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45th edition of the traditional Prstenac tournament begins in the Istrian town of Barban
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 22 Kolovoz 2020 08:26

ZAGREB, Aug 22 (Hina) – The 45th edition of the traditional three-day Prstenac tournament began in the Istrian town of Barban...

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Zadar Caterers Dance Around Measures, Parties Moved from Clubs to Boats
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 22 Kolovoz 2020 08:08

Zadar Caterers Dance Around Measures, Parties Moved from Clubs to Boats

August 22, 2020 - If you are not allowed to party on land, you can party at sea! That is, if you're in Zadar.

Namely, Slobodna Dalmacija reports that after the National Headquarters banned the operation of all bars and nightclubs after midnight last week, the bar and club owners in Zadar figured out a way to keep the parties going. Now, all the fun (and earnings) from nightclubs and bars have simply moved to... party boats!

As most of the owners had to close their clubs, which left them with a considerable loss in business, two Zadar clubs decided to rent excursion boats for the weekend, which will sail through the Zadar archipelago and act as a floating club.

"The coronavirus should be stopped for all people, but of all the measures that were adopted and in force, the most abused group of people were caterers trying to do something and work," says Pjerino Bebic, co-owner of the popular Zadar club Opera, who explained that the club came up with the idea of a “party boat� as it is advertised on their Facebook page.

"We can’t work at the club so then we partnered with boats. We will organize excursions for our clients and guests. It has nothing to do with a nightclub, but we also need to earn something. This way, we will use our brand to attract people. Unfortunately, we will not use this to attract a large number of people, although we realistically could. We will have a maximum of 150 people on board.

We will adhere to all prescribed epidemiological measures, we will compile a list of all passengers, their temperature will be measured at the entrance to the boat, just as it was measured at the entrance to the club, tables will be at the prescribed distance, and we will finish at midnight because the headquarters informed us to," said Bebic, adding that the event was reported to the Civil Protection as a gathering of people.

"We have done everything so that no one can object to us. We have to work in limited possibilities and now we are looking to do no damage, and the earnings are not great. We have to maintain the brand, and we hope that we will be able to cover all costs," says Bebic.

"I don't want to allude to anything or anyone, but I watched footage from cafes in Austria and Germany, I was also at the Sinjska Alka, where people were having fun and nothing happened to anyone, and I don't know why we can't, according to possibilities and recommendations, work. At our club, we measure temperature, all employees work with masks, we have liters and liters of disinfectant. In a club that accepts 700 people, we let only 200 in because of all the measures imposed. There is no profit in such mathematics, and you must have the same number of employees. We have fully adapted to everything that is prescribed, but let us make money," concluded Bebic.

Along with Opera, the popular Zadar bar Hype also planned a fun tour of the Zadar archipelago.

"We have to work because otherwise, we cannot survive, but we will do everything in accordance with the prescribed epidemiological measures. Just as we’ve been working at the club lately, so will we onboard; measure the temperature of all visitors, distribute masks and gloves, make a list of all those who come, keep a distance between the tables, and everything takes place in the open part of the ship," Hype said, adding that rents, utilities and salaries must be settled, and there is no help from the state.

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COVID-19 in Croatia: Krunoslav Capak Says All Measures on Table
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 22 Kolovoz 2020 08:07

COVID-19 in Croatia: Krunoslav Capak Says All Measures on Table

August 22, 2020 - For the third day in a row, a record number of new cases was recorded in Croatia, and most of them among the young. On Friday, 265 new cases were recorded, and in Split-Dalmatia County alone, there were more than a hundred. A look at COVID-19 in Croatia.

Index.hr reports that the director of the CNIPH, Krunoslav Capak, said on Friday that the National Civil Protection Headquarters would exchange information on the current epidemiological situation at a meeting with local headquarters on Monday and consider the possibility of introducing new measures.

At that meeting, the National Headquarters will consider the possibility for local headquarters to propose measures for their area, given that they see better from the local level, Capak told RTL Danas.

"All measures are open, from wearing masks to reducing the number of people at gatherings and so on. All of this could be implemented," Capak said, adding that county headquarters could tell them what their biggest problem is, their biggest focus and what measures could be taken to reduce the number of infected.

He said that the county headquarters could not make such decisions, but only the National Headquarters, which can support the local headquarters to some extent.

Asked if only Split-Dalmatia County may have to wear masks, Capak said that it is possible and it is being discussed hypothetically, which does not mean that it will be so. He noted that there are other counties with a high incidence, who will be asked to say what their biggest problem is.

The local approach can also be applied to teaching

Capak says Croatia could better adapt epidemiological measures to local contagious situations, which could be applied to the teaching regime.

For now, school classes are scheduled to begin on September 7, but that, Capak says, will depend on the epidemiological situation.

If there is any significant deterioration and if a large number of school-age children are among those infected, the system will be ready for all scenarios, Capak says.

He explained that care would be taken that if the increase occurs in one county, school starts in other counties where there are no patients.

Was the decision to open nightclubs wrong?

Regarding the consequences of the work of nightclubs, Capak reminded that the authorities decided to hold certain cultural events in them in order to help overcome the problematic situation that prevailed for some time.

If the clubs were to close, young people would find another place, like now when they gather in squares, streets and parks, he said.

He said that there is control, but they are against repression. "We are not a police state; we think it is best to appeal and educate that the situation is not good," he said.

According to data from ten days ago, among those infected in the Croatian epidemiological database, in 20 percent of cases, some asymptomatic patients do not manifest the infection, and now that number could be slightly higher, said Capak.

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Croatia’s GDP expected to drop less owing to ‘better-than-expected tourism results’
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 22 Kolovoz 2020 07:32

ZAGREB, Aug 22 (Hina) – Croatian National Bank (HNB) governor Boris Vujcic has said that considering that tourism results are...

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Croatian Startup Company Wants To Create 'Superfood', And That Is Just The Beginning
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 19:29

Croatian Startup Company Wants To Create 'Superfood', And That Is Just The Beginning

August 21, 2020 – They focus on a high amount of micronutrients in products and traditional canning methods, primarily fermentation.

As Poslovni dnevnik writes, Nika Pintar and Bruno Balen are the founders of the Croatian startup called Cidrani, which has the vision to make every food a superfood. The team currently consists of four people, with about 20 external associates.

Cidrani was founded last year and launched its first products on the market in the middle of the corona crisis. In the first weeks of sales, they entered about 20 locations in Croatia, and they plan to have a minimum of 50 products by the end of the year.

They cooperate with dozens of subcontractors and procure raw ingredients according to quality criteria. Cidrani has seven products, of which the most sought after is Cidrani Honey – live apple cider vinegar with "wild mother“ culture infused with raw honey, and a novelty in their offer is Four Seasons, which could soon surpass Honey in terms of sales.



“With our Four Seasons gastro functional line, we have also been admitted to the SIAL Innovation prizes, one of the leading competitions for innovative functional food products in the world. Four Seasons is a unique concept that combines fermented herbs, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar in addition to dishes rich in probiotics, which is also a rhapsody for the palate because we believe that a healthy diet should attract with its taste,� Pintar and Balen point out.


Further plans

They will soon come out with another branch of Cidranija - Pharma, which will focus on the best from folk and traditional medicine, and it is a combination that includes extracts of Nordic mushrooms.

In addition to the webshop, their products can be found in specialized and health food stores, and by the end of the month, they should enter the chain of boutique stores from Istria. Their products can also be found in Zagreb’s restaurants Ta�, Vodnjanka and Dubravkin put, and they plan to expand to the rest of Croatia and create recipes in collaboration with the best chefs and cocktail masters.



“We expect to be present at 500 locations in Croatia, Slovenia, and the Netherlands by the end of the year, combined through Ho-Re-Ca, retail, and specialized concept stores. Our sales are growing rapidly with 70% of repeat purchases. In the fall, we will realize the first seed investment, and the German investors with whom we are in negotiations consider us one of the most innovative food startups in Europe,� said the co-founders.

At the moment, they are doing everything in Croatia, but they are working on the new products that they are launching in September with partners in Bulgaria and Portugal.

“We came to the Netherlands for two months and we expect that by October at least 70 percent of sales will be realized outside Croatia,� said the co-founders adding that they also play to extend their market on Benelux countries, Scandinavia and DACH – Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

As they say, innovative products are just the beginning, and what they want is to open a wellbeing retreat center for cell regeneration and intergenerational education about a new lifestyle.

“The first such resort will be in Istria, but we would like to franchise the concept and expand to Switzerland, Ireland, and Sweden,� announce Nika Pintar and Bruno Balen.


COVID-19 Response Team Calls On Young People To Avoid High-Risk Contact
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 18:39

Krunoslav Capak

ZAGREB, Aug 21, 2020 - Croatia has registered a record high in daily cases with 265 new infections, which was to be expected given the tourist season, the national COVID-19 response team said on Friday, calling on young people who had been in high-risk situations to avoid contact with others.

The head of the Croatian Public Health Institute, Krunoslav Capak, reiterated that they had introduced measures for night clubs and said that the situation on the ground showed that that had been a good move, but there were some "acts of resourcefulness".

It is not good, he said, that young people are moving from clubs to bars and restaurants which are allowed to work longer. There are also cases of wedding parties being moved from Dalmatia to Herzegovina, he said.

Therefore, the national COVID-19 response team will on Monday meet with local teams to adopt measures that would apply locally and restrict the working hours of facilities and reduce gatherings.

Asked about infections related to the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and the Sinjska Alka tournament, Capak said that there were two people in one continental county who did not know where they had got infected, and they had been to those events, but there were no cases in Split-Dalmatia County related to the events.

He noted that the team had achieved a good balance between opening up in the season and protecting people's health. He believes the measures are good and that most tourists feel safe and hope that the season will continue for a few more days or weeks.

Asked about his statement that the laid-back personality of Dalmatian people was to blame for the latest coronavirus statistics, Capak said that when he had spoken of relaxed behavior he had meant it in a good way, "except during a period of infection when caution is necessary."

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Igor Tudor Leaves Hajduk Split to Join Juventus as Pirlo's Assistant
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 18:38

Igor Tudor Leaves Hajduk Split to Join Juventus as Pirlo's Assistant

August 21, 2020 - Igor Tudor has left Hajduk to become the assistant coach at Juventus, the Split club announced on Friday.

"As of today, Igor Tudor is no longer the coach of Hajduk after he decided to accept the offer of the new Juventus coach, Andrea Pirlo, to join him in Italy as an assistant in the professional staff.

Now the former coach of the 'Whites' spent eight months in his second term on the bench of Hajduk, and led them in 18 official matches.

We wish coach Tudor a lot of luck and success in his future career," Hajduk wrote on its official website

Tudor received an offer last weekend to return to Juventus, the club he played for from 1998 to 2007, after Andrea Pirlo took over the Turin club.

After training at Poljud on Monday, Tudor told Hajduk leaders that he would like to take the opportunity to go to Italy, where he led Udinese on two occasions. It was just a matter of waiting for the compensation amount to be agreed upon. The Italian champion will pay Hajduk 450 thousand euros.

Hajduk decided that Tudor's assistant Hari Vukas will lead the team in the match against Osijek, which is scheduled for Sunday at 5:55 pm at City Garden Stadium.

Vukas' first assistant will be Jurica Vucko, and Toni Golem joins the professional staff of the first team, who recently took over juniors II. In his career so far, he has already had experience working in the professional staff of Hajduk's first team.

Goalkeeping coach Hrvoje Sunara remains, and Toni Modric and Sime Versic are still in charge of preparing the players.

Pirlo ended his playing career three years ago, during which he won the 2006 World Cup with Italy and reached the Euro final in 2012. While playing for Milan (2001-2011) and Juventus (2011-2015), he won two Champions League titles (2003, 2007) and once again played in the final (2015) with six Italian league titles (two with Milan, four with Juventus).

The former Croatia national team player made 174 appearances for Juventus and another 39 for Siena. As a coach in Italy, he led Udinese and saved them from relegation in two seasons. He also led PAOK, Galatasaray, and Karabukspor. Tudor took over Hajduk in December last year, and under his leadership, the Split club finished the season in fifth place.

Source: Index.hr

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Igor Tudor joins coaching staff at Juventus
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 18:33

SPLIT, 21 August 2020 – Igor Tudor (42) is no longer the coach of Croatian club Hajduk Split after accepting...

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Decisions Related To Coronavirus Epidemic Not Political, Says Bozinovic
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 18:26

Davor Bozinovic

ZAGREB, Aug 21, 2020 - The head of the national COVID-19 response team, Davor Bozinovic, said on Friday that decisions regarding the coronavirus epidemic were not political decisions.

"Tourism is an important economic sector in Croatia, however, we opened up based on scientific data about the virus not being so dangerous in the summertime, as evidenced by the latest clinical symptoms in patients. The assessment that it is possible to open up was an epidemiological one," Bozinovic told reporters when asked to comment on Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's statement that the decision on the tourist season was a political one and to say which other decisions were political.

Asked why the situation was problematic in Split-Dalmatia County, where earlier in the day 103 new cases of the COVID-19 disease were reported, Bozinovic said that there were more than 800,000 people in the county at present, that its towns and communities have much fewer residents in the winter, and that a large number of people from neighboring countries were staying there.

Commenting on scientist Ivan Djikic's statement that it had been wrong to allow night clubs to operate, Bozinovic said that the COVID-19 response team had adopted the necessary measures, carried out controls, and when cases of infection were detected, it banned night clubs from working after midnight.

The measures imposed by the team resulted in a drop in new infections, he said.

Bozinovic also said that they were not worried about reports that a Facebook initiative would file a class-action lawsuit against the COVID-19 response team and that its objective was to maintain a balance.

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Nikola Tesla Returns To Gospić After 30 Years
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 21 Kolovoz 2020 18:22

Nikola Tesla statue at Niagra Falls

August 2, 2020 – After being destroyed in the war, the genius's famous statue will finally return to his home town

Following a 30 year absence, the famous statue of Nikola Tesla will once again be erected in his home town of Gospić. The original Tesla monument that once stood in the central town square, created by Croatian sculptor Frano Kršinić, was blown up during the 1990s Homeland War.

Gospić mayor Karlo Star�ević today signed a contract approving construction works for the renovation of the square in front of the Gospić Culture Information Centre, where the Tesla statue will stand. The contract is worth about HRK 1.8 million.

The location where the monument will be placed is planned as a quiet area with several benches and gravel footpaths. The statue is an exact replica of the one previously lost to Gospić. Copies of this statue currently reside outside the School of Electrical Engineering section of Belgrade University and on the American side of Niagara Falls (main picture).

Nikola Tesla is honoured on both sides of Niagara Falls. This is his statue on the Canadian side Â© Milan Suvajac

An inventor and hugely innovative engineer, Nikola Tesla is best known for pioneering the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. AC enables electricity to be provided safely to every home, street and business today. Tesla was born in 1856 in the village of Smiljan, in Lika, just six kilometres from Gospić.

In 1862, the Tesla family moved to Gospić where Tesla's father worked as an Orthodox parish priest. Tesla himself was supposed to follow his father and his mother's father into the Orthodox priesthood. Thankfully, he did not. In 1870, Tesla moved to nearby Karlovac to attend the Higher Real Gymnasium. A new Nikola Tesla exhibition centre is currently being built there, next door to the place of his former studies.

After Karlovac, Tesla continued his studies in Austria, and then spent some time teaching and working in Hungary. He eventually got a job working for Thomas Edison's company in Paris. While there, his incredibly innovative work was soon noticed and he was invited to go and work for the company in America.

Nikola Tesla, pictured before his work in America Â© State Archives

Thomas Edison - also a pioneering inventor - is frequently cited as one of the most innovative figures in the development of electricity supply. However, Edison was adamant that direct current (DC) would be the best way to distribute electricity. The DC system he championed was in direct competition to that proposed by his one-time employee, Tesla. Despite Edison's wealth and power, the DC system he fought hard to impose proved to be impractical and unsafe. Instead, the AC distribution design, perfected by Tesla, became the standard supply system that the world uses today.

Nikola Tesla stayed in America for the rest of his life and continued to create countless imaginative inventions. He worked within the fields of early x-rays, wireless power supply, electromagnetic radiation and radio waves, before his death in 1943. In the years since, interest in the enigmatic Tesla has only grown.

David Bowie playing Nikola Tesla in Christoper Nolan's 2006 movie The Prestige Â© Warner Brothers 

A mystique continues to surround him, not least because many of his pioneering ideas remain unrealised. Nikola Tesla has been portrayed in film by Nicholas Hoult and David Bowie (the latter, famously, in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige). The national airport in Belgrade, Serbia is named after him as is Serbia's largest power plant. In Croatia, over 130 streets are named after Nikola Tesla.

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