Thursday, 29 July 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.


Dubrovačko Primorje will soon have a new fish market in Slano. The fish market, which is a project funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, will be a new way for the local fishing community to sell their products.

The total value of the project is 287,562.50 Kuna, of which 85 percent has been financed from EU funds, while the funds of the Republic of Croatia participate in 15 percent of the project value.

The implementation of this project introduces a new and better way of placing fishery and aquaculture products on the market that has not been present in the municipality so far. Fishermen and traders will be able to sell on a daily basis, which should ultimately lead to an increase in the consumption of fishery and aquaculture products, which is also the overall goal of this project.

On the opening day of the fish market, visitors will be able to buy fish and shellfish starting at 7.30 am.

During the first six months of 2021 Vela Luka was visited by 4,187 guests and achieved 24,621 overnight stays. The most numerous tourists to this town on the island of Korcula were from Poland, Slovenian and Germany.

According to information from the Vela Luka Municipality up to the 15th of July there were 33 percent more tourists in the destination compared to the same period from 2020. However, as last year’s tourism was greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic any comparison to last year is complicated.

Currently, there are 321 guests staying in Vela Luka in various accommodation facilities, with more than 50 percent of these tourists staying in private accommodation.

Have you ever been to Canada? If not, it really should be on your list as a ‘go to place’. Canada, of course, is far larger than Croatia and has a vast changing landscape, with a multitude of interesting cities, towns and rural regions to visit. If you make the trip, amazing landscapes, wonderful food and a huge amount of charm and history await you. Canadian culture is fascinating, even though, less than 200 years ago, it was far more of a wilderness.

There can be many reasons for visiting Canada such as tourism, work, or joining family already residing there. Before you can sample the delights of travelling here, you will need help from experts like Byevisa who will happily guide you through the necessary travel documents to visit Canada, to make your trip as hassle-free as possible.

More and more Croatians are touring or visiting Canada. As a Croatian citizen, you do not need a ‘visa’ as such, but you will need an eTA. The eTA is an Electronic Travel Authorisation, an entry document that is linked to your passport. With no requirement for an actual full ‘visa’ and laborious paperwork for Croatians to enter by air, (Canada is visa-free for residents of the EU), this is a much simpler process. Even though it will be checked electronically at passport control, it is wise to print your eTA off and take it with you just in case. The good news is, it is valid for a whole 5 years, or until your passport expires. An excellent reason for you to pay multiple visits here!

As long as you provide accurate personal details on the online application form, The Canadian Immigration authorities will process it quickly, so you can start making plans for your trip. Will it be ‘The Canadian Rockies’ in the West, or the bright lights of Toronto in the South-East? If you can spend a little more time than usual on holiday, you will never be bored here!

With a valid eTA, many other countries will also welcome you with open arms. If you decide to plan your route to travel via other destinations on your way to Canada, you will need to check the visa requirements for these destinations. For instance, if you visit Canada by boat, sea or coach, you may well need other visas or travel authorisations to enter if these destinations are not visa exempt.

Is it easy to travel from Dubrovnik to Canada?

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to any Canadian destination, but flying time itself from Dubrovnik to Canada can take around 11 hours. Toronto is the shortest route at around 11 and a half hours minimum, but the further east you go, it will take up to 16 hours, depending on which carrier you choose. Flight costs however can be made economical, if you are prepared to tolerate more than 1 stopover. Remember to take into account time changes when you plan your trip as Canada has 6 time zones.

Can you compare Croatia with Canada?

In some ways, yes, but they still have very different traits, other than both being beautiful destinations. For instance, whilst Dubrovnik is a vibrant and busy capital, it still has a very relaxed atmosphere, whereas the larger cities in Canada are like other capitals such as New York, or London, full of hustle and bustle. You can still find quieter, more relaxing destinations away from the cities, however. If you end up at Lake Louise in the province of Banff, you will never find a more tranquil stretch of water and an air of complete calm.

The food is quite different with much more widespread international offerings in Canada. Lobster is very much on the menu in both destinations though, along with a variety of other seafood. Both destinations can boast of Michelin starred restaurants and on the opposite end of the spectrum, pizza places are infinitely cheaper in Dubrovnik than in Canada! Eating out in Canada is significantly more expensive than dining in Croatia. However, experiencing the diverse food scene in cities like Toronto is an experience not to be missed.

Thinking of Emigrating to Canada?

It’s far better to visit any country first, before making the huge decision to emigrate. However, there are plenty of valid reasons to consider a new life in a country with such a vast expanse.

Some reasons could be:

A better lifestyle, depending on what makes you happy

Top medical facilities

A wider spectrum of job potential in different skills

Moving to be closer to family

Better choice of education

Croatians are very welcome to work in Canada, with many managerial positions available particularly in the IT and skilled labour sectors. Many of these roles do come with excellent benefit packages, a point to consider. There are already many Croats living in Canada, some in communities in and around the cities, but according to a recent census, the majority are in Montreal and Toronto. The cost of living is much higher in Canada, but the salaries are much more lucrative.

If you are between the ages of 18-35, you will qualify as part of the Youth Mobility Programme, an agreement between Croatia and the Canadian government. You do not need a specific work visa, but you do need a permit under the agreement. If you are over 35, then you will have to have a work permit/visa in which a specific employer sponsors you. Skilled workers work under another programme entirely. which requires more documentation and will take longer. The ability to speak either English or French to a good level is also essential, as is proof that you have worked in your skilled profession for at least 2 years. After vetting your application, you will be asked to attend some interviews where you will be assessed. The whole process will take several months until you know whether you qualify.

The charm of Canada

Canada is indeed a wonderful place to visit, and travel between the various regions is easy. It’s stunningly picturesque in the forests, mountains and along the coastline. If you are into sport, Canada has so much to offer, as well as adventure holidays, hiking and skiing in picturesque spots. Cultural events abound with everything from opera to dance, theatre to photography, indoor and outdoor cinemas and watersports. Many people who visit Canada are very likely to return for more vacations and sightseeing. The Canadians are friendly and welcoming and as soon as it is time to go home, you’ll be wishing that you could stay longer!

Every industry around the world is now waking up and trying to get back on its feet. The travel and hospitality sector is trying to get back to normalcy with great speed. With vaccines in place and flights and train services open, countries are getting ready to welcome a rush in travel.

Why is there a rush in the first place? The rush is by travelers who aim to get back to flying or traveling anywhere out of their homes. Here are a few top trends that are not just common globally but will continue in the coming days or months.

Revenge Travel- A New Thing

Of everything happening around us, the ‘revenge’ travel is a new phrase. People have been indoors stuck for all these months, and so the first thing they intend to do now is to rush out.

They have saved travel miles and privilege scores all waiting for them. So, this could be a short day trip to even going on a well-planned trip to some foreign country. But the first-moment people got a chance, they traveled.

Traveling to Bucket List Options

All these days, people have spent wondering where to go and have created a long bucket list. The first chance they get, they rush to these spots only. For instance, in international spots, Switzerland, Paris, and the world wonders top the list. In short, people are now not letting their dreams stay idle.

Traveling to Meet Families

The last year has given the tourists ample time to realize that the real joy is when you meet your friends and long-lost relatives. People travel to meet these people, even if it means taking a flight or traveling thousands of miles. They are now tired of interacting through video-calling apps alone and want to reinstate it with solid support.

Solo Travel is More Common

People living in families now feel they need a space for themselves. Hence, we see a rise in the number of solo travelers. They are tired of staying all these days with their families. They are also aware of the risks traveling poses to their health now that the virus is not entirely off the radar. People feel it is safer to travel solo to safeguard their families.

Hotels Taking Sanitization Seriously

Now with more footfall expected in the upcoming months, hotels are spending more on sanitization. Keeping the premises clean by sweeping, dusting, or mopping alone is not the norm. Now, resorts and hotels are spending on installing sanitizer stands everywhere in corridors and lobbies.

They are even offering complimentary sanitizers in rooms along with regular toiletries. They are even introducing contact-less guest caring procedures.

Family Time and Staycation

Those planning on going out with families to a nearby holiday destination want to select something safer. From the time they board the aircraft till the return, everyone wants to remain safe. Travel agencies understand that you are also looking out for similar hotels and resorts.

Many hotels are now trying to bring the staycation concepts at affordable rates. It means you can travel with your family or solo and not burn a hole in the pocket too. Also, you can work and earn as you stay away from home too.

These trends are setting the mood and tone for future trips to happen this year and beyond. Traveling has become easier, and in the coming days, we can see traveling safely will not just be an option but normalcy. If you cannot travel due to any reason, play at the Casimba online casino with your friends or family and have fun.


The cruise ship Viking Venus docked in the Port of Gruž in Dubrovnik yesterday and became the first cruise ship from the Viking group to arrive in the city since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, commented on his social media channels that “After more than a year and a half, the first ship of the Viking company sailed into Dubrovnik. This continues the tourist recovery of our city. In the coming weeks, we expect new ships from other companies.”

Although the city’s tourism industry is slowly recovery from last year and there are certainly signs of optimism the figures are still only around 60 percent of 2019. “The tourist recovery is really visible today and if this pace continues to work, we will record a solid 2021 season that will allow the entire Dubrovnik economy to survive until the 2022 season,” commented the Mayor.

However, with the European Centre for Disease Control placing the whole of the Croatian Adriatic coastline into the “orange zone” last week and with the arrival of British tourists this week the tourism industry must remain vigilant and careful. “I hope and believe that the number of infections will begin to decrease, which is crucial so that we don’t enter the red zone and thus not stop all that we have been working on together with the tourism sector all last winter, and which today gives visible results,” added Franković.


Goran Ivanisevic, a retired Croatian tennis player, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport on Saturday.

The 49-year-old Ivanisevic, a former World No. 2, is the first Croatian tennis player to earn induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

“We are a small country with a huge heart. We never stop believing. I had a lot of ups and downs, and I never stopped believing,” Ivanisevic said, among other things, during the ceremony at which he was introduced by his idol, John McEnroe.

Apart from Ivanisevic, who won the Wimbledon in 2001, Conchita Martinez, the Original Nine and Dennis Van Der Meer (posthumously) were inducted at the ceremony on Saturday.


The Governor of the Croatian National Bank (CNB), Boris Vujcic, said in Dubrovnik on Sunday that he expects a strong GDP growth rate in the second quarter of this year, probably around 18 percent, largely due to the base period of the second quarter of 2020, when a sharp decline was recorded.

At an annual level, Vujčić expects GDP growth to be 6.8 percent, but with significant uncertainty due to the pandemic. "We have based the growth forecast on 70 percent of tourism revenue from 2019, but if it is 50 percent as last year, it would lower the growth rate to 4.8 percent," said Vujcic, who opened the 27th International Economic Conference in Dubrovnik.

The Governor of the CNB emphasized that the government played a significant role in supporting the maintenance of jobs, so the decline in the number of unemployed was smaller and the recovery faster.

"The crisis has accelerated the already existing processes of digitalization, teleworking and remote work,” added the Governor.


Since bitcoin mining is the route of confirming transactions and processing the information regarding that explicit transaction in one block among other transaction is known as bitcoin mining. However, people are merely aware of the fact that bitcoin mining just generates bitcoin.

The reward of bitcoin has elated several individuals to consider bitcoin mining as a profession. Still, bitcoin mining is more complicated than it appears. There are several explicit terms subjected to bitcoin mining that you should acknowledge to embrace the profitability of your bitcoin mining venture. Here are some of the essential terms associated with bitcoin mining.


POW is the utmost essential linked bitcoin mining, and it refers to proof of work. Crypto enthusiasts are familiar with the fact that bitcoin miners, to verify bitcoin transactions, solve a complicated math puzzle.

The route of acknowledging the solution of a complicated math puzzle to find a diversified and unique nonce value is known as proof of work. All the more, you can check out websites like for getting productive results in your bitcoin expedition. However, bear in mind that the proof of work or solution of the math puzzle is merely determined only when your bitcoin mining rig process the hash equivalent to a predetermined hash rate. If you want more information regarding this, you can go through the Bitcoin Superstar App to better understand it.

All the more hash rate of bitcoin mining is utterly dependent upon the potential of a bitcoin mining rig; in a nutshell, you must be equipped with a robust bitcoin mining rig to carry out the entire process.

10 Minutes

As mentioned ahead, every bitcoin miner to verify bitcoin transactions is necessitated to solve a complicated math puzzle. The complication of bitcoin mining is enhanced by a specific defined time limit. Bitcoin algorithm renders 10 minutes to miners to solve the complicated math puzzle. In a nutshell, every miner has to solve the puzzle and render the information to blockchain in just 10 minutes.


Bitcoin mining was invented alongside bitcoin to mitigate double spending issues and embrace the security of the bitcoin complex. Bitcoin mining at the very first place was profitable only with a low-end computer device; miners were able to mine bitcoin from just an office and home computer.

However, after bitcoin popularity, bitcoin mining acquired an exceeding extent of competition. The miners equipped with a graphic processing unit had the upper hand while mining bitcoin from the rest of the miners.

However, in 2013 the foremost application-specific integrated circuit rig was launched in the marketplace, and in a nominal time, these mining rigs acquired an exceeding extent of acceptability in the marketplace. These circuits are specifically designed for bitcoin mining progression as these circuits are exceedingly compatible with bitcoin securing has algorithm 256. The standard bitcoin mining rig costs nearly $1500; however, you can opt for any mining rig suiting your budget.

Block reward

Bitcoin block reward is the main reason why bitcoin miners assimilate computing resources in order to verify bitcoin transactions. Block reward consists of bitcoin units alongside the transaction cost associated with an explicit transaction. Bitcoin block reward at the instance is 6.25 units with the transaction cost.

Bitcoin Block Reward Halving Event!

Bitcoin block reward halving is the utmost crucial event occurring in the bitcoin complex. Bitcoin block reward halving event is the process of halving the block reward acquired by bitcoin miners subsequent to verifying a bitcoin transaction.

Block reward halving event occurs after every four years and is a leap year progression. The foremost block reward halving took place in the year 2012, and the block reward was declined to 25 bitcoin units. The foremost bitcoin block reward was 50 bitcoin units alongside the transaction cost, and it was correspondingly halved.

The second block reward halving took place in the year 2016, and the third most bitcoin block reward halving took place in the year 2020. The recent block reward halving declined the block reward to 6.25 bitcoin units.

Bitcoin block reward halving correspondingly affects the price of bitcoin as the foremost block reward halving inclined the value of bitcoin, and the recent block reward halving event made bitcoin head on the towering route.

These are some of the obligatory factors and terms regarding bitcoin mining.


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