Friday, 22 November 2019

Works on the recovery of the sidewalk in front of St. Blaise's chruch on the area of 300-square-meters began in September and are now well underway.

The works are coordinated by the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik, which, based on the recommendation of the Conservation Department, included recovery of the part of the sidewalk in front of the north facade of the Church of St. Blaise in the 2019 reconstruction program.

The value of the investment is 845,312 kuna (VAT included), and the estimated duration of the works is 90 calendar days.

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Photos by Ahmet Kalajdzic

The first meeting of the ‘Cruise 2030 Call for Action’ was held in Venice on 18th of October and was attended by representatives of seven European cruise ports; Amsterdam, Palma de Mallorca, Bergen, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Malaga and Marseille Fos. Assistant Director for Operations, Development and Maintenance, Hrvoje Kulusic, attended as a representative of the Dubrovnik Port Authority.

The initiative was initiated by Pino Mussolino, President of the Autorita di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP - Port Authority of the Northern Adriatic, Venice) to discuss and launch joint strategies aimed at increasing compatibility between the cruise sector and European urban areas. The main objective of the initiative is to identify a common platform of tailored strategies to support the development of the cruise industry in a sustainable way, with the aim of aligning the needs of the cruising industry more closely with the needs of cities and areas.

The delegations recognized the economic and professional importance of this project, but at the same time agreed on the need to intervene in a coordinated manner in order to contain and eliminate the external negative factors associated with this form of tourism. During the meeting, each port emphasized its own different specifics and therefore different critical challenges to be addressed.

Some of the issues depend primarily on the external constraints that characterize European ports, which, unlike for example Caribbean ports, are positioned in an urban context, of great historical and artistic interest and attractive to a large number of visitors and at the same time very sensitive.
Nevertheless, the attendees emphasized that the true proportions and relative impact of the sector, which is often subject to mystification, need to be strongly emphasized. For example, the cruise industry generates tourist flows that are only a fraction of those that reach different destinations of interest and, however, bring great and economic profits to a particular area.

Sensitivity, or more precisely the environmental sustainability is another characteristic shared by all involved participants. The European ports involved are trying to reduce the environmental impact of cruise ships, while seeking to sustain and relaunch work that has enormous beneficial economic effects for reference areas. The attendees confirmed their interest in finding solutions in new technologies to further reduce the negative impact of cruising on the environment. 

The next meeting will be held in January 2020 at the port of Palma de Mallorca. In the meantime, the representatives decided to work on an action plan with the aim of achieving and creating a common plan.

A total of 3.76 million Croatian citizens have accounts in banks or in savings banks, according to data provided by the Financial Agency (Fina), the leading Croatian provider of financial and electronic services, on Thursday, 31 October when World Savings Day is observed.

According to the information collected on 30 October, there were a total of 10,571,699 accounts opened in banks and other financial institutions, which was by 3.5% fewer than in the corresponding period of 2018.

Of that number, as many ass 7.815 million were transaction accounts. The remaining 2.756 million refer to savings accounts.

According to data collected in mid-2019 by the national bank, total financial assets reached HRK 487 billion, 14 billion more than at the end of 2018.

The biggest rise was registered in deposits in pension insurance funds, as well as in shares and investment funds.


Spanish low-cost air carrier Volotea is starting with ticket sales for flights in the summer 2020 season. A fourth new route to Croatia is being introduced in a short time, connecting Italy and Split – Avioradar reports. 

New Bari - Split route will be operating once a week on Wednesdays, but only during the peak season, from July 8th until August 26th, 2020. This will be the third route between Italy and Split, in addition to the existing flights from Palermo and Venice. At the same time, a new route from Athens to Split was announced

It's All Saints' Day, a public holiday in Croatia, and many Dubrovnik citizens used an opportunity to honor their loved ones that have passed away. Last night the graveyards were full of flowers and lampions, making the atmosphere touching and full of dignity. 

All Saints' Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on November 1st by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Reformed Church, and other Protestant churches. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic Churches and Byzantine Lutheran Churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Oriental Orthodox churches of Chaldea and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints' Day on the first Friday after Easter.

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The US State Department has approved the sale of two Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment to Croatia, worth 115 million dollars, and notified Congress of that decision, the US Foreign Ministry reported – HRT writes. 

The State Department's green light is an important procedural part of a possible transaction, the details of which will be agreed by the Pentagon and the Croatian Ministry of Defense.
The United States last year granted Croatia 53 million dollars in military assistance to develop helicopter capabilities.

As part of this assistance, Croatia will receive two Black Hawk helicopters, equipment and spare parts, aas well as flight training.

Meanwhile, Croatiahas decided to further modernize its combat squadron and purchase additional helicopters and military equipment.

Dubrovnik Museums will change their working hours on Sunday, November 3rd. These working hours stay the same until the March 21st. 

The Maritime Museum will be open for visitors every day expect Mondays, and it will work from 9 am to 4 pm. The Etnographic Museum in the Holes Granary will work every day except Tuesdays the same working hours – from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cultural History Museum at the Rector's Palace will also work from 9 to 4 pm every day. Exhibitions “Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and environs” and “Revelin – Archaeological Research/Spatial Development/Foundry”, placed in the Revelin Fort, will be open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, besides Wednesdays.

Also, Dubrovnik Museums won't work on Christmas (December 25th), New Year (January 1st) and Saint Blaise (February 3rd).

Dubrovnik director Barbara Vekaric had amazing succes at the Canadian Film Festival – Directors Cut Int'l. She has been voted as Best Director for the movie Aleksi, which was awarded with the title of the Best Feature Film. Also, Tihana Lazovic from Aleksi has been chosen as the Best Actress. 

Directors Cut Int'l Film Festival is a Canadian Film festival based in Metro Vancouver. Submissions are open for both Canadian and International Films. DCFF aims to recognize, acknowledge, and reward exceptional emerging and established auteurs and their films. There is only one requirement : the Director ALSO functioned as at least ONE, if not many, of the following positions: Producer, Writer, DP, Editor, Actor, Composer...

One of the most popular and influential social media platforms in the world has decided to ban all political advertising worldwide. "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics," stated the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey.

There has been pressure on social media platforms to regulate their political advertising, especially after Brexit and the Trump Presidential campaign.

Twitter has now reacted to this and shown that that are ahead of their competitors, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Twitter’s political advertising ban will begin on the 22nd of November.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg clearly has no plans to end the lucrative business of political advertising as he recently commented that “In a democracy, I don't think it's right for private companies to censor politicians or the news."


A Europe that develops, connects and protects and is influential on the global scene are the four pivotal areas of Croatia's presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2020, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a news conference in Zagreb on Wednesday, outlining elements of those priorities.

In the first six months of 2020 Croatia will be "at the helm of the joint project of further building a strong Europe in the world full of challenges."

A growing and developing Europe, a Europe that connects economically, energy-wise and infrastructure-wise, a Europe that protects and is influential on the global scene, are the four pivotal areas of our presidency, the Croatian premier told the conference.

The European Union is the second biggest economy and makes up a fifth of the global GDP, he recalled.

However, in the current time of great technological, geopolitical and demographic changes, the EU economy and labour market are faced with ever-growing competition, primarily from the USA and China, he said.

The response to that is a stronger Europe that grows and develops in a balanced and integrative way, he said.

"Achieving that requires making our single market deeper, encouraging business digitisation and making investments in innovations and research so as to boost our competitiveness."

It is also necessary to reduce development gaps among EU member states so that all of them can become economically stronger, Plenkovic said.

He said that it was also necessary to work on economic development which is ecologically more viable so as to ensure successful transition to a low-carbon and circular economy.

Making use of the full potential of infrastructure and human resources depends on the connectivity and networking of the economies.

Therefore we need a Europe that connects, Plenkovic said, adding that differences inside the EU in transport infrastructure, energy networks, telecommunications and digital networks affect the EU's competitiveness.

"Therefore it is necessary to develop transport, energy and digital infrastructure and connectivity."

We are for a Europe that protects its citizens while respecting and protecting the rule of law, Plenkovic said.

During its chairmanship, Croatia will pay special attention to the internal security and promote closer cooperation of member-states in the fight against organised crime, money laundering and financing of terrorism, the PM said.

He called for the implementation of a viable migration policy that includes the protection of the EU's external border.

Speaking of the EU and its global impact, Plenkovic said that Croatia and other EU members could best deal with the challenges of the 21st century through European unity.

"The EU can strengthen its role as a global stakeholder only by further developing capabilities and instruments for joint action in dealing with challenges such as terrorism, trade wars or migrations," said Plenkovic.

Europe must have a leader role in its neighbourhood and the rest of the world, he stressed.

"We want the Union to keep its position of a leading international factor, notably as regards leadership in the fight against climate change, promotion of efficient global governance, human rights protection and the strengthening of the multilateral trade framework," said the PM.

He also underlined the EU's responsibility towards Southeast European countries, saying that during its presidency Croatia would advocate the EU membership prospects of countries in the region and an efficient enlargement policy, recalling that next May Zagreb would host a summit of the EU and Western Balkan countries.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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