Monday, 13 June 2022

Conde Nast Traveler Declares Rovinj Most Beautiful European Beach Town

June the 13th, 2022 - The globally read and well respected traveller's publication, Conde Nast Traveler, has ranked the gorgeous City of Rovinj among the most beautiful European beach towns one can visit, shining a well deserved light on the stunning Istrian peninsula.

As Morski writes, Conde Nast Traveler, which is still very much a ''must read'' for many travellers seeking destinations to visit, has compiled a list of the most beautiful seaside/coastal towns in Europe. No less than the very first place was taken by Istria, more precisely the beautiful City of Rovinj.

Rick Jordan, one of the authors of the widely read magazine, makes no effort to hide how fascinated he is by the Croatian coast and numerous Croatian seaside towns and cities. He has been coming to Croatia regularly since the 1980s and absolutely loves Dubrovnik, and the islands of Vis and Hvar. However, he chose Rovinj as the most beautiful beach town to exist in all of Europe, as reported by Index.

Idyllic Rovinj fascinates him "with its coast, medieval walls and the old town, pine forests, small coves, seafood and Malvazija wine". In addition to all of that, Jordan was impressed by "every bike ride to the port, as well as small restaurants located on the edges of the rocks by the sea."

Behind the Republic of Croatia on this particular Conde Nast Traveler list are Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and a handful of other countries. Second place went to Plage de Saleccia, a sandy beach with turquoise sea located in the north of the French island of Corsica.

The third place on the list compiled by the aforementioned travel magazine was taken by Favignana, one of the five islands of the Egadi Islands.

Istria tends to lure in many with its fairy tale-like charm, beautiful hilltop towns and stunning interior and coastline, having also well and truly enchanted the NY Times journalist who visited various sights across this region by bike and explored the Istrian gastronomic offer in a large photo report. He spent six days on the road in total.

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

Monday, 13 June 2022

USA Swimming Team Training at Rijeka Kantrida Pools

June the 13th, 2022 - The USA swimming representation is preparing and training for the world championships at no less than the Rijeka Kantrida pools - and for the third time.

As Morski writes, the much loved Rijeka Kantrida pools, from where a gorgeous view of the Kvarner Bay can be seen, has caught the eye of the American swimming team, which arrived in Rijeka on the eve of the World Swimming Championships for their final preparations.

The USA national swimming team consists of 41 swimmers and 30 staff members, and preparations are underway at the Rijeka Kantrida Pools for the World Swimming Championships, which will be held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest from June the 8th to the 25th. The American national team chose the Rijeka Kantrida Pools for their preparations for the third time - they have already held their training camps in the City of Rijeka in both 2015 and 2017.

Olympic champions Ryan Murphey and Leah Smith, who are preparing at Rijeka's famous pools for the third time now, are also preparing for the World Championships. Ryan Murphey is one of the best backstroke swimmers in the world: he is a multiple-time Olympic winner (Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021) and a multiple winner of gold medals at world championships, while Leah Smtih is a multiple winner of Olympic and world medals.

''The Rijeka Kantrida Pools, the construction of which was completed ten years ago, were specifically planned with the aim of providing quality conditions for training and competitions of athletes, as well as the recreation of non professionals, and the location of the swimming pool complex near the Adriatic Sea makes it one of the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean,'' Rijeka Mayor Marko Filipovic said at a press conference.

He stressed that the pool complex was primarily planned to provide quality conditions for people to play sport, swim and enjoy some recreation time, but also has its commercial note, especially in preparation for important international swimming competitions, which greatly contributes to the promotion of Rijeka and Croatia as a whole as tourist destinations.

In addition to the Americans, the Rijeka Kantrida Pools have so far been used by the national teams of Norway, Denmark and Austria, Japan, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. In a recreational sense, the pools have been used by about 3.5 million users, or almost a thousand a day. The Singapore national team and the long-distance swimming team from Great Britain are also currently training in Rijeka. Rijeka as a city has continued to record some very good numbers in terms of water sports - in the first five months of this year, the city recorded 5% more reservations from different groups compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

For more, check out our sport section.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Information Day Being Organised for Omisalj Archaeology Parks

June the 13th, 2022 - An information day is being organised for the Omisalj archaeology parks as part of a wider project with the aim to increase the level of interest of locals in preserving local cultural identity.

As Morski writes, an Info Day within the scope of the wider TRANSFER project, which is being implemented as part of the Interreg Adrion programme, will be held on June the 14th, 2022, at the Mirine archaeological site in the Municipality of Omisalj, starting at 09:00.

The aim of this event is to increase the participation and interests of local communities and relevant stakeholders and to further strengthen cultural identity. In order to raise awareness of the importance of Omisalj archaeology parks and sites and convey the concept of their integrated protection and valorisation within the project, the upcoming event will present the objectives and activities of the aforementioned project and illustrate the need for a participatory approach to Omisalj archaeology park management.

The Municipality of Omisalj, as one of the twelve partners of the TRANSFER project, is participating in the preparation of the document related to the Joint Sustainable Management Model, which resulted in the management plan of the Mirine - Fulfinum Archaeological Park. As part of the project, the municipality is also participating in Pilot actions that will be carried out across six Omisalj archaeology parks, including Mirine-Fulfinum.

Lessons learned from the Pilot Actions, together with inputs from local communities, relevant stakeholders and the experience of young people during study visits, will be used for the final revision of the Common Model. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, the municipality will participate in the development and implementation of a virtual reality app that will enable a virtual walk through the archaeological area of ​​Mirina - Fulfinum.

The TRANSFER project, in which the Municipality of Omisalj participates as one of twelve partners, is being co-financed through the European transnational programme (ADRION), which promotes cooperation between 8 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

The overall goal of the Transnational Cooperation Programme is to strengthen European integration among the aforementioned partner countries through innovative policies and management processes, as well as to further increase the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Programme Area by using rich natural, cultural and human resources in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.

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Monday, 13 June 2022

HNK Vukovar 1991: A Success Story into the 'New' Croatian First League Next Season

June 13, 2022 - In the decisive match of the 3rd HNL playoffs, HNK Vukovar 1991 defeated Mladost Ždralovo 2-0 and advanced to the second rank of Croatian club football, which will be called the First Football League from next season.

The scorers were Josip Barišić (11th) and Ivan Aleksić (60th). The host of the final playoff match was Mladost Ždralovi and was played at the City Stadium in Bjelovar, reports

Vukovar took the lead in the 11th minute with a goal by Josip Barišić, assisted by Dino Vuksan. Mladost then tried to equalize and had several good chances, even hitting the crossbar at the end of the first half, but Vukovar led 1-0 at the half. 

The second half started with fierce motivation from the home side, while Vukovar waited for a chance from the counter. The match was decided in the 60th minute when Ivan Aleksić was assisted by Robin Gonzalez to increase Vukovar's lead to 2-0. After that, Mladost's enthusiasm subsided and it was clear that they would have a tough time reversing the result. 

HNK Vukovar 1991 coach, Miroslav Bojko, strengthened his defense with changes and calmly brought the game to an end. HNK Vukovar 1991 entered the playoffs as the champion of the Third HNL - East and was one of the favorites to be promoted. 

HNK Vukovar 1991 was built on the ruins of Vukovar ’91, which was closed in 2012 due to debts. The new club started from the 4th rank of the competition, the Inter-County Football League Osijek-Vinkovci.

After ten years of gradual growth, they managed to win Second League status, and as the club's leaders point out, the goal is to be placed in the elite ranks of Croatian football, which they will have a chance to achieve next season.

Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Rudeš, Inter-Zaprešić, Jarun, Kustošija, Dugopolje, Solin, Cibalia, Orijent 1919, Dubrava Tim Kabel, BSK and HNK Vukovar 1991 will compete in the First NL, the former Second HNL, next season.

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Monday, 13 June 2022

2022 SARS Festival in Sinj Reveals Exciting Lineup for 19th Edition

Junee 13, 2022 - The 2022 SARS Festival in Sinj returns next month for an exciting 19th edition! 

Summer is getting closer and with it comes a new festival season! July 22 and 23 are reserved for the 19th edition of the S.A.R.S. festival in Sinj, which this year brings great musical names and top entertainment to the Sinj Hippodrome.

This year's edition will be enriched by the Gramophone Record Fair, which will be open to all visitors in the afternoon so that music connoisseurs can pick their favorite rarities and enhance their collection, reports Sinjska Rera.

Both festival evenings open with local musicians - Damir Gossain & Zemlja and Šetači, while the audience will also enjoy the performances of rising stars, like the young and extremely talented Ivan Španja aka Bora Balboa, and already well-known and favorite Šibenik group Bluvinil. Letu Štuke will also play first for the first time in Sinj!

A hot atmosphere is promised with the performance of M.O.R.T. who enchant every audience with their infectious energy. In Sinj they are at home, so an absolute party is guaranteed.

“The grand finale of the 19th S.A.R.S. will feature seasoned veterans - Kultur Shock, who won the heart of Sinj with their performance a few years ago, which many agree was the best in the history of the festival! All you have to do is come and see the magic of the sensational guys from Seattle," the organizers said. 

This year, the organizers have provided a camp for visitors, which is certainly a huge plus for visitors coming from outside of Sinj, eager for good fun and top gigs. Early festival tickets at affordable prices are available now through Adriaticket. 

The S.A.R.S. festival is part of SKUP's 'Culture in the Hinterland' program, which is funded by the 'Kultura nova' Foundation for the development of production and/or distribution of works of art, works, and projects.

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Sunday, 12 June 2022

Duchess of York, Vukovar County Officials Discuss Humanitarian Projects

ZAGREB, 12 June 2022 - The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, on Saturday visited the eastern Vukovar-Srijem County, where she discussed humanitarian projects of the Montessori Group and integration of Ukrainian refugees with local officials, the county authorities said.

The Duchess of York is visiting Croatia from 9 to 12 June as chief ambassador of the Montessori Group to promote its work, with emphasis on the integration of Ukrainian refugees in Croatia and new forms of cooperation in providing support to children around the world.

She informed county officials of her humanitarian work and wish to extend it to include Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County, notably refugee children from Ukraine, which they welcomed.

The Montessori Group has been providing education and support to teachers and other individuals caring for children in the region of Banovina, hit by an earthquake in 2020.

The group is a global leader in support to quality education, and devising programmes of support to Ukrainian mothers and children envisaging inclusive kindergartens is one of the main reasons why cooperation with the Duchess of York was established, the county authorities said in a statement.

Developing a model that will enable Ukrainian mothers to find a job and start rebuilding their lives in the new country, knowing at the same time that their children have adequate daily care and education, is a shared vision, the county authorities said.

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

Sunday, 12 June 2022

SDP Leader Says Fight Against Inflation, Price Growth Must be a Priority

ZAGREB, 12 June 2022 - Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Peđa Grbin said on Sunday the fight against inflation and price growth must be a priority of any policy at the moment.

"Life in Croatia is hard and even though we know that inflation is due to the pandemic and the horrible war in Ukraine, we can do a lot to alleviate its impact on Croatian citizens. The purpose of politicians and policies is to help citizens," Grbin said at the start of a session of the SDP Main Committee, held for the first time live after two years.

Criticising what he described as the ruling HDZ party's lack of awareness of the seriousness of the current situation, Grbin said that his party had made concrete proposals to prevent a decrease in the value of pension allowances and secure, for all citizens whose monthly income did not exceed HRK 4,000, regardless of whether they were pensioners or workers, an additional energy bonus, considering that prices of gas as well as heating would go up in the autumn.

Grbin said that his party had also proposed measures to help entrepreneurs who, he said, had lost their markets also due to the war in Ukraine while the state was doing little or nothing to help them.

"There are many ways to help them, including with energy price subsidies, because their bills have increased up to four times," he said.

The SDP Main Committee is also expected to discuss the reform of the health system and the reform of the labour and election legislation.

Grbin said the party would request that collective agreements in the public sector apply also to the private sector to put an end to inequality among employees, as well as submit to the parliament a proposal for the election law reform to make sure every vote in the country has the same value, regardless of where one lives.

For more, check out our politics section.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Mayor: Zagreb Ready to Help State Institutions but Not Responsible for Reconstruction

ZAGREB, 12 June 2022 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Sunday, in a comment on the process of post-earthquake reconstruction in Zagreb, that the city administration was willing to help state institutions but that under the law, reconstruction was not the city's responsibility. 

"I have been in office for a year and I have already cooperated with two different construction ministers and two different directors of the Reconstruction Fund, and those are the two institutions responsible for the reconstruction of private buildings. It is unbelievable the process is taking so long," Tomašević said at the Projekt Ilica: Q’ART event.

Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets Minister Ivan Paladina has announced the opening of construction sites and concrete deadlines but it remains to be seen whether they will be realised, he said.

"If prices are the problem, they should be raised, both in public procurement and in the envisaged programmes," he added.

The mayor said that everything was in the government's hands and that it was unacceptable that the reconstruction process was taking so long to start. Maybe all political camps and the government have failed the most in the post-earthquake reconstruction of Zagreb, while in Banija the construction of at least some replacement homes has begun, he stressed.

Asked about the proposal by public transport operators providing regular services for the country-wide introduction of an unlimited HRK 70 monthly pass for public transport, Tomašević said that such proposals had been made also for Zagreb and neighbouring counties but years had passed and they had not been implemented.

"The proposal is good in principle, but problems arise when local authorities, city companies and transport operators have to agree concrete tariffs and who will be in charge," he said, adding that Zagreb would accept the proposal, depending on the details of the agreement.

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Sunday, 12 June 2022

Methodology Change Increases Number of Persons With Disabilities by 115,000

ZAGREB, 12 June 2022 - Even before the latest price hikes poverty and social exclusion were some of the burning problems faced by persons with disabilities, Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities Anka Slonjšak said in an interview with Hina, noting that in the past two years their number has increased by 115,000.

In January 2020, there were 497,000 people in the national register of persons with disabilities while in March 2022 their number was 612,000, which is a significant figure considering that according to the 2021 census, Croatia has a population of some 3.9 million.

The Croatian Public Health Institute, which is in charge of the register, says that the increase is due to a change in data collection methodology, after in 2020 it had access, for the first time, to the complete data base of the Institute for Expertise, Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Slonjšak said.

New law on register in force as of 11 June

The new law on the register of persons with disabilities, which took effect on 11 June, should enable a better coverage of data on persons with disabilities and a faster and better exchange of data from all available official records.

Slonjšak expressed regret that most of her proposals, presented during public consultation on the new law, had not been accepted, and in that context pointed to proposals regarding the creation of conditions for the introduction of a European disability card.

She said that currently the biggest problems faced by persons with disabilities were poverty and social exclusion.

Slonjšak said that poverty and social exclusion were among the most pressing problems of that community even before the latest price hikes, and in 2021 one-fifth of all complaints to her office concerned access to social benefits and housing and to disability or material deprivation-related rights.

Social as well as disability benefits have so far been low and insufficient to cover the basic cost of living, and in the context of current price hikes and inflation the situation has become even more difficult, she says.

"The long-awaited minimum increases in individual benefits in February 2022 have already been annulled by inflation," she says.

Waiting for inclusion allowance

Slonjšak welcomed the government's measures intended for the general population and the HRK 250 increase in disability allowance (monthly disability allowance amounts to HRK 1,750) as well as the increase in the allowance for vulnerable energy buyers, but stressed that overall, they had not significantly improved the standard of living for persons with disabilities, which was why they expected additional help.

Asked about laws on personal assistants and disability inclusion allowance, whose adoption has been announced for a long time, the ombudswoman said that they were expected to be adopted in the last quarter of this year but that their adoption had been announced many times in the past ten years and that it was therefore difficult to say if they would be adopted by then.

"The law on personal assistants would help resolve problems airing from the fact that it is a service that over the past 15 years has been secured exclusively through projects launched by nongovernmental organisations while disability inclusion allowance, a cash benefit depending on the type and severity of disability, should contribute to improving the living standards and social protection of persons with disabilities", Slonjšak said.

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Sunday, 12 June 2022

Mate Pavić and Polish Hurkacz Win Doubles Tournament in Stuttgart

June 12, 2022 - Croatian tennis player Mate Pavić won the doubles tournament with his partner from Poland, Hubert Hurkacz, this week at the grass ATP tournament in Stuttgart.

Third seed Pavić and Hurkacz defeated first-placed German Tim Puetz and New Zealand's Michael Venus 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) after an hour and a half, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

The man from Split and the Pole had 13 aces, ten more than their opponents, and it is interesting that they did not offer Puetz and Venus a single tie break. 

For Pavić, this is the 29th doubles tournament won, and Pavić and Hurkacz played together for the first time in Stuttgart and immediately reached a triumph on the grass.

Let us remind you that this year Pavić, paired with the Croatian Nikola Mektić, won two national ATP tournaments, in Rome and Geneva, while the two of them still played in the finals in Dubai and Belgrade.

On the ATP ranking, Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić finished 2021 as the world's best doubles team. Only American Rajeev Ram and Briton Joe Salisbury threatened to catch Pavić and Mektić, though thanks to the outcome of the Paris Masters, the Croatian duo was unattainable. 

It was the third time Pavić finished the year as part of the world's best doubles team, and Nikola Mektić is the third partner with whom Pavić reached the top. Last year, Pavić and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares were named #1, and in 2018, he was the best in combination with Austrian partner Oliver Marach.

"I'm thrilled. True, this is my third time in the last four years with a third partner, but I achieved it for the first time with a Croatian, which is a great achievement for us personally, but also for Croatian tennis in general," said Mate Pavić in a statement from ATP Tour at that time.

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