Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Dinamo Advance to Champions League Group Stage after Extra Time in Zagreb!

August 24, 2022 - With two quick goals in the final minutes of extra time, Dinamo has secured a spot in the Champions League group stage! 

Dinamo and Bodo/Glimt met in the return match of the Champions League play-off at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on Wednesday. 

In the first match, Bodo/Glimt won at home with a minimum of 1:0.

In their quest for the Champions League group stage, Dinamo and Bodo met at a sold-out Maksimir Stadium. Coach Ante Čačić could not on Josip Mišić due to cards.

Lineups

Dinamo (4-2-3-1): Livaković - Ristovski, B. Šutalo, Perić, Ljubičić - Ademi, Ivanušec - Špikić, Baturina, Oršić - Petković

Bodo/Glimt (4-3-3): Haikin - Sampsted, Amundsen, Hoibraten, Wembagomo - Vetlesen, Hagen, Sltnes - Mugisha, Salvesen, Pellegrino 

Match report

Dinamo's first chance came in the 2nd minute when Baturina shot over the post from the penalty area. 

But Dinamo's quick counter two minutes later caught Bodo's defense off guard - Baturina found Orsic on the left who scored for 1:0 in the 4th minute! 

Dinamo was off to a great start and had complete control of the match, making it tough for Bodo to get out of their half.

Dinamo's first corner came in the 13th minute, which was cleared by the Bodo defense. 

Bodo had their most dangerous chance in the 15th minute when Mvuka just missed near post. Bodo was fortunately called offside. 

A tough call in the Bodo penalty area came in the 27th minute. The defender played with his hand, but after a VAR check, the ref said to play on. 

Ademi hit the crossbar in the 31st minute and Dinamo continued to relentlessly attack Bodo's half. 

But it didn't take long for Dinamo to get their second goal. A brilliant scissor kick by Petkovic from inside the box made it 2:0 for Dinamo in the 35th minute! 

Bodo didn't have many chances until the end of the half and called for a penalty kick in the 43rd minute. The ref said to play on. The match was 2:0 for Dinamo at the half.  

The second half started without any changes.

Bodo had their first chance of the second half in the 51st minute when Mvuka came up the right side. Boško Šutalo was calm and cleared any danger. 

Dinamo continued to press but without great opportunities. The first yellow card of the match went to Webanmogo in the 58th minute. 

Dinamo made their first subs in the 60th minute - Špikić and Baturina came off for Emreli and Gojak.

Bodo had a great chance in the 62nd minute. Livaković struggled to defend Mvuka's shot and Salvesen failed to reach the deflection in time 

Bodo made their first subs two minutes later - Grunbaek and Espejord entered for Hagen and Salvesen.

Bodo was continuing to press and got hungrier for a goal, which finally happened in the 69th minute. A hiccup in Dinamo's defense allowed Grunbaek to score for 2:1. The aggregate was now 2:2. 

Dilaver entered for Peric in the 71st minute. 

Dinamo started to lose their rhythm and Bodo continued to attack. Drmić entered for Orsic in the 82nd minute. 

The ref added 6 minutes of stoppage time to the match. At 2:1, the match went to extra time. 

Ademi came off for Bočkaj and Ljubičić moved to the midfield.

Dinamo had their first corner of extra time in the 100th minute, which was cleared out by Bodo's defense.

Pelligrino had a dangerous chance from a header in the 103rd minute. A minute later, Drmic had a 1-on-1 with the Bodo keeper but was called offside. 

The second half started at 2:1. 

In the 106th minute, Vetti and Konradsen entered for Amundsen and Vetlesen.

Moharrami received a yellow card in the 109th minute.

Another change for Bodo - Skau was subbed on for Wembangomo.

But it all changed in the 117th minute - Dinamo took advantage of a rattled Bodo defense and Drmic scored for 3:1! And Dinamo wasn't finished yet -a quick counter and another 1-on-1 with the Bodo keeper - the ball found Bockaj for 4:1 Dinamo and the final whistle! 

With this result, Dinamo has thus secured their spot in the Champions League this season. 

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Eventful September in Baranja - Over 15,000 Visitors Expected

August 24, 2022 - The Biggest Croatian Fish Stew Day, Fishing Days, Wine Marathon, and World Fishing Championship. September in Baranja looks eventful. Over 15,000 visitors are expected.

As Glas Slavonije writes, since the beginning of the year, more than 13,000 tourists visited Baranja, accounting for approximately 23,000 overnight stays.

The results are significantly better than last year, reaching the level of the record 2019. A real tidal wave of arrivals and overnight stays is expected during September when several events will be held in Baranja that have recently become famous outside of the county borders.

“Judging by the announcements, we expect about 15,000 visitors at the September events alone, mostly domestic, but with a respectable number of foreign visitors as well”, said Matej Perkušić, director of the Baranja Tourist Board, stressing that this should be felt in the occupancy of accommodation capacities throughout Baranja, but also in Osijek and its surroundings. It all starts with the Biggest Croatian Fish Stew Festival, which will take place in Beli Manastir on September 3. It is a "two in one" competition - the Croatian Championship, for the winners of the Slavonia-Baranja competition, and the amateur championship, for everyone else. In total, more than 200 chefs are expected.

“About 70 amateur chefs have applied so far, and we expect the majority of applications a day or two before the deadline, which is in less than a week”, said Perkušić. Along with several interesting games, the bands TS Žeteoci and Magazin will be in charge of entertainment.

The middle of September is reserved for another established Baranja event, Fishing Days in Kopačevo. Ten thousand visitors were there last year, and as many are expected this year as well.

“Last year, because of the pandemic, we decided that Fishing Days would be a three-day event, and it turned out to be a complete success. Therefore, this year they will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 16 - 18)”, said Željko Cickaj, mayor of Bilje Municipality, pointing out that visitors can expect between four and five tons of fish, to which the "gastro programs" must be added, organised alongside with the central part. In addition to local delicacies, guests will also be able to enjoy a cultural and entertainment program. On Friday, after the official opening, the band Gazde will play, followed by TS Kvinta in the tent. Saturday is reserved for The Garden, klapa Rišpet, and TS Nesanica (in the tent), and on Sunday there will be a traditional fish stew cook-off, several traditional music, and dance ensembles, and TS Sitan Vez will perform.

“Although this year there is a problem with acquiring the needed quantities, the members of the hunting club from Kopačevo started their preparations on time, so there will be enough fish” Cickaj pointed out.

And on the last weekend of September (Friday and Saturday), all roads will lead to Zmajevac, to its mountain paths and wine cellars.

“We expect that approximately 2,500 marathoners will “run” the marathon this year, possibly more. Applications started back in February. For example, the team from Hungary that participated in the marathon last year had six members. This year, they expanded the team to 73 members, for both days” on behalf of the organizer, the Surduk Association, said Kristijan Horvat. This year, the partner countries will be Hungary and North Macedonia. An interesting entertainment program awaits visitors. Although the dice are still “coming together”, Frajle, Hungarian violinist Nyari Bernardett, and Macedonian artist Tijana Dabčević will perform together on Friday. The arrival of Tamara Tadevska, who defended the Macedonian colours at the Eurovision Song Contest, is also planned. Concerts on two stages are planned for Saturday.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Finance Ministry Dismisses Speculation about High Taxes on Guest Workers

ZAGREB, 24 Aug (Hina) - Finance Minister Marko Primorac said on Wednesday that there was no "poll tax" on guest workers and that the Tax Administration's actions were in line with the principle of worldwide income taxation and the exchange of information between EU member states in general.

"The Tax Administration will not put its hand in anyone's pocket, but there are certain mechanisms that are continuously implemented, and this should be observed that way, and our citizens can relax," said Primorac, responding to reporters after a meeting of the national council for the introduction of the euro currency.

He added that the Tax Administration could explain in detail any questions citizens may have about this and individual cases, such as seafarers, saying that this is by no means a racket or extortion and that he does not know why it was described as such in the media.

Energy prices

When asked about the energy crisis and what measures the government is preparing, Minister Primorac said that a set of measures is being formed in accordance with the budget's capacities, adding that there is a budget surplus but that it is not a large one, and the question is who will get what.

"We will certainly respond, but we will not use all the leeway available to us right away but will leave it for later," said the minister.

He also underscored that measures must be implemented in a targeted manner because any state interventionism affects inflation.

"As for the fiscal leeway, if we determine by the end of the year that it has not been used, we will use it and distribute any surplus funds before the end of the year if there are any," he added, but also underlined that there will not be enough funds to appease everyone.

He also said that they will not be able to limit prices in a market economy and that citizens themselves must find ways to save while the government and the Ministry of Finance will help the most vulnerable groups.

Primorac commented on the possibility of heating reductions in schools and said that he hoped that no one would be cold and that public institutions would have to be assisted to continue their activities. He did not wish to comment on the measures in advance because it still needs to be seen what they will be.

 

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Island Movement Association says Ministry Deluding Public

ZAGREB, 24 August, 2022 - The Island Movement has said that the Ministry of Transport, Sea and Infrastructure is deluding the public by claiming that the association is misinterpreting the latest draft bill on the maritime domain and seaports, which, it says, evidently brings into question the public use of the maritime domain.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the association wondered how it was possible that work on amending the Maritime Domain and Seaports Act had been going on for the past 20 years, yet the draft bill released on 19 July allowed for allegedly different interpretations of restrictions on the public use of the maritime domain, with special emphasis on beaches.

The association claims that Minister Oleg Butković and State Secretary Josip Bilaver have not denied the current provisions of the bill, which explicitly state that the complete or partial restriction of the general use of the maritime domain will be allowed, with special emphasis on beaches.

Moreover, the ministry says that the problem will be solved by giving greater powers to local government units whose management has already proven to be inefficient and manipulative and has resulted in numerous cases of destruction and favouritism along the entire coast and on islands, the Island Movement says.

It objected to Article 11 of the bill, which, it says, provides for the possibility to completely or partially restrict the general use of the maritime domain, "when such restriction is allowed under a valid concession agreement, a contract on a specific use or a contract on the temporary use of the maritime domain and on giving a port open to public transport to a port authority for management."

The association also contests Article 46 of the bill, which envisages that maritime domain management plans would enable local and regional government units to "define types of seaside beaches, the purpose, and model of management of beaches and the degree of restriction of or a ban on the general use of an individual beach."

The bill also defines types of seaside beaches, which are classified into wild beaches and beaches with man-made infrastructure, which are further classified into public beaches and hotel, campsite and tourism resort beaches as well as special-purpose beaches, the Island Movement says, asking the ministry to clarify the articles in question and make sure the new law makes all beaches, regardless of their location, type or purpose, accessible to everyone under equal conditions.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Croatia Logs 1,176 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 Deaths

ZAGREB, 24 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 1,176 new cases of coronavirus infection and 17 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team said on Wednesday.

There are 6,335 active cases in the country, including 584 hospitalised patients, 20 of whom are on ventilators.

A total of 3,749 people are self-isolating.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Croatia on 25 February 2020, 1,208,529 cases of the infection have been registered, and 16,612 people have died as a consequence.

To date, 59.59% of the total population, or 70.86% of the adult population, have been vaccinated.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Communication Manual for Police Officers Issued in Split

August 24, 2022 - The more trust citizens have in the police or the more convinced they are that the police work in their interest, the more willing they are to respect police decisions and work with the police in a common interest.

As Poslovni writes, the Split-Dalmatia police issued a communication manual for police officers, unique in Croatia, in which they are advised on how to make a first impression on citizens, how to talk to them, and what not to do.

The manual also explains the interview procedure at the police station, how to conduct an interview with victims of violence, what to do when a disgruntled citizen addresses them and how to react when the situation escalates.

The manual, authored by the head of the Trogir police station, Marko Doljanin, was distributed to all police stations in the county and can be read on the website of the police department.

Doljanin said for Hina that communication skills are an essential element in the successful performance of police work.

He believes that relations between citizens and the police are created in communication, that is, a relationship of trust is either established or not, and citizens' trust in the police is a necessary precondition for the successful performance of police work.

The more trust citizens have in the police or the more convinced they are that the police work in their interest, the more willing they are to respect police decisions and work together with the police in some common interest.

“Colleagues in the field say that the manual helps, and we also received praise from citizens who expressed their satisfaction with the work of the police officers. When a citizen feels the need to write about it and send it to us, it means that they were touched by the exchange and that they noticed that the communication was professional”, said Doljanin.

Split police spokeswoman Antonela Lolić said that they realised that they could help their colleagues, especially young police officers, with a manual right at the beginning of their career, because they believe that communication is something that they can always improve.

She stated that the first impression citizens have about the police is based on how they are approached, what they are asked, and what interest is shown.

The idea for ​​the Communication Manual for Police Officers came to the head of the Trogir station, Marko Doljanin, by looking at his biggest dilemmas and what could be improved to make police work better and to ensure that citizens are more satisfied.

“He collected materials from his own and other experiences, and now we have a booklet as a reminder to our police officers of the most common situations they find themselves in and the correct ways to act in them”, said Lolić.

The Ministry of the Interior is also satisfied with the communication manual for police officers, which was financed by the Security Committee of the Split-Dalmatia County, where they confirmed that it has the potential to be widely used in the Croatian police, at the same time confirming that it is the first of its kind in Croatia.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Being Šeherezada: Turkish Teenage Years in Croatia

August 23, 2022 - TCN is delighted to welcome Irmak Erol to the team, kicking off with a Turkish viewpoint of growing up in Croatia. Welcome, number 178! If you would like to contribute to TCN and become TCN 179 and write about the Croatia where you are, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject 179 with your sample article.  

I moved to Croatia in 2006 when was 13 years old. Because I started primary school a year earlier back in Turkey, I arrived in Croatia having finished elementary school and ready for the fiery corridors of high school, as ready as one can be. There are certain phases in life when you don’t particularly acknowledge the emotions you go through. Thinking back today, I must have been scared, anxious to say the least, but all I remember is the feeling of being lost. The breadcrumbs that led to that feeling are somewhat scattered too loosely as it is, like trying to see through a misty window. It’s a blur.

I started 9th grade in IB, XV. Gymnasium. A couple of months later, around 8pm, a classmate called and told me to turn the TV on and find HRT 2 in an excited manner. She wouldn’t tell me why. I ran to the living room, reached for the remote, and there it was. Binbir Gece, or as translated in Croatian Tisuća i jedna noć (1001 Nights) was playing its first episode on Croatian national television! At first, I couldn't believe my eyes. It made me feel excited, and effortlessly empowered.

In the following years, the Turkish series blossomed, and the floral landscape became a norm. I would laugh humbly every time someone compared me to Šeherezada. That humble laugh never really ceased to exist. 16 years later, it's still there, lurking.

The popularity of the Turkish series had a major influence on my expat experience, appreciably contributing to the adaptation process in a foreign country. I stopped being an expat once I had been in Croatia longer than I had lived in Turkey, but that's a story for another time. It is funny to think that through struggle, one can develop a feeling of home, a sense of belonging. I think that also applies to people, as much as it applies to places. It's not really about good or bad; it's about rawness.

I've been gently muffled with the comfort of a flicker in people's eyes when they find out that I am Turkish. The very same flicker that kept my teenage years warm, subsequently continued to illuminate in momentary flashes during a friendly encounter with a lady working at a kiosk throwing Turkish words at me or the entrepreneurial endeavors sweating from one government building to another interacting with seemingly bored and/or annoyed individuals prior to my visit, hiding behind computer screens.

Šeherazada is a homage to the life I have so far lived. It is a building block emphasizing the positive impact of cultural fluidity on an individual in a societal frame. Because I felt accepted, I had the courage to meet new people, to make friends, to have my first big crush on a guy fanatically wearing red Converses; I had the luxury to listen to music more passionately, knowing I have friends to go to concerts with, to notice the colours around me as brightly as they may appear, to discover places within places that I thought I already knew, to develop new ideas, ultimately new realities...

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Croatia National Team Joins Popular FIFA 23 Video Game!

August 24, 2022 - The Croatian Football Federation has reached an agreement with Electronic Arts, the global leader in digital interactive entertainment, and the Croatia national team will be included in EA SPORTS™ FIFA 23!

This July, EA SPORTS announced details of the new edition of the world's most popular football video game, EA SPORTS FIFA 23, which will be available from September 30 this year. The Croatian Football Federation proudly announces that all players will be able to select the Croatia national football team, reports HNS.

"We are extremely happy that we have reached an agreement with EA SPORTS regarding the inclusion of the Croatia national team in FIFA 23. We know that players around the world, and especially Croatia fans, have been wishing for this kind of news for years, and I am glad that they will now be able to play FIFA with their favorite team in the most beautiful jersey in the world. This is an important step forward by HNS for the younger population and video game fans, and we will work in this direction in the future," said HNS president Marijan Kustić.

HNS thus became one of 300 individual licensed partners in the game, through which more than 19,000 athletes in 700 teams, 100 stadiums, and 30 leagues from all over the world are available. In addition to the best clubs and national teams, players can also choose from some of the most famous competitions in the world, such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Conference League, Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga Santander, CONMEBOL Libertadores, and CONMEBOL.

"We are delighted that the Croatia national team has joined the EA SPORTS family and will be available in FIFA 23," said James Salmon, Marketing Director at EA SPORTS FIFA. "The inclusion of this nation will allow us to continue to provide fans with an authentic and rich interactive football experience in FIFA 23 and beyond."

Players can join the EA SPORTS FIFA community on Facebook and Instagram or follow the @easportsfifa Twitter account.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

North Croatia and Norway Cooperating in Converting Solar Energy into Electricity

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - The One Sun Connecting North and South project aimed at increasing the production of electricity from solar energy in public sector facilities in Croatia was presented in Koprivnica on Tuesday.

The project is estimated at €1 million, of which €853,681 is in grants from the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The project will result in estimated annual electricity production of 981.87-megawatt hours (MWh) and a reduction in annual CO2 emissions by 155.72 tonnes.

The implementation of pilot projects to install integrated solar power plants on 29 public buildings in 16 cities and municipalities in Croatia will directly increase electricity generation from solar energy and result in a reduction of CO2 emissions. These facilities include schools, kindergartens, colleges, sports halls, and other public buildings.

Koprivnica Mayor Mišel Jakšić (SDP) underscored that the idea of ​​installing solar panels began even before the current energy crisis.

A representative of the Norwegian Embassy in Croatia, Homma Latif, said that Norway is pleased to be a partner in this project, stressing that the war in Ukraine and climate change are increasing the risk of an even stronger energy crisis that can be resisted by an accelerated green transition.

Connecting with donors, in this case with Norway, is extremely important, a representative from the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds, Mislav Kovač, said. "We are not only receiving funds from Norway, but this is also a transfer of the know-how and experience, which are equally important," he added.

Director of the North Regional Energy Agency Ivan Šimić explained that as many as 18 partners are involved in this project.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

City of Varaždin Withdraws Enforcement Order against Varteks

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - The City of Varaždin has decided to withdraw its enforcement order against the Varteks local clothing manufacturer in order for the company's accounts to be unblocked so it can pay its workers their wages, the city authorities reported on Tuesday.

On 11 August, the authorities of this northern Croatian city activated a debenture for Varteks's debt of HRK 1.3 million after the management board chairman Tomislav Babić resigned.

In the meantime, an inter-party council held a meeting, and following his consultations with the council, Mayor Neven Bosilj (SDP) decided to withdraw the decision for the enforced collection of Varteks's debt.

According to Bosilj's explanation, some of the receivables have been paid back to the city, and the authorities have also taken into consideration the whole social situation and decided to give up on the enforced collection of claims and enable the company to continue doing business.

The mayor said that he was glad to see that the inter-party council had shown understanding for 850 workers on Varteks's payroll.

The president of the Workers' Council and a member of the Varteks Supervisory Council, Božica Čiček Mutavdžić, recently informed the public about the difficult situation in the factory after the Tax Administration and the City of Varaždin blocked its account to collect claims, today thanked the mayor for the latest prompt decision.

According to her, Varteks has been recording an increase in retail sales compared with 2019, the year before the coronavirus crisis, which also affected its business. She noted that production capacities are filled until the end of the year and that there is interest from international brands for cooperation.

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