All week the weather has been stable and indeed sunny and then comes the weekend and the rain arrives.
This morning the rain started and continued all day with heavy southerly winds bringing with them clouds and high seas. The historic city core of Dubrovnik certainly had its winter face on today with an almost empty main street, Stradun, and waiters fighting with blowing awnings.
There were a few tourists in the city and these lucky few had the landmarks and monuments to themselves.
Check out this photo gallery by Tonči Plazibat
The Hard Rock International company, which is includes the Hard Rock Café brand and the Hard Rock Hotel chain, is interested in opening a hotel in Croatia. According to reports they are currently considering several destinations in Croatia.
The Vice President of Development for markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Josh Littman, commented to Poslovni dnevnik that “Apart from becoming more and more popular among investors and brands, Croatia is a very interesting market for us, because it fits in with our rich culture in our business philosophy. We are interested in Split, Dubrovnik, but also in Zagreb and in the northern Adriatic, and we hope that over the coming period we will be able to realize a hotel project, of four or five stars, in some of these destinations.” He added that the company is open for various options, from franchising to contract management or investment.
The company Hard Rock International operates in 75 countries, and has a portfolio of 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos. The only Hard Rock Café in the region is located in Podgorica in Montenegro.
On a European level the number of fatalities due to road traffic accidents however Croatia still has lots of work to do to improve safety. In 1996 there were 60,100 fatalities in the European Union in traffic accidents, or around 1,150 people a week were killed in accidents. Thanks to education, safety measures, new technology and campaigns to wear seat belts this number has drastically fallen over the past ten years. In 2016 the number had dropped to 25,624, or well under half the total of fatalities from 1996.
Croatia is lagging behind the rest of Europe, and takes the unenvious position of sixth of the list of road traffic fatalities per million citizens. According to data from Eurostat in 2016 there were 75 fatalities per million people in Croatia. The worst safety record in 2016 went to Bulgaria with 98 fatalities, followed by Romania with 97, Latvia with 80, Poland with 79 and in fifth spot was Greece with 76. The leader of the pack and the safest country to drive in the EU was Sweden with only 28 fatalities per million inhabitants.
‘’I don’t care that they stole my idea...I care that they don’t have any of their own’’, were the words of one of the greatest inventors of all times.
Nikola Tesla is well known for his numerous inventions without which the modern world could not exist in a way we know it today. He is an icon of the scientific world, who invented alternating current, wireless signal and energy transfer, electric motor, radio communication, remote control and many other things most people have never heard of and yet they are using them every day.
Therefore, here are ten interesting facts about Nikola Tesla you probably didn’t know:
1. A man of thunder - It is interesting to note that Tesla, who invented alternating current, was born during a storm around midnight between the 9th and the 10th of July 1856 in Smiljan, Lika, today’s Croatia. According to a story told by his family, a midwife put her hands in the air and in panic she said, ‘’This baby will be a child of the darkness’’, to which Tesla’s mother replied, ‘’No, he will be the child of light’’.
2. The Nikola Tesla Museum in the US was funded thanks to a comic book – Tesla’s tower or Wardenclyffe was restored thanks to the intervention of the largest fans of his life and work. In May this year, the building purchased the Tesla Science Center for around $1,3 million. The funds were donated by the popular website for public financing IndieGoGo. The organizer and the main initiator of this campaign is Matthew Inman, an illustrator known for his online comic book Oatmeal.
3. Tesla was a true ecologist – Nikola Tesla was very concerned by the fact that people are spending planet resources very quickly so he engaged himself in renewable sources of energy. Therefore, he decided to study ways of extracting natural energy from land and air.
4. Tesla conceptualized the smart phone technology back in 1901 – Tesla truly had excellent ideas, however, they rarely came into practice. For example, he presented new ways of instant communication to his business partner J.P.Morgan - sending stock exchanges info and short telegram messages. Tesla would receive every message through a tube connected to his lab, where he would encode them and join to the selected frequency, which would then be transmitted to a handheld device.
5. Tesla succeeded in scaring Mark Twain –Tesla had a machine called a frequency oscillator in his lab on Manhattan. During his experiments, the machine made such a tremendous noise and an ‘’earthquake’’ kind of trembling that he almost crushed a whole block once. However, there were no damages whatsoever, but he managed to scare Mark Twain. The great writer was widely known for his digestive problems. One day Tesla invited Twain to his lab. When he turned on the fierce machine, Twain was so terrified and had to rush off to the nearest toilet.
6. Tesla would go nuts every time he saw pearls – Hmm, pearls were obviously Tesla’s kryptonite. Every time he saw them, he would be so disgusted that he wasn’t able to talk to a woman who wore them. However, nobody ever knew why he had such an aversion to this jewellery and yet Tesla had a very specific taste for style and aesthetics.
7. Tesla was in panic with microbes and used a photographic memory – Tesla was known for his photographic memory. He used to memorize photos in books and use them later as a basis for his inventions. On the other hand, Tesla suffered from a terrible fear of bacteria because he almost died from cholera when he was a young boy.
8. Tesla made a tower for extracting electric current from the air – Tesla planned to extract electric current for the air and send it through the ground to a final recipient with a 56-metre high tower on Long Island. Unfortunately, this project was never completed.
9. Some Tesla's inventions have become state secrets – After Tesla died in 1943, the Foreigners’ Property Office took all his things. Most of them ended up in the Tesla family, out of which a large number of them were transported to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. However, some documents are still hidden and buried in the US government’s archives.
10. Tesla literally planned to light up the entire planet – Tesla was convinced that he could light up the Earth’s atmosphere, dispel the darkness and create a new era of eternal light. He developed a theory that the upper atmosphere contains gases that can conduct high frequency electric energy that would create ‘’a night light for the whole planet’’.
It is interesting to note that the largest multimedia exhibition ever dedicated to this great man titled ‘’Nikola Tesla- Mind from the Future’’ will be opened in Zagreb on the 25th of November 2017 and will remain open until the 20th of March 2018.
With a new hotel and resort comes a new footpath as representatives of the investor and designer of the new Hotel Belvedere met with the Mayor of Dubrovnik this week. They presented a proposal for a new public promenade next to the Adriatic Sea that would be located on the hotel’s land but would be open for everyone to use.
The construction of the new public walkway will be funded by the hotel owner and the estimated value of the investment amounts to 350,000 Euros. The planned walkway would open a new part of the coastline to citizens as until now this seaside has been impossible to reach on foot.
When presenting the new plan, it was emphasized that the public walkway will have minimal impact on the existing coastal configuration and rock morphology and will, wherever possible, follow the natural lie of the land.
Although the microchipping of dogs in Croatia has been in force since 2004 less than half of the registered dogs in the country actually have a microchip. This situation will soon change with the new Animal Protection Act which makes microchipping a legal obligation. All local governments are required, before the 30th of June 2018, to obtain and implement the microchip readers.
The Animal Friends Association informed all cities and municipalities about this news and urged them to provide funds for microchip control in the budget for next year and to produce a timely plan for its implementation. The legal obligation to label dogs with microchips has been in place since 2004 but now dog owners could face a 6,000 Kuna fine for failing to comply.
The law stipulates that the enforcement of the compulsory microchipping of dogs is to be carried out by communal officers, and the Animal Friends Association has proposed to local communities the recruitment of new communal officers who will, together with the existing ones, control and visit all households in their area.
The microchip contains a unique identification number that reveals the information about the pet owner (address, phone number, etc.) as well as basic animal information and information on castration, vaccination, etc. If dog owner loses their pet then a vet or shelter can identify the dog with the microchip and return it.
There is a new woman in my life. An unbelievably cute lady, or should I say young lady, that has completely stolen my heart. She sleeps on my pillow, goes wherever I go, sits on my lap, we simply adore one another. And before you start getting the wrong idea my wife knows about her and is absolutely fine with me having a younger woman, although it does bother her a little as I give this new love of my life much more attention than my wife. For those of you who haven’t yet worked out what I am talking about this new female is in fact a feline – a cat!
Yes, the Thomas Zoo has increased once again with the latest edition to the tribe a young kitten. She must be the cutest cat I have ever seen; she looks like she has just been doing a photo shoot for the new Whiskas cat food. We found her, or she found us, at the end of the summer. As the English would say she is the “runt of the litter.” But after a few months she became terribly sick, the once bouncy kitten limped along. “We have to take her to the vets,” I said to my wife. Now we are so often at the vets that we don’t bother making appointments anymore. If out vet had a loyalty card, like a Konzum card, we would have racked up so many points that we could buy dog food for the next century. “Oh, this one doesn’t look so good,” came the answer from the vet, not really the first reaction any pet owner wants to hear. “She has cat plague and a really bad case,” she added. This little kitten was draped over my hand like an old rag, lifeless and seemingly half dead. “We can try her on some antibiotics and infusions but I don’t give her much chance of survival – I would say around 20 percent,” she concluded. “20 percent is at least something,” ever the optimist I added.
It was a long journey. Infusions and infusions, drugs, tablets…this poor cat swallowed more drugs than a rock star. But slowly but surely she came back from the dead. Her mother had obviously rejected her, as had her the other kittens in the litter.
During this time of healing and medication we both became bonded. Everywhere I went she followed. I would drive her to the vets tucked down my jumper and during the bumpy ride she would fall asleep purring.
And this comes in a week when some idiot left nine boxes full of puppies and kittens in front of the Culture Home in Čilipi! An extremely ironic place to dump animals, whoever did this has no culture whatsoever. As Mark Twain once wrote ““The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” And so our young kitten survived. Well not only survived but she has blossomed. She is a complete princess. She sleeps right next to my pillow, enjoys fluffy blankets and wants to be cuddled all day long. This has meant a temporary pause to our bedtime activities, if you understand what I mean.
Firstly, she sleeps between our pillows and secondly she demands all the attention. When we did try to, well get intimate, I felt her playing with my toe, which in the height of passion was a bucket of cold water on the fire. So for the time being we are living like monks and nuns. Note to self – I never want to be a monk! She is also clumsy. And being a cat she is curious, as they say curiosity killed the cat. There isn’t a hole, a cupboard or a corner of our house that she hasn’t discovered. Now one of the after effects of this terrible illness was that she has terrible balance. Her back legs look like they have been connected the wrong way round. It doesn’t hurt her but means that when she runs she looks like she’s doing an impression of Elvis Presley and her leaping skills are inaccurate. All this means that she never leaves the house. Probably because she feels insecure. She basically couldn’t escape from any predators. Not that there any tigers or lions roaming the plains of Zupa.
And while we are on the subject of Zupa when is someone going to open a vet surgery in Zupa? So I am writing this column with her sitting on my lap, she is my new laptop. A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden. She is purring blissfully unaware that she is the reason my fingers are bashing the keyboard. And her name, well what else could I name her but twenty.
During the action of enhanced surveillance of the driving speed in Dubrovnik that lasted from 6 am yesterday to 6 am today, 144 drivers were fined by police officers of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
The action was held on a total of 83 locations, where 351 vehicles were controlled and it included the maximum available number of traffic police officers who used all the available speed control devices. The highest speed ''award'' goes to driver that drove 104 km/h, measured on the state road D-8 in Bacina, Ploce.
Citizens were included in this action since they got the chance to suggest locations where the greater presence of the police and speed control is needed. All the suggestions were considered and will be used in the future actions too.
The Dubrovnik-Neretva Police continues with preventive-repressive activities aimed at reducing the number of traffic accidents. Next will be held during the Saturday night, when the control of intoxicated drivers will be increased.
Croats prefer walking to sitting in front of a TV or PC, whilst activities on social media they consider a complement to direct communication.
According to a survey carried out by MediaNet, Croats prefer sports and recreation in their leisure time as well as traditional ways of communicating with their friends.
Most of respondents (15,6%) prefer sports in their leisure time such as football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, running, hiking, yoga, pilates and dance. On the other hand, 11 percent of respondents declared that they like to read in leisure time, 8,6 percent of them prefer walking and being in nature, whilst 7,3 percent of respondents declared that they prefer sitting in front of a TV and watching sports, films, TV series and live broadcast of parliamentary sessions. The same percentage of respondents (7,3%) prefers gardening, activities and work related to a house etc.
Furthermore, the results of the MediaNet survey show that 38 percent of respondents communicate with their friends once a day or every other day personally or directly, whilst 33 percent of them communicate once or twice a week with their friends over the phone or meet them.
Around 45 percent of respondents communicate by phone every day, 23 percent do it once or twice a week, whilst 21 percent of respondents use the phone several times a day. However, communication through social networks does not seem to be a preferred way of communicating with close friends.
Apart from personal and phone contact, Facebook is the most commonly used form of communication for 21 percent of respondents. Around 30 percent of them use Twitter, whilst 14 percent of respondents prefer Viber while communicating with close friends.
Dubrovnik had even more of a 16th century this morning as a wooden galleon in full sails dropped anchor next to the historic city walls.
It was certainly an impressive sight and we can only presume that the galleon was being used as part of a filming or photo campaign. With this impressive ship at anchor next to the city and with no cruise ships or other modern boats in the vicinity Dubrovnik once again had a medieval feel.