Thursday, 29 July 2021

On Monday astronomy lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy in the brightest meteor shower during the overnight hours of the 12th of August into the morning hours of the 13th of August. During one hour you are supposed to see 10 to 15 bright meteors. A great opportunity to make a wish… 

''The tears of St Lawrence'' as this sky watching event is known in Croatia, or the Perseid meteor shower, is considered to be one of the most spectacular celestial events in the world of astronomy. If you'd like to enoy this spectacular event, you should find a dark place with clear skies away from city lights pollution.

The best time to observe will be from midnight to dawn. For meteor observation, no special equipment is needed, they can be spotted just lying on the ground, and it takes at least 30 minutes in the dark to adjust the eyes to night conditions.

Every week through the height of summer we are hitting the streets of Dubrovnik to discover what you, our visitors, think about the city as a tourist destination. This week we caught up with a young traveller from China who was visiting Dubrovnik for the first time, Jian Genuj from Shanghai

What are your impressions of Dubrovnik?

The Adriatic Sea is absolutely perfect, it is so clean and clear, really amazing. We love just watching the sea and the views. However, I haven’t been in the sea as I don’t know how to swim.

What do you think about the prices in Dubrovnik?

I think when compared to the prices in China that Dubrovnik is a little more expensive, not much, but yes a little more expensive.

Was it complicated to get to Dubrovnik from China?

Yes, a little, we came through Italy and the flights were not so easy. We are on a tour of Europe so we expected to travel a lot and spend time at airports.

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Where are you staying in Dubrovnik? And do you think that the price of accommodation is reasonable?

We are staying in a hostel and the prices are competitive, it isn’t too expensive. It’s worth looking on sites like Party Hostel Guru, they have a ton of guides on the best ones in Dubrovnik if you’re looking to go out and be social.

What are your opinions on the restaurants and café bars?

I don’t really have an opinion as we haven’t been to a restaurant or café bar. We cook everything ourselves in our hostel. We go to the shops every day and buy everything we need, meat, bread and vegetables and then cook ourselves. I would say that the price of vegetables in Dubrovnik, even though we buy them in the farmer’s market, is twice as much as it is in China.

 

 

The organizing committee of the boat marathon Lađa met yesterday in Opuzen City Hall, and the meeting discussed the final preparations for this year's 22nd Lađa Marathon on the Neretva River.

Traditionally every year in the second weekend of August, more than 300 competitors in 30 traditional, wooden lađa boats, race a course of 22.5 km on the Neretva River. These wide canoe type boats were used as the main method of transport centuries ago.

This year’s race will be held on the 10th of August and 30 teams have entered the race, there are 21 teams from the Neretva region, 8 teams from other regions of Croatia and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each rowing crew consists of 10 rowers, a drummer and a cox, or oarsmen. The Ladje used for the race must be wooden, of a traditional shape and must oblige the official competition rules regarding their dimensions.

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At the meeting yesterday, which was attended by the County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavic, it was pointed out that more boats were entered for the race this year than they were last year, and preparations are nearing completion.

Dobroslavic emphasized that the Lađa Marathon is a great tradition that promotes the rich Neretva heritage and commended the Neretva Lađa Association for the activities carried out, and in particular for the preparation and organization of the Marathon itself.

 

On this very day 30 exactly thirty years ago the first national airline in Croatia was founded. Croatia Airlines' story began on August 7, 1989, with Zagreb Airlines d.d. (Zagal), an airline company. Zagal started operating in December of the same year providing a postal service, and on July 23, 1990 changed its name to Croatia Airlines d.d. and became a national airline for the transportation of passengers, goods and mail.

Croatia Airlines' first commercial flight took place on May 5, 1991 from Zagreb to Split, while connecting Croatia to the world began on April 5, 1992, the first international flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt.

From the first flight to the end of February this year, the company's aircraft totalled 589,500 flights and carried more than 38,240,000 passengers. Of these, 11,407,500 passengers were recorded on internal flights, 24,014,500 on international flights and 2,818,000 on non-scheduled (charter) flights. During the upcoming tourist season, Croatia Airlines flights will fly into 38 destinations in 24 countries.

 

Summer in Dubrovnik is well known for high temperatures, but sometimes the temperatures are more bearable and sometimes – it gets challenging. 

When it comes to next couple of days, there is no danger of a heat wave for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for Thursday, August 8th. Moderate heat wave is expected on Friday, August 9th, while the high risk of heat wave arrives with the weekend, Saturday and Sunday (August 10th and 11th), as the County Institute for Public Health reports.

Experts are warning people to avoid the midday sun and to drink plenty of fluids.

The second season of BBC's television series McMafia will be filmed in Croatia starting in early autumn of 2019 – it is reported by Film New Europe, adding that after successfully using incentives for the first season, producers have applied for a new round of cash rebates.

Created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, McMafia is inspired by the non-fiction bestseller McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld (2008) written by a British journalist Misha Glenny, and stars James Norton in a leading role of British-born son of a Russian mafia boss. It is produced by BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures.

According to the article, so far, McMafia has been filmed in 12 countries. For the first season, most of the filming was done in London and on various locations in Croatia. However, none of the stories in the series actually happen in Croatia. The city of Zagreb, for example, played Prague in some scenes of the first season, the Dubrava Clinical Hospital in Zagreb played a Russian hospital, and the Johann Frank nightclub in the Zagreb city centre acted as a club in Tel Aviv. McMafia was also recorded in Croatia’s coastal cities Split, Rijeka and Opatija, which acted as several countries ranging from France to Israel, while Pag island acted as the Sinai desert.

For the first season alone, 150 Croatian film workers have been engaged, as well as over 3,000 extras. Most prominent Croatian actors such as Nina Violic, Lucija Serbedzija and Goran Navojec have been given supporting roles in the series. A similar number of locally employed staff is expected for the second season, which will again be filmed in several Croatian locations including Zagreb and coastal locations, Film New Europe reports.

Croatia’s path towards adopting the Euro as the official currency is growing pace with the European Central bank revealing that they would carry out stress tests of five leading Croatian banks. This is basically the next step for the country’s aim to join the euro zone after the letter of intent to join the euro zone was sent from Zagreb to Brussels last months.

According to an article on Reuters the five Croatian banks that will be unfžder the magnifiying glass are Zagrebacka banka, Privredna banka Zagreb, Erste & Steiermärkische Bank, OTP banka Hrvatska and Hrvatska postanska banka. It is expected that the full results of these stress tests will be known by May of next year. Interestingly only one of these five banks is actually Croatian owned, Hrvatska postanska banka.

Reuters reported that “Croatia last month submitted a formal bid to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM-2), an early stage on the path to membership of the euro currency."

 

 

Croatia sent a letter of intent to join the euro zone, and therefore adopt the Euro as the official currency, on the 4th of July.
And it seems that the public will not be asked their opinion in the form of a public referendum. The Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, has already made his feelings clear on this point when he stated that the public have already decided when they voted to join the European family back in 2012 when almost 67 percent voted to enter.

In fact, Croatia's EU membership does oblige it to eventually join the euro zone, as such the country plans to join the European Monetary System, the pathway to euro adoption. It is rumoured that the earliest date that Croatians could be paying in Euros rather than Kunas is 2023.

The most popular car brands in Croatia so far this year are Volkswagen, Opel and Renault, although Audis, BMWS and even Porches are on the wanted list.

From the beginning of the year until the end of July 44,368 new cars were sold in Croatia, which is a small growth of almost 1 percent when compared with last year. And the most popular brands are Volkswagen, who have sold 5,440 new vehicles have been sold this year, followed by Opel with 4,519, Renault with 4,309, Skoda with 4.014 and Dacia with 2,789.

And also at the high-end of the car market 68 new Porsches have been sold, 1,130 Audis, 987 BMWs and 863 Mercedes were sold.

The best-selling model this year has been the Skoda Octavia, followed by the Renault Clio, the Volkswagen Golf, the Opel Corsa and the Suzuki Vitara.

And diesel models are much less popular than last year, 61 percent of all vehicles sold this year have been petrol models, 35.5 percent diesel, hybrids just over 2 percent and only 0.2 percent electric cars.

 

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups FA Lindo, Ragusavecchia, Kase, Maestral and Ibrica Jusic.

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 7th– vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 9:15 pm;

Thursday, August 8th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Friday, August 9th – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Saturday, August 10th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Sunday, August 11th – Ibrica Jusic, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery, midnight concert.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 20 traffic accidents, in which five persons got heavily injured, six persons got light injuries, while there were ten traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 849 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 448 measures taken due to speeding, 91 measures due to improper overtaking, 49 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 32 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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