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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.

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Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik area in the top 10 most desirable European destinations in 2021.

The prestigious American travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has included Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik area in the top 10 most desirable European travel destinations in 2021, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the USA, Ina Rodin.

In the article "Top 10 best places to visit in Europe in 2021", Croatia is in the ninth place of the most attractive destinations for next year. Apart from Croatia, the list includes destinations such as the Azores, Italian Salento, Greek Chania, Helsinki and Slovenia.

Dubrovnik is presented as a popular destination for fans of the Game of Thrones series, but also as a city known for its proximity to the beautiful Elaphite islands of Koločep, Šipan and Lopud.

Also, the renowned American portal Travel Pulse has included Croatia in the list of 20 countries to which American citizens can travel freely this winter, with the presentation of a negative test for the corona virus. It is a portal that has been publishing news from the world tourism industry since 2002, as well as important information about destinations and suppliers.

 

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In the past 24 hours, 3,603 new cases were recorded, so the number of currently active cases in Croatia today is 20,691. Among them, 2,136 patients are in hospital, of which 240 are on a respirator. In the past 24 hours, 2,017 people have recovered and 10,194 were tested.

On this day, November 25, 2020, the number of deaths in Croatia exceeded 1,500.

The eminent Croatian scientist, Ivan Đikić, at the beginning of the month said that the situation was alarming and that the number of fatalities was growing too fast, reports N1.

"Croatia has taken the baton of Sweden in Europe with the most liberal measures, and the numbers are bad. If the government does not get serious and does not start adopting transparent and correct measures, we will certainly have 1,500 dead by the end of this month. to predict, "Djikic said at the time.

The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, commenting on the statement of the eminent scientist Djikic, said that his projection of 1,500 dead by the end of November seemed excessive to him.

"I think that number is exaggerated, that this figure will not be reached, but we are absolutely monitoring the situation and preparing for such scenarios," Capak said at the time.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 38 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These new cases are - 22 people from Dubrovnik, four from Blato, three from Korčula, two each from Mljet and Vela Luka, one person each from Konavle, Metković, Smokvica and Ston, and one person who does not reside in the county.

A total of 21 males and 17 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 20 individuals.

Unfortunately, two more people have passed away from Covid-19 in the county- one from Metković (born in 1935) and one from Vela Luka (born in 1946).

On a positive note 59 people have made a full recovery - 22 from Metković, 12 from Dubrovnik, seven from Župa dubrovačka, six from Ploče, four from Konavle, two from Ston, one each from Blato, Korčula, Kula Norinska, Lastovo and Vela Luka and one person without residence in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

47 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Six patients require intensive care, one patient is on non-invasive ventilation, and five are on invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 245 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 23,956 samples have been analysed.

There are 720 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 3,603 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 20,691.

There are currently 2,136 people in hospital across the country and 240 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the last 24-hour period 56 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Croatia, a total of 111,617 people have been infected with new coronaviruses, of which 1,501 have died, and a total of 89,425 people have recovered, including 2,017 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 45,518 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 702,242 people have been tested, of which 10,194 in the last 24 hours.

 

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The Croatian National Bank announced on Tuesday that it had issued a new commemorative coin, the Golden Kuna. The limited edition gold one-kuna coin will have a varying price depending on the price of gold on the market, however the price today is around 4,568 Kuna.

The artistic design of the face and reverse of the new gold coin is identical to the circulating one-kuna coin. The gold coin has a nominal value of one kuna, and only 2,020 coins will actually be issued, according to a publication on the website of the Croatian National Bank (CNB).

The author of the conceptual and artistic design of the new commemorative coin is the academic sculptor Kuzma Kovačić, and it was minted at the Croatian Monetary Institute. The sale of the commemorative gold coin will be performed by the Croatian Monetary Institute, and the initial selling price is expected to be around 4,568 Kuna, with the price depending on the movement of the price of gold on the open market, the CNB points out.

 

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The President of the Croatia, Zoran Milanović, said on Tuesday that he thinks that everyone should be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Milanović commented on the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine noting that it has been tested in the world’s most prestigious laboratories and the results and estimates are high.

“I will vaccinate myself and my children. There is no avoiding vaccination if you are a responsible citizen. It is my opinion that everyone should be vaccinated and I am counting on civic awareness," he stressed.

 

The Office of National Statistics recently cited a 12% increase in fraud and computer misuse.

Cyber-attacks can be particularly damaging to small and medium-sized enterprises. But despite this news, a recent Kaspersky report shows there has been a lack of investment in IT security.

Why has the amount of money into cybersecurity decreased over the last year? Specopssoft.com sought to find out by surveying 1,600 SME owners.

Kaspersky report data

According to Kaspersky, the top 10 reasons why SMEs have decreased on their investment in cybersecurity include 

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Having found this information out; Specopssoft.com wanted to dive a deeper and asked 1,600 SME owners the following questions - 

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Specopssoft.com’s survey showed that 31% of SME owners believe that bigger businesses are more at risk to threats than smaller ones. This is a myth. Every enterprise, business and big company is equally at risk of a cyber-attack, and as of 2017 roughly 48% of businesses were targeted at least once. *

However, the good news is, even though SME owners may believe that they are unlikely to be targeted, they think they are prepared for any potential attacks with 42% of the participants saying so. However, every year the fraud and computer misuse and cybercrime data is on the rise, with a 12% increase over the previous year as of March 2020.*

On the other hand, even though participants believed they were prepared – 71% said they do not have a formal plan that has been put forward by their company – or none that they were aware of.

Looking at the data it seems that SME owners, with the underlying belief that they will not be targeted, do not see the value in putting money into the practise with only 69% having considered hiring a security officer/specialist. Previous studies have shown that the more engaged you are as an SME and the more time you spend on the internet, the more you should be thinking about monitoring your cybersecurity.

With 66% of SME owners saying that it is worth making ‘huge’ investments in security, the evidence is blatantly clear - SMEs have the intentions to put money into security, however they are not putting this to practice as the Kaspersky report shows that there has been a $4.9m drop in IT security budgets since 2019.

To combat these fears and prevent cyber-attacks, cyber security expert Darren James, recommends the following: “All companies, regardless of size, need to protect sensitive data. The ones that are most at risk are the ones that don’t prioritise cyber security. Passwords are a weak link that can be addressed by using multi-factor authentication when possible, and securing passwords when MFA is not available. The best way to secure passwords is to prevent employees from choosing weak and leaked passwords.”

Please see the full blog post here for more information: https://specopssoft.com/blog/survey-why-smes-decreasing-investment-in-cyber-security/

Methodology - This information was sought in response to Kaspersky’s IT Security Calculator Report in 2020. Specopssoft.com surveyed a total of 1,600 SMEs and SMBs across 9 countries in September 2020. Respondents were asked questions about their attitudes towards IT security towards SMEs and SMBs, with general questions covering the importance and preparations. Please see the attached data set to see full questions asked.

*Supporting information was acquired from www.ons.gov.uk

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The President of the Management Board of the Port of Dubrovnik, Željko Raguž, stated on Tuesday that the company's operations in the first ten months of this year were at “positive zero,” with 14.07 million Kuna in revenues and 13.93 million Kuna in expenses.

These revenues are at the level of 42.6 percent of what was realized in the same period last year, while expenditures of 69.7 percent were recorded in the same period last year.

At the press conference, Raguž emphasized that after the record-breaking 2019, it was expected to be the same in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the whole world stopped, and those most affected were those who worked with cruisers and aircraft.

"We have seen a significant drop in revenue, but also expenditure. Revenue is slightly better than expenditure so far, which means we are self-sustaining even without cruisers. It's a miracle," said Raguz, noting that November and December will be bad, but the year be completed with “positive zero.”

"If the pandemic were to continue for the next twenty years, we are self-sustaining. The employees do not need to worry about their salaries and status," Raguz stressed. He pointed out that this year the Port of Dubrovnik shifted its operations to mega-yachts and mooring services.

"In record 2019, the average yacht stay was two to three days, and this year it was nine to ten days. There were fewer yachts, but we made more revenue. We have an announcement that the first cruiser will arrive in January, but that it can easily be postponed due to the epidemiological situation," Raguz said.

 

 

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