Monday, 25 October 2021

Looking for a day-out this weekend? Why not spend the day on the glorious island of Mljet! The Mljet National Park invites the public to their Open Day on Sunday, October 10.

Enjoy the beautiful nature of the island of Mljet through the rich program that the Mljet National Park has prepared this year. The Mljet National Park is the only National Park in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Get to know this magical island through free kayak, bicycle and hiking tours to various locations in the Mljet National Park from 10:00am to 17:00pm.

The tours start from Pomena and Vrbovica, and to participate in the mentioned tours, you need to register by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, October 8, by 12 noon.

The second part of the day is reserved for an entertainment and music program where in front of the Hotel Odisej in Pomena from 6:00pm there will be a gastro corner with a concert by the popular Dubrovnik rock band Valetudo. Admission to the concert as well as food tasting are also free of charge.


How do you stop worrying about unfulfilled tasks and do what's most important? Advice from Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, a company that helps successful people improve as leaders, build better teams, and inspire their organizations to achieve superior results. The author of the best-selling book, "18 Minutes.

"How was your day?" - my wife Eleanor asked me one evening.

"Great," I replied, and told her a couple of news stories. And then added, "It's just a shame I didn't get to do everything I had planned.

She smiled sympathetically. "You say that every single day."

And she was right: I said it every day. What a shame.

I am ashamed to admit this problem because I wrote a book, 18 Minutes, on how to manage my time. But admitting the problem is necessary in order to solve it. This problem has haunted me since university when I revise my essay or write outlines.

The problem of productivity is especially acute these days, when many people work from home, in a much less structured environment. Nowadays, it's easier than ever to keep your head down from work all day and still not make progress toward a critical goal (what's that, is it evening already?).

So instead of continuing to complain to Eleanor, I decided to change things up: find a way to feel satisfied at the end of the day with the fact that I got the most important things done.

I tried it on myself and rejected some popular solutions:

Try harder. If a recurring pattern irritates you, maybe it's not that you're not good enough or that you're not trying hard enough. Perhaps you are hampered by obstacles that cannot be eliminated simply by putting in more effort and tightening your discipline.

Work from a long to-do list. An overabundance of opportunities leads to procrastination. Sheena Iengar and Mark Lepper did a great study on this addiction: if shoppers are given too many choices, they are less likely to buy something.

Engage in self-injury. Everyone looks carefree on Instagram and flawless on LinkedIn. It's all untrue. Don't waste your energy comparing yourself to others.

These approaches didn't work for me; they probably won't work for you, either.

But one solution trumps all the others. It works for me all the time, and it might work for you. What is that solution? Let's call it "one thing."

Here's what to do:

First, make a long list of things to do. Don't deny yourself anything: Mine had more than 50 items on it.

Now take a blank sheet of paper and write out just one thing on it from that long list. Just one - the one you most want to do. If you choose something huge (say, "Write another book"), divide the chosen thing into smaller pieces and choose a task you can accomplish in one sitting ("Write the first page of the introduction").

Set your long list aside and don't look at it until you've finished that one thing.

When you're done with it, cross it off your list, review the list again, and choose one more thing to put on your "One To Do List."

When I do this, I enjoy using paper and pen the most. It helps me think through my tasks properly. But you can write your one to-do on a post-it note and stick it on your monitor or use an app to work with your to-do and your long list. Do it the way you feel most comfortable.

The long list is the aggregate of everything you need to do. This aggregate is not a guide to action, but a memo. Add things to it without ado and cross off anything that is no longer relevant. The purpose of this memo is to keep you from forgetting anything important. You will never act on this list.

A to-do list reflects your strategic and purposeful choices, your decision of what to do next, what task to focus on before you complete it. It may seem silly, but writing out that one thing on a separate sheet of paper is the key to success. That way it becomes a commitment that you are much more likely to complete.

Using this method, I've written several articles, developed a week-long executive training program, hired a new marketing person, edited the synopsis for a book I'm writing, written a newsletter, prepared for a speech, and solved a number of customer service related tasks. All in one week.

I did each of these things because I put them, one at a time, on my to-do list.

You may be asking yourself: "Which of my 50 or so priorities would I designate as my one thing to do?" Give yourself a second to think about it, and you'll figure out what's most important. If you're really not sure, go through your list and ask yourself what you're avoiding. Perhaps this is your most important thing. Your next single thing.

Here's what's important to understand about your one thing: It's hard to go wrong in choosing it. Determination to do the one thing will help you solve a really important problem. Even if you feel like you're stalling, don't give up. If you're writing, keep writing, even if you don't like what you're doing. Don't get distracted, even if you're worried about unanswered emails or other unfinished business. You will get out of the quagmire if you keep going. If you give up a difficult task for something easier, you may cross more things off your long list, but you won't feel satisfied.

Pick one thing to do, hide the long list, and get to work.

Then, if you're asked how your day went, you'll say, "Great! Remember that thing that made me procrastinate? I got it done."

The competition for the Croatian Tree of the Year includes a gigantic oak tree from the village of Majkovi which is belived to be around 700 years old. This impressive oak was nominated for this national competition by Antun Krlajević, who wrote –

“Legend has it that the tree grew in the place where the fairy and a local man fell in love, and as she could not stay among the people, she turned into an oak seed and grew so that she could be close to her love.”

However, he added that the oak faces an uncertain future “The oak is the subject of a location and construction permit through which a water pipe will be laid and will be demolished, according to the website of the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. But the head councillor of the region, Nikola Knežić, denies the claim that the tree will be demolished.” Let’s hope that the mighty oak is indeed saved.

The winner of the Croatian Tree of the Year will be announced on the 15th of October.

A strong earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale hit Dalmatia last night.

The strong earthquake struck around 10:00pm last night and the epicentre was 39 kilometres from Split and was measured at a depth of 5 kilometres.

There were some reports of damage to buildings, but fortunately no injuries have been reported.

The quake was felt in Split, Makarska, Šibenik, Sinj, Imotski, but also on the island of Hvar and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake lasted between 10 and five seconds.

Numerous residents of the wider area around Split said that the buildings were shaking and that they felt a strong tremor.

After this first strong earthquake a number of smaller, less intense, earthquakes hit the region.

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez arrived in Zagreb, today. This is the first time in three decades of Croatian independence that a Spanish Prime Minister has visited Croatia.

He met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, and with the Speaker of Parliament.

At the press conference after the meeting, Plenković thanked Sanchez for his visit to Croatia. "I am glad that today's meeting was meaningful and of high quality," he said, adding that they discussed strengthening relations between the two countries.

"A few weeks ago, Croatia was included in the cooperation MED 9, 9 EU members that are in the Mediterranean and this forum will serve to improve cooperation in a number of areas, especially key global issues - illegal migration, climate change and a number of security and development issues." he added.


Plenković says he is looking forward to cooperating with Spain in the tourism industry, which is very important to that country as well.

"Croatia and Spain have an exchange of about a billion euros. We think it’s good, but we had oscillations during the COVID crisis. Today, we discussed how to improve cooperation, how to make our private sectors cooperate as well as possible," said the Prime Minister.

They also talked about the EU enlargement process. Plenković says that Sanchez knows the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries in the region very well.

Plenković also said that Sanchez invited him to visit Madrid.

And Pedro Sanchez thanked the Croatian Prime Minister for the invitation and warm welcome. He said next year will be the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations that are only improving over time.


The term bootylicious was first used in 1994, while selfie was in 2002 - what word was first used in your birth year?


The team at online language learning platform Preply have used data available from Merriam Webster to delve into the English language back to the 1950s to discover when these words and phrases were first used in print. 


The research found that loungewear was first used in 1957 and detox in 1973. Text message was in 1977 while phone sex was in 1892. More recent additions include sexting in 2005, manspreading in 2014 and cancel culture in 2016. 


With over 5,400 new words created every year, these are the ones that managed to catch on in everyday culture. 

Take a look at what word was created in your birth year below:



Credit: Preply

Daniele Saccardi of Preply says: “It’s really interesting to see the first print usage of some of these words and phrases that are used in everyday conversation today.


“Many new words or phrases are created by adding a prefix of or suffix to an existing one, which we can see through examples such as sexting, foodie and selfie.


“Language is constantly growing and evolving to fit in with modern society, and we can see that through this research, especially as technology becomes more apparent in our lives.”


New words are often created by a lexiconnoisseur (a person who creates words) however, authors and writers can also be credited. William Shakespeare, one of the most widely recognised playwrights in history invented 1,700 words in his lifetime, including lonely, uncomfortable, elbow and hostile


Here’s how new words are created:

  • Blending - merging two or more words together e.g. Paralympics

  • Clippings - shortening existing words e.g. Sci-Fi

  • Compounding - Adding two words together to create a new meaning  e.g. spray tan

  • Affixation - Adding prefixes or suffixes to an existing word e.g. sizeism

  • Conversion - turning nouns into verbs e.g. adulting 

Studio Lasan offers design services, technical consulting, and supervision in architecture in the beautiful country of Croatia. The mission statement of Romana Lasan, Architect at Studio Lasan, is that her process is consistent growth and evolution which is intricate yet chaotic. She never knows what type of project is waiting for her until she tears the walls down. Through specific research, Studio Lasan discovers new possibilities of space.

At Studio Lasan there is a four-step work process that the architects follow to create satisfactory and evolutionary projects for their clients. The first step includes research from the team of architects – this process is vibrant and fun and begins with an exploration of the physical environment of a certain location. The architects consider historical geographical and cultural features during this process. The second step of the process is the experimental stage, where architects will experiment with default and authentic materials, forms, and shapes to add in an unexpected value to the project. The third step for the architects is the creation step - the architects strive to design remarkable architecture that is different and does not follow trends, instead it strives to achieve timeless aesthetics and universal value. The last and final step of the architecture process is the impression. The architects dedicate their energy and creativity into designing and creating a beautiful aura in the space of the occupant. Studio Lasan has been recognized by experts this year and has been awarded byLuxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of Best Luxury Apartment Interior Design for ‘WOW Small Apartment’ in Croatia.



The project that won the award is a futuristic studio apartment style with a different idea designed by Romana Lasan. The architect wanted to achieve something unique and new that has never been seen anywhere else. The apartment, which is in Lipotica, part of Zadar at the entrance to Jazine, is a multi-functional apartment with a wow effect. It is incredible to see that the wow affect has been designed within the minimum square footage of the apartment. The apartment is housed in a new apartment building which overlooks the upcoming university campus, and the studio consists of 25m2 finished off with tiles and floors and was unfurnished. The architect’s main idea was to design a studio apartment within the minimum area that would be attractive to potential rental clients for their stay. The architect wanted the apartment to be multi-functional therefore she researched multifunctionality, multifunctional furniture and the amenities that a studio apartment should have.



The apartment comprises of an entrance hall, main living space which in its 18m2 consists of a dining room, kitchen, sofa, bed, and a feature wall with a TV. Depending on the time of day, the area within the studio changes. When it comes to time for socializing and dining activities, tables and chairs will descend from the plateau of the kitchen, and this can accommodate up to five to six people. When it is time for bed, the same area rises to the plateau and the bed will be pulled out. All the furniture in the apartment was measured and designed in collaboration with the architects’ permanent associates, a locksmith, and a carpenter.



There are two items within the apartment that have been purchased which are a two-seater couch and a cactus plant to finish off the aesthetic of the apartment. On the only wall that remained free in the apartment, another wow affect was achieved. A feature wall was installed in which the TV was integrated, while Graphic Studio G designed a selected print on d-bond aluminum panels with an LED backlight, great for a party with guests.

Thanks to Romana Lasan’s creative talent, evolutionary vision and attention to detail, this beautiful and unique apartment was sold after two months, The wow affects that Studio Lasan aimed for, was therefore most certainly achieved.

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In the last 24 hours, 1,925 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,813.

Among them, 820 people are in hospital, of which 116 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 18 people died in the past 24 hours.

The number of persons in self-isolation is 16,186. A total of 394,382 people recovered, of which 1,007 in the last 24 hours. To date, a total of 2,874,479 people have been tested, of which 10,083 in the last 24 hours.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 62 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 23 males and 39 females: 21 from Dubrovnik, 16 from Ploče, eight from Vela Luka, seven from Župa dubrovačka, five from Konavle, two from Metković and one from Blato, Korčula and Opuzen.

36 people made a full recovery: 11 from Metković, seven from Dubrovnik, four from Župa dubrovačka, three from Blato, Konavle and Ploče and one from Korčula, Lumbarda, Orebić, Slivno and Mljet.

In the last 24 hours, 463 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 142,452 samples have been analyzed.

18 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Three patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 494 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of self-isolation measures has been recorded in the last 24 hours. 


The direct flight connection from the US to Croatia, or rather New York to Dubrovnik, with United Airlines has proved so popular this year that the company have announced that it will be continued in 2022, reports EX-YU Aviation.

The last flight from Newark to Croatia’s southernmost airport landed last week and immediately the airline announced that in 2022 the first flight would take-off on the 27th of May. Next year United Airlines will connect Dubrovnik to New York four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the flight schedule has been extended until the 26th of October.


And as the US State Department recently announced that Croatia would be, from December, on the visa-free list this transatlantic route could prove popular with passengers flying in the opposite direction. United Airlines, along with their competitors Delta, introduced flights from the US this year for the first time and at one point in the summer American tourists were the most numerous in the city. And Croatia was clearly not only a reachable destination but also an open one as at no time through the pandemic were borders closed to Americans. In fact, Croatia was one of the only European countries open for business, due to the fact that although Croatia is a full member of the European Union it isn’t yet in the Schengen open border system. This meant that whilst the vast majority of the EU, the Schengen countries, closed their borders unitedly, Croatia was outside of this ban.

And this fact wasn’t lost on United’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella, who stated that “the Dubrovnik service was launched in response to Croatia maintaining open borders for American citizens and residents throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and has performed strongly as a result.” And he added that “And those new markets are actually, some of our top performing city fares, because Croatia and Greece in particular, made it clear to the world that they were open for business. And in fact, our customers responded to it immediately, and our new flights degrees did incredibly well.”

And the General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetić, stated that “Flights from the US performed well above our expectations. These incoming tourists stay in Dubrovnik, which serves as a base for them to explore other places - nearby islands and Dalmatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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