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Sinj Tourist Board Completes Tourism Projects On Sounds and Science
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 22:46

Sinj Tourist Board Completes Tourism Projects On Sounds and Science

December 15, 2018 - The Tourist Board of Sinj, with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, has successfully implemented two projects: "Sound Mirrors - Science Park” and "Space Walk". 

Namely, during the past few years, the Tourist Board of Sinj received grants from the Croatian National Tourist Board for co-financing various programs to improve the tourist infrastructure and destination, and this year it was awarded to them for the implementation of these specific projects. 

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The ultimate goal is to bring the tourist offer closer to all those who are sensitive to music and science.

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The Sinj “Space Walk” is conceived as a concept and structure where the exhibition provides users with a walk through a reduced, scaled view of the Solar System. The planned exhibit consists of a spatial view of the Sun and nine planets of the system on designed info columns with descriptive plates and the author’s explanation of the idea of the exhibit. The "Space Walk" route was set up in the city park, thus giving it an educational character due to the vicinity of the high schools of Sinj.

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The Science Park project came to fruition last year with the implementation of the Music Fence at the Alojzije Stepinac Promenade, and this year the Sound Mirror exhibit near the Youth House. The sound mirrors allow visitors to chat at a distance of 20 meters!  They also inspire visitors to learn about sound physics, the transmission of sound waves, and stimulate the sensory perception of elders and those with special needs.

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These unique educational and entertaining exhibits are designed to provide all users, especially the youngest, the challenge, enjoyment, fun and learning through games, thus stimulating creativity and self-development. With an interesting interactive presentation of science within the games and research of exhibits, scientific knowledge is easily adopted and becomes part of the general education of users. Therefore, the purpose of these projects is to educate, stimulate the senses of people of all ages, as well as those with special needs, and promote the identity and the tourist offer of the city of Sinj. 

To read more about Sinj, follow TCN's page


Island of Krk to be Mediterranean's First CO2-Neutral Island
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 21:08

Island of Krk to be Mediterranean's First CO2-Neutral Island

ZAGREB, December 15, 2018 - The northern Adriatic island of Krk plans to become the first energy-independent and CO2-neutral island in the Mediterranean, according to one of the conclusions of the 7th Krk Energy Conference organised by the Eko Kvarner NGO in the Town of Krk on Saturday.

The conference was held as part of the "Krk - Energy-independent and CO2-neutral Island" project which Eko Kvarner will implement in cooperation with the European Asbestos Risk Association from Trieste, Italy and the Town of Krk, with the support of the German Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Ministry's European Climate Initiative.

All seven local government units on the island are included in the project, the objective being to encourage its energy transition towards renewables.

The island already has an energy cooperative, a cadastre of roofs and several solar power plants, the biggest one being on the Treskavac landfill.

The conference heard how to design and install a small photovoltaic power station, how to conceive and optimise a management system for numerous energy sources, as well as the methodology for the smart integration of renewables. Participants also discussed the economic and health aspects of installing solar panels.

One of the goals of the "Krk - Energy-independent and CO2-neutral Island" project is the installation of 250 to 500 solar panels of up to 5 kW, totalling up to 1 MW in power, by the end of 2021.

More news on the island of Krk can be found in our Travel section.


Croatian Teachers Rally for Safe Schools
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 20:57

Croatian Teachers Rally for Safe Schools

ZAGREB, December 15, 2018 - Despite the cold weather, several thousand secondary and primary school teachers and students rallied in central Zagreb on Saturday to draw attention to a difficult safety and financial situation in the Croatian education system and to demand safe schools.

Teachers and students demanded better safety in the classroom, a change of ineffective pedagogical practices, and that assaults on teachers be legally treated as assaults on public officials.

The rally was organised under the motto "For a Safe School" by two teachers' groups and a teachers' union. Those gathered were addressed by several teachers and parents who claimed that Croatian schools today are unsafe both for teachers and for well-behaved children who are subjected to violence by unruly students.

"We don't want to hear any more about prevention programmes and workshops. We want those in charge to finally do what they are well paid for. We demand the status of public officials for all teachers and we want a physical assault on teachers to be treated as it is treated in all civilised countries," Ivan Plantić, a teacher from Vela Luka on the southern island of Korčula, said to applause from the crowd.

Teachers who took the rostrum spoke of humiliating and offensive situations they had experienced in the classroom.

Franjo Dragičević, a teacher at Technical Secondary School in the northwestern town of Čakovec, received particularly enthusiastic applause. He warned that schools in Croatia had become "warzones for deviants who are targeting teachers and pupils who want to learn." He pointed the finger at bad regulation and school heads who do not respond to violence in order to maintain good relations with the ministry and stay in their posts.

Dragičević was nearly dismissed from work recently after an incident in the classroom when he confronted and pushed away a student who allegedly threw pieces of chalk at him. His case triggered an avalanche of reactions from other teachers who had experienced similar situations, culminating in today's rally.

No representatives of the Education Ministry were present at the rally.

More news on the educational system in Croatia can be found in our Politics section.


Split’s Nada crowned Croatian rugby champions for 17th year in a row
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 20:35

Nada celebrates in Zagreb on Saturday (Photo: Rugby Nada Split)

ZAGREB, 15 December 2018 – Nada Rugby Club from Split has claimed the Croatian championship for the 17th time in a row on Saturday. 

Nada beat Zagreb’s Mladost 25-22 in Zagreb in the deciding match to claim the title after the hosts had led the championship in the regular part of the season. 

Nada lead at halftime 15-12 thanks to a try from Luka Ross and a penalty from Darijo Jurčević. 

Halftime talk (Photo: Rugby Nada Split)

Mladost then got in front 22-18 and lead with 7 minutes remaining but a try in the dying stages by Nada captain and Croatian representative Krešimir Čorić gave Nada victory and a record 17th title. 

Celebrations start for Croatian title number 24 (Photo: Rugby Nada Split)

Nada has been dominant since forming in 1959. The club has won 24 Croatian titles, 17 now in a row since 2003 and 35 titles in total. 


Krk aims to be first energy-independent, CO2-neutral Mediterranean island
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 19:15

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ZAGREB, Dec 15 (Hina) – The northern Adriatic island of Krk plans to become the first energy-independent and CO2-neutral island in the Mediterranean, according to one of the conclusions of the 7th Krk Energy Conference organised by the Eko Kvarner NGO in the Town of Krk on Saturday.

The conference was held as part of the “Krk – Energy-independent and CO2-neutral Island” project which Eko Kvarner will implement in cooperation with the European Asbestos Risk Association from Trieste, Italy and the Town of Krk, with the support of the German Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Ministry’s European Climate Initiative.

All seven local government units on the island are included in the project, the objective being to encourage its energy transition towards renewables.

The island already has an energy cooperative, a cadastre of roofs and several solar power plants, the biggest one being on the Treskavac landfill.

The conference heard how to design and install a small photovoltaic power station, how to conceive and optimise a management system for numerous energy sources, as well as the methodology for the smart integration of renewables. Participants also discussed the economic and health aspects of installing solar panels.

One of the goals of the “Krk – Energy-independent and CO2-neutral Island” project is the installation of 250 to 500 solar panels of up to 5 kW, totalling up to 1 MW in power, by the end of 2021.


Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Knowing the Difference
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 18:12

Extra virgin olive oil

December 15, 2018 — Over the past decades, it's been estimated that close to 90% of all olive oils we find on the shelves of our favorite supermarkets are not even close to the essence of health that olive oil is considered to be. So how are we supposed to know the difference?

For millennia, people have been growing, picking and processing olives into what's forever been praised as pure, liquid green gold — the extra virgin olive oil. Unfortunately, for almost as many thousands of years, from ancient times to the present, people have also been adulterating this precious oil, blending it with different lower-grade, less nutritious, poor quality oils. Given today's sophisticated technology, adding color and flavor to these chemically enhanced blended oils, and selling them labeled as "extra virgin" becomes even easier.

Basically, extra virgin olive oil is fresh-pressed olive juice made without heat or chemicals. Good EVOO must have three parameters; it has to be fruity, spicy, and bitter.

To really understand it and be able to tell the difference between genuine EVOO and other olive oils of lesser quality, a conscious consumer must learn how to read the labels.

Olive oil is graded by its level of acidity which is an indicator of decomposition; meaning, the amount of free oleic acid indicates the extent to which fat has broken down into fatty acids. Only unrefined olive oils of the highest quality and an acidity level of no more than 0.8% will be labeled as "extra virgin," the highest grade possible.

The "virgin" label means we are looking at an olive oil of lesser quality, with a free acidity of up to 1.5% and even though they still taste good, often these oils will have noticeable flavor defects, even if only slightly present.

Lastly, olive oil that comes from bad fruits or careless processing is called "lampante," the inedible oil of the worst quality. Apart from its high acidity levels and an unpleasant flavor, without further refining, this oil is not fit for any kind of consumption. In fact, the name lampante comes from its traditional use in oil-fueled lamps.

Having a quite strong, pungent taste and aroma, real EVOO is not always smooth on the palate. However, the pronounced bitterness and a burning, peppery sensation it creates in the mouth are actually both signs of quality, indicating high levels of polyphenols which carry the numerous health benefits associated with the olive oil. Generally, EVOO's flavor will basically depend on the terroir and olive variety, but also the time of harvest.

Another important thing to pay attention to is the best-before date. As a rule of thumb, an unopened olive oil should be good for about two years from the time it was bottled. However, the date of harvest is actually a much better indicator of freshness, as it tells you exactly when the olives have been milled and the oil pressed.

Even though EVOO is a supremely healthy food, it is known to be highly perishable. Since light, heat, and air drastically affect its stability, we need to make sure it is properly stored — at room temperature and away from the sunlight. Also, once we open a sealed bottle of olive oil, it is recommended to use it within no more than six months.

If not used in time, even the finest oil will eventually go rancid. So once we've mastered the labels, it's time to rely on our senses. Rancidness is basically fat gone bad, and it has an unpleasant smell of staleness, often described as the smell of old nuts or even crayons, and if you're not sure about the smell, tasting rancid oil will leave you with a repugnant, greasy mouthfeel.

The three other most common olive oil defects are fustiness, caused by the non-oxygen fermentation of olives before they are milled; the strong winey smell of oxygen-fermented olives, reminiscent of vinegar; and the mustiness caused by moldy olives.

In conclusion, if olive oil doesn't exude a delightful aroma of fresh green or ripe olives, and doesn't taste fruity and spicy with a pronounced note of bitterness, chances are you've got a case of a good oil gone bad.

If you want to know more, check out the OOT, and for more related content here on TCN, make sure to follow our dedicated page.


Dubrovnik Airport sets new passenger record
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 16:10

Record year at Dubrovnik Airport (Photo: Dubrovnik Airport/Facebook)

DUBROVNIK, 15 December 2018 – Dubrovnik Airport will end 2018 with more than 2.54 million passengers passing through it, which is a new record. 

More than 2.54 million passengers in 2018 represents growth for the airport of 9.5% from last year, with Dubrovnik Airport managing director Frano Luetić expecting an increase in 2019 of 4.6%. 

Luetić told a press conference yesterday that revenues in 2018 are expected to reach 415.3 million kuna, which is 16.3% more than last year.

“The year was tough and turbulent but our plan for 10% growth was basically realised. We have always had double-digit growth and this year was above the global average and we are proud of that,” Luetić said. 

Dubrovnik Airport expects the largest growth to come from flights from western and central Europe, especially the UK, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic. 

2019 will also see for the United States and Dubrovnik connected. 

“After 28 years, for the first time, Croatia and the United States will be connected with Dubrovnik – Philadelphia. American Airlines is the biggest airline in the world, employing 150,000 people with 950 planes at their disposal. Dubrovnik will be connected three times weekly from June until the end of September with their Boeing 767 with business and economy class,” Luetić said. 

Among others, there has been an announcement that Ryanair will launch flights to Dubrovnik from Dublin, whilst flydubai will continue to operate services to Dubrovnik. 

In 2019, there will be 65 and 70 airline companies operating at Dubrovnik Airport. 

The second phase of the 225-million euros Dubrovnik Airport development also started this month and will continue through until 15 May 2019, in time for the tourist season. 

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During the construction works, which includes a runway and taxiway overhaul, the regular winter schedule shall be executed with minor limitations.

Other additions include the construction of two new rapid exit taxiways, the expansion of the western apron, as well as the construction of a new commercial aviation apron on the western side, a new east apron for general aviation, a small general aviation terminal and the development of aircraft maintenance and operation facilities, in addition to hangars.

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The airport will also build a housing area with its own maintenance and operations premises for domestic operators and a new aviation fuel tank, including an underground pit system for fuel filling, two internal gas stations and solar systems.

Furthermore, it will reconstruct the substation and facades to attain energy-efficiency. All construction work is scheduled for completion in 2020


Free online Croatian language course opens
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 15 Prosinac 2018 14:26

Free Croatian online courses live

ZAGREB, 15 December 2018 – A free online Croatian language course, designed for people with Croatian heritage abroad as well as anybody interested in learning the language, went live on Friday.

The free online Croatian language courses, which include both level A1 and A2, has been created by the Central State Office for Croats Abroad in Zagreb together withCroaticum – Centre for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language.  

Level A1 of the course went live last year with Level A2 becoming available on Friday. More than 1,500 people, mostly people with Croatian heritage living around the world, have passed the first level. 

Each unit consists of a listening text or individual words, practicing pronunciation, repetition, writing and comprehension of understanding. 

Since the Croatian language is an inflected language and is therefore morphologically demanding, in each lesson (with useful everyday phrases and basic vocabulary) grammar is also taught. 

Instructions and support are available online in English and Spanish, and users can log on for the course using either a Facebook or Google accounts. 

Level A1 is available here: https://a1.ffzg.unizg.hr 

Level A2 is available here: https://a2.ffzg.unizg.hr


Dubrovnik named best cultural destination for 2019
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 14 Prosinac 2018 13:21

Dubrovnik (Photo: Ivo Pervan/Croatian National Tourist Board)

14 DECEMBER 2018 – Dubrovnik has been named the best cultural destination for 2019 by readers of popular American travel magazine AFAR.

AFAR’s third annual Travelers’ Choice destinations awards saw more than 100,000 votes from readers recognising their top places to go in 2019. 

Dubrovnik won the most votes in the culture destination category. 

“To wander through Dubrovnik is to experience Croatia’s cultural history. See it in the UNESCO-listed Old City sector, where centuries-old baroque churches, Gothic palaces, and medieval walls stand. Hear it in the notes of traditional a capella klapa singing during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which marks 70 years in 2019. And feel it in the paintings by Croatian artists who grapple with the region’s recent past and present at the Museum of Modern Art and the seasonal gallery, War Photo Limited”, writes AFAR. 

Maui won the best destination for 2019 award, whilst best wellness destination for 2019 went to Bali. California’s Pacific Coast Highway was named best U.S. road trip, Machu Picchu best UNESCO site, Cuba best Caribbean island, and Bordeaux best wine region.  

“This award at the very end of the tourist year is an additional confirmation of the popularity of Dubrovnik, but also of Croatia as a whole on what is for us an extremely important and large American market. I would like to express my sincere congratulations to all tourists in Dubrovnik as well as to the citizens of this city, which for many tourists represents the main motive for coming to our country”, said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Staničić. 

(Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist Board)

Staničić added that Croatia will intensely work on attracting more tourists from America in 2019 and will open an office in Los Angeles. 

From January to the end of November, a total of 580,000 tourists visited Croatia from America creating 1.6 million overnight stays, which is 23% and 18% more respectively than last year. 140,000 tourists from America visited Dubrovnik so far in 2018.

“As one of the most desirable destinations in Europe, Dubrovnik has won over numerous American tourists by combining history, culture, natural beauty, gastronomy and a mild Mediterranean climate”, said Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian Tourist Board in New York.


easyJet announces new Croatian routes for 2019
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Petak, 14 Prosinac 2018 12:14

(Photo: easyJet)

14 DECEMBER 2018 – Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced a series of new routes for the Croatian market in 2019. 

easyJet will introduce five new seasonal summer routes and increase capacity in 2019 with more than one million seats on sale to and from Croatia.  

The airline will launch new flights from Amsterdam and Geneva to Pula, as well as new services from Berlin and Nantes to Dubrovnik and from London Gatwick to Zadar. 

New flights in 2019 and launch dates:

London Gatwick – Zadar  – 30.04.2019

Berlin – Dubrovnik – 02.05.2019

Nantes – Dubrovnik – 24.06.2019

Amsterdam – Pula – 25-06.2019

Geneva – Pula – 26.06.2019

Commenting on the airline’s new flights to Croatia, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, Ali Gayward, said, “With more than fifty services operating in Croatia, easyJet is committed to providing Croatian clients with affordable trips, offering them a broad network of connections with major European cities”. She added, “Pula is very trendy both with young people who want to go to the various festivals of Croatia, but also with more mature people as well, and we expect all our new routes to be especially popular with passengers”. 

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Country Director noted, “This announcement of our expansion highlights our commitment to providing affordable routes to summer holiday destinations. We’re sure that they will prove extremely popular for those looking for a summer break or visiting friends and family”.

easyJet will operate 3,100 flights to Croatia during July and August 2019, EX-YU Aviation News writes.  


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