Wednesday, 17 January 2018

As from next year, Croatia will introduce roadside technical inspection of vehicles on Croatian roads.

Starting from May 2018, the police and road traffic inspectors will carry out on-the-spot roadside technical inspection of transport vehicles and buses. This is regulated by the Regulation of the technical inspection of vehicles on the road, which the Ministry of the Interior has sent to a public discussion.

The Regulation was adopted in order to comply with regulations imposed by the European Union. The Croatian police and inspectors will have mobile units at their disposal for this purpose.

They will also have to carry out an initial roadworthiness inspection on at least 5% out of the total number of freight vehicles and buses registered in Croatia.

Inspection data will be submitted to the European Commission. The Regulation states that police officers or road traffic inspectors have to stop the vehicles visually looking badly maintained for roadside technical inspection. These vehicles will first be subjected to an initial technical inspection, which includes a check on the latest regular roadworthiness report or roadside inspection, a visual assessment of the vehicle’s technical condition and, if necessary, a visual assessment of the safety of cargo transported by the vehicle.

Based on the results of the initial technical inspection, the police and inspectors will jointly decide whether to subject the vehicle to a detailed technical roadside inspection, which includes checks on brakes, tyres, wheels, chassis and environmental impact hazards.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized their traditional holiday gathering for journalists with very tempting awards, to thank them for the great cooperation during the whole year.

Dubrovnik journalists were more than happy to take a break from the hard work and enjoy the finest delicacies in the beautiful and modern restaurant Pantarul, while the program was led by DJ Vjeverica.

Music, holiday atmosphere, good food and even better company were a perfect way to end the 2017 and slowly start getting ready for 2018, which is expected to be even better. We are sure that the great cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will stay at the same level during the next year too.

Anyway, journalists left with their hands full – some with tickets to Istanbul, some with coupons for restaurants and spa centres, and one happy journalist of The Dubrovnik Times with two nights in the Hotel Odisej located at paradise island - Mljet.

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Director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, presents Ivana Smilovic from The Dubrovnik Times with prize - Photo Zeljko Tutnjevic 

One of the most prominent contemporary photographers, Ahmet Ertuğ, opened an exhibition 'Vanishing point' in Dubrovnik last night in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik.

In his long-time professional work, Ahmet Ertuğ uses a unique approach that is consistently traced through his photographic work - architectural elements as a whole detail, whether constructive or decorative.

For the Dubrovnik exhibition, with which he presented himself for the first time to the Croatian audience, 20 photographs of large format of representative interior of buildings photographed in Italy and Dubrovnik were selected.

Ertuğ came to Dubrovnik with his team at the end of September because of the invitation of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. He was here for six days, shooting early in the morning to avoid tourist crowds and catch the empty and hidden spaces of the City.

Many people were delighted to visit this special exhibition. If you wish to do the same – the 'Vanishing point' will stay opened until March 11th next year.

There is no shortage of those who believe the saying to be true as right now it has been estimated that there are around 400 million dogs in the world. This population explosion is alive and well in Dubrovnik which has seen a phenomenal growth in dog ownership in recent years.

Scientists believe that dogs were the first animal ever domesticated by man some twelve thousand years ago. Since then they have gone from a trusted hunting companion to being breed for mostly useless reasons and occasionally trained for incredibly important tasks.

Take for example the dog named after our region - the Dalmatian. Now most of us would assume that they were first bred here and that's how they got their name. However, many believe that they originated in Egypt where they were immortalized on the walls of pharaohs tombs. From these first recorded spotted dogs the breed spread into Europe and many believe this was courtesy of Gypsy or Romany people. Whilst there had been a lot of disagreement over their origin, in 1991 the international dog breeders association, the FCI recognised Croatia as the dog's origin and stated that “that the first descriptions of the Dalmatian were found in the diocese Djakovo, in the Croatia, namely in the church chronicles of the Bishop Petar Bakic from the year 1719 and the church chronicles of Andreas Keczkemethy from the year 1737”

Through the ages the Dalmatian has been known by many names; the English Coach dog, the Carriage dog, the Plum Pudding Dog, the Firehouse dog, and the Spotted Dick. But there were breed for a noble purpose which was to be a companion to carriage horses, to help protect them and calm them down. So successful were they at their jobs they were later used by firefighters to help clear the way for their water carriages and to stand with the horses during the fire and help keep them calm.

Now all you dog lovers out there are probably thinking this story is ok so far but wait, it’s about to turn ugly. Not of the poor innocent pooches making but caused by their ignorant owners. I love all animals and as wonderful and valuable as dogs are, they a still animals and like all of us they need to shed waste products. Henceforth known as “business”.

Doggy business is a very serious matter. With the average dog producing 128 kilos of business per year that means a mind boggling 56.5 tons of the stuff is left on pavements all around the world per year. The impact? Well it's a lot worse than you might have expected. According to the American Environmental Protection Agency, given that every gram of dog business has 23 million faecal bacteria, it is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills and rates third on the list of contributors to water pollution.

They have come up with an amazing calculation that the natural ecosystem can only handle two dogs for every 2.5 square kilometres. So concerned are people getting in the good ole Us of A that there are companies (Mr who will actually DNA the business so you can track down the offending owners who allow their pets to let it go all over the place.

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The solution to the down side on the doggy equation is incredibly simple. Even the Dubrovnik local government authorities, who are not famous for making logical decisions got this one right. They have installed lovely new, hygienic stainless steel bins fully equipped with disposable bags. However, the problem hasn't gone away because many dog owners are too ignorant or lazy or both to make the effort to clean up after their furry little companions.

The only reliable research done on the number of people who don't pick up the business comes from the USA where some 40% of owners say they don't see the need to clean up after their dogs. Given this it's fair to say that the figure is about the same for Dubrovnik, although I have my suspicions that it is a lot higher. In my street alone less than ten percent of people pick up after their dogs. In fact, I have decided to rename it Constipation Avenue as I have a theory that somewhere on Facebook there must be the message that this little strip of pathway is the place to bring your dog if he is feeling bunged up. I even see people bringing their pooches by car just to walk along the magic three hundred metres!

So, next time you see an owner busily trying to ignore the stream of offensive material emanating from their pet I suggest you point out one of our wonderful new bins and invite them to do the right thing.

The Wizard of Oz 

Dubrovnik's winter magic continues with the rich programs of the fourth Dubrovnik Winter Festival throughout the city during its third weekend. The world's most beautiful stage - Stradun, will host the popular Croatian band Pavel this Saturday and Christmas Fairytale will become a reality at Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik.

The youngest will be really happy this weekend with the Christmas Fairytale, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board once again this year as a part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. It will be held on December 16th in the Hotel Rixos Libertas Congress Hall, starting at 11 am. The first location for the Christmas Fairytale was Stradun, but is moved to Rixos Libertas due to te bad weather forecast.

The entertaining program which will delight and entertain all visitors, especially the youngest, will include a performance by the Mak Theatre from Zagreb and their play ˝Snježna staza˝ (English: ˝Snow Trail˝), the elves of the Ad Libidum Trio, the Dubrovnik Children's Choir that will sing the traditional kolenda carols. There will be a lot of dance too, with the Dance Studio Lazareti , Le Petite Festival and Little Linđo.




The colorful winter at the Lapad Bay brings a rich program for the children on a small stage next to the fountain. This Saturday from 2pm to 5pm there will be a Dance Studio 3V, Aster Association that will perform a play for children, while in the musical part of the program Nika Bjelovucic and Elza Filipovic will perform. In case of bad weather conditions, the program is postponed to Sunday.

In the evening, on December 16th, the candle of joy will be lit up at 7:30 pm in front of Dubrovnik cathedral.

From 7 to 9 pm vocal group Kolafjak will be singing around the city. At 9 pm there will be a Pavel concert at Stradun.

The following morning, on Sunday, December 17th, female vocal group Lindo will sing from 10 am to 12 pm.

From 11 am in the Teddy Bear Park there will be a real winter fairytale with elves and many other characters from favorite children’s stories. Like every Sunday, there will be a fun-filled corner with old-fashioned games and make-up ccorner, with a dance of joy organized by the Lazareti Dance Studio and the Le Petit Festival du Théâtre.

The Sunday Advent Afternoon is full of entertaining programs in Mokosica, which take place at 3 pm on the playground next to Cafe Bar Kiss. This Sunday in the program is fun for all generations featuring Zumba Kids and Zumba Teens, Maro and Baro stories, Christmas Games and Santa Claus karaoke, and special photo booth by Mrs. Claus. At 5:30 pm Dubrovnik band Valetudo will play. In case of bad weather, program will be moved to Mokosica elementary school.

Croatians are still lagging behind when it comes to shopping online. According to recent information released by the Croatia Bureau of Statistics only 29 percent of the population, between the ages of 16 and 74, use the internet for online shopping.

Maybe somewhat surprisingly by far the most popular items bought on the web are clothes and sporting equipment. In fact, 49 percent of all online shoppers in Croatia use the internet to buy clothes, quite clearly they aren’t worried about ordering the wrong size.

After clothes the second most popular articles are household items (27 percent) followed by electronic goods, tickets for events and concerts and telecommunication services. But with less than a third of all citizens actually using the web to purchase goods Croatia is still well behind the European average.

Every year in December,Google announces the most popular searches over the past year as a way for people to look back and see what major things and events had the biggest impact on the world.

The list includes people, terms, events and places that attracted attention of people from all around the globe in 2017 and according to Google, Croats mostly browsed terms such DIP (State Electoral Commission of the Republic of Croatia), Despacito and Wimbledon as well as Croatian parliamentary elections.

In the category of terms, the most popular in Croatia were Eurovision Song Contest, 2017 IHF World Men's Handball Championship, iPhone 8, Sudbina (Turkish TV series), EuroBasket 2017, Fidget spinner and Mother’s Day.
In the category of events, the parliamentary elections as the most sought after term were followed by Wimbledon, Eurovision Song Contest, 2017 IHF World Men's Handball Championship, EuroBasket, the World Cup qualifier football match between Croatia and Greece, Špancirfest, local elections, the Oscars 2017 and Museum Night.

In the category of films, ‘’La La Land’’ topped the list as the most popular Google search among Croats. The musical was followed by ‘’Just like Heaven’’, ‘’Wonder Woman’’, ‘’Justice League’’, ‘’Blade Runner’’, ‘’Moonlight’’, ‘’Manchester by the sea’’, ‘’Blade Runner 2049’’, ‘’Pirates of the Caribbean’’, and ‘’Logan’’.

Christmas magic continues in Dubrovnik with the event for the youngest - Christmas Fairytale, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board once again this year as a part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. It will be held on December 16th in the Hotel Rixos Libertas Congress Hall, starting at 11 am. The first location for the Christmas Fairytale was Stradun, but is moved to Rixos Libertas due to te bad weather forecast.

The entertaining program which will delight and entertain all visitors, especially the youngest, will include a performance by the Mak Theatre from Zagreb and their play ˝Snježna staza˝ (English: ˝Snow Trail˝), the elves of the Ad Libidum Trio, the Dubrovnik Children's Choir that will sing the traditional kolenda carols. There will be a lot of dance too, with the Dance Studio Lazareti , Le Petite Festival and Little Linđo.

Come and enjoy dance, laughter and a magical program, with four Santa Clauses will make sure that every child receives one of the 1,500 gifts that have been prepared just for them!

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The European tourist group TUI has announced more British tourists in Croatia and Bulgaria next year.

A few days ago, TUI announced that within the crisis plans for Brexit and the expected changes in demand due to the weaker pound, the company increased hotel bookings in cheaper destinations especially in Croatia and Bulgaria.

‘’We cannot control the result of the Brexit negotiations, however, we are making plans in order to successfully overcome any possible disturbances in our operations’’, emphasized Fritz Joussen, the CEO of TUI.

Joussen also added that in case that certain destinations become more expensive for British tourists due to the weaker pound, the demand could be re-directed to cheaper countries, thus, the Group increased hotel bookings in countries such as Croatia and Bulgaria.

‘’British tourists spend on the average £1,000 while on a holiday. We have also recorded a slight decline in demand for distant destinations’’, commented Joussen

According to Eurostat, Croatia is one of the three EU countries that achieved the highest growth of industrial production in the European Union in October 2017.

Eurostat data shows that seasonally adjusted industrial production in Croatia in October rose by 2,7 percent on a monthly level, almost twice as much as it was in September (1,4%).

The highest industrial production on a monthly level was recorded in Ireland (10,6%) and Denmark (2,8%), whilst the lowest figures were recorded in Malta (6,1%), Portugal (2,3%) and the Netherlands (1,8%).

At EU level, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0,3 percent in October compared to September (- 0,5%). The production of non-durable consumer goods recorded the highest growth of 0,7%, whilst the production of durable consumer goods decreased by 1,7 percent.

The industrial production in the EU in October on an annual level rose by 4,2 percent, after 3,6 percent rise in the previous month. October recorded the highest increase in the production of intermediate goods (5,3%) and non-durable consumer goods (4,7%). Energy production almost stagnated.

When it comes to industrial production on an annual level in EU countries, the highest growth was recorded in Ireland (13,4%), Slovenia (10,7%), Poland (10%) and Romania (9,1%). As far as Croatia is concerned, industrial production in October increased by 4,3 percent following a 3,1 percent growth in the previous month.

The decline in industrial production on an annual level was recorded in Denmark (2,3%), Malta (1,4%) and the Netherlands (0,4%).




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