Friday, 23 March 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.


Today, the 21st of March, is World Down Syndrome Day, and one of the most colourful ways to raise awareness for this day and this cause is to wear bright socks. “Rock your socks” is a creative idea to help bring more publicity for this day through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as the hash tag #LotsOfSocks brings millions of people into the event.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International encourages people from all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

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The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

And the bright socks were marked this year in Dubrovnik with the Sunsail Base Manager, Keith Harvey, and his “partner in crime” Azar Avdić, getting in the mood with some particularly loud socks. Well done to Keith and Azar for putting Dubrovnik on the map for the important day, and it isn’t too late for you to get involved, don’t forget to tag your photos #LotsOfSocks.

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"In the end, our guests don't want to go to a place that's overcrowded," Donald said. "If the sites that everybody wants to see are being abused, our guests won't go. It's in our self-interest, but it's also in the interest of the places we go,” commented the CEO of Carnival Cruises, Arnold Donald, about Dubrovnik at the recent Seatrade Cruise Global convention.

This year Dubrovnik will start to tackle the problem of overcrowding, a subject that is extremely important to the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and one way is to regulate the arrival times of cruise ships.

This was backed up by Donald in Miami at the Seatrade Fair as he said that major cruise lines had agreed to coordinate their summer schedules in the city, meaning that some ships could arrive later or earlier than planned to avoid the so called “cruise ship crush.”

Last year, Dubrovnik received around 742,000 passengers on 538 cruise ships. Recent research for the port of Dubrovnik showed that in 2016 arrivals exceeded 8,000 on 18 occasions and 10,000 passengers on just four days. And it is expected that with this new move to reschedule arrival times these number will be even less this year.

Whilst most of the rest of northern Croatia is under another blanket of fresh snow the summer seems to have arrived earlier than planned in Dubrovnik, it is bikini weather.

The finalists of the Miss Universe Croatia contest posed around the pool of the five-star Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera in Zupa today. The final of the Croatian leg of the Miss Universe contest will be held on the 21st of April in Zagreb.

The ladies today were joined by Shanaelle Petty, Miss Universe Croatia 2017, who in November last year was placed in the top 15 at the Miss Universe finals.

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NEM 2018, the biggest TV industry gathering in the CEE region, will take place from 11th – 14th of June for the sixth year in a row in Dubrovnik. With only several months left until the official opening of the event, NEM is gradually revealing details of its rich programme prepared for 2018.

This year's New Europe Market (NEM) event will host seven panel discussions with esteemed, highly-relevant speakers and key players from the TV industry, as well as useful and ever interesting case studies and presentations. Recognizable and irreplaceable elements of NEM, the private screening room and market area, have experienced upgrades in their size and look. The private screening room will be focused not only on world production, but on local production, too. In this way, NEM will put a stronger emphasis on content which has, over the past few years, undergone great changes considering how audiences view television.

The significance NEM 2018 has for its attendees is borne out by Anette Schaefer, Vice President of TV Business Europe for Deutsche Telekom AG: “NEM is the key marketplace in the CEE region for international programming. NEM not only connects content sellers & buyers, it is the event for TV industry key decision makers to explore new business models and latest entertainment trends.”

Just like the private screening room, some of the panel discussions will focus on international and local production and its relevance for attracting and keeping viewers. NEM 2018 also tackles the question of ever-growing digitalization and accompanied content. Furthermore, there is the question of advertising and how to strike a balance between profit and viewer satisfaction.

Something new, but certainly controversial, is a discussion about the problems of piracy in the CEE region and in general and how this unwanted situation can be turned for the better. On the eve of the football World Cup, NEM will tackle the question of the steeply rising cost of sports TV rights. Last, but not the least is the panel about children user experience in terms of technology.

Founder of NEM, Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, revealed what we can expect from this year's edition of this event and its panel topics: “Every year Mediavision organizes NEM trying to be two steps ahead of the game we play and the business we love the most, the media. NEM is proud to bring together the most important players in the CEE region, but also the world, in order for us all to learn from our own experiences and mistakes.”

An announcement of the abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens in the United Kingdom was sent British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković today. Plenkovic welcomed this decision from Downing Street, and Croatia will respond reciprocally to British citizens, and they will also be able to work freely in Croatia from the 1st of July.

"This Decision means that Croatian citizens will be equalized in the United Kingdom's right of access to the labour market with all other EU citizens on the 1st of July 2018. It is the result many negotiations between the two prime ministers and the wider political and diplomatic activities Croatia has undertaken in the past period and will further stimulate the development of partnerships and bilateral relations after the United Kingdom's exit from the EU, “commented the Croatian government.

The abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens has recently been announced by Malta, the former British colony, and today the smallest member of the EU. This means that further restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens within the EU remain only in the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia. Other EU members have already abolished the restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens.

From summery T-shirts and shorts to full length fur coats and boots, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday was a combination of all these in one.

The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Dubrovnik, Viking Star, and the city had a summer feel as locals and tourists strolled up and down the main street.

The rest of Europe is either under a blanket of snow or is struggling to cope with flood waters, but Dubrovnik lapped up the UV rays on Sunday.

Check out the Sunday photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.

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The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with the specialised Dubrovnik real estate agency Krešić Properties to bring you a selection of interesting properties in and the around the Dubrovnik region. Over the next few months we will feature a property every two-weeks, from stone cottages, seaside villas, apartments and luxury retreats. Whether you are after that Adriatic home of your dreams or looking to move into renting property this is the feature for you.

Looking for a room with a view, well this glorious apartment has panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea and the picturesque soaring countryside. This spacious two-bedroom apartment is located in the charming bay of Zaton, around a fifteen-minute drive from the heart of the city of Dubrovnik, and with its south facing orientation is a true Mediterranean suntrap.

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The apartment is fully furnished in a modern and elegant style and includes a sun terrace and a balcony to make the most of the al fresco Dubrovnik way of life. It is perfectly located, away from the crowds of the city, and offers all the tranquil features of a perfect Adriatic base. With two bedrooms, one bathroom, air-conditioning, heating, well-equipped kitchen and roomy living area the apartment is spread out over 81 metres squared.

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The expansive living space opens out onto the stone terrace with large double glass doors and gives a real summer flow to the property. The two bedrooms are delightfully designed and attractively furnished with large wardrobes and plenty of cupboard space.

Zaton, which is situated only 8 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is a peaceful seaside town with café bars, restaurants and beaches. The bay is well protected from the Adriatic and is therefore a magnet for luxury yachts through the warmer summer months.

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This stunning property is not only a great family home it is also a good choice if you are looking to get into Dubrovnik rental business. And as it is already completely furnished the hard work has been done for you, just add your own details and paintings and get on with enjoying our Mediterranean place in the sun.

The series continues in two weeks’ time with another stunning Dubrovnik property.

Interested in more info on this property contact  Krešić Properties

Key features
Location – Zaton
Price - € 215,000.00
Living area - 81 m2
Number of bedrooms - 2

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Tourism is far from sun, sand and the sea and Croatia quite clearly has much more to offer than just a sunny spot to roll out your towel, but this new tour by an American agency is about as far from a classic vacation as you can get.

“Scores of these wonderfully bizarre monuments lay scattered across the hills and mountains of the region, vast Modernist effigies raised to commemorate the deeds of anti-fascist partisans and revolutionaries,” writes the agency Atlas Obsura on their tour entitled “Past Future Monuments of the Balkans.”

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In 1984 Sarajevo was the home of the Winter Olympics 

For a mere $3,650 guests can get up close and personal with the concrete history of Yugoslavia, from the Sniper Monument in Serbia to the abandoned Olympic Centre in Sarajevo and Tito’s Mausoleum. “Once upon a time, these striking sites were busy with tour buses and school children, but ever since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the visitors have dwindled,” adds Atlas Obsura.

Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina

Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina

The agency specialises in working with small groups of up to twelve travellers, and in the niche travel market they have found a unique approach to discovering the regions not so distant past. Monuments to Tito, war memorials and underground tunnels are all included in this 13-day tour and guests will visit Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo.

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