Wednesday, 02 December 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.


The director of the Dubrovnik General Hospital, Marijo Bekić, confirmed on Thursday, there were six patients in the Intensive Care Unit on respirators, and one patient is intubated. There are 15 respirators, he says, and he believes that is enough in the present situation.

“Although not all devices are for Covid-19 patients, it is a positive circumstance that so far we have not had the need to send our patients to other hospitals, such as KBC Split. We contacted the competent Ministry and asked for 10 more devices in case we need them. Through the City of Dubrovnik, we will get ten devices with high oxygen flow. These devices can take over part of the function of ventilators,” explained Bekić to Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

“There are currently 46 patients in the Covid ward. Our capacities are satisfactory, and if we need to we have the possibility to expand. The spatial situation in our hospital is better than in many Croatian hospitals, but this can change overnight due to the unpredictable behavior of the virus,” added the director.


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Midnight tonight will see new Covid-19 restrictions come into effect across Croatia, from cafés and restaurants closing their doors to the limit of the number of people allowed on public transport. The new measures were announced by the government yesterday, with criticism coming from both sides, so say the measures are still too liberal whilst others are complaining that their business will go bankrupt.

The Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, stated yesterday that a total lock-down was unrealistic and that Croatia had to fight the spread of Covid-19.

The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, spoke about the new measures for Nova TV last night.

Asked whether the new measures should have been introduced earlier Capak responded “We have taken a strategy to continuously monitor the situation and make decisions. A month ago we adopted a package of measures to slow growth. We calculated that it would be enough, but in the last three weeks we have had an increase. Now we have come to the conclusion that we need new measures.”

Capak added that this week we had a 15 percent growth of newly infected, while before that the growth was relatively mild. “We had the curve levelling, and now it has jumped up again. We hope that based on these measures, the number of newly infected will fall. If there is a downward trend, then it will be easier for us to make a decision on easing certain measures.”

The vaccine will arrive in Croatia as soon as it is registered with the European Medicines Agency, Capak says, adding that it is difficult to say when it could be, but it is expected to come in December.


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The Black Friday action, which is celebrated on November 27 this year, traditionally marks the beginning of increased consumption, and it is predicted that due to the pandemic, customers will buy more online than before, meaning that high street stores could well be offering larger discounts than ever before.

The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) stated on Thursday, that in order to avoid possible crowds in stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, some Black Friday traders have already announced their actions online.

The head of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Tomislava Ravlić, points out that the trend of continuous growth of online trade has been recorded since the beginning of the year and that it amounts to 14 percent of total turnover.

"It is to be expected that this year, as well as the previous ones, electronics will be sold the most, because they normally have the biggest discounts, followed by clothing and footwear at reduced prices of 50 to 70 percent, which is a pretty good discount," stressed Ravlić, who expects additional growth in online shopping.

In 2017, spending on Black Friday amounted to 460 million Kuna, a year later it rose to 680 million Kuna, and last year 1.34 billion Kuna was spent in four days of the action.

The Black Friday action originally originated from the American market with the aim of resolving trade stocks, and the discounts there are even greater than in Croatia. "In America, we are talking about discounts of up to 90 percent. In the beginning, domestic traders did not give so many discounts, but from year to year they have increased, so today the range of reductions is from 20 to 70 percent," concluded Ravlić.


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It has been said throughout history and across nearly every discipline that practice makes perfect. While many people are tired of hearing that phrase when they aren’t good at something, there is a reason it has remained so popular for so many years. However, the phrases offers very little in ways to actually practice to perfection.

We know that practice is important to getting better at any skill form music to improving at online games. That is why we have some ways you can practice smarter so you don’t have to work as hard to get the same great results.

The Value of Practice

Practice is often difficult to complete for most people as practicing in itself is a craft of its own. You can practice for hours every day and still not improve at your skills if you are not practicing effectively. That is why it is so important to not only make time to practice, but recognize why you need to practice in the first place.

Master performers and top athletes don’t always talk about the hours and hours they put into practicing, but it is what got them to the top. Nobody ever wants to listen to how someone practices because humans are wired to see the end result and that’s about all. Let’s learn how to practice right so you can start seeing results faster than ever before.

Practice Tips to Get You Results

Get in the Right Mindset

Before you pick up your mouse or lay your hands on a single string, you need to be in the right mindset for practice. You can practice any time of the day in most cases, but you may not be in the right mindset to get productive practice done in a way that helps to move you forward.

This is why many people who practice effectively like to set specific practice times in their day. When you know when you are supposed to practice a given skill during the day, you will be in the right mindset at that time that will allow you to get effective practice done. Take a breath, get your tools ready for practice, and get ready for a great session of improvement.

Set Goals

Across nearly every field in the world, goal setting is a top priority for the individuals and companies that thrive. When you have goals in mind and you know what you want to achieve, you can paint a mental image of what you are going to have to do to get there.

Getting better at something like card games with a casino no deposit bonus codes requires you to think about what your main goal is. You need to make sure your goal is something that is realistic and can be measured so that you can actually tell if you are improving or not. Goals are an essential part of visualizing how you can most effectively practice.

Learn From the Best

Depending on what you are trying to practice, there are likely many others who have come before you. While you may not be able to meet the professionals at what you practice, there are likely recordings or interviews with them. These materials are a goldmine for information and advice from those who have mastered their craft.

Even if you can’t find an exact match for what you are looking for. A master guitar player can still have useful tips for a beginning piano player. You need to learn how the best in the world practice and what they did in their time to get to the level they are at today.

Don’t Get Discouraged

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Many people will practice for just a few days and then get discouraged when they don’t see results. Just like you can’t actually get abs in a week, getting better at anything requires consistent practice. Not only do you need to consistently practice, but that consistent practice also needs to be done right.

It is never easy to feel like you can’t do something when you first try it, but that is just a sign that you have so much more room to grow and learn. Embrace the difficulties and understand that in time you will laugh at what you once thought was an impossible challenge.

Record Yourself

A great way to see yourself grow with time is to record your progress as you continue to practice. Depending on what you are practicing, you can try different techniques for recording yourself. If playing an instrument, you can use a phone to record yourself playing to see what you look and sound like with every session.

The best way to record progress with any practice is to take notes whenever you practice. You can see what went well, what needs work, and what you plan to work on during your next practice session. This will create a visible timeline of your practicing history that you can look back to see how far you have come.

Measure Your Growth With time

The last way to practice better than ever before is to measure your growth with time. Once you have made a list of goals you want to achieve and have recorded your practice sessions, a picture will begin to form as to how much you have learned and improved.

It is easy to get frustrated when one practice session goes poorly, but you need to look at the bigger picture. When you see what you have accomplished over a month compared to just one session, you will see that you have learned a lot from your practice.

Key Takeaways

From the piano to cards, you can get better at just about everything with the right practice. Now that you know that it takes more than just showing up to really get the most out of practice, you know how to create a practice plan that helps you get better one small step at a time.


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New Covid-19 restrictions were announced by the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, this afternoon after a steady increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases.

Whilst cafés, restaurants and bars will be closed from midnight on Friday and a further range of new measures were introduced the government have decided not to introduce a complete lockdown.

When asked by journalists why Croatia won’t go into complete lock-down the prime Minister answered that “We have a policy of adopting adequate measures depending on the moment. Croatia must realistically fight this epidemic. We make all decisions based on data. The simplest thing is to close everything, that would be the favourite choice of the epidemiologists. But that is not realistic, neither economically or politically or from our experience."

The Prime Minister emphasized that, compared to other countries, Croatia has a more normal life, and has had it in previous months. "Education, work and production are important to me with the general goal of protecting the health of citizens. I can't stress enough - every contact, whether in a cafe, restaurant, is irrelevant, at this moment it is a luxury that is irrelevant to health, it's not a job and education, it's all irrelevant.”


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From the 28th of November to the 21st of December new Covid-19 measures will be in effect across Croatia. The new restrictions and regulations were announced today by the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic.

"Unfortunately, the number of daily infected people today exceeded 4,000, and that is why today we will present a new package of measures to combat the spread of the infection," Plenković emphasized.

One measure that was predicted to be put into place was the closure of cafés, bars and restaurants across the country, and from Friday at midnight this regulation will be active. Cafés and restaurants will only be allowed to deliver food until the 21st of December.

Clearly the date of the 21st of December is a message that if the Covid-19 situation is better Christmas can be celebrated, with all recommended measures.


"After the number of infected people halved, it started to grow at a high rate again. I called on everyone to protect each other through responsible behaviour because hard days are coming. then the numbers doubled every week,” commented Plenkovic before running through all the new measures.

Whereas many other European countries have gone into complete lockdown Croatia is still trying to avoid this step.

"This virus is far from harmless. One in 58 infected people will unfortunately die, it is similar everywhere in the world,” concluded the Prime Minister before reading through the new restrictions.

He called for socializing to be postponed, for rooms to be ventilated, for masks to be worn, for four aspects to be taken into account - implementation of measures, expansion of the testing cycle, maintenance of the health system and effective preparation for vaccine distribution.

The new measures that will be in force from the 28th of November until the 21st of December are -

- ban on public events with more than 25 people

- a maximum of ten people allowed at private gatherings

- mandatory use of masks outdoors when it is not possible to keep a distance

- public gatherings can last up to 22 hours

- weddings are suspended

- there can be a maximum of 25 people at funerals

- obligation of tenants, employers, etc. regular disinfection of surfaces

- 4 square meters of space must be provided for everyone at gatherings

- maximum occupancy 40% in public transport

- drivers and passengers are required to have masks in public transport

- at the entrance to the shops, a notice must be displayed about the largest number of customers in the area

- limitation of working hours for shops selling bakery products until 10 pm

- ban on the sale of alcohol from 10 pm to 6 am

- casinos and bookmakers are suspended

- fairs are suspended

- restaurants and cafes are closed (except in hotel facilities)

- catering facilities are allowed to prepare and deliver food

- sports competitions and trainings are suspended with some exceptions

- competitions and training without spectators

- the work of gyms and sports centers is suspended

- amateur cultural events are suspended

- performances of complex musical and stage works are suspended

- children's and dance workshops are suspended

- a ban on the consumption of food and drink in cinemas and theaters

- foreign language schools can only operate online

- driving schools - the theoretical part of teaching exclusively online

- Holy Mass whenever possible via radio and TV programs, a maximum of 25 people in churches

- ban on coming to work with a fever

- introduction of sliding working hours, organization of work in groups

"All these measures will be in force until at least the 21st of December. If the number of newly infected people goes down by then, we can consider abolishing some of the measures. Otherwise, they will remain in force," Plenkovic added.


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The works on the rehabilitation of the rock face and the installation of a protective wire mesh on the Liechtenstein Road have been completed, and traffic on the street has been reopened for vehicles and pedestrians, reports the City of Dubrovnik.

The installation of the wire mesh network structure now prevents stones from falling on the road the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik Hotel and the Bellevue Hotel, which was a frequent case in the past, which made the road section unsafe for vehicles and pedestrians.

The works on the installation of the protective structure worth 60,000 Kuna were performed by the contractor for the maintenance of roads in the area of the City of Dubrovnik, the company Tehnogradnja.


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Croatia saw the worst day for new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours with 4,009 new cases reported. And this afternoon the Croatian government will announce new Covid-19 regulations as part of a tightening of measures to slow down the spread of the virus. The government is currently meeting and the measures are expected to be announced at 2:00pm today.

It would appear that the new measures will include cafes, bars and restaurants with many news outlets reporting that they will be completely closed. There are three options that the government is discussing – the further shorting of working hours, to allow only tables on terraces to close catering business completely. It seems likely that the third option of total closure is the most likely. These new measures are planned to come into effect from midnight on Friday. Restaurants will only be allowed to deliver food if third option is taken and not to serve to guests indoors or outside on terraces.

Schools will, for now, remain according to the so-called county model, the decision will therefore be made at the various county headquarters.

Weddings are likely to be forbidden completely, as well as fairs and events being suspended.

Speculation suggests that public city transport, intercity, inter-county, but also rail transport will function up to 40 percent occupancy, with the wearing of protective masks.

Masses could be allowed to continue in churches, but with a limited number of participants, reports N1.

Cinemas, theaters, museums and galleries are likely to be allowed to remain open, but with a limited number of visitors, depending on the size of the space.

The measures take effect at midnight on Friday, will be in force until before Christmas, but may be extended, depending on the epidemiological situation.


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