Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Age is just a number, a famous quote says, and Ivo Karlovic confirms! Famous Croatian tennis player, 39 years old, made it to tennis history by winning the Calgary Challenger in Canada – making him the oldest tennis player who won ATP Challenger ever. 

Karlovic fired 24 aces en route to a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Jordan Thompson and the match lasted for an hour and 13 minutes. This will take him higher on the ATP list – from 122nd place to 108th.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 13 traffic accidents, of which there were eight with injured persons, where four persons were heavily injured, eight had light injuries while five traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 495 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 208 measures taken due to speeding, 25 due to improper overtaking, 50 measures due to improper stop and parking, 83 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and six measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The collaboration of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Caboga Stiftung Foundation, a free concert will be held in the Bunic Kaboga Summer Villa. The performers are Dubrovnik String Quintet with Stefani Grbic as their guest and the concert will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd starting at 8 pm.

Dubrovnik musicians – flutist Dive Franetovic Kuselj, oboist Martina Hrcan, clarinetist Stjepo Medo, bassoonist Matija Novakovic and hornist Toni Kursar, accompanied by pianist Stefani Grbic, will perform the Divertimento no. 1 "Chorale St. Antoni" by Franz Josef Haydn, followed by Quintet for piano and winds by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will end with Old Hungarian Dances by Ferenc Farkas.

Free tickets for this concert are avaliable at the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) from 10a m to 1 pm. In cooperation with Libertas d.o.o. a free public bus service is provided and departure at 7.30 pm from Pile, with one stop at the station on Vukovar Street.

Nautical tourism is by far the most profitable and an area that Croatia should concentrate on in the future. According to figures from the Croatian Chamber of Economy nautical tourists spent €126 per day in Croatia which is about 40 percent more than the daily spending of the average tourist.

On the end of the Biograd Boat Show, which took place between the 18th and 21st of October, bringing together over 300 exhibitors from all over Europe the Croatia National Tourist summed up the importance of nautical tourism in the country.

In the first nine months of 2018, over 440,000 tourist arrivals and over three million overnight stays were registered in nautical tourism, commented the director of the National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, and added that the leading markets for nautical tourists in Croatia were Germany and Austria.

Instagram is an interesting place. You can see people from all around the world doing a huge variety of things, every thing more adventurous than the other. And you can see them doing, well, strange things. Our natural things – depends on your point of view.

Browsing #dubrovnik on Instagram usually brings us wonderful photos of the Old City of Dubrovnik and numerous tourists posing at different locations. Today it took us somewhere unexpected – on the island of Lokrum, where one unusual photo session took place.

Drew Michael Wunder published a set of photos from the beautiful island of Lokrum – completely nude. Since Instagram is not fond of nudity, he found a way to keep them online, covering his genitals with funny stickers of flowers or eight ball. He had a lot of reactions… And what do you think?

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Minister of Science and Education Blaznka Divjak confirmed in Dubrovnik that Croatia has fulfilled all three conditions for and will join the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest scientific laboratory from 2019.

- Entering the largest laboratory in Europe means that these are completely new opportunities for Croatian scientists, but what is more important is that the Croatian innovative industry can significantly improve its innovative business processes through the CERN tender, and equally participate in competitions worth 500 million euros a year - Divjak pointed out.
- Membership fees are roughly one million franc. Compared to a market that is about 500 million euros per year only at the competition level, not to mention the opportunities for top researches for our scientists, it really is not a huge deposit. The three conditions we had to fulfill are that, above all, we have enough scientific capacity and it makes sense to enter such a large organization. This primarily concerned scientists from the field of physics, computing, information technology and engineering in general. When the CERN mission was in Croatia in early May, they’ve visited all our institutes and faculties, which have significant capacities in this regard. Another condition was the innovative industry, which can engage with innovative solutions in terms of new materials, general engineering, IT, various software solutions, and business process organization. The third condition was the political will, or that there are organizations, from the ministry to the science foundation, that give full support to these processes. We fulfilled all the conditions! – Divjak concluded in Dubrovnik.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN (derived from the name Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire), is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physicsl aboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border, and has 22 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership.

Traditional Dubrovnik Table was held today, as a part of the last day of the fifth edition of the Good Food Festival. The record amount of money was collected - 77 330 kuna! That is 12 thousand kuna more than last year. 

On the table, famous because it covers Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik, numerous Dubrovnik hotels, restaurants, bakers, etc. presented themselves and their tasty dishes, along with winemakers from Konavle and Peljesac. The prices were symbolic – 35 kuna for the food coupon and 15 kuna for the drinks coupon.

All the collected money goes to the Down Syndrome Association of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Rina Masera.

The national airline of Croatia, Croatia Airlines, is looking for a buyer as it looks for new owners by 2020 at the latest.

For years the airline has been propped up by government subsidies and only survives thanks to having a monopoly of internal flights inside Croatia. The airline, although it has a strong safety record, has struggled for years to find a unique position in the European market with many of the company’s decisions questioned by tourism experts in the country. And now the end of the road is near and the airline will be privatised. This change of ownership would bring much needed finance, but also undoubtedly a loss of jobs.

The CEO of Croatia Airlines, Jasmin Bajić, commented that "In accordance with the 2018 National Reform Programme, adopted by the government, Croatia Airlines has prepared a tender call for the procurement of financial advisory services to seek out the appropriate module to recapitalise and find a strategic partner. The key goal is for this reputable partner to increase our share capital and future business operations. In other words, to find strategic partner(s) that will assist with the implementation of our fleet plans and provide synergies for the company, while also taking into consideration the wider impact of such a transaction."

Dubrovnik & Konavle walking Festival will take place from 9th to 11th of November 2018. For the first time it was organized in 2016 with the aim of promoting a different face of Dubrovnik - one out of the crowd, facing the local flavors and paths, with a sense of freedom, peace and belonging to nature.

Picturesque villages, hiking trails, an old railway line, vineyards, wineries and rural households are part of a unique program designed for everyone - from beginners to experienced pedestrians.

Dubrovnik’s inland as well as surrounding islands will take you breath away. Islands are covered in pine tree forests, lined with beautiful beaches, cliffs and coves. Each step of the way will bring you different scents of surrounding vegetation and the smell of local cooking (especially fresh fish) in domestic households that you can visit.

- We take it as our mission to show you places in shadow of the Old City of Dubrovnik that will surely make a lasting impression on you because of their beauty and peacefulness. We want to show you secret spots mostly known among locals in a sustainable form of an active program for discovering region’s unique food and wine. We strive to prove that this period, away from July and August crowds, is the most beautiful time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee you that we will all reach the same conclusion - Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination – organizers say.

All the details are avaliable at the official website of the Festival

The Spanish low-fare airline Vueling in the upcoming winter flight schedule has withdrawn all flights between October 5th and December 19th this year from the sale – Avioradar reports. Both Dubrovnik - Barcelona and Dubrovnik - Rome lines were supposed to be in traffic during the entire winter flight schedule with two flights a week, in both cases on Thursdays and Sundays. However, in October and December there are no more flights available on these two lines.

There is an additional arrival on the line Dubrovnik - Barcelona after the New Year on Wednesday, January 2nd.

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