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The collaboration between the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Caboga Stiftung Foundation continues with a free concert performed by the London Handel Players Ensemble at 8:00 pm on Saturday the 16th of November at the Kaboga St Bunich. The concert will feature works by Händel, J.B. Lully, M. Marais, J.S. Bach, A. Campr, J. Leclair and J.F. Rebel.
The London Handel Players ensemble, praised by the New York Times for its "spiritual depth" and "impeccable musicianship", captivates audiences around the world with their performances and albums. Since debuting in 2000 at the Handel Festival in London at Handel's Parish Church of St George Hanover Square, the ensemble has regularly performed baroque chamber acts and concerts in leading concert halls and festivals in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, and has collaborated with world-leading singers.
Free tickets for this concert can collected at the Festival Palace in the Old City of Dubrovnik from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In cooperation with the public bus company Libertas, a free shuttle bus will also be provided, departing at 7:30 pm from Pile.
A 75-year-old woman was injured in a fire at a family home in Soline caused by a gas bottle explosion early today. The fire broke out at around 11:30 today and smoke billowed across the Zupa hillside.
The Dubrovnik General Hospital says the patient sustained superficial injuries to her hand, face and scalp. Fire engines from Dubrovnik and Zupa attended the blaze and quickly got the fire under control.
The police and ambulance services were also quickly on the scene.
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Smoke is drifting across the hills of Zupa as a house burns in the villages of Soline.
The family house, on the hillside, caught fire around 11:30 today and fire trucks from Dubrovnik and Zupa are already on the scene and fighting the fire.
The police and ambulance service have also been called to intervene and the sound of emergency vehicles sirens is echoing around Zupa.
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Every cloud has a silver lining. The changeable weather over the past week in Dubrovnik certainly has some advantages, and one of them appeared this morning, a glorious rainbow.
This stunning photo was sent to us by a reader and shows the colourful rainbow over the Port of Dubrovnik.
The forecast for the weekend is for more unsettled weather with rain and overcast skies predicted.
The Ministry of the Interior has submitted to the public debate a new draft law for foreign nationals that includes a new model for the regulating of work visas for foreign nationals.
The new proposal would abolish the need for a quota system for work visas for foreign nationals. The current quota system for visas has received many negative comments from employers in Croatia. It is seen as being too restrictive and as tourism grows, and indeed a large number of young Croatians leave the country to find employment in other EU member states, the necessity for a workforce grows every season. This new draft law puts forward the proposal that the employment system for foreigners is made simpler and would abolish any quota system.
However, until this new law comes into effect the Minister of Tourism has sent a proposal to the government to increase the number of work visas for foreigners for next year to 30,000. In 2019 around 21,000 work visas for foreigners were issued in the tourism sector alone.
An earthquake rolled through the Dubrovnik region early this morning with the epicentre near the island of Mljet.
The Seismological Service have reported that the earthquake measured 4.4 degrees on the Richter Scale and that the epicentre in the middle of the Adriatic Sea around 39 kilometres west of Dubrovnik near the island of Mljet.
The earthquake hit at around 2.30 this morning and no material damage has been reported.
Whilst it is not uncommon to see a wild board roaming in the countryside in Konvale, to see a whole pack in the middle of a built up residential area is slightly unusual.
This pack of wild boar were spotted in Cilipi yesterday afternoon, quite possibly on the hunt for food. As winter draws ever closer the boar come down from the hills looking for easy pickings in populated areas. And this pack yesterday almost caused a traffic jam.