Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Croatian company Include has announced its entry to the markets of Great Britain and Ireland with their Steora smart bench.

One of the leading European manufacturers of innovative solutions for ‘’smart cities’’ headed by a young innovator and an ‘’IT genius’’ Ivan Mrvos from Solin near Split, presented the Steora smart bench to the public at the Croatian Embassy in London on the 11th of October 2017. Many respected guests who are relevant to the field of renewable energy resources, technology and environment, as diplomatic representatives from other countries attended the presentation.

This is the first presentation of many that will be held within the pilot project ‘’Smart bench on a tour’’. The Steora smart bench will be touring Croatian embassies throughout Europe where it will be exhibited for a week.

couple sitting on smart bench

 

The main aim of the Include company is to increase its presence in 30 countries by the end of this year. The company currently employs 40 people and is the largest Croatian manufacturer of smart benches.

The Steora smart bench is a green invention ideal for cities, parks, airports, marinas, business and shopping centres. It includes batteries, which are powered by solar panels; they provide internet access and the possibility to charge mobile phones and laptops by USB charger. Steora also gathers data about air quality, humidity, city noise, displays advertising, and provides light at night.

Keeley Shaye Smith, a director, producer, filmmaker, journalist, and a wife of the former British agent 007 Pierce Brosnan, thanked Croatia for a wonderful time spent on the island of Vis.

On her Instagram profile, Smith posted a beautiful bird’s eye photo and wrote; ‘Bye bye Croatia. Thank you for your immeasurable hospitality!’’

The British actor and his wife spent some wonderful time on the island of Vis where Brosnan joined his colleagues Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Amanda Seyfried in filming of a new sequel ‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ and played a role of Sam Carmichael.

While not on the set, Brosnan spent every spare moment with his wife Keeley walking around the island and enjoying in wonderful sights. According to her posted photos, Smith was obviously stunned with the gorgeous Croatian coast and hospitality of locals on Vis.

Apart from her farewell photo, Smith also posted a few photos of bays, beaches and tasty food in restaurants on the island of Vis.

More and more Croatian citizens keep cash surplus on their bank accounts instead of saving it.

The latest analysis show that by the end of August 2017 the deposit money in Croatia amounted to almost 70 billion Kunas or more precisely 69,8 billion Kunas, which represents a growth of 4,1 percent at a monthly level and 23,1 percent at an annual level.

The main reason for this growth lies in extremely low interest rates. An increase in cash outside banks was also recorded and amounted to almost 26,7 billion Kunas.

On the eve of the Dubrovnik Wave Music Festival we caught up with one of the leading lights of the festival Karl Oliver Goedicke, AKA D.O.N.S. as well as one half of the hard house/hard trance duo, Warp Brothers, with his music partner Jürgen Dohr. Goedicke will be a busy DJ over the next two days as he is performing on both days of the festival. He sprang to fame with the massive hits such as We Will Survive (UK top 20) and Phatt Bass (UK top 10) and also featured as the soundtrack to the Wesley Snipes movie Blade. Bathing in the sunshine of Dubrovnik in the middle of October we caught up with him to discover what audiences can expect before the festival begins.

How difficult was it for the organisers of this new Dubrovnik festival to twist your arm and convince you to come and perform in Dubrovnik?

To be fair it was very, very easy as I have been to Dubrovnik a few times before and I knew what a spectacular place it is. I love music and I love Dubrovnik so the combination of the two seemed ideal.

Did you realise that the festival was actually being held on an island?

No, the first information that I got was that it was Dubrovnik and then I heard it was on an Adriatic island which seemed even more exciting. I have never been to Lokrum before so it will give me a chance to see a new part of the city.

This isn’t the first time you have performed in Croatia.

No, I have played in Split, Zagreb, Opatija and Dubrovnik before and I have to say that on every occasion it was a wonderful experience.

Karl Oliver Goedicke 2

What are your impressions, I’ll stop myself from saying first impressions as you have been before, of Dubrovnik?

Well for sure Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I love it. The intact architecture of the Old City is truly incredible. Imagine taking all of the tourists out of the Old City and then picture knights on horseback riding down the main street. It is also a very tidy and clean city. I grew up in France so I love this Mediterranean lifestyle.

What can the audiences expect from your sets in the Dubrovnik Wave Music Festival?

So I will be playing on both days of the festival. On Friday I will be performing as DJ D.O.N.S. so that will be more House music and some current tech-house tunes that are soulful And then on Saturday, as one half of the Warp Brothers, the set will be a little harder. It will be a more electronic dance music than Friday.

Who are your musical influences?

Don’t laugh but there is only one – my biggest, biggest influence in James Brown. I think I have the biggest James Brown record collection you can have. I have everything he ever recorded from 1956 onwards. I can also say that Kraftwerk had an influence on me as well as Jean Michel Jarre. So you can see the mix between soul music and electronic music. I used to have 80,000 plus vinyl records.

Karl Oliver Goedicke 3

 

How has electronic dance music transformed over the past ten years?

Yes, good question. All these things go in cycles and electronic dance music is no different. When we started with the Warp Brothers in 1999/2000 it was all about trance, hard trance and electronic music. Later on the sound became slower. Today the bigger electronic music festivals are more about entertainment and this can be sometimes to the deprement of the actual music. I don’t want to criticise any DJ’s in particular but the business or should I say show business side of festivals can be a little too much. It’s a little bit of an overkill. I am a DJ and I want to entertain people, but I want to entertain them with my art, with my music.

What do you enjoy the most about playing at music festival?

For me I still love to give something to the people, because if I give them joy they give me something back which is nice for me, so it is a give and take. And of course the atmosphere is amazing. I am so lucky to do something that I love to do.

Do you have a final message to audiences before the festival?

Yes, I think that they should embrace the festival it is something new and I think it will bring an international flair to the city.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day and some of the locals and visitors might actually feel unlucky to be in Dubrovnik tomorrow, since it’s expected to be quite crowded.

On the cruise ship arrivals schedule this Friday, accidentally the 13th, is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.  Five cruise ships are arriving. Four of them (Mein Schiff 2, Costa Luminosa, Aurora, Msc Poesia) will arrive before 8:30 am and only Berlin is arriving in the afternoon or more precisely, at 6 pm.

First cruise ship will leave at 1 pm, so the morning is supposed to be quite hectic. You can expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City.

However, it’s good to know that this is the last red cruiser day this year. So stay patient and enjoy your stay as much as you can.

An exhibition entitled “Blue Coloured Blue” opens tonight in Dubrovnik. The exhibition, organized by the Dubrovnik Association of Fine arts, opens at 7.00 pm tonight in the atrium of the Sponza Palace in the heart of the Old City.

As in previous years the association will present the Dubrovnik public with a thematic exhibition and this year the choice is works that are related to the colour blue.

The exhibition will remain open until the 31st of October. 

In Croatia, a drone isn’t a fun item you can just fly anywhere and do pretty much everything you want with it. So, as a drone pilot in this country, there are a quite a couple of things you should note. Already, those who’ve found themselves on the wrong side of the law have had to face the consequences and this included not just paying fines but also having their drone videos or shots pulled down from where they posted them.

drone photo croatian coastline

The Civil Aviation Agency in Croatia enforced the UAV ordinance in May 2015 with the intention of regulating drone activities in Croatia. So, if you intend to film in this country, here’s what you should know.

Notifying the Authorities

Croatia is home to fascinating holiday destinations so one may feel compelled to record theirs with the best drone. Even taking shots is recommended because at one point, looking at them will stir memories of that specific place and that often feels so good. However, before you do either, you will have to notify the State Geodetic Administration at least 15 days in advance. You will also have to pay the required state fees. Failure to do so could see you fined up to 25,000 kunas (that’s approximately $3900 or 3000 Euros)

drone photo zadar

Filming Details

Before you start to film, there are a couple of details you will have to give out. This includes a map of your intended filming, planned flight length, focal length, and so on. This is done every other time you want to film with your drone. And after filming or taking photographs, they will have to be passed on to the authorities for approval. Well, this perhaps explains why several drone footage of specific places in Croatia has since been pulled down from YouTube.

Flying Zones

If you lack a special permission, it means you can only fly your drone in places categorized as Class I & II. These are areas that are either uninhabited and without any buildings or with deserted auxiliary commercial buildings. Nonetheless, you are still going to require a certificate attesting to your qualification as a drone pilot.

Flying Over Crowded Areas

To fly over areas packed with dozens of people or human activity, the organizer will have to grant you a special permission. Also, you will have to supply to the Civil Aviation Agency your name and state who will operate the drone. Details about your flight will need to be communicated as well and lastly, you will need to show your accident and liability coverage.

ariel photo dubrovnik drone

Controlling The Drone

While operating your drone, the law is clear that it should fly it a minimum distance of 150 m away from huge gatherings and 30 meters from animals, people, vehicles, roads, transmission lines, ships, and other objects. At the same time, the drone shouldn’t at any given time go beyond 500 meters from where you are operating it. Put differently, just ensure the drone never goes out of your line of light.

Other basic rules to note include:

· You are only allowed to operate a drone during the day
· The maximum flight altitude is bound by the 79-joules rule.
· For deviating flight manoeuvres, you will need permission from the Civil Aviation Agency.
· Maintain a 3-kilometer distance from airport facilities

Keep in mind that these are just a part of the rules governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Click here to read the entire UAV ordinance. 

Text and photos - Tom Gerber from www.wearechampionmag.com

Croatia is a country of opposites. It is a well known fact that it is a wonderful country rich in nature, culture, history and tradition, however, according to Eurostat, its citizens are the most uncultured nation in the European Union with very bad oral hygiene.

Some studies show that on the average Croats brush their teeth every five days and that they replace their tooth brushes once a year. Furthermore, devastating data also show that on the average 12-year olds in Croatia have four decayed teeth. All and all, in terms of oral hygiene, Croatia hit the European bottom, again.

The latest data from Eurostat provide some interesting findings. To the question ‘’How many of your natural teeth do you have?’’, only a minority of Europeans (41%) stated that they still have all their natural teeth. A third of respondents still have 20 or more natural teeth, but not all. On the other hand, 13 percent of respondents declared that they have only nine natural teeth at the most, or even none.

The respondents stating that they still have all their natural teeth live mainly in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as in Ireland, Cyprus, Malta and Greece. On the other hand, only 19-29 percent of inhabitants of eastern EU countries of Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia said that they have all their natural teeth. When it comes to Croatia, only 26 percent of its citizens declared to have all their natural teeth.

Furthermore, Eurostat’s survey question ‘’When did you last visit a dentist about your teeth, dentures or gums?’’ also provided some interesting results. Respondents who visited a dentist during the past twelve months were inhabitants from northern EU countries such as the Netherlands (83%), Denmark (78%), Germany and Luxembourg (77%), followed by Slovakia (73%) and Sweden (71%). It is important to note that in some of these countries it is compulsory for inhabitants to visit the dentist once a year or even every six months in order to continue to benefit from medical insurance cover for their teeth.

On the other hand, inhabitants of several countries in the eastern part of the EU are the least likely to have visited the dentist during the past year such as Romania (34%), Hungary (35%), Latvia (41%), Poland (44%), Estonia and Bulgaria (45%), Lithuania (46%) and Greece (49%). This time Croatia scored better than all those countries with 50 percent of people who visited the dentist in the past year.

Ana Rucner, the famous Croatian cellist, always does her best to promote her country. Her latest video presents Gospic, with the motto ‘’Full of Energy’’ and is the newest video of the Gospic Tourist Board.

The video was filmed on many attractive locations, such as the Nature Park Velebit, the Memorial center Nikola Tesla and many others. It is focused on amazing, breathtaking nature. Along with the beautiful landscapes of Gospic and its surroundings, Velebit takes a very important place in the video, because part of it was also filmed at Visocica, at 1,619 metres above sea level.

The video was created by Boris Seper from Film 54 Croatia and it has already received many compliments. Well deserved, we say -  but take a look and judge it for yourself.

Eurowings has introduced a novel way of making a new flight schedule for 2018 - you vote we fly.

The German airline, a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, let its potential clients decide on new flight routes they would include in the new summer schedule by choosing among ten travel destinations in Europe and voting for their favourite.

‘’We are letting you decide on our next flight route. Take part in the vote and choose your favourite travel destination,” Eurowings said in their “You vote. We fly.” campaign, adding that the most-voted travel destination will be part of Eurowings 2018 summer schedule.

The ten European destinations were presented in the videos, one video for each destination. Croatia was also included in this prestigious group with the island of Brac.

The voting was closed on the 10th of October 2017 and here are the results:

Trapani (Italy) – 31,6%

Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 31,2%

Shannon (Ireland) – 9,6%

Castellon (Spain) – 8,1%

Belfast (Ireland) – 5,4%

Bergen (Norway) – 3,8%

Brac (Croatia) – 3,4%

Biarritz (France) – 2,6%

Podgorica (Montenegro) – 2,3%

Trieste (Italy) – 2%

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