Friday, 18 January 2019

Back in 2016 Spanish journalists Vincente Azpitarte and Jose Manuel Puertas published a book Luka Modric: El hijo de la guerra (Luka Modric: The Son Of War), which brings a story about Croatian footballer’s childhood and his way to Real Madrid, one of the most powerful clubs in the world. This biography will soon be translated in Japanese – writes.

As the article states, Azpitarte recently visited Japan to finalize the book and was surprised with the cover photo, showing Modric’s profile, while he’s moving his hair from his face. When Azpitarte asked why did they decide to put that photo on the cover, he got an interesting answer.

-In Japan, Modric is considered one of the most attractive footballers in the world. He is a sex symbol and our women think he is more handsome and more beautiful than Cristiano Ronaldo - Japanese publishers explained, writes.

As they say, the secret is in his long hair, facial physiognomy and pointy nose, but ultimately in his life story, growing up in awe, persistent work and a difficult path that he has passed.

According to the State Hydrometeorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, until 10th of January, a high risk of a cold wave is projected.

Here are couple of recommendations on protecting the health during these low temperatures:

- Avoid going out early in the morning or late in the night;

- Wear layers and don’t go out without a hat, scarf and gloves;

- Do not stay out for the long time;

- Drink enough amount of hot drinks (tea, soup, up to two cups of coffee a day, limit the intake of alcohol);

- Monitor the temperature in the room where you are staying (thermometer / thermostat - preferably 18 to 24° C).

Concert for the children ‘’The Carnival of the Animals’’, organized by the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and supported by the Caboga Stiftung Foundation, will take place on Sunday, January 20th, at 11 am in the Marin Drzic theater. Tickets at a price of 30 kuna are avaliable online on the website

From the first performance this summer at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, as part of the program of public development program – the City Keys, this performance receives the great interest of the festival audience of all generations, which could be seen at the concerts in the Bunic Kaboga summer villa in September and November, confirming the universal popularity of this zoological fantasy of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, which easily finds its way to the hearts of children (and adults) all over the world.

Composer of this work, Camille Saint-Saëns, was born almost 200 years ago in Paris and is one of the artists known as the "miracle of the child". As an adult and respected composer, while spending time with his friends on vacation in Austria, he decided to play around in a zoological fantasy entitled The Carnival of Animals. Through various portions of this descriptive piece of full humor and satire, he commented on other composer's compositions, his own works, and his music critics (in a line dedicated to long-eared animals). Each of the 14 items of Animal Carnivals is devoted to one animal or group of animals, and almost all parts hide quotes or music reviews of other famous musical works.

Along with the Dubrovnik musicians performing this popular Saint-Saëns work, there will be a story teller: actress Srdana Simunovic. A great joy for the children and adults!

In 2018 a total of 60,041 new cars were sold in Croatia, up by 18.3 percent from 2017 and totalling almost 165 new cars every day, market research company Promocija Plus said on Monday, based on Interior Ministry data.

In 2017 Croatians had bought 50,769 new cars. In December 2018 alone, 2,412 new cars found owners, up by 12.4 percent year-on-year.

The best selling brand in 2018 was Volkswagen, with 8,932 cars sold and a 14.9 percent market share. Renault came in second with 5,805 cars sold and a 9.7 percent market share, while Czech-based Skoda was third, with 5,293 vehicles and a 8.8 percent share. These were followed by Opel in fourth place (5,212 new cars and a 8.7 percent share) and Suzuki in fifth (3,794 cars sold, or a 6.3 percent market share).

As for German high-end brands, in 2018 Croatians bought 1,804 Audis, 1,487 BMWs, 1,216 Mercedes-Benzes and 85 Porsches. Three Maseratis, one Ferrari, one Lotus, and one Rolls Royce vehicles were also sold.

In terms of car model, the most popular were compacts. The best selling model was Skoda Octavia (2,981 sold), followed by Renault Clio (2,599 units sold) and Volkswagen Golf (2,193 sold). Volkswagen's Polo came in fourth (2,162 sold) and Suzuki Vitara was fifth (1,720 sold).

In terms of fuelling technology, petrol cars had a 54.9 percent market share in 2018, followed by diesel-powered vehicles with 42.7 percent. Hybrids accounted for 1.4 percent of the market, gas-powered vehicles 0.8 percent, while merely 145 purely electric vehicles were sold in 2018, putting them at a 0.2 percent market share.

The growth in car sales is mainly attributed to tax code changes introduced in January that year, which made all vehicles sold at a retail price up to 150,000 kuna (€20,000) including VAT exempt from additional tax on vehicles. Cars in this price range account for about two thirds of all new car sales in 2018.

Russian airline S7 Airline, a member of the global airline association OneWorld, announced its 2019 summer flight schedule, which will boost flights to both of the destinations in Croatia which S7 Airlines has in its network – Avioradar reports.

On the line Dubrovnik - Moscow ("Domodedovo" airport) instead of a smaller Airbus A319 aircraft, a larger Boeing 737-800 plane will fly, coming from the from the Globus (GH / GLP) daughter fleet. There will be flights twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays in the same period as last year.

On the line Pula - Moscow (airport "Domodedovo") there will be an additional rotation on Saturdays. So instead of last year's five flights a week, this year there will be as much as 6 flights per week. There are no flights on Tuesdays and Sundays. Last year’s new line Pula - Sankt Petersburg remains unchanged, and it will fly once a week, on Sundays.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 9 traffic accidents, where one person was killed, while nine traffic accidents were with injured persons - two persons had hard injuries and seven persons had light injuries. There were three traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 387 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 155 measures taken due to speeding, 36 measures due to improper stop and parking, 33 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Vandals have, once again, damaged the sword on the famous Orlando’s Column in the Old City of Dubrovnik. Fortunately, the sword is not broken, just curved and hopefully can be straightened easily. Since there are many cameras in the historical core of Dubrovnik, it still remains to be seen who the perpetrators are.

It’s interesting to say that the City Council of Dubrovnik, on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the setting of the Orlando’s Column, proclaimed this year Orlando’s Year. Well, for now it isn’t!

Learn more about Orlando’s Column here.

Fairness in collaboration, greater care in investigative reporting and reliability with respect to agreements are German PR professionals' three most important wishes from journalists. dpa subsidiary news aktuell and Faktenkontor have surveyed professionals and managers on what they would like from journalists. Almost 990 communications professionals participated in the PR-Trendmonitor.

It found that fair play between communicators and journalists was at the top of the wishlist: Almost half of those surveyed said that fair collaboration was the most important (49 per cent). The desire for greater journalistic care in investigative reporting was second (48 per cent). Almost as important for the PR professionals was that they are able to rely on agreements made with media representatives (47 per cent).

By contrast, good news was last on the rankings. Just a quarter of those surveyed would like to see more positive news items in the media (25 per cent). And only a few communicators experienced a lack of time for background interviews. Only a quarter expressed the desire for more time for confidential exchanges with journalists (24 per cent). When it comes to answering questions, the situation is similar: Only a fifth wanted more time to answer questions from media representatives (21 per cent).

What PR professionals want from journalists:

1. Fairness in collaboration 49%

2. Greater care in investigative reporting 48%

3. Reliability on agreements 47%

4. Mutual respect in interaction 46%

5. Understanding for the role as lobbyists for business 41%

6. Less mistrust in collaboration 29%

7. Greater professional expertise in journalists 28%

8. More space for positive news 25%

9. More time for confidential exchanges 24%

10. More time for answering questions 21%


Just like last year, 2019 has started with flu epidemic, filling hospitals and doctor's offices.

The flu epidemic is in full swing, and the peak is expected in the next two weeks. According to official data, there are more than 1125 people with the flu, but the actual number is considerably higher because all cases are not reported – HRT published.

Hospitalization is more and more common, and the most affected are in Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia County. Visits to the patients are prohibited in Dubrovnik and Split, and in the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb, three patients are using the so-called artificial lungs.

Vladimir Drazenovic, head of the National Center for Flu Warning Center said for HRT that the number of people with illnesses could be higher after updating the data this weekend, estimating that there may be more than 2000 people affected. He also confirmed that two people passed away because of the consequence of the flu in combination with other complications.

The most popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, and in Croatia, the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls will increase ticket prices from 150 Kuna to 200 Kuna for this season. An adult ticket for the walls will this year set you back over 33 percent more than 2018. The association “Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities” announced the price rise back in September last year but it seems now that the price rise has been accepted by the association and the City of Dubrovnik.

And not only will the ticket prices for individuals be drastically more expensive this year but also the association has announced that the special price for groups will also be stopped for this year. The group price has been stopped because the association commented that various tourist companies were buying the cheaper tickets are reselling them.

In 2018 around 1.3 million visitors bought tickets for the Dubrovnik City Walls, making them the most popular tourist attraction in the city.

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