Thursday, 30 June 2022
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.


At exactly 8:07 this morning a short, sharp earthquake rumbled through the wider Dubrovnik region. 

The epicentre of this morning’s quake was in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 kilometres northwest of the city of Mostar.

According to early reports from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) the latest quake in the region had a magnitude of 4.7 and was recorded at a depth of 5 kilometres.


June has ended with a mini heat wave, and a warming up of the tourist season. This week opened with around 18,000 tourists in Dubrovnik. This figure is almost three times more than at this time last year, and 77 percent of the number of tourists from the same period in the record breaking year of 2019.

According to the received registrations of tourists through the eVisitor system, British tourists are the most numerous, followed by guests from the USA, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Croatia, Poland, Sweden and Spain.

Whether you are looking for that Hollywood smile, have toothache or are, in fact, in need of any dental service, there is a solution in Dubrovnik that will bring a smile to your face. The Zupa Dental Center is a modern clinic that includes an operational dental, laboratory and diagnostic center equipped with the latest technologies. The professional team will look after you every step of the way, everything is explained, and this step-by-step approach is not only comforting but also means that you’ll know exactly what’s coming next.

Technological approach


So here’s the technical rundown. All surgical and implant procedures are performed by onsite surgery specialists. In order to achieve maximum aesthetics and functionality of your teeth, they have introduced DSD- Digital smile design technology in everyday practice, which they use to design your perfect smile before starting any dental procedures. Accurate diagnosis and treatment planning is an essential part of maintaining the highest standards Zupa Dental Center’s dental work. Before any dental procedure they perform an orthopanoramic or 3D image of the jaw, and then plan further work with you according to your wishes and general condition of your teeth. All dental prosthesis, crowns and bridges are made in their laboratory from selected materials of world renowned company Ivoclar Vivadent. On all materials and works they provide multi-year and lifetime guarantees.

Travel and dentistry


Travel and dentistry, now that sounds like a practical vacation from all sides. And the Zupa Dental Center are well ahead of the game. They have their own info center, yes it is all online, where you can get answers to all the questions you may have. Now that kind of customer service and transparency is right up our street. And yes, before you ask they’ll give you all the prices up front, so that you can compare them with your dentists at home. You’ll see quite a difference. But the service doesn’t stop there, they even have the possibility of organizing your whole trip, which even includes a complimentary transfer in Dubrovnik as well as hotel reservation near the clinic. And it doesn’t stop there, through their travel agency we organize excursions and sightseeing in Dubrovnik region. Now, we’re all smiling!


Contact information

Address - Dental center Župa
Dubrovnik, Croatia, Put Don Antuna Kriletića 7a, Ul. dr. Ante Starčevića 45 (3rd floor)
Phone: (+385) 20 301 555
Mobile phone: (+385) 91 301 5550
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Working hours - Monday - Saturday: 08:00 - 20:00


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 104 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 75 people from Dubrovnik, 12 from Župa dubrovačka, 7 from Konavle, 3 from Orebić, 2 from Metković and 1 person each from the Dubrovačko Primorje, Kula Norinska, Ploče, Pojezerje and Slivno.

31 people recovered in the past 24 hours - 22 from Dubrovnik, 3 each from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, and 1 each from Korčula, Kula Norinska and Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 244 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 250,071 samples have been analyzed.

Currently, 10 people tested positive are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.


Since its emergence in the 1970s in the United States and among Caribbean Americans, hip-hop music has immensely affected society. Taking advantage of this world’s most prominent musical genre, gambling developers use the music to attract a mass audience. The right tune and melody of hip-hop known as rap music can enhance the players’ experience as this musical genre is mainly appreciated for its strong and rhythmic beat. 


Different hip-hop songs have emerged in both land-based and online casinos such as Firescatters Casino site over the last ten years pushing the listeners to bet more while enjoying the greatest melodies. Whether you are a newcomer or a professional gambler, the following top hip-hop songs certainly describe your gambling feelings and experience.

“I’m So Paid” by Akon Feat Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy

Released as a digital download worldwide in 2008, “I’m So Paid” is the second single from Akon’s third album called Freedom. This Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, and record producer combines his R&B-style vocals with hip-hop beats in his song “I’m So Paid”. Featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, the single reached the top 30 of the Hot 100 US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 of many singles charts worldwide. 


Although this hip-hop tune may not be the lead single from Akon’s third album, the song touches the heart of people and is considered the best rap song that will improve the listeners' gambling mood. On this track, the three rappers are celebrating their gambling financial success from which they stated that the jubilation is right because they work hard to win a huge amount of money. In the lyrics, they also warned that no one shouldn't destroy their happiness because they deserve to enjoy it.

“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. Feat. Puff Daddy & Mase

The Notorious B.I.G’s most popular single “Mo Money Mo Problems” is also another iconic gambling song that impacted gamblers around the world. The song featuring Puff Daddy and Mase is from the second single of his second and last album, Life After Death, released on July 15, 1997. With the incredible cooperation of the great songwriters and producers, “Mo Money Mo Problems” has become a part of the lifestyle and ranked among the most covered songs of all time. This gambling hip-hop song was released posthumously because The Notorious B.I.G. known by his nickname, Biggie Smalls was murdered on March 9, 1997. 


The song was able to top the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and was the sixth single to hit number one posthumously for a credited artist. Nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1998, “Mo Money Mo Problems” is the most appreciated single in hip-hop history. The lyrics tell about some gamblers who want to bet on the table games, blackjack and roulette. They complained that the more money they come across, the more problems they see.

"Life's a Gamble" by Big K.R.I.T. feat. BJ the Chicago Kid

“Life is a gamble, oh baby. Where you win or lose. Life is a gamble”. The lyrics are about a gambler who finds love during his gambling adventures in Las Vegas. Life's a Gamble is a popular song performed by Justin Lewis Scott known for his stage name, Big K.R.I.T. which stands for King Remembered In Time. This American rapper and record producer tells in his song that life is a gamble so everyone should be careful when shaking people up. 


Released in 2015 and feat. BJ the Chicago Kid, "Life's a Gamble" is one of the most famous songs revealing both the thrills provided by gambling and life lessons. In the clip, K.R.I.T. is playing some casino games including craps and Russian roulette at a large and crowded gambling venue. The former Def Jam rapper uses the games of pure chance as a metaphor to explain the highs and lows of life that we must overcome.

It Was a Good Day

O'Shea Jackson Sr. known as Ice Cube is mainly recognised as an actor and filmmaker. Nonetheless, this best actor also revealed his talent as the greatest rapper, and “It Was a Good Day” is one of its emblematic singles related to music and gambling. The track released in 1993 is Ice Cube's highest-charting single on the chart because it peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the UK Charts, the song was number 27 and it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “It Was a Good Day” is a gambling song that transports the listeners on a journey full of adventures and excitement. 


Hip Hop Singer Ice Cube actually takes a thrilling trip to the craps table where he shows his success by making the best score in this timeless dice game. He states, "What's the 'haps on the craps? Shake 'em up, shake 'em up, shake 'em up, shake 'em! Roll 'em in a circle of niggas, and watch me break 'em. Wit' tha seven, seven-eleven, seven-eleven". This means that the single is about the gratitude of being alive and being able to play one of the most appreciated casino games, the craps.

Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released its annual list of 'The 50 Best Beaches In The World' and a Croatian beach has come in 12th position.

The list is now in its 4th year, using aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team, these are the most amazing beaches to visit this year.

It’s a diverse list, with pink sand covered in crushed seashells, crystalline lagoons and plenty of Islands. From Turks and Caicos to Madeira, Portugal, consider this your essential vacation guide.

And Zlatni rat (Golden Horn Beach) in Brac, Croatia was named one of the Best Beaches in the World, coming in at twelth position on the list. 

"The Golden Horn is the most spectacular of all Croatia’s beaches. It’s not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. The pebble beach is surrounded by crystal clear sea, that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just 10-20 meters. Decades-old pine trees provide shade, but you won’t want to get out of the warm waters here," writes Big 7 Travel.

On the occasion of the traditional Festival of Our Lady of Orašac, organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik and the City of Dubrovnik, on Friday, July 1 at 9:30 pm, under the plane tree in Orašac, the vocal group, “Klapa Maestral” will perform, and on Saturday, July 2 at 10 pm, a concert will be held by the band Trio Gušt.

These performances begin the summer events program organized every year by the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik in Orašac, Zaton, Trsteno, Brsečine and Elafiti.


On Wednesday, the EU Council proposed that border controls at Croatia's land and sea borders with Schengen countries be abolished from 1 January 2023, and at airports from 26 March next year.

There are technical reasons for the different dates for the abolition of air traffic controls.

At airports in the Schengen countries, it is necessary to change the gates for aircraft arriving and departing from Croatia in order to separate passengers, i.e. to direct them to exits without border controls.

On Wednesday, the Council of the European Union sent a draft decision on "full implementation of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Croatia" to the European Parliament, accompanied by a letter to Parliament Speaker Roberta Metsoli requesting an opinion as soon as possible.

The draft decision also states that from 1 January 2023, all restrictions on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) will be lifted.

The decision-making procedure for access to Schengen provides for the opinion of the European Parliament to be sought before a final decision of the Council of the EU.

This opinion is not binding on the Council, but it is a procedural step that cannot be circumvented.

The decision to initiate the procedure was made on Wednesday at a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper), which consists of ambassadors of EU member states.

In the absence of any unforeseen obstacles, Croatia would thus become a member of the Schengen area and the eurozone, the two closest integrations that form the core of the entire Union, in the tenth year of its membership in the EU.


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