Saturday, 19 September 2020
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

The two Real Madrid members of the Croatian silver winning team, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, enjoyed an active break on the beautiful island of Mljet today.

The pair uploaded photos onto Instagram of them cycling across the island. This could mean that after a short break in the Mljet National Park the two football heroes might continue their holiday in Dubrovnik.

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With highs reaching a balmy 32 degrees in Dubrovnik today and the cobbled streets of the ancient city centre even warmer it was a good day to be an ice-cream salesperson today. Tourists were sightseeing, locals sipping coffee and pigeons huddled in the shade.

Even though temperatures have been soaring recently the Adriatic Sea is still unusually cool for this time of the year. Normally in July and August the sea temperature reaches a bath-like 26 degrees, but today it is the warmest for two weeks at only 20 degrees.

Check out our gallery of Dubrovnik today

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Croatian captain and midfield general, Luka Modic, certainly had a World Cup in Russia to remember. After helping to guide Croatia to silver medal position and picking up the FIFA Golden Ball for the best individual player he has now received another award.

His brilliant long-range strike against Argentina in the group stages, a match that Croatia won 3 – 0, has been awarded by FIFA as the third best goal of the tournament.

The winner of the best goal of the 2018 World Cup was Benjamin Pavard, again with a goal against Argentina, when the French defender rattled home a stunning winner. This goal received three million votes on the FIFA website.

The second best goal award was presented to Juan Quintero of Colombia for his cheeky free-kick against Japan.

Cigarettes and alcohol could well jump in price by 50 percent if a new government proposal is accepted. A new Health bill has been proposed and it includes a 50 percent increase in cigarette and strong alcohol products. The Ministry of Health has put forward the plan that the money raised from this extra tax on cigarettes would be paid directly to the Ministry budget to be spent on general health issues.

Cigarette prices in Croatia are some of the cheapest in Europe, which has certainly not helped to decrease the number of smokers in the country. In fact, Croatia is the only country in the European Union where the number of smokers is on the rise. Whilst a packet of 20 Marlboro cigarettes in Ireland, the most expensive country in the EU for cigarettes, will set you back 85.7 Kuna the same packet in Croatia is only 26 Kuna on average. Meaning that even with a 50 percent price increase a packet of Marlboro will still be considerably cheaper than most of Europe at 39 Kuna.

The Croatian Employers Association (HUP) strongly oppose the government's announcements of taxes which would raise cigarette and alcohol prices by about 50 percent, saying this could result in losses for tobacco and alcohol producers and the state budget as well as layoffs.

Introducing preventative taxes through amendments to the Compulsory Health Insurance Act is unacceptable, as it will jeopardise jobs in the tobacco and alcohol industries and encourage black market sales, said HUP director general Davor Majetic in a press release.

A Cessna light aircraft crashed whilst attempting to land at Dubrovnik airport this afternoon. The airport had to be closed for all traffic whilst the accident was dealt with. All three people on the plane survived the crash although they all suffered severe injuries.

"We have already known the basic information about what happened and after a full investigation we will know all the details,” the Airline Investigator Danko Petrin.

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Three people were severely injured and required urgent medical transfer to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. At the Cessna attempted to land at the airport there was thunderstorm however petrin refused to speculate as to the causes of the accident.

The fire-brigade, rescue service and emergency aid from the Dubrovnik airport were all called to the scene.

The three people in the aircraft are out of danger, confirmed the Director of the General Hospital of Dubrovnik, Dr. Marijo Bekić, adding that the two will be released after treatment, while one man will be hospitalized due to an open fracture of the thigh.

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Looking for an unusual and unique souvenir from your vacation in Croatia – how about a board game – Croatian Monopoly. The Croatia edition of the most popular board game in the world hit the shops last week and is already proving popular. The board features well-known destinations all over the country, build a hotel in Pula, put a mortgage on Dubrovnik or construct a row of new houses in the capital Zagreb.

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“We are thrilled that the company Winning Moves, which creates licensed editions of the game Monopoly, decided to include our beautiful Croatia among the countries around the world with their own editions,” commented Ksenija Brnat, the marketing category director at AWT International, a leading goods distributor in the region.

Croatia has now joined the 111 countries which have got their own editions of the wildly popular board game. And the new game will certainly make an special souvenir.

The Croatian national football team's coach Zlatko Dalić is among the 11 nominees nominated for the best coach of the year at the choice of the International Football Federation (FIFA) thanks to taking Croatia to the finals of the World Cup in Russia.

The special committee of FIFA's legends chose 11 candidates for this award, which last year was won by former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, and Zidane will be one of Dalić's counter-candidates for this year's prize. Along with Dalić and Zidane is Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri, Russian manager Stanislav Čerčesov, Frenchman Didier Deschamps, Manchester City coach Jose Guardiola, Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp, Belgian manager Roberto Martinez, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, English manager Gareth Southgate and Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.

The list was put together by former players and coaches Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia), Emmanuel Amunike (Nigeria), Frank Lampard (England), Cha Bum Kun (South Korea), Fabio Capello and Alessandro Nesta (both Italy), Didier Drogba, Lothar Matthaeus (Germany), Andy Roxburgh (Scotland), Wynton Rufer (New Zealand), Kaka, Ronaldo, Carlos Alberto Parreira (all Brazil).

The best trainer can be voted on the official website of FIFA (www.fifa.com), and the votes of fans will be equally valued as the votes of journalists and the national team captains.

Croatia supports Ireland in its efforts to prevent the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union from undermining the progress achieved in Ireland, and especially the soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, after meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar on Monday.

In what was the Irish Prime Minister first stop in a three-country tour to raise awareness of the potential problems Ireland faces with Brexit. Varadkar will also visit Rome and Bucharest.

"Croatia will support Ireland in its efforts for the future regime on the border between the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland to keep the minimal aspects of the current state of affairs. A gradual technical approach would cause the least damage. Our goal is for the future border control regime to avoid causing any political instability in Ireland, in which we agreed with Varadkar," Plenkovic said in the two prime ministers' joint press conference after the meeting.

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