Wednesday, 20 October 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.


Former Croatian national basketball team member and Chicago Bulls star, Toni Kukoč was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Saturday. Kukoč became the fifth Croatian basketball player to enter the Hall of Fame, after Krešimir Ćosić in 1996, Dražen Petrović in 2002, Mirko Novosel in 2007 and Dina Rađa in 2018.

Way back in 2014 Kukoč was nominated by the Chicago Bulls to enter the Hall of Fame, and it has taken the Croatian basketball star eight attempts to join the exclusive club.

“I started playing sports when I was eight, with table tennis and football, and then at the age of 15 basketball. My career was defined by two teams - Jugoplasitika from Split and the Chicago Bulls. Split, my hometown is one of the biggest sporting cities in history and it has given the world a lot of great sports names,” Kukoč began his speech.

"In my international career, I played for two countries - Yugoslavia and Croatia - and I had great success with them. I played with big names in those national teams that are themselves members of the Hall of Fame - like the late Dražen Petrović, Dino Radja and Vlado Divac,” he added.

"And I played with some other big names. I want to thank Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for ‘breaking’ me at the 1992 Olympics and forcing me to work even harder to be an important member of the Bulls,” said Kukoč.

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Editor of The Dubrovnik Times, Mark Thomas, meets Toni Kukoč in 2011

Toni Kukoč started his career at Jugoplastica in Split where he played from 1987 to 1991, and then moved to Benetton where he was until 1993 when he transferred to the NBA. He spent 13 years there until 2006, and played for the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. With the Chicago Bulls, he won the NBA title three times and was named the best sixth player in the strongest league in the world. In 846 games played in the NBA, he averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

With the Croatian national team, he won Olympic silver in Barcelona in 1992 and two bronze medals at the European and one at the World Championships. Prior to that, he won the 1988 Olympic silver with the Yugoslav national team, as well as world gold, two European gold and one bronze.


“We can’t introduce mandatory vaccination because we said at the beginning that we wouldn’t,” said the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, at a press conference today.

Around 52 percent of the adult population in Croatia have been vaccinated against Covid-19. And over the past few weeks the number of new cases have been rising and this week Croatia was ranked as red on the new European Centre for Disease Control Covid map for the European Union.

Plenkovic said today that vaccination against Covid-19 would not be mandatory for anyone and that he believed Croatian citizens were reasonable, wise and informed. And he added that in spite of the rise in infections, Croatia had no plans to tighten up the current Covid restrictions.

The National Civil Protection Headquarters has released new data on those infected with the coronavirus in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 1,162 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 6,143. Among them, 559 people are in hospital, of which 55 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, 14 people died in the past 24 hours.

To date, a total of 2,649,120 people have been tested, of which 10,651 were tested in the last 24 hours.

The number of persons in self-isolation is 12,937. A total of 368,538 people recovered, of which 696 in the last 24 hours.

Even if you genuinely enjoy your day job, it may not bring just as much money as you would like. While it may be sufficient to meet your day-to-day needs, you probably aspire to something more. Fortunately, there are ways to supplement your income without changing your current job or counting on a lottery win. You can get a side gig - something you enjoy doing, which can earn you some money. Who knows, maybe it will even become your primary source of income in the future

Below, you will find some money-making opportunities you don’t want to miss in 2021. Blogging, freelancing, social media management, betting, or dropshipping - these are just some of the things that can boost your income. Read on to learn more and figure out which suits you best!

Sports Betting

Are you a fan of American football, basketball, soccer, or any other popular sport? If yes, then you can turn it into extra cash. You can bet on your favorite team and win some money if they win. Betting is one of the fastest-growing money-making opportunities out there. If you have some free time on your hands and know a few things about sports, you can make a profit by betting on matches. Of course, you don’t have to be a professional tipster - you can simply use your common sense and some background knowledge to determine whether a team will win.

However, if you’re not familiar with sports betting, you should probably do some research before putting your money on the table. Check out sports betting odds explained by professionals, research different types of bets, rules offered by various bookmakers, and so on.


If you’re a writer and want to make some money from your passion, blogging may be one of the best money-earning methods available to you. You don’t need to become a bestselling author to make profit. In fact, many bloggers simply write about their lives and hobbies - and make a great living from it.

Blogging is not just about writing, though - you also have to promote your page. If you want to get noticed, simply publishing new posts won’t cut it. You need to go on social media, on forums, simply stay active - wherever your target audience is. And while some people promote their blogs free of charge, others use paid advertisements. Whatever you decide to do, do it with the thought that a popular blog with many followers really can become your primary source of income.

Other Types of Freelancing

If you’re a skilled worker, you may be able to earn money through freelancing without even leaving your desk. Freelancing is probably the most popular way to boost your income these days. Whether you have a knack for writing, programming, designers, or anything else, you can enjoy working from home and getting paid for side jobs.

You can ask around or market your services online, but there also are websites that can help you find freelance jobs in your area of expertise, e.g., Upwork. Before you sign up for any job, check out the reputation of the agency or person who is hiring you. If you feel you can trust them, you’re good to go.

Social Media Management

Social media is another popular method for earning money. If you know your way around Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms, you can help other companies boost their online presence. You can post new content, engage with followers, and promote accounts or pages. You will be able to make some nice money, even if you only spend several hours per week on it.

Remember to always check the reputation of the company before taking on any job. Make sure you really want to work for them.


Dropshipping is a great way to earn money in this digital age. You can sell physical or digital products without paying for their storage or shipping costs. Instead, you’re simply selling them with a margin.

While there are plenty of dropshipping tutorials online, the best way to start this business is to find a dropshipping wholesaler who can supply your store with goods. Remember, though, that you need to be prepared to handle customer complaints. It’s also important to understand that buying products in bulk doesn’t mean that you can sell them at a discount - you still need to offer them for more than what you paid for them.

Forex Trading

Forex trading is another innovative way to earn extra cash. Online trading platforms allow you to buy and sell currencies, commodities, or other financial instruments. You can do it for fun or trade with real money. If you choose the latter, just be sure to use a reliable broker to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed.

If you’re not familiar with online trading, you should probably do some research. The market is so big, you can spend days learning all of its ins and outs. Eventually, though, you will be able to trade with confidence. And if you start earning money, you may even consider quitting your day job.

Final Thoughts

If you want to make more money, there are always ways to do it. We’ve listed some of the most popular money-making methods here - but this is certainly not an exhaustive list. You can do many things to earn extra cash, and you don’t need special skills or knowledge to do them. If you want to make more money, just pick something that sounds interesting to you - and start doing it.

We hope that this article was helpful, and you’ve got some basic ideas for great side jobs in 2021. Good luck!


Every fifth construction worker in Croatia is a foreigner, with 2,388 Nepalese coming to Croatia this year alone.

Workers from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia have been the most numerous in terms of employment of foreign workers in Croatia for years, mostly in that order, and fifth place was usually reserved for workers from Albania, or sometimes for workers from Ukraine. But this year, in fifth place, according to the number of work permits issued, are workers from Nepal, reports N1.

According to data received by Novi List from the Ministry of the Interior (MUP), 2,388 work and residence permits had been issued to Nepalese citizens by 1 September this year. As a total of 52,679 work permits were issued in the same period, this means that every 22nd foreigner who received a work permit in Croatia is from Nepal.

Around the same time in pre-pandemic 2019, at the end of August, 480 Nepalese people were employed in Croatia. The number of citizens of that Asian country who came to Croatia for work in two years has almost increased fivefold.

The numbers are comparable because by the beginning of September this year, the Ministry of the Interior issued almost the same number of work and residence permits to third-country nationals as in 2019.

To celebrate the end of summer, have ranked the best skinny dipping spots in (nearly) every country. And the best spot for stripping down to your birthday suit and diving in the sea is the Dubrovnik island of Lokrum. From 100 nudist beaches across the world Lokrum came it at number one spot.

If you feel like kissing summer goodbye with a skinny dip – some nude beaches might be better than others for your next naked swimming adventure.

The study compared 100 nude beach spots across the following categories: beach quality, safety, weather, and hotel cost (with seven data points). They then ranked the top 25 nude beaches in the world, with the best location per country.

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“If you’re spending time in Dubrovnik, then Lokrum Island is a great place to go (only a 10-minute ferry ride away). This is a small island that is uninhabited, giving refuge as well as a great place for a skinny dip. Here you can enjoy impeccable scenery, national parks, and clear waters. The island consists mainly of rocks, so be careful with the bits of stone. This island also has a natural salty lake, which can be enjoyed like a jacuzzi to relax,” wrote the article about Lokrum.

See the full list of skinny dippings beaches here


Cars have been perceived both as common means of commuting as well as expensive toys that satisfy your passion and obsession with speed, thrill, and various other factors. Owning a dream car someday is pretty much an important bucket list item in people’s books and when you finally achieve that goal, you realize that there’s much more to owning a car than just buying it. CarIndigotries to explain how running a car can cost you way more than what you would expect if you don’t do it right.


Before you venture out to buy the car of your dreamsor simply purchase one for your daily commutes, it is important to know that the exact financial preparation that needs to be done in order to have a car in your driveway is not just accumulating the money to purchase one. Cars, like any other modes of transport that are present today, are mere machines and like any machine, they need power, care, and support in order to run.

It is an important thing to know about the financial mechanics of running a car before purchasing one because the expenses might be way more than what you calculate sometimes. The average yearly cost of owning a car in the USAis said to be around the $5,300 mark according to some recent surveys. This number fluctuates from state to state and includes the average costs for gas, insurance, car payments, service, road tax, and so on. And surprisingly some surveys reveal that most people underestimate the cost of owning a car by 50%.


This underestimation and ignorance of the actual running costs can not only impact your pocket in the long run, but it will also be a problem for the environment as studies suggest that with the right knowledge of the actual cost of running a car amongst the car owners, there might be about 37% fewer cars on the roads which will further have a healthier impact on the environment.


The costs of running a car can be divided into two categories. The first category is known as ‘Standing Costs’ and the second one is known as the ‘Running Costs’ category. Standing costs include the various expenses that are not generally required for the vehicle to function, rather they are focused more on the documentation and factors that affect the resale value of your car. Insurances, road taxes, interests, and depreciation values all fall under the 'Standing Charges' category. 


Unless your car is an off-road only car with a Statutory Off Road Notification document, you are liable to pay for insurance as it is a legal requirement. Always search around for the best deal in insurance and in this way you can save up some money. Road taxes generally depend upon the age and emission levels of the vehicle and vary from state to state. Interest rates definitely count as a standing cost if you bought your car through financing. 


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Depreciation values are one of the major factors that need to be considered while evaluating the standing costs of your vehicle as cars do tend to depreciate in value over time but you can always reduce the rate of depreciationby being smart and researching. A simple tip would be the fact that new cars tend to depreciate at a higher rate when compared to used cars.


The next category seems to be ‘Running Costs. These are the factors that we usually consider thoroughly before purchasing a vehicle and if you misinterpret some points, there’s a high chance that your car might cost way more than what you expected in the first place. First up are the fuel costs. It is very important to consider your intention behind buying a car and choosing the right car for its intended purpose as gas prices are one of the major costs that influence your running costs.

You definitely don’t need a gas-guzzling supercar for your daily commutes to work at a distant part of the city even if you have the means to afford the car in the first place. Fuel economy, range, and the purpose on which you intend to buy the car should be considered before buying a car to avoid unnecessary gas bills. Next up on the list is the obvious service and repairs. Just like any other machine, cars require timely service and repairsif necessary not only to run them smoothly and fine but also to save your car from burning a hole through your pockets. 


If you ignore any issues or regular services of your car, the most likely thing to happen after you ignore these issues will be a long bill of repairs and service charges from any major failure of a part or due to other reasons. These are unnecessary expenses that you can definitely avoidby being a bit considerate towards your car and following the service book. Other factors that come in running costs include parking charges, tickets, and towing charges which can usually be avoided if you are aware of your car’s health and your driving style and habits.


These are some necessary things that a lot of car portals tell you to consider so that you can buy the right car for the right kind of purpose and money. Factors like these cannot be ignored because the cost of owning a car does not just include the amount spent to purchase one, it also consists of all the standing charges and running costs that make the car healthy and legal to be running on public roads.  


And it is the combined costs that you might need to spend in the long run that you need to calculate and misinterpreting or not taking it seriously will not only be a catastrophe for you financially, but it would also have an impact on the environment if you don’t sensibly think of the fact if you really need a car or not. 


The fact of the matter is that misinterpreting the running costs and being too optimistic about buying a car will eventually add one more car on the public roads and with a large chunk of people following the same path will lead to more cars on the roads than what is actually needed, which will further impact the environment due to the increase in pollution caused by vehicles.



On Friday the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, received winemakers from the county who won platinum, gold and silver medals for their wines at this year's Decanter in London, the world's largest wine competition.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate our winemakers on their outstanding success at Decanter in London this year. Among the 18 thousand samples that were evaluated from 56 countries, winemakers from our county won two platinum, one gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals, which is a remarkable success. We have excellent wines, we have the best Croatian wines, and this was also confirmed in the international competition. I thank the winemakers for their efforts, and that they managed to get outstanding white and red wines from the quality grapes we have this year and that they can present the county in the best light at such a competition," said Dobroslavić.

The representative of winemakers, Andro Crvik, said that he thought that no branch of production in Croatia had progressed as much in the last 25 years as winemaking.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate our winemakers and colleagues, because the performance at Decanter is a great success. We have been systematically working on raising quality for the last 20 years, it is easy to succeed in the domestic market, but difficult in the foreign market. These awards at Decanter are proof that we are on the right path,” commented Crvik.

Damir Štimac from the Rizman winery said that these awards are very important for producers and this is in a way a confirmation of their good work. "As a winemaker and entrepreneur, I think we have given a new value to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. I think that our future is definitely on the autochthonous varieties of Dalmatia and Croatia.” added Štimac.


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