Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The England Under 17 Water Polo team enjoyed a week of training in Dubrovnik and it was probably a training that they will remember for a long time to come. The Dubrovnik Water Polo club “Jug” is one of the most successful clubs in the world and the holders of 14 Croatian league titles.

“Many thanks to @VKJug who are hosting our England U17 junior men in Dubrovnik for an intense training week over half term,” wrote the official twitter account for England Water Polo. Adding that “Another tough session against @VKJug boys in Croatia this morning. Lots to learn for the @ENGWaterPolo U17s from playing against some of the best!”


A joint training session in the Dubrovnik pool - Photo Twitter 

This year’s Dubrovnik Good Food Festival had a true international feel as 22 foreign journalists from all over the world followed the gastronomic event.

The Good Food Festival, which is traditionally organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, attracted journalists from Brazil, Russia, the United States, Poland, Turkey, Italy, the UK, Sweden, Norway, France and Germany. And it wasn’t only reporters who followed this culinary festival, there were also six travel agents from Australia in the city collecting data for future tours.

During their time in Dubrovnik the international journalists were treated to a tour of the city, a ride on the cable car as well as full participation in the fifth Good Food Festival.

The communication section of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board has invited around 400 foreign journalists to the city this year alone.

Croatia's public debt totalled 284.07 billion Kuna (€33.4 billion) at the end of the second quarter of 2018, which is 3.8 billion Kuna (€512 million) or 1.4 percent up from Q2 2017, while the debt-to-GDP ratio continued to decrease, the latest Eurostat report released on Tuesday said.

According to the report, Croatia's public debt-to-GDP ratio decreased by 2.3 percentage points from 78.4 percent of GDP in Q2 2017 to 76.1 percent at the end of Q2 2018.

This is its lowest level since 2012, when the ratio stood at 69.4 percent. Although the nominal amount of public debt increased year-on-year, its ratio as share of GDP dropped due to faster economic growth which outpaced the growth of debt.

The latest figures put Croatia among 22 EU countries recording a decrease in public debt-to-GDP ratio, for the second consecutive quarter. It is also among the 25 member states which posted a reduction in the debt-to-GDP ratio year-on-year.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) opened the voting process for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4th of December and Croatian ''discus queen'' Sandra Perkovic is one of them!

-The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 10 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF – it's published on their official website.

They state that Sandra Perkovic is nominated because she's the winner of 11 out of 13 contests at discus throw, including the European title for a record fifth time and also
had the seven longest throws of the year.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists. The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes on 12 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018.

Don't forget to support Sandra Perkovic!

The Irish national airline Aer Lingus in the summer of 2019 will boost the Split-Dublin line. This year it was flying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in 2019 there will be additional, fourth flight every week, on Sundays. The line begins with traffic on May 16th 2019, with all four flights per week – Avioradar reports.

At the same time, the other two lines will have a boost during the off-season. Although the Dubrovnik-Dublin line will start flying three weeks later compared to this year - on April 12th, 2019, there will be five flights per week instead of four flights. Every-day flights will begin on May 16th or two weeks earlier than this year. On the Pula - Dublin line, the seasonal boost from three to four flights a week will begin a month earlier, or June 7th 2019.


The Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva informs that traffic police officers will undertake enhanced surveillance of the speed of vehicles on Wednesday, October 24th.

Enhanced surveillance is much needed, especially if we look at numbers: just last week 208 drivers got fined because of speeding and in the last couple of months the numbers were even higher.

You should be careful in traffic every day, but if you are in Dubrovnik tomorrow keep this in mind - adjust speed and increase caution.

The Socio-Economic Effects of Digital Transformation is the theme of the 2nd International Scientific Conference of SINCERE (Smart Ideas and a New Concept of Economic Regeneration in Europe), organized by the Department of Economics and Business Economics and held at the University of Dubrovnik from October 25th to October 27th, 2018.

The ceremonial opening of the Conference will be held on Thursday, October 25th, at 10 am, at the Amphitheater of the University Campus (Branitelja Dubrovnika 41). As part of the opening ceremony, a panel discussion will be held attended by: Mirna Medica, Senior Advisor to DG NEAR European Commission for Digital Society and Economy, professor Slavo Radosevic, European Commission Specialist for Smart Specialization and Professor at University College London, prof. Alex Coad, European Commission Adviser, one of the world's leading authoritative firms in the field of Research for Fast-Growing Enterprises and Editor of Research Policy magazine, which has been among the top five scientific journals in the field of economics for many years, as well as prof. Kate Orton Johnson, a sociologist at the University of Edinburgh.

On the second day of the conference, a roundtable will be held in the organization of the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, which will discuss the possibilities of smart specialization and development of smart cities in Croatia.

The theme of the conference is the digital transformation of European economies. The world we live in increasingly becomes digitalized. New technologies change our society, culture and everyday life. First of all, they revolutionize the way our economies operate. Tomorrow's products and services will be digital, which opens up many opportunities for economy growth. The path to exploiting this potential begins today and demands change and adjustment of economic policy.

The conference is held under the auspices of President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and supported by the Ministry of Science and Education.

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If you are dreaming about visiting the island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, it's good to know that you have a chance to do it – even though the summer season is over. Dreamy island of peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature awaits for you! 

The days are getting shorter and the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. From Saturday, October 27th, the boat will operate from 9 am to 4 pm. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to enjoy and explore this beautiful island.

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In Croatia, 90 percent of drivers and 33 percent of cyclists use a mobile phone while driving, and 50 percent of pedestrians cross the road with a view locked on the screen of their smartphones, it’s been published on Tuesday at the conference "We and Our Traffic Gadgets - Problems and Challenges" reports.

The conference, organized by the Croatian Association of Managers of Security (HUMS) in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, was all about worrying statistical data.

As mentioned, in Croatia 90 percent of drivers, 33 percent of cyclists and 50 percent of pedestrians walking and crossing the pedestrian crossing use the mobile phone. Drivers and pedestrians like hypnotized look at the screen of a smartphone which is very dangerous and reduces road traffic safety. Drivers are largely unaware of how mobile phone use is dangerous when driving a vehicle.

Because of these reasons, there is the proposal to change the Traffic Safety Act and increase the financial penalty for the offense. According to experts, the mobile phone is considered to be the fourth killer on the road, and distracted attention by using cell phones is by far the largest of all distractions in traffic.

A marketing trick or a glimpse into the future? The first coffee to be delivered by drone in Croatia has been carried out thanks to a new advert by the coffee producer Franck.

And the first person to receive a drone delivered coffee was a lighthouse keeper, Ivica Prskalo, on the island of Babac. The cup of caffeine was prepared by a Franck bartender in Pašman and sent via an aerial route to the lighthouse.

This unusual flight was streamed live on social networks and you can see what it looked like at Franck Hrvatska Facebook page.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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