Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Sandra Perković Becomes European Discus Champion for 6th Consecutive Time!

August 16, 2022 - Sandra Perković becomes the European discus champion for the sixth consecutive time!

In the dramatic European Championship final in Munich, Croatia's best female athlete beat the silver medalist, German Kristin Pudenz, by eight centimeters.

After a phenomenal first day when Filip Mihaljević won the shot put gold, and Matea Parlov Koštro won silver in the marathon, a Croatian athlete was on the podium yet again in Munich.

Pudenz made it difficult for Perković in the second series, throwing 65.05 meters, to which Perković answered with 65.77 meters. However, the highly motivated German threw an excellent 66.93 meters in the third series and held the advantage until the crucial fifth series. Sandra then threw 67.95 meters, which seemed unattainable for Pudenz, whose personal record was 67.10 meters. However, Pudenz immediately responded with 67.87 meters and luckily remained eight centimeters behind Perković.

No other female athlete has more than four European gold medals in one discipline, and Perković has now extended her streak to six. She started in 2010 as a 20-year-old in Barcelona, followed by gold in 2012 in Helsinki, 2014 in Zurich, 2016 in Amsterdam, and 2018 in Berlin. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sandra had to wait four years to claim her sixth title.

German Claudine Vita won the bronze with 65.20 meters.

The second Croatian representative in the final, 22-year-old Marija Tolj, finished in sixth place with 63.37 meters, which is a meter shorter than her personal record set earlier this year.

After the third series, Tolj held eighth place with a modest 57.57 meters, the last spot that allows you to move forward in the competition. After the fifth series, she improved her ranking by two places.

22-year-old Marko Čeko took eighth place in the long-jump final with a result of 7.77 meters.

Čeko achieved his best jump in the third series and secured another three series. Unfortunately, the Knin athlete failed to improve his result in the remaining three jumps. In the fourth series, he jumped to 7.38 meters, in the fifth to 7.56 meters, and in the sixth to 7.59.

Bravo, Sandra!

Source: HRT

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Bodo/Glimt Better than Dinamo in Champions League Play-off First Leg

August 16, 2022 - Bodo/Glimt narrowly beats Dinamo 1:0 in Norway on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Champions League play-off round. 

Bodo/Glimt and Dinamo met in Bodo, Norway, on Tuesday night in the first of the last two battles to enter the Champions League. Aspmyra Stadium, which holds 8,300 spectators, was said to be nearly sold out.

Bodo/Glimt is the only obstacle between Dinamo and the elite football competition, which guarantees around 20 million euros. Dinamo says they have already achieved their first goal, which is playing in the Europa League group stage, but we all know the Champions League is the ultimate goal for any club. 

Bodo/Glimt is undoubtedly a dangerous opponent and was a hit in the last European season, meaning this match would be anything but easy. However, Dinamo was coming off of a 4:1 victory against their eternal rival Hajduk, which should have boosted their morale going into Tuesday's play-off. 


BODO/GLIMT: Haikin – Wembangomo, Amundsen, Hoibraaten, Sampsted – Vetlesen, Hagen, Saltnes – Mvuka Mugisha, Salvesen, Pellegrino

DINAMO: Livaković – Ristovski, Šutalo, Lauritsen, Ljubičić – Ademi, Mišić – Špikić, Baturina, Oršić – Drmić

Match report

Bodo's first attempt of the match came in the 6th minute but was blocked by Dinamo's defense. Dinamo's first chance came a minute later when Drmić shot over the goal from the edge of the penalty area. A dangerous Bodo cross went into the box a minute after that but was cleared again by Dinamo's defense.

Bodo was hungry for a goal at the start of the first half and had their first shot on target in the 14th minute. Livaković was concentrated and easily defended the attempt. It had been a tough match so far without any major chances. 

Oršić shot from 25 meters in the 23rd minute, which went out for a Dinamo corner.

By the 36th minute, the possession was 51:49.

We saw the first goal of the match in the 37th minute. Pellegrino headed easily shot past Livaković for 1:0 Bodo. They also had a dangerous free kick from 22 meters out two minutes later, and hit the crossbar just a few minutes after that. 

It was 1:0 for Bodo at the half. 

Ivanušec and Petković entered the match for Drmić and Špikić to start the second half. 

Pellegrino had a golden opportunity in the 54th minute, which went just wide of the goal. 

Dinamo started picking up the pace nearing the 60th minute and pressed Bodo's defense. Petkovic had a chance that went a hair over the crossbar. 

Orsic had a chance in the next play and shot just wide of the far post. 

Orsic played through to Petkovic in the penalty area in the 63rd minute, but the Bodo keeper got to the ball first. 

Bodo was in Dinamo's half for the following five minutes and was lucky not to increase their lead. 

Bodo made their first sub in the 68th minute - Espejord entered for Slavesen. Dinamo subbed on Emreli for Orsic.

Dinamo scored from the offside position in the 71st minute, keeping the match at 1:0. 

Dinamo countered in the 73rd minute, which ended in no shot on goal, and Bodo had taken their 10th corner of the match a minute later. 

Gojak was subbed on for Baturina in the 77th minute, and Bodo's Grunbek and Koomson entered for Hagen and Mvuka Mugisha in the 81st minute. 

Petkovic missed the best chance of the game in the 86th minute. Petkovic dribbled the Bodo defense and found himself one-on-one with the Bodo keeper but shot over the goal! 

The ref added three minutes of stoppage time to the end in which neither team was able to score. The match ended 1:0 for Bodo and the return match will be played next week at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.  

Post-match interview

More soon... 

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Hajduk Football Fan Convicted in Portugal for Attacking Reporter

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 - A 22-year-old Hajduk football fan was convicted in the Portuguese city of Guimarães for attacking a television cameraman, receiving a suspended prison sentence of one year and three months, and he must pay the cameraman €600 in damages, a local police spokesman told Hina.

A suspended sentence means he has been released, but if he commits a new criminal offence in Portugal during the specified period, he will be imprisoned and serve the sentence, the spokesman said in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

The football fan, whose name was not revealed by the Portuguese police, was banned from football matches in the next year.

This applies to competitions organised by UEFA, but I think he will not be allowed to attend matches in Croatia or elsewhere in Europe either, the spokesman said.

The incident occurred last Thursday after a Europa Conference League qualifying match between Vitoria Guimarães and Hajduk. Vitoria won 1-0, but failed to qualify for the play-off because it had lost 1-3 in Split a week earlier.

After the match, reporters filmed Hajduk fans leaving the Afonso Henriques Stadium.

Some fans were bothered by this, so they insulted the cameramen and poured water on them, as shown by footage from Portuguese media outlets.

The convicted football fan, a Croatian citizen, lunged at a TVI and CNN Portugal cameraman in front of policemen, the police said after the incident. CNN Portugal said that he kicked their cameraman.

The fan was immediately arrested and, on Friday, brought before an investigating judge in Guimarães, a city in the north of Portugal, where he was sentenced.

He damaged the reporter's camera and must pay him €600 in damages, the police spokesman said.

The fan and his lawyer were not available to Hina for comment.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Croatia Logs 165 New COVID Cases, 12 Deaths

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 - In the last 24 hours, 165 coronavirus cases, out of 1,237 tests, and 12 related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

There are 6,107 active cases, including 680 hospitalised patients, 28 of whom are on ventilators, while 2,838 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 1,200,972 coronavirus cases to date, and the death toll has reached 16,520, while 70.89% of adults have been vaccinated.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Croats Shopping Abroad - Revival of Bosnian Shopping Mecca

August 16, 2022 – Growing up in eastern Croatia in the early 2000s meant a few things. It had its challenges and rewards, but one thing was sure – August was time to shop for new school gear. Since everything was a bit too expensive in Croatia, this day usually became a special field trip. Off to the Bosnian shopping mecca!

After shopping centres sprung up everywhere and things became a little more affordable, it has not been so much of an event, but Croatian people would still go abroad to shop for groceries. The restrictions around the pandemic made it a lot more complicated, impossible at times, but the current situation paired with the lifting of restrictions is helping the revival of shopping trips across the border.

As Glas Slavonije reports, judging by the data on the number of approved requests and the amounts for VAT refunds on purchased goods, Bosanska Posavina is slowly but surely regaining its status as a shopping mecca for many Slavonians, which it had before the emergence of the coronavirus, when they would go daily, especially on weekends, to shop in Orašje, Brčko, Šamac, Brod, Gradiška, and the demand would break records year after year.

Crowds at the Županja-Orašje border crossing are once again becoming a common sight, albeit often due to the numerous trucks that are directed there after the closure of the Gunja - Brčko bridge for freight traffic. At the exit from Orašje, there is often a queue of vehicles in which passengers wait for the customs officials to examine the purchased goods with the attached receipt and to certify the form based on which they will receive a refund. As foreign citizens in Bosnia, their bills are 17 percent cheaper, which is the current VAT rate. Invoices, goods, and the original completed tax refund form are inspected at customs.

According to the data provided to GS by Dženan Kovačević from the Department for Communications and International Cooperation of the Directorate for Indirect Taxation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, foreign citizens (mostly from Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro) in the first six months of this year bought and exported 31.47 million convertible marks (KM) worth of goods. It amounts to HRK 120.8 million (according to the average CNB exchange rate of HRK 3.84 for one KM). They submitted as many as 106,411 requests for tax refunds in the amount of 4.57 million KM (HRK 17.5 million).

For comparison, in the first six months of last year, foreigners in BiH spent 14.7 million marks (HRK 56.5 million) and submitted 58,116 requests for tax refunds in the total amount of 2.1 million KM (HRK 8 million).

Even more significant numbers were recorded by the border crossings towards Slavonia. In the first half of 2022, the consumption of Slavonians in BiH quadrupled compared to the same period last year. According to the data submitted from the five BiH crossings leading to the Vukovar-Srijem and Brod-Posavina counties, Slavonians spent approximately 11.2 million KM, i.e., HRK 43 million, "across the Sava" from January 1 to June 30 of this year. They submitted 34,734 requests for VAT refunds in the total amount of slightly more than 1.6 million KM, or HRK 6.1 million.

In the same period in 2021, the consumption was four times lower – Slavonians brought in goods worth 2.8 million KM, i.e., HRK 10.8 million, through the mentioned crossings.

The calculation shows that in the first six months of this year, an average of 62,000 KM, or HRK 238,000, was spent across the border per day. In 2021, they spent an average of HRK 146,850 per day, and just two years earlier, in the record 2019, more than HRK 528,000. And last Friday, in the late afternoon, numerous cars with Županja and Vinkovci registration plates were parked in front of a large shopping center at the entrance to Orašje. Few people went out without packing a case of beer in the trunk, which they would pay 19 KM (76 kunas), half of the Croatian pricew. "On Assumption of Mary we have our village celebrations, and it pays off to come here several times because the savings are noticeable even if you only buy beer and soft drinks. For example, a liter and a half of lemon and lime Jana, our favorite summer drink, here we pay only one and a half marks, and in Croatia it's about HRK 10. All other drinks are also cheaper," Ivica from Cerna told us. He paid 6.60 KM (HRK 26.5) for a package of six half-liter cans of beer, and in Croatia, he adds, it costs HRK 45.99, with a five percent promotion. He adds that it is best for him to pay by card in Orašje. "Recently, when shopping, only stamps are returned as change, regardless of whether it was paid in kuna or euros, which was not the case before. And they no longer accept kuna in coins anywhere”, he said. Marica from Županja added that prices have also risen in Bosnia and that some items are now even more expensive than in our country, but with the tax refund, especially if you also buy tobacco which is still priced at HRK 50 per half a kilogram, and various beverages, it still makes sense to go.

Some of the prices are as follows: a liter of Zvijezda oil costs 5.80 KM, 500g of Vegeta is 5.25 marks, a kilogram of sugar 2.25 marks, while flour costs 1.65 marks. A large Argeta chicken pate costs 1.55 marks, a tube of Zvijezda mayonnaise 3.25 KM, Meggle's butter 9.50 KM, and a 4-kilogram bag of Ariel costs 16.96 marks.

Good to know: refund within three months

Foreign citizens who do not have a residence in BiH have the right to a VAT refund, which they can exercise on purchased goods with a minimum value of one hundred convertible marks (HRK 400). The refund is processed within three months from the day the invoice is issued, with the presentation of the certified original form "PDV-SL-2". The tax refund does not apply to exported mineral oils, i.e., fuel, alcohol and alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products. Goods whose total value does not exceed HRK 2,200 per adult passenger and HRK 1,100 for passengers under the age of 15 are exempt from customs and excise duties. The instructions of the Customs Administration clearly state how much and what kind of goods from third countries, including BiH, can be transported across the border. Travellers coming from third countries are obliged to declare goods whose entry is prohibited or restricted - medicines, meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, pesticides, herbicides, plants and plant products, pets, weapons... In Croatia, for example, he can bring in 40 cigarettes and 50 grams of tobacco.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Croat Vjekoslav Prebeg Pleads Not Guilty in Donetsk

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 - Croat Vjekoslav Prebeg has pleaded not guilty to charges of being a mercenary at a court of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic, while the pro-Russian separatist authorities accuse him of being a Ukrainian mercenary who took part in efforts to oust them, which is why he faces the death penalty.

The Slovenian News Agency (STA) said on Tuesday that Prebeg had stated that his activities on the battlefield had been limited to monitoring enemy positions, and he said that he had not been included in armed conflicts against Russian forces.

Russian media outlets that are allowed to cover the trial, which started on 15 August, quoted Prebeg as saying that he had used firearms last time before the start of the war in Ukraine, STA says.

Apart from Prebeg, Swede Matthias Gustafsson and Briton John Harding are also indicted on the counts of attempting to "forcibly seize power or forcibly retain power" and "participation of a mercenary in an armed conflict or hostilities," according to the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

They face the death penalty.

Another two Brits in this trial are Andrew Hill and Dylan Healy.

All of them pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to reports released by Russian media outlets.

The next court hearing in their case is scheduled for October, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a statement by the separatists’ court.

Russia's media outlets have released footage of the trial, showing the five men in a cage in the courtroom.

On 10 August, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Ministry strongly condemned the indictment against Croatian national Prebeg, who has been detained in the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk.

Croatia "rejects the indictment and does not consider it to be legally sound because it is contrary to international law and conventions on the treatment of captured civilians and prisoners of war," the ministry said in a press release.

The ministry and competent services are in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities and other partners in order to shed light on the case and have Prebeg released, the ministry said on 10 August, adding that it has been in touch with the detainee's family.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Split Hospital to Establish Genetic Counselling Department

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 -  The University Hospital Centre in the biggest Croatian coastal city of Split will this year set up a genetic counselling office that will provide opportunities for testing for hereditary cancers.

The genetic counselling, which will be opened this autumn, will be within the molecular pathology laboratory of the Department of Pathology and Cytology.

Thus, the counselling will perform diagnostic testing for healthy persons who are members of the families in which some hereditary cancers appear to run.

The head of the Department of Pathology and Cytology, Nenad Kunac, explains that, for instance, a member of the family where breast cancers have already been diagnosed will be given an opportunity to undergo testing for inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

3.32 Million Passengers at Croatian Airports in in First 6 Months of 2022

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 - Croatia's airports registered 3.32 million passengers in the first half of this year, which was a 398% increase compared to the first half of 2021 when the COVID restrictions were in place.

The relaxation of COVID protocols resulted in more trips, and in H1 2022, flight operations jumped by 101%, according to the data provided by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS).

Croatia's airports handled over 4,700 tonnes of cargo, or 19% more than in the corresponding period of 2021.

In June only, 1.28 million passengers passed through Croatia's airports, a 300% rise compared to June 2021.

This June, the airports saw a 90% increase in flight operations to 15,000.

Split Airport which served 418,000 passengers in June was the top performer, and it registered a 264.6% increase on the year.

Dubrovnik Airport ranked second in June, with a 428.2% rise to 311,000 passengers.

Franjo Tuđman Airport in the capital city catered for 291,000 passengers in June, or a 191.9% increase compared to June 2021.

According to the DZS data, in Zadar, 170,000 passengers passed through its airport in June. Pula Airport registered 60,000 passengers and  Rijeka Airport 26,000. The airport on the island of Brač had 2,000 passengers, and the airport in the biggest eastern city of Osijek reported 1,800 passengers in June.

The largest number of passengers came from Germany, the UK and France in June.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Croatian Tourist Board Director says Tourist Season is Great

ZAGREB, 16 August, 2022 - Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Director Kristjan Staničić told the national television (HTV) on Monday evening that the tourist season was great and some indicators showed that the results were already close to those in the record-breaking 2019.

Currently, there are about 1.1 million visitors staying in Croatia, Staničić said.

He expected even higher revenues than in 2019.

Also, the Croatian National Bank (HNB) forecasts that the revenues from the tourist industry could reach € 11.3 billion, or 7% (€800 million) more than in 2019.

Staničić expressed satisfaction with also a higher number of fiscalised receipts and revenues from the tourist trade.

He, however, would rather wait for the end of the season to see the final results.

The HTZ director also commented on some complaints about too high prices of the services along the Croatian coast and said that every price rise must be followed by the upgrade of services and products.

Staničić said that the HTZ is preparing a new strategy for sustainable tourism, and this document should soon be finished.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Croatia's Mihaljević European Champion in Men's Shot Put in Munich

ZAGREB, 15 August, 2022 - Croatia's shot put record holder, Filip Mihaljević, won the European title in the men's shot put event in Munich on Monday evening, with the winning distance of 21.88 metres which he had in his last throw.

Serbia's shot-putter Armin Sinančević won the silver with 21.39 metres in his fifth throw, and Czech Tomaš Stanek grabbed the bronze (21.26 metres).

The 28-year-old Mihaljević already had medals from the world and European indoor championships.

On Monday morning Croatia's long-distance runner Matea Parlov Koštro won the silver medal in the women's marathon at the 2022 European Championships taking place in Munich.

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