Monday, 21 June 2021
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.


In the last 24 hours, 323 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 3,019. Among them, 1,109 people are in hospital, of which 109 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 21 people passed away in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 354,383 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 7,950 have died, a total of 343,414 have recovered, of which 546 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 12,207 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,981,396 people have been tested, of which 7,695 in the last 24 hours.

As of May 24, 1,195,088 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 410,199 have received both doses.


In the last 24 hours, four new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are one male and three females; one each from Lumbarda, Metković, Vela Luka and Župa dubrovačka.

19 people have made a full recovery - six each from Dubrovnik and Metković, two each from Slivno and Župa dubrovačka, and one person each from Konavle and Orebić, as well as one person who does not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 333 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 72,902 samples have been analysed.

15 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Dubrovnik. Intensive care is required by two patients on invasive ventilation.

There are 238 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been two violations of the self-isolation measure at the border.

Korcula has been declared the safest Croatian island for a paradise vacation. Forbes magazine placed it on the list of the 12 safest islands in Europe, reports

For tourists who want to come to Korcula, restaurant owners from the island commented “We're ready for the season. We will adhere to all measures, that is the only way to determine the quality of the season,” said the caterer Damir Sardelić.

To enter the list of the safest islands a few factors were crucial, including how they are handling the pandemic, how many Covid-19 patients they have and whether they recognize the vaccination certificate.

"I must also point out that vaccination actions have been very well received in Korcula lately and that we are sure that guests will feel safe," said the director of the Korcula Tourist Board, Hana Turudic. Guests, she says, will easily get to the necessary tests, and caterers and renters are ready.

"We are glad that Dubrovnik has finally got airlines that mean something to us for our guests and that we are waiting eagerly," said Sardelić. They are hoping for better results compared to last summer. "We already have three catamaran lines, in addition to ferry lines, and we expect two more lines soon," Turudic said.


The new issue of the Polish version of the National Geographic Traveller magazine is entirely dedicated to Croatia as a tourist destination. The new 116-page issue "Croatia - 23 Travels of Life" brings texts, photos and useful information from Polish journalists and travel writers who have written about the beauties and peculiarities of Croatian destinations.

"A special issue of the magazine is already on sale, so many Poles will have an additional opportunity to get to know Croatia even better, which is positioned in this market as one of the favourite foreign tourist destinations. Excellent pictures and tempting texts will be an additional inspiration for Poles to visit Croatian destinations this year," said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the Croatia National Tourist Board representation in Poland.

"A lot of Poles adore Croatia, as evidenced by the fact that Croatia has been one of their favourite summer destinations for years. This is how the idea was created to dedicate a special issue of the magazine completely to Croatia and its beauties, small and large cities, delicious cuisine, excellent wines and beautiful nature,” said the editor-in-chief of the magazine National Geographic Poland Agnieszka Załęska-Franus.

The special edition of the National Geographic Traveller represents all Croatian regions, and thematically includes numerous attractions that Croatia offers in its tourist offer. Ideas for an ideal vacation can be found by lovers of adrenaline and active holidays, but also by lovers of enjoying the sun and the sea and the untouched nature of Croatian national parks. In the magazine you can find ideas for city break holidays in cities like Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik.

"Poland is one of the most important markets for Croatian tourism, which last year took a high third place in terms of tourist turnover. Last year, Polish tourists realized about 4.6 million overnight stays, and we expect a strong contribution from this market this year as well,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.


There is a new social media sharing app that has exploded onto the scene over the last couple of years, and the younger generation are wasting no time getting to know it and sharing video content with their friends. You probably already know what we are talking about, because that app is TikTok.

Despite its controversy, and certain challenges becoming too dangerous or risky to try, TikTok has prevailed and is still one of the most popular social media sharing apps among Generation Z today. Back in the day, which wasn't even that long ago, TikTok was all about coming up with creative video content ideas from the comfort of your own home and sharing then with your fans. Now, TikTok has become a feeding ground for social media marketing, and businesses and brands alike are seeing the merit in expanding their reach to this corner of the Internet.

What this means for you is that you've got a lot of competition, and a lot of the time your competition comes from bigger brands that have a big marketing budget to spend on their TikTok profiles. In this case, you've got almost no chance of being able to grow your TikTok by yourself, which is when you need to bring another company in that can help you with your TikTok engagement, without breaking the bank.

There are plenty of sites out there that can help you buy TikTok views and likes, you have just got to know the difference between one that is legit, and one that isn't. Let's review what we believe to be the greatest companies to buy TikTok likes and views in the market right now.

1. Tokupgrade

Tokupgrade is an excellent choice if you are someone that is hoping to buy TikTok likes as well as views for your TikTok profile. Of course, there are going to be others out there that just want a quick fix, and don't really care about the quality of their engagement. However, a site like this can ensure that they deliver high quality engagement to their clients and they don't compromise on other things like affordability. These guys say that they offer their clients a fully managed service, so that you can not only not worry about what your engagement is doing, but you've also got a chance of becoming really well known on TikTok. They have a tab called ‘how it works’, so that you can get to know them better, and they also talk about how they work hard to target their client’s audience so that you can feel confident that their likes and their views are coming from people who are actually going to be interested in looking at your content.

2. Toksocial

Toksocial is another high-quality, reliable site where you can buy TikTok likes as well as buy TikTok views for TikTok from that promise real target engagement, so there's no concern about whether the engagement is going to risk your existing reputation or not. They say that they get their views and likes from real people and real profiles, which are powered by their organic growth software. They emphasize organic growth on their website, and they have a lot of information about it, so that you can get to know how they work a little bit better. One of the things that we love the most about this site is that it's really simple to get set up with them and the best part is that you can cancel your subscription with them at any point, whether it's for a personal reason, or something else. Lastly, they promise a personal account manager, so that you only have to go through one person to get the results that you need.

3. UseViral

UseViral has a knack for being in the know when it comes to what their clients need, which is why they believe they can help you buy TikTok likes as well as your views for TikTok and they believe that they come from good places. In fact, this company has something special and unique to offer its clients, in the form of a vast network of industry professionals, who have been working to help promote their client’s content for a long time now. These are people that they have made connections with over the years who are trustworthy enough to share your video content on other platforms out there, so that you can get the exposure that you need, without the effort on your end. This is going to result in real likes and views for your content, and the best part is that it will result in more followers as well. Every company that you come across like this has a point of difference, and we love what we see here at UseViral.

4. SidesMedia

SidesMedia is a trustworthy company that has its clients’ best interests at heart, which is why they have been called the most trustworthy site to help you buy TikTok views and likes for TikTok. They haven't given themselves this title, their clients have, which really says a lot about their level of accountability. We also like that they put a lot of focus and energy into the quality of their views and likes, so that you won't just be getting engagement that is going to make your profile look good temporarily. They also have a really good support team, allowing you to get in touch with them whenever you need to and they promise that their delivery time is within three days, which when compared to other brands in this industry, is completely reasonable.

5. TokCaptain

TokCaptain, as you might have been able to guess already, specializes in TikTok features, so that you know that they are reliable and trustworthy. When you come across companies like this that put all of their time and effort into one social media sharing app, you know that they've got a good thing going. There's nothing wrong with being able to grow the rest of your social channels at the same time, but we think that finding experts in a particular field is a great thing too. They believe that they are the number one source to help you with your likes and views for TikTok, and they have a lot of information on their website about how they work, so that you can really get to know them as a brand before you sign up for anything. They say that once you've chosen a service with them, they can help you increase your exposure, and get the views and likes you need to impress your audience. They also say that they offer their customers an excellent delivery timeframe, which is great if you are someone who doesn't have a lot of time to waste.

6. Media Mister

When you invest in Media Mister, you know that you've got a great team on your side. In fact, you can feel confident that you are getting some of the best likes and views for your TikTok profile in the business, because these guys have been helping their clients grow their social media networks for years. They can also help you on other channels out there, and these networks include Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. They care about the safety of their clients, which means they offer a reasonable delivery time that is going to make sure that your TikTok doesn't get suspended or banned. Another advantage to these guys is that you get to choose how many likes, views, and followers you get, and you don't have to receive any features that you aren’t going to use. If you need to contact them about anything, you can do so through their customer care team that is available around the clock.

7. TikTok Gurus

TikTok Gurus says that when it comes to helping their clients buy TikTok views and likes for TikTok, they've got decades of marketing experience under their belt, which means they know exactly what you need to do well with your TikTok profile and get the attention that you really need to be successful. One of the first things they do when their clients sign up for their services is talk to them about what their audience looks like, and then they will partner you with existing influencers, so that you can really get the attention of your community. One thing that stands out to us about this site is that they work beyond your TikTok views to help you with content creation, influencer marketing, follow a growth, and video optimization. You can also schedule a call with them, and they are more than happy to chat with you about what your goals are for TikTok, and how they can achieve those for you.

8. TokGrowth

TokGrowth has a foundation that centers all around their clients, so you know that you are going to have a good time with them. They say that they work on making sure that each and every one of their clients are satisfied, and they will stop at nothing to achieve this. This is why they promise that your views and likes are going to be authentic, and they don't send you any fake accounts or spam, so that you can increase your reputation as well as your social credibility. They make the process of setting up for their features really simple, which means that you were able to get started with them in just a couple of steps. They also have an in-depth FAQ section on their website about how their features work, and what you can expect from them should you choose to sign up with them.

9. Bouxtie

Bouxtie has some really high-quality packages for TikTok, which is why they have become a really popular option for helping their clients buy TikTok likes and views. The best part is that you get to choose exactly how much engagement you need, and when it comes to your TikTok likes, their packages start at 50, and their views packages start at 100. As far as we can tell, they have really affordable prices for all of their clients, and they can also help you with other social networks out there as well. This means you can get it all done under one roof, so you don't have to worry about paying multiple companies to do the same job.

10. Mr. Insta

Mr. Insta might have you thinking that they can only help you just with Instagram, but you couldn't be more wrong. Yes, they got their start over there, but they have since expanded their features to include TikTok as well. In fact, we think that Instagram and TikTok go really nicely together, so being able to grow them simultaneously is going to be to your advantage. Of course, they can assist you with your and views as well as your likes, but they can also help you with your followers, and ensure that your content is being shared on all major platforms, so that the right people can see it. One of the things that we appreciate a lot about this site is that they are committed to keeping their clients’ accounts safe through delivery of your features that doesn't require your password, only your username.

11. Topstik

Topstik wants to help its clients go all the way to the top with their TikTok profile, which is why they believe they are committed to helping their clients get the best quality views and likes you will be able to find the industry. if you have very high standards for your TikTok engagement, and won't settle for anything less, then these guys are ideal. Their website is super easy to navigate, and it's going to help you get the views and likes that you need for your content really quickly. They also promise authentic engagement in general, including your followers, as well as 24/7 support and secure delivery. The best part? Like other reputable companies on this list, they don't ask for your password.

12. You Me Viral

You Me Viral provides its clients with a wide range of packages to help you buy TikTok likes, views and followers. They are also committed to keeping their pricing really affordable, which means that they've got a really good balance of economy and quality. The cheapest package, which is going to help you get 100 TikTok followers, is only going to cost you $2.00. Of course, with these kinds of prices, you might be suspicious that they are low-quality, but according to their existing clients, they're actually the opposite. Just like all good companies out there, they don't ask for personal information like your password, and they can also help you grow the rest of your platforms out there as well by promoting your content across them all.

13. Followersup

Followersup is super similar to Media Mister, making them another great choice if you like to have options when it comes to your features, and don't just want to stick to views and likes for TikTok. Naturally, they've got features that can help you with your TikTok followers as well, but they also go above and beyond TikTok and can assist you over on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. They're one of those companies that have been in the industry for a really long time now and have managed to work out exactly what their clients need every time no matter what TikTok’s algorithm does. The best part about this company is that they leave it up to you how much you pay for their features, so that you can stick to your budget, and not have to give it all up for your social media marketing.

14. Social Viral

Social Viral is a really popular company in the growth industry for TikTok, and what's interesting about them is that they actually help their clients with a host of other platforms other than TikTok. They have cottoned onto the merit of TikTok just recently and the quality of their features has transcended the views and likes that they offer their followers for the world's newest social media sharing app. The best part is that they leave it up to you what plan you choose, based on the goals you have for your TikTok profile. They understand that a lot of their customers are trying to get noticed brand-wise and have features that take this into account.

15. Trollishly

Trollishly is by far one of the most popular sites where you can get help with your TikTok likes as well as your views, and one of the main reasons for this is that they can offer their clients premium quality plans for various needs. Not only can they help you with your views and likes, but they can assist you with your followers, comments, and shares. They also offer features for other channels. What's great about this site is that they offer their clients a free trial, as well as some free engagement that you can make the most of in the beginning, if you don't have a big budget for your social media marketing. They have a lifetime guarantee of their service, as well as a 100% money-back guarantee.

Final Thoughts

The companies on the list above are what we believe to be some of the greatest sites in the industry where you can buy TikTok views and likes from.

This list is definitely not exhaustive, but it comprises companies that are committed to their clients and have been for a long time. They have also spent time developing their reputation in the industry, and the last thing they would want is to compromise this in any way.

This is why you can trust them to deliver high-quality engagement for your TikTok profile, so much so that you can sit back and relax, and just focus on your video content from now on. Don't forget to check out any free trials that are on offer, and good luck with growing your TikTok profile in general.


Whether it’s a body or skin treatment, any sort of treatment requires research before it can be implemented on anyone. This is also applicable to various LED devices as well.

You’ll find different types of light therapy device options for your pain and beauty treatment in the market, but you surely would want to grab the best one for your job.

Just like, you want to grab the best device for your treatment. Similarly, when you finally have the device, make sure to take proper care of it. As the more you look after your therapy device, the more effective and durable it’s going to be.

The more you maintain your therapy device, the better performance your therapy device is going to provide. Thorough cleaning and maintenance of your device can help your device give you the best performance.

Therefore, this article will help you know all the ins and outs of how you can keep your device clean and functioning.
So, keep reading to know the best, effective, and easiest way to keep your device clean, working, and functioning.

Know Your Device And Understand How It Works

Before you start cleaning your device, it’s essential you know the type of device you are using.

You must know how your device functions and what you can expect from your light therapy device.

Trust me, this detailed information regarding your device will help you maintain proper beauty and pain treatments and help you maintain and care for the device.

Now, a common question that arises among light therapy users is, “What to do when all the lights of the device aren’t on?”

Honestly, at some point, you’ll notice that not all the lights in your device are on or lit. And it’s completely normal. There’s nothing to be worried about.

Take infrared as an example; you won’t see the color of this light because they are not within the visible spectrum of our eyes to see. So, just because you cannot see the light doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not working!

Still, if you face problems or have further questions, always contact your provider or customer service, as they are always available to help you out.

Don’t Keep Your Device Unnecessarily Turned On

One of the best ways to keep your device working and functioning is only to use it for a recommended period of time or only when you need to use it.

In many of these devices, it’s recommended to use the therapy only in an area for three minutes. And not more than that. Moreover, when you are using your device, make sure you keep it in a fixed place and don’t keep moving it from here and there.
Once you are done treating a particular area, move on to the next area of your body and continue with the treatment.

The moment you are done with the treatment session, make sure to turn the device off. If you keep the lights on even if you are not using it, it can indeed be a poor maintenance practice. And it can affect the durability and effectiveness of your device.

Cleaning Your Device - Ways of Doing It!

The way you clean your light therapy device will determine how long your device is going to last. Therefore, cleaning is a crucial part of keeping your device maintained and functioning.

You need to stay extra careful while cleaning your device, as a single misstep can lead to electrical problems or even short-circuit. You also need to make sure that you don’t expose the device’s lights to any sort of liquid.

For every device you buy, you’ll always find an instruction manual that clearly explains the details of how you can clean and maintain your device efficiently.

Here are the few steps that you should follow while cleaning your device - 

➢ Whenever you clean your therapy box, lamp, or even face mask, make sure that you have turned off the device and unplugged the main cable.

If not, there are chances of getting an electric shock, or even a short-0circuit can occur!

➢ If you see dust or dirt on the LED lights, never use any liquid or damp cloth to wipe the dust particles off the lights.

Instead, always use an air blowing device like a blow dryer or even an air duster to clean your keyboards.

➢ When you are cleaning the exterior parts of your device, you can use a damp clean cloth to wipe off the dust particles over it. Or even better if you use alcohol pads, as it cleans the device and disinfects the device.

➢ After you are done cleaning your device, don’t immediately use it! Give time for the device to dry. You can dry it using a blower, a clean and dry towel, or even turn on your ceiling fan and let it completely dry.

Never use your light therapy device unless it’s completely dry!!!

Share Your Device With Others - Yes or No?

It’s a common confusion among users whether they should share their devices with others or not!

Honestly, it entirely depends on where you are using the device and how comfortable you are in sharing it.

As this is your device, it's entirely your call whether you would like someone else to use it or not.

For instance, if you are using an oral device, I’ll not recommend sharing this device with anyone else. The same goes if you are using a lip care device.

On the other hand, if you are using a device that concerns anti-aging or is designed to treat your face, neck, hands, backs, and chest, you can surely share it with others because it only gets in contact with the surface of your skin.

Yet, if you have any further questions, you can always contact customer service as they are always available to assist you.

I hope this article will help you know all the cleaning tips required to keep your device in a good functioning state!!


“Stay open to new adventures”.

It’s become my new mantra lately, especially after what seemed like a year of very little freedom; it feels like the spirit of adventure has returned and there’s a beautiful new world emerging in front of us.

Especially, it seems, in and around Dubrovnik right now.

Yes, of course, we are still in a period of recovery, on so many levels, but I believe that what we have been through is a type of “healing crisis”, a worsening of symptoms that arises as we go through the healing process.

If you look back to the most difficult times in your life, wasn’t it often the case that you came back stronger and better?

We had to dig deep, but we got there, and there’s no doubt, there were lessons learned, and many silver linings.

Perhaps one of these is that we’re all ready to embrace life and all the exciting adventures it has to offer. No more procrastination, as we realise that the freedoms we once took for granted are no longer guaranteed. Things can change in a heartbeat, and the future is still uncertain.

What we do have is the present, and that is the gift we must hold close to our hearts.

For me that means saying yes to new adventures, even if it’s not what I would have done before. Everything is different now, from walking down the Stradun, to spending time with others, and even planning for the future.

Things aren’t going to go back to how they were, so maybe this is the opportunity for us to re-define ourselves too?

The more we try to hold onto the past, the more we will be disappointed, because it’s not going to be the same.

“There’s no point looking back, you’re not going that way”.

It’s time to move forward. 

As far as I can see the world has changed anyway, and in many ways it’s for the best, and if we can just stay open, we may start to experience life in a more fulfilling way than we did before.

Just this week I had one of the best days of my year, a random weekday, when I accepted a date with someone I hadn’t met before (a first for me), and spent a magical day in Dubrovnik showing him around my favourite hidden gems off the beaten track. It was new because I felt more like a local than a tourist, and I realised just how proud of become of this incredible place.

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It’s time to move forward

Then today I went against my usual grain once more, and decided to join a trip up past Ston and the Peljesac peninsula with a group of twelve others. It was a Sunday morning, my only day off this week, and it required getting up at the crack of dawn. I usually hate this type of group tour, it brings out the rebel in me, but I loved every moment, and as we sang our hearts out to Oasis on the journey back, I felt right at home once more with these near-strangers.

We were singing “Wonderwall”, but in my head I had the words, “Don’t look back in anger”.

For me the gift of this pandemic had been teaching me the importance of social interaction, that we are hard-wired for connection, no man or woman is an island, and when I open my mind to new adventures, new experiences and new people, there really is a whole new world to go out and embrace.

It’s not all about the Old Town anymore. It’s about Zupa. It’s about Konavle. It’s about oysters and Rukatac wine in Ston. It’s the bay of Zaton and Mokosica. It’s watching the Peljesac bridge starting to emerge and all that means for the country.

It’s about co-creating with curious minds. It’s about catching the best sunsets from way up high above the City. It’s walking the roads less travelled and getting excited about taking a new turn. It’s enjoying the perfect moment in time, which is right here right now, and being fully in it.

It’s just staying open and saying yes to new adventures.

What a time to be alive!!

Read more Gillie here...  


Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

To find out more about Gillie go to

The Chief of the National Staff, Davor Božinović, after a meeting in the Government, at which the relaxation of measures was discussed, addressed the public and presented which measures are being relaxed. This week the National Staff will present the easing of measures, which could take effect before June 1, reports N1.

Yesterday, a meeting of the Prime Minister and the representatives of the Headquarters was held in the Government, and today a new meeting is being held, in which representatives of the economic sector are also participating.

Given the more favourable epidemiological situation and the number of vaccinated citizens, new relaxations could be introduced. It will be gradual. The new measures will probably be adopted with effect by the middle of June, Bozinovic said, adding that the situation and the dynamics of vaccination will continue to be monitored.

Asked what was the first move, Bozinovic said that the number of people who can be at gatherings would increase to about 100 people, instead of the current 25.

“As far as catering facilities are concerned, at this moment we are closest to opening the closed parts of the restaurant,” said Božinović, adding that it is possible that this will happen on Wednesday. “Measures in restaurants will be those that were valid earlier for interiors, and we may introduce newer technological solutions,” he said.


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