The summer season is over in Dubrovnik and now it’s time for the rugby season to start.
Dubrovnik’s own rugby team, Invictus Rugby Club, start their new season with hope and optimism after seriously reinforcing their ranks. The first comes in the shape of David Casey, a New Zealander, who has been brought in to train the senior team and to inject some energy and belief as well as the rugby culture from the southern hemisphere. And along with Casey is another foreign import, this time on the playing side as Patrick Rowntree, from England, has been drafted in to play the opening part of the season.
Dubrovnik’s rugby adventure kicks off this weekend when on Sunday they take on Lokomotiva from Zagreb at 2.00 pm in the Gospino Polje stadium in Dubrovnik.
In fact the rugby weekend in Dubrovnik starts on Saturday when a former All Black, Gary Brady, will hold a seminar in Cavtat in the morning at the club’s ground. This will be followed in the afternoon with a rugby presentation and should be great fun.
This year the Invictus Rugby Club will compete in the Adria 7s regional league, the Croatian Championship in Rugby 7s as well as the Croatian 7s Cup and in the 2nd Croatian Rugby League where they will compete with a full team of 15 players. This weekend, the opening of the league, will be historical as it will be the first time that a full rugby team has represented Dubrovnik competitively. We wish them well for this opening weekend.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), last month brought a decline in Europe’s car sales; however, Croatia recorded great results and topped all European Union member countries.
Last month the Croatian car market was the biggest and a positive exception to the overall European picture. While the sales of new vehicles in the European Union dropped by 2 percent, the growth rate in Croatia, which was 4,9 percent a month earlier, accelerated to 12,3 percent – 2,791 new cars were registered.
The data were recently published by ACEA, which emphasized that 1,427,000 new cars were registered in the EU in September. ACEA’s analysts explained that the European minus was somewhat mitigated by the continued positive trend in Italy and Spain, where growth amounted to 4,6 percent and 8,1 percent respectively.
‘’From January to September, the demand for personal cars in the EU grew by 3,7 percent with almost 11,7 million new registered cars. Among the leading markets, sales raised most in Italy by 9 percent and in Spain by 6,7 percent. France and Germany recorded a significantly lower sales growth of 3,9 percent and 2,2 percent respectively", ACEA stated. They also added that in that period, the 'new' EU countries were the engine of growth, with sales jump of 13,8 percent. On the other hand, in 'old' Europe it grew by only 2,9 percent.
Rising 37 metres above the Adriatic Sea the Lovrijenac Fortress is an imposing structure that is part of the Dubrovnik City Walls defence system. Believed to be constructed in the 11th century the fortress dominates the western entrance to the historic Old City of Dubrovnik.
Triangular in shape the thickness of the walls reaches up to 12 metres towards the seaside, however on the sides facing the land the thickness is only 60 centimetres. The reason for this differing thickness was that the fortress had its own commander and in case he decided to rebel the cannons from the city walls could easily break through the thinner inland walls. An inscription over the gate on the entrance to the fortress reads “Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro” – “Freedom is not to be sold for all the gold in the world.”
One of the most iconic landmarks in Dubrovnik Lovrijenac has been used by many international theatre productions and often hosts the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. It is also one of the main locations for the popular Game of Thrones serial, where it plays the Red Keep.
According to the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Central Europe list for 2017, the average growth rate in the period from 2013 to 2016 (including) reached new record of 1,127 percent.
‘’This is the second year in a row which recorded a growth over 1,000 percent’’, commented Zlatko Bazianec, the manager of the Croatian office and a partner at Deloitte’s Business Consulting Department.
This year’s Deloitte list of the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies in Central Europe included 11 countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Bulgaria) and 300 applications from innovative companies.
After Poland with 19 innovative companies on the list, Croatia was the second country with eight ranked companies in the main category of the competition. However, two more Croatian companies made it to the Rising Star category thus Croatia had ten representatives on the Deloitte’s list.
On the Technology Fast 50 Central Europe list, the best-ranked Croatian company was Rimac Automobili in the Clean Tech and Energy category. The company placed as the 10th on the list with a growth of 1,059 percent.
Rimac Automobili was followed by Code Consulting Ltd, which placed as the 22nd in the IT & Digital Solutions category with a growth rate of 545 percent, Telum d.o.o. (25th, Internet, Media& Telecom, 520% growth), Profico (28th, IT & Digital Solutions, 466% growth), Undabot d.o.o. (35th, IT & Digital Solutions, 421% growth), Hangar 18 d.o.o. (40th, IT & Digital Solutions, 368% growth), Gauss LTD (45th, IT & Digital Solutions, 347% growth) and Infinium d.o.o., which placed as the 49th in the IT & Digital Solutions category with a growth of 315 percent.
In the category Rising Stars, Croatia had two representatives; the Q company for Digital Solutions which placed as the 2nd on this list with a growth of 2,246 percent, and Merit Media which was in the 9th place with a growth rate of 712 percent.
Apart from being the best-placed company from Croatia on the Technology Fast 50 Central Europe list, Rimac Automobili was the only company from the Clean Tech and Energy category to rank in the overall competition at the level of Central Europe.
The last concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in the Rector's Palace for this season will be a real musical treat.
On Friday, October 20th, the orchestra will be conducted by charismatic Indonesian conductor with a German address Noorman Widjaja, while Luka Ljubas, the winner of this year's International Violin Competition Vaclav Huml, will also perform as the soloist. He is also the first Croatian to win the first place during the forty years of this prestigious competition. The start of the concert is at 8:30 pm.
Luka Ljubas was born in 1996 in Vienna, in the Croatian - Japanese music family. He received his first violin lesson from his mother, and then studied at the Margareten Music School in Vienna in the class of Professor Arkadij Winokurov. In 2006, he started violin studies at the Klagenfurt State Conservatory in the class of Professor Brian Finlayson. In 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna, and since 2015 has become a regular student in the class of Professor Gerhard Schulz after his successful entrance exam.
Luka is the winner of numerous first prizes at national and international competitions. During his previous career, he has often performed in Austria, among others in Vienna Konzerthaus and on numerous international stages - in Armenia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Slovenia and Japan.
Heineken Croatia has received the prestigious Heineken Quality Award from its Head office in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
‘’We received this great acknowledgement for Heineken’s top quality, which is primarily related to product quality and packaging as well as freshness on the market. Besides, a beer with a true Heineken profile requires precisely defined taste and aroma characteristics, and that is exactly what we have managed to achieve in our products. We are very proud that our efforts have been recognized and that we have become the best among 70 countries where Heineken operates’’, commented Valentina Belavic, the supply chain director at Heineken Croatia.
The Heineken Quality Award – The Most Improved Operation Award has been awarded to a Heineken brewery that achieves the largest progress in the overall quality of the brand Heineken. The passion for quality is one of the company’s values; the main brand Heineken is the same everywhere in the world, which is ensured with strict analytical and sensory controls throughout the entire production process and distribution.
With constant efforts and investment in the quality, the company with a well known green bottle and red star shows the importance of its main premium brand to retain its original, traditional recipe and the highest quality of natural ingredients. Thus, it is no wonder that Heineken is the world’s leading brand in the premium beer lager with a global market share of almost 19 percent – twice as much as the second-placed brand in this segment.
At the official award ceremony held in Amsterdam, the Heineken general director Jean-Francois van Boxmeer declared Heineken Croatia the winner in the category The Most Improved Operation, whilst Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, a member of the Heineken family and the CEO of the company presented the award.
Even though the filming of a new sequel ''Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'' on Vis officially ended a few days ago, the former agent 007 is still on the island.
Pierce Brosnan, who became a favourite among Vis locals during filming, is still posting photos of the island on his Instagram profile.
During his stay on the island accompanied by his wife Keeley Shaye Smith, the actor was obviously so enchanted with Vis and its beauty that his recent post includes one of the photos from the island.
‘’A Moment in time on the island of Vis/Croatia’’, commented Brosnan the photo of him resting and relaxing on a swing among pine trees looking down at the sea.
The photo was taken by his colleague Christine Baranski.
Finding a free parking space around the Old City of Dubrovnik can be challenging to say the least but some drivers clearly lose their minds in desperation.
This driver today managed to block a public path which is bad enough but to make matters even worse a mother was forced to haul her pram and baby around and over this moronic driver.
Remember you are part of a community and not an island – parking and blocking public paths is not only illegal but also extremely selfish.