Monday, 19 August 2019

Dubrovnik has always been an international city, attracting millions of tourists every year. There is also a relatively large international community who have decided, for one reason or another, to call Dubrovnik home. From the UK to the Ukraine, and the Seychelles to Spain, this foreign community is wide and varied but one organisation has brought them all together – the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle. Originally formed back in 2007 under the banner of the Europe House and then called Foreign Circle the group has transformed over the years and in 2009 formed an NGO, broke away from the Europe House, and renamed themselves Dubrovnik Foreign Circle (DFC).

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DFC Second Hand Sale 

“We are an international group of people (including young families) who live in the Dubrovnik area full or part time. The organization represents all foreigners residing in Dubrovnik irrespective of their country of origin, religion, or ethnicity,” states the DFC. And their reach and influence in the Dubrovnik region has been slowly but surely growing.

One of the backbones of the organisation is raising funds, and awareness, for worthy humanitarian causes. From bake sales, to charity days and their traditional second hand sale the members have raised a n amazing 268,000 Kuna since 2010 for a variety of good causes in the Dubrovnik area. Just this year the DFC has already been extremely active, donating 8,200 Kuna to the NGO for muscular dystrophy, 800 Kuna to the NGO Dva Skalina and 1,450 for SOS for Dubrovnik cats. This last organisation is a UK based charity that comes to the Dubrovnik region regularly to collect feral cats and have them sterilized at two local vets in the city.

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And this year the DFC is just as busy as ever helping the Dubrovnik community. They have just released a new website that they will hope attract a wider circle of people and at the same time keep them informed. “Our membership is of an international character and although they all have Dubrovnik in their hearts they are also travelling all over the world. The new website is a vital form of communication between the members and combined with our social media accounts helps to inform our membership of events and news,” commented the President of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle, Christiane Mandukich.

And of course the DFC is always on the lookout for new members, and now with the new website is it easy the ever to become a member. Just click here Join today and become a part of the international community in Dubrovnik and find out how you can help.

''Despite physical effort, being in nature and enjoying clear mountain air, fulfils a man with pure pleasure. Isn't it pleasure what we are all looking for?'', wrote a passionate mountaineer and author of 26 books about mountaineering Alan Caplar from Croatia.

It is interesting to note that Croatia has 6,000 kilometres of mountain hiking trails, 160 mountain huts and shelters, as well as an excellent infrastructure, thus hiking is an ideal way of recreation for people of all ages.

Therefore, if you would like to avoid scorching temperatures and crowded beaches this summer, and if you are fan of heights and beautiful landscapes, here is the list of nine ''must see'' mountains in Croatia as recommended by young Caplar.

Samoborsko gorje ( the Zagreb area)

Kalnik (northern Croatia)

Papuk (Slavonia)

Ucka (Istria)

Risnjak (Gorski kotar)

Velebit (the Lika-Senj County)

Mosor (Dalmatia)

Biokovo (Dalmatia)

Mountains on Croatian islands (such as Vidova gora, the highest island peak in Croatia, on the island of Brac)

 

Turkish Airlines has added another two flights to Dubrovnik for this summer season. The Turkish national carrier operates year round services from Istanbul to Dubrovnik, with three flights a week through the winter months, and has now announced an increase to the daily flights to Dubrovnik.

Two new flights have been added to Tuesdays and Wednesdays meaning that Turkish Airlines now has nine flights a week from the Turkish capital to the pearl of the Adriatic. Return ticket prices start at around 300 Euros whilst through the winter months ticket prices drop to around 150 Euros for an adult return ticket.

The vocal group Kase celebrated their tenth anniversary last night with a special concert in the Rector’s Palace. Kase were joined by the Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra and the vocal group Subrenum in what was an evening to remember.

For all those who enjoy the melody of “Klapa” tunes last night the Rector’s Palace was the place to be. The concert also had a humanitarian aspect as all the revenue raised from the ticket sales went to the Croatian Association for Training Guide Dogs.

Happy Birthday Kase from the Dubrovnik Times

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Thank God all of the political events are over. I don’t know about you but I have had more than enough of watching the fight for seats and positions (and salaries) around the country. They have all spent the past months trying to woe us to vote for them and now they will spend the next four years ignoring us, we are now surplus to requirements, we have served our purpose.

And I have had a double dose of the politics with the UK going into an early general election, that clearly didn’t go to plan for the Conservative party. We ended up with a coalition government which whilst in Croatia might be normal in the UK it is far from normal. As one political analyst commented “it can only bring instability and insecurity.” He had pretty much summed up Croatian politics!

But whilst the UK is still embroiled in Brexit, Croatia has a different set of problems. However one excellent argument I read in an economic magazine could be useful advice to both countries. The article was basically pulling holes in the socialist vision for the UK that the Labour Party was proposing. But with some word play I will transform it onto Croatia and the problem the country has with developing into a free market economy, one that promotes free enterprise rather than trying to flush it down the toilet. So here is the new/old text.

- An economics professor made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, it would be a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the ideological socialist plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A. After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied less were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who hardly studied for the first test studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too - so they studied less. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study. When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, who will try or want to succeed? It could not be any simpler than that. -

This is one of the keys to the problems of Croatian governance at all levels. There is a fear, an unfounded fear of private enterprise, rather than a culture to nurture and support private business.

There are basically five morals that we can take from this article – 1 - You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2 - What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3 - The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4 - You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. 5 - When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get the benefit of their hard work - that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Pay particular attention to the third point. Yes, the money that all governments are using is NOT their own money. Yes, firstly they must take that money from somebody else (YOU) before they can spend it. The huge, and I mean mind-blowingly massive, public institutions in the country have to be paid for by you, they make no profits on their own. And yet the very people who fill the countries coffers, the private businesses, are the very ones being grossly overtaxed and terribly under supported. “It is easier to do nothing rather than actually work and try something,” is a phrase that I’ve heard thousands of times. It may well be right but what a sad state of affairs.

I repeat - When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, who will try or want to succeed?  

Miss Universe Croatia 2017, Shanaelle Petty (19) has been in Dubrovnik recording video material for her bid to become the next Miss Universere. Petty spent two days in Dubrovnik shooting video and photos and even had the time to catch up with the newly elected mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, for a chat.

“I've never been to Dubrovnik and I'm thrilled! My friends from America have seen the photos and are already packing their suitcases,” commented Petty.

Petty is the first candidate in the twenty-year history of Miss Universe in Croatia whose mother also took part in the event. Unfortunately she didn’t have the opportunity to share her win with her mother as she died when Petty was only six years old. He mother, Ivana Krajina, took part in Miss Universe Croatia twenty years ago but died of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when Petty was only six. We wish her the best of luck for the finals in November in the Philippines.

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Croatia Airlines flight OU664 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik had to be redirected to Rome last night due to the fact that no airport in the Republic of Croatia was open at around midnight last night, commented Croatia Airlines today. The flight from Zagreb couldn’t land at Dubrovnik Airport due to strong northerly winds and had planned to return to Zagreb when the pilot was informed that the airport didn’t have enough staff available to handle the flight. It was therefore rerouted to Rome where it landed at around one o’clock in the morning.

"Because of the sudden winds that last night exceeded Croatia Airlines' maximum permitted landing criteria for safe landing, Croatia Airlines flight on OU664 Zagreb - Dubrovnik could not land at Dubrovnik Airport, and it was decided that the plane return to the Zagreb International Airport (MZL). However MZL informed the company that it was no longer possible to take the Airbus 320 and 124 passengers at that time (about midnight), "said Croatia Airlines in a statement.

"In view of the fact that no airport was open in Croatia the plane was diverted to Rome, where passengers where put up overnight in a hotel at the expense of Croatia Airlines,” continued the press release from Croatia Airlines.

In accordance with European regulations Croatia Airlines pointed out that it provided all passengers a flight to their final destination of Dubrovnik on the first available flight. The first flight from Rome was at 1.45pm. Croatia Airlines apologised for the disturbance caused to all passengers and stated that the reasons for the redirection were out of their control.

According to the latest UN report on innovation, Croatia has placed as the 41st on the list among 127 countries.

The UN's annual report for intellectual property for 2017 show that the fast-growing economies are progressing on the list, which is predominated by the rich Western countries headed by Switzerland.

In comparison to 2016, Croatia has scored better, last year the country placed as the 47th on the UN's list.

As far as countries in the region are concerned, Slovenia (32nd) and Hungary (39th) have ranked better than Croatia, whilst other countries placed worse such as Romania (42nd), Montenegro (48th), Macedonia (61st), Serbia (62nd), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (86th).
Since 2011 Switzerland has been leading ''the first five'' team including Sweden, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK. The countries of UAE, Vietnam and Kuwait are among the countries that have made the biggest progress in comparison to 2016.

The Global Innovation Index provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. Its 81 indicators explore a broad vision of innovation, including political environment, education, infrastructure and business sophistication.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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You can build a shining new airport but if you don’t have the people to staff it you’re going to have big problems. This unfortunately was the case when a Croatia Airlines Airbus A320 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik had to change course due to strong northerly winds in Dubrovnik.

According to a report on the specialised aviation website “Avioradar” the plane circled over Dubrovnik waiting for the wind to calm down, but as it reached 40 knots the pilot decided to return to Zagreb. However, as is unofficially reported, the Zagreb Airport refused landing stating that “we don’t have enough people to handle the plane.”

The new airport in Zagreb was finished only weeks ago and at a cost of around 300 million Euros was heralded as being able to handle millions of passengers a year. At the opening the Croatian Prime Minster, Andrej Plenković, commented that “I am sure that such a remarkable airport will contribute to the image of Croatia.”

After being informed that the Airbus couldn’t land in Zagreb the plane was then redirected to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome where it landed at around one o’clock in the morning.

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