Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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

The number of taxis on Dubrovnik’s roads has clearly reached saturation point and the Mayor of Dubrovnik is making a stand to considerably lower their numbers. Mato Frankovic, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, has stated that the current situation on the city's roads is untenable, therefore, an amendment to the law is needed to eliminate the negative effects of the liberalization of taxi services.

In Dubrovnik there are currently about three thousand taxis, and before the liberalization there were about 220, however even with this greater number of taxis their fares are still too expensive.

And in order to limit the number of taxis a number of measures are being proposed. As Dubrovnik is a UNESCO protected city the Mayor believes that it is necessary to recognise the importance of this fact and that the roads and infrastructure should be better controlled by local governments who should have the ability to limit the number of vehicles. This would include a limit on the actual number of taxis.

The Mayor is also putting forward a proposal to introduce electric only vehicles around the Old City. “We are not backing down from our plan to create a special zone around the Old City, and every vehicle inside that zone must be electric vehicles. We are already in negotiations with the Croatian Electric Company (HEP) to install two electric charging stations around the city, one on Ploce and the other under Minceta,” concluded the Mayor.

Honestly it fell off the back of a lorry. We’ve all heard that excuse, but today it actually happened. So far this season we’ve had potatoes, bananas and even building material land all over Dubrovnik’s roads, but as far as we know this is a first, crates of beer!

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On a busy Dubrovnik road as the working day was coming to an end bottles of beer were seen literally rolling down the road. Most drivers skilfully avoided the foamy bottles and cardboard crates but some took the time to load up on a few beers for refreshment.

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Locals and tourists enjoyed the “beer drive-through” and in a matter of minutes the beer obstruction of the road was cleared.

Cheers!

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Germany's population rose by over 400,000 in 2018 as a result of immigration and Croatian citizens, numbering 29,000, were the second largest group of immigrants from the EU last year after Romanians, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany said on Tuesday.

A total of 1.58 million people moved to Germany in 2018, while 1.18 million moved out so that, as a result of migration, about 400,000 more people lived there at the end of 2018 than at the beginning of the year, the office said in a press release.

In 2018, 57,724 Croatian citizens arrived in Germany, while 28,869 departed, so the number of Croatian citizens living there increased by 28,855 to 395,665.

At the end of 2017, 367,900 Croatian citizens lived in Germany, 27,765 fewer than a year later. At the end of 2016, 332,605 Croatian citizens lived there, 35,295 fewer than a year later.

Since 2010, when 220,199 Croatian citizens lived in Germany, the number of German residents holding Croatian citizenship rose by 175,466.

Also, 158,595 Croatian citizens have been living in Germany over 25 years, 113,760 stay from one to four years and 34,960 stay there less than a year.

In 2018, Germany recorded the largest number of EU immigrants from Romania (68,000), followed by Croatia (29,000) and Bulgaria (27,000). Last year 22,749 Bosnian citizens arrived in Germany and 10,331 departed.

Eighty-seven percent of last year's immigrants to Germany were foreigners, while the rest were Germans who moved back after living abroad.

The Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, yesterday officially put into operation the new water purifier system in Dubrovnik. “The purifier will ensure the daily quality of water and the overall life in Dubrovnik, and the most recent demonstration of the agility of the newly elected city government in the realization of one of the crucial issues that have been the subject of public debate for years,” commented Plenkovic at the opening ceremony.

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The new Dubrovnik water purifier cost 56 million Kuna. The Director of the Dubrovnik Water Company, Lukša Matusic, announced that there would be a second phase of the water purification. He stated that the citizens of Dubrovnik will now have water of a high standard according to European standards. “Clean water 365 days a year is what the citizens of Dubrovnik deserve and they have received today,” concluded Matusic

Jump on in the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik is clean and warm. The fourth regular testing of the sea water quality of the 118 beaches in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County was carried out between the 1st of July and the 11th of July by the Public Health Institute of the County.

The quality of the sea water at 116 of the 118 beaches passed the water quality test according to the bathing Water Quality Regulation. From these 116 beaches 113 beaches passed the test with flying colours with the highest rating of excellent, with 3 beaches, Žuljana, Duboka and the mouth of Ploće, passed with a good quality rating.

The beaches in front of Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik and the beach at Donje Čelo on the island of Koločep both failed the quality test. Further testing at the Rixos beach showed that the short term pollution had cleared and the beach passed the test. However, the beach on the island of Koločep is still not fit for swimming.

What a year for Dubrovnik Airport. 2019 has certainly started in positive form for Croatia’s southernmost airport with every single month of the year showing an increase in passenger numbers. June this year was the busiest ever June for Dubrovnik Airport on record with a massive 415,876 passengers travelling through the airport an incredible increase of almost 14 percent when compared to the same month from last year. And apart from being a record breaking month it was also the month that the airport welcomed its millionth passenger.

In January the year started well with 26,323 passengers an 18 percent increase, February saw the biggest increase of the year so far with 33,765 passengers and a 40 percent growth, March was the third best month of the first six months with a growth of 21 percent and 57,880 passengers handled. Then the summer months approached and all the international lines opened. In April the airport handled 210,803 passengers, a 39 percent growth, in May 315,037 passengers an 8 percent growth and in June a whopping 415,976 passengers a 13.8 percent growth.

In total in the first six months of 2019 Dubrovnik Airport has dealt with 1.058.684 passengers a healthy increase of 17.4 percent over the first half of 2018. In other words, an extra 157,184 passengers have used the airport so far this year.

 

The first edition of the MedCruise Awards took place on June 25th, 2019 in Genoa, and Dubrovnik picked up one of the major awards.

The MedCruise Awards brings together MedCruise members and associate members as well as their partners, local authorities, Cruise Line executives and international press representatives at the first edition of the MedCruise Awards.

The MedCruise Awards integrated several categories with different juries composed by cruise industry experts, where some prizes were given based on jury members’ opinion and others based on facts.

The prizes were given by the Board of Directors members of MedCruise and its President.

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MedCruise President highlighted the importance of the initiative like this event to strengthen cooperation among the players in the industry and recognise the companies, organisations and individuals who are work harder to promote the sustainable growth of the cruise activities in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all MedCruise members, associate members, cruise line executives and international press representatives for taking part of the election process and supporting this great event as well as the Board of Directors members of MedCruise for their commitment to the organisation of this great event”, said the President of MedCruise, Díaz Pastor.

And the Port of Dubrovnik won the prestigious award of Best port in the Adriatic Sea region.

 

In the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art, on the 4th of July, a large exhibition on all three floors of the museum entitled “Modern and Contemporary Art: an exhibition from the collection of the Dubrovnik Art Gallery” opened to the public.

And on Friday the 12th of July a rather special tour of the exhibition was given to artists whose works were exhibited at the exhibition as well as expert leadership through the exhibition.

The exhibition Modern and Contemporary Art: an exhibition from the collection of Art Gallery Dubrovnik presents a selection from the gallery’s collection that today counts over 2,700 works of art, covering the period from the late 19th century to the present. The three floors of the Villa Banac, one of the most beautiful buildings of Croatian modern architecture, are packed with works of art that include reflections of Impressionism, Expressionistic and Coloristic tendencies, abstract expression of the organic and geometric type of the fifties and sixties, postmodern painting tendencies of the eighties and art of expanded media that includes photography, video, and performing arts.

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This exhibition is an opportunity for numerous domestic and foreign guests, who visit Dubrovnik in large numbers to visit and discover the quality and stylish pluralism of modern and contemporary art represented in the collection of the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is open every day, expect Mondays, from 9 am to 8 pm.

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