Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Today marks a significant departure from tradition in Croatian politics as citizens head to the polls to elect representatives for the Croatian Parliament. Unlike the customary Sunday schedule for parliamentary elections since 1990, this year's voting day falls on a Wednesday. This scheduling shift was determined by the President of the Republic, effectively making today a non-working day across the nation.

With polls open from 7 AM to 7 PM, Croatian citizens aged 18 and above exercise their right to vote in what promises to be a pivotal moment in the country's democratic process. However, this election sees a slight decline in the total number of eligible voters compared to the previous parliamentary elections held in 2020, with 3,733,283 individuals registered to cast their ballots.

Interestingly, this election also sees all polling stations open abroad, reflecting Croatia's commitment to ensuring that citizens living outside the country can participate in the electoral process.

Of the total eligible voters, 3,511,086 hold residency within Croatia, while 222,197 voters are registered with addresses abroad. As the nation awaits the election results, all eyes are on the outcome that will shape Croatia's political landscape in the coming years.

From bright April sunshine to overcast skies and rain, the weather in Dubrovnik flipped over the past couple of days, although they didn’t stop holidaymakers from enjoying the Adriatic early this morning.

These “brave” English tourists dived into the sea in Srebreno this morning as dark clouds promised yet more rain. The current sea temperature in the south of Croatia is around 18/19 degrees, however these tourists were determined to make the most of their vacation.

Rain or Shine English Tourists Dive into Dubrovniks Adriatic Adventure 1

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Moving furniture in and out of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik is never an easy task. The crowded streets, need to park outside the city walls and the sheer number of steps makes moving a fridge a tricky task indeed. Getting creative is sometimes the answer!

And this “crew” deserves an award for creativity.

They tied a sofa, an armchair, and even a few chairs onto a boat and sailed into the Old City harbour, reports Dubrovački Vjesnik. Hats off to the team for the idea!

Couch Surfing in Dubrovnik Residents Get Creative With Furniture Delivery 1

The works on the repair of part of the pavement on Poljana Paska Miličevića in the Old City of Dubrovnik have been completed. The works worth 174,975.00 euros excluding VAT were carried out by the company in cooperation with Građevinar-Quelin d.d. under the constant archaeological supervision of the team from Arheoplan d.o.o., and the investment was implemented as part of the Restoration Program of the monumental complex of Dubrovnik for 2023 by the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

Completion of Pavement Repair Project in Dubrovnik 1

"The works included dismantling the stone pavement, excavation of the embankment below the stone slabs, installation of geotextile due to the discovery of archaeological elements, installation of sub-layers, and re-laying of the stone pavement. Due to damages, some of the existing stone slabs needed to be replaced with new ones," said the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

Completion of Pavement Repair Project in Dubrovnik 2

Additionally, archaeological structures were found during the works, which were researched, documented, and protected with geotextile before the installation of the new pavement. Due to the need to document the newly discovered archaeological structures and to select a sample for the final treatment of the new stone slabs, the execution deadline was slightly extended, emphasized the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

After the first leg of the Conference League quarterfinals, in which his team lost to Olympiacos, Fenerbahçe striker Edin Džeko found himself under the fans' scrutiny. Namely, during the match in Piraeus, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian striker clashed with the home team's supporters, displaying the Turkish flag on Fener's jersey. As Turkish newspapers report, Olympiacos fans have launched a petition demanding negative reviews on TripAdvisor for Džeko's restaurant 'Ezza' in Dubrovnik, reports Dubrovački Vjesnik.

"It was sooooo bad. Not at all what I expected, the waiters were so rude, the food wasn't cooked enough, and when I showed them, they kicked me out," reads one of the comments on TripAdvisor left by Olympiacos fans, and with the petition launched, a large number of negative comments is expected. Another review stated that “Amazing staff, good food, bad owner. It could be a much better experience if the owner was a good person and not a fascist and racist against certain people.”

Incidentally, this famous Dubrovnik restaurant located in Ploče has truly excellent ratings on TripAdvisor, with over 500 reviews, 478 of which state that it is an excellent restaurant.

Ezza opened in 2021 in the place where a Japanese restaurant once operated.

"Dubrovnik is a place where I've always felt at home and where I vacation with my family. Here, I wanted to open a restaurant different from others, for all those who love Dubrovnik as much as I do. By the way, I was lucky to meet Armin Hadžić, my business partner, who shares the same passion for exceptional gastronomy. After months of hard work and dedication to make everything perfect, EZZA Steak & Cocktail Bar came to life. This is not just a restaurant, this is our way to make you happy," Džeko stated on his Facebook profile after opening the restaurant.

The Dubrovnik Oldtimer Club is organizing the second OLDTIMER RALLY STON: 50 Miles of Pelješac, which will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2024. The start is at 10 a.m. from the Komarna rest area on the mainland side of the Pelješac Bridge, where around seventy historic vehicles will embark on the first stage to Janjina. After a short break at the Agricultural Cooperative Pelješki Vrhovi, at noon, they will set off on a drive through Potomje, through the Dingač Tunnel to Trstenik and further to Putnikovići, where they will visit the House of Wine Tradition. The final stage will start at 2 p.m. and lead over the new Pelješac road, where the oldtimers will arrive in Ston. The cars will be exhibited at Placa in Ston from 3 to 6 p.m.

Oldtimer Rally Ston ruta 2024

This promotional event is included in the calendar of the Croatian Oldtimer Association. The goal of the Dubrovnik Oldtimer Club is to continue strengthening this event, which showcases Pelješac as an attractive automotive destination, this time through the contrast of old and new, from the impressive Pelješac Bridge to the manually excavated Dingač Tunnel. The Rally is supported by the Municipalities of Ston and Janjina, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Agricultural Cooperatives Putnikovići and Pelješki Vrhovi, and Libertas Dubrovnik. The Rally takes place on public roads, respecting traffic rules, and will not disrupt regular traffic flow.

The Dubrovnik Oldtimer Club has been operating since 2004 and is known for organizing the Dubrovnik meeting of vintage cars, which takes place every autumn on Stradun. The age limit for obtaining vintage car status is 30 years from the date of manufacture, and historical vehicles are valued not only by age but also by preservation, originality, and rarity.

 

In a bid to showcase the splendour of Dubrovnik as the ultimate travel destination, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board has launched a vibrant campaign across more than 80 locations in the UK. Among these prominent spots, London, the bustling capital, takes centre stage as the focal point of this captivating initiative.

Notably, this project coincides with the celebration of the 45th anniversary of Dubrovnik's prestigious UNESCO World Heritage listing, adding an extra layer of significance to the promotional efforts.

One striking feature of the campaign is the visually stunning display showcased at a Street Hub in Holborn, a vibrant district nestled in the heart of London and a quintessential part of the famed West End. The photo accompanying this announcement captures the essence of this captivating display, serving as a testament to the grandeur and charm of Dubrovnik.

 

With approximately 2300 businesses engaged in wood processing and manufacturing, employing around 30,000 workers, this economic sector is increasingly facing liquidity problems due to a decline in exports while imports are rising, as emphasized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

The situation in the wood processing industry is not promising, as indicated by data from the Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) presented to Hina, showing that in 2023, the turnover and revenues of the largest wood processors fell by as much as five to 55 percent, averaging 30 percent.

Additionally, orders in all major assortments for the year 2024 have declined, making yearly planning uncertain, and there is pressure to lower prices. Manufacturers have already reduced prices during the past year, but the tension persists, and it is becoming questionable whether there is room for further price reductions. In these circumstances, companies are striving to maintain employment, and due to the aforementioned circumstances, a large number of them are facing liquidity problems and increased inventory, leading to requests for measures to maintain liquidity, according to the chamber.

According to data for the year 2023, Croatia exported wood, wood products, and furniture worth 1.4 billion euros. Compared to 2022, exports decreased by 15 percent, or 253 million euros.

Raw materials, namely wood and wood products, were the most exported, totalling 1.1 billion euros. Finished wood products, namely furniture, amounted to only 333 million euros, resulting in a ratio of 77 to 23 percent in favour of raw material exports.

Sawn timber was exported worth 454 million euros, while firewood and pallets accounted for 167 million euros. Regarding furniture, seats were the most represented in exports, with 160 million euros. The export of other furniture and its parts amounted to 132 million euros.

On the other hand, in 2023, Croatia imported wood products and furniture worth 1.1 billion euros, an increase of three percent, or 34 million euros more compared to the previous year. The share of wood products in total imports is three percent. Mostly, furniture and its parts were imported, totalling 324.8 million euros.

The leading import markets highlighted by the HGK are Bosnia and Herzegovina with imported goods worth 153 million euros, followed by Austria with 146 million euros, Italy with 125 million euros, Germany with 117 million euros, and Slovenia with 112 million euros.

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