World’s First Discovery Launched into Sea in Croatia
The world’s first discovery yacht, built by Croatian shipyard Uljanik in Pula, has been launched into the sea from slipway on Wednesday at Uljanik Shipyard. Scenic Eclipse, built for PEC Limited, a company of the Australian Scenic group, was launched into the sea from the shipyard’s No.1 slipway today. The luxury cruise ship is designed to sail anywhere in the world with the latest innovations in naval design and technology for exploration in extreme environments, such as the Arctic and Antarctic coasts and the seabed. “Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, only 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery, and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable,” Scenic says. The vessel, which is being built under the supervision of the Bureau Veritas Croatia Classification Society, has state-of-the-art safety features allowing the cruiser to unlock a number of new destinations. The vessel is 165.70 meters long and 21.50 meters wide. Scenic Eclipse will also offer a variety of features, including a platform for helicopters, submarine for seven people, a theater with 240 seats, a heated pool, gym, spa, jacuzzi, six restaurants, bars, room for Pilates and hundreds of apartments. The 6-star luxury discovery yacht will launch in the Mediterranean on 31 August 2018, sailing from Athens to Venice.
Mobile Brand NOA to Present Notched Screen Device – First Since iPhone X
Award-winning Croatian firm Hangar 18, who have their own line of mobile and smartphones under the NOA brand, will present their new model later this month. NOA will present at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona its new NOA N10 smartphone sporting a 6,2 FHD+ screen with an 18:9 screen ratio. The screen of the device will have a notch on the top and cover the entire front plate, making NOA N10 the first mobile phone to feature a screen from top notch to bottom edge since iPhone X. NOA N10 will be powered by a fast 8 core 2,3 GHz MediaTek MT 6763 processor, and feature a screen covering the entire front plate of the device, from top notch to bottom edge. The INCELL FHD+ screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels with an 18:9 screen ratio. NOA N10 will have 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of data storage, which will be expandable to 128 GB with an extra SD card. As we know, NOA is creating new trends in the B market segment, so N10 will feature a dual back Sony 2×16 MP camera with the latest IMX499 sensor. The double back camera, with the help of the latest Sony sensor and oversampling technology, will enable the user to create photographs up 80 MP. The front 16 MP selfie camera will support Face ID and Face Beauty software features. Let’s not forget the ceramic casing, which will offer the users a sensation of prestige and elegance. It will hold a 3.600 mAh battery, forming the heart of Android 8.0 powered N10. The device will be able to use two SIM cards, with one nano-SIM card, which can be combined with a memory card, enabling the usage of either two SIM cards, or one SIM card + memory card. This smartphone will also offer its buyers DTS Sound enhancement. DTS Sound is a comprehensive audio solution which offers an improved stereo sound image, internal speaker optimization and a panoramic experience over headphones. NOA N10 smartphone is planned to be released in the 300 Euro price bracket.
Croatian Businesswoman First in the Raw Energy Bars
After two and a half years of hand-made production, First in the Raw, a popular brand of Croatian energy bars made from dried fruit and nuts, recently upgraded to a small production line in Rijeka. “Almond & Fig”, “Hazelnut & Plum”, “Walnut & Apple”, “Very Sour Cherry”, “Pear Pleasure”, and “Pumpkin Head” – are the names of nutritious First in the Raw snacks, whose recipes were developed by Leo Tvrtković. The business idea was the result of entrepreneur Alenka Tvrtković’s jobless days at the Croatian Employment Service. A recreational athlete with years of experience as a tour guide in Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Alenka applied her active lifestyle and passions into making healthy snacks on-the-go. First in the Raw energy bars present a nutritious and delicious 200-calorie snack, which is roughly 10% of an average adult’s recommended daily intake. The grab-and-go bars are ideal for when you don’t have time to eat a proper meal – at work, school, college, outdoors, or while traveling. The bars are filled with vitalizing ingredients: dried fruit and nuts are grown in Croatia and Slovenia. Their aroma comes from dates and raisins from Iran and Tunisia, with a creative twist of anise, clove, ginger, lavender, and cardamom. Besides their refined and rich taste, these raw energy bars are ideal for people with asthenia, anemia, weakened immunity or those under stress. First in the Raw bars help with the increased need for psychophysical endurance and staying alert, and support growth in children and adolescents. As the demand for the product increased and outgrew the capacities of hand-made production in Croatia, in 2017, First in the Raw invested in automated production and went through a complete rebranding. Tatjana Bartaković was in charge of the brand’s strategic and creative concept, Helikopterdesign (Slovenia) created the new packaging, while the brand photos were taken by Maja Danica Pečanić and product images by Marija Gašparović. With automated production and increase of capacities, the quality of First in the Raw bars was reaffirmed. The brand manager, Alenka Tvrtković, has grown into a serious — and successful — businesswoman. She developed First in the Raw for her own needs when she was recreationally active in sports such as swimming, running, rafting, and kayaking. The first versions of the product were consumed by her friends, after which positive feedback led her onto applying to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce’s “Let’s Buy Croatian” campaigns. It was thanks to her appearance at the campaign that her distributional network across Croatia started to form. “After 10 years of working as a tour guide across Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, I decided to change my job. I was unemployed for a while, then I realized that I can transfer my active lifestyle experiences into a business. I thank my parents for instilling good nutritional habits while we were growing up. They always served us dried fruit and nuts as a snack instead of sugary sweets,” stated Alenka Tvrtković. “Since I was always outdoors in nature, I started making my own energy bars that my friends enjoyed. That’s how I mustered the courage to present my products during the “Let’s Buy Croatian” campaign in 2015, where First in the Raw gained popularity. Encouraged by all the positive feedback, I started to produce more energy bars by hand, and it was their quality that did all the marketing. It’s well-known that nuts contain nutrients that optimize brain function and are very effective for intense intellectual work. Dried fruits include carbohydrates and fibers as the main source of nutritional value. Although these bars are rich in sugar that diabetics will frown upon, the main sugar here is fructose, which affects a different metabolic process without the activation of insulin or increase of glucose levels in the blood. In collaboration with nutritionist Karla Ferk, we balanced out the ingredients of our products. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of customers who recognized First in the Raw — mothers with children, students, recreational and professional athletes, vegetarians, raw food eaters, gluten-free eaters, people on calorie-restricted diets, and those who watch what they eat with a focus on healthy food,” said Alenka. Energy bars First in the Raw can be found at around 40 sales points across Croatia – in Zagreb, Rijeka, Opatija, Šibenik, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, in stores such as Veronika Delikatesa, Milenij Hotel in Opatija, fitness centers, as well as shops that sell products of Croatian micro-entrepreneurs, e.g. Grga Čvarak Delikatese in Zagreb.
Craft Beer To Go Opens in Zagreb
Good news for craft beer lovers in the Croatian capital with a new interesting shop dedicated to craft beer opening today. Craft Beer to Go opens on Saturday 3 February 2018 at the address of Lastovska ulica 2a in Zagreb. Besides being dedicated to growing range of craft beers from Croatia, the shop is one of the first in Europe to offer fresh beer to take away with their unique can-closing technology. “Our main goal is to promote local Croatian craft beers in the shop,” the guys at Craft Beer to Go said. The shop is open daily from 10 am – 9 pm with a number of local Croatian craft beers being offered on tap to take away.
This weekend the beers on tap include.
1. Zmajska pivovara
2. Nova runda
4. Križevačka pivovara
5. Zeppelin Craft Brewery
6. A surprise
Croatia Airlines Confirm Dublin Service and 2 New Routes
Croatia Airlines confirmed it will launch a new service between Zagreb and Dublin this year. The are currently no scheduled flights between Zagreb and Dublin but due to the growing Croatian diaspora in Ireland and an increase in tourists to Croatia from Ireland, Croatia’s national carrier has announced it will introduce the new service at the start of May 2018. “From 3 May till 25 October we will be flying between Dublin and Zagreb on Thursdays and Sundays. You can already buy your ticket for return flights starting from 189 euros,” Croatia Airlines said in a statement. “We are excited that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we will have a Dublin – Zagreb route,” Jasmin Bajić, CEO of Croatia Airlines said. “We see the introduction of this flight as a contribution to the development of tourism in both countries and we are looking forward to seeing many Irish citizens in the Croatian capital, as well as in other parts of Croatia.” Croatia Airlines operated several charter flights between Osijek and Dublin over the Christmas period in 2016/2017. Also on Wednesday, Croatia Airlines announced two other new services – Dubrovnik-Munich and Split-Copenhagen, as well as increased services on a number of existing routes. The Dubrovnik-Munich will operate from 30 April 2018 five times weekly – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The new Split-Copenhagen will launch on 5 May and run until 20 October 2018 and will fly weekly on Saturdays.