Friday, 19 October 2018

Robin Hood light up the Dubrovnik night sky last night as the second day of filming saw explosions and fireballs. Oscar award winner Jamie Foxx appeared on the set in Dubrovnik for the first time as Little John in what was a day of night filming.

Day two of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik was concentrated around the old harbour and various rafts were floated into the Adriatic for cameras, lighting and an arsenal of high-tech explosive devices.

Although this scene was filmed on the shores of the Adriatic in the final version of the movie, which will be released on the 23rd of March 2018, the sea will “act” as a river, or rather moat, around the castle in Nottingham.

Check out our gallery from last night by Niksa Duper

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One of the world's premier biopharmaceutical companies Pfizer has announced closing of its plant in Australia in order to move production to Croatia.

According to the press release from Ziva Janez Visnar, the Pfizer spokeswoman for the Adriatic region, the pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York has decided to shut down its Hospira facility in the city of Adelaide and relocate the production to the Croatian capital of Zagreb by the end of 2021.

''Adelaide produces the healing substance PEGfilgrastim which is then shipped to Zagreb for pegylation and filling into pre-filled syringes. The manufacturing of the PEGfilgrastim will be transferred to Croatia'', commented Visnar.

Pfizer was founded in 1849 in New York City as a manufacturer of fine chemicals. The company develops and produces medicines and vaccines for a wide range of medical disciplines, including immunology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology/endocrinology, and neurology. Pfizer currently employs more than 80,000 people around the globe, whilst its revenue in 2016 was $52,8 billion.

Athlete Andrej Vistica has recently published an amazing video on his Youtube channel with a simple title 'Dubrovnik', describing it as bird's eye view of one of the prettiest cities in the world.

We've seen a lot Dubrovnik videos, but this one is one of our favorites. Sunset, sunrise, red roofs and some of the views we never seen before make it absolutely amazing. It will make you hit the replay button couple of times.

Croatia has got the first eleven travel agencies certified for senior tourism and implementation of specialized programs for senior citizens aged 55 +, who travel more and more every year and represent one of the fastest growing market segments in the total tourist travels.

UNPAH or the Croatian Association of Independent Travel Agencies carried out the certification with a support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in accordance with European directives and the National program of Social Tourism. Among eleven certified tourist agencies in Croatia are Adriatours DMC, Adriatic TT DMC, Alfa Travel DMC, Azur Tours, Event-s DMC, Istraline DMC, Kompas Zagreb DMC, Kvarner Express Split DMC, Maestral VB DMC, Puh Tours DMC, and Svijet putovanja DMC. 

According to data from Eurostat for 2014, tourists aged 55+ and 65+ accounted for 37 percent of the total travels in the EU, whilst senior groups of tourists from France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy realized 800,000 overnight stays in Europe in 2014.
Furthermore, according to data from the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) for November 2016, every fifth person in Europe today is aged 60+, whilst senior citizens from Europe realize 6 to 7 travels a year, with a desire to travel and enjoy life such as tourists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia,who have the highest incomes, thus better opportunities for tourist spending.

''Trends from this market are also present in the Croatian tourism industry; many agencies, hotels and other service providers are working with this segment, however, the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays of senior tourists and their spending are still not being followed statistically'', commented Vlasta Klaric, the secretary of UNPAH.

Klaric also emphasizes that senior tourists are mostly travellers who like to travel in the off-season when destinations are less crowded; they prefer peaceful and relaxing programs, whether it is sightseeing, stay at the spa etc.They usually travel several times a year for longer periods of time, and show

Filming of the Robin Hood: Origins moved into its second day today and the cast and crew concentrated on the harbour area of the city. With large rafts floating in the harbour and a multitude of lights and cameras Dubrovnik was a mixture of costumes and high-tech equipment. The action today featured an explosion in what looked like a mining area around the Old City walls, in what was an early evening shoot.

This is the most expensive filming production ever in Dubrovnik, with an estimated $100 million budget just for the films promotion. And the production isn’t holding back with state of the art cameras and numerous lighting sets.

Here is a taste of the action from today.

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Don't tell me your dreams can't come true – commented Jamie Foxx as he sat on the balcony of his luxury Dubrovnik villa looking out over the Adriatic Sea. The Oscar award winning actor is here filming the latest Robin Hood movie – Robin Hood: Origins – as Little John.

He published a video on his Instagram account in the warm winter sunshine – “I am out here in Croatia, it’s crazy! For a young boy from Terrell, Texas this is blowing my mind a little,” added Foxx on the video. Foxx is staying in the mega luxurious Villa Šeherezada with views over the Old City of Dubrovnik. The villa is one of the most elite in the region and in the summer costs around 70,000 Euros a week! With its own private pier, butler service, extensive gardens, swimming pool, private beach and all with magnificent views, this is a Dubrovnik address for the rich and famous.

Famous Canadian musician Bryan Adams is coming to Zagreb – it was confirmed yesterday. He will perform in the Arena Zagreb, November 9th, and his fans are already excited.

His visit to Zagreb will be a part of a world tour meant to promote his newest album 'Get Up', published at the end of 2015.

Adams has a over 35 years long career and many famous hits like (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Plese Forgive me, All For Love, Summer of '69 and many more.

“And when technology becomes more advanced human beings will have more time to enjoy life, more time to do the things they like to do, whilst technology takes the strain out of everyday chores,” I remember this text word for word. I was sitting on the wooden floor of the assembly hall in my school watching a documentary made about the future. Every month the teacher would roll out this massive boxy television, that for some reason was locked away in a metal box, and we would watch a special documentary made for schools. And yes we were sitting on the floor!

This one fascinated me – Visions of the Future. Now you have to realise that I was watching this documentary before mobile phone were even invented (yes I am that old) and before people had computers in their homes. But that sentence stuck with me. I had dreams of robots scurrying around me. We wouldn’t need to work because robots and computers would do everything. The lazy side of me was having an orgasm. Of course reality turned out to be the exact opposite.

Has technology meant we work less? No, quite the contrary.

All these devices that we have nowadays that are supposed to bring people closer together actually make people more introvert. Technology has proved to be anti-social. It is taking away the general chit-chat we would have with our communities. I can’t even have some banter with the lady behind the counter of the supermarket anymore! Yes, the self-service cash registers have come to Dubrovnik.

I first saw these about five years ago in England and was immediately alarmed. Instead of stacking all your goods on a conveyor belt and watching a friendly lady scan them and then exchange a few words whilst you paid the self-service tills make you do everything yourself. You scan the items, pack them in a plastic bag and then pay the computer, all very efficient but also distant.

“You scan and I will pack,” said my wife who is more experienced with these computerised tills. It seemed to be going well...beep...beep...beep...echoed the scanner as I searched for barcodes on the items. And then we hit a snag. However hard I tried one item just wouldn’t scan. Some dumb message kept repeating itself on the screen. “I have cancelled the item,” I said to the screen. I’m not sure why I was talking to a computer! Again and again I tried to scan this tin of tuna. “Let’s just leave the tin this bloody computer obviously doesn’t want us to have tuna,” frustration was building. I was on the verge of smashing the tin of tuna into the screen when an assistant turned up. “All you have to do is delete the item,” she added. Really! This bloody computer has been telling me that for the past five minutes! “Oh, it doesn’t seem to want to delete,” was her next sentence. Really! I could have told you that! She then whipped out some special key and reset the computer.

“Does that mean I will have to scan everything again,” I questioned looking down at a blank screen. “Yes, I am sorry there was obviously some error,” she replied. I thought this was an express check-out! So we started again.

The people next to us in the “normal” check-outs were smirking. And not only were they grinning at our dilemmas they were also getting their shopping processed much faster than we were. Technology had once again failed me.

So we started again...beep...beep...beep...and then I saw the tin of tuna. To scan, or not to scan that this is the question. It was then that out of the corner of my eye I caught the sight of a slightly elderly gentleman approaching the express self-service. He walked up slowly, like a panther stalking a herd of antelope, stopped about five metres before the tills and stared. He had the look on his face like he just stood in dog crap. Flared nostrils, raised eyebrows and squinting eyes. This was all new to me and he was not going to get too close. “How does this work?” he asked. I was about to start to explain and then I looked down at his basket, tuna in oil, tuna in salt water, tuna and sweet corn. “Err, not very well,” was my honest answer.

The first day of filming of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik was a full day, the cast, crew and extras were still filming as the sun went down over the ancient city walls.

Night time filming in the Old City harbour saw full scenes including Taron Egeron as the youthful Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marion. It would seem that the crew were preparing for another day of filming in the harbour area as new cameras and equipment was brought onto the sets.

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A few days ago the Croatian government reported that it had received a 102 million Euros subsidy from the European Union for the construction of the LNG terminal on the island of Krk in northern Adriatic.

On this occasion, the Croatian Minister of Environment and Energy Slaven Dobrovic said that this was one of the most important energy projects not only at the national level, but also at the regional and European level, as it was proven with the EU decision on co-financing.

Dobrovic also added, ''This project will definitely give a significant impetus to the Croatian economy and industry, which will have the opportunity to develop new services, new skills and new technologies in the field of LNG''.

The funds approved on the 17th of February by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) coordination committee will cover 50 percent of the pre-construction study and almost 28 percent of the works.

The LNG terminal project worth 363 million Euros is intended for the construction a floating terminal off the island of Krk. Currently, the Croatian government is in the final phase of selecting a strategic investor, whilst the construction works are to begin in 2019.




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