Thursday, 20 June 2019

Croatian business turned a net loss into a net profit according to new figures just released showing that in 2018 Croatian businesses earned 28.3 billion Kuna. If you take into that in 2017 Croatian businesses made a net loss of almost 3.1 billion Kuna this is quite an impressive turnaround.

The figures from the state Financial Agency show that there are 131,117 businesses across the country that are in the taxation on profit bracket and in 2018 they earned revenues of 751.2 billion Kuna, with their expenses around 715 billion Kuna. It must be pointed out that the real figure on profits would be higher if banks, insurance companies and financial institutions were also calculated. However, the profit and these three large organisations are separate from the rest of business.

Compared to 2017, the profit earned by businesses rose by 15.2 percent while the loss dropped by 57.4 percent. This all resulted in a net profit of more than 28.2 billion Kuna. In 2017, a net loss of slightly below 3.1 billion Kuna was incurred.

The Croatian company with the highest revenue was the petrol and oil giant INA, in 2018 they reported revenues of 18.4 billion Kuna, which also gave them the largest profit in 2018 at 1.3 billion Kuna.


Croatia Airlines has shown an ecological-friendly face by banning plastic cups on all of its flights. The national airline of Croatia stated that “In line with current trends and legal requirements in the area of environmental protection, Croatia Airlines is discontinuing the use of plastic cups on all flights."

And for the flights between the Croatian capital and Dubrovnik the plastic cups have been replaced by rather snazzy paper cups featuring an image of Dubrovnik as well as the slogan of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board – Dubrovnik, A City for All Seasons.

By switching from plastic cups to paper cups Croatia Airlines will remove some 26 tonnes of plastic waste per year. A great example of green thinking by Croatia Airlines.


Summer will finally arrive in Dubrovnik this week with temperatures expected to stat soaring from Thursday. After the worst May on record, in terms of both rainfall and low temperatures, for decades the start of June looked just as unsettled.

However, weather forecasters have predicted that this Thursday the summer will finally start all over Croatia with temperatures expected to hit a balmy 25 degrees on Thursday and rise to 27 degrees at the weekend. And then after the rain and grey skies have finally broken the whole of the Dubrovnik region will be in for temperatures in the high twenties with endless blue skies and blazing sunshine.

The rest of June looks like being a “normal” Dubrovnik summer with temperatures in the mid-thirties and not a drop of rain in sight.


According to the eVisitor system, not including nautical data, Dubrovnik reached one millionth overnight stay on the 1st of June, which is five days earlier than last year.

From 1st of January to 1st of June this year, 393 895 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (30 percent more than in the same period last year), with 1 017 365 overnight stays (11 percent more than 2018). Since the beginning of the year, most of the guests came from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea and Canada.

From the beginning of the year to the end of May, Dubrovnik had 387 376 arrivals (+ 29 percent) and 999 477 overnight stays (+ 11 percent). Of the total number of tourists from 1st of January to 31st of May 2019, 273 627 guests were accommodated at 51 Dubrovnik hotels, which is an increase of 36 pecent in hotel accommodation compared to the same period of 2018, and there were 640 618 overnight stays, or 10 percent more than last year.

In the private accommodation, from the beginning of the year to the end of May, there were 83 466 guests, an increase of 18 percent compared to last year. During the same period, 267,948 overnight stays were recorded in private accommodation, or 16 percent more than in 2018.

During the month of May, 158 832 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is a total of nine percent more than in the same period of 2018, with 475,171 overnight stays or two percent more than in May last year. In May, most guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Finland and Croatia.

The security situation in Croatia is stable and there are currently no indications or visible potential for its more significant destabilisation, the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) says in a public report on its activities in 2018, posted on its website.

The threat of terrorism in Croatia is small, however, considering the nature of modern terrorist threats, Croatia's membership of Euro-Atlantic associations and belonging to western democratic value system, and its developed tourism sector and visibility in global media, there is a potential risk of terrorist threats, SOA says, noting that there is also a constant risk of lone wolves who carry out terrorist attacks on their own, encouraged by public calls from terrorist organisations.

SOA says that one of the security challenges for Croatia is the transit of foreign nationals believed to support terrorist activities, in the context of migration trends.

"To reduce the risks of this challenge, SOA has been taking appropriate preventive action with the aim of protecting the Republic of Croatia as well as other European countries," says the report.

Seven Croatian nationals on ISIL-controlled territory
SOA also says that seven persons who (also) have Croatian citizenship - two men and five women - have stayed in the territory controlled by the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

None of those people were radicalised in Croatia nor did they join ISIL from Croatia, SOA says.

According to availabe unconfirmed information, the two men were killed while fighting on the side of ISIL while some of the women have been staying in civilian camps in Syria that are controlled by the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The women followed their jihadist husbands into ISIL and some of them have had children during their stay in Syria and Iraq, but their exact location and fate need confirmation due to the chaotic situation after ISIL's defeat, says the report.

Extremism doesn't enjoy broad support in Croatia
SOA also notes that no extremism, regardless of its ideological, religious or ethnic grounds, enjoys broader public support in Croatia, a significant number of followers or significant motivating potential.

Members of extremist groups have very small potential for causing violence, incidents or large-scale conflicts and their activities do not pose a more significant threat to national security, SOA says, noting that there is also no serious anti-immigration extremism but adding that the growing anti-immigration trends in Europe could in the medium term lead to the strengthening of such groups in Croatia.

SOA also notes that unlike western EU countries and countries in Croatia's southeast neighbourhood, Islamic radicalism has not managed to mobilise a more significant number of followers, which it attributes to the local Islamic community's good status, reputation and integration in the Croatian society.

Analysing security trends in the neighbourhood, SOA says that Croatia's southeast neighbourhood is still unstable and not entirely consolidated politically and security-wise.

"The complexity of the current security and political situation in the southeast neighboourhood is evidenced by the fact that some of those countries continue to function with active involvement by the international community and that situation is not likely to change soon."

Croatia target of cyber attacks
SOA also notes that Croatia was a target of a number of cyber attacks in recent years and warns that considering the country's presidency of the EU in 2020 there is an increased risk of cyber attacks against state institutions' information and communication systems.

"In cooperation with other relevant agencies, SOA is working to enhance the capability of defence against such threats to national security."

The security-intelligence agency also reports about attempts by criminal groups from neighbouring countries to smuggle narcotics, illegal migrants and high-profit goods in Croatia, in cooperation with local criminal groups and individuals, and to hide in Croatia from criminal prosecution in their home countries or from rival criminal groups.


FC Barcelona is swapping the traditional blaugrana stripes for a checkerboard print for the first time in Club’s history. As it's explained on their official website, the new design takes its inspiration from the city of Barcelona by incorporating the characteristic blocks of its Eixample district, home to some of the most emblematic buildings designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudí.

However, we surely know who is famous for their checkerboard jersey – Croatian national football team! Many noticed the similarity, but the funniest was the reaction of the Croatian Football Federation.

- Nice try FC Barcelona, but you can't beat red-and-white checkers – Croatian Football Federation tweeted, with the photo of Croatian national team shirt next to the newest Barcelona shirt.

barcelona checkers

Screenshot from the official HNS Twitter 

One more tweet arrived soon, with one more funny comment: -Well, we are convinced that Ivan Rakitic will surely enjoy the new FC Barcelona kit!

Which one do you prefer? Vote in the poll below!

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 13 traffic accidents, in which two persons got heavily injured, 14 persons got light injuries, while there were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 358 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 147 measures taken due to speeding, 40 measures due to improper stop and parking, 10 measures because of improper overtaking, 35 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, five measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and three measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic began an official visit to Japan by meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, parliament said in a press release on Monday.

The two officials said political relations were very good and friendly, and welcomed the political dialogue established at all levels, notably parliamentary.

As for economic cooperation, they cited several good examples and underlined the joint wish to boost it further.

Jandrokovic and Abe singled out as positive examples of Japanese investment in Croatia the Kali Tuna and Yazaki companies. Jandrokovic invited Japanese investors to follow their example, saying they were welcome in Croatia.

Abe mentioned the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where numerous Croatian athletes are expected, which will be an excellent opportunity to further promote Croatia and its tourism as well as contribute to more Japanese tourists visiting Croatia.


After a full 28 years the first direct flight from the US to Croatia will land this Friday at Dubrovnik Airport. American Airlines will connect Dubrovnik and Philadelphia will nonstop flights three times a week from June until September, and in September the airline will add an extra flight to make it four flights a week.

There is also hope that the airline, if results are as positive as predicted, will decide to extend the flights to an all-year-round service. This move to add an extra flight a week in September was a result of huge interest from passengers looking to visit the pearl of the Adriatic.

American Airlines' Vice President of Philadelphia Hub Operations, Jim Moses, commented to the specialised website EX-YU Aviation that, "Dubrovnik has been a place of interest for several years. It has grown in popularity among US travellers, but remained unserved by US airlines. American Airlines saw an opportunity to fill that gap".


If you want to step up your game in golf, you also need to invest in equipment like golf shafts and golf clubs. There are different types of golf clubs that you can use, one of which is a golf driver. A golf driver is not a one-size-fits-all item. Different golf drivers will complement the way you play your game, so you have to consider some things first.

Here are some tips when choosing a golf driver:

1. Material

Driver heads have evolved from persimmon wood and steels to different sturdy materials such as titanium. Titanium has been a popular choice of material because it’s very strong, but at the same time, it’s lightweight. Because of this characteristic, manufacturers were able to produce drivers that have bigger heads not having to compensate too much on the weight.

If you’re a beginner and you’re still working on hitting the sweet spot of the ball, it’s recommended to choose a golf driver that has a larger driver head since it has more surface area that can come in contact with the ball. In terms of ball speed, titanium golf heads will produce a faster ball that will travel a greater distance.

Another available material of a golf driver is composite, where there are different materials used to create this type of driver. Some materials—either heavy metal such as tungsten, or a lightweight element such as carbon—are combined with titanium, which will drive the ball better in terms of speed and distance.

Carbon is incorporated to make drivers alter the center of gravity and make it lighter. This will produce optimal ball speed for better driver performance. Tungsten, on the other hand, will increase the weight of the driver and therefore increase the inertia. In the laws of physics, heavier things have higher inertia. If the driver has more inertia, the club is less likely to turn when you hit the ball.


2. Loft

The loft is a term that describes the angle of the club face. The choice of the loft is dependent on your clubhead speed. In general, there’s an inverse relationship between loft and clubhead speed. So if your clubhead speed is faster, choose a lesser degree of loft and vice versa.

The loft is an important consideration when your gameplay requires hitting the ball with a greater distance, especially if you’re working on par 3 to par 5 golf courses since it has some effects in terms of trajectory and ball distance.

If you’re still starting and you haven’t established your game, it’s better to choose a driver that has a loft that has 10 degrees or higher. On the other hand, experienced golfers would prefer drivers with a lesser degree of loft. However, it requires a lot of skills and practice if you’re working with a lesser loft because it tends to make the ball spin faster. You need precision and accuracy in your swings if there’s too much backspin from the ball. As a general rule, if your ball speed goes over 100 mph, choose a loft that is equal to or less than 12 degrees.

In terms of trajectory, if you tend to hit the ball low, choose a driver that provides a better trajectory rating.

3. Length

The usual length of most drivers ranges from 43 to 46 inches. Choose the length of a golf driver that feels right and comfortable for you. Make sure that the ball comes in contact with the center of the club.

Also, some would prefer a longer driver length because it creates more speed. The longer driver will swing in a greater distance than a shorter one. Therefore, if you’re aiming for a higher speed or you’re working with long shots, you can opt for a longer driver length. However, be mindful if you haven’t established your ball control as this might be affected.

4. Shaft flex

You also need to consider the shaft flex that will go well with your driver. It will aid the golf driver in making long and precise shots. If you prefer your ball to be low, pair up your driver with a stiff shaft. On the other hand, if you want to work on high trajectory shots, choose a less stiff shaft together with your golf driver.

Final thoughts

If you want to step up your game in golf, you have to be critical in choosing the best driver for you. Depending on how you experienced you are in the sport and the type of gameplay you prefer, you have to consider other factors before you choose the driver that will be the best fit for you.



The Voice of Dubrovnik


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