census has shown, but in Zagreb, the number of inhabitants is still managing to grow). And it's a worldwide problem, I don't know that there are any cities in the world where the waste management is handled perfectly. There are (partial) successes and failures; if you live in any city you probably heard about the Swiss or the Tokyo model of dealing with that particular problem that's not going anywhere.

In Zagreb, there's one landfill, Jakuševac. It has been in horrible condition for as long as I can remember (and I've lived in Zagreb for my entire life, which is not... short). The former mayor promised and promised that it would get "remediated", which is a phrase that got repeated so many times I don't think anyone even knows what it means and what would happen to our garbage after that. One of the ways his administration started dealing with so much waste created by the people of the city was to put many (MANY) recycling bins for paper, plastics and biodegradable materials everywhere. So, every building and house in Zagreb got some of those. Let's take an example of my small building, 2 km north of Ilica (so, not really in the suburbs): we have two wheely bins for mixed communal waste ("miješani komunalni otpad", abbreviated to MKO, which is the abbreviation I'm gonna continue using in this article), a bin for paper and bio-waste each and we're supposed to put our plastics somewhere to be picked once every two weeks in yellow bags. It's been like that for years, the last major change was that the frequency of pick-up for plastics and paper was reduced during the pandemic and never returned to the pre-pandemic state.

So, we all had the possibility to separate our MKO from the plastics and biodegradables for a while now, and the yellow bags for plastics and brown ones for bio stuff was (semi-)regularly distributed to each household in Zagreb. There are also numerous "reciklažna dvorišta" (recycling centres of yards) located all over the city, where you can take just about any type of waste to be disposed of for free, as well as the so-called "green islands", communal bins for plastic, paper, glass, textiles, which have been notoriously under-managed and unkept by the city, which is something that will hopefully change soon. 

This article will not get into the nitty-gritty of how the global recycling of plastics has gotten to an abrupt halt, nor about the fact the facilities for the treatment of the biodegradable waste in Zagreb are nowhere near the capacity needed to process what was being produced annually by the city's inhabitants. What has changed for the people of Zagreb as of October 1st is mostly as follows: 

- most of the wheelie bins for MKO, paper and biodegradable waste have been removed from the streets in the center of the city. I have to say that the "center" is defined very loosely, and there are complaints about that being done in some places and not in others, but that's a constant in this saga: there are non-stop complaints about every single decision here. People living in the center have to put their MKO in their "blue bags" in front of their buildings, each day between 8 and 10 pm if they want them to be removed, and wheel out the paper/bio bins on scheduled days to be emptied;

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- the infamous "vrećice": all of the mixed communal waste, meaning stuff you produce minus the recyclables should be disposed of exclusively in the blue bags, sold by the city in all major stores. They're made in three sizes, 10, 20 and 40 litres, they're sturdy, they're not cheap (2, 4 and 8 kuna apiece, respectively) and there's a whole legal argument about the legality of how they're sold, procured etc (look at the previous point if you forgot about the favorite Croatian national sport: complaining). So, in addition to paying a fixed fee for waste management (currently at 45 kuna a month), you basically pay for the bags, which means that you pay for the amount of MKO you produce and dispose of. The more you recycle, the smaller amount of blue bags you'll need, in theory. Then, you either put them in front of your building (if you're in the center), or drop them in your still-existent wheelie bins in front of your house/building. You already see the problem: people here are not really good at following rules. They will throw their garbage in regular, non-blue-and-city-approved bags in their trash, so we were warned that there would be fines. Of course, the first thing you think of then is "I will just throw it in someone else's trash", which leads just about everyone to talk about locking/securing their wheelie bins in various ways, and some buildings have already done that, some plan to, and some just stick to the idea that it's completely unimaginable that an apartment complex could be fined for something there's no proof any of them have actually done.

For a while now, there has been a shortage of the blue vrećice in Zagreb supermarkets, especially the smallest, 10l ones, which is what most households are expected to use after learning to separate their waste. I'm sure the dust will eventually settle, and we'll collectively learn to separate our trash (it's really not that difficult or demanding; I've been doing it for at least 10 years and I don't feel like it's a bit inconvenience for my way of life) and then maybe we'll be able to turn to the more important stuff in our lives than Zagreb waste management.

Monday, 10 October 2022

Barbara Matić Takes Gold in First All-Croatian Judo World Cup Final!

October 10, 2022 - Current world champion Barbara Matić and fellow countrywoman Lara Cvjetko fought for the gold medal in the Judo World Cup final on Monday! 

After beating their Japanese opponents in the semi-final, the current world champion Barbara Matić and her fellow countrywoman Lara Cvjetko fought each other for the gold medal at the Judo World Cup in the category up to 70 kilograms. After a minute and a half, the 27-year-old Matić defended the world champion title against Cvjetko. 

There wasn't too much pressure for Croatia fans, as no matter the outcome, a Croatian judoka would take the gold at the biggest judo event this year in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Croatia absolutely dominated the women's category up to 70 kg, and today we watched the first all-Croatian final in the history of judo.

The match took place at 2 pm Croatia time between the current world champion and top-ranked Barbara Matić and 21-year-old Lara Cvjetko.

The category up to 70 kg, with 44 competitors, was also the busiest in the judoka competition at this year's World Championship. After both Croatian participants were free in the first round, they had four fights each on the way to the final. Matić defeated Hilde Jager (NED), Aleksandra Samardžić (BiH), Gulnoza Matniyazov (UZB), and Shiho Tanaka (JPN). At the same time, Lara Cvjetko was better than Margaux Pinot (FRA), Martina Esposito (ITA), Sanne Van Dijke (NED), and Saki Niizoe (JPN).

How demanding this weight category is, is shown by the fact that the Olympic silver medal winner in Tokyo Polleres (AUT), the bronze medalist Van Dijke (NED), and 2019 World Cup gold medalist Gahie (FRA), and bronze medalist Pinot (FRA) lost in the elimination fights.

Source: HRT

To follow the latest sports news in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 10 October 2022

SuperSport HNL Round 12: Rijeka Records Second Win, Istra and Dinamo Postponed

October 10, 2022 - The SuperSport HNL 12th round was played from October 7 to October 9, 2022. This round saw Rijeka claim their first victory in almost three months, while Hajduk secured a last-minute win against Varazdin. Dinamo postponed their match against Istra 1961 due to Champions League obligations this week. Here is our SuperSport HNL round 12 recap. 

Lokomotiva v. Sibenik (1:1)

Lokomotiva and Sibenik opened the 12th round on Friday, October 7, 2022, in Zagreb in front of 861 fans. 

The first half went without goals before Tuci put Lokomotiva ahead in the 68th minute for 1:0. Males received his second yellow card of the match seven minutes later, forcing Lokomotiva to play with a man down for the remainder of the game. Salomon equalized in the first minute of stoppage time for the final 1:1. 

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Lokomotiva is in 8th place with 10 points, while Sibenik is in 7th with 12. 

Hajduk v. Varazdin (2:1)

Hajduk and Varazdin met on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Poljud Stadium. 

Sahiti made it 1:0 for Hajduk with a goal assisted by Livaja in the 33rd minute. Brodic found a way back for Varazdin in the 71st minute for 1:1. Awaziem saved the day with a goal in the match's final seconds to give Hajduk the 2:1 victory. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 2nd place with 23 points and a game in hand, while Varazdin is in 5th place with 16. 

Slaven Belupo v. Osijek (4:0)

Slaven Belupo and Osijek met on Sunday, October 9, 2022, in Koprivnica. 

Osijek's scoring spree began in the 5th minute when Caktas made it 0:1. Kleinheisler increased Osijek's lead to 0:2 in the 35th minute, and Caktas made it 0:3 before the half. Finally, Caktas scored his hat trick for 0:4 in the 52nd minute, which was the final score. 

 

Slaven Belupo is in 4th place with 17 points, while Osijek is in 3rd with 21. 

Gorica v. Rijeka (0:2)

Gorica and Rijeka closed out the 12th round on Sunday, October 10, 2022, in Velika Gorica. 

The first half went without goals before Ampem made it 0:1 for Rijeka in the 56th minute. Finally, Halilovic scored for 0:2 in the 68th minute for the final result.

 

This was Rijeka's second win this season after their first victory in mid-July. With this loss, Gorica fell to last place with 6 points, and Rijeka is 9th with 9 points. 

Istra 1961 v. Dinamo (Postponed)

Istra and Dinamo were meant to meet on Saturday, October 8, in Pula. However, the Zagreb club asked to postpone the match because of their Champions League match against Salzburg on Tuesday in Zagreb. Salzburg defeated Dinamo last week 1:0. Ante Čačić's team must go for all three points to keep their chances for a European spring.

You can see the full HNL table HERE.

To follow the latest sports news in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 10 October 2022

Dubrovnik Through the Local Lens of Ivan Vukovic

October 10, 2022 - There are many promoters of destinations in Croatia, all doing their own thing. Meet one of the best in Dubrovnik, Ivan Vukovic, and his magical lens.

Dubrovnik in the international media again, this time on CNN. Someone sent me the link, and I smiled. I didn't even have to guess which name would be featured as the local expert, for I already knew based on past experience.

Ivan Vukovic.

An accomplished tour guide, photographer, world traveller, and plenty of things I know little about, when it comes to the local flavour of international promotion of Dubrovnik, the name of Ivan Vukovic is usually involved. 

One thing I really appreciate about his photography of the Pearl of the Adriatic is how Ivan manages to capture a more less touristy flavour with his shots. He kindly sent me these photos and (his) descriptions to give a little more colour to the magnificent Pearl of the Adriatic. 

And if you are looking for a tour guide with an alternative take on the city,  check out his Dubrovnik Tour Guides site.

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Tiramola in the backstreets. Typical laundry line and way of life in the old town.

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Blue hour in Dubrovnik. Windy September night on Stradun.

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Minceta fortress - standing proud and tall.

The views from there are the best in the sunset for photo enthusiasts.

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Lovrjenac fort - Gibraltar of Dubrovnik.

Famous Red Keep in Game of Thones.

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Sunrise in Dubrovnik. In case you want to avoid crowds and heat in the high season, just wake up early.

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Stradun in early morning. Old town wakes up slowly. Soft light and quietness.

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The view from Bogisic park.

St. Ignatius church and Lokrum island in the background.

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Stradun - main promenade. Typical example of roman urbanism. Do not be afraid to explore side streets. Beware of stairs and cats :)

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Saltwater pool by Banje beach.

Instagrammable hotspot.

 

Monday, 10 October 2022

Croatia's Premier Island: Hvar Again in Conde Nast Top 10 in Europe

October 11, 2022 - More global recognition for the island of Hvar, which again features in the top 10 islands in Europe at the prestigious Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards. 

One of the first things I learned when I bought a house on an island I had never heard of until 2 days previously was that it was named as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

And it truly is. 

That label has stayed with Hvar over the years, and it has its origins in the prestigious Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards, an annual poll of the elite travel magazine's readership. Hvar has been a regular feature in the Conde Nast top 10s each year, and 2022 is no exception. 

The awards, announced last week, placed Hvar once more in the top 10 islands in Europe, at number 9. The full list is below, and you can see all the Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards here

  1. Ibiza, Spain 88.54
  2. Crete, Greece 86.48
  3. Sardinia, Italy 86.04
  4. Jersey & Guernsey, United Kingdom 85.83
  5. Mykonos, Greece 85.26
  6. Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom 83.96
  7. Sicily, Italy 83.48
  8. Santorini, Greece 83.22
  9. Hvar, Croatia 83.17
  10. The Azores, Portugal 82.76

So much has changed in the 20 years since I first came to this beautiful island (read more about that experience in 20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years: 16. Living 13 Years Full-Time on Hvar Island). And so much more is now internationally known about Hvar than 20 years ago. 

Did you know, for example, that Hvar has more UNESCO than any island in the world? Or that the oldest public theatre in Europe lies on its main square? Or that across the square is the birthplace of organised tourism in Europe with the founding of the Hvar Health Society in 1868? Or that on that very spot is one of Croatia's most luxurious hotels, Palace Elisabeth, hvar heritage hotel? 

And so much more. A timeless island with a rich heritage dating back thousands of years, and Croatia's premier island with very good reason. One thing is for sure - it will be in Europe's top 10 islands again next year, and the year after. 

To learn more about Hvar, check out the Total Croatia Hvar in a Page guide

Monday, 10 October 2022

New Zagreb Waste Disposal Rules Failing to Solve Landfill Issues

October the 10th, 2022 - The brand new Zagreb waste disposal rules came into force at the very beginning of this month, which saw the introduction of brand new blue bags called ''ZG vrecice/bags'' and which have been the subject of a fair few jokes. The move by mayor Tomislav Tomasevic was made in an attempt to finally tackle the capital's dire issues with waste disposal and collection, encourage people to separate their waste and recycle, and only see people pay for the amount they actually discard. It sounds great on paper, but some are still less than satisfied.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the stomach-turning stench from Zagreb's Jakusevec site is a clear reminder to Novi Zagreb residents that the somewhat infamous city landfill is still very much in function. The site receives tonnes of municipal waste on a daily basis, but it also seems to be organic waste being dumped there that is causing a particularly vile smell. We're all still waiting for the city authorities to announce a concrete plan for closing this outdated landfill, and until then, so many people are left wondering about precisely how justified the new Zagreb waste disposal rules are, reports HRT.

Having to close their windows due to the unpleasant odors that spread from Zagreb's Jakusevec landfill has become quite normal for the tenants of the Novi Zagreb settlements. The former councilwoman from Dugave, Mirela Mikic Muha, claims that the stench is stronger because the procedure for covering the waste with soil is not being properly followed.

"Now it's being driven from the early hours of the morning, as far as I know, from around 05:30, until late into the evening, 22:00, 23:00... I don't know when they can cover it with earth and it stinks because they're no longer adhering to the conditions that they had scheduled in the environmental permit," claimed Mikic Muha.

Residents on the other side of the Sava river are also noticing that the stench is much stronger than it used to be, Most of them have already gotten used to it, but the question is how long this will actually go on for, because people throw away all sorts of things.

"It smells terrible, but it's the worst in the morning," said Mira.

One of the Jakusevec residents' associations claim that everything isn't being done according to regulations. The reason for the increased stench, they claim, lies in the fact that Cistoca disposes of bio-waste in a place where it isn't allowed to do so. Even back in June, they filmed vehicles bringing the waste, and then reported everything to the environmental protection inspection. At this rate of waste delivery, the landfill will soon be full, they claim.

"I'm afraid that in three years, the people of Zagreb will be littering Ban Jelacic Square. I blame the state inspectorate, that is, the environmental protection inspection. They didn't react to several of our reports as they should have," said Ratko Bedekovic, president of the Jakusevec Environmental Protection Association. Accusations that the law is being violated and that bio-waste is getting dumped on the hill due to the undercapacity of the composting facility, are being vehemently rejected by the City of Zagreb.

"Only mixed municipal waste is disposed of at the Jakusevec landfill - so this isn't true," claimed Dinka Zivalj, spokeswoman for the mayor of Zagreb, Tomislav Tomasevic.

A statement from the City of Zagreb also said that 175,000 tonnes of mixed waste were disposed of last year, and the compost plant processed 35,000 tonnes of bio-waste. With this new Zagreb waste disposal model, these numbers will gradually decrease, which is also a condition for closing the landfill entirely.

"I expect that the amount of waste going to the Jakusevec site will decrease because people are separating their waste more and this is an important step in closing the landfill," said spokeswoman Dinka Zivalj.

In order to close it completely, it is necessary to build facilities, among which is a sorting plant owned by the city, but as things stand, the mayor's promise that everything will be done by the end of the mandate now seems almost impossible.

For more, make sure to keep up with our dedicated news section.

Monday, 10 October 2022

Finally! Trade Air PSO Flights Resume: Split to Osijek Anyone?

October 10, 2022 - After months of delay, the Trade Air PSO (Public Service Obligation) flights will finally begin on Thursday, a little-known - and rather useful - way to get around Croatia. 

Last March, I took my first internal flight in Croatia that was not Croatia Airlines or a seaplane (ah, remember those days...). And rather a useful little service it was too. 

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When I posted about my experience flying from Dubrovnik to Osijek in March for just 60 euro back in March, a lot of locals were surprised, as they had never heard of the Trade Air PSO service. You can read how fabulous it is in Affordable, Useful, Stunning Daily Croatian Internal Flights, And It is Not Croatia Airlines.

And those flights will recommence this week, as reported by ExYuAviation:

Croatian carrier Trade Air will restore Public Service Obligation (PSO) domestic flights within Croatia next Thursday following a five-month hiatus. It comes after the airline was selected to operate the routes over the next four years following a severely delayed tender by the Croatian government. Trade Air has been granted 24 million euros for the upkeep of six routes. They include Osijek - Zagreb - Osijek, Osijek - Pula - Split - Pula - Osijek, Osijek - Rijeka - Osijek, Rijeka - Split - Dubrovnik - Split - Rijeka, Osijek - Zadar - Osijek and Rijeka - Zadar - Rijeka. The carrier will wet-lease a 34-seat Saab 340 turboprop from Polish airline SprintAir in order to maintain the domestic services. Tickets for the flights are now on sale.

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Ticket prices are really not bad at all, and this is a GREAT time to visit Slavonia - here is an example of a one-way fare from Split to Osijek, for example. 

You can book your flights on the Trade Air site

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Monday, 10 October 2022

Busy Zagreb Road Flooded This Morning Owing to Burst Pipe

October the 10th, 2022 - A busy Zagreb road, more precisely King Zvonimir street (Ulica kralja Zvonimira, or just Zvonimirova) was flooded this morning because of a burst pipe.

The bursting of pipes has been somewhat of a regular occurrence in the City of Zagreb for some time now, with the Tresnjevka neighbourhood in particular being prone to ending up at least to some extent underwater. This time, a central and usually very Zagreb road has fallen victim to the curse of the burst pipe.

As Index vijesti writes, at the time of writing this, Zagreb holding (Zagrebacki) holding hadn't announced the situation with this burst pipe, but they did announce that another pipe had also burst in nearby Sesvete on Zagreb street (Zagrebacka ulica).

Despite the fact that burst pipes in Zagreb seems to be a frequent issue, Zagreb holding claims that this amount of issues with burst pipes doesn't actually exceed the average.

"The frequency of pipe bursts and other types of failures doesn't differ from the multi-year average. Our services are making efforts to enable the normalisation of water supply to our citizens as soon as possible. We'd like to ask the citizens of the aforementioned area for their understanding and patience," they announced.

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