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.
Batten down the hatches Dubrovnik is in for gale force northerly winds for most of the day. Started late last night and blew for most of the night bringing temperatures down to 5 degrees and early this morning some of the higher peaks had a frosty white covering.
The meteorological office has issued a yellow warning for high winds in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, with gusts up to 65 km/h expected.
Yesterday roads were closed as the winds ripped up trees and caused long tailbacks. Highs today are expected to reach 6 degrees and lows 2 degrees. The situation is predicted to calm down tomorrow with an ease in the winds and slightly rising temperatures.
Dubrovnik will join in the global incentive of turning off lights throughout the city to mark Earth Hour on the Saturday the 24th of March. The lighting on the northern and western parts of the Dubrovnik City Walls, on the façade of the City Hall and the Rector’s Palace will all be turned off for one hour to mark this special day. The City Council is also encouraging private businesses and individuals to turn off the lights for one hour on Saturday from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories.
He might be ranked as the third best tennis player in the world, won 17 ATP titles including the US Open but it would appear that Americans have no idea who the Croatian tennis ace Marin Cilic is!
The popular Croatian/American website “Croatian Sports” asked a number of American spectators at the ATP tournament in Indian Wells who Marin Cilic was, and even though he was actually seeded second in the tournament the vast majority had no idea who he was.
“When I say the name Marin Cilic what comes to mind,” asked Ante Kvartuč to a tennis fan at Indian Wells, to which she replied “Chilli con carne.”
Kvartuč also managed to ask former world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, the same question and the look answered it perfectly.
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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.
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.
"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.
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.