Monday, 16 December 2019

The Triathlon Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Sports Association announce marathon Dubrovnik 10K on Sunday, November 19th from 09:30 to 11 am.

It is a race held on the road and the route is Lapad bay – Post office Lapad – INA Orsan, Restaurant Orsan – Solitudo – Mandrac – Copacabana – President – Neptun – Hotel More – Kompas – Lapad bay. There will be two laps of five kilometers.

Therefore, citizens and their guests are asked for co-operation and to not use this route during Sunday's race for security reasons. Traffic will be regulated on the roads.

-We recommend to the citizens that find themselves at Lapad bay during the race to give the runners the advantage and to leave the middle of the promenade for the race - the Triatlon Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Sports Association announced.

The 10K race is also the final event of the popular Dubrovnik RUN league, which guarantees the arrival of a large number of runners from the Dubrovnik area as well as the wider region. It also offers the possibility for both beginners and experienced runners to test their shape and speed on one of the most attractive walking/running trails in Dubrovnik.

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Despite the abundance of sun and ‘’tourist’’ roofs, Croatia is at the rear among European countries when it comes to the use of solar energy.

Croatia has 300 sunny days a year, rich natural resources and thousands of rooftops of hotel and tourist facilities; however, the country does not make the most of renewable energy resources in tourism, especially solar energy.

Greenpeace Croatia recently held a conference titled ‘’The Role of Tourism in Energy Transition’’ and gathered representatives of professional and civil society associations as well as energy producers, suppliers, state institutions and the tourism sector. However, no one responded from the ministries of tourism, economy, environmental protection and energy, whilst only a small number of tourist representatives participated at the conference.

On this occasion, Marija Tomac from Greenpeace emphasized that the energy transition is a global process, which is necessary in order to switch completely from the fossil fuels to clean or energy from renewable resources by 2050.

‘’Due to climate changes and the prevention of their negative effects, all of us have to be involved in this transition, not only states and governments, but also all economic sectors, where tourism, especially in Croatia, is extremely important because it accounts for 19 percent of GDP and is related to many other activities. Our advantage lies in a good location of hotels, campsites and other tourist facilities that are mostly spread along the Croatian coast which is bathed in sunshine’’, explained Tomac.

Tomac also added that the revenue from tourism rises every year thus it would be worthwhile to invest in the transition to renewable energy resources. Therefore, Greenpeace Croatia initiated a new campaign and published a brochure about the possibilities of wider application of renewable energy resources in the Croatian tourism sector as well as business models for project financing from EU funds.

However, despite all the warnings and possibilities as well as God given energy resources sun, wind etc. Croatia is at the bottom among European countries when it comes to the use of solar energy.

‘’Slovenia has five times more solar capacities than Croatia, whilst Greece has fifty times more. It would be very good for all our sectors to become aware of the fact that roofs of hotels, camps and other tourist facilities are ideal for solar collectors and photovoltaic cells as well as for LED lighting. A quick return of investment could be expected in the period from five to eight years’’, commented the director of Greenpeace Croatia Zoran Tomić.

Last year Croatian emigrants sent a record-breaking amount of money to their homeland - a whopping $2.19 billion.

Even though there is no complete official data on the number of Croatian citizens who left the country in the past few years in search of a better life in Western countries (the US, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavian countries), this data confirms that the new wave of Croatian emigrants haven't lost contact with members of their families in Croatia.

According to the official statistics, i.e. money sent through official channels, it is clear that money sent from abroad is the most important source of foreign capital for Croatia.

Part of Croatian citizens evidently survives thanks to the financial support of their family members who left Croatia or ensures a better quality of life with their own salaries earned in the country.

Therefore, Croatia has found its place among the countries in which the cash transfers of their own citizens from abroad are continuously increasing.

Sanation of the plane tree (Platanus orientalis) started today at Pile, just few steps away from the entrance of the Old City. It's interesting to know that this impressive tree is a protected individual monument of park architecture.

Oriental plane tree Platanus orientalis is an Asian plane tree that dates from the 18th century. Assembly of Dubrovnik-Neretva County declared this symbol of Pile a protected individual monument of park architecture seven years ago. Consequently, in the vicinity of the plane tree, all works that would endanger the conditions for growth and development of the tree, as well as contamination and the abandonment of the protected area, are forbidden.

Because of this sanation, locals and their guests are asked not to park around the plane tree until tomorrow, November 17th.




According to the latest survey, Croatian bloggers live quite well from their online job.

Most of Croatian bloggers earn between 3,500 and 5,500 Kunas a month (around 500 to 700 Euros). Even though most of them consider blogging as a hobby, the survey showed that, in comparison to last year, there is an increase in the number of bloggers who actually live from blogging.

Among bloggers, women account for 90 percent i.e. out of ten bloggers nine of them are women. They have written blogs for three or five years and have two to three posts a month.

The most common categories on blogs are beauty, gastronomy and fashion.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has planned a busy December of concerts for the festive season once again.

The first concert will take place on Tuesday the 5th of December, on the feast of St. Nicholas, in the Dubrovnik Cathedral at 8.00pm. This evening of music will feature the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir along with mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić as the soloist.

And the on the 14th of December the traditional Christmas concert will be held in the cathedral at 7.30 pm. This concert, in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Rotary Club, will feature many special guests, such as the vocal choirs Kaše and Subrenum, and is always popular as Christmas carols and advent tunes are traditionally performed.

On the 22nd of December the big Christmas concert, which has been held since 1991, will be held in the Hotel Valamar Lacroma. This evening, starting at 8.00 pm, will have a rich program of guests along with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, such as the Mixed Choir Libertas, vocal groups, Dubrovnik choirs and Christmas songs and carols will be played.
And then on Monday the 1st of January the New Year begins with a gala concert on the Stradun in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik at midday.

Entrance to all of these concerts by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is free of charge.

A few days ago Telegraph travel writers joined together and wrote about their trips from hell. Even though most of the people find the job of a travel journalist a dream job, these stories reveal a different side of traveling around (and writing about it). 

Croatia has been featured on numerous lists by the Telegraph and sadly it found its place on the list of the worst holidays of all time too. Peter Hardy describes his Croatian experience with the title ' An unwanted houseguest in Croatia'.

- It was the stink of fried goat and onions at breakfast time, wafting up to our sun terrace, that first alerted us – it's rather an interesting intro of the Hardy's text. 

He continues to describe his experience on the island of Brac in a rather humorous, saying that his 11-old daughter discovered that someone was living in the garage beneath their holiday villa – the owner plus five members of his family.

- When he wasn't not cooking pungent food, he sat outside in his dirty string vest and shorts watching our every move with a scowl of suspicion. It seemed he'd not taken the "vacant possession" clause - and several others - far too literally in his contract with a long-established British villa company – says Hardy and adds that family's clothes were still in the bedrom cupboards and other belogings were scattered everywhere. There was even a dresser drawer full of sex aids and porno films – quite interesting for his children!

- Whenever we left the villa, the owner would leg it up from the garage and return to his home upstairs. He decided we were using too much air conditioning in August heat, so he removed the remote control and refused to return it. Washing facilities in his sweatbox of a garage were presumably non-existent, so we always knew when he'd been snooping – Hardy writes about his horror holiday.

To make things even worse, the location was described wrongly in the brochure, the water was polluted and his 14-year-old son developed a serious skin infection.

- At the end of our fortnight, home never felt so welcoming – concludes Hardy. After reading this, who could blame him?

See the full text here.

According to information from the Dubrovnik – Neretva Police Department there were eight road traffic accidents in the county last week, of which four involved injured drivers and passengers.

Last week the Dubrovnik Police took 506 measures against drivers for traffic offenses. From this total 181 were due to speeding, 54 due to improper parking, 59 drivers for not wearing a seat belt, 25 for improper overtaking, 18 for drivers who didn’t have their headlights on and 29 for drivers under the influence of alcohol.

Another indication of the social situation in Croatia is the dramatic increase in the number of employees and owners of small businesses. In 2007 there were 267,842 people employed by small businesses in Croatia, just ten years later and in 2017 that number has fallen to 198,699. Over the past ten years the number of employees has been constantly falling in Croatia.

This trend started in the early 2000’s and doesn’t look like slowing up. Compared to ten years ago just under 70,000 fewer people and employed in small businesses. These very businesses should be one of the cogs that creates new enterprises, export opportunities, financial benefits and more importantly offer new employment.

Over the past five years over 200,000 Croatians have left the country looking for employment in other European Union countries, with Ireland and Sweden high on the wish list.

On the occasion of Remembrance for the victims of Vukovar in 1991 on Friday, November 17th candles will be lit in front of the Church of Saint Blaise and along Vukovar Street.

The candles are lit in the memory of suffering of the hero city 26 years ago. Students from primary and secondary schools and their teachers, as well as fellow citizens will be part of this event. They will light up candles from 5:30 to 6:15 pm.

In Dubrovnik Cathedral there will be a mass for all deceased and missing Croatian soldiers and civilians in the Serbian aggression on Vukovar at 6 pm.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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