Saturday, 23 June 2018

Consumption of cocaine in Croatia is growing, but there is also a problem with the growth in the number of new psychoactive drugs, for which is not still sure what kind of consequences they have on health - the head of the Government Drugs Prevention Office Zeljko Petkovic said before the thematic session of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Policy, at which the European Drugs Report for 2018 will be presented – Jutarnji.hr reports. 

. As in the European Union, there has been an increase in cocaine consumption in Croatia, which is unfortunately much clearer and clearer. In the last two to three years, there has been record production and market bombing with new cocaine quantities - Petkovic said, adding that in recent years there was an increase in opium production in Afghanistan, as well as an increase in raw opium processing in Europe.

With the increase in production, availability also increases, and the problem is also online market.

As a problem, Petkovic has also extracted new psychoactive drugs whose number is growing and whose prevalence according to the latest data is about 7 percent. -About 650 different substances are currently being monitored in Europe, and the biggest problem is that no one knows the consequences of consumption – Petkovic said.

As for marijuana, he said, it is the most prominent drug in the European market, and over 70 percent of the European drug market is related to that drug.

Chairman of the Health and Social Policy Committee Ines Strenja Linic pointed out that the drug market is very complex and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

-In 2016, compared to 2015, the number of drug seizures increased by 25 percent in Croatia, saying that this is something we have to fight and face - she said, Jutarnji.hr reports.

Emergency call center 112 recieved a call from the citizen of United Kingdom on Monday around 1 pm. 61 year old tourist was lost on the hill of Goricina above Kupari.

The caller found himself on the unobtrusive field and couldn't get down, so he asked for help.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service reacted quickly and nine members were sent to help the lost tourist. At 1:55 pm, just around hour after the call, they found the lost British tourist and handed im over to emergency medical help.

It's time for summer holidays and while some have their vacations planned already, some are waiting for the very last moment to choose their destination. Since we all connect summer with beach, sea and sun (sometimes cocktails), the greatest way to choose a perfect holiday might be seeing which beaches made it to the top 10 of the best beaches in Europe. 

Express has recently shared a list made by the hotel search engine Hotelscan.com and in the top of the 10 of the best beaches in Europe – two of them are in Croatia. And what makes us really happy – one is in Dubrovnik!

The choice is here – Zlatni Rat Beach, located on the island of Brac and Banje Beach in Dubrovnik.

 

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- The tip of the tongue-shaped beach often changes shape and direction thanks to wind and sea The white beach is popular with adventure seekers who windsurf and boat in the region, so watersports fans can easily spend the day – writes Express about Zlatni Rat.

 

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And when it comes to Banje Beach, they say:

-As the closest beach to the old town, it is a popular choice for people staying in Dubrovnik. While often very busy, it is a welcome escape from the built-up streets for the day.

Are you packing your bags for Croatia already?

Just six days ago famous Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic started his Mljet adventure. He teamed up with runners to explore the island he loves even more.

- We're off! Tune in for daily reports from our team, Dali Dokic, Markus Kröll and Anže Česen conquering the rocks of Mljet! – wrote Ivica on his official social media channels beneath the photo of the team six days ago.

Everybody could follow them on their journey on Facebook and Instagram, where he shared updates. Sadly, Dokic was injured, but the rest of the team kept going.

-Yeah, we did it! Ran around the whole Mljet island on the coast. 115km only razor-sharp rocks and open-water swims. Can't believe it, thanks a lot team and all supporters who made us moving everyday! – wrote Ivica, who couldn't hide how proud he is. And who could blame him!

 

BeFunky collage 19All photos by Ivica Kostelic official Facebook profile

 

- The Mljet expedition is finished. The sore muscles will go and the scratches & bruises will heal, but the memories will stay for pretty long, that's for sure... – he concluded today while publishing a video you can watch below.

This is not the first time he does something like this – two years ago he invited his ski colleagues to the island of Mljet for a break in the Croatian sunshine. They posted a series of videos and made a great promotion of Croatia. Former Italian skier Cristian Deville, Canadian skier Jeffrey Frisch and American downhill ace Warner Nickerson were among the group of Ivica’s friends enjoying the delights of Mljet.

This is a great way to promote our country. Mljet is surely a must-visit! Just remember – you don't have to run around it. You can lay down, relax and fall in love with the nature.

After weeks and weeks of increasing prices of gasoline in Croatia, prices finally went down, for the second week in a row.

According to the Ministry of Economy, compared to the last Tuesday, the average gasoline price is lower by 13 lipa and is 10.45 kuna. Thus, the average tank of 50 liters for all Eurosuper 95 gasoline drivers is reduced by 6.5 kuna.

The average price of diesel has fallen from 10.02 to 9.93 kuna, so the drivers will pay average tank 4.5 kuna less – Poslovni.hr reports.

Within the plan of regular investment in the maintenance of the public lighting system in the area of the Historic City Center and the contact zone, the City of Dubrovnik carried out the reconstruction of the decorative lighting of the fortress Lovrjenac, as well as the the public lighting of the hiking trails in the park under the fortress.

In the reconstruction worth 105 thousand Kuna, energy-efficient LED reflectors and lamps were used, which, with previous calculations, enabled the reduction of the number of reflectors with better light effects than before.

Since this is a valuable equipment, the area where the same site will be included in the video surveillance system of the City of Dubrovnik as soon as possible.

According to the number of blocked citizens due to unpaid bills, Croats are at the very top among the citizens of the European Union, but Greeks and Bulgarians have even more problems with unpaid debts, according to a survey by the European Statistical Office – Tportal reports.

In 2016, 10.4 percent of the population in the European Union (EU) had problems with paying housing loans, leases or other items such as utility bills. In other words, one out of ten people has unpaid bilss and payment backlogs.

The worst situation is in Greece, where almost half (47.9 percent) of citizens have accumulated debts for various types of bills. A critical situation is also in Bulgaria, where more than one third (34.2 percent) of the population struggles with personal finances.

Next are Cyprus and Croatia with more than a quarter of citizens in financial difficulties. According to Eurostat data, 26.4 percent of Croatian citizens are late with their payments. Unpaid bills in Croatia have led to mass deprivation and blockade of accounts.

 

According to the latest figures at Croatian Financial Agency FINA, at the end of March of 2018, 325,254 citizens were blocked, and total debt reached 43.37 billion kunas - Tportal writes.

In order to end this long-lasting problem, the government presented three legislative proposals at the end of April, which should significantly reduce the number of blocked citizens.

On the other end of the European scale are prosperous European countries where there is financial discipline. The lowest rate of people not paying bills, only 4.2 percent, is in Germany, and only a few more people with payment difficulties are in the Czech Republic (4.2 percent) and the Netherlands (5 percent).

When only unpaid housing (mortgage or rent) accounts are taken into consideration, the Greeks are still at the top (15.3 percent), but Croats are in a much more favorable position than with 1.3 percent of those who are late or not paying. However, the relatively low level of non-payment in this segment is associated with a high percentage of Croatian citizens living in their own houses or apartments.

 

From this Saturday, June 16th, ‘Dubrovnik Vaporetto’ starts to sail again – it’s announced from the island of Lokrum.

The boat ‘Argosy’ will connect Mokosica with Lokrum on Saturdays and Sundays with departure from Old Mokosica at 10 am from the river side of the playground, while the return from Lokrum to Mokosica will be at 6:30 pm.

In this way, the City of Dubrovnik and the Lokrum continue with the benefits for Mokosica citizens and their guests who can arrive directly by sea to their favorite island.

Vaporetto will only sail on weekends, while other days of the week you are able to use the lines from the Old Port of Dubrovnik.

At the end of May this year, there were 141,896 unemployed persons registered in the Croatian Employment Bureau (HZZ), which is 11.1 percent or 17.799 persons less than in the previous month and 21.5 percent or 38.837 persons less than the end of May 2017 , it was announced by HZZ today.

Viewed by counties, the employment was led by: Split-Dalmatia County - 4.007 persons or 19.6 percent of the total number of employed persons, Osijek-Baranja (2,220 persons or 10.9 percent), City of Zagreb (1,641 persons or 8.0 percent) and Vukovar-Srijem County (1,260 persons or 6.2 percent).

In the total number of unemployed – women make 56.7 percent (80.435) and men 43.3 percent (61.461). Compared with the same month last year, the share of unemployed women was reduced and men increased by 0.6 percent.

In terms of age structure, 15 to 24 year olds make 11.7 percent of unemployed persons, 25 to 34 years 19.8 percent, 35 to 44 years 20.0 percent, 45 to 54 years 23.3 percent, and 55 and over 25.2 percent.

High school students make up the majority in the structure of the unemployed - 56.7 percent, the lower education level make 28.4 percent and those with higher education levels make 14.9 percent of the total number of unemployed.

The highest absolute number of registered unemployed persons is in the Split-Dalmatia County (22.746 or 16.0 percent of the total number in Croatia), the City of Zagreb (18.919 or 13.3 percent) and Osijek-Baranja County (18.412 or 13.0 percent), while the lowest is in Lika-Senj County (1,797 or 1.3 percent).

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, of which there were six with injured persons, where one person was heavily injured, five persons had light injuries while nine traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 496 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 125 measures taken due to speeding, 37 due to improper overtaking, 45 measures due to improper stop and parking, 39 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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