Thursday, 27 June 2019
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

Meteoalarm issued a yellow warning for the Dubrovnik area. We can expect periods of hard rain and strong south wind that will turn into very strong north-west wind.  It’s expected that wind will blow around 75 kilometres per hour.

The warning is also valid for Monday, May 8th, when thunderstorms and strong winds are also possible.

According to the website Accuweather, spring will be back with plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, May 10th.

French speleologist and diver Frederic Swierczynski is the first man in history who went to the bottom of Red Lake near Imotski and succeeded. The dive was done yesterday and lasted for four hours.

Swierczynski hit the bottom at 245 meters. It was expected that the dive would take around nine hours, but Frederic managed to get to the bottom considerably earlier. He also took sediment samples for the scientific part of this spectacular dive.

Red Lake is a famous Croatian attraction. It’s a sinkhole, containing a karst lake.  It is known for its numerous caves and remarkably high cliffs, reaching over 241 metres above normal water level and continuing below the water level. The total explored depth of this sinkhole is approximately 530 metres with a volume of roughly 25–30 million cubic meters, which makes it the third largest sinkhole in the world. The sinkhole is named after the reddish-brown color of the surrounding cliffs, colored by iron oxides.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the ship "Aurora" in port of Gruz wreaths were lowered into the sea, as a tribute to all those that died in the accident.

Ten people lost their lives, including three underage children. The accident happened near the port of Gruz on May 6th 1992, at 4:43 pm and is the biggest maritime tragedy in the recent Dubrovnik history. Two passenger ships crashed – Ilirija ferry and ship Aurora. During this tragedy 18 people were injured and 10 passed away.

Crash happened as they sailed into the port of Gruz: Ilirija came from Rijeka and Aurora from then occupied Cavtat.

Exactly 1557 people live in Dubrovnik historic centre. In five years, since the last census of population in 2011, the number of inhabitants and the number of households fell by a quarter, it’s clear from the latest census made from October to December 2016.

Of the 1557 inhabitants, there are only 10.5 percent of children aged up to 14, while 29.6 percent of the population is older than 65 years. There are 568 private households, half of which are single and double households.

In 2011 there was 2116 inhabitants in the so called ‘’Old City’’ of Dubrovnik and it seems that in last 20 years there was a huge decrease of 40 percent of inhabitants.

The latest census was made in order to make a plan to improve the quality of living in the historic centre. After all, people are those that make the city alive.

After two very successful sales in Lapad and Gruz, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in collaboration with the City of Dubrovnik organized third occasional sale of flowers and plants in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

All of the flowers and plants at this sale were offered at promotional prices. Gruz was full of people and color, which went perfect with this sunny Saturday.

As a representative of Acceleration Business City (ABC) and in cooperation with the city of Sibenik, Jeff Burton, the founder of EA and executive director of Skydeck held a lecture at the Barone Fortress in Sibenik on the 5th of May 2017.

Jeff Burton passed the experience he has acquired during 35 years of his impressive career in entrepreneurship onto visitors of this lecture. He is best known as the co-founder of Electronic Arts, one of the world’s biggest video game producers. All fans of video games have inevitably played at least one of their games. ‘’FIFA’’, ‘’The Sims’’, ‘’Battlefield’’, ’’Medal of Honor’’, ‘’Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’’ are just some of the titles with which EA has conquered the world and become a multinational giant with branches all around the world.

Burton also worked at the technology pioneer company Atari, and run Skydeck Berkley, one of the largest start-up incubators in the United States.

Acceleration Business City (ABC) is a global network of investors and entrepreneurs, which connects young innovative entrepreneurs with investors, entrepreneurs and influencers, thus provides them an opportunity to realize their ideas. The company has offices in India, Germany and Slovenia, whilst all projects involved in the accelerator gain access to offices in the Silicon Valley, the centre of high technology in the US. This way, ABC enables the best and the most interesting projects to enter the US and the world market.

As a representative of ABC, Burton will support an innovative project Holiwork in Sibenik as well as other projects aimed at young people and for the development of the city.  
With its project Holiwork, the city of Sibenik wants to attract young innovators, creators and entrepreneurs and offer them a place to work and relax. The Trokut centre, which is expecting the EU funds to be approved, will be a hub which will gather young people from all around the world and provide them with a place to work, as well as with numerous opportunities to enjoy the tourist, cultural and entertainment offer of Sibenik and its surroundings.

Bad weather came today with a bit of magic. Rain was falling on several occasions and caused special atmosphere – clouds dropped low on Srd mountain, bringing that mystical foggy feeling.

Some tourists used the opportunity to make interesting photos and enjoyed unusual views. Take a look at photos made by Tonci Plazibat.

One of the world’s most inspirational events, a challenging race that brings enormous dose of fun and togetherness, will be held this year for the fourth time in a row.

The Wings for Life World Run is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 in order to collect funds for the non-profit organization Wings for Life. Its goal is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. Therefore, the foundation supports research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries financially.

As in the previous years, the Wings for Life World Run will gather together thousands of runners at 35 locations around the globe at the same time. This means that runners in Europe or Africa will run around noon, whilst participants in Asia and Australia will start the race in the afternoon or evening. On the other hand, the race in the Americas will start early in the morning or even during the night.

Croatia will also be part of this global spectacle; as in the last three years, the city of Zadar will host the race, which will start at 13:00 local time.  

The most important thing is that the race is open to all people, whether they are professionals or beginners who have never been to a race before. Everybody is welcome to be part of this unique event which brings together runners and wheelchair participants who will run side by side on the 7th of May.   It is interesting to note that the entry fee is donated entirely to the foundation, whilst the main sponsor Red Bull covers the costs of the event and broadcast it live on Red Bull TV.

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