Friday, 26 April 2019

One of the absolute main attractions of Dubrovnik, the iconic Cable Car, was forced to close down today after the Excelsa Real Estate, the company that owns and operates the cable car, lost a dispute in court. The Customs Administration closed the cable car this morning until further notice for non-payment of concession fees.

Speaking to Dubrovacki Vjesnik the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković commented that “This is proof that how a legal country functions. Without a concession the cable car is closed and there is simply no denial and disrespect for clearly defined decisions. I hope that Excelsa Real Estate will pay their debts from the past and after that a concession will be signed which is mutually satisfactory for both sides.” When questioned how long he thought the cable car would be closed he answered, “I hope the situation will be solved in the period of 20 days to one month and that the cable car will be in operation again. I would like to point out that in future all the money that the city earns from the cable car will be invested into sports infrastructure.”

 

 

"We are extremely disappointed that today the Customs Administration closed the cable car on Srđ, after nine years of waiting from the Republic of Croatia and the City of Dubrovnik for a concession," commented Excelsa Real Estate today after Dubrovnik's Cable Car was forced to stop working. Adding that “This decision will jeopardize a significant number of jobs at Excelsa Real Estate and its 343 business partners, of which 130 are from Dubrovnik.”

The Director of Excelsa Real Estate, Anto Rusković pointed out that "We are proud of this investment because the cable car has generated significant economic benefits over the past nine years, not only to our owners, but also to other business entities, and also to the community itself. Since the very beginning of Excelsa Real Estate has contributed more than HRK 122 million in taxes and contributions to the state budget, mainly from the cable car. “

One of the most popular places for parking and waiting to pick someone up from the Old City is Dubrovnik has now been blocked up with bollards.

This move by the City of Dubrovnik has now made this busy intersection a lot safer as drivers will now be able to see before pulling out. It will, on the other hand, not be so popular with drivers who are used to illegally parking on this spot and waiting to pick passengers up.

This is just a small part of the current infrastructure project of the City of Dubrovnik with the aim to make driving safer around the city.

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A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior, which included Police Officer of Dubrovnik Police Station Valentina Subotic, participated in the international exchange course "Capacity building in the area of Legislation Implementation". The course lasted from March 20th to April 3rd, and was held in Guangzhou, organized by the Guangdong Police College, on the basis of a call from the Ministry of Public Security of China.

China is participating in the implementation of the "Safe Tourism Season" project from last year. This project was launched in Croatia back in in 2006 as a co-operation of the Croatian police with the police of other European countries. As part of the project, foreign police officers work in common patrols with their Croatian colleagues and achieve direct contact with the citizens of their countries and help in better communication between the Croatian police and foreign nationals and vice versa. Throughout many years of implementation, a total of 20 foreign police organizations from 18 countries have been involved.

During the last tourist season, police officer Valentina Subotic served on a joint patrol with his Chinese colleague who stayed in Dubrovnik for two weeks in July last year. We had the chance to join them and if you are interested in details click here: Interview - On Patrol With Lili Long and Chuande Zhang

When it comes to the course, it was organized in such a way that both Chinese police and legal experts exchanged experience and knowledge and examples of good practice of both sides, and members of the Croatian delegation had the opportunity to visit and become acquainted with the functioning of all the police organizing units that use high technology in their work, given that China is the second economic power of the world.

As part of the Saturday Coffee in the Gallery program, on Saturday, April 27th, at 10 am there will be an ARTIST TALK in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMA Dubrovnik). It’s connected with the exhibition ‘’In the lead sky’’ and it will include the artist Zlatan Vehabovic, Vanja Zanko – curator, promoter and cultural manager, who works as an assistant at the famous Berlin study of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and curator of the exhibition by Zlatan Vehabovic – Jelena Tamindzija.

"Saturday Coffee in the Gallery" is part of a rich program of the MOMA Dubrovnik, with which they want to get closer to locals and visitors to Dubrovnik, offering them a different experience of a cultural institution. Each new exhibition is an opportunity to expand and upgrade the already traditional program that the Dubrovnik audience has recognized and excellently accepted.

After the ARTIST TALK, all the visitors will be able to refresh themselves with coffee and juices and enjoy their time on the terrace with the most beautiful view on the Old City.

The summer tourist season is slowly starting and with it the unemployment rate in Croatia is continuing to drop. New figures released by the State Statistics Office show that the unemployment rate dropped once again in March and now stands at 9.5 percent.

At the end of February, the rate was 10.2 percent meaning that an extra 8,600 people found work. At the end of March there were 1.38 million people in employment in Croatia, a 0.6 percent increase over the previous month. Undoubtedly the upcoming tourist season combined with the demographic issues that Croatia faces have meant that unemployment is again falling.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were eleven traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, eleven had light injuries, while there were three traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 321 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 159 measures taken due to speeding, 15 measures due to improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 11 measures because of improper overtaking.

Gale force southerly winds started yesterday in the wider Dubrovnik region bringing with them “dirty rain” from the Sahara. With rolling seas, rain and completely overcast skies the summer seemed miles away yesterday as rain fell for most of the day. The southerly winds and unsettled weather is expected to continue today and then tomorrow the blue skies and sunshine will return.

These strong southwest winds came from northern Africa, from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, and scooped up huge amounts of dust and sand and then, along with the rain, dumped them all over Dubrovnik and the wider region.

Cars covered with orange spots, windows dotted with sand blotches and twisted umbrellas sticking from rubbish bins, this Sahara “dirty rain” is not an uncommon occurrence in Dubrovnik.

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Anyone who’s walked the cobbled streets of the historic Old City, or marvelled at the ancient stone facades or climbed to the top of the Srđ Mountain to breathe in the 360 degree views will know that Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream. And according to the popular website Big Seven Travel the most Instagrammable European place in 2019 is Dubrovnik!

The top fifty most Instagrammable places in Europe in 2019 is headed by Dubrovnik with the website commenting “As George Bernard Shaw once said, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” With its winding streets, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot. Looking down across the terracotta rooftop tiles that cover the city with the sea in the background is unbeatable.”

The website final results of their survey were based on a combined score of Instagram data, travel expert’s votes and reader opinions, with 30 percent of the overall score coming from hashtags, 30 percent from judges, 30 percent from surveys and 10 percent from an overview. In total 1.5 million were involved in the social media audience of Big 7 media.

After a whirlwind visit to Dubrovnik the Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo waved goodbye to the city yesterday afternoon as he left his luxury seafront villa. The richest footballer in the world had arrived in Dubrovnik just before Easter and just after winning the Italian Championship, Serie A, with Juventus.

In fact, Ronaldo became the first ever player to win Europe's top three leagues. The 34-year-old had already picked up the English Premiership with Manchester United, the Spanish League with Real Madrid and now the Italian Serie A with Juventus. "I'm very happy to have won in England, Spain and now the league title in Italy as well,'' commented Ronaldo, adding that, "It meant a lot to me and it means a lot to us as a team.''

Ronaldo arrived for his Adriatic break in his own private jet and spent his time in the city in many of the best restaurants, as well as visiting the local islands. He travelled with his 25-year-old Spanish model girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, as well as some of his closest personal friends.

Check out the video by Tomi Surakka posted on his Instagram profile.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday decorated US General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of US EUCOM, with the Order of Prince Trpimir with Ribbon and Star for his exceptional contribution to promoting the international reputation of Croatia and its Armed Forces, the President's Office said in a press release.

On the occasion of the decoration-awarding ceremony, the president praised General Scaparrotti as a sensible and devoted ally and a proven friend of Croatia.

NATO has been additionally fortified under his command as has the strategic partnership between Croatia and the USA, which is one of the foundations of Croatia's defence system, Grabar-Kitarovic underlined.

U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed duties as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in late spring of 2016. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point. He has commanded forces during operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Zaire/Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Liberia, the U.S. Department of Defense website notes.

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