Saturday, 25 September 2021

Here is your chance to win two tickets to the grand finale of this year’s International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik! The spectacular final concert of this year’s event will take place on the 21st of September at 9:00pm in front of the Rector’s Palace in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

It is sure to be an unforgettable evening with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra performing alongside Iskandar Widjaja, from Germany on violin and all under the watchful eye of the conductor Noorman Widjaja from Indonesia.

And all you have to do to enter the draw to have a chance of winning two free tickets to this Dubrovnik event is follow this link to our Facebook page and follow the simple steps.

Good Luck!

According to the received registrations and deregistrations of tourists through the eVisitor system, last weekend there were close to 14 thousand tourists in Dubrovnik, which is almost four times more than at this time last year, and 68 percent of the number in mid-September 2019.

Along with the British, the most numerous guests were from the USA, Germany, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Croatia and Poland.

Since the beginning of the year, 392 thousand tourist arrivals and close to 1,462,000 overnight stays have been recorded, which is 42 percent of the tourist turnover realized in the same period of the record 2019.

 

The popular vloggers “Cris Pelo Mundo” spent two weeks filming the beauties of Croatia. In 17 days, the Brazilain vloggers and Youtubers visited 14 different destinations and got acquainted with the rich cultural, gastronomic and natural resources of Croatia. So what did these Brazilians think about Croatia? We caught up with them to find out exactly how Croatia, and indeed Dubrovnik, matched their expectations. “We felt as we were in a magical place, the city is beautiful and it feels like I've teleported to an ancient time. Dubrovnik was the best-preserved city of all that we have visited,” stated Stiblen.

The entire filming project in Croatia was designed by Marilia de Oliveira, a Brazilian with a Karlovac address and the owner of the travel agency Marzito Travel. In addition to launching the entire project on this trip, Marilia was in charge of all logistics, translation, and escorting.

During your journey through Croatia what would you pick out as the real highlights?

We were really impressed by the richness of history along with the natural exuberance. We loved seeing more of the amazing Tesla in Karlovac, seeing the crystal clear waters of Hvar and the dinosaur footprints together with the roman ruins at Brijuni.

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What surprised you about Croatia? Was there something you learned that you didn't already know?

The ancient history of Croatia. I didn`t know that there were so many ruins and centuries of history in this amazing country.

Why would you recommend Croatia as a destination for families with young children?

It is a paradise beach place with fun around every corner, as well as being a great place to instigate knowledge through its ruins, temples, and arenas. Even dinosaurs are present in this incredible discovery. Croatia has the right activities for any family vacation.

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How difficult was it to travel with the current Covid-19 restrictions?

We were particularly surprised, we often felt in a parallel place. We were used to using masks at all times and in Croatia, we could feel a little more freedom in open spaces again.

What food/wine that you tried did you really enjoy?

We loved the Teranino from Aura distillery and the succulent Zagrebački Odrezak, as well a lot of special traditional dishes as the peka for example. The wines from Istria and the Neretva Valley will be also very well defined in our travel memories.

Talking about Dubrovnik, what were your impressions on the city?

We felt as we were in a magical place, the city is beautiful and it feels like I've teleported to an ancient time. Dubrovnik was the best-preserved city of all that we have visited. To everywhere you look you will see a good spot for an amazing photoshoot. I am not surprised that Dubrovnik was chosen as scenery for many productions.

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How popular, or indeed familiar, is Croatia and Dubrovnik on the Brazil market?

If you could also give me a brief intro that would be great, as well as a few photos. Croatia has gained strength among the desires of Brazilian travelers over the past few years, some for the GOT series, others for the paradisiacal beaches that are gaining more and more prominence. We were caught by the beautiful beaches ourselves, but we fell in love with the country in a visit that we took in 2019, in midwinter. When we saw the frozen waterfalls of the Plitvice lakes, we were sure that we would come back in the summertime to discover all that Croatia could offer.

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In the phase of self-census on the e-Citizens portal, more than 177,000 citizens had already successfully registered by 3:00pm on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

Most citizens were registered in the City of Zagreb, 58,214, in the Split-Dalmatia County 17,039 and in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County 14,985.

The lowest number was registered in Lika-Senj County, 1,118, and in Požega-Slavonia 1,892 and Virovitica-Podravina County - 1,930 people.

During the first phase of the implementation of the census of population, which will last until September 26, citizens can independently enter themselves and all members of their household on the e-Citizens portal.

The rule of self-inventory is one credential - one household. This way of self-census enables safe and advanced digital communication with citizens, at a time when it suits them best, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.

 

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and the Acting Head of the Administrative Department for Construction and Project Management, Paula Pikunić Vugdelija, held a working meeting with the project manager from the company IGH, Vedran Kosović, and his associate, Nataša Dedo. The topic of the meeting was the course and current state of construction and works on the reconstruction of the Gruž Hotel into a home for the elderly.

Kosović reported that the demanding demolition and excavation works for the foundations have been completed, a tower crane has been installed and the construction of a reinforced concrete structure is in progress. The construction of foundations, which includes the execution of formwork and reinforcement, as well as the concreting of foundations, which began in August, is nearing completion. In parallel with the completion of foundations, the concrete slab and the basement walls of the building are constructed.

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It was pointed out at the meeting that the course of the works follows a dynamic plan and that there are no major problems in the execution of construction and works. According to the announcements, the construction works will be completed in April 2022, followed by equipping and then obtaining all the required permits.

As a reminder, 690 square meters of the existing building have been retained and an upgrade of about 620 square meters of additional space is planned. The extension, upgrade and conversion of the building from the given facility will provide a comfortable space divided into five floors intended for the accommodation of 48 retirees in 32 accommodation units.

 

The regional agency DUNEA in cooperation with the University of Dubrovnik and the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas of Nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, within the SeaClear project, organized the cleaning of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay in Cavtat. On this occasion, five divers from the EPIDAURUM diving club collected 44 kilograms of various waste fractions from the seabed in just one hour.

This event especially wants to draw attention to the huge amounts of plastic found in the seabed, and will encourage citizens to consider using sustainable options in everyday life and avoid disposable products.

As much as 90 percent of the waste in our seas is plastic. Due to numerous processes, over time, plastic waste is fragmented into small particles of micro plastics that further irreversibly become part of the food chain, which ultimately reaches humans. Thus, we can say with certainty that plastic is "endless" and that it "never disappears".

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The treatment of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay provides insight into various fractions of waste that can be found in the sea, and will serve as valuable data for scientists in prototyping the autonomous robot system of the SeaClear project.

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The total budget of the SeaClear project is slightly less than 38 million Kuna, and is financed completely from the European Union - the HORIZON 2020 program, through which more than six million Kuna has been provided for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The only Croatian partners are the DUNEA Regional Agency and the University of Dubrovnik. It was applied for at the invitation of Information and Communication Technologies 2018-2020, a scientific-innovative (RIA) funding scheme, and out of a total of 56 applicants, it is one of four projects approved for funding.

 

We are already used to various guests coming to Dubrovnik, both famous and less famous, but one slightly more unusual guest was caught on camera today on one of the terracotta roofs of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a stork.

Whilst Dubrovnik is the summer home for a number of migratory birds, with swallows and swifts probably the most numerous, seeing a stork in the city is rare. Maybe this migratory bird arrived in Dubrovnik for a short break, as if it knew what the best destination for a vacation was, especially in September when the crowds drop and when the streets of Dubrovnik breathe.

 

Over the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 974 new Covid-19 cases and there were nine related deaths, while the number of active cases is 5,818, the national Covid-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

There are 600 hospitalised people across Croatia, 59 people are on ventilators, while 679 people recovered in the past 24 hours. 

In the last 24 hours, 10,228 people have been tested, and there are currently 13,394 people in self-isolation.

To date, 43.44 percent of the total population, or 52.15 percent of the adult population have been vaccinated.

According to the annual financial reports, the highest average net salary among the 1,000 largest companies in Croatia was paid last year at Microsoft Croatia and amounted to 36,330 Kuna, or around 4,800 Euros, per month. This IT company surpassed the Croatian branches of three pharmaceutical multinationals - Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim and Novo Nordisk.

GlaxoSmithKline and Medtronic Adriatic, which are also in the top 10 in terms of paid average salaries, confirm that last, the pandemic year, was the best for the world's pharmaceutical giants, writes Lider.

Among the ten highest average salaries, there is only one Croatian-owned company - Emil Tedeschi's Atlantic Group.

Last year, the thousand largest Croatian companies paid an average net salary of 7,282 Kuna. According to this indicator, it could be concluded that it pays more to work in the largest companies than in the rest. Namely, the salaries in the top 1,000 Croatian companies are 519 Kuna higher than the national average from last year.

Top 10 average salaries:

1. Microsoft Croatia - HRK 36,330

2. ROCHE, Zagreb - HRK 36,211

3. Boehringer Ingelheim - HRK 35,585

4. Novo Nordisk - HRK 33,746

5. Forten's group - HRK 32,826

6. Whirlpool Croatia - HRK 31,914

7. Atlantic Group - HRK 31,462

8. GlaxoSmithKline, Zagreb - HRK 31,179

9. Medtronic Adriatic - HRK 31,147

10. Samsung HRK 31,101

 

In the last 24 hours, 66 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County

These are 32 males and 34 females: 33 from Dubrovnik, 15 from Župa dubrovačka, nine from Metković, two from Konavle and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Kula Norinska, Orebić, Ploče, Slivno, Ston and Vela Luka.

One male person from Metković (born in 1950) died.

39 people made a full recovery: 16 from Dubrovnik, six from Konavle, three from Metković, two from Korčula, Lumbarda and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Blato, Dubrovačko primorje, Orebić, Ploče, Pojezerje, Ston, Trpanj and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 684 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 131,109 samples have been analyzed.

25 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators. 

There are 800 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours. 

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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