Tuesday, 12 November 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

On the first day of December starts the program of vocal group performances at Stradun around the festive stands, as a part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. The magic of Dubrovnik's Advent with traditional songs and Christmas tunes on the most beautiful stage in the world will start at 8 pm. Dubrovnik vocal groups will perform through December on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

For children on Friday, 2 December at 6 o'clock in the cinema 'Sloboda' there will be an interective theatre play "Audition for Santa Claus", produced by the theater company Travelling Theatre. Tomislav Bralic and Intrade vocal group in the evening, in front of St. Blaise from 8 and 30 pm, are another musical gift from the Dubrovnik Winter Festival to their fellow citizens.

The strong northerly winds that are battering Dubrovnik have made it tricky to keep warm. But this tourist to the Old City was having a rather different problem today, how to keep his long hair under control.

As he walked to enter the St. Blaise Church in the heart of the Old City the pun “hairway to heaven” came to mind. We wonder if he flew to Dubrovnik with “British Hairways,” enough of our “cutting remarks.”

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One of the most popular attractions in Dubrovnik, the Rector's Palace, will be closed from the 1st of December. The closure of this iconic building is due to the second phase of reconstruction that was started earlier this year.

According to a report from the Dubrovnik Museums the Rector's Palace will be closed from tomorrow however they added that the Museum Shop will remain open whils the works are going on.

The works will be supervised by the Dubrovnik Institute of restoration and are scheduled to be completed by the 31st of May 2017.

Ever since Croatia became a full member of the European Union as the 28th state on the 1st of July 2013 there have alarm bells raised that many of the country’s most talented young professionals would leave to seek employment in another member state. Ireland and Sweden have been the most attractive destinations for Croatians looking to further their careers abroad. And a new survey shows that Croatia is facing an uphill battle to keep its talented workers from migrating.

According to a statement from the National Competitiveness Council (NVK) Croatia has placed as the 53rd among 61 countries on the Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Talent Ranking 2016 list.

The list was published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) from Lausanne, Switzerland and showed that Croatia made a slight improvement in comparison to last year when it ranked as the 58th.

The IMD evaluates a country's potential to develop, attract and keep talented people in order to create a base of talents necessary for companies to operate in their fields. The ranking is based on more than 30 indicators which are divided into three main groups – investment and development, attracting talent and a country’s readiness.

In the first group of indicators which refers to improvement of the quality of education system Croatia placed as the 38th, whilst in the second group which estimates a country’s capability to keep talented people and its capacity to attract new ones Croatia placed as the 58th. On the other hand, Croatia placed as the 57th in the third group of indicators which estimate readiness of a country to meet the labour market needs.

‘’The latest report indicates the necessary implementation of the reform of the education system and encouraging lifelong learning as a precondition for creating a more competitive society and economy," said the NVK president Ivica Mudrinic emphasizing the importance of creating new jobs and opening up opportunities for professional affirmation in Croatia.

A book "Croatian natural resources - protection and responsible development" will be presented on the 30th of November at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

For the first time in one place Croatia will have a list of all its natural resources, so far underutilized in the development of the country. It is a comprehensive ''inventory'' of national treasures with proposals for the protection of Croatian natural resources as well as their rational utilization.

According to some estimates only the value of agricultural and forest resources in Croatia is around $17 billion. This study comprises energy, drinking and surface waters, metal and non metal raw materials, forests and forest land, agriculture and agricultural land, transport, digital and energy infrastructure as well as proposals for the rational management of natural resources.

Here is the list of the most important natural resources in Croatia:

1. Forests and forest land cover around 2,6 million hectares with wood stocks of around 552 million cubic meters and with 11 million cubic meters of new wood stocks each year. Forest resources are worth $6,9 billion.

2. Agricultural land covers 2,96 million hectares, whilst 90 percent of this area is cultivable. Unfortunately, less than 50 percent of land is being cultivated. The value of the agricultural land in Croatia is about $10,13 billion.

3. Croatia has 1246 islands on which only 6 percent of land is fertile, whilst their share in the Croatian economy is only 5 to 7 percent. The Croatian islands are geographically divided into 79 islands, 525 islets and 642 rocks and reefs.

4. Drinking and surface waters are the great wealth of the country which is by quality and quantity among the best in Europe and in the world. Croatia has placed as the 5th in Europe and the 42nd in the world by its water richness.

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Krka National Park 

5. Transport, digital and energy infrastructure includes data analysis on highways (1273km), railways (2100km), waterways (804km), the eletric power network (18,500km) and fibre optic cables (13,000km).

6. Croatia has significant hydrocarbon reserves. The country spends twice as much primary energy than it produces. Promising areas for the discovery of new stocks are the Panonian Basin, Dinarides, northern, central and southern Adriatic.

7. Thanks to the energy of wind as an important resource Croatia has twelve windmills worth 315 million Euros.

8. The sun as an energy resource is of national interest. If the country used more benefits of the solar energy, there would be 30,000 new job openings.

9. There are 450 species of fish in the Adriatic sea. Consumption of fish is around 10 kg per capita a year. The value of purchased and sold fish in 2012 was 302 milion Kunas. Catch and fish farming varies around 70,000 tonnes annually.

We're sexy and we know it! Dubrovnik has been placed on a list of the best-looking world cities by the UK newspaper The Independent. “It’s no surprise the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been used as the backdrop of countless film and TV shoots, including Game of Thrones (it doubles as King’s Landing, fact fans),” opens the article on Dubrovnik on the website of the UK publication.

In an article entitled “From Boston to Reykjavik: These are the world’s best-looking cities,” beautiful world destinations are highlighted, including Lisbon, Panama City and Stockholm.

“Its UNESCO-protected historic core is fabulously photogenic, with a Venetian warren of cobbled streets and stone buildings. Walk along the city walls for the best views over the red rooftops and out towards the Adriatic,” concludes the short article. More great publicity for Dubrovnik in the most important tourism market for the city, and with more British airlines adding flights for 2017 we can expect a further growth in British tourists next year.

The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) estimates that Croatia lacks 300 chimney-sweepers and many areas do not have an organized chimney-sweep service which should be improved by adopting the regulations on the performance of chimney sweeping.

''Many areas in Croatia do not have an organized chimney-sweep service due to the lack of professional operatives. Our estimates show that we need at least 300 chimney-sweeps for a complete and quality service'', said Dejan Loncaric, the president of the chimney-sweepers group in the HGK. He also added that due to the lack of chimney-sweepers some of the basic tasks of local governments and chimney-sweeping subjects are limited, such as the quality of fire protection, poison protection, environmental protection and energy savings.

Loncaric emphasizes that the basic requirements should be met in order to include the chimney-sweepers group more actively in the training and employment of chimney-sweepers. He also stands for a unique educational model with an advanced technical literature and offers cooperation to the Ministry of Science and Education in making school programs for chimney-sweepers.

The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) considers it necessary to adopt the regulations on the perfomance of chimney sweeping which would be valid for the whole of Croatia.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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