Saturday, 19 September 2020

"Currently there are 14,417 vacancies at the Employment Service that we cannot fill," commented the Labour Minster. The quota system for foreign workers has once again been eased as the country struggles to fill gaps in the labour market. The rate of unemployment in Croatia has never been lower and combined with many citizens emigrating to other EU countries for economic reasons all industries are facing a shortfall of workers.

This year's quotas for the employment of foreign workers has therefore been increased by 3,269, of which there are increases in quotas in the construction sector by 985, in the tourism sector by 270, the transport sector by 650, the food industry by 508, and the agriculture and forestry sectors by 747.

Although the government advocates domestic labour and has already adopted a series of measures to that effect, there is still imbalance between supply and demand, which is why the government has decided to increase the hiring quota for foreign nationals, Pavic said.

It is one of those things that looks super attractive from a distance but once you get closer the beauty soon fades. And from a distance it also looks elegantly simple. Gliding along like swans on the River Thames. What a marvellous way to explore, only the whisper of the sea to fill your ears. The reality couldn’t be more opposite.

“Let’s have a day off this Sunday and rent your kayaks,” said my wife, “we could go for a romantic paddle,” she smiled. My only real experience with kayaks before had been, to say the least, unsuccessful. We had rented them on the lakes of Mljet hoping to get “up close and personal” with nature. The only thing that got “up close” was our oars as they continually banged into each other. In the hour that we rented the kayak for we never got out of eyesight of the man who had rented them to us. It was “circle” upon “circle” as we struggled to make any progress. That was a few years ago and quite clearly my wife had more confidence that this time we would actually move in a relatively straight line.

“How long do you want to rent the kayaks for,” questioned the friendly man on the Srebreno beach. I wanted to answer 5 minutes but instead “How about an hour but if we are longer we will make up the difference.” I have always found that actually getting into a kayak is one of the most inelegant sights, especially when I am the one trying to “mount” the kayak. But surprisingly easily we climbed into our “speedboat” and bobbed like a plastic duck in a bath tub while deciding our destination.

“Let’s head towards Beterina and decide where to go from there,” shouted my wife over her shoulder. Confidence was coursing through her veins. I on the other hand was more sceptical. After three strokes, I remembered why I hated kayaking. Well hated might be too strong a word. We had just started and already our plastic bathtub was facing towards Italy. The Mljet saga, or as I call it “lost of the lakes” came flooding back.

From the terraces of the café bars we probably resembled a crab scrabbling from left to right trying to avoid being eaten by a seagull. “Start with the left and then right,” I cried. “Ready, one, two , three,” I added. Yes, you’ve guessed it she put her right oar in and me the left. “Not the right the left,” desperation was sinking in. “OK, new plan you just row and I will follow you,” I said. This kind of worked. Yes, we were snaking along from side to side but generally we were going forwards. We had just cleared the ropes that beaches put up to stop boats coming close to the beach and it was time to stop for a break. Yes, it would have been quicker to walk to Beterina.

I jokingly added “Do you think our hour is up yet?” No reply. Why, oh why thousands of people every year decide to jump in a kayak every year at circle around Lokrum I will never know. Jump on Skala its much easier and more relaxing. The thought of bobbing up and down for 5 hours around Lokrum with the sun beating down sounds more like a form of torture than enjoyment. But each to their own, or as the English say, horses for courses.

Beterina was getting closer. We sailed past the nudist beaches. I couldn’t help thinking that early colonists must have seen similar sights in the Pacific as they approached remote islands. Lines of naked people on the beach waving. We waved back. But when we waved our body parts didn’t shake and jiggle as the people on the beach. “Shall we go to Kupari now,” suggested my wife.

I first needed to cool off. So I abandoned ship and rolled into the sea. If I thought it was hard getting into a kayak on the beach, getting into one when you are hanging in the sea is even tougher. After a few attempts I clambered back into the bathtub…sorry kayak. “Kupari here we come.” I looked jealously at a jet ski whizz past us. And then a tiny boat with a family out for a picnic on the sea.

Mark Twain once quoted ““We all go through a challenge in life because without a challenge there’d be no reason to keep going toward your future.” Funnily enough he wrote that in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We weren’t on the Mississippi but the Adriatic, but the challenge to reach Kupari was real enough. “Were we longer than an hour,” I said with aching shoulders as we crawled back up the beach. “Slightly, but no extra charge,” he smiled. I guess he felt sorry for us.

Clément Layes, a prominent Berlin artist, who has been awarded the Prix Jardin d'Europe Award for Best European Young Choreographer 2011, will perform his praised play "Title" on Tuesday, August 7, at 9.30 pm on the Revelin Fort Terrace. This guest performance is realized with the support of the Croatian Goethe-Institut.

In this interdisciplinary play, Clément Layes, a choreographer and a performer with a Berlin address, with his typical humor, explores the complex interrelation between the things and the meanings that we are building around them and establishes "war and peace" between things and thoughts without hesitating to expose shatter of thoughts and the spectacular silence of the objects. The play was premiered in October 2015 at Sophiensæle in Berlin in co-production of Public in Private and Clément Layes.

Tickets for the play ''Title'' are available online and at the Box Office in the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1), every day from 9 am to 9.30 pm and at location two hours before the start of the performance.

Croatia will today mark Operation Storm, the last major battle of the Croatian Homeland War that took place between the 4th and the 7th of August 1995.

Operation Storm was a decisive factor in ending the war and the largest battle of the Homeland War. The Croatian army attacked across a huge 630 Kilometre front and the plan was to restore over 10,400 square kilometres of territory. Operation Strom was the largest European battle since World War II. The operation itself followed an unsuccessful United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission and diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict.

About 200,000 soldiers and police took part in the operation, of whom 174 were killed and over 1,400 wounded. Operation Storm marked the end of the war in Croatia, created conditions for the peaceful reintegration of the eastern Danube River region, spared the north-western Bosnian town of Bihac from the fate of Srebrenica, and enabled the return of refugees and displaced persons.

The legitimacy of Operation Storm has been proved before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Come to Dubrovnik and swim with dolphins. This amazing photo of a dolphin happily swimming with tourists in Dubrovnik certainly caught our eye. It was taken by Tom James from New Zealand and literally right in front of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. It is relatively rare to spot dolphins in Dubrovnik and this one seemed happy to pose for photos.

Speaking to The Dubrovnik Times James commented that “We found this guy 100 metres off the Old City port entrance! He stayed with us for over an hour and let us all have photos with him. Then started playing and blowing bubbles when we had to leave him to go to the marina!”

Now that is a holiday to Dubrovnik that these lucky tourists will never forget.

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Photo by - Tom James -

Luxair, the national airline of Luxembourg, will introduce flights to Split from next year. According to a statement from the company the flights will be on a summer seasonal basis and will connect Split and Luxembourg.

This will make Split the fourth destination for Luxair in Croatia, after Dubrovnik, Brac and Zadar. It is believed that the flights to Split will start in May next year.

Luxair is under the majority ownership of the Government of Luxembourg and has a fleet of 17 aircraft that fly to 64 destinations.

The first weekend in August is here and we can expect an extremely warm and humid weekend in Dubrovnik with the chance of a few summer thunderstorms.

Temperatures soared to 35 degrees in Dubrovnik today and a “Red Weather Warning” was issued for the whole region, meaning extreme heat.

And the weekend won’t see a drop in temperatures with blue skies and plenty of sunshine predicted. And night time temperatures won’t drop much below 25 degrees.

The Adriatic Sea is currently 25 degrees in Dubrovnik, whilst in the lakes on the island of Mljet is has topped out at a staggering 28 degrees.

The warm spell is predicted to last into next week, with temperatures across the county reaching highs of between 30 and 35 degrees all week.

The 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will feature a Grammy award winning pianist on Monday the 6th of August. Danil Trifonov will perform in the atrium of the Rector’s palace this Monday and tickets are still on offer.

Trifonov, who won a Grammy this year for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo, has a unique style that has been described as impeccable technique with a tender touch. He also won the 2016 Artist of the Year Award handed out by Gramophone magazine, and this concert should be a real treat for the Dubrovnik audience.

Trifonov will perform a selection of Chopin pieces, and the concert is scheduled to start at 9.30pm.

More details on how to purchase tickets can be found at the festival’s website.

The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure on July 27th adopted the Decision on financing the project of purchasing of buses for the Dubrovnik transport company – Libertas, worth 22.8 million kuna.

By the financing decision. signed by Minister Oleg Butković. Libertas is approved co-financing of the purchase of new buses in the amount of 18 million kuna (100 percent of eligible costs), of which 15.3 million or 85 percent comes from the Cohesion Fund of the European Union, while the remaining 2.7 million will be provided from the State Budget Of the Republic of Croatia. The rest of the 4.8 million kuna will be given by the City of Dubrovnik.

This is the part of operational Program "Competitiveness and Cohesion", which promotes the development and improvement environmentally friendly transport systems (low noise and low CO2 emissions) and, as a specific objective, increases the number of passengers in public transport. It's estimated that Dubrovnik will get 11 new, modern buses.

Sally Cooper, violinist that is getting more and more famous (she was recently personally booked by Beyoncé to perform at Jay Z's private birthday party!), has visited Dubrovnik and was really enchanted with it.

¬- Fiery skies, crystal clear waters, ancient city walls, hidden alleyways, delicious seafood - Dubrovnik Old Town/Kings Landing, you are majestic, medieval, mysterious and magical! – wrote Sally with one of her photos that she published at her official Instagram profile, followed by 14 thousand people. Some of her followers were really delighted to see Dubrovnik, while others were more impressed by her curves.

The celebrity season has started in Dubrovnik and we are really looking forward to all the visitors that will fall in love with our City. Just yesterday, Naomi Campbell was spotted, having a great holiday in Dubrovnik. Can you guess who will come next?

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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