Friday, 22 November 2019

Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival, an unique way to discover the beauty of Dubrovnik and its surroundings, will take place in November, from Friday, the 8th of November to Sunday, the 10th of November. Three days will bring three different walking trails.

As organizers explain, Dubrovnik Walking Festival is primarily envisioned to display a different face of Dubrovnik – the one away from crowds, oriented towards local flavors and paths, with the sense of freedom, calmness and belonging to nature. Fertile Konavle field, picturesque villages, walking paths, old railway trail, vineyards, wineries, domestic households await you in a unique program designed to fit everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced hikers.

Dubrovnik’s inland as well as surrounding islands will take you breath away. Islands are covered in pine tree forests, lined with beautiful beaches, cliffs and coves. Each step of the way will bring you different scents of surrounding vegetation and the smell of local cooking (especially fresh fish) in domestic households that you can visit.

-We take it as our mission to show you places in shadow of the Old City of Dubrovnik that will surely make a lasting impression on you because of their beauty and peacefulness. We want to show you secret spots mostly known among locals in a sustainable form of an active program for discovering region’s unique food and wine. We strive to prove that this period, away from July and August crowds, is the most beautiful time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee you that we will all reach the same conclusion - Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination – organizes explain.

You can see the details on the website and the page of event.

 

Most of the people who have emigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina have moved to Croatia, the government of the Federation, the Bosniak-Croat entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said in a report presented earlier this week.

According to the report, at least two million people originating from Bosnia and Herzegovina live abroad, which is 56.5 percent of the country's estimated population of 3.53 million.

Figures for 2017 show that 394,146 people from Bosnia and Herzegovina live in Croatia, 333,687 live in Serbia, and 200,510 in Germany. The countries that follow are Austria, the United States, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada.

The government cited a World Bank report saying that 44.5 percent of people originating from Bosnia and Herzegovina live outside the country. The government says that the discrepancy in figures is due to the fact that the World Bank data cover only the first generation of emigrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This puts Bosnia and Herzegovina in 16th place in the world when it comes to the emigration rate compared to the country's population.

The government also cited a 2017 report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, showing that 20,251 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina had for the first time regulated their stay in EU countries.

The government adopted a strategy under which the institutions of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina were tasked with strengthening ties with the expatriate communities and including them in the social and economic development of the Federation.

 

In the early hours of Sunday, October 27th, an entry-level border check at Karasovici was approached by personal vehicle operated by 56 year old Albanian citizien two other people, aged 44 and 36, all Albanian nationals.

While conducting border controls, drug smuggling was suspected and a search warrant was sought.

Police officers of the Gruda Border Police Station, in cooperation with customs officers, found 39,485 kg of marijuana. The drug was packed in 28 packages, and was found in the underbody of the vehicle.

'Orlando and his skills' is the name of a 3D projection, which will take place tonight, on Tuesday, October 29th from 7 pm to 9 pm on the wall of the Cathedral of Dubrovnik.

The projection will show Orlando seen through the eyes of Dubrovnik painters, as well as statues of this medieval knight (Orlando or Roland) from different European cities.

This is the final activity of the project 'Orlando and his skills', an integral part of the The Year of Orlando Celebration Program, which is hosted by the Dubrovnik Youth Career Center (CKM Dubrovnik). The projection is organized in collaboration with Pixel Design.

Adriatic Pearl – Dubrovnik International Choir Festival & Competition will be held for the first time from tomorrow, October 30th to Sunday, November 3rd. 

The city of Dubrovnik will welcome around 550 participants from thirteen countries, coming from all over the world. During these few days 16 international groups will present a varied and colorful programme in 41 concerts in Dubrovnik. You can see the details on the poster below.

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As many as 85 percent of Croatians invest in savings, setting aside on average 469 kuna every month (€63), which is 41 kuna (€5.5) less than in 2018, showed a recent survey on saving in Croatia.

The survey, commissioned by the Erste Group and conducted by the IMAS pollster, shows that as many as 83% of those polled show that the main motive for saving is to have a financial backup for contingencies, and 18% save for their senior age.

More than two in five Croatians (43%) have a classic savings account, 16% have life insurances and nine percent (9%) a housing savings account. A mere 5% of those polled say they have opted for investment funds, shares and bonds as a saving model, four percent invest in real estate, and three percent use voluntary pension insurance schemes.

The survey shows that 15% of the respondents say they have managed to save more in the last two-three years than before, 62% say their saved amount is the same as before, while every fifth respondent (20%) says their saving in the past few years is smaller than before.

The younger the saver, the more money saved monthly

Broken down by age, the age cohort between 15 and 29 years puts aside the highest monthly amount, an average 587 kuna.

Broken down by gender, men put aside more, 551 kuna monthly, which is HRK 162 more than women's average monthly savings.

Of citizens in Croatia's neighbourhood, Austrians seem the most frugal, with their average monthly savings totalling €259.

Slovaks are second, with €111, and Czechs put aside 105 euros per month.

Expressed in euros, the average monthly savings in Croatia are €63, and Hungarians put aside €65.

In Romania, this monthly amount is €57 and in Serbia €40.

 

The first thirty Avant2Go vehicles will soon be avaliable on the seven locations in Dubrovnik. The system is innovative but easy to use. Vehicles are booked, unlocked and paid for with the app from a smartphone. Car sharing will, as an upgrade of public transport, contribute to the unburdening of urban transport infrastructure in an environmentally friendly way, enabling people in Dubrovnik to use their vehicles without the worry of ownership.

Car sharing is recognized around the world as a system of use of passenger cars, which is a quality alternative to ownership and an excellent upgrade of the public transport network. It is estimated that one car in this system can replace more than ten private vehicles. The value of this is especially evident in cities such as Dubrovnik, where transport infrastructure is extremely congested.

-The city of Dubrovnik is systematically working to address the problems of traffic jams. In this regard, we have initiated numerous projects, primarily aimed at our fellow citizens. Among them is the first comprehensive smart parking in Croatia, for which we were awarded the first prize in the Smart City category this year. This is a sequel to the story. The car sharing project has fully integrated into our vision of city development, which is why we have supported its implementation in Dubrovnik, and it becomes a pilot project and once again leads in the introduction of new technologies and smart solutions to raise the standard of living of its citizens. We believe that this service will help to unburden transport infrastructure and parking, which is currently one of our main focuses, and includes all other positive aspects that the City strives for such as sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental protection - said Mato Frankovic, Mayor of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik's car-sharing service is called Avant2Go and is introduced by Avant car, the leading provider of this service in the region.
-Electric mobility and vehicle co-use are currently the biggest global trends in the automotive industry. We believe that a hundred percent electric car sharing Avant2Go will meet the needs of Dubrovnik citizens and their city. Among the main benefits of the system are: noise-free driving and emissions, the availability of services to a wide range of people, easy use of the service 24/7 by smartphone and secured parking spaces -said Matej Cer, founder of Avant car.
The vehicles will initially be placed at seven locations: at Dubrovnik Airport, Gruz Harbor, near the Srd cable car, at the Public Garage, at Lapad, and at the Rixos and One Suite parking lots.

Citizens interested in using the service can now register and download the application, and vehicles will be able to use it from the second half of November.

At the start there will be thirty vehicles available, and the fleet and number of locations where vehicles are picked up and returned will increase according to customer needs and parking capacity for Avant2Go vehicles. The fleet is made up of hundred percent electric vehicles from renowned manufacturers, most of them the Renault ZOE, the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe. This vehicle is the result of ten years of Renault Group work on developing and promoting electromobility available to all.

YOUR RIDE IS JUST A CLICK AWAY

Car sharing is a service intended for Dubrovnik residents and their guests. Touristic cities must systematically develop the diversity and complementarity of mobility services.

-Dubrovnik is at the same time one of the most demanding cities in terms of traffic optimization, but also a jewel of cultural heritage. Services such as car sharing should serve the development of mobility but also contribute to the sustainability of the city of Dubrovnik. This project strategically links vital parts of the city to the most important traffic hubs. This makes Dubrovnik even stronger and more environmentally connected with the rest of the world - said Vladimir Markulin, CEO of Avant car in Croatia.

He added that the price of the service would be affordable and that the mileage and driving length would be included in the calculation. The price also depends on the type of vehicle.

The car sharing system makes using a car easy and affordable. This service relieves citizens of the cost of buying of the car, registering, maintaining and securing, losing its value, and having additional concerns such as refueling and finding a place to park. The key advantage of Avant2Go is that it only pays for actual use of the vehicle. Although it is an innovative system, it is extremely easy to use. Vehicles are booked, unlocked and paid for with the app from a smartphone.

The weather is beautiful and it really benefits Croatian hosts that are taking care of around hundred thousand guests currently vacationing in Croatia. Last Saturday, there were 95,400, with 35 thousand arrivals on that day. In recent days, the most numerous visitors are local guests, as well as Slovenians, Austrians, Germans and tourists from Great Britain. There was a similar structure of guests a year ago at this time, but with almost 24 thousand less tourists - Vecernji.hr writes.

Therefore, the tourist year is coming to an end with much less stress than it was in the pre-season and even during the peak in July, which marked a lack of guests compared to the seventh month of 2018.

Otherwise, only in October until yesterday a great number of 1.03 million tourists was registered, making 3.5 million overnight stays. This year's tenth month, dominated by Germans, Croats, British, Austrians and Slovenes, is up 11 percent from last year's arrivals and overnight stays. This month brought another record. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, last Friday amazing number was recorded: 19,722,582 arrivals with 106,162,242 overnight stays, which exceeded tourist turnover in the whole of 2018.

The majority of overnight stays were made by tourists from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy. Most nights were spent in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Split, Medulin, Umag, Vir, Mali Losinj. Family accommodation, which generated 38.8 million overnight stays, is the winner. Hotels enrolled 24.4 million and camps 18.8 million overnight stays.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 16 traffic accidents, in which two persons got heavily injured, nine persons got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 926 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 660 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper overtaking, 32 measures for improper stop and parking, 68 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 19 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 16 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatian Supertalent brings amazing talents to the homes of their viewers every week. Last night, it brought one rather unusual talent by Susan Sykes, American known as 'Busty Heart'.

Sykes, 58 year old that comes from Massachusetts, has made quite as show with her – breasts! She broke different objects, including watermelon and baseball bat, leaving the judges speechless and the audience shocked. 

Her Croatian Supertalent trip ended last night, however in Germany she went all through semi-finals. Her breasts, size H, aren't natural as she has put implants at the age of 14. 

'Busty Heart' is also a Guinness World Record holder. She holds the record of 'the most drinking cans crushed with one breast in one minute is 34' from 2011. 

Sykes also appeared in films such as The Dictator (alongside Sacha Baron Cohen and Sir Ben Kingsley) and Deported, as well as several television shows.

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