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'Za Krizen' 2019 on Hvar: 6 Processions, 8 Videos, 1 UNESCO Heritage
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 20 Travanj 2019 07:55

'Za Krizen' 2019 on Hvar: 6 Processions, 8 Videos, 1 UNESCO Heritage

 April 20, 2019 - One of Croatia's most important religious traditions, the UNESCO-inscribed 'Za Krizen' processions on Hvar, took place once more through the night of Maundy Thursday/Good Friday. A video snapshot of all 6 processions. 

As previously reported on TCN, an altogether different face of the sunny tourist island of Hvar was on display during the night of Maundy Thursday, as thousands of Catholic worshippers took part in the overnight 22-kilometre processions of 'Za Krizen' (Behind the Cross), which took place simultaneously from Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirce, Vrbanj and Vrboska. 

The processions, following a barefoot cross bearer and his acolytes, through a circular route of prayer and contemplation through the other five settlements, are a tradition dating back almost 500 years. They have taken place every year without fail, including during wars, Communism and even in the Sinai Desert in the El Shatt refugee camp in 1944-5. 

TCN spent the night on the main square in Jelsa, capturing the action from 20:00 until the spectacular climax, as exhausted Jelsa cross bearer ran the final steps, as per tradition, to return the ancient cross to the awaiting priest at 07:15 on Goof Friday. 

Below, some video footage from the start and end of the Jelsa procession, as well as every other procession as they entered Jelsa's main square. 

The Jelsa procession departs.

The first of six processions which will pass through Jelsa's main square. Timeline - 22:15.

The arrival of Vrboska at 23:50.

The arrival of Vrbanj at 01:00.

The arrival of Svirce at 02:15.

The arrival of Vrisnik at 03:30.

The arrival of Pitve at 05:10.

The return of Jelsa at 07:15.

 

 


Croatian Startup and Entrepreneurship Discussion in Koprivnica
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 20 Travanj 2019 00:06

Croatian Startup and Entrepreneurship Discussion in Koprivnica

''The most important thing is to have a clear plan and a vision and to be persistent and never give up, because every good idea will find its way to a buyer,'' this was the message sent out to those thinking of becoming Croatian entrepreneurs.

As Ivan Tominac/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of April, 2019, an event organised by Vecernji list and Poslovni dnevnik has the ultimate goal of which is the retention of young educated people in Croatia, and after Osijek, the event will move to Koprivnica, two continental Croatian regions which are often overlooked.

The event will include a tender for student development projects, round tables and forums entitled ''Future in Croatia'' which will be held across six Croatian cities in cooperation with six universities and a traveling exhibition to mark the the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Ve�ernji list. In Koprivnica, the event will be held in cooperation with the North University on Tuesday at 10:00. Croatia's Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli will give his view of Croatia and available opportunities, and before that, the event will be bringing two stories from Koprivnica that prove that you definitely can succeed in Croatia.

Boris Poljak, the owner of the Pobis company, noted at the very beginning of the conversation that entrepreneurship is not easy but challenging as the market does indeed offer countless possibilities, but whether or not we're successful is down to nobody and nothing but us.

"Being an entrepreneur depends on the person, and not on the place he's in. If one has the will and the desire to be an entrepreneur, then he won't care whether he's doing it in Croatia, Austria, Germany, or elsewhere," Boris Poljak said. For success, it's important to abide by the established plan and rules of the game, ie, certain legal frameworks.

According to him, young people aren't going straight into business today, but instead, they're moving into ''entrepreneurial waters'' because they want to ensure a secure existence for themselves. "The statistics on the opening and the closing of companies is proof of this. Unfortunately, many people don't succeed, but there are many who do succeed and who achieve excellent results here, and more and more are doing so internationally. Running your own business today doesn't require that much capital," Poljak stated with a short and clear message that says that without a clear plan and vision there can be no success.

"You have to work really hard with young people, they're most often not prepared for work and have a lot of prejudices towards employers," emphasised Poljak, adding that in his company he recognised that with the effort and investment poured into young people, he was creating quality staff who could compete on the world market level. Young people are increasingly involved in entrepreneurial ventures, and as a result, there are numerous startups popping up all the time across Croatia, leading to more tenders and investments.

Codebox managed to stumble upon such a welcome fat, the core activity of this organisation is the creation of personalised software, web design, computer equipment maintenance, and processing and data transfer. Martin Kolarić and Filip Stojić began on this path through a startup tender, and today they can safely say that it was a great opportunity to gain new experiences, try out their knowledge and skills and also have some fun.

"For all those who want to be successful, our advice is to work on themselves and their knowledge. A great deal of information is available to all of us and we have the opportunity of continuous learning and training. Innovation and creativity are the most important competencies today, which is why we need to work on our own improvement, this is the only path to real success,'' concluded Martin Kolarić.

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Click here for the original article by Ivan Tominac for Poslovni Dnevnik


Second Biospeleological Expedition Begins on Pelješac Peninsula
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 20 Travanj 2019 00:03

Pelješac, Croatia

Pelješac is home to much more than just stunning views, golden sunsets and incredible wine, as if that wasn't enough. Home to a wide array of wildlife and many caves, this rugged peninsula in southern Dalmatia is as interesting academically as it is beautiful on the surface, and 2019 brings with it yet another biospeleological expedition of the area.

As Morski writes on the 19th of April, 2019, field research across the entire Pelješac peninsula was conducted at the end of 2018, in close cooperation with the public institution for the management of protected areas of nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Croatian Biospeleology Society and the Breganja Association. The announcement of the beginning of the second such biospeleological expedition - Pelješac 2019, has arrived, which has been being held since the 19th of April 2019 and will continue until May the 1st, 2019.

In the scope of the Pelješac expedition this year, the plans are to explore this rocky area's numerous caves and pits located along different parts of the peninsula and to obtain more detailed information on the distribution of certain groups and species living underground and within said caves. The expedition is likely to gather more than sixty researchers from around the entire region, meaning it will take on a much more international character, and will include the exploration of speleological ocations across the whole of the Pelješac peninsula.

The goals of the expedition include the detailed sampling and photographing the cave fauna as well as topography and the further exploration of newly found pits and caves.

On the two terrains that preceded the main expedition, the emphasis was placed on finding caves and pits known only in literature and by PeljeÅ¡ac's local population. Over twenty caves and pits of various sizes and in numerous locations were explored during the last such expedition, caves suitable for exploration to seek out any animal species living there were recorded, cave fauna was collected, and entry and exit coordinates were noted.

During this expedition, over 100 hundred known caves across the Pelješac peninsula will be explored.

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Stork Which Returned To Malena Might Not Be Klepetan
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 20 Travanj 2019 00:00

Stork Which Returned To Malena Might Not Be Klepetan

Although we celebrated the return of Klepetan to his beloved Malena just a month ago, Stjepan Vokic and his son Dario, who take care of Croatia's widely adored love birds, are concerned that the male stork who returned to Malena might not be Klepetan.

As Vecernji list writes on the 19th of April, 2019, in the Facebook group managed by Stjepan's son ''Malena i Klepetan, najljepsa ljubavna prica'' (Malena and Klepetan, the most beautiful love story) Dario Vokic claims that this male stork has been behaving rather strangely, and is likely not the famous stork it should be.

''Dear members, if you didn't know... The real Klepetan probably didn't arrive. The current stork is acting weird, he came for a meal and then he went for two days. Malena is probably frustrated and that's why she destroyed two eggs. She even demolished the nest, not completely, but all of the new material this male bought has been removed. My dad thinks that Klepetan is old and that he is going to die. I don't believe this is him, so these thoughts will remain here in this group'' wrote Dario Vokic in English, before apologising for his English skills, which are of course excellent.

Unsurprisingly, Dario's post was followed by many questions from members, and they found it odd that upon his arrival, Klepetan ate some fish in Stjepan's yard, and only after that did he go to Malena.

''It's worrying, we'll have to see what happens. There about 3-4 storks in Varos, and some of them go to eat fish in Stjepan's yard,'' wrote Vokic.

Despite the worries and suspicions, there is as yet no official information that the male stork which is apparently behaving oddly isn't actually Klepetan, however, the concerns of the pair's longtime care givers are likely correct, although we hope this time they got it wrong.

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Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović to make American debut on May 25
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 21:34

Filip Hrgović (Photo Credit: Maja Bota)

Croatian Heavyweight star Filip Hrgović (7-0, 5 KOs) will make his American debut against Greg Corbin on Saturday May 25 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist joins a blockbuster bill in Maryland headlined by former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk, the winner of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament, who makes his Heavyweight bow against Carlos Takam.

Hrgović returns following a one-sided points victory over Kevin Johnson in his hometown of Zagreb and is eager to showcase his skills in front of an American audience as he continues his quest for World glory.

The Croatian boxing sensation will take on Dallas-born Heavyweight Greg ‘Bad News’ Corbin (15-1, 9 KOs), whose only previous defeat has come at the hands of former IBF World Champion Charles Martin.

“I am pleased that my promoter Team Sauerland has made an agreement with Matchroom and DAZN that will enable me to fight in America,� said Hrgović. “I believe DAZN is the future of boxing and I’m sure they will give their viewers the best match ups in the history of the Heavyweight division.�

“I look forward to making my American debut on May 25 I’m very excited because the entire Heavyweight division is moving to the US and the US is the best place for big fights at the moment.�

(Team Sauerland)

“I think American fans will love my style because I’m not a classic distance fighter. I’m constantly trying to fight and throwing many punches. The fans can expect some excellent fights from me.â€�

“My opponent Greg Corbin is very good, and I think he is an excellent choice for this stage of my career. I will prepare for this fight as if it were for a World title so I’m sure it will be a great match up.�

“It will be a good test for me because he is more experienced than me, we can see that from his record, and I believe he will come in his best possible shape so it will be an exciting match for viewers around world watching on DAZN.�

“I’m currently in training camp in Miami. We always train like it’s a fight for the world title. Pedro Diaz insists on discipline and hard training. He refuses to work with fighters who are not 100% focused. We share the same opinion about that. That is why we are a good team, and I think we can achieve big things together.�

“I am looking forward to getting straight back in there on May 25,� said Corbin. “This is a chance for me to redeem myself after the Martin fight. There were a lot of distractions for me in the build-up to that one, but this time I’m fully focused on Hrgovic.

“There’s a lot of hype around this guy with his amateur background and his start in the pros – let’s see if he can back it up.�

“American fight fans are in for a treat. On May 25 they will witness a future star of the Heavyweight division,� said Hrgović’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. “Filip Hrgović is on a fast track for Heavyweight gold.�

“Filip Hrgović is an incredibly talented fighter and this could be a breakthrough year for the young Croatian,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “His amateur pedigree is outstanding and I share Team Sauerland’s excitement about his future – he’s going to be a real player in the division.”


Dinamo Zagreb wins Croatian title for 20th time
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 21:16

Dinamo Zagreb claim the Croatian title for the 20th time (Photo: HNS)

19 April 2019 – Dinamo Zagreb have sealed the Croatian league title on Friday after a 1-0 win over Slaven Belupo in Koprivnica. 

The Zagreb-based club claimed the HNL 2018-19 title six rounds before the end of the season win tonight’s victory thanks to a goal from Amer Gojak. 

The Nenad Bjelica coached side assured the title with 79 points after 30 rounds. Second place Rijeka are 23 points behind Dinamo Zagreb and can no longer mathematically catch them. 

The title is the 20th for the club since Croatia gained independence and the 30th in total in the club’s history. Next season the club’s crest on the shirt will have an extra star with stars added after every 10th title. 

Dinamo Zagreb have had a great season, reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. The Croatian club won their Europa League group before beating FC Viktoria Plzeň in the Round of 32. 

Dinamo Zagreb had a great run in Europe (Photo: HNS)

The club earned over 15 million euros for their European success before Benfica knocked them out. 

The club’s youth side this season reached the quarter-final of the Champions League and are in the final of the Premier League International Championships. 


Tour of Croatia 2019 Bicycle Race Cancelled Days Before Start
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 20:57

Tour of Croatia 2019 Bicycle Race Cancelled Days Before Start

The fifth instalment of the race, Tour of Croatia 2019, should've taken place in just a few days, from April the 23rd until the 28th. Yesterday, unfortunately, the organisers posted that they weren't able to come up with the financial structure that would allow the race to take place on their Facebook page.

Translated, the post above informs the media that Ivan Črnajić, the race director, regretfully informs the public that the race won't be taking place this year, and thank everyone who recognised the importance of the images the race sent out to the world.

Unfortunately, he says that some of the sponsors haven't fully come through with their promised support, and that the project needs to be cancelled in this, the final stage of preparation.

While the race was supported by Croatian Cycling Federation, Olympic Commitee, International Cycling Union, Ministry of Tourism, Croatian tourist board and others, the final confirmation by some sponsors was still pending, and it hasn't arrived. (There's no mention of who those sponsors might be.) 20 of the world's best teams were confirmed to participate in Tour of Croatia 2019 (Trek-Segafredo, Team Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani - CSF Pro Team, Burgos BH, Gazprom-RusVelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Neri - Selle Italia – KTM, NIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè. Riwal Readynez Cycling Team, Roompot - Charles Cycling Team, Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, Team Novo Nordisk, CCC Team, EvoPro Racing, Vino - Astana Motors Fan Club, BIKE AID Pro Cycling Team, MERIDIANA PRO CyclinG TeaM, TARTELETTO - ISOREX Continental Cycling Team, Team Coop and Amore & Vita – Prodir). Also, many international TV stations confirmed live coverage, on almost all continents and over 150 countries.

In the Facebook post, Črnajić accuses an unnamed former business partner for the obstruction and false statements, adding that legal steps were undertaken to protect his rights and interests.

Croatian media explain that the "unnamed former partner" is Vladimir Miholjević, former pro cyclist, who was one of the key initiators of the race (Črnajić was also among the organisers). Their partnership came to an end late last year, when Črnajić allegedly protected the name Tour of Croatia without even telling Miholjević about it, after which Miholjević withdrew from the organisation completely. Later this year, in October, Miholjević is organising another race in Croatia, called "Cro Race". Hopefully, that one will be more succesful.


RBA Analyses Restoration of Croatia's Investment Credit Rating
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 16:56

RBA Analyses Restoration of Croatia's Investment Credit Rating

ZAGREB, April 19, 2019 - Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) analysts expect Croatia to end this year with growth rates similar to those in 2018 and, in their latest analysis, they comment on the restoration of Croatia's investment credit rating.

For now, Croatia's investment rating has been restored only by Standard & Poor's, but the other two rating agencies are expected to follow suit and confirm that, after nearly a decade, Croatia is back among countries with adequate credit quality, the analysis says.

It adds that such assessments will be a consequence of solid fiscal policy indicators, lower external vulnerability, continued economic growth, and preserved political stability.

RBA analysts note that Standard & Poor's restored Croatia's investment rating shortly after the European Commission's decision that Croatia no longer had excessive imbalances.

The strategic commitment to adopting the euro as the sole means of payment certainly also impacted the decision, they say, adding that according to announcements, the government and the central bank will send a letter of intent to Brussels, expressing interest to enter the euro area.

The central part of that envelope would be a list of reform measures to which Croatia would commit in order to make the nominal meeting of economic criteria viable.

The importance of reform measures is reflected in the Commission's latest report on Croatia, which says the recommended and necessary measures for sustainable and stronger growth are implemented partly and slowly, RBA analysts say.

The poor and slow resolving of internal structural problems can explain why Croatia, despite growth, lags behind comparable member states and why there are no major improvements on competitiveness rankings, they add.

More credit rating news can be found in the Business section.


As Croatia Raises Prices, Nautical Tourism Turns to Greece and Turkey
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 16:28

As Croatia Raises Prices, Nautical Tourism Turns to Greece and Turkey

As Morski writes on the 19th of April, 2019, Croatia's nautical tourism season has already started, beginning about a month ago and lasts the longest of all, for about eight months in total. What can be expected this season and whether or not the Greeks have taken away part of what would have been Croatian guests due to the Greek state's measures, are just a couple of the issues that Robert Pende, an assistant in the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, Roko Vuletić, the president of HUP's nautical sector and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce's Sean Lisjak discussed on HTV's "Good morning, Croatia" show.

Robert Pende stated the nautical season has just begun, and so far we have room to be satisfied and we can expect the season to be on the same level as last year.

Vuletić said that according to field information, the data isn't so great.

"We're the leaders in the world in one segment of nautical tourism, and that's renting a boat without a crew. We're receiving information from our colleagues who have charter agencies that some existing reservations have been canceled due to Croatia's price increases, which has been a big trend in recent years, although charter agencies raised their prices the least, given the growth of offers and competition,'' said Vuletić.

He added that guests are increasingly looking for package deals and that there are less and less classic nautical guests - they're wanting to have a whole package, from airline transfers, accommodation, gastronomic offers, and all of that has increased in price, including in marinas.

''In combination with the announced recession, people are becoming more cautious about what they're spending, they want to go to new destinations, and Greece and Turkey are growing rapidly,'' he said.

Lisjak said he was not afraid about people cancelling their reservations, he stated that Croatia's nautical tourism sector is a vigorous activity and in the last fifteen years Croatia has had continuity. He added that Croatia needs to be careful because new markets are opening their doors that have recently been avoided for security and various other reasons. He added that believes that if Croatia manages to accomplish last year's results despite all of that, then it can be satisfied.

He said that Croatia made 860 billion kuna from tourism last year and added that a way should be found to allow existing investors to invest in marinas.

He noted that a certain drop in transit has been recorded with the aforementioned Croatian price increases, adding that Croatia does have to be careful with its pricing policy and that the country needs to focus on being as competitive as possible.

Vuletić believes that boosting advertising activities on new markets needs to be done. Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are Croatia's traditional markets, and the country should turn to the growing American or Scandinavian market, reports HRT.

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Croatian stone masonry school offers help in Notre-Dame restoration
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 19 Travanj 2019 16:26

Notre-Dame Cathedral burning this week (Photo credit: Wandrille de Preville/CC)

ZAGREB, April 19 (Hina) – The school of traditional stone masonry at Pucisca on the Croatian island of Brac has offered to help the French network of vocational schools “Les Compagnons du Devoir” in restoring the Notre-Dame Cathedral which was damaged in a fire on Monday night.

In honour of our decade-long cooperation with that association, we offered to help in restoring Notre-Dame, the Pucisca school’s principal, Tamar Plastic told Hina on Thursday.

The school has been teaching generations for 110 years and is one of the rare places in Europe where qualifications in hand carving stone can be obtained. It cooperates with numerous European associations, including the network of vocational schools that nurtures France’s architectural heritage.

Pucisca masters presume that France will need stonemasons for the restoration and we can provide them. Stonemasons who attend the Pucisca school have already proven themselves in the reconstruction of numerous buildings, including churches damaged during the Homeland War in the 1990s.

School of traditional stone masonry on Bra� (Photo credit: Waefelu/CC)

The restoration of Notre-Dame will more than likely be a topic at a symposium of stonemasons that is being held in Pucisca from May 16 to 18, bringing together numerous experts and companies involved in stone excavation, processing and remodelling.

The Brac school’s uniqueness has been recognised by many foreign media, such as those from Japan, the United States, Germany and France. Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of famous ocean life explorer Jacques Cousteau, filmed an episode of the Xploration Awesome Planet series in 2014.

On the occasion of its 110 anniversary, the school was recently featured on the cover of “Stone ideas”, which presents architecture and design using natural stone.


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