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.
The latest Dubrovnik video out of the LMT Studio portfolio is truly stunning. Entitled “A City of Eternal Inspiration” the video was shot in the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik and follows the it as it slowly wakes up.
LMT Studio have teamed up with the musical composition of Nena Ćorak with the piece “The City Awakes” from the album “A picture of the city.” And features Đive Kušelj on flute, Anis Koncic on violin, Vanda Đanić on cello and on piano Alberto Frka.
Truly a great video – check it out below
It has been a relatively mild and warm start to the autumn period in southern Croatia with temperatures in Dubrovnik in the very high teens and apart from a few days of recent rain the weather has been stable. And this weekend as the warmer temperatures continue we could see a weather record broken for the warmest day in November. The website Dalmacija Danas has reported that this weekend as a warm front is expected to hit.
And forecasts from the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service the weather on Saturday and Sunday will be between 19 and 25 degrees on the Dalmatian coastline, whilst inland temperatures will be between 14 and 20 degrees.
And with the warm front expected to hit on Saturday the temperatures could well jump up into the high twenties. This is close to record breaking levels as the highest November recorded temperature in many Dalmatian cities is around 28 degrees.
In fact it could be a weekend of swimming, yes November swimming in Dubrovnik, as the sea temperature is currently 20 degrees in Dubrovnik and with the warmer air temperatures it might be a possibility to get those swimming costumes out of the wardrobe.
Are there oil reserves buried deep under the Croatian countryside? Move over Qatar here comes Croatian oil. Seven locations in north-western and central Croatia have been earmarked as possible sites of oil and natural gas and the government is inviting interested parties to apply for the right to drill.
The Energy Minister, Tomislav Coric, said that the localities do not include existing fields, or any protected national parks or nature parks.
The government-issued permits for each locality will have a maximum duration of 30 years, which includes exploration and exploitaton.
Coric said that the new permits represent a continuation of previous and that the goal is to find new oil and gas fields suitable for exploration in the continental parts of the country.
During his farewell tour of Croatia, the Indian Ambassador to Croatia, Sandeep Kumar, found a very creative way to say goodbye to the friends and colleagues he had met during his time in the country.
He painted several images to describe all the things that had occurred during his mandate in Croatia. And he even presented a portrait of the Croatian President directly to her in her offices.
He painted the Croatian success in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the parliamentary elections and the Zagreb cathedral.
Zagreb Mayor, Milan Bandić, received from the ambassador an image of the Zagreb Cathedral and Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, was pictured in the 2016 parliamentary elections.
It is one of the most important religious holidays of the calendar and the graveyards and cemeteries of Dubrovnik are awash with flowers and candles.
All Saint’s Day, the 1st of November, is the day in the year when families pay their respects to loved ones who are no longer with them. Wreathes and candles decorated the main Dubrovnik cemetery, Boninovo, last night as preparations for All Saint’s day began.
Croatians prefer to save their money in banks as opposed to keeping under the mattress and the average Croatian has around 45,000 Kunas of savings. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce have reported that in 2017 Croatians preferred in keep their savings in some form of deposit account even though the interest rates fell.
"The fall of passive interest rates and the introduction of a savings tax have somewhat affected the behavior of a section of the population, who have directed some of their disposable funds into stocks and investment funds - but too little to result in a major change in the structure of household financial assets," commented the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
At the end of 2017, household deposits totalled 190.36 billion kuna (€25.6 billion), with 28 percent of all deposits based in Zagreb, totalling 53.1 billion kuna (€7.1 billion).
It is easier to do business in Serbia and Montenegro than in Croatia, according to the World Bank’s “Doing Business Report.”
Croatia is ranked 58th in the world, which is a drop of seven places compared to last year, out of the 190 countries included in the report with a total score of 71.4 out of a possible 100.
The World Bank published their “Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform” on Wednesday which looks at measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies around the world.
Croatia recorded the poorest performance in the areas of dealing with construction permits, plunging from 126th place in 2017 to 159th this year. Croatia also slid in the area of ease of starting a business – in 2017 it ranked 87th, while this year it was 123rd.
Croatia has improved performance in the ease of registering property, moving up eight places to rank 51st. It also moved up in the ease of getting electricity segment, from last year's 75th place to 61st place this year.
Croatia also made progress in the area of paying taxes, which records the contributions and taxes a company is obligated to pay in a year, going up from 95th to 89th place.
Among Croatia’s biggest trading partners, Germany ranked 24th, Slovenia 40th, and Italy 51st, all sliding three to five places.
Overall, New Zealand, Singapore, and Denmark topped the ranking, unchanged from last year, while Hong Kong moved one place from 2017 to the fourth position, replacing South Korea, which dropped to fifth place.
Out of countries in the region, Serbia, ranking 48th, Montenegro (50), and Hungary (53) recorded better results than Croatia.
Today, the 1st of November, is a public holiday in the Republic of Croatia, it’s All Saints Day. The cemeteries of the city will be full as people lay flowers, wreathes and candles to pay their respects.
All Saints Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on November 1 by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Reformed Church, and other Protestant churches. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic Churches and Byzantine Lutheran Churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Oriental Orthodox churches of Chaldea and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints' Day on the first Friday after Easter.
The bishop of Dubrovnik, Msgr. Mate Uzinic will lead the mass at 15.30 today in the City Cemetery of Boninovo in Dubrovnik.