Friday, 22 November 2019

On the occasion of World Children's Day, which is celebrated today, November 20th, two events will be held in Dubrovnik this week. It's the way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and 20 years to the "Cities and Municipalities of Children's Friendly Action", which declared Dubrovnik a child-friendly city.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

On this occasion, Our Children Society Dubrovnik is organizing a meeting of the Children's City Council of Dubrovnik with the Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, the Mayor of the City Council, Marko Potrebica, and the City Councilors today at noon. Among other things, the meeting will highlight the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and what the City of Dubrovnik has done for children over the course of 20 years.

Celebration will continue on Friday, November 22th, with a cultural event for children in the fifth hall of Lazareti starting at 7:30 pm. The Lazareti Dance Studio, the Dubrovnik Children's Choir, the Zumba Kids Dubrovnik Dance and Recreation Studio, the Dapal 7 band and the puppet group of the Marin Getaldic school will perform. The event is organized by the City of Dubrovnik, Our Children Dubrovnik Society and Dubrovnik Heritage through the Creative Quarter project.

Clearly Croatia is a popular holiday destination for South Korean tourists. Ever since the beauties of Croatia were highlighted on two popular South Korean TV shows a few years ago the country has seen an ever growing number of tourists.

And now comes news that the airline, Korean Air, will upgrade and expand their flights connections between Seoul and Zagreb for 2020. Korean Air has announced that in 2020 they will operate the link with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which holds up to 269 seats, with 24 business-class seats and 245 economy seats.

This move is an upgrade since Korean Air have until now operated the connection with the 218-seat Airbus A330-200. Korean Air will fly three times a week between Seoul and the Croatian capital in the summer of 2020 with seasonal flights starting on the 31st of march next year.

 

Get ready for another two days of rain and storms as the experts as weather forecasters predict another period of unsettled weather in Dubrovnik. After a few days of sunshine and blue skies the rains are on their way back to Dubrovnik with forecasters stating that today and tomorrow will be extremely wet and windy with gale force southerly winds.

Just last week the whole Dubrovnik region was struck by incredible storms with raging seas and floods and it seems like today and tomorrow will see similar weather conditions.

Highs today will reach 14 degrees torrential rain and strong southerly winds forecast. And tomorrow will be a similar story with highs to reach no more than 16 degrees and rain and southerly winds again forecast.

Opening of the multimedia edible exhibition "City Breadwinners" will be held on Friday, November 22nd at 6 pm in Dubrovnik Natural History Museum.

Exhibition focuses on locals, so-called city breadwinners, who participate in production or preparation of food which comes to our tables and preservation of our gastro-cultural heritage.

The City Breadwinners exhibition is a part of the European project Slow Food Central Europe: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food. It is co-funded by European Union.

Exhibition is realized by Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Kinookus Association and City of Dubrovnik Development Agency DURA.

The exhibition will remain open until January 15th, 2020.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday held talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Great Britain's exit from the EU and future relations between Brussels and London, the government said in a statement.

Barnier informed Plenkovic of the latest developments regarding Brexit, and the two officials also discussed Croatia's role during its EU presidency regarding Brexit and future relations between the EU and the UK.

Plenkovic presented the priorities of Croatia's EU presidency, stressing that with regard to Brexit, maintaining legal security for citizens and companies in the EU and the UK was important to Croatia.

The two officials also discussed preparations for a summit of EU and Southeast European countries to be held in May 2020 in Zagreb. On the agenda of the summit will be the pace of development of future relations between the EU and Southeast European countries and their EU membership prospects.

Barnier is visiting Zagreb on the occasion of a congress of the European People's Party (EPP), which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday and at which Donald Tusk will be elected the new president of the biggest European political group.

Croatians spend an average of five hours a day on their smart phone, according to a Masterindex survey conducted by Improve for Mastercard.

The survey found that 82 percent of Croats are satisfied with the current level of digitization, while as many as 67 percent of residents use smartphones to pay their bills. In addition, we mostly use smartphones for online chat (84 percent), followed by email (82 percent), online shopping (81 percent), internet search (79 percent), social networks (74 percent), and online or mobile banking (64 percent).

Compared to last year's results, social networks are slightly less used and navigation, payment applications and video on demand more. Younger respondents use their smartphone above average, buy online more often, share photos, watch videos, listen to music, use payment apps, track sports, and get informed about travel and traffic.

Older respondents, on the other hand, make greater use of navigation, e-readers, Internet and mobile banking, e-mail, and Internet search, and more often view the weather.

Mobile phones are mostly used by young people between the ages of 18 and 29, with an average of five and a half hours a day, but still less used by older people.

 

Good news for some of the drivers in Croatia! Petrol prices went down.

This morning petrol prices across the country are 10.15 kuna, going down from last weeks 10.23 kunas per litre. Diesel prices are quite the same, with an average of 9.86 kunas a litre.

However, the price of gas oil went up to 5.33 kuna from 5.26. Autogas price went up too – from 4.56 kunas to 4.58.

Dubrovnik artist Deša Vlahutin will present her work at the prestigious gallery of one of the largest auction houses in London. Bonhams Auction House will exhibit a series of sculptures called "Fibonacci Fragments" on the 25th of November. The exhibition not only has a visual character, but is a set of reflections on the impact of the Fibonacci series on art and life.

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear an interactive lecture by Ph.D. Jan Rosenzweig on the life of a famous mathematician and the relationship between mathematics, art and nature. The exhibition will also feature a musical piece composed of compositions inspired by the Fibonacci series.

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Deša's fascination with Fibonacci has resulted in a collection of sculptures which, as their origins, have figures of the Fibonacci sequence that, through the relationship of sculptural surfaces, evolve into a series that combines mathematical precision and minimalist sculpture. Seven white sculptures are devoid of detail, and they draw their sculpturalism precisely from the mathematical relation of one surface to the others, forming a rounded whole.

 

One of the most popular restaurants in Dubrovnik area, Konoba Veranda, is showing a big heart once again this year with the humanitarian action ‘’24 hours without compromises’’, which will be held during this weekend, from Saturday, November 23rd, all to early morning of Sunday, November 24th.

After a great success of the action last year, when they cooked for their guests non-stop for 24 hours, the amazing team of Konoba Veranda decided to repeat the action, all for the good cause: the Pediatrics Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The idea is simple: you can order whatever you want – without paying for the meal itself! You just donate the amount that you want, after enjoying your time at this highly recommended restaurant. 

- Give us a call at 0911746082, arrange breakfast, lunch, dinner, warm-up for an evening out or a meal to cure a hangover with Mirko. Anything is possible, anything can be done on that day! – the organizers wrote. 

Even though the Konoba Veranda is located a bit outside the city, in Stikovica, you don’t have to worry about getting there – you should contact the Konoba Veranda and they will arrange it for you.

Join this unique action and have one of the best meals in the Dubrovnik area! It doesn’t get better than this.

Croatia is without doubt one of the safest countries in Europe and latest figures from the statistical wing of the EU, Eurostat, show that car theft in Croatia is the third lowest of all EU members.

Police across the European Union recorded on average 697,000 car thefts yearly over the period 2015 to 2017, a 29 percent reduction compared to the period 2008 to 2010. Between 2008 and 2017, there were downward trends in most EU Member States.

On average over 2015 to 2017, the figures were highest in Luxembourg (328 police-recorded car thefts per 100 000 inhabitants), followed by Greece (269), Italy (257), Sweden (256), France (247) and Czechia (238). The lowest figures in the EU were observed in Slovakia and Estonia (both 31), Croatia (20), Romania (15) and Denmark (4).

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