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 Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. This new case is a male from Dubrovnik, and the epidemiological connection has not been established.

Nine people made a full recovery - three from Metković, two from Blato and one each from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Ston and Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 76 samples were processed, and a total of 72,569 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

There are 274 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Croatian destinations are increasingly being searched on the US market, so the well-known American magazine Forbes published data that the search for Dubrovnik on online search engines is continuously growing, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the USA, Ina Rodin.

A Forbes article states that on the popular KAYAK travel search page, Dubrovnik recorded a search jump of as much as 205 percent, followed by Zurich with a growth of 167 percent, Prague with 144 percent and Reykjavik with a growth of 143 percent. The article states that the growth of search is directly related to the easing of passenger restrictions in Croatia and Iceland, and mentions that Croatia and Greece are currently the most sought-after destinations on the Click & Boat boat rental site.

The well-known American television network CNBC states that Croatia's internet search has grown by 31 percent and Iceland's by 22 percent. Although Americans are expected to travel the most in their own country in 2021, airline searches rose 47 percent after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's optimistic statement hinted that vaccinated Americans could travel to Europe this summer. The renowned American newspaper The New York Times also writes about the conditions of arrival and stay in Croatia, as well as the measures that are currently in force.

The American opinion maker The Wall Street Journal also makes recommendations for European travel, and the list includes, in addition to Greece, Croatia and Dubrovnik, which were mentioned as perfect destinations for this year's American vacation.

In 2019 Americans were the second most numerous guests in Dubrovnik, after the British, and one of the main reasons was the connection to the city and the popular series Game of Thrones. However, as the HBO series finished a few years ago the interest from fans is slowly declining.


No, I am not going to write about the local elections or politics in any form, as my mother-in-law always says “leave politics alone” so I am heeding her advice. And to be quite honest you’re all probably sick of reading about politics anyway, and I can’t blame you.

So let’s take another path, one that I have taken quite a few times before. “Was it difficult for you to learn the language? How did you get on at the very beginning?” came the question from the jovial journalist in Zagreb as I sat in a studio in Dubrovnik. This question of course opened the door to tell my favourite “learning Croatian” story, which, to cut a long story short highlighted the fact that I indeed learned the local Dubrovnik dialect and not Croatian. Yes, I was a guest on HRT’s flagship morning show, “Good Morning Croatia” (again) basically telling my life story in a condensed version.

I am not particularly nervous or even phased about being on live TV, it could be from experience, and to be honest I’ve had lot of experience, it seems like I’ve arrived in Croatia a million times. Or from the fact that I don’t really have a fear of public speaking, quite the contrary I feel more at home with a microphone in my hand than sitting in the audience. I guess a psychiatrist would say it’s a question of controlling the situation, that I’m a control freak.

And as I wandered down memory lane on live TV I was smiling to myself remembering the times I’d had and the life path I’d taken. My mother would be in shock that her “shy little boy” was now chatting away in a language that he’d never had a lesson in. But one life lesson I have learned is if you put yourself in uncomfortable situations you’ll quickly conquer your fears. “The English tend to move around a lot and live all over the world, this isn’t unusual. Are you thinking of moving somewhere, away from Dubrovnik?” came the next question. I felt like saying if it wasn’t good for me here then I wouldn’t be actually here. But with a broad smile I replied something like “The world has become smaller and smaller and moving around is easier than ever before, but for now I can’t think of a better base than Dubrovnik.”

The questions kept flowing thick and fast. “What would you change about the system in Croatia? How difficult is it to work here?” came the next one. Again I thought where do I start, but let’s keep this light-hearted as the problems are as obvious as spots on a cheetah. “An English friend who has just arrived here said that she was surprised at the number of stamps required and that she always seems to be missing that one vital stamp. So, maybe in hindsight I should have opened a stamp store when I first arrived here,” was the diplomatic answer.

I continued answering, throwing in my love for pršut and cheese, Mljet as my favourite place, the arrival of Brits as tourists and how I miss going to football every weekend.

Now, I had a plan not to tell anyone that I was going on TV, basically thinking that who would be watching TV at nine in the morning when they should be working or are watching Netflix instead. The plan clearly wasn’t a good one as the messages started flowing in.

It appears that not so many people as I thought were actually working. From Rijeka, Zagreb and all along the coast I was bombarded with mostly humorous messages. “Brilliant!! Absolutely brilliant!! I am not one of those folks that is keen on migration (and I grew up in the Toronto area, so I understand multi-culturalism as well as anyone), but when I see you on HTV speaking in Croatian and showing an affinity for the country – and especially Dubrovnik – I am glad to have you with us! I hope that you always have enough “prsut I sir” on the table at home,” read one of them.

“How have the citizens in Dubrovnik accepted you? They still call you “Englez” to this day,” was one the final question. Yes, I think for as long as I live I will always carry the nametag of Englez. I guess there are worse nicknames to carry with you. “Goodbye from Zagreb and enjoy the rest of your morning,” waved the reporter as I threw in a quick “adio” and the latest TV adventure was behind me. See, mother-in-law, no politics from me (well, not yet anyway!)

In the last 24 hours, 518 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 4,361. Among them, 1,217 people are in hospital, of which 123 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 27 people passed away in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 353,735 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 7,883 have died, a total of 341,491 have recovered, of which 763 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 15,804 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,965,385 people have been tested, of which 6,497 in the last 24 hours.

As of May 21, 1,157,655 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 391,713 have received both doses.


According to data from the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, only two new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours. These are two women, one from Dubrovnik and one from Vela Luka, and one of them has an established epidemiological connection.

Twelve people made a full recovery in the past 24 hours - six from Dubrovnik, three from Metković, two from Opuzen and one from Župa.

In the last 24 hours, 339 samples were processed, which means that only 0.59 percent of those tested were positive. Also, it should be said that a total of 72,493 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

There are 269 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there was one violation of the self-isolation measure at the border.


A camera crew from the Russia TV channel Russia 1 is currently filming in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is certainly on the radar for Russian guests with direct flights on the way this summer season. The six-member team will record the show "Secret to the World!" in Dubrovnik, on the islands of Mljet and Korcula and on the Pelješac peninsula.

The show has a viewership of around 7 million people, especially among the younger and middle generation of tourists. The first episode will air in June and the second in September 2021.

The main goal of the study trip is to show potential Russian tourists all the beauties offered by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Direct flights between Moscow and Dubrovnik will soon be established, and the Croatian consulate in Moscow, which issues tourist visas for Russian tourists, will be reopened.

In addition to filming natural and cultural sights and common activities on land and sea, the host of the show will try to make a few local specialties, dance a few traditional dances, and even sing with vocal choirs or Klapa.

Health supplements offer our bodies the additional support needed to remain healthy. These drugs offer more nutrition than what can be derived from food and work to keep the body healthy and rid of diseases. There are various health supplements out there, so selecting the essential supplements that could be useful to you might not seem easy.

One fundamental way to find out which supplement could be helpful to you is by going through the latest trends. Currently, so many people are getting the right supplements to boost skin, hair, and even cognitive health. People are also interested in supplements that will help in minimizing stress and anxiety, alongside boosting their immune system. Let’s explore some of the most popular supplements in 2021.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a commonly used supplement that has maintained its prominence year by year for being a commonly used supplement. Vitamin D is proven to improve many health conditions like tuberculosis, liver diseases, etc. However, the interesting part is that the human body can extract it from sun rays. Hence, people in need of this supplement can simply get it by receiving more early morning sunshine and through supplements.


It is indicated that over 45% of people hardly consume a proper amount of magnesium in their meals. So, it's no surprise why this supplement remains a common demand amongst supplement lovers. This supplement is used to promote sleep quality, relieve anxiety along with migraine headaches. Magnesium has a variety of benefits. It helps fight clinical depression, boosts fitness performance, has great anti-inflammatory properties, and also lowers blood pressure.


CoQ10, a short name for Coenzyme Q10, is a known supplement that helps the human body transform food into energy. It is also known to be an antioxidant that is helpful to heart conditions. In addition, it reduces inflammation and improves HDL. However, the most reported use of this supplement is to relieve muscle pain.

NMN and NAD+

After a particular age, not all of us look towards the next age with the same state of mind and body as we once did. If there was to be a switch that could be flipped to minimize the aging process, keep our minds sharp, and remain healthy to experience wonderful moments, then it's of no doubt that this switch would be flipped without second thoughts.

Studies have proven that NAD+ can promote improved memory, minimize weight gains, make way for a longer life span, and other various benefits. NMN and NAD+ supplements can do this by activating proteins known as sirtuins and regulating cell metabolism in various ways.
While aging, health conditions like obesity, liver diseases, diabetes, etc., will seem to occur. These diseases are caused by the lack of NAD+ levels in the human body. NMN makes its way through the salvage pathway to improve NAD+ levels, regulating these and other various diseases.

You should look forward to being in your 90s and still healthy. Using NAD+ and NMN supplements will let you run around the yard with your grandchildren as if you are still in your 50s!

Olive Oil


Olive Oil was a very popular diet supplement before, but recently, olive oil might be experiencing a comeback. Olive Oil offers different health benefits, despite enjoying it raw or cooking meals with it. While being higher in calories than other oils, it also consists of healthy fats and anti-inflammatory compounds. Olive Oil can be had in its pure liquid form and having it in a gel capsule that will quickly let go of the Oil to enjoy its essential benefits.


When the human body is stressed out, sleep is known to be a quick remedy. However, in most cases, people might also need some help to catch some sleep while avoiding sleeping pills being prescribed to them. Luckily, there's an available alternative like melatonin. Melatonin could be seen in the form of pills and gummies, and it might also consist of other ingredients to help you relax and get proper sleep. These ingredients can be magnesium or L-theanine.

In recent times, you should expect more exciting development from the supplement industry. Due to the life-changing pandemic, we should see more industries putting their attention towards nutrition for mind and body, also revealing the ingredients used. While this might seem exciting, it's also crucial to consult a health care provider before using a supplement. If you look forward to being as healthy as possible, consider taking these popular supplements, sit back and enjoy their benefits.


Ok, we are calling it, the yacht season is open in Dubrovnik. The Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, might not be in Dubrovnik but his mega yacht Eclipse is, well, eclipsing the rest of the mega yachts in the Adriatic in Dubrovnik.

His luxury 163-metre long set the Chelsea FC owner back a whopping 340 million Euros, and his pride and joy has been at anchor in the Bay of Zupa for the past few days. And with Chelsea set to face Manchester City in the final of the 2021 Champions League final the billionaire could be soon celebrating on Eclipse in Dubrovnik.

But Eclipse isn’t the only super yacht moored in Dubrovnik at the moment, in fact in front of Cavtat is almost like a scene from Monaco as the number of yachts seems to increase on a daily basis. This spot is a particular favourite one for mega yachts and today along with Eclipse was the rather elegant 86-metre long superyacht Aquijo, which in 2018 was the largest ketch in the world.


And if you were thinking of chartering this luxury yacht you’ll need deep pockets as it will set you back around €450,000 a week plus expenses. And alongside Aquijo is the superyacht 78-metre long Titan, also owned by a Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov, who is the owner of Evraz, Russia's largest steel producer.

And coincidentally, or maybe not, Abramov, who is reported to be worth $6 billion, is a good friend and business ally of Roman Abramovich. Seeing the two superyachts of two Russian billionaires, two close friends, so close to each other could mean that Cavtat will be the scene of another business deal, or just drinks on deck watching the Adriatic Sea.




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