Monday, 25 June 2018
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

This shocking video was shot by a reader of the Dubrovnik Times and shows how not to moor a tender in the Old City of Dubrovnik harbour.

The tender came from one of the cruise ships at anchor between the island of Lokrum and the Old City. With the engine flat out the skipper decided to moor “hand brake turn” style up against one of the stone quays.

Apart from stirring up the Adriatic like a whisker he also managed to create waves that bumped all the smaller local boats at mooring into each other.

Check out the video

Under a quarter of the Croatian population have a good opinion about the independence of the country’s legal system. A new survey by the European Union institution, Eurobarometer, which surveyed all the member countries showed that only 23 percent of Croatians had faith in the courts and judges.

Compared to Denmark, which had 87 percent, and Finland, with 82 percent, it is clear that the perception of the legal system in Croatia has lots of work ahead of it. On the other end of the scale, only 23 percent people polled in Croatia, 29 percent in Slovakia and 30 percent in Bulgaria rate the independence of courts and judges as good.

You’ve booked your tickets, the hotel is reserved and the suitcases are almost packed, but what will you be wearing on the Dubrovnik beach this summer.

The swimwear trends move as fast as a jet ski skimming over the Adriatic Sea. With temperatures rising and whether you are lounging by the hotel pool or relaxing on a sunbed next to the shallows then you’ll going to want your swimwear to shine. Yes, it’s time to throw away that bikini you’ve had for the past ten years and upgrade to a newer model. So what’s hot and what’s not this summer season 2018.

Without a doubt the hottest swimwear trend this summer is the high-waisted bikini, according to fashion experts (and the social media) these high-waisted suits are twice as popular as they were last year. Last year was all about revealing (especially your bum) but 2018 is more of a cover-up year.

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In fact, summer 2018 is a retro year, with nods to the 1960’s including the hoops and rings that adorned swimwear of the past.

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And the one-piece sporty look is also hot this summer. These all-in-one suits are full of colour with bold prints and intensive colours and also sometimes incorporate the bangles and hoops from the 1960’s.

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The first holy mass on the island of Lokrum this year will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, which is the first Sunday after the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary Exhortation, which this year falls on the same day as the feast of the Corpus Christi.

The mass in front of the Chapel of the Annunciation will be held at 11.30 am and will be led by the Cathedral chaplain Don Marin Lucic. Departure by boat from the city harbour will be at 11:00 am. And in co-operation with the Lokrum Reserve the boats will be free of charge for all attending the mass.

During the summer months, every first Sunday in July, August and September at holy mass will be held at 11:30 am.

Croatia is searching for flight partners to operate from four long distant markets, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. In an interview with the weekly magazine “Globus” the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, stated that “Our main aim is to improve the air connection to Croatia. We are particularly focusing on Japan, with which we recently signed a bilateral Air Service Agreement, but also China, South Korea and the United States, which all account for a growing number of tourists".

Flights between Zagreb and Tokyo are moving ever closer with negotiations between the Croatian Ministry of Transport and the Japanese authorities on the introduction of direct links. And South Korea and Croatia are also moving closer with an approval for Korean Air to fly on an annual basis. And with the explosion of interest in China as a tourist destination it seems only a matter of time before direct flights are seen. The search for an airline interested in flying between the US and Croatia continues and it is believed that talks are underway with a number of US airlines.

Croatians working abroad sent a massive 2.1 billion Euros back home last year to their families and friends. It is estimated that 340,000 Croatians have left the country in the past few years, with many of them going to Germany, Sweden and Ireland.

Now this new diaspora has become overnight one of the biggest “foreign” investors into Croatia. And there is no indication that this figure is slowing down, far from it, when compared with 2016 the amount paid was up by a healthy 120 million Euros, and it is believed that this figure will grow this year.

Whereas in the past these cash payments were often seen as a bonus or a gift now they are a means of survival for the remaining family members.

The Blue Flag is once again flying over the beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President. In a ceremony held today the Blue Flag was raised for the 17th time. The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised ecological acknowledgment for the cleanliness beaches. This year the flag was raised by two loyal guests to the hotel, the Scottish couple Frances and Robert Craig, who have been visiting for more than twenty years.

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The beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President once again this year fulfilled the demanding criteria that are prerequisites for this honourable acknowledgment, which are related to the complete beach arrangement and the security conditions at sea and on the beach itself. The blue flag on this beach has been raised since 2002.

Even though almost thirty percent of Croatians smoke the tobacco industry had a tough year in 2017.

According to figures just released by the Croatian Financial Agency (FINA) the tobacco industry finished last year with a net loss of 10 million Euros. This figure looks even worse when you consider that in 2016 these same businesses finished the year with a net profit of 2.2 million Euro.

There are three main tobacco companies in Croatia and altogether they employ around 700 workers. Last year’s loss was the first time the industry had seen a minus since 2008, when they also had a net loss of just over 10 million Euro.

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