Tuesday, 24 April 2018

After numerous days of persistent rain and grayness, Dubrovnik was finally bathed in sunshine yesterday. The spring feeling could be felt all over the city – everybody wanted to go out, walk around or drink coffee while enjoying the warmth of sun. 

Finally, after so many days of depression caused by rain, gray skies and low temperatures – sun is back! And that also means – the season of enchanting sunsets has started. How lucky were those that happen to be at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik while the sun was going down. They enjoyed mesmerizing sunset, alongside with photographer Tonci Plazibat, who shared the magic with all of us.

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Simple Minds are going to perform in Croatia this May. The Scottish rock band will perform a free concert in Split in the beginning of May on the beach Žnjan.

It appears that the concert will be held on the 5th of May, two days before the Day of the City of Split, and would give the city a boost at the beginning of the tourist season. The free concert would also mark the opening of the beach Žnjan.

The Mayor of Split, Andro Krstulović Opara, commented on his Facebook profile, along with a video link to a live performance of Alive and Kicking in Edinburgh in 2015.

Eight years ago, the same band held a big concert in the Split and this free concert is sure to be a massive hit.

After Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Monday that due to the case of the poisoning of a Russian double agent in the UK he would expel a Russian diplomat from the country it brings into question as to whether the Russian President will visit Croatia.

Vladimir Putin was expected to visit Croatia on the invitation of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, however this state visit is now hanging in the balance.

The president's office said on Monday that despite the expulsion of a Russian diplomat her invitation to the Russian president remains open. The Russian Embassy in Zagreb however had a different story, speaking to Croatian Television the embassy said that “Given the hostile step that Croatia has taken with respect to Russia, there are likely to be some corrections on President Vladimir Putin's arrival in Croatia.”


This year, the "Safe Tourism Season" program will include a record number of countries – 18. Police officers from China will work in Croatia for the first time and will be staying in Dubrovnik, Split and Plitvice – Poslovni.hr reports.

-This is an action that is extremely important to us because of the quality of police service in terms of speed, civility and getting information. This year we will form headquarters in Zadar that will function as a communication center with other services - said Assistant Director of the police Krunoslav Borovec in Rovinj, at the meeting before the tourist season, which was held by the tourism sector representatives with the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.
-Tourism, along with a favorable external environment, is one of the main generators of growth in the Croatian economy, which is confirmed by the latest report by Standard and Poor's Agency, which a few days ago raised the rating of Croatia from 'BB' to 'BB+' – said Capelli, who added that government recognized the value of tourism and that they will continue to stimulate it in the future.

Director of the Croatian Emergency Medicine Institute, Maja Grba-Bujevic, reported that with the helicopter and police emergency services, they also purchased six ships for medical services.

Kristjan Stanicic from Croatian Tourist Board pointed out that Croatia's positioning in the distant markets was focused on opening new trade unions in the markets such as China, South Korea and the United States, as well as increasing the number of avio-lines.

In January 2018, the average monthly net earnings per person in employment in the Republic of Croatia amounted to 6,189 Kuna, which represents an increase of 3.8%, as compared to December 2017, according to new data from the Central Statistics Bureau.

The highest average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment in for January were in the air transport sector and amounted to 11,077 Kuna. While the lowest earnings were paid off in the manufacture of leather and related products and amounted to 4,001 Kuna.

And the Croatian Chamber of Commerce believe that this positive trend will continue this year. “We expect the growth in wages to continue this year under the influence of continued economic growth, raised minimum wage levels and the effect of increased wages in state and public services" commented a spokesperson from the chamber.

For almost three months, there was uncertainty about ticket prices in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but now it’s clear that they will increase – Poslovni.hr reports.

According to the price list published on the pages of Plitvice Lakes, the price of adult tickets in the period from 1st of April to June 30th will be 150 kuna, which is 40 kuna more than they have been so far. From July 1st to August 3st1, the price of adult tickets until 4 pm, will go up for 70 kuna! Instead of usual 180 kuna, tickets will be 250 kuna.

In the new price list, the new director has built a "privilege" for those who would like to see the Plitvice beauty late in the afternoon. Entering the National Park after 4 pm will be 100 kuna cheaper!

Croatia has stood behind the UK and will expel a Russian diplomat. It what is the largest expulsion of diplomats ever, with Trump announcing 60 will be expelled, Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, has announced that he will expel one diplomat.

21 countries have announced that they will expel Russian diplomats and diplomat staff, with 16 European Union members, as well as Canada, Norway, Ukraine, Albania and the United States. The UK acted first, sending home 23 diplomatic staff, and now the rest of the world has followed. 

This is all in reaction to Russia's alleged use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Prime Minster Teresa May commented that "President Putin's regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our shared values and interests within our continent and beyond. And as a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with NATO to face down these threats together."

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 370 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 137 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper stop and parking, 71 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 11 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

One user in Croatia has managed to forget something in Uber for 11 times, in the UK 19 times, but the record is held by a user from Brazil who has done it 27 times. This data is on the list of lost and found items, which contains the most common and most interesting things Uber users in Europe have forgotten in vehicles over the past year and that has been published at their official website.

The list is quite interesting, since it shows that people can forget almost everything during their ride – from iron to artificial teeth! In Croatia, Uber users often leave cell phones, wallets, keys, clothing, and glasses in the car. Users in Zagreb most often forget and report the lost stuff on Saturdays, in Split on Sundays, while most of the entries were received in Zagreb on December 17th and in Split on February 25th last year.

The most forgetful countries according to Uber are Spain, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic and Italy.

Here is the list of lost and found items in Uber across the Europe:
1. Game console
2. Iron
3. Golf club
4. Resignation forms
5. A lawyer's suit
6. Professional kitchen knives
7. Folding bicycle
8. Police ID
9. Music mixer
10. Fryer
11. Wedding ring
12. Artificial teeth
13. Wedding ring
14. Visa Acquisition Documents
15. Wedding presents with a bunch of greeting cards
16. Hair Iron
17. Playstation
18. Inflatable bed
19. Ukulele
20. Coffee machine
21. Work contract signed
22. A small statue of the Hindu deity

The sevent edition of Aklapela Festival, gathering vocal groups from different parts of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik, from April 6th to 8th (Friday-Sunday).

The first evening of this special and loved festival will be held at Lazareti, on Friday, April 6th, at 8 pm. On Saturday, at the same place and same time the second evening will be held. The festival will end in big style at the Dubrovnik Cathedral, on Sunday, April 8th, at 11 am.

Like every year, Aklapela gathers vocal groups from all over Croatia. This year's participants are: Ankora (Podstrana), Cesarice (Zagreb), FA Lindo (Dubrovnik), Kampaneli (Donja Kastela), Kapric (Zadar), Kase (Dubrovnik), Pasika (Kostanje), Porat (Lumbarda), Reful (Split), Skontradura (Dubrovnik), Stine (Zagreb), Subrenum (Zupa Dubrovacka).

If you are wondering, Aklapela Festival got its name by combining words a capella and klapa, which means ‘vocal group’ in Croatian. It combines enchanting a capella singing with beautiful venues of Dubrovnik. Every year, the festival brings more and more people together – from vocal groups to audience.

The interesting fact is that the klapa singing has been inscribed to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012., which emphasized the importance of this traditional form of harmonious singing.

If you like this type of music (or you are wondering if you are), this is a must-visit. All the information are avaliable at their official website.

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