Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The city of Dubrovnik funded the Water Rescue Service at publich beaches: Dance, Sulic, Bellevue, Mandrac, Stikovica and on Kalamota with 650 thousand kuna. It will be conducted by the Dubrovnik Red Cross Society. By involving the City in this Dubrovnik Red Cross project, Dubrovnik is also being promoted as a tourist destination that cares about the health and safety of its fellow citizens and visitors to the city beaches, where licensed rescuers and first aid teams will be every day. 

Rescuers of the Croatian Red Cross are trained to rescue life on water and provide first aid. Applying first aid procedures is the beginning of helping to injured or suddenly injured persons. It is used to save life, prevent complications and disabilities and shorten the duration of treatment and recovery. The first aid teams is made by the young employees of Red Cross who have undergone a basic and advanced course of providing first aid and basic knowledge about the Red Cross and communication skills.

During the summer months, the young Red Cross team with basic medical equipment helps fellow citizens and tourists who experience problems of weakness, exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration, burns, sprains and wrists, cuts, blisters, fractures, contusions, insect bites , headaches, panic attacks...

This year, the entire project is being carried out in the city of Dubrovnik: Stradun, Dubrovnik walls, Dubrovnik beaches, Lokrum island and Ston walls, 60 young people are included, all with advanced knowledge of first aid.

The project is being carried out for the fourth year in a row, and over the past years, tourists have expressed great satisfaction with this kind of approach to the guests, stressing that the symbol of the Red Cross, which is recognizable everywhere in the world, brings a sense of security.

The Polish national air carrier LOT Polish Airlines (LO / LOT), a member of the global airline association Star Alliance, announced its new line Warsaw – Dubrovnik flights as a line that will operate the whole year around – Avioradar reports.

This new line started flying in May this year with six flights a week.

It is now extended to the entire winter flight schedule from November 2018 until the end of March 2019. On this line in the winter period there will be 4 flights a week, or more precisely - Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Legendary England footballer and businessman David Beckham is currently on holiday in Croatia and Victoria has been having fun on Instagram.

David and Victoria have recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary and the happy couple have decided to live it up a little on the Adriatic coast. The family vacation, which appears to be in the north of the Croatian coast, has given the famous pair a chance to spend more time with their children, 19-year-old Brooklyn, 15-year-old Romeo, 13-year-old Cruz and 7-year-old Harper. And it certainly looks like a happy Beckham family from the joyous photos that have appeared on social media.

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One of the highlights of the family swim in the Croatian Adriatic was David slipping off a giant inflatable swan. Victoria uploaded this comical video onto her Instagram account with the comment "Embarrassing dad slide," and "No wonder they sailed off and left him!"

After renting a speedboat the family headed out into the sea and later the boys were spotted on jet skis.

Google will be out on the streets of Croatia this summer to update their Google Maps. From the end of July for two months the special Google cars will be covering many of the roads in the country and recording for their Google Maps “Street View” application which allows users a 360-degree view of all streets.

In a statement from Google they point out that they will do everything possible to protect people’s privacy. Once all the photos have been collected Google will use specially designed technology to blur people’s faces, number plates and other potentially sensitive information.

Luka Modric’s stunning goal against Argentina has been shortlisted by FIFA as one of the goals of the 2018 World Cup. And you the opportunity to help Modric win as the best goal of the tournament is decided by an online poll.

Croatian captain, Luka Modric, has already picked up one individual award for the World Cup in Russia, the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament. And now he has the chance to pick up another with the best goal of the tournament.

In total 18 goals have been shortlisted and voting is open until Monday the 23rd of July.

Vote HERE to help Luka win the goal of the tournament

After her World Cup adventure the Croatian President is back to work with an official visit to Albanian tomorrow as part of a three-day visit. On Wednesday she will meet with her host, President Ilir Meta, when it is believed the pair will discuss co-operation and the future path of Albania towards joining the European Union.

On Thursday, the president will meet with Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and Parliament Speaker Granit Ruci. Grabar-Kitarovic will also address the Albanian national parliament. And on Thursday she will also visit one of the most important ports for Albania, the Adriatic port of Durres. On this occasion she will present a project, which will include Croatia, Albania and Montenegro, on the problem of waste management.

The Croatian coastline has a particular problem with plastic waste originating in Albania being carried on currents and then choking beaches and ports. Grabar-Kitarovic brought up the issue of pollution in the Adriatic Sea when she met President Meta in Zagreb this January. Expanded details of how this trilateral agreement will function have yet to be released.

The 2018 World Cup brought not only a successful campaign for the Croatian national team but also a much needed boost for the economy. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce have reported that on the eve of matches and on match days the retail sales in the country jumped by between 11 and 15 percent.

“Large sporting events, especially European and world football championships, which are watched by nearly half of the world's population, give significant boost to the economy through increased spending,” the HGK said in a statement.

Much of the spending in Croatia, somewhat unsurprisingly, went on beer, snacks, supporter’s equipment, television sets and travel deals.

"Retail spending increased by between 11 and 15 percent on average compared with the same period last year, especially on the days before matches and on match days," HGK said.

"Turnover in the restaurant industry on match days increased by an average of 10 percent and more. A record was made on the day of the semi-final match against England when turnover increased by 17 percent, while on the day of the final it rose by 13 percent," the HGK said.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, the American jazz diva and multiple winner of the Grammy award will perform on Wednesday, July 18th, at 9.30 pm in front of the Cathedral, accompanied by the Jazz Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television, conducted by Andreas Marinello. Concert will be held as a part of musical program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

This will be Dee Dee’s first visit to Dubrovnik and she is honored to play with Jazz Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television. Her unique jazz standard performances brought her three Grammy award. She also won prestigious Tony Award for the role of Glinda in The Wiz musical. Thanks to her authentic personality and rich concert and theatrical experience, Dee Dee Bridgewater performances are one of the most exciting vocal performances on the recent jazz scene in the world. She was nominated for the best jazz albums, and many have named he the successor of the famous Elle Fitzgerald. Dee Dee has succeeded in putting her own stamp on the music standards, and with an intolerable and unstoppable approach to the reinterpretation of jazz classics, she is a fearless traveler, explorer, pioneer, but also a guardian of tradition. In addition to all this, she’s the Goodwill UN Ambassador committed by the Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) to end hunger in the world.

She now has the chance to perform with the Jazz Orchestra of Croatian Radio and Television. That’s the only professional composition of this kind in Croatia and with its continuous seventy years of activity is among the longest major bands in the world. As one of the most influential jazz ensembles on the Croatian music scene, it is the nucleus of the best jazz musicians among whom many performers also act as composers and arrangers.

I've never loved football. Ok, this might be a weird way to start my World Cup story, but just wait. So, as I was saying – I was never into football and never really got why people get so excited about it. It's just guys running from one side to another, chasing the ball, right? Oh, how I was wrong.

I've started feeling that football fever slowly from the beginning of the World Cup and I didn't ever notice the symptoms – first, I started watching the matches that weren't even related to Croatia. Then, I started yelling at screen while our team was playing. I jumped higher that I know I could when we scored. I almost cried when we won… Ok, I cried. A little.

What made this championship different than any other? Why everybody turned to football lovers? Can we even explain it? We could try! It's the energy. Love. Atmosphere. Unity. Euphoria. Belief. Pride. Happiness. Madness. It's all of that and much more, all million times stronger each time our team won – and they won just about right number of times to make us the nation at the edge of the heart attack.

We were all as one, as cheesy as it sounds, but honestly Croatia turned into one big football fan. Not everybody was so delighted by it, of course, but that's ok – let's not worry about that now.

I never felt and maybe never will this kind of pride and unity. I was too young to enjoy 1998 when Croatia was third, but had the great luck to be a part of this collective happiness. To stand in the crowd, while we all sing as one, all wearing colours of our country, while our flags are flying all around. To hug a stranger, or even two, ok three (you could see that we are a huggy nation), because we are the SECOND NATION IN THE WORLD. To watch the live homecoming for hours and I mean hours – to see how a million people welcome our beautiful players. To fall in love with them. To feel blessed, touched and overwhelmed.

This is Croatia. A small country, with a heart bigger than this world, with a soul that was left on the field. With people that can join together and share their happiness – everywhere. They told us that we are dreaming, but now we see that we are living the dream. Maybe tomorrow we'll wake up from it. Maybe we'll remember all our problems then. But we'll always remember this moment, when we were on top of the world. When we shared our focus, when we had hope. When we surprised everybody. When we were the happiest nation in the world. What a time to be alive. What a time to be Croatian!!!!


The Chinese delegation, headed by the Ambassador of People’s Republic of China in Croatia Hu Zhaoming met with the Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic and his associates at a meeting about the inclusion of Chinese policemen in the "Safe Tourism Season" project.

At a meeting in the Old City, Mayor Frankovic thanked for the ceremony that was held a day earlier on the Stradun and praised the relations between the two countries. However, one problem has also been highlighted on the meeting, the fact that one part of the tourist groups from China do not use official, licensed guides to tour the historic core of Dubrovnik. In this issue, the Mayor stressed the importance of Chinese policemen who will help communicate with responsible persons in such cases. It was also said that 16 Chinese guides were given a license to make Dubrovnik tours, so there is also a legal way to tour in Chinese language.

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Ambassador Hu Zhaoming said that six Chinese police officers who were deployed by three police administrations, including Dubrovnik-Neretva, by mid-August, will assist in such situations. It is also said that a letter will be sent to the agencies that bring Chinese guests to Dubrovnik to regulate this issue. Chinese tourists encounter problems in our city highlighting the inability to use advanced payment technology and the lack of Chinese restaurants. He also stressed that the relations between the two states are the best so far, there is an increasing number of Chinese tourists coming to Croatia, the growing commodity exchange and the export of Croatia to China, China invests significant amounts here, and a contract for a major construction work on Komarna – Peljesac bridge has recently been signed. The bridge will build a Chinese consortium China Road and Bridge Corporation, whose manager Lu Shengwei said he is currently looking for associates in Croatia and guaranteeing the quality and deadlines of the project.

Cultural co-operation topics were also talked about and the opportunity for a visit of the prominent Chinese pianist at the forthcoming Dubrovnik Summer Festival was mentioned.




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