Friday, 24 September 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.


The regional agency DUNEA in cooperation with the University of Dubrovnik and the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas of Nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, within the SeaClear project, organized the cleaning of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay in Cavtat. On this occasion, five divers from the EPIDAURUM diving club collected 44 kilograms of various waste fractions from the seabed in just one hour.

This event especially wants to draw attention to the huge amounts of plastic found in the seabed, and will encourage citizens to consider using sustainable options in everyday life and avoid disposable products.

As much as 90 percent of the waste in our seas is plastic. Due to numerous processes, over time, plastic waste is fragmented into small particles of micro plastics that further irreversibly become part of the food chain, which ultimately reaches humans. Thus, we can say with certainty that plastic is "endless" and that it "never disappears".

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The treatment of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay provides insight into various fractions of waste that can be found in the sea, and will serve as valuable data for scientists in prototyping the autonomous robot system of the SeaClear project.

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The total budget of the SeaClear project is slightly less than 38 million Kuna, and is financed completely from the European Union - the HORIZON 2020 program, through which more than six million Kuna has been provided for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The only Croatian partners are the DUNEA Regional Agency and the University of Dubrovnik. It was applied for at the invitation of Information and Communication Technologies 2018-2020, a scientific-innovative (RIA) funding scheme, and out of a total of 56 applicants, it is one of four projects approved for funding.


We are already used to various guests coming to Dubrovnik, both famous and less famous, but one slightly more unusual guest was caught on camera today on one of the terracotta roofs of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a stork.

Whilst Dubrovnik is the summer home for a number of migratory birds, with swallows and swifts probably the most numerous, seeing a stork in the city is rare. Maybe this migratory bird arrived in Dubrovnik for a short break, as if it knew what the best destination for a vacation was, especially in September when the crowds drop and when the streets of Dubrovnik breathe.


Over the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 974 new Covid-19 cases and there were nine related deaths, while the number of active cases is 5,818, the national Covid-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

There are 600 hospitalised people across Croatia, 59 people are on ventilators, while 679 people recovered in the past 24 hours. 

In the last 24 hours, 10,228 people have been tested, and there are currently 13,394 people in self-isolation.

To date, 43.44 percent of the total population, or 52.15 percent of the adult population have been vaccinated.

According to the annual financial reports, the highest average net salary among the 1,000 largest companies in Croatia was paid last year at Microsoft Croatia and amounted to 36,330 Kuna, or around 4,800 Euros, per month. This IT company surpassed the Croatian branches of three pharmaceutical multinationals - Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim and Novo Nordisk.

GlaxoSmithKline and Medtronic Adriatic, which are also in the top 10 in terms of paid average salaries, confirm that last, the pandemic year, was the best for the world's pharmaceutical giants, writes Lider.

Among the ten highest average salaries, there is only one Croatian-owned company - Emil Tedeschi's Atlantic Group.

Last year, the thousand largest Croatian companies paid an average net salary of 7,282 Kuna. According to this indicator, it could be concluded that it pays more to work in the largest companies than in the rest. Namely, the salaries in the top 1,000 Croatian companies are 519 Kuna higher than the national average from last year.

Top 10 average salaries:

1. Microsoft Croatia - HRK 36,330

2. ROCHE, Zagreb - HRK 36,211

3. Boehringer Ingelheim - HRK 35,585

4. Novo Nordisk - HRK 33,746

5. Forten's group - HRK 32,826

6. Whirlpool Croatia - HRK 31,914

7. Atlantic Group - HRK 31,462

8. GlaxoSmithKline, Zagreb - HRK 31,179

9. Medtronic Adriatic - HRK 31,147

10. Samsung HRK 31,101


In the last 24 hours, 66 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County

These are 32 males and 34 females: 33 from Dubrovnik, 15 from Župa dubrovačka, nine from Metković, two from Konavle and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Kula Norinska, Orebić, Ploče, Slivno, Ston and Vela Luka.

One male person from Metković (born in 1950) died.

39 people made a full recovery: 16 from Dubrovnik, six from Konavle, three from Metković, two from Korčula, Lumbarda and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Blato, Dubrovačko primorje, Orebić, Ploče, Pojezerje, Ston, Trpanj and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 684 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 131,109 samples have been analyzed.

25 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators. 

There are 800 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours. 

According to the eVisitor system, 19,641 tourists visited Vela Luka in the first eight months of this year. And over that period, 141,382 overnight stays were realized.

The entire Peljesac Peninsular has recorded excellent tourism numbers this summer season with most destinations recording figures similar to the record breaking 2019.

And Vela Luka is no different, compared to the results from the record year of 2019, in the mentioned period, about 90 percent of tourist traffic was realized.

These figures do not include the arrival of nautical tourist, who were the most numerous guests in Vela Luka this year, therefore the number of tourists is far higher than 2019.

The most numerous guests in Vela Luka this year were from Slovenia and Poland.

Three Tottenham players, Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez, are undergoing quarantine in Dubrovnik before returning to the UK, reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

The three are undergoing their mandatory ten-day quarantine and also training. Cristian Romero and Giovano Lo Celso, the two Tottenham stars who also play for the Argentina National team and the most expensive Colombian ever and Tottenham defender, Davinson Sanchez. The Tottenham trio are all training on the pitches of the county level club “NK Čibača” in Župa dubrovačka.

So how did an estimated 100 million Euros of Premier League talent end up training on the pitches of a county team in Dubrovnik?

Last week the Argentine Spurs duo were with the national team in Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers, but this super derby of the South American qualifiers was interrupted because of quarantine rules had been violated. Due to the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is widespread in Great Britain, the Brazilians prescribed 14 days of quarantine on everyone coming from the United Kingdom. The Tottenham footballers did not carry out their quarantine so the Brazilian health regulator decided to stop the game and deport them from the country. The deported players then travelled to Croatia where they will spend ten days, after which they will return to England.


Training in NK Župa Dubrovačka - Photo Tonci Vlasic 

So why Croatia? If the UK based footballers had returned directly to the UK they would have had to spend 14 days in quarantine due to UK rules on people arriving from Brazil. So to cut short their quarantine by ten days they decided to come to Croatia and train in the sunshine. And as Croatia is on the UK’s green travel list they only have to spend 10 days in quarantine. One thing is for certain, this strange case highlights the overwhelming amount of politics involved in this global pandemic.

Yes, the trio missed this weekend’s Premier League match with Crystal Palace, but they will be back in the UK four days ahead of schedule.

From Sao Paulo to Čibača

Just how a Premier League team got in contact with a small club in the far south of Croatia is unsure, but it appears from sources that Tottenham have rented the whole stadium and pitches from NK Čibača. One theory is that the owner of Tottenham FC, Joe Lewis, was recently in Dubrovnik on his mega yacht Aviva, and maybe he could have been scouting for possible training grounds. Although it seems highly unlikely that a billionaire would be scouting and also much more likely that he would have chosen the pitches inside Dubrovnik rather than a small county level team.


Lo Celso training in Čibača - Photo Tonci Vlasic

The second theory is that the club was recommended to Tottenham from the Croatian first division club Hajduk Split. But why would they recommend a club that barely has a stadium. The answer could well be that the current President of Hajduk, Lukša Jakobušić, actually lives relatively close to the Čibača stadium. But why wouldn’t the Tottenham stars just train at the Hajduk stadium. Again, this could well be due to the fact that South American players are in fact already training there and carrying out their ten-days quarantine. Two Argentinians, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and the club’s £40million record signing Emiliano Buendia are both currently training in Split.

From a high-profile derby between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo to a county level club in the far south of Croatia in a stadium that barely holds a 100 spectators. The weird story on how 100 million Euros of Premier Leaguer football talent is currently training at NK Čibača.

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a public call for vaccination against coronavirus, which will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

The vaccination will again be held at the Student Dormitory Dubrovnik (Marka Marojice 2). All Croatian citizens can be vaccinated in the period from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and foreign citizens from 11:00 am to midday.

The mass vaccination will be performed with three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.


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