Friday, 18 January 2019

Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski will become parents once again!

The proud dad informed all of his fans about the arrival of his second baby on social media. He published a photo with his wife and his first born - baby boy Val, sharing the sweetest news in an original way: Val is wearing a t-shirt with inscription ''I'm so cute. Mom&Dad did it again!''

This sweet photo collected over 17 thousand likes and many comments, congratulating the happy family. One more successful year lies ahead this talented musician!

The first dog playground in Dubrovnik will be located in Mokosica. It will as a fenced park area that, besides the basic elements of the park (paths, vegetation, urban equipment), also contains dog equipment. According to the conceptual solution made in December 2018, the playground is supposed to maintain the natural configuration of the terrain and all the existing high greenery while simultaneously making use of the larger area for the park

Since the park allows the owners to let their dogs of the leash so that they can move freely within enclosed space, special zones for small and large dogs will be made. They are in the shape of ellipse with pebble paths. Between the trails are created green zones to spend time and play.

Dog Equipment is located in a flat park area, and the fence is designed to follow the rounded geometry of the terrain. In the south, at the steep zone, the terrain is secured by supporting walls made of stone.

There will be also a water tap at the park entrance, where the area where the dog will be put off the leash will be located too. Shade, water and bins for dog waste will be ensured.


The Dubrovnik Police Chief, Ivan Pavlicevic, has confirmed that the dead body of one of the three workers missing in the fire at the hydroelectric power plant in Plat, just south of Dubrovnik, has been found in a drainage channel. The other two workers are still missing.

The fire at the hydropower plant in Plat was extinguished this morning. It is assumed that the cause of the fire is of a technical nature, and Ivan Vučetić will conduct the investigation on the cause.

At the time of the fire in the hydro power plant there were 9 workers present, said Pavlicevic. Six of them were taken to the General Hospital in Dubrovnik, two are in the emergency department, the severity of their injuries and health condition is unknown for the time being. The search for the remaining two workers continues with police boats and divers in the vicinity.

Croatia has posted the largest drop in unemployment throughout the European Union on a year-on-year level in 2018. According to figures just released by Eurostat the rate of unemployment in Croatia in 2018 fell from 10 percent to 7.8 percent.

Across the European Union the rate of unemployment stood at 6.7 percent in November 2018, which is the lowest level since January 2000.

Eurostat estimated that a total of 16.491 million people in the EU28, including 13.040 million in the euro zone, were unemployed in November 2018. Month-on-month, the number of persons unemployed dropped by 107,000 in the EU28 and by 90,000 in the euro zone. Compared with November 2017, unemployment fell by 1.489 million in the EU28 and by 1.135 million in the euro zone.

Croatia tops the EU in terms of unemployment decrease in 2018, followed by Greece, which went from 20.8 percent to 18.6 percent and Spain, which went from 16.5 percent to 14.7 percent. By countries, the lowest unemployment rates in November 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic (1.9 percent), Germany (3.3 percent) and the Netherlands (3.5 percent). On the other hand, the highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (18.6 percent in September 2018) and Spain (14.7 percent).

Although the figures look encouraging it has to be taken into account that during 2018 hundreds of thousands of Croatian workers left the country in search of employment in other EU member states. This mass exodus certainly helped to decrease the rate of unemployment. In fact, so many workers left that the Croatian government was forced to react and drastically increase the number of work visas for foreigners, seven-fold to 65,100. Many of the visas will be issued to cover the shortfall of workers in the tourism industry. The quota, applied to non-EU workers and subdivided into quotas per sector, is set every year by the government in December. It is based on recommendations by various business associations and serves as an indicator of the shortage of workers, especially in areas such as tourism and construction.

A fire broke out this morning in the hydroelectric power station in Plat near Dubrovnik.

A helicopter is standing ready at Dubrovnik General Hospital to take three injured workers who were caught in the fire, confirmed the director of the hospital, Dr. Marijo Bekić. Unconfirmed reports suggest that two of the three injured electric workers were caught in the tunnel of the hydroelectric power plant when the fire exploded. 

The fire brigades from Dubrovnik, Konavle and Zupa are on the scene as well as the police to control the traffic. The cuase of the fire is as yet unknown.

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2018 was certainly a year to remember for Dubrovnik Airport and 2019 should be even better. A record of number of passengers were handled last year, in total 2.53 million, which represented a healthy increase of 9.3 percent over 2017. And for this year the airport is looking for another increase, this time by 5 percent.

“This past year was demanding and turbulent but our goal of achieving 10% growth, which is above the global average, has been more or less attained. We expect that our net profit for 2018 will amount to 9.8 million euros. In 2019, we estimate passenger growth of 4.59%. The biggest increase in travellers is expected from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic,” commented the director of Dubrovnik Airport to the media.

This year will see the arrival of several new flights and airlines, including direct flights from the USA with American Airlines, direct connections with Israel and the first ever flights from Ryanair. All of these new lines should help dramatically boost passenger numbers this year. It is estimated that between 65 and 70 international airlines will land at Dubrovnik Airport this year with the vast majority operating mainly through the summer season.

"After 28 years, Croatia will be linked with the United States thanks to American Airlines' service between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik. During the summer, Flydubai will continue to run flights from Dubai while the world's largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch services to our airport", added Luetić.

Work on preparing the first pile for the future Pelješac bridge is underway, with the first metal pile at 127 metres in length to be installed tomorrow.

The testing of this first pile is necessary for the investor, Croatia Roads, to check all the equipment that the contractor, Chinese Roads and Bridges, intends to use in the bridges construction.

A total of 130 piles of various lengths will be needed for the construction of the futue Peljesac Bridge.

According to the contractor a pile test is required in order to determine the groundwater drilling technology, pile foundation construction and their mounting.


Croatia is working hard on the introduction of the euro, and the process of Croatia's admission to the 19-country euro zone would be similar to Bulgaria's, which had already sent a letter of intent to Brussels, the European Commissioner for the Euro, Valdis Dombrovskis, said on Tuesday.

Croatia is intensively working on creating the prerequisites for its admission to the euro area, Dombrovkis, former Prime Minister of Latvia, told the press on Tuesday in Riga, on the margins of a conference on Latvia's five years in the euro zone.

Latvia had joined the euro zone in January 2014, as the 18th member of the currency union. The last country to join the euro zone was Lithuania in 2015.

This year also marks 20 years since the original introduction of the euro in 11 EU countries in January 1999.

All EU member countries, except Denmark and the United Kingdom, are obliged to introduce the euro as their official currency, which they agreed to as part of the terms of their membership in the 28-country bloc. However, there are no deadlines for the adoption of the euro.

The European Commission supports member-states' efforts to introduce the euro, and provides not only political but also the necessary technical and financial support, Dombrovskis said.

He said that the next financial perspective would also include a programme of financial support to the reforms carried out by EU member states aspiring to join the euro area membership.

Out of the seven remaining EU countries which still use their own currency, Croatia and Bulgaria have expressed their intention to join the euro zone, and aspiring countries are expected to then join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism II (ERM II) as well as the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).

The SSM is a banking supervision system, which involves the European Central Bank (ECB) and the national authorities of participating countries, allowing the ECB to supervise local financial institutions and the implementation of legislative, operational and technical preparations for the adoption of the euro.

Croatia is likely to enter the ERM II in 2020, a year after the submission of its letter of intent which should be formally sent in 2019.

Bulgaria, which in 2018 sent a letter to the ECB and other European institutions about its plan to join the ERM II, will probably enter the ERM II in mid-2019, Dombrovskis said.

Future euro zone members must spend at least two years in the Exchange Rate Mechanism, and a minimum one more year for preparations for the replacement of its currency with the euro.

This isn’t a sight you often get to see but it is absolutely gorgeous. The snow covered mountains rising high over the walled Old City of Korcula. Natures colours are truly spectacular.

For the vast majority of the time the images that appear of the island and city of Korcula are bathed in warm summer sunshine with a glinting turquoise Adriatic Sea lapping at the base of the stone walls. But these artic days in the Dubrovnik region have brought some special scenes.

Korcula looking more like an Alpine resort than a Mediterranean summer retreat is just one, but nevertheless a spectacular one. A truly great photo from Dora Lozica.

With so much white noise on social media it is sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But these illustrations immediately jumped out the page at us. Davor Bakora is the creative mind behind these wonderful Dubrovnik illustrations and we caught up with him to find his inspirations.

Educated at the The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design Communication Design he has devoted his life to his passion. He is collaborates with art directors, designers, entrepreneurs and editors at magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, publishing houses, companies and institutions worldwide and was honoured by American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3 and Creative Quarterly.

Your Dubrovnik illustrations have lit up social media and have brought lots of attention. How do you choose which images to create?
I’d rather say the images choose me. “Espressionism” is one of my most personal series where I just put ink on my sketchbook pages. The concept is to find a place where I can draw something for an hour or two, let loose, dive into sketchbook flow mode and finally don’t think at all about what I do.

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How inspiring is Dubrovnik for an artist?
Very inspiring. There is so much art, architecture, history, in the air, everywhere. I feel every time I’m in Dubrovnik. Mediterranean atmosphere, coffee, the Adriatic Sea, blue and green and a lot of Dalmatian stones around, beyond and above you.

What feedback have you received from your work and how are the images of Dubrovnik received?
Well, some like and some awarded some of my works. Regarding the Dubrovnik drawings, I guess they are popular because they look different the way they are drawn, just black and white, especially compared to the usual views and the common colours in Dubrovnik postcards, photos or paintings. There’s more to come and I hope to offer “Espressionism” prints soon.

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How did you enter the world of illustration?
I always wanted to visualise ideas, to create something new by the evening that didn’t exist in the morning. I liked magazines with great illustrations like the New Yorker even before I was studying and I definitely wanted to work with these editors and art directors who particularly appreciate the art of commercial illustration. So I studied Communication Design at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and specialised in the illustration class of Prof. Heinz Edelmann. I knew the work of mainly French, Belgian and a few American comic book artists before and discovered the work of great contemporary illustrators during my studies by publications like American Illustration and Communication Arts. Inspiration and motivation by my fellow students was also crucial.

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What advice would you give for up and coming illustrators?
It’s all about mutual respect and collaboration. Give your best on all projects. Or learn to say “No” if someone asks but rejects a reasonable fee. If your goal is to become a perfectionist, rather try to square a circle. You have to “draw wrong,” to exercise in order to develop your skills, style etc. Don’t give up. Stay open-minded. Learn and improve every day. Ask for advice but decide on your own. Don’t judge everything but work on anything.

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