Monday, 22 August 2022

Hrvatska Kuca - Croatian House in Qatar to Double Up as Hotel for World Cup

August the 22nd, 2022 - Hrvatska kuca (Croatian house) will certainly make a mark in Qatar as we head towards the World Cup, set to take place in that Arab peninsula country.

As Morski writes, the Croatian national football team will go to the World Cup in Qatar to defend the silver from Russia, and will have an even stronger presence owing to the sensational and spectacular Hrvatska kuca (Croatian house) located down by the sea.

All of the necessary contracts have been signed and all of the permits for the future Hrvatska kuca have been secured, meaning that during the World Cup in Qatar, the world's longest sailing ship with cross sails, the 162-metre long "Golden Horizon" made at the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit, will be docked in Doha.

This huge sailing ship will be a platform for the promotion of overall Croatian excellence, from the booming tourism, gastronomy and culture scene, to the Croatian economy and, of course, to Croatian sport, and what is equally important - it will also double up as an extremely impressive six-star hotel for 300 lucky people.

From the very beginning, the Croatian Football Association has been following all efforts to realise this excellent but very challenging project.

''It was with great pleasure that we received the news that this beautiful sailing ship will be part of Croatia's representation at the World Cup over in Qatar. We're in contact with the people who made it all happen, and the Croatian Football Association will logistically help with this big project for the promotion of Croatian football, as well as the entire Croatian nation,'' said Marijan Kustic, the president of the HNS.

The details of the large Hrvatska kuca project, as well as how and under what conditions it will be possible to get accommodation on that sailing ship during the World Cup itself in Qatar, will be known in ten days and will then be made publicly available. The project was realised thanks to the Croatian Business Council Qatar, which has been promoting Croatian interests in Qatar for years, according to a report from Vecernji list journalist Karlo Ledinski, as transmitted by N1.

For more on Croatian football, sport and the upcoming World Cup, make sure to check out our dedicated sport section.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Drought Sees Minister Marija Vuckovic Announce Hefty Aid Packet

August the 22nd, 2022 - Croatian Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic has announced a very welcome 200 million kuna package of measures for the enfeebled agriculture sector, brought to its knees with worry over the ongoing drought.

As Morski writes, due to the severe drought, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced an extraordinary measure for farmers worth around 200 million kuna, as revealed by Minister Marija Vuckovic on Sunday in Zlatar Bistrica in Krapina-Zagorje County.

Due to the severe drought and extreme temperatures, Croatian farmers from up and down the country asked the aforementioned ministry for a moratorium to be placed on exports, and according to Minister Marija Vuckovic, a decision has already been made. It refers to a deviation from the rules related to obtaining support, that is, direct payment advances at the end of October and the beginning of November this year.

''Farmers can't fulfill all the requirements related to obtaining this advance and their reasons for wanting this are justified. When a natural disaster is declared, we can see that the counties have really begun to declare justified natural disasters due to significant damage from the drought. As such, they won't have to meet the requirements that are normally projected, and they will be able to receive support,'' explained Marija Vuckovic.

Within the framework of the wider rural development programme, the ministry also announced an extraordinary measure that will be worth around 200 million kuna in total.

''Such a measure was made possible primarily because of Russia's brutal, unjustified and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine. However, all farmers who feel an increase in costs and a decrease in income, and who apply good agro-environmental practices, as this is one of the basic conditions, will be able to use this measure, which will be worth up to 15 thousand euros for them as a flat-rate support,'' Vuckovic said, adding that the ministry will consider other ways to help farmers as well.

Minister Marija Vuckovic said that the Croatian Government is trying with all possible measures to reduce the impact of the crisis on Croatian residents and is trying to help enterprises, and said that they are currently working on a new autumn package.

When asked by a journalist whether there is a possibility that due to the drought Croatia will first satisfy its needs and then turn to exporting, Minister Marija Vuckovic replied that the minister is seriously considering all the demands being made by the nation's hard-hit farmers, but emphasises that the path to restricting traffic on the single European market is not a good one to take, as reported by HRT.

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

Monday, 22 August 2022

Croatian Public Health Institute Announces Coronavirus Booster News

August the 22nd, 2022 - The Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) has announced some changes regarding the coronavirus booster vaccine, dropping the age at which individuals can come and get another booster dose of the vaccine.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Friday last week, the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) lowered the age limit for people wanting to come and get a second booster dose against COVID-19, which is now being recommended for everyone over the age of sixty and especially in the case of immunocompromised or adults with other sorts of health issues.

In the amended Croatian Public Health Institute recommendations, the age limit for the second booster dose has been significantly lowered. In the previous recommendations from back in April, a second booster vaccination was advised only for those over 80 years old and those over 65 years old who are living in care homes. It's worth noting that the Croatian Public Health Institute says that the second booster dose is recommended at least four months after a person receives their first booster dose.

The Croatian Public Health Institute has emphasised that vaccination with a fourth coronavirus booster doesn't differ in any way from any of the earlier vaccinations against the novel coronavirus. For this purpose, an mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty or Spikevax) is being used, and additional/booster vaccination can be carried out at all locations and points where normal (first and second dose) vaccinations are being carried out.

In addition to all of the above, a second booster vaccination against COVID-19 is being recommended for people who have an increased risk of developing severe clinical pictures should they contract the virus, who were primarily vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine.

The Croatian Public Health Institute also noted that other people can also be vaccinated with a second booster dose should they so wish, especially if they have chronic diseases and an increased risk of developing severe clinical pictures, or if they need it for all sorts of administrative reasons.

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

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Restriction on Drinking Water Use in Istria County Eased

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - Istria County head Boris Miletić decided on Saturday to ease a restriction on the use of drinking water in the county, thanks to a better hydrological situation.

Drinking water from the public supply system can now be used again to water sports grounds, wash cars, vessels, trucks, and public transport vehicles, and at beach showers, a press release said.

A ban remains on using drinking water to water public and private green spaces and to wash streets, squares, and public spaces, except farmers' and fish markets.

A decision to restrict the use of drinking water in Istria County was adopted on 18 July.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Horse-Driven Carriages Arrive in Marian Shrine of Marija Bistrica for Pilgrimage

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - The traditional 20th pilgrimage of horse-ridden carriages and horsemen was held in Croatia's central Marian shrine of Marija Bistrica on Sunday, and the event called "Vozočašće" in Croatian was organised by the horse breeders association in Krapina-Zagorje County.

Addressing the event, Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković, promised further help to the horse-breeding sector.

The agriculture ministry's state secretary, Zdravko Tušek, said that currently, there are over 30,000 horses in Croatia, and 700 of them are in Krapina-Zagorje County, where there are also over 300 horse breeders.

The county's prefect, Željko Kolar, said that "Vozočašće" pilgrimage contributes to " the local culture, tradition, and tourism."

 In attendance at the event was a former president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Croatia's Canoeist Tot wins second bronze at European championships

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - Croatian Vanesa Tot on Sunday won the bronze in the women's canoe single 200 metres at the European Championships in Munich after she was recently third in the canoe single 500m.

The European champion in today's women's single 200 metres was Antia Jacome of Spain (48.642), and Ukrainian Liudmyla Luzan grabbed the silver.

The 23-year old Tot was just 0.05 seconds faster than the fourth-placed Polish canoeist Katarzyna Szperkiewicz.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Robo Race Held on Eve of Final Race of Barban's Traditional Equestrian Tournament

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - The Istrian town of Barban, which is hosting "Trka Na Prstenac" traditional tournament of horsemen on 19-21 August, was also the venue of a robotic race called "Robotrka na Prstenac" on Saturday, bringing together teams of school-age children interested in robotics.

This event attracted 48 participants from 16 teams from Istria and the island of Krk, and the organisers said that the purpose of this robo race is to motivate school-age children to be active in informatics and STEM-related fields, according to a press release issued by the Bit kids 101 association.

The robo race is one of the accompanying events for the Prstenac Race.

First mentioned in 1696 and revived by the town of Barban in 1976, the Prstenac Race is held every year on the third weekend in August. The race features horsemen dressed in Istrian folk costumes, and they must cross a 150-metre track on horseback in 12 seconds and hit the "prstenac" iron ring with a spear.

President Zoran Milanović is expected to attend the final race on Sunday.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Štrudel Week to Take Place from 29 August to 11 September in Karlovac County

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - This year's Week of Štrudla gastronomic event will be held in Karlovac County over two weeks, from 29 August to 11 September.

The gastronomic event is dedicated to a local pastry called štrudla (strudel).

Director of the Regional Tourist Board of Karlovac County, Željko Fanjak, said at a press conference in Rastoke near Slunj last Thursday that in order to extend the tourist season 40 hotels, restaurants and family-run farms had joined the event.

So far, we have had about 20 restaurants, and now we have 40 in 12 of the total of 22 local government units, so in addition to the usual tourist attractions, tourists will be able to experience authentic local cuisine, said Fanjak.

Karlovac County Prefect Martina Furdek Hajdin said that the Week of Štrdula was an event dedicated to the aroma of tradition.

This year, Karlovac County has registered good tourism indicators, and to date, 400,000 overnight stays and 200,000 arrivals have been generated, which is 54% more than last year and close to the results of the record 2019, the county prefect said.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Archaeology from the Air Exhibition Staged in Dubrovnik

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 - The exhibition called "Archaeology from the Air" showing some attractive aerial photographs of archaeological sites in Croatia was opened in Dubrovnik last Thursday.

The event, which will run through 1 October, aims at presenting some of the most interesting and attractive aerial photographs of archaeological sites.

The authors of the exhibition are Miroslav Vuković of the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and Jacqueline Balen of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb.

Archaeology and aerial photography share a common history that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when the first aerial photographs of Stonehenge and the forum in Rome were taken from a balloon, it was said in the announcement of the exhibition.

The exhibition has been staged at Lazareti in cooperation with the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and the Dubrovnik Museums.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 639 New Cases, 12 Deaths, 1,005 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 21 August, 2022 -  In the last 24 hours, Croatia has conducted 2,384 coronavirus tests, and 27% of them, that is 639, have turned out to be positive, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Sunday.

There are currently 6,529 active cases, and of them, 587 are hospitalised patients, including 22 patients placed on ventilators.

In the last 24 hours, 12 patients have succumbed to COVID-19, and Croatia's COVID-related death toll now stands at 16,571.

Since the first registered case of this infectious disease on 25 February 2020 in the country, the health authorities have diagnosed 1,206,587 cases while performing over 5.1 million tests.

So far, 1,183,487 have recovered, including 1,005 in the last 24 hours.

To date,  2,317,041 persons have received at least one shot against this infectious disease, and nearly 69% of adults have fully been vaccinated.

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