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US Open 2019: Croatian players find out first round opponents
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 18:54

US Open starts on Monday

NEW YORK, 24 August 2019 – The final Grand Slam of the year gets under way in New York on Monday. 

Five Croatian players will feature in the singles at the US Open this year and on Saturday the draw made. Petra Martic and Borna Coric will both be in action on the opening day on Monday.  

Martic, who is the tournament’s 22nd seed, will play Slovenian Tamara Zidanšek in the 1st round with the match starting at 5 pm on Court 4.

Martic (Photo credit: Mario Ćužić/HTS)

12th seed Coric will face Russian qualifier Jevgenij Donskoj in the opening round on Monday on Court 7. That match is scheduled to be the third on Court 7 from 5 pm. 

On Tuesday, 22nd seed and former US Open winner, Marin Cilic, will face Slovak Martin Klizan. The match will be played on Court 5 and will be the second on court from 5 pm. Veteran Ivo Karlovic will play the last match on Court 17 on Tuesday against local hope Frances Tiafoe.

Marin Cilic (Photo credit: Mario Ćužić/HTS)

Donna Vekić, who is the 23rd seed in the women’s singles, will play Dutch qualifer Rachel Hogenkamp in the 1st round on Tuesday. That match is scheduled to be the third match on Court 12 after 5 pm. 

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty will play their first round matches against Roberto Carballes Baena and Anna Blinkova respectively. 


Tasty memories of life in Slavonia revived at ‘Gatherings of Stanari’ next weekend
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 16:34

Stanarski susreti

BABINA GREDA, 24 August 2019 – The sweet memories of life on the stanovi farms of Babina Greda in the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia will be revived once again when the 18th edition of the Gatherings of Stanari (Stanarski susreti) is held from 31 August – 1 September. 

The event brings back the ambiance in which stress was an unknown ailment, money was relative and watches unnecessary.

The event is stock-full of competitions in disciplines connected to various farming skills, as well as the art of preparing traditional Slavonian food, which this year features a competition between Croatian food bloggers, including Ena Kokanović from Foodgasm by Ena, and Vedran Boškovic, author of the website Za�injeno s ljubavlju (Seasoned with Love), and local Šokci women. 

Ena Kokanovic

The competition will see them prepare dishes that make up a traditional lunch, such as various soups, cooked meat, a variety of potatoes, pasta, and cakes and sweets like strudel.

Vedran Boskovic

The event will take place on Salić farm in Babina Greda next Saturday and Sunday. 

Babina Greda, located in the Vukovar-Srijem County, is known as being home to where the first documentation of Slavonian kulen was found. It is also the town where horse breeding has the longest tradition in Slavonia and every two months an event is organised there to preserve the most beautiful Slavonian customs.

More details about the event on the Facebook page here. 


Busy but Bearable Weekend at Split Ferry Port as Travelers Return Home from Holidays
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 15:03

Busy but Bearable Weekend at Split Ferry Port as Travelers Return Home from Holidays

August 24, 2019 - Will it be a nightmare escaping Split this weekend? A closer look at the ferry port crowds. 

As was expected, the penultimate Saturday in August is set for many travelers to return home after their summer holidays. The traffic of vehicles and passengers, especially from the Central Dalmatian islands, is also felt at the Split ferry port. However, travelers shouldn’t encounter too many delays on the way from the ferry port through BaÄ�vice, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

“We expect over 85,000 passengers and over 15,000 vehicles to pass through the Split Ferry Port this weekend, with an emphasis on returning from the islands. Everything is going according to the timetable except that at 9 am and 12:30 we had to introduce one extra line to Supetar, given the large number of vehicles waiting to board. In the next day, we will see how things will work out and react accordingly,� said Jelena Ivulić from the Jadrolinija branch in Split.

Otherwise, the Split-Supetar-Split line has 14 regular trips daily, which are always full. The Sesartić family spoke to Slobodna Dalmacija about their travels from Supetar to Split and onto Zagreb on Saturday.

“We have waited in line for about an hour, and judging by the number of vehicles in front of us, we will probably wait another hour and a half, if not longer. The queue for boarding vehicles is all the way to the roundabout in Supetar, which is good. We thought it would be longer as they announced. The utility and fire department guys are down the road and directing drivers to create order. We have heard that bottles of water are being distributed to passengers and vehicles, but that may be the case at the end of the queue,� said Ana, who is traveling with her family.

Increased passenger and vehicle transport is also expected on Sunday and even Monday when travelers increasingly choose to travel to avoid traffic jams.

To read more about travel in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page


Minister: Extensive Police Probe Under Way in Knin Incidents
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 14:20

Minister: Extensive Police Probe Under Way in Knin Incidents

ZAGREB, August 24, 2019 - The Croatian police are conducting extensive investigations into the 21 August incidents in cafes in the village of �evrske and in the village of Uzdolje near Knin, and considering the �evirske case, misdemeanour charges have been filed against five people and one person is charged with a criminal offence, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Saturday, expressing hope that the Uzdolje investigation will also result in the detection of the perpetrators.

The police are investigating the incidents which happened this past Wednesday when guests, including a 9-year-boy, and the owner of Uzdolje cafe were beaten, while in the �evrske cafe they were exposed to verbal attacks while they were watching a TV broadcast of the football match of the Belgrade-based Crvena Zvezda club.

"The assaults should be condemned just as any violence should be condemned. The state institutions, notably those whose responsibility is to ensure peace and order are supposed to act promptly and efficiently. The police have shown that they act efficiently and they will be efficient in the future, too," the minister said after a commemorative ceremony in the village of Žuta Lokva where the tribute was paid to the four Croatian policemen who were killed in that Lika village at the start of the Croatian Homeland War in 1991. The four policemen, who were patrolling road traffic, were killed and one traffic officer was wounded in an artillery attack launched by local Serb paramilitary and rebel forces on 24 August 1991.

The minister confirmed that a suspect was arrested on Saturday morning in connection with the case in Viskovo, Rijeka, where a local inhabitant, 70, told media that he had been beaten and injured in an incident based on his ethnicity. The incident happened two days ago.

More news about the Knin incidents can be found in the Politics section.


Number of Transported Passengers Down in Second Quarter
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 14:16

Number of Transported Passengers Down in Second Quarter

ZAGREB, August 24, 2019 - A total of 21.7 million passengers were transported in Croatia in the second quarter of 2019, down by 2.1% in comparison to the Q2 2018, while the volume of transported goods increased by 8.1%, according to the data released by the national statistical office (DZS).

Broken down by passenger transportation mode, only the transport of passengers by air recorded a rise, AND Air passenger transport had a 4.8% rise to 637,000 passengers.

On the other hand, the transport by bus, by sea and by rail saw a decline in the Q2 this year. In Q2, 5.1 million passengers were transported by rail, down 3% compared to Q2 2018.

The number of passengers using road transport fell by 2.4% to 12.1 million, and local maritime ferry companies registered a drop of 0.8% to 3.8 million passengers.

More news about transport issues can be found in the Business section.


20 Million Euro Invested in Prosciutto Production in Croatia
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 14:13

20 Million Euro Invested in Prosciutto Production in Croatia

ZAGREB, August 24, 2019 - An official of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), Dragan Kova�ević, has said during the ceremony of opening a prosciutto festival in Drniš that over the past five years 150 million kuna has been invested in new plants for prosciutto production in Croatia.

"Although the current prosciutto production meets less than 50% of the demand in Croatia, the encouraging fact is that in the last five years, 150 million kuna has been invested in new plants for prosciutto production," Kova�ević says adding that prosciutto can be an additional value for the tourist trade.

The two-day international festival in the town in the Dalmatian hinterland was opened on Friday, and apart from the promotion of prosciutto, also homemade cheese, wines, honey and other local food were put on display during the event.

Five years ago, 250,000 prosciutto hams were produced in Croatia, and currently the annual production is 400,000. The portion of domestic raw material in those final products has risen from 10% to 50% over the past 10 years. Consumption of prosciutto has increased by 50% over the past five years.

So far, Drniš, Istrian, Krk and Dalmatian prosciuttos have been included in the EU register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. Thea are among the 21 Croatian traditional products protected by this EU register.

More news about the food production in Croatia can be found in the Lifestyle section.


Designers Behind Visual Identity of 66th Pula Film Festival Win Prestigious International Award
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 12:20

Designers Behind Visual Identity of 66th Pula Film Festival Win Prestigious International Award

August 24, 2019 - The most prestigious and largest international design award - Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design - went to the Rašić + Vrabec studio, the designers behind the visual identity of the 66th Pula Film Festival.

This year, more than 8600 projects applied for this prized award, and the international jury of 24 reputable experts selected the logo of the 66th Pula Film Festival as one of the best in the Brand Design & Identity category for logo design, reports HRTurizam.

"We are honored that the jury chose this award-winning logo for the 66th Pula festival, which is one of the oldest continuous film festivals in Europe and the world. At that time, we already felt that this logo was awaiting a very successful future,� pointed out the authors, Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić.

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Rašić+Vrabec

“Using the figures in the logo emphasizes the tradition and longevity of the festival itself. The figure itself is compelling and symbolic and allows for numerous uses and associations.

The viewers interpreted the logo in different ways; from eyebrows to eyeglasses, peepholes, the Arena floor plan, movie rolls, and even exclamation points, etc. From the very beginning, it proved to be inspiring and applicable, and the audience's reactions were excellent,� the authors added.

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Rašić+Vrabec

The Red Dot Awards will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony on October 1 in Berlin, and the award-winning projects will be on display at Designers' Night that same evening. The winning works will also be immortalized in the International Yearbook Brands & Communication Design 2019/2020, due out November 14.

Rasic + Vrabec are specialists in aesthetic design and for brands that want to become a culture. They design and create exhibitions, venues, and products, and studio founders Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić have been professionally operating out of Zagreb for over 15 years.

To read more about lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.


VIDEO: First Rab Film Festival opens on the island
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 11:47

Rab Film Festival opens (Photos: Rab Film Festival)

RAB, 24 August 2019 – The first edition of the Rab Film Festival has opened at the open-air summer cinema on the island of Rab on Friday night. 

The festival opened with a screening of the French film Les Misérables,  a crime thriller about the French race riots of 2005 which was one of the winners of this year’s Cannes. The film’s director Ladj Ly and lead actor Djibril Zonga, an ex-footballer and model whose acting career is on the rise, were on Rab for the opening. 

Almamy Kanoute, Djebril Zonga, Ladj Ly (Photo: Rab Film Festival)

The new summer festival linking film, music, gastronomy and education is being held on Rab until 27 August. Recent winners of the Cannes, Sundance and Berlin festivals, and a number of films brought together under the umbrella of the investigative are the trump cards of the Rab Film Festival film section. 

(Photo: Rab Film Festival)

Iva Babić, Robert Tomić Zuber, Tihana Lazović (Photo: Rab Film Festival)

The programme features a total of 12 fiction and documentary films that explore current issues in a thorough and dedicated manner, capturing the essence of a particular society and carrying a strong, humane message.

(Photo: Rab Film Festival)

The festival is competitive, and the best films will receive awards in three categories: RAFF Frame Best Fiction Award for the best fiction film, RAFF Frame Best Documentary Award for the best documentary, and the RAFF Frame Audience Award. The RAFF programmers are the film critic and journalist Vladan Petković (fiction film programme) and Lejla Dedić, programme editor at Al Jazeera Balkans (documentary programme).

Rab Mayor Nikola Grgurić opens the festival (Photo: Rab Film Festival)

Iva Babić Tihana Lazović (Photo: Rab Film Festival)

More information about tickets to the festival here.

You can follow the festival Facebook page here.

 


00:24 RUN: Zagreb Airport to Host Midnight Charity Race
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 11:43

00:24 RUN: Zagreb Airport to Host Midnight Charity Race

August 24, 2019 - The 00:24 RUN will take place at Zagreb Airport next month as the first race held on the runway of a Croatian airport.

The unique 00:24 RUN night charity race at Zagreb Airport has attracted a lot of public interest, which is why it is not surprising the event sold out in record time. Nevertheless, preparations for the spectacular race, which will run 24 minutes after midnight on the night of September 29, are intensely ongoing, reports 24 Sata.

Zagreb Airport reveals they are thoroughly preparing for the upcoming racing spectacle.

“Preparations for the 00:24 race on maneuvering the surfaces of the airport are demanding and, we must say, thorough and comprehensive, given that it is a race in a protected area, or a so-called critical area of the protected area, which requires the involvement and engagement of several people, equipment and businesses that are otherwise located in this area,â€� says Lidia Capković Martinek, Advisor to the Director of Zagreb Airport. 

She adds that organizing such an event in the Zagreb Airport space is undoubtedly a big challenge.

“But dare we say that we are faced with demanding and challenging activities every day, so this project, which has a humanitarian purpose, is a pleasure for us. So far, about 20 people have been involved in the process of arranging, obtaining various permits and approvals, as an indispensable part of project preparation, and on the day of the race, only 100 people will be hired from the Zagreb International Airport, with additional staff of other businesses located in the airport,� notes Capković Martinek.

She also points out that the majority of airport workers will volunteer on race day to contribute directly to this humanitarian project. This is the first time that such a project has been organized at the airport, and the staff is extremely pleased to be hosting the anticipated large number of participants. 

“We, as a company, have already been involved in several humanitarian and sports activities, so we are glad that we are also engaged as hosts this time,� says Capković Martinek.

All racers will follow a designated route on the night of September 29, surrounded by civilian aircraft and military MiGs, while every step on the illuminated track will be monitored by a MUP helicopter, Zagreb Airport adds.

“We expect that all participants will adhere to the clearly defined rules of participation so that everything goes well. We are especially pleased that we will provide numerous runners with the extraordinary opportunity to run in such an attractive location and ultimately be part of a humanitarian project and, in a very concrete way, contribute to the organization of pediatric oncology at the Zagreb-Rebro Clinical Hospital Center,� concluded Capković Martinek.

The general sponsor of the race is Konzum, the partners of the project are INA, Kala and Slatinska banka, and the Croatian Air Force and the Ministry of the Interior are friends of the race.

You can keep up with all the information on the race's official website and on Facebook.

The amount raised from the race will be donated in full to the Rebro Pediatric Oncology Foundation.

To read more about lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page


Best pršut awards held at international festival in Drniš
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 24 Kolovoz 2019 10:46

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

DRNIÅ , 24 August 2019 – The 6th International PrÅ¡ut Festival has opened in DrniÅ¡ on Friday with the best prÅ¡ut awards being held. 

This year some of the best pršut producers from Croatia are exhibiting their products at the festival which ends on Saturday. Along with pršut, visitors are able to try some of the best cheeses, wines, pancetta, bread from under the bell, honey, soparnik and lots more.

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

On Friday, the festival was opened by Drniš mayor, Josip Begonja, president of the Drniš pršut association, Drago Pletikosa, and prefect Goran Pauk. 

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

21 prÅ¡ut producers competed in two categories – smoked and certified prÅ¡ut – in the competition on the opening day. The overall champion this year was Smjeli from Dugopolje. 

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

In the smoked pršut category, there were two bronze, four silver and seven gold medals awarded. In the certified Drniš, Dalmatian, Istrian and Krk pršut category, the quality was evident. Mujkić prom, Drniške delicije Maran and MI Braća Pivac won silver medals, whilst Montenegro pršut Cluster, Drniš pršut producers DIM – MES & BEL CRO, and Žužić butchers with their Krk pršut won silver medals. 

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

This year’s champion (Photo: DrniÅ¡ Tourist Board)

Gold medal and title of festival champion went to Dalmatian pršut producers Smjeli d.o.o. from Dugopolja. 

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

After the awards, visitors had the chance to try the different pršuts at the stands as well as other local products.

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

Visitors at the festival are being entertained by local group Klapa Drniš, as well as klapa groups Kampanel and Iskon and Neum City Choir, Tambura orchestra Krsto Odak, City Wind Orchestra Drniš, KUU Miljevci and local pop/rock/jazz band The Smoked Ham.

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)

(Photo: Drniš Tourist Board)


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