Saturday, 25 January 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.


After years long successful business cooperation in the printing and office business segment, the Croatian company Tehnicar copyservis ltd from Zagreb has become a general representative and distributer of Canon Europa N.V. – Canon Medical Systems for Croatia.

Apart from well known Canon camera/video camera and MF office solutions, Canon Europa N.V., Medical Systems Division is the top manufacturer of medical devices and equipment in radiology, ophthalmology and diagnostics.

By offering the most technologically advanced high-class medicinal devices through the Tehničar company, Canon will offer new solutions with high diagnostic precision and reliability to the Croatian health care system such as thin universal panels of high technology, resolution and speed of radiographic images with the most advanced Canon software (Canon Flat Panel Detector-FPD).

After successful taking over Toshiba Medical Systems at the global level, under the name Canon Medical Systems, the company will become the world's fourth largest manufacturer of medicinal equipment from the 4th of January 2018.

One of the most lovable English actresses, Lily James, is making a great promotion for Croatia. She is part of the ‘’Mamma mia: Here we go again’’ crew and is currently enjoying her time on the island of Vis – and is making sure that everybody knows that!


She has posted numerous photos on her official Instagram account that is followed by almost 800 thousand people from all over the world. It’s clear to see that she fell in love with this Croatian island and her followers are falling in love too.

Lily is especially famous because of her role of Lady Rose Aldridge in Downtown Abbey. She is accompanied by her, also famous, boyfriend Matt Smith, who has acted in ‘Dr. Who’ series.


The famous couple are being followed by the British media, who are constantly reporting about their time on the island of Vis. That is a great promotion for Croatia in general, and especially for the island.


Lily is not the only celebrity on the island – in the last couple of weeks Vis is full of them: Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia and many others.


According to the latest Water Statistics from Eurostat, Croatia has recorded the highest freshwater resources in the European Union with 27,330 m³ per inhabitant.

Croatia is followed by Finland and Sweden with 20,000 m³, whilst the six most populous EU member countries (France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland), as well as Denmark, Luxembourg, Romania, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta recorded relatively low levels – below 3,000 m³ per inhabitant.

Even though Croatia is ‘’lying’’ on the water due to its abundant freshwater resources which are 16 times larger than it is considered as the minimum necessary for normal living, Croats spend a small amount of water, around 45 m³ per inhabitant in the household sector a year. On the other hand, in the country with far less freshwater resources, Cypriots spend around twice as much as Croats. On the average Croatian households spend as much as households in Germany, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Great Britain – moderately.

Regardless of the fact that Croatia is rich in freshwater, it is still much more expensive in comparison to other EU countries. For example, a household in Zagreb pays 15 Kunas per 1 m³ without additional fixed fees, whilst a household in Sweden, which is less rich in freshwater, but with a better living standard, pays 9,5 Kunas per 1 m³. Germany and the Netherlands with far less freshwater resources than Croatia pay around 14 Kunas per 1 m³, whilst Hungary with three times less water resources than Croatia pays around 5 Kunas.

On the other hand, Finland has the highest monthly water bills that amount from a minimum 19 Kunas to even 120 Kunas per 1 m³, depending on the part of the country. However, it is important to note than the average salary in Finland is almost 3,000 Euros a month in comparison to the average monthly salary of around 800 Euros in Croatia.

The tenth regular testing of the sea water of the beaches in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County was held between the 26th of September and the 5th of October. The results show that of the 166 beaches in the county 133 passed the testing with the highest rating – excellent.

These tests of the sea water in the county are carried throughout the summer months to make sure the water is in compliance with the requirements of the Bathing Water Quality Regulation.

Out of a total of 116 beaches only three beaches failed to obtain the highest quality mark. The Ušće Ploče beach in Ploče and Gradska plaža Banja in Korčula, both had sea water of good quality, while the sea on the beach of Portina in Ploče was of a satisfactory quality.

The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is 22 degrees.

Star Wars lovers are getting more and more excited – the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer just went out and reminded them that movie release date is just 2 months from now – December 13th.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi) is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens  from 2015. The film is produced by Lucasfilm and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This movie is quite special for Dubrovnik, since it has been used as a filming location. Time flies and it seems that it was just yesterday when this Star Wars blockbuster was filmed on the various locations in our city– and it was back in March last year. Even Stradun, the main street that goes all through the historic core, was transformed into a galaxy far, far away. The guess is that Dubrovnik will act as casino planet Canto Bight.

Even though Dubrovnik can’t be seen in the trailer, we are excited to see how it will look like in the movie. Two months left!

Even though Croatia is relatively small country in comparison to other world countries, when it comes to transplantation, the country is one of the best around the globe.

Eurotransplant, a non-profit organization for donation and allocation of deceased donor organs marked the 50th anniversary in Noordwijk in the Netherlands last week. The jubilee conference gathered more than 400 experts from all around the world, including Croatia.

Since its access to Eurotransplant in 2007, Croatia has achieved great results in the field of transplantation and become one of the most successful members of the organization and one of the first in the world.

Croatia started to conduct the experimental program since 1960s, whilst the first kidney transplantation was performed in 1971.

‘’Over the years now Croatia has been the first when it comes to the number of liver transplantations per million inhabitants. It means that our patients have more access to this type of transplantation, which is the most complex. Our Centre performs around 90 to 95 percent of liver transplantations in the country. In the last four to five years, we performed around 115-120 liver transplantations a year, in addition to kidney transplantation and combined kidney and pancreatic transplantation or liver and kidney transplantation, i.e. multi organ transplantations. By the number of liver transplantations, the Centre KBC Merkur in Zagreb is the largest centre in Eurotransplant’’, commented Dr Branislav Kocman, a transplantation surgeon and the manager of the Centre for organ transplantation at the KBC Merkur.

Dr Jasna Brezak, an anaesthesiologist and a KBC Zagreb transplant coordinator says that Croatian medicine can be extremely proud of the achievements in the field of transplantation.

‘’We have recorded fantastic figures. Among all members of Eurotransplant, Croatia has the shortest waiting lists for organ transplantations. We have 40 donors per million inhabitants, which is great and we are the best in the world. We perform the largest number of kidney and liver transplantations per million inhabitants and we are the second when it comes to heart transplantation’’, commented Dr Brezak.

Desa Vlahutin, sculptor from Dubrovnik, will open her exhibition on Wednesday, October 11th in Croatian Embassy in London at 7:30 pm. The exhibition will be opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in the United Kingdom Igor Pokaz.

Academic sculptor, especially familiar to the citizens of Dubrovnik because of her ‘’Gate of the City’’ sculpture, will exhibit ‘’Cycle 1x8’’ in London. The exhibition consists of eight almost identical sculptures made of highly polished aluminium.

By repeating the same geometric principles with little modification, the author tries to find the meaning of repetition as a path in achieving excellence.

-Every sculpture has its own way of expressing the same idea, the same path. Thus, the ways differ in individual perspective making the same idea different in every sculpture. Combined they form the cyclus that embodies difference in sameness – states the artist and says that as the whole culture is telling you to hurry, the art tells you to take your time and that’s why you should take your time and visit her exhibition.

According to the latest information, Croatia is to introduce Euro as an official currency by 2022.

The Croatian National Bank has prepared a Croatian strategy for the introduction of the Euro, which includes calculations of the benefits and possible risks of entering the Eurozone, and will publish it by the end of this month.

The EU Strategy will serve as a basic document for public debate on the introduction of the Euro, which will be officially opened by the Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

According to local media, if Croatia succeeds in convincing the European Commission and other countries in the Eurozone that it controls the public debt and will reduce it to 60 percent within a reasonable time, it is estimated that the Euro could replace the Croatian Kuna by 2022 or 2023.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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