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Croatia Drops 5 Places on Latest FIFA Rankings

CroatiaA loss to Argentina and a draw against Italy has seen Croatia drop 5 places in the latest FIFA rankings, which were released today by football’s governing body…

Germany held on to top spot, followed by Argentina and Columbia. Croatia now sit one place below Algeria and just ahead of Mexico. England were the big movers in the top 10, jumping 7 places to number 13.

FIFA Rankings for 27 November
1 Germany 1725
2 Argentina 1538
3 Colombia 1450
4 Belgium 1417
5 Netherlands 1374
6 Brazil 1316
7= Portugal 1160
7= France 1160
9 Spain 1142
10 Uruguay 1135
11 Italy 1103
12 Switzerland 1091
13 England 1032
14 Chile 1022
15 Romania 1014
16 Costa Rica 995
17 Czech Republic 987
18 Algeria 948
19 Croatia 946
20 Mexico 913

(pic: Drago Sopta / HNS)

Croatia’s Leading Dairy Company Gets Halal Certified

DukatThe most popular dairy brand in Croatia, Dukat, are to make an attack on Middle Eastern markets after the company was awarded a Halal certificate recently…

Dukat were awarded the Halal Certificate of Quality, which confirms the company implements strict halal standards in procurement processes, storage of raw materials, production, packaging, labeling and storage and distribution of its products.

“The introduction of halal standards is yet another confirmation of the ongoing commitment Dukat has with regards to quality and excellence in all business segments, and the company’s willingness to meet the demands of consumers,” said Dukat’s Zagreb factory director Enver Šišić.

Obtaining the certification took a number of months and was a long process with 19 staff educated in halal standards processes. The certificate opens up the possibility for Dukat to export to over 40 Arab nations with over 1.5 billion people. Dukat produce and distribute over 250 products, including milk, yoghurt, and cheese.

Environmental Impact Study Before Decision on Adriatic Oil & Gas Exploration

Croatia55No contracts with any companies concerning exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic Sea will be made without a comprehensive strategic environmental impact study, Croatia’s Environment and Nature Protection Minister Mihael Zmajlović stated on Wednesday…

The environmental impact study, which will analyse all risks involved in potential exploration and exploitation of oil and gas along more than 1,000km of Croatia’s coastline, is expected to be complete in March 2015, before a month-long public discussion will be held. The government has said that with Croatia so heavily reliant on tourism, the Tourism Ministry would be involved in every stage, and would take an active role in the strategic environmental impact study.

Earlier this month six companies had applied to explore 15 areas in the governments first tender, with the best offer expected to be selected by the end of the year. The tender consisted of 29 block areas, ranging from 1,000 – 1,600 square kilometres, eight in the northern part of the coast and 21 in central and southern Dalmatia. The successful bids are expected to be given 5-year concessions to explore, and 25-year concessions to exploit. The first exploitation contracts are expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2015.

[VIDEO] Hat-Trick Sends Super Mario Into History Books

MMCroatia international Mario Mandžukić has created history at his Spanish club after scoring a hat-trick last night in the Champions League…

The former Bayern Munich striker, who was in doubt of even playing last night, found the back of the net in the 38th, 62nd and 65th minute to help Atletico Madrid destroy Olympiakos 4-0 on Wednesday night. Mandžukić’s hat-trick means he now becomes the first player in the club’s history to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.

Thousands of Candles Lit to Mark Vukovar Remembrance Day

VukovarCroats in the capital Zagreb lit thousands of candles last night on the eve today’s Vukovar Remembrance Day, which is held to commemorate victims from the 1990’s homeland war in the eastern town of Vukovar…

Every year on the night of the 17th of November, Zagreb locals place candles along a 10 kilometre stretch on Vukovar Street to remember war victims from the eastern city.

Every year on the 18th of November the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar is marked in Croatia. During the 87-day siege of Vukovar by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) between August and November 1991, 1,624 people were killed, including 12 children, 1,219 were wounded, and more than 350 Croatian soldiers unaccounted for. More than 22,000 Croats and other non-Serbs were also expelled from the city.

Vukovar was defended by around 1,800 lightly armed soldiers of the Croatian National Guard and civilian volunteers, against 36,000 JNA soldiers. On 18 November, the last defenders in Vukovar’s town centre surrendered.

Croats Pay Respects on All Saint’s Day

CroatiaCroatians all over the country will head to graveyards to light candles and lay flowers for deceased relatives as All Saints’ Day is observed in Croatia on Saturday…

All Saints’ Day, also known as Solemnity of All Saints, or The Feast of All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven and is a national holiday in Croatia.

The beautiful Zagreb cemetery Mirogoj will again attract massive crowds with spectacular sights just before sunset as the candles begin to take effect. Croatian government officials again also will pay their respects to all those who died during Croatia’s war of independence at Mirogoj cemetery.

Tito Museum Opens Near Vrgorac

josip-brozBusts, badges, a watch and a baton are just some of the memorabilia on display at the Josip Broz Tito museum which has opened recently in village of Kokorići, which is situated near Vrgorac in the Dalmatian hinterland…

The museum was opened by Zvonimir Pervan, who told news agency Hina that around 30,000 euros had been invested in setting up the Tito museum. Pervan says that the museum has created interest since opening, with a number of foreign tourists, notably Slovenes and Germans, visiting.

A number of items are on display at the museum, including over 2,000 badges, a gold watch owned by Tito, 20 Tito busts, 15 tapestries with his effigy, and a baton used in The Relay of Youth, a race which started in his birth town Kumrovec and ended in Belgrade on his official birthday.

Concert to Honour Legend Dražen Petrović Who Would Have Been 50 Today

CroatiaThe greatest basketballer to ever come out of Europe, Croatian Dražen Petrović, would have been celebrating his 50th birthday today….

A concert by the philharmonic orchestra to mark the occasion will be held this Saturday at Zagreb’s Vatroslav Lisinski hall in honour of the great man. Under the baton of Leopold Hager, the orchestra will play amongst other pieces, Mozart, fitting for a man who was nicknamed ‘Basketball’s Mozart’.

Born in Šibenik on 22 October 50 years ago, Petrović was just 28 years of age when he was killed in a car accident in Germany after returning from playing for Croatia in Poland on 7 June 1993. Voted the Best European Basketballer in History, Petrović enjoyed an illustrious career with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 20.6 points in 36.9 minutes on the floor, and nearly leading all NBA guards in field goal percentage (51%). He did not miss a single game. Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships.

Croats Celebrate Independence Day

Croatia91A national holiday today marks Croatian Independence Day, a day where Croats celebrates the unanimous decision of the Croatian Parliament – Sabor to terminate the link between Croatia and SFR Yugoslavia….

“Dear citizens of Croatia, I wish you all the best for Independence Day. It is one of the most important days in Croatian history, which we remember with pride. This is also an opportunity to wish the Republic of Croatia, all citizens of our homeland, a prosperous future,” President Ivo Josipović said in an address to mark the occasion.

The Croatian referendum on independence was held in May 1991, with 93% of voters supporting the independence. On 25 June the Croatian Sabor proclaimed the Croatian independence and seven days later, on 7 July, Croatia and Slovenia signed the Brioni Declaration in which the two countries agreed to suspend all declarations and acts passed by the Croatian and Slovenian parliaments related to those states’ secession from Yugoslavia for a period of three months. On 8 October, the Sabor decided to end relations with Yugoslavia, in the Decision on the termination of the state and legal ties with other republics and provinces of Yugoslavia. That session was not held in the House of Parliament but instead in the basement of an INA building, because of the possibility of the repeat of an incident such as the bombing of Banski dvori.

Locals Stunned as Woman in Peugeot Jumps Tisno Bridge

CroatiaLocals in Dalmatian town of Tisno could have been forgiven for thinking that a stunt scene for a movie was being filmed this morning…

Locals were left in shock when a woman in her mid 40s jumped a raised bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, at around 9am this morning. The Peugeot-driver reportedly gathered speed and successfully made the jump from one part of the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, to the other side.

“Despite the red light being on she passed the ramp as I made a gesture and shouted at her to stop. She hit the gas and made the jump over the bridge, which was raised at least two and a half metres. I could not believe she made it, she then stopped and went for a coffee,” bridge worker Tomo Mejić Sidić told Šibenik IN.

The woman, who made a loud thud when she hit the other side, has another female passenger in the car.