Tuesday, 04 August 2020

The exhibition "Photo club Marin Getaldic - 70 years" on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Dubrovnik photo club will be opened on Friday 24th at 8 pm at Sponza Palace.The exhibition will show photographs of 53 authors, mostly active members of the club, as well as those who made an impact in the club over the past decade.

After the Second World War, in 1947, as part of the then Croatian National Technique, now known as the Croatian Community of Technical Culture, photo club Marin Getaldic was founded. At the beginning it had modest equipment and number of members, but quickly grew in a respectable club on the territory of the former state, both in the number of members and in the successes that these members achieved in the photographic salons. During the period, numerous photographers who left a trace in Croatian photography were in the club, such as Zeljko Soletić, Miso Sevelj, Zeljko Tutnjevic, Najka Mirkovic, Ljubo Gamulin, Pavo Urban and many others. After the Homeland War, and due to the loss of space for work, the club was only ‘’alive’’ on paper until 2009, when the group, led by Eugen Miljan, resumed with the activities.

This year, marking 70 years since the foundation of photo club Marin Getaldic, the club rounds off a decade of activities, numerous domestic and international exhibitions, lectures, workshops, social gatherings and photo excursions with special emphasis on working with Dubrovnik primary and secondary school students as a pledge for the future and guaranteeing the longevity of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik.

In addition to the 70th anniversary of this special Dubrovnik photo club, ninety years of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik are marked in Dubrovnik, since 1927 when a photo-section was established in our town.

The exhibition will be open until December 15th every day from 9am to 3 pm, besides Sundays, when you can visit it from 10am to 4 pm. 

 

Former members of the Croatian Parliament have no problem with the ever-increasing cost of living in the country because they earned pensions that are much higher compared to the average Croatian salary.

According to information, 650 former MPs receive a pension of almost 10,000 Kunas, to be more precise, 9,561 Kunas i.e. more than the average Croatian salary of around 6,000 Kunas.

This data also indicates that only for MPs pensions Croatia has to pay around 70 million Kunas annually, which is the largest figure ever in the country’s history.

Just for comparison, the average pension in Croatia achieved in accordance with regular terms is around 2,300 Kunas. However, many Croatian pensioners receive only 1,000-1,500 Kunas a month even though they have worked all their life. Meaning that for a few years of serving in the parliament former MPs receive a whopping 7,000 Kuna a month more than a pensioner who has worked for 40 years of work.

 

With the premiere of the latest Star Wars movie only a few weeks away fans around the world are becoming impatient. On the 14th of December The Last Jedi will be released and it will be a chance to see Dubrovnik star in a sci-fi for the first time.

The city is certainly no stranger to major international film productions, with Game of Thrones, Robin Hood and Knightfall all using the Adriatic city as a backdrop. The Game of Thrones brought with it massive global recognition of Dubrovnik as well as helping to spawn countless spin-off businesses such as tours, souvenir shops as well as attracting thousands of fans as movie tourists. And the new Star Wars flick could bring just as many new movie tourists to Dubrovnik.

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Already Star Wars has created a host of new ideas for the city and the latest is Star Wars based Honeymoons in Dubrovnik. Brides.com have released an article entitled “The Force Is With These Star Wars-Inspired honeymoons,” in which Dubrovnik features. - Croatia is the back drop for more than one epic fantasy series. “In addition to representing King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, the city of Dubrovnik also doubled as an unknown planet for the newest Star Wars film – writes the article. Adding that potential Star Wars honeymooners need to book soon to avoid the inevitable tourist crush. Themed weddings are certainly nothing new, but themed based honeymoons are relatively innovative.

The last Dubrovnik hotel company in state ownership, Hotels Maestral, could soon pass into the private sector. A public tender for offers for the hotel chain was announced a few weeks ago and the Croatia Centre for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) have received many offers.

The majority shares in Hotels Maestral, a hotel group that includes five hotels in prime seafront position in the Bay of Lapad, or around 69 percent of the shares went on public tender for non-binding offers. A huge number of national and international companies were interested in the state hotel chain, in fact a massive 88 separate offers were received. In the second round of bidding 40 investors will be invited to participate and over the next few days the final terms and conditions of the sale will be decided.

It is expected that by the end of this year the final bids will be decided and the last state hotel chain in Dubrovnik will finally have a new lease of life and an injection of private capital. By the next summer season these five hotels could well be in private hands. This isn’t the first time that the government has tried to sell this hotel group in Dubrovnik, which is situated in right on the Adriatic. In fact, the group has been on sale since 2015 and during that time many offers have been received and rejected.

Two Germans have been caught and arrested trying to smuggle fourteen dogs into Croatia. The incident happened on Friday the 17th of November when at about 3.55 am at the Montenegro border two cars, a BMW with Montenegrin number plates and a German registered Dacia, tried to cross the border into Croatia. In the Dacia were two German ladies, the 30-year-old driver and a 26 year-old passenger, as well as four cages with five dogs, whilst the other car contained five cages with nine dogs.

The Germans claimed at the Montenegro border that the dogs belonged to them and rather surprisingly they were allowed to pass the border. Presumably the Montenegrin border control were simply passing the problem onto the Croatian customs, as two cars with fourteen dogs travelling together should have raised alarm bells.

Croatian police and customs had a harder line than their Montenegrin counterparts and on investigating the matter further realised that the dog passports for all the dogs were counterfeit. The Germans were arrested and are currently in Dubrovnik prison whilst the dogs have been returned to Montenegro.

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With hundreds of supermarkets all over Croatia, and the wider region, we would have thought that the retail giant Studenac would have been a little more careful with their marketing.

Someone wrote the words, a graphic designer created the layout, a company printed it and another one installed it and nobody realised throughout this process that of the two English words on the sign one was spelt wrong. “Pleasent Journey” (that was tough to write as spellcheck kept changing it) should have read “Pleasant Journey.” Quite clearly the spellcheck at Studenac is on holiday.

This sign is located on Ombla River near Dubrovnik, passed by thousands of drivers every day, and wishes all passers-by a pleasent…sorry pleasant journey.

The German travel giant TUI, the largest leisure and travel company in the world, is cutting out the middle man and moving in on the accommodation market in Croatia with the construction of new hotels on an Adriatic island.

Sunce koncern d.d. Zagreb and TUI are planning a new investment on the Croatian island of Brač.

The Croatian company owned by Jako Andabak has purchased 320,000 square metres of land at Sutivan on Brač where, in cooperation with the German tour operator TUI is planning to build three new hotels.

This is the final phase of a joint venture of Sunce koncern and TUI, which became the 50 percent shareholder of the Punta Zlatarac Tučepi last week. The Tučepi Hotels sold their share in the company to the Germans for 31.5 million Euros, whilst, according to the agreement, Punta Zlatarac became a joint venture with 51 percent of ownership of TUI and 49 percent of Sunce koncern.

''The land is located on the island of Brač in the Sutivan municipality and represents an exceptional location for the development of new tourist facilities. It is an area of 320,000 square metres with a direct access to the coast and good infrastructure connectivity'', said Sunce koncern.

The news about new projects came shortly after Jako Andabak, the owner of Sunce koncern, announced the pulling down of the old complex of the Termia Hotel in Bizovačke Toplice by the end of this year. Andabak purchased it three years ago and now he is planning to build a completely new facility worth 10 million Euros.

 

It seems that every day something new pops up in Dubrovnik when it comes to Christmas decorations. After the Old City was decorated and a fun fair set up on the Sunset Beach in the Bay of Lapad, Gruz got some holiday spirit too.

In the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz, just like last year, there is a big snowman, mushrooms, shiny house, Christmas tree... Just enough to make the youngest happy!

 

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A real winter wonderland attracted children and they all wanted to take photos with these shiny decorations. We'll see what the next couple of days will bring...

Festive spirit continues with fun fair opening tomorrow, at 3 pm on the Sunset Beach.

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In comparison to other EU countries, home loans, or mortgages, in Croatia are relatively favourable.

According to data, home loans are most favourable for citizens of Slovakia. A long-term loan, with maturity over ten years, Slovaks can get at an interest rate of 1,67 percent, much cheaper than those living in one of the countries in the Eurozone.
As far as Croatia is concerned, loans in the country are relatively favourable with an interest rate of 3,51 percent. According to data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), apart from Slovakia, favourable loan terms are offered only by banks in Slovenia and Estonia.

However, last year was not so good for Croatia when it comes to loan terms; the average interest rate for home loans was 4,77 percent, whilst six countries in Central and Eastern Europe had more favourable terms, which only indicates that competition among Croatian banks in the struggle for new clients is tougher this year.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, comparative data for new EU members show that it is most difficult to be an entrepreneur in Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. Loans up to one million Euros for a period up to one year in these countries can be obtained at an interest rate of 3,91 percent in Croatia to 4,18 percent in Romania. At the same time, in the Czech Republic, such loans can be obtained at an interest rate of 2,27 percent, almost the same as in the Eurozone (2,19%).

 

All the fun of the fair has arrived in Dubrovnik. On the Sunset Beach in the Bay of Lapad right next to the Adriatic Sea a funfair is currently being installed and tomorrow at 3.00 pm. Children of all ages will have fun on the roller coaster, trampolines, bumper cars and much more.

The funfair will remain open until after the New Year giving locals and guests plenty of chance for a dose of adrenaline. At this time of the year Dubrovnik traditionally has a fun park for the children which is normally located in the Gruz harbour area. However, with the opening of the Sunset Beach a new attractive venue is now available.

Lapad could well be a magnet for children this festive period as the popular ice-rink could well be located in the tennis courts in Lapad well within walking distance of the funfair.

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