Sunday, 28 August 2022

A1 Motorway Incident - Masked Hajduk Fans Create 9-kilometre Queue

August 28, 2022 - In the afternoon on Sunday, there was a standstill on the A1 motorway, and several kilometres long queues were formed due to an incident with Hajduk fans who stopped on the motorway and got out of their vehicles masked.

As Dnevnik writes, the police prevented a clash between the fans, but the traffic problems continued even after that. Although Croatian Auto Club (HAK) announced around 4:00 p.m. that the part of the motorway in question was reopened to traffic, readers of Dnevnik reported around 5:00 p.m. that they were still standing in place and not moving.

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“It's a kilometer-long queue. We're not even moving forward. People with small children started getting out of their cars”, a Dnevnik reader reported.

The police department of the Lika-SenjCounty explained that a long queue has formed and that it took time for traffic to start again.

“It's going slowly, the column is almost not moving towards the north. The police are on the ground and they are solving the situation so that traffic can start as soon as possible”, they said.

The Croatian Auto Club announced earlier on Sunday that traffic was stopped between the Gospić and Gornja Ploča junctions near the Jadova rest stop in the direction of Zagreb due to an incident with fans, and the queue was nine kilometres long.

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Police found baseball bats by the side of the road

As reported by PD Lika-Senj, there was no conflict between the fans who are now under police surveillance.

The Ministry of the Interior published photos from the motorway on Twitter and information that traffic was stopped by Hajduk fans traveling to Zagreb and Osijek, who got out of their vehicles masked with helmets and clothes. They added that the possible cause was a conflict with Dinamo fans traveling to Šibenik.

The police also announced that they found baseball bats on the side of the road, but they emphasised that the conflict between the fans was prevented without police intervention and the use of coercive means.

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

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (August 27, 2022)

August 27, 2022 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency, Posao.hr, who present a selection of weekly job listings.

How hard is it to find a job in Croatia, and what is on offer?

We spoke to Ines Bokan, director of leading jobs site Posao.hr, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.  

Ines has kindly agreed to work with us on a new weekly feature on TCN - a weekly selection of 10 job listings, as chosen by Posao.hr.  Details and links to the job opportunities below in the sixth week of this feature.

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WEEKLY SELECTION OF JOB LISTINGS

Mikenopa a.s. is hiring Network engineer (m/f) in Prague. If you have willingness to work for hotel clients across Europe, experience with designing and configuration of data networks and above all, independence and reliability, you can apply by 05 Sep 2022.

DignetSoftware d.o.o. zapošljava Junior / Senior Web developera za razvoj eCommerce rješenja (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Ako ti je nakon pročitanog naziva radnog mjesta poprilično jasno što bi bio tvoj posao i želiš nastaviti s čitanjem oglasa, sve informacije pročitaj na linku do 03 Sep 2022.

Gi Group Staffing Solutions is hiring a Research and Development Manager (m/f) in Zagreb. Applications can be submitted until Aug 16th. They are offering you a part in a unique project, growth with the company, working in a passionate multi-national team and helping you pursue your ideas.

Sunce Hoteli d.d. / Bluesun zapošljava Voditelja računovodstva (m/ž) u Brelima. Ako imaš minimalno 5 godina radnog iskustva na rukovodećim pozicijama u računovodstvu, javi se na oglas do 31 Aug 2022.

Next Step Career Network is looking for a National Recruiter (m/f) in Klagenfurt, Austria. They are offering a full time job, competitive compensation, paid training, a great work environment with state-of-the-art technology, an incredible international team of co-workers, and comprehensive health and pension insurance. You can apply by Sep 17th.

Workforce Ljudski Potencijali d.o.o. zapošljava Voditelja proizvodnog procesa (m/ž) u Brežicama, Slovenija. Ako želite raditi u uspješnoj međunarodnoj tvrtki koja radi za automobilsku industriju u odlično organiziranom radnom okruženju i ugodnom timu, prijavite se do 31 Aug 2022.

Sintegris d.o.o. zapošljava PLC programer (m/ž) u Hrvatskoj i zemljama EU. Ako imate iskustvo sa radom u STEP7 / TIAPortal programima te znanje njemačkog i/ili engleskog jezika, prijavite se do 08 Sep 2022.

Ljekarne Šćuric zapošljavaju Magistra farmacije (m/ž) u Jakovlju, Oroslavju i Stubičkim Toplicama.Očekuje te ugovor na neodređeno vrijeme i korištenje službenog auta, a prijaviti se možete do 09 Sep 2022.

Klinik Lengg AG zapošljava Medicinsku sestru, prvostupnik medicine/sestrinstva (m/ž) u Zürich, Švicarska. Ako imaš solidno znanje njemačkog jezika (B2 certifikat) u usmenoj i pisanoj komunikaciji i želiš raditi na izvrsnoj poziciji u Zürichu, u moderno opremljenoj zgradi na 2 kata sa ukupno 24 sobe, uz tim od 50 medicinskih sestara / tehničara i učenika, prijavi se na oglas do 19 Sep 2022.

The Emirates Group is hiring Cabin Crew (m/f) with relocation to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If you are ready to start an adventure that will take you from Dubai to the world and back again, apply until Sep 01st.

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Sunday, 28 August 2022

Perković and Mihaljević: Competition Always Strong at Hanžeković Memorial

ZAGREB, 28 August, 2022 - European champions Sandra Perković and Filip Mihaljević have announced the 72nd Boris Hanžeković Memorial, saying it was an athletics meeting that always brought together the best athletes and that the competition was always strong.

The Boris Hanžeković Memorial, an athletics meeting from the Continental Tour Gold series, will take place at three venues in Zagreb on 9-11 September. The current European champions from Munich, Croatian athletics stars Sandra Perković and Filip Mihaljević, will also participate in this three-day world athletics meeting.

In addition to Perković, athletes competing in the women’s discus throw will include American Valarie Allman, who won the bronze at the World Championship and the gold at last year's Tokyo Olympics, and Germany's European silver medallist Kristin Pudenz and European bronze medallist Claudine Vita.

The men’s shot put will also bring together many athletics stars, such as European champion Mihaljević, American athlete Ryan Crouser, who won the gold at the World Championship in Eugene, silver medallist Joe Kovacs and bronze medal winner Josh Awotunde, as well as former world champion Tom Walsh, who also won the bronze at the Olympics, and Armin Sinančević, the silver medallist from the recent European Championship.

Thierry Ndikumwenayo of Burundi, who holds this year’s 3000m record (7:25.93), will compete in the meeting's 3000-metre run.

On Friday, 9 September, Zagreb City Challenge will take place in the main square, Trg Bana Jelačića, with the pole vault starting at 2 p.m., and the triple jump and long jump at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Kid’s Day starts at 10 p.m. at Maksimir, followed by the 3K run, and then the shot put event by the Zagreb Fountains, starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, 11 September, the finals of the Erste Plava league will take place, as will a meeting at the Mladost stadium on the bank of the Sava river, which starts at 5 p.m., said the meeting’s project manager Natko Bošnjak.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Hotel in Budva Closed after Food Poisoning Outbreak, 12 Croatians Sick

ZAGREB, 28 August, 2022 - Montenegrin inspectors on Sunday closed the Loza Hotel in Budva after about 100 guests staying at the hotel on Saturday sought medical help due to symptoms of food poisoning.

Among the tourists, most of whom are from European countries, are 12 Croatians who were admitted to the "Danilo I" hospital in Cetinje.

The public RTCG broadcaster said on Sunday that their condition is good and that they should be released later in the day.

Inspection Directorate head Ana Vujošević said that this was the eighth time in the past few months that the Loza Hotel was being closed, noting that the hotel had reopened illegally on the previous seven occasions, which qualifies as a criminal offence.

The Montenegrin Public Health Institute said earlier that samples had been taken in all hotel areas to determine the cause of poisoning.

Most of the guests staying at the hotel have been transferred to other hotels in Budva, with the Montenegrin Ministry of Economy and Tourism covering the cost of their stay there.

Local officials late on Saturday night confirmed that around 100 tourists, most of whom were from Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia, had sought medical assistance in hospitals in Kotor, Bar, and Cetinje due to gastrointestinal problems.

Health Minister Dragoslav Šćekić said in a Twitter post that Montenegrin health institutions had promptly provided the patients with the necessary medical care.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

International Cooperation Key to Cyberspace Protection, says SOA Head

ZAGREB, 28 August, 2022 - A growing number of espionage, sabotage, crime, and terrorism cases are being reported in cyberspace, a mirror of the real world, and international cooperation is key to its protection, Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) director Daniel Markić has said in an interview with Hina.

"We are proud to have excellent partners, primarily in NATO and the EU. Global experience, notably that of the United States, teaches us that it is important to be actively involved in the protection of critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks which have been increasingly threatening national security," Markić said.

Last week, elite experts of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) conducted a joint operation with SOA against malicious cyber activity on vital Croatian networks, commending the level of organisation, visibility, and proactive approach of SOA's Cyber Security Centre, established in 2019.

Markić said the joint operation was conducted for several reasons."The USA is a strategic partner with whom we share the same values and goals and with whom we have established the highest level of trust and reliability, so we did not hesitate when we learned of this programme. We acquainted the state leadership with it, and they supported us and approved the joint operation," Markić said, noting that SOA has had ambitious goals ever since it established the centre.

"We have wanted to keep abreast of technological developments and see tangible effects on our cyber security. That is why we want to cooperate with partners who are the best in that regard. When we learned about the (USCYBERCOM) Hunt Forward programme, we expressed interest because the operation fit perfectly our needs."

US experts provided their expertise and know-how in collaboration with Croatian agents in hunting for and preventing malicious, so-called APT (advanced persistent threat) attacks which are supported by countries that perceive NATO and the EU as a security threat or challenge.

"We were given the opportunity to work with a partner with the best capabilities and know-how and to share our know-how and work methods, check our systems and tools, and share the experience of interoperability, which is very important among allies. This type of cooperation is necessary because it enhances our reach and capabilities," said Markić. 

"As a US ally and NATO member, Croatia is targeted by the same attackers as other Western countries so we were able to provide a new 'hunting ground' in the hunt for malicious actors and to share our experience and knowledge," Markić said.

The operation completely met Croatia's expectations, and the hunt was thorough and successful, with malicious attacks on Croatian state infrastructure having been prevented on several occasions, he said.

Markić underlined the importance of contacts and relationships established during the joint operation, noting that they would continue to be used to further develop partnership, interoperability, and information sharing.

During the operation, SOA defined areas that needed improvement and new goals in the development of the system and its capabilities, he said, noting that he was proud the operation had confirmed that Croatia had competent personnel, quality tools, and a well-organised system.

Speaking of cyber threats in Croatia, Markić said that they were not different from those in other NATO and EU member states.

"The intentions and interests of state-sponsored attackers are best evidenced by data which show that they mostly target the IT systems of the ministries of foreign affairs and defence, while in recent years we have also been registering attacks on other state institutions," he said, noting that in 2021 the number of state-sponsored cyber attacks was up 40% from 2020.

In addition to the growing number of ATP attacks on state institutions in Croatia, there has also been an increase in such attacks on companies, Markić said, noting that the system had proven to be very good in responding to the threats and that joint operations such as the latest one would help further consolidate the system in the protection of the national cyberspace.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Croatia Logs 501 COVID Cases, 12 Deaths

ZAGREB, 28 Aug (Hina) - In the last 24 hours, 501 coronavirus cases, out of 2,225 tests, and 12 related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID crisis management team said on Sunday.

There are 5,951 active cases, including 636 hospitalised patients, 22 of whom are on ventilators, while 4,002 persons are isolating.

Croatia has registered 1,211,920 coronavirus cases to date, the death toll stands at 16,658, and 70.87% of adults have been vaccinated, including 68.84% fully.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Split County Police Department Issues Communication Manual for Officers

ZAGREB, 28 August, 2022 - The Split-Dalmatia County police department has published a communication manual for police officers, which includes instructions on impression formation and what they should and should not do when communicating with citizens.

The booklet includes tips on how to conduct interviews and interrogations in a police station, how to talk to victims of violence, what to do when contacted by a citizen with a complaint, or how to de-escalate a crisis situation.

The author of this manual, the first of this kind in Croatia, is Marko Doljanin, the head of the police station in the town of Trogir.

Doljanin has recently told Hina that communication skills are very important in policing.

The more trust citizens have in the police, the more willing they are to comply with police decisions and cooperate and the more reassured they are of the professionalism of police officers, Doljanin said.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Finnish Influencers Break the Law for a Swim in Blue Cave in Croatia

August 28, 2022 - The secret is out, Croatia is a beautiful country with untouched nature, delicious food, and some of the friendliest people. This kingdom of accidental tourism is still relatively new on the world vacation scene, but it is coming up quickly and aggressively. Whether that is family or active holidays, luxury escapes or hot girl summers, the demand has been incredible. The question is, can we take it? Is Croatia equipped to deal with the massive influx of vacationers? Not that it's all on us - are our guests too self-entitled to care? UNESCO heritage site rules don't seem to bother influencers.

The popularity and the fame that come with becoming known as one of the top world tourist countries come with some significant numbers. Numbers, of course, are people, and people, unfortunately, are not always very nice. TCN has been covering the tourist season 2022 extensively, and though it has not always been the best news, credit where credit's due - the institutions have been working together to implement strategies and rules to try and keep the rowdy crowds under control. Now, many problems remain, as witnessed in some of the scenes from Split, and not all strategies have immediate effect. 

To enjoy and share a tourist gem such as Croatia, while managing it all in a smart way is not an easy task. Unfortunately for some, not all experiences can be exclusive, and the effort needs to go both ways (effort very loosely defined here). Let's not be oblivious to the fact that Croatia needs good marketing just as much as tired holidaymakers and excited adventurers need Croatia. After the rise of social media, influencer marketing on Instagram has become a valuable tool for destinations and tourist boards, as well as hospitality providers. The relationship between the businesses is often based on an exchange of services, with, e.g., hotels offering free luxury accommodation for marketing content on social media. The problem arises with the fact that social media influencers need to become big before they can start making a living from their influencer business. Now, since the market is already so saturated, they will often go out of their way to seem more interesting, fun, a little bit daring, whatever it takes to be noticed. 

Like any sought-after market, Croatia has had its share of such encounters. More recently, we've had the pleasure of viewing and enjoying the adventures of Sabina Särkkä and Julia Toivola, the interesting friends of the Finnish PM. A few particularly lucky crew and passengers on a random Jadrolinija ferry even had access to some exclusive content. Both of them, alongside others from their group, have been publicly sharing on her Instagram all about their summer in Croatia, stay in Hvar, sailing the islands, swimming, partying, and just enjoying life. We are grateful for her enthusiasm, especially the ferry mentioned above. The question for the Croatian authorities, though, is what makes them special?

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Screenshots: Sabina Sarkka and Julia Toivola Instagram stories, highlights CROATIA SAILING and Croatia sail, still active on their profiles

As Index writes, in their Instagram stories, both Sabina and Julia publicly shared videos of their group swimming in the Blue Cave in Biševo, where swimming is strictly prohibited to preserve the wildlife. The Blue Cave, a UNESCO Heritage site is famous for its unique colour which is a phenomenon that occurs around specific times of the day when the sun hits the inside of the cave in just the right way to highlight its anatomy and reflect the most beautiful blue of the Adriatic Sea. Visits to the cave are only possible with paid tickets, and don't last long due to the demand and the crowds keen to witness the beauty every day. In Sabina and Julia's videos, where the location was clearly marked, it looked like the group of friends not only enjoyed the visit in private, but also the opportunity to soak in the beauty in a way in which simple folk would not, by taking a little swim right in the middle of the Blue Cave. Whether or not they were fined for it we don't know, but in a world where the only thing we ask of you is to respect our environment to preserve it for both me and you, please, don't be like the above-mentioned influencers. It's not that hard.

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

 

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Investigators Freeze Assets of Suspects in Gas Trading Scam

ZAGREB, 27 Aug (Hina) - Investigators have frozen assets worth more than HRK 800 million belonging to five persons arrested on Saturday on suspicion of wrongdoing in gas trading and money laundering, while the damage they are believed to have caused to the INA oil company is estimated at more than HRK 800 million.

The operation, launched early on Saturday morning by the USKOK anti-corruption office and police, targeted Damir Škugor, an executive in INA, Josip Šurjak, president of the Croatian Bar Association, Šurjak's business partner Goran Husić, with whom Šurjak owns the OMS Upravljanje company, Škugor's father, and Marija Ratkić, management board chair at the Plinara Istočne Slavonije gas company.

Following the arrests in Zagreb, Šibenik, Vinkovci, and on Hvar island, investigators searched the suspects' homes and business offices, including Škugor's office at INA and the Zagreb-based law firm of attorney Šurjak, who was arrested on Hvar.

Decision on investigation, custody on Sunday

Following the arrests, the suspects were questioned at USKOK, which is expected to say on Sunday if an investigation would be launched into the suspects and a request be made to place them in custody.

The suspects, who prosecutors want to be placed in month-long custody, will be brought on Sunday before an investigating judge who will decide on the prosecutors' motion.

According to unofficial reports, the suspects siphoned money from INA through OMS Ulaganja, which was established in 2019. Already in the first year of doing business, the company reportedly earned revenue in the amount of more than HRK 220 million.

The suspects allegedly took advantage of the constant rise in gas prices on the world market, with OMS Ulaganja buying gas below market prices from Plinara Istočna Slavonija, which had a gas purchase agreement with INA from before with favourable prices, and selling it on the international market at market prices.

Millions of kuna in Šibenik pensioner's bank accounts 

They allegedly spent the money thus obtained on real estate, with most of it ending up in the bank account of Damir Škugor's father, a pensioner living in Šibenik.

Without naming the suspects, USKOK said the arrests and urgent gathering of evidence were a result of a criminal investigation being conducted with the police anti-corruption office PNUSKOK, the Money Laundering Prevention Office, and the Tax Administration's financial investigations division.

USKOK said that after the suspects were questioned, it would make a decision on a further course of action.

Police said that after the criminal investigation, they would file a criminal complaint against the suspects with USKOK and place them in custody.

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Sunday, 28 August 2022

Grbin: Announcement about INA Buyback Came to Nothing, Plunder Continues

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - SDP leader Peđa Grbin said on Saturday that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's announcement about a plan to buy back Hungarian energy group MOL's stake in Croatian peer INA had come to nothing while the plunder at the once successful company was continuing, a reference to arrests made earlier in the day.

Earlier on Saturday several persons, including an INA executive, were arrested on suspicion of abuse of trust in doing business and money laundering in gas trading, which, according to available information, has caused damage to INA in the amount of more than HRK 100 million.

"Six years ago Plenković announced INA's buyback. Meanwhile, nothing has happened in that regard except for the fact that the gang has continued plundering the once successful company," Grbin said in a Facebook post.

He wondered how it was possible for hundreds of millions of kuna to disappear from the company without anybody noticing it until the money appeared in a pensioner's bank account.

"What were INA's Supervisory Board (this is also a question for (Economy Minister Davor) Filipović and Management Board doing? Have we learned today the real reason why Tomislav Ćorić had to leave the government? And is it just a coincidence that the persons arrested are people who have made donations to the HDZ, the link that connects them all?" Grbin said in his post.

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