Wednesday, 18 October 2017
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


Among all European Union member countries, the highest equality between men and women is observed in Sweden and the lowest in Greece. As far as Croatia is concerned, the country is in the 24th place, reported the European Institute for Gender Equality, pointing out that the EU is progressing but very slow.

According to the 2017 Report on equality between women and men in the EU carried out by the European Institute, Sweden is the most gender-equal country with 82,6 points out of 100, whilst Greece is among the worst with 50 points. A reward for the biggest progress goes to Italy, which made a big step forward, won additional 12, 9 points, and placed as the 14th on the gender equality list for 2017.

When it comes to Croatia, the country is among the worst countries in the European Union with 53,1 points. Croatia is followed by Greece, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

The best EU member countries for gender equality are Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. The European average is 66,2 points.

My name is Dietmar Gamerith and I have been coming to Dubrovnik since 1969. In total I have visited the city 75 times and over this time many things have happened to the modern soul and spirit of Dubrovnik. One of the only things that has stayed the same is the positive aura that the friendly citizens and the city have.

There are many more tourists than before and the traffic is much heavier. The airport, the port and the amount of cruise ships are all considerably more than over past years. I realise that the city lives from tourism and that many citizens rely on this income. During the rush hour from Spring to Autumn the Old City is overloaded with tourists and almost every café bar and restaurant is packed. But I see all of this as a positive thing for the city.

Without this tourism and this income, the city would not be the same. Dubrovnik now has a modern soul. There are many more possibilities than before, more excursions, more attractions and generally more options. The hotels are clean and the food is very, very good. Dubrovnik is one of the best destination of the world and I believe it now has a modern soul and a place and space for everyone.

It is a city made from stone and the structure is strong. I feel this positive aura every time I come to Dubrovnik, that’s one of the reasons that I keep coming back. It is a city that you will never forget.

Dietmar Gamerith, Graz-Austria

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The International White Cane Safety Day, which traditionally falls on the 15th of October ever year, was marked today in the heart of Dubrovnik.

In front of the St. Blaise Church members of the Association of Blind People from Dubrovnik arranged a special presentation in which children were blindfolded to highlight the problems that blind people have in everyday life.

The guide dogs were certainly the most important attraction for the children and the whole event was well organised and brought this important issue more publicity and education.

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After 24 days of filming on the island of Vis, the final film clap marked the end of ‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ in Croatia.

The filming of the Croatian part of a new sequel of the popular romantic comedy hit from 2008, engaged more than 270 filmmakers and statists from Croatia. ‘’Mamma Mia’’ producers were extremely satisfied with their experience of filming in Croatia.

On the last day of filming on Vis, the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre Daniel Rafaelic paid a visit to the set and spoke to the producer Nicky Kentish Barnes who was full of great impressions.

‘’I am endlessly satisfied with the professionalism I saw on the set as well as in the preparations for the filming. Croatian filmmakers showed a significant level of professionalism and work that is fully complementary with foreign partners’’, commented Rafaelic.

The‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ premiere is announced for summer 2018 with the original film crew - Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper as well as with Lily James, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Diving Club Dubrovnik will organize the third cleaning of seabed this year, on Sunday, October 15th, from 10am to 12.30pm on the island of Lopud.

Divers from the Diving Club Dubrovnik, employees of Cistoca d.o.o. and volunteers of the local board of Kolocep will participate. Each year, as part of its regular ecological activities, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, together with the City of Dubrovnik and the Department of Communal Services and Local Self-Government, encourages and supports Diving Club Dubrovnik in their sea-cleaning operations.

Depending on the weather conditions, there should be one more cleaning action by the end of October.

Underwater cleaning operations are necessary and useful not only in the tourist season, but also after the summer, to make the Dubrovnik seabed and sea water as clean as it can be.

As a sort of introduction to the Good Food Festival that will be held in Dubrovnik from the 19th to the 22nd of October, the Fair of healthy food and homemade products will be opened on Monday, October 16th at Pile.

The working hours of the fair will be from 9 am to 8 pm every day, until Sunday, October 22nd.

Twelve exhibitors will participate at the fair on eight stands and will offer home-made products, traditionally prepared and ecologically grown.

As some of the most famous delicacies in the offer are the Slavonian kulen, cvarci, prikle, cheeses, honey, various liqueurs and wines.

With thousands of tourists that arrived on four cruise ships this morning, Dubrovnik was a hive of activity today. There was a certain summer feeling with the crowds, but especially with the weather – the sun was shining and temperatures went over 20 °C.

Since it wasn’t that hot (like for example in August) the hectic feeling of the busy city was missing and it was quite calm, even though it was crowded. Not bad for ‘’unlucky’’ Friday the 13th.

Check today’s atmosphere in our photo gallery.

Be careful on the roads as speed cameras are being introduced to the Dubrovnik region. The police speed cameras will be installed on eight different locations around the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, from Metkovic to Konavle.

Croatia already has speed cameras, 27 in total, placed on speeding hotspots from Split to Zagreb. However, the police have 58 different locations in which the housing for the cameras are located and are constantly moving the cameras around so that drivers don’t get used to the camera zones. The same process will be carried out in the Dubrovnik region.

So far these speed cameras have proved very successful in slowing down traffic in dangerous areas. And with the installation of cameras on the main coastal highway around Dubrovnik it should help to lower speeds on this busy road.




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