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Germanwings Disaster Could Not Happen on Croatia Airlines, Says Minister

Croatia87Croatia’s Minister of Transport says that a repeat of this week’s Germanwings disaster, when a co-pilot alone in the cockpit crashed an Airbus A320 into the French Alps, could not happen on board Croatia’s national carrier Croatia Airlines…

Minister Siniša Hajdaš Dončić was discussing the crash, which claimed 149 lives, with the media on Friday, and stressed that Croatia Airlines was not a low-cost airline and was one of the safest airlines in Europe. Hajdaš Dončić says that a similar situation where a co-pilot was alone in the cockpit could not happen due to different rules the airline had.

“There are always a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit,” responded the Minister when quizzed about the rules in the cockpit on the nation’s national carrier, reported daily Vecernji list.

An investigation into the Germanwings crash revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to intentionally crash the plane into the French mountainside this week after refusing to open the door to the pilot who earlier briefly left the cockpit.



2015 Forbes Croatia Rich List

PanoramaRetail tycoon Ivica Todorić is once again on top of Croatia’s Rich List. The Croatian edition of Forbes magazine has just released its Rich List for 2015. The magazine ranks the 100 wealthiest Croats….

This year’s list revealed that Todorić’s net worth increased by 7.6% in the last year, whilst Croatia now has 3 billionaires (in the Croatian kuna) and 101 multimillionaires. The capital Zagreb is home to the most number of millionaires.

Forbes Rich List – Croatia – Top 3

1. Ivica Todorić – worth: 3.37 billion kuna (430 million EUR) – is the richest Croat again in the land thanks to his Agrokor firm which owns Croatia’s largest supermarket chain Konzum and food brands Belje, Jamnica, Ledo, Jana, PIK and Zvijezda. His net worth does not include Konzum so it is considered to be a lot more.

Ivica Todorić

Ivica Todorić

2. Lukšić family – worth 2.14 billion kuna ( 270 million EUR) – the mining, brewing and banking business family own the Plava Laguna resort, Istraturist Umag and the Adriatic luxury hotels in Croatia.

Davor Lukšić

Davor Lukšić

3. Emil Tedeschi – 1.5 billion kuna (200 million EUR) – major owner of food and nutrition company Atlantic grupa.

Emil Tedeschi

Emil Tedeschi



Love Travelling and Blogging? Your Chance to Win a Fantastic Trip to Istria, Croatia

viThe region of Istria in Croatia has been ranked among the top ten best world destinations by leading publications such as National Geographic Traveller, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post and Fodor’s, and now thanks to a promotion campaign launched today by the Istria Tourist Board, you can win a chance find out why for yourself…

The ShareIstria promotion campaign is inviting bloggers, travel writers, social network authors and opinion leaders to apply for an opportunity to win a free 7-day holiday in Istria. A number of winners will be selected and invited to have a holiday there.

Winners will be staying on a unique island/the Porer Lighthouse in the Medulin Aquatorium as well as in a luxury Lone Hotel in Rovinj or a small family hotel Kaštel in Motovun during their stay, and will be required to write at least two daily posts on social networks or their blogs in connection with their daily experiences. Winners have the opportunity to bring friends along. Each day will be filled with various activities organized by the Istria Tourist Board, and a main prize of 10,000 euros is up for grabs for the best team.

Sounds like your thing? All those interested in winning an interesting stay in Istria can apply on www.shareistria.com

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What Could they be Doing Today? Modrić and Ćorluka Waiters, Olić TV Repair Man

Croatia32Croatia’s highly-paid superstars will run out onto Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium tomorrow night when they take on Norway in an important Euro 2016 qualifier. But, what would they be doing today had their football careers not gone quiet to plan? Goal reveals what they are qualified to do….

Luka Modrić and Vedran Ćorluka – Waiters in a cafe (both competed hospitality school)
Dejan Lovren – Electrician
Ivica Olić - TV repair man
Mario Mandžukić – Finished ceramics school
Darijo Srna – Technical electrician
Ivan Rakitić – Signed up for construction school
Danijel Pranjić - Finished economics in Osijek
Ivan Tomečak – Hairdresser
Milan Badelj / Gordan Schildenfeld - Finished sports college



More Foreigners Wanting to Live in Dalmatia

hvar-21Whilst a large number of Croatians are packing up and moving overseas in search for a better future, more and more foreigners are deciding that the Dalmatian coast is the place to be…

In the Split-Dalmatia County, which encompasses towns such as Kaštela, Solin, Trogir, Omiš and Makarska, and islands Brač, Hvar and Vis, there are just under 4,000 foreigners from 96 countries now residing. The majority of those are situated in Split, Trogir, Makarska, Brač and Hvar. Last year alone 234 permanent residency applications were approved in the County.

Diana Jakšić from Split-Dalmatia police administration told Hina that a large number of foreigners residing on the three major islands in the County (Brač, Hvar and Vis) had purchased real estate there. Both Brač and Hvar seem to be the popular choice of those deciding to emigrate to the County, with 78 and 85 temporary residency permits processed respectively.

“Those two islands are extremely interesting to foreigners, but that is nothing unusual because they are beautiful places. Who would not want to live there,” said Jakšić.

Although most resident permit requests come from European Union citizens, there have been requests from nations such as Japan, Peru, Korea, Libya, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Thailand, Iran, Iceland, Rwanda, Venezuela, Jamaica, Nepal and Morocco. The police department say that the majority of those are ‘work related’ requests in the tourism field. Croatia does have a strict ‘work permit’ quota, but that is increasing every year.

Out of the 3,979 foreigners residing in the Split-Dalmatia County, 1,181 are Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens, 399 Germans, 378 from Serbia, 175 from Kosovo, 168 from Macedonia, 150 from Russia, 148 from Slovenia, 116 from Italy, 106 from the UK, 96 from Poland, 79 from the Czech Republic, 64 from the USA, 63 from Slovakia, 63 from Austria, 60 from France followed by handful from a number of other nations.

Croatian Aplinists First in 25 Years to Scale Siberian Golden Mountains

 

1024px-Sunset_at_Kucherla_lakeCroatian alpinists from the St. Bernard Club in Zadar have become the first climbers in 25 years to reach the summit of Golden Mountains of Altai in Siberia…

The five-member team of Bogdan Brakus, Dražen Tomljenović, Boris Zupčić and Marino Grgurev, accompanies by two Russian alpinists, battled temperatures which dropped to -35 degrees as they scaled two peaks in the mountain range – Kupol (3,556 metres) and Jubilej (3,602). The Croatian alpinists were the first expedition there in over 25 years.

The alpinists, who set off on 25 January and are expected back in Croatia on 11 February, said that is was an honour to climb the peaks in the company of two of Russia’s best alpinists and said that their achievement was important one for Croatian and Russian mountaineering, says Monitor.hr.

fa5c62cfe2996936f090f6349b813196The Golden Mountains of Altai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain and the Ukok Plateau. (photo / Dmitry A. Mottl – Wikimedia Commons)

[VIDEO] Croatian Duo Thrill U.S Today Show Audience

2CELLOSTheir upcoming concerts in the U.S are almost sold out, and yesterday they gave the American public a glimpse why…

Famous Croatian duo Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, better known as the 2Cellos, appeared on the popular Today Show on Monday where they performed their charged-up version of ACDC’s Thunderstruck. Later this month 2Cellos will tour America and perform 42 concert.

Croatia Observes Three Kings Feast with Public Holiday

ZagrebChristian Croatians will be taking down their Christmas trees all over the country as the nation observes Epiphany, the Feast of Three Kings, with a Public Holiday today (Tuesday)…

The feast of Three Kings is celebrated on the Twelfth Day of Christmas being January 6, and throughout history it has been a day where water is blessed, and homes sprinkled with blessed water to ‘ward off evil’. Many Croatians will also be taking part in other traditions on the day such as taking a dip in a nearby river or sea.


Chelsea Set to Sign their 5th Croatian: ‘Kramarić a Done Deal’

Croatia57211Rijeka’s in-form Croatia international striker Andrej Kramarić has agreed terms with London club Chelsea FC, report media in Croatia…

Quoting ‘reliable sources’, daily Sportske Novosti say that Chelsea have finally agreed terms for the 23-year-old. Kramarić, who was the Croatian 2014 Player of the Year after scoring 21 times in 17 games, will earn 1 million euros per season, whilst his club Rijeka will immediately get 3.5 million euros from the deal which will increase to close to 6 million euros based on bonuses.

It is expected that Kramarić will be loaned out, just like the other four Croatians on Chelsea’s books, to either Leicester in the EPL or Vitesse in the Dutch league. Karlo Žiger, Mateja Delač, Stipe Perica and Mario Pašalić are the Croatians currently on the Stamford Bridge club books. (photo / HNS Drago Sopta)


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English Premier League Club Bid €10 Million for Andrej Kramarić

Croatia572English Premier League side Leicester City have reportedly made a 10 million euro bid for NK Rijeka and Croatia striker Andrej Kramarić…

According to Goal.com, Leicester City’s director of football Terry Robinson met with NK Rijeka’s sports director Srećko Jurišić on Thursday where a 10 million euro offer was made for the 23-year-old goal scoring machine.

Croatian first division top scorer Kramarić, who was capped 53 times at the youth level for the Croatia national team, scoring twenty-two goals, has also attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Schalke, Hannover, Manchester City, Inter Milan and AC Milan, but it is the Leicester City offer which is first on the table. NK Rijeka will take their time before making a decision.

Kramarić began his career at Dinamo Zagreb and holds the record as the top youth goalscorer in the club’s history. He made his first team debut at 17 and this year made his senior international debut. (photo: Drago Sopta / HNS)