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PHOTOS: Foo Fighters entertain fans at Pula Arena tonight
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Srijeda, 19 Lipanj 2019 00:37

Foo Fighters play Pula Arena tonight (Photos: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

PULA, 18 June 2019 – American rock legends, Foo Fighters, have performed in Croatia for the fist time tonight at Pula’s stunning Arena. 

One of the biggest rock bands in the last 20 years, Foo Fighters, led by a sweat-drenched Dave Grohl, entertained the crowd of 7,000 people tonight ar Pula’a Roman Amphitheatre, playing a host of their classic hits like All My Life, Learn to Fly and The Pretender to the delight of the fans who turned out. 

The show at Pula Arena kicked off with openers Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes getting the party started before Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee took to the stage just after 9 pm.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (Photo credit: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

Foo Fighters will also play another concert at the same venue on Wednesday night which is also sold old. 

Photos from tonight’s concert below. 

(Photo credit: Dragutin Andrić)

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Police Determined to Find Cruel Owner of Donkey Abandoned on Ravan
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 21:17

Police Determined to Find Cruel Owner of Donkey Abandoned on Ravan

Animal cruelty unfortunately knows no borders and no bounds. With countless disgusting acts towards animals carried out by humans on a daily basis across the whole world, it's our duty as decent humans to try to do the right thing and step in when we can. One cruel donkey owner obviously decided their donkey was no longer of any use to them, abandoning her on the island of Ravan in the Å ibenik archipelago in the heat with no food or water.

It seems, however, thanks to the media and to the general public, that this poor donkey is going to enjoy a happy end to her unfortunate story written by heartless individuals.

As Morski writes on the 18th of June, 2019, ust nine hours after an article about a poor, abandoned donkey on the island of Ravan in the Å ibenik archipelago was published, the police responded that they had launched a search of the cruel owner who abandoned the poor creature on Ravan, and the Tribunj Tourist Board have openly stated that they are more than willing to do everything in their power to save the life of the donkey, and take care of her themselves.

From the police administration of Å ibenik-Knin County comes a notice stating:

''Regarding today's mail from you regarding the stranded donkey on the island of Ravan, we'd like to inform you that the police, based on the received mail, are conducting a police investigation in order to determine and locate the owner of the animal in question, and all other circumstances related to this event.''

Nikola Perkova from the Tribunj Tourist Board, a place known for its care for the donkeys, was also contacted:

"We have a donkey farm and it's possible for us to accommodate her, but I'm worried about the legal status of going and taking this unfortunate animal awat from the island, since we don't know if there's an owner who might react.''

However, if the police manages to establish the criminal responsibility of the owner who abandoned the poor animal on Ravan without any food or water, they could insist, under Article 205, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code, punish the wrongdoer with imprisonment for up to one year.

''Here with us in Tribuj there are donkeys from that island and from the island of Logorun, and if necessary, we'll make sure that this donkey, who seems to me to be pregnant, is saved from the torture of this heat,'' Perkov promised.

Meanwhile, a reader of the Morski portal who initially discovered the abandoned and possibly pregnant donkey stated:

''The animal is very sweet. She immediately approaches people and she asks for help. During the first meeting and before we were even anchored, she came down to the shore and began to call out to us. After we had fed her and gave her some bread and fruit, and went back to the ship, she followed us and tried to wade into the sea calling out to us sadly again. I can't stand to do nothing now, I'm going from Vodice out to the island again. I'll cut out a 25 litre canister to give her water, and bring her carrots and something else to eat. Thanks to all for the measures taken,'' said the obviously upset reader.

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UEFA Under-21 EURO: Croatia lose opener against Romania
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 20:27

Croatia captain Alen Halilović (Photo: HNS)

SERRAVALLE, 18 June 2019 – Croatia has been beaten in their first appearance at the Under-21 European Championships in 15 years. 

Croatia went down in their opening encounter to Romania 4-1 at the San Marino Stadium in Serravalle, San Marino on Tuesday. 

The match could not have started worse for Croatia after a VAR review for a handball in the box by Benković saw Romania given a penalty in the 11th minute which Puscas would convert. 

Romania then doubled the lead when Hagi capitalised on a defensive error just three minutes later. Coach Nenad Gra�an’s problems compounded when star player Josip Brekalo limped off the ground after taking a blow to the thigh early in the match. 

Nikola Vlašić got Croatia back into the match just four minutes later when he collected the ball inside the Romanian half and fired a shot from just inside the box past the Romanian keeper Radu to make it 2-1.

Croatia created a couple of half chances in the second spell to equalise, noteably through striker Jakoliš, but were unable to convert. Romania came close to extending their lead, hitting the post from a free kick, before they eventually did in the 65th minute when Baluta fired home from close range after a defensive error. 

Romania would get thier fourth in the 90th minute when Man tapped in from close range from a cross from the right. 

The loss means Nenad GraÄ�an’s side will need to win their remaining two matches if they are to have a chance to advance out of their group.  

Croatia’s remaining matches: 

21 June
21:00 France – CROATIA (Serravalle)

24 June
21:00 CROATIA – England (Serravalle) 

UEFA U-21 EURO, Group C
San Marino

GOALS: Puscas (pen) ’11, Hagi ’14, VlaÅ¡ić 18’, Baluta 65′, Man 90′

CROATIA: Posavec – Uremović, Benković, Katić, Sosa – Å unjić – Halilović (Murić 76′), Brekalo (Bradarić ’14), Moro (IvanuÅ¡ec 68′), VlaÅ¡ić – JakoliÅ¡

ROMANIA: Radu – Manea, Nedelcearu, Pascanu, Stefan – Baluta, Cicaldau – Man, Hagi, Ivan – Puscas

U21 Euros: Croatia Loses to Romania 1:4 in 1st Round
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 19:42

U21 Euros: Croatia Loses to Romania 1:4 in 1st Round

In the first round of Group C of the U21 European Football Championship held in Italy and San Marino, the young Croatia national team lost to Romania 1:4 and thus significantly reduced their chances of placing in the semi-finals and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, reports HRT on June 18, 2019.

George Puscas (11’-penalty), Ianis Hagi (14’), Tudor Baluta (66’) and Adrian Petre (90 + 2’) scored for Romania, while Nikola VlaÅ¡ić (18’) scored for Croatia. 

The young Croatian side is back in the Euros for the first time in 15 years. Recall, in their past two attempts, they were unable to make it out of the group. This time, however, Croatia came to the Euros with high ambitions. The primary motivation for the Croatia U21s is a place in the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, which has not been achieved by any Croatian football generation. A visa for Japan comes with a spot in the semifinals.

Unfortunately, after losing to Romania, Nenad Gra�an’s side awaits France and England, and the chances of winning the first place in the group for a spot in the semis are minimized.

France and England meet in the second meeting of this group at 9 pm in Cesena.

Croatia will play France in the second round on June 21, and in the last round of the group on June 24, they will play against England.

A place in the semifinals, which also guarantees a seat at the Tokyo Olympics, will be secured by the winners of the group and the best second-placed team of the three groups. 

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

MartiLandia Aquapark Opened at LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 19:35

MartiLandia Aquapark Opened at LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin

This last weekend, on June the 15th, the north of Croatia became richer for an oasis of water-based fun- the MartiLandia Aquapark, which was opened at LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, in Međimurje. The opening ceremony and party brought together all of those who are to thank for going through with this investment, as well as making Terme Sveti Martin one of the greatest "healthness resorts" in Europe.

The investment of over 2.5 million kuna brought to the visitors three new water slides, a standard open, an adrenaline kamikaze and a funnel, as well as the new children's water playground, and the partners were New Dieresin Contract S.r.l., a leading European company in the field of design, construction and instalation of the water slides and pool equipment from Italy, and the Croatian HJ Projekt company from Mursko Središće.

The Prefect of Međimurje County Matija Posavec said at the opening ceremony that it's important to aim for something different and new in life and in investments, which then brings results. He added that Sveti Martin brings two thirds of the tourism of Međimurje, and that every development there means the further development of tourism in Međimurje. Sveti Martin municipality head Dražen Crn�ec thanked the Terme Sveti Martin team for everything they're doing for the tourism of the region, which leads to the continuous growth of tourism in the region. It also leads to the growing number of private renters around the Terme, which guarantees a stable future.

Igor Nekić, the managing director of the LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, said that all of the investments were carefully chosen in order to increase quality, which leads to the increased satisfacion of the guests and better results. Mr. Nekić hopes that the new children's water playground will mostly attract families with children, as they're now the aquapark of the highest quality in the north of Croatia, but also the broader region which includes a radius of 150km in Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary.

The new MartiLandia Aquapark mascot is Marti the deer, as there are numerous animals around the area, and many deer, which children enjoy seeing.

Nuša Korotaj, the sales director at Sveti Martin Terme said that the European Spa Award they received last month in the category of ''Innovative Spa Concept'' will make them turn their focus even more towards the markets of the German-speaking part of Europe and the Eastern European markets (Hungary, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia).

They plan to use their healthness strategy as their selling point on those markets.

Divina Vina: Meet the Only Croatian Winemaker in Split
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 17:45

Divina Vina: Meet the Only Croatian Winemaker in Split

June 18, 2019 - There were a number of fascinating characters at Festa Days on the Kornati island of Zut this weekend - next up, the only winemaker in Split. Meet Divina Vina.

There are some events in Croatia that have so much positive energy and fabulously interesting people that they become an essential addition to the TCN calendar. 

Festa Days on Zut is one such occasion. 

The culinary masterpiece started last year as a way for Restaurant Festa to celebrate its incredible 25-year story and success. Opened in the middle of the Homeland War on an uninhabited island with no water, electricity or ferry, one could easily question the sanity of the brave and determined owners. 25 years later, last September, no less than five international Master Chefs, accompanied by five of Croatia's top chefs, put on quite a show at the inaugural Festa Days, which you can read about here

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More on this year's event coming shortly, but I am still trying to process the number of incredible stories heard and characters met in the 24 hours I spent on Zut this year. We have already done the story of the Zut entrepreneur who decided to open a shop on the island, despite the fact that there are no permanent residents on the island. His business is booming and a wonderful story of how thinking outside the box in modern-day Croatia can bring great results. 

But did you know about the only winemaker in Split? An atomic winemaker called Ivan Dragicevic who produces 12,000 bottles a year of truly excellent wines in the basement of a 12-story Split apartment block. Yes, you read that right. 


(The vineyards of DIngac)

My first contact with the man behind Divina Vina was on about course number 5 of the excellent Festa 10-course special. Ivan was pouring a rather excellent Posip from Korcula into our glasses, from the village of Cara, home of Posip. I asked him how the Posips of Cara compared to nearby Smokvica, and we started to have a nice chat about the wines of the island of Marco Polo. I assumed that he was one of the Korculan winemakers I had not yet come across until I was having a drink with another fascinating character on Zut, who was a lot more informed than me.

"Have you met the only winemaker in Split yet?"  

And so we wandered over to check out the excellent food and wine tastings during the second afternoon of Festa Days, where last night's Korculan Posip winemaker turned into the only winemaker in Split. It is a lovely story. 

Ivan is from the village of Vrgorac in inland Dalmatia - not downtown Vrgorac but up in the hills. Vrgorac is famous for four things as far as I have been able to ascertain so far in my time in Croatia: it has the best strawberries in the country; it is the birthplace of celebrated poet Tin Ujevic, it has the only festival in the world that celebrates 'bikla' - an unusual beverage which combines red wine and goat milk - the Vrgorac biklijada remains on my bucket list; and it was the location for an incredible slacklining stunt as a promo ad for Volvo Trucks - see the video below.


But in the coming years, Vrgorac could become known for another thing - the origins of the only winemaker in Split. 

Meet Ivan from Upper Vrgorac. Throughout his formative years, he helped out in the family vineyards, which started a passion for wine. Despite pursuing an education and career as a mechanical engineer, he tried where he could to learn more about the art of making wine through online videos and similar methods.

He was a very good student. 


And after some time, he decided to pursue his dreams. What if he could purchase high-quality grapes from excellent locations in his beloved Dalmatia and then turn them into quality wine in the basement of his apartment block? A crazy idea to many perhaps, but that is exactly what he has done. A fully working 200m2 winery in residential Split with 5 REALLY exciting wines. 

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The concept is simple. Buy the very best grapes from the very best Dalmatian locations, then use your knowledge to turn them into excellent wines. 

I loved the wines I tasted, plus the simplicity of the approach. There are two wines from Korcula, a classic Posip and an orange variation; a powerful Dingac and fruity Plavac rose from Peljesac, and a meaty Babic from near Primosten. Total production is about 12,000 bottles. 

Ambitions for expansion are limited - perhaps to increase production to 25,000 bottles, with the addition of one more Dalmatian grape variety. Divina Vina does not offer tastings to the public, but they do exist by personal invitation. The only place I have come across where you can taste them so far is at Paradox Wine and Cheese Bar in Split. I heartily recommend you give the wines a try.

You can follow Divina Vina on Facebook.  

Security is One of Croatia's Tourism Brands
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 17:09

Security is One of Croatia's Tourism Brands

ZAGREB, June 18, 2019 - Security is one of Croatia's tourism brands and we are doing all we can to improve the standard that we have achieved through good cooperation between the relevant institutions, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Tuesday in Zadar, where a headquarters for the implementation of security measures during the 2019 tourism season was opened.

"We are improving year in and year out. Our picture of everything that is happening on land and on the sea is increasingly clear and increasingly good. Last year we recorded 158 million people crossing the border and we are caring for all those people," he said.

The security headquarters for the tourism season, which was established last year, has yielded good results and excellent cooperation between institutions and with international police, Božinović said.

"Last year 2,200 foreign citizens participated in more than 19,000 criminal offences and 788 foreigners were involved in more than 17,000 violations of the public order and peace, and 26 foreigners were killed in 33,000 traffic accidents. Border security is the Police Directorate's priority. We are assisting police on the sea with additional officers and equipment," he said.

This year 94 police officers from 19 countries will come to Croatia during the summer season as part of international cooperation.

The security headquarters will operate from June 17 to September 15 and will be open 24/7 for the purpose of coordinating, monitoring and implementing security measures during the tourism season.

Minister Božinović visited the National Maritime Centre which each year receives extra manpower during the season to help with incidents on the sea. This year 238 officers will be deployed, 129 regular police officers, 65 traffic officers and 12 border police.

Maritime borders are being monitored by 6 large, 19 smaller and 30 small vessels, 15 radars and 19 day/night and 7 long-range thermal cameras, helicopters and other aircraft.

More tourism news can be found in the Travel section.

Croatia to Lose Million Workers by 2051
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 17:03

Croatia to Lose Million Workers by 2051

ZAGREB, June 18, 2019 - The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) on Tuesday organised a conference called "Can Croatia make it without foreign workers?" which heard that Croatia needs a no-quota model for the import of labour, that 500,000 left the country over the past decade and that the able-bodied population will drop by one million by 2051.

According to projections, the number of able-bodied persons will drop from 2.8 million today to 1.8 million in 30 years or so and today it is clear that demographic changes will restrict GDP growth, said Anđelko Akrap, a professor at the Zagreb School of Economics.

We need decentralisation and a long-term strategy of the country's development focusing on a population policy, he said, adding that countries with insufficient fertility rates for a natural population renewal were not well-organised.

HGK president Luka Burilović said Croatia lost about 500,000 able-bodied persons over the past dozen years because of emigration and population ageing.

"That's why today we have a current chronic labour shortage which should be dealt with at once as it will be the main brake to our development. The new law on foreigners will abolish quotas and allow companies to hire as many workers as they need," he said.

Burilović said Croatia must not allow bureaucratic sluggishness to hinder economic growth as it was already lagging behind the competition.

"This year Croatia's GDP growth will reach the pre-crisis year 2008, while comparable countries went ahead by almost 30%. The most worrying fact is that the number of persons employed, despite solid growth, was still 100,000 lower than in 2008, which is the most important indicator of a country's economic success and the basis for estimating the viability of social security, social progress and prosperity," he said.

The state secretary at the Interior Ministry, Žarko Katić, said the current quota model would be replaced with a no-quota system in order to enable employers to get permits to import workers within five days.

He added that in the first five months of the year, the Interior Ministry issued over 40,000 work permits for citizens of 55 countries.

Ruža Hrga of the Croatian Employment Service said the number of the jobless dropped by 65% since 2013, adding that 140,000 jobs were created over the past five years and that the registered employment rate had gone up 10%.

More news about employment in Croatia can be found in the Business section.

Grabar-Kitarović Comments on Milanović's Candidacy for President
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 16:55

Grabar-Kitarović Comments on Milanović's Candidacy for President

ZAGREB, June 18, 2019 - President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who is currently in Estonia, briefly commented on Tuesday on former prime minister Zoran Milanovic's announcement that he would run for the presidency and said that everyone who satisfies the conditions in the Constitution has the right to be a candidate.

"As I have said before, anyone in Croatia who meets the conditions in the Croatian Constitution has the right to be a candidate," she briefly told Croatian reporters, who were asked earlier by her entourage not to ask her when she intends to announce her candidacy.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković would not comment on former SDP prime minister Zoran Milanović's presidency bid on Tuesday.

"This is a democratic country, anyone can stand as a candidate, and formal candidacies are still a few months away," Plenković told a press conference in Zagreb.

Asked if Milanović's bid was unexpected, the prime minister said he had not thought about it. Plenković recalled that he had defeated Milanović in the parliamentary election three years ago and added: "He may lose again."

Asked if the message he had made on Monday at a ceremony marking 30 years since the foundation of his HDZ party was a call to the incumbent President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović to announce her candidacy for a second term in office, Plenković said that it was up to the president to choose the best time to announce her bid.

"As you could see yesterday from the reaction of the audience, the HDZ will give her strong support, and she has had my support all this time. It's up to her to decide when she will announce her candidacy, I think the message from the Lisinski concert hall was very clear yesterday, and you should ask her why she is waiting," he added.

Addressing Monday's ceremony, Plenković said he expected Grabar-Kitarović to run for a second term in office, adding that it was up to her to decide the right time to announce her presidency bid and that the HDZ was waiting for her "with open arms."

More news about presidential elections can be found in the Politics section.

Syrian Refugees to Be Accommodated in State-Owned Flats in Sisak
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Utorak, 18 Lipanj 2019 16:52

Syrian Refugees to Be Accommodated in State-Owned Flats in Sisak

ZAGREB, June 18, 2019 - About fifty Syrian refugees who arrived in Croatia from Turkey through the resettlement programme will be accommodated in Sisak in mid-July, representatives from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Croatia said on Tuesday.

This is the first group of a total of 250 refugees who are currently in the Kutina asylum centre and will be housed in state-owned flats and be given asylum status.

JRS on Tuesday conducted an educational meeting with state administration, city and county representatives, as well as people in education, health, welfare and other institutions, to prepare them for accepting the Syrian refugees.

Ten state-owned flats have already been prepared to accept the refugees and another ten are being prepared for the same purpose, it was said at the meeting.

Activities concerning the acceptance and integration of refugees will be conducted by JRS, while the Interior Ministry will finance the process with European funds.

Croatian language classes will be organised for the refugees and children will be enrolled in school, and once adults have passed re-training courses, they will be put in contact with employers as part of an employment programme.

The resettlement programme is an expression of international solidarity and sharing the responsibility with countries where there are large numbers of people who require international protection, and a tool to manage legal migrations and prevent people smuggling, it was said.

More news about the migrant crisis can be found in the Politics section.

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