Saturday, 17 March 2018
Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević – our Croatia specialist and chief translator Jelena is the power behind the scenes of The Dubrovnik Times. Born and bred in Dubrovnik, Jelena has always had a keen interest in all things British, she must be the only local resident to have every edition ever published by Bill Bryson. With a long-term history of translating sorts of publications and books Jelena brings her unique eye for all Croatian news.


Croatia will soon have the opportunity to hear live one of the most famous voices on the planet. Apple’s Siri or an intelligent personal assistant will attend the Days of Communication Festival in Rovinj this April.

The festival Dani komunikacija (Days of Communication) has for years confirmed its position as an avoidable event that gathers advertisers, agencies, public relations experts, media representatives, students and other professionals from the communication industry. Last year’s edition of the festival broke all the records of attendance and satisfaction of participants.

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The sixth edition of the Festival, which is to be held from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018 in Rovinj, will bring to Croatia world experts who dictate trends and future of the communication industry. Among them are the Global Group Creative Director at Twitter Jayanta Jenkins and Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

However, one of the stars at the festival will surely be Siri, an Apple’s application that works on the principle of artificial intelligence. Siri has made the voice of Susan Bennet mega popular around the planet, but the name of Bennet is not globally known. Nevertheless, her voice or as she says, her alter ego Siri is.

Siri will participate at this year’s Days of Communication in Rovinj, where she is coming with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ). Bennet will hold the lecture titled ‘’Accidentally Famous’’ where she will talk about how she has become mega popular Siri completely by chance.

Commenting on the upcoming event, the director of the HTZ Kristjan Staničić said, ‘’I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to bring Bennet as a lecturer and the owner of the most famous voice to Croatia. Not only that her lecture will enrich this festival that has proven to effect the way we perceive products and services in all sectors, including tourism, but I'm sure that her stay in Croatia will be a great opportunity for further promotion of our country as an attractive tourist destination’’.

The Subspace hostel in Zagreb, the first hostel of this type opened in the European Union, has been awarded by International Hospitality in the category of Best Hostel in Eastern and Central Europe.

The entrepreneur Hrvoje Krilić wanted to be different from the others thus in December 2016 he opened a futuristic hostel in Tesla Street in Zagreb. For the first time in the European Union guests got the opportunity to sleep in space capsules and experience the feeling of being aboard a spaceship.

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The capacity of the Subspace hostel is 20 single bed capsules, bathroom facilities, a kitchenette, a cafe bar and a terrace at Tesla Street. Each capsule is 2 metres long and 1,2 metres wide and high, it has a ventilation and is equipped with a bed, an android monitor, USB ports and chargers for mobile devices, a safe for money and valuable documents as well as a mirror.

The hostel ceiling and walls are painted with unique drawings that become visible under ultraviolet light and create a special impression of the night sky as if one is really in the space.

Targeted guests are all those who seek privacy, or as the owner said ‘’the Subspace hostel offers privacy of a hotel room at a hostel price’’.

The Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Avatar inspired the idea for this unusual project, which was realized within a year and a half. The value of this investment was slightly more than two million Kunas.

The leading German automobile magazine Auto Bild has published the list of the Top 30 most powerful sports cars in the world. And to our pride and joy, the most powerful sports car on the planet is from Croatia.

‘’Concept Two’’ is a new electric car model from the Rimac factory, which was recently presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. ‘’The king among horsepower monsters’’, as Auto Bild described Rimac’s model, left behind many famous rivals such as Bugatti and Ferrari.

The Concept Two electric car with 1914 HP and a top speed of around 412 km/h is the world’s Number One among sports cars. The second place is reserved for Keating TKR from 2010, the third is Koenigsegg Reger from 2015, and the fourth is Bugatti Chiron from 2016, whilst the fifth is 9ff GT9 Vmax from 2012.

The specialized edition of the Financial Times ‘’fDi Magazine’’, which monitors and compares investment movements at the global level, recently listed the Top 10 best regions for attracting foreign investments.

Among 146 locations around the world, the Croatian region of Međimurje found its place on the fDi list ranking as the seventh region with less than 1,5 million inhabitants in the category of the strategy quality for attracting foreign investments.

The Međimurje County Prefect Matija Posavec attended the awarding ceremony and received the Financial Times Award in Cannes in France on the 13th of March 2018.

On this occasion, among other participants at the ceremony, the Prefect met with Vitali Klitschko, the former boxer and current Mayor of Kiev in Ukraine. They discussed cooperation in joining the two regions. Actually, Međimurje has for many years nurtured good business and economic relations with the region of Rivne Oblasti in Ukraine.

‘’Of course, as I was talking to one of the best athletes in history, I took the opportunity to talk about Croatian and Međimurje sports about which Klitschko knows quite a lot. On this occasion, Mayor Klitschko announced a possible visit to our region in order to convince himself firsthand in all the results and benefits that brought this important award to the Međimurje region’’.

The American President, Donald Trump, recently signed a decision about the introduction of new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Trump said that a 25 percent tax would apply to steel imports, whilst 10 percent would be added to aluminium brought to the United States.

It is quite clear now which countries will be most affected by this decision. First, it will be a huge blow to Canada, which exports 17 percent of steel to the US, then to Brazil (14%) and to South Korea (10%).

However, the countries in the Balkan region will also be hit by new tariffs. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, last year the United States imported 36,000 tonnes of steel from Serbia, 32,000 tonnes from Slovenia, 12,000 tonnes from Macedonia and 2,000 tonnes from Croatia.

Even though the quantities of steel are small in comparison to other countries in the region, Trump’s decision will surely affect the already weakened Croatian economy.

Despite the fact that Croatia is one of the few world countries that is rich in water supplies, the country’s imports of water are growing year after year.

It seems that not all the Croatian rivers, creeks and springs are enough to quench the thirst of the Croatian people but the country has to import water in amount of $10,5 million.

As far as the neighbouring countries are concerned, data are even more surprising. For example, Montenegro’s water imports amount $9,63 million, Serbia’s $2,65 million, whilst Bosnia and Herzegovina imports water in amount of soaring $12 million.

On the other hand, Serbia’s water exports amount $16 million, whilst Croats export water in amount of $14 million.
Considering the fact that cloudy water is becoming more common situation in Croatia, an additional increase of water imports is expected to rise this year.

After successfully organizing the Croatian ‘’Christmas story’’, the Salaj family continues to create lighting attractions on their farm.

The Salaj family from Grabovnica near Čazma in the Bjelovar-Bilogora County began to decorate their yard with Christmas lights 16 years ago. Thanks to the great effort and enthusiasm of the family, over the time it has become the most significant event of the continental part of Croatia.

However, in 2012, the family decided to expand their offer and started to organize the ‘’Easter story of the Salaj family’’.

For the seventh year in a row, this year the Salaj family will organize the 11-day Easter event on their farm starting on the 23rd of March to the 2nd of April.

Everyone who decides to pay a visit to this beautiful Croatian ‘’Easter story’’ will have an opportunity to enjoy numerous lighting Easter eggs and other Easter installations such as bunnies, hens and chickens.

Several state institutions, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Tourist Board of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County and the local self-government have also recognized the importance and the role of this project and in accordance with development plans, they have supported the organization of every Salaj family ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’story.

When it comes to natural beauty and tourism, Croatia tops almost all world lists. However, when it comes to some other things related to everyday life of its citizens, the country regularly hits the bottom.

The latest subject is related to online shopping and package delivery. The internet shopping market of the European Union is regulated illogically and unfairly. For example, the cross-border delivery to smaller member countries such as Croatia is generally at least twice as expensive as delivery to larger EU member countries.

However, every cloud has a silver lining. The European Parliament recently held the final discussion about the Regulation on cross-border package delivery.

One of the Croatian MEPs Biljana Borzan who worked as a negotiator on behalf of the European Parliament explained, ‘’Around 11 million packages are delivered daily in the European Union. The new Regulation will bring transparency to the market by giving more power to regulatory agencies, in our case to HAKOM (Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries). All prices that do not comply with the actual delivery costs will be reported to the European Commission, which will lead to cheaper delivery’’.

Borzan also added that almost 70 percent of EU citizens complain that delivery costs are too expensive, whilst more than 50 percent of them do not know what to do in case of delivery problems.

‘’That is why I have introduced the obligation for traders to inform consumers about all the forms of delivery with a price comparison while they purchase online. In addition, before the purchase, traders must inform consumers what to do in case of any problems’’, explained Borzan.




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